Aug
26

Game 127: End of the Line

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This six-game road trip through middle America is already guaranteed to be a total dud, but 2-4 sure looks a lot better than 1-5. I guess it does, anyway. The Yankees haven’t been able to score runs lately other than when Derek Jeter and Nick Swisher drive themselves in, and I’m sure Ubaldo Jimenez will further test that theory this afternoon. Here’s the starting nine…

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

RHP Freddy Garcia

This afternoon’s game starts a little after 1pm ET and can be seen on YES. Try to enjoy.

Categories : Game Threads

492 Comments»

  1. The Real Greg says:

    The real positive way to look at this is that if we win today, the net loss on this bad road trip will be one game.

    Let’s hope the Yankees don’t run into more bad luck and just missed pitches.

  2. stuart a says:

    cano zero rbi’s in 11 games. ouch.

    i forgot rbi’s mean jack since it is a stat dependent on others. after all Cano never has a chance to drive in a run.

    the great cano is on pace for what 90 rbi’s if he is lucky? give him a raise in yankee foolishness…..

    • jjyank says:

      Starting early, I see.

    • FIPster Doofus says:

      I never look at RBIs, but you’re not really wrong in this instance. Sixty-eight through 125 games is an inordinately low number for Cano. That’s only an 87-RBI pace for 162 games.

    • Need Pitching & Hitting says:

      nobody ever said driving in runs doesn’t matter…
      RBI’s are a flawed stat because they don’t account for how many opportunities….and aren’t a good way to evaluate a player’s ability or performance without a lot of context to go along with the stat….
      Cano definitely hasn’t gotten the job done in regards to driving in runs …. but you need more than just his RBI total to know that …. RBI don’t tell if the low total is because he’s lacked opportunities or he hasn’t been productive …. in Cano’s case he’s had a ton of opportunities, but you wouldn’t know that just looking at his RBI total ….Jeter has a lower RBI total than Cano, but has been much better with RISP ….if you just look at RBI, you’d think Jeter might be worse than Cano, which is one reason why RBI is a flawed stat…
      feel free to keep arguing against strawmen though

  3. Countryclub says:

    15 of the Rays next 19 are vs Tex, NY & Balt. If the yanks are going to pull away again, this will be stretch where it happens.

  4. The Real Greg says:

    Last time they face Jimenez, it took them awhile to get to him.

  5. jjyank says:

    Take that, shift.

  6. Chilango says:

    The big picture is we’re .500 since the all-star break and need to figure out the RISPFAIL and pitching (middle relief LOOGY ROOGY) issues. If Andy and A-Rod come back strong that will help, but it won’t by itself fix the problem(s). We go head to head with the Rays a bunch of times so at least there won’t be any excuses. Time to put up or shut up.

  7. jjyank says:

    Wow, Ubaldo hasn’t had a 1-2-3 first inning all season? So glad the Yankees didn’t trade for him.

    • jjyank says:

      Also, my fantasy baseball opponent this week has Jimenez, and actually started him today. So yeah, let’s destroy him.

      • Kramerica Industries says:

        During my streaming yesterday, some schmuck stole Carlos Santana from me. This schmuck being my opponent, and having won 12 of his last 13 matchups (the only loss coming to…wait for it…me).

        My response? Plucked John Jaso, who’s OPS was nearly 100 points higher and has the same flexibility. I also already have Jonathan Lucroy.

        Those guys have no idea who they’re up against.

  8. Having a shitty day so far, hopefully the Yankees can cheer me up a little bit. In the completely related to my shitty day department: does anybody know how to get coffee out of a carpet with only windex, lysol, hand sanitizer, hand soap, paper towels, and a sponge?

  9. The Real Greg says:

    Nasty pitch. Tex has gone cold

  10. Eddard says:

    Quick, name the last time a Yankee hitter got a hit to drive in a RISP without hitting a HR.

  11. The Real Greg says:

    ANother hard hit ball that doesn’t find grass.

    Combination of bad luck and great pitching

  12. Kramerica Industries says:

    God, if the first inning is indicative of another crappy game on this ‘trip…

  13. Ron says:

    Shocker another can gets let of the hook.

  14. The Real Greg says:

    Their BaBIP with runners in scoring position is way below the league average.

    • Chilango says:

      The shift other teams put on us probably accounts for at least some of that. Grandy, Tex and sometimes Cano get the shift. Maybe if our guys could learn to hit the other fucking way the BaBIP would go up. If they can’t (Tex) then just suck it up.

