Oct
17

ALCS Game Four Thread: Yankees @ Tigers

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Well, things haven’t exactly gone according to plan so far. The pitching staff owns a 2.25 ERA in eight playoff game,s but the Yankees only have three wins because they’ve just stopped hitting. Alex Rodriguez, Robinson Cano, Nick Swisher, Curtis Granderson … you name it and they’ve stopped hitting. If it wasn’t for the heroics of Raul Ibanez, this team would have been dead in the water a week ago.

I don’t expect the Yankees to mount a historic comeback from a three games to none deficit in the ALCS, but I’m very open to being surprised. I just hope they avoid a sweep tonight and make the Tigers sweat a little bit. Put a little scare into Detroit that forces them to maybe ride their pitchers a little harder than they’d like, maybe even force them to travel and play another game in Yankee Stadium. That would be sweet. Let’s just worry about this one and enjoy what will likely be CC Sabathia‘s final start of the year. Here are your starting lineups…

New York Yankees
LF Ichiro Suzuki
RF Nick Swisher
2B Robinson Cano
1B Mark Teixeira
DH Raul Ibanez
3B Eric Chavez
Russell Martin
CF Brett Gardner
SS Eduardo Nunez

LHP CC Sabathia (15-6, 3.38)

Detroit Tigers
CF Austin Jackson
2B Omar Infante
3B Miguel Cabrera
1B Prince Fielder
DH Delmon Young
SS Jhonny Peralta
LF Andy Dirks
RR Avisail Garcia
C  Gerald Laird

RHP Max Scherzer (16-7, 3.74)

It’s surprisingly warm in Detroit, but there is the threat of rain and we might see a weather delay. First pitch is scheduled for a little after 8pm ET and can be seen on TBS. Enjoy.

Ticket Update: If you’re optimistic and want to catch a future game in this series, either in New York or Detroit, make sure you check out RAB Tickets for some last minute deals.

Update (7:55pm): The game will officially start in a delay due to incoming bad weather. No word on a start time yet.

Categories : Game Threads, Playoffs
  • Austin Aunelowitzky

    Cano breaks out tonight.

    • Cano fan #1

      I hope

  • Yankeefan

    i no a-rod been struggling but jesus dis guy has over 600 homeruns in his career i think joe should let him play hes only one big swing from getting out of it.

    • DZ

      I just think if chavez isn’t swinging the bat well (he’s not) then arod’s by far the better option. It’s hard not to go with a guy who’s been struggling yet still producing as much as the 3 hitter

      • Carl LaFong

        Yeah, let’s play the left-handed hitting 3b without a hit this post-season & a critical defensive misplay last night (he did start a nice double play on Cabrera though) over the HOF right-handed hitting 3b in this elinination game on the road; makes perfect sense to me (NOT)!!! Bizarro world Bronx Zoo returns for the 2012 NY Yankee Post-Season!!!

  • Eddard

    They can get the series back to NY at least. This is the best lineup they’ve thrown out there and if they win I’d stick with it the rest of the series.

    • Captain_Turbo

      I think they got a shot if a couple of their key hitters get out of their slump tonight (tall order, I know). If we can get back to YS, I like our chances.

    • Carl LaFong

      Gardner should NOT be playing at all, Stewart should be catching tonight & hitting 9th,& needless to say, ARod’s gotta be playing 3b & hitting 5th. Chavez should be a late inning pinch hitter if anything. You return Swisher to the lineup but ARod rides the pine? Whomever is making these decisions should be fired over the winter period!!! Whether it’s Cashman, Levine, or eve Hank &/or Hal, they’ve gotta go too. Just flat out absurd, embarrassing, & ridiculous!!!

  • Cano fan #1

    I’m really think that something is happening with A-Rod and girardi or cashman. And I don’t mean something about a trade I mean problem between then

    • TomH

      Well, the situation can’t be very good for the atmosphere in the clubhouse or in the dugout.

      • Carl LaFong

        THe only excuse Girardi might have is if ARod gets indicted for killing Joe’s dad. Otherwise, he’s gotta be in the lineup & otherwise inexcusable that he isn’t.

        • TCMiller30

          Wow.. You’re a classy guy aren’t ya?

