Oct
16

ALCS Game Three Spillover Thread

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Win it for Philbert.

Categories : Game Threads, Playoffs
  • TJF

    32 Detroit hitting innings until the Yankee Sweep………

  • dkidd

    yankee dugout bringing the intensity

    someone wake up freddy

  • Eddard

    Phil and Dave can get through 6 with only 1 run given up. The offense has to get 3 runs. 3 runs can win it. Get two men on and hit one 3 run HR one time.

    • Joe

      The odds of the first thing happening are slim.

    • Jason

      Riiiiiiggghhhhhttt

    • Jason

      How’s that working out for ya?

  • Joe F

    I know it’s Verlander, but we’d probably suck if it wasn’t either. This shit is annoying.

  • AnthonyD

    Is anyone on the Tigers normal size or do they only come in slob or skinny?

    • dkidd

      miggy, prince and delmon are magnificent specimens

      • Bo Knows

        for a sumo wrestling competition

  • Athenian

    Yankees are cursed. Even the young talent is getting hurt. This game is worse than the debate, and that is two lying fuckers trying to convince people to vote for them.

  • Pasta Stumbling Sojo

    I’m feeling strangely optimistic. Yanks just need to score one or two runs in the next couple innings, get a close win, then CC, then World Series is within reach. We can do this.

  • Chilango

    Can’t wait till he ramps it up to 100–if he has to.

    • AnthonyD

      Seriously. He’s not even sharp right now. He’s missing pretty bad (although getting some assistance from Gregg)

  • johnnymac

    Was Hughes injured?

  • awesomeo

    ATTENTION

    STFU we are winning this game.

  • Tom

    Damn both of those balls were hit hard and went nowhere.

    Young’s HR must have been really crushed.

  • Hummingbird S.

    WOW… fuck this ump

  • Electric nunez

    Wonder if Jeter is watching this game or nailing a super model?

    • Defensive Indifference

      Probably both.

    • dkidd

      he’s nailing kate upton as we speak

      • Electric nunez

        Pictures or GTFO

    • TomH

      God, I hope not, especially if she’s really active.

    • awesomeo

      This game would kill a boner in a minute I’m sure. So no he is probably not watching.

    • Bo Knows

      I like to think Jeter is getting revenge on this blatant umpire bullshit by giving the umpires wives some patented “Jeter Gift baskets”

  • Bo Knows

    that was not a strike…once again it seems like someone paid off the umps.

  • Hummingbird S.

    seriously, another hitter that should have been on base but wasn’t because the ump sucks

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

    There’s been exactly one good AB tonight.

    I know, I know, Verlander, etc. etc. etc. But that’s no excuse for crappy AB’s.

    • TomH

      You should have seen how a much better set of Yankee hitters looked against Sandy Koufax.

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

        Sandy Koufax might have been the filthiest pitcher in the history of baseball.

        I know you’re referring to Game 1 of the ’63 Series.

  • MacDaddyAlex call me, maybe?

    I got this strange feeling that were headed towards a few years of mediocrity…

  • Mikey

    I can’t believe the suck keeps happening. Even a broken clock is right twice a day. Not one of the guys can run into one?

    • flamingo

      Maybe they will. They’re only through 5 so far.

  • Bartolo’s Colon

    i hate to be negative, but i don’t think there is a chance the yanks win this at this point. between verlander, our pathetic bats, and the strong wind keeping the ball in, i don’t see how it happens. hope i am wrong

    • awesomeo

      We will win 12-1.

      • Bartolo’s Colon

        i wish i could have your optimism, but i think im much more realistic at this point

  • Athenian

    So I will just state the obvious, this line up, this team couldn’t get a hit off the batting tee. Jus forfeit.

  • botz

    Hard to watch

  • Electric nunez

    Tigers will get destroyed by either Giants or Cards.

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

    It’s not a fun thing that Quintin Berry keeps getting on base.

  • awesomeo

    -1 girardi

  • Bartolo’s Colon

    thats big, arod wouldve had it

  • http://www.twitter.com/tomzig Tom Zig

    Wait we have a hit off Verlander? This actually surprises me, I feel like we should auto-win just for that.

  • DT

    Hey lets start Chavez some more. This is working out great.

    • Hummingbird S.

      You are right, go back to Alex. He was great.

      • DT

        At least Alex can field a fucking ball.

      • DT

        And what has Chavez done with the bat so far? 0-13. Yea Alex’s 3 hits are BETTER.

  • Hummingbird S.

    exactly what you need, an error in front of Cabrera

  • flamingo

    I forgot Phelps has a good pickoff move. Hope it works.

  • botz

    Maybe we should try something like that. If we could get on base.

  • dkidd

    get robertson up now

  • David N
    • Bo Knows

      30% Verlander, 70% just playing like horsecrap

  • Electric nunez

    We fucked now i predict a nunez errror next .
    At least SAMCRO is on.

    • Tom

      Don’t spoil it for us on the West Coast please. (Thanks in advance)

      • Electric nunez

        The game is spoiled already.
        No i wont greatest writting on TV. Looking for Clay to make a big move soon.

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

    Fuck.

    That’s probably the game.

  • Hummingbird S.

    Granderson with an awful route to that ball, and the game is over..

    • Lee D

      he’s playing too shallow anyway. why, i dont know, WHY, I DONT KNOW

  • AnthonyD

    Oh Grandy

  • awesomeo

    :)

  • David N

    Yes, Phelps pitching to Cabrera. Nothing bad could have ever come of that.

    • awesomeo

      Pick your poison. You cant walk cabrera, fielder, and young. I doubt it was his call honestly.

  • Bartolo’s Colon

    this sucks

  • Hans Moleman

    Oh, so that’s what it looks like for a team’s best offensive player to get a hit.

  • Mikey

    Everyone called that

  • Defensive Indifference

    Can’t hit. Can’t field. Can’t win. Dat’s it.

    • David N

      Can’t stay healthy.

  • dalelama

    Phew these guys really stink.

  • dkidd

    aaaaaannnnddddddd the don julio is opened

    oblivion here i come

    • Chilango

      My favorite Tequila. Beats the shit out of Patron

  • Mike N

    This is fucking horrible. The only thing making this night not 100% disastrous is one of the people who works for me just sent me some data he collected and analyzed today that looks fucking AMAZING.

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

    By the way, Chavez hasn’t been worth anything since the middle of August.

    The 3rd base situation as a whole is beyond FUBAR at this point.

    • awesomeo

      Yep, I get why Girardi did it but it could have been argued either way.

  • Bo Knows

    Oh for flabby, fat, fit, motherflubbing, son of a biscuit eating cola slurping dimple….this is such horsehooey.

    • Mike N

      Hahahahahah. Excellent euphemisms!

  • Karl Krawfid

    Detroit Traded Grandy to the Yankees because he couldn’t play defense.

    Yankees gave up the best defense outfielder in baseball to get him.

    • awesomeo

      They traded him because he was about to make a shit load more money.

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

      Jackson isn’t close to the best defensive outfielder in baseball. He can’t come in on the ball for shit.

      • Bartolo’s Colon

        might be true, but he i a whole lot better than grandy

      • Karl Krawfid

        Grandy can’t go back or in so whats your point?

        His misread the ball on Berry in Yankee Stadium and just now on Miguel.

        • AnthonyD

          His point was what you said was fucking wrong.

          • Karl Krawfid

            I’m not wrong.

            The Yankees even had Granderson fitted for fucking contacts in spring training the year they traded for him.

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

          My point is that he isn’t close to the best defensive outfielder in baseball. He’s not even the best defensive outfielder playing in this game.

          • Karl Krawfid

            Well guess what? He could be manning the same outfield as Gardner.

            • http://www.twitter.com/tomzig Tom Zig

              And that would equal what, 15 HRs between the two of them?

              • Joe Wiseass

                Probably, but Jackson actually does things in the playoffs besides strike out.

          • awesomeo

            Gardner is arguably the best in the league.

    • Hall and Nokes

      Cashman will take that Trout trade to his grave.

      • Karl Krawfid

        Mike Trout was in High School when that trade went down.

  • your mom

    I hate politics, absolutely hate it, but I’d rather watch that shit than this piece of shit team right now.

  • Athenian

    Yep all the proof you need Granderson is a definite resign. Can’t hit, can’t field, but hey give him 20 mil.

    Game/series done.