    • Matt says:

      28th in BABIP, but it’s NOT bad luck:

      23rd in LD%
      29th in IFFB% (i.e., 2nd highest percentage)
      15th in FB%
      18th in GB%
      1st in HR/FB%

      So they have some of the lowest rates of the types of hits that increase your BABIP (LD, GB), and one of the highest rates of infield pop ups (pretty much never a hit). They also have the highest rate of HR/FB, and HR are not counted as balls in play. So basically, most of their non-HR fly balls are being converted relatively easily into outs, which you can see with your eyes since a lot of them are lazy fly balls.

  15. stuart a says:

    3 blind mice. cano, tex, and grandy. they have not done jack in at least 2 weeks.

    tex never adjusts… to say he looks for the fastball is a understatement…

    more incompetence with risp…the beat goes on……….

    • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan says:

      I’m starting to like you as more than a friend.

    • jjyank says:

      …….

      ……

      ……

    • FIPster Doofus says:

      Everyone’s going to jump on you as usual, but your frustration is hardly unwarranted.

      • jjyank says:

        I disregard anyone who spews the same crap over and over and completely disappears when good things happen. stuart only complains and sounds like a grumpy old man. He never makes a real point or contributes to a discussion. At this point, I don’t even read what he says.

    • Athenian says:

      The key statement is Tex, he never adjusts and you can get him out with a change up going aways from the left, just as with Cano you can get him out with a slider inside going down but out of the zone – aim for the back inside corner. Both will fish for those pitches each time – Cano had a game a month ago where he swung and three of those same pitches in a row, never close.

  16. The Real Greg says:

    Ump screwed Freddy

  17. Athenian says:

    Yankee 3rd baseman Joe Sewell, played 14 yrs in the majors, 11 with Cleveland, struck out ONLY 114 in his entire career.

    by comparison, Yankees have 2 hitters who hit that mark by the All Star break.

  18. Chilango says:

    Freddy looks good today…

  19. Jag says:

    Those drums are annoying.

    • jjyank says:

      Yeah, but way better than that ridiculous Tomahawk chant/song thing that Atlanta does 3 times an inning. I put my TV on mute a few times when the Yanks played the Braves.

      • Jag says:

        Agreed about Atlanta, thankfully we don’t play them that often.

        Hawk’s home run call for the Chi Sox may still be the most annoying though.

        • jjyank says:

          Totally agreed. I had to listen to the White Sox broadcast when they played them. Well, I didn’t have to really, but if I can avoid running my xbox for 3 hours for mlb.tv and just use cable instead, I will. His home run calls make my ears bleed.

  20. Brian S. says:

    Why are they giving Phelps extended rest?

  21. The Real Greg says:

    That’s the problem.

    Ibanez: cold
    Jones: cold
    Ichiro: cool
    Chavez: cool
    McGehee: cold

  22. Ron says:

    Hey Greg tell us how good Jimenez is again

  23. Kramerica Industries says:

    RISPY hit.

    Well I’ll be damned.

  24. Matt says:

    With how this team has been going lately, I’m shocked that didn’t deflect right into the second baseman’s glove for a triple play.

  25. Eddard says:

    Ichiro has done it! A non-HR hit with RISP!

  26. The Real Greg says:

    And there’s the good luck. bounced off of Ubaldo’s glove and into no man’s land.

  27. jjyank says:

    Yay RISPHITS

  28. Brian S. says:

    I think they will bring back Ichiro for another year to replace Ibanez. His marketing value is way too high. Not that I think it would be a good idea but that’s what I think will happen.

  29. The Real Greg says:

    Good quality smallball

  30. Chilango says:

    RBI for Jeter. He earned it. Great AB

  31. Brian S. says:

    Small ball! Using two outs to get one run. Or, how you win in the postseason!

  32. Mike N says:

    Why is Tampa off today? I’ve never heard of a Sunday off day before.

    • jjyank says:

      Republican National Convention in Tampa, I believe.

      • Mike N says:

        Could be. This is what I found on the Rays Web site:

        Sunday has rarely been a day of rest around baseball. The A’s and Mariners each had a Sunday off at the beginning of the year after opening the season in Japan, but that’s been it in 2012. In fact, that’s the last since 1995, when the Padres and Cardinals were off because of a scheduling conflict with the NFL.

        • Kramerica Industries says:

          Tropicana Field is one of the venues for the RNC, so that’s why. This was a conventional Friday-Sunday set before it was rescheduled. For ticket purposes, I presume, they stuck with all three original first pitch times – that’s why the Rays played a rare (for them) 1:10 game yesterday, even though it was Saturday.

          That game did have an odd feel to it, I must admit.

  33. Jag says:

    A single by Swisher would be wonderful right now

  34. Mike N says:

    Swish!

  35. The Real Greg says:

    And a bonus run with 2 outs.

  36. Kramerica Industries says:

    Freddy staked to another 3-0 lead.

    Terrible team this time, however. Make it stand.

