Sep
22

Game 151: Hoping for a blowout

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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.

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  1. Pat D says:

    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.

  2. Very well then.

    Hopefully Novacaine can replicate what he did last week.

  3. Joe says:

    Gonna miss it. Assistant coaching 7U team.

  4. bring buck back says:

    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.

  5. Nsalem says:

    Rather have Grandy than Andy

  6. Marcy says:

    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.

  7. Mike says:

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

  8. RkyMtnYank says:

    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.

  9. 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.

  10. jjyank says:

    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.

  11. captain kiwi says:

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

  12. Marcy says:

    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.

  13. Mike says:

    Leadoff double? Yuck.

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

  15. captain kiwi says:

    oh mother.

  16. yo says:

    what was that about a blowout?

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

  18. Marcy says:

    Ok – blowout — maybe in the wrong direction.

  19. bring buck back says:

    Nova’s back…

  20. Darren says:

    fuckin Jones. They should release his ass

  21. Mike says:

    Umm, this is not good

  22. Cy Pettitte says:

    so this game is probably an L.

  23. sangreal says:

    Welcome back, captain XBH

  24. Nice Scheister says:

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

  25. yo says:

    paging derek lowe…

  26. Marcy says:

    I hope Rothchild just screams at him for all of us

  27. Need Pitching & Hitting says:

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

  28. Chilango says:

    3 doubles off Nova already. Oh fuck.

  29. Nice Scheister says:

    DFA Nova, start Phelps.

  30. Mike says:

    Yay an out, at least it’s productive.

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

  32. Mike N says:

    Fucking Nova.

  33. Mike says:

    Big out. Keep it at 2 please

  34. Nice Scheister says:

    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.

  35. Orioles already have the lead?

    Unreal.

  36. Cuso says:

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

  37. Mike N says:

    Sheesh. Now let’s hammer these fuckers.

  38. yo says:

    Good bounceback Ivan

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

  40. Chilango says:

    At least Nova didn’t implode.

  41. RkyMtnYank says:

    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.

  42. jjyank says:

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

  43. mt says:

    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.

  44. Cuso says:

    wow. that was easy, huh?

  45. Kosmo says:

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

  46. Need Pitching & Hitting says:

    Wow Ichiro!!!

  47. yo says:

    ichirooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo

  48. Cy Pettitte says:

    Ichiro, just wow.

  49. Mike N says:

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

  50. RkyMtnYank says:

    Fuckin Ichi!!!

  51. Mike N says:

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

  52. mt says:

    Where would this offense be without Ichiro right now?

  53. Chilango says:

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

  54. jjyank says:

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

  55. Nice Scheister says:

    Holy shit! Ichiro is on FIRE!!!

  56. 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.

  57. Nice Scheister says:

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

  58. captain kiwi says:

    i thought that was a balk

  59. RkyMtnYank says:

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

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

  61. Cuso says:

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

    • CUYanks says:

      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.

  62. yo says:

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

  63. Pasta Stumbling Sojo says:

    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?

  64. Cuso says:

    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

  65. Robbie: TAKE A GOD DAMNED WALK.

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

  66. Need Pitching & Hitting says:

    Yikes Robbie. Take the fucking walk.

  67. Chilango says:

    Didn’t look like a balk….

  68. yo says:

    WOW what a slide!

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

  70. Mike N says:

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

  71. Cuso says:

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

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

    right as Robbie goes oppo.

    I love shit like that.

  73. Mike N says:

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

  74. Need Pitching & Hitting says:

    Nice slide.

  75. Marcy says:

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

  76. WhittakerWalt says:

    Stuart? Any thoughts?

  77. yo says:

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

  78. captain kiwi says:

    robbie and YAY-rod

  79. Nice Scheister says:

    Did A-Rod even touch the base?!

  80. Chilango says:

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

  81. RkyMtnYank says:

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

  82. VT Yankee Fan says:

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

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

  84. Marcy says:

    Maybe a good match up – Nova & Blackley

  85. Nice Scheister says:

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

  86. yo says:

    And now O’s right back out in front

  87. captain kiwi says:

    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….”

  88. Nice Scheister says:

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

  89. WhittakerWalt says:

    You bailed him out on that pitch.

  90. 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.

  91. Darren says:

    Fucking Mcgaheheheheheheheeeeeee.

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

  92. Allie says:

    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.

  93. Nice Scheister says:

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

  94. Need Pitching & Hitting says:

    Shock me please, Andruw.

  95. captain kiwi says:

    40 pitch inning, make it happen boys

  96. Marcy says:

    This fame is really getting more odd by the pitch

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

  98. Cy Pettitte says:

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

  99. yo says:

    please no green light

  100. Preston says:

    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.

  101. Nice Scheister says:

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

  102. Mike N says:

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

  103. 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.

  104. Cuso says:

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

  105. captain kiwi says:

    yesssss. work some magic stewie

  106. The Troll says:

    Why on earth is Andruw Jones starting? WTF.

  107. Nice Scheister says:

    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!

  108. jjyank says:

    HAHAHAHA

    BLOLackley

  109. captain kiwi says:

    yay! 40 pitch inning! thanks guys :p

  110. Effthisnoise says:

    40 pitches

  111. WhittakerWalt says:

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

  112. Matt says:

    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.

  113. jjyank says:

    Please Nova, please have settled down.

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

    • Cuso says:

      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 says:

      Looks like he saw this post!

  115. yo says:

    He did look pretty solid, after the doubles

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

  117. RkyMtnYank says:

    Nova looks alot better.

