Sep
22

Game 151: Hoping for a blowout

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(Mike Stobe/Getty)

The Yankees play nothing but close games these days, it’s been nail-biter after nail-biter for roughly two months now. They need a big blowout win in the worst way, just to rest the core relievers and maybe get some of the older everyday guys off their feet for a few innings. Plus, you know, I would like to not sit on the edge of my seat for nine (or more) innings for once. I could use a laugher win. Here’s the lineup…

SS Derek Jeter
CF Ichiro Suzuki
DH Alex Rodriguez
2B Robinson Cano
RF Nick Swisher
1B Casey McGehee
3B Jayson Nix
LF Andruw Jones
Chris Stewart

RHP Ivan Nova

This afternoon’s game is scheduled to start at 1:05pm ET and can be seen on YES. Enjoy.

Categories : Game Threads
  • Pat D

    I remember blowout wins.

    Bubble baths at night. Breakfast in the afternoon and love by candlelight.

    Oh, wait, that’s “I Remember Romance,” not……never mind.

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

    Very well then.

    Hopefully Novacaine can replicate what he did last week.

  • Joe

    Gonna miss it. Assistant coaching 7U team.

    • jjyank

      You need to get your priorities straight, son.

  • bring buck back

    Based on how batters 6-9 look I’m going to make a wild prediction: this game will not be a blowout. Or maybe Jayson Nix will get 3 hits and an RBI while Chris Stewart knocks in 2 with a double.

  • Nsalem

    Rather have Grandy than Andy

  • Marcy

    Especially since there aren’t too many relievers available – rephrase…too many relievers I feel comfortable seeing.
    But the lineup doesn’t exactly instill confidence. Where’s Nunez? Granderson (I can see he may need a break) I guess A-Rod can’t play 3rd today. Oh well, let’s go Yanks because if Lester who had never lost to the O’s before yesterday lost…well, not much faith in the Sox feeling that old pride/fight to beat the team that kept them out of the playoffs last year.

  • Mike

    Joe said Soriano and Robertson are unavailable. Should there be a save situation, I guess it’s Joba.

  • RkyMtnYank

    Interesting with Ichiro batting #2. I hope he stays hot and some of those groundballs don’t find infielders for double plays. Then again, he and Jeter are probably interchangeable at 1 and 2. Jones playing at all is probably the biggest concern to a blowout win.

    • jjyank

      The groundballs can find infielders all they want. As long as said groundballs also work their way into the shirts of those infielders.

      • RkyMtnYank

        Too funny.

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

    I know nothing about Blackley…but I personally guarantee that Andruw Jones will strike out at least once lunging trying to pull a sinker down and away out of the strike zone on every swing of the AB.

  • Mike
  • jjyank

    What’s my drinking game today boys? Andruw swing and misses? Ichiro stolen bases? I hesitate to say Yankee runs because I had an epic hangover the last time I tried that one. I could always take one for the team though.

    • RkyMtnYank

      Looks like doubles by the A’s. Try not to end up in a coma.

      • jjyank

        So lame. Damn it Nova, keep me alive!

    • Austin Aunelowitzky (formerly Paul VuvuZuvella)

      It’s a day game. Drink every time the Yanks hit a Grand Slam.

  • captain kiwi

    only get to watch about an hour of this game. would love to go into work with a crazy lead.

  • Marcy

    I just read the piece on Torii Hunter’s likely re-signing w/the Angels.
    Oh well, it was a nice thought for a bridge to the kids.

  • Mike

    Leadoff double? Yuck.

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

    Pretty annoying that they can’t keep Stephen Drew off the basepaths.

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

    Wonderful start for Ivan.

  • captain kiwi

    oh mother.

  • Mike

    wtf

  • yo

    what was that about a blowout?

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

    Well, “extra base hit” Ivan is back in full form.

    • Big Members Only (formerly RI$P FTW)

      Best pitcher in the world.

  • Marcy

    Ok – blowout — maybe in the wrong direction.

  • bring buck back

    Nova’s back…

  • Darren

    fuckin Jones. They should release his ass

  • Mike

    Umm, this is not good

  • Cy Pettitte

    so this game is probably an L.

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

    Is Phelps lose?

  • sangreal

    Welcome back, captain XBH

  • Nice Scheister

    Surprise surprise…Novas given up more extra bases than CC did all of last night 5 pitches in.

  • yo

    paging derek lowe…

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

    Nice buzz-killing, Ivan.

    • jjyank

      Or buzz inducing, if you’re playing my new drinking game.

      • Nice Scheister

        A shot for every XBH Nova allows? If so, you must be all warm and fuzzy already.

  • Marcy

    I hope Rothchild just screams at him for all of us

  • Need Pitching & Hitting

    WTF Nova.
    I guess last start was just a tease.

  • Chilango

    3 doubles off Nova already. Oh fuck.

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

    Get Phelps up?

    • jjyank

      I haven’t seen him post yet, no.

      • Marcy

        Not available today.

        • jjyank

          I was making a joke about the commenter GPU’s handle.

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

        Funny.

        Marcy, Idk if you were continuing on jj’s joke, or if you actually read something that said Phelps wasn’t available today. If it’s the second can you post a link?

  • Nice Scheister

    DFA Nova, start Phelps.

  • Mike

    Yay an out, at least it’s productive.

    • Mike

      *but it’s productive

      Not “at least”

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

    A’s had a ton of extra base hits against Nova last time as well.

  • Mike N

    Fucking Nova.

  • Mike

    Big out. Keep it at 2 please

  • Nice Scheister

    I hope Nova doesn’t sniff a post season start. The XBH is killer. At least with Hughes you can expect a HR per start, not back to back to back doubles.

    • captain kiwi

      i fucking love you ichiro.

      • captain kiwi

        im shit with this reply thing apparently

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

    Orioles already have the lead?

    Unreal.

  • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

    It’s a Freddy Garcia game. He’s gonna get at least 3 innings

  • Mike N

    Sheesh. Now let’s hammer these fuckers.

  • yo

    Good bounceback Ivan

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

    Well..it’s only two runs. Small victories I guess.

    • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

      the coefficient is 2x for every lineup that Andruw Jones is in…..so really it’s 4 runs

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

        Ahhh!!!!!! Math!!! RUN AWAY!!!!!!!!

        • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

          :)

          do run-run

      • Nice Scheister

        I think the Yankees baseball world has been very patient with Jones, at ths point cut your loses, start Mesa or C-Dick.

  • Chilango

    At least Nova didn’t implode.

  • RkyMtnYank

    Just looks like he wanted to use the fastball too much early. Breaking out the curve seems to have made a difference so hopefully he settles in now.

  • jjyank

    Damn it Nova. Right the ship starting now. Let’s hope the offense brought their bats today.

  • mt

    Not a lot of confidence when Nova leads league in XBH allowed (Hughes, by the way, is third) and he was on DL for three weeks.

  • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

    wow. that was easy, huh?

  • Kosmo

    A first for me, 3 doubles to open a game.

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

    Fucking ICHIRO!!!!!!!!

  • Marcy

    WOW

  • Need Pitching & Hitting

    Wow Ichiro!!!

  • yo

    ichirooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo

  • Cy Pettitte

    Ichiro, just wow.

  • Mike N

    ICHIRO IS ICHIBAN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • RkyMtnYank

    Fuckin Ichi!!!

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

    Ichiro again?!

    Yikes.

  • Mike N

    His swing looks so funny, how he gets his whole body into it.

  • mt

    Where would this offense be without Ichiro right now?

  • Chilango

    ICHIIII!!! 103 career HRs. 4 with the Yanks in a month.

  • jjyank

    Ichiro has been a fucking blast to watch lately, crazy.

  • Nice Scheister

    Holy shit! Ichiro is on FIRE!!!

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

    The only bad part about Ichiro’s recent success, I’m pretty sure that John and Suzyn are dislocating their shoulders patting themselves on the back for being right about him.

  • Nice Scheister

    Jeter, Ichiro then A-Rod. Three first ballet hall of famers? And and average age of 37 but who’s counting?!

  • captain kiwi

    i thought that was a balk

  • RkyMtnYank

    Facing A-Rod after that homer had to scare the shit out Blackley.

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

      Yeah…it can’t feel good facing one of the great right handed home run hitters of all time after serving one up to a slap hitting lefty.

    • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

      COmpletely changed the complexion of the inning after the one-pitch out to Jeter.

      Ichiro slaps one and cuts the lead in half, then Blackley (whether subconcsiously or not) doesn’t want to throw a strike to the Big Bad Yankees.

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

    Was about to start yelling at A-Rod…but getting picked off on a Balk isn’t a runner’s fault.

  • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

    Michael Kay is an idiot. You can argue a balk without automatic ejection

    • CUYanks

      No, he’s right. It’s the same as balls and strikes. But obviously if the manager can phrase it in a way where he’s just asking for clarification, he can usually get away with it.

  • yo

    that wasn’t a balk but i’ll take it

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

    Balks are weird.

  • Pasta Stumbling Sojo

    Have to listen to Sterling, so can someone please explain why it was called a balk and why the 2nd base ump had to call it? And was he right?

  • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

    From the first pitch he threw without anyone on base I thought Blackley’s delivery was whacky.

    He has a stutterstep before he goes into his wind-up

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

    Robbie: TAKE A GOD DAMNED WALK.

    It’s almost like he’s happy pitch 4 was a strike so he could start swinging.

  • Need Pitching & Hitting

    Yikes Robbie. Take the fucking walk.

    • Need Pitching & Hitting

      Or do that. Nevermind.

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

        I had the same exact combination of thoughts.

  • Chilango

    Didn’t look like a balk….

    • RkyMtnYank

      It was, his front foot went behind.

  • yo

    WOW what a slide!

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

    I take it back Robbie, nice hitting!!!!

  • Mike N

    YEAHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!! RISPHIT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

    Wow. Got luckt there. A-Rod slowed down then sped up rounding 3rd

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

    Ken: “Robbie’s been pulling the ball more…”

    right as Robbie goes oppo.

    I love shit like that.

  • Mike N

    Wow. With a decent throw, he would have been out by a mile.

  • Need Pitching & Hitting

    Nice slide.

  • Marcy

    This game is starting off really weird. Now Nova has to be able to hold them in check.

  • WhittakerWalt

    Stuart? Any thoughts?

    • jjyank

      ….parades…and raises….but mostly parades….

      • Nice Scheister

        7 year extentions……ike Davis…. Rbis….

  • yo

    very aggressive send, for 1 out in the 1st inning…

  • captain kiwi

    robbie and YAY-rod

  • Nice Scheister

    Did A-Rod even touch the base?!

    • Nice Scheister

      Yes, I saw it on replay. Beautiful slide!

    • jjyank

      Yep. It was a nice slide.

  • Chilango

    New ballgame. Now short leash Nova Joe. No screwing around

    • Nice Scheister

      Are we playing baseball or fucking around here?!?

  • RkyMtnYank

    Blackley seems to be falling apart here, keep the pressure on.

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

      Yeah, he’s unwinding like a cheap sweater. Make him throw strikes, look to make good contact.

  • VT Yankee Fan

    Nice job of avoiding the tag by Arod. What an awful throw though.

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

    Boston’s tied it as well, 1-1 top 2 there.

  • Marcy

    Maybe a good match up – Nova & Blackley

  • Nice Scheister

    I’d walk Swish to face a guy with 20 ABs over the past month.

  • yo

    And now O’s right back out in front

  • captain kiwi

    hooray for offense, but i’m still not confident in nova at this point. may be getting ahead of myself. super glad it’s tied, whole new ball game, all that – but there’s a little voice in the back of my head reminding me “nova is pitching….”

  • Nice Scheister

    Granderson > Jones. We’re in a pennant race, why is Jones playing?!

    • Darren

      Girardi is a dingbat.

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

        Also because Granderson has had like 2 games off all season.

    • Chilango

      Fuck knows.

  • yo

    oh casey…

  • WhittakerWalt

    You bailed him out on that pitch.

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

    ugh…that was ball four Casey. Stay within yourself, take a walk. I know you wanna do something to open some eyes, but dude, take what your given.

  • Darren

    Fucking Mcgaheheheheheheheeeeeee.

    That’s why he’s fodder. I miss tex.

  • Allie

    Just woke up, hungover as hell, turned on the game, and I’m already anticipating needing to start drinking again….come on, boys, win this one for my liver’s sake, if nothing else.

  • Nice Scheister

    Casey…..have a seat. You won’t be playing in two weeks anyway. No parades, no extensions.

  • Need Pitching & Hitting

    Shock me please, Andruw.

    • Need Pitching & Hitting

      That’ll do.

  • captain kiwi

    40 pitch inning, make it happen boys

  • Marcy

    This fame is really getting more odd by the pitch

    • Marcy

      Sorry, that was supposed to be game.

      Take the walk Andruw

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

    Well…at least we got him to throw 32 pitches this inning.

  • Cy Pettitte

    now would be a good time for Andruw’s bimonthly hit.

    • CUYanks

      Is that two a month or once every 2 months?

  • yo

    please no green light

  • Preston

    This long inning is great and all, but it makes me nervous for Nova. He was definitely not sharp in the 1st and now he’s sitting and his arm is getting cold.

    • Preston

      Or he’s getting ready for three quick groundouts.

  • Nice Scheister

    The bottom half of this lineup looks worse than the Red Sox and or the Blue Jays. Jesus Girardi!

  • Mike N

    YEAHAHAHAHAHAHAH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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

    Wow…Literally the last person I expected to have an RBI today. I seriously would look for Stewart to have an RBI before Jones today.

  • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

    So help me God, if Jones swung at a 3-0 pitch I was dropping everything and learning how to make a voodoo doll.

  • captain kiwi

    yesssss. work some magic stewie

  • The Troll

    Why on earth is Andruw Jones starting? WTF.

  • Nice Scheister

    Shit when you can’t time any pitch over the past two months, go all Manny and DO NOT remove your bat from your shoulder! Well done Andruw!

  • jjyank

    HAHAHAHA

    BLOLackley

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

    Start the merry-go-round!!!

  • captain kiwi

    yay! 40 pitch inning! thanks guys :p

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

    I hate you Chris…so much.

    • captain kiwi

      excellent.

      • captain kiwi

        goddammit. how do i keep messing this up. im not even drunk yet.

        • jjyank

          Maybe that’s your problem right there.

  • Effthisnoise

    40 pitches

  • WhittakerWalt

    LMAO Sterling thinks Chris Stewart has “a controlled swing.”

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

      I shook my head at that. Then when Stewart hit a ground ball he straight up forgot Blackley’s name and just stopped calling the play for a full 5 seconds.

      • WhittakerWalt

        Then he said “Stewart gets a lot of hits, well not a LOT of hits, but he gets his hits.”
        Can’t you pretty much say that about every baseball player, even the ones who barely hit at all?
        I mean, even Justin Smoak gets some hits.

        • jjyank

          Chris Stewart has a Smoak-like bat.

  • Matt

    Damn. Stewart almost beat that one out. That could have been a potentially huge inning if it got to Jeter with a guy who can’t locate his offspeed stuff.

  • jjyank

    Please Nova, please have settled down.

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

    Hopefully Ivan took that time to recenter, refocus, and comes out and has a quick 8-12 pitch 1-2-3 inning.

    • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

      He still hasn’t mastered the art of not getting pissy/depressed after giving up some runs. Once he gets the “OK, that happened. Let’s move on” attitude he’ll be fine.

      Part of him gives up the moment he gives up any runs. It’s really apparent in his body language

    • Anthony

      Looks like he saw this post!

  • yo

    He did look pretty solid, after the doubles

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

    is Kottaras’ name pronounced KO-tare-ass or ko-ta-RAS?

    • http://twitter.com/mikhel2 Mikhel

      The second one, Koh-tahras (the A sounds like an spanish A, no inflection, just a solid A sound with no change).

  • RkyMtnYank

    Nova looks alot better.

  • Effthisnoise

    Nice bounce back inning!

  • Need Pitching & Hitting

    Nice bounce back inning.
    Keep piling on the runs please.

  • Chilango

    Nova with the bounce back. Still have to guard against the 5th inning implosion though.

  • Pasta Stumbling Sojo

    Nova has really settled down… *drinks a shot*

  • Need Pitching & Hitting

    lol

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

    Ichiro is just a whole other level of hot right now.

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

    Lol

  • Anthony

    Its amazing the past week Ichiro has been having. Good for him.

  • Chilango

    Ichi’s playing a little cricket.

  • MartinRanger

    That’s classic Ichiro.

  • yo

    unbelievable

  • Leg-End

    Incredible.

  • Need Pitching & Hitting

    dammit

  • yo

    ok that was silly

  • Mike N

    Dang!

  • Cy Pettitte

    what was Ichiro thinking? that was just plain dumb.

  • Nice Scheister

    How did Ichiro make contact?!

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

    Ichi…that’s the second time in 2 days he’s gotten thrown out by Cespedes.

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

    Might be high time to stop running on Cespedes.

  • Chilango

    Why ..the FUCK…are they running against Cespedes?

  • captain kiwi

    i really hate blackley’s delivery.

    • captain kiwi

      rather, his “move”

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

    I don’t understand first pitch swinging against Blackley right now…unless the pitch is legit down the middle of the plate and straight make him come over the plate.

  • Nice Scheister

    So it’s okay to block third base?

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

      on a non-force play, why wouldn’t it be?

      • Nice Scheister

        He would’ve been out anyway, but I thought is was boderline obstruction. Then I remembered Cespedes, accurate laser strong arm. I was just bitching,

    • RkyMtnYank

      Ichiro should have put a spike into his thigh.

      • Nice Scheister

        He had the bag covered with his leg, I would have loved that.

        • RkyMtnYank

          Exactly, that’s the risk you take if you want to block the bag like that.

