Game 106: Felix

Giants tried to acquire Eric Chavez before trade deadline
Update: Yankees did not place a claim for Cliff Lee
(AP Photo/Kathy Kmonicek)

It’s amazing how the Yankees never ever seem to miss Felix Hernandez when they play the Mariners. He’s started a game in every series between these two teams since the second half of 2009, a span of ten series. I mean, just statistically speaking you’d expect him to miss at least one of those ten series, but no. Oh well, the Yankees have beaten him before (not often) and they’ll just have to beat him against this afternoon. Here’s the lineup, same as last night’s…

CF Curtis Granderson
SS Derek Jeter
2B Robinson Cano
1B Mark Teixeira
DH Raul Ibanez
RF Nick Swisher
3B Eric Chaveztested the foot out in batting practice and he’s good to go
LF Ichiro Suzuki
Russell Martin

RHP Hiroki Kuroda

This afternoon’s game starts at 1:05pm ET and can be seen on YES locally and MLB Network nationally. Enjoy.

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Giants tried to acquire Eric Chavez before trade deadline
Update: Yankees did not place a claim for Cliff Lee
  • The Real Greg

    Looking at Felix’s career against the Yanks, he’s not as dominant as you would think.

    7-5 with a 3.35 ERA in 13 career starts

    • The Real Greg

      3.38 ERA

    • Dropped Third

      Against the yankees that a pretty good line for 13 starts.

    • Bartolo’s Colon

      look at since 2009, it’s much better, 2006 and 2008 weren’t so great for him against the yanks

      • Bartolo’s Colon

        also look at 2010, not sure if there has ever been a pitcher who has owned the yanks over one season. his #’s are just mind boggling that year (especially against the yanks), i think thats the year he won the cy

        • Kramerica Industries

          I know Tigers pitcher Frank Lary was considered a Yankee Killer way back in the day.

          I’d have to check his stats to see how he stacked up to Felix’s 26 IP/1 ER performance of 2010. 17 IP, 0 ER at Yankee Stadium.

          • Get Phelps Up

            He was 28-13, 3.38 ERA in 371.2 career IP against the Yankees.
            12-6, 3.11 ERA in 167.2 career IP at YS.

  • Pat D

    I can’t believe I’m watching so much of the Olympics. I almost feel like it’s 1996 again.

    I guess it’s because I’m unemployed and have lots of time.

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

    Felix Hernandez is the 31st best pitcher in baseball, he only has 9 wins.

    /Micheal Kay’d

    • jjyank

      Michael Kay probably has no idea why the Dodgers want Cliff Lee.

      • Get Phelps Up

        “Why take Cliff Lee for $90M when you can have Chad Qualls for free?”

  • jjyank

    So my buddy is at the game today in a luxury box for his dad’s birthday and just met Jim Leyritz.

    • Heisenberg’s Hat

      Don’t get in a car with him.

    • Pat D

      I guess Leyritz has been forgiven.

      • jjyank

        Apparently. DUI’s are not cool, but as an 8 year old kid watching Leyritz had that homer in the 1996 world series….pretty damn special.

        • Pat D

          I went to bed with the score still 6-3 in that game.

          Woke up the next morning, turned on SportsCenter, watched Tim Raines make the final catch while falling down and heard Linda Cohn say, “And the Yankees hang on, 8-6.” I was floored.

          Later that day my dad said he didn’t want to wake me up since I had school the next day. I yelled at him for that.

          • jjyank

            Lucky for me, my dad told me “Stay up late. World Series is only once a year, you can just be tired tomorrow.”

        • YanksFanInBeantown

          Damn, my first World Series memory is Luis Gonzalez hitting a little flare to left-center.

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

            That’s one of my first. My first was the year before, Bernie’s catch to clinch it at Shea in game 5.

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

    Something I wanted to mention, on my way home last night I was listening to the end of the game on the radio. After CC gave up the homer in the 9th and Joe G came out of the dugout, right after he came out of the dugout WCBS cut to commercial. They came back after/as Casper Wells(i think) flied out, and Sterling said something along the lines of “Sometimes Joe fakes us out, there’s not a problem with that.” All I could think is there absolutely is a problem with that, how poor is your broadcast run that it cuts to a commercial before the manager makes any sort of motion to signify he was going to the pen. Imagine if they did that in the 03 ALCS when Little came out and you missed the following AB, how upset would you be?

    • Get Phelps Up

      Yeah really, is it that hard to wait 5 more seconds to see if the pitcher is actually coming out?

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

        Also, even though he had just given up a homer, he still pitched 8+ allowed 3 runs, 3 hits 1 walk and struck out 10…stick around for the standing ovation he should get even if he is getting pulled.

  • jjyank

    I still can’t believe Jeter is leading the AL in hits in August. That’s crazy.

  • CBean

    how about some payback for Alex, boys. And by payback, I mean winning!

    • jjyank

      +1

      That’s the spirit. Free base runners is just dumb. Get back at Felix by doing what Robbie just did.

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

    Suzyn does know that Felix is a righty right?

