Sep
30

Game 159: Must Win

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(Jonathan Daniel/Getty)

The Yankees have entered must win territory. The magic number is five with only four games to play, so the only way they control their own destiny is by winning every game the rest of the season including the Game 163 tiebreaker. They can’t count on the Red Sox beating the Orioles today (haha), nor can they count on the Rays — who can be eliminated from postseason contention today with a loss and an Athletics win — to help them out next week. The Yankees blew a ten-game lead and blew a very winnable game yesterday, so the breathing room is gone. They’re playing playoff games right now. Here’s the lineup…

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

RHP Phil Hughes

This afternoon’s game starts a little after 1pm ET and can be seen on YES. Enjoy.

Categories : Game Threads
  • your mom

    Going 3-3 vs the Twins and Blue Jays is straight up embarassing. Hopefully the O’s catch some bad breaks these last few games. They’ve had enough dog shit to last a lifetime this season.

  • Rob

    One thing is clear- NYY offense showing their age in regards to having two good offensive games in a row. IMO, they need to get younger in 2013.

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

      Don’t confuse younger with better. They need to get better. Getting younger almost always means getting worse first.

      • Winter

        I think “get younger” is code for “get Justin Upton.”

      • Kosmo

        I think you have to define who “younger“ is . Chase Headley or Justin Upton are younger, which doesn´t necessarily preclude “getting worse first“.

      • Chilango

        I guess the ideal would be younger AND better. A good start would be not trying to patch up with guys like Jones, Ibañez and Chavez. It’s just kicking the can down the road.

        • The Guns of Navarone

          You could do a lot worse as far as “patch up” players go. Don’t let Jones’ recent performance sour that group as a whole. They’ve been pretty productive for the price.

          • jjyank

            That, and one year stop gap deals can also be part of getting younger. Somebody needs to play the field while our burritos are cooking in the microwave.

            • The Guns of Navarone

              and cooking, and cooking, and cooking……….

              • JobaWockeeZ

                Don’t sell them short, they cook and can be quite delicious. For other teams.

          • The Big City of Dreams

            True they have but you’ll be asking them to do the same thing next yr a yr older.

    • Kosmo

      preaching to the choir ?

  • Travis L.

    Are the Yankees calling anyone up (Adams or Joseph) to fill the spot vacated by Nix? Would they have to make a move to do that if they did, or just bring them up? Maybe Adam Warren (the only September call up to not get into a game) can be sent back down to make room.

    • Need Pitching & Hitting

      No need to make room. Both Adams and Joseph can be called up at any time.

  • JLC 776

    I really, truly hope we’re all laughing about this Wednesday night….

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

    If Mike is calling this a must win, then all bets are out the window. I don’t want to hear semantics arguments about this not truly being a “must win” anymore.

  • Eddard reboot v.1.0

    We’ve been in must win mode for weeks. Someone tell the Yankees these are must win games. Someone tell Girardi. He sent the B lineup out yesterday with 5 games to go. The season rests on Phil. They ain’t gonna give him much support, that we know.

  • jjyank

    If he’s around, a happy birthday to Plouffy!

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

      Thank’s dude.

  • Jersey Joe

    I don’t like Ibanez in the OF in such a must win game.

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

      +1 I agree. At least Nunez isn’t in the field for his “youth” and “depth he adds” I understand wanting to get Ibanez in the line up against the RHP but DH him and put Chavez at first. I know he’s not comfortable there, but he can play it decently.

  • Karl Krawfid

    wtf 97-98

    I don’t like this

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

    Oh look, more K’s for Henderson Alvarez.

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

    ARod’s now 2 for his last 25.

  • Karl Krawfid

    Who has faith in Phil Hughes here?

    • RkyMtnYank

      …cricket … cricket

    • JobaWockeeZ

      At this point you have to have faith in him.

    • http://stoogazzo@comcast.net Tom Morea

      How can anyone in his right mind have faith in a pitcher that has given up 35 home runs to date and still counting?

  • Need Pitching & Hitting

    That’s OK Robbie. No need to hustle. This isn’t an important game or anything.

    • Hoss

      Have you ever seen Cano hustle to first… ever? Have you ever seen Girardi call him on it… ever?

    • The Guns of Navarone

      Would have been nice to see him take a 2-0 pitch that almost bounced off the plate.

      • Chilango

        exactly. 2-0 he swings at ball 3. Like he has to protect the plate or something. Dumb hitting.

  • Angry Scheister of Prayer

    I hope they win, the lacklusterness has been killing me.

  • JobaWockeeZ

    Must win games can help heading to the postseason. It beats giving up these games for the wildcard. It gives these guys high pressured reps.

    Girardi probably hates this but more meaningful baseball the better.

    • Winter

      So you would rather the season go to a game 163 than for the Yankees to have clinched the division going into the last week and be able to rest their players? I’ll take the second, no doubt.

      • JobaWockeeZ

        If you wan tot show me how indeifnitely it’s the better option then go right ahead. The rest aspect is extremely overrated in all sports.

        Does it help, sure but unless you show quantifiable, unfalliable proof that it has a huge increase in postseason performance then show me.

  • WhittakerWalt

    SICK OF RAJAI DAVIS.

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

    Nice to see Rajai Davis still continues to get hits.

  • Joe F

    SB threat.

  • Nice Scheister of Doom

    Biggest start of Hughes LIFE!

    • Matt

      No way. This is nowhere near as big as Game 6 of the ALCS in 2010.

  • Matt

    Girardi just doesn’t get it. He talks about how these games matter, but he manages them like they don’t.

    In a must win game, he is batting A-Rod, who was 2 for his last 24 coming into the game, in the 3 hole. This is also a guy who over the ENTIRE SEASON is opsing .707 against RHP, and who can barely hit the ball out of the infield lately.

    How can you justify sitting Russell Martin, one of your hottest hitters, in yesterday’s game? Day game after a night game doesn’t matter at this point in the season. Who cares if a guy is worn down if you get knocked out in a 1 game playoff?

    As the pressure has mounted, his moves have gotten more and more insane. And is it any shock that the team is pressing when they have a manager who is freaking out more than anyone?

  • WhittakerWalt

    “Well first of all, he’s won 16 games.”

    LOL at John Sterling describing Hughes’ success.

  • Need Pitching & Hitting

    C’mon Phil. Settle down and step up.

    • Need Pitching & Hitting

      Or shit the bed. Either way.

    • http://stoogazzo@comcast.net Tom Morea

      Settle down Phil. Please don’t throw another cookie for a home run!

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

    God damnit.

  • Karl Krawfid

    Great start already Phil!

    Do any of the Yankees pitch inside?

    • Karl Krawfid

      Besides CC of course.

    • Guillermo

      Never seems like they do. That drunk looking pitching coach has gone away from the emphasis the 2009 team placed on pitching inside.

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

    Good Lord, Phil.

    Suck harder.

  • TomH

    Well, here we go. An early autumn. They can probably count on getting in some deer and upland game hunting.

  • Chilango

    Oh boy this is gonna be fun today.

  • The Guns of Navarone

    Surprised Girardi didn’t go to Boonie here.

  • Joe

    It’s going to be sad when the a’s beat us.

  • Chilango

    He’s hanging the breaking bal and the fastball is flat.

  • Nice Scheister of Doom

    I can’t watch this game. FWIW, Hughes mustache is putrid.

  • Mike N

    fuck

  • UncleArgyle

    I wonder if the front office will interview Francona for the managerial position

  • Big Member

    wow really joe? must win afternon game nd ur siting ur ass on the bench? let the man be the bench couch…for the houston astro

  • Matt

    The bottom line is that this team will go as far as its offense goes.

    It doesn’t matter how good or bad the pitching is if they can’t hit the garbage that Toronto is throwing at them. Yesterday, the pitching was great and they only scored 2 runs. On Tuesday night, the pitching was great and they only scored 3 runs. Those games were both losses.

    If they can’t score 4 or 5 runs off of Henderson Alvarez, they don’t deserve to win this game, period. They are not losing the majority of these games because of bad pitching. When you lose by 1 run and go 2 for 11 with RISP, it’s hard to blame the pitching even if they do give up 4 or 5 runs.

    I’m sick and tired of the excuses for these guys. They swung at a bunch of pitches in the last inning that practically bounced on home plate, just as they were doing Wednesday against a garbage pitcher, and just as they have been doing all season when there are runners on base.

    Look at how Showalter makes out his lineup. His hottest hitters are batting in the middle of the order. Reynolds is ice cold, and he moved him down to 7th. Davis, Jones, and Wieters, his hottest hitters, are batting 3-4-5.

  • stuart a

    arod almost got the ball out of the infield. oops am I allowed to say that about saint aroid???

    seriously this team regardless of what happens this season is looking at many many dark days. i was around during the horace clarke era and the spoiled yankee fans of today would be amazed to see hiow bad it can get….

    this team is all bark and no bite…..the big hits can be counted on 1 hand for this team… again ahead of the O’s in every stat and tied in the standings but clutch hitting is a fan mirage………….

