Sep
23

Game 152: End of the Homestand

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(Mike Stobe/Getty)

The final true homestand of the season ends today, a homestand that has featured a lot of wins including the last two walk-off jobs. After losing four straight in Oakland earlier this season — including two on walk-offs — I feel pretty good about how things have gone. The Orioles are still only one game back because they’re winning a ton as well, so sole possession of first place is still on the line. Here’s the starting nine…

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

RHP Hiroki Kuroda

First pitch is scheduled for 1:05pm ET and can be seen on YES locally and TBS nationally. Enjoy.

Categories : Game Threads
  • http://Yesnetwork laurenfrancces

    End of the homestand? Yankees end their season at home with Red Sox.

    • Joe

      Multiple series’.

      • Joe

        No clue why I ‘ there.

        • jjyank

          Have you been drinking, Joe?

          • Joe

            No…

            No bangers lately.

            • jjyank

              Right. I keep forgetting that you can’t buy booze yet :P

              • Joe

                Jerk. :(

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

                  Hey everybody!! Let’s laugh at Joe because he’s young!!

                  j/k man. I’m just used to being the youngest person in any given group, every group of friends I’ve had through out my life I have always been the youngest.

                  • jjyank

                    I was in that group too. About half my friends in high school were a year older, and even among my own class, I have a late birthday, so everyone got to drive, drink legally, etc. before me.

                  • Pat D

                    Being able to buy alcohol isn’t all it’s cracked up to be.

                    I’m pretty much a teetotaler. I know too many people who have fucked up themselves with alcohol or are just unbearable to be around if they drink.

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

                      I agree, after about 6 months of being 21 I was like “huh, is this it” Bars are over priced, loud, the good ones are overly crowded, the empty ones are dingy as shit, bar crowds are generally shitty people in my experience…I mean I enjoy catching a buzz every now and then, or having a beer or two while watching a game, but I’d much rather smoke at a friends house.

                    • jjyank

                      I feel ya man. I was already tired of bars before I turned 21. I went to college an hour away from Montreal, where the drinking age is 18, so we went up there all the time. I also studied abroad where the drinking at was 18, so I went to tons of bars that semester. I also had a fake ID for awhile when I was 20, so I went to a few bars in the states too.

                      After I turned 21, I was just like “meh…”. The only plus was not having to waste time on a Saturday afternoon badgering my frat brothers to take me to the liquor store.

                    • Rocky Road Redemption

                      I can’t drink for health reasons and don’t really care. Just never had any interest in alcohol anyway.

                  • Joe

                    I’m the oldest of my group of friends.

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

                      Be prepared to get hounded for beer/liquor runs after you turn 21.

                    • jjyank

                      Yep. I had about 5 really good friends in college who were a year younger. I must have made like 3 runs to the liquor store every Saturday.

  • Joe

    Also why do the Yankees and Cowboys play at the same time? I’ll keep up with the thread because my Dad is watching the Cowboys. His favorite team.

    • Pat D

      It must be tough to be him.

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

      Have you explained to him that the season isn’t going to get any better for the Cowboys than week 1?

      • Pat D

        Though I will be interested to see what happens on a kneel down play today should Dallas win.

      • Joe

        I’m a huge Cowboys fan too.

        But out of my 3 favorites. (Yankees, Cowboys, and Knicks.) I rank them Yankees, Cowboys, and Knicks. In that order.

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

          ugh…you’re a cowboys fan? I guess it’s better than being a Eagles or Redskins fan…

          • jjyank

            Dude. Don’t even get me started on Redskins fans.

          • Joe

            Blame my Dad. haha. At least I’m not the bandwagon type. One playoff win as a fan. I was in diapers for their last Super Bowl.

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

              I’m happy to say I was born and raised as a Giant fan, and have seen 2 superbowl wins before my 23rd birthday. I know I probably have a lot of life left, but after the 2007-2008 superbowl I said I’d be content if that was their only superbowl win in my life time.

              • jjyank

                I’m a much, much, much bigger baseball fan than football, but that Superbowl win in 2008 was one of the greatest nights of my life. Including myself, it was 5 Giants fans and roughly 45 Patriots fans in the room.

              • Joe

                Makes sense.

              • Pat D

                First game I have any memories of is Super Bowl 21. I was just about 6.

  • jjyank

    I still don’t really believe what I saw yesterday. Now it is time to complete our revenge. Bring it Hirok.

  • Jersey Joe

    If Ibanez has played first a lot earlier in his career, is there any reason why Swish is playing first and not Ibanez? There’s always hate about his outfield defense, would it hurt to try him out at first for a few innings?

    • Pat D

      He hasn’t played as many as ten games at first since 2004.

      So, yes, it probably would hurt.

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

      I’m sure they spoke to Raul about it, I mean why wouldn’t they? He probably told Joe the same thing Chavez did, if they desperately needed him to he could BUT he doesn’t feel comfortable doing it.

  • http://www.healthinsuranceindepth.com/ notsosmart

    Does anyone know how to say “en fuego” in Japanese?

    • Kosmo

      ?????

  • bring buck back

    I assume that Ibanez’s performance yesterday means he will be starting for the rest of the year….

  • DERP

    Ichiro up to 134 wRC+ as a Yankee. Same wRC+ as in 2004 when he broke the single season hit record. Very nice.

    • jjyank

      This reminds me, I’d like to share a brief facebook exchange between a non-saber savvy friend of mine.

      After Ichiro’s homer yesterday, I posted the following status: “Please, nobody tell Ichiro that it’s not 2004 anymore.”

      A friend messaged me and said: “Why 2004?”

      Me: “Because that was probably his best year, he had a 134 wRC+”

      Friend: “So…he was under the Mendoza line?”

      Me: “…………………..”

      • Joe

        Try explaining these stats to 16 and 17 year old kids.

        • jjyank

          I could never. This friend of mine is my age (24) and goes to Law School. But he can’t grasp sabermetrics.

      • Pasta Stumbling Sojo

        Wait, you stuart a’d him at the end?

        • WhittakerWalt

          throw him a parade…..

    • CS Yankee

      The slacker needs to keep it up.

      Good for him to be in an actual race this year…tat itself might of turned the clock back a couple of three years.

  • Pat D

    Wow, a Steve Balboni reference.

    • toad

      I missed the reference, but I loved Balboni.

      Saw him play in Nashville. He hit some very long balls. The crowd would go quiet when he came up.

  • Nice Scheister

    How many hits will Jetes and Ichi combine for today, I say over 3.5.

    • CS Yankee

      I’d say over 3.9…

      • Nice Scheister

        I’m at 3.998, but I rounded down.

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

    Do the A’s have a starting pitcher w/ a sub 3.6 ERA (Before Blackley yesterday)?!

  • Nice Scheister

    I’ve been watching some odd show on Netflix called Wilfred, it’s kinda like a cross between Ted and Weeds, but better. I recommend it.

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

      That’s the show were Frodo sees a dog as a person in a dog costume where everybody else see’s a dog right?

      • Nice Scheister

        Yeah, I’m not the biggest Frodo fan, I actually despised him prior to this series. It’s just a different show, unlike most of the stuff on, perhaps that’s why I liked it. But I also liked Lilyhammer too, so yeah.

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

          I don’t have a problem w/ him, I just will always see him as a Hobbit after LOTR.

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

            I loved the TV show Lost, but it took almost an entire season for me to see Charlie as anything but a hobbit.

          • Nice Scheister

            He annoyed me tremendously in LOTR but after about half way through the Wilfred series, I started to warm up to him. I guess cause he tried killing himself in the first episode, I was hooked, hoping he’d succeed.

            • Nice Scheister

              They’re GREAT friends. Ethier ways there’s nothing wrong with their “friendship.” I’d imagine Yunel Escobar would feel differently.

              http://www.youtube.com/watch?v.....ata_player

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

                I’m not sure I want to click play on this…ever.

                • Nice Scheister

                  You know you did.

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

                    Still haven’t. I’m waiting for the half inning.

                    • Nice Scheister

                      Unfortantely, I did, againist my better judgement.

  • Nice Scheister

    Reverse the trend of no run support for Hiroki!

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

    I’m glad to see Stephen Drew continues to get on base.

  • jjyank

    Poor Granderson. Dude has had like no days off this year, and was supposed to get one yesterday. Then he plays 11 innings anyway.

    • Nice Scheister

      Cuz he’s a player and he crush a lot (of inside fastballs and hanging breaking balls).

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

    First pitch to Cespedes was a strike according to Gameday…hopefully there’s no tiny strike zone today.

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

      Same w/ the first pitch to Reddick. According to game day right at the knees.

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

    Hirok-a-dok is not sharp at all right now.

  • yo

    good job not giving in there, with ice cold reddick coming up

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

    Settle down HIROK

    JOHN SHUT UP!!!!!!!!!!

  • jjyank

    God damn it. Nothing can be easy, huh?

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

    Oh boy.

  • Nice Scheister

    The strikezone is tight per my eyeballs, my 70″ TV and confirmed by Gameday.

  • ArchStanton

    Kuroda looks like garbage so far, not good.

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

      He’s getting squeezed and allowed one hard hit ball. If the strike zone opens up bit he’ll be fine.

  • Pat D

    An inauspicious start.

  • Chilango

    Kuroda’s hanging everything.

  • Anthony

    Phew. Could have been much worse. Let’s hope Hirok finds his groove next inning.

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

    Well, down 95 points on the final day of the matchup.

    My plan? Start the maximum NINE PITCHERS today. This will either end up being the greatest day in fantasy history, or I will go down in a blaze of glory. But I ain’t giving that bastard the satisfaction of giving up.

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

      Never give up! Never surrender!

    • jjyank

      Not to rub it in, but I’m sitting at 14-2 on the final day of the Semifinals match up :D

  • WhittakerWalt

    Jeter better work the count.

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

      HE DID!!!

      • WhittakerWalt

        Loved it.

  • Pasta Stumbling Sojo

    I’m in the Bay Area, so no MLB.tv for me. My choices are A’s TV broadcast and TBS. What do you think? A’s broadcast, right?

    • jjyank

      I’m watching on TBS, and they’re mildly annoying. No experience with the Oakland guys, though.

      • Get Phelps Up

        The Oakland announcers are actually really good IMO. They have really good field mics today.

