Sep
15

Game 145: Nova Returns

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The Yankees have revamped their rotation a bit this week, most notably with the scheduled return of Andy Pettitte. Today they’ll get Ivan Nova back from the DL, who is replacing Freddy Garcia from here on out. Garcia has allowed 15 runs in 17.2 innings over his last four starts, failing to complete five innings three times, so it won’t take much for Nova to improve on that performance. That said, the Yankees need more than out that of their right-hander, a lot more in fact. They need him to start looking like the guy he was in the second half last season, someone who has only shown up in one month this summer. Here’s the starting lineup…

LF Ichiro Suzuki
DH Derek Jeter
2B Robinson Cano
3B Alex Rodriguez
RF Raul Ibanez
1B Eric Chavez
CF Curtis Granderson
SS Eduardo Nunez
Chris Stewart

This afternoon’s game is scheduled to start a little after 4pm ET and can be seen on FOX. Enjoy.

Derek Jeter Update: Jeter (ankle) is unlikely to play the field before Tuesday. The Yankees are off on Monday, so the Cap’n will only spend one more game at DH.

Categories : Game Threads
  • Pat D

    Oh, boy, the perfect storm.

    Nova pitching, Nunez playing the field and a Fox game.

  • EDDARD

    After 144 games the season comes down to the right arm of Ivan Nova. Phelps, Hughes, Nova. That’s the future of the Yankee rotation. The first two came through and I fully expect Supernova to return today and do what the ace of the staff has been unable to do for a month, win a big ballgame in a pennant race.

  • https://twitter.com/KramerIndustry Kramerica Industries

    About the only thing the Yankees have going for them is that Ivan Nova has a pair of solid starts in the Bronx against the Rays.

    Need that Nova today in a big way. This is a huge game, and not just for first place. Facing a sweep tomorrow could be a disaster.

    • EDDARD

      Exactly. The ace of the staff did us no favors last night. Phelps won his game. Hughes won his game. And neither with much run support so that’s no excuse. CC choked, period. He couldn’t even hold them to 3 which would have been enough for the W. Nova has always been a big game pitcher and it’ll show today.

  • JonS

    Garcia has allowed 15 runs in 17.2 innings over his last four starts, failing to complete five innings three times, so it won’t take much for Nova to improve on that performance.

    Hmm…Let’s compare Nova’s last 4 starts.

    24.1 Innings
    19 ER

    Oh maybe he was hurt? So last go back to the 4 before that.

    22.1 innings
    19 ER

    It will take a lot for Nova to improve on Garcia. They are essential equally effective at this point. I hope he does get back to his earlier ways. However, expecting that is just like expecting 40 year old Ibanez to play like it’s 2008 again.

    • jjyank

      “However, expecting that is just like expecting 40 year old Ibanez to play like it’s 2008 again.”

      I disagree. Nova is young and should theoretically improve going forward. 40 year old Ibanez is a much safer bet to not improve at all.

      • DC

        Welcome to the irrational world of JonS.

  • bring buck back

    Ichiro leading off…Ibanez playing the field, and batting 5th…no Swisher…Chris Stewart…oh boy. Not that Swisher has been all that hot lately either, but at least he’s not 1 for his last 75 or whatever Ibanez is now.

  • Brian S.

    Hockey :(

    • Pat D

      If this is a prolonged lockout, I may not bother again.

      • FIPster Doofus

        I don’t blame you. I’m just too much of a hockey junkie to walk away, though. Still, fuck the NHL and NHLPA.

        • Pat D

          Yea, hockey is just not that important to me. I got into it for the first time during the Rangers’ 1994 Cup run, stayed with it till about 2000 or so and gradually lost interest. Started to pay attention again over the last two years, especially last year. I’ll be upset if they don’t play because I think they’re still contenders.

  • https://twitter.com/KramerIndustry Kramerica Industries

    Hah.

    Took one pitch. A dinky grounder at that.

  • jjyank

    Wait…Fox is carrying Nats/Braves for me. Is it because I’m in the Nats market? This sucks.

    • Pat D

      Yes. Yes, it is.

      • jjyank

        That’s really lame. If FOX blocks me out, MLB.TV should at least let me pick up the feed there. So. Lame.

        • Pat D

          Yea, I have to deal with that if the Phillies are on Fox.

          It is ridiculous that you can’t even pick it up on MLB TV. I mean, what really is the point?

          • jjyank

            Ridiculous indeed. The whole point of blacking me out on MLB.TV is to protect TV ratings, right? So if I can’t watch it on TV anyway, then why not let me use the service I’m paying for to watch games? I mean, they have the capability to determine my location to black me out, like if I attempt to watch a Nats or O’s game on MLB.TV. So they should know that my location won’t get the game on Fox and let me watch there!

            God damn it Suzyn SHUT THE FUCK UP! Haha okay, /end rant

    • https://twitter.com/KramerIndustry Kramerica Industries

      Reduced to Sterling without even having a choice.

      That’s a really cruel punishment.

  • Chilango

    Ibañez over Swisher? Swish is slumping and Lord knows he’s no prize but Ibañez? Wher in the binder is Joe getting that?

    • Pat D

      Ibanez has better numbers against Shields.

    • bring buck back

      “The Yankees say Nick Swisher was not exactly scratched from the lineup; the lineup posted in their clubhouse was “a misprint,” according to a team spokseman, and was intended to include Eric Chavez from the beginning.

      Swisher, who recently snapped an 0-for-28 skid, has bad numbers (8-for-45, 15 K’s, .178) against Rays starter James Shields, but Chavez’s are worse in a smaller sample — 3-for-19 (.158).”

      Dunno Ibanez’s average against Shields. Maybe he’s 5-19 (above .250!) so Joe thinks he should sue him over Swish.

      • Chilango

        What does the binder say about SSS?

        • Pat D

          It doesn’t. That’s one criticism of Girardi I agree with.

      • Pat D

        Chavez: 3 for 19, 2 RBI, 5 BB, 5 K

        Swisher: 8 for 45, 1 2B, 3 HR, 10 RBI, 1 BB, 15 K

        Ibanez: 5 for 22, 2 2B, 1 3B, 2 HR, 7 RBI, 4 BB, 2 K

  • Joe

    Yankees defense: E. Nunez. Fitting

  • https://twitter.com/KramerIndustry Kramerica Industries

    Nice play by ARod on what was a tough in-between hop.

  • Tom

    If there ever was a fireable offense for making one move it would be batting Ichiro leadoff.

    Regardless of outcome (and I hope I’m wrong), this is one of Girardi’s worst move in a week where he has truly made some bad ones.

  • Brian S.

    The Rays have seven above average starters.

    • Roadgeek Adam

      To be honest, this would be a better lineup for the Rays daily.

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

    Why in the name of what ever God you pray to is Ichiro leading off? I mean Joe knows that its 2012 not 2002 right?

  • the tenth inning stretch

    Possibly the worst swings I’ve ever seen Ichiro take.

    • Chilango

      He is channeling Swish.

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

    I will be shocked if the 1 and 9 hitters get on base once between each other over the course of the game.

    • Roadgeek Adam

      I have confidence on the 9, not sure on 1.

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

    Maybe Shields can help get Robby out of his most recent slump, he has killer numbers against him.