    • Big Member

      oreos are lied with yanks everntho theier stats are below the yanks becasue they have a good manager gm who know how to win

      • The Guns of Navarone

        I thank God for you.

    • JobaWockeeZ

      Don’t proclaim others as spoiled when you expect .350/.500/.750 from ARod.

    • Need Pitching & Hitting

      this is hilarious……considering you act like the most spoiled fan of them all……

    • Chilango

      Sure, I remember those teams. Tommy Tresh at short, etc. But at least in those days my Dad could take me to a game without having to sell a kidney to get me a soda and hot dog. This team pisses me off for a variety of reasons, not the least of which is the bloated salary these guys get for underperforming. I think it’s time to rebuild and not bring Swisher, Grandy, et al back. Sit ARoid if Joe has the balls and let Tex and his golden mitt and declining offensive numbers hang around until his contract expires, then let him open up a chain of Sports Bars in Maryland. I would rather wait a few years watching an interesting young team develop than see this kind of crappy one and done baseball.

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

        Then when they don’t make the playoffs for two years

        Chilingo says:
        July 27th, 2015

        I’m sick of this shit. We aren’t the Pittsburg Pirates. This is ridiculous, three years w/o a playoff berth?! We need to sign FA X,Y, and Z.

        • Need Pitching & Hitting

          Not Y. He’s an overrated bum.

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

            I lol’d.

            • Kevin

              Me too. And I hate the LOL out of principle.

    • WhittakerWalt

      I’d like to know what message board you’re on where ANYONE thinks ARod is “Saint ARod.”
      Everyone here is disappointed in his performance, but you’re the only one who’s turned into Robert DeNiro from The Fan.

      Seriously, just go watch your shitty Red Sox.

  • WhittakerWalt

    Guys? This pitcher is terrible. Please hit him.

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

      7IP, 1-3 ERs, 7-10 Ks, 2 BB, 6-9Hs, 103 pitches.

  • Karl Krawfid

    Yankees are really gonna lose to Oakland during the wild card game.

    • Joe

      Yep

  • Winter

    Once again, the Yankees make Henderson Alvarez look like Nolan Ryan.

  • Karl Krawfid

    3-1 home run for Raul.

  • Mike

    Now why couldn’t that happen yesterday with Nunez up

  • Karl Krawfid

    Or a single.

    Ok gonna stop annoying for a while.

    Time to eat.

  • Big Member

    hughes is just proving that he is not a 17 game winer material

  • Need Pitching & Hitting

    Laz starting his bullshit early.

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

    Pat Tabler on the Rogers telecast keeps talking about Hughes’ quick delivery when Davis and Gose have been on base.

    I couldn’t give two shits about his quick delivery, considering he’s pitched like shit with those two on base. Command >>>>>>>>>> quick delivery

  • jjyank

    And of course Baltimore is winning already…

    • Mike N

      And it’s bases loaded no outs.

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

        Implausible.

      • Moskva

        Boston is going to throw the series. Still must be funny to watch red sox fans rout against their own team.

    • Joe F

      Boston sucks. They better roll over next series.

      • Need Pitching & Hitting

        They will. And the Yankees may still lose 2/3.

      • Candi

        Will Ciriaco turn into Willie Mays again?

  • Mike N

    YES!!!!!!!!!!!! MOAR RUNZ PLEEZ!!!!!!!!!!!!

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

    Get outta here!

  • Chilango

    Chavy takes some batting practice.

  • jjyank

    Thanks Chavy.

  • Need Pitching & Hitting

    Over/under runs for Baltimore today> 10.5?

    • Winter

      Under, because the stadium’s gonna collapse after 6 innings and they’ll have to stop play with a final score 10-2.

    • Moskva

      final score 12-1 for baltimore

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

    Nate McLouth already homered in Baltimore?

    That’s shocking.

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

    There’s a break.

    Now get some damn runs.

  • Karl Krawfid

    Jays trying to give this one away again.

  • Mike N

    Fuck you, Red Socks.

  • Karl Krawfid

    lol

    1-0 count and you swing at that?

  • Winter

    What was Swisher doing swinging at that?

  • Chilango

    I thought it was obvious that the Yankee RISPFAIL was way out of line with that of other teams, but it’s not true. For instance,

    With runners on base: Yanks .259/.342; Orioles: .259/.324
    WRISP: .251/.349 and .257/.332 Yanks/ O’s respectively
    WRISP 2outs: .227/.330; .228/.322 Yanks/ O’s respectively

    • Karl Krawfid

      Fuck what the O’s are doing or did.

      Yankees need to start getting those evil RBI’s and win games.

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

      You’re a liar!!! Everybody knows that every other team in baseball constantly gets runners in easily at least twice as often as the Yankees!!!

  • Karl Krawfid

    Holy shit Ichiro

  • Need Pitching & Hitting

    Ichiro!!!!

    Helluva catch.

    And Hughes still looks like shit.

  • Mike N

    Holy shit!!!!!!!!!! What a play!!

  • Anthony

    What a play!!!

  • Chilango

    ICHI saves a triple…

  • Moskva

    Remember when so many people were mad we got ichiro?

    • Winter

      Because we expected him to play like 2011-2012 Ichiro, not like 2004 Ichiro.

      • Moskva

        fair enough.

      • Chilango

        The 2010 Ichiro: .315/.359

    • Chilango

      Yes and I took a sabermetric ass-kicking when I suggested that Swisher should be dropped in the order and Ichi should bat 2d. I think one of our fellow posters brought my mother into the argument lol.

  • Mike N

    Needed that 1-2-3 inning.

  • The Guns of Navarone

    Hughes can stop giving up rockets any time he feels like it…

    • http://stoogazzo@comcast.net Tom Morea

      Dream on, Dream on!

  • James A

    Serious question: are the Orioles stealing signs? The confidence they’re taking to their at bats and the just ridiculous number of hard hit balls at home would have me thinking twice as an opposing team. Again, total speculation, and I know Stewart blows, but it seems like Baltimore has just been crushing the ball at home, not missing anything. I’m not trying to start a rumor, but these things do happen in baseball

    • Eddard reboot v.1.0

      Because if they’re even with the Yanks through 160 they must be cheating or just plain lucky. I’m so sick of this meme. They’re good, every bit as good as the Yanks.

      • James A

        I’m not saying that, of course Baltimore has a ton of talent and teams are going to beat the Yankees, I’m just pointing out the obvious. On the road Baltimore is .241/.304/.387 with 84 home runs, at home they’re .258/.323/.452 with 124 home runs. For reference sake, Yankees are .262/.335/.437 with 106 homers on the road, .261/.333/.460 with 129 homers at home. The Orioles have a +.084 OPS difference at home with 40 more homers, Yankees have a +.021 OPS difference at home with 23 more homers. Maybe that’s just the way the numbers work out, I just find it interesting

    • Winter

      I feel like no MLB team could get away with elaborate sign stealing for an extended period of time without the other teams realizing something fishy was going on.

    • Chilango

      Uh could it be that the Orioles are, uh, good?

    • Eddard reboot v.1.0

      It’s over, folks. The Yankees can now hope at best for a 1 game playoff for the division crown. This after blowing a 10 game lead. The Os will not get swept by the Rays and that’s what it would take to get ahead of them by a game because the Yanks ain’t sweeping anybody even Boston. Os win 1/3 vs Rays, Yanks win 2/3 vs Sox and that’s still a big if considering they just lost 3/4 to the Jays and we have a 1 game playoff. Os take 2/3 and we’re flying out west to Oakland for the WC.

      • Evan3457

        Not so fast, Sakimoto.

  • Hoss

    Hmmm… Jim Thome, who has 600 HRs, goes opposite field, against the shift to plate a run for the O’s. Because he knows that his team needs the win. Can any of the egos on this team do that? Texeira, Cano, Granderson, A-Rod et al? Not a chance.
    I don’t care if this team wins today and the next 3 + playoffs. It is an awful team to watch and follow. Would be very pleased to see Cashman out after constructing this disaster. The only bright spot has been the one thing he rallied against: Soriano.

    • Chilango

      this

    • DC

      So many things wrong with this post.

      • Hoss

        Do people call you DERP on Saturdays?

        • DC

          DO people call you stuart on Wednesdays?

        • The Guns of Navarone

          Good one.

    • Winter

      Over his career Thome has gone the other for 20% of his hits. Teixeira, on the other hand, has hit to opposite field only 9% of the time.

    • Candi

      You make a great post, but you have to also realize why Cashman designed this team. It isn’t just about winning; its about selling ridiculously expensive seats at Yankee Stadium. The make up of this team – big names and big contracts – is about attracting the Wall St. crowd to the stadium.

      When George ran the team, it was about winning. Now its about business.

  • eric k

    It’s almost as if hitting home runs at an unsustainable rate isn’t a great way for an offense to operate.

