ALCS Bound: Yanks take Game Five behind Sabathia


I don’t want to brag, but I totally called the Yankees winning by 3-1 in the chat today (page six). What a performance by CC Sabathia, who put his team on his back and carried them to the ALCS on Friday night. Unreal. Bring on the Tigers.

Categories : Asides, Game Stories


  1. pat says:


  2. Kered Retej says:

    Nice call, Mike. Now, how do the Yanks do in the ALCS, and what are the next set of lottery numbers?

  3. Nice Scheister says:

    Glad you answered one of my questions Mike, great foresight. You did predict it off a Teixieria homerun, but a 3-1 prediction is impressive nonetheless.

  4. Nom Chompsky says:

    So, if you were a betting man, what do you see the final score being tonight?
    by The Scheister 2:45 PM

    3-1 Yanks.
    by Mike Axisa 2:45 PM

  5. Nom Chompsky says:

    Mike Axisa for Yankees 3rd basemen/#3 hitter

  6. Joe F (CC!) says:

    YES!!! CC!

  7. Hummingbird S. says:

    CC is the MAN!

  8. Need Pitching & Hitting says:

    Love this.

    Amber Sabathia
    ALERT: there’s a BEAST loose at Yankee Stadium, last seen on the mound! #beastmode #ace #proudwife


    • GT Yankee says:

      Only thing I’ve ever seen that makes me inclined to join Twitter!

      • Mick taylor says:

        Are you nuts swisher should be dumped for Dickerson the choke king is theworst hitter in the history of post season baseballdicky is a better fielder than the choke king please tellmehow Dickerson could hit worse than the worsehitter in baseball history. You can also play small ball with Dickerson swisher won’t be on the team next year so send his useless ass looking for a new boss

        • Need Pitching & Hitting says:

          ummmm, I see you’ve mastered the reply button as well as stuart a has.

        • Get Phelps Up (wins needed: 8) says:

          I think you might have a lower IQ than stuart, if that’s even possible.

          • Pat D says:

            He was replaced by Ronnie Wood and had to spend all that time with Jagger and Richards. He probably did his fair share of narcotics.

          • Mick taylor says:

            You must be swisher’s bitch because my iq ishigher than the choke king’s batting average. Stats. Don’t lie. He is the worst hitter in the history of baseball as opposed to Carlos Beltran who the yanks should have signed last winter instead of ck swisher it makes all the sense in the world to replace him with Dickerson except for idiots like you when Carlos Beltran hits 600 inthe world series will you still luv the choke king

            • Get Phelps Up (wins needed: 8) says:

              because my iq ishigher than the choke king’s batting average.

              Your grammar sure doesn’t reflect that…

    • scully says:

      Beast huh… I bet someone’s gonna get beasted tonight.


  9. Eddard says:

    Great win. Girardi was a genius for leaving CC in to finish. Lineup for tomorrow-


    It’s a new series so these guys could get going against new pitchers. I still move ARod down to 6th and Swisher down to 8th. Teixera and Ibanez are swinging the bat the best right now so I keep them in the middle of the order.

  10. BigBlueAL says:

    So, who the hell starts Game 2 for the Yankees????

    • Eddard says:

      Either Kuroda on 3 days rest or more likely Nova gets put on the roster to start or Phelps starts and goes 4-5 innings. It’s going to be chaotic that’s for sure-

      Kuroda or CC
      Kuroda or CC

      You either go CC on short rest for Game 3, or CC in Game 4 on full rest and on short rest for Game 7.

    • The Real Greg says:


  11. Get Phelps Up (wins needed: 8) says:

    Tempted to go back and link to like 50 “CC is not an ace” comments.

  12. Nice Scheister says:

    On 8/23/12 I named my third son CC, not Carsten Charles but Conner Charles (compromise guys!) and I was doubting the decision afterwards as CC was ineffective, hurt and just un-CC like. This series made up for that misperception or just lackluster play because the Big Man delivered an ACE of Pinstripes performance today. I’m glad Joe left him in, he was amazing tonight!

    CC for Prez!

  13. Bret "The Hitman" Gardner says:

    I think the Yankees (and the winner of WSH/STL) should be allowed to activate an extra starter and/or an extra reliever for the first 2 games of the LCS, on account of getting fucked by the ass-backwards wildcard scheduling.