    • Pat D

      Yea, they’re pretty awesome.

  • jjyank

    Plouffy, I’m in your world today.

    Sterling: “All Girardi is trying to do is get hitters to hit. Get hitters who hit together to get some hits, and then some runs.”

    Please John, tell me more about how baseball works.

    • the tenth inning stretch

      Eh, probably still better than FOX broadcast. Buck’s already started his slobbering all over the Rays.

      • jjyank

        At least in that scenario I can mute the TV and put on some music or something.

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

      See, most of these go over my head. Why are you stuck on radio, this HAS to be the Fox game in Baltimore…unless the Orioles/Athletics game is also a fox game?

      • jjyank

        Nats/Braves apparently also have a 4 PM Fox game. That’s what I have.

  • Pat D

    Ichiro has an over .300 average against Shields in 46 AB’s. I guess that’s why he’s hitting leadoff.

    • Brian S.

      Yup. Although I imagine most of those hits were when Ichiro wasn’t terrible at baseball.

    • Tom

      Ichiro has a career .322 average… based on that logic he should be pretty much be leading off everyday.

      • Pat D

        I didn’t say I agreed with the decision.

  • RkyMtnYank

    Damn, just got home and saw that lineup, f’n ugly for a first place battle!

  • Roadgeek Adam

    Nice that I have an HD quality display for a change on an SD TV. Fox needs to get the pitch count on that display.

  • https://twitter.com/KramerIndustry Kramerica Industries

    Took only until the second inning to see an 0-2 walk.

  • Brian S.

    Some of those pitches looked like strikes.

    • Miller Time

      they were

  • Chilango

    Stingy ump today.

  • CountryClub

    It appears anything in the upper part of the zone will be a ball.

    • the tenth inning stretch

      And anything Shields throws low is a strike.

  • Roadgeek Adam

    This is Crew H (Meals, Darling, Barry and Emmels).

    Not expecting much.

  • Tom

    Completely off topic but Valentine is always good for his subtlety with the press:

    “Are you kidding? This is the weakest roster we’ve ever had in September in the history of baseball,” he said. “It could use help everywhere.”

    http://espn.go.com/boston/mlb/.....-valentine

    • Pat D

      I wonder what he’d say if he was managing the Astros.

  • Chilango

    Ibañez works a walk Girardi is a genius

  • https://twitter.com/KramerIndustry Kramerica Industries

    See ya!

  • Cy Pettitte

    Curtis!

  • jjyank

    Woooo Grandy!

  • Roadgeek Adam

    GRANDY – 39TH

  • the tenth inning stretch

    Something sort of Grandish

  • Pat D

    Oh the Grandy Man can.

  • Tom

    Grandy!

  • EDDARD

    Curtis is heating up! And that should be all Supernova needs today.

  • JonS

    Will we see a shutdown inning for the first time in….

  • Brian S.

    Curtis Grandahson is a stahting outfieldah!

  • Effthisnoise

    Grandy is back

  • jjyank

    Suzyan: Stats don’t take into account the human element! That’s a PERSON out there hitting!

  • Roadgeek Adam

    NUNEZ

  • Cy Pettitte

    NUNIE!

  • https://twitter.com/KramerIndustry Kramerica Industries

    And, see ya!

  • Chilango

    NUNIE! Wow

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

    NUNIE!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Anthony

    Nice job Nuney!

  • Joe

    But but Nix is better.

    • Pat D

      Well Nix does have 2 home runs in only 4 AB’s vs. Shields. It took Nunie 14 AB’s to get 2 off Shields.

  • EDDARD

    Many of us were saying play the kid, play Nunez. He’s better than Nix and wrecks havoc on the bases and we’re finally being proved right now that he’s gotten a chance.

    • DC

      Only after you changed your mind three or four times.

  • the tenth inning stretch

    Nunez homers and the first thing McCarver says is “Nunez made a key error last night.”

    • TCMiller30

      which segued into producing as many runs and he gives up.. Seems fine to me. It’s not like he said “Sure he hit a homerun, but he made a costly error last night”

  • oldmanalex

    and that my friends is the start of a nunez’s HOF career.

  • Brian S.

    EDDIE NUNEZ I LOVE YOU

  • jjyank

    Nunie hit a Moonie? I’m sorry Plouffster, I had no idea that this is what you deal with haha. I haven’t listened to the radio for more than a couple innings at a time spread out over weeks at a time since 2007.

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

      Hahaha, I retched in my mouth a little when he said that.

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

      Also btw, if I could afford to take the time off work I’d be on my way to kill you.

      • jjyank

        My apartment is booby trapped with highly sophisticated trip wires and pressure plates. I also have an old guy who irons my shirts and hides behind my bullet proof door who will refuse to let you in. Unless you treat him like a real person. But you shouldn’t do that.

        • Pat D

          I’ll just fire the missile.

          • jjyank

            Phffff. You think I don’t have automated flair guns on my roof?

            • Pat D

              Who said I was firing it specifically at your apartment?

              • jjyank

                Well my commute is entirely underground, and the bank I work at currently is 3 blocks from the White House, so good luck getting a missile near there :P

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

            Touche.

  • Pat D

    Curtis had been hitting .107/.123/.232 in 56 AB’s vs. Shields prior to that homer.

  • JonS

    Anyone think that if we (or someone else) has patience with Nunez’s defense, he could be our Starlin Castro?

    • Brian S.

      The other day I said Nunez could be what Jose Reyes has been this year. .340 wOBA/110 wRC+, below average defense (good range but lots of errors), lots of steals. That’s about 4 WAR over the course of a season.

      • JonS

        I could see the Reyes thing. I couldn’t think of a good SS with a lot of errors and only could think of Castro. lol

    • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

      Don’t need him to be “our Starlin Castro.”

      There’s plenty of room for an acceptable in-between.

    • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

      Don’t need him to be “our Starlin Castro.”

      There’s plenty of room for an acceptable in-between.

    • your mom

      Not sure u should compare those 2 cuz it’s not even close.

  • Karl Krawfid

    Shields. Not an Ace.

    Can’t handle the pressure of a pennant race.

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

      No, no he’s just having an off day.

  • CountryClub

    Does Nova throw up a 0? Place your bets….

    • TCMiller30

      Yes!

      • TCMiller30

        Winner winner chicken dinner

  • JonS

    Edited by RAB: Please don’t link to unlicensed streams. Thanks.

    • Pat D

      Not recommended.

    • https://twitter.com/KramerIndustry Kramerica Industries

      I’m not proud of the fact that I use some unlicensed streams during NFL gamedays.

      But it’s much stupider to actually put said links on a site like this. Never know what kind of trouble you could be putting these guys into. Those sites aren’t exactly legal, and if kept up, RAB would be (inadvertently, perhaps) aiding such illegal practices.

    • JonS

      Sorry. didn’t know. Won’t happen again.

  • Effthisnoise

    Over under 2 runs by Nova

  • EDDARD

    This is all the support Supernova needs. His slider is back and so is his ability to induce groundballs. The only Yankee starter I wouldn’t feel confident in holding this lead is CC.

    • your mom

      That’s a shame cuz he’s our ACE.

