Game 128: Home Sweet Home


(AP Photo/Mark Duncan)

Although the Yankees wrapped up the six-game road trip with a win yesterday, I’m glad that run through middle America is over with. It was an ugly trip and I hope getting back to the Bronx will help get some of the bats going. Derek Jeter and Nick Swisher can’t do it all. Here’s the starting lineup…

SS Derek Jeter
DH Nick Swisher
2B Robinson Cano
1B Mark Teixeira
CF Curtis Granderson
3B Eric Chavezstarting four straight games in the field for the first time in a long, long time
C Russell Martin
LF Raul Ibanez
RF Ichiro Suzuki

RHP David Phelps

It was raining quite heavily earlier this morning in New York, but things have cleared up and they shouldn’t have any trouble getting tonight’s game in. First pitch is scheduled for a little after 7pm ET and can be seen on YES. Enjoy.

Steve Pearce Update: The recently-acquired Pearce won’t report to the team until tomorrow, so that’s when the 25-man roster move will be made. I full expect Phelps to be optioned to Triple-A after tonight’s game since they won’t need a fifth starter for a while thanks to Thursday’s off-day.

Categories : Game Threads


  1. jjyank says:

    Rough day at the office today, could really use a Yankee win tonight.

  2. RetroRob says:

    Sam Pearce may not be at tonight’s game, but D-Rob will.

  3. RetroRob says:

    How is it that during all the joking around about future HOFer Casey Kelly that I never knew he was the son of the Yankees Pat Kelly.

  4. Kramerica Industries says:

    Time for some good old fashioned sweepage.

    And hope the Rangers have a solid series as well. Won’t be easy for them tonight, facing David Price.

  5. Eddard the Magnificent says:

    Anything less than a sweep would be a huge disappointment. They should be able to clean up against these guys.

  6. Kramerica Industries says:

    Al Leiter in the booth.

    It’s been a while.

  7. So, this may be pointless, but who is my Tumblr follower from here?

  8. Bunt Gardner says:

    I’m not on Tumblr, but I would like to thank you for the Scarlett Johansson photo.

  9. Eddard the Magnificent says:

    He’s heating up! What a shot! Not even Michael Kay could misjudge that one.

  10. Need Pitching & Hitting says:


  11. Cy Pettitte says:

    that swing….my god.

  12. Cy Pettitte says:

    that swing….my god.

  13. Chilango says:

    Down and in, adios. 1-0

  14. jjyank says:

    Robbie out of his slump? Hope so.

  15. jjyank says:

    Thank you, good sir. I hate Derek Jeter for banging her before me :P

  16. Chilango says:

    Phelps is missing his spots…

  17. Hummingbird S. says:

    how did we score? how did they score?

  18. stuart a says:

    cano first rbi in 13 games, no parade for him yet…….

  19. Tom says:

    Hit and run with Martin?

  20. Hummingbird S. says:

    ibanez is atrocious right now, spring training like

  21. stuart a says:

    ibanez needs a day off. we can get the great complete player andruw jones in the lineup tommorrow. he is a pleasure to watch. just looking to make contact, not trying to hit home runs, the yankee way….

  22. Robinson Tilapia aka Melky's Webmaster says:

    Just got back from a 90 minute massage (a real one, although I can now see the “happy ending” jokes coming from a mile away.) I broke out in laughter at the thought of “Sam Pearce” at least twice. Why do I find this so funny?

    How’s Phelpsy? 22 pitches through two, but a run on the board.

  23. Pasta Stumbling Sojo says:

    I think I’m in the minority here in that I always look forward to Phelps starts. Not because I’m expecting greatness, but because I’m hoping that he can continue to churn out good starts with great peripherals. If he continues to, we can start to imagine him being a bonus reliable starter next year, which would be huge.

    Plus he looks like Mussina, how can you not be excited for a Mussina start?

  24. Erica says:

    Good LAWD, Phelps is so GOOD. Sosososo GOOD.

    I missed Al in the booth. Now we just need Coney.

    ALSO: who here Tweets as @Clay_Bellinger?

  25. Kramerica Industries says:

    That’s three of the last four batters hitting into outs on the 1st pitch.

  26. Just the way Suzyn says “Justin Hermano” I immediately think of Gob from Arrested development saying “Hermano” in that voice.

  27. Robinson Tilapia aka Melky's Webmaster says:

    I smell like Eucalyptus Oil.

  28. Erica says:

    CHAVEZ. You… you flawless man, you.

  29. Need Pitching & Hitting says:

    Hows about some offense now?

  30. Pat D says:

    I know I’m late on this, and I’m posting it here so it gets seen, but I just remember who must be happiest about the Pearce acquisition.

    That’s right, Duh Innings!

  31. Hummingbird S. says:

    it’s time for the offense to do something

  32. I hate when Robbie’s slumping. =P

  33. Cy Pettitte says:

    he’s back!

  34. Robinson Tilapia aka Melky's Webmaster says:


  35. Erica says:

    TOO many home runs, Robbie.


  36. Eddard the Magnificent says:


  37. your mom says:

    Cano likes Hendo.

  38. Chilango says:

    Keep pitching Robbie in and that’s what you get

  39. RetroRob says:

    YS cheapie…thank Mo.

  40. Hummingbird S. says:

    great, another injury

  41. jjyank says:

    ROBBIE: Slump busted.

  42. Erica says:

    What’s wrong with Tex?

  43. Eddard the Magnificent says:

    That doesn’t look good for Teix. Hopefully Sam Pearce is in uniform.

  44. Hummingbird S. says:

    grandy needs to stop swinging at that pitch down and away, way out of the strikezone

  45. RetroRob says:

    I gather there will be a rehab assignment for A-Rod.

  46. Chilango says:

    Chavez goes the other way. Nice AB

  47. RetroRob says:

    He did not look good runing there.

  48. Erica says:


  49. Hummingbird S. says:

    nice for Russ, but that does not look good on Teix.. he’s in pain

  50. Robinson Tilapia aka Melky's Webmaster says:

    That run home did not look like fun for Tex there.

  51. Kramerica Industries says:

    There’s been a lot of physical contact with the baseball tonight.

  52. Eddard the Magnificent says:

    Alvarez might be dead by the time he leaves the game.

  53. your mom says:

    Yay Russ!

  54. your mom says:

    Man on third, one out…….

  55. Robinson Tilapia says:

    Really hope for a cramp there for sure.

  56. pistol pete says:

    They better lock up Cano this winter, if he hits free agency next year the Dodgers will gobble him up, Mattingly loves him. If the Yankees give him 5 or 6 yrs at 22 to 25m he might take it now. God only knows what Boras will get the Dodgers to pay for him after next year. If you want to know the market for superstars consider the Dodogers picked up disasterous contracts on Beckett and Crawford to get Gonzalez at 6 yrs and $21m and gave up 2 top prospects. Cano’s as good a hitter as Gonzalez, fields better, slugs better and runs better.

  57. RetroRob says:

    Really be surprised if Tex comes back out. Even if it’s not major, they’ll be cautious.

  58. RetroRob says:

    Early adolescence, the steroids of the Little League World Series.

  59. Hummingbird S. says:

    that’s about as good as you can expect from ibanez against a lefty

  60. Mike N says:

    Just got home. What the fuck happened to Teix’s leg???

