Sep
04

Game 135: Just Win, Please

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No headaches, Freddy. (Christopher Pasatieri/Getty)

The Yankees are reeling and another loss tonight could mean the days of owning first place outright are over. That would require an Orioles win as well, but it’s possible. It would also bring the Rays to within two games in the loss column, and right now they’re on the outside of the playoff race looking in. There is no big safety net right, falling out of first place could mean falling out of the two Wild Card spots as well. Here’s the lineup…

SS Derek Jeter
CF Curtis Granderson
1B Nick Swisher
DH Robinson Cano
3B Alex Rodriguez
LF Raul Ibanez
2B Jayson Nix
RF Chris Dickerson
Chris Stewart

RHP Freddy Garcia

Tonight’s game starts a little after 7pm ET and can be seen on YES locally and ESPN nationally. Try to enjoy.

Categories : Game Threads
  • EDDARD

    If you can’t beat Alex Cobb in a must win divisional game in September than you don’t deserve to make the playoffs. I hope we see a sense of urgency out there today. MUST WIN

    • jjyank

      You mean the Alex Cobb with a 3.61 FIP and a 3.63 xFIP? 57% GB rate? Mediocre strikeout rate, but also a good walk rate? That guy?

      I haven’t followed him personally, but his numbers don’t look that bad, and certainly don’t scream “MUST WIN AGAINST THIS TERRIBLE SCRUB” either.

      I hope we kill him, of course.

  • dkidd

    all it takes is one game to start turning things around

  • jjyank

    Anyone ever get amazing new that they can’t actually tell anyone about? Fuck it. I hope the Yankees win, but nothing can bring me down right now. The Yankees win the World Series in 5. That is how far my outlook on life goes right now.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      Can we start joke-guessing what your news is?

    • Need Pitching & Hitting

      If it’s what I think it is: Congrats.

      • jjyank

        To be clear, not a job offer. But the final stage, and it will end in just 2 weeks. Got the call a few hours ago after a 3 month wait from the last stage.

        • Need Pitching & Hitting

          Good luck with the next stage then.

          • jjyank

            Much appreciated, amigo. Should be easier than the last one, since that involved an SAT test that had some help from Melky’s doctor.

        • Robinson Tilapia

          That’s awesome. Your damn hard work is paying off. Congrats. You deserve it.

          • jjyank

            Thanks, R-Tils. It’s funny that I can talk about it more on RAB than on Facebook. I’m more off the grid here I suppose. I can’t even mention it there.

            • Robinson Tilapia

              Oh, that makes absolute perfect sense. I literally have everyone from my wife to my boss to my best friend in the first grade to my mom on FB.

        • Paul VuvuZuvella

          Do you know how many finalists there are and how many offers they will make?

          • jjyank

            I don’t know how many finalists, but it’s not a single position. It’s filling an entire program. Can’t really say more than that. But if I nail the in-person interview, I’m good. Already got passed the phone interview, and those are far more awkward anyways.

        • at least mitt romney will win

          Congrats. If you get the job it’ll probably only be because there was a road or bridge near you. Because that’s what defines if you’ll be successful or not. A road and bridge being near you.

    • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan

      She’s NOT pregnant??? Congrats, dude, I was pulling for you. I hope you know that.

    • forensic

      Congrats.

    • Paul VuvuZuvella

      Congrats, whatever it is…Could use me some news like that

      • Pasta Stumbling Sojo

        DNA test came back negative? Congrats!

        • Pasta Stumbling Sojo

          Oops. Stupid nested reply.

          • Paul VuvuZuvella

            No worries, I have totally negative DNA.

    • jjyank

      And thanks, everyone. RAB has helped keep my mind off the real world and the anxiety of waiting all these months, so I appreciate you all (most?) for keeping me sane.

      • Robinson Tilapia

        We hope you still this way by the fifth inning.

        • jjyank

          I’m drinking to celebrate, so I won’t give a shit :P

          I am on vacation anyway, so Tuesday means nothing to me.

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

      I can only assume you got a job as Sterling Archer, so I’m going to congratulate you.

      • jjyank

        Yes. This is me in 6 months:

        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9x6KApzgtjU

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

          “Sir, the stolen lemur bit one of the prostitutes in the face, and she can’t go to hospital cause she’s quote ‘tripping balls.”

    • Big Members Only (formerly RI$P FTW)

      Sandusky didn’t implicate you as an accomplice?

  • Robinson Tilapia

    I’m actually not bullish on the team right now. I doubt the health of the players coming back and the talent of the ones here. I am saying this openly because I want you (yes, YOU) to talk me off the ledge. Go!

    • Need Pitching & Hitting

      *crickets*

      • Robinson Tilapia

        NEXT!

        • forensic

          Where’s Greg when you need him? At least he can chalk it all up to bad luck.

          • Robinson Tilapia

            A new week started. Bound to be something else. Earth’s rotation?

            I had someone mount my flatscreen today for childproofing purposes. I wasn’t home to supervise. Apparently, it now looks like a doctor’s office in my living room. Can’t wait to come home.

            • jjyank

              And….I’M YOUR DOCTOR

              *cackle*

              • Robinson Tilapia

                Heh heh.

                I really hope I’m not seriously pissed when I see this thing. All I have is an IPhone pic and a wife hedging her response on the phone to go by.

                • jjyank
                  • Robinson Tilapia

                    Too bad I’m at work and can’t see whatever you posted there.

                    • jjyank

                      Come back to it when you get home.

                  • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

                    GUILTY, GUILTY, GUILTY!!!

            • forensic

              Good point.

              Haven’t gotten to big stuff like that yet. Hoping to avoid moving the tv but we may be forced to do that too.

              We did all our cabinets recently and I still forget and wonder why they aren’t opening for a second before remembering I need the magnet. There’s just nothing that is normal or the same anymore.

              • Robinson Tilapia

                I can’t say anything that even remotely sounds like the phrase “Yo Gabba Gabba” without him going up to the TV and trying to grab it. It was time. He also loves to yank on my center channel.

                We’ve got rubber bands on most of the cabinets except for a mystery cabinet which is mostly pots and pans but where we sometimes stick a surprise for him.

                Fun times.

                • CP

                  He also loves to yank on my center channel

                  Woah! Way too much information.

                • forensic

                  Heh, mine isn’t at the point yet where he watches his shows like that. Thankfully for me, he loves watching all things sports with their movement and colors.

                  • Robinson Tilapia

                    Dare I say that “Yo Gabba Gabba” is actually…….really good?

        • CUYanks

          Rays and Orioles will play each other 6 more times this season, and they both can’t win those games.

          • Robinson Tilapia

            Good point.

    • forensic

      I got nothing to help you, sorry…

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

      The Giants season starts tomorrow? That’s all I got.

    • jjyank

      Skynet will come online and destroy the rest of the AL East?

    • Paul VuvuZuvella

      I’m pouring my first drink of the evening…Ouzo and Water on the rocks…what was your question?

      • jjyank

        Dude, I love Ouzo! Haven’t had it in a few years though.

        • Robinson Tilapia

          I’ve thougth about adding a bottle to the liqour cabinet.

          • jjyank

            Never had it until I went to Greece with the family on vacation about 5 years ago. Loved it.

            • Paul VuvuZuvella

              Yep, it’s awesome.

  • VT Yankee Fan

    Let’s do this shit.

  • https://twitter.com/#!/Paddock9652 Stratman9652

    The only thing worse than watching the Yankees play like shit is having Lou Pinella in the booth at the same time.

    • The Guns of Navarone

      Honestly, is he awful or is he awful?

      • https://twitter.com/#!/Paddock9652 Stratman9652

        I dunno, tough choice right there.

  • mt

    I am looking for:

    NOT being no-hit for first three or four innings like we have been doing lately – having a baserunner on with a walk is a small step.

    • Need Pitching & Hitting

      Will that do for you?

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

    wait…first inning runs?!?!?!??!

    • mt

      Hey, I am thankful for first inning hits!

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

        That’s what I’m saying. I was hoping for like a single squirting through the infield…but runs?!

  • Hummingbird S.

    Robbie!!! walk all you want now!!

  • Cy Pettitte

    nice start. Cano atones for his sins.

  • The Guns of Navarone

    Now it’s acceptable to jog to first.

  • EDDARD

    Robbie is trying to make up for being lazy yesterday.

  • Mike

    Robbie!

    Glad he played tonight that’s for sure.

  • Robinson Tilapia

    Holy in play run(s) lag!

  • Tom

    Cano!
    (Didn’t have to run that one out)

  • CP

    Lazy fuck. He didn’t even want to run.

  • jjyank

    Yes Robbie! Make my day MOAR GOOD!

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

      Did you bring the but-for?

      • jjyank

        Maybe I’ve been drinking. But you lost me.

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

          The Mole: Did you bring the but-for?
          Stan: What’s a butt for?
          The Mole: For pooping silly.

          South Park Bigger Longer and Uncut is on Netflix streaming. And I watched it for like the first time in years today. Still funny.

          • jjyank

            Ahh shit. I almost never miss a South Park reference. But I haven’t seen the movie in several years. Guess that means I need to get on that.

  • Leg-End

    Got all of that one.

  • Robinson Tilapia

    Finally got to hear the actual call on that HR.

  • forensic

    Once again, cano didn’t run hard around the bases there.

  • Chilango

    Go Robbie…all is forgiven.

  • TomH

    I guess he showed us–me for sure.

  • RetroRob

    Does Kay even remotely believe the stuff he spews?

    • Robinson Tilapia

      on radio, or play-by-play?

      I’d say “no” to radio and “yes” to play-by-play.

  • The Guns of Navarone

    I would think his hip is feeling good if he can put a charge into a ball like that.

  • The Troll

    So . . . I feel as though this needs to be said . . . Don’t the Yankees shit the bed after scoring 2 in the first?

  • Need Pitching & Hitting

    Freddy. Please be good.

  • Hummingbird S.

    I have zero confidence in Freddy. I’d have the BP up right now.. he sucks.

    • Need Pitching & Hitting

      The part of the BP that would be up now sucks worse.

      • Hummingbird S.

        I will take anybody not named Eppley over Freddy. Even Lowe.

        • Need Pitching & Hitting

          Lowe is definitely worse than Freddy. And its not close.

  • Karl Krawfid

    Great start Freddy.

  • Cy Pettitte

    Freddy better not shit the bed now. Walking the first batter you face after your team gives you a 2 run lead is lame.

  • Chilango

    Sliders with no bite ohhh noooo

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

    First inning runs? I’ll just walk the speedy lead off guy.

    • https://twitter.com/#!/Paddock9652 Stratman9652

      Scumbag Freddy

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

        +1

  • xnyles

    Where was that Ump?

  • Robinson Tilapia

    I will put razor blades in your fucking arepas, Freddy. You hear me?

  • Hummingbird S.

    fuck Freddy, doesnt hold runners, doesnt throw strikes..

  • Need Pitching & Hitting

    Fuck you Freddy.

  • WHIPunk

    Sigh

  • Karl Krawfid

    Tied for first today.

  • Cy Pettitte

    wow, he’s not even gonna record an out before he gives up the lead. fucking ridiculous. great job Freddy.

  • Ron

    Enough take him out he has nothing.

  • Robinson Tilapia

    Of for fuck’s sake. In play run(s).

    • derek

      too poor to buy a tv i see. Mother in law spending all the money on back waxing.

      • Robinson Tilapia

        Why am I laughing at this?

  • https://twitter.com/#!/Paddock9652 Stratman9652

    Yankee fans everywhere let out a collective groan.

  • Hummingbird S.

    nice reaction by A-Rod… he was probably asleep there. Only explanation.

  • Chilango

    Hope Joe is taking notes.

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

    I know I complain about them far too much, and you guys are going to yell at me: John and Suzyn are such apologists for players they like. It’s fucking ridiculous. They bash the shit out of Hughes for example, no matter how hes actually doing. But when Freddy, who was abysmal early in the season, good for a short stretch, and decent since, are saying after a lead off walk “Oh well, he’s been great since being reinserted into the rotation, and it always takes him an inning to settle in” then on the stolen base “Wow, he (Stewart) gets the ball faster than anybody I’ve ever seen, even though he was safe.” Having to know that he’s been at best mediocre at throwing runners out this season.

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

      gets rid of the ball faster than anybody I’ve ever seen**

    • Robinson Tilapia

      Freddy Garcia a professional what?

      They love their gritty vets.

  • Hummingbird S.

    what I don’t get is when he had Jennings 0-2 he didn’t throw a single splitter.. why not throw your BEST PITCH to get a guy out?

  • Robinson Tilapia

    I may call things that are illegal in most countries to happen to Freddy before the night is true and/or I start watching the DNC.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      “through”

  • The Troll

    So stealing bases leads to runs . . . That’s absurd.

