Sep
11

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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906 Comments»

  1. Will The Thrill says:

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

  2. David says:

    ugh…Andrew Jones

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

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

  4. VT Yankee Fan says:

    Let’s Hirok and roll!

  5. Leg-End says:

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

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

    • 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 says:

      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.

    • EDDARD says:

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

      • Marcy says:

        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 says:

          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) says:

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

  8. EDDARD says:

    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.

  9. jjyank says:

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

    • Chilango says:

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

    • Robinson Tilapia says:

      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.

  10. jjyank says:

    Yay Swish. Nice start boys!

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

    Swish rules at #2.

  12. EDDARD says:

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

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

  14. Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan says:

    Nice hustle by Swish.

  15. Mike N says:

    Time to RISPHIT!

  16. Robinson Tilapia says:

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

    Just realized the front desk has an AM radio.

  17. Robinson Tilapia says:

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

  18. Tom says:

    2 weak rollover grounders early in the count.

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

  19. Matt says:

    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.

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

  21. jjyank says:

    Ew, Jaaaaahn Laahhhhckey sighting. Gross.

  22. Tom says:

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

  23. EDDARD says:

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

  24. Mike N says:

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

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

  26. Robinson Tilapia says:

    Sammy Baby draws da walk!

  27. mt says:

    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?

  28. Athenian says:

    Good to have Granderson back.

  29. EDDARD says:

    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.

  30. Hummingbird S. says:

    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 says:

      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+.

  31. Jag says:

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

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

    Kuroda has 189 innings on 9/11???

    Coincidence??

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

  33. Tom says:

    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 says:

      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.

  34. Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan says:

    lol Swisher’s arm

  35. Get Phelps Up says:

    C-Dick gets that.

    • Tom says:

      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.

  36. Chilango says:

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

  37. Hall and Nokes says:

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

  38. RetroRob says:

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

  39. Mike N says:

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

  40. Get Phelps Up says:

    Dear Bobby V:

    Thanks for hitting James Loney cleanup.

  41. Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan says:

    Hirok n’ roll.

  42. mt says:

    But Cano makes everything all right with his arm.

  43. Hummingbird S. says:

    sweet turn!

  44. jjyank says:

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

  45. VT Yankee Fan says:

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

  46. Leg-End says:

    Jones looks done.

  47. jjyank says:

    What a baseball player.

  48. Mike N says:

    NIX KIX!

  49. EDDARD says:

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

    • mt says:

      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.

  50. Robinson Tilapia says:

    Andruw Jones actually died in 2011.

  51. Robinson Tilapia says:

    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.

  52. jjyank says:

    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) says:

      Congrats, miss.

    • Robinson Tilapia says:

      Congratulations, sir.

    • 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 says:

        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.

        • 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 says:

            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.

            • 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 says:

                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 says:

      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 says:

        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 says:

          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 says:

            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.

  53. RetroRob says:

    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.

  54. Mike N says:

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

  55. Hall and Nokes says:

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

  56. Athenian says:

    Arod will go yard.

  57. VT Yankee Fan says:

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

  58. jjyank says:

    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.

  59. Kramerica Industries says:

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

  60. Tom says:

    Cano’s going for a double or HR here.

  61. RetroRob says:

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

  62. EDDARD says:

    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.

  63. Tom says:

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

  64. Get Phelps Up says:

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

  65. Lester is walking the ball park and I love it.

  66. Erica says:

    Hey all.

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

  67. Kramerica Industries says:

    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.

  68. Tom says:

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

  69. Get Phelps Up says:

    5 walks already for Lestahhhh.

  70. mt says:

    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.

  71. EDDARD says:

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

  72. Kramerica Industries says:

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

  73. Widget says:

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

  74. Mike N says:

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

  75. Athenian says:

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

  76. TomH says:

    Living dangerously

  77. Need Pitching & Hitting says:

    simply awful

  78. flamingo says:

    Well, at least he’s over 60 pitches.

  79. BigBlueAL says:

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

  80. mt says:

    2 walks and then nothing – wonderful.

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

  81. Athenian says:

    Granderson = effective.

  82. VT Yankee Fan says:

    6 LOB thru 3 innings??? FML.

  83. Jag says:

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

  84. EDDARD says:

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

  85. Cy Pettitte says:

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

  86. Hummingbird S. says:

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

  87. Get Phelps Up says:

    They should try bunting next time.

  88. stuart a says:

    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…

  89. Kramerica Industries says:

    Still can’t get Ciriaco out.

    Wow.