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

          I agree. They don’t bother me like a ton of other home team telecasts do. At least, they don’t come off with the obvious “WE HATE THE YANKEES!” vibe that telecasts like that of the Angels.

          God willing, I will never listen to an Angels telecast ever again.

  • oldmanalex

    when jeter retires, I hope its one of those “this is my last year”. I love fairwell tours around the league.

  • ArchStanton

    No sac bunts from Ichiro please!

  • Nice Scheister

    It’s hard or believe this team had virtually the same record as our beloved Yanks coming into this series. After seeing their lineup, that’s damn impressive. Well done Beane and Co.

  • WhittakerWalt

    That was SO low.

  • Chilango

    Way low. WTF

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

    Where was that call for Hiroki last inning?!

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

      Seriously if that’s a strike both Cespedes and Reddick should have started 0-1 not 1-0.

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

    That…was not a strike.

    Not even close.

  • Nice Scheister

    So the zone opened up now, wonderful.

  • jjyank

    According the the TBS K zone, this strikezone is…interesting. And by interesting, I mean bad.

    • Pat D

      Is Smoltz calling the game?

  • WhittakerWalt

    This ump sucks moose cock.

    • Winter

      A Møøse once bit my sister…

      • Pat D

        +Monty Python

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

        +100000

  • Matt

    This umpire sucks. Period.

  • WhittakerWalt

    Jeter never moved. Not OK.

  • Chilango

    Robbie’s lost.

  • Matt

    Well, 2 of the 3 outs in that inning were pretty much the direct result of the home plate umpire. Excellent. Cano forced to swing at a ball that he can’t hit because the umpire has been calling it a strike in the inning.

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

      Heh, I’m pretty sure Cano would have swung anyway.

  • Jonathan

    ARod and Cano just got hosed..what’s the over under on pitches closer than the ones we got hosed on that are balls in the next half inning?

  • Leg-End

    Horseshit calls from the ump in that inning.

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

    Wow…the 2-1 was two full ball lengths off the plate, yet Hiroki gets a ball right at the knees right down the middle and it’s called a ball on two separate occasions. I don’t even blame Robbie for going after that pitch…ump probably would’ve called it a strike.

  • Nice Scheister

    Could Cano run any slower? He makes Ibanez look like Gardner.

  • WhittakerWalt

    I already saw three balls called strikes.

    • Laz

      Some of them were ridiculous, I get borderline calls, but 6 inches outside….

  • Laz

    Might as well swing at every pitch today, since every pitch is called a strike. I don’t blame u robbie or alex.

  • Matt

    Not even close to being safe. What a joke. This is disgraceful.

  • jjyank

    He was out! God damn it the umps are pissing me off too much for it to only be the second inning.

  • WhittakerWalt

    These umps are a disgrace.

  • Jonathan

    holy shit….

  • Pat D

    Oh, man, fuck these fucking umpires.

    Fuck them right in their fucking asses.

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

    wow…umps fucking robbing us of strikes AND outs…good to know we have to beat the A’s and the fucking umpires today.

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

    Very nice.

    First base shit again.

  • ArchStanton

    Wow, the umps are getting even worse!

  • flamingo

    Robot umps, please.

    • ArchStanton

      It just kills me their is no accountability. Three out swing so far with bad ump calls.

  • Chilango

    Fuck this another blown call.

  • Effthisnoise

    Sick of this shit. Meanwhile the NFL reviews every scoring play and every turnover, plus all the coaches challenges. Has it ruined the game? No football most popular sport in U.S.

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

    Both those pitches to Kottaras where strikes for the A’s.

  • WhittakerWalt

    And the story about Bud Selig only makes it worse.

  • Tom Q

    Grateful the umpire didn’t call him safe at first.

  • jjyank

    I don’t even want robot umps. I just want fucking instant replay. The technology has been there for a long time now. It is un-fucking-real that there is no safe guard in place in the event of terrible calls.

  • ArchStanton

    Well, they got a free run off that homer.

  • Jonathan

    what a fun game to watch

  • Get Phelps Up

    Fucking umpires.

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

    Wow.

    Scrub killer alert.

  • Pat D

    Bud says more replay would slow down the pace of the game? Glad to see he has his priorities straight.

    What’s sad about his position is that it should automatically make him the worst commissioner in sports, but we live in a world of Roger Goddell, David Stern and Gary Bettman.

    • WhittakerWalt

      It took 3 seconds to look at the tape and see it was a bad call. And that’s leaving aside the fact that it was actually clearly blown even when viewed full-speed.

      • Pat D

        Exactly.

  • Matt

    That’s at least 1 run on the umpire, and possibly more with the AB’s to Cano and A-Rod.

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

    lasdjkfa;fjalafsdk

    ^ my feelings of this game so far.

    also the 0-0 pitch to Pennington is the exact pitch Alex got rung up on.

  • WhittakerWalt

    UGGGGGGGH

  • Chilango

    Bad breaks and no break. 3-0

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

    Lost in all of this is that Kuroda’s really not been sharp since that Sunday night game vs. Boston.

    • Laz

      Really doesn’t help when his outs are being turned into hits today.

  • Pat D

    I wonder if Girardi will leave Kuroda out there to soak up innings if he keeps pitching badly/getting fucked by the umpires.

    • Chilango

      Does he have a choice? Hopefully, Kuroda settles down.

    • Get Phelps Up

      Girardi should pull him as soon as possible…getting fucked by the umpires is a HUGE blow to his confidence.

      • Winter

        After the bullpen pitched 11 innings lat night? Not a chance.

        • jjyank

          He was joking. Go back and read yesterday’s game thread :)

          • Winter

            Ah yes now I remember. I should read Names more closely.

    • Laz

      Girardi probably won’t be in the dugout by the time kuroda is out.

  • Effthisnoise

    Umps have decided the outcome of this game. Blown call at first, small zone for Kuroda, huge zone for A’s. lets go Yanks, screw these dbags

  • jjyank

    Nice, three outs! Let’s go back to the dug out, boys!

    …wait, what? There’s only two outs? Fuck you umps.

  • The Troll

    This fecking team is feckimg turrible. Roli, fo da love of Mo, please be better!

    • The Troll

      *fecking *Roki

  • Matt

    Can somebody get a shot of Swisher with the ball in his glove, foot on the bag, and Donaldson 2 steps away from the bag?

    That call may have been even worse than the one they missed on Teixeira if we ignore the situation of the game.

    • WhittakerWalt

      Out by a full step. Not even close. Even to the naked eye.

    • jjyank

      They were both terrible. I think we should collect pictures of all the blown calls this season and mail them to Bud Selig.

      Then maybe, for good measure, mail in the TV ratings of NFL games to show him that replay won’t ruin shit about the game.

      • flamingo

        It’s actually a good idea.

  • Pat D

    Here’s what Girardi should say to Estabrook when he inevitably gets tossed from this game:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6NkwxtydkJk

    • Laz

      HAHAHAHAHA

      on a side note Wil Ferrell usually pisses me off. Every movie he is in he is just screaming stupid shit. It gets old fast.

      • jjyank

        I really don’t like Will Ferrel either, but I do love Anchorman. And Old School. Outside of those though, he’s insanely overrated.

        • Pat D

          See, I’m not a big fan of Old School.

          I generally like Ferrell with a few exceptions. I thought Casa De Mi Padre was pretty funny. His serious stuff has been pretty good, too.

          • jjyank

            I never saw Casa De Mi Padre. But Taladega Nights and Blades of Glory were two of the worst attempts at comedy I have ever seen.

            • Pat D

              I think I own those two. I used to just buy almost everything. Haven’t watched either in a while, but I recall liking them.

              Casa De Mi Padre is almost entirely in Spanish and it’s basically one big meta joke. It pretty much parodies Mexican movies and how there are bad translations and loads of continuity errors.

            • Nice Scheister

              Blades of Glory was awful! Taladega Nights was a classic!

    • jjyank

      +1000000

    • Nice Scheister

      I love lamp.

      • jjyank

        I’M RIDING A FURRY TRACTOR!!

        • Nice Scheister

          When this all gets sorted out, I think you and me should get an apartment together.

  • Matt

    It’s amazing to think that the AL East race might already be pretty much over if not for the missed call on Teixeira a few weeks ago. If they win that game, it’s a 3 game deficit instead of 1, and Baltimore is probably settling for the wild card.

    Umpiring has cost the Yankees so many opportunities this season. I wonder if you add up all the WPA decreases caused by obvious missed calls, whether it adds up to multiple wins for this team?

    • Chilango

      I was thinking thew same thing. Not to be Greg-like paranoid or anything, it seems a lot of blown calls have gone the other way.

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

    Derek Lowe feels slighted by that text poll.

  • Jonathan

    does nick swing at these without seeing the previous cano AB?

  • flamingo

    Way to work that walk.

  • Rich in NJ

    From the reaction of the crowd to a lot of somewhat long flyballs, it often seems as if there are 40-50k John Sterlings in the stands.

  • Jonathan

    I think it’s hilarious that John Smoltz is still butthurt about us pretty much ending his career. Then he just dropped the good ole saying: “You don’t hit 3 run homers in the playoffs.” Maybe he was in the clubhouse when Leyritz hit his….

    ps please don’t waste another leadoff walk.

    • Pat D

      Smoltz is a fucking terrible announcer. Any time I’ve ever heard him he’s passively aggressively rooting against the Yankees. And as I said a few days ago, I heard him earlier this year say he didn’t believe in run differential and then cite it as a reason for why a team wasn’t going to get back into the race.

      • WhittakerWalt

        I don’t even think it’s all that passive. He hates that his Braves could never get past the Yankees.

      • Jonathan

        He hates us. He acts like every HR is a joke and we’d be the Royals without the short porch. It’s just a product of him getting DFA’d by the Sox after we killed him and 1996/1999. And him being a douche. Can’t forget that.

        • Pat D

          He’s a dickhead of the nth degree.

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

        Speaking of MLBN, I heard Harold Reynolds say something in passing that I literally couldn’t believe. Paraphrasing:

        “Not giving Miguel Cabrera the MVP, if he wins the Triple Crown, would be like telling Secretariat that he wasn’t the best horse.”

        It was nearly 1:00 in the morning, I was catching a drink before playing some video games, and I nearly had a mini-eruption at hearing that. Mind-boggling stupidity.