    • 28 this year

      It’s almost as if the next two teams in that same stat are the A’s and Orioles. Oh wait, my statement is true and yours is dumb.

    • WhittakerWalt

      You mean like the 2009 Yankees, who set a team record for homeruns?
      What did they do in the playoffs? I forget.

  • Joe F

    WILD CARD PLAY IN GAME HERE WE COME!

    Yea I’m panicking.

    • jjyank

      I’m still trying to hold on to Zen Baseball.

      Trying.

      • Joe F

        I lost Zen.

        LOST ZEN!

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

        The fact that you still are is remarkable.

        That said, most Yankee fans I’ve seen have long broken from it. You are also allowed to.

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

    So far, another uninspiring performance by the Yankees offense.

    Turn that shit around, or 1st place is all gone for good.

  • Karl Krawfid

    Hate to say it, but I would rather have AJax and his Defense than Granderson and his home runs.

    • Need Pitching & Hitting

      AJax’s offense is better than Granderson’s this year as well.
      I can’t imagine anyone would take Granderson over AJax at this point.

    • The Guns of Navarone

      Don’t forget it took Kennedy to acquire Granderson as well. He’d have a hard time being worse than Nova.

  • Karl Krawfid

    Hey Hughes is pitching inside and having success!

    Who would have thought changing up location would make a big deal!

  • Mike N

    Hughes is settled down nicely. Now let’s score some runs!

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

      no positivity allowed!!!

    • http://stoogazzo@comcast.net Tom Morea

      Hughes is settling down getting ready to give up his 35th home run of the season, and counting. Dream on Krawfid, dream on.

  • Joe F

    Rays 2-0. Good. Good. Good.

  • Chilango

    It’s all bad luck. We’re just facing one Cy Young candidate after another.

    • Winter

      Of course the O’s get to face Zach Stewart, while we’re stuck with facing strike-out king Henderson Alvarez.

  • Chilango

    You’d think with the season on the line, Joe would have the balls to sit ARod

  • WhittakerWalt

    ARod really tagged that one.

  • Kosmo

    Alvarez is throwing nothing but fastballs daring these geriatric Yanks to hit it.

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

    I don’t know if it’s the building or not.

    But, once again, the Yankees are sleepwalking through this game. And if they don’t wake up soon enough, they’ll be waking up tomorrow in 2nd place.

  • Nice Scheister of Doom

    FUCK Boston, way to roll over.

  • Winter

    Anyone have a stat for how many Yankees losses this year where they have out-hit their opponent?

  • Mike N

    Motherfucker.

  • Karl Krawfid

    And that is the ball game.

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

    #obligatory Hughes Homer.

  • Need Pitching & Hitting

    For Phuck’s sake, Phil.

    First place was fun while it lasted.

  • WhittakerWalt

    HUGHES.

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

    And, with that, you can kiss first place goodbye.

  • Anthony

    I doubt the offense is going to make up this deficit. I hope I’m wrong.

  • Winter

    Did he just stare? I think he stared!

  • WhittakerWalt

    4 runs hasn’t looked this daunting in a long time.

    • Nice Scheister of Doom

      With Nolan Lee Halladay on the hill, it is.

  • Matt

    Lawrie should get drilled in the back in his next at bat. That home run celebration was unacceptable, and especially from a young kid who has not had a very good season.

    • Winter

      With Encarnacion hitting next? Not a chance. Plus I can’t remember the last time the Yankees retaliated for anything.

      • http://stoogazzo@comcast.net Tom Morea

        Girardi, like Torre, doesn’t play like that!

    • Need Pitching & Hitting

      yep. They should give away free baserunners. That’ll help with the comeback.

      • Matt

        The only way they will come back is if the offense shows up, which it has almost never done in crucial spots this season. When the pressure is on, they don’t “flip the switch” like the idiots were saying they would. They crawl into a corner and die.

    • Nice Scheister of Doom

      He seems like a douchebag.

    • aarpyanks

      Throw a BP ball at him and he shouldnt celebrate…all this nonsense about doing the right thing…if the medicare yankees has some balls we will see revenge on the score card.

  • ArchStanton

    Going to lose three out of four to the Blue Jays. Talk about pathetic.

  • Endlessmike

    I bet you the Red Sox will give us a fight.The yankees you can tell aren’t giving it all.They look so tired.

    Looking at A-Rod is sad.Another 5 years of A-Rod looking bad and making $28 million.

  • Chilango

    Hahaha it’s time to get out the vaseline. Do they suck or what- of course it’s the 5th inning time for flying balls Phil to phucking give it away. Meanwhile the O’s are dismantling the Red Sox.

    This could be a blessing in disguise: maybe now the FO will wake up and make some ballsy changes.

  • Matt

    It almost doesn’t matter what Hughes does, seeing as they’ve scored 1 run off of Henderson Alvarez and can barely touch him despite seeing almost all fastballs.

    The offense gives the pitching staff almost no breathing room. Even when they score to blow a game open, it’s not usually until the late innings. Hughes would have to be pretty much perfect for his team to win today given the pathetic offensive showing.

    • ArchStanton

      Or Hughes could load the bases against the Twins and blow a good lead like he did last time. I have no sympathy for him.

      • Matt

        Hughes left the game with a 3-1 lead and 2 outs in the inning. How about his offense gives him a break for once, instead of forcing him to throw a shutout to win? He has more than done his job this season.

        • The Big City of Dreams

          Let’s not act like the offense hasn’t scored for Phil.

        • http://stoogazzo@comcast.net Tom Morea

          Philip Hughes is incapable of throwing a shutout. Philip Hughes is and will always be a bum!

    • UncleArgyle

      Great point. This offense is awful. Kevin Long cant be fired fast enough. Guy is a AAA coach, and its showing

    • Need Pitching & Hitting

      It absolutely matters what Hughes does. They have a better chance of coming back from 1 or 2 runs than 3 or more runs (even if the comeback is still unlikely).
      Bad offense doesn’t excuse shitty pitching.

      • Matt

        Gee, I never knew that giving up runs hurts your team’s chance of winning the game! Thanks for those words of wisdom.

        Unless the offense does its job, Hughes giving up runs is pretty much meaningless. To win the game right now, their pitching would have to be throwing a shutout.

        I said it earlier, and I said it now. If you can’t score at least 4-5 runs off of Henderson Alvarez you don’t deserve to win the game, period. These pitchers have done their job all year. They are entitled to a so-so start from time to time. It wouldn’t matter if the offense could bail them out from time to time.

        • Need Pitching & Hitting

          “These pitchers have done their job all year.”

          No they haven’t. Overall this year, the offense, even with it’s struggles, has been better than the pitching.

          Yankees have scored at least 5 runs in a game more than any team in baseball. They also have by far the lowest winning % in those games of any AL playoff team. The offense has been lousy at times. But the pitching has been even worse. I don’t know why you feel like you have to give the pitching a pass because the offense doesn’t do the job. The pitching hasn’t gotten the job done either.

  • UncleArgyle

    So options for the next manager? I think Francona has to be option #1. But I’m stuck thinking who else should make sense to interview for the vacancy.

    • Winter

      If they fire Girardi (still a big if, no matter what angry online commenters may say), I have my fingers crossed for Don Mattingly.

      • Candi

        I’m still not convinced about Mattingly. I think he CAN by a great manager, but he’s got a ways to go.

  • Eddard reboot v.1.0

    It’s over, folks. The Yankees can now hope at best for a 1 game playoff for the division crown. This after blowing a 10 game lead. The Os will not get swept by the Rays and that’s what it would take to get ahead of them by a game because the Yanks ain’t sweeping anybody even Boston. Os win 1/3 vs Rays, Yanks win 2/3 vs Sox and that’s still a big if considering they just lost 3/4 to the Jays and we have a 1 game playoff. Os take 2/3 and we’re flying out west to Oakland for the WC.

  • Karl Krawfid

    This is like 2004 all over again.

    A-Rod Jeter Granderson and insert any other Yankee all struggling at the same time.

    Man this is worse. Yankees had half a season to hold off Baltimore.

    • Winter

      Which Derek Jeter have you been watching?

      • Karl Krawfid

        The one thats batting 227 in his last 44 at bats.

    • Candi

      This is bad, but its nowhere near 2004. 2004 was a complete meltdown and catastrophe.

      The problems we see with the Yanks now have been ongoing since last year (pitching, RISPFail, A-Rod injuries, etc)

  • tut

    Girardi needs to be gone. 10 game lead lost. Shitty bullpen and position player management. (pulling Nunez in the 5th?)Cashman needs to be seriously examined also.

    • stuart a

      tut get a life. the players suck…

      cano hitting about 600 the last 5 games with what 1 rbi???

      this team sucks plain and simple…logan sucks, rapada walks to many batters, kuroda has not pitched well lately, fatboy the same, the offense is a slow stagnant brew of overpaid k men…

      good news we get tex back tommorrow. a guy who refuses to hit the ball to the left side of the field and simply strikes out way to often……

      • tut

        How many of Girardi’s moves worked out this year? He always seems to leave a pitcher either in to too long or pulls him too early. It’s time for a change. it happens with all championship teams.

