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
  • Arya

    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.

  • Knoxvillain

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

  • Robinson Tilapia

    PHIL PHUCKING HUGHES!!!!! #justjinxedit

    • jjyank

      Shhh.

    • Kevin G.

      I shall now refer to you as Mike

      • Robinson Tilapia

        I thought we all were just Axisa’s different personas anyway.

        • jjyank

          You “thought”? What are you doing with an opinion?

          • Robinson Tilapia

            That.

            • The Miracle Stick

              ROAR.

        • Kevin G.

          No I’m actually Ben.

          • Robinson Tilapia

            Why does the C train never pass, Ben?

  • Nick

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

    • jjyank

      Nope.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      I’d rather him strike him out a couple of times.

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

      Just win the game. The Yankees have more important things to worry about.

  • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan

    lol Granderson ughh

  • chilango

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

    • Need Pitching & Hitting

      Jeter grounds out. Sound familiar? It really doesn’t make that big a difference.

      • Mike N

        Great batters hit only .300. Getting out is the expected outcome of any given at-bat by a large margin.

        • Need Pitching & Hitting

          Of course.

          • Mike N

            So complaining about the choice of the lead-off batter because he makes an out his first at-bat is delusional.

            • Mike N

              Meaning “chilango”, not you.

              • chilango

                Granderson over the last 18 games

                PA AVG OBP SLG HR K% BB%

                84 0.205 0.262 0.372 4 37.1% 15.8%

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

    Philbert.

  • Mike N

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

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

      I miss Kaat.

    • jjyank

      Wait, this is on MLBN too? Sweet, I can spare my xbox 3 hours of running.

    • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan

      Probably Vasgerian?

  • Mike N

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

    • RetroRob

      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.

      • Mike N

        Be nice if he’s got the nasty breaking ball working tonight.

  • RetroRob

    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.

  • Robinson Tilapia

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

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

      Heh, not at all. He was half-a-step from the railing, didn’t have to reach over.

    • Mike N

      Eww.

    • Brian S.

      No.

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

      Didn’t you know, we aren’t allowed to talk about Sterling’s broadcasting anymore.

      • Robinson Tilapia

        I actually missed this. Do tell. I’m currently sitting manning the front desk at the now-empty social service agency I’m second in charge of. I need excitement.

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

          A couple games ago, the game after CC pitched a complete game against Seattle I opened the game thread bashing WCBS and Sterling for cutting to commercial when Joe G came to the mound before being sure CC was being pulled. The Troll said that there should be no more bashing of broadcasting because he finds it annoying. I said that if it really bothered him, and somebody else backed him about it I at least would stop. I was just mocking him, but a troll that goes by the name of Stitches agreed that it’s apparently annoying, so we must stop.

          • jjyank

            I like how we’ve never heard from Stitches again. So I don’t think he counts.

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

              *cough*thatscausehe’sTheTroll*cough* sorry…smokers cough.

              • The Troll

                Nope, but he is my roommate. Close, but no cigarette . . .

              • jjyank

                My suspicion as well.

            • Alkaline

              Funny how that works, huh?

  • The Troll

    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.

      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

        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.

          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

            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

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

          • JonS

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

        • RetroRob

          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

            *haul*

            Might need that tenth cup of coffee to wake up.

          • The Troll

            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

              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

      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.

  • Brian S.

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

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

      / 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

        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

        I depend on thinking like Brian to live.

        • Brian S.

          Post on your real account.

      • Brian S.

        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

          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.

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

            • Mike N

              His pitch selection seems abysmal, too.

              • Robinson Tilapia

                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

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

                  • Robinson Tilapia

                    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.

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

          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

        NOT NOW SMYLY!!!!

  • Hummingbird S.

    this offense sucks right now..

    • Mike N

      They’ve already got two hits this inning.

      • Robinson Tilapia

        Fact: They have hit into THREE double plays this inning.

        • Mike N

          hahahah

      • The Troll

        BUT CAN THEY DELIVER ? ! > ! % ! $ !

      • chilango

        but no runs in so no CLUTCH offense.

      • Hummingbird S.

        so you’re telling me they are not struggling because they got 2 hits this inning… wow

        • Mike N

          If they keep getting hits, runs will come. This pitcher is no Verlander or Hernandez.

  • Phapping to Phil

    No-hitter from Hughesie today?

    • Need Pitching & Hitting

      not after that comment

    • Brian S.

      I blame that on you.

    • Mike N

      You RUINED IT!

  • Mike N

    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.

  • Hummingbird S.

    that sucked.. nice AB

  • RetroRob

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

    • Brian S.

      Maybe a slight shift. Playing him to pull more than he did.

  • Mike N

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

    • jjyank

      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

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

      • Robinson Tilapia

        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

          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

        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

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

        • RetroRob

          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.

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

          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

            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

            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

            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.

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

  • Anthony

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

    • RetroRob

      Vacatation?

      • Anthony

        Medical service trip with my school. Hope I come back to a big fat winning streak.

  • Brian S.

