Game 152: End of the Homestand


(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


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

  2. Joe says:

    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.

  3. jjyank says:

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

  4. Jersey Joe says:

    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?

  5. notsosmart says:

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

  6. bring buck back says:

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

  7. DERP says:

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

    • jjyank says:

      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: “…………………..”

    • CS Yankee says:

      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.

  8. Pat D says:

    Wow, a Steve Balboni reference.

    • toad says:

      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.

  9. Nice Scheister says:

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

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

  11. Nice Scheister says:

    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.

  12. Nice Scheister says:

    Reverse the trend of no run support for Hiroki!

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

  14. jjyank says:

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

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

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

  17. yo says:

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

  18. Settle down HIROK

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

  19. jjyank says:

    God damn it. Nothing can be easy, huh?

  20. Nice Scheister says:

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

  21. ArchStanton says:

    Kuroda looks like garbage so far, not good.

  22. Pat D says:

    An inauspicious start.

  23. Chilango says:

    Kuroda’s hanging everything.

  24. Anthony says:

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

  25. 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.

  26. WhittakerWalt says:

    Jeter better work the count.

  27. Pasta Stumbling Sojo says:

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

    • jjyank says:

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

      • Get Phelps Up says:

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

        • 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.

  28. oldmanalex says:

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

  29. ArchStanton says:

    No sac bunts from Ichiro please!

  30. Nice Scheister says:

    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.

  31. WhittakerWalt says:

    That was SO low.

  32. Chilango says:

    Way low. WTF

  33. Where was that call for Hiroki last inning?!

  34. That…was not a strike.

    Not even close.

  35. Nice Scheister says:

    So the zone opened up now, wonderful.

  36. jjyank says:

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

  37. WhittakerWalt says:

    This ump sucks moose cock.

  38. Matt says:

    This umpire sucks. Period.

  39. WhittakerWalt says:

    Jeter never moved. Not OK.

  40. Chilango says:

    Robbie’s lost.

  41. Matt says:

    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.

  42. Jonathan says:

    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?

  43. Leg-End says:

    Horseshit calls from the ump in that inning.

  44. 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.

  45. Nice Scheister says:

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

  46. WhittakerWalt says:

    I already saw three balls called strikes.

  47. Laz says:

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

  48. Matt says:

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

  49. jjyank says:

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

  50. WhittakerWalt says:

    These umps are a disgrace.

  51. Jonathan says:

    holy shit….

  52. Pat D says:

    Oh, man, fuck these fucking umpires.

    Fuck them right in their fucking asses.

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

  54. Very nice.

    First base shit again.

  55. ArchStanton says:

    Wow, the umps are getting even worse!

  56. flamingo says:

    Robot umps, please.

  57. Chilango says:

    Fuck this another blown call.

  58. Effthisnoise says:

    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.

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

  60. WhittakerWalt says:

    And the story about Bud Selig only makes it worse.

  61. Tom Q says:

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

  62. jjyank says:

    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.

  63. ArchStanton says:

    Well, they got a free run off that homer.

  64. Jonathan says:

    what a fun game to watch

  65. Get Phelps Up says:

    Fucking umpires.

  66. Pat D says:

    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.

  67. Matt says:

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

  68. 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.

  69. WhittakerWalt says:


  70. Chilango says:

    Bad breaks and no break. 3-0

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

  72. Pat D says:

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

  73. Effthisnoise says:

    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

  74. jjyank says:

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

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

  75. The Troll says:

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

  76. Matt says:

    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.

  77. Pat D says:

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

  78. Matt says:

    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 says:

      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.

  79. Derek Lowe feels slighted by that text poll.

  80. Jonathan says:

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

  81. flamingo says:

    Way to work that walk.

  82. Rich in NJ says:

    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.

  83. Jonathan says:

    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 says:

      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 says:

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

      • Jonathan says:

        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.

      • 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.

    • 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.

  84. Chilango says:

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

  85. ArchStanton says:

    From ball four to a GIDP. Sigh.

  86. Jonathan says:

    this is like watching AJ Burnett pitch at Fenway

  87. Matt says:

    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.

  88. Matt says:

    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.

  89. Kosmo says:

    griffin is pitching away away away.

  90. Marcy says:

    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.

  91. Matt says:

    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.

  92. VT Yankee Fan says:

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

  93. Matt says:

    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.

  94. Jonathan says:

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

  95. 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.

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

    I don’t want to see it again.

  97. jjyank says:

    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.

  98. Matt says:

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

  99. Pat D says:

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

  100. Marcy says:

    Mazel Tov

  101. 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 says:

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

  102. Jonathan says:

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

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

  104. Pat D says:

    What was the trivia question?