      • Winter

        Sabathia’s last two starts have been 8 innings. In one he gave up 0 ER, in the other he gave up 2.

      • Need Pitching & Hitting

        throw girardi a parade…..give him an extension…..everybody sucks……….

    • Candi

      They may not fire Joe, but I think this is the last year we see Kevin Long.

  • stuart a

    you got to tip your cap. we will come back tommorrow. i know what kind of players we have in our room. blah blah blah.

    this team is dead team wlking. they cannot get a hit with RISP.

    blow this wreck up.. do not sign Nicky. let him take his talents elsewhere. soriano will walk also. that is about $24 mill. DO not give grandy or crapo an extension….

    this team needs a blowup… arod gor a hit on a inside fastball, give him a friggin parade……the 3 and 4 batters on thsi team have 140 or so rbi’s on the season. yep arod has been hurt if healthy they would have had maybe 160 rbi’s…….OUCH…

    Hughes is a nice 4 or 5 starter that is it…they do just enough to lose….the magic # for the ofense is 5, when they score 5 runs they win a bunch but this team cannot score 5 consistently……

    old, slow, unclutch, overpaid, am I leaving any other positive attributes out????

    • Need Pitching & Hitting

      This team has scored at least 5 runs more than any other AL playoff team (and I believe more than any MLB team). And they have the lowest winning % in those games of any of the AL playoff teams.

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

    The fact that the Yankees fucked up this roadtrip the way they have really just shows they don’t deserve to be in first place at all.

    Minnesota and, especially, Toronto. Yankees have made the Jays look like a fuckin’ championship team this weekend.

    • Nice Scheister of Doom

      I agree. They don’t deserve to win the division. If they win the WC game, great but I’ve lowered my expectations for this squad. I’ll be surprised with every positive thing this club does moving forward in 2012, it’s easier that way.

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

        I can’t think of things that way.

        I know I got a great deal of pleasure out of the 2011 Red Sox collapse. These motherfuckers have done all they can to ruin that, and missing the playoffs altogether would complete the trick. Which would suck, because I was really hoping to get years of mileage out of that.

        • Candi

          The Red Sox collapse is due to a culture problem on that team.

          The Yankees collapse is an underperformance issue.

  • BigBlueAL

    With the way things are going the Yankees probably wont even be hosting the Wild Card game.

    • UncleArgyle

      The way things are going the Yankees won’t be a wildcard

    • UncleArgyle

      The way things are going the Yankees won’t be a wildcard

    • UncleArgyle

      The way things are going the Yankees won’t be a wildcard

  • Nice Scheister of Doom

    I blame the Hughes-Stach for this.

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

    Hughes really pouring gasoline into the raging fire now.

  • tut

    You can talk about the offense, but the starting pitching, lately, has been extremely mediocre.

  • Eddard reboot v.1.0

    The Os are winning games they have to win, you’d think they’re the veteran ballclub. And I don’t want to hear about them playing the Sox, we’ve played two of the worst teams in the league and managed to go 3-4 vs them. At best we’ll get a 1 game playoff vs the Os for the division crown. Most likely, we’re flying out to Oakland for a 1 game playoff and have to burn Andy for that game.

  • JonS

    Bringing in Lowe now is akin to giving up this game.

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

    More gasoline.

  • WhittakerWalt

    Thanks for shitting the bed, Hughes. No sense in letting our offense be the only failures.

  • Chilango

    Joe: he didn’t make his pitches. We didn’t get it done today. Phil: I didn’t make my pitches. I didn’t get it done today.

    • WhittakerWalt

      The Real Greg is going to tell the teacher on you.

  • Joe

    The worst scenario is we tie with orioles, lose division game and have Phil start wild card game. Bye 2012.

  • Moskva

    Game.Set.Match.

  • Zack

    Honestly,I wish Andy hadn’t retired last year. Because if he had stayed,I felt we could have won it all.
    This year though,this didn’t look like a championship team all year and it’s finally showing up now.

  • BigBlueAL

    All the good will Hughes had built up these past couple of months is completely gone after today’s pathetic performance.

  • Joe F

    I know this has been stated, but Girardi is an idiot. I wouldn’t mind him being fired.

  • Mike N

    Fuck this fucking game. I am sick to my stomach.

  • Anthony

    Someone light a fire under their ass!!!! I’m tired of watching this.

  • Endlessmike

    The only good thing going for us is we face the Red Sox the next three games and the O’s get the rays.Just like 2005-2008 the yankees are gonna limp into the playoffs.

    • http://twitter.com/mikhel2 Mikhel

      Really that’s a good thing? I say that has the potential of being one of the worst season endings ever, Red Sox will kick the flying arse of the NYY, will end up the season being the laughingstock of the worst teams in the AL East.

      BJays and Bosox will bully the Yankees out of first place and send them to a one game elimination at the hands of the A’s.

  • Eddard reboot v.1.0

    Girardi just announced that he will be DHing Robbie Cano tomorrow, giving Alex the day off and sending Jeter to a spa in Bermuda. He said he needs those guys to be well rested for the stretch run and is confident that Andruw Jones can carry the offense with his bat. David Robertson is unavailable unless 1 run has scored and 2 men are on base.

  • Phil-thy

    We just witnessed the inning that ensured Girardi is fired this offseason…

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

      20 internet dollars that doesn’t happen.

      • http://twitter.com/mikhel2 Mikhel

        20 dollars by me also.

    • Chilango

      Right. He leaves Hughes in too long with the division on the line. Phil was getting hit hard all game, never had really good stuff etc you’d think Joe would leave the binder in his ass once in awhile and actually manage the team.

      • http://twitter.com/mikhel2 Mikhel

        What??

        Manage without the binder??

        Are you crazy??

        No manager in history has been able to do thaaaaatt!!!!!

        UGH, how I hate JoeG right now.

  • stuart a

    another herois performance by a yankee. hughes coming up big today, that is a theme on a team a tema of big players coming up big in big momnets. you have cano, arod, texiera, between all of them they have zero walkoffs this season…

    russell friggin martin with the only 2 walkoffs for the team thsi season..

    hughes came up small again. good news we have Ivan no clue Nova going on tuesday. I am sure he will not give up any extra base hits on tuesday… Nova is a clueless player on a team of them.. Swisher is in denial.. really what or wh odo they duild around for next season? a 38 year old shortstop, a done toast shell of himself 37 year old 3B owed about $100 mill., or a overweight 32 year old pitcher who is throwing about 3 mph slower then in the past, or a 41 year old closer coming back from ACL surgery? A lot of attractive options……………..

    then they have 31 year old 225 hitting, 200 k’s , 40 homer CF, who cannot steal a base they can build around and waste another $45 mill on him………..

    • Need Pitching & Hitting

      need more parades…..and extensions……they should trade for ike davis……………

      • DC

        He’s especially grumpy today…I bet they haven’t changed his diaper.

  • dkidd

    12 outs left

    please show something, win or lose. anything but the flat enervated blasé vibe that has descended on this team like a foul mist

  • jjyank

    I blame the mustache.

    • Winter

      Mustaches don’t ruin pitchers. Pitchers ruin pitchers.

      But seriously, what’s up with the Stache?

      • jjyank

        Yes, thank you. Just trying to inject a small bit of humor in an otherwise depressing thread.

      • http://needanewnamegivesuggestions.tumblr.com/ Raul Ibanez AKA Tom Marvolo Riddle
        • Derek Holland

          I don’t always star in porn movies….but when I do, they’re in the 1970’s.

  • Anthony

    Michael Kay making a great point.

    • ArchStanton

      What’s that?

      • Anthony

        Well, 2 really.

        1. In a must-win game against a pitcher like Alvarez with a 4. whatever ERA, this offensive showing is basically pathetic.
        2. Instead of blaming Kevin Long at some point you have to realize that the players are just not producing.

        • jjyank

          And I agree with you (and Kay). I think blaming coaches and managers gets out of hand too often.

          • http://twitter.com/mikhel2 Mikhel

            I stopped blaming Long after that interview in the YES Network where he said “we need to do things differently, play small, not rely too much on homeruns” or something like that, and JoeG quicky dismissed it with the famous phrase “we are the Bronx bombers, not the Bronx bunters”.

  • Rich

    Glass half full time. Maybe this can be like the 06 Tigers, who choked their division by losing their last six games or something like tha and ended up in the World Series.

    Now glass half empty, no way the Yankees can do it.

    • Karl Krawfid

      1 game playoff now.

      Tigers lost game 1.

    • Matt

      Except the Yankees would have to win a one game playoff first against teams that are playing much better than they are right now, with a Pettitte who is not quite in midseason form yet.

      Detroit lost their division lead because they had a playoff spot locked up and decided to rest players. The Yankees would be limping into the playoffs with guys who are physically worn down and slumping mightily.

