Game 141: Spoiler

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This three-game series in Fenway Park is only important for one team. The Red Sox are in last place and continue their season-long free fall, so the only thing they have left to do is play spoiler. Try to make everyone else miserable as they are, which is what most last place clubs do at this point of the season. The Yankees need to start winning consistently to create some separation in the division race, starting in Boston. Here’s the starting nine…

SS Derek Jeter
RF Nick Swisher
DH Alex Rodriguez
2B Robinson Cano
Russell Martin
1B Steve Pearce
CH Curtis Granderson
LF Andruw Jones
3B Jayson Nix

RHP Hiroki Kuroda

Tonight’s game is scheduled to start a little after 7pm ET and can be seen on My9 locally and MLB Network nationally. Enjoy.

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  • Will The Thrill

    Why do I have a feeling that this series will be more interesting than it should be?

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

      Because it’s the RedSox. Even when they’re awful, they’re a pain in the Yankees ass. See Ciriaco, Pedro. He’s hitting ~.243 against the rest of the league, and .469 against us.

      • Robinson Tilapia

        Exactly. So much of the series thread was about how its a foregone conclusion that they will sweep the Sox. I hope so too, but strange things happen when these teams get together.

  • David

    ugh…Andrew Jones

    • David

      AndrUw

    • TomH

      He’s outlived his usefulness, vs leftie or (God help us) righty.

      • vicki

        he does love him some monster though.

  • Big Members Only (formerly RI$P FTW)

    Looking for a big game from Grandyman tonight. Showed signs of life the other day, got a day off to rest.
    YEAH!

  • VT Yankee Fan

    Let’s Hirok and roll!

  • Leg-End

    Hmm Swisher still batting 2nd, then again hes gotta breakout soon hasn’t he.

    • Big Members Only (formerly RI$P FTW)

      Yeah, so much for my ‘Swish is awesome at #2′ theory.

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

    Hmm..today’s Ellsbury’s birthday. I know he’s the enemy, and I hope he goes 0-3 w/ 3Ks on 9 pitches w/ multiple fielding errors, but your birthday being 9/11 must suck.

    • Big Members Only (formerly RI$P FTW)

      Unless you hate America.

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

        I’ve never understood somebody when they say they “hate America” or “love America” what exactly do you mean by that? Do you love the American people, or their governmental structure, or our Laws and constitution? Do you hate our open market commerce? Do you hate our freedom from religion, do you hate our freedom of speech? Or do you seriously just love or hate the land that makes up the USA? In which case why do you hate the land? What did it ever do to you?

        • jjyank

          Haha yeah, these are issues I’ve dealt with a lot in my studies (and hopefully in the future as well).

        • Robinson Tilapia

          ….or you hate the 70’s folk rock band, America.

          • flamingo

            Oh, it’s definitely this one.

            • Robinson Tilapia

              You haven’t been through the desert on a horse with no name?

              • MannyGeee

                It does, in fact, feel good to get out of the rain…

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

              Damn man that’s cold. They had some good songs.

        • Big Members Only (formerly RI$P FTW)

          I didn’t say I hated America, Mr. Reading Comprehension Fail.

          • Robinson Tilapia

            It’s like raaaaaaaain on your wedding day….

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

            I never said you personally did, I was using the term ‘you’ in the general form of ‘you’ meaning people who feel that way. Mr. Reading Comprehension Fail.

            • Big Members Only (formerly RI$P FTW)

              I incorrectly used ‘you’, too. We both should have used ‘one’.

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

                In a grammatically perfect world, probably. However, this is a far from grammatically perfect world.

        • Ethan

          I have traveled extensively and generally people hate America because they hate how we always meddle in affairs that are not our own, they hate that we think we are undoubtedly the best country in the world, that many Americans think we are the only country with freedom of religion, freedom of speech.

          Honestly, the perception of America fell to an all time low with Bush as president (mainly due to Iraq and Afghanistan but other reasons too). Perception has improved significantly with Obama as president.

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

    Oh god it’s not even first pitch and Suzyn and John is already in fucking tears. I understand today is the anniversary of a tough day, and a lot of people lost loved ones, but you should have the professionalism to keep your composure.

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

      are already* I was originally was only talking about Suzyn, but then John buzzed in with his voice cracking and what not as well.

    • flamingo

      Well, not to make excuses for them, because overall, I agree with you, but every year I think, this is the year I’ll stay composed and so far it hasn’t happened. And Susyn comes across as an emotional person, so… I wouldn’t expect her to be completely calm.

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

        I mean, there have been points today where I was reflective and generally sad, but when it came time to do my job (aka sell things to people) I had to treat it like any other day.

        • radnom

          Thats because your a salesman. Entertainers are allowed (and expected) to display a much wider range of emotion. If you yelled “BELLY TO BELLY” after making back-to-back sales, you’d probably be fired. Do you see the difference?

          • radnom

            you’re*

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

              I’m going to start doing this. I will keep you updated on what happens.

          • Robinson Tilapia

            Plouffy, would you yell out “BELLY TO BELLY” tonight at least once after a sale, and where the customer can hear you?

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

              Yes. I plan to.

              • https://twitter.com/Erica_Lynnnn Erica

                BWAHAHAHAH please record this.

    • EDDARD

      Maybe they were more affected by the tragedy than others? Seems silly to be upset about that.

      • Marcy

        Seems silly? I don’t know where you were on 9/11/01, or if you knew anyone affected or died. I don’t know, maybe if you’re too young – I just can’t fathom that you or anyone could say it is silly to still be upset about…

        Maybe because I lived nearby, maybe because I’m not so young, maybe because I knew people who were lost – no, wrong word – killed, maybe because it wasn’t my 1st terrorist attack but please, no matter how over the top you think someone’s response is – not only did over 3,000 people die that day there are still people dying from the fallout of that day.

        I had hoped not to come on here today, hoped this was going to be a nice, easy win – baseball is great, I love the Yankees and they help me get through but baseball is nothing compared to not only what happened that day but what that day has done to this country.

        Please think before you say anything like that again. The Yankees, Suzyn, & John, the coaching staff, etc. went to all those fire-houses, the armory, to see all the people that lost loved ones – believe me, you never forget and it hurts every year forever. In fact, I’d think less of them if they didn’t react to the ceremony.

        This was not even close to what I wanted to say but…Now I just wish the Yankees were winning.

        • CS Yankee

          I took his reply that it was silly for people to call out Ma & Pa Yankee for being emotional.

          You touch on some great points, 11 years later and I’m a little less upset but certainly haven’t forgotten; nor think I ever will.

    • Big Members Only (formerly RI$P FTW)

      In her defense, at least she cares. NBC interviewed a dumb whore’s pimp-mother during the moment of silence this morning.

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

        Wow…that’s terrible. I feel a little callous now rereading what I wrote, because that was a really emotional day.

        • Big Members Only (formerly RI$P FTW)

          In your defense, she has a history of over-doing it (Clemens comeback).

      • Marcy

        I don’t know who they interviewed but whether or not it was a “dumb whore’s pimp-mother” or the Queen of England if she lost someone, she can talk as much as she wants, whenever she wants – because no matter what, it hurts to lose someone you love.

        What a lucky group you are-

  • EDDARD

    Andruw’s last good game was in Boston. Maybe a return here will get him going again. If not then tonight should be his last ABs for the rest of the season unless they’re against Andy in a simulated start.

  • jjyank

    Real depressing day to be working somewhere that involves you staring at a giant screen tuned to CNN for most of the day.

    • Chilango

      Yeah especially since over half the time is dedicated to commercials.

      • jjyank

        I wish more of it was today. All 9/11, all day. Not very fun.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      Oh god. I just can’t.

      I think people don’t realize that many New Yorkers have probably seen less pictures of 9/11 stuff than people outside the city. They had the decency to hide the more graphic stuff from us but, where you were a bit more geographically removed, anything was fair game.

      There’s folks who know what it looked like, and there’s folks who know what it smelled like.

      End of rant….for the night. Really.

  • jjyank

    Yay Swish. Nice start boys!

  • Big Members Only (formerly RI$P FTW)

    Swish rules at #2.

  • EDDARD

    Nick Swisher is back! He’s so good in that 2 hole.

    • MannyGeee

      TWSS!

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

    SWISH SUCKS!!!!!!!!!!! OH WAIT I MEAN?!?!?!

  • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan

    Nice hustle by Swish.

  • Mike N

    Time to RISPHIT!

  • Robinson Tilapia

    Ah, mighty MLB At-bat lag. Was wondering why we were cheering for Swish.

    Just realized the front desk has an AM radio.

  • Robinson Tilapia

    Front desk radio doesn’t work. Oh well. Just me and you, IPhone.

    • jjyank

      Do you have the MLB At Bat app? You can stream the radio from that.

      • jjyank

        Nevermind, I didn’t scroll up.

      • Robinson Tilapia

        Oh, that’s what I’m doing. The lag still sucks. Run just scored in my world.

        • jjyank

          Welcome to my normal world with MLB.TV. Thankfully, MLBN is showing the game tonight, so I can watch in big-boy time.

  • Tom

    2 weak rollover grounders early in the count.

    Why does it seem they get so impatient with men in scoring position?

  • Matt

    They are too aggressive at the plate trying to play for one run. I’d rather them make him throw 30 pitches even if they don’t get the run in from 3rd base. Getting one run but giving him a bunch of one pitch outs is not a large victory.

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

      I’m on your side, but not all the way there, obviously scoring runs is the most important thing…but for example I think Cano should’ve laid off the first pitch curveball.

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

    Cano…You really should’ve taken that pitch. I mean hooray RBI, but still, at least try working the count?

  • jjyank

    Ew, Jaaaaahn Laahhhhckey sighting. Gross.

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

      Up there with Ogando as the ugliest person in MLB.

      • jjyank
      • Robinson Tilapia

        F, Marry, Kill: Lackey, Ogando, Bartolo.

        • jjyank

          Kill Lackey, Fuck Ogando, Marry Bart.

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

          Marry Lackey, he’s probably made the most money.
          Fuck Bartolo, just cause I have to do one.
          Kill Ogando.

          • Robinson Tilapia

            I appreciate your sense of adventure.

        • Get Phelps Up

          Kill Lackey
          F Ogando
          Marry Bart

          • Get Phelps Up

            I also don’t think Bart is ugly, so…

          • jjyank

            Great minds, GPU, great minds.

            • Robinson Tilapia

              To answer my own question, I feel like we’ve already been fucked by Lackey at some point, so fuck Lackey, marry Bart, and kill Ogando.

              • jjyank

                Bart has always struck me as a big teddy bear. I think he’s the easy marry choice, unless of course you’re a money-grubbing gold digger like Plouffy :P

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

                  Hey man, I gotta get my future set. W/ money like what Lackey has I could use it to get a degree, get into law school, become a good lawyer than divorce his ass and use my new lawyer abilities to take money of his that I’m not entitled to. Also, Bart is clearly the least ugly, and Ogando is ugly AND not making a lot of money by baseball standards.

  • Tom

    Good AB by Martin… let it rip on 3-0, took a close 3-1 curve.

  • EDDARD

    Lester just walked Sam Pearce on 4 pitches. Let’s make him pay.

  • Mike N

    C’mon, Grandy!! Keep it rolling from last game!!

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

    Wait…Alex batted?! Wtf? I completely missed it…

    • jjyank

      Ground out to third, no runs scored. It was easy to miss.

  • Robinson Tilapia

    Sammy Baby draws da walk!

  • Mike N

    Crap.

  • mt

    Yay for Martin and Pearce taking walks. Boo for Grandy popup.

    I have never seen Arod run so slow – he hurt his hand, not his legs – what’s up with that?

  • Athenian

    Good to have Granderson back.

  • EDDARD

    Michael and Al said if you can jump on a team early they’ll give up. We just missed a big opportunity there. Lester looked more like Eddie Cicotte out there than the old Lester and we blew it.

  • Hummingbird S.

    the more things change, the more they stay the same. This team remains terrible at scoring with RISP. Awful AB’s from Cano, A-Rod and Granderson (as usual). Girardi cannot start Granderson against lefties at all.

    • vicki

      except that coming into today’s game they were 124 for 425 in the second half, or .292; they’re now .253 on the season, or league average, and better than average if you look at woba or wrc+.

  • Jag

    Waste of 3 walks, but it’s a good sign.

  • Big Members Only (formerly RI$P FTW)

    Kuroda has 189 innings on 9/11???

    Coincidence??

    Conspiracy! The Fed is tied to the Yankees budget and 9/11!

    • Robinson Tilapia

      I knew the Japanese had something to do with it.

  • Tom

    9 strikes, 14 balls.

    Yankees took 1 called strike that inning.

    Granderson was at least swinging at fastballs right down the middle, but the Cano and Arod AB’s were absolutely terrible.

    • mt

      Cano has reached the laughable point with men on base in terms of plate coverage and discipline – I am just hoping he wakes up one day and this nightmare is over.

  • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan

    lol Swisher’s arm

  • Get Phelps Up

    C-Dick gets that.

    • Tom

      I was wondering about that too. Normally an easy hit in most parks but given LF at Fenway I wonder if a decent LF’r is catching that.

  • Chilango

    If we choke against this team I’ll be seriously pissed.

  • Hall and Nokes

    It’s amazing how quickly Yankee games become infuriating these days.

    • Hall and Nokes

      That worked

  • RetroRob

    Clearly the Red Sox were instructed to swing at Kuroda’s first pitch and not allow him to get ahead.

  • Mike N

    YESSSSSSSSS!!! DP!!!!!!!

  • Get Phelps Up

    Dear Bobby V:

    Thanks for hitting James Loney cleanup.

  • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan

    Hirok n’ roll.

  • mt

    But Cano makes everything all right with his arm.

    • RetroRob

      He needs it. He was a little slow on that turn.

  • Hummingbird S.

    sweet turn!

  • jjyank

    Love the ‘Jeter Flip Play’ Stand Up To Cancer commercial.

  • VT Yankee Fan

    Jones’ average is actually lower than Martin’s now. Wow.