  37. Anthony says:

    I can’t believe my eyes! Is it really happening???

  38. Robinson Tilapia aka Melky's Webmaster says:

    Holy shit. When’d the Yanks reacquire Swisher?

    • jjyank says:

      You didn’t hear? He failed his physical in Boston for not having enough douche-bag in his system, so the trade fell through.

  39. Chilango says:

    Another RISP hit and with two outs. WOW

  40. RISPHITS and SMALL BALL are we winning the right way yet?

  41. Brian S. says:

    No RBI for Cano

  42. Gene Okerlund says:

    Good to see the team finally playing baseball the right way. But they still left runners on base again. AS USUAL.

  43. Need Pitching & Hitting says:

    Defensive Specialist.

  44. The Real Greg says:

    That’s on Stewart.

  45. forensic says:

    Hooray for defense first catchers!!! I’m sure that was Freddy’s fault too, right Greg?

  46. The Real Greg says:

    This ump is pissing me off

  47. The Real Greg says:

    And Stewart makes up for it

  48. He was bound to get lucky at some point.

  49. Kramerica Industries says:

    Excellent throw from Stewart.

  50. Paul VuvuZuvella says:

    Take that all you Stewie bashers!

  51. RetroRob says:

    Nice throw.

    George Kontos would still be more valuable to the Yankees now.

  52. Anthony says:

    Redemption for Stewart!

  53. Jag says:

    Good throw, good tag. Nice inning.

  54. stuart a says:

    hallelujah some hits with RISP. I am asking for a 150 avg with RISP not the white sox 290.. just a reasonable 250..

    cano is not a franchise player. he is the best 2b in baseball but is 29, has no speed and poor plate discipline. he has a beautiful swing but a 7 year deal at monster money is insane………..

    • There is some sense in this. I agree, he’s the best 2nd baseman in baseball, but he doesn’t deserve a 7 year deal. However, you don’t need an albatross contract to be a “franchise player.” I’d sign him to a 5 year deal in a heart beat, because his swing is so good and his plate discipline has gotten much better (still not great, but he can hit bad balls anyway when he’s hot)

  55. stuart a says:

    hallelujah some hits with RISP. I am asking for a 250 avg with RISP not the white sox 290.. just a reasonable 250..

    cano is not a franchise player. he is the best 2b in baseball but is 29, has no speed and poor plate discipline. he has a beautiful swing but a 7 year deal at monster money is insane………..

  56. jjyank says:

    Chris Stewart:

    y u no do dat moar?

  57. Mike N says:

    Awesome tag!

  58. Jag says:

    I wonder if Cleveland will deal Shin-Soo Choo next year.

  59. The Real Greg says:

    Good curveball

  60. Chilango says:

    Grandy strikes out on a change. It’s either the slider low and away or the change. 155 K’s not good

  61. Mick taylor says:

    Watching Russell Martin makes me appreciate how great posada was and maybe how spoiled were to have him.”you don’t know what you got till you lose it”. John Lennon.

  62. Countryclub says:

    It’s going to be real interesting to see what the yanks do with Grandy. I just can’t imagine giving him a 5 yr deal at the money he’s going to want/get from another team.

  63. Need Pitching & Hitting says:

    Dammit Robbie. Freddy has enough trouble getting 3 outs in an inning.

  64. forensic says:

    Nice catch Robbie!

  65. Brian S. says:

    OT but I think that Fathead commercial where Justin Verlander saves that dude who is suffocating on the chicken bone and is all: “No problem, you aren’t the first guy I have seen choke” is ironic considering his playoff ERA is around 6.

  66. stuart a says:

    yanks need to make some roster moves in the offseason else they can fall like a house of cards all at once…

    old, slow, etc…..

    they need to change things up fast.

    nice play robbie way to help out the nibbler.

  67. Ron says:

    That was just bad luck no skil involved.

    Thanks,

    Greg

  68. The Real Greg says:

    He was kind of pitching around Choo

  69. The Real Greg says:

    COME ON

  70. Kramerica Industries says:

    Holy shit, where the hell was that pitch?

  71. Need Pitching & Hitting says:

    fuck this umpire

  72. Brian S. says:

    That was a strike!

  73. Need Pitching & Hitting says:

    Great job by Freddy, considering he needed to get 4 outs, and the hitter got 4 strikes.

  74. Kramerica Industries says:

    At least it didn’t come back to hurt them.

  75. Anthony says:

    Phew… Indians just pulled a “Yankees”

  76. stuart a says:

    they need to add on now and end this crap early…

    jimenez is all over the place.

    that was strike 3 on ball 3. above the knee and over the plate….

  77. Chilango says:

    Why would you H&R with Stewart?