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

  106. Jonathan says:

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

  107. WhittakerWalt says:

    J-LO looking good.

  108. The Troll says:

    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)?

  109. flamingo says:

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

  110. jjyank says:

    Do something here. Please?

  111. Marcy says:

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

  112. Marcy says:

    OK, let’s go Yanks!

  113. flamingo says:


  114. Get Phelps Up says:

    Tie game if there was replay!!!

  115. Chilango says:


  116. Mike N says:


  117. Pat D says:

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

    Or John Smoltz, maybe?

  118. captain kiwi says:

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

  119. Atta boy Swish.

    TBS viewers – please tell us Smoltz scoffings at this.

  120. Mike Axisa says:

    That pitch was on a tee.

  121. jjyank says:

    *clears throat for singing voice*

    Gaaaaarbaaage tiiiiiiiiime….is the best tiiiiiiiime!

  122. Matt says:

    Yankees 2, Umpires 1, Oakland 2

  123. WhittakerWalt says:

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

  124. Right back to the shitty strike zone.

  125. flamingo says:

    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.

  126. Get Phelps Up says:

    Please never do that again, Curtis.

  127. Nice Scheister says:

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

  128. Pat D says:

    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?

  129. Matt says:

    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.

  130. WhittakerWalt says:

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

  131. WhittakerWalt says:

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

  132. Time for some more RISPY hits.

  133. Matt says:

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

  134. captain kiwi says:


  135. Nice Scheister says:

    Martin is fast, like a cheetah!

  136. flamingo says:

    Griffin’s already over 80 pitches.

  137. Mike N says:


    How did Martin not score?

  138. jjyank says:

    I like it when Raul is productive.

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

  140. Get Phelps Up says:

    RISPwins the best.

  141. Matt says:

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

  142. captain kiwi says:

    haha wanted to see ibanez with another triple

  143. yo says:

    how on earth did russ not score there

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

  145. Get Phelps Up says:

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

  146. Matt says:

    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.

  147. Chilango says:

    Good baserunning by Russ, went on contact.

  148. flamingo says:

    Take that, umps.

  149. Jonathan says:

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

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

  151. Mick taylor says:

    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

  152. VT Yankee Fan says:

    Meanwhile Doubront is pitching a gem against Baltimore.

  153. Nice Scheister says:

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

  154. flamingo says:

    Griffin’s at 91 pitches through 4!

  155. Chilango says:

    quick inning PLEASE

  156. Cliff Pennington has to stop getting hits.

  157. Laz says:

    Seems Yankees score the inning my video cuts out…

  158. Marcy says:

    Now what – we have no bullpen

    • Matt says:

      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.

  159. And stop letting Stephen fricken’ Drew get on base.

    This is ridiculous. The guy is a terrible hitter.

  160. jjyank says:

    Come on, Hiroki. Shut down.

  161. Get Phelps Up says:

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

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

  163. Rocky Road Redemption says:

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

  164. Jonathan says:

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

  165. Mike N says:

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

  166. Marcy says:

    Please – he has to get someone out

  167. Get Phelps Up says:

    Wow, we actually got a call for once!

  168. Chilango says:

    Clutch K. GIDP time.

  169. Can we ever get an easy win…ever again?

  170. Rocky Road Redemption says:

    Kuroda has zero location today.

  171. jjyank says:


    Never easy.

  172. Need Pitching & Hitting says:

    wtf HIROK. Step it up.

  173. Double yuck.

    This is a terrible performance so far from Kuroda.

  174. Mike N says:

    GIDP would be good right now.

  175. Chilango says:

    Sox are up 1-0

  176. handtius says:

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

  177. Matt says:

    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.

    • 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 says:

        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.

    • You legitimize a lot of runs pitchers give up.

      Or so it seems.

      • Matt says:

        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?

  178. Get Phelps Up says:

    Ichiro has just been amazing.

  179. Marcy says:

    Wow, was Tebow bad.

  180. Nice Scheister says:

    Run Ichi, run!!

  181. Strike out some more, Alex.

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

  183. Chilango says:

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

  184. Nice Scheister says:

    Why so much hate for A-Rod?!

  185. JobaWockeeZ says:

    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 says:

      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 says:

        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 says:

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

        • jjyank says:

          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 says:

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

      • Nice Scheister says:

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

  186. VT Yankee Fan says:

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

  187. jjyank says:

    Damn it. That was an inch or two away.

  188. Matt says:

    Great call. That was actually foul, just barely.

  189. Get Phelps Up says:

    ike davis would have hit that fair

  190. Winter says:

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

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

  192. jjyank says:

    Man it has been such a blast watching Ichiro lately.

