Sep
19

Game 147: The Return of Andy Pettitte

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Mother Nature threw a wrench into things last night, but Andy Pettitte will finally get back on the mound for the Yankees this afternoon. The team went just 37-35 during his absence, and it’s probably not an accident that the second half slide began not long after Pettitte got hurt. He was pitching like a bonafide ace, and you can’t replace that kind of performance. Here’s the starting nine…

LF Ichiro Suzuki
1B Nick Swisher
2B Robinson Cano
DH Alex Rodriguez
CF Curtis Granderson
Russell Martin
3B Eric Chavez
RF Raul Ibanez
SS Eduardo Nunez

LHP Andy Pettitte

This afternoon’s game is scheduled to start a little after 1pm ET and can be seen on YES. Enjoy.

Derek Jeter Update: Prior to the game, Joe Girardi said his plan is to have Jeter (ankle) play shortstop in the second game of the doubleheader. That is subject to change depending how he feels during pre-game workouts, of course.

Brett Gardner Update: Girardi also said that as of right now, there are no plans to activate Gardner (elbow). He’d be limited to pinch-running and late-inning defense roles anyway.

Categories : Game Threads
  • jjyank

    Guess who’s not at work today? THIS guy. Reward me, Andy.

  • Preston

    That’s a pretty ugly line-up. I’d almost rather lead off Nunez than Ichiro.

  • AT Evans

    A-Rod gets a lot of flack (mainly due to the amt of $$ he makes, probably)- but he has been a very productive Yankee third baseman. I think he deserves a little more credit; especially in recent years.

    He has played a VERY good, I daresay great third base since moving from SS. Yes, ARod was a bit conceited early on, and he probably deserved to be (Hey, Mohammed Ali said he was the best that ever was all the time.. and millions of people love him!).

    What impresses me about Arod nowadays, is that he has definitely toned his self-righteous attitude down, and he has been improving as a “team mate”. In addition, he has been more relaxed and more clutch over the last few years.

    I’m glad he is a Yankee, and there are prob only 2 or 3 better 3rd baseman in the league.. and they are in their 20′s.

    • jjyank

      I generally agree with this. I think A-Rod’s image kind of got tarnished earlier in his career for being arrogant and doing things like those ridiculous magazine poses. But in the last few years, he has really become an excellent team mate. He mentors the younger guys and invites them to workout with him in the offseason. I also remember watching MLBN’s “30 Clubs in 30 Days” thing before the season started, where they did behind the scenes stuff at each team’ spring training complex. Towards the end of the Yankees’ episode, they did a segment that showed A-Rod conducting his own drills with Cano and Nunez. It was after camped had ended for the day, and A-Rod stayed late to run situational hitting drills with Cano and Nunez. A-Rod didn’t even participate, he just instructed. He would toss balls to those two to hit just after calling out a situation. “Runners on the corners, 1 out” *toss*. That sort of thing. It was pretty cool.

      Plus, he’s one of the hardest workers in the league. Nobody can fault him for not giving it his all, and I respect that immensely.

    • MannyGeee

      Centaurs dude… centaurs

    • OldYanksFan

      We shouldn’t forget that a few years ago, the Yankees invited a young boy dying of Cancer to the ballpark. ARod took the kid home to his condo/apt, spent the day with the kid, and had him sleep over.

      Not many players go that far.

    • Rivera Venue Blues

      Agree with nearly everything. But Longoria, Beltre, Miguel Cabrera, David Wright, Aramis Ramirez, Ryan Zimmerman, Chase Headley, etc. makes A-Rod “merely” top 10 3b material. But I’m very happy with how he plays and is certainly very productive whenever he plays.

    • Preston

      A-Rod has really grown on me. I think he takes an undeserved amount of abuse. The Ali comparison is apt. A lot of people really didn’t like him at the time. He’s a guy that sports fans look at with Rose colored glasses. He was reviled by a lot of people for his arrogance, Islam, racism, opposition to Vietnam etc. I think in 20 years people will look at A-Rod more favorably then they do now.

  • JM

    Yankee Killer Jeff Mathis is batting 5th…yes 5th lol

  • VaYankeeFan

    I’m not really excited about the day game lineup? Do the Yankees realize that ALL games are MUST games now!?

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

    I know the line up isn’t a huge deal after the first time through, but I personally would rather Nunez get 5 ABs and Ichiro 3 or 4.

    • jjyank

      Yeah definitely. But Ichiro has better presents? I dunno.

      • OldYanksFan

        So maybe we should bat Santa Claus leadoff?
        (better presents…. get it?)

      • http://www.twitter.com/brandonholley B-Rando

        Run scored for Ichiro after the leadoff hit. I’ll take it.

  • Joe

    Senior year is the best. Getting out at 12:30 makes sure I will never miss a baseball game.

    • jjyank

      Of high school or college?

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

        Definitely high school.

        • jjyank

          Gotcha. I hated senior year of high school. I was too busy looking forward to being in snowboarding paradise for the next 4 years (for East coasters, anyway). Now senior year of college….oh hells yeah. I’d live that year again for my left testicle.

          • Joe

            High School!

            • jjyank

              Boo. The next 4 years will be so much better.

              • Joe

                I can’t wait. I’m actually going to start doing some college stuff now. Gotta write some essays.

                PHUN. :P

    • MannyGeee

      enjoy the next 4 years of your life. you’kll have to work for a living after that and its gonna bloooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooow!!!!

      • Joe

        Trying to get into Rutgers. If not I’ll just go to Saint Rose, STAC, or a SUNY school. Majoring in Sports Management. I’ve known what I wanted to do for three years now.

        • jjyank

          Word. I got my grad degree from Rutgets. Just do yourself a favor and don’t go to Newark.

          • jjyank

            *Rutgers

          • Joe

            Hell no! New Brunswick campus.

            Any tips on how to get in?

            • jjyank

              I dunno, I was applying to the grad school, different process. Just make sure your essay isn’t lame or cliche. Come up with something actually unique you did/can do, then spend a series of paragraphs eloquently talking out of your ass about how it made you a more complete person.

              • Joe

                Will do. Thanks for the tips JJ.

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

              It can’t be that difficult, I mean I got waitlisted and I was only in the 30% tile of my class and had slightly above average SAT scores. I talked to an admissions adviser, and they told me I probably would’ve gotten in if I had stronger recommendations(most of my high school teachers didn’t like me) or any extra-curricular.

              • Joe

                I’m 25% and average SAT scores. My math was above average though.

                I have one teacher who’s freakin’ awesome, but I need another one. My extra-curricular is played travel baseball/volunteer assistant 7U baseball coach. LOL.

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

                  Hey, it’s something. lol I had literally nothing. I played baseball freshman year, but went and got a job instead.

                  • jjyank

                    I did theater. Yes, me and theater. But you know what? We shared dressing rooms with the girls. And it’s an a golden egg for extra curriculars and references.

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

                      Hey, actually wish I had done theatre, like you said, it’s a golden egg for applications, and a few of my friends did it, and they apparently had a lot of fun with it.

                    • Joe

                      Recite Hamlet now.

                    • jjyank

                      Plus…the shared dressing rooms :)

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

          If you go to Rutgers, you’re going to have a blast. I didn’t go, but I had a bunch of friends that went and basically lived at their on campus house for four years. Honestly, I have no idea how they ever got any work done. My one friend graduated w/ an engineering degree in 4 years…i still have no idea how he did it.

          • Joe

            It’s my dream haha.

  • dkidd

    rodriguez
    chavez
    ibanez
    nunez

    EZ does it!

    #punsrule

  • MannyGeee

    Suzyn just refered to Yunels “anti-umm slur on his eye black”. Pretty sure shes not been following the story.

    • Marcy

      I’d be SHOCKED if that were true. If you know Suzyn’s story you’d know where she came from and how she would feel about such things and even if she didn’t read about it herself don’t you think the Yanks would have kept her up-to date on all pertinent issues?

  • The Real Greg

    Their lineup is ugly too. They have Vizquel batting 7th

  • your mom

    Fucking Orioles just won’t die.

    • Joe

      18 innings is ridiculous.

    • The Real Greg

      They’re having a fantastic year. A lot of luck in it, but they have played very well.

      • Joe

        Wonder what their team BABIP is.

        • Jim Is Bored

          .286, below average.

    • Cy Pettitte

      most annoying team ever. they get 2 hits and do absolutely nothing for 8 innings, then in the ninth they get two singles to start the inning, bunt, seeing eye ground ball up the middle and boom tie game. I wish they’d just go away already. Hopefully it’s back to the AL East basement with them next season.