        • flamingo

          I don’t really want anyone to be fired – but I don’t know how Reynolds has a job as an analyst.

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

      Probably butthurt from 1996 and 1999 as well, which you partially allude to.

      The 2009 Yankees hit the most home runs in franchise history. They have a postseason worth remembering as well.

  • Chilango

    Nice AB Swish. Griffin is not sharp. Make him pay Russ!

  • ArchStanton

    From ball four to a GIDP. Sigh.

  • Jonathan

    this is like watching AJ Burnett pitch at Fenway

  • Matt

    This game feels like it has already been stolen from the Yankees.

    Griffin hasn’t been that great, but the strike zone has been so large that it has taken the Yankees out of multiple at bats in this game.

    Now they are down 3 runs, and it’s going to be tough to fight the combination of a decent pitcher and a terrible umpiring crew. Better hope somebody runs into one, because the umpires will not allow them to string together enough good at bats to get to this guy.

    • WhittakerWalt

      And Kuroda’s getting squeezed like crazy.

    • Laz

      He is already at 45 innings through 2 innings. I doubt he goes that deep. Now over to you Tim Mccarver.

      • Pat D

        “Pitch counts are overrated. Kuroda should pitch until his arm falls off, because that’s what Gibby and Left would have done.”

        • Pat D

          Lefty*

  • Matt

    Was Martin even hustling on that GIDP? I was stunned to see him so far away from the bag when that ball was hit to the SS’s right and not very hard.

    • ArchStanton

      Gomes was busting it hard on that one. He made it a lot closer than I expected.

  • Kosmo

    griffin is pitching away away away.

    • Nice Scheister

      And he’s getting, strike, ball, strike called.

  • Marcy

    Was trying to stay away today but the strike zone is really bad, isn’t it? Is it bad for both teams? Sorry, sometimes it’s hard to listen to our announcers.

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

      According to game day there where at least 3 pitches called a strike for Griffin (one resulting in a strike out) that Kuroda had called a ball. Exact same pitch type, exact same location according to game day.

  • Matt

    If the umpire was calling the same zone for Kuroda that Griffin is getting, the A’s would have no chance. Every 2-seamer from Kuroda is missing 2-3 inches off the plate and they are spitting on it.

  • VT Yankee Fan

    I love hearing O’Neill talk about the strategy of hitting.

  • Matt

    That first pitch to Ibanez for a strike was almost an identical pitch to the one Kuroda started out Gomes with for a ball.

    This is beyond disgraceful at this point. It makes you wonder whether Major League Baseball passed down a directive to make sure Oakland doesn’t get swept.

  • Jonathan

    I’m glad the ump didn’t waste time in letting us know if the bullshit would continue

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

    I feel like I’m repeating myself…but jesus that first pitch to Ibanez was a good 4 inches off the plate…this is insanity.

    • Laz

      it makes it difficult for this team, you have to swing at everything.

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

    It was annoying seeing this Griffin schmuck shutting the Yankees down in Oakland.

    I don’t want to see it again.

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

      Well when he has a strike zone the size of a double door way and Kuroda’s strike zone has been the size of a credit card it’s hard.

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

        Nevertheless. Without looking, I’m guessing the Orioles already lead at Fenway. They don’t seem to ever lose these days anyway. Would really like to end this homestand with a W.

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

          It’s actually 0-0 Top 3.

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

            That’s a minor miracle.

  • jjyank

    By the way, Plouffy and R-Tils (if either of you are here), my dad was thoroughly confused reading through that thread on my facebook wall. It was amusing for me.

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

      the one that culminated in R-Tils wife telling him to “fuck a dick sideways?”

      • jjyank

        Yes. And my dad “liked” my comment saying that “I’m speechless.”

        I talked to him a few hours ago and he was like “what the fuck was that all about?” I had to explain what RAB was to him.

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

          Oh, Rob’s your dad. I figured he was your brother or cousin.

          • jjyank

            Yep. My brother actually isn’t big on baseball, unfortunately.

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

          Also: I hate trying to explain Tumblr and RAB to people…I always feel like a psycho when I start talking about specific people.

  • Matt

    From 3-1 to 2-2 on Jeter. These calls completely change the course of an at bat.

  • Pat D

    Can just everyone on the Yankees roster beat this fucker to death with their bats in the 5th inning?

  • Marcy

    Mazel Tov

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

    LOL John and Suzyn just commented that the umpire has been calling the low strike, and has been doing so for both pitchers. I swear they need lasik AND glasses.

    • Nice Scheister

      Im sure they also freshly squeeze their own oranges and randomly have cases of old McDonalds syrup ready to go for their homemade pancakes.

  • Jonathan

    Look at all the balls the Yankees are swinging at just off the plate…they freaking have to.

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

    This umpire is probably destroying Kuroda’s confidence with this tight strike zone. It’s CRIMINAL I tell you. CRIMINAL!

    • jjyank

      How dare the umpire not just TALK to Kuroda before fucking him over. Criminal.

  • Pat D

    What was the trivia question?

    • Adam

      Four players to win MVP as an A and then spend at least a year as a Yankee (Reggie, Giambi…)

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

        Rickey’s gotta be another.

        • Adam

          Yep, and…then I get lost. Canseco would be number 4, but I am pretty sure the question specified spent at least a year with the Yanks.

        • Adam

          Oddly enough, that is the same way that Rickey would have phrased it if he was answering the question himself.

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

        Reggie, Giambi, Ricky(if it’s just played for both), and I have no clue.

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

    Hahaha…Reddick’s like 0-18 this series. That has to feel awful!

    • Laz

      Not just Yankees, he’s fallen apart since the end of July

  • Jonathan

    Smoltz openly hoping for Reddick to get a hit….a little payback for the Ichiro lineout

  • WhittakerWalt

    J-LO looking good.

  • The Troll

    Plenty of strike zone complaints flying around here . . . Is this a serious gripe or are we bitching because this stud is shutting the Yankees down (again)?

    • ArchStanton

      It’s been very bad, and not even for both sides.

    • Nice Scheister

      A combination Sir Troll. Inconsistency between teams calls would be the primary gripe, kind sir.

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

      You’re clearly not following the game if you don’t realize it’s a serious gripe. It’s been god awful.

      • jjyank

        That, and the umpire complaining was greatly boosted by the blown call at first.

  • flamingo

    Kuroda’s pitch count isn’t so bad anymore.

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

    BASERUNNER!

  • jjyank

    Do something here. Please?

  • Marcy

    Wait, did we hear Cano hustling? Is that a little Raul influence?

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

    GARBAGE TIME!!!!!!!!!!

  • Marcy

    OK, let’s go Yanks!

  • flamingo

    SWISSSSHHHHHHHER

  • Get Phelps Up

    Tie game if there was replay!!!

  • Chilango

    Swish!!

  • Mike N

    WOO-HOO!!!!!

  • Pat D

    Hmm. Who was he showing up there? Griffin or Estabrook?

    Or John Smoltz, maybe?

  • captain kiwi

    just got in and it’s obvious i’m gonna need to a drink for this game.

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

    Atta boy Swish.

    TBS viewers – please tell us Smoltz scoffings at this.

    • jjyank

      He hasn’t said a damn word haha.

    • WhittakerWalt

      Smoltz probably thinks that was a YS2 Special.

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

    That pitch was on a tee.

    • Mike N

      Srsly. Kind of like Sweaty Freddy’s last couple batters yesterday.

  • jjyank

    *clears throat for singing voice*

    Gaaaaarbaaage tiiiiiiiiime….is the best tiiiiiiiime!

  • Matt

    Yankees 2, Umpires 1, Oakland 2

  • WhittakerWalt

    Swisher the master of Garbage Time.
    Too bad the umps blew that call at first.

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

    Right back to the shitty strike zone.

  • flamingo

    Was seriously going to comment that a HR would be nice, because I want some players on this team to get close to 100 RBIs (counting stat and all) – but he homered before I could finish typing. Not that I’m complaining.

  • Get Phelps Up

    Please never do that again, Curtis.

  • Nice Scheister

    The umps are PISSED now, this zones gonna go from awful to putrid in 3…2…1…

  • Pat D

    Is it just me or does Griffin look like he should be designing levels for World of Warcraft as opposed to being an MLB pitcher?

    • jjyank
      • jjyank

        Damn it, this isn’t the one I meant to post. But you get the idea.

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

          Hahaha, it was still awesome though.

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

      No it’s not just you. His thumbnail pic screams I IZ TEH LEET!!!

  • Matt

    Great adjustment they’ve made. They’re basically eliminating that curveball and just waiting for him to come in with something harder. And since he refuses to double up on it and rarely throws it with 2 strikes, it works.

  • WhittakerWalt

    Glad they’re getting to Griffin. He’s just not that good.

    • Chilango

      He sucks 2d time around.

  • WhittakerWalt

    I wish Granderson still stole bases. I don’t trust Russ.

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

    Time for some more RISPY hits.

  • Matt

    Surprised they weren’t sending Granderson there on 3-2, but they got lucky that wasn’t hit a bit harder for another DP.

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

      John said he was going…but then again…it’s john.

      • WhittakerWalt

        Odds on him accidentally calling the A’s pitcher “A.J. Burnett” at least once today?

  • captain kiwi

    YESH

  • Nice Scheister

    Martin is fast, like a cheetah!

    • Nice Scheister

      Nevermind.

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

    LORD VOLDEMORT!!!!!!!

  • flamingo

    Griffin’s already over 80 pitches.

  • Mike N

    YEAH! RISPHIT!

    How did Martin not score?

  • jjyank

    I like it when Raul is productive.

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

    I thought for sure Martin would score after Reddick bobbled it.

    • Mike N

      Same here. He must be seriously fucking slow.

  • flamingo

    YES!

  • Get Phelps Up

    RISPwins the best.

  • Matt

    Can’t believe that stayed fair. If Ibanez is starting to heat up, that could be huge.

  • captain kiwi

    haha wanted to see ibanez with another triple

  • yo

    how on earth did russ not score there

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

    NUNIE!!!!!!!!!

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

      W/ a productive out!

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

    Alright, lock this one down Hirok-a-dok.

  • Get Phelps Up

    Now THAT’s the way you win in the playoffs. -John Smoltz

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

      He actually said that, w/ no sense of Irony in his voice…half the runs scored on this inning was on a huge home run.

