Lester asks for a loss, Yankees instead give Sox a win


If there’s one thing you can say about Tuesday night’s loss to the Red Sox, it’s that the Yankees definitely earned it. They didn’t cash in on run-scoring opportunities (as usual), made mental mistakes on the field, and let Boston’s best hitters beat them despite a depleted lineup. Once again, the division lead is down to zero.

(Jared Wickerham/Getty)

Death By A Million Cuts Dinky Hits

You know what the worst part of the game-losing ninth inning rally is? It’s that only one of the three hits was hard-hit. Willie Mays Pedro Ciriano managed to get the bat on a David Robertson curveball that was literally three or four inches off the ground — the third straight curve after two swings and misses — for a ground ball single, and then Mike Aviles fouled off a bunch of fastballs before reaching on an infield single to Derek Jeter‘s right. With men on first and second with one out, Jacoby Ellsbury lined Robertson’s 29th and final pitch of the night to right for the walk-off single.

With injuries and trades depleting their lineup, the Sox only have three legitimate MLB caliber hitters these days. Cody Ross is a platoon guy and faced righties all night, so he was rendered moot. Ellsbury and Dustin Pedroia managed to 7-for-9 with a double (Ellsbury) and a homer (Pedroia) though, and they’re the two guys the Yankees couldn’t let beat them. The rest of the Boston offense went 5-for-27 with eight strikeouts. That’s not the sole reason why they lost the game, but letting those two do so much damage was a huge contributor.

(Jared Wickerham/Getty)

Blown Chances

It took all of 17 batters for Jon Lester to set a new career-high with six walks, and a little later in the game he tacked on a seventh for good measure. He became the 15th pitcher to walk seven or more hitters in a game this year (16 total instances). Only two of those walks came around to score though, and that happened five innings apart. The Yankees went 0-for-9 with runners in scoring position in-between Robinson Cano‘s run-scoring ground out in the first and Jeter’s two-run bloop double in the sixth, and they left men on-base in every inning Lester pitched as well.

All told, New York went 1-for-12 with men on second and/or third, including 0-for-2s for Curtis Granderson, Alex Rodriguez, Nick Swisher, and Steve Pearce. The lone hit was Jeter’s bloop, a well-placed two-strike cue shot that hopped the short fence in right after Nix bunted the runners up, so hooray small ball I guess. That was it though, no one else really came close to getting the proverbial big hit. It’s been a season-long problem and it’s gotten to the point where RISPFAIL has a mind of it’s own.

(Jared Wickerham/Getty)

The Hiro We Deserve, Not The Hiro We Need

It wasn’t a great outing for Hiroki Kuroda but it certainly wasn’t terrible. Three runs in 6.1 innings isn’t the end of the world, especially when several of the eight hits he allowed were dinky little infield knocks. The problem is that he gave back two one-run leads, including the second one in the span of three pitches (Pedroia’s homer in the sixth). I don’t mean to single out Kuroda because he is just the latest offender, but the Yankees have had some major problems holding leads in recent weeks. I mean giving it back in the span of an inning too, not just at some point later in the game.


(Jared Wickerham/Getty)

Robertson ended up taking the loss in his second inning of work, becoming the first full-time Yankees reliever with seven losses in a season since Jeff Nelson in 1997. He was dominant in the eighth through, striking out the side before getting beat in the ninth. Boone Logan forgot to cover first on an Ellsbury ground ball hit in the seventh — Swisher ranged too far off the bag for the ball anyway, plus I doubt Boone was outrunning Ellsbury — but Joba Chamberlain continued his strong pitching by escaping the bases loaded, one-out jam with a ground ball to first (runner forced out at home) and a pop-up to short by Pedroia. Joba’s been coming up big of late, it’s good to see.

I didn’t understand the pinch-running in the eighth and ninth innings. Running for Andruw Jones with one out in the eighth makes sense, but Nix didn’t even give Chris Dickerson a chance to steal. He bounced into an inning-ending double play on the first pitch. In the ninth, Eduardo Nunez ran for Swisher with one out, then he got caught stealing for the second out. With A-Rod and Cano coming up, you gotta let them bat with a man on-base in the ninth inning of a tie game, especially in that ballpark. Running for Swisher is fine, but I don’t like the steal attempt. First base is scoring position for those two hitters.