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

    He’s back…Andy game 1 starter…CC’s fat and garbage…best pitcher evver

    /stuart a meets eddard

    • Joe

      Occasional Troll Eddard to you!

    • jjyank

      What if those two somehow had a baby?

  • jjyank

    Well that’s a good a start as any!

  • The Real Greg

    I didn’t like that pitch calling. They didn’t once go outside on Rasmus

  • Crosetti32

    Okay, here we go! 6 innings of 2-hit ball!!!!

  • Rich in NJ

    Dickerson should be in RF.

    • Joe

      But the binder says no.

      I agree with you. There’s no reason he shouldn’t be.

  • your mom

    Pettitte’s stretched out right? No pitch limit?

    • The Real Greg

      No 55-75 pitches

  • http://www.g6tec.com Jedile

    Any chance Melky plays in the second game?

    • jjyank

      Starts? Doubtful. Late inning defensive replacement? Sure.

  • Pasta Stumbling Sojo

    Hello all, and especially hello to those who were in the game thread to the end last night. I fell asleep as the 17th inning ended. So close, I feel ashamed that I didn’t make it. (Even though I live on the West Coast, my excuse is that I have an 8-day old baby that I’ve been tending to.)

    • jjyank

      And my excuse was that my alarm was set to go off at 4 AM :P

      • Jim Is Bored

        Almost in time to catch the ending!

        • MannyGeee

          honestly, if I knew it was still happening at 3AM, i mighta gotten up that extra hour early to play along…

          • RetroRob

            The Open Thread became a Game Thread for the M’s-Orioles. Probably a first.

          • Jim Is Bored

            Might have too. My roommate is an O’s fan and was up for the entire thing despite having to be up at 5:30 this morning.

    • Joe

      I was up until 1:00, but I didn’t bother to check the thread that late. Figured you guys went to bed.

      Probably would have kept me up even later.

  • jjyank

    Well that’s what we get for wishing Nunez was batting lead off. Now steal second!

  • The Real Greg

    Who’s next in line for 1st base?

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

    This is exactly what we need =/

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

    steal right now.

  • Joe

    Swisher limp hit!

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

    Nice start…now let’s get the run home? I mean if we’re going to do DP and K, I’d really rather it be in that order.

  • Joe

    RUNZ. OMG RUNZ.

  • Cy Pettitte

    Cano hit with RISP, awesome.

  • jjyank

    That was some excellent small ball there.

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

    RISPWIN!!!!!!!!

  • MannyGeee

    BLOLue Jays.

    • jjyank

      Or “Blow Jays”. I’ll take either :D

      • MannyGeee

        Blow Jays is the winner

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

    Wow…Cano’s not even 30 and he’s nearly in the top ten of franchise doubles list. That’s pretty incredible.

  • Joe

    3-0. I’m dreaming.

  • your mom

    Cano’s damn slow.

    • RkyMtnYank

      that and it never looks like he’s really hustling. I’m not saying he’s not but ….

      • jjyank

        Nothing he does looks like he’s really going all out. Fielding, hitting, running, whatever. I’m convinced that’s just how it is with him.

        • RkyMtnYank

          I know, I think that too, but, typically you can tell a different intensity level when some is running at max effort.

          • Laura Pettitte

            True, and despite my unabated love for Cano, I can see that argument if it was a ground out that he wasn’t busting it on. But I just can’t believe that any major leaguer isn’t going all out trying to tag up like that.

            • jjyank

              Ah fuck.

        • MannyGeee

          7 years to convince you on that one there?

          • jjyank

            What, for a new contract? I dunno, maybe. I’d prefer to not go over 6 though.

    • Marcy

      Will Andy be able to use his “A” move with his ankle the way it is? The reason he doesn’t balk is because he has the ability to kind of hang his leg.

  • MannyGeee

    Situational hitting clinic being put on by A-Rod there!!!!

    #30Clubsin30Days

    • jjyank

      +1

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

    Now, can Andy have a shut down inning in like 10 pitches?

  • your mom

    Amazing job getting 3 runs there. I can’t believe it.

  • your mom

    Before the end of the day, Mathis will have a double.

  • MannyGeee

    OK, I am not gonna hop too hard on Andy’s dick here (we’ll be saving that for when Nunie comes up next inning to save our season…)

    but I dont think I trust any pitcher in this club to provide a shutdown inning after putting up some runs as much I as I trust Andy.

    • Laura Pettitte

      *roars*

  • jjyank

    Dumb poll question, right? Either way it’s 18 innings, and the 18 inning game is played without any rest at all.

  • RetroRob

    I watched every damn inning of that game from the 8th on.

    • your mom

      Waste of time?

      • RetroRob

        Didn’t end like I wanted. I tuned in around the 8th to catch the end not wanting to actually watch the full game, and ended up seeing ten innings!

        Jesus Montero was one of the players who cost the M’s the game by going 0-8 and seemingly having no ability to hit a RH’d pitcher.

  • RetroRob

    How did Andy look in the first? I was driving and had to rely on Mom and Pop Suzyn and John, which wasn’t helpful.

  • MannyGeee

    reason 3,423,322 that we love Andy Pettitte… game pace baby! he just flings them in there! He’s like the Anti Josh Beckett, in every possible way.

  • your mom

    How the hell is Vizquel still starting?

    • MannyGeee

      Blue Jays… nuff said

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

      Because he’s on the Jays.

    • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan

      Yunel is suspended.

  • Kramerica Industries

    Well, I’m kinda hoping Andy didn’t catch the recent disease that plagued this team with not being able to get shutdown innings.

  • Jim Is Bored

    Hoping for 4 innings?

  • your mom

    Shut down inning! Took a lot of pitches though.

  • RetroRob

    Anyone else kind of surprised that Girardi matched both Pettitte and Phelps for the double header? Andy’s going four, maybe five innings, which means bullpen. Phelps generally will give around five, which means more bullpen. I’d have thought he’d have Hughes go the second game.

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

      I said the same thing yesterday in the thread informing us of the rain delay/ double header.

      • jdp

        But if Hughes starts today he will then be scheduled to start on same day as Saint Andy next time. Plus bullpen is rested today.

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

      Gotta use a spot starter anyway, might as well use him against the Jays ASAP than this weekend against the A’s. The sooner they use Phelps, the sooner he’s available out of the bullpen.

      • RetroRob

        Okay, that makes sense.

        I’m guessing we’ll see several innings from Freddy today.

  • Ro

    Andy is pitching quickly. He doesn’t look to be laboring that much. Already at about 40 pitches. Wonder if they’ll stretch it to 75-80 if the pace remains good like this? A lot of 2-2 and 3-2 counts, but they don’t look like the typical 3-2 sweating bullets types of counts. I guess we’ll see how next the inning or two goes, but it’s also pretty cool outside so hopefully they give him the few extra pitches if necessary.

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

    Andy threw a lot of pitches that inning…hopefully we can get him a little bit of a breather here?

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

      Guess not.

  • your mom

    Sunday night football: NE at Baltimore. Who wins???

    • Jim Is Bored

      Who cares?

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

      NE, but not more than a field goal.

    • JobaWockeeZ

      The Ravens shouldn’t have motivational issues this time around. They’ll actually try at home against an AFC powerhouse.

      And since the Pats lost Hernandez, Gronk is their only true threat.

      • Reggie C.

        Brandon Lloyd says hi. And Wes Welker isn’t going to be written out of this game; I would be shocked if he were for essentially a third consecutive game.

        • JobaWockeeZ

          Lloyd’s done nothing so far. He’s got potential but he’s not a threat yet. Nicks and Cruz outproduced his 2 games in an entire quarter each.

          It’s clear BB is moving his offense away from the slot in Welker. Now that Hernandez is out Welker will see targets but it’s clear that his role is less important in NE.

      • MannyGeee

        just re-signed Branch, Winslow (no one cares), Welker & Lloyd… all threats. Ironically, the weak link offensively on that team looks to be Brady for the first 3/4 of the game.

  • CUYanks

    Who’s first out of the bullpen if Andy’s done after about 4?

    • Ro

      My guess is Lowe. But it’s all depends on the situation. If it’s 3-2 or 3-3 going into the fifth, probably Epply or Rapada. It’s it 7-0 nothing in favor of the Yanks, definitely thinking this is an opportunity to get Lowe some work.

      • Marcy

        This is an OY all the way around question

    • jjyank

      Depends on the score. Lowe maybe?

      • Ro

        Doh. We think a like :)

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

      I guess it depends on the score. Eppley?

      • jdp

        Wade for 2 innings?

        • Ro

          I could see Wade later in the game depending on the score. I could see Girardi saving him for later. Likely no more than an inning.

