Sep
25

Game 154: Single digits

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(Hannah Foslien/Getty)

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.

Categories : Game Threads
  • Get Phelps Up

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

    • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

      Dammit. Beat me to it by a matter of seconds haha

      • Robinson Tilapia

        That’s a hell of a lot of ground to cover in the outfield.

        • RkyMtnYank

          The Darklord has the ability to teleport from one side of the outfield to the other.

          • Rocky Road Redemption

            C’mon, everybody knows wizards don’t teleport. They apparate. Terminology, dude, terminology.

            • jjyank

              Could use that Floo Powder too!

              • vicki

                ‘sup, virgins.

                • Robinson Tilapia

                  +10,000,000……..galleons.

                • jjyank

                  Erm. No.

                  • Robinson Tilapia

                    She meant “Shake Shack Virgin.”

                  • vicki

                    just a little low-hanging fruit.

                    all my nerd friends get laid.

              • Rocky Road Redemption

                Perhaps he could ride a hippogriff.

            • RkyMtnYank

              Guess he could always fly too but not sure they’d let him use a broom. I was actually looking for some old boot or hat or something in the outfield as the portal.

              • Rocky Road Redemption

                PortKEY, man, portKEY!

                We Harry Potter ultra-fans take shit like this more seriously than normal people would want to admit. Luckily, I have no shame.

  • Nick

    Pirates are such a joke right now. really sad

  • Darren

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

    • Nick

      they have all been must win for a long time now

  • Nice Scheister

    IBANEZ! Gonna tear it up tonight!!

  • Rocky Road Redemption

    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.

    • Rocky Road Redemption

      Hey! Why did they take out Raul for Ichiro!

      Oh well, at least Raul is still playing.

      • Nice Scheister

        Bullskeet Malarkey! Raul was gonna dominate in the two hole, straight pound some balls.

  • dkidd

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

    • Nice Scheister

      So you want to be a hero?

    • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

      Moderately known fact: Roger Clemens was “Skidmark” in Kingpin

  • RetroRob

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

    • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

      I was hoping for Steve Sax

      • RetroRob

        If it is, I’ll warn the virtual sitting behind firstbase.

        • Robinson Tilapia

          RAB Instapoll: How many people got that joke?

          *retreats into corner with Rob and cries*

      • dkidd

        poosh em up tony!

  • jjyank

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

  • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

    Ichiro Ibanez

    It’s in the “I’s “

    • RetroRob

      I have more faith Ichiro could cover RF to LF than Ibanez!

  • vicki

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

    • RetroRob

      Nellie?

      • vicki

        jeff nelson!

        • RetroRob

          That would have been my guess, yet I wasn’t aware he’s ever broadcast a baseball game, although I know he is a guest on radio shows. There’s always a first time!

          • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

            He’s a cohost on radio shows, not a guest.

            He’s called a Mariners game or two as a fill-in too.

            • RetroRob

              I haven’t heard him cohosting, but I have heard him as a call-in guest a couple of times. I guess this is another step in expanding his post-bb career.

          • vicki

            i like his style, light on bullshit. he was good with joe in the manager’s report and had a nice little talk with russ pregame.

            the suzyn-hating radio onlies will be thrilled.

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

          Thank you! I was just thinking HOLY FUCK WHO IS THIS GUY WHO IS TALKING INSTEAD OF SUZYN DURING THE LINE UP AND PITCHING MATCH UP?!

          • WhittakerWalt

            Does Jeff Nelson have any feelings about Cole Porter vs. Gilbert & Sullivan?

    • Pat D

      Nellie?

  • CUYanks

    2-0 Jays in the 4th.

    • Cy Pettitte

      tonight Aaron Laffey tries to attain True Yankee status

      • Robinson Tilapia

        Embedded Yankees everywhere!

    • vicki

      bj’s having some pride. could teach boston a little something about that.

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

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

    • Pat D

      The grass is always greener, my son.

    • Rocky Road Redemption

      OH MY GAWD IT’S RAWGER CLEMENS SITTING IN THE BOOTH WITH GEORGE STEINBRENNER!!!!

      • Pat D

        Too bad JR wasn’t announcing that day.

        Good Gawd, that’s Roger Clemens’ music!!

    • jjyank

      Why aren’t you in Minnesota?

      • Pat D

        I thought this was where you wanted him.

        • jjyank

          I just felt bad he was dusting the whole time.

          • Robinson Tilapia

            So much FIP to regain tonight.

  • nsalem

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

    • Robinson Tilapia

      Adding the ages up actually makes it lose its impact…..at least that’s what I think.

      • Hummingbird S.

        average of 38 per player, that’s insane actually.

      • nsalem

        The Twins first three hitters 81years old

      • RetroRob

        Let me get out my abacus and see if that’s correct.

        • nsalem

          Averageage of Yankee starting lineup tonight is 33.8

  • Hummingbird S.

    Alex is terrible right now.

    • Pat D

      Well there is no pleasing you.

      • Hummingbird S.

        There are plenty of things that will please me. Watching Alex recently is definitely not one of them.

        • Pat D

          He had five hits between Friday and Saturday’s games.

  • Robinson Tilapia

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

  • Andruw’s Smile

    One time, Esmerling Vasquez committed a walkoff balk #EsmerlingVasquezFacts

    • Robinson Tilapia

      Esmerling Vazquez once laughed at hearing the name “Esmerling” before realizing they were talking to him.

  • OMG! Bagels!

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

  • Joe

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

    • jjyank

      8 PM start. By the way, which Joe is this?

      • Joe

        New Joe. Why?

        • jjyank

          There was another Joe last night who kind of seemed like a tool.

          • Joe

            I wasn’t in here last night much. I said LETS GO PETTITTE. An that’s it.

            Should I change my name?

            • jjyank

              At least a slight tweek to make it more unique. I’d imagine you or whoever that guy was won’t be the last to roll with just “Joe” as a handle.

              • Joe

                Will do that now. Also what does Pat mean below?

                • jjyank

                  I don’t really know. I’ve only been commenting on RAB for roughly a year or so, I was just a lurker/article reader only before then.

                • Pat D

                  In the past, most people who post with a handle of only a male first name, tended to be stupid or trolls.

