Sep
25

Game 154: Single digits

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We’re down to nine. Just nine games left in the season, a single-digit number that is simultaneously depressing (baseball be will gone soon) and exciting (hooray postseason!). The Yankees still have some work to do before guaranteeing themselves a spot in the playoffs of course, and another win tonight would go a long way towards that goal. The division lead is up to two, which feels enormous after three straight weeks of nothing more than a one-game separation. Here’s the lineup…

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

RHP Phil Hughes

Tonight’s game is scheduled to start a little after 8pm ET and can be seen on My9. Enjoy.

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  1. Get Phelps Up says:

    Ibanez has been on such a tear of late that he gets to hit twice in the batting order.

  2. Nick says:

    Pirates are such a joke right now. really sad

  3. Darren says:

    Now we’re into those must win games. Hughes, man. Step. It. Up.

  4. Nice Scheister says:

    IBANEZ! Gonna tear it up tonight!!

  5. Rocky Road Redemption says:

    I think Raul is going three for five with two doubles and a homer but Raul is getting the golden sombrero with a double play.

    But it’s not all bad, Raul will steal a HR, and Raul will make two errors. It’ll even out.

    Book it.

  6. dkidd says:

    little known fact: ryan doumit was an extra in “quest for fire”

  7. RetroRob says:

    Be great to see Roy White on the sidebar sometime later tonight, but I know if it happens it’ll be Torre.

  8. jjyank says:

    Hopefully the Yanks give Vazquez the same treatment he got out of the Arizona bullpen.

  9. Cuso says:

    Ichiro Ibanez

    It’s in the “I’s “

  10. vicki says:

    nellie filling in for suzyn; if the tv booth isn’t on their game tonight i’m switching.

  11. CUYanks says:

    2-0 Jays in the 4th.

  12. So confused to not hear Suzyn’s voice during pregame…I think I miss her docile tones already…Of all the dramatic things!!!!!

  13. nsalem says:

    The Yankee’s first three hitters are 114 years old between them.

  14. Hummingbird S. says:

    Alex is terrible right now.

  15. Robinson Tilapia says:

    I’m already feeling a “TEH YANKEES ARE DOING NUTHING AGAINST DA INFERIOR PITCHA” coming on.

  16. Andruw's Smile says:

    One time, Esmerling Vasquez committed a walkoff balk #EsmerlingVasquezFacts

  17. OMG! Bagels! says:

    I was listening to John and Suzyn over the weekend and the Stadium seemed so loud. Where are they sitting now? In the bleachers?

  18. Joe says:

    I woke up and it’s only the first? What?

  19. Cuso says:

    Nelson is awesome on the radio, by the way. Breath of fresh air.

  20. Plouffe feminine spray says:

    Flyball phil in a big park
    No worries

  21. dkidd says:

    the angels are going to catch the a’s, aren’t they?

  22. Cuso says:

    Hughes has dirty ‘stache going on

  23. Chilango says:

    Flying Balls Phil gets a ground ball on the first batter. May it continue ever thus…

  24. Plouffe feminine spray says:

    Angels and Tigers two teams we don’t want to see.

    • nsalem says:

      Don’t think it works that way. In 2006 we seemed to have the easiest path to the WS and we went in the first round, We had ayoung Tiger team who played meaningful games till game 152 and they were swept at home by the Royals. We would have faced the Twins if we won (I think) who played the A’s in the other DS.

  25. jjyank says:

    Is Phil growing a mustache?

  26. Hummingbird S. says:

    nice play by Alex

  27. Plouffe feminine spray says:

    Phil has a chocolate milk stashe lol

  28. Plouffe feminine spray says:

    Love the centerfield camera angle at target field
    Easy to see strike zone

  29. RetroRob says:

    Can one be a big-time closer if it’s with Seattle?

  30. Hummingbird S. says:

    it seems like there’s been a bunch of popups so far..

  31. Freaking customers keeping me down. Also JJ…I am a HOF caliber bong salesman, how dare you call me mediocre.

  32. 1995 says:

    MLBtv with audio overlay is the best – I can watch the game and sync it up with WCBS to hear the pleasant novelty that is Jeff Nelson doing color. Especially nice because Flaherty is on the TV broadcast this series. Really strange to hear someone on the radio broadcast who actually knows what they’re talking about. I’d like to hear Singleton/Nelson/O’Neill sometime. Nelson has a subtle southern/midwestern thing going on, I bet he and Pauly would have a great time.

  33. Get Phelps Up says:

    For once I agree with Kay, you just can’t let a team specify a roster for one game. They need to have the same roster for the ALDS of the WC winning team gets an unfair advantage.

    • Mike Axisa says:

      Most teams don’t have enough good extra relievers/bench players lying around for it to matter. No manager will use his seventh or eighth best reliever in that game unless it’s super extra innings or something, in which case he’d probably prefer to run one of his starters out there.

      • Get Phelps Up says:

        Not relievers, more bench players. They could replace the WC game starter with a Freddy Guzman player or something. Not a large advantage, but still an advantage.

  34. Plouffe feminine spray says:

    What if there is a tie for the final Wc slot
    When is that game played?

  35. Chilango says:

    Jays 1st and 2d no outs top 7th

  36. Plouffe feminine spray says:

    Plouffed out.

  37. Jamey Carroll’s smile is the most unsettling thing I’ve ever seen.

  38. Joe F says:

    Off topic, but anyone notice the new SBNation layout? Clean, but err different.

    • Pat D says:

      It looks a tad more readable.

      • Joe F says:

        I’m glad because I followed like 6 blogs, but I only read two of them now. So I just favorited those two and get notifications for only those two. The old layout gave me all the blogs I followed. Which I didn’t want to read anymore. Especially since I come here for my Yankees news now.

  39. Get Phelps Up says:

    3-0 Toronto now, 1st and 3rd, 1 out.

  40. Plouffe feminine spray says:

    One game wc playoff roster
    Cc pettitte,
    Joba sori drob logan rapada eppley hughes
    Martin stewart
    Jeter tex cano arod nix nunez mcghee
    Swisher grandy ichiro dickerson gardy jones ibanez

  41. RkyMtnYank says:

    Thou shalt not disrespect thy bat. Wish O’neil was in the booth right now.

  42. Tom says:

    Luis Ayala doing what he does best:

    Inherited runners you can score; just keep my ERA low.

    4-0 Jays

  43. Hummingbird S. says:

    a-rod needs to stop swinging through fastballs.. they are nothing special

  44. Cy Pettitte says:

    great inning guys

  45. WhittakerWalt says:

    Jeez, ARod’s on a strikeout tear.

  46. jjyank says:

    Ah balls.

  47. bring buck back says:

    It was nice to have that week where A-Rod was good again.

  48. Jedile says:

    Is it just me or are players not putting pine tar on their helmets anymore? Is there something in the new rules about it? I remember Posada and Manny Ramirez used to have their helmets covered.

  49. Pat D says:

    ARod bashing.

    RAB commenters’ favorite game.