    • Cy Pettitte

      they steal bases and move the runner over to 3rd with less than 2 outs. the anti-Yankees.

      • Need Pitching & Hitting

        Looks like Longo wants to be a Yankee.

        • The Troll

          I’ll take him.

  • Electric nunez

    Freddie has a huge fork in his back get warren up.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      I think I just had a trauma response.

  • Kevin G.

    Hipster Joe Maddon is SO EDGY AND UNPPREDICTABLE

    • JobaWockeeZ

      Rather have him than Girardi.

    • The Troll

      Hahaha. “Hipster” Joe Maddon . . . Amazing how much hate that word inspires. I’d still take Hipster Joe over Robotic Joe.

  • Hummingbird S.

    teasing us, here comes the 2-out run..

    • Hummingbird S.

      Glad I was wrong.. still a bad inning.

  • Paul VuvuZuvella

    It’s a good thing I’m a politics junky because there have been plenty of distractions from Yankeesphere last week and this one. Guess I’ll have to start watching the games again this weekend…

  • Need Pitching & Hitting

    I’ll take that, all things considered.

  • The Guns of Navarone

    Nasty splitters. He may have some life in this game if he can keep them swinging at that stuff.

  • Robinson Tilapia

    *removes razor blade from arepa….for now*

  • Cy Pettitte

    I was totally expecting a 2 out, 2-strike dribbler base hit there. maybe things really are starting to turn around.

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

    Thanks for that Freddy. Now settle the FUCK down and figure out how you’re going to get us through 5, possibly 6, or (in a dream) 7 with a god damned lead.

  • Tom

    Nice (relative) job by Freddy there… that inning could have spiraled out of control rather quickly.

  • Chilango

    Nice recovery. Could have been a lot worse.

  • Robinson Tilapia

    Please note the updated post from Axisa.

    I’m convinced Pedro Feliciano actually died in 2010 and never really pitched these innings people are claiming.

  • https://twitter.com/#!/Paddock9652 Stratman9652

    Am I the only one shocked that Stewart is starting over Cervelli? I kinda figured he would step back into his backup role purely out of seniority.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      He’d be up earlier if that was the case.

      • https://twitter.com/#!/Paddock9652 Stratman9652

        Skill wise I would think they were pretty interchangeable. I figured they just didn’t want to lose the depth by DFAing Stewart.

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

      Stewart is such a good DEFENSIVE CATCHER that it would be insane to even imagine taking that glove out of the line up. Duh.

    • forensic

      “Stewie’s been great for us this year catching all the pitchers, calling games, and getting some big hits for us. Cervy hasn’t been here all season and hasn’t established a rhythm with the pitchers yet. ”

      – Joe Girardi

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

        Dude. That’s fucking uncanny. Like exactly what he would say.

      • Need Pitching & Hitting

        Exactly this.

  • The Guns of Navarone

    Did someone bring Lou’s interpreter to the Trop?

  • The Troll

    A lot of Rays cock-swallowing on this ESPN broadcast. It’s getting me all hot and bothered and NOT in a good way.

    • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

      If that wasn’t good enough, they’re sneaking in some Oriole cox too.

      • The Troll

        Weiters . . . SOOO good. Buck in one run games . . . SOOO creamy. Orioles bullpen . . . SOO SOOO SOOOOOOOOOOOO HOT!

        • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

          i laughed….out loud

    • The Guns of Navarone

      They’re BEGGING for a Yankees loss. It would be (is) a huge narrative to talk about for September if the Yankees “collapse” and lose the division. They’ve already started calling it that. Even though there is absolutely no parallel between what happened last September. It won’t stop them though.

  • Hummingbird S.

    spring training Ibanez should not be receiving ABs.

  • The Troll

    Still starting Ibanez . . . I don’t get it. To quote one of my favorite movies, “[Is Girardi] stupid or something?”

  • Tom

    Ibanez is starting to look a lot like he did in spring training. May run into one occasionally, but he’s having a lot of really poor AB’s

  • The Troll

    2 Out, 0-2 Single. I like!

    • The Troll

      And a (meaningless) steal (because Stewart’s up)!!!

  • Robinson Tilapia

    Chris Dickerson: Greatest Player Ever.

  • EDDARD

    Dickerson once again proves to be more valuable than Ichiro. And why isn’t Nunez playing instead of Nix? At least Nunez hits the ball hard and is fast.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      Nix is not a zero at the plate and won’t throw the ball into the twelth row.

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

        I agree with R-Tils actually. Especially against a LHP, Nix is actually a positive w/ the bat, and with the glove even against a RHP he makes more sense than Nunez. And I hate Nix.

    • The Guns of Navarone

      It will only take one routine ground ball to Nunez to remind you why he isn’t playing instead of Nix.

    • Hummingbird S.

      Nunez + artificial turf = disaster

  • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

    Chris Stewart and his .610 OPS

    • Hummingbird S.

      he actually put up a good AB, considering he is chris stewart

      • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

        I know. It’s just painful to watch when they flash his stats….

  • Hummingbird S.

    nothing but first pitch FBs inside.. let’s hope they can adjust

  • Cy Pettitte

    Dickerson >>>> Ichiro. He just did exactly what Ichiro was brought in to do.

  • Chilango

    Joe was taking notes. Good deal.

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

    Dickerson with a stat-padding steal. Does anybody really expect Stewart to come through here?

  • Tom

    We need Balkin Bob to kick in here.

  • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

    Sutcliffe is so much a Yankee-hater that he’s actually trying to find fault in Dickerson stealing with the #9 hitter up

  • Robinson Tilapia

    What WILL Chris Dickerson’s plaque in Monument Park say?

    • The Guns of Navarone

      They’re gonna take The Boss’ down to make room for his.

      • TomH

        I liked George, but the posthumous cult of personality is a bit over the top. I’m surprised they didn’t do a Lenin and put his corpse on display.

        • RetroRob

          The myth of George will end up being much greater than George. I lived through most of his tenure as owner, and he absolutely was great for the organization in whole, but I do not miss at all his insanity, at its peak in the 1980s.

          The family owns the Yankees and he’s their Dad. I’ll live with the plaque in Monument Park understanding it was a family thing.

    • forensic

      “Should’ve been up sooner, but still managed to carry the walking wounded 2012 Yankees to the World Series Championship”

  • RetroRob

    So can the ball boy yell to Molina letting him know where the ball is, or is that some violation?

    Just a thought as I await for the Yankees not converting the run at third.

  • Robinson Tilapia

    Closing up office. Fuck you, Chris Stewart.

  • The Troll

    Let’s be honest Yankee fans . . . We all KNOW that Cervelli would’ve driven that run in. I have NO doubt about it.

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

    Between the Stewart and Suzuki trades and with the terrible luck of Pineda getting hurt (not that he could have foreseen it) This hasn’t exactly been a banner year for Cash-ninja.

  • Need Pitching & Hitting

    Well at least they cleared the pitcher’s spot in the lineup.

  • Cy Pettitte

    wow Arod and Swish do a good Chavez and Teix impression

  • Hummingbird S.

    that’s better Alex.

  • Nice Scheister

    I’d prefer Ichrio to Ibanez, right now. I love me some Ichrio. This may be common knowledge but back in the day they would sell sushi rolls called “Ichi-Rolls” at SafeCo.

    • The Troll

      I rather have that Musty fella.

      • Nice Scheister

        I’d like to see Old Purple Lips out there, TEH ARM on that one!

        • The Troll

          Cano in the outfield? Actually, I know he’s not the fastest of chodes, but I would totally support such a move. Why not, right?

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

            If Ibanez and Jones can fake it, there is no reason Robbie couldn’t.

            • The Troll

              Exactly. I wonder if they’ve looked into that considering the supposed “depth” the organization has at second base.

            • Nice Scheister

              I know he’s error prone, but I’d like to see Nunez given another utility shot, I’m disappointed they didn’t stretch out his usage in the minors. I thought he was going down to work on that, not exclusively play SS.

    • Need Pitching & Hitting

      I think Ichiro sucks now. But I’d still rather Ichiro in the OF than Ibanez.

      • Nice Scheister

        As bad as Ibanez has been recently its all or nothing, and he had his ‘all’ yesterday with a three bagger, at least Ichrio has more than one tool.

        • Need Pitching & Hitting

          Exactly. At the very least, he’ll give defense.

  • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

    “shows of the arm”

    14-hopper

    • Nice Scheister

      I liked Garcias acknowledgment, that looked worse than the throw.

  • RetroRob

    Nice. I thought the second bounce would kill it, but the turf helps if used correctly.

  • Hummingbird S.

    1-2-3 innings are not allowed… please get Molina.

  • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

    A better caption for the above picture would have been:

    “I can’t hear youuuu, LALLALALLALALALALA!!!!”

  • The Troll

    Molina bomb anyone?

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

    Seriously though. If somebody told me opening day, September 4th Freddy Garcia will be on the mound in Tampa with first place on the line and Jason Nix in the line up against a RHP and Ibanez would be in the field, I would cry.

    • RetroRob

      …you wouldn’t have been bothered by Chris Dickerson and Chris Stewart? : -)

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

        Well yes, but I didn’t want to sound too complainy.

  • Cy Pettitte

    Freddy may have more whiffs in the first two than CC had all day yesterday.

    • The Troll

      Something has to be wrong with CC . . . I’m not factoring in his age. He’s still a virile young man!

  • Electric nunez

    Cervelli must have taken a dump on giratdi’s binder.

  • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

    Martin: “Splitta be splittin’, son”

    Garcia: “I don sweat indoors, Chachi”

  • TomH

    Anyone know whether Cashman has met the press down there? Or is he lying low?

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

      Nope. He’s gone already.

  • The Troll

    Can Hal go out and buy the Rays’ organizational pitching coaches?

    • The Guns of Navarone

      Seriously. They can come over along with their amateur scouts… and Andrew Friedman.

      • The Troll

        They made BAMFs out of Farnsworth and Rodney! At the very least, let them steal the magic bullpen potion.

  • mt

    This may sound crazy but I wonder if Pettite comes back and we make playoffs (funny to wonder about this now) that Garcia would be a nice weapon out of bullpen – he has really increased his strikeout percentage. As a starter, I just worry about getiing through five or six or five innings.

  • The Guns of Navarone

    MOAR RUNZ PLEZE

  • Kramerica Industries

    Well, I rushed home and only missed five outs in the 2nd inning. I’m proud of myself.

    There is no way I can be rational watching these games right now, however, so if I seem to fly off the wall, I apologize in advance.

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

    Getting a live look in w/ the Tampa broadcast. I cannot believe Fox Sports still doesn’t have a pitch count on their score board.

    • jjyank

      I bet Nolan Ryan cuts them a large check every year to keep that status quo.

  • RetroRob

    A-Rod returning is good. Tex returning will be good. Andy returning will be good.

    Is Nova returning good?

    • jjyank

      Depends if him hiding an injury was at least part of the reason he sucked. Who knows.

    • The Troll

      Nova out of the bullpen I believe could be a very serious weapon.

  • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan

    Grandy’s OBP is lower than his average. What a wisenheimer.

    • Nice Scheister

      Huh?

  • Chilango

    Leadoff runner. Plate him for fuck’s sake.

  • The Troll

    Does Granderson EVER hit to the opposite field? F*ck he sucks.

  • Tom

    Wow, Randazzo has a strike zone the size of a shoe box.

    • John Bonanno

      Home plate is 17″ wide. A shoe box is 18″ long.

  • Kramerica Industries

    Two on, no out.

    Runs, please.

  • The Troll

    Here comes the DOUBLE PLAY!

    • The Troll

      They HAVE TO execute the double steal.

      • Nice Scheister

        DO IT!!!

        • The Troll

          Or Swish could strike out. Either way, good stuff.

      • The Troll

        See, they didn’t listen to me. This team is far too predictable. Let’s steal when Chris Stewart is up at the plate, but let us not even consider it when you have potent firepower awaiting in the arsenal.

  • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

    NO DOUBLE PLAYS!!!!

    I don’t care if it’s 3 consecutive strike outs.

    NO DOUBLE PLAYS. BE FUCKING AWARE

  • Hummingbird S.

    Swisher can’t miss that pitch, that’s middle of the plate

  • Kramerica Industries

    That was a brutal AB.

  • Hummingbird S.

    just put a little pressure and Swisher fails.. choker. Awful AB, as usual

    • The Troll

      It’s the hero complex, which crushes him. He’s a great guy who wants to win, but the pressure that he mounts upon himself is his worst enemy. If he can learn to play stress-free, zen baseball he’d be great.

      • The Guns of Navarone

        That’s a nice theory and all. But I think he just can’t hit a changeup to save his life.