  • Need Pitching & Hitting

    Fuck Robbie. Take a walk.

  • Need Pitching & Hitting

    Lol A’s defense.

  • Cy Pettitte

    lol wow.

  • yo

    oof

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

    I like Robbie, I really do. He’s one of my favorite players right now, BUT if I was an opposing pitcher I wouldn’t throw him anything over the plate ever. He’s proven time and again that he’s to impatient and will eventually swing at anything that even begins to threaten the strike zone.

  • Anthony

    Wow. We really need to capitalize on these errors.

  • Mike N

    AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!

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

    Nice f-bomb.

  • Need Pitching & Hitting

    Thanks A’s.

  • yo

    lol at melvin

  • Chilango

    That’s why you run hard Robbie. fucking loafer.

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

    Ha..wow. If it wasn’t for that sweep back in July and the tightness of the wildcard and divisional races I’d kind of feel bad for Blackley right now.

  • Anthony

    Yes! Capitalize!!!!

  • jjyank

    Haha silly A’s.

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

    Before that pitch Blackley had exactly a 1/1 Strike/Ball ratio. Hopefully we continue just building runs off of him, taking our walks and such, and we can get another run or two off him next inning before Melvin goes to the pen.

  • VT Yankee Fan

    Sawks have 2 on and 1 out.

    • jjyank

      Rooting for them makes me feel so dirty.

    • VT Yankee Fan

      …and don’t score.

  • Need Pitching & Hitting

    God dammit Nova.

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

    Can anyone get Stephen fricken’ Drew out?

  • RkyMtnYank

    Ok now, don’t pitch to Drew and don’t run on Cespedes.

  • Widget

    What the deuce man? Drew has been garbage for like all of his career, but now he’s a freaking yankee killer.

  • Mike N

    C’mon, Nova! Try not to suck!

  • yo

    aaaaand randy fucking wolfe gets out of the jam

  • jjyank

    Ivan Nova:

    “I don’t always give up hits, but when I do….they go for extra bases.”

    *takes a shot*

    • Nice Scheister

      I laughed, then cried.

  • WhittakerWalt

    This is going to be a long game.

  • captain kiwi

    stephen drew broke my internet apparently.

  • Need Pitching & Hitting

    Get Freddy up.

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

    All of a sudden, he can’t find the strike zone.

  • Chilango

    Get Phelps up. No fucking around with Ivan the terrible.

  • Mike N

    Dammit, Nova!

  • Anthony

    Stephen Drew is the new Mark Reynolds…

  • Nice Scheister

    That was almost another shot for ya jj!

    • jjyank

      At this rate if I stop posting….you all will know why.

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

    Meanwhile, Reynolds goes deep…

  • Nice Scheister

    Double play here boys, stop the FUCKING bleeding!

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

    Get Phelps up!!

  • RkyMtnYank

    Rapada, really? wtf, get Phelps up.

    • Need Pitching & Hitting

      Probably not available, at least not for many innings. He just threw over 100 pitches on Wednesday.

      • jjyank

        That and Girardi probably wants a lefty for Reddick before turning to a righty long man.

  • Nice Scheister

    Was Swisher playing the wall?!

  • yo

    reynolds solo shot

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

    3-1 Baltimore top 3…

  • Need Pitching & Hitting

    Everyday Clay?

    He’s pitched once in the last week.

  • WhittakerWalt

    Done with you, Nova.

  • Chilango

    Take him out NOW. BEFORE Reddick hits i out.

  • Nice Scheister

    Get {insert any pitchers name here} up.

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

    Way to go, Ivan.

  • MartinRanger

    I think Nova’s the odd man out in the playoffs. And he should be in the rotation. Phelps has earned these starts. Nova has not.

    The bullpen needs an arm transfusion. Thank god for CC last night.

  • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

    Looks like Nova is already thinking about 2013

  • Mike N

    Here comes LOOGY!

  • jjyank

    *sigh*

  • Nice Scheister

    HOOK PLEASE!!!!!

  • DT

    Ivan Nova sucks. Give his spot to Phelps.

  • MartinRanger

    Say what you want about Hughes and his propensity to lose it. He’s got nothing on Ivan the Terrible this year.

  • yo

    nova better not get a whiff of a postseason start

  • Nice Scheister

    Everyday Clay, oh Kay you’re so clever!

  • Chilango

    Buckle up guys. It’s gonna be a kick ass ride.

  • Matt

    Another humongous mistake by Girardi.

    Who does he have available in the bullpen today? Without Robertson and Soriano, would he rather mix and match his way through 6 innings than at least give Nova a chance to work out of it?

    Nova’s stuff has looked good, he just has been erratic with his command. He’s clearly overthrowing, and his shoulder is flying open. It is on Rothschild to go out to the mound and calm him down, which he did not do the entire inning.

    What a blow this must be to his confidence, for his coaching staff to have so little faith in him, and to make no effort to help him through the start.

    • Matt

      Even though Rapada got out of it, Girardi now needs to get 6 innings out of his pen without Robertson or Soriano available. The implications of this move are hardly known yet.

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

        The implications of this move are hardly known yet.

        So then stop complaining.

        • Matt

          So stop calling it a success as well. The move could be a tremendous failure if any one of the crap pack comes in and gets their brains beaten in.

        • Matt

          Even if you think Nova gives up 5-6 in his start by the time it’s all said and done, the bullpen could allow just as many given who is available.

          I’d rather go with the guy who has shown he has good enough stuff to shut down a team if he pulls it together, than the guys who consistently don’t get the job done.

          • Need Pitching & Hitting

            “the guys who consistently don’t get the job done.”

            Perfectly describes 2012 Ivan Nova.

            • Matt

              Ivan Nova has changed his pitching delivery substantially since earlier in the season. We honestly do not know what kind of pitcher he is now because we haven’t seen him pitch enough.

              What we do know is that Rapada, Eppley, Wade, Logan, etc are incredibly shaky, and that nothing has happened which would suggest otherwise.

              Since you need to get 6.2 innings out of the bullpen when you take out Nova, you are going to use pretty much every single one of those guys.

              • Need Pitching & Hitting

                Nova has been shaky all year. Nova was shaky again today. Maybe the change of delivery did some good. Maybe not. Now’s not the time of year to risk games to find out. Everyone on your list (except Wade), has been less shaky than Nova this year.

      • MartinRanger

        The implications are several innings of Sweaty Freddie. And honestly that’s no worse an option than Nova right now.

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

      This isn’t the time of year for confidence boosting. Moral victories don’t outweigh actual victories.

      Nova wasn’t giving the Yankees much of a chance to win with what he was doing out there. The BP might implode. Probably will. Gonna need a lot more runs to win this game.

      But if Nova were left out there, the odds of implosion were much higher.

      • Matt

        Nova was not getting hit hard. He was walking guys, which was very clearly because he was rattled by the home run.

        Rothschild never went out to the mound and calmed him down. What do you expect with a younger guy like Nova who has shown in the past that he has a lot of emotions?

        Ivan Nova is a better option at this point than the Eppleys, Wades, Jobas, etc who will be paraded out of the pen now that you yanked him. One well-timed mound visit could have turned around his entire game, and they panicked instead.

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

          “Nova Wasn’t getting hit hard” tell that to the 3 doubles and homer he allowed.

          • Matt

            Except all 3 of those doubles came in the first inning, and he had settled in pretty well outside of the 1 solo shot to Drew, which was not even on a mistake.

            The jam in that inning was set up by 2 walks and a bloop single. We have seen it in the past where Nova can turn it around very suddenly by having one good pitch sequence.

            If Nova gives up 1 run in that spot, you’d happily take it. It’s not like going to the bullpen to hold the lead guarantees that they can shut it down the rest of the way. Nova is a better option than most of the pen that is available today.

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

              You act like he settled down magically after the first. He had a good 2nd inning, then gave up a homer, and allowed 2 walks. Just because the walks weren’t baserunners that hit the ball hard doesn’t mean he had settled down. That’s actually even more dangerous: he’s putting runners on AND getting tagged.

              • Matt

                He did settle in. He was clearly rattled by the home run, and it affected his next set of pitch sequences. His stuff was still great, and he was getting really good break on his curveball.

                In the first inning, his fastball velocity was down and his pitches were hanging. That is not what was happening in the 3rd.

                • Need Pitching & Hitting

                  He did settle in. Against the bottom of the order. Until he immediately got unsettled in the very next inning.

                  • Matt

                    He also retired the 4-5-6 hitters in order after allowing the 2 runs in the first. You’re picking at straws.

                    • Need Pitching & Hitting

                      Ignoring 3 doubles, a homerun, and 2 walks isn’t? Did he not immediately get unsettled in the third? If he’s that fragile that he falls apart because he gives up a leadoff HR, he has no business being on the mound in a pennant race.

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

                  No, his stuff was all over the place in the 3rd. After the strike out he walked Cespedes on 4 straight, then allowed the bloop single then walked Carter on 6 pitches. He had one good inning in the 2nd against the bottom 3rd of the order. That’s taking advantage of the situation, not settling down.

                  • Matt

                    Which is EXACTLY what I was saying.

                    His control was erratic, but his STUFF was very good. He had good velocity and excellent life on his pitches. The life on his fastball was so good that it was hurting him at times because it was breaking out of the zone after starting out as a strike!

                    He had retired the 4-5-6 hitters in the first pretty easily after allowing the doubles. Since you are not watching the game, it’s no surprise to me that you can’t see these things. Don’t try to make judgments about how a guy is pitching based on John Sterling.

                    • Need Pitching & Hitting

                      “His control was erratic”

                      Not a winning formula. Regardless of the reason, he wasn’t getting the job done. That’s not a reason to leave him in the game. In a big game. In a playoff race.

                    • Matt

                      His control was only erratic AFTER the home run. His control was fine before that, including in the at bat in which he gave up the home run.

                      He pitched poorly for 3 straight batters there, but those was 3 OBVIOUS chances to see what was going on and to settle him down. He is not a veteran pitcher, and he is having a tough season. You can’t be surprised if he needs to be coached a bit more through these spots.

              • Matt

                And after the 3 doubles, he retired the next 3 hitters in order in the first, including a strikeout to keep a runner at 3rd with less than 2 outs. So it wasn’t just 1 inning, it was 2.

        • Need Pitching & Hitting

          “Nova was not getting hit hard. He was walking guys, which was very clearly because he was rattled by the home run.”

          This is just hilarious. Giving up a homerun isn’t getting hit hard?
          He wasn’t giving the other hitters a chance to hit him. That’s not a positive.

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

            He wasn’t getting hit hard, he just allowed three doubles and a homer in the span of the first ten batters he faced.

            • Matt

              You’re ridiculous. The home run was the only ball he had allowed since the 3rd double that went more than 120 feet.

              If the guy is getting smoked, you take him out. If the guy is walking hitters but showing some really good velocity and movement, you give him a mound visit and a chance to work through it.

              If this were last year’s bullpen, then they could yank him for all I care. But it’s not. You have to compare it to your alternatives, and the alternatives today are worse than Nova.

              • Need Pitching & Hitting

                You mean the better part of the order were the only ones to hit him hard, and the bottom of their order isn’t very good. Shocking.

                • Matt

                  No. He retired 4-5-6 easily in the first and gave up a bloop single to Moss in the 3rd.

                  I would hardly call Steven Drew one of their “better” hitters. Sometimes a few guys just get to you. He had no problem handling every hitter in the lineup besides the top 3, and those were the guys who were due up in the inning.

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

          Rothschild already went to the mound in the first.

          • Matt

            And you know what happened? He retired 3 straight hitters afterwards to hold it at a 2-run deficit.

            He did not visit the mound once in the 3rd inning. Walk, single, walk, no mound visit.

        • Mike N

          “One well-timed mound visit could have turned around his entire game, and they panicked instead.”

          This is magical thinking.

          • Matt

            No, it’s not.

            When the guy is overthrowing and rushing his delivery, it’s an issue of emotions. You try to go out and calm him down before you yank him from the game.

            If Rothschild goes out there and doesn’t like the vibe that he gets from Nova, then he can tell Girardi to take him out. If he thinks that Nova has refocused, then he can give him a chance.

            Nothing has to be done in absolutes. But what happened here was they never even gave him a chance. They just yanked him right away, and since they yanked him as they did, they probably severely damaged his confidence while gaining little from the move.

          • Matt

            Also, where was Rothschild after the first walk, or the bloop single? There were a ton of times they could have gone out there and settled him down before that inning got out of hand.

    • Mike N

      It’s too late in the season in a tight pennant race to coddle Nova and let him work things out on the mound. If there was a managing/coaching mistake, it was starting him in the first place.

    • Need Pitching & Hitting

      You can’t be serious. He’s a major leaguer. This is a pennant race. He wasn’t getting the job done.

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

      They stuck with him all season while he was getting his brains beat in. They showed far too much confidence in him this year, if anything.

      • Matt

        Making up for one mistake with another does not solve the problem.

        Nova was not getting hit very hard today outside of the first inning. Nova was a bit rattled after the home run, and nobody went out there and helped him calm down. You could see him rushing his delivery, and overthrowing his pitches.

        If you had the A’s bullpen, it would be a no brainer. But they don’t, and they also don’t have either Soriano or Robertson.

        Would you rather give Nova, a guy with good stuff who could turn it around at any point, a chance to work out of the inning, or bring in Wade and Eppley in the middle innings, who are consistently mediocre?

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

          Nova was not getting hit very hard today outside of the first inning….was a bit rattled after the home run.

          He’s not getting hit hard but he gave up a homer. You can try to rationalize your opinion all you want but I’m having trouble getting past the part where a guy who allowed 5 hits over 3 innings, 4 of which going for extra bases, wasn’t getting hit hard.

          • Matt

            You’re probably not watching the game if you continue to say this.

            Nova was inducing a ton of weak contact in innings #2-3. The home run was not on a mistake pitch, but a really good piece of hitting by the hitter.

            And what a shock that they are already giving it up. Like I said, Ivan Nova was a better option than the bullpen today. Getting out of one inning is irrelevant because they have 6 more to fall apart.

            • Need Pitching & Hitting

              LOL.
              Inducing a ton of weak contact in innings #2-3.

              He faced the bottom of the lineup in inning 2. You think maybe that plays in to the weak contact?

              Inning 3:
              Home run – not remotely weak contact
              K – no contact
              BB – no contact
              Single – weak contact
              BB – no contact

              So one instance of weak contact in that inning. And horrible command. Of course they should keep him in. He was definitely getting the job done.

              • Matt

                And he retired the 4-5-6 hitters in order after the 3 doubles in the first inning, inducing a ground ball, a strikeout, and a weak fly ball.

                He was very visibly rushing his delivery after the home run and his shoulder was flying open. Every pitch was tailing way out of the zone on the arm side.

                If you can’t see that, then I can’t help you. What they did to Nova was criminal today, and could affect his performance down the road.

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

                  Criminal! Criminal to take a pitcher out of a game after allowing seven of the 14 men he faced to reach base! Poor Ivan Nova will never recover, he might as well go back to the DR and become a fisherman.

                  Now I’ve heard it all. Thanks for the laugh.

                  • Matt

                    No. What was criminal was knowing he was rattled, doing nothing to try to calm him down not once, not twice, but THREE times (mound visit), and then yanking him from the game when his emotions were highest and destroying his confidence possibly for the rest of the season.

                    All they had to do was go out there and visit him after he walked Cespedes, or after the bloop to Moss. Maybe he gets it together, maybe he doesn’t. At least you tried.

                • Need Pitching & Hitting

                  “He was very visibly rushing his delivery after the home run and his shoulder was flying open. Every pitch was tailing way out of the zone on the arm side.”

                  In other words: He wasn’t getting it done. Shoulder flying open and rushing his delivery are reasons to take him out, not leave him in and hope he settles down before he destroys all chances of winning the game.

                  This is the pennant race. This is not the time to baby mediocre fifth starters.

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

                    This is the pennant race. This is not the time to baby mediocre fifth starters.

                    This. repeated for emphasis. There is a time to let a starter work through troubles. 12 games to go in the regular season against a possible playoff opponent with a one game lead and 5 game lead in the division and W/C respectively w/ possible tie breaker implications on the line is NOT that time.

                    • Matt

                      I’m not asking them to baby them. And leaving him out there to work out of his own mess would be the complete opposite of babying him.

                      I’m asking them to support their pitcher. Nova is a young pitcher still, and he’s in the midst of a mentally frustrating season. You have to go out there and calm him down when he starts to get rattled.

                      Nova was the best option for the rest of the game, because Rapada may have been better against ONE batter, but as you saw he blew the lead anyway in the next inning when he had to face a bunch of righties. If Nova gets out of that without too much damage, maybe he gives you 6 or 7 innings.

                      If you were going to yank him so quickly, you should have at least given him one legitimate chance to work out of it after a mound visit or something, instead of letting it snowball.

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

                      Like I said, there are times to support your pitcher and let him work through their messes. You know when that time is? In the middle of summer when you have a huge divisional lead. They did. How did Ivan reward their support? Leading the lead in extra base hits, barely preforming well enough to be considered a 4th or 5th starter. He has done NOTHING this season to convince me that he was all of a sudden going to turn it around, be able to go over an inning today w/o giving up an XBH or walking more guys.

                    • Need Pitching & Hitting

                      I agree there should have been a mound visit.
                      But that ship sailed. He wasn’t getting the job done. It’s entirely possible the bullpen won’t either, but this time of year, you have to take the risk of someone who might have a bad day over somebody you know is having a bad day.

                    • Matt

                      I’m not even saying they should have left him in after the walk to load the bases.

                      What I am saying though is that they so totally blew that inning that they probably missed a chance to get something out of Nova there.

                      Nova was the best option, but they completely lost him mentally. Given how much he was imploding, they may have had no choice. But they never even gave themselves the option of doing anything else.