  118. Effthisnoise says:

    Nice bounce back inning!

  119. Need Pitching & Hitting says:

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

  120. Chilango says:

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

  121. Pasta Stumbling Sojo says:

    Nova has really settled down… *drinks a shot*

  122. Need Pitching & Hitting says:

    lol

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

  124. Anthony says:

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

  125. Chilango says:

    Ichi’s playing a little cricket.

  126. MartinRanger says:

    That’s classic Ichiro.

  127. yo says:

    unbelievable

  128. Leg-End says:

    Incredible.

  129. Need Pitching & Hitting says:

    dammit

  130. yo says:

    ok that was silly

  131. Cy Pettitte says:

    what was Ichiro thinking? that was just plain dumb.

  132. Nice Scheister says:

    How did Ichiro make contact?!

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

  134. Might be high time to stop running on Cespedes.

  135. Chilango says:

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

  136. captain kiwi says:

    i really hate blackley’s delivery.

  137. 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.

  138. Nice Scheister says:

    So it’s okay to block third base?

  139. Need Pitching & Hitting says:

    Fuck Robbie. Take a walk.

  140. Need Pitching & Hitting says:

    Lol A’s defense.

  141. Cy Pettitte says:

    lol wow.

  142. 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.

  143. Anthony says:

    Wow. We really need to capitalize on these errors.

  144. Mike N says:

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

  145. Need Pitching & Hitting says:

    Thanks A’s.

  146. yo says:

    lol at melvin

  147. Chilango says:

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

  148. 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.

  149. Anthony says:

    Yes! Capitalize!!!!

  150. jjyank says:

    Haha silly A’s.

  151. 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.

  152. VT Yankee Fan says:

    Sawks have 2 on and 1 out.

  153. Need Pitching & Hitting says:

    God dammit Nova.

  154. Can anyone get Stephen fricken’ Drew out?

  155. RkyMtnYank says:

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

  156. Widget says:

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

  157. Mike N says:

    C’mon, Nova! Try not to suck!

  158. yo says:

    aaaaand randy fucking wolfe gets out of the jam

  159. jjyank says:

    Ivan Nova:

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

    *takes a shot*

  160. WhittakerWalt says:

    This is going to be a long game.

  161. captain kiwi says:

    stephen drew broke my internet apparently.

  162. Need Pitching & Hitting says:

    Get Freddy up.

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

  164. Chilango says:

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

  165. Mike N says:

    Dammit, Nova!

  166. Anthony says:

    Stephen Drew is the new Mark Reynolds…

  167. Nice Scheister says:

    That was almost another shot for ya jj!

  168. Meanwhile, Reynolds goes deep…

  169. Nice Scheister says:

    Double play here boys, stop the FUCKING bleeding!

  170. RkyMtnYank says:

    Rapada, really? wtf, get Phelps up.

  171. Nice Scheister says:

    Was Swisher playing the wall?!

  172. yo says:

    reynolds solo shot

  173. Need Pitching & Hitting says:

    Everyday Clay?

    He’s pitched once in the last week.

  174. WhittakerWalt says:

    Done with you, Nova.

  175. Chilango says:

    Take him out NOW. BEFORE Reddick hits i out.

  176. Nice Scheister says:

    Get {insert any pitchers name here} up.

  177. MartinRanger says:

    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.

  178. Cuso says:

    Looks like Nova is already thinking about 2013

  179. Mike N says:

    Here comes LOOGY!

  180. Nice Scheister says:

    HOOK PLEASE!!!!!

  181. DT says:

    Ivan Nova sucks. Give his spot to Phelps.

  182. MartinRanger says:

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

  183. yo says:

    nova better not get a whiff of a postseason start

  184. Nice Scheister says:

    Everyday Clay, oh Kay you’re so clever!

  185. Chilango says:

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

  186. Matt says:

    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 says:

      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.

      • Mike Axisa says:

        The implications of this move are hardly known yet.

        So then stop complaining.

        • Matt says:

          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 says:

          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 says:

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

            Perfectly describes 2012 Ivan Nova.

            • Matt says:

              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 says:

                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 says:

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

    • 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 says:

        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.

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

          • Matt says:

            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.

            • 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 says:

                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 says:

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

                  • Matt says:

                    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 says:

                      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.

                • 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 says:

                    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 says:

                      “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 says:

                      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 says:

                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 says:

          “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.

          • Mike Axisa says:

            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 says:

              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 says:

                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 says:

                  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.

        • Rothschild already went to the mound in the first.

          • Matt says:

            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 says:

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

          This is magical thinking.

          • Matt says:

            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 says:

            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 says:

      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 says:

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

    • Mike Axisa says:

      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 says:

        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?

        • 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 says:

            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 says:

              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 says:

                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.

                • Mike Axisa says:

                  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 says:

                    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 says:

                  “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.

                  • 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 says:

                      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.

                    • 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 says:

                      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 says:

                      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.

            • 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

  187. Brian S. says:

    See you next year Nova.

  188. Effthisnoise says:

    Fucking huge!

  189. Mike N says:

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

  190. RkyMtnYank says:

    Fuck yea!!!

  191. Austin Aunelowitzky (formerly Paul VuvuZuvella) says:

    Great play by everyday Clay.

  192. Cy Pettitte says:

    I was totally expecting Rapada to throw that away.

  193. MartinRanger says:

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

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

  195. Chilango says:

    Sweet DP!

  196. Need Pitching & Hitting says:

    Good Loogy.