  • Chilango

    Swish K’s again. At least no DP

  • The Guns of Navarone

    Changeup. The bane of the Yankees’ existence.

  • Electric nunez

    Swisher can go get paid by another team next year

  • Hummingbird S.

    goddamnit, somebody take a swing at that first pitch FB inside..

  • Nice Scheister

    Dickerson > Swisher in 2013, factoring in contracts and all next year.

    • Nice Scheister

      Or Torii Hunter for 5M would work as opposed to Swish too.

      • Need Pitching & Hitting

        I’m guessing Hunter gets a lot more than 5M.
        He’s been better than Swisher this year.

        • Nice Scheister

          What’s fair, 2/16?

          • Need Pitching & Hitting

            idk, but I think that may be light. 2 years for 20-25M might be more likely.

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

    Fail Robby.

  • Karl Krawfid

    Fuck this team man.

  • Hummingbird S.

    pathetic… another pitch down the middle, another out

  • Need Pitching & Hitting

    That inning seemed all too familiar.

  • Kramerica Industries

    And the requisite, rally-killing double play.

    There haven’t been enough of those lately.

  • The Real Widget

    wow real shock this inning.

  • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

    Of course

  • Electric nunez

    If swisher bunted its a run there

    • Need Pitching & Hitting

      If Swisher bunted *in the unlikely event that it was a successful bunt* its a run there.

      Fixed.

    • Tom

      Nice…. Freddy needs to lay this pitch right down the middle, I can’t see a 3 pitch inning.

  • The Guns of Navarone

    I’m not sure why anyone is even surprised at this point.

    • Will The Thrill

      I’m not. K-Long needs to go. I know it’s the players who are underperforming but he’s gotta be part of the problem.

      • The Real Widget

        Thank you. He really needs to go.

  • forensic

    I blame Jeter for stupidly getting into scoring position…

    • mt

      Stranding position.

      • forensic

        My bad, I got out of the habit of saying that when they actually got a couple hits with RISP.

  • Nice Scheister

    Trade Cano, Granderson, Nunez, Phelps and Nova for Trout in the offseason.

    • Nice Scheister

      add in Gardner too.

    • Need Pitching & Hitting

      Pretty sure the Angels would say no.

    • The Troll

      The only way the Yankees are getting Trout is if the Yankees are sold to Anaheim.

      • Nice Scheister

        I can dream and/or turn on forced trades in 2K to see him in pinstripes while he’s in his early twenties.

        • jjyank

          Fuck it, he’ll be a free agent at 26, right? Good enough for me. Get that checkbook ready, Hal.

          • Nice Scheister

            He’s first by a mile in WAR, I was comparing him and Jeter(I know) and there’s no comparison. Even removing the defense, it’s ridiculous.

          • forensic

            They sign him long-term well before his free agency. They have no qualms about spending gobs of money now.

  • mt

    Yanks freeze up once a runner gets to second base.

    • The Guns of Navarone

      Yup. At this point in the season, if they could hit with RISP, they would hit with RISP. They simply can’t do it.

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

        There’s a big difference between can’t and haven’t.

        • The Guns of Navarone

          Then why don’t they? This is a season-long epidemic now minus a notable if not brief exception in June or July which looks more and more like a fluke.

          I’m trying to get the month-by-month RISP splits on BRef but I can’t seem to get it. I’m sure you have that info.

          • Need Pitching & Hitting

            April: .276
            May: .176
            June: .232
            July: .283
            August: .286
            September (not including today): 4/15 .267

          • Kramerica Industries

            Not really in June, either. The Yankees average with RISP during the 10 game winning streak was something like .203. The only time they’ve hit well was between the end of the ASB and the Texas series. It’s been a friggen trainwreck otherwise.

  • Will The Thrill

    RISP fail. Story of the fucking year right there. I now understand how the Yanks won’t have a 100RBI guy this year. Everyone is thinking too much at the plate.

  • Nathan

    a dp? #unsurprised

  • Chilango

    At least Freddy’s on the ground so far.

  • Bubba

    Have they patented the strike-out, double play yet?

    • The Troll

      The paper work got lost in the mail. They’ll have it by season’s end.

  • Electric nunez

    What would it take for the yankees to get j upton in the offseason?

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

      To keep Arizona on the phone it would at least need to be two of the 3 of Williams, Sanchez, and Austin, as well as Phelps/Hughes/Nova plus more.

      • JobaWockeeZ

        They’ll all be traded anyways.

  • Will The Thrill

    In play, run(s). Is that too much to ask for Yankees? Our middle of order hitters have been a joke all season long. Miguel Cabrera would have at least 200RBIs with all the opportunities the Yankees give their 3-4 hitters.

  • Kramerica Industries

    Enough with these walks stemming from 0-2 and 1-2 counts.

  • Hummingbird S.

    yes! no 1-2-3 innings!! atta boy Freddy

  • Electric nunez

    This is the freddy blow up inning

    • The Troll

      It’ll be the fifth.

      • The Troll

        And by fifth I meant third. Duh!

  • WHIPunk

    :(

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

    Who didn’t see that right after the walk to Zobrist?

    • goterpsgo

      The little voice inside my head whispered “home run” a few seconds before Longoria obliged. *bleh*

  • Hummingbird S.

    no surprises there.. Freddy blows..

  • Kramerica Industries

    You gotta be fucking kidding me Freddy.

    Motherfucking hell.

  • pistol pete

    Just turned on the game and saw that yesterday’s player most hated Robbie Cano jacked his 29th a two run HR. He’s got 73 rbi’s and has an ops over 900. Guess we should get rid of him next year and get a player that playes harder even if he hits 250 with no power.

  • Need Pitching & Hitting

    Seriously. Fuck this team right now.

  • Karl Krawfid

    Massive choke.

  • Nathan

    I bet there are a few hundred people on here right now that saw that coming.

    <—-one of them.

  • Tom

    2 walks have turned into runs.

    • Hummingbird S.

      walks after 0-2 counts..

  • Chilango

    Just amazing. Game after game.

  • mt

    O’s lead 3-0.

    • Electric nunez

      Toranto throwing games on purpose farrell trying to fuck yankees that old redsox cork sucker

  • The Real Widget

    game set match. This is what good teams do. They score runs. Bad teams, like the yankees, strikeout and hit into double plays.

  • Electric nunez

    Pull freddy now

  • JobaWockeeZ

    C-c-c-c–c-collapse.

  • The Troll

    So does Cobb go 8? 2 more singles?

  • pistol pete

    Tough to watch when Freddy needs to be the stopper. This team’s in real trouble.

  • Hummingbird S.

    seriously, if you have to trust Freddy with big starts down the stretch in order to make the playoffs, your team is probably not going to make it.. what a fucking awful job by Cashman.

  • The Real Widget

    Bye bye sole possession of first and by weeks end bye bye playoff spot. This really sucks.

  • Cy Pettitte

    fucking hilarious. completely squander last inning’s 1st and 2nd no out, then blow the lead all with 2 outs the next inning.

    • The Troll

      It’s the Yankee way.

  • stuart a

    it is ground hog day ove rand over. RISP fail and pitcher giving up the lead.

    cano hit his 2 run homer, have a parade. The star is up to 73 rbi’s for the year. the whole bunch of them are so unclutch it is a head shaker.

    it is almost unbeleivable……

    • Need Pitching & Hitting

      you sure do seem to love parades…..

  • Will The Thrill

    This season has been the worst. Up and down but mostly down. I haven’t been confident about this team at all this year. Maybe in spring training I had a bit of hope but once Pineda went down I knew this season would be a headache.

  • Karl Krawfid

    This team is dead. Plain and simple. Shit has been going on too long to even think its going to turn around.

    How do fuck do you not even challenge Ben Zobrist with Longo behind him?

  • Kramerica Industries

    That inning goes to show why we can’t have nice things.

    Two pitches, two outs, and a 1-2 count, and THEN it all goes to hell. Like everything else with this team for the past 1.5 months.

  • Electric nunez

    Fuck freddy garcia you want this guy on the post season roster?

    • Kramerica Industries

      I do.

      That would mean there’s a postseason roster to fill out.

  • Chilango

    They will get the lead back, but they probably won’t hold it.

  • stuart a

    garcia is scared to throw a strike.. the humor comes after the game to listen to the drivel on the postgame show….

    imagine the frigging baltimore orioles are better then the yankees..

    this team has no guts and toughness……NONE>

    • Chilango

      Agree, Joe and the postgame choke show are a real trip. They put some good at bats on us. Hey that’s baseball.

  • Tom

    With the zone Randozzo is calling it should take 5-6 runs for either team to win this game.

    Yankees need to keep grinding out AB’s and start hitting a damn 90mph fastball when ahead in the count.

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

    The Rays lead 4 to 3 over New York-John Sterling

    He doesn’t even know the score.

  • Athenian

    Stating the obvious but time to look past 2012 and the extreme failure and get ready for 2013. This is just like the Sox last year and using injuries is no excuse. Too many players not stepping up for the Yanks.

    • The Real Widget

      everyone that is old will be even older next year. And they won’t be spending any money. We should all be concerned about 2013 and 2014 and possibly beyond.

  • Karl Krawfid

    Al Lieter is one right?

  • The Troll

    Cobb is toying with ARod.

    • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan

      Greg hasn’t showed up. Did he believe the petition was real?

  • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

    So Top 3rd, 2 on, no out. Score no runs

    Bottom 3rd 2out, noone on, Score 2 runs.

    Can’t make that shit up. Just playing like absolute shit, and candy-coat it with worst luck possible.

  • Hall and Nokes

    Sutcliffe thinks that the leadoff homer is okay here, but you do NOT want to give up a leadoff walk to start off a big inning.

    Not that either is even within the realm of possibility.

  • mt

    Keppinger is the Ciriaco of the TB Rays.

  • The Troll

    “One of those Rays that plays ALL over the field” says Boone. Why TF can’t the Yankees have more of those?

  • EDDARD

    Folks, the season is a half game from being over. Baltimore ain’t losing. 1st and 2nd no outs, 3 and 4 hitters up, K and a DP. That’s why we’re losing. You can’t expect Freddy to only give up a run. This is Alex Cobb on the mound, not Roger Clemens.

  • Matt

    Anyone blaming Garcia is nuts. What do you expect him to do? Throw a shutout? 3 or 4 runs over 5-6 innings like he usually does should be a win every time with the talent in this lineup.

    How about for just ONCE, this offense steps up in a big game? How about for just ONCE, this offense stops TRYING to hit the ball 500 feet every time there is a runner in scoring position? These guys have so much power that they could probably hit home runs even if they cut down on their swings, but they absolutely refuse to do so.

    It’s downright pathetic at this point. Look at their number over the last few weeks. These guys just don’t get it that you can’t try to hit a home run in every at bat.

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

      I’m not blaming Freddy at all, if he either holds here or gives up another run over the next 3 or so innings, that’s fully what I expect. However, it’s still INCREDIBLY frustrating for your pitcher to get two quick outs, walk a guy after being ahead 1-2 in front of the opposing teams only superstar, then giving up a homer to that superstar. No matter who the pitcher is.

    • Hummingbird S.

      how about not give up 3 runs in 3 innings against a below average lineup? Garcia fucking sucks, but you are right. We should blame Girardi and Cashman, not Garcia..

      • Matt

        How about we wait until the end of his start before talking about how many runs he has given up in how many innings?

        If he throws up 3 zeroes after that inning, he’s more than done his job and kept the team in this game.

        He made one bad pitch to Longoria that he hung and gave up a home run. The Yankees have gotten mistakes from Cobb right down the middle and swung and missed at them in hitter’s counts.

        And quite frankly, it is the Yankees that are the below-average lineup now.

  • Will The Thrill

    Remember when the Yankees would lose a game earlier in the season and people would say “Oh it’s okay, it’s just one meaningless game. We have a 10 game lead in the division”. Yankees got too complacent after the All Star break. The front office made shitty trades that made the team worse in some ways instead of adding impact players who would actually make a difference. Also since our team is so top heavy and we have no depth a couple of injuries have really devastated them.

  • Cy Pettitte

    now that they’re losing – before/after 7th inning before the get their next hit ?

  • Hummingbird S.

    Ibanez might be the worst hitter in the majors over the past month, yet he hits 6th for the Yankees.. Joe Girardi lost his mind.

    • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan

      I think Ibanez might have died like 2 months ago.

      • The Troll

        That’s Raul’s brother, Ghoul Ibanez.

        • The Troll

          HAHAHA! Somebody else use that, PLEASE! Ibanez died 2 months ago, he’s now GHOUL Ibanez. THAT’S GOOD SHIT!

    • JLC 776

      Other than a hot beginning to the season, Raul Ibanez has been Raul Ibanez.

