Aug
05

Game 107: The End of the Homestand

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(REUTERS/Ray Stubblebine)

The Yankees have won just five of their last 15 games and seven of those losses have been decided by just one run. Two others were decided by just two runs. It’s one thing to get dominated by Felix Hernandez, that’s going to happened throughout the course of the season, but some of the other losses were games the Yankees really should have won. A win this afternoon would give them a tolerable 4-5 homestand before heading out on a seven-game road trip. Here’s the lineup…

CF Curtis Granderson
SS Derek Jeter
2B Robinson Cano
1B Mark Teixeira
DH Raul Ibanez
RF Nick Swisher
LF Ichiro Suzuki
3B Jayson Nix
Chris Stewart

RHP Freddy Garcia

Today’s game starts a little after 1pm ET and can be seen on YES. Enjoy.

Categories : Game Stories

513 Comments»

  1. Arya says:

    Today’s game has to be won, it’s as simple as that. At home vs a vastly inferior opponent, Tampa or Baltimore will win today so we need to win the games we should win before facing tougher competition in the next 4 series.

    • The Real Greg says:

      As for tougher competition, the Tigers have been Jekyll and Hyde this year.

      Toronto is scrappy but we kicked their ass the last time we met them

      Rangers at home should be interesting.

      And the Red Sox are trying to avoid a home sweep by the Minnesota Twins.

      Win the game, I agree, but the next 4 series are doable

    • jjyank says:

      I get the sentiment considering the poor play of late…but in my mind, no game “has” to be won unless two teams are within a game or two. If the Yankees lose, they’ll still be 5.5 up in the division.

      It would really, really like a win and it would certainly make me feel better. But a must-win game? Not in my opinion.

  2. Brian S. says:

    Freddy Garcia is not an ace.

  3. ron says:

    what happened to DoTF last night

  4. Kempire Strikes Back says:

    I think 6 IP 3 ER are reasonable expectations for Freddy today. The key to winning this game is figuring out Iwakuma who pitched well against the Yankees the last time they faced him. He’s been pretty mediocre overall this year though so.

  5. Nathan says:

    The Yankees were on fire not that long ago but it FEELS like it was a while back.

    Here’s to hoping they win one today and go on another tear.

  6. The Real Greg says:

    A note on Ichiro

    BaBIP with the Yanks: .238
    BaBIP with the M’s: .279

  7. Paul VuvuZuvella says:

    Harness that sweat Freddy! Turn it into an Asset!

  8. JonS says:

    .5 o/u Montero will have a passed ball.

  9. Brian S. says:

    Chris Stewart is fucking terrible.

  10. widget says:

    why not lose a series at home against the mariners. It’s not nearly as bad as losing a series at home to the twins.

  11. Nathan says:

    6 pitchers, one PB, one run and one on.

  12. FIPster Doofus says:

    Thank you, Jesus.

  13. Brian S. says:

    Steal Curtis!

  14. Brian says:

    Losing more games than winning on a homestand is not what I’d consider “tolerable.”

  15. Athenian says:

    Now, I don’t get to watch the Mariners everyday and I know there is much love for Montero, but I have to say, in his first full season, he is not been that impressive and may have been a difficult piece for the Yankees to fit in, other than at DH which the team already has 5 on the roster.

    Even though Pineda did not pitch this year, I still like the trade and think the Yankees will get the better end of the deal.

    • FIPster Doofus says:

      “Even though Pineda did not pitch this year, I still like the trade and think the Yankees will get the better end of the deal.”

      That’s a lot to except with a labrum injury. I’m not as optimistic.

    • Athenian says:

      But, he is only 22/23, so time will tell.

      • Nathan says:

        The injury Pineda had wasn’t a minor one.

        The logic that Montero is having a sub-par year therefore Pineda should be better is a flawed one.

        Truth is, this year, the M’s at least have gotten production out of their end of the trade while the Yankees have not. Next year and moving forward? Well, we’ll see.

  16. Arya says:

    Yep, wouldn’t want to play any small ball to match the Ms. Try a steal, a bunt, anything. The home runs just aren’t coming right now.

  17. Kempire Strikes Back says:

    Let’s go Mark.