  78. RetroRob says:

    I don’t think Rose said that. He follows his ABs. I doubt he’s watching every one of his ABs. That means Rose follows every Yankee game.

  79. “The throw’s not nearly in time, they got him”- John Sterling

  80. Pasta Stumbling Sojo says:

    By the way, I started watching a little late, so I’ve been catching up on MLB.tv and just skimmed this thread. I see a bunch of people responding to stuart a in earnest. I’m pretty sure someone recently outed him as his Mets-fan roommate who is here to troll.

  81. Mike N says:

    Great to see Cano hitting better!

  82. Brian S. says:

    Looks like Robbie’s June was just a spike in HR/FB percentage. I thought he would for sure get to 35 after that June but now I’m not sure he will get to 30.

  83. Mike N says:

    Somebody on the Indians’ grounds crew is getting shitcanned!

  84. Brian S. says:

    Maybe Cano should leadoff since he can’t hit with runners on.

  85. Nathan says:

    Cleveland’s broadcast team is absolutely horrible.

    Sucks there isn’t a YES broadcast on MLB/Comcast today.

  86. The Real Greg says:

    But again that was a 2 out started rally, so I expected nothing.

    I still wonder how Tex managed to hit over .300 with that swing

    • Pasta Stumbling Sojo says:

      Why would you expect nothing? You’re so extreme about everything. Do teams score 0% of the time when there are 2 outs and a runner on 2nd? I expect the Yankees to score around 1/3 of the time in those cases (over league average, and around what the Yanks have done this year), so I’m a little (but not very) disappointed when they don’t.

  87. Brian S. says:

    Hanging slider right down the middle. Popout.

    • forensic says:

      I have no idea why Jimenez was dumb enough to throw Tex a fastball his last AB to let him get a single. He’s shown overall and especially in his matchups with Jimenez that he has no chance against his breaking stuff, especially the split and/or change.

  88. Hummingbird S. says:

    just got home, quick recap anyone?

  89. Gene Okerlund says:

    Cano stat-padding as usual, taking his extra bases with two outs and nobody on.

  90. stuart a says:

    have a friggin parade they scored 3 runs in 5 innings off a bum…

    texiera sucks as much as cano and granderson. 3,4, and 5 have done crap in weeks.

    i wonder what Cano’s avg is with no one on versus RISP, anyone have that stat?????????????????????????

  91. Brian S. says:

    The Indians have a guy on their team named Ezequiel.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xhsndn_GeXQ

  92. stuart a says:

    cano 250 risp….

  93. Kramerica Industries says:

    Unreal.

    Get the final out, for cripes’ sake.

  94. Brian S. says:

    Fuck. Do you put in Logan/Rapada?

  95. The Real Greg says:

    Bad luck for Freddy

  96. Nathan says:

    Freddy Freddy Freddy…

  97. Kramerica Industries says:

    All of this has happened from 0 on/2 out.

    Fuck.

  98. Eddard says:

    Joe needs to keep Freddy in to get him the W because getting the pitcher the W is far more important than getting the team the W.

  99. Need Pitching & Hitting says:

    Please don’t blow this fucking game.

  100. Mike N says:

    I’m glad they don’t allow people to bring drums and other noisemakers into Yankee Stadium. Although I do miss Freddy the Pan Man. We have a really nice picture of me, my wife, and Freddy taken outside the Stadium a few months before he died.

  101. Karl Krawfid says:

    Joe G trying to get Freddy through 5, now this game is tight.

    Stupid ass.

  102. Cy Pettitte says:

    same as the White Sox game. you can’t load the bases every inning and get away with it (unless you’re pitching against the Yankees)

  103. stuart a says:

    another train wreck with this peice of shit team…

    girardi 1 batter too late again after all garcia deserves the benefit of the doubt since he is a ace!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!fuckin idiot……….

  104. Mike N says:

    Sweaty Freddy lost the plot.

  105. Brian S. says:

    One batter too late there Joe.

  106. stuart a says:

    i did raul but cano is suppose to be our star, our stud.. he also hits 3rd if you have not noticed……….

    cano sucks… texiera is worse and ajax is better then granderson.. those are the facts….

    agon is a much better hitter then texiera……..not even close………….

  107. Kramerica Industries says:

    This has been a revolting series and revolting road trip.

  108. The Real Greg says:

    All of you saying he should have taken Freddy out before Santana are idiots.

    Even the announcers are saying that he had a quick hook right there.

    • forensic says:

      I fail to see how saying this is necessary. I know you have a sick obsession with Girardi, but people are actually allowed to have different opinions.

      Do the announcers even have Master’s Degrees anyway? I can’t trust their analysis if they don’t.