  • jjyank

    Watching on MLBN, and a big, giant LOL at the commercial for the Marlins being the subject of “The Franchise”, where they follow one team during the season. Guess they picked the wrong team.

    • Kramerica Industries

      New geographic distinction.

      New uniforms.

      New spending approach.

      —–

      Same old Marlins.

      • jjyank

        Heh. The best part is the quotes from pep talks in the locker room in the commercial. They’re saying things like “This is a new team, we’re here to win” and “This is our year”. Then “Watch the Marlins on this year’s ‘The Franchise'”.

        Ha!

  • Bartolo’s Colon

    no doubt felix is the answer, but that is cute thinking about the mariners in an elimination game. i guess an elimination game possibly for the team playing the mariners

  • Bartolo’s Colon

    jaso is ridiculous this year, how did the m’s get him from the rays?

    • The Real Greg

      Got him for Josh Lueke, a pitcher, and a PTNB/Cash

    • Kramerica Industries

      And the Rays catchers have been awful, this year.

      One of the rare misfires, I guess. I’ll take it.

      • Brian S.

        Jaso is a terrible defender. Jose Moline might be the best pitch framer in the game.

        • Kramerica Industries

          He also can’t hit half his body weight.

  • Brian S.

    Just fucking hit Jaso from now on.

    • The Real Greg

      He’s the Mariners best hitter.

      That was great hitting on a ball down.

  • Brian S.

    They need to start beaning Jaso.

  • Kramerica Industries

    That was one annoying-ass AB, with an annoying end.

  • Brian S.

    Fuck the Mariners.

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

      somebody’s in a grumpy mood today.

  • The Real Greg

    M’s got their run on a LEADOFF double.

    Yankees need to start rallies early in innings and not just wait til two outs.

    • Pasta Stumbling Sojo (formerly StanfordBen)

      Are you saying the Yankees bat more poorly in the first two batters of the inning than after that? I don’t think that’s true. (For example, Jeter has been leading off most of the season, and he’s done quite well.)

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

    The radio team is talking about how surprised they are that Don Kelly got DFA’d by the Tigers. Are they really surprised that the team that let a face of their franchise (Brandon Inge) go because he was terrible DFA’d a guy who has hit .175/.267/.243 this season?

    • jjyank

      I’m guessing that Don Kelly is a BASEBALL PLAYER.

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

    I guarantee the Yankees bring up the tying run.

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

      I knew it!!!

  • The Real Greg

    That wasn’t a swing last night dammit

  • Brian S.

    He didn’t swing but whatever.

  • Heisenberg’s Hat

    That’s at least four times in the last three games that a Yankee has ALMOST homered on one pitch, only to strikeout on the next pitch.

    • Heisenberg’s Hat

      And every time it’s been on a pitch out of the zone.

  • Brian S.

    First pitch to Chavez was a ball but whatever.

  • The Troll

    Hey Mike, can you please ban all banter regarding Sterling and Suzyn? Every game thread it’s the same ol’ shit. It’s intolerable. Oh, could we also apply such principles to Kay as well? Or, better yet, provide a separate announcer’s thread so that these perpetual complainers can have a place all their own?

    • Heisenberg’s Hat

      Why don’t we just let you make all the rules.

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

      You remind me of the Canadian Scott, from South Park.

      • jjyank

        Haha this is perfect.

      • The Troll

        I’ll gladly be a dick if you’d actually consider S’ingTFU about the radio team. Honestly, we all get it, you don’t need to remind us of your utter disdain every time a game thread opens . . .

        • Get Phelps Up

          If you don’t like it, don;t read it.

          • Get Phelps Up

            *don’t

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

          Seriously, if one person. One single person comments in agreement with you I will never say another word about the radio team. Frankly though: I give 0 fucks about what you think.

          • The Troll

            Well if I’m Scott then I suppose that makes you Slave, ’cause you seem awfully butt-hurt.

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

              Ha, dude, you’re the one who I apparently butt-hurt in someway. Seriously, I’ve never done anything to intentionally bother you, then all of a sudden a couple weeks ago you’re all up in my shit. Also, if I was a South Park character I’d probably be some strange combo of Tweak and Butters. Over protective parents, leading me to be like Butters, but I drink Caffeine a lot making me slightly twitchy like Tweak.

          • jjyank

            I don’t think anyone does.

          • Stitches

            I wholeheartedly agree with him. Enough is enough, just cut it out

            • jjyank

              So the comment section is supposed to be only for comments that you agree with? If Riddle wants to bitch about the radio broadcasters, fucking let him. Some of us enjoy making fun of Sterling. You can just keep scrolling down, you know.

              I don’t like The Troll as a commenter, but I’m not asking for him to be banned.

              • The Troll

                The Troll is omnipotent. What the Troll says is law.

        • Heisenberg’s Hat

          So this is how the internet works? Everything YOU don’t like gets banned?

  • The Real Greg

    This has CGSO written all over it.

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

    Felix is averaging 9 pitches per inning. I know he throws a ton of strikes, but they have to figure out a way to work him a little bit.

  • Bartolo’s Colon

    crap, felix only has 18 pitches through 2. at least we had a few good swings

  • jjyank

    The streak is alive!

