Game 132: It Ain’t Easy

Yankees designate Ramiro Pena for assignment, call up six
Update: Curtis Granderson day-to-day with "mild tendinitis" in hamstring
(Jeff Zelevansky/Getty)

The Yankees were thoroughly manhandled in their own stadium by the Orioles last night, who managed to climb to within two games of the top spot in the AL East. Baltimore simply did everything better and frankly the game didn’t feel as close as the 6-1 final score indicates. The Bombers juggled their rotation to avoid having Freddy Garcia start this afternoon, so now the stop-the-bleeding onus falls on David Phelps. He can’t do it alone though, the offense has to do a better job than it’s been doing since the start of the road trip in Chicago. Here’s the starting nine…

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

RHP David Phelps

This afternoon’s game is scheduled to start a little after 1pm ET and can be seen on YES. Enjoy.

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Yankees designate Ramiro Pena for assignment, call up six
Update: Curtis Granderson day-to-day with "mild tendinitis" in hamstring
  • Effthisnoise

    Jones cleanup? Good time to break out of it. Thought he had smashed his fingers

    • Magilla Gorilla

      and it’s ONE — TWO — THREE strikes, you’re out at the old ballgame!

  • Eric S

    Hope so!!

  • Magilla Gorilla

    It seems that with two quality righty bats out of the lineup (Alex and Tex) Yankees are seeing a lot of lefty pitching. Lefty pitching is killing them

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

      If I remember, didn’t the Os actually go find lefty pitching just for this team?

  • Kempire Strikes Back

    (Sees Eduardo Nuñez in the starting lineup. Sheds a single tear)

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

      Has long as he’s not playing the field, they’ll be fine.

    • The Real Greg

      Why? He’a a great hitter. His defense is crap. In fact, DH is probably the perfect spot for him.

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

        “Great hitter” is a big stretch.

        • The Real Greg

          Fine. Good hitter

          • The Guns of Navarone

            Also a stretch

            • CUYanks

              Hits with a bat.

              • https://twitter.com/Mattpat11 Matt DiBari

                That works.

            • Chilango

              Nuñez may become a good hitter. Now he’s a avg hitter.

  • Effthisnoise

    I saw another lineup where Jete was DH and Nuney was at short

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

      It was at first, but they changed it Jeter at SS and Nunez at DH.

      • Effthisnoise

        Good move. Thanks Mike

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

      It was supposed to be that way. Then Girardi switched them around after talking to Jeter.

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

    Watching 30 Rock while waiting for the game to start. I demand Cerie get all the screen time!!!

  • Kramerica Industries

    Could I call this a must-win game without being drenched in rhetoric about what a literal “must-win” game is?

    • Magilla Gorilla

      Oy Vay!

    • Kempire Strikes Back

      Not a must win, but critical to their division crown hopes. There are very few instances in which I would call a non-playoff game a “must win”, and this isn’t one of them.

      It’s be really fucking nice to pull out a W though.

      • Kempire Strikes Back

        *It’d

        Contraction fail :(

  • The Real Greg

    By the way…

    The Red Sox gave up 20 runs to the A’s??????

    • Kramerica Industries

      Oakland has won 13 of 15 and 47 of 69 games.

      They’re ripping the hell out of everybody.

      • The Real Greg

        I understand that. But 20 runs in that park is ridiculous.

        • Kramerica Industries

          When you get a chance, look at which players did the biggest damage last night.

          You’ll sense a very amusing theme.

          • The Real Greg

            Except for Donaldson, I see your point.

            Moss
            Kottaras
            Reddick.

  • Mike N

    Who else was sort of relieved to hear Phelps is starting instead of Freddy?

  • draddE

    It is a must win. If we lose we’ll cede control of the division to the Orioles tomorrow and it’ll just keep going downhill. Phelps needs to be the stopper today because our two aces sure as hell haven’t done the job lately. I’ve been saying Tampa’s offense just isn’t consistent enough to win enough ballgames. Unfortunately, it’s looking like we have the same problem.

    • The Real Greg

      You are really certain that we are being swept.

      Oh wait. It’s Eddard.

    • Kramerica Industries

      Just because Kuroda has pitched to a 3.5 ERA the past two starts instead of a 0.5 ERA, doesn’t mean he’s not doing his job.

      The poor bastard can’t buy run support.

  • CUYanks

    Just imagine how good it would feel to win the next 2 and send the Orioles out of town down 4 (and the Rays at least that much as well). Let’s make it happen!

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

    Just win baby, just win.

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

    I’m only listening on the radio, but the location of Phelp’s first 3 pitches according to gameday are telling me he’s flying open a little bit.

  • Need Pitching & Hitting

    Umpires already

  • Chilango

    Bounce back day. Let’s go

  • draddE

    Very good point by Kenny. Those computer guys don’t know a damn thing. They’ve never managed. Best hitter should bat 3rd as Girardi does.

    • Pasta Stumbling Sojo

      (a) Computers don’t in fact say what he claimed they say. They agree that power hitters should bat 3rd.
      (b) Saying computers have never managed is like saying binders have never managed or game film have never managed. That doesn’t mean they shouldn’t be used to help managers make decisions.

  • Need Pitching & Hitting

    off to a good start….smfh

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

    Excellent start =/

  • Walt

    Familiar start

  • Kramerica Industries

    Well, another stellar start to today.

    Are you friggen kidding me?

  • Cy Pettitte

    when the O’s score first this team will probably roll over and die again. hope they can avoid the sweep tomorrow.

    • CUYanks

      My goodness. I figure they lose every game until game 162. Let’s hope they can avoid that last loss on Oct. 3.

  • draddE

    Buck’s managing circles around Girardi right now. Buck is being aggressive, forcing the action. We’ve been waiting for a HR that hasn’t came. This already has the making of a disaster.

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

      You’d be the first person to crucify Girardi if he played hit and run and it resulted in a strike-him-out-throw-him-out double play.

    • CUYanks

      Didn’t you see Joe just manage circles around McLouth on that double play?

    • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

      sending a runner on a 2-1 count is running circles around another manager?

      2-1 is the quintessential steal count

  • Kramerica Industries

    I guess that’s worth the trade-off.

    Just gotta wonder if the dead bats will show up today.

  • Kempire Strikes Back

    I’ll take that double play. Excellently turned by Robbie.

  • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

    Just get that feeling that they’re gonna have to drop out of first before they get hot and retake division lead

  • The Real Greg

    This is a fact that should be recognized. Yankees went 20-7 in June.

    They are 55-49 in the other months combined.

    We have to start to think that maybe June was an outlier (maybe NL induced) and that the team really isnt that good this year.

    • CUYanks

      The Yankees are 75-0 in games they haven’t lost.

    • Need Pitching & Hitting

      Hot streaks are always outliers, for every team.
      So are cold streaks.

      • The Real Greg

        But the Yankees have been basically had .500 records in the other 4 months of the year. I wonder if that is more of an indicator.

        • Need Pitching & Hitting

          They had a .591 win % in April, how is that basically .500?
          I would think overall record would be a much better indicator than any small sample. They are worse than their overall record now, however, because of the injuries.

        • Kempire Strikes Back

          I’d wager they’d be faring much better if not for all of their debilitating injuries this season. Those have an affect on not just the team’s performance but it’s morale as well, whether or not you feel that really affects their play

          • The Real Greg

            Now that is true. Which is why we should give this team a break.

    • Pasta Stumbling Sojo

      Can you name a team that is better if you take out their best month?

      • The Real Greg

        You mean better than .500? Oh yes.

        Nationals are 61-41 outside of their best month, winning percentage wise.

  • Jag

    I wish Phelps would throw more strikes… at least they have the callups if his pitch count gets too high early on.

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

    Besides Phelps noticeable struggles, Markakis probably should’ve been K’d considering I think Markakis even thought it was S3.

  • CBean

    come on phelpsy

  • The Guns of Navarone

    Are they really this awful?

    • The Real Greg

      They may be if the stat I pulled up is correct.

      • Need Pitching & Hitting

        55-49 isn’t even awful

        • The Real Greg

          It’s not awful, but it’s around the pace they are playing at right now.

          • Need Pitching & Hitting

            They’ve lost 7 of 10. It’s not even remotely close to the pace they are playing at right now.

            • The Real Greg

              But remember they went 5-2 against the Rangers and Red Sox .

              • Need Pitching & Hitting

                That’s not the pace they are currently playing at.

                • The Real Greg

                  But when you combine the 2…

        • CUYanks

          Detroit is 9 games above .500. TB is 10 games above .500. The Angels are 8 games above .500. The Cardinals, Pirates, and Dodgers are 10, 9, and 8 games above .500 respectively. Any of those teams could make the playoffs/would make the playoffs if the season ended today. You’re saying that basically if you removed the Yankees hottest month, they would still be basically as good as those teams? That doesn’t sound like the Yankees are awful.

          • The Real Greg

            Nats are 20 games over outside their best month.

            Reds are 62-45 outside their best month.

            • CUYanks

              Congratulations. You picked the 2 teams having the best records in MLB who are playing in the NL (where the Astros have a -200 run differential, etc.) So if your argument is that the Reds and Nationals are having better years than the Yankees? I don’t see many people arguing against that.

      • Pasta Stumbling Sojo

        Can you find another team that isn’t true for?

        • The Real Greg

          Nationals:

          61-41 outside their best month.

        • The Real Greg

          Nationals:

          61-41 outside their best month.

      • The Guns of Navarone

        June definitely looks like the outlier, record-wise anyway.

  • Need Pitching & Hitting

    wtf
    fucking embarrassing

  • Kramerica Industries

    That’s the second botched pick off attempt this week.

  • draddE

    Is Freddy available in relief? The kid is pitching scared right now. Too many balls and now the throwaway. Calm him down.

  • Effthisnoise

    Man, how can this team look so awful at the fundamentals.

  • Mike N

    Any idea what Phelps’s pitch limit will be today?

    • Need Pitching & Hitting

      He should be good for 100+

  • Walt

    They scored so obviously a 123 inning is coming.

    • Cy Pettitte

      hopefully they get Chen to throw double digit pitches. small victories.

      • Need Pitching & Hitting

        too much to ask

  • Cy Pettitte

    lol of course.

  • Need Pitching & Hitting

    god dammit

  • Jag

    Man, just can’t catch a break.

  • Kramerica Industries

    And that is just how things are going right now for the Yankees.

    Jesus.

  • The Guns of Navarone

    I’m sorry… the Orioles look like fuckin world beaters right now.

    • Widget

      Every team that plays the Yankees look like world beaters.

      • The Real Greg

        Except Seattle and Boston.