  61. Chilango says:

    What’s up with Tex? A cramp or a pulled calf or something? Did they say?

  62. Tex :( I hope he’s ok…this season has been ridiculous for injuries.

  63. Mike N says:

    They just showed the swing when it happened, and that they have no idea what is wrong.

  64. RetroRob says:

    What the F happened to Casey MceGgheeheee? I know he hasn’t done much, but he’s also had few ABs. Ibanez in against lefties? Now Chavez moves to first?

  65. Kramerica Industries says:

    Jose Bautista looked to be innocuous as well.

    Weird things happen in these Jays/Yankees games at the Stadium.

  66. Hummingbird S. says:

    Comon Phelps, shutdown inning please. Stop walking crappy hitters

  67. Need Pitching & Hitting says:

    God dammit.

  68. jjyank says:

    God damn it. My parents have a nasty habit of calling me when I’m supposed to be watching the game :P How did it get from 1-1 to 4-1?

  69. Eddard the Magnificent says:

    Is that Nova out there? Better get Lowe warming.

  70. Cy Pettitte says:

    walking Kelly Johnson and giving up a HR to Torrrealba is fucking terrible.

  71. pistol pete says:

    Nervous about Tex, can’t lose his bat or glove, hope ARod isn’t far behind.

  72. RetroRob says:

    Get Nova up.


    Actually, I guess now it’s “get Lowe up.”

  73. Kramerica Industries says:

    Well, that didn’t take long.

  74. Hummingbird S. says:

    it will be really tough to beat the Rays with only 2 dependable SP’s. A walk to Kelly Johnson and a HR to Torrealba, simply pathetic.

  75. your mom says:


  76. Jonathan says:

    Damn there isn’t much more frustrating than giving runs right back twice.

  77. Kramerica Industries says:

    Derrek Holland is fricken’ terrible.

  78. your mom says:

    Phelps is kinda HR prone huh?

  79. Youguysaretools says:

    Walks scrub, home run to scrub.

  80. Haha, it’s incredible how quickly this board will turn on a pitcher. Simply incredible.

  81. Erica says:

    Aw, did anyone else see Phelps say, “dammit” as he walked off?

    C’mon offense.

  82. VT Yankee Fan says:

    It’s awesome to see my 5 year old son become more and more of a Yankee fan as the season has gone on.

    • Erica says:

      Aww! Who is his favorite player?

      • VT Yankee Fan says:

        He’s crazy for Jeter but he likes Ichiro now too.

        • Robinson Tilapia says:

          I CAN’T WAIT!

          Right now, my son’s favorite Yankee is Plex from Yo Gabba Gabba.

          • Yo Gabba Gabba is better than The Fresh Beat Band. Do everything in your power to keep that away from your son for your own sanity.

            • Robinson Tilapia says:

              He gets one episode of the Gabba a day, unlimited IPad time, and gets to watch the Yankees with me on day games. That’s it for TV for now.

              The Jack Black episode of Yo Gabba Gabba is one of the greatest things ever created.

          • jjyank says:

            Who do you think it will be, eventually? It’s an interesting thought, I think. I had Jeter, Pettitte, and Bernie to choose from, and Posada too a couple years later. I chose Bernie (correctly, IMO), but the this Yankee team doesn’t really have that young core to grow up with yet. Maybe Mason Williams or Gary Sanchez will end up being your son’s idol, that would be cool.

            • Robinson Tilapia says:

              Could be!

              Mine was always Donnie Baseball.

              • jjyank says:

                Good choice. For me, I think the choice narrowed to Jeter and Bernie. Bernie had those awesome commercials with him playing guitar and O’Neil on the drums in the clubhouse, and that put him on another level of cool in my book. I love Andy, he is still my favorite pitcher of all time, but I wanted an every day player as my favorite player.

                When your son picks one, let us know!

            • VT Yankee Fan says:

              Graig Nettles, Ron Guidry and Mickey Rivers for me. Damn I’m old.

              • Robinson Tilapia says:

                That just means about four or five more years than me. Guidry was #2 or #3 for me for sure, and I did love Nettles.

        • Erica says:

          Two excellent players to root for! :)

          Has he gone to any games? I love seeing the little kids bopping around the Stadium with their big gloves, hoping to catch a foul ball.

  83. Cy Pettitte says:

    Keep Swish.

  84. Erica says:


  85. Wow. Swish is some level of EN FUEGO right now.

  86. RetroRob says:

    Swish! Practicing his Fenway swing.

  87. Pasta Stumbling Sojo says:

    Garbage Time is the Best Time.

  88. your mom says:

    Wow, Swish is hot.

  89. Dela G says:


  90. Robinson Tilapia says:

    ….and the Red Sox takes a two-run lead on a home run by Swisher.

  91. your mom says:


  92. Eddard the Magnificent says:

    LOL at the slow mo of that guy. He almost had it.

  93. Youguysaretools says:

    Garbage time

  94. Mike N says:


  95. Hummingbird S. says:

    boy, swisher is ON FIRE.

  96. your mom says:

    David Price having a bad inning.

  97. pistol pete says:

    Swisher’s on fire, love him in the 2 hole and Cao 3. Cano should have been in the 3 hole all year and for the next 5 yrs.

  98. Youguysaretools says:

    What happened to Tex?

  99. Erica says:

    Yeah, you work that work, Chavy. You. Work. It.

  100. pistol pete says:

    Swisher’s on fire, love him in the 2 hole and Cano 3. Cano should have been in the 3 hole all year and for the next 5 yrs.

  101. Mike N says:

    Some of these muu-muu type short-sleeve jackets that coaches wear in the dugout make them look like they just escaped from the loony bin.

  102. Need Pitching & Hitting says:


  103. RetroRob says:

    Weird. A bruised shin for Tex, yet did he get hit with the ball or the bat?

  104. …the babip Gods really have it in for Martin this season. His average might be terrible, but I feel like for at least the last week he’s hit at least one ball right on the screws every game.

    • Pat D says:

      Entering tonight he had a .206 BABIP overall, and a .183 home BABIP.

      He’s not hitting ‘em where they ain’t, that’s for sure.

  105. Need Pitching & Hitting says:

    Shutdown inning please.

  106. your mom says:

    I guess 2 hits is too much to ask for from Martin?

  107. Tom says:

    Attempt at shut down inning.. take 3…

    Put up a zero here Phelpsy!

  108. Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan says:

    I just bought this:

    As if my professors at med school didn’t take me seriously enough already…

  109. Cy Pettitte says:

    Nice start for Beckett back in the NL. 1st batter, Tyler, Colvin, hits a HR.

    • Pat D says:

      I tried to post a YouTube link of Salacious Crumb laughing, but it isn’t appearing for me.

    • jjyank says:

      I don’t care that he’s a Dodger now, I still hate him. I hope he gets destroyed.

      • Pat D says:

        Agree. Back on July 4th we had a BBQ at my uncle’s house. We had baseball on and Beckett was mentioned. My other uncle, who is a Mets fan, made a comment about hating Beckett. I chimed in that I did as well. My uncle, knowing that I’m a Yankees fan and always looking for reasons to hate on the Yankees, said I only hated him because he was a Red Sox player. I had to remind him that I’ve hated him since the 2003 World Series.

