Game 111: Escape from Detroit

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The first three games of this four-game series have been a nightmare — even last night’s win seemed like it was pretty stressful. The weather gods may have mercy on the Yankees today though, because the forecast in Detroit is looking pretty ugly all afternoon. If they do need to postpone, the makeup game would likely be played on September 17th since that’s the only mutual off day these two teams have the rest of the season. Hopefully it doesn’t come to that. Here’s the starting nine…

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

RHP Hiroki Kuroda

Today’s game is scheduled to start a little after 1pm ET, but who knows with the rain. We’ll keep you updated on any delays or other announcements. If they do play, you can watch on YES. Enjoy.

Update: The game is currently scheduled to start at 1:15pm ET.

Update Part Two: Scratch that, the game will not start at 1:15pm ET. No word on a new start time yet. This is going to be a fun afternoon I see.

Update Part Three: Now they’re saying the game will begin at 1:35pm ET. This one might be a five-inning affair.

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  • jjyank

    *grumble grumble grumbe* week day day games *grumble grumble*

    • sangreal

      I love week day day games, but that might be because I work from home. Weekend night games, on the other hand are unbearable.

      • Jimmy

        Very true.

      • Deep Thoughts

        Indeed. Screw you ESPN.

    • Jim Is Bored

      Take heart, jjyank. There may be a night game yet!

      • jjyank

        Haha that’s what I’m pulling for.

    • JohnC

      What would you have done back in the old days when most games were day games? GRUMBLE GRUMBLE GRUMBLE????????

      • jjyank

        Yup.

    • pat

      It’s called a getaway game.

      • jjyank

        I know what it’s called. That doesn’t mean I have to like it.

  • Eddard

    They need to escape with a split. The Os have shown no signs of slowing down and the Rays have their best player back. Hiroki has been our ace all season so I wouldn’t be surprised to see him put up 7 innings of 1 run ball.

    • The Real Greg

      Orioles have 4 against the Royals next so they should continue to roll.

      But then they have a tough stretch,

      Boston for 3
      at Detroit for 3
      at Texas for 3
      Blue Jays for 3
      White Sox for 4
      at Yankees for 3

      • Jim Is Bored

        Haha Boston.

        Plus the Blue Jays basically have no one left. No other MLB team should be whining about injuries this year with the bad luck they’ve had.

        • The Real Greg

          Never wave off divisional games.

          • Jim Is Bored

            ??? Where was a waving off anything?

            I’m just saying the Blue Jays and Sox are the black sheep of that group of teams. You have 3 division leaders, a team tied for the wild card, and then two teams who are in 4th and 5th place in the division.

            • The Real Greg

              Who are divisional opponents who usually play them hard.

              It sounded like you were already putting them in the O’s win column.

              • Jim Is Bored

                Every single team in baseball has played the Orioles “hard” the past 15 years.

              • Jim Is Bored

                And what professional team shows up for a game and says “Oh, this isn’t a divisional opponent, I guess we can go easy today.”

    • Cris Pengiucci

      I’m kind of surprised they’re fighting for a split today. Even though they weren’t playing well coming into this series, I thought the pitching matchups played to the Yankees advantage and 3 of 4 was quite possible. This could have been the series that set the Yankees on a roll again. Glad Kuroda’s on the hill if the game gets played.

  • The Real Greg

    Questionable scheduling by MLB according to Jayson Stark

    “MLB finally announced 2012 postseason sked. NO off day between ALDS Game 5 & ALCS Game 1 even though the ALCS site depends on ALDS outcome!”

    • Eddard

      Bud Selig has screwed this up so much. He had to rush his 2nd WC into place without planning accordingly. Should have done it next year when the schedule could be tailored to the extra play in game. What a disaster.

      • Kramerica Industries

        He didn’t have to rush anything.

        Idea finalized and confirmed in Spring Training 2012, effective 2013.

        I mean, that would’ve been logical, right?

        MLB has fucked this up beyond astronomical proportions.

  • Kramerica Industries

    How far in the archives did you dig for that picture, Mike?

    That certainly isn’t from a rainy day at Comerica this year.

  • Kramerica Industries

    Hah. I see the Rays aren’t broadcasting today.

    I can’t forget how, on 9/24 last year, when they were only 2.5 behind Boston and the season was in it’s last stage, Sun Sports actually aired a college football game between, I’m guessing, Middle Tennessee St. and Auburn, instead of that night’s Rays/Jays game.

    If I ever needed proof of how little baseball means in this area, that night was it. Outrageous that such a game would not be on the air.

    • RI$P FTW

      There are what? 163?

  • CUYanks

    Have we discussed the Machado call up here yet? Seems like quite a rush.

    • jjyank

      It does. Isn’t he only 20?

      • Mister D

        19. And while he’s raking for a 19 year old in AA, he’s not exactly dominating the level. And he’s being moved to 3B. Its a terrible idea.

      • Mister D

        Nope, 20. Just turned last month. My mistake.

    • Jim Is Bored

      The only way they lose service time is if he stays up into next year. Not sure they have anything to lose outside of potentially stunting his growth by ~20 games. And I don’t think he’ll do much in the majors, so as far as I’m concerned, it’s non-news right now.

  • Knoxvillain

    Three days of class next week and I’m done. Then I start the fall semester on the 27th. No break again. Fuck.

  • Mike N

    KILL FISTER!!!!!!!!

  • Mike N

    The best thing about going to a day game is that it’s an excuse to get sodden drunk on beer in the middle of the day.

    • Jack

      You need an excuse?

  • The Real Greg

    2 well struck balls hit right at people.

  • chilango

    Kuroda needs to step up.

  • Erica

    Let’s kick Detroit to the curb!!!

    In other news, I just bought shoes and found the MLB Fan Cave – West 4th & Broadway in Greenwich Village. I think I saw something being filmed but it was too hot to stop and peer in. Successful lunch break!

  • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan

    There’s a gentleman in one of my fantasy leagues whose team name is “Fister? I Hardly Know Her.”

    • RI$P FTW

      Crickets.

      • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan

        Buddy Holly. Great band.

    • jjyank

      I’ve heard that quite a few times, but it’s still funny.

  • vin

    If the Yankees had the Orioles winning percentage in 1 run games… they’d be 38 games over .500. And they’d still be 5 games behind the ’98 Yankees.

    Just thought I’d share.

  • Heisenberg’s Hat

    Just hoping for a game without a Cabrera homer.

    • The Real Greg

      Cabrera did nothing yesterday.

      • Erica

        Even when we don’t think Cabrera does something… he does.

      • Heisenberg’s Hat

        Yesterday was its own series of headaches.

    • Erica

      SERIOUSLY.

  • Need Pitching & Hitting

    Thanks Miggy

  • Heisenberg’s Hat

    Thank you, Cabrera! That was Scioscia Ball right there.

  • Andy

    What a weird fucking series

  • The Real Greg

    Cabrera certainly did something there

  • chilango

    Finally one goes our way in this series. Thanks Miggy

  • jjyank

    Gameday is saying Injury Delay. What’s happening?

    • Get Phelps Up

      Umpire got hit with a foul tip.

      • jjyank

        Oh good (no offense, blue). I was scared there for a sec. Last thing the Yankees need is another injury.

  • Mike N

    YEAH!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Need Pitching & Hitting

    I think AJax would have caught that.

  • chilango

    Ibañez and Chavy…

  • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

    Look, look!

    Old men running!

  • Andy

    TWO OUT HITS!

  • Need Pitching & Hitting

    Nice 2 out rally.

  • Get Phelps Up

    RISPwins the best.

    • RI$P FTW

      Meow.

  • jjyank

    I never thought I would see this on Gameday: Raul Ibanez triples.

    How in the hell did that happen?

    • Mike N

      Ball kicked around the wall.

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

      Legit blast over the CF head, kicked off the wall a bit.

  • Mike N

    Bust this fucker OPEN!!!!! KILL FISTER NOW!!!!!!!!!!

  • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

    4 back-to-back lefties.

    3 base hits. stack ‘em, Joe

  • chilango

    Run Ichiro NOW!

