Aug
16

Game 118: Clean Sweep

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“Hey, I just realized something! Your name is Mike … and my name is Mike too! We’re like the same guy!” “Shut up we are not.” (Jim McIsaac/Getty)

Taking three of four from the Rangers is a pretty neat accomplishment, but the Yankees have a chance to make it a straight four-for-four series this afternoon. The pitching, starting with the David Phelps-Derek Lowe tandem on Monday and continuing with Hiroki Kuroda on Tuesday and Freddy Garcia on Wednesday has been the backbone of the three wins, and now it’s time for Ivan Nova to follow suit. He’s been struggling real bad for the last month or so, but was very good against the Blue Jays five days ago and hopefully will build off that today. Here’s the starting lineup…

SS Derek Jeter
RF Nick Swisher
1B Mark Teixeira
LF Andruw Jones
3B Casey McGehee
DH Russell Martin
2B Jayson Nix
CF Ichiro Suzuki
Chris Stewart

RHP Ivan Nova

The weather is gorgeous here in New York following last night’s storm(s), so there won’t be any trouble getting this one in. Today’s game is scheduled to start a little after 1pm ET and can be seen on YES locally and MLB Network nationally. Enjoy.

Categories : Game Threads
  • DERP

    • Speaking of pitchers who don’t get enough attention, has the world taken notice of how talented Derek Holland is? When we asked one scout, who raves about the Rangers, which starter they could send out there in October to outpitch someone like CC Sabathia, this was the response we got:

    “Derek Holland. He’s better than CC right now. I like his fastball better. I like his location better. I like his mound presence better. Most people have no idea how good this guy is.”

    http://espn.go.com/mlb/story/_.....ne-bonuses

    • vin

      That is from like 4 months ago.

      • http://www.games-online-free.eu Mario

        Yeap! It is old. :)

    • RI$P FTW

      I saw him on that Kevin Millar show on MLBN once. I wish to NEVER hear him speak again. Typical hipster douche who thinks everything he says and does is funny, alternative and quirky. To be fair, the dumb show he was on encouraged him with fake laughter.

  • Eddard

    If the lineup can crush Derek Holland like they always do Nova should have plenty of runs to work with. Hopefully the other good performances this series inspire him to do well.

  • anon

    This lineup is a joke. 4-5 hitters certainly isnt scaring anyone and 6-9 looks like a joke except ichiro

    • Eddard

      That’s what happens with your normal 3-4 hitters are injured. And looks like Granderson gets the day off vs the LH which he probably needs at this point. What else do you want Joe to do if Robbie Cano and Alex are out?

      • RI$P FTW

        They need to get Hamilton at any cost, bro.

    • YanksFanInBeantown

      Everyone in this line-up (except for Ichiro and Stewart) kills lefties.

    • Brian S.

      You do realize that Ichiro is terrible right?

  • mike_h

    Nova, just give us 6.2 IP strong

  • Nice Scheister

    Lets go Nova! I wanna see that Swagger back! Shake off the boogerbears and show the world that the domination of that AAA line-up in Canada was no fluke!

  • Brian S.

    Nova needs to K AT LEAST one batter per inning or I will be dissatisfied.

  • DERP

    Hensley today:

    2.2 IP, 1H, 3R, 0ER, 2K, 0BB, 2 HBP, 4-2 GO-FO

    • Bo Knows

      the hit batters suck but a pretty good start overall

      • DERP

        Two of the runs scored on throwing errors by Aune and the other was on a steal of home.

  • Will (the other one)

    Ichiro in center, huh? Didn’t catch the first game he played there since the trade, so I’ll be interested to see how that works out.

    • Erica

      Ask Big Member – he may have to send Kuroda out there for “emotional support.”

      • Will (the other one)

        Obviously I missed something here. Fill me in?

        • Erica

          When Kuroda was pitching, Big Member made some comment that Girardi should have subbed in Ichiro to provide “emotional support” for Kuroda.

          ……..wut

          • Get Phelps Up

            Obviously Ichiro would have been shouting Japanese words of support before every pitch. By that logic…perhaps Ichiro should be Kuroda’s personal catcher?

          • Will (the other one)

            Love it. Thanks!

      • RI$P FTW

        “Someone yelled eggroll at him, bro.”

  • Big Member

    It all started in in 2006. Twas the year when Melky Cabreara, a promising 21 year old won the startng job Spring Training. Immidiately, he anounced his club house presence by making friends with the ultimate playboy millionair Alex Rodriguez and the lovable Robinson ano who just finished his freshman ear in the bigs.http://nimg.sulekha.com/sports/thumb…-29-0-11-5.jpg

    This firendship had many laughs but many cries too. I have spent last night, trying to analylze the impact Melky Cabrera had on A Rod and Robbie and the results are overwhelming:

    Robbie’s batting average:
    2006: .342
    2007: .306
    2008: .271

    Melky’s batting average:
    2006: .280
    2007: .273
    2008: .249

    By analyzing these statistics carefully, I noticed a trend in batting average. As soon as Robbie and Melky bonded, their stats decreased every year. Media alwasy kept us up to date about Cano’s and Melky’s constant parying and how it may have dropped their performance level. Well folks, its true. Melky’s influence hit Robbie hard. We also have this:

    http://cdn.bleacherreport.net/images…jpg?1275659699

    In 2009 or 2010, Alex was conirmed of using PEDs It was a very sad day for basebal. But Melky, Alex and Robbie still remained good chums

    http://www2.pictures.zimbio.com/gi/N…u4sANl4Zxl.jpg

    Then, NYY management said “enough is enough”. Melky was traded to the Braves for some pitcher and Boone Logan. He continued to decline until he was picked up by the Kansas Royals. BUT!!!! Before he was picked up, ARod STRONGLY wanted the Yankees to sign Melky? Why would he do that? Ofcourse they were friends but Alex is very professional. Alas, Alex knew abut Melky’s testes all along…

    http://www.nypost.com/rw/nypost/2009…z–300×300.jpg

    Now here is my theory. I took a Health class in High School so I know a thing or two about medecine. Lets looks at some famous players from the carebean who were busted for PEDs:

    Alex
    Melky
    Ortiz
    Manny
    Braun (he went on vacation to dominican)

    All these players have something in common. They are from the carrebean. I think that MLB staff mae a fatal mistake and needs to do its research becasue men from the carrebean have HIGHER testosternone levels than others!

    http://jcem.endojournals.org/c...../4326.full
    And I actually have proof of that as well….

    http://www.wiihotties.com/wp-content…am-379×286.jpg

    http://cdn.bleacherreport.net/images…jpg?1257378497

    Mleky and A Rod are innocent becasue they are simply born with higher testosterone like other Dominican males. BUT wait? Why hasn’t Robbie been acused of having taken testosterone shots yet? Well…

    http://cdn.ology.com/bundles/ologyso….44955228.jpeg

    …he is an exception to the tesosterone thing.

    • jjyank

      At least your posts make me laugh, as opposed to tear my hair out.

    • Erica

      For all the “research” you put into this, couldn’t you have at least fixed your typos?

      • DERP

        The typos just made the post better.

        • Erica

          I’m a spelling nerd. It’s making me twitch.

          (But yes, the typos add some floor spice to the meal that is whatever… that is above.)

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

            u meen wen poeple spell thingz wroong it maeks yu angri?

    • Get Phelps Up

      Well…at least you seem devoted.

    • YanksFanInBeantown

      You are my hero, sir.

    • Bartolo’s Colon

      rab, seriously let this guy be a weekend writer

      • YanksFanInBeantown

        They better move fast before The Onion gets him.

        • RI$P FTW

          RAB Weekend writing = Onion articles.

          “Does Granderson’s Smile Help Him Hit LHP?”

    • captain kiwi

      what is this i don’t even…

    • Luisergi

      “Mleky and A Rod are innocent becasue they are simply born with higher testosterone like other Dominican males.”

      Why did they confessed the use of a PED then??

      As far as i remember Rodriguez wasn’t even caught because of testosterone, it was some crap called boley or something, Dominicans born with too much of that too??

      Sorry dude this makes no sense. What was the point of mentioning Braun anyway???

      • Big Member

        Uh Bron was accused of high testosterone but since he went to the careabean for vacation he is a part of my study.

        • Luisergi

          Alright then…

          Dude i’m not triying to be rude or something like that, but i think you shouldn’t call this a “study”.
          Random crap i’d say.

          • Big Member

            Yeah bro its not like I actually brought up valid points….not

            Lokk at the facts man. As soons as Melky debuted, he brough Robbie down with him. I already provided 1 piece of information with the use of their batting averages but here is another

            Robbie:

            2007: 97 RBI
            2008: 72 RBI

            Melky:

            2008: 73
            2009: 37

            • Havok9120

              But….what about the Lindbergh baby?

              I WAS PROMISED INFORMATION ABOUT THE LINDBERGH BABY!! >:(

            • Get Phelps Up

              Wait, RBI? Has stuart gotten a new handle and learned grammar?

              • YanksFanInBeantown

                Look closer, he didn’t even use the same years to compare Robbie and Melky.

                Big Member is my new favorite poster.

              • Big Member

                What handle? I did not want to use HRs becasue neiether are HR hitters so I used avg and RBI? What would you have me use Wins and Losses?

                • Get Phelps Up

                  Uh, there are lots of better stats than RBI and BA to use.

                  • Big Member

                    I already siad they arent HR hitters. What otherr stats? I showed the deline in RBI and AVG. Plus I provided a medical article on hispanic testosterone below and why Cano is not affected

                    • Get Phelps Up

                      Are you serious? You really can’t think of a stat other than RBIs and BA? Use OPS or wRC+ or something.

      • YanksFanInBeantown

        How dare you discredit such a meticulously researched and eloquently presented study!

        • Luisergi

          UHHMMM…. Sorry??

          • YanksFanInBeantown

            He even cited Bleacher Report! Is there a more respected site on the internet?