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

    The Streak lives!!!

    • jjyank

      Jinx, you owe me a beer.

  • Arya

    Now pinch hit for him next time around, he’s already met his quota for the day.

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

    …why exactly is Ichiro not running?

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

      That is why I asked that question.

      • The Real Greg

        Martin never gave him a chance

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

          He was gone on 3 pitches. That’s two chances to steal. Seriously, Ichiro is stupid fast, Russel’s K% isn’t stupid high, he should’ve been going on just about every pitch.

          • The Real Greg

            You would think that. But remember, Brett Gardner is the same way.

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

              I was also always infuriated when Gardner didn’t go nearly as often as he should’ve.

        • Heisenberg’s Hat

          He should have gone on the first pitch. Righthanded power pitcher, easy to steal off of. Why is Ichiro here if he can’t be counted on to build a run like that?

          • The Real Greg

            I have rarely seen base stealers go on the first pitch.

            The second pitch was the one to go on.

            • Heisenberg’s Hat

              The point is, he should have stolen second.

  • Brian S.

    Steal Ichi, steal!

    • Brian S.

      Fuck off

    • The Real Greg

      Never gave him a chance.

      • Brian S.

        He can steal in any count he wants.

        • The Real Greg

          Again you would think that.

          But Brett Gardner is the exact same way

          • Brian S.

            Whenever Jeter or Martin is at the plate and less than two outs a fast runner at first needs to steal.

            • The Real Greg

              I agree.

  • The Real Greg

    Martin never gave him a chance to steal. He was behind 0-2 in an instant

  • Arya

    And that’s why you bunt with the .195 hitter. Runs won’t come easy today and Joe just wasted a chance to get a runner in scoring position.

    • Heisenberg’s Hat

      Yeah, give away outs!

    • The Real Greg

      I thought bunting was a death penalty crime around here.

    • Brian S.

      That’s why you send Ichiro first fucking pitch. Russ has the second highest GIDP% on the team.

      • The Real Greg

        I have rarely seen base stealers go on the first pitch.

        • Get Phelps Up

          Base stealers go on the first pitch all the time.

  • Wow

    It’s an incredible waste to have Ichiro batting where he is.

    • Brian S.

      No it’s not. He’s the worst regular hitter in the lineup, he shouldn’t get more at-bats.

      • Wow

        Russel Martin wants a word with you.

        • Brian S.

          Russell Martin has a wRC+ ten points higher than Ichiro.

        • Heisenberg’s Hat

          Martin’s OBP is 30 points higher than Ichiro’s

  • Kramerica Industries

    Ichiro, Brett Boone, Jon Olerud, Jamie Moyer?

    • Kramerica Industries

      Three of four ain’t bad.

  • Kramerica Industries

    Tex is such a fantastic glovesman.

  • Mike N

    LOVE Teix at 1B!

  • Brian S.

    Save us Cano!

  • Brian S.

    Cano takes 2-0 pitch right down the middle, swings at 2-1 pitch in the dirt.

    • The Real Greg

      That’s the dilemma with working pitchers.

  • The Real Greg

    Its amazing that Seattle is willing to waste this great pitcher on a team that is not going anywhere

    • Bartolo’s Colon

      really, the haul they could get would be unbelievable, they have to be at least 2-3 years away from competing anyway

      • The Real Greg

        Totally agree.

      • jjyank

        Unfortunately Felix isn’t cheap anymore. If I were the Seattle GM, I would have traded him for an insane haul a year or two ago. Even if Felix does stick around, I doubt he’d be enough to put them over the hill for the next several years. But if Felix had been turned into 3-4 pieces, maybe.

    • Brian S.

      They are trying to build a team around him. They need to sign a free agent outfielder in the worst way because they have enough pitching (assuming their trio of top-tier pitching prospects bears fruit).

      • Get Phelps Up

        The problem is, no big FA wants to go to Safeco. That’s why they really need guys like Ackley, Smoak and Montero to start hitting.

      • The Real Greg

        The thing though is that their park is pitcher friendly, so a lot of pitchers would be successful there. Felix becomes a luxury, not a necessity.

        • Brian S.

          Cano is a luxury, not a necessity. Any hitter could have success with the short porch.

          • The Real Greg

            Tony Womack?

          • jjyank

            You mean any lefty with power or righty with opposite field power. And those aren’t as plentiful as a fly ball pitcher that could find success in Safeco.

            • Brian S.

              Corban Joseph

              • jjyank

                So we’re assuming that a non-blue chip prospect can succeed at the MLB level and replace MVP caliber production now? Come on, Brian. We’re talking about Felix here, not Cano anyway.

                Felix is more of a luxury to the M’s than Cano is to the Yankees, IMO.

  • Brian S.

    CGSO on 90 pitches. Team wants to go enjoy their Saturday.

  • Bartolo’s Colon

    wow, one run lead seems like 10 today, doubt we see another pitcher. please hold them at 1 hirok

  • Brian S.

    2-2 pitch right down the middle. Piss off ump.

  • Brian S.