  14. Laz says:

    CC did good, but was really benefited by the lack of plate discipline by the O’s.

    It was not the most glorious of series, but they won it nonetheless. Tomorrow is a new series vs a new team. Leave all of their struggles behind they can start fresh.

  15. Hall and Nokes says:

    Sorry guys, champagne is for the pitchers and Raul only.

    Okay, Tex gets a beer.

  16. jjyank (Carsten Charles Cruisin') says:

    What a win. I know it was stressful as hell, and the offense was generally bad, RISPFAIL, blah blah blah. But looking back on the last 5 games, that was some fucking amazing baseball.

    3 wins down. 8 more to go.

  17. Nice Scheister says:

    I’m surprised no Stuart sightings, especially with A-Rod benched. Color me shocked.

  18. Get Phelps Up (wins needed: 8) says:

    It’s pretty nuts that this game was probably the least exciting game of this series though.

  19. China Joe says:

    Vote for Player of the Game:
    a. CC Sabathia
    b. Carsten C Sabathia
    c. C Charles Sabathia

  20. Eddard says:

    Hand it to Buck and Baltimore, they gave it their all. They played the Yanks even all season and in the end it came down to 2 runs. The difference was the big man. They have nothing to be ashamed of.

  21. Bo Knows says:

    You can’t believe how much this series win has meant to me as a minor distraction. My grandmother suffered a stroke, that has left her in a critical state; so my entire family has been living in hell for the past 48 hours.

    • jjyank (The Stare Is Dandy) says:

      Real sorry to hear that man. All the best to you and your family.

    • GT Yankee says:

      I am so close with my grandmother and this is good reminder for me to call her to just to see what’s happening. Best of thoughts going out to your grandmother fellow Yankee Fan.

      • Bo Knows says:

        Thanks all of you, but yeah definitely call your grandma, you never know what can happen tomorrow so you got to treasure her.

        • jjyank (The Stare Is Dandy) says:

          Absolutely. I lost one grandmother in June to Alzheimer’s. My other one, I’m even closer to. She’s 92, but still lives independently, is sharp as a tac, and a huge Yankee fan. If she had a computer, I bet she would take the time to comment on sites like RAB.

          I’ve been meaning to give her a call, it’s been a month or so since we talked. I’ll fix that tomorrow. Again, I hope everything works out well for you and your family.

    • Anthony says:

      In my thoughts.

  22. Anthony says:

    Holy shit, I remember you saying that. Nice, Mike!

  23. forensic says:

    Absolutely incredible job by CC. Carried this team through 2 of their 3 wins. Saw the last inning and a half and can’t wait to watch the rest tonight.

    Hopefully the hitters now think their numbers all reset and play as such.

    Show the Tigers why they only won 88 games!!!

  24. jjyank (Carsten Charles Cruisin') says:

    I think I might be friends with either stuart a or dalelema on facebook.

    One of my facebook friends’ status updates, amid a sea of celebratory ones: “the yankees would be unstoppable if arod had more games like this…”

    THAT’S what he had to say about going to the ALCS. I fucking kid you not. I’m not even really friends with the guy. He was in my fraternity (my pledge class, actually) and we kicked him out a year later for not showing up to things, but I never de-friended him, apparently.

    • YanksFanInBeantown says:

      Why the hell would you pledge a fraternity if you weren’t going to show up to anything? Was he a masochist or something?

      • jjyank (The Stare Is Dandy) says:

        He showed up to parties. It’s a lot more than that, though. Kid was kind of a dick anyways.

        • YanksFanInBeantown says:

          His being a dick goes without saying if his only reaction to the Yankees going to the ALCS is to talk shit about A-Rod.

    • Raul Ibanez AKA Tom Marvolo Riddle AKA True Yankee(TM) says:

      I think that has to be the straw that breaks the camel’s back. Time to defriend.

      • jjyank (The Stare Is Dandy) says:

        Done and done. I get enough trolls here. I don’t need it on facebook too. He claims to be a Yankee fan too, it’s not like this is some Red Sox fan just being an ass.

  25. Joe F (CC!) says:

    Game 3 is gonna be crazy. We’ll likely score -3.

  26. Brandon Mauk says:

    Mike Axisa >>>>> Joe Namath + Mark Messier

  27. jjyank (The Stare Is Dandy) says:

    Also, I officially update my handle for tomorrow.

