Oct
14

ALCS Game Two Thread: Tigers @ Yankees

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For the first time since Game Six of the 1981 World Series, the Yankees will play a playoff game today without either Derek Jeter or Mariano Rivera on the active roster. Rivera’s season came to an end due to a knee injury months ago, but Jeter fractured his left ankle just last night and will miss the remainder of the postseason. The Game One loss by itself was demoralizing, but adding the Captain’s injury on top of that pushed yesterday into contention for the worst baseball day ever.

Alas, no one will feel sorry for the Yankees. They lost Game One not because Jeter got hurt, but because the offense again failed to capitalize on numerous opportunities. Jose Valverde’s meltdown spared them the embarrassment of being shutout, though I think getting shut out would have been preferable to everything that happened after the Yankees tied the game. The pitching has been fantastic, the offense not so much. I’ve run out of words to describe them, so I’ll just stick with “maladroit” today. Here are the starting lineups…

Detroit Tigers
CF Austin Jackson
LF Quintin Berry
3B Miguel Cabrera
1B Prince Fielder
DH Delmon Young
LF Andy Dirks
SS Jhonny Peralta
C  Alex Avila
2B Omar Infante

RHP Anibal Sanchez (9-13, 3.86)

New York Yankees
LF Ichiro Suzuki
2B Robinson Cano
1B Mark Teixeira
DH Raul Ibanez
Russell Martin
3B Alex Rodriguez
CF Curtis Granderson
RF Nick Swisher
SS Jayson Nix

RHP Hiroki Kuroda (16-11, 3.32)

It’s beautiful and surprisingly warm in New York today, so it’s a good day for baseball. First pitch is scheduled for 4pm ET and the game will be broadcast on TBS. Try to enjoy.

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Categories : Game Threads, Playoffs
  • forensic

    Hmm, I need someone to go into the 2nd spot to help replace Jeter’s production. I know, I’ll put our worst hitter all postseason there.

    – Joe Girardi

    • jjyank (HIROK Them Like a Hurricane)

      I think that’s more of an indictment of the rest of the offense than it is Girardi. I have more faith in Robbie waking up and having a monster game than I do the other guys who are slumping.

    • SammySosasBleachingCream

      He doesn’t really have much to work with, though, does he? The entire team should be benched. Two games ago everyone was complaining that Chavez wasn’t getting a chance. Chavy’s what, 0 for 11 this postseason?

    • Winter

      Perhaps he’s hoping that by putting Cano in Jeter’s spot in the lineup, Cano will magically take over Jeter’s role in the lineup.

    • Havok9120

      Which of the slumping hitters is most likely to wake back up?

      Only 4 guys on the entire roster have been hitting in the playoffs. Girardi can’t make a lineup without slumping players.

      • Carl LaFong

        I tried to post this before & screwed it up & now it’s either vanished or ended up in some other thread & I wasn’t even half-done w/it.

        I really just don’t understand the logic of Russell Martin hitting fifth. Can someone explain why he’s there? It’s crazy. The entire lineup gets locked up w/him in that spot & I don’t care whether anyone else is hitting or not. Martin should be hitting 8th or 9th w/Nix. Terrible decision by Girardi as the lineup has no chance to gather any momentum or piggyback on each other w/Martin sitting smack dab in the middle of it. Kuroda w/a No-No after five. I like that Girardi tried to hit & run w/Ibanez on first & Martin up in the bottom of the 4th but Martin isn’t even a skilled enough hitter to have put the ball in play. Just ridiculous Girardi placed him there deliberately.

        A more preferable & balanced approach:
        1 Ichiro
        2 Swisher
        3 Cano
        4 Teixera
        5 Ibanez
        6 ARod
        7 Granderson
        8 Nix
        9 Martin

  • Moo Shu Pork (Currently Eddard)

    I equate today’s game to Game 2 of the 2009 WS where AJ Burnett pitched the game of his career and then it all went downhill from there. But the point is that it saved the season. Today’s game is a must win to save the season and there’s no other pitcher I’d rather have on the mound than Hiroki Kuroda on short rest.

    • DC

      Eddard says:
      October 13, 2012 at 12:35 pm
      “I’d go Phelps, of course that will be a lot easier to do if the Yanks win today. If the Yanks lose today then there will be more of a push to go Kuroda in Game 2 with Verlander looming in Game 3. I think Kuroda on short rest would be a disaster…”

      So, yesterday you thought Kuroda on short rest would be a disaster; now today it’s “there’s no other pitcher I’d rather have on the mound than Hiroki Kuroda on short rest”.

      Which is it, Mr Bipolar Express?

      • jjyank (HIROK Them Like a Hurricane)

        EddardWorld (TM)

  • WHIPunk

    I don’t think Mike your going to see my response to your “embarassing attendance nugget” you wrote in your “thoughts following game 1 post. I was thoroughly disgusted by it and will repost my comment, you can delete it as quick as you want, but give it a read, it might enlighten you a little bit. Again this is a response from this:

    “4. The attendance problems at Yankee Stadium are legit embarrassing and a real problem for the team. There were entire sections of empty seats last night during a playoff game. That should never happen. I fully understand Friday’s mess — the game’s start time did not become official until about 7pm ET on Thursday and people were getting out of work just as the first pitch was thrown — but there was really no explanation for last night. When the Yankees are sending out emails for ticket deals about two hours before the scheduled start time, there’s a problem. This goes beyond pricing people out or losing the atmosphere of the Old Stadium, there’s another disconnect here. Maybe a large portion of bandwagon fans from the late-90s just lost interest. Either way, seeing empty seats for Game One of the ALCS on national television is embarrassing. Even the Rays sell out playoff games for chrissakes.”

    And my response which came a lot later in the day, so got lost in the shuffle:

    “You can smell the corporate greed in the air when you go to the stadium, shame on you Mike for thinking this has something to do with the “90?s bandwagon fans”. That kind of thinking is probably what the big whigs exec’s are thinking.

    I don’t know how much money you make big Mike, but us regular people are hurting out here. If you don’t make a sizeable amount of money, then the long recession we are in should make you more aware of the problem.
    I’d hate to say it but the Mets are king when it comes to pricing, I went to a game (my mother forced me to go with the family) for $20 that INCLUDED a hamburger/soda/fries. We were even below the upper deck, sure the Mets suck, but that’s not the idea, the idea is the Yankees really messed up big time and this is what they get, its truly sickening.
    Half-heartingly I’m glad to see the empty seats, maybe that will be the punch in the face they deserve. Though on second thought, this is the stubborn front office that gave A-Rod that ridiculous deal, so I doubt it.

    Would like to add in one more thing, my Uncle is a priest in a very poor area in Queens. He called up both the Yankees & Mets for free tickets for kids that could not possibly afford to go to a game, even in the bleachers. Most of these kids live in small apartments with 12 of their relatives.

    Guess who said no and guess who said yes? You’re guess is probably right, the Yankees said no and hung up, the Mets provided them with two games worth of tickets for 10 kids.”

    On second thought Mike, maybe you should visit one of those apartments with 12 people crammed in and sleeping on the floor with water bugs the size of your middle finger.
    Then come back and write the same paragraph that you wrote in this thread. If people have the money and refuse to go as you say, I really can’t f’in blame the. The Yankees destroyed the good will with the regular fans who were moat’d and kept away from the rich fan seats akin to South Africa.
    The people who had season tickets that were pushed out of their seats? F it, I don’t blame them either if they would rather watch on TV.
    The jaded middle-class people who see this all going on from far away and would rather watch on TV? You know what? I don’t blame them either, it’s great going to a Yankee game, but this is not Old Yankee Stadium.
    This is a stadium which segregates and has fooled itself on thinking that corporate suites rule all. Well guess what? The fans are FINALLY sticking the middle finger right back at them.”

    • WHIPunk

      Just want to point out this is not supposed to be offensive to you Mike, it’s just an observation and my take on it. Sometimes people don’t know what it means to be in a particular situation, and I just wanted to give my view.

    • jjyank (HIROK Them Like a Hurricane)

      Dude. This was a bit harsh on Mike, don’t ya think? And in general. As for the Mets thing…yes, them sucking has a lot to do with it. Three years ago I was interning in DC (where I currently live), and went to a few Nats games. Yes, the three-years ago Nats, who were horrible. I got tickets in the upper deck for $5 each time. This year I went to a game, those same tickets were $30. Don’t underrate that aspect.

      • WHIPunk

        In response to jjyank, yea it was a bit harsh, but in my opinion it was even more harsh to blatantly come out at the fans like he did. The Yankees as an organization have done plenty to deserve the empty seats, I love the team to death, but Levine and the rest of em’ who decide the stadium policies/prices can rot for all I care.

        • jjyank (HIROK Them Like a Hurricane)

          Really? Mike was just speculating. He said “MAYBE” some of them were 90’s bandwagon fans. And some people might. I would imagine a team like the Yankees has more fair weather/bandwagon fans of any franchise out there. I think you’re the only one who’s reading Mike’s statements as some sort of attack on the fan base.

          • WHIPunk

            Really? Go check the thread, in which the comment comes from, see how many people agree with Mike and then come back to me.

            • jjyank (HIROK Them Like a Hurricane)

              What does that have to do with anything? People might be agreeing to Mike because that might in fact be part of the puzzle. Come on man. You’re telling me you’ve never run into fair weather bandwagon fans? I know a ton.

              • WHIPunk

                I didn’t mean it like that, I mean’t that people are uni formally against Mike in his sentiment, not that they agree with him. Vastly all the posts in response to his comment are within what I said.

                • jjyank (HIROK Them Like a Hurricane)

                  Well I took Mike’s comment as speculating the various reasons why there were empty seats. Then I moved on. Don’t make a mountain out of what is very likely a molehill.