  • Andy

    What a stewie base hit

    • Steve S

      Doin’ what he does best

  • Kevin G.

    I love it!

  • Mike N

    STEWART!

  • chilango

    Finally we get some breaks…

    • Luisergi

      breaks indeed.
      Are you from Mexico City??

      • chilango

        I’m from NYC but have lived 20 years now in Mex City.

        • Luisergi

          Cool.

          I knew it, it´s hard to find a non mexican person, or a person not living in México for that matter, who knows the meaning of “chilango”.

          • chilango

            bueno en mi caso seria chilango adoptivo mas bien jeje

            • Luisergi

              Heh! Claro.
              Veinte años en México le han hecho bien a tu español.

  • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

    not to be greedy, but Ichiro should’ve scored there.

    he thought it was a pop-up and wasn’t going at top speed

    • sangreal

      with 2 outs?

      • sangreal

        oh, I gotcha now. ignore me

  • JonS

    Doug Fister sounds like a porn name.

  • Mike N

    I sure hope this game is not an emotional roller coaster like yesterday.

    • RetroRob

      The Yankees are still not in top form and the Tigers are playing great and it’s in their park.

      In other words, count on it!

  • chilango

    fuck he’s missing his spots

  • Need Pitching & Hitting

    sweet

  • Mike N

    WOO! DP!!!!!!

  • chilango

    Oh yeah. strike em out throw em out.

  • Mandy Stankiewicz

    Can anyone help? MLB audio via my iphone never works/is not currently streaming well from the office. Can I use my itunes app subscription to MLB Gameday audio to stream through my PC ? Susan, I miss your sweet shrill.

    • JonS

      I can’t say for sure. I have the MLB.tv subscription and stream to my phone, but yours should be MLB subscriptions and should work. Try it.

  • JonS

    That was a nice double play. good job Kuroda and Stewart.

  • Need Pitching & Hitting

    A pig just flew past my window.

  • The Real Greg

    There’s his first walk as a Yankee

  • Karl Krawfid

    Did Ichiro just walk?

  • RetroRob

    I don’t think I’ve ever seen a player hit the ball as softly as Stewart, especially someone his size. Not drive with that swing.

    • Heisenberg’s Hat

      He swings like a pitcher.

  • Mandy Stankiewicz

    Thanks Jon. It looks like I have a mobile only purchase (purchased from the itunes store is only good for mobile). Under ‘help’ if you have any problems you can change the feed, which seemed to work…

  • Pasta Stumbling Sojo

    Is there a reason Swisher is DH and Ibanez is LF instead of vice versa? Does Swisher need rest? The same thing happened with Ichiro as DH and Ibanez in LF on Monday.

    • Need Pitching & Hitting

      Probably just rotating the DH to rest guys. They don’t have an off day for a while.

    • Mike N

      Everybody can use as much rest as possible, so they balance it as best they can.

    • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

      20 straight games. Guys need half-days here and there. Especially since Nick is going to have to start every game on the turf in Toronto with them throwing three consecutive lefties at us.

  • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

    Hiroki magic. Why can’t this game be at night while we’re all watching?

  • Mike N

    Classic Jeterian at-bat!

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

    How is there only 100 or so comments?! It’s the 5th inning lol.

  • Mike N

    Is there something weird about the camera angle, or is Swisher looking up at the sky before he gets finally set for each pitch?

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

      No, he does that all the time, every time he gets set.

      • Mike N

        Odd.

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

          Yeah, it is the strangest thing.

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

            I thought that was it, but I didn’t want to seem like an idiot if I was wrong, so I didn’t say anything.

          • Mike N

            Thanks!

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

    TOOTBLAN!!!

    • Heisenberg’s Hat

      JETER NEVER MAKES A MISTAKE ON THE BASES.

      • CUYanks

        Chris Stewart was waving him.

  • Need Pitching & Hitting

    That worked well.

  • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

    Ugly

  • Heisenberg’s Hat

    Barf.

  • Kramerica Industries

    Two strike ‘em out/throw ‘em outs in this game.

    #ycpb

  • Mike N

    Bummer. But loving these full counts.

  • chilango

    This is why Swisher should NOT bat 2d. He strikes out way too much.

    • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

      As opposed to Curtis, who rarely strikes out.

  • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

    Come on, Cano. Don’t flail. Don’t give ABs up just because there’s 2 out

    • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

      Thank you for your cooperation

  • Widget

    I wish Avila was the Yankees catcher.

  • The Real Greg

    Remember the fallacy

  • Kramerica Industries

    Fuckin’ Comerica.

    That’s gone even in the Bronx.

    • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

      No it’s not. Great hit. Not gone in either park.

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

    Fallacy: Jeter would’ve scored if he didn’t get TOOTBLAN’d

    • Heisenberg’s Hat

      Oh, you can guarantee that!

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

    I’ve been running, running errands, and taking the bus to work so I’ve only been listening to the game, but it at least sounds like they’re getting good contact off of Fister, the BABIP gods are just laughing at us.

  • cashthegenius

    watching on camcast, what happened? did Jeter not score off of a double?

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

      Jeter got on, then got picked off first after Swish struck out. So nobody was on base for Cano’s double.

      • cashthegenius

        wow, gamecast had Jeter taking second on the Swish strike out.

        • Heisenberg’s Hat

          That’s because gamecast knows JETER MAKES A BASERUNNING MISTAKE.

          • Heisenberg’s Hat

            *NEVER

            Haha.

  • The Real Greg

    Reason why the Yankees have only 2 runs.

    5 of their 7 hits have come with 2 outs

  • chilango

    Swish kills a possible rally, with a little help from the Capt. Doesn’t the binder say: Never send anyone with 2 strikes on Swisher.? Guess not. Fuck. Much rather see Ichiro bat 2d. Except for this year they have comparable OBP but Swish is slow and unclutch.

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

      Except for this year Alex has HOF power, so we should continue to bat him clean up when he comes back. Except for this year Martin is an above average catcher both offensively and defensively, so you should be happy he’s in the line up. David Justice was clutch, but really only hit in the .260s in the playoffs.

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

        Hughes is a bad starting pitcher, except for this year so we should send him to the bullpen while we still can. Josh Beckett is a great starting pitcher, except for this year so we should empty the farm for him. Same for John Lester.

    • Need Pitching & Hitting

      Ichiro is awful. He should be betting as low in the order as possible.

      • Need Pitching & Hitting

        *batting

        • chilango

          But I’d still rather see him bat 2d than Swisher. Swish can’t hit good pitching, and strikes out too much.

          • Need Pitching & Hitting

            Ichiro makes too many outs. He can’t hit any pitching.

          • FIPster Doofus

            Ichiro can’t hit any pitching. He sucks. Swisher is Mickey Mantle compared to him.

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

            Ichiro can’t hit any pitching. I’m completely happy with Swish batting second.

  • AaronGuielWithASmile

    Man, I would love to see the Tigers miss the playoffs. They are scary.

  • Kramerica Industries

    As much as I want to discount the Orioles, even now, I can’t anymore.

    Over 2/3 of the season is gone, and the O’s are still well above .500. At some point, they deserve their just due.

  • chilango

    Bear down now guys. C’mon.

  • AaronGuielWithASmile

    Well, fuck.

  • Kramerica Industries

    Fuck.

  • Mike N

    argh

  • Need Pitching & Hitting

    Well fuck.

  • The Real Greg

    Cant blame the offense.
    Kuroda got his run support and he failed

    • Need Pitching & Hitting

      2 runs

      • The Real Greg

        With the way Kuroda has been pitching, that should be enough.

        • Kramerica Industries

          That makes no sense at all.

          After all this time, you still don’t seem to grasp how varying margins of having a lead have different effects on how pitchers go about their business.

        • Andy

          are you serious?

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

      pft. 2 runs isn’t run support. If he gave back a 5 run lead I could agree with you, but you gotta put up more than 2 runs if you expect to win a game.

    • Heisenberg’s Hat

      You really thought 2 runs was going to win this game?

