Game 104: Just Win

Casey McGehee and the Opposite Field
Update: Yankees release Dewayne Wise
The AARP All-Stars. (Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

Only four times in the history of the new Yankee Stadium have the Yankees lost four straight games at home, and only twice have they lost five straight: May 11th-May 15th of last season and May 2nd to May 7th of 2009. The Bombers are riding a four-game losing streak, all at home, and are playing as poorly as they have at any point this season. They’ve lost nine of their last 12 despite being outscored by just three runs total. All those one-run losses — six during this recent stretch — will wreck a run differential. Here’s today’s lineup as the Yankees look to salvage a win against the Orioles…

SS Derek Jeter
CF Curtis Granderson
DH Nick Swisher
2B Robinson Cano
RF Andruw Jones
Russell Martin
1B Casey McGehee
LF Ichiro Suzukifirst time in left
3B Jayson Nix

RHP Phil Hughes

This afternoon’s game is scheduled to start at 1:05pm ET, but there is rain in the forecast. A delay or two is very possible. The game can be seen on YES locally and MLB Network nationally once it begins.

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Casey McGehee and the Opposite Field
Update: Yankees release Dewayne Wise
  • Mike Myers

    I see rain in midtown…

    • Smell What Johnny’s Kuck’ing

      currently raining (drizzle) in Chelsea.

  • Bavarian Yankee

    I’m hoping for a 1-2 hour rain delay because I’m not home yet. Oh please good god, let there be some rain ;)

  • Athenian

    While a double header or make up game is not ideal, a rain out would be just what this team needs. Wash away the bad juju that is preventing them from actually winning a game.

    • Paul VuvuZuvella

      Can juju just be washed right off? Why wouldn’t they just start using a more aggressive soap in the showers with stronger juju removal capabilities to give the team every possible advantage?

  • Timothy

    Does it bother anyone else that Girardi continues to bat Granderson 2nd? The guy is among the top in HR and bats 2nd while Ichiro bats 8th, Jones 5th and a .188 hitter 6th… Ichiro, Jeter, Granderson, Cano, Swisher, Jones, McGhee, Martin, Nix. Should be the line-up. But, I guess Girardi just absolutely can’t bat 2 lefties together for whatever reason. Even if those 2 have been successful vs LHP the last 2 years…

    • JonS

      Just switching Granderson and Swisher would work for me.

    • Slugger27

      agreed, dont like grandy 2nd either.

    • Need Pitching & Hitting

      Ichiro is awful against lefties, and mediocre against righties. He is one of the worst overall hitters in the lineup. He absolutely should not bat anywhere near the top of the lineup. He makes way too many outs to be given more AB’s.

      • Stan the Man

        Granderson shouldn’t bat 2nd that’s for sure. His in ability to put the ball in play is incredibly frustrating and not something you want in the top of line-up. He could bat 4th, 5th, or 6th and see if he can drive in some runs and also steal some bases if and when he doesn’t hit a HR.

        • Need Pitching & Hitting

          Problem with that is that the Yankee lineup really isn’t deep enough to afford that. Granderson is probably the second best offensive player on the team, despite his flaws. They need to get their best offensive players more AB’s, not less. I would have preferred that they flip Granderson and Swisher today though. I could see possibly 4th as well. Anything lower than that is giving weaker offensive contributors too many AB’s and Granderson not enough.

    • Erica

      Not a fan of Grandy hitting 2nd either. You’re not alone in this.

    • Athenian

      I think it is a waste of Granderson batting him second. He doesn’t get on base enough to be a #2 hitter and his strike out rate makes him very little protection for the #3 hitter of the day. I think Granderson should be in the 5/6 spot.

      Jeter
      Ichiro
      Cano
      ARod
      Tex
      Grandy
      Swisher
      DH
      Martin

      • Athenian

        now until ARod is back move everyone up one slot, except Martin, and slot ARod’s replacement just after the DH.

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

        Granderson doesn’t get on base enough to bat second and you want Ichiro to hit there instead?

        • vin

          You didn’t hear… getting on base = number of singles you hit.

          • Laz

            I’ll take granderson’s hr over ichiro’s singles. The higher up in the order Granderson is better. 30% of his hits go for HR, and he still walks quite a bit. Higher in the order the more HR he gets in a year. Few years ago I saw a statistical representation of mlb done over a million times, and the best lineup had high obp guys at the very top, and followed by best hr hitters. You don’t move your best hr hitters to #5 slot because often times they get less at bats over a game and the year.

      • Need Pitching & Hitting

        Wait, Granderson’s .341 OBP isn’t getting on base enough to bat second, but Ichiro’s god awful .288 OBP is fine for that slot??

    • https://twitter.com/#!/Paddock9652 Stratman9652

      I always preferred Swish batting second like he did most of 2010. Seemed to work pretty well.

  • Jersey Joe

    Title says it all. I’m really pissed right now.

  • Jersey Joe

    Dewayne Wise was released today.

    Just puttin’ it out there.

    • Erica

      NO! His pitching was great. He and his bunt will be missed.

  • Stan the Man

    Very good points. He isn’t pitching well and to be honest if he finishes his season with a +4 ERA then so what…the Yanks have done plenty with pitchers who keep the team in the game. A lot is being made of this when there is no reason for it. He was the best pitcher on the staff in June and he can be that again in August.

  • Erica

    Raining lightly here about 5 blocks south of Penn Station. Let’s hope it just stays that way and we can secure this seemingly elusive win.

    I’m oddly excited for today’s lineup.

    • Paul VuvuZuvella

      It’s a beautiful day in Chicago.

    • Cris Pengiucci

      I like oddly excited females … ;-)

  • nacho

    “New is always better.” – Barney Stinson

  • jjyank

    I took a personal day from work today, had a bunch of doctor appointments I needed to take care of this morning. Is it a coincidence that I chose a weekday day game for it? Nope, not at all :D

    • Erica

      Sly. So sly.

    • Paul VuvuZuvella

      I hope your boss isn’t a RAB poster.

      • jjyank

        My boss is a Nationals fan. I think I’m safe here.

        • Paul VuvuZuvella

          OK, but you ever hear of Wally Pipp?

          • jjyank

            Hahaha. I don’t exactly enjoy my (admittedly temporary) job, so Wally Pipp can have at it.

    • Athenian

      well played!

  • RkyMtnYank

    That lineup is just ugly!

  • Eddard

    I’d change the just in the title to must. We must stop the momentum of the Os, the Sox, and the Rays, all of whom are charging. Hopefully Casey at bat can put us over the top. Fly ball Phil will have to keep the ball in the park.

    • jjyank

      See, when I see “must win”, I think “if they lose, it’s all over”. And that’s not the case. So the title is just fine.

    • Get Phelps Up

      The “charging” O’s who have lost 5 of their last 9, and Rays who are 11-12 since July 4th?

  • The Real Greg

    Hello everyone.

    Yesterday, as usual, I was despondent when Ivan Nova, who has devolved into a pitcher of little quality, blew a 5-0 lead.

    They are not winning the WS with pitching like this.

    In 2 weeks, their division lead has been cut in half and every team is catching up.

    Having a division lead should equate to making money. When you have a lot of money already, YOU WANT TO MAKE MORE MONEY.

    5.5 games is not a sizable lead. We have seen that in the last few years.

    • Laz

      For sure. I hated all the people that were talking about how they had a 9 game lead with 2 months to go and they had wrapped up the division. Yes you can rest a guy here and there, but more games won = better.

  • Troll Hunter

    I think its great that even after the steaming pile of poo that was last nights game all the RAB posters are once again excited to watch a Yankee game! Yankee fans may be demanding and critical but we are also loyal to our team!

    • jjyank

      For the most part, as ugly as a game thread can get, the slate is whiped pretty clean by the next day. For the most part.

    • Erica

      We’re not Mets fans ;)

      • Athenian

        That might be my favorite comment of the day.

  • Betty Lizard

    Nice article about McGehee at Lohud. It’s always nice to have someone excited to join the Yankees. Plus, there was shaving of face AND head.