Andruw actually reached base three times, once on a single and twice on a walk. It was his most productive game in a long time. Jeter and Russell Martin each had a hit and a walk, plus Nick Swisher doubled and singled. Hopefully he’s starting to snap out of his slump. The three-four hitters went a combined 0-for-7 with two walks and four strikeouts, three by A-Rod. Fourteen base-runners and three runs. That’s how the Yankees roll these days.

Box Score, Standings & WPA Graphs has the box score and video highlights while ESPN has the updated standings. The Orioles stomped the Rays in the opener of their series, so they are once again tied with the Bombers for first place in the AL East. Tampa is two games back and they have to win the second game of that series to balance things out now. The magic number still sits at 22.

Source: FanGraphs

Up Next

Same two teams on Tuesday night, when David Phelps matches up against Aaron Cook. If they can’t pound that guy, then I don’t know what it’ll take for the offense to get going.

Categories : Game Stories


  1. Kramerica Industries says:

    These recap titles continue to get more brilliantly snarky with each new, impossible-to-believe loss this team accrues.

  2. Matt DiBari says:

    I hear Larry Rothschild plays a stunning rendition of Nearer, My God, to Thee

  3. Rich in NJ says:

    Girardi is managing as tight as a drum.

  4. JobaWockeeZ says:

    It’s amazing this joke of a team had a 10 game lead. Shame on the rest of the AL East.

    • Kramerica Industries says:

      Shame on the AL as a whole.

      I can’t remember the last time the league was this weak. No stand out teams anywhere. The fact that the O’s and A’s meet for a huge series this week is probably the scariest thing in baseball in decades.

      • Pat D says:

        Not really. The O’s and the A’s are teams with historical success. And within the last two decades at that. If it was, say, the Royals against the Blue Jays, that would sound scarier.

        • Kramerica Industries says:

          I’m talking more relative to 2012 expectations. The A’s and O’s were expected to lose about 180-200 games between themselves this year. Here they both are on the precipice of a playoff spot and perhaps both with a chance of winning their divisions.

          And if you really want to go scary, you need to include the Mariners somewhere in there. Only team in the AL today that hasn’t gone to the World Series.

        • Mikhel says:

          “The O’s and the A’s are teams with historical success. And within the last two decades at that.”

          Sure, if 5 winning seasons from the O’s in the last 20 seasons is “historic success”, then the Yankees have won every world series in the past 20 seasons.

          Oakland has had 9 winning seasons out of the past 20 before 2012: 1992, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006.
          Overal 1711 W – 1601 L including 2012 (51% winning percentage).

          Baltimore just 5: 1992, 1993, 1994, 1996, 1997.
          Overall: 1562 W – 1748 L including 2012 (47% winning percentage).

          14 winning seasons out of 40 seasons overall.

          The last time NYY, Baltimore and Oakland had a winning season the same year? 1981.

          19 winning seasons in the past 20 years, 1949 W – 1360 L for a 58.89% winning percentage counting 2012.

        • Mr. Sparkle says:

          The Mets and Royals have also had “historical” success. It would still be a surprise if they were playing games that were meaningful to them this September.

  5. Pat D says:

    How pessimistic have things become with my attitude toward this team? Once the Sniveling Little Rat-Faced Git hit his home run, I knew they’d lose.

  6. Zack says:

    Offense failed tonight…big time. Any other team would have knocked LEster out.
    We don’t deserve to make the playoffs,we really don’t.

  7. WhittakerWalt says:

    I hated every second of this game.

  8. Edmond says:

    Here is the million dollar question! Say we win and get in the playoffs, does anyone think we got a shot against the wsox or rangers or As? We have been swept by them! Who cares? This team isn’t going anywhere! WE CANT BEAT these lowly Rsux

  9. BigBlueAL says:

    Ive never hated a Yankee team in my life (unlike some Knick teams). I am genuinely beginning to hate this Yankee team.

    • Pat D says:

      I think this comment is silly, but to each his own.