  28. JLC 776 says:

    I hope this puts the ‘non-ace’ narrative to bed for good.

    Also, props to Girardi or whomever sent Tex. That stolen base won us a series!

  29. CountryClub says:

    Detroit has no lefty starters.

  30. your mom says:

    Yay, no more A’s or O’s. Time for the big boys to play it out. And no more McLouth or Lew Ford sightings til next season.

  31. I am not the droids you're looking for says:

    CC Sabathia, True Yankee™

  32. anon says:

    Wow. Pettite announced as game 1 starter

    • Need Pitching & Hitting says:

      Why wow?
      There was no other realistic choice.

    • Get Phelps Up (wins needed: 8) says:

      That’s not really surprising.

    • CountryClub says:

      Yeah, the question is : who’s pitching game 2?

      • anon says:

        Yea I initially thought he just said Andy for Game 2 which is what shocked me

      • forensic says:

        I would think it has to be Nova. Phelps’ 27 pitches yesterday might be a little too high to be considered a throw day kind of appearance, but I guess you never know. Much rather go with him than Nova I think.

        • jjyank (The Stare Is Dandy) says:

          Agreed on Phelps. I think I would feel a bit more comfortable with him. Nova hasn’t pitched in awhile, and when he did, he pitched poorly. Maybe the extra rest helps him, maybe it makes him worse, maybe it makes no difference. There’s an awful lot of wildcard in there, though.

          • forensic says:

            Yikes, to refresh my memory I checked out Nova’s game log to see the Detroit games. It’s not a pretty sight. Once in April and once in August he got smacked all over the damn park.

            Phelps was great against them, but it’s 5 innings spread over 4 relief appearances, so who knows.

            • jjyank (The Stare Is Dandy) says:

              Really, it’s a crap shoot either way. I would just feel more comfortable with Phelps because he’s been pitched in game situations more recently, and should theoretically be less rusty.

  33. forensic says:

    Yes, I’m being lazy and I know Verlander is Game 3. Who’s lined up for 1 and 2 for the Tigers.

  34. anon says:

    Whoops for a second I thought he said AP for G2 which is why I was shocked.

  35. mustang says:

    I’m a 20 game plan ticket holder that means ALCS game 1 and WS game 5. I’m going to use them both when this is all done.

    Thank you CC for making my Saturday night plans.

  36. I worked my motherfucking ass off today to watch as much of the game as I could.

    First action I saw at all was Derek Jeter’s 2nd AB in the 4th inning.

    I saw almost all the action starting with Mark Reynolds’ DP AB.

    I earned it. While it’s disappointing I couldn’t live the game with you fine folks, I’ll gladly take the result, as insanely close as it got to falling apart there in the 8th.

  37. Robinson Tilapia (I Believe in the 9th Inning) says:

    I am in awe of CC Sabathia tonight.

    Can’t even think about tomorrow right now. Feels too good right now.

  38. Eddard says:

    Game 1 – Pettitte vs Fister – Key swing game already because Game 2 will feature an unknown starter

    Game 2 – Nova/Phelps vs Sanchez – Who knows?

    Game 3 – Kuroda vs Verlander – Great matchup, another key swing game

    Game 4 – Sabathia vs Scherzer – Another premier matchup

    Game 5 – Pettitte vs Fister

    Game 6 – Hughes vs Sanchez

    Game 7 – Sabathia(short rest) vs Verlander

  39. OMG! Bagels! says:

    So pessimists, how are we feeling now?

    • Need Pitching & Hitting says:

      Yankees are a last place team, all the other teams in the division are younger/hungrier/better

      Yankees are a .500 team at best

      Yankees will blow the division by September 1

      Yankees will be out of a playoff spot by the end of the Tampa series

      Doesn’t matter, Yankees will be one and done in the playoffs anyways

      • Get Phelps Up (wins needed: 8) says:

        CC is not an ace and can’t win a big game

        The Orioles will win the division

        Ibanez needs to be DFA’d and replaced with Johnny Damon

  40. oldmanalex currently benchwarming says:

    confessions: i been following yankee baseball for the past 20 years. I just finished my second year of medicine and I’m taking my united states medical license exam…. this series, just took me away from the horror and pain of medicine. it also distracted me, but im just mutherfuking glad we won.