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

    You have got to be kidding me, we slap a ball hard and get robbed…AGAIN

  • Walt

    Mike Francesa just came.

    • The Guns of Navarone

      +1

  • Effthisnoise

    Orioles came to play. Yanks need to match their intensity

  • draddE

    When it rains it pours.

  • Cy Pettitte

    of course, again.

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

    Jesus christ.

  • Need Pitching & Hitting

    unreal

  • Kramerica Industries

    …and another diving catch.

    This is gonna be a long day if that keeps happening.

  • Kempire Strikes Back

    Go fuck yourself, Mclouth.

    Oh, and Markakis can go fuck himself too.

  • Jag

    Seriously? Some of these should be able to drop eventually…

  • AaronGuielWithASmile

    When it rains, it pours.

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

    We should bunt every at-bat, maybe they’ll throw one away.

  • The Troll

    9 pitches? God, the Yankees are really good. Here’s hoping they get blown out today and swept tomorrow. It’s always darkest before the dawn. I’m hoping for pitch black by Sunday night.

    • Yankee Fan 1

      2 amazing plays in the outfield otherwise this game would be tied. But they’re no trying!11!!!!

  • CUYanks

    It’s a strategy. We tire out the outfielders early. Then we reap all the benefits.

    • Walt

      Genius, I love it. Can we also load the bases with no outs and not score. We are really good at that.

  • Athenian

    If these line drive out are not a sign this team does not have mojo, only means the worst is yet to come.

  • Chilango

    Phelps is all over the fucking place. ARGH

    • CUYanks

      Yeah. I feel like it took a few innings for him to settle down the last couple of starts as well.

  • Jag

    Phelps just doesn’t have it today. 3 walks already? Not good.

  • Need Pitching & Hitting

    strikes please

  • Kramerica Industries

    Would nice if Phelps stopped walking these guys.

  • DERP

    If Phelps is gonna walk/hit people, he should stop doing it after he gets two strikes.

  • Kempire Strikes Back

    What the fuck is this, Phelps? I thought you were a quote unquote “strike thrower”.

  • Cy Pettitte

    they’re gonna need to score like minimum 6 runs to have a chance to win this.

  • Mike N

    Phelps is looking dodgy today.

  • draddE

    He’s pitching scared. They better start getting someone else warming. We need this game.

  • C

    Freddy might want to start stretching

  • DERP

    With all the fresh arms, I hope they won’t hesitate to take him out if he doesn’t have it.

  • Athenian

    Wow. This game is already getting ugly.

  • The Troll

    Anyone know how to avoid baseball for a week? I’ve tried before and always fail within 20 hours . . . I can’t watch this shit anymore but I have no means of walking away and NOT looking back.

  • Kramerica Industries

    …and another walk.

    Every move Joe has made lately has either turned to shit, or is in danger of turning to shit.

  • The Guns of Navarone

    Thanks for the free out

  • Rich

    Call me a troll but it’s time to get the bullpen going. Ventura did it to Floyd last week maybe Girardi can do something now!!!

    • The Real Greg

      But that was not the conventional move. It worked, but it was not conventional

      • Rich

        And that’s why Ventura is a manager of the year candidate

        • The Real Greg

          Girardi won the damn award so you cant use that against him.

  • Chilango

    For those of you who don’t believe in choke, well here it is

    • The Guns of Navarone

      I saw choke last year. I never thought I’d see it with this team.

  • Leg-End

    Phelps has got to find this strike zone quickly or its gonna be a long long day.

  • Chilango

    Now the O’s will play small ball and get two into scoring position

  • Cy Pettitte

    throw fucking strikes. my god.

  • Big Members Only (formerly RI$P FTW)

    I miss Big Member. Was he banned?

    • Mike N

      I sure hope not! He was fantastic.

  • DERP

    I’ve seen enough.

  • Mike N

    This is fucking hideous. I may start drinking now.

    • Jag

      I already took a beer out of the fridge. It’s time.

  • Kramerica Industries

    Lovely.

  • draddE

    Get this bum out of the game. He wasn’t ready to pitch in a pennant race. Ball, ball, ball, hit, ball ball. HBP. He’s scared.

    • DERP

      Yes, I’m sure the problem is that he is scared.

  • Cy Pettitte

    “don’t want this game to get away early”

    too late, it’s already gone Kenny.

    • CUYanks

      If your assumption is that the Yankees can’t score 3 or 4 runs in a game, the game is pretty much gone before it even starts.

      • JobaWockeeZ

        Without Teix or ARod? Yeah 3 or 4 runs aren’t automatic anymore.

      • Athenian

        They got 1 last night.

  • The Guns of Navarone

    Thanks for coming Phelpsie

  • Leg-End

    I would say bullpen but I can’t take watching Lowe again.

  • Widget

    totally getting swept. No doubt about it. This is an epic choke of the division we all get to watch.

  • Chilango

    Hey but wait Cory fucking Wade is back to save the day

  • Mike N

    Rapada and Eppley are supposed to save the day? Oy.

  • Effthisnoise

    Man this is just textbook 2 teams headed in different directions. O’s making all the plays and getting all the big hits. yanks can’t beat crappy teams, hit or even throw to 1st base

  • DERP

    The Orioles broadcast is making this much worse by claiming that the reason Phelps isn’t pitching well is that he is scared of the Orioles offense.

    • The Guns of Navarone

      I don’t know if it’s the offense but he certainly doesn’t seem up for this moment. This is a big game and he’s shrinking in a big way.

    • Rich

      Nate McClouth sure sends fears up and down Pitchers across baseball. #homers

      • DERP

        They really don’t offer any baseball analysis. It’s all just cliche. Pretty standard for broadcasters.

  • Athenian

    I know there are injuries and some bad luck with balls in play, but this team has given up and knows its defeated. Pretty shocked the Yankees would go through this.

    • The Real Greg

      That’s what injuries do to you. Lower morale and confidence.

      • Athenian

        Disagree. IF that is true, the these players are pathetic. Their paid to do a job and do it well, not curl up into a ball and pout.

        I get your response but it is an excuse like every word from Girardi to Jeter, not an explanation.

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

          You’re looking at the wrong place if you want the team or the manager to give you truthful answers.

          • Athenian

            Just like listening to politicians. Not sure even when they say their names they are telling the truth .

  • Mike N

    That helps!

  • JobaWockeeZ

    So when people were predicting sweeps they meant the Orioles right?

  • DERP

    Nice job. Let’s score some runs.

  • Jag

    That could have been a lot worse… small gifts.

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

    Thank you Jeter, Cano and Swish.

  • AaronGuielWithASmile

    That was huge, Cano at his best on the turn.

    But we still have to get Phelps out of this game sooner rather than later.

  • Leg-End

    First chance he gets even on a borderline call Joe should get out there and light a fire, try something.

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

      My preference is a benches clearing brawl. It helped in 1998 with Benitez, but this team isn’t really fight prone.

  • DERP

    The worse part about all this isn’t the losing but all the experts here claiming that the team is full of chokers, that they have quit, that they don’t care, etc.

    • Need Pitching & Hitting

      +1

    • Mike N

      You forgot that they “aren’t trying”.

  • Kempire Strikes Back

    Hooray for the double play. Now could the LOLffense please score a run or two?

  • Kempire Strikes Back

    How the he’ll was at first pitch to Jones a strike?

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

      This is Mike Estabrook, I am not expecting anything consistent. (aka he sucks. Tomorrow is even worse with Jerry Layne.)

    • Kempire Strikes Back

      *Hell

      Stupid Apple products and their auto-spell check bullshit.

  • Chilango

    Jones in the 4hole batting .207 just about says it all

  • Mike N

    I hope Lou will be in the booth for the Tampa series in Florida.

  • DERP

    I wonder if Orioles fans are bitching and moaning that they only have two runs given how crappy Phelps has been.

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

      Fans everywhere complain about everything, so yes.

  • The Guns of Navarone

    Granderson struck out?

    • The Real Greg

      It was high.

  • DERP

    This ump can kill himself.

  • Need Pitching & Hitting

    that’s high

  • Jag

    That doesn’t look like a strike to me… yet the Orioles are getting those calls. It’d be nice to see the Yanks get a break during this series.

    • Chilango

      What? The Yanks look like shit and you blame the ump. Sure.

      • Jag

        For that one particular call, yes.

  • Kosmo

    Andruw “sitdown“ Jones

  • Mick taylor

    Andruw jOnes fans unite.

  • The Real Greg

    Bad luck again. Everything going against the Yankees seemingly since they went out to Oakland

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

      Russell Martin hitting a fly ball not hard enough to leave the stadium isn’t bad luck, he just sucks.

      • The Real Greg

        What’s the team’s Babip?

        • JobaWockeeZ

          Irrelevant since 50 percent of the time they get a run off a homer which isn’t in BABIP calculations.

          They will live, or die by home runs, not BABIP.

        • WHIPunk

          .291, don’t forget bad hitters drag down the babip.

      • WHIPunk

        Agreed, “bad luck” is something a Mets fan would say.

    • Chilango

      Dumb comment for a guy with a Master’s. The Yanks have looked like shit since the A’s series.

  • Athenian

    Granderson is just awful. Don’t see how the Yankees can resign him.

    • Rich

      He’s our version of Mark Reynolds. But at least he has a higher OBP

    • The Guns of Navarone

      He’s a one dimensional player. He hits for power and that’s all. He’s an awful centerfielder, his speed is really only slightly above average at this point, will only get worse, and he certainly doesn’t steal bases anymore, he strikes out a ton and doesn’t make contact. He takes walks, but that’s negated by his quickly declining contact hitting skills that will also only get worse.

  • Jag

    Another foot and that’s out… just getting beat by inches it seems on every play this game so far.

  • draddE

    Looks like it’ll be up to Nixy, Nunie and Ichy to get us going. Problem is, even if those guys get on base the top 3 won’t drive them in.

  • Kempire Strikes Back

    That was what, 2 feet from being out of the park? Talk about a game of inches. They’re not catching any breaks.

    • Leg-End

      Somebody get the Al Pacino speech out.

    • Chilango

      Hey it would have been out in my son’s Little League field.

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

    Our 4-5-6 currently has an OPS of .735…Alex, Tex, please get back. And now Granderson’s down?!?!?! Jesus Christ!

  • Joey H.

    And Curtis Granderson just went down.. great…

  • WHIPunk

    What the fuck happened to Curtis

    • Joey H.

      Looked like his arm.

    • Kempire Strikes Back

      Herpes

  • AaronGuielWithASmile

    Granderson hurt? Give me a fucking break.

  • DERP

    Where is Curtis?

  • Need Pitching & Hitting

    Oh good, another injury.