            • Luisergi

              hahahahahaha.

              The best they’ve got is their “List of the 50 ugliest athletes around the world” and stuff like that.

              Because of the Bleacher report references i’m guessing Big member is actually like 14 years old, and watches a lots TV movies.

    • vin

      “By analyzing these statistics carefully, I noticed a trend in batting average.”

      This made me laugh.

    • Will (the other one)

      I’m pretty sure that “Alas, Alex knew ab[o]ut Melky’s testes all along” will be my favorite phrase from the game thread today.

      • Luisergi

        You can use it.

        “Beltre belts a hanger…
        Ergo;
        Alex knew about Nova’s pitch selection all along”

        Stuff like that. :)

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

    Talk about the “Wave the white flag B line up.” Andruw batting clean up? LOL

    • Erica

      TROLL ALERT.

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

        Hey, I’m not saying we can’t win, I am saying that Girardi seems like he loves to rest guys when going for a sweep.

      • jjyank

        Big Member is actually Joe Girardi.

        • Mike N

          I said this yesterday: I think Big Member is Axisa trolling his own game threads.

          • Erica

            How so?!

            • RI$P FTW

              Trolls are great for RAB. Let me explain…

              1. When a troll posts, everyone else rushes to respond (see: this thread).
              More hits = more $$$.

              2. When a troll posts, everyone rushes to recite all of their RAB talking points. This further indoctrinates new as well as veteran commenters.

              3. A troll (like a war) causes the troops to rally and form a bond.

              4. Trolls are great tackling dummies/scapegoats for uninformed people who desperately want to fit in/get brownie points. “I’ll bet Big Member would like to see Cano and Granderson go on the DL at the same time!” Making up false, exaggerated viewpoints for someone else is a typical strategy to discount another person’s opinion (widely used in politics “He WANTS to see babies die!” or “This guy wants everyone walking around with rocket launchers!!!”). Truly, it shows that the person making the accusation is mentally weak and can’t handle a real debate (see: politics).

          • Spaceman.Spiff

            Nah, Big Member has too much of a knack for the well-placed absurd non sequiturs. My deduction is that it’s none other than TSJC, back from the grave.

  • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

    Nova’s gonna get torched today

    • Bartolo’s Colon

      lets hope derek holland gets more torched

      • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

        Yes

  • Kramerica Industries

    Well, there’s another extra base hit from Nova.

  • Cy Pettitte

    higher total by the end of the season: Grandy Ks or Nova XBHs?

  • DERP

    Ivan Nova doing Ivan Nova things

  • Mike N

    Fucking Nova. Gah.

  • captain kiwi

    sweet mother nova…

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

    pop fly 2 run single…shitty BABIP luck on top of a guy who gives up a ton of XBHs? Hooray.

    • http://yankeesblogtbnl.blogspot.com Derek

      Yea it was shitty luck on the Beltre hit, but he made a terrible pitch to Hamilton. Two strikes, hanging curveball. So inconsistent with the breaking ball this season.

  • Erica

    Grrrrrrrrr.

  • Bartolo

    Nova sucks

  • CountryClub

    bad luck for nova. An infield squibber and a pop up in no man’s land. The double to Hamilton can be forgiven.

  • Big Member

    Uh sorry bout that I typed it up in Notepad becasue I aint got Microsoft Word

    Here are the links:
    Testosterone Theory

    http://jcem.endojournals.org/c...../2519.long

    Why Robbie is an exception to it
    http://pledgingsucks.com/wp-co...../04/05.jpg

    • Will (the other one)

      Bro…BRO. You without productivity software is like a managing editor without a desk. May I suggest OpenOffice?

  • Jag

    Why isn’t Chavez the DH?

    • Need Pitching & Hitting

      He breaks if he plays too much.

      • Jag

        I know, I just figured a DH day wouldn’t be that bad. I’m fine with McGehee at third. I just don’t think Martin as DH is our best option… but I’m also not the manager. :)

    • Get Phelps Up

      He sucks against LHP.

      • Jag

        That makes sense then.

  • Big Member

    Uh Ivan Nowin on the mound…good guys better tack on some runs

    • Heisenberg’s Hat

      Especially since you can’t win a game by scoring zero runs.

  • captain kiwi

    strike 4 to swish haha

  • Kramerica Industries

    Paulie’s making the other Newark sound poor.

    47,000 people live there. It’s no French Lick, Indiana.

    • Erica

      What is he saying?

      • Kramerica Industries

        One of those towns where, if you blink, you’ll miss it.

        • Erica

          Oh… Newark, Delaware?

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

            You mean fake Newark that confused the fuck out of me on the way to Maryland?

  • stuart a

    W yesterday with no homers and a 1 run game.

    agree with O’neill Novas slider is the issue. why show your whole bag of tricks before you have to.

    Fastball and curve… No sliders when it matters. I think Nova uses to many pitches….

    • http://yankeesblogtbnl.blogspot.com Derek

      Don’t agree. It’s location. Hamilton’s double, for instance, was a hanging curve

  • The Real Greg

    Nobody should whine if we lose this game. We’ve taken 3 of 4 at least from Texas, we’ve increased our lead on Tampa and the Orioles are not considered a threat on here.

    This is an absolute pressure free game and Girardi knows it which explains the lineup.

    • Need Pitching & Hitting

      Cano has a stiff neck and Granderson has been awful for a while now and could use a day off. That explains the lineup.

  • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

    Something tells me I’m better off being at work this afternoon. This way I can go home tonight and pretend it’s and off-day on the schedule.

  • The Real Greg

    So far Nova looks okay. Victimized by an infield single and bloop single.

    Double to Hamilton I can forgive because its Josh Hamilton

    • Brian S.

      First inning was unlucky I agree. Still shouldn’t have given up a double to Olt.

  • The Real Greg

    I really dislike Andruw Jones. If only the Mets weren’t so stupid with Scott Hairston

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

      Met’s front office: “Der he’s worth a top 5 prospect?”

  • Brian S.

    Jones is terrible. He better not be on the postseason roster.

    • Mike N

      I think it is exceedingly unlikely that he won’t be on the postseason roster.

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

        I’ll bet a lot of money that he not only is on the postseason roster, but that he starts against LHP (barring injury).

        • Mike N

          Yep.

    • The Real Greg

      You know, Alfonso Soriano cleared waivers and I heard the Cubs would be willing to pay a majority of his salary.

      • Brian S.

        Casey McGehee will suffice. Another reason why that was a good pickup.

    • Will (the other one)

      False. By almost any reasonable metric, Jones has been far better than “terrible.”

      • Brian S.

        He’s a below league average hitter that gets to face opposite hand pitchers for a majority of his at-bats. No excuse for a mid 90 wRC+.

        • Will (the other one)

          He’s a platoon-slash-bench player who provides power and adequate defense while posting a 98 wRC+ and a positive WAR by both estimations. No, he’s not a quality starter in this league, but he isn’t terrible.

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

    Is Holland still rocking the pedo-stache?

    • The Real Greg

      Yes, but he’s added some chin grass to it so it doesn’t look as bad

      • Klemy

        He’s a few months away from becoming Captain Morgan.

  • Erica

    Another double.

  • Cy Pettitte

    Lowe to the rotation

    • Mike N

      Dunno about that, but Nova has really just been painful lately.

    • The Real Greg

      That’s why I’m not worried about Nova. We have a couple of insurance policies

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

      sarcasm or not you have completely lost your mind.

  • Eddard

    Just as you can’t sit Chavez in October, you just can’t continue to start Nova and stash Phelps in the pen. Phelps has just been too good and deserves to start. Nova has been inconsistent and has no command or confidence right now. Freddy has proven his worth. Lowe can handle the long man so Phelps is needed in the rotation.

    • Brian S.

      Nova to teh pen

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

      Lowe can handle the pen, based on like 4 innings?

  • Brian S.

    Nova has shown the ability to get strikeouts and grouders so far in his young career. His problem is fastball location. If he can ever fix that he could be really good, which is why I think he should be the 5th starter next season. I woudn’t give up on him just yet.

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

      If Pineda comes back healthy, and Kuroda comes back next year, I’d much rather trade him for a young bat (Upton or Headley for example) He’d look like an ace in the NL West.

      • Brian S.

        Pineda shoudn’t see the majors until halfway through next year. He needs to build up innings and get used to pitching in AAA.

        CC
        Kuroda
        Pettitte
        Hughes/other pitcher
        Nova

        I actually have Hughes going to Kansas City in my hypothetical trade for Alex Gordon.

        • Brian S.

          Perhaps that “other pitcher” is Phelps?

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

            I have no problem giving Phelps a shot at the rotation next season, especially if he continues to do well this season. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not giving up on Nova at all, I just feel like we can replace him easily enough and we could really use another bat next season.

            • Brian S.

              Which is why we are trading for Upton and Gordon.

    • Havok9120

      “I woudn’t give up on him just yet.”

      The fact that giving up on him has even crossed anyone’s mind speaks loudly to the silliness of fans.

  • Kramerica Industries

    Novacaine, Novacaine!

  • The Real Greg

    I want Hamilton to blast it so we go on to tomorrow

    • Brian S.

      I don’t because I root for the Yankees.

      • The Troll

        Greg wears a Playtex brassiere while he sleeps.

    • Mike N

      Wut???

  • Jag

    Get Hamilton please…

    • Jag

      Needed that K, good job Nova.

  • Kramerica Industries

    HAH.

    Looks atrocious for three batters to start the inning – strikes out Hamilton on three pitches.

    Yeah, ok.

  • Hummingbird S.

    Nova is absolutely awful right now.

    • The Real Greg

      And yet he might survive this

      • Hummingbird S.

        And yet he´s still awful. He has been awful for quite some time (quite possibly the whole season).

        Please stop writing because 99% of the time, you are wrong.

        • The Real Greg

          When did I say that he wasn’t awful?