                      It would have been gutsy to leave Nova in, but they were so worried about getting him out of there in time that they didn’t take care of him while he was in the game. It’s stunning given the bullpen today that they let him fall apart without even a visit.

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

              I’m actually listening on the radio. I guess the people who are watching the game and agree with me are just wrong then, cause apparently you’re the only person on the boards that disagree w/ going to the bullpen when a starters line is 3IP 5H(4XBH) 1HR and 2BBs

  • Brian S.

    See you next year Nova.

  • Effthisnoise

    Fucking huge!

  • Mike N

    LOOGY brings home the bacon!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • yo

    miraculous

  • RkyMtnYank

    Fuck yea!!!

  • Austin Aunelowitzky (formerly Paul VuvuZuvella)

    Great play by everyday Clay.

  • Cy Pettitte

    I was totally expecting Rapada to throw that away.

  • MartinRanger

    CLUTCH CLAY!
    and he didn’t boot it for once!

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

    Clay was far too smart than to think about going to second with that throw.

  • Chilango

    Sweet DP!

  • Need Pitching & Hitting

    Good Loogy.

    I got real nervous with Rapada throwing the ball. Good thing he had the option of throwing to the plate.

  • captain kiwi

    fucking beautiful job clay. josh reddick needs a haircut.

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

    LOWE REALLY Joe REALLY Derek Lowe is going to be your first long man?!?! Not Phelps, not Garcia (two guys who have had decent success as starters) but Derek Lowe?! If he puts Lowe in to start the 4th I am going to blow a gasket.

    • Nice Scheister

      Lowe would be my third choice too, he’s the king of giving up the base hit per inning pitched, Nova is Lowe in several years, if he’s lucky. I’d prefer Phelps, then Garcia then Lowe.

  • Anthony

    Way to step up there, Clay.

  • Nice Scheister

    Well done Joe!

  • nsalem

    Clay turning it much more caution since his error costing game.

  • WhittakerWalt

    Nova just looks lost.

  • jjyank

    ‘Atta boy, Clay. You can have your cookies now.

  • Brian S.

    Phelps to teh rotationz

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

    Danny Valencia ties the game in Boston.

  • VT Yankee Fan

    Sawks tied it up on an HR by Valencia.

  • Chilango

    Can’t figure out why Jones and Stewart are playing. The O’s are going to sweep the Sux, so these games are like, very important. ???

    • WhittakerWalt

      Girardi likes catchers who can’t hit.

  • yo

    sox tie it up!

  • Brian S.

    I just woke up. Did Chris Stewart really swing at a 3-0 pitch with the bases loaded?

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

      I don’t think so.

      • Brian S.

        Like earlier in the game. When he awkwardly ran into first base.

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

          I think that was 3-1 or 3-2.

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

      Umm…

      no?

  • MartinRanger

    words I never thought I’d say (prior to the Valencia dinger): ‘god damn it why do the Red Sox have to suck so much.’

  • Nice Scheister

    Let’s go Boston!

    :takes shower:

  • Brian S.

    Why were Nix and McGehee batting against a righty?

    • MartinRanger

      I mean, do the Yankees have better options right now? Ibanez looks cooked, Chavez is Chavez and slumping. Maybe Nunez for Nix though I’m not sure that’s a big upgrade and Nix has a better glove.

  • Mike N

    I wouldn’t be surprised if Rapada pitches the next inning. He has pitched multiple outs in the past few weeks, if I am remembering correctly.

    • Brian S.

      Only if they are left handed

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

        it goes Righty, Lefty, Switch(who can’t hit lefties), Lefty, Lefty according to Sterling.

        • MartinRanger

          I keep Rapada in.

      • Mike N

        He has pitched to righties in multi-out appearances.

    • Chilango

      Yup.

  • Nice Scheister

    So much for Grandy getting a day off, at least Jones got an RBI.

  • MartinRanger

    I do want to see Dickerson at some point.

    But for who I’m not sure. It’s not like they will sit Ichiro.

  • Pat D

    That’s too easy.

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

    Isn’t that Scott Brosius?

    • Pat D

      Yep.

  • Mike N

    Rapada still in. I was right.

  • RkyMtnYank

    Phelps must not be lined up to pitch today since he was seen throwing last night. Otherwise, why would mix and match for 6 innings and burn the whole bullpen.

  • Pat D

    I’m thinking we’re going to have to see Garcia in this game.

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

    That doesn’t help.

  • Brian S.

    Need another DP here Clay.

  • Mike N

    C’mon, Rapada!!!

  • MartinRanger

    That’s annoying.

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

    Well, Rapada had giveth, and now he’s trying to taketh away.

  • WhittakerWalt

    LNOGY

  • Need Pitching & Hitting

    Joe realizes Clay is a Loogy, right?

  • Chilango

    Here we go. bunt, single and we’re down by a run.

    • Chilango

      fuck I was wrong…

  • Mike N

    Crap.

  • MartinRanger

    Well that really didn’t work.

    I don’t blame Girardi, but damn.

  • Cy Pettitte

    fucking ridiculous that Rapada faced 2 righties.

    • MartinRanger

      what pitcher do you want to burn? let’s hear it?

      • Need Pitching & Hitting

        Garcia?
        Lowe?
        Phelps (if he’s available)?

      • RkyMtnYank

        Phelps.

        • Chilango

          Since DRob and Sori aren’t available, they’re probably leaving Phelps for last. So it’s oh-no Lowe or Sweaty freddy…

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

            Freddy everyday of the week and twice on Sundays over Lowe once in my opinion.

          • RkyMtnYank

            Knowing Phelps could finish the whole game since he’s still stretched out seems preferable if he can be used at all. I’m guessing he’s not available today. The weather is too cold for me to have any confidence in Freddy not being able to throw his sweat ball.

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

            Phelps threw 110 pitches two days ago. He’s not available.

            • RkyMtnYank

              Hehe, seems alot longer ago than that.

        • Marcy

          Phelps is not available – he just pitched a game.

      • Hummingbird S.

        you realize they have more than 25 players on the roster right now? It’s not like the pen is short on fresh arms..

        • CUYanks

          The extra arms are probably not an improvement in a close game.

  • Need Pitching & Hitting

    Fucking idiot Girardi.
    Clay giving up hits to non-lefties. What a shock.

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

    Yep.

    This is gonna be one long-assed day. Hope the bats are up for it.

  • Karl Krawfid

    Just have to shake your head at this BP management.

  • Hummingbird S.

    whyis Girardi trying to lose the game?

  • Rich

    This is what happens when your starter only gets seven outs.

  • captain kiwi

    hah. it’s almost comical.

  • WhittakerWalt

    Girardi keeps showing faith in guys who just don’t deserve it.

    • MartinRanger

      Really. A guy with a .221 BAA and a 2.92 ERA doesn’t deserve it?

      • WhittakerWalt

        I was thinking more of Andruw Jones and Chris Stewart.
        But if it makes you comfortable to fill in all the parts of my conversation, go right ahead.

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

    Welp…I hope Freddy is ready to impress for a good couple inning. Also: I still hold by bringing Lowe in after Rapada is the wrong move whether Joe does that or not remains to be seen, but if he does it’s a dumb decision.

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

      Ugh…it’s Lowe, fuck. I really hope the offense is ready to score some runs today.

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

    Could(‘ve) be(en) worse.

  • DT

    Why in the world did Girardi let Rapada get hammered just so he can have him pitch to the lefties later in the order…

    • CUYanks

      It’s the 4th inning.

  • Brian S.

    Lowe vs. Cespedes? Excuse me while I go vomit.

  • Chilango

    Why Lowe? I don’t get it.

  • Mike N

    Great play!

  • yo

    Jete!

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

    May have been safe.

    But we’ll take it.

  • Mike

    Safe or out?

  • brian

    jeter’s leading off this inning…

    just sayin

    /no way it’s a 1 in 9 liklihood, maybe 1 in 7

  • yo

    he was out

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

    Jeter’s first pitch hacking is getting really fucking tiresome.

    • brian

      agreed… except for those 4 out of 10 times when it results in a base hit..

    • MartinRanger

      I know what you mean, but he has like a .340 average on the first pitch. So hard to get on him.

    • FIPster Doofus

      He’s hitting .376 in 0-0 counts.

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

        Doesn’t mean he should keep swinging at every first pitch or will continue to do that going forward.

        • CUYanks

          Career .383/.403/.565 on 0-0 counts over 1615 at bats.

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

            Well, now I feel better. If 29-year-old Jeter did it, 38-year-old Jeter can too.

            • CUYanks

              His numbers this year are better than his career numbers. If you want to dismiss this year’s numbers as too small a sample, what better reference do you have than his career? Even saying that, let’s see:

              (on 0-0 counts)

              38-year-old: .376/.393/.523
              37-year-old: .414/.431/.557
              36-year-old: .292/.327/.375
              35-year-old: .448/.467/.667
              34-year-old: .372/.375/.605
              33-year-old: .322/.358/.422

              (that’s as far as the splits go back on the site I’m on)

              I don’t really see the numbers to back up you’re gut feeling that he will suddenly fall off a cliff of 0-0 swinging. Those are pretty decent numbers and I don’t especially see a particular decline in them by age)

              • CUYanks

                Ok, maybe his numbers aren’t *better* than his career, but not a huge drop off (and also your, not you’re– whoops)

        • RkyMtnYank

          Unless you are trying to work the starting pitchers pitch count then the first pitch is likely the best pitch you will see in an at bat. All pitchers try to get ahead in the count as far as I know.

    • CUYanks

      .376/.393/.523 when he puts the ball in play on the first pitch (coming into today, if I’m reading things correctly)

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

    That’s twice in this game Jeter’s gone one pitch-one out.

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

      Leading off an inning too.

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

        At least that means no patented one pitch-GIDJ’s.

  • Nice Scheister

    Has Jeter seen three or four pitches today?

  • yo

    lol guess whos on base again

  • Cy Pettitte

    run Ichiro, run.

  • MartinRanger

    Can’t buy a break right now.

  • Chilango

    Robbie’s starting to look like Swisher.

  • Brian S.

    Cano has been pretty bad down the stretch.

  • MartinRanger

    wouldn’t it be nice if our middle of the order could get even vaguely warm?

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

    I can’t stress enough how much I disagree with Derek Lowe being in here.

    • Brian S.

      They don’t want to use Phelps so this is the best we have.

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

        I prefer Freddy honestly.

    • Chilango

      Agree. It should be Freddy to Phelps with some matchups as needed.

    • WhittakerWalt

      VETERAN PRESENTS

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

        *Garcia cries as he searches for his gift receipts*

  • yo

    O’s with 2 in scoring position, 1 out

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

    I think only the 2nd inning has seen the A’s not get the leadoff man on.

    Then you wonder how they’ve scored four runs so far.

  • yo

    ryan flaherty cashes in…lol

    5-3 baltimore

    • Cy Pettitte

      amazing how they can plug literally any scrub into that line up and he instantly starts hitting.

      • yo

        2012 Orioles…luckiest team in baseball since…?

        • Nice Scheister

          2010 Giants?

  • MartinRanger

    the Red Sox really are BAD at baseball.

    • Nice Scheister

      Againist Randy Wolf to make it worse. Puke.

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

    Some schmuck named Flaherty drives in two for the O’s.

    Somehwere, Flash is smiling.

  • MartinRanger

    Say what you want about him, Lowe’s got terrific movement on the sinker today.

  • Nice Scheister
  • Hummingbird S.

    excellent job by Lowe here.

  • Chilango

    Lowe is actually good today.

  • Joe

    How we doing?

  • Hummingbird S.

    this offense.. can’t get anything going against jim miller

  • yo

    raul so cool!

  • MartinRanger

    VOLDEMORT RETURNS

  • Cy Pettitte

    old man strength!

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

    LORD VOLDEMORT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Hummingbird S.

    now that’s more like it RAUL!

  • Need Pitching & Hitting

    Ibanez!!!!

    Doing something useful!!!

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

    Just shocked that Ibanez did something.

  • captain kiwi

    RAUUUUL! perfect timing haha. i feel much better goin to work with a lead!

  • Myers

    He’s so cool (once a year)

    • Myers

      Whoops … typed too fast, meant: once a month

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

    I know Nix has a 3-1 count but Chavez isn’t hitting for him because…why?

    • MartinRanger

      Because that.

  • Marcy

    So, in 5 days who pitches? Nova or Phelps?

  • jjyank

    Voldemort…goes YARDEMORT!

    It’s been way too long since I’ve busted that out.

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

    Pinch-hitting for McGehee was criminal. He hit a ball to the warning track in his last at-bat. They probably hurt his confidence by showing no faith in him. Criminal.

    • Pasta Stumbling Sojo

      Someone call Greg’s police to make an arrest.

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

      Can you believe Girardi? Putting winning an important game over the feelings of McGehee?! His confidence might be shattered for the rest of the year!!!!!!!!!

    • Matt

      You’re insane. There is a huge difference between leaving your young starter out there to implode without even one mound visit, versus pinch hitting for a veteran whose role it is to bat pretty much only against LHP.

      Nova is going to get 2 more starts this year. You have to be careful about how you treat him, because you may lose him for those 2 other starts as well if you mess with his head too much.

      If you visit him and he still can’t get it done, then the guy will certainly understand why he is being removed. If you leave him out there to fall apart when his emotions are high, he’s going to feel like you didn’t give him a fair chance.

      • jjyank

        Arm chair psychology at its best.

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

        I’m trying to draw a parallel to the real world here…I think I’ve got one:

        I used to work for a catering company, if I had one really good year w/o any mistakes, never getting lost, food was never late and always set up neatly then the following year I was almost constantly late, food always looked a mess, and showed up late on a regular basis then the day of the biggest catering of the year I dropped a tray of chicken marsala right outside the door of the hall but did a bad(but not awful) job of setting up the rest of it. Would my boss not have every right to send me home early even if I was under contract w/ the company for the foreseeable future and I still had a couple more important jobs over the rest of the year?

        • Matt

          Except you are missing one key part of this analogy.

          Your boss would probably have the decency to ask if you are feeling alright before shoving you out the door. If you are usually reliable, but are suddenly not, they would give you the benefit of the doubt.

          The coaching staff never went out to the mound to check on Nova in that 3rd inning. They never checked to see if he was still upset about the home run or some other pitches he made in that inning. They left him out there to fail, and then shoved him out the door.

          • jjyank

            “If you are usually reliable, but are suddenly not, they would give you the benefit of the doubt.”

            Seriously? You’re making it sound like Nova was an all-star all year and is having a bad couple of games. He’s been bad for most of the year, there is no “sudden” going on.

            So in Plouffy’s analogy, his boss would have approached him several times over the last few months to ask if he’s okay. And after he continues to shit the bed opportunity after opportunity, he gets sent home.

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

              That last paragraph sums it up perfectly. I actually saw my old boss do it to somebody which is how I thought of the analogy. It was well known that one of the drivers/caterers was having some personal troubles…the boss kept him on cause he was a hard worker. Then one day after a few months of not being up to par he screwed up big and got sent home.

            • Matt

              What do you not get?

              There was not even ONE mound visit in that inning. NOT EVEN ONE.

              I’m not asking them to leave him out there until he gives up 10 runs. I’m asking them to give him a chance to succeed, which they didn’t do. And by “chance to succeed,” I’m referring to the entire inning leading up to that point when he was very visibly starting to fall apart mechanically.

              • jjyank

                No, it’s what you’re not getting. The Yankees need to make sure the TEAM succeeds. If Nova is sucking, take him the fuck out while the team is still in the game. This is not an isolated incident, stop acting like it is.

                • Matt

                  You’re an idiot. Please try reading.

                  “by “chance to succeed,” I’m referring to the entire inning leading up to that point when he was very visibly starting to fall apart mechanically.”

                  He was visibly starting to fall apart mechanically for 3 batters before they yanked him from the game. They had multiple chances to go out there and get him back on track, and didn’t.

                  They left him in there until he loaded the bases with 1 out on walks. I’m not questioning whether he should have been left in for more batters after that. I’m asking why they did not take the opportunity to get the MOST they could have gotten out of those batters? They had a ton of chances to try to straighten him out BEFORE they felt compelled to yank him, and they sat on their hands.

                  • jjyank

                    Haha you’re funny. At least you’ve brought us new memes to play with, I appreciate that.

                    Please, try to make a bigger mountain out of a molehill. I’d love to hear it.

                    • Matt

                      The only one making a fool of himself is you. You still continue to harp on points that I have not once made in this entire thread. They had 2 chances to give him a mound visit, and then yanked him without ever trying to straighten him out. That’s pretty terrible.

                    • jjyank

                      No it’s CRIMINAL!

                      lulz

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

            Your boss would probably have the decency to ask if you are feeling alright before shoving you out the door.

            Not in a result’s driven industry, like a pennant race or a catering company in a very competitive market. He would’ve said, I can almost see it in my head “You’re obviously not right, and haven’t been for a while, take the rest of the day and come back tomorrow ready to work.”

      • Mike N

        You’re talking like Nova is a fragile rookie or something. He is a 25 year-old grown man who went 16-4 last season for the Yanks. He knows intellectually what it means to pitch well, and obviously has the emotional solidity to have pitched an entire good season last year. He was getting rocked today in a key game and couldn’t find the strike zone, and he got pulled. I really don’t know where you are coming up with this nonsense that he is going to have some kind of adverse emotional reaction to being pulled other than “I was pitching like shit today in an important game and I got pulled”. Which, hey, that’s baseball.

        • Matt

          How many times this year has Nova allowed innings to completely snowball after they scored him some runs? He is not the guy from last year who was nails with runners on base and in crucial spots.

          When a guy is young and only used to success, it’s tough for him sometimes to deal with failure. Nova’s confidence is visibly down this year. When he gets in trouble, he starts to overthrow. When he gives up runs, his body language is terrible, and he looks discouraged.