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

  197. captain kiwi says:

    fucking beautiful job clay. josh reddick needs a haircut.

  198. 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 says:

      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.

  199. Anthony says:

    Way to step up there, Clay.

  200. Nice Scheister says:

    Well done Joe!

  201. nsalem says:

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

  202. WhittakerWalt says:

    Nova just looks lost.

  203. jjyank says:

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

  204. Brian S. says:

    Phelps to teh rotationz

  205. Danny Valencia ties the game in Boston.

  206. VT Yankee Fan says:

    Sawks tied it up on an HR by Valencia.

  207. Chilango says:

    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. ???

  208. yo says:

    sox tie it up!

  209. Brian S. says:

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

  210. MartinRanger says:

    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.’

  211. Nice Scheister says:

    Let’s go Boston!

    :takes shower:

  212. Brian S. says:

    Why were Nix and McGehee batting against a righty?

    • MartinRanger says:

      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.

  213. Mike N says:

    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.

  214. Nice Scheister says:

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

  215. MartinRanger says:

    I do want to see Dickerson at some point.

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

  216. Pat D says:

    That’s too easy.

  217. Isn’t that Scott Brosius?

  218. Mike N says:

    Rapada still in. I was right.

  219. RkyMtnYank says:

    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.

  220. Pat D says:

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

  221. Brian S. says:

    Need another DP here Clay.

  222. Mike N says:

    C’mon, Rapada!!!

  223. MartinRanger says:

    That’s annoying.

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

  225. WhittakerWalt says:

    LNOGY

  226. Need Pitching & Hitting says:

    Joe realizes Clay is a Loogy, right?

  227. Chilango says:

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

  228. MartinRanger says:

    Well that really didn’t work.

    I don’t blame Girardi, but damn.

  229. Cy Pettitte says:

    fucking ridiculous that Rapada faced 2 righties.

  230. Need Pitching & Hitting says:

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

  231. Yep.

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

  232. Karl Krawfid says:

    Just have to shake your head at this BP management.

  233. Hummingbird S. says:

    whyis Girardi trying to lose the game?

  234. Rich says:

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

  235. captain kiwi says:

    hah. it’s almost comical.

  236. WhittakerWalt says:

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

  237. 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.

  238. DT says:

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

  239. Brian S. says:

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

  240. Chilango says:

    Why Lowe? I don’t get it.

  241. Mike N says:

    Great play!

  242. May have been safe.

    But we’ll take it.

  243. Mike says:

    Safe or out?

  244. brian says:

    jeter’s leading off this inning…

    just sayin

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

  245. Mike Axisa says:

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

    • brian says:

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

    • MartinRanger says:

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

    • FIPster Doofus says:

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

      • Mike Axisa says:

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

        • CUYanks says:

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

          • Mike Axisa says:

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

            • CUYanks says:

              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)

        • RkyMtnYank says:

          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 says:

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

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

  247. Nice Scheister says:

    Has Jeter seen three or four pitches today?

  248. yo says:

    lol guess whos on base again

  249. Cy Pettitte says:

    run Ichiro, run.

  250. MartinRanger says:

    Can’t buy a break right now.

  251. Chilango says:

    Robbie’s starting to look like Swisher.

  252. Brian S. says:

    Cano has been pretty bad down the stretch.

  253. MartinRanger says:

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

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

  255. yo says:

    O’s with 2 in scoring position, 1 out

  256. 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.

  257. yo says:

    ryan flaherty cashes in…lol

    5-3 baltimore

  258. MartinRanger says:

    the Red Sox really are BAD at baseball.

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

    Somehwere, Flash is smiling.

  260. MartinRanger says:

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

  261. Hummingbird S. says:

    excellent job by Lowe here.

  262. Chilango says:

    Lowe is actually good today.

  263. Joe says:

    How we doing?

  264. Hummingbird S. says:

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

  265. yo says:

    raul so cool!

  266. MartinRanger says:

    VOLDEMORT RETURNS

  267. Cy Pettitte says:

    old man strength!

  268. Hummingbird S. says:

    now that’s more like it RAUL!

  269. Need Pitching & Hitting says:

    Ibanez!!!!

    Doing something useful!!!

  270. Just shocked that Ibanez did something.

  271. captain kiwi says:

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

  272. Myers says:

    He’s so cool (once a year)

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

  274. Marcy says:

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

  275. jjyank says:

    Voldemort…goes YARDEMORT!

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

  276. Mike Axisa says:

    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 says:

      Someone call Greg’s police to make an arrest.

    • 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 says:

      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 says:

        Arm chair psychology at its best.

      • 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 says:

          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 says:

            “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.

            • 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 says:

              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 says:

                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 says:

                  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 says:

                    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 says:

                      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 says:

                      No it’s CRIMINAL!

                      lulz

          • 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 says:

        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 says:

          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 says:

            “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 says:

              “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 says:

                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 says:

                  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?

                  • Mike Axisa says:

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

                    • Matt says:

                      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 says:

                    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.

            • Matt says:

              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 says:

                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 says:

                  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 says:

                    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.

                  • Mike N says:

                    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 says:

                      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 says:

            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 says:

              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.

  277. Nice Scheister says:

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

  278. Chilango says:

    Raul saved me- and you- a rant.

  279. Hummingbird S. says:

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

  280. Myers says:

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

  281. CUYanks says:

    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.

  282. MartinRanger says:

    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. says:

      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 says:

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

        • Brian S. says:

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

          • jjyank says:

            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 says:

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

  283. Mike N says:

    Likelihood this game ends 5-4?

