Game 149: For The Sweep


(Al Bello/Getty)

It’s been a long time since the Yankees last swept a three-game series, which is something they have a chance to do tonight. You have to go all the way back to the second series after the All-Star break, which coincidentally came against the Blue Jays in Yankee Stadium. Hooray for history repeating itself. Here’s the starting nine…

SS Derek Jeter
RF Nick Swisher
2B Robinson Cano
DH Alex Rodriguez
Russell Martin
CF Curtis Granderson
1B Casey McGehee
LF Ichiro Suzuki
3B Jayson Nix

RHP Phil Hughes

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

Categories : Game Threads


  1. VT Yankee Fan says:

    Time to change the magic number from Pinella to Arod, even to Boggs if we’re lucky.

  2. Pasta Stumbling Sojo says:

    Mike accidentally posted the Recap thread just now, but removed it before I could post my comment:

    “Sweet win. I especially enjoyed the part when A-rod mouthed “That one was for you, stuart a” after hitting the game-winning grand slam in the 9th.”

    • VT Yankee Fan says:

      I can’t wait for the post-game parade. Ike Davis will be the grand marshal.

    • jjyank says:

      Hahaha. We should send A-Rod fake fan mail signed by stuart.

      dear arod….

      you suck…what a joke….why are you all punch and judy….

      youve been ok since the dl…..i guess….great..lets throw you a parade….and a raise…


      love……stuart a

    • Stratman9652 says:

      So how did Hughes pitch?

      • Nice Scheister says:

        From what I saw, I’m my cyrstal ball, Hughes went six strong, two earned runs (three allowed, one on a Nick Swisher throwing error). Yanks bats comes alive in the 4th as Ichrio led off with a double, stole third and scored when they threw the ball away. Then Jeter blooped one after Nix grounded out to the SS, Swisher walked and A-Rod hit a three run BOMB after Cano struck out on the same pitch three times in a row, all in the dirt. In the fifth Grandy hit a two run bomb after a Martin walk, on five pitches. A 5-3 Yankees win with Lowe and Robertson filling in the pitching gap after Hughes tips his cap for a job well done.

  3. jjyank says:

    Today was a good day. Anyone know the feeling when they have a nice, easy day at work that leads to closing up a bit earlier than usual? And then because of that, your train pulls into the metro (or subway, for you NY folk) JUST as you walk down the stairs. Ah the little things in life. A Yankee win would push it over the top :)

    • jjyank says:

      Also the game is on MLBN, so not MLB.TV delay for me today. That’s nice as well, since you all can’t spoil plays for me!

      • vicki says:

        we all have finite luck; don’t piss it away on transportation else you’ll never win at blackjack. or bang a supermodel.

  4. Chip Off the Ol'Knoblauch says:

    A Casey McGehee sighting two days in a row?! Someone musta forgot to lock him back in whatever closet he’s been stuck in since he was traded.

  5. jjyank says:

    John Smoltz is saying all sorts of positive things about the Yankees right now…somebody throw water on me or something, I am surely dreaming.

  6. I brought this up this morning, but I figure I can get a better reaction here for how people feel about it, When I was watching MLBN last night to keep updated with the O’s/M’s game they where showing Highlights of the Dodgers Nationals game, a game that was ultimately decided by one run in favor of the Dodgers. One of the runs the Dodgers scored was on a play where the third baseman tagged a runner coming at third before Kemp crossed home plate(With 2 outs). The Dodgers were awarded the run after the Umpires got together and realized that none of them were paying any attention to when Kemp crossed home, however if the MLB would allow instant replay on scoring plays there was a perfect angle from home plate up the third base line that clearly showed the out made with Kemp still about 10 feet from the plate. I’m sorry but that is down right inexcusable to allow that run to score when everybody but the 4 umpires knew that it shouldn’t.

    • Get Phelps Up says:

      Just more evidence that MLB needs more replay and umps are dumb.

    • jjyank says:

      I didn’t see that myself, but I see absolutely no reason to not have instant replay for any play, except perhaps balls and strikes. Though I wouldn’t be against that per se either, just the one area I am filling to concede something.

      Umpires are even in favor of it from what I have read. Hell, put a 5th umpire up in the booth and he can make a call down to the crew chief in events like that in order to speed up the replay process.

    • Chip Off the Ol'Knoblauch says:

      But…but…there’s no appettite for instant replay! Selig said so!

      Seriously though, it’s terrible. I find it hard to believe with all the TV angles, wifi and increasingly smaller tablets that they can’t find a way to stream a video feed to the umps on the field in less than 5 minutes to get the call right. Hell, even a hockey-like war room would work.

  7. The Real Greg says:

    Aw crap, Edwin Encarnacion’s playing

  8. The Real Greg says:

    94 mph! I have not seen that from Hughes in awhile

  9. I Collect Brett Gardner Cards says:

    here’s hoping hughes keeps pitching like a #3.