      • http://twitter.com/mikhel2 Mikhel

        This will mark the 3rd consecutive year where they’ve done that. In 2010 and 2011 they limped in the last days of the season (heck, they lost the division in 2010, right?).

  • Athenian

    I am shocked the Yankees are losing. Furthermore I manor seeing any supporting information that this team will snap out of this season long suckiness…usually backed up by insignificant statistics as runs scored, wins, and he easy schedule they are facing in the last week.

    Honestly, this could lead to a blow up of the organization which is really what is needed. However it won’t. yanks will panic sell what is left of anything on the farm and hand out more ridiculous contracts. S early congrats to Cano, Granderson, Swisher, and all the rest of the over paid under performing hacks. Collecting that paycheck that is guaranteed makes abysmal performance so much easier to swallow.

    • http://twitter.com/mikhel2 Mikhel

      Cashman and Levine already said there won’t be any changes in the managerial and coaching positions. Whatever happens, happens, they said, as both blamed the “injuries”, refusing to acknowledge that it has happened all year except June.

      The insistence of JoeG of going for the long ball with sub 0.200 players, and using a sub 0.320 OBP Granderson in the top of the order, sealed this team’s fate.

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

    Don’t worry, they’ll fuck up this chance as well.

  • Nikhil

    Let’s see how they fuck this one up.

  • ArchStanton

    Time for Curtis to do jack sh-t.

    • Athenian

      How can you say that he hits home runs once out of every 15 AB! Tat is prolific!

      • http://twitter.com/mikhel2 Mikhel

        Sure, but he has 27 solo homeruns out of his 40.

  • aarpyanks

    Michael Kay is so stupid, shows that a big head could contain mostly BS. He doesnt want any blame for Kevin Long for the suffering offense, then I am guessing he wont assign credit for correcting Grandys and Swish’s swing you cannot choose the benefits and keep ignoring the “cost”.

    • Winter

      This makes exactly 0 sense. How is it Kevin Long’s fault that Granderson swings at that pitch? You can still give him credit for what he actually does and not blame him for what he can’t control.

      • aarpyanks

        Sure it isnt, but you can still assign some part of the overall blame without picking each at bat and criticizing Kevin Long, which is not what I said.

        The timing of my comment seemed to coincide the Granderson’s swing and miss, but the point is larger, if he has made people better over the years, then it is fine to investigate if some part of why they fail to execute is also his responsibility.

        • http://twitter.com/mikhel2 Mikhel

          You’ve gotta read the interview of Kevin Long where he said they need to change things. But after that interview, Joe Girardi said everything was OK and nothing needed to be changed “we are the Bronx Bombers, not the Bronx Bunters”.

          Kevin Long KNOWS things need to change, JoeG doesn’t want to, you can’t blame the coach if the manager tells their players to do something different.

  • Mike N

    Please turn this into a real rally!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Mike Myers

    Phil Hughes is the Sam Adams Cherry Wheat of pitchers.

    I get a cherry wheat every once in a while thinking it will be good. then I take a sip and it tastes like cough syrup. The worst thing is, i keep making the same mistake. I think it might be good, one day, but never is….

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

      I liked the initial comparison, but I disagree w/ why one is like the other.

      I get a Cherry Wheat once in a while and I like it for the first half of a pint, any more than that and I’ll get sick, but my bartender knowing me will have a second pint ready for me at that point so just to be kind I’m forced to stomach the rest of it.

      • http://twitter.com/mikhel2 Mikhel

        Hughes is like a drunk call to an ex-GF.

        You know is not right, but every week you end up calling when half of your brain is ‘asleep’.

  • JTALES

    This is why, ultimately, it may not matter if its WC or Division camps. It’s not like any of the starting pitchers is a stone-cold lock anyway. Just pitch whoever’s up when the WC game comes around and hope for the best.

  • Nice Scheister of Doom

    So the ump just wants face time?

  • WhittakerWalt

    Another perfectly useless AB by Granderson.

    • Rich

      Everyone blames A-Rod and rightfully so, but Granderson is one of the main reasons why we are here right now. He has turned into an automatic out at times

      • ArchStanton

        Granderson has been the worst offender.

      • Hoss

        You mean that Granderson wasn’t the best trade of all time for the Yankees? Giving up farmhands like Austin Jackson and Ian Kennedy and a spare part like Phil Coke for a superstar, gold glover like Curtis? Please…

        • http://twitter.com/mikhel2 Mikhel

          You want a great trade? Paul O’Neill for Roberto Kelly, though at the time i whined because Roberto was one of my favourite players.

          A bit OT here but: I’ve had a chance to chat with Roberto in San Diego when they play the Padres, cool guy. One of these days I’ll take a Roberto Kelly baseball card and ask him for an autograph, and will give him one card in a plaque, as a thank you for all those memories of my beloved late 1980’s early 1990s Yankees.

  • Matt

    1st and 3rd, no outs, and the results have been: tapper to the mound on a pitch nowhere near the zone, grounder to first on a pitch nowhere near the zone. This team simply does not get tough in important situations.

  • Nice Scheister of Doom

    I love Curtis Granderson, not in a gay ball slapping way or anything just love him as a player. But, C’Mon Man!

  • Matt

    Of course the umpire decides to expand his strike zone in the most important at bats of the game thus far. Shocking.

    • Nice Scheister of Doom

      I blame….
      “During a game on May 30, 2012, Díaz got into an unusual argument with New York Yankees catcher Russell Martin. According to Martin, Díaz punished the catcher for disputing the strike zone by not letting him throw new baseballs out to the pitcher (a preference of Martin’s) and claiming that this ability had to be “earned.”

      It’s Laz’ way of retaliation.

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

    Wow. That was outside.

  • WhittakerWalt

    Wow I can’t believe they wasted that man on second, no out situation.

    • toad

      Why not?

      • WhittakerWalt

        Because I was kidding and I can totally believe it.

  • Karl Krawfid

    1 run.

    Gawd Damn.

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

    They fucked it up in every way they could.

    Unreal.

  • Matt

    Hanging slider right down the middle at 91. If you are geared up for the fastball as you should be against Alvarez, that pitch is deposited in the second deck.

    What can these hitters possibly be looking for? Especially the right handed batters against whom he has thrown almost 100% fastballs.

  • Rich

    I love this team I really do. But it’s funny in the past eight years I witnessed them blow a ten game lead in the division and a 3-0 lad in the playoffs.

  • Karl Krawfid

    Yankees against Clay and his Changeup.

    Good luck.

  • Big Members Only (formerly RI$P FTW)

    $200 million.

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

    Oh God, Brett Cecil now. Another soft-tossing schmuck that the Yankees can’t hit.

  • goterpsgo

    I guess it was a good thing I didn’t order MLB.TV or Extra Innings this year – my remote would have been through a few TVs by now.

    OMG if the 0’s make it I hope TEX (or anyone else) gives them a good reaming.

  • ArchStanton

    So Lowe slices right through the Jays but Hughes gets shelled. Figures.

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

    This is the perfect time to pinch hit Nunez if Joe truly believes that Nunez can be an “offensive spark plug” I mean he’s hitting for the DH leading off the inning against a LHP. However since the tying run isn’t on base or at the plate I’m sure Chavez hit’s for himself.

  • Matt

    The difference is that Baltimore is doing what you should be doing against some of the worst pitching in all of Major League Baseball, and the Yankees are not.

    As many numbers as you want to cite about how many runs they have scored or how many home runs they have hit, the Yankees have gotten to this point pretty much entirely on the backs of their starting pitching. If the starter has a bad outing, they pretty much never win the game. And for this team, “bad” can mean 4 or 5 runs.

    When they went on their tear in June, the starters combined for an ERA under 2.00. Otherwise, the offense simply does not get enough big hits for them to win many close games. Just look at how many games they have lost by 1 run in the 2nd half. They should have won the division by 5-10 games EASILY.

  • Tom

    Well at least Alvarez drove in a run for them in the 6th

    Who knows how the inning plays out without the wild pitch but there is a chance they get nothing without it.

    Even Justification Man is not around to offer up excuses on this one.

  • Chilango

    Henderson Alvarez is the guy who bounces them out of first what a joke.

  • Mike N

    DO SOMETHING THIS INNING!!!!!!!!!!!

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

    And my feed has died.

    Probably a good thing. Now I can watch this incredible shitfest.

  • Matt

    Let’s see if this team can focus for once with runners on base in the most crucial at bats of the season.

  • Mike N

    MUST RISPHIT NOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Anthony

    This is our chance. If we don’t do something hear I doubt we comeback.

    • Anthony

      *here

  • Karl Krawfid

    Blue Jays again trying to give this game away.

  • eric k

    Would be a real statement if the Yankees game back and won this game. Could be our best chance here.

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

    If you told me 2 months ago that in this situation I would want Ichiro up in this situation I’d laugh at you.

  • Matt

    Wow. I don’t know how that dropped in. I thought that was a lazy flyout.