  284. Myers says:

    6-3 Fightin Showalters

  285. MartinRanger says:

    Derek ‘relief ace’ Lowe.

  286. Chilango says:

    Lowe steps up, Hats off to him.

  287. Myers says:

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

  288. CUYanks says:

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

  289. Nice Scheister says:

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

  290. Marcy says:

    See, he took a pitch

  291. Brian S. says:

    Why is the hottest hitter in the world bunting?

  292. Myers says:

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

    • Myers says:

      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 says:

      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.

  293. …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 says:

      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).

  294. yo says:

    take that personally, robinson

  295. Chilango says:

    Go the other way for fucks sake

  296. MartinRanger says:

    well that sucked.

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

  297. Hummingbird S. says:

    fucking unwatchable.. Cano sucks right now

  298. Robbie and walks just do not agree at all.

  299. Chilango says:

    Saw that coming. Cano rolls one over

  300. ArchStanton says:

    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 says:

      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. says:

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

  301. yo says:

    at least the Sox are threatening right now

  302. Nice Scheister says:

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

  303. Kosmo says:

    Cano now has the team lead in GDP with 22

  304. TomH says:

    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.

  305. Hummingbird S. says:

    great job by Lowe!

  306. Mike Axisa says:

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

  307. Mike N says:

    Nice job, Lowe!

  308. Tom says:

    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.

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

  310. yo says:

    Fucking run, robinson

  311. MartinRanger says:

    Cano thought Swisher had that.

  312. Hummingbird S. says:

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

  313. Mike Axisa says:

    Do not feel good about Carter-Logan.

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

  315. Chilango says:

    Tex starts the DP on that one.

  316. Hummingbird S. says:

    dont hang that slider Boone

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

  318. yo says:

    Thanks for putting him on third, cano

    bench him

  319. TomH says:

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

  320. Hummingbird S. says:

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

  321. Nice Scheister says:

    Wow, who didn’t see that coming?!

  322. Chilango says:

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

  323. Cy Pettitte says:

    no easy wins. ever.

  324. bring buck back says:

    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.

  325. Nice Scheister says:

    Cespedes > Granderson

  326. Matt says:

    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.

  327. Hall and Nokes says:

    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.

  328. Cuso says:

    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?

  329. Marcy says:

    How is Swish on 1st?

  330. Hummingbird S. says:

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

  331. Nice Scheister says:

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

  332. Karl Krawfid says:

    A he is only on first base.

    WTF man.

  333. Mike Axisa says:

    Swish … why aren’t you at second.

  334. Cy Pettitte says:

    Tie game in Boston

  335. CUYanks says:

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

  336. Tom says:

    Boston tied it up in the bottom of the 8th

  337. nsalem says:

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

  338. Nice Scheister says:

    This LAZY ASS brand of baseball is sickening.

  339. Hall and Nokes says:

    go Ciriaco

  340. Nice Scheister says:

    Pinch run for Ibanez!

  341. Pasta Stumbling Sojo says:

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

  342. 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.

  343. Chilango says:

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

  344. 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.

  345. Tom says:

    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.

  346. Hummingbird S. says:

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

  347. Chilango says:

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

  348. Myers says:

    There goes Girardi … Thinking with his tits again.

  349. Mike N says:

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

  350. Chilango says:

    Curtis swinging for the fences how bout a base it Grandyman

  351. Mike N says:

    Fuck, Grandy.

  352. yo says:

    thanks for nothing, fans

  353. Cy Pettitte says:

    Granderson please be more useless.

  354. Huge fail there by Grandy…HUGE fail.

  355. Hummingbird S. says:

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

  356. Karl Krawfid says:

    Horrible defense.

    Bad situational hitting.

    Yankee baseball.

  357. Brian S. says:

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

  358. Mike Axisa says:

    Girardi is crushing Chris Stewart’s confidence. Criminal.

  359. Myers says:

    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.

  360. Mike N says:

    That was fucking RISPFAIL. Sheesh.

  361. Hummingbird S. says:

    this offense fucking sucks

  362. yo says:

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

  363. Effthisnoise says:

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

  364. Mike Axisa says:

    Swing the damn bat Chavez.

  365. Chilango says:

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

  366. Widget says:

    another walk off win is fine.

  367. Cuso says:

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

  368. Big Members Only (formerly RI$P FTW) says:

    Maybe Granderson is bored?

  369. Tom says:

    Bunting in back to back innings.

    Hooray small ball.

  370. Cy Pettitte says:

    are you fucking kidding me

  371. Marcy says:

    Donaldson got to 2nd

  372. Big Members Only (formerly RI$P FTW) says:

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

  373. Hummingbird S. says:

    this fucking team… pathetic job by Ibanez

  374. Mike N says:

    Ibanez is a terrible outfielder.

  375. Chilango says:

    They threw this one away.

  376. RkyMtnYank says:

    That’s an error.

  377. yo says:

    i want to laugh but it hurts too much

  378. Tony says:

    No more ibanez in the outfield please

  379. Matt says:

    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.

  380. CountryClub says:

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

    Fucking ibanez…

  381. Cuso says:

    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.

  382. Brian S. says:

    Why is Ibanez even playing defense?

    • Marcy says:

      Clearly, he’s not.

    • Matt says:

      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.

  383. Mike N says:

    GO RED SOCKS!

  384. Hummingbird S. says:

    Eppley warming up.. time to lose this one!

