Aug
07

Game 109: Right the Ship

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The Yankees have been playing some pretty miserable baseball for nearly three full weeks now, losing one-run games by the bucketful. At some point a little of that poor timing/bad luck will shift into New York’s favor and I’d really, really like to see it happen tonight. Here’s the starting nine…

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

RHP Phil Hughes

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

Categories : Game Threads

746 Comments»

  1. Arya says:

    Last time in Detroit, King Philip threw a CG and dominated their lineup. Expect more of the same tonight. At least one of our young pitchers has his head on straight.

  2. Knoxvillain says:

    How long until Granderson moves back down to the two hole? He doesn’t belong in front of Jeter.

  3. Robinson Tilapia says:

    PHIL PHUCKING HUGHES!!!!! #justjinxedit

  4. Nick says:

    Any chance Hughes drills Prince as payback for his bat flip during his CG in June?

  5. Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan says:

    lol Granderson ughh

  6. chilango says:

    Grandy waves at an off speed in the dirt. Sound familiar? Good lead off choice Joe

  7. Mike N says:

    MLB Network has its own announcers tonight. Jim Kaat is one of them. Not sure who the others are.

  8. Mike N says:

    If the gun is accurate, Hughes is throwing hard tonight. That last pitch clocked at 93 mph.

    • RetroRob says:

      I think he’s been averaging about that. He was hitting about 92-93 that inning. His average fastball has been 92.3 this year, and a tick higher since about mid-May. Right on target.

  9. RetroRob says:

    Hughes’ season didn’t turn around when he last faced Detroit. That was the game people began to believe he might be turning it around. He was solid in three of the prior four starts prior to that Tiger game. He had one dud mixed in, which as we know he’s done a couple times since.

  10. Robinson Tilapia says:

    Was that catch by Tex worthy of the orgasm Sterling just had?

  11. The Troll says:

    This offense, ever since Oakland, has been terribly painful to watch. I really hope they “right the ship” within the near future . . . Also, I must confess (that my loneliness is killing me now) that Granderson has thoroughly pissed me off. Summabitch strikes out a whole helluva damn lot.

    • Brian S. says:

      Yeah I’m starting to not like Granderson as much as I used to. Strikeouts last season an earlier this season didn’t bother me a bit but that’s all he does now.

      • The Troll says:

        Yeah. I love the guy and I think he’s a consumate professional and Mo-status class act, but I certainly wouldn’t mind parting ways with him after the season. What kind of haul could he bring in if that’s the route the front office chose? I would still cream my pants if Justin Upton suited up the ol’ navy pinstripes . . .

        • Brian S. says:

          Not sure what Granderson could fetch if he finishes with a 120 wRC+ and 190 strikeouts. He doesn’t steal bases or play good defense anymore so his value is limited. He’s a skinny black Adam Dunn.

          • The Troll says:

            I suppose little Upton is merely a pipe dream . . . If only they had kept AJax . . . Oh snap! I just opened up a Costco size can of worms. In my defense, I was thoroughly looking forward to Jackson breaking in with the Yankees. I was sad to see him go. It’s been nice watching Curtis play and all, but, I have to say, I rather the trade was never fulfilled.

          • jjyank says:

            He may not be a great, or even a good, CF anymore, but he has far more defensive value than Dunn.

          • JonS says:

            Adam Dunn in the OF makes David Ortiz look like Willie Mays.

        • RetroRob says:

          Considering he only has one year of free agency, and Arizona would have little interest in him because of that reason, the hall wouldn’t be all that good for a team like the Yankees expecting to contend.

          They’ll also need another LF’d power bat. Since fans also want Swisher gone, maybe they can field an OF of Gardner, Dickerson and Andrew Jones.

          • RetroRob says:

            *haul*

            Might need that tenth cup of coffee to wake up.

          • The Troll says:

            That outfield would be horrifying. I love Swisher. He talked to me and gave me a game ball over in Anaheim. He’s probably my favorite player so I hope they’d be able to find a spot for him.

            • RetroRob says:

              Swisher is actually a very big fan favorite, something I think that gets lost here at RAB. I think he’s a favoriate here too, but his detractors make for a disproportionate share of the conversation. It’s easy to say he should be replaced. It’s not so easy to say who should replace him.

              I’m fine if he returns. I just don’t want the committment to be too far out that the team is paying him for his age-37 season.

    • Robinson Tilapia says:

      When have the Yanks had a high-strikeout guy in a prominent role in recent years, though? I actually think we’re somewhat spoiled there.

      Carlos Pena practically has a street named after him in Tampa.

      It’s still frustrating, though. I get it.

  12. Brian S. says:

    We should trade for Rick Porcello and Drew Smyly this offseason. Because I like both of them.

    • / sarcasm

      I’m just gonna throw that on there because I’m hoping it’s sarcasm. Porcello has been Detroit’s Ivan Nova, and Smyly, while having an awesome last name is meh.

      • Robinson Tilapia says:

        I’d take both of them. Both young as hell. Worst case scenario, you give Smyly some extra marinating in AAA. Dude was in A last year, wasn’t he?

      • Grass is Always Greener says:

        I depend on thinking like Brian to live.

      • Brian S. says:

        You don’t think Smyly has potential? High strikeout lefty. And Porcello’s underlying numbers are much better than his ERA. He plays in front of arguably the worst defense in the AL.

        • Robinson Tilapia says:

          If Nova is young enough to right the ship, then Porcello is more than young enough. I’d bite on him for sure.

          • Brian S. says:

            Yeah I’m not done with Nova either. I just get extremely reactionary in game threads. He needs better fastball location.

            • Mike N says:

              His pitch selection seems abysmal, too.

              • Robinson Tilapia says:

                He’s looked terrible. He’s also looked very good in the not-too-distant. I don’t give up on him at all.

                I said in the Nova thread that, while I think he’s earned himself a second demotion, I don’t see how it happens. I see him having to work this out in the rotation. Not ideal, but oh well.

                • Mike N says:

                  When Pettitte comes back, you think he stays and Garcia is gone?

                  • Robinson Tilapia says:

                    Interesting.

                    My the time Andy’s gone, rosters will be expanded. Easier to stash Nova in the bullpen the rest of the season. Not sure if that’s what’s best. What’s needed is an effective Nova for the postseason.

                    But, sure, I could see Freddy getting starts if he’s still serviceable and Nova hasn’t gotten it back.

        • If I could get them both for a bag of balls, fuck yeah I’d do it, but there is still enough promise for both of them to require a haul to get, and since we’re already banking on one starter to turn it around (Nova) and banking on another to stayed turn around (Hughes) I don’t wanna take chances on even more.

      • Heisenberg's Hat says:

        NOT NOW SMYLY!!!!

  13. Hummingbird S. says:

    this offense sucks right now..

  14. Phapping to Phil says:

    No-hitter from Hughesie today?

  15. Mike N says:

    He’s got good movement on his breaking ball. If he can find the strike zone with it, he’ll be tough to beat tonight.

  16. Hummingbird S. says:

    that sucked.. nice AB

  17. RetroRob says:

    Was Cano on a shift there? Seemed nowhere near the ball.

  18. Mike N says:

    So, can we talk post-season rotation? CC, Hughes, Pettitte, Kuroda sounds like a decent rotation for a “playoff team”.

    • jjyank says:

      Yeah, though I’d change the order. CC/Kuroda/Pettitte/Hughes, with Pettitte and Hughes being interchangeable based on what happens from here until October.

      • Mike N says:

        Yeah, I wasn’t implying the order, other than CC obviously #1.

      • Robinson Tilapia says:

        I’d go with this for sure. Actually don’t think there’s much of a choice right now, but I still like it.

        • Mike N says:

          I think this is why the Yanks didn’t make moves for any starting pitching, and the bullpen is in extremely good shape. I really like Rapada and Eppley for the righty-lefty spots.

          You can complain about the Ichiro move, but what they really needed going into the trade deadline was an everyday outfielder, and that’s what they got.

      • Get Phelps Up says:

        I said this in the recap yesterday, but if we play the Tigers or A’s, I’d like to start Hughes in game 2 so he could pitch in a nice bog ballpark instead of YS. Otherwise, that’s easily the rotation I’d want – maybe put Pettitte at #2 if he comes back strong.