  • Mike N

    I wonder why Grandy got taken out.

  • Jag

    Oh good god… Granderson injured now too?

  • Effthisnoise

    What the eff happened to granderson?

  • The Real Greg

    Just nothing the Yankees can do when the injuries pile up at this rate.

    • Rich

      Tex and now Gramdy might just be the tipping point.

      • The Real Greg

        Exactly. Which is why this shouldn’t be a considered a choke or collapse.

  • DERP

    That was odd.

  • Effthisnoise

    And now pierce in the 5 hole? Wow Jones, pierce, Martin. Just wow

  • DERP

    It was odd that he collected all his shit before he left. He took his bat and helmet with him to the clubhouse.

  • Marcy

    OK, bad news on Curtis.
    Does anyone know what happened to Casey McGehee? Wasn’t he supposed to return? No offense to Pearce but McGehee is a major leaguer w/a track record. Is this a case of Girardi doesn’t like him or what?

    • DERP

      sup girl

    • Need Pitching & Hitting

      McGehee can’t come back until Tuesday, after Charleston’s season is over.

      • Marcy

        Thank you. And there’s the answer-

    • WHIPunk

      No idea, and a better question is why is he in the lower levels of the minors?

      • Need Pitching & Hitting

        So they can get him back quicker. Charleston’s season ends earlier.

        • WHIPunk

          Gotcha, thanks man.

  • Cy Pettitte

    maybe they undid the trade and Ajax and IPK are coming back to NY.

    • The Guns of Navarone

      Haha +1

  • Leg-End

    Granderson injures himself striking out, Yankee luck right now.

  • The Real Greg

    This umpire is awful. That wasn’t a strike.

  • JobaWockeeZ

    Well at least the Giants are back in action soon.

  • CUYanks

    Maybe Granderson is sick?

    • Cy Pettitte

      maybe he had a little bit of diarrhea like Chan Ho Park after that K.

  • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

    Wow. I really hope this precautionary. Girardi looked a little like he was trying to hide concern in the dugout, though.

  • AaronGuielWithASmile

    Nice of Phelps to join us

  • Mike N

    Now let’s get some bats going!

  • Bunt Gardner

    Ok, I’m stuck with Gameday…what happened to Granderson?

    • Mike N

      Still no word.

      • Bunt Gardner

        Thanks…just spotted Axisa’s brief blurb.

  • DERP

    Nice job by Phelps to take advantage of the large strike zone

  • Rich

    This ump is horrible. The same pitches in the 1st and 2nd were called balls now they are strikes? Means by the later innings, they will be back to being balls

  • Kempire Strikes Back

    At what point can we start using all these injuries as an excuse?

    • The Real Greg

      I think when Tex went down.

    • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan

      Now?

    • draddE

      Never. Every team has them. We have the highest payroll and can afford more depth than most. The team is 30+ so of course we were going to have injuries and guys breaking down.

      • DERP

        Really none of the injuries had to do with our guys being old.

      • The Guns of Navarone

        Every team has injuries. Not every team has the same quantity of injuries and quality of players injured.

      • The Real Greg

        Every team does have them but not at this rate to so many key players.

        We’re talking

        Rivera
        Pettitte
        A-Rod
        Texiera
        Pineda
        Gardner
        Swisher (partly)
        and now possibly Granderson

        • The Real Greg

          I forgot Robertson and Joba too.

          • The Real Greg

            And Sabathia

    • WHIPunk

      Higher injury rate correspondes to older players, Pettite/A-Rod, did you really expect A-Rod to stay healthy all season long? This an effect of us making long term ridiculous deals. Other injuries we had were flukes but what team doesn’t deal with injuries?

      • The Real Greg

        But both of those injuries were freak injuries.

        Pettitte gets hit in the foot with a batted ball. A-Rod gets hit in the hand with a pitch.

        • WHIPunk

          You serious? Do you not know that when players are older their bodies do not hold up as well, therefore younger players might have had the same things happen to them and their body would have been able to sustain those injuries, or the damage wouldn’t have been as high. Don’t undervalue the denigration of the human body, after you hit 21 years old your body starts to rot (literally).

          • The Real Greg

            The same thing could happen to a 21 year old player.

            • WHIPunk

              Your arguing semantics and not statistics.

              • Kempire Strikes Back

                Show us the statistics then.

                • WHIPunk

                  If your going to make an argument against an original statement, YOU are the one who has to refute it, basic law 101.

                  But if you want me to scour the internet since there are no sites fangraphs etc that host these type of things ill throw the links out as I find them.

                  http://www.orlincohen.com/news.....9be233b6f8

                  • WHIPunk

                    http://bjsm.bmj.com/content/38/1/36.full And don’t argue its NFL blah blah not MLB, its the basic question in answer, older players/people will suffer injuries in a greater correlation than younger players.

                    • WHIPunk

                      “Athletes who are not yet fully mature have more laxity in their joints and less muscle mass than older athletes. Because of this, adults may sustain injuries different from how young athletes might.”

                      http://www.upmc.com/Services/s.....uries.aspx

                    • Kempire Strikes Back

                      Very well, I concede to your being correct on that front. However A-Rod’s injury would have forced him to miss an extended period of time regardless of age. The fifth metacarpal takes on average 6-8 weeks to heal and A-Rod’s recovery has gone without a hitch.

                      You’ve also failed to acknowledge all of the injured players who aren’t at an advanced age in baseball terms. Pineda, Gardner, Nova, Texiera, Sabathia, and now Granderson. All of them have yet to reach or are currently in the prime of their careers age wise and yet have fallen like flies.

                    • WHIPunk

                      “You’ve also failed to acknowledge all of the injured players who aren’t at an advanced age in baseball terms. Pineda, Gardner, Nova, Texiera, Sabathia, and now Granderson.”

                      That wasn’t my argument though, I did not say younger players do not get injured, my argument was that older players simply are more susceptible to injuries than younger players.

                      “The fifth metacarpal takes on average 6-8 weeks to heal and A-Rod’s recovery has gone without a hitch.”

                      Again my original argument was that older players are more susceptible than younger players to get injuries and when the original injury occurs it could have had less damage on a younger player, nothing about A-Rod recovering from than the injury after he already had the injury.

                      Thanks though for conceding at least one of my points, I have great respect for someone who can do that, as that now in the internet age, people comment without thinking a whole lot.

                    • Kempire Strikes Back

                      “If you are wrong. Admit it quickly and emphatically.”

                      -Dale Carnegie

                    • WHIPunk

                      Love that quote! I’ve read it many times but never knew the source, thanks!

          • DERP

            Agreed, if Pineda was 20 instead of 23, then he would have been fine. Dumb Yankees are always bringing in old players.

            • WHIPunk

              You do realize I am not saying younger players can’t get hurt, its that the ratio increases as players age, but I guess that the concept is very hard to grasp with someone named DERP.

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

        …you do realize that both Pettitte and A-Rod suffered the definition of fluke injuries right?

        • WHIPunk

          I understand that but you have to understand older players get injured more often, fluke injuries or not, their bodies do not hold up as well as they age.

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

            Yes, but in the case of both of these guys there is no way you can say with any sort of confidence that in the same circumstance a younger player would not be injured.

            • WHIPunk

              No, I can’t say 100% but its an argument that can be made, older players bodies are more susceptible to injuries.

      • Bunt Gardner

        I know what you’re saying, but getting hit in the hand (Arod) has nothing to do with age.

        • WHIPunk

          Right, agreed but the way his hand responds to the injury does, no matter what shape he’s in.

          • Bunt Gardner

            From everything that’s been reported it hasn’t delayed his healing. Age is only one factor in the healing process.

            • WHIPunk

              Of course, my argument wasn’t the healing process it was the ability the body has to sustain injuries, not only to heal from injuries. Yes I’m not saying age has EVERYTHING to do with it, all I’m saying is that it has to be taken under consideration, since it is a major factor when you start to get in your mid/upper-30s.

      • Kempire Strikes Back

        The Pettitte/ A-Rod/ Mariano injuries were freak accidents and had nothing to do with their age.

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

      CC twice, Pineda for the year, Pettitte for most of it, Gardner for all but six games, Mo for most of it, Alex for a long stretch, Tex multiple times, Robertson for a while, Nova, Swish for a bit…Romine in the minors causing Defensive Catcher Chris Stewart being on the big league team, yeah it’s been a tough year Injury wise.

      • DERP

        BUT EVERYONE HAS INJURIES. THE ORIOLES LOST TSUYOSHI WADA FOR THE YEAR? DO YOU SEE THEM MAKING EXCUSES?

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

    So when Phil is pitching, if he has a pitch count above 50 in the 3rd Suzyn can’t shut up about “Herp a Derp Hughes throws to many pitchers derp a derp.” However when golden boy Phelps has thrown nearly 60 through 3 not a word.

    • The Guns of Navarone

      My advice to you would be to stop listening to them. My life and overall demeanor was much improved after I did.

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

        I’m a generally happy guy, and deal with them for the most part…I just hate that they favor certain players and don’t hide how much they dislike others.

        • Mike N

          They are so completely delusional about everything, when I listen to them, all I hear is the Peanuts’ schoolteacher.

  • DERP

    Just score like ten runs in the next hour so I can go watch the football game.

  • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

    Meredith is getting a little chunky

  • Mick taylor

    Do all these injuries to yanks have anything to do with gene monihan no longer being the trainer?

    • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

      No, more likely that older players are a tad more injury prone over the course of the season.

      And when injury-prone players get hurt, you have to lean more on other players. When you lean too much on other players, it increases their likelihood of getting hurt.

      Which is just proving all the more what a machine Jeter is this year.

      • WHIPunk

        Thank yewww!! Finally someone who recognizes fairly known science.. It’s the basic laws of human biology.

    • Bunt Gardner

      How’s Stuart A today?

  • draddE

    They should put Meredith down in the dugout to get the team fired up. She’s got a good voice.

  • Joey H.

    Looks like Granderson twitched his arm when he left the box, but he didn’t really move his arms much when he took that K looking. Perhaps his back locked up?

  • WHIPunk

    Sigh are there no other options for DH? Why not try something new to spark SOMETHING.. anything… what about Ronnie down there in triple-A? Anything better than Nunez in my opinion, I’m sick of him, not just his defense , but his offense as well.

    • WHIPunk

      Heck, I’d even take McGhee over him.

      • Bunt Gardner

        You’ll have McGehee back in a few days.

  • The Guns of Navarone

    Mike Gonzalez & Wei-Yin Chen = Randy Johnson & Curt Schilling to this team.

    • The Real Greg

      What can you expect when the Yankees have a AAA lineup essentially out there?