      But who else is Girardi supposed to throw out there? We’ve got replacement players replacing replacement players at this point.

      • The Guns of Navarone

        RAB had some great posts on him earlier in the season. He’s been pretty bad/average all season but he had a few “big hits” that made it seem like he was doing better than he really was. He had a big May.

        • JLC 776

          Sorry – I meant Raul Ibanez is looking like the sub-par player that he was projected to be this year.

  • nsalem

    velarde leiter kelly

  • Tom

    Another quality AB by Ibanez… bad takes, weak swings, weak contact.

    When Tex comes back, I think you have to give some consideration to playing Dickerson over Ibanez

  • mt

    Mark Reynolds is red hot – 3 run homer.

    Ibanez on other hand – 3 hits in his last 38 Abs.

  • JLC 776

    I love the Yankees, but I think I genuinely hate this team. They have talent and have gone on extended streaks where they look like the best in baseball, but they also roll over and die like no other Yankee team in recent memory. Poor, lackluster play with no heart in the beginning of the year and now for a month and a half long stretch.

    Don’t get me wrong, I love the Yankees and want to see them rebound for an exciting finish, but the inconsistency has me hating this year’s model.

    • The Troll

      I said that several days ago. I too hate this current team. They’re putrid. Nobody steps up.

  • The Troll

    Damn, Girardi’s face just said it all. He looked lost verging on the cusp of tears.

  • goterpsgo

    TAM is up only by one run, yet it feels like ten. *grumble*

    • C

      Even when we’re winning, it feels like we’re down a couple runs

      • goterpsgo

        ‘Cuz the middle relief sucks giant balls?!

    • Will The Thrill

      Because we all know when it’s all said and done the Yankees will fail to scratch even one more run across while the Rays will manage to score 5.

  • Will The Thrill

    Release A-Rod. Just bite the bullet. I’d rather just pay him to sit at home on his overrated ass then have him underperform as a has been disguised as a middle of the order hitter.

    • Mike Stanley

      He just smoked a line drive right at the 3B. Nearly killed him.

      Shut up.

      • stuart a

        it was a hard hit ground ball…. is the bar that low that a hard hit ground ball is a revelation?

    • The Real Widget

      I so wish Baseball had the amnesty clause that the NBA has.

      • mt

        I dream of amnestying Arod but unfortunately this is not NBA.

    • DC

      I know you’re frustrated, but does your brain have an “on” switch?

  • Matt

    Jones- .284 OBP
    Ibanez- .301 OBP
    Martin- .303 OBP
    JAYSON NIX- .321 OBP
    Granderson- .326 OBP

    What is wrong here?

    • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan

      What’s wrong is that Ichiro isn’t on that list.

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

      There is no way that Martin’s OBP is that high?

    • Kramerica Industries

      As much as we mock John and Suzyn for their hero worship of Nix, he’s really actually done a pretty solid job, relative to expectations.

      Can’t really complain.

    • forensic

      It’s sad that you still could’ve added about 4 more guys to that list.

  • Tom

    Aaron Boone is my new hero.

    Earlier tonight he mentioned that some of the improvement in the Rays offense since Longoria coming back partly a coincidence. And just now he was pointing out how the shift hurt the Rays.

    Meanwhile Sutcliffe will bend every event to feed the narrative…. he used the Arod ground out as yet another example of the Rays “always being in the right place” (the ball was hit where a 3rd baseman would normally be positioned).

    • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan

      Sutcliffe is a fucking stooge.

  • Hummingbird S.

    right down the middle, yet again.. what is he waiting for? a pitch in the dirt again?

  • EDDARD

    Don’t know what Girardi is still doing in this ballgame. That ball was high and that was a good chance to stick up for his team like Maddon did yesterday.

    • AnthonyD

      Ask and ye shall receive.

  • Kramerica Industries

    I would love to laugh my ass off if this is another one-run loss.

    But I doubt I’ll laugh. I’ll probably have a hankering to murder some dumb motherfuckers that live in St. Pete.

  • Cy Pettitte

    Girardi just got himself tossed – full panic mode.

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

      Why there will be absolutely no difference.

  • EDDARD

    About time Girardi does something. Enough was enough. Fire up the team.

  • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

    Girardi got tossed. But that will have no effect on this team.

    • goterpsgo

      Dead team walking.

  • The Real Widget

    Even Girardi doesn’t want to stay for this crap. Good keep walking Joe. No way he keeps his job if they miss the playoffs. That would be 2 years out of 5 on his watch. Torre never missed the playoffs and even he was replaced.

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

      I will bet you $100 real world dollars (we can email each other info if you accept) that regardless of what happens this season Joe Girardi will be managing the Yankees to start the 2013 season.

      • The Real Widget

        If Cashman is replaced then Joe will be too. Crap, there goes my 100 bucks because you’re right, neither is going to be replaced.

    • Will The Thrill

      2009 was a fluke. Girardi always has been a shitty manager. I put him in the class of other crappy mamagers like Ozzie Guillen and Bobby Valentine.

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

        There’s no such thing as winning the WS on a fluke. Use your brain a little.

      • jjyank

        Guillen and Valentine? Wow. Girardi is painted red and you’re a bull, eh?

    • Mike Stanley

      Joe Torre was 5% the tactical manager Girardi is.

      If Girardi managed over the same timespan, he’d have won at least 6 titles. Torre murdered relievers and tolerated washed-up vets.

      • OMG! Bagels!

        Agree completely.

  • Kramerica Industries

    The only time Joe getting tossed has worked was that game in Atlanta all those years ago.

    Maybe it’s time for that to work again. We all sure as fuck better hope so.

    • Need Pitching & Hitting

      PH Cervelli!

  • The Troll

    K-Zone showed that the ball was high out of the zone and yet the ESPN crew continues to say, “it’s CLEAR that pitch was a strike!”

  • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

    Anyone surprised that it’s THIS umpiring crew again?

  • Will The Thrill

    The only silver lining I can think of should we miss the playoffs is that Cashman and Girardi will be probably be fired. Both have failed year in and year out at their jobs. Girardi costs this team at least a dozen wins a year with his boneheaded moves and Cashman should be ashamed of the shitty roster/farm we have despite being the biggest spenders.

    • Need Pitching & Hitting

      It’s nowhere near a dozen wins a year. Managers don’t have that much influence on the outcome.

      I doubt either gets fired regardless. Injuries will be used as the scapegoat.

    • The Real Widget

      The farm had a rash of injuries too so I can’t hold that against Cashman. I want Cashman out for the simple reason that he’s been there too long. Change is a good thing, people get complacent. Some new ideas couldn’t hurt Yankees management.

    • Athenian

      I would love a Girardi firing.

    • JLC 776

      Neither should be fired – I think you’re overstating Girardi’s influence on the team and how impactful a manager is. You’ve got to hold the player’s accountable. And just two months ago everyone was gushing over how prescient Cashman’s moves were. At this point we have replacement players replacing replacement players – injuries suck.

    • jjyank

      I really disagree about Cashman. Maybe you disagreed with the Montero/Pineda trade, but what exactly has he done so poorly? I feel like he build up a good amount of depth and a lot of upside in the lower levels. The Yankees had 3 top 50 prospects, right? Is that a “shitty farm”? Considering the Yankees pick at the end of the first round, I’d say that’s pretty damn good.

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

        I like Cashman, but Ichiro and Stewart for people that could’ve been useful? Both, Terrible trades.

        • jjyank

          Still, those were marginal trades for borderline prospects. My point is, that if you’re pointing to trades like that as “Cashman should be ashamed of…”, then I can’t take you seriously.

          What about the farm? Upper levels don’t look great, but the lower levels do. Part of that is Banuelos’ injury too. And how many MLB teams have a great farm system top to bottom? And how many of them pick last every year?

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

            My problem isn’t so much giving up D.J. Mitchell, it’s that Gardner was out since April and the best solution they came up with was Ichiro.

            • jjyank

              Part of that might have been the continued belief he would be back though. Wasn’t it pretty close to the deadline that they realized he was out for the season? Maybe I’m misremembering the timeline there, but who knows what the other options/price tags where.

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

                That’s true, but I have a hard time thinking Ichiro was the best they could come up with.

                • jjyank

                  Fair enough. But my original point wasn’t that Ichiro was a “good” or even a “mediocre” trade. Just that I think the whole “Cashman should be ashamed of himself” thing is pretty ridiculous.

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

                    I’m not saying he should be ashamed of himself, I just think that the Kontos for Stewart trade was dumb, because Stewart was not at all a clear upgrade over Cervelli and you can never have enough pitching and like Mike pointed out regardless of whether Gardner was coming back or not we probably needed an outfielder and to say that a guy who has posted <100wRC+ in two years was the answer just doesn't do it for me. I'm not saying he should be fired, just that he hasn't had his best year by any stretch.

    • forensic

      I had typically defended Cashman, and was in between on Girardi.

      I’m pretty ready for some new blood in the organization now though.

  • Chilango

    Stupid move Joe. Lose your head and get tossed. Fuck you.

  • Kramerica Industries

    Well, Sutty, you too would be massively pissed off if you were stuck managing a team that’s in as much of a tailspin as this one.

    Joe is by no means innocent here, but it can’t be easy to do your job when the players aren’t performing.

  • Cy Pettitte

    Another walk, this game will now be minimum 4-2.

  • Kramerica Industries

    Enough of the motherfucking walks.

    • goterpsgo

      Walk issued, one out, big blast – I thought to myself oh shit big inning. I’m glad I was wrong FOR ONCE.

  • Hummingbird S.

    FUCK YOU FREDDY! GET THE FUCK OFF MY TEAM!

  • The Troll

    They are hammering The Chief here.

  • AnthonyD

    The problem isn’t that the team isn’t “fired up”. The problem is that the players suck right now. Look at this line up – the bottom 4 are barely MLB quality, A Rod is shit right now, Granderson hasn’t hit forever and right now Jeter, Swisher and Cano are cold. They throw out David Phelps, Garcia and Home Run Hughes 3 out of 5 days and CC isn’t CC. That’s been the team – more or less – since the AS break and surprise surprise, they’ve been mediocre.

    • FIPster Doofus

      Not to mention that the bullpen is absolutely horrible aside from Robertson and Soriano.

      • AnthonyD

        Yes. Aside from all that…

    • JobaWockeeZ

      You just insulted mediocrity.

  • Will The Thrill

    Screw this I’m watching Breaking Bad. At least Walter White fights when the tough get going unlike this team.

    • Nice Scheister

      Walter White = Tony Montana

    • JobaWockeeZ

      Sign him for the GM. The Evil Empire needs someone who’s in the empire business.

  • The Real Widget

    It’s season’s like this that show how hard it is to win it all. This why I wanted Lee in 2010. So what if he left after that? He would have put them in an amazing position to win it all again in 2010. What I’m saying is fuck off Ed Nunez.

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

    ..fuck. Stewart’s leading off? Ok, so 1 out with nobody on after like 3 pitches for Jeter.

  • Hummingbird S.

    Id PH for Stewart here… manage with urgency

  • The Troll

    Great bunt, Stewie!

  • Mike Stanley

    It’s been a good AB for Stewart.

    Hey, it’s something.

  • Cy Pettitte

    now wouldn’t be a bad time for a Stewart hit off a Ray’s glove/body

  • The Troll

    At the very least, unlike so many Yankee hitters of late, Stewart has been putting together pretty decent At Bats.

  • The Troll

    Stewart now has my permission to strike out. GOOD JOB, CHRIS!! At least someone’s showing some heart!

  • Hummingbird S.

    so that’s how you play D… interesting

  • The Troll

    Way to go, Chris!!! That was the highlight of the game thus far. He ran hard down the line as well. GOOD FOR HIM! My new favorite player.

  • AnthonyD

    The auto out comes after Jeter

  • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

    Two options. No third choice, I just want to gauge feelings:

    What would be more demoralizing?

    A.) Missing the playoffs?

    B.) Settling for the WC game and losing the 1-game playoff?

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

      A.

      Not even close for me.

      • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

        Yeah….I think I agree.

        A would be more demoralizing. B would be more….something….I don’t know what. Not demoralizing, but something. Infuriating, maybe.

    • JobaWockeeZ

      C.) Watch the NY Football Giants.

    • AnthonyD

      Easily missing playoffs

    • DC

      A

    • forensic

      Easily A.

      B is looking more and more like the best case scenario the way they’re going.

    • jjyank

      A. Serious question?

      • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

        just gauging, my man. chillax.

        • jjyank

          I’m chillaxed. Just can’t imagine a scenario where I would ever be upset where the Yankees got one step further, as opposed to falling even shorter.

          • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

            We’ll see. Haven’t dealt with the “one-and-done” scenario in my memory span. Was only a year old in ’78, and we won that. So being that I haven’t experienced that feeling….I don’t know. The play-in game isn’t exactly a step further, in my opinion. It’s a do-or-die game.

    • Athenian

      B. missing the playoffs is where the team is headed. Losing in the WC 1game is worse because getting there is a hollow victory.

  • Nice Scheister

    Great AB.

  • Hummingbird S.

    they will not score again in this game. fuck this team

  • Kramerica Industries

    11 ground ball outs.

    It’s only the 5th inning, and he has 14 outs total. That is absolutely fucking pathetic.

    • goterpsgo

      It’s like they’re going through the motions and just rolling over.

  • FIPster Doofus

    I hate this team.

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

    You know things aren’t going well when Chris Stewart has the best AB of the inning.

  • JobaWockeeZ

    Team sign Swish, trade Grandy.

  • The Troll

    Wow. Who’d have thought that Stewart would’ve had the best AB out that bunch?

  • Kramerica Industries

    So Stewart works a 10 pitch AB, and Cobb still gets out of that inning without throwing even 15 pitches.

    That’s absolutely fucking laughable.

  • Mike Stanley

    Jeter is 4 for his last 33 AND third in the AL in outs made but let’s all take shots at the 3B who came off the DL yesterday.

    S
    M
    H

    • Need Pitching & Hitting

      I wonder if him being third in outs made is at all related to Jeter being first in PA.

      I agree the ARod hate is a bit premature, but Jeter has been great offensively this year, despite the recent slump.

    • Tom

      0-2 to HR
      1-2 to HR

      Freddy just doesn’t have the stuff to put hitters away consistently. That’s why he runs up the pitch count, which allows hitters to see more of his offspeed stuff and when he makes a mistake he’s going to get hit.

  • Tom

    The moron Sutcliffe used that Stewart groundball as an example of great Rays positioning… the guy is just ridiculous.

    He actually said “it allowed him to get his momentum to go toward 1st” He was swung way over toward 3rd and it took a great play to turn a routine groundball into an out – great positioning!

    (sorry in case folks haven’t noticed, I can’t stand Sutcfliffe)

    • EDDARD

      Seems like it doesn’t matter where the Rays fielder is positioned, he is in the right position according to Sucliffe.

  • EDDARD

    Chris Stewart is the only one going up there fighting. The rest are swinging for the fences. This is Alex Cobb pitching, not Greg Maddux.

  • The Guns of Navarone

    The Giants won the Super Bowl AND beat the Patriots. The Giants won the Super Bowl AND beat the Patriots. The Giants won the Super Bowl AND beat the Patriots. The Giants won the Super Bowl AND beat the Patriots. The Giants won the Super Bowl AND beat the Patriots…

    • The Troll

      Eli beat Tom AGAIN! Another reason why this collapse hurts just a LITTLE less.

    • Cy Pettitte

      the Jets….have Tebow!?

      • JobaWockeeZ

        And ‘golden god’ Mark Sanchez. That’s right bringing back 2009 RAB comments!

  • Electric nunez

    Its time for the yanks to get a pep talk from gen gadsen the vet who fired up the giants for both supersbowls.

  • AnthonyD

    O/U 3.5 A Rod HRs remainder of year

    • JonS

      Under.

  • BigBlueAL

    The Yankee offense might be worse than the Jets offense.

    • The Troll

      I’ll take Tebow over Granderson.

  • Cy Pettitte

    wonder if the O’s will pop the champagne in the clubhouse tonight

  • WHIPunk

    Get him out of there now.

  • Cy Pettitte

    fuck you Freddy.

  • Hummingbird S.

    FUCK YOU FREDDY!! and fuck Girardi as well..

  • FIPster Doofus

    Fuck these guys. I’m not wasting any more of my night on them.

  • forensic

    Yeah, that wasn’t too predictable. Freddy’s a 4 inning pitcher now, if even that…

  • Lily

    great freddy! another homerun.

  • WHIPunk

    Baltimore 4-0 bottom of the 7th.

  • EDDARD

    Yeah, it’s all over now. If I were Girardi I wouldn’t even show up tomorrow.

  • goterpsgo

    Damnit Freddy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    *AAAARRRRGGGGHHHH*

    • goterpsgo

      *AAAAAAAAAAUUUUUGGGGGGGGHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!*
      GET THE HELL OUT OF THERE NOW FREDDY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • JonS

    :(

  • The Troll

    Ok. That’s about all I can manage for the week . . . It’s going to take some kind of miracle to pull the Yankees out of this epic collapse.

    • Athenian

      It is called spring training 2013.

  • Athenian

    Game. Sweep tomorrow. This is like watching the early 90’s teams. Just bad from top to bottom.

  • Kramerica Industries

    It was nice knowing you all.

    I’m gonna be in the fucking slammer for life after tonight.

  • Need Pitching & Hitting

    Can somebody please step up?

    Somebody?

    Anybody?

  • Nice Scheister

    I predict this game will end 2-4. This is a sad brand of baseball. I’m gonna watch desperate housewifes, at least those broads put forth effort.

    • Nice Scheister

      FUCK!!!!!!!!

    • WHIPunk

      Not only do they put forth but they put out!

  • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

    Do they turn on the vents in the bottom of the innings?

    • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

      Ugh. I think maybe they do.

  • AnthonyD

    The irony of Garcia leaving anything on the plate….

  • WHIPunk

    Can we take him out now????!!!! Come on!!!!

  • Need Pitching & Hitting

    Get him the fuck out of the game please.

  • The Guns of Navarone

    It’s almost like he isn’t really a good pitcher. That’s so weird.

  • Cy Pettitte

    this is just a fucking joke now. the Yankees are the laughing stock of the league.

  • Kramerica Industries

    FUCK THIS FUCKING TEAM

  • Mike

    Oyyyy

  • forensic

    Woohoo! Leave him in longer. It’s not like any of this could’ve been predicted.

  • Nathan

    Fuck this.

    And fuck Garcia.

  • Hummingbird S.

    no point in taking him out now, just leave him in, the game is already lost

  • Lily

    this is comical. tied for first tonight

  • JobaWockeeZ

    Team sign BJ Upton.

    • FIPster Doofus

      Just what the Yankees need – another swing-and-miss expert who can’t hit for average.

      • JobaWockeeZ

        I’m also in team trade Grandy. So our needs of having low average guys will be fulfilled.

        Plus he can catch a flyball with ease. More than can be said with Grandy.

      • forensic

        .218/.277/.318 with RISP.

        He’ll fit right in.

  • EDDARD

    The Rays are even hitting more home runs than us now. It’s over, folks.

  • Buddy

    Awwwwww. Poor Yankee fans….. They NEVER win.

    • Nice Scheister

      Overthemonster.com

      They miss you.

    • JobaWockeeZ

      People aren’t used to being pathetic like you and your team. Excuse the complaining.

    • FIPster Doofus

      Mets fan?

  • forensic

    Impressive that it took them this long to even get ANYONE up in the pen. It’s like the blind leading the blind in there now.

  • Hummingbird S.

    they wait till he gives up 5 runs to get somebody up in the pen… and the one guy they get up is the one pitcher worse than Freddy… FUCK YOU GIRARDI.

    • forensic

      Right now I’d rather see Warren than any of the other dreg out there. At least it’s something newish to look at.

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

      Girardi isn’t managing, he got tossed. I’m pretty sure you said it was disgraceful? maybe it was eddard? but Pena’s in charge.

      • Hummingbird S.

        And you think just because he got tossed he’s not calling the shots? Really?

      • WHIPunk

        Girardi is still managing, most managers stay in the hallway and relay information to the new HC. Pena is not in charge.

  • Nice Scheister

    AN OUT…………amazing.

  • JobaWockeeZ

    Looking forward to Garcia getting another deal with us.

  • The Guns of Navarone

    Put in Scott Proctor.

  • Tom

    0-2 to eventual HR
    1-2 to eventual HR

    (He was also 1-2 in the Longoria AB on his HR)

    Freddy just doesn’t have the stuff to put hitters away consistently. That’s why he runs up the pitch count, which allows hitters to see more of his offspeed stuff and when he makes a mistake he’s going to get hit.

  • Chilango

    No middle relief, and three 5th starters. RISP is near the ’67 Yanks mark. The only difference is the payroll. Disgusting on many fronts. Used to be a 5-2 deficit was doable. Now it’s a blowout.

  • Need Pitching & Hitting

    It’s 100% incompetence that Freddy is still in the game right now.

    • C

      Who else would you rather have pitch? As bad as Freddy is, he’s better than any of our middle relievers.

      • JobaWockeeZ

        Oh no he’s not.

      • Need Pitching & Hitting

        Freddy today:
        9.00 ERA, 11.71 FIP, 5.38 xFIP

        Pretty much every member of the bullpen is better than that.

  • Hummingbird S.

    was it he trying to accomplish by leaving Garcia in?

    • Cy Pettitte

      they gotta get 5 innings. the bullpen is thin, they only have like 12 pitchers available.

  • stuart a

    garcia sucks. the offense is gutless. arod, cano, te, grandy, swisher, they are players. nothing special…this team is toast. I cannot believe how this team just folded.

    CC on the mound has not done his job either.. a colossal cave…

  • Cy Pettitte

    Ichiro and Kuroda needs to inform this team about the Japanese ritual of seppuku.

    • WHIPunk

      Dang that’s harsh.

  • Karl Krawfid

    Throw a Yankee a Change up and coast to victory. This team is so fucking sad to watch.

    All these shitty pull hitters beating the pitch into the ground night after night.

    • The Guns of Navarone

      Bingo.

  • Will The Thrill

    I’m so glad I’m not actually watching this game and just following it. Fuckimg pathetic. $200MM payroll and they can’t play .500 baseball in the second half. Laughable.

  • Tony

    How is Freddy still in? Its unbelievable

  • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

    Oh my God.

    Seriously. Eppley is Scott Proctor

  • Lily

    im shocked freddy is still in there after the walk to longoria

  • forensic

    Homerun, homerun, hard grounder, walk…

    He’s looking good, lets leave him out there more. There’s certainly no precedent for him completely imploding at this same damn time in every game.

  • Cy Pettitte

    lol at Kay. they could have 50 innings left, they ain’t scoring 3 runs.

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

    EVERYBDY NEEDDS TO CALM THE FUCK DOWN I GOT THIS

    sOME PEOPLE here do not realize that this is just a startegies our genies manager is playing. he wants us to take the wild card becasue we will face a weaker team in the playoffs. i guess al the poeple here dont remmeber how we purposely lost to the rays at the last game of last ear? so they can make the playoffs and we can face the weaker team?

    • Mike Stanley

      Startegies?

      • The Guns of Navarone

        I think he means strategery.

      • The Troll

        Oh shit! We’ve got a genie for a manager? WHY THE F*CK IS NO ONE WISHING FOR A WIN?!

      • WHIPunk

        It’s spelled startegieses.

  • stuart a

    this is a team of frontrunners. when they get knocked down it is over…

    the good news is we still have arods contract for about 5 years and jeter for 2 more years…

    there are only clouds out there…………..

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

      dude arod is like our second besteest hitter. he has 15 home runs and he has mist like 6 months.

      • WHIPunk

        His bat isn’t the problem (it’s a little above average at this point), his contract is.

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

          its not like your paying it

          • Widger

            But it prevents the Yankees from doing a lot of things. That’s why it sucks.

  • forensic

    Hard-hitting analysis from Lou.

    “The at-bats are getting harder for Freddy now”

    Thanks for explaining that to us.

    • The Guns of Navarone

      Yeah thanks for showing up, Lou.

  • goterpsgo

    OMG DOUBLE PLAY THANK YOU GOD FOR FINALLY ENDING THIS INNING!!!!

  • Lily

    please offense show SOME life

  • mt

    Orioles at 7 runs and counting.

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

    I kan haz offenze pleez?

  • Tom

    Thank you Mr Maddon for not starting the runner 3-2. The guy’s a genius and unconventional and aggressive, so this won’t be mentioned by the ESPN crew.

    I’m going to go out on a limb and say it will take at least 6 runs to win this game (and no I haven’t been drinking)

  • JMK

    I’m not a pessimist by any standard, but it’s nearly impossible to imagine this team hoisting the World Series trophy.

    • WHIPunk

      Can’t judge that till we get the entire team back (nearly there) but I do agree it’s nearly impossible to imagine them winning this game.

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

    nice to see Robbie getting emotional support with arod hitting behidnd him…props to girardi.

  • tommydee2000

    Gutless.

    This team needs a housecleaning: Cashman, Girardi, the coaching staff, a number of players and their contracts, and…

    Hank AND Hal WILPON!

  • C

    O/U 10.5 pitches this inning

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

      Over: 11.