        • jjyank says:

          There’s a lot of merit to that, but I highly doubt Girardi would do it.

        • RetroRob says:

          If Hughes is pitching well it certainly makes sense, especially since Girardi may like having Pettitte in the #3 slot.

          Problem is that would bump Kuroda to #4 and I don’t see that happening. If Pettitte comes back strong, I predict it’s CC, Kuroda, Pettitte and Hughes. Not eliminating Nova yet. Too much road for both Hughes and Nova to switch their positions, although it’s not looking good for Nova now.

        • Mike Axisa says:

          Depends on the opponent as well, also the actual schedule. If CC can start G4 on short rest and the G2 pitcher can start G5 on normal rest (like last year before the rain), then they should do that.

          • jjyank says:

            Mike, other than CC, who would you say is best suited to be a G2 starter who is capable of a G5 on normal rest? Has Kuroda done it before?

          • Mike N says:

            Yeah, CC being able to go on short rest adds a whole level of flexibility to the post-season rotation. Very good point.

          • Get Phelps Up says:

            and the G2 pitcher can start G5 on normal rest (like last year before the rain), then they should do that.

            I’m confused. Is Pettitte the game 2 pitcher here?

    • Brian S. says:

      We have to make the playoffs first. Don’t take our lead for granted.

  19. Anthony says:

    Damn, last Yankee game for a week. Gonna miss this and the Rangers series :(

  20. Brian S. says:

    Damn I thought Ichiro could beat that out…

  21. Mike N says:

    Dang, Kuroda might have been safe.

  22. Need Pitching & Hitting says:

    yikes

  23. Hummingbird S. says:

    another K, pathetic.

  24. Brian S. says:

    This is ridiculous.

  25. Brian S. says:

    This is ridiculous.

  26. Knoxvillain says:

    Go fuck yourself, Grandy. Jesus Christ. Here comes all of my rage.

  27. chilango says:

    fuckin Granderson fans again.

  28. your mom says:

    K Grand.

  29. chilango says:

    We need some guys who can hit for AVG WTF!!

  30. chilango says:

    Phil better start mixing in the secondary pitches the second time around. He’s throwing too many heaters…

  31. Robinson Tilapia says:

    Time to lock up the office. Maybe I’ll be back. Still have family staying with us, so probably not. Enjoy giving Curtis Granderson the stinkeye.

  32. If you told me on May 1st that by the first week of August Hughes would have an ERA below 4, I would’ve laughed at you. He looks like a different pitcher than he did in April.

  33. DERP says:

    I just checked the Tampa box score and got really excited because I thought Austin hit two home runs. It turns out it was Kyle Roller. Just brutal.

    • Brian S. says:

      I’m kind of disappointed in our three prospects performance in Tampa. Sanchez and Williams (before he was hurt) weren’t hitting well and Austin’s power hasn’t shown up.

    • Mick taylor says:

      This series shows whygirardi is not a great manger.Suzuki should lead off. Granderson should bat 3rd. And can someone please explain to me why girardi does not have Suzuki granderson or jeter bunting on Miguel Cabrera.

  34. DERP says:

    Blake Beaven is doing Blake Beaven things and ruining my night.

  35. The Troll says:

    Curtis’ past 39 ABs: 5 hits (1 HR), 4 BB, 18 K. Yucky.

  36. S says:

    I can’t remember disliking a Yankee player as much as I dislike Russell Martin in a long time. Terrible in all facets of the game. Here’s a hypothetical–ignoring defense (which is obviously a huge factor and I don’t mean to downplay it–just bear with me for the sake of argument), would Posada have put up better numbers this season? It’s hard to believe, but I think he would have.

  37. DERP says:

    I love JJ Hardy.

  38. The Troll says:

    Curtis’ new nickname? “Que Grande!”

  39. Kramerica Industries says:

    Fewer double plays, please.

  40. Heisenberg's Hat says:

    No more DPs please.

  41. Brian S. says:

    OMG HE DIDNT HUSTLE. I WANT HIM TO BE THROWN OUT BY FIVE FEET INSTEAD OF TEN.

  42. bobtaco says:

    Has anyone noticed that when Granderson and Cano don’t hit, the team doesn’t win.

    It’s uncanny.

    #frustrating

  43. DERP says:

    Chavez bomb incoming.

  44. Need Pitching & Hitting says:

    Chavez!!!!!!

  45. Kramerica Industries says:

    Well, Mike, no wonder Andy Dirks had no play to make on that.

  46. Get Phelps Up says:

    Wow Chavez. That was impressive.

  47. Anthony says:

    Chavy!! Been on fire these past two games.

  48. RetroRob says:

    Kudos to Chavez. He’s really stepped it up with A-Rod’s out.

  49. Mike N says:

    Chavez has really filled in beautifully for A-Rod.

  50. Brian S. says:

    That ball had crazy backspin.

  51. King Charles The Great says:

    Chavez = best back-up 3B/1B in baseball??

  52. Brian S. says:

    So do we start Chavez at third against a right handed pitcher in the playoffs?

  53. Kramerica Industries says:

    At least they are hammering Porcello, like they should be.

    He’s their Nova, basically, but better at getting those pesky GIDP’s.

  54. RetroRob says:

    I’m hoping that perceived limp I saw is because it’s still sore from hitting the shin and not related to the hip flexor.

  55. Anthony says:

    Offense baby!

  56. Brian S. says:

    Was Swisher limping?

  57. DERP says:

    In-game interviews are the worst thing ever.

  58. RetroRob says:

    BTW Was there ever a replay shown of the Chavez HR?

  59. RetroRob says:

    Total guess:

    Rose,
    Aaron
    Cobb
    Speaker?

    • Kramerica Industries says:

      Holy shit.

      4/4

      • RetroRob says:

        I thought for sure I guessed wrong on Speaker. I was starting to think about Yaz and Musial. That was a very quick poll (unless they announced it earlier). Seemed like 30 seconds between poll and answer.

  60. Kevin G. says:

    At this point might as well just intentionally walk Cabrera every at-bat.

  61. Kramerica Industries says:

    …and the requisite Miguel Cabrera home run.

    It would be nice to get through a Tigers game without one of those.

    • RetroRob says:

      Totally. It bothers me a little less (just a little) when a great hitter consistently hits the Yankees compared to that group of lesser hitters who sometimes have the Yankees number, but really, Cabrera as great as he is should not be hitting like this against the Yankees. At least there’s never any doubt off the bat when he hits a HR against the Yankees. Clearly not fooling him on any level.

  62. chilango says:

    Second AB for Cabrera gets the fastball shit I knew this was gonna happen.

  63. Damn, that sounded like it was long gone…but Miggy is a big homerun guy, and Hughes gives up a lot of homers, so I kind of expected at least one of Prince/Miggy to go yard.

    • Heisenberg's Hat says:

      As long as they’re solo shots it doesn’t matter. It’s not like we’re going to keep those two down anyway. We just have to make sure Delmon Young and Jhonny Peralta don’t beat us.

  64. Mike N says:

    There’s the good breaking ball. Excellent 0-2 pitch.

  65. Brian S. says:

    I’m not even mad about that.

  66. jjyank says:

    Some real nice curves to Fielder there.

  67. Mike N says:

    Fuck Fister. Enough already.

  68. Get Phelps Up says:

    That was a philthy pitch to K Prince.

  69. Brian S. says:

    That curve was something else.

  70. JonS says:

    Mark McGuire was not a Hall of Famer. That’s why he won’t get in.

    • Ethan says:

      What are you smoking? He’s absolutely a hall of famer based on pure stats. 583 HRs, near 400 OBP, career .415 wOBA and 157 wRC+ and 70 WAR. Definite HOFer

      • The Troll says:

        Steroids. Cheater. Fraud. Liar. Definitely NOT a HOFer.

        • Ethan says:

          That’s not what I was saying. I was responding to the OP implying that he wouldn’t get in because his stats were unworthy.

        • Mike Axisa says:

          Ty Cobb stabbed a guy and beat up a handicapped fan in a wheelchair.