                  • jjyank

                    Gotcha. And that’s still true in some instances.

                    • Pat D

                      Indeed it is. Luckily I’ve always posted as “Pat D,” so even when I used to make stupid comments, I never got ridiculed for that.

                    • Joe F

                      Okay last name initial FTW.

              • Joe

                Test.

            • Pat D

              Probably.

              There’s also a running joke/meme, or at least used to be, about “first name only male” handle names.

        • Pat D

          That doesn’t help.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      8:05 start. You’re not crazy.

      • Pat D

        8:10 start.

        • jjyank

          OH SNAP!

  • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

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

  • Plouffe feminine spray

    Flyball phil in a big park
    No worries

  • dkidd

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

    • nsalem

      I think so. They have an easier schedule. Angels do face The King twice though

  • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

    Hughes has dirty ‘stache going on

  • Chilango

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

  • Plouffe feminine spray

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

    • nsalem

      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.

      • nsalem

        meant game 162

  • jjyank

    Is Phil growing a mustache?

    • Pat D

      Looks like he might be. I wouldn’t advise it.

      • jjyank

        Me either. Doesn’t look like it projects to be a particularly attractive finished product.

        • Pat D

          Doesn’t even look like it would be acceptable as a pornstache.

          • Nice Scheister

            It’s terrible. Awful!

            • jjyank

              CRIMINAL!

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

                Long live this meme.

          • vicki

            giambi-esque.

    • Joe F

      GO PHIL. Grow it. I’m growing my first goatee this month!

      • vicki

        just a girl’s perspective: don’t.

        • Joe F

          Thing is the girl I like doesn’t want a BF and I don’t like anyone else. Friend zoned for life.

          SO GOATEE LIVES.

  • Hummingbird S.

    nice play by Alex

    • RetroRob

      There’s no pleasing you.

      Oh, wait.

  • Plouffe feminine spray

    Phil has a chocolate milk stashe lol

  • Plouffe feminine spray

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

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

      I was really disappointed the new Stadium didn’t come with a CF camera. Seemed like an obvious move to make.

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

      …I’m not sure I approve of this…

      • Pat D

        Time to take out a TV ad.

  • RetroRob

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

    • vicki

      hey, it ain’t easy holding on to those one-run leads every time felix comes up in the rotation.

  • Hummingbird S.

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

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

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

    • jjyank

      Hahaha. I’m sure you are. I just felt like the word “mediocre” meshed better with my Plouffe joke.

      I hope you enjoyed reading through all that.

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

        I did, I never realized how well liked I was on here until I couldn’t post for an entire night.

        • jjyank

          The missed opportunity for Plouffe jokes aided that a bit :P

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

            I’m just wondering who Poluffe feminine spray is.

            • jjyank

              A fellow comrade in arms?

  • 1995

    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.

    • Joe F

      The year I was born.

      • jjyank

        Dude you make me feel old! Even my little brother’s got 3 years on you.

        • Joe F

          Soon I’ll be saying that to young posters somewhere.

          • jjyank

            Man, so you never really got to enjoy the late 90′s dynasty teams, huh? I was real young, but my baseball consciousness/fandom began around 1995 (I was 7). So I had a pretty awesome into to Yankee baseball :)

            • jjyank

              *intro

            • Joe F

              And I missed out on the Cowboys Super Bowls.

              But 2003 was my first real year as a fan. I watching games regularly. I remember 2000, but vaguely. 2003 was a fun year too. Aside from the WS loss.

          • Robinson Tilapia

            http://www.yogabbagabbaboards.com?

            I kid. Really, I do. You’re awesome, Joe.

            • Joe F

              Hahahahahah that’s great!

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

          this.

    • 1995

      Sterling just ignoring the game completely and reminiscing with Nelson about 1995 ALDS.

  • Get Phelps Up

    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.

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

      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

        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.

  • Plouffe feminine spray

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

    • Get Phelps Up

      October 4.

    • Pat D

      Probably next Thursday.

  • Chilango

    Jays 1st and 2d no outs top 7th

    • Tom

      so they are setup for a triple play?

  • Plouffe feminine spray

    Plouffed out.

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

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

    • Jamey Carroll

      Get in. I’ve got “candy”.

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

        Haha, jj you are the king of changing handles for humor.

        • jjyank

          That obvious, huh?

  • Joe F

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

    • Pat D

      It looks a tad more readable.

      • Joe F

        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.

  • Joe F

    UUUUUSE.

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

      So is this Joe going to Rutgers or douchebag Joe who called everybody a “f’ing loser” last night?

      • jjyank

        We established this further up in the thread. This is good Joe, not troll Joe.

      • Joe F

        Attempting to go to RU Joe.

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

          You’ll get in.

          • Joe F

            Hey, thanks man. I appreciate that.

  • Get Phelps Up

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

  • Plouffe feminine spray

    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

    • Get Phelps Up

      We won’t have to worry about the WC game.

  • RkyMtnYank

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

  • Tom

    Luis Ayala doing what he does best:

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

    4-0 Jays

  • Hummingbird S.

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

    • Reverse Mormon

      Fitting. Neither is Arod.

    • Reverse Mormon

      Fitting. Neither is Arod.

      • Reverse Mormon

        It’s so true I had to say it twice.

  • Cy Pettitte

    great inning guys

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

    raise…parades…rbi…

  • WhittakerWalt

    Jeez, ARod’s on a strikeout tear.

  • jjyank

    Ah balls.

  • bring buck back

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

  • http://www.g6tec.com Jedile

    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.

    • Joe F

      Vlad too!

      • http://www.g6tec.com Jedile

        Yes Big Daddy Vladdy also!

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

    Hughes w/ a sub 4 ERA again!!

    • Tom

      Didn’t you jinx it last time? (or was that someone else?)

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

        There are a few people on here that Hughes jinxes himself, he gets under 4 just to get back over it. I personally think he’ll finish below 4.

        • Joe F

          Road Philthy jinxes himself for sure.

  • Pat D

    ARod bashing.

    RAB commenters’ favorite game.

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

      Are you kidding? I suggested a raise, and a parade!!!

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

          SO MUCH WIN.