  • Leg-End

    Jones looks done.

  • jjyank

    What a baseball player.

  • Mike N

    NIX KIX!

  • EDDARD

    Nix should be playing for Andruw in LF vs lefties. There is no excuse anymore to keep trotting Andruw out there.

    • mt

      I do not think Girardi will not play Nix in LF over the next 22 games, I suspect I think he will play Jones in Boston (site of the last AJ sighting) and maybe against Price – if he still completely fails, I can see Girardi either have Ichiro or Dickerson play against a lefty or maybe(less likely) play Mesa a little. Nix has not played LF that much and is primary infield back-up and he seems to like to DH Arod a lot using Nix as 3b starter against lefties.

  • Robinson Tilapia

    Andruw Jones actually died in 2011.

  • Robinson Tilapia

    The workers are all gone. Everyone on the field has checked in. I can close up the office early, right? Right.

    C-ya, fuckers. Maybe you’ll hear from me later.

    • jjyank

      Later dude. I mean fucker.

  • jjyank

    I’m going to go ahead and toot my own horn here, since I forgot to do it in the open thread last night.

    Regular season ended for my fantasy league on Sunday, and I ended up with the best record in the league. Boo-yah! Unfortunately, that means I have a bye week, and my team is playing out of its mind right now. Not sure if they can keep that up by next week.

    • Big Members Only (formerly RI$P FTW)

      Congrats, miss.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      Congratulations, sir.

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

      Congrats dude. I’ve only done fantasy baseball a handful of times in my life, and never have I remained focused throughout an entire season. Even the year I was commissioner I said fuck it halfway through the summer and the place became even more of a free for all.

      • jjyank

        I mean you can set your teams pretty far in advance. The only thing you really need to check is if someone got injured you can can put him on the DL and grab someone else. My league really never trades anyone, they’ll all too gun-shy. I really only ever checked it once every few days. But some idiot dropped Ryan Zimmerman in June and I had a couple of smart draft picks that were huge for me. Justin Upton was my first round pick (down year for him), Votto (2nd round) was injured for awhile, Haren (my top drafted pitcher, 4th round) sucked all year, and Madson (my top drafted closer) had TJS in spring training. So I’m pretty impressed with myself finishing with the best record.

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

          Lol, the league I was commish was a mad house. A third of the teams stopped caring after a month, an other third where really close and tried to do ridiculous trades between each other, and the other third was constantly giving me shit about the trades I was letting go through. After the trade deadline (IRL) I relinquished control and was just like “I’m done.”

          • jjyank

            Did you play with people you knew well? My league is all college buddies, with a couple of their brothers added in. So we all keep it pretty easy and simple. We only had a 10 team league this year, so if you want in next year let me know and we can find one more guy and expand to 12. They’re all good dudes, our draft chat rooms are hilarious.

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

              Yeah, it was 3 different groups of friends, and a few of their little brothers. we had a 12 team league and it was just fucking ridiculous. I’ll definitely take the offer under consideration though, especially if I have the same job I have now.

              • jjyank

                Sure dude, let me know if you want in. A few of them read RAB too, they just don’t comment (yet). They’d all be cool with another addition, no doubt. Like I said, all good guys. One of them was one of the guys I drove up to Boston to visit last week. I’d prefer a 12 team league really, makes it more of a challenge. 10 team leagues make it too easy to pluck guys off the waiver wire. Now that I think about it, maybe that’s why nobody trades.

    • Get Phelps Up

      Hey, congrats. My team didn’t do as well, but at least will probably finish close to .500; I had the worst luck with injuries and underperforming, I mean, I had all of Mo, Brian Wilson, Longoria, Markakis, Halladay, McCarthy (twice) and Gardner.

      • jjyank

        Ouch dude. I had Gardner too, I feel ya there. I mentioned some of my issues above. What did it for me was Jordan Zimmerman, who I drafted, was huge for me all year. Ditto Ian Desmond. Also got lucky grabbing Allen Craig on waivers after I realized Gardner wasn’t coming back. The O’s being good helped my team too, since Jim Johnson is one of my closers.

        • Get Phelps Up

          I had Craig too and also someone dropped Chase Headley (?) so that helped negate the loss of Longoria, but it wasn’t until a few weeks before Longoria returned so It didn’t really help all that much, AJ Ellis also really helped. I finished with Frieri, Welhelmsen and Jansen as closers, and neither of them began the year in that role, so that’s pretty funny.

          • jjyank

            I had Johnson, Ryan Cook, and Huston Street (who’s still on the DL). I also keep D-Rob. I know he won’t get saves, but he’s got more strikeouts than any reliever on my team besides Cook, who only has 1 more. He’s great for that counting number.

  • RetroRob

    Does Cody Ross actually have any feeling what it’s like to be part of a Yankee-Red Sox series when they mattered? I think not.

  • Mike N

    The YES thingie just said that was Kuroda’s 115th pitch.

    • RetroRob

      Get Eppley up!

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

      Get Phelps Up!!!!!!!!

      • Get Phelps Up

        this.

      • https://twitter.com/Erica_Lynnnn Erica

        NO WE NEED SERGIO MITRE WHERE IS SERGIO MITRE?!?

        • jjyank

          MMA fighting somewhere?

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

            I hope so…that would be fantastic.

  • Hall and Nokes

    115 pitches for Kuroda already….do we chance it?

  • Athenian

    Arod will go yard.

  • VT Yankee Fan

    2 innings of pitches each. The Sawks are swinging like it is get away day.

    • VT Yankee Fan

      *7 pitches

    • Need Pitching & Hitting

      more like get away season

  • jjyank

    Maybe it’s just because I really like reggae music, but I really want to find out the name of that band that does the Red Stripe commercials. Good stuff.

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

      just use the ‘shazam’ app the next time it comes on. Usually it’ll tell you.

    • VT Yankee Fan

      Apparently is was written just for the ad.

      http://www.baja.tv/watch/video.....ommercial/

    • RetroRob

      Apparently it was put together by a firm called Fluid. Everyone is white.

      http://fluidny.com/#!people

      • jjyank

        I don’t care if they’re white. Plenty of amazing white reggae bands. That’s one of the great misconceptions with the genre. I tell people I like reggae, and they all think Bob Marley, Jimmy Cliff, Peter Tosh, Culture, etc.

        Nobody thinks of the Sublime inspired sub-genre.

        • RetroRob

          I was joking. That’s the firm that created the ad. Just thought it was funny. Who the actors/singer is in the commercial isn’t known. I doubt they’re a real band.

          • jjyank

            I knew you weren’t serious, just making a general point. They should be a real band, they’re pretty good.

        • RetroRob

          BTW You can download their album at:

          http://www.redstripebeer.com/

  • Kramerica Industries

    YES is completely out of whack, aren’t they?

  • Tom

    Cano’s going for a double or HR here.

  • RetroRob

    Yes, I believe the Orioles are contenders. They’ve more than proven that.

  • EDDARD

    Lester keeps walking man after man. He is begging us to knock him out so he can go back and eat chicken and drink beer. Do something Robbie.

    • RetroRob

      He won’t throw a strike they can hit.

      And, yes, I’m kidding…mostly.

  • Tom

    And the Lester staring down the umpire shit starts… he probably will be getting that pitch in an inning or two.

  • Get Phelps Up

    If the Yankees do their job, I couldn’t care less what the Rays and O’s do.

    • jjyank

      Exactly. The Yanks are in first place right now, if they win, I don’t care.

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

    Lester is walking the ball park and I love it.

    • https://twitter.com/Erica_Lynnnn Erica

      LESTAHHH

  • https://twitter.com/Erica_Lynnnn Erica

    Hey all.

    Let’s put this one on the left side, eh?

    • jjyank

      As long as it’s not put “on the board”, I’m down.

      • MannyGeee

        Hawk Harrelson takes offense

        • jjyank

          Let him take offense. I take all sorts of offense every time I hear his home run call.

  • Kramerica Industries

    As I’ve said a few times – no doubt I think it’s the Orioles who should be the preferred team in that series.

    No doubt.

    • Hall and Nokes

      A 3-3 split is preferred, until and unless the Yanks get hot methinks.

  • Tom

    Bobby just wants to yell at the ump…. the ump should have just let him stand out there.

  • Get Phelps Up

    5 walks already for Lestahhhh.

  • mt

    I hope I am wrong and yanks sweep but I still feel Yanks sweeping Red Sox is not a slam dunk – we still are not playing very well – witness first inning where we did not take advantage of Lester wildness – 9/23 pitches are strikes, 3 walks, and one double yet one run.

    The problem with sweeping Red Sox is not whether Red Sox play hard or not (I think they will play hard) but even if I am wrong about that Yanks are overall pretty bad right now – we lost 2/3 to Blue Jays at stadium with a AAAA line-up just couple of weeks ago.

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

      Right fucking ray of sunshine you are.

      • mt

        Sorry – hope I’m wrong.

      • Hummingbird S.

        He kinda has a point. Steve Pearce is hitting 6th for the Yankees. That is really bad.

  • EDDARD

    Bobby V just told him to keep up the good work so they can get this over with and go home.

  • Kramerica Industries

    This team is really not doing to Lester what they should be right now.

  • Widget

    What a hideous inning. Way to go clowns. Lester wants out of there but god forbid you help him out.

  • Mike N

    Pearce kind of wiggles his bat around while holding it upright like Gary Sheffield used to, although not quite as vigorously as Sheffield.

    • VT Yankee Fan

      Or as effectively.

  • Athenian

    With AB’s like this, it is hard to believe it is only 1-0. Clearly batted balls are not making it into play.

    • Tom

      Ciriaco – 4 walks in 189 PA’s

      I know that was a mistake, but it amazes me how they throw this guy so many strikes.

  • TomH

    Living dangerously

  • Need Pitching & Hitting

    simply awful

  • flamingo

    Well, at least he’s over 60 pitches.

  • BigBlueAL

    Thru 3 innings 0 for 8 w/RISP leading to 6 runners LOB.

  • mt

    2 walks and then nothing – wonderful.

    I believe Curtis Granderson may set a record for LOB by an individual batter in this game.

  • Athenian

    Granderson = effective.

  • VT Yankee Fan

    6 LOB thru 3 innings??? FML.

  • Jag

    5 stranded by Grandyman… but we keep wasting these walks. Gotta take advantage.

  • EDDARD

    5 walks in 3 innings = 6 men LOB , 1 run. Unacceptable.

  • Cy Pettitte

    I’m convinced that if Nova was pitching they’d have scored 8 by now (and he’d have given back 6)

  • Hummingbird S.

    0-8 with RISP in 3(!!) innings. But they really turned a corner on that series finale against the O’s.

  • Get Phelps Up

    They should try bunting next time.

  • stuart a

    same old same old for the Yanks… RISP fail for the 1000th time this year.. inneffective out by arod in the first.. grandy twice and swisher once, nada…..

    hope it does not come back to haunt them……..

    jeez…

    • vicki

      but seriously, try fangraphs. it’s free.

  • Kramerica Industries

    Still can’t get Ciriaco out.

    Wow.

  • jjyank

    Fucking Ciriaco. Unreal.

  • Cy Pettitte

    is this a fucking joke?

  • Get Phelps Up

    I simply can not wait until Ciriaco gets DFA’d next year.

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

      I can, it means there will be dozens of dumbass sports radio callers clamoring for the Yankees to pick him up because he is “clutch and comes through in big games”.

      Gag.

  • Will The Thrill

    RISP Fail. Story of the fucking year. Signing Josh Hamilton might be the last thing the Yankees should be considering this offseason but I have a feeling that ownership will kick the tires since he actually can hit with guys on base. Our lineup should be full of 100RBI guys with the opportunities these chokers are given. Fucking pathetic. They deserve this pressure cooker they’ve put themselves in.

  • Leg-End

    Ciriaco is the definition of a game raiser.

  • TomH

    Ciriaco! Do the Yanks still scout their damned opponents? Is this guy some kind of Ted Williams?

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

    My hatred of Ciriaco is officially only second to Pedro.

    • Widget

      At least they were able to beat Pedro, they can’t even get this minor league reject out. If this was the real world someone lose their job over this.

  • Chilango

    Another two strike hit, slide down the middle.

    • http://theevilsquare.com handtius

      kuroda has been the best at getting hitters out with 2 stikes, but it happens to everyone. especially when that serpico is batting.

  • Chilango

    Infield in, Girardi realizes Kuroda may not get another run.

  • Will The Thrill

    Not that it would’ve definitely worked out differently these past three innings. But boy does it suck to lose a switch hitter like Teixeira in your lineup!

  • http://theevilsquare.com handtius

    anyone think the hanks should resign swisher and let granderson walk? i’ve been thinking he’ll age better.

    • http://theevilsquare.com handtius

      hmmm. yanks, but hanks works.

    • jjyank

      I agree with that. I don’t want the Yanks to resign Grandy. His defense is already declining and he’ll be a year older when he hits free agency. I think the Yanks are better off going with Gardner in center and finding a left fielder.

      • http://theevilsquare.com handtius

        agree with that.

  • Mike N

    crap

  • Kramerica Industries

    And this is what happens when you don’t get the job done despite numerous opportunities.

    Tie game when it shouldn’t be.

  • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

    I should have stayed away. I come back for another Ciriaco nut-kick and an Ellsbury worm-burner.

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

    Where was that 2-1 pitch to Ellsbury?!

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

      1-2**

  • EDDARD

    Sox can hit with RISP and they have nothing to play for! It’s hard to discern which team is still in the pennant race.

  • Widget

    They are losing this game. Lester gave them a chance to beat them, but now he’ll shut them down.

    • jjyank

      It’s a tie game. They should have taken advantage early, but that doesn’t mean shit for the rest of the game. This is baseball, you can’t predict it, remember? And you’re trying to do just that.

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

      He’s also gotta be at around 60 pitches, he’s not to much longer for this game.

    • Leg-End

      He won’t get out of the 5th at his current pitch count rate.

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

        Doesn’t really matter in September. Plenty of relievers to go around.