          • Ethan says:

            That’s definitely worse than using steroids which weren’t even illegal back in the old days (I believe, not positive).

            • RetroRob says:

              When fans talk about a player cheating or his character when it comes to steroids, they are conveniently ignoring that that has never been a reason for keeping a player out of the HOF. Players cheat all the time, and the character issue is not even worth a discussion. Is Andy Pettitte a worse character because he took HGH than Cobb, or insert name of quite a few HOFers of questionable character.

              The crime of PED users: They were physcially trying to better themselves. It’s not exactly a crime. Certainly not one that should lead to an automatic ban of the Hall.

              Bonds is about an easy a choice for the Hall as their can be. Same with Clemens.

          • The Troll says:

            And I applaud him for that . . . Consumate BAD ASS, Walter White status. Baseball was different back then and Cobb was a noted prick. Isn’t he considered the filthiest player of all time? (Besides the WS teams of ’04) Cobb was legend. McGuire’s just a cheating douche with elephantiasis. He’s not NEARLY as bad as Bonds, however. 73 (?) HRs . . . Gross. Sosa was horrendous too. They were so blatant about it. They’re all goons.

  71. Tom says:

    Wow that was a tremendous sequence against Fielder… really spotted the fastball well and some real good curveballs.

    If Phil can continue to spot his fastball in, he can be real effective.

  72. Mike N says:

    They have been talking to Fister on MLB Network this entire fucking half inning. This is a key moment in the goddamn game, assholes!

  73. Brooklyn Nets says:

    Old Hughes falls apart after a homerun. This Hughes doesn’t care.

    The growth of Hughes has been special. Firmly believe he’s our ace sometime in the future. I know I’ll get killed for that.

  74. DERP says:

    This Fister interview is really informative. I’m really happy they decided to talk with him the whole inning. How lucky are we?

  75. Brian S. says:

    Boesch is annoying as fuck this game.

  76. DERP says:

    FINISH HIM

  77. DERP says:

    I think the same person has caught the last four foul balls.

  78. Brian S. says:

    Go fucking kill yourself Boesch.

  79. Anthony says:

    Lots and lots of foul balls.

  80. Brooklyn Nets says:

    Hughes is being aggressive. Boesh is just pulling a Damon. Nothing you can do.

  81. Brian S. says:

    Bean him in the head Hughes.

  82. Brian S. says:

    Please hit Boesch in the head next time.

  83. Mike N says:

    Please bean Fister right now so he shuts the fuck up.

  84. jjyank says:

    GO AWAY FISTER!

  85. DERP says:

    This is almost as bad as when they interviewed Luis Tiant on Sunday Night Baseball.

  86. chilango says:

    great breaking stuff from phil tonight. Thanks Miggy

  87. Brian S. says:

    OT. Would bunting on Schilling in game 6 really have worked?

  88. Mike N says:

    They keep thanking him like they’re done, and then they ask him another goddamn stupid fucking question. Now they’re discussing with him where he grew up.

  89. Rich in NJ says:

    Like that.

  90. Mike N says:

    CHIN!

  91. DERP says:

    Brutal inning.

  92. RetroRob says:

    Grrrr….

  93. Need Pitching & Hitting says:

    Fuck

  94. jjyank says:

    Damn. That was a helluva throw by Ichiro though.

  95. Mike N says:

    Damn two-out RBI.

  96. chilango says:

    Another shut down inning by the Yanks

  97. Brian S. says:

    Fuckin forty pitch inning. God dammit.

  98. DERP says:

    I hope Brennan Boesch breaks his leg and it somehow gets infected.

  99. Cuso says:

    Can’t put hitters away with 2 strikes. Just can’t.

  100. Kramerica Industries says:

    Seriously annoying inning…

  101. Tom says:

    Great 1-2 fastball inside… he needs to do that more often as hitter just dive over the plate. (I think that’s why righties are hitting him so much better this year)

    Unfortunately he poorly executed 2 curveballs after that… going full cost him that run (with the runner going on the pitch)

  102. DERP says:

    Is there any place to check number of foul balls allowed?

  103. Ethan says:

    The ump really is not giving the inside corner on left handed batters even though it is a strike.

  104. DERP says:

    Come on Phil. Finish off one fucking batter please.

  105. Of course he’s getting squeezed now..

  106. Brian S. says:

    Fuck the Tigers.

  107. RetroRob says:

    Wonder what the record is for most pitches thrown in an inning?

  108. Kramerica Industries says:

    Hughes basically had his pitch count doubled that inning.

  109. Ethan says:

    Really getting squeezed now.

    • TomH says:

      You sure it isn’t an example of what happens when a guy can’t put people away when he has two strikes on them?

      • Ethan says:

        I was looking at pitch FX on mlb.tv and 2 of the last 3 balls in that AB were strikes.

        • TomH says:

          Trust your eyes, not some website. Hughes has been having 2-strike problems throughout his career. If the strike zone gets narrow on him, it may well be because umpires get bored with him.

  110. Mike N says:

    Between Fister and the play on the field, that inning was absolute fucking torture. I am glad it’s finally over.

  111. RetroRob says:

    Mommy, John Flaherty is here again with his mustache trying to play with the kids.

  112. Get Phelps Up says:

    Thank God that’s over.

  113. DERP says:

    I’m worried we are gonna have like an eight pitch inning here.

  114. The Troll says:

    Yeah. What’s with the absolute lack of shutdown innings of late? Can’t win games when they continuously give back the lead/tie. ARGH

    • Mike N says:

      “Can’t win games when they continuously give back the lead/tie.”

      Yes, allowing the other team to score too many runs does prevent wins.

  115. 8-9-1…hopefully they can at least take some pitches and give Hughes a little bit of a breather…

  116. your mom says:

    This inning will go GO, GO, K

  117. DERP says:

    Ichiro is terrible.

  118. Kramerica Industries says:

    Considering Ichiro is supposed to be prized for his contact rates, he sure is catching a ton of air in Detroit.

  119. Need Pitching & Hitting says:

    I’m starting to think Ibanez in left and Chris Stewart as DH might be a better option.

    /halfkidding

  120. Brian S. says:

    Ichiro fucking sucks.

  121. Rich in NJ says:

    Martin should only face LHP.

  122. Arya says:

    8-9-1-2 are just worthless right now. You can basically script their ABs- K, pop up, K, weak infield grounder.

  123. DERP says:

    Great inning

  124. Kramerica Industries says:

    That was a nine pitch inning.

    Way to give Hughes that breather, guys.

  125. I know I’m not supposed to complain about broadcasters, but I just can’t help myself: I fucking hate when the media in general and specifically broadcasters say that “the coach said he(in this case Ichiro) has plenty left in the tank” like it means anything. Of course the coach is going to say an older player who isn’t hitting well still has “it” only an ass would say that a player currently on their roster can’t play anymore.

    • Mike N says:

      Agreed 100%. But also, the broadcasters really have no choice but to ask these stupid questions, knowing full well the stupid answers they’re gonna get. Bottom line is that sports “journalism” is 95% marketing and 5% journalism.

  126. Brian S. says:

    Come on Hughes. Need a quick inning.

  127. Kramerica Industries says:

    I remember hearing how Ichiro was supposed to be rejuvenated by joining a pennant race.

    Well, not only has he seen more L’s than W’s since coming to the Yankees (something he is well used to), but he’s also been just as worthless as he was with the Mariners.

    Well, glad the name value side of things was worth it.

  128. Cuso says:

    Take note Hughes & Nova. THAT’s what you do after your team scores runs.

    Shutdown innings….

  129. DERP says:

    Please just finish one guy off for fucks sake.

  130. Kramerica Industries says:

    Tonight’s game has been vintage 2010 Phil Hughes.

    The guy who threw about half his pitches with two strikes in the count.

  131. Brian S. says:

    Fuck this BABIP

  132. Rich in NJ says:

    BABIP is not in Hughes’ favor tonight.

    • TomH says:

      Hughes is not in Hughes’ favor tonight. He can’t close the 2-strike deal. His repertoire is limited, and these guys can basically time that fastball of his, even if it means they can routinely foul it off.

  133. Arya says:

    Just lumber through this inning with no damage, Phil. Phelps and the pen can finish it out.