        • Carl LaFong

          Couldn’t agree more. I LOVE the freakin’ NY Yankees, but I hate the suits that run them. I’ll never forgive them for knocking down Yankee Stadium & building that monstrosity in McCombs Dam Park. I always thought Yankee Stadium was the biggest star the Yankees had, bigger than Ruth, Gehrig, DiMaggio, Mickey, all of them, & it was always a thrill for me to go to the big ballpark in the Bronx (both pre & post rebuild in the ’70’s) despite having seen several hundred games there over the years including a bunch of NY Giant games too.

          Now they play in a corporate bandbox that tolerates the little people but caters to the wealthy ones & it disgusts me. They could have & should have renovated the old place & kept us there because it was the greatest home field advantage in MLB. That old place, both pre & post rebuild had so much juice in it. A great place to watch a game, hang w/your friends, schmooze w/whomever was sitting around you. I can’t even afford to get into the new place three quarters of the time even if I wanted to, & it doesn’t even feel like Yankee Stadium to me anymore. Just some TV studio w/stands surrounding a baseball field. I’ll hate them forever for that!

    • Moo Shu Pork (Currently Eddard)

      Well said, sir. They’ve forgotten about the guy busting his ass to put food on the table for his family. They’ve turned those legend seats into Goldman Sachs conventions. I really hope those empty seats embarrass the F.O. and encourage them to lower prices and get rid of some of these clowns like Swisher and Granderson who never do anything in the postseason. At least ARod led us to 1 ring.

    • SammySosasBleachingCream

      You really think bloggers make that much money that they can’t relate to “normal folk?”

      • WHIPunk

        I left a comment in there saying that if he didn’t make that much money he should be able to relate even more.

    • Havok9120

      The problem with all of this (aside from your general harshness and misplaced attempt at social commentary) is that the seats actually sold according to the attendance numbers. Its embarrassing, yeah, but the team didn’t actually lose any money on it. They sold over 47K seats last night, 49K/night during most of the ALDS, and came 2nd in regular season attendance in both average seats sold and total attendance.

      The fact of the matter is that it was a chilly night, the 4th of 5 straight games at the stadium, with a game time that wasn’t fixed until the day before the game. Yes, the prices are high, insanely so for people not already inured to the way things are priced in the urban northeast, but lets not blow this out of proportion or turn it into some kind of class/social conflict.

      • WHIPunk

        What was so misplaced about it? Just because it didn’t fit your opinion on what social commentary should entail, doesn’t mean anything to me.

        • WHIPunk

          Also it is directly tied into the “class/social conflict” that you mention, it represents the greed of the 1%. If you can’t throw one of the most profitable organizations in the country into an argument, then who else?

          • Little CANOlli

            Whatever dude this is October baseball, not the Bolshevik revolution

            • OldYanksFan

              This is NOT the Bolshevik revolution?
              Shit… I’m on the wrong blog.

        • Havok9120

          Well, its a baseball blog. A rant at the blogger over the quality of life in the New York Metro Area really isn’t on topic.

          • WHIPunk

            Quality of life was only one of the references in my post commenting on Yankee Stadium, so hence it involves baseball.

            • WHIPunk

              In any-case I’m done responding to people who thought I was “out of bounds” here with my comment, just go back to the original thread and look at everyone who commented similar to me. Go Yankees, no hard feelings, just wanted to state an opinion, it ain’t the worst thing in the world.

            • Havok9120

              That…really isn’t how it works. A post on “the greed of the 1%” doesn’t become a baseball post just because you work the prices at Yankee Stadium into your post. But I’m really not interested in arguing over it.

              • Deep Thoughts

                Oh stop being disingenuous. You’re pretending you can’t figure out how the socioeconomic point is relevant, and you’re lying about not being interested in arguing over it. I mean, you may not be interested in arguing, but you sure are doing plenty of it.

  • Knoxvillain

    Just got off work. Who did they replace Jeter with on the roster?

    • jjyank (HIROK Them Like a Hurricane)

      Nunez to the bench, Nix starting.

      • Knoxvillain

        So they didn’t replace him? Just took him out of the lineup? That’s surprising. But not having any other options has a lot to do with it. Wish they would have at least given Dickerson a look.

        • jjyank (HIROK Them Like a Hurricane)

          Unless I’m mistaken, Nunez wasn’t on the roster initially. So they did replace him with Nunez.

          • Knoxvillain

            Oh, that’s right. I forgot they took him off for the ALCS. Thanks.

        • Barrel Roll

          Me, too – to pinch hit for Swish or Grandy the minute someone got on base in front of them. Even if its the 2nd inning.

  • oldmanalex defacto team captain

    lets roll.

  • therizza

    Lets hope balls are flying out of the stadium today, for our sake. Realistically thats our only shot at taking this series, the homerun ball.

  • oldmanalex defacto team captain

    someone needs to get ALEX a “C” for his jersey.

  • Barrel Roll

    Think of this – in 6 games, Cano is 1 out short of making enough outs for a whole game. And if he hit into a DP, then he’s done it.

  • oldmanalex defacto team captain

    TBS just said that IBANEZ deserves a good contract this offseason because he’s similar to Curtis Granderson.

    • Knoxvillain

      I love Ibanez and he has a place on the 2013 Yankees unless he wants to be somewhere else. Granderson is a much better player in the regular season.

      But if I had to choose between the two, I’d probably choose Ibanez because he shows up when they need him.

      Also, TBS sucks.

      • Little CANOlli

        No chance Ibanez gets anything more than the 1/1.10m he’s getting right now.

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

    Even his shit up today, and then give Justin Verlander a good ole’ fashioned Bronx Bombers whooping.

    I’m delusional enough to think it’s possible.

    • Havok9120

      Its not delusion.

      They’ve got this.

  • dkidd

    we play today, we win today

    that’s it?

    #ronburgandy

  • RetroRob

    This guy must be one of you new-wave Yankee fans. A real ledge jumper.

    Nah, that’s an insult to him. He has balls.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2012/10.....wanted=all

  • flamingo

    Oh lord, Ron Darling.

  • dkidd

    this is the first time since being down 0-2 to the braves in 1996 that i think the yankees have zero chance of winning a playoff series. it’s kind of refreshing

  • oldmanalex defacto team captain

    anyone know if jeter addressed his team? any fired up speeches?

    • dkidd

      he’s probably still trying to talk his way into the line-up

    • Havok9120

      He’s not there from what LoHud said. :/

    • Deep Thoughts

      Jeter’s never been a talker. You can pretty much guess what he’d say. Same thing as with every other injury this year. “Nobody’s going to feel sorry for us. Someone has to step up. We need to find a way to win, just like we’ve done all year.”

  • Dale Mohorcic

    I think the appropriate term for this team righ now is the blue ball offense.

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

    At least we know Craig Sager is on our side.

    • Karl Krawfid

      Can he hit with risp?

  • Hummingbird S.

    A-Rod still on the lineup..

  • jjyank (HIROK Them Like a Hurricane)

    Good start for the arm on three days rest. Keep it coming!

  • Bartolo’s Colon

    did jim leyland really say he thought the tigers had no chance of winning the game yesterday after the yanks tied it up?

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

    So far, so good for Kuroda.

  • Bartolo’s Colon

    wow nice inning for hirok

  • jjyank (HIROK Them Like a Hurricane)

    Awesome, HIROK! Step it up offense! Adversity will make a world series trophy even sweeter.

    • Alkaline

      Yeah it will. It’s a make or break moment for the team. I hope they respond appropriately. I think an early jump here will be key.

  • oldmanalex defacto team captain

    i get a good laugh when we are up to bat.

  • dkidd

    hirok!

    let’s score fast and lose the hangover

  • flamingo

    HIROK.

  • Dale Mohorcic

    Hope that the jeter injury is some kind of blessing in disguise that forces the rest of the offense to focus.

  • Alkaline

    Checking in. It’s been a harsh time the past few threads reading through them. Unfortunately the TVs on at the house I’m at have football on, so I have gameday up. Hirok seemed to do a good job there that first inning.

  • Karl Krawfid

    Jeter out for the season?

    Replace him with Ichiro!

    Yankee problems.

    • Havok9120

      I hadn’t thought of it that way, but that’s hilarious.

  • The Guns of Navarone

    What an absolute morgue.

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

    Another miserable AB from Robbie.

  • Bartolo’s Colon

    its official, cano sucks

  • Hummingbird S.

    Robbie is still garbage, pulling that outside pitch

  • oldmanalex defacto team captain

    well not much has changed with CANO

  • oldmanalex defacto team captain

    our 3/4 combo is better than detroits.

  • TinoBambino24

    God Bless Teixeira…

  • flamingo

    TEX

  • DT

    Cano sucks. Bench his ass already.

    • Magilla Gorilla Mama Called me Roy tho

      yes, bench Cano, Granderson, Swisher, Rodriguez. Bench Phelps too.

      The “all bums benched” team would look like:

      C Martin
      1B Tex
      2B Nix
      SS Nunez
      3B Chavez
      LF Ibanez
      LF Gardner
      RF (we got a problem here).

  • miky

    Could the TBS ass holes be any more anti Yankees. Whenever the Tigers do anything positive the intonation rises and when the Yankess do well it falls to a monotone level. Fucking disgusting.

  • Monterowasnotdinero

    Feeling like a RISPY start? I can’t take another game like yesterday!

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

    What does it say that:

    1) Russell Martin is batting #5 in this lineup?

    2) Russell Martin is batting ahead of Alex Rodriguez?

  • El Tigre

    GFY Cano.

    “Robinson Cano is now 0-for-his-last-23. That is the longest hitless streak in NYY postseason history.” – Joe Auriemma

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

      But it’s all A-Rod’s fault.