        • jjyank

          Hahaha +100000

          • Pat D

            Red vs Blue was so funny for the first few years. Then it lost me when it seemed they were more interested in animating action sequences instead of being funny. Haven’t watched anything new in a few years.

    • Get Phelps Up

      Stuart a-fever.

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

    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.

    • Pat D

      I know this all too well.

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

        Me too…which is why I said something.

    • jjyank

      Indeed it is.

      I am currently trying to get out of the “friendly banter with customer” zone. Hoping that one’s more doable :P

      • Pat D

        I’ve always felt that was a hard thing to do.

        • jjyank

          Probably. I got my work cut out for me because I don’t know her name, she always makes deposits for the company she works for. But she’s really hot, very friendly/borderline flirty, and always comes to my window as opposed to my coworkers’ windows.

          • Robinson Tilapia

            I was on the other end of that, as customer, many moons ago. Didn’t work…..probably because she was engaged.

            • jjyank

              Heh. Well I have no idea what he status is, but she looks young enough to not be married anyways.

          • Pat D

            How many times has she come in?

            • jjyank

              Anywhere between 1-3 times a week for the last couple months.

              • Pat D

                Hmm. You might have a shot.

      • Joe F

        Different schools too. Never see each other. Just phone.

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

      Also, have fun w/ your facial hair. College is the best time to do it, because every body else is. I still play no shave November every year lol.

      • Joe F

        I did the Swish burns last week. Didn’t want to mix it with the goatee, so they’re gone.

    • Joe F

      Nah she’s a good friend. I’ll just deal with it until schools over.

  • nsalem

    Mattingly

    • vicki

      i think the question read ‘hall of famer.’ i’d like donnie to make it someday, but he’s not there now…

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

    GARBAGE TIME (the best time)

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

      also leave for the bus time….adios mofo’s

  • Cy Pettitte

    Swish! aww yea.

  • Joe F

    SWISHER!

  • Plouffe feminine spray

    Swished

  • Get Phelps Up

    Garbage. Time.

  • Hummingbird S.

    SWISH!!

  • Anthony

    Swish!

  • Need Pitching & Hitting

    Garbage Time again.

  • Tom

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

  • nsalem

    At least he’s clutch in a pennant race

    • Chilango

      Which is surprising since he’s career .230/.336 in sept

    • Joe F

      Teh clutch?

  • WhittakerWalt

    More garbage time!

  • jjyank

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

    • Get Phelps Up

      My fantasy season ended when he was sucking. :(

      • jjyank

        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

          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

            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.

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

              I had the first overall pick in two of my three leagues, and took Tulo both times. Figured Tulo + 2nd round 1B was better than Cabrera + 2B round SS.

              • jjyank

                Probably. The short stop situation worked out well for me though, thanks to Ian Desmond’s break out.

                • Get Phelps Up

                  Starlin Castro kinda burned me at SS, but I got great help from Jose Altuve at 2B. Also, my top 2 drafted pitchers were Halladay and Mo.

                  • jjyank

                    I got burned on pitching. Top drafted pitcher was Haren, and top drafted closer was Madson.

                    Thank goodness for Bumgarner and Zimermann.

                    • jjyank

                      And for closers…thank goodness for Jim Johnson.

                      I feel dirty.

                    • Get Phelps Up

                      I was lucky enough to draft after the injuries to both Madson and Soria. Wilhelmsen and Kenley Jansen saved me after Mo and Brian Wilson went down.

  • Anthony

    What are you swinging at Grandy?

  • Robinson Tilapia

    Delayed garbage time call.

  • WhittakerWalt

    Curtis, on the other hand…

  • Robinson Tilapia

    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.”

    • jjyank

      You sure she’s not stuart a? This kind of jives with the whole “give him a raise” thing. Does your wife like parades?

      • Robinson Tilapia

        I just asked her if she liked parades. She befuddingly shook her head “no.”

        She’d working on her tenure papers right now. No time for parades.

    • Pat D

      Now she’s not quite as awesome.

      • Robinson Tilapia

        Still awesome. 13 year dating anniversary tonight.

        • Pat D

          Well, that’s nice.

          But her comment is not making me happy.

        • Need Pitching & Hitting

          give her an extension………

          • Pat D

            What kind?

            • Need Pitching & Hitting

              Heh….I’ll leave that for RT to decide.

              • Robinson Tilapia

                heh heh heh

  • Cy Pettitte

    maybe time to stop running on Mauer

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

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

  • Plouffe feminine spray

    Mauer has a cannon, stop stealing.

  • Hummingbird S.

    those are definitely not working

  • Chilango

    Mauer has more control than Phil

  • bring buck back

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

  • Plouffe feminine spray

    Very little movement on his fastball. Hughes that is.

  • Cy Pettitte

    wow did Phil get a gift.

  • Tom

    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.

  • Joe F

    TORONTO! <3

    • Pat D

      They’d best stop winning effective Thursday.

      • Joe F

        This.

      • Get Phelps Up

        Beat me to it…

    • Get Phelps Up

      Hopefully they can go on a nice 3 game streak and then return to form against the Yankees.

  • Plouffe feminine spray

    Could the showalters be running out of steam?

  • Joe F

    Ibanez playing the outfield is a disaster.

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

    Bloop doubles with inevitable Ibanez blunders.

    Lovely.

  • Need Pitching & Hitting

    Nice D Raul.

  • Hummingbird S.

    Ibanez in the field, never a good idea

  • Robinson Tilapia

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

  • Plouffe feminine spray

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

    • The Troll

      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!

      • Big Members Only (formerly RI$P FTW)

        It’s also a great name for a burly gay porn movie: Bad News Bears.

        • Joe F

          Can Phil’s mustache get a role?

      • Plouffe feminine spray

        Great flick

        Morris Buttermaker: Baseball’s hard, guys. I mean, it really is. You can love it but, believe me, it don’t always love you back. It’s kind of like dating a German chick, you know?
        Share this quote

    • Plouffe feminine spray

      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

  • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

    Nothing you can do about that. Bad luck.

  • Anthony

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

  • Big Members Only (formerly RI$P FTW)

    This game is far from over, folks. LOL!

  • Alkaline

    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.

  • Chilango

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

  • Joe F

    Twins did themselves wrong making this park so big.