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

        damnit. It was like 9?

      • WHIPunk

        How many pitches was it?

        • WHIPunk

          Damn Raul, looks like you missed out on winning… a BRAND NEW CAR!! :)

  • fuck this team

    fuck this team

    • Upstate Yanks Fan

      couldn’t agree more…will we ever win again?

  • fuck this team

    here comes a swisher home run. It’ll happen because there’s no one on and it isn’t an important hitting situation

    • DC

      Behind by 3, but scoring a run wouldn’t be important? smh

  • mt

    The only good thing about this game is that we may stop hearing Girardi and Jeter say – “I would rather be where we are than they (Orioles and Rays) are and we still control our destiny” – unless we score some runs here, we no longer control our destiny

  • edmond

    I think the first guy said it best, if you cant beat Alex Cobb, you dont belong here, and this team doesnt!

  • The Guns of Navarone

    Lou Piniella is not helping out with my overall health right now.

  • JMK

    Lou is an expert analyst. To win the division, you have to win some baseball games.

    Thanks, Lou.

  • fuck this team

    yep fuck this team

  • forensic

    Is the only question remaining whether they’ll get the 3 hits needed to finally pass 6 in one game?

  • Cy Pettitte

    lol Swish sit down you useless fuck. what is he like 3 for his last 40 with 20 strikeouts or something?

  • Chilango

    Hey Swisher K’s again. At least he’s not batting 2d

  • JMK

    At least Swisher saw more than two pitches. Pretty shitty silver lining, I admit.

  • TomH

    Wasn’t it Orel Hersheiser who caught shit here some weeks ago, when Yankees were way ahead, for saying they were only “the fourth best” team in the league (or baseball–I forget which)?

    He was generous.

  • WHIPunk

    And Cano actually hustles down the li…… oh wait.. :/

  • The Troll

    And Cano jobs the line . . .

    • The Troll

      Jogs* – Although he should be jobbing the line at this rate. Ain’t gonna get hired with THAT hustle!

  • fuck this team

    If you could trade the yanks now for the twins right now, just to finish out this season, who would you take? Not as simple as it seems. Oh wait hold, on gotta watch Cano mail it in for the rest of the night. He got his hit for the day – now it’s all smiles in the dugout.

    • Matt

      The Yankees have been as bad as the Twins in the last 2 weeks, and outside of the 9-2 stretch at home against Boston and Texas probably for most of the 2nd half.

    • DC

      Man, you’re just out to show your stupidity tonight.

      • fuck this team

        Dynamite drop in DC. Thanks for contributing

        • DC

          Like you’re contributing shit with your mindless blabbering?

          • fuck this team

            As opposed to just reading other people’s shit and disagreeing for the sake of disagreeing? You gonna give us an original thought tonight there DC?

        • The Troll

          He’s a homer. He cannot see the heaping pile of shit that stands before him.

          • DC

            Ouch…you got me.

            • The Troll

              Yes. I did. You’re welcome. Adios.

  • The Guns of Navarone

    A fly ball!!! Small victories.

  • Hummingbird S.

    they gave up..

  • WHIPunk

    Like a bunch of lemmings falling off of a cliff… sigh.

  • Cy Pettitte

    lol another sub 10 pitch inning. like I said, they should just stay in their hotel rooms and watch PPV porn all night on Hal’s dime. don’t bother showing up.

    • Hideki Matsui

      You mentioned something about….

  • yanks or death

    i dont like anyone on this team outside of jeter

  • goterpsgo

    OK I’ve had enough. I still have some episodes of Daily Show/Colbert Report from last week to catch up on – I’d rather watch professional comedians rather than this joke of a team. ttyal.

  • DT

    I could care less if we resign swish or not. Too bad there aren’t any better options besides the often injured Josh Hamilton.

  • tyrone sharpton

    time to oil up the asses…

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

    Closing up shop for the night, I’m going to try to not listen to the game on the way home, so I can be either pleasantly surprised when I get home, or understandably disappointed.

    • The Guns of Navarone

      I would avoid it so John Sterling doesn’t dry hump you every time there’s a fly ball that gets within 50 feet of the fence.

  • Widger

    Great inning guys. Really.

  • Kramerica Industries

    This team has done NOTHING to stop the bleeding that began back in Oakland.

    Not only do they deserve what’s happening to them – they’ll be lucky as fucking hell to not be in 3rd place once the Orioles are done with them. Fucking pathetic in every possible way with this team.

  • The Troll

    ESPN reminding me how epically bad the Yankees have been. Thanks for the salt, assholes, I’ll rub it in myself!

    • The Guns of Navarone

      They’re actually a game over .500 since July.

      • The Troll

        They said something along the lines of “the Yankees have failed to make the playoffs only TWICE when leading the division in September . . . “

  • forensic

    Good, more analysis from Lou.

    “They’re hitting harder balls more consistently off Freddy now.”

    I’m glad he’s there to explain difficult to discern things like this to us.

  • JobaWockeeZ

    It’s like clockwork. Freddy HAS to leave at 100 pitches give or take a pitch. What’s the point of showing up if you have a set strategy?

  • Karl Krawfid

    Blaming CC is dumb.

    7 innings 3 runs.

    Win the fucking game.

  • The Guns of Navarone

    Thanks for coming Freddy. In fact, I’d like to thank the entire team for showing up tonight.

  • The Troll

    I just want to know what the homers are saying now . . . the ones that insisted that most games were meaningless because of the 10 game division lead. Where are you now?!

    • Mike Stanley

      Each game is an individual result.

  • JMK

    What was that, 7 pitches the Yankees saw that last inning?

    I don’t expect the Yankees to win every year. But it’s especially hard to watch when in winter I was imagining bringing back a stacked offense with Pineda, CC, Kuroda, Andy, Nova, Hughes, Freddy, Phelps, Warren, Banuelos, Betances and a really good bullpen.

    This is as much Murphys Law as I can remember a first place team – for now, anyway – ever facing.

  • Tom

    The problem is the hitters don’t seem to be able to make adjustments. They have one approach and that’s it.

    It’s one thing for the lefties to be fooled on the 2 seamer coming back over the plate the first time through the lineup; but they are looking back at the umpire on pitches that aren’t even marginal and are catching a lot of the plate the 2nd and 3rd time around.

    Make an adjustment.

  • Nathan

    Is there any decent FA pitchers this offseason? Garcia isn’t cutting it.

    Sabathia, _________, __________, Hughes, Nova.

    Kuroda and Pettitte would be OK in the spots but I’d like to have either Hughes or Nova, not both.

    • Mike Stanley

      Pineda

      • Nathan

        Will he be ready and 100% (as 100% as can be expected) by opening day?

        He had fairly serious surgery.

        • forensic

          No. Won’t be ready until at least May.

        • DC

          I don’t think he’s expected to be ready by opening day…more like May if I remember correctly. (assuming best case scenario)

    • The Guns of Navarone

      Free agents??? The Yankees develop enough of their own young starting pitching. They don’t need to sign anyone.

      • Nathan

        Thanks, I needed a laugh after the way this game is going.

    • Need Pitching & Hitting

      I wouldn’t count on any of Hughes, Nova, or Pettitte as more than back end starters. Kuroda can fill one spot behind CC. I have no idea who the other could be, but my guess is they’ll foolishly rely on one of Hughes or Pettitte to be the #3.

      • DC

        And I have a feeling there will be a big market for Kuroda.

        • Need Pitching & Hitting

          I agree. Seems like there were only a few teams he was willing to play for though, so that may help. Unfortunately, the Dodgers are one of those teams. That may hurt.

      • Nathan

        My thoughts exactly. I wouldn’t trust Hughes to be more than a #5 pitcher…he hasn’t been consistent enough to be considered anything more than that. Pettitte could be that #3 but, dare I say, he’s old and injury prone.

    • Widger

      Former Cy Young Award Winner is out there, but the Yankees are too big of chumps to sign him.

      • The Guns of Navarone

        Bingo. Because of some anxiety disorder he had like five fucking years ago and won the Cy Young award AFTER overcoming it.

  • mt

    I know he was horrible before he hit DL but does Nova nake Freddy’s next start – probably not, Nova may need a little more time – maybe Freddy gets one more start in – drumroll please – Baltimore on Sunday.

    The only solace I take from this is that Red Sox are not pursuing us – would be losinbg my mind if we blew this lead to Boston – I do not hate O’s and Rays like I loathe Boston. (Also get to see O’s on MASN because of where I live so I do have alternative ofseeing winning baseball every night:-)).

  • WHIPunk

    Greatttttttttt job right there.

  • ArchStanton

    Rapada- the left-handed one walk guy.

  • Need Pitching & Hitting

    Love it when Loogy’s walk lefties.

  • Hummingbird S.

    Here we go with the 5 pitchers inning… FUCK YOU GIRARDI

    • Mike N

      Girardi’s gone. This is Pena.

      • Hummingbird S.

        Girardi is calling the shots from the clubhouse.

      • WHIPunk

        No it’s not, Girardi is still managing just from inside, happens all the time when managers get ejected.

        • WHIPunk

          “No he’s not” I meant to say, its one of those unwritten rules of baseball there’s no strict code on it, so they relay their messages to the interim HC.

          • Mike N

            Lou said that when he got ejected he would just go to his office and watch the game on teevee and let the bench coach manage.

            • WHIPunk

              Of course he said that, doesn’t mean he did it.

    • Chilango

      More like fuck you Peña but it’s the same binder so OK fuck em both

  • Mike N

    Rapada and Eppley are both completely worthless. How the fuck are they still on this goddamn roster?

    • Tom

      Ibanez – popup, K or weak grounder?

      (please prove me wrong Raul)

  • Mike Stanley

    Is there anything in the world more gutless than walking a guy you had 1-2?

    • Kramerica Industries

      Freddy did that at least three times tonight.

      • The Guns of Navarone

        Only when he didn’t serve up HRs with two strikes.

      • Mike Stanley

        It’s so awful. Hughes/Joba love doing it.

  • forensic

    Heh, Singleton and Piniella doing their best to convince people the team isn’t dead and they should keep YES’s ratings up…

    • Mike Stanley

      There’s a month left.

      • forensic

        And you don’t think people are wondering to themselves right now if they’re even worth watching for that month?

        • Mike Stanley

          Who gives a s**t? Watch, don’t watch.

          • forensic

            The YES people give a shit, which is why they’re doing that.

            It’s just funny that out of nowhere after discussing all their issues, they both come out saying the same stuff at the same time.

  • The Troll

    At least my prediction on Cobb is lining up to be true . . . If he goes two more innings and lets up just ONE more single then I am a genius!

    • The Troll

      I also predicted (in the first inning) that the Yankees would proceed to shit the bed after scoring TWO right off the bat. Bow down before me for I am NostraTrollus

  • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

    Wonder how K-Long’s book is selling?

    Ok, that was low…

    • Billy

      Why blame Long? Look at our 5-9. AAA players

      • WHIPunk

        You mean two? Nix and Dickerson are the only AAA players hitting this game.

        • WHIPunk

          And Nix is only in because Cano “injured his ribs” last night, after he failed to stop theball.

      • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

        Meh, I’m not rally “blaming” him. I just threw it out there as cannon-fodder.

        I agree it’s not his fault. This team is just not hitting at all though.

        I should say that I don’t really believe hitting coached can affect veteran hitting anyways: bad or good. I think he may have gotten too much credit for Granderson’s adjustments.

  • Kevin

    Most disgraceful team I’ve seen in my lifetime. 2011 Red Sox,meet the 2012 Yankees.what a JOKE!!!!

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

    even if one of Ibanez/Nix/C-Dick gets on base (highly unlickily) they will have the mighty stewie to drive them in

  • Hummingbird S.

    ibanez still hitting.. he cant be serious

  • Cy Pettitte

    sometimes you just have to tip your cap to a great pitcher like Cobb or Randy Johnson or Greg Maddux or Cy Young.

  • Tom

    Good lord does Sutcliffe fellate Maddon between innings?

    He is just out of control tonight.

    • The Troll

      Don’t forget the balls. Sutcliffe doesn’t. Sutcliffe is a notorious teste twirler.

  • JobaWockeeZ

    It’s not the cup’s fault you suck Raul.

  • Hummingbird S.

    Moore will pitch 8 shutout innings tomorrow with 12 K’s and 1 BB.. I love this lineup

  • Widger

    hilarious how the second they get down they stop hitting completely.

  • JobaWockeeZ

    That was right down the fucking middle.

  • The Troll

    Straight down the middle. Let us all join in a communal laugh. This team is t-t-toast!

  • Defensive Indifference

    Wow. This is brutal. They simply have nothing.