        Long story short, my uncle is a hypocritical idiot when it comes to baseball and I’ll always despise Mr. Chin Pubes.

  110. Erica says:

    Phelps. SO GOOD.

  111. The Real Greg says:

    SO I just got here.

    Looks like Phelps has pitched okay.

    Tex with a strained calf? Luckily we just got Steve Pearce, so we can use him there for a bit.

    • Mike N says:

      I was at the Mets-Astros game on Friday, and Pearce made an amazing throw from right field to second base for a put out on the batter.

  112. batter to batter with Phelps in the 7th, if I was manager.

  113. Tom says:

    Nice job Phelps.

    While not the best of offenses 6IP/3ER so far is pretty reasonable; let’s see how long Joe leaves him in (have to think he’s in until at least someone reaches)

  114. Erica says:

    Sierra’s dive was like… slow-motion in real time.

  115. RetroRob says:

    Well that was comical.

    Rasmus needs to remember he’s the CFer.

  116. RetroRob says:

    Why is Pat Kelly at the Yankee game when his son Casey is making his MLB debut tonight?

    • RetroRob says:

      Okay, so I went a just googled this since MLBN reported Casey Kelly was the son of former Yankee Pat Kelly. They were wrong. Casey is the son of Pat Kelly, a former (barely) MLB player with the Toronto Blue Jays.

  117. Paul VuvuZuvella says:

    Late to the party. How has Phelpsy looked?

  118. Kramerica Industries says:

    David Price is getting tagged tonight.


  119. Anthony says:

    We’ve really been beating up the jays tonight… and I don’t mean just runs. Damn. This is probably the last game I can watch without multitasking with classwork… :(

    • jjyank says:

      I actually tried to schedule classes early so I would be free for Yankee games at night back when I was in school. I was still an RAB lurker then, though. You’ll figure it out :D

      • Anthony says:

        Haha nice, I definitely would do the same if I could. Frigin CUNYs schedule all their classes at night. I have physics 7pm – 8pm 3x a week. I might just skip lecture in all honesty, I’m one of those that can just learn from the text anyway.

        • jjyank says:

          I had that problem in grad school…all the classes were at night. I had to suffer MLB At Bat during class, John and Suzyn on the ride home, and coule finally watch by the 5th-6th inning or so.

          • Anthony says:

            Oh wow, that’s brutal. I don’t think there’s anything more heart-wrenching than “in play, run(s)” when the other teams at bat.

    • I remember during the 09 ALDS against the Angels, I got caught up watching a game at the student center and wound up staying all the way through a class. after the class ended the professor was walking through the student center. I hid so quick, layed on the floor under the seats people had set up.

      • Chilango says:

        I AM a professor and I have cancelled classes to watch Yankee games. Mostly in the postseason and when we play the Suxies

        • RetroRob says:

          Now that’s the kind of professor we all want.

          Did you tell your students why, or just cancelled the class?

        • Anthony says:

          Haha that’s great! A teacher in my high school is a big Red Sox fan. After the WS win in ’09 my US History teacher made the class shred up paper for confetti and we paraded around his room in the middle of his lesson. Good times.

        • Robinson Tilapia says:

          What do you teach? What level?

      • jjyank says:

        I was gone for that weekend, it was my cousin’s wedding. I kept sneaking back upstairs to watch the game, my mom was so pissed at first. But then she realized that her brother, my brother, my uncle, and like 5 other people were doing the same thing, she let it go :P

      • Anthony says:

        Shit must have been terrifying. You make it out unscathed? Last year I was watching open day on my laptop in class with a friend. After an hour our teacher realized what we were doing…. and all she did was ask the score. Wasn’t upset or anything. Pretty funny.

  120. Mike N says:

    Phelps can go 100 pitches, right?

  121. Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan says:

    Sometimes I tell people that Steve Delabar is my older brother and nobody has the balls to call me out.

  122. Phelps is working on a very Hughesian line. A couple homers, nothing else and 8Ks and pitch into the 7th? I’ll take that from a mid-back end starter every time.

  123. Erica says:

    Phelps was awesome tonight, and anyone who says less is a h8er.

    • Hummingbird S. says:

      the 7:1 K/BB was awesome indeed, but the 2 HRs were not. It was an adequate start against a triple-A lineup. He has room to improve and should have a nice future (if not with the Yankees, with someone else)

  124. Need Pitching & Hitting says:

    Taking him out because he gave up a ground ball?

  125. Mike N says:

    Nice job by Phelps!

  126. pistol pete says:

    Phelps did a good job, now it’s the pens turn.

  127. Mike N says:

    Not feeling great about Eppley in there…

  128. Mike N says:

    How the fuck is Flaherty saying that Eppley has “done a good job out there” when opposing batters are hitting .290 against him???

  129. Tom says:

    Quick hook at 88 pitches…

  130. Chilango says:

    Aside for the hiccup in the 5th, Phelps was sharp

  131. Tom says:

    Yeah didn’t want Phelps pitching against the right handed #8 and #9 batters.

  132. Athenian says:

    Might be to early but I would take Phelps over Hughhes

  133. your mom says:

    Baltimore about to blow the game wide open.

    Damn it Eppley!

  134. Stratman9652 says:

    Anyone else think Phelps and Nova are kind of interchangeable? I know Nova has the seniority but is there any real reason to hand him the job back when Phelps can do just as good if not better?

  135. I still don’t like that Torriabla(sp?)’s entire run is charged to Phelps. It really should be half and half in my opinion.

  136. Cuso says:

    Hecheverria = Bizarro Ciriaco

  137. Gene Okerlund says:

    Bringing in Eppley did not work. I am shocked. If by “shocked”, you mean “completely and totally unsurprised, in fact I dreaded exactly this”. Phelps was a little shaky, but I would have preferred to see him stay in, especially given how bad EpplePada have been of late.

  138. Eddard the Magnificent says:

    Well, regardless of how bad Eppley is we’ve gotten to the 8th with the lead. David Robertson is pitching for his new baby and Soriano has been lights out so I feel pretty good about getting the W.

  139. Chilango says:

    Joe pulled Phelps too soon. Can’t figure out why. Must be a binder thing.

  140. Youguysaretools says:

    Calf strain? How long will Tex be out?

  141. The Real Greg says:

    who soid the Orioles were going to blow it open? They only scored 1 run.

  142. Hummingbird S. says:

    contusion has to be better than strain, right?

  143. Mike N says:

    Texas has a lead. I still don’t believe Baltimore is for real, and I am only 10% as worried about them as I am about Tampa.

  144. Paul VuvuZuvella says:

    Am I the last one to start following Eric on Twitter?

    • Paul VuvuZuvella says:


    • jjyank says:

      Well I don’t have a twitter, and probably never will. So…no?

      • Robinson Tilapia says:

        Was I first to follow her, though?

        I have a Twitter account, but I never really update it. I’m not funny or interesting enough to have something different to say on both FB and Twitter.

        • Paul VuvuZuvella says:

          I use it to follow others and stay updated. It’s a good place to be when news is breaking if you aren’t near a TV. I tried to espouse wisdom for about a day or two and now just Tweet at people or follow along.