    • Tom

      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

      They will adjust it like the Mets Tigers did.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      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.

      • Joe F

        Word, or something retractable.

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

    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.

    • Plouffe feminine spray

      Whoevers loses that divison will not make playoffs.

    • Get Phelps Up

      I bet they go to Game 163. At least that what I’m hoping seeing as it looks like the AL East winner will play the AL Central winner.

  • Tom

    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.

  • Hall and Nokes

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

    • Get Phelps Up

      Freddy Freeman with the walkoff homer…a year after grounding into a DP to end the Braves season.

  • Hummingbird S.

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

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

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

  • Big Members Only (formerly RI$P FTW)

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

  • Hummingbird S.

    great pitch to hit, just missed it..

  • Chilango

    O’s lost.

    • Joe F

      Officially?! Yay!

      • Robinson Tilapia

        Time to win this fucker. I smell a 2 1/2 game lead.

        • Joe F

          3 in the loss column. That’s what matters most.

    • Chilango

      meant to say haven’t lost yet. bases loaded 2 outs in th 8th

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

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

  • yo

    ugh tying run at the plate for the O’s

    • yo

      game over

  • Chilango

    O’s now have lost.

    • Get Phelps Up

      Magic # down to 7!

    • Joe F

      YAY.

  • Plouffe feminine spray

    Casey jassan sucks ass.

  • Hall and Nokes

    3 in the loss column

  • vicki

    i love you, toronto.

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

    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.

    • Joe F

      I see what you did there. Favour.

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

        It’s the English roots coming out.

        I spell a lot of American words with the British flair.

  • Anthony

    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.

    • Big Members Only (formerly RI$P FTW)

      That was me.

  • Alkaline

    Blue Jays are the better bird.

    Have you heard?

    • Joe F

      BABABABABABIRD BIRD BIRD.

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

    72 pitches through six for Hughes.

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

  • Cy Pettitte

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

  • Plouffe feminine spray

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

  • Rocky Road Redemption

    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.

  • Chilango

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

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

    Russell Martin loves himself some Target Field.

  • Joe F

    Martin’s resurgence!

  • YanksFanInBeantown

    Russ!

  • Get Phelps Up

    Russ!!!!

  • Tom

    My favorite Martin

    • Betty Lizard

      Hee. Mine too.

  • Need Pitching & Hitting

    Russ!!!!

    More insurance runs please.

  • Anthony

    MUSSEL. Swisher looks pumped too.

  • Plouffe feminine spray

    Blackhole game we are winning this bitch.

  • Dela G

    THE CANADIAN!!

  • Get Phelps Up

    That also tied his career high in homers.

  • Tom

    Not a home run park.

  • jjyank

    Rus Bus!

  • Get Phelps Up

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

    • FIPster Doofus

      It does seem that way. Hughes is in control.

  • YankeeDave

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

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

    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.

  • Plouffe feminine spray

    Get jobber ready

  • Need Pitching & Hitting

    Shutdown inning please.

  • Effthisnoise

    Hughes needs to go now

  • Plouffe feminine spray

    Hughes shitting the bed

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

      Wow…literally one hitter into the inning.

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

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

    • jjyank

      A whole new version of “lady killer”.

  • Plouffe feminine spray

    Send out rothchild please!

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

      Especially if he has a razor to get rid of that stain on Hughes’ upper lip.

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

    This is a classic Hughes at-bat.

    Foul ball mania.

  • Plouffe feminine spray

    He can put him away sound familar

  • Chilango

    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

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

    Oh boy.

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

  • Plouffe feminine spray

    Girardi asleep again.

    • Joe F

      Like Francesa during a Murti interview.

    • jjyank

      He’s just trying to not be a CRIMINAL.

  • Hummingbird S.

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

  • Effthisnoise

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

  • Plouffe feminine spray

    We get plouffee

  • Chilango

    take him out NOW

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

    And now Jamey Carroll, a classically annoying hitter.

  • Plouffe feminine spray

    91 mph heater

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

    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”

    • Joe F

      I love Use.

    • Effthisnoise

      Um, you have seen the leads he’s blown right?

      • Need Pitching & Hitting

        Have you seen the games where he hasn’t blown leads.

        (hint: there have been more of those)

        • Chilango

          so you’re saying that if he only blows leads say 40% of the time, that’s good?

          • Need Pitching & Hitting

            No. I’m saying blowing leads isn’t typical of Hughes. Are you going to remove every starter at the first sign of trouble because there were occasional games when they blew a lead?
            There have been many games where the bullpen blew leads as well. It’s not like Hughes was getting hit hard.

          • Rocky Road Redemption

            I’m saying that if he pitches well it’s not his fault if the offense doesn’t back him up. And he’s pitched well this year.

    • Hummingbird S.

      He IS tired. He is about to walk in a run.

    • RkyMtnYank

      I’m not sure it’s hate as much as it is fear.

  • Plouffe feminine spray

    Jobba time please

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

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

  • Tom

    Throw something inside.

    Everything is up or away

  • Plouffe feminine spray

    Fu girardi get him out

  • Hummingbird S.

    someone wake Girardi up ASAP

  • Plouffe feminine spray

    Why joe why

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

    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.

  • Big Members Only (formerly RI$P FTW)

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

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

    Huge K for Hughes.

  • Joe F

    UUUUSE!

  • Anthony

    Nice job Phil.

  • Phil Hughes’ Molestache

    That is all….

  • Dela G

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

  • Plouffe feminine spray

    About time that guy swung at ball 4

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

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

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

      In his defense, Hughes had thrown that pitch twice in the AB and the Ump called it a ball both times. I’d be livid at myself too.

  • Get Phelps Up

    Good job Phil.

  • Chilango

    Clutch Phil. Now take him the fuck out, PLEASE

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

    Alright Philbert.

  • Big Members Only (formerly RI$P FTW)

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

  • Tom

    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.

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

      Idk, if Floremon(sp) doesn’t swing at that 3-2 it’s ball 4.

      • Tom

        But he may have swung because he busted him inside earlier in the count.

        Parmalee had a good AB for the walk… but every pitch but one was a high fastball. He gets in these location ruts (especially with 2 strikes).