      • BigBlueAL says:

        I hate watching this team right now. I know its silly to hate watching a team that is tied in 1st place and makes me look like a spoiled fan. I understand that. But watching this team right now is just not fun at all.

        • Pat D says:

          I agree it’s not fun to watch them, I just wouldn’t go as far as “hating” them.

          The only way I’d do that is if I felt they weren’t all trying. I don’t get that sense. It’s just bad execution.

          • dkidd says:


            what do you think of your team’s on-field execution?

            casey stengel:

            i support the idea

            • Girardi vs Sherman PPV (I'm buying) says:

              Yankees new some on field executions. I suggest lining Ibanez, Jones, Pearce, and McGehee for the firing squad. Gotta make sure Swisher knows the cost of failure.

          • BigBlueAL says:

            Agreed it has nothing to do with effort. Hate is probably too strong a word. I guess I shouldve said I dont like watching this team.

            Whatever words you wanna use right now to describe this team in a negative light is fine with me lol

            • Betty Lizard says:

              I don’t watch anymore. Oh, I’ll watch an inning now and then if it looks promising.
              I don’t wish the team ill or anything and I’m not yelling “they suck!” from the rooftop. I just don’t watch.

              I remember “summer” and “winning” (before the All Star break). Those were good times.

              • george s says:

                i agree, i don”t watch either. i watch to see good baseball and be entertained. the yankees do not provide any of that. i learned long ago that it is just not worth the agravation. just do not want to be angry and upset during and after every game. life is too short. do things you enjoy.

                • Massparking says:

                  I, too, don’t watch anymore. RISP fail, same bad story every night. No situational ABs. Painful. Hey RAB, how about pulling down the “magic number” icon?

          • Mikhel says:

            Well, they are not trying. They fail time and time again and they don’t change a thing in their approach.

            Kevin Long said “we need to change our approach, play small ball to move runners and try to scrape runs”, JoeG quickly told the hitting coach to shut up saying “we are the Bronx bombers, not the bronx bunters, this guys are paid to hit homeruns”.

            So there you have it, Rusell Martin and his 0.200 AVG batting 5th and only asks for fastballs vs fastball hitters (Mark Reynolds, the Orioles and the Bosox say heeeelloooo!).

            Curtis is on the verge of setting a NYY record in strikeouts (current record belongs to him with 169).

            Andruw Jones doesn’t run in the field nor when he bats, he can’t field and his throws are rarely good. He is good only vs LHP and still he only has 9 hits in his last 70 ABs vs LHP.

            Cano is again behaving like a spoiled brat who doesn’t run nor he covers first base.

            Ibáñez doesn’t run and can’t bat.

            They imploded a long time ago and are in free fall, but they don’t try and it seems they gave up hope… after all JoeG is always saying he is proud of their hitting, always using excuses, after the 5th time it gets tiring to hear him say “their pitcher was really good…”… Lester was ANYWHERE near good tonight and they were bitch slapped silly.

        • Jon G says:

          I agree that they are my least favorite Yankees team in memory. No interesting rookies, a lot of declining players, overall a lack of clutch hitting and spark. To put it plainly, they are not a “fun” team to watch

          • BigBlueAL says:

            I was too young to not enjoy the bad Yankee teams of the late 80′s/early 90′s. Heck I loved those teams lol. All the teams since 1993 have been good so we certainly cant complain about having to watch a bad product.

            But compared to the only team to miss the playoffs since 1995 this team really hasnt been that fun to watch at all. At least 2008 was the final season at Yankee Stadium so there was that sentimental value of watching the home games plus Moose’s run at his 20 win season made the final couple of weeks fun to watch at least when he was starting.

            These past few weeks have easily been the least amount of fun Ive ever had watching a Yankee team.

            • Andrew says:

              This team is golden compared to the CBS owned teams with Mike Burke running the show. Horace Clark was the starting second baseman for 7 straight years. The Stick, Gene Michael was our shortstop. Ron Blomberg was supposed to be the savior. This current generation of fans are spoiled. The team is still in the hunt. Letting Jesus Montero go was the start of the decline.

            • Jonathan says:

              2004 ring a bell?

              • Mikhel says:

                2004 was one of the best NYY teams in recent history (101 wins, almost 100 runs scored/received diferential), they just couldn’t handle the pressure against Manny and Ortíz RoidSox of 2004.