          • Carl LaFong

            Ah, the great arbiter of human conduct & thought has weighed in, eh? Obviously said tongue in cheek, so the self-righteous act strikes me as a little sanctimonious; don’t you think? Beyond that, ARod’s not playing because he’s “not hitting right-handers,” doesn’t apply to benching him against the lefty Scherzer, so what’s the reason? Inquiring classy minds want to know.

            • Carl LaFong

              My bad. Scherzer’s a righty so I’m the dummy here!

              I’d still lay ARod though.

              • Carl LaFong

                Carl LaFong signing off FOREVER!

                • dkidd

                  this is incredible

  • Mike N

    That is gonna suck if there is a rain delay and it is long enough to prevent CC from coming back into the game.

    • Mike N

      Now they just said they’re gonna delay the start until after the rain passes. The game is probably not going to start until 10PM or later.

  • jjyank (Carsten Charles Cruisin’)

    Keep us alive, CC. Don’t go down without a fight.

  • Pat D

    After winning the debate last night, and then spinning the debate results to allow myself to ignore the fact that I won the debate, I plan to honor the results of the debate in full tonight.

    Which means I won’t be watching. Gonna delay that heart attack till next year.

    • Austin Aunelowitzky

      You’re not watching the game? I’m confused.

      • Pat D

        No, I’m not. The “debate” was me against myself regarding watching last night’s game. I decided not to, but then turned it on right after Hughes’ injury just to see the Tigers score their second run. So I stopped watching then.

        I betrayed my original plan, and the Yankees suffered for it.

    • Captain_Turbo

      Didn’t someone say “it’s all spin”?

      • Pat D

        Probably.

  • AndrewYF

    Here’s a question for ticket purchases…if I buy the ticket and the game does not get played, do I get the *full* refund, plus transaction fees? Or are the transaction fees non-refundable?

    • Bartolo’s Colon

      i think you get everything, i bought world series game 5 tickets today, so i pretty much ruined the chances of an epic comeback

      • Pat D

        What were you thinking????

  • Joe F (Believe)

    Mission impossible starts now!

  • Captain_Turbo

    And they say Yankee games take forever. SF and St Louis have been stuck in the seventh inning foreeever…

  • Joe F (Believe)

    MILPCAT

    Most Improbably Legendary Playoff Comeback of All Time.

  • Bartolo’s Colon

    i have pleaded with yanks to hit every game. im done, don’t even try to hit, pitch a shutout cc and rely on the awful (yet recently overachieving) detroit defense to get you the win.

  • jjyank (Carsten Charles Cruisin’)

    Pre-emptive rain delay. God damn it. I already started drinking too, thanks to my company holding a wine and cheese promotion for the last 3 hours. I just hope this delay doesn’t end with my waking up on my couch at 4 AM. Or should I say, my coworkers wish that :P

    • mustang

      LMAO!!!!

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

      wtf…my bank has never done a wine and cheese promotion. Trust me, if they had I would know about it.

      • jjyank (Carsten Charles Cruisin’)

        Ha well your bank isn’t giving presentations to investors at a branch 3 blocks from the White House either, I’d imagine :D

        But seriously. Free wine for 3 hours. One of which I was on the clock and still getting paid for!

        • mustang

          Forget Raul Ibanez AKA Tom Marvolo Riddle AKA True Yankee(TM) any openings for me?

          • jjyank (Carsten Charles Cruisin’)

            Ha actually there is an opening for a financial sales consultant, since one of them just got promoted to manager for another branch.

        • Austin Aunelowitzky

          Hey, I’ll be one block from the White House on Monday. Nice neighborhood?

          • jjyank (Carsten Charles Cruisin’)

            Um, yeah dude. Ever been to DC? I don’t love my current job, but I freaking love the area I work in.

            • Austin Aunelowitzky

              I was joking buddy (about the nice neighborhood.) I will be there Monday. I was there in March and yes, I freaking love the area too.

              • jjyank (Carsten Charles Cruisin’)

                Oh, my bad haha. Well enjoy your stay Monday! It’s really a great city. I might get flamed for this, but I really do prefer it to NYC.