    Bean Carp

    • The Real Greg

      Is it that time of the month for you?

      • Brian S.

        Really?

  • Kramerica Industries

    Michael Kay calling the Angels “California” makes me feel young.

    Hell, I still call them Anaheim.

    • jjyank

      “Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim” is the dumbed team name ever. Pick a fucking city.

      • Dale Mohorcic

        I live in Los Angeles near dodger stadium. Anaheim is 35 miles away. It’s as Los Angeles as Peekskill is NYC

        • jjyank

          Oh I know, that’s part of why I think it’s so stupid. My parents lived in San Diego between college and getting married, and I’ve been out there for vacation several times. The first time we drove from LA through Anaheim, my first thought was “What the fuck? This isn’t LA, why do the Angels call themselves the LA Angels??”

          • Mike N

            O’Neill said that you can’t even see the LA skyline from Anaheim, which is false on a clear day.

            • jjyank

              The point is that it’s not LA. And they use two cities, which I find dumb.

              • Mike N

                I have no problem just calling them the LA Angels. The NY Giants and NY Jets both play in NJ, which I also have no problem with.

                • jjyank

                  The drop the Anaheim part! The Giants aren’t the “New York Giants of the Medowlands”.

                  • Mike N

                    They should change the name to the New York Jets/Giants of East Rutherford, New Jersey!

                    • jjyank

                      I’m all for the New Jersey Giants. Has a better ring, and I’m from NJ!

                  • sangreal

                    They don’t want Anaheim in the name either — they are required to keep it as part of the deal they made when they moved to Anaheim

            • Dale Mohorcic

              You can’t unless you are high up and it’s clear.

          • Heisenberg’s Hat

            It’s just a marketing thing. No one takes it seriously.

  • The Real Greg

    Kuroda really hasn’t been at his best today. 2 doubles given up

    • Pasta Stumbling Sojo

      Huh? 2 doubles in 5 innings is bad?

      • Mike N

        KURODA IS NOT A REAL #2 PITCHER! SEND HIM DOWN!

  • Dale Mohorcic

    I don’t doubt for one second that John sterling is the type who wears a speedo on the beach. Ick.

    • CBean

      thank you for forever scarring me

    • John Sterling

      You know what you can’t predict? I’ll show ya.

      • Dale Mohorcic

        Would you like a bag of nuts Suzyn?

  • The Real Greg

    Luis Sojo

  • Pasta Stumbling Sojo

    My namesake!

    • Pasta Stumbling Sojo

      That was supposed to be a response to Greg. Unfortunately, I don’t think that’s the right trivia answer.

  • CUYanks

    Good at bat here— seeing some pitches.

  • Brian S.

    Ibanez sucks

    • The Real Greg

      He worked the best at bat so far

    • Get Phelps Up

      108 wRC+ against RHP.

  • Heisenberg’s Hat

    Score please.

  • Bartolo’s Colon

    all you can do is tip your cap

  • CUYanks

    At least they got the pitch count to over 10 pitches/inning.

  • The Real Greg

    Days like this, you just tip your cap

    • Heisenberg’s Hat

      So tired of tipping the cap. That’s all they did on that infernal west coast swing.

      • The Real Greg

        Its Felix Hernandez.

        • Heisenberg’s Hat

          I’m not asking for 8 runs here. Just one. He doesn’t have an ERA of zero.

          • Mike Stanley

            It’s Felix Hernandez.

            • Heisenberg’s Hat

              Thanks, I know who’s pitching.

              • Mike Stanley

                Getting shutout by Felix is entirely ok. It sucks but it’s totally understandable.

                • Heisenberg’s Hat

                  Of course it’s understandable. I just don’t think it’s much to ask for one run, even off of Felix Hernandez. He has given up earned runs in his career before.

  • Mike N

    We need to get Hernandez’s pitch count up and get to the damn bullpen.

    • CUYanks

      Problem is their closer is good also, and it’s gonna be hard to get felix out before the 8th, considering how many pitches he’s allowed to throw.

  • Heisenberg’s Hat

    I hate this commercial with the talking dog. It’s so badly done. Plus no one in the history of EVER has described a dog as “woman or man’s best friend.” That’s just over the top PC nonsense.

    • Pasta Stumbling Sojo

      Don’t know what commercial you’re talking about (I’m watching on mlb.tv), but how is it PC to call a dog man’s best friend?

      • Heisenberg’s Hat

        It’s overly-PC to use the invented phrase “woman or man’s best friend” when describing a dog. No one has ever said that. The phrase is “man’s best friend.” If that phrase doesn’t fulfill the diversity requirement, don’t use it.

        Inventing an expression that no one’s ever used sticks out like a sore thumb.

        It would be like watching a commercial where people are whalewatching, and one of them says “Thar He or She blows!”

  • jjyank

    Maybe the Jets should sign A-Rod! He’s probably be better than Sanchez and Tebow.

  • CUYanks

    Good news is that although it might be hard to get Felix out of this game, it isn’t impossible to score 1 run off of him, so if Hiroki keeps it right here, there’s still a chance.