  50. http://riveraveblues.com/2012/.....nt-4863132

    I just read up and saw this…Joe, the friend zone is a very VERY hard place to get out of. Your best bet is to cut bait and move on.

  51. nsalem says:

    Mattingly

  52. Cy Pettitte says:

    Swish! aww yea.

  53. Plouffe feminine spray says:

    Swished

  54. Get Phelps Up says:

    Garbage. Time.

  55. Hummingbird S. says:

    SWISH!!

  56. Need Pitching & Hitting says:

    Garbage Time again.

  57. Tom says:

    Wow, I thought that had no shot at getting out (thinking double into the corner).

  58. nsalem says:

    At least he’s clutch in a pennant race

  59. WhittakerWalt says:

    More garbage time!

  60. jjyank says:

    Swish not punishing me for finally putting him back in my fantasy line up. Awesome.

    • Get Phelps Up says:

      My fantasy season ended when he was sucking. :(

      • jjyank says:

        I have the luxury of Votto at 1B and Justin Upton in RF, so Swish was just a utility player for me. I benched him when he was sucking. Instead Hanley Ramirez is riding the bench now. Never thought I would say that.

        • Get Phelps Up says:

          He was my 1B all year. I never had a Votto-type player because my top drafted player was Evan Longoria…not such a good choice this year.

          • jjyank says:

            I actually drafted J Upton in the first round. I don’t like the idea of drafting a first baseman first, given how easy that position is to fill. I picked 8th I think, but also 12th overall (second round). Got Votto in the second round.

            I feel ya on Longo though. I had him last year as my first rounder. He was awful/injured for about half the year.

  61. Anthony says:

    What are you swinging at Grandy?

  62. Robinson Tilapia says:

    Delayed garbage time call.

  63. WhittakerWalt says:

    Curtis, on the other hand…

  64. Robinson Tilapia says:

    I’m convinced my wife would be worse that stuart a if she were to ever post here. Right after I made a crack about the Yankees finally realizing Esmerling sucks, she follows up with “yeah….too busy counting their money.”

  65. Cy Pettitte says:

    maybe time to stop running on Mauer

  66. It’s high time the Yankees stop running themselves out of innings.

  67. Plouffe feminine spray says:

    Mauer has a cannon, stop stealing.

  68. Hummingbird S. says:

    those are definitely not working

  69. Chilango says:

    Mauer has more control than Phil

  70. bring buck back says:

    I change my mind every day – who looks worse, Granderson or Cano?

  71. Plouffe feminine spray says:

    Very little movement on his fastball. Hughes that is.

  72. Cy Pettitte says:

    wow did Phil get a gift.

  73. Tom says:

    Yankees need to stop chasing pitches out of the zone.

    I know the guy on the mound sucks, but swing at strikes… those 2 strike ‘em out throw em out double plays both should have been 1st and 2nd 1 out rallies, not inning over.

    5K’s for this guy when he has only retired 10 batters is not good.

  74. Joe F says:

    TORONTO! <3

  75. Plouffe feminine spray says:

    Could the showalters be running out of steam?

  76. Joe F says:

    Ibanez playing the outfield is a disaster.

  77. Bloop doubles with inevitable Ibanez blunders.

    Lovely.

  78. Need Pitching & Hitting says:

    Nice D Raul.

  79. Hummingbird S. says:

    Ibanez in the field, never a good idea

  80. Robinson Tilapia says:

    This is why it was a bad idea to have Raul in both RF and LF in the initial lineup.

  81. Plouffe feminine spray says:

    Ibanez reminds me of the kid in badnews bears who is in the electric wheelchair ibanez needs a chair.

    • The Troll says:

      Did you just dare mention the Bad News Bears remake? If I could, I’d have you banned from this site for that comment alone!

    • Plouffe feminine spray says:

      Morris Buttermaker: Hey, Hooper, what are you doing with that patch on your eye? Playing Pirate? Come to swab the deck, matey?
      Matthew Hooper: Mother says I have cancer of the eye

  82. Cuso says:

    Nothing you can do about that. Bad luck.

  83. Anthony says:

    Its times like these when I think of that awesome Ibanez fail gif.

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

    This game is far from over, folks. LOL!

  85. Alkaline says:

    I have to say, I loved Eric’s piece earlier today about the vets. The Voldemort reference and the next “geriatric” got me laughing pretty good.

    Harry Potter references are always a win.

    Back to the game, what have I missed? I just got home.

  86. Chilango says:

    Got a bad feeling about this game. Vasquez has settled down and Phil looks shaky

  87. Joe F says:

    Twins did themselves wrong making this park so big.

    • Tom says:

      And making some of the walls high to boot.

      But who knew the ball might not carry as much out doors… in Minnesota… (especially the beginning and end of the year)

      Though they do seem to favor the throw strikes / pitch to contact approach to pitching, so in some regard it does make sense to make the park bigger.

    • Plouffe feminine spray says:

      They will adjust it like the Mets Tigers did.

    • Robinson Tilapia says:

      Dumbest thing they did was to not put a roof on it, or at least something retractable. 20 degree baseball in April must be great.

  88. By the way, with the Tigers finally catching the White Sox at the top of the division, there is no doubt in my mind Detroit finishes the deal.

    Chicago’s out of gas. Detroit is wildly overrated, but between the easier schedule and the fact that they have the better team, I don’t see any chance Chicago wins now.

  89. Tom says:

    Another crappy 2-0 pitch ARod swings at… even if it is a called strike, that’s not a good 2-0 pitch to hit.

  90. Hall and Nokes says:

    Barves in the playoffs, I guess it’s not inevitable that you follow up an epic collapse with a .450 season.

  91. Hummingbird S. says:

    at least he didn’t whiff on that FB.. warning track power though.

  92. Gee, does Swish think he just missed on that pitch?

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

    Ric Flair woulda hit a HR there. WOOOO!!!!

  94. Hummingbird S. says:

    great pitch to hit, just missed it..

  95. Chilango says:

    O’s lost.

  96. This has been a pretty dismal effort for the Yankees offense against a crappy pitcher.

  97. yo says:

    ugh tying run at the plate for the O’s

  98. Chilango says:

    O’s now have lost.

  99. Plouffe feminine spray says:

    Casey jassan sucks ass.

  100. Hall and Nokes says:

    3 in the loss column

  101. vicki says:

    i love you, toronto.

  102. Well, would be really nice to up the margin to +2.5.

    Jays are doing the Yankees a favour right now, and the Yankees would be damned foolish to waste it.

  103. Anthony says:

    Forget who posted yesterday (or this morning) about the insane amount of effort/magic needed to put the Orioles away… well apparently they had bases loaded AGAIN in the 9th. But they lost, thank god.

  104. Alkaline says:

    Blue Jays are the better bird.

    Have you heard?

  105. 72 pitches through six for Hughes.

    Get that man some more runs, and he might be able to go the distance.

  106. Cy Pettitte says:

    efficient Phil! keep it going and save the pen please.