  90. jjyank says:

    Fucking Ciriaco. Unreal.

  91. Cy Pettitte says:

    is this a fucking joke?

  92. Get Phelps Up says:

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

  93. Will The Thrill says:

    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.

  94. Leg-End says:

    Ciriaco is the definition of a game raiser.

  95. TomH says:

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

  96. My hatred of Ciriaco is officially only second to Pedro.

    • Widget says:

      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.

  97. Chilango says:

    Another two strike hit, slide down the middle.

  98. Chilango says:

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

  99. Will The Thrill says:

    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!

  100. handtius says:

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

  101. Kramerica Industries says:

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

    Tie game when it shouldn’t be.

  102. Cuso says:

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

  103. Where was that 2-1 pitch to Ellsbury?!

  104. EDDARD says:

    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.

  105. Widget says:

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

  106. Hummingbird S. says:

    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.

  107. Will The Thrill says:

    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.

  108. Cuso says:

    Hey, look! Jeff Nelson is playing first base.

  109. handtius says:

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

    • Hummingbird S. says:

      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.

      • 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.

      • handtius says:

        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 says:

          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.

          • handtius says:

            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.

  110. Get Phelps Up says:

    Injury delay on gameday and then Hammel got removed.

  111. Chilango says:

    Fuck this, Yankees pitchers can not put hitters away.

  112. EDDARD says:

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

  113. Cuso says:

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

  114. Kramerica Industries says:

    This team…wow.

  115. Erica says:

    Uuuuuggg WHAT is going on?

  116. Cy Pettitte says:

    they are totally losing this game.

  117. Mike N says:

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

  118. EDDARD says:

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

  119. Effthisnoise says:

    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.

  120. Leg-End says:

    Everything is hanged.

  121. Chilango says:

    We suck again. ARGHHH

  122. Hummingbird S. says:

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

  123. Mike N says:

    I think our bats will eventually get to Lester.

  124. Athenian says:

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

  125. Tom says:

    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)

  126. stuart a says:

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

    andruw jones fuc-in sucks…….

  127. Mike Axisa says:

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

  128. Kramerica Industries says:

    Another Lester walk.

  129. MannyGeee says:

    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.

  130. Cy Pettitte says:

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

  131. stuart a says:

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

  132. EDDARD says:

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

  133. Leg-End says:

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

  134. Chilango says:

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

  135. Athenian says:

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

  136. Troll Hunter says:

    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 says:

      It’s not a particularly likable team.

    • Hummingbird S. says:

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

    • Athenian says:

      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 says:

      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.

  137. FIPster Doofus says:

    Fuck you, Ciriaco.

  138. Hummingbird S. says:

    another one left on base! Way to go guys.

  139. Mike N says:

    C’mon, Yanks!!!!

  140. Need Pitching & Hitting says:

    Fuck Pedro.

  141. MannyGeee says:

    Of course Ciriaco caught that. Prick

  142. stuart a says:

    another feeble inning by the softball team…

    6 walks 2 doubles 1 run thru 4 innings.

    disgrace…

  143. RetroRob says:

    He sucks. Yet he remains annoying against the Yankees.

  144. Bubba says:

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

  145. handtius says:

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

  146. Mike N says:

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

  147. Kramerica Industries says:

    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.

  148. Mike N says:

    Ma and Pa baseball almost got shelled!

  149. Erica says:

    Trolololo making fun of John Sterling

  150. Tom says:

    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.

  151. Jedile says:

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

  152. Cuso says:

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

  153. Mike N says:

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

  154. frank messer says:

    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?

  155. MannyGeee says:

    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..

  156. Bubba says:

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

  157. flamingo says:

    THANK YOU KURODA

  158. Chilango says:

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

  159. 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.

  160. MannyGeee says:

    Damn it A Rod… Hit the ball

  161. Kramerica Industries says:

    Is this team friggen serious?

  162. Hummingbird S. says:

    bad AB’s continue..

  163. flamingo says:

    That was an ugly at bat.

  164. Chilango says:

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

  165. Widget says:

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

  166. EDDARD says:

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

  167. Kramerica Industries says:

    0-9

  168. Bubba says:

    Ladies and gentlemen… The Steve Pearce Experience!

  169. The Laughing Troll says:

    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.

  170. TomH says:

    Futility Row

  171. WhittakerWalt says:

    Fuck this shit.

  172. Mike N says:

    Pearce is trying to kill that fucking catcher!

  173. Dave Miller says:

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

  174. Hummingbird S. says:

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

  175. Cy Pettitte says:

    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.