        • Stratman9652 says:

          Twitter is kind of an enigma like that. There is no reason to tweet if you don’t have followers, yet to get followers you have to tweet stuff that interests them enough to follow you. Maybe I’m missing the point or something. I just use it as kind of a read only thing.

          • Robinson Tilapia says:

            Pretty much.

            I did have a period where I was trying to get my tweets on the bottom chyron of “The Ed Show,” and I have tweeted Kay and LeGreca a couple of times to call them morons.

            • Mike N says:

              I have tried to read it once in a while, but what I can’t figure out is that it all is just people responding to shit that other people said, but you can’t see what they are responding to unless you click on some other shit, and it’s like a never ending trail of gibberish.

            • Paul VuvuZuvella says:

              “Ed Show” Like minded cool. I actually have a tough time paying attention to Baseball as Politics takes the headlines next couple of weeks. Happens every 4 years for me.

      • TomH says:

        Good man.

        • Robinson Tilapia says:

          Twitter is very good for breaking news during moments where not even the regular internet updates soon enough.

          It was FASCINATING during the height of OWS.

  145. Kramerica Industries says:

    Seriously, Derrek Holland is fricken terrible.

    • RetroRob says:

      …especially when outside of Longoria it’s a basically a AAA line-up, or does that designation only work when the Yankees face teams?

  146. Need Pitching & Hitting says:

    Derek Holland is better than CC.

  147. Youguysaretools says:

    Texas pitching horrible

  148. Mike N says:

    Kid looks fucking big for a newborn!

  149. RetroRob says:

    So his wife is in NY, I’m guessing.

  150. Robinson Tilapia says:

    D-Rob on the mound. Wow. Do it for the little D-Rob tonight.

    I’m glad he got to be there for the birth of his son, and I hope there’s plenty of support for Mrs. D-Rob while he’s back with the team.

    No worries. The end of the season coincides perfectly with the height of newborn grumpiness.

  151. jjyank says:

    Congrats to D-Rob! His boy looks great. Hopefully he can throw a good curveball too!

  152. Karl Krawfid says:

    Throw the damn curve jesus. A good one.

  153. Stratman9652 says:

    Let’s face it folks, the only reason D-Rob showed up tonight was to avoid changing diapers for a few hours.

  154. Anthony says:

    Nice job, D-Rob.

  155. flamingo says:

    I was about to comment that DRob seems to be striking out fewer batters lately when boom, he ends the top of the eighth with a strikeout.

  156. Mike N says:

    Damn, these Toronto pitchers are getting fucking shelled.

  157. Hummingbird S. says:

    poor Jays’ pitchers..

  158. RetroRob says:

    Can’t believe the Toronto batters haven’t retaliated by hitting non-stop line drives directly at Yankee pitchers.

  159. The Real Greg says:

    Damn there are hits everywhere in this Rays Rangers game.

  160. Karl Krawfid says:

    Adrian Beltre a single away from the Cycle.

  161. The Troll says:

    Why is Andruw still getting playing time?

  162. Robinson Tilapia says:

    So what’s tonight’s Greg meme?

  163. Mike N says:


  164. Cy Pettitte says:

    my god, the Orioles are annoying. how are they winning with all these scrubs in the line up and such a mediocre rotation.

  165. Adam says:

    Sori has been cranking it consistently with a few extra mphs the last few weeks…

  166. Robinson Tilapia says:

    I’m 3/4 untucked already.

  167. Erica says:

    Under Colby’s helmet, that deplorable hair-don’t exists. Eugh eugh eugh.

  168. Anthony says:

    No f*cking way……………….

  169. Mike N says:


  170. Need Pitching & Hitting says:


  171. Kramerica Industries says:

    Oh fuck me sideways.


  172. Robinson Tilapia says:

    That was my fault. Motherfucker.

  173. Hummingbird S. says:


  174. Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan says:

    lol gtfo sori

  175. Karl Krawfid says:


  176. Adam says:

    Meh. I really wish he would just stay with the heaters sometimes.

  177. RetroRob says:

    Uggh. Right before that pitch, I was thinking how Soriano had ceased being fly-ball scary pitcher, and then felt very uncomfortable right before that pitch.

  178. Chilango says:

    F U C K

  179. Youguysaretools says:


  180. Gene Okerlund says:

    “Now the Jays are down to their final strike.”

    I hate when Kay says this. “Final out” at least sort of makes sense — even if the guy gets a hit, they’re still on their final out. But “final strike” is dumb. If the guy gets a hit/gets on, then they suddenly have three more strikes. And if it’s 0-2, the pitcher probably is not throwing a strike, so there’s a good chance we’ll get ball, foul ball, ball, foul ball, etc, etc.


  181. dontchaknow says:

    idk why but my heart just sunk.. wtf man

  182. Kramerica Industries says:

    This game should already be on ice.

    For fuck’s sake. Soriano’s been playing with fire a lot lately, and it finally caught up to him.

  183. Tom says:

    The 0-2 pitch to Davis… too good of a pitch (obviously the Rasmus pitch was terrible, but he never should have even batted)

  184. Karl Krawfid says:

    Come on Greg. Spin that please.

  185. Anthony says:

    That ball was legitimately CRUSHED. Godamn!! And I was just about to comment, Sori has really made things interesting his last few appearances

  186. Hummingbird S. says:

    at least we have our 3 best hitters due up in the bottom of the 9th… this will be a pathetic loss if confirmed

    • The Troll says:

      I haven’t been paying much attention but isn’t the Yankees’ record when trailing after 8 something like 0 – 46?

  187. Eddard the Magnificent says:

    Soriano you bum! How could they lose this. Now, instead of gaining a game we’ll lose one. Unbelievable.

  188. Erica says:


  189. Eddard the Magnificent says:

    We might look back on tonight and say, that’s when things turned. That’s when we let the division title slip through our fingers.

  190. Gene Okerlund says:

    I hope this isn’t overly too melodramatic (I concede that it’s overly dramatic, or too dramatic, just not that it’s overly too dramatic or too overly dramatic) — on that pitch, the Yankees lost the World Series.

  191. Mike N says:

    I am ashamed of Yankee fans in the Stadium actually booing Soriano. That is so stupid and ignorant.

  192. Kramerica Industries says:

    So Nate McLouth, of all people, turns around the O’s game from a likely L to a likely W, and minutes later, Rajai Davis and Colby Rasmus turn a likely Yankee W into a likely L.


  193. Hummingbird S. says:

    let’s hope the offense puts up a fight…

  194. Cy Pettitte says:

    2nd half Yankees just keep finding ways to lose games. RISP fail, bullepn implosions, etc.

    • Bobby Banana says:

      This is why I have no confidence in them going down this stretch into the playoffs. There are too many things wrong with this team.

  195. stuart a says:

    toronto just did what the yanks have not done once the whole season. comeback in the 9th inning.


    fuckin joke….no tack on runs, every game is close.. BOOM…

  196. Bobby Banana says:

    This team needs to catch fucking breaks for once. Sheesh. This last month is going to be tough if we keep losing these precious games we should be winning. The bottom two thirds of the lineup have been brutual.

  197. Matt says:

    Soriano is an idiot, and that’s the bottom line.

    He is throwing 93-94 mph with cut, and he routinely gets beaten on his slider. He has hung a ton of sliders lately, and is lucky he only blew one save because the pitch he made to LaPorta yesterday was even worse. The only reason that stayed in the park was that LaPorta is a terrible hitter.