          It’s up to the coaching staff to help a young guy through his struggles. The way they coached him today, they completely missed the fact that he was losing control of the situation until it was too late.

          • jjyank

            “t’s up to the coaching staff to help a young guy through his struggles.”

            Not in a tight playoff race in September, it’s not. Nova has been mostly bad all year, if he had half a brain he would know why he’s getting pulled without several coaching visits to make it obvious. Work on that shit in the bullpen in a couple days, not the the big league mound in an important game.

            I’ll go ahead and repeat myself: “Arm chair psychology at its best.”

            • Matt

              “Helping him work through his struggles” could be as simple as visiting the mound after he allows the tough luck bloop single to Moss after battling back from down 3-0 in the count.

              They did NOTHING.

              And I am not even saying they should have left him in to throw 100 pitches no matter how bad he was. That’s what you do in June or July. It wouldn’t have taken much to at least TRY to help Nova get back on track before it got out of hand.

              • jjyank

                They’ve been trying to get him on track all year. I’m sure he and Rothschild have talked a ton over the last few months. Maybe Rothschild said all he had to say in the first inning/before the game/in bullpen sessions/any other time throughout the season. What makes you think a coaching visit just for the sake of it would accomplish anything? Maybe Nova has was just bad, like he has been for most of the year, so the pulled him quickly. This is not the time of the year to have the coach go talk to him and pray to Mo it works.

                • Matt

                  You clearly don’t know much about baseball. A mound visit is not just for giving him a scouting report or telling him what he is doing wrong.

                  Sometimes they go out there and crack a few jokes to get the guy to stop overthinking things. Sometimes they’ll point out a pretty girl in the stands. Anything to get his mind off of the bad at bat he just had.

                  What do you not get? They didn’t even give him ONE mound visit in the inning. Are you going to try to argue that September is too important a time of the year to give the guy a freaking mound visit? Does Rothschild need to conserve his energy because his legs are tired from going out to the mound too many times in April?

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

                    You’re the kinda guy that thinks a team gets fired up when the manager gets ejected, aren’t you?

                    • Matt

                      You’re the kind of guy who thinks that the mental aspect of baseball has no impact on the players’ performance. A guy never gets upset when he makes an error in the field. A guy never gets upset when the umpire calls him out on a pitch in the other batter’s box. Guys never go into slumps or rough patches because they always recognize that it’s just one play in a 162 game season. The only thing that matters is whether he is getting “lucky” or not.

                  • jjyank

                    Ah, the old “you must not know about baseball” defense. Funny.

                    So they give him another visit to the mount. Nova gives up 3 more runs. The Yankees are in an even bigger hole. But it’s okay, because they didn’t hurt Nova’s ego, right? Please, stop acting like a coaching visit is some sort of magical cure all to shitty pitching.

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

                      Matt’s been the best pitching coach/manager not in MLB for three years running now. Didn’t you know that?

            • Matt

              And it is not armchair psychology. It was very obvious what was happening to any astute observer.

              And whether you want to call it “emotions” or simply “bad pitching,” it was a correctable mechanical flaw. Rushing his delivery and having his shoulder fly open.

              Especially for a guy who just recently changed his pitching delivery, it is stunning that they didn’t even make an attempt to help him through it.

              • jjyank

                It’s not arm chair psychology? Mkay.

                You said in your earlier comment: “You have to be careful about how you treat him, because you may lose him for those 2 other starts as well if you mess with his head too much.”

                Right then.

                • Matt

                  It’s speculation. I’m not saying he WILL be lost. It’s pretty clear that his confidence is at the lowest we have ever seen it in the big leagues. Why would you risk losing the guy mentally for the rest of the year by treating him so terribly?

                  • jjyank

                    Hahahaha alright, the lack of a coaching visit to the mount in one particular inning before getting lifted is being “treated so terribly”? Man, I couldn’t make this stuff up.

                    • Matt

                      Yanking a starter who is not getting lit up in the inning without even a mound visit is pretty disrespectful.

                    • jjyank

                      I’m guessing your new to the 2012 season. Welcome.

                  • Mike N

                    His confidence is low because he has been pitching like shit pretty much all season. You’ve got the causality backwards. He needs to figure out how to pitch better and that will improve his confidence.

                    Pulling a pitcher from a game who is pitching like shit in that game is not “treating him so terribly”. Are you remembering this kind of shit from little league or something?

                    • Matt

                      The causality runs in both directions.

                      If you give him a mound visit and get him focused, you may get a lot more out of him than if you leave him out there and let the frustration build.

                      I figured it was common sense that if the guy is struggling mightily, that it’s better to at least TRY to give him a chance to succeed than to wait until he implodes. But who am I kidding? Anyone who dares question the wisdom of the Great Joe Girardi and his coaching staff is immediately labeled a troll.

          • Mike N

            Rothschild went to the mound in the first inning. He continued pitching like shit without any ability to find the strike zone and got pulled. I don’t see what is so remarkable and psychologically sensitive about this situation and what more should have been done.

            You really think Girardi and Rothschild don’t know how to handle a pitching staff, and you know better?

            • Matt

              Wrong. When Rothschild went to the mound after the 3 doubles in the first, Nova retired the next 3 hitters in that inning without allowing a run, including a strikeout of Chris Carter to strand the runner at 3rd with less than 2 outs.

              He then followed that up with a scoreless second inning, in which he was not only facing weaker hitters but also making much better quality pitches to get them out.

              Rothschild did not go out to the mound ONCE in the third inning. NOT ONCE.

  • Nice Scheister

    Jones and Ibanez with an RBI each…looks who’s gonna get more playing time…

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

      fail.

      • Nice Scheister

        I hope I’m wrong and we see the okd DH platoon as more of a PH platoon.

  • Chilango

    Raul saved me- and you- a rant.

  • Hummingbird S.

    what a difference a year makes.. Grandy and Cano :(

  • Myers

    Who here is for picking up Granderson’s option and trading him for minor leaguers? Or, for not picking up the option at all?

    • Nice Scheister

      4.69 Strikeouts per HR…ouch!

    • Brian S.

      I pick up his option. We are going to need to keep some power especially with Swisher walking.

      • Marcy

        It’s not just Curtis who swinging at those high fast balls to strike out – it’s Jeter & Swisher — Robbie’s just not going well right now so he’s just swinging.

        Curtis needs more days off – this year’s been a killer for him. It might also help if Garner is really okay to put Granderson in left though left in YS is still huge.

    • Chilango

      .230/.320 ditch him. his 40 HRs don’t compensate the 200 Ks

      • MartinRanger

        I cannot begin to describe how idiotic that thinking is.

      • DC

        Yes, 200 grounders to 2nd makes all the difference. smh

    • Kosmo

      200 ks ! 200 Ks !

    • Hummingbird S.

      Last year of his contract after an year like this one? What kind of value does he have?

      • MartinRanger

        at this point Granderson’s swing is tailored for Yankee stadium. and he’s not the liability against lefties he used to be. No, he’s not Bernie Williams. Or Carlos Beltran. But he’s one of the better hitting CFs in baseball.

        you guys are so quick to give up on players that have been vital to the Yankees’ success this year.

  • CUYanks

    With the schedules lined up as they are, there is at least a shot that the best 2 records in the AL could finish 1-2 in the AL East. The 2nd-best AL team having to play a 1-game playoff to make it into the ALDS would epitomize the stupidity of this new Wildcard system.

    • Myers

      I agree; there shouldn’t be divisions, just leagues. And, 4&5 play the play-in to face 1 while 2&3 play each other.

      • CUYanks

        I suppose you’d need to balance the schedules.

    • jjyank

      Can you imagine if this happened under the new system? http://mlb.mlb.com/mlb/standin.....season.jsp

      The 102-win Athletics would have had to play the 85-win Twins in a 1 game playoff. It’s absurd.

  • MartinRanger

    Yes because good fielding 2nd baseman with OPSs around .900 and center fielders with 40-HR power and OPSs around .800 even after a titanic slump are so easily replaced.

    It’s thing to not resign them but trade them?

    And I still think they should resign Cano and let Grandy walk.

    • Brian S.

      I don’t want Curtis around long term. But next year? We’re still contending and he still looks like the best option for CF on a 1 year deal.

      • jjyank

        Agreed. I’m in the “Pick up Granderson’s 2013 option, keep him, then let him walk in 2014″ camp.

        • Brian S.

          Although it would be nice if they could convince him to shift over to RF.

          • jjyank

            Don’t think he has the arm for that. Maybe LF, with Gardner in CF. I would rather have Swisher to be honest, I feel like his contract will be smaller. Swish in RF, Gardner in CF, and go out and trade for/sign a LF.

            Or trade for Justin Upton and let them both walk.

        • Myers

          With similar performance in ’13, would you give him a qualifying offer for 2014 (taking the payroll issues into account)?

          • MartinRanger

            Really depends on the market, I think. If there is a viable alternative, then no. If not, and Mason’s not ready…

          • jjyank

            I would. Granderson will be at an age where he is likely looking for his last big contract, I doubt he accepts a 1 year deal.

  • Mike N

    Likelihood this game ends 5-4?

  • Myers

    6-3 Fightin Showalters

  • MartinRanger

    Derek ‘relief ace’ Lowe.

  • Chilango

    Lowe steps up, Hats off to him.

  • Myers

    Stephen Drew is starting to believe he’s not terrible and is doing his best Jeter impersonation.

  • CUYanks

    RA Dickey trying to CG SHO himself to the Cy Young.

  • Nice Scheister

    How many pitches does Jeter see in this AB, over/under 3.5?

  • Marcy

    See, he took a pitch

  • Brian S.

    Why is the hottest hitter in the world bunting?

  • Myers

    I am on the fence about a red-hot Ichiro sacrificing there.
    We need a big inning.

    • Myers

      And, that’s why you don’t sacrifice in that situation. They pitch around a HOF’er to get to a lefty-lefty match up.
      Girardi isn’t the best manager in the world.

    • Tom

      So the bunt takes the bat out of Ihciro and ARod’s hand and gets Cano up against a lefty.

      I realize Cano is a really good hitter but wouldn’t you want Ichiro ARod and Cano all to get swings when you are up by a run in the SIXTH inning.

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

    …Can Baltimore just lose a game or two while we’re hot?! I’m serious…it seems like they’re matching us almost win for win right now.

    • Myers

      It’s not just appearance.
      They’re on their way to a sixth straight victory. The same number we have enjoyed over our last six.
      The only problem … They just seem to have an easier time of it (even with the extra inning games, they seem in control).

      • CUYanks

        I’m sure the Orioles fans have the same complaints about the Yankees.

  • yo

    take that personally, robinson

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

    ROBBIE TAKE A GOD DAMNED WALK

  • Chilango

    Go the other way for fucks sake

  • yo

    that hurts

  • MartinRanger

    well that sucked.

    it’s so painful to watch this line-up right now.

  • Hummingbird S.

    fucking unwatchable.. Cano sucks right now

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

    Robbie and walks just do not agree at all.

  • Chilango

    Saw that coming. Cano rolls one over

  • ArchStanton

    All the other problems aside, Cano is the main reason they are in a pennant race. They would’ve won it hands down if he had produced to expectations, especially with RISP.

    • The Troll

      True. Agreed. (All the other problems aside being the proper condition . . . but I definitely concur on Cano’s lack of clutch to be the largest contributing factor to the Yankee’s penant race.)

      • Brian S.

        Remember last August? The guy was hitting a grand slam like every week and driving in runners with two out doubles and shit.

  • yo

    at least the Sox are threatening right now

    • yo

      maybe they’ll score some more now that Randy Wolf, his 6 ERA and 84mph fastball are out of the game

      • Pasta Stumbling Sojo

        They scored 3 runs in 5 innings off him, almost exactly in line with his ERA.

  • Nice Scheister

    Draw the line in the sand at 5/90 with Cano. Blame the austerity budget.

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

      I’d tell this offseason, listen here’s an offer sheet of 6/115 if you don’t sign it the best you’re getting from us next season is 5/90

      • Nice Scheister

        That’s more than fair, I fear they will offer something crazy.

  • Kosmo

    Cano now has the team lead in GDP with 22

  • TomH

    Kay, O’Neill, and Singleton talked about Cano during his at-bat as if he were one of those intellectual hitters, like Cobb or Williams.

  • Hummingbird S.

    great job by Lowe!

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

    Lowe’s out of gas. Can’t screw around much longer.

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

      And there’s the hook.

    • Nice Scheister

      He’s done a glorious job!

  • Mike N

    Nice job, Lowe!

  • Tom

    Good effort by Lowe!

    Hate to see walks while leading especially when up 0-2, but up 1 run against a hitter like Cespedes better to miss off the plate and walk him rather than hang something.

    Veteran Presents for everyone.

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

    Trying to get a 5 out hold out of Logan and then Jobber in the 9th I guess?

  • yo

    Fucking run, robinson

  • MartinRanger

    Cano thought Swisher had that.

  • Hummingbird S.

    Cano jogging to the ball, can’t get there… what a fucker

    • Nice Scheister

      He was moving at a medium pace, stereotype fits!

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

    Do not feel good about Carter-Logan.

    • TomH

      Nope.

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

    Lowe I take back the bad things I said about you. You pitched very far beyond my expectations.

    • Brian S.

      He’s been terrible except for like two outings.

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

        I know, but he came up big today when we needed him to. I don’t want him put in this situation ever again, don’t get me wrong…but I’m happy he got the job done today.

  • Chilango

    Tex starts the DP on that one.

  • Hummingbird S.

    dont hang that slider Boone

  • Mike N

    Frig!

    • Big Members Only (formerly RI$P FTW)

      William Perry!

      • Mike N

        hahahah

        I loved The Fridge!

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

    JJ, no cookies for Boone. ALL the cookies for Lowe though.

    • Hummingbird S.

      he got a weak grounder that Cano didnt feel he had to run to get it…

    • jjyank

      My cookies are poisonous to right handers, unfortunately. LOOGYs only.

  • yo

    Thanks for putting him on third, cano

    bench him

  • TomH

    That lousy “single,” that Tex would have sucked up.

  • Hummingbird S.

    what a joke of a throw by Granderson. Grandy and Cano don’t help on offense or D right now

  • Nice Scheister

    Wow, who didn’t see that coming?!

  • Chilango

    Wouldn’t have gotten Cespedes. Throw is to 2d

  • Cy Pettitte

    no easy wins. ever.

  • bring buck back

    Sac fly wouldn’t happen if runner weren’t on third – runner wouldn’t be on third if Cano hustled. SECOND time this game the YES announcers talked about Cano not hustling — first time on the error that got him on base. And he does this just after a TERRIBLE at-bat -> GDP. He is a disgrace. Not only a loser but doesn’t play the game the right way, teaches kids the wrong lessons. Everything the Yankees aren’t about. It’s too bad the race is so close, otherwise Joe could bench him to teach him a lesson. Of course the race is only so close because of Cano’s terrible RISP and production over the last few months.

  • Nice Scheister

    Cespedes > Granderson

  • Matt

    Terrible play by Cano. He gave up on the ball because he thought Swisher was going to make the play, and of course it leads to the tying run scoring.

    I don’t get why Cano can’t consistently hustle out there. He almost blew a chance to get on base earlier in the game when the guy bobbled not once, but twice, because he was jogging down to first.

    • Nice Scheister

      He lacks grit.

  • Hall and Nokes

    Boone didn’t let a slow grounder past him, and Boone didn’t call a letter high pitch over the middle of the plate a ball.

  • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

    Boone induces a weak grounder

    Swisher alligator arms an easy ground-ball to look flashy on a “dive”

    Cano doesn’t go hard after it until he remembered that Swisher is an idiot.

    An 0-2 pitch should have been a strike on the plate, not on the check-swing

    A pop-up 20 feet behind second base is deep enough to allow a Cuban fire-hydrant to tag up from third….and incidentally for a guy to tag from 1st to 2nd..

    any other cluster-f&^&s I miss that inning?

    • Big Members Only (formerly RI$P FTW)

      Boone induces a weak boner.

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

      nope…that about covers it.

  • Marcy

    How is Swish on 1st?

    • Hummingbird S.

      Because the superstars don’t feel like running today.

  • Hummingbird S.

    why do they feel like they dont have to run? Swisher should have been on second..

  • Nice Scheister

    Pinch hit with C-Dick, he’ll squirt one up the middle!

    • Big Members Only (formerly RI$P FTW)

      I hope he fists one past the mound.

  • Karl Krawfid

    A he is only on first base.

    WTF man.

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

    Swish … why aren’t you at second.

  • Cy Pettitte

    Tie game in Boston

  • CUYanks

    Red Sox tie it off of “Vote for Pedro” Strop.

  • Tom

    Boston tied it up in the bottom of the 8th

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

      Don’t worry, the Orioles will take care of that in a half-inning.

  • nsalem

    Bad base running Nick. Why don’t they just hand us this game on a silver platter

  • Nice Scheister

    This LAZY ASS brand of baseball is sickening.

  • Hall and Nokes

    go Ciriaco

  • Nice Scheister

    Pinch run for Ibanez!

    • Nice Scheister

      That would have all but ensured that ball in the outfield was caught.

  • Pasta Stumbling Sojo

    Naturally, the Sterling makes no mention of why Swisher was only on first. Did the TV guys show video of him just lollygagging?

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

    Wow…Melvin is Joe on his worst day dumb. If he leaves Blevins in the obvious play is to have Nix bunt and then Granderson is up to face a really tough LHP.

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

      If they get the bunt down, they’re not pitching to Granderson.

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

        So you intentionally load the bases to face Chavez or Martin?

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

        Okay maybe not.

      • Pasta Stumbling Sojo

        Apparently not.

        And Blevins trying to strike out Granderson seems like a much better idea than Cook.