  • Miked

    I said the over under was 1 hit. Unfortunately it looks like I was dead on

  • Matt

    The only people that this is surprising to are the insane over-optimists who seemed to think that 162 games of complete offensive ineptitude against good pitching and with runners on base would magically vanish against the best pitching in the league in the playoffs.

    The Yankees have the best rotation left in the playoffs, but the offense is completely one dimensional and refuses to make adjustments. They all sit on the fastball, except they never get it because who in their right mind would throw them one when behind in the count? Any pitcher who has a good offspeed pitch can easily stymie this offense as long as they pound the zone early in the count.

    Guys like Swisher, they do the exact same thing every at bat. It’s not rocket science. They know what you are trying to do, and they give you the exact opposite. Knowing that, you would have to be an absolute idiot to continue to try to hit the same way.

    • Mike N

      Yeah. If only the Yankees players would do what you say they should do, they’d win every game. Enough already with this delusional gibberish.

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

      The Yankees had zero problem hitting good pitching this year (just ask Verlander, for instance), and hitting with RISP hasn’t been their problem in the playoffs. They just aren’t getting anyone on base period.

      • David N

        Can’t agree about hitting with RISP: I seem to recall several times where there was a man on third with less than two outs, and just decent contact would have scored him. Instead, strikeouts.

        • AnthonyD

          You are using your recall vs Mike who, I would bet, is using facts? Good luck with that one.

          • Bo Knows

            Tale of two seasons, they went weeks at a time where they couldn’t buy a hit with RISP and there were times where they would knock in so many guys that they seemed unbeatable. I disagree that they weren’t completely terrible with RISP, but they did have a very nasty habit of going completely useless for long stretches of time.

            Neither view is wrong, context is needed though

      • Mike N

        This guy is a Walter Mitty fantasist who believes that he knows exactly what these major league players should do to succeed at their at-bats, and if only they would have done what he thinks they should have done, they would have succeeded. It is equal parts pathetic and annoying.

        • Matt

          You are an idiot. Anyone with a brain could see what they are doing wrong in the playoffs. It’s not rocket science.

          There was an article just a few days ago where a bunch of anonymous scouts said the EXACT SAME THING.

          Every hitter in the lineup sits exclusively on the fastball, and never adjusts. Any pitcher who has a good breaking pitch that they can throw for a strike can shut down 2/3 of the hitters in the lineup.

          Guys like Swisher REFUSE to make the adjustment. Believe me, they know what is going on. They just don’t want to stop looking for the fastball. It’s what he always does, and it’s why he never succeeds in the playoffs when they stop feeding him pitches to hit.

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

            I’m sure that on the verge of free agency, Swisher REFUSES to make an adjustment that will potentially cost him millions. Brilliant.

            • Matt

              He absolutely has refused to make the adjustment. Watch his at bats. They get him out the same way almost every at bat, even within the same game. The same for Granderson, A-Rod, and Cano.

              You can say it’s hard to get guys to change their approach, but I’d say that it is the very job of a professional baseball player to do whatever it takes to succeed.

          • Mike N

            Yes. I am sure it is very simple, and it’s just a matter of “knowing” what to do. If only the Yankees had you to explain this to them, they wouldn’t be sucking shit right now in the playoffs.

        • Matt

          http://www.nj.com/yankees/inde.....tment.html

          “They’re going to chase. They’re very aggressive, especially with runners on base. Everybody up and down the lineup. I think they’re getting exposed.”

          • Mike N

            You are so fucking delusional, it’s pathetic. What you are seeing and pointing out are *effects*, not *causes*.

      • Matt

        You do realize that Verlander’s velocity was WAY down in that April start? He shut them down in his August start and struck out 14 (!). Some of the worst pitchers in all of baseball, like Ricky Romero, consistently shut down this offense.

        And RISP has absolutely been the problem. Are you insane? 2nd and 3rd, no outs, 0 runs in Game 1 of the ALCS. Runner at 3rd, 1 out, no runs, in Game 4. They are 10/42 with RISP in the playoffs (.238). It has lost them nearly every game that they have lost.

        • David N

          At least it’s not a problem anymore, since we can’t get any runners into scoring position in the first place.

    • awesomeo

      Yanks have a decent record against Verlander. They just turn into turtles in the playoffs lately.

  • Eddard

    Well we didn’t quite come through today but it ain’t over till it’s over. With CC, Andy, Kuroda and CC they CAN still win. They’ll get this series back to NY and it’ll be a whole new ballgame.

    • THE Experience

      what good are CC, Andy and Kuroda if the offense can’t even score 1 run a game?? :-(

  • dkidd

    was cabrera talking shit to nunez there?

    • Pat D

      Well Cabrera is a drunken asshole, so probably he was.

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

    IBB’ing Delmon Young.

    That’s what it’s come to, thanks to the fact that the Yankees can’t stop giving up home runs to him.

  • Pat D

    So of course I watch the game for five minutes just to see Berry and Cabrera get hits. Yep, I’m poison right now.

    And since at times like this I get more negative than poor Greg does on his worst days, I’d like to quote the master philosopher Strong Bad:

    At this point, the Yankees were dead. All this data can lead us to only one conclusion: A-Rod’s adopted.

  • David N

    How far have we fallen to where we’re walking Delmon F-ing Young, and it’s the complete right move?

  • Tom

    I think it will take at least 3 runs to win this game (for either team)

    If the Yankees can shut them out the rest of the way, I think they find a way to win. (I’m just not sure the pen will hold them to 0)

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

    Holy hell what a play by Nunez.

  • MacDaddyAlex call me, maybe?

    the most demoralizing part is the fact everyone in that stadium/ all detroit players/ TBS , everyone pretty much knows that we are toast. Never felt so helpless before… im starting sound like a 16 yr old girl.

  • JobaWockeeZ

    Don’t worry guys, people guaranteed 10 runs off Verlander tonight.

  • Bo Knows

    No way Jeter would have gotten to that, amazing play Nunez

  • fin

    I’m shocked! The Yankees didnt break out of their slump against Verlader. Who could have seen this coming?

    Btw, was at the bar, until just now, what happend to Hughes?

    PS. No way Jeter gets near that ball.

    • Hummingbird S.

      something with his back, apparently

      • fin

        Essh. Now we get to see Lowe pitch to save the Yankee season.

  • Bartolo’s Colon

    nice call on nunie, dude can’t really throw, but hes got range

  • Immature Child Who Makes Fun of People’s Names

    Out went Pee-Yous; in comes Crapada.

  • dkidd

    sadly, nunez broke his ankle making the play

  • flamingo

    This bullpen business will drive me insane. I can’t keep up.

    • Mike N

      It’s only the goddamn fifth inning. Supposing they get out of this using all these pitchers, then who the fuck is gonna pitch the rest of the damn game?

      • flamingo

        They might have to use D-Rob for two innings. Girardi should practice taking deepp breaths.

        • flamingo

          I hate typos.

      • awesomeo

        Girardi is probably going to treat this like a game 7 imo.

  • Bartolo’s Colon

    girardi and the pitching staff are doing their best to ice verlander, i hope the lineup can put up a few good ab’s against him for a change

  • Belphegor

    Yanks are flatter than Obama’s rhetoric tonight. Split screen hell.

    • Pat D

      No politics.

      • Belphegor

        gotcha

    • El Tigre

      GFY

  • paul a

    PATHETIC…….GIRARDI MUST GO……IF THERES ANY CHANCE OF TRADING GRANDERSON THIS OFF SEASON DO IT…….AND CAN THE GM PLEASE REFRAIN SIGNING THESE OVER THE HILL VETS TO FILL OUT THE ROSTER,I’D RATHER SEE SOME OF THE KIDS GET THOSE ROSTER SPOTS…PATHETIC…

    • your mom

      Ichiro, Chavez and Ibanez have been alright.

  • wow

    this team is absolutely lifeless. They don’t even have a desire to win. No punch. I really hope there are some changes in the offseason. I can’t bear to watch anymore. I’m done with this team for the year.

  • Bartolo’s Colon

    props to nunie

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

    Two runs through five innings for Detroit.

    It really sucks that it feels insurmountable.

  • TJF

    31 Detroit hitting innings until the Yankee Sweep………

  • Bartolo’s Colon

    the worst thing about detroit winning is this stupid chevy commercial, the worst!

  • Bartolo’s Colon

    if nunie can cure his jimmy arm, could he be a reasonable replacement for jeter?

