Game 121: Protect This House

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CoJo reaches base five times in AAA win
The Cap’n counters with a stomach chop. (Jason Szenes/Getty Images)

Did you know that the Red Sox have won 13 of the last 18 games they’ve played at the new Yankee Stadium dating back to the second half of 2010? Granted, the Yankees are 15-8 at Fenway Park during that time, but still. Gotta protect the home turf, you know? The two clubs split the first two games of this weekend set and the Bombers have a chance to celebrate just their second (!) series win over the BoSox in the Bronx since last winning the World Series. Here’s the starting nine…

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

RHP Hiroki Kuroda

It’s a nice cool, autumnal evening in New York. The game is scheduled to start a little after 8pm ET and can be seen on ESPN. Enjoy.

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  • Big Member

    Happy sunday everybudy. As it happens, today our favorite team is once again facing the boston red sox. On the mound we have one of the bestest pitchers in baseball during the last 5 years, mister CC sABTHIA. Im pretty sure some of you have not been very thrilled with the perfomance CC is having this year. Big member understands that. Lets us look at CCs pitching line this year

    CC: 12-3 3.56 ERA

    The first thing that stands out is the low win tottal. CC has won more than 17 games since his dog days playing for the Native Americans. The low win total is actualy a result of inguries. CC has been on the DL twice this year. Howver this does not excuse the highest ERA he had since 2005. Well lukcy for you big member as analised CCs performance using adanced substractionmetrics. My findings have been stegering.
    First, CC has picthed 2506 innings in his pro carrer. Thats very alot my friends. Pitching actually put alots of stress on the pitchers arm for those of you who neve payed basebal before. CC has been suffering from naging elbow pains. Elbow is an organ of the hand which can be found on your 2 arms. Now connect the 2 together my freinds. Eblw pains+ high innigs picthed= injury concern

    The biggest concern is the shoulder injury. The shoulder is another vital oran of the arm and it can be found between your head and your elbows. From what I gathered and understood after readngs lotsa articles on elbows is that pain from the elbow can move to the shoulder. Pain in the shoulder causes shoulder injury. What does shoulder injury means my firneds? It means missing 2 years. Shoulder injuries kill careers. We cannot miss the big ace for 2 years
    Lets gather our findings. Theseis is that CC has been struggling. The base f the sturggling is his huge ERA. The result of the ERA is the amount of innings pitched. Big amount of innings pitched= elbow soreness. Elbow soreness= shoulder srgery.
    with the playofffs comming up, i also research CC substractionentircs in the postseason:

    CC 4.81 era

    wow bigmember why does CC suck in the playofs? Thats becasue he overworks in the seaosn. this is why I made a plan of how to make CC an ace again

    I propose movig CC to the pen for the duration of the season. By moving him to the pen he can take it easy and not pitch very manny innings. That can make shoulder surgery go away. He will be able to be our number 1 in the spring. By moving CC tothe pen we will have another shutdown reliever besides K-Rob and mr.#untuk. i mean, we already have sweaty fready, hughes, kuroda and felps. Andy will be back soon. CC is simly a nestle to the rotation at this point and is a better bet to high perrorfmance in the pen

    • The Real Greg

      We bow to your exceeding intelligence.

    • Big Members Only (formerly RI$P FTW)

      Amazing as always.

  • Hoss

    Mike, Derek is showing him where the bottom of his jersey should go. There’s a reason he was on the cover of GQ…

  • Kramerica Industries

    Did you know that the Red Sox have won 13 of the last 18 games they’ve played at the new Yankee Stadium dating back to the second half of 2010?

    You know, now that you mention it…

    • Kramerica Industries

      And I should add – fuck the Angels.

      Biggest frauds in the league right now, without question.

      • http://riveraveblues.com Mike Axisa

        You really have to admire the way Mike Scioscia gets the most out of the talent on his roster.

        • The Real Greg

          True, but he got a ring so that stands for something.

          • Chip

            They’ve got what should be by far and away the best pitching in the league, they have a future HOF in his prime in addition to the best player in the league in the lineup. They should be a juggernaught even with just decent production from everybody else.

            • The Real Greg

              No, I agree. I;m just saying that his ring should not be overlooked.

              • Heisenberg’s Hat

                Bob Brenly has one too. So does Jim Leyland. Shitty managers have won championships before.

          • Kramerica Industries

            That was Rally Monkey-induced shit that I still can’t believe to this day.

            103 win Yankee team was completely incapable of holding onto any leads.

            Adam Kennedy hit three fricken’ home runs in a clinching game.

            Of course, the 5-0 deficit in the World Series facing elimination.

            It’s only fair the Angels have been a perennial disappointment every year since 2002.

      • LiterallyFigurative

        Yeah, I was told the season was over once they got Grienke. Somehow, I think the prisoners of the moment forgot that you actually CAN’T PREDICT BASEBALL!

  • The Real Greg

    This game worries me. The reverse lock theory scares me a bit.

    • Havok9120

      I think I can still count the number of games that you haven’t been worried about on the fingers of one hand.

      • The Real Greg

        There was one this week. I usually am in the middle unless I say so.

    • TomH

      Of course.

  • Kramerica Industries

    Really want to see them pound Beckett, as they should, tonight.

    I can’t bear the thought of another home series loss to the Red Sox, especially given how down in the dumps they are right now. I mean, if the Yankees can’t take a home series from the Red Sox under these circumstances, when will they ever?

  • jjyank

    Let’s keep it rolling, Hiroki. Kill them all!

  • Mike N

    Francona looks like a fucking bar mitzvah boy in his gray suit + light purple shirt and tie.

    I wore a beige suit + brown shirt and tie for mine. See if you can guess what decade that was!

    • jjyank

      80s? That’s usually the go-to decade for bad fashion (no offense).

      • Mike N

        Good guess! 1980 was the year.

    • Kramerica Industries

      Jon Miller used to always wear the same outfit as well, with the distinctive gray shirt/white collar, with a black suit.

      Generally speaking, I don’t think anyone can go bad with black or gray/charcoal colored suits.

  • DERP

    Let’s get this over with by 10 so I don’t have to stay up late.

    • Mike N

      Hahahahahahah. Good luck with that.

      • DERP

        I don’t expect the game to be over. No chance that would happed. I just want to be up by a large enough amount so I feel comfortable going to sleep.

    • jjyank

      I wish. I gotta be at work early, but I can’t turn off a close Yankee-Sox game either. Work quickly Hiroki!

  • Thaaaaaaaaaaaayankeeswin

    Ok Grandy I’ve been bitching bout you not hitting 3rd or 4th, do some big things today

  • Scott Boras

    wow francona just called crawford slow as in menttaly slow…cant expect better from a former boston menagar.

  • RetroRob

    “…the Bombers have a chance to celebrate just their second (!) series win over the BoSox in the Bronx since last winning the World Series.”

    What am I missing there? That means the Yankees will have won two of the three series wins in the Bronx since 2009. That’s not amazing either direction.

    • Steve

      I think that refers to individual 3 game series

      • RetroRob

        Okay, that makes sense, and yes that is bad.

      • Mike N

        Is that the correct number if it’s individual series? In three seasons, the Yanks have only won two home series against Socks?

        • RetroRob

          Even worse. So far they’ve only won one series. They need to win today to make it two.

          • Mike N

            Interesting.

  • Mike N

    Ground balls are Hiroki’s friend.

  • JobaTheHeat62

    oh espn…yes the red sox never have work ethic problems..they are working too hard. what a network lmao

  • jjyank

    <3 the Captain.

  • Mike N

    CAPTAIN!!!!!!!!

  • Kramerica Industries

    That was ripped.

    Hope this is a sign that the floodgates are open right from the start.

  • Thaaaaaaaaaaaayankeeswin

    Jete! Someday we will all tell our grand kids we got to watch him play

    • RetroRob

      If he keeps this up, my grandkids might get to see him play.