  18. The Troll says:

    Uh oh . . . RISP with less than two outs. They fu**ed.

  19. The Real Greg says:

    I didn’t know Tex was that good with RISP. I thought he was worse

  20. CBean says:

    Wait did Teix actually beat that out?

  21. Kempire Strikes Back says:

    Well, that’s one way to beat the shift.

  22. Paul VuvuZuvella says:

    Texa Vu

  23. The Real Greg says:

    The shift backfires

  24. Brian S. says:

    HUSTLE

  25. Arya says:

    There you go- small ball, timely hitting and hustle and good things happen.

  26. Mike N says:

    Nice hustle!

  27. jjyank says:

    Mark with teh wheels! I’ll take it.

  28. Brian S. says:

    Good job Ibanez.

  29. The Real Greg says:

    Nasty pitch

  30. teddy says:

    only a moron bats ibanez before swisher

  31. Mike N says:

    Vicious splitter.

  32. Brian S. says:

    Six batters up, one run. Small ball!

  33. Kosmo says:

    could swisher possibly get a 2 out rbi ?

  34. The Real Greg says:

    I imagine Kawasaki is hard to K, but still a bad job by Freddy

  35. Mike N says:

    Garcia is just not confidence inspiring.

  36. Brian S. says:

    You just walked a guy with a 26 wRC+ Freddy.

  37. The Real Greg says:

    He ran in place!

  38. Need Pitching & Hitting says:

    What the hell was that?

  39. Hummingbird S. says:

    that fake steal was awesome..

  40. Mike N says:

    And his body language is just horrible, like he feels like he’s losing the game.

  41. Kempire Strikes Back says:

    Kawasaki: master of the deke

  42. Need Pitching & Hitting says:

    fucking awful Freddy

  43. Brian S. says:

    Go kill yourself Freddy. You just walked the two worst hitters in baseball.

  44. Kempire Strikes Back says:

    Freddy……….it’s fucking Chone Figgins…….

  45. Nathan says:

    Watching Freddy pitch lately has not been fun.

    Though that fake running by Ichiro Jr was entertaining.

  46. rconn23 says:

    Walking one of the worst offensive players in baseball. Awesome Freddy.

  47. CBean says:

    Phelps, please

  48. Mike N says:

    I love how they’re trying to analyze Garcia’s pitching without saying, “He sucks”.

  49. The Real Greg says:

    Ackley helped him out. That was ball 3

  50. Cuso says:

    I am sick of Freddy Garcia.

    Not ripping him, I just don’t like watching the game on days he pitches.

  51. The Real Greg says:

    Ackley saved Garcia’s bacon

  52. Mike N says:

    Phew.

  53. Hummingbird S. says:

    How can anyone be surprised by freddy pitching like shit? It is who he is nowadays.. the only thing surprising is that he’s still starting for a division leader.

    • The Real Greg says:

      The thing that is surprising is that he hasn’t been bombed of late.
      He’s given up 3 runs only in each of his last two starts.

  54. Kempire Strikes Back says:

    Hallelujah

  55. Cuso says:

    Sluggo reference…….nice

  56. The Real Greg says:

    Ichiro’s crappy babip continues

  57. Kempire Strikes Back says:

    Jason Nix has some mad reflexes.

  58. Cuso says:

    Haha @ im-potent. Just say it right, Kay.

  59. Kempire Strikes Back says:

    Chris Stewart. That man just gets base hits.

  60. Hummingbird S. says:

    nice base running by Stewart

  61. Kempire Strikes Back says:

    CLUTCHNESS! It does exist!

  62. Brian S. says:

    What’s the record for number of shitty platoon players with OBP’s at or below .310 on a World Series contender.

  63. Andy Pettitte's Fibula (former Manny's BanWagon) says:

    Stewart might have been out if Seattle had a real catcher blocking the plate.

    • jjyank says:

      Zing!

      • Andy Pettitte's Fibula (former Manny's BanWagon) says:

        He’s the enemy now. I couldn’t resist the urge to take a shot at him even if it was probably unfair.