        • The Troll

          Greg gets his hosiery from the Salvation Army.

  • Big Member

    wow low play by Martin…show some respect the guy is sliding and you dont even make an effeort to lay a tag? Just let him come and get the foot? What if the runner went around the foot huh? Genius Martin.

    wont be surpsided to see him beaned

    • Ethan

      Martin? It’s stewart behind the plate and it was a force play…

      • dkidd

        forget it, he’s on a roll

      • Big Member

        You obviusly never played profesisonal baseball. I was on my high school’s junior varsity team. If that would have happened during one of our games, Martin would be on his way to the ER

        • Will (the other one)

          ROLLIN’

        • Mike N

          What position did you play?

          • Will (the other one)

            Baller.

            • Erica

              Pfffffthahahahaha

        • YanksFanInBeantown

          Not going to Mosby it…not going to Mosby it…

        • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

          I was on my high school’s junior varsity team.

          I just laughed so hard, I pissed.

      • captain kiwi

        the only way he could have gotten that more wrong is if he thought that “martin” was the centerfielder at the time of making that play.

    • Havok9120

      This is gold. GOLD.

    • Mike N

      I know this is just parody, so I don’t know why I’m replying to this. Dude, you realize it was a force at home, right?

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

      Favorite fake troll ever. Who is it though?

      • Mike N

        I’m guessing Axisa is punking us.

        • Will (the other one)

          Not a chance. Mike’s head would explode if he even tried to type most of BM’s posts.

  • JonS

    97mph…

  • Jag

    Great job getting out of that one.

  • The Real Greg

    My goodness

  • DERP

    Leggo!

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

    Wow, just realized, his first pitch to Murphy registered a Nasty Factor of 100.

    Excellent work by Nova there.

    • Luisergi

      Where or how can you check that Nasty Factor thing???

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

        It’s on Gameday, when the pitch comes in, if you roll over the pitch’s location it shows the pitch type, amount of movement, and nasty factor.

        • Luisergi

          Thank you-who-shall-not-be-named. Fucking work computers ican not even watch gameday

    • Brian S.

      Who judges nastiness anyway? Like who gets to decide what is a 100 or a 90 etc.?

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

        It’s a program/equation that takes into account location, count, break on pitch, frequency that the pitch is used and a few other factors.

  • Kramerica Industries

    That’s a situation that snowballed two weeks ago.

    Hope this can get Nova in the right direction.

  • Hummingbird S.

    Amazing that he got out of it, but he still needs to get his shit together.

  • captain kiwi

    ATTA BOY

  • Erica

    Impressive.

  • dkidd

    i predicted that

  • JonS

    BTW, that first curveball that Nova threw to Murphy had a nasty factor of 100.

  • Athenian

    Considering that Texas has a better offense than the 2011 Diamondbacks, that no out bases loaded escape by Nova might be better than the one Mariano pulled off in the extra innings game in Arizona.

    • Bartolo’s Colon

      i thouht that was 2010?

    • Get Phelps Up

      That was 2010.

      • Kramerica Industries

        And I’ll tell you what – the difference between the 2010 and 2011 Diamondbacks is, like, 30 games!

    • Athenian

      Crap. it was 2010.

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

    Baseball Player

  • Need Pitching & Hitting

    Momentum?

  • Havok9120

    Fantastic job there by Nova. And he hit 97 with a few 96s. Dial it up.

    Now with the bats.

  • Bartolo’s Colon

    the rangers pulling their best may 2012 yankees impression there

  • Need Pitching & Hitting

    Don’t try that against Cabrera, but test the best 3B in the league?

    • sangreal

      twice!

  • DERP

    I love Nix. For some reason, I always think of T-Pain when I watch him.

    • Luisergi

      IMO the best bench infielder this team has had since Hairston back in 09′.

      Can’t stand Nuñez nor my paesan Peña.

  • The Real Greg

    That’s the second time this series Beltre has robbed Ichiro

  • Brian S.

    Yay playing for one run when we are down by two…

    • The Real Greg

      He was bunting for a hit. It wasn’t a sacrifice despite the scorer’s decision

    • sangreal

      he was bunting for a hit — and would have had one against most 3B

      • Brian S.

        Well he’s dumb since Beltre is a HOF defender.

        • The Real Greg

          If at first you don’t succeed….

    • Mike N

      What’s wrong with playing small ball to score a run when you are down two in the third inning?

  • Brian S.

    Fuck you Chris Stewart. You work a 3-1 count and you swing???

    • Mike N

      Wut??????

      • Brian S.

        He had a 3-1 count. He should not take the bat off his shoulders at that point and hope for a walk since he can’t hit.

        • Mike N

          Disagree.

      • Erica

        He means Russell Martin.

      • Havok9120

        Its one of those situations when people forget what the purpose of working the count is.

        • Brian S.

          Not for Chris Stewart. HE.CANT. HIT. He is way more likely to draw a walk on a 3-1 count than h is to do something productive on a fastball right down the middle.

          • Havok9120

            How many professionals do you know who think they actually suck at their job? Or even half their job? These guys actually think they’re good enough or better even when they’re not.

          • Mike N

            Dude, he’s batting .268 this season!

            • Brian S.

              .268 probability for a hit. On a 3-1 count you gotta think the probability that he works a walk is much higher.

              • Mike N

                I don’t see that. If Stewart is supposed to think he sucks himself and can’t hit, then presumably the pitcher is supposed to think he sucks and can’t hit, so he is going to attack the strike zone and give him a hittable pitch.

                Maybe there are overall statistics on what percentage of 3-1 pitches are ball four? If it’s greater than 26.8%, I bet it’s not much greater.

              • TheLastClown

                Chris Stewart 2012 after 3-1 count:

                .667/.750/1.000

  • Kramerica Industries

    Beltre is nuts.

  • Havok9120

    Darn you Beltre.

  • The Real Greg

    This looks like that kind of game where the Yankees are not getting any breaks

  • Erica

    BELTRE WHY

  • VCR1111

    Would have been nice to score this past inning…second time around hopefully we start getting some big hits. Nova has to keep them at 2.

  • Hummingbird S.

    3-1 92mph fastball exactly in the middle of the strikezone.. did Jeter hit it hard at least? (I’m on gameday)

    • The Real Greg

      It was down the line, but Beltre got to it

    • Need Pitching & Hitting

      yes, very nice play by Beltre on ball right down the line

    • Havok9120

      No, but Beltre had to make a great play on it.

  • Heisenberg’s Hat

    Michael Kay is in “complete moron” mode today.

    • captain kiwi

      martin behind the plate and alex knowing about melky’s testes?

      • Heisenberg’s Hat

        I was thinking of “Jeter had a great year last year, after he came back from the injury.”

        So in other words, besides the part of the year when he looked terrible and ready for retirement, he was great?

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

      examples?

      • Heisenberg’s Hat

        He’s revisiting the “Jeter only had a bad first half of the year last season because of the pressure to get that 3000th hit” silliness.
        It isn’t that hard to just say “Jeter’s getting old. He’ll have good months and bad months. Let’s just enjoy the good ones.” It’s not more complicated than that. What about this year, when Jeter stunk in May and June? What was he thinking about then?

        • RI$P FTW

          To be fair, didn’t Jeter say himself that he was feeling tons of pressure?

          • Heisenberg’s Hat

            I’m sure he did, but I don’t think that’s why he has stretches where he plays bad. Athletes say a lot of dumb stuff.

        • Need Pitching & Hitting

          4000 hits!

  • Brian S.

    I think the Rangers will try to move Beltre this offseason so they can play Olt.

    • Kramerica Industries

      Beltre has been fantastic for the Rangers the past two years.

      I would expect them to open up the 1B or DH slots, if possible.

  • Bartolo’s Colon

    don’t worry guys, granderson, cano and a-rod are up next inning

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

    1-6-3

  • Mike N

    Needed that DP! Nice!

  • Need Pitching & Hitting

    That’s not good.

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

    …fuck?

  • Mike N

    Oh, shit! Nova twisted his left ankle!

  • Kramerica Industries

    Whoa.

    No need for more daygame shenanigans with the injuries.

  • Eddard

    Nova limping. Better start warming up Lowe. Just when he was turning it around, too.

  • The Real Greg

    Looked he strained his groin. Luckily we have reserves.

  • Erica

    OH no…

  • Athenian

    Suck it up Nova… just an ankle roll nothing big. BE A MAN!!!!!

  • Brian S.

    Left ankle rolled over…

  • CountryClub

    that looked bad until i saw the replay. Now i’m wondering what he actually tweaked.

    • Mike N

      The way he squatted afterwards, it looked like maybe he was testing his knee.

  • Jag

    Please don’t be hurt :(

  • Alkaline

    There is just no way Big Member is serious. I typed up a comment earlier to his first conspiracy post but it didn’t go through. All I could say is if he’s just trolling, how sad it is he has this much time to come up with that much crap.

    If he’s “super serial” then it also makes me very disheartened there are actual people who have thought processes like this. Ugh.

    • Get Phelps Up

      He was trying to tell me that there were no better stats than RBI and batting average. That’s gotta be the product of a troll.

    • Mike N

      Big Member is a spoof troll. It’s actually very clever and entertaining.

      • Alkaline

        Yeah. The name “Big Member” pretty much gives it away. I wonder if it’s someone new or a usual just goofing around?

        • Mike N

          It’s gotta be someone who is pretty familiar with the actual RAB trolls.

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

            jjyank, Robinson Tilapia, Havok, maybe even Rainbow Connection/RI$P FTW…who knows.

            • Brian S.

              I hope a regular isn’t impersonating a troll. I got banned for three days because of that.

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

                Really? Who were you? and you can get banned?

                • Brian S.

                  I plead the fifth. I will not admit to anything that will incriminate me.

                  • Need Pitching & Hitting

                    Agnus?

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

      super cereal*

  • CountryClub

    maybe his back?