    Damn I thought Ichiro could beat that out…

  • Mike N

    Dang, Kuroda might have been safe.

    • Mike N

      Duh! Ichiro, not Kuroda.

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

        Are you saying all asian people look alike? cause…i agree

        /racism jokes don’t look as funny typed as told.

        • The Troll

          Damn, dude. You’re an insensitive prick. It’s racists like you that make the world entirely insufferable.

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

            You know what? I’m not even going to bother. I’m in a decent mood, I’m not going to get into a flame war with you on a baseball forum about something completely unrelated to baseball.

            For the record everyone else, I am not a racist, I just have no soul and laugh at just about everything.

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

              In fact, if you could delete all of this ridiculousness Mike, if you’re around, that’d be great.

            • The Troll

              Racist!

            • JonS

              Everyone is racist, however, everyone is not a bigot. Most are just too much of a chicken to admit it.

            • The Troll

              Coward!

    • Brian S.

      Racist!

      • Robinson Tilapia

        Just don’t mention farting.

      • tyrone sharpton

        racism? where? WHERE?

    • The Troll

      Bigot

      • RetroRob

        Where’s Greg?!

        • The Troll

          Greg eats horse and he likes it!

  • Need Pitching & Hitting

    yikes

  • Hummingbird S.

    another K, pathetic.

  • Brian S.

    This is ridiculous.

  • Brian S.

    This is ridiculous.

  • Knoxvillain

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

  • chilango

    fuckin Granderson fans again.

  • your mom

    K Grand.

  • chilango

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

  • chilango

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

    • jjyank

      That’s what a lot of pitchers do.

    • Mike N

      He seems to have very good movement on his breaking ball, so hopefully he’ll deploy it effectively.

  • Robinson Tilapia

    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.

    • jjyank

      Peace out, Tilapia.

    • Mike N

      Adios.

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

      Buenos Noches sir Tilapia.

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

    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.

    • Anthony

      Couldn’t agree more.

    • Brian S.

      How much upside do you think he has? Should the Yankees offer an extension this winter knowing that he could shift to the bullpen in a pinch?

      • Mike N

        I think he’s got excellent upside potential, and he should be extended.

        • Brian S.

          With only one year of team control left how team friendly do you think it could be? Is 4-30/32 not possible?

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

          But why would he sign an extension with the Yankees, other than money? If I was him I’d head home to one of those huge parks in California and post near-3.00 ERAs until I retire.

          • Brian S.

            Or the Yankees could move the fences back a few feet.

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

            To show some gratitude for giving him every opportunity to succeed? Lol, I realize that’s a stretch, but still.

          • Mike N

            I think they should pay him what it takes to keep him. Who else could they get that would be better or cheaper?

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

        I think how he’s pitched over the last two much is about as deep as the well goes, but that’s still a damn good pitcher. If he’s willing to take a team friendly extension after this season, I’d do it in a heart beat.

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

          two months*

  • DERP

    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.

      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

      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.

      • Need Pitching & Hitting

        Ichiro is the worst offensive player in the lineup. He absolutely should not lead off unless he finds a time machine and turns into previously good Ichiro.

      • jjyank

        Ichiro leads off? Glad you’re not the manager.

        • Mike N

          The bunt point is a good one, though.

          • Brian S.

            We should have bunted on Schilling in game 6…

  • DERP

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

  • The Troll

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

    • Mike N

      Hideous.

      • The Troll

        Grotesque.

        • Mike N

          Execrable.

          • The Troll

            Abhorrent.

            • Mike N

              Heinous.

              • The Troll

                Ghastly.

        • chilango

          so of course Joe has him leading off. wtf

  • S

    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.

    • Knoxvillain

      Yep. Probably a .230/.320/.375.

      • Mike N

        Posada? You’re delusional. His body was kaput.

        • Knoxvillain

          I only say that because he would have ended up platooning. I wouldn’t be surprised to see him hit that platooning at all.

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

      Posada? Not a chance. He was done, flat out done.

      • The Troll

        Last time he touched the ball was in the playoffs, right? I seem to recall him out-hitting the rest of the team . . . That could’ve been two seasons ago, however, as this season has seemed inexplicably long.

        • Get Phelps Up

          13 ABs.

          • The Troll

            But he said “flat out done.” Considering what he did the last time he played a game, “flat out done” is obviously incorrect. Plus, Martin’s been a bit of a nancy this season . . .

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

              You can be “flat out done” have still have a nice week. It was five singles and a triple (wtf?) in the five-game series, let’s not get carried away.

              • The Troll

                I know, but to compare him to Martin and declare the Canadian’s superiority to Senor Thighs . . . Jorge was pretty atrocious last season but Martin’s been quite consistently awful this year. Jorge also gets points for never taking shit from anyone.

    • Heisenberg’s Hat

      Jorge probably would have hit better, but he’d have had to DH.

  • DERP

    I love JJ Hardy.

  • The Troll

    Curtis’ new nickname? “Que Grande!”

  • Kramerica Industries

    Fewer double plays, please.