  134. Brian S. says:

    Need a double play.

  135. DERP says:

    It would be nice to not let Cabrera bat this inning.

  136. DERP says:

    Fuck this.

  137. Need Pitching & Hitting says:

    WTF??!!?!?

  138. Mike N says:

    We lauded Chavez too much.

  139. Rich in NJ says:

    He has to field that.

  140. Kramerica Industries says:

    Phil, give up more two strike hits.

    You haven’t reached your quota yet.

  141. Brian S. says:

    God fucking dammit Chavez. This team can’t do anything right now.

  142. DERP says:

    Need a double play here. Concede the run.

  143. Arya says:

    Unlike Nova, Phil is actually getting a little unlucky. Just get a DP and get out with only 1 run scoring.

  144. chilango says:

    Here it comes. The middle inning collapse. Fuck you Phil. Can’t put anyone away.

  145. Tom says:

    1-2 fastball down the middle….

    Phil’s command seems to have gone away after the 3rd inning (or after the Fielder AB in the 4th)

    • Brian S. says:

      He got a ground ball. What else do you want?

      • Tom says:

        A better pitch? That ball was drilled and in a shitty location.

        • Rich in NJ says:

          It was fieldable by Chavez. That’s the next best thing to right at him.

          • Tom says:

            It was still a center-center fastball with a 1-2 count… that’s poor pitch execution.

            The ball was hit hard, he almost got lucky in that it was right at someone, but that is a terrible 1-2 pitch to a free swinger.

            If he doesn’t put it center-center he gets weak contact or a K.

            • Rich in NJ says:

              So we agree that although the ball was drilled it wasn’t really in a shitty location.

              So yes, he got lucky on the location, but overall, he was very unlucky on several other balls in play, including the one by Boesch that inning.

              Look, Phil has to throw more change ups (not sure why he wasn’t) and pitch inside more (not sure about the reason for that either).

              • Tom says:

                Huh? It was in a TERRIBLE location… how is a 1-2 fastball right down the middle not shitty location?

                People toss around BABIP and luck way too much… look at the location of the pitches that he gave up hits on.

                The Boesch hit that inning was lucky, but most of the other hits were on poorly executed pitches…. even the first Boesch hit which I’m sure folks will call lucky is a curveball that misseed location, and while down in the zone was just a terrible location to most lefties (center of the plate and down).

  146. Mike N says:

    Need a strike out!

  147. DERP says:

    Please strike this guy out.

  148. Rich in NJ says:

    Now a DP.

  149. Mike N says:

    OK. Now double play!

  150. DERP says:

    Phil is drenched.

  151. chilango says:

    lucky that hanger didn’t end up in the seats

  152. RetroRob says:

    Hughes’ velocity is down bit this inning. Short leash.

  153. Erica says:

    Effin Tigers man.

  154. Mike N says:

    Aughhhhh.

  155. Kramerica Industries says:

    Take Phil out.

  156. RetroRob says:

    Could see that one coming.

  157. Need Pitching & Hitting says:

    fuck, fuck, fuckity fuck fuck

  158. Brian S. says:

    Fucking hate the Tigers.

  159. Get Phelps Up says:

    I was just gonna say to IBB Cabrera and bring in Boone for Fielder and Boesch.

  160. WHIPitcher says:

    fuck me, come on Phil… when does the fly ball pitcher excuse become a crutch?

  161. Arya says:

    And they just keep letting that guy beat them, over and over and over.

  162. DERP says:

    EXTEND PHIL!

  163. DERP says:

    Awful outing by Phil

  164. of all days for Hughes to have an off night…

  165. chilango says:

    Seen this movie before.

  166. The Troll says:

    Damn . . . 4.1 innings and 102 pitches? WTF. Old School Hughes.

  167. Kramerica Industries says:

    This ballpark would feel more like Angel Stadium if the Yankees played there more often.

    Fucking house of horrors. And two playoff series losses to that team since 2006, to boot.

  168. DERP says:

    Why couldn’t Cabrera have died of alcohol poisoning?

  169. Karl Krawfid says:

    This team is so bad.

  170. Thaaaaaaaayankeeswin says:

    Anybody still want to defend the dazzling pitching depth the yanks have after CC and Kuroda?

  171. widget says:

    This team is AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  172. your mom says:

    This team fucking sucks. I should stop wasting my time following these games for now.

  173. The Troll says:

    So when the f**k are they going to turn this funk around? I’ve aged 4 years in the past three weeks here . . . I need stress free baseball now. I need this offense to wake the f**k up!

  174. RetroRob says:

    It would never happen because relief pitchers now have assigned innings, but I would have brought D-Rob in to face Cabrera. Best hitter at what could be a crucial point in the game should be met with shut down reliever. Hughes was gased. Not a good matchup even with Hughes wasn’t.

    • chilango says:

      yep. Hughes should not have pitched to Cabrera. You don’t need Joe’s binder bullshit to figure that one out.

      • RetroRob says:

        It’s not just Girardi. Just about every manager would never take their “8th inning guy” or their second-best reliever (assuming it’s believed that the closer is always the best reliever, although in this case it’s probably not the case) and have him pitch in the 5th. Yet they should. That was obviously is going to be one of the crucial points in the game. Give your team the best chance of winning by shutting that inning down.

  175. filthhuge says:

    We have a two pitch pitcher as a possible number 3 starter…why expect to win against a good team…he escaped baltimore. Throw the fucking changeup once in a while…

  176. Brian S. says:

    Toronto, Texas, Boston coming up. Team needs to wake up out of this funk.

    • Get Phelps Up says:

      Rangers are the only one of those teams who are scary.

      • WHIPunk says:

        DO not misunderestimate Boston, been done before to unsightly results.

        • The Troll says:

          Yeah . . . what’s with the constant undervaluing of Boston? I’d think that people would’ve learned by now that you can never count those scum bags out . . . .

          • Get Phelps Up says:

            If the Yankees were 55-55 after 110 games and had a nutcase for a manager, we wouldn’t be feeling so good. Why can’t the same thing apply for Boston?

            • The Troll says:

              Because of the simple fact that it’s Boston. Their offense is too talented . . . I will never ever underestimate the Red Sox. They’re too good. They could start the season 0-30 and I’d still be looking down the rear view mirror.

              • Get Phelps Up says:

                “Because they’re the Red Sox” is so stupid. By that logic we should be scared of the Phillies this year “because they’re the Phillies”

                • WHIPunk says:

                  They’ve been maimed in the crotch with injuries the whole year, they are a dangerous team, we aren’t talking about Toronto here.. If Bobby V can get his whipping towel into action well… well we better be scared.

      • Brian S. says:

        Against this team though? We are fucking ass right now.

        • Get Phelps Up says:

          Yeah, but neither of those teams are playing all that well either. I have faith that we’ll rebound, as ugly as it’s looked.

      • widget says:

        Red Sox just took 2 of 3 at the Stadium. The Yanks should be concerned.

      • TomH says:

        Don’t be silly. In Toronto, the Jays are often a problem for NY. Pitchers like Hughes, Garcia, and Nova should wear kelvar for Texas and probably for Boston too. In fact, I thought Boston showed the Yankees who was boss recently.

        • Get Phelps Up says:

          The Yankees have seemed to struggle in Toronto, but that was before the Jays got half their regulars and 4/5 of their rotation hurt. The Rangers haven’t been scoring consistently for a while now – minus 2 games against the Angels. Also, the Yankees have won 6/9 against the Red Sox.

  177. The Troll says:

    Hey Mike (or anyone else willing to answer), when’s the last time the Yankees suffered through such futile stretch? Moreover, when was the last time they did it in the latter half of the season?

  178. Bartolo's Colon says:

    sort of worried about the team. the offense minus chavez and jeter look terrible. grandy is looking like mark reynolds lately. nova has sucked the whole season, hughes back to his old ways today. and giradi has shit for brains for keeping him in against miggy. how does that happen?

    • TomH says:

      “Sort of worried?” I’d say that’s a mild response.