  • Pasta Stumbling Sojo

    Man, Jesus is such a funny runner.

  • RetroRob

    John Jaso. The Rays make errors, too.

    • CUYanks

      Yeah, they drafted Delmon Young first overall.

  • The Real Greg

    Just wondering, was the last time the Yankees were CGSO’d Doug Davis in Chicago?

    • Kramerica Industries

      Wasn’t a complete game, and wasn’t a shutout.

  • CUYanks

    Let’s hope the 1-pitch Ichiro Out doesn’t make an appearance this inning. OPIO?

  • The Real Greg

    Again,bad Babip for Ichiro

  • RetroRob

    The M’s totally should trade King Felix and get the prospects. They’re a few years away and Felix’s next contract will be huge.

  • Heisenberg’s Hat

    Steal second!

  • Kevin

    I hate Felix,I really do.

  • The Real Greg

    Again, no opportunity to steal

  • Mike Stanley

    The Mariners have a moral obligation to trade Felix. Not to the Yankees, but to someone. Hanging onto him is completely asinine.

    • The Real Greg

      And its unfair to Felix. A couple of rings could be the difference between the HOF and being just left out.

      • Mike Stanley

        If he keeps this up, he goes in first ballot with 90% of the vote. Ring or not.

        For the hall…Rings. Don’t. Matter.

        • Heisenberg’s Hat

          They do to Hall of Fame voters. Which is stupid. I think this is why Tony Perez is in, and why Jack Morris will get in next year.

          • CUYanks

            Yeah, they helped Phil Rizzuto I think.

  • The Real Greg

    No shame in being shut out by Felix. He has shut out Texas and Boston this year.

    • Mike N

      There’s still three innings left.

  • vicki

    has anyone noted the strangeness of russ starting the day game after a night game, against a righty no less? i know he and hirok are bff’s but i’m surprised.

  • Heisenberg’s Hat

    I’m pretty tired of the narrative “they just sit around and wait for the home run.” It’s annoying and stupid.
    But when your two fastest runners have both gotten on base and neither one of them has even attempted a stolen base, something’s wrong with that picture.

  • 28 this year

    Both Kay and O’Neil were drunk at that wedding. O’Neil doesn’t remember it and Kay thinks he can dance.

  • Mike N

    What a feeble throw by Swisher.

  • Arya

    Finally some retribution for Alex.

    • Heisenberg’s Hat

      I’d prefer a win than a hit Mariner batter.

    • jjyank

      Kuroda hits Brendan Fucking Ryan in a one run game for retribution? Yeah okay.

      • Need Pitching & Hitting

        this

      • Kramerica Industries

        Not even sure why Kay elaborated on that beyond requisite measures.

        Brendan Ryan isn’t retribution for jack shit.

    • Get Phelps Up

      I highly doubt that was on purpose.

  • The Real Greg

    Even though he gave up the one run, not the best start by Kuroda. 7 hits, including 3 doubles to a light offensive team

    • Mike Stanley

      GFY

    • CUYanks

      1 run, 1 walk. Great outing. Do you think the Mariners have scored 0 runs this year?

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

    fucking customers…have I missed anything since Ichiro’s not steal?

    • jjyank

      Nope.

  • jjyank

    Nice to see Phelps warming in a high leverage spot.

  • Mike N

    So is Felix gonna plunk someone and get booted?

  • The Real Greg

    If Cano can get a leadoff extra base hit, we will be in buisness

  • Defensive Indifference

    Bout time Boone earned another cookie. It feels like it’s been weeks.

    • jjyank

      *tentatively offers Boone a cookie*

  • Kramerica Industries

    Jeez.

    6.2 IP, 70 pitches. Insane.

  • Bartolo’s Colon

    at this point i would like to see them go in to the bottom 9 down 1-0 and walk off against felix, then a-rod runs out of the dugout, but not to celebrate, he runs over to felix and shatters his wrist over his knee, talk about an awesome way to end the game

    • Mike N

      hahahahahahah

    • CUYanks

      Awesome. but we don’t face Felix again the rest of the year, so after today I will be rooting for him to upset the other teams’ playoff plans.

  • Karl Krawfid

    This has to be one the worst approaches I have seen against a pitcher in a long time.

    1-0 swing. 1-0 swing.

    • The Real Greg

      In this inning, I agree. The others I lay on Felix

  • CBean

    how about some garbage time, swishy?

  • Bartolo’s Colon

    too bad we can’t call up c-dick mid game, guaranteed jack against felix

  • Bartolo’s Colon

    that was about the most embarrasing ab i have seen in a long time

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

    Can you say CGSO for Felix today? He’s looking filthy out there.

    • The Real Greg

      I’ve been saying that since the second inning

      • CUYanks

        Way to go out on a limb with a terrible pitcher out there like Felix.

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

    I know we’re apparently not allowed to talk about broadcasters anymore because The Troll is all butt-hurt about it. But I’ve never heard anybody so excited about a 4th K of the game…just a little over the top there Seattle play-by-play guy.

    • CUYanks

      Playing the Yankees is like the World Series for these teams.