  • Heisenberg’s Hat

    No more DPs please.

  • Brian S.

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

  • bobtaco

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

    It’s uncanny.

    #frustrating

  • DERP

    Chavez bomb incoming.

    • bobtaco

      Nice call.

    • Knoxvillain

      Teach me your magic.

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

      Well done.

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

    CHAVEZ!!!!!!!!

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

      AND sterling with the worst homer call of all time.

      • RetroRob

        Did he do the opposite of what he normally does and NOT go into his HR call?

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

          Haha, he just stopped speaking, so in that regard it was great, then out of nowhere “It’s gone, but their sending Chavez back to seco—no they’re not”

      • Get Phelps Up

        STOP IT. You can’t complain about Sterling, remember?

    • Heisenberg’s Hat

      Does your buddy John Sterling think that would have been a three run homer without the DP? That sounds like his kind of thing.

  • Need Pitching & Hitting

    Chavez!!!!!!

  • Kramerica Industries

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

  • Get Phelps Up

    Wow Chavez. That was impressive.

  • Anthony

    Chavy!! Been on fire these past two games.

  • RetroRob

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

  • Mike N

    Chavez has really filled in beautifully for A-Rod.

  • Brian S.

    That ball had crazy backspin.

  • King Charles The Great

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

    • jjyank

      Yes, I would imagine so. He’s be starting for most teams if he wasn’t made of glass.

  • Brian S.

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

  • Kramerica Industries

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

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

  • RetroRob

    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.

  • Anthony

    Offense baby!

  • Brian S.

    Was Swisher limping?

    • jjyank

      Looked like he had a hitch in his step, yeah. Hopefully just a little sore from hitting the ball off him.

  • DERP

    In-game interviews are the worst thing ever.

  • RetroRob

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

    • jjyank

      Not on MLBN, unless you count a replay of watching Dirks watch it. Which is a shame, because I missed it while getting dinner ready.

    • Ethan

      There was on Yes

  • RetroRob

    Total guess:

    Rose,
    Aaron
    Cobb
    Speaker?

    • Kramerica Industries

      Holy shit.

      4/4

      • RetroRob

        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.

  • Kevin G.

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

  • Kramerica Industries

    …and the requisite Miguel Cabrera home run.

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

    • RetroRob

      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.

  • chilango

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

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

    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

      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.

  • Mike N

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

    • Mike N

      And again. Good.

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

        a curve w/ two strikes is only good if it doesn’t hang. if it hangs, Hughes would be hanged by the trolls here.

        • Mike N

          That’s why I specified “the good breaking ball”.

        • Ethan

          No, Hughes would be hanged by throwing a poor 0-2 pitch period. Doesn’t matter what it is. With an 0-2 count there’s no excuse for throwing anything good to hit, regardless of type of pitch.

  • Brian S.

    I’m not even mad about that.

  • jjyank

    Some real nice curves to Fielder there.

  • Mike N

    Fuck Fister. Enough already.

  • Get Phelps Up

    That was a philthy pitch to K Prince.

  • Brian S.

    That curve was something else.

  • JonS

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

    • Ethan

      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

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

        • Ethan

          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.

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

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

          • Ethan

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

            • RetroRob

              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

            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.

  • Tom

    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.

  • Mike N

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

  • Brooklyn Nets

    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.

    • jjyank

      You won’t get killed. I can’t say I’m as convinced for you, but I really hope you’re right.

  • DERP

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

    • Mike N

      Lucky duckies!

  • Brian S.

    Boesch is annoying as fuck this game.

    • your mom

      I second this

  • DERP

    FINISH HIM

  • DERP

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

  • Brian S.

    Go fucking kill yourself Boesch.

  • Anthony

    Lots and lots of foul balls.

  • Brooklyn Nets

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

    • Tom

      Throw a change?

      • Brooklyn Nets

        He threw a nasty breaking ball. Didn’t work/

  • Brian S.

    Bean him in the head Hughes.

    • Rich in NJ

      I would have settled for moving him off of the plate.

  • Brian S.

    Please hit Boesch in the head next time.

  • Mike N

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

  • jjyank

    GO AWAY FISTER!

  • DERP

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

  • chilango

    great breaking stuff from phil tonight. Thanks Miggy

  • Brian S.

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

  • Mike N

    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.

  • Rich in NJ

    Like that.

  • Mike N

    CHIN!

  • DERP

    Brutal inning.

    • jjyank

      Curse of the FISTER!

  • RetroRob

    Grrrr….

  • Need Pitching & Hitting

    Fuck

  • jjyank

    Damn. That was a helluva throw by Ichiro though.

  • Mike N

    Damn two-out RBI.

  • chilango

    Another shut down inning by the Yanks

  • Brian S.

    Fuckin forty pitch inning. God dammit.

  • DERP

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

  • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

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

  • Kramerica Industries

    Seriously annoying inning…

  • Tom

    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)

  • DERP

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

  • Ethan

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

  • DERP

    Come on Phil. Finish off one fucking batter please.