  193. Winter says:

    Aaaand Baltimore tied it.

  194. Matt says:

    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?

  195. Mike Axisa says:

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

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

  197. VT Yankee Fan says:

    My 5 year old son just called a Swisher HR.

  198. oldmanalex says:

    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.

  199. Need Pitching & Hitting says:

    Just kill this fucking umpire.
    Absolutely ridiculous call.

  200. Chilango says:

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

  201. Matt says:

    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.

  202. 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.

  203. Winter says:

    “Those are the calls that an umpire makes”

  204. WhittakerWalt says:

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

  205. Matt says:

    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 says:

      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.

  206. Nice Scheister says:

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

  207. captain kiwi says:

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

  208. 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.

  209. Nice Scheister says:

    BOOOOOOOOO, the umps.

  210. Marcy says:

    Ugh, and the Skins just tied the game

  211. Matt says:

    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.

  212. Marcy says:

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

  213. Nice Scheister says:

    Accountability . MLB umps have none.

    • Marcy says:

      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.

  214. Kosmo says:

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

    • Chilango says:

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

      • JobaWockeeZ says:

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

        • jjyank says:

          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 says:

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

          • JobaWockeeZ says:

            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 says:

              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.

  215. I…wow Josh Reddick has been abysmal this series.

  216. Need Pitching & Hitting says:


  217. Winter says:

    Oh Nuñez… no…

  218. Rocky Road Redemption says:

    At least we can trust Nunez to be consistent.

  219. Mike N says:

    Nunez is a fucking error waiting to happen.

  220. DERP says:

    Euardo Nunez

  221. Marcy says:

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

  222. Chilango says:

    Booo. Sorry, I mean FUUUCK.

  223. captain kiwi says:


  224. Nice Scheister says:

    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 says:

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

    • handtius says:

      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 says:

        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.

    • captain kiwi says:

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

      fuck you a’s

  225. That’s a strike all afternoon for Oakland.

  226. Chilango says:

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

  227. Rocky Road Redemption says:

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

  228. jjyank says:

    Fuck fuck fuck.

  229. Need Pitching & Hitting says:

    Shitty defense strikes again.

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

    Fucking serious, Hiroki?

  231. WhittakerWalt says:

    Kuroda you jackass.

  232. Mike N says:

    Kuroda got fucked by the error.

  233. Get Phelps Up says:

    Nunez’s uERA gets higher.

  234. Marcy says:

    Not on Kuroda – that’s on Nunez.

  235. Matt says:

    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.

  236. Jonathan says:

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

  237. WhittakerWalt says:

    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.

  238. Winter says:

    Ichiro’s outfield assists as a Yankee: 1

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

  239. Nice Scheister says:

    Nunez. This ones on you bra.

  240. 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.


  242. Need Pitching & Hitting says:

    Un fucking real.

    Clay – just stick to throwing to home plate.

  243. Quit throwing the fucking ball away.

  244. Matt says:

    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.

  245. DERP says:

    Clay Rapaa

  246. Rocky Road Redemption says:

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

  247. WhittakerWalt says:

    Rapada in to walk the leftie.

  248. The Troll says:

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

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

  250. Mike N says:

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

  251. Matt says:

    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.

  252. Matt says:

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

  253. Chilango says:

    Bring Voldemort home!

  254. jjyank says:

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

  255. WhittakerWalt says:

    Nunie swinging at absolutely everything.

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

  257. Matt says:

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

  258. DERP says:

    Jose Iglesias is amazing with the glove.

  259. handtius says:

    so you’re telling there’s a chance?

  260. Rocky Road Redemption says:

    Seriously. Defensively one of the worst.

  261. Marcy says:

    Captain Mojo?

  262. 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.

  263. Mike N says:

    That was a very feeble first baseman stretch.

  264. Matt says:

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

  265. Rocky Road Redemption says:

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

  266. Rocky Road Redemption says:

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

  267. Mike N says:

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

  268. 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.

  269. Kramerica Industries says:

    Some more Eduardo Scissorhands.

  270. Rocky Road Redemption says:


  271. WhittakerWalt says:


  272. Chilango says:

    Oh fuck this. Nuñez WTF

  273. Get Phelps Up says:


  274. Need Pitching & Hitting says:

    NunEEE strikes again.


  275. Karl Krawfid says:

    Nix should be in the fucking game.

  276. Marcy says:

    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 says:

      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.

  277. WhittakerWalt says:

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

    • Rocky Road Redemption says:

      Move him to the fucking OF next year.

      • WhittakerWalt says:

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

        • jjyank says:

          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 says:

            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 says:

              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 says:

          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 says:

        They tried that and it was a VERY BAD experiment.

