Game 129: Just Win


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The Yankees have split four games against the lowly Indians and Blue Jays, and they’re essentially a .500 team since the All-Star break. Mark Teixeira now joins Brett Gardner and Alex Rodriguez in the position player infirmary, so the club is really short-handed on offense. Add in a taxed and somewhat ineffective bullpen, and the current outlook isn’t looking so rosy for the Bombers. No one feels bad for them though, so just win. Here’s the lineup…

SS Derek Jeter
1B Nick Swisher
2B Robinson Cano
DH Steve Pearce
Russell Martin
CF Curtis Granderson
RF Andruw Jones
3B Jayson Nix
LF Ichiro Suzuki

RHP Phil Hughes

Tonight’s game is scheduled to start a little after 7pm ET and can be seen on YES. Enjoy, or at least try too.

Categories : Game Threads


  1. The Real Greg says:

    So if the Yankees continue to play .500 ball the rest of the way, they will end up with a record of 91-71. At the least, that will probably get them into one of the two wildcard spots.

    With the amount of injuries this team has sustained, that is a very good record.

  2. Hoss says:

    Why isn’t Martin batting 4th? If you’re going to give a guy a vote of confidence, why not go all the way?

  3. Rich in NJ says:

    Step up, Phil.

  4. Kramerica Industries says:

    Well, just hope the Rays mini-slump continues, and the Orioles lose for once on an occasion.

    You know, with the wealth of injuries the Yankees have had themselves, just imagine where they’d be without Jeter’s unreal bounceback season? Damn would they be sunk.

  5. flamingo says:

    “No one will feel bad for us” has become this season’s motto. Unfortunately.

  6. When somebody said “Now batting clean up for the NYY Sam Pearce” I laughed, clearly thinking it was a joke…now I’m sad because apparently it wasn’t. Jesus this has been a weird year. I can’t say it’s been tough because we’ve been in first for a majority of it, but that’s almost stunning when you think about how many injuries and how much ineffectiveness we’ve dealt with. Off the top of my head:
    Gardner (all but 11 games)
    A-Rod (Large chunk)
    Tex (twice)
    CC (twice)
    Pineda (all year)
    Pettitte (most of the season)
    all have been hurt

  7. Darren says:

    Why is Mike trolling us? Putting Steve Pearce as the Cleanup hitter and Grandy 6th? lol! April Fools?

  8. Leg-End says:

    I liked it yesterday when Kay tried to convince us Martin was having a decent August. A month in which he raised his avg from .190 to .196 whilst his OBP dropped from .312 to .301, 2 HR’s & 5 RBI’s.

    And now hes batting 5th. Give us a bit more of the 2011 version tonight Russell.

    • Kramerica Industries says:

      I don’t think Mike was trying to do anything of the sort last night.

      He was saying how a .219 average for the month is somehow good, given how poor a season he has had.

      • Laz says:

        Obp is more important for him at the bottom of the lineup then average. He doesn’t have high on base people usually in front of him, but he can get on for jeter and swish.

  9. tipsie says:

    Anyone notice what an ugly dude Colby Rasmus is? Not Jesse Orosco or anything, but man…

  10. With Tex out the next 2 weeks or so, I’d bat Ichiro lead off and have him play RF. You could then hit Jeter 2nd, Swish 3rd, Cano 4th.

  11. Joey H. says:

    Would it really kill them to just put Chavez in against some lefties?

  12. Cy Pettitte says:

    0-2, 3-2, 3-2, 3-2, 3-2, 3-2, 3-2, walk/hit: the Phil Hughes Story.

  13. Need Pitching & Hitting says:

    dammit Hughes

  14. Dave M says:

    This might be the worst lineup on paper I’ve seen this year.

  15. The Real Greg says:

    Mike talked about the difference in the bullpens from last year to this year. They are essentially the same people in the bullpen with trading Luis Ayala with Cody Eppley. And of course Mo was replaced with Soriano, but Soriano was in the bullpen last year too.

  16. Robinsn Tilapia says:


  17. Brian S. says:

    Lefties hit Romero better than righties. Since the binder is all about platoon splits how does Girardi not know this?

    • The Real Greg says:

      Well the Yankees have done very well against him this year with the platoons presumably in place so…

      • Brian S. says:

        We didn’t do that great against him in Toronto.

      • Pasta Stumbling Sojo says:


        2 games outweigh 119 career games for Romero? Also, in those 2 games, both the lefties and the righties beat up Romero, so it’s not like you can draw any conclusions from those games anyway.