      • Thaaaaaaaaaaaayankeeswin

        Lol

      • CBean

        <3

    • jjyank

      True that. Growing up watched Jeter play, I will proudly preach to my grand kids someday aboutnhow I got to watch the entire career of Derek Jeter. Not many fans (relatively speaking) can do that about a short stop.

      • jjyank

        Several spelling mistakes there, my apologies. You get the point, though.

  • Mike N

    That works.

  • The Real Greg

    You better get this run in

    • Widget

      they won’t. Beckett is going to destroy them tonight and the Rays will be just 4 back. I’d worry about that division.

      • Need Pitching & Hitting

        you were saying…

  • Kramerica Industries

    That was ugly, Robbie.

  • captain kiwi

    robbie just looks so rough lately.

  • Need Pitching & Hitting

    awful

  • Thaaaaaaaaaaaayankeeswin

    Robbie is lost

    • jjyank

      My phone has GPS. Should I let Robbie borrow it?

  • Mike N

    GOTTA SCORE THIS FUCKING RUN!

  • The Real Greg

    FOR FUCKING SAKES ROBBIE! THE FUNDAMENTALS

    • Bunt Gardner

      It’s a media conspiracy, Greg.

  • Hummingbird S.

    what an awful AB..

  • dkidd

    can’t remember seeing cano look this lost

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

      I can. It was called “April.”

      • dkidd

        see also:

        “2008”

        • RetroRob

          …and just about every year at some point. He has at least one of these bad stretches per year. Seems like this year he wants to have two of them.

  • Widget

    Just a hideous at bat by Cano. This game already sucks.

  • RetroRob

    Robbie still getting himself out. Please end slump.

  • Michaels’ Pineda

    Free swingin’ mother fucker.

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

    Robbie slumping something awful. Good evening every one, Big Member made me laugh again.

  • Mike N

    Hell yeah!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Kramerica Industries

    That’ll work, Curtis.

  • bobtaco

    thank you Curtis!

  • The Real Greg

    Oh thank god Curtis

  • Thaaaaaaaaaaaayankeeswin

    Thank you Grandy

  • jjyank

    RISPHIT! Thank you, Grandy.

  • Hummingbird S.

    Grandy!! at least he’s coming out of his slump

  • Michaels’ Pineda

    Hell froze over…

  • Need Pitching & Hitting

    Thank you Curtis.

  • RetroRob

    …yes while Robbie slumps, Grandy seems to have ended his.

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

    Ugh I can’t stand Granderson. All he does is hit a homer or strike out. He’s absolutely useless.

  • Get Phelps Up

    Thank you Grandy!!

  • captain kiwi

    GRANDY. fuck beckett and his bullshit first-strike-that-was-actually-a-ball

  • captain kiwi

    OT – nice win pirates! phew lol

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

    I like that Francona is singing the Yankees praises, but who exactly has Rothschild made better Tedo?

    • Havok9120

      Everybody had a fairly substantial K% increase as I recall. That’s something.

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

        Hmmm. That actually is something. If that’s true, then I take that back.

        • Havok9120

          Mike did an article about it last offseason that I remember being a good read.

          Here: http://riveraveblues.com/2011/.....ect-59246/

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

            thanks man, I’ll check it out after the game.

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

        And a drop in walk rate. Sabathia had the second best season of his career last year.

  • jjyank

    Damn. Gave it a good ride, though.

  • Hummingbird S.

    damn… didn’t quite hit the sweet spot

  • RetroRob

    Too bad we weren’t in Fenway for that ball.

  • DERP

    I was hoping that would carry a little more.

  • The Real Greg

    That’s okay. They got the run they were supposed to get.

  • DERP

    Ibanez is homering today.

  • Dino Velvet

    Kuroda starts game on3 of the playoffs, right?

    • The Real Greg

      Game 2. I’d have Pettitte start game 3

    • Get Phelps Up

      Game 2 with Pettitte (hopefully) in Game 3.

    • Mike N

      Assuming all the starters are ready, I’d pitch CC game one and Kuroda game two, with Pettitte three.

  • RetroRob

    Did AJ Burnett pitch all 19 innings in that game?

  • jjyank

    Nice, Hiroki! Looked damn sharp there.

  • DERP

    Staten Island, Charleston, and Tampa combined for five hits today to go along with six errors. Tampa only played one inning though.

  • The Real Greg

    I tell you what, give Cano credit. He hasn’t let his offensive struggle affect his defense

  • Mike N

    During LLWS coverage this afternoon, they compared the sizes of Kuroda and the Japanese kid pitching tonight. He is thirteen years old, six feet tall, and over two hundred pounds.

  • Hall and Nokes

    Haha what the hell was that?

  • Pat D

    What the fuck was that?

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

    Did ESPN just give the Yankees credit for winning in spite of injuries?

    • The Real Greg

      Yes they did.

      • jjyank

        ZOMG.

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

        Blown. Away.

        • The Real Greg

          And it was awseomely made too.

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

            Very well made, If they win the World Series, they already have a commercial for the 30 for 30 movie about it.

          • captain kiwi

            hiroK.

            • captain kiwi

              how did this end up here? /replyfail

    • Pat D

      While also saying they’re doomed or should be doomed.

      I think.

    • Will The Thrill

      Woohoo!

  • Will The Thrill

    I love the Yankees bench this year. I hope we don’t get let down too much next year when it isn’t as awesome.

  • Thaaaaaaaaaaaayankeeswin

    This strike zone is generous

  • jjyank

    LOL at Lavaraaaahhhhhhaaaawaayyyyy

  • DERP

    The one play Nick Punto couldn’t make.

  • The Real Greg

    We’re hitting it hard so far.

  • Hall and Nokes

    The guys in the Cialis ads look younger and younger to me every year…

    • RetroRob

      The last thing they want to do is show the average Cialis or Viagra customer. Some overweight, 60+ year old.

  • Thaaaaaaaaaaaayankeeswin

    Who else thinks melky should get another 50 games for that fake ass website

    • RetroRob

      Totally. What a dumb-ass move. It makes the situation much worse. The Yankees wouldn’t even bring him back on a one-year contract. Character issues.

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

    What should we take from the Angels/Rays series? The Angels are underachieving frauds, or the Rays are that good?

    • The Real Greg

      Both

    • Get Phelps Up

      The first one.

    • Need Pitching & Hitting

      Rays are hot, Angels not.

    • Bunt Gardner

      I’m leaning toward a combination.

    • Mike N

      My friend is a die-hard Angels fan, and he thinks they are objectively horrendous. As he put it in an e-mail to me today, “Baseball is dead to me”.

    • Kramerica Industries

      Former, but the latter is a bit disconcerting.

      Their offense isn’t this good, though. They’ll start to fizzle soon enough.

  • Will The Thrill

    I just took a peek at the Yankees schedule for the rest of the season. It’s pretty tough. We’re basically playing the Rays, Orioles, Blue Jays and Red Sox a buttload of times. It goes without saying that they Yankees have to play their best baseball going down the stretch so they can not only win the division but go hot into the playoffs.

    • The Real Greg

      Well we’ve owned the Blue Jays of late.

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

      Red Sox and Jays: Who gives a fuck? We’re better than both teams. Orioles: Also better than, they’re lucky little shits though.
      Rays: Going to be fun match ups.

    • Mike N

      Is there any statistical evidence that “going hot into the playoffs” is predictive of playoff success? How did the Yanks do in the last few weeks in 2009? (I’ll go look it up and report back.)

      • Kramerica Industries

        They actually had a seven game winning streak in the 150 games played range, including a series victory in Anaheim and a sweep of the Red Sox at home.

        I can’t believe I just typed those two phrases as factual information.

      • Pasta Stumbling Sojo

        I’m pretty sure there is no correlation. In general, team “hotness” doesn’t predict how they’ll do in upcoming games. There are lots of studies on how “streakiness” either barely exists or doesn’t exists. Don’t know about people who have specifically looked at performance going into the playoffs though.

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

          The Rays were as hot as a team could be heading into the playoffs last year and it did them no good.