    • RkyMtnYank

      Looks like he’s actually throwing the curve a lot more.

    • DC

      Until you change your mind again.

  • https://twitter.com/KramerIndustry Kramerica Industries

    Very nice of Joe Maddon to not play Chris Gimenez today.

    • the tenth inning stretch

      He’ll do something crazy later like bring him in to pitch, cause he’s a genius and stuff.

  • your mom

    I can’t believe Jose Molina hit the last HR at old Yankee Stadium.

    • Pat D

      Depends how you regard “old Yankee Stadium.”

  • Joe

    A shutdown inning, that’s new.

  • your mom

    Anybody think Nova can keep this up? Looks like the DL stint has helped.

  • CountryClub

    Jeez, where has this Nova been for the past 3 months. Welcome back!

  • Cy Pettitte

    at this rate it’s gonna be Kuroda/Andy/Phil/Nova playoff rotation with CC in the pen as a loogy

  • Anthony

    Nova looking good through 3….

  • Tom

    The beauty of UZR? (for the advanced stat folk)

    That is a routine play by Cano (starting position of the fielder is irrelevant) and had he not made it, it would have have been a pretty nice negative bump downward. The UZR model would look at the zone, the speed of the ball and the speed of the runner and it probably would say that play should be made 90-95% of the time (I’m guessing at the %’s)

  • bring buck back

    FOX games drive me crazy because there’s no pitch count. I bet they’re just like “Oh, pitch count doesn’t matter, that’s just one of those new fancy stats. When pitchers are tired our seasoned experienced baseball announcers will tell the fans, fans don’t need to know pitch counts.”

    • Chilango

      They drive me crazy with their anti Yankee bias and stupid commentary.

      • Pat D

        Fox is generally a stain upon society.

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

          Even their good products are cancelled.

          • Pat D

            Couldn’t find a clip where Peter explained all of the other shows that would have to be cancelled for Family Guy to come back.

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

              Never seen it :( I’ve never been a Family guy fanatic, like I enjoy it, and watch it when it’s on, but I was more talking about Firefly, Futurama, and ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT(aka, the smartest and funniest sitcom of all time.)

              • Pat D

                Never watched Firefly or AD. Could never get much into Futurama.

                I have my own personal AD right now in Community. Dreading how it’s going to look this year since they fired Dan Harmon. I expect it to get cancelled. I’ll turn my back on NBC if they do, especially with The Office and 30 Rock ending. Sorry, Parks and Rec.

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

                  dude..if you have Netflix please do yourself the favor of watching both. There’s only 9 45 minute episodes of Firefly, all are incredible, and like 55(ish) 22minute episodes of AD. If you like Community you’ll probably love AD, and you’ll rewatch AD four or five times and still find new jokes to laugh at. There are so many in-jokes that it takes probably 6 or 7 viewings of the entire series to catch them all.

                  • Pat D

                    I do. I’m running through Star Trek: The Next Generation right now.

                  • Robinson Tilapia

                    I’ve got the entire Firefly DVD collection. Didn’t even know of its existence until I saw Serenity in theaters.

                • dkidd

                  if NBC could destroy “the tonight show”, imagine what they could do to “community”

                  /shudders

                  • Pat D

                    I’m living in terror. This 8:30 Friday post-Whitney time slot is bad enough.

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

                In Fox’s defense Firefly and Louie are both really good shows…even if Fox turned around and canceled Firefly a year later then put Louie on FX and delayed it for a few years.

  • dkidd

    big game ivan

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

    Imagine if Curtis had half that AB against their closer last night?

  • the tenth inning stretch

    Garbage.

    • your mom

      Speaking of garbage, where’s Swish?

      • the tenth inning stretch

        Hopefully, in the cage with K-Long.

      • JonS

        A fan drove him to LGA.

  • Chilango

    So belt high is a ball and ankles is a strike, OK got it.

  • TCMiller30

    David Price..

    He always seemed to me like a classy guy, and even though he plays for the Rays, I’m glad he’s in contention for the CY. I’m pulling for him to win it if no Yankees sneak in there and shock the world!! Haha

  • EDDARD

    Was it really necessary to talk to Dave Price for a whole half inning? Why don’t they talk to Andy or Raphael Soriano?

    • the tenth inning stretch

      I’m cool with talking to him, but all the stumping for him to win the CY was a bit much.

    • RkyMtnYank

      It was great how he got pissed over Rosenthal’s comments.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      Is that Rafael Soriano’s more artistic cousin?

  • Tom

    Is the low pitch a strike or a ball?

    http://www.brooksbaseball.net/.....8;s_type=7

    I guess it depends on which jersey you have on.

    • RkyMtnYank

      So the strike zone doesn’t get adjusted from batter to batter as it should, it’s just assumed “typical”? There’s quite a large margin of error there.

      • Tom

        That is an adjusted one for height. The unadjusted one shows the low pitches a bit higher, but still below the zone.

        The “typical” zone is just an adjustment done (on the width) based on studies that show that most umpires call the outside and inside corners differently to right handed and left handed batters. They more typically call pitches further outside for lefties.

        • RkyMtnYank

          Thanks for the info. Not overly comforting though. :)

  • Karl Krawfid

    I bet if Pettitte pitches well, CC goes on the DL.

  • https://twitter.com/KramerIndustry Kramerica Industries

    When did Joe Buck turn into a sarcastic, free-wheeling bastard?

    He’s so much more relatable to me now.

  • Chilango

    Nova got his powers back.

    • JonS

      Let him finish first. We’ve all seen this before….

      • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan

        I’ve seen enough to know that he’s not going to surrender an earned run for the remainder of the season.

  • EDDARD

    Supernova’s back and just in time. The command is there. The fastball is down. The slider is striking hitters out. This is what CC should be.

  • JonS

    It’s not bogus. Your stupid.

  • the tenth inning stretch

    Epic McCarver rant.

  • Pat D

    Jesus Fucking Christ, McCarver. You sound even more senile and out of touch than usual.

    • Rocky Road Redemption

      I’m watching the game, but I’ve more or less tuned out the announcers. What did he say?

      • Pat D

        He was talking about how everyone has gotten out of control with pitch counts because Hanley Ramirez made an out after a 14 pitch at bat in a 0-0 game earlier this week, and his teammates came up and congratulated him.

        • Pat D

          He doesn’t seem to realize that managers don’t let their starters go that much past 100 pitches anymore.

          The only thing he didn’t do was invoke the names Bob Gibson and Steve Carlton.

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

          …and what was Mcarver’s problem with teammates congratulating a player for having a killer AB?

          • Pat D

            He’s old, senile and out of touch with the way the game is played now.

            I’m tempted to call into Francesa for the first time ever on Monday and dare to say McCarver is all of these things and see what Mike says. But I have to take a test at CareerLink from 12:30 – 4 on Monday.

        • Rocky Road Redemption

          Wow, that IS stupid.

        • Laz

          It was a 0run game so obviously the pitcher was on that day. That at bat definitely helped them get the starter out quicker.

      • Laz

        Complained big time about Hanley getting 14 pitch at bat and then bing congratulated. Ridiculous. If its vs starter they can get him out of game quicker.

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

      :( please paraphrase it?!