  278. 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.

  279. Nice Scheister says:

    NY Nix time?

  280. VT Yankee Fan says:

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

  281. Chilango says:

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


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

  283. Chilango says:

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

  284. Mike N says:

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

  285. Matt says:

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

  286. Winter says:

    Aaaand John Sterling just messed up the score.

  287. The Real Greg says:

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

  288. Kosmo says:

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

  289. captain kiwi says:

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

  290. Mike N says:

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

  291. Get Phelps Up says:

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

  292. Nice Scheister says:

    Cano should have more RBIs, I miss you Stu!

  293. handtius says:

    ido not approve of these shadows. boo the shadows.

  294. WhittakerWalt says:

    I remember Robbie Cano.

  295. 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.

  296. Karl Krawfid says:

    They Boo A-Rod but Cano gets a pass.

  297. Marcy says:

    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.

  298. Get Phelps Up says:

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

  299. Rocky Road Redemption says:

    Fuck this game.

  300. Need Pitching & Hitting says:

    Dylan Bundy coming in.

  301. DERP says:

    Dylan Bundy time! I hope he sucks today.

  302. Kramerica Industries says:

    What are the odds the Red Sox lose?

    Place estimates now.

  303. Matt says:

    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.

    • handtius says:

      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.

  304. JobaWockeeZ says:

    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.

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

  306. VT Yankee Fan says:

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

  307. Marcy says:

    Jets took the lead

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

  309. Need Pitching & Hitting says:

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

  310. Mike N says:


    Now let’s score some runs!!

  311. captain kiwi says:


    … wait…

  312. yo says:

    Bailey’s blowing it

  313. Rocky Road Redemption says:

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

  314. Get Phelps Up says:

    The Orioles lost.


  315. Need Pitching & Hitting says:

    Ibanez vs. Doolittle?

  316. Pat D says:

    O’s just lost.

  317. Chilango says:

    O’s lost

  318. Joe says:

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

  319. Chilango says:

    Step up Stonehands c’mon

  320. Marcy says:

    Now the Yanks need to win

  321. jjyank says:

    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 says:

      He still gets booed.

      • jjyank says:

        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 says:

        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

    • handtius says:

      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.

    • Joe says:

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

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

  323. Mike N says:

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

  324. Get Phelps Up says:

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

  325. WhittakerWalt says:

    Make it happen Cap’n.

  326. Rocky Road Redemption says:

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

  327. Kramerica Industries says:

    I’m shocked the Sox won.

  328. Matt says:

    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.

  329. Marcy says:

    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.

  330. RkyMtnYank says:

    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?

  331. Get Phelps Up says:

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

  332. 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.

  333. yo says:

    umpires about to cost us another game huh

  334. Mick taylor says:

    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

  335. Kramerica Industries says:


    no comment.

  336. Good job Epp…now lets make it happen again.

  337. Matt says:

    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.

  338. Winter says:

    Alright lets go

  339. Kramerica Industries says:

    By the way, Toronto is totally fucking worthless.

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

  340. Winter says:


  341. Matt says:

    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?

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

  343. Rocky Road Redemption says:


    Good thing the O’s lost.

  344. Winter says:


  345. Need Pitching & Hitting says:



  346. Mike N says:


  347. Kramerica Industries says:

    Dammit that was so close.

  348. handtius says:

    oh god damn that was so damn close.

  349. captain kiwi says:


  350. WhittakerWalt says:


  351. Effthisnoise says:

    Sure sterling had that in the second deck

  352. Rocky Road Redemption says:

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

  353. Marcy says:

    Now I feel sorry for Alex

  354. Chilango says:

    Just missed it.

  355. Matt says:

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

  356. WhittakerWalt says:

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

  357. Kramerica Industries says:

    How fitting.

    A bad call to end the game.

    Strike my ASS.

  358. jjyank says:

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

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

  360. Rocky Road Redemption says:

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

  361. RkyMtnYank says:

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

  362. Karl Krawfid says:

    Nunez cost the yankees the game

  363. Get Phelps Up says:

    At least Baltimore lost.

  364. Effthisnoise says:

    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

  365. Chilango says:

    Yanks were no match for Nuñez and the Umps.

  366. handtius says:

    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.

  367. Matt says:

    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.

  368. Nice Scheister says:

    At least the O’s lost.

  369. Rocky Road Redemption says:

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

    Shut up, please, Joe.

  370. captain kiwi says:

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

  371. 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 says:

      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.

  372. Joe says:

    5-1 in game threads. :/

  373. WhittakerWalt says:

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

  374. stuart a says:

    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………

    • 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 says:

        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 says:

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

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