      • Mike N

        They were 20-11 in Sept/Oct of 2009. Hilariously (sadly?), they were also 20-11 in Sept/Oct of 2004.

        • Kramerica Industries

          Yankees were always ending the season on hot streaks during those years.

          In 2005 and 2007, they had to because of the shitty starts they had.

    • Kramerica Industries

      Next 12 games are fairly navigable, and the Yankees better take advantage.

      3 at Chicago and Cleveland, followed by 3 vs. Toronto and Baltimore.

      Gotta win a solid number of those games, because then the Trop comes calling…

    • RetroRob

      Heading into September, for the most part all those teams will be playing each other. No easy schedule for teams in the AL East, but the Yankees have one advantage the other teams don’t. The Yankees don’t face the Yankees.

    • DERP

      I think we have the easiest schedule left of anyone in the division.

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

        Yep. September is a bunch of AL East games (as usual) with series against the Twins and Athletics mixed in. Gimme gimme gimme.

  • Anthony

    Hahaha, Hirok is Ciriaco’s kryptonite. I usually don’t like watching too intensely when the other team is up but god Kuroda’s pitching is too good to ignore.

  • Athenian

    You have to consider Kuroda the best off season signing in the majors. Dude could easily be the number one on this staff and for the playoffs.

    • Anthony

      Absolutely. I’m not saying CC is bad, but Hirok has really stepped it up.

  • Kramerica Industries

    There goes the perfect game.

  • The Real Greg

    Rule 1

    Never let Nick Punto beat you

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

      I thought rule 1 was you never talk about Fight Club?

      • Athenian

        Ive heard it both ways

      • jjyank

        I’m a frat boy. Rule #1 is never talk about Case Club.

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

          What’s case club?

          • jjyank

            I just said I can’t talk about it. But it involves beer, and more of it than you can imagine. I miss college.

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

              I mean you brought it up, so you might as well just spill.

              • Mike N

                If you spill, you lose.

              • jjyank

                All I can say is bonfire, beer, and you lose points for puking. That’s as far as I go.

            • Athenian

              Funny in Greeceyou are not supposed to talk about Sheep Club.

  • Widget

    I hate how crappy hitters seem to hit just fine against the yankees. It’s why the rays scare me, they are a lineup full of crappy hitters.

    • Pasta Stumbling Sojo

      I’m pretty sure it’s not remotely true that crappy hitters hit fine against the Yankees. More likely, crappy hitters hit crappily overall against the Yankees, though of course by random chance some will hit well.

      However, if you do believe that, you should be completely psyched to play all the good offenses in the playoffs, because if crappy hits hit well against you, that means great/good hitters hit comparatively not that well (either that, or you’re giving up a massive amount of runs to everyone, which the Yankees haven’t).

  • dkidd

    oddly, this is only the seventh start kiroda has made against an al east team

  • DERP

    Sit your bitch ass down

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

    nice bounce back after that cheap little single.

  • Kramerica Industries

    Since we’re talking schedules, 2012 has a much different feel than past years, at least to me.

    The AL is seriously watered down this year. I would argue that none of these teams are any great. We all know the Yankees flaws. Texas’ rotation is falling apart. Anaheim is in disarray. Detroit has underachieved. Chicago’s kinda overachieved to be where they’re at. Baltimore’s massively overachieved. And the Rays recent spurt is the placebo effect of Longoria coming back – that O will fizzle soon, and the 3-2 losses will return in grand fashion. They’re no different than the 2010/2011 teams that lost in the ALDS.

    But, thanks to this parity, it feels like there have been almost no easy stretches. Even this upcoming 12 game stretch leading into the series at Tropicana Field, has the White Sox and Orioles, both over .500, on it.

    Hopefully, the Yankees start to re-assert some of their June/July dominance in the coming weeks and make this easier.

    • Mike N

      The AL is seriously watered down this year.

      This is not consistent with the evidence. The AL crushed the NL in interleague play.

      • Kramerica Industries

        As in, I truly don’t believe there to be a great team in the American League this year. A number of good, perhaps even pretty good teams, yes.

        But I don’t think any of these teams stack up well against the last great American League baseball team.

        Maybe they’re just too busy beating each other up. I wouldn’t be shocked to hear that argument.

        • Mike N

          Ah, got it. Not “watered down” overall, but more evenly matched against one another.

  • captain kiwi

    CAPTAIN!!!!

  • Hummingbird S.

    jeets is HOT

  • Kramerica Industries

    Jeter’s rakin’ tonight.

  • Cy Pettitte

    Cap’n > *

  • Mike N

    JEET!!!!!!!!!!! AWESOME!!!!!!!

  • Anthony

    CAP’N!

  • Need Pitching & Hitting

    Captain Amazing

  • jjyank

    Derek…you’re amazing. Thank you for making my inner child so happy.

  • CBean

    <3 Jeter!

  • Thaaaaaaaaaaaayankeeswin

    Beckett has left a lot of pitches over the middle of the plate, he will get rocked tonight

  • DERP

    Tomorrow would be a good time for Ryan Dempster to get his shit together.

  • Get Phelps Up

    It’s gonna be so awesome when 38 year old Derek Jeter finishes the year leading the AL in hits.

    • jjyank

      Outside of a WS Championship, nothing would make me happier.

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

    Derek’s a top 5 all time all around short stop, right?

    • AaronGuielWithASmile

      Without question. His offensive prowess overwhelms any questions about his defense.

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

        What about this: Best player to never win an MVP?

        • flamingo

          Yup. He’s the most underrated overrated player.

    • RetroRob

      Depending on how you want to cut the list based on peak vs. longevity, but basically he’s been so good for so long that I no longer have to build a case for him in the top five, I have to build a case for him to not be in the top five.

    • jjyank

      Yes, yes, yes.

  • Darren

    Scott POSEDNIK is alive? and still playing??

  • AaronGuielWithASmile

    Note: Josh Beckett’s goatee looks stupid.

    • Athenian

      Why stop with the goatee?

  • DERP

    That looked like a good pitch.

  • Need Pitching & Hitting

    Caught a break on that call.

  • Thaaaaaaaaaaaayankeeswin

    Alright Robbie, time to break out

  • The Real Greg

    Got a break there. Take advantage.

  • DERP

    Who is the manager for Boston next year?

  • dkidd

    two things:

    i always thought it was pronounced nap la-JOY, not nap LAH-ju-way

    luke appling’s career OBP is one point lower than his career SLG

    • Kramerica Industries

      That was the name Dan Schulman was saying?

      Must not have listened to the full conversation.

  • Pasta Stumbling Sojo

    To everyone who normally claims that ESPN hates the Yankees, please listen to the Jeter adoration going on. I’ve always found it ridiculous that people here claim that ESPN is biased against the Yankees, when the rest of the country thinks the exact opposite.

    • RetroRob

      There’s a better balance with, oddly, Francona.

      For the most part, all networks will try to take a slightly negative take toward the Yankees, try and find flaws. It happens to all teams regarded as being the best.

    • jjyank

      The negativity does happen a lot, but the Yankees have the best record in the AL and are playing well of late, so there’s not much to say anyway.

  • Medium Member

    I’m afraid that Robbie got so spooked by his buddy Melky getting caught on the juice, Cano has stopped taking his juice.

  • The Real Greg

    Double steal

  • Hummingbird S.

    day off sometime soon for Robbie.. he needs it

  • DERP

    Nice job of Swisher to actually go that time.

    • Anthony

      I remember a game (against the Rays I think) when he and Arod were on base…. A-Rod went so steal two times and both times Swisher stayed up… arod was giving him looks each time.

      • DERP

        That is what I was referring to.

      • Anthony

        to* put* I don’t understand why I can’t type on this website

  • grumphat

    “Last at-bat Robinson Cano swung and missed by a good six or seven inches…Beckett has made him take some real funny swings. You just don’t see that often from Robinson Cano.” – Terry Francona, who has obviously not watched many Yankees games this year.

  • Anthony

    HAHAHAHA!