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

    By the way, that Nunez play is exactly why he would be a spectacular defensive player if he could only throw a routine groundball to first.

    His instincts are off-the-charts. Excellent range. He’s just one of those players who needs things to come difficult for him, because simplicity is not his M.O.

    • Smoltzisaschmuck

      good points.

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

    Even when Verlander falls into three ball counts, these guys can’t do shit about it.

    I mean, when you can’t even get on base there, when the hell will you ever get on base?

    • Bartolo’s Colon

      it is funny, it has been 3-0 a few times, but you know that they will fuck it up

      • Hummingbird S.

        they get to 3-0 and take a ball, but the ump doesn’t let them reach

  • Tom

    That was an ugly 3-1 swing. Middle-middle and a weak popup

  • Karl Krawfid

    Nice pop up Grandy. Can’t wait till they pick up your extension.

  • Hummingbird S.

    falls behind 3-0, throws a ball that’s called a strike, and then gets the out… great

  • Smoltzisaschmuck

    Just throwing strikes to get yankees out with hitters counts.

  • TomH

    Granderson’s really getting it tonight from Sterling and Suzyn, and Feinstein.

  • awesomeo

    Cashman is gonna have to get creative with some trades this offseason.

    • Bartolo’s Colon

      i see youve come to the dark side

    • JobaWockeeZ

      And by creative it means dumping the prospects. However since they’ll be traded anyways I’m fine with it, as long as it’s not for another one year wonder.

      • Bartolo’s Colon

        trade for nate mclouth, mark reynolds, and delmon young, that will make us unbeatable

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

          Are they going to be playing themselves?

  • FIPster Doofus

    I’ve never been less optimistic in the middle of a “close” game. This is pathetic.

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

    is anybody even going to make Cabrera field a bunt this series?

    • Smoltzisaschmuck

      …but verlander is so hittable!

  • Smoltzisaschmuck

    I read today the lowest team batting average ever in the postseason is something like .196 – we started today at .206. We should be close.

  • Bartolo’s Colon

    are you fucking kidding me, no luck whatsoever

  • Karl Krawfid

    1 hit.

  • JLevs

    It’s so bad it’s just painful to watch. The worst part about this is knowing the team will basically be the same next year.

    • http://theevilsquare.com handtius

      i know! they didn’t score any runs this year…oh wait…they did and they scored the second most. hope they’re just the same, except doesn’t go cold in the postseason.

    • your mom

      Same? Maybe worse. Everyone’s a year older.

    • TomH

      We actually do not know the team will be the same next year. The only people who “know” that are our resident Self-Appointed Deputy G.M’s, waving their accountant’s decrees, and telling us that the budget will not permit it.

  • emcee

    This is what it felt like to be an LSU fan last year during the National Championship.

  • Athenian

    Just brutal. Yankees are officially the 2011 Red Sox. They really should not show up tomorrow and save CC’s arm.

    • DT

      Did we blow a 9 game lead and miss the play offs? No. They are nothing alike.

      • Athenian

        Um ok. Blew a 10 game lead, and if not for Jim Johnson failure would have been bounced in 4. But hey, if you really think there is a difference -quitters are quitters- that is cool.

        • FIPster Doofus

          They had the best record in the AL, won the division and won the LDS. The 2011 Red Sox missed the playoffs and didn’t even win 90 games. Your comparison is fucking shit.

          • Athenian

            Yes your right. Failure is not failure and all those thing you listed mean so much. I mean look at how awesome they have been in the playoffs.

            • FIPster Doofus

              I am right. Thanks for realizing it.

            • Pasta Stumbling Sojo

              It sounds like what you’re saying is that “failure” means not getting to the World Series, but that’s pretty much what’s similar between the 2011 Red Sox and the 2012 Yankees.

        • DT

          No they did not blow a 10 game lead because they still held on at the end. They still won the division and had the best record in baseball. the Rangers are like the 2011 Sox. This team is no where close. Also the Sox had pitching problems, ours is hitting in the play offs. And if you are going to cite that Jim Johnson bullshit, i can say “if it wasn’t for Andino the Sox would have won the wildcard.” Same shit right.

        • Pasta Stumbling Sojo

          They blew a 10 game lead that they then regained, and won the division. Unlike the Red Sox, who lost and didn’t make the playoffs.

          You can say “if not for X failure” about an opposing player in most series. Another way to say it is “if not for the Yankees scoring runs against one of the best closers in baseball.”

          A team that makes the ALCS is nothing like a team that misses the playoffs by going 7-20 in September.

    • FIPster Doofus

      How are they the 2011 Red Sox?

    • flamingo

      Only 2/14 teams even make it to the ALCS, you know.

  • DT

    Fire Girardi. Player’s manager my ass.

  • dkidd

    one tequila two tequila three tequila floor

  • JLevs

    Is it just me or is every Yankee out a strike out or pop out? Have you see a line drive?

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

      Gardner’s out to end the inning. Granted it was a broken bat liner w/o much behind it…also Nunie had some good swings.

    • Bo Knows

      several actually…but they went straight to a glove

  • your mom

    I can’t stand Dingleberry.

  • dkidd

    what can you do?

    they’re hitting our best reliever

  • Bartolo’s Colon

    unbelievable that ichiro didn’t steal, im still hung up on that

    • FIPster Doofus

      Yep. That was awful.

  • Bartolo’s Colon

    bring in drob after this batter

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

    God…Martin is seriously the worst defensive “defensive catcher” ever. I can handle Jose Molina numbers if you’re playing like Molina defensively…but when you’re not it makes it much more infuriating.

  • Hummingbird S.

    if you are really trying to win this game, Joba should have pitching in this inning… but since that’s not Joe’s goal..

    • SammySosasBleachingCream

      As if Joba’s any good?

      • Hummingbird S.

        he is, actually

  • Jeff G

    Serious question: Will the Yankees score another run before the season is over?

    Last time I remember them this bad was middle of 2009 when they lost the series to the Nats and Cashman had to fly down to Atlanta… just doesn’t seem like there is enough time. SAD

    Please turn this around Yanks. Please.

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

    Also…why in gods name is Epply still in there?!

    • Bartolo’s Colon

      girardi has to rest drob/soriano/joba in case we get the lead

  • dkidd

    not russell’s best game

    • Tom

      Even with the day off you have to wonder if he’s a bit gassed at this point. 5 straight games with 3 of them going extras can’t be fun.

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

      not russel’s best game season. There I fixed it for you.

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

    Do the shitheads at Samsung realize how badly they screwed up that commercial?

    • dkidd

      how so?

  • SammySosasBleachingCream

    Let’s see if Logan can go 3-3 in letting inherited runners score.

  • RkyMtnYank

    Scuterooo, lol

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

    How do you guys feel about the Holiday slide? I think while very aggressive, maybe a little late, but if the SS pops up and is okay I doubt anybody would have given it a second thought.

    • RkyMtnYank

      I usually err on the side of the runner but that was way late, his ass hit over the bag.

    • Hummingbird S.

      borderline criminal… he went after the dude’s legs

    • Tom

      Almost suspension worthy in my view.

      In addition to it being way too late… the contact was with his chest, not his legs/knees like a reasonable takeout would do.

      He wasn’t even really sliding; it almost became a cross body block.

  • Tom

    That 0-1 pitch is a strike but the ump is more concerned with how much the catcher has to move then where the pitch is

  • Karl Krawfid

    Logan against a righty.

    • Lee D

      The same one who’s 2-2 off of him…THIS SERIES.

      • Lee D

        3-3

  • Bartolo’s Colon

    no chance logan gets this guy out, right. good thing joe didn’t go to drob

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

      It’s not the 8th inning, duh.

  • awesomeo

    What can you say? We played really well up to the postseason and all of the sudden they turn it off. It really makes you wonder what is going on in their heads. They are one of the best teams in the league but don’t seem to believe it themselves.

    • TomH

      The oddity for me is the contagious element in this slump: so many at once. And unless my memory is slipping, this isn’t the first time it’s happened this year.

  • Bartolo’s Colon

    really, girardi is just stupid. the guy doesn’t have a fucking clue.

  • Karl Krawfid

    Tigers Bench > Yankee Starters.

  • Bo Knows

    For the love of everything that is sweet and pure in this universe, put Houdini in…NOW

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

    What a play by Chavez!!!

  • Bartolo’s Colon

    he really isn’t taking logan out? don’t care that they got out of it, that is a fireable offense

  • dkidd

    Chavez!!!!!!!!