      • flamingo

        But you can’t count on HRs in the playoffs!!!!!!!

        • Nice Scheister

          You can’t count on THREE run home runs, right?

  • Matt

    And they’re running up his pitch count too. After the 14 inning game, that really could have an impact. Oakland used its top relievers for a lot yesterday, while Soriano and Robertson had the day off.

    • Mike N

      Yeah. I was thinking about that this morning while working out. Big bullpen advantage for the Yanks today.

    • jjyank

      Good point. Cook and Balfour got a lot of work yesterday.

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

        Dolittle’s available though…and he throws GAS

  • Chilango

    Good baserunning by Russ, went on contact.

  • flamingo

    Take that, umps.

  • Jonathan

    What would the score be with a fair strike zone? how about a reversed one?

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

    So now it’s New York 4 Oakland 2 Umpires 1 by my score.

  • Mick taylor

    These umpires are despicable the yanks should really be winning 4-1 or 4-2 if not for that call at first two days in a row they have blown obvious calls at first

    • Get Phelps Up

      What did you think of that big HR by Swisher?

  • VT Yankee Fan

    Meanwhile Doubront is pitching a gem against Baltimore.

  • Nice Scheister

    Some hard hit balls that inning. Take that Team Umps!

  • flamingo

    Griffin’s at 91 pitches through 4!

  • Chilango

    quick inning PLEASE

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

    Cliff Pennington has to stop getting hits.

  • Laz

    Seems Yankees score the inning my video cuts out…

  • Marcy

    Now what – we have no bullpen

    • Matt

      Robertson and Soriano are rested. Joba only threw 1 inning yesterday and did not pitch on Friday. Eppley threw to 1 batter and is rested. And maybe Phelps is available now too since his start was 4 days ago.

      They have arms. Now if you were to say the same thing about Oakland, it might be very different. Balfour threw 2 yesterday. Blevins threw over an inning. Cook pitched 2. Neshek threw a ton of pitches.

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

        Yes on Sori, Robertson, Joba, and Eppley. But Suzyn said Joe said that Phelps won’t be available till tomorrow at the earliest.

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

    And stop letting Stephen fricken’ Drew get on base.

    This is ridiculous. The guy is a terrible hitter.

    • jjyank

      He’s like their Ciriaco. Very annoying.

  • jjyank

    Come on, Hiroki. Shut down.

  • Get Phelps Up

    Rothschild needs to go out to the mound…Kuroda is losing confidence fast.

    • Mike N

      I can’t believe he is treating Kuroda-san so terribly.

      • jjyank

        It’s criminal.

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

    ugh…sour grapes but that would’ve been a 1-2 pitch for Oakland’s starter.

  • Rocky Road Redemption

    I hate when one of our two best pitchers has a day where he sucks.

  • Jonathan

    wtf is wrong with our pitching staff? I can’t ever remember a staff as a whole worse at shutdown innings.

    • Mike N

      “Shutdown innings” is not a separate skill that a pitcher can be good or bad at independently of just pitching well.

  • Mike N

    The splitter looks good, but his sinker isn’t sinking.

  • Marcy

    Please – he has to get someone out

    • Marcy

      And he did.

  • Get Phelps Up

    Wow, we actually got a call for once!

  • Chilango

    Clutch K. GIDP time.

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

    Can we ever get an easy win…ever again?

  • Rocky Road Redemption

    Kuroda has zero location today.

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

    yuck.

  • Mike N

    Shit.

  • jjyank

    *sigh*

    Never easy.

  • Need Pitching & Hitting

    wtf HIROK. Step it up.

  • Jonathan

    wtf

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

    Double yuck.

    This is a terrible performance so far from Kuroda.

  • Mike N

    GIDP would be good right now.

    • Mike N

      K works, too!

  • Chilango

    Sox are up 1-0

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

      Chance to get that Magic Number down to Marris.

    • Winter

      Am I being too much of a broken record to say how weird it is that this is good news?

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

        Nope…cause I still feel dirty being happy about it. Just please tell me neither Ciriaco of Pedrioa had anything to do with it.

        • Winter

          Nope. Cody Ross scored on an error.

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

            That makes it slightly better.

      • Mike N

        I have been feeling really odd rooting for the Socks.

        • Get Phelps Up

          I like to say that I’m rooting against the Orioles rather than for the Red Sox.

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

            still have my fingers crossed that skynet comes on line and takes out Fenway.

            • jjyank

              A man can dream.

  • http://theevilsquare.com handtius

    looks like we’re on our way to another walk off, huh?

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

      you bite your tounge!!!

      • Mike N

        Please no extra innings.

      • http://theevilsquare.com handtius

        tongue bit. I guess I’m an oddity. I like em, just in the bottom of the 9th, not the bottom 14th. a blowout would be nice though.

  • Mike N

    Nice!

  • Matt

    Kuroda’s numbers don’t look so great today, but he’s pitching pretty well still.

    One of the runs he’s allowed was due to a terrible missed call, and another was a bloop that barely went 130 feet on a great pitch to Cespedes. A third was on a wild pitch, and the only really legitimate run was the solo HR in the 2nd.

    The strike zone has been tiny for him, and he’s made some really tough pitches to strand runners in big moments.

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

      Alot of his stuff’s been up in the zone though. This seems like the type of game Clemens or Andy said they grinded it out.

      • Matt

        Kuroda is grinding it out. He would have only allowed 3 runs if the umpire didn’t completely blow that call at first base, and he’s made some great pitches to keep it at just 4. The Cespedes hit is a terrible break, because he made a great pitch on him.

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

          I agree 100%, I’m just saying he’s having an off day w/ his stuff, and with the umpires ineptitude to get calls right and call an even strike zone it’s even more difficult. I personally think he’s pitched well all things considered.

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

      You legitimize a lot of runs pitchers give up.

      Or so it seems.

      • Matt

        It’s not legitimizing. If we are going to evaluate how he is pitching, we have to consider how he gave up the runs. If a pitcher gives up 10 weak grounders just perfectly placed down the 3rd base line and they score 7 runs, it’s hard to really fault the pitcher?

        Other than the home run, the A’s have not scored a single run on a hard hit ball. That Cespedes hit was just horrible luck. He jammed him with a great pitch and he got just enough of it to bloop it to the outfield. 1 of the runs on the HR was only on base from a missed call. What can a guy do?

        • Mike N

          We also have to consider how he has gotten outs, and whether he has thrown poor pitches that he has gotten lucky on.

  • Get Phelps Up

    Ichiro has just been amazing.

  • Marcy

    Wow, was Tebow bad.

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

      was/is/always will be.

    • JobaWockeeZ

      It’s a QB race to see who can suck more.

      • Marcy

        Wow – they need to leave Sanchez alone so he can stay in the flow. And I’m a Giants fan.

        • Marcy

          And Revis is hurt – that stinks.

  • Nice Scheister

    Run Ichi, run!!

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

    Strike out some more, Alex.

    • http://theevilsquare.com handtius

      he will, just like every other player will strike out more. some hitters just don’t see curtain pitchers. it happens.

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

    I comprehend why ‘fans’ boo Alex, but I can’t stand it.

    • VT Yankee Fan

      Booing for lack of hustle or making a boneheaded play (Knoblauch 98 ALCS) I can see. Booing when a guy is struggling is dumb.

    • http://theevilsquare.com handtius

      I think it’s ridiculous. why boo your own players? a-rod has been pretty good when he’s played. you don’t boo a player when he has one bad game at the plate. they don’t do it to jeter, they shouldn’t do it to any other yankee.

      • jjyank

        Agreed. I have never and will never boo a Yankee. I don’t care who he is.

      • Mike N

        Agreed. It is terrible that the fans boo A-Rod.

        • http://theevilsquare.com handtius

          or any yankee.

          • Mike N

            Yep. I am against booing your own team.

  • Chilango

    ARod swings through two hanging sliders. On his way to the sombrero. Rates a few boos I’d say.

    • captain kiwi

      nope.

      • Chilango

        Then just some quiet grumbling lol

      • Chilango

        Then just some quiet grumbling wouldn’t want to offend anytone lol

        • http://theevilsquare.com handtius

          It’s not about offending anyone. it’s about rooting for your team. you don’t boo jeter for it, so don’t boo other yankees.

    • http://theevilsquare.com handtius

      no it does not.

  • Nice Scheister

    Why so much hate for A-Rod?!

  • JobaWockeeZ

    Alex is the few that tries to win as shown yesterday. Booed regardless. I wish i can punch all of you in the face.

    • jjyank

      I get the contract thing, but have never really understood the hate. For awhile it was “he’s a chocker”, but the Yankees don’t even make it to the World Series without A-Rod in 2009. I’ve always liked him, personally.

      • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan

        Prior to 2009 A-Rod was a bit of an egotistical douche. Since then I’ve only seen the “team first” version of Alex. Don’t understand the hate either.

        • Chilango

          booing him has nothing to do with hate, just his performance

          • jjyank

            No, it has plenty to do with hate. Maybe not for some fans, but many just hate him.

          • http://theevilsquare.com handtius

            bullshit, ho else on the yanks do you boo? not andy, not jeter, not mo. just because they didn’t come through our system, doesn’t mean they’re not yankees.

        • jjyank

          Like I said, I’ve always liked him. You’d think 2009 would have redeemed him for most of the fans.

          Can’t blame the guy for the contract. If Hank offered me that much money, I’d take it too, even though I’m sure I’d have like -100 WAR.

        • JobaWockeeZ

          And because of that he stuck it to Varitek. I can forgive being a dick when you can set your priorities straight.

      • Nice Scheister

        I keep a signed A-Rod ball on my mantle, one of my fav players. He wants to win and hustles every play.

  • VT Yankee Fan

    Orioles are threatening. Second and third, no one out.

  • jjyank

    Damn it. That was an inch or two away.

  • Matt

    Great call. That was actually foul, just barely.

  • Get Phelps Up

    ike davis would have hit that fair

  • Winter

    How is it possible for John Sterling to make that sound so fair? Even after he called it foul.

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

    That ball missed the chalk by the width of less than a hair.

  • jjyank

    Man it has been such a blast watching Ichiro lately.

  • Winter

    Aaaand Baltimore tied it.

