Game 104: Just Win


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.

Categories : Game Threads


  1. Mike Myers says:

    I see rain in midtown…

  2. Bavarian Yankee says:

    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 ;)

  3. Athenian says:

    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 says:

      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?

  4. Timothy says:

    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 says:

      Just switching Granderson and Swisher would work for me.

    • Slugger27 says:

      agreed, dont like grandy 2nd either.

    • Need Pitching & Hitting says:

      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 says:

        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 says:

          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 says:

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

    • Athenian says:

      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.


      • Athenian says:

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

      • Mike Axisa says:

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

        • vin says:

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

          • Laz says:

            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 says:

        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??

    • Stratman9652 says:

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

  5. Jersey Joe says:

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

  6. Jersey Joe says:

    Dewayne Wise was released today.

    Just puttin’ it out there.

  7. Stan the Man says:

    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.

  8. Erica says:

    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.

  9. nacho says:

    “New is always better.” – Barney Stinson

  10. jjyank says:

    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

  11. RkyMtnYank says:

    That lineup is just ugly!

  12. Eddard says:

    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 says:

      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 says:

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

  13. The Real Greg says:

    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 says:

      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.

  14. Troll Hunter says:

    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!

  15. Betty Lizard says:

    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!

  16. Hummingbird S. says:

    we need this game… let’s go Hughes!

  17. The Real Greg says:

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

  18. MannyGeee says:

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

  19. MannyGeee says:

    wow, Grandy hit that a fcking mile

  20. Cy Pettitte says:

    anyone notice Joba after the HR? lol

  21. Eddard says:

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

  22. jjyank says:

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

  23. Get Phelps Up says:

    Joba’s fired up lol.

  24. DERP says:


  25. Erica says:

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


  26. AaronGuielWithASmile says:

    Yankees offense doing work early!

  27. Cuso says:

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

  28. MannyGeee says:

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


    • jjyank says:

      Hey, it could have been watermelon.

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

  29. Paul VuvuZuvella says:


  30. Typical MIT Nerd says:

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

  31. MannyGeee says:

    fightin Showalters showing some sound baseball right there…

  32. Pasta Stumbling Sojo says:

    9 runs in .1 innings still possible!

  33. The Real Greg says:

    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.

  34. Athenian says:

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

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

    • MannyGeee says:

      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

  35. Eddard says:

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

  36. Need Pitching & Hitting says:

    Shutdown inning please Phil.

  37. MannyGeee says:

    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 says:

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

      • MannyGeee says:

        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 says:

          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 says:

            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…

  38. MannyGeee says:

    Hey new guy, Chavez gets to that ball….


  39. Cy Pettitte says:

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

  40. MannyGeee says:

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

  41. Cy Pettitte says:

    wow it’s contagious

  42. DERP says:

    We have probably saved Mark Reynolds from being DFAed.

  43. Klemy says:

    Here we go again?

  44. Pat D says:

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

    • CountryClub says:

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

    • jjyank says:

      Yes, yes, yes. If you have 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 says:

      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 says:

      Thanks for all the responses!

  45. CountryClub says:

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

  46. MannyGeee says:

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

  47. AaronGuielWithASmile says:

    Nice job by Hughes working out that.

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

  48. Mr. Pink says:

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

  49. Cuso says:

    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

  50. Mike Myers says:

    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.

  51. The Real Greg says:

    Well that was an improvement.

  52. AaronGuielWithASmile says:

    Willie Randolph thinks that McGehee is a “gamer?”

    Well, I’m sold.

  53. Karl Krawfid says:

    New Yankee walks.


  54. Athenian says:

    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?

  55. MannyGeee says:

    atta way to work the walk

  56. Pasta Stumbling Sojo says:

    McGehee sure is chubby.

  57. Erica says:

    What number is McGehee wearing?

  58. CountryClub says:

    Not that it matters, but:

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

  59. Marcy says:

    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.

  60. MannyGeee says:

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

  61. Mr. Pink says:

    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.

  62. Klemy says:

    John Sterling totally dry humped Ichiro’s fly out.

  63. MannyGeee says:

    bottom of the order doin werk!!

  64. Need Pitching & Hitting says:

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

  65. Heisenberg's Hat says:

    Get the run in.