    • https://twitter.com/KramerIndustry Kramerica Industries

      Wish I had been around to hear this.

    • RkyMtnYank

      He was very adamant about it too.

  • Karl Krawfid

    Chavez regressed big time.

    • TCMiller30

      Just trying to keep up with the Jones’s. And by that I mean Andruw of course.. Because he’s terrible

  • dkidd

    if curtis is going to try and pull everything, he will never do anything with that pitch

  • EDDARD

    Driving up a starter’s pitch count is a good way to win ballgames if you can get the starter out earlier and get into the pen. McCarver’s an idiot.

  • Chilango

    See if Nova bears down.

  • RkyMtnYank

    .. then Buck talks to Girardi about getting length out of the starters. Pitch count has nothing to do with that, classic!

  • Pat D
    • Laz

      Really doesn’t speak much for the baseball hall of fame.

      • Pat D

        That award doesn’t mean that much.

  • https://twitter.com/KramerIndustry Kramerica Industries

    Really would like to know where that 2-2 was.

    • RkyMtnYank

      at the belt, so it was high.

    • Chilango

      A strike up is a ball and a ball down is a strike apparently.

  • the tenth inning stretch

    Every time the ump squeezes Nova, he gets a swing-and-miss at the slider and takes care of it himself. I love it.

    • RkyMtnYank

      yea, Nova looks mad.

  • https://twitter.com/KramerIndustry Kramerica Industries

    That couldn’t have missed by much.

  • RkyMtnYank

    That was a beautiful pitch.

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

    Wow…Nova is getting SQUEEZED like crazy.

  • Tom

    By the way awesome sequence to Pena:

    3-0 curve, Pena probably sitting on it 3-1 and they go with the high fastball and then he throw a curve for strike 3 which the ump obviously calls a ball.

    This ump is really bad.

  • Tony

    I will be so happy if the Yankees never get this umpiring crew again

  • dkidd

    who would the yankees rather play (if they get that far), white sox or tigers?

    • Pat D

      Probably White Sox.

      No Verlander, No Cabrera, and they struggle historically in Comerica.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      To me? Sox. Not even close. No Verlander. No Migs. No Prince. No idiot closer.

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

    So is John blinder then my 94 grandfather who mistakes my sister for my cousin (one’s blonde, the other’s brunette) or was Pena actually possibly safe and a break went our way?

    • dkidd

      yes

  • https://twitter.com/KramerIndustry Kramerica Industries

    Chris Stewart has had some extra ugly swings today.

  • Tom

    So Fox had the always fantastic behind the cather shot. Was the 3-1 pitch to Nunez a strike?

    • Laz

      That shot is terrible. Espn tries that one too.

  • your mom

    Wow, Stewart looks so fucking lost up there.

  • Robinson Tilapia

    Tuned in for the fifth. Looks like our boy Nova’s come off the DL pretty well. Threw a bunch of pitches in the fifth, but most of that seemed to be pitching around Pena.

    An effective Nova for the rest of the way would be pretty fricking nice, wouldn’t it?

    • Pat D

      So long as he doesn’t go superNova.

  • Tom

    “Upton with a strong throw”

    To the pitcher’s mound? Really McCarver?

    • sangreal

      “runner is stealing 3rd” – Buck on 3-2 pitch with 2 outs

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

    Somebody tell me why Ichiro is not using the one part of his offensive game that might still be useful?

    • Tom

      Shields has a tremendous move and is quick to the plate. He’s one of the toughest right handed pitchers to steal off of.

      • Tom

        And yet he goes…. got a good pitch in the dirt to run on.

    • Pat D

      Shields’ move is just too good.

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

      Thank god, what was he waiting for?

  • your mom

    Last 4 games w/RISP: 3-40

    How unbelievably pathetic is that!

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

      2-2 today, no?

      • your mom

        1-1

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

    He really is God damned incredible.

  • https://twitter.com/KramerIndustry Kramerica Industries

    Jeter, once again, the only guy you want at the plate with RISP.

  • Cy Pettitte

    Jeter on one leg > *

  • Karl Krawfid

    Ich and the Captain.

    Niiice.

  • Robinson Tilapia

    El Capifuckingtan.

  • your mom

    Small ball, yay! Clutch hit for the Cap’n

  • Effthisnoise

    The captain owning shiels

  • Tom

    4 for 41 with RISP!

    I know Jeter has at least 3 of those too.

    • your mom

      Steve Pearce has 1.

      • Tom

        Ah, forgot Fierce Sam Pearce.

        Thanks.

  • DERP

    James Shields is getting a gift basket /obligatory

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

    Only downside about this inning: Ichiro will now lead off for at least a week because he got on base once and wound up scoring, and if he doesn’t the next game we lose everybody with a keyboard or microphone in front of them will lament the fact that Ichiro isn’t leading off and that’s why we lost.

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

      John’s already started on it…

    • Rocky Road Redemption

      True. Although I’m in favor of this. Something, anything, that may help us score runs.

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

        Ichiro leading off would do the opposite of help us score runs. He’s good for a single (maybe 1 single) against a not-over powering RHP if we’re lucky.

        • Rocky Road Redemption

          We’ll see. Not exactly like the other idea have been working so well.

  • https://twitter.com/KramerIndustry Kramerica Industries

    Jim Kaat is three years older than McCarver, yet he’s still a sharp mind in the booth.

    The difference is unbelievable.

    • Rocky Road Redemption

      I miss having Kaat in the booth.

      • https://twitter.com/KramerIndustry Kramerica Industries

        Given how many people YES has already, I have a really hard time believing that they turned down Kaat’s offer to return to the network.

  • https://twitter.com/KramerIndustry Kramerica Industries

    And there goes the shutout.

    • your mom

      Fuck the shutout, we just need to win.

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

    Nova knowing we have to get MFIKY up to 40 saves ASAP.

  • Effthisnoise

    At least it was solo

  • the tenth inning stretch

    If that was Nova’s rough inning, I’ll take it.

  • Tom Q

    1 run over 6 innings. Would anyone not have signed on for that today?

  • your mom

    Good job by Nova, despite Eva Longoria’s solo shot.

  • Tom

    Great job by Nova; especially with the zone that that was being called.

    Up 4-0, I like that he went after Longoria with 2 out and noone on. In a 1 run game maybe you don’t challenge him, but it wasn’t like he just grooved one down the middle.

  • Effthisnoise

    Wht are the splits for A Rod since coming of dl?

    • Chilango

      276/.356

  • Pat D

    Gardner gives the Yankees animation? Shouldn’t he go work for Pixar then?

  • your mom

    McCarver nearly blew his wad on that defensive play.

    • the tenth inning stretch

      Nearly?

      Also, your comment is awesome when paired with your handle.

  • The Real Greg

    This will be the tough inning to navigate. You know what’s coming in the eighth and ninth

    • your mom

      Actually you never know what’s coming with our shaky pen and Tampa’s “clutchness”

  • Pat D

    Not particularly thrilled with the quick hook here.

    • The Real Greg

      Coming off the DL, he was probably on a pitch count.

    • Laz

      I’m not thrilled with more commercials after 1 min ball.

    • Tom

      I think it was mostly a pitch count thing coming off the DL (as opposed to the situation)

      • Pat D

        Yea, probably right.