    This was a bit of hyperbole, though:

    “I’m just excited to be able to not only come to a storied franchise, but also a team that’s been playing as well as they have been. ”

    I personally know that the Yankees have been playing poorly because I find myself repeating

    “Nothing external can harm me.”
    “Winning – losing – no difference.”
    “The Division Title is empty of inherent existence.”

    You get the idea.

    But hey, Russell’s batting 6th!

    • MannyGeee

      Another sign of how much trouble this team is in… the #6 batter has a .198 BA going into action

      • Cris Pengiucci

        But look at the trend! That’s up from where it was.

        • Betty Lizard

          .233 since the All-Star break!

          I know, it is to laugh. Between my tears.

      • Laz

        But he takes quite a few walks, which often is ignored. He went 1 for 3 today, which is nothing spectacular, but had 2 walks in there too, 3/5 times he went to plate he got on.

  • Hummingbird S.

    we need this game… let’s go Hughes!

  • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

    J.J Barfy

  • The Real Greg

    And of course Wallace Matthews has written an article claiming that Bobby W. could be right.

    • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

      saw that last night. was going to comment on it, but why waste keystrokes?

    • The Real Greg

      Bobby W.? My bad.

  • MannyGeee

    JJ Hardy really went down and got that one. nice piece of hitting on a pitchers pitch.

  • MannyGeee

    wow, Grandy hit that a fcking mile

  • Cy Pettitte

    anyone notice Joba after the HR? lol

    • Erica

      Listening to John & Suzyn – what did Joba do?

  • Eddard

    If he was hitting 5th that would have been a granderslam.

    • MannyGeee

      nope, the RISPFail would offset it and it woulda been a dribbler to 3rd

  • jjyank

    Grandy! Man I wish he could have some guys on base in front of him once in awhile.

  • Get Phelps Up

    Joba’s fired up lol.

  • DERP

    A HUGE PROBLEM! HUGE

    • jjyank

      Haha

    • Erica

      What is this from??

      • jjyank

        I forget when exactly, but some fairly recent thread someone was shouting about how hitting home runs was a “HUGE PROBLEM! HUGE!”. It was kinda funny.

        • Erica

          Baaaahahahaa, I can ONLY imagine…

  • Erica

    We bitch about Grandy hitting second. He then hits a homer.

    #toomanydamnhomeruns

  • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

    Granderblatz

  • AaronGuielWithASmile

    Yankees offense doing work early!

  • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

    Wait a second…..I saw this show yesterday…

  • MannyGeee

    LOL @ Grandy eating a grape Freez Pop in the dugout… but for realz, whys it got to be grape???

    #SoRacist

    • jjyank

      Hey, it could have been watermelon.

      If he was white, it clearly would have been macaroni and cheese flavored.

  • Paul VuvuZuvella

    Swagrit.

  • Typical MIT Nerd

    You know your lineup sucks when your #6 hitter “features” a .188 batting average.

    • jjyank

      Most lineups would suck with two middle of the order hitters injured.

    • Get Phelps Up

      He still has a .270/.410/.587/.998 line against LHP. (albeit in only 78 PA’s)

      • Typical MIT Nerd

        That should be the limit of his playing time. Instead you leave out the part where he has a .160/.270/.305 line against RHP in 3x ABs.

        • Get Phelps Up

          But he’s not facing a RHP today, is he?

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

      Look at his numbers against lefties.

      • Get Phelps Up

        You’d figure someone from MIT would bother to do some research…

        • Typical MIT Nerd

          Like for 2011?

          • Get Phelps Up

            Less meaningful than this year.

      • Typical MIT Nerd

        Is that the only time he plays?

        • jjyank

          So you want Chris Stewart to catch the large part of a platoon?

        • Get Phelps Up

          Why does it matter if he’s not facing a RHP? He’s never going to hit 6th against RHPs.

      • Typical MIT Nerd

        P.s. Glad to see you now weight 79 PAs so heavily.

        Last year Martin was .211/.316/.368 against LHP.

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

          I don’t, but when the other options are what the are due to injuries, what are they supposed to do? Bat Ichiro sixth?

          • Typical MIT Nerd

            Get a better starting catcher. Then get a better bench that isn’t a bunch of cripples and has-been’s.

            Ichiro is a nothing. He’s d-u-n.

  • MannyGeee

    fightin Showalters showing some sound baseball right there…

    • Typical MIT Nerd

      He’s a better manager than Girardi ever will be.

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

        You can tell by all his accomplishments, like the three times he had to be let go so someone else could come in and put his team over the top.

        • Typical MIT Nerd

          Sure, let’s conclude something meaningful based on the politics of the game. The fact that the Os are even close is a testament to Showalter.

          What did Girardi do when he didn’t have a $200M payroll? Or Torre?

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

            He won the Manager of the Year Award.

            • Typical MIT Nerd

              With a below .500 team. In that case, Showalter should win manager of the century this year.

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

                lol okay

                • Typical MIT Nerd

                  That’s the best you got? Oh-kay.

                  What next, Gold Gloves as a marker of Jeter’s defensive prowess?

          • jjyank

            Didn’t Girardi win Manager of the Year when he was with the Marlins?

            So Showalter himself just “made” his players play so well? *shrug*

            I’m of the opinion that a manager’s impact on the field is generally very much overrated.

            • FIPster Doofus

              It definitely is.

            • Typical MIT Nerd

              Except when they consistently outperform their Pythag.

              • FIPster Doofus

                The Orioles have been trending downward for months. Their high point was 27-14. They’re 28-35 since. Slowly but surely, Pythag has been catching up.

              • jjyank

                Consistently? They’ve been coming back to earth, this series notwithstanding. Where is your evidence that Showalter is the cause for that, and not just a statistical outlier?

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

                  Listen, they were two games over their pythag last year, his one full season at the helm. He’s batting 1.000 so far.

                  • jjyank

                    Showalter to teh 8th!! Erm, I mean Hall of Fame!

          • Heisenberg’s Hat

            So Showalter gets praised for something he has no control over, but Torre gets slammed for something he has no control over?

            • Typical MIT Nerd

              Except the one place you’ll consistently see great managers is in overcoming their Pythag. Look it up.

              • jjyank

                That’s the one place I consistently find luck.

                • Typical MIT Nerd

                  Except when they do it year after year. Luck averages out.

                  More importantly, you see it with the great managers.

                  Girardi? Decidedly average.

                  • jjyank

                    Nobody is saying Girardi is amazing. Managers are greatly overrated in on the field impact. Why don’t you try reading up on the subject a bit instead of claiming that Pythag records are iron clad evidence that clearly point to one source of causation?

                    • Typical MIT Nerd

                      Why do you read the stuff I already have?

                    • Typical MIT Nerd

                      Why don’t you read the stuff I already have?

                    • jjyank

                      Now you’ve just stopped making what little sense there was left. Moving on now.

      • The Real Greg

        And yet he has less rings than Girardi has. What makes a great manager. Championships.

      • jjyank

        Care to elaborate? What exactly does he do that makes him so awesome?

        • Typical MIT Nerd

          Look at their run differential then the standings.

          • jjyank

            What does that have to do with Showalter again?

          • Need Pitching & Hitting

            That’s more indicative of luck than great managing.

            • Typical MIT Nerd

              Says you…out of your ass.

              • Need Pitching & Hitting

                Show one shred of proof that being 6 games over .500 despite a -51 run differential is more indicative of great managing than random luck.

                Go ahead. I’ll wait.

                Even the greatest manager of all time would have nowhere near that big of an impact on the results of a team.

        • Typical MIT Nerd

          There’s also the memory I have of what he did with the 92-93 Yankees. They should have had no business sniffing .500 with those pitching staffs.

          • Get Phelps Up

            I guess you don’t remember the 92 Yankees being 10 games under .500.

            • jjyank

              Which is funny, because he discounted Girardi winning Manager of the Year because the Marlins were under .500.

            • Typical MIT Nerd

              I guess you don’t remember the 1991 Yankees.

              • Get Phelps Up

                Showalter had nothing to do with them.

                • Typical MIT Nerd

                  Ergo, genius, the difference with 1992.

                  • Get Phelps Up

                    Showalter “improved” a very bad 91 team into a still bad 92 team.