  176. Tom says:

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

  177. Athenian says:

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

  178. stuart a says:

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

    the beer league softball team in full bloom tonight.

  179. EDDARD says:

    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.

  180. frank messer says:

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

  181. Cy Pettitte says:

    here comes another leadoff double

  182. Tom says:

    Please do not throw this guy a strike.

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

  183. Mike N says:

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

  184. Zack says:

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

    • Athenian says:

      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.

  185. 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 says:

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

  186. Jon says:

    The Yankees are just a dead ass team

  187. Cuso says:

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

  188. Cuso says:

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

  189. Mike N says:

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

  190. Tom says:

    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.

  191. Kramerica Industries says:

    aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaand another walk.

  192. Cy Pettitte says:

    another walk that probably won’t come around to score

  193. Mike N says:

    Let’s bring Grandy HOME!

  194. Chilango says:

    Another walk, another leadoff runner.

  195. Tom says:

    Fastball only here Andruw

  196. EDDARD says:

    LOL, they’re letting Andruw hit.

  197. Cy Pettitte says:

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

  198. Get Phelps Up says:

    Bunt?

  199. Mike N says:

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

  200. Erica says:

    Andruw got a hit…. whoa.

  201. jjyank says:

    ZOMG Andruw with a hit! Awesome.

  202. EDDARD says:

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

  203. Kramerica Industries says:

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

  204. MannyGeee says:

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

  205. Athenian says:

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

  206. WhittakerWalt says:

    Free outs! John Sterling loves this shit!

  207. Kramerica Industries says:

    At least need to get one of these runs home.

  208. EDDARD says:

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

  209. MannyGeee says:

    Hurray for sac bunts!

  210. Mike N says:

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

  211. Kramerica Industries says:

    Jeter with a Fenway special.

  212. Need Pitching & Hitting says:

    Cap!!!

  213. Mike N says:

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

  214. Erica says:

    EL CAPITAN! AMERICA!

    God, I LOVE Jeter!

  215. Mike Axisa says:

    Jeter’s been unbelievable this year.

    • handtius says:

      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 says:

        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.

        • handtius says:

          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.

        • Marcy says:

          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 says:

      Great hitting SS + intangibles, right?

  216. Hummingbird S. says:

    CAPTAIN!! OUR BEST PLAYER!

  217. Cy Pettitte says:

    Captain’s clutchness > anyone else this year.

  218. jjyank says:

    Thank you Jeter, and BABIP.

  219. EDDARD says:

    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.

  220. MannyGeee says:

    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

  221. handtius says:

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

  222. Chilango says:

    Jeter gets it done. Take notes Swish!

  223. Tom says:

    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.

  224. Cuso says:

    That was YOOOGE!

  225. Countryclub says:

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

  226. Get Phelps Up says:

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

  227. MannyGeee says:

    Swish…. Goddammit

  228. Hummingbird S. says:

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

  229. CountryClub says:

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

  230. EDDARD says:

    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.

  231. Get Phelps Up says:

    Arod vs Tazawa again.

  232. The Laughing Troll says:

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

  233. Need Pitching & Hitting says:

    Two great AB’s there.

  234. MannyGeee says:

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

  235. CountryClub says:

    Arod….another genius

  236. Kramerica Industries says:

    Good thing Jeter did the job.

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

  237. Hummingbird S. says:

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

  238. Chilango says:

    The Swisher flail. And the KRod followup.

    • handtius says:

      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.

      • handtius says:

        *revised

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

      • WhittakerWalt says:

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

      • The Laughing Troll says:

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

        • handtius says:

          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. says:

        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.

        • handtius says:

          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.

  239. The Laughing Troll says:

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

  240. stuart a says:

    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……

  241. Mike N says:

    fuuuuuuuuuuck

  242. Kramerica Industries says:

    Fucking Pedroia.

  243. Cy Pettitte says:

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

  244. Need Pitching & Hitting says:

    wtf

    un-fucking real

  245. Hummingbird S. says:

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

  246. stuart a says:

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

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

    JOKE.

  247. DERP says:

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

  248. Leg-End says:

    Well god fucking damnit.

  249. Get Phelps Up says:

    The one good player in their lineup.

  250. Daiello18 says:

    Shutdown inning…. One fucking time… Unreal.

  251. Effthisnoise says:

    Predictable

  252. stuart a says:

    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………

  253. handtius says:

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

  254. Widget says:

    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.

  255. Tom says:

    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.