      /narrative’d

  • Alkaline

    I think Tex is doing nicely this postseason.

  • Karl Krawfid

    Going for a home run.

    Jesus man.

  • oldmanalex defacto team captain

    STOP SWINGING FOR THE FUCKING FENCES.

  • The Guns of Navarone

    I bet I know how this ends

  • dkidd

    go to right field, russell

  • RetroRob

    Tex and Raul continuing to get on base. Now if someone else can just step up.

  • Bartolo’s Colon

    how does martin swing at that first pitch?

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

    And then the Cliff Lee play.

    Lovely.

    • Karl Krawfid

      Would have been an out regardless.

  • Cy Pettitte

    I’m not even surprised by stuff like that anymore.

  • Hummingbird S.

    yep, they still suck

  • Havok9120

    Oh come on. Sigh.

  • flamingo

    Yup, don’t swing for the fences.

  • Ari

    Just not meant to be my friends

  • Hummingbird S.

    sure the fielding was lucky, but that was a weak hit ball of the end of the bat on a slider that wasn’t close… another awful AB with runners on

    • The Real Greg

      That for the Rays and O’s becomes a base hit.

      • Hummingbird S.

        Who gives a shit?

      • Chilango

        You really do say some stupid shit man. Kind of entertaining though…in an annoying way

  • SammySosasBleachingCream

    SO tired of watching these assholes swing from the heels at pitches in the other batter’s box. The Tigers don’t even need a scouting report. Just throw non-strikes and watch the Yanks go fishing.

  • TinoBambino24

    There’s a silver lining to all of this frustration. Don’t be surprised if Cashman and Co. rip apart the roster this winter. I’m enthused and anticipating a lot of pink slips for these hitters; like Swisher, Granderson and dare I say, Rodriguez.

    • jjyank (HIROK Them Like a Hurricane)

      I’d be intrigued by a shake up, depending on the situation. Don’t see A-Rod going anywhere, though.

    • Brooklyn Nets

      How do you propose we dump A-Rod?

      • Havok9120

        But, but…..Nick Carfardo says the Dodgers want him!!!

        Yeah. ‘Kay.

        • jjyank (HIROK Them Like a Hurricane)

          Heh. Yeah, even if they do, A-Rod will probably block it anyway. I have no idea why the Dodgers would want him. At least Gonzalez is still good, Crawford is still relatively young, and Beckett isn’t as expensive.

    • OldYanksFan

      Yup… reacting like the Red Sox organization is always a good way to go.

  • El Tigre

    I’m sure some of you were there last night. Attendance was horrible. Just rows and rows of empty seats. We had tickets in section 416 and in the fifth inning we convinced an usher to let us sit in 216. He didn’t even push back. Said go ahead knowing the seats wouldn’t get filled anyway.

    How has Yankee management not addressed this issue? It’s pathetic.

  • Chilango

    Long might tell Russ to shorten up a little with 2 on and 2 out. Cano continues to suck, and we’re right into the LOB/RISPFAIL thing… again.

  • Karl Krawfid

    Martin would have swung at that

  • dkidd

    hirok looks sharp

  • Alkaline

    So what can be reasonably done with the empty seats?

    • Brooklyn Nets

      Lower the prices. Period.

      • The Real Greg

        Mike said that it wasn’t just the prices. I think some of the ugly games against the Orioles have fans thinking that they aren’t going anywhere this year so why bother spending money to go see an ugly game on a team that is probably not going to win it all.

        This is the definition of a spoiled fanbase

        • Brooklyn Nets

          It’s the prices. Ticketmaster tickets are beyond expensive right now. Cheap tickets on SH/Ebay but not everyone trusts those websites (i know, you would think they would by now).

          It’s prices.

  • oldmanalex defacto team captain

    delmon young looks like he’s 50.

    • Karl Krawfid

      Looks like he should be the guy who changes the oil in your car.

  • The Real Greg

    Let’s count the injuries for the Yankees this year.

    Rivera
    Pineda
    Texiera
    ARod
    Jeter
    Swisher
    Gardner
    Pettitte
    Sabathia

    And yet through all of these injuries the Yankees have won 95 games and made it to the championship series.

    Perspective, my friends, perspective.

  • Cy Pettitte

    if Smoltz starts calling Kuroda’s slider a frisbee….

  • jjyank (HIROK Them Like a Hurricane)

    Shut the fuck up, Smoltz. Stop saying “frisbee”.

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

    The same “see it, hit it — screw scouting reports” approach is why Delmon Young sucks.

  • Dom Marchezzuoloronetto

    i think george steinbrener aka da boss would never have stood for this futial offense display that we are seeing in the 1st round now that we see in this round. george steinbrener aka da boss if he were still runnin things cashman would have been fired and girardi would have been fired too no question about it

    • Brooklyn Nets

      You act like George never dealt with this before. No one was fired. It’s the palyoffs, even George knew players felt the pressure under the bright lights.

      No one would be fired if George was here. George probably just sends out a statement or screams at Jeter about his curfew. Bout it.

    • Havok9120

      Even assuming that that’s what’d happen (it almost certainly wouldn’t), are we really ready to say that that’d be a step in the right direction? Blow up the 95-win team that got crushed with injuries, won the division and the league, and made it to the ALCS? And blow up the front office too?

      The Boss’s slash ‘n burn style wasn’t really the most effective way to run a franchise.

  • Chilango

    Kuroda may get as many K’s as our RISPFAIL count.

  • Winter

    For those who are interested in the TBS booth’s fascinating conversation regarding “soda” and “pop”

    http://www.popvssoda.com/count.....ounty.html

  • Karl Krawfid

    Our pitching staff is comprised of MEN.

    I wish I could say the same about our O.

  • dkidd

    you know what would be great?

    if we didn’t waste yet another strong effort from our starters

  • RetroRob

    Nice. Yankee starters continue to be great. Hitters, not so much…so far.

  • Anthony

    Kuroda, what are you doing??? Don’t you know that the better you pitch, the worse the offense does?!?!

  • Brooklyn Nets

    The only thing more frustrating than the “Blame A-Rod” narrative is the fact that our idiot manager is buying into the narrative. Does he not know that a manager’s inability to block out the media/fan pressure re: A-Rod has resulted in a much-more successful manager being fired (Torre, Joe).

    Batting Russell Martin in front of Alex Rodriguez is inexcusable. You just can’t tell me that it’s anything but that. Cano is hitting worse than Alex and you bat him second? Sure, remain objective when it comes to Cano but fall prey to the narrative and drop Alex in the order and, GASP, play Chavez in favor of him in key spots.

    • The Real Greg

      The problem with this IS THAT IS NOBODY ELSE TO PLAY FOR CANO.

      • Brooklyn Nets

        That’s not true.

        And if you read my post you would understand that I’m not advocating for replacing Cano or Alex. Joe should have said, F*** the Media/Fans I’m going with Cano because he’s the best 2B in baseball, and i’m sticking with Alex because he’s the best 3B on my roster.

        Period.

        • flamingo

          Yeah, I completely agree with this. And I’m not comfortable with A-Rod becoming the team’s scapegoat, as though he’s the only one struggling.

        • The Real Greg

          He looked so helpless against pitchers in that series, that I don’t blame Joe at all.

        • jjyank (HIROK Them Like a Hurricane)

          I agree generally, but I think the A-Rod thing might have more to do with him not coming back from the hand injury well (still lingering problems, perhaps) than it does Girardi buying into a narrative.

  • plouffe

    Hey R-Tils , let’s get drunk on your good rum

    • jjyank (HIROK Them Like a Hurricane)

      I think this is a different “plouffe”, but +1 anyways. Share the wealth man!

    • Alkaline

      I have to say, I felt like R-tils had some good zingers the past couple days reading through the threads. It makes the short breaks at work enjoyable.

      Also, random, but I think it was an Anthony who said he was thinking med school. All I got to say is to keep focused but be prepared for tons of work. More than you can imagine. I work at a medical college. The dedication, intrinsic motivation, and organization needed to succeed is crazy to comprehend.

  • flamingo

    Wow. Kuroda is sharp.

    (Is it really empty there? Doesn’t look it.)

  • RetroRob

    I have to say. I’m enjoying watching the game with no sound on. Avoiding the nonsense from the TBS crew is welcome. Now I’ll have to do the same from the RAB game-thread losers.

  • Cy Pettitte

    today is the day A-Rod gets a hit off a righty in the postseason.

    • Cy Pettitte

      ok next AB then

  • Barrel Roll

    Kuroda – you poor SOB. You’re gonna pitch the game of your life and lose. Probably wont even see it coming.

  • Andy

    Ernie Johnson must love the word nibble…

    • Jack

      Nibble is to Ernie as fisted is to Chip.

  • Hummingbird S.

    A-Rod against a righty should never happen again in this postseason. Unfortunately Girardi is dumb.

    • Brooklyn Nets

      I can’t get behind this. I guess Cano against any pitcher in the postseason shouldnt happen right?

    • The Real Greg

      Oh my god……….

      Have you seen Eric Chavez in this postseason?

      Cretin.

  • dkidd

    guessed wrong

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

    “you cannot tell me a professional baseball player cannot put the bat on the ball when they want to, I just don’t believe it and I never did.” Suzyn Waldman, good to know that the Yankees aren’t trying to get hits when they strike out.

  • Hummingbird S.

    Why? Fastball up in the zone, he just takes it.

  • miky

    I realize what a heartless buch we have here, but imagine how AROD must be feeling!!

    • TomH

      Now you’re asking for too much! Rationality, humanity, decency.

  • SammySosasBleachingCream

    I guess Joe’s gut still has a feeling about Alex.

