Game 133: Make It Four

Girardi called team meeting following Friday's loss
Rehab Updates: A-Rod, Pettitte, Nova, Aardsma
(Jeff Zelevansky/Getty)

The Yankees and Orioles have split the first two games of this three-game set, and that’s good for the Yankees. Well, it’s more like the bare minimum than actually good. Baltimore hasn’t gained any ground in the standings despite two more days coming off the calendar, and the Bombers have a chance to push them to four games back in the division before going to Tampa. Here’s the lineup…

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

RHP Phil Hughes

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

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Girardi called team meeting following Friday's loss
Rehab Updates: A-Rod, Pettitte, Nova, Aardsma
  • Mike N

    It would be really great to win today!

  • Jag

    Go Yanks!

    If you asked me in April if this would be our lineup in September though… I’d have guessed we were either 10+ games ahead or 10+ games back.

    • Mike N

      Yeah, no A-Rod, no Teix, no Grandy, no Gardy. And if someone had asserted that Ichiro would be in the September lineup, I would have assumed they were drunk.

      • Pat D

        How do we know we’re not all drunk right now?

        • jjyank

          Paaaaartaaay at RABBBB

          *passes out*

        • Mike N

          Dude, don’t go getting all Cartesian in the game thread!

      • Mike

        No Granderson is a blessing in disguise, it is better to have Chris D. (LF), Ichiro (CF) and Swisher (RF), with Pearce at 1B (I liked better McGeehe), than to have Ichiro (0.280 LF), Granderson (0.230 CF) and Ibáñez (0.230 LF) with Swisher at 1B.

        With Granderson out of the lineup you at least get rid of 2-3 strikeouts per day, and maybe with a new CF all runners won’t take the extra base as they do with Granderson in CF (seriously only 37% of runners don’t take the extra base with Granderson in CF).

    • Cris Pengiucci

      Yeah, that lineup is not exactly instilling fear in most teams. They need to get some key base hits today and “play the game the right way”. (OK maybe Swish, Ibanez, and/or Jeter can hit one out.)

  • Mike N

    Is everybody down the shore today??

    • jjyank

      Nope. I hate the shore on labor day weekend anyway. Beaches too crowded, too much traffic.

      • Mike N

        I love staying in NYC during holiday weekends when everyone else clears out.

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

          It’s the best. Usually have to wait 10-15 mins for a table at the diner for breakfast on Sundays, but today we walked right in and had our pick of where to sit.

          • Cris Pengiucci

            Yup. In my younger years (read “single”), had a couple of friends that had apartments in Manhattan and made it a point to spend summer holiday weekends there. Always easier to enjoy the city when a lot of people are out of town.

  • http://www.twitter.com/_swarlesbarkley Drew

    Go getum Hughes!

  • Kempire Strikes Back

    My man C-Dick in the starting lineup!

    Watching the pregame show, and Nancy Newman is just awful. YES needs to replace her with someone more competent. And at the risk of sounding sexist, I wouldn’t mind if said replacement was also a female but younger and better looking.

    • Mike N

      I think Newman is pretty good. What you consider incompetent about her performance? And I’m not trying to be argumentative: I am genuinely curious what you dislike.

      • Mike N

        OK. Yeah, she’s doing game recaps now, and she could be smoother. A lot smoother. lolz

      • dan

        She is just not attractive at all. she doesn’t contribute anything important. Might as well be someone hot.They should do what espn started to do. Hire girls like Sarah Walsh and Rachel Nicolos. No more ugly ass linda cohn looking monsters.

        • Mike N

          What does her appearance have to do with anything? Does it bother you that Michael Kay is an ugly motherfucker?

          • jjyank

            HOW DO THEY FIT HIS HEAD IN THE BOOTH??!!?!111z

          • Cris Pengiucci

            Not if they don’t show his face. :-)

          • dan

            Well i personally dont look at guys and judge if they are attractive but to each his own i suppose. All i said is that she does a meaningless job and why not hire sometime hot to do it its not rocket science.

          • Kramerica Industries

            95% of males are naturally ugly.

            We were never made to look good. That was, more or less, reserved for females.

        • Joseph sol

          Lmaoooooooo she looks so oldddddd hire someone hot

      • Kempire Strikes Back

        The problem isn’t so much her appearance (even though it’s not that great) as it is that she fumbles her words and makes segues and transitions to other topics uncomfortable. She also doesn’t have very good chemistry with the other YES pundits. She just wasn’t cut out for live shows I guess.

      • Big Members Only (formerly RI$P FTW)

        She can’t speak for one.

  • Cy Pettitte

    taking 2 of 3 with the two wins coming against two of their better pitchers and without Teix, Grandy and Arod would be nice.

  • The Moral Majority is Neither

    I think Hughes becomes a True Yankee today with a dominant performance.

  • EDDARD

    Nobody beats Phil Hughes in Yankee Stadium. They rearranged the rotation just so Phil could pitch at home where he has been so dominant. He needs to prove them right with a great performance today.

  • Dandy The Yankee

    Seeing this lineup takes me on that hot tub time machine trip back to the Stump Merrill years. For you younguns, that was not a good time to be a Yankee fan…

  • Mike N

    I would like to see Hughes working the nasty breaking pitches today. That would make me happy.

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

    Wow…talk about stacking the lefties?

    • jjyank

      Don’t worry Plouffy, I’m here today :P

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

        Now we just need R-Tils. Did you at least get to listen to the game yesterday while driving to your family?

        • jjyank

          Yeah I did. And I got home just in time to see the come back so it worked out pretty well. It’ll be nice to watch a couple games without he mlb.tv delay, for sure.

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

            That’s good lol.

          • Mike N

            That was a great inning!

        • The Troll

          Aww, you two are so cute!

  • Kempire Strikes Back

    Let’s get that ERA under 4, Phil.

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

      I still think he’s going to be int the 3.80s by the end of the season

      • Kempire Strikes Back

        That would be ideal IMO.

  • Mike N

    Nice!

  • Kevin G.

    Huuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuughes

  • jjyank

    Painting the corner! Love it.

  • dan

    Generous call

  • EDDARD

    Big strike zone today. Phil will take advantage. Hitters need to be aggressive.

  • Nathan

    What a LOL lineup.

  • Countryclub

    Ump had a generous zone in the 1st. Hughes took advantage. Keep it up.

  • Cy Pettitte

    maybe they should try that wind up with Betances /eternaloptimist

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

      I think they tried that already.

  • Mike N

    Tillman seems like he has already lost the strike zone. This could be very good.

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

    Two very average pitchers: No baserunners till the fourth

    Probably their best pitcher: Lead off baserunner.

  • Chilango

    Get Tillman NOW.

    • Mike N

      NO MERCY!

  • Hall and Nokes

    Yankee batting line the last 14 days: .219/.292/.358.

    That’s anti-porn.

  • jjyank

    Damn, right at ‘em.

  • Chilango

    Cano took the first pitch. WOW

  • Cy Pettitte

    things I never thought would be typed again: “Jason Bay just hit a grand slam”

  • jjyank

    Nice, Swish!

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

    Is Swisher Okay? Sterling said something about coming down on railing?

    • The Real Greg

      Yes but it looked like a padded bit.

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

      He’s fine, landed on the padded railing by the seats next to the dugout.

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

        He could’ve included it was padded. I had a minor heart attack.

      • Mike N

        And “landed” is a bit of an exaggeration. He more just leaned over it and tilted over.

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

          I hate Sterling…

          • Pat D

            We know. We know.

    • Big Members Only (formerly RI$P FTW)

      I heard he went down on a pole.

  • The Real Greg

    The reverse split is the key to why Hughes has pitched so well at home this year.

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

    Philbert looks philthy early on.

  • Mike N

    YES!

  • Cy Pettitte

    man does Phil look good, loving the whiffs.

  • RkyMtnYank

    Phil looking good so far.

  • jjyank

    Phil looked nasty that inning.

  • Kempire Strikes Back

    Hughes’s performance has pleased me so far.

  • Tut

    Weird Stat: Phil has a walk to home run differential of 8. (38 – 30)

    • Kramerica Industries

      2.15 BB/9.

      That’s actually pretty stellar.

  • Chilango

    Walks Martin hahaha

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

    4 pitch walk, swing at first pitch.

    • The Real Greg

      Usually that can lead to a hit because the first pitch is usually right down the middle to reestablish the strike zone.

  • The Real Greg

    I don’t mind Ichiro swinging at that because it was right down the middle.

  • Kempire Strikes Back

    C-Dickmis going to launch one. I’m calling it.

    • Cy Pettitte

      uhhh wow….

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

      HAHAHA NICE!!!!!!

    • The Real Greg

      Lottery numbers NOW!

    • Kempire Strikes Back

      I win!!!

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

      Well done.

  • The Real Greg

    Wow. He golfed it.

  • Jag

    Dickerson!

  • Kramerica Industries

    Chris Dickerson.

    Ahahahahahahaha.

  • Kevin G.

    Call up Dickerson !!!!!!!

  • jjyank

    Wow Dickerson, he freaking crushed that.

  • Need Pitching & Hitting

    Dickerson!!!!

    (play him more, please)

  • Mike N

    C-DICK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Bunt Gardner

    Dickerson!!

  • EDDARD

    Why weren’t these kids up here before yesterday? Nunez and now Dickerson. They’ve given us the life we needed.

    • Mike N

      Because yesterday was September 1.

  • Chilango

    We got a BIG DICK

  • Widget

    Should have called him up sooner assholes.

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

    Chris “better than Ichiro” Dickerson.

    • The Real Greg

      Forget the Sunday night Red Sox game quickly haven’t you?

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

        Not at all.

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

        And you’ve forgotten Jones’ series in Boston before the break, two days ago you where saying Jones was done.

        • The Real Greg

          There’ a difference between several months ago and a few weeks ago.

          • Need Pitching & Hitting

            not really. Both were just a hot streak in the midst of otherwise shitty seasons. When that hot streak occurred doesn’t really make much of a difference.

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

            I personally think both are overrated and completely done, so I don’t really have an argument here.

  • Kramerica Industries

    Last home run: 9/12/2011

    That was the moonshot against Felix, wasn’t it?

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

    “DICKERSON CHRISTENS THE RIGHT FIELD SEATS.”-Sterling’s call

    • jjyank

      I would have gone with “C-DICK JACKS A BULLET INTO THE SEATS”

      • Pat D

        Standards & Practices is now going to murder you.

    • Pat D

      That’s actually not so annoying.