  • Hummingbird S.

    another under 10 pitch inning.. another game they score 2 in the first and don’t score again. this team is a fucking joke

  • Cy Pettitte

    hahahah great job offense. 9 straight retired. all you have to do is take the lead on this team and they roll over and die. someone should tell them whoever leads after 9 wins, not whoever gets to 3 runs first.

  • Karl Krawfid

    Yankees score 2 runs in the first and tell Freddy to pitch a shutout.

    • Kramerica Industries

      Everything about team is in absolutely fucking flux right now.

      This team would lose a 7-game series to the fucking Astros right now.

  • Widger

    The Orioles are going to score more runs this inning than the Yankees saw pitches this past inning. Holy shit I hate this team.

  • fuck this team

    2 runs in the first and then nothing the rest of the way. Where have I seen that before…

  • Tom

    Chris Stewart’s last AB – 11 pitches
    Next 8 batters – 21 pitches

    • forensic

      Now that is sad. Just going through the motions it seems.

  • JMK

    I can pretty much guess how the responses will go, but serious question – are any of you interested in Greinke? If so, at what price?

    Personally, I think people make the whole social anxiety disorder something they can easily peg when it’s not that simple. I’m not saying he would do well – I’m not an expert, nor his doctor – but if he says he’d be unfazed by it, sign the man.

    Again, just my $0.02.

    • Mike Stanley

      It’s stupid. He’s fine.

    • Cy Pettitte

      he would be great on this team. I could see him completely imploding. I think that’s what we’re missing, a guy like AJ who can blow a game in the 2 innings. Then you don’t have to suffer through games like this where you think there’s a chance they could win

    • WHIPunk

      I have social anxiety disorder and I can’t personally speak about Greinke’s conidition, but there’s a reason he has personally put a no trade clause including New York. He doesn’t have the mental capability to withstand the media/fans/expectations. Look how he did in the playoffs last year under pressure.

      • JMK

        Lots of guys do poorly in a handful of games, it doesn’t mean they can’t handle pressure/expectations.

        He was willing to drop his no-trade clause in 2010 when on the Royals. It was Cashman who rejected Montero and Nunez for Greinke.

    • Nathan

      I’m interested in Grienke…then again, I’m interested in just about anyone that is an upgrade over Hughes, Nova, Garcia.

      Then again, it all comes down to Hal and Cash. I don’t see either one going out and spending though. Probably a rotation similar to this year’s, sadly.

      • WHIPunk

        It does not only come down to Hal and Cash, it comes down to Grienke, do we all forget he would have to accept an offer? He wants nothing to do with New York, absolutely nothing, he will get his money elsewhere, do not get hung up on him possibly coming to NY, he is not.

        • JMK

          He agreed to drop his no-trade clause to the Yankees in 2010, FYI.

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

          Greinke met with Cashman a few days before he was traded to the Brewers and tried to convince him to trade for him, which is a weird way for someone to act when they want “nothing to do with New York.”

          http://riveraveblues.com/2011/.....ade-44023/

          • JobaWockeeZ

            Oh that’s the most stupid fucking thing Cashman has ever done.

            It’s like we’re destined to never have good pitchers and we have to settle for Michael Pineda.

  • ClayDavis

    Remember when Hank pretended that he gave a shit? Now all your hear from this ownership is this stupid slf imposed salary cap. It never helped but I would have loved a declaration from George. Shit is embarrassing.

    • WHIPunk

      I think he still does give a shit, but has been silenced by the organization.

  • WHIPunk

    Wow 12-0 Baltimore, whats the chance we come back tonight? Who’d take the over on 20%? Not me.

  • The Troll

    Kurkijan talking about the epic collapse again. Sorry Greg.

    • The Troll

      The Yankees have never blown a lead greater than 6 in the division . . .

      • The Troll

        OBP is the worst (for NYY) since 1992 . . .

  • Kramerica Industries

    Orioles having a run differential busting game tonight.

    They’ll need to make it look better for when they assume first place tomorrow night.

  • Tom

    Does anyone know how big the Yankees lead once was? ESPN has not mentioned it at all.(and by “at all” I mean the last 10 seconds)

    I know it’s a big story but every 2 or 3 minutes is absurd.

    • WHIPunk

      Everyone keeps referencing the 10 game lead so I assume thats it, or very close.

  • RetroRob

    Ummm, more hitting please.

    Actually, any hitting, please.

  • Kramerica Industries

    I also see that Joe doing what he did had no effect on this team tonight.

    So there goes that theory. This is like MythBusters with all the possible “waking them the hell up” theories that aren’t working.

  • The Troll

    Cano is ALL smiles in the dugout.

    • Cy Pettitte

      he’s making millions of dollars and is in line for at least $100mil in his next contract. you honestly think he gives even the slightest of shits?

      • At Least Mitt Will Win

        He got his hit for the night, so he’s done.

  • Chilango

    Cobb: ERA 4.40, ERA+ 86, H/9 9.2, WHIP 1.322.

  • ClayDavis

    Since the Red Sox are out of e race, ESPN has to get some satisfaction.

  • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

    I’m watching Point Break and just following RAB commentary instead

  • At Least Mitt Will Win

    Cano, laugh it up in the dugout buddy. Enjoy your night. I think he thinks he’s in the Rays’ dugout. I wish one of the leaders on this team would say something to him. Hate seeing a team play this bad and then joke around in the dugout like it’s slowpitch softball and they’re just enjoying the company of their drinking buddies.

    • ClayDavis

      I love Jeter but the I’m so fucking cool act annoys me. I don’t think Robbie would me smiling if O’Neil or even Posada was on that bench.

    • Big Member

      racist

  • Cy Pettitte

    they PH Ichiro LOL

  • Tom

    Well at least Eppley has looked good. (though part of me thinks that’s fools gold)

    I know we are entering the typical Giradi (via Pena) give up portion of the game (down more than 1 after 7), but at the very least hopefully they scratch out a run or two, make the Rays use a bit of their bullpen and get Rodney in a 2nd day in a row

  • tyrone sharpton

    Rays and Baltimore are cuming from behind…this is depressing

    • WHIPunk

      Everyone talks about Baltimore yet forget Tampa will only be 1 1/2 games out of 1st after this.

  • Cy Pettitte

    super fucking AB Ichiro. just pathetic.

  • WHIPunk

    Ha!!! Ichiro, really Cashman, the best you could do?

  • Hummingbird S.

    sad… wonder what goes in his mind to take that pitch

  • AnthonyD

    Everyone keeps complaining about the Yankees hitting – have you guys looked at this line up? How BAD it is right now? Look at 5-9. 3 guys that shouldn’t be on a roster, a shot DH that had a couple “hot months”, a guy just getting back from an injury. Granderson has been terrible. Just abysmal since the break. So if you don’t get production from Jeter, Swish or Cano – where do you expect it from? Already got 2 runs from Swish / Cano.

    • WHIPunk

      We are missing 1 hitter from our normal lineup which is Teixeria, Stewart is Martin’s backup and you can lay that one on Cashman, but does not negate the fact that he is a semi-regular.

    • Matt

      The Red Sox had no problems last year scoring a ton of runs with a lineup that was just 5 players deep (Ellsbury, Pedroia, Gonzalez, Youkilis, Ortiz). Have you seen the players they have plugged in this year? Mauro Gomez? Ciriaco? Podesdnik?

      The bottom line is that not one player on this team has stepped up their performance this season. When almost every player in your lineup is having a below-average season, it’s hard to blame the injuries. They have more than enough bats, and not enough guys actually hitting the ball.

      • AnthonyD

        My point is more that they suck – not that they are dogs or whatever. I’m not blaming it on injuries, I’m not blaming it on anything. I’m just looking at this line up and wondering where the runs outside of Jeter, Swisher and Cano are going to come from.

  • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan

    Ichiro will be rejuvenated when he’s traded to New York.

  • Widget

    Would rather have seen Martin bat instead of Ichiro. That guy is all sorts of cooked.

  • EDDARD

    Greg Maddux pitched a gem tonight. Only made one mistake to Robbie Cano. Tip your cap to him.

  • Tom

    Terrible AB by Ichiro, but that 2nd pitch was maybe 8″ off the plate. For a guy who’s not giving the call 2-3″ off the plate that is just ridiculous.

    And of course ESPN would not put a K zone up on that.

  • Hummingbird S.

    here comes the Granderson popout and Swisher K

  • Mike N

    Lou is into it: “C’mon, Granderson!”

  • Big Member

    wow yankee players pissing me off…im following the game on game day and they are all smiling on their player photos…your losing why are you smiling?

  • Cy Pettitte

    If Grandy got paid by the K he’d be fucking bajillionaire

  • Hummingbird S.

    hanging pitch, middle of the plate.. Granderson might be legally blind

  • WHIPunk

    Sigh Granderson… Austin Jackson and his .387 OBP is a smack in the face right now.

    • WHIPunk

      And only 25 years old, *punches fist to the heavens*

  • EDDARD

    Granderson couldn’t make contact if he was swinging at a beach ball.

  • Defensive Indifference

    Kurtis.

  • Nice Scheister

    Granderson needs his damn eyes checked.

    • mt

      You might be joking but I have thought the same thing – remember when Bernie Williams got Lasik surgery? Maybe there is something. He just looks so lost and swinging through hittable pitches (as opposed to Swisher who is fooled by speed and hurt by over-swinging)

  • Matt

    In the last 11 games, this is what the Yankees are hitting AS A TEAM:

    .203/.272/.338, 3.09 R/G

    Over this same stretch, the Yankees pitching put up the following line:

    98 IP 90 H 28 BB 85 K, 3.77 ERA 1.20 WHIP

    Is anyone surprised?

    • WHIPunk

      Surprised by the ERA, thought it would be higher, though combine that with the relievers ERA and you got yourself a team!

    • Nice Scheister

      I just threw up in my mouth a little bit. Fire Kevin Long and hire Barry Bonds as the hitting coach!

    • Matt

      If they just hit even at a remotely respectable level, they would probably be 5 games up in the division still.

      That is how bad they have been. And the injuries are no excuse, because Jeter, Swisher, Cano, and Granderson have been struggling mightily lately.

      This is a collapse that is nearly 100% the fault of the offense. Even with the bullpen struggles, their team ERA is still excellent over the recent stretch. Part of that is probably due as well to the inexcusable errors turning many of those runs unearned. But even turning those unearned runs to earned only moves the ERA up to 4.22, and every team has that happen.

      In June, the incredible starting pitching covered up the obvious weaknesses of the offense. Their ERA as a team in June was 2.99, but when it has returned to normal levels they have been a .500 team.

    • Matt

      Over this same stretch:

      Jeter- .204/.291/.408
      Granderson- .143/.162/.343
      Chavez- .241/.303/.241
      Jones- .100/.217/.100
      Ibanez- .074/.138/.185
      Ichiro- .179/.220/.205
      Teixeira- .167/.273/.222

      Only two guys hitting even a lick were Cano (.283/.340/.609), Swisher (.255/.327/.426), and Martin (.257/.297/.371)

  • Hummingbird S.

    god forbid swisher swing at that hanging breaking ball down the middle..

  • WHIPunk

    Whens the last time we had a runner in scoring position this game? I genuinely want to know.

    • Nathan

      Doesn’t matter. Runner on third with no outs, three balls and a blind pitcher and these Yankees wouldn’t be able to score.

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

    Will the real New York Yankees please start playing some baseball. Getting really tired of watching the Seattle Mariners lose to the Rays and Orioles in critical spots.

    • Nathan

      These ARE the Yankees. RISP fails and zero comebacks in late innings…this team has ZERO heart.

  • yanks or death

    is it bad if i’m rooting for swisher to strikeout at this point?

  • Nice Scheister

    Kipper : “Nothing ever really happens.”

  • Karl Krawfid

    Change up sit down.

  • Cy Pettitte

    fucking Swish is racking up the K’s like he needs a new sombrero wardrobe.

  • Hummingbird S.

    who could see that coming? swisher k’s when the game is on the line

    • Need Pitching & Hitting

      Lol…the game is on the line down 3?
      This game has been over for a while now.

  • WHIPunk

    The body language on this team is AWFUL.

    • WHIPunk

      The fact we are going to be tied for 1st place is hitting me right now and I’m mad as hell, George is rolling over in his grave.

  • Chilango

    I hope the Yanks rally in the 9th so Swish can get his 2d sombrero of the week,

  • Big Member

    swisher needs to be brought back in the number 2 spot. he is not comfortable hitting 3rd

  • The Guns of Navarone

    I’m seriously amazed at how useless this team is against a changeup.