      • The Real Greg

        With the way Kuroda has been pitching, yes

        • Heisenberg’s Hat

          Detroit’s a good offense and they play us extremely tough. I never thought 2 runs would get it done.
          I’d like Hiroki to cut it off right here, though. That’s for sure.

    • Pasta Stumbling Sojo

      Giving up 2 runs isn’t a failure.

    • Widget

      I hate you so very much.

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

    God damn. down the middle of the plate according to Gameday.

  • AaronGuielWithASmile

    Right down Broadway. A good hitter like Avila won’t miss many of those.

  • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

    Give up one more run then start the torrential downpour.

  • Widget

    Avila OWNS all.

  • Karl Krawfid

    That sucked.

  • Mike N

    All right. New game. Let’s do this.

  • Kramerica Industries

    How many of these chicken shit hits have the Tigers gotten in this series?

    I’m getting 2010 LCS flashbacks.

    • Hummingbird S.

      Yankees have a bunch of those today. Dont blame this on luck, they have been playing like shit.

    • chilango

      516,142

    • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

      11

  • Mike N

    Shitty fielding. Kuroda leaned over, instead of crouching down to field that.

  • RI$P FTW

    Hear those footsteps?

  • chilango

    Kuroda made one mistake. Give him a break. I’m more pissed at fucking Swisher. He always seems to be in the middle of some rally killing clusterfuck.

    • Heisenberg’s Hat

      Except for the times he hits go-ahead homeruns.

      • chilango

        yeah like two times this year. He sucks. He’ll be gone next year.

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

          So he’s only not clutch except for when he is? You just seem to dislike Swish so I’m not going to even bother arguing with you about this anymore.

          • Heisenberg’s Hat

            He’s unclutch because he doesn’t hit go-ahead homers every time he’s up, I guess.

  • Kramerica Industries

    Are you fucking kidding me with this shit?

  • AaronGuielWithASmile

    Are you fucking joking me?

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

    Fuck. You.

  • Need Pitching & Hitting

    What the hell?
    The Yankees are just a giant clusterfuck right now.

  • Karl Krawfid

    Come on Raul god damn.

    • CUYanks

      That was a tour de force of terrible fielding. No range, lets the ball go by, and then fumbles it before delivering a weak throw in.

  • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

    Girardi’s getting run

  • RI$P FTW

    Should there be such a thing as an error being charged to a baserunner in MLB?

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

    Well..if a fan touched it the base runner has to go back to third.

    • Need Pitching & Hitting

      didn’t look like anybody touched

      • CUYanks

        Also, if he touched it on fan interference they would still have awarded him home.

  • DT

    Fuck the umps

  • JonS

    Get thrown out Joe!

  • Mike N

    Argh!

  • Kramerica Industries

    Yankee fan in the front row should’ve touched that.

    Sure, he would’ve been ejected from the ballpark, but talk about taking one for the team…

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

    I was just about to say, regardless of how this ends a manager is getting tossed.

  • CUYanks

    Can he protest this type of thing?

  • Ethan

    Yet another reason why we need replay.

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

      but…um…it takes longer than this cluster fuck did..some how? Right?

      • CUYanks

        I don’t see how replay would help this. He was arguing the umpires hand signals.

  • Karl Krawfid

    Wow did not see the ump do that. Bullshit.

  • FIPster Doofus

    That was awesome.

  • Kramerica Industries

    Wish we saw this side of Joe more often.

    This team needs a kick in the pants right now. Umps, too.

  • xnyles

    I want replay in baseball.

    • Mike N

      It was fair. Replay was meaningless here.

  • AaronGuielWithASmile

    On the one hand Girardi is right — Welke calling it foul then changing his mind is ridiculous.

    On the other hand, it didn’t make any difference — Ibanez just misplayed the ball.

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

      You’re right. lol

    • chilango

      Ibañez didn’t see the ump, he didn’t see shit. He juat didn’t get to the ball. Period. Suck it up. let’s go.

  • Mike N

    Girardi should’ve kicked dirt on Welke.

  • Kramerica Industries

    Ball was clearly fair. The umpire initially fucking that up just misleads everybody involved.

  • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

    Here comes the pouring rain, you just know it.

  • The Real Greg

    Peoplearound here have been saying Kuroda is the ace of this team. If he is to be the ace, he can’t do this ti the bottom of the order.

    • AaronGuielWithASmile

      He can’t let his left fielder turn routine popups into RBI doubles?

      • The Real Greg

        No, he cant give up a 2 run homer to Alex Avila

        • JonS

          That’s F’n stupid. So Verlander isn’t an ace because he game up a HR to Martin?

          • JonS

            Back in April.

          • The Real Greg

            I think this is one of the most important games for the Yankees this year. If they win they feel good about themselves. If they lose the media will begin to rise up in anger and the wheels might come off.

            • JonS

              I agree.

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

              You care about the media far more than all of the players combined. They don’t listen or read any of it.

    • RI$P FTW

      Not every team has a ace.

      • RI$P FTW

        an

    • CUYanks

      Oh come on. We’re judging pitchers on a 1-inning sample now?

    • Mike N

      Who has been saying Kuroda is the ace? I have never heard any person anywhere say that.

      • The Real Greg

        A lot of people here have been saying CC is not the ace. So it is by process of elimination

        • Mike N

          No. People have been saying (absurdly, in my opinion) that CC is not *an* ace. There is a big difference.

    • DT

      Infield single then a pop double, for the tigers to take the lead…yea..

  • Karl Krawfid

    Now that’s what the fuck im talking about Joe

  • JMK

    Fair or foul call really didn’t matter. Ibanez simply can’t field. But he has a triple and a double. How mad can you be at him?

    • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

      If he doesn’t hit for the cycle, I will yell Voldemort

      • JMK

        Prepare to yell.

  • chilango

    Girardi should take out his frustration on the fucking binder. Ball was fair. Ibañez just didn’t get there. Our shitty fielding, bad baserunning and SWISHER choking again in the clutch is why we’re losing.

    • The Real Greg

      You’re approaching a fallacy on Swisher.

    • Need Pitching & Hitting

      An AB with a 2 run lead and a runner on first in the fifth inning is a clutch AB?

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

      Seriously, you hate Swish on like a stuart a on Arod level. Did he boink your mom or something?

      no not you your mom. Chilango’s actual mom.

      • Heisenberg’s Hat

        I was about to say the exact same thing.

    • Kramerica Industries

      You seem to have some serious animosity towards Nick Swisher.

      Did he fuck your sister or something?

      • RetroRob

        I frankly enjoy when an RAB poster totally loses it and gives us something to make fun of.

  • jjyank

    For those of us not watching…did Girardi get his money’s worth on that?

    • AaronGuielWithASmile

      I’d say more than his money’s worth, considering that the ball was fair and Ibanez wasn’t even looking at the ump.

    • Mike N

      Jawboning, yeah. He should’ve kicked dirt on Welke, though.

    • Joey H.

      Considering I thought he was going to have to call his wife to get the checkbook, absolutely. Kay just said he knows Joe for 15 years and never seen him that mad.

  • JonS

    Has anything every came from a game being played under protest?

    • Need Pitching & Hitting

      Yes. George Brett. Pine Tar.

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

      I don’t think so…

  • RetroRob

    The umpire’s mixed call was a mess, although I don’t think it had any impact on Ibanez.

    What’s messed is Ibanez is out playing in a big LF. If Ichiro was there he might have caught it. Is Swisher injured?

  • Joey H.

    I am not sure I have ever seen Joe that pissed before. I honestly thought he was going to punch that umpire in the face.

    • Kramerica Industries

      I probably would’ve if I were in those shoes.

      Then again, my anger control can get really, really bad at times.

  • Heisenberg’s Hat

    Yanks probably go quietly this inning. Just a feeling.

    • Heisenberg’s Hat

      I hate being right.

      • xnyles

        You sir, have the best Name

    • Kramerica Industries

      Pretty much.

    • Athenian

      probably can count on them going quietly the rest of the game. They are pretty lifeless today – you’d think they had a 20 game lead. Guess old age is catching up with them.

  • Hoss

    I thought we got Ichiro so Ibanez wouldn’t have to play the field.