      • Joe

        Hey Mike,

        Did you receive my email?

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

          I did. Sorry for the delay, I’ll get back to you tonight.

          • Joe

            Delay? Haha I’ve written emails to many site managers and I’m still waiting for their reply. I really appreciate your time.

    • your mom

      Adam Warren

      • RetroRob

        Has he thrown an inning since he was recalled?

        • your mom

          No, was kidding though.

    • Need Pitching & Hitting

      Wade? Garcia?

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

      My money is on Garcia.

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

    jj, and Pat if you’re around, click on my blog and look at the first entry, I think you’ll both find it amusing.

    • jjyank

      Wow, some people man, some people.

  • Kramerica Industries

    Rajai Davis is a pain in the ass.

  • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan

    Watching Ibanez track fly balls makes me so uncomfortable.

  • Need Pitching & Hitting

    Great D this inning.

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

    …god damnit Swish.

  • Marcy

    AHHHH!

  • Kramerica Industries

    What the hell was Swish thinking?

  • RetroRob

    Get better quicker, Tex.

  • Mandy Stankiewicz

    over the radio it sounds like a swish blooper reel

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

    Swish owes Andy and Robby a steak dinner.

  • Better off Eddard

    Same old Andy, pitches around the errors.

  • Jag

    I’m at work so watching on gameday… what the heck did Swisher just do? I didn’t even realize you could make two errors on one play.

    • Kramerica Industries

      Well, groundball went in and out of his glove, drifted to his right, and in haste to try and get the out at 1B, he threw the ball wide of Pettitte.

      • Jag

        Ouch, he’s normally not that bad so here’s to hoping it’s a very isolated incident.

        Thank goodness for the subsequent dp too.

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

      he bobbled the ball (allowing the runner to reach first) then threw the ball away trying to throw it to andy covering (allowing the runner who was already on get to third)

    • CUYanks

      Tommy John once committed 3 errors on one play.

  • Kramerica Industries

    And Pettitte picks Swish up.

    • RetroRob

      I think Andy only had to throw one extra pitch (or was it two?), so damage was fortunately non-existent.

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

    John and Suzyn love themselves some Ichiro rooster.

  • Better off Eddard

    Ichiro with yet another hit. Who says he can’t hit leadoff?

    • Jim Is Bored

      Eddard wins the title of Quickest To Judge Based On The Smallest Of Samples.

      • jjyank

        Screw the Grand Caymans, I’m changing my vacation next year to Eddard World.

        • Jim Is Bored

          RAB vacation!

  • your mom

    And just like that, Ichiro is our new lead-off hitter. . . .

  • RetroRob

    Do not run on Gose. He may have the best OF arm now in the AL.

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

      Jeff Francoeur says hi. I mean he does almost nothing else on the baseball field, but dude has a cannon.

      • Jag

        Doesn’t he have something like the most outfield assists in the league since he started? But yeah, he sucks at everything else.

      • RetroRob

        I was thinking of Francoeur, although this kid might be better.

  • jjyank

    Maybe we should bitch about Ichiro hitting ahead of Nunez every day.

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

    I’m pretty sure that John just makes things up as he goes along. According to him this AB has gone slider, sinker, 4 seamer, sinker, sinker. According to game day it’s been all 2 and 4 seam fastballs.

    • jdp

      Of course he does. John tells his version of the story, which he thinks is more interesting than the truth. And he’s right.

    • MannyGeee

      I think he was looking for an eephus pitch in there too, just to spice it up a notch!

  • Kramerica Industries

    Back to back K’s for the SP with the worst K/9 rate in the AL.

    Well, that’s always nice.

    • The Real Greg

      As the booth has said, I’m surprised that Alvarez doesn’t K’ more. His stuff is definitely K’ worthy. 94-96 mph fastball. 89mph changeup.

      Just because he doesn’t K many doesn’t mean he can’t

      • jjyank

        Well yeah, his k/9 isn’t 0. But it still sucks.

  • your mom

    Alvarez might tie his season high in K’s today.

  • Reggie C.

    The Yanks have been hard hit with injuries this second half but didn’t the Jays also fair badly? Jose Bautista out since Mo knows when, it’s been a friggin while, and no Encarnacion. Next season will be interesting to see if someone like Lawrie and Arencibia can really improve and give that lineup actual depth.

    • RetroRob

      Jays have been hit very hard. Losing most of their rotation in like a week’s time was unrecoverable for them. The division would have been even tougher if they were at full strength.

  • Chilango

    Just got here. How does Andy look?

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

      Decent, but shaky. Command isn’t really there, and a few balls have been tagged, but he’s looked okay.

    • jjyank

      Pretty good, I think. Walked a couple guys, Swish had 2 errors on one play, gave up a couple hits. I think he’s looked about as well as can be reasonably expected being rushed back from the DL.

  • MannyGeee

    Wish I lived in DC today, would love to go see a straight double header some time in my life. that would be like baseball overload!

    • jjyank

      I can do it, but I won’t. I love baseball, but I gotta do SOMETHING else today haha.

  • Kramerica Industries

    Jays are getting base runners, that much is certain.

    Hope Andy has more stranding in him today.

  • MannyGeee

    Omar Vizquel just tied Babe Ruth on the all time hits record… holy shit. mind blown!

  • Jag

    Vizquel just tied Base Ruth for hits, although he had a lot more at-bats to do it in.

    • MannyGeee

      John & Suzyn?

      • hal p

        howarth and wilner

  • Cy Pettitte

    Derek Lowe? oh boy.

  • Need Pitching & Hitting

    Derek Lowe?

  • Ro

    …and it is Derek Lowe warming. They’ll give Andy another inning, I believe.

  • RetroRob

    Bring him back out, even for a batter. Part of lengthening includes getting up and down for innings.

  • Kramerica Industries

    Well, that could’ve been worse.

    Some extra runs would make watching Lowe a bit more palatable.

    • Ro

      So would four consecutive shots of tequila.

    • jjyank

      Yeah, for sure. Girardi can’t have too quick of a hook with Lowe considering the double header, either. We need a couple innings out of him.

  • MannyGeee

    ground ball to Nunez… I always wondered what 30,000 people collectively holding their breath sounded like

    • jjyank

      Thunderous silence.

      • MannyGeee

        it was truely awesome.

  • Better off Eddard

    They need to let Andy go 5 and get the W. Joe will let him.

  • jjyank

    Whoa, Robbie is one 40+ double season away from tying Lou Gherig as the only other Yankee do it? That’s kind of nuts.

    • jjyank

      By “do it”, I meant having 7 of them.

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

        Like I said earlier he’s 29 and he’s already 11th on the Yankees all time doubles list!!

        • jjyank

          That’s nuts. The Gherig thing just seems insane though. No Mantle, Berra, Jeter, etc. ahead of him?

    • RetroRob

      Yankee Stadium — all versions — have never been good for duobles, since even guys who are good doubles hitters are hurt some. Obviously, no problem for Robbie.

  • MannyGeee

    yuck. BABIP gods are not kind

  • jjyank

    One more, Andy. You got this.

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

    Damnit Joe. You better let him try to finish this inning!!!

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

      And I thank you Joe.

  • Ro

    Come on Andy!!! 1 more out!!

  • RetroRob

    75 pitches on the dot.

  • Need Pitching & Hitting

    That’ll do just fine Andy.

  • Ro

    Fucking brilliant! 75 pitches. 5 Innings. Possible win (we hope).

  • Better off Eddard

    Andy in line for the W. 5 shutout innings in his first game back. There’s no doubt in my mind that I want Andy on the mound in any elimination game.

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

    Okay, now for an offensive explosion so I feel comfortable with Lowe/Epply/Garcia/Warren/Wade coming in.

  • effthisnoise

    wow, just wow Andy

  • your mom

    Quick n easy. Good job Andy.

  • Kramerica Industries

    Andy coaxed the hell out of that extra inning.

    I’ll probably now regret not starting him in fantasy. I was gun-shy with the 65-75 pitch limit of his.

    Can you blame me? I had a start wasted from Scherzer last night – couldn’t afford another short one.

  • MannyGeee

    GIVE EM HELL ANDY!!!!

  • jjyank

    Andy Pettitte, I tip my cap to you.

    • Jim Is Bored

      I have to admit I didn’t expect that.

  • your mom

    Ibanez is hitting .146 over the past 3 months. Yuck.

    • MannyGeee

      /BetterthanMelkyMesa’d

    • your mom

      Actually he’s hitting .193 over the past 4 months.

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

    I like Raul, and I think he’s been a net positive…but I seriously don’t remember the last time he got a hit.