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

    Of course he’s getting squeezed now..

  • Brian S.

    Fuck the Tigers.

  • RetroRob

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

  • Kramerica Industries

    Hughes basically had his pitch count doubled that inning.

  • Ethan

    Really getting squeezed now.

    • TomH

      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

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

        • TomH

          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.

          • Ethan

            I was trusting my eyes. The pitches looked like they were in the strike zone and I used a website to confirm.

  • Mike N

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

  • RetroRob

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

  • Get Phelps Up

    Thank God that’s over.

  • DERP

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

    • RetroRob

      They worked for nine pitches. Yikes.

  • The Troll

    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

      “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.

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

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

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

      Guess. not…that inning lasted about 4 minutes.

      • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

        That long?

  • your mom

    This inning will go GO, GO, K

  • DERP

    Ichiro is terrible.

  • Kramerica Industries

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

  • Need Pitching & Hitting

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

    /halfkidding

  • Brian S.

    Ichiro fucking sucks.

  • Rich in NJ

    Martin should only face LHP.

  • Arya

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

  • DERP

    Great inning

  • Kramerica Industries

    That was a nine pitch inning.

    Way to give Hughes that breather, guys.

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

    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

      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.

  • Brian S.

    Come on Hughes. Need a quick inning.

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

      8-9-1 so if there line up is anything like ours, then lets hope so.

  • Kramerica Industries

    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.

    • Need Pitching & Hitting

      He’s been even more worthless with the Yankees than he was with the Mariners.

  • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

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

    Shutdown innings….

  • DERP

    Please just finish one guy off for fucks sake.

  • Kramerica Industries

    Tonight’s game has been vintage 2010 Phil Hughes.

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

  • Brian S.

    Fuck this BABIP

  • Rich in NJ

    BABIP is not in Hughes’ favor tonight.

    • TomH

      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.

  • Arya

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

  • Brian S.

    Need a double play.

  • DERP

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

  • DERP

    Fuck this.

  • Need Pitching & Hitting

    WTF??!!?!?

  • Mike N

    We lauded Chavez too much.

  • Rich in NJ

    He has to field that.

  • Kramerica Industries

    Phil, give up more two strike hits.

    You haven’t reached your quota yet.

  • Brian S.

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

  • DERP

    Need a double play here. Concede the run.

  • Arya

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

  • chilango

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

  • Tom

    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.

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

      • Tom

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

        • Rich in NJ

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

          • Tom

            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

              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

                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).

  • Mike N

    Need a strike out!

  • DERP

    Please strike this guy out.

  • Rich in NJ

    Now a DP.

  • Mike N

    OK. Now double play!

  • DERP

    Phil is drenched.

  • chilango

    lucky that hanger didn’t end up in the seats

  • RetroRob

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

  • Erica

    Effin Tigers man.

  • Mike N

    Aughhhhh.

  • Kramerica Industries

    Take Phil out.

  • RetroRob

    Could see that one coming.

  • Need Pitching & Hitting

    fuck, fuck, fuckity fuck fuck

  • Brian S.

    Fucking hate the Tigers.

  • Get Phelps Up

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

  • WHIPitcher

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

  • Arya

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

  • DERP

    EXTEND PHIL!

  • DERP

    Awful outing by Phil

    • Brian S.

      I actually thought he was unlucky as shit.

      • Mike N

        Both.

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

    of all days for Hughes to have an off night…

  • chilango

    Seen this movie before.

  • The Troll

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

  • Kramerica Industries

    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.

  • DERP

    Why couldn’t Cabrera have died of alcohol poisoning?

    • WHIPunk

      Staying true to your username brah.

  • Karl Krawfid

    This team is so bad.

  • Thaaaaaaaayankeeswin

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

    • Need Pitching & Hitting

      yep, good pitchers never, ever have bad starts

      • WHIPunk

        LOL THIS MAN ABOVE ME HAS A GOOD POINT HE MAKES SARCASTIC RETORTS MANY POINTS TO HIM AND HIS FAMILY.

        • The Troll

          Hahaha. My favorite post of the night.

          • WHIPunk

            :)

      • your mom

        So Garcia, Nova and Hughes are good pitchers? What u smoking fool?

        • Need Pitching & Hitting

          Hughes has been mostly good this year. One bad start after pitching to a 3.18 ERA over the previous 15 starts doesn’t change that. Pettitte is also good. Garcia and Nova are back end pitchers who most likely won’t sniff the playoffs this year.

    • your mom

      No, they have three #5 starters in the rotation. I miss Andy.

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

      If I had the time I would, I will say though that before this start Phil had been stellar for 3 months and to write him back off after one poor game is silly.

  • widget

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

  • your mom

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

    • Need Pitching & Hitting

      please do

      • your mom

        oh ok

  • The Troll

    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!

  • RetroRob

    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

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

      • RetroRob

        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.

  • filthhuge

    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…

  • Brian S.

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

    • Get Phelps Up

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

      • WHIPunk

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

        • The Troll

          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

            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

              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

                “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

                  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.