  • cashthegenius

    every other team in baseball knows what a shut down inning is

  • Kramerica Industries

    Are Mike and John totally oblivious to the fact that the crowd knew that was a fair ball, and Ibanez could’ve heard that instead?

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

    10 pitch inning. right after your pitcher just labored. Gotta do better than that guys.

    • The Real Greg

      Well, Fister’s done for the day probably.

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

        Well that’s one positive…

  • The Real Greg

    Oh for the magic of 2009….

  • chilango

    Shut down inning. You just knew it right?

  • Brian in NH

    i’m really starting to hate this team

  • Athenian

    That was a terrible call. But seriously, a 10 pitch inning? This team looks dead and uninterested even after their manager gets tossed. Sad.

  • Evitable

    The real question is – WHY did Girardi send Jeter with two strikes on the batter? An inning earlier, Leyland did exactly that and got double play for his troubles. You just know Girardi saw Leyland do that and thought “Oh, Leyland is such a MANAGER, that was such a STRATEGIC move, I SHOULD DO IT!” So he sends Jeter, and Swisher fouls it off, so now EVERYBODY knows that Jeter is going. And he sends him again! And why? How is this is a good move? If the batter strikes out or walks, it adds nothing. If you have a sinker-ball pitcher, maybe it breaks up the double play. But this wasn’t a sinker ball pitcher. If you fly out, it adds nothing. MAYBE Jeter gets an extra base, but at the risk of a double play on a strike out or line out. And if 1 batter gets an extra base hit or 2 batters get singles over the course of the next two outs, then the extra base accomplishes nothing. But…MANAGING! STRATEGY!

    Not to mention that Ibanez wouldn’t have missed that ball if he were DHing, like he should, and Suzuki were in left.

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

      In a parallel universe I see Swish hitting a ground ball to the second baseman, Jeter not running and 4-6-3 DP and you writing a long winded post saying how he should’ve sent the runner.

      • pat

        Yup. Damned if he does damned if he doesn’t. Swish struck out on a fastball in the zone. Can’t happen.

      • chilango

        No. I’d be writing a post saying that fucking Swisher is a rally killer. Which he is.

      • Evitable

        No — if Swish hit into a double play than dummy Swish shouldn’t have hit into a double play, but oh well, that happens. Maybe if it’s a sinkerball pitcher and a batter prone to double plays then send the runner. Otherwise, I hate that move and think it’s from the school of “Giving up outs so the manager can feel like he has a purpose beyond filling out a lineup card”.

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

          I think with Swish (or any high K guy) it’s debatable. I usually have no problem sending the runner 3-2 cause if the hitter hits an normal double instead of second and third, usually the guy on first scores. Especially if it’s a guy with above average speed like Jeter.

    • chilango

      Right. This is on Girardi. You never send ANYBODY with Tex or Swish or Granderson KRod etc batting with 2 strikes. What is Swisher doing in the 2 hole? He belongs 5-7. Fuck Kuroda’s not getting any support, as usual.

      • jjyank

        And who should be in the 2-hole then?

        • Need Pitching & Hitting

          He wants the second worst hitter in the lineup to get more AB’s.

          • jjyank

            Ah, right. It makes perfect sense!

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

        I still don’t understand why you have a problem with the guy who has the 3rd highest OBP batting in the 2 hole in between the guys who are 1 and 2..

        • chilango

          He strikes out way too much, can’t run and sucks in the clutch. Even if you’re basing your analysis purely on OBP then except for this year, Ichiro has numbers comparable to Swish’s.

          • Kramerica Industries

            Perhaps Ichiro’s gotten old and sucks now.

            “Except for this year”.

            Fucking horse-shit. If that’s all you’ve got, then no one’s going to take you the least bit seriously.

          • Need Pitching & Hitting

            False. Swisher’s OBP has been over 60 points higher than Ichiro both this year and last year. Ichiro is a shell of his former self. Unless Ichiro finds himself a time machine or the fountain of youth, he is absolutely awful offensively and has no business batting anywhere near the top of the order.

            And fwiw, Ichiro has been much, much worse in the clutch than Swisher this year.

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

            Stop saying “Ichiro has a comparable OBP to Swish EXCEPT FOR THIS YEAR.” We’re talking about this year. A year that Ichiro isn’t taking walks, has a horrid BABIP, and is clearly an old 38. He’s lost his bat speed. He used to be great. If we had gotten Ichiro 3 or 4 years ago I’d have no problem with him leading off, but this isn’t the same Ichiro. It just isn’t.
            Btw some clutch stats for Swish this season:
            2 outs RISP .310/.420/.643
            ‘late and close’ .283/.333/.565

            And before you start using the “Small Sample Size” arguments, if you even respond to this: by definition clutch times are SSS.

            • chilango

              Right, So we both have SSS. And I’m not saying I particularly like Ichiro batting 2d I’m just saying I’d rather see him there than Swish.

              • chilango

                Aw Nicky just fanned again WRISP. Is it late and close yet? Old Ichiro would have at least taken the fucking bat off his shoulder

                • Heisenberg’s Hat

                  The pitch wasn’t a strike. So you’re right, Ichiro would have swung at it and tapped it to shortstop.

  • CUYanks

    Not to pile on, but this is a good call by Tim Welke’s standards:
    http://www.fangraphs.com/blogs.....-the-year/

  • Hoss

    When was the last time the Yankees officially protested a game?

    • RetroRob

      I don’t know. Seems like they used to protest a couple games a year at least, but that was twenty years back. Lou Pinella was from the Billy Martin school, so I can imagine he did it. I’m sure Buck Showalter did too. They’re never overturned, that is unless it’s against the Yankees in the Pinetar game.

      • Hoss

        I think this one might have a chance based on the “Umpire’s Interference” argument. If Welke’s actions affected Ibanez, they cannot let the play go on. Runners should stop. Similar to when A-Rod’s stolen base was taken away when the catcher made contact with a home plate umpire.

        • AaronGuielWithASmile

          Ibanez clearly wasn’t affected by Welke. He pursued the ball all the way.

          He’s just a shitty defender, that’s all.

          • Hoss

            I don’t think it’s that clear. We don’t know if Welke yelled “foul” (likely) or if Ibanez initialy saw the foul call then saw the reversal. He reacted as if he had seen the foul call by saying “You called it foul.”

            • AaronGuielWithASmile

              Even if he heard Welke, he never took his eyes off the ball — he watched it land fair.

              There’s no excuse for playing that popup into a double (well, except for being a 65 year old DH playing in a huge park, of course.)

    • Kramerica Industries

      They protested a game against the Marlins in 2009.

      I don’t remember any since then.

  • The Real Greg

    If they lose this game, the media will continue to rise up and the wheels could fall off at any moment.

    • FIPster Doofus

      You and your obsession with the media.

      • The Real Greg

        Do you know how influential the media can be?

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

          On what actually happens on the field? Not at all. look at the old Bronx Zoo teams. They won in spite of the media doing everything to drive them apart even more. Look at the Boston Redsox the Mainstream Media roots for them with all their hearts and they haven’t won the world series since 2007.

          • The Real Greg

            Look at the Red Sox in ’03. Grady Little was fired for one simple mistake.

            PLus they also influence the public and their opinions. It’s hard being around people who think that your team sucks.

            • AaronGuielWithASmile

              One simple mistake that cost his team a chance at their first World Series in 86 years.

              • The Real Greg

                I don’t care. That usually doesn’t get a manager fired.

          • The Troll

            Someone’s been reading ESPN lately . . .

        • FIPster Doofus

          They’re very influential to you, I know that much. It’s fucking weird.

          • The Real Greg

            They are. Because I want to hear that my team won so that I can feel like a fucking WINNER

  • Kramerica Industries

    I don’t comment often about how males look, and for good reason. More often than not, they are ugly, myself included.

    Andy Dirks also fits that mold. Cripes.

  • AaronGuielWithASmile

    This whole series has been a death by a thousand cuts.

    • Athenian

      Started with getting their asses handed to them in Oakland.

      • AaronGuielWithASmile

        Yup. I can’t remember a series where the Yankees’ opponents got so many cheap hits in big spots though.