    • jjyank

      That bastard. How dare he hurt Blevins’ feelings like that? Criminal.

  • Chilango

    Swisher’s so used to striking out or popping up he just figures fuck it.

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

    Suzyn just said maybe the plan is (from Oakland’s perspective) is to let Nix bunt, walk Granderson, then go after Chris Stewart…If that happens I HIGHLY doubt that Stewart bats for himself.

  • Tom

    Interesting decision for Girardi:
    – He could leave Nix in to bunt
    – PH Chaves

    With Granderson and Stewart on deck, I don’t think you bunt here.

  • Hummingbird S.

    nice bunt, let’s hope it works.. ACtually, let’s hope they walk Granderson

  • Chilango

    We get a break if they don’t pitch to granderson

  • Myers

    There goes Girardi … Thinking with his tits again.

  • Mike N

    No way is Stewart batting this inning, unless Granderson jacks one.

    • Brian S.

      You’d watch

  • Chilango

    Curtis swinging for the fences how bout a base it Grandyman

  • Mike N

    Fuck, Grandy.

  • yo

    thanks for nothing, fans

    • Hummingbird S.

      blame Granderson’s sorry ass

  • Cy Pettitte

    Granderson please be more useless.

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

    Huge fail there by Grandy…HUGE fail.

  • Hummingbird S.

    they didn’t, and it worked… FUCK YOU GRANDERSON

  • Karl Krawfid

    Horrible defense.

    Bad situational hitting.

    Yankee baseball.

  • Brian S.

    I take back what I said. Get rid of Granderson.

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

    Girardi is crushing Chris Stewart’s confidence. Criminal.

    • Mike N

      GIVE NO QUARTER!

    • jjyank

      How dare they not send K-Long to have a friendly chat with him!

    • Matt

      The more you say this, the dumber you look. Just because somebody says something that you disagree with, it doesn’t mean that you have to try to mock them by completely distorting what they said.

      • jjyank

        Yes, such a thing would be…criminal. I’m sorry Mike has treated you so terribly. Would you like to have someone visit you to talk about it?

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

        He’s not trying to mock you, he’s succeeding. You can tell by the way you’re responding w/ attempted insults.

  • Myers

    Enough with the sacrificing! Either these guys are in the majors because they can hit or you shouldn’t be putting them on the field!
    JMO: Girardi should be fired if the Orioles overtake us.

    • Hummingbird S.

      the bunt was a smart decision… having Granderson on the team, not so much

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

        Possibly your stupidest comment ever. Possibly.

  • Marcy

    AGH

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

    Just an easy win…please.

  • Mike N

    That was fucking RISPFAIL. Sheesh.

  • Hummingbird S.

    this offense fucking sucks

  • yo

    oakland tries to hand us the game on a fucking silver platter…unfuckingbeleivable

  • Effthisnoise

    There you go Chavy, swing at crap and watch one down the middle

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

    Swing the damn bat Chavez.

  • Chilango

    Nice choke fellas. Now don’t tell me: Jobber’s coming in

  • Widget

    another walk off win is fine.

  • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

    Wow, you could even hear the disgust in Kay’s voice when he sent it to commercial.

  • Big Members Only (formerly RI$P FTW)

    Maybe Granderson is bored?

  • Tom

    Bunting in back to back innings.

    Hooray small ball.

  • Cy Pettitte

    are you fucking kidding me

  • Marcy

    Donaldson got to 2nd

  • Big Members Only (formerly RI$P FTW)

    Why was Donaldson running? You’re supposed to be lazy.

  • Hummingbird S.

    this fucking team… pathetic job by Ibanez

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

    Why is Dickerson not out there?!

    • Myers

      Yeah, where is Dickerson?
      Come to think of it, why did we keep Andruw and get rid of Mawell?

  • Mike N

    Ibanez is a terrible outfielder.

  • Chilango

    They threw this one away.

  • RkyMtnYank

    That’s an error.

  • yo

    i want to laugh but it hurts too much

  • Tony

    No more ibanez in the outfield please

  • Matt

    Always the easy things that come back to bite this team.

    All Granderson had to do was hit a lazy fly ball, and he couldn’t do that. Then Ibanez drops a routine fly ball out in RF, and all of a sudden they are teetering towards another heartbreaking loss.

  • CountryClub

    Granderson is difficult to watch right now. His noodle arm isn’t helping either.

    Fucking ibanez…

  • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

    all you have to do is get the ball in the outfield, not swing for the fence

    Oakland seems to understand this. apparently the Yanks don’t.

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

      Oakland has the second fewest sacrifice flies in the league.

  • Brian S.

    Why is Ibanez even playing defense?

    • Marcy

      Clearly, he’s not.

    • Matt

      Probably because Girardi doesn’t want to play Ibanez at first base. I don’t get though why they don’t have guys like Ibanez take some ground balls there though. With Teixeira injured, this would be a better way to get some of these guys into the lineup.

  • Mike N

    GO RED SOCKS!

  • Hummingbird S.

    Eppley warming up.. time to lose this one!

    • Mike N

      My heart sank when I saw him warming up…

  • Karl Krawfid

    Chris Dickerson and Melky Mesa sit…on the bench…when Defense is needed.

  • Mike N

    That pitch looked pretty close.

  • Mike N

    Ouch.

  • yo

    here comes drew, game over

  • Hummingbird S.

    Boone at almost 30 pitches… this is where things tend to go south

  • Effthisnoise

    Well here comes babe ruth

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

    One more big out Booney and I’ll allow JJ to give you ALL THE COOKIES

  • Mike N

    Phew. I thought that was a hit through the gap.

  • Tony

    I have a very bad feeling here

  • Mike N

    Pick your poison: Logan with 30 pitches or Eppley.

    • Hummingbird S.

      how about Phelps? Freddy? heck, even warren here would be better

      • jjyank

        Warren would most certainly not be better.

  • Cy Pettitte

    Girardi is asking for it right now leaving Boone in.

  • TomH

    Living dangerously with Logan

  • Big Members Only (formerly RI$P FTW)

    Louie CK just got hit by the ball!

  • Hummingbird S.

    0-2 HBP… they do everything they can to lose

  • Cy Pettitte

    Eppley vs. Cespedes. lol this should end well.

  • Cy Pettitte

    Eppley vs. Cespedes. lol this should end well.

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

    A lot of very tight games around the league…5-5 here, 4-4 in Chicago, and 6-6 in Boston. I really wish we had the division wrapped up so I could enjoy competitive baseball.

    • Big Members Only (formerly RI$P FTW)

      I wish they’d put Dick-erson in this tight little game. Ohh yeah!

  • Mike N

    Eppley versus Cepedes (sp?) with the bases loaded.

  • Karl Krawfid

    lol really Logan?

  • Hummingbird S.

    here comes the dagger by Girardi! Eppley with the bases loaded against Cespedes

  • Myers

    0-2, hit by pitch … could have been worse
    Just wait, Girardi will find a way to make it so.

  • Joe

    Yes back in time to catch the final innings!

  • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

    Seriously! How the fuck do you hit a guy in an 0-2 count?

    And not even in the back leg! In the front fucking shin. On an 0-2 count! Are you kidding me?

  • Chilango

    Bases loaded and here comes Eppley to face Cespedes. Oh boy

  • Cy Pettitte

    gotta save Joba for the 9th when they’re losing

  • Tony

    Id feel much better if it was joba here

  • Karl Krawfid

    Here comes the bases loaded walk.

  • Mike N

    Please, Eppley!!!!!!! WE LOVE YOU AND AFFIRM YOUR ROOGYOSITY!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Tom

    So this rally is:

    – Ibanez goodness
    – A walk to Cliff Pennington and his .583 OPS
    – An 0-2 HBP

    • Karl Krawfid

      Yankee baseball!

  • MartinRanger

    I try to be as supportive of this team as I can – slumps happen. But the number of things they have done to hurt their chances of a win today boggle the mind.

  • Nice Scheister

    DO NOT WALK HIM! I’d rather him hit for it!

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

    one more big pitch Epp!!!

  • Mike N

    Mike Gallego is gritty.

  • Matt

    I don’t understand why Girardi left in Logan to face Gomes in the first place, but hopefully Epply can throw enough strikes to get out Cespedes.

    • Tom

      Probably worried about the A’s pinch hitting a 2nd time and replacing Gomes with a lefty bat (though with first base open, you can pitch around the lefty had he brought Eppley in)

      In a tie game though, I get the opposing manager to burn as many players as possible.

      • Matt

        The only lefty bats on the bench were Weeks (has been terrible this year), Crisp (has Pink Eye), and Barton (has barely played this year). Doesn’t seem likely that they would have pinch hit for Gomes.

        Gomes was hitting .214/.328/.388 against RHP and .285/.400/.543 vs. LHP.

        RHB vs. Eppley- .234/.286/.303
        RHB vs. Logan- .241/.365/.340

  • Hummingbird S.

    just a short list of pitchers I’d use before Eppley in this spot: Phelps, Freddy, Warren, Joba, Nick Swisher, Soriano throwing with his left hand…

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

    FUCK YOU JOHN get fucking glasses or something!

  • Nice Scheister

    My heart can’t take this shit!

  • Joe

    LOOOGY!

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

      ROOOOOGY**

      • Joe

        Rogan?

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

          I thought you were happy about Epply, The Righty One Out GuY

  • Effthisnoise

    Fuuuuuuuuuuuuuuck you!

  • Pasta Stumbling Sojo

    Unclench.

  • TomH

    RISPfail, A’s

  • Mike N

    YEAHHHHH!!!!!!! LOVE IT!!!!!!!

    I feel like some runs are coming in the bottom of this frame.

  • Hummingbird S.

    that’s not good for my health, but nice job Eppley!

  • MartinRanger

    IF the Yankees get anywhere in the postseason this year, I nominate 2012 for the Year of the Kitchen Sink. Because really.

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

      Haha, I agree.

    • Nice Scheister

      This!

    • Big Members Only (formerly RI$P FTW)

      Kitchen Stink!

      • MartinRanger

        That’s if they miss the playoffs. Or get knocked out in Game 163. Otherwise they’ve had a ridiculous number of injuries to key guys/guys have played hurt and the Orioles are playing out of their minds and somehow they still lead the division thanks to contributions from places none of us were expecting.

  • Matt

    Amazingly opponents are now 4 for 24 against Eppley in September. Who knew?

  • Chilango

    Unclench the sphincters …

  • Nice Scheister

    Big ups, Epp!

  • Myers

    Eppley threw 7 pitches at the same exact speed. I thought Rothchild was a good pitching coach? Shouldn’t he take something off at least one of the pitches to put something in the back of the hitters’ minds?

    • jjyank

      Whatever works man. I don’t give a shit what Eppley throws if it works. And it did. That’s all I care about at this point of the season.

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

      Can’t get beat with your second or third best pitch there. If that’s what feels good, throw it.

    • Matt

      Not really like Eppley has much else to go to besides that sinker. His changeup is mediocre, and his slider is usually flat and hard to control.

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

    Let’s go Ichiro!! Continue being other worldy!!!!!!

  • Hummingbird S.

    please Alex, run into one.

  • Marcy

    Come one Alex

    • Big Members Only (formerly RI$P FTW)

      Ew! LOL!

  • MartinRanger

    If A-Rod could find the baseball it would make things so much easier.

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

    Hell of an eight inning boys!!!!

  • Hummingbird S.

    what an offense

  • Austin Aunelowitzky (formerly Paul VuvuZuvella)

    Looked to me like Derek is still feeling the ankle a little bit the way he ran to 1st and then the way he walked back to the dugout.

  • Tom

    O’s/Sox going to the bottom of the tenth tied.

    Is this inning where Bobby V actually uses a pinch hitter? Thanks for the effort, Bobby…

    • Joe

      Extra innings? O’s probably win knowing their luck.

    • Tom

      Solid work he’s doing… why would one want to bring in any lefty bats against Luis Ayala.

      For the 2nd time late in the game he has Danny Valencia and his sub .200 average hitting righty on righty.

  • Myers

    I would say we should bat A-Rod 6th but, who would go in his place?

    • MartinRanger

      This is why you can’t bench Cano either. Missing Tex/any meaningful production from the DH slot is making things really difficult.

  • Kramerica Industries

    So, in the brief time I had to head off and miss this game, I see Granderson fucked up a 2nd/3rd, 1 out situation.

    Unreal with this team.

  • JB

    God forbid he runs to first on a dropped 3rd strike in the bottom of the 8th of a tied game. douche…

  • Mike N

    Joba’s been looking a lot better his last few outings.

  • Chilango

    Joba. Oh fuck. Why not Phelps?

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

      Because he started on Wednesday.

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

      He threw 110 pitches two nights ago.

      • Tom

        So!? Isn’t it his throw day?

        (I’m kidding)

      • Chilango

        OK yeah obvious. I forgot.

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

          So did I till somebody brought it up. I was calling for Phelps over Lowe then some one pointed out he just started lol.

    • Joe

      JOBA K.

  • Matt

    Soriano’s blown save last night is now affecting today’s game since Robertson is not available. Hope it doesn’t burn them.

  • CountryClub

    At least yanks have power coming up in the 9th. Hopefully Joba can keep it tied.

  • Mike N

    Fooled him!

  • MartinRanger

    You know, I’ll admit, I thought Joba was going to come back and be the answer.

    Though that was a sweet slider right there.

  • Joe

    He’s up there in MPH. Mid 90’s.

    • MartinRanger

      Win this sucker.

  • Mike N

    Rothschild was smiling there! Gotta like the changing speeds.

  • Joe

    Good inning Joba!

  • Mike N

    Awesome inning for Joba!!

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

    WHY IS IBANEZ STILL OUT THERE?!?!?!?

    • Joe

      He won’t get up.

      I’m calling Swisher dinger.

  • Hummingbird S.

    heckuva job by Joba.. some nasty sliders

  • Kramerica Industries

    Cano-Swish-Ibanez

    I’d rather just bring Martin up and let him hit the walk-off.

  • Chilango

    Sox have runners on 1st and 2d w/2outs

  • Myers

    Joba just dropped his ERA a third of a run that inning. Gotta love SSS.

  • jjyank

    Walk off.

    • Joe

      Last night I said CDick. Martin hit it. Today I say Swisher. That means Cano will hit it.

      Boom.

  • Hummingbird S.

    2 men on for Boston against Matusz… unfortunately Podsenick due up

  • Kramerica Industries

    Robbie hasn’t homered since the last series at Fenway.

    He’s due.

    • Kramerica Industries

      Or not.

  • MartinRanger

    I’m rooting really hard for the Red Sox and it’s confusing. Really confusing.

    Come on Robbie, redemption time.

    • TomH

      He’s peaked.

      • MartinRanger

        It’s not like until this late August-September stretch he was having the best season of his career or anything.

  • Tom

    Fucking Bobby V… is he just refusing to pinch hit and make any substitutions?

    He runs up 3 righties to hit against Luis Ayala in the 10th inning and with the lefty Matusz on the mound and the winning run at 2nd, he keeps the lefty Scott Podsednik in to hit?

    (who strikes out)

    • MartinRanger

      To be fair, Scott Pods was 2-4, has hit .300 as in Boston, and is probably one of the best hitters on their team right now. I wouldn’t pinch-hit for him either.

  • Hummingbird S.

    another out

  • Karl Krawfid

    I wonder if Cano’s hip is still bothering him.

    He has to pull that shit.

    • MartinRanger

      Physically it feels like this whole team is tired and hurting right now.

      There’s something. Pinch-run now?

      • Mike N

        It’s a long fucking season.

      • Matt

        Well with the two off days in a row thanks to the rainout, a lot of these minor dings should be getting better.

        A lot of guys are simply not hitting. Cano was not really hitting before the hip injury either.

  • Joe

    I missed by about 3 total bases. Nice Swisher!

  • Mike N

    Good job, Swish!

  • Hummingbird S.

    nice AB nick.. nice!

  • Kramerica Industries

    There’s a baserunner.

    Get him home.

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

    Raul, positiveness twice in one day?!

  • Chilango

    Good AB Swish.

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

    Dickerson can really run and Norris can really throw (despite his MLB CS%). This will be fun.

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

      If Norris can really throw I doubt Dickerson actually runs…

      • MartinRanger

        Yeah Dickerson’s more of a ‘score on a ball in the gap guy’ than a SB guy.

  • MartinRanger

    Raul I give you permission to aim for the second deck.

  • Tom

    Well this is why Ibanez was kept in the game….make it count Raul.

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

    Counting on Russ to provide all the walk offs this year.

  • Hummingbird S.

    Should have PR with Nunez… Dickerson needed to go like 3 pitches ago

    • MartinRanger

      You really want Nunez in right field? Because I don’t.

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

    Bad call Blue..that was low. At least C-Dick got into scoring position.

  • MartinRanger

    Well that wasn’t a strike.

    And I’m glad I was wrong about the steal.

    Come on, end it here.

  • Kramerica Industries

    Not liking the backwards K at all.

  • Mike N

    Do it again, Russell!

  • Karl Krawfid

    Fastball right down the middle.

    The hell are you looking for Ibanez?

    • Matt

      That was not even close to being down the middle. It was probably not even a strike.

  • Hummingbird S.

    maybe it wasn’t a strike, but he HAS to swing the bat there… fucking moron

    • MartinRanger

      if he’d whiffed you’d have yelled at him for chasing. He can’t do anything with a ball like that.

      • Hummingbird S.

        it wasn’t a slider in the dirt… it was a FB pretty close to the zone. He has to protect

        • MartinRanger

          This is not Brett Gardner. It’s Raul Ibanez. It’s a FB low and away. He’s a pull hitter. He’s definitely not quick enough with the bat to wait on it and line it the other way.

          80% of umpires do not call that a strike.

          • Hummingbird S.