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

        No, wasn’t bad at all. I think he made it up on the spot though, because he described the homer a little slowly before saying it. I know people like to know homer calls for people though.

  • tipsie

    Good thing he’s been tearing it up in AAA for the summer…

    AARGH

  • Kempire Strikes Back

    BASEBALL.

    PLAYER.

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

      PROFESSIONAL.

      BASEBALL.

      PLAYER.

      There I fixed it for you.

      • Kempire Strikes Back

        A thousand apologies, my good sir. How DARE I understate Babe Nix’s astronomical value to this team.

  • Cy Pettitte

    yay productive bottom of the line up

  • jjyank

    BASEBALL PLAYER

    • Leg-End

      Offense in the early innnings, I like it. Carry it on.

  • Cy Pettitte

    god damn, Jurickson Profar 1st AB goes deep. that was insanely impressive.

    • xnyles

      I can’t imagine the haul the rangers could get if they trade Elvis this winter.

      • Cy Pettitte

        they’d probably prefer to keep Andrus and have Profar sit on the bench with Olt and get 5 ABs a week. lol.

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

        Andrus for Upton.

      • IPK for Tim Reddings (formerly Brian S.)

        Andrus+ for Upton.

  • Kempire Strikes Back

    Jeter sucks. Couldn’t even bring in that runner from third. DFA his old, overpaid ass.

    • jjyank

      choker….

      jeter is just a punch….and judy hitter….

      we need ike davis……..

      • Kempire Strikes Back

        Jeter sucks………but he’s still our team MVP……… Cano is just an overrated sweet swinger……..

        Best second basemen in the league……..who cares?

        …….Cashman failed

        • jjyank

          lets have a parade….

          • Need Pitching & Hitting

            and give everyone an extension….

            • Kempire Strikes Back

              …….ellipses……..

              • jjyank

                .
                ..

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                ..
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                • Kempire Strikes Back

                  You win.

                  Just kidding. stuart a wins. ALWAYS.

  • EDDARD

    Instead of Jones and McGhee we could have had Dickerson and Nunez up here all along helping us. They’ve given the team a jolt and injected some youth into the lineup. Hopefully next year we go with more young guys and less 35+ has beens.

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

      Nunez had a chance earlier this season and he showed that while he’s an average to slightly above average bat for a middle infielder. He also showed that he couldn’t make the simplest throws to first.

    • jjyank

      The Yankees wanted Nunez to be with the MLB team. But he was bad on defense that he was pretty much unplayable. Then he got hurt.

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

      Dickerson isn’t young.

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

        Isn’t he like 28? I mean that’s not prospect young, but it’s also not over the hill career AAA player.

        • jjyank

          He’s 30, I think.

        • Need Pitching & Hitting

          30

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

            Wow…when did C-Dick get to be 30?!?!

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

              He’ll be 31 on Opening Day next year, give or take a few days.

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

                I still find that incredible.

        • IPK for Tim Reddings (formerly Brian S.)

          If he can hit righties like he was doing in the early part of his career he might play himself into our fourth outfielder next season. He and Mustelier.

      • Big Members Only (formerly RI$P FTW)

        or overpaid.

      • murakami

        For our team? Sure he is.

  • IPK for Tim Reddings (formerly Brian S.)

    Fill Yughes

  • Cy Pettitte

    that slider to the righties looks good.

  • tyrone sharpton

    hughes looks great

  • Kempire Strikes Back

    Markakis just got BABIP fucked.

  • jjyank

    Yay for a shut-down inning. Thanks Phil.

  • EDDARD

    Give Swisher that Werth contract. He deserves it.

    • jjyank

      Nooooooo. And I love Swisher.

    • Kempire Strikes Back

      Very good hitter with power and patience and above average defense at RF and 1B. Still doesn’t deserve Werth money.

      And neither does Werth for that matter.

    • Walt

      No and I hate Swisher.

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

        probably a troll, but I’ll bite. Why do you hate Swisher?

        • jjyank

          I get that his attitude rub some people the wrong way. I love it, personally. He has every reason to act like the happiest guy on the planet.

        • IPK for Tim Reddings (formerly Brian S.)

          I’m guessing because of his playoff performance.

          • Walt

            Ding ding ding we have a winner.

            • jjyank

              You must have hated Tino too.

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

                But he had that home run once so he was clutch and that means we can throw out the rest of his actual stats because of narratives and stuff.

              • Walt

                Was he 3 for 50 with risp?

    • JobaWockeeZ

      I wouldn’t give him half of Werth’s contract.

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

    I really get the feeling that Sterling and Waldman do not like Hughes. Literally every inning, and some times every other batter, they’re like “This guy can take Hughes out, because Hughes gives up a lot of homers.”

    • Walt

      Waldman offered it and Hughes said no thanks not into GILF’s

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

        I laughed.

    • IPK for Tim Reddings (formerly Brian S.)

      Well he was pretty bad for a year and a half. Tough habit to break.

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

        I get that he was bad, but it’s the way they’re saying it, almost like they’re rooting for him to fail. I’m probably imagining it though.

  • JobaWockeeZ

    Well Profar is legit.

  • stuart a

    cano helping the team out with another 1 pitch AB…

    cano coming up small when they need him most…

    not a suprise he has never been a big game player……

    • Cy Pettitte

      can we get a Cano RBI count update?

    • Need Pitching & Hitting

      last 2 years never happened…..

    • JobaWockeeZ

      I was going to say something but I’m assuming you hate every Latino hitter.

      • JobaWockeeZ

        I meant player. You must hate every Latino player. I think you’re following the wrong sport here…

      • Kempire Strikes Back

        A HA! stuart a is actually Jarrod Saltalamacchia trolling a Yankees blog!

        It all makes sense now…..

    • jjyank

      welcome back….

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

    Thanks for your help Toronto…fucking Romero lasting 1ip

    • The Real Greg

      Were you honestly surprised that he did?

      Even when he pitched well against us, he lost

  • Kempire Strikes Back

    C-Dick doing it with the bat and glove.

  • Cy Pettitte

    Randy Wolf already? wow.

    • IPK for Tim Reddings (formerly Brian S.)

      I wonder why?

      • The Real Greg

        Kay just said that Buck told Jerry Meals that Tillman is having problems with his elbow.

  • Adam

    Wow, that Bedard trade really is incredible…

    • Kempire Strikes Back

      Jack Z never makes mistakes.

      HE KNOWS.

      • Justin Smoak

        *cries*

        • IPK for Tim Reddings (formerly Brian S.)

          How far will the Mariners have to move in their fences in order to fix what is wrong with Safeco? I’m not even sure it’s a size issue, and more of an atmosphere thing.

  • IPK for Tim Reddings (formerly Brian S.)

    The box score keeps saying that they are flying out to deep center. Is Fill Huse just getting lucky this inning?

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

      None of them sound like they were really driven from Sterling’s call, and you know how excited he can get if there’s either an outside chance of a ball being gone or dropping for a hit.

      • The Real Greg

        Except the one caught by Dickerson. Other than that, nothing.

    • Mike N

      He’s a fly ball pitcher. That’s his game. Keeping them in the park is not “lucky”.

      • IPK for Tim Reddings (formerly Brian S.)

        Well it said “deep center” and not “center” which is why I asked.

  • jjyank

    Phantastic.

  • Chilango

    Phil’s Phastball is Moooving

  • Mike N

    Hughes looking real good.

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

    Philthy

  • DERP

    Glad to see Hughes isn’t an overpaid choker like Phelps.

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

    I know it’s early but with the expanded rosters there is no reason there shouldn’t be some pinch hitting going on with a lefty coming in and a bunch of lefties in the line up.

    • The Real Greg

      To be honest, Randy Wolf doesn’t put the fear in me to pinch hit.

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

        Still, he’s going to be in for the long hall. As good as Phil has been, I’d like a few more runs.

  • jjyank

    Meredith looks pretty hot in that apron.

  • Kempire Strikes Back

    Meredith kind of looks like that girl from Boy Meets World.

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

      Topanga?

    • RetroRob

      Topanga(sp?)

      • Kempire Strikes Back

        Yes. And that is how you spell it according to wikipedia. I don’t know how I remember this. Don’t even like that show.

    • xnyles

      Topanga?

      I could see it.

  • Naved

    Hughes went from overrated to underrated.

  • DERP

    Nice of the Orioles to give 85 million dollars to a guy with a .330 OBP.

    • jjyank

      Jones? Young, power hitting CF that plays good defense?

    • JobaWockeeZ

      He’s almost posting 4 WAR this year but I love how people cherry pick other players and see why they suck.

      Say the same thing about someone like Gardner and prepare to get crucified.

  • Adam

    Ha, ha, ha…gender roles are hysterical!

  • IPK for Tim Reddings (formerly Brian S.)

    Why was Ibanez batting?

    • jjyank

      I’m guessing Girardi didn’t want to burn a pinch hitter in the 4th inning.

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

      no clue dude. No clue as to why Ichiro was hitting either.

    • The Real Greg

      Its Randy Wolf. Do we really need to do that to face Randy Wolf?

      • Cy Pettitte

        yea, lefties have an .824 OPS against him this year. I would hope that some of these guys would be capable of getting hits off him even though they don’t have the platoon advantage

      • The Real Greg

        And not to mention the fact that Andruw Jones is awful and that its the 4th inning.

        • IPK for Tim Reddings (formerly Brian S.)

          We have Sam Pearce.

    • Chilango

      exactly. once the lefty came in, he should have been pulled. It’s early but…Ibañez sucks, he’s been terrible in the 2d half

      • The Real Greg

        ITS RANDY WOLF

  • Mike N

    Why would he pinch-hit in the fourth inning with a two-run lead against a mediocre long relief guy and his own starter pitching great? How is this even a topic of discussion?

    • Chilango

      We need some more runs and Ibañez sucks. Why not take advantage of the expanded roster?

      • jjyank

        You make it sound like we have a ton of guys on the bench. Grandy isn’t going to be playing, ditto Tex. McGehee isn’t back yet. Andruw hasn’t been playing well anyway. Nunez I guess. But it’s also Randy Wolf in the fourth inning. Nothing to get worked up over IMO.

    • jjyank

      Yeah, I wouldn’t have pinch hit either.

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

      Really just because there is the expanded roster, so the guys are there, and it’s a 2 run lead with a pitcher who (as much as I love him) still gives up a lot of homeruns, and apart from maybe (MAYBE) Chavez all of our healthy lefty hitters are platoon lefties.