    • WhittakerWalt

      I was just going to say the same thing. His last big hit has to have been at least a month ago.

      • MannyGeee

        for all the shit that Swisher has gotten collectively for his September fade, Ibanez Chavez & Lowe have gotten away with complete flacidity

        • jjyank

          A lot of the Swisher stuff has to do with his impending free agency. Yes, I realize all of those guy are free agents too (what’s Lowe’s deal? I’m actually not sure and too lazy to look it up). But Swisher would actually leave a hole in right field, whereas Ibanez , Chavez, and Lowe are pretty replaceable.

  • jjyank

    Ahahaha Kay and Singleton with a chicken and beer joke!

  • effthisnoise

    alright, new drinking game. Every time someone in the booth says, “boy Alvarez has really settled down” shots!!!

    • MannyGeee

      do we do a shot for “Alvarez is smokin’”

      • effthisnoise

        add that!

  • Kramerica Industries

    Offense has done absolutely nothing since the first inning.

    • The Real Greg

      I know. Alvarez was up in the first inning and getting battered. then he found his location and has been able to to use his other pitches to get people out via groundouts and strikeouts.

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

        drink? I mean he kind of said that Alverez has settled in, and he certainly alluded to it…

        • jjyank

          I’ll allow it.

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

            I’m that guy who looks for excuses to drink during a drinking game. like during never have I ever I would admit to doing some pretty strange things that I’ve never really done just to continue drinking.

  • OMG! Bagels!

    At work. In meetings. How’d Andy look? Crowd reaction? And today there have been no bagels.

    Bastards.

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

      Andy was overall shaky, but decent. Command was a little rusty, a few balls made their way over the middle of the plate, but he was able to induce a DP or two, and had some strike outs.

      • OMG! Bagels!

        Cool. Thanks. I had tickets to the game last night so I hate everything and everyone today.

    • MannyGeee

      looked decent. command was not there, but made his pitches. got a ‘standing O’ when he went his 5 IP (or so Ma & PA told me)

  • WhittakerWalt

    Alvarez has settled down. Yanks going quietly. Bullpen makes me nervous. Some tack-ons would be nice.

    • WhittakerWalt

      Shots!

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

    Or a quick 1-2-3 inning and cross our fingers…that works too. It makes me really nervous that even if we win this game, and Phelps goes deep in the night cap, at some point Lowe and/or Wade are going to have to pitch an important inning or two.

    • WhittakerWalt

      Lowe has been useless, other than one appearance.

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

        which is why I’m really nervous about handing him the ball in mid to high leverage situations (like the one he’s coming into right now) *gulp*

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

    LOOGYFAIL!!

    • MannyGeee

      LOOGYs for lyfe!!!

      /Girardi’s Binder

    • WhittakerWalt

      Speaking of a guy who’s useless…

  • Need Pitching & Hitting

    LNOGY’s suck.

  • Better off Eddard

    Is Joe gonna burn through every reliever in 3 innings so we have no one left for tonight?

    • The Real Greg

      That’s going to be very hard to do given the expanded roster.

      • Jim Is Bored

        That sounds like a challenge.

  • Kramerica Industries

    Always gotta love when the LOOGY doesn’t retire the lefty.

    And now the frequent trips to the mound follow.

  • Need Pitching & Hitting

    Derek Lowe in the 6th inning of a 3-run game?
    Huh?

    • The Real Greg

      Doubleheader remember.

      • Need Pitching & Hitting

        They have several better options. Even factoring in the Double Header.

        • The Real Greg

          Adam Warren? No
          Cory Wade? Maybe

          • Need Pitching & Hitting

            Wade (who would be my choice), Garcia, Logan, Eppley (debatable), Joba

            • The Real Greg

              Don’t use Logan if you have to.

              • Need Pitching & Hitting

                Wade 6-7. 8-9 depends on score. Using lesser relievers now increases the chances of needing the better relievers later in this game.

      • CUYanks

        Yes, but the next game might be a blowout.

    • MannyGeee

      got to use him. cant burn through the high leverage guys today, you might need them tonight

      • CUYanks

        You really should go for the win when it presents itself. Who knows if there will even be a time to bring them in in the nightcap.

  • JLC 776

    Hey, Lowe got an out!

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

    I think Joe does a fine job managing right up until September 1st, then he becomes infuriating.

    • Jim Is Bored

      He has a great long-term managing philosophy re: the bullpen. But he doesn’t have a switch to change into win-now mode, which is annoying as crap in the high pressure games late in the season.

    • OMG! Bagels!

      Maybe you just care more after Sept 1

      • Jim Is Bored

        This has something to do with it. In May it’s easy to say “Oh well, he’s saving bullets for later”.

        It’s hard to say that in September.

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

        Not really, I just think that he can’t help but over-manage when given the extra arms.

  • jjyank

    There is a small faction of baseball fans (typically the older guys) who pine for the days that double headers were a regular part of the schedule. This is why I am not in that faction. The bullpen management is going to be annoying as hell all day.

    • Jim Is Bored

      Well in the old days, the managers didn’t manage like this.

      So it actually was probably pretty enjoyable.

      • jjyank

        That’s true. But there are still people who want scheduled double headers, and there is no way the game switches back to the days where starters pitched complete games regularly.

        • Jim Is Bored

          Yeah, I agree. I think it’d be fun to have 1 or 2 planned in the schedule, during the summer, but I don’t want to make a habit of it.

          • jjyank

            Maybe a Labor Day or Memorial Day tradition or something. I could buy that. But otherwise, hells no.

            • Jim Is Bored

              Yeah, that’s what I was thinking, actually.

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

      Those are the same guys who think pitch counts are useless because back in their day, when men where men and baseball players where generally terrible, guys pitched complete games and the bullpen was for starters who couldn’t start anymore.

    • OMG! Bagels!

      They didn’t do this when there were double headers.

      • jjyank

        Right, but like I said above, I’ve seen people wanting to bring it back now. And the game isn’t going back to a time where bullpens didn’t exist. So I think it’s dumb. Unless teams are allowed to use the 40 man all year.

  • CUYanks

    Maybe the Yankees can blow the game up next weekend and Lowe can record one of his patented 4-inning saves.

    • CUYanks

      *inning

  • Jim Is Bored

    Lowe!

  • Kramerica Industries

    Three flyball outs for Derek Lowe.

    Hey, whatever works.

  • RetroRob

    Nice inning from Lowe, although a groundball pitcher getting three flyball outs may be a warning sign.

    • MannyGeee

      knocking the rust off. hasnt pitched in almost two weeks

    • Jim Is Bored

      I’m in Mike’s camp here, at this point, I don’t care about process anymore.

  • Jag

    Nice inning Lowe, keep it up.

  • Luisergi

    DEREK LOWE!?????? OUTS, REALLY????
    :)

  • MannyGeee

    I would run the wheels off Lowe today… especially if hes going to be the roster casualty for when Gardner comes back..

    (sidebar, Casey Mcgehee completely approves of this message)

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

      I’d still love to know whose dog he killed or whose wife/daughter he banged to never be allowed to play again.

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

        McGehee that is.

        • Jim Is Bored

          I always say McGehee like Michael Jackson. Hard to explain over the interwebs, but once I started, I can’t stop.

        • RetroRob

          He can freely bang my wife (former), but if he goes near my dog, then I’m gonna have a problem.

  • RetroRob

    Cash actually said he hopes he’s back the end of next week.

  • Havok9120

    I thought he put more on that swing.

  • JLC 776

    This is really one of those games where I’d like to see the offense get a few scratch runs in the later innings.

  • Pasta Stumbling Sojo

    Well, Alvarez has really settled — *drinks shot* … *burp*

    • jjyank

      The last time I established a drinking game for baseball on here was when the Yankees were really struggling. It was to do a shot every time the Yankees scored a run. Then this happened:

      http://mlb.mlb.com/mlb/gameday.....;mode=wrap

      • Pasta Stumbling Sojo

        I initially thought that was going to be a link to a youtube video of you stumbling through the streets naked with a shot glass in one hand and a handle of rum in the other.

        • jjyank

          Heh. That may have happened before, but that was 5 years ago and I lost a beer pong game that included that as a bet.

  • effthisnoise

    a whole half inning dedicated to Alvarez….im effing wasted

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

    I really don’t understand Joe’s logic here. He puts Lowe in, Lowe gets 3 quick outs, but now he’s going to go to Jo-Ro-So anyway? I mean don’t get me wrong, the less time Lowe spends on the mound, the better, but if we use all of Joba, Robertson, and Soriano this afternoon then our late inning guys in the night cap are Epply, Wade, and Logan…

    • The Real Greg

      Well you also have to consider that the bullpen has had 2 days off

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

        They could have a week off, they still aren’t going to pitch twice in one day.