                • Austin Aunelowitzky

                  That’s cool. NYC is an incredibly great please but there are other great places too. I love Chicago.

                  • jjyank (Carsten Charles Cruisin’)

                    Never been to Chicago, but have heard great things. What I like about DC is just that it feels smaller to me. I grew up in the country side (which does in fact exist in New Jersey). Never really was a big city guy. DC has a much smaller, yet still urban feel. I like that.

                    Plus, you know, The Mall is bad ass. Nothing quite like driving towards central DC from my apartment, speeding directly towards the Washington Monument and the Capitol Building looming in front of me.

                    • Austin Aunelowitzky

                      I’m really looking forward to it. I’m taking the Acela train down from NYC Sunday (headed to NYC tomorrow), some interviews Monday morning in DC, then headed back to Chicago. Staying near the Mall so will walk around a bit.

                    • jjyank (Carsten Charles Cruisin’)

                      I work 2-3 blocks from the Washington Monument. Pretty cool place to spend your lunch break. Enjoy it!

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

            Dude, it’s great…just don’t stare at roof tops to long…you’ll see a slight movement and realize that the Secret Service takes their job seriously.

            • Austin Aunelowitzky

              OK, Important Safety Tip.

      • mustang

        Time to change jobs……. Mr JJyank help the man.

    • Pat D

      Wine and cheese? Are you sure you’re not at Yankee Stadium in one of the most expensive luxury suites?

  • Jose M. Vazquez

    I just heard on MLB network that there might be rain in the air. I don’t want to go through the same problem as last year when CC pitched briefly then the rains came and that may have cost us the series as CC could not come back.

    • Mike N

      They’re not gonna start the game until the rain passes.

  • Joe F (Believe)

    Yay more insomnia!

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

    Lets make sure Andy Pettitte hasn’t made the final start of his career.

    It’s high time to get a W.

  • nick in sd

    This arod interview on mlbnetwork is just embarassing.

  • mustang

    Ok rain delay lets have some fun my friend and I were arguing about this:

    Buehrle, Bell and a decent prospect for A-Rod and Nova. NO MONEY thrown in.

    I said yes he said he wanted more.

    • Pat D

      Will never happen.

      • mustang

        Oh! come on you have to tell me why?

        • Pat D

          The Yankees would have to eat at least half his contract.

    • Max

      Your friend is an idiot. Miami would never accept that deal. That would be a huge coup for the Yanks.

      • jjyank (Carsten Charles Cruisin’)

        Yeah, pretty much this. If Miami offered that, the Yanks take it without waiting around to see how hungover their GM is the next morning.

    • Mike HC

      I would take that if I were the Yanks for sure.

    • mustang

      Ok I will throw in the 30 million bonus if gets the HR title.

      So to recap:

      Buehrle, Bell and a decent prospect for A-Rod and Nova + 30 million HR bonus.

  • CUYanks

    I think any rational person has pretty much counted out the Yankees this year, as they would do with any team down 3-0. In a way, the last few days have already gotten me to the point where one final loss won’t be as heartbreaking as in year’s past. As a result, I feel like most of the pressure is off. There’s incentive though to win. I love baseball, and I would love to have another game where I can root on my favorite team. That’s all we really need to think about now. A win would buy us another chance at watching the Yankees play this year. And think of this series as a free shot at a lottery. If somehow the team hits on the 2% chance or whatever it might be to win the series, the reward is huge.

    • Mike N

      Good post, bro. I’m with you.

      • mustang

        I’m in.

        • CUYanks

          Besides, I can think of about 26 other teams who would be dying to have a free shot at a pennant if they could somehow pull off a 4 game winning streak.

          • mustang

            Yes, Sir

    • mustang

      WE HAVE A WINNER!

    • Thunder Road Runner

      Amen!

  • Mike N

    OK. On YES extended rain-delay pre-game they are discussing how if the Yankees win the next three games, the likely pitching matchup in game 7 would be favorable to the Yanks.

    • Mike HC

      haha … that is what happens when they have to go off script during the rain delay … they start to sound like RAB posters, ha

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

      Yeah.

      With all due respect to Sabathia, he’s not the favoured pitcher even on regular rest against Verlander, and especially with the way Verlander is pitching right now.