        • jjyank says:

          I feel ya. As irrational as it may be, the ridiculous fawning over Montero in April on here made me actually start to dislike him. I’m coming back from that stance now, but back when there were like 5 commenters a night updating his batting line over and over again in the comments, it started to make me dislike the poor guy.

          • Andy Pettitte's Fibula (former Manny's BanWagon) says:

            Agree 100%.

            It would be one thing to root for him as a former Yankee farm hand but the vibe I always got was they want him to do well so they can bitch about why the Yankees shouldn’t have traded him away.

  64. The Real Greg says:

    When you throw so many balls, you don’t get that call Freddy

  65. Cuso says:

    Guess it’s a pre-requisite for a Mariner hitter to get to 3-0 today

    • Andy Pettitte's Fibula (former Manny's BanWagon) says:

      Ichiro can’t hit anymore but he has to be one of the best defensive outfielders I’ve ever seen.

  66. Cuso says:

    Come on. Don’t show doughnuts

  67. Brian S. says:

    Those donuts look amazing. And I don’t eat sweets.

  68. Kempire Strikes Back says:

    Robbie Cano just has the most beautiful swing in baseball. No doubt about it.

  69. Adam says:

    haha Sterling on Paulie, “He has the most perfect figure, for a man.”

  70. The Real Greg says:

    This could be the slowest 2-1 game ever.

  71. The Troll says:

    Wow. So productive those two . . .

  72. Brian S. says:

    LOL.

  73. Need Pitching & Hitting says:

    Ichiro has to get a hit with RISP for the Yankees at some point, right?

  74. Nathan says:

    K…the glitter is starting to wear off the Ichiro trade.

  75. Thaaaaaaaayankeeswin says:

    Sad

  76. Arya says:

    Chance to get Freddy some cushion and 3 straight pop ups. Well done.

  77. Kosmo says:

    Iwakama vs Garcia, it doesn´t get any better than this !

  78. stuart a says:

    ichiro cannot get a hit with RISP. not sure if he has gotten 1 yet for the Yanks…..

    he is avg at best. a poormans gardner ouch………

  79. Nathan says:

    Ventura and…Donnie?

  80. The Real Greg says:

    A ton of popups by both teams

  81. Kempire Strikes Back says:

    TEX. He’s gotta be the frontrunner for the AL Firstbase Gold Glove. No way they’re giving to Prince and Gonzalez hasn’t hit well enough.

  82. The Real Greg says:

    Iwakuma seems to be a mix of Kuroda and Garcia

  83. Ugh, a little harder Nix.

  84. Mike N says:

    Good to see that Garcia has settled down.

  85. The Real Greg says:

    Another “just missed”

  86. Arya says:

    At 1:35 yesterday were we already in the 7th inning? This is really moving very slow and it’s only 2-1. Break it open already.

  87. The Troll says:

    Ichiro and Stewart have nearly the same line . . . I’m not quite sure what that says about EITHER player.

  88. Kempire Strikes Back says:

    Nice block, Jesus.

  89. Need Pitching & Hitting says:

    Nice job Cap.

  90. Mike N says:

    JEET!!!!!!!!!!

  91. Pat D says:

    What’s with all the name calling and hostility? Is the heat wearing everyone out?

  92. The Troll says:

    And he can RUN!!! Yeah BOOYYYEEEEE!

  93. Brian S. says:

    Greg thinks Iwakuma is a bad driver but is good at math.

  94. Kempire Strikes Back says:

    Captain clutch. Stewart has scored 2 of the Yankees 3 runs today.

  95. Arya says:

    Chris Stewart MVP of the ballgame.

  96. Kempire Strikes Back says:

    God if Robbie just learned some plate discipline he’d be a top 3 hitter in the game.

  97. The Real Greg says:

    Gotta be Freddy Garcia, right?

  98. jjyank says:

    Just got back from doing random stuff around the apartment…this game thread has taken a rather interesting route. Not that I’m complaining, it was entertaining to read through the last ~30 min of comments.

    • Pat D says:

      It’s like when I took a break yesterday and came back to find nothing but comments on whether or not it’s OK to constantly pick on the announcers. Comedy gold.