    • Kramerica Industries

      Dave Sims wears hats with his suits.

      He is forever exempt from criticism, from me. As well as the fact that he just seems to have a good time calling baseball games which, trust me, doing for the Mariners must be a real challenge.

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

        That’s like having fun calling Nets basketball games…and days when Felix doesn’t pitch…it must be brutal.

  • Arya

    They’re just sitting back and waiting for someone to hit a home run like usual. Only today they’re facing a good pitcher which is all we’ll see in the postseason. Joe needs to start playing small ball if he wants to tie the game.

    • The Real Greg

      You are really not thinking properly.

      There is going to be no pitcher like Felix in the postseason.

      They’ve hit Verlander well. They’ve hit Weaver well.

    • Kramerica Industries

      To do that requires baserunners in the first place.

      That has been the real problem in this game.

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

      I will eat my hat if the Yankees face Felix Hernandez in the post season…btw for what feels like the 100th time, we’ve beaten Verlander, Wilson, Shields, Price, and a few others this season…by hitting the long ball.

    • jjyank

      This narrative has been debunked too many times for me too care.

    • 28 this year

      Also, if you look at the game, its been impossible to string hits together. So tell me, whats more likely a few singles to knock in a run or one mistake getting hit out? Small ball doesn’t do crap when no one can get on base.

    • Get Phelps Up

      There’s not much you can do when you only get 3 men on base in 7 innings. Sometimes you just run into a pitcher who is really fucking dominating.

    • Heisenberg’s Hat

      Fallacies and conventional wisdom, all day long.
      This idea that home runs don’t play in the WS is nonsense.

  • Heisenberg’s Hat

    Another annoying commercial?
    The “If you see something, say something” one, where the middle aged white businessman is secretly a terrorist.

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

      Didn’t you know, we’re only allowed to comment on things directly game related?

      • jjyank

        And even then, only stuff on the field and not about the people we hear on the TV??!!

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

        Someone should report Felix as a potential terrorist to get him out of the game.

      • Heisenberg’s Hat

        Shit. I forgot.

      • OMG! Bagels!

        Every time I travel on business and miss RAB threads, there are new rules. I should just stay home. Screw you boss man!

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

      If I see something, I’m calling jjyank to go all Jack Bauer on them

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

        This. I still prefer him to be Sterling Archer though, because then he gets to be drunk while doing it.

      • jjyank

        Hahaha I don’t have that job yet (waiting on the third application phase still). I still just work at a bank. I suppose I could drain all the money out of their accounts though.

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

    Robertson making Montero look feeble there.

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

      A lot of RHP have been doing that this season.

  • Bartolo’s Colon

    hypothetical question. the m’s want to unload felix, what would it honestly take for the yanks to get him?

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

      If everybody on the farm is healthy? Nova, Banuelos, Austin, Sanchez, Williams, Nunez, Almonte, Gardner and Seattle probably takes the phone call.

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

      You could just wait till he’s a FA in 2015. He’ll only be 29 but with a ton of innings on his arm though.

  • jjyank

    Ichiro must be thinking “Fuck man, I don’t like playing AGAINST this guy.”

    • MartinRanger

      ngl I was dreaming of Ichiro making a statement against his former team. But nope.

  • The Real Greg

    Just tip your cap and move along.

    • Heisenberg’s Hat

      The last two weeks of July were a “tip your cap-athon.”

    • Tom Q

      This is one day Giradi can say that and not get flak from anyone rational.

      It does kill you, though, that Kiroda pitched as well as he did, and one little two out single can mean the ballgame.

  • CUYanks

    I will happy not face Felix again this year.

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

    Averaging 11 pitches per inning against one of the more patient teams in baseball. Seriously, he should win the Cy Young again this year.

    • Heisenberg’s Hat

      As soon as the Mariners got one run I felt deflated, because it’s honestly easy to see Felix making it stand up. I didn’t say anything, because it was early and all, but it felt like enough to lose the game.

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

        Meh, I’m not going to say I was expecting a loss, but I sure as hell wasn’t expecting a win.

        • Heisenberg’s Hat

          Facing a pitcher who (usually) makes them look foolish, plus fielding an already-compromised lineup, equals lousy day at the ballpark.

  • MartinRanger

    Losing a bit of velocity has honestly just made him better.

  • OMG! Bagels!

    Just got home and read through the game thread. Did I read we’re not allowed to talk about broadcasters anymore?

    • jjyank

      Trolls will be Trolls.

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

      Nope, The Troll has spoken. He finds it annoying when I make fun of/ complain about Sterling, so nobody is allowed to talk about the Broadcaster’s ability, intelligence, or lack of either anymore.

      • OMG! Bagels!

        What about their lunch?

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

          THE TROLL HAS SPOKEN!!!

      • jjyank

        I find it annoying when he posts….um, well anything. Talk about whatever you want boys (and Erica and Betty). First amendment FTW.

        • OMG! Bagels!

          First amendment only applies to the government. Unless The Troll is the government. Then we’re all in trouble.

          • jjyank

            I applies to people. We can say whatever the hell we want here, unless the owners of the blog (since it is their property) say otherwise. And thankfully, The Troll is not an owner of RAB. Just a commenter that most people disagree with.