  385. Karl Krawfid says:

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

  386. Mike N says:

    That pitch looked pretty close.

  387. yo says:

    here comes drew, game over

  388. Hummingbird S. says:

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

  389. Effthisnoise says:

    Well here comes babe ruth

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

  391. Mike N says:

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

  392. Tony says:

    I have a very bad feeling here

  393. Mike N says:

    Pick your poison: Logan with 30 pitches or Eppley.

  394. Cy Pettitte says:

    Girardi is asking for it right now leaving Boone in.

  395. TomH says:

    Living dangerously with Logan

  396. Big Members Only (formerly RI$P FTW) says:

    Louie CK just got hit by the ball!

  397. Hummingbird S. says:

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

  398. Cy Pettitte says:

    Eppley vs. Cespedes. lol this should end well.

  399. Cy Pettitte says:

    Eppley vs. Cespedes. lol this should end well.

  400. 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.

  401. Mike N says:

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

  402. Karl Krawfid says:

    lol really Logan?

  403. Hummingbird S. says:

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

  404. Myers says:

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

  405. Joe says:

    Yes back in time to catch the final innings!

  406. Cuso says:

    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?

  407. Chilango says:

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

  408. Cy Pettitte says:

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

  409. Tony says:

    Id feel much better if it was joba here

  410. Karl Krawfid says:

    Here comes the bases loaded walk.

  411. Mike N says:

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

  412. Tom says:

    So this rally is:

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

  413. MartinRanger says:

    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.

  414. Nice Scheister says:

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

  415. Mike N says:

    Mike Gallego is gritty.

  416. Matt says:

    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 says:

      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 says:

        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

  417. Hummingbird S. says:

    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…

  418. FUCK YOU JOHN get fucking glasses or something!

  419. Nice Scheister says:

    My heart can’t take this shit!

  420. Effthisnoise says:

    Fuuuuuuuuuuuuuuck you!

  421. Pasta Stumbling Sojo says:

    Unclench.

  422. TomH says:

    RISPfail, A’s

  423. Mike N says:

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

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

  424. Hummingbird S. says:

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

  425. MartinRanger says:

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

  426. Matt says:

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

  427. Chilango says:

    Unclench the sphincters …

  428. Nice Scheister says:

    Big ups, Epp!

  429. Myers says:

    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?

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

  431. Hummingbird S. says:

    please Alex, run into one.

  432. Marcy says:

    Come one Alex

  433. MartinRanger says:

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

  434. Hummingbird S. says:

    what an offense

  435. Austin Aunelowitzky (formerly Paul VuvuZuvella) says:

    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.

  436. Tom says:

    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…

  437. Myers says:

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

    • MartinRanger says:

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

  438. Kramerica Industries says:

    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.

  439. JB says:

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

  440. Mike N says:

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

  441. Chilango says:

    Joba. Oh fuck. Why not Phelps?

  442. Matt says:

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

  443. CountryClub says:

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

  444. Mike N says:

    Fooled him!

  445. MartinRanger says:

    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.

  446. Joe says:

    He’s up there in MPH. Mid 90′s.

  447. Mike N says:

    Rothschild was smiling there! Gotta like the changing speeds.

  448. Joe says:

    Good inning Joba!

  449. Mike N says:

    Awesome inning for Joba!!

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

  451. Hummingbird S. says:

    heckuva job by Joba.. some nasty sliders

  452. Kramerica Industries says:

    Cano-Swish-Ibanez

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

  453. Chilango says:

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

  454. Myers says:

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

  455. jjyank says:

    Walk off.

  456. Hummingbird S. says:

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

  457. Kramerica Industries says:

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

    He’s due.

  458. MartinRanger says:

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

    Come on Robbie, redemption time.

  459. Tom says:

    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 says:

      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.

  460. Hummingbird S. says:

    another out

  461. Karl Krawfid says:

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

    He has to pull that shit.

  462. Joe says:

    I missed by about 3 total bases. Nice Swisher!

  463. Mike N says:

    Good job, Swish!

  464. Hummingbird S. says:

    nice AB nick.. nice!

  465. Kramerica Industries says:

    There’s a baserunner.

    Get him home.

  466. Raul, positiveness twice in one day?!

  467. Chilango says:

    Good AB Swish.

  468. Mike Axisa says:

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

  469. MartinRanger says:

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

  470. Tom says:

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

  471. Stratman9652 says:

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

  472. Hummingbird S. says:

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

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

  474. MartinRanger says:

    Well that wasn’t a strike.

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

    Come on, end it here.

  475. Kramerica Industries says:

    Not liking the backwards K at all.

  476. Mike N says:

    Do it again, Russell!

  477. Karl Krawfid says:

    Fastball right down the middle.

    The hell are you looking for Ibanez?

  478. Hummingbird S. says:

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

    • MartinRanger says:

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

      • Hummingbird S. says:

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

        • MartinRanger says:

          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. says:

            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.

  479. Hummingbird S. says:

    SWING THE BAT! hanging slider and Russel simply took it

  480. Hummingbird S. says:

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

  481. MartinRanger says:

    $#@$@!#$

  482. Karl Krawfid says:

    Hanging slider pull that man come on Russ!

  483. Kramerica Industries says:

    Dammit.

    No Martin magic, and no Castillo magic.

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

  485. Karl Krawfid says:

    This team man…

  486. Matt says:

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

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

  488. Karl Krawfid says:

    Since when did Tommy Hunter throw 100 mph?

  489. Need Pitching & Hitting says:

    Surprise me, Freddy.