    • The Troll says:

      Greg clubs baby seals . . . after dragging them behind his tinted out Chevrolet pick-up truck. Sick, Greg. Appalling.

      • jjyank says:

        Greg drives his RV across the country so he can defecate in as many super markets as possible. He then proceeds to steal candy from small children standing outside en route to getting back in his RV parked in the handicapped spot.

        Sorry Greg, I had to. It looks like too much fun.

        • The Troll says:

          Greg’s last name is Hitler.

          • jjyank says:

            Hitler (and by extension, Greg) was born on 4/20. I will leave that to others to decide where I was going with that.

            • The Troll says:

              Greg lied to his doctor, complaining of nausea and headaches, in order to receive his medical marijuana license. Greg has cheated the American government and medical system. Greg is addicted to Hentai, Code Red Mountain Dew, and Ecstasy.

            • Kempire Strikes Back says:

              Greg is family friend of the Campbells of Holland Township, New Jersey.

              • The Troll says:

                Greg is the owner of an wildlife conservancy and exotic menagerie, which he claims is step forward for animal rights, but is actually a wicked sin-bed for his sick trists of bestiality. Greg prefers giraffes.

              • jjyank says:

                That’s about 15 minutes from where I grew up!

                • Kempire Strikes Back says:

                  I actually live in Alexandria Township, which is right next door to Holland Township. It’s boring as fuck over here.

                  • jjyank says:

                    No way! I live in DC now, but spent most of my life in Bethlehem Township, like 5 miles outside of Clinton.

                    • Kempire Strikes Back says:

                      What High School did you go to? I went to Del Val. I think Bethlehem sends it’s kids to Hunterdon Central.

  99. Andy says:

    That’s incredibly frustrating

  100. Mike N says:

    Two-out RBIs are painful.

  101. Thaaaaaaaayankeeswin says:

    Fun watching other teams get 2out hits that score runs

  102. Kramerica Industries says:

    God is this an annoying inning.

  103. Need Pitching & Hitting says:

    Take him out please.

  104. Kempire Strikes Back says:

    Freddy just get the fucking third out.

  105. Brian S. says:

    Stop giving up runs Fred

  106. Mike N says:

    Phew!!

  107. The Real Greg says:

    SO each team has scored 2 times with 2 outs. The difference is, we have one more run.

  108. Kempire Strikes Back says:

    Meredith looks exquisite today.

  109. Brian S. says:

    Zobrist was taken out of the game and was seen hugging teammates in the dugout.

  110. Mike N says:

    RAUL!!!!!!!!!!!

  111. Andy says:

    He just missed one his last at bat…gets it this time

  112. The Real Greg says:

    The Count with a blast

  113. Derek says:

    What a blast…

  114. jjyank says:

    VOLDEMORT….GOES YARDEMORT!!

  115. Kempire Strikes Back says:

    That was a fucking moonshot by Raul. He’s making Cashninja look smarter and smarter every day.

  116. Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan says:

    So everybody is yelling at Greg, calling him a racist and a bigot…and I missed it.

    Very disappointed.

  117. Andy says:

    Why did they take him out?

  118. Brian S. says:

    Greg doesn’t use coasters when he is a guest at someone’s house.

  119. Heisenberg's Hat says:

    Did Michael Kay really just that Chris Stewart “gives them offense”?

  120. Mike N says:

    STEWART FOR PLAYER OF THE GAME!!!!!!!!!

  121. Kempire Strikes Back says:

    Chris Stewart is making a name for himself.

  122. Arya says:

    Chris Stewart is a triple and a home run short of the cycle.

  123. The Real Greg says:

    Bad execution by Jeter

  124. Arya says:

    If Jeter had bunted they would have walked Robbie Cano. Now Robbie gets to hit.

  125. Kempire Strikes Back says:

    Oliver Perez versus Robbie Cano?

    Eric Wedge is playing right into our hands. Muwhahahahahahhahahahaha

  126. The Real Greg says:

    Ollie Perez’s coming in

    You know what that means…

    [youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v.....#038;h=360

  127. Pat D says:

    Someone had to make fun of Adrian Gonzalez, huh?