  • Matt

    Wow, another great call. The ball beat him by quite a bit but Pennington was late on the tag. Maybe these guys are redeeming themselves?

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

    Double steal. Kottaras can’t throw, Swisher will be on the RH side, and Ichiro is the lead runner.

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

      Bet you 5 internet dollars it doesn’t happen.

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

    Fucking Baltimore tied it up. Are they ever going to lose again?!

    • Get Phelps Up

      In the WC game.

  • VT Yankee Fan

    My 5 year old son just called a Swisher HR.

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

      awww…I hope he’s right.

    • Rocky Road Redemption

      Tell your son not to quit his day job and become a psychic.

    • VT Yankee Fan

      I’ll keep him out of Vegas.

  • oldmanalex

    Jerry blevins is a cool guy. I met him in toronto and he saved me and my kid sister tickets to a game. Threw us a ball too from the bullpen.

  • Need Pitching & Hitting

    Just kill this fucking umpire.
    Absolutely ridiculous call.

  • Chilango

    oh fuck me. no way that’s a strike.

  • Matt

    In the other batter’s box. What a freaking joke.

    This umpire has single handedly changed the complexion of the game from an offensive standpoint.

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

    Oh JESUS CHRIST this is just getting ridiculous. If I’m Joe I go on Brooks Bros, print out the zone today and when I go out to argue bring it with me.

  • Winter

    “Those are the calls that an umpire makes”

    • Nice Scheister

      I miss Hawk.

  • WhittakerWalt

    A-Rod should not be getting owned by Griffin like this. Even if that first K was bulshit.

    • http://theevilsquare.com handtius

      it happens. he does have a 2.45 era and .216 ba against. he’s been a good pitcher this year since coming up.

      • WhittakerWalt

        SSS. His stuff isn’t that great. Certainly not so great he should be striking out A-Rod three times.

  • Matt

    Where is Girardi on these calls? He needs to go out there and at the very least keep his players from risking ejection. Not only that, but the calls have been so damn terrible today that he should probably be out there yelling at him.

    • captain kiwi

      i was thinking that as well, and we started to see him head out but swish was already on his way to the dugout. i know swish was pissed and were it any other game of the season, i’d say fuck yeah, get ejected. but just can’t have it today. something has to give though, that ump is just awful.

  • Nice Scheister

    Wow. I hate awful umps, therefore I boo them… BOOOOO!

  • captain kiwi

    ok, that strike 3 call to swish? THAT is when you start booing.

    • captain kiwi

      to clarify, you boo the ump.

      • http://theevilsquare.com handtius

        i’m fine with booing umps, or the other team. i don’t boo though. i call them assclowns.

        • WhittakerWalt

          I’m fine with binding their hands and feet and throwing them in the Atlantic. This level of incompetence is maddening.

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

    John just said if Blevins was on the open market 20 teams would be interested in him…I think the number would be more along the lines of 32.

    • Winter

      Sorry for the pedantry but 30…

  • Nice Scheister

    BOOOOOOOOO, the umps.

  • Marcy

    Ugh, and the Skins just tied the game

  • Matt

    2-1 curveball to Granderson, NOT a strike.

    Nearly every key at bat for Oakland in this game has been accompanied by a crucial pitch in a count like 1-1, 2-1, etc being called incorrectly.

    This is downright embarrassing. I really wonder if MLB has told these umpires to try to help out the A’s to keep them from getting swept. It’s inexcusable to miss as many calls as they have today, and only in one direction.

    • Get Phelps Up

      I really doubt MLB told them anything like that. They just suck.

    • Kosmo

      a conspiracy theorist !

    • Mike N

      I hope you are being facetious about the umpires intentionally favoring the As on orders of MLB. Because the chances of that are zero.

  • Marcy

    How can Chris Rose do all the NFL network stuff and the MLB network stuff?

  • Nice Scheister

    Accountability . MLB umps have none.

    • Marcy

      I’d be surprised if Joe Torre wasn’t there – he’s in studio w/Dan Patrick tomorrow — NYC studio. Maybe someone can call and ask.

  • Kosmo

    Kritis da K .What would a yankee game be without a K from Kritis.

    • Chilango

      40 HR, 100 RBI and 200 K’s ..take it or leave it

      • JobaWockeeZ

        I’ll take it for now. Wouldn’t gamble on him in the future.

        • jjyank

          Agreed. I like Curtis on the team right now, but I am firmly in the “pick up his 2013 option and let him walk in 2014″ camp.

        • Chilango

          It’s a tough call. Made worse by the .230/.320

          • JobaWockeeZ

            I think you an get great value in a trade for him. MLB players think he’s the 3rd best defensive CF. And with his power someone’s gotta want to give up good prospects for him.

            • Need Pitching & Hitting

              Maybe, but I’m guessing MLB general managers are better informed about his defense than MLB players.

              I think if they’re serious about getting under 189M for 2014-15, next year might be there best chance at a WS for a few years. Granderson would likely contribute more to a WS run next year than anybody they’d get in a trade.

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

    I…wow Josh Reddick has been abysmal this series.

    • VT Yankee Fan

      He’s been terrible all month. Batting .145 for the month.

  • Need Pitching & Hitting

    NunEEE

  • Winter

    Oh Nuñez… no…

    • Mike N

      How do you type the “n” with the squiggle on an English computer keyboard?

      • http://theevilsquare.com handtius

        it’s called a tilde (˜) and on a mac it’s opt + N, then N again (ñ)

  • Rocky Road Redemption

    At least we can trust Nunez to be consistent.

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

    Oh, hello Eduardo.

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

    Nunie…

  • Mike N

    Nunez is a fucking error waiting to happen.

  • DERP

    Euardo Nunez

  • Marcy

    Why?
    Mike, still gotta go w/the SS that can hit w/intangibles.

  • Chilango

    Booo. Sorry, I mean FUUUCK.

  • captain kiwi

    >.<

  • Nice Scheister

    Okay, okay, okay…I know why the strikezone sucks balls. Here it is, after six hours yesterday MLB wants to keep the average time of the game down OR they were advised to help our the A’s to ensure they win one to keep the playoff race exciting.

    • VT Yankee Fan

      Never assume a conspiracy when incompetence can explain it just as well.

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

        agreed.

    • http://theevilsquare.com handtius

      there’s no way the mlb is tell the umps to squeeze the yanks and expand for the a’s. you want to yanks more in the postseason then anyone. all of the mlbs revenue goes down when the yanks aren’t in it. if anything, mlb should be making sure the yanks go in as the al east crowns.

      • Mike N

        There is no way MLB is telling the umps to do anything other than call the game as fairly as possible. You think the umps would ever in a million years (1) do something unfair if MLB told them to and (2) not immediately hold a press conference to announce that MLB had told them to do something unethical? And you think MLB isn’t aware of this? The umps hate MLB management.

        Bottom line: The near certain downside for MLB to try to tell the umps to sway games is immense, and the very uncertain upside is minimal. There is no way they would attempt to do this, and there is no way the umps would go along with it if they did.

        • http://theevilsquare.com handtius

          I know. that’s what i’ve been saying.

    • captain kiwi

      cinderella story, good job beane and co., blah blah blah

      fuck you a’s

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

    One more strike here Hirok!

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

    That’s a strike all afternoon for Oakland.

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

      So was ball 1.

  • Chilango

    Kuroda is just not getting the calls the A’s are. Greg must be shitting himself.

    • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan

      “It’s just bad luck.”

      • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan

        Actually Greg would probably say, “I TOLD YOU we would have bad luck.”

        • Get Phelps Up

          THEY’RE NOT WINNING ANYTHING!!! STOP COMPLAINING!!

  • Mike N

    Fuck.

  • Rocky Road Redemption

    We’re going to lose this game, aren’t we?

    • http://theevilsquare.com handtius

      yeah, just like the last 2 games we were supposed to lose.

    • jjyank

      It doesn’t feel good, but how many people thought the same thing yesterday? Still only down one run.

  • jjyank

    Fuck fuck fuck.

  • Need Pitching & Hitting

    Shitty defense strikes again.

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

    Fucking two outs, two strikes, and Cliff Pennington again.

    Fucking serious, Hiroki?

  • WhittakerWalt

    Kuroda you jackass.

    • VT Yankee Fan

      How do you blame Kuroda when they get four outs in the inning and four strikes in the at bat?

      • WhittakerWalt

        He’s been pretty bad today, though. Yeah, the inning should have been over, but he did give up that hit to a not-very-good player. You have to pitch around errors.

        • Need Pitching & Hitting

          He gave up a ground ball. It found a hole, as ground balls sometimes do.

          • WhittakerWalt

            And he’s STILL been really bad today.

            • Need Pitching & Hitting

              He’s definitely been shaky all game. I just don’t really blame him for that particular run.

  • Mike N

    Kuroda got fucked by the error.

  • Get Phelps Up

    Nunez’s uERA gets higher.

  • Marcy

    Not on Kuroda – that’s on Nunez.

  • Matt

    Martin did not block the plate. If he blocks the plate, Donaldson is probably out because he slides straight into him.

    This team is so badly outplaying the A’s today. It’s incredible. Nunez’s error comes back to bite them, shocking. Then again, if the umpire didn’t take the bat out of their hands so many times, it might not have mattered.

  • Jonathan

    We just got beat by Cliff Pennington and the umpires….they’re about equal in talent level

  • WhittakerWalt

    This is why I refuse to buy into the Nunez hype. The guy’s a fucking DISASTER waiting to happen, regardless of whatever “energy” he brings.

  • Winter

    Ichiro’s outfield assists as a Yankee: 1

    I only have radio, was that play make-able?

  • Nice Scheister

    Nunez. This ones on you bra.

    • http://theevilsquare.com handtius

      pretty sure he doesn’t wear bras, come on man.

      • Nice Scheister

        I dunno, this former Yankee did…
        http://tinyurl.com/8efrqxb

        • http://theevilsquare.com handtius

          that was only on his nights off.

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

    This team frustrates me just as much as Baltimore. I hope we don’t have to face either in the postseason, not because I don’t think we can beat them, but because I cannot handle a series of the most frustrating baseball games one could imagine.

    • jjyank

      I miss the Twins.

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

    RAPADA THROW THE BALL TO HOME. ONLY TO HOME. NEVER THROW THE BALL ANYWHERE BUT THE CATCHER YOU HAVE NO IDEA WHAT YOU’RE DOING.