    He needs to be pitching inside on lefty hitters to set up that slider, yet he only throws pitches away. It’s not a shock that one of them finally noticed and leaned out over the plate.

    • Bunt Gardner says:

      Yes, because retiring every batter he ever faces is reasonable.

      • Matt says:

        That’s ridiculous. Soriano has given up 7 baserunners in his last 3 outings, and was lucky to not give up a 2-run bomb yesterday to blow the save. He has pitched terribly and gotten lucky.

        A hanging slider is much easier to hit than a poorly located fastball. In that situation, they are going to beat you with an extra base hit, not a single. Soriano’s fastball induces weak contact because of its cut.

  198. Kramerica Industries says:

    Jeter is the fucking man!

  199. Cy Pettitte says:

    Jeter = god. thank you.

  200. Hall and Nokes says:

    Anyone else think that was a routine grounder to short before the HR?

  201. Erica says:


  202. Hummingbird S. says:


  203. Youguysaretools says:

    On fucking fire

  204. Adam says:

    Hell’s to the mutha effin yeah!

  205. Eddard the Magnificent says:


  206. Anthony says:

    Oh my god. What a game. I can’t even describe my admiration for this man.

  207. Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan says:

    Janks got this.

  208. The Real Greg says:

    Jeter saved the day.

  209. Need Pitching & Hitting says:

    Captain Amazing comes through!!!

    End this bitch now please.

  210. RetroRob says:

    Yeah, really. He just blew that save, but expecting 100% success rate is nonsense.

  211. Pat D says:

    Too bad all the bridge jumpers have already jumped.

  212. Mike N says:


  213. Chilango says:

    Oh Captain my Captain

  214. Robinson Tilapia says:

    So which one of you negative ninnies is going to go fuck themselves first?


  215. Paul VuvuZuvella says:

    Oh captain, my captain.

  216. Kramerica Industries says:

    Top of the order.

    Win it here. No extras.

  217. Darren says:

    WOW! I’ve gotten so used to Sterling’s calls that I wait until about 15 seconds after “it is gone” before I go crazy.


  218. Dela G says:

    i love you jeter

  219. Rich in NJ says:

    Called it. ;)

  220. Hummingbird S. says:

    damn NIck, that was THE pitch to hit

  221. Nathan says:


  222. Hummingbird S. says:

    awful awful awful AB… he was trying to be a hero and hit the HR.

  223. Youguysaretools says:

    Number 3 for Cano right here

  224. Mike N says:

    WIN THIS NOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  225. Bobby Banana says:

    Please send everyone home Cano.

  226. Adam says:

    PS…too many homers.

  227. The Troll says:

    Jeter doesn’t like seeing his team behave so pathetically. At least Jeter fights ’til the end . . .

  228. Youguysaretools says:

    Baltisnore wins

  229. Erica says:

    Argh Cano.

    I totally jinxed Swisher. I said Swish would hit the walk-off homer… aaaaand that didn’t happen.

  230. Bobby Banana says:

    Fucking Toronto. Why do they always have solid relievers? They always keep games close against us and it’s fucking annoying.

  231. Mike N says:

    Now Rapada is warming. Dunno about their relative workloads, but I’d sure rather see Logan.

  232. Erica says:

    WHYYYYYY extras? WHY? I just… I just want to get ready for bed and watch Seinfeld.

  233. Rich in NJ says:

    Come on, Rapada.

  234. Kramerica Industries says:

    God, every swing that inning was the fences.

    Thankfully, one of them worked.

  235. RetroRob says:


  236. Bobby Banana says:

    Get ready to be heartbroken again. This isn’t the 09 team folks.

  237. Gene Okerlund says:

    Extra innings are going to be unpleasant to watch. Grandy-Chavez-Martin-Andruw-Ichiro, along with Rapada/Logan…shoot me.

    • RkyMtnYank says:

      Glad to know you hate half the team that got us to this point in the first place.

      • Gene Okerlund says:

        Are you saying I should enjoy watching Martin-Andruw-Ichiro hit? Martin will probably not make .200 on the year. Jones might sink below that too and has not done anything of value since that Boston series. Ichiro was done years ago and desperately needs to learn what a “walk” is. Granderson has been terrible for a month and will swing at just about anything. He is destined to be a two-outcome platoon hitter who can’t play defense. Chavez is good, but he has obviously tired a bit from playing every day. Rapada/Lowe speak for themselves.

  238. Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan says:

    Oh great, Clay Rapada. I’ve been meaning to hate-tweet Rapada…now I’ll actually have something to say to him.

  239. Mike N says:

    Here comes Lowe!

  240. Kramerica Industries says:

    At least Lowe can provide length, but whether it’s quality, and whether you even want length, is the real question.

  241. Bobby Banana says:

    Boy I wish we still had Mo. This game would’ve been over in the 9th like it was supposed to be. I’m not saying Soriano hasn’t done a good job but he always makes things too interesting. Mark Montgomery for closer in 2013!

  242. Matt says:

    Let’s see… so Rapada dominates the first lefty hitter he faces. The next hitter, a RHB, has 1 HR in 121 AB vs LHP this year and has almost no platoon advantage. The batter after him is a lefty who hits .193 vs. LHP in 119 AB this year.

    What does Girardi choose to do? He takes out Rapada, even though he looked sharp and his bullpen is not that deep. If Logan is not available today, then the only pitcher after Lowe is Joba. Better hope Derek is ready to go 4 or 5.

    • The Real Greg says:

      Unless the Yankees win it in the next inning.

      • Matt says:

        You don’t manage on hypotheticals and burn through your entire bullpen when you have guys that are capable of doing the job who are already in the game. The Blue Jays don’t exactly have a mashing lineup right now.

      • Matt says:

        Also, the more you mix and match the more you are likely to find that one of those pitchers it not sharp on that given day. If a guy is already sharp, you don’t have to risk it needlessly.

        • Gene Okerlund says:

          Hey, we could still put in Eppley…oh wait, we can’t since Joe already used him to get two outs (and give up a run) when Phelps was still sharp. But at least Joe made sure we remembered that he is The Manager and Makes Decisions that affect the game — usually badly.

  243. Bobby Banana says:

    I’m not feeling this Kelly Johnson/Lowe matchup.

  244. Eddard the Magnificent says:

    I just don’t know how Jeter can’t be the MVP this season. He’s been close before. Who else is gonna win it? Trout? Who can’t even get his team to an expanded playoff?

  245. Kramerica Industries says:

    Umm…did anyone else’s connection die?

    I have an internet connection, so that’s not the problem.

  246. RetroRob says:

    Lowe looks like he wants to challenge Freddy for the king of sweat title on the team.

  247. Youguysaretools says:

    When was the last walk off win?

  248. Chilango says:

    Let’s get it done in the 10th so Lowe doesn’t have to come back out.

  249. Hummingbird S. says:

    comon fellas, one more run so we can go to bed early!

  250. Bobby Banana says:

    Umm. Where we were when Darren Oliver hit free agency? Dude has been incredible this year.

  251. Cuso says:

    what the hell is this? I came back to look for a recap of a 6-4 win.

    It’s 7-7?! what the hell happened?