  66. Andy Pettitte's Fibula (formerly Manny's BanWagon) says:

    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.


    • jjyank says:

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

    • MartinRanger says:

      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.

  67. Klemy says:

    Question: Chris Stewart is terrible. #yesnetworkgames

    Yeah, answer that one Kay…

  68. Ichy and Irok hello to number 28 says:

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

  69. MannyGeee says:


  70. The Real Greg says:

    There we go.

  71. Need Pitching & Hitting says:

    Nice poh Cap. Jeterian even.

  72. Erica says:

    YAY McGehee

  73. Klemy says:

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

    • jjyank says:

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

  74. Jersey Joe says:

    Hitting early in the game, I love it!

  75. Jersey Joe says:


  76. Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan says:

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

  77. Karl Krawfid says:

    Sick of these damn strikeouts man.

  78. Need Pitching & Hitting says:

    Not cool, Curtis, not cool at all.

  79. Heisenberg's Hat says:

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

  80. MannyGeee says:

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

  81. Klemy says:

    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

  82. Heisenberg's Hat says:

    Nice pickup, Swish!

  83. MannyGeee says:

    Hi haters!

    – Swish

  84. Mike Axisa says:

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

  85. The Real Greg says:

    And Swisher picks up the Grandyman.

  86. Need Pitching & Hitting says:

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

  87. Mr. Pink says:

    Woohoo! I love the singles!

  88. Ichy and Irok hello to number 28 says:


  89. Jersey Joe says:

    Gotta love timely hitting.

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

  90. Klemy says:

    Swisher has been remaining pretty hot.

  91. MartinRanger says:

    I could get used to this timing hitting thing.

  92. MannyGeee says:

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

  93. Ichy and Irok hello to number 28 says:

    Rain delay coming

  94. Tut says:

    When did Granderson become Adam Dunn or Mark Reynolds

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

  96. The Real Greg says:

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

    They will get it in.

  97. MannyGeee says:

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

  98. CountryClub says:

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

  99. Jersey Joe says:

    Hmm, nice at bat nonetheless

  100. jjyank says:

    Come on Phil. Work quick.

  101. CUYanks says:

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

  102. Need Pitching & Hitting says:

    C’mon Phil. Shutdown inning please.

  103. Ichy and Irok hello to number 28 says:

    Please dont give it back phil.

  104. MartinRanger says:

    Phil, you can’t give this back.

  105. Athenian says:

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

    Vin Scully just cried in his coffee.

  106. MannyGeee says:

    fuck BABIP today… seriously, fuck BABIP

  107. Jon says:

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

    • MartinRanger says:

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

  108. Karl Krawfid says:


  109. The Real Greg says:

    Good job.

  110. MannyGeee says:

    Casey with the scoop!

  111. MartinRanger says:

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

  112. CUYanks says:

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

  113. sangreal says:

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

  114. CUYanks says:

    Nice job Phil. Swing early guys!

  115. cashthegenius says:

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

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

    • The Real Greg says:

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

    • Erica says:

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

    • jjyank says:

      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.

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

        • jjyank says:

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

          • Erica says:

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

            • jjyank says:

              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.

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

              • jjyank says:

                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.

                • 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 says:

                    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

  117. CUYanks says:

    HP Ump wants to get this game in too.

  118. Knoxvillain says:

    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?

  119. The Real Greg says:

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

  120. Cy Pettitte says:

    Casey McGehee: walk machine

  121. RetroRob says:

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

  122. FIPster Doofus says:

    Throw a fucking strike, Britton. Christ.

  123. Yankeefan says:

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

  124. Karl Krawfid says:

    Fucking Jones.

  125. The Real Greg says:

    Epic play by Jones

  126. He took like a Granderson level route to that ball.

  127. Adam says:

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

  128. Klemy says:

    Yet another Sterling dry hump.

  129. Erica says:


  130. Need Pitching & Hitting says:

    Nix!! !!

  131. MartinRanger says:

    Ichiro cannot catch a break as a Yankee.

  132. jjyank says:

    Nix…he’s such a BASEBALL PLAYER.

  133. The Real Greg says:

    Nix thought that was going to be caught.