  • Hummingbird S.

    shitty job by Kuroda… hanging slider with 2 strikes to Ciriaco, hanging slider with 2 strikes to Aviles and 3 straight high fastballs with 2 strikes to Ellsbury. It’s just more of the same from this team. Can’t score, can’t pitch and can’t field.

  • Will The Thrill

    It’s fucking sad, pathetic, and puzzling that this RISP fail has plagued this team all year. You think our luck would change and things would correct themselves but no.

  • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

    Hey, look! Jeff Nelson is playing first base.

  • http://theevilsquare.com handtius

    i’ve been away a while. seems like this joint is still filled with debbie downers.

    • Hummingbird S.

      you would be a downer if you’d watch the games. This team is atrocious right now, playing at the level of triple-A teams like Boston and Toronto.

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

        They also are a rare D-Rob meltdown and a blown call at first away from sweeping the Orioles. But let’s forget about that.

        • http://theevilsquare.com handtius

          yep.

        • Hummingbird S.

          Ill give you the blown call but you can’t pretend that D-Rob meltdown never happened. It doesn’t work that way. It’s actually impressive that meltdown did not come earlier

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

            Okay then we’re a blown call away from taking 3 of 4.

            • Get Phelps Up

              And that one loss featured a 5 run 8th inning game tying rally.

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

              The blown call would have just tied the game. The win was far from a sure thing.

          • http://theevilsquare.com handtius

            yeah, cause robertson has them regularly. it’s not about pretending it didn’t happen. it’s about the fact that they had a chance to sweep them.

            • Hummingbird S.

              There’s clearly something wrong with D-Rob as he has become a one pitch pitcher.

              • http://theevilsquare.com handtius

                Except in the next game when he struck out jones on three curves. that was just an anomaly.

      • http://theevilsquare.com handtius

        I watch 90% of the games, but i still don’t count them out of tied games. i meant i haven’t been on this site because of all the negativity. I lived through the 80s and early 90s yanks. I know what it means to lose and don’t expect them to be the best all the time.

        • jjyank

          True that. I have’t lived through those dark times, but this is my outlook:

          Baseball is my hobby. It’s what I choose to do after a long day at work. I will eternally be optimistic about the Yankees, because I love them and the game of baseball. Many of the negative commenters do too, I realize that. But as far as I am concerned, if I’m not happy about my biggest hobby, how can I be happy about the rest of my life? The Yankees always have a chance to win, I don’t care who they’re playing. Especially in a close game.

          • http://theevilsquare.com handtius

            Agreed. If you put too much stock in the ups and downs of a sport team, you’ll pay for it with health. I remember reading a stat back in 03. The night and day following aaron boone’s walk off, the hospital saw a spike in heart related visits and actual heart attacks compared to the daily average for the entire year. Lesson, don’t let baseball kill you especially if you’re not playing it.

  • Get Phelps Up

    Injury delay on gameday and then Hammel got removed.

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

      His front foot slid a bit when it landed during a pitch and he hopped around for a second. Knee or groin or something.

    • http://theevilsquare.com handtius

      ouch. that’s going to hurt for the Os if it’s serious.

  • Chilango

    Fuck this, Yankees pitchers can not put hitters away.

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

    Russel Martin: DEFENSIVE CATCHER

    • Get Phelps Up

      He wasn’t going to throw Ellsbury out anyway.

  • EDDARD

    Kuroda always gets concerned with that runner when he should just be focusing on getting the hitter out.

  • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

    This crowd cares so little that they didn’t even boo the “fake to second” move.

  • Kramerica Industries

    This team…wow.

  • https://twitter.com/Erica_Lynnnn Erica

    Uuuuuggg WHAT is going on?

  • Cy Pettitte

    they are totally losing this game.

  • Mike N

    Considering Kuroda’s been the best Yanks pitcher lately, this is not an auspicious sign.

  • EDDARD

    That’s 2 Sox hits with RISP to our 0.

  • Effthisnoise

    How is this game tied right now? I dare suggest earlier today on this board that the sox would play hard in this series and give the yanks a hard time and was absolutely blasted. Don’t matter what the records are, or who is or not “inspired” as long as those two uniforms say New York and Boston these games will be fought for.

  • Leg-End

    Everything is hanged.

  • Chilango

    We suck again. ARGHHH

  • Hummingbird S.

    and here’s the mandatory 3 run inning from Kuroda to lose the game. Fuck this team.

    • jjyank

      You mean 2 run inning?

  • Mike N

    I think our bats will eventually get to Lester.

  • Athenian

    AAAA teams >>>>>>>>> Yankees MLB team?

  • Tom

    At 3-1 they probably shouldn’t have even bothered with Pedroia (he’s been hitting well).

    If it was a lefty Girardi probably calls for the IBB (because that’s how platoons work)

  • stuart a

    Kuroda has been the yankees best pitcher this year.. no biggie but lately he has not been as good…

    andruw jones fuc-in sucks…….

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

    Longoria and Hellickson is one of the trivia answers I think.

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

      Bah, I figured it was someone on the Sox with Pedroia. Forgot about Bailey.

  • Kramerica Industries

    Another Lester walk.

  • MannyGeee

    So I am just getting here…. A couple of points from what I’ve seen so far:

    Fuck Pedro Ciriaco, seriously just fuck Pedro Ciriaco…. That kid is an absolute anomaly wrapped in a riddle surrounded by an enigma. Unreal.

    Seriously, John Lester is a little bitch.

    Occurring the John Lester bitchathon, Jery Remy and Dn Orsillo were ‘reminiscing’ about their favorite Pedro moment, where he was also not getting calls and he mimed handing the glove to the ump and told him “here, you come pitch it”… Pedro is a disrespectful prick.

    And hey, how about getting some fucking runs when the opposing pitcher gives up 5 walks.

    • MannyGeee

      That would be Perdro Martinez, not the aforementioned cock sucking Pedro Ciriaco

    • FIPster Doofus

      I loved Pedro. He was amazing.

      • MannyGeee

        His incredible talent aside, he was an insatiable prick…

  • Cy Pettitte

    Lester is a genius. walk some guys, wait for RISP fail.

    • Tom

      He should just balk Jones to 2nd at this point

    • mt

      I know you’re joking but sometimes I wonder.For exampls, Cano just seems to shrink when men on base – no one on, wonderful. One man on first, not as good. RISP – paralysis.

  • stuart a

    andruw jones actually did something positive. he got a walk,, did not hack

  • EDDARD

    Another walk. Let’s see how they strand this one.

  • Leg-End

    He just walked the corpse of Jones, this is the one.

  • Chilango

    Lester can’t throw strikes and we can’t plate runners. Something’s got to give.

  • Athenian

    Clearly the Yankees are tired and need a day off. All this travel is brutal

  • Troll Hunter

    Why is it every damn AAA team the Yankees play can get big hits with RISP but the 200 million dollar Yankees can’t. Even WITH the injuries the Yankees still have more talent than any team in the east. (except the Rays pitching) This effin Yankee team is so frustrating to watch….almost unwatchable at this point. Nothin but a bunch of overpaid scrubs.

    • FIPster Doofus

      It’s not a particularly likable team.

    • Hummingbird S.

      Martin hitting 5th, Steve Pearce hitting 6th. Where’s all that talent?

    • Athenian

      Because every AAA team is not made up of over paid, past their prime, diminishing skilled players like the Yankees. Plus, if all you do is swing at strikes, you’ll never hit the ball. Yankees have to keep swinging at all the pitches out of the zone – they will start falling. They have been crushing the ball all night.

    • JLC 776

      A lot of us have said it: we love the Yankees, but hate this team.

      It just feels like they play with no heart sometimes.

  • FIPster Doofus

    Fuck you, Ciriaco.

  • Hummingbird S.

    another one left on base! Way to go guys.

  • Mike N

    C’mon, Yanks!!!!

  • Need Pitching & Hitting

    Fuck Pedro.

  • flamingo

    BAH.

  • MannyGeee

    Of course Ciriaco caught that. Prick

  • stuart a

    another feeble inning by the softball team…

    6 walks 2 doubles 1 run thru 4 innings.

    disgrace…

  • RetroRob

    He sucks. Yet he remains annoying against the Yankees.

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

      Seriously…I wouldn’t be to upset if he was average against other teams, but he’s been terrible against them since about June. Yet he’s still acting like he’s a HOF’er against us.

  • Bubba

    I’m curious. Have the Yankees ever plated a lead off walk?

    • Need Pitching & Hitting

      They did in the first inning.

  • http://theevilsquare.com handtius

    Hey Mike, remember when the game post were full of witful banter and great discussions? thems were the days.

    • Hummingbird S.

      remember when the Yankees were a good team?

      • Mike N

        You mean Sunday? Yeah! That was great!

        • http://theevilsquare.com handtius

          word.

    • jjyank

      Well then stick around. There are still quite a few of us that have that aim.

      • http://theevilsquare.com handtius

        i know there are some of us out there, but it’s hard to read through the bullshite without getting pissed at them. We used to be called the positive posse. don’t think many of them come around.

        • jjyank

          Time change, I’m sure. But there are plenty of newer commenters, myself included really. I have read RAB forever, but only started commenting about a year ago. There have been other quality contributions as well since I started. I used to get all pissy when the negativity got ridiculous, and I still call people out from time to time. But If you can ignore the trolls and the negative nancy’s, there still a lot of good content around here. Granted, game threads bring out the worst in people. But still.

          • http://theevilsquare.com handtius

            I still read it all, just avoid the comment section for the most part. not just because of the negivity, but also life gets busy.

            • jjyank

              I feel ya. I have a lot of downtime at my current job, makes things easier. Also I’m young and don’t have a family.

              • http://theevilsquare.com handtius

                I don’t have a family, just own my own businesses, so I don’t get to sit on my ass often enough. not that old either…

                • jjyank

                  Well give me a year and I (hopefully) won’t be around much either. I have something in motion that would place me in a very different, more serious career. The kind where I can’t comment on RAB at work.

                  • http://theevilsquare.com handtius

                    Good luck with that.

                    • jjyank

                      Appreciated, man. I’ll need all the luck I can get.

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

      It’s only like that when they’re winning regularly nowadays.

      • http://theevilsquare.com handtius

        I know. it’s sad. Used to be like that regardless if they were winning or losing. Just another back in my days moment.

      • Get Phelps Up

        Have you ever thought of requiring commenters to register before they post, like at OTM, DRays Bay, etc?

        • http://theevilsquare.com handtius

          It’s been discussed over the years. they never wanted to go that route. they would just ban trolls.

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

          Every day. I’m for it, everyone else is against it sadly.

          • jjyank

            Everyone being Joe and Ben, or the community in general? I’m for it, personally. But it’s not a huge deal to me if you guys decide otherwise.

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

              Yep, Ben and Joe. I think most commenters want registration, actually.

              • jjyank

                Just out of curiosity, what is their argument against it? Decrease in traffic, intimidating to newer commenters? Obviously the threads would largely remain the same, but I think registration would at least weed out the screen names we’ve never seen before who just troll when the Yankees are losing.

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

                  I forget, been a while since we talked about it. I think they want it to remain free and open, basically.

                  • jjyank

                    Fair enough. You guys do a great job and don’t charge, so I could never begrudge your decisions.

              • http://theevilsquare.com handtius

                have a readers vote! (wishful thinking)

          • http://theevilsquare.com handtius

            I’m on your side mike! (even though i know my vote doesn’t count for shite)

  • Mike N

    Fuck the goddamn Red Socks!!! 1-2-3 inning, and then some fucking RISPHITS!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Kramerica Industries

    Is Coney drinking?

    It’s impossible for two ROY winners to have been teammates all along, since one of them had to be in the minors. Hellickson didn’t pitch an inning for the Rays in 2008.

  • Mike N

    Ma and Pa baseball almost got shelled!

  • https://twitter.com/Erica_Lynnnn Erica

    Trolololo making fun of John Sterling

  • Tom

    So 6 walks and somehow only 73 pitches.

    Lester can probably go 6 maybe 7 – mainly because once the Yankees get on base they somehow forget he’s walked everyone and have to hack at the first pitch that’s close.

    Despite all the walks he’s averaging less than 4 pitches per hitter.

  • http://www.g6tec.com Jedile

    “It is HIGH! IT IS FAR! IT IS… on my forehead.” ~ David Cone making fun of sterling. haha.

    • TomH

      He’s not “making fun” of him at all. He’s not that stupid.

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

      Hahaha…win or lose I’m watching the encore when I get home just for this.

      • https://twitter.com/Erica_Lynnnn Erica

        You will perish into a fit of giggles.

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

          That is the hope :)

          • jjyank

            Like…a FIP kind of hope?

            • https://twitter.com/Erica_Lynnnn Erica

              Noooo, not the FIP!

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

              Sorry dude, I told you. I smoke, Erica’s not cool w/ that…to start a marriage on me having to drastically change my lifestyle (even if it’s for the better) isn’t fair to either of us.

              • jjyank

                I know. I just want a meme.

                • https://twitter.com/Erica_Lynnnn Erica

                  The meme will happen. It can still happen! What shall we do to make it happen?

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

                    Set up JJ w/ Ms. Lizard?

                    • jjyank

                      Pretty sure she has a boyfriend too. Though I am single. TAKE NOTICE LADIES!

                  • jjyank

                    Haha who knows. It will most likely being a random joke like that happens in the moment. FIP was a good example, but apparently Plouffers’ smoking ways ruined my meme :P

                    • https://twitter.com/Erica_Lynnnn Erica

                      Hmmmmm. I’m gonna think on this one.

                    • jjyank

                      Get back to me with your results.

  • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

    INSTANT CLASSIC : “It is high, it is far, it is ….off my forehead!”

    • Leg-End

      Lol, that was great.

    • https://twitter.com/Erica_Lynnnn Erica

      YUP, hahahaha. Awesome.

  • Mike N

    I would rather stab my eyes and ears out with a rusty tetanus-infected icepick than watch Steve Harvey host family feud.