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

        • Get Phelps Up

          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

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

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

          They’re ten out and just lost three of four to the Twins at home.

      • TomH

        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

          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.

  • The Troll

    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?

    • Brian S.

      Yeah usually we are rolling along by now in the second half. This is odd.

  • Bartolo’s Colon

    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

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

      • Bartolo’s Colon

        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

  • Evitable

    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

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

    • Brian S.

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

      • WHIPunk

        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.

        • Brian S.

          If the weak ground balls he induces are fielded, then that double doesn’t even happen.

      • Bartolo’s Colon

        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

        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.

  • King Charles The Great

    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.

  • DERP

    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.

  • Get Phelps Up

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

    • Rich in NJ

      Some people are fact-averse. Not much you can do.

  • Mike N

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

  • Bartolo’s Colon

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

  • King Charles The Great

    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.

    • Brian S.

      He’s been our best starter since May.

    • AnthonyD

      You’d also think we were watching the Knicks since so many are losing years off their lives; suffering through so much pain and so much agony. Brats.

  • Tom

    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.

    • Kramerica Industries

      They only scored one run off Porcello last time.

  • Mike N

    I BLAME FISTER!!!!!!!!

  • Kramerica Industries

    35 wins.

    That’s too easy.

    • Get Phelps Up

      ?

      • Kramerica Industries

        The question posed on YES about how many wins did the ’84 Tigers have in their first 40 games.

        Something they have since avoided saying anything about.

        • Get Phelps Up

          Ah OK. I’m watching MLBN.

          • Kramerica Industries

            MLBN has Kaat.

            I’m not sure I care for anything else in their self-produced telecasts.

  • DERP

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

    • Mike N

      That’s in Girardi’s binder, page 113.

  • goyanks..justgo

    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.

    • DERP

      he was not a free agent.

    • Brian S.

      No he was traded for two can’t miss prospects: Cameron Maybin and Andrew Miller.

    • AnthonyD

      No he was not. He was traded to DET from FLA

  • Arya

    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.

    • Rich in NJ

      I think the rotation is good enough. The offense is vulnerable.

      • The Troll

        Yeah, the rotation can get by on most days but this offense f***ing reeks.

        • Rich in NJ

          They need to hit HR in bunches to be very effective. Obviously, that’s a lot easier for many of them at home.

    • chilango

      Right. unless Pettitte comes back lights out, we’re in deep shit.

  • Brian S.

    I hope Miguel Cabrera hires Brett Pedroia as a babysitter.

  • The Troll

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

  • DERP

    wow just awful

  • Mike N

    That was uninspiring.

  • Kramerica Industries

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

    I mean, talk about mind boggling shit.

    • Brian S.

      We were 4-2 against them coming into this series.

      • Kramerica Industries

        4-6 against them last year, including the playoffs, and a losing record historically at Comerica Park.

        Furthermore, two of those wins this year came against Verlander.

    • chilango

      Somehow this team struggles with good pitching. Like anything above AA.

  • Anthony

    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

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

      • Anthony

        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

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

    • TomH

      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

        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

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

          • Anthony

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

        • Need Pitching & Hitting

          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

            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

              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.

              • The Troll

                I’m just saying that they more resemble the cold streak than the hot. 70% Cold, 25% Hot, 5% Girardi.

  • DERP

    Thank goodness Zach Britton is terrible.

    • Brian S.

      Also Dempster has been great so far.

      • Bartolo’s Colon

        very surprised by this, i thought he was going to get rocked again

    • Kramerica Industries

      Thank goodness the entire division is terrible.

  • widget

    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.

    • chilango

      ARoid sucks, overhyped overpaid and ..old. And the PEDs have ruined his body.

      • Brian S.

        The yahoo message boards are thataway dumb dumb —>

  • Brian S.

    Fuck you Meredith. Go root for your Tigers.

    • Erica

      Her voice. Her voiiiiiiiice.

      • Brian S.

        She has shown her true colors. Her services as a Tigers fan are no longer needed.

        • Erica

          They can leave her in Detroit… at 8 mile.

    • Mike N

      What did Meredith do??

      • Brian S.

        She admitted to being a Tigers fan as a kid.

        • Mike N

          FIRE MEREDITH!!!!!!!!!! SEND HER DOWN!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • DERP

      Did you know that NESN’s in-game reporter (Jenny Dell) is a Yankees fan?

  • The DonSlaught

    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!

    • DERP

      You sound like a fun guy.

  • tyrone sharpton

    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

    • Erica

      False narrative. I believe there was a stretch last year? two years ago? where A-Rod was out for an extended time and they went on a winning streak. I’m too lazy to reference specific games, though.

      • TomH

        Who cares about 2 years ago! Of course, he’s right about ARod’s and Pettitte’s absences.

      • Get Phelps Up

        They had 8 game win streaks without Arod in 2010 and 2011.

        • Erica

          Thank you! Exactly what I was referencing.

    • Brian S.

      False. Ike Davis has more RBIs.

    • OMG! Bagels!