  • Rich in NJ

    I would have left Phil in.

  • Big Members Only (formerly RI$P FTW)

    I say Nova goes to the ‘pen.

  • jjyank

    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?

  • Plouffe feminine spray

    Logan
    Saying prayers

  • Matt

    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

      Why do we care how many homers Span has?

      • Matt

        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

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

          • Matt

            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

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

              • Matt

                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

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

                  • Matt

                    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

                      “That’s not what I said.”

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

                    • Matt

                      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

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

                    • Matt

                      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

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

                    • Matt

                      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

                      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

                      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…

    • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

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

      • Matt

        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

          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.

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

          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

            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.

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

              I actually agree with Matt. Logan’s a decent reliever don’t get me wrong, but if this is game 7 of the WS I go to a strict LOOGY, or my setup guy for an extra out.

      • CubanC

        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).

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

      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

      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

        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.

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

    Jesus.

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

  • Pat D

    Martin giveth, Martin taketh…

  • Need Pitching & Hitting

    WTF Martin?
    You just gave back your insurance run.

  • Anthony

    oh jeez. c’mon now guys.

  • Chilango

    Well that worked out great huh. Fuck

  • The Troll Monger

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

  • Hummingbird S.

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

  • Rocky Road Redemption

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

  • Plouffe feminine spray

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

    • Big Members Only (formerly RI$P FTW)

      And a quitter.

      • Rocky Road Redemption

        ..throw a parade…

      • Rich in NJ

        Posada was a warrior.

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

          Posada also took himself out of the line up against a division rival because he was batting 9th(because he was terrible at the plate) you know, revisionist history though.

          • Rich in NJ

            Why was he batted 9th v. a division rival during a nationally televised game for the first time?

            The only thing revised (or more accurately, devised) was the naked ploy to embarrass him.

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

              He was batted 9th because he was hitting worse than a 9th hitter. If Joe truly wanted to embarrass him/ do the right thing he would’ve benched him for the series.

              • Rich in NJ

                Why that series? If that’s the way he felt, there were many more innocuous situations to make the move for the first time.

    • Get Phelps Up

      Posada would have turned that into 2 runs.

      • Rich in NJ

        Which you can live with when your catcher puts up a career .848 OPS.

    • JMK

      This just isn’t true. Love the handle though.

  • Big Members Only (formerly RI$P FTW)

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

  • Nice Scheister

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

  • The Real Greg

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

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

  • Cy Pettitte

    un fucking real.

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

    Way to go Boone Logan.

    Way to fucking go.

  • Pat D

    Man, fuck you, Logan.

  • Rich in NJ

    Freakin’ A…

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

    Logan is a disaster.

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

    ugh…

  • Need Pitching & Hitting

    Fucking Logan.

  • Anthony

    Take advantage of an Orioles loss? Nahhhhhhhhhhhhhhh.

  • Rocky Road Redemption

    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.

    • Hummingbird S.

      He did put 3 terrible hitters on base.

      • Need Pitching & Hitting

        Doumit isn’t a terrible hitter. Carrol reached on a weak ground ball to SS.

  • Hummingbird S.

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

  • Plouffe feminine spray

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

    • Need Pitching & Hitting

      You do realize all three runs scored AFTER Hughes came out, right?

      • jjyank

        RIght. I think too many fans lose sight of the fact that the pitcher needs to execute. Maybe you don’t agree with the move personally, but if Boone makes just 1 good pitch there, the inning is over.

      • Effthisnoise

        Yeah after he loaded the bases with the bottom of the order

        • Need Pitching & Hitting

          He started the inning poorly with the first 2 batters, then settled down to get a pop up, ground ball to SS, and strikeout.

    • Bruce

      Yep. This is on Joe. How many days in a row is he going to trot Logan out there? Dumb.

  • The Real Greg

    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

  • Joe F

    Thrown a Loogy.

  • Pete

    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…

  • Ethan

    I really really dislike girardi.

    • Rich in NJ

      I don’t dislike. I just think he manages too mechanistically.

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

    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.

  • EDDARD

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

  • Rocky Road Redemption

    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?

  • The Real Greg

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

    • Need Pitching & Hitting

      The disastrous consequences were from Logan, not Hughes.

      • The Real Greg

        Exactly. Which is why Girardi should not get blamed.

      • Rocky Road Redemption

        For once, and I don’t like this, I agree with Greg. Hughes had just put three shitty pitchers on base, Joe has been burned by the slow hook before, and we had a lefty in the pen. This is not Joe’s fault, melodrama aside.

  • Rocky Road Redemption

    I am totally with Joe on the Logan decision.

    • The Real Greg

      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

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

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

          Same thing with Hughes.

          I’m not about to jump on Joe when a lefty allows three straight LHB to reach base. That’s brutal incompetence on Logan’s part.

      • CubanC

        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.

  • Anthony

    Offense better show up next inning.

  • Pat D

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

    • Rich in NJ

      I’m pro-human sacrifice.

  • Cy Pettitte

    Did Joe even look at the binder?

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

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

      …but he’s a lefty, gotta go to a lefty!!!

      • Rich in NJ

        Phil has a reverse split.

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

          I know, it was stupid sarcasm.

          • Rich in NJ

            *slaps head*

  • Hummingbird S.

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

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

    LNOGY

  • The Real Greg

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

    • Pat D

      It’s all about his essence. His essence is all over everything.

  • Karl Krawfid

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

    • The Real Greg

      I;m sorry, is Joe Girardi throwing the pitches?

      • Pat D

        Greg, you know that the manager’s decisions are completely questionable and not always necessarily correct.

        I don’t really think going to Logan was wrong, but it can be second-guessed to death. Since if it wasn’t, what the hell would all of us do with our free time? Read a book?

        • The Real Greg

          How about not cursing at the manager?

      • http://twitter.com/mikhel2 Mikhel

        No, he is responsible because he is MANAGING the team, or at least tries to make it look like he is managing.

  • Plouffe feminine spray

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

    • Need Pitching & Hitting

      The 8-9 hitters combined to hit a ground ball to SS and K.

  • Chilango

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

  • Phil Hughes’ Molestache

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

  • BENICIO DEL TORO

    Fuck Boone Logan….piece of crap

  • Pete

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

  • JMK

    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.