  107. Plouffe feminine spray says:

    3 back with 8 to go means win 2 and your in playoffs 6 win div

  108. Rocky Road Redemption says:

    It looks as if the Mysterious Force is doing its job but Baltimore isn’t capitalizing. I suppose it’s only so powerful. Or perhaps it realizes that it must keep its power in reserve for the one game playoff-maybe it’s assuming the Yankees don’t blow the lead after yesterday’s game. It’s still working, but not at full strength.

    We can only speculate. Regardless, the bases loaded situation in the ninth is enough to convince me that it is still very much present.

  109. Chilango says:

    7 pitch inning nice. Got away with one to Mauer though

  110. Russell Martin loves himself some Target Field.

  111. Joe F says:

    Martin’s resurgence!

  112. YanksFanInBeantown says:

    Russ!

  113. Get Phelps Up says:

    Russ!!!!

  114. Tom says:

    My favorite Martin

  115. Need Pitching & Hitting says:

    Russ!!!!

    More insurance runs please.

  116. Anthony says:

    MUSSEL. Swisher looks pumped too.

  117. Plouffe feminine spray says:

    Blackhole game we are winning this bitch.

  118. Dela G says:

    THE CANADIAN!!

  119. Get Phelps Up says:

    That also tied his career high in homers.

  120. Tom says:

    Not a home run park.

  121. jjyank says:

    Rus Bus!

  122. Get Phelps Up says:

    Is is just me or does this game seem like a lot bigger lead than 3-1?

  123. YankeeDave says:

    Anyone miss Suzyn Waldman tonight? I say Jeff Nelson can have the job.

  124. Got home just in time for Coltrane’s shot…wow. I’ve bashed his defensive(and hitting) ability all year, but damn he has some power when he gets a pitch to drive.

  125. Plouffe feminine spray says:

    Get jobber ready

  126. Need Pitching & Hitting says:

    Shutdown inning please.

  127. Effthisnoise says:

    Hughes needs to go now

  128. Plouffe feminine spray says:

    Hughes shitting the bed

  129. Oh god. You guys where not kidding about Hughes’ budding stache. Terrible.

  130. Plouffe feminine spray says:

    Send out rothchild please!

  131. This is a classic Hughes at-bat.

    Foul ball mania.

  132. Plouffe feminine spray says:

    He can put him away sound familar

  133. Chilango says:

    Phil has not been that sharp, He has gotten away with some hangers. 3-1 lead, I hope Girardi doesn’t leave in one batter too many

  134. Oh boy.

    Now’s not the time to start struggling, Phil.

  135. Plouffe feminine spray says:

    Girardi asleep again.

  136. Hummingbird S. says:

    aight, time to get the ‘pen in this game.. Hughes is tired.

  137. Effthisnoise says:

    Typical Hughes start. He’s been effective, but once it goes south it goes quickly and epically. Hook please

  138. Plouffe feminine spray says:

    We get plouffee

  139. Chilango says:

    take him out NOW

  140. And now Jamey Carroll, a classically annoying hitter.

  141. Plouffe feminine spray says:

    91 mph heater

  142. Wow, I forget how much Hughes hate there is on this board. One little speck of trouble and “he needs to go now” “he is shitting the bed” “he is getting tired” “Girardi is asleep at the wheel again”

  143. Plouffe feminine spray says:

    Jobba time please

  144. And a classically annoying hitter comes up with a classically annoying infield single.

  145. Tom says:

    Throw something inside.

    Everything is up or away

  146. Plouffe feminine spray says:

    Fu girardi get him out

  147. Hummingbird S. says:

    someone wake Girardi up ASAP

  148. Plouffe feminine spray says:

    Why joe why

  149. As noticed by my last few comments, I’m very bullish on Hughes, but he’s flying open right now…OR he’s being very stubborn about that pitch away. He knows he hasn’t gotten the call once this inning, but he keeps going to it.

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

    My my my…
    Like I said, folks. This one is far from over.

  151. Anthony says:

    Nice job Phil.

  152. Phil Hughes' Molestache says:

    That is all….

  153. Dela G says:

    that was one hell of a K there. Phil threw it as hard as he could there

  154. Plouffe feminine spray says:

    About time that guy swung at ball 4

  155. I love how the YES slow-mo fully captured Florimon’s enormous “FUCK” after he swung.

  156. Get Phelps Up says:

    Good job Phil.

  157. Chilango says:

    Clutch Phil. Now take him the fuck out, PLEASE

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

    Looks like Phil’s been drinking milk. It’s been doing his body…good.

  159. Tom says:

    That’s where the 0-2 pitch to Carroll should have been. Instead he threw him an 0-2 slider in the zone which sped up his bat.

    Nice job by Phil overall, but the approach this inning was not great.

  160. Rich in NJ says:

    I would have left Phil in.

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

    I say Nova goes to the ‘pen.

  162. jjyank says:

    Hughes hate indeed. If he’s gonna be your number 4 in the playoffs, he needs to get the #9 hitter of a crappy team out. And he did. So maybe Girardi wasn’t so sleepy?

  163. Plouffe feminine spray says:

    Logan
    Saying prayers

  164. Matt says:

    Hughes is holding lefties to a .208 average including tonight, and Span is 0-3 with 2 groundouts.

    At just 99 pitches, this move is a definite overmanage, especially since Span has just 3 HR in 491 AB this year.

    • Get Phelps Up says:

      Why do we care how many homers Span has?

      • Matt says:

        Because the only reason to yank Hughes against a lefty is if you think he might give up a HR because he’s tiring. Since Span has almost no power, there wasn’t much of a need to make that move.

        • Get Phelps Up says:

          But Span could also have hit a game tying single…or walked.

          • Matt says:

            Span had not hit the ball out of the infield tonight. Hughes has shut him down.

            Hughes was the better option. He shuts down lefties more than Logan. Girardi had to bring in the lefty just because a lefty was up. Overmanaging at its finest.

            • Get Phelps Up says:

              I can buy that…even though I don’t agree. But why would you reference how many homers Span has?

              • Matt says:

                How many times do I have to say it?

                The only way a lefty will burn Hughes is with the long ball. They are hitting .208 against him with 11 HR this year.

                Span cannot hit a home run. What is he going to do, dink a single? He could do that just as easily against Logan.

                • Get Phelps Up says:

                  You’re basically saying that any lefty that can’t hit for power is no threat against Hughes. That’s just not true.

                  • Matt says:

                    That’s not what I said.

                    If Hughes leaks a ball out over the plate, and the guy has power, you could be in big trouble. But if not, the game is probably not going to be worse than tied up.

                    Since Hughes has totally dominated lefty batters this season, there is no reason to yank him for a guy who lefties hit better.

                    • Get Phelps Up says:

                      “That’s not what I said.”

                      You said: “The only way a lefty will burn Hughes is with the long ball.”

                    • Matt says:

                      A dinky single is not going to necessarily lose them the game. The only way you get really burned for leaving Hughes in is if his fatigue leads to him giving up a big fly.

                      Stop nitpicking at the phrasing. You know exactly what I meant. I’m not writing a published paper.