  • Chilango

    Granderson is an avg center fielder who hits 35-40 HR bats .230 and strikes out a bunch of times. He can use the rest.

    • The Guns of Navarone

      Granderson’s been pretty terrible for three months now and certifiably awful for all of August.

  • Athenian

    Ugh. Afraid this one is done.

    • Cy Pettitte

      for sure. they’re not scoring 4+

    • Bunt Gardner

      Shhhh…Greg’s on here today.

  • Mike N

    gah

  • Marcy

    I felt things were going to get better cuz Jeter & Swish hit the ball hard and great plays were made on them but then, well…they have a bad lineup. Andruw Jones can’t ever see the field again and his hitting…? I know this happened when he was w/Dodgers and then Chicago didn’t want him back but he looks done.
    Really, Robbie is so important to this lineup and he seems (I know he isn’t ot just feels like it) so dienganged.

    Nevermind 3-0 O’s

  • The Troll

    Yup. Hitless after 3. Just as they wrote it up.

  • Kempire Strikes Back

    No comment.

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

    Right now due to injuries this line up has 3 non-platoon major league caliber hitters…can anybody really be upset they’re having trouble scoring runs. Just because you’re angry doesn’t mean that there is anybody to direct your anger at, some times it’s just the circumstance.

    • The Real Greg

      Thank you.

    • Chilango

      When those three players make more than the entire O’s payroll yeah I’m pretty pissed.

      • Bunt Gardner

        Yes, because money prevents injuries.

  • The Real Greg

    And people who even dare to compare this to last year’s Red Sox are unobservant trolls.

    • Chilango

      Stop saying stupid shit PLEASE

    • Widget

      It’s worse simply because it’s the division and it’s the Yankees. Choking has always been the red sox m.o.

    • The Troll

      A choke is a choke. Deal with it. If the Yankees don’t make the playoffs then comparisons can and should be made. Not quite the same caliber of collapse, but a collapse nonetheless. As another commenter noted . . . Highest payroll in baseball – they should be able to absorb a larger share of injuries. It was a poorly constructed team to start the season, filled with mostly swing or miss, all or nothing type players. I would not have predicted this back in April, but I actually think that it’s entirely appropriate, almost deserved. This would’ve been an excellent opportunity to show off the young guns and hot cocks but because AAA has nothing to show for itself, the ill-stretch continues to dig itself ever so deeper. The Red Sox collapse was epic and hilarious, but don’t fool yourself into thinking that just because the NY roster is riddled with pussies and geezers that they should be held in a different regard. They’re both collapses of a unique character. And, well, I think I may be enjoying the Yankee’s a bit too much, as if only to prevent myself for setting the forest on fire or driving a bus into the ocean.

  • Kevin

    Team’s a joke. The New York Chokees!

    • The Real Greg

      1 observant troll

      • The Real Greg

        *unobservant

    • Bunt Gardner

      I’m sure the Mets have an opening for you in their fan base.

    • Kempire Strikes Back

      LOL!!!

  • Marcy

    Is there anyone that doesn’t miss Jorge now? If nothing else there would be some fire in that cluhouse.

    • DERP

      There would also be terrible production. Not worth the tradeoff.

      • The Guns of Navarone

        Posada’s last year hit .235/.315/.398 with 14 HR and 89 wRC+

        Martin is hitting .198/.301/.366 with 14 HR and 84 wRC+

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

          Posada was also a DH.

          • Marcy

            Another Girardi special. Girardi spent an inordinate amount of his Yankee managerial time trying to dis Jorge.
            Oh, Cashman did too all cuz of the exta year on his contract;actually,the entire Yankee organization did a heck of a job w/the way they treated Jorge and
            Jeter…oh, and that Bernie guy.

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

              Bernie was very loyal to the Yankees, like when he was going to sign with the Red Sox until Steinbrenner stepped in to make him the highest paid outfielder ever.

        • DERP

          He did that as the DH. His numbers would likely go down if had to catch everyday. That is not even counting the terrible defense he would play.

          • The Guns of Navarone

            That’s right he was a DH. Totally forgot about that. My point goes out the window.

            • Kempire Strikes Back

              We all miss the player he was from 2000-2009. Not the player he was in the twilight of his career.

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

      I still haven’t regained my respect for Jorge after taking himself out of the line up. That told me a lot about him.

      • Marcy

        What did all his years of switch-hitting power behind the plate tell you? What did his leadership all those years tell you?
        You didn’t think the manager of the team should have told his 15 yr vet before that he was batting him ninth – against the Red Sox on national TV?

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

          What did all his years of switch hitting power behind the plate tell you? That he was a very good baseball player.

          What did his leadership all those years tell you? Give me one instance where he actually showed he was a leader, took a young player under his wing (a la Alex w/ Cano). Just because we like to believe a player is a leader doesn’t make it true. Pitchers hated throwing to him, how can you say he was a leader if his pitching staff didn’t get along with him?

          Also, the manager is in charge. I don’t give a fuck if you’re Joe Dimaggio plus Walter Johnson in his prime.

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

            He showed so much leadership by walking away from his team in a game against their biggest rival.

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

              Yeah, it’s hard not to command all of my respect when you just turn your back on your teammates and manager because you don’t like your line-up spot. Especially after you had done soo much to prove that you should totally be in the starting line up to begin with.

  • Mike N

    Eppley…

    • Mike N

      And Rapada…

  • DERP

    I’m not going to complain about leaving Phelps in since I have no interest in seeing Eppley here.

  • Cy Pettitte

    Reynolds was mesmerized by how bad the Yankees are.

  • Rich

    It’s only 3-0. It feels like 10-0. We need a damn spark, something.

    • Joey H.

      I think a new manager will help.

      • 28 this year

        Better hope that manager has a bunch of bubble wrap or that manager ain’t doing shit.

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

        Changing the manager almost always makes this worse, at least for the first year or so.

      • DERP

        It really worked for Boston.

  • Kempire Strikes Back

    That was a sick pickoff.

    Still waiting for some offense.

  • Frank

    Gotta say, at least Phelps has a very good pick off move.

  • stuart a

    how many 1 pitch ab’s can cano have?

    again the guy is a overrated sack of sh-t. stcuk on 70 rbi’s….he stinks…

    phelps doing it all today. great control… TRAIN WRECK………

    i like nix striking out on a pitch at his shoulders…

    cano 1 pitch pop fly to left he is great give the sweet swinger a 7 year deal. he is a guy to build around!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Bunt Gardner

      How’s Mick Taylor today?

    • Need Pitching & Hitting

      I’ll bite.
      Who do you want on the team?
      Getting rid of flawed good players and replacing them with flawed inferior players doesn’t make the team better.

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

        Clutch players.

        • Need Pitching & Hitting

          They should have got that second baseman who hit .320 with RISP and drove in 227 runs over the previous 2 years.

          • WHIPunk

            Snide comments like the one above me are demeaning and show a lack of intellect. How about a simple “I disagree with you and this is the reason why” instead of being a smug ass.

  • Chilango

    Reynolds knew the game’s over and was thinking about which club he was going to tonight.

  • stuart a

    the yanks have a good chance of not making the playoffs. it is a reality…they are in deep sh-t….they do not win the division they are watching pon tv the playoffs……….

    • The Real Greg

      I know. And with these injuries its to be expected.

    • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan

      you’re…….allowed……to say……shit…..

  • DERP

    The Rays have lost 11 of 12 one run games. Don’t know how I missed that.

  • Athenian

    Yanks are getting no hit today…

    • The Real Greg

      And I wouldn’t be surprised due to this lineup.

      • The Real Greg

        Well we were both wrong.

    • Cy Pettitte

      with this strike zone and line up I wouldn’t doubt it.

    • Bunt Gardner

      Nah…Jeter will pop a single in a bit.

  • draddE

    If we can somehow get 2 men on for Pearce we have a chance to tie the game with one swing.

    • C

      Let’s just worry about getting 1 man on for now

  • IPK for Tim Reddings (formerly Brian S.)

    The Orioles offense is not good. Count me as disappointed in Phelps so far.

    • Anthony

      agreed :/

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

    ROBBIE!!!!!!!!!

  • Mike N

    YEAH!!!!!!! The zombie Yanks are ALIVE!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • DERP

    Cano against a lefty

  • Cy Pettitte

    damn, that ball had some carry. just kept going.

  • Kempire Strikes Back

    I feel a little better now.

  • 28 this year

    Finally something happened.

  • stuart a

    parade… cano got a rbi…..

    notice no 1 was on base….

    give him a raise, cano is up to 71 rbi’s.. HE IS GREAT.

    • Need Pitching & Hitting

      you really have a thing for parades…..perhaps something to explore with a therapist……

    • IPK for Tim Reddings (formerly Brian S.)

      How is it his fault that no one was on base though?

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

      stuart…you must really…like…parades…I mean…you’re always wanting to throw them….. Maybe you don’t realize…the Yankees…unlike the Mets…only hold parades for…winning the World Series…

    • The Troll

      As ridiculous as his RBI arguments (with himself) are, he does maintain a sliver of a point . . . Cano may very well be a different player with men on base . . .

      • IPK for Tim Reddings (formerly Brian S.)

        This year? I believe it. He’s reverted to his 2009 self. But in a contract year next year he’ll go back to 2010-2011 Bob.

        • The Troll

          I miss productive 7-9 hole Robbie, back when the lineup was stacked . . .

          • IPK for Tim Reddings (formerly Brian S.)

            You mean 2007? Because he was terrible in 2008 and couldn’t hit with runners on in 2009. I miss last year’s version. Hitting grand slams all the time and whatnot.

            • IPK for Tim Reddings (formerly Brian S.)

              I mean, Cano’s June this year was the stuff of legend, but he hasn’t been able to drive runners in.

  • Chilango

    Cano late on an 0-2 but sneaks one over the fence. Yay

  • IPK for Tim Reddings (formerly Brian S.)

    There’s 1!

  • Need Pitching & Hitting

    Enough of Andruw Jones already.

    • Cy Pettitte

      seriously. just give Dickerson a chance, even against lefties. His defense alone will make up for any platoon advantage Jones has.

      • Need Pitching & Hitting

        I’m up for anyone not named Andruw Jones.

  • Bunt Gardner

    Cano padding his stats!!!!

    stuart’d

    • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan

      he’s….a…..sack……………of sh-t…..give him a contract like arod 7p rbis pff……..

    • stuart a

      cano’s next big hit will be about his 3rd of the season…..

      • Bunt Gardner

        Shut up, Meg.

  • Effthisnoise

    Vibration off the bat during home run broke canos arm. Out for season

  • IPK for Tim Reddings (formerly Brian S.)