      • Mike N

        It’s the fourth inning of a nine-inning game. You gotta keep some arrows in the quiver. I am surprised that this is even a topic of conversation. This is not a world series game or whatever, and no reason to play it like it is.

  • Cy Pettitte

    yuck…

  • Kramerica Industries

    And there’s the requisite two strike home run from Hughes.

  • Kempire Strikes Back

    There’s the obligatory Phil Hughes home run.

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

    The obligatory Phillip Homer.

    • Kempire Strikes Back

      Jinx.

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

        You didn’t/don’t like Boy Meets World so I don’t validate said jinx.

        • Kempire Strikes Back

          DON’T ERICA ME GODDAMN IT!

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

            Sorry man, but that show was a huge part of my childhood. I’m still waiting for my Topanga.

            • Kempire Strikes Back

              I’m a 90’s kid too but I just never liked Boy Meets World.

              The Fresh Prince was my jam though.

              • jjyank

                I love Fresh Prince.

                • Kempire Strikes Back

                  If you grew up during that era and don’t know the Fresh Prince theme song by heart, you had no childhood.

                  • jjyank

                    I still watch episodes here and there when I come across them.

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

                I loved both, and still do lol.

          • jjyank

            FIP’d?

  • Need Pitching & Hitting

    OK Phil, there is the requisite HR

    Settle down now.

  • RetroRob

    Reynolds decides to get hot now, in September? I’ve had him on my fantasy team all year and he has sucked.

  • Mike N

    Let’s keep it limited to that.

  • Chilango

    Suck it up Phil 1, 2, 3.

  • The Real Greg

    I figured it would be Reynolds. Right handed, the power to hit it out of the deep left field.

  • Countryclub

    When Hughes gives up a HR to a righty, it’s almost always because his fastball tails back over the plate.

  • Jamey

    Hughes’ HR problem wouldn’t be so aggravating if he was just usually getting beat by a hitter having a really good at-bat. It just seems like the majority of them are meatballs to big power hitters, pitches they never should’ve seen.

  • IPK for Tim Reddings (formerly Brian S.)

    Uh oh…come on Hughes.

  • Adam

    OK that is awesome about Angel Hernandez…

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

    All of Hughes’ pitches to Andino have been up before that slider. Just something to be weary of.

  • Cy Pettitte

    those Kays are hilarious

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

    Gotta get Hardy here Hughesy.

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

    Suzyn is complaining that Hughes is “already” in the mid 80s in pitches in the 5th. Isn’t that like REALLY good?

    • Need Pitching & Hitting

      Not really, but its not horrible either. 75 through 5 would be good. 85+ is likely just 6 inning+ pace.

    • IPK for Tim Reddings (formerly Brian S.)

      It’s about average I suppose.

    • Countryclub

      If you figure 15 pitches per inning is acceptable, you’d like him to finish 5 at 75 or less.

      • Mike N

        Yeah, I always figure 15 per inning is the benchmark for “good”, with substantially fewer being “great” and substantially more being “poor”.

  • Kempire Strikes Back

    Is Phil getting fatigued?

  • Widget

    was hoping for a better outing from Hughes. I should have known better. Can’t wait to watch a piece of garbage like Randy Wolf shutdown the Yankees for the rest of this game.

    • The Real Greg

      What 5IP 1R isn’t good enough. If he gets through the next inning it becomes a quality start.

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

      A solo homer and 4 singles through 5 w/ no walks and a pitch count in the mid 80s? I’ll take it.

    • jjyank

      1 run in 5 IP is so terrible, I know. Might as well turn the game off now, it’s already over, even though the Yankees are winning.

      Are we watching the same game?

    • 28 this year

      He’s through five innings with giving up 1 run. He had one bad inning and even then, its not that bad. WTF do you expect from a pitcher, a fucking, -1.00 ERA?

    • Bunt Gardner

      What exactly were you expecting?

      • Adam

        Anything short of a perfect game and 10 runs from the offense will lead to complaining from some insufferable fans…

  • Chilango

    Stop them here Phil

  • Mike N

    YESSSSSSSSSSSSS!!!!!! HUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUGE!!!!!!!!!

  • jjyank

    Nasty slider there. Good job Hughes.

  • Cy Pettitte

    very nice, Phil

  • Chilango

    BIG K. Now let’s get him some runs.

  • IPK for Tim Reddings (formerly Brian S.)

    This slutter of his. Is this the out pitch we have been looking for?

    • Cy Pettitte

      looks like it, much more effective than fastball/curve to the righties and when he misses with it he misses away and off the plate so he doesn’t get burned

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

      Could be. However I’d be weary to signing Hughes long term if he re-adds the slider to his arsenal. I mean the pitching instructors in the minors got rid if it because they were afraid it could eventually damage his elbow.

      • IPK for Tim Reddings (formerly Brian S.)

        He’s 25 now though. As long as he doesn’t throw it 30% of the time I don’t see why there would be a problem.

  • Need Pitching & Hitting

    More runs please. It is Randy Wolf pitching, after all.

  • The Troll

    The question is, can Randy Wolf of all people, shut down a AAAA lineup?

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

    Chris “still better than Ichiro” Dickerson.

    • Cy Pettitte

      Ichrio: “wait how did he get to 1st base when he didn’t swing the bat?”

  • The Real Greg

    Brian S, Your boy McCallister isn’t doing well of late

    • IPK for Tim Reddings (formerly Brian S.)

      Still better than Nova.

  • Cy Pettitte

    where’s Balkin’ Bob when you need him?

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

    Seriously..I still don’t understand why you don’t let a fast guy like Dickerson try to steal as opposed to bunting?

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

      Can’t run against Wieters.

      • jjyank

        Also tougher to get a lead sometimes with a lefty on the mound.

  • Kempire Strikes Back

    Bunt? BUNT???

  • The Real Greg

    I kind of question that, but let’s see what happens.

  • The Troll

    I think we all have to be happy with Jayson Nix . . . . Now if only they had kept DeWayne Wise! Two bench players that I’ve always appreciated.

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

    Wow…Wolf is incredibly slow to the plate.

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

    Jeter really put a charge in that, but just hit it to the wrong place.

  • Kempire Strikes Back

    Jeter is not a legitimate leader.

    /The Dictator’d

  • IPK for Tim Reddings (formerly Brian S.)

    Fucking bunt really?

  • Cy Pettitte

    Swish!

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

    Not clutch because we had a lead.

  • Need Pitching & Hitting

    Garbage. Time.

  • AaronGuielWithASmile

    Yanks are Playing The Game The Right Way

  • Mike N

    YESSSSSSSSSSS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    I knew we would get to Wolf! He stinks!

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

    Garbage time hit. Just an insurance run? Pffft.

  • jjyank

    Garbage time!

  • The Real Greg

    It worked!

  • Effthisnoise

    Gaaaaaarbage

  • Nathan

    Ya gotta ask for time there, Robbie.

  • Mike N

    I missed that. What did Lane say to Cano after the first pitch?

  • Cy Pettitte

    yuck, that was not a pretty AB Robbie…

  • Effthisnoise

    Wow robbie

  • Kempire Strikes Back

    That was a despicable at bat by Robbie.

  • The Troll

    What the hell is going on with Cano lately? I hate to take a page out of Stuart A’s playbook but, Cano with men on and Cano without seem to be two entirely different players . . .

  • Cy Pettitte

    Hughes looks like he may be running out of gas

  • Chilango

    Let’s not return the favor with walks Phil.

  • Mike N

    Don’t like lead-off walks…

  • The Real Greg

    Bullpen will be up and getting ready.

  • Need Pitching & Hitting

    Short leash please

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

    Damnit Philbert, get your head on straight.

  • Chilango

    Don’t leave him in too long.

  • Need Pitching & Hitting

    He needs to come out. Now.

  • AaronGuielWithASmile

    Ruh-roh

  • Mike N

    Are they ready in the pen????

  • The Real Greg

    This will be his last batter. He is not facing Mark Reynolds again.

    • Need Pitching & Hitting

      you were saying?

      unprepared

  • IPK for Tim Reddings (formerly Brian S.)

    Dammit Hughes.

  • EDDARD

    Once again, Joe too slow to get the pen going. This is September. The hooks must be quicker. Hughes struggled last inning. Now the lead will be gone.

  • Cy Pettitte

    leaving him in the face Reynolds…..

    • Cy Pettitte

      to face*

  • Effthisnoise

    Joe slow with the hook

  • Kramerica Industries

    Christ almighty, Phil.

  • Chilango

    Shit. Here we gooooooo

  • JobaWockeeZ

    He’s in there against Reynolds? This has two outcomes. HR or K.

    • Mike N

      Yep.

  • IPK for Tim Reddings (formerly Brian S.)

    Game is on the line right now. Please put in someone good.

  • jjyank

    Fuck.

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

    …fuck.

  • EDDARD

    Girardi just cost us the game.

    • jjyank

      No, Hughes did.

      • Need Pitching & Hitting

        Girardi helped. No way in hell Hughes should have faced Reynolds there. Girardi was unprepared.

        • JobaWockeeZ

          I wouldn’t say unprepared because this was like adding 1 + 1, I would say too trusting.

        • jjyank

          I just always blame the player for poor execution more than the manager, as a rule of thumb.

      • JobaWockeeZ

        It’s equally their fault. Hughes for giving meatballs and Girardi for being oblivious that Hughes continually serves up HRs.

  • Kramerica Industries

    MOTHERFUCKER

  • Cy Pettitte

    fucking knew that was coming. disgusting.

  • Mike N

    NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • AaronGuielWithASmile

    Well, fuck.

  • Need Pitching & Hitting

    Fucking Girardi.

    Way to fucking fall asleep at the wheel.

  • Big Members Only (formerly RI$P FTW)

    John & Suzyn were right.

  • Jag

    Ugh

  • JobaWockeeZ

    Who didn’t see this coming? Hughes sucks.

  • The Real Greg

    Then that is Girardi. A costly mistake.

  • 28 this year

    Fuck

  • Nathan

    #NotAnAce

    • Big Members Only (formerly RI$P FTW)

      5 runs? That’s an RAB ace. He shut them down…after giving up 5 runs. By exiting the game.

  • IPK for Tim Reddings (formerly Brian S.)

    Of course.

  • The Troll

    This game’s strictly on Girardi.

  • Effthisnoise

    And this loss will hang completely on Girardi, what an effing idiot

  • Widget

    Brilliant job all around team. Between Hughes being garbage, the offense being it’s typical garbage self, and of course the manager that apparently fell asleep.