                      Span has no platoon split. In fact, he has a higher batting average against lefties than righties.

                    • Get Phelps Up says:

                      You realize that you’d be saying the exact opposite if Hughes had stayed in and given up the lead, right?

                    • Matt says:

                      I definitely would not have been saying that. I said before he even threw one pitch that it was the wrong move to take him out.

                      It doesn’t matter if it worked out or not. It was still the WRONG MOVE. The outcome does not change whether the decision was made on sound logic.

                      I’d be upset if Hughes blew it, but I would have blamed Hughes more because it would be his responsibility to pitch well once the CORRECT DECISION was made.

                    • Get Phelps Up says:

                      Yes you would, because all you do on here is second guess Girardi’s moves that back fire.

                    • Matt says:

                      I don’t second guess. I criticize the moves right when they are made. Before the guy even throws a pitch.

                      If you can’t see that, then I can’t help you. Read my first post here. It was made before Logan even threw a single pitch.

                    • Matt says:

                      I don’t understand why you are incapable of seeing the distinction between criticizing the OUTCOME and criticizing the APPROACH.

                      If Girardi brings in Nick Swisher to pitch there and he gets the out, I don’t think anyone would believe he made the right decision. If he brings in Nick Swisher to pitch there and he gives up a grand slam, it’s both the wrong move and a bad outcome.

                      In either case, it’s the WRONG MOVE. All the manager can do is make the moves. He can’t control how the guy pitches. So if he makes the WRONG MOVE, he can certainly be criticized.

                    • Get Phelps Up says:

                      If Girardi brings in Nick Swisher to pitch there and he gets the out, I don’t think anyone would believe he made the right decision. If he brings in Nick Swisher to pitch there and he gives up a grand slam, it’s both the wrong move and a bad outcome.

                      Way to exaggerate.

                      In either case, it’s the WRONG MOVE. All the manager can do is make the moves. He can’t control how the guy pitches. So if he makes the WRONG MOVE, he can certainly be criticized.

                      Taking out Hughes was the right move. Get a fresh arm in there and he hopefully gets the job done. As you said, he can’t control how the guy pitches…

    • Cuso says:

      It most certainly is not an over-manage. Do you know how many pitches Hughes threw in this inning?

      • Matt says:

        Umm, yes it definitely is.

        Hughes just struck out the previous hitter. His fastball still had life on it, and Span has not hit the ball out of the infield tonight.

        Hughes holds lefties to a .208 BAA this year. Span hits lefties better than righties, and lefties hit Logan better than Hughes.

        Let’s see you guys call this a second-guess. I said it before Logan even came in. Lefties hit Logan better than Hughes. Span hits lefties better than righties. Hughes was already getting guys out. Logan is coming in fresh on a new mound.

        Overmanage. Period.

        • Rocky Road Redemption says:

          Totally disagree. Hughes had just put three shitty hitters on base, and he’s known to slow down later in the game. When there’s two outs and you have a lefty in the pen, use him.

          That we’re actually blaming this on Girardi is really a joke.

        • Mike Axisa says:

          Hughes would have walked in a run if Florimon had a shred of plate discipline. That strikeout was more on the hitter than Hughes.

          • Matt says:

            So what? He had no problem throwing strikes to every other hitter in the inning. He missed with a few close pitches, but he still had enough life on his fastball to get the swinging strikes even in a hitter’s count.

            Hughes holds lefties to a lower BAA than Logan. If you are going to take him out to match up, you go to someone like Rapada if you want a lefty (.190 BAA), or you go straight to Robertson for 1 extra out.

            Logan was the worst option of those 4.

      • CubanC says:

        It most certainly was overmanaging. Even if you think Hughes is finished there is absolutely no reason to bring in Logan. Joba needs to come in there. Span has been hitting lefties better this year (not to mention he historically hits lefties better). That’s on Girardi for not knowing that. What the hell kind of information is in that binder anyway? I won’t even get into the fact that Girardi is too stupid to use one of his best relievers in that situation (most, if not all managers are too stupid to do this).

    • Hughes was also flying open a lot though. If you go back and look at the AB to Floremon early in the count Russ called for the fast ball in and both times they sailed high and away from the lefty. Span is very good at knocking that the other way.

    • Matt says:

      Look. The move made no freaking sense.

      He wanted to get ONE out from Logan, and then he was going to Robertson anyway in the next inning.

      If he wanted to match up against a lefty hitter, why would he bring in Logan? Besides the fact that he is a lefty, both Hughes AND Rapada have lower BAA for LHB than Logan. In fact, David Robertson holds lefties to a lower BAA than Logan. As well as Soriano.

      That was one of the most pointless moves Girardi made this year. Logan is like his 4th best reliever against lefties, and not even as good as the guy already in the game who had barely had to work to get to that point, even with the long inning.

      • CubanC says:

        Like it or not, this dude is right. Even if you think Hughes needs to come out (and sure maybe he needed to come out) you absolutely cannot bring in Logan there. You’re playing to Span’s strength It’s that simple. You bring in Robertson or even Joba.

  165. Jesus.

    That took all of one pitch to create a hellish situation.

  166. Pat D says:

    Martin giveth, Martin taketh…

  167. Need Pitching & Hitting says:

    WTF Martin?
    You just gave back your insurance run.

  168. Anthony says:

    oh jeez. c’mon now guys.

  169. Chilango says:

    Well that worked out great huh. Fuck

  170. The Troll Monger says:

    Shave that terrible monstrosity above your upper lip Phil. Please and thank you. Great job, hope the pen keeps it here!

  171. Hummingbird S. says:

    Martin gives back his HR.. this is some shitty work from D-first catcher

  172. Rocky Road Redemption says:

    Oh come fucking on Russ. After a fucking HR too.

  173. Plouffe feminine spray says:

    I hate martin.
    Posada was a better catcher with head trama.

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

    Wow. A pitch at the ol’ Reeboks is called a strike.

  175. Nice Scheister says:

    Wow. Phil should’ve been given the opportunity to get out of this jam.

  176. The Real Greg says:

    I don’t like the move, but I do get it.

    Hughes has burned Girardi with the slow hook before, multiple times this season.

  177. Cy Pettitte says:

    un fucking real.

  178. Way to go Boone Logan.

    Way to fucking go.

  179. Pat D says:

    Man, fuck you, Logan.

  180. Rich in NJ says:

    Freakin’ A…

  181. Need Pitching & Hitting says:

    Fucking Logan.

  182. Anthony says:

    Take advantage of an Orioles loss? Nahhhhhhhhhhhhhhh.

  183. Rocky Road Redemption says:

    Unbelievable that in the end the box score will show that Hughes pitched a bad game and got a loss if this score holds up.

  184. Hummingbird S. says:

    LOOGY that can’t retire lefties… amazing. Great job by Phil, Boone and Russ to blow this lead.

  185. Plouffe feminine spray says:

    Fu girardi this is your loss by keeping your boy in instead of getting the game.

  186. The Real Greg says:

    Girardi’s going to answer for it, but I do get what he was trying to avoid there.

