Game 131: The Biggest Game of the Season*

Yankees juggle upcoming rotation
Rehab Updates: A-Rod, Aardsma, Feliciano
(Greg Fiume/Getty)

You know this as well as I: these next ten games are just enormous in the grand scheme of things. The division lead has been whittled down to just three, and wouldn’t you know it? The team chasing the Yankees is coming to town for exactly three games starting tonight. What a coincidence. These are the most meaningful games the Orioles have played in about 15 years (no joke), so you can expect them to come out playing hard. Hopefully the Yankees put this ugly stretch of play behind them during the off-day yesterday, because things are about to real interesting. Here’s the lineup…

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

RHP Hiroki Kuroda

The weather in New York is great, so tonight’s game will start on time at 7:05pm ET. You can watch this one on YES locally and MLB Network nationally. Enjoy.

September Call-up News: Via Erik Boland, the Yankees are expected to recall C Frankie Cervelli, IF Eduardo Nunez, OF Chris Dickerson, RHP Cory Wade, RHP Adam Warren, and LHP Justin Thomas when rosters expand tomorrow. Didn’t expect that many guys on Day One, but hooray. Dickerson will require a 40-man roster move, but the rest are all good.

* At least until tomorrow.

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Yankees juggle upcoming rotation
Rehab Updates: A-Rod, Aardsma, Feliciano
  • Big Members Only (formerly RI$P FTW)

    It’s not even September and people are in a panic.

  • The Real Greg

    Whatever happens happens. If the Orioles are destined to win this year, so be it.

    I really hate it when people call this “a collapse”. It’s not by definition.

    The Yankees have been playing .500 ball since the All Star Break. That’s not exactly a record that screams collapse.

    Instead more credit should be given to the Rays and O’s who have stepped up their play.

    • Kevin

      The Rays offense is showing its problems again…the Yanks have flaws of theirs they haven’t fixed since last year..but neither have the Rays.

    • Big Members Only (formerly RI$P FTW)

      If it were the Red Sox, would it be a collapse? I bet you’d say yes.

      • The Real Greg

        How much you want to bet?

        • Big Members Only (formerly RI$P FTW)

          As much as Obama took from hardworking taxpayers to give to the rich. In other words, ‘oodles’.

        • JobaWockeeZ

          50 million dollars.

    • TomH

      No you can’t argue against “collapse” on those grounds. If the Yanks have been playing ca .500 since the ASB and if the As and O’s stepped up their game to catch and pass them (i.e., if that’s what happens), it’s a collapse.

      Unless there are mitigating circumstances.

      Losing your ace to 2 stints on the dl, losing ARod and Pettitte for ca. 6 weeks each, losing Teixeira, losing Nova–all this when added to the losses of Rivera, Gardner, and Pineda do provide mitigation.

      • The Real Greg

        A “collapse” implies a quick and unexpected fall. If this fall does occur, it will not have been quick.

        If the Yanks were 11-30 since the All Star Break, then I think it would be called a collapse.

      • Pasqua

        It’s a collapse if another team “steps up their game” to catch and pass another? No. If a team steps it up and plays great ball (as the Orioles have all month) then you got caught. If the Yanks were to blow a 10 game lead in Sept. (a la Sox and Braves last year), THEN we’re talking collapse — a quick, unexpected fall when very little is left to be done to secure success. What we’re seeing now is the ebb and flow of a season that, unfortunately, isn’t favoring the Yankees right now.

    • Chilango

      .500 ball with a disgustingly large payroll is…uh, disgusting.

  • Larch

    When is Casey McGeHee going to be up?

    • Need Pitching & Hitting

      Charleston’s season ends Monday, so he should be back on Tuesday.

  • Better off Eddard

    Nobody beats Hiroki Kuroda at Yankee Stadium. It is the biggest game of the season until tomorrow’s game. We must win the series. They really need Teixera back soon so they don’t have to keep DHing Peace and Nix.

    • Big Members Only (formerly RI$P FTW)

      “It is the biggest game of the season until tomorrow’s game.”

      You should give credit when taking other people’s words.

      • Better off Eddard

        I didn’t even read Mike’s asterisk. Sorry, Mike.

    • bobtaco

      Please stop saying this. Kuroda is not a robot.

  • Hoss

    Nix at DH, Ibanez in LF and no Ichiro. Wonderful.

    • The Real Greg

      Ichiro’s in right.

      • Hoss

        Thanks, my mistake. Would rather not see Ibanez in the field. And Nix at DH just baffles me, especially when you consider how versatile he is in the field.

  • viridiana

    Buck will do anything to win. Just think about his motivation — a guy who built the Yankee team of the mid-90s, then was dumped just before they started winning. Hope Joe is up to the challenge. Buck always comes exceedingly well prepared.

  • RetroRob

    What the F is that noise? Thought my tinnitus was getting worse. Bugs?

  • Countryclub

    Kevin Goldstein took a job in Houston’s scouting department.

    • RetroRob

      Interesting. They were trying to recruit Keith Law to join earlier this year, but he turned them down.

  • Chilango

    O’s have a great pen. They’re 57-0 when leading after 7. In 4 games in June and July, they were outscored 42-9. The Rangers beat them twice back in May for a by 27-6. This has skewed their run differential big time. And..their defense has been much better since the All-Star break so I hope the Yanks bring their A game tonight. They’re not practicing (and losing) in AAA anymore.

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

      So their blowout wins don’t skew their run differential the other way? Interesting. I guess the A’s and Indians don’t mean losing to the O’s by the combined score of 20-3 in two games then.

  • Mike N

    Howdy, peeps! Just finished preparing my bolognese sauce and set it to simmer, and I’m ready for BASEBALL!!

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

      When you say bolognese sauce do you mean just a meat sauce or a vodka-meat sauce?

      • Mike N

        Ground veal/pork/beef mix and tomato flavored with carrot/celery/onion/garlic sofrito, white wine, and milk, seasoned with salt/pepper/nutmeg/bay leaf. When it has coalesced into a thick sauce after at least two hours of simmering, I throw in the pasta with a little pasta water, and then finish it with grated parmigiano reggiano, butter, and chopped basil.

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

          Damn dude. You go all out…how do you find time to cook like that? If I tried to do that I wouldn’t be eating till like 1am.

          • Mike N

            It took about one hour to get the sauce going, and now all that’s left is about five minutes of hands-on effort. And I am not very fast with the knife.

  • Hummingbird S.

    I hope this is not a sign of things to come.. awful first pitch, right down the pipe.

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

      Dude..it’s literally one pitch. If we’re gonna start analyzing pitch to pitch the next month is going to be waaaaaaay to stressful.

      • Hummingbird S.

        Well, it’s a problem with Kuroda. He’s been terrible in the first inning all season long. But it looks like he’ll get by this time.

    • Mike N

      It was obviously intentional to set up the DP and save pitches.

  • Hummingbird S.

    Nice! Perfect pitch, perfectly turned DP.

    • Chilango

      No way. Pitch was up in Hardy’s wheelhouse.

      • Hummingbird S.

        but it was inside..

      • The Real Greg

        It was away enough so that he grounded it instead of driving it. It was up but it was away enough.

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

    Since when is Nate Mclouth on the Fighting Showalters?

    • The Real Greg

      Since early August. .263 with 2 HRs and 9 RBIs since joining them.

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

        Not terrible…I remember him being very good with the Braves, at least I think that was him? I thought he was traded to Pittsburg?

        • The Real Greg

          He was. He was then released and signed in June but he has been under the radar

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

            Surprising he went that bad…like I said I remember him being very good with Atlanta.

  • Better off Eddard

    That was a nasty pitch by Hiroki to get McClouth. Off to a great start.

  • Mike N

    Who was the outfielder we were talking last game thread about how the Yanks should get by today? I forgot.

    • Cy Pettitte

      Torii Hunter?

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

      I remember Mike bringing up trying to get Hunter yesterday morning, which I said I would be interested in the previous night. I think somebody brought somebody else up though…

    • Mike N

      Yeah, Hunter. I guess we’re not getting him?

      • Need Pitching & Hitting

        I’d be shocked if after signing Pujols and Wilson, then trading for Greinke, the Angels would give up just 3.5 games out of a playoff spot with a month to play.

    • RetroRob

      Mike Trout?

      Hey, why not? : -)

  • RetroRob

    …and those three teams, the Pirates, Orioles and Royals, have been the three worst-run teams during those years.

  • Mike N

    Kuroda should be perfectly happy with that AB. Grounders are good.

  • Mike N

    But not that one.

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

      That’s what happen when a sinker is about letter high.

  • Chilango

    Kuroda’s up in the zone. Needs to figure it out.

  • Need Pitching & Hitting

    Awful.

    • The Real Greg

      A sac fly is awful?

      • Need Pitching & Hitting

        No. Ibanez’ throw was awful. And Chavez not cutting it off was awful. And now that HR was awful.

  • Bobby Banana

    It’s so pathetic that the Yankees are under so much pressure to win after having such a huge lead coming in after the ASB.

  • Hummingbird S.

    Ibanez is such a terrible fielder.. he has a weak arm, why not throw to second? fucking dumbass

    • Chilango

      yes.