  • Gonzo

    I just read last night’s thread. Big Member is a genius.

    I wonder if Big Member is related to Big Bertha.

  • Brian S.

    That was ball 4 Swisher…

    • Brian S.

      Guy just has to fucking swing at everything this year.

  • Kramerica Industries

    Never would’ve guessed Julio Franco.

    Michael Young was a given.

  • wow

    good thing this lineup kills lefties.

    • The Real Greg

      We do. Holland has had some BaBip luck and some good defense

  • Brian S.

    “Mo loves to shag. That was his routine.”

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

    because of Luisergi from this time forward, when directing a comment at me, instead of Plouffy, or Voldy, I’d like to be you-who-shall-not-be-named.

    • Brian S.

      Why can’t we just call you by your real name?

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

        Cause Jeff is so boring.

        • The Real Greg

          Hi Jeff!

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

            Greg, I’m going to tell you what I told you during the Kuroda no hit bid when you alluded to it: You shut your whore mouth! Don’t say it! Don’t even think it!

        • The Troll

          Are you 12? If so, please, come with me. My van is waiting outside your parents’ house.

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

            :( I wish I was 12. 23, actually.

        • Havok9120

          YOU STOLE MY NAME.

          Bastard.

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

            How do I know you didn’t steal my name? were you born before 1989?

            • Havok9120

              Well, no, and I realized before I wrote that that you were older than me. Nonetheless….

              YOU STOLE MY NAME.

  • Brian S.

    Get the fuck off my team Jones.

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

    Brought in to kill lefties, constantly Ks on sinkers down and away. Ladies and Gentleman, the new and terrible Andruw Jones.

  • The Real Greg

    Axisa has talked about that there are 50 games in a year that you are destined to win. This has the feel of one of them. Holland getting some BaBip and some great defense. Yankees getting beaten essentially by bloops.
    What can you do?

    • The Real Greg

      *destined to lose

    • Adam

      Also…we have won three frickin games in this series against the other best team in the AL. Satisfaction, people.

  • The Troll

    Love gettin’ one hit. SENSATIONAL!

    • Brian S.

      Lefty mashing lineup!

  • Kramerica Industries

    Some of these MLB.com/tickets commercials, are absolutely grating.

  • CountryClub

    I think if Nova can keep it where it is that they’ll come back and win. Bats getting owned right now, but I feel a big inning coming on.

  • Bartolo’s Colon

    i’m not wyaching, but it seems that nova is coming back out? what happened, i guess it wasn’t too bad?

  • Hummingbird S.

    Unfortunately Andruw is still useless. It can’t be that hard to find a guy who can hit lefties better than him.

    • The Real Greg

      Alfonso Soriano and Scott Hairston come to mind

  • dkidd

    holland needs to pee in a cup. he looks twice as “fit” as last year

    and while i’m making vague accusations, aj pierzynski looks awfully buff

  • Mike N

    McGHAYEHEE!!

  • Big Members Only (formerly RI$P FTW)

    Go for the sweep!!!

  • Kramerica Industries

    Just not able to get anything going so far.

    Kinda annoying.

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

    1 hit by pedo-stache. I’d much rather it be Dice-K V2.0

  • Heisenberg’s Hat

    Let’s just keep letting Holland off the hook, what do you say?

  • The Troll

    Is Holland any good? Just by glancing at his ERA I wouldn’t believe so . . . . Also, I agree on Jones . . . He needs to get his shit together or pack it on up and GTFO.

    • The Real Greg

      He’s coming off an excellent start against Detroit so he might be coming around

      • Adam

        And is also a very hit or miss pitcher. When he has it together is pretty unhittable.

  • Hummingbird S.

    they keep hitting it to the left side of their infield and it’s not going through… so that’s what awesome D looks like.

    • Heisenberg’s Hat

      Some teams play actual defenders at shortstop.

  • Kramerica Industries

    Those tacky necklaces/bracelets/anything shouldn’t be worn on the field.

  • Big Member

    Yanks should make a play for Micheal Young in the offseason. He is deeply underappreciated by Texas, why is a rookie getting his play time? If Chavez continues to rake, he can demand a 2 year deal and Yanks will have no choice but to let him go.

    If we can trade someone like Waren to Texas, we’ll get a veteran who can play 3B/SS/2B/1b. In additon, he can be used to persuade Hamilton and Napoli to come over (they will be free agents) .

    Next year:

    SS: Jeter
    3B- Young
    CF- Hamilton
    RF- Swisher
    1B- Texi
    2B- Cano
    LF- Ichiro
    3B- A Rod
    C- Napoli

    • Hummingbird S.

      This guy! Great sense of humor.

      • Hummingbird S.

        I mean, it’s awesome that he has 2 3rd basemen, A-Rod lower than Ichiro.. This guy!

    • DERP

      Young and Jeter could be the worst defensive left side of the infield ever.

      • Big Member

        Yeah “worst defensive left side of the infield ever”. Three guys who have TEN gold gloves combined. Wow man you gotta try harder then that

        • Brian S.

          You were more funny when it wasn’t so obvious.

          • Havok9120

            You’re just in poor humor this afternoon.

    • Big Members Only (formerly RI$P FTW)

      Yu would be a nice pickup, too, bro.

    • Havok9120

      This sounds an awful lot like http://riveraveblues.com/2011/.....led-58849/ except not as well developed.

    • Big Members Only (formerly RI$P FTW)

      Big Member = Joe Torre

    • Mike N

      Actually, I think you want Cano batting in the seven spot and Ichiro six. This way they can’t pitch around Ichiro to get to A-Rod.

      • Big Member

        Have you seen A Rod’s stats this year?

        • Mike N

          I think you need to look at lifetime trends.

          • Get Phelps Up

            Big Member is following the lifetime trend of stuart a.

    • Get Phelps Up

      You are either Randy Levine…

      …or Duh innings.

    • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

      He’s conducting an experiment

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

      A newer, less crazy Duh Innings?

      • Havok9120

        If its not just a regular just amusing himself (and Mike’s silence is the only thing at this point making me think that its not), then I’d have to say “yes.”

  • Brian S.

    This offense sucks. I miss Nunez.

  • The Real Greg

    Again, no complaining. We won 3 of 4 against this team

    • Kramerica Industries

      How many years have you been watching baseball, and yet you still think the game is over in the 6th inning with a two run margin?

  • Kramerica Industries

    Yikes.

  • Brian S.

    I seriously fucking hate Jones.

  • Will (the other one)

    Did Andruw just get shot?

  • The Real Greg

    GET. SOMEBODY. ELSE

  • Heisenberg’s Hat

    Andruw Jones. What happened to you?

  • Havok9120

    ……

    I can’t believe that that just happened. Sigh.

  • Bartolo

    What the hell was that??

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

    Jones made the catch and fell down!!!! No, he obviously didn’t make the catch, it hit behind him and bounced into the bullpen. -The one and only John Sterling everybody.

    • Mike N

      YCPB!

  • Brian S.

    That better be a fucking error.

  • sangreal

    What the heck was that….

    I get the missing the ball part, but why did he just collapse and roll around on the ground?

  • mick taylor

    hey, andruw jones is really great , isn’t he. the yankees , aspiring to be a championship team, with this soon to be 199 hitter.

    • DERP

      You really like to complain, don’t you?

      • The Troll

        Well, he does have a semblance of a point . . . Jones is like Manny without the lofty batting average . . . So, really, just a jackass waddling around in the grass.

        • Brian S.

          Andruw Jones might be the worst player on this team.

          • Chris Stewart

            Hi.

            • Brian S.

              You actually provide defensive value.

            • Need Pitching & Hitting

              It’s getting close. Andruw has definitely been closing the gap.

          • The Troll

            Honestly, I like the guy (Jones), but I rather get Wise and put the D-Wizzle back in the clubhouse . . . I’d say Dewayne is a definite upgrade over Andruw. Andruw’s power numbers are impressive, yes, but it’s just become too hit-or-miss of late. I bet he’s doing it on purpose . . . Punishing Joe for not giving him enough playing time.

            • Brian S.

              Wise is hitting home run for the White Sox now.

              • The Troll

                Ah shit. I was hoping he’d still be floating around in baseball purgatory.

  • Brian S.

    Darnell McDonald.

    • The Troll

      FUCKYOUDOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Mike N

    DP NOW!

  • wow

    lol at this whole game.

  • mick taylor

    where are all the anruw jones fans, stand up and be counted.

    • The Troll

      I like his Gran’mama . . . She could hit the effin’ piss out of the ball.

    • Will (the other one)

      Yo.

    • Adam

      Count me. Then again, I also don’t expect every single player to do something productive all the time.

      • Adam

        *insert Nelson laugh*

    • sangreal

      I have no problem with him as long as he doesn’t start every day.

      I still don’t understand what happened on that play though

  • The Real Greg

    This is one of those 50 games that the Yankees are not destine to win

    • Jack

      What inning is it?

    • Erica

      Game isn’t over, Greg! Do not fret.

  • Big Member

    Bunting with a 3 run lead?

  • Mike N

    PLEASE GET A DP NOW!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Athenian

    This is the game right here. 2+ more runs, might not get over that 5-0 score.

  • Brian S.

    Wow Nova.

  • Kramerica Industries

    Now the game is starting to slip away.

  • The Troll

    What’s this team’s record in potential sweep games? Seems like they never bring the brooms . . .

    • The Real Greg

      You forget the Yankees run through the NL East

    • Hummingbird S.

      If this was their only problem they would be in great shape.

    • Mike N

      Seven swept series this season so far, including one stretch of three in a row.

  • Hummingbird S.

    He seriously has no idea where the fastball is going.

  • Jag

    Another walk…. take him out. He’s obviously gassed.

  • Anthony

    Good call Girardi, take him out.

  • The Real Greg

    This outing is hard to judge.

    Nova looked shaky, but he was victimized by bloops and Andruw Jones

  • wow

    Nove needs to straighten himself out in the minors. He can be so much better. He’s shown it before.