      • Bartolo's Colon says:

        only because they have a decent lead, and have not lost much ground even though they have played horrendously the past 3 weeks. they have not looked like a good team for a while now. i want to think that they will just turn it around at some point, but man players like nova and granderson lately are scary to watch. and no a-rod or pettitte, i think they would help immensely, but they are a long way off

  179. Evitable says:

    Phil Hughes is terrible — it took him about 60 pitches to get through 9 batters after Cabrera hit that home run. He couldn’t get anybody out because he can’t overpower or deceive hitters. Phelps should replace him in the rotation. Phelps should also replace Nova in the rotation. It’s fine — Phelps can pitch two days in a row, he’s that good.

    By the way, speaking of fouling off lots of pitches with two strikes to drive up pitch counts and force bad pitches…didn’t the Yankees used to be experts at that? Pay attention, Curtis. And Robby.

    • The Troll says:

      That’s where Gardner would’ve come in handy, a player to extend the AB by being an absolute pest.

    • Brian S. says:

      It’s Hughes fault he gave up four weak ground ball hits!

      • WHIPunk says:

        Yea that one hit to the wall in which Austin Jackson scored from first was really weak man!! Is your definition of a hard hit a ball that just literally burns a hole through a glove/outfield wall? Whens the time to stop making excuses and holding pitchers accountable for their not being able to throw consistent games.

      • Bartolo's Colon says:

        yea you’re right, it wasn’t his fault that he gave up about 347 foul balls tonight. granted he got a bit unlucky, but he sucked tonight

      • Evitable says:

        It’s Hughes’ fault he knocked himself out of the game by being unable to force batters to do _something_ (take a pitch, swing and miss, swing and ground out, swing and get a hit) with 3-2 counts. He couldn’t do this because he does not have a sufficiently powerful or varied pitch repertoire. As the at-bats got longer and longer and he got more and more frustrated and tired it became more likely that he would give up more hits. Then it was almost certain that Cabrera would hit him hard given his previous at-bat and Hughes’ last inning, but Girardi left him in because Girardi, it wasn’t a lefty so he couldn’t use Boone Logan and it wasn’t the 8th inning so Robertson wasn’t allowed, and it wasn’t the 6th or 7th so Joba probably wasn’t allowed, and he hates David Phelps.

  180. King Charles The Great says:

    I’m OK with getting beaten by Miguel Cabrera given how good of a hitter he is. What frustrates me the most is guys like Boesh, Dirks, and Peralta getting in front of him or getting those timely hits. Ugh.

  181. DERP says:

    The Tigers fans are awful. Every fucking fly ball they make it seem like it has a chance to go out. These people probably watch every game since none of them have jobs, so they should know better.

  182. Get Phelps Up says:

    Hughes allows more than 3 ER for the first time since June 20 and now he sucks again?

  183. Mike N says:

    Yanks can easily come back and win this game. Tigers’ starter tonight is no Verlander or Hernandez.

  184. Bartolo's Colon says:

    what sucks the most is that hughes will one day be a good pitcher, it just won’t be for the yankees

  185. King Charles The Great says:

    Wow, with the comments around here, you’d think Phil has been stinking for the last few months. Hasn’t he been at least serviceable since May? What a difference one start makes, may it be a great one or a stinker.

  186. Tom says:

    Alright still just 4-2… Yankees should be able to post at least 4 runs in a game started by Rick Porcello.

    I think it takes at least 5 runs for either team to win this game. Just not sure if the Yankees can get 4 more scoreless as it’s probably going to be a mix and match 6th and 7th.

  187. Mike N says:

    I BLAME FISTER!!!!!!!!

  188. Kramerica Industries says:

    35 wins.

    That’s too easy.

  189. DERP says:

    We should get a few guys on in front on Chavez. That’s what I would do.

  190. goyanks..justgo says:

    Wasnt Miggy a free agent the year A rod walked out on the yanks? Damn we sure missed out.

    He is just such a smart hitter, he knew that after the bomb in the previous innning he was going to see at least one off speed pitch early in the count and he did and took advantage. It isnt rocket science but he sure executes way better than most.

  191. Arya says:

    This team has a lot of problems. The lineup, except Chavy, can’t buy a hit. A bunch of .240-.250 hitters, the Capitain, and Robbie Cano. The starting rotation has 2 good starters and Cashman did nothing at the deadline to improve the pitching.

  192. Brian S. says:

    I hope Miguel Cabrera hires Brett Pedroia as a babysitter.

  193. The Troll says:

    Is the offense going back to hibernation mode now? 2 runs and done? PEE YOO!

  194. DERP says:

    wow just awful

  195. Mike N says:

    That was uninspiring.

  196. Kramerica Industries says:

    Somehow, this team struggles with the Tigers and it’s not because of Verlander, either.

    I mean, talk about mind boggling shit.

  197. Anthony says:

    If someone showed me this game thread about a month ago I would have appreciated our hot streak a whole lot more. Man, it feels like years ago. This team is getting increasingly frustrating to watch, even accounting for injuries. Not that this spell is going to stop me watching, I’m just saying.

    Don’t know what to make of Hughes outing today. 4 runs shouldn’t be an insurmountable obstacle with this lineup but yet I’m watching them hit weak ground balls and pop ups.

    • The Troll says:

      It’s the whole 4.1 innings and 102 pitches that gets to me. At least Nova could’ve given them 7+ innings.

      • Anthony says:

        I was watching gameday show foul ball after foul ball. I’m not sure if Hughes was ever known for not putting away batters with an 0-2 count, but man was it frustrating. Hopefully it doesn’t become a trend, which would make today an anomaly. I’d still take Hughes over Nova if the playoffs were tomorrow. Yesterday was a horror to watch.

        • The Troll says:

          Sir Philip is notorious for not being able to put hitters away . . . it’s why he’s bad when he’s bad.

    • TomH says:

      In fact, that hot streak is turning into the anomaly of the season, with this current funk matching that mediocre pre-hot streak period.

      • The Troll says:

        Yes! Something I’ve said before but with little-to-no support. I agree. I think this is an 85 win team based on their average talent level. That was one HELLUVA streak, but I think we’d all be kidding ourselves if we honestly believed that stretch to be a true indicator.

        • DERP says:

          You mean this team wouldn’t maintain an .800 winning percentage the whole year? NO FUCKING WAY!

          • Anthony says:

            I think everyone knew that was unsustainable; people just didn’t expect us crashing down back to Earth so hard.

        • Need Pitching & Hitting says:

          The hot streak was no more of a true indicator than the current or previous cold streak is. They, when healthy at least, are the best team in the division.

          • The Troll says:

            You just bookended the hot streak with two cold spells . . . two frigid, Arctic, bone-chilling streaks of uninspiring baseball. And you can’t say “when healthy” . . . any team can say that. We’d have Mo, Pineda, Pettitte, Gardner, ARod, etc. and it’d be mere speculation. The hot streak was fantastic but that’s not what this team is. The offense is far, far, FAR too streaky to ever play consistently lights-out baseball. I believe this team to be more late October than Mid-July or January . . .

            • Need Pitching & Hitting says:

              No team is as good as they were during the hot streak. By when healthy, I was just referring to the players they are likely to get back, ARod and Pettitte. The point is they are nowhere near as good as they were in the hot streak and nowhere near as bad as they’ve looked in the 2 cold streaks.

  198. DERP says:

    Thank goodness Zach Britton is terrible.

  199. widget says:

    we just have to wait for A-Rod and Andy to return and hope this team can get going in the right direction when the playoffs start.

  200. Brian S. says:

    Fuck you Meredith. Go root for your Tigers.

  201. The DonSlaught says:

    Yeah, our Starting Pitching is fine for a playoff run. We just need to only pitch CC and Kiroda and hope that 89-year old Andy Pettitte’s foot heals.

    I don’t know about you guys, but this is a stock I’m BUYING!

  202. tyrone sharpton says:

    This team is relatively stinking up the joint right now…coincidence that their struggles have been after A-Rod’s injury? Say what you want about the guy, but he’s a really important part of the team/lineup

  203. DERP says:

    Who was the dumb fuck who hit Eppley?

  204. Karl Krawfid says:

    That just summed up how the Yankees are playing right there.

  205. Brian S. says:

    Why didn’t Cano dive for that?

  206. Kramerica Industries says:

    And more two out rallies.

    Un-fucking-real.