  109. You know what really Grinds my Gears about the whole “__th inning guy” through out all of baseball? This is probably the biggest defensive moment of the game, and out not-best-relief-pitcher is coming in.

    • The Real Greg says:

      And got out of it.

    • Chilango says:

      Who would you have put in?

    • jjyank says:

      I remember from watching The Bronx Is Burning how Billy Martin brought in Sparky Lyle in the 4th inning in the ALCS. I’d be nice to see a manager with that would buck the current trends like that. Not ripping on Girardi here, just the conventional wisdom.

    • Pasta Stumbling Sojo says:

      I agree in general, but two points that make this not so bad:
      1) It was only the 5th inning. If you bring in your best relievers every time there are runners on in a 1-run game in the 5th, they’ll be pitching most games.
      2) It was Brantley. Not exactly a string of awesome hitters where you needed our best pitchers.

  110. Matt says:

    Girardi’s move right here shows you just how little faith he has in this offense now, and how can you blame him.

    This is the kind of move that reeks of desperation. It’s the kind of move that shows you that he thinks they might not score anything for the entire rest of this game.

    Garcia gave up 2 ground balls, a walk, and a hit by pitch. The first ground ball would have ended the inning if it didn’t hit the bag, and the second wasn’t hit very hard. It’s not like Garcia is getting lit up. In fact, he is inducing weak contact, and Brantley is 0-2 with a K and a groundout in this game.

  111. Kramerica Industries says:

    Offense better have some runs up their sleeve, because there’s very little chance this middle relief can hold onto a one run lead over the next two innings.

  112. Mike N says:

    You can’t just routinely pull your starting pitcher in the fifth inning if he gets in a jam. This is a very basic principle of bullpen management. If anything, Girardi may have pulled Garcia too early in this game.

    • Brian S. says:

      He allowed four straight batters to reach and was >90 pitches. It was absolutely the right move. Freddy isn’t someone that goes deep into games.

    • Chilango says:

      I agree. Freddy got fucked on that grounder that hit the bag. Although his control was not perfect he was down in the zone when he needed to be. Didn’t pitch badly at all.

    • Girardi hardly does it routinely, and I think he just understood who was starting in Freddy. I’ve said before that anything after 5 that Garcia gives you is gravy, and if there’s anybody that should get the quick hook it’s him.

      • Mike N says:

        I wasn’t implying Girardi routinely pulls people to early. I was defending Girardi to the usual suspects here who blame Girardi for not pulling starting pitchers sooner when they get in jams and give up runs.

      • Robinson Tilapia aka Melky's Webmaster says:

        Right now, just win, baby.

    • forensic says:

      Freddy’s not a normal pitcher and the entire bullpen has had 2 of the last 3 days off (and all the middle/matchup guys have had all 3 days off). You absolutely pull him early.

  113. The Real Greg says:

    And to be fair, Freddy got unlucky. Kipnis’s ball hits the bag, Santana hits a ten hopper to where no one is playing. Its the type of luck the Yankees aren’t getting.

  114. Mike N says:

    GRANSY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  115. Cy Pettitte says:

    Grandy finally does something.

  116. Karl Krawfid says:

    Lol Granderson thought he missed it

  117. Kramerica Industries says:

    Get some more.

  118. Need Pitching & Hitting says:

    Lol … looked like Grandy was pissed after the swing.

  119. The Real Greg says:

    Granderson thought he missed it.

    and INSURANCE

  120. Athenian says:

    well he didn’t strike out, so he was due for a hr, I mean a hit.

  121. Robinson Tilapia aka Melky's Webmaster says:

    Look at that. I get back home exactly at the right time. Nice job, Curtis.

    • jjyank says:

      DON’T EVER LEAVE THE TV AGAIN!

      • Robinson Tilapia aka Melky's Webmaster says:

        Kid was bored out of his mind and mommy’s sick. Gotta do what I gotta do.

        • jjyank says:

          Well I hope you’re at least working on his left handed delivery.

        • So you teach him baseball! Or play with him in front of the TV!!

          • Robinson Tilapia aka Melky's Webmaster says:

            HA! He wanted to be out of the house. I could have just taken him to a sports bar, but I was full. :)

            • I tried that once…sports bars aren’t a huge fan of babies believe it or not.

              • jjyank says:

                Sounds like a niche business we could dominate.

                • Wanna watch the game with your buddies, but your wife stuck you with the kid? Come down to JJ Plouffe’s Sports Bar and indoor playground. 20 TVs, multiple beers on tap, and a full indoor play area complete with highly trained child care professionals. Also: had too much to drink? take advantage of our fleet of cars and professional drivers.

                  • jjyank says:

                    I would so invest in that. Sign me up.