            • Mikhel says:

              Those 1980′s Yankees had fun while playing, they enjoyed playing baseball, they were gritty, they stole bases, bunted, hit homeruns… but their pitching was awful (though I enjoyed watching Guidry pitch whenever he was healthy, not to mention the Niekros and Tommy John).

          • Matt DiBari says:

            I think we’re forgetting that 2008 team that featured (heavily) Betemit, Pavano and Ponson.

        • Mr. Sparkle says:

          I feel the same way. I don’t care about the first place thing. That’s only because they were healthy when everyone else was hurt and they built up a big lead. Without the month of June, this team would have been out of first place a long time ago.

          I also don’t think it’s spoiled to ask your team to be at least competitive. I have no beef with Yankee fans complaining. If they were at least playing well and duking it out for the division, I’d say complaining fans might be spoiled. Any fan has a right to complain, and be bored about a team playing this poorly.

    • FIPster Doofus says:

      I empathize with your sentiment. They’re a waste of three-plus hours a day. The entertainment value is minimal.

      • Kramerica Industries says:

        And, in noticing recent trends, it kinda blows when you know that if the Yankees won their last game, they aren’t going to win the next game.

    • JobaWockeeZ says:

      The only players who I can stand without curing at are Cano, Jeter, ARod to an extent and Kuroda.

      The rest have their issues every other day.

    • Brian S. says:

      The Yankees are pretty boring. They can’t run or play defense.

  10. Benicio Del Toro says:

    We all know well enough by now that Pedroia and Ellsbury are going to give the Yankees fits, but holy shit, I’m so sick of this team getting beat by Pedro Ciriaco. The Yankees pitchers should just plunk him…he’s going to reach base anyways.

  11. Zack says:

    this team isn’t going anywhere in the playoffs. For that matter,none of the AL teams in the running look as good as the NL.

    • DT says:

      Funny because everyone is saying we only padded our lead by beating NL teams like the Braves or the first place Nats.

      • Mikhel says:

        They did:

        66-57 Vs. the American League
        13-5 Vs. the National League

        The Yankees might as well end up playing 0.500 vs the AL and finish the season 85-77. But wining 6 out of the last 12 games left is a bit too optimistic seeing how the NYY are playing right now.

        • DT says:

          Obviously this team can’t improve in play. They’ve played over .500 ball vs the AL the whole season. So it means they are more than anything under-preforming now. Which means unlikely or not, there is a chance for them to stop playing under .500.

    • FIPster Doofus says:

      Looks can be deceiving. The Rangers were technically way better than the Cardinals last year. How’d that turn out?

  12. Dale Mohorcic says:

    Any reason not to bring soriano in when Robertson got into trouble? Seemed a little odd after a one inning guy was coming up on 30 pitches. Or am I just being hyper-critical because this team is making me insane?

    • Get Phelps Up says:

      They should have brought in Rapada for Ellsbury in the 9th and Posednick after him.

    • Doug says:

      I agree, Robertson had a great eighth inning but he is really a one inning pitcher and was out of gas in the ninth

    • FIPster Doofus says:

      Closers aren’t allowed to pitch unless it’s a save situation. I think that’s one of the Ten Commandments or something.

    • Rocky Road Redemption says:

      Managers simply don’t go to closers in tied road games.

      Now, this is ridiculously stupid. But it’s an MLB-wide thing, not a Girardi thing, so I don’t blame Joe.

      It’s time some manager somewhere finally got the balls, or brains, to figure out that “saving” your best bullpen pitcher when you’re in a situation where you lose the game if you give up a run just makes zero sense.

      • Laz says:

        I’ve seen closers come in in tied games. If they came always in with the lead they would very rarely get a win. Mariano has 76 so he must come in sometimes with a lead.

  13. dkidd says:

    irrationally annoyed by this loss

    totally over girardi

    granderson strands the planet while ajax homers and kennedy outduels kershaw

    no faith in this team right now

    deep breaths…

  14. Girardi vs Sherman PPV (I'm buying) says:

    Smart move leaving Robertson in to throw 2 innings since we have an off day tomorrow…wait a minute

  15. Not a Nice Scheister says:

    Throw the ball at Pedro’s head tomorrow. That is all, good night.