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

    Great job keeping the double play in order, Raul. Outfield defense clinic so far.

  • Mike N

    Shouldn’t he have just conceded the run and thrown to the infield to hold the man on first or get him at second?

  • Patrick

    Seriously, that was a sad little throw. Wtf, Ibanez.

  • Athenian

    horrible play by Ibanez. That ball should have just gone to second.

  • The Real Greg

    ENOUGH with the whining.

    If they lose, so be it.

    • Tom

      1

    • Need Pitching & Hitting

      ENOUGH with the whining.

      If people want to express their opinions about the game, so be it.

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

    well..fuckballs.

  • Mike N

    fuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuck

  • DERP

    Thanks Kuroda!

  • Better off Eddard

    Hiroki doesn’t have it today. Everything’s up.

    • bobtaco

      That’s strange, I heard repeatedly he was unbeatable.

      • Better off Eddard

        He has been. Didn’t you hear Kay, sub 1 ERA in his past 5 home starts. Game ain’t over yet.

  • Cy Pettitte

    god this team is the fucking pits. seriously unwatchable.

  • RetroRob

    Bad, Kuroda, bad.

  • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan

    Mark Reynolds? Really?

  • The Real Greg

    staff ace, huh?

    • Need Pitching & Hitting

      one game, huh?
      Try to stop being a moron please.

  • Hummingbird S.

    atta boy Hiroki.. biggest game of the season, worst game for him. Great time to choke.

  • Karl Krawfid

    Fastball in to Mark Reynolds.

    Laughable shit man.

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

    We did say last time he was due for a stinker when he gave up three…then he settled down for the rest of the game. Hopefully the same thing happens here…

    /really trying to be optimistic

    • Hummingbird S.

      it probably wont matter.. the offense sucks, they will not score more than 3 runs.

    • Tom

      Miguel Gonzalez is on the mound.

      Enough of the injury excuse, it’s time for the offense to step up. They should be able to put up 4-5 runs on this guy.

      • Tom

        (Meant as a reason to be optimistic)

  • Athenian

    Boom! Day of, same Yankees, same results. Awesome.

  • Chilango

    Kuroda will settle down. Four runs is doable…

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

      Hooray! I’m not the only one trying to be an optimist.

  • Bobby Banana

    Wow. This team will be lucky if they make the playoffs. Except for that stretch when they played shitty National League teams they have been fucking horrible. The offense has shitty, especially the middle of the order and the pitching besides Kuroda has also been horrible.

    • The Real Greg

      I don’t care.

  • The Real Greg

    Already the mood around here has made this completely unbearable. Thanks guys for making this a pleasant experience.

    • Hummingbird S.

      want a band-aid for your feelings?

    • Need Pitching & Hitting

      You’re welcome.

      And you’re making it quite unpleasant yourself, btw.

    • CUYanks

      Yeah, if you can’t handle watching a game down 3 runs with 8 innings to go and Miguel Gonzalez pitching against you, you really can’t handle baseball.

    • Mike N

      You are blaming RAB game thread posters for your emotional state in the face of a 3-0 deficit?

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

      This place has been slipping int LoHud territory for a couple months now dude, but honestly you’re trying to bully people for expressing their opinions, when for all of last season and the first half of this season you were exactly like them is NOT helping things at all.

      • The Real Greg

        I learned that this means nothing in life and I am trying not to let these people send me into a downward spiral.

        • Tom

          3

        • Mike N

          You had to “learn” that being a Yankees fan is just an amusing pastime and something meaningless to emotionally invest in playfully for fun?

      • JobaWockeeZ

        Not that I’m accusing you but if you weren’t on the 162-0 train you’ll get torched, blasted, shot, spat and degraded on.

        Say something bad about Girardi, you’re an idiot. If Phil Hughe isn’t considered to be a very good pitcher you’re an idiot and so on and so forth.

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

          I’m usually very supportive of the team, but I’ve called out Girardi a bunch of times personally (especially the games he continued going to Wade when it was clear Wade was DONE to anybody with eyes) as for Hughes, I’m sorry but it is kind of stupid to call out a dude who has been very, very good for 4 months. I understand his HR/9 rate is unsightly but he’s been good in spite of it.

    • Tom

      2

      • The Real Greg

        Jerry Nelson just died, you insensitive bastard.

  • Mike N

    Time to accelerate the ethanol intake.

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

    Wow. Machado is one ugly mother fucker. Like he looks straight out of a 1970s bad porn in his picture.

  • DERP

    Let’s just score here. This pitcher sucks.

  • JobaWockeeZ

    Still more optimistic about the short term being of this team than long term. They’ll probably make the playoffs and from there it’s luck.

    Long term they need some help. So I’m int he camp of not giving a fuck until October.

    • Chilango

      Unfortunately, you’re right.

  • Chilango

    Let’s see some patience at the plate. Hope they don’t come out hacking.

  • Better off Eddard

    The offense doesn’t have a track record of giving Hiroki run support. Maybe tonight will be the exception. It would be nice if Granderson and Ibanez could break out. I don’t think we’ve hit a HR in over 2 games.

  • Frank

    Playoffs are far from a sure thing for this team.

    • JobaWockeeZ

      Yes it is but there’s no moves that will or can be made in order to fix it.

      Other than getting healthy all you have to do is hope they play like they’re supposed to.

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

      Yeah, it’s only a 98.5% probability. Far from a sure thing…I wish were the Orioles or Rays Who are at 22.7% and 50.7% respectively.

  • Hummingbird S.

    They will just go down in order..like this offense always does.

  • DERP

    Holy fuck Chavez, what was that?

  • Karl Krawfid

    This guy throws a change up.

    This game may be over.

  • DERP

    This is a pretty big game. Easily the best matchup that we have.

  • Hummingbird S.

    huge strikezone, but only the O’s pitcher is taking advantage.

  • DERP

    JJ Hardy is legit awful. Not sure why he bats second.

  • RetroRob

    Hopefully the 2nd turns out to be the only bad inning for Kuroda, and the Yankees can then figure out how to hit the change. Hope and change, with better results than the last four years.

    • The Real Greg

      They won the WS 4 years ago. What better can they do?

      • RetroRob

        Three years ago!

  • Frank

    I see a team in the O’s which is very loose and confident. They have the right attitude. Them against all odds and a manager who knows how to motivate players. Dangerous combination.

    • Tom

      Schowalter really had them motivated last year…. when they went 69-93. Apparently he just didn’t care last year or took an offseason course in how to motivate players

      It’s amazing how the frequency of “changing the culture” and “motivates the player” comments increases when a team wins and evaporates when they lose.

      (see Gibson, Kirk)

  • Mike N

    There are a number of huge Yankee players expected to come back from injuries soon: A-Rod, Teix, Gardner (is he?), Pettitte, Nova (ok, maybe not huge).

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

      I think they said Gardner is done for the season.

      • Mike N

        Tx.

    • bobtaco

      Starting to think it may be too little too late… I hope they can shamble to the finish line in first… but it has been painful to watch for some time… hard to be optimistic…

  • RetroRob

    Guy next to Costner has a really bad haircut. The fact that I’m commenting on that means I am trying to block out the game.

    And Mark Reynolds? He may be the worst fielder in the game.

  • Mike N

    Holy crap! What a fucking play!

  • DERP

    Our defense is playing terribly and Mark Reynolds just made a great play. Really.

    • RetroRob

      Sign four out of the seven signs.

  • Hummingbird S.

    they play better D, they pitch better and they hit better..

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

    I really can’t wait until Ichiro is gone. What a waste of D.J. Mitchell.

    • The Real Greg

      And even the leader is going overboard.

      • RetroRob

        Was reading the chat transcript before the start of the game and Mike did warn it was not a good day and he was going to be grumpy.

        I may challenge him for grumpy as my day has also sucked, and the Yankees are not helping at the second.

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

      I said this at the time of the trade, and everybody called me crazy. I don’t think Ichiro has been completely useless, BUT I don’t think his defensive value for this season equals 6 years of team control on a young, possibly effective pitcher.

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

        I don’t even think D.J. Mitchell is all that good, but the difference between this Ichiro and Wise or Dickerson is basically zero. Chased the big name and got burned.

        • CUYanks

          Risk/reward. Not a ton of downside. You’re probably kidding yourself if you’re expecting production from Wise/Dickerson. They are pretty terrible.

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

            So is Ichiro, has been for about 1300 PA.

            • CUYanks

              No doubt about that, but there had to have been more upside in a player who was moving out of Safeco and had shown some level of production in the past vs. players who are certifiably hopeless. Unless DJ Mitchell turns into a good major league pitcher, there really wasn’t the opportunity of getting burned there.

    • Bobby Banana

      I was perfectly ok with Dewayne Wise. I don’t know why Cash wanted Ichiro. It isn’t like he was lighting it up at the plate with Seattle. He’s at the end. Did we really need another veteran in decline on this team? John Jaso, now there’s a Mariner that could’ve helped this team.

    • RetroRob

      The Yankees will probably sign him to replace Swisher.