    • Chilango

      Girardi said he was going to watch Nova’s pitch count closely today.

      • Laz

        Don’t tell mccarver that.

  • Effthisnoise

    Blown call at 1st during braves, Nate game results in a 2 run bomb to tie game. Instant replay needs to happen next year

  • https://twitter.com/KramerIndustry Kramerica Industries

    Oh boy.

    Here we go.

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

    Logan, You’re a LOOGY.

  • your mom

    Roberts is pissing me off. Fucker.

  • https://twitter.com/KramerIndustry Kramerica Industries

    For the love of God, no doubles for Chris Gimenez again.

  • your mom

    Oh great, Jimenez. Hate this guy too.

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

    I’d rather see Joba against LHH over Loogan against RHP.

    • The Real Greg

      Well you’re about to see Joba against RH

      • Tom

        The guy at the plate is apparently in the wrong box.

        Hey look Joe Maddon knows the rule about pinch-hitting mutliple times (Girardi is unaware of this rule)

        • The Real Greg

          I didn’t think Maddon would do that. Then again, he is unorthodox

          • Tom

            Any intelligent manager would do it.

            Girardi is just too big an idiot to see it coming. He’s playing checkers, Maddon is playing chess/

            He managed to make a change to get 2 of his better lefties in the game so he wouldn’t face Gimenez and Molina.

            Hooray platoon management for dummies!

            • The Real Greg

              Then a lot of managers must be stupid because I don’t see it that often. Even in the National League.

              • http://twitter.com/Mikhel Mikhel

                A lot of managers are stupid and don’t know squat, specially former MLB players.

              • Tom

                You don’t see it often because during most of the season you don’t have a deep bench to do it (most AL teams have 4 people on the bench)

                In September though you have to know this is coming when you look at the lineup card and see all the names on the bench.

                Once again you are not considering the context of the situation (expanded rosters).

    • your mom

      I’d rather see Drob here.

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

        It’s not TEH EIGHTH INNING!! So D-Rob’s not allowed to pitch. It’s in the rule book…I mean binder.

  • your mom

    Ah, these two nimrods just jinxed Joba.

  • https://twitter.com/KramerIndustry Kramerica Industries

    Excellent play by Jobber.

    Need one more out there.

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

    Are we ready to admit that Jobber is back to his burping,grunting,bullish,farting ways?

  • https://twitter.com/KramerIndustry Kramerica Industries

    Luke Scott’s power scares me shitless here.

    • Pat D

      Just drill him in the head then.

    • your mom

      Scott’s facial hair scares me. Imagine what his pubes look like.

      • the tenth inning stretch

        Pass.

  • your mom

    I didn’t know that you could switch pinch hitters like that.

    • http://twitter.com/Mikhel Mikhel

      You can switch them all you want, and if you’re intelligent and there’s a lefthander pitching and you have good lefthanded hitters in the bench, then you force the other manager (assuming the other manager its not brilliant) to take his LHP and bring a RHP of lesser quality, by pinch hitting a righthander, once the RHP is in, you take your batter and use the lefthanded hitter vs the RHP and that pitcher HAS, by rule, to throw to at least one batter.

      Those hitters that you use but don’t bat, just are announced, become officially used in the game and can’t return to the game.

      A few years ago I saw a manager in México (I think it was the Mexican Pacific League in winter) do something that’s unusual nowadays:

      He had a good LHP, was dominant but there was a righthanded batter who gave him trouble, so, with RISP in the 7th inning he brought a RHP with very good splits against that righthanded batter, after that batter there were a couple more LH batters and he didn’t have more LHP in the bullpen, what did he do? Took his LHP and made a double switch, the LHP became the new firstbaseman, by doing so the DH rule was nullified and the new pitcher (RHP) now bats instead of the DH and the LHP bats instead of the firstbaseman.

      The new pitcher retired the problematic RH batter, then the manager made another double switch, this time he switched the RHP for a firstbaseman, and the LHP who was fielding firstbase became the “new” pitcher in “relief”, though he was also the starter. The LHP retired the LH hitter and went on to win the game. Sure, you sacrificed the DH but its no big deal.

  • https://twitter.com/KramerIndustry Kramerica Industries

    That didn’t work.

  • Pat D

    I fucking hate Luke Scott.

  • Pat D

    I fucking hate Luke Scott.

    • Pat D

      Yea, that’s how much I hate him.

    • Rocky Road Redemption

      Twice for emphasis.

      • https://twitter.com/KramerIndustry Kramerica Industries

        Twice is nice.

  • Cy Pettitte

    ugghh terrible 1-2 pitch.

  • Brian S.

    It’s never easy.

  • Rocky Road Redemption

    Motherfucking Joba.

    I wish we had another pitcher we could use.

    • Laz

      2 and 3 is tough jam with only one out. Logan really didn’t help. He only got lucky on a bad bunt.

  • Karl Krawfid

    Damn man did they not recognize the hanger he got away with on the previous pitch?

  • The Real Greg

    I said this would be the tough inning to navigate

  • Effthisnoise

    I’m so sick of shitty players coming up big against the yanks

    • The Real Greg

      Luke Scott is not a shitty player.

      • Pat D

        He is a deplorable human being, though.

        • Rocky Road Redemption

          Oh? What is this story?

          • Pat D

            Depends on your politics. To me, that’s what he is.

            • RocketMan86

              Pat D
              “He is a deplorable human being, though.Depends on your politics. To me, that’s what he is.”

              Really? This coming from a self-admitted Bill Maher fan. C’mon Pat D, you really have no high ground to judge anyone’s character in your immoral position.

              • Pat D

                Like I said, depends on your politics.

                To me, birthers are just racists.

                To each his own.

              • Pat D

                And who the fuck are you to judge my morals?

          • Heisenberg’s Hat

            He’s a birther and a racist.

      • Effthisnoise

        Sorry, didn’t know .215 ba was considered good these days….in that case I will shut my mouth

        • The Real Greg

          Adam Dunn’s an AS with a .200 average.

          • Effthisnoise

            And 38 home runs. You know what I’m saying. It’s been a trend of bottom of the line up guys killing the yanks. You want to argue for the sake of it? Knock yourself out

          • http://twitter.com/Mikhel Mikhel

            Nope, Adam Dunn’s an AS because he has a lot of fans, not because he is “good” nor “bad” but because he is popular.

    • your mom

      Get used to it, that’s been the trend lately.

  • Heisenberg’s Hat

    Awesome. Joba’s awful slider makes an appearance.

  • Pat D

    Luke Scott won’t be smiling like that come November.

  • Karl Krawfid

    Hangs another one.

  • Brian S.

    Boone Logan is terrible. I blame him for all of this.

  • https://twitter.com/KramerIndustry Kramerica Industries

    Some insurance would be really handy now.

    2-3-4 for the Rays next inning, and there’s no margin to blow anymore.

  • Pat D

    McCarver, how the fuck do you know that’s what Scott was talking about? Maybe he was talking about the Tea Party hussy he’s going to fuck tonight.

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

      pft, Tea Party girls don’t give it up that easily. They prefer legitimate rape so they don’t get pregnant.

      /I can’t believe I just went there, but I’m enough of an asshole to post this.