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

          There has to be more than Erica and Betty, no?

          • jjyank

            No idea. Those are the only regulars at least that I can think of. I’m sure others pass through or simply read, but can you think of anyone else?

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

              I thought Havok was a girl for a while because he/she called Swish hot. Since most girls find Swish attractive, I thought that’s what he/she meant…but apparently he/she meant hot as in he was hitting well at the time.

              • jjyank

                I’m friends with Havok on facebook. He’s a dude :P

      • Heisenberg’s Hat

        We’re also not allowed to talk about the TV broadcasters, either.
        I guess we should all just follow the action on Game Day and keep all other comments to ourselves, because that sounds really fun.

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

      Just not about commercials I think.

  • Mike N

    Why do I have a bad feeling about Rapada here?

    • Mike N

      No reason, apparently.

  • CUYanks

    It’s not looking great, but we still have Granderson/Jeter/Cano needing potentially only 1 run. Let’s just hope they can work a couple of walks or something to lead off.

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

    LOOGY hit by a LHH…sad.

    • jjyank

      No cookies for you, Clay!

  • Mike N

    Kawasaki looks fucking bizarre with that moustache.

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

      Man I wish he had it in his picture. I cannot imagine that face with a ‘stache.

      • Mike N

        He looks like a Saturday Night Live skit of a porno actor.

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

    Is that a mustache or dirt on his lip?

  • MartinRanger

    Damn Eric Thames. Can we have him instead of Ichiro?

  • MartinRanger

    well this game will make the Yankees’ ERAs look nicer at least.

  • CUYanks

    Let’s get a run off Felix here and make him pitch 10.

  • Kramerica Industries

    Beat Felix now.

  • OldYanksFan

    Does Cashman get some kudos for signing Ibanez (instead of JD, Matsui, etc) and Kuroda (he of 3.19 ERA)?

    • MartinRanger

      He should. And I admit watching Ibanez in ST I thought he was completely done.

    • jjyank

      He does. There was a post here just the other day about how Cashman made the right call with Ibanez.

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

      If Pineda didn’t get hurt it would have been a great offseason especially with Montero sucking.

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

    Double, sac, sac please?

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

      Guess not :(

    • Defensive Indifference

      You mean they need to sac up, huh?

  • RetroRob

    I have checked the splits, but it seems to me that Hernandez’s best games against the Yankees have been in the Bronx.

    • RetroRob

      *haven’t*

    • Need Pitching & Hitting

      auditioning for his next contract?

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

    Does Larry Vanover have a hot date tonight?

    • CUYanks

      Felix is on his fantasy team.

  • Heisenberg’s Hat

    Maybe Jeter will hit a game-tying homer here!

  • MartinRanger

    man if he stays healthy, that slider is taking Felix straight to the Hall.

    • Huey Freeman

      Too bad he’ll never win a World Series ring.

  • Pat D

    I guess I’d better start hanging out in the game threads a tad more regularly again. Missed a fun discussion earlier, I see.

  • Karl Krawfid

    This team isn’t clutch.

    • The Real Greg

      For God’s sake…

    • MartinRanger

      This team needs baserunners to be clutch. They have been exactly as good at hitting King Felix in the 9th as they were in the 1st.

      • Karl Krawfid

        They haven’t been clutch for 2 years now.

        • jjyank

          I really hate that word.

        • Get Phelps Up

          What were they supposed to do?

        • Heisenberg’s Hat

          “clutch” is a meaningless word in baseball. It’s a sport where Pat Borders and Edgar Renteria have been World Series MVPs.

          • Pat D

            There have been more “unlikely” World Series MVP’s than Renteria. Larry Sherry, Rick Dempsey, Gene Tenace, hell, even Scott Brosius.

      • The Real Greg

        Don’t listen to this guy. He’s just a fucknut

    • RetroRob

      The myth of clutch rears it’s ugly head.

  • Kramerica Industries

    Filth.

  • RetroRob

    So when does the game start?

  • Pat D

    Well that was total pwnage.

  • Kevin G.

    guh, fuck

  • Mike N

    Cap tipped.

  • Karl Krawfid

    Another 1 run loss!

    • The Real Greg

      Shut up, please.

  • MartinRanger

    Well at least is was an efficient loss.

    Better do better against Iwakuma tomorrow.

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

    Felix made the Yankees his bitches today.

  • Heisenberg’s Hat

    Come on, Bob.

    • Heisenberg’s Hat

      He didn’t listen.

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

    So now that Felix is warmed up from his simulated game, we’re going to start the real game right?

    • MartinRanger

      If only.

    • RetroRob

      About the only thing he can do better is give up two less hits.

      To answer my own question above, he’s now 4-1, with two shuts outs and basically an ERA of 1.10 in the Bronx, which means the Yankees have hit him fairly well in Seattle. Go figure.

  • Mike N

    Let’s not forget, the Yanks pitched awesomely, too: Kuroda and the pen.

  • Pat D

    I blame the announcers for this loss. All they did was talk about how great King Felix was.

