Sep
01

Game 132: It Ain’t Easy

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(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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853 Comments»

  1. Effthisnoise says:

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

  2. Eric S says:

    Hope so!!

  3. Magilla Gorilla says:

    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

  4. Kempire Strikes Back says:

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

  5. Effthisnoise says:

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

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

  7. Kramerica Industries says:

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

  8. The Real Greg says:

    By the way…

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

  9. Mike N says:

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

  10. draddE says:

    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 says:

      You are really certain that we are being swept.

      Oh wait. It’s Eddard.

    • Kramerica Industries says:

      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.

  11. CUYanks says:

    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!

  12. 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.

  13. Need Pitching & Hitting says:

    Umpires already

  14. Chilango says:

    Bounce back day. Let’s go

  15. draddE says:

    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 says:

      (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.

  16. Need Pitching & Hitting says:

    off to a good start….smfh

  17. Walt says:

    Familiar start

  18. Kramerica Industries says:

    Well, another stellar start to today.

    Are you friggen kidding me?

  19. Cy Pettitte says:

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

  20. draddE says:

    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.

  21. Kramerica Industries says:

    I guess that’s worth the trade-off.

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

  22. Kempire Strikes Back says:

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

  23. Cuso says:

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

  24. The Real Greg says:

    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 says:

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

    • Need Pitching & Hitting says:

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

      • The Real Greg says:

        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 says:

          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 says:

          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

    • Pasta Stumbling Sojo says:

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

  25. Jag says:

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

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

  27. CBean says:

    come on phelpsy

  28. The Guns of Navarone says:

    Are they really this awful?

  29. Need Pitching & Hitting says:

    wtf
    fucking embarrassing

  30. Kramerica Industries says:

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

  31. draddE says:

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

  32. Effthisnoise says:

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

  33. Mike N says:

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

  34. Walt says:

    They scored so obviously a 123 inning is coming.

  35. Cy Pettitte says:

    lol of course.

  36. Need Pitching & Hitting says:

    god dammit

  37. Jag says:

    Man, just can’t catch a break.

  38. Kramerica Industries says:

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

    Jesus.

  39. The Guns of Navarone says:

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

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

  41. Walt says:

    Mike Francesa just came.

  42. Effthisnoise says:

    Orioles came to play. Yanks need to match their intensity

  43. draddE says:

    When it rains it pours.

  44. Cy Pettitte says:

    of course, again.

  45. Need Pitching & Hitting says:

    unreal

  46. Kramerica Industries says:

    …and another diving catch.

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

  47. Kempire Strikes Back says:

    Go fuck yourself, Mclouth.

    Oh, and Markakis can go fuck himself too.

  48. Jag says:

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

  49. AaronGuielWithASmile says:

    When it rains, it pours.

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

  51. The Troll says:

    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.

  52. CUYanks says:

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

  53. Athenian says:

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

  54. Chilango says:

    Phelps is all over the fucking place. ARGH

  55. Jag says:

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

  56. Need Pitching & Hitting says:

    strikes please

  57. Kramerica Industries says:

    Would nice if Phelps stopped walking these guys.

  58. DERP says:

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

  59. Kempire Strikes Back says:

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

  60. Cy Pettitte says:

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

  61. Mike N says:

    Phelps is looking dodgy today.

  62. draddE says:

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

  63. C says:

    Freddy might want to start stretching

  64. DERP says:

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

  65. Athenian says:

    Wow. This game is already getting ugly.

  66. The Troll says:

    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.

  67. Kramerica Industries says:

    …and another walk.

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

  68. The Guns of Navarone says:

    Thanks for the free out

  69. Rich says:

    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!!!

  70. Chilango says:

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

  71. Leg-End says:

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

  72. Chilango says:

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

  73. Cy Pettitte says:

    throw fucking strikes. my god.

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

    I miss Big Member. Was he banned?

  75. DERP says:

    I’ve seen enough.

  76. Mike N says:

    This is fucking hideous. I may start drinking now.

  77. Kramerica Industries says:

    Lovely.

  78. draddE says:

    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.

  79. Cy Pettitte says:

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

    too late, it’s already gone Kenny.