                  • Robinson Tilapia aka Melky's Webmaster says:

                    They actually tried exactly that concept here with a place where the top floor was supposed to be a sports bar kind of place, but the bottom floor was a Chuck E Cheese kind of place. The food wound up being absolutely atrocious, no one was in there after 7 PM, and it lasted about a year. Quite possibly the worst establishment to ever get my money in this neighborhood.

                    • What did they do wrong? kids stuff not up to par? Adult stuff not up to par? Shitty location? Bad customer service?

                    • Also, for food, just do pizza! Kids and drunk guys both love the shit out of pizza.

                    • jjyank says:

                      So it would work if the food was good? Alright, I’ll bring my cookbooks.

                      I’m thinking a sports bar that has a McDonalds sort of play place in the next room. As long as the sports bar part is the bigger emphasis, I don’t see why people would leave before 7.

                    • Robinson Tilapia aka Melky's Webmaster says:

                      All of it. Food was awful. $18 for a diner quality burger. Now a high roller like me will pay a lot for an excellent burger, but that wasn’t an $18 burger.

                      Terrible service as well. No idea about what the kids’ stuff looked like. Didn’t have one at the time.

                      I’m pretty sure Kabak lives in my ‘hood. He could chime in as well. He probably knows exactly the place I’m talking about.

                    • I agree that the sports bar should be a bigger part, but you cannot discount the kids stuff either. I mean, if the kids stuff sucks, the kids aren’t going to want to stay long…maybe if there was an awesome arcade as well? Grown ups love arcades, as do children.

                    • Yeah…if I were to ever attempt something like this I doubt our food would be that expensive. If it was diner/bar quality food it would be diner/bar food prices.

                    • Robinson Tilapia aka Melky's Webmaster says:

                      Chuck E Cheese in the 80′s used to have an actual massive arcade you could play unlimited games at for free. It wasn’t the shit you see now.

                      If the space is big enough that he’s not impeding upon those who honestly don’t want to, and shouldn’t have to, be bothered by him, I honestly don’t mind having him with me. That’s why I like big outdoor beer gardens and stuff like that.

                    • jjyank says:

                      Good call, Plouffy. I’m thinking good food, good service, a McDonalds style tube-play area with with solid arcade (Area 51, Time Crisis anyone?) gets it done. Throw in a ball pit for kicks.

                    • If I had the money to, I would do everything in my power to make this happen.

              • Robinson Tilapia aka Melky's Webmaster says:

                Come to where I live.

                • jjyank says:

                  AL-RIGHT! RAB party at R-Tils’!

                  • Robinson Tilapia aka Melky's Webmaster says:

                    Park Slope is a haven for parents. Any establishment here that doesn’t cater to us (within reason) is out of their mind. Plenty of big spaces where you can have a drink AND have your kid there. Just be out by Happy Hour.

            • In this case though, I agree with JJ, I hope you were working on his delivery.

  122. The Real Greg says:

    and just like with the White Sox and Adam Dunn, that’s why you begrudgingly accept the K’s

  123. jjyank says:

    Thanks, Grandyman.

  124. The Real Greg says:

    And I don’t trust anybody on that bench so I have no problem with this.

  125. Pasta Stumbling Sojo says:

    Ha, “Let’s go Yankees” chants loud and clear around the stadium and the Cleveland fans boo in response. Are they booing themselves for not being good enough fans that they’re out-cheered by the away team?

  126. Need Pitching & Hitting says:

    Lowe warming?
    I was about to complain, but then I remembered who the alternatives are.

  127. Alkaline says:

    I sort of feel bad for the Indians. It seems like they try to make a ru every now and then, but are just a few players shy of being a true contender. Then, they end up with years like this one.

  128. Robinson Tilapia aka Melky's Webmaster says:

    Love the nonchalant walk off the mound there by Logan.

  129. jjyank says:

    *dispenses several cookies*

  130. Mike N says:

    Nice that they honored Glenn at the game.

  131. RetroRob says:

    Chris Stewart swings a bit like a little girl.

    Apologies to any little girls out there.

  132. Need Pitching & Hitting says:

    Nice call, Kay.

  133. Kramerica Industries says:

    What the hell was Michael Kay thinking?

    • The Real Greg says:

      What I was thinking. It sounded like it was gone.

      • Robinson Tilapia aka Melky's Webmaster says:

        Do we have any PhD’s in here? They would have guessed it correctly.

        Now I’m actually curious…..do we?

        • jjyank says:

          No idea. I would have if I could actually have stood another 2-3 years of school. Plus I’m not too fond of the whole “dissertation” thing. You don’t “present” your dissertation, you “defend” it. Not really my style, especially since mine would likely be very controversial.

          • Wouldn’t that make it easier to defend, theoretically? I mean it would also make it easier to argue against, but something controversial usually has very strong opinions attached to it. as a PoliSci major what would your dissertation been about?