  134. Knoxvillain says:

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

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

  136. RetroRob says:

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

  137. Leg-End says:

    I like Nix, can we keep him?

  138. Pasta Stumbling Sojo says:

    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 says:

      Incorrect. He hit both balls on the nose.

      • Pasta Stumbling Sojo says:

        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.

  139. Adam says:

    Odd to see Kevin Gregg out there so early…

  140. jjyank says:

    RISP hitting has been glorious today!

  141. CBean says:


  142. Get Phelps Up says:


    Loving this RISPwin!

  143. Erica says:


  144. Leg-End says:

    Granderson K or HR coming up.

  145. Rabble Rabble Rabble all he does is strike out Rabble Rabble Rabble

  146. RetroRob says:

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

  147. Dan says:

    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.

  148. CUYanks says:

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

  149. Need Pitching & Hitting says:


  150. jjyank says:

    I love you Robbie. LOVE.

  151. Robbie goes GRAND!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  152. Karl Krawfid says:


  153. Eddard says:

    That should be enough runs, even for Nova.

  154. Adam says:

    Boom. Where are the haters today?

  155. Cy Pettitte says:

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

  156. ProjectNeo says:

    Robbie Cano, Dontcha know!

  157. Nathan says:


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

  158. RetroRob says:

    On pace for a 33-3 final score.

  159. Get Phelps Up says:


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

  160. CUYanks says:

    Swing at first pitch. Now.

  161. Ichy and Irok hello to number 28 says:

    Watch the game get rained out now

  162. Gonzo says:

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

  163. Need Pitching & Hitting says:

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

  164. jjyank says:

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

  165. MartinRanger says:

    Well that’ll do.

  166. Erica says:


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

  167. DERP says:

    Andruw really taking one for the team.

  168. Kosmo says:

    it´s like someone opened a window. Breathe !

  169. MartinRanger says:

    Nice efficient K there, Andruw.

    No screwing around Phil.

  170. Rey22 says:

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

  171. Klemy says:

    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…

  172. Ichy and Irok hello to number 28 says:

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

  173. CUYanks says:

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

  174. RetroRob says:

    Hunter and Seaver?

    Hunter and Carlton?

  175. Athenian says:

    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.

  176. Adam says:

    Seriously, Susan doubts that Buck would stall?

  177. CUYanks says:

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

  178. smurfy says:

    Looks like Phil is trying anti-batting practice.

  179. MartinRanger says:

    Come on Phil, we’re counting on you.

  180. CountryClub says:

    2 more bloop fucking hits. Drives me insane.

  181. MartinRanger says:

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

  182. Athenian says:

    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 says:

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

      • jjyank says:

        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).

  183. Cy Pettitte says:

    Joba better pitch today

  184. smurfy says:

    Wah! That’s my Philbert!

  185. CountryClub says:

    Good job, Phil.

  186. Athenian says:

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

    • smurfy says:

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

    • RetroRob says:

      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.

      • 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 says:

          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 says:

          Youklis… such a tool

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

  187. CUYanks says:

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

  188. damnit russel. We need to get through 5 quick.

  189. Cy Pettitte says:

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

  190. Need Pitching & Hitting says:

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

  191. Eddard says:

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

    • whozat says:

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

    • Klemy says:

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

  192. captain kiwi says:

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

    • CUYanks says:

      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.

  193. CUYanks says:

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

  194. RetroRob says:

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

  195. jjyank says:

    5 innings. It’s all good now!

  196. AaronGuielWithASmile says:

    Ballgame (almost) over!

    Yankees win (probably)!

    Theeeeeeeeeee Yankees probably win!

  197. Ichy and Irok hello to number 28 says:

    Offical game now woo hoo

  198. Kosmo says:

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

  199. Gonzo says:

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

  200. RAB4Life says:

    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.

  201. sleepy brandon says:

    wahooooo phil hughes’ era is under 4 now!

  202. Tom Q says:

    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 may not last).

    Pretty impressive, considering where he started this season.

  203. Erica says:

    Oh, Jeet <3

  204. The Troll says:

    Oh nooo . . . I liked Dewayne Wise.

  205. Pasta Stumbling Sojo says:

    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 says:

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

    • CUYanks says:

      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 says:

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

    • Get Phelps Up says:

      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.