      • Pat D

        Whoa. Just……whoa.

        But I admit I’m smiling right now.

      • Rocky Road Redemption

        Dude, I like you, but saying you’re asshole at the end of this doesn’t keep me from saying this:

        Shut. The fuck. Up.

        That is one of the worst, most offensive things I’ve ever heard. How DARE you suggest that somebody WANTS rape over over consented sex.

        You don’t like their politics. Big deal, this is a baseball blog.

        You’re right. Too fucking far.

        I know people who have been raped, people very close to me. And this is NOT funny.

        • Rocky Road Redemption

          And yes, you’ve hit a nerve here.

        • Pat D

          I don’t think rape is funny. But anyone who agreed with Akin’s statement should probably have a conversation with those people you know. Something tells me they’d change their minds.

          • Rocky Road Redemption

            I don’t care about Akin’s statement, using rape to make a point is sick and disturbing.

            • Pat D

              Not gonna argue with that.

        • Brian S.

          Relax

          • Rocky Road Redemption

            Jokes implying people want to be raped hit a major nerve with me.

            I don’t even mind people mocking tea partiers. I may or may not disagree, but on a baseball blog I’ll just scroll past it and not care. But rape jokes are too fucking far. Way too far.

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

          I know it was over the top, but satire is one of my favorite forms of speaking against something, and anybody who believes what Todd Adkin said, or still stands behind him after he said it, or even allows him to continue calling himself the same party as themselves should be mocked from now until the end of time.

          • Rocky Road Redemption

            1)All tea partiers do not agree with Akin’s point.

            2) Even if they did, implying that they want to be raped instead of having consensual sex is so fucked up that I don’t give a shit what Akin said.

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

              Okay, I obviously touched a nerve. I apologize. I don’t have lines, or limits, I’m jaded beyond all repair, and I forget myself sometimes. I seriously didn’t mean to offend anybody on a personal level, and obviously am much more than an asshole than I realize.

              • Rocky Road Redemption

                Thank you, I’ll drop it now.

        • RocketMan86

          Amen, Rocky Road. Someone has to keep these disgusting perverts in check. Seriously, it’s wonderful to think we can judge an entire party based on 1 bad answer by 1 insignificant candidate.

          On the other hand, has Pat D or Raul ever ridicule all the frequent act of sexual abuse, including rape, at the Occupy/ Anti-Capitalist protests. Or how about the current President, who is fully supportive of the extreme partial birth abortion.

          Because every poll ever conducted shows Americans fully believe letting a baby born from a failed abortion to die is a far greater evil than Akin’s pro-life position. So, is Todd Akin an uncaring & ignorant jackass for his position. Yes. Is someone that supports partial birth abortion an incredible coward and murderer. Yes,

          So do you, Raul & Pat D comically destroy and satire such extremes on your political side? Nope, because you’re shill for your party platforms and are hypocrites to comedy & moral decency.

          See, conservative christian Americans are not taking your filthy ignorance and hatred silent anymore. You think a female Tea Party member getting raped is funny? May God save your soul and I’ll pray for you. You definitely need it.

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

            Show me a single quote where Obama came out as supportive of partial birth abortion. If you can show me one I swear to your God I will vote for Mickey Mouse in this coming election and take a picture in the booth and post it here.

          • Rocky Road Redemption

            I’m not saying I agree with any of that, and I’m not saying I disagree with any of it. I prefer to keep my politics separate from my baseball views on River Ave. Blues.

            My primary problem here was the rape comment. Nothing less, nothing more. Raul issued a good apology, so it’s over for me.

          • Pat D

            I’m an atheist that was born Catholic.

            Don’t waste your precious time praying for me, you holier than thou saint.

      • DC

        One idiot’s statement does not speak for a group as a whole. I’m not a member of the Tea Party, but I have friends who are and they thought Rep Akin’s comment was deplorable.

        • Pat D

          I’m glad to hear that.

      • RocketMan86

        Really, rape jokes against Tea Partiers? Is nothing sacred for you. Oh, and Mr. Asshole please take note as a Proud Tea partier I take deep offense of your complete ignorance and hate. You are deeply disturbed deviant and owe my Mother and sister and all my female Tea Partiers an apology.

        P.S. I think if you want some activities you prefer, you should visit any lovely Occupy rally. All forms of sexual abuse occurs frequently in their protests and no one minds ever judging their sexual habits.

        • Pat D

          Just curious, but how do you know all of that?

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

          Things that are sacred to me…
          1. My right to speech
          2. My family
          3. My friends

          Come after them in anyway and I will fight you till there is not a breath left in my body. Also, your “political party” opened this door by letting Todd Adkin open his stupid mouth and say something that all of you must be held accountable for.

          • DC

            No, you don’t hold the party accountable; you hold the individual accountable. Making either party (both parties have extremist ans idiots) responsible for what an extremist says is tantamount to stereotyping. Luke Scott is a birther – does that mean all the Rays believe the same thing? No. Should the Rays be held accountable for his beliefs? No.

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

              Yeah, that was stupid of me to say…but the fact that he’s still allowed to run for office, and people will probably still vote for him is in my opinion everything that’s wrong with this country.

              • DC

                Now we agree on that (not the stupid part…haha). Plus I agree 100% with what you said was sacred to you.

              • RocketMan86

                And hey Ral, Do you find it not a bit disturbing and quite pathetic that more than a quater of your progressive voters till support the Truther movement.

                See, I never understood “birther” critics hatred when many of deeply avowed “Truthers”. I wonder has the continued ignorance and hatred based on those proven lies which harm the memories of 9/11 victims and their families trump the pain of one indivdual’s pain in a proven liar like Obama?

                Which brings more shame to America? Lunatics who believe a guy who hides all his past in secret might not be born here? Or, Lunatics who still believe in their own country somehow committed the 9/11 attacks?

                Pretty obvious to me. But go ahead, I can’t wait for you and your party to finally rid the disgraceful Truther movement which continues to exist because of your news media sources.

          • RocketMan86

            Hey, Mr. Asshole

            Your political party leader is in favor of partial birth abortion. A position found always to be far more extreme and evil than Akin’s position. So, my political party has apologized and distanced themselves from Akin’s idiocy.

            See, Akin will never amount to anything. Your party just last week proudly lionize a drunken murderer & rapist in Ted Kennedy and a fellow sexual abuser Bill Clinton.

            When will you, Pat D or progressive folks apology and be held accountable for all your sins, failures and extreme positions. Americans are pro-life by a significant majority and they rightfully find the President’s abortion position far more disgraceful. So, please let him be held accountable, first.

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

              I know you’re a troll, but I’m going to humor you anyway on risk of getting banned for getting to political. Let’s go step by step
              1. Still waiting for any proof that Obama supports partial birth abortions
              2. Last time I checked adultery isn’t “sexual abuse” when both parties involved in the sexual act are of age and consent to the sexual act.
              3.”Americans are pro-life by a significant majority” http://www.gallup.com/poll/154.....d-Low.aspx really? I didn’t know 9% was a “significant margin”
              4. Just because the majority agrees on something doesn’t make it disgraceful to disagree. There was a time when owning slaves was considered common place (most of recorded world history), did that make it disgraceful to disagree that people should be owned/sold/bought/treated as property?