    • Robinson Tilapia (I Believe in the New York Yankees) says:

      Good luck with your studies, dude. Not an easy road to take.

    • Anthony says:

      That’s cool. Is it that bad? I’m an undergrad looking to go into medicine.

      By the way, based solely on your name, I thought you were another user that frequently lurks on this site. He’s a-rods biggest fan. (sarcasm)

      • Robinson Tilapia (I Believe in the New York Yankees) says:

        Any doctorate is a long road. With medicine, we’re adding on residency and stuff. You can absolutely do it if you set your mind to it, but it’s definitely not easy.

        You could also be like jjyank and just tell people you’re a doctor.

        • Anthony says:

          Oh yea, I’m sure its no walk in the park. But I look forward to that – I enjoy challenges. But the way some people speak of medicine makes me almost think they do it to dissuade others for less competition!

          I’m not going to let that deter me though, people said the same of pre-med and orgo chem, and I’ve excelled in both so far.
          Dreaming of being the Yanks’ lead physician one day and doing some development work on the side.

  41. DT says:

    I hope we destroy the tigers and Jeter takes home Kate Upton while laughing in Verlander’s face.

  42. FIPster Doofus says:

    My hatred of the Detroit Tigers only grows. Crush them.

  43. Anyone notice that, right now, both game threads have 585 comments apiece?

    Yay for coincidences.

  44. King George says:

    I’m feeling confident about the ALCS. Not gonna lie, I think A-Rod can actually flip the switch next series.

    • Detroit throws nothing but RHP.

      He’s actually the last guy I think would turn things around.

      • forensic says:

        I really, really want to believe A-Rod will come back huge in this series, since I have a bias towards him, but that last O’Day AB took a ton even out of me.

        If, after having already seen the same pitcher several times in the last couple days, he can’t adjust to an 85 mph fastball and the most predictable 70′s mph slider outside in history, then how is he going to hit pitchers with anything better than that.

        He also has pretty bad numbers against all the Detroit righties, except Verlander and Dotel. Dotel maybe, but he’d have to start his swing so early for Verlander that he may get embarrassed by breaking ball after breaking ball against him.

        I still want to see him start, but the expectations are certainly lower.

  45. OHHH YEAHHH says:



  46. Bavarian Yankee says:

    “I don’t want to brag, but I totally called the Yankees winning by 3-1 in the chat today”

    smartass :P

    great game by CC today, tbh I thought he’d have more trouble but the Orioles offense really sucked in every single game during that series. Anyway, one step closer to #28. Now let’s beat those Tigers.

  47. Jeffery meyer says:

    Stack your line up tomorrow girardi they have only phil coke.
    Chavez dh
    Stewart/ martin needs a day off and pettitte is easy to catch.

    • Bartolo's Colon says:

      i think this is pretty good, but i think you play martin. 5 days in a row is not that big a deal in the playoffs

  48. DZ says:

    I know we won the series, but can we all be honest here. This yankee team isn’t great and needs serious work in the offseason. A trade for a middle of the order outfielder needs to be made because this offense is pathetic. And it’s not because they’re facing good pitching either. Both teams consistently missed pitches down the heart of the plate.

  49. Jeffery maier is smiling says:

    Dickerson not nunez
    Dickerson lh can play all outfield is fast enough to pinch run and most important
    Can be subbed for swisher or granderson when they have 0-10 slides.

  50. Jeffery maier is smiling says:


    Start lowe on sunday why
    Lowe can keep the ball on the ground and eat innings you can back him up with
    Phelps in a game this big against that tiger line up you want movement on the ball phelps would get killed by
    Prince and miggy. Lowe can give you 5 and he is more crafty.

  51. Need Pitching & Hitting says:

    Wainwright is getting drilled.

    • forensic says:

      Saw the first 3 runs in the box score, but also the 3 K’s that followed them. Just checked again and there’s now 6 and he’s already out. Looking at the box score, he’s really helping fill all the Nats hitter’s columns, lots of (1)’s in there.

  52. babnik says:

    espn needs to stop claiming yankees fans suck because they couldn’t get to 5pm game on a friday in the world’s metropolis. give me a break. looked pretty filled by the end. how bout they ask mlb why they played at 5pm and why had two roads games to start the series.