    • Nice Scheister

      It’s disgusting. They should give all the regulars (besides A-Rod, he just got back and Jeter he’s Jeter) a day off and go with

      Jeter SS
      Chavez 3B
      A-Rod DH
      Pearce 1B
      Dickerson CF
      Nunez 2B
      Ichiro RF
      Nix LF
      Cervelli C

      Or call up another OF and sit Ichiro, the lack of heart is disgusting.

  • WHIPunk

    Oh god Joba.

    • Cy Pettitte

      it’s strategy, 3 run lead = Rodney, 4 run lead = anyone but Rodney

  • WHIPunk

    A Cervelli sighting!!!

  • Hummingbird S.

    Joe trying to spare Rodney, brings Joba in..

  • JMK

    Frankie Blue Eyes being back is what sparks a Yankee win streak.

  • The Troll

    Hey Mike, I’m not saying that you do this but I DARE you to put a positive spin on tonight’s game. I think bullshit is the only kind of shit this team deserves right now . . .

    • Nathan

      “Well…at least nobody got hurt on the Yankees today!”.

      Wait…three more outs. Nvrmnd.

    • Cy Pettitte

      Joba looked good in a completely meaningless inning. #smallvictories

      • mt

        Eppley looked good, too #small vicctories 2.

    • The Troll

      Joba 1-2-3 . . . I guess that wrote itself reasonably quickly. Stewart too, he had a great AB.

    • Karl Krawfid

      Joba!!!!!!

    • Mike

      Joba Chamberlain 1 inning performance? lol

  • Hummingbird S.

    very impressive inning by Joba.. showed command of the FB

  • mt

    ESPN has been dropping little ” Yankees have been awful” nuggets all night – one they just dropped – Grandy who led league in runs scored last year with 136 has not scored a run on something other than his own home run since August 12. Now Grandy is batting in a different position than last year but still that is pretty stunning (but not surprising if you watch the games like we do).

    • The Troll

      I was appalled by that statistic too.

  • WHIPunk

    Lol @ Kay maybe Joba’s performance will put a spark into the Yankees, if Girardi and his vein on his forehead can’t get the Yankees to play with some grit, then I thought Joba will make it happen.

  • WHIPunk

    Baltimore won, 3 more outs till the inevitable tie.

  • WHIPunk

    Keep on talking about how Joba threw so well to distract what is actually happening Kay.

  • The Troll

    Rodney’s got some sweet pubes on his face.

  • The Guns of Navarone

    They got this. It’s not like Rodney has been untouchable.

    • WHIPunk

      I’m amazed you think we still have a chance, I have no faith whatsoever in this team at this point.

  • Cy Pettitte

    can we start a campaign #FireGiaradiHireO’Neill? Paul O’Neill wouldn’t stand for this shit.

  • WHIPunk

    Weak Cano…. Weak.

  • Chilango

    Another change another K

  • Hummingbird S.

    9 Ks and 1 BB… heck of an offense

  • The Troll

    Rays fans look so happy. I’m so jealous. Moreover, though, I’m confused. I didn’t know there was such a thing as a Rays fan base.

  • WHIPunk

    Teams have started scouting us correctly lately, I read that the Yankee take so many pitches that often pitchers will know they can start out 0-1 by just throwing an average pitch for a strike.

  • King George

    It’s been a good run, this year is done. I don’t give a shit if people call me out. Here’s a sample size for you. All of the fucking second half. Quality baseball. Sweet!

    • WHIPunk

      How has it been a good run? Downright depressing if you ask me.

  • Jimmy Is Key To David’s Cone

    “Wasn’t even close on that changeup” – Michael Kay,talking about Robinson Cano, or about every single 2012 New York Yankee.

  • WHIPunk

    Wow 15 MPH difference with his changeup, thats Santana territory.

    • Karl Krawfid

      His changeup has that 2 seam Pedro fade to it.

      • WHIPunk

        Hes straight up nasty man.

  • Hummingbird S.

    6 HITS!!!

  • WHIPunk

    Ughhh and A-Rod passes Babe Ruth on the hits list.

  • The Troll

    Strike zone seems to have gotten a tad bit bigger this inning.

  • EDDARD

    Best case scenario if we don’t make the playoffs- Cashman and Girardi are sent packing. Paul O’Neill is made the new manager and holds players accountable. The team gets much younger as they need to cut payroll anyway. We need guys on the team who want to be there and don’t strike out 200 times a year.

    • JMK

      What makes you think Paul O’Neil would be a good manager?

      • The Troll

        He destroys water coolers. How does he NOT have the makings of a great manager?!

        • Chilango

          the last guy you want managing is O’Neill. He can’t manage himself

      • Need Pitching & Hitting

        Because he smashed water coolers, so the Yankees would be better, obviously.

      • Nice Scheister

        TEH FIRE IN HIS BELLY!!11!

  • Tom

    One more runner…. and you never know….

  • Ppiddy

    Wow. They got a hit against the homeless looking guy

  • ClayDavis

    I do wonder if Jeter is beginning to feel like Clark Griswold after joining the jelly of the month club.

  • Nathan

    God, look at that dugout shot. It’s like it’s an elimination game and they’re about to go home.

    NO HEART.

    • Mike Stanley

      What does that even mean? Enough BS.

    • JMK

      Armchair psychologist Nathan knows what real ball players do when confronted by loss.

  • WHIPunk

    A-Rod should have stayed on first, better chance of us getting a home run if he’s not in scoring position.

  • Widget

    It’s going to be awesome when Rodeny crash to earth in the post season.

  • Cy Pettitte

    Andy’s like “I can’t believe I unretired for this shit, I just want to go back home.”

  • Ppiddy

    Tied for First!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Cy Pettitte

      out of context, this sounds great!!

      • JMK

        Ha, true.

    • DC

      Haha!

  • Hummingbird S.

    theeee Yankees suck!

  • The Troll

    Wow. Fernando Rodney’s “celebration” . . . I’m quivering in rage.

  • WHIPunk

    Tied for first place guys… that death siren the Rays just played is fitting, don’t know why they use that horrifying sound when the Rays win though. Sounds like an alarm before an air strike.

    • DC

      That siren has to be the most annoying feature in baseball. And I’m including Hawk’s HR call.

  • Matt

    Just to reiterate, in the last 11 games:

    Jeter- .204/.291/.408
    Granderson- .143/.162/.343
    Chavez- .241/.303/.241
    Jones- .100/.217/.100
    Ibanez- .074/.138/.185
    Ichiro- .179/.220/.205
    Teixeira- .167/.273/.222

    This is NOT due to injuries. There are only 3 guys in the lineup over this stretch putting up even mediocre numbers, and only 1 of them (Cano) has an OPS over .800.

    • DT

      Well they won’t be hitting this awful forever. So i guess that’s a bright side. I’d be more worry if they were hitting like usual and still losing.

      • WHIPunk

        “Well they won’t be hitting this awful forever”

        It’s not like we have 3 months left.

        • WHIPunk

          And I’m sure Boston & Atlanta fans said the same last year, also our pitching is not doing anything to help either.

          • DT

            Difference is when Atlanta and Boston hit bottom the season was over. There was no time to recover.

          • Matt

            3.77 ERA over the same stretch, and that includes the bullpen meltdowns. This is pretty much all on the offense.

            • WHIPunk

              I said “our pitching” which includes our relievers.

              • DT

                And yet even with the awful relievers they’ve had an overall 3.77 ERA in this stretch as Matt pointed out.

        • DT

          One month of baseball is enough for a quick turn around. Remember early on the Yanks hit last place before going on their big run.

      • rogue

        Looking at this lineup, I see the following…

        Age
        Injuries
        Mediocrity

        Your idea of “usual” is back in 2009. I’ve been saying this all season. This team was never that good. The Yankees offense is overrated.

    • The Troll

      Holy shit. Why do they even bother running onto the field?

    • Matt

      Also, of the 7 Yankees with at least 30 PA in the last 11 games, only 2 of them have a wRC+ over 83. 5 of the 7 “everyday” players are WELL below average right now.

  • DT

    Well on the bright side, the fact they lost it early means there’s still plenty of games left for them to crawl back out of it.

  • Bartrollo

    Hate watching this team right now. It’s brutal.

    The thing that annoys me the most is watching scrubs like Ibanez, Jones, and Ichiro get so much playing time. None of them have done shit for the past few weeks. They all suck. Give some of the younger players a chance.

    • WHIPunk

      Whens the last time Cashman has made a significant mid-season move? Seems like forever, this whole “but I like the way the team as it stands right now” act is getting old. Especially as other contenders make trades.

      • DT

        Well they were in first and streaking with a double digit lead when the trade deadline hit. I doubt he expected this. Also there was really not one on the market at the time. His biggest move would have been Cliff Lee in 2010 had Seattle not decided to that they liked the awful Justin Smoak over Montero.

  • ClayDavis

    Excited for the cliches

  • mt

    As I said in an earlier post, the next 11 games are critical – 4 Rays, 4 Orioles, and 3 Red Sux in Boston (which will be their World Series to knock us over)- we have to start winning these games now. We may have an “easier” schedule over last 15 games of the year but it may not matter if we are 2, 3 or 4 games behind.

  • Chilango

    Wake up call to the FO. We’re stuck with ARod and Tex, but we can let Swisher go maybe Granderson too and get some new talent. GO BLUE…

  • Nice Scheister

    Final thoughts…

    1.) Play the kids, it couldn’t get any worse. Maybe the AAA hitting coach emphasized hitting change-ups and/or FASTBALLS DOWN BROADWAY.

    2.) That is all.

  • CC Is Not An Ace

    The ship is sinking. It is time to rebuild.

    • DT

      Yes because our reactionary fans can totally take 3-5 years of being in last place and stock piling draft picks and prospects.

      • CC Is Not An Ace

        I wouldn’t say totally break up the team, but they should definitely look at trading somebody like Granderson and I wouldn’t even think about resigning Swisher. This team needs to get younger and more athletic.

        • Chilango

          What you said. To the spoiled fans: suck it up. The team as it is, sucks.

          • DT

            Lets magically make young talent players to replace our older appear out of thong air! Come on if we close our eyes and wish hard enough it must happen.

        • DT

          I would advocate that if there was anyone viable to replace their value. Except there isn’t. They are better keeping the team intact unless there is someone young and good who they can get. And those guys don’t appear very often. The last young athletic player was probably Granderson from 3 years ago.

  • EDDARD

    Here’s the bottom line- Kuroda has to win tomorrow, period. The Os are taking care of business against teams they should beat. If we had tried that we wouldn’t be in this mess. Kuroda must win tomorrow and the Yanks must take 3/4 in Baltimore and that’s just all there is to it.

    • The Guns of Navarone

      I’m not sure how anyone can have a shred of confidence in this team to score enough runs to beat Matt Moore tomorrow. I really don’t believe it’s going to happen.

    • DC

      Damn…why didn’t it occur to the Yankees to try to beat the teams they should. Absolutely profound.

  • CC Is Not An Ace

    I really hope Granderson is traded in the offseason. This team has too many players like him who just hit HR’s and hit .230.

  • Karl Krawfid

    Lou P dropping knowledge.

  • The Troll

    Dear Mike,

    I have ONE request for the gamecap: Can you PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE include the rubbish-riddled cliches that Girardi will inevitably spew in the postgame presser? That would just plop the cherry atop another beautiful Yankee loss. I mean it.

  • Nice Scheister

    I can’t hit a baseball but I can successfully manage and a POSITIVE ATTITUDE is at least half of the battle, the other is ‘skill or will’ this team lacks will, they seem to have skill based on previous performances but the skill this team lacks is hitting the change up, IMO it’s no fluke the Yanks have sucked something awful recently as teams are taking advance of their inability to hit a change up. Teams are gonna keep throwing it until the Yanks prove they can handle it or at least recognize it and stop swinging over the top of it.

  • aarpyanks

    This team is making me look good and I am sad that I said this would happen back when they were on a roll.

  • Anthony

    Where is Stuart… I need my comic relief…. this team is determined to take away my chance of seeing a postseason game. Can’t comment much because I was in class + commuting… but I guess the 0’s from innings 2-9 speak for themselves.

  • CC Is Not An Ace

    RELEASE FREEDY GARCIA NOW. HE’S WORTHLESS

  • stuart b

    the yanks are cooked cuz noone will have 100 rbis. if ike davis were got in place of mcgee this team would be 11-0 over teh last 11 games.

    arod with anoter single surprise surprise, ike woul have had a double their

    the yanks need someone like ike davis and his clutchness

    • DT

      Selfih Ardo can’t get an rbi when there isn’t men on base.

      Why do we pay him anyways…

  • CC Is Not An Ace

    I wish The Boss was still alive to fix this mess. He would probably fire Girardi tonight.

    FUCK THIS TEAM

  • rogue

    BREAKING NEWS: The Giants defend their title tomorrow night.

    Go Giants!!!

    I’m so ready for football.