      I’m not sure I could continue watching if I have to watch old Ichiro for a full season. It was painful enough when Jeter went on his walk about from June ’10 to June ’11, but Jeter is the Yankees. Ichiro is a visitor.

    • CUYanks

      Now this is ridiculous.

  • Better off Eddard

    Awful 3rd strike call. Ump sat there for 5 seconds before calling is a strike.

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

      I’m expect Orioles-supportive umps all weekend. We got in my book, one of the worst crews in the bigs.

  • Hummingbird S.

    nice of ichiro to watch that straight FB catch the plate for strike three.

  • Hirokichiro

    No hitter lets lose like old mofos

  • DERP

    The Orioles PBP guy is Ichiro like it is spelled Itchiro. It is really funny.

  • Bobby Banana

    Wow. The more I think about it, the more I realize how great of a deal the Granderson trade was for the Tigers. They gave up Grandy a great but flawed player and Edwin Jackson, an inconsistent but serviceable pitcher for Austin Jackson a gold glove caliber centerfielder who can hit despite striking out a lot and Max Scherzer, who is becoming Verlander 2.0. Meanwhile Granderson is struggling to hit a fastball down the middle. Sigh. Cashman sure does make some shitty trades. I wish he would believe in our farmhands (Montero, Jackson) instead of trading them away.

    Jeter
    Austin Jackson
    Cano
    Tex
    Arod
    Swisher
    Montero
    Romine
    Gardner

    Sure looks better than the lineup we’ll be throwing out there next year. Less expensive too.

    • DERP

      I too have thought that Scherzer reminds me of Verlander.

      • Bobby Banana

        He might even be a bit better.

  • The Real Greg

    Bottom line:

    Yankees have 27 titles, the Orioles have 3.

    Yankees are probably not going to win this year. They’re too banged up. I would be surprised if they won it.

    I was surprised they won it in 2009.

    Accept this, guys and move on.

    • Tom

      4

      • The Real Greg

        Immature bastard.

        Just defecting away the points.

        • Tom

          5

        • Tom

          If you were making a point other than your incessant

          Stop whining / move on / accept it / doesn’t matter maybe I’d listen.

          Then again it’s probably best you stay away from statistics…

  • Mike N

    My right ear was poking out of my cap today, and it got sunburned. It is all red and hot feeling.

  • Hummingbird S.

    9 batters up, 1 hard hit ball. At least 3 popups.. amazing job.

  • special lol

    bye playoffs

    • playoffs

      bye yankees… see you next year , maybe.

  • oldmanalex

    so how much nonsense has to happen before theres a team meeting and chairs are thrown. or does that shit only happen after we drop out of first place?

  • Athenian

    Seriously the fight this team is putting, fucking awesome. Those bats must be really heavy

  • DERP

    It is amazing to me that fans think that the problem with this team is that they don’t care or aren’t trying and that a meeting will fix things.

    • Better off Eddard

      I like how they want to blow the whole thing up when the Yanks will still be in 1st even if they lose tonight.

    • Mike N

      That is the biggest most absurd fallacy that gets bandied about here.

  • Frank

    Who cares about last season?

  • teddy

    fired brian cashman and blow this team up

  • Mike N

    With the new wild-card system, at some point a manager has to begin to think about arranging the pitching rotation so that the ace is available for the one-game playoff. That could be interesting for a team that is still vying for the division win.

  • Athenian

    From Jack Curry – Orioles have lost by scores of 19-7, 13-1, 14-3, 12-3, 10-1. In 5 games, outscored by 51. So, in other 125 gms, have outscored opp overall….

    • DERP

      You mean if you remove games in which the Orioles got blown out, their run differential improves? No way!

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

        Jack’s great, but you can’t just cherry-pick and remove the games that don’t fit the narrative. What happens if you remove all of their blowout wins? Or remove every team’s blowout losses?

        • DERP

          Another thing Orioles fans do is remove their games against the Rangers (and Angels) and try to pass that off as their true run differential.

          • RetroRob

            Not sure why they’re bothering. Their record is their record. Their strength has been a shutdown bullpen late in the game and, well, and, for some reason they keep winning any one-run game. The pen is certainly part of it, then again, the Yankees late inning pen of Robertson and Soriano should also allows them to win one-run games. The Yankees have been horrible in that area.

            • TomH

              It’s the 1960 World Series. Yankees blew out Pittsburgh 3 times. Pirates won 4 tight games.
              Who but Yankee fans now cares about the 3 blow-outs?

        • Mike N

          Yeah, that analysis makes no sense at all. No matter how you look at it, they’ve been lucky.

  • stuart a

    battling ab’s from the yanks. they must be tired from there 36 hours off….

    really working jim palmer tonight… poor russell martin. the guy hits the ball hard once in a blue moon and he got out.. losing to this team yech. know michael with the ridiculous excuses….

    ichiro stinks, he is a brett gardner who takes a lot less pitches…..

    chavez took a strike right down the middle… does cano get 1/2 an rbi for hitting itto the warning track? I assume boras will look for some interesting ways ofselling Cano’ massive underperform……

    • Need Pitching & Hitting

      Yippee!

      Stuey is here!

  • Kramerica Industries

    Just got home.

    See it’s 3-0, and the Yankees have no hits so far.

    You gotta be fucking kidding me.

  • rawbrain

    lets try and be optimistic its still early in the game. its been painful lately but we should have arod and tex back shortly. random question would you rather have girardi mattingly or buck managing the team

  • Bobby Banana

    This team is so old. I hope 2013 isn’t a Phillies 2012 year for the Yankees.

  • Athenian

    Seriously, the lack of run support Kuroda gets, Yankees should compensate him with an extra $10 million.

    • Mike N

      They should give him an extra $9 million and the fans free beer.

  • Tom

    Kuroda has settled down, time for the offense to do something.

    It would be nice to see Kuroda win a game where he allows more than 2ER (he hasn’t yet)

  • Bobby Banana

    I can’t wait until next year when the Orioles go back to being terrible.

  • DERP

    HOF Moises Sierra

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

    Not going to lie…I was getting a tick nervous.

    • RetroRob

      Just do a quick shot of something. It will pass. And if it doesn’t, do another!

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

        I wish =/ I’m at work…I might stop on the way home at the local liquor store, see if they have Ocktoberfest yet, cause Dunkin Donuts has their Pumpkin Coffee back.

        • RetroRob

          Pumpkin Coffee, good; Pumpkin beer, bad!

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

            Really? I enjoy Pumpkin beer. Not as much as Pumpkin Bread, Pumpkin Pie, Pumpkin anything really…Sam Adams Ocktoberfest is my favorite thing about fall though.

            • RetroRob

              I love basically everything pumpkin, but I just can’t get into pumpkin beer. I’ve tried it a few times, and my guess is over the coming month I will see it somewhere and try it again.

              In the meantime, I’m now craving a pumpkin coffee, and there’s a DD Ranch real close. I’m tempted considering how the game is going.

  • Hummingbird S.

    BASEHIT!!! CANT BELIEVE!!

  • Bobby Banana

    Wow. I’m so surprised that wasn’t caught. Fucking BABIP. Fucking shifts.

  • Athenian

    Jeter might be the only Yankee worth a shit right now.

    • Athenian

      He SHOULD be the MVP

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

        He’s not even the MVP of his own infield.

        • Athenian

          Disagree. There is not one infielder on the Yankees who deserves it more than Jeter. Cano – he is not doing anything special. Certainly not ARod. Tex, remove his defense and he is to hitting what Giambi is to defense. Chavez, the only thing he gets is an ICY HOT commercial. Nix, thank you for being on the bench.

          Even including the outfield. Swisher would be the only serious contender and that is if you shorten the sample size.

          • Need Pitching & Hitting

            Cano has been better offensively and much, much better defensively than Jeter.

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

            Jeter: .321/.363/.448
            Cano: .307/.371/.547

            Robinson “not doing anything special” Cano also isn’t an embarrassment on defense.

          • RetroRob

            If you’re going to push him for MVP, then you have to look at Jeter’s entire game, and yeah, his defense remains below average, and by some statistical measures seems worse this year than recent years. I don’t put too much emphasis on that part as partial, or even full-season defensive stats don’t say a lot, an the Yankees shifts may be causing some issues there too, but it doesn’t matter if Jeter is the same, worse, or even slightly better. He’s still below average on that side of the equation, while Cano is a net positive.

            That all said, Jeter’s having a hell of a year and will get votes and should get votes. He’s just not the league MVP or even his team’s MVP.

  • Hummingbird S.

    swing through the changeup, watch the FB down the middle..great strategy there Swish

    • Athenian

      That production will cost you $18 million a year.

  • DERP

    If you are a pitcher and the best thing the broadcasters can say about you is that you know how to pitch or have great mound presence, is that really a complement?

  • Will The Thrill

    Swisher is a master of taking hittable pitches and swinging at shit in the dirt.

  • Kramerica Industries

    I’m surprised Thrum isn’t in the Hall.

  • Chilango

    Swisher Ks way to much for the 2 hole.

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

      They should bat Ichiro there, he never strikes out. Wouldn’t want one of the teams best on-base guys to hit second. He should hit fifth so Russell Martin can drive him in.