    When is the last time the Yankees hit a home run with someone on base? Swisher’s in Cleveland?

  • The Real Greg

    I see people have started calling for Girardi’s head.

    Who do you want then?

    • Cy Pettitte

      Paul O’Neill. he would fuck shit up when the Yankees play like this.

      • The Real Greg

        “What we need today guys, are some milkshakes…”

        • Cy Pettitte

          win = milkshakes
          loss = gatorade tub to the skull

      • The Troll

        OMG. That would be the greatest move in the history of baseball.

    • Jose M. Vazquez..

      You cannot blame Girardi for the product he puts out on the field. He has to put in what he was given. If you want to place blame put it on Cashman. He built this team. Moreover,the season is not over yet.

  • stuart a

    working the heck out of the baltimore starter. he is up to about 48 pitches…..

    andruw jones sucks…1 stretch against boston and since then he has been horrible and the guy cannot move in the outfield at all…..

  • Roadgeek Adam

    Just of note from Rays/Jays. Despite having the 4-run lead, the Rays starter (Niemann) was out after 3.1 IP due to injury.

    • The Real Greg

      Niemann is not one of their top starters, though.

      • IPK for Tim Reddings (formerly Brian S.)

        He’s actually really good.

        • The Real Greg

          Not as good as Moore, Price, Shields, or Hellickson.

          He’s at Cobb’s level.

          • IPK for Tim Reddings (formerly Brian S.)

            He has a better ERA/FIP than Shields, Moore, and Hellickson.

            • The Real Greg

              So why wasn’t he in the rotation?

              • Need Pitching & Hitting

                Cause you’re not allowed to be in the rotation while you are on the disabled list.

  • Rich

    I know our offense stinks right now, but it ain’t heiping that this strike zone is ridiculous and all over the place

    • WHIPunk

      The other team has the same strike-zone, adapt and conquer.

  • DERP

    Tight right hamstring for Grandy

  • Roadgeek Adam

    Tight right hamstring, great. Remind me why Dickerson is not in this game?

    • DERP

      Lefty is pitching.

  • Mike N

    Report is that Granderson has a “tight hamstring”.

    • Bunt Gardner

      Crap.

  • The Real Greg

    Well we can add Grandy to that list of injuries as hammiess are very unpredictable.

  • DERP

    The way Ichiro ran after than made me think it was gone. I didn’t see it off the bat though.

  • stuart a

    good news on grandy’s hammy. tight hammy could have been worse. hopefully they were smart and got him out of there before he could have hurt himself….

    • The Real Greg

      That’s not good news.

      Hammies are very difficult to judge and to wait on.

  • Rich

    So this week we lost two of our best hitters while in the batters box this week? Wow

    • DERP

      It’s about time that we replace the grounds crew.

    • The Troll

      Granderson was one of the best hitters? Ha. Yeah . . .

      . . .

      Umm . . .

      . . .

      No. No, I don’t agree.

      • The Real Greg

        Productive hitters in driving in runs.

        • The Troll

          My limp willy could drive in more runs than the Grandyman.

          • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan

            I’m intrigued. Go on…

            • The Troll

              My penis is a demi-god. His name is Hercules.

  • Roadgeek Adam

    4-2 Rays now (Encarnacion’s 36th HR of the season).

  • IPK for Tim Reddings (formerly Brian S.)

    Aren’t all of these crappy platoon players supposed to do something on occasion? Like I don’t understand…they have batting averages and OBPs so they are supposed to get on base once in a while.

  • Cy Pettitte

    hurry up and walk him already.

  • DERP

    It is going to be so bad if Phelps walks Markakis.

  • DERP

    Brutal

  • Anthony

    What a shit AB… except for Markakis, of course

  • Chilango

    Granderson needs the rest. Sit his slumping ass.

  • IPK for Tim Reddings (formerly Brian S.)

    I liked Markakis better when his hand was broken.

  • draddE

    Phelps is giving us a preview of what we’ll see tomorrow when Phil Hughes pitches.

    • Need Pitching & Hitting

      Hughes doesn’t walk many

  • Cy Pettitte

    they’ve got like 15 guys in the bullpen. might be time to take him out already while it’s still 3-1.

  • Effthisnoise

    My guess Yanks will play it safe, sit Grandy for at least a week. Hope the Yanks can hold onto a wild card spot, get everyone back and make a run in the playoffs.

  • tyrone sharpton

    this team seems fucked, legit, thanks to these injuries. this is insane

    • DERP

      YOU CANT COMPLAIN ABOUT INJURIES! THE ORIOLES LOST TSUYOSHI WADA AND STU POMERANZ AND YOU DON’T SEE THEM COMPLAINING!

  • stuart a

    2 runs scored in 13 innings for the yanks both on solo jacks. what a shock….

    6 free baserunners today for the o’s.

    not a good effort by phelps..

  • Chilango

    Can’t wait for flying balls Phil tomorrow.

  • draddE

    Phelps was given a run last inning so it’s only natural that he would give it away this inning. Get him out now.

  • DERP

    Dat throw

  • Mick taylor

    Do all these injuries to yanks have anything to do with the loss of gene monihan?

    • Bunt Gardner

      It’s the Mayans.

  • draddE

    I thought Andruw was gonna fall down and the ball would go by him for an inside the park homer.

  • Mike N

    Phucking Phelps.

  • Rich

    Six walks. Epitome of choking under the pressure

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

      This comment is the epitome of choking under pressure. Couldn’t come up with a real explanation, went for the easy one. Choker.

      • Rich

        At least my comments and my teams’ play are in lockstep with one another. Is that good enough for ya?

      • The Troll

        Choke on this, Mike!

        ZING!

    • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan

      But I thought the pressure was on Baltimore, playing in front of a sell out crowd!!!!!

  • DERP

    I blame Mike for quoting his K/BB ratio as a starter earlier this week.

  • IPK for Tim Reddings (formerly Brian S.)

    How do you walk 6 people?

    • The Guns of Navarone

      You choke.

      • Need Pitching & Hitting

        Only if it’s September.
        If you do it in May, you just have horrible command that day.

  • Mike N

    And now Eppley. Other than D-Rob and MFIKY, there is not another arm in the bullpen that inspires confidence.

  • Pasta Stumbling Sojo

    Greg, just got back to the game thread, so just wanted to say that you were right above about the Nationals (and the same is true of the Reds). Of course, 55-49 is not an awful record, and you don’t just get to ignore when a team has played well in figuring out how good they are.

    • The Real Greg

      Its not awful. It’s just not great.

  • Kramerica Industries

    I see I missed one run apiece.

    Seriously, these home games vs. Baltimore feel just like the home games vs. Boston from last year.

  • Frank

    Despite the bad game I like Phelps. It’s part of the learning process. He’ll be fine. His pick off is awesome.

  • DERP

    Phelps pitched poorly. I’m sure it has nothing to do with him being a not very heralded rookie and everything to do with him being a choker.

  • Anthony

    Bringing in Eppley? Really?

    • Need Pitching & Hitting

      Do they really have better options for the 5th inning?
      You could say the same thing about anybody they would possibly bring in there.

      • Mike N

        The entire bullpen other than D-Rob and MFIKY stinks.

      • Anthony

        That is true. I honestly would have just left Phelps in. Eppley has been crap.

  • DERP

    Holy fuck

  • DERP

    I already have seen enough of Eppley for the weekend.

  • Mike N

    Jones just saved Eppley’s shitty ass. Why is that fucker on a major league roster?

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

    Damn…we were lucky to get out of that w/o a run scoring. Can we actually take advantage of that? I really wish Tex and Alex and Grandy where healthy. Even if they were all in the most dreadful of slumps w/ a line up that includes Jeter, Swisher, Cano, Alex, Tex, Grandy as the top six guys, 2 runs doesn’t feel like alot…with Jones, Pearce, and Martin in the middle of the order it feels like we might as well be down 10.

  • The Troll

    Let’s face it, y’all . . . It’s all Axisa’s fault. Fire Axisa!

    FIRE AXISA!

  • IPK for Tim Reddings (formerly Brian S.)

    Sam Pearce blows.

  • Roadgeek Adam

    Was that a frustration grunt on Martin or a pain grunt?

  • The Troll

    Is there any way of researching whether or not this is truly the worst lineup in recent Yankee memory?

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

      The only ones I can think of that might have been worse are games where the Yankees already wrapped up the division and gave the entire team the day off.

      • The Troll

        The Yankee’s High-A or Trenton lineup would be better than what’s on the card right now.

  • Hummingbird S.

    is there any doubt that this team is going to blow the division? what a pathetic job by those overpaid chokers

    • The Real Greg

      2 unobservant trolls

      • Chilango

        So like a troll is anyone who posts something you don’t like. The Yanks do have a pretty bad lineup out there…

        • The Real Greg

          They do BECAUSE OF INJURIES.

          SOMETHING THAT IS COMPLETELY OUT OF THE YANKEES’ CONTROL.

          So to call them overpaid chokers is not scceptable.

          Have your gripes but take everything into account.

      • The Troll

        Greg, wouldn’t a troll be considered someone who responds to every one else’s comments with some shade of negativity? Just a thought . . .

        I’m a troll. I know my troll shit.

        • The Real Greg

          As long as the negativity is not exaggerated and that it is backed up by the circumstances and the facts, then its fine.

  • Chilango

    6 walks 3 hits and a hit batter. Maybe not a choke, but he didn’t get it done either. Meanwhile Chen rolls along…fuck this

    • Mike N

      As I understand the term, choking is when an athlete fails to perform at their usual level in a situation where they should expect to due to excessive nerves or anxiety. A rookie pitcher who makes it nearly five innings and gives up three runs, while appearing to maintain his composure quite well, cannot possibly be said to have “choked”.

  • Roadgeek Adam

    Niemann (TB) – injured arm (vague but that’s the Gameday thing for you.)

    Also, yay a baserunner.

    • Kramerica Industries

      Niemann’s gotten hurt both times he’s pitched in Toronto this year.

      That team is contagious.

      • Roadgeek Adam

        Well Price plays tomorrow. Maybe we can hope a little bit on the contagion. :)

  • Marcy

    I know I asked about him before – and honestly it isn’t because I have any great love for McGehee but if he doesn’t or wasn’t called up by today does that mean he can’t be on the post-season roster (yes, I’m still a believer) if there are still injuries? Wouldn’t he have been better than Pearce although I know Pearce can play the outfield.

    While I am in general down on Yankee management they know more than I do so I should just go eat cookies.

    • DERP

      No, maybe

    • 28 this year

      As long as he is in the organization before September 1st, it doesn’t matter whether he gets called up or not. Plus, he can’t come up until the Low A season is over.