  80. The Guns of Navarone says:

    Thanks for coming Phelpsie

  81. Leg-End says:

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

  82. Widget says:

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

  83. Chilango says:

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

  84. Mike N says:

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

  85. Effthisnoise says:

    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

  86. DERP says:

    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.

  87. Athenian says:

    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.

  88. Mike N says:

    That helps!

  89. JobaWockeeZ says:

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

  90. DERP says:

    Nice job. Let’s score some runs.

  91. Jag says:

    That could have been a lot worse… small gifts.

  92. Thank you Jeter, Cano and Swish.

  93. AaronGuielWithASmile says:

    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.

  94. Leg-End says:

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

  95. DERP says:

    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.

  96. Kempire Strikes Back says:

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

  97. Kempire Strikes Back says:

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

  98. Chilango says:

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

  99. Mike N says:

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

  100. DERP says:

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

  101. The Guns of Navarone says:

    Granderson struck out?

  102. DERP says:

    This ump can kill himself.

  103. Need Pitching & Hitting says:

    that’s high

  104. Jag says:

    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.

  105. Kosmo says:

    Andruw “sitdown“ Jones

  106. Mick taylor says:

    Andruw jOnes fans unite.

  107. The Real Greg says:

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

  108. Athenian says:

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

    • Rich says:

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

    • The Guns of Navarone says:

      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.

  109. Jag says:

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

  110. draddE says:

    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.

  111. Kempire Strikes Back says:

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

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

  113. Joey H. says:

    And Curtis Granderson just went down.. great…

  114. WHIPunk says:

    What the fuck happened to Curtis

  115. AaronGuielWithASmile says:

    Granderson hurt? Give me a fucking break.

  116. DERP says:

    Where is Curtis?

  117. Need Pitching & Hitting says:

    Oh good, another injury.

  118. Mike N says:

    I wonder why Grandy got taken out.

  119. Jag says:

    Oh good god… Granderson injured now too?

  120. Effthisnoise says:

    What the eff happened to granderson?

  121. The Real Greg says:

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

  122. DERP says:

    That was odd.

  123. Effthisnoise says:

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

  124. DERP says:

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

  125. Marcy says:

    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?

  126. Cy Pettitte says:

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

  127. Leg-End says:

    Granderson injures himself striking out, Yankee luck right now.

  128. The Real Greg says:

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

  129. JobaWockeeZ says:

    Well at least the Giants are back in action soon.

  130. CUYanks says:

    Maybe Granderson is sick?

  131. Cuso says:

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

  132. AaronGuielWithASmile says:

    Nice of Phelps to join us

  133. Mike N says:

    Now let’s get some bats going!

  134. Bunt Gardner says:

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

  135. DERP says:

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

  136. Rich says:

    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

  137. Kempire Strikes Back says:

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

    • The Real Greg says:

      I think when Tex went down.

    • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan says:

      Now?

    • draddE says:

      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.

    • WHIPunk says:

      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 says:

        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 says:

          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 says:

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

            • WHIPunk says:

              Your arguing semantics and not statistics.

              • Kempire Strikes Back says:

                Show us the statistics then.

                • WHIPunk says:

                  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 says:

                    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 says:

                      “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 says:

                      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 says:

                      “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 says:

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

                      -Dale Carnegie

                    • WHIPunk says:

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

          • DERP says:

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

            • WHIPunk says:

              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.

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

      • Bunt Gardner says:

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

        • WHIPunk says:

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

          • Bunt Gardner says:

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

            • WHIPunk says:

              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 says:

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

    • 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.

  138. 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.

  139. DERP says:

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

  140. Cuso says:

    Meredith is getting a little chunky

  141. Mick taylor says:

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

    • Cuso says:

      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.

    • Bunt Gardner says:

      How’s Stuart A today?

  142. draddE says:

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

  143. Joey H. says:

    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?

  144. WHIPunk says:

    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.

  145. The Guns of Navarone says:

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

  146. Chilango says:

    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.

  147. Athenian says:

    Ugh. Afraid this one is done.

  148. Marcy says:

    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

  149. The Troll says:

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

  150. Kempire Strikes Back says:

    No comment.

  151. 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.