  • The Real Greg

    THERE WE GO

  • Mike N

    Awesome!!!!!!!!!!! WP!!!!

  • AaronGuielWithASmile

    But I thought the Yankees only scored on homeruns?

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

    LAVAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHNWAY!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Mike N

      He was still distracted by his embarrassing strike out.

  • Get Phelps Up

    Lol nice one Lavahhhhhhhhhhhnway.

  • jjyank

    Ahhhh fuck you, Beckett.

  • Need Pitching & Hitting

    Lavarnway is awesome.

    • jjyank

      Who? Are you referring to Lavaahhhhhhaway? I know not of this “Lavarnway”.

      • Need Pitching & Hitting

        Acually, I’m referring to Future HOF Ryan Lavaahhhhhhnway.

  • DERP

    Better defensive catcher: Montero or Lavarnway?

  • Hummingbird S.

    nice prospect behind the plate… plays D like Montero :)

  • Chilango

    I thought Robbie was going to swing at it…

  • bobtaco

    Paging Kevin Long…

  • Kramerica Industries

    And Robbie strikes out with a runner on 3rd, 1 out, for the second time tonight.

    He is in some kind of slump.

  • RetroRob

    Jeez, Robbie. Two RBIs for your taking in two straight ABs.

  • captain kiwi

    excellent job espn. full-count, incoming pitch, and you leave the cam behind the plate. jesus.

  • DERP

    That was a dirty pitch.

  • DERP

    Do it Chavez. DO IT!

  • Need Pitching & Hitting

    Make him pay Chavy.

  • AaronGuielWithASmile

    “It’s hard to criticize an offense that’s second in the majors…but let me criticize their offense for a while.”

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

    When everybody’s healthy I still argue the line up should be:
    Jeter
    A-Rod
    Cano
    Tex
    Grandy
    Swish

    and so on.

    • AaronGuielWithASmile

      I like Swish batting second.

      But with so many good hitters, it’s kind of hard to go wrong.

    • jjyank

      I was totally with you earlier in the season, and might be with you again. BUT. If Swish stays hot, I would keep him in the two-hole. Otherwise, I agree.

  • Pat D

    Oh, joy, the too many homers narrative.

  • Kramerica Industries

    Cue the “too many home runs” talk.

  • The Real Greg

    Nasty pitch by Beckett, but Cano has to learn that contact can bring RBIs too.

  • Chilango

    Get Beckett NOW

  • Cy Pettitte

    oh my god this stupid narrative again. So Tito, is it easier to put together 3 hits against an ace or hit a HR?

    • Pasta Stumbling Sojo

      I didn’t listen closely to his response to the question, but it sounded like he started by saying that hitting homers is how they score runs, and that’s fine.

  • captain kiwi

    swish is looking like “wtf you doin the wave for?”

  • Kramerica Industries

    NO WAVE

    NO WAVE

    NO WAVE

    My God, Stadium folks have no respect for themselves.

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

      They pay other people to have respect for them.

  • Mike N

    One of the reasons the Yanks got Ichiro was to “manufacture runs” instead of hitting homers???? These fuckers should have shut up when they were still making some sense.

  • Mike N

    Make them pay for walking to get to you, Chavez!

  • DERP

    FUUUUUUUUUCK

  • RetroRob

    Stupid reasoning. Acquiring a .260 slap hitter to add to the lineup to make it more diverse, as opposed a .260 powerhitter is pointless.

    It’s been shown that power-hitting teams do better in the postseason.

    The nonsense never ends.

    • RetroRob

      I’m sorry. I was being kind. It’s not pointless; it’s dumb.

  • Hummingbird S.

    wasted opportunity.. at least the pitch count is up

    • The Real Greg

      We scored a run. It’s not that wasted.

      We could easily have 0 runs.

  • The Real Greg

    It could easily be 0 runs so let’s be happy we got 2.

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

    Internet Explorer: Comes installed on every PC, still needs advertisements begging people to use it.

    • JonS

      But the song is cool.

    • Chilango

      Because IE sucks. Has buggy browser add-ons/extensions that are susceptible to attack, and on IE Flash exists as an ActiveX control for which there is a big lack of security control. And IE s also slow as shit

  • AaronGuielWithASmile

    If Crawford is getting surgery on Tuesday, why the hell is he playing today? What’s the upside there?

    • RetroRob

      It’s not scheduled to Tuesday. Why not play him? Even if he blows out the elbow, he’s still going in for repairs.

    • Chip

      They’re in contention man!

      • Kramerica Industries

        I know this is a sarcastic barb.

        But if they really are in contention, then why is he getting the surgery in the first place?

        • RetroRob

          Red Sox management has made a determination that they are not in contention.

        • Hall and Nokes

          I don’t get it either. Unless the recovery time is such that he’ll be ready for opening day only if he does it now, I don’t see the reason. Obviously he can play.

  • Anthony

    Interesting argument in this booth..

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

      Not really, the odds of the Red Sox making the playoffs is 5.1%. If I was the Sox I’d realize we’re probably not making the post season, go have the surgery now and be ready for spring training.

      • JonS

        They are saying that his recovery might be the 9-12 months like a pitcher and not the 5-6 of a position player.

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

          Even more of a reason for him to get the surgery ASAP, if I’m a Red Sox fan I’d rahter a healthy Crawford from June on next year than a compromised Crawford for the remainder of this year and half of next.

      • Tom

        +1

        The other thing that has gone unmentioned – would Carl Crawford be the reason they go on a hot streak and be the difference maker?

        If they were to get in, it would be starting pitching.

      • Anthony

        I agree. It sounded like one of them (not sure who, splitting my attention) was VERY adamant about their season not being over yet, hence the interesting. I mean you can cite all of the miracle comebacks you want but your not being realistic.

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

          I think that was Orel. Tito kind of wanted him to hold off but only because he’s got the old school “play till somebody tells you to stop” mind set, and the play by play guy was saying what I said about it.

        • captain kiwi

          i think both orel and tito were saying they wouldn’t give up on the season.

  • RetroRob

    Sweat or tears?

    • captain kiwi

      he’s sweating from all the crying.

  • Thaaaaaaaaaaaayankeeswin

    So smooth

  • AaronGuielWithASmile

    Nice to hear Francona owning up to his mistake.

    • Mike N

      Missed that. What was he owning up to?

      • Need Pitching & Hitting

        That the Red Sox mishandled information about Ellsbury’s rib injury 2 years ago, and Ellsbury was left to deal with the fallout.

        And as I type this: ICHIRO!

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

      I missed it what’d he say?

      • Mike N

        WE NEED TO KNOW!

  • AaronGuielWithASmile

    Kuroda is absolutely locked in.

  • Chip

    Kuroda is going to throw another shutout at this rate. He’s so fun to watch right now

  • DERP

    Don’t want to alarm anyone, but Hiroki’s ERA is under 3.

    • Mike N

      Everyone knows you can’t win playoff games with low ERA pitching. You need gritty gutty scrappy pitching.

  • Kramerica Industries

    Hirok-a-Dok’s ERA is officially under 3.

  • Get Phelps Up

    That conversation above about records in September and playoff success made me decide to look at the Yankees Sept/Oct records and playoff results over the past years.

    2011: 16-12, lost in ALDS
    2010: 13-17, steamroleld through the ALDS, lost in ALCS
    2009: 20-11, won WS
    2007: 19-8, lost in ALDS
    2006: 18-12, lost in ALDS
    2005: 20-10, lost in ALDS
    2004: 20-11, we know what happened
    2003: 18-9 made it all the way to the WS
    2002: 19-8, lost in ALDS
    2001: 18-9, made it to WS
    2000: 13-18, won WS
    1999: 17-14, won WS
    1998: 16-11 (their worst month)
    1997: 17-11, lost ALDS
    1996: 16-11, won WS

    The only things I noticed are:
    -The Yankees have had mostly very good had good Septembers throughout the years.
    -Their worst 2 Septembers haven’t resulted in ALDS losses.
    -Some of their best Septembers (2002, 2007, 2005) resulted in ALDS losses.