    • Mike N

      lolz

  • Need Pitching & Hitting

    Un fucking real.

    Clay – just stick to throwing to home plate.

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

    Quit throwing the fucking ball away.

  • Matt

    Ichiro always seems to be shocked that players run on his arm, and that split second of shock and hesitation always costs him the out. His release was again too slow on that throw.

  • DERP

    Clay Rapaa

  • Rocky Road Redemption

    This has been one of the worst series defensively I’ve ever seen.

    • WhittakerWalt

      Overshadowed by how terrible the umpiring has been. It’s seriously been like a D minus these past three games.

  • WhittakerWalt

    Rapada in to walk the leftie.

    • DERP

      Good call

    • WhittakerWalt

      The reverse jinx worked.
      Now can we please stop giving away runs?

  • The Troll

    Damn, these Oakland Drew-Penningtons are a real gas! Great team.

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

    Okay, lets scratch two runs across here and hand the ball over to Jo-Ro-So.

  • Mike N

    I feel like we’re gonna win this game, despite the errors.

    • Winter

      And despite currently losing. Optimism is a helluva drug.

    • captain kiwi

      i’m with you. one run, very doable.

      though that might be the alcohol talking

  • Matt

    Wow, are these announcers blind? They are acting like Cespedes just made an amazing play. He was jogging half speed and almost lost it in the sun.

  • Matt

    Now let’s see if Nunez can make up for that terrible error from the last half inning

  • Chilango

    Bring Voldemort home!

  • jjyank

    TBS just showed the A’s rookie hazing dress up as wrestlers. Holy shit are there a lot of rookies.

    • Big Members Only (formerly RI$P FTW)

      Any Chris Benoits?

      • jjyank

        No, like real wrestling.

        • Big Members Only (formerly RI$P FTW)

          Chris wrestling his family to death wasn’t real?

        • http://thecarsboneblog.tumblr.com Raul Ibanez AKA Tom Marvolo Riddle
          • Big Members Only (formerly RI$P FTW)

            “We were wrestling…then it changed…”

          • jjyank

            Right. I should have said that the A’s rookies were dressed up as “Wrastlers”.

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

      That reminds me I officially hate wrestling. I occasionally watch it as mind numbing entertainment…and loved it when I was a kid, but I was watching a rerun of friday’s smackdown last night…and Kane and Edge where hugging in the center of the ring. Kane doesn’t hug people. Least of all Edge.

      • jjyank

        I’ve always hated it. My best friend in high school was huge on it, but just wasn’t for me. Trish Stratus was hot as hell back in the day, but I can’t get into something when the results are all staged. If it’s not a movie or a gripping TV show, I don’t want to see staged results.

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

          I’m just saying this guy’s story line should never involve him “hugging it out” with anybody. http://slam.canoe.ca/Slam/Wres.....andout.jpg

          • jjyank

            You’re probably right.

  • WhittakerWalt

    Nunie swinging at absolutely everything.

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

    One of those pitches was in the strike zone…good thing Nunie swung at them though, because he would have been rung up otherwise.

  • Matt

    And he follows up his error with an even more pathetic at bat. Wow.

  • DERP

    Jose Iglesias is amazing with the glove.

  • http://theevilsquare.com handtius

    so you’re telling there’s a chance?

    • Rocky Road Redemption

      No.

      • http://theevilsquare.com handtius

        wow. As fan i take it. or maybe you missed the pass 2 game, or pass 10 for that matter.

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

          past*?

          • http://theevilsquare.com handtius

            err. yes….grumble grumble.

  • Rocky Road Redemption

    Seriously. Defensively one of the worst.

  • Marcy

    Captain Mojo?

    • Marcy

      Sorry, intangible.

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

    Ichiro…I know you’ve been ridiculously good the past week or so, we need you to continue doing it for at least this AB.

  • Mike N

    That was a very feeble first baseman stretch.

  • Matt

    No reason to swing at a pitch like that. Sometimes Ichiro is looking to swing so much that he swings at bad pitches.

  • Rocky Road Redemption

    This game sucks. Even if we win I’m going to feel really pissed anyway.

  • Rocky Road Redemption

    Look on the bright side. No Greg to tell command us not to be negative!

    • http://theevilsquare.com handtius

      I’ll do. zen baseball. it’s not like they have won 9 of 10 or anything…

      • jjyank

        Zen baseball indeed. I sure as hell wouldn’t have stuck around for yesterday without zen baseball.

        • http://theevilsquare.com handtius

          a lot in the stadium didn’t. they don’t prescribe to zen baseball.

    • The Real Greg

      Why would you be negative? Yankees have taken at least 2 of 3 from a very good A’s team. We can’t control the fact that the Orioles are playing out of their minds.

      • WhittakerWalt

        Because these are real-time reactions to the game as it’s happening.

        • http://theevilsquare.com handtius

          yes, because being down 1 run in 7th is just insurmountable. i’d rather sulk and bitch about my team then root them on to come back and win this. did you damn them yesterday, repeatedly? Did they win? so it can be done. they can come back and win games.

          • WhittakerWalt

            I never said they couldn’t win. I’d just like them to play better and stop giving away runs. Frustration happens in real time, we can’t all be as perfect and philosophical as Greg.

      • http://theevilsquare.com handtius

        come on greg, shouldn’t the yanks win every single game they play? I know I’ve seen a 162-0 season back in the 90s…

        • WhittakerWalt

          Get a room, you two.

          • http://theevilsquare.com handtius

            Already got an apt. greg, want to get boozed and watch baseball like adults?

  • Mike N

    Are you fucking kidding me????????

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

    TV viewers…how is the shadow situation? Cause it’s all John has talked for the past full inning.

    God damnit Nunie. You’re making it really, really hard to root for you.

    • Mike N

      There’s a huge shadow halfway between home plate and the mound.

    • Rek4gehrig

      It’s pretty bad

  • Kramerica Industries

    Some more Eduardo Scissorhands.

  • Rocky Road Redemption

    TAKE FUCKING NUNEZ OUT.

  • WhittakerWalt

    REALLY?

  • Chilango

    Oh fuck this. Nuñez WTF

  • Get Phelps Up

    DH

  • Need Pitching & Hitting

    NunEEE strikes again.

    Ridiculous.

  • Karl Krawfid

    Nix should be in the fucking game.

  • Marcy

    I was kind of hoping Phelps would be taking Nova’s spot but I guess not.

    Another error. Every now and then and you have to live with it…Michael Kay

    Why can’t Nix play if Jeter’s hurt?

    • Mike N

      What Kay was saying is that Nunez is a terrible fielder, and if you play him in the field, this is what you are going to get.

  • WhittakerWalt

    This is just who Nunez is. Get used to it, or get rid of him.

    • Rocky Road Redemption

      Move him to the fucking OF next year.

      • WhittakerWalt

        I don’t think he can hit well enough to be an outfielder.

        • jjyank

          He might. It’s not like Gardner is a world-beater with the bat. I just don’t think his defense would even remotely make up for it, like it does with Gardner.

          • WhittakerWalt

            Gardner’s an elite defensive player who gets on base a lot and steals at a very high percentage.
            Nunez, well to be honest I don’t get what anyone likes about him. Other than his enthusiasm and hustle, which are great, he doesn’t seem like a particularly gifted ballplayer. He doesn’t have great control of the strike zone, and it’s not like he has tremendous power. He’s fast, but you can’t steal first as they say.
            And his defense has gone beyond joke status and straight on into nightmare territory.

            • jjyank

              I mostly agree with you. I think he can be an above average middle infielder if he can settle down with the errors even just a bit. He’s got good range and a good arm, just poor accuracy. For the low standard of middle infielders, I think he has the potential to be above average.

              But outfield? No. If Nunez wants to be an above average left fielder, he needs to have Gardner’s defense. And there’s no way that happens. The Yankees are better off giving him reps at short stop/third base an hope he can tone down the errors.

        • Rocky Road Redemption

          I never understood that. We have a great SS to make up for it then. Who cares if our better hitter is IF or OF as long as he’s there?

      • Marcy

        They tried that and it was a VERY BAD experiment.

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

    All of these pitches…every single one of the god damned at bat is a strike when the Yankees are batting…i cannot fucking stand it. As a home plate umpire you have one fucking job.

  • Nice Scheister

    NY Nix time?

  • VT Yankee Fan

    Always a bit of an adventure with Arod on the popups.

  • Chilango

    Can’t have Nuñez at ahort, unless we’re up by 10 runs. simple as that.

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

    http://riveraveblues.com/2012/.....nt-4852896

    You sure about that jj? They’re up 10-2 over Detroit right now lol.

    • jjyank

      Heh. That’s the Tigers though. The Yankees have destroyed the Twins in the postseason over the last several years.

  • Chilango

    What…THE FUCK.. is this umpire’s problem with the Yanks today?

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

      Idk, but if I was Joe I would’ve been out of the game before Kuroda was today.

      • WhittakerWalt

        Not that it will accomplish anything, and not that they will suddenly be held accountable for their terribleness, but Joe should get himself tossed. These umps are a joke.

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

          I’m not saying it would, I’m just saying Joe’s a much more patient man than I.

          • WhittakerWalt

            I was totally agreeing with you. It baffles me that these umps can get away with such incompetence.

            • jjyank

              You get the pitchforks, I’ll get the torches. Let’s storm Selig’s office.

              And no, I’m not poking fun. I seriously want to storm Selig’s office and demand instant replay, lest he be burned and pitchforked to death.

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

                After we force Selig to sign a rule that allows replay for everything except balls and strikes in his own blood (invoking best interest of baseball clause) we then storm the umpire union and threaten to burn and pitchfork them until there is some checks and balances for calling a set strike zone as well as umpires making bad calls.

                • jjyank

                  Done and done. I’m going to Home Depot right now.

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

    Okay…please runs?!

  • Mike N

    At least that Nunez error didn’t cost a run.

  • Matt

    That was a heck of a play by Swisher. He has filled in admirably at first base lately.

  • Winter

    Aaaand John Sterling just messed up the score.

    • Nice Scheister

      But it’s not his fault, and he’s paying complete attention.

    • Mike N

      At least he generally remembers which team he works for.

  • The Real Greg

    The problem for the A’s is who’s going to close. They used Balfour for two innings yesterday.