  207. DERP says:

    Eppley vs. the lefty…

  208. Brian S. says:

    Why was our ROOGY facing two lefties in a row?

    • Tom says:

      Because with 3 specialists in the pen, there is no depth. The Yankees have 3 one inning guys so it’s hard to mix and match in the 6th inning when you are already on your 2nd reliever.

  209. The Yankees will put the tying run on base in this game.
    Phil Hughes will have an ERA in the 3.80s by seasons end.
    Andy Pettitte will come back and be decent this season.
    This offense will come out of it’s funk.
    (not saying much but) Nova’s ERA will be below 4.20 by seasons end.
    This team will win the Division.

    I’m willing to take bets on any/all of these statements.

    • DERP says:

      I am going to give percentages for these

      The Yankees will put the tying run on base in this game. 85%
      Phil Hughes will have an ERA in the 3.80s by seasons end. 60%
      Andy Pettitte will come back and be decent this season. 70%
      This offense will come out of it’s funk. 100%
      (not saying much but) Nova’s ERA will be below 4.20 by seasons end. 10%
      This team will win the Division. 100%

    • Bartolo's Colon says:

      i’ll bet you 300 fake internet dollars on the nova one

    • Erica says:

      Is that a Haiku?

  210. The Yankees will bring the tying run to the plate in this game.
    Phil Hughes will have an ERA in the 3.80s by seasons end.
    Andy Pettitte will come back and be decent this season.
    This offense will come out of it’s funk.
    (not saying much but) Nova’s ERA will be below 4.20 by seasons end.
    This team will win the Division.

    I’m willing to take bets on any/all of these statements.

    • Athenian says:

      I will bite on Pettitte. Don’t think he is coming back, and even if he does he won’t be effective because of the injury.

      Nova’s ERA will only come down if he goes to AAA.

      Offense may come out of their funk but will be ineffective in the post season to off speed pitches.

      Someone had to take you up on your statement.

    • widget says:

      you are smoking something if you think Nova’s era is gonna be under 420 dude.

    • Celerino Sanchez says:

      I said it two weeks ago when they lost four one run games in a row to Oakland. I’m not sure what you folks who keep spewing the positivity see in this team at this point in time. They can’t hit great pitching, poor pitching or mediocre pitching. The only truly well pitched games they had of late were CC’s gem and Hiroki’s two losses to King Felix (see above about the hitting).

      Let’s try to be a little realistic. If not for some serious parity in the AL and the big cushion that was once 10 games, we’d be staring at an early off season.

      As it is I think we may still be looking at a baseball-less October in the Bronx.

      • Need Pitching & Hitting says:

        They can’t hit any pitching yet have the 3rd best offense in the league. How does that work?

        They are in a slump. Just like they had a slump in May. Slumps happen to all teams. All teams look horrible when they are slumping. Slumps end. Just like this slump will end.

    • WHIPunk says:

      I notice how you wisely put off making any post-season bets… With this hot/cold Katy Perry offense and our mediocre pitching (HELLO ANGELS!) we ain’t… goin… no where!!! Puff Daddy style!

    • JonS says:

      The Yankees will bring the tying run to the plate in this game. — Doubt it
      Phil Hughes will have an ERA in the 3.80s by seasons end. –Bullshit
      Andy Pettitte will come back and be decent this season. –True
      This offense will come out of it’s funk. –Maybe
      (not saying much but) Nova’s ERA will be below 4.20 by seasons end. –Super Bullshit
      This team will win the Division. –Maybe

      I’m willing to take bets on any/all of these statements. –You would lose money unless you parlayed the right bets.

  211. Athenian says:

    Gotta say that out side of CC and Kuroda, our pitching staff is average at best. This is quite frustrating to watch a team getting owned by a team that struggles against lesser teams. But this is what the 2012 Yankees are, when their hot, no one can beat them. When they are not hot, they are frustrating at best to watch.

  212. Brian S. says:

    This team might not reach 90 wins…and still win the division.

  213. pistol pete says:

    The Yanks are getting unwatchable, I’m going to watch the Olympics even though I know the results that’s how boring the Yanks are these days.

  214. Athenian says:

    5-2…guys, kind of embarrassing!

  215. Bartolo's Colon says:

    i am having trouble telling the difference between trolls and actual yankee fans. i think the diffrence is that the yankee fans are more negative (myself included)

  216. Need Pitching & Hitting says:

    Well, good to see Swish swinging the bat well anyways.

  217. let’s see if a little bit of superstition works…I’m leaving for the bus, and we’re down, but there’s a runner on base…so let’s see.

  218. King Charles The Great says:

    Swisher!! Beastly.

  219. Tom says:

    Swisher laughs in the face of Mike Axisa slump articles!

    (just kidding Mike)

  220. Andruw's Smile says:

    With the way Nova/Hughes give up the long ball and the Yankee home run hitting tendencies, I wonder what the record is for home runs for+ home runs against is? Basically means nothing, but it seems like by year end this team might be up there.

  221. Get Phelps Up says:

    Ichiro should lay down a bunt here.

  222. Mike N says:

    We will all take back anything bad said about Ichiro if he brings in Swish right here!

  223. Erica says:

    Ichiiiii

  224. Mike N says:

    YESSSSSSSSS!!!!!!!! ICHIRO FOR POTG!!!!!!!!!!!!

  225. DERP says:

    That was huge

  226. Need Pitching & Hitting says:

    Did Ichiro actually get a RISP hit?

    Shocking.

  227. chilango says:

    Now if only Ichiro steals 3rd and then home before he gets stranded on 2d

  228. Tom Q says:

    When did this place turn into an anti-fan site?

    7th inning of a game they’re losing — Hughes’ first bad game since I can remember — and 500 posts already. Are there people for whom the potential of losing is a bat-signal that lures them here to trash the team?

  229. Mike N says:

    blecch

  230. The Troll says:

    Fu**ing Will Middlebrooks. Why can’t they Yankees produce a bat like that and actually keep it?! They’ve had Ellsbury, Pedroia, Reddick, the dude on the Astros, and quite possibly CIRIACO?!?!?!?!!??!?!?!?!??????????!!!!!!!!!!#%)(#*$)(*)$(%&%&@#@#*@#*@%(%FhkjhKJHFKJABAKJBF

    • DERP says:

      You acknowledge that Reddick and Ellsbury play for other teams yet you talk about the Red Sox keeping their home grown hitters?

      • The Troll says:

        Yeah, you’re right, Ellsbury plays for the New Jersey Knights. My bad. My point is that they’re able to produce worthy hitters (as well as pitchers) and actually award them with significant playing time. We have Cano and AJax. Gardner’s too much on the bubble for me to consider a legitimate threat.

    • Get Phelps Up says:

      They didn’t produce Ciriaco.

    • widget says:

      He wouldn’t have even had a chance to bat if Kinsler didn’t screw up.

      And Ciriaco isn’t shit. The book is still out on Reddick, Middlebrooks and Lowrie. Wake me when any of them put up back to back good years. Shoot, wake me when Lowrie can actually play a full season. The same applied to Lulsbury as well.

      • The Troll says:

        But they’re all adding something NOW. They’re being productive bats NOW. I don’t care about 10 years from now. I don’t care about 10 years ago. When winning championships, the only time that matters is the present. Can they help you win now? I have no interest what they do next season. If you’re doing it and doing it and doing it well right now, then you’ve done your job.

        • Brian S. says:

          Boston is a .500 team. They aren’t really helping anything. Ellsbury and Pedroia are trash this year.

          • The Troll says:

            Both E and P have helped in previous years. They’ve been uber productive. Middlebrooks has been very, very good this season. My point is that Boston’s prospects are more likely to receive professional playing time. They’re given the opportunity to contribute and, more often than not, they reward the big wigs with such votes of confidence. I only wish that the Yankee brass were more trusting of the young bloods and more willing to throw them into the fire. This team could use a shot of youth, a change of pace . . . Even when a player goes down to the DL, they’ll just trade for a shitty veteran that likely never produces anything at all. Meh, I just wish that the Yankees would resemble the Red Sox in that ONE facet. I like seeing the young guys get a chance. I mean, look at what Cano did . . .