  • Nice Scheister of Doom

    Shit…… It’s Steve “Shutdown” Delabar! Gulp!

  • Winter

    That feels like the best luck we’ve had in a week. Now let’s actually score…

  • JonS

    It’s funny how the people Giradi doesn’t like to play shine when they get a chance.

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

      Please don’t tell me you’re talking about Nunez…he was given SO MANY chances to succeed early in the season and proved he couldn’t throw at all from anywhere.

      • Matt

        He could still be used as a DH from time to time instead of using the spot to rest everyone in the most important games of the season.

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

    Alex. This is your biggest AB of the season. Do something positive please.

  • Effthisnoise

    Well yanks, here it is

  • Captain_Turbo

    Jays fans yelling, whistling, calling out our players’ names loudly when they’re batting, chanting “Yankees suck”… Are they trying to outclass Sox fans or something? What a bunch of losers…

    • Winter

      To be fair, A-Rod has never been very well liked in Toronto…

      • Captain_Turbo

        If it was just when A-Rod was up, I could understand, but they’re yelling at Jeter… bunch of hillbillies.

        • Mike N

          Fucking hosers.

      • kpantz

        Ha!

        • Candi

          You beat me to it :)

    • Karl Krawfid

      Remember the “Ha” play.

      Yeah.

    • Winter

      A-Rod may be struggling, but great at bat there.

      • Winter

        Whoops, not supposed to be a reply. Sorry.

  • Nice Scheister of Doom

    New York “Sac Flies” Yankees!

  • Karl Krawfid

    Why does Alex have all that shit in his mouth?

    That is not gonna help you hit.

    • Winter

      He always has that… when he’s been good and when he hasn’t.

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

    Wow…Alex having a hell of an AB. I hope he comes through with at least a walk.

  • aarpyanks

    home run

  • Anthony

    Nice job working the count A-Rod.

  • Karl Krawfid

    Best at bat from Alex in a while now.

  • Mike N

    C’mon, Robbie!!!!!!!!!!

  • Joe F

    Clutch walk.

  • Chilango

    Nice AB ARod down 0-2 gets a walk.

  • Matt

    I didn’t know that you were allowed to make adjustments in the middle of an at bat? Who knew that you didn’t have to swing at the same offspeed pitches in the dirt repeatedly with runners on base? Curtis Granderson could learn a valuable lesson from that at bat.

    • WhittakerWalt

      No, he’d rather swing from his heels even on an 0-2 pitch in the dirt.

  • dkidd

    a-rod way too happy to take that walk

    /oldie but goodie meme

    • Winter

      Don’t knock A-Rod for that at bat. That was a great at bat.

  • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan

    A-Rod should do roids again.

  • Captain_Turbo

    We need a Robbie classic right about now…

  • Tom

    Nic discipline Robbie. Hero ball.

    • Tom

      *Nice*

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

    Jesus Christ Robbie. Wait till the pitch leaves the pitchers hand before you decide to swing.

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

      or…yeah just do your thing :D

  • Mike N

    YEAH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! HUUUUUGE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Effthisnoise

    Life!

  • Karl Krawfid

    HUGE.

    HUGE.

  • Anthony

    Am I dreaming?

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

      Is this real life? Or is just fantasy?

      • Anthony

        Caught in a landslideeeee

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

          No escape from Reality!!

  • Matt

    WHAT UNIVERSE IS THIS??? CLUTCH BASE HITS???

  • Joe F

    CLUTCH CANO. AQUA VAMO! CANO E IL FUEGO AI PAPI!

  • Winter

    YES!

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

    There’s almost no chance the Yankees can tie this game here.

  • WhittakerWalt

    “The Yankees can tie the game ON AN OUT!”

    LOL, because they’re really great at doing that.

  • flamingo

    YEAH.

  • Captain_Turbo

    Nice hit, Robbie.

  • Derek Holland

    ROBBIE!

    • jjyank

      err…

      ROBBIE!

  • Tom

    Got a strike to hit and hit it…It’s amazing how good Cano is when he doesn’t chase pitches.

  • Mike N

    My wife is watching the Jets game, and reports a crazy play: Holmes caught the ball and then fell to ground injured, for some reason tossed the ball in the air while lying on the ground, and a 49er grabbed the ball and ran it back for a TD. She says they are reviewing the play and that Holmes is really hurt.

    • Mike N

      Ruling upheld: catch, fumble, TD.

  • Winter

    I don’t want to jinx anything here, but the Red Sox actually managed to score a run. Two actually! Good for them.

    • kpantz

      Of course, they followed that up by running themselves out of the inning. Pickoff, then a quick 4-3 and the O’s are cruising.

  • dkidd

    it’s alive!

    it’s alive!!!!!!!

    /lightning flashes

  • Chilango

    Big and Clutch. wow

  • Matt

    Now Swisher better not screw this up

  • Effthisnoise

    Fuck yes!

  • Karl Krawfid

    OMG YES!!!

  • Mike N

    YEAH!!!!!!!!!! Very good baserunning!!!!

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

    WE’RE TIED?! HAHAHHAHA ON THE WILD PITCH!!!

  • Candi

    Thank god the Blue Jays want to give this game away.

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

    Thank God Arencibia couldn’t grip it.

  • flamingo

    YES!

  • Joe F

    ALEX IS TEH CLUTCHEST BASERUNNER!

    • Winter

      You say this sarcastically (I think), but A-Rod is actually one of the best baserunners on the team.

      • Joe F

        I know he’s one of the best baserunners. I’m bad at the internetz.

        • jjyank

          Rule of thumb: If you use “teh” instead of “the”, it usually infers mockery.

  • Chilango

    Plate him Swish no fucking around

    • ArchStanton

      Has to, Granderson is on deck.

  • Captain_Turbo

    We still love you, Alex.

  • Anthony

    TALK ABOUT SHIT LUCK.

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

    You can’t make that shit up…

  • Effthisnoise

    Wow

  • Mike N

    FUCK!

  • Karl Krawfid

    Fuck…

  • WhittakerWalt

    Fucking Escobar, that homophobe.

  • Joe F

    FFFFFFF

  • jjyank

    I’ll fucking take it. TAKE THE LEAD.

  • Joe

    Bullshit luck

  • Need Pitching & Hitting

    Dammit, da fuck. And shitty baserunning.

    Freeze on a fucking line drive.

    • Winter

      Honestly, nothing Cano could do there.

      • Need Pitching & Hitting

        He might have been doubled off anyways. But he needs to freeze on a line drive, not take off running. He’d at least have a shot at avoiding the DP.

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

    Fuck you you goddamn homophobe.

    • http://twitter.com/mikhel2 Mikhel

      LOL not to condone what Escobar thinks or says, but what he had written in his eye shades the other day, would roughly translate as “cry baby”, a common phrase used in hispanoamerica when a player doesn’t give his all in the field.

      But of course, that is in hispanoamerica, in Canada/USA it is viewed as a homophobic slur. Actually there is so little anybody can say without it being considered racist (comes to mind the Phillips-Pirates affair a few weeks ago, when he heard “kid” and said it was racist).

  • Tom

    Wow – great job by Swisher avoiding that. (I’m not joking)

    2 runs via wild pitch… ain’t pretty but at this point they need everything they can get.

  • flamingo

    TIE GAME.

  • Captain_Turbo

    Yeah well, Robbie’s never been an ace base runner…

  • Karl Krawfid

    Cano shouldn’t have gotten doubled off.

    Wasn’t gonna score on contact.

    Had to wait for that ball to get through.

    • Anthony

      The replay made it seem like he may have had some time to get back. It looked like he kinda just gave up. Hard to tell what could’ve happened.

  • jjyank

    Fuck you Escobar.

  • Matt

    Now they have to finish this game unlike the last few. There have been a lot of times that they have come back and then given up runs right away in the next few innings.

  • Kosmo

    a brand new ballgame

  • WhittakerWalt

    Our players have been getting doubled off a lot lately.

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

    Why is Derek Lowe still in this game?

  • Winter

    If the bullpen gives this lead up I’m gonna tear someone’s head off.

    • Winter

      I’m an idiot. A) we don’t have a lead. B) Sorry for the double comment.

    • ArchStanton

      With Logan, there’s a damn good chance they will untie things.

  • Karl Krawfid

    Joe is a fucking idiot.

  • Winter

    If the bullpen gives up run(s) here I’m gonna tear someone’s head off.

  • flamingo

    …Not sure I want Boone Logan here.

  • Tom

    Wow – surprised Farrell pinch hit here.

    • Winter

      Encarnacion must be hurt. No other explanation.

      • Need Pitching & Hitting

        Maybe he just wanted to get Boone Logan in the game.

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

        They just said something about him pulling something (I think they mentioned abdomen) on the Blue Jays radio.

      • Tom

        Ahh… yes. Gameday is saying hurt shoulder.

  • Kosmo

    Logan ? Hmmmm ?????