  128. Andy says:

    jones please

  129. Mike Axisa says:

    Here comes the gift out because Girardi won’t pinch-hit with Andruw.

  130. Mike N says:

    That’s a pretty interesting move to IBB Teix to get to Raul, lefty-righty notwithstanding.

  131. Tom says:

    Joe… Ibanez is not good vs lefties. Regardless of teh result this is a boneheaded decision.

  132. Kempire Strikes Back says:

    Where have you gone, Andruw Jooo-ooo-ones, our lonely nation turns it’s eyes to you, woo-ooo-oooh.

  133. Mike Axisa says:

    Figures. That only means Girardi will keep not pinch-hitting.

  134. The Real Greg says:

    Well, waddya know? Lefties hit Oliver Perez

  135. Need Pitching & Hitting says:

    Rauuuuuul!!!!!

    npoh

  136. RetroRob says:

    Unfortunately that hit will convince Joe to leave Ibanez in games in situations like this again. Why have two righthanded bats on the bench if you’re not going to use them to try and blow the game open?

    • mustang says:

      Example of people are never happy.

    • The Real Greg says:

      Now with that hit. lefties hit .413 off of Perez

      12 hits in 29 ABs

      • Tom says:

        .205 average the previous 3 years

      • Pasta Stumbling Sojo says:

        Greg, do you think those 29 ABs outweigh the 870 previous career ABs Perez had where he was better against lefties than righties? And do they outweigh the past couple years where Ibanez has around a .500 OPS vs. lefties?

        You’re constantly drawing lessons from only very recent events, and that’s not very predictive of what will happen in the future. I’ll bet you anything Perez will do better vs. lefties the rest of this season, and for the rest of his career.

  137. jjyank says:

    Voldemort laughs at your platoon splits!

  138. mustang says:

    Ibanez says ” SHUT UP AND LET ME HIT THE DAMN BALL”

    LOL

  139. Brian S. says:

    That 2-2 pitch to Ibanez could have been called a strike. I think we caught a break.

  140. Robinson Tilapia says:

    Ollie Perez: Not even good at LOOGYing any longer.

  141. Kempire Strikes Back says:

    Fuck the cameraman and Michael Kay. Almost as bad as Sterling.

  142. Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan says:

    Cue Greg “I told you so” comments. Hey, by the way, did you guys know that the Oakland Athletics would be a pain in the ass?

  143. Mike N says:

    Given that Raul himself was 3-7 lifetime against Perez, I’m not sure I see the problem with Girardi’s decision to leave him in there, and I’m not sure that Girardi’s take-home-lesson will be “leave Ibanez in against lefties”.

    • Arya says:

      I don’t think so. They’re just generalizing things. If it’s a better lefty in a much more important game I’m sure Girardi goes to the righty. But then Wedge brings in the righty to face Jones. What are the righty’s #s against Jones? You have to take that into account as well and they aren’t.

    • Brian S. says:

      I hope Girardi doesn’t make decisions based on 7 plate appearances.

      • The Real Greg says:

        He also did it because he saw that lefties hit .393 off of Perez this year.

      • Mike N says:

        There’s a difference between seven plate appearances “lefties against Perez” and seven plate appearances “Ibanez against Perez”. The latter is a meaningful piece of information if you are deciding whether to allow Ibanez to bat against Perez.

  144. The Real Greg says:

    Ibanez was 3-7 career against Perez

    Combine that with lefties hitting 11-28 off of Perez this year.

    Let him hit.

    • RetroRob says:

      Looseleaf binder logic.

    • mustang says:

      NOOOOOO!!!!!

      Jones should of hit anyway even if it work out. They should replay the inning and let Jones hit because the Lords of baseball said so.

    • Tom says:

      .205 average the last 3 years

      You really don’t understand small sample sizes

      3 for 7? What if it was 2 for 7? (and say one of those hit was broken bat hit) Would you treat the numbers different.

      • The Real Greg says:

        You forget that Perez did not pitch last year. So there’s a missing year between those 3 years and this year

        • Pasta Stumbling Sojo says:

          So to be clear, the fact that Perez missed a year means that we should use his last 29 ABs to predict that he’s worse vs. lefties than righties, despite the overwhelming evidence from the rest of his career to the contrary. Is that right?