                    • Typical MIT Nerd

                      And Girardi won MoY for what exactly? At least that Marlins team had some talent.

                      The 92 Yankees had a hurt Mattingly and who else?

                    • Get Phelps Up

                      The 92 team was 10 games under .500 and…UNDERPERFORMED THEIR PYTH RECORD!!!

                      I thought that never happened with managers like Buck!

              • jjyank

                http://www.baseball-reference......bu99.shtml

                Showalter wasn’t the manager in 1991. Do they teach you to do research at MIT?

                • Typical MIT Nerd

                  Wow, the collective IQ really drops with game threads.

                  • jjyank

                    Yes, I have noticed. Maybe you should take a break.

                    • Typical MIT Nerd

                      I’m a mere visitor today. You clearly feel comfortable posting something that only proves my point.

                    • jjyank

                      When everyone else is arguing against you, you think it proves your point? Alright then. How do you manage the O’s and post at the same time, Buck? Impressive multitasking.

                    • Typical MIT Nerd

                      Sure, cause you pointing to the 1991 Yankees and the lack of Showalter was really solid reasoning. Keep it up, Champ! You fit right in!

      • Deep Thoughts

        OK, I’ll say it. Begone, troll. Your posts couldn’t possibly be this dense unintentionally.

  • Pasta Stumbling Sojo

    9 runs in .1 innings still possible!

  • The Real Greg

    By the way, I don’t blame the offense for yesterday. They scored 5 runs. That should win the game for you. Pitchers need to step up and Nova is not a good pitcher.

  • Athenian

    Sounds like the ball is flying today. That could make this game very interesting.

    Hoping this is not a wash, rinse, repeat game.

    • MannyGeee

      its actually not. Grandys HR was legit (SOOOOPER Legit), Andruw got ahold of his and just missed it, and JJ & Swish’s doubles were hit “where they ain’t” no cheapies to speak of

  • Eddard

    Getting someone in from 3rd with less than 2 outs? That’s a great sign. Now Phil has to hold this lead unlike Nova.

  • Need Pitching & Hitting

    Shutdown inning please Phil.

  • MannyGeee

    Oh Girardi… going for the hit & run when the guy on first cant run and the guy at the plate cant hit… you’re funny.

    • Need Pitching & Hitting

      Managers don’t call hit and runs with 2 strikes.

      • MannyGeee

        why would Cano run on a 2-2 count? and why would Russell swing at that pi… OK forget the 2nd part.

        • Need Pitching & Hitting

          The pitch was a borderline strike. He has to protect the plate with 2 strikes. Cano was likely going on his own.

          I’m 99.99% sure that was not a called hit and run.

          • MannyGeee

            are we watching the same game? waaaay outside. almost left his shoes to get to it. I get protect the plate, but goddam…

            I think he went to put the ball in play b/c he saw Cano take off… or at least foul it off…

            • Need Pitching & Hitting

              looked like it was at most 1-2 inches off the plate.

  • MannyGeee

    Hey new guy, Chavez gets to that ball….

    *trollface*

  • Cy Pettitte

    Cashman should offer to shave his head if the team wins a WS

  • MannyGeee

    Andruw just went all “Sheffield” on that guy in the first row….

  • Cy Pettitte

    wow it’s contagious

  • DERP

    We have probably saved Mark Reynolds from being DFAed.

  • Klemy

    Here we go again?

    • Erica

      No no. No Whitesnake-in’. We’re going to escape this, 2-1.

      • Klemy

        Thankfully!

  • Pat D

    So can anyone tell me if the MLB At Bat app is worth the $9.99?

    • CountryClub

      It’s Gameday on your phone. Pretty cool. You can listen to all the games too.

      • Klemy

        This. It’s well worth the money every year.

    • jjyank

      Yes, yes, yes. If you have mlb.tv you can watch the games, you can listen to the radio feeds, you get gameday, news, and scores from all teams, in one place. If you aren’t around for Yankees games even some of the time, it’s worth it. Absolutely perfect for being at work during a day game, catch the score real quick during dinner, etc.

    • Erica

      Absolutely. Allows me to listen to CBS 880 when I’m unable to watch the game, whether I’m at work or commuting on the bus.

    • Pat D

      Thanks for all the responses!

  • CountryClub

    So annoying how often a guy scores after getting on base via a bloop or infield hit.

  • MannyGeee

    33 pitches through 2IP. thats not bad for Hughes.

  • AaronGuielWithASmile

    Nice job by Hughes working out that.

    Last season, he would’ve been looking at a 3 run inning.

  • Mr. Pink

    Now we have two scrappy, annoying teams to deal with in the AL East. Great!

  • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

    Give it away, give it away, give it away now
    I can’t tell if I’m a king pin or a pauper

    What I’ve got you’ve got to give it to your mamma

    • Mr. Pink

      Great song. Always wanted to perform it but it’s too complicated to do.

  • Mike Myers

    The Reds have designated Andrew Brackman for assignment, Tom Groeschen of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports (on Twitter). In related moves, the Reds acquired Jonathan Broxton, placed Bill Bray on the disabled list, and called up Todd Redmond.

    Brackman has spent the 2012 season in the Reds’ minor league system, posting a combined 6.80 ERA with 6.8 K/9 and 6.1 BB/9 in 49 innings at Class A and Triple-A. Cincinnati signed Brackman to a Major League deal in January.

  • The Real Greg

    Well that was an improvement.

  • AaronGuielWithASmile

    Willie Randolph thinks that McGehee is a “gamer?”

    Well, I’m sold.

    • MannyGeee

      ironically, I would also not be surprised if he plays Halo…oooh, wrong gamer

      • jjyank

        I am so excited for Halo 4.

  • Karl Krawfid

    New Yankee walks.

    Shocked!

  • Athenian

    Interesting fact. Nick Markakis is half German and half Greek. So the question is, if he strikes out, grounds out, or flies out, is that his Greek side taking over; but when he gets a hit or a home run, that is his German side bailing out the Greek side?

    • jjyank

      Athenian has no love for the Greek side?

      • Athenian

        I have only love for the Greek side. But lets be honest, the Greeks run their government with the same idiocy as some of my in game posts. Just can’t help it.

        • jjyank

          Hahaha alright fair enough.

    • Chip Off The Ol’Knoblauch

      I see what you did there. Well played.

  • MannyGeee

    atta way to work the walk

  • Pasta Stumbling Sojo

    McGehee sure is chubby.

  • Erica

    What number is McGehee wearing?

    • Get Phelps Up

      45

    • jjyank

      45

    • Erica

      Gracias, folks :)

  • CountryClub

    Not that it matters, but:

    JIM BOWDEN ?@JimBowdenESPNxm
    Dodgers have designated Bobby Abreu for assignment

    • Ichy and Irok hello to number 28

      Yes please
      Better than Jones and can hit at YS

      • RetroRob

        You don’t really understand the game of baseball.

      • Bunt Gardner

        wow

  • Marcy

    Well, at least he walks. He’s a feast or famine kind of guy.
    But, remember when they used to say the Yankees had a circular lineup – not easy outs, etc.
    All the complaints about Jorge – I wish Jorge were in the locker-room last night after Nova made those comments or even David Cone. This has to end today; I know they’re hurting – lots of guys out but man, this has to stop.

  • MannyGeee

    whoa!!!! fast for a chubby guy! and BEST SLIDE EVERRRRR…

  • Mr. Pink

    I love the Casey McGehee trade. Crappy reliever for backup infielder with pop. Yes please! I really feel like he’s going to have a positive impact.

    • jjyank

      I agree. Qualls would have been gone within days anyway, and McGehee fills an actual need.

    • Typical MIT Nerd

      Yes, more guys with .300 OBPs, please! Five in today’s lineup clearly isn’t enough.

      • Bunt Gardner

        Hey, I noticed your ass got real scarce once the Yankees started scoring…what’s up with that, Typical Troll?

  • Klemy

    John Sterling totally dry humped Ichiro’s fly out.

    • Erica

      Yeahhhhh he did. Get away, ol’ man.

  • MannyGeee

    bottom of the order doin werk!!

  • Need Pitching & Hitting

    The Yankees are really kings at not scoring on RISP hits.