    • Hummingbird S.

      you are wrong. We definately want Swisher in the 2-hole. We only have 3 good hitters in Jeter, Swisher and Cano. They should bat in the 3 first spots in the lineup.

  • Kramerica Industries

    Lovely AB, Robbie.

    Three pitches. K.

  • Need Pitching & Hitting

    It’s OK Robbie. One of those pitches was almost a strike.

  • DERP

    Those were some really awful at-bats. Yikes

  • Karl Krawfid

    This team is just trash at the moment.

  • teddy

    these guys have quit

    • Athenian

      Yep. Paycheck collectors.

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

        I’m sure the owners hate that.

    • Mike N

      What does this even mean? You think they literally aren’t trying to get hits?

  • Will The Thrill

    Who the hell is this pitcher? I don’t remember Roy Halladay being traded to the Orioles!

  • VCR1111

    Swisher and Cano both tried to hit a 3 run homerun with one man on base. Result…strikeout.

  • Athenian

    There is your 10 yr 23 million hitter.

  • Effthisnoise

    Dear yanks, please stand up and fucking fight already!

  • DERP

    They have about two innings until they have to face the Orioles bullpen. Make them count.

    • Hummingbird S.

      they are not going to score more than 3 runs.. their only hope was to have Kuroda pitch an excellent game, but he choked.

  • Hummingbird S.

    there’s nothing special about this Gonzalez guy. The Yankees are the only team that can make this guy look good.

    • Need Pitching & Hitting

      Also the Red Sox, Rays, Royals, and Angels

  • Cy Pettitte

    fucking pathetic. just hacking at everything like they have somewhere else to be.

  • Samcro first nine

    Yankees are aleeping not even the organ can wake them tonight.

  • Chilango

    This is hard to watch. Seriously. The only thing more disgusting than this is their payroll.

  • Bubba

    getting manhandled

  • Will The Thrill

    Kevin Long seriously needs to be fired. This team is trying to hit a homerun every at bat. Hit the ball where it’s pitched!

    • Hummingbird S.

      Why is it his fault? He’s not the one swinging the bat.

  • Samcro first nine

    Cervelli and dickerson, nunie should wake them up tomorrow.

  • DERP

    I didn’t realize how bad Carlos Pena and Luke Scott have been this year. Two rare misses by the Rays.

  • Better off Eddard

    This has a feeling of Hiroki’s last start, gives up 3 early, settles down and the offense doesn’t score a lick for him. These guys used to hit HRs. When’s the last time they hit a HR, Tuesday?

  • Cy Pettitte

    stop me when this sounds familiar: Kuroda gives up 3 early runs, settles down and doesn’t give up anything more. Pathetic offense does nothing.

    • Kramerica Industries

      Kuroda must feel like he never left the Dodgers, with the non-run support he gets.

    • RetroRob

      Unfortunately it’s now four, but yeah, the point is valid.

  • Effthisnoise

    Kuroda 56 pitches thru 5 innings. He’s made one mistake. The yanks should be able to muster some offense to back him, 3 runs is nothing in the American league

  • Better off Eddard

    He keeps getting ahead 0-1, 0-2 and then it’s all over with the changeup. Stop taking the 1st pitch and start attacking!

    • Tom

      7 K’s through 5 innings for Gonzalez. He averages 6.7 per 9 innings.

      The troubling thing is the inability to hit a 91-93mph fastball. It’s one thing to get beat by a change or curve when you are behind in the count, but the Yankees can’t even seem to touch this guy’s average at best fastball.

  • DERP

    Did people actually say that we didn’t need A-Rod?

    • Athenian

      Aren’t there enough hitters in the line up either flailing at pitches out of the zone or watching 3rd strikes?

  • Effthisnoise

    Chavez has looked like shit lately, tired of hearing about his blazing August

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

      … it’s still August.

  • Athenian

    Yankees are definitely hitting higher pop ups than the Orioles. So that is good.

  • Kramerica Industries

    This is revolting.

  • Samcro first nine

    This is horible the team needs a spark kuroda should throw at the next guy.

    • Need Pitching & Hitting

      He should throw at his teammates.

  • Karl Krawfid

    Hanging breaking balls. Fastballs up and in the middle of the plate.

    Take those pitches and swing at the change ups down in the zone.

  • Mike N

    ugly

  • Chilango

    It would be nice to have some LH hitters who could go the other way. Maybe then the BaBIP wouldn’t be so skewed.

  • Cy Pettitte

    every starter possible should be benched tomorrow. they don’t deserve to play. just let the kids like Nunie have fun.

  • Chop It Up

    I guess the lesson to be learned here is that you don’t disrespect Flanny.

  • Samcro first nine

    I look forward to cervelli after watching martin look like a minor leaguer up there.

    • Need Pitching & Hitting

      You might be in for a disappointment. Cervelli has been looking like a minor leaguer against actual minor league pitchers.

    • JonS

      Cervelli has hit .246/.341/.316 at SWB. I wouldn’t expect much.

  • Better off Eddard

    It’s apparent that once he’s up 0-2 he pitches a throw away pitch then goes with the changeup for the strikeout. ADJUST!

  • Athenian

    Can’t wait to hear the post game glad handing on this one. Joe is in the clubhouse now researching great one liners.

    • Cy Pettitte

      sometimes you just have to tip your cap to the greats like Pedro Martinez, Felix Hernandez and Miguel Gonzalez

      • Athenian

        That made me laugh. Well done.

    • Chilango

      Hey it’s baseball. These things are going to happen. Put it behind you and take care of business tomorrow. Etc.

      • Athenian

        OMG! That was funny. Yankees have been saying that since the All Star break.

  • Effthisnoise

    This kid is throwing average stuff and making the Yanks look lost with weak swings on pitches out of the zone. This is the kind of young mediocre pitcher that the yanks and The Bronx use to eat alive.

  • Will The Thrill

    Matt Wieters knows our hitters like the back of his hand.

  • Kramerica Industries

    Jesus.

    It’s 8:20, and already the 6th inning.

  • Simon

    ugh

  • DERP

    I would have lost my shit if Cano didn’t get that.

  • Chop It Up

    At least if they lose, theyll get it done in two hours, no reason to watch this any longer than that.

  • RetroRob

    Things I don’t like: That!

  • Cy Pettitte

    HR to the .270 OBP, because why not.

    • FIPster Doofus

      Eighteen dingers this year. He doesn’t suck at hitting homers.

  • Kramerica Industries

    Lovely.

    Stellar performance tonight, Yankees. It’s nice to know that, just like the Red Sox, the Yankees can’t beat the Orioles in their home ballpark.

    • Hummingbird S.

      they couldnt beat the Jays triple-A team

  • Hummingbird S.

    Kuroda fits well with the rest of the overpaid chokers on this team.

    • Need Pitching & Hitting

      seriously?
      He’s been awesome all year, he has one bad start and he’s suddenly an overpaid choker?

  • Karl Krawfid

    Man fuck this.

  • DERP

    Kuroda just gave up a home run to one of the worst everyday players in baseball.

  • Chilango

    Well Hardy got a cookie his 1st AB and missed it so I guess he was looking for it this time.

  • Better off Eddard

    Why can’t one of our guys hit a HR? Without that brilliant performance on Wed by Phil in a 2-1 win we’d be in a world of hurt.

    • DERP

      What was your handle before the current one?

  • Tom

    Despite Justin Verlander Miguel Gonzalez on the mound, I think it will take 5 runs to win this game (for either team)

  • JobaWockeeZ

    If people think this is bad I mean unless Kuroda is back Pineda is the de facto second starter next year.

    Long term looks bleak compared to this.

    • FIPster Doofus

      The Yankees are allowed to replace Kuroda with someone else if he leaves.

  • Kevin

    This team sucks,pure and simple. And they don’t care. Blow this team up and start fresh.

  • Electric nunez

    Tomorrows line up
    Jeter ss
    Dickerson rf
    Cano 2b
    Granderson cf
    Chavez dh
    Nunie 3b
    Swisher 1b
    Ichiro lf
    Cervelli c

    • Cy Pettitte

      this is assuming they even show up to the park tomorrow. actually, they’re probably better off just not showing up.

    • Need Pitching & Hitting

      against a lefty? No chance.

  • Will The Thrill

    This team can go fuck itself. The offense has been dead. They all seem like they have somewhere better to be.

  • Kevin

    Cashman..we gave up Jackson and Montero for whom? Pieces of crap that strike out and can’t pitch.

    • DERP

      Jesus Montero really would help this team, IMO!

    • Electric nunez

      True story Montero was cut from the Jets practice squad

      -Greg Buttle

  • Better off Eddard

    There you go, ATTACK and don’t let him get ahead 0-2.

  • Effthisnoise

    Alright boys, this is the inning to show you got some fight in you. let’s go!

  • Karl Krawfid

    Not giving up hope though.

    This shitty Yankee team needs this win.

  • Tony

    People are really overreacting. Just remember that when an offense isnt hitting, the team looks lifeless. It doesnt mean that the team is actually lifeless or not trying. Go find something better to complain about

    • DERP

      You must be new here.