  • Pasta Stumbling Sojo

    What in the world just happened?

    Logan vs. Cabrera?? And he grounds in a double play on the first pitch?

  • Hummingbird S.

    game changing play! here we go! Luck is finally turning

  • TJF

    30 Detroit hitting innings until the Yankee Sweep………

  • David N

    I was fearing the worst there.

    Nice play Chavez, now SCORE SOME RUNS!

  • JLevs

    Maybe this will give them some juice… oh wait, our team is a bunch of sleepwalking zombies.

  • sangreal

    Okay you got out of it, now please for the love of Mo end the Logan vs. Righty postseason experiment.

  • dkidd

    you gotta hand it to girardi, he got the match-up wanted

    #luckyasfuck

  • El Tigre

    “The Yankees have never been shut out in consecutive games in the postseason.” – Buster Olney

  • RkyMtnYank

    No way Arod makes the several plays Chavez had made tonight in the field. At least saved more runs than Alex would have ever produced.

  • Bartolo’s Colon

    3-0, how will ichiro muff this?

    • Bartolo’s Colon

      wow, now steal for the love of god

    • TomH

      Even at the end of his career, Ichiro make clear how valuable the successful contact hitter is and how essential to a team.

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

    Another 3-0.

    Wonder how this one goes to hell.

  • Tom

    Ichiro hasn’t given up.

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

    ICHIRO STEAL!!!

  • Chilango

    How many 2-0 and 3-0 counts have the Yankees hitters been in tonight? Anyone keeping track?

  • Bartolo’s Colon

    wow, their third base coach is worse than thompson

  • flamingo

    Ichiro’s got the only two hits of the night. WAKE UP, offense.

  • Pasta Stumbling Sojo

    Seriously, someone explain why Logan faced Cabrera. It all happened so fast, I didn’t get a chance to ask what in the world was going on, and say that I thought DRob should have been in.

  • Bartolo’s Colon

    you suck ichiro, not even a try

  • Cy Pettitte

    Teix should have bunted against the shift, Ichiro probably could have gone first to third.

  • JLevs

    If the wind is blowing in, why not change your approach at the plate and not try to hit it over the wall every time?

  • CC for President

    Come on Tex… Close your eyes use the force and run into one…

  • Hummingbird S.

    ichiro lost a leg? that’s about the only excuse for not going..

  • Mikey

    Maybe here?

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

    Why hasn’t he even made an attempt at second yet?!

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

    Robbie’s due.

    Rather, overdue.

    Rather, really, really overdue.

    Do something.

  • Espinoza Sax Mattingly

    Keeping 1996 WS in Atlanta in my thoughts…

  • Tom

    Damn… that ball was hit pretty hard by Tex.

    They are going to have to string together hits to win this.

  • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

    Damn.Tex actually hit that good, too

  • CC for President

    Drat

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

    Please steal here Ichiro. PLEASE GOD STEAL HERE.

  • Mikey

    Both times for the johnny Damon play with texiera up lefty and the infield shifted and both times, he didn’t run.

  • The Real Greg

    So it appears that adding Gardner and Nunez did nothing to the offense either. They are finished. With all their injuries, it’s amazing that they made it this far.

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

    I don’t understand why Ichiro isn’t stealing here…please somebody help me understand?

    • FIPster Doofus

      Beats the fuck out of me.

    • The Real Greg

      I guess the fear of being thrown out and the offense as crappy as itis.

    • DT

      He’s trying not to give away free outs…seeing as the offense is doing a good job of it by themselves.

    • awesomeo

      Must be figuring the only way they will score is off a HR?

    • TomH

      Why do you think it’s Ichiro’s decision?

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

        Do you really think after 18 straight innings of 0 runs that Joe has decided to play it conservative and put up the red light?

  • Bartolo’s Colon

    deja vu all over again with ichiro and cano actually

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

    0-29.

    • El Tigre

      ARod’s fault

  • Hummingbird S.

    excellent AB Robbie!

  • FIPster Doofus

    The lack of stealing makes me want to put my first through the wall.

  • Chilango

    Robbie’s down to what .050

  • your mom

    F U Cano!

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

    I’m starting to sound like a broken record but ICHIRO STEAL SECOND BASE FOR CHRISTS SAKES JUST DO IT

  • Chilango

    Why is Ichiro not running?

    • TomH

      Maybe you should ask Girardi?

  • Bartolo’s Colon

    girardi really is an idiot, went with all this speed and ichiro has multiple chances to steal and never does. what is the point of speed?

    • The Real Greg

      You can’t give away free outs with a crappy offense.

      • Bartolo’s Colon

        how is stealing with ichiro gicving away free outs? and what is the point of saying you want speed in your offense if you aren’t going to steal?

  • FIPster Doofus

    Home plate ump = hot garbage.

    • Bo Knows

      that is an insult to hot garbage

  • Mikey

    Wow! Oh for 29, 2 for 35.

  • Cy Pettitte

    I’m so sick of this strikezone that only Verlander gets.

    • Cy Pettitte

      1-2, should be 3-0.

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

    Now the strikezone is expanding again…

  • pistol pete

    Either the TBS strike box is wrong or this ump sucks.

    • flamingo

      Has Smoltz acknowledged the disparity yet?

      Oh, wait.

    • Tom

      The TBS zone is bad, but those pitches are off the plate – the graphic is exaggerating a bit though.

      http://www.brooksbaseball.net/.....type=7.gif

      The pitches to Ibanez were not the 2 extreme outside squares, but they were then next 2 (still way off the plate). This is the umps view (left is outside corner to lefty)

      • Bo Knows

        That is complete crap….how the hell do you win if there are calls like that going against you

  • David N

    Robbie, Y U NO MAKE CONTACT?

  • flamingo

    HOW ARE THESE PITCHES STRIKES.

  • Hummingbird S.

    ump taking over

  • Bo Knows

    Not one of those were strikes…seriously did someone send hookers and cocaine to the umpires last week?

  • Anthony

    Fucking pathetic strike zone. Perfect recipe for a cold Yankees’ lineup: pitchers pitching away and umps calling strikes outside.

  • Rek4gehrig

    Call the game not the name.

  • Karl Krawfid

    As Ichrio camps out on first base.

  • dkidd

    couldn’t hit it any harder

  • Hummingbird S.

    ball four in the real world, 2-2 count for a crooked ump

  • David N

    Hit hard, right at a fielder (literally).

    That’s the way things are going around here…*facepalm*

  • RkyMtnYank

    Checked the box score and something stood out, not a surprise but …
    Series Avg’s after 2.7 games
    B. Gardner .000
    I. Suzuki .667
    M. Teixeira .000
    R. Cano .000
    R. Ibanez .000
    R. Martin .000
    E. Chavez .000
    C. Granderson .000
    E. Nunez .000

    • Smoltzisaschmuck

      Man that ichiro is washed up!

    • Hans Moleman

      Could have sworn I saw Ibanez hit a 2 run HR on Saturday night.

      • RkyMtnYank

        That was copied from Yahoo soo…

        • RkyMtnYank

          must have been game avg and not series, go figure that would be wrong.

        • Hans Moleman

          Yea those are the averages for today’s game

  • DT

    Here’s the Verlander strike Zone

    http://www.brooksbaseball.net/.....8;s_type=7

    • flamingo

      That’s appalling.

    • David N

      Wow. Just…wow.

  • Bartolo’s Colon

    this team just blows. the umps aren’t helping, but cmon

  • The Real Greg

    Its a testament to the manager that this team made it this far. Injuries all over the place and under performing players. Especially Robinson Cano, who I would start to look to trade in the next two years.

    • DT

      No it’s a testament to our pitching.

      • The Real Greg

        In the postseason, yes. I’m talking about regular season too.

        • DT

          They hit fine in the regular season. Never this bad.

    • Tom

      You do realize Cano is only under contract one more year?

      • The Real Greg

        Did not realize that. Thought he had an option year

  • DT

    I don’t think Arod has ever choked as hard as Cano has this year. That is saying A LOT.

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

    I really don’t get it…the offense is almost non existent, Verlander is on his game, AND he’s getting the benefit of a pre-Questech strike zone, you have one of the speedest guys in baseball on first base. Why isn’t he on the move? It makes zero sense, you shook up the line up and inserted more speed…yet zero bunt for hit attempts and zero stolen base attempts(also don’t point to the two hits [GREG] they have been by one of the fastest guys around.)