      I think it’s stuart’s absence. they win just to spite him.

  • DERP

    Who was the dumb fuck who hit Eppley?

    • Brian S.

      Chavy

      • WHIPunk

        What’s Chavy Chase doing in the infield!

  • Karl Krawfid

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

  • Brian S.

    Why didn’t Cano dive for that?

  • Kramerica Industries

    And more two out rallies.

    Un-fucking-real.

  • DERP

    Eppley vs. the lefty…

  • Brian S.

    Why was our ROOGY facing two lefties in a row?

    • Tom

      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.

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

    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

      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

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

    • Erica

      Is that a Haiku?

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

    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.

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

      sorry small edit.

    • Athenian

      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

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

    • Celerino Sanchez

      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

        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

      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

      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.

      • Need Pitching & Hitting

        They already brought the tying run to the plate after he posted this, so you’re already down one.

        • JonS

          But I’m taking the bullshit parlay so I’m still good.

  • Athenian

    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.

    • Get Phelps Up

      when their hot, no one can beat them. When they are not hot, they are frustrating at best to watch.

      All teams are like that.

      • Athenian

        Except, this team has been hot for one stretch. Other teams have built 5 game winning streaks several times. So, there is a clarification.

        • Get Phelps Up

          5 game win streaks aren’t that easy.

        • Need Pitching & Hitting

          Yankees have 3 winning streaks of at least 5 games and 5 streaks of at least 4 games.

      • WHIPunk

        I can write simple replys to watch this.

        No all teams are not like that.

  • Brian S.

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

  • pistol pete

    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.

    • Erica

      Punctuation is your friend. :)

    • The Troll

      Go Aly Raisman!!! Oh, I hope she wins gold on the floor! That would be remarkable! I bet you all a gajillion bucks that she will win gold.

  • Athenian

    5-2…guys, kind of embarrassing!

  • Bartolo’s Colon

    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)

  • Need Pitching & Hitting

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

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

    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.

  • King Charles The Great

    Swisher!! Beastly.

  • Tom

    Swisher laughs in the face of Mike Axisa slump articles!

    (just kidding Mike)

  • Andruw’s Smile

    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.

  • Get Phelps Up

    Ichiro should lay down a bunt here.

    • Get Phelps Up

      That works too.

  • Mike N

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

  • Erica

    Ichiiiii

  • Mike N

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

  • DERP

    That was huge

  • Need Pitching & Hitting

    Did Ichiro actually get a RISP hit?

    Shocking.

  • chilango

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

  • Tom Q

    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?

    • Mike N

      Yes, there are.

    • chilango

      Maybe it’s because the last month we’ve been playing like shit. How many come from behind wins do we have..answer …none. so there ya go. Hughes and Nova PROBABLY won’t cut in the playoffs. And we’re not going to get far in the post season with only two players hitting for avg. Maybe we’re not antfans just realistic.

      • Tom Q

        And yet I’ve never seen you here when they were winning. Which makes me question how much attention I should give your analysis.

      • Get Phelps Up

        They have 33 come from behind wins this year.

        • chilango

          After the 7th? And besides, I was talking about the last month.

          • Get Phelps Up

            9 wins when down after 7.

            • Get Phelps Up

              Actually 7, 9 is when down after 6.

            • Need Pitching & Hitting

              where do you find that info?
              I know I’ve seen it but I can’t find it now.

      • Need Pitching & Hitting

        “How many come from behind wins do we have..answer …none”

        false
        They have none after the 8th inning.

  • Mike N

    blecch

  • The Troll

    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

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

      • The Troll

        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.

        • DERP

          I failed. I meant Lowrie.

    • Get Phelps Up

      They didn’t produce Ciriaco.

      • Get Phelps Up

        And he sucks anyway.

        • The Troll

          I know, that in all likelihood that Ciriaco sucks major ballage, but the fact remains . . . he has killed their biggest rival in his limited experience.

          • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

            Shanre Spencer & Ricky Ledee killed the Red Sox for 6 weeks apiece in the late 90′s

    • widget

      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

        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.

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

          • The Troll

            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.

              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

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

    • Brian S.

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

  • Ichy balls

    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.

    • chilango

      And a third starter.

      • Ichy balls

        Still have faith in pineda coming back, and please start phelps.

    • Brian S.

      We should blow up the team and go through a rebuild. Our fans will be more forgiving on young players.

      • Get Phelps Up

        No they won’t.

      • FIPster Doofus

        hahaha

      • chilango

        no they won’t but you’re still right. I’m getting sick of watching them shit the bed in the playoffs.

  • DERP

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

  • Brian S.

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

  • DERP

    JJ Hardy just fucked us.

  • Brian S.

    The Mariners are trying to blow their game too.

    • Brian S.

      Fuck you Mariners. Fuck you Hardy.

  • 45yearyanksfan

    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

    • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

      45 years of watching tells you they’re not making the postseason?

      • Mike N

        Fish in a barrel.