    Just choke out the division already.

    • jjyank

      I’d rather they don’t choke out anything. But I wouldn’t expect anything else from one of your comments.

      • Widget

        I don’t want them to gag either, but what evidence have they shown since the all star break to make you think otherwise? It feels inevitable.

        • jjyank

          They got a month to get healthy and find a groove. It’s well within the realm of possibility.

          Speaking of which, it’s entirely possible that the Yankees lose this game and still win the division.

  • xnyles

    Fuck Girardi. You can’t have this guy Mark Reynolds all over the plate. Brush him back. God dammit.

    • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

      Uh, they did. Then he hit his first bomb 2 pitches later

  • Adam

    Eh, we have more runs coming against Wolf.

  • Kramerica Industries

    And this is also why the idea that Phil can control when he gives up home runs is a hideously flawed argument.

    That three run shot just changed this entire game. Unreal.

    • jjyank

      I don’t think the concept is THAT flawed. Limiting baserunners is a skills. If a pitcher doesn’t walk many and has good K numbers, it seems possible. Hughes has had plenty of games where that was true. But this is baseball, nothing is consistant.

    • JobaWockeeZ

      How? Not allowing HRs is a skill.

      • Kramerica Industries

        Not allowing HRs is a skill, but it is not a skill to be able to only allow HRs with the bases empty.

        Ivan Nova gave up 14 HRs last year, all solo shots. You don’t think stuff like that is sustainable, right?

  • The Real Greg

    So you all want him fired?

    • The Troll

      Greg. STFU. For god’s sake, STFU. Your mind is a minefield of inebriated schizophrenics. You are insane. Baseball is not your forte.

  • Mike N

    Well, at least Wolf stinks, so if we keep it to two runs, that is far from insurmountable.

  • Chilango

    Saw this one coming a fucking mile away. It’s on Girardi

  • EDDARD

    That pen should have been up and ready after Phil was clearly off last inning. Once it was 1st and 3rd no outs, a reliever should have been brought in. This is September. You don’t just sit around and let tired pitches give up HRs.

  • Hoss

    I am sorry, but not even a visit to the mound? That is the kind of sequence that defines poor coaching and managing.

  • stuart a

    don’t worry Cano will come up big when it counts……………..

  • C

    Don’t worry guys, we have Chavez-Ibanez-Martin due up in the bottom of the 6th.

  • wow

    too little too late. he was obviously gassed and this joke of a lineup won’t do anything about it.

  • The Real Greg

    ENOUGH WITH THE EXAGGERATED NEGATIVITY.

    It’s over. Can’t be changed.

    • Kramerica Industries

      This kind of logic can be expanded into almost everything one does in life.

      And if it is, then it basically defeats the purpose of ever criticizing or getting mad/annoyed/angry over, well, anything.

      Phrased succinctly – the logic sucks.

  • Mike N

    I wonder if companies like AT&T should want to be associated with “The Call to the Bullpen”?

  • Will The Thrill

    I honestly won’t miss Phil Hughes if he isn’t on the Yankees in 2013. Flyball pitchers have no business pitching for the Yankees.

    • Reggie C.

      He’s a relative cheap 4 starter and yes Hughes will be back in 2013. I doubt he’s back in 2014 if a small bidding war breaks out.

  • Kevin

    Dum managing by Girardi..the minute the RBI single scored he should have been yanked.

  • The Real Greg

    the fact that Eppley’s in against the lefty tells me that something might have malfunctioned between the bullpen and the dugout.

  • Nathan

    I hope the Yankees dont count on Hughes for more than the #4 or #5 slot next year.

    • Travis L.

      What if we use Hughes as a late inning reliever? Sabathia, Kuroda, Pettitte, Phelps and Nova or a competition of Nova, Banuelos (if healthy), Marshall, Nuno, Hall. That would actually give us a decent bullpen with Robertson, Hughes, Soriano, Rivera, Whitley and Logan…among others.

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

    Three lefties in the bullpen and not one came in to face Davis? Did Joe fall asleep or something?

    • The Real Greg

      I wonder if there was an error in communication between the bullpen and the dugout.

      Like the WS with LaRussa in Texas.

    • Mike N

      Inexplicable.

    • Hoss

      Mike, When Joe wakes up give us a call. It’s tough having the 3rd or 4th best manager in the DIVISION.

  • Chilango

    Now the soft underbelly of Eppley and Rapada.

  • King George

    This is all on Girardi. You knew Phil was gassed two batters into the inning.

    • Chilango

      He labored in the 5th for fuck’s sake. How many times has Girardi done this with Hughes? Ridiculous.

  • Mike N

    Eppley should not be on a major league roster. He is just fucking horrendous. Why not bring in Joba with no men on base?

    • C

      I don’t care how many men are on base, you don’t want Joba in a 2-run game.

    • Chilango

      Because Joba gives up a buttload of HRs. Joba’s a mop up guy.

    • Mike N

      This bullpen is just so fucking weak in the middle…

    • IPK for Tim Reddings (formerly Brian S.)

      Because Joba is terrible?

  • Kevin

    Hughes needs to be traded in the offseason..period.

    • JobaWockeeZ

      He’s a free agent. But don’t worry he’ll get a fat contract and you can resume your wishes of him being traded.

      • Need Pitching & Hitting

        He’s not a free agent. He has one more year of arbitration.

        • JobaWockeeZ

          What? Really? I saw comments saying he’s out. What a killjoy.

    • Reggie C.

      Cashman won’t get anything of value for Hughes. Not a starter. Not a ready pitching prospect. Not a cheap, cost controlled bat. Why trade a 4/5 starter with no health issues?

  • stuart a

    can eppley ever throw a clean iining?

    the guy gets a pass and he has been bad for at least 60 games….

  • stuart a

    joba or eppley they both suck.. move phelps to the pen, he can be your bridge to robertson and soriano….phelps and logan are there best bridges and neither of those guys are stanton/mendoza….

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

    According to Suzyn, Alex is coming back tomorrow and he’s bringing presents!!!!

    • AaronGuielWithASmile

      OF ALL THE DRAMATIC THINGS!!

    • Hoss

      His “special balls”?

  • The Real Greg

    I wonder if Girardi wanted Eppley to get up for Reynolds, but do to some error the call never got to the bullpen until it was too late.

    • Mike N

      I hope so.

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

      Rothschild didn’t even make a trip to the mound before they faced him.

      • Mike N

        How did he not go to the mound right after the lead-off walk to (1) talk to Hughes and (2) provide more time for the bullpen? It’s fucking malpractice!

    • Need Pitching & Hitting

      Eppley wasn’t ready in time because they didn’t start the bullpen until after the walk, and the next two batters reached on only 4 total pitches, and nobody thought to visit the mound to stall for time.

  • Mike N

    Let’s hit Wolf! He stinks!!

  • Will The Thrill

    The Yankees need a more experienced manager with better instincts. I feel like Girardi is still learning on the job sometimes. Terry Francona please.

    • jjyank

      So if the Yankees collapse, you want to bring in a guy who also managed a team that epically collapsed just last year? Sound logic.

      • Will The Thrill

        Because Terry Francona was directly responsible for the collapse?

        • jjyank

          And Joe Girardi would be directly responsible for a potential collapse?

          • Mike

            Potential? The Yanks have lost 19 out of the last 42 games. THAT is a collapse.

  • The Troll

    Damn. This game got shitty in a hurry.

  • The Real Greg

    Because Girardi doesn’t usually make that mistake. He took Freddy Garcia out early in a start recently, if you recall.

  • stuart a

    hughes is 26.. he is a 4th or 5th starter, they are not trading him unless they get a nice return. giving up on young guys early is a bad strategy…

    thsi team is ancient.. kuroda is 37 and has no deal for next year. pettitte is 40 and been hurt 2 years in arow… freddy garcia is garbage…. they are not giving up a 26 year old because he imploded in the 6th inning of game 130ish…

    • Need Pitching & Hitting

      they should give him a 5 year 120M extension…. and throw him a parade…..he doesn’t have any rbis…..

    • JobaWockeeZ

      You’re defending Hughes? You? Of all people?

  • Widget

    I hope they lose already so they won’t lose in playoffs lol. I like Jackson’s nose!

    • The Troll

      Michael Jackson?

      “You’re ignorant.”

  • AaronGuielWithASmile

    Kill Girardi all you want (and I agree, he should’ve given Hughes a quicker hook,) but the ultimate responsibility here still lands on the pitcher who completely fell off a cliff after 90 pitches.

  • stuart a

    yankees issue is the offense sucks…they have not bashed often this year….

    wolf in for the starter was a blessing with the yanks lefty reliance.. this is a platoon roster………

  • Matt

    That implosion was no shock to anybody except Hughes and Martin.

    It was obvious that by the second time through the order the Baltimore hitters knew what was coming every at bat. They just weren’t able to quite square it up until Hughes started making mistakes in location the third time through.

    Every time he got the second strike on a right-handed batter, Hughes threw a slider down and away. Hitters were spitting on the tough 0-2 slider, and waiting for him to come back with a fastball on the inner half. The few times that he doubled up, the hitters nearly fell over swinging and missing.

    Against Markakis, he threw 4 straight changeups in the same spot down and away in 1 AB. He made a good pitch, but he was waiting for it and wasn’t fooled. A straight changeup is useless if you don’t change it off of anything.

    Reynolds knew he wasn’t going to get a fastball in that last AB. Every time that Hughes gave up a hit on his fastball, he threw all offspeed the next AB. He sat back and got a hanger, which maybe he fouls back if Hughes had set it up with a fastball. Reynolds swings through a ton of fastballs, and he only hit a mistake in his previous at bat.

    I’m sure the Baltimore hitters can see the same things that I’m seeing. It’s not a shock, to anyone but this battery, that Hughes got smacked around once the hitters had seen him enough to hit the pitches they knew were coming.

  • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

    Nice stroke Chavez E. Chavez

  • stuart a

    i pinch hit for ibanez right now..

  • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

    I have come to bring 4 runs.

    Then I’ll leave again

  • stuart a

    get ayala in the game. pinch hit moron………….

  • The Real Greg

    Well anyway, I;m sure the reporters will ask him about it in post game and we will see what he says.

    • Hoss

      Real Greg,
      Here is how the reporters will ask:
      “Joe, How great is it that you have guys that give it all that they have? How hard is it for you to have the heart of your team injured? How fantastic is it to have Dickerson and Nunny come up and give you a boost”?
      Yah, they ask all of the right questions. If only they asked the right questions. If only we had a competent GM and manager.