  • Mike HC

    ESPN has a rumor that Loria and Levine “jokingly” talked about trading ARod to Miami … interesting

  • joey in nj

    I am the only person here who is absolutely confident that the Yankees are going to win tonight, win tomorrow, then go home and take two in New York?

    All these pessimists here aren’t real Yankee fans and they don’t have a clue about statistics eithier.

    They haven’t heard of REGRESSION TO THE MEAN and SMALL SAMPLE SIZES.

    Because they’re uneducated and they like piling on the team and compalining about them, these pessimists say oh, we haven’t hit all playoffs, so we can’t hit, oh, Robbie Cano isn’t hitting, he’s not going to hit anymore, he’s worthless, we’re done, put a fork in it.

    This is WRONG. First of all, look at the regular season statistics. Lots of runs, OBP, etc.

    This is just a slump. A remarkable significant slump to be sure. But that’s exactly why it’s VERY LIKELY that the Yankees will start performing TODAY.

    Because Robinson Cano is a .300 hitter, then OVER TIME he will continue to be a .300 hitter. This 1-31 spell is very unlikely but not very possible. Because it’s very unlikely it’s very likely that he will start regressing to the mean RIGHT NOW, which means he will go on a hot streak to balance his average back to .300.

    If you were to bet one way or the other in Vegas, you should bet on the Yankees, and on Robinson Cano.

    Same thing for Nick Swisher. Don’t get fooled by the cold streak. It is just a small sample size. He is going to start regressing back to his usual performance any day now, probably today.

    If you don’t want to bet this way, you don’t understand statistics. You get way too caught up in small sample sizes, letting them rule your stupid emotions, instead of using the objective facts that statistics gives us.

    Worse, you’re not a real Yankee fan, because you don’t believe in our players and their ability to finding it in themselves to start regressing back to the mean, TODAY.

    • Mike HC

      In that case, the pitching is also due to regress back to the mean.

      But I’m with you, the Yankee offense can’t be this bad.

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

      You’re the one who doesn’t understand statistics man…and ask anybody on this board, I’m one of the most passionate optimists when it comes to the Yankees, but you’re theory on how regression to the mean works is so flawed it’s funny. Just because the Yankees aren’t hitting up to their abilities right now doesn’t mean that they HAVE TO or even that it’s “VERY LIKELY” that they will start tonight. For example, while a life time .300 hundred hitter will hit in 30% of AB’s if he’s 0-70 it’s not a guarantee that he’s going to go 30 for his next 30.

      In every aspect of life, even sports, regression can sometimes take YEARS to balance out. Another good example is the Orioles. All year I and everybody else who understands statistics said “they cant keep this up all year, it’s statistically impossible.” Guess what, they did. Because sometimes it takes a while for people to regress (positively or negatively) to their mean.

      • joey in nj

        I know my statistics. I have taken multiple Statistics courses at one of the most prestigious universities in the nation. Something tells me you haven’t done the same.

        I don’t know what you mean when you say that “you’re theory” – I’ll charitably assume you mean “your”.

        We are talking about season statistics, not career statistics, it would be ridiculous for it to take more than a year to regress back to them.

        Also, we are talking about multiple slumps, not just one. While it may not be near-certain that one slumping player will regress after a certain point it is near-certain that out of a group of 7 or 8 slumping players, at least 1 or 2 of them will regress significantly. Each slump by itself is a significant deviation from the mean which isn’t very probable given previous performance; multiply the (im)probability of each player’s slump together and you have a very improbable event. Hence their not slumping, or their coming into a hot streak, is very, very probable.

        You have to believe.

        • Winter

          I’m an optimist, I sincerely believe that tonight is the night that the Yankees offense breaks out, but my optimism has nothing to do with statistics. A player in a slump isn’t “due” for a hot streak. If someone’s a lifetime .300 hitter and they’ve hit .200 for 20 ABs, you shouldn’t expect them to hit .400 for the next 20 ABs. Rather, expect them to hit .300.

          Slumps and hot streaks aren’t all just probabilities either. A-Rod’s slump might, perhaps, be due to lingering issues with his hand, meaning we might not be able to expect a better performance.