      • Tony

        Nope. I just get tired of whining. Its highly likely that the Yankees will be killing the ball in a week or two

        • DERP

          I agree. You should post more.

  • Kramerica Industries

    That’s the first three-ball count, and first walk tonight.

  • Hummingbird S.

    please no DP (it will probably happen)

  • Chilango

    2 on no outs. Let’s go keep the line moving.

  • Cy Pettitte

    giving him 2 borderline pitches in a row after a walk is so lame.

  • Hummingbird S.

    nice of the ump to put Jeter in a hole..

  • http://aol amanda

    um these look like old tired men , can we bring george back to life ?

    • Bunt Gardner

      So you could see a team full of even older, more tired men?

  • DERP

    Does Jeter have a mouthpiece? retainer?

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

    My least favorite part of this game: I’m pretty sure that Nix’s walk was the first 3ball count of the game.

  • Cy Pettitte

    Jeter is restoring my faith in the teams’ ability to have a good AB

  • Effthisnoise

    Captain battling!

  • Kramerica Industries

    Lucky that wasn’t a total buzzkill right there.

  • Mike N

    Good?

  • Karl Krawfid

    Yeaaaah! Groundout!!!!

  • Electric nunez

    Swisher please do something

  • Mike N

    C’mon, Swish!!!!!!

  • Hummingbird S.

    here comes the lame AB with a runner on 3rd and less than 2 outs

  • Hummingbird S.

    time to swing through a changeup in the dirt!

  • Athenian

    Atta boy swish, keep swinging for the fence…

  • Electric nunez

    Anyone know why mcgeehee got demoted all the way to low A ball? Did he take a dump on cashmans desk?

    • DERP

      Season ends earlier than the other affiliates

      • Electric nunez

        So who cares about low a ball. He can come up tomorrow but isnt ..why charlston needed a big league hitter?

        • Need Pitching & Hitting

          He can’t come up tomorrow. He has to wait 10 days since he was demoted. Or he can come back up if his minor league team’s season ends before that, which is why he was sent to Charleston, so he could be recalled sooner.

  • Athenian

    Swish will strike out now.

  • Tom

    High fastballs.. change in the dirt coming

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

    Took till the 3rd time through, but we’re actually putting some ABs together finally.

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

      So then Robbie Swings at the first pitch…Ugh. Not a good night.

  • Effthisnoise

    Oriols ready to implode here, any kind of pressure and they will crack

    • TomH

      Are you drinking?

  • walt

    Hey look its playoff swisher.

  • Kramerica Industries

    Nice to see Nick still swinging for the fences when a home run doesn’t completely erase the deficit.

  • Mike N

    ugh

  • Electric nunez

    God swisher sucks

  • Cy Pettitte

    #letSwishwalk

  • Chilango

    Swisher Ks agaain. He’s back to his old numbers. Too bad. He had a few good weeks. Take him out of the fucking 2 hole.

    • Need Pitching & Hitting

      You see the rest of the lineup right?

      Who the hell should bat second?

  • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

    Should I draw a parallel to a pressure filled game bringing out the real Swisher?

    Nah…..too soon

    • Need Pitching & Hitting

      yeah, cause all the other big hits he’s had this year don’t count

  • Mike N

    double ugh

  • dontchaknow

    oh my fuckign god

  • Kramerica Industries

    Unreal.

    This team is fuckin’ toast.

  • Cy Pettitte

    #letCanowalk

  • Karl Krawfid

    Yankees don’t deserve to make the playoffs.

  • Better off Eddard

    No excuses. Those top 3 hitters need to hit with all the injuries and they just aren’t.

  • Athenian

    LOLOLOLOLOLOL Right on queue.. Based on that AB 5 yrs 22 mill a year.

  • DERP

    Yankee tease

  • Alkaline

    Swisher has been carrying the team the past 3 weeks. The others need to pick him up this game. He’s allowed an off game.

  • Electric nunez

    Nice at bat robbie 100 million my ass

  • Need Pitching & Hitting

    Anything good on TV tonight?

  • Frank

    It’s happened all season. Seriously, why is anyone surprised?

  • Effthisnoise

    Cano! Come The fuck on!!!

  • DT

    This line up sucks. I hope the next time people complain about Tex and ARod not hitting a homerun or something in one AB. They remember this fucking shithole of a line up.

    • Karl Krawfid

      lol

  • Anthony

    This is such a joke. Are we batting against Gonzalez or Cy Young……

  • Chilango

    Hey maybe Swish can get the sombrero tonight. These guys can’t hit for avg. And now that the HRs are not coming, they’re fucked. Wakeup call for the front office.

  • stuart a

    as i have stated 100 times cano is a overatted sack of you know what. 70 rbi’s morons. the guy is terrible with RISP, he has hero complex and no plate discipline..

    this team sucks.. ibanez threw the ball earlier on the play at the plate like jacoby ellsbury or johhn damon..

    swisher has been horrible with RISP for years.. this is not a new phenomenon….old, slow, choke artists………..

    F-ck…….

    • Need Pitching & Hitting

      ….. whats the record for periods in a post….. whoever has the most should get a parade and a contract extension…..

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

      Swisher with RISP: .300/.406/.591

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

        Damnit Mike, numbers aren’t allowed! You know that! Only emotion and hatred! and RBIs.

  • Tom

    I was convinced it would take at least 5 runs to win this game, but after that half inning, 4 might be enough.

    2 runners on for your 3 best hitters should net at least a run. If nothing else at this point, they need to force the O’s to use their best bullpen arms which could help later in the series.

  • Kramerica Industries

    And with that, I’m going to spare myself, and the rest of you, my undying fury tonight.

    I piss myself off enough as it is with my daily actions. I’m not going to further that by subjecting myself to a team that has played like shit for weeks and still continues to play like shit when the overachievers come to town for the biggest series of the season.

    This likely loss will be the Orioles fifth win in New York this season, giving them the season series victory for games played in New York, with two left to spare. The Yankees will fall to 13-12 at home against divisional opponents.

    Yeah, that’s really protecting the home field advantage.

    Unreal. Fuck this. I’ll be back tomorrow to further piss myself the hell off watching this lifeless team.

  • Cy Pettitte

    I hope Kevin Long does that drill where he bashes Cano over the head with the bat repeatedly after this game.

  • stuart a

    cano not only gets out he has horrible ab’s..

    the guy has a hero complex he thinks he is a stud… he is a joke, overrated sweet swinging guy.

    he is agood player but not even close to elite.. not close……get me 120 rbi’s on occassion and that is elite…he is getting 85 this year. 85 rbi’s , friggin joke…….

    • JimIsBored

      Is cano your new arod?

      • DT

        Just wait til Arod gets back

  • Captain Gift Basket

    Guys like Swisher will never knock in a 100 runs. Choke job.

  • stuart a

    swishy is a 85 rbi guy. don’t forget rbi’s are irrelevant just ask the sabermetricians.

    • Need Pitching & Hitting

      way to completely misunderstand the argument…..

      • JimIsBored

        It’s stuart. He doesn’t read anything.

    • Captain Gift Basket

      Knocking in runs when it counts is overrated. as long as you have a high OPS, WAR, OBP, etc, it doesn’t matter if you win games. Then you’re worshipped on this website.

      • Need Pitching & Hitting

        Another one who completely misrepresents the argument. Nice.
        Can’t argue against the merits, so make shit up to argue against.

        • Alkaline

          These people obviously skipped their statistics class in college.

        • Bunt Gardner

          Gift Basket sounds like spillover from the MoMass crowd.

  • IPK for Tim Reddings (formerly Brian S.)

    Damn this was probably the most winnable game of the series too.

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

      Not saying they’re going to come back and win, but this game ain’t over yet.

  • JimIsBored

    Fans who give up this quickly don’t deserve a winner.

    Those of who who aren’t jumping off the deep end, I salute you. The rest of you? What the hell. This is pretty pathetic.

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

      Most of them, like me, only know high powered incredible juggernaut teams who should at least make the playoffs handidly, and win the World Series. Because we were taught as children that winning the World Series is apparently easy because it was won 4-6 and made it to 5-6.

  • Reverse Mormon

    And we thought losing 4 straight to Oakland was rock bottom. Wait til this sweep.

    • DT

      Predicting the future i see.

      • Athenian

        Its coming.. then another sweep in Tampa.

  • Jimmy Is Key To David’s Cone

    I recognize, rationally, that this does not necessarily mean the end of the Yankees season — Baltimore and Tampa can still lose plenty of games too, they’ll get guys back from injury, Granderson and Cano should get out of their funk eventually, etc. Still — can anybody deny that the last month or so of Yankees baseball has been really depressing to watch? And not just depressing, but often just boring. The offense just looks so bored and impotent. I miss this long-ago days of June when it seemed like a trip through the order meant at least one of Jeter/Granderson/Cano/Tex/Swisher was guaranteed to do something good and Ibanez/Chavez/Jones might actually follow up with something good too.

    • Frank

      Funny you mention June. They were 20-7 that month. They are a .500 team the rest of the season (4 months).

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

        If you take away every team’s best month, they’re .500 as well.