    So in the end, it doesn’t seem as if there’s any relationship between the Yankees Sept records and their playoff success. Be in first place at the end of the season and I’m cool.

    (Also, Kuroda is so awesome that I can tune out of this game while the Sox are hitting and look this up!)

    • Mike N

      Thanks for the research, man!

    • Mike N

      BTW, that’s pretty amazing that they only had two seasons out of the last fifteen where they were below .500 in Sept/Oct, and in one of them they won the WS.

      • Kramerica Industries

        It’s amazing that a 16-11 month was the worst month for the ’98 Yankees.

        • Mike N

          True dat.

    • RetroRob

      Generally speaking, as a Yankee fan, the ALDS sucks!

  • DERP

    Random, but I love this gif

    http://i.minus.com/iWFP8ZKa4w0u8.gif

    • AaronGuielWithASmile

      That reminds me of the greatest gif of all time:

      http://www.gifflix.com/files/2b91d2ab153a.gif

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

        file not found :(

    • Pasta Stumbling Sojo

      What was that from?

      • DERP

        It was from Friday’s game after the umps reversed a call at first.

      • Mike N

        What’d he say, “Where’s the french?”

  • RetroRob

    Originally Crawford’s surgery was scheduled for Monday, but Crawford threw a fit when they tried telling him day.

    Crawford: When’s the surgery.

    Doctor: Monday

    Crawford: What did you say?

    Doctor: Monday

    Crawford: Damn you!!!

  • Kramerica Industries

    58 pitches through three innings.

    First two batters both swing at the first pitch.

    Brilliant.

  • Hummingbird S.

    the bottom of the lineup has to do a better job of at least taking some pitches

  • Hummingbird S.

    Ichiro!!!!

  • Cy Pettitte

    ICHIRO!!!

  • The Real Greg

    ICHIRO!

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

    ICHIRO?!?!?!?!?!?!?!

  • JonS

    Haha you know things are going bad when you give up a homer to Ichiro.

  • CBean

    Ichiro!!!

  • AaronGuielWithASmile

    Ichiro could do that 40 times a season…if he really wanted to.

  • Hall and Nokes

    Bandbox

  • captain kiwi

    YES

  • Brent

    SAKE BOMB

  • DERP

    Bang zoom bitches

  • Mike N

    MANUFACTURING RUNS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Thaaaaaaaaaaaayankeeswin

    Godzilllllllllllllla’s skinnier brother

  • Pasta Stumbling Sojo

    He can hit homers whenever he wants to!

  • Get Phelps Up

    Ichiro!!

    Of course the ESPN booth goes completey silent.

  • klemy

    ICHIRO!

  • RetroRob

    Second deck. Way to go, Ichi.

    • Get Phelps Up

      Both of his Yankee homers have been in the second deck.

  • Kramerica Industries

    Ichiro was trying for a homer a few innings ago.

    If at first you don’t succeed…

  • grumphat

    Why doesn’t Ichiro try to do that every at-bat? Home runs are at least 10 times more useful than slap singles, and they never turn into double-plays or force-outs if a runner is on first.

  • The Real Greg

    That was second deck, so that was a legitimate bomb

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/roadgeek/ Roadgeek Adam

    4 more of those and we should have our 12 10+ HR clan, if McGehee gets that 10th he’s been robbed of.

  • Thaaaaaaaaaaaayankeeswin

    He gave it a pretty good ride in his first AB as well, Ichiro seeing the ball well against beckett

  • Chip

    Good thing they brought in Ichiro! to manufacture runs. I really hope he has a three homer game or something in the playoffs

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

    ESPN Broadcasters: Ichiro was brought in to manufacture runs blah blah blah

    Ichiro: GFY

    • Athenian

      OMG, that is funny!!! We used that same closing with contractors who pissed us off during a project at work.

    • Mike N

      Please review this thread and you will see that I made this clever quip long before anyone else. GIVE ME CREDIT WHERE CREDIT IS DUE!

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

        Credit Given.

        • Mike N

          THANK YOU! My ego feels much better.

  • AaronGuielWithASmile

    Were you guys aware that the Yankees once played Boston in the ALCS?

    • Get Phelps Up

      In 1999 and 2003!

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

    He got the tag on Salty…WTF?

  • Hummingbird S.

    Robbie slumping on the field as well… terrible decision to go for the tag

    • The Real Greg

      Bad call by the ump. He did tag him

    • AaronGuielWithASmile

      Can’t blame Robbie for the ump blowing the call.

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

      Except for the part where the ump blew the call.

      • Hummingbird S.

        the replay that I saw showed no tag. You can argue that the runner was out of the line though.

  • Need Pitching & Hitting

    out

  • AaronGuielWithASmile

    “I would call him safe if he missed him.”

    Hard hitting analysis there.

    • Tom

      In fairness to Francona I think he was referring to him still being in the basepath.

    • Need Pitching & Hitting

      I think he was just saying he wouldn’t call Salty out for being out of the baseline.

    • jay

      he was making the point that he was in the basepath so the tag or lack thereof was all that mattered

      • jay

        wow. sorry for the overkill

    • Anthony

      Shaking my head, haha.

  • Cy Pettitte

    Cano’s glove is sitting on his shoulder. BS call.

  • RetroRob

    He got him.

  • Kramerica Industries

    Wow, Robbie did tag him.

  • Get Phelps Up

    Even if he missed the tag, he still went out of the baseline.

  • Thaaaaaaaaaaaayankeeswin

    Little league has replay, but MLB doesn’t. Sad

  • Mike N

    How is that fucker safe? He was running on the goddamn infield grass!

  • sangreal

    Even without the tag he was in the grass

  • RetroRob

    If Ciriaco gets a hit here to drive in a run, I’m heading to the Stadium to take matters into my own hands.

    • RetroRob

      An out.

      Fortunately a life was saved. That life being mine!

  • DERP

    He didn’t get him. No way Salty would let a Latino touch him.

    • captain kiwi

      hahahaha

  • Thaaaaaaaaaaaayankeeswin

    4 outs

  • The Real Greg

    Thank god it doesnt matter. And we got Ciriaco out of the way

  • captain kiwi

    4 out inning, awesome.

  • Will The Thrill

    I think we’ve found an antidote for Ciriaco. #hirok

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

      Maybe he just finally realized he’s a career AAA hitter? I really hope that’s the case…

      • Tom

        Kuroda (I think) is throwing him mostly secondary stuff to.

        The key of course is he can put his slider wherever he wants to.

        • Tom

          “too” (Yikes)

    • Anthony
  • Tom

    Baseball should just clarify the basepath rule to make it easier on the umps.

    On the grass avoiding a tag going to 2nd or 3rd = out of the baseline. If that is not true now, change the cut on the infield grass to match up to the 3 feet window. This is something easy and can be implemented immediately.

  • Thaaaaaaaaaaaayankeeswin

    Wow, just wow

  • Chilango

    Jeter is fucking awesome.

    • VT Yankee Fan

      Closing in on Eddie Murray.

  • Need Pitching & Hitting

    Whose your daddy, Josh?

  • Chip

    So much for Jeter not having bat speed anymore

  • Get Phelps Up

    Jeter is so awesome.

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

    How in the hell does a hitter who has made a career at diving over the plate get his hands far enough in to get to that ball?

    • Chip

      By being Derek Jeter. There are very very few hitters who could have pulled that ball which is even more impressive considering he’s an oppo hitter for the most part

  • Mike N

    How is the infield grass “on the basepath”? They allow for running outside the straight lines between the bases to allow for taking the angles to curve smoothly around the bases, but how is inside the straight lines between the bases “on the basepath”?

    • Chilango

      isn’t it 3 ft on either side of the line from 1st to 2d?

      • Mike N

        Does that encompass the infield grass?

    • Pasta Stumbling Sojo

      You’re allowed to go 3 feet outside your base path. The base path is defined as a straight line between the base and where you are when the tag attempt begins.