            • Brian S. says:

              I actually agree with you on that point. The Yankees would rather trade for the Casey McGhee’s of the world instead of giving Laird/Mustelier/Adams a chance. And that’s annoying.

        • widget says:

          the red sox are .500 so actually, no those bats aren’t helping them win.

    • Brian S. says:

      We trade all our hitting prospects before they have a chance to play with us.

  231. Ichy balls says:

    Have to make a serious run at justin upton in the off season even trade off graderson if we have too. Need at least two more guys with high averages in this line up.

  232. DERP says:

    If we can get Cabrera out, then we win this game.

  233. Brian S. says:

    The Rangers pen is good right? RIGHT!?!?

  234. DERP says:

    JJ Hardy just fucked us.

  235. Brian S. says:

    The Mariners are trying to blow their game too.

  236. 45yearyanksfan says:

    as someone that has watched{in person or on television}about 6500 major league baseball games… the vast majority in the original and the second yankee stadiums, i tell you all… this team stinks… regardless of the count or situation, with the exception of jetre and cano, every batter swings for the fences on every pitch… any decent pitcherthat’s on or near on beats them in the post season… they have two # 2 starters..cc and kuroda …. the rest aren’t worth a shit…. as long as the manager usesthe binder exclusively there’s no possibility of him making a difference in winning qa few games a year ala casey, martin or torre…no post season this year

  237. Kramerica Industries says:

    Don’t look now – tie game in Baltimore.

  238. Tom says:

    Bloop and a blast time….

  239. Joe Stalin says:

    HEY NOVA & HUGHES WHY NOT COME TO SOVIET RUSSIA, WE WILL NOT PUT YOU IN STALINGRAD MUSEUM AS PERMANENT EXHIBITION BEHIND LOCKED GATE! WE PROMISE THIS!

  240. Ichy balls says:

    Worse leadoff hitter ever id rather girardi lead off swisher than this bullshit.

  241. Mike N says:

    WIN THIS FUCKING GAME!!!!

  242. Kramerica Industries says:

    Well, the Rays won.

    Orioles have a chance to win after facing a big deficit.

    The division race gets more interesting by the day.

  243. Kevin G. says:

    NO SMILING GOD DAMNIT!!!!!11!!!!!

  244. WHIPunk says:

    If I have i had a Tony Montana type of contract coming to me, I’d be laughing all the way to the bank and running 50% of my speed to first base too.

  245. Mike N says:

    This is Joba’s first leverage situation since he’s back?

  246. chilango says:

    Hey they’re actually playing some REAL baseball in Baltimore.

  247. chilango says:

    The Rays won theirs

  248. Ichy balls says:

    Team looks dead
    Time for girardi tomget tossed out of a game or have cashman come in and yell at them.

  249. Cuso says:

    What the Orioles do doesn’t matter.

    Time to start watching the Rays again, though.

  250. Mike N says:

    Joba has allowed batters to get some serious wood on the ball every single one of his appearances since he’s been back. Is he inadvertently tipping his pitches?

  251. Alkaline says:

    Some of these comments hurt my head.

  252. DERP says:

    Joba is in midseason form.

  253. Brian S. says:

    Joba sucks.

  254. Need Pitching & Hitting says:

    Ugghh…they need Joba to be good.

  255. cjc says:

    this team sucks and it has for a month

  256. widget says:

    Brilliant return Joba. Keep it up.

  257. Brian S. says:

    Wang was an ace (~5 WAR pitcher). Joba in 2008 was an ace. And they got hurt. The reason we can’t develop any aces of our own is that their shoulders all get fucked. The Yankees are really unlucky.

  258. Mike N says:

    Joba’s facial hair is illegal. SEND HIM DOWN!!!!!!!

  259. Ichy balls says:

    By the end of this month our lead will be gone

    • Cuso says:

      Our, who?

      Do you work for the Reds? I knew it!

    • JonS says:

      This. All this “we are still up X games” is going away pretty quickly no?

      • The Troll says:

        Yeah. No more, “We’re still ahead by 10 games in the loss column!”

        • Get Phelps Up says:

          They weren’t going to sustain that all year, no team would. They still have a 6 game lead over Tampa.

          • The Troll says:

            What happens when that lead is down to one game? The fact of the matter is, no matter how bad the team has played, all the blind sheep would always regurgitate, without fail, the division lead, as if there was no way it could ever be surmounted. I don’t see any reason why this team will turn things around . . . What happens when they’re vanquished to second place? The gloomy doom boomers may be the only objective heads in this thread. Jus’ sayin’.

            • Get Phelps Up says:

              What if it never gets to one game?

              • The Troll says:

                That means this team will have to start playing baseball again. My bet is that Cashman’s going to have to blow his load all over the locker room for that to happen.

            • Need Pitching & Hitting says:

              ” I don’t see any reason why this team will turn things around . ”

              Seriously? You’ve never seen a slump before? You think everybody on the team is currently playing the best they will for the rest of the season? People were saying the same crap in May. That slump ended, just as this one will.

  260. widget says:

    Has McGehee only played in 1 game?

  261. The Troll says:

    This shit sucks. Hey Mike, for tomorrow’s game thread . . . put it in writing how bad this team sucks right now. Tell it like it is. No more sugar coating. The title should read something like this: “Detroit Takes NY To Mo-Town, Shits Down Their Throat, & Pisses On Their Pride” – Then guarantee a ginormous loss. Do that. I beg of you.

  262. Athenian says:

    Assuming that the Yankees lose tonight and then tomorrow and Thurs. Anyone know the last time a Yankee team had three 4 game losing streaks within a 30 day period, including getting swept by two different teams 4 straight games?

    Imagine what things might look like if not for Toronto being abysmal and getting Seattle twice.

  263. Athenian says:

    Granderson has 6 strikeouts in his last 8 AB’s. Think this lead off thing is not built for someone like him who either goes yard or strikes out.

  264. DERP says:

    Just win tomorrow. I don’t care how.

  265. WHIPunk says:

    This is getting embarrassing… no fight whatsoever.. just big smiles.

  266. Brian S. says:

    What happened in the Boston game? Murphy was hit by a pitch and then he and Pedroia were taken out of the game.

    • The Troll says:

      Murphy called Pedey’s mother a whore. Pedey then flailed his fairy fingers at Murphy.

    • widget says:

      Pedroia was crying last inning on a check swing strike. He kept yapping in the dugout and nothing happened. Then when he came to teh field he kept his usual whining and got dumped. He’s a total clown. Nice to see him play like garbage this year. He belongs on that team.

    • Get Phelps Up says:

      Pedroia got ejected, not sure about Murphy.

  267. chilango says:

    Can’t wait to catch Girardi on the postgame show.

  268. Kevin G. says:

    Chaves is like “ARod who?”

  269. Mike N says:

    What the fuck is in the back of Valverde’s hair?

  270. RetroRob says:

    Has McGhee played since his first appearance? Even pinch hit?

  271. cjc says:

    just keep having a ball guys you sure win at smiling

  272. Athenian says:

    The ONLY THING that makes this game worth watching is not a Yankee win but a Yankee win that Valverde blew. Otherwise, meh.

  273. Brian S. says:

    Hey DERP, I just saw your comment on Jenny Dell. Let’s steal her to replace Meredith.

  274. WHIPunk says:

    Hahah Michael Kay speaking like we actually ever come from behind in a game, we ain’t got no fight, the body language in this team is terrible, my 8 year old sister can tell you that much.

  275. Cuso says:

    Somebody yelled “swing!” and he did

  276. widget says:

    Swisher. Clutch.

  277. Rich says:

    I can’t believe ppl get crazy over an unstuck shirt allows is clown to do his act. Was he dancing when Nelson Cruz crushed shots all during the playoffs last season

  278. Brian S. says:

    Montero starting rallies. Go Seattle Go!

  279. JLC 776 says:

    Time for another Cashman meeting with the team…

  280. Ichy balls says:

    This team really misses dewayne wise

  281. DERP says:

    I would take my chances with Jones here honestly. Ichiro won’t take the walk that Valverde will give him.

  282. chilango says:

    OK. How about a 3 run jack to tie.

  283. Mike N says:

    C’mon, Ichiro!