            80% huh? So now we are pulling numbers out of our asses? That pitch was really close and I’d say it’s probably 50/50 that the ump calls it a strike, he HAD to protect the plate, but didn’t.

  • Hummingbird S.

    SWING THE BAT! hanging slider and Russel simply took it

  • Hummingbird S.

    fuck! that 2-1 pitch should have been hit hard..

  • MartinRanger

    $#@$@!#$

  • Mike N

    Shit.

  • Karl Krawfid

    Hanging slider pull that man come on Russ!

  • Kramerica Industries

    Dammit.

    No Martin magic, and no Castillo magic.

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

    Extra innings again?! On a day when two of our relievers have been announced as unavailable…HOORAY!!

    • MartinRanger

      Cue the Sweaty Show!

    • Laz

      If they need them you can bet they will be in. It is down to the wire, they need any wins they can get.

  • Karl Krawfid

    This team man…

  • Matt

    If you want to talk about fastballs right down the middle…

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

    Freddy?! Already? I would’ve tried to squeeze another inning out of Jobber.

    • Laz

      certainly. Only at 12 pitches and 2 of the batters he faced were K’s.

  • Karl Krawfid

    Since when did Tommy Hunter throw 100 mph?

  • Need Pitching & Hitting

    Surprise me, Freddy.

  • Kramerica Industries

    Not sure why you take Jobber out after that inning.

  • MartinRanger

    This is what this team’s failure today has cost them. They are relying on a junkballer and the worst team in the AL East to hold down their division lead.

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

    So Pearce to first and Dickerson to the outfield? Please tell me Dickerson to the outfield. Please tell me they didn’t leave Ibanez in defensively. Just please tell me they didn’t burn their 2nd best defensive outfielder to just pinch run.

    • Need Pitching & Hitting

      Holy fuck, that’s exactly what they did. smfh

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

        Wow…I seriously don’t understand that. Can somebody who supports that decision explain to me why it’s a positive move?

        • jjyank

          I’m not sure you can find someone who supports it. The only thing I can think of is that they like Pearce’s bat over Dickerson’s defense. I wouldn’t have done that, though.

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

            I’m saying keep both of them in, Dickerson hits in Swisher’s spot and Pearce hits in Ibanez’s spot.

      • Mike N

        You’re telling me that they left Ibanez in the outfield?

        • Need Pitching & Hitting

          yes, unless Gameday is just trolling us.

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

            I don’t think it is, cause it replaced Swish at 1st w/ Pearce…

          • Mike N

            That is incomprehensible.

    • MartinRanger

      This is one move of Girardi’s I simply cannot fathom.

  • Mike N

    HOLY MOLY!

  • Kramerica Industries

    That started to really scare me.

  • Karl Krawfid

    Ichiro makes everything look so damn…cool.

  • Hummingbird S.

    that was kinda scary..

  • Mike N

    Wow. Liking Sweaty Freddy so far!

  • Kramerica Industries

    Now going to the 12th at Fenway.

    The longer it goes, the more likely the O’s win.

    • Laz

      Leading 9 to 6 in 12.

  • Nice Scheister

    Twenty-two combined players used, if Phelps, D-Rob and MFIKY arent available then it looks like its Garcia and Thomas!

    • MartinRanger

      Hey, Warren’s still there! And Swisher can pitch.

      • Nice Scheister

        I forgot about Warren, I think Girardi has too. Swish has a 0 ERA alas they pulled him for a pinch runner. I’d love to see Nunez or Ichiro pitch.

        • MartinRanger

          Based on his SS, Nunez pitching would be a hazard to batters.

          • Nice Scheister

            All Randy Johnson type fear in the box, I like it!

  • Mike N

    Yeah!

  • Hummingbird S.

    atta boy Freddy!

  • Need Pitching & Hitting

    Better win it now. Freddy’s luck isn’t going to last forever.

  • Kramerica Industries

    Granderson-Chavez-Jeter

    No comment.

  • Effthisnoise

    Nice!

  • Nice Scheister

    I wish I could grow a beard as glorious as Norris’!

  • Hall and Nokes

    Kay is comically behind the BAL-BOS game.

  • jjyank

    Please end this now.

  • Nice Scheister

    SAM PEARCE!!!

  • Chilango

    Adam Jones doubled to start off the 12th

  • Joe

    MESA PLEASE.

  • Hummingbird S.

    Ace comes in, gives up a double. The Yankees need to win right now, because BOS is about to blow their game.

    • MartinRanger

      Aceves has been truly awful since about mid-season.

  • Matt

    If you want a long relief pitcher on the postseason roster, I think it has to be Lowe at this point. Garcia feels like a ticking time bomb with all of those offspeed pitches he hangs. Lowe’s ability to induce the ground ball makes him a much less dangerous proposition.

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

      Nah, my money’s on your boy Nova or maybe even Phelps. I’d go w/ Phelps because he’s had success both in the rotation and out of the bullpen in multiple roles this season. Where as Nova’s been all sorts of awful, Garcia’s been up and down, and Lowe’s had two really good relief appearances and the rest where…not that good.

      • MartinRanger

        Why would it NOT be Phelps? He has done absolutely everything the team has asked of him, and been pretty effective. He deserves it.

        • jjyank

          Agreed. Go with Phelps.

        • Matt

          Because Phelps is probably going to be used in a set up role and won’t be left to rot in the bullpen as a mop up guy.

          • Laz

            Phelps will be there for anything in the postseason. You don’t really need a mop up guy in the postseason, you are trying to win every game.

      • Matt

        Phelps is more likely to be used as a short reliever in the playoffs given their shakiness in the middle innings.

        If you’re going to take Nova, you’re not going to bury him in the mop up role. He still has very good stuff, and I think they’d be more likely to just leave him off the roster since he doesn’t have much bullpen experience.

        Lowe has experience going in both short and longer stints. He gives you more flexibility.

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

          You don’t really go with a traditional “mop up” guy as your long man in the postseason. You usually want some one who can hold a lead, where as your traditional Sergio Mitre type “mop up guy” just sucks up inning regardless of how well he actually pitches. W/ Logan, Joba, Robertson, and Soriano at the end of the game if they use Phelps as a long man and he only pitches two or three times the entire post season but throws 3-4 innings at a time and gives the Yankees a chance to comeback, I’d be fine w/ that.

          • Matt

            If they want a guy to hold a score, they’re going to go to Phelps for 2 or 3 innings, not Lowe.

            Lowe is for the case where your starter gets knocked out in the 2nd or 3rd inning and you don’t want to burn through the entire bullpen in a blowout situation. The same reason why a guy like Gaudin was on the roster in 2009, and Moseley in 2010, and Burnett in 2011.

        • jjyank

          Lowe also hasn’t been very good outside of 2 appearances. They already have Joba/D-Rob/Soriano for 7-8-9. Is having Phelps as the 6th inning guy really more beneficial than being the long man?

    • Matt

      If you take 4 starters, the bullpen starts to shape up like:

      Soriano
      Robertson
      Logan
      Joba
      Phelps
      Rapada (Since Girardi can’t resist)
      Eppley

      If Teixeira is healthy, you don’t need a ton of bench players. Stewart, Chavez, Nunez, and the other half of Ibanez/Jones/Mcgeehee. You can either include Dickerson as an extra defensive replacement, or you can go with someone with more length out of the pen. That leaves pretty much Lowe, Garcia, or Nova, and I’d take Lowe out of those 3 unless Nova starts to pitch well down the stretch.

  • MartinRanger

    Is it all setting up for a Cervelli walk-off in the 17th?!!

  • Need Pitching & Hitting

    Redemption time Curtis.

  • Austin Aunelowitzky (formerly Paul VuvuZuvella)

    Grandy walk off.

  • Tom

    Chavez is going to end this.

  • Need Pitching & Hitting

    Where was that before Curtis?

  • Karl Krawfid

    Pull da ball

  • Matt

    Damn. Just missed that one.

  • Need Pitching & Hitting

    Sure as hell looked like he was off the base.

  • MartinRanger

    Oh I really don’t think so, Blue.

    Aceves coughs it up. We’re in trouble.

  • Hummingbird S.

    an umpiring robbing the Yankees… unheard of!

  • Nice Scheister

    Aceves not a true Yankee.

  • Mike N

    Looked to me like he was out on the replay.

    • Nice Scheister

      He was safe on replay, the first angle it was hard to tell but the second one clearly showed “daylight” as Singleton put it.

      • Mike N

        Thanks. I was judging based on the view from foul territory.

  • Effthisnoise

    What the fuck! Twice now we get screwed by the umps

  • Myers

    Baltimore pulls ahead of Boston … hello tie atop the east.

  • MartinRanger

    Aceves disproving the theory Sawx fans had about him being an embedded Yankee by giving up another run.

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

    Okay, Boston is completely worthless. Let’s just win this and keep out one game lead, and get Gardner’s number up on the side.

  • Nice Scheister

    Girardi : “All I’m asking is you ask.”

    Bulshit.

  • Mike N

    Fuuuuuuck. And Baltimore has a two-run lead in the top of the inning.

  • Hummingbird S.

    another inning, another failure.

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

      No one ever told you baseball was a game of failure, I take it?

      • Hummingbird S.

        1-10 with RISP, 11 LOB… it’s a game of failure but not this bad

        • The Real Greg

          Look at the A’s. 3-16 with 13 LOB

  • Mike N

    WTF!?!?!?

  • Need Pitching & Hitting

    of course

  • Myers

    oh my god! Girardi left Ibanez in right when he could have had Dickerson … Hal! Fire him tonight!

  • MartinRanger

    just a comedy of bad baseball out there right now.

  • Hummingbird S.

    fuck Granderson

  • WhittakerWalt

    Curtis Granderson: not a centerfielder.

    • MartinRanger

      Brett Gardner: Still on the DL.

      Ichiro: 38 years old.

      the Yankees have the pieces they have and they have to win with them. or not. but this is not going to be pretty either way.

  • nsalem

    No IBB?

  • Myers

    By the way, that’s the correct situation for a sacrifice.
    No wonder Girardi got fired the same year he won NL MOY.

  • Chilango

    Yanks let this one get away.

  • Tom

    Following on line – was there a mound visit there? Before an IBB?

    • jjyank

      Yes, Girardi came out to talk to Garcia.

  • Mike N

    I think Freddy’s getting tired.

  • Mike N

    Oh, jeez.

  • Hummingbird S.

    not feeling good in this matchup… Reddick is due

  • Effthisnoise

    Reddick is beyond due

  • Mike N

    If Freddy walks in a run, that’s my cue to start drinking hard liquor.

  • Karl Krawfid

    This game is OVA!

  • Hummingbird S.

    that IBB really screwed Freddy… he was pitching great and now he cna’t find the plate

  • Joe

    PEARCE!

  • Nice Scheister

    Gets Phelps up!

  • MartinRanger

    STEVE PEARCE.

  • The Real Greg

    Well this has been interesting hasn’t it?

    RISPfail by both teams on a massive level.

    and STEVE PEARCE SAVES THE DAY!

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

    Steve Pearce!

  • Mike N

    PEARCE!!!!!!!!!!!! YEAH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Hummingbird S.

    !!!!! NICE!!

  • Matt

    PEARCE-ING THIS ONE TOGETHER!!!

  • Widget

    oh thank god. now win this and lets all go home happy.

  • Reggie C.

    I guess Pearce isn’t that tired.

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

    Really think we have to win it here. I don’t know if Garcia’s got another Hudini act in him.

  • Myers

    Holy Ichiro. Hallowed art thy name. Deliver us from Girardi.

  • Nice Scheister
  • jjyank

    Oh my Mo. Thank you Pearce!!

    Please end this NOW. My heart (and liver) can’t take many more top-halves of innings.

  • Chilango

    PEARCE great play, two innings in a row and Freddy got away with a hanger to Carter. Time to put up the W let’s goooo

  • Reggie C.

    Short porch it Ichirosan!!

  • Tom

    Best thing about Ichiro leading off the inning?

    Girardi can’t call for the bunt. (or can he?)

  • Reggie C.

    Freakin Red Sox can’t buy a win even with all that salary cap relief!

  • Mike N

    Boston sucks.

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

    Ichy…that was right down the middle!!

    HOLY SHIT THIS GUY IS FROM MY HOME TOWN!!!!!

    • The Real Greg

      That curveball messed him up.

    • Laz

      Yea i just noticed he is from CT.

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

        oh…it’s that New Milford. The New Milford that the New Milford, NJ calls the OTHER New Milford. Never mind…all excitement out the window. No longer care.

  • MartinRanger

    I can’t believe the Yankees have only struck out 7 times in this game. It feels like 20.

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

      Seriously though…

  • MartinRanger

    When you’re cold, you’re cold: a story of the 2012 New York Yankees Offense.

  • Hummingbird S.

    hanger, can’t do anything with it

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

    Come on Scribner!! Put New Milford on the map (by allowing a walk off to Cano) We’ll all love you for it.

    …or not.

    • jjyank

      My ex-girlfriend’s brother was friends with Rick Porcello!

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

        Haha, a friend of mine had a hit off of Porcello while he was in college.

        • jjyank

          Whenever I was over at their house, her mom would always gush about how they knew a star. I didn’t have the heart to tell her that Rick Porcello was terrible.

  • Mike N

    ugh

  • MartinRanger

    Fans of Freddie Garcia are in luck!

  • Nice Scheister

    Roll-Over Robbie.

  • MartinRanger

    If Voldemort hits a walk off, this move will make sense. If not…

  • Reggie C.

    Smoke and mirrors…

    Who gets the ball the next inning if not Garcia?

    • MartinRanger

      Honestly? Why *would* you pull Garcia for Justin Thomas or Adam Warren?

      • The Real Greg

        David Phelps.

        • Joe

          He threw 110 pitches a two or three nights ago.

        • jjyank

          Phelps started the other day and threw over 100 pitches.

          • The Real Greg

            He started on Tuesday right?

            • jjyank

              Wednesday.

            • Need Pitching & Hitting

              Wednesday, they were rained out on Tuesday.

              • The Real Greg

                Okay then you probably are right.

  • VT Yankee Fan

    What are we at…9 innings of bullpen now???

  • Need Pitching & Hitting

    How about a run now, eh?

  • Mike N

    Nice job, Freddy!

    Now, let’s score some motherfucking runs!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Joe

    CDick going yard.

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

    John’s lamenting that calling extra innings is getting away from his social life. John Sterling has more of a social life than me. Excuse me while I hang myself.

    • MartinRanger

      oh god that is brutal. on the other hand your friends probably actually like you.

    • WhittakerWalt

      He’s probably just going home to cry in front of his Marvin Hamlisch shrine.

    • jjyank

      “Well I’ll tell ya, random prostitute: You can’t predict my penis.

      And that was the 15th money shot, and 15 minutes or more can save you on your pregnancy tests.”

      I have no idea why I went there. But I did.

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

        Idk…I’m laughing. Not sure why.

    • Nice Scheister

      My couch would miss me if I had a social life. I tell the ball and chain, if I didn’t hold this couch down, it would float away! I’m still awaiting my pilot to be picked up, “Real House-husbands of Suburbs near Atlanta”, so I can quit my job.

    • VT Yankee Fan

      It’s not as great as you think.

      http://deadspin.com/5933101/jo.....s-bathrobe

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

        I lol’d just from the picture! Oh My. That is priceless.

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

        We’d all better hope that sash is tied tightly. Or it’ll be JOHNNY JUICED ONE! EL COCKITAN! HANGING LOW, DONCHA KNOW?! LIMPALICIOUS!

  • Nice Scheister

    Six pitches, three outs. Me likey!

  • Tom

    Freddy with a nice stress free inning.

    With the top of the A’s order due up next inning, now would be a good time to end this thing..

  • Kramerica Industries

    Oh, the Orioles won?

    Go. Fucking. Figure.

  • Tom

    An interesting move…

  • Marcy

    Everyone knew that was coming except Nunez

  • Hummingbird S.

    that’s not a strike

  • Matt

    Nice of Fielden Culbreth to forget the dimensions of the strike zone now that we are in extra innings.

  • Myers

    Somebody please explain the substitution of Pearce for Nunez.

    • Mike N

      Nunez is a better batter.

  • Mike N

    This dude has a nasty curve ball.

  • MartinRanger

    VOLDEMORT WITH THE HUSTLE.

  • Mike N

    GOOD HUSTLE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Leg-End

    Ibanez! Hussle up!

  • Matt

    OH HEY, look what happens when you HUSTLE out of the box!

  • Effthisnoise

    Ibanez with the hustle!

  • Hummingbird S.

    RAUL!!! that was very nice

  • Marcy

    Think they’re frustrated?

  • Need Pitching & Hitting

    Raul!!!

    (I seriously thought he was going to be dead at 2B)

  • Reggie C.

    Didn’t think ibanez could motor like that! Pinch runner?

  • Chilango

    Nice Hustle. Take notes, Robbie.

  • Joe

    lol Ibanez.

  • MartinRanger

    They just cannot time this guy’s curveball.

    • Matt

      I’m surprised that he can throw one that slow without giving it away with his arm action. It looks like they are starting to adjust though.

  • Nice Scheister

    THAT’S hustle!!! Take note Swisher and Cano!

  • VT Yankee Fan

    Was that a slide or a collapse? LOL

  • MartinRanger

    Seriously though, if Ibanez could come back to life? It would be a HUGE help.

  • Joe

    In hindsight the Nuney for Pearce move was dumb. Could have saved Nuney to pinch run for Ibanez.

    • Need Pitching & Hitting

      They could just use Mesa if they wanted to PR.

      • Joe

        Knowing Joe, never.

    • Mike N

      Nunez is a much better batter than Pearce.

      • Joe

        That’s true, but in hindsight Nuney got out.

    • Myers

      Thank you!

  • Mike N

    Oh, YEAH!!!!!!!