  16. Jon G says:

    The Yankees honestly don’t deserve to get to the playoffs playing like this. After Girardi’s behavior the last few weeks, I’m starting to lose faith in his ability to keep this team properly focused. If they don’t make the playoffs, he’s gotta go.

  17. Girardi vs Sherman PPV (I'm buying) says:

    Even if Robertson held the game at 3 all after pitching two innings he would have thrown close to 40 pitches. Want to guess how many times Robertson has thrown 40 pitches this year? That would be never.
    Gotta go back to 2008 to find the last time he even threw 40. Out of the 3 times he has thrown 40 only 1 time has he done it without giving up a run. Girardi’s strength is managing the bullpen?

    • JohnnyC says:

      Don’t understand how Girardi could feel his bullpen is short. After all, Cashman acquired Derek Lowe just for these situations. And he even made that nifty trade of Chad Qualls for Casey McGeehee. Added value there, natch.

      • DT says:

        We have Wade, who has been good after Girardi proctor’d him earlier. Rapada can get lefties, Soriano could have pitched. There were options.

  18. Chilango says:

    Embarrassing loss, embarrassing team, “Maybe they won’t make it” Bobbie V is pissing himself laughing.

  19. wow says:

    I’m done with this team. Joke of a lineup. No sense of urgency.

  20. Rocky Road Redemption says:

    And yet, after all of this, I still look forward to the Yankees each and every day, even with excitement.

    I’m sorry. I don’t hate this team. In fact, if this team wins something, I may like them more than the 09′ team, because they’ve been through a Hell of a lot of adversity. I still say they win the division and even though I get intensely frustrated and bitch I can’t help it-each day I look forward to seeing them play.

    Go Yankees. The 2000 Yankees won 87 games and the WS. They nearly blew a nine game lead. We can do it!

    • BigBlueAL says:

      I regret using the hate term because I still do look forward to watching them every day and still root like crazy for them to win. If they win it all this season I will enjoy it as much as the other 5 titles Ive experienced. Just nice to vent a little.

      One thing about the 2000 team though was they were 2-time defending champs. I never for one minute expected that team to lose even in the playoffs after the horrendous finish to the season. This current team while they still have players who won it all in 2009 its a totally different team that I obviously dont give the benefit of the doubt to. Even after saying all that I still expect them to win the division which makes games like tonight even more frustrating to deal with.

    • Andrew says:

      Rocky you said it. I’m in India and the game comes on at 4:30am and I’m up by 3am cause I can’t wait.

  21. Rich in NJ says:

    Call up Montgomery, Adams, and Joseph, and actually give them some PT. This teams needs more talent…now. It beats watching declining veterans like Ibanez and Jones.

  22. Rocky Road Redemption says:

    By the way, let’s stop with this bullshit of not “deserving” the playoffs. The team who “deserves” the playoffs wins more games than the teams who miss out. That’s how the league decides who “Deserves” what.

    The point of the game is to win, not to win in non-frustrating ways. If they make the playoffs, they deserved it. It’s not like they cheated another team out of a spot.

  23. hornblower says:

    I don’t know if it’s more depressing to watch the team or read this page. Enjoy the pennant race. Winning is not a birthright. You have to do it on the field. Some here sound like depressed children. If they hit they will win. If not lick your wounds and move on.

  24. tipsie says:

    No problem leaving Robertson in there. Besides Soriano (maybe), who was the better option?

    1-12 RISP. That’s it. Right there. This is beyond ridiculous.

    As of tomorrow, it has been four weeks since we had consecutive wins. Think about that. 28 days. That is really, really hard to accomplish. All systems must fail for that to happen, and they have:

    poor SP
    poor middle relief
    blown save (Colby Rasmus HR)
    poor at bats (see: Cano, Robinson)
    poor hitting w RISP

    21 games is getting short…

  25. Rocky Road Redemption says:

    But man, if the Yankees win the division, that sense of relief will be so freaking awesome…

  26. Girardi vs Sherman PPV (I'm buying) says:

    If the Yanks lose tomorrow…with the way CC has been throwing of late and no Teixeira for at least two weeks, are we to believe that Steve Pearce and our platoon of AARP members are going to carry us? We could have had Hanley for a signed bat from the team!!! STEVE F’N PEARCE is what we got instead. Thanks Cashman. Thanks Hal. Way to chase 28

    • DT says:

      Where is Hanely going to play? Right field? You want to know how the other traded players have done after the deadline?