  • captain kiwi

    just saw the replay on jones. sorry, but that is fucking hilarious.

  • Mister D

    If we lose this game, we have no chance in the playoffs. But if we win this game, we still have a chance in the playoffs.

  • Erica

    WHAT is going on/has been going on with Nova? This is frustrating.

  • Athenian

    I am convinced Nova needs to grow the fuck up. He pouts like my 2 yr old

    • Widget

      He’d be perfect on the Red Sox.

  • Brian S.

    Nova was fucked by Andruw Jones and BABIP but a 4/2 BB/K ratio is not good. I was hoping for more from him today.

    • The Real Greg

      It makes it very hard to judge. He looked shaky, but all four of the runs can be attributed to factors out of his control.

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

      He was decent(not great) today, but yeah he was screwed over by things not in his control.

  • Brian S.

    The Rangers really whine to the umpires a lot.

  • Mike N

    McGEAHHHYYYY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Widget

    I wanted the sweep, but not bummed they won’t get it. I am however bummed that Holland is owning them.

    I really want a sweep of the red sox though. that would be pretty damn awesome.

  • Bartolo’s Colon

    just saw the jones replay, does he suffer from narcolepsy?

    • Brian S.

      He suffers from being terrible.

  • The Real Greg

    Damn Beltre is glovin’ today

  • Brian S.

    lol Stewart

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

    OT but I can’t believe how parents let their kids dress these days, I just went out for a cigarette and there was a mom and daughter at the bus stop. The girl couldn’t have been more than 8 and she’s wearing heels, white borderline see through short shorts, and an open back top.

    • Brian S.

      What type of cigarette? Newport?

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

        God no, only when I’m drinking, Camel Lights. I’m a white guy. Newports are for my black brothers and white girls.

        • captain kiwi

          stepped out for a cigarette to come back and see us put two points on the board! can we call them rally-sticks from now on

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

            Does that mean I have to go for a cigarette every half inning? My wallet and lungs would not appreciate that at all.

            • captain kiwi

              camel blue 99s!!!

              … but not really

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

                my god I’d die.

  • Kramerica Industries

    Burning up the basepaths.

  • Mister D

    That would have been really close.

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

    RISPWIN!

  • Brian S.

    That’s two. Tie this bitch up Teix.

  • Jag

    Ichiro! Jeter! Swish!

  • Kramerica Industries

    The two runs they allowed, they’ve gotten back.

    Time for two more, or more than that.

  • Adam

    Stat padding, getting an RBI while losing…

    • Mike N

      This “stat padding” shit is really offensive, and not at all funny, if that’s what you’re trying for.

      • Adam

        Uhh…

  • Mike N

    LET’S GO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • stuart a

    nova is another enigma… loves to throw his whole repetoire of pitches. sure andruw jones fed up on the double but then Nova goes in nibble mode big time..

    really 2 hard hot balls today.. the beltre 2 run single was a bloop. the hamilton double should have been an out. gentry weka fielders choice, etc…

    • Brian S.

      What did you call Nova? Racist!

      • Bartolo’s Colon

        nova’s just not gritty enough

  • Jag

    Tex :(

  • Brian S.

    God dammit Teixeira.

  • Jag

    JONES!!!!!!!

  • sangreal

    Kay: Your lips to Andruw’s ears

  • Kramerica Industries

    Andruw giveth.

  • Havok9120

    Boo. That was actually a really nice pitch to Tex.

    So, is Andruw forgiven now, Brian?

  • Cy Pettitte

    oh my fucking god Andruw! that was awesome. I forgive yo.

  • Brian S.

    I’ll see myself out now.

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

    Jones!!!!!!!!!!!! I no longer hate you!!

  • Anthony

    ANDRUWWWW way to make it up!!!

  • Big Members Only (formerly RI$P FTW)

    LOL @ Jones haters

  • dkidd

    redemption!!!!!!!!!

  • Adam

    Ha! Yes, I did stand up for Andruw Jones. What do you have to say now?

  • Need Pitching & Hitting

    That …. is why Andruw is still on the team.

  • Bartolo

    Okay Jones I see you. We can be friends again

  • Mike N

    Andruuuuuuuuuuw for MVP of TODAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Mister D

    GET RID OF REPLAY IMMEDIATELY!!!

  • Will (the other one)

    Yee-hawwww!

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

    TV people: fair or foul?

    • Jag

      Clearly fair.

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

      Pretty clearly fair. Replay was very conclusive.

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

    Boo hoo get Andruw Jones off my team crew.

  • Eddard

    lol, everyone calls for Andruw’s head and now he’s the hero.

  • The Real Greg

    Redemption. Well done Jones

  • DERP

    lol at all you idiot haters

  • Mister D

    Nevermind. Its fair.

  • Kramerica Industries

    Clearly a fair ball.

  • Get Phelps Up

    Suck it Andruw haters.

  • Erica

    HAHAHAHAHAHA ANDRUW JONES.

    I HOPE YOU GUYS ARE HAPPY.

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

      Ecstatic. I just wish he’d learn to the other way on the sinkers down and away…he always tries to pull it and swings right over the top.

  • Tom Q

    As we were all saying, love that Andruw Jones.

  • Havok9120

    AND it was off the ‘Cuse sign. Good stuff.

    • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

      wot?

  • Adam

    What’s the verdict (the radio crew are saying it was fair)?

  • Mike N

    It looked clearly fair.

    I like how one ump stays on the field to “maintain order”, so the fielders don’t just stone cold start doing the lambada.

  • captain kiwi

    DRUWWWW!!! you bring hilarity and rbi’s to today’s game, very awesome

  • DERP

    I wonder if Texas fans are too busy laughing at all the funny impressions Holland does to know that he sucks.

    • Jack

      He’s a poor man’s Ryan Dempster.

    • FIPster Doofus

      Overrated. His Harry Caray impression is more of a Will Ferrell as Harry Caray impression.

  • Kramerica Industries

    Cody Eppley helped keep this game manageable, I suppose.

    One inning and suddenly Holland’s line doesn’t look nearly as good as it did ten minutes ago.

  • Bartolo’s Colon

    i was surprised to see so much andruw hate today. he has been on a bad slide lately, but he was very hot for a while. i am sure chavez will suck for some period of time before the season is over (or god forbid, get hurt). plus, jones still plays pretty good defense, except when he gets smited by the sun. you can’t say that about raul

    • Adam

      I know, it is almost as if some people on the board are short-sighted, impulsive and frequently drone on about getting rid of players without thinking it through.

  • Roger Maris’s Adopted Stepson

    The Rangers lose a timeout on that challenge, too! Sweep, sweep, sweep!

  • Need Pitching & Hitting

    LO-OLT

  • Adam

    Wow, another Sterling fumble…

  • Jag

    Casey! Yes, an error… but I’ll take it. lol

  • Kramerica Industries

    Ok, and now both teams have OFers make huge flubs this inning.

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

    Mike LOLt

  • Get Phelps Up

    LOLt

  • Bartolo

    LOLZ

    • dkidd

      i can haz my nachural pozishun back?

  • Yank The Frank

    Boom go the dynimite!

  • AaronGuielWithASmile

    Well that sure went south in a hurry for Holland.

  • dkidd

    maybe this is one of the 50 games we’re destined to win?

    • The Real Greg

      Possibly. My mistake.

      • dkidd

        i was right there with you

        ycpb!

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

      I think it’s one of those 62 that make or break a season because as far as I know the breakdown goes every team’s going to win 50, lose 50, and the other 62 are up for grabs.

      • Jim Is Bored

        I think it’s just a saying, and doesn’t actually mean anything about the individual games being played.

      • YanksFanInBeantown

        Except for the 1998 Yankees, 2001 Mariners

        (and maybe the 2012 Astros)

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

          Two all time great teams…and one really really really terrible teams.

  • jjyank

    For those watching, can I have a quick recap?

    • dkidd

      we messed with texas

    • Mister D

      I forgot the game was on, checked my twitter feed after getting out of the shower, flipped it on and the Yankees fired off 5 runs.

      • jjyank

        DO NOT TURN YOUR TV OFF!

    • Get Phelps Up

      Nova got out of bases loaded, nobody out in the 3rd by K’ing Hamilton, and getting groundouts from Beltre and Murphy…Andruw lost a flyball in the sun in the 6th that led to 2 runs, then the Yankees got it all back on a Ichiro single, Jeter and Swisher singles and Andruw homer.

      • jjyank

        Gracias amigo.

        • Get Phelps Up

          De nada señor.

    • Bartolo’s Colon

      nova had some bad luck, walked too many, jones lost in a battle with the sun, rangers scored 4. jetes and swish had rbi hits, then jones tied it up with a blast. derek holland looked good and then he didn’t

    • dkidd

      ichiro single, moves to second on out, jester RBI single, moves to second on throw home, swisher RBI single, andruw just -fair bomb, olt butchers fly ball, martin RBI single

  • The Real Greg

    Now I do question Girardi. Why not pinch hit Ibanez?

    • The Real Greg

      I guess that’s why

  • Jag

    I kinda wish they’d pinch hit Chavez in now, but hopefully Martin produces.

  • Mister D

    We should atleast acknowledge that reaching across your body on the run/coast is a pretty unnatural play for an unnatural OF?

    • Havok9120

      Oh, no doubt. But he did the hard part. If you get the ball in the mit, you really should catch it.

      • Mister D

        That’s sort of what I disagree with. The easy part was running it down, the hard part is catching it with your arm partially obstructing your view.

        (Just guessing, strongly, that he catches normal fly balls one-handed and shoulder level or lower. I … uh … know a guy who had/has that same issue.)

        • Havok9120

          Hmmmm. I really never thought about it that way.

          To me, its the same thought I have about pro football recievers: when the ball hits you in the hand, you really should catch it.