  • Cy Pettitte

    this is fucking ridiculous.

  • Need Pitching & Hitting

    Fuck Boone Logan.

  • mt

    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.

  • Karl Krawfid

    Fuck you Joe.

    Overrated ass.

    • Joe F

      :(

      Oh Georgia Roddy?

    • Rocky Road Redemption

      Overrated? Who on EARTH overrates him? If anything I don’t think he’s as bad as people on the blog are making him out to be.

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

    Boone Logan really fucked the Yankees over tonight.

    Hope the Orioles send him a nice thank you card.

  • Chilango

    This is the sabermetric definition of CHOKE

    • CUYanks

      Meltdown

  • Plouffe feminine spray

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

  • Pat D

    Now Joe ignores the binder with Morneau up.

  • Anthony

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

  • Tom

    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.

  • Leg-End

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

  • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan

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

  • Nice Scheister

    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

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

      • Nice Scheister

        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.

  • BENICIO DEL TORO

    Oh my god. What a fucking scrub

  • The Real Greg

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

    • CUYanks

      I’m not giving up on this game yet!

    • Tom

      I think if the Yankees were to win it would have gone down another 1.

      I also hear it is independent of an Orioles win or loss; but apparently that outcome changes this outcome.

  • Celerino Sanchez

    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?

    • Joe F

      Binder, left matchups. I don’t agree, but that’s Joe’s logic. Always has been.

  • Robinson Tilapia

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

    • Pat D

      You did by not watching, obviously.

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

      • Robinson Tilapia

        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.

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

      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.

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

    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.

    • Nice Scheister

      THIS!

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

        It’s more on Logan than anybody though. If he does his job and gets Span we aren’t talking about this in such a serious manner.

        • Nice Scheister

          And Joe, if he trusts his 3/4 starter in that spot it’s a moot point too. Just like if Logan gets outta the jam. To my point, I called foul on the move prior to Logan ejaculating over himself.

  • The Real Greg

    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.

    • Joe F

      That’s true. But we have to blame someone! It comes with the job.

      • The Real Greg

        Then blame Logan for not being able to do his job. Especially after a day of rest.

      • RkyMtnYank

        This is Greg, so it’s all Cashmans fault!

    • Pat D

      Of course. See my reply to you above.

    • Celerino Sanchez

      Really? Carroll’s hit was a chopper in the hole and he blew away the #9 hitter. I don’t think there would be outrage if he left him in to finish what he started.

    • Tom

      If he was tiring, why let him face the righty with the bases loaded (who he’s worse against)

      This is Girardi being a slave to lefty lefty matchups, without caring about the actual pitcher and hitter.

    • Rocky Road Redemption

      Absolutely.

    • JMK

      There’s a damned if you do, damned if you don’t element. No doubt. My issue is with the process – I think logically it made more sense to keep Phil in given his ability to get lefties out, Span’s decreased potency against righties, and the you-never-know-show with Logan.

      • Celerino Sanchez

        Good points. And…for once Phil didn’t look gased. He was still bringing the fastball and getting weak hacks.

        • JMK

          Or you know what, Bring Rapada in if you need one lefty. Or Robertson. Lots of options. I just think Girardi chose the worst one.

    • Matt

      No. Because it was the right move to leave Hughes in. HUGHES would be getting blamed for blowing the lead because he didn’t get the guy out. There is a difference between attacking the move and the outcome.

  • Bruce

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

  • JMK

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

  • Rocky Road Redemption

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

    • CUYanks

      I know. There were how many “Is Girardi Asleep?” comments just before?

    • JMK

      You’re generalizing. Some don’t think Girardi made the right tactical move but –I pray – acknowledge that Logan’s the real dunce in this one.

      • Rocky Road Redemption

        You’re right, it’s a generalization. Change “we’re” to “so many people are”.

  • BENICIO DEL TORO

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

  • Bruce

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

  • bring buck back

    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.

    • jjyank

      So. Much. Rage.

      • Robinson Tilapia

        The screenname says it all, doesn’t it?

  • Pasqua

    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.

  • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan

    This is Greg’s fault.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      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

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

  • Bruce

    Come on, Alex. Wtf.

  • The Real Greg

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

  • Bruce

    Oh great. Off te ankle.

  • Bruce

    Top of the foot. Ouch.

  • JMK

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

  • Rich in NJ

    Come on, Robbie.

  • OMG! Bagels!

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

    • Tom

      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.

      • The Real Greg

        I have seen Phil Hughes blow up instantly multiple times this year.

        • Matt

          And Logan has blown up a ton of times also.

          What is your point?

          You’ll do anything to justify the complete opposite of what somebody else says. You may be the dumbest poster on this entire blog.

          • The Real Greg

            My point is that I understand what Girardi was trying to do.

  • Chilango

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

  • CUYanks

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

  • Robinson Tilapia

    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

      “right after hitting ‘submit comment’”

    • jjyank

      Yep. But people just like to bitch.

      • Robinson Tilapia

        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

          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

            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

      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.

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

    A garbage time blow would really come in handy here.

  • BigBlueAL

    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

      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

      What’s so special about the Tigers?

      • BigBlueAL

        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

          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.

  • Cy Pettitte

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

  • Rocky Road Redemption

    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

      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

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

      • Rocky Road Redemption

        Huh? Where did I imply that?

        • CUYanks

          You didn’t. I’m agreeing with you.

          • Rocky Road Redemption

            Oh, cool.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      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.

      • Rocky Road Redemption

        Of course it’s a missed opportunity. I’d rather miss an opportunity than lose ground.

        • Robinson Tilapia

          Absolutely.

          Man, 2.5 would be sweet, though.

    • http://twitter.com/mikhel2 Mikhel

      “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.

      • Rocky Road Redemption

        This post doesn’t work remotely as a response.

      • Robinson Tilapia

        And Sandy Koufax would be on the mound for either the O’s or A’s.

  • Bruce

    Now Swish swigs for the fences. Predicting pop up here

    • JMK

      Is the glass half empty or just empty?

      • JMK

        See! He struck out!