  • frank messer

    I want the Yanks to moidah dese bums, but where are the guys from earlier today preaching on the blog that the Yanks’ offense is better than the Sawx?

    • jjyank

      It is better than the Sox. One game does not change the stats from the rest of the season.

      • jjyank

        Also, it’s a fucking 2-1 game in the 4th inning. This means nothing regarding the overall capabilities of each team’s offense.

    • MannyGeee

      I’m right here… and nothing I’ve seen in these 4 innings is telling me entirely differently.

      Not like it’s 12-1…

  • MannyGeee

    See, you’re supposed to like Lester, on account of the beating cancer thing… You want to like him for the same reason you like and respect Lance Armstrong…

    But then he acts like a 9year old girl when he doesn’t get a call…. And the fried chicken thing… And you just find him flat out unlikeible..

    • https://twitter.com/Erica_Lynnnn Erica

      Yeah, I always expressed my hatred of Lester to this one friend of mine (who also beat cancer) and he was all, “You can’t hate him, he beat cancer!” I mean, there’s no denying how great it is that he’s cancer-free… but it doesn’t make him a respectable baseball player.

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

        Just because somebody has overcome hardships doesn’t automatically make them a good person/easy to root for.

        • https://twitter.com/Erica_Lynnnn Erica

          THaaaaaank youuuuuu, that’s what I’m always saying!

  • Bubba

    Who does lavarnway think he is… Magnum P.I.?

    • Kramerica Industries

      I hope not.

      It’s almost impossible to match the coolness of Magnum P.I.

    • Leg-End

      Mr. Baseball

    • MannyGeee

      Lavarnaway is the president of the Super Troopers Fan Club of North America…. True story

      • Bubba

        That is funny

    • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

      He thinks he’s Nicholas Turturro from the NYPD Blue days

  • https://twitter.com/Erica_Lynnnn Erica

    Lavahhhhhhnway

    • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

      i love it when you “ah” all Boston-like

      • https://twitter.com/Erica_Lynnnn Erica

        There’s more where that came from, complete with a Jersey accent mixed in.

  • flamingo

    THANK YOU KURODA

  • Chilango

    Time to mess with Lester. Let’s go guys.

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

    I was just looking at Kuroda’s game logs on B-Ref. He should easily have 17 wins. There have been four games this season where he’s pitched at least into the 6th and has allowed 3 or fewer runs.

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

      and lost*

    • Mike N

      Yep. One of those is a complete game 2-1 (or was it 3-1) loss.

  • MannyGeee

    Damn it A Rod… Hit the ball

  • Kramerica Industries

    Is this team friggen serious?

  • Hummingbird S.

    bad AB’s continue..

  • flamingo

    That was an ugly at bat.

  • Chilango

    Game is sort of following the script isn’t it.

  • https://twitter.com/Erica_Lynnnn Erica

    Yeah Russ!

  • Widget

    one guy has 6 walks, the other guy has zero. I wonder which guy has the lead? This team is sad.

    • Bubba

      One guy gave up five hits, the other three. Maybe hits are a tad more important then people give them credit for.

  • EDDARD

    Another man in RISP. Pearce has a chance to be the hero again.

  • Kramerica Industries

    0-9

  • Bubba

    Ladies and gentlemen… The Steve Pearce Experience!

  • The Laughing Troll

    Ew. What an ugly game . . . 6 walks, 3 hits, and only 1 run? Ok, I got it, so this is NOT the same team from Sunday. Nice to know.

  • TomH

    Futility Row

  • WhittakerWalt

    Fuck this shit.

  • Mike N

    Pearce is trying to kill that fucking catcher!

  • Dave Miller

    The Yankees motto this year (two words): Squandered opportunities.

  • Hummingbird S.

    Steve Pearce hitting 6th, another stranded runner in scoring position. This team is done.

  • Cy Pettitte

    getting back the point where I wonder why they bother showing up to the games and don’t just sit in the hotel rooms and watch PPV porn on the Steinbrenners’ dime.

    • Athenian

      Because they would fuck that up, using the remote with the same efficiency they swing the bat.

  • Tom

    Bad baserunning by Martin… he should have stopped at 1st and given his a team a chance at getting a hit.

  • Athenian

    With the way the Yankees are hitting, it is hard to believe they did not sweep the Orioles.

  • stuart a

    0 for 9 risp so far, trying for 0 for 15 tonight.

    the beer league softball team in full bloom tonight.

  • EDDARD

    What a disgrace. 0-9 with RISP. Lester tried to hand us this game. One hit with the bases loaded would have ended this. Kuroda gonna lose again 2-1.

  • frank messer

    Holy Guadalupe…another fade into the late innings wondering where all of our outs went

  • Cy Pettitte

    here comes another leadoff double

  • Tom

    Please do not throw this guy a strike.

    He has 4 walks in I think 190 PA’s now.

  • Mike N

    It is a one-run game in only the fifth inning. Keep calm and carry on.

    • Leg-End

      We still have our “free 6 runs” voucher to redeem from Melancon yet anyway.

      • https://twitter.com/Erica_Lynnnn Erica

        And for a Papa John’s pizza!

  • Zack

    One hit with the bases loaded and this game owuld be over….Yanks have no one but themselves to blame tonight…period.

    • Athenian

      That’s not true. They have to tip their cap to Lester. He changed speeds, changed pitches, kept us off balance all night. He was on tonight and while we had some quality AB’s we just couldn’t get the ball to drop in when we made contact. Our guys didnt change their approach, Lester was just very good tonight.

      Joe Girardi and his Team.

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

    Jesus..some times I have to check to make sure that this team is still in fact in first place AND that the game the game thread is devoted to is still a game that is still happening and is relatively close. Also…the radio crew is talking about Ichiro (ICHIRO!!!) batting against LHP. I understand Jones hasn’t been hitting, and kind of overall sucks…but Ichiro isn’t the answer. “They’ve been sitting him against every LHP and it just doesn’t make sense.” They’re joking right?!

    • WhittakerWalt

      They’re probably the two worst baseball analysts I’ve ever heard.
      And Sterling doesn’t understand the meaning of the word “irony.”

  • Jon

    The Yankees are just a dead ass team

    • http://theevilsquare.com handtius

      yep. dead ass team in first place with a strong chance of making it into the postseason. they also have scored the second most runs in baseball and have the 3rd best pitching staff. They totally suck large donkey cock. If you’re not up by 20 games in first, your last.

      • WhittakerWalt

        Maybe he’s commenting on THIS game, smart ass.

        • http://theevilsquare.com handtius

          Oh, I didn’t realize this game had a different team then the yanks had yesterday.

        • jjyank

          Given the general atmosphere lately, I doubt it.

  • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

    Ciriaco, nobody likes you. Why don’t you go dig a hole somewhere?

  • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

    Why didn’t Girardi get Nunez in the lineup somewhere?

  • Mike N

    C’mon, peeps! This is a ONE-RUN game starting the sixth inning and Kuroda is pitching great! BUCK UP!!

    • jjyank

      +1

  • Tom

    I think first team to 3 wins this game.

    As bad as the Yankees have been playing I can’t see the score holding. The Yankees need to grind some AB’s this inning and get Lester out of the game after 6.

  • Kramerica Industries

    aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaand another walk.

  • Cy Pettitte

    another walk that probably won’t come around to score

    • http://theevilsquare.com handtius

      yeah! that’s how you support your team! Come on yankees! fuck this game up and every game the rest of the year!

  • Mike N

    Let’s bring Grandy HOME!

  • Chilango

    Another walk, another leadoff runner.

  • Tom

    Fastball only here Andruw

  • EDDARD

    LOL, they’re letting Andruw hit.

  • Cy Pettitte

    did someone PH for Jones? I know that wasn’t him actually getting a hit.

  • Get Phelps Up

    Bunt?

    • https://twitter.com/Erica_Lynnnn Erica

      It was actually DeWayne Wise bunting.

    • Tom

      I think Girardi will, but with Lester struggling I’m not sure I give up the free out.

  • Mike N

    All right!!! NOW RISPHIT!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • https://twitter.com/Erica_Lynnnn Erica

    Andruw got a hit…. whoa.

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

      Does not compute…

  • jjyank

    ZOMG Andruw with a hit! Awesome.

  • EDDARD

    I can’t believe they let Andruw hit for himself but he finally came through. Now play small ball. Bunt those runners over.

  • Kramerica Industries

    It’ll be interesting to see how they fuck this up.

  • MannyGeee

    This game is killing my VERY expensive 16YO scotch buzz…

  • Athenian

    7 walks by Lester tonight. 1 Run for the Yankees – See John Sterling, WALKS don’t kill you – well when your playing the Yankees.

  • WhittakerWalt

    Free outs! John Sterling loves this shit!

  • Kramerica Industries

    At least need to get one of these runs home.

  • EDDARD

    I love the small ball. Now we can score without a hit which we won’t get with RISP anyway.

  • MannyGeee

    Hurray for sac bunts!

  • Mike N

    Great bunt! Now bring ‘em home!!!!!!

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

    CAPTAIN!!!!!

  • Kramerica Industries

    Jeter with a Fenway special.

  • Need Pitching & Hitting

    Cap!!!

  • Mike N

    YAYAYAYAYAYAYAYAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! That’s what I’m fucking talking about!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • https://twitter.com/Erica_Lynnnn Erica

    EL CAPITAN! AMERICA!

    God, I LOVE Jeter!

    • Mike N

      America? lolz

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

          What happened to the video with all the rockets and planes and bombs!?!?!?!?!?

        • https://twitter.com/Erica_Lynnnn Erica

          YES lolololol

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

    Jeter’s been unbelievable this year.

    • http://theevilsquare.com handtius

      I know it’s looking so damn far ahead, but it makes you think he’s got a shot at rose, even though it’s so improbable. If he turns in another year like this next year, the odds have to go up, right?

      • Mike N

        I don’t think so. My guess is that Jeter will retire while he’s still decent, and not just show up every day batting in the low .200s to try to break Rose’s record.

        • http://theevilsquare.com handtius

          Jeter is doing things at 38, that have never been done before by a shortstop. One never knows. But obviously, it’s a slim to nil chance.

          • Mike N

            I just don’t think he’d even try.

        • Marcy

          Unless he wants to join Clemens in Houston Derek will never get the chance. Well, unless the Yanks are so bad they need people to come to the stadium and I don’t see that happening – but stranger things have happened, I guess.
          He may want to play but the Yankees will never sign him again. They need the DH for A-Rod and they need a SS w/some range.

    • Marcy

      Great hitting SS + intangibles, right?

  • Hummingbird S.

    CAPTAIN!! OUR BEST PLAYER!

  • Cy Pettitte

    Captain’s clutchness > anyone else this year.

  • jjyank

    Thank you Jeter, and BABIP.

  • EDDARD

    I just don’t know how you can’t consider him for MVP. He’s done everything for the injury riddled Yankees and has them in 1st place.

    • jjyank

      Where would the Angels be without Mike Trout? I love Jeter, don’t get me wrong. But it’s not that clear cut just because the Yankees are in first.

      • MannyGeee

        Justin Moreau agrees

        • MannyGeee

          Errrrr Morneau… Either way iPad

    • Mike N

      You gotta consider him for it, that’s for sure.

      • WhittakerWalt

        You gotta consider him for it… then give it to someone who’s having a better year, AKA Mike Trout.

        • Mike N

          It’s not the “best player”; it’s the “most valuable player”.

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

            There’s no difference.

          • MannyGeee

            While I particluarly don’t disagree, I would hypothetically ask you to define ‘value’…

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

            Take Trout away from the Angels they aren’t even threatening at all…take Jeter away from the Yankees, they’re probably still at least in the playoff picture.

          • WhittakerWalt

            I love Jeter, and he should have won the MVP in 2006 (and probably ’99) but I don’t want him winning an award he doesn’t deserve. That doesn’t add anything to his legend.

  • MannyGeee

    Let’s see if Lester turns into the great bitching lefty before him and turns into a pumpkin at 100 pitches…

    Soon as I type it, the captain gives him the old Pedro!!!! Just awesome

  • http://theevilsquare.com handtius

    oh my god. they blew it, they scored runs.

  • Chilango

    Jeter gets it done. Take notes Swish!

  • Tom

    Jeter!

    May have only seen 1 pitch in the zone the whole AB, but you almost get the feeling if he walks there a GIDP is coming.

  • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

    That was YOOOGE!

  • Countryclub

    We’ll trade a line out to rt with nobody on for a bloop to right with 2 on all season long.

  • Get Phelps Up

    Jeter is just 4 points behind Trout and 1 behind Cabrera for the AL lead in BA!

  • MannyGeee

    Swish…. Goddammit

  • Hummingbird S.

    Swisher has it all figured out. Swinging at pitches way out of the zone, taking pitches in the middle of the plate. Awesome approach.

  • CountryClub

    Swings at 2 splits and looks at a FB down the middle.

    • Tom

      Alright Hiroki… time for the shutdown inning.

  • EDDARD

    Jeter deserves the most votes for MVP. If your team doesn’t make the playoffs you shouldn’t be the MVP because you obviously weren’t that valuable. Where would your team be without you? Same as they are with you, sitting at home watching the playoffs.

    • jjyank

      Diagree. You can be more valuable on a team that misses the playoffs than a player on a team that makes it. Why punish a guy for being on a crappier team?

    • Get Phelps Up

      If the Yankees missed the playoffs in 2007, do you think that Arod shouldn’t have been the MVP?

    • WhittakerWalt

      What if the Yanks miss the playoffs by one game? Then your whole thesis is shot.

  • Get Phelps Up

    Arod vs Tazawa again.

  • The Laughing Troll

    Why does Girardi insist on batting baseball’s coldest player behind one of its hottest? I don’t understand.

  • Need Pitching & Hitting

    Two great AB’s there.

  • MannyGeee

    Fuck you Alex…. Lester is gone, no more free bases

  • CountryClub

    Arod….another genius

  • Kramerica Industries

    Good thing Jeter did the job.

    Swish and ARod don’t look like they would’ve.