  • Heisenberg’s Hat

    Get the run in.

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

    My son is in a Yankee camp and went to YS3 yesterday, took a tour, met Girardi and got a ball signed by Chris Stewart.

    Said Steward was a really nice guy. I almost feel bad for wishing the Yankees got a real back up catcher.

    Almost.

    • jjyank

      Heh, almost indeed. Sounds like an awesome camp though. I want to be a kid again.

    • MartinRanger

      I was just looking at the stats, and I had completely forgotten how good John Flaherty was in 03′-’04. Like, OPSs in the .700s. I just remember ’05, when he was horrendous. And then Kelly Stinnett happened.

  • Klemy

    Question: Chris Stewart is terrible. #yesnetworkgames

    Yeah, answer that one Kay…

  • Ichy and Irok hello to number 28

    Welcome to the yanks casey
    We always stop at third on singles up the middle.

  • MannyGeee

    grinders!

  • The Real Greg

    There we go.

  • Need Pitching & Hitting

    Nice poh Cap. Jeterian even.

  • Erica

    YAY McGehee

  • Klemy

    Damn At Bat. The audio was way behind on Jeter’s hit to GameDay and the discussion here. lol

    • jjyank

      Ha yeah, that happens to me all the time with At Bat. It’s not perfectly, unfortunately.

      The worst is when I’m watching on mlb.tv (which is most of the time, but not this series since I get the O’s broadcast). mlb.tv is like 2 minutes behind real time, so RAB comments have spoiled plenty of plays for me by accident.

  • Jersey Joe

    Hitting early in the game, I love it!

  • Jersey Joe

    DOUBLE STEAL PLZ!

  • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan

    I like it when the Yankees take a lot of pitches. Even if the games last 4 hours long.

  • Karl Krawfid

    Sick of these damn strikeouts man.

    • The Real Greg

      Why don’t you tell him that?

  • Need Pitching & Hitting

    Not cool, Curtis, not cool at all.

  • Heisenberg’s Hat

    Breaking ball, down and away. Curtis with a huge ridiculous swing.
    Crapcrapcrap

    • The Real Greg

      It wasn’t down and away. It was over the plate.

  • MannyGeee

    I wish Grandy didnt K as much on that pitch. its always that breaking ball away…

  • Klemy

    You take the good. You take the bad. You take them both and there you have…the Grandyman.

    But seriously, been a lot of two outcomes lately. sadface

  • Heisenberg’s Hat

    Nice pickup, Swish!

  • MannyGeee

    Hi haters!

    – Swish

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

    Alright fellas, get these five innings in. The skies just opened up over the city.

    • The Real Greg

      They wouldn’t have started the game just to cancel it

      • CUYanks

        Not intentionally, but weather is anything but an exact science.

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

        They might not have a choice.

    • MannyGeee

      this aint Fenway, no cheapies here… play the full nine. Ina fcking monsoon if you have to!

  • The Real Greg

    And Swisher picks up the Grandyman.

  • Need Pitching & Hitting

    Swish!!!
    Nice to see the Yankees feeling extra-RISPY for a change today.

  • Mr. Pink

    Woohoo! I love the singles!

    • Klemy

      I swear, when I first read this, I thought you wrote “shingles”.

  • Ichy and Irok hello to number 28

    Jeter
    Swisher
    Cano
    Granderson
    Please

    • Erica

      Is this a haiku?

  • Jersey Joe

    Gotta love timely hitting.

    Why can’t we do it when we’re behind?

  • Klemy

    Swisher has been remaining pretty hot.

  • MartinRanger

    I could get used to this timing hitting thing.

  • MannyGeee

    now would be a great time to earn that 10 yr contract Cano

  • Ichy and Irok hello to number 28

    Rain delay coming

  • Tut

    When did Granderson become Adam Dunn or Mark Reynolds

    • CUYanks

      When he started hitting home runs. Before that he just struck out a lot.

    • Klemy

      When Mark Reynolds started hitting RBI doubles, down the line, with 2 strikes.

    • MannyGeee

      about the same time Cano became Adam Kennedy

      • CUYanks

        Hey, that’s ALCS MVP Adam Kennedy you’re talking about! Have some respect!

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

    hey everyone, awesome thunderstorms happening by me. Also looks like rain has started at the stadium pretty bad.

    • Erica

      Lightning show?

      I’m jealous. I can’t see the windows from my desk.

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

        It’s all in the clouds, so there aren’t many bolts, but it’s bright as hell.

  • The Real Greg

    I mean Giambi in ’02/’03 hit his walkoff against the Twins in a monsoon.

    They will get it in.

  • MannyGeee

    I think Buck just ordered dinner. cant bo warming someone up with the game about to go to delay…

  • CountryClub

    Rain delay wont be good here. Yanks need innings from hughes.

    • CUYanks

      Not to mention the lead before the full 5 innings are complete.

  • Jersey Joe

    Hmm, nice at bat nonetheless

  • jjyank

    Come on Phil. Work quick.

  • CUYanks

    Phil, this might be a good time to reduce the time between pitches.

  • Need Pitching & Hitting

    C’mon Phil. Shutdown inning please.

  • Ichy and Irok hello to number 28

    Please dont give it back phil.

  • MartinRanger

    Phil, you can’t give this back.

  • Athenian

    Sterling and Waldman just mentioned watching Young and the Restless? SERIOUSLY, ON A BASEBALL BROADCAST????

    Vin Scully just cried in his coffee.

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

      Bahaha, that’s it? They aren’t mind-boggled that you can order food online to the point were they are spending innings talking about it? Or innings talking about some dead opera singer?

    • MannyGeee

      seriously I am thinking about kidnapping Bob Uecker…

    • Erica

      HOW DID I MISS THIS?

      Damnit. This is what happens when I actually have to do work.

      • Athenian

        They said that if Y&R producers get rid of some can’t act character, they will quit watching.

        I am now going to go stab my keyboard in anger.

        • Erica

          Console yourself by ordering food online, the way John and Suzyn would struggle to do.

  • MannyGeee

    fuck BABIP today… seriously, fuck BABIP

  • Jon

    Ummm, should we be concerned about the lack of velocity on Hughes’ fastball?? It seems like its moving in slow motion 88-89…

    • MartinRanger

      Gameday had him 90-92 the first couple of innings. Hughes can be anywhere in the low 90s, generally, depending on the day.

  • Karl Krawfid

    ….

  • The Real Greg

    Good job.

  • MannyGeee

    Casey with the scoop!

  • MartinRanger

    This team is unbelievable right now. Of all the days for Phil not to have it.

    • The Real Greg

      Um… he just got a DP.

      • MartinRanger

        Posted before I saw that. Apologies to Phil.

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

        Greg, it’s not a perfect game. so He’s terrible, k?

        • The Real Greg

          By the way, are the Orioles still not a threat?

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

            Not going to lie, I’m surprised at how well they’ve played. But no. The fact that their run differential is still near the bottom of the AL tells me that they will fall out of it eventually. Good on them for hanging on as long as they have though, I’m impressed.

            • jjyank

              Agreed. They’ve held on longer than I thought, but they’ve been trending downward for awhile now. MIT guy’s vaunted Pythag record seems to be catching up.

              • Get Phelps Up

                What’s funny about his Pyth record thing is that he went on about how Buck did such a great job with the 92 Yakees when they actually underperformed their Pyth record.

  • CUYanks

    1 pitch, 2 outs. An impending rain delay special.

  • sangreal

    lots of thunder/lightning here in NNJ. Wouldn’t be surprised to see this delayed/called

  • CUYanks

    Nice job Phil. Swing early guys!

  • cashthegenius

    Hughes walking on a tight rope, Yanks need to score 8 more runs here

    • CUYanks

      They just need to get it past the 5th with a lead.

      • cashthegenius

        this is two weeks of frustration unleashed

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

    Does anybody notice that Paulie never pays for any food, like ever?

    • The Real Greg

      He probably doesn’t pay for any drinks either. The guy won 4 championships there.

      • CUYanks

        Plus one in CIncy.

    • Erica

      Free PR! He certainly talks about the food he eats enough.