  252. Athenian says:

    Wow. New game same Yankees

  253. Chilango says:

    Swinging for the fences. Fuck.

  254. Kramerica Industries says:

    Another K for K-K-Kurtis.

  255. Hummingbird S. says:

    granderson Ks, what a surprise

  256. Hummingbird S. says:

    clearly outside..

  257. Bobby Banana says:

    Fucking Darren Oliver.

  258. Cuso says:

    I’m gonna go watch “The Muppet Show” and “You Can’t Do That on Television.”

    Beep me when we score.

  259. Erica says:


  260. your mom says:

    WTF??? I leave, we’re up 2. I come back, we’re tied. Fucking Soriano!

  261. Mike N says:

    If I go listen to Ma and Pa Baseball in bed, I’ll be asleep in seconds and miss the end.

  262. So, after a kindly old man at the bus stop informed me I had missed my bus, I thought there was no way I’d get home in time for the end of the game. I wound up having to take another bus that drops me about 2 miles away from my house, and as Soriano blew the save and Jeter tied it I was about half way home cursing the one convenience store I was passing for being closed, because I was out of cigarettes. Now I’m finally home in time to hopefully watch the Yankees pull this out…eventually.

  263. The Real Greg says:

    Well the Rangers are 5 outs away from making this game hurting a little less if we lose, and because we all do’t consider the Orioles to be a threat.

  264. Hummingbird S. says:

    the inability to retire yorvit torrealba is disturbing

  265. Athenian says:

    Grander son. Not sure his power is worth the strike outs. Although he does have a high on base, when he is not striking out

  266. Youguysaretools says:

    Glad torrealba had a career game tonight. Wtf

  267. Bobby Banana says:

    Grandy is playing himself out of a contract with the Yankees. He’s been claw your eyes out bad. At this point I’d rather keep Swisher, trade Granderson for prospects, and sign someone like Victorino to a cheap 2 year contract to play center and have Gardner in left.

  268. Need Pitching & Hitting says:

    Un fucking real

  269. Cy Pettitte says:

    wow is this a fucking joke?

  270. Kramerica Industries says:



  271. Youguysaretools says:

    Are u fucking kidding me

  272. Hummingbird S. says:

    fuck you Lowe..

  273. The Real Greg says:

    That’s on Chavez. He has to at least block it.

  274. Chilango says:

    See where this is going. While we swing for the fences, the Jays put the pressure on and get a runner to 3d. Joe might find the details in his binder somewhere

  275. Bobby Banana says:

    Also Torrealba > Martin/Stewart.

  276. Youguysaretools says:


  277. Kramerica Industries says:

    Oh fuck.

    Such chickenshit.

  278. Hummingbird S. says:

    amazing… they really find new ways to lose

  279. Mike N says:

    Brutal to have that come on a error.

  280. Cy Pettitte says:

    they score a run with just a single. great job.

  281. Robinson Tilapia says:

    “From Zero to Hero to Zero: The Derek Lowe Story.”

  282. Bobby Banana says:

    Fuck this team. They have a good record yeah but if you look past the numbers and see how this team plays you’d be lying if you thought they were a World Series caliber team.

  283. Widget says:

    Yankees finally score a ton of runs in a game but it doesn’t matter. This is worse than losing a game to the Indians. the blue jays are terrible.

  284. Matt says:

    Bad play by Nix. You can’t assume the runner is holding even with the infield in there. What if he was breaking for home off the bat? Nix never even looked at him. McCoy was 20 feet off of 3rd base. Give up the hit and hold the runner if necessary.

    • Chilango says:

      Nix should have held it. Obviously.

      • Matt says:

        It takes that split second of hesitation to throw off the runner’s weight and keep him at third. You have to know where you are going with the ball in that situation. If it’s hit softly, your first thought has to be the runner at third in case he’s going on contact. All third basemen know that.

  285. The Real Greg says:

    A bad half inning for Chavez defensively.

    First as Kay said, he should have been able to block that throw over by Lowe. And then he bobbles the ball allowing the run to score.

  286. Gene Okerlund says:

    Hey, at least Ichiro is coming up — he’ll manufacture something, that’s what we got him for, right?

  287. Robinson Tilapia says:

    I’d like to welcome BACK all the negative ninnies. Settle in. We’ve got nice cold piss on tap tonight.

  288. Hummingbird S. says:

    andruw jones is a joke and needs to be released.

  289. Athenian says:

    Yankees are the Jays with a few more wins. Wow. This team.

  290. Youguysaretools says:

    There you go Andrew. Awesome AB

  291. Erica says:

    Thaaaaaaaanks Andruw. Sit down.

  292. Anthony says:

    C’monnnnn… please take advantage of the Rays loss tonight.

  293. Bobby Banana says:

    Can we fire K-Long? The team’s approach at the plate has been Little League-esque, trying to go deep everytime.

  294. your mom says:


  295. Kramerica Industries says:


    Let’s see if Jeter can save the day again.

  296. Anthony says:

    Gotta steal here, don’t want a GIDP

  297. Youguysaretools says:

    Can the captain save us again?

  298. Robinson Tilapia says:

    On the jukebox tonight, nothing but Antony and the Johnsons.

  299. teddy says:

    he walked him hahhhhhhhhhhha

  300. Chilango says:

    Send Ichiro

  301. Hummingbird S. says:

    the first pitch, middle of the plate.. best one he will see..

  302. Mike N says:

    C’mon, Swish!!!

  303. Matt says:

    Here comes the 3-2 curveball in the dirt. Can he lay off?

  304. RetroRob says:

    Well I’ve watched better games, that’s for sure.

    Take the next two.

  305. Kramerica Industries says:

    If this isn’t the worst loss of the season, it is certainly in the discussion.

  306. Mike N says:


  307. Erica says:

    THAT was a TERRIBLE way to lose.

  308. Bobby Banana says:

    I hate the lack of grit of this team. I know it’s cliche but the 2009 team would’ve won this game.

  309. Anthony says:


  310. Cy Pettitte says:

    not a strike. ump stole the game, great job asshole.

  311. your mom says:

    What a fucking great job by the home team tonight! Pathetic to say the least.

  312. Chilango says:

    Swisher’s been on fire lately and hit a big hime run but he strikes out way too much in general. We need guys who hit for avg. Hurt us here.

  313. The Real Greg says:

    a bad luck loss. The seeing eye single by Davis kept the inning alive for Rasmus.
    Luckily the Rays will not take adavantage.

  314. dontchaknow says:

    no worries swish.. we will be out of the alds with a quickness anyway.. fuckin a

  315. Hummingbird S. says:

    I know some will dismiss this as me being whiny but with the game on the line tonight, Swisher had his 2 worse ABs in over 2 weeks. And yes, he did swing at that last pitch. This is a little taste of Playoff Swisher.

    • Rocky Road Redemption says:

      Sorry dude (or ma’am, no idea if you’re a girl or not), but this IS you being whiny. He also hit a HR tonight.

      Did he have 2 bad ABs? Yeah, but the HR counts as much earlier in the game as it does later.

      One game does nothing to prove how he’ll do in the playoffs.

      • Hummingbird S. says:

        to me, and that’s a personal opinion, it’s just confirmation that when it matters the most, when the game is on the line, when there’s more pressure, he can’t produce the same. It happens, there are a BUNCH of players that are like that.