      • pat

        Lol they lost each game by a run. OK

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

    What the fuck is with our infield defense the last few days?

  • Kramerica Industries

    …and the requisite chicken shit hit for Brennan Boesch.

    That’s gotta be at least one for every game in this series.

  • Athenian

    THIS is the problem with baseball and umpiring. They are not held accountable for their shitty performance and instead are rewarded with more games and playoff games. Such a sham and a disgrace to the game.

    Worst part is that they know they suck so bad they will never agree to over turn calls for the greater good of the game. Hate the fat fucks who should be shift managers at Chick Fil A instead.

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

      Agreed. I think Bud Selig should invoke the Best Interest of Baseball clause to disband the umpires union, or cut ties with them and start from scratch because a lot of these guys have no business being umpires.

    • RI$P FTW

      You should be mad at unions, not honest hardworking people just trying to get by.

      • Athenian

        Um I get your point in general but in baseball, those fat fuck umpires are not hard working. 80% of the time they are out of position, their strike zones are inconsistent, they are unable to get down the line and move, and lack any legitimacy to be called honest hardworking people.

    • RI$P FTW

      And I know it’s fashionable to talk shit about Chik Fil A, but bashing people who are working for minimum wage and likening them to fat fuck coddled umps in a union who face no repercussions for doing a terrible job is very misguided and ignorant.

      • Athenian

        Fashionable? Not sure what you mean. But the point was they do not possess the competence to be a major league umpire and should stop trying to exceed their limitations. The shift manager is related to what you normally see in American fast food restaurants, out of shape, over weight, unkept look, like Tim Welke and the rest of the that crew. That statement is not misguided nor ignorant but simply factual.

        If you really would like to discuss hardworking people, then we can have that debate as your country simply ignores if not condescendingly disparages people who are hard working, as though they are lazy underachievers.

  • Allie

    I hate Brennan Boesch.

  • The Real Greg

    The wheels are going to come off.

    • Brian in NH

      2012 Yankees = 2011 Red Sox?

      • FIPster Doofus

        Boston’s ineptitude didn’t start until September. The Yankees got a head start.

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

      Wrong again.

      • The Real Greg

        Give me substantial evidence to prove this.

        • Pat D

          No, you need to prove your statement. That’s how it works.

          • The Real Greg

            Because this stretch has gone on too long to just be a bad spot.

            This has gone on for 3 weeks.

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

              The same exact thing happened in May.

  • CUYanks

    I don’t think the game was formally protested. It usually involves the ump going over to a phone and calling the league office immediately.

    • CUYanks

      Also, I seriously doubt something a manager yells at an umpire during an argument constitutes a formal protest, though Michael Kay seems to believe so.

    • Mike N

      Not according to the YES booth. They said that Girardi reserved his right to lodge the protest after the game by announcing to the crew chief that “this game is under protest”. Then, if the Yanks lose, they will forward the protest documents to the league offices. (Obviously, if they win, they won’t.)

      • CUYanks

        Is this coming from anyone but Michael Kay?

        • Mike N

          “4.19
          PROTESTING GAMES.
          Each league shall adopt rules governing procedure for protesting a game, when a manager claims that an umpire?s decision is in violation of these rules. No protest shall ever be permitted on judgment decisions by the umpire. In all protested games, the decision of the League President shall be final.
          Even if it is held that the protested decision violated the rules, no replay of the game will be ordered unless in the opinion of the League President the violation adversely affected the protesting team?s chances of winning the game.
          Rule 4.19 Comment: Whenever a manager protests a game because of alleged misapplication of the rules the protest will not be recognized unless the umpires are notified at the time the play under protest occurs and before the next pitch, play or attempted play. A protest arising on a game-ending play may be filed until 12 noon the following day with the league office.”

          Looks like Kay is correct, based on the official rules of baseball.

          • CUYanks

            I know the rules regarding protests, but the question is whether the protest was formally made. It appeared that the umpire might have told Girardi that he couldn’t protest what he thought he could, and it is possible that no official protest was filed. We will see if the umpires did file it, I suppose, after the game, but not hearing official word of a protest already is not a great sign.

            • Mike N

              I guess we need to know the AL “rules governing procedure for protesting a game” to know whether the umpires are supposed to lodge the protest when the manager tells them he is protesting, or whether it is the responsibility of the team to lodge the protest after the game ends. My money is on the latter.

  • Pat D

    Looks like I made the right decision to watch the women’s soccer and water polo.

  • AaronGuielWithASmile

    Note: Raul Ibanez is not a good left fielder.

    • RI$P FTW

      Why is he in the field at all? Didn’t they pick up a really good OF recently?

  • DERP

    We are either scoring this inning or going down in order.

    • Pat D

      So we will score or we won’t. Got it.

      • Mike N

        No. Yanks could get men on, but not score.

        • Pat D

          Right. They’ll either score or they won’t. That’s the quick way of saying it.

    • FIPster Doofus

      Ichiro and Stewart are automatic outs, so probably the latter.

      • FIPster Doofus

        And then Stewart goes and hits a double. Shocking.

        • CUYanks

          Kind of funny that even DERP’s highly hedged statement proved to be wrong.

  • DT

    Why does Detriot get so many bullshit infield hits?

    • RI$P FTW

      Gardner is on the DL. They had to go to another team.

    • JonS

      They are a faster team for one.

      • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

        Not sure if serious.

        Miggy, PRince, Avila, Peralta, Delmon…this team is fast?

        Sure Berry & Jackson are fast and the addition of Infante helps. But Santiago barely plays.

        At worst, we’re equal in the team speed department. At worst.

  • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

    Nobody was commenting the first 4.5 innings.

    Now everyone is.

    Troll kingdom.

    • Pat D

      I’m just not paying much attention to this game.

      • FIPster Doofus

        I didn’t know it was a day game until the fifth inning.

    • The Troll

      MY Kingdom. Ya goddamn right, son!

      • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

        Haha

    • RI$P FTW

      You’re right. Everyone should navigate way from RAB when they’re losing. No comments.
      I’m sure Axisa loves reading shit like this.

      • The Troll

        Haha. I know, right? Every single game you can count on several comments just like his . . .

      • Jim Is Bored

        No, everyone should be here when they’re winning too. Not just when they’re losing and everyone wants to bitch.

        But no, keep misunderstanding the point. You do that well.

        • The Troll

          Yes. We all have a distinct obligation to be here at all turns of the game. Priorities be damned!

  • Big Member

    Martin should be the back up

  • JonS

    Take that Axisa. –Chris Stewart

    lol

  • Heisenberg’s Hat

    If memory serves, Jeter is terrible against Dotel. Crossing my fingers.

    • Heisenberg’s Hat

      *Shrug*

  • Allie

    Did you guys know that people exist who want Stewart to be the primary starting catcher?

    I can’t decide whether the thought makes me want to laugh or cry.

    • Heisenberg’s Hat

      The grass is always greener, I guess. I’ve even seen people who are desperate to get Cervelli back in the lineup.

  • FIPster Doofus

    Two outs and a man on third? Time to hope against hope for a wild pitch/passed ball. Sigh.

    • FIPster Doofus

      Almost got one. Damn.

  • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

    Dotel!

    Motel!

    Holiday Innnnnnn!

  • AaronGuielWithASmile

    Judging by the forecast, this might be the game right here.

  • FIPster Doofus

    Predictable.

  • AaronGuielWithASmile

    Wow that pitch did not look like a strike to me.

    Can someone with Gameday tell me if I’m just being a homer?

    • Mike N

      Looked like it caught the corner to me.

  • ClayDavis

    F’ing A

    • FIPster Doofus

      Sheeeeeeeeeeeit.

  • Karl Krawfid

    Poor Kuroda. Like the Dodgers all over again.

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

      He’s probably like WTF guys?! I thought it was easier to win here?! you let Hughes win like 18 games with an over 4 ERA! I’ve got a ERA in the 3.20s and can’t buy a win?!

  • Mike N

    I am gonna be seriously pissed if they call this game with the Yanks down 3-2.

  • Heisenberg’s Hat

    Swisher, you make me regret defending you.