    • The Real Greg

      And if he gets caught stealing, guess what you all are saying?

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

        I was actually thinking while I was begging him to steal “Even if he gets caught, at least they’re trying SOMETHING.”

        • The Real Greg

          But that wouldn’t the major reaction. And you know it.

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

            See, unlike you, I don’t armchair manage to please the crowd, I armchair manage to give the team the best chance to win.

            • Tom

              So Robertson’s hurt?

          • Chilango

            See Greg this is where your posts piss me off. The “And you know it” stuff. Out of line dude. You have NO way of knowing anything of the kind. And then there’s your baseball comments. ARGHHHHH

            • The Real Greg

              I know that fans in general are irrational. Its why the cheered when Matt Cassel got taken off the field with a concussion. Its why they threw bottles on the field at umpires in Atlanta. Its why Steve Bartman is still not allowed in the Chicago area.

              • flamingo

                These are exceptions rather than the rule. That’s why they’re such big stories.

                • The Real Greg

                  If those are exceptions, there are a damn lot of them.

                  Denkinger getting death threats.
                  Boy and Father in Kansas City (or Chicago) attacking an umpire
                  The Dodgers/Giants fan tragedy
                  Soccer fans throwing flares on the field.

                  The list goes on and on.

                  • flamingo

                    There are millions of fans in this country. Calling all of them irrational because of fifty or even five hundred people is irrational.

                    • The Real Greg

                      Even the word “fan” is short for “fanatic”

                  • And in merrie olde England

                    Pfffft, flares? I saw a game where they threw a Vespa moped from the middle deck….!

      • Karl Krawfid

        At least he tried to do something?

      • Chilango

        We’re saying at least he tried to get into scoring position.

  • Anthony

    Ichiro the only one motivated on this team. Shame he probably won’t get a ring.

  • your mom

    If the Tigers win this series they shouldn’t even bother celebrating we practically bent over backwards for them.

    • The Real Greg

      No the whole AL basically bent backwards over for them. Worst AL in a long time.

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

        Been saying this since Spring Training.

        Who doesn’t love the idea of 88-74 Detroit and 88-74 St. Louis playing for the World Series? If nothing else, it would totally destroy the notion that MLB doesn’t have parity.

        • The Real Greg

          I’m impressed that you got that in Spring Training. I kind of knew it 2/3 in that this was a craapy year for the AL.

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

            Well, I’m not going to say I saw the A’ and Orioles having great seasons, but I relate it to the same ideology about when an NFL team has, as they say, “two legit QB’s”.

            There were, like, five-six teams in the AL said to be powerhouses this season (NYY, TB, DET, ANA, TEX, maybe BOS). When you have that many, the terms becomes merely relative, because there’s no way you can have that many great teams at once. It’s, literally, impossible.

            Let the record show I also had the Tigers beating the Yankees in the ALCS, albeit in a six game series.

  • Electric nunez

    Well at least SOA is great tonight.
    2 oh shit moments so far.

    • Electric nunez

      Make that 3 OH Shit! Moments.

  • Dale Mohorcic

    2 runs is a lot of runs. . . .

  • Bartolo’s Colon

    the yankees are getting ready to go back to there hotel to sleep for the night, except for ichiro, he is going to stay at comerica and use first base as a pillow tonight

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

    I was fuming on Saturday and Sunday. I’m not tonight. I just can’t even figure this stuff out anymore.

    I guess I’ve come to terms with the eventual sweep. Which is extremely unfortunate.

    • your mom

      Nah, this team will probably fight back and win the next 3 games only to have an offensive disappearing act in game 7(just to cock-tease).

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

        That…

        that would be worse than getting swept.

  • MacDaddyAlex call me, maybe?

    it’s time to get alex warming up…

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

    Logan against another RHP…what the fuck Joe?! Saving Robertson for when we have the lead?

    • David N

      In other words, 2013.

      • The Real Greg

        Exactly.

  • Bartolo’s Colon

    cool that he got young out, but i guess at this point girardi doesn’t care, right?

  • Tom

    Fucking TBS – Yankees get one strike call, and obviously they are replaying it and showing the zone.

    Verlander is feasting on pitches 4-6″ off the plate and they have said nothing.

    • FIPster Doofus

      Smoltz makes me yearn for McCarver.

      • David N

        You know, I was watching the NLCS last night and thought the exact same thing.

    • Bo Knows

      They have said things…they’ve said “Verlander clipped the the zone for a strike” which is complete horsepucky but I’ve come to peace with the fact that the tigers spent the day on their knees doing things to curry favor with the umps (use your imagination if you dare)

  • TJF

    29 Detroit hitting innings until the Yankee Sweep………

  • Electric nunez

    Its going to be a busy offseason for cashman need
    New outfield
    Catcher
    Starting pitching
    Utility guy
    Right handed powerhitter
    3rdbaseman.
    Heart and soul to win.

    • TomH

      They absolutely don’t need a 3b replacement. ARod will be fine. This nonsense about him being washed up will fade. He’s had serious injuries each of the past two years. He’ll be OK. Great hitters may decline, but they rarely fall of cliffs.

      • El Tigre

        So you don’t think he’ll have another serious injury? He’s going to be 38 years old and he’s a former steroid user. Injuries will continue to pile up.

        • TomH

          All former steroid users don’t fall apart. Not by any means. This is a press-generated syndrome.

          Will he get injured again? Maybe, and maybe not. We absolutely don’t know. There have been many, many great hitters over the past sixty years who enter their late 30s and continue to be important to very good performers. There’s no evidence that ARod has lost his power. He’s hit some monster shots this year. That he has suffered a power loss is undeniable, but the simplest explanation for this is not “advanced age” but two serious injuries this year and the hip injury last year. The busted hand was not the fault of ARod’s age.

          This ARod hysteria on this board is just that: hysteria.

    • Bo Knows

      pitching has been fine, they have utility guys, Arod is still a fine 3rd baseman defensively and he isn’t going anywhere anyway

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

      Right Handed Power and 3rd baseman can still be Alex. Remember before he broke his wrist he was on pace for about 25 homers while still playing an above average 3rd base. I think a lot of this troubles right now are a result of his hand still not being 100%. As for Starting Pitching, bring everybody back, and hope that Pineda can threaten Nova or Hughes come June if one of them aren’t performing. Utility guy, I’m okay w/ the trio of Nix, Nunie, and Chavez. I think we can upgrade in RF and Catcher though.

      • The Real Greg

        Alex had started to drive the ball in Seattle before Felix hit him.

        Cano still bothers me. He had a down year for RBI’s and one of the worst postseasons of all time.

        Pitching I think will be fine. Go after a few middle starters. Get Pineda healthy.

        • Bo Knows

          He had a down year for RBI’s but he had his usual high average, career high in walks, a good (for him) walk rate, career high in Homers, still doesn’t strikeout much, and great everything else. If that’s something to be concerned about, Most people will take that “problem” anyday of the week from there team. Also Robbie has had a bad post this year but the two previous, he was putting up outstanding numbers.

      • http://theevilsquare.com handtius

        I think Arod will be just fine next year. Pitching IS fine. Like all our starters, but Nova needs straightening out. I don’t know about improving rt field, but they will need someone out there.

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

          Melky, Ross, Hamilton, Pagan, Upton, Victorino, and Ichiro are all options if Swisher prices himself out of being welcome back, plus Choo might be available via trade.

          • Bo Knows

            Ross is worse than Swisher at literally everything, Hamilton will cost far to much in years and money and is already 31. Pagan and Victorino aren’t as good as they will be paid for. Even if Choo is made available he will probably cost more than just a few members of the farm and he isn’t that good a player for the farm to be gutted.

            Upton (Assuming you mean Justin) would be perfect but Yanks and D-Backs don’t match up at all for a trade.

    • DT

      ARod pre hand injury was two of those things. Actually he was our second best hitter behind Cano at that point.

    • Laz

      Not happening. Yankees led the AL in wins. You don’t just tear a team apart because they didn’t make it out of the CS.

  • takecare

    Prayer circle for the yankees offense anyone?

  • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

    I don’t even feel guilty that I’m watching other shit and just occasionally switch back to check the score.

    I figure my poke-your-head-to-check-in tactics are virtually identical to the Yankee approach with their ABs.

  • El Tigre

    If this team gets shutout in back to back games for the first time in Yankee postseason history, can we just cut the entire offense? Just drive them to a “charity” event and leave them in the woods where they can’t get any cell service.