        • Jimmy Is Key To David’s Cone

          On average, the league plays .500 ball. Mediocre stuff, not the sort of baseball that will get you to the playoffs. It makes me embarrassed to be a fan of Major League Baseball.

    • Chilango

      Or maybe the fundamental flaws are starting to show. Doesn’t look good going forward.

      • DT

        Flaws are showing when our middle of the line up players and 2 starters are on the DL? You don’t say.

      • Jimmy Is Key To David’s Cone

        That’s totally possible too. I’m just saying that even if we grant the “It’s all going to be okay” argument, these baseball games are not enjoyable to watch. I mean…Nix, DH.

  • Tom

    Kuroda now with the 3rd worst run support in the AL (“behind” only Millwood and Hellickson).

    Not sure if he will overtake Millwood in his game, but score the guy some runs. Would like to see the guy come back next year.

  • stuart a

    i am not giving up i never would i am just stating how unlikeable and underachieving this team is.

    grandy is hitting 238, cano is on pace for 85 rbi’s or less. tex when healthy is not the hitter he should be, and on and on.

    jeter is there best player and the guy is a 38 year old SS on the downside of his career……

    i expect a guy like cano even if he does not get a hit to have a tough ab… that is not a 1 pitch pop out to 3rd with 2 men on base….

    there porblem is the offense there pitching is the best it has been in years not that is saying much… home run or die, the yankee motto….

    • DT

      When healthy the Offense is actually as good it was in the last two year. too bad no one can stay fucking healthy.

  • Tom

    Granderson, Chavez, Ibanez… I see some runs!

    (trying to be optimistic)

  • Pasta Stumbling Sojo

    I’ve been watching but just checked in the on the thread. Can someone spare me having to read through the comments and tell me just how bad it is around here?

  • Alkaline

    The trolls are annoying. Take Stuart above with a post about 85 RBIs and some sabermetrician nonsense. They’ll say something and never respond to anyone refuting their ridiculous claims.

    It saddens me that people are either 1: So bored on a Friday night they troll a Yankees blog to get their jollies or 2: people actually think like this.

    I don’t know what one’s worse.

    • Captain Gift Basket

      Put down the bong and pay attention to the game. This team, as presently constituted, sucks ass.

      • Alkaline

        “As presently constituted” is your key phrase there. What do you expect when half the lineup constitutes platoon hitters + the black hole that is the catcher’s position?

        The team developed its lead from good pitching and a productive offense. The key was the role players stepping up when asked. However, one can’t reasonably expect these role players to step in to starting roles for a lengthy period of time due to injuries and succeed. The best we could hope for is to ride out the wave and let our players get healthy. We hope they get their groove back in September and have all hands on deck in time for the playoffs. Currently, the team looks worn out.

  • Cy Pettitte

    Granderson is unfathomably bad.

    • FIPster Doofus

      I hate to say it, but they have to shop him in the offseason.

      • FIPster Doofus

        Of course, I don’t know how much value a low-average, high-strikeout hitter on a one-year deal would have…

        • IPK for Tim Reddings (formerly Brian S.)

          Don’t forget awful defender.

          • Tom

            In fairness he still walks a lot.

            He’s become a TTO (three true outcome) player – not quite to the level of Dunn but that’s what he is.

            The Yankees need to stop playing him shallow if they are going to continue with him in CF next year. He is really weak going back on the ball (especially toward right center)

            • DT

              He’s also experiencing the lowest BABIP for his career. Despite having the highest line drive rate of his career

    • IPK for Tim Reddings (formerly Brian S.)

      He’s been terrible since June hasn’t he?

      • Cy Pettitte

        yea but it seems like he’s getting worse, if that’s possible. his ABs are so bad.

        • DT

          He’s striking out less in the past few games at least?

  • Naved

    This thread is hilarious.

  • IPK for Tim Reddings (formerly Brian S.)

    The Orioles offense is really bad. There rotation is not that great either. I have no idea how they have had so much success against us in the Stadium this year.

  • Better off Eddard

    Keep faith guys, we’re 3 bloops, 2 walks, 3 errors, and an inside the park HR away from tying this ballgame.

  • Cy Pettitte

    you know things are bad when you’re hoping for an Ichiro HR to get you back in the game.

  • Tom

    COme on Ichiro… remember the narrative about you being able to hit HR’s whenever you want? Now would be the time.

    • Tom

      …or you can ground out.

      Things not looking good tonight.

  • IPK for Tim Reddings (formerly Brian S.)

    Ichilol

  • Electic nunez

    This team just needs a day off
    Oh yeah they were just off yesterday.

  • IPK for Tim Reddings (formerly Brian S.)

    Nunez will save us tomorrow.

    • TomH

      They’re bringing up an infielder who can’t field, and a catcher who can’t hit. I don’t know what Wade has done, but I hope he’s been able to pitch.

    • Electic nunez

      Nunez tommorrow
      4-4 2b hr (inside the park) 3b bunt base hit

  • Rocky Road Redemption

    I’ve stopped freaking out by now. There’s nothing to it anymore. Right now, we have a bad team. This isn’t pessimism. I’m not even more than mildly upset anymore. It’s just true. This isn’t a good team.

    Hopefully A-Rod, Andy, and Tex can help. But before we get them there’s nothing else we can really hope for except to have a streak where we play over our heads for a bit.

    But, we will be playing over our heads. Because we’re not a good team.

    • CUYanks

      Do you honestly look at the Orioles team and say, “Hey, that is a better team than the Yankees”?

      • Rocky Road Redemption

        Not really. i think they’re playing way over their head too, they’re just luckier.

    • TomH

      The team that was so-so before the surge to that big lead and the present team may well be more the truth of the 2012 Yankees than the team that surged.

      • CUYanks

        Only if you think our true team involves no ARod or Teix, two of our top hitters.

        • TomH

          Actually, were they not around back then?

          • DT

            Uhh Pretty sure Arod and Tex were there in June and half of july

            • CUYanks

              So you’re cherry picking the worst stretch of the season and the current injury-riddled section of the season?

              • DT

                I’m talking to TomH. Yankees played their best in june to mid July when Tex and Arod were playing. Obviously they are playing like shit now with them on the DL. I mean Jason Nix is our friggin DH.

      • DT

        Really? The Surge team with a Healthy Arod and Tex and a full rotation? So right now playing with half a AAA team is more telling?

        • Rocky Road Redemption

          Oh, I agree with you. I’m speaking of the team as currently assembled.

          • DT

            Yea i agree with you, not TomH where he’s comparing this team to the one that was healthy and everyone playing well. I mean even before the Surge the team wasn’t this bad.

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

      No, this is a good team. Not a great team. If this was the team that started spring training I’d expect 85-88 wins, which is too me a good team.

      • Rocky Road Redemption

        Meh, I suppose that would be borderline. Perhaps I should up from “bad” to “okay, but not that good”.

      • FIPster Doofus

        I’m not even sure they’d win that many. This lineup is brutal.

  • IPK for Tim Reddings (formerly Brian S.)

    Mustelier 3-3 tonight so far and he threw a runner out at the plate.

    #CallhimupCash

  • Rocky Road Redemption

    This is just incredible. Even when we DO get a break we mess it up with bad defense.

    How much lower can we go?

    Scratch that, there are two games left in this series.

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

    MVP caliber feed from Jeter.

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

      Somebody shit in your cereal this morning Mike? You’re usually in a good mood regardless of how the team/thread is going.

      • Alkaline

        In the chat, he did give a disclaimer it wasn’t a good Friday. Everyone is allowed to have bad days. I just hope it’s nothing too serious.

    • Rocky Road Redemption

      My mouth is open in amazement right now. What a fucking game.

  • DT

    It’s cool, if we win the next two games we can forget this every happened.

  • Kevin

    This team has no heart,no desire, no nothing. I hope we get swept and then lose the rest of teh games. It will be the only way Girardi,Long adn the others get fired.

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

      Yeah, they obviously don’t care and are actively disregarding every AB/pitch/play.

      • Alkaline

        I love when people play armchair psychologist. I must have missed the college class that allows you to determine the feelings of players via a television screen.

        • Jimmy Is Key To David’s Cone

          It is not a college class — it is a skill one can only acquire by years of experience sitting on barstools with other regular attendees of that bar, who are all of course capable of seasoned expert judgment/moral critique of the psychology of athletes.

    • Bunt Gardner

      I’m sure it would make a martyr fan like yourself very happy.

  • Kevin

    This team has no heart,no desire, no nothing. I hope we get swept and then lose the rest of teh games. It will be the only way Girardi,Long adn the others get fired.

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

      “Long And The Others” is a pretty great name for a band.

      • FIPster Doofus

        They’re touring with Mumford and Sons soon.

      • Rocky Road Redemption

        In a battle of the bands with “Buck and the Showalters”. Because no other coach on that team really matters.

    • Pasta Stumbling Sojo

      I can only assume you’re not a Yankee fan.

      (Also, Girardi is not getting fired if they get swept by the Orioles.)

  • Electic nunez

    Squeezed bigtime

  • Electic nunez

    Think back to june
    When the yankees would comeback in games like this.

  • Tom

    8 innings, 4 runs… not a stellar outing, but at some point the offense has to pick a pitcher up.