  • DERP

    I have never been more ashamed

  • Jag

    :(

  • chilango

    Hey whaddaya know? SWISH struck out looking with two outs and a runner 90 feet away from a tie game. ICHIRO would have at least put the fucking ball in play. Hey if he comes to bat in the ninth maybe he can get the choke hat trick. FUCK

    • FIPster Doofus

      You know, you’re not wrong for being annoyed with Swisher. You’re wrong for actually thinking Ichiro is better. Ichiro isn’t even an MLB-caliber hitter anymore.

    • Heisenberg’s Hat

      OK, you’re fucking obsessed.

    • Need Pitching & Hitting

      Ichiro is awful. I understand knocking Swish, but to say Ichiro would be better is flat out ignoring reality.

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

      I can’t wait until Swish gets a “clutch” hit or homer so you can say some bullshit line about how it was luck. Also if Ichiro puts the ball in play it’s a weak grounder right at a defender and is a simple out and the run doesn’t score anyway. I can’t believe your pulling this shit the game after the player you’re bashing was on base 5 fucking times. 5 TIMES(!!!) With an RBI and two runs scored.

      • chilango

        Like you said these are SSS. I STILL do not like Swisher batting 2d. He’s a 5 – 7 guy

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

          The only thing that’s really not a SSS is something somebody else brought up: over the last two seasons,
          Swish: .365OBP 118.5wRC+
          Ichiro: .301OBP 79wRC+

    • DT

      What was a low strike call…should have been a ball. If he swung at it, it would have ended up an out either way.

    • Heisenberg’s Hat

      Also, the strike 3 call was pretty bogus.

  • Athenian

    It looks like this team is falling into further hard times. They are really playing bad bad bad baseball.

    • Jim Is Bored

      Holy Shit, if you think these are “Bad Times”, I really, really don’t want to know how amazing your life has been.

      • CUYanks

        Yeah, look at the Astros or Cubs.

        • Athenian

          Cubs and Astros are horrible teams. The expectation for those teams is the equivalent of Greece being a world power.

          For the Yankees, the expectation is different and their poor performance is excusable at times, but not for 3 weeks + – that is bad times for this team.

          So comparing the Yankees to the Cubs or Astros is really not an equitable argument.

          • CUYanks

            When you say they are playing “really bad bad bad baseball” I didn’t realize you were qualifying it in that way. Fair enough.

      • Erica

        I wonder when Athenian started watching the Yankees.

        • Athenian

          1974 – current

          • Heisenberg’s Hat

            So you’ve only had to suffer through 7 championships?

          • Erica

            I mean, wouldn’t you say then that the Yanks have been through worse than this?

            • CUYanks

              Cut to Don Mattingly with a quizzical look on his face.

      • RI$P FTW

        She also thinks the people who work at Chik-Fil-A are fat cats.

  • Need Pitching & Hitting

    fucking ridiculous

  • AaronGuielWithASmile

    Pena should go get himself tossed.

  • Karl Krawfid

    wow this is a fucking joke.

  • JLC 776

    My God, when will the pain end? Is the lineup really missing A-Rod this much?

  • DT

    Fuck these umps. If i was the manager i would just pull my team off the field to protest this bullshit.

  • DERP

    R Davis
    C Rasmus
    E Encarnacion
    Y Escobar
    D Cooper
    M Sierra
    J Mathis
    O Vizquel
    A Hechavarria

    This is the lineup that Toronto put out today.

    • CUYanks

      Be happy, we play them tomorrow!

      • FIPster Doofus

        Bad lineup or not, it seems the Yankees always struggle at Rogers Centre. I’m wary of any series there, especially with the Yankees playing as poorly as they are.

    • cashthegenius

      not to fear, the Yanks will go there and make them look like all stars

  • Erica

    This game is really frustrating to listen to. I’m not being a shipjumper. But it seems like every tiny thing that can go wrong, has been, in this game.

    • AaronGuielWithASmile

      This has been one of the most frustrating series I can remember. Even the win yesterday was a chore to watch.

      • CUYanks

        Did you see the West Coast A’s 1-run-loss tour?

      • Erica

        Oakland A’s series, too.

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

      Yeah, it has been one of those games. However, We’re one swing away from a tied game.

      • Erica

        Exactly. Not all hope is lost!

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

        Told you :)

    • DT

      Detriot got a lead on an infield single, fielder’s choice and a pop double that was miscalled by the umpire. Combine that with yesterday’s luster fuck of a 7th. I’d say Detriot has had a rabbit’s foot their asses in these two games.

      • Erica

        God, that’s irritating.

  • Hoss

    For once Michael Kay is right. Cano should be forced to watch replays of Infante running down to first base until he does the same thing. Forces fielders and umpires to make mistakes.

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

      I’d hate to see what you’d have to say about Miggy if he was on the team. I’ve seen AL pitchers run harder with two outs and the bases empty.

    • Mike N

      I’m not sure what is the right answer, but it is at least conceivable that by not running full-tilt to first on near-certain outs, Cano is conserving energy that he then uses later when it matters, either fielding or batting.

      • Hoss

        Conserving energy? Cano is a professional athlete, not a light bulb.

        • Mike N

          You don’t understand that muscles only have so much capacity to exert maximal effort–like during a sprint to first base–and that every moment spent at maximal effort depletes this capacity?

          • Hoss

            I see… Jeter and Ichiro must be on greenies…

            • Mike N

              Your proud ignorance of athletic physiology is duly noted.

              • Hoss

                But you have to admit that my pharmacology is pretty good.

        • RI$P FTW

          Standing around for 3 hours a day is TOUGH work! Pity him! Pity him!

    • DERP
      • Mike N

        HAHAHAHAHAHAH!!!!! Classic!!!!

  • Athenian

    Clay “give up more runs” Rapada. ugh

  • Eddard

    A comeback here is a necessity. If that fat clown Valverde dances around one more time they need to bring in Joba and drill Cabrera in back and throw one over the ump’s head for good measure.

    • CUYanks

      And that’s if the rain doesn’t make the 9th inning non-existent.

  • CUYanks

    Benoit has been homer prone lately.

    • Athenian

      but today he will be 1-2-3 lights out. Just the way the game is going

    • chilango

      TEX message. You called it

    • VCR1111

      You called it! Nice…

      • CUYanks

        Unfortunately my fantasy team knows all too well Benoit’s tendencies.

    • jay

      +2

    • Athenian

      You win… Great call.

    • Athenian

      Shit bro… +1000 Nice call. What are you doing this weekend, I need to go to a casino with you.

      • CUYanks

        4th game this year Benoit has allowed MULTIPLE home runs. It’s amazing for such a good reliever.

  • Widget

    If the orioles win tonight they will be 4 back. I’d say it is totally time to panic.

    • CUYanks

      It’s at least to the point where we can stop with the denial approach that says “we don’t care what happens in the other games.”

  • DERP

    So next inning, Eppley, Logan, Phelps?

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

    That first pitch to Robby was so far outside it isn’t funny according to Gameday.

  • DERP

    I hope we don’t waste our good hitters here and then let Valverde face the crap at the bottom of the lineup.

  • AaronGuielWithASmile

    It’s a brand new ballgame!

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

    TEX!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! SENDS A TEXT MESSAGE!!!!

  • Heisenberg’s Hat

    Tex = UNCLUTCH

    • chilango

      Risking more nasty OT remarks about my mother, I do say Tex is usually unclutch. But not today.

      • Need Pitching & Hitting

        not this year

        • chilango

          TEX WRSP .255/.372 (102 AB, 22 Ks)
          TEX WRSP /2 outs .188/.255 (47 AB, 12 Ks)

          Not exactly clutch, especially with 2 outs.

          • RI$P FTW

            Stop using data to back up your argument!

      • Heisenberg’s Hat

        “Clutchness” doesn’t exist.

        • chilango

          Of course it does. It just depends on how you define it.

  • Need Pitching & Hitting

    Tex!!!

  • Kevin G.

    YES! TEX!!

  • Eddard

    TEIX MESSAGE!!!!!! TIE GAME!!!!! NOW WE CAN BEAT FAT VALVERDE IN THE 9TH!!!!!