        • The Real Greg says:

          You know as well as I do that pitchers have varying success from year to year so his career can’t be counted upon, i.e. Tim Lincecum and Jon Lester

          • Pasta Stumbling Sojo says:

            Greg, there’s a difference between a stat *fluctuating* from year to year and it being *predictive* in each year. For example, a pitcher’s BABIP will fluctuate from year to year, but their career number (or just .300) is most predictive at any given time.

            And even if you were going to incorrectly claim that platoon splits inherently change from year to year, going on the basis of 2 Yankee games makes absolutely no sense. Lefties hit Romero better than righties in 2012 too.

            • The Real Greg says:

              Look at Phil Hughes as they showed.

              Last year lefties him hard. This year, righties hit him hard.

              • Pasta Stumbling Sojo says:

                I don’t see how that’s responsive to what I said. The fact that Phil’s stats have fluctuated from year to year doesn’t mean that this year’s stats are more predictive than his career stats.

                But more importantly, Romero’s actually worse vs. lefties this year, the same as he’s been his whole career. So why should we look at the 2 games he’s had vs. the Yankees this year rather than his entire year? Are you always trying to find the smallest sample size you can?

  18. jjyank says:

    Yay defense.

  19. Hoss says:

    Hey, we should equip all of our baserunners with giant foam fingers, too. It might give us the edge we need in stealing bases!

  20. Reasonable not crazy people: How did Philbert look in the first?

  21. Brian S. says:

    Sam Pearce will have a Shane Spencer type September calling it right now.

  22. Kramerica Industries says:

    Well, that didn’t work.

  23. The Real Greg says:

    I agree with that move. Swisher’s been hot of late. Didn’t work bu the logic is sound.

  24. Pasta Stumbling Sojo says:

    Why did he stop? Isn’t it more likely they’d mess up the tag at 2nd than that they’d mess up a rundown?

  25. Brian S. says:

    Should have picked up Torrealba.


  26. Robinson Tilapia says:

    Sam Pierce denied an at-bat this inning.

  27. Chilango says:

    Swish is hot lately OK. But…two Ks yesterday and one to start off today. I never liked him in the 2 hole.

    • Yankee Fan 1 says:

      Yes, he’s been absolutely terrible in the 2 hole since Joe put him there. :eyeroll:

      • Chilango says:

        SSS. His overall numbers do not justify him batting 2d. Hey if he continues to bat .350/.400 the rest of the way great. But I doubt it.

        • Need Pitching & Hitting says:

          “His overall numbers do not justify him batting 2d”

          Who should be? By overall numbers, he’s been the second best offensive everyday player on the team.

  28. Does anybody know where I could find Tebow’s career numbers on passes 0-10 yrds? I’m having a conversation w/ my friend about his usefulness as a throwing running back.

  29. Brian S. says:

    I’m going to class. Hopefully the Yankees are winning when I get out.

  30. Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan says:

    What’s the “Sam” Steve Pearce joke that’s going on?

  31. Update: Nix is no longer just a baseball player he’s a professional baseball player

  32. The Real Greg says:

    What’s Manny doing there?

  33. Countryclub says:

    Why is Kay blaming Phil’s change for his reverse split? Didn’t he just watch the video that had Hughes saying he just started throwing it with any regularity a couple of games ago? Unreal.

  34. Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan says:

    That vein in Pearce’s head is freakin me the fuck out.

  35. Mr. Eddard says:

    I have a good feeling about Sam tonight. He’ll be player of the game.

  36. Need Pitching & Hitting says:

    This Pearce gut sucks.
    Fire Bill Cashman.

  37. Robinson Tilapia says:

    Not a great start to Sammy’s Yankee career.

  38. Can somebody tell me what a Scott Disick is and why it’s apparently famous?

    • jjyank says:

      I dunno, but upon Google searching, the first thing I noticed was that three Kardashian sisters come up under “People also searched…”

      So I immediately closed that tab.

  39. The Real Greg says:

    But wasn’t ARod crap against lefties this year?

  40. Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan says:

    Who do you guys think Bill Cashman will get to be our catcher next season?

    (Tilapia, back me up bro.)

  41. tipsie says:

    me no likey this lineup

  42. Kramerica Industries says:

    I can’t get this enough. Pearce and Martin batting 4-5.