  • Chilango

    What is Ibañez doing still in the game?

  • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

    Russell ya-ya. Let’s go.

  • Mike N

    C’mon, Russell!

  • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

    Bullschnickers

  • The Troll

    Ok. Time to cut both Ibanez and Jones. Put in Musty, FuckyFucky, and some other outfielder bat.

    • The Troll

      Add Martin to that mix. ANYONE would be better than him. BRING BACK THE FIST!!!

  • Mike N

    fuuuuck

  • wow

    the joke lineup strikes again. surprise, surprise.

  • stuart a

    giradi is fucking idiot. could have gotten the starter out fo the game and gotten ayala in the game. andrus jones sucks but I do not care you want wold out and ayala in.

    bad non move girardi… ibanez is under 200 way under against lefties……..

    • Need Pitching & Hitting

      the starter has been out of the game for three innings…..

    • jjyank

      Ayala? Have you been drinking, stuart?

  • IPK for Tim Reddings (formerly Brian S.)

    Russlol Martin

  • EDDARD

    Notice how Buck had Ayala throwing in the pen for Nix and Jeter. If that ball by Martin goes through to center Wolf pitches to Ichiro then he’s out. One manager is thinking ahead, the other is asleep at the wheel in the most critical series of the year.

  • stuart a

    martin sucks that is a given. girardi bad non move a huge mistake not pinch hitting for ibanez there. newsflash girardi the 8th and 9th are strong for the orioles.. you play more depereate earlier in the game you fu-kin idiot….

    • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan

      girardi is a sack….oh sh-t…..
      …………………
      ……

      ……….

  • Kramerica Industries

    While we’re at it, I would like to tender a hearty thanks to the Blue Jays for showing up and playing today.

    Although, in truth, that just might be a team tarring the hell out of Rickey Romero like they’re supposed to.

  • Cy Pettitte

    Epply against Markakis, this should end well.

  • Effthisnoise

    This offense can’t come back from this. Clueless joe cost the yanks this game. Hughes should have been pulled when he walked The lead off hitter. Def should not have pitched to a guy that took him deep last AB.

  • The Real Greg

    Again, Girardi usually doesn’t make that mistake which leads me to believe that something went haywire between the dugout and bullpen.

    Also part of the blame has to go to Rothschild for not taking the initiative to go out there.

    • Need Pitching & Hitting

      Girardi can tell him to go.
      That fuck up is 100% Girardi.

      • The Real Greg

        Not until we know all the facts.

        • Need Pitching & Hitting

          What facts?
          The bullpen can’t get ready in the span of 4 pitches.

    • Mike N

      He should have gone out to talk to Hughes as soon as he walked the lead-off.

  • Widget

    No matter how many pep talks or closed door meetings Girardi can give, it doesn’t change the fact that Martin sucks and this team is flat.

  • Mike N

    Still Eppley???

  • Need Pitching & Hitting

    It’s almost like Eppley can’t get lefties out.
    If only they had extra relievers in the bullpen.

  • Hoss

    Even the announcers on YES are starting to question Joe’s moves. This is truly pathetic.

  • Cy Pettitte

    fuck Girardi. he over-manages every games that we’re losing 6-0 or something like that then in a close game that we were winning he does nothing. what an utter shithead.

  • Chilango

    Girardi overmanages with his mix and match bullshit then leaves Hughes in way too long, and doesn’t pinch hit for Ibañez. Go figure

    • Kramerica Industries

      Seems like Ibanez is facing a LHP in big spots multiple times a week.

      I understand not PHing for him in the 4th – that’s early. The 6th, as the tying run? Not so much.

  • Adam

    Out of curiosity, do you all enjoy making the game threads entirely unenjoyable? And if so, will you disappear when the team gets on a roll again?

    • The Real Widget

      game threads are dumb. It’s far more enjoyable to ruin them and watch as everyone whines about other people whining.

    • jjyank

      These threads get ugly real fast when the team is losing.

      • The Troll

        They get ugly when the losing could have very well been prevented . . .

        • jjyank

          I was speaking generally. Any loss has an ugly game thread.

          • Adam

            And that is kind of the point. There are 162 freakin games. Even the best team is going to lose some. Thankfully we get to watch a team that wins a whole heck of a lot more than loses.

            • jjyank

              Preaching to the choir with me.

    • The Troll

      On behalf of trolls everywhere, I kindly request that you GFY. Thank you, your adherence is thoroughly appreciated.

      • Adam

        Charming. And just as well thought out as your baseball-related comments.

    • Chilango

      So like uh what. You want something like this: hey too bad about Hughes in the 6th. And he was doing so well. Well, you can’t win em all. And it’s just a game, after all.

      • Adam

        There are legitimate criticisms and then there is just complaining and wild, illogical blather. Legitimate questions and discussion are fun and part of being a fan. The other side of the coin is tired, silly and just self-aggrandizing. I would be more than happy to see lots of the former rather than the latter.

  • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

    ANALOGY:

    Joe Girardi is to Cody Eppley as

    Joe Torre is to Scott Proctor

  • The Real Widget

    Hey hey look at that someone pretending to be me. Oh my so funny. You guys are hilarious!!!!!!!

  • stuart a

    why leave ibanez in the game. sure andruw will probably get out but you get ayala in the game.. HE SUCKS AND IS A RIGHTY.

    can’t believe girardi fucking up like this. he is usually a good manager….

    on the hughes front after jones gets a hit i am taking hughes out……for sure after the wieters hit. BAD BAD GIRARDI.

    rapada the great fielder is in the gam enow..cool.remember that game we gave away…now it really hurts….

    • IPK for Tim Reddings (formerly Brian S.)

      They could put in Pearce instead of Andruw because of how bad Jones is.

  • EDDARD

    If this 10 game lead is lost Girardi should go as Francona did. There’s no excuse for falling asleep on the job in the 5th inning of the biggest series of the year.

  • EDDARD

    Now Girardi does his job, after the damage is already done.

  • Mike N

    Now Joba comes in with a runner in scoring position?????

    • stuart a

      who else do the yhave? no one.. pileing on Giradi now is sunday morning nonsense..

      he should have pinch hit for Ibanez and taken Hughes out, joba or some other sack of sh-t does it matter…………

  • Effthisnoise

    Now the over managing. I guarantee joba gives up a run here

  • Kevin

    Girardi should be fired if we miss the playoffs. No other manager will fall asleep at the wheel with a lead that big.

  • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan

    Do September call-ups also include managers, or just players?

  • RBC

    Can’t Girardi leave Rapada in for an inning?

    • stuart a

      rapada sucks. righties kill him. the answer is no……..

      • jjyank

        Reply buttons FTW!

  • AaronGuielWithASmile

    Remember when we thought that Joba would be a savior this summer?

  • Chilango

    Joba. WRISP. Oh boy

  • Effthisnoise

    Jobs is so fat. Good lord dude

  • Kempire Strikes Back

    I left for like 20 minutes to eat lunch. What the fuck happened?

    • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan

      20 minutes went by…

      • Kempire Strikes Back

        You’re right……

        • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan

          On a serious note…you’re better off not knowing. It will just make it hurt more.

          • Kempire Strikes Back

            I’m thinking the same thing. Now back to my lentejas.

  • Effthisnoise

    Joba Is so fat. Good lord dude

  • The Troll

    I’m not the only one that despises the one pitcher-one batter phenomenon am I?

  • Karl Krawfid

    1 pitch pitcher.

  • Chilango

    All sliders. afraid to throw the heat?

    • AaronGuielWithASmile

      I think that last fastball gave us all some insight into the pitch selection

  • Cy Pettitte

    phew…

  • AaronGuielWithASmile

    Dickerson!!! Wow!

  • Karl Krawfid

    Holy shit Dickerson.

  • Mike N

    WE LOVE DICK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • EDDARD

    Without Dickerson we’d be losing 7-0.

  • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan

    Chris Dickerson 6 years, $80 million. Do it, Ca$h.

  • Need Pitching & Hitting

    CDick!!!
    Saving Joba’s useless ass.

    • stuart a

      joba cannot locate his fastball at all. they leak over the plate every time.. like the hughes first homer to reynolds..

      yanks come back to win a game in the 9th.. not happened this year but do not worry we have Cano and his clutchness on our side…

      Cano gets a pass on his performance no diea why…

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

    So why did the Yankees trade for Ichiro again? Oh right, name value.

    • The Real Greg

      So you want Cashman fired?

      Enough of these criticisms are going to lean you in that direction.

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

        As I’ve said literally every time you ask me if I want someone fired, no. Disagreeing with a move doesn’t mean I want someone fired. Please get that through your thick fucking skill already, I’m not saying it again.

        • The Real Greg

          But as I pointed out, enough of these criticisms seem to push you in that direction.

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

            Just because you disagree with someone doesn’t mean you want him fired. I disagreed with co-workers at my old job all the time, apart from maybe one of them I didn’t want them fired.

      • IPK for Tim Reddings (formerly Brian S.)

        You can be critical of the front office without wanting someone to be fired.

      • Hoss

        YESSSSSS! Please, I have been calling for this for years. The guy is one of the worst GMs in baseball. Please get rid of this fool who has relied on the cushion of a huge pocketbook to make monumental mistakes.

    • IPK for Tim Reddings (formerly Brian S.)

      I bet they made a lot of money with Ichiro jerseys and increased Japanese interest.

    • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

      I keep asking myself the same thing…..just keep reminding myself outfield range…outfield range….

    • RBC

      +1

    • Kramerica Industries

      Well, being on a contending team would rejuvenate his bat.

      Right?

      Right?

  • Hoss

    And thank you, Brian Cashman, for leaving Dickerson at Empire State all season.

  • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

    I know it’s only one game….

    it looks like Dickerson has put it all together to become at the very least a 75% playing time player. They need to bring him back next year.

    • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan

      Agree. Dick put on his man panties ever since he took Felix deep last season.

  • Charles

    Anyone else think that having Dickerson get more time than Jones down the stretch wouldn’t be a bad thing? He can run/play D and actually seems to play like he wants to be here.

    • Chilango

      Easy, I’d give anyone more time than Jones.

      • The Troll

        Cody Eppeley with a bat is better than Jones.

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

    If somebody doesn’t hit for Ichiro or C-Dick I’m going to assume that Joe’s throwing in the towel.

    • IPK for Tim Reddings (formerly Brian S.)

      I think I would rather have Dickerson up than Jones.