  • Hummingbird S.

    besides Jeter, this team is completely fucked up with RISP… unbelievably bad.

  • Chilango

    The Swisher flail. And the KRod followup.

    • http://theevilsquare.com handtius

      It’s not enough that they scored 2 that inning. everyone has to get a hit. they have the lead. act like the team you like is winning.

      • http://theevilsquare.com handtius

        *revised

        ok. take it back. your team is tied. act like they have a chance

      • WhittakerWalt

        You don’t get to decide how people can act. The team’s playing a shaky game so far.

      • The Laughing Troll

        Have you NOT been following this team for the past two months????? Haha.

        • http://theevilsquare.com handtius

          I have been and they’ve had a rough go of it since the all star break, but I still don’t count them out of every game before the game starts. At any moment they can turn it on like any other team. They have the talent. Zen baseball. try it.

      • Hummingbird S.

        they are 1-12 with RISP. They scored 3 runs against a guy who allowed 5 hits (3 doubles) and 7(!!!) walks in 5.1 innings… I can’t help but feel disappointed in this team and their collection of overpaid chokers.

        • http://theevilsquare.com handtius

          Yep, it happens. Just stop watching if all you expect is for them to lose. It’s a sport you watch as a pastime, not the reason you live and breath. It will ruin your life and your health. requoting something i said earlier,
          “..back in 03. The night and day following Aaron Boone’s walk off, the hospital’s in boston saw a spike in heart related visits and actual heart attacks compared to the daily average for the entire year. Lesson, don’t let baseball kill you especially if you’re not playing it.”

          Enjoy the game for what it is, a game.

  • The Laughing Troll

    So does Kuroda give back just one or does he let them pile it up?

    • The Laughing Troll

      HAHAHAHAHA! I WAS JUST ABOUT TO CALL THE PEDEY BOMB!!!!!

  • stuart a

    arod let a pitch right down the middle go by, what is he looking for?

    1 for 11 or 12 with RISP, they should have 7 runs not 3….

    let’s see if our staff can hold a lead for a change……

  • Mike N

    fuuuuuuuuuuck

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

    Fail. fail. fail. fuck.

  • Kramerica Industries

    Fucking Pedroia.

  • Cy Pettitte

    fucking knew that shit was coming. they have 1 legit batter, keep letting him beat you. fucking morons.

  • Need Pitching & Hitting

    wtf

    un-fucking real

  • Hummingbird S.

    it’s impossible for Yankees pitching to get a shutdown inning…

  • stuart a

    could not even hold the lead for 2 outs.. this team is disgraceful..

    kuroda is good but an ace??no friggin way.

    JOKE.

  • DERP

    Nice job letting the one good hitter in the lineup beat you.

    • Widget

      Cody Ross? He’s their best hitter.

  • Leg-End

    Well god fucking damnit.

  • Get Phelps Up

    The one good player in their lineup.

  • Daiello18

    Shutdown inning…. One fucking time… Unreal.

  • Effthisnoise

    Predictable

  • stuart a

    RISP FAIL AND OUR STARTERs not able to get shutdown innings the pitching part of the equation has been gone on for weeks.. the offensive fail has been gone on the whole friggin year………

    • http://theevilsquare.com handtius

      except for them being second in run scored. throws a wrench into that thought.

    • OMG! Bagels!

      The only thing that’s gone on the whole frigging year is you.

  • http://theevilsquare.com handtius

    i like the yankees. i hope they win. zen baseball.

    • The Laughing Troll

      STFU. TY.

      • http://theevilsquare.com handtius

        I don’t understand this childish speak.

  • Widget

    hahahahha. Phoniest player in baseball just took you deep Hirok. Ouch. Best part of this red sox season is Pedroia’s grit rubbing off and everyone seeing him for the fraud he really is.

  • Tom

    Leiter has it right.

    That’s twice now where once Hiroki got behind Pedroia and should not have pitched to him. It’s cost him 2 runs tonight.

  • JLC 776

    Shutdown inning? This team doesn’t know the meaning of ‘shutdown inning’!

  • mt

    Our righies cannot take advantage of the wall but Dusty Pedroia does – great.

    The lack of shutdown innings is so frustrating. Let’s just hope we keep it at only 1 run.

  • stuart a

    2 good offensive players pedroia and ellsbury so what does kuroda do?

    another overpriced piece of —-

    • WhittakerWalt

      You think Kuroda is overpriced? You’re a fucking idiot.

      • stuart a

        15 mill cannot win a game dow nthe stretch. given the lead against a wounded team put the fuckers away..

        get the big out…f you dick

        • Get Phelps Up

          lol…he’s payed $10M.

        • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

          What about $10M?

        • Need Pitching & Hitting

          10M ….not 15 mill…..

        • WhittakerWalt

          Three seconds on Google showed me that Kuroda’s salary is 10 million.
          Was that too much work for you?

        • http://theevilsquare.com handtius

          ummm, 10 mill?

        • DC

          You’ve gone from annoying troll to stupid dickhead…congrats.

  • Cy Pettitte

    this is fucking hilarious. they just keep finding ways to lose.

    • http://theevilsquare.com handtius

      wait, they’re losing? 3-3 tie is now losing? news to me.

  • Hummingbird S.

    yay Robbie… it’s not enough to suck at the plate, you have to shit the bed on the field as well..

    • Mike N

      I would not call missing that very tough play “shit[ting] the bed”.

    • WhittakerWalt

      He’s a Gold Glove 2nd baseman who leads the league in extra base hits. What a bum.

      • stuart a

        under 180 with RISP… i forgot rbi’s are a meaningless stat…

        • DC

          FU

  • Marcy

    Larry Bowa said something interesting about Kuroda – after the 3 years he had Kuroda (forget the runs they talk about) – Kuroda has always been a .500 type pitcher even though he’s been better w/the Yankees he is what he is.

  • Marcy

    Injuries in O’s/Rays game. Hammels & Roberts.

  • Christopher

    We win tonight.

  • Effthisnoise

    Have no fear, the incredible fearful 5, 6 spot of Martin and pierce is comming up

  • Cy Pettitte

    and now Ciriaco is the greatest 3B of all time.

  • Kramerica Industries

    Are you fucking kidding me with this Ciriaco shit?

    Fuck him. Jesus.

  • swishers fauxhawk

    Ciriaco would be a hall of fame lock if he played every game against us

  • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

    Such a douchebag

  • Kramerica Industries

    I see Ichiro is still a master of making contact.

  • Nathan

    Sgt. Overly Dramatic

    • JobaTheHeat62

      i have no idea whats going on

    • Mike N

      That dude was getting so pumped, I thought he was preparing to karate chop through a stack of wood planks.

  • Leg-End

    This dude thinks he’s Elvis.

  • Dale Mohorcic

    This guy can sing but I think he has a jellyfish in his shorts.

  • http://theevilsquare.com handtius

    Hey Mike, you remember that article on Zen Baseball? You guys need to repost it, like everyday, for the next 6 months.

    • The Laughing Troll

      I thought I remember telling you to STFU . . . ?

      • http://theevilsquare.com handtius

        Still don’t understand your childish way of speaking, internet tough guy.

      • jjyank

        No. More people here need to embrace Zen baseball.

        • The Laughing Troll

          Let them behave however they wish. You’re not a moderator. The team has been inexplicably shitty for more than 2 months now . . . if the fans feel like venting, then they shall vent. And, of all the places to vent, where do they choose? A NYY game-day game thread? Well I’ll be damned! Let there be light (AND doom and gloom)! I’ll allow it!

          • http://theevilsquare.com handtius

            guess you’re the moderator now, dog.

            • The Laughing Troll

              Yeah . . . because I’m not telling people how to act or instructing the editors to do this and that. Let the masses act accordingly, reflecting however the game plays out.

              • http://theevilsquare.com handtius

                i’m suggesting they do something that stops half their current readers from having heart problems. young, spoiled (not in a negative way, just lucky not to have seen a losing team) yankee fans that haven’t seen what it’s like to have a shitty team need a reality check. go back and watch a season of the 80’s, early 90s team then come talk to me about how bad this team is.

  • Kramerica Industries

    Not gonna lie.

    That was excellent.

    • jjyank

      The singer? Yeah, that was cool.

    • Nathan

      The singing was good.

      The theatrics were horrible.

      You’re military, act accordingly.

  • Cy Pettitte

    lol there’s no way the Yankees are winning this.

    • Cy Pettitte

      suspicions confirmed. this is a fucking joke.

  • Need Pitching & Hitting

    wow…just fucking wow

  • Kramerica Industries

    For fucks sake.

    Finding ways to make this game tougher than it needs to be.

  • Athenian

    This team is such a fucking joke

    • Paul O’neill’s Batting Helmet

      1 game over .500 since june will do that. They are an average team, have been for months now. I’ve come to grips with it.

  • JobaTheHeat62

    this is happening?

  • Dale Mohorcic

    Needed Jerry Meals at first on that one.

  • Nathan

    Jesus…when the Yankees blow, they really blow.

  • Chilango

    It’s over you can feel it

  • Roadgeek Adam

    Red Sox is playing small small small ball.

  • Mike N

    C’mon, Kuroda! BEAR DOWN!!!!!!!!!

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

    Pedro Ciriaco is getting closer to the top of me “people I wish I could kill without getting into trouble” list.

  • Athenian

    Obviously, creating a team of non baseball players catches up with you. Yankees should change strategy and draft some real baseball players, who are not filing for social security at year’s end.

    • Get Phelps Up

      A team of 25 Jayson Nixes

    • jjyank

      So who have they drafted who are not “real baseball players”? Kinda tough to draft Stasburgs, Harpers, Prices, etc. at the 30th pick.

  • Mike N

    YESSSSSS!

  • jjyank

    Big K there. DP please?

  • Kramerica Industries

    Alright.

    Two more of those without any runs being scored.

  • Mike N

    Wow! Taking Kuroda out?

  • fuck

    not gonna allow myself to hope…

  • stuart a

    i like the move for bafoon logan, he is as unclutch as the rest. flip a coin.

    • jjyank

      …can ike davis…pitch….?

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

      Is there a player on this team you like? Seriously?

      • DC

        He’s a Met fan troll.

  • EDDARD

    Don’t want to leave the ballgame, Kuroda? Then pitch better. Don’t allow 3 runs to an AAA lineup. Don’t let the only 2 major leaguers in the lineup beat you. Good move by Girardi.

    • JobaTheHeat62

      oh my clown…are you not watching the game? 2 joke bunt plays with awful defense but Kuroda needs to pitch better.

  • Tony

    Im usually try to be optimistic when it comes to the Yankees, but I have a very bad feeling about this inning. If it gets to Pedroia, I just don’t see them getting him out

  • mt

    Poor Kuroda – he may lose this game because of 2 popped up bunts.

    I also have figured out why Yankee pitchers have problems with shutdown innings – they immediately go into shock that the Yankees actually scored that it takes them a while to pitch well again.

  • Cy Pettitte

    this just keeps getting better.

  • Mike N

    WTF!?!?!?!?

  • Need Pitching & Hitting

    Completely fucking incompetent.

  • fuck

    hahahahahahahaha

    fuck it

  • Kramerica Industries

    That was trouble regardless. Ellsbury was too quick, no one was throwing him out there.

  • Tony

    This might be the worst inning I have ever seen and no runs have scored yet

  • Athenian

    LOLOLOLOLOLOL!!!!!!!! This team.

  • fuck

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

    fuck it

  • Leg-End

    Jesus titty christ.

  • JobaTheHeat62

    this is the worst inning i have ever seen.

  • AaronGuielWithASmile

    Really, going to Joba with the bases loaded?

    Really?

    • Mike N

      He was good on Sunday.

      • AaronGuielWithASmile

        He was, but he’s had serious control issues all year. Not ideal for a bases loaded situation.

        Anyway, so far so good.

  • DT

    Okay forget about resigning swisher. The dude can’t do jack shit.

    • stuart a

      swisher chokes at the plate and in the field.

      he is a dope.

  • Chilango

    This is embarrassing

  • Pasqua

    The Yankees LITERALLY can’t get out of their own way.

  • Mike N

    That looked like fucking little league.

  • fuck

    I’m embarrassed for this team right now, really

  • Nathan

    This is like watching Maury when a woman comes out and accuses three men of being the father and then one by one they aren’t the father.

    It’s getting that comical.

  • stuart a

    michael kay is a moron. bafoon logan did not do his job, he did not cover first base.swisher went to far but logan did not run to first kinda like andruw jones or cano on the basepaths..

    this team deserves to be losing, they are a bad and stupid team. 2 bunt singles and a broken bat in 1 inning…

    • DT

      Logan was not going to out run Ellesbury. Swisher was the only one who could have covered.

    • DC

      Like you can call anyone a moron.

  • Widget

    Yanks are getting swept.

    • DT

      I would bet you they won’t

  • Athenian

    Posednik will get an out, no runs scored, then Pedroia will hit a bases clearing double. Joba special.

    • Tony

      So far youre correct. Now please dont let that second part happen

    • Get Phelps Up

      Hey look, Athenian’s wrong.

      • Athenian

        that is ok… he has this inning.

  • mt

    Alos funny how Yanks and Red Sox are in a death match here that looks bad for Yanks whil Orioles are blithely adding on tack on runs almost every inning against Rays – now 7-1.

    No matter how this game turns out – and I still hope Yanks win even though it looks bad – those predicting Red Sox would sleepwalk and tank because their season is over were wrong.

    • Paul O’neill’s Batting Helmet

      They are a .500 team for 2.5 months. 2.5 months! How anyone thinks this team is too overwhelming for any team is beyond me.

  • Mike N

    YEAH!!!!!!!!!!! Nice play to home!

  • Kramerica Industries

    There’s a little atonement from Swish.

    Nowhere near out of the woods yet.

  • mt

    That was predictable – Yanks will of course have to get Dusty RatFace out in a big spot.

    • mt

      Well played, Joba – you surprised me.

      Now can we score some runs against the likes of Tazaw, Padilla, Aceves, bailey, Miller, etc.???