          Do you think he’ll do worse vs. lefties for the rest of this season and for the rest of his career? If so, I’ll take that bet any day.

        • Tom says:

          He has 30 PA’s.

          I’ll take a couple of years of data over a ridiculous 30 PA sample size.

          And why are you quoting 3 for 7 for Ibanez if the info I’m providing is “old”… just so I understand, you can only use data prior to this year when it suits your argument?

          Those 7 AB’s all occurred this year, right?

      • Pasta Stumbling Sojo says:

        Greg is the king of small sample sizes.

        • The Real Greg says:

          When reliever are involved, all the sample sizes are going to be small.

          • Pasta Stumbling Sojo says:

            That doesn’t mean you should make predictions based on those sample sizes. You shouldn’t, and if you do, you’ll be wrong very often.

            If you did, every time a relief pitcher started off his career with 29 ABs where he had a reverse platoon split, you’d predict that he’s going to continue to have a reverse platoon split. And you’d be wrong most of the time, because most relief pitchers don’t.

  145. MartinRanger says:

    The Yankees best offensive performers today are Raul Ibanez and Chris ‘Slugging’ Stewart.

    And that’s just fine with me.

    I wonder if leaving Ibanez in was a binder decision or a gut/PH-reluctance decision.

    • RetroRob says:

      A gut decision based on binder notes?

      Seriously, if Joe had shown a willingness to pinch hit for Ibanez in the past and he decided to leave him in the game today against Perez, I’d question it less. It’s the fact that he lately keeps leaving Ibanez in to face lefties when he’s shown no ability to hit them and he NOW has two righties to come off the bench.

      Maybe it has something to do with Chavez not being able to play and not wanting to lose the DH position if there was an injury.

  146. Robinson Tilapia says:

    So I’m seeing Greg being called everything in the book here, but can’t figure out what he said to start it. Can I get a Cliff Notes version here?

    • jjyank says:

      It’s all in good humor. At least the comments from me are. But considering Greg himself got into it, I’m pretty sure it’s al in good fun. Do your own, Tilapia, I’m sure it will be funny.

    • Pasta Stumbling Sojo says:

      The Real Greg says:
      August 5, 2012 at 2:29 pm
      Iwakuma seems to be a mix of Kuroda and Garcia

      Brian S. says:
      August 5, 2012 at 2:30 pm
      racist

      The rest is history.

    • The Troll says:

      Greg’s favorite “films” are Gigli and From Justin to Kelly. He also talks on his cell phone, chews loudly, and laughs uncontrollably while at the movie theater.

      • The Troll says:

        And the guy smokes menthol cigarettes at Chuck-E-Cheese while perving on welfare-ridden, single mother divorces.

      • jjyank says:

        While eating a watermelon?

        Sorry, that was going to far.

        • The Troll says:

          And yet, even if it’s only in my own personal experience, has always been true. Stereotypes are typically true. Sad, yes, but cultivated from truth. :(

          • jjyank says:

            I know, you are right. Stereotypes do exist for a reason, at least most of the time.

            My coworkers are fun-loving racists. My supervisor’s birthday was last month (he’s black), and my Asian assistant manager bought him Pop-Eyes chicken for lunch. He loved it.

            • The Troll says:

              In the immortal words of Avenue Q, “everyone’s a little bit racist.” The world might actually get along a little better if we just embraced such differences and cut away all this PC BS. Also, some people are total tight asses with no sense of humor whatsoever. Those people suck chode.

      • Robinson Tilapia says:

        I don’t say this out loud very often, but I will here, since I am among friends.

        I enjoyed “Glitter.”

  147. Need Pitching & Hitting says:

    Booooooone!!!

  148. Robinson Tilapia says:

    Welcome back, Good Boone Logan.

  149. MartinRanger says:

    What a job by Boone Logan! And with the 4-run lead we might even spare Robertson and Soriano heading into Detroit.

  150. jjyank says:

    Boonetang.

    *gives mad cookies*

  151. Kempire Strikes Back says:

    Boone Logan proving he’s more than just a LOOGY. Speaking of Boone, how’s Arodys Vizcaino doing these days?