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

          Doh, stupid grammar mistake, I feel like an idiot. I agree that all of these players continuing to slump is improbable, nearly impossible, but to believe that all of them (or even 1 of them) NEEDS TO break out of it tonight is twisting the meaning of regressing to the mean to fit a pipe dream. Do I hope I’m wrong? obviously. I would love to see all of the current slumping players blast out of it tonight, but the odds of that happening are most likely worse than all of them continuing to slump for one more day.

      • Winter

        He’s describing not regression to the mean, but the Gambler’s fallacy. If you flip heads 7 times in a row, tails aren’t “due,” the odds are still 50/50. Similarly, if Cano’s a .300 hitter, we shouldn’t expect him to go on a tear to bring his average up to .300; rather, we should expect him to hit ~.300 from this point forward.

    • Dale Mohorcic

      I’m with you. Sabathia, Pettitte, Kuroda, Sabathia is a good foundation for the Yankees to be in every game–the offense has to do something at some point. There were some good AB’s at the end of last night’s game, even if it didn’t fully pan out. They have to break out of this offensive slump some time. For me, the question is will the absolutely be able to start doing it now? Got to believe they will.

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

    By the way – why must there always be at least one rain delay in a Yankees/Tigers series?

    • CUYanks

      Hey, I’ll take every extra minute the Yankees season is guaranteed to be alive.

  • Get Phelps Up (wins needed: 8)

    Let’s do this. I want to be able to change the number in my handle at least once.

    • CUYanks

      I like their chances. Hey, it’s not like the Yankees have lost every game 10-0. I like CC against pretty much anyone, non-Verlander division.

      • Get Phelps Up (wins needed: 8)

        Definitely. The Yankees have been in every game this post season and, if not for an umpire’s blown call their biggest loss would have been by only 2 runs. I won’t count them out until they lose 4 games either in this series, or in the WS.

  • Reuben Sierra’s Chains

    First time posting here. I wanted to be part of this epic comeback the Yankees are about to stage. Enjoy it everyone.

    • jjyank (Carsten Charles Cruisin’)

      Welcome to the comments section! I will buy you a steak dinner and a six-pack of your choice as RAB’s newest good luck charm if the comeback does indeed happen.

      • Mike HC

        I assume you are pretty sure a comeback is not in order, because at this rate of you offering steak dinners, you might go broke! ha

        • jjyank (Carsten Charles Cruisin’)

          Haha, true. It’s only been two offers, though! If the Yankees make the comeback, I wouldn’t mind the hit at all. My mood would just be too good.

    • Get Phelps Up (wins needed: 8)

      Welcome. All I have to say is: Don’t judge the comments section based on game threads.

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

        Hey man, that’s not cool I usually only post in game threads =P

      • jjyank (Carsten Charles Cruisin’)

        Yeah, for sure. I feel like we need to make a guide. “New Commenter Guide: Game Threads, Trolls, And What It Means For You”.

        • Get Phelps Up (wins needed: 8)

          I remember my first game threads form the beginning of last year. They can really be a fun place to watch a Yankees game with. Unfortunately, when it gets bad, it gets really bad nowadays.

          • jjyank (Carsten Charles Cruisin’)

            It still is a freaking blast when the Yankees are playing well. When they’re losing…yeah, it can get pretty bad. I’ve learned to just step away from game threads when that happens. I have a few people that I can usually chat with on facebook instead, including Plouffy here. One of my buddies from college and my cousin are usually on while watching the game too.

            Hell, even I’m still learning. It’s only been a year as a regular commenter for me.

            • Get Phelps Up (wins needed: 8)

              The threads from the last week or so of last year during Boston’s collapse were so awesome. I still sometimes go back and read them when I’m bored.

        • Reuben Sierra’s Chains

          People here seem great. Besides this place can’t be any worse then Lohud. Freaking psychos over there. That place is a nightmare. Oh, and I like my steak medium rare. Let’s Go Yankees!

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

            Oh, if you’re coming from LoHud…this place is like heaven. I remember back when facebook groups had discussion sections I used to be part of game threads at a Yankee group, they got their own website, which ran for a while, but for whatever reason it shut down…then I posted at LoHud for about a week before I was like “okay RAB has to be better.”