  • Mike N

    Wolf is still in there. HIT HIM!!!!!!!!

  • AaronGuielWithASmile

    I know that the Yankees don’t exactly have the A+ lineup out there, but 2 runs off Randy fucking Wolf really isn’t too much to ask.

  • The Troll

    Damn. Apparently I missed a spectacular catch. In all seriousness, though, why was the Dick NOT brought up earlier? He clearly possesses an assortment of valuable tools that the Major League club could’ve utilized. Why trade for an Ichiro when you have a solid Dick waiting to burst out and pop up to the bigs? A big Dick is better than a farm Dick. Am I right or am I right?!

    • AaronGuielWithASmile

      I assume roster flexibility was the reason (although I agree, Dickerson looks a lot more useful than Ichiro or Jones right now.)

  • Chilango

    We can’t hit Randy fucking Wolf?

  • Mike N

    I wonder if Ichiro’s swing has alwayed looked so spazzy? Even when he hit that home run one of his first games as a Yank, he looked like he was swinging a broom at a pigeon or something.

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

    Not exactly a banner day for Girardi. No idea how all the RHB are on the bench while Wolf enters his fourth inning of work.

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

      But Suzuki got a lucky hit so apparently the process is fine because the results work out.

      • Mike N

        It looked he was halfway to checking his swing, and then was all like, “Fuck it”.

    • Tom

      The beauty is if you look at Chris Tillman’s splits, you have to wonder why there were so many lefties in the starting lineup to begin with.

      But the guy throws with his right hand, so the actual performance doesn’t matter.

  • Mike N

    WOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Karl Krawfid

    What! He takes out Dickerson!

  • EDDARD

    That’s why they got Ichiro, he’s a professional hitter. Jones for Dickerson? Are you kidding me?

  • Need Pitching & Hitting

    Keep Ibanez in and PH for Dickerson …smfh.

    • Tom

      Well at least now Girardi has Jones glove in the OF now to go with Ibanez.

      Girardi has made a lot of mistakes this game, starting with the lineup and the inability to grasp the concept of platooning.

      (And to the Girardi apologist out there, no I don’t want him fired)

  • AaronGuielWithASmile

    So Ichiro stays in and Dickerson gets pinch hit? Gimme a break!

    • AaronGuielWithASmile

      I actually meant Ibanez, but the complaint’s valid either way.

      I’m usually a big Girardi defender, but I dunno wtf he’s doing today.

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

    Hahaha, Pitch F/X actually recognizes the eephus pitch as a real pitch?

  • Kramerica Industries

    Only logic with Andruw has to be that he’s due.

    That .138 BA since the ASB is just unsightly.

  • Matt

    Wow. Jones has been so bad lately that Showalter is leaving in a soft tossing lefty to face him. That really shows you something.

  • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

    I hate this textbook move.

    Prove me wrong Andruw

  • Effthisnoise

    Great move joe

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

    Why is everbody freaking out that C-Dick got pinch hit for against a LHP?

    • Matt

      Probably because that pinch hitter is hitting .138/.222/.250 in 80 AB since the all star break?

      • The Real Greg

        No.

        Everybody was freaking out because Dickerson was having a good day and he PH for him.

        Hypocrisy at its best.

        • Matt

          Dickerson is a much better hitter than Ichiro at this point in their careers. It is not hypocritical at all.

          To you, everyone who has anything negative to say is a hypocrite. Except it’s actually you who can’t read, and twists everything in his own head until it sounds nothing like what was actually said.

      • Matt

        In 78 career AB vs LHP, Dickerson by comparison is hitting .244/.330/.308

    • Need Pitching & Hitting

      Because CDick is actually having a good game. Because Jones sucks. Because he didn’t PH for Ibanez. Or Ichiro. Both of whom were more logical to be PH for than Dickerson.

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

        Jones does suck, using him is a terrible move, but Dickerson’s career against LHP isn’t exactly impressive.

    • AaronGuielWithASmile

      It’s not so much that he pinch hit Dickerson, it’s that he declined to go to Jones again and again, waiting until the one lefty in the lineup who’s actually done anything today.

    • jjyank

      Because a good game suddenly has the more reactionary commenters on here proclaiming him a savior, how dare he be pinch hit for.

      Whatever.

    • Chilango

      It was JONES

  • The Troll

    HOLY FUCKING SHIT. Gire Girardi has JUST become a serious movement. No excuses today. NONE. Most important series of the year and he pulls this dumb ass shit. Can Cashman, Levine, or Steinbrenner bench Girardi? C’mon! This is getting to be re-god-damn-diculous!

    • The Troll

      GIRE Girardi!

      Gire the bastard!

  • EDDARD

    I can’t believe Joe took out Dickerson for Jones. And in the on deck circle pinch hitting for Derek Jeter….Frankie Cervelli!

  • Need Pitching & Hitting

    Well that was definitely worthwhile. Take out the one guy having a good game. Makes perfect sense. Glad they were able to keep Ibanez in the game.

  • The Real Greg

    The hypocrisy about the pinch hitting being shown on this site is incredible.

    • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan

      Your mom’s incredible.

      • The Real Greg

        Thank you. You are so childish that you had to reach for a “your mom” joke. I now know that I can kick your ass.

        • The Troll

          Wait a second . . . Greg, you’re kidding me, right? Did you ACTUALLY just say that? I refuse to believe that I just read that. Any fraction, any modicum of credibility that you MAY have had has been entirely terminated. It’s BECAUSE of that comment that I now know that sodomizing you would be a terribly unholy pleasure. Always watch your back, Greg.

        • Kempire Strikes Back

          OH SHIT. WE’VE GOT A KEYBOARD WARRIOR ON OUR HANDS!

      • The Troll

        Agreed. Your mom was so delightfully dirty last night.

    • Need Pitching & Hitting

      What hypocrisy?
      Wanting shitty hitters who have done nothing and can’t hit lefties to be PH for, but not wanting a hitter who is actually being productive to be PH for isn’t hypocrisy, it’s common sense.

      Something Girardi has showed a disturbing lack of today.

      • The Real Greg

        Raul said he wanted C-Dick to be pinch hit for.

        • Need Pitching & Hitting

          Newsflash: Different people have different opinions.

  • Chilango

    Jones swings for the fences and pops up, of course.

  • IPK for Tim Reddings (formerly Brian S.)

    Why does Girardi allow Ibanez to bat twice against Wolf but pulls Dickerson when he is having a great day?

  • Cy Pettitte

    sacrificing his body for the team. profesional baseball player.

    • Mike N

      You mean his shirt button?

  • AaronGuielWithASmile

    Haha, I’ll take it. Way to lean in there Nix.

  • Mike N

    Remember yesterday’s seventh!!!!!!!!!!!!! AGAIN!!!!!!!!!

  • Chilango

    Yanks catch a break let’s go

  • AaronGuielWithASmile

    Did Ayala throw 95 when he was on the Yankees? I remember him being serviceable, but not a flamethrower.

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

      No. He didn’t, I remember 90-93

  • Cy Pettitte

    you gotta be fucking kidding me Jeter.

  • Mike N

    gahh

  • Kramerica Industries

    Anything but a double play.

    Mother-fucking-fucker.

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

    damnit.

  • Karl Krawfid

    Don’t know how this team will hold this 2 game lead for a month.

    • The Real Greg

      Exaggerated negativity. what else is new?

      • Need Pitching & Hitting

        How is that exaggerated? It’s going to be very difficult. I think they can do it, but they need to get some guys healthy.

      • The Troll

        Greg, you are the biggest “troll” on this site. I am passing the crown unto you.

        • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan

          This.

      • Matt

        Yes, because playing .500 baseball for two months is clearly too small a sample size to take notice. You are insane.

    • 15 Day DL

      They won’t…

  • IPK for Tim Reddings (formerly Brian S.)

    They can’t really be sending Joba back out there right?

  • EDDARD

    Alex better be back tomorrow and Teixera for that Baltimore series. If not, we’ll be down 2 by the end of that stretch. They say managers don’t add many wins during the season but ours certainly added a loss today.

  • The Real Greg

    Good night inmates. The madness has taken over the asylum once again.

    • The Troll

      What is an asylum but a place to contain the madness? Good night Greg. 3:45 PM and off to bed. I’m impressed.

    • Matt

      Isn’t it ironic that you call everyone else a hypocrite?

  • Chilango

    Joba again? Saving DRob for matinee tomorrow.

  • Need Pitching & Hitting

    Take him out please. Before this gets out of hand.

  • EDDARD

    I think Joe wants to take the heat off of himself so he’s sending Joba out there to make sure it’s a blowout.

    • JohnnyC

      He succeeded.

  • Cy Pettitte

    Girardi: “I have no interest in try to keep this game close after I already blew it”

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

      Which is why I’m pretty sure he’s going to CORY WADE in a two run game.

      • Need Pitching & Hitting

        I would much prefer that to Joba.

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

          Both are terrible. I’d prefer neither.

  • Matt

    The Orioles have a good bullpen. You can’t blow leads in the middle innings and expect to have a good chance of still salvaging that game.

    If they lose this game, they are in big time trouble. You can’t deny that anymore, because there is no guarantee that A-Rod with 2 rehab games under his belt and Granderson are going to save this team when they go into Tampa and Baltimore. They can’t beat the other teams in the league, and now they can’t beat their division foes either with how they are playing right now. How are they going to make up for these losses? They could be in the 2nd wild card spot by the middle of the week if they don’t start playing with a new kind of intensity, and that includes the last few innings of this game.

    If they keep playing like this, there is no guarantee that they make the playoffs either. This is not a slump, this is .500 baseball for 2 months straight. They are legitimately bad right now, and no guarantee that it will change.

  • Need Pitching & Hitting

    Give Wade a shot. There’s at least some chance he might be good.

    • Tom

      +1

      Joba needs work to hopefully get his command back, but a 2 run game against a team chasing you is not the place to do it.

  • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

    Take note:

    In case there was any question what the Yankees think of Andruw’s “superior glove,” they actually moved Ibanez FROM Right Field TO Left Field when they entered Jones in the game and put Andruw in Right.

    Statement made. Jones is pretty much useless at this point. Isn’t hitting lefties and isn’t a good fourth outfielder as envisioned.

  • Effthisnoise

    Girardi has done everything to lose this game. Now joba still in, walk and single after he should of given up a 2 run bomb last inning.

  • Mike N

    Please keep this a two-run game. PLEASE!

  • Karl Krawfid

    God damn Girardi.