  • Kosmo

    only in an emergency should Nunez be allowed to play the field.

  • captain kiwi

    i want to slap the fans at the stadium booing a-rod.

  • Mike N

    The fans should be ashamed of themselves for booing A-Rod.

    • RkyMtnYank

      Yea really, I don’t get it.

  • Get Phelps Up

    Red Sox get a leadoff double…hopefully they can score.

    • Need Pitching & Hitting

      embedded Yankee Luis Ayala doing his job

    • Get Phelps Up

      And they do!

  • Nice Scheister

    Cano should have more RBIs, I miss you Stu!

    • jjyank

      ….ike davis would have a parade by now…..

      ……..

      • Get Phelps Up

        ….and a raise..

  • http://theevilsquare.com handtius

    ido not approve of these shadows. boo the shadows.

  • WhittakerWalt

    I remember Robbie Cano.

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

    I’m curious A-Rod booers if you’re going to boo “poor performance” where is the booing for Robbie? he’s been invisible the past few weeks.

    • Karl Krawfid

      Damn you beat me to it.

    • WhittakerWalt

      Stuart on line 1….

    • Nice Scheister

      But he plays with such grit and effort and per http://baseballplayersalaries.com/
      “Robinson Cano is very valuable”, he responsible for 15.48% of his teams production &
      “Alex Rodriguez is overpaid”, and only responsible for 5% of the teams production.

      Perhaps all the “booers” are avid readers of the aforementioned website.

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

        I highly doubt any of the boo birds are avid readers of anything that’s longer than 140 characters (or whatever twitter is.) or anything not written by Mike Lupica.

        • Nice Scheister

          But teh sports reporters!?!

        • Chilango

          OK just for the record. Call it what you want, cursing, booing, shouting stomping up and down…it is just registering displeasure with a player’s performance. ARod takes a lot of heat because he is a statistical outlier, both in contract and in talent. Add to that the PED debacle and you get intense fan upsetment. Maybe undeserved. But life ain’t fair.

          • jjyank

            Well if it’s “not fair”, then it’s pretty understandable for people to call them out on it, no?

            • Chilango

              Yes it is.

          • WhittakerWalt

            Yankee fans booed him before the PED revelations, before the huge contract extension, and while he was winning two MVP awards for them.
            I don’t boo our players.

  • Karl Krawfid

    They Boo A-Rod but Cano gets a pass.

  • Marcy

    I want the Yanks to win without wanting the Sox to win.
    Robbie is really in a funk and we need him; they boo Alex because of the contract and because he was such a talent.

  • Get Phelps Up

    Matusz just threw a pitch that was literally right down the middle on Gameday.

  • Rocky Road Redemption

    Fuck this game.

  • Need Pitching & Hitting

    Dylan Bundy coming in.

  • DERP

    Dylan Bundy time! I hope he sucks today.

  • Kramerica Industries

    What are the odds the Red Sox lose?

    Place estimates now.

    • Winter

      I dunno. It’s not possible for the Orioles to walk off on the road, and that seriously hurts their chances.

    • Need Pitching & Hitting

      They’re trying their hardest to find a way to lose.

  • Matt

    Granderson going up there hunting fastball on the first pitch and chases, and then he gets the exact pitch he was looking for on 0-1 and pops out to left. Some of these guys just don’t have their head in the game right now. A-Rod leading off swinging at a ball on the first pitch to get himself out was a prime example.

    • http://theevilsquare.com handtius

      I’m pretty sure their heads are in the game. they’re in a playoff race and it’s pretty obvious they want to win. it just not possible to come through all the time and yes, some players are having a down year. batters fail more often then succeed. granderson still has 39 homers. wouldn’t mind if he had more of a 265 ave, but this is the player he is.

      • Mike N

        Yep.

  • JobaWockeeZ

    How many errors for Nunez? I mean this is obvious by now that he can’t field, I don’t know why he’s always playing.

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

    I had to step away for a minute…how/what did Granderson do for his AB to end so quickly…

    • VT Yankee Fan

      Flew out to shallow left.

    • WhittakerWalt

      Weak popup on a fastball right down the middle. His specialty of late (other than the wild swinging K on a pitch a foot outside the zone).

  • VT Yankee Fan

    Crazy ending to the 49ers-Vikings game. 3 turnovers in about 1 minute.

  • Marcy

    Jets took the lead

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

    good to know we’re game planning our pitching around a dude hitting .220 w/ no power.

    • WhittakerWalt

      At least Joe didn’t order the intentional walk.

    • http://theevilsquare.com handtius

      sometimes even crappy players have a good day. it worked out, but he still hit it pretty hard.

  • Need Pitching & Hitting

    Pennington does have a big platoon split, but are they really scared of 230/301/338 vs. RHP?

  • Mike N

    Nice!

    Now let’s score some runs!!

  • captain kiwi

    A-ROD DP BOOOOOOOOOOOOO

    … wait…

  • yo

    Bailey’s blowing it

    • Rocky Road Redemption

      Of course. You didn’t expect the O’s to LOSE, did you?

      • captain kiwi

        didn’t expect it but glad they just did.

  • Rocky Road Redemption

    I don’t know why, but this game is pissing me off so much right now.

  • Get Phelps Up

    The Orioles lost.

    !!!!!!

    • Winter

      I didn’t think it was possible!

    • Rocky Road Redemption

      NICE

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

      God I hope we can come back now. That’ll be huge.

  • Need Pitching & Hitting

    Ibanez vs. Doolittle?

    • Winter

      He hit home runs yesterday, so clearly his platoon split is gone today.

      • Need Pitching & Hitting

        Joe thinks so.

  • Pat D

    O’s just lost.

  • Chilango

    O’s lost

  • Joe

    Dallas won. What’s going on in this game?!

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

      Bad umpiring, meh pitching, meh hitting, and bad fielding.

      • Joe

        Thanks. My friend has been updating me. I call her my Yankee Siri.

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

          Marry her. True female Yankee fans are hard to come by…most of them are “pink hats.”

          • jjyank

            FIP’d!!!

            The meme lives.

          • Joe

            Hahaha. I’m not marrying anyone!

  • Chilango

    Step up Stonehands c’mon

  • Marcy

    Now the Yanks need to win

  • jjyank

    Question about the booing A-Rod thing:

    Let’s say Mesa doesn’t miss the bag in yesterday’s game, and he scores. A-rod has the walk off hit and is the hero. Does he still get boo’d today?

    Instead, he’s not perceived as the “walk off hero”, thus leading to a shorter lease with the fans. I’m just thinking out lead here, figured I’d throw that out.

    • Winter

      He still gets booed.

      • jjyank

        I’m not so sure. I don’t think he should be booed anyway, but would fans be less willing to boo him if he was the hero of an epic comeback less than 24 hours earlier? Instead of just a guy who had a single and no RBI?

      • Effthisnoise

        Sad but true. Same with Maris and mantle. Fans never warmed up to Maris even when he was set to break the home run record, mantle could do no wrong

        • jjyank

          Heh, this reminds me of the movie *61, when the press tried to create a rift between Maris and Mantle, who had been generally getting along and were even living together.

          Maris (watching TV): Hey Mick, the press says we’re fighting….are we fighting?

          Mantle: Well if the press says it, I guess we are…you son of a bitch.

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

            Hah.. I loved that movie.

    • http://theevilsquare.com handtius

      i give him credit for the walk off and wouldn’t boo him even if he didn’t come through, but i still think he gets booed today. people tend to hate those that are ridiculously successful. No one would turn down the money he was offered, even if they thought it was too much. no one.

      • jjyank

        Yep. Like I said somewhere far above in this thread, I would have taken Hanks offer, knowing full well I’d put up like -100 WAR.

        • http://theevilsquare.com handtius

          same here. boo me all you want. i’m set for life and so are my (fictional) kids and their (fictional) kids and their dog.

    • Joe

      You kidding? He carried us in 2009 during the playoffs and still have people booing him for no reason.

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

    How many outs? Gameday says one…John says 2. I’m leaning towards believing Gameday.

    • Need Pitching & Hitting

      How dare you question John Sterling!?!

      • Winter

        Isaac Newton of broadcasting right there.

    • WhittakerWalt

      I hope you’re sitting down for this: Sterling was wrong.

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

        Shocked. Utterly Shocked.

  • Mike N

    Kay really just said, “What a sloppy series for the As!”

    • Winter

      Well the A’s did have some costly errors yesterday…

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

      Well he’s not exactly wrong. It’s been sloppy all round though.

      • Mike N

        Yeah. The way he said it, I was kind of like, “Dude, the Yanks haven’t exactly been playing with Golden Gloves in the field, either.”

  • Get Phelps Up

    Brandon Moss has really helped the Yankees with his play at first base.

  • WhittakerWalt

    Make it happen Cap’n.

    • WhittakerWalt

      Why couldn’t you have hit it towards Nunez?

  • Rocky Road Redemption

    Actually, the O’s losing means that a loss ISN’T as important. But a win would be even bigger.

    • The Real Greg

      Correct

    • Winter

      I’m tired of this 1 game difference shit. What is it, 20 straight days now?

      • http://theevilsquare.com handtius

        sept 3rd i believe.

    • Kramerica Industries

      It would be the first time since 9/2 the Yankees lead the division by more than one solitary game.

  • Kramerica Industries

    I’m shocked the Sox won.

  • Matt

    Incredibly frustrating that Nunez’s terrible error is the difference in this game right now. The Yankees have outplayed Oakland yet again today, and don’t have much to show for it because of the umpiring and sloppy plays.

    • The Real Greg

      The difference in the game is that Kuroda gave up a homer to one of the worst offensive players in baseball, Cliff Pennington

      • Need Pitching & Hitting

        Or that it was a 2-run HR due to umpire incompetence.

      • Tom Q

        With a guy on base who everyone knows was out.

        • The Real Greg

          He still gave up a homer to CLIFF PENNINGTON

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

            fallacy of the predetermined outcome to believe that homer would have happened IF the umpire had done his job.

          • http://theevilsquare.com handtius

            it happens. imagine being the pitcher that gave up the one homerun that nunez had this year, or cervi a few years ago. it happens.

            • Kramerica Industries

              Ironically, that Cervelli pitcher you speak of is either current Yankee Cody Eppley, or NL phenom Kris Medlen.

