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

466 Comments

  1. Pat D says:

    Oh, boy, the perfect storm.

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

  2. EDDARD says:

    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.

  3. 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 says:

      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.

  4. JonS says:

    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 says:

      “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.

  5. bring buck back says:

    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.

  6. Brian S. says:

    Hockey :(

    • Pat D says:

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

      • FIPster Doofus says:

        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 says:

          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.

  7. Hah.

    Took one pitch. A dinky grounder at that.

  8. jjyank says:

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

    • Pat D says:

      Yes. Yes, it is.

      • jjyank says:

        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 says:

          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 says:

            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

    • Reduced to Sterling without even having a choice.

      That’s a really cruel punishment.

  9. Chilango says:

    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 says:

      Ibanez has better numbers against Shields.

    • bring buck back says:

      “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.

  10. Joe says:

    Yankees defense: E. Nunez. Fitting

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

  12. Tom says:

    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.

  13. Brian S. says:

    The Rays have seven above average starters.

  14. 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?

  15. the tenth inning stretch says:

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

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

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

  18. jjyank says:

    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.

  19. Pat D says:

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

  20. RkyMtnYank says:

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

  21. Roadgeek Adam says:

    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.

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

  23. Brian S. says:

    Some of those pitches looked like strikes.

  24. Chilango says:

    Stingy ump today.

  25. CountryClub says:

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

  26. Roadgeek Adam says:

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

    Not expecting much.

  27. Tom says:

    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

  28. Chilango says:

    Ibañez works a walk Girardi is a genius

  29. Cy Pettitte says:

    Curtis!

  30. jjyank says:

    Woooo Grandy!

  31. Roadgeek Adam says:

    GRANDY – 39TH

  32. the tenth inning stretch says:

    Something sort of Grandish

  33. Pat D says:

    Oh the Grandy Man can.

  34. EDDARD says:

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

  35. JonS says:

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

  36. Brian S. says:

    Curtis Grandahson is a stahting outfieldah!

  37. Effthisnoise says:

    Grandy is back

  38. jjyank says:

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

  39. Roadgeek Adam says:

    NUNEZ

  40. Cy Pettitte says:

    NUNIE!

  41. Chilango says:

    NUNIE! Wow

  42. Anthony says:

    Nice job Nuney!

  43. Joe says:

    But but Nix is better.

    • Pat D says:

      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.

  44. EDDARD says:

    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.

  45. the tenth inning stretch says:

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

    • TCMiller30 says:

      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”

  46. oldmanalex says:

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

  47. Brian S. says:

    EDDIE NUNEZ I LOVE YOU

  48. jjyank says:

    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.

  49. Pat D says:

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

  50. JonS says:

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

    • Brian S. says:

      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 says:

        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

    • Cuso says:

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

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

    • Cuso says:

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

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

    • your mom says:

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

  51. Karl Krawfid says:

    Shields. Not an Ace.

    Can’t handle the pressure of a pennant race.

  52. CountryClub says:

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

  53. JonS says:

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

    • Pat D says:

      Not recommended.

    • 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 says:

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

  54. Effthisnoise says:

    Over under 2 runs by Nova

  55. EDDARD says:

    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.

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

    • the tenth inning stretch says:

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

  57. your mom says:

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

  58. Joe says:

    A shutdown inning, that’s new.

  59. your mom says:

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

  60. CountryClub says:

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

  61. Cy Pettitte says:

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

  62. Anthony says:

    Nova looking good through 3….

  63. Tom says:

    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)

  64. bring buck back says:

    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.”

  65. dkidd says:

    big game ivan

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

  67. the tenth inning stretch says:

    Garbage.

  68. Chilango says:

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

  69. TCMiller30 says:

    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

  70. EDDARD says:

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

  71. Tom says:

    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 says:

      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 says:

        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.

  72. Karl Krawfid says:

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

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

    He’s so much more relatable to me now.

  74. Chilango says:

    Nova got his powers back.

  75. EDDARD says:

    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.

  76. JonS says:

    It’s not bogus. Your stupid.

  77. the tenth inning stretch says:

    Epic McCarver rant.