  152. The Real Greg says:

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

    • Chilango says:

      Stop saying stupid shit PLEASE

    • Widget says:

      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 says:

      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.

  153. Kevin says:

    Team’s a joke. The New York Chokees!

  154. Marcy says:

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

    • DERP says:

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

      • The Guns of Navarone says:

        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+

        • Mike Axisa says:

          Posada was also a DH.

          • Marcy says:

            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.

        • DERP says:

          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.

    • 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 says:

        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?

        • 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.

  155. Mike N says:

    Eppley…

  156. DERP says:

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

  157. Cy Pettitte says:

    Reynolds was mesmerized by how bad the Yankees are.

  158. Rich says:

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

  159. Kempire Strikes Back says:

    That was a sick pickoff.

    Still waiting for some offense.

  160. Frank says:

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

  161. stuart a says:

    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!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  162. Chilango says:

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

  163. stuart a says:

    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……….

  164. DERP says:

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

  165. Athenian says:

    Yanks are getting no hit today…

  166. draddE says:

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

  167. IPK for Tim Reddings (formerly Brian S.) says:

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

  168. Mike N says:

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

  169. DERP says:

    Cano against a lefty

  170. Cy Pettitte says:

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

  171. Kempire Strikes Back says:

    I feel a little better now.

  172. 28 this year says:

    Finally something happened.

  173. stuart a says:

    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 says:

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

    • IPK for Tim Reddings (formerly Brian S.) says:

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

    • 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 says:

      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.) says:

        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 says:

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

          • IPK for Tim Reddings (formerly Brian S.) says:

            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.) says:

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

  174. Chilango says:

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

  175. IPK for Tim Reddings (formerly Brian S.) says:

    There’s 1!

  176. Need Pitching & Hitting says:

    Enough of Andruw Jones already.

  177. Bunt Gardner says:

    Cano padding his stats!!!!

    stuart’d

  178. Effthisnoise says:

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

  179. IPK for Tim Reddings (formerly Brian S.) says:

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

  180. The Real Greg says:

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

    Who do you want then?

  181. stuart a says:

    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…..

  182. Roadgeek Adam says:

    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.

  183. Rich says:

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

  184. DERP says:

    Tight right hamstring for Grandy

  185. Roadgeek Adam says:

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

  186. Mike N says:

    Report is that Granderson has a “tight hamstring”.

  187. The Real Greg says:

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

  188. DERP says:

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

  189. stuart a says:

    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….

  190. Rich says:

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

  191. Roadgeek Adam says:

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

  192. IPK for Tim Reddings (formerly Brian S.) says:

    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.

  193. Cy Pettitte says:

    hurry up and walk him already.

  194. DERP says:

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

  195. Anthony says:

    What a shit AB… except for Markakis, of course

  196. Chilango says:

    Granderson needs the rest. Sit his slumping ass.

  197. IPK for Tim Reddings (formerly Brian S.) says:

    I liked Markakis better when his hand was broken.

  198. draddE says:

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

  199. Cy Pettitte says:

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

  200. Effthisnoise says:

    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.

  201. tyrone sharpton says:

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

  202. stuart a says:

    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..

  203. Chilango says:

    Can’t wait for flying balls Phil tomorrow.

  204. draddE says:

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

  205. DERP says:

    Dat throw

  206. Mick taylor says:

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

  207. draddE says:

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

  208. Mike N says:

    Phucking Phelps.

  209. Rich says:

    Six walks. Epitome of choking under the pressure

  210. DERP says:

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

  211. IPK for Tim Reddings (formerly Brian S.) says:

    How do you walk 6 people?

  212. Mike N says:

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

  213. Pasta Stumbling Sojo says:

    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.

  214. Kramerica Industries says:

    I see I missed one run apiece.

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

  215. Frank says:

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

  216. DERP says:

    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.

  217. Anthony says:

    Bringing in Eppley? Really?

  218. DERP says:

    Holy fuck

  219. DERP says:

    I already have seen enough of Eppley for the weekend.

  220. Mike N says:

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

  221. 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.

  222. The Troll says:

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

    FIRE AXISA!

  223. IPK for Tim Reddings (formerly Brian S.) says:

    Sam Pearce blows.