      • 45yearyanksfan

        2nd place in a week, balance of august schedule buries them

  • Kramerica Industries

    Don’t look now – tie game in Baltimore.

  • Tom

    Bloop and a blast time….

    • widget

      more like plop and poof.

  • Joe Stalin

    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!

    • Mike N

      In Soviet Russia, ball hits bat.

  • Ichy balls

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

  • Mike N

    WIN THIS FUCKING GAME!!!!

  • Kramerica Industries

    Well, the Rays won.

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

    The division race gets more interesting by the day.

  • Kevin G.

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

  • WHIPunk

    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.

  • Mike N

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

  • chilango

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

  • chilango

    The Rays won theirs

  • Ichy balls

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

    • FIPster Doofus

      Maybe Cashman should’ve acquired a real bat at the deadline. Then he wouldn’t have to yell at people.

      • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan

        It’s okay. September is almost here, then we can bring up that Montero kid.

      • chilango

        yeah three guys who can hit for avg and a 3d and 4th starter. Time to retool can we stand a year or two of rebuilding? Yes! Beats collapsing in the post season every year.

        • WHIPunk

          Sorry to tell ya brah but we have too many contracts tied up too long for any sort of rebuilding that is necessary.

          • Brian S.

            You don’t think CC or Teix would waive their NTC if we told them we were going to rebuild?

        • Mike N

          Yes, the team currently leading the toughest division in MLB by five games needs to rebuild.

          • Brian S.

            It’s not the toughest division in baseball.

            • Mike N

              Based on W-L records, the AL East is the toughest division in baseball.

              • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

                How about run differential?

                Honestly, I haven’t looked.

            • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

              Thank you.

              I didn’t want to be the first person on the board to state an unpopular truth.

              • Mike N

                How would you define the toughest division if not by W-L records?

              • Need Pitching & Hitting

                What is then?

    • Mike N

      How about at least trying to spell, use some punctuation, and take a stab at grammar?

      • chilango

        OK Mike. Oh, and let’s see: if you introduce the sentence with “trying to..” then you need to be consistent. That is, you should continue your OT stupidity in what follows like this: “using some.., and taking a stab..”

        • WHIPunk

          Lol nice job putting that grammar nazi in his place.

  • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

    What the Orioles do doesn’t matter.

    Time to start watching the Rays again, though.

    • FIPster Doofus

      Agreed. Couldn’t care less about the Orioles. But Tampa with a healthy Longoria is another story.

  • Mike N

    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?

    • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan

      I’ve got some serious wood on my balls…

  • Alkaline

    Some of these comments hurt my head.

    • The Troll

      Well, your head hurt my comments.

      • Brian S.

        Yeah, be nicer to our comments Alkaline!

  • DERP

    Joba is in midseason form.

  • Brian S.

    Joba sucks.

  • Need Pitching & Hitting

    Ugghh…they need Joba to be good.

    • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

      He will get there. Need to work out some kinks is all.

      The 3, 4, 5 spots in the rotation give me more concern, however.

  • cjc

    this team sucks and it has for a month

  • widget

    Brilliant return Joba. Keep it up.

  • Brian S.

    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.

    • Ichy balls

      Nardi really needs to go this winter time for a new guru

  • Mike N

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

  • Ichy balls

    By the end of this month our lead will be gone

    • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

      Our, who?

      Do you work for the Reds? I knew it!

    • JonS

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

      • The Troll

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

        • Get Phelps Up

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

          • The Troll

            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

              What if it never gets to one game?

              • The Troll

                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.

                • Get Phelps Up

                  They’ll turn it around. I find it hard to think they’ll be this bad for the rest of the year.

            • Need Pitching & Hitting

              ” 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.

              • The Troll

                This slump is going on a month . . . That’s a sizable slump.

                • Need Pitching & Hitting

                  About 3 weeks, and yes it is sizable.
                  And it will end.

  • widget

    Has McGehee only played in 1 game?

    • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

      Yanks only faced one LH starter since the trade

  • The Troll

    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.

  • Athenian

    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.

  • Athenian

    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.

    • JonS

      “But, But, but Joe’s doing for the lefty/righty match-ups… “

      • Athenian

        Joe is a fucking tool. His only contribution is being a detriment to the team. They win in spite of him but he sure does guide them to losses.

  • DERP

    Just win tomorrow. I don’t care how.

  • WHIPunk

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

  • Brian S.

    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

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

    • widget

      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

      Pedroia got ejected, not sure about Murphy.

  • chilango

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

    • WHIPunk

      Why? He says the same thing over and over, never a sense of urgency (which is a flaw & attribute) depending on the situation.

      • Get Phelps Up

        What’s he supposed to say?

        • WHIPunk

          How do I know? I don’t get paid to manage the team.

        • RetroRob

          …and while the current stretch is frustrating, as losing streaks always are, it’s not like the sky is falling. For some fans it is; for the professionals, no.

      • chilango

        That’s what I mean.

  • Kevin G.

    Chaves is like “ARod who?”

  • Mike N

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

    • WHIPunk

      That’s the clutchness haircut.