  256. JLC 776 says:

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

  257. mt says:

    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.

  258. stuart a says:

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

    another overpriced piece of —-

  259. Cy Pettitte says:

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

  260. Hummingbird S. says:

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

  261. Marcy says:

    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.

  262. Marcy says:

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

  263. Christopher says:

    We win tonight.

  264. Effthisnoise says:

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

  265. Cy Pettitte says:

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

  266. Kramerica Industries says:

    Are you fucking kidding me with this Ciriaco shit?

    Fuck him. Jesus.

  267. swishers fauxhawk says:

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

  268. Cuso says:

    Such a douchebag

  269. Kramerica Industries says:

    I see Ichiro is still a master of making contact.

  270. Nathan says:

    Sgt. Overly Dramatic

  271. Leg-End says:

    This dude thinks he’s Elvis.

  272. Dale Mohorcic says:

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

  273. handtius says:

    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 says:

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

      • handtius says:

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

      • jjyank says:

        No. More people here need to embrace Zen baseball.

        • The Laughing Troll says:

          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!

          • handtius says:

            guess you’re the moderator now, dog.

            • The Laughing Troll says:

              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.

              • handtius says:

                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.

  274. Kramerica Industries says:

    Not gonna lie.

    That was excellent.

  275. Cy Pettitte says:

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

  276. Need Pitching & Hitting says:

    wow…just fucking wow

  277. Kramerica Industries says:

    For fucks sake.

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

  278. Athenian says:

    This team is such a fucking joke

    • Paul O'neill's Batting Helmet says:

      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.

  279. JobaTheHeat62 says:

    this is happening?

  280. Dale Mohorcic says:

    Needed Jerry Meals at first on that one.

  281. Nathan says:

    Jesus…when the Yankees blow, they really blow.

  282. Chilango says:

    It’s over you can feel it

  283. Roadgeek Adam says:

    Red Sox is playing small small small ball.

  284. Mike N says:

    C’mon, Kuroda! BEAR DOWN!!!!!!!!!

  285. Stratman9652 says:

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

  286. Athenian says:

    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.

  287. Mike N says:

    YESSSSSS!

  288. jjyank says:

    Big K there. DP please?

  289. Kramerica Industries says:

    Alright.

    Two more of those without any runs being scored.

  290. Mike N says:

    Wow! Taking Kuroda out?

  291. fuck says:

    not gonna allow myself to hope…

  292. stuart a says:

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

  293. EDDARD says:

    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.

  294. Tony says:

    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

  295. mt says:

    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.

  296. Cy Pettitte says:

    this just keeps getting better.

  297. Mike N says:

    WTF!?!?!?!?

  298. Need Pitching & Hitting says:

    Completely fucking incompetent.

  299. fuck says:

    hahahahahahahaha

    fuck it

  300. Kramerica Industries says:

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

  301. Tony says:

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

  302. Athenian says:

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

  303. fuck says:

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

    fuck it

  304. Leg-End says:

    Jesus titty christ.

  305. JobaTheHeat62 says:

    this is the worst inning i have ever seen.

  306. AaronGuielWithASmile says:

    Really, going to Joba with the bases loaded?

    Really?

  307. DT says:

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

  308. Chilango says:

    This is embarrassing

  309. Pasqua says:

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

  310. Mike N says:

    That looked like fucking little league.

  311. fuck says:

    I’m embarrassed for this team right now, really

  312. Nathan says:

    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.

  313. stuart a says:

    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…

  314. Widget says:

    Yanks are getting swept.

  315. Athenian says:

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

  316. mt says:

    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 says:

      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.

  317. Mike N says:

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

  318. Kramerica Industries says:

    There’s a little atonement from Swish.

    Nowhere near out of the woods yet.

  319. mt says:

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

    • mt says:

      Well played, Joba – you surprised me.

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

  320. Cy Pettitte says:

    I will literally shit a brick if they get Pedroia

  321. Mike N says:

    Awesome JOBA!!!!!!!!

  322. Dale Mohorcic says:

    HA. Suck it, Eddie Gaedel.

  323. Tony says:

    I now officially love you Joba!!!

  324. jjyank says:

    Atta boy, Joba. Well done.

  325. AaronGuielWithASmile says:

    Huge pitch by Joba.

    Now let’s never speak of that inning again.

  326. Kramerica Industries says:

    And……….exhale.

    Time for some runs.

  327. Need Pitching & Hitting says:

    Joba!!!

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

  328. Defensive Indifference says:

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

  329. TomH says:

    Joba rides again.