  224. Roadgeek Adam says:

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

  225. The Troll says:

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

  226. Hummingbird S. says:

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

    • The Real Greg says:

      2 unobservant trolls

      • Chilango says:

        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 says:

          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 says:

        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 says:

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

  227. Chilango says:

    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 says:

      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”.

  228. Roadgeek Adam says:

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

    Also, yay a baserunner.

  229. Marcy says:

    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.

  230. IPK for Tim Reddings (formerly Brian S.) says:

    Nunez will be clutch

  231. IPK for Tim Reddings (formerly Brian S.) says:

    Tillman is awful right? Right?

  232. DERP says:

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

  233. Chilango says:

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

  234. Effthisnoise says:

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

  235. Cy Pettitte says:

    walks for everyone!

  236. DERP says:

    WTF, that was a good pitch.

  237. Kramerica Industries says:

    Thanks Boone.

    I didn’t think Phelps walked enough batters today.

  238. Need Pitching & Hitting says:

    Oh good, more walks.

  239. Mike N says:

    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.

  240. Effthisnoise says:

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

  241. draddE says:

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

  242. DERP says:

    I don’t want Reynolds facing a lefty.

  243. Mike N says:

    These DPs have saved the Yanks’ asses.

  244. draddE says:

    Don’t give Reynolds a fastball, please.

  245. Roadgeek Adam says:

    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.

  246. CUYanks says:

    Baserunners, please.

  247. Effthisnoise says:

    Not a strike you tard!

  248. Kempire Strikes Back says:

    Nice pop-up, Ichiro!

    • Need Pitching & Hitting says:

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

      • Kempire Strikes Back says:

        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.

  249. IPK for Tim Reddings (formerly Brian S.) says:

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

  250. DERP says:

    I hope this ump dies a slow death.

  251. Kramerica Industries says:

    Dead Men Walking

  252. Cy Pettitte says:

    that was a ridiculous call

  253. Karl Krawfid says:

    Wow at this strike zone.

  254. Kempire Strikes Back says:

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

  255. The Troll says:

    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.

  256. Cy Pettitte says:

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

  257. draddE says:

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

  258. Effthisnoise says:

    Bloop and a blast, let’s go

  259. Kramerica Industries says:

    Holy shit, a hit.

    How ’bout that?

  260. Kempire Strikes Back says:

    Garbage time!

    amidoingitright?

  261. IPK for Tim Reddings (formerly Brian S.) says:

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

  262. Cy Pettitte says:

    2 feet short: the 2012 Yankees.

  263. Effthisnoise says:

    Dammmmmmmmn it

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

  265. The Real Greg says:

    It’s not their year guys. Accept it.

    • Kramerica Industries says:

      Fuck off with this holier-than-thou attitude.

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

      • The Real Greg says:

        I don’t give a shit.

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

      • CUYanks says:

        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 Troll says:

      I swear, you must be bipolar.

    • Pasta Stumbling Sojo says:

      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.

  266. WHIPunk says:

    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!

  267. Kramerica Industries says:

    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.

  268. 28 this year says:

    That wasn’t foreshadowing or anything

  269. DERP says:

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

  270. Roadgeek Adam says:

    Can’t we send something over Markakis’ head?

  271. Rich in NJ says:

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

  272. Chilango says:

    Cano gives Joe his postgame excuse.

  273. The Troll says:

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

  274. IPK for Tim Reddings (formerly Brian S.) says:

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

    • WHIPunk says:

      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.

  275. Mike N says:

    What a catch!

  276. Effthisnoise says:

    And that’s why you want to keep cano

  277. Roadgeek Adam says:

    Defensive excellence to Defensive nightmare.

  278. Cy Pettitte says:

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

  279. Walt says:

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

  280. Marcy says:

    Did Kay just say Job’s up?

  281. Marcy says:

    Sorry, Joba

  282. DERP says:

    We are really walking JJ Hardy. Really

  283. draddE says:

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

  284. IPK for Tim Reddings (formerly Brian S.) says:

    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.

  285. Effthisnoise says:

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

  286. IPK for Tim Reddings (formerly Brian S.) says:

    We’re tying the game this inning.