    • Bunt Gardner

      He’ll be back up in a few days.

    • http://www.yankeenumbers.com Mr. Sparkle

      I think you have to be on the 40-man roster to be eligible…which he is.

  • IPK for Tim Reddings (formerly Brian S.)

    Nunez will be clutch

  • IPK for Tim Reddings (formerly Brian S.)

    Tillman is awful right? Right?

    • CUYanks

      Last start he shut down the White Sox for 7 innings and 1 hit, I believe.

      • The Real Greg

        We hung 5 on him last time, but Ivan Nova was pitching.

        • Kramerica Industries

          All five were in the first inning, but the Yankees went dead after Nova surrendered the lead.

  • DERP

    Did Girardi really bring in Logan so Wieters could bat lefty? WTF

    • DERP

      I mean righty

  • Chilango

    Boone’s in. Joe thinks the game is close. But it feels like a blowout.

  • Effthisnoise

    So Girardi brings in a lefty, which makes wieters switch to righty where he actually has a better average.

  • Cy Pettitte

    walks for everyone!

  • DERP

    WTF, that was a good pitch.

  • Kramerica Industries

    Thanks Boone.

    I didn’t think Phelps walked enough batters today.

    • The Real Greg

      That was also a borderline pitch that didnt go our way….again

      • Need Pitching & Hitting

        It was a pitch that was slightly out of the strike zone, and the other 3 balls were clearly not in the strike zone.

        Are you really complaining that balls aren’t being called strikes?

        • The Real Greg

          With this umpire, yes.

  • Need Pitching & Hitting

    Oh good, more walks.

  • Mike N

    What is Singleton talking about, “it did have the plate”? It looked on the shot that he said that, that it was an entire ball diameter off the plate.

    • Chilango

      It was low and inside. No doubt

  • Effthisnoise

    Then has him face a lefty who is 5 for 8 against him.

  • draddE

    And the ump just sat there as strike 3 crossed the plate. Joe should have gotten tossed there.

  • DERP

    I don’t want Reynolds facing a lefty.

  • Mike N

    These DPs have saved the Yanks’ asses.

    • The Troll

      Saving asses implies that they’ll end up winning. They’re not winning.

  • draddE

    Don’t give Reynolds a fastball, please.

  • Roadgeek Adam

    Estabrook is near the top of a long list of umps that seriously need to have their jobs question. This crew has 3 of them. I have some others that are just terrible.

  • CUYanks

    Baserunners, please.

  • Effthisnoise

    Not a strike you tard!

    • IPK for Tim Reddings (formerly Brian S.)

      Don’t call me names.

  • Kempire Strikes Back

    Nice pop-up, Ichiro!

    • Need Pitching & Hitting

      He really shouldn’t be playing against LHP.
      But that applies to several other Yankees as well.

      • Kempire Strikes Back

        He needs to learn how to take a goddamn walk. But as the old saying goes, you can’t teach an old dog new tricks.

  • IPK for Tim Reddings (formerly Brian S.)

    Ichiro works a full count but can’t help himself. He just has to swing. He fucking sucks.

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

      He does know about walks right?

  • DERP

    I hope this ump dies a slow death.

  • Kramerica Industries

    Dead Men Walking

  • Cy Pettitte

    that was a ridiculous call

  • Karl Krawfid

    Wow at this strike zone.

  • Kempire Strikes Back

    I dislike Mike Estabrook strongly and am on the verge of hating him outright.

  • The Troll

    You actually just have to sit in awe at this team’s performance. They’re straight up getting owned. Not an ounce of fight in this team. It’s a Greek fu*king tragedy.

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

    we has baserunner??!?!?!?!

  • Cy Pettitte

    there’s the bloop. now we need the blast.

  • draddE

    The Captain should have got himself tossed there. Someone needs to do something.

    • DERP

      Always a good idea to take our hottest hitter out of the game.

  • Effthisnoise

    Bloop and a blast, let’s go

  • Kramerica Industries

    Holy shit, a hit.

    How ’bout that?

  • Kempire Strikes Back

    Garbage time!

    amidoingitright?

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

      no, see it’s only “garbage time” when he hits a homerun. We want him to a be a .330/.340/.300 player.

  • IPK for Tim Reddings (formerly Brian S.)

    HOLY SHIT A BASERUNNER!!!!!!!!!

  • Cy Pettitte

    2 feet short: the 2012 Yankees.

  • Effthisnoise

    Dammmmmmmmn it

  • Mike N

    Damn!

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

    I need a ride to the Bronx so I can kill John Sterling. Like right now.

    • WHIPunk

      What’d he say?

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

        See my response to Kramerica Industries. When Cano hit the ball he made it sound like it was only a matter of time before the ball landed and the game was tied.

        • WHIPunk

          Ha, I wish there were an alternate audio source for Yankee games when I’m in the car.

  • DERP

    Yep

  • The Real Greg

    It’s not their year guys. Accept it.

    • Kramerica Industries

      Fuck off with this holier-than-thou attitude.

      You’re not any better than the rest of us.

      • The Real Greg

        I don’t give a shit.

        If I get called out on my behavior, you should too.

        • Kempire Strikes Back

          You get called out on your behavior because it’s ridiculous and contradictory.

          • The Real Greg

            I’m calling out your behavior because it’s childish and annoying.

            • Kempire Strikes Back

              This isn’t about me it’s about you. You’re a cool guy but you rub people the wrong way with your “FALLACY” and “THIS MEANS ABSOLUTELY NOTHING” horseshit.

      • CUYanks

        He’s a walking contradiction. Declaring bad luck throughout the game and perhaps understanding a bit of the uncertainty of baseball, yet somehow expressing certainty that a team, which is still in playoff position, will not win that year.

        • The Real Greg

          When luck is bad its a sign that it is not your year. those two are not independent.

          • Kramerica Industries

            You know how, even if you flip a coin 50 times, and it lands on heads all 50 times, that doesn’t mean it’s any more likely to be tails the 51st time?

            Same applies here.

          • CUYanks

            The main essence of luck is that is random and non-predictive.

    • The Troll

      I swear, you must be bipolar.

    • Pasta Stumbling Sojo

      Seriously, Greg? Accept on Sep. 1 that it’s not the year for a team that’s either 1 or 2 games in first place? Fans like to root for their teams, and I’d be rooting for them even if they were not in first place.

      If you want to have low expectations and be pleasantly surprised when they’re not met, that’s up to you. Don’t tell other people to do it.

      • The Troll

        Hallelujah!

  • WHIPunk

    Ughh I hate that homerun posturing, even more embarrassing when your ball does not go out. Oh well, still have time to get back into this game!

  • Kramerica Industries

    I can only laugh, not only at the fact that it didn’t go, but all the poor schmucks in the ballpark who initially thought it was gone.

    If Michael Kay doesn’t even have the slightest feeling it’ll go, then it’s not gonna go.

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

      For 3/4ths of Sterlings call I really thought he had hit it into the RF bleachers, like over the grandstands or bullpen.

      • Mike N

        It was high and long?

        • Kempire Strikes Back

          That’s what she said!!!!!!!!!!!

      • Kramerica Industries

        One of these days, the masochistic me will take a listen to his call on Jeter’s long fly out in the playoffs last year.

  • 28 this year

    That wasn’t foreshadowing or anything

  • DERP

    The Orioles announcer made it seem like Markakis made some ridiculous catch rather than a routine one.

  • Roadgeek Adam

    Can’t we send something over Markakis’ head?

  • Rich in NJ

    Sterling needs to be given severance pay right after the game. His faux HR calls are a horrendous daily distraction.

  • Chilango

    Cano gives Joe his postgame excuse.

    • The Real Greg

      3 unobservant trolls.

  • The Troll

    A’s and Rays for the WC? O’s, Rangers, and WS?

    • IPK for Tim Reddings (formerly Brian S.)

      Well, we face Chris Tillman tomorrow and Hughes has been good his last couple of outings. And then we have CC and Kuroda throwing against the Rays so who knows.

      • FIPster Doofus

        Tillman has been good this year.

  • IPK for Tim Reddings (formerly Brian S.)

    I’m not watching what happened? Cano flew out to the warning track? The short part in right or right-center?

    • WHIPunk

      Believe it was in right, if we had an objective announcer they would have not made it sound like it was heading out of the stadium.

  • Mike N

    What a catch!

  • Effthisnoise

    And that’s why you want to keep cano

  • Roadgeek Adam

    Defensive excellence to Defensive nightmare.

  • Cy Pettitte

    Yankees hit line drives and make out, Machado gets a bunt double.

    • Chilango

      If the Yankees bunted for a base hit every once in awhile they might get one.

  • Walt

    A guy who was cut by the. Astros is starting for the Yankees. That makes sense.

    • DERP

      He didn’t start.

    • Need Pitching & Hitting

      He wasn’t cut by the Astros.
      He was traded (for cash).

  • Marcy

    Did Kay just say Job’s up?

    • Roadgeek Adam

      He did. I think Joe’s making the right call here.

  • Marcy

    Sorry, Joba

    • WHIPunk

      I hope not, this game is too close to bring in Joba.

  • DERP

    We are really walking JJ Hardy. Really

    • Effthisnoise

      He sucks, but somehow kills the yanks

    • IPK for Tim Reddings (formerly Brian S.)

      That .280 OBP is something fierce.

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

      Sean Rodriguez says hi.

    • Tom

      Platoonzzz for the win!

      (the batter and hitter are irrelevant once you know what arm the pitcher throws with and what side of the plate the hitter bats from)

      • Tom

        Though in fairness McClouth is bad (not sure why Buck didn’t pinch hit)

        • DERP

          I’m glad he didn’t. I might have killed myself if Lew Ford got a hit against us.

      • Chilango

        Yeah, it’s right there in the binder, p 254.

  • draddE

    If Joba gets into the game we won’t just need 3 more runs to win, we’ll need 7.

  • IPK for Tim Reddings (formerly Brian S.)

    Would Corban Joseph really be worse than half of our lineup? With Granderson our for a week or so we could use another left handed bat to face some of the right handers coming up.

    • DERP

      Dickerson will play everyday if Grandy is out.

      • IPK for Tim Reddings (formerly Brian S.)

        Right. But we could have CoJo DH since Ibanez is terrible.

      • Need Pitching & Hitting

        They could still use another lefty bat.
        Ichiro, Dickerson, Ibanez OF
        Swisher 1B, Chavez 3B, DH ?

        • IPK for Tim Reddings (formerly Brian S.)

          Or this. Better than Jayson Nix DHing against a righty like yesterday.