          • Mister D

            Right, but in my analogy maybe its like why we just sort of shrug when a CB drops a pick on a ball any WR catches. Just a little bit less natural and for a pretty logical reason. Either way, it was nice for him to give us that run.

  • Jag

    Forget my earlier comment, Russ produces!

  • Kramerica Industries

    Turning Russell loose on 3-0, works out.

    Beautiful.

  • Havok9120

    All aboard the Russ Buss!

    Wooooooooooooooooooooooo!!

  • captain kiwi

    keep it goingggggggggg

  • DERP

    Let’s do this.

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

    Loving this.

  • The Troll

    Andruw phoned home between ABs. Gran’mama is now on speed-dial.

    • Erica

      Plus uno.

  • Mike N

    RUSSELL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Erica

    RMARRRRRTTTT!

    Where’s Betty Lizzard?

  • Big Members Only (formerly RI$P FTW)

    Sterling is talking about how resilient the Yankees are. LOL.

    • Mike N

      More importantly, do they look like baseball players?

  • Hummingbird S.

    fuck, I missed all the fun… I guess Jones can be useful sometimes. So can Martin. GREAT!

  • Athenian

    So the real question is, are the Yankees playing much better (yes from three weeks ago) or is Texas that bad right now (yes)? So what is gained from this series except 4 victories?

    • Adam

      Four victories.

      These two teams are pretty evenly matched, I think we all know that. All of this is basically prologue till the playoffs.

      • Mike N

        Srsly. I don’t even understand where the original question is coming from. The victories are the whole point, aren’t they?

    • pat

      Who cares?

    • The Real Greg

      Texas had won 8-11 coming in here so Texas is not that bad right now.

      It might just be the Twins type of jinx where they just can’t win here

    • Havok9120

      A) We haven’t won or lost the game yet.

      B) Wouldn’t 4 wins be enough? Why does it need to be some huge statement or predictive event?

      I would also point out that, given your record on this kind of stuff, had the Yankees been swept at home during this series its quite likely you’d be one of the ones talking loudest about the team being inconsistent, not a “real” playoff team, and other such nonsense that only gets said when we lose a couple games.

      • Athenian

        You are probably correct. Nothing is ever perfect nor good enough. There is always room for improvement.

  • Jag

    Martin stolen base!

  • Get Phelps Up

    That was a fun inning.

  • Kramerica Industries

    So, gotta maneuver the 7th here, and if that works, then it’s DRob/Sori again, hopefully.

    Well, go forth.

  • Alkaline

    Okay. I followed RAB a bit for most of the game. I just had the opportunity to turn on the TV that inning for Ichiro’s at bat.

    I’m glad I watched the whole inning. Woohoo!!!

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

    Logan’s up for Hamilton and Beltre right?

    • The Real Greg

      Yes he is

  • Dela G

    man derek holland sucks

  • Mike N

    C’mon, bullpen!!!!! Bear down!!!!!!!!!!!

  • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

    Eppley > Nova because wins

  • Jag

    I hope they get Cody his first win of the season!

    • Get Phelps Up

      Make him half as good as Cliff Lee.

      • Get Phelps Up

        And equally as good as Chris Davis.

        • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

          and gooder than Michael Pineda

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

            You made it sad.

            • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

              :(

  • Mike N

    What is the rationale for Logan instead of Rapada here? That Logan is better to keep in after Hamilton’s AB?

    • The Real Greg

      Probably

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

      I would think that, Cause Logan has proven he can be more than a LOOGY.

  • Kramerica Industries

    Excellent response to the 3-1 count.

  • Havok9120

    jjyank! Bring forth the cookies!

  • AaronGuielWithASmile

    Booooooooooone

    • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

      It’s funny how this can be “Boone” or “Bone”

      I read it as “Bone” first because I’m not watching live

  • Kramerica Industries

    Yuck.

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

    Something just clicked for me Suzyn just said “can you believe I just did a spot about Labor day? It feels like we just took the plane north from Spring Training.” She spent all of April and May, even into June guaranteeing that it would snow again, saying “I won’t believe winter’s over until it snows.” I wonder if she still thinks that.

    • Erica

      It’s always winter in Suzyn’s world.

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

        She does seem like one of those women who always complain about being cold.

        • Rooting for U.S. Steel

          I know more about her sweater collection, especially in stadiums that feature open-air media booths, than I should. Or any of us should.

  • Mike N

    Hmm.

  • pat

    O SHIT DAVID MURPHY IBB HIM

  • The Real Greg

    Where was that?

  • dkidd

    red sox mistake with the single, bringing up red sox mistake

  • Mike N

    DP PLEEZ!

  • Mike N

    FUCK!

  • Kramerica Industries

    That blows.

  • Need Pitching & Hitting

    Fuck.

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

    Damnit Logan, no more cookies for you.

    • Havok9120

      As far as I know, JJ didn’t give him a cookie this time. Boone feels unappreciated. :(

      • jjyank

        You’re right. I have been slacking in that department.

  • Jag

    Ugh, that’s deflating

  • swishers fauxhawk

    booneno.jpg

  • The Real Greg

    Just good hitting by the Rangers

  • Havok9120

    Blargh.

    Lets go Joba.

  • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

    oh well….

  • Erica

    GRRRR

  • Mike N

    I lost the plot for a second. Who’s coming in now?? Joba?

    • Havok9120

      Yep.

      • Mike N

        Tx.

  • The Real Greg

    You can only hold this lineup down so many times

  • Kosmo

    Boone is throwing way to many sliders.

  • Pat D

    This is why my dad still has no faith in Logan.

  • Hummingbird S.

    Boone Logan, relief ace (not really)

  • pat

    Walkoff for the sweep is much more deflating anyway.

  • Mike N

    C’mon, Joba!

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

    Big K by the Big man!

  • Mike N

    YESS!

  • AaronGuielWithASmile

    Love the strikeout

    Hate the intentional pass

    • Need Pitching & Hitting

      +1

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

      I don’t agree with it but I certainly understand it.

      • AaronGuielWithASmile

        I understand as well, but by loading the bases you’re completely removing the margin of error for a guy who still doesn’t have full command of his arsenal.

        • Mike N

          And it’s not like they were getting to some .200-hitting catcher or whatever. Gentry is a good hitter.

    • Heisenberg’s Hat

      But Girardi LOVES intentionally walking Texas hitters. He must remember how well it worked in the 2010 ALCS.
      Fuck.

  • myfault

    Turned the game off when Rangers singled to make it 3-0 and it seemed like the game was gonna be blown wide open.

    Turned the game back on when I saw Yanks tied the score at 4 all and then saw Russell’s RBI single.

    Now they’re tied 5-5 and Rangers have bases loaded. :(

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

      turn of the god damned TV.

  • Mike N

    DAMMIT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Need Pitching & Hitting

    Well that sucked

  • Kramerica Industries

    Oh some jammed, up-the-middle cheap shit.

  • Havok9120

    :/

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

    son of a bitch.

  • Pat D

    Pussyfeathers.

  • AaronGuielWithASmile

    Fuckkkkkkkkkk

  • The Real Greg

    You can only hold back their lineup for so long. They are going to score alot eventually. Another reason not to feel upset about this.

    • Widget

      oh just zip it already. Now that your red sox are shit I see that you are now on the Rangers bandwagon.

      • The Real Greg

        What the hell are you on?

      • Havok9120

        0_o

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

        Remember Widget, hate leads to the dark side.

        • Pat D

          The dark side is more fun.

          I learned that playing Knights of the Old Republic.

  • Erica

    NO!

  • Hummingbird S.

    That’s unfortunate.

  • Widget

    That’s what you get for intentionally walking Mitch Moreland. Pathetic display by Joba as well. Joba sucks.

  • Mike N

    Please get the fucking out.

  • Alkaline

    Where’s that Hulk Sad JPG now?

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

    I feel another comeback.

  • Mike N

    Thank you!

  • Pat D

    Any time I hear “God Bless America” now I always think of the following lines of dialogue:

    Tuco: Hurrah! Hurrah for the Confederacy! HURRAH! Down with General Grant! Hurrah for General… What’s his name? Lee! LEE! Ha ha. God is with us because he hates the Yanks too. HURRAH!

    Blondie: [spits] God is not on our side because he hates idiots also.

  • Mike N

    Let’s score some RUNS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Alkaline

    I want pie today. What say ye, yankees?

    • Havok9120

      Woooooooooooooooooooooooooo!!!

  • DERP

    I don’t see any way we lose this game.

  • AaronGuielWithASmile

    Serious question: has Ichiro had more seeing eye singles than any player in baseball history?

  • Get Phelps Up

    Tie it Raul.

  • Pat D

    Obviously Ibanez has to hit a home run.

  • JLC 776

    I would be very happy with a late inning rally to win… there have been far too few of those this year.

    Fucking Athletics…

  • The Real Greg

    Girardi rolling the dice here a little bit

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

    The pitcher would hit in Stewart’s spot right?

    • Get Phelps Up

      Yep.

    • Need Pitching & Hitting

      unless Ibanez stays in the game

  • Roger Maris’s Adopted Stepson

    This is why you don’t DH your second catcher Girardi you moron

    • The Real Greg

      I’ve seen another AL team do this. It might have been the A’s, I’m not sure

    • Mike N

      Hahahahahahah.

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

      What’s the problem? You have no understanding of what’s actually going on, do you?

    • Need Pitching & Hitting

      ?
      They still have Granderson, Chavez, and possibly Cano to PH when that becomes an issue.

  • DERP

    Let’s go

  • Havok9120

    My heart jumped when he pulled that groundball foul. That was a pretty sound.

  • Alkaline

    Let’s go Yanks! Quick, everyone go do what they were doing during the 5 run inning!

    Random question: There’s no way to have RAB autoupdate the comments section instead of refreshing it, right?

    • Erica

      I’ve been working so I’ll continue to do so! :)

    • JLC 776

      Slingbox off… gamecast off… okay, I’m set!