  • Anthony

    How many 0-2 counts will Kurtis get himself into

  • oldmanalex defacto team captain

    THE FEEBLE FOUR BITCHES…

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

    Alex and Kurtis striking out?

    That’s just shocking.

  • Karl Krawfid

    Keep trying to go yard please!

  • Hummingbird S.

    Grandy swung at a fastball in the middle of the zone and a hanging breaking ball but couldn’t put them in play.

  • The Real Greg

    ALL OF YOU SHUT UP.

    You’re being totally illogical. Blame the players before the manager. That is the logical way.

    And apparently all of you think Eric Chavez is a viable replacement.

    • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan

      He is.

      • The Real Greg

        Have you seen him this postseason and for that matter in the last few months. HE’S BEEN AWFUL!

        • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan

          Chavez is playable against righties, and I have more faith in Chavez to at least put the ball in play than I do for A-Rod at the moment.

          • The Real Greg

            Chavez: 0-11 in the postseason with 6 strikeouts.

            I rest my case.

            • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan

              Congratulations, Greg!!!! You’ve won the argument!!!! YAYYYY now go fuck yourself, kid.

    • Hummingbird S.

      2012 OPS against RHP

      A-Rod – .717
      Chavez – .908

      YOU SHOULD SHUT THE FUCK UP.

      • The Real Greg

        HAVE YOU SEEN CHAVEZ IN THE POSTSEASON AND IN THE LAST FEW MONTHS!

        HE”S BEEN AWFUL.

        READ YOUR RECENT STATS BEFORE BRINGING THAT CRAP IN HERE.

        • The Real Greg

          0-11 in the postseason is Chavez. Tell me how that’s better.

          • Joe F

            Yo. Hard hit ball to end game 4. Robbed by AJax last night.

            • The Real Greg

              So. ARod was robbed by Jhonny Peralta last night. They’re even.

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

          Lol Greg bringing the heat! I actually am on the fence about this and see the advantages and disadvantages of both…for example: Alex even in his current state has better power than Chavez, but he looks completely over matched against RHP. Chavez on the other hand does have better number this season against RHP than Alex BUT hasn’t hit well since about mid August. It’s really damned if you sit Alex, Damned if you play him.

          • The Real Greg

            Chavez hit .222 in the month of September with 13 K’s.

            Hitting .151 since the end of August with 19 K’s in 56 at bats

  • The Guns of Navarone

    I’m trying to keep perspective, but I’m having a hard time believing what I’m seeing. The Yankees don’t even look like major league hitters right now. I’m seriously disgusted.

  • SammySosasBleachingCream

    Kurtis with the huge swing, as per usual.

  • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan

    SWISHERRRR WITH A HIT OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG SALUTE THE CROWD THROW HIM A PARADE

  • Moo Shu Pork (Currently Eddard)

    Hey look at that, one of the three stooges didn’t strike out. Keep smiling, Swisher.

  • dkidd

    turning point of the series!!!!!!!!!!

    #graspingatstraws

  • Bartolo’s Colon

    seriously, it is pretty unbelievable how horrible cano, swisher, arod, and grandy are right now.

  • Matt

    The Baltimore pitchers actually were pitching well enough to induce these kinds of results. The Detroit pitchers have not been.

    A-Rod taking a hanging slider on 3-2, Granderson swinging through a hanging changeup on 1-2, these guys simply are not hitting terrible mistake pitches right now.

    • Bartolo’s Colon

      this is why i am predicting they will beat up on verlander. it inevitable, right?

      • Tom Q

        It happened often enough during the season: the team looked pathetic against mediocre pitchers, then tattooed the all-star.

  • TinoBambino24

    HUSTLE!

  • flamingo

    A hit?!

  • oldmanalex defacto team captain

    why is swisher wearing a padlock the size of a fist around his neck?

  • Joe F

    Just got home from Dad’s house. Cowboys game really angered me. If the Yankees fucking lose I’m going to break my television.

    • Alkaline

      How many K’s does Swisher have this postseason? I felt like even though he hasn’t been performing, he’s been making contact at least (compared to A-rod and Grandy).

      • Joe F

        He’s gotten on base more than Grandy I know that. But he’s hitting into double plays. So they all pretty much suck right now.

  • Anthony

    Why can’t we get men on with less than 2 outs?

  • Bartolo’s Colon

    i hate life right now

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

    Was hoping that him mis-reading the ball would, you know, result in a break.

    Oh well.

    • Tom Q

      I can’t remember a ball falling in for the Yanks since the post-season started. Is this just my inside-a-bubble perspective?

      • Havok9120

        I can’t either. Its gotten rather silly.

        The Tigers error yesterday, and I feel like we had a bloop during the O’s series that fell in. But….yeah. Not many breaks.

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

        Jeter triple, I guess.

  • Cy Pettitte

    fucking dingleberry

  • Moo Shu Pork (Currently Eddard)

    Could have used Nixy in the lineup yesterday. Probably would have won if he was.

  • Chilango

    Joe will bench ARod and Granderson in the 4th game when we’re down 3 games to none.

  • Brooklyn Nets

    One thing I can’t stand is Cano/Swisher jogging up the line. I grew up watching Derek Jeter hustle on infield fly balls. You run down the god damn line in the playoffs. I know you lazy, entitled princesses don’t like hustling during the regular season and I’ve learned to live with that but in the playoffs??? – HUSTLE DOWN THE F***** LINE

    • Alkaline

      I concur. Although, at least from the perspective of playing and hitting a line drive right at an infielder, the slight hesitation is understandable, IMO. It’s a natural reaction at first, albeit one you try to avoid.

  • CountryClub

    Late in yesterday’s gm there was a stat that Arod and Granderson had struck out in 21 of 40 at bats. So I believe it’s 23 out of 42 now. And they’re hitting back to back today.

    • Chilango

      Followed up by Swisher, 4 for 35 or thereabouts. The 3 stooges.

  • Karl Krawfid

    We need offense from a hopeless team.

    We need offense from a hoooooplesss team.

  • Hugh

    Nearly caught an undeserved break there.

    First game I’ve been able to watch. Wow, do ARod and Grandy look lost. And was Swisher lucky there or what?! Didn’t run it out TWICE!

  • Moo Shu Pork (Currently Eddard)

    And this is just like yesterday. If Kuroda makes one mistake, it’s over. It’s too much pressure on these pitchers and the guy is pitching his heart out on 3 days rest. Ain’t no Valverde to bail them out again, either.

  • TomH

    Is there an English version of “Anibal”? Hannibal?

    • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan

      Annabelle? But that’s a girl’s name.

  • CountryClub

    This will be my last negative post for the day: swisher, cano, Arod, Martin & Granderson are 16 for 120. Think about that.

  • oldmanalex defacto team captain

    damn that pitch is nasty. it just falls off a cliff

  • Brooklyn Nets

    I love this man. He’s a hell of a pitcher.

  • SammySosasBleachingCream

    it doesn’t seem possible that they could sustain this level of non-offense. These are major leaguers! They’re making everybody look like Verlander. Imagine what happens when they face the ACTUAL Verlander.

    • TomH

      He throws really fast. These guys might actually like that.

  • Karl Krawfid

    Come on score some fucking runs Yankees!

  • CountryClub

    I’m glad to see Kuroda proving me wrong. How many pitches you think he’s good for?

  • babnik

    just got in…how’s big-offense looking?

  • flamingo

    Short rest? HA.

  • Brooklyn Nets

    Can you lifeless bums be inspired by what this man is doing? He’s striking out the entire ballpark on THREE DAYS REST and the likes of NICK SWISHER can’t hustle down the line on a groundball to second base.

  • RetroRob

    Clearly starting Hirok on three-days rest was the wrong move.

    Hitting, are you there yet?

  • jjyank (HIROK Them Like a Hurricane)

    Holy crap, Kuroda is freaking dealing.

  • SammySosasBleachingCream

    Kuroda’s dealing like a motherfucker. Let’s reward him with some runs.

  • flamingo

    Guys, the stadium looks full to me.

    • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan

      Full of shitty hitters!

    • Havok9120

      Supposedly its the reverse of the usual today: the lower levels look packed and up top is pretty sparse. At least that’s what LoHud was saying at the start.

      • flamingo

        Heh, interesting.

      • Joe F

        Prices went down.

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

    Lions beat the Eagles.

    That will be the only Detroit team to win today.

  • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan

    Wow the dirt ate that shit up.

  • Karl Krawfid

    1 pitch 1 out.

  • SeligsFault

    Are people still trying to put all of the blame on AROD? Even though last years game five and last night’s game were basically on Swisher?

    • TinoBambino24

      Swisher is gone after the last out of 2012. Dueces, Swisher.

    • Chilango

      Easy answer: they both have sucked in the playoffs. Swisher forever and KRoid since 2009

  • Brooklyn Nets

    Can I have old Robinson Cano back? You know, the aggressive, best hitter in baseball who wasn’t trying to pull homers every at-bat? The guy that didn’t watch 2 strikes go by him almost every AB?

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

    Not even hustling. Suck harder, Robbie.

    • Brooklyn Nets

      Guy is my favorite player and he’s making it hard for me to root for him going forward. I just can’t stand the lack of hustle.

  • Winter

    Cano should be hitting that pitch over the shortstop, not to him.

  • Bartolo’s Colon

    i just can’t see cano figuring it out, they will have to attempt to win the series without him

  • Brooklyn Nets

    Would it kill you to take the ball the other way Mark?

  • Hummingbird S.

    another weakly hit ball and a stroll down the line for Cano

  • Karl Krawfid

    Cano doesn’t use his lower half at all.

    I suspect K-Long will be gone after this year.

    • Martien

      Hiroki looks great. I’ve long wondered about KLongs position, everybody swears by him (except Jeter), but why does it seem the offense is so streaky?