  152. Robinson Tilapia says:

    This really becomes a lot more enjoyable when you don’t look up stats on splits and just want the guy holding the bat at the time to get on base.

  153. Arya says:

    I like how people always complain about Girardi and his binder then he goes against the book once, it works, and people still complain. It was Oliver Perez in an early August game against the Mariners, it’s not like he’s going to follow the same line of thinking against a better lefty in a mid October game.

    • Need Pitching & Hitting says:

      he’s been doing that all year long

    • Mike N says:

      Don’t you get it? Girardi is much stupider than any of us, and now he has learned the stupid lesson from this one at-bat that Ibanez is great against lefties and he is gonna leave Ibanez in all the time against lefties, even in game seven of the world series.

      • Heisenberg's Hat says:

        The weird thing is that Joe always gets accused of using this mythical binder of his, but he’s just as capable of doing something completely boneheaded and “old school” and then trotting out some cliched reason why he did it. To hear some people talk you’d think Girardi was always beholden to his book of stats, and that’s not true at all.

  154. Brian S. says:

    lol

  155. The Real Greg says:

    Wow

  156. MartinRanger says:

    Ichiro!

  157. Andy says:

    HIT STREAK!

  158. Kempire Strikes Back says:

    Hahahaha they gave Ichiro a hit. The streak lives.

  159. Arya says:

    Nix needs to get on here so Chris Stewart can hit a 3 run home run and end this thing.

  160. The Real Greg says:

    Guess what?

    That’s another hit by a lefty.

    13-31, I believe now. A .419 BA

    • Need Pitching & Hitting says:

      It’s a pop up to shallow CF. Are you really trying to use that to try to further your argument?

    • Andy says:

      Shows how useless that stat is

    • Pasta Stumbling Sojo says:

      Q: What’s better than making predictions based on small sample sizes?

      A: Claiming that you were right based on even smaller sample sizes!

      Greg, I’ll repeat my question from above. Are you predicting that Perez will pitch worse vs. lefties than righties the rest of this season, and the rest of his career as a reliever?

      • The Real Greg says:

        A: When relievers are involved, they are always going to be small sample sizes.

        B: This season? Yes. The rest of his career? Don’t know.

        • Pasta Stumbling Sojo says:

          A. Repeating my answer above:
          That doesn’t mean you should make predictions based on those sample sizes. You shouldn’t, and if you do, you’ll be wrong very often.

          If you did, every time a relief pitcher started off his career with 29 ABs where he had a reverse platoon split, you’d predict that he’s going to continue to have a reverse platoon split. And you’d be wrong most of the time, because most relief pitchers don’t.

          B. Bet taken!

  161. Paul VuvuZuvella says:

    They still bunt?

  162. MartinRanger says:

    Runner on third for the Yankees’ best hitter.

  163. Kempire Strikes Back says:

    Small ball! Are you happy now Greg, you xenophobe?

  164. Mike N says:

    Sutor?ku o utsu!

  165. mustang says:

    Someone please tell me how does a Yankees fan say this:

    Brian S. says:
    August 5, 2012 at 3:37 pm
    I can’t wait until Ibanez faces Phil Coke with the bases loaded in the ALDS and strikes out.

    “Cutting off the nose to spite the face”

    • Arya says:

      That’s crazy. Even if it’s the wrong decision I’d like to see it work and see the Yankees win. I’d never wish that they’d lose just to be proven right. I’m guessing they wanted Ibanez to fail there and see us lose this game. Good thing he came through and we’re on our way to taking 2/3 in the series.

  166. captain kiwi says:

    interesting game thread o_O

    and attaboy ichiro. lol.

  167. The Troll says:

    When small ball goes wrong . . .

  168. RetroRob says:

    Stepping away from the Yankee game for a second, what do people think the Phillies should do with Cliff Lee?

    I think they should “gift” him to the Dodgers and get the committment off their books. I haven’t heard if the Dodgers were one of the teams on his no-trade list.

  169. Need Pitching & Hitting says:

    DRob? Really? Using your best set-up guy back to back days to protect a 4 run lead?