  • Winter

    It’s now been 28 innings since the Yankees scored a run off someone not name Jose Valverde. I say that changes NOW.

    • FIPster Doofus

      I’d love to know what the ERA is for starters facing the Yankees this postseason. The offense has basically done nothing against people not named Jim Johnson and Jose Valverde.

      • Hans Moleman

        2.23 ERA in ALDS (6 runs in 24.2 innings)
        0.00 ERA in ALCS (0 runs in 21.1 innings)

        1.19 Total

        • FIPster Doofus

          Mother of God. Thanks.

    • DT

      What other changes? Bench everyone? We already took out the scapegoat ARod and sat Nick’s ass. Go figure those moves didn’t help at all.

  • http://theevilsquare.com handtius

    anyone have just the yankees strike zone? definitely seems one sided?

  • your mom

    The pitching has been surprisingly good. I’d take 2 runs in 7 innings any day of the week. Too bad this offense fucking blows.

  • Winter

    Shit luck. Just shit.

  • http://theevilsquare.com handtius

    verlander is 9 years older than kate upton. what a perv.

    • El Tigre

      A lucky lucky perv

  • Electric nunez

    Oh and fire kevin long too horible job this year.

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

    That’s literally the only play Cabrera can make. Fit his statuesque range perfectly.

    • Winter

      It glanced off his glove and his shoe stopped it. Un-fucking-believable. Can’t buy a break.

  • Electric nunez

    Martin hurt too
    Yea stewie time

  • TurdFerguson10

    Well, at leas this nightmare ALCS is almost over.

  • your mom

    I’m glad this team made the necessary adjustments.

  • Karl Krawfid

    Is it wrong that I still think the Yankees could come back from a 3-0 deficit?

    • DT

      Weirder shit has happen. It’s not as if the Tigers are scoring a billion runs either. They are scoring just enough.

    • FIPster Doofus

      If the offense wakes up at all, it’s possible. The Yankees certainly have great starters lined up for the rest of the series.

  • The Real Greg

    Ultimately this team will be remembered/shunned for injuries and the inability to hit/bad luck hitting with runners in scoring position.

  • miky

    Once again a good Yankee pitching performance all for naught

  • David N

    This whole consecutive shutout thing is going to happen, isn’t it?

    Shit.

  • Cement Mixer

    This can’t be real, it has to be a nightmare.

    • Captain Gift Basket

      Nope. It’s real. Shitty hitting team that failed miserably all season with RISP relying on long ball is being exposed for the frauds they are.

      • The Real Greg

        Same with Baltimore and Oakland. Detroit really got lucky that the Rangers were taken out.

      • fin

        Couldnt be said any better. Its a shame that this pitching staff was wasted on this team. I thought the Yankees hitting would be a huge issue this postseason, I didnt think it would be historically bad though. I guess if you cant take the pressure of hitting with men on in the regular season, the pressure of just hitting in the postseason is going to do you in.

  • flamingo

    Think they keep Verlander in for the ninth?

    • Chilango

      Yes

    • Jarrod

      100%

  • Jarrod

    At least we solved 2 problems this postseason – what to do with Swisher and Grandy long term – don’t let the door hit you on the way out!

    • Jarrod

      And we’ve saved a couple of zero’s off the end of Cano’s contract – well we should anyway.

      • your mom

        Doubt it.

  • Winter

    Someone asked this earlier. Opposing starters (not relievers), including Verlander today, have pitched to a 1.22 ERA against the Yankees this postseason.

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

    WHY IS LOGAN STILL OUT THERE?!

    • Bartolo’s Colon

      because girardi is an idiot

    • Jarrod

      For Avila you’d imagine.

  • David N

    If there’s a rain delay in this game….

  • Tom

    Does anyone know what the injury is to Robertson?

  • Bartolo’s Colon

    really hope they pinch hit arod in the 9th

    • Bo Knows

      What so he can make the last out

  • MacDaddyAlex call me, maybe?

    wonder which fantastical element of the game will hurt Joba this time. maybe, it’ll start raining cats and dogs… literally.

  • toad

    Why Joba?? Why? Do they want Robertson and Soriano fresh for opening day?

    What in the world is in Girardi’s head?

    • Mikey

      Lmao

    • The Real Greg

      WHO CARES?

      They aren’t winning the series.

    • your mom

      Girardi believes we will make adjustments in the 9th and take the lead. That’s when we’ll see MFIKY.

    • TomH

      Actually, so far it seems to have paid off. IF they come back in the 9th, he’s got both Robertson and Soriano ready to come out.

  • Mikey

    Short of Ichiro’s 2 hits, Verlander has a perfect game.

    • Tom

      Short of Ichiro’s and Holbrook’s strikezone Verlander has a perfect game

      Verlander’s already walked 2-3 batters tonight, though Holbrook will not allow it.

      • Mikey

        I know, that brooks strike zone link posted earlier made me sick.

    • Jarrod

      Short of Detroit’s 7 hits, 5 walks and 2 runs so do the Yanks

  • flamingo

    C’mon, Yankees. Don’t go down quietly.

  • TJF

    28 Detroit hitting innings until the Yankee Sweep………

  • David N

    Saving us from the embarrassment of being perfect gamed has made the Ichiro trade all worth it.

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

    Wow 97 to open the 9th…here’s to somehow being the 2004 Boston Red Sox.

    • Mikey

      That would be awesome. Only wish we were doing that to the sox, but I’ll take it.

    • Winter

      So I guess there is a silver lining to 2004 after all. We don’t have to do the impossible, just the incredibly-close-to-impossible.

  • DT

    It’s official Girardi doesn’t care about winning this game anymore. No reason why Nunez should be hitting here.

    • THE Experience

      you were saying?

      • DT

        I’m glad to be wrong. I was just looking at Nunez’s numbers vs righties and playing the odds.

    • TomH

      Girardi knew. You did not. Too bad.

    • Jarrod

      How’s that for a reason?

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

    Of course it’s a foul ball.

  • FIPster Doofus

    Of course it goes foul. They get every break.

  • Mikey

    Time to shine!

    • Mikey

      Finally!!!!

  • Hans Moleman

    I have to mute this nonsense.

  • Winter

    Shit luck. I can’t remember the last time something broke in the Yankees favor.

  • flamingo

    Great AB by Nunez.

  • Winter

    Why isn’t Sabathia pinch-hitting?

  • TJF

    Good at bat, nice battle

  • MacDaddyAlex call me, maybe?

    best AB of the game by far. good job nunez, now strikeout already

  • BMcP

    Smoltz’s Verlander climax is about to erupt

  • DC

    NUNIE!!!

  • Bo Knows

    NUNEZZZZ

  • FIPster Doofus

    NUNEZ TIME TO SHINE

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

    Yay for no shutout.

  • TJF

    gone baby gone

  • Winter

    NUNIE!

  • Mike HC

    Hell yes! Hope

  • David N

    Holy shit Nunez!

  • MacDaddyAlex call me, maybe?

    what a tease. CC’s face was pricely “did dat shit really go out?”

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

    NUNIE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    silence at Calmerica and in the booth!!!

  • Pasta Stumbling Sojo

    Sick at bat by Nunez.

  • http://theevilsquare.com handtius

    what!? we’re winning this game!

  • Chilango

    Stonehands!

  • DT

    WOO Good job at proving me wrong nunez! Never felt better to be wrong.

  • flamingo

    Oh my god

  • TJF

    124 pitches…….can’t keep it up….Nunez hits out out, this is dangerous for Detroit

  • THE Experience

    Gardner/Ichiro for back to back to back??

    • Marcus

      That would be the most unlikely back-to-back-to-back in baseball history. If only Scott Posednik was in the lineup.

  • Winter

    Eduardo Nunez: “28 scoreless innings may be bad, but 29 is where I draw the line!”

    (Of course I don’t count runs of Valverde. I’d be surprised if those didn’t happen)

  • Hans Moleman

    Gardy please please get on base

  • RkyMtnYank

    bunt to miggy for a hit

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

      Not once in the series…I don’t understand it.

      • RkyMtnYank

        right, could wear him out in the field at least so he might not hit as well.

  • Nice Scheister

    Nuney! Swisher here

  • Andy

    i would have pinch hit Alex for Brett

  • flamingo

    Remember that game against the Sox last season in which Gardner and Nunez both homered? C’mon Gardy, it’s not impossible.