  • Chilango

    patience Nick

  • Bruce

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

  • http://twitter.com/mikhel2 Mikhel

    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.

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

      I don’t think that applies anymore after Saturday.

      • Bruce

        Yes! What a win.

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

        Technically, the stat is still true.

        Then again, technicalities suck because they don’t tell the full truth.

      • http://twitter.com/mikhel2 Mikhel

        The Yanks reached the 8th inning tied, so, the “stat” is still valid.

    • Need Pitching & Hitting

      *9th inning

      • http://twitter.com/mikhel2 Mikhel

        Noup, after 7inn which is even worse.

        • Need Pitching & Hitting

          It’s trailing going into the ninth where they haven’t won. They’ve won several games trailing going into the 8th.

          • http://twitter.com/mikhel2 Mikhel

            I’ll check it again, it could be that ESPN is wrong… which is more and more common these days LOL.

  • Bruce

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

    • Robinson Tilapia

      So would a lot of things you’re probably not going to get.

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

    And Swish goes from 3-1 to the K.

    So much for that.

  • Rocky Road Redemption

    OMG SWISH IS TEH CHOKERZ

  • Effthisnoise

    Ball 4 swish!

  • Bruce

    Wrong way to prove me wrong. Humbug.

  • Karl Krawfid

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

  • Chilango

    Everyone knew you were getting the change except you…

  • Rich in NJ

    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.

    • The Real Greg

      He actually said that?!

      If he did, shame on him.

      • Rich in NJ

        Kay has a very high jinx quotient.

      • jjyank

        No, he said that he was told that by a Twins’ announcer when he asked how to pronounce his first name.

        • Rich in NJ

          Yeah, that’s what I said, although perhaps poorly worded.

          • jjyank

            I know that’s what you said, but that’s not how I understood Greg understanding it.

      • Rocky Road Redemption

        He said he was TOLD that, to be fair.

  • Nice Scheister

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

  • The Real Greg

    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.

    • Tom

      Justification man to the rescue!

      Would Thursday be a big game if the Yankees won this game? Why does the actual sequence of wins and losses actually matter?

    • JohnnyC

      The season ends on a Wednesday. What last weekend?

  • Chilango

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

  • JMK

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

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

    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

      My order is

      1)Logan
      2)Boone
      3)Boone Logan

      • Nice Scheister

        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

          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

        I actually agree. Sorry, Plouffy.

    • Nice Scheister

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

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

        I wouldn’t say no to Moose. He was one of my favorite pitchers to watch. He might have been a terrible person w/ a very dry sense of humor but he was a surgeon with a baseball.

        • Rocky Road Redemption

          Why do you think he was a terrible person (and I too loved watching him pitch).

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

            I was just trying to keep the post short, what I really meant was he was a very introverted person. It’s common knowledge that he hated the media and he wasn’t really a great teammate. In retrospect, calling him “terrible” is very (blanking on the word here) because I too am very introverted.

            • Rocky Road Redemption

              Cool, fair enough.

        • JMK

          You know what’s crazy? Mike Mussina to this day is the last true ace the Orioles have had.

        • Nice Scheister

          I loved Moose. My first ever baseball game was in Baltimore and he carried a perfect game into the 9th againist the Tribe. I couldn’t appreciate it then at such a young age but I was a Moose fan from there on out. I remember the applause was deafening.

    • ArchStanton

      Seems rational.

    • Rich

      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.

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

        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

          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

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

            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

      True that.

  • Cy Pettitte

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

    • CUYanks

      I’m doubting Ibanez will face him but who knows.

  • Plouffe feminine spray

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

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

      Carrol’s ball is probably a double play if it’s hit to a lot of other Short Stops. I love me some Derek Jeter the hitter, but it’s a disgrace that he’s ever been in the discussion for a Gold Glove let alone the fact that he actually won one.

      • Rocky Road Redemption

        Eh, I don’t know. That ball was pretty far over. I actually did think Jeet’s play was pretty good.

        • Nice Scheister

          Nunez would have had the opportunity to throw it away.

          • JMK

            Win.

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

            Funny, but true.

      • Get Phelps Up

        No way it’s a DP with a fast runner like Carroll.

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

          Okay, maybe a DP is a little hyperbolic, but I will stick to my guns that a lot of other short stops make at least one out on that play.

      • CUYanks

        Let alone 5.

      • Plouffe feminine spray

        Carrol ks against 95 mph heat needed a strike out there thats joba.

        • Need Pitching & Hitting

          Carroll is a .333 career hitter against Joba with no K’s in 7 PA.

    • ArchStanton

      In hindsight it is one of those times when I wish he had done his old push button managing with Joba as the 7th inning guy, Robertson 8th, and Soriano as 9th.

      • CUYanks

        Well yeah. In hindsight I’d prefer any managing that didn’t involve Boone Logan failing 3x in a row in his LOOGY job.

  • Rich in NJ

    Nice dive.

  • Pat D

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

    • CUYanks

      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.

  • Rich

    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

  • Rich in NJ

    Come on, Raul.

    • Rich in NJ

      or um, ‘druw.

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

    Can’t touch this soft-tossing bastard.

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

      Maybe not so soft-tossing.

      I only remember the shitty starting version of Glen Perkins.

  • Plouffe feminine spray

    Jones up now to strike out

  • JMK

    Ah, at least we have Andruw Jones up.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      If we’re going to lose, might as well really wind up the readership.

    • JMK

      See that! (I was being sarcastic but we’re going to go pretend I was being serious.)

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

    Oh, too bad there were no baserunners.

  • Plouffe feminine spray

    Gave that game away

  • Get Phelps Up

    Andruw contributing!

  • Matt

    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

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

      • jjyank

        This. I really hate that meme.

      • Rich in NJ

        So Joe is never wrong?

        • Robinson Tilapia

          Of course he’s wrong. He’s a fucking MLB manager.

          • Rich in NJ

            That’s why ML managers never get fired. Oh wait…

    • ArchStanton

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

    • Evan3457

      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.

  • Rocky Road Redemption

    Fuck Boone. Fucking no tied game anyway.

  • Rich in NJ

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

  • Anthony

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

  • Chilango

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

  • Robinson Tilapia

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

    • Rich in NJ

      Tea isn’t my thing.