  • Chilango

    Joba against Reynolds? Makes perfect sense. NOW Joe takes him out. 2 on nobody out. You saw this coming a mile away. Fuck you Girardi.

  • IPK for Tim Reddings (formerly Brian S.)

    And Joba will be magically fixed by next season?

    • The Real Widget

      It takes time for guys to come back from TJS. It’s a miracle he’s pitching at all this year.

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

    Justin Thomas making his debut in a two run game w/ runners on and no outs in a very big divisional game?! Seriously Joe…I love you but what in gods name is happening right now?!

    • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

      He knew Davis was going to take a BP fastball right don’t the middle for strike 3.

      :)

      • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

        uh…”down”

  • Jimmy Is Key To David’s Cone

    If the Yankees aren’t going to be good enough to hold onto the division, I kind of hope that they just epically collapse over the next month so that Joe can get fired. That would help the team next year, at least.

    • Need Pitching & Hitting

      Joe won’t get fired.

  • Need Pitching & Hitting

    Derek Lowe now?

  • Kramerica Industries

    Nice to see Jobber brought his stuff with him, again, today.

    I won’t be able to chime in the rest of the way, but I just gotta say it’s lovely to see this team on the verge of losing another home series against the division, and especially the Orioles. Assuming they do, that’s 14-13 at home in the division, and five out of nine series lost. Not stellar, at all.

    Oh, and only 2 up on Baltimore, and 3.5 on TB. With seven games against two coming up.

    • Matt

      Joba did bring his stuff. He just doesn’t have command because he hasn’t pitched much and has barely pitched in the last year seeing as he just had TJS. His fastball was 96 and his slider had good bite on it. What can he do if he never gets work to shake off the rust?

  • Hoss

    Anyone else here think that Andruw Jones looks/plays closer to 45 than 35?

  • AaronGuielWithASmile

    Glass-half full: if you had told me that some combination of Justin Thomas and Derek Lowe would be pitching in the 8th inning of a critical September game, I wouldn’t guess that we’d be leading the division.

  • Karl Krawfid

    Where the fuck is D-Rob?

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

      no lead no D-Rob. Duh.

  • Effthisnoise

    Lol. Girardi such a tool

  • Need Pitching & Hitting

    Can we at least find out if maybe Wade got straightened out?
    Is it necessary to keep going to Joba and Lowe so they can continue to prove they suck?

  • Cy Pettitte

    losing in the 8th: match up for every hitter
    winning in the 6th: leave Hughes in to get hammered

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

      The binder says: no matchups till the 7th inning at the earliest.

  • Matt

    Joba’s story is really more one of an inept offense.

    Of course he’s not going to be sharp with his command right away coming back from Tommy John Surgery. His stuff is excellent, but his command is off.

    Usually, you would be able to shake that rust off by pitching in lower leverage situations and getting work. However, this offense has been so terrible lately that every game has been close, even games that feel like they have been blowouts with the number of guys that have been on base.

    Joba has pitched twice in the last two weeks, when his command was already off. What do you expect?

    • Effthisnoise

      Expect him not to be brought into a game that matters this much.

    • IPK for Tim Reddings (formerly Brian S.)

      But his stuff isn’t good. He’s not getting lit up just because he has poor command.

  • Yankee in CT

    I really would like to get a detailed explanation for taking C-Dick out for ANDRUW JONES. Of course they will p*ussy*foot around Girardi in the post game. He will get defensive and bark at the reporters.

  • The Troll

    OMFG. He’s bringing in Lowe. Mike, good luck writing the gamecap for this one. On this day, I doth pity you.

  • Cy Pettitte

    so Derek Lowe is better than Cory Wade? please.

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

      Yes. But that’s like saying that being murdered than raped is better than being raped then murdered. Neither are preferable.

      • Need Pitching & Hitting

        Wade pitched well in AAA. He pitched well early in the season. He pitched well last year. I don’t have expectations, but there is at least a chance he could be good. Why not find out, instead of using pitchers that you know aren’t good?

  • Need Pitching & Hitting

    Lowe immediately gives up a hit.
    Well that is shocking.

  • Tom

    I’m hoping for the best, but this doesn’t seem like it will end well for Lowe

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

    Remember when there where mentions here of putting Lowe into the rotation…LOL

  • Mick taylor

    Girardi is an idiot. He should have had someone up in the bullpen in the 6th in case he neede to pull Hughes. Once he walked mccouth he should have yanked him. And pulling Chris dickerson for andruw jones is ridiculos. Jones should be dfa. Idiot girardi should have pinch hit Nunez if he wanted a righty bat.

  • Cy Pettitte

    my god, he’s gonna use every single guy in the pen but he couldn’t pull Hughes with the lead when he was gassed?

  • AaronGuielWithASmile

    This is not good.

  • Mike N

    Shit.

  • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan

    Yankee pitchers who wear the number 34…not that great in recent years.

  • Need Pitching & Hitting

    Expected suckiness is expected.

  • EDDARD

    LOL! 3-1 wouldn’t want to take out a tired pitcher. 6-3 deficit let’s use every damn pitcher we have for 1/3rd of an inning. Great logic.

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

      Gotta make sure we don’t use a pitcher who might actually get an out in what is still a close game though.

  • IPK for Tim Reddings (formerly Brian S.)

    LOLOWE

  • Hoss

    Worst managing I have seen this season. Period. Joe had better close the clubhouse doors today.

  • RBC

    So the Derek Lowe experiment has been a dud

  • Hummingbird S.

    Derek Lowe and Cody Eppley, why does Girardi love them so much? What a fucking moron.

  • Effthisnoise

    Girardi is a fucking clown right now. You under manage with Hughes on the mound and now its out of control. Cashman has to be seeing this and realizing this isn’t about injuries. This game was winnable with the right moves.

  • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

    Man. Good thing they won yesterday…

  • Matt

    Amazing that when the same things continue to not work for almost a month, the Yankees continue to do them. Eppley is terrible. Lowe is not a set up man. Joba’s command is not back. Yet, they refuse to try anything else, call anyone up, or even give the semblance of making an effort to turn the situation around.

    Mark Montgomery? Cory Wade? There are arms that could at least replicate what guys like Eppley and Joba are doing right now, or be better.

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

      I agree with what your saying, but to say that Wade even might be the answer is just foolish, he was getting rocked harder than Epply and Lowe before being sent down.

      • Need Pitching & Hitting

        He pitched well before that, and he pitched reasonably well in AAA. It’s worth a shot.

      • Matt

        He could be as bad as he was when he was sent down and at least be as good as Joba has been. The point is that they aren’t even TRYING anymore to fix things with the roster construction.

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

    Logan…finally a pitcher I have a modicum of confidence in.

  • Chilango

    Really haven’t seen such bad managing in a long time. Can’t wait for the postgame.

  • jsolano_NYY

    so let me get this straight girardi u lost this game for us today dude if we lose.. u leave phil hughs in to face a hot mark reynold. u dont bring in any of the leftys and leave epps in you let randy wolf just mow down the yankees with all the rightys on the bench.. u dont pinch hit for ichiro or ibanez but u fuckin pinch hit for the only yankee doing ANYTHING in chris dickerson give me a break im done. now ur bringin in derek lowe .. of course why not just open the door and let these guys take first smfh

  • The Troll

    This is actually quite impressive. The Yankees have somehow managed to out-suck each previous loss. That’s amazing considering how bad this post AS streak has been.

  • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

    Ugh….and Lou Pinella’s squeaky voice tomorrow…..

    Oh, wait. I’m blacked out on MLB network so I get Dwayne Staats….

    lose-lose

  • Jimmy Is Key To David’s Cone

    I wasn’t even watching the game when Hughes blew up in the 5th — I was listening to Kay/Singleton while doing chores. I heard the first walk, then I heard “Up and in, almost hit him there”, and I thought “Oh, great, home run on this at bat.” Then…shocking, home run. It wasn’t a hard prediction to make for anybody who has followed Hughes at all this year. When he loses his control he hits or almost hits players, and then almost immediately afterward he puts one right down the pipe.

    Then I heard Lowe was coming in with runners on 1st and 2nd and 1 out, and I thought “Oh great, look forward to the base hits.” Sure enough.

    Girardi is one of the best in the league at giving away 1-2 run games. It doesn’t help that he has such a weak bullpen, but still, the world will not end if you use D-Rob in a non-setup situation when the Yankees could really use a win. No matter what the binder says.

  • AaronGuielWithASmile

    Not for nothing, but Tex gets that ball.

  • Tom

    You got to be shitting me….

  • Cy Pettitte

    holy shit, am I watching an SNL spoof of Yankees baseball?

  • Karl Krawfid

    What the fuck is Joe doing?

  • Mike N

    This is hideous.

  • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

    Is he joking?

  • Chilango

    Hey how bout the O’s run differential…17 – 7

  • Chilango

    Hey how bout the O’s run differential…17 – 7

  • IPK for Tim Reddings (formerly Brian S.)

    Is the crowd booing Joe? Would be appropriate.

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

    Apparently Joe is managing drunk right now and I can’t take the bullpen bullshit any more. This is laughable, there have been what 6 pitchers used this inning but he didn’t have one up before the start of the 6th?

    • Betty Lizard

      This is why I don’t watch baseball “for now.”
      All I can hope is that Alex Rodriquez’ hand injury somehow give him miracle powers ….

      Help us, Obi-Wan Rodriquez.

  • Hoss

    Hey Joe, Call Cashman to activate yourself and throw a few batting practice fastballs. This is an example of how mangers can lose ballgames, so finish it off.

  • The Troll

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA! ANOTHER PITCHER!!!!!!!!! This is devastatingly hilarious.

    • The Troll

      Girardi has LOST it.

  • Matt

    Girardi is just an idiot. Period. It is nearly impossible to think otherwise at this point.

    Mixing and matching does not work unless you have 5 or 6 good arms in the pen. Girardi has 2, maybe 3 if you count Logan. One of those 3, 1 is not available today, and the other 2 he refuses to use when behind. So that leaves a grand total of ZERO good arms available in the bullpen.

    If you were going to mix and match, the only time that it would have even mattered was the 6th inning when you had a lead and could have gone to Robertson and Soriano. Once you are behind 2+ runs vs their bullpen, it’s over.

  • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan

    Not sure if Cory Wade…or Tom Morello.

  • Karl Krawfid

    Now Cano has given up.

  • Chilango

    Hey how bout that payroll differential.

    • Big Members Only (formerly RI$P FTW)

      Stop talking about it! It has no bearing on the season! TROLL!!