  10. Aaron Loofe looks like he’s about 15 in his thumbnail picture.

  11. CountryClub says:

    It’s amazing how many liners Jeter hits to right that end up getting caught.

  12. jjyank says:

    Did…did Cano really just try to bunt?

  13. Chilango says:

    Robbie bunting for a base hit? Wow,

  14. The Real Greg says:

    That ball curved a lot in the air.

  15. My favorite part of the day game yesterday: there was no scoreboard because they were the only game playing, so Suzyn spoke much less.

    and boo!!! bad stuff!!!!!!

  16. jjyank says:

    Fuuuuck. Settle down Phil.

  17. The Real Greg says:

    Phil Hughes not really good in his career against the Blue Jays.
    4-5 with a 4.66

  18. I feel like John is pronouncing Hechavarria wrong. He’s putting emphasis on and prolonging every single syllable so it sounds like he’s kind of yelling the name slowly.

  19. Pasta Stumbling Sojo says:

    The Mets starting pitcher just started the game with:
    Infield single
    Bunt single
    Single (run scores)
    Single (run scores)
    Single (run scores)
    Walk (run scores)
    Reliever comes in

    Pitching line:
    0 IP, 6 H, 1 BB, 5 ER (so far, responsible for 3 runners)

  20. I Collect Brett Gardner Cards says:

    mets. wtf. lol.

  21. The Real Greg says:

    Last time we faced Laffey as a starter, it took us til the 4th inning to get to him

  22. vicki says:

    somebody needs to remind the yankees theyre facing aaron laffey.

  23. frank says:

    Hey guys anyone got any advice for a recent political science major. With this worthless degree i can’t find a job. Why was i dumb enough to ever think this piece of crap degree is anything but toilet paper.

  24. VT Yankee Fan says:

    Everyone but Granderson knows what pitch he is getting in a 2 strike count.

  25. WhittakerWalt says:

    Granderson is most vulnerable to the lefty who junkballs it and throws pitches out of the zone. He’s actually got a better chance at David Price, who features mostly fastballs.
    Balls out of the strike zone make Curtis’s eyes light up, for some reason.
    So it could be a long day against Laffey.

  26. The Real Greg says:

    But as the booth said, just like with Adam Dunn, strikeouts dont mean as much anymore to critics.

    • Dude…the booth is not gospel. You know who is in these booths? Micheal Kay who thinks Wins is the most important stat for a pitcher, and John Sterling who makes up things as he goes along.

      • The Real Greg says:

        He mentioned that he talked to a few scouts and baseball people, so he’s not coming up with this from his own head.

    • Pasta Stumbling Sojo says:

      Which critics? I’m pretty sure most people, especially those who understand advanced stats, think strikeouts are very bad. If a certain approach means a hitter will strike out more but in exchange hit more homers, then it depends on the exact tradeoff, but that can be okay. But strikeouts themselves mean the same thing they ever did, which is something very bad.

  27. Nice Scheister says:

    They’re making a former LOOGY look like Cliff Lee.

  28. Rocky Road Redemption says:

    Hey guys, I think it’s kind of important to point out that it’s the THIRD INNING.

    I mean, seriously. We haven’t even gone through the full lineup yet. Wow, you all seem like you’re in a bad mood today.

  29. jjyank says:

    ‘Atta boy, Rus.

  30. Nice Scheister says:

    Hugh could’ve had a DP Phil.

  31. Chip Off the Ol'Knoblauch says:

    Gose ain’t no Ichiro…

  32. Mike:

    We want history to repeat itself tonight. We do not want history to repeat itself over the next four days.

    As in – Yankees swept the Jays, then got swept by the A’s.

    Let’s not see the A’s sweep the Yankees again this weekend.

  33. WhittakerWalt says:

    “Jayson Nix always does something to help the team win.”

  34. Cy Pettitte says:

    no runs (yet) but this inning has been pretty brutal.

  35. No two out shit Phil.

    Please, spare us all.

  36. jjyank says:

    Don’t do that Hughes. Strikes, outs, that sort of stuff. Get outta this.

  37. Effthisnoise says:

    Don’t Phuck it up

  38. Erica says:

    Are you effin kidding me?

  39. jjyank says:

    Damn it Phil!!

  40. Need Pitching & Hitting says:

    Not cool Phil, not cool at all.

  41. jon says:

    nix needs to make that play at 3rd

    • The Real Greg says:

      It was ruled a base hit. Not an error

      • You know what. Fuck it. I’m sick of your shit too Greg. You just go our of your way to try to start things sometimes. I’m not watching the game (because I’m stuck at work) so I cannot speak for this play in perticular but I cant count the number of times I’ve watched an official scorer call a play that should be made called a base hit(by popular opinion of fans, broadcasters, even the player who made the mistake). You just go out of your way to find people making the smallest negative comments and try to nettle them. And before you say people used to do it to you, no we didn’t. You would lament yankee losses like it was the end of the fucking world. A losing streak would have you questioning humanity, and we where just telling you to cheer the fuck up.