  78. Pat D says:

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

  79. Karl Krawfid says:

    Chavez regressed big time.

    • TCMiller30 says:

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

  80. dkidd says:

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

  81. EDDARD says:

    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.

  82. Chilango says:

    See if Nova bears down.

  83. RkyMtnYank says:

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

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

  85. the tenth inning stretch says:

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

  86. That couldn’t have missed by much.

  87. RkyMtnYank says:

    That was a beautiful pitch.

  88. Wow…Nova is getting SQUEEZED like crazy.

  89. Tom says:

    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.

  90. Tony says:

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

  91. dkidd says:

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

  92. 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?

  93. Chris Stewart has had some extra ugly swings today.

  94. Tom says:

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

  95. your mom says:

    Wow, Stewart looks so fucking lost up there.

  96. Robinson Tilapia says:

    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?

  97. Tom says:

    “Upton with a strong throw”

    To the pitcher’s mound? Really McCarver?

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

  99. your mom says:

    Last 4 games w/RISP: 3-40

    How unbelievably pathetic is that!

  100. He really is God damned incredible.

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

  102. Cy Pettitte says:

    Jeter on one leg > *

  103. Karl Krawfid says:

    Ich and the Captain.

    Niiice.

  104. Robinson Tilapia says:

    El Capifuckingtan.

  105. your mom says:

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

  106. Effthisnoise says:

    The captain owning shiels

  107. Tom says:

    4 for 41 with RISP!

    I know Jeter has at least 3 of those too.

  108. DERP says:

    James Shields is getting a gift basket /obligatory

  109. 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.

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

    The difference is unbelievable.

  111. And there goes the shutout.

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

  113. Effthisnoise says:

    At least it was solo

  114. the tenth inning stretch says:

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

  115. Tom Q says:

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

  116. your mom says:

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

  117. Tom says:

    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.

  118. Effthisnoise says:

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

  119. Pat D says:

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

  120. your mom says:

    McCarver nearly blew his wad on that defensive play.

  121. The Real Greg says:

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

  122. Pat D says:

    Not particularly thrilled with the quick hook here.

  123. Effthisnoise says:

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

  124. your mom says:

    Roberts is pissing me off. Fucker.

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

  126. your mom says:

    Oh great, Jimenez. Hate this guy too.

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

    • The Real Greg says:

      Well you’re about to see Joba against RH

      • Tom says:

        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 says:

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

          • Tom says:

            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 says:

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

              • Mikhel says:

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

              • Tom says:

                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 says:

      I’d rather see Drob here.

  128. your mom says:

    Ah, these two nimrods just jinxed Joba.

  129. Excellent play by Jobber.

    Need one more out there.

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

  131. Luke Scott’s power scares me shitless here.

  132. your mom says:

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

    • Mikhel says:

      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.

  133. Pat D says:

    I fucking hate Luke Scott.

  134. Pat D says:

    I fucking hate Luke Scott.

  135. Cy Pettitte says:

    ugghh terrible 1-2 pitch.

  136. Brian S. says:

    It’s never easy.

  137. Rocky Road Redemption says:

    Motherfucking Joba.

    I wish we had another pitcher we could use.

  138. Karl Krawfid says:

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

  139. The Real Greg says:

    I said this would be the tough inning to navigate

  140. Effthisnoise says:

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

  141. Heisenberg's Hat says:

    Awesome. Joba’s awful slider makes an appearance.

  142. Pat D says:

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

  143. Karl Krawfid says:

    Hangs another one.

  144. Brian S. says:

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

  145. Some insurance would be really handy now.

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

  146. Pat D says:

    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.

    • 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 says:

        Whoa. Just……whoa.

        But I admit I’m smiling right now.

      • Rocky Road Redemption says:

        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 says:

          And yes, you’ve hit a nerve here.

        • Pat D says:

          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.

        • Brian S. says:

          Relax

          • Rocky Road Redemption says:

            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.

        • 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 says:

            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.

        • RocketMan86 says:

          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.

          • 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 says:

            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 says:

            I’m an atheist that was born Catholic.

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

      • DC says:

        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.