    • JLC 776

      Take the win that you can get. There’s no guarantee that we’ll even be in a position to need Jo-Ro-So tonight.

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

        I’d like to state again that Jo-Ro-So and Ro-So-Mo as well as the rarely used but occasionally successful Lo-Ro-So all sound like dragon shouts from Skyrim or the language spoken by the Rhino people from Doctor Who.

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    • jjyank

      Yeah, I feel you. I can see it either way though. On one hand, you don’t want to burn out your top relievers in game 1 of a double header. On the other, the Yankees just need to win the game at hand and hope for a blowout tonight. I would be pretty pissed if Lowe or another scrub blows the lead in the 8th inning while D-Rob watches, only to have a blowout at night.

  • JLC 776

    This would be a great time for ARod to let the bullpen relax a bit.

  • Pasta Stumbling Sojo

    Wait, isn’t the reason that teams score more in the first inning obvious? They have their best hitters batting then. The commentators are making it sound like it’s all about starting pitcher mentality and preparation without mentioning that very obvious factor.

    • Jim Is Bored

      Wait you mean announcers tried to explain something without actually reaching the proper conclusion? No!

      • Pasta Stumbling Sojo

        I wonder if Leiter went his whole career actually believing that the reason he was having more trouble in the first inning was due to his preparation, constantly tweaking his routine as a result, never realizing that he was facing better batters usually in that inning. That would be kind of sad if so. Hopefully this was just commentators saying some silly things rather than actually having believed it their whole careers.

  • Need Pitching & Hitting

    Nice fucking job ARod. Create 2 outs without swinging the bat.

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

    wait so what just happened?

    • Pasta Stumbling Sojo

      Arod struck out and stepped in front of the catcher, who threw into center field with Cano going. Cano made it to 3rd before being informed that he was out due to Arod’s interference.

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

    Bullshit. You made a shitty throw, deal with it.

  • RetroRob

    Well that whole sequence sucked.

    I don’t think he purposely tried to block him (not that it matters because he did), but he was taking a step toward first because he was trying to convince the ump is was ball four.

  • The Real Greg

    Never really liked that rule. Like the helmet to helmet rule in football, it is mostly about intention and time of placement.

    • Pasta Stumbling Sojo

      Why should it be about intention? If you prevent the catcher from making a throw, it shouldn’t matter whether it was on purpose. What do you want to happen? The runner is safe?

  • effthisnoise

    and that called strike looked outside

  • Better off Eddard

    Joe’s gonna use everyone. Susan said Lowe was just getting warmed up and that sinkerballers need tired arms. Why not leave him in?

    • jdp

      the more guys you use the more likely you are to use one who has a lousy day

  • The Real Greg

    That looked like it was off the end of the bat.

  • Kramerica Industries

    Hoo boy.

  • JLC 776

    What a shitty swing of luck… and lay-off A-Rod; kind of a freak play.

    • Jim Is Bored

      I only saw one person diss A-Rod for that.

    • Pasta Stumbling Sojo

      I don’t know, he stepped towards the dugout. He should have realized the runner was going and that he needed to be out of the way. If he had stumbled accidentally, that would be different, but I think that’s kind of his fault.

      • JLC 776

        I think you’re right… took a while to see the replay.

  • Need Pitching & Hitting

    Wow! Great play, Chavez!

  • effthisnoise

    Chavy!!!

  • Joe

    I went away from the computer. I love Pettitte.

  • effthisnoise

    Damn Joe, I get the Bullpen is rested after 2 days off, but lets not use the whole pen with another game today

    • jdp

      Who’s next, Scott Proctor?

    • Joe

      I’m sorry!

      • jjyank

        Heh. I feel the same way when the Yankees play the Orioles. Everyone refers to JJ Hardy as “JJ” and I got confused. He got a RISP Hit at one point and there were a couple of “Fuck you JJ” posts. At first I was like….the fuck did I do?

  • Kramerica Industries

    I feel like this was a completely unnecessary move.

    • The Real Greg

      Considering what Rasmus did to Soriano, I think it is the right move

  • Pat D

    I had the sound off. Why were they just talking about Bobby Richardson?

    • RetroRob

      I missed it, although I don know he was on Francesa yesterday promoting a new book.

      • RetroRob

        do

  • http://www.twitter.com/brandonholley B-Rando

    I get the whole win this game and deal with it later philosophy, but Girardi is REALLY buying into that with this one.

  • RetroRob

    Joe is aware there’s a second game, yes?

  • effthisnoise

    Rasmus looks like a 70′s porn star

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

    Joe’s really banking on a blow out in the night cap…

    • The Real Greg

      Well with Romero on the mound it is a distinct possibility.

      Even in the game that he pitched well against us, he lost.

    • CUYanks

      Ricky Romero’s the right man for the job.

  • Defensive Indifference

    Joe does know there is another game today, right?

  • JLC 776

    I don’t disagree with Joe at all for the bullpen management – game tonight or not, take the win that’s in front of us.

    • CUYanks

      I completely agree. The only question I have is why they had to line up two short starters on the same day.

      • jjyank

        Lines up the better group of starters for the A’s.

      • JLC 776

        If Hughes were to pitch tonight it would force Freddy or Phelps against the A’s.

  • jjyank

    Cookies for you, Boone.

    NO! NONE FOR YOU, CLAY. GET OUT!

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

      Go look on my tumblr again. I guarantee you’ll laugh out loud.

      • jjyank

        You were correct. I did in fact “lol”, as the kids say.

  • your mom

    And that’s his season high in K’s. Probably increased his K total by 10% too.

  • Kramerica Industries

    Hopefully DRob and Soriano finish this easily.

    This has been a pretty dismal performance by the Yankees offense ever since the first.

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

      If I had a nickle for every time I hear that…I’d have 8 nickles. (obscure Archer reference for the win)

      • jjyank

        +2

        (since I already said “+1″ apparently)

    • your mom

      Well, at least they’re batting .500 with RISP.

  • your mom

    What happened to the offense? Hope this doesn’t carry over to the night game.

    • CUYanks

      As long as the Blue Jays carry over the same offense to the nightcap, we should be fine.

  • The Real Greg

    I don’t know why everybody is whining about Alvarez’s K’s. In his first year his K rate was 5.7/9 in fewer starts.

    And his stuff is clearly good for strikeouts.

    • Kramerica Industries

      5.7 ain’t exactly stellar either.

    • Pasta Stumbling Sojo

      Isn’t 7 K’s in 7 innings bad against a pitcher who previously had 62 K’s in 168 IP this year and had a 5.7K/9 rate in his first year? I’m not complaining too much about the offense, and it’s hard to pick apart what happens in a single game, but those K’s are not great.

  • JLC 776

    This offense is maddening. The bullpen shouldn’t even be a factor in a game against Henderson Alvarez.

    • effthisnoise

      well, he did settle down after that first inning

  • Kramerica Industries

    Lawrie-Lind-Mathis

    Hope DRob can maneuver that without too much difficulty.

  • MikeD

    Let’s use all our pitchers. I’m sure hughes will throw a complete game tonight.

    • BigBlueAL

      Phelps starts tonight.

      • MannyGeee

        well then, I completely disagree with Mike that Hughes WILL NOT throw a CG tonight.

    • The Real Greg

      Hughes isn’t throwing tonight.

    • JLC 776

      Why is everybody so against winning the game that we have a small but precarious lead in the late innings?

  • The Real Greg

    Throw the curveball David.

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

      Sweep the leg…i mean curve.

  • Rainbow Pinstripes

    Every time I watch D-Rob throw a pitch… “Throw a curveball, asshole.” …It never seems to work.

  • Kramerica Industries

    Not a stellar start to this inning, Dave.

    C’mon.

  • your mom

    Fucking DRob. You kidding me?

    • jdp

      The more pitchers you use . . . .

  • Chip

    Can I get a curveball?

  • WhittakerWalt

    I hate the way Sterling calls foul balls. This last one, he made it sound like a pop-up to the infield.

    “A high pop……………….. fouled third base side.” The pause was so long I thought he was just trying to figure out which infielder was camped under it. Turns out he was just pausing because he wants to make every pitch sound dramatic.

    • TomH

      The kind of silly complaint about those announcers that is typical of the board. It’s like a recognition ceremony, where people feel it necessary to slur them in order to prove to other slurrers that “I’m OK You’re OK We’re All OK.”