  • Need Pitching & Hitting

    Hey look – better than Lowe and Joba. Shocking.

  • EDDARD

    Despite not having the normal 4-5-6 hitters, this game could have been had with good managing. Joe could have maintained the lead or at very worst kept it 3-3 by having a quicker hook with Phil. Alex better be back tomorrow, Teixera in Baltimore and Granderson sometime in between or this 2 game lead is a 2 game deficit this time next week.

  • Mike N

    That may have been the most depressing inning of any game this season.

  • AaronGuielWithASmile

    I think it’s kind of hard to kill Girardi for overmanaging this inning. Neither Joba, Lowe, or Logan really made a strong case for staying in the game with runners in scoring position.

    • Mike N

      A comeback win would really lift my spirits!!

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

      What kills me though is the over managing after under managing earlier in the game. I like Hughes, but his pitches were starting to get up in the zone a little bit in the 5th, and he walked a guy after going 3-0 to lead off the 6th, but yet the bullpen didn’t get going till after two more hits. That’s just poor managing. Then to do what he did this past inning made it even more unbelievable.

      • AaronGuielWithASmile

        I agree, he should’ve given Hughes a quicker hook. But just because he stuck with Hughes for too long doesn’t mean that he should’ve stuck with Joba/Thomas/Lowe/Logan as well.

        • Need Pitching & Hitting

          True, but Joba, Thomas, and Lowe have no business being in a 2-run game to begin with.

    • Matt

      Robertson? Soriano? Girardi has options, he’s just too stubborn to use them in spots that will decide the game because it’s not “their role.”

    • Tom

      Girardi with a final thumb in the eye…

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

    The way this game is going I’m calling a 12 pitch 1-2-3 inning.

  • Big Members Only (formerly RI$P FTW)

    Everyone is jumping on Girardi because Axisa does on Twitter. Everyone’s lining up to be teacher’s pet.

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

      Axisa has a twitter? You have a twitter? Jesus how many people have one of those things?

    • Jimmy Is Key To David’s Cone

      Wrong – I have hated Girardi since 2009, when I started watching Yankees baseball again. I don’t like MLB managers generally, I think they overmanage and severely handcuff themselves by adhering to conventional wisdom re: closers, setup men, bunts, hustle, etc. Girardi is a particularly egregious example. Being an egregious example of an overmanager does not mean you cannot win — see both sides of last year’s World Series. It just means you may lose a few extra games and that you’re really frustrating to watch.

  • The Troll

    So when do the Yankees wake up? Or . . . DO they wake up at all?

  • https://twitter.com/TheVerBigMember Big Member

    C-Dick better get the start tomorrow or else some heads are gonna roll..

  • RetroRob

    Bah to this game!

  • Mike N

    Comeback win, please!

  • EDDARD

    Meredith is now reporting that Ichiro will be used as a left handed reliever next inning so Joe can mix and match one last time.

  • Effthisnoise

    This could of been such a deflating game to baltimore, the yanks winning after being so shorthanded. Now this gives baltimore their swagger back and the yanks limp into tropicana playing scared again.

  • Mick taylor

    The problem with girardi among other things iOS he gaveaway too many games when he thought the big lead would hold up by resting players too much. He had that mindset today. If the yanks had lost Saturday he would have yanked Hughes when he should have, after he walked mccouth. Instead he yanks him immediately after the home run and then uses his entire bullpen.

  • The Troll

    Stuart A’s theories holding true. Cano hits without men on . . .

    • JobaWockeeZ

      his…

      someone finish the story.

      • The Troll

        Dick (erson)?

  • Matt

    The 8th inning was going to decide the game. Yet, Girardi did not even have the slightest thought of using his best relief pitcher in David Robertson, despite the fact that he threw all of about 10 pitches yesterday and had not pitched in a few days before that.

    Clearly this game doesn’t matter. It’s not like they are playing the next closest team in the division race in September. Oh wait…

    Girardi does not have many options, but he refuses to take advantage of even the few ones he has. Earth to Clueless Joe. When your bullpen is 2 deep, you can’t have those 2 pitchers in strict roles.

    • Chilango

      But the binder says don’t use Robbie without a lead.

    • Need Pitching & Hitting

      I would argue if the bullpen is only 2 deep, it’s even more important to make sure they are available in games they have a better chance to win. This team, against the good part of the Oriole bullpen, in the 8th inning down 2 has very little chance to actually win.

      • Matt

        Then why was Girardi mixing and managing like he thought he still had a chance to win? If he thought it was over, he would have left Joba in to get clobbered.

        His moves are total contradictions. How can you not see this?

        • Need Pitching & Hitting

          There is a wide gap between giving up the game and using your best reliever. Girardi made horrible moves, but you can try to give your team a chance to win without managing like its the playoffs.

  • EDDARD

    Girardi has used 8 pitchers in this game. He used 6 of those pitchers to get 5 outs…

    • Defensive Indifference

      Yet say there on the bench reading his binder when everyone else in the world could see Phil was gassed in the 6th.

      • Defensive Indifference

        “…sat there…”

    • The Troll

      Felt like 6 pitchers for 1 out

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

    Girardi:”USE ALL THE BULLPEN ARMS!!!!!! ESPECIALLY IN MATCHUP SITUATIONS!!!!!!!!! but no…not with the bats unless the tying run is at the plate or on base.”

  • Need Pitching & Hitting

    I’m really glad Raul got 3 PA’s against LHP today. Glad they kept him in the game for his defensive value.

    • Tom

      Raul shouldn’t have even been in the starting lineup.

      Girardi just can’t figure out the concept of reverse splits for some pitchers; from there he just started compounding the mistakes.

  • Mike N

    POOPY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Tom

    Girardi with a final thumb in the eye…

  • The Troll

    Well, at least Greg went to bed. Small victories . . .

  • Matt

    They couldn’t even take a series from Toronto at home, and now they are about to lose one to an actual contender in Baltimore. Injuries are not an excuse, because every team has had them.

    Tampa lost Longoria and Joyce at the same time. Baltimore is missing one of their top starters in Hammel, has had to send down their opening day starter in Arrieta, and Brian Roberts is out. Boston at one point was missing Ellsbury, Pedroia, and Ortiz. What excuse does this pathetic bunch of losers have? .500 baseball in the second half, and that includes large stretches of having Teixeira or Teixeira and A-Rod in the lineup.

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

      Tampa Bay was under .500 while Longoria was gone, Baltimore didn’t plan to have Roberts all season anyway, and how to the Redsox factor into this, they are so far our of first their record has no bearing on us. Also one allstar in Longo doesn’t equal half the shit the Yankees have had to deal with. Saying “fuck the injuries” is just a way to say no, this has to be be SOMEONE’S FAULT!!! My selfish mind needs to put the blame on a person.

      • Matt

        The Yankees were playing .500 baseball even with Chavez more than making up for everyone’s absence. It is NOT the injuries with this team.

        You win and lose as an entire team. The Red Sox are so far out because their starting pitching is terrible, not because of injuries to their offense. The Rays played .500 ball because guys like James Shields and Matt Moore were underachieving big time earlier in the season. The Orioles have picked up the slack because other pitchers, especially in the bullpen, have stepped up.

        On this Yankees roster, other than Jeter, Kuroda, and Soriano, pretty much nobody has stepped up when players went down. Nearly every player on this team is having a down year except those three and maybe Hughes and Robertson.

  • The Troll

    Game recap for tonight:

    Yankees Suck.

    (That’s it. That’s all you have to say.)

    • The Troll

      Or: “Yankees Suck. Girardi Swallows.”

      • Big Members Only (formerly RI$P FTW)

        Why is homophobia so rampant on this site?

        • Yankee in CT

          Because everyone hates Girardi?

        • The Troll

          Newsflash, bucko . . . That’s not homophobia.

  • Hoss

    And today’s Empire State Yankee players of the game:

    1. Chris Dickerson: 2-run HR to put the Yanks in the lead, scored 3rd run after walking, several great plays in the field. Removed for pinch hitter who popped up.

    2. Justin Thomas: Retired only batter he faced. Removed for pitcher who gave up walk, hit and responsible for 2 runs scored.

    3. Cory Wade: Retired all of the batters he faced.

    Without these guys, what would the score be, Joe?

  • Need Pitching & Hitting

    Ichiro is awesome.

  • Mike N

    Adding insult to injury…

  • Tom

    A fitting final (?) batter…

  • Mike N

    Gotta staunch the bleeding!

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

    Bullshit. Terrible game all the way around.

  • Effthisnoise

    Thanks so much Joe. Now go to your post game and bullshit

  • Hoss

    Neither Lowe nor Chamberlain should play unless the team is up or down more than 7 runs.

  • Jose M. Vazquez

    It’s good to see Cory Wade back. That is the only bright spot that we can take from this game and of course Dickerson. We used to criticize Cervelli for being an out but Martin takes the award. He can’t even compare to Rick Cerone much less Thurman Munson. I hope to see Cervelli in there the next few days to see what he can do.

  • Chilango

    Look at it this way: We could have easily dropped yesterday’s game too and be tied for 1st going to TB. I’d say with the way they have been playing (since the ASB), they’re lucky to get out with a lead. Better figure this shit out soon.

  • Mick taylor

    Andruw jones fans unite behind our 199 power hitter who has hit 136 since the all star break and who has never gotten a hit to win a game. Of course Brian crashman was able to give away Aj Burnett so we could use the money to sign this useless piece. I wonder what George Steinbrenner would think about how Hank is running this team.

  • Hoss

    Post-game interview: Joe doesn’t take any blame for bad decisions. he is a lousy manager. His logic is ridiculous: One out, make change, none out leave Hughes in? Sorry, but this team is toast. Not because of result, but because it has no creativity, leadership.

  • The Real Greg

    So what did Joe say about it?

    • Chilango

      He said someone shuffled the pages in the binder

  • Matt

    The bottom line is that guys like Cano and Granderson have not stepped up in the absence of key players. Jeter and Swisher have done so, but there is nobody to drive them in except themselves.

    They have more than enough players on this roster who are capable of producing enough offense to win them games. The bullpen isn’t very deep, but hopefully Phelps will be back there once Nova returns, and another starter once Pettitte returns.

    They just have to tread water until these guys get back, but they aren’t even doing that. The injuries are not an excuse when you are 4-8 in your last 12 games, in which half of them you were only missing 1 key player.

  • dkidd

    silver lining: special holiday edition fan confidence poll tomorrow