  • Need Pitching & Hitting

    Get him in Russ.

  • Matt

    Tough here to expect him to get the run in since he’s already at 2 strikes, but man…

  • MartinRanger

    END. THIS.

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

    Russel…don’t need to hit it out tonight…just hit it to the outfield. Preferebly left.

  • MartinRanger

    Sigh. Nice try Voldemort.

  • Mike N

    Fuck!

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

    Damn…what is that a good send TV people?

    • Mike N

      He went on contact.

    • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan

      He was going on contact. Out by a mile.

    • MartinRanger

      With Ibanez you really don’t have a choice.

  • Need Pitching & Hitting

    fuck.

    Ok, NOW is redemption time Curtis.

  • Hummingbird S.

    fuck… they can’t score. This offense sucks

  • Kramerica Industries

    Even Martin can’t get that winning run home.

    Sickening.

  • The Real Greg

    Like that play by Ibanez. Norris stepped up.

  • Hummingbird S.

    doesn’t the C have to touch Ibanez with his glove? he never did..

    • Nice Scheister

      “The ball beat him.” Nonsense. I agree with you, but these umps make their own rules.

  • jjyank

    Damn it. Great effort though, Raul.

  • Joe

    Just hit a dinger.

  • Karl Krawfid

    This team is just fail.

  • Matt

    You have to get them to make the play in this situation. Even though he was out, it was a good send. If he yanks the throw a little bit in the pressure of the moment, you score.

    • MartinRanger

      Agreed.

    • The Real Greg

      I agree 100%

    • Joe

      I’m okay with it.

  • Nice Scheister

    Run Russell, run!

  • Anthony

    Gotta give credit to Ibanez for hustling.

  • Chilango

    Good send just didn’t work out, great hustle

  • Mike N

    C’mon! RISPHIT!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • MartinRanger

    See I thought that WAS a strike.

    Eric I would really really love you right now.

  • Leg-End

    Let’s walk off please, only so far Garcia can go with his Bardol and Vagisil pitches.

  • Need Pitching & Hitting

    One more of those please.

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

    Chavez, just single!!!

  • Effthisnoise

    Only chance yanks win is another wild pitch

  • Joe

    Jeter!

  • Mike N

    Holy shit. C’mon, Jeet!

  • Kramerica Industries

    No first pitch hacking, Derek.

  • oldmanalex

    this is like an anti blowout.

  • MartinRanger

    Where was that pitch? I mean, not complaining.

    • Nice Scheister

      Umps trying to go home, he’s hurting!

  • Need Pitching & Hitting

    C’mon Captain.

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

    JEETS, if you wanna be the MVP, come through right here. I’m throwing down the Gauntlet.

    ALSO DON’T SWING FIRST PITCH

  • Joe

    Lets go cap’n CLUTCH.

  • Effthisnoise

    Jeter hasn’t had a walk off in the new stadium

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

    Swing at the first pitch after two straight walks. I dare you.

  • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan

    Thank you Michael Kay for that intro. Idiot.

  • Chilango

    take the first one Capt

  • Joe

    Kay that was a horrible excuse for Jeter if he gets out. I mean it’s true, but that can be said for all batters. Especially Alex.

  • Mike N

    Lean *into* that pitch!

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

    Damnit Derek! Lean into that!

  • MartinRanger

    I smell a walk-off walk.

  • Matt

    TAKE TAKE TAKE

  • Need Pitching & Hitting

    Take a strike.

  • Matt

    Ball 3 possibly

    • The Real Greg

      No. It was a strike

      • Matt

        The pitch was borderline high. It could have gone either way, but there was no need to even take the bat off your shoulder in that spot. Make the guy earn it.

  • Mike N

    Darn.

  • Joe

    Dammit. I want to eat!

  • The Real Greg

    Those were both strikes

  • MartinRanger

    N O P E.

    I hate this game.

  • Kramerica Industries

    DAMMIT DAMMIT DAMMIT

  • bring buck back

    This game makes the 18-inning Ms/Os extravaganza look not so bad.

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

    I understand that the 2-0 was a hittable pitch, BUT Scribner had walked two straight guys, the ump has shrunk the zone dramatically, and he had missed badly on 2 straight pitches…

  • Nice Scheister

    That was their chance.

  • Karl Krawfid

    Not clutch.

  • Matt

    Only one pitch in that at bat was plausibly a strike, and even that one was not a pitch Jeter could hit.

    To be honest, I don’t trust Jeter up there with the bases loaded. He is always caught inbetween being patient and aggressive. He should have been straight taking on 2-0, but he took a half swing instead. That pitch might have been ball 3.

    No reason to help the pitcher out there. Jeter is too aggressive in these spots.

    • Chilango

      Jeter career WBL .329/.395

      • MartinRanger

        Its just the team at this point.

        And that’s that.

        Win tomorrow.

  • jjyank

    Fucking damn it.

  • Hummingbird S.

    seriously, fuck this offense. Jeter got 2-0, 89mph fastball up in the zone and couldn’t even make contact.

    the numbers are off the charts: 1-12 with RISP, 14 LOB

    • The Real Greg

      A’s have been worse. 3-16 with 13 LOB

      • Need Pitching & Hitting

        That’s better, not worse.

  • WhittakerWalt

    You have to make him prove he can throw a strike, Captain.

  • The Troll

    Hasn’t Jeter made the last out in extra innings twice thus far?

  • jjyank

    I’m tired of this game.

  • Hummingbird S.

    Freddy for the 4th inning of work with IBanez in RF and Nunez in 3rd base…

  • MartinRanger

    Wow I think this game is actually over.

    They had so. many. chances.

    prove me wrong Freddie.

    • TomH

      I hope he does hold them, but if he can’t,it really feels like ball game over for this team.

  • Leg-End

    And there it is.

  • Need Pitching & Hitting

    Fuck.

    This game is 100% on the inept offense.

  • Nice Scheister

    I feel like the A’s come through here, I hate to say it but Freddy’s gotta be tired.

  • The Real Greg

    Well, when its not your year, its not your year.

    • bring buck back

      Well, when you make stupid fucking tautological statements, you make stupid fucking tautological statements.

  • Chilango

    Over and out.

  • Hummingbird S.

    predictable

  • Mike N

    That was fucking hideous!

  • WhittakerWalt

    You can only extend Freddie so long.

    • Mike N

      Yep. I am disgusted.

  • bring buck back

    uggggggggggggggggggggggh

    embarassing

  • Leg-End

    That ball was tattoo’d, dayum.

  • Hummingbird S.

    seriously, Girardi needs to be fired ASAP… why is he sticking with Freddy? FUCK YOU GIRARDI AND FUCK THIS TEAM

  • The Real Greg

    Cant blame Girardi with the other guys in the bullpen.

    I blame Cashman before Girardi

    • DT

      Girardi has other options. He decided not to go with them.

    • Matt

      Garcia was getting smoked in the last inning, and falling behind on every hitter. You can certainly blame him for leaving in a tired pitcher who is also not very good.

      • The Real Greg

        WHO ELSE WAS THERE?

        Cory F****ing Wade?

        Justin F****ing Thomas?

        Adam F****ing Warren?

        • DT

          Better gamble on those guys than leave Freddy out when he clearly was gassed.

          • The Real Greg

            As Justin Thomas gives up a home run.

            Yeah sure.

    • Hummingbird S.

      He had David Phelps in the bullpen. You do know who that is, right?

      • The Real Greg

        I brought that up earlier but was told by the others that since he started on Wednesday, that he wouldn’t be availible because he threw over 100 pitches.

      • Need Pitching & Hitting

        Probably not available. He did throw 110 pitches on Wednesday.

  • DT

    Fire Girardi. What the fuck is this shit. Why is Freddy still in the game after the last inning?

  • oldmanalex

    man, Girardi is gonna get chewed out by the media for leaving freddy in for THAT fucking long. not to mention his other questionable pinch hitters/defensive changes.

  • Karl Krawfid

    This team is a joke.

  • Mike N

    That was a home-run derby ball.

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

    ugh…we all knew it was only a matter of time. but that still sucks.

  • Effthisnoise

    Annnnnnnnd there it is. Girardi leaves in a pitcher for too long until its burnt down beyond reach

  • Matt

    Stunning. Not.

    All they had to do was put the bat on the ground and they would have won the game in the last half inning.

    Losing this game with all the chances they had to score a run on an out would be crushing, and may cost them the division. Absolutely disgraceful.

    Citing Oakland’s RISP numbers is incredibly misleading, because many of those spots came with 2 outs. The Yankees had chance after chance with less than 2 outs and couldn’t get it done.

  • Tom

    Girardi would have bunted his # 2 hitter there.

    That is why you don’t bunt just simply because there’s a guy on 1st base. This small ball shit has to stop… he killed 2 innings with it earlier in the game.

  • Wow

    Screw this team. They’ve been done for quite some time. I’m done.

  • Athenian

    There goes first place and there goes playoffs. Fantastic day of hitting.

    • Need Pitching & Hitting

      “There goes first place and there goes playoffs”

      Huh?
      They’re still in first place (at least for now).
      And it would take a minor miracle for them to not make the playoffs.

    • DT

      What the fuck? We’re still in first and at worse we’re still up by 4 games in the wild card. Are you fucking stupid?

  • Nice Scheister

    The Yankees had their chance, this game is over. The Yankees deserve to lose this game. With a 1-12 w/RISP performance, a loss is typically the outcome.

  • Myers

    FIRE GIRARDI NOW AND DON’T WAIT UNTIL HE CAN SCREW UP THE PLAY-IN GAME!

  • Karl Krawfid

    Blaming Girardi for leaving Garcia in?

    Blame this shitty ass fucking offense.

    • Hummingbird S.

      David Phelps sitting on his ass in the pen.

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

        He started two days and is unavailable. You have a brain for a reason, try using it.

      • The Real Greg

        NOT AVAILIBLE

    • WhittakerWalt

      Blame them both.
      Freddy was done.
      Jeter gave away that last at-bat. Martin couldn’t get the runner in from third with one out. Neither could Granderson. Cano’s in a dreadful slump, etc, etc.

  • TomH

    Once they lose first place to this O’s team–which is proving themselves to be the best team in the AL East–it may well be over for the 2012 Yankees.

  • The Real Greg

    All of you blaming Girardi have to use your heads and think about who else is in the bullpen.

    This is Cashman’s doing. He has had a horrible year. Maybe his worst year ever in terms of trades and picking up free agents.

    • Hummingbird S.

      David Phelps.

      • The Real Greg

        HE WAS NOT AVAILIBLE.

        Mike’s right, Do you have a brain?

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

      Blame everyone but Jeter for failing to get the run in last inning against a pitcher who had no idea where the ball was going.

      • The Real Greg

        Derek Jeter is not going to succeed every time. That’s a given.

        • DT

          He could have not swing at every pitch until the guy shows you can hit the zone with some consistency

      • Marcy

        Mike – I think you said, he can hit + never forget the intangibles.

    • RkyMtnYank

      Blaming Cashman is just plain fucking stupid.

    • MartinRanger

      What about payroll limitations and other teams not being completely stupid and giving talent for talent do you guys not get?

      IT’S NOT THAT EASY TO BE A GM.

      Now I’m remembering why I’ve avoided RAB for a while.

  • Kramerica Industries

    Three run home run?

    Fuck me.

    Fuck me, fuck me, fuck me.

    • The Troll

      Haha. Look again . . .

  • The Troll

    Another “Worst Game of the Season” kind of day . . . . Offense still sucks with the best of them. Please, for the love of Mo, please win tomorrow!

  • Buhner’s barber

    Girardi is the dumbest fuck in all of baseball, this offense is one of the least clutch, and the Orioles will apparently never lose again.

  • DT

    You know Jeter really should have tried working a fucking walk when the bases were loaded with a pitcher who had no control. If ARod pulled that shit, the stadium would have booed him out of here.

  • Mike N

    I put this loss on the offense, not the pitching. Way too much RISPFAIL, and what can you expect from the dregs of the bullpen?

  • Danny

    So everyone is now saying “screw this team they have been done for a while” I was unaware we had not won our last 6. I suppose those wins don’t count. I mean shit we weren’t going to run the table. Get off the fucking ledge. I’ll go 6-1 every 7 games if you’d let me. If you’re going to quit and bash the team every loss just go jump off the bridge. Honestly. Yeah it blows that we will lose this game barring a miracle but shit it’s not the end of the world.

    • Mike N

      All true. It still sucks to lose a game like this, and in this painful fashion.

    • Matt

      When Baltimore is on the same kind of streak, you have literally NO room for error.

      Every one of these “it’s just one game” situations is why they are here right now. When you are in the situations they were in today, there is absolutely no excuse to lose this game.

  • Effthisnoise

    I remember when the yanks hit homeruns

    • WhittakerWalt

      You mean like earlier this game? And to win the game last night? Do you have Alzheimer’s?

  • Karl Krawfid

    Wish we had some young hitters in the farm.

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

    So everybody calling for Girardi’s head, who do you want in there this past inning instead?

    Phelps, who threw 110 pitches two nights ago
    Soriano, who admitted to being “sore” before the game
    Thomas, who before the HR to Carter had and ERA of 5.63
    Wade, who hasn’t been good since last August

    Who should’ve been in there instead guys?

    • The Real Greg

      THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      I would say fire Cashman.

      • Need Pitching & Hitting

        Fire Cashman because the September mop up guys aren’t good enough?

        That’s a bit of a stretch.

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

        No bullpen is built to shut an offense down for 13 innings when their starter doesn’t complete 3 innings. The fault here lies w/ the offense and Ivan Nova, who couldn’t get out of the god damned 3rd inning

      • DT

        Why? Cashman didn’t cause the pen to be overworked. Poor performances from Hughes and Nova did. Also that rain out didn’t help.

      • Pasqua

        And that would be equally, if not more, ridiculous. Tell me, did you call for Cashman’s job last night?

    • Mike N

      There was nothing Girardi could have done any better with the pitching moves. He got the best anyone could have expected out of the bullpen given who was available. This loss in on the bats.

    • MartinRanger

      The Mythical Gets Everybody Out Reliever

  • Nice Scheister

    LOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOL! Hilarious! What a waste of damn time.

  • Matt

    Everyone knew they were running out of pitching.

    You had to score in these last few innings. Jeter should know better than to even risk bailing the guy out on 2-0. He should put the bat down on the ground and take a stroll down the third base line while the 2-0 pitch is delivered.

    This is on the offense. How many innings in a row does the pitching staff have to throw up zeroes? Nobody on this team is willing to be patient with runners on base. Every time they get to 2-1, 3-1 they chase garbage and get themselves out.

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

      I cannot believe I’m saying this…but I agree w/ Matt 100%

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

        I will go further to say that Ivan Nova should shoulder some of the blame though. If he can get through 5 innings, there’s a big possibility Lowe is still available before Garcia.

    • Mike N

      Agreed 100% this loss should be attributed to RISPFAIL. The bullpen did as well as they possibly could.

    • Widget

      They need a new hitting coach. I blame long for their approach. Everyone seems to chase the garbage.

      • Matt

        There is the expectation that they will always get a fastball when they are ahead in the count.

        Good pitchers, who trust more than just their fastball, will NEVER give these guys a fastball over the plate in those counts.

        They would rather walk the bases loaded than give up a homer run. These guys don’t understand that.

    • DT

      i agree with this…also Nova sucking didn’t help.

  • MartinRanger

    I cannot believe how stupid and entitled and unreasonable you guys are sometimes.

    THE OFFENSE ISN’T HITTING.

    THAT’S NOT GIRARDI’S FAULT.

    NEW MANAGER =/ MAGICALLY WINNING.

    NEW GM =/ BARGAIN FREE AGENT SIGNINGS AND ADVANTAGEOUS TRADES.

    Like he’s made a few questionable moves but the offense could have ended this 3 or 4 times.

    • WhittakerWalt

      Don’t you understand? A new manager would make the hitters get clutch hits every time up. A new GM would only sign relievers who got everybody out. It’s so obvious.

  • Nice Scheister

    Put Warren in, better than the alternatives.

  • Effthisnoise

    I’m still holding out for a comeback here

  • Anthony

    Wow, this game went from thoroughly interesting to down right pathetic. Honestly, it should have been over last inning. Was it 2 passed balls we had? Offense NEEDS to take advantage of that. You really can’t blame the bullpen for this one. The pen has been so overworked, and then the SP can’t last 3 innings? Something like this was bound to happen. We should have taken it in the 12th.

    And the Orioles continue to win.

  • 1-for-12

    1 for 12 RISP. thanks bats. Fuckfaces

    • 1-for-12

      I wonder what will be the downfall of this team in the playoffs this year…

  • Pasqua

    Why does everybody demand blood from upper management during games in which the Yankees offense suffers collective paralysis? Who’s fault is that but the fuckers in the batter’s box?

  • Widget

    the offense and nova lost this game. Just go out and win tomorrow and hope the Orioles lose. This team is who they are, I just want them to avoid the wildcard. The one game shit is a travesty.

  • Danny

    I agree I hate losing so much it’s painful and it blows. But to say fire girardi and cashman and long and trade the whole team after every loss is starting to get old.. I mean where were you all this past week.. Dare i say everyone was happy? Then one loss opens the flood suicide gates. It’s unreal.

  • Nice Scheister

    Why am I still watching this game?! I know, to get my feelings hurt in the bottom of the inning when the biggest dick tease team leads me on some more.

  • WhittakerWalt

    I can’t wait for stuart’s synopsis of this one.

  • Chilango

    Yanks had plenty of opportunities to win today. Girardi didn’t have much to work with in the pen to begin with and then the offense and defense choked in game situations.

  • Big Members Only (formerly RI$P FTW)

    Old man Nova stunk up the joint like a turd in a dry toilet.