      Hunter Pence: .669 OPS
      Carlos Lee: .692 OPS
      Shane Victorino: .643 OPS
      Zack Grienke: 4.15 ERA
      Ryan Dempster: 4.4 ERA

      Boy those guys would have been game changers i tell ya. Why did Cashman not trade for them?

      • Girardi vs Sherman PPV (I'm buying) says:

        He would have played 3rd so A-Rod won’t go down for the rest of the year diving for a ball. A-Rod would DH. On days where Jeter DH’s Hanley would have played let’s see…

        • DT says:

          So what for Arod’s next 5 years we use him as a DH? Never mind the fact that Hanely is atrocious at defense and isn’t an offensive threat as he used to be.

      • Girardi vs Sherman PPV (I'm buying) says:

        Who would you want playing short when Jeter gets a day at DH…Nunez? Nix? Pena? or HAN-RAM!!!

  27. Girardi vs Sherman PPV (I'm buying) says:

    Cashman should be fired for not getting Hanley Ramirez….hear me out….

    1. Everybody knows the situation in Miami. Look at what LA gave up to get Hanley.
    2. Yanks could have alternated DH days for Jeter and Arod with Hanley playing mostly 3rd and some SS.
    3. Hanley is due about 16M a year. Less than what it will cost to bring back Swish.
    4. Yanks need to get younger. Bringing back Swish in his declining years isn’t as smart as Hanley.

  28. Kevin says:

    Btw,the Angels were down by three going into the 9th against the A’s..and now they are about to win the game.
    They have the hunger to win and not give up..we don’t.

  29. Kevin says:

    Btw,the Angels were down by three going into the 9th against the A’s..and now they are about to win the game.
    They have the hunger to win and not give up..we don’t.

  30. stuart a says:

    arod or crapo are not driving in Nunez from first base.. cano sucks under 180 with RISP…

    counting on arod or cano to get a big hit is a joke right?

    the lack of tack on run has been killing the Yanks for at least 40 games… swishers optimism and enrgy is getting old. the guy has gotten like 4 big hits in 4 seasons… when he leaves he should take some others with him..

    this is the least likeable team in forever.. no walkoffs no clutch anything….

  31. stuart a says:

    if they cannot beat aaron cook they need to just surrender. the guy has like 20 strikeouts on the season. he is horrible…

    robertson has not been that great this year, that is the bottom line. he got 7 L’s. nice guy, all that stuff but bottom line he has not done it when they have needed him late…..

    derek jeter with a bleeder as the only hit with RISP…..that was it.. 11 outs…1 productive out and that is it…6 hits again….

    cano may get 85 rbi’s give him a raise…..granderson has more rbi’s then him, that is all you need to know………

    • Get Phelps Up says:

      trade cano, granderson, arod, robertson, swisher and stuart a for ike davis…..

      ….then throw a parade……

      • stuart a says:

        cano sucks unless 180 with RISP is good. arod is unmoveable. no 1 not even the dodgers would take that overpaid, injury ridden, avg dh off there hands. swisher is a avg outfielder… at the end of the year his #’s will be more or less what they always are 250 ish, 20 homer, 85 rbi’s.. he will not do that next year on cleveland..

        the truth hurts this team sucks. they do zilch in the clutch period…

        robertson is 1 and 7, should they give him a raise? does the 1 and 7 not represent his performance late in games? his ERA is nice but far from lock down.

        kuroda until the last month or so was great since then not so much. he has been good but not a #2. the yanks #1 has been a 3.

        this team is bad.. there SS is having a great year but he is 38 and has no range…there CF is hitting low 230s, and strikes out like adam dunn, I can go on and on but it is not worth it.

        the last 1 is there $25 mill. 1B. the guy is a 255 hitter, who gets hurt a bunch.. he refuses to not swing for the fences….

        this team is a train wreck………

  32. jesse says:

    I actually liked sending Robertson out for a second inning. He is generally a one inning kinda guy, but he was so dominant in the eighth inning, you might as well send him back out for the ninth considering the rest of the bullpen (besides Soriano) is borderline s/a. Either way, it was a tough and stupid loss. Sick of the RISP fails this season, especially during this stretch of lackluster play.