      “He runs more than three feet away from his base path to avoid being tagged unless his action is to avoid interference with a fielder fielding a batted ball. A runner’s base path is established when the tag attempt occurs and is a straight line from the runner to the base he is attempting to reach safely;”
      http://mlb.mlb.com/mlb/downloa....._Rules.pdf

      But I agree it should be simpler (with clearly defined lines) so that umpires don’t need to make a judgment call like that.

  • Mike N

    Awesome, Captain!!!!

  • Brian S.

    Can’t watch the game. How are we doing?

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

      Kuroda’s looked great, Jeter thinks it’s 2001 again, Ichiro went yard. Overall it’s been a very strong game.

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

        3-0 btw in case you don’t know the score.

        • Brian S.

          I’m following a box score.

  • Tom

    Hit and run here… get Robbie focused on contact

    • Tom

      Or just let him single up the middle.

  • Get Phelps Up

    Pastadivingciriaco

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

    Wait…Cano’s allowed to have a base hit?

  • AaronGuielWithASmile

    Nice, Robbie was due.

  • dkidd

    swisher mocking beckett

    robbie!

  • AaronGuielWithASmile

    I’m calling a Granderson homer here.

    • AaronGuielWithASmile

      Meh, I’ll take it.

    • VT Yankee Fan

      Some weak efforts on 3-0 tonight.

  • jjyank

    “Another jam for Beckett.” I could listen to that all day.

  • DERP

    Does Beckett face Chavez?

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

      I think it depends on how he does against Grandy.

  • Chilango

    Put Beckett away NOW ffucks sake

  • DERP

    Keep him in please.

  • Get Phelps Up

    “He’s on the brink of either losing this game or keeping his team in the game”

    A+ analysis there, Orel.

    • AaronGuielWithASmile

      Win or lose, Stan. Those are your two options. Win…or lose.

    • Mike N

      Wasn’t that pathetic? I was all like, “Yes, he’s clearly on the brink of either making outs or not making outs.”

  • Tom

    Reports of Lavarnway’s defense vastly improving this year have been greatly exaggerated.

  • The Real Greg

    Valentine’s taking a chance.

  • Mike N

    C’mon, Chavez!!!!!!!

  • Get Phelps Up

    Chavez slam incoming.

  • DERP

    Huge mistake by Bobby V to let Beckett face Chavez.

  • Tom

    This is a mistake by Bobby V… 5th inning and Girardi will not pH for either Chavez or Ibanez this early.

  • AaronGuielWithASmile

    Ugh.

  • DERP

    WHY?

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

    Chavez :(

  • Need Pitching & Hitting

    Well that sucked.

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

      Yeah, Chavez got under it…if the bat’s a quarter of an inch higher then we’re up at least 5-0

  • The Real Greg

    Dammit Chavez, Shouldn’t have swung

  • Kramerica Industries

    Oh my God what a waste that was.

  • Chip

    Actually, I was totally thinking they should let Chavez swing away there

    • Tom

      Me too.

      He got a fastball right down the middle and should have crushed it.

      • Chip

        Yep, you let your hottest hitter take a cut there

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

        Yep, he just missed it.

  • Thaaaaaaaaaaaayankeeswin

    Why don’t you let him throw some Chavy!!! Damn it

  • Hummingbird S.

    this is inexcusable… Beckett had just walked a guy to load the bases and went 3-0 so he decides to SWING THE FUCKING BAT? REALLY?

  • Chilango

    Chavy missed it FUCK

  • DERP

    Ibanez will homer here but still.

  • AaronGuielWithASmile

    I don’t mind Chavez swinging away on 3-0, because he will never see a better pitch to hit than that fastball.

    But man, you can’t let Beckett off the hook like that.

  • Thaaaaaaaaaaaayankeeswin

    He’s having a hard time hitting the zone, make him do it 2 ties in a row

  • Chip

    Seriously, he got a fastball straight over the middle of the plate. It was a good decision to let him swing, just a poor outcome

  • DERP

    brutal

  • AaronGuielWithASmile

    Well, fuck.

  • Kramerica Industries

    Chavez and Ibanez just saved Beckett’s bacon.

    That was brutal.

  • Need Pitching & Hitting

    Serious RISPFAIL today.

  • Anthony

    Damn it. Whatever, we’re still up 3.

  • Widget

    Damn it all to hell. That was terrible. Oh that beckett what a gamer, what an ace. Yankees suck. :(

    • Mike N

      Yes, the team with the 3-0 lead, “suck[s]”.

      • captain kiwi

        duh. they also have the best record in the al. yankees suck.

  • captain kiwi

    shit. that suuuuuuuuuckssssssss.

  • The Real Greg

    It is now up to Kuroda to go 1-2-3 and throttle that momentum right away

  • Mike N

    Hiroki is money tonight.

  • stuart a

    chavez with a big f up.

    should be 5 zip or more.

    hope it does not come back to haunt them.. Jeez…………….

    • Anthony

      A-Rod would have done the same, right? :D

      • captain kiwi

        maybe it’s 3rd basemen in general that stuart hates.

  • Rocky Road Redemption

    Enjoying the game, great to watch Hiroki work, but I’m going to be negative for a moment and ask, yet again: At what point are we going to believe the O’s are for real?

    Sometimes teams simply have a way of performing that defies usual statistical proof-like Freddy Garcia managing to get outs despite the high number of players he’s put on base.

    So sure, their run differential is astounding. And yet, we have a month and a half left in the season and as of now they have one of the wildcard spots. The sample size is no longer small. More than that, they’re only five games back of the Yankees. And they’re showing no signs at all of slowing down.

    Let’s just factor them in to the potential postseason picture as legitimate contenders and move on.

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

      Six games back, and I’ll take them seriously when they have a neutral of better run differential.

    • Robinson Tilapia aka Melky’s Webmaster

      I think that, at some point, you have to stop overachieving. We’re at the point, though, that you can’t just assume that will happen during the regular season. Maybe they’re one game and out as a WC team. Maybe they can’t do this again in 2013. I’m certainly at the point, though, where I don’t exactly want to watch them gain ground.

      • Rocky Road Redemption

        Yeah, that’s basically how I feel.

        I mean seriously, we’re past the “LOL, Orioles” stage at least. But you wouldn’t know it by most people’s reactions.

    • Will The Thrill

      O’s are just lucky. Just like the Diamondbacks last year. Their run differential speaks for them. They’ve won an insane amount of one run/close games which have put them in the pennant race.

      • Rocky Road Redemption

        You’ve made my point though. The Diamondbacks made the playoffs.

    • Get Phelps Up

      They’re a better team than we thought coming into the season but seriously, 23-6 in 1-run games and 12-2 in extra innings? That screams “unsustainable” to me.

      • Rocky Road Redemption

        It does to me too, but when do we stop assuming the slipper will fall? They’ve been like that the entire season; they only need about a month and half more of good baseball to get one of the 2 wildcards. And if the Yankees hit a bad patch while the O’s are playing well they’re close enough now that they may actually end up being a legitimate threat.

  • Robinson Tilapia aka Melky’s Webmaster

    I’ll drop in for a few. Why not.

    Melky Cabrera: Among the dumbest men alive, or dumbest man alive?

    • Pasta Stumbling Sojo

      Ha, awesome handle.

    • Tom

      I believe the term is “most dumberest”

    • Brian S.

      He’s a “headcase” or something.

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

      What’d he do this time?

      • Pasta Stumbling Sojo

        You didn’t read about the website thing?

      • Need Pitching & Hitting
        • http://thecarsboneblog.tumblr.com Raul Ibanez AKA Tom Marvolo Riddle

          “In a bizarre attempt to avoid a 50-game drug suspension, San Francisco Giants star Melky Cabrera created a fictitious website and a nonexistent product designed to prove he inadvertently took the banned substance that caused a positive test under Major League Baseball’s drug program.”

          That’s all I had to read to think wait…no. You’re fucking with me, no body is that dumb to think they could pull that off…

    • dkidd

      just when I thought melky couldn’t be any dumber, he goes and makes a fake web site and……

      totally redeems himself!