      Of course he’s trying to dramatize it. More accurately, he’s trying to do what radio announcers have been doing for generations: give you a sense of how the game looks as it unfolds. Necessarily, this is how it looks to a perceiver. Sometimes they get things wrong–as you would and the others in the recognition ceremony–because it’s very hard to call a radio game. TV broadcasting is comparatively a breeze because people can see what’s happening.

      The great strength, though, of the Yankees’ radio team is that they don’t bore us with statistics on top of statistics for the sake of demonstrating statistics. Now that would be boring.

  • RetroRob

    A change up? Don’t throw a change up, Dave.

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

    DRob get’s out of this w/o a run scoring, but throws 30 pitches.

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

      I was wrong.

  • The Real Greg

    And people might say “score more than 3 runs”. At this stage of the game, 3 runs should be enough.

  • effthisnoise

    and this is why you cant run through your bullpen with the matchups, especially when pitchers were effective. Now you have D Rob threatening to blow the game and no one to go to

    • The Real Greg

      Huh? What the hell are you talking about? This is his job. This is what he has to do.

    • WhittakerWalt

      Robertson is supposed to be one of the “big guys” in the bullpen. If your big guys in the 8th and 9th can’t protect 3 runs with 6 outs to go, you’re in trouble.

      • The Real Greg

        Exactly.

        • RetroRob

          Right. I do think Girardi, as he does in general, got a little too matchup crazy, yet going to D-Rob in the 8th with a goal of getting to Soriano in the 9th is the right thing to do.

  • Need Pitching & Hitting

    How about a fucking curveball?

  • your mom

    How about some fucking curveballs???

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

    Fucking DRob.

    COME ON

  • JLC 776

    Well, this isn’t inspiring…

  • Better off Eddard

    Get out of this for Christ sake. Joe burned through every reliever in that bullpen and now might not even get the W. Jesus Christ.

  • http://www.twitter.com/brandonholley B-Rando

    WTF is with the constant stream of fastballs Robertson? This is infuriating.

    • RetroRob

      Don’t know. His fastball also is down a few miles.

      • http://www.twitter.com/brandonholley B-Rando

        I think thats because he’s just throwing cutters almost continuously.

        • RetroRob

          If those are cutters then he needs to trash it. He’s a guy that’s made it as a fastball, curveball. He got beat on a changeup before, as he did in Boston. Seems like he wants to throw anything but what made him good, which makes me wonder of there’s some injury here. If not, whomever decided to change him should be fired.

          • http://www.twitter.com/brandonholley B-Rando

            *No actual basis for this, just speculation*

            I’m wondering if something is going on with the curveball in relation to Robertson’s health. His curveball is so obviously a dominant pitch, theres no way he would just go up there and ignore it (I’d hope). Is throwing the curve causing him some sort of discomfort after a long couple seasons?

            Idk, food for thought.

            • RetroRob

              Whenever a pitcher makes substantial changes (at least one that was successful), it’s usual a sign something physically is bothering him. Hasn’t been the same since he went on the DL. I thought originally he might have been trying to pull a Mo and was experimenting with the cutter to be more efficient. Rivera did just that, basically putting away what was his most effective pitch (the four seamer) and replacing it with the cutter. It worked for him, rarely works for others.

              If it’s by design, D-Rob should stop it. My guess, though, is there’s something else going on.

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

    That was low.

    But that might be the call DRob needed to get his head out of his ass.

  • The Real Greg

    DRob got lucky there. That wasn’t even a strike.

  • Joe

    Big K. I want 2011 DRob to show up now.

  • MannyGeee

    is it out of favor to pitch a reliever twice in a day? even if its a DLowe type of guy? if so I get a feeling we’re gonna see a whole lot of Freddy and Wade tonight.

    fucking bummer

    • FIPster Doofus

      It isn’t. Glen Perkins had two saves in one day recently.

  • FIPster Doofus

    Are you shitting me?

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

    Omar Vizquel?

    Are you fucking serious David?

  • Better off Eddard

    Get somebody in there that can throw a breaking ball. Get Soriano in there. Might as well use everyone. Joe Girardi is so horrible at managing baseball.

    • The Real Greg

      You’re blaming Girardi for this? Are you nuts?

      • Nick

        Not saying Eddard is 100% right…but come on, Joe totally over managed this one (as usual).

        • The Real Greg

          Doesn’t matter what he did. He got a 3 run lead to the Eighth inning. That’s all he needed to do. Once he reaches the eighth inning, the game is out of his hands

          • Nick

            Yes but he also wasted 4 relievers in the process. There was no need to bring Drob in (unless men were on in the 8th). Just bc Drob is the “8th inning guy” doesnt mean hes needed for EVERY 8th inning. You let Joba finish the 7th, Logan takes the 8th. Logan can get righties out, no need for him to face 1 guy.

            Don’t get me wrong, Drob pitched terribly…but this is on Joe as well.

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

    Wow…are you fucking kidding me D-Rob. If we lose this game w/ the way Joe’s managed we almost definitely get swept through the Double Header.

  • RetroRob

    Was just about to say the one thing Vizquel can probably still do is lay his bat on a fastball.

  • MannyGeee

    shit

  • JLC 776

    We have lost six consecutive series openers…. why would we want to start winning them now?

  • Tom

    Hey let’s throw more fastballs…

    Someone should be pulled from this game (or just the entire pitching battery)

  • Jag

    A double to Omar Vizquel? Seriously? Ugh

  • Chip

    Now he throws a curveball for a strike

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

    Orioles seem to find ways to pull games out of their asses and win.

    This team seems to find ways to pull games out of their asses and lose.

  • MannyGeee

    shame, shoulda kept DLowe

  • CUYanks

    You guys are all ridiculous. Other than Soriano, who else do you want in there?

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

      No one…but I’m still upset Robertson is coming up so small in such a big spot.

  • your mom

    DRob trying for loss #8?

  • Matt

    This is why Girardi is a TERRIBLE manager.

    You didn’t have to use every reliable reliever in your bullpen for 1 or 2 outs prior to this point, especially with the night game coming up. Even if a guy pitches to 1 batter in the day game, having to sit down and then warm up again increases the risk of injury if he pitches in both games.

    When you mix and match, you are backing yourself into a corner. Every reliever HAS to be sharp, or you won’t have anyone left to pick them up. Robertson and Soriano aren’t going to be perfect on every night. No relief pitcher is. But now he has nobody to bail him out when he clearly has bad control of his fastball.

    • CUYanks

      So you were hoping to have Derek Lowe/Boone Logan available to come in in a high leverage situation to back up Robertson? Or did you want Clay Rapada/Joba in this spot?

      • Matt

        The situation was not high leverage until Robertson created his own jam.

        He could have thought ahead, and saved some of his relievers for the night cap. 3-0 lead, one of the worst lineups in all of baseball, unless the pitcher is getting hit hard you leave him in there.

        He could have left Lowe in there to throw 2-3 innings, and had guys warming up if he started to get in trouble. He could have left Joba in there for a few extra batters instead of matching up Logan with 1 batter. Heck, he could have left Logan in to start the 8th given the fact that Lind was leading off and the lefties on the bench were much better than the guys already in the game.

        The bottom line is that Girardi had clear alternatives, and could have thought ahead and kept some of his guys back for a game that might be even closer in the night cap. 3 run lead is not a spot in which you HAVE to use your best relievers, just because it is a “save situation.”

        If the night game is also a close game (don’t give me the BS about playing for today’s game, because this team rarely has a blowout win anymore), he is going to have a really tough time navigating it.

      • Matt

        Look. With the two days off, a lot of these guys are not very sharp. You don’t burn through every pitcher just because you can, and back yourself into a situation in which you need every one of them to be sharp.

        I’m not saying you yank Robertson as soon as he gives up a few hits, but once Vizquel doubles then you might have thought about bringing in someone like Joba to back him up. If you didn’t keep mixing and matching, maybe you never ended up in that situation in the first place because you found a guy who was sharp and rode him for a few innings.

    • The Real Greg

      Except he does because they have alot of pitchers in the bullpen with the 40 man.

      Get your facts straight if you are going to complain

      • Matt

        Wow, you are beyond stupid.

        Is he going to bring in Justin Thomas to bail out Robertson? He won’t touch half the roster unless it’s a blowout.

      • Matt

        “Anyone left to pick them up”

        “Reliable reliever”

        Maybe if you would read, you wouldn’t make a fool of yourself every time you comment

  • Celerino Sanchez

    If they had been able to build on the first three batters of the game – this inning would have been moot.

  • Marcy

    Why isn’t he using the curve? It gives him the swing and miss-

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

    One more JUST LIKE THAT.