    Luckily the Orioles have lost so this game has smaller significance

  187. Joe F says:

    Thrown a Loogy.

  188. Pete says:

    Well, you just knew as soon as they announced the Orioles score that things would go south on our end. Let’s face it, folks – we’re going down to the wire and the Red Sox will try to wreck our whole season…

  189. Ethan says:

    I really really dislike girardi.

  190. This Twins team is fucking awful, especially so at home (29-47).

    And suddenly they’ve taken the lead. All three runs with two outs. This team better have some rally up their sleeve in these last two innings.

  191. EDDARD says:

    Girardi just cost us a chance to essentially clinch the division.

  192. Rocky Road Redemption says:

    I love when people get extra annoyed when we “don’t take advantage of an Orioles loss”. What would you prefer, we lose when they win?

  193. The Real Greg says:

    Girardi has left Hughes in to disastrous consequences before, especially against the Orioles in a few games.

  194. Rocky Road Redemption says:

    I am totally with Joe on the Logan decision.

    • The Real Greg says:

      So am I. I’ve seen Hughes burn Girardi multiple times this season when he has left him in and he has give up a ton of runs.

      • Ethan says:

        I’ve seen logan do what he just did quite a lot this season too…

      • CubanC says:

        The issue is not with taking out Hughes. That’s fine. The issue is with bringing in shitty Logan to get a batter that hits lefties better than righties. Not to mention Girardi had better relievers to bring to get him that one out. Those decisions are on Girardi and his own stupidity.

  195. Anthony says:

    Offense better show up next inning.

  196. Pat D says:

    Larry Rothschild stalks to the mound, pistol concealed in his hoodie, ready to put down Logan permanently…

  197. Cy Pettitte says:

    Did Joe even look at the binder?

    Span vs. LHP: .301/.378/.363.
    Span vs. RHP: .284/.333/.412

  198. Hummingbird S. says:

    everytime I watch Boone Logan fail to put lefties away I remember that ridiculous article that claimed Logan was a relief ace.

  199. The Real Greg says:

    Stop blaming Girardi. He’s not pitching out there. Logan failed him.

  200. Karl Krawfid says:

    Another game down the stretch that Joe G might cost us.

  201. Plouffe feminine spray says:

    No joba should have faced the 8-9 hitters on the twins before it blew up

  202. Chilango says:

    Taking out Hughes was the right call. Russ and Logan just fucked up. It’s that simple.

  203. Phil Hughes' Molestache says:

    The power of the ‘stache is no good from the bench.

  204. BENICIO DEL TORO says:

    Fuck Boone Logan….piece of crap

  205. Pete says:

    Aw hell, load em up again and bring in Joba for the salami.

  206. JMK says:

    Jesus, Logan is such a mess. I understand what Girardi was doing replacing Phil. But I disagree with it for two primary reasons – Span is better against lefties than righties; and Phil is better against lefties. Beyond that, it looked like Phil was regaining some gusto with the previous strikeout.

    C’est la vie.

  207. Cy Pettitte says:

    this is fucking ridiculous.

  208. Need Pitching & Hitting says:

    Fuck Boone Logan.

  209. mt says:

    Even though Logan gave it up Phil Hughes has disintegrated so quickly at different times this year that I would not want him facing Span.

    Span hits lefties and Hughes gets lefties out but I did not like that long at batagainst Hughes ending in a walk to Plouffe. Logan just imploded. With so many appearances this year he might be gassed.

    Biggest problem is that we did not punish Esmerling Vasquez for 5 or so runs.

  210. Karl Krawfid says:

    Fuck you Joe.

    Overrated ass.

  211. Boone Logan really fucked the Yankees over tonight.

    Hope the Orioles send him a nice thank you card.

  212. Chilango says:

    This is the sabermetric definition of CHOKE

  213. Plouffe feminine spray says:

    Well maybe we see aardsma in garbage time
    Joba must have farted in his office.

  214. Pat D says:

    Now Joe ignores the binder with Morneau up.

  215. Anthony says:

    Hmm…staying with Logan huh? Well, at least the game is interesting now. Expect massive RISPfail when we get up.

  216. Tom says:

    Managing by numbers. The Logan move is just typical Girardi platooning for dummies, AGAIN.

    Look at the splits every once in a while Joe. Hughes is BETTER against lefties, so if you thought he was tiring, why let him face the righty Florimon.

    And hey, let’s look at Span splits – neutral this year, and BETTER against lefties over the last 3 years.

    Joe needs to look at more than the box the batter steps in and what hand the pitcher throws with.

  217. Leg-End says:

    I’ve used up my Logan patience allowance in this inning.

  218. Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan says:

    Every time Rothschild visits the mount something bad happens. He can go too.

  219. Nice Scheister says:

    Great job Joe! Phil was dealing all night, got squeezed in the zone this entire inning and still managed to get two outs. Fucken Logan. Terrible call Joe, I’d second guess even if he got out of the jam. If Joe doesn’t have confidence in Phil with 99 pitches after a WHIP around 1 for a game against the damn Twins with a two run lead, he shouldn’t start a damn post season game, he wouldn’t have taken the other starting pitchers out at 6.2IP with the game he was having. Wow.

    • The Real Greg says:

      You obviously dont remember the times when Joe has been burned by the slow hook.

      • Nice Scheister says:

        I remember, but those were different Phil had given up four hits prior to this inning, got squeezed and gave up some dinky hits. No real hard contact. IMO, he should have stuck with Phil for one more batter.

  220. BENICIO DEL TORO says:

    Oh my god. What a fucking scrub

  221. The Real Greg says:

    Oh well. Orioles lost and the magic number has gone down.

  222. Celerino Sanchez says:

    Hell…I like Girardi and I know Logan has been good this year but why the f*ck did Hughes have to come out at 99 pitches right after a strike out?

  223. Robinson Tilapia says:

    I was gone for about a half hour. 1 ER for Hughes. Who fucked up?

    • Pat D says:

      You did by not watching, obviously.

      Duh. Can’t even believe you’d admit it.

      • Robinson Tilapia says:

        I took an inning off to work on some of my music stuff. Thought the lead was safe.

        Looks like Hughes got into a jam, then Logan came in and threw a WP AND a passed ball. Glad I missed that, actually.

        5 more outs. Chance to go 2 1/2 ahead. This is going to be a hell of a missed opportunity. Thanks, Boone.

    • Hughes, he loaded the bases.
      Joe, he took Hughes out after getting a huge K.
      Logan, he allowed 3 runs to score (1 on a wild pitch/passed ball then 2 on a double to Span.

  224. I understand both sides of the argument…but it comes down to Hughes’ numbers vs LHH, and Span’s numbers vs LHP. It’s clear that if Hughes had enough in the tank to get Span (at 99 pitches I think he did) Girardi should’ve trusted him to do it.

  225. The Real Greg says:

    So if Phil Hughes stays in and gives up a hit, guess what’s going to be said on here?

    “STUPID GIRARDI! WHY DIDN’T HE TAKE HUGHES OUT!”