    • jjyank

      Perks of the job man. When I was a waiter, I ate for free. When I work at a bank, I get higher interest and any fees waived. Such is life.

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

        Wait really? You get interest rates and fees waived working at a bank? that is the greatest perk I’ve ever heard of.

        • jjyank

          Yep. ATM fees waived, higher interest on all my accounts, free bank checks, free personal checks, no minimum balances, etc.

          • Erica

            Eff that, I’m now forcing myself to like numbers and applying to work at a bank.

            • jjyank

              You don’t need to like numbers. Computer does all the work, you just need to be able to count to 10 over and over.

              • Erica

                I can only count to 8 :(

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

              I’m with Erica. Those are some pimpin perks.

              • jjyank

                It’s also nice to never have to go to the bank on your errand run :P I deposit checks and withdraw money when I get to work in the morning!

                The only downside is the customers. Which is most of the job. People are real dumb.

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

                  Dude, my customer base is stoners. People banking cannot be any stupider than the guy who called about a week ago wanting to return a broken glass bowl for a bong. That he freely admitted to dropping on concrete. Two minutes before asking if he could get a refund.

                  • jjyank

                    Ha that’s pretty bad. Two days ago though I had some girl bring in a stake of cash. She hand it to me and says “can you put this on my card?” Um, sure sweetie, I can deposit this into your checking account. Fill out the slip.

                    “Can you count it for me?”

                    *counts* “I got $922, is that right?”

                    “Um, I have no idea how much it is”

                    *mental facepalms, then deposits it*

                    Half an hour later, she calls the bank to complain that she thinks the deposit should have been more. “How much more?”, I ask. “Um I dunno” she responds. WTF lady? How can you think it should be more if you had no idea how much was there to begin with? And who the fuck walks into a bank with money and has no idea how much money they have?

                    /end rant

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

                      I would guess 17-22, pretty, blonde, fake tan?

                    • jjyank

                      Unfortunately it was more like 25-30, average looking dark hair, african american. But still…just a massive face palm.

  • CUYanks

    HP Ump wants to get this game in too.

  • Knoxvillain

    Wil Nieves DFA’d by Rockies. I would love to see Nieves come back. I know he isn’t great, but I like him a lot. Anyone else think the Yankees should try and grab him?

    • Heisenberg’s Hat

      He’s a worse hitter than Stewart. Worse hitter than just about anybody.

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

        “He’s a worse hitter than Stewart. Worse hitter than just about anybody.”

        Welcome to the Redundancy Department of Redundancy.

        • Heisenberg’s Hat

          Sorry, it needed to be said two different ways. Wil Nieves is good for about a 50 OPS+, which seems insane.

      • Knoxvillain

        They’re about the same. I’d take Nieves over Stewart any day of the week.

  • The Real Greg

    I don’t of any manager who has asked the pitcher to deliberately walk people just to delay the game.

  • Cy Pettitte

    Casey McGehee: walk machine

  • RetroRob

    I think in in his case, I’d let him keep the beard.

  • FIPster Doofus

    Throw a fucking strike, Britton. Christ.

  • Yankeefan

    Casey McGehee Reminds me a lil of Ron Coomer he was chubby and played third and first.

  • Karl Krawfid

    Fucking Jones.

  • The Real Greg

    Epic play by Jones

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

    He took like a Granderson level route to that ball.

  • Adam

    Man, Ichiro seems to have hit it hard twice…and twice Sterling made me think it was out of the park.

    • Klemy

      He’s a hurtful SOB, isn’t he?

  • Klemy

    Yet another Sterling dry hump.

  • Erica

    SHUT UP STERLING

  • Need Pitching & Hitting

    Nix!! !!

  • MartinRanger

    Ichiro cannot catch a break as a Yankee.

    • The Real Greg

      Looking at his BaBip, he hasn’t caught a break all year.

  • jjyank

    Nix…he’s such a BASEBALL PLAYER.

    • CUYanks

      He gets very mad at RBI doubles. Not good enough for him.

      • Klemy

        Good enough is never, never, never good enough. – W.B. Mason

        • W.B. Mason

          Now I shall make photocopies of things in the clubhouse where your small children play…would anyone like some…lemonade?

          • FIPster Doofus

            “Have a seat.”-Chris Hansen

            • Klemy

              IETC

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

              +1

            • jjyank

              Haha well done.

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

                wait…i watched almost every episode of south park except for the Super friends…and I don’t remember this.

                • jjyank

                  It’s the one where Cartman pretends he has Tourrettes so people will let him shout obscenities in public. Pretty funny.

    • RetroRob

      Don’t hold Suzyn’s comment against Nix!

  • The Real Greg

    Nix thought that was going to be caught.

  • Knoxvillain

    Say what you want about Nix, but this guy gets some pretty big hits.

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

    Lol, Nix thought he got that way off the end of the bat.

  • RetroRob

    Odd. Off the bat, I thought Ichiro’s ball was going to be a hit, and Nix’s ball was going to be caught.

  • Leg-End

    I like Nix, can we keep him?

  • Pasta Stumbling Sojo

    Looks like Ichiro’s trying to prove that he can actually hit 30 homers if he wanted to exchange it for a lower average.

    • The Real Greg

      Incorrect. He hit both balls on the nose.

      • Pasta Stumbling Sojo

        That’s true, but I’m not sure how that makes what I said incorrect. Not that I was being serious in any way, but if there was a point I was making, it was that he was swinging for the fences rather than slapping singles the other way.

  • Adam

    Odd to see Kevin Gregg out there so early…

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

    Capt’n :)

  • jjyank

    RISP hitting has been glorious today!

  • CBean

    Captain!

  • Get Phelps Up

    Jeter!!

    Loving this RISPwin!

  • Erica

    Jeeeeeeeeeet!

  • Leg-End

    Granderson K or HR coming up.

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

      Granderson just flipped you the bird on national middle finger day.

      • Leg-End

        And I liked it.

        • Karl Krawfid

          lol

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

    Rabble Rabble Rabble all he does is strike out Rabble Rabble Rabble

  • RetroRob

    If Michael Kay doesn’t eat condiments or eggs, how can he possibly eat frozen custard?

  • Dan

    At what point are these runs counter-productive? They need to make sure the game becomes official. I know after yesterday no lead is safe, but still if this game gets called before the 5th it will cost them a win. It looks like there is potential for thunderstorms until after 5pm so that would be a really long delay if they go that route.

    • CUYanks

      At the very lead, they may want to swing at the first pitch now that it’s 11-1.

      • Dan

        Yeah, no batter should see more than 3 pitches. Then have Hughes try to throw strikes and work quickly when he comes back out.

  • CUYanks

    Now, getting the next 6 outs on defense ASAP has to be a priority.

  • Need Pitching & Hitting

    Offense!!!!

  • jjyank

    I love you Robbie. LOVE.

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

    Robbie goes GRAND!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Karl Krawfid

    Yeaaaah.

  • Eddard

    That should be enough runs, even for Nova.

  • Adam

    Boom. Where are the haters today?

  • Cy Pettitte

    holy shit Robbie. this has gotta be torture for Buck, love it.

    • CUYanks

      Nah, giving him more excuses to make pitching changes and waste time before it becomes official.

    • Erica

      Muahahahahaaaaaaaa

  • http://www.ProjectNeoX.com ProjectNeo

    Robbie Cano, Dontcha know!

  • Nathan

    Wow.

    I guess when theres no pressure, RISP fail turns to RISP win!

  • RetroRob

    On pace for a 33-3 final score.

    • Get Phelps Up
      • Erica

        No way. Hahahhhahahaa. No wayyyyyyyy.

      • jjyank

        lolwut?

        There should be a mercy rule.

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

        Wow…how do you look yourself in a mirror after a loss like that. Especially the pitchers…

        • Get Phelps Up

          The fewest runs an O’s pitcher gave up in that game was 6. 6!!!

      • RetroRob

        I remember that game. The Rangers lineup today would probably score 50 runs against that Orioles team.

  • Get Phelps Up

    Robbie!!!!!

    Now get these last 6 outs and don’t get anyone hurt.

  • CUYanks

    Swing at first pitch. Now.