  284. chilango says:

    C’mon 101 Ichiiiiro

  285. Mike N says:

    Please tell me someone will pinch hit for Martin if he comes up.

  286. WHIPunk says:

    Cmon Ichiro!!!! I believe in ya!

  287. chilango says:

    Don’t swing at shit Ichiro!!

  288. The Troll says:

    Game on the line with Ichiro at the plate . . . Yeah . . . Here’s hoping that CC goes into beast mode tomorrow. And, well, maybe Granderson won’t strike out for the next 40 games . . . Yeah, that’s far more likely than Ichiro going yard.

  289. Mike N says:

    YESSSSSSSSSS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  290. WHIPunk says:

    Yayyy Chiro’!!!!! What is this fight???!!! OH NO MARTIN NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

  291. Arya says:

    Who’s going to right the ship? CC? Kuroda? Someone has to. Os have tied things up. When they need a come back they get it. We need a come back and we send up a washed up Ichiro and a .190 hitter. Here come the Rays with their best player back. The Capitan, Joe, Cashman, someone needs to step up and say something.

  292. Athenian says:

    Now Russel Martin. this won’t end well.

  293. Mike N says:

    How is Jones not pinch hitting here????

  294. WHIPunk says:

    Why did they send up Martin to the plate… why!!!!!

  295. WHIPunk says:

    You gotta be kidding me Martin!!!!!!!

  296. Mike N says:

    HOLY CRAP!!!!!!!!!!

  297. Need Pitching & Hitting says:

    Russ!!!

  298. Brian S. says:

    Would Ichiro have been thrown out?

  299. widget says:

    damnit Joba. This game should be tied. argh

  300. Kevin G. says:

    Let’s go Curtis

  301. Anthony says:

    Woah. That’s the second time Girardi didn’t pinch hit Jones for Martin, and the second time something good happened. What is this magic?

  302. widget says:

    zero faith in Curtis to do anything. Steal home ICHIRO! it’s our only hope.

  303. RetroRob says:

    Watching that dance makes the loss extra annoying, especially coming so close.

    I don’t think the Yankees have ever had a comeback against Valverde, or maybe one(?), but he always seems to be on the ropes.

    Back tomorrow. Hopefully the team from the Bronx can pull out a split.

  304. Kevin G. says:

    fuck

  305. WHIPunk says:

    Man fuck you Granderson.

  306. Anthony says:

    Curtis, Curtis, Curtis.

  307. Mike N says:

    Fuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuck.

  308. Brian S. says:

    Fuck Robbie Thompson. Fuck Granderson. Fuck this team.

  309. widget says:

    curtis blows.

  310. Karl Krawfid says:

    This team is not clutch man. So fucking sad.

  311. Need Pitching & Hitting says:

    Fuck

    O’Neill rule in effect. They will win tomorrow.

  312. RBC says:

    Now back to the Olympics….

  313. Get Phelps Up says:

    Wow Valverde. Way to dance like a fucking asshole after nearly blowing the easiest of save situations.

  314. Rich says:

    Stupid Guardi, change the damn lineup and put Granderson where he belongs he has been killing this team, I thought Ichiro was fast, I am so damn frustrated.

    • RBC says:

      Everyone has to realize that this is Ichiro 2012 – wiser but older – NOT Ichiro 2002. Father Time has caught up with him also.

  315. widget says:

    By all means keep dancing like the clown you are. Fuck Jim Leyland too because he’s old.

  316. JLC 776 says:

    Some nice late-game energy for once. Hope the team builds on it.

    For those of you jumping off of buildings, relax a little and be happy that this shit is happening in July/August and not September. This is a streaky team, for better or for worse. They’ll have another hot streak at some point.

  317. King Charles The Great says:

    We’ll get ‘em tomorrow. That’s all.

  318. widget says:

    Just blow it Nathan so this shit night of baseball can continue. Thanks.

  319. Got Heeeeeeem says:

    If they’re swept, I’ll just… well I don’t know. Gotta take it a day at a time and hope they get hot for the postseason.

  320. Rich says:

    2009 and the comeback wins are a long time ago…maybe this bullshit is return for all the come from behind victories that year. And Valverde is a joke, a fat pathetic closer. Can’t wait until Paul Konerko hit bombs off of him in September to finish them off.

  321. chilango says:

    The irony is, the money they thought they were buying a winner with is preventing them from rebuilding.

  322. Rich says:

    Btw, can we stop pitching to Cabrera. Just walk him the whole series

  323. If I was Mike I’d be really upset about the failed late inning comeback. He’s probably had a majority (if not all of) the recap written by the end of the 8th. Now he either needs to just write an entire new section, or write a new section AND edit other ones to be shorter/nix a section completely.

  324. Rich says:

    I don’t care about the lineup change etc. but why change something that was working. I would love Granderson stats since the switch. He is now our second best hitter in the lineup and he is in a rut cause the Binder is thinking too much.

  325. BigBlueAL says:

    To me lineup should be Jeter/Swish 1-2. But Girardi cant stomach batting all LH 5-8. He could put Martin 8th and Ichiro 9th.

    • phuck me says:

      agreed…only because a power hitter like grandy should not be leading off. jeter should lead off, and ichiro ninth

    • chilango says:

      The problem is that only Cano and Jeter are hitting for avg. You can mix and match the .240-.260 guys all you want and it won’t make a difference. Granderson has no business leading off, he strikes out way too much and it’s obvious he’s not comfortable there.

    • R Jeter SS
      S Swisher RF
      L Cano 2nd
      L Granderson CF
      S Teixeira 1st
      L Ibanez DH
      L Chavez 3B
      R Martin C
      L Suzuki LF

      If/when the starting righty comes out for a lefty, pinch hit Ibanez w/ Jones or Chavez w/ McGehee. That’s what I would do anyway.

      • chilango says:

        I’d like to see:

        R Jeter SS
        L Suzuki LF
        L Cano 2nd
        L Granderson CF
        S Swisher RF (or Tex)
        L Ibanez DH
        S Teixeira 1st (or Swish)
        L Chavez 3B
        R Martin C

      • BigBlueAL says:

        That would work too.

        I know lineup construction is overrated but I dunno the lineup the way it is right now just feels weird. Granderson is now hitting .240 with a .335 OBP. Not exactly leadoff material.

        • chilango says:

          Agreed. Why Joe would lead off Granderson is beyond me, especially after we got Ichiro. I like him and Jeter together, they both get a lot of knocks, Ichiro still has speed and Jeter is a smart base runner. After that, it’s pretty obvious, although I would even consider moving Ibañez and Chavez up, with the way they have stepped up. Swish and Tex just can’t hit good pitching.

          • Explain to me, using zero cliches, why you think the guy with the lowest OBP should be leading off.

            • chilango says:

              I have Jeter leading off. Swisher does have a 40 point advantage in OBP but Ichiro has 18 SB and 43 Ks. Swish has 1 SB and 90 Ks. And Swish can’t hit good pitching, Sorry cliche. But …true

          • Heisenberg's Hat says:

            “they both get a lot of knocks”

            I assume you’re referring to basehits, right? Because if you are, you’re wrong about Ichiro getting a lot of them.

            • chilango says:

              Swisher has 85 hits in 333 AB, Ichiro has 117 in 452. Comparable avgs. And Ichiro can bunt and run. Oh, and Swisher can’t hit good pitching.

              • Heisenberg's Hat says:

                The only thing matters here is OBP, and Ichiro’s is below .300.

                • chilango says:

                  You asked me about base hits and I gave you the stats. Ichiro’s OBP is comparable to Swish’s except for this year. Ichiro has more speed and can actually lay down a bunt. Swish strikes out way too much to bat 2d.

                  • Heisenberg's Hat says:

                    EXCEPT FOR THIS YEAR, when Ichiro is one of the worst hitters in baseball.

                  • Arod’s power is comparable to some of the greatest homerun hitters of all time. Except for this year. Granderson never hit below .240 except for this year. Nova never gives up a lot of extra base hits. Except for this year. Garcia’s ERA is comparable to any number 3 in baseball except for this year. Russel Martin is an above average offensive and defensive catcher, except for this year.

                    see what i did there.

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