    The man can’t win.

  226. Bruce says:

    Every game matters. There’s no such thing as diminished importance at this point.

  227. JMK says:

    I sometimes wonder if Girardi manages so rigidly by the book just to fuck with us.

  228. Rocky Road Redemption says:

    I can’t believe we’re actually trying to pin this on Girardi. Amazing the lengths people will go to attack their favorite scapegoat.

  229. BENICIO DEL TORO says:

    Wish Logan had taken the team out to dinner…before he fucked them

  230. Bruce says:

    But Logan is spent, pure and simple. I don’t blame him. I’m ain’t visions of Joe T here.

  231. bring buck back says:

    Joe Girardi is one of the stupidest people in baseball. He even looks like an ape.

    JOE THERE IS MORE TO STATS THAN WHAT YOU READ ON THE BACK OF A BUBBLEGUM CARD WHEN YOU WERE FIVE YEARS OLD YOU IDIOT

    THERE IS MORE TO STRATEGY THAN LOOGY VS LEFTY

    YOU IDIOT IDIOT IDIOT WE COULD HAVE BEEN UP 2.5

    Anemic offense fails to capitalize on weak pitcher. Lead isn’t big enough. Middle relief blows it, with a little help from Russell “Mr. Defense” Martin and Joe “Mr. Manager” Girardi. Offense quietly surrenders in the 8th and 9th. I have seen this episode before.

  232. Pasqua says:

    Fun fact: Girardi’s binder is 247 pages of “All Hughes and no Boone makes Joe a bad manager,” typed over and over and over again.

  233. Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan says:

    This is Greg’s fault.

    • Robinson Tilapia says:

      Absolutely.

      Although the rest of the idiot squad which came along with him is making this worse rather than better.

      I mean…doesn’t the name “bring buck back” just scream out “don’t bother reading below?”

    • Cy Pettitte says:

      Boone was probably thinking this games means absolutely nothing and the Yankees aren’t winning the world series this year.

  234. Bruce says:

    Come on, Alex. Wtf.

  235. The Real Greg says:

    Now I will say that Girardi should start putting Rapada in front of Logan because Logan has pitched so much.

  236. Bruce says:

    Oh great. Off te ankle.

  237. Bruce says:

    Top of the foot. Ouch.

  238. JMK says:

    At least we’re going quietly in the 8th. No need to build up any anticipation.

  239. Rich in NJ says:

    Come on, Robbie.

  240. OMG! Bagels! says:

    Keep him in. Take him out. No matter what Girardi does, it will be wrong.

    • Tom says:

      It’s about the decision process, not the outcome.

      Good result doesn’t always equal good decision. Similarly bad result doesn’t always equal bad decision. He could stick Lowe in there and he gets an out – that doesn’t mean it’s sound strategy.

      He had a righty on the mound with a reasonable pitch count who’s better against lefties this year (and not exactly getting hit hard, at all. He had a lefty batter up who happens to be neutral this year (no platoon split) and better against lefties the last 3 years.

      This is just poor process – Girardi went with the perceived “safe” move (lefty = lefty) without considering the specifics. Sure some people would still have bitched if Hughes gave up runs, but it would have been the right move/process.

  241. Chilango says:

    How bout that ARod Too bad there is no way to parse his numbers post juice.

  242. CUYanks says:

    You guys don’t understand. I have Glen Perkins on my fantasy team. Yankees will be just fine.

  243. Robinson Tilapia says:

    As always, blaming the manager is just ridiculously stupid. I actually agree with Greg on this, which means that, right after hitting comment, I’m going to be hit by a truck.

    Girardi brought in the reliever to get out of the inning. Seems like it backfired in spectacular fashion. To me, that’s on the person actually throwing the pitches and missing home plate.

    I still, however, blame Girardi for IBB’ing Sean Rodriguez.

    • Robinson Tilapia says:

      “right after hitting ‘submit comment’”

    • jjyank says:

      Yep. But people just like to bitch.

      • Robinson Tilapia says:

        They’re better fans because they’re not homers who blindly defend anything the manager with the childproof binder does…..or at least that’s what makes them feel happy about themselves in the morning.

        • jjyank says:

          The thing is, I don’t think anyone is really defending Girardi. At least I’m not. I’m just blaming Boone Logan for not executing.

          • Robinson Tilapia says:

            You have to immediately point the finger at Girardi. If not, you’re a homer who doesn’t look at the team with the cynical eye and just buys anything sold to them by Cashman/Sterling/Axisa, who have never been seen in the same room together.

    • Rich says:

      So true. I like to blame Girardi for a lot but Logan is on the roster to get a hitter like Span. It was his fault and if he can’t get the lefties out then put Rapada in.

  244. A garbage time blow would really come in handy here.

  245. BigBlueAL says:

    Losing tonight would suck to me not so much for the division but because I want the Yankees to catch Texas. Want no part whatsoever of the Tigers, give me the O’s/A’s instead. Hell Id even take the Rays/Angels instead of the Tigers. OK well dunno about that but if the Wild Card teams stay as the Orioles/A’s Id much rather face one of them instead of the Tigers.

    • JMK says:

      Eh, who cares? Let’s just win the division and get to the playoffs. Or not even. It’s a crapshoot; let’s get there. The rest falls into place.

    • Get Phelps Up says:

      What’s so special about the Tigers?

      • BigBlueAL says:

        I want no part of facing Verlander and Scherzer 3 times in 5 games. Hell we only faced them twice last year and still lost to them. Also not exactly looking forward to facing Cabrera/Fielder.

        • Get Phelps Up says:

          The Tigers have underachieved for the whole year. To each their own, but I would much rather face them than Oakland, Tampa or the Angels.

  246. Cy Pettitte says:

    Time for the Twins to be the Twins and roll over and let us win.

  247. Rocky Road Redemption says:

    I’ll say it again: I love how you guys are acting like it’s especially bad not to capitalize since the O’s lost. What would you rather happen, they lose when the Orioles win?

    It’s ridiculous. Nobody likes losing, we get it, but let’s not act like this is a magical-super-ultra-choke loss.

    • The Real Greg says:

      It’s not. The importance of the possible loss has lessened with the Orioles not being able to handle the Blue Jays.

      In as sense, the Orioles also blew an opportunity to gain ground.

    • CUYanks says:

      If the Yankees’ chances of winning this game are affected by the Orioles’ result, we’ve got problems.

    • Robinson Tilapia says:

      Oh, it’s ridiculous shit from a bunch of childish idiots. Ignore it.

      I will say, though, that not taking advantage of an O’s loss to add some space is a missed opportunity and that, if they lose, losing on Boone spectacularly fucking up like he seems to have to (I had the game turned off that half inning) is the type of loss that hurts for the rest of the night. Combine that with the online frustration control of a five year-old (b-b-but we c-c-c-ome here to vent…), and this is what you get.

    • Mikhel says:

      “you guys are acting like it’s especially bad not to capitalize since the O’s lost”

      That’s what JoeG and everybody in the team were thinking whenever they began to lose with 10 games above the second place (Tampa and then the O’s).