    This is what happens when the two highest paid players on the team are on the DL, and Granderson’s wrecked in a slump.

  43. The Real Greg says:

    This is what injuries do to you.

  44. Mr. Eddard says:

    Hughes better dominate. The only way we’re getting 3 runs is if Jeter gets on, Swisher gets on and Robbie hits a HR.

  45. The Real Greg says:

    If this team misses the playoffs, it shouldn’t be considered a choke due to the injuries.

    • Mr. Eddard says:

      No excuse. Did the Rays have their best player and only legitimate hitter the whole season? No. Did the Sox have Ellsbury the whole season? No. Every club has injuries. The players on the field need to overcome them.

  46. Robinson Tilapia says:

    Time to close up the office. I may just go straight to bed. Feel like shit. Sammy Bonds FTW.

  47. Cy Pettitte says:

    Orioles did more against Sale in two innings than we did in an entire game.

  48. Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan says:

    Chris Sale dominated the Yankees, so naturally, the Orioles take a 3-0 lead in the second.

    • The Real Greg says:

      No wonder:

      Road ERA: 3.58
      Home ERA: 1.74

      They are playing at Camden Yards

      • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan says:

        They’re both hitters ballparks.

      • Tom says:

        Do you understand the concept of small sample sizes? Because you are quoting about 70 innings in each sample (and on a stat like ERA which has so many variables that is insane)

        Home xFIP: 3.05
        Road xFIP: 3.38

        Perhaps the 90% strand rate at home is driving the low ERA?

        • Pasta Stumbling Sojo says:

          I feel very confident in saying that Greg does not understand the concept of small sample sizes.

          • Pasta Stumbling Sojo says:

            (See, for example, my discussion with him above about lefties vs. righties. He wants to rely on 2 games vs. the Yankees this year rather than either Romero’s 2012 stats or his career numbers.)

  49. dkidd says:

    yanks batting steve pearce clean-up
    red sox batting james loney clean-up

    we’re partying like it’s 1968

  50. Kramerica Industries says:

    Can they please stop putting Rajai Davis on base?

  51. Mr. Eddard says:

    Phil isn’t being very economical. Who’s the long man tonight?

  52. The Real Greg says:

    I hate Andruw Jones. They should have gotten rid of him.

  53. Hummingbird S. says:

    There’s no point in having Andruw on the roster. He can’t hit and he sucks on the field as well.

  54. The Troll says:

    Get Jones off this FU*KING team!!!!!

  55. your mom says:

    So much Andruw Jones hate today. Watch him hit a HR his next time up.

  56. jjyank says:

    Michael Kay on A-Rod’s football throwing:

    “If the Jets have scouts out here…”

    Hahaha. Subtle jab at the fact the Jets have no real quaterback, or am I just a trolling Giants fan?

  57. Mr. Eddard says:

    YES! We’ve got runners on for the good hitters. Now take advantage.

  58. DERP says:

    Is there a bigger POS than Chris Sale?

  59. The Troll says:

    So, just wondering, when is the appropriate time to start panicking? Playoffs don’t appear to be a lock anymore . . . I mean, you know, since they were up 10 games in the division at one point. I don’t see how anybody can be confident in this team going forward, at least until MT25, ARod, and Le Petit come back. 2-3 weeks? Could this team possibly float on for that long?

    • TomH says:

      I’ve been panicking all year, so I’m easy.

    • jjyank says:

      That all comes down to your worldview. I’ll panic in late September if the Yankees lose first place or are only up by a game or two and a series against Baltimore or Tampa about to start. To each his/her own, though. I don’t think that the time to panic is 3.5 up in first place in August, though. Some people have started though.

    • Mr. Eddard says:

      Probably if they lost the division lead it would be time to panic. Until then, we’re still in good shape and the cavalry is on its way next month.

  60. widget says:

    This lineup is ugly.

  61. Hummingbird S. says:


  62. Kramerica Industries says:

    Solid piece of hitting by Swish.

  63. Chilango says:

    Every time I trash Swisher he steps up. Greg will see a relation.

  64. Mr. Eddard says:

    There we go! There’s Phil’s run. A 3 run HR would be nice here.

  65. DERP says:

    Informal survey: Does Phil allow a run in the next half inning?

  66. Kramerica Industries says:

    Is it me, or do Kay and Leiter get into more debates than any other tandem on YES?

  67. jjyank says:


  68. Tom says:

    Romero should just walk Cano here

  69. Kramerica Industries says:

    Fricken’ asshole, that Mike McCoy.