              • http://theevilsquare.com handtius

                huh…yeah, it must feel crappy, but it just shows even the worst mlb player can hit one out once in a while.

      • Matt

        Cliff Pennington is hitting .315 in the month of September with an OPS over .800.

        The go-ahead run would not have been on base if not for Nunez’s error, and not only that but it was such a bad throw that it gave him 2nd base as well as first. Also, the 2nd run that scored on the HR was only on base because of a missed call by the umpire.

  • Marcy

    I don’t have the energy to go through another game like yesterday and that in itself stinks. Plus there’s all sorts of crazy overtime going on in football.

    • captain kiwi

      rootin hard for the chiefs

  • RkyMtnYank

    I loved that comment by Paulie about giving himself a french manicure with their whiteout! I really do wonder why they keep score since they can just look at a frickin monitor?

  • Get Phelps Up

    This game is set up perfectly for the completion of Walkoff Weekend Part 2.

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

    Prediction: Ichiro gets on in the bottom of the order, A-Rod hits a walk off, strikes out in his first AB tomorrow night and gets booed by Yankee Fans at Target Field.

    • Mike N

      From your lips to god’s ear.

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

      bottom of the inning*

  • yo

    umpires about to cost us another game huh

  • Mick taylor

    So the umpires by screwing the yanks in both the Tex slide game and this one may have cost the yanks 3 games in the standings

    • http://theevilsquare.com handtius

      yes. umpires have no repercussions for shitty calls. i want robots.

    • Mike N

      The Yanks have also received the benefit of other missed calls. Over the course of a season, I’m sure it evens out.

      • Matt

        Oh, really? So you think that missing a call that ends a game that should have been tied on the play is going to even out over the course of a season?

        “Regression to the mean” does not mean “has to even out.” You can still end up with wacky outcomes by chance with a low probability.

        • jjyank

          ““Regression to the mean” does not mean “has to even out.” You can still end up with wacky outcomes by chance with a low probability.”

          Exhibit A: The 2012 Orioles.

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

            Exhibit B: 2010 San Francisco Giants.

            • http://theevilsquare.com handtius

              Exhibit C: Arizona Diamondbacks (2011?)

              • Get Phelps Up

                2007

      • http://theevilsquare.com handtius

        still want robots.

  • Kramerica Industries

    Ichi-ARod-Cano

    no comment.

    • http://theevilsquare.com handtius

      this is a comment.

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

    Good job Epp…now lets make it happen again.

  • Matt

    2-3-4 in the order against a guy who threw 2 innings yesterday. Let’s see if they can actually be patient for once in a key spot.

  • Winter

    Alright lets go

  • Kramerica Industries

    By the way, Toronto is totally fucking worthless.

    4-14 vs. TB this year. Way to go.

    • Get Phelps Up

      The Rays winning those games is actually good so they will maybe have something to play for in the final series against the Orioles.

      • http://theevilsquare.com handtius

        and the yanks get to play them. hope they stay worthless.

  • Matt

    PATIENCE

  • Winter

    I.CHI.RO

    • Winter

      shit

  • Matt

    3-0 pitch, clearly ball 4, called a strike. What can you do when the umpire is trying to do everything possible to keep Oakland in this game?

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

    I wonder what the score would be if that 3-0 pitch was a strike for Kuroda.

  • Rocky Road Redemption

    FUCK

    Good thing the O’s lost.

  • Winter

    FUCK YOU JOHN STERLING. FUCK YOU.

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

      So happy I got a live look in right before the swing!

  • Need Pitching & Hitting

    Fuck.

    WTP.

  • Mike N

    OOOOOOOOOH!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Kramerica Industries

    Dammit that was so close.

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

    Almost….so fucking close!!!

  • http://theevilsquare.com handtius

    oh god damn that was so damn close.

  • captain kiwi

    DAMMIT 3 MORE FEET

  • WhittakerWalt

    I DESPISE YOU JOHN STERLING.

  • Effthisnoise

    Sure sterling had that in the second deck

  • Rocky Road Redemption

    I fucking hate Kay. I’m glad I’m not listening to Sterling.

    • Winter

      How Sterling’s call went:

      Easy fly ball –> Sure thing HR –> out

  • Marcy

    Now I feel sorry for Alex

    • captain kiwi

      his expression when he realized it wasn’t out kinda made me wanna cry.

  • Chilango

    Just missed it.

  • Matt

    Ball 1, called Strike 1. What can you even do?

  • WhittakerWalt

    Thanks for playing Robbie. Now go take a fucking holiday.

  • Kramerica Industries

    How fitting.

    A bad call to end the game.

    Strike my ASS.

  • jjyank

    Fuck me. Ah well, 2 of 3 is still pretty good. Bring on the Twinkies.

  • Mike N

    Bummer.

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

    Fitting end to the game…strike 3 on a pitch that was outside to anybody with eyeballs.

    • Rocky Road Redemption

      Dude, that was strike 3 to me. Or at least way too close to take.

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

        http://www.brooksbaseball.net/.....type=3.gif

        The strike zone clearly disagrees with you.

        • Rocky Road Redemption

          With this Ump especially still way too close to take.

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

            We get on Robby all the time for swinging at bad pitches. Had he swung and miss at it would you have been defending him that it was “too close to take.” I highly doubt it, especially with the emotion you post with from time to time I could easily see you tearing Robbie a new asshole for swinging and missing at that exact same pitch to end the game. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying that you’d be wrong in doing so, I’d probably be right there with you BECAUSE IT WAS OFF THE PLATE.

            • Rocky Road Redemption

              Dude, I post emotionally, but I’ll tell you now my immediate reaction was “Strike!” and if I could have blamed the umps, I would have.

              Nobody here is very happy, huh?

  • Rocky Road Redemption

    PREDICTION: We’re winning the division by exactly one game, and it will never waver once.

  • RkyMtnYank

    You know, I really do like that we get playoff baseball in September even though we couldn’t pull this one off.

  • Karl Krawfid

    Nunez cost the yankees the game

    • http://theevilsquare.com handtius

      the umps cost them the game. it’s hard to work around that kind of umpiring.

  • Get Phelps Up

    At least Baltimore lost.

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

      +1

      Magic number’s down to 10.

  • Effthisnoise

    Fitting, umps decided early they were gonna be a factor. Sad a Nunez error is the difference, but yanks still in first, now they must go to minn and not let up

  • Need Pitching & Hitting
    • Effthisnoise

      Wonder what swishes looked like when he got rung and the a rod low one

  • Chilango

    Yanks were no match for Nuñez and the Umps.

  • http://theevilsquare.com handtius

    2 for 3 against a team currently holding a playoff spot is pretty good. hopefully they got their swagger back and rip through the twins and toronto and boston. as good as the Os have played, they can’t sweep the rest of the season, or lets hope not.

  • Matt

    The umpires flat out stole this game from the Yankees.

    That called 3rd strike on Cano was at least 4 inches outside. Not even close. And it was just one of at least 5 or 6 times that the Yankees were completely screwed out of an at bat, many of which came with runners on base.

    Kuroda did not even come close to getting the same pitches. I don’t think he got that pitch once in the entire game, and the A’s got it at least 10 times with many different pitchers on the mound.

    The call at first base in front of Pennington’s HR was one of the worst of the entire season. That run was huge in this game. Swisher called out on strikes with 2 on in the 6th in a pitch in the other batter’s box was crushing as well.

    Words like cheated, stolen, and robbed are the only ways to describe today’s game from a Yankees standpoint. Flat out disgraceful.

  • Winter
    • http://theevilsquare.com handtius

      that’s horrible.

  • Nice Scheister

    At least the O’s lost.

  • Rocky Road Redemption

    IT HAPPENS!?!?!?!?!?!

    Shut up, please, Joe.

  • captain kiwi

    vestibrook is apparently trying to have a reputation on par with angel hernandez, balkin’ bob, and jerry meals.

    • captain kiwi

      ***estabrook. pardon

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

        get his name right, he wants the reputation, he wants to be a house hold name.

        • captain kiwi

          him and sam pearce

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

    When an official effects the outcome of a meaningful game late in the season and there is no consequences for it you know the system is broken. MLB has let the Umpires Union become to strong. There is no system to make sure they are using the best available umpires and no checks and balances when umpires blow calls. It cost the Yankees what could be a meaningful game at the end of the season, and that’s disgusting.

    • Chilango

      The two games we got screwed on at this point are huge. I have never seen such biased ball/strike calls like we got today. It’s unbelievable, literally.

  • Joe

    5-1 in game threads. :/

    • captain kiwi

      don’t worry. in my first game thread, i ended the 10 game win streak this year.

      • Joe

        I was 5-0!

  • WhittakerWalt

    I don’t like blaming too many losses on the officiating, because that’s weaksauce. That’s what Laker fans do all the time.
    BUT
    It’s fucking INSANE how many at-bats were simply taken out of the Yanks hands this game, solely based on shitty umpiring.

  • stuart a

    that was strike 3 against robinson… cano sucks.. the chance of him getting a big hit is about as probable as NY haveing another tornado thsi year…

    move crapo down in the order he can get 2 meaningless hits, smile, run 1/2 ass to first and all will be well.

    donaldson was out at first not even close, obviously the ump fucking up that call hurt.. nunez cannot field bottom line….

    arod, cano, grandy, swisher, the whole crew stink when it counts… tell michale kay the moron the reason they boo aroid is he is the highest paid player in baseball and 2009 was a while ago, so enough with the 2009 talk. arod hs sucked for 3 years, cano has sucked this year… the guy should have 115 rbi’s in his sleep he will wind up with about 85, and none of the moron broadcasters even mention it………

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

      Three years is a while ago…. so we can’t talk about 2009……… but you can slip…. “aroid” ….in there even though he admitted to using PED’s literally a decade ago…………………………………………………

      • WhittakerWalt

        No true supporter of the Yankees would call him “ARoid.” So I think we’ve figured out Stewie’s secret: he’s actually a Red Sox fan.
        Isn’t that right Stewie? Do you have a poster of the Laser Show in your bedroom?

    • Get Phelps Up

      ………………………………rbis………………………………………………..ike davis…………………………………..aroid………………………..throw a parade…………………………………overpaid chokers………………………….cano sucks…………………………….unclutch……………..
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