  • Ichy and Irok hello to number 28

    Watch the game get rained out now

  • Gonzo

    Anyone else think Buck is going to try and streeeeeetch this game out?

  • Need Pitching & Hitting

    Of course they finally get a Quall’s proof lead right after they get rid of Qualls.

  • jjyank

    God damn it the 5th inning needs to get here NOW.

  • MartinRanger

    Well that’ll do.

  • Erica

    ROBBIE!!!!!

    I hate that the MLB At-Bat app is behind but WHATEVER! YES!!!

    • Klemy

      Yeah, literally like, 2 minutes. lol

  • DERP

    Andruw really taking one for the team.

  • Kosmo

    it´s like someone opened a window. Breathe !

  • MartinRanger

    Nice efficient K there, Andruw.

    No screwing around Phil.

  • Rey22

    Ok guys, start making outs to make this one official.

  • Klemy

    Okay this game is now officially too slow. Move it, move it, move it. No practice pitches between innings. Wait, that’s our softball league…

  • Ichy and Irok hello to number 28

    Ok flyball phil will give up ? This inning
    I say 4 which is better than nova

  • CUYanks

    I want to see a 3 pitch inning in the bottom of the 4th.

  • RetroRob

    Hunter and Seaver?

    Hunter and Carlton?

    • RetroRob

      Hunter, Seaver and Carlton.

  • Athenian

    This is awesome, but also why offensive numbers are not always the “proof” of a teams performance. Coming into today Yankees were a +77 and Orioles were -51 but only 5.5 games separated them.

    • RetroRob

      It means the Orioles are a mirage.

      • jjyank

        Not if you believe in the powers of the Great Showalter!

        • Get Phelps Up

          And overperforming your Pyth record!

        • RetroRob

          I am a Showalter fan and believe he is one of the top managers in the game and the best in the AL East. (Nope, not Mr. Tampa.)

          But that run differential is crazy. They’re record should be worse.

  • Adam

    Seriously, Susan doubts that Buck would stall?

    • Adam

      Erp Suzyn, even.

      • Klemy

        I sensed sarcasm there, no?

  • CUYanks

    This could be one of those Phil Hughes rain-shortended CG specials.

  • smurfy

    Looks like Phil is trying anti-batting practice.

  • MartinRanger

    Come on Phil, we’re counting on you.

  • CountryClub

    2 more bloop fucking hits. Drives me insane.

  • MartinRanger

    Hughes is ridiculously hittable today. He’s not getting killed he just can’t get it past anyone.

    • CUYanks

      Two bloops this inning. Just keep throwing strikes.

      • smurfy

        He looksw justified in his fb love. The clock says 91, but the hitters say oik.

  • Athenian

    So what will be available in the off season with the new rules around qualifying offers to be made in order to receive compensation picks. Value set at $13-$13.5 mil. Going to be lots of movement.

    • CUYanks

      It’s gonna be a completely different ballgame than offering arbitration.

      • jjyank

        Yeah, I have a feeling a lot more players will be accepting the qualifying offer. The QO’s could end up paying a guy several mil more a year than arbitration (depending on the case).

  • Cy Pettitte

    Joba better pitch today

    • CUYanks

      In wet conditions? Idk if it’s a great idea.

      • Klemy

        and a 10 run lead? I can wait until Friday’s game.

    • anon

      nope, hughes for the 5 inning CG

  • smurfy

    Wah! That’s my Philbert!

  • CountryClub

    Good job, Phil.

  • Athenian

    curiosity. in 2014 Jacoby Ellsbury becomes a free agent. Should the Yankees consider him?

    • smurfy

      outstanding player for a few years, barring injury and 5 years age.

    • RetroRob

      Been injured heavily in two of the past three years. Had a UFO season last year. In a clubhouse now known for having problems, he’s been identified as being a loner (although maybe that’s a good thing), and he’s represented by Scott Boras.

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

        I’d be a loner in the Red Sox club house to. As far as I remember the only club house problem I remember him having is Youkilis insinuating he wasn’t hurt, and it turned out he had broken ribs.

        • RetroRob

          I was being serious when I said it might be a good thing. I’m not one for “clubhouse chemistry” but I don’t dismiss it either. Where there’s smoke there’s fire and there is some problem in the Red Sox clubhouse. The fact that Ellsbury might have distanced himself from whatever is going on there could be taken as a positive.

          Youkilis is supposed to be this great gamer. Yet it is interestign that Youkilis did question Ellsbury when the dude had broken ribs; Youkilis also got into some fight with Ortiz, who does seem like a pretty likable character; and Bobby Valentine walked in and seemed to be intent on driving Youkilis out and they eventually did trade him. I think Youkilis was one of the problems.

        • Athenian

          Youklis… such a tool

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

      Depending on health, cost, and player ability, they should at least ‘kick the tires.’

  • CUYanks

    I don’t care if they bunt. Quick at bats here for the Yankees, please.

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

    damnit russel. We need to get through 5 quick.

    • CUYanks

      Love McGehee. Taking one for the team.

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

      Good job Ugly Fat Old Guy.

      • RetroRob

        He’s 29.

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

          Oh God. He looks like he’s at least in his late 30s…

          • whozat

            It’s the french canadian upbringing. Hard living up in Quebec.

          • RetroRob

            Yeah, he kind looks like he should be playing in a 35+ beer league. Scarily, he lowers the Yankees age.

    • Erica

      Had to step away – what happened?

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

        Martin hit a single through the left side, then McGehee got doubled up on a weak ball to second, infield single for Ichiro to the 3rd baseman and Nix flew out to center.

        • Erica

          Gracias

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

            Usted es bienvenido.

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

            Usted es bienvenido.

  • Cy Pettitte

    good job McGehee, he knows how to get through 5 quickly

  • Need Pitching & Hitting

    lol Ichiro … 2 hard hit balls – 2 outs
    weak grounder off the end of the bat – hit

  • Eddard

    A hit a game. Ichiro is very consistent. Sterling thinks he’ll be hitting lead off at this rate.

    • whozat

      Only Jon Sterling would thing that a .200 – .250 AVG (~ 1 hit per game) with few walks is deserving of the leadoff spot.

    • Klemy

      Yeah, lol, what was that comment about? “He’s a weapon and I think he’ll be back to hitting lead-off”.

  • captain kiwi

    this is the kind of rebound i like to see! what are the chances this game gets called bc of rain?

    • CUYanks

      As soon as it’s official and it’s a 10+ run game, the umps will probably be much more willing to call it early.

  • CUYanks

    3 more outs and the Yankees can work the counts as much as they want.

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

    Adam Jones is quick.

  • RetroRob

    Oh, come on umps. Call the guy out. No one wants to delay this in the rain.

  • jjyank

    5 innings. It’s all good now!

  • AaronGuielWithASmile

    Ballgame (almost) over!

    Yankees win (probably)!

    Theeeeeeeeeee Yankees probably win!

    • Erica

      Heh heh.

    • Klemy

      I would pay for a recording of Sterling actually doing that.

  • Ichy and Irok hello to number 28

    Offical game now woo hoo

    • CUYanks

      Let the skies open!

  • Kosmo

    probably see Joba in the 6th or 7th inning.

  • Gonzo

    It’s official!
    Party like it’s 1999!

  • RAB4Life

    Hughes has just sucked today. forget the 1 run allowed….mofo gave up 9 hits in 5 innings! ova must be in the postseason rotation.

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

      2 bloops in the third, 2 infield singles. At least he’s not being rocked like “ova” was last night

      Obvious troll is obvious.

    • jjyank

      Are we forgetting Nova’s start from yesterday? If you’re concerned with hits allowed (which is fair), why is letting the guy who leads the league in extra base hits getting the start instead?

      I’m not necessarily arguing in favor of one or the other, but yeah.

    • Anthony

      Are you seriously going to say that after yesterday.

    • whozat

      If we’re making judgments based on 1 start…Right now might not be the best time to push for Nova in the postseason rotation.

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

    I love that highlight.

  • sleepy brandon

    wahooooo phil hughes’ era is under 4 now!

  • Tom Q

    And with that out, Hughes not only makes it an official ball game — he puts his ERA under 4 (3.99 at the moment; take a picture..it may not last).