        And I never said that his HR was worth less because it was earlier in the game. The problem I have is that he can’t seem to come through when the game is close and late. Everybody watching the game knew the slider was coming at 3-2. Hell, he knew, and still couldn’t hold his swing. It was another in a long line of pathetic AB’s by Swisher when there’s pressure to perform.

        • Rocky Road Redemption says:

          It’s the sample size. Sorry, but it’s pretty ridiculous to call two at-bats confirmation of anything.

          • Hummingbird S. says:

            But it’s not just 2 ABs. It’s been a bunch of AB’s. Yes they are spread out over different postseasons and assorted games but they still point to Swisher being a “choker”

            • Rocky Road Redemption says:

              Maybe so, but you pointed to these two at-bats as “confirmation”. But that really doesn’t make any sense.

              Anyway, playoff stats can change wildly in a heartbeat with one good postseason, so let’s see what happens anyway.

    • Adam says:

      Yes, you are being whiny.

  316. Eddard the Magnificent says:

    That wasn’t a strike. At any rate, to lose to this team is pretty pathetic. Especially with 2 outs and your best reliever on the mound. Toronto doesn’t have anybody left on that roster and they still found a way to lose.

  317. Maurice says:

    angel hernandez has always been a dick

  318. Tom says:

    Angel Hernandez “Look at me I’m important”;s_type=3

    Did he call it a swing?

  319. Rocky Road Redemption says:

    For me, and this is a subjective, personal opinion, this was the worst loss of the season.

    I’m sorry, but this loss was inexcusable against a last place team. Pathetic.

    Overreaction? Perhaps, but I don’t think by much.

    • Kramerica Industries says:

      Gotta be in the discussion, and not because of it’s meaning in relation to the rest of the AL – just the physical nature of it.

      Toronto has been wrecked by injuries, lost 21 of 26, and sure enough, the script was followed all the way to an 0-2/2 out situation, with a non-homer threat at the plate.

      To let that slip away, and then to lose in extras, is a real fucking kick in the gut.

      • Rocky Road Redemption says:

        Not to mention after even TYING IT UP AGAIN in the bottom of the ninth. AND, we lost on, of all things, an error. An error!

        Just a sad performance.

  320. Athenian says:

    Signed sealed and out of the playoffs. Shameful Tex will go on the DL so as to complet the implosion that was the 2012 Yankees.

  321. Robinson Tilapia says:

    What was that game a few years ago where Mariano came in the 9th and got absolutely shellacked. Yeah, shittiest loss since then. I was at the fucking Guggenheim at the time for that. Remember it well.

    Then again, I probably won’t remember this one by Friday.

    Win 2 of 3.

    • Rocky Road Redemption says:

      The thing that makes this inexcusable? I know we joke about this, but this game was signed and sealed against a last place team.

      When we’re in a tight division race with a team as hot as the Rays on our tail, and after that road trip, not to deliver in a game like this is appalling.

      I think they’ll win the division but this loss, with Tex going out of the game too, may signal team meeting time.

      • Jerome S. says:

        We’re not even at team-meeting level yet. The Yankees have been there, even recently, and it’s not even that bad. It’s not half that bad.

        • Rocky Road Redemption says:

          I disagree. Their nine game lead has slipped down to what now, three in the loss column? In a month. We lost yet ANOTHER player to an injury of unknown seriousness and even though this is only one game it seems like the perfect sort of game where you get your guys together afterward in the conference room and remind them that they’re in first place.

          Like I said, I’m not worried unduly that they won’t win the division. But this stretch of play has got to stop or I’ll be eating my words.

          • Jerome S. says:

            The Yankees are 14-11 in August. Their loss in the standings is due mostly to the Rays being on fire, can’t do much about that.
            Players have gotten injured. Depth has gotten eaten up. Nothing Girardi can do about that when he’s scraping the bottom of the barrel.

            • Rocky Road Redemption says:

              You can’t do much about the Rays being on fire, but a team meeting doesn’t necessarily have to be because of overall bad play.

              You’re just giving reasons, in my mind, for calling a team meeting. Depth’s been eaten up, players have gotten injured, and we just got swept recently by the Indians of all times, plus the Rays are red hot.

              The team meeting isn’t because we’re awful. It’s to point out that we’re better than this game, this stretch, and the Rays. But we have to prove it.

              • Jerome S. says:

                We got swept by the White Sox, yes, not the Indians?
                Fair enough. I’m with ya, I’m just being a jerk and overreacting in an opposite direction.
                It’s the only way to live.

                • Rocky Road Redemption says:

                  [You're right, yes, White Sox]

                  I understand, it helps a lot. You weren’t a dick about it, so it’s cool.

              • Robinson Tilapia says:

                I don’t know about meetings, but I think you know I agree with you as to every game being an opportunity to either gain distance or hold serve. Losses like this are absolutely the worst kind of missed opportunities.

  322. Bobby Banana says:

    Soriano has been a disappointment. We signed him to be the guy that he was with the Rays and he’s been a 99 cent version of that. Also please cut Andruw Jones. I might as well be standing in the batters box for his at bats. Even though I’d make an out, at least I’m handsome.

  323. stuart a says:

    swisher did not get a hit late when it counts, what a shocker…..

    he is on a team of stiffs….

    they lost because they should have scored 10 runs off the starter and laffey.

    soriano did not do his job.. this is a team of hitters that only hit well against there opposites…. andruw jones is horrible….ibanez cannot get a hit off a lefty if he bribed them….cano 240 against lefties. have the parade cano is up to 70 rbi’s 1 more they colby rasmus, whipttydoo………………

    this team is not very likeable…. bully ball……

    that is what they play bully ball, they cannot win close games because they cannot score outside of homers……

    jeter has been playing out of his mind……granderson cannot get a hit off a lefty to save his life….again ajax is better not even close…………………….

  324. Hall and Nokes says:

    The ol’ look at ball 4 for the loss….

  325. Chilango says:

    Pathetic. The fucking Blue Jays. What a joke.

  326. stuart a says:

    that was strike 3 and swisher swung also…

    they let a 41 year old junkballer school them for a change……….

    soriano loves the slider…does not like to throw the fastball….

  327. stuart a says:

    joba is the mop up man……

    that’s where he is at in his progression…

    this team has given up a lot of bad losses….

    tex sucks but he is better then the dreck he has on the bench……

  328. Bobby Banana says:

    I’m not trolling but a collapse is a real possibility with this team. So many things are wrong with this team.

    • Jerome S. says:

      A collapse is a possibility with almost any team. Baseball is fragile and prone to inexplicable events mid-game. An injury here, a string of bad luck there, next thing you know the Yankees are in the hole. Probably won’t happen.

  329. Wow says:

    Between the platoon lineup, the horrible bullpen, and the injuries, I don’t know which one’s worse

  330. Jerome S. says:

    Not sure if game threads become more radically pessimistic
    Or I’m growing older and more reasonable

  331. stuart a says:

    platoon lineup is what they are.. ibanez, jones, mcgehee, granderson, cano…..this is a lefty heavy team they cannot win close games.

    btw eppley stinks……..the guy gives up a ton of hits….the bloom is off that rose, you think Girardi and the announcers have a clue??????