  42. Jesus Christ, Phil.

    Make the Blue Jays earn this run less.

  43. WhittakerWalt says:

    What the hell, Phil?

  44. your mom says:

    Nice one Phil. Where’s the control gone? Don’t give up your obligatory HR here please.

  45. Cy Pettitte says:

    this is almost as bad as watching a Dice-K inning.

  46. Nice Scheister says:


  47. Need Pitching & Hitting says:

    No command at all.

  48. Chilango says:

    Let’s go Phil. Get yer shit together.

  49. EDDARD says:

    It just ain’t Phil’s day and this offense is as inept as the Mariners right now.

  50. Chip Off the Ol'Knoblauch says:

    Man, what a weird inning. Come on Phil!

  51. jjyank says:

    Man, ugly inning, but could have been worse. Can we please not let Laffey have a shut down inning?

  52. Effthisnoise says:

    Got lucky on that second called strike

  53. Frank says:

    Never been a Hughes fan. This is exactly the kind of performance that reminds why.

  54. Need Pitching & Hitting says:


  55. jjyank says:

    I love this version of Ichiro.

  56. Chilango says:


  57. Get Phelps Up says:

    Wow Ichiro!

  58. EDDARD says:

    Ichiro saves us again! One man wrecking crew.

  59. Ichiro keeps ‘em coming.

  60. vicki says:

    yep. he gonna GO OFF.

  61. your mom says:

    Holy shit Ichiro is on fire!

  62. Erica says:

    Ichi has such a crazy swing. I love it.

  63. Cy Pettitte says:

    Ichiro is unstoppable. wow.

  64. Effthisnoise says:

    This guy is on fire

  65. EDDARD says:

    That’s more than Andruw’s done in 3 months.

  66. Leg-End says:

    Ichiro with the POWAH. Crazy form.

  67. WhittakerWalt says:

    Time for Sterling’s racist homer call for Ichiro!

  68. Pasta Stumbling Sojo says:


  69. Get Phelps Up says:

    If Ichiro gets another hit today he will have in the last 3 games equaled Andruw’s hit total since the beginning of August I believe.

  70. Effthisnoise says:

    Does he move up in the line up? Glad to see Joe sit Andrew and go against the binder

  71. Nice Scheister says:

    Resign this old man! Goodbye Jones, Ibanez.

  72. Tom says:

    I think that gives Ichiro 1/2 the Yankee hits off Blue Jays pitching this series.

  73. EDDARD says:

    Nixy just gutted out a walk there. Bunt him over, Jete and let’s get him home.

  74. Nice Scheister says:

    Ichrio should have another two MAYBE three ABs, so if we hold them at 2 runs…we stand a chance!

  75. Tom says:

    Hit and run here?

  76. Cy Pettitte says:

    Bronx Bunters strike again.

  77. Need Pitching & Hitting says:

    Really, really don’t like that bunt.

  78. Erica says:

    Erm. Sac bunt. Okay?

  79. Don’t understand Jeter doing that.

  80. Erica says:

    (Predictions for the New York Football Giants game tonight?)

  81. Effthisnoise says:

    Both too close to take

  82. EDDARD says:

    Swing the bat and that won’t happen, Swish. Those hit the corners.

  83. Get Phelps Up says:

    Wow…the Pirates are back under .500

  84. Nice Scheister says:

    Damn crapped out…shits starting to make this Italian angry!

  85. your mom says:

    Good God Swish, 2 K’s against Laffey? Really???

  86. Tom says:

    The other added “bonus” of bunting…

    No point in pitching to Cano once you fall behind. I’m surprised the 3-0 was even close.

  87. The Angry Troll says:

    Would anyone advise bunting Jeter with the anemic Swisher directly after him? 2 outs to bring the man home from second? GARGH!

  88. jjyank says:

    Damn, just missed that.

  89. Get Phelps Up says:

    ike davis wouldve gotten a hit……..

  90. Effthisnoise says:

    At least the pitch count is up. Yanks are going to get to him next time through, just need Phil to keep them close

  91. ARod is having one helluva series so far.

  92. your mom says:

    Where’s stuart a?

  93. Robinson Tilapia says:

    Haven’t scrolled up yet. Let me guess:

    - Hughes was sentenced to death several times
    - Anyone swinging and missing against Aaron Laffey was sentenced to death
    - Y’all REALLY didn’t like Jeter’s bunt
    - Many variations on how Swisher and A-Rod can go fuck each other have been mentioned

  94. Need Pitching & Hitting says:

    Defensive catchers should be good at defense.