  70. Hummingbird S. says:

    fuck good D..

  71. jjyank says:

    Michael Kay’s take on the playoff system is idiotic, in my opinion. Yes, the team with the lesser record would not have made WC last year and they will this year, but how is that fair to the team that could potentially have 5-10 more wins? Love how he conveniently ignored the other side to his own point.

  72. The Real Greg says:

    Miami up 5-0 on Strasburg and the Nationals.

    Big because Rizzo might think Strasburg is starting to tire.

  73. DERP says:

    Tyler Austin with two doubles in the first game today. Love that guy.

  74. Kramerica Industries says:

    Isn’t that Devon White?

  75. Nathan says:

    Wow…Ponson sure is…Ponson.

  76. Cuso says:

    Aaggghhh! Get Sidney Ponson off my screen!

    that mere appearance will torpedo this game and send us to a 10-game tailspin

  77. Hummingbird S. says:

    3 straight curves out of the zone, whats the point?

    • The Real Greg says:

      Maybe just to fuck with Torrealba’s mind. 3 fastballs with plenty of plate afterwards and he only swings at 1.

  78. Need Pitching & Hitting says:

    From 3-0 to K.
    That’s like a reverse Phil Hughes.

  79. Mr. Eddard says:

    Sam Pearce has an OBP of .500 as a Yankee.

  80. Cy Pettitte says:

    Steve Pearce! get excited ladies and gentlemen.

  81. Mr. Eddard says:

    And a SB! Who is this guy?

  82. DERP says:

    Manny Machado had 1 walk in 59 plate appearances coming into today.

  83. The Real Greg says:

    That’s small ball which they will have to do.

  84. your mom says:

    Any chance we strand this runner?

  85. jjyank says:

    Steve Pearce: Baseball. Player.

  86. Hummingbird S. says:

    our TB offense working so far..

  87. Hoss says:

    Small Ball Sam!

  88. Mr. Eddard says:

    There you go. That’s how you play the game. Should have tried this last night.

  89. My friend came to visit me, cause I told her I was bored before the game started. Nice of her, but I missed like 3 innings. What happened, how’d we score? Is Steve Pearce a True Yankee (TM) yet?

  90. The Troll says:

    I’ve grown to seriously despise sacrifice flies. Pussy’s way out if you ask me.

  91. Jag says:

    I’m just happy they got one there… Pearce with the smart baserunning is the only reason they got it.

  92. The Real Greg says:

    By the way, about halfway through. 3 of the 4 hits against Romero have been by righties.

    Now this is a bit skewed by the fact that there are more righties in the lineup than lefties, but its still ain interesting note.

  93. Pasta Stumbling Sojo says:

    Did Leiter just say the ‘v’ is silent in Hechavarria?

  94. Kramerica Industries says:

    And with two outs and two strikes…

    Hughes allows the requisite home run.

  95. You know you give up too many homers when Adeiny Hchavarria takes you long.

  96. Need Pitching & Hitting says:

    1-2 HR to the fucking #9 hitter.

  97. Hummingbird S. says:

    get to 2 strikes, allow a bunch of foul balls and then a HR.. great job Phil

  98. Nathan says:

    Come on Hughes…todays the day we need a 7 or 8 inning game from you. #notanace

  99. Mr. Eddard says:

    From 0-2 to HR. Joke. Damnit.

  100. The Real Greg says:

    That’s a stadium special.

  101. Pasta Stumbling Sojo says:

    Was that such a bad pitch? Seemed like it was a fastball out of the strike zone.

  102. The Real Greg says:

    I dont blame Hughes for that one. Pitch was up and away where he wanted it.

  103. Mr. Eddard says:

    Leiter said it was too good of a pitch and I go by what he says. Mistake by Phil.

  104. Cuso says:

    Like I said last night, Heche = Bizzarro Ciriaco

  105. Stratman9652 says:

    Can someone explain why every team’s scrubs come to life against the Yankees? It can’t just be perception right?

    • TomH says:

      It’s Oedipal, in the psychoanalytic sense. The Yankees represent authority (the Father!). In Canada there is the additional fact that the Yankees = authority = America = New York City (for which Torontonians have urban envy).

    • Pasta Stumbling Sojo says:

      It’s hard to look up, but it’s most likely just perception. We don’t notice all the crappy hitters who fail to do anything against the Yankees night after night, we just notice the rare ones who have big nights.