  • Joe

    Trying to push my RAB game thread record to 5-0. Ichiro is starting the comeback!

  • Karl Krawfid

    When Ichiro and Jeter alternate being your best player, your team is garbage.

  • Mike N

    Dare I hope?

  • Anthony

    Let the tease begin

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

    Please don’t get me excited for nothing guys. If you’re not going to win, just stop teasing me now.

  • WhittakerWalt

    They had their chance in the bottom of the 12th. So many things could have gone their way. The big failure was Jeter’s over-aggressiveness, when Scribner could very well have walked in the game winner.

    • Karl Krawfid

      Or they could have made some shit happen. Which they always fail to do.

      • Matt

        They’ve had 2 chances to drive in a run from 3rd base on a fly ball and have failed both times. What more do they need to do? Granderson’s AB earlier in the game was probably the reason we even ended up in extras.

  • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan

    Once again, CC is not an ace.

    • Anthony

      lmao

    • MartinRanger

      It’s not like aces do things like shut down hot offenses for 8 innings with 11 punchouts. Nope.

      • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan

        Fat sack of shit has 0 rbis………..

  • Billy

    A Ror alwasy exceled at garbadge time hits….

    • TomH

      That’s how he tied Gehrig for the Grand Slam career lead.

  • MartinRanger

    this. is. hilarious.

  • Tom

    Cano – take TWO strikes here.

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

    Cano swings 3-1 calling it.

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

      wow…I was wrong.

      • Joe

        I was in the same boat.

  • Alkaline

    Well, all I could think of after the top of the 13th:

    http://cdn.memegenerator.net/i.....260257.jpg

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

      trololol

  • The Real Greg

    This is why I blame Cashman:

    1. His constant track record of not being able to develop front-line starters from our farm system. Not 3’s or 4’s like Hughes and Nova, but 1’s and 2’s.

    2. His hubris in thinking that the bullpen would stay exactly the same as it was in the first half and not going out to get better pitchers for the bullpen

    3. Not replacing Andruw Jones’s role at the deadline. Been a waste of space.

    4. Kontos for Stewart.

    5.

    • WHIPunk

      5. Stewart for Cervelli

    • DT

      1. We got Pineda

      2. We got Joba back who has been pretty good after a bad start.

      3. McGehee, Pearce, why would we trade anything of value for a platoon bat?

      • The Real Greg

        1. That’s why I didn’t put the Montero Pineda trade on the list.
        I’m talking about developing 1s and 2s in the system.

        2. Joba has been good. But they didn’t have a backup plan if the other went south.

        3. Scott Hairston please?

        • Need Pitching & Hitting

          3. Scott Hairston wasn’t traded. Why not ask for Trout?

    • MartinRanger

      1. A lot of teams have this problem. He can’t cause injuries to magically not happen. And the Yankees draft too high to get the Strasburg type can’t-misses. And Latin players, like Manny, are a crapshoot.

      2. bullpen help was avaliable for extortionary prices. nobody was out there who would have been a significant upgrade over what we had. contrary to your perception this is a pretty good bullpen. Better than some in the Torre era.

      3. Andruw Jones caught fire in the 2nd half last year.

      4. I mean, it wasn’t a great trade. But I didn’t think much of Kontos.

    • RkyMtnYank

      And that’s why you are a dumbass!

  • Matt

    3-0 pitch was not a strike. Sigh…

  • Kramerica Industries

    Oh boy.

    The Tease.

  • Mike N

    Holy moly. This is getting interesting.

  • Anthony

    oh my god. is this really happening? please god please nuney i will never criticize your defense again ever

  • Billy

    Nunez/Ibanez/Nix up? LOL

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

      Nunez/Ibanez/Martin*

    • Need Pitching & Hitting

      LOL indeed.

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

    I hate baseball I don’t know why I do this to myself…my heart can’t take it.

  • Karl Krawfid

    And just because a lot of us are critical of the Yankees, doesn’t me we want to be wrong.

    We want them to come back, but the sample size is large enough to show that these guys fail in big spots.

  • Pasqua

    If this isn’t anecdotal evidence that pressure has a direct impact on performances, then I don’t know what is. And that’s coming from someone who HATES the concept of “clutch” and “intangibles,” etc.

  • Effthisnoise

    This guy is due to get rocked

  • Joe

    What the hell are you swinging at?

  • WHIPunk

    9-6!

  • Matt

    Wow. Did Nunez really just swing at a pitch that went for a wild pitch? What is wrong with him?

  • Nice Scheister

    This team is the hot chick at the bar that leads you on and makes you think you’re doing great, making out, great conversation, then you take her back to your place and she leaves you with your dick in your hand. This team is such a flipping dick tease.

  • Need Pitching & Hitting

    Nice swing Nunez.
    That ball was only about 2 feet outside.

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

    DAMNIT LET IT HIT YOU NUNIE!!

  • Karl Krawfid

    Nunez got shot.

  • Joe

    I want to see that again. That was high and in.

  • WHIPunk

    and now 9-7…….

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

    Why is Cano not standing at 3rd?

    • Joe

      Yo-anus!

    • Tom

      His run means nothing.

      I don’t have a problem with it if there’s even a remote chance he thinks he might get thrown out.

    • Tom

      Granderson – now end this!

  • Matt

    Damnit. I thought that was in the gap or gone.

  • Mike N

    If there’s a rain delay, I am gonna do something rash.

  • MartinRanger

    I BELIEVE IN VOLDEMORT/MARTIN.

    sort of

  • Joe

    DINGER please.

  • Karl Krawfid

    These guys have their best at bats when they are down.

    Where the hell is this sense of urgency to blow pitchers teams out?

  • Anthony

    Holy shit Yanks, you would do this to me wouldn’t you. Instead of tieing the game in a swing or two, no, lets get one run at a time and then stop right at 8.

  • Matt

    Culbreth sucks BTW. His calls have been putting the Yankees in bad counts all of extra innings.

  • Alkaline

    C’mon Voldemort. Avade Kedavra their butts or something.

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

    RAUL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • WHIPunk

    TIE GAME BABY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Kevin G.

    HOLY SHIT

  • Yankeefan

    ibanezzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

  • Joe

    IBANEZ!!!! DINGER DINGER DINGER!

  • MartinRanger

    I BELIEVE IN VOLDEMORT

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

    RAFUCKINGUL

  • The Real Greg

    OH MY GOD

  • WhittakerWalt

    Whoa.

  • Alkaline

    Praise the Dark Lord!

  • yo

    oh my

  • WHIPunk

    WHAT THE HELL IS GOING ON UP IN HERE

  • Need Pitching & Hitting

    Raul!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    So I guess a good thing he wasn’t taken out for defense (even though I was one that wanted him out).

  • Mike N

    HOLY FUCKING SHIT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    RAUL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Widget

    WTF!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Anthony

    I am sitting here bawling tears of joy on the couch in my sweaty gym clothes this is UNREAL

  • Matt

    UNBELIEVABLE. WOW!!!

  • Marcy

    Now they need to win it — now

  • Need Pitching & Hitting

    OK Curtis. Yet another chance for redemption.

  • Effthisnoise

    Alright, time for Grandy to walk off

  • Mike N

    This is complete utter insanity.

  • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan

    Told you CC was an ace.

  • Anthony

    In some ways I almost wish this didn’t happen because if we don’t take this game I’ll lose it and CURTIS WHAT A TEASE

  • WhittakerWalt

    GOD DAMN YOU STERLING

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

    Somebody has to be warming in the Bullpen. You cannot trust Thomas in a tied game here.

    • Need Pitching & Hitting

      Can’t trust anybody still available in the pen in a tie game.

    • Alkaline

      Do we say sorry Sori get your butt up? Who do we have left? I fell asleep for the middle innings. I ran a zombie apocalypse 5k obstacle course today, ha!

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

        As far as I know we have Phelps, Warren, and Wade, as well as Sori and Robertson (who were told they’re going to get off tonight/today) then the starters.

  • Danny

    “Game’s over, fire everyone!!! This team Sucks!”

    Dear Everyone who posted something similar to this earlier,

    Welcome back Bandwagon Jumper. Now Fuck You.

    – All of us who stayed.

  • Pasta Stumbling Sojo

    Unfire Cashman and Girardi.

  • WHIPunk

    Raul>Trout

  • Anthony

    Are the A’s going to keep this guy in if there is a next inning? I know he’s weak against lefties but his numbers are still intimidating.

  • Karl Krawfid

    Much love Raul.

  • Matt

    If this game keeps going deeper, I wonder if you think about going to someone like Robertson or one of your starters. You really can’t lose this game with someone like Adam Warren…

  • Joe

    I called it. hahaha.

    • Mike N

      You did! Now you can’t ever leave RAB.

  • The Real Greg

    God help us all. Wade’s in the game

  • Nice Scheister

    Happy it’s tied again and all but why celebrate like they won, they still need a minimum of one more run.

    • Effthisnoise

      This guy is their wade, let’s win here

  • Matt

    Wade had looked better before that last game against Toronto in the almost blowout. Maybe the importance of this situation will get him refocused.

    • Mike N

      Something worked for him, that’s for sure.

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

    the tread is getting really really laggy (for me anyway) anybody else having this problem.

    • Joe

      Not really. My phone lagged before though. I couldn’t even comment more than once.

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

        This website, especially commenting, doesn’t work well w/ the smartest of smart phones.

        • Joe

          Iphone 4S even!

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

            Yeah dude I’ve got the Galaxy SIII and the website is still pretty terrible on it. (You know 4G)

        • Nice Scheister

          With my iPhone 4 I can’t view a thread with more than 70 comments.

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

      Makes sense though…I mean there is almost, if not over, 1300 comments at this rate.

    • Mike N

      Maybe because it’s got over 1000 comments.

  • Kramerica Industries

    Wow, they really tied it?

    God I’m missing a ton here.

  • Joe

    WIN THIS GAME NOW.

  • MartinRanger

    Corey Wade just threw a scoreless inning. We have to win this thing.

  • Nice Scheister

    Hey Mike, time for a new thread with POSITIVE comments only, eh?

  • Chilango

    Do it NOW guys. No f prisoners

  • Anthony

    Oh god. Is that an above 6 ERA? That means Ross will be unhittable to the Yanks.

  • TheLastClown

    We’ve really gotten into the dross of this A’s bullpen.

  • Nice Scheister

    .317 BAA, he turns everyone into Jeter at the plate and has a 6.40 ERA….DO IT!

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

    Winning run on base!! Again!! Please win it this time!!!

  • The Real Greg

    Bunt Jeter for Ichiro to drive him in?

  • Mike N

    YEAH! What a great AB!

  • Chilango

    bring.him.around.

  • Effthisnoise

    Melky!

  • Marcy

    Is that a Melky Mesa sighting?

  • MartinRanger

    NOW Melky’s in the game.

    And actually I’m kind of glad because the last thing we need is a Chavez foot injury.

  • Joe

    MESA!

  • Need Pitching & Hitting

    Ummm. They better win now, or there is going to be a very freaky defensive alignment next inning.

  • Mike N

    Mesa seriously looks like he’s about 15 years old.

  • MartinRanger

    I literally want no one else at the plate right now.

    But they could walk him.

    And they will.

    Damn it.

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

    I hate the bunt there.

  • Effthisnoise

    Ok A Rod, make them pay

  • Marcy

    Take this personally Alex – please

  • Anthony

    C’monnnnnn A-Rod! Win back the hearts of Yankee stadium!!!

  • Kramerica Industries

    Win it here.

  • MartinRanger

    wow that was a hanger.

  • Mike N

    HE MISSED THIRD FUCKING BASE!~!!!!!!!!!!

  • Joe

    WHAT THE HELL MESA! MISSED THIRD. FML.

  • MartinRanger

    well there’s a rookie mistake.

    this game is the worst.

  • Matt

  • Nice Scheister

    DOUBLE STEAL!!!!

  • Need Pitching & Hitting

    OMFG. Please don’t lose the game because of that.

  • Kramerica Industries

    Base hit, no win?

    God almighty.

  • WHIPunk

    Wow

  • Anthony

    This is excruciatingly painful jesus christ

  • Joe

    The Yankees Gods hate Alex.

  • Nathan

    OMG

  • WHIPunk

    Lol Mesa better hope someone coomes through.

  • Nice Scheister

    Holy hell!!!!

  • WHIPunk

    YOU GOTTA BE KIDDING ME CANO

  • Matt

    Only the Yankees could find a way to blow this. You have to be kidding me.

  • Mike N
  • Kramerica Industries

    This fucking team is gonna kill me.

  • Anthony

    Weak ground ball…. totally didn’t see that coming! Jeez, I sound like stuart!!

  • Nathan

    You’re fucking shitting me…

  • Need Pitching & Hitting

    Fuck Cano. I’m joining the stuart a hate train.

    • Anthony

      Haha, look at my comment above.

      • Need Pitching & Hitting

        lol, I’m sure we’ll be hearing from him in the recap thread.

        • WhittakerWalt

          Never after a win.

    • Nice Scheister

      I miss Stuart tonight.

  • Pat D

    This might be the wackiest, nuttiest, craziest game I have ever seen.

  • WHIPunk

    Hmmm I’m 50/50 on Nunez right here… leaning towards the bad 50%

  • MartinRanger

    Cano I can’t.

    What a play by Ross.

  • Nice Scheister

    In my lifetime, I’ve neve been teased like this before.

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

    NUNNIE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Joe

    NUNEY!

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/roadgeek/ Roadgeek Adam

    NUNEZ WALKS OFF

  • WHIPunk

    FINALLY FINALLY

  • Pat D

    You have got to be kidding me.

  • MartinRanger

    IT COULDN’T END ANY OTHER WAY.

  • Mike N

    YAYAYAYAYAYAYAYAYAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! HAHAHAHAHAHAHAH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    HE BOOTED IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • WhittakerWalt

    I’ll take it.

  • DC

    It’s as if Cano doesn’t even care what Stuart thinks of him.

  • Need Pitching & Hitting

    Fitting that NunEEEE induces the game winning error.

    Should have won a long time ago, but at least they won.

  • Kramerica Industries

    HOLY SHIT!!!

    I haven’t thrown that many fist pumps since ARod’s double off Lidge in 2009.

  • DC

    NUNIE!!!

  • Chilango

    Wow. Baseball never ceases to amaze.

  • Marcy

    I hope the O’s enjoyed this one

    • The Real Greg

      They have to be thinking. “What more do we have to do?”

      • MartinRanger

        Honestly? They deserved this after their ridiculous luck recently. and this whole season.

  • Nice Scheister

    They won?! Best win of the season?!?

  • Anthony

    As Michael Kay said: Un. be. lievable.

    • Herby

      I thought that was give me another donut

  • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan

    It’s just like 2009 all over again, except back then we had an ace!!!! Am I right???

    I mean am I right?

    Right, guys…?

    • MartinRanger

      You’re right. This time we have two guys who could front a rotation when it’s going well.

  • Anthony

    I’m pretty convinced this game will be one of the best moments of the second half.

  • Nice Scheister

    I would like to apologize for my hate mongering tonight.

  • Chilango

    The ghost of Bill Buckner walks and old Bill isn’t even dead yet.

  • Mike N

    That was the most intense emotional roller coaster of a Yankee game I think I’ve ever experienced.

    BTW, how fucking pathetic do the people who left the Stadium when the As took a 9-5 lead feel right now? This is why I *never* leave any game of any sport *ever* until it is officially over.

  • Monterowasnotdinero

    That’s THE/MELKY/MESA/WAYSA/NO/TOUCHA/THIRD/BASEA.

  • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan

    I love walking off against the As. Taste of their own “medicine.” Fuckers.

  • WhittakerWalt

    Poor stuart. I bet he had the whole game wrap-up typed and ready to go, complete with extra ellipses. Now he has to scrap it and start over.
    Oh, wait. He never shows up when they win.

  • Anthony

    I literally cannot wait to see the win expectancy graph.

    • MartinRanger

      It’s going to be EPIC.

    • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan

      up, down, up, down, up, down, up, DOWN DOWN DOWN DOWN DOWN, UP UP UP UP UP, LEVEL, UP UP UP chart explodes.

  • DT

    This was insane…

  • Herby

    Wow…but I claim no fair…I can’t jump up and down…but I’ll be home tomorrow…two of the most exciting games of the year. Couldn’t imagine sitting through those last few innings. Great fucking game.

  • TomH

    After this assault on the nervous system, I have to endure ND vs. Michigan.

  • Rocky Road Redemption

    This strongly reminds of the July 4th 04′ game against the Red Sox.

    What just happened.

    • WhittakerWalt

      2004 never happened.

      • Rocky Road Redemption

        No, the 04′ POSTSEASON never happened. It was cancelled.

        The regular season was lovely.

        • WhittakerWalt

          I don’t take any chances.

          • Rocky Road Redemption

            The 04′ Sox are the only team in the past ten years I hate more than this O’s team, including the 07′ Sox.

  • Rocky Road Redemption

    I came in to watch at 4:30. I thought I’d missed the game.

  • Rocky Road Redemption

    Hey guys, does this mean that this is…

    Dare I say it..

    Walk-off Weekend, Part II?

  • JScott

    Extra credit to Ichiro for running with his head up on the ARod hit and not running up on Mesa when the kid had to return to 3rd. After Kay screamed that Mesa missed the base [thumbs-up to Kay for catching that immediately] I fully expected to see both Mesa and Ichiro right around 3rd base.

  • Rocky Road Redemption

    This thread is a wonderful read. Just beautiful.

  • JLC 776

    I got to watch this game from my sling box feed at MSP. I couldn’t wait to get home to see how batshit insane this thread was over the final two innings. You guys didn’t let me down!

  • 1400

    just so its 1400 comments not 1399

    • JLC 776

      I was really hoping somebody would do that (but I didn’t want to double-post)