  • The Real Greg

    THROTTLE THEM KURODA

  • Chilango

    Well we let Lester off the hook so what the fuck may as well do the same for Beckett

  • Will The Thrill

    Jeez. Yankees really need to stop giving Beckett breaks like that.

  • Arya

    One of Mike’s posts tomorrow should be titled- Should Hiroki Kuroda win the Cy Young?

    • Brian S.

      Only if he gets Ellsbury and Crawford out.

    • AaronGuielWithASmile

      No he shouldn’t. But he’s been awesome all year.

      • Rocky Road Redemption

        You’re right, but it does raise the question: If Ichiro keeps this up will he be in the running?

        • Need Pitching & Hitting

          Ichiro?

        • Rocky Road Redemption

          GAAAAH should say Hiroki, not Ichiro.

    • Chip

      Verlander, Felix, Sale and Price would all like to have a word with you

  • Will The Thrill

    I’m so glad Jacoby Ellsbury’s contract with the devil has expired.

  • Thaaaaaaaaaaaayankeeswin

    Boom

  • jjyank

    Just got back from cooking/eating dinner…seems to be an awful lot of negativity considering the way the game has gone. And yes, I’ve been watching the whole time. I can watch and cook/eat, just not comment.

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

      I cooked, ate, and commented all while watching earlier. Get on my level.

      • Mike N

        What’d you guys make for dinner?

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

          A simple grilled chicken burrito, with chopped onions and tomatoes and jalapenos. Salt, Pepper, Paprika, Tabasco roasted peppers sauce on the chicken. T’was delicious. I also was only commenting while eating if being truthful.

          • jjyank

            So…I win?

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

              You did eat yourself…so yeah.

              • jjyank

                Score!

          • Mike N

            Sounds good!

      • jjyank

        Maybe your kitchen is just closer. Though my apartment is small as hell, so probably not. But when you make balsamic vinaigrette glazed pork rib-eye while commenting on RAB, you let me know :P

        I was fucking delicious, by the way.

        • DERP

          You ate yourself?

          • jjyank

            *It.

            Though my previous female partners would have agreed with my spelling error.

          • Brian S.

            You’d watch

        • Mike N

          YEAH! I love pork chops!

  • The Real Greg

    Good job Kuroda. Get 1-2 more innings and finish them off.

  • Hummingbird S.

    it’s a joy to watch Hiroki pitch… hitters can’t hit anything hard

  • DERP

    GOD

  • Hummingbird S.

    ICHIRO!! Slugger!!

  • Anthony

    ICHY, BABY!

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/roadgeek/ Roadgeek Adam

    ICHIRO 7th!

  • Mike N

    MANUFACTURING MOAR RUNS!!!!!

  • jjyank

    Ichrio can hit as many homers as he wants.

  • Get Phelps Up

    ICHRO!!! Again!

  • Chilango

    ICHIRO!!!

  • captain kiwi

    ichiro!!!!! I LOVE IT

  • Alkaline

    He likes the short porch

  • Kramerica Industries

    Ichiro?

    Nah, no snarky comments. This is too funny.

  • CBean

    ICHIROX2!!!

  • Brian S.

    Ichiro is doing that to give Kuroda moral support.

    • Betty Lizard

      LOL!

  • flamingo

    HAHAHAHA

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

    “Brought in to manufacturer runs” homers twice…Ladies and Gentleman ICHIRO SUZUKI!!!

  • Need Pitching & Hitting

    I guess he can homer whenever he wants … at least when Beckett is on the mound.

    ICHIRO!!!!
    (Kuroda must be providing emotional support before AB’s)

    • Brian S.

      lol. How dumb would it be if he was purposely avoiding home runs to slap infield singles to the third baseman?

      • Rocky Road Redemption

        I heard a story like that about Ty Cobb. When he started hearing people call Ruth the better hitter he got really pissed and said that if he wanted to he could hit home runs too, he just chose not to. Then he went on a a week long tear where he hit like ten home runs or some absurd number like that.

        Then, having proved his point, he went back to hitting singles.

        (Ruth, for his part, said something along the lines of, “I could hit 600 if I tried for all those dinky singles.”)

  • Chip

    Too awesome for words

  • klemy

    Ichiro! has determined that he likes homering.

  • The Real Greg

    ICHIRO!!

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

    Anybody listening to the radio? I’d love to hear what John and Suzyn have to say about this.

    • CBean

      what’s the call? there better be no mentions of A-bombs

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

        No, something about the Rising Sun…it’s slightly racist but also boring.

        • Heisenberg’s Hat

          I think it’s more than “slightly” racist.

          “The Yankees rising son says Sayonara!”

          Like the only thing there is to say about Ichiro is that he’s Japanese.

    • Big Members Only (formerly RI$P FTW)

      John: “Do I smell kimchee??”
      Suzyn: “Nope! It’s just my time of the month!”

  • Tom

    OK he seriously needs to stop doing that.

    Get on 1st, steal, sac bunt, sac fly is a much better way to score,.

  • CBean

    aw clearly Jeter’s a bust

  • Athenian

    Land of the Rising Sun >>>>>>>>>>>>>Bud Light Beckett

    • OMG! Bagels!

      I’d say sushi is better than fried chicken but I love fried chicken and hate sushi.

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

        Don’t get me wrong…fried chicken is great. But how in the fuck do you hate sushi?

        • Boston Red Sox

          Don’t get me wrong…fried chicken is great.

          We’re definitely on the same page there!!

        • Heisenberg’s Hat

          I’ve never had sushi. I can’t get past the raw fish thing.

  • Get Phelps Up

    Ichiro has as many homers tonight as Cliff Lee does wins.

    • flamingo

      These comparisons will never not be funny.

    • jjyank

      Ichiro to teh 6th!!?

  • OMG! Bagels!

    Tampa Bay. Whateves

    • Brian S.

      Should be some real annoying ass games against them in September.

  • Hummingbird S.

    cheap ass homer

  • Kramerica Industries

    Oof.

  • Cy Pettitte

    Kuroda’s ERA is still under 3 (2.99), nobody panic.

    • OMG! Bagels!

      I’m sorry but panic is what we do around here. Just lean into it. It will hurt less.

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

    First mistake Kuroda’s made in a couple starts.

  • DERP

    save situation. is there anything hiroki won’t do for this team?

  • Kramerica Industries

    Put the clamps down, Hirok.

    No letting the Sox back in to this one.

  • Anthony

    Bleh, it happens. C’mon Kuroda, finish ‘em!

  • Chip

    It’d be nice to have old Joba back right now to bring in instead of Eppley

    • Brian S.

      It will be interesting to see what happens with Joba. I really hope he is just going through regular post TJS struggles.

  • Chilango

    NOW the ump’s tightening the zone? WTF

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

    That 1-1 was a strike for Josh earlier in the game. I hate saying shit like that, but it’s true.

  • Pasta Stumbling Sojo

    I have to say, great showing on this thread tonight. Lots of gems.

  • Kramerica Industries

    The 2013 Astros might break the 2003 Tigers AL record of 119 losses.

    • Chip

      They just may never win again

  • Chilango

    Great outing for Kuroda.

  • Brian S.

    Only 3 K’s in 7. Was Kuroda lucky?

    • Need Pitching & Hitting

      Not really. Lots and lots of weak contact.

      • Chip

        Lots of swinging early in the count too

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

      Nope, generated a lot of weak contact. Apart from the homer to A-Gon I don’t think there was one hard hit ball.

  • Get Phelps Up

    1 run in his last 16 innings allowed by Hiroki against the teams with the most and 3rd most runs scored in baseball.

  • Haywood Jablowmy

    Just got home
    Is kuroda dealing or what , does he go back out for the 8th?

    • Chip

      You have David Robertson, use him

    • Brian S.

      I would imagine since it is a save situation that they will use D-Rob-Soriano

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

      He is still in the dug out…we’ll see.