  • Rahul

    We better win this shit. Please god!!!!!!!

  • Winter

    Sure another homer would be great, but I just want Gardy to get on base. With that speed, anything is possible.

  • JobaWockeeZ

    Here comes the “I TOLD YOU SO” posts.

  • TJF

    Is it possible Ibanez will get a shot?

  • flamingo

    Another good AB. Verlander over 130 pitches.

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

    Pinch hit Alex here…why not?

    • Tom

      Smoltz is unbelievable…

      “He might have even gotten a strike call on that”

  • https://twitter.com/#!/Paddock9652 Stratman9652

    Hell of an AB for a guy who hasn’t started since April.

    • RkyMtnYank

      still should have bunted lol

  • Mike HC

    Verlander is out of the game! We got a legit shot at this.

  • David N

    Ah good, the other hitter in our lineup who is capable of getting on base.

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

    That’s a moral victory just to get Verlander out of the game.

  • MacDaddyAlex call me, maybe?

    it’s about time we rough up phil coke man…fuckk

  • RkyMtnYank

    Arod time, even though Ichi has been our best hitter.

  • TJF

    Suzuki, Tex, Cano, then the legend

    • Winter

      So Tex can pop up then Cano can ground out leaving Ibanez stuck on deck?

  • Hans Moleman

    If Phil Coke finishes another game against us I think I will vomit

    • Captain Gift Basket

      Are you ok?

  • Eddard

    Loved the at bats from Gardy and Nunie. Swisher’s done as a Yankee as far as I’m concerned. Gardner battled a tough pitcher. Swisher would have struck out in 3 pitches.

    • DC

      How do your other personalities feel about it?

  • Electric nunez

    Nunez to RF next year at least he has shown he can hit in a big spot.

    • Winter

      Ugh. I shudder to think of Nunez in LF. RF would be a nightmare.

  • Eddard

    All Cano has to do to atone for his horrible postseason is go yard on Phil Coke. Bloop and a blast. Don’t let Coke beat you again.

  • Winter

    Ichiro hitting not Rodriguez. Does this say more about Girardi’s confidence in Ichiro or his lack of confidence in A-Rod?

    • David N

      Guy has two of the three hits this game. Letting him hit was the right call.

      • RkyMtnYank

        Disagree, need Arod up vs the lefty. Ichiro just on base at that point is almost useless.

  • Electric nunez

    When did coke become great.

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

    I love what Ichiro has done this season for us…but come on. Against a LHP, gotta Pinch Hit here.

    • Rahul

      With who? A-Rod?! Ichiro=Yankees offense

  • MattJasp

    Sounds kind of out there, but … Pinch hit A-Rod for Cano if it gets to that point?

    • Rahul

      Well, it’s not getting to that point so stop fucking jinxing this shit

  • RkyMtnYank

    Arod not even warmed up, unreal.

    • Rahul

      He won’t need to be with 2 outs pshhhhh

  • Winter

    Oh god. Why, strikezone? Why?

  • Hans Moleman

    Alright Tex, now its time to be swinging for the fences

  • Mikey

    How big was that Chavez error now?

  • Winter

    If that first pitch isn’t called a strike Tex doesn’t need to swing at that.

  • Pasqua

    Wait…now, with the game on the line, you want to see the dude who was so horrific that he lost his job bat?

  • Jason

    I’m trying to figure when Phil Coke turned into Mariano Rivera.

  • Austin’s bat

    I would have ph swisher for ichiro there and Arod for Ibanez. Girardi tired of the press so he won’t. Sad.

    • Winter

      So you take out one of our few players who has been hitting and put in one of the ones that hasn’t?

    • Rahul

      A-Rod for Ibanez?! Haha, must be blind

      • Austin’s bat

        100% yes. He’s a platoon bat. Arod has been good against lefties.

      • Austin’s bat

        Hey a lefty specialist struck out a lefty platoon bat with two 120 wRC+ hitters on the bench. Seriously that is so unacceptable. At the min bat Swisher. Love the Ibanez magic but SSS managing in the playoffs is emotional BS.

  • TJF

    Normally we would like to see Cano up in this spot….

    • your mom

      LOL, true.

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

    Yeah TEX!!! Good things happen when you don’t try to do too much!

  • flamingo

    UGH.

    • flamingo

      Wait, in play (outs) became Mark Teixeira single. Cool.

      • Jarrod

        Got me too! Nearly threw the PC out the window…..which I did eventually anyway!

  • David N

    Robbie, your time is now.

  • Hans Moleman

    Alright!

    C’mon Robbie!

  • Winter

    OK. This is Cano’s chance to make up for these past two weeks. He’s supposed to be our best hitter, let’s see him get a big hit (or even a small one, the Dark Lord’s on deck).

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

    Excellent job just to get on base.

    Over-fucking-due, Robbie. Do something big here.

  • RkyMtnYank

    Now he could PH for Cano too, Girardi sucks and needs to go!!!!

  • TJF

    Ibanez getting a chance?

  • THE Experience

    maybe we’ll get back to back to back balks?

    seems about as likely as cano getting a hit.

  • toad

    Redemption for Cano?

  • Captain Gift Basket

    Should’ve pinch hit for Cano

  • fin

    Lmao, at people blaming Girardi, as if he could do anything about this cluster fuck of hitters. The fact the Yankees beat Baltimore is fucking amazing. Every bit of blame for this lies with Cano, Swisher, Granderson and Arod. Mostly Cano.

    • Rahul

      Exactly, but Girardi does deserve some blame for how he’s treated the bullpen as though it’s a regular season series

      • fin

        It doesnt matter. The Yankees just arent good enough to win these games, and they really werent really good enough to win the games against Baltimore. If he used x releiver to keep it closer in the earlier innings, they would have lost it later. They arent scoring runs.

        I agree he fucked up in game 1 by not using sori and Drob for 2 innings each, but really does it matter, they Yankees would have just lost a couple innings later. THEY DONT SCORE RUNS!

    • RkyMtnYank

      No, Joe has still sucked too.

  • Jason

    Cano not swinging at that 2-0 pitch pisses me off to no end

  • Mikey

    Something’s gotta give. C’mon Robbie!!!

    • Mikey

      Nice!! Finally!!

  • RkyMtnYank

    fouled off ball 3

  • TJF

    Raul So Cool…….

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

    Robbie!!! 1 for his last 1.

  • Winter

    It’s time. He’s here. The Dark Lord has come. “That guy” Ibanez.

  • Athenian

    And the Robbie choke continues

    • DC

      ?

  • THE Experience

    oh sheeeeeeit.

    Ra(z al gh)ul time??

  • DT

    The offense finally shows signs of life…

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

    Ibanez vs. LHP, though. Insanely risky.

    Please, work some more insane magic, Raul.

    • David N

      Matusz was a lefty.

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

        First HR vs. LHP in a year and a half.

        That was a huge surprise.

    • sangreal

      Would rather see the corpse of A-Rod here, but happy to be proven wrong

  • David N

    Work your magic, oh Dark Lord.

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

    Ibanez has been so clutch but he can’t hit LHP…leaving him in is the wrong move. I hope it works out, but I disagree with it.

    • Winter

      He did hit Matusz, but I agree with you. I just hope he gets on base, never mind knocking in the run.

    • http://theevilsquare.com handtius

      didn’t he hit 1 or 2 of those monsters off of lefties?

      • DT

        He had one homerun off a lefty in over year. That was against Matsuz.

    • RkyMtnYank

      Yep, Arod with the 9th splinter in his ass!

  • miky

    Holy shit!1 Could it happen again??

    • Rahul

      No, it can’t and won’t. No short porch :(

  • http://theevilsquare.com handtius

    this is unreal.

  • Mikey

    Rah Oooooooolllllll

  • TJF

    Raul does it again and they lose in extras……

  • Winter

    A walk is so many times better than an out.

  • Bo Knows

    The non-verlander strike zone is killing Detroit now

  • Mister D

    I can’t believe Girardi isn’t PHing.

    • Rahul

      For Raul? Are you insane?!

      • Mister D

        Really think about what you’re saying there. Or pretend you’re trying to explain it to the one month prior version of yourself. Superfun playoff magic doesn’t trump a LOOGY who can’t get righties out and an old dude who can’t hit lefties.

        • Austin’s bat

          +1

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

    The last person I would want to see up unless Ibanez hits a bases clearing double is Nick Swisher.

