Oct
15

ALCS Travel Day Open Thread

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Off-days have a tendency to be poorly timed during the regular season. Players either tire because they don’t get enough of ‘em or lose their rhythm because they get too many. Most of that is nonsense though, players both are used to playing everyday and enjoy the rest. Today’s off-day for travel to Detroit for the ALCS came at exactly the right time though. The Yankees are just a mess right now, specifically offensively, and spending a day away from the park sure seems like a good idea at moment. Will it actually help? Eh, maybe. Either way, I think the fans could use the night away from the Yankees as well, these last five games have been rough.

Here is your open thread for the evening. The Giants and Cardinals (Vogelsong vs. Carpenter) will play Game Two of their NLCS matchup at 8pm ET on FOX, plus the Monday Night Football game is the Broncos at the Chargers (8:20pm ET on ESPN). You folks all know what to do by now, so use this thread to talk about anything other than politics.

Categories : Open Thread
  • https://twitter.com/KramerIndustry Kramerica Industries

    No politics is a violation of our first amendment rights!

  • Chip Off the Ol’Knoblauch

    For those who want a reason to feel good about Cano:
    http://www.fangraphs.com/blogs.....o-matters/

  • Darren

    What about The Politics of Dancing? The Politics of Ooooooh Feeeeeling Gooood

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eabefjsJsAQ

    • Robinson Tilapia (Let’s Complain About Something!)

      Well played. Sadly, we may be the only two guys (and, hey, there’s always RetroRob) who remember this song on here.

      • jjyank (Phil Phucking Hugheslladay)

        Not my fault you’re old :)

      • RetroRob

        Early 80s. Right into my teenaged years. I remember it all quite well.

  • Buhner’s barber

    Is there anyone who thinks of CoJo as an option in RF for next year? He did pretty well in AA/AAA last year and he’s supposed to be no great shakes at 2b.

    • jjyank (Phil Phucking Hugheslladay)

      Probably not. Most second basemen are there in part because of a weaker arm than their left-side-of-the-field counterparts. I recall some discussion about CoJo being a third base option, and most shot it down because he doesn’t have the arm for it. I doubt that he’s an outfielder option.

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

    Dead zone tonight.

    • jjyank (Phil Phucking Hugheslladay)

      Or is it…a Danger Zone?

  • Ethan

    I have a solution to the whole idea of replay slowing down the game. Why not make pitchers actually stick to the rule that they have to deliver the pitch within 12 seconds of receiving it. Is there a single pitcher in MLB that actually sticks to this rule?

    • jjyank (Phil Phucking Hugheslladay)

      Or they could just have an ump in the booth who makes the call after