  • Cy Pettitte

    I will literally shit a brick if they get Pedroia

    • Cy Pettitte

      brick shat.

    • DT

      Where’s the brick?

  • Mike N

    Awesome JOBA!!!!!!!!

  • Dale Mohorcic

    HA. Suck it, Eddie Gaedel.

    • Mike N

      Thank you, Google!

  • Tony

    I now officially love you Joba!!!

  • jjyank

    Atta boy, Joba. Well done.

  • AaronGuielWithASmile

    Huge pitch by Joba.

    Now let’s never speak of that inning again.

  • Kramerica Industries

    And……….exhale.

    Time for some runs.

  • Need Pitching & Hitting

    Joba!!!

    (Now if the rest of the team can wake up…)

  • Defensive Indifference

    Not a single ball hit out of the infield that inning.

  • TomH

    Joba rides again.

  • EDDARD

    There are no doubts anymore – Joba is back!

  • stuart a

    joba saved there asses….

    if he is back that would be huge..joba comes out in the 8th if they are tied..

    • Get Phelps Up

      Joba also saved their asses.

      • jjyank

        +100000

        Grammar FTW

        • Get Phelps Up

          I normally am never, EVER a grammar nazi, but since it was stuart I couldn’t help myself.

  • http://theevilsquare.com handtius

    them them wield the hammer of thor in the next innning.

  • Effthisnoise

    Ok, now let’s explode for 7 runs

  • RetroRob

    Survived giving the Red Sox an extra 17 outs that inning.

  • JLC 776

    Jesus… for fucks sake, Yankees-Red Sox games are like this! Everybody relax and root for the fucking team rather than shitting over every ‘worst play of the year’!

    • OMG! Bagels!

      I hear you but you’re talking to the wrong crowd. This particular group needs valium.

      • http://theevilsquare.com handtius

        more like some heroin.

        • http://theevilsquare.com handtius

          maybe some weed would be better.

  • Tom

    Wow… Joba coming up big time there.

  • Mike N

    RUNS!!!!!!!!!!!!! NOW!!!!!!!!!! MANY OF THEM!!!!!!!!!!

  • Chilango

    Joba comes up huge.

  • Widget

    I liked Granderson better when he was benched.

  • Tom

    Sit fastball again Jones – don’t be a hero.

  • TomH

    Highly unlikely Joe G. returns if this team doesn’t make the post-season. We’re talking about a team that was given 7 walks and left 20 guys on base so far tonight. It is not out of the question that they may not be playing after the 162nd game.

    • Paul O’neill’s Batting Helmet

      Who right now could possibly be not be asking that question?

    • AaronGuielWithASmile

      Even if the Yankees complete the collapse, I’d be shocked if Girardi isn’t back.

      • TomH

        You would be shocked, but would you be surprised?

        • AaronGuielWithASmile

          Yes. George is dead, and firing a guy who’s had so much success due to one injury-fueled collapse doesn’t seem like Hal’s style.

    • http://theevilsquare.com handtius

      no way he’s gone. yanks don’t operate like the redsox.

  • Mike N

    Oh, shit.

  • http://theevilsquare.com handtius

    hammer of thor in the next inning…

  • AaronGuielWithASmile

    Jones just walked on 4 pitches?

    Better swing immediately.

  • Kramerica Industries

    Four pitch walk.

    First pitch DP follows.

  • Paul O’neill’s Batting Helmet

    i guess the plan was to PR, and NOT see any pitches to try and allow dickerson to steal. I get it now.

  • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

    come on. just freaking score

  • The Laughing Troll

    Holy FU*KING Shit! I walk away for what seemed like TWO minutes and the offense is ALREADY 3 and out?!?! W. T. F!

  • Tom

    Fast runner – take a pitch to let him steal, hit and run, do something (it’s also not like Lavarnway is Johnny Bench back there)

    6 pitch inning… with a walk.

  • RetroRob

    Is Joba tired after getting one out, or is this Joe going to his 8th-inning guy?

    • Paul O’neill’s Batting Helmet

      def his 8th inning guy. in a tie game. after the 9th inning, he has no plan. typical.

  • Matt

    This game has been so poorly managed by Girardi.

    You have only a few reliable relievers, and you use one of them as a lefty specialist! And not only that, but he didn’t trust him enough to face Podsednik with the bases loaded.

    If you wanted a matchup lefty, you could have gone to Rapada and saved Logan for later in the game. Rapada is even better against LHB than Logan, and Logan is one of your better set up guys.

  • Cy Pettitte

    and they kept pitching to Pedey with that guy behind him

  • Tom

    The Yankees have chewed up Loney. It’s almost like they should only pitch to Pedroia when they need to (like last inning)

  • Chilango

    Robbie’s throwing the curve! Giddyap…

  • Mike N

    I guess Girardi’s betting on scoring in the top of the ninth.

    • Mike N

      OK. Let’s cash in that bet!

  • Tony

    The Red Sox seem like they have no chance against D-Rob

  • Effthisnoise

    Glad to see hardy torture the rays too

  • Get Phelps Up

    That was a pretty nasty inning.

  • Need Pitching & Hitting

    Nice to see KRob make an appearance.

  • Kramerica Industries

    Impressive display by DRob.

    More of that going forward.

    Time for some runs.

  • jjyank

    D-Rob looked sharp as hell. Good sign. Let’s get some runs!

  • JLC 776

    This team is going to finally find a way to win a game in the ninth inning! I can feel it!!!

  • Leg-End

    Robertson DEALING.

  • EDDARD

    Girardi isn’t betting on anything. He’s following his usual formula and won’t use his closer in a tie game on the road in the 9th. He will go to Cody Eppley and we will lose if we don’t score this inning.

  • Widget

    Ciriaco walk off is gonna make us all very sad.

  • http://theevilsquare.com handtius

    Charlie Donovan: Vaughn’s been looking good out there today.
    Rachel Phelps: Don’t worry, he’ll blow it.

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

    Swish is going yard here. I feel it.

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

      …I was only about 250ft off.

    • http://theevilsquare.com handtius

      he went yard, just not enough yards.

  • Cy Pettitte

    Arod, put the team on your back, please.

  • Mike N

    All right. Go ahead run is on base.

  • Kramerica Industries

    Two hard hit balls against Bailey.

    Time for the middle to do its job.

  • Get Phelps Up

    No Melky running for Swisher?

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

    If Nunez is Pinch Running…what is our defensive alignment going to be next inning?

    • Mike

      I wondered the same thing. I guess Chavez to 1B?

    • Tom

      McGehee or Chavez at 1st probably

  • Defensive Indifference

    The Great Gadzoo pinch runs. Run Gadzoo! Run!

  • JLC 776

    OK, Nunez… don’t fuck up!

    • Mike

      Too late :(

  • Tom

    Can’t stand pinch runners in a tie game unless they are stealing.

  • Paul O’neill’s Batting Helmet

    guess the AA lineup will have to play in the 10th and onward. a-rod is overmatched this ab.

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

    wayyy out in front on the offspeed…wayyyy late on the fastball…not looking good for alex.

  • Cy Pettitte

    how the fuck did Nunez not beat that

  • Mike

    And just like that, Swisher out of the game, and chances are now Nunez is

  • Need Pitching & Hitting

    Got thrown out by Lavarnway. SMFH.

  • JLC 776

    Annnnd… that’s why I hate pinch runners…

  • Mike N

    Go ahead run is back in the dugout.

  • EDDARD

    Eduardo Nunez couldn’t even do that right. There goes our chance at a lead. Bring in Cody Eppley, Joe.

  • The Laughing Troll

    What. A. Fu*king. Joke.

  • Widget

    hahahahhaha. Nunez sucks at all aspects of baseball.

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

    fuck Nunez…

  • Kramerica Industries

    That was a poor jump. Nunez was too flat footed on his left when he decided to run.

  • AaronGuielWithASmile

    Can someone get Nunez a helmet that fits?

  • sangreal

    Nunez still managed to lose his helmet

  • Athenian

    can’t even steal a base. awesome.

  • Need Pitching & Hitting

    Nice competitive AB ARod.

  • Matt

    1 for 12 with RISP. Pathetic.

  • Effthisnoise

    A rod destroyed with 96mph?

  • JLC 776

    No contact ARod…

  • Kramerica Industries

    A Red Sox win would mean a walk-off loss at this point.

    I can’t stomach a walk-off loss at Fenway. Too many of those over the years, and now it would be when the Red Sox are, far and away, the inferior team.

    Do not allow that to happen.

    • Mike N

      I hate the fucking Red Socks. NO WALK OFF!

  • Marcy

    So, start managing — who’s pitching?

  • EDDARD

    And here comes Cody Eppley. Joe already burned through 3 of our good relievers and you know he won’t use the last one in a tie game on the road.

    • Mike

      Glad he stuck with Davey boy (though I won’t be screaming at Girardi if they walk off in the 9th)

  • AaronGuielWithASmile

    Note: if Ciriaco hits a walkoff, I’m driving up to Boston and burning Fenway to the ground.

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

      I’d love to help.

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

        win or lose though.

  • mt

    Arod struggling today – hope someone else in lineup gets a chance to pick him up.

    • Chilango

      Age and PEDs have taken their toll. And we’re stuck with him for 5 more years.

  • Mike N

    D-Rob back in.

  • Marcy

    David Cone is terrific

  • Kramerica Industries

    Completely correct, Coney.

  • RetroRob

    If this scrub hits a HR…

    • RetroRob

      …oh, never mind. Just his usual multi-hit game.

  • AaronGuielWithASmile

    So Pedro Ciriaco’s actually been Pedro Cerrano this entire time. Who knew.

    • http://theevilsquare.com handtius

      nah, he couldn’t hit the curve.

  • Cy Pettitte

    are.you.fucking.kidding.me.

  • Need Pitching & Hitting

    Fuck Pedro. Again.

  • Kramerica Industries

    God is Ciriaco one lucky fucker.

  • mt

    Ciriaco strikes again – why wouldn’t you waste a high fastball

  • swishers fauxhawk

    We would go 0-162 against a team of Ciriaco’s

  • EDDARD

    He pitched Cyrano well and that little pipsqueak still hit it.

  • Effthisnoise

    Of fucking course, horrible swing and still a base hit

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

    I fucking hate Pedro Ciriaco. So much. Their aren’t words. Loathe isn’t strong enough, despise doesn’t do it either.

  • Karl Krawfid

    Yankees are not a good team.

  • Kramerica Industries

    That pitch was a strike.

  • The Laughing Troll

    Well . . . At least Baltimore did THEIR job . . .

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

    I really hope this doesn’t leave D-Rob unavailable tomorrow.

    • Chilango

      No way he’s available tomorrow

  • Marcy

    OK, Mike – there it is…

  • AaronGuielWithASmile

    This game has been death by a billion cuts.

  • Kramerica Industries

    The last five Red Sox baserunners have gotten on with such bullshit contact.

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

    After the 7th inning this rinky-dink shit is starting to get me livid.

  • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

    This game is ov….

    • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

      …a

  • http://theevilsquare.com handtius

    wow, bad luck.

    • The Laughing Troll

      You need to start practicing zen baseball, dog . . . No such thing as bad luck.

  • Tony

    How many horrible infield hits have they gotten this game? Its insane how lightly a person can hit a ball and still get a hit

  • EDDARD

    Robertson kept going fastball because he didn’t want Cyrano to steal but he should have went with the curve for the strikeout.

  • Karl Krawfid

    Yankees should have won this game in the first 3 innings.

  • Effthisnoise

    One curve after all those fastballs would of struck him out

  • Matt

    Taking a good cut at every fastball, yet he continues to go to it until he gives up a hit on the 7th in a row.

    Not once did he try to strike him out on an offspeed pitch. This is embarrassing.

  • Mike

    Sh.It

  • Cy Pettitte

    fucking pathetic

  • FIPster Doofus

    I hate this fucking team.

  • Mike N

    FUCK!!!!!!

  • Karl Krawfid

    This team will not make the postseason.

  • Need Pitching & Hitting

    fucking awful

    This team absolutely sucks right now.

  • Marcy

    HEADACHE TIME

  • Kramerica Industries

    Unreal.

    Un-fucking-real.

  • RetroRob

    …and of course he’s the one who scores.

  • Chilango

    Hard to watch this team.

  • EDDARD

    This team should just quit and throw up. No life. We’re the dead ones, not the Sox.

    • Widget

      For some reason the Red Sox always get up for the Yankees. The Yankees treat them like just another team.

  • Effthisnoise

    Robertson your fastball SUCKS. And oh yeah rab posters, the sox look like they didn’t care about this game at all

  • Ethan

    I am really annoyed with this team right now. 3 runs off lester who couldn’t throw a strike all night. Learn how to hit with RISP goddamn it!

  • Widget

    Lester walks a billion, but RISPFails shows itself and the pathetic Yankees lose to the worst team in the AL. Just get this miserable season over with already.

  • Mike N

    What the fuck was D-Rob saying to his glove??

    “Fuck you, glove! I hate you!” ??

    • Athenian

      He was saying “if I keep pitching like this, I won’t miss any tee times in before winter hits.”

  • Athenian

    hahahahahahahahahaahahaha this fucking team just sucks. I hope they fail miserably and miss the playoffs and then realize they can’t keep over paying old fuckers to underperform while spitting out excuse after excuse on why they fail.

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

    FUCK THIS SHIT. FUCK PEDRO CIRIACO. FUCK GIRARDI FOR LEAVING ROBERTSON OUT THERE FOR 30+ PITCHES. FUCK ROBERTSON FOR NOT GOING THE CURVE AGAINST AVILLA. FUCK OUR OFFENSE. JUST FUCK EVERYTHING.

  • Marcy

    And now they don’t have Roberston for tomorrow.

  • DT

    This game was just pure luck on the Red Sox part

    • FIPster Doofus

      Not really. The Yankees squandered a million chances when Lester couldn’t throw strikes.