          • jjyank (Carsten Charles Cruisin’)

            Oh, you’ll be fine then haha. Trolls and overly negative posts come out in loses, but there is a great core here. If you have any meme questions, feel free to ask. We like our memes here.

            Should I give a quick rundown?

            “stuart a” is a secret Mets fan troll who loves parades, raises, and ellipses.

            “dalelama” will never post except to hate on A-Rod.

            That Raul Ibanez AKA Tom Marvolo Riddle guy, his real name is Plouffy. Call him that instead.

            Erica must wear adult diepers for the Yankees to win.

            Microwaved burrito references are always in regards to Yankee prospects.

            Eddard (and his various sub-handles) are all spawns from the alternative universe “Eddard World”

            Anyone want to add more?

            • Get Phelps Up (wins needed: 8)

              Big Member…

              • jjyank (Carsten Charles Cruisin’)

                Of course. Embrace Big Member’s antics. Cherish them.

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

              My real name is Jeff, you can call me Jeff, Tom, TMR, Lord Voldemort, His Name That Must Not Be Typed, or any such variation of those names, also I feel dirty being mentioned in the company of everybody in this post except Erica.

              Also, you forgot that stuart also loves giving everybody extensions with said raises.

              You also forgot the fact that you’re Sterling Archer, and that Havok stole my birth name.

              • jjyank (Carsten Charles Cruisin’)

                Solid additions. I am Sterling Archer (sort of kind of not really).

                Also, Robinson Tilapia (or R-Tils) is our resident sarcastic poster, who specializes in humor, obscure 80’s music references and enlightening us on his family’s love for Melky Cabrera.

  • mustang

    I love the fact of the late start today and 4 pm start tomorrow. Gives us a quick end or fast hope either way no waiting.

  • CUYanks

    If there’s any positive, the win-or-go-home nature of the game might actually force Girardi to go all-out in his bullpen management.

    • oldmanalex doing damage on the bench

      the funny thing is during the presser, he already started naming people that he has to keep fresh for Game 7.

  • oldmanalex doing damage on the bench

    If Alex gets traded, i’ll feel like the whole 8 years of my adolescence to adulthood chapter will come to an end. I really rooted for this guy since day one… I guess turning 25 in a few months is a good way to start a new chapter.

    • Big “Nostradanus” Member

      if we are trading arod we won’t be getting nothing back. arod is still arod he may choke in post season but he is on of the best third baseman in the al.

      today at lunch m friend tell me swisher will be free agent this offseason. swisher gives alot to the chemistry of the team but i think if we trade arod who is basically the spiler of our chemistry, our chemistry will be fine. so we will need an outfielder and a third baseman to replace them. my friend also talked about this stanton from marlins. i personally never heard of him but upon looking him up i see that he hit 35 HRs. i guess we can get him from miami if we trade them arod.

      • Mike HC

        is this a joke? I don’t want to offend, but this really seems like a put on

        • Big “Nostradanus” Member

          you dont belive arod is one of the best 3rd baseman in the AL? longoria and youkilis and cabrera are the only ones better

          • Mike HC

            ARod has possibly the worst contract in baseball history. Even if you think he is the third best AL third baseman (Beltre is far better than him too), he will not be able to bring back one of the best young, cheap hitter in the game (stanton).

            • Big “Nostradanus” Member

              money doesnt matter to miami they built a brand new stadium. arod is a brand name a trademark he would make all tickets in florida sell out. hahaha ask a basebal fan who does he know stanton or arod and you will get your answer

              • Mike HC

                Yea, you are probably right. ARod for Stanton is a steal for Miami.

        • VT Yankee Fan

          It has to be a joke.

          • Get Phelps Up (wins needed: 8)

            I’m sure it is. Go search for “Big Member” in the RAB search bar on the side.

            • Mike HC

              Plus, NostradANUS is a give away at his sincerity

              • Get Phelps Up (wins needed: 8)

                Heh. I didn’t even notice that.

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

    Seinfeld?!

    YES!

  • Austin Aunelowitzky

    A Yankee Seinfeld episode on TBS! The Calzone episode with George! It’s a sign!!!!!!!!!!! Yanks FTW.