            • Pat D

              I don’t have to apologize for anything. I’m not asking you to apologize for your extreme beliefs.

  • The Real Greg

    For the Yankees all they had to do was get through that inning with lead and they did just that.

    And now Maddon has used alot of his bullets on the bench

  • EDDARD

    Things are never easy with this team, especially middle relief. Good thing Phelps and Supernova will be down in the pen as viable options in a potential postseason.

  • Tom

    So Logan against Gimenez and Molina. Or Joba against Fuld and Scott.

    Joe Girardi with platooning for idiots, again (especially when you consider the short porch and the chance for Scott to run into one)

    • The Real Greg

      Raul Ibanez said he’d rather see Joba against LH then Logan against RH.

      • Tom

        Because he is ignoring the QUALITY of the hitter.

        As are you. This is the classic stupidity of managing by handedness. The quality of the hitter matters too, not just the pitcher.

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

          I might be overlooking quality of the hitter, but I’m more concerned about quality of the PITCHER. IMO, right now, factoring usage over the season, career splits, and what I’ve seen what my eyes the past few weeks I trust Joba more than I trust Logan. That’s my personal preference. Feel free to disagree w/ me.

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

        and I stand by that,

        Career splits:
        Logan vs RHH: .304/.388/.479
        Joba vs LHH:250/.344/.372

        • Tom

          Logan was going to face:
          Gimenez – .552 OPS
          Molina – .574 OPS

          Instead Joba got:
          Fuld – .686 OPS
          Scott – .692 OPS

          (career splits with Joba is kind of iffy given he’s still coming back from TJS)

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

            I see what your saying, I just think that Joba has the stronger arm and is a better pitcher than Logan lately. Not saying that Logan’s not still useful, but I feel like he’s gotten Proctor’d the past two seasons.

  • Heisenberg’s Hat

    Why does Joba think that slider works? It’s the pitch he always gets beat on.

    • Heisenberg’s Hat

      Oh, never mind. McCarver says it’s Joba’s best pitch.

  • Chilango

    Could have been much worse. Joba when you hang one slider, maybe it’s not a good idea to throw one again on the next pitch

    • Heisenberg’s Hat

      Joba’s been hanging that slider for 3 years now. His slider only works when he throws 100, and I can’t remember the last time he showed that velocity.

  • Matt

    Too often these pitchers lose focus with runners on base. You can see it. They get a pop out with a runner at third, and throw the next pitch right down the middle. They get to 2 strikes, and hang a breaking ball.

    1-2, you pretty much cannot throw that slider in the strike zone. Especially after he’s already seen that pitch, and had a take on the fastball inside on 0-1 like he was sitting on the slider. You can’t rely just on your stuff at this level. You have to make your pitches, and one mistake is all it takes.

  • Athenian

    Death by manager and bullpen. Girardi is turning into Torre with his blatant distrust of anyone not named Joba, Robertson, or Soriano. He should just resign.

    • The Real Greg

      If Girardi turns into Torre, I’d be thankful. 4 World Series.

    • Miller Time

      this.

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

      Were you not here when he tried to squeeze the extra out out of Epply in Boston?

  • The Angry Troll

    So why didn’t the Yankee brass make a run for Annibal Sanchez? He seems vastly underrated for some reason.

    • The Real Greg

      HE sucks. He got blasted by the Yanks earlier.

    • Pat D

      He’s been pretty shitty since he was acquired.

    • DC

      Because they already had a Freddy Garcia quality pitcher.

  • your mom

    Are there any decent left-handed non-LOOGYs available in FA this offseason?

  • The Angry Troll

    Also, why did Nova get the short leash? (Especially with a shitty bullpen)

    • The Real Greg

      Ever heard of a PC coming off the DL?

      • The Angry Troll

        Your digital tone is infuriating. I can see why everyone despises you. Nevertheless, I doubt that was ever actually hurt. They took him out to give him a mental breather, in my opinion.

  • Matt

    Wow, what is wrong with Granderson?

    You just showed him the bunt on the previous pitch, and he crept in for the 2-1 pitch. And not only that, but it was a 2-1 pitch- a hitter’s count! Unbelievable!

  • your mom

    James Shields reminds me of that guy from Road Trip.

  • Pat D

    Not hitting for Stewart = fail.

    Then again maybe he’s afraid of Martin’s defense.

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

    Wow…Stewart and Ichiro have gotten on base a lot more than I had hoped this afternoon.

  • your mom

    LOL. Walked Stewie. Make him pay Ichiro!!! HR!!! Banzai!!!!!

  • The Angry Troll

    Y’all know that the Fountain of Youth (by Bimini Road) is right around Tampa, or Florida at least. That’s what the Rays are infusing into their bullpen . . . There’s no other explanation as to why Rodney and Farnsworth should ever be this good.

    • Pat D

      Ooooooooooooooooooooh, when I go down to Bimini…

  • your mom

    Pinch runner!!!

  • RetroRob

    Is Stewart on second? WTF?

  • CountryClub

    How about running for stewart? Wtf

  • Electric nunez

    Just got home
    How did Nova look?

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

      Good, a few hard hit balls, but only two runs allowed and a few Ks. Lots of first pitch strikes, some on breaking balls.

      • Electric nunez

        Mph fastball and did he have the good slider like he had last year?

        • RetroRob

          He hit 96mph at times. Had a good breaking pitch, but not sure if he was throwing his curve or slider. Wasn’t paying that close attention.

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

          He had a very good slider, and from what i saw he was in the 92-94 range.

          • Electric nunez

            Great we need the 2011 nova for a playoff run.

  • your mom

    Okay, Drob, remember, you do have a curveball in your arsenal.

  • CountryClub

    Let’s swing at ball 4 so Jeter gets to lead off the next inning. Makes perfect sense.

  • Brian S.

    Robertson needs to redeem himself against the Rays here.

  • RetroRob

    Guessing Girardi simply assumed the Yankees issue with RISP would negate any need to replace Stewart with a pinch runner.

    BTW I wonder if George Kontos and his 2.30 ERA, strikeout per inning, solid ground-ball rate could have helped the Yankee bullpen since the Allstar break when they lost 8 of 13 games the bullpen blew? Nah.

    • Pat D

      The question is whether or not he’d duplicate those stats in the AL.

      • RetroRob

        I’d be willing to give it a try!

        • Pat D

          I would have too. Never liked that trade.

  • your mom

    Time to go, these last 2 innings may be too stressful for my health. I’ll just take it to heart that the pen will do it’s job and get the win.

  • EEEEEEEEduardo Nunez

    please don’t hit it to me

  • Chilango

    A good sign. Robbie’s throwing the curve!

  • CountryClub

    Why is ibanez still in rt field? What is going on here?

  • https://twitter.com/KramerIndustry Kramerica Industries

    Pretty solid right there.

    Hope MFIKY is just as solid.

  • CountryClub

    Got away with a mistake there

  • Electric nunez

    High sox is back.

  • Brian S.

    Is it weird that I think scoring 4 runs is a huge accomplishment for this team?

    • Pat D

      When you’ve got a pretty solid pitcher opposing you, not really.