  330. EDDARD says:

    There are no doubts anymore – Joba is back!

  331. stuart a says:

    joba saved there asses….

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

  332. handtius says:

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

  333. Effthisnoise says:

    Ok, now let’s explode for 7 runs

  334. RetroRob says:

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

  335. JLC 776 says:

    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’!

  336. Tom says:

    Wow… Joba coming up big time there.

  337. Mike N says:

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

  338. Chilango says:

    Joba comes up huge.

  339. Widget says:

    I liked Granderson better when he was benched.

  340. Tom says:

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

  341. TomH says:

    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.

  342. Mike N says:

    Oh, shit.

  343. handtius says:

    hammer of thor in the next inning…

  344. AaronGuielWithASmile says:

    Jones just walked on 4 pitches?

    Better swing immediately.

  345. Kramerica Industries says:

    Four pitch walk.

    First pitch DP follows.

  346. Paul O'neill's Batting Helmet says:

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

  347. Cuso says:

    come on. just freaking score

  348. The Laughing Troll says:

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

  349. Tom says:

    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.

  350. RetroRob says:

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

  351. Matt says:

    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.

  352. Cy Pettitte says:

    and they kept pitching to Pedey with that guy behind him

  353. Tom says:

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

  354. Chilango says:

    Robbie’s throwing the curve! Giddyap…

  355. Mike N says:

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

  356. Tony says:

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

  357. Effthisnoise says:

    Glad to see hardy torture the rays too

  358. Get Phelps Up says:

    That was a pretty nasty inning.

  359. Need Pitching & Hitting says:

    Nice to see KRob make an appearance.

  360. Kramerica Industries says:

    Impressive display by DRob.

    More of that going forward.

    Time for some runs.

  361. jjyank says:

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

  362. JLC 776 says:

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

  363. Leg-End says:

    Robertson DEALING.

  364. EDDARD says:

    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.

  365. Widget says:

    Ciriaco walk off is gonna make us all very sad.

  366. handtius says:

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

  367. Cy Pettitte says:

    Arod, put the team on your back, please.

  368. Mike N says:

    All right. Go ahead run is on base.

  369. Kramerica Industries says:

    Two hard hit balls against Bailey.

    Time for the middle to do its job.

  370. Get Phelps Up says:

    No Melky running for Swisher?

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

  372. Defensive Indifference says:

    The Great Gadzoo pinch runs. Run Gadzoo! Run!

  373. JLC 776 says:

    OK, Nunez… don’t fuck up!

  374. Tom says:

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

  375. Paul O'neill's Batting Helmet says:

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

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

  377. Cy Pettitte says:

    how the fuck did Nunez not beat that

  378. Mike says:

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

  379. Need Pitching & Hitting says:

    Got thrown out by Lavarnway. SMFH.

  380. JLC 776 says:

    Annnnd… that’s why I hate pinch runners…

  381. Mike N says:

    Go ahead run is back in the dugout.

  382. EDDARD says:

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

  383. The Laughing Troll says:

    What. A. Fu*king. Joke.

  384. Widget says:

    hahahahhaha. Nunez sucks at all aspects of baseball.

  385. Kramerica Industries says:

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

  386. AaronGuielWithASmile says:

    Can someone get Nunez a helmet that fits?

  387. sangreal says:

    Nunez still managed to lose his helmet

  388. Athenian says:

    can’t even steal a base. awesome.

  389. Need Pitching & Hitting says:

    Nice competitive AB ARod.

  390. Matt says:

    1 for 12 with RISP. Pathetic.

  391. Effthisnoise says:

    A rod destroyed with 96mph?

  392. JLC 776 says:

    No contact ARod…

  393. Kramerica Industries says:

    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.

  394. Marcy says:

    So, start managing — who’s pitching?

  395. EDDARD says:

    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.

  396. AaronGuielWithASmile says:

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

  397. mt says:

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

  398. Mike N says:

    D-Rob back in.

  399. Marcy says:

    David Cone is terrific

  400. Kramerica Industries says:

    Completely correct, Coney.

  401. RetroRob says:

    If this scrub hits a HR…

  402. AaronGuielWithASmile says:

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

  403. Cy Pettitte says:

    are.you.fucking.kidding.me.

  404. Need Pitching & Hitting says:

    Fuck Pedro. Again.

  405. Kramerica Industries says:

    God is Ciriaco one lucky fucker.

  406. mt says:

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

  407. swishers fauxhawk says:

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

  408. EDDARD says:

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

  409. Effthisnoise says:

    Of fucking course, horrible swing and still a base hit

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

  411. Karl Krawfid says:

    Yankees are not a good team.