  • Matt

    Here we go again. Lowe is looking great, getting tons of ground balls and retiring some guys who have been on fire lately. But now that a lefty has come to the plate, he HAS to bring in a lefty. And not just any lefty, but Boone Freaking Logan.

    Why would you mess with a guy that is cruising? Same nonsense as usual. The more you mix and match, the more likely you are to pick a guy out of he hat who is not sharp on that day.

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

    …boone logan? Has he not fucked you enough lately Joe. You’ve officially Scott Proctor’d his ass.

    • Tom

      I’m going to set the over/under on TJ surgery at May 20, 2013

      Between the extreme usage and the # of sliders he throws, his elbow has to be a hot mess right now.

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

        I could see it. I think they’d discover something during the post season or pre-spring training physicals if there was something wrong though.

    • Austin Aunelowitzky

      Well, Joe is demonstrating great skill as a proctorlogist.

  • Captain_Turbo

    Seriously? Boone NALOOGY Logan?

    • Captain_Turbo

      I take it back. I love Boone Logan.

  • Winter

    Curtis Granderson would have struck out on that pitch.

    • Joe F

      Kurtis.

  • Karl Krawfid

    Garbage pitcher man.

  • Nice Scheister of Doom

    Where did the second pitch of the AB miss?

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

    This is a Phil Hughes-esque AB.

  • Mike N

    HUUUUGE K!

  • ArchStanton

    Do you believe in miracles?!?!?

  • Chilango

    BIG K Boonie

  • jimmy

    Is it just me, or is Russel always freaking diving into dugouts.

    • ArchStanton

      Yes.

    • Captain_Turbo

      He heard that chicks dig scars…

  • jimmy

    Is it just me, or is Russel always freaking diving into dugouts.

    • ArchStanton

      No.

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

      I think Jimmy agrees with you =P

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

        Only a Seinfeld fan would know the joke here.

  • Winter

    Wait Girardi is sticking with Logan? What magic is this?

    • Chilango

      He was giving Escobar the base to get to the lefty.

  • Karl Krawfid

    Adam Lind is gonna come through.

  • Karl Krawfid

    wow.

  • Mike N

    Good middle relief!

  • flamingo

    Good job, Boone!

  • jjyank

    Boonetang.

    *gives cookies*

  • Captain_Turbo

    Grandy HR…

    Calling it.

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

    Is McGehee dead?!

    • Joe F

      Only to Girardi.

    • jjyank

      No, but Girardi’s dog is.

  • Joe F

    BBurtis?

  • Winter

    Granderson steals?

  • LIKE A FINE WINE

    hate this choice….

    • Winter

      Who would you pinch hit?

  • Tom

    This is a joke right? Girardi’s just messing with us?

    • Tom

      It worked – but that is a real head scratcher.

  • Joe F

    Ibanez!

  • Mike N

    Score some runs!

  • Captain_Turbo

    Jays fans must be drunk on all that crappy Canadian beer…

    • TomH

      Yep, you can be sure there’s lots of drunks, especially where I sat the other night.

      Of course, they think US beer is weak piss.

      • Captain_Turbo

        Bullcrap. You don’t know about US craft brewers then. Best beer in the world.

        • Captain_Turbo

          That should be “they,” not “you.”

          I get so emotional when I talk about beer.

        • TomH

          What’s this “you” stuff? I’m just telling you what they think about US beer. I can’t help it that they laugh at it.

          • Captain_Turbo

            See my correction…

    • Candi

      I gotta admit, canadian maple syrup is the bomb!

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

    I wouldn’t be completely against the bunt here.

    • Tom

      This is actually a spot where it makes sense to bunt.

      I would be stunned if Giardi doesn’t have Martin bunt.

    • Tom

      Derek Jeter – how ridiculous a season is he having? It is just absurd.

      Remember when the Yankees vastly overpaid him on this deal?

  • flamingo

    LET’S DO THIS.

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

    Well, don’t fuck this up, Yankees.

  • Winter

    First and second no outs? Girardi obviously calls for the bunt. Doesn’t matter how hot Martin is.

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

      Only need one run this late in the game. I’d much rather up my chances to score one run if it decrease my chances to score multiple runs.

      • Joe F

        Yup. Usually hate bunting, but less chance for a double play. It worked.

      • Mike N

        Yep. You absolutely have to bunt in that situation.

  • Joe

    Bunt avoid dp at all cost

  • Mike N

    Good bunt.

  • Joe F

    HUGE SAC!

  • Karl Krawfid

    wtf was Ibanez doing?

  • Mike N

    Yeah!!! Good job, Nunie!!

  • Effthisnoise

    Nice, but Ibanez didn’t go?

    • Winter

      Ibanez is about as fast as a turtle with velcro on its feet.

  • Need Pitching & Hitting

    Eduardo!!!

    But damn, I thought that was going to find the gap.

    • jjyank

      So did I. But I feel like we’re in a “beggars can’t be choosers” situation here.

  • Winter

    C’mon Nunie!

  • Joe

    But but nix plays defense and has experience

  • Anthony

    Okay, the inning isn’t over yet but I wish we could have done more with that. We’ll see. Now D-Rob and Soriano need to step up.

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

    Yeah, I’ll fucking take it. Well done, Eduardo.

    DRob-MFIKY. Finish this shit.

  • Chilango

    Nice sac by Stonehands.

  • Candi

    Are we actually playing small ball here? Are we actually leading this frippin’ game? Can we believe in miracles?

  • Chilango

    INSURANCE

  • jjyank

    YES YES YES

  • Austin Aunelowitzky

    Steal 3rd?

    • Winter

      There is zero reason to do that.

      • Austin Aunelowitzky

        They were giving it to him, you take it.

  • Joe

    Yes

  • Karl Krawfid

    Yes!!!

  • Anthony

    YES!

  • WhittakerWalt

    CAPTAIN!!!

  • Mike N

    OH, YEAH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! El Capitan!!!!!

  • Joe F

    More happy for Gardy scoring. haha. 7-5!

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

    Well done Jete.

  • Chilango

    The Capt and Gardy together again.

  • Jersey Joe

    EDDIE. THANK YOU.

  • Captain_Turbo

    Great that they’re doing this with small ball…

  • jjyank

    This game has become awesome. Shut down bullpen pleaase!

  • Effthisnoise

    Damn Ichiro gave that a ride

  • Mike N

    OK. Now D-Rob and MFIKY must shut them down!

  • Eddard reboot v.1.0

    These guys like Ichiro and Nunez have saved our season. People wanted to write them off but they’ve came up big in the biggest game of the season. Probably saved Girardi’s job for the time being.

  • Chilango

    It’s on the pen. Let’s go.

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

    Sierra-Arencibia-Hechevarria

    Make it as smooth and easy as it should be, Dave.

  • Chilango

    Go after these fuckers Robbie no screwing around.

  • Effthisnoise

    Throw the curve

  • Chilango

    Nice two heaters and the curve and not one cutter….good job

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

    1-2 was a strike, but DRob never makes it easy.

  • TomH

    He really doesn’t want to face Lawrie with guys on base.

  • Effthisnoise

    Frozen pizza

  • Karl Krawfid

    Nasty D-Rob!

  • Mike N

    Good job, D-Rob!!!

  • Chilango

    Good things happen when DRob throws the curve.

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

      +1

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

    RIGHT THERE.

  • jjyank

    One more inning. Come on MFIKY!

  • CountryClub

    Angels have 2 on in 9th

    • Kevin

      2 runs!

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

    Well, Baltimore has won, officially, so now the pressure is on MFIKY to ensure the Yankees stay pace.

  • Rocky Road Redemption

    I can’t believe we’re currently leading this game.

  • Effthisnoise

    Cano, lol

  • Need Pitching & Hitting

    Nice Robbie.

  • Mike N

    FINALLY!!!!!

  • Yanks99

    I hope Tex was taking notes.

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

    Come on Nick, Garbage Time!!!

    • Winter

      Except insurance runs are important and this isn’t garbage time (but don’t tell him that).

  • jjyank

    Wow…that actually was kind of a good idea by Robbie.

  • Chilango

    2-4 with a walk for ARod not bad, The wrist injury may have messed with his power but if can adjust and start hitting for avg that would be great.

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

      Huge A-Rod supporter, but Alex’s power hasn’t been there all year. Hopefully he can just get back to what he was doing before the wrist injury average/OBP wise.

      • jjyank

        Between age and his hip surgery, I think his power is gone for good. But he can still be a productive player, especially for a third baseman. Even with his advancing age, I haven’t seen anything showing that he needs to move off third.

  • Nice Scheister of Doom

    Teach that to Teixieria, Robbie.

  • Need Pitching & Hitting

    Torii Hunter’s been getting some big hits lately.

  • zzzzz

    i wish we saw a bunt like that at least twice a game.

  • CountryClub

    If yanks and angels both hold o, home field will still be very realistic. Next 3 days are going to be great.