      • RocketMan86 says:

        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 says:

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

        • 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 says:

            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.

            • 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 says:

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

              • RocketMan86 says:

                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 says:

            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.

            • 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 says:

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

  147. The Real Greg says:

    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

  148. EDDARD says:

    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.

  149. Tom says:

    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 says:

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

      • Tom says:

        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.

        • 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.

      • and I stand by that,

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

        • Tom says:

          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)

  150. Heisenberg's Hat says:

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

  151. Chilango says:

    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 says:

      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.

  152. Matt says:

    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.

  153. Athenian says:

    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.

  154. The Angry Troll says:

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

  155. your mom says:

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

  156. The Angry Troll says:

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

    • The Real Greg says:

      Ever heard of a PC coming off the DL?

      • The Angry Troll says:

        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.

  157. Matt says:

    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!

  158. your mom says:

    James Shields reminds me of that guy from Road Trip.

  159. Pat D says:

    Not hitting for Stewart = fail.

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

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

  161. your mom says:

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

  162. The Angry Troll says:

    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.

  163. your mom says:

    Pinch runner!!!

  164. RetroRob says:

    Is Stewart on second? WTF?

  165. CountryClub says:

    How about running for stewart? Wtf

  166. Electric nunez says:

    Just got home
    How did Nova look?

  167. your mom says:

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

  168. CountryClub says:

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

  169. Brian S. says:

    Robertson needs to redeem himself against the Rays here.

  170. RetroRob says:

    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.

  171. your mom says:

    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.

  172. EEEEEEEEduardo Nunez says:

    please don’t hit it to me

  173. Chilango says:

    A good sign. Robbie’s throwing the curve!

  174. CountryClub says:

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

  175. Pretty solid right there.

    Hope MFIKY is just as solid.

  176. CountryClub says:

    Got away with a mistake there

  177. Electric nunez says:

    High sox is back.

  178. Brian S. says:

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

  179. CountryClub says:

    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.

  180. Cy Pettitte says:

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

  181. Take the break, score this run.

  182. Electric nunez says:

    Bj losing money on that highlight.

  183. RetroRob says:

    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 says:

      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.

  184. Chilango says:

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

  185. Pat D says:

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

  186. Cy Pettitte says:

    Arod! Upton putting on a defensive clinic.

  187. Electric nunez says:

    Upton really dropping his price in the offseason.

  188. EDDARD says:

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

  189. the tenth inning stretch says:

    What’s this? INSURANCE RUN?!

  190. Tom says:

    ARod!

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

  191. Chilango says:

    This is definitely more like it.

  192. Brian S. says:

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

  193. Electric nunez says:

    Swisher dropping his price too

  194. Heisenberg's Hat says:

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

  195. Joe says:

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

  196. Effthisnoise says:

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

  197. Keppinger-Francisco-Roberts

    Nice and easy, please.

  198. Chilango says:

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

  199. Dan in Athens says:

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

  200. Tom says:

    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.

  201. Electric nunez says:

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

  202. Electric nunez says:

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

    • Tom says:

      I hate that visit.

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

    • Mikhel says:

      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.

      • Mikhel says:

        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).

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

  204. One more like that MFIKY.

  205. Pasta Stumbling Sojo says:

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

  206. This is Stephen Vogt.

    Throw some damn strikes.

  207. Electric nunez says:

    Mfiky throw it

  208. Mick taylor says:

    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.

  209. That’s fricken’ ridiculous, Raffy.

  210. Tom says:

    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

  211. Electric nunez says:

    Ellott ginger johnson yankee killer

  212. One strike away from some serious untuckage.

  213. Untuck that motherfucker.

  214. YanksFanInBeantown says:

    #UNTUCK

  215. Electric nunez says:

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

  216. Matt says:

    “… who has power like Elliot Johnson”

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

    • Mikhel says:

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

  217. DC says:

    WOO HOO!! #UNTUCK

  218. RetroRob says:

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

  219. RetroRob says:

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

  220. Rocky Road Redemption says:

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

  221. Hall and Nokes says:

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

  222. Mick taylor says:

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

  223. Tom says:

    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)