  106. Mr. Eddard says:

    Nixy should be DHing over Andruw. Let’s play some more small ball and bunt him over to 2nd.

  107. Hummingbird S. says:

    awful AB by Jeter. Not what we need with this lineup.

  108. jjyank says:

    Interesting thought about designating a roster for a given day of ~28 or so guys, but having the 40 man roster available for that designation. Thoughts?

    • Alkaline says:

      It is interesting, but a lot of guys could be waiting around awhile in between playing time.

      • jjyank says:

        True, but the most of the minor league teams’ seasons are over anyway. With up to 40 guys available to sit on the bench/bullpen, a lot of them would be waiting awhile anyways. I’m not making an argument for or against it, but I never really thought about it before. It makes some sense to me, but I haven’t decided yet whether or not I like it.

        • Alkaline says:

          Oh. I’m playing a game with this game on in the background. I didn’t realize they were only talking for September.

    • Tom says:

      They also have to require all starting pitchers to be designated… (otherwise you effectively are playing with a 32 man roster on a given day)

      I’d favor the idea of a 26 man roster designated each day and any starter that has pitched in the last 6 games has to be on that roster, barring injury of course (so people can’t game it by taking starters on and off day to day)

      I think the idea of a 40 man roster is absurd, and other than it being in place for a long time there is little logic to it….

  109. Mike N says:

    Interesting that Pearce is DHing. I saw him in the outfield at the Astros-Mets game last Friday, and he nailed Wright trying for two from right field on a ball that hit the wall. Dunno if this was a total aberration, but I remember thinking, Man, that fucker’s got an arm.

  110. The Real Greg says:

    It will be bases loaded for Pearce, I bet.

  111. Mr. Eddard says:

    Damnit. They’ve had men on for the top 3 hitters and haven’t taken advantage. I guess it’s up to Sam to manufacture another run.

  112. DERP says:

    Big inning here

  113. TomH says:

    Romero is looking like his old self tonight. Hasn’t pitched this well since his last meeting with the Yankees.

  114. Cy Pettitte says:

    ahh the old 0-2 to leadoff walk. that usually ends well.

  115. Need Pitching & Hitting says:

    So Phucking Phrustrating Phil.

  116. your mom says:

    0-2 to a BB. WTF Hughes?

  117. Everybody, including Suzyn Waldman is very down on Phil..who is probably 3 innings away from having an ERA in 3′s

  118. The Real Greg says:

    This ump is starting to squeeze

  119. Mr. Eddard says:

    Phil’s getting squeezed now. This is trouble.

  120. Hummingbird S. says:

    Hughes about to blow the game.. Great.

  121. The Troll says:

    Implosion inning? Probably.

  122. The Real Greg says:

    That walk is not on Hughes. The ump squeezed him on the first two pitches

  123. …why is Derek Lowe warming up in a close game.

    • Stratman9652 says:


      Also am I the only one kinda glad that Girardi isn’t quite as hard headed about marrying relievers to innings this year? Not the it mattered, I just got sick of people bitching about it.

    • Mike N says:

      Oh, lordy.

    • Need Pitching & Hitting says:

      He’s probably better than Eppley and Joba at this point. All righties coming up. Soriano and Robertson may be unavailable today.
      Derek Lowe is almost definitely going to pitch in this game.

  124. Kramerica Industries says:

    God, with the way that ball kept tailing closer and closer to the pole, I started to fear that was gonna leave the yard.

  125. The Real Greg says:

    Got out in front of it.

  126. Cy Pettitte says:

    that pitch was sooooooo bad. Phil got lucky.

  127. Mr. Eddard says:

    Jesus, that was close. Fly ball Phil got the fly ball.

  128. Kramerica Industries says:

    Oh, well done Robbie.

  129. Need Pitching & Hitting says:

    Hell yes Robbie!!!!

  130. Cy Pettitte says:

    what a throw by Cano, wow.

  131. The Real Greg says:

    WOW. The Blue Jays run themselves out of the inning.

  132. Rich in NJ says:

    Luck is good too.

  133. flamingo says:

    That went really well, actually!

  134. Chilango says:

    Hughes gets out of it. Baseball is all luck.

  135. Jag says:

    Yay Robbie!

  136. Mr. Eddard says:

    What a play by Robbie! A little luck finally goes our way.