    • Need Pitching & Hitting says:

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

  206. Karl Krawfid says:

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

    • CUYanks says:

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

      • Karl Krawfid says:

        How many k’s does he have?

        dem K’s outweigh some of dem homers.

        • Need Pitching & Hitting says:

          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.

  207. Cy Pettitte says:

    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 says:

      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 says:

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

  208. Robinson Tilapia says:

    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.

  209. cashthegenius says:

    1-4 9 for 14 9rbi’s

  210. CUYanks says:

    What’s the avg with RISP?

  211. jjyank says:

    Wow Ichiro!

  212. coolerking101 says:

    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.

  213. Paulie agrees that Meridith is hot.

  214. Robinson Tilapia says:

    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 says:

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

    • captain kiwi says:

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

      • CS Yankee says:

        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.


  215. Dela G says:

    meredith has a great rack

    at least she has that going for her

  216. Ichy and Irok hello to number 28 says:

    Meradith great legs

  217. CUYanks says:

    Joba first pitch: retaliation plunk.

  218. Freddy's Mom says:

    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.

  219. RetroRob says:

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

  220. Evan says:

    Was the Cano HBP intentional?

  221. Karl Krawfid says:

    Getting wiggy wit it.

    My bad wrong guy.

  222. Freddy's Mom says:

    Everybody except McGehee has a hit now.

  223. Ichy and Irok hello to number 28 says:

    joba is back!,,

  224. Karl Krawfid says:


  225. jjyank says:

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

    In your honor: *grunts*, *farts*

  226. Get Phelps Up says:


  227. Kevin G. says:

    ………. ok

  228. jjyank says:

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

  229. Erica says:


  230. Ichy and Irok hello to number 28 says:

    Atta boy jobs

  231. Jersey Joe says:


  232. captain kiwi says:

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

  233. Klemy says:

    hahaha you ever have that feeling? lol

  234. Get Phelps Up says:

    Stupid cheap homer.

  235. Robinson Tilapia says:

    Welcome back, Joba. Get the next guy out.

  236. Stratman9652 says:

    OK, that was mildly hilarious.

  237. Erica says:

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

  238. CountryClub says:

    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.

  239. Ichy and Irok hello to number 28 says:

    Yeah joba sucking again
    91-92 wtf

  240. Mr. Pink says:

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

  241. RetroRob says:

    Bring in Qualls.

  242. Karl Krawfid says:

    Where dat Velo?

  243. CountryClub says:

    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.

  244. Jamey says:

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

  245. Ichy and Irok hello to number 28 says:

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

    • RetroRob says:

      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.

  246. 1stbase says:

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

  247. jjyank says:


  248. Tom Q says:

    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 says:

      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?)

  249. Ichy and Irok hello to number 28 says:

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

  250. Heisenberg's Hat says:

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

  251. Robinson Tilapia says:

    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.

  252. Dela G says:

    yikes joba getting lit up

  253. Ichy and Irok hello to number 28 says:

    Joba throwing bp again

  254. AaronGuielWithASmile says:

    Everyone panic about Joba!!!

  255. smurfy says:

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

  256. Ichy and Irok hello to number 28 says:

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

  257. Jamey says:

    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.

  258. Ichy and Irok hello to number 28 says:

    How many does clay give up.

  259. vin says:

    Welcome back, Joba. Great changeup Markakis. B

  260. Yankeefan says:

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

  261. Ichy and Irok hello to number 28 says:

    Ayala developed nice another swing and miss by cash.

    • Mike Axisa says:

      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 says:

        1.22 whip this year

        • RetroRob says:

          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 says:

      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 says:

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

  262. RetroRob says:

    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 says:

      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 says:

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

      • RetroRob says:

        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 says:

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

  263. smurfy says:

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

  264. Tom says:

    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?)

  265. captain kiwi says:

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

  266. RetroRob says:

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

  267. CUYanks says:

    Who pitches the 9th?

  268. YanksFanInBeantown says:

    Ichiro doing his best to keep up his streak.

  269. Itchy Cro(tch) says:

    ichi san with 1 hit again!!! wooo

  270. Erica says:


  271. Ichy and Irok hello to number 28 says:

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

  272. Dela G says:

    great win

    the team needed that

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