  • RetroRob

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

  • cjc

    just keep having a ball guys you sure win at smiling

    • DERP

      why don’t you bitch and moan about more things that don’t matter at all

      • cjc

        no you’re totally right who cares as long as its fun

    • WHIPunk

      It’s times like these I miss the shit outta Posada.

      • Need Pitching & Hitting

        They do need somebody to throw a hissy fit and refuse to play when he appropriately is in the ninth spot in the lineup.

        • WHIPunk

          Show some respect you homer.

  • Athenian

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

  • Brian S.

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

    • DERP

      She admitted she grew up a Yankee fan. Plus she is much better looking than MM.

  • WHIPunk

    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.

  • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

    Somebody yelled “swing!” and he did

  • widget

    Swisher. Clutch.

  • Rich

    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

  • Brian S.

    Montero starting rallies. Go Seattle Go!

  • JLC 776

    Time for another Cashman meeting with the team…

  • Ichy balls

    This team really misses dewayne wise

  • DERP

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

  • chilango

    OK. How about a 3 run jack to tie.

  • Mike N

    C’mon, Ichiro!

  • chilango

    C’mon 101 Ichiiiiro

  • Mike N

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

  • WHIPunk

    Cmon Ichiro!!!! I believe in ya!

  • chilango

    Don’t swing at shit Ichiro!!

  • The Troll

    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.

    • The Troll

      Ichiro with 2 hits in a game!!!!!!!!!!!!! AH!!! Oh screw this, no it’s Martin’s turn . . . SHTI!

  • Mike N

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

  • WHIPunk

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

  • Arya

    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.

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

    ICHIRO!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Athenian

    Now Russel Martin. this won’t end well.

    • Athenian

      damn. everyone gets lucky

  • Mike N

    How is Jones not pinch hitting here????

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

      Because that’s why!

      • Mike N

        lolz

  • WHIPunk

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

  • WHIPunk

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

  • Mike N

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

  • Need Pitching & Hitting

    Russ!!!

  • Brian S.

    Would Ichiro have been thrown out?

    • chilango

      Yes the hold was a good call

    • RBC

      I saw that also. I guess they wanted to be cautious, but the Yanks should’ve gone for it.

    • WHIPunk

      By a mile.

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

      Absolutely. He was getting to third as the relay man got the ball. I initially thought it was a bad hold, but the replay showed it was a great hold by Thompson.

  • widget

    damnit Joba. This game should be tied. argh

  • Kevin G.

    Let’s go Curtis

  • Anthony

    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?

  • widget

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

  • RetroRob

    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.

  • Kevin G.

    fuck

  • WHIPunk

    Man fuck you Granderson.

  • Anthony

    Curtis, Curtis, Curtis.

  • Mike N

    Fuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuck.

  • Brian S.

    Fuck Robbie Thompson. Fuck Granderson. Fuck this team.

    • WHIPunk

      Ichiro would have been out by a mile this is not on somebody who does not swing a bat.

      • Brian S.

        Ichiro was rounding third as the ball was hopping in front of Peralta. There would have been a play at the plate but what if the throw is offline? What if the catcher fumbles it? What if Ichiro knocks Avila the fuck out?

        • Need Pitching & Hitting

          I’d say at best he had a 10% chance of scoring on that play.

        • widget

          Or jumps over Avila with his ninja like reflexes?

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

    Embedded Tiger Curtis Granderson.

  • widget

    curtis blows.

  • Karl Krawfid

    This team is not clutch man. So fucking sad.

    • RBC

      Can we be surprised? We’re paying a guy $25M who’s hitting .260

  • Need Pitching & Hitting

    Fuck

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

  • RBC

    Now back to the Olympics….

  • Get Phelps Up

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

  • Rich

    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

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

  • widget

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

  • JLC 776

    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.

    • Athenian

      2013 most likely. They are too old.

  • King Charles The Great

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

  • widget

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

  • Got Heeeeeeem

    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.

  • Rich

    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.

  • chilango

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

    • RBC

      +10000000000000000000000000000

  • Rich

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

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

    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.

  • Rich

    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.

    • Heisenberg’s Hat

      Explain how it’s “the Binder’s fault” that Granderson isn’t hitting.

    • forensic

      2-20 (.100, both singles), 3 BB, 6 K.

      All season as leadoff hitter: 4-33 (.121, 3 singles, 1 homer), 5 BB, 10 K.

  • BigBlueAL

    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

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

    • chilango

      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.

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

      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

        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

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

          Any line up that has Ichiro “My OBP is Below .300″ Suzuki any higher than 8th, and Swish/Tex any lower than 6th is not a line up I am a fan of.

          • chilango

            See your point about Ichiro but he’s contact and has speed. Swish and Tex strike out too much and can’t hit good pitching in general. They should not bat any higher than 6 or 6.

            • chilango

              5 or 6 meant to say

      • BigBlueAL

        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

          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.

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

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

            • chilango

              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

            “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

              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

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

                • chilango

                  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

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

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

                    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.