  137. The Real Greg says:

    Not only that, but with 97 pitches, Joe can go batter to batter with Hughes in the 7th.

  138. CUYanks says:

    Matt Kemp basically just killed himself on the center field wall in Colorado.

  139. Hummingbird S. says:

    Im a bit late, but what a play by Robbie… amazing.

  140. The Real Greg says:

    That’s how bad Romero’s luck has been.

    Finally he ptiches well, and he still might lose the game.

  141. Mr. Eddard says:

    One more inning, Phil. Robertson and Soriano are pitching tonight only because there’s no one else, sad as it is.

  142. Kramerica Industries says:

    White Sox win six straight, go to Baltimore, and now can’t score runs.

    You can’t make this stuff up.

  143. Hummingbird S. says:

    can we just add Granderson to the list of platoon bats? he has regressed back to his pre-Kevin Long form.. or maybe he’s coming back down to his real talent level, which is a platoon CF

    • Didn’t he go yard against a lefty, just yesterday?

    • TomH says:

      I’m getting skeptical about Long. He didn’t do diddly for Jeter, and I don’t see that he’s done anything much for ARod. In fact, I hope ARod avoids him when he’s cleared for action.

      • jjyank says:

        A hitting coach’s approach can’t work for everyone. And A-Rod speaks very highly of K-Long. How do you know that it’s K-Long’s fault, and not A-Rod’s various health issues such as hip, knee, etc. are the real problem?

        • Mike N says:

          My impression is that Long has helped A-Rod a lot when he has gone through discombobulated stretches at the plate. And what possible complaint could anyone have about Long vis a vis Jeter???

          • jjyank says:

            I agree with you. A-Rod has credited Long for a lot, and Gary Denbo maybe just knew Jeter’s natural swing better. That’s not a knock on Long, that’s just a credit for Denbo. Long’s stride-less approach didn’t work for Jeter, but like I said, no hitting coach can fix every hitter. That’s a ridiculously unrealistic expectation.

          • TomH says:

            Did Jeter not abandon Long’s tutelage when he went to Tampa to recuperate. He was discreet about WHOSE, but I got the impression he was rejecting advice he had been receiving.

            I’m sure ARod speaks warmly of Long. That wasn’t my point.

            • jjyank says:

              I addressed the Jeter thing above. Your expectations are unrealistic.

              • TomH says:

                I have no expectations! I just have suspicions. For all the claims about Long’s greatness, this is a team that seems to be less formidable at the plate than it should be.

                Norm am I saying that a hitting coach should be able to cure everybody. My suspicion is that naturally great hitters, like ARod and Jeter, who have had many years of success, ought to be careful about making too many “adjustments” at the suggestion of mere hitting coaches.

                Long has been dining out on the Granderson story for nearly two years.

                • jjyank says:

                  A-Rod is getting older and has dealt with several rather major injuries. I can’t possibly blame the hitting coach for that.

                  And he hasn’t just “spoken warmly” about Long, he’s borderline worshipped the ground he walks on. So his fix didn’t work for Jeter? Do they need a new hitting coach now? Too much emphasis is being put on the coaches here.

                  • TomH says:

                    Hitting coaches are not for geniuses. They’re for ordinary performers. Nor have I suggested ditching him, merely that he receive, for once, some skeptical attention. Hell, Girardi sure gets it.

                    And as I keep saying–this is a point of simple logic–who CARES how warmly ARod may be speaking of him. And how do you KNOW that ARod’s performance this year was affected only his age or those ailments (he’s denied the latter). I mean the HR problems in particular, but also the problems with lefthanders.

                    • jjyank says:

                      That was my point, in reverse. You don’t know that his problem stemmed from a lack of a god hitting coach, just as you don’t know if his problems stemmed from injuries. So what is your point, exactly? “Skeptical attention”? Alright then. This seems pointless.

  144. your mom says:

    Oh look, Grandy K’d.

  145. The Troll says:

    Wow. 7 pitches and Grandy continues to suck ass. I’m about at wit’s end here. I cannot remember a season ever being this ridiculous. I’m another bad stretch from kicking my pinstriped addiction.

  146. Kramerica Industries says:

    With a win tonight, the A’s will be 44-22 in their last 66 games.

    Where did this turnaround come from, and how are they maintaining it even now that they aren’t walking off every other home game?

  147. Need Pitching & Hitting says:

    Phuck this umpire.

  148. your mom says:

    Fucking HP ump is killing me.