      The Rays went from one year being one of the worst teams in the majors with 2 outs and RISP, to one of the best after they decided to practice those situations more. Are our guys too stubborn and established to take one for the team?

  • SammySosasBleachingCream

    An entire team of Mr. Mays. And I don’t mean WIllie.

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

      don’t you mean Mayes?

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

    Completely nonbaseball related but I can’t believe people don’t comprehend that physical stores cannot compete with amazon and ebay prices…it boggles my mind when people come to my store and say “oh I can get the same thing on Amazon for much cheaper. No shit, it’s probably used and the person selling it doesn’t have to pay rent for their shop, wages for their employees, all the utilities to keep the shop running, or restocking fees after they sell it.

    • RetroRob

      What do you sell?

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

        Smoking paraphernalia. Papers, pipes(mostly glass), water pipes, vaporizers, as well as hookahs and hookah tobacco and supplies, also mid to high end cigars.

        • RetroRob

          Ahh, well there is something to be said for buying those type of things in person. Not that I, cough, cough, am an expert at buying those things!

          • jjyank (HIROK Them Like a Hurricane)

            Why are you coughing, Rob? Take too big a rip there?

            • RetroRob

              In the words of a politician: No comment!

              • jjyank (HIROK Them Like a Hurricane)

                It’s cool. I know you’re older than me, but you’re not alone. I had to quit, by my parents are probably around your age, and they both still indulge :P

                • jjyank (HIROK Them Like a Hurricane)

                  In addition, my dad’s name is Rob. If he wasn’t driving back from Vermont right now, I’d have been curious haha. Not really, but it’s kind of funny.

                  • RetroRob

                    Son, is that you?

                    I only have a daughter, so we’re both safe.

                    I actually gave up whatever regular smoking habits I once had a long time ago when my daughter was born. That said, if I’m away from home with friends who participate, I will join if I’m in the mood.

                    But from my past, I would prefer to hold said items in my hand before purchase.

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

            I agree with that too. Especially a “water pipe?” I wanna hold that in my hands and see how it feels before I buy it.

            • RetroRob

              I have a funny story related to this topic, but I’m not in the mood for funny stories right now, even though I should be! I’ll save it for a future game thread or the offseason.

      • jjyank (HIROK Them Like a Hurricane)

        Bongs!

    • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan

      I work as an optician, story of my life, bud.

  • RetroRob

    Yankees showed fight that inning. Errr…

  • SammySosasBleachingCream

    Was that 6 pitches?

  • Bartolo’s Colon

    exact same thing as yesterday, put pressure on the pitcher the first two innings, don’t capitalize, then he settles in.

  • flamingo

    Wake UP, offense.

  • El Tigre

    Let’s boo ARod but not Cano. Makes perfect sense. (I’m of the opinion no one should be booed. But was sick of everyone around me letting ARod have it last night while Cano and Swisher got a pass)

  • The Real Greg

    Robinson Cano should be the goat of this postseason, not Alex Rodriguez.

    Cano should be in the prime of his career. He should be the main offensive threat, but he has fallen flat on his face.

    Forget that big money extension for him.

  • stuart a

    offense doing it par the course.

    who looks worse; cano, arod, grandy, or swisher?????

    that is about $70 mill. thrown down the toilet…

    • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan

      Greg is worse.

    • The Real Greg

      No because Swisher’s gone after this year. Granderson may be gone.

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

        Nah, gotta pick up Grandy’s option. He’s still cost-effective at his current salary. I think they should let him walk after next year though.

        • jjyank (HIROK Them Like a Hurricane)

          Absolutely. I am open to the idea of packaging him in a trade, if another team values him high enough. But either way, the option is getting picked up.

    • TomH

      In this order: (1) Cano, (2) Swisher (3) Rodriguez.

  • Hugh

    This must be back-breaking for the pitching. To work so hard to get through an inning and then see these limp, limp outs being made (excusing Suzuki).

  • babnik

    At least the eagles lost – that was positive.

  • Karl Krawfid

    http://mlb.mlb.com/video/play......8;c_id=mlb

    Watch this video from the 2011 LDS. Look at Cano’s explosive lower half.

    • Winter

      That could just as easily have been a video of Cano from two weeks ago. What happened?

      • Karl Krawfid

        I have no idea.

  • VT Yankee Fan (I named my son after Andy)

    Does anyone actually enjoy the in-game interviews?

    • babnik

      maybe the guy who came up with the idea

  • Bartolo’s Colon

    hopefully they talk with fister for the remainder of the game

  • Anthony

    Amazing how this lineup has really come together as a team … to be absolutely dreadful. What are the chances that this amount of batters all go cold simultaneously? Its mind boggling.

    • Joe

      Look at the playoffs since 04 and excluding 2009. These guys just are not clutch.

      • The Real Greg

        You can’t exclude a year though. That’s not logically fair. But your point still stands.

        • Joe

          Well that was arod’s only good year in playoffs and we had Damon and matsui, really clutch guys.

          • Karl Krawfid

            Damon and Matsui used the whole field.

    • Bartolo’s Colon

      yeah, i mean have the quartet of swisher, arod, cano, and grandy had seven game stretches this year that were this bad?

  • The Real Greg

    I mean, even when they went into offensive slumps in the regular season, they were not this bad.

  • Chilango

    It’s hard to lose when the team ERA is under 2.50 but the Yankees are finding the way. This is some pitiful shit.

    • The Real Greg

      They haven’t lost. They made it to the LCS because of that pitching. But great pitching can only carry you so far.

  • flamingo

    Just wow at this pitching performance.

  • SammySosasBleachingCream

    Let’s interview Doug Fister, the luckiest pitcher in postseason history!

    “Well anybody could get these guys out, so what I did yesterday was really not that impressive.”

  • stuart a

    the angle of the arod fandom is he is not as bad as the other guy!!!

    cano sucks and your point is????

    arod, cano, grandy, and swisher all have been off the board horrible and so??????

    • The Real Greg

      But more should have been expected of Cano than ARod. Arod is 37-38 years old and breaking down physically.

      Cano is and should be in the prime of his career.

  • Anthony

    The starting pitchers should start a riot in the dugout. They have every right to considering how they have been pitching.

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

    Even TBS promos are lazy.

    Same line used every time they promote of the Big Bang Theory. Try being creative for once.

  • Brooklyn Nets

    One man offense.

  • jjyank (HIROK Them Like a Hurricane)

    Voldemort willed that through the infield.

  • Bartolo’s Colon

    absolutely crazy that ibanez is our offensive mvp, by a large margin

  • Moo Shu Pork (Currently Eddard)

    Kuroda and Ibanez are playing their hearts out. Even if Russell gets on here the 3 stooges are up next. Any time they come up at least 2 of them strike out.

    • flamingo

      LOL @ three stooges

  • oldmanalex defacto team captain

    swing for the fences russel

  • The Guns of Navarone

    The ball left the infield… I’m not sure what to make of that. I have no idea what’s happening right now.

  • Anthony

    one man army

  • Cy Pettitte

    ok that was the dumest thing I’ve ever seen

  • The Guns of Navarone

    Is this team serious?

  • oldmanalex defacto team captain

    well that was that.

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

    Was that a hit and run?

    WHY?

    • The Real Greg

      Classic baseball idiom…

      When your offense is struggling, you have to make things happen.

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

        Russell Martin isn’t a contact machine.

        That’s a very dumb play.

        • The Real Greg

          Doesn’t matter.
          You need to take chances when your team is struggling on offense

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

            You only compound shitty offense when you go with low percentage plays.

            • The Real Greg

              Really?

              Didn’t Joe have a player with a bad leg steal second a few nights ago? If I remember correctly, that led to a run.

              And desperate times…

  • RetroRob

    He was safe.

    • Bartolo’s Colon

      no

    • RetroRob

      Okay, no he wasn’t.

      I notice how they like to show every angle until they find one clearly showing Ibanez was out, but yesterday they only showed one on the Cano incorrect call, and then quickly moved on.

      • Chilango

        You sound like the paranoid fucks on Fox “News”

        • RetroRob

          You talking about paranoid comments is probably the funniest thing I’ve seen here so far.

  • Brooklyn Nets

    Say what you want about Alex but he can execute a hit and run. Pathetic Martin.

    • Hummingbird S.

      if that’s Alex’s best attribute than he needs to be cut

  • David N

    I’m sorry, WHY THE HELL ARE WE RUNNING WITH IBANEZ?

    Great way to waste precious baserunners.

    • Bartolo’s Colon

      it is a crazy play, but the yankees suck right now. need to find a way to score a run . that probably would have been a gidp play

      • David N

        If it’s Ichiro, Nix, Granderson, Cano (i.e. anyone with decent speed), fine. But Ibanez?

        • The Real Greg

          Didn’t Tex have a stolen base a couple of days ago?

          • David N

            Yes, when they weren’t holding him on and he was able to get a running start. If they’re not going to try and stop you running, then by all means try and run.

    • SammySosasBleachingCream

      Hit and run is probably the right move there. Martin just swung through it.

  • Hummingbird S.

    hit and run with Ibanez? lol Giradi dumbass

  • Chilango

    WTF was that?

  • Big “Nostradanus” Member

    hope ichiro is giving Kuroda tips in the dugout right now….this is all in kuroda’s hands

  • http://www.bronxbaseballdaily.com Alex Taffet

    Considering how much trouble the Yankees have been having on offense, I have no problem with the hit and run there.

    • The Real Greg

      THANK YOU.

  • Karl Krawfid

    Really can’t believe A-Rod is the one who has to suffer when they have guys that have been equally as shitty.

  • Hugh

    To be honest, Martin is not looking any better than the other no-hopers right now.

  • The Real Greg

    All of you do not understand classic baseball idioms.