  • Karl Krawfid

    Clutch

  • Widget

    Tex gets it. Yay Tex!!!!

  • Tom Q

    Trolls: scatter! Lose yourselves in the crowd! Deny you were ever here!

  • AaronGuielWithASmile

    !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • FIPster Doofus

    FUCK YEAH

  • Kevin G.

    YES! CHAVEZ!

  • Eddard

    BACK TO BACK! BELLY TO BELLY! GET SORIANO UP!!!!!!!

    • Need Pitching & Hitting

      for the 8th?

      Not gonna happen.

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

    ZOMBIECHEZ!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Mike N

    CHAAAAAVEZ!!!!!!!!!!! YAYAYAYAYAYAYAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Get Phelps Up

    I love you Eric Chavez.

  • DERP

    This is awesome

  • Need Pitching & Hitting

    Thank Mo for Chavez!!!!

  • Erica

    AAAAAAAAAAYIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIII!!!!!!

  • Buffalo Bill

    Once again, too many home runs from this team. Clearly doomed.

  • Tom

    Nice!

    Yankees taking it out of the hands of the umpires… harder to botch HR calls (but I’m sure this crew would figure out a way)

  • Erica

    I need an Eric Chavez name and number tee.

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

    So, apparently the owner thought that maybe he should check up on me while on vacation in Turkey getting used to the time difference…and saw me do a double fist pump, and bang my chest a couple times after the homers. I’m so fucking embarrased right now, cause there’s no audio, so he’s got no idea that I’m listening to anything.

    • Erica

      HAHAAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

      Just

      HAHAHAHAHAHAHA

    • Mike N

      He must think you LOOOOOOOVE your job.

  • thenamestsam

    Not a 9th inning comeback = not clutch. I’m not impressed.

    • Mike N

      Yep. And you can’t win in the playoffs with 8th inning comebacks.

      • jjyank

        Or homers. Or walks. Or with this team. Ever.

  • DERP

    So Eppley (Joba?), Logan, and Soriano, right?

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

      I think so. Soriano should be good for four outs.

  • DERP

    Well done

  • Get Phelps Up

    Chavez is on pace for 37 homers over 600 ABs.

  • RetroRob

    Chavez hasn’t been this good in at least five years. I approve.

  • Buffalo Bill

    In case of a post-season match-up against these Tigers, I’ve just got an entirely different feeling about that Detroit bullpen this year than I did last year. Seems REALLY vulnerable right now.

  • Karl Krawfid

    Fuck its still the 8th

  • Eddard

    They’ll need Phelpsy to step up here and get Miggy out. Then Logan can finish off Fielder. If they get through this Soriano should have a much easier 9th.

  • chilango

    As long as it’s not Joba…

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

    Phelps getting a HUGE vote of confidence from Pena.

  • CUYanks

    This could be the coming-of-age moment for David Phelps.

  • jjyank

    Gah my phone died. How did the Yanks score?

    • Need Pitching & Hitting

      Tex-Chavez back to back

      • jjyank

        Thanks bro.

  • Need Pitching & Hitting

    C’mon Phelps.

  • FIPster Doofus

    David just slayed Goliath.

    • CUYanks

      Now he’s going for Jabba the Hut.

  • DERP

    Huge out

  • Big Member

    A Rod will split the DH when he gets back. No way in hell is he playing over Chavez if Endy is healthy

    • CUYanks

      A Rod will play full-time when healthy. There will be no debate.

      • Big Member

        A-Rod: .276 .358 .449

        Endy: .284 .344 .511

        Problem?

        • Get Phelps Up

          Endy just got DFA’d by the Orioles.

          • Big Member

            Crap fucked up his name twice. The irony is, I called Endy Chavez Eric a few times…Dat catch in Citi field.

    • RetroRob

      Don’t overreact to a nice hot streak. He’s serving the role he’s supposed to and doing a fine job.

      He will break down.

      • Big Member

        He plays his heart out on the field, a real competitor who tries his best. A Rod is already broken down, he can’t stay healthy for nothing. Make him split time at DH and let him think about making changes in his contract.

        • AaronGuielWithASmile

          Even if it were possible for A-Rod to give back a bunch of money from his contract (it’s not,) why do you think that benching him would be the way to convince him to do so?

          • RetroRob

            Big Member is just trolling.

  • Need Pitching & Hitting

    this is odd pen mgmt.

  • the other Steve S.

    Why isn’t Ichiro in for defense?

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

      He’s already in RF.

      • the other Steve S.

        Thx, supposed to be working. Missed it.

    • RetroRob

      He’s out in right today. They DH’d Swisher.

  • pat

    Can we just jam Miggy every single fucking time we pitch him, please?

  • Need Pitching & Hitting

    yikes

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

    Seriously…Murphy’s fucking Law in every way this series.

  • the other Steve S.

    Clog ‘em up big boy.

  • cashthegenius

    goood lord the breaks in this game

  • Mike N

    Brutal.

  • Karl Krawfid

    1-2 fastball :( Don’t like that.

  • cashthegenius

    I thought a balk was a move that had the intent to fool the runner. how is almost falling because your spikes got caught a effing balk

  • Erica

    Phelps’s foot got caught and that’s a balk? Why?

    • Get Phelps Up

      Because it was technically moving toward the plate without delivering a pitch.

      • Erica

        Grr.

    • RetroRob

      Thems the rules.

  • chilango

    Like how many bad breaks are we going to get in this series?

  • pat

    That’s always a balk.

  • AaronGuielWithASmile

    Not crazy about going for the 4 out save.

    • JonS

      A Mo moment. Miss him.

  • cashthegenius

    this feels like its gonna backfire

  • Mike N

    I just read the balk rules, and they do not require that the pitcher have the intent to deceive.

    • cashthegenius

      Damn you sterling….

  • Karl Krawfid

    Ichiro baby!

  • AaronGuielWithASmile

    …not cool, Rafa.

  • RetroRob

    My guess is it will cost more than 900K to bring back Chavez.

  • Get Phelps Up

    My heart stopped for a moment there.

  • DERP

    Just score ten more runs please.

  • Need Pitching & Hitting

    god damn. Thank goodness for Comerica national park.

  • cashthegenius

    finally I like this ballpark

  • the other Steve S.

    Just paid for himself

  • CUYanks

    Thankfully we don’t have World Series Nelson Cruz out there.

    • RetroRob

      …and Washington had Endy Chavez, an excellent defender, on his bench. I can only imagine if that happened in NY.

      Washington should be fired, and not just for that screw-up, which was huge.

      • CUYanks

        Ron Washington is just a brutal on-field manager.

      • Get Phelps Up

        He PH Chavez in the top of the 9th and didn’t even put him in for defense afterwards. lol.

        • CUYanks

          I mean any manager who has Scott Feldman trying to get the final out of a World Series has gone seriously wrong.

  • Mike N

    PHEW!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    (BTW, can I assert once again that the Yanks made the right move picking up Ichiro, given their clear need for an everyday outfielder?)

    • Need Pitching & Hitting

      They had a clear need for an everyday OF. I would have rathered one who could hit as well.

      • Mike N

        What other ones were available without selling the entire farm?

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

          Alfonso Soriano would’ve been available for nothing more than a bag of balls and picking up some of his salary.

          • CUYanks

            He still will be through waivers.

        • Need Pitching & Hitting

          Without a high cost, probably none. I was hoping they’d be open to trading for an OF for this year and next year, maybe a Pence or Hart (if he was ever actually available). But you’re right, the cost may well have been too high. It was more of a pipe dream.

      • pat

        Was anybody reasonable moved or available?

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

          Schierholtz!

          • pat

            Cash missed the boat. Again

  • Erica

    ICHI!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • pat

    10 runs on Valverde please. Hate this motherf*cker.

  • Need Pitching & Hitting

    Insurance runs please.

  • JLC 776

    USA! USA! USA!

    • Need Pitching & Hitting

      +1

  • Get Phelps Up

    163,000+ total fans in this series. But the Yankees are so bad for baseball…

  • CUYanks

    Giving up a home run to Chris Stewart would be the ultimate shame and embarrassment for Valverde’s family.