  • Effthisnoise

    Jones, pierce, Martin coming up. Over under 10 pitches

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

      I’ll take the over. 11.

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

        Welp…I take that back.

  • IPK for Tim Reddings (formerly Brian S.)

    We’re tying the game this inning.

  • dkidd

    9 outs to go

    let’s impose our will on this game, and not go out like last night

    • IPK for Tim Reddings (formerly Brian S.)

      We will impose our will on this game. We will force this game into a taxi and choke it if it tries to call for help.

  • Kramerica Industries

    Well done, Andruw.

    He hasn’t done shit since the last time the Yankees were in Fenway, for cripes’ sake.

  • dkidd

    not that we’ll ever find out, but hypothetically, what would sterling’s hr call be for pearce?

  • Widget

    Jones should be cut. He offers no value to the team at all. It’s pathetic.

    • IPK for Tim Reddings (formerly Brian S.)

      What does he do that Mustelier couldn’t? Just wondering.

      • FIPster Doofus

        Veteran presents.

      • Bunt Gardner

        He could suck less. Maybe not, but you just have no idea how Mustelier will fair against ML pitching.

        • IPK for Tim Reddings (formerly Brian S.)

          Well I know how Jones fares against ML pitching. And it’s not good.

  • Mike N

    Pearce!

  • Kempire Strikes Back

    Fierce Sam Pierce.

  • cjc

    Dear Girardi .137 since the all star break is not good therefore Jones is not good stop fucking hittting him cleanup

  • draddE

    Yeah, wouldn’t want to give Frankie a shot to give the team a spark. Martin ain’t doing shit anyway.

    • IPK for Tim Reddings (formerly Brian S.)

      Cervelli’s fist pumps won’t do anything for the team when he’s throwing balls into centerfield.

  • The Guns of Navarone

    Too bad they don’t give you anything extra in this game for popping out.

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

      I swear the first time I read this it said pooping out. Fuck yeah dyslexia.

  • IPK for Tim Reddings (formerly Brian S.)

    On the bright side, we’ll be able to re-sign Martin for like 2-10 after his performance this year.

    • G

      Not sure there’s any bright side to having Russell Martin on this team.

    • Jose M. Vazquez..

      Please don’t.

  • DERP

    Some nice ABs from Nix

  • Chilango

    We need to score another run so the O’s can win another 1 run game.

  • G

    I’d get excited about finally having a man in scoring position… but I just can’t.

    • G

      Take that back. Atta boy Nunee.

  • Roadgeek Adam

    We need to do something soon. Strop and Johnson are nearing, not a good sign.

  • IPK for Tim Reddings (formerly Brian S.)

    Nunez time to shine!

  • draddE

    Come on Nunie. Give the team the spark it needs. Show the big leaguers how it’s done.

  • DERP

    Nunie!

  • Mike N

    NUNEZ!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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

    Nunnie?!?!?!??!

  • WHIPunk

    Nice Nunez making me eat my own words!

  • Effthisnoise

    Life!

  • Kramerica Industries

    Get some more.

  • draddE

    Nunez already has more hits with RISP than half the current lineup.

  • Kempire Strikes Back

    I take back what I said about you before, Nunie! Now let’s get one more!

  • DERP

    Chavez please

    • The Real Greg

      Dickerson would make more sense

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

        w/ the expanded roster, should be Chavez hitting then Dickerson coming in.

  • IPK for Tim Reddings (formerly Brian S.)

    I fucking love Eddie Noonz.

  • Chilango

    Nice bit of hitting, stonehands Nuñez bloops an RBI single.

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

    See it’s clear!!! We need infusion of youth!!! Nunie proves right that old guys suck!!

    /sarcasm

  • DERP

    This whole slide could have been prevented if Nunez was here the whole time.

  • DERP

    Strop allows his fair share of walks and Ichiro probably can’t take advantage.

    • G

      It makes no sense. He has a great eye and could easily take a lot of walks if he showed some patience. However, he just insists on putting the first ball in the zone in play every time, so he never gets to a 3 ball count…

      • G

        Just kidding… 3-0

    • The Real Greg

      Well…

  • Need Pitching & Hitting

    Don’t swing.

  • Kramerica Industries

    Biggest AB of the season.

    • G

      Honestly, this might not even be an exaggeration.

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

    Derek..please for the love of god TAKE A PITCH!!!!!!

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

      Thank you. If he had swung first pitch I would have lost my mind.

  • Jag

    Come on Jeet!

  • Kempire Strikes Back

    Jeter, I beg of you, do something good here.

  • DERP

    If Jeter doesn’t get a hit here, he is an OVERPAID CHOKER

  • Chilango

    Crunch time. Let’s go Cap’t

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

    “Strop ready to deal 3-2 to Jeter, and the pitch is high. The count is 1-2″ John Sterling

  • DERP

    Maybe Strop will be tired when he comes out next inning.

  • G

    Ready to deal 3-2 to Jeter…

    John what are you on…

  • Mike N

    DO ITTE!!!!!!!!!!

  • Effthisnoise

    Stripe is huge for a pitcher

    • your mom

      Gremlin?

  • Rich in NJ

    Tied.

  • Mike N

    YEAH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Jag

    TIE GAME!

  • Cy Pettitte

    walks in the tying run! we FINALLY get a break.

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

    Wow…what an AB…

  • draddE

    BALL 4! AN RBI! WOOOOOOOOOOOOO

  • Effthisnoise

    Stope is huge for a pitcher

    • Effthisnoise

      R

  • Kempire Strikes Back

    Fuck Yeah! Awesome at bat by The Captain!

  • DERP

    I thought the ump would ring him up.

    • The Real Greg

      So did I

      • The Guns of Navarone

        As did I. Madness would have ensued.

  • Anthony

    Wow! Things just got interesting.

  • Chilango

    Jeter works a walk 0-2 definition of clutch?

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

    A ball in the gap should easily clear the bases w/ two outs.

  • draddE

    This whole rally was started by Pearce, continued by Nunez and the MVP, and hopefully finished right here by a rare Swisher hit.

  • Jag

    Alright Swish, let’s take the lead now. For as many bad innings as the Yankees have had, the Orioles should have had more than 3 runs. Let’s be thankful for that, and hopefully they take the lead now.

  • Chilango

    Let’s go Nick. PROVE ME WRONG

  • DERP

    If I was a woman, I would be all over Pedro Strop.

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

    I wouldn’t swing the bat until he proves he can prove he can throw more than one pitch over the plate at a time.

    • The Real Greg

      That one was a strike

  • Mike N

    C’mon, Swish!!!!!!!!!!

  • IPK for Tim Reddings (formerly Brian S.)

    IPK for Tim Reddings (formerly Brian S.) says:
    September 1, 2012 at 3:16 pm
    We’re tying the game this inning.

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

      DO THIS MORE OFTEN!!!

  • Roadgeek Adam

    ERROR WIN

  • Cy Pettitte

    YES!!!! thanks Hardy!

  • Mike N

    YAYAYAYAYAYAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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

    I’ll take it :D

  • The Guns of Navarone

    CHHHHOOOOOOOOOOOOKE!!!!

  • Jag

    I’ll take it!

  • draddE

    AN ERROR! WE’LL TAKE IT!

  • Effthisnoise

    Fuccccccccccccccck yes. That’s what we needed to turn the mojo around!

  • DERP

    One of the best fielders in baseball just booted a grounder. And it benefited us. OMG

  • Need Pitching & Hitting

    Thanks for the help JJ

  • 28 this year

    YES!!! FINALLY!!!!

  • Kempire Strikes Back

    Ha! Finally things are starting to go our way!

  • Chilango

    Hardy is my hero

  • DERP

    Pedro Strop just choked on DAT YANKEE DICK.

    • The Guns of Navarone

      You have exceeded your sexual references towards Pedro Strop for the day.

  • draddE

    It almost seems like they should have called Nunez up much sooner. He at least gets hits with RISP unlike half the current offense.

  • Anthony

    We are playing so scrappy but hey, that’s a-okay with me. LIFE HAS BEEN RESTORED.

  • Pasta Stumbling Sojo

    Garbage time error for JJ.

  • The Troll

    Nick Swisher DOES suffer from one adverse effect . . . The Hero’s Syndrome.

  • draddE

    We’ll look back on today as Eduardo Nunez’s single that turned the season around.

    • Cy Pettitte

      credit to Nix for working a walk after being down 0-2 too to get it started.

  • The Guns of Navarone

    So what!! Soriano will blow it in the 9th!

    – Randy Quaid from Major League 2

    • The Troll

      So long as you’re not quoting Major League 3 things won’t get violent.

  • Adam

    Man, need that one hit to break things open.

  • Mike N

    I bet you there are people on Orioles fan boards talking about how Hardey sucks and how is he on a major league roster and send him down and he’s not trying and the Orioles are not a playoff team because playoff teams don’t make errors.

  • IPK for Tim Reddings (formerly Brian S.)

    Matsuz is their de facto LOOGY? What about that other guy that they have?

    • DERP

      Patton is hurt. They have Randy Wolf (lol)

  • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan

    We can’t let this lead slip away. BRING IN DEREK LOWE!!!!!!!

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

    I wonder where JJ, Erica, and R-Tils are for the biggest game of the season. It makes me sad that they aren’t commenting, it makes me think they aren’t watching.

    • Mike N

      At the game?

    • Big Members Only (formerly RI$P FTW)

      Maybe they’re doing something more important than watching a bunch of rich clods.

  • DERP

    Yankees caliber bullpen effort by the Orioles today.

  • Kempire Strikes Back

    Let’s go Robbie. All you.

  • Mike N

    D-Rob, and then MFIKY. Let’s do this!

  • Cy Pettitte

    DRob and Soriano have to take of business now.

  • Effthisnoise

    C’mon bullpen do your job

  • Jag

    While it would have been nice for Cano to get a hit there, I’m really happy with how things went. We actually got a few breaks there that inning for once. Let’s hope Ro and So can hold it!

    • Chilango

      Patience at the plate paid off.

  • Anthony

    Soriano doesn’t have much room to make things interesting (assuming D-Rob gets the job done)…. Sori better show up tonight.

    • Cy Pettitte

      he’ll get 7-8-9 in the 9th, no excuses, he has to seal this win.

      • Anthony

        and the 7-8-9 of the Baltimore Orioles, mind you… this save is practically gift wrapped

  • Jag

    Baseball player!

  • DERP

    If anyone wants to read how Orioles fans reacted to the last inning, here you go:

    http://maryland.247sports.com/.....1827945/47

    • Chilango

      The one I liked was “here comes Jeter with his typical lucky hit.” Hey it’s the O’s fan version of Greg

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

        This would be a great time for Jeter’s syphilis to compromise his eyesight.

        that was my favorite.