    • Alkaline

      I concur. No reason why this should be a 4 run game. C’est la vie.

      • RetroRob

        The Yankees should win a game most times when their starter pitches into the 9th surrendering four runs. Not always, but a high percentage of the time.

  • Athenian

    The good part of this game, now, is that the Yankees will at least go quickly 1-2-3 so we can move onto tomorrows pending debacle.

  • TomH

    Enough. This is futility. I’m going to read in bed. Maybe I’ll have a good surprise in the morning when I check the score.

  • RetroRob

    Good news. I have my pumpkin coffee.

    • FIPster Doofus

      Now I want pumpkin coffee.

      • RetroRob

        That’s how it started for me a half hour back. Then I went and got my pumpking coffee!

    • Rocky Road Redemption

      That really IS good news. Love when the stores start coming out with the pumpkin flavored shit.

    • Big Members Only (formerly RI$P FTW)

      Is Rob short for ‘Roberta’?

      • RetroRob

        I can not help Big Members Only desire for transgender types, but I can help you find some pumpkin coffee.

  • Chilango

    The sombrero for the Swish. Saw that one coming.

  • Neworder

    Blow it up!!

  • The Real Greg

    Are the trolls gone? Good.

    They are not winning it this year, guys. They are too battered up and Cashman has had a middling year in the front office.

    Accept it. And let go.

    • Tom

      6

      • The Real Greg

        I know I can kick your ass too. Try and count to ten for once.

        • Tom

          7

          • The Real Greg

            Go on.

    • FIPster Doofus

      That turned into an ironically negative post after your comment about trolls.

      • The Real Greg

        But not EXAGGERATED negativity like which is seen on here.

        • FIPster Doofus

          True. You’re not a troll.

    • CUYanks

      Oh come on. Any team that is in contention to make the playoffs could win it all. In this case, the Yankees still have the inside track on that.

      • Rocky Road Redemption

        Ha, I love we both started our posts with “Oh come on”. Apparently this post inspires similar thoughts in people.

    • Rocky Road Redemption

      Oh come on Greg. The season isn’t over yet and we aren’t in first. Why are we “accepting” anything either way. That’s stupid. You root for the team and hope that they hit a hot streak and hold water until the injured guys come back. Then you wait and see what happens. You don’t give up on them, that’s just idiotic when we’re this close to the end and we’re actually still in pretty good shape.

      • The Real Greg

        I never expect them to win the WS. Never expect in sports because its out of your control.

        • Rocky Road Redemption

          What? You just told us to “accept” that it wasn’t their year. You’re expecting them NOT to win anything.

          • The Real Greg

            Fair enough. Never expect success in sports.

            • Rocky Road Redemption

              There’s no reason not to say the same thing about accepting failure. The reason you say it’s okay to expect failure and not success is because you’re afraid of the disappointment.

              In a way you’re just as bad. You can’t handle failure so you just set the bar low to avoid having to deal with it. Yeah, they MIGHT fail, but there’s no better reason to expect them to than to expect them to success except for fear.

              You know what? I expect them to do better, win the division, and have as good a spot in the playoffs as any other team. Sure the Yankees might fail, but I’ll DEAL with it instead of setting the bar low because I’m too much of a coward to accept failure as a possibility.

        • Tom

          9

    • DT

      The Cardinals won the WS last year after barely making it to the postseason and sleeping through 2/3 of the season. Any team that makes it to the Postseason can win it. It’s a crap shoot, the hottest team ends up winning.

      • The Real Greg

        That’s why expecting them to win is stupid.

        • FIPster Doofus

          Last time I expected them to win was ’09. My gut was telling me they were too good. Haven’t had that feeling since.

          • The Real Greg

            That second half was the most confident that I had ever felt about a Yankee team. That was the one period that I dared to expect wins.

            Still didn’t expect a WS but I expected victories in the second half.

            • Tom

              10

              • The Real Greg

                I already said 10 below. Insane how a man can get joy out of putting numbers down on random comments.

                11.

                • Tom

                  11

        • Tom

          8

          • The Real Greg

            You messed up the order.

            10

  • Tom

    I get the offense is struggling but 9K’s in 7 innings against Gonzalez is a lack of adjustment on offense. At some point hit the ball the other way, shorten up, do something to change things up.

    Still seems like too much of a grip it and rip it approach, especially by the lefties.

  • Mike N

    Kuroda’s on target to pitch a complete game shutout.

  • The Real Greg

    As for trolls like Athenian, I know I can kick their ass, at least in intelligence so they will not impress me with your attempts at being funny.

    • Athenian

      LOL!!!! Oh little sad man, you have no idea of what you speak. Being able to modify your posting name while searching an empty Coco Puffs box for the secret Powder Puff girls decoder ring does not scream advanced primate.

      • Big Members Only (formerly RI$P FTW)

        This.

  • Mike N

    Ibanez made that look a lot fancier than it needed to be.

  • Neworder

    Fire cash man!

  • Hoss

    When your highlight for the night is an Ibanez “web gem” you know you’re in trouble…

  • Mike N

    Penne bolognese is fucking delicious!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Electic nunez

      Chef boyardee is great. Love the little meatballs

    • Anthony

      Penne alla vodka, man!

  • Mike N

    LOOGY.

  • Rocky Road Redemption

    Kenny and Michael are actually talking good sense here.

  • Cy Pettitte

    why the fuck are they mixing and matching? Joe trying to prolong my agony?

    • Rocky Road Redemption

      I was just about to post that when Reynolds hit that ball…

      Come on Joe, we’re down four nothing. Stop wasting our fucking pitchers.

    • Tom

      Because Kurodawas near 100 pitches? And lefty = lefty at that stage

      Or more likely Girardi is a slave to convention… if he’s really trying to keep it close, Rapda/Lowe is not the answer to:

      “Who should I bring in from the pen first after an off day?”

  • Neworder

    Hey cash…..acquire more shit…see if it sticks against wall….bc eventually it doesn’t ass!

  • Cy Pettitte

    that mixing and matching sure worked out well.

  • Electic nunez

    Nice move joey
    Baltimore is laughing at you.

  • Karl Krawfid

    Rock bottom while getting stomped in the face by the Devil right here folks.

  • FIPster Doofus

    I can’t believe I’m still watching this.

  • Need Pitching & Hitting

    Derek Lowe is awesome.

    Not that it really matters in this game.

    • ArchStanton

      Lowe should be the guy DFA’ed so they can bring up Dickerson. He is totally finished.

      • Tom

        Sadly I agree… I though it was worth a shot at the time and he had that one glimmer of hope (4 scoreless), which of course will make Joe think he’s capable of turning it around.

        But at this point Warren (or even Wade) can do what he does and at least the Yankees find out what Warren is capable of (and whether Wade is truly done too)

  • Anthony

    Wow….speechless……but not like I expected to win this one….. Kuroda has been great and is allowed to have a bad game (if you can really call 4 runs a bad game). The problem is the offense.

  • RetroRob

    Hopefully Mark Reynolds doesn’t go on one of his tears. He’s sucked all year, but hasn’t had one of his month-long streaks where he cranks out ten-plus HRs. This would not be a good time for it, even if he is sadly on my fantasy baseball team.

  • Need Pitching & Hitting

    Well, if nothing else, hopefully this game makes Joe realize Derek Lowe still sucks.

  • Electic nunez

    Now bring in joba to really throw the game away joey

  • Cy Pettitte

    at least the Rays lost

    “C Pena singled to shallow right, E Johnson thrown out at home. ”

    lol.

  • RetroRob

    Leaky bullpen is going to leak.

  • Effthisnoise

    This is awesome? I’m actually starting to enjoy watching girardis stupid moves

  • Electic nunez

    Dfa lowe for dickerson please.

  • Mike N

    I am generally against booing your own team, but if I were at the Stadium, I’d be booing lustily right now.

  • Cy Pettitte

    maybe they can’t use 5 or 6 pitchers to get the last 3 outs. Joe can get his exercise in walking back and forth.

  • Rocky Road Redemption

    I posted this earlier, but when they were down 4-0 why the fuck was Joe mixing and matching? What’s the point of wasting pitchers like that at this point? Sure, it’s not TECHNICALLY over, but be realistic Joe. A comeback would be incredible, but assuming it’s going to happen is dumb.

    • Need Pitching & Hitting

      Especially if he’s going to bring in Lowe. That automatically lessens the chance of any comeback, so wtf is the point?

    • Chilango

      What was Kuroda’s count when they took him out? Imagine Lowe, Eppely, Rapada and Joba in the post season. It’s not a simple matter of a slumping offense and so-so pitching. The Yanks have fundamental problems

      • stuart a

        99 pitches…

        eppley sucks and rapada is a 1 batter pitcher…

      • Need Pitching & Hitting

        Lowe and Joba probably have no chance at the postseason roster. Possible Eppley or Rapada doesn’t make it either.

      • Rocky Road Redemption

        Take Kuroda out and put in Lowe, whatever. Just don’t bother taking Lowe out. There’s no point.

  • Cy Pettitte

    Kay: “his ineffectiveness almost putting this out of reach”

    so he’s saying we have a chance?!