    Pretty impressive, considering where he started this season.

  • Erica

    Oh, Jeet <3

  • The Troll

    Oh nooo . . . I liked Dewayne Wise.

  • Pasta Stumbling Sojo

    I just saw the discussion above about Showalter consistently outperforming his Pythag record, so I decided to look it up:

    1992: Underperformed Pythag record by 4 games (-4)
    1993: Overperformed Pythag record by 1 game (+1)
    1994: +2
    1995: +1
    1998: -1
    1999: -2
    2000: 0
    2003: +2
    2004: +2
    2005: -3
    2006: -6
    2011: +2
    2012: +8

    (I left out 2010 because he only managed 57 games and I was too lazy to break down the numbers for those games.)

    Summary: If you sum them together, he’s +2 overall over 13 seasons, and he outperformed in 7 out of 13 seasons, compared to 5 underperforming and 1 tied.

    So basically, there’s no support whatsoever for the claim that he’s consistently outperformed his Pythagorean record. I don’t know where Typical MIT Nerd got that from.

    • jjyank

      I appreciate the research. Despite being involved in the argument, I was too lazy to do so myself. Nice work!

    • CUYanks

      I think the only real (non-noise) reason for a team outperforming its pythagorean would be an extremely effective bullpen and proper leverage-based managing. Even then, it’s probably a small effect. The other option would be having TERRIBLE long men that always blow up in losing games.

    • Chip Off The Ol’Knoblauch

      The Troll Stat Sheet. It’s where I go for all my unsupported and outlandish assertions.

    • Get Phelps Up

      You’d think that if he really was an MIT nerd, he’d bother to do some research instead of pulling stuff out of his ass.

      • jjyank

        Which is comical, because at one point he criticized Needed Pitching for pulling something out of his ass.

    • Need Pitching & Hitting

      and Girardi is +3 in his career, outperforming in 3 seasons and underperforming in 3 seasons

  • Karl Krawfid

    Granderson needs to stop swinging so damn hard when he has 2 strikes.

    • CUYanks

      So the 11 hrs he has this year with 2 strikes don’t interest you?

      • Karl Krawfid

        How many k’s does he have?

        dem K’s outweigh some of dem homers.

        • Need Pitching & Hitting

          Grandy with 2 strikes this year: 169/264/333 130 sOPS+
          Yankees average with 2 strikes this year: 179/256/322 123 sOPS+
          AL average with 2 strikes this year: 179/246/278

          As frustrating as the K’s are, Grandy’s doing about as well as can be expected with 2 strikes.

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

    Damn…nice play by Hardy.

  • Cy Pettitte

    Jeter’s batting average this year at 38 is higher than his career batting average, I didn’t think there was any way he’d keep this up all year.

    • CS Yankee

      No 38 year-old has ever led their league with hits. He passed Miggy last night and into the lead.

      Everyone needs to enjoy these Jeet feats!

      • Yankee Fan 1

        No. We can’t enjoy it. We have to complain about every ground out because he’s olllllllld. Rock on Jeter.

  • Robinson Tilapia

    11-1, eh? Forgot it even was a day game.

    This is why it royally sucks to be the team in second place. Even when you take the first two games, you lose the third and all you have to show for it is one game gained in the standings. No matter how bad the Ynaks have looked, it’s a tough road to cimb for the rest of the division, and the Yankees aren’t going to play as badly as the have forever.

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

      wait…so you’re telling me that the past 10-12 games aren’t a referendum on what this team really is? Are you sure? Cause I’ve been told this is the team the Yankees really are.

    • jjyank

      True that. We’re not nearly at the point where games are “must win” yet.

  • cashthegenius

    1-4 9 for 14 9rbi’s

  • CUYanks

    What’s the avg with RISP?

    • Get Phelps Up

      .700!

      (7/10)

      • jjyank

        If only they could hit more homers, surely a .700 average with RISP isn’t sustainable.

        • Get Phelps Up

          /toomanyrisphits

  • jjyank

    Wow Ichiro!

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

      Yeah, that was a pretty cool play.

    • RetroRob

      If the Yankees had Ichiro out in left on Saturday and in CF in a Sunday, the Yankees might have won both games. Not that there’s anyway to know where to position a team’s best defensive OFer before the game.

      I do agree with Girardi that it makes more sense to have Ichiro in left and Swisher in right.

      • RetroRob

        I think I inveresed the games. I’m trying to blot those last two games against Boston out of my mind.

      • jjyank

        Definitely. YS3 has more space in left than right, so why not put the speedier guy in left?

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

    Nice play by Nix :/

  • coolerking101

    Glad to see Martin picking up. He has to be having one of the worst seasons in Yankee history. I just checked…as far as his batting average is concerned, his high water mark this year was .222 (4/13/12)! His BA has been above .200 this year for a TOTAL of 18 days! That’s insane.

    • Klemy

      Bob Uecker can identify.

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

    Paulie agrees that Meridith is hot.

    • Erica

      Ugh.

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

        Lol, I’ll agree with you her voice is very annoying…but she’s very easy on the eyes.

      • Robinson Tilapia

        I’d say “cute.” Sure.

    • jjyank

      Ha what did he say?

      • Ethan

        Meridith sits behind Kay and O’neil in the booth. Paulie was talking about how in high school you wanted the pretty girls to sit in front of you and then says they have a bad set up in the YES booth.

        • Klemy

          YES HR is already on the phone to the booth.

        • jjyank

          Haha, nice Paulie. Dude’s trying to get his 7th inning stretch on, amirite?

          • Klemy

            …lol

        • CS Yankee

          So, he didn’t say she was hot?

          I think there is a big difference in “a pretty girl” reference and “hot”…like at least 2 points (7 versus a 9).

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

        Apparently there is some trivia game they’re doing in the booth. and Micheal said it wasn’t fair that Meridith was sitting behind them and higher up so she can copy. Paulie said “Yeah, in high school you wanted the pretty girls to sit in front of you so you can look at her without her noticing.”

        PS, her voice might suck but it seems like she’s got a good sense of humor.

    • Klemy

      You know what makes her look better? Sitting in between Kay and Paulie for the trivia question.

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

    Joba’s got some new Tat’s

  • Robinson Tilapia

    It’s 11-1, Yankees, and people are researching where Buck F’ing Showalter has exceeded his teams’ pythag record as manager throughout his career.

    Makes perfect sense.

    • jjyank

      Did you see the Typical MIT Nerd argument? Someone has to make him be quiet.

    • captain kiwi

      what are they supposed to do? laud jeter for leading the league in hits? pfffffft

      • CS Yankee

        I personally think its way cool that a 38 year-old (who quite a few here want to “go away’) is leading the league in hits, top 10 in BA, etc.

        Yes, these are “old-school” stats, but still pretty fricken’ cool.

        If your one of his regular bashers…get happy and realize that this not something that has ever occured and enjoy the ride a little.

        Cool?

  • Dela G

    meredith has a great rack

    at least she has that going for her

    • Ichy and Irok hello to number 28

      Is that a store bought rack?

  • Ichy and Irok hello to number 28

    Meradith great legs

  • CUYanks

    Joba first pitch: retaliation plunk.

  • Freddy’s Mom

    This series seems to confirm A) Birds are a good team this year and, B) our pitching is scary.

    So dang happy to see Hughes pitching well today, though. And the bats come to life.

  • RetroRob

    It’s clear the Yankees have a big lead by the most recent postings here in the game thread. : -)

    • jjyank

      Indeed. Light banter and obscure stats >>>>>>> troll combat.

  • Evan

    Was the Cano HBP intentional?

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

      Nah, breaking ball off the back foot.

  • Karl Krawfid

    Getting wiggy wit it.

    My bad wrong guy.

  • Freddy’s Mom

    Everybody except McGehee has a hit now.

  • Ichy and Irok hello to number 28

    joba is back!,,

  • Karl Krawfid

    Jobaaaaaaaaaaaaaa!

  • jjyank

    Welcome back Joba!!!! We missed you buddy.

    In your honor: *grunts*, *farts*

  • Get Phelps Up

    JOBA!

  • Kevin G.