    When your team is struggling to hit, you have to take chances on the basepaths. That’s what Tex did in game 5 and what they were trying to do here.

  • The Guns of Navarone

    Because obviously would have scored and started a rally following a number of clutch hits.

  • Winter

    That’s on Martin more than Girardi. Calling a hit-and-run with Ibanez is acceptable because he needs to try and get the offense moving. Martin has to make contact with that pitch.

  • Brooklyn Nets

    That’s a pitch Alex takes to RF when he’s right.

  • oldmanalex defacto team captain

    lol i just cant stop laughing.

  • Big “Nostradanus” Member

    haha smoltz so dumb….how can you lost an eye by getting hi in it with baseball? its round idiot.

    • dave

      serious? if you do enough damage to where the eye is useless, they could remove it therefore you have lost an eye from a baseball…idiot

  • Duh Innings

    Here’s why Sabathia MUST start Game 3 of the ALCS:

    1. He would start on normal rest for Game 7.

    2. He would have to pitch on three days’ rest anyway if he started Game 4 and the series went to seven games as no way anyone else but him is starting Game 7.

    3. The Yanks need to get a win on the board if they fall 0-2 or go ahead after splitting with Verlander in Game 3.

    4. Ace against ace (Sabathia against Verlander.) Yeah Verlander negates Sabathia but vice versa and I think the Yanks’ bullpen and certainly closer are better than the Tigers’ and despite the recent struggles of the offense, the Yankees offense is overall better than the Tigers. Who do the Tigers have who grabs you besides Cabrera and Fielder? Jackson’s a fine young player but I don’t exactly get nervous when he comes up to the plate.

    5. Big deal if the Yanks lose Game 3 with Sabathia and you’re down 1-2. The Tigers still need two more wins. Try to get ‘em after that and bring it to Game 7 so Sabathia can get another crack.

    6. Sabathia gets two cracks at Detroit which eliminate him not getting one at all if he has to be removed early due to injury.

    • Karl Krawfid

      WE CAN’T HIT

      PITCHING IS NOT THE PROBLEM.

    • Winter

      It really doesn’t matter whether Sabathia pitches Game 3 or Game 4, since he’ll be available to pitch Game 7 right away. Game 4 is guaranteed to happen, so it’s not like there’s a chance Sabathia doesn’t pitch. Game 7, on the other hand, might not happen. So save the short rest start for a game that might not happen and let him start the guaranteed game on regular rest.

      • jjyank (HIROK Them Like a Hurricane)

        Beat me to it. My thoughts exactly.

      • Duh Innings

        Nah fuck that, ace against ace.

        Negate their ace.

        We have the better closer and bullpen.

        Game 3 is guaranteed to happen, too – you need four games to win the ALCS.

        I don’t want a possible Sabathia in Game 4 with the Yanks down 1-2 or 0-3, or the possibility of the Yanks getting swept with Sabathia.

        He’s on normal rest for Game 7, the game more important than Game 3 which is a must win only if you’re down 0-2 and not even as see the 2004 ALCS.

        I want Sabathia to have a chance to help the Yanks go up 2-1 if they win today, not get on the board (1-3) or even it up (2-2) if Sabathia starts Game 4. We can’t assume the Yanks will take the next two games so Sabathia’s in position to help them get to 3-1 with this game and Verlander up next.

    • jjyank (HIROK Them Like a Hurricane)

      Disagreed with Sabathia. He’s going to make 1 start on 3 days rest, and one on normal either way. Why not let him have the normal rest start for the only game that is (at this point) guaranteed to happen?

      • Duh Innings

        The series is seven games thus you have to play like you’re going to seven games. You cannot assume the series will be only 4, 5, or 6 games.

        ‘Say Sabathia starts Game 4. What if the Yanks are down 0-3? You’ve rendered your ace useless as the odds are slim you win win the ALCS down 0-3 (considering it’s been done only once in MLB history and I believe twice in American professinal sports history as I think some NHL hockey team blew a 3-0 lead.) If the Yanks are down 1-2, all Sabathia can do is help even it up.

        By starting in Game 3, Sabathia has a chance to help the Yanks go ahead 2-1 if they win today or get on the board if they lose.

        Also, what if Sabathia had to be removed from the game early due to injury or knockout? Great – now you’ll have to take it to seven games to give him one more crack to help the team win and advance.

        The ace needs to pitch twice, that’s it. Ideally you win it in six games so he doesn’t have to pitch Game 7 and he could pitch Games 1, 4, and 7.

        • jjyank (HIROK Them Like a Hurricane)

          He’d pitch twice in both scenarios, I’m not sure you’re getting that. Why does the order matter? And what if they were down 0-3 in game 4? What if CC did pitch game 3, beat Verlander, and were down 1-2? Either way, the team needs to win 4 games. Not seeing why the order matters. Give CC normal rest so he can be at his best in the only game that he is guaranteed to start. If game 7 is needed, bring him back on short rest.

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

    Strike out some more, Alex.

  • Karl Krawfid

    This is just sad

    • The Guns of Navarone

      It honestly is sad. I’m honestly not having fun watching these games. This team looks defeated and I don’t think it’s an overreaction to say that this series is totally over. I’ve never seen this lineup so completely lost.

  • The Guns of Navarone

    I’ve honestly never seen anything like this for such an extended period of time.

  • SammySosasBleachingCream

    I AM NOT IMPRESSED THAT CABRERA SWITCHED POSITIONS.

  • miky

    Absolutely have to bench him.

  • Moo Shu Pork (Currently Eddard)

    I don’t blame Joe for trying to spark something. The three stooges back to back to back is the worst 6-7-8 in the history of baseball. That trio will set the record for strikeouts in a series. And this is the worst Tigers starter! Just imagine when they face Verlander and Scherzer!

  • Hugh

    ARod is just an auto-out. This is ridiculous. I know he’s trying so I’m not going to be too hard on him but I really can’t see why Girardi is putting him out there. That was just a terrible, terrible ab.

    • The Real Greg

      Because the alternative sucks too. Do I have to go to the stats again?

      • Alex Taffet

        Seriously, people keep saying bench this guy, bench that guy. Who will replace them?

        • Hugh

          Um, the god-fielding Chavez who, um, can hit rh pitching. Well.

          • Hugh

            *good-fielding.

            Though it made the point nicely!

          • The Real Greg

            Hitting .151 since the end of August.

            0-11 in the postseason with 6 k’s.

  • Miked

    Can we get so excited of these guys back on steroids please

  • SammySosasBleachingCream

    This team looks like they could get shut out every time.

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

    I got to watch most of the LDS on TV, and I saw Alex get literally blown away by an 85mph fastball by O’Day up in the zone…I’m listening to the radio and using Gameday right now, how does he get around to foul a 94mph pitch up in the zone by Sanchez, but gets blown away by 85 in the same spot 3 days ago?

    • Brooklyn Nets

      O’Day makes plenty of hitters look bad because of the windup. It has nothing to do with velocity. Alex just couldn’t pick up the ball. None of the Yankees hitters could.

      The narrative that Alex’s batspeed has disappeared is just that – a narrative. No truth to it at all. He’s just choking. It’s not something foreign to Alex Rodriguez.

  • stuart a

    arod has struck out over 50% of the time.

    the guy has not gotten an rbi in a few weeks.

    the guy has hit maybe 20 % of the balls to the outfield.

    No reason to boo him, the fans are being unfair becuase cano stinks as bad….

    get a clue…

  • SammySosasBleachingCream

    Is that his 12th strikeout? Thanks for going with your gut, Girardi.

  • Anthony

    Somehow watching gameday over the TV makes this offensive failure a bit more tolerable.

    • babnik

      i do the same thing

  • JJ

    It’s truly a shame Francisco Rodriguez already has the nickname, ‘K-Rod’.

  • Bartolo’s Colon

    at this point, i say stick with arod. chavez is not going to do it. it is sad, because he just looks so helpless, but so is half the lineup. at least he’s played a pretty solid 3b

  • TinoBambino24

    I’m dreaming of Span next year roaming in Center, A-Rod collecting Yankee paychecks on another team, Granderson striking out at an unprecedented level for some team, and Swisher choking in another uniform.

    • Brooklyn Nets

      Denard Span? That’s your answer? I really hope not.

  • SammySosasBleachingCream

    Actually, Joe sees plenty of number 2 when he looks out there on the field.

    • TinoBambino24

      BOOM!

  • Moo Shu Pork (Currently Eddard)

    At some point Hiroki will make a mistake and that’ll be the ballgame. Just like it was with Andy last night. It’s too much pressure on these pitchers. I wouldn’t blame either Andy or Hiroki if they want to take the first bus out of here in the offseason.

  • The Real Greg

    Would everybody stop asking for Eric Chavez at third? Do I have to bring out the stats?

    • Brooklyn Nets

      Dude we get your point you don’t have to post it 9000 times. People are allowed to disagree with you.

      • TinoBambino24

        Seriously

  • TinoBambino24

    Verlander = Jesus with a baseball.

  • Nice Scheister

    They need to stop sucking Verlanders dick and praise the guy on the mound. Fuck. It’s not a foregone conclusion Verlander will win. Shits annoying.

  • Karl Krawfid

    Cano did something.

    Shocked.

  • David N

    Well, Cano is still good for something.

  • Brooklyn Nets

    Let’s hope that gets Robinson going.

  • Joe F

    Cano!

  • Cy Pettitte

    some play by Robbie. at least unlike Swish he isn’t a total liability in the field as well as the plate.

    • Nice Scheister

      I’m down for the benching of Swisher. Not sure why he keeps getting opportunities with GGBG chopping at the bits to make an impact!

  • Hugh

    He may be a lazy sod but he has a heck of an arm does Cano.