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

    Well…that could’ve been worse.

  • Mike N

    C’mon, Jeet! Double would be nice!

  • Mike N

    Thank you for the error!

  • Adam

    Wow…that was confusing on the radio.

  • Havok9120

    Whoa.

    Well that was unexpected.

  • AaronGuielWithASmile

    Wow, that is a tough time deny Texas the neighborhood call.

    Not that I’m complaining.

    • Mike N

      My experience is that they only give it to you when the throw is good. If it’s a dodgy throw, then it’s enforced strictly.

    • Pat D

      Neighborhood play didn’t even apply. Young wasn’t close to having the ball and the bag at the same time.

  • Mike N

    Base hit? Oooookay.

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

    please tell me what just happened…halfway through the play sterling just said words, like just names and numbers seemingly at random.

    • Erica

      Seriously!

    • Get Phelps Up

      Routine DP ball but Andrus’s flip pulled the 2B off the base and Ichiro was safe…then Ibanez beat the relay to 1st.

      • Need Pitching & Hitting

        except it was Ibanez safe at second and Jeter beat the relay to first

      • Get Phelps Up

        Jeter not Ibanez.

      • TheLastClown

        Except it was Ibanez @ 2nd & Jeter @ 1st.

    • Pat D

      Andrus made a bad flip to Young. It was too high and Young never had the ball with his foot on the bag. Young’s relay to first was not in time to get Jeter.

    • Jag

      Jeter hit a hard grounder to Andrus, he flipped it poorly to Young and got him off the bag and then Jeter ran out the throw to first. Both Ibanez and Jeter safe on what was a possible dp.

  • Alkaline

    Loved the slide by Raul! (Even though it didn’t have any effect)

    • Havok9120

      Yeah, that was designed to break the play up. Luckily it wasn’t needed.

  • Pat D

    They gave him a hit? Yea, that’s hometown scoring.

  • Pat D

    They gave him a hit? Yea, that’s hometown scoring.

  • YanksFanInBeantown

    Can we just stop for a second and appreciate the fact that DEREK JETER is hitting .321 right now?

  • 28 this year

    C’mon Teix!!

  • DERP

    Do it Mark. DO IT.

  • YanksFanInBeantown

    So he does remember how to walk…

  • AaronGuielWithASmile

    Give Swisher a big assist on that run.

  • Pat D

    Well at least it wasn’t a DP.

  • Jag

    I’ll take the one when that was a dp ball.

  • Mike N

    That was huge that Swisher slowed him down.

    • Alkaline

      Absolutely!

      And as I was typing that they replayed Jone’s HR and I got excited at first before I saw it was a replay.

  • 28 this year

    Ok at least one run. Chavez batting for Jones should the pitcher be changed?

    • Havok9120

      Moot point now, but I’d assume it’d be Cano if he’s available and Chavez otherwise.

      • Jag

        They said Granderson if the pitcher was changed, since Cano has the stiff neck.

        Moot point though now.

  • Havok9120

    Very nice slide, Swish.

  • Anthony

    Some nice baserunning/hustling this inning

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

    Seriously, this game though.

    • Havok9120

      Yeeeeeaup.

      I wants it.

  • Mike N

    Cone just called out Jones for swinging like a whiffleball batter.

  • 28 this year

    Ugh. Well two more innings to try adn get that run back.

  • AaronGuielWithASmile

    That’s alright, the Yankees are Joe Nathan’s daddy.

    • YanksFanInBeantown

      He’s still a Twin at heart

  • DERP

    Let’s not allow any more runs.

  • Erica

    Dangit Jones

  • The Real Greg

    If the Rangers are going to break this streak, they are going to have to hang on by their fingernails.

  • Squints

    Can the Yanks send Joba back to the trampoline and outta the bullpen?
    Still a bum.

  • TheLastClown

    Good to score a run when Ichiro hit the ball the farthest on a 35 hopper through the hole on the right side.

  • Get Phelps Up

    The Yankees are so winning this game.

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

    Girardi is getting all NL on this shit.

  • Mike N

    Well, that fucking sucked.

  • Need Pitching & Hitting

    WTF Swish?

    and Joba sucks

  • The Real Greg

    Nothing you can do.

  • Havok9120

    Oh come on outfielders.

  • DERP

    Brutal

  • AaronGuielWithASmile

    Well that was…not good.

  • sangreal

    So happy to have Nix instead of Nunez out there

  • Get Phelps Up

    No Rapada for Hamilton?

  • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

    Joba sucks

    :))

  • DERP

    Where are the Rapadas?

    • jjyank

      Apparently Clay heard that I forgot the cookies. He has no incentive now.

  • Havok9120

    Yeeeeeeeehaw. Alright boys, lets get out of this.

  • AaronGuielWithASmile

    Wow, let’s not throw an 87mph slider at the numbers again.

    Time to give Joba the hook.

    • Heisenberg’s Hat

      Joba LOOOOOVES his slider.

  • Havok9120

    Crap.

  • Heisenberg’s Hat

    LOL at this idea that Joba was going to come back and be some kind of SECRET WEAPON.

  • AaronGuielWithASmile

    http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-mDG6.....ed+man.jpg

    And that’s why…you don’t play Raul Ibanez in the field.

    • Havok9120

      You know….that actor had that role and he was the Secretary of Defense on The West Wing, and that about sums up his career from what I’ve seen.

    • FIPster Doofus

      Gold.

  • Need Pitching & Hitting

    Joba still?

  • Mike N

    GET THE FUCKING THIRD OUT!

  • Need Pitching & Hitting

    Can we take the shitty pitcher out yet?

  • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso
  • The Real Greg

    No whining please. We’ve already won the series.

    • Heisenberg’s Hat

      Joba isn’t pitching well. That’s not whining.
      I’m ecstatic we won the series. I just wish our bullpen could have thrown a shutdown inning after we took the lead. That would have been really nice.
      But we’re playing with house money.

    • jjyank

      There will always be whining during a loss.

      But sure, I think all of us would have signedup for taking 3 of 4 if you asked 4 days ago.

  • Need Pitching & Hitting

    Fucking awful.

    How bad does he have to suck before they take him out?

  • Mike N

    I generally don’t like booing pitchers like that, but I have to say, if I were at this game, I think I’d be booing, too.

    • JLC 776

      Wait, is that implying the crowd can be heard today?

    • Heisenberg’s Hat

      I can’t boo players on my own team. I couldn’t even boo AJ when I saw him pitch a stinker. It’s not like Joba WANTS to pitch like shit.

  • Tom

    93-97 and he’s throwing slider after slider.

    It’s a good pitch until you miss location with it. Maybe when you keep missing with it, you should stop throwing it?

    • Kosmo

      I know . Texas has hammered offspeed pitches the whole game. Does Martin or Joba or Girardi have a clue ?

      • Need Pitching & Hitting

        That’s all Joba.

        • Kosmo

          It was all Logan too. If you have a great FB use it.

    • Heisenberg’s Hat

      Joba’s slider is only effective when his fastball is hitting 99. When the fastball’s 95 there isn’t enough difference between the two pitches, and hitters can adjust easier.

  • The Real Greg

    Again people, this is not a must win. Calm down

    • FIPster Doofus

      Today’s game is gravy. Can’t complain about taking three of four from Texas.

      • The Real Greg

        Thank you.

        • Mike N

          Just because a game is supposedly “gravy” doesn’t mean that fans don’t want to see a win, and are emotionally invested in the outcome. And different fans have different breadths of perspective, from those who live or die with every game, to those who don’t even pay attention until the post season. If this game is really truly pure “gravy” for you as a fan, then why even pay attention to it and join the game thread?

          • FIPster Doofus

            Because I love the Yankees and I watch every game. Just because I don’t freak out about a loss when the Yankees have a large division lead doesn’t make me a bad fan.

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

      No Greg, we’ll have to listen to the MEDIA talk about how the Yankees couldn’t finish off the Rangers, just like the 2010 ALCS. It’s all downhill from here, especially with the Red Sox coming to town tomorrow. They’re ready to go on a roll.

      • The Real Greg

        Taking the first three stopped the media dead in their tracks.

        And the Red Sox will come in despondent and divided.

      • Mike N

        Hahahahahah!

      • Havok9120

        Doomed?

        :P

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

        Mike this was beautiful.

    • Tom

      So who said this was a must win?

  • Mike N

    Coming back from pretty far behind, taking a lead, losing that lead, and then letting the other team score insurance runs is among the most painful possible ways to lose from the fan perspective. Heated reactions should be viewed in light of that.

    • Chilango

      Especially since when Joba came in, you just knew it was over.

    • Tom

      Didn’t you know, after you win 3 games in a row, the next game is gravy.

      Had the Yankees won only 2 out of 3, it would clearly have a different meaning.

      But I think the “Greg rule” applies only to consecutive wins within a series. For example had they the last 2 games of one series, the first game of the next series, then that middle game OBVIOUSLY matters (even though they won 3 in a row). It’s all about setting up arbitrary expectations.

      • The Real Greg

        There you go

      • jjyank

        I think the point is that a four game set against a powerhouse team, you’d usually be pretty thrilled about a .750 winning percentage. Four game sweeps are difficult to accomplish, especially against a team like Texas.

        • Mike N

          The hard part of a four-game sweep is winning the first three games. The fourth game is no harder to win because you have already won three.

          • jjyank

            Right, but I don’t view baseball in a day-to-day way. It’s a larger picture sort of sport, and I won’t get all pissy if they win 3 out of 4 instead of all 4.

            • Mike N

              I don’t think anyone’s “pissy” about a 3-of-4 versus 4-of-4 series outcome. It was just particularly painful to come back from pretty far behind to take the lead and then haplessly squander that lead with bullpen shittiness.

              • Mike N

                This is all way too meta, anyway. But I guess the point is that you watch the game hoping to see a win, and it is more fun if that win happens, and it is disappointing when it doesn’t. If all you really care about is the final season W-L record, the why would you care about or watch *any* single game?