  33. stuart a says:

    joba threw 6 pitches in his inning I thought bring him back at the time unless they go ahead and I posted that…

    after the 8th with robertson what choice do they have? there offense is killing them… yes they are 3rd in runs but they have so many more opptys. then other teams..

  34. Dan says:

    I’m really starting to get concerned about the clubhouse. The lack of fight in this team is astonishing…can anyone remember the last walk off or come from behind win?

    To me, ’09 is looking like more and more of an aberration of the last 12 years. It was the one year they were good at coming from behind…and it transferred to the playoffs. But these last 3 especially, with the lack of clutch hitting, have been tough to watch. And please Girardi, PLEASE stop playing not to lose. It’s painful to watch. Treat the Red Sox as they are, a last place team that deserves a pounding. Step it up boys.

  35. James A says:

    Tomorrow’s Lineup:
    Jeter SS
    Granderson CF
    A-Rod DH
    Cano 2B
    Swisher 1B
    Chavez 3B
    Ibanez LF
    Ichiro RF
    Cervelli C

    I’ve got a fever, and the only prescription is MORE FIST PUMPS!

    • Get Phelps Up says:

      Martin has been one of their better hitters in September. I’d like to see:

      Jeter SS
      Swisher RF
      Cano 2B
      ARod 3B
      Grandy CF
      Chavez 1B
      Martin C
      Nunez DH
      Dickerson LF

  36. Jonathan says:

    Least favorite times watching the Yankees:

    1) 2004 ALCS after having just missed the All-State game and losing my scholarships to have surgery on my shoulder and knee. Nothing like laying in bed in physical pain while not being able to play baseball for the first time in your life and all you can do is watch TV….and that happens. And we all know what TV was like after it happened. You could hardly go through one commercial break without that SI WS/Super Bowl etc package being offered to buy.

    2) This year. I can’t hardly remember a time when we had basically 1 position player and one pitcher (Jeter/Soriano) exceed expectations. I mean we don’t have even really a bench player or a middle reliever or 5th starter or anything doing more than expected. Maybe Kuroda but he just didn’t drop off which some expected. ARod/Tex/Ibanez/Swisher are at or below expectations and the other 2 bright spots in Cano/Grandy are in just all out free for all. Grandy is just tired because for some reason nobody thought playing every inning in CF would wear on a guy who weighs about 170 and plays hard all the time and Cano has simply lost focus and started giving away at bats at an even higher rate than normal (seriously…what would he hit..400?….if he was focusing every at bat) and cannot produce with runners on. And Girardi is just unraveling and very rarely looks like he isn’t about to shit himself..of course all of this leads me to….

    3) 2000 end of the regular season. That team is remembered as the 3peat and the Subway series etc. but they crashed and burned to the finish line too.

    Everyone is talking about how we don’t have a shot if we make the playoffs but I think we’d be MUCH more dangerous in the playoffs than now. First off we’d get some rest for the weary. Secondly no more starts from Phelps/Garcia/Nova. You throw CC/Kuroda/Pettitte/Hughes that’s pretty strong. Especially since the relievers we use will pretty much be just 4 or 5 guys tops (Soriano/Robertson/Logan/Joba and maybe Wade/Phelps or Hughes or Nova depending on the rotation). Then we can get back Tex and have Joba get his command back and get Wade back to his usual ways and Andy in the rotation. If we make the playoffs I have confidence in this team..I’m just not sure we’re going to make it. They look tired and scared…I can’t even imagine this team if Jeter declined at a normal rate from last year….