    • OMG! Bagels! says:

      I said that to the morons in the game thread. Obviously they don’t live here and don’t know what a freaking nightmare it is to do anything here on a Friday night at 5.

  53. NYCSPORTZFAN says:

    I thought it was neat that JOE had the exact lineup i wanted to go with and that is in one of these threads, i foget which one? Also, on the YANKEES MB, i also was saying JOE should bring CC back out to face ADAM JONES, because he had dominated em so soundly all game.. In fact i was raging mad when i saw CC on the bench as the players took the field before they went to commercial break, but it ended up being CC just lagging behind doing something with his glove or what not.. But i was alittle annoyed that JOE didn’t PH for CHAVEZ either of his last 2AB’s with AROD, when O”s brought in LEFTIES.. That was stupid, but other wise, i thought JOE did well managing today, but to me, it was all commonsense stuff anyways..

  54. tyrone sharpton says:

    gunna unbuckle my pants and fap to this score all night long

  55. Jeffery maier is smiling says:

    Or for a real wild card
    Throw freddy garcia in game two with his pile of junk he can get outs on a fastball hitting club like

      • forensic says:

        Nova and Garcia both were taken out to the woodshed in the 3 games they started against them. If Phelps can’t go, that game might be a sure loss.

        But, Sabathia, Hughes, and Kuroda all pitched pretty well against them (at least overall, maybe one great, one eh) and Pettitte hasn’t faced them in years. If they can walk Cabrera/Fielder enough, the pitching doesn’t get me overly worried.

        I want to know who’s going to hit…

  56. Pat D says:

    I just want to thank the Orioles for their efforts this year and say enjoy being back in 4th place next year, cocksuckers!!

    Was that too mean? I think not.

    Also, I cannot stomach losing to the Tigers a 3rd time in 7 seasons, so please beat these fuckers.

    The Yankees have shitty numbers against Scherzer, so-so numbers against Fister and Verlander, and basically no track record against Sanchez.

    • forensic says:

      I’m loving this track record against Sanchez…


      And on my birthday no less. :-)

    • I’ll elaborate on this further in the game recap post, but here’s the succinct version:

      Yankees have won Game 1 at home in both 2006, and 2011. They lost Game 2 both times as well.

      Verlander pitches Game 3, and he’s lethally dominant right now. What’s the best way to minimize the impact? Defend Yankee Stadium turf, this time around.

      You bet your ass that it’s possible.

      • Pat D says:

        Oh, I quite agree. If they go up 2-0, I’ll feel really good.

        And naturally Game 2 is on at the same time as the Giants/49ers game on Sunday. Fucking scheduling.

      • forensic says:

        Unfortunately, Game 2 is the tough one. I don’t know if they’d start Kuroda on short rest since I don’t think he’s ever done it before. That means it’s on their 5th choice. If they can have Phelps do it after 27 pitches yesterday, then they have a shot (especially against Sanchez), but if Nova or Garcia has to start, I’m not so sure either one could out-pitch even Sanchez right now.

    • GT Yankee says:

      I believe you were too mean. With that said my first words after CC threw to first to end the game:

      “Die little black and orange bird, die, die!

      Easy PETA members, just a euphemism :-) Love my dogs and all animals….well except fire ants….Hate fire ants!

  57. TinoBambino24 says:

    Smoltz is a bitch

  58. Hall and Nokes says:

    Cardinals are obvs. going to win this.

  59. Tom says:

    Winning was disrepectful to Flanny.

    And I hope the O’s enjoy the 29=8 record in 1 run games (or whatever it was); while people have tried to explain why it’s not luck, that ain’t happening next year.

    If they don’t beef up the starting pitching, I would not be surprised to see significant regression.

    • dalelama says:

      Their starting pitching looked pretty damn good against the most productive offense during the regular season in the American League.

  60. Hall and Nokes says:

    So what is the ALCS tv crew? Anderson and Darling?

  61. Bartolo's Colon says:

    awesome game, i just got back and it was a lot of fun. was also at the game last night and that one not so much. cc was awesome and granderson decided to play baseball. hopefully cano wakes up for the alcs.

    by the way, regarding the mclouth foul ball, i was in section 307, row 1, right next to the pole. i literally don’t think there was a person closer to it. it did not hit the pole. i sort of curved around it.

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