  287. dkidd says:

    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.) says:

      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.

  288. Kramerica Industries says:

    Well done, Andruw.

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

  289. dkidd says:

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

  290. Widget says:

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

  291. Mike N says:

    Pearce!

  292. Kempire Strikes Back says:

    Fierce Sam Pierce.

  293. cjc says:

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

  294. draddE says:

    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.) says:

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

  295. The Guns of Navarone says:

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

  296. IPK for Tim Reddings (formerly Brian S.) says:

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

  297. DERP says:

    Some nice ABs from Nix

  298. Chilango says:

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

  299. G says:

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

  300. Roadgeek Adam says:

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

  301. IPK for Tim Reddings (formerly Brian S.) says:

    Nunez time to shine!

  302. draddE says:

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

  303. Mike N says:

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

  304. WHIPunk says:

    Nice Nunez making me eat my own words!

  305. Effthisnoise says:

    Life!

  306. Kramerica Industries says:

    Get some more.

  307. draddE says:

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

  308. Kempire Strikes Back says:

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

  309. DERP says:

    Chavez please

  310. IPK for Tim Reddings (formerly Brian S.) says:

    I fucking love Eddie Noonz.

  311. Chilango says:

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

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

    /sarcasm

  313. DERP says:

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

  314. DERP says:

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

  315. Need Pitching & Hitting says:

    Don’t swing.

  316. Kramerica Industries says:

    Biggest AB of the season.

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

  318. Jag says:

    Come on Jeet!

  319. Kempire Strikes Back says:

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

  320. DERP says:

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

  321. Chilango says:

    Crunch time. Let’s go Cap’t

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

  323. DERP says:

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

  324. G says:

    Ready to deal 3-2 to Jeter…

    John what are you on…

  325. Mike N says:

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

  326. Effthisnoise says:

    Stripe is huge for a pitcher

  327. Rich in NJ says:

    Tied.

  328. Mike N says:

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

  329. Cy Pettitte says:

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

  330. draddE says:

    BALL 4! AN RBI! WOOOOOOOOOOOOO

  331. Effthisnoise says:

    Stope is huge for a pitcher

  332. Kempire Strikes Back says:

    Fuck Yeah! Awesome at bat by The Captain!

  333. DERP says:

    I thought the ump would ring him up.

  334. Anthony says:

    Wow! Things just got interesting.

  335. Chilango says:

    Jeter works a walk 0-2 definition of clutch?

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

  337. draddE says:

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

  338. Jag says:

    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.

  339. Chilango says:

    Let’s go Nick. PROVE ME WRONG

  340. DERP says:

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

  341. 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.

  342. Mike N says:

    C’mon, Swish!!!!!!!!!!

  343. IPK for Tim Reddings (formerly Brian S.) says:

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

  344. Roadgeek Adam says:

    ERROR WIN

  345. Cy Pettitte says:

    YES!!!! thanks Hardy!

  346. Mike N says:

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

  347. The Guns of Navarone says:

    CHHHHOOOOOOOOOOOOKE!!!!

  348. Jag says:

    I’ll take it!

  349. draddE says:

    AN ERROR! WE’LL TAKE IT!

  350. Effthisnoise says:

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

  351. DERP says:

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

  352. Need Pitching & Hitting says:

    Thanks for the help JJ

  353. 28 this year says:

    YES!!! FINALLY!!!!

  354. Kempire Strikes Back says:

    Ha! Finally things are starting to go our way!

  355. Chilango says:

    Hardy is my hero

  356. DERP says:

    Pedro Strop just choked on DAT YANKEE DICK.

  357. draddE says:

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

  358. Anthony says:

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

  359. Pasta Stumbling Sojo says:

    Garbage time error for JJ.

  360. The Troll says:

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

  361. draddE says:

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

  362. The Guns of Navarone says:

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

    - Randy Quaid from Major League 2

  363. Adam says:

    Man, need that one hit to break things open.

  364. Mike N says:

    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.

  365. IPK for Tim Reddings (formerly Brian S.) says:

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

  366. Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan says:

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

  367. 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.

  368. DERP says:

    Yankees caliber bullpen effort by the Orioles today.