      But there are a lot of fairweather bandwagonners who act like it is no big deal to lose a game they were winning after the O’s already lost.

      Sure, the NYY are almost sure to play in the playoffs even as a wild card, but what you don’t understand is that the wild cards will play a one game “play-in” vs the other wild card.

      You know? a game where the yankees have no leverage, no advantages because they don’t have a clear ace.

  248. Bruce says:

    Now Swish swigs for the fences. Predicting pop up here

  249. Chilango says:

    patience Nick

  250. Bruce says:

    Now I hope he proves me wrong. And my typing gets better.

  251. Mikhel says:

    Maybe today will be the first time the Yankees win a game when reaching the 8th inning losing. Only team in the majors to not win such a game.

  252. Bruce says:

    Nine and oh for the balance off the regular season would be nice.

  253. And Swish goes from 3-1 to the K.

    So much for that.

  254. Rocky Road Redemption says:

    OMG SWISH IS TEH CHOKERZ

  255. Effthisnoise says:

    Ball 4 swish!

  256. Bruce says:

    Wrong way to prove me wrong. Humbug.

  257. Karl Krawfid says:

    Shocking. Swish sitting 3-2 fastball and swings over a change.

  258. Chilango says:

    Everyone knew you were getting the change except you…

  259. Rich in NJ says:

    This game was lost when Kay said in the first inning that he was told that he didn’t have to learn to pronounce Vasquez’s first name because he would be out of the game quickly.

  260. Nice Scheister says:

    If only Nick would’ve pretended it was garbage time.

  261. The Real Greg says:

    And people saying this is costing us the chance to clinch the division are lying and not thinking.

    It’s going to come down to the last weekend.

    Thursday is also a big game because the Orioles are off and we can push the lead up by .5 game.

  262. Chilango says:

    what’s our record against the Twins this year? Didn’t we split with them in April?

  263. JMK says:

    Logan to Lowe. We’ve officially thrown in the towel. Let’s get ‘em tomorrow, boys!

  264. After a full half inning of thought here my order of blame for the bottom of the 7th is as follows:

    1st it’s Logan. If he does his job and gets the lefty, some might say “Joe had a quick hook, but what of it, no harm no foul.”
    2nd it’s Hughes. If he executes his pitches on the walk before Carroll’s infield single, he most likely gets the out there and we aren’t talking about this.
    3rd is Girardi. He should have either gone to a true LOOGY in Rapada or realized that Span has better numbers against LHP or Hughes has better numbers against LHH than Logan.

    • CUYanks says:

      My order is

      1)Logan
      2)Boone
      3)Boone Logan

      • Nice Scheister says:

        On a serious note, my blame game is in this order…
        1. Joe
        2. Phil
        3. Boone
        4. Martin
        5. Umpire
        6. Stuart
        7. Wilfred

        • Tom says:

          1. Offense
          2. Offense
          3. Offense
          4. Logan
          5. Girardi

          10. Hughes

          The Yankees put up 2ER in 6IP against against Vasquez (with a ton of popups and K’s)… if they lose, the failure to put up more than 2ER against an awful pitcher is why they lose.

          They were swinging out of their shoes against crappy pitches after working the count into a favorable spot. The # of terrible 2-0, 2-1, 3-1 and 3-2 hacks against a weak pitcher was the problem.

      • Robinson Tilapia says:

        I actually agree. Sorry, Plouffy.

    • Nice Scheister says:

      Fuck em all! Bring back Posada, Damon, Matsui and Mussina! CLUTCH!!11!!1

    • ArchStanton says:

      Seems rational.

    • Rich says:

      Wait so we get on Girardi for being too loyal to his binder and now we killing him because he should’ve looked at the binder more intently? It’s all Logan, his job is to get a lefty out and he failed three separate times.

      • I personally rarely make fun of Joe’s binder, except when he does things like this (Go to a Lefty just because there’s an opposing lefty regardless of said opponents numbers against lefties) or out of pure fun.

        • Rich says:

          The more I think about it, the more I agree with Girardi. The last time he gave Hughes a chance to get out against Reynolds a few starts back, he got burned and was questioned repeatedly. Now I know it’s different (specifically cause Reynolds hit a HR in the AB before),Span is a professional hitter and he delivered. Logan f’d this game up bad. But we win tomorrow and Thursday, we have at least a two game lead with 6 to play

          • Yeah, this is one of those situations where it’s a lose lose. If he leaves Hughes in and Span pokes on of those high fastballs the other way Girardi get’s hammered, and if he goes to Logan and Logan gives up the hit he gets hammered w/ all the reverse splits that I referenced. At the end of the day it’s really Logan’s fault more than anybody.

    • Rocky Road Redemption says:

      True that.

  265. Cy Pettitte says:

    small sample but Ibanez and Grandy actually have very good numbers against Perkins.

  266. Plouffe feminine spray says:

    Joba gets carrol and the 9 guy and yanks win. Fuck the binder and girardi for not trusting joba

  267. Rich in NJ says:

    Nice dive.

  268. Pat D says:

    Sigh. Should this hold, a loss tomorrow is completely unacceptable. This is practically unacceptable.

    • CUYanks says:

      A win tomorrow and we’ll be just fine. Unfortunately it’s difficult to win every game. Fortunately, we won’t have to and we only have a handful of games remaining.

  269. Rich says:

    Has Granderson turn into our smaller more athletic version of Adam Dunn? Btw, great show by our wonderful offense I hope tomorrow’s starter doesn’t throw a change-up or we are dead

  270. Rich in NJ says:

    Come on, Raul.

  271. Can’t touch this soft-tossing bastard.

  272. Plouffe feminine spray says:

    Jones up now to strike out

  273. JMK says:

    Ah, at least we have Andruw Jones up.

  274. Oh, too bad there were no baserunners.

  275. Plouffe feminine spray says:

    Gave that game away

  276. Get Phelps Up says:

    Andruw contributing!

  277. Matt says:

    Everyone talks about Joe and his binder.

    The problem is, he doesn’t even use his binder. He just goes based on a set of mechanical rules about how pitching moves should be made.

    A lefty is at the plate, so a lefty has to be on the mound. A righty is at the plate, so a righty has to be on the mound. The only exception to the rule is when the 8th and 9th inning come along, in which case is required by law to go to his 8th and 9th inning guys.

    Girardi does not do anything innovative. He does exactly what everyone expects him to do, which often is the wrong move.

    • Robinson Tilapia says:

      “Everyone” doesn’t talk about the ridiculous “binder” meme. Only the suffragettes who think they can do a better job from their couches.

    • ArchStanton says:

      Very true. Although he will cite the binder when small sample sizes apply for whatever reason.

    • Evan3457 says:

      Actually, he almost certainly DID use the binder.

      Before tonight’s game, lifetime:

      Hughes vs. Span 4-9 with a BB
      Logan vs. Span 0-5 with a BB

      And it’s a situation where a single ties the game, a double probably gives the Twins a lead.