  • Anon

    No-hitter through 5? Who woulda thunk

  • RetroRob

    There is just no way the Yankees are going to get away with a one-year offer of $10M again on Kuroda. His value has gone up substantially after what he’s done in the AL, AL East and so far in the postseason. Teams will pay for that ability.

    • The Real Greg

      Which means…

      COMPENSATION PICK!

      • RetroRob

        I’d rather have a quality starting pitcher than a supplemental pick who we’ll never see in the Bronx!

    • David N

      They’re the Yankees. They can afford to bring him back.

      • RetroRob

        Of course. And my guess is Kuroda would want to come back to the Bronx, that is unless he still prefers LA. I’m just wondering what the price will be, and if the Yankees will go there.

        If he really is only interested in year-to-year, than the Yankees can bring him back. If he wants a three-year deal, then there’s a problem.

  • flamingo

    Kuroda’s flat-out ridiculous today. Love it. Would be nice if the offense helped him out a little.

  • Moo Shu Pork (Currently Eddard)

    Prediction for next inning-

    Granderson- K
    Swisher- Double into the gap, does a barrel roll into 2nd base and gets thrown out
    Nix- Solo HR to LF. Yanks lead 1-0
    Ichiro- K – Corkscrews himself into the ground and comes out in LF for the top of next inning.

    • Nice Scheister

      Laughed at the barrel roll. Is it sad I hope he pulls something?

    • Brooklyn Nets

      Granderson – K
      Swisher – K
      Nix – basehit to CF
      Ichiro – basehit to RF
      Cano – Homer to RF

      3-0 Yankees.

  • Anthony

    If the offense was half as good as they were ending the season we would be well on our way to the WS. Not enough can be said of the performance by the pitching staff this postseason.

    • TinoBambino24

      Kuroda has earned another contract with this team. He’s one of the few NL pitchers to prove that he can survive (and thrive) in the AL.

      • Anthony

        agreed

  • TinoBambino24

    Cano is seeing his lucrative contract going out the window with each passing AB.

    • jjyank (HIROK Them Like a Hurricane)

      No he’s not. MAYBE he’s seeing a lucrative extension offer go, MAYBE. But he’s still the best 2B in the game, and he’s still going to get paid like it.

      • TinoBambino24

        I agree with being the best 2B in the game, however, when the negotiating window opens, Cashman will throw him that bit of information about his postseason woes. Cashman is brutally honest- ask Jeter.

        • jjyank (HIROK Them Like a Hurricane)

          I’m sure he will, but that won’t change what Cano gets paid. He’s going to get that monster contract. Just may not be from the Yankees, if Cashman plays hardball with this not-so-lovely small sample size.

  • JJ

    This is definitely the best pitching we’ve had in the playoffs for quite some time …. hope it doesn’t go to waste.

  • Duh Innings

    If the Yanks somehow pull this series out, I would strongly consider leaving A-Rod off the World Series roster, no joke.

    Chavez couldn’t possibly do as bad with the bat as A-Rod and if he did, at least the Yanks would have better defense at 3B. They could replace A-Rod with Dickerson, Jones, or an extra pitcher.

    Jeter’s injury is a blessing in disguise for A-Rod because it probably keeps A-Rod on the World Series roster.

    Ya ask me I think all the pinch-hitting for A-Rod and benching him is a precursor to the Yanks trading him in the offseason as I just don’t see him being a Yankee after being humiliated like this, and you can’t tell me he hasn’t been humilated, unintentionally or intentionally as maybe these moves are from up on high ie Cashman and Levine who have every right to tell Girardi what to do with A-Rod and what’s Girardi gonna do, say no? He could disagree to whatever degree but he can’t refuse an order. I wouldn’t be surprised if the higher ups pulled a Boston Red Sox with A-Rod ie tell Girardi where and when to bat A-Rod like the Sox tell their managers. The whole baseball world has witnessed it’s most expensive player, one with the biggest contract in professional sports history twice (previous record contract and his current one – unless David Beckham has the biggest?), being pinch-hit for and benched despite a lesser player like Swisher being a bigger bum (and much, much bigger postseason bum) than him.

    • Brooklyn Nets

      I stopped reading at “strongly consider leaving A-Rod off the World Series roster”.

      Yankee fans need to lay-off Alex Rodriguez. YOu want to leave Alex off? Leave Cano off. Leave Granderson off. Leave Swisher off. Leave Martin off. Leave the entire team in NY and just carry 24 pitchers and Raul Ibanez.

      • Duh Innings

        Nah, you kept reading hahaha.

        Why shouldn’t A-Rod be kept off the postseason roster?

        Chavez is a better defensive 3B than A-Rod. The guy is better than A-Rod even more with a solo shot or one two-run hit. Ibanez is the better DH for the home games in the World Series if the Yanks make it to the World Series. We’re guaranteed an upgrade at defense and DH by leaving A-Rod off the roster, and that defense includes Dickerson or Jones, and who’s to say Jones doesn’t have one more homerun in him and what better time to slam one than in the World Series?

        A-Rod’s an emotional wreck. I mean, I’m not looking at him as purely a baseball player and stats. The guy is lost beyond the game. He needs to be on another team next year for his own sake as well as the Yanks if not more.

    • DC

      Been hitting the bottle early?

      • Duh Innings

        Um, fuck you.

        • DC

          Awww, someone’s edgy today.

  • Chilango

    Verlander is 1-1 this year with an ERA of 3.10 and BA against .294

    • Nice Scheister

      But he’s GOING to win and if Det wins today, they ARE going to the WS. Puke.

  • The Guns of Navarone

    ALRIGHT CURTISSSSSS!!!

  • Karl Krawfid

    Come on he’s pitching you away.

    Just go the other way.

  • Bartolo’s Colon

    please play gardner for either swish or grandy. offense can’t be any worse, almost has to be better and defense is significantly better

  • miky

    The Grandyman can’t

  • RetroRob

    Yankees starting pitchers this postseason have an ERA of 1.98. I might be off by a fraction there.

    Yet TBS yesterday was constantly amazed the Yankees had somehow made it to the ALCS with their hitting problems, ignoring the other half of the equation.

    • flamingo

      TBS has a real grasp of the fundamentals.

  • Karl Krawfid

    That’s what happens when you try to hook everything you piece of fucking trash.

  • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan

    lol Swish. Just sit down.

  • The Guns of Navarone

    You could strike out Granderson in slow pitch softball right now

  • Chilango

    Off speed = no hits.

  • yo

    Who wants to bet Kuroda is perfect through 9 IP but its still 0-0

  • oldmanalex defacto team captain

    Moe = swisher
    Curly = AROD
    Larry= Granderson

    • David N

      I’d go with:

      Moe = A-Rod
      Curly = Swisher
      Larry = Granderson

      But…yeah.

  • Bartolo’s Colon

    swish is the absolute worst

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

    OF COURSE.

  • Joe

    I wish George was alive. Cespedes would be in RF, shitty swisher would be playing golf and smiling like a clown cause his season would be over by now, arod would be bought out and even though it would suck we would have traded all our prospects for Headley.

  • miky

    How bad can it get??

    • SammySosasBleachingCream

      This feels like rock bottom, but I still feel like they can get worse.

  • Moo Shu Pork (Currently Eddard)

    All of the 3 stooges struck out this time! LOL! Worst 6-7-8 in MLB history.

    • oldmanalex defacto team captain

      dude you should do a photoshop job LOL

  • TinoBambino24

    Ding dong.

    Who is it?

    Another limp-dick Yankee inning.

  • Nice Scheister

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  • babnik

    Come lets put our heads together here and stay positive. What do we have so far? I’ll start:
    1) Kuroda is good at pitching
    2) Ichiro can hit a baseball
    3) Fill-in
    4) Fill-in

    • Alex Taffet

      5. Ibanez is good.

    • Bartolo’s Colon

      a few nice defensive plays??

    • Chilango

      6) Swisher and Granderson won’t be back next year

  • Winter

    What do you want to bet that the Yankees offense finally comes alive tomorrow against Verlander of all people, only to have their pitching return to earth and they lose anyway.

    • Bartolo’s Colon

      the yankees offense will probably come alive at comerica tomorrow. unfortunately it will be during batting practice on an off day

  • SammySosasBleachingCream

    Even Smoltz doesn’t think Sanchez is throwing great pitches. That tells you something.

    • flamingo

      Smoltz isn’t capable of complimenting the Yankees, though. He’d love to call them overmatched.

  • El Tigre

    Do you guys see what I see? Millions of dollars flying out of Swisher’s pants everytime he shits himself. Guy doesn’t even deserve to wear a f’ing MLB uniform.

    • Bartolo’s Colon

      he should be fine as long as his team has no chance of getting to the postseason. maybe he is a perfect fit for boston?

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

    This is the 3rd time in four games that the Yankees have 0 runs after five innings.

    This is the sixth straight game they have 0-1 runs after five innings.

    • babnik

      I want to say you’re lying, but I know you’re not.

  • JJ

    I honestly don’t understand how the 3 stooges can be THIS bad.

    • Chilango

      easy. they’re only getting offspeed stuff

  • Matt

    They almost never get a fastball when ahead in the count. You think some of these idiots would stop sitting on it every fucking pitch?

  • Leg-End

    Well atleast Nix got the ball in play, Swisher couldn’t hit it with a paddle.

  • flamingo

    Ugh.

    Who’s available out the the Detroit bullpen today?

    • Havok9120

      I would assume most everyone. They got that off day plus two Verlander starts in the DS.

      • flamingo

        That’s what I’d think… only Girardi pregame made it sound like Soriano/D-Rob wouldn’t be available. I was wondering if Leyland made any comments to that effect, too.