  332. Bobby Banana says:

    You know things have gotten bad when the Orioles are playing better baseball than the Yankees.

    • Rich says:

      What’s sad is that the Orioles suck. They got retreads and rejects playing above their heads. The pressure of September will come and send them back out the playoffs.

  333. CUYanks says:

    As bad as things might feel, it’s still a 4 game lead and another day off the schedule.

    • Chilango says:

      This was the attitude we slid into the playoffs with last year. Not a good sign.

      • Jerome S. says:

        What are we supposed to do? “Nothing but a ten game lead is acceptable and without it we’ll forfeit”? Please. No one’s happy with this but panic does not help.

        • Chilango says:

          This is a false choice. Be the lead 1 game or 10, there are fundamental problems with this team that will probably get us bounced in the first round, just like last year.

          • Rocky Road Redemption says:

            Getting into the playoffs is first priority “Probably” nothing. Once we’re in, it’s no longer a question of what will probably happen. It’s what IS happening, game by game.

            If we reach the playoffs, we have a shot. We just gotta make it there.

      • Rocky Road Redemption says:

        Each year isn’t created equal. We also “slid into the playoffs” in 2000, when we won the World Series.

        Just get in and give yourself a shot. It’s not how you play at the end of the season that counts in the playoffs, it’s your play in the playoffs, and your play at the end of the season doesn’t have to affect that and, in the past, hasn’t.

  334. Chilango says:

    The scary part is this may not just be a slump; the Yankees’ problems are fundamental. They don’t just reflect the normal ups and downs in the season. We have mostly guys who can’t hit for avg or play small ball, a two man rotation, shitty to no middle relief. A setup man who hasn’t been the same since he came off the DL. Our closer is good but not lights out. Swish, I’d wager, is not going to bat .350/.400 the rest of the season (although Jeter might) and Hughes, Nova and Phelps are not going to suddenly become reliable starters, especially not in the postseason.

    • Bobby Banana says:

      You are exactly right yet people will call you a troll or unreasonable. This goes beyond our roster and deep into our organization. The lack of good homegrown pitchers and hitters is killing us along with ugly contracts like Teixeira and A-Rod. It all comes down to pitching and right now we only have two reliable starters and two reliable relievers and that just isn’t enough.

    • Rocky Road Redemption says:

      Hughes isn’t doing a bad job as a starter. Soriano had a bad night but has been reliable overall. Robertson has been fine in the second half. We’ll hopefully be getting Pettitte and A-Rod back from injuries soon, and A-Rod’s presence will make a difference at least in the OBP category, and we can hope the HR category too. I’m also optimistic about Pettitte’s potential performance.

      Also, remember that bullpens have a way of working themselves out. Sometimes getting frequent work really will help. Lowe actually did pretty good pitching wise, he just made an error.

      I think in the long run we’ll be fine.

      • Chilango says:

        I hope you are right. If Andy and ARod come back strong, great. It will help. But I don’t think it will be enough, for the reasons I have outlined previously. I do agree that Robbie and Sori are good, just that the former has not been as sharp as he was before he went on the DL. Sori tends to make it interesting but he does get the saves, for the most part. The rest of the bullpen is mediocre.

    • I’m going to work backwards here. Hughes has been a reliable starter since the beginning of May. Whether people hear want to admit it or not the numbers are right there. Soriano has been as good as any closer in baseball this season, to say otherwise just shows how spoiled you are by Mo. Robertson, while not as great as he was last year has been a more than good set up man. See what I said about Hughes when it comes to our “two man rotation.” Also, who gives a shit about “small ball.” As long as a team is scoring 5 runs a game, who cares how it happens.

      • Chilango says:

        Maybe I was too harsh, and I do see your point, but I shudder to think of Hughes and Nova pitching against good hitting teams in the playoffs. By two man rotation, I mean solid starters. You really think Nova and Hughes have been solid? Playoff caliber? And I do think small ball has its place. I know, I know Jeter tied it with a homer. Great. But…after that, instead of swinging for the fences, we should have tried to do it by getting on base, pushing the run across. i.e small ball.

        • Rocky Road Redemption says:

          I do think Hughes has been solid actually, yes. Hopefully we’ll get Pettitte too, a man more qualified to pitch in the playoffs than most others!

        • Hughes, yes I trust. He’s pitched well against Boston(a very good offense) and Detroit, Washington, Chicago, and Baltimore in that span. Nova…not not really. He’s taken a huge step back this season and as far as I’m concerned he should have to compete for a spot in the rotation next season with how hard he’s been smacked around. Our bullpen hasn’t been great, but W/ CC and Kuroda going at least 7 every time out, and Hughes usually going 6-7, come playoff time, outside of Robertson and Soriano a lot of the guys wont see any high leverage spots. As for the small ball, I still don’t think it wins games the way some here feel it does. Can it win you games? Yes, if you’re built for it, the Yankees are more of a one big swing offense. I’ve accepted that, and it’s not going to change this season.

          • Chilango says:

            Agree about Nova. Still say Hughes is shaky. He was impressive in June and July but his August numbers are not that great. And he had a terrible start. I think you’re too generous with the pen, but sure if CC, Kuroda and the 3d guy go deep, we’re OK. As for small ball, no the Yanks are not built that way,and it won’t change this season. Doesn’t mean we shouldn’t try at some point to get some guys who hit above .250 and who can run and bunt.

  335. Big Members Only (formerly RI$P FTW) says:

    I’ve been out of the country for a few days. No Big Member tonight? Did he get banned?

  336. Rocky Road Redemption says:

    Hey Raul Ibanez aka Tom Marvolo Riddle, I hate to tell you this but Oxford dictionaries recognizes “irregardless” as a word.

    As does Merriam-Webster

    Merriam Webster even goes as far as to say this:

    The most frequently repeated remark about [irregardless] is that “there is no such word.” There is such a word, however.

    It’s an informal word, but a word nonetheless.

    /Raul Ibanez aka Tom Marvolo Riddle-baiting ;-)

    (Yes, this is really just to make you mad, don’t take it seriously or personally.)

    • I hate you. So much. It may be realized as a “real word” in speech, but use it in the dialogue of a short story or in a thesis for an English professor, and they’d probably tare your to shreds.

      • Rocky Road Redemption says:

        Thesis for an English Professor, yes. But as a writer/aspiring writer (“writer” because as a teenager I won grand prize in a contest and got my story published in a short stories book. Hey, it’s something!) not using it for dialogue in a story just because is stupid.

        Dialogue is meant to mimic how people speak, or at least mimic how people THINK they speak, and certain people use the word irregardless. Your usage of the word in short story dialogue should be based on whether or not your character would use that word, not some arbitrary “rule” that has no real reason for existing in this context.

    • RkyMtnYank says:

      I ref’d Wikipedia and it said it was a “slang” term for Regardless so I let it go since it was rather irrelevant, but, thanks for the confirmation.
      Fyi, Tom, I also like to use atleast as one word so you can take off and run with that one!

  337. Rocky Road Redemption says:

    Hi guys, there’s some good news. Oxford and Merriam-Webster still haven’t recognized alot yet!

    Thank goodness, I’m holding out on that one.
    No results.

    Merriam-Webster just connects you to “lot”.

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