  369. Kempire Strikes Back says:

    Let’s go Robbie. All you.

  370. Mike N says:

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

  371. Cy Pettitte says:

    DRob and Soriano have to take of business now.

  372. Effthisnoise says:

    C’mon bullpen do your job

  373. Jag says:

    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!

  374. Anthony says:

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

  375. Jag says:

    Baseball player!

  376. DERP says:

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

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

  377. WHIPunk says:

    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 says:

      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 says:

        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 says:

      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.

  378. Mike N says:

    Good job, D-Rob!

  379. Roadgeek Adam says:

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

  380. Effthisnoise says:

    Nice drob

  381. Kempire Strikes Back says:

    Nice and easy performance by D-Rob.

  382. The Real Greg says:

    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.”

  383. draddE says:

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

  384. Cy Pettitte says:

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

  385. Need Pitching & Hitting says:

    Why?

  386. Chilango says:

    Why is Jones in there?

  387. The Real Greg says:

    I would guess the only other option would be Dickerson.

  388. The Real Greg says:

    Anyone know how Dickerson is when it comes to defense?

  389. Jag says:

    Why not Ibanez there?

  390. The Real Greg says:

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

  391. Roadgeek Adam says:

    Now I really don’t get it.

  392. IPK for Tim Reddings (formerly Brian S.) says:

    Why the fuck was Jones batting?

  393. Jag says:

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

  394. The Real Greg says:

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

  395. Mike N says:

    Pearce is a better fielder than Ibanez.

  396. Jag says:

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

  397. IPK for Tim Reddings (formerly Brian S.) says:

    Russ will never get to the Mendoza line will he?

  398. DERP says:

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

  399. Cy Pettitte says:

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

  400. Chilango says:

    MFIKY time. Hope he shows up.

  401. Roadgeek Adam says:

    There’s a mouthful for Michael.

  402. The Real Greg says:

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

  403. Tom says:

    No Chavez at 3rd?

  404. Mike N says:

    ONE AWAY!

  405. DERP says:

    Wilson Betemit ugh

  406. The Guns of Navarone says:

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

  407. Chilango says:

    95 with movement. So far so good.

  408. DERP says:

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

  409. Karl Krawfid says:

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

  410. Mike N says:

    TWO AWAY!!!!!!

  411. DERP says:

    ONE MORE OUT

  412. Cy Pettitte says:

    Fernando Rodney is having an insanely good year #massiveunderstatement

    • Roadgeek Adam says:

      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.

  413. Kempire Strikes Back says:

    Machado’s got an ugly mug.

  414. The Guns of Navarone says:

    Yeah…. no more breaking balls please.

  415. DERP says:

    About time the Orioles lost a one run game.

  416. Roadgeek Adam says:

    BOO YA

  417. Cy Pettitte says:

    #untuck #thankgod

  418. Karl Krawfid says:

    Huge win!

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

  420. Mike N says:

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

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

  421. Need Pitching & Hitting says:

    a very desperately needed UNTUCK

  422. Kempire Strikes Back says:

    #UNTUCK

    #MFIFKY

    #DISRESPECTFUL TO FLANNY

  423. Chilango says:

    UNfuckinTUCK.

  424. Adam says:

    Great win, great win…

  425. IPK for Tim Reddings (formerly Brian S.) says:

    One run loss for the Woes!

  426. DERP says:

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

  427. G says:

    Big win, or biggest win?

  428. Tom says:

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

  429. draddE says:

    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.

  430. Need Pitching & Hitting says:

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

    Impossible.

  431. The Real Greg says:

    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.

  432. Bartolo says:

    UNTUCK!

  433. DERP says:

    4.1 innings, 1 hit for the pen

  434. Jose M. Vazquez says:

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

    • Adam says:

      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 says:

      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.

  435. Get Phelps Up says:

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

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

  437. Adam says:

    Ugh…Vizquel thrown out at home to end game.

  438. Karl Krawfid says:

    Did you just see that?

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

  440. stuart a says:

    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….

  441. Tom says:

    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.

  442. Rocky Road Redemption says:

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

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

  443. Rocky Road Redemption says:

    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.

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