    ………. ok

  • jjyank

    It’s okay Jobbers. Shake off the rust in garbage time.

  • Erica

    Jobaaaaaa!!!!

  • Ichy and Irok hello to number 28

    Atta boy jobs

  • Jersey Joe

    JOBA!

  • captain kiwi

    that’s cool joba, just get it outta your system.

  • Klemy

    hahaha you ever have that feeling? lol

  • Get Phelps Up

    Stupid cheap homer.

  • Robinson Tilapia

    Welcome back, Joba. Get the next guy out.

  • https://twitter.com/#!/Paddock9652 Stratman9652

    OK, that was mildly hilarious.

  • Erica

    Oops. Womp. I hate this At-Bat delay. Oh well.

  • CountryClub

    I’m glad he’s back and I take nothing from his performance today (or for a couple of weeks), but I’m instantly reminded why Joba can be so frustrating.

  • Ichy and Irok hello to number 28

    Yeah joba sucking again
    91-92 wtf

  • Mr. Pink

    Well it’s good to know that Joba hasn’t changed at all. Still serving up late inning homers like the good ol’ times!

    • Get Phelps Up

      It’s a 9 run game and his first game back.

    • Jamey

      This seems to happen pretty often to pitchers that have been out a while.

  • RetroRob

    Bring in Qualls.

  • Karl Krawfid

    Where dat Velo?

  • CountryClub

    Where is the mid to upper 90 heat we’ve heard about. Even the AA beat guys reported him there on Sunday. You’d think he’d be jacked up today.

  • Jamey

    Okay clearly the Yankees need to find out what’s in their team water supply that diminishes velocity.

  • Ichy and Irok hello to number 28

    Was the gun in the minors juiced or did the big guy not have it today.

    • RetroRob

      He was hitting upper 90s and scouts’ radar guns. It wasn’t a single reading. So my guess is it’s just the uneveniness expected for a pitcher coming back from an arm injury.

      • jjyank

        That and it was a big lead and a slippery field. Maybe he was just taking it easy.

        • Ichy and Irok hello to number 28

          He didnt grunt or fart either. The big guy must be sick.

  • 1stbase

    it seems like every pitchers velocity has been down today on both sides

  • jjyank

    BASEBALL. PLAYER.

  • Tom Q

    So, by my rough calculation, sunce the first of May, Phil has pitched to about a 3.40 ERA. From June 1st on, it’s barely over 3.00. This whike pitching about half his games in this Stadium that’s supposedly kryptonite to him.

    At what point do we start thinking maybe LAST year was the misleading one, and that Phil is a damn good pitcher, closer to what we thought in early 2010? And can we at least stop with the “send him to the bullpen” every time he gives up a solo homer?

    • YanksFanInBeantown

      Dammit Tom Q, Hughes is a bust!

      I don’t care that his statistics have improved, or that his velocity has returned, he wasn’t good last year and that means he will never be good again!

      (Do you think that will get me into MIT?)

  • Ichy and Irok hello to number 28

    Flash took the day off from WD mason to play 2nd base for the Os.
    Lol Pauly is awesome.

  • Heisenberg’s Hat

    I was hoping Joba would leave that hanging slider of his in AAA. That was always my least favorite thing he did.

  • Robinson Tilapia

    I’d rather him go in there and get one appearance under his belt, not overdoing and trying to get his pitches right against than go in there overthrowing. Frankly, the double play meant infinitely more than the HR.

    The road back: difficult.

  • Dela G

    yikes joba getting lit up

  • Ichy and Irok hello to number 28

    Joba throwing bp again

  • AaronGuielWithASmile

    Everyone panic about Joba!!!

  • smurfy

    Nice Nixy popup play. I smell a permanent utility man.

  • Ichy and Irok hello to number 28

    Hughes and nova to the pen joba and phelps to the rotation. (sarcasm off)

  • Jamey

    Even as someone that is annoyed to death of the Joba Velocity Crisis, it does seem a little weird considering the reports about hitting 97+. I’m sure there could be a lot of reasons why he’d maybe take it easy, but he was pretty much throwing BP out there with that stuff.

  • Ichy and Irok hello to number 28

    How many does clay give up.

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

      Holy crap are you annoying.

      • Ichy and Irok hello to number 28

        How many runs has rapada given up in last ten apearances? Your a stat guy.

        • Need Pitching & Hitting

          2

          OMG the HORROR!!!!

        • jjyank

          Your a grammar guy.

    • Ichy and Irok hello to number 28

      Not to many yankee fans trust Rapada thats the point . I hope he proves me wrong

  • vin

    Welcome back, Joba. Great changeup Markakis. B

  • Yankeefan

    could it be because of the mound been wet he didn’t try trowing harder ?

    • jjyank

      Could be. Could be a couple other reasons as well, I’m not worried.

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

      No, he’s clearly hurt and we should all panic.

      • Get Phelps Up

        Come on Mike, we need something negative to take out of this game!

  • Ichy and Irok hello to number 28

    Ayala developed nice another swing and miss by cash.

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

      Yes, the 34-year-old developed into a higher ERA and a lower walk rate than last year.

      • Ichy and Irok hello to number 28

        1.22 whip this year

        • RetroRob

          Really. The Yankees identify a useful part who hasn’t pitched in the majors in two years, and the two prior years before that pitches to a 5.68 ERA, and get sub-2.00 ERA from him, and that’s viewed as another swing and miss?

          You didn’t like him when he was on the Yankees.

          He’s fungible.

    • jjyank

      Not really. His shiny 2.09 ERA with the Yankees was a 4.19 FIP, and his FIP this year is 4.00. The last time he was in the majors before the Yankees was 2009 (4.69 FIP), 4.47 FIP in 2008. The guy is a journeyman reliever. The Yankees thought they caught as much lightning as they could in that bottle (which is very understandable).

    • Bunt Gardner

      You’re not happy unless you can find something to complain about.

  • RetroRob

    Who doesn’t get rental car insurance? Actually, whose regular insurance doesn’t cover rental car insurance? If he’s here on business, why isn’t YES covering his rental car?

    • jjyank

      My insurance doesn’t cover rentals! But that might also be because (1. I am cheap and (2. I’m not old enough to rent a car :P

    • Jamey

      As a frequent traveler I can certainly understand if at that point it was just another “upsell” to him.

      • RetroRob

        Right. When I rent cars they always try to upsell me, but I never take it because it’s covered by my own insurance. I’m just surprised that Paul’s regular insurance wouldn’t cover it.

      • MannyGeee

        alll billed back to the customer, dude. push it back to YES

  • smurfy

    The movement on Ayala’s two-seamer is ridiculous.

  • Tom

    Schowalter trying to keep this an 8 run game….

    (have to assume it was a pitch count thing and he wanted to have Ayala available for the off day tomorrow?)

  • captain kiwi

    is it just me or does it seem like we’ve been getting beaned a lot lately? starting on the west coast.

    • MannyGeee

      its because we’re pussys and suck and wont retaliate b/c we’re spineless….

      did I do it right?

      • captain kiwi

        i bet people actually say that. i just can’t remember so many hbps in such a short span of time.

  • RetroRob

    Mcghee is thinking, that’s a HR in Pittsburgh.

  • CUYanks

    Who pitches the 9th?

  • YanksFanInBeantown

    Ichiro doing his best to keep up his streak.

  • Itchy Cro(tch)

    ichi san with 1 hit again!!! wooo

    • MannyGeee

      I chirp is going to be a difference maker… You just watch.

      1 hit every game from not through November. Konichiwa haterz!!!

      • MannyGeee

        Ok how about Ichiro instead of ‘I chirp’. Fuck you iPad

        • Betty Lizard

          Yeah, but I chirp is hilarious. Can’t wait to see what my iPad does to Casey McGeHee.

  • Erica

    WINNNNNNNNN

    • Pat M

      Is this Sesamie Street Erica ???

      • Erica

        YIS!

  • Ichy and Irok hello to number 28

    Love it baltimore only gains 1 game on us. Now we need to stomp seattle.

  • Dela G

    great win

    the team needed that

  • http://- Ryan

    pimpin

  • http://- Barabara

    nice!