      • The Laughing Troll

        No. No. No. You’re wrong, of course. Just let him believe the luck narrative. In his eyes the Yankees can do NO wrong.

        • DT

          Okay how bout a new narrative. Our fanbase is full of reactionary fucktards like you. Stupid fans don’t deserve a good team. How bout that narrative?

        • Long Time Yank

          I guess this the only Red Suckers fans can get their rocks off now! WOW only 15.5 behind now

      • DT

        Not saying the Yankees didn’t squander chances. But the winnign run was scored only because of a weak hit grounder, then a infield single.

      • Athenian

        Yes, don’t you remember per these thread, none of the games in April, May or first part of June matter and were no indication that this entire collapse was coming. No no, us “trolls” were just whining about nothing. Look at the stats, they prove that we are completely wrong, because you know stats play the game, not old, need to retire ex players.

        • DT

          Oh please, they played above .500 in every month. Nothing said they were suddenly going to play below .500 in the last month. Even had they played as they did before June, they would have been fine. But you and you crystal ball obviously saw this. and you are jumping for joy for being “right” rather have than rooting for this team to win. You’re a pathetic fan.

          • Matt

            No. The Yankees played .500 ball in 2 months this year, and had another month of 15-13 (August). Outside of June, they are 59-54 over the entire rest of the season. Aka, barely over .500, just like they’ve been lately.

            • DT

              They have been under .500. Had they even been playing barely over .500 they would still have a cushion.

    • Matt

      Yes, because “pure luck” is swinging at a 2-1 fastball down the middle with the bases loaded and popping out to first base. You make your own breaks.

      • DT

        And how did they load the bases in the first place? 2 bunts for hits, a misplay by Swish. Then in the 9th it was a weak grounder on a ball in the dirt, an infield single and then a ground ball through the hole. The Offense sucked, but the Sox had a horse shoe up their ass to even have runners on base.

        • Matt

          That was ONE inning. The Yankees stranded runners all freaking night.

          And that at bat to Aviles was not luck. They called an idiotic pitch sequence to a guy who was taking great hacks against the fastball. That pitch was right out over the plate and he was lucky it was only hit on the infield.

          • DT

            Jeter was shading up the middle. Had he been in normal position it would have been an easy DP, and everyone would be complimenting D-Rob. The offense sucked, no doubt. But there was no way one can watch this game and not feel as if the Sox had a huge horseshoe up their ass. One inning or not, you only need one decent inning to win a game. The offense has to do much better though.

  • wow

    predictable. the Yankees are still terrible. this offense is terrible. we aren’t going anywhere. Screw this team.

  • Leg-End

    Worst loss since last week.

  • Matt

    You can’t play even .500 baseball in the 2nd half with a 10+ game lead, you don’t deserve to win the division.

    You can’t beat the worst teams in the league, you don’t deserve to win the division.

    You can’t score runs against pitchers with ERA’s approaching 5.00, you don’t deserve to win the division.

    You go 1 for 12 with RISP, consistently, you don’t deserve to win the division.

    Quite frankly, this team is playing with so little intensity that they probably don’t deserve to make the playoffs either. They are a disgrace to the franchise, and if they don’t make it this would be the biggest collapse in franchise history.

    • The Laughing Troll

      You’ll probably get shit on by all the homers on here, but I applaud you. ALL TRUE.

    • Need Pitching & Hitting

      They consistently go 1 for 12 with RISP?

      • Matt

        Performances “like” 1 for 12. It was pretty obvious what I meant. You don’t have to nitpick.

        • Need Pitching & Hitting

          They don’t consistently have performances “like” 1-12 either.

          • Matt

            Again, stop nitpicking when it was obvious what my argument was.

            The Yankees aren’t hitting the home runs to make up for their lack of hitting with RISP anymore. No home runs, no clutch hitting, it’s not a shock that they can’t score consistently.

            • Need Pitching & Hitting

              They have scored more consistently than any other team this season. They have hit .288 with RISP since late June.

              • Matt

                You have no evidence to support that first statement, since nobody calculates standard deviations of runs scored.

                That second statement is irrelevant, because most of that happened in June and July. Hitting say .330 with RISP for one month and .250 in the next month is not “consistent.”

                As a team, they hit .200 over a 2 week stretch at the end of August. It’s pretty hard to hit with RISP when you can’t buy a hit at all.

                • Need Pitching & Hitting

                  “You have no evidence to support that first statement, since nobody calculates standard deviations of runs scored.”

                  They have been held under 3 runs fewer times than any other team. They have been held under 4 runs fewer times than any other team. They have been held under 5 runs fewer times than any other team.

                  I didn’t say the RISP was consistent. It hasn’t been. And they’ve certainly had team slumps, like every other team. But they’ve scored runs overall more consistently than any other team.

                  • Matt

                    Again, what they did in June or July is not relevant to right now. They are not that team anymore.

                    Those numbers would look completely different if you took them since August 1. The Yankees have been a middle of the pack offense since around that time. Their overall triple slash line in the last few weeks leading up to the most recent Baltimore series was equivalent to Seattle’s ENTIRE SEASON line.

                  • Matt

                    And you still didn’t answer my question. “Consistency” means how much variation is there in their runs scored. That question cannot possibly be answered without a calculation of standard deviation, or an analogous statistical measure of dispersion.

                    It doesn’t matter if they scored 3 or fewer runs the fewest times, because that does not tell me anything about consistency. They could be wildly inconsistent while still scoring 4+ runs.

                    • Need Pitching & Hitting

                      You don’t need fancy statistical analysis. Bottom line, the team gets shutdown less often than every other team. If that’s inconsistent, then every other team is more inconsistent.

                    • Matt

                      You cite numbers over the entire season when the team has performed nothing like it was in April, May, or June for an extended period of time.

                      The Red Sox sure had great numbers over the entire season last year. How did that work out for them?

                      Standard deviation is fancy statistical analysis? Are you serious? You are even dumber than I thought.

                      You have consistently demonstrated that you do not know much about the game of baseball. Have you ever been on a baseball field? It doesn’t seem like it, because you don’t understand how to analyze a game besides citing a few numbers that you’ve seen somebody else use.

    • stuart a

      you are correct. yanks suck they deserve to be watching the playoffs on tv.

      that is the facts.. pitchers gagging left and right and hitters gagging all season…

    • Matt

      Anyone who thinks they deserve to be there because they are the Yankees, or they had a good first half, is just nuts.

      You have to earn it, and this team has stopped showing up for an entire half of the season. Baltimore wants it. Oakland wants it. LA wants it. The Yankees look like they don’t give a damn.

      It’s hard enough to win games in Major League Baseball, let alone if your head is not in the game. You can’t just flip the switch. Their manager had an attitude of “it doesn’t matter” when they had their big lead, messing around and being over-cautious, and his team followed his lead. Too late now.

  • JLC 776

    Fuck it… team doesn’t know how to win game one of a series anymore anyway. Just win the next two.

  • Kramerica Industries

    Still have yet to win consecutive games since the Rangers were in town.

    This team has consistently found new ways to lose recently. It’s fucking sickening.

    • Anthony

      I was just wondering about this. Since the Rangers series???? That absolutely ridiculous.

      • Kramerica Industries

        Lost final game vs. Texas.

        Won two of three against the Red Sox after that – Friday and Sunday.

        Swept in Chicago.

        Won two of three in Cleveland – again, Friday and Sunday.

        Lost two of three vs. Toronto – Tuesday game was the W.

        Lost two of three vs. Baltimore – Saturday game was the W.

        Lost two of three in St. Pete – Wednesday game was the W.

        Split in Baltimore – Friday and Sunday were the W’s.

        So, yeah. There you have it.

  • The Laughing Troll

    No excuse for today’s loss. Lester did his best to give it away. This team should be ashamed of themselves. Ciriaco and Pedroia. Awesome.

  • DT

    Man reading this thread…our fans are awesome.

    • Big Members Only (formerly RI$P FTW)

      our?

      • The Laughing Troll

        HAHAHAHAHA. So is this Randy Levine or Hal?

  • stuart a

    robertson like 1 and 6.. shocker yansk did not come in late .

    that NEVEr HAPPENS. this team sucks…

    i said at the time have joba go 1 more inning, nah. so they lost and alabama boy threw 30 or so pitches..

    next big hit cano gets will be his first…ciriaco owns this team. the guy swings at balls on the ground and still owns the team..

    nunez gets thrown out at 2nd and krod did his magic.. 3 runs again against a bunch of bums………………………….

    THEY SUCK

  • Get Phelps Up

    The Yankees, Rays and Orioles have all been alternating wins and losses for a week now. Hopefully that trend continues for one more day.

  • Matt

    Lester walked 7 (!!!!!) batters, and they could barely touch him outside of a bloop double by Jeter.

    There comes a time when you really are this bad. It’s not a slump when you’ve been doing the same things for 3 or 4 weeks straight.

    The only key player out of the lineup is Teixeira. They have no excuse for this performance, unless they really are this bad now.

    There is no intensity on this team. They take their at bats like they are getting their work in, and the manager is asleep nearly every night in the dugout. There is no doubt that Girardi lost the respect of his team after not standing up for Teixeira on Saturday night.

  • Marcy

    And Victor Cruz needs to take a commercial break. I know he isn’t making a ton of $$ but he’s got to catch some balls. Having said that – I hope he’s okay and I’m sorry for his loss.

  • Anthony

    What a bunch of old turds. The Red Sox get swept by the BLUE JAYS and the Yankees can’t even manage a win. Seems the bats went into hibernation after Sunday’s blowout… they barely hit Lester despite his ~4.80 ERA. Ciriaco continues to get on base. And the Orioles keep on winning.

  • Rocky Road Redemption

    Hey guys, guess what?

    We STILL fucking suck.

    I’m sorry, but you can’t lose this game. Just inexcusable.

    We’re not pulling out of the nosedive yet, and we’re running out of time.

    [Side note-THIS game is the perfect example of why “saving” your closer on the road is one of the stupidest “unwritten rules” ever.]

    I’m starting to come to believe that the Yankees may never have a starting pitcher have a really good performance for the rest of the season.

    The way they’re playing right now is just unfathomable. How can a team this good be doing this badly?

    • stuart a

      they are simply not that good. cc and kuroda ace’s!!!!

      make me laugh… Cano being a stud!!!Hilarious… Swisher, tex, arod, come up big!!WHat have you been smoking…

      there 1 big hit tonight was a jeter bloop job…..

    • FIPster Doofus

      “How can a team this good be doing this badly?

      A team that has to play Steve Pearce, Jayson Nix and Andruw Jones in a crucial game isn’t that good.

      • Matt

        They don’t HAVE to play these guys.

        Idiot Girardi continues to purposely weaken his lineup for defensive or personal reasons even though OFFENSE is the weakness.

        He could have DH’d Nunez, or played him at 3rd. He could have put Dickerson or Chavez in there, even though they are lefties, because they are better hitters.

        Instead, he is so stuck on his lefty-righty matchups that he refuses to make a change. And he also seems to have lost all faith in Nunez, even though he still has a good bat, and OFFENSE is the weakness.

        • FIPster Doofus

          OK. Insert those guys and the team still isn’t all that good.

          • Matt

            Andruw Jones is hitting under .200 since the all star break with like 2 HR. Nunez would be a huge upgrade over his performance right now.

            Nix is actually hitting a bit. Same with Pearce.

            The problem is Girardi continues to run out his worst players, by his own choice, because he is too stubborn to try anything else. Chavez can even handle lefties, but Girardi won’t give him a chance.

            • Need Pitching & Hitting

              “Chavez can even handle lefties”

              Based on what exactly? Certainly not based on his past performance.

        • Need Pitching & Hitting

          Chavez has been awful against lefties for years. But a better manager would ignore that?

          • Matt

            Chavez has had all of 20 AB’s against lefties this year, because Girardi never lets him bat for himself.

            About half of those AB’s came earlier in the year when he wasn’t hitting much of anything. The other half came more recently and he was more than holding his own.

            This is exactly why Girardi is an idiot. He has a preconceived notion of a player, which does not reflect the reality. He continues to cling to it, in the face of evidence to the contrary. Why else would he continue to play Jones?

            • Need Pitching & Hitting

              Chavez has been awful against lefties for years

              He has given no indication in his limited opportunities that anything has changed on that front. And he’s not physically capable of playing everyday.

              Chavez sitting against lefties is not even remotely a problem.

              • Matt

                Chavez in his CAREER against lefties has almost an identical OPS to Jayson Nix THIS YEAR.

                Again, anyone who relies on numbers blindly (especially in small samples) is an idiot. The quality of at bats that Chavez has had against lefties more recently has been acceptable, and at least as good as Andruw Jones.

                Players can have 0-fers while still hitting the ball hard and having good at bats. That’s why you don’t look at just the numbers, unless the sample size is very large.

                • Need Pitching & Hitting

                  Continuing to ignore the fact he’s not capable of playing everyday anymore and backing up your argument with quality of AB’s against lefties that you can’t prove. He’s looked awful in many of his AB’s against lefties. An occasional competitive AB’s does’t override years of being a platoon player for good reason.

                  • Matt

                    You’re sure one to talk.

                    “He’s looked awful in many of his AB’s against lefties”

                    No, he hasn’t. Bad result is not the same as bad approach.

                    And again, his line drive rate against lefties shows that he is hitting the ball hard many times, even if it isn’t falling.

                    I’m done wasting my time arguing with someone who has demonstrated repeatedly over the last few times I’ve conversed with him that he does not understand baseball beyond looking blindly at numbers.

                • DT

                  Chavez hasn’t hit lefties well since 2006. His slash line this year is
                  .161/.222/.161 which is the most ABs he’s had vs lefties in 5 years.

                  You do realize Chavez for his career is not the same chavez right now right?

                  • Matt

                    And you do realize that Chavez has not had more than 30 AB against LHP in a season since 2007 (in which he hit .234/.292/.411 against them)?

                    How do you expect a guy to put up consistently good numbers against LHP when all of the samples are small? Not only is he not used to picking up the release point, but it’s simple mathematics that the variation in results will tend to be larger in smaller samples.