  • forensic

    I started the year sort of in between on Girardi, but generally being in favor of him staying around and being a good manager.

    It’s amazing how much can change in a couple of months. I would be thrilled at this point if he were fired after the season, which won’t happen of course. The terrible lineups, unadjusting of game plans, large steps back in bullpen management, etc.

    I almost hope they lose tonight just so I don’t have to deal with my frustration with him, and of course the offense, for another day, just so they can tease everyone a little with a comeback that is insanely unlikely to happen.

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

      I was with up until you said You “almost hope they lose.” I have no idea what happened to Joe this season…he used to never crack under any sort of scrutny, now he almost seems like he’s managing the way the back pages tell him to. Also a lot of his bullpen decisions have been mind boggling…leaving Epply in to try to steal outs or that game where he went to Logan against Span in Minnesota. I’m not saying that I totally want him fired, just that I no longer think he’s a “great” manager.

    • Captain_Turbo

      It’s too bad Tito is no longer available.

  • CountryClub

    The heavy rain is in the forecast from 10 to midnight. This is going to be a long delay.

    If they get rained out, CC pitches tomorrow, Pettitte on Friday and Kuroda pitches Saturday. If they make it to gm 7, CC won’t be able to pitch (he’ll be on 2 day’s rest). So just hope they play tonight.

  • Chief Wahoo

    Just heard that A-Rod is officially in charge of lining up the Motown p%^&y for after the game, been handing out balls with his number on them…

  • Nice Scheister

    I understand benching A-Rod for a game MAYBE two but this is getting outta hand. What has Chavez done that he’s being rewarded playing time recently? Caused the winning ahead run to score via error? Paying a guy, who’s not been relvealed to have an injury, 30M a year to sit and not even given an opportunity to play is getting outta control. He came off the DL and hit well, has he sucked recently? Yes! But all players go through tough spots, you’ve already punished him, now give him an opportunity to play!

    • RkyMtnYank

      Agree completely, what’s happened already has been enough even if he still sucks these last couple games of the season.

  • Big “Nostradanus” Member

    wow tbs is so silly. rain is schuduled for 10 why not play the first 2 hours? what if rain don’t stop until tomorrow?

    • CountryClub

      Tbs doesn’t control the delay.

  • Andy

    Why are the Yanks treating by far and away their best player of the past 8 years, and who won them a championship, like such crap right now? I don’t get it. I really don’t. It’s as if the front office and/or Girardi suddenly caught the irrational Alex hatred bug. Chavez is certainly not a better option than him right now. I just find this whole thing so bizarre.

    • Mike HC

      Gotta be something going on behind the scenes, or his hand injury is bad and they don’t want to talk about it for whatever reason. Either way, there has got to be something we don’t know.

      • Andy

        Yeah, I agree. There’s got to be something else. I wish it were the hand, but he hit well the first week or two back from the DL, so seems unlikely, but who knows. It’s just hard to stomach what’s going on.

  • Hall and Nokes

    At least TBS could give us the Jeter & Bernie Seinfeld episode so we can all have a good cry.

  • ThatstheMelkyMesaWaysa

    I love when weather that has yet to arrive causes a rain delay.

  • McLovin

    Whats so terrible about LoHud

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

      Their regular posters make our ledge jumpers look like optimists.

    • Reuben Sierra’s Chains

      The crazy lady who posts non-stop and thinks she runs shit there. She’s a complete lunatic and can go to hell.

  • Captain_Turbo

    Is there an ETA on the start time?

    • evan

      Same question. Anyone?

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

        Mike usually gets them up as an update as soon as anybody hears anything…so no update here or LoHud tells me that it’s still indefinite.

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

    Another Yankee-centric episode of Seinfeld.

    This is the Danny Tartabull episode, for those who aren’t already aware.

  • Mickey McMick

    Weirdest Rain Delay Ever.
    Pre-rain Delay.
    Phantom Rain.
    Purple Rain.
    After two hours of no rain they put tarp on field.
    I assume this has something to do with the what happened last year with Yankee/Detroit game, where both teams lost their starters. It would be a disaster for the Yanks if we lost Sabathia after three innings because of a rain delay.
    80% chance of game cancelation is my guess.