        • Havok9120

          Soriano-Roberston’s workload really has been over the top over the last month. That’s why, while I would’ve liked to see DRob pitch to Cabrera-Fielder, I wasn’t as stunned as everyone else. Between the stretch run and the playoff schedule (even with the CC starts), those guys have racked up a lot of work in the last month.

  • Moo Shu Pork (Currently Eddard)

    What’s the record for strikeouts in a postseason series for a trio of hitters? I’m sure ARod, Granderson and Swisher are already halfway there and Joe stacked them up again. Poor Andy, poor Hiroki. Be free and go someplace where the team gives a damn.

  • Winter

    I’ve come to the conclusion that Raul Ibanez stole his teammates’ talent a la Space Jam.

  • The Guns of Navarone

    Now it’s only a matter of time until Kuroda makes a mistake and gives up the lead. I expect this team to lose. It really is sad and a shame.

    • The Real Greg

      So don’t be full of rage when they do.

      • SammySosasBleachingCream

        We’re fans. We get emotionally invested in these things.

  • David N

    Damn.

  • SammySosasBleachingCream

    There’s over 1100 home runs between ARod, Grandy and Swisher. Yet it feels like they’ve already struck out 1100 times this postseason.

  • El Tigre

    It’s a shame for the pitchers. The offense doesn’t deserve any pity or sympathy. They’re garbage (Jeter, Ichior and Ibanez excluded).

  • Sonny Smith

    How about some good at bats…. Can we get ahead in the count?

  • Karl Krawfid

    The start of the end right here.

  • Moo Shu Pork (Currently Eddard)

    If I’m Kuroda I’m on the first bus out of here after this start. I don’t think it will get back around to him this series if they lose today. And they will lose today if Kuroda makes one mistake.

    • DC

      That is until you changed your mind and jumped off the bus, then on again, then off again.

      • Havok9120

        Its Eddard, you’ll get used to it.

        • jjyank (HIROK Them Like a Hurricane)

          Also…I can’t decide if his handle change is racist or not.

          • DC

            It’s not today, but probably will be tomorrow.

  • El Tigre

    “The ugly numbers keep mounting: Cano, Rodriguez, Swisher, Granderson, Chavez now 11-for-112 with 42 strikeouts in postseason.” – Buster Olney

    • The Real Greg

      So that’s 2 3rd basemen, 2 outfielders, and a second basemen.

      Combine that with Jeter being gone.

      No chance

  • Cy Pettitte

    ugh that’s an easy DP.

  • Karl Krawfid

    Our pitchers NEVER check the defense do they?

  • SammySosasBleachingCream

    Kuroda can’t stem the tide forever.

  • Luke

    Shame! Guys are looking silly at the plate…

  • Chilango

    Here it comes…the only Detroit runner to reach will come around to score.

  • SammySosasBleachingCream

    DP would have been nice.

  • Winter

    How long can Hiroki last on short rest?

    • TomH

      Probably not much longer, and so Girardi ought to have his follow-on plans in mind. I guess it would be demoralizing to get someone up, but if the situation looks troublesome there should be no wasting of time.

  • Widget

    For the first time in awhile the Yankees have a legitimately elite starting pitching in the playoffs. Any team would will for the numbers they are putting up. Shame offense is going to waste this golden opportunity.

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

    Kuroda: 14.1 IP, 2 ER.

    He’s gotten one run of support in those 14.1 innings.

  • The Guns of Navarone

    And now the offense will AWAKEN

  • TampaYankee

    The Yankees are making me too angry. I’m watching the Giants game and keeping track of the Yankees game online. Not having to watch them strikeout every other at bat is much less aggravating. If something appears to be brewing, I’ll take a peak. But otherwise it’s just pissing me off.

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

      You’ll piss yourself off more looking at brewing opportunities.

  • Moo Shu Pork (Currently Eddard)

    Next inning is the best chance to score. If they’re going to do it it’ll probably have to be in the first 4 hitters. 5-8 are both a black hole and a worm hole combined into nothingness.

  • Leg-End

    I’m gonna start drinking Harry Doyle style very soon if this carries on.

  • Big “Nostradanus” Member

    cmon ichiro…do it for hiroki!

  • Hummingbird S.

    this would be a great inning to score 2 and steal this game

  • RetroRob

    Perhaps the break that’s needed.

    There has to be a volcano getting to erupt here soon.

  • Moo Shu Pork (Currently Eddard)

    Ok, lead off man on. This is your best shot to get 1 run. Best shot right here. You get down to 5-8 and you’ll get 3 ks and a pop up.

  • Bartolo’s Colon

    nothing i hated more than those types of hits when ichiro was a mariner.

  • Winter

    Runner in motion?

  • Havok9120

    Another break!! We’re gonna bust a move here.

  • Hummingbird S.

    if Ichiro doesn’t run, this will be a DP

  • Karl Krawfid

    Does K-Long watch video?

  • Winter

    Are they pitching Cano inside now? I thought it was all away, away, away.

    • Havok9120

      It had been. I think Sanchez is missing. Robbie is pissed, too.

  • Chilango

    Send him BEFORE Robbie rolls into the DP

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

    Robbie continues to not even hustle.

    Suck harder, lazy asshole.

  • RetroRob

    Okay. Steal third now.

  • yo

    Run and you beat that out

  • Joe F

    Can we hit now?

    • RetroRob

      Well, normally I would give a positive yes, but…

  • Alex Taffet

    Ichiro had that base stolen by miles

  • oldmanalex defacto team captain

    why doesnt ROBBIE FUCKING HUSTLE… put some pressure on the D

    • Alex Taffet

      Agreed. It frustrates me even more than A-Rod’s strikeouts.

  • Hummingbird S.

    Cano is garbage

  • Nice Scheister

    RUM FASTER CANO!

    • Nice Scheister

      Run*, period. Trying to type and feed an infant at the same time. More than half the “Bombers” are doing.

  • The Guns of Navarone

    HUSTLE DOWN THE FUCKING LINE CANO!! FUCCCCKKKKK!!!!!!!!!!

  • Alkaline

    Let’s go. Gotta take advantage of the leadoff runner on.

  • flamingo

    Why couldn’t Robbie run there?

  • Winter

    Enough about people saying Robbie doesn’t hustle. Has it ever occurred to you that he might just be flat-out SLOW?

    • The Guns of Navarone

      Don’t be thick.

    • Matt

      Cano is not slow. If he were slow, then how would he be able to cover so much ground on pop ups and ground balls up the middle, on which he has to range very far from his position?

      His speed is at least average. He just doesn’t hustle. Stop with the excuses.

  • DT

    Go away Cano

  • Matt

    Let Ichiro steal the base. That pitch wasn’t even close to a strike. Cano should not be batting 2nd, period. Girardi needs to stop with his lineup nonsense.

    • The Real Greg

      If everyone sucks, the lineup doesn’t matter.

    • jjyank (HIROK Them Like a Hurricane)

      It’s definitely not ideal, but who else bats second? I’m not being snarky, promise. Legitimate question. I don’t know who should be there.

  • jjyank (HIROK Them Like a Hurricane)

    M’Kay. Guess we’re hoping for a wild pitch here? Heh.

  • Bartolo’s Colon

    raul is our only chance here. this team blows

    • Bartolo’s Colon

      surprise us martin

  • Havok9120

    Son of a crap. All the backhand plays.

  • http://www.g6tec.com Jedile

    Ichiro needs to steal home!

  • SammySosasBleachingCream

    Swinging at everything is such a great approach for Robbie.

  • oldmanalex defacto team captain

    martins just gonna K. thats what happens when you bat him ahead of alex.

    • Joe

      Hahaha did u just get here.

  • Hummingbird S.

    Martin hitting 5th, rally over lol

    • Winter

      Who would you have hitting 5th instead?

  • Chilango

    They won’t deal with …Ibañez…but the moneymen are 0-6 with 4 K’s hahahaha

  • Joe

    Very smart by leiland. Walk martin 2.

  • Big “Nostradanus” Member

    wow these arent detroid tigers i know…they are detroid pussies. hope we retaliate by plunking fielder next inning

  • Cy Pettitte

    wild pitch please

  • Joe F

    We don’t score because we’re too patient.

    • The Real Greg

      Never heard that before.

  • The Guns of Navarone

    I wonder what happens

  • Havok9120

    We’ve had so, so, so many 0-2 counts on called strikes.

  • Bartolo’s Colon

    this is a choke job of epic proportions

  • Alkaline

    Random questions. Is there a way to have the comment section to automatically refresh?

  • The Real Greg

    No breaks at all.

    • Matt

      They got a break. It was the error by Sanchez. Then they proceeded to have 3 of the worst at bats you will ever see to strand him. That’s not bad luck. Stop with the nonsense.

    • The Guns of Navarone

      You may not remember why Ichiro was on in the first place. Maybe they don’t need a break. Maybe they need to hit the baseball. That would be something.

    • Hummingbird S.

      it’s bad luck that Martin has hit the same slider out of the strikezone weakly at least twice in this game with runners on. You are clueless.

  • Matt

    Every AB worse than the last. This is not bad luck. This terrible approach and a lack of focus.

    • The Real Greg

      It’s a combination of both and you know it.

  • Hummingbird S.

    fuck this team and their overpaid chokers

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

    20 runs in 68.3 innings this postseason.

    Abominable.

  • Effthisnoise

    This team is so lost

  • The Real Greg

    Jhonny Peralta becomes Ozzie Smith when facing the Yankees

  • Havok9120

    When did the Tigers acquire a defense?

  • Chilango

    Jim Leyland has a binder too. It says don’t worry they can’t hit anything offspeed.

  • flamingo

    Blah.

  • Cy Pettitte

    Peralta is a shit defensive SS all year and now in the ALCS he’s a gold glover.