            • Robinson Tilapia aka Melky's Webmaster says:

              If the topic was a problem, it’s be stopped at the proposal stage. You’d never see your defense.

            • jjyank says:

              The longest and most comprehensive paper I ever wrote (~40 pages) was about the feasibility of co-opting the pragmatic, political wing of Hamas into being a player for regional peace (I believe it is in fact feasible). Middle Eastern politics is my thing. I had to present that paper in front of a Jewish girl who was hardcore enough to have Hebrew tattoos on her arms, that was nerve-wracking enough.

              • Robinson Tilapia aka Melky's Webmaster says:

                Did you take her home that night?

                • jjyank says:

                  No, she was a bitch. Very loud, ver opinionated. She actually stopped me several times in my presentation, even though I stated as a disclaimer that I was not speaking about the Izz-Addine Al-Qassam Brigade (the militant wing) to say “…wait, so you’re saying Hamas aren’t terrorists??!!??”

                  *sigh*

                  • Robinson Tilapia aka Melky's Webmaster says:

                    You should have taken her home that night.

                  • There is just no getting through to some people. Also, as somebody with very little knowledge of Middle Eastern politics, wouldn’t having an organization as powerful as Hamas is in the Middle East be on the side of regional peace be a great thing? I’m sure you answered the question in your paper, but how could the political world reach out to an organization like Hamas with out deeply violating Israel’s trust?

                    • jjyank says:

                      Well you pretty much summed up the conundrum. But most of the arguments against Hamas’ ability to play that role go back to it’s 1988 charter. When they were elected to office in the mid-2000′s, much of that was renounced, though. What I did in my paper is analyze the language used in the campaign up to that point, the programs suggested once they were there, and the language after they were ousted by the PLO and external forces. My conclusion was that once you get away from the Izz-Addine Al-Qassame Brigade, there are several prominent leaders of Hamas who build hospitals, schools, facilitate sports leagues, champion women’s rights, etc. who could be co-opted to be a part of regional peace. Israel is a bigger problem, in my opinion.

              • Wait…she was a hardcore Jew who had tattoos? She does know that tattoos are expressly forbidden in the Torah right?

          • Robinson Tilapia aka Melky's Webmaster says:

            Gotta choose your committee carefully, then. It’s also rare that, once you get to the point of actually defending it, that they’re going to deny you. They’d have weeded you out long before that if there was a real chance.

            I sat in on my wife’s defense. It was pretty cool.

            Don’t know if I’d ever go back. It’s always an option. The only reason I think I’d do it is if we both want to be on an academic calendar.

            • jjyank says:

              That’s true. The other part of it was there was literally nobody on that faculty that I would have been comfortable with having as my advisor for something so important. I swear I am more intelligent than most of the Rutgers Newark staff. That faculty is a joke.

              • Robinson Tilapia aka Melky's Webmaster says:

                Don’t know much about Rutgers Newark. I know the Dean of Criminology at Rutgers. Really cool guy.

                The odds of one of my wife’s students being a commenter on here are actually not low, but let’s leave it at that.

        • forensic says:

          Not sure about Ph.D.’s, but I do think there is a doctor or two. Maybe the Jose Vazquez guy, that seems to ring a bell for some reason.

    • Jag says:

      I thought there was a good chance it was gone, but yeah Kay called it a bit early. Still a solid hit though.

  134. RetroRob says:

    Swish is really going to help the Red Sox, both on the field and in the club house. Seems like most here has decided a lesser player in right will make the Yankees better.

  135. jjyank says:

    Swish! That is out in YS3.

  136. Robinson Tilapia aka Melky's Webmaster says:

    Cashninja strikes again. Great job getting Swish back from the Sox.

  137. The Real Greg says:

    Another rally started with 2 outs fails. The percentages play the game.

  138. Pasta Stumbling Sojo says:

    Just switched over to the Sox game temporarily to see if they’re gonna lose the series to the Royals, and I hear “… and a visit to the mound by pitching coach Dave Island”! I didn’t realize the Island-man was back as a pitching coach for the Royals. I miss him, mostly for the “Fire Dave Island!” comments.

  139. Brian S. says:

    Damn Joe is really letting Logan go.

  140. Kramerica Industries says:

    Kipnis has been a major pain in the ass.

  141. Mike N says:

    Who’s coming in?

  142. Mike N says:

    D-Rob in the seventh with a lead and one out. Interesting move.

  143. Mike N says:

    Nice job, D-Rob.

  144. RetroRob says:

    George Kontos?

  145. stuart a says:

    nice outing for boone about time.

    girardi only trusts robertson and soriano… joba is far down in the pecking order.

    tex having a really clutch game today…..the softest 81 rbi’s in baseball….