    • Winter

      Well if you leave Martin in they go to the righty… It’s a tough decision.

  • Chilango

    Now the strike zone is normal

  • Winter

    ohmygoddon’tstrikeoutdon’tstrikeout.

  • THE Experience

    SON OF BEEEEETCH!!!

  • RkyMtnYank

    The well is dry now

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

    God damnit.

  • Karl Krawfid

    What a fucking let down.

  • TJF

    Well now we can start talking about 2013 and who needs to be gone.

    • Captain Gift Basket

      Swish, Granderson, I’d love to get rid of Cano – but unrealistic.

  • David N

    UGH.

  • Mister D

    I cannot motherfucking believe he stayed L-L. twice in that inning riding “hot veterans” or whatever the fuck it was. Unfuckingreal.

    • Austin’s bat

      I agree. SSS managing. I’m freaking stunned Ibanez hit there

      • Adam

        And if Arod or Swisher pinch hit, I am sure no one would be bitching.

        • Mister D

          Who gives a shit if fans bitch? Do the right thing matchup wise and let the game happen. Leaving Ichiro and Ibanez in to face Coke was just a giveaway.

  • Rahul

    FFFFFFFFFFUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCKKKKKKKKKKKKKK

  • Captain Gift Basket

    BLOW this team UP!

    • Jason

      We can’t…. no one wants this team’s contracts.

      • Captain Gift Basket

        Sadly

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

    Wow.

    It really wouldn’t have been a Yankees loss without them making it more painful than it would’ve been otherwise.

  • pistol pete

    Lefty on the mound and Arod on the bench with a left handed 40 yr old dh up and no Arod and Swisher, wow.

  • Hummingbird S.

    most predictable 3-2 slider ever… they can never put the balls in play when it matters..

    • Jason

      My girlfriend even knew they were going to throw a slider or sinker.

  • Captain Gift Basket

    Grandy trade looking better and better.

    • DT

      Right. First year it was a wash.
      Last year it was a stroke of genius.
      This year it was a failure.
      I wonder what next year will bring in terms of how fans view the trade.

      • Captain Gift Basket

        Hated it since day 1. I can’t stand low contact players like Granderson. Not that Austin Jackson is a high contact player, but he has been improving every year, whereas, Granderson has gotten to be downright God awful. Plus, they gave up on Kennedy and Coke. I thought Coke would become a better pitcher. He’s no worse than Logan.

  • Mikey

    Meh

  • Rahul

    FFFFFFFFFFFFUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUCCCCCCCCCCCCCCKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKK

  • Andy

    Seriously why was Nick going to PH over ARod.

    • Hummingbird S.

      because Benoit was coming in… and A-Rod blows against righties

  • El Tigre

    At least they kept it close. Changes coming this off-season. There’s always next year.

  • Eddard

    I liked the fight shown there at the end. And that all starts with the fight shown by Nunie and Gardy to start the inning. Some guys just would have struck out on 3 pitches but they fought. Teix fought. Cano got off the schnide. They will force this series back to NY behind CC and Andy and then it’s a whole new ballgame. I’d play Nunie and Gardy again tomorrow. Put Gardy in CF, Swisher in RF, ARod at 3rd.

    • Captain Gift Basket

      You huffing glue?

  • Chilango

    Nice. They go out on a now classic RISPFAIL. Another tough 1 run loss.

  • David N

    This sucks, but I’ll take it over how it looked like the 9th was going to play out. Hope it carries on to tomorrow.

  • Rahul

    9 more innings and this fucking shit is over!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Captain Gift Basket

      Amen! End the misery.

    • Jason

      +100

      I’m at the point where I want the Tigers to win so the Yanks can just end this. How sad.

  • Rich

    I can’t wait until Freese crushes that bum Coke.

  • Leonard Parker

    It took Cano until the very last out in the game that would put them down 3-0, after an absolutely ABYSMAL playoffs on his part and on the whole team’s part, to realize OH – I SHOULD STOP TRYING TO PULL HOME RUNS – I CAN JUST HIT IT TO THE OPPOSITE FIELD. He is almost a stupid as Girardi.

    • DT

      Actually his problem is that he was hitting pitches weakly to the other side. He showed little to no pull power.

      • Hummingbird S.

        you should volunteer for Long’s job

      • Leonard Parker

        Yes, that’s what happens when you try to pull everything.

    • fin

      Yea, yea its Girardi’s fault. Has nothing to do with Cano, Arod, Swisher, and Granderson having about 6 hits between them. You’re an idiot if you think there is a manager in baseball that could win with the Yankees hitting. Even Maddon with his pitching couldnt make the playoffs with hitting thats far less shitty than the Yankees are right now.

      Girardi got them to the ALCS with no hitting in the ALDS, I dont think hes a great manager, but I dont blame him for this disaster.

  • Captain Gift Basket

    Alright – commence the “we still got a shot” crowd. Just please put down the bong before you type that b.s. rah-rah shit.

    • Eddard

      We’ve still got a shot. You have to win 4/7, not 3. CC and Andy will get this series back to NY and then it’s a whole new ballgame. I think it’ll come down to CC vs Verlander in Game 7.

      • Jason

        I love that you think there will be a game 7

  • Rich

    Watch when Detroit plays a team that can hit they will get swept. They have only scored five runs in two games themselves. An average offense would have beat them twice

  • Matt

    It isn’t shocking that they are in this position. All season they have wasted outstanding efforts by their pitching staff by not hitting.

    To anyone who tips their cap to Verlander, he only struck out 3 batters in the entire game. THREE BATTERS. He did not have anywhere near his best stuff, and was erratic with his command of all of his pitches.

    The Yankees, as a team, simply do not put together good at bats. Outside of a few stretches in the regular season where they got hot for 2 weeks at a time, they were just as they’ve been in the ALCS. The only difference has been that in the playoffs, they don’t get to occasionally face the mediocre starters that they would beat up on to play .400 or .500 ball in the process.

    • flamingo

      Verlander also got the benefit of a ridiculous strike zone. It’s certainly possible that without that zone, the Yankees would have scored some runs. There were a bunch of at bats with three-ball counts.

      The offense is putrid right now, granted, but the umpires didn’t help the situation, either.

  • Mister D

    Ron Washington thought Girardi had a pretty solid game.

    • El Tigre

      Unfortunately Joe decided not to do lines of cocaine tonight.

  • El Tigre

    The offense should send the entire pitching staff to the freaking Maldives on an all expenses paid trip. That’s how good our pitchers have been. That makes it hurt so much more.

  • Tom

    Umps lead 3-0

    http://www.brooksbaseball.net/.....type=1.gif

    Someone asked about just Verlander’s strikezone – this was the zone to lefties

  • DT

    Honestly the line up Probably would have worked 3-4 walks if not for the Verlander Strike Zone.

    • flamingo

      +1

  • Matt

    I wouldn’t be too sad if this team got eliminated tomorrow night. This has been one of the most frustrating and uninteresting Yankees teams to watch in a LONG time. Honestly, even if they managed to somehow miraculously make it to the World Series, would you really feel like this is a team of destiny? This has been one of the worst played series on both sides that you will see. And there are very few likable players outside of the starting pitchers and Ibanez/Ichiro.

    For as many games as they won, and advancing to the ALCS, this team quite frankly stinks. So much talent, and such a waste of it when they all try to hit home runs. These are the same guys who hit .270+ just a few years ago, who hit .230 now because they refuse to adjust their approach.

    Honestly, does anyone think they can extend this series for more than 1 or 2 games? Detroit is hardly outplaying them, but this Yankees team simply refuses to make the necessary adjustments, even when they are failing to do anything with their current approach.

    I thought that Girardi was part of the problem, but it really is the selfishness of the players, who simply won’t change their game plan when the other team has figured it out, and figured it out for 8 games in a row now. I think they need to change the dynamic of this clubhouse, and bring in guys who are better at fouling off pitches and grinding out at bats (ala Damon, but obviously not Damon anymore). Even if they hit for less power.

  • Mister D

    On the bright side, that apathy I was talking about early today vanished and I got really, really mad tonight. Amazing when “Boone Logan against Miguel Cabrera with the bases loaded” doesn’t top the grievances list.

  • DT

    Hopefully the last inning signs of line carries over. The Tigers aren’t exactly beating this team by 10 runs a game. They are getting just enough runs/breaks to win. If the teams starts pulling their heads out of their ass they can make it interesting.