    • stuart a says:

      exceed expectations are; soriano, maybe Kuroda slightly,Chavez(backup role) and Jeter of course. no 1 else has exceeded expectations and maybe hughes has met expectatiosn since he has been healthy and has been decent. who else. Ibanez has a bunch of rbi’s for hit 65 or so hits but he has been fading fast and has a obp of about 300.

      arod has fallen off a cliff, cano horrible year, grandy is down big time, tex same, and on and on….

      also this team is ancient…count the guys under 30, not many..

    • DT says:

      2008 was a pretty shitty way to end old YS. This team still can make the play offs.

      • Jonathan says:

        Yeah it’s more of an expectations kind of thing and we all knew going in it was going to be a bridge year with all the $$ on the way out and so many young SP. Remember when Halladay became available and everyone was talking about like Hughes/Joba and Montero plus pieces and most people wouldn’t give up either Hughes or Joba….now we have a #4 starter and a middle reliever and a guy on the DL who may never get back to being nearly as good. Probably the right call at the time…we could’ve have 2 cheap home grown aces and a silver slugger catcher too and chances are one of them would have hit near their ceiling. Most likely both pitchers if they weren’t rushed and in Joba’s case their handling totally botched.

  37. Bavarian Yankee says:

    lol, I mean come on. A lotta teams should be ashamed of themselves if they don’t make the playoffs but the Yankees do. Just ridiculous to lose against the Sawx’ AAA team, they couldn’t beat anyone over the last 2 weeks.

  38. Cashman's Third Mistress says:

    Out of their first 9 outs, this team went 0-8 with RISP. UNACCEPTABLE! This team is starting to turn their bats into sawdust. Change the sheets – someone has shit the bed!

  39. Stevis says:

    R.I.P. 2012

  40. Frank says:

    21 games left. I have a hard time seeing this team win 10 games.

  41. Hall and Nokes says:

    They ran out a lineup last night that read “6. Pearce 7. Granderson”, which tells you all you need to know about this season.

  42. Better off Eddard says:

    I think we’re cooked. Dave Robertson has lost 3 games by himself, one in Tampa, one in Baltimore and now one in Boston. Joe won’t make a move and put Joba in that 8th inning role because Joe never does anything out of the ordinary. He was out managed by Bobby V last night. Bobby V, a lame duck manager who when his starter was struggling he went out there and fired him up. Joe just sat there and did nothing like usual.

  43. Bartolo's Colon says:

    i can’t even watch the team anymore, i follow on twitter then yell obscenities. it is beyond me how they have transformed into such a poor team after the all star break. they are just not good, it is simple as that. i am sticking with they will not make the playoffs. all of our pitchers suck, even when they do pitch well, they give up leads immediately, hirok has done a great job of this lately. it has been so predictable, i predicted they would hold the lead for one out after jeter’s double, and it proved to be correct. on top of that, the risp fail is laughable, the silver lining is that the one risp hit actually did score runs, surprisingly.

    and pedro fucking ciriaco, if it weren’t for the yankees, this pos wouldn’t smell an mlb field. the red sox are seriously stupid not to just keep him on the roster just for games against the yankees. i hate this team now, that said i know i will keep watching/following them, and i hope they can turn it around, but i don’t have much faith at this point. sorry for the rant.

  44. JohnC says:

    I had no problem with Nunez stealing there. Trying to get in scoring position there and stay out of the DP. Its the first time he’s ben caught in quite a while

  45. Better off Eddard says:

    I just don’t know who comes up with these game plans. That’s on Girardi. Dave Robertson would not throw his curve against Mark Reynolds. He threw it against Cyrano but when Cyrano was on base Drob got so concerned when he should have just focused on getting the hitter. He then threw fastball after fastball to Aviles because he was worried about Cyrano getting a good pitch to run on. Throw the curve and strike him out! Kuroda also got worried about base runners, just focus on the hitter.

  46. Reverse Mormon says:

    I disagree about Nunez stealing. I liked the move. Better to try something than leave it up to Cano or ARod to get a big hit at this point. We have left it up to them all year and they have continually failed. Doubt that would have changed last night.

  47. rek4gehrig says:

    All these close games that result in losses are giving me a constant headache

  48. matthaggs says:

    Why was Nix guarding the line in the 9th? I mean I know why, but why??? Ciriaco’s hit bounced about 200 times before it got to the outfield.

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