                    You’re beyond help at this point.

              • Matt

                And do you know what Chavez’s batted ball profile looks like against LHP this year?

                He has a 28.6% line drive rate against LHP this year, in that small sample size. There have been many times that I clearly remember in which he lined out to center field lefty on lefty. In a small sample size, those “bad luck” plays will suppress his batting average.

                Chavez in his career has been at least as good as Jayson Nix is now, and he has been holding his own against them since he turned his season around.

                • Need Pitching & Hitting

                  There is just so much wrong with this, I’m not even going to bother.

                  • Matt

                    Says the guy who cites his performance in 31 AB vs LHP as a definitive barometer on his overall ability to hit LHP.

                    You are clueless. I’m pointing out the fact that there are signs that he has had good outcomes at times in these at bats, which you can’t even remember because you are so fixated on one argument which has no founding.

      • Rocky Road Redemption

        Andruw Jones should never see this lineup again.

        I can go flipside here (and I will) and say that a team with Jeter, A-Rod, Cano, Granderson (he’s doing badly but he really shouldn’t be) and even to some extent Swisher on it, as well as a pitcher with an ERA South of 3.5 on the mound (the second pitcher in the staff to have an ERA less than that number), with a set-up man like D-Rob and one of the best closers in the league like Soriano, should NEVER be this bad.

        And yet, here we are.

        We’re underperforming big time, and it’s too late in the season for this bullshit.

  • Tom

    Yup… that was pretty ugly. That was a pretty damn good throw by Ichiro – I was surprised that play was even close.

    Once again though the Yankees pitching approach is just bad…

    1) They let Pedroia beat them not once, but twice with Loney on deck. When they fall behind him, they can’t give in, walk him if needed.

    2) And while folks may say Ciriaco got lucky on the 0-2 pitch, that curve should have been nowhere near the plate – either bounce it or put it 1-2 feet outside. The guy has walked 4 (FOUR) times in nearly 200 PA’s.

    • JohnnyC

      The Yankees pitching approach comes down to Rothschild and Martin. It’s not execution as much as selection.

  • Chilango

    Fundamental problems with this squad, it’s all been said before. Too bad we can’t do a salary dump of our own.

  • stuart a

    this is going to end painfully and bad.. thsi team is the biggest choke artists I have seen in forever..they have stolen zero games but find new ways to lose to bad teams..

    over and over they lose close games because they cannot get any big hits….

  • frank messer

    Again, just to be clear – the 2012 Yankee offense is NOT better than the 2012 Sox offense, particulalry in Fenway…maybe bigger names and maybe more valuable baseball cards, but not better. Hate the Sox with a passion, but they put the ball in play, and keep on the pressure. Will we win even one season series vs. the AL EAst?

    • Rocky Road Redemption

      Our offense is at least as good, and the numbers back it up as well as the baseball cards.

  • stuart a

    6 walkoffs against..

    how many do the spankees have???

    phelps tommorrow.. he might wet his pants….

    this team is a horror show…

    kuroda with kudos on postgame.. the guy gave up 2 leads. he is who he is a 3 game above 500 pitcher……cannot get them to the finish line…….

    RISP FAIL>Par the course……………………….

    • Need Pitching & Hitting

      the spankees have 2.

  • Marcy

    Mike Lowell just said something – D. Wise is hitting 3rd for the White Sox and the Yankees released him.
    Quintana beat the Tigers yesterday and the Yankees released him.
    I know there’s something about the back of the baseball card, experience, etc. but there have been a lot of questionable moves or non-moves.

    I guess Cashman doesn’t think this team is too good because he only picks up guys that are really good when he thinks the team is good enough to really go far and he didn’t pick up anyone good this year-

    • The Laughing Troll

      Great point. I miss Wise. As for Quintana, he’s found success against good teams . . . What weren’t the higher-ups seeing? Never before have I entered the whole “Fire Cashman” ring, but you know what? Those two simple moves, two slips-through-the-fingers, combined with the Jesus exodus have put me in another boat entirely. I’d be entirely comfortable with a farewell to Cash. It’s time to go, Brian.

      • DT

        Wise who has a career .656 OPS is a player fans cry over now? He’s have a decent line with the sox, but there is no way you can expect a shitty hitter to play that well. It’s like if Nix suddenly started hitting .300/.350/.450 after releasing him.

  • I Collect Brett Gardner Cards

    how come no lineup shakeup?

    • Hummingbird S.

      Martin hit 5th and Steve Pearce hit 6th. Do you want Nunez hitting second? The lineup is bad enough as it is.

      • Marcy

        At least w/Nunez hitting second there’s some speed and contact at the top of the order but that means A-Rod playing 3rd because Nunez can’t be on the field.

  • greg

    I’m late to the party….where was Soriano?

    • Need Pitching & Hitting

      Closers aren’t allowed to pitch in tie games on the road.

    • Defensive Indifference

      Tucked in for the night.

    • Big Members Only (formerly RI$P FTW)

      He was frowning somewhere.

  • EDDARD

    Remember those Yankee ballclubs from the late 90s that would wear pitchers down and then get big clutch hits? Even the 09 club did that but they had guys like Damon and Matsui who could get clutch hits with men on base. This team doesn’t have anybody like that outside of Jeter and sometimes Alex. The rest of those guys go up there trying to hit a HR and usually strikeout.

    • M&M Boys

      “Damon and Matsui who could get clutch hits with men on base.”

      Exactly. Yankees replaced those guys with Randy Winn and somebody else even more forgettable…I can’t remember who. Lack of clutch hitting has been a huge problem since the end of the ’09 WS.

  • Rocky Road Redemption

    So:

    Worst Loss of the Season (Loss that me feel the most frustrated): Game 1 of the previous four game series against the Os (Honorable mention: The Toronto blown save)

    Most Disgusting Loss of the Season (loss that made me angriest): The “Blown Call” Game against the Os last week.

    Most Disappointing Loss of the Season (Loss where that I feel they had the least excuses for losing): Today (When you score three runs against a pitcher who walks seven batters and STILL take a lead, with your Ace on the mound, and lose anyway when your second best bullpen pitcher cashes in ANOTHER bad performance after your Ace blows said lead, while in an extremely tight division race, and all against a last place team…inexcusable loss, boys. Inexcusable.)

  • Rocky Road Redemption

    I don’t get why people are happy when the “homers” are wrong. Don’t they want them to be correct? I mean, as long as we’re not going all “Greg” on you all, wouldn’t you appreciate it when somebody tries to make a reasonable argument to feel optimistic about this team?

    I know we’re angry right now, but can’t we at least TRY to feel better about the team instead of reveling in our anger?

    • EDDARD

      What’s there to feel good about?

      Offense – Wildly inconsistent. Looked great last game vs 0s, were handed 7 walks today and only scored 3 runs, 2 of which came on one hit by Jete.

      Pitching – CC- bad, Hughes- inconsistent, Kuroda- supposed to be our best and got beat today, Garcia – bad , Phelps – bad. Dave Robertson- Lost a game in Tampa, game in Baltimore, game in Boston. Jobber needs to be given that 8th inning role.

      Game plan – Why in the world are they letting Pedroia and Ellsbury beat them? Why does Martin call for fastball after fastball when Robertson is pitching? Why are the pitchers so worried about baserunners when they should be focused on the hitters. Throw your best stuff Robertson!

      • Rocky Road Redemption

        Exactly my point-if somebody tries to make an argument pertaining to why we can still be optimistic, it’s more than people just disagreeing. You all WANT to disagree.

        I don’t get it.

        • DT

          People rather be right than have this team succeed. It’s annoying.

          • Get Phelps Up

            I get this feeling too. People would rather be able to say “I told you so!!!!!” than have your favorite team win.

  • Hummingbird S.

    if not for interleague and feasting on the NL, this team would be out of contention by now. But none of this will matter since they will blow the division and probably not even make the playoffs anyway. What a pathetic team.

  • stuart a

    joba threw 6 pitches…. he is the 8th inning guy tommorrow.

    jeter has no range….

    ichiro has not thrown a guy out yet this season. close, looks good, but nada…..

    6 hits again.. they cannot hit…

    6 walkoffs against. how many walkoffs the yanks have???

    they never get a big hit.. cano get a big hit this year? swisher has about 2. arod about 2….

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

      Serious question, If you hate every player on this team why do you watch? Why are you here? I just don’t understand the concept of posting on a blog about a team you so obviously hate.

      • Anthony

        I’ve asked him the same thing, lol. But I’ve come to terms with stuart. The structure of his posts are very entertaining (which is needed with this abysmal baseball being played) and sometimes he does have a point.

  • stuart a

    yanks lose another game they do not hit a homer what a anamoly….

    postgame same story day in and day out. did not get big hit.. blah blah blah……….

  • Rocky Road Redemption

    This game was the absolute perfect example of why the “closers can’t pitch in a tied game on the road” unwritten rule is utter horseshit.

    I don’t blame Girardi particularly, because every manager does it. It’s just so unbelievably illogical. Seriously, it makes no sense. How is the final inning when we have a lead more important than the inning where if we give up a run we flat out LOSE?

    If anything on the road closers should be used EARLIER than at home, because at least at home if you give up some runs you have a shot at getting them back.

    Totally ridiculous.

    • Tom

      The Yankees needed 2 innings to win that game.

      The options are:
      1) Robertson for a 2nd inning and then Soriano in the 10th
      2) Soriano and then Wade/Lowe/Rapada (unless you go 2 innnings with Soriano)

      I get the criticism if he put Wade or Lowe in before Soriano, but the Yankees were going to need at least 1 more inning beyond the 9th.

      All that said had the game stayed tied to the bottom of the 10th, I think Girardi would have saved Soriano and tried to patch it together anyway.

      • Rocky Road Redemption

        The problem is that Robertson was clearly laboring and the ninth wasn’t over. Forget AFTER the ninth. Cross that bridge when you come to it, because if you don’t cross THIS bridge, you lose. That’s my whole point.

        It’s just dumb.

  • Big Members Only (formerly RI$P FTW)

    Lost to a AAA team.

  • Karl Krawfid

    Joe G looks calmly pissed.

  • EDDARD

    Joba Chamberlain is my new 8th inning guy. How many ballgames has Robertson lost for us in this pennant race? One in Tampa, one in Baltimore, one in Boston. He’s not a big game pitcher, Joba is. 3 games is huge in this close of a race.

    • Marcy

      Yes, he lost too many games but the early ones were because he was hurt and tonight was because he was left in for 2 innings.

      Is this the same Girardi who was so good with not overusing the bullpen?

      • DT

        Same Girardi who overused Wade and Logan early in the year.

      • EDDARD

        Oh boo hoo, he threw all of 9 pitches in the 1st inning he pitched, which came the day after a scheduled off day and I know he didn’t pitch in the last 0s game either. Mo Rivera was always able to go 2 when he was setting up for Wettland. If Robertson can’t throw more than 9 pitches then he needs to be pitching somewhere else.

        • Marcy

          There is only 1 Mo so don’t even go there. You don’t see many 1 inning guys get up and down like that – that’s what long men are for.
          I’ll take D-Rob on my team anytime — but I’d like another pitcher or 2 that could help out there. Joe as no confidence in anyone out there and they’re getting over-used.

          Oh, you’re the same guy who didn’t understand why Suzyn, John (and the rest of the US) were feeling bad about 9/11. Why don’t you just change your name to boo hoo because that was one of the most immature, uninformed opinion — I think we’ve all said what we feel about it.

          • Rocky Road Redemption

            I actually had no issue with D-Rob going two after an off day and a nine pitch eighth. I DID havea problem with Joe not taking him out for Soriano when it was clear he was laboring.

    • Rocky Road Redemption

      Robertson isn’t a big game pitcher?

      Didn’t he get the nickname Houdini for his performance in the 09′ playoffs?

      • DT

        What have you done for me recently mentality.

  • Here Comes the Pizza

    Not sure if I missed this on an earlier thread, but what happened to DRob’s high socks?

    • Marcy

      Said he isn’t superstitious, does things as he feels it.

  • Chilango

    At some point it’s not a slump anymore, it’s just that the team is mediocre. Tonight’s game was really nothing unusual. Mega-RISPFAIL early, give up a lead, then the middle-late inning dick tease and the final pen choke.

    • mt

      The team is medoicre but if they get in playoffs they can still win. Everyone wants to say they definitively can’t or won’t WS becaus eof crappy way they play now but that is not how it works.

      They just need to win divsion (hopefully) by not playing so horribly.

      Not sure there is a great team out there – maybe Nats with Starsburg but that team does not exist. Texas is very good but I would take chances against them.

  • Marcy

    With Robbie having a down year and the injuries – there isn’t anywhere to get the BIG hit. Plus Girardi’s moves @ 1st didn’t help — I know no one is Tex but…they don’t have the “D” they usually do and honestly, Derek isn’t exactly “rangy”.
    It just stinks.
    Too many pitches for D-Rob.
    I know we’re spoiled but I like being spoiled and I am not 1 of those people that thinks it’s good for the Yanks to be in a pennant race, I like having a big lead but we just don’t have the team — a healthy team. A lot of guys have been over-used and have to be tired.
    Bottom line – they probably eke it out but the post season is anyones guess.

    • Rocky Road Redemption

      Robbie is having a very good year. He just isn’t hot right now.

      • DT

        He looks like he’s trying to swing himself out of a slump

        • Rocky Road Redemption

          When he’s slumping that’s how he looks. When he gets hot he’ll be ludicrously red hot and we’ll all be happy.

      • Marcy

        I don’t know – he’s way down in RBI & that’s his job now.

        • Rocky Road Redemption

          The RBI thing is bad, yes. But his job is to help the team score. His overall performance is not hurting this team.

  • Pat D

    So, I fell asleep for a while. Did we win?

  • joe

    3-21 now in games in which they don’t hit a homer.

  • I Collect Brett Gardner Cards

    it might be time to play nunie, c-dick and mesa, just to infuse some life into these corpses.
    it’d still be a better lineup then what the sox have