  • RetroRob

    Yeah, Michael, if the Yankees win the protest goes away. They’re hoping to win that game.

  • Big Member

    I want to see Valverde jizz his pants when he gets the 3 outs just to be told that his team is loosing.

  • Karl Krawfid

    Get Jeter in dammit

  • cashthegenius

    cmon swish….make up for past sins

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

    He’s so unclutch.

    • chilango

      I looked up his situational stats and I stand corrected. Although I still think he strikes out too much to bat 2d. Now will you leave my mother alone…

    • chilango

      I looked up his situational stats and I stand corrected. Although I still think he strikes out too much to bat 2d. Like he did today. Now will you leave my mother alone…

  • Karl Krawfid

    You have to be fucking kidding me.

  • cashthegenius

    best play of Fielders career

  • Mike N

    wow

  • cashthegenius

    of fucking course

  • AaronGuielWithASmile

    Ugh.

    Ibanez really shouldn’t be in the outfield in the 9th inning of a one run game.

    • AaronGuielWithASmile

      Not that anyone on the Yankees would’ve caught that, Ibanez has just been a horror show out there today.

  • Need Pitching & Hitting

    please don’t blow this

  • Mike N

    Uh, oh.

  • Karl Krawfid

    Man if the Yanks drop another 1 run game man…

  • JMK

    The Tigers have some luck, don’t they?

  • AaronGuielWithASmile

    …so this isn’t going well.

  • Eddard

    Big trouble. Probably shouldn’t have used Soriano for more than 1 inning. Just get out of this tied. And we already used Phelps damnit.

  • Darren

    Fuckkk!!!!!!!!!

  • RetroRob

    Strikeout and DP, please. I’ll take a pop up and a double play. Not being greedy in my hopes.

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

    So…why wasn’t Swish (who made the last out) put in RF, and Ichi moved to LF?

    • RetroRob

      Don’t know. Not sure why Swish was even DHing with Ibanez in the field. Maybe his hip is still bothering him and they’re heading up to Toronto to play on turf. Yet if I was going to “rest” Swish, I’d do it in one of the games in Toronto.

  • Karl Krawfid

    Here comes the bunt.

    • AaronGuielWithASmile

      Bunt makes no sense with Avila on third.

  • cashthegenius

    this is just one of those series where the other team has had every break possible

    • CUYanks

      Maybe there’s one final break to go our way.

  • Leg-End

    God f*****g dammit. Get out of this please.

  • AaronGuielWithASmile

    Don’t look now, but that was a very hittable pitch.

  • Karl Krawfid

    Yankees have to win this game. Only right that we win this fucking game man.

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

    Perfect, looping liner right at an infielder. Now, one hopper right to Cano would be perfect.

  • Erica

    Gonna, like, slap a random person on the street if the Yankees blow this.

    • Brian S.

      I volunteer.

  • Brian S.

    Strike him out MFIKY!

  • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

    If we get to Miggy, forget about escaping with a tie

  • AaronGuielWithASmile

    1 more out. Come on Rafa!

  • Eddard

    Get this man, Soriano. We don’t want Miggy coming up with a chance to win.

  • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

    Sit on it, Potsie

  • Mike N

    OHPLEASEOHPLEASEOHPLEASE

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

    I usually hate closer celebrations, but if Sori finishes this I want him to do a whole huge dance right on Valverde’s home mound while staring at Valverde.

    • Erica

      He should slowly untuck his shirt whilst staring at him with the MFIKY stare.

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

        That would’ve been great lol

  • Karl Krawfid

    YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Need Pitching & Hitting

    MFIKY!!!!!

  • Leg-End

    The Great Escape, nice job Sori.

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

    #UNTUCK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • CUYanks

    David Robertson looks different!

  • Pasta Stumbling Sojo

    That was awesome. Way to go, MFIKY.

  • cashthegenius

    one run win!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Mike N

    YEEHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    OH, YEAH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Widget

    Dirks is going yard. He sucks and the suck has owned the yankees this series.

  • Get Phelps Up

    Love ya MFIKY.

  • Tom

    Wow… tremendous effort by MFIKY!

  • thenamestsam

    God damn. You just knew getting over the one run game hump was going to take a tough one.

  • JobaWockeeZ

    I wan to check Tigers blogs if they don’t like the untuck. They’re the last team that can complain.

    • Brian S.

      Do non-Tiger fans complain about it?

  • AaronGuielWithASmile

    Phewwwwwwwwwwww

    Off the bat, that gave me an awful Luis Gonzalez flashback.

  • DT

    Good Win!

  • Brian S.

    EAT IT DETROIT!!!

  • Erica

    THAAAAA YANKEES WINNNNNNNNNNNNNN!!!!! Oh holy CRAP. YES.

  • chilango

    A one run win. Oh boy,

  • Need Pitching & Hitting

    I thought for sure that ball was going to fall in the way things have been going.

  • Darren

    Jesus I hate you Sterlin and you’re fake and horrible calls. Was that last out close to a hit? Sterling tried to add some drama and then stumbled over his words so I have no idea is it was an obvious out or looked like it might fall in for a hit.

    • JobaWockeeZ

      t was obvious. Funny thing is Kay did the same thing.

    • Mike N

      It looked like it might bloop in for a hit in front of Granderson. My heart was in my throat.

    • AaronGuielWithASmile

      It definitely looked like it could bloop in off the bat.

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

      Off the bat, probably could’ve dropped (hooray for live look ins) but after about half a second it was clear Grandy had a beat on it.

  • Eddard

    Well done there to get out with a split. After all that we didn’t do too bad to split on the road. Huge comeback win that hopefully leads to a big run.

  • The Real Greg

    EPIC HUGE MASSIVE UNBELIEVABLY LARGE WIN FOR THE YANKEES.

    • Pasta Stumbling Sojo

      Yesterday you said it was just one game, and a loss is a loss, and to get over it if it happens. Today it was the biggest game of the season.

      • The Real Greg

        In terms of life, its just one game and get over it quickly.

        In terms of baseball both of these games were tremendous.

  • Mike N

    What a great game!!! A little more exciting than I was hoping, but awesome outcome!!!

  • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

    Holy shit, what a much needed win.

    I mean, just straight-up NEEDED that.

  • JonS

    Now that was a big boy save. Good job Soriano.

  • CUYanks

    Take the split and GET OUT OF TOWN NOW!

  • Erica

    The season turns back around for us with this game.

    /dramatic statement

    • Get Phelps Up

      Eric Chavez’s oppo bomb turned the season around.

      • Cris Pengiucci

        No, seasons can only be turned around on bunts. Chavez is still riding the high from that.

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

      Nah, that was yesterday’s win.

  • Brian S.

    The Yankees will not be able to hit home runs when they need to. They won’t be able to hit home runs in big ballparks. You can’t hit home runs against the best starters and relievers. Oh.

  • CUYanks

    It was the Girardi ejection like in 2009! We’re going to win it all!

  • CUYanks

    Longoria went 3-5 today. I have a feeling in a week or so we will be worrying a lot more about the Rays than the Orioles.

    • Tom Q

      Some of us have all along.

      The Orioles are well under .500 in all games decided by other than 1 run. Their record is luck at a cosmic level. The Rays are a legit contender.

      • CUYanks

        Yes, if you want to see something confusing, look at the Orioles’ pitching rotation, lineup, and run differential, and compare those to the Angels’ pitching rotation, lineup, and run differential– and then look at their records.

    • JohnnyC

      The way he’s running (or hopping almost), wouldn’t surprise me if he re-injures the leg.

  • Get Phelps Up

    Clay Rapada passed Cliff Lee in wins today.

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

      Clearly a better pitcher.

      • Get Phelps Up

        Lee is obviously better served as a LOOGY while Rapada should be starting.

  • CUYanks

    And here’s Joe Girardi on the postgame admitting the Umps didn’t let him protest.

    • Need Pitching & Hitting

      and still hella mad

  • CUYanks

    YES still not understanding that the umps didn’t LET Joe protest. There was no protest.