      Against this, you have Span’s slight reverse platoon (but with more power vs. righties, even though the BAVG is .017 lower) and Phil’s much larger reverse platoon.

      Against that, you have Phil throwing 26 pitches in the inning before Span bats, and his propensity to blow up with the big HR or EBH at the crucial moment.

      I think Joe decision was fair under the circumstance. It blew up spectacularly. That’s all.

  278. Rocky Road Redemption says:

    Fuck Boone. Fucking no tied game anyway.

  279. Rich in NJ says:

    Andruw intent on following Ibanez’s late season hot streak, even if it’s short.

  280. Anthony says:

    I literally just spit my dinner out… Andruw Jones, lmfao. If we win this I will never utter a bad word about him again.

  281. Chilango says:

    Of course. It has to be a one run game.

  282. Robinson Tilapia says:

    I’m going to assume the blog will now go quiet while 3/4 of you go suck on Andruw Jones’s nuts.

  283. ArchStanton says:

    He’s alive!

  284. YanksFanInBeantown says:

    That wasn’t a popup or a strikeout.

    Who is this guy and what has he done with Andruw Jones?

  285. Rich in NJ says:

    I hate calling tiny sample sizes meaningful.

  286. JMK says:

    Anyone ever been to a Perkin’s? I get the sense it’s an even more low-rent version of Sonic.

    • ArchStanton says:

      More like a Village Inn or an IHOP.

      • JMK says:

        Ugh, I don’t understand the love for iHop. It’s like buttermilk syphilis in a griddle.

        • ArchStanton says:

          Yeah, I’m not a fan either. Last time we went we were the only people eating there (can only imagine why :) ) and still we couldn’t get service. Which is fine with me, because we left and now my wife will never go back!

        • you sir are…just wrong. On so many levels. iHOP has THE BEST chocolate chip pancakes i’ve ever had in my life. This is coming from somebody who is 23 in 5 days and is willing to admit to a room full of people that chocolate chip pancakes are my favorite breakfast food of all time.

          • JMK says:

            The big 23? You make it sound like you’re a greybeard! I’m not a food snob, but I think it’s substandard food with even worse service. Most towns in the tri-state area have 2-3 places with better breakfast options.

    • Robinson Tilapia says:

      Perkins? Maybe a low-rent Denny’s, but there used to be quite a few of them down south.

      • Rocky Road Redemption says:

        Yeah, exactly. It’s a low rent breakfast place.

        I despise Sonics.My “chicken sandwich” there was the chicken tenders placed in between stale buns. I know, I’ve gotten the chicken tenders before.

        • Pat D says:

          It’s better than either Sonic or Denny’s.

          • Robinson Tilapia says:

            I remember good muffins. Then again, I have fond memories of Mother Butler Pies from Denny’s.

            Last time I was in a Denny’s was in the boonies of Arizona about three years back. Either that was a bad Denny’s or I ingested some really bad food when I was in high school.

          • Rocky Road Redemption says:

            I’ve been to Perkins, and it isn’t awful. ANYTHING but Sonic though. Ugh.

  287. 3-3 vs. Minnesota this year.

    Given how horrible that team is, that’s a brutal record to have.

  288. Get Phelps Up says:

    Whatever.

    We win tomorrow.

  289. Anthony says:

    Capitalize on the O’s loss? Naaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah.

  290. Effthisnoise says:

    Lost a chance to capitalize against a shit team and scrub pitcher. Bullpen is garbage given up crooked numbers consistently.

  291. Pat D says:

    Even when Jones helps, he doesn’t.

  292. The Real Greg says:

    Would everyone shut up about capitalizing?

    I was told that all of these games are equal.

    • Pat D says:

      I prefer that people use proper capitalization, actually.

    • Matt says:

      Honestly, I don’t know anymore if you are playing dumb, or whether you really are this dumb. Almost nobody could believe the things that are written in your posts most of the time.

      The games certainly don’t count the same. It’s simple conditional probability. With fewer games left in the season, the chance of making the playoffs or winning the division at the end of each day is affected more by each win or loss.

      At the end of the season, looking back, yes, they all count equally. But when you lose a game with only 8 other games left in the season, you don’t have as much of an opportunity to make up for it.

      • JMK says:

        Fuck math, logic and probability. I’m just going to wing it – Yankees lost so their magic number increased and the O’s are now in the lead because by the transitive property of this being a tough loss, it counts more.

      • Matt says:

        Just look at Coolstandings if you don’t believe me.

        Yesterday, they had pegged the Central Division race at 2/3 CHW and 1/3 Detroit. After today’s win for Det and loss for CHW, they peg it at 52 CHW/42 DET.

        I can pick out any other day from the season in which the White Sox lost and the Tigers won, and it probably did not affect the division race probabilities by that much.

        • CUYanks says:

          You might notice then that our chance of winning the division has most likely increased after the events of today, with both teams losing.

  293. jjyank says:

    Ah well. Get ‘em tomorrow.

  294. ArchStanton says:

    I’m trying to figure out if Nix was the best option at that time. I think I would’ve pinch hit with McGehee there, not that it mattered. But he might have run into one like Jones.

    One thing about this Yankees team- they refuse to make it easy on themselves. Whether it’s adding on a couple of easy tack-on runs to take some stress off of the pen in a close game or picking up a game tonight on Baltimore, they want to take the long way. Hoping for a strong CC tomorrow.

  295. Robinson Tilapia says:

    Peace out. Nick Drake on the jukebox tonight. Your waitresses are all completely strung out. Nothing but stale Icehouse leftover from ’94 on tap.

  296. CUYanks says:

    Still, another day off the schedule, multiple games separating the Yankees from the Orioles in the loss column (did not lose any ground). Net win for the Yankees. Like our chances of doing a similar thing tomorrow with CC on the mound vs these twins.

    • Laz says:

      Yep, Magic # still went down, can still lose 1 game even if balt wins the rest. The Rays are 3 down from the O’s in losses, that last series will be exciting.

  297. Get Phelps Up says:

    I do look forward to stuart a’s thoughts on this one, however.

  298. Karl Krawfid says:

    Phil Hughes has been pitching since 2007 and Ivan sorry ass Nova seems to have a bigger leash than him.

    If he isn’t allowed to get out of a jam against the Twins, he needs to be traded in the off season.

  299. Chilango says:

    A very Yankee-like defeat. Can’t hit a 2d rate pitcher, followed by tremendous penFAIL and a passed ball thrown in for good measure. Lose by a run.

  300. Zack says:

    Hughes should have been left in to try and handle his own mess. Poor,poor managing by Girardi

  301. JMK says:

    I really can’t stand the sound of Russ Salzberg’s voice. It’s grating, whiny and garbled all at the same time. It helps that he never seems to know what he’s talking about.

  302. CUYanks says:

    Silver Lining: who doesn’t love Mickey Mantle? He deserves at least half a day.

  303. forensic says:

    Title of tonight’s recap should be “The Blame Game”.

    Sections on Hughes, Logan, and the offense, with some Girardi mixed in on all of them.

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