  490. Kramerica Industries says:

    Not sure why you take Jobber out after that inning.

  491. MartinRanger says:

    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.

  492. 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.

  493. Mike N says:

    HOLY MOLY!

  494. Kramerica Industries says:

    That started to really scare me.

  495. Karl Krawfid says:

    Ichiro makes everything look so damn…cool.

  496. Hummingbird S. says:

    that was kinda scary..

  497. Mike N says:

    Wow. Liking Sweaty Freddy so far!

  498. Kramerica Industries says:

    Now going to the 12th at Fenway.

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

  499. Nice Scheister says:

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

  500. Hummingbird S. says:

    atta boy Freddy!

  501. Need Pitching & Hitting says:

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

  502. Kramerica Industries says:

    Granderson-Chavez-Jeter

    No comment.

  503. Effthisnoise says:

    Nice!

  504. Nice Scheister says:

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

  505. Hall and Nokes says:

    Kay is comically behind the BAL-BOS game.

  506. jjyank says:

    Please end this now.

  507. Nice Scheister says:

    SAM PEARCE!!!

  508. Chilango says:

    Adam Jones doubled to start off the 12th

  509. Joe says:

    MESA PLEASE.

  510. Hummingbird S. says:

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

  511. Matt says:

    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.

    • 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 says:

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

      • Matt says:

        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.

        • 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 says:

            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 says:

          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 says:

      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.

  512. MartinRanger says:

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

  513. Need Pitching & Hitting says:

    Redemption time Curtis.

  514. Austin Aunelowitzky (formerly Paul VuvuZuvella) says:

    Grandy walk off.

  515. Tom says:

    Chavez is going to end this.

  516. Need Pitching & Hitting says:

    Where was that before Curtis?

  517. Karl Krawfid says:

    Pull da ball

  518. Matt says:

    Damn. Just missed that one.

  519. Need Pitching & Hitting says:

    Sure as hell looked like he was off the base.

  520. MartinRanger says:

    Oh I really don’t think so, Blue.

    Aceves coughs it up. We’re in trouble.

  521. Hummingbird S. says:

    an umpiring robbing the Yankees… unheard of!

  522. Nice Scheister says:

    Aceves not a true Yankee.

  523. Mike N says:

    Looked to me like he was out on the replay.

  524. Effthisnoise says:

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

  525. Myers says:

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

  526. MartinRanger says:

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

  527. 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.

  528. Nice Scheister says:

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

    Bulshit.

  529. Mike N says:

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

  530. Hummingbird S. says:

    another inning, another failure.

  531. Mike N says:

    WTF!?!?!?

  532. Need Pitching & Hitting says:

    of course

  533. Myers says:

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

  534. MartinRanger says:

    just a comedy of bad baseball out there right now.

  535. Hummingbird S. says:

    fuck Granderson

  536. WhittakerWalt says:

    Curtis Granderson: not a centerfielder.

    • MartinRanger says:

      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.

  537. Myers says:

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

  538. Chilango says:

    Yanks let this one get away.

  539. Tom says:

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

  540. Mike N says:

    I think Freddy’s getting tired.

  541. Mike N says:

    Oh, jeez.

  542. Hummingbird S. says:

    not feeling good in this matchup… Reddick is due

  543. Effthisnoise says:

    Reddick is beyond due

  544. Mike N says:

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

  545. Karl Krawfid says:

    This game is OVA!

  546. Hummingbird S. says:

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

  547. Nice Scheister says:

    Gets Phelps up!

  548. MartinRanger says:

    STEVE PEARCE.

  549. The Real Greg says:

    Well this has been interesting hasn’t it?

    RISPfail by both teams on a massive level.

    and STEVE PEARCE SAVES THE DAY!

  550. Mike N says:

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

  551. Hummingbird S. says:

    !!!!! NICE!!

  552. Matt says:

    PEARCE-ING THIS ONE TOGETHER!!!

  553. Widget says:

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

  554. Reggie C. says:

    I guess Pearce isn’t that tired.

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

  556. Myers says:

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

  557. jjyank says:

    Oh my Mo. Thank you Pearce!!

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

  558. Chilango says:

    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

  559. Reggie C. says:

    Short porch it Ichirosan!!

  560. Tom says:

    Best thing about Ichiro leading off the inning?

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

  561. Reggie C. says:

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

  562. Mike N says:

    Boston sucks.

  563. Ichy…that was right down the middle!!

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

  564. MartinRanger says:

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

  565. MartinRanger says:

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

  566. Hummingbird S. says:

    hanger, can’t do anything with it

  567. 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.

  568. MartinRanger says:

    Fans of Freddie Garcia are in luck!

  569. Nice Scheister says:

    Roll-Over Robbie.

  570. MartinRanger says:

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

  571. Reggie C. says:

    Smoke and mirrors…

    Who gets the ball the next inning if not Garcia?

  572. VT Yankee Fan says:

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

  573. Need Pitching & Hitting says:

    How about a run now, eh?

  574. Mike N says:

    Nice job, Freddy!

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

  575. Joe says:

    CDick going yard.

  576. 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.

  577. Nice Scheister says:

    Six pitches, three outs. Me likey!

  578. Tom says:

    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..

  579. Kramerica Industries says:

    Oh, the Orioles won?

    Go. Fucking. Figure.

  580. Tom says:

    An interesting move…

  581. Marcy says:

    Everyone knew that was coming except Nunez

  582. Hummingbird S. says:

    that’s not a strike

  583. Matt says:

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

  584. Myers says:

    Somebody please explain the substitution of Pearce for Nunez.