  • Mike N

    Can we please score multiple runs with BLNO?

  • Karl Krawfid

    Fuck yeah!!!!

  • Mike N

    Thank you!

  • fabricio

    i hope everyone whos slumping wakes up for the rest of the season

  • Need Pitching & Hitting

    Insurance Runs!!!!

    More please. Give Soriano the night off.

  • stuart a

    if the yanks hold on best win of the season and they still need to rebuild this team in the offseason..

    best play of the day was the cano bunt to 3rd in the 9th, they should hvae done that 10 + times this year between tex, cano, and others….

    huge comeback they still are beer league players but a huge and clutch performance today.

    grandy the worse 100 rbu year I have seen in a while….

    derek lowe came up huge today……..

    • jjyank

      parades…..parades…..moar parades…..

    • Rocky Road Redemption

      This is the most unoptimistic optimistic post I’ve ever seen.

  • Effthisnoise

    Wow what a great comeback game for the yanks. Hopefully momentum. Rays stay alive, those games against Baltimore will be meaningful, Baltimore will be in trouble

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

    C-Dick, finish them!!

  • jjyank

    Wooo!!

  • stuart a

    soriano needs to pitch he has pitched to a few batters in 7 days…

    send him out there regardless….

  • Tom

    Baltimore players standing on the field watching the (potential) last outs of the Angels/Rangers game – a real quaint moment. MLB Network had a split screen where the shot of Baltimore watching the game is actually bigger than the feed of the game.

    Only problem is Nathan blew the save and than they head off the field.

    I want the Angels to lose but I am glad that I now don’t have to watch an endless loop on ESPN showing Baltimore’s reaction had the Rangers closed that out. And how “special” a moment it was.

    • Tom

      and then they head off the field… THAN? (yikes)

    • Rocky Road Redemption

      Weird they’re watching that game but not NY-Toronto.

      • Tom

        They usually cut in for the last 1-2 outs of games that matter.

        (They’ll do a split screen if another game has action – in this case apparently Baltimore standing on the field watching was “action”)

  • Anthony

    Now THIS is what playing the Jays should feel like. The Yankees deserve a lot of credit for coming alive today.

    • Candi

      The problem with the Yanks IMO is that they come alive only when they absolutely need to.

  • Rocky Road Redemption

    This is just unbelievable. Man, I thought we were SO dead.

    • Captain_Turbo

      We were… we got better…

  • CountryClub

    Almost makes up for yesterday. Almost….

  • Chilango

    Do NOT make it interesting here. Put them away,

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

    Really MFIKY?! Can’t just have a simple 1-2-3 and go home to play Boston Who you know is going to play us tougher than they played the Orioles.

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

    No hijinks, MFIKY.

  • Austin Aunelowitzky

    I’m pulling my hair out of my head, one by one.

  • Rocky Road Redemption

    Oh, come the fuck on MFIKY.

  • Effthisnoise

    Davis, lol

  • Need Pitching & Hitting

    No reason to make this more interesting, MFIKY.

  • Karl Krawfid

    Yep Joe G, it was a fastball.

    All they ever seem to throw that guy.

  • Captain_Turbo

    Ah man, come on…

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

    This series just wouldn’t be finished without hijinks and Rajai Davis shit.

  • Karl Krawfid

    OMG COME ON

  • Mike N

    WTF????

  • Need Pitching & Hitting

    Enough with this shit please.

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

    You gotta be fucking KIDDING ME, Raffy.

  • Chilango

    DP time. Bank it. Let’s go boys.

    • Pasta Stumbling Sojo

      Nice.

  • Mike N

    Huge DP.

  • Need Pitching & Hitting

    Huge.

    One more now.

  • Anthony

    Oh my god that was scary. Thank god for the DP.

  • Tom

    Huge… puts the tying run back into the on deck circle as well.

  • Captain_Turbo

    Would someone lend me a stamp so I can mail Soriano a strike?

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

    Thank you, homophobe.

    • jjyank

      +1

  • jay

    we have to get Lind here before Rajai Ruth digs in

  • Tom

    Huge… puts the tying run back into the on deck circle as well.

  • jjyank

    Thank you. Finish it MFIKY.

  • Roadgeek Adam

    THANK YOU!

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

    Untuck that motherfucker.

  • Mike N

    AWESOME!!!! What a huge important win!!!!!

  • Karl Krawfid

    Biggest win of the season.

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

      Every win from here out is the biggest win of the season. Now hopefully we can sweep Boston (I doubt it) and the Orioles lose 1 in Tampa.

  • Anthony

    A very unenthusiastic untuck by Sori. I’m happy with the win though.

  • Candi

    Soriano, keep that shirt tucked in

  • jjyank

    I guess non-save situations get a very half-hearted untuck.

    Either way. Great win, way to battle back boys.

  • Need Pitching & Hitting

    Nice comeback.

    If nothing else, this guarantees that Wednesday won’t be the last day of the season.

    • CountryClub

      Magic number still 1. If angels lose tonight you’ll be right.

      • Need Pitching & Hitting

        Worst they can do now is tie the Angels for the second wildcard, in which case they’d play a tie breaker game on Thursday.

        Regardless of what happens the rest of the season, Wednesday won’t be the last day of the season. It’s now just a question of how the season is extended.

        • CountryClub

          Good point.

  • http://twitter.com/mikhel2 Mikhel

    HUGE win, now… to get ready for the last three games of the regular season.

  • Rocky Road Redemption

    ANNNNNND BREATHE.

    THANK YOU WETTELAND SORIANO.

  • Jersey Joe

    YEEEEEEEEEEEEES

  • Joe F

    Great win. Nice to fight back. Lets sweep Boston.

  • CountryClub

    Division and home field on the line over next 3 days. Should be fun.

    • Joe F

      Can’t wait to go Wednesday night.

  • Rocky Road Redemption

    Wow, these are the three biggest regular season Yankee games in I don’t know how many years.

    • http://twitter.com/mikhel2 Mikhel

      1995 comes to mind, playing in Toronto.

      Velarde, Pat Kelly, Leyritz and Donnie baseball.

      A young Mariano and Jeter for a stretch near the end, Ausanio, Pettitte, Boehringer, Hitchcock and Jack McDowell.

      17 years ago… time does fly.

      • dkidd

        pat kelly’s home run to cap a 4 run ninth in the opener was the high point of my baseball life, until leyritz topped it a week later

        • http://twitter.com/mikhel2 Mikhel

          I had not yelled out of joy watching a baseball game in soooo long.

          I think it was near the end of that season when a ballgame ended when the ball hit Tony Fernández in the eye, in the middle of a rally in the 9th inning.

          • http://twitter.com/mikhel2 Mikhel

            Either Tony or Polonia… Had a black eye for days LOL.

  • http://twitter.com/mikhel2 Mikhel

    I just checked Soriano stats:

    Has pitched in 68 games including today.

    Has NOT given up hits in 29 games.

    Out of those 29 games he has NOT given up walks in 23 of those.

    Out of those 23 games he has NOT had runners due to errors in 20 games.

    Out of those 20 games where he has NOT had runners on, 15 were of 1 inning or more.

    Of those 15, just 2 were of more than 1 inning.

    Overall games of 1+ inning: 58.

    15 games of 1+ innings pitched with no runners out of 58 games: 25%.

    Let’s leave it at 18 since he doesn’t has the blame on those errors.

    (18/58) = 31%, in other words, Soriano has had runners 69% of the games where he is asked to pitch one or more innings.

    Great closer… and to think I hated Righetti back in the day when he was converted from starter to closer.

    • http://twitter.com/mikhel2 Mikhel

      Correction, re-checked, its 59 games of 1+ inning.

      18/59 = 30.50% without baserunners.

  • dkidd

    is a three-way tie in the al west still possible?

    have no idea anymore who to root for

    love it

    • http://twitter.com/mikhel2 Mikhel

      Nope.

      If Angels win their remaining 4 games, it will put them at 92 victories.

      If the A’s win their remaining 4 games, it will put them at 94, and it would mean Texas loses their 3 games vs A’s and end up with 92.

      If the A’s lose today, and Texas loses their late game tonight.

      Texas will need only a win to clinch their division.

      If the A’s sweep the Rangers, the A’s win the division, and the Rangers fall to a second place tie if the Angels sweep Seattle.

      If that happens, Texas and the Angels would play an elimination game to determine who wins the chance to play a one game playoff vs the other wildcard.

      There are various instances where we could watch two extra games (game 163):

      Yankees in Baltimore to determine who wins the Division
      A’s in Texas to determine who wins the division

  • Mick taylor

    It is noted thatgirardi did not pinch hit andruw jones for ibanez in the 8th inning against the lefty. And then ibanez got the hit which turned into the winning run. Does anyone think playoff tested Derek Lowe should make the playoff roster over Garcia or eppley

    • Get Phelps Up

      I know Jones sucks, but your obsessive hatred of him is just insane.

  • JonS

    Hahahahahahaha mini untuck.