  170. MartinRanger says:

    D-Rob again? I’m surprised after the two-inning outing yesterday.

    Then again Nova is pitching tomorrow, so the odds D-Rob are slim he’s needed.

  171. Brian S. says:

    Someone please tell me how does a Yankee fan say this:

    mustang says:
    August 5, 2012 at 2:34 pm
    I wish Germany had won.

  172. Mike N says:

    Didn’t he only throw very few pitches yesterday?

  173. Pat D says:

    Wow, AJ had a great road start in a game, attack me if you will, the Pirates HAD TO HAVE!!!

  174. Mike N says:

    This is a little strange that D-Rob is in here and has thrown at least 20 pitches, after 16 yesterday. Now he is definitely not available tomorrow, correct?

  175. The Real Greg says:

    I would not be surprised if Soriano pitches the ninth.

    He hasn’t pitched in awhile

  176. The Troll says:

    I know Blackburn kinda sucks, but is Carl Crawford back? Looks like he’s been hitting the ball pretty well since he returned from the DL.

  177. Kempire Strikes Back says:

    Who’s next on the all time hits list for Jeter to pass? Willie Mays right?

  178. Robinson Tilapia says:

    Greg likes his hookers like he likes his rum. Feel free to finish that however you choose.

  179. Kempire Strikes Back says:

    I’m loving the hustle Robbie.

    Although, Michael, If I could change ONE thing about Robbie it would be his plate discipline.

  180. The Real Greg says:

    There’s Andruw Jones

  181. Kempire Strikes Back says:

    That ball boy gave the ball to the white kid instead of the black kid! THE BALLBOY IS GREG!!!!

  182. Arya says:

    What’s this? But I thought that Girardi would never pinch hit for Ibanez!

    • Tom says:

      Ibanez was 0 for 1 lifetime against Luetge – the decision was obvious and based on the #’s.

    • RetroRob says:

      He will. He’ll pinch hit for him in low-leverage, meaningless situations, but will leave him in for key, high-leverage situations that could cost the Yankees the game!

    • Need Pitching & Hitting says:

      He’ll generally PH if the Yankees are tied or trailing, or at the end of the game in a meaningless situation.

      He doesn’t PH with a lead and a chance to blow the game open.

  183. Arya says:

    In the 6th inning we heard that Girardi would never pinch hit Jones for Ibanez vs a lefty ever again as it worked once so it’ll always work. 3 innings later he pinch hits Jones for Ibanez against a lefty and out goes that theory.

  184. Mike N says:

    Dumbass in the YES booth forgot to reset the pitch count for Soriano.

  185. Mike N says:

    OK. They fixed it.

  186. Mike N says:

    YESSSSSSSSS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Excellent game!!!!!!!!!

  187. Robinson Tilapia says:

    Soriano untucks shirt. Greg untucks white sheet.

    • The Troll says:

      Haha, there you go. Grab your torches, boys! Greg’s a-goin’ lynchin’ tonight! mustang will bring the tar and feathers.

  188. Arya says:

    Interesting. Untuck if it’s a save, tuck if it’s not.

  189. jjyank says:

    Wait, he didn’t untuck?? Guess it’s only for saves.

  190. Kempire Strikes Back says:

    Racism and Bigotry aside, great game. I’ll take 2 out of 3 against the Mariners with the sole loss being a Felix Hernandez game every time.

  191. captain kiwi says:

    soriano looked like he was judging the hell outta figgins on that 3rd strike.

    “dumbass, i just threw that same damn pitch, you gon’ swing at it again?? MFIKY”

  192. Robinson Tilapia says:

    I look forward to the eventual complaints about Freddy Garcia looking too much like a fill-in #5 starter to be the fill-in #5 starter.

    • RetroRob says:

      Freddy’s been fine during his entire tenure with the Yankees with the exception of the horrible April this year.

      Glad they didn’t cut him as many wanted. Never cut depth.

  193. The Real Greg says:

    Question:

    If Ibanez leaves next year and gets picked up, do we get a comp pick?

  194. OldYanksFan says:

    Since Freddie has been back from the BP he has posed a 3.89 ERA.

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