  • http://twitter.com/nomchompsky Nom Chompsky

    Fun fact of the evening:

    Derek Jeter has a higher OPS than any qualifying player on the Philadelphia Phillies.

  • Tom

    Send him 3-2 with Grandy up? (I keed, I keed)

  • Chip

    This is where we miss A-Rod, we’re soooooo lefty heavy right now

  • Will The Thrill

    Andrew Miller needs to go back to sucking.

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

    I personally would go to the righty McGehee or Nix here. It is still only a 3 run game and Boston’s offense isn’t the reason they’re struggling?

    • The Real Greg

      Defense

    • Brian S.

      I’m Ron Burgandy?

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

        hahahaha.

    • Chilango

      Right, no way Chavy hits.

    • jjyank

      You…you would bring in Nix? Nix??!! The BASEBALL PLAYER??!!

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

        As much shit as I give him he’s ok against lefties…

        • jjyank

          I know. Just having fun.

    • Tom

      Chavez glove is a clear upgrade over those guys though. Don’t mind the move – seems like that’s a 50/50 move.

      It would have been interesting had he reached as I’m not sure Girardi would have pinch hit for Ibanez.

    • Need Pitching & Hitting

      McGehee is already in the game.
      I’d rather keep Chavez’ defense with already a 3-run lead.

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

        Wow..he’s obviously hasn’t had a memorable AB this game cause I had no idea.

        • Need Pitching & Hitting

          yeah, he’s been easy to miss today.

  • Haywood Jablowmy

    Good call kuroda still has good stuff ride that horse

    • Brian S.

      You’d watch?

  • grumphat

    Uh…Kuroda pitched well but he was clearly getting a little sloppier in the 6th and especially 7th. Why not bring D-Rob in, especially when Joe was so eager to get Eppley/Logan up? Joe must have threesomes with Eppley and Logan (and Rapada sometimes too) he loves using them so much

    • jjyank

      Because Kuroda has pitched well and you can’t burn the pen in every game?

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

    Silly commercial, everybody knows it takes much longer than inbetween inning to grill sausage. Especially with charcoal.

  • Anthony

    Is Girardi going to keep Hirok in for the whole game? That seems so… un-Girardi like..

    • Need Pitching & Hitting

      I seriously doubt he’ll pitch the ninth.

      • Anthony

        No good reason to keep him in. Still a save situation, time to bring in Sori.

  • Chilango

    Hope Kuroda has enough gas for one more…

  • Haywood Jablowmy

    Really hate this ciriaco guy.

  • Need Pitching & Hitting

    I love Hirok just for getting Ciriaco out 3 times.

    • Anthony

      Seriously! Ciriaco batting .516 before this game against the Yanks (yes, yes, small sample size I know, but annoying none the less).

  • Tom

    Awesome that even Francona is predicting Ciriaco regression.

    He’s actually been pretty good in the booth this year.

    I also like that occasionally when he realizes he has said something amazingly obvious he will call himself out for it.

    • The Guns of Navarone

      I’ve been surprised as well. He really hasn’t been bad this year.

  • captain kiwi

    god i love hiroki.

  • Mike N

    Kuroda is fucking bad ass!

  • jjyank

    That two seamer was 2011 Colon-like. Nasty.

  • Chip

    Man, I think Kuroda’s sinker is getting better. That thing is just flying away from the lefties

  • Haywood Jablowmy

    Kuroda needs to teach Hughes that 2 seamer.

  • Mike N

    I don’t think he will pitch the ninth with this pitch count.

    • captain kiwi

      agreed. his stuff is still good, but i don’t think joe would let him get to 120+

      • Chilango

        Kuroda’s night is done.

  • Hummingbird S.

    Stellar game Hiroki!

  • Need Pitching & Hitting

    Dominance. Again. HIROK.

  • Brian S.

    Hmmmm. I hope all these innings don’t add up on Kuroda. We need him for next season.

  • The Real Greg

    Well done Kuroda

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

    There’s no words for how great Kuroda’s been this season.

  • Get Phelps Up

    Hiroki Kuroda, 37 year old pitcher who had spent his whole career prior to this year in Japan and the NL West, is the proud owner of a 2.96 ERA in the AL East and Yankee Stadium.

    • Brian S.

      > CC

  • Tom

    Major props to Girardi for not being a slave to the pitch count and realizing that Kuroda was dealing and leaving him in there.

  • The Real Greg

    If they pinch hit with Jones, Bobby would have countered.

    • Brian S.

      Good. Make them use another pitcher.

      • The Real Greg

        If that’s the only reason, its not worth it.

        • Hummingbird S.

          It’s always nice that we have to clarify this to you, so here we go again:

          Ibanez vs LHP – .531 OPS
          Jones vs RHP – .784 OPS

          that’s why you make the change

  • Brian S.

    Why is Ibanez batting against a lefty?

    • Need Pitching & Hitting

      They want him in the game for his defense.

      /onlyhalfkidding

    • The Real Greg

      Bobby would have countered with Tazawa.

  • Tom

    And just as I give him props he leaves Ibanez in to face a lefty….. (because he’s up 3 and it apparently doesn’t matter)

    • Need Pitching & Hitting

      I’d normally agree, but with the way Jones has looked in the OF lately, I don’t really mind keeping Ibanez in the game for defense.

      I can’t believe I just said I want Ibanez in the game for defense.

      • Get Phelps Up

        They still could put Swish in the OF and McGehee or Chavez at first.

        • Tom

          Or put Jones in RF where his range is less of a liability (Ichiro to lF)

  • captain kiwi

    russ gets on and they int. walk ichiro to get to mcgehee. that would make my day.

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

      I’d laugh too.

  • The Guns of Navarone

    Sooooo, how much is it gonna cost to bring Kuroda back next season? $13 mil? Does he even want a multi-year deal?

    • Brian S.

      I dunno but qualify the shit out of him just in case.

  • Get Phelps Up

    Not even the immortal Ciriaco can stop Ichiro!

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

    Ichy!

  • OMG! Bagels!

    wheels

  • jjyank

    Is Ichiro the fastest guy over 35 in the league?

  • Need Pitching & Hitting

    McGehee 0-4 on 8 pitches today. And 1 was a K.

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

      not the best day.

      • Need Pitching & Hitting

        Definitely not.

  • Mike N

    MFIKY!

  • The Real Greg

    Damnit Soriano. Pull itr together

  • Widget

    and here comes Soriano to blow it. I miss Mo so very very much.

    • The Real Greg

      WROOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOONG

    • Need Pitching & Hitting

      wtf are you talking about?

    • jjyank

      Or a double play. Yay for overreactions?

    • Brian S.

      Oh.

    • Widget

      The reverse jinx worked perfectly. Yay me.

      • jjyank

        Yeah, okay.

  • Need Pitching & Hitting

    Thank you runt.

  • Brian S.

    Leadoff runners are lame.

  • Chilango

    Sori gets the DP. Big sigh of relief

  • Tom

    Orel apparently though it was key for Pedroia to get on.

    The lay man would think an out would be fine, but Orel gives you that special insight into the game.

  • OMG! Bagels!

    We’re in untuck territory.

  • OMG! Bagels!

    CAn’t beleive it’s before 11

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

    #untuck

  • Thaaaaaaaaaaaayankeeswin

    Good win

  • The Real Greg

    UNTUCK

  • CBean

    #untuck

  • OMG! Bagels!

    UNTUCK MF

  • Get Phelps Up

    Untuck!

    Definitely one of the most fun wins of the year.

  • captain kiwi

    beautiful.

  • jjyank

    Un. Tuck. Good game, boys.

  • Need Pitching & Hitting

    #UNTUCK

    #HIROK

  • Brian S.

    WE FINALLY BEAT THE RED SOX AT HOME!!!

  • Mike N

    AWESOME GAME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Adios, friends!

  • LiterallyFigurative

    Good night , Boston!

  • Hummingbird S.

    great win! good night fellas

  • Bartolo

    Untuck baby

  • Anthony

    What a satisfying win. Cheers.