    • Jag

      It’s even worse on Camden chat.

    • Kempire Strikes Back

      Who knew O’s fans were soooooo………..homophobic?

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

        Welcome to the internet.

        • Kempire Strikes Back

          Yeah. That’s why I try to stay away from ESPN boards.

          Except for when I can’t help myself of course.

      • Big Members Only (formerly RI$P FTW)

        Have you ever read the comments at RAB???

        • Kempire Strikes Back

          Homophobic and or racist comments are almost never posted here and are always deleted immediately after they are

    • Heisenberg’s Hat

      “The big swinging dick that is Oriole Magic is about to smack across the face of all that is evil.”

      They’ve won a whopping ONE World Series title in the past 29 years. Such magic!

    • Rocky Road Redemption

      I love the fans declaring the season over BEFORE the game was even finished.

      Yeah, a team that has a chance to take 2 of 3 from the Yankees in the Bronx, and then face them again in 2 weeks at home, they’re done. Cooked. Season over.

      Clearly this one game defines their season, not every single other preceding game.

  • WHIPunk

    If anyone is interested in seeing the playoff probabilities for each team including general playoff probability, division, and wildcard, check this link out, think you guys would enjoy it, I did!

    http://www.coolstandings.com/b.....2&v=d

    • Pasta Stumbling Sojo

      I’ve been checking coolstandings for several years, and check it almost daily during the season. May be part of the reason I don’t panic at every loss.

      • WHIPunk

        Hah! Well yes it is comforting that the Yankees still have 90% chance to make the playoffs… though tell that to Boston and Atlanta.

    • Mike N

      It is amusing, but the predictions are based on the assumption that teams will play for the rest of the season statistically identically to how they have played up to now. Based on things like injuries, return from injuries, strength of remaining schedule, home versus away games, etc, there are identifiable factors that can make that assumption not so valid.

      • Pasta Stumbling Sojo

        True, but it still gives you a reasonable guess at these things.

  • Mike N

    Good job, D-Rob!

  • Roadgeek Adam

    Jones up first. So now do we PH Dickerson or Ibanez. With the way Jones is producing, I’d expect it.

    • Cy Pettitte

      gotta at least get Dickerson in as a defensive replacement.

  • Effthisnoise

    Nice drob

  • Kempire Strikes Back

    Nice and easy performance by D-Rob.

  • The Real Greg

    One of my favorites:

    “I love how we’ve hit 10 bullets in this game and Andruw Jones spins around 45 times and somehow catches them and they’ve hit a cheap home run and a bunch of nothing and are winning the game. Good times.”

    • The Real Greg

      from the Orioles site.

  • draddE

    Just one inning away from maintaining our lead in the division for another series, buying us more time to get Alex and Teix back.

  • Cy Pettitte

    how is Andruw Jones batting here? is this a joke?

  • Need Pitching & Hitting

    Why?

  • Chilango

    Why is Jones in there?

  • The Real Greg

    I would guess the only other option would be Dickerson.

    • Cy Pettitte

      or Ibanez, then put Dickerson in LF

    • Roadgeek Adam

      We have Dickerson and Ibanez now.

  • The Real Greg

    Anyone know how Dickerson is when it comes to defense?

    • Jag

      Better than Jones or Ibanez

  • Jag

    Why not Ibanez there?

    • Need Pitching & Hitting

      or Dickerson….or a tree stump?

  • The Real Greg

    That’s why, He’s pinch hitting for Pearce.

    • IPK for Tim Reddings (formerly Brian S.)

      Should have pinch hit for both of them.

      • The Real Greg

        Then the defense wouldn’t work.

        • Need Pitching & Hitting

          Dickerson, Ichiro, Ibanez OF
          Swisher 1B
          Chavez 3B

          Sure it would.

  • Roadgeek Adam

    Now I really don’t get it.

  • IPK for Tim Reddings (formerly Brian S.)

    Why the fuck was Jones batting?

  • Jag

    Okay… Swisher back to 1st and Ibanez & Jones into the outfield? Maybe Dickerson for one of them?

  • The Real Greg

    It comes down to Andruw Jones vs. Steve Pearce. Who would you rather want up.

    • draddE

      Pearce…at least he contributed today. More than we can say for Andruw in the past month.

    • IPK for Tim Reddings (formerly Brian S.)

      Dickerson AND Ibanez.

      • The Real Greg

        I don’t Ibanez in the outfield.

        • draddE

          Soriano bringing the heat today. Thank you, Mo.

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

      Not really…you’ve got both Chavez and Ibanez on the bench you can pinch hit for both of them.

      • IPK for Tim Reddings (formerly Brian S.)

        I forgot about Chavy. Yeah him over Iboonez.

        • The Real Greg

          Problem is that he has been shaky at first. Plus given our luck with injuries…

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

          I could understand if Ibanez had spent any stretch of the season being as bad as Jones since the all-star break..but when used properly (as LHH platoon) he’s been perfectly average this season. I can’t understand your hatred.

          • IPK for Tim Reddings (formerly Brian S.)

            But he stopped being useful a month ago too. Look at his August performance.

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

              You’ve also hated him all season.

              • IPK for Tim Reddings (formerly Brian S.)

                Yes

      • Chilango

        Yes.

  • Mike N

    Pearce is a better fielder than Ibanez.

  • Jag

    Please just close this out Soriano… extra innings would be really painful to watch today. I think I’d almost rather a quick loss…

  • IPK for Tim Reddings (formerly Brian S.)

    Russ will never get to the Mendoza line will he?

    • Mike N

      I bet he doesn’t.

  • DERP

    Bases loaded one out for Toronto down one in the eighth. Two runs already in.

  • Cy Pettitte

    I feel like I’m watching a Rays game with all these position changes.

  • Chilango

    MFIKY time. Hope he shows up.

  • Roadgeek Adam

    There’s a mouthful for Michael.

  • The Real Greg

    Exactly. I don’t want Ibanez in the outfield at all and Eric Chavez is iffy at first base. (Monday night was a case)

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

      Dickerson, Ichiro, Ibanez OF
      Swisher 1B
      Chavez 3B

      sure Ibanez is in the outfield, but it’s one inning, and it’s not like he hasn’t been out there most of the season.

      • Tom

        Face it, this is not the Yankees year. Accept it. Move on.

        MFIKY apparently doesn’t share Greg’s logic.

    • Need Pitching & Hitting

      Not like Jones is good in the OF either.

  • Tom

    No Chavez at 3rd?

  • Mike N

    ONE AWAY!

  • DERP

    Wilson Betemit ugh

  • The Guns of Navarone

    I have a feeling someone’s uniform is about to get untucked.

  • Chilango

    95 with movement. So far so good.

  • DERP

    Just don’t let anyone get on in front on Machado. I might shoot myself if he daggers us.

  • Karl Krawfid

    He’s hung 2 of em russ. Don’t be stupid man.

  • Mike N

    TWO AWAY!!!!!!

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

    2 down.

  • DERP

    ONE MORE OUT

  • Cy Pettitte

    Fernando Rodney is having an insanely good year #massiveunderstatement

    • Roadgeek Adam

      Yeah, he and Jim Johnson both. Both are very impressive closers.

      Of course the Yanks don’t give Soriano many opportunities to get save amounts that high.

  • Kempire Strikes Back

    Machado’s got an ugly mug.

  • The Guns of Navarone

    Yeah…. no more breaking balls please.

  • DERP

    About time the Orioles lost a one run game.

  • Roadgeek Adam

    BOO YA

  • Cy Pettitte

    #untuck #thankgod

  • Jag

    WIN!!! :)

  • Karl Krawfid

    Huge win!

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

    #UN-MOTHER-FUCKING-TUCK MOTHERFUCKER!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Mike N

    YESYESYESYESYESYESYESYESYES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Awesome fucking win!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Need Pitching & Hitting

    a very desperately needed UNTUCK

  • Kempire Strikes Back

    #UNTUCK

    #MFIFKY

    #DISRESPECTFUL TO FLANNY

  • Chilango

    UNfuckinTUCK.

  • Adam

    Great win, great win…

  • IPK for Tim Reddings (formerly Brian S.)

    One run loss for the Woes!

  • DERP

    It feels great to see the other team not capitalize on their chances and then come back and win.

  • G

    Big win, or biggest win?

    • Kempire Strikes Back

      Yes

  • Tom

    Face it, this is not the Yankees year. Accept it. Move on.

  • draddE

    They won the must win. If they can hold a couple game lead till Teixera and Alex get back they should be ok. Tomorrow’s game is big, a 4 game lead much better than 2.

    • Bunt Gardner

      A 5 game lead is better than 3.

  • Need Pitching & Hitting

    Wait. Did the Yankees just beat the Orioles in a 1 run game?

    Impossible.

  • The Real Greg

    Now Tom is going to get on me and rightfully so. I was just prepping myself for disappointment. It’s what I always do.

    And I am pleasantly surprised.

    Well done Yanks.

  • Bartolo

    UNTUCK!

  • DERP

    4.1 innings, 1 hit for the pen

  • Jose M. Vazquez

    So Baltimore gave this one away. We’ll take it.

    • Adam

      I mean…bullpen held them down and they scratched a few runs. Sure, error was huge, but credit to Yanks here too.

    • Jose M. Vazquez

      This was a gift. We will not get this every day which means that we must start to play some serious baseball the rest of the season.

  • Get Phelps Up

    All of the Orioles extra innings losses and 3 of their 7 one-run losses this year have been against the Yankees.

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

    Let’s win this motha fucking series tomorrow!!!!

  • Adam

    Ugh…Vizquel thrown out at home to end game.

  • Karl Krawfid

    Did you just see that?

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

    Could you argue that Derek’s At Bat was the biggest of the season depending on what happens from here on out?

    • Rocky Road Redemption

      You can if they turn themselves around after this.

  • stuart a

    Biggest win YTD.

    good news on grandy… made the damn pitcher work and good things happen.

    cano still is overrated and unclutch… helps having extra players on the bench down the stretch….

  • Tom

    Since the Orioles lost this win means nothing…. But had the Yankees not won, the O’s wouldn’t have lost. So it means something. Or it doesn’t.

  • Rocky Road Redemption

    You have no idea how relieved I am they won stole this game.

    Actually, you DO all have an idea. Really, really relieved right?

  • Rocky Road Redemption

    Let’s be fair to the Yankees. They only gave up 3 runs, the bullpen was outstanding, and Jeter did work an outstanding at-bat. The O’s had every chance to win, but it’s not like every run was gift-wrapped.