    On this upcoming batter.

  • RetroRob

    Great. Take him out of the game.

  • Cy Pettitte

    they better win this game because the bullpen will be toast for the night game

  • Jag

    At least the sacrifice is out of the question now… here’s hoping he gets out of this without any further damage.

  • Joe

    Four out save? Banking on a blowout tonight.

  • Celerino Sanchez

    2 hits and 21 outs since Cano’s 1st inning double. That’s a problem right there.

  • The Angry Troll

    I don’t know if I agree with this. Soriano always seems to have trouble with getting the third out of an inning . . .

  • Celerino Sanchez

    Let’s just hope Soriano doesn’t give up one of those bleeders to plate both of these runs.

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

    Gotta hope Sori can finish this.

    Brutal effort from DRob.

  • your mom

    If they take the lead I will vomit.

  • effthisnoise

    I understand that players make the plays and most times you cant put loses on the manager, but I seriously would put 15 loses EACH year since he’s been managing strictly on decisions made by Girardi during the game.

  • Karl Krawfid

    Said it when D-Rob came back, he wasn’t the same.

    Stuff is flat. Command is worse. Not throwing his curve. Throwing more change ups?

    The fuck is wrong with him?

  • Marcy

    Boy, I was really enjoying this game – especially when Andy came out of the game and Mo was there to greet him; I allowed myself to remember the Andy to Mo shake hands, give him the ball, game over.
    Whew – now, what happens tonight?

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

    One more strike here.

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

    That was way too close for comfort.

  • The Real Greg

    I don’t understand why everybody is getting on Girardi. He has done nothing wrong in this game. He managed a 3 run lead into the eighth inning which is what you want.

    It’s not his fault that Robertson has become in love with his fastball.

    • your mom

      True that. DRob just didn’t show up.

    • Adam

      Because that is logical and doesn’t have an easy scape goat.

    • RetroRob

      I don’t think most people are getting on Girardi at all about using D-Rob. I’m certainly not. As I noted above, he goes for matchups a little too much. I wouldn’t have made as many moves, but once he got to D-Rob that was fine. He just didn’t have it.

    • Matt

      Exactly, you don’t understand.

      You don’t understand how it takes a toll on a player’s body to warm up, sit down, and then warm up again after shutting it down, and especially when it is just a few hours apart.

      With the double header today, Girardi not only backed himself into a corner in today’s game by leaving himself no backup plan in case one of his pitchers was not sharp, but also has impacted the night game by using most of his arms in the day game when there was no need to do so.

      He did not need to use the majority of those relief pitchers. It was a 3-run lead against a terrible offensive club, and the guys he already had in the game were pitching well.

      Unnecessary overmanaging in a game that really wasn’t that close, which loses sight of the big picture and could come back to burn him down the line (as usual).

      • gc

        You make it sound like it was 10-0 game at the time. Yet if he lets Lowe stay in the game and he promptly gives up a bloop and a blast, that game that you insist “wasn’t really close” is all the sudden a one run game. Then we all know what happens next…Matt blasts Girardi for leaving Lowe in too long and not going to his well-rested bullpen.

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

    Fuck.

    Come on now.

  • Jag

    That walk even if it doesn’t come back to bite him is going to be bad for his pitch counts on the 4 out save. Ugh

  • effthisnoise

    to let this battered lineup even contend right now is embarrassing

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

    waaay to much drama in this game. and who would’ve thought it would be D-Rob and Soriano (and not Lowe and Joba) creating it.

  • Pat D

    Huh. This game got annoying.

  • Roadgeek Adam

    ICHIRO THE MAN

  • Better off Eddard

    Joe Girardi so botched this game. He shows no ability to think outside the box. He has to follow his formula and binder. Ichiro bailed him out. Saved Girardi’s ass.

    • The Real Greg

      You are an idiot.

      • The Angry Troll

        And you’re a dick, quite possibly a bipolar dick with asperger’s.

        • The Real Greg

          I do have asperger’s.

          • The Angry Troll

            Then it appears my powers of observation remain intact.

            • The Real Greg

              And that you are an insensitive bastard.

              • The Angry Troll

                Actually, no. I’mma gonna go with NO. One of my closest friends has Asperger’s. He owns it and he’s perfectly functional in all aspects of society. Except, well, I can’t say that he resorts to trolling on forums for all hours of the day . . . He’s in South Africa (JoBurg) offering aid and support to those who need it.

                • The Real Greg

                  Good for him. Seriously.

    • TomH

      Robertson botched this game, as he has done a bit too often lately.

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

    Thank Christ.

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

    Ichiro nearly gave us all heart attacks.

  • Cy Pettitte

    they tried so hard to blow that

  • RetroRob

    Jesus…and I don’t mean Montero.

  • Joe

    ICHIRO! WHAT A CATCH! BREATHE RAB!

  • CUYanks

    I see the closeness of this game as a validation, if anything, for Girardi’s all-in bullpen management.

  • your mom

    Yay.

  • Mandy Stankiewicz

    GET THIS SORI!!!

  • Jag

    Thank goodness that wasn’t much much worse… it’d be nice to score some runs now.

  • VCR1111

    How many insurance runs can the Yankees get? Man, since the 1st inning this offense went to sleep. Score some more runs!

  • Better off Eddard

    Ichiro with 2 hits today in the leadoff spot and the game saving catch. If he isn’t one of Cashman’s greatest midseason trades I don’t know who is.

    • your mom

      Seriously?

    • Adam

      Glenallen Hill.

      • Crosetti32

        David Justice.

  • UpstateYanks

    I am sick of Robertson and his fucking fastball/cutter. Must have thrown 3 0-2 pitches right down the middle of the plate. This game is on him if we lose.

    • Celerino Sanchez

      Agreed. I’m following the game on Gameday and as soon as I saw that 10 of his first 12 pitches were strikes I thought he wouldn’t make it out of the inning.

      • Celerino Sanchez

        Meant to say 10 of 12 were “cutters”

    • Celerino Sanchez

      Agreed. I’m following the game on Gameday and as soon as I saw that 10 of his first 12 pitches were cutters I thought he wouldn’t make it out of the inning.

  • RetroRob

    A run would be nice.

  • your mom

    Well at least Girardi has the brains to pinch hit here, even if it’s Andruw.

  • Pat D

    Well that was some serious bullshit.

  • effthisnoise

    why is Andrew Jones still in baseball

  • JLC 776

    Can we go back to bitching about the offense, which is a legitimate gripe for this game, as opposed to Girardi, who has done everything right?

  • The Angry Troll

    Of course! When you want insurance runs you bring in Andruw Jones! BRILLIANT!

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

    Thank god we have Andruw Jones to mash lefty relievers…

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

    More importantly, Raffy threw 12 pitches that inning, and now it’s Rasmus-Lowrie-Lind in the 9th.

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

      Arencibia, my bad.

      We all know Raffy is not known for his easy 1-2-3 innings.

  • Rich in NJ

    Jones and Ibanez have served their purpose, but it’s time to move on.

    Ich!

  • The Angry Troll

    Valentine had it wrong. This lineup (of late) is the worst roster ever assembled. Even his down-trodden Sox put up 9 on the Rays.

    • Rich in NJ

      It’s really, really, really top heavy.

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

    One team scored 2 runs and forced 2 late inning relievers to throw 30+ pitches in the 8th inning, the other made two outs on 4 pitches…

    • The Real Greg

      And then scored an insurance run.

  • your mom

    Need a hit here.

  • Celerino Sanchez

    Can Swisher get this run in?

    • RetroRob

      It seems the answer is yes.

  • JV

    The offense only shows up for one inning but is that per game or per day? Could make for a long night…

  • The Angry Troll

    I thought the Yankees OWNED D. Oliver?

    • Joe

      Yea.

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

    Swish!!!!!!

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

    HUGE HIT Swish.

  • Joe

    Swish!

  • Need Pitching & Hitting

    Garbage Time.

  • JLC 776

    That was rare! Yeah, Swish!!!

  • Tom

    Garbage time!

  • Rich in NJ

    Swish!

  • Better off Eddard

    2 out rally started again by Ichiro. What a great pickup. Cashman, Swisher and Ichiro have bailed out Girardi today.

    • Adam

      So when players fail it is Girardi’s fault, but when they succeed he has no role in their success?

      • JLC 776

        That’s generally what happens to managers – no credit when it’s due, disproportionate blame the rest of the time.

        • OMG! Bagels!

          Microscopic analysis to support criticism of a manager’s every move is stupid.

      • The Real Greg

        That’s the way it usually is with managers. I don’t like it and have fought against it here.