  95. That looked like a lazy mistake by Martin.

  96. Effthisnoise says:

    Yikes, Phil has to get 4 outs now?

  97. Nice Scheister says:

    DFA Martin

  98. Now because our “defensive catcher” isn’t great defensively Hughes has to waste even more pitches here in the fourth.

    • The Real Greg says:

      Well I blame that on Hughes in the third.

      • Please explain to me how Martin’s passed ball in the fourth is the fault of Hughes an inning prior. I’d love to hear your answer.

        • The Real Greg says:

          I was talking about the raised pitch count, not the passed ball.

          • Get Phelps Up says:

            Again how does that affect Martin’s ability to catch the ball?

          • My post was regarding the past ball costing Hughes pitches. Sure pitch count has something to do with that statement, BUT again you are just looking for things to poke at. Like seriously, you would poke a wasps nest if they said something even the faintest bit negative. There’s a difference between us calling you out on your borderline hysterical posts earlier this season and last season and calling out every single negative comment made about anything. I am a Yankee fan. I want them to win the World Series every year, and win every time they step on the field. I want every pitcher to pitch well and every hitter to have a good at bat. At the same time I understand that these things aren’t going to happen every night and every season. HOWEVER I reserve the right to question managerial decisions I don’t agree with AND call out players for not doing the minimum requirements of their jobs (aka a pitcher throwing strikes, a player catching a ball hit directly to him, a hitter swinging at hittable pitches AND a catcher catching pitches.)

      • Erica says:

        Greg. You’re a troll.

  99. your mom says:

    If Hechavarria scores is that an earned run?

  100. EDDARD says:

    4 runs in the last 20 innings and Ichiro is responsible for 3 of them, Chris Stewart the other. Where is the top of the lineup? This is the Blue Jays pitching staff, not the As! We should be pummeling these clowns.

  101. Pat D says:

    This game has been so boring I fell asleep. Hopefully the Giants will wake me up.

  102. Need Pitching & Hitting says:


  103. Cy Pettitte says:

    4K inning. yay.

  104. Get Phelps Up says:

    4 K’s and an audible FUCK from Lawrie!

  105. your mom says:

    Nice Phil, when’s the last time a Yankee pitcher did that?

  106. Stratman9652 says:

    The field mics have been excellent lately.

  107. Nice Scheister says:


  108. vicki says:

    eli time.

  109. Yankeefan says:

    has anyone seen this i pray to god this is not true because melky deny and said the same thing basically

  110. The Real Greg says:

    If you can throw your changeup for a strike you can handle the Yankees easily.

  111. Pat D says:

    Are some of the comments getting deleted?

  112. Get Phelps Up says:

    Uhhh…what just happened to the comments?

  113. your mom says:

    Chili for lunch, pork n beans for dinner, lots of gas tomorrow.

  114. Pinstripes In Cali says:

    OH MY GOD. have you guys seen this:

    outrageously good. Too bad this is the most big league action Cervi’s seen this year.

  115. The Troll says:

    All of a sudden I can’t respond to comments because of my impersonator!

  116. Karl Krawfid says:

    Fucking Ichiro.

    Should resign his ass for the cheap.

    Notice he’s not bailing out as much against lefties? K-Long effect maybe?

  117. Pat D says:

    Eli to Bennett for a touchdown.

  118. Get Phelps Up says:

    I’m beginning to think Gregland is even crazier than Eddardland and yoobooland.

  119. The Real Greg says:

    See. They mentioned it again and they talked to baseball people.

  120. Cy Pettitte says:

    Russell is so good at that delayed steal.

  121. Chilango says:

    Heads up Russ. Nice

  122. EDDARD says:

    I love the aggression there by Martin. Should have tried it with Nix last inning instead of bunting. Now drive him home.

  123. Tom says:

    Has Curtis seen a pitch in the zone yet?

  124. EDDARD says:

    Now they almost have to score. Mike needs to open a new thread, this one’s broke.

  125. Just so that my ears didn’t fail me – Kay did just say “Jake McGee”, right?

  126. Need Pitching & Hitting says:

    Time to remind Aaron Laffey that he is still Aaron Laffey.

  127. The Real Greg says:

    I hate that. Pitching coaches or managers shouldn’t go up to the mound in the middle of a count.

  128. derek says:

    Destroy this clown

  129. Pat D says:

    I hate threads where Mike has to delete stuff because people are stupid.

  130. Robinson Tilapia says:

    This is actually a response to something from last Thursday. #nowyallreallyconfused

  131. The Real Greg says:


  132. Get Phelps Up says:

    Ichiro slam!

  133. Let’s not waste this, please.

  134. your mom says:

    Bases loaded, hottest hitter at bat.

  135. Pinstripes In Cali says:

    sweet rally.