  149. Mike N says:

    Maybe that’s it for Hughes?

  150. flamingo says:

    How many strikes has this guy called balls?! It’s ridiculous.

  151. Mike N says:

    Nope. Interesting.

  152. Paul VuvuZuvella says:

    I’m caught up in Politics tonight…is Scott, I mean Sean, uhm, I mean Stephen Pierce instilling fear in the competition tonight?

  153. The Real Greg says:

    this is a bit of a risk

  154. I’m just saying the people that are complaining that Sale got lit up by Baltimore after he shut us down, go look at the Detriot/Kansas City game.

    • The Real Greg says:

      But again:

      Road ERA: 3.58
      Home ERA: 1.74

      And sample size means nothing here because he’s started basically all season.

      • A road ERA of 3.58 is still pretty beastly. That home ERA, especially in a hitter’s ball park is just god damned impressive though.

      • Tom says:

        Again, you are a fool. His strand rate is 90% at home which is driving his ERA…. opponents are not going to be the same over that small a sample, park effects can be all over the place…

        xFIP at home 3.05
        xFIP on the road 3.38

        Repeating the same bullshit over and over doesn’t make it any more accurate.

        • The Real Greg says:

          What does it matter what his strand rate is? That could just mean he settles down with runners on?

          • Tom says:

            Does he have some magical ability to strand runners at home that he loses on the road? Or is that a function of opponents and variance (or “luck”) because of the sample size?

            This is the problem with quoting ERA over a small sample… 1 or 2 hits with runners on a sample like that will sway the #’s

            You really can’t understand this?

          • Tom says:

            I should have mentioned his strand rate on the road is ~75% (vs 90 at home)… which is primarily what is driving the ERA.

            The other stat you seem to love (until it works against you)

            Road BABIP: .312
            Home BABIP: .230

            But hey I’m sure that’s a real difference and not variance BECAUSE OF THE SAMPLE SIZE…. or maybe Chicago roles out a much better defense when he picthes at home?

          • Pasta Stumbling Sojo says:

            90% of the time?

            Which is more likely:
            (a) This year, Chris Sale has learned to strand runners 90% of the time, but only when hes at home, despite the fact that the best pitchers have strand rates of 75%.
            (b) In the very few plate appearances that were at home with runners on where he stranded the runners, it just so happened that he stranded 90% of them, but it just as easily could have been 60% or 70% (just a few hits here and there), which would result in his ERA being close to his road ERA.

            Seriously, do you really think (a) is true?

            • Tom says:

              I think we are fighting a losing battle here…

              ERA over small samples rules all
              /Luis Ayala’d

              • Pasta Stumbling Sojo says:

                The worst part is, if we manage to convince Greg, he’ll end up drawing the wrong lessons from it and then start lecturing everyone about it. Like how he found out that BABIP is mostly luck and then started telling everyone that all of baseball is luck.

      • Pasta Stumbling Sojo says:

        I don’t understand what that means. A small sample size is predictive if it’s “all season”? It’s 70 innings in each sample.

  155. Mike N says:

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

  156. Hummingbird S. says:

    congrats to Phil, nice start!

  157. Mr. Eddard says:

    Phil pitched his heart out tonight. I think you have to pitch Robertson and Soriano tonight and trust that the big man can take you home tomorrow.

  158. Need Pitching & Hitting says:

    A bit Phrustrating at times, but I’ll sign up for 7IP, 1R from Phil any day.

  159. your mom says:

    Phil did hid part, will he get screwed again like his last outing?

  160. Cy Pettitte says:

    Z-Mac getting smacked around :(

  161. Athenian says:

    Yankees are 15-19 in 1 run games. Bullpen is not good right now, how much does that sway the win probability?

  162. The Troll says:

    Would anyone tell/quote me the Yankees’ offensive rankings since the AS Break? (Runs, Average, OBP)

  163. Need Pitching & Hitting says:

    Insurance runs would be much appreciated.

  164. Cy Pettitte says:

    Andruw Jones should call his mom

  165. Completely off topic, but Sterling just said “I’ll have Phil’s number in a minute for you, I just have to add up strike outs and walks and what not.” It got me thinking…what do broadcasters do in between innings? They can’t exactly go to the bathroom, not really enough time…

  166. The Real Greg says:


  167. your mom says:

    Last 2 pitches right down the pipe. Fuck Andruw Jones!

  168. Kramerica Industries says:

    A close game headed into DRob-Sori territory.