        • Tom

          It’s a 162 game season, not a collection of 50-60 three to four game series.

          This mentality that the 4th game of a series when you have won the first 3 games has any different meaning than the 3rd game of a series you have split 1-1 is a bit absurd.

          They all count the same.

  • Heisenberg’s Hat

    Texas has received THREE intentional walks in this game. Because the one thing they needed more of was baserunners.
    It’s times like I don’t defend Girardi.

  • Mike N

    Note: the game is not over yet.

    • Erica

      What? It totally is over when the other team scores first!

      /doom-n-gloom’d

    • AaronGuielWithASmile

      This. How many times have we seen Joe Nathan choke against the Yanks?

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

    make it happen!!!

  • Havok9120

    Adrian Beltre….sigh.

    • Tom

      Yeah, he’s about as good as it gets.

      HOF’r?

      • Havok9120

        I’m not at all familiar enough with him to go that far. Dude can definitely play some defense though.

      • Pat D

        Depends how much longer he plays. He’s probably going to be underrated by a lot of voters, unless the electorate changes a bit in the next 10 years or so.

  • Havok9120

    Okay….this makes me sad. I get why you don’t switch Cano and Andruw last inning, but if Cano is available….

    I just really wish he’d been the hitter there.

  • CountryClub

    I’m sure someone else has mentioned this, but I have no idea why Robertson didnt start the 8th. Girardi refuses to use him when they’re down a run. You have to trust that O would score at least 1 run with 6 outs left. Pitch your best pitcher and keep it at 1 run.

  • Mike N

    This fucking pitcher is having some trouble staying on the goddamn mound.

  • Adam

    Wow…a John Habyan reference by Sterling.

  • Need Pitching & Hitting

    WTF is Cano doing?

  • AaronGuielWithASmile

    Robbie, what are you doing??

    • AaronGuielWithASmile

      I take it back. Thompson has to do his freaking job.

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

    ROBBIE WHY?!!?!?!?!?!?!?!

  • Heisenberg’s Hat

    WTF Cano???

  • Chilango

    fucking 2 outs and Cano doesn’t score WTF

  • Pat D

    Wow, Cano. Wow.

  • Adam

    Ok, listening to this game, Sterling’s commentary makes it sound like that minor league home run hitting contest with the people drinking on the field and the guy jumping up and down on the trampoline.

  • Get Phelps Up

    Whyyyy Cano????

  • Need Pitching & Hitting

    That’s on Thomson. WTF?

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

    So which Robbie should I be mad at?

    • Get Phelps Up

      Both.

    • Need Pitching & Hitting

      Both. Cano wasn’t running hard and Thomson wasn’t waving.

    • Pat D

      Both. Robbie wasn’t exactly running hard between 2nd and 3rd.

  • Tom

    What the hell was Thompson doing?

    It looked like he didn’t give him a hold or a wave home.

  • Mike N

    WTF!?!?!?!?

  • AaronGuielWithASmile

    I’ve never noticed how much Thompson looks like Tim Donaghy until right now.

  • Chilango

    Thompson didn’t send him.

    • The Real Greg

      Yes he did.

      The replay showed him giving Cano the go signal with his hands

      • Need Pitching & Hitting

        wtf replay did you watch?

        • The Real Greg

          The one on the side. Thompson moved his fingers in a “go” motion to Cano.

          • Need Pitching & Hitting

            moved his fingers???

            Frantically waving arm means go.

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

            Moved his fingers in a “go” motion? Greg sometimes I think you like the abuse some people here give you.

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

    That really Grinds my Gears.

  • Havok9120

    That was highly disappointing. Just….oy.

  • Mike N

    Fuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuck. Somebody fucked up leaving Cano on third. Dunno if it was Cano or Thompson.

    • Havok9120

      Both. Thompson wasn’t waving or holding (might have been shouting something), but Robbie didn’t go on his own, either.

  • The Real Greg

    Thomson did signal him to go.

  • The Real Greg

    Either way, if Cano gets thrown out at home, we are still blaming him or Thomson with 2 outs

    • Get Phelps Up

      There’s no way they would have gotten Cano.

    • Need Pitching & Hitting

      The point is Robbie should have scored easily on that play.

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

      He would have scored easily had he bothered to run hard.

  • AaronGuielWithASmile

    Ugh.

  • sangreal

    what is going on today

  • Need Pitching & Hitting

    Ichiro doing his best Granderson impersonation in CF.

  • Adam

    One of those odd games.

  • Mike N

    Nice play by our defensive specialty outfield pickup. lolz

  • Havok9120

    Seems like Yakkety Sax should be playing in the OF today.

  • The Real Greg

    Stop it everybody

    • Havok9120

      Breathe some, Greg. You’re freaking out about other people caring almost as much as anyone is actually freaking out about the game.

  • Need Pitching & Hitting

    This game is just all kinds of fucked.

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

    Well, 3-4 against the other powerhouse of the league? Can’t complain.

    • Get Phelps Up

      This.

      (although this game has been pretty frustrating)

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

        Yeah, it’s been frustrating as hell…our bullpen outside of Robertson and Soriano is not as good as I thought it was.

        • Get Phelps Up

          I feel like Joba was really the only one who got hit around. It’s tough for me to get on Rapada or Logan when they get hit around by RHB.

    • Mike N

      I agree that you can’t complain about the series outcome. But the sequence of events of this game was an emotional rollercoaster. If the Rangers had taken a four run lead early in the game and never lost it, that would have been much less annoying (and much less fun). And it especially sucked that Joba was putrid.

  • CountryClub

    Boy, this has just been one of those games. Bloops, infield hits, balls lost in the sun, bad reads, squandering scoring chances, questionable decisions by Girardi.

    Maybe this really is one of those games they never had a chance to win.

    • Mike N

      They had a chance with a one-run lead.

      • The Real Greg

        Yeah but the Rangers were due for a game like this.

        • Havok9120

          …..

          We had a lead and blew it. We had scoring opportunities and blew them. Crummy defense and crummy pitching caused a ton of damage. No one is saying it isn’t understandable to lose a game to the Rangers. No one is saying that the Yanks shoud’ve swept because Texas is overrated or somesuch nonsense. They’re saying we had a good chance to win this game and that we lost because of errors, bad luck, and crummy middle-relief pitching.

          And they’re absolutely right. And its okay to be upset about that, because this was a winnable game.

          • Need Pitching & Hitting

            No point in getting logical.
            You’re talking to Greg.

    • The Real Greg

      Thank you!

  • The Real Greg

    And, in hindsight of course, it wouldn’t have mattered if Cano scored because the Rangers got the run right back.

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

      FALLACY.

      • The Real Greg

        No because I stated that it was a thought in hindsight.

        I also think that if Girardi didn’t bring in Robertson in a 3 run game, he wasn’t going to bring him in in a two run game.

        That of course is pure speculation

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

          Who knows though, if we score that run, then that inning’s still alive and Ibanez’s bat goes differently. Maybe Rappada attacks the hitters differently down 2 instead of down 3.

          • Get Phelps Up

            Or Girardi doesn’t let Rapada face those RHB.

            • Mike N

              Or Rapada pitched instead of Logan and got everyone out!

        • Tom

          Saying “in hindsight” doesn’t change the fact that is a FALLACY…

    • Havok9120

      Oh stop.

  • Mike N

    My summary of today’s game is “Fuck you, bullpen.”

  • Chilango

    So we held them in check in 3 of the 4 games, not too shabby.

  • pat

    Walkoff sweep to crush their souls.

    • pat

      Orrrrrr not.

  • Adam

    Nathan in a non-save situation against the Yanks. I bet this gets interesting.

  • Havok9120

    Hey, if we get a baserunner, all the people clamoring for Granderson to bat cleanup might get their wish.

  • Heisenberg’s Hat

    Winning 3 of 4 is still pretty freaking awesome.
    Man, I hate Texas.

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

    Comeback starts here.

  • Tom

    I wanted to see Rapada swing the bat… he’s reportedly got “sneaky” power

  • The Real Greg

    Bottom line:

    The Rangers were due for an offensive explosion. Its actually pretty good to know that our B lineup for the most part pushed them and scored 6 runs

  • Rooting for U.S. Steel

    And oddly enough, Nova emerges from today with one of the best game lines of any of the Yankee pitchers.

    No, this one really wasn’t meant to be. On to the next.

  • stuart a

    L to the pen today. across the board bad bad effort by the pen. Joba is not there yet.. THe lefties are so inconsistent is a laughable….

    cano is a horrible baserunner BTW…lazy, slow, and stupid.. besides that he has good baserunning instincts….

    good effort by swishy on his last AB….

    overall sloppy game, they could have won but did not make the plays the last 3 innings……

    • Heisenberg’s Hat

      You’re really going to bitch about the last AB of a game where they lost 10-6?
      You’re a bozack.

  • Jose M. Vazquez

    We are vulnerable to left handed pitching especially with a lineup like today’s where we had Jones hitting fourth and Martin as the DH. Even though these players put up a good fight there is no doubt that the left handed platoon is much superior to the right. I would much rather see Granderson and Cano in there than Jones even though he hit a homer. He just does not hit enough to convince me he should be in there. As soon as I saw the lineup I knew that we were probably going to lose.

    • Jose M. Vazquez

      I am aware that Grandy needed the rest and that Cano had a stiff neck but I hope that they play against Boston’s lefties.

    • DC

      Yeah, because the offense lost the game today…..

    • Heisenberg’s Hat

      6 runs is enough to win. This one’s on Logan and Joba.

  • Darren

    fucking fuck. nice lineup Girardi. If I was george and I was alive I would fire cahsman, girardi and thomson after that game. if russel .196 martin is your DH then you REALLY fucked up.

    btw, jim beam seats are awesome. grey goose tonic ftw