  • ArchStanton

    He’s alive!

  • YanksFanInBeantown

    That wasn’t a popup or a strikeout.

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

  • Rich in NJ

    I hate calling tiny sample sizes meaningful.

  • JMK

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

    • ArchStanton

      More like a Village Inn or an IHOP.

      • JMK

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

        • ArchStanton

          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!

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

          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

            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

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

      • Rocky Road Redemption

        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

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

          • Robinson Tilapia

            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

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

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

    3-3 vs. Minnesota this year.

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

    • The Real Greg

      Hey man, White Sox are 6-11 against the Royals.

      • The Real Greg

        6-12 actually

    • JMK

      We should be infinity-0 against any bad team.

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

        Not what I said, but I’m not about to get into a huge sarcasm-rich argument.

        • JMK

          I can live with that.

    • CUYanks

      Brutal would be 1-5 or 0-6. 3-3 is not great, but it’s only a 6-game sample size.

  • Get Phelps Up

    Whatever.

    We win tomorrow.

  • Anthony

    Capitalize on the O’s loss? Naaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah.

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

      Didn’t they literally do that LAST NIGHT. like 24 hours ago when we stretched the divisonal lead from 1 to 2 or did that just not happen?

      • The Real Greg

        Yeah, people are idiots, including myself at times.

      • Anthony

        But why is it a bad thing to get as much distance between us and them as possible?

        • Get Phelps Up

          Did anybody say that?

    • Get Phelps Up

      I’d much rather lose when they lose instead of when they win.

      • Get Phelps Up

        They being the O’s.

      • Anthony

        Of course it could have been worse if the O’s had won. But given that they lose, tonight was an opportunity to give us more breathing room. I don’t know why wanting a bigger lead is getting criticized…

        • Rocky Road Redemption

          Because sometimes we’re going to lose. It sucks, but complaining about a missed opportunity is silly because if we lose, yeah, we either lose a game or miss an opportunity. If we’re going to complain, complain about the worse loss.

    • Rocky Road Redemption

      Because obviously it’s worse to lose when they win, right?

      We get it, losing sucks, but this isn’t a super-mega-ultra-bad loss because the O’s lost too.

      • Anthony

        Did I say that the season is over?

        • Rocky Road Redemption

          Of course not. I never said you did.

      • Anthony

        I get that its not that bad, anyone can see that. But we always say on this site that “every game is a must win”. How is tonight any different? Every win is good, especially when we can gain games.

        • Rocky Road Redemption

          It’s not difference, but acting as if it’s somehow worse because the O’s won makes no sense.

          • Anthony

            But the O’s didn’t win….

            Obviously, losing on the same day as the O’s lowers the magic number. So yes, some good came out of today. But would you not prefer to win while the O’s simultaneously lose?

            • Rocky Road Redemption

              Yeah, sorry, I made a typo.

              But anyway: I’d rather not lose, period. It’s just that whatever the Orioles do or don’t do somehow or losses are even worse because of it.

              Orioles lose-”Way to miss an opportunity!”

              Orioles win-”Way to lose a game in the standings!”

              Losses suck, we get it, but complaining that a loss is especially bad when the O’s ALSO lose makes no sense.

              • Anthony

                All I know is that if a magical genie asked me “what would you want to happen in today’s baseball games?” my answer would be “O’s lose, Yanks win”.

                • Rocky Road Redemption

                  Uhhhhh…duh?

                  But losses happen.

  • Effthisnoise

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

  • Pat D

    Even when Jones helps, he doesn’t.

  • The Real Greg

    Would everyone shut up about capitalizing?

    I was told that all of these games are equal.

    • Pat D

      I prefer that people use proper capitalization, actually.

    • Matt

      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

        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.

        • CUYanks

          Almost perfect, but you need to mention conditional probability and of course Bayes’/Basu’s/Rao Blackwell’s Theorem. Because of the conditional independence of the Orioles Loss’ upon what Ichiro Suzuki had for breakfast, we can explain away the marginal joint posterior empirical distribution of the Yankees’ Losses on days the Blue Jays win by 4 over the Orioles as more heavily influential by the process of iteratively reweighted least squares.

          • JMK

            Way too involved. I blame Greg.

          • JMK

            Also, not a fan of lemon squares.

            • CUYanks

              Who really is these days?

          • Rocky Road Redemption

            And in the end it’s all Girardi’s fault.

      • Matt

        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

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

  • jjyank

    Ah well. Get ‘em tomorrow.

  • ArchStanton

    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.

    • Chilango

      Yes. You are absolutely right. Joe overmanages most of the time but then just seems to miss the obvious.

  • Robinson Tilapia

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

    • Pat D

      I gotta tell ya……that sounds awful.

      • Robinson Tilapia

        Fits the mood around here.

      • Robinson Tilapia

        Also, DO NOT use the toilet.

    • JMK

      I was a big fan of Nick Drake on Nickelodian until he started shit with that Chris Brown asshole.

      /someone really old or really young

      • Robinson Tilapia

        I laughed.

  • CUYanks

    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

      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.

      • CUYanks

        Yes. They are not going to roll over for the O’s with the way they are playing, and we get the Red Sox.

  • Get Phelps Up

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

    • Pat D

      I gotta tell ya………that sounds awful.

      • Robinson Tilapia

        I can wake up my wife and ask her what she thinks, if you’d like.

        • Pat D

          I gotta tell ya………I’m beating this joke into the ground.

  • Karl Krawfid

    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.

    • ArchStanton

      Yeah, I don’t know what happened there. I was thinking it was a good chance to grow Hughes some balls, so to speak.

  • Chilango

    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.

    • Evan3457

      Kinda like the Tigers’ loss to the Twins and PJ Walters on Sunday, 2-1 in 10 innings, actually.

  • Zack

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

    • Chilango

      No way. We’ve seen that pic before. This one’s not on Girardi. The passed ball was the pivotal play. Then Boone choked. Plain and simple. Hughes would not have fared any better.

      • JMK

        Fallacy of the…!

        • Get Phelps Up

          You mean FALLACY.

          • JMK

            Oh, you went there. Yes you did.

  • JMK

    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.

  • CUYanks

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

  • forensic

    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.