  • CountryClub

    Seriously, he doesn’t pinch run for Stewart in a 1 run game and he leaves the worst defensive outfielder he has in the field in the 8th? Those are two awful non moves.

    • Electric nunez

      He wants martin to rest and
      Cervelli killed his cat and took a dump on cashmans desk.

  • Cy Pettitte

    that was an….interesting….route by Upton.

  • https://twitter.com/KramerIndustry Kramerica Industries

    Take the break, score this run.

  • Electric nunez

    Bj losing money on that highlight.

  • RetroRob

    I know the stats say BJ Upton is a good defender, but I see him make way too many mistakes against the Yankees, which I’m guessing he must be doing against other teams too.

    • Matt

      It’s a big reason why the defensive stats are somewhat misleading at times, since they reward guys who have good range but may not always make the plays they should make. There is a lot of value to making the routine plays. Look at Nunez at shortstop.

  • Chilango

    Hit right at him? Upton was running at full tilt.

  • Pat D

    Have to agree with McCarver, sadly. You walk ARod here.

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

    Centaur!!

  • https://twitter.com/KramerIndustry Kramerica Industries

    And ARod does the deed.

  • Cy Pettitte

    Arod! Upton putting on a defensive clinic.

  • Electric nunez

    Upton really dropping his price in the offseason.

  • EDDARD

    And there’s our insurance run courtesy of BJ Upton. And McCarver was right for once, don’t pitch to Alex.

  • the tenth inning stretch

    What’s this? INSURANCE RUN?!

  • Tom

    ARod!

    That’s 2 line drives right up the middle today… a very good sign for him.

  • Chilango

    This is definitely more like it.

  • Brian S.

    A-Rod has been clutch as fuck since coming off the DL.

  • Electric nunez

    Swisher dropping his price too

  • Heisenberg’s Hat

    Haha, a Cano double followed by an A-Rod RBI single.
    stuart just threw his remote at the tv.

    • DC

      ietc

  • Joe

    That werth money is getting farther and farther isn’t it nick.

  • Effthisnoise

    A rod hot, Grandy heating up, nova looked good, yanks might just go n a run here while Baltimore dies on the west coast

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

      Hahaha, I love it, this morning we were dead in the water, CC was garbage, our offense sucked, Grandy couldn’t hit a fastball right down the middle, now we’re reading to ‘go on a run.”

  • https://twitter.com/KramerIndustry Kramerica Industries

    Keppinger-Francisco-Roberts

    Nice and easy, please.

  • Chilango

    Joe there was a reason Swisher was sitting today. Remember?

    • Karl Krawfid

      Horrible numbers against shields.

  • Dan in Athens

    Never easy with Rafael Wetteland Soriano, although I’ll keep taking the ugly saves as long as they are saves.

  • Tom

    Maddon again showing his intelligence…. If the roles were reversed, it’s a Girardi knee jerk response to get a righty to face Jones and then another (lefty) pinch hitter would be brought in.

    Maddon chose to face the guy hitting .200; Girardi would have been more interested in which box the batter stood in when swinging.

  • Electric nunez

    This is a huge game
    Rays can only pick up one game on us if theynwin tomorrow.

  • https://twitter.com/KramerIndustry Kramerica Industries

    Nope.

    Never easy.

  • Electric nunez

    Maddon contract is up soon rumor is rays will let him walk. Lotsa teams lining up for his services.

    • Tom

      I hate that visit.

      Soriano should be pitching to his strengths not a scouting report on the hitter.

    • http://twitter.com/Mikhel Mikhel

      I don’t think they’ll let him walk, otherwise the Astros would be all over Maddon and instead they opted to interview one of his coaches, and their GM has asked their scouting department to look for somebody who manages like Maddon.

      IF Ludnow is interested in somebody like Maddon, my guess is that he would be interested in Maddon if his contract is up, and my guess is that he would risk waiting to talk with Maddon and offer him a lot more than the Rays. IF he is opting to interview other people my guess is that he already knows something, and that only means: Maddon will stay in Tampa.

      • http://twitter.com/Mikhel Mikhel

        Oh, and by the way… “sources” have said that the possible next manager for the American League Houston Astros will be Larry Bowa, and one of Maddon’s coaches will be offered a position in Bowa’s group of coaches (unlikely that the coach and the Rays will accept unless the coach is made manager).

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

    Damnit MFIKY…it’s never easy with you is it?

  • https://twitter.com/KramerIndustry Kramerica Industries

    One more like that MFIKY.

  • Pasta Stumbling Sojo

    Do the Rays have no catchers left? Who catches for them if they come back?

    • Brian S.

      Lobaton

      • Brian S.

        Oh wait he was PH for.

        • Daiello18

          Vogt is a catcher

          • Pasta Stumbling Sojo

            Ah, okay.

  • https://twitter.com/KramerIndustry Kramerica Industries

    This is Stephen Vogt.

    Throw some damn strikes.

  • Electric nunez

    Mfiky throw it

  • Mick taylor

    Andruw jones sucks like noother. Why is still on this team. Swisher who wants a big contract chokes like noother. I will bet anyone he will not hit 200 the rest of the way. I said that two weeks ago.

  • https://twitter.com/KramerIndustry Kramerica Industries

    That’s fricken’ ridiculous, Raffy.

  • Tom

    Nice pitching visit… rather than just let him stay in rhythm and pitch, he’s got to give the all important scouting report.

    Not saying that caused the walk… but just let the guy pitch to a guy hitting .000

  • Electric nunez

    Ellott ginger johnson yankee killer

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

    One strike away from some serious untuckage.

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

    #UNTUCK THIS BITCH!

  • https://twitter.com/KramerIndustry Kramerica Industries

    Untuck that motherfucker.

  • YanksFanInBeantown

    #UNTUCK

  • Electric nunez

    Arod told sori
    Throw the fucking ball or i kill you!

  • Matt

    “… who has power like Elliot Johnson”

    McCarver can’t be serious? Elliott Johnson who has 10 HR in 473 career AB thus far.

    • http://twitter.com/Mikhel Mikhel

      McCarver is obnoxious and although he knows about baseball, choses to forget everything and talks out of his ass once the broadcast begins.

  • DC

    WOO HOO!! #UNTUCK

  • RetroRob

    Nice win, although not quite as smooth in the 9th before Untuck time.

  • RetroRob

    No postgame show on YES? They’re showing running.

    • RetroRob

      Never mind. Just came on.

  • Rocky Road Redemption

    I’m glad that at least we’ve been scoring more than three runs more frequently than previously.

  • Hall and Nokes

    Think about it: Maddon brought in Chris Archer to hit for himself the other day rather than go to Vogt.

  • Mick taylor

    Hey crashman so happy you gave away Aj burnett and13 million so you could freeup money to resign andruw jones.

    • RetroRob

      The Mets game comes on in two minutes. Go watch your team.

  • Tom

    Takes a lot of pressure off tomorrow’s game. Nova really came up huge; 6 quality innings with a limited pitch count is just tremendous.

    Still an important game tomorrow, but the Yankees aren’t facing a disaster scenario (three way tie for first or tied for 2nd)

    I’m curious to see if Girardi sits Jeter tomorrow. If they lost, there would be no way he would have, but I would not be surprised if he did now. (I hope he doesn’t)