  146. Brian S. says:

    Is Pedro Ciriaco eligible for the batting title?

    • forensic says:

      Sure, they just need to figure out a way to get him 10 AB’s a game the rest of the way. No problem.

      • Brian S. says:

        lol. I’m not sure how much you need to qualify so I figure I would ask.

      • Need Pitching & Hitting says:

        Not necessarily. They can just count outs for the number of PA’s he’s short. Current leader is Trout at .338. Ciriaco would need 170 hits to finish at .339. So after his 2 hits today, he’d only need 122 more hits in the last 34 games, which is only about 3.6 hits/game. Doable.

        On second thought, probably not doable, the Sox don’t have enough games left against the Yankees to make that happen.

    • Mike N says:

      No way. You need 502 plate appearances.

  147. Brian S. says:

    The first and third pitches of that at-bat were right down the middle.

  148. Mike N says:

    Nice breaking pitch!

  149. Mike N says:

    Girardi is not fucking around today.

  150. The Real Greg says:

    4 out save.

  151. Brian S. says:

    D-Rob wasn’t struggling though.

  152. stuart a says:

    why take robertson out? 2 outs and 19 pitches.. no idea why…….

  153. Mike N says:

    Thank god Ichiro was in left field today and not Raul.

  154. Chilango says:

    No reason to take Robbie out and it almost backfired.

  155. Jag says:

    Holy crap that out was scary… good news? It was only one pitch…

  156. The Real Greg says:

    I wonder if Girardi brought him in in order to get him some work.

    • forensic says:

      Yeah, because it’s not like he just threw 28 pitches with terrible stuff just on Friday.

      • The Real Greg says:

        Exactly. That was because he hadn’t pitched since Sunday.

        Get him some work and back in the saddle.

        • forensic says:

          4 out saves and throwing possibly 40-50 pitches in 3 days is not to just get him work or back in the saddle. It’s because the team has been playing terribly and Girardi is desperate to get any win within reach right now (which is reasonable). But it has nothing to do with just getting him some work.

  157. Chilango says:

    a couple of add ons would be nice…

  158. Mike N says:

    Nice “Derek Jeter” cheer!

    • Pasta Stumbling Sojo says:

      Gotta love the boos in response again. If you don’t like it, start your own chant. It’s not like the Yankee fans are going to stop chanting because they’re being booed. Pretty funny.

  159. RetroRob says:

    Well that sucked.

  160. Soriano for some serious UNTUCKage?

  161. Brian S. says:

    Soriano likes to make it interesting against Cleveland.

  162. The Real Greg says:

    WHOA

  163. wow. I thought that caught him in the dome for a second.

  164. RetroRob says:

    Yikes. Can’t lose Soriano, words I never thought I’d be saying earlier in the year.

  165. Need Pitching & Hitting says:

    I don’t even want to think about what would happen if Soriano got hurt.

  166. dontchaknow says:

    if his hat tells him he’s okay. he’s okay

  167. Mike N says:

    Nice win!!!!!!!!!!!

  168. Need Pitching & Hitting says:

    Exhale and Untuck.

  169. Jag says:

    Win. But god that hit to Soriano was scary.

  170. Robinson Tilapia aka Melky's Webmaster says:

    Untuck. A nice victory to have.

  171. forensic says:

    Wasn’t really pretty, but at least they won the series. Time to head back home where they’ve been playing better than on the road. Hopefully that continues against the Bautista-less Jays.

  172. That was a hard earned save…also a quiet lucky one. Every ball was stung pretty hard.

  173. Pasta Stumbling Sojo says:

    It looked to me like the ball hit his glove, with his right hand just behind the web of the glove. But they didn’t give it enough looks to be sure. He seemed perfectly fine though.

  174. The Real Greg says:

    And after that bad road trip, the net loss

    1 game in the standings.

  175. Jimmy McNulty says:

    Much much much needed win. Glad Soriano’s okay. Was that Granderson’s 200th?

  176. Chilango says:

    Hope Soriano is OK. 2-4 on this trip. Time to rock at home.

  177. RetroRob says:

    Two out of three. Let’s hope they can build some traction from there.

    Good game.

  178. Rocky Road Redemption says:

    I don’t know if you guys talked about this or not but Sterling’s call of the Swisher double was hilarious. Disappointing too but I couldn’t even be mad (considering we had the lead already anyway), I just burst out laughing.

    *Crack* And Swisher hits a high drive to deep left field! It is high! It is far! Ittttt is gone!

    [Pauses for a moment while the crowd cheers.]

    No, wait, off the wall for a double. And I really, really thought that was gone. I really, really did.

    We need to get rid of him so badly….

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