  412. Kramerica Industries says:

    That pitch was a strike.

  413. The Laughing Troll says:

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

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

  415. Marcy says:

    OK, Mike – there it is…

  416. AaronGuielWithASmile says:

    This game has been death by a billion cuts.

  417. Kramerica Industries says:

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

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

  419. Cuso says:

    This game is ov….

  420. Tony says:

    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

  421. EDDARD says:

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

  422. Karl Krawfid says:

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

  423. Effthisnoise says:

    One curve after all those fastballs would of struck him out

  424. Matt says:

    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.

  425. Cy Pettitte says:

    fucking pathetic

  426. FIPster Doofus says:

    I hate this fucking team.

  427. Mike N says:

    FUCK!!!!!!

  428. Karl Krawfid says:

    This team will not make the postseason.

  429. Need Pitching & Hitting says:

    fucking awful

    This team absolutely sucks right now.

  430. Marcy says:

    HEADACHE TIME

  431. Kramerica Industries says:

    Unreal.

    Un-fucking-real.

  432. RetroRob says:

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

  433. Chilango says:

    Hard to watch this team.

  434. EDDARD says:

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

  435. Effthisnoise says:

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

  436. Ethan says:

    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!

  437. Widget says:

    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.

  438. Mike N says:

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

    “Fuck you, glove! I hate you!” ??

  439. Athenian says:

    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.

  440. 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.

  441. Marcy says:

    And now they don’t have Roberston for tomorrow.

  442. DT says:

    This game was just pure luck on the Red Sox part

    • FIPster Doofus says:

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

      • The Laughing Troll says:

        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 says:

        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 says:

        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 says:

          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 says:

            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.

    • Matt says:

      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 says:

        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 says:

          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 says:

            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.

  443. wow says:

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

  444. Leg-End says:

    Worst loss since last week.

  445. Matt says:

    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 says:

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

    • Need Pitching & Hitting says:

      They consistently go 1 for 12 with RISP?

      • Matt says:

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

        • Need Pitching & Hitting says:

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

          • Matt says:

            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 says:

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

              • Matt says:

                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 says:

                  “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 says:

                    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 says:

                    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 says:

                      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 says:

                      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 says:

      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 says:

      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.

  446. JLC 776 says:

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

  447. Kramerica Industries says:

    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 says:

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

      • Kramerica Industries says:

        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.

  448. The Laughing Troll says:

    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.

  449. DT says:

    Man reading this thread…our fans are awesome.

  450. stuart a says:

    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

  451. Get Phelps Up says:

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

  452. Matt says:

    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.

  453. Marcy says:

    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.

  454. Anthony says:

    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.

  455. Rocky Road Redemption says:

    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 says:

      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 says:

      “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 says:

        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 says:

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

          • Matt says:

            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 says:

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

          • Matt says:

            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 says:

              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 says:

                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 says:

                  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 says:

                    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 says:

                  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 says:

                    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 says:

                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 says:

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

                  • Matt says:

                    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 says:

        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.

  456. Tom says:

    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.

  457. Chilango says:

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

  458. stuart a says:

    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….

  459. frank messer says:

    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?

  460. stuart a says:

    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……………………….

  461. Marcy says:

    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 says:

      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 says:

        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.

  462. I Collect Brett Gardner Cards says:

    how come no lineup shakeup?

    • Hummingbird S. says:

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

      • Marcy says:

        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.

  463. greg says:

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

  464. EDDARD says:

    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 says:

      “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.

  465. Rocky Road Redemption says:

    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.)

  466. Rocky Road Redemption says:

    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 says:

      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 says:

        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.

  467. Hummingbird S. says:

    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.

  468. stuart a says:

    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….

    • Stratman9652 says:

      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 says:

        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.

  469. stuart a says:

    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……….

  470. Rocky Road Redemption says:

    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 says:

      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 says:

        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.

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

    Lost to a AAA team.

  472. Karl Krawfid says:

    Joe G looks calmly pissed.

  473. EDDARD says:

    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 says:

      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 says:

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

      • EDDARD says:

        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 says:

          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 says:

            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 says:

      Robertson isn’t a big game pitcher?

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

  474. Here Comes the Pizza says:

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

  475. Chilango says:

    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 says:

      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.

  476. Marcy says:

    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.

  477. Pat D says:

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

  478. joe says:

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

  479. I Collect Brett Gardner Cards says:

    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

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