  • Andy

    I’m somewhat of a weather buff, but you don’t need to know anything about the weather to realize this game is not happening tonight based on one glance at the radar.

  • Big “Nostradanus” Member

    this game makes me remembers a little certian boxing match in the 1930s…

    the germanies had a very prized boxer…max schmeling. he was a knock out boxer (emphasis on the Ks). he was very famous and very good at boxing. back than america and germany did not really like each other. so they had this match between max and our own boxer, joe louis. joe was your average stocky american yankee of african american descent. (emphasis on stocky). he was very good too and stuff.

    both men were ready. the bell was rung. then max fell on his back when joe knocked the shit out of his face. joe won. in the first round. by a knock out.

    and today, we are facing another MAX of germanian descent who likes to K people. on the mound for us, YANKEES, CC. who has a knock out punch instored.

    here it is folks. wheel of time.

  • Matt

    This game will not start until at least midnight because of the rain.

    Another disaster from the greedy executives of MLB and TBS, who refused to move the start of the game up even just 1 hour when they knew that rain would come because they were concerned about their precious ratings. As a result, we’re sitting here for probably 1.5 hours with completely clear conditions, and nobody will watch the game anyway because it will go until at least 3 AM.

    The fans are all going to leave. Detroit will make no money off of concessions or beer. The ratings will be abysmal. The players will be worn down playing late into the night with a day game the next game. And all of the excitement of playoff baseball will be sucked right out of the ballpark.

    Good job guys. It was sure worth it to be greedy, wasn’t it?

  • Hans Moleman

    It’s postponed

  • Eddard

    They’ve screwed the Yanks again. CC can’t pitch Game 7 if they get there.

    • Knoxvillain

      Weren’t getting there anyway, man.

    • Karl Krawfid

      Getting to game 7 would be a victory.

      Get to game 7 and you could start Boone Logan and the Yankees will win.

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

    Good night guys…if this game is in rain delay I’m going to my friend’s to get stoned and giggle like 12yo’s at south park.

    • jjyank (Carsten Charles Cruisin’)

      I hate you so much right now.

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

    Fuck.

    I’m hoping like hell for a Game 5 right now, but that would almost certainly be a 4:00 day game. And I’ll be unable to watch, and be in a worse boat than I was last Friday.

    Unreal. Best laid plans go awry.

  • FIPster Doofus

    What time tomorrow?

    • FIPster Doofus

      Never mind – 4 o’clock.

  • Matt

    MLB is a disgrace to professional sports.

    Between their scheduling mishaps and the umpiring, they have made a mockery of the sport.

    Are you telling me they couldn’t move the start time of this game up by ONE HOUR? They knew the rain was coming, and they knew they could get it in if they weren’t so greedy.

    Once again, a terrible, disgraceful failure by MLB that completely screws the Yankees. What a freaking shock. Now they will take away our off day, and force us to throw our 4th starter in Game 7 against Verlander, even if we manage to make it there. They basically stole any chance that we had left to win this series, for a few extra dollars (which they won’t get at a 4:00 game anyway).

    So basically, they made a schedule that completely screwed us as the #1 seed by taking away our off day after the ALDS, then completely screwed us with the rain out, taking away our off day and forcing us to go to a #4 starter in a potential Game 7, and then they have the nerve to reschedule tomorrow’s game for 4:00, negating any benefit of holding out for the ratings in the first place.

  • Reuben Sierra’s Chains

    All right, well the comeback starts tomorrow. Not sure what this means for CC and pitching Game 7, but we will worry about that when we get that far. And we will get this shit to a Game 7.

  • Get Phelps Up (wins needed: 8)

    The weather forecast for Detroit doesn’t look so good for tomorrow too. I hope there’s another postponement or at least a 1 hour delay so I can watch the whole game.

  • Pat D

    So since this is more or less an open thread now……how about the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame nominees? Rush finally got nominated. They might even get in. I kind of hope they don’t because that will anger my sister. Especially if NWA and Public Enemy get in, which I think they will. She takes the “Rock and Roll” part of it a tad too literally.

    For some reason my sister hates Pink Floyd despite loving Rush. Personally I think she’s mad that Pink Floyd was superior on every level.