  • Heisenberg’s Hat

    Losing to the guy they always lose to? Sucks.
    Losing when their own pitcher only gives up 1 run? Sucks even more.
    Losing to the guy who beaned three of them last week? Sucks the most.

    • Mike N

      I disagree with the second. I’m happier to at least see good Yankee pitching, than shitty pitching and shitty hitting.

      • MartinRanger

        Completely agree.

      • Heisenberg’s Hat

        It’s just a matter of personal preference on that one.
        While it’s great to see Hiroki pitch so well, it’s incredibly frustrating to watch the entire game thinking “we just need ONE RUN here” and never getting it.

  • teddy

    felix was great

  • Kevin

    That was complete and total ownage.

  • teddy

    mike carp dammm

  • Matt

    Let’s be serious. Hernandez was good, but not THAT good today.

    His stuff was terrible for the first few innings of his game. His fastball was coming in at 91-92 and had no life on it. His arm was flying open and he was missing badly with his changeup to lefty hitters. He was falling behind on many hitters who were getting themselves out swinging at bad pitches ahead in the count.

    Think of Swisher’s and Martin’s ABs in this game. Every hitter was up there swinging out of their shoes trying to be the hero. From about inning number 5 on, he was lights out. But until then, he wasn’t. They gave away at bat after at bat and wasted a chance to do some real damage. And after that point, they were all swinging out of their shoes trying to be the hero and Hernandez did what any good pitcher would do to a lineup with a predictable approach.

    • Yankonymous

      “Think of Swisher’s and Martin’s ABs in this game. Every hitter was up there swinging out of their shoes trying to be the hero.”

      Yes, this! And definitely not just this game.

    • Heisenberg’s Hat

      I’m more annoyed that they didn’t apply any pressure on those rare occasions when they actually had a baserunner. Granderson and Ichiro never even attempted a steal. Those were the only two chances at runs they had, not that they were great chances.

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

      So the Yankees lost because they were all trying to hit home runs. Interesting analysis.

      • Matt

        That is not what I said. What I said was that the hitters were all swinging out of their shoes (looking for fastballs), except Hernandez was not throwing them fastballs and was barely even using that pitch in the last few innings of the game. Many of the hitters (Swisher) did look like they were trying to go deep in those late inning AB’s, but some (Martin) just refused to make the adjustment even without that intent.

        • Get Phelps Up

          Wait…you say that you didn’t say that they were trying to hit homers and then you say they were “swinging out of their shoes?”

          • Matt

            The intent was “pulling off” of fastballs. Cano’s AB in the first inning was not an example because he took the ball to LCF. Other than Ichiro, most of the other hitters in the lineup were definitely pulling off.

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

            “swinging out of their shoes ….trying to be the hero” translates to trying to hit HRs

            • Matt

              And some of the hitters definitely were trying. Others just refused to adjust to his “all-offspeed” sequences even after 2 or 3 AB’s of it.

    • Pat D

      Haven’t seen you in a while.

      But let me ask you this. Are you going to show up when they win, or just when they lose, like you normally do?

      • Matt

        It’s usually not worth my time to argue with people who have no clue what they are talking about, but the cap tipping around here is just sickening. Hernandez was giving up a lot of line drives and was very erratic for the first half of this game. Credit is given when credit is deserved, but he only deserves it for the last 4 or so innings of his outing.

        • Get Phelps Up

          He gave up only 4 line drives all day according to the MLB.com PBP.

          • Matt

            Some of those fly balls, like Granderson’s in the 9th, were really more like F-Liners but were classified as just fly balls.

            The general point though was that they were hitting him pretty hard in the first few innings, but it was sandwiched around a bunch of bad AB’s that made it hard to score. 3 line drives in the first 2 innings, and Ichiro had a solid ground ball single in the 3rd.

      • Matt

        Also, I don’t really have much of a reason to show up regardless of the outcome. Very rarely does anything productive get discussed in these threads, whether the over-optimists (a win) or the over-pessimists (a loss). No matter what you say, somebody is going to attack you.

        • Pat D

          You make a very valid point there.

  • teddy

    yanks divsion lead will be down to 5 tonight, they better start playing better

    • Pat D

      Even if Tampa wins, their lead will still be essentially 6 games.

      You know what other team has a lead that big right now? That’s right, nobody.

      • Heisenberg’s Hat

        That doesn’t change the fact that it would behoove the Yankees to start playing better.

        • Pat D

          Of course. They can always play better. I didn’t expect them to win today, so I’m not going to get worried.

          I expect them to win tomorrow, however.

  • Heisenberg’s Hat

    Paul Olden makes Wayne Brady look like Isaac Hayes.

  • Howard Spaeth

    Heres my blog on the yankees trying to change their future:
    http://fanjunkies.net/blogs/42.....thier-ways

    • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

      You do realize Kuroda is on a 1-year deal, right?

      When you lump together a list of players in the first persuasive paragraph in your article that is inherently wrong, it’s difficult to read the entire story with an open, receptive mind.

    • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

      Spelling the word “their” correctly in your blog title could help, too.