  • Walt

    Can we scissor Lowe already.

  • stuart a

    almost putting it out of reach…….

    they have not comeback in the 9th to win a game the whole season.

    it is amazing what a dope Kay is and he has such a good job.

    the yanks have not come back once, let alone from 6 runs..

    50% chance Cano gets a hit this ab, since it means nothing….

    nucky had a good game tonight. imagine some dope team is going to give him a 5 year deal for a fortune… foolish team will regret it around july of year 1.

    granderson at 31 hitting low 230’s with 1 year left on his deal. zero chance he gets a extension.. if he does get an extension cashman should get fired……………

  • RetroRob

    They totally have a seven-run 9th in them.

    I think there’s something more than pumpkin in this coffee.

  • stuart a

    nicky not nucky. nucky is swishy’s brother. the platitudes and cliches will be flying after the gmae like the yankee hits….

  • Reality

    Everyone is freaking out about the this team. This probably even ruined some of your nights. But as we watch this, these guys are already planning on what club their going to and what skanks they are gonna hook up with tonight.

  • Electic nunez

    Just imagine joey with an expanded bullpen with wade and warren joining the shit show. And felicano

  • RetroRob

    Garbage time.

    Five more in a row, please.

  • Yanks99

    Test the o’neil theory, c’mon

  • Effthisnoise

    Go eff yourself Granderson

  • stuart a

    the yankee way. solo homer heaven. that is what they do well…

  • Hoss

    It’s too bad someone didn’t toss Grandy’s homerun ball back. It epitomizes how one dimensional and pathetic this Yankee offense has been of late.

  • IPK for Tim Reddings (formerly Brian S.)

    You don’t fool me Granderson.

  • RetroRob

    Okay, now let’s start the real game.

    That sucked. Back tomorrow.

    • stuart a

      who you pinch hitting? granderson is hitting 4th. chavez is hitting 5th.. putting the mighty steve pierce or whatever his name in the game? or pinch hit with the great chris stewart?

      They lost because the high priced yankee players have not done sh-t for weeks;; that is grandy, swisher, cano, and tex is hurt but sucks and arod sucks also and gets hurt all the time anyways..

      the only high priced guy to play near his contract is #2. that is it……

      • Need Pitching & Hitting

        still haven’t mastered the reply concept yet….right button, wrong place……

  • Need Pitching & Hitting

    Can’t be bothered to PH?

    Not that it would make a difference, but why not?

    • RetroRob

      Don’t know. Good question.

  • Mike N

    What a piece of shit game.

  • Effthisnoise

    Lackluster. Pathetic, even the orioles weren’t excited on the final strike, that’s how long this game has been over

  • Tom

    The thing that will get lost in that top of the 9th inning (over) management, is Baltimore might have had to use one of their good arms in the bottom of the 9th.

    • Hoss

      That is a good point.

      • Tom

        Not sure if it is a good point, but they both worked yesterday so it MIGHT help a bit… this is why I can’t stand when Girardi treats anything more than a 3 run deficit as give up mode (which is what bringing Lowe in means)

        He also does this on the offensive side when up by more than 2… up 3 is a good lead (and folks will say they should win the game anyway), but if you can tack on a run or two you might save arms in the pen and even if it is a marginal benefit to pinch hit, you do it. Even tonight… you get a couple of hitters on and maybe you get someone at least warming up in the O’s pen – it’s not like Chavez and Ibanez are young guys and you want to see how they handle a lefty.

  • stuart a

    no way the yanks did not come back late. shocking, this team of proffesional hitters of great repute..

    how can you hold down robiinson, swishy, grandy, and the gang…

    they have 230 avg.s all over the lineup and cano at 303 or so cannot hit with men in scoring position so he might as well hit 260 all the time… wow.. what a train wreck…………..

    • DT

      Can you please learn to type correctly. And did you really expect a team to come back from 6 runs? If you want a .280 hitter we have ARod…but oh wait you hate him too.

  • stuart a

    Arod sucks… you are thinking of Arod of years ago…

    He sucks the guy was on pace for 80 rbi’s before he got hurt at about $30 mill. good ROI, do you know what ROI is moron?

    • IPK for Tim Reddings (formerly Brian S.)

      Is there anyone on the team you like? You hate A-Rod, Swisher, Cano, Teixiera, Granderson…is Jeter the only player you like?

      • DT

        Jeter is old and over the hill remember?

      • stuart a

        i like guys who do not strike out a ton and play to there contract. I like jeter, cc, kuroda, hughes, robertson, the 260 avg version of grandy, the 280 ba version of tex..

        tex pulling everything hitting 250 is not acceptable. granderson striking out like adam dunn is not acceptable.
        i like plenty of the players… asking hitters to hit within a small deviation with RISP as they do when no one is on base is not a outrageous concern…

        i do not expect cano to hit 420 with RISP but 280 is reasonable for a guy with that tyep of talent….Cano should be top 5 player in baseball, newsflash he is not close. yes he is the best 2b but that does not mean much………….

        • Need Pitching & Hitting

          “he is the best 2b but that does not mean much………….”

          brilliant……….

          • IPK for Tim Reddings (formerly Brian S.)

            Well second basemen are for the most part terrible.

            • Need Pitching & Hitting

              Somebody has to play second. Isn’t having the best a very good thing?

        • IPK for Tim Reddings (formerly Brian S.)

          “i do not expect cano to hit 420 with RISP”

          Intentional? If so, kudos to you sir.

    • Need Pitching & Hitting

      reply button is hard to figure out isn’t it….. arod is much better than half of that lineup, but he wouldn’t help because he gets paid too much…..makes perfect sense genius………

    • DT

      What do you mean? Arod was hitting .276 before he went down and over .300 on the month. Is RBIs all you care about, and I’m the moron?

      • DT

        Also Arod being overpaid doesn’t make him any less of importance. His 122 wRC+ (and it was going higher as he was heating up at the time) would be our third/second best hitter right now. his 138 wRC+ vs lefties is one of the best on the team. He’s obviously not a 30 mil player, but it doesn’t make him useless.

      • stuart a

        WOW arod was hitting 300 for a 40 ab spa. GIve him an extension. whipptydoo. happy days are here again..

        for the rbi morons.. the team with the most runs win the game…rbi’s mean alot. so does obp i realize that… ichiro has aunder 300 obp with a few other yankee pseudo regulars that is mariner like….

        • Need Pitching & Hitting

          love guys who can’t punctuate, spell, or capitalize correctly calling other people morons……..

          • Big Members Only (formerly RI$P FTW)

            He’s trying really hard to copy Big Member, which is impossible.

        • DT

          RBI is a team stat. If Arod hits homerun and no one is on base in front of him is that his fault or the guys before not getting one base? Sure he’s not hitting for a great average, but he has a .360 OBP with RISP meaning he’s working the count and moving the line up along. And who says as the season goes on his RISP numbers don’t even out? Even in his decline he has hit 280 – .300 with RISP in the last two years.

        • DT

          He hit well for July, and his slugging percentage was increasing per month.

    • Bunt Gardner

      Your are really getting tiresome. Come up with a new shtick.

      And stop typing like you’re having a damn stroke.

  • Rocky Road Redemption

    The bright side? I FINALLY took the time to play Portal, loved it, and have already, two days after finishing the original game, started downloading Portal 2.

    Definitely a top two of all time game franchise (if Portal 2 is anything like the original), and I’m not sure if it’s one or two. Fucking love that game.

    • IPK for Tim Reddings (formerly Brian S.)

      Portal 2 is even better than the original.

  • IPK for Tim Reddings (formerly Brian S.)

    So, uh, should have traded for a bat last month?

    • DT

      Forseeing all these injuries? Yes
      Otherwise, what position would you want one at? I mean catcher i guess, but no one is available.

      • Need Pitching & Hitting

        The could have got a legit OF/DH bat. Ichiro doesn’t really fit that description at this point in his career.

        • DT

          I guess. But Ichiro has been around his career OPS with us. I don’t think Cashman expected Grandy to fall off like he has in the second half. None of the OF bats that were traded at are much better anyways. It was not as if Ryan Braun was on the market.

          • JonS

            His career OBP is .365.
            His Yankee OBP is .309.

            Not even close.

            • DT

              OPS… his OPS with us is .740, his career is like .780. He’s hitting with more power but less OBP

  • Captain Gift Basket

    Good to see the Swish make a strong case for a 9-figure contract. Pitiful.

  • Big Members Only (formerly RI$P FTW)

    This collapse is totally worth it if only to see Axisa panic and implode on Twitter.

    • Big Members Only (formerly RI$P FTW)

      That’s right. I plugged his twitter.

    • Kramerica Industries

      He has every right to.

      I would be scared for him if he wasn’t getting massively pissed off. Actually, I wouldn’t be scared, I would be bugging his ass sideways to find out what kind of hallucinogenic drugs he had at his disposal. I could use some myself right now.

      • Big Members Only (formerly RI$P FTW)

        Geez. Tell us what u really think, bro.

  • Big Members Only (formerly RI$P FTW)

    Kabak is writing angry subway reviews right now.