  585. Mike N says:

    This dude has a nasty curve ball.

  586. MartinRanger says:

    VOLDEMORT WITH THE HUSTLE.

  587. Mike N says:

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

  588. Leg-End says:

    Ibanez! Hussle up!

  589. Matt says:

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

  590. Effthisnoise says:

    Ibanez with the hustle!

  591. Hummingbird S. says:

    RAUL!!! that was very nice

  592. Marcy says:

    Think they’re frustrated?

  593. Need Pitching & Hitting says:

    Raul!!!

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

  594. Reggie C. says:

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

  595. Chilango says:

    Nice Hustle. Take notes, Robbie.

  596. Joe says:

    lol Ibanez.

  597. MartinRanger says:

    They just cannot time this guy’s curveball.

    • Matt says:

      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.

  598. Nice Scheister says:

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

  599. VT Yankee Fan says:

    Was that a slide or a collapse? LOL

  600. MartinRanger says:

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

  601. Joe says:

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

  602. Mike N says:

    Oh, YEAH!!!!!!!

  603. Need Pitching & Hitting says:

    Get him in Russ.

  604. Matt says:

    Tough here to expect him to get the run in since he’s already at 2 strikes, but man…

  605. MartinRanger says:

    END. THIS.

  606. Russel…don’t need to hit it out tonight…just hit it to the outfield. Preferebly left.

  607. MartinRanger says:

    Sigh. Nice try Voldemort.

  608. Damn…what is that a good send TV people?

  609. Need Pitching & Hitting says:

    fuck.

    Ok, NOW is redemption time Curtis.

  610. Hummingbird S. says:

    fuck… they can’t score. This offense sucks

  611. Kramerica Industries says:

    Even Martin can’t get that winning run home.

    Sickening.

  612. The Real Greg says:

    Like that play by Ibanez. Norris stepped up.

  613. Hummingbird S. says:

    doesn’t the C have to touch Ibanez with his glove? he never did..

  614. jjyank says:

    Damn it. Great effort though, Raul.

  615. Joe says:

    Just hit a dinger.

  616. Karl Krawfid says:

    This team is just fail.

  617. Matt says:

    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.

  618. Nice Scheister says:

    Run Russell, run!

  619. Anthony says:

    Gotta give credit to Ibanez for hustling.

  620. Chilango says:

    Good send just didn’t work out, great hustle

  621. Mike N says:

    C’mon! RISPHIT!!!!!!!!!!!!

  622. MartinRanger says:

    See I thought that WAS a strike.

    Eric I would really really love you right now.

  623. Leg-End says:

    Let’s walk off please, only so far Garcia can go with his Bardol and Vagisil pitches.

  624. Need Pitching & Hitting says:

    One more of those please.

  625. Effthisnoise says:

    Only chance yanks win is another wild pitch

  626. Mike N says:

    Holy shit. C’mon, Jeet!

  627. Kramerica Industries says:

    No first pitch hacking, Derek.

  628. oldmanalex says:

    this is like an anti blowout.

  629. MartinRanger says:

    Where was that pitch? I mean, not complaining.

  630. Need Pitching & Hitting says:

    C’mon Captain.

  631. JEETS, if you wanna be the MVP, come through right here. I’m throwing down the Gauntlet.

    ALSO DON’T SWING FIRST PITCH

  632. Joe says:

    Lets go cap’n CLUTCH.

  633. Effthisnoise says:

    Jeter hasn’t had a walk off in the new stadium

  634. Mike Axisa says:

    Swing at the first pitch after two straight walks. I dare you.

  635. Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan says:

    Thank you Michael Kay for that intro. Idiot.

  636. Chilango says:

    take the first one Capt

  637. Joe says:

    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.

  638. Mike N says:

    Lean *into* that pitch!

  639. MartinRanger says:

    I smell a walk-off walk.

  640. Matt says:

    TAKE TAKE TAKE

  641. Need Pitching & Hitting says:

    Take a strike.

  642. Matt says:

    Ball 3 possibly

  643. Joe says:

    Dammit. I want to eat!

  644. The Real Greg says:

    Those were both strikes

  645. MartinRanger says:

    N O P E.

    I hate this game.

  646. Kramerica Industries says:

    DAMMIT DAMMIT DAMMIT

  647. bring buck back says:

    This game makes the 18-inning Ms/Os extravaganza look not so bad.

  648. 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…

  649. Nice Scheister says:

    That was their chance.

  650. Karl Krawfid says:

    Not clutch.

  651. Matt says:

    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.

  652. jjyank says:

    Fucking damn it.

  653. Hummingbird S. says:

    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

  654. WhittakerWalt says:

    You have to make him prove he can throw a strike, Captain.

  655. The Troll says:

    Hasn’t Jeter made the last out in extra innings twice thus far?

  656. jjyank says:

    I’m tired of this game.

  657. Hummingbird S. says:

    Freddy for the 4th inning of work with IBanez in RF and Nunez in 3rd base…

  658. MartinRanger says:

    Wow I think this game is actually over.

    They had so. many. chances.

    prove me wrong Freddie.

  659. Leg-End says:

    And there it is.

  660. Need Pitching & Hitting says:

    Fuck.

    This game is 100% on the inept offense.

  661. Nice Scheister says:

    I feel like the A’s come through here, I hate to say it but Freddy’s gotta be tired.

  662. The Real Greg says:

    Well, when its not your year, its not your year.