  • Jag

    That 2nd strike looked like a meatball on gameday.

  • Celerino Sanchez

    Yes!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Jag

    Insurance run!

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

    Robbie…I’d love for Soriano it have 4 runs to play with in the top of the 9th.

  • JLC 776

    That was a subtle example of our BABIP w/ RISP beginning to correct itself.

  • CUYanks

    Just wondering, but how does Omar Vizquel’s bat profile at first base?

  • effthisnoise

    Ichiro a .360 hitter against Romero but you just Know Girardi is gonna play Jones instead tonight because his binder says a Right hander MUST start against a lhp

    • The Real Greg

      I bet he plays both.

    • Matt

      The irony of course being that LHB hit .300/.391/.424 against Romero this year, and RHB .262/.365/.347, with similar reverse-platoon splits in his entire career because of the changeup he throws.

      Joe Maddon once had all of his switch hitters bat left handed against Romero and they crushed him. Girardi is textbook.

    • Tom

      Especially one with reverse splits for his career.

      I’d go Dickerson/Granderson/Ichiro with Swish at 1st.

    • Need Pitching & Hitting

      Ichiro is 1-9 against Romero this year.
      He may play ahead of Granderson though.

      • Matt

        And 8 for 16 in the rest of his career against Romero.

        Since you think that small sample sizes are very indicative, you must now think that Ichiro completely owns Romero?

        • The Real Greg

          Well combine the two. 9/25 or .360

          • Matt

            Thanks for that really enlightening comment. I couldn’t possibly add such big numbers like 8 and 1, and 16 and 9, and then multiply the numerator and denominator each by 4.

            It’s a tale of two extremes, but neither one is likely the case since they each small sample sizes at different times.

        • Need Pitching & Hitting

          Way to be a jackass.

          Ichiro has declined precipitously against LHP this year. It stands to reason that MIGHT apply against Romero as well.
          I didn’t say he shouldn’t play against Romero. I would start him. I’m just pointing out that his success hasn’t carried over to this year. It hasn’t. His previous success may not be indicative of his ability to hit Romero this year. Ichiro is no longer the same player.

          • Matt

            Except Romero is a pitcher who has always had trouble getting lefties out because his breaking ball is terrible. A guy’s overall numbers vs. LHP are likely compiled against very different types of pitchers from Romero (most lefties have at least some kind of slider/curve they can use to get out LHB).

            I’m not saying anything about what Ichiro can or cannot do right now. Neither set of numbers is meaningful, because Ichiro is not the same player, but the sample size against Romero this year is also very small. Ichiro is hot right now at the plate, so you can’t necessarily cite his numbers from April or May either.

            • Need Pitching & Hitting

              I never said they were meaningful. I merely pointed out the rosy numbers Ichiro has accrued against Romero were largely when he was a different player.

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

      Guarantee the line up tonight is this, or some form of this:
      Jeter SS
      Swisher RF
      Cano 2B
      A-Rod DH
      Pearce 1B
      Granderson CF
      McGehee 3B
      Jones LF
      Stewart C

      • The Real Greg

        Maybe Granderson out.

      • Need Pitching & Hitting

        It’ll likely be Nix at 3B.

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

          Oh yeah, I forgot, McGehee isn’t actually allowed to play anymore. @ Greg, who starts instead of Grandy? I’d be okay with Ichiro or Dickerson, but I’d prefer Grandy be out there.

          • Need Pitching & Hitting

            Also Nix career .583/.643/.667 against Romero. I’m sure that, and Girardi’s apparent hatred of McGehee, will ensure Nix will be in the lineup.

  • your mom

    Put this game away MFIKY so I can go play Madden.

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

    I know I’m being a broken record here, but I still have to say this:

    In a 4-2 game in the 9th inning, YES having a “player of the game” poll, featuring four Yankees no less, is so damn fool-hardy I can’t even begin to describe.

    • The Real Greg

      Go back to the 86 series. They announced that Bruce Hurst was the MVP in Game 6.

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

    One down.

    Two more.

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

    One more, kinda like that.

  • jjyank

    Ouch. Glad I wasn’t reading through the comments when that all happened (phone call). These game threads can really turn ugly quickly, eh?

    I have no problem with how Girardi has managed the game. I don’t give a shit that it’s a double header, you can’t hold back superior relievers when the game at hand is winnable. At least not when the Yankees are in the situation they are currently in. As for the middle relief, they were kind of handcuffed by Pettitte’s pitch count there. Win today. Worry about tonight in a few hours. This is almost entirely on D-Rob, not Girardi. I couldn’t even finish reading most of the comments above.

    • Havok9120

      It was pretty painful, yes.

    • Tom

      Thank you MFIKY for a drama free 9th.

      Now maybe the offense can wake the hell up and give the bullpen a rest in the 2nd game.

  • Joe

    Big win! Andy pitched amazing!

  • JLC 776

    Great win! Do it again tonight!

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

    MFIKY

    Untuck that motherfucker.

  • Roadgeek Adam

    41st Save for Soriano.

    Come on blowout tonight.

  • Adam

    Boom. And in the end they won. Perhaps bitching will quell. Also, I think I just saw a pig fly.

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

    Untuck!

    • WhittakerWalt

      +1

  • your mom

    Anybody want him to opt out?

    • jjyank

      Yes. I appreciate very much what he’s done for us this year, but I’m pretty sure they Yankees can make the team better with that $14 mil to use elsewhere.

      Disclaimer: I’m not thinking of specific players, just speaking generally.

      • Tom

        Slight nitpick – it’s actually 12.5mil elsewhere, he’s getting 1.5 mil no matter what

        • jjyank

          Right, my bad. Still though. That’s a lot for a closer, and he probably won’t even be doing that next year.

    • Tom

      Yeah, I never understood this – he’s on a 1 year deal effectively, and it doesn’t impact 2014 or pretty much any of the long term decision on the upcoming FA’s

      People around here seem to think reliable relievers are a dime a dozen on the FA market.

      • Mandy Stankiewicz

        …only if your name is joe maddon

  • Jag

    Half game up now, let’s hope after tonight we’re 1 and a half up!

    It was good seeing Andy do well.

    • your mom

      Hopefully the real King Felix will show up.

  • WhittakerWalt

    Ichiro still doesn’t speak English? Damn.

    • Mandy Stankiewicz

      he does, he just prefers to use a translator

      • WhittakerWalt

        It’s not really a judgment, I was just surprised. I’d feel horribly uncomfortable if I lived in a foreign country for 12 years and didn’t know what anyone was saying.

        • OMG! Bagels!

          He understands and speaks English pretty well. He is rumored to be incredibly sarcastic and funny. He just likes to use the interpreter with the press.

    • jjyank

      He does, just not on camera to reporters. Considering the way media types can pick apart words and take them out of context, I don’t blame him for wanting to use his native language.

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

        I remember reading somewhere that’s exactly why he does it. He speaks English fine, but he wants to be able to convey exactly what he’s trying to say w/o anything getting confused.

      • DT

        Doesn’t he speak in english in the clubhouse and to his teammates?

        • OMG! Bagels!

          Yes he does.

  • CUYanks

    Career win #244 for Andy.

  • RetroRob

    4-2 win. The only concern was D-Rob’s continual issues and love of his cutter. He’s critical to keep advancing.

  • Stevis

    Robertsons should go to Macys and buy a set of balls

    • OMG! Bagels!

      What?

      • Stevis

        as in testicles

  • Jose M. Vazquez

    I don’t want to get too cocky because we haven’t won anything yet. The way the schedule plays out gives us a chance to have the best record in the AL. All the guys have to do is play to their capabilities. Texas and La and Oakland will kill each other while we can take advantage of it.

    • OMG! Bagels!

      This is why we can’t have nice things. QUIET.

  • Better off Eddard

    Well, a win is a win no thanks to Robertson and Joe G. Hopefully Phelps can give us 6-7 tonight so we don’t have to overuse what few relievers we have left. Robertson and Soriano won’t be available and in Robertson’s case that’s a good thing.

  • King of Fruitless Hypotheticals

    Welp, my bet on Andy getting 300 wins is starting to look a little remote…

    • RetroRob

      I think that went down the drain in June 2010 when he got injured and then retired that offseason!

      I’m hoping for 260 or so career regular wins, because that means he comes back next year.

  • Rocky Road Redemption

    You know what Motherfucker?

    I KILL YOU.

    #UNTUCK

  • Rocky Road Redemption

    So in the end it was a great job by John Wetteland Rafael Soriano getting the save. That final out of the 8th was HOLY SHIT FUCK DAMN WOW, but he got it.