    Please end better than last night did.

  169. Hummingbird S. says:

    Pitchers duel on a Ricky Romero start.. might be the worst offense ever.

  170. Stratman9652 says:

    That TGI Friday’s commercial just made me realize I have had one in my town for years now and have never been. Am I missing out?

  171. Kramerica Industries says:

    Very quietly, Justin Verlander has allowed 10 hits and 7 runs in two whole innings tonight to the Royals.


  172. Mike N says:

    Nice job, D-ROB!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  173. Erica says:

    Hiiiiiiigh Socks

  174. your mom says:

    Wow, I don’t think I’ve ever seen Drob get thru an inning so quick before.

  175. Need Pitching & Hitting says:

    DRob with a 5-pitch inning.


  176. Mr. Eddard says:

    5 pitches. Very nice outing from Drob.

  177. Kramerica Industries says:

    Rays have been Yankee-like so far tonight.

    2nd/3rd, 0 out in 2nd = 0 runs

    Bases loaded, 1 out in 4th = 0 runs

  178. jjyank says:

    Atta boy, D-Rob. Your new son would be very proud (if he knew what baseball was yet).

  179. DERP says:

    Rays have had second and third, no outs in addition to bases loaded one out and scored neither time.

  180. Mr. Eddard says:

    If we do hold on to win this just remember whose manufactured run was the difference in the game.

  181. DERP says:

    Ian Kinsler = GOD

  182. Athenian says:

    Since Jeter just batted, thought this Mitch Williams rant was perfect.

  183. Kramerica Industries says:

    Between his recent ineffectiveness, and the fact that this will be three straight games, and four out of five, for Soriano…

    I definitely have my concerns. Hoping for a vicious untuck instead.

  184. DERP says:

    It is going to be so awesome when we stomp the Orioles this weekend.

  185. The Troll says:

    This offense . . . I cannot remember a Yankee offense this futile since I was old enough to appreciate the game.

  186. Kramerica Industries says:


    Go forth.

  187. CUYanks says:

    It would seem like Verlander’s billion-games-in-a-row 100 pitch streak is in jeopardy.

  188. Chilango says:

    Sori don’t rely too much on the slider for fucks sake

  189. Kramerica Industries says:

    Jobber warming up?

    I hope those are just to give him some work.

  190. your mom says:

    Who’s starting for us tomorrow night?

  191. The Real Greg says:

    Sori’s out for blood tonight

  192. Kramerica Industries says:

    Untuck that bitch.

  193. Mike N says:


  194. Nathan says:

    That’s an angry untuck…I’ll take it!

  195. Cy Pettitte says:

    Soriano really didn’t want to have to dodge those reporters again

  196. Need Pitching & Hitting says:

    Untuck bitches.

    Steve Pearce’s heads up baserunning saved the season.

  197. DERP says:

    Nice job tonight. Wasn’t pretty, but feels good nonetheless.

  198. Hummingbird S. says:

    it wasn’t pretty, but it’s a W!

  199. your mom says:

    Yay bullpen! Yay Phil! Hoping for a blowout win tomorrow.

  200. jjyank says:

    Un. Fucking. Tuck.

  201. Kramerica Industries says:

    …and Baltimore keeps pace.

    The O’s are 71-57. I don’t think anyone would’ve ever expected that.

  202. flamingo says:


  203. Chilango says:

    Soriano dialed it up. Hughes gave us enough to spare us Lowe, Eppley and Rapada…nice win.

  204. Mr. Eddard says:

    If Texas can hold on we’ll have a 5 game lead over them. Win tomorrow behind the big man. The Os have to lose 1/4 to the White Sox don’t they? We can beat them 2/3 at the stadium.

  205. CUYanks says:

    Another day off the schedule with at least a 4 game lead in the division at the end of the day. Not bad.

  206. stuart a says:

    i will take the win… offense is horrible but i wil ltake the ein.

    ump squeezed Hughes at the end at Kay cannot be bothered with talking about it.

    who looks worse out therer andruw jones or ibanez???jones looks horrible.. i pray they do not resign him next year he is toast….

    could go to robertson and soriano 3 in a row since CC is pitching tommorrow….

    they won a 1 run game without a homer, miracles do occur…

  207. CUYanks says:

    Joe pretty much saying no Robertson tomorrow, and probably no Soriano. CC, pleeeeease pitch 9.

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

    Where is Big Member?

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