  663. Chilango says:

    Over and out.

  664. Hummingbird S. says:

    predictable

  665. Mike N says:

    That was fucking hideous!

  666. WhittakerWalt says:

    You can only extend Freddie so long.

  667. bring buck back says:

    uggggggggggggggggggggggh

    embarassing

  668. Leg-End says:

    That ball was tattoo’d, dayum.

  669. Hummingbird S. says:

    seriously, Girardi needs to be fired ASAP… why is he sticking with Freddy? FUCK YOU GIRARDI AND FUCK THIS TEAM

  670. The Real Greg says:

    Cant blame Girardi with the other guys in the bullpen.

    I blame Cashman before Girardi

  671. DT says:

    Fire Girardi. What the fuck is this shit. Why is Freddy still in the game after the last inning?

  672. oldmanalex says:

    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.

  673. Karl Krawfid says:

    This team is a joke.

  674. Mike N says:

    That was a home-run derby ball.

  675. ugh…we all knew it was only a matter of time. but that still sucks.

  676. Effthisnoise says:

    Annnnnnnnd there it is. Girardi leaves in a pitcher for too long until its burnt down beyond reach

  677. Matt says:

    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.

  678. Tom says:

    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.

  679. Wow says:

    Screw this team. They’ve been done for quite some time. I’m done.

  680. Athenian says:

    There goes first place and there goes playoffs. Fantastic day of hitting.

    • Need Pitching & Hitting says:

      “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 says:

      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?

  681. Nice Scheister says:

    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.

  682. Myers says:

    FIRE GIRARDI NOW AND DON’T WAIT UNTIL HE CAN SCREW UP THE PLAY-IN GAME!

  683. Karl Krawfid says:

    Blaming Girardi for leaving Garcia in?

    Blame this shitty ass fucking offense.

  684. TomH says:

    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.

  685. The Real Greg says:

    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.

  686. Kramerica Industries says:

    Three run home run?

    Fuck me.

    Fuck me, fuck me, fuck me.

  687. The Troll says:

    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!

  688. Buhner's barber says:

    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.

  689. DT says:

    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.

  690. Mike N says:

    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?

  691. Danny says:

    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 says:

      All true. It still sucks to lose a game like this, and in this painful fashion.

    • Matt says:

      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.

  692. Effthisnoise says:

    I remember when the yanks hit homeruns

  693. Karl Krawfid says:

    Wish we had some young hitters in the farm.

  694. 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?

  695. Nice Scheister says:

    LOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOL! Hilarious! What a waste of damn time.

  696. Matt says:

    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.

  697. MartinRanger says:

    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 says:

      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.

  698. Nice Scheister says:

    Put Warren in, better than the alternatives.

  699. Effthisnoise says:

    I’m still holding out for a comeback here

  700. Anthony says:

    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.

  701. 1-for-12 says:

    1 for 12 RISP. thanks bats. Fuckfaces

  702. Pasqua says:

    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?

  703. Widget says:

    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.

  704. Danny says:

    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.

  705. Nice Scheister says:

    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.

  706. WhittakerWalt says:

    I can’t wait for stuart’s synopsis of this one.

  707. Chilango says:

    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.

  708. Big Members Only (formerly RI$P FTW) says:

    Old man Nova stunk up the joint like a turd in a dry toilet.

  709. Joe says:

    Trying to push my RAB game thread record to 5-0. Ichiro is starting the comeback!

  710. Karl Krawfid says:

    When Ichiro and Jeter alternate being your best player, your team is garbage.

  711. Mike N says:

    Dare I hope?

  712. Anthony says:

    Let the tease begin

  713. Please don’t get me excited for nothing guys. If you’re not going to win, just stop teasing me now.

  714. WhittakerWalt says:

    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 says:

      Or they could have made some shit happen. Which they always fail to do.

      • Matt says:

        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.

  715. Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan says:

    Once again, CC is not an ace.

  716. Billy says:

    A Ror alwasy exceled at garbadge time hits….

  717. MartinRanger says:

    this. is. hilarious.

  718. Tom says:

    Cano – take TWO strikes here.

  719. Alkaline says:

    Well, all I could think of after the top of the 13th:

    http://cdn.memegenerator.net/i.....260257.jpg

  720. The Real Greg says:

    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 says:

      5. Stewart for Cervelli

    • DT says:

      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 says:

        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?

    • MartinRanger says:

      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 says:

      And that’s why you are a dumbass!

  721. Matt says:

    3-0 pitch was not a strike. Sigh…

  722. Kramerica Industries says:

    Oh boy.

    The Tease.

  723. Mike N says:

    Holy moly. This is getting interesting.

  724. Anthony says:

    oh my god. is this really happening? please god please nuney i will never criticize your defense again ever

  725. Billy says:

    Nunez/Ibanez/Nix up? LOL

  726. I hate baseball I don’t know why I do this to myself…my heart can’t take it.

  727. Karl Krawfid says:

    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.

  728. Pasqua says:

    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.

  729. Effthisnoise says:

    This guy is due to get rocked

  730. Joe says:

    What the hell are you swinging at?

  731. Matt says:

    Wow. Did Nunez really just swing at a pitch that went for a wild pitch? What is wrong with him?

  732. Nice Scheister says:

    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.

  733. Need Pitching & Hitting says:

    Nice swing Nunez.
    That ball was only about 2 feet outside.

  734. Karl Krawfid says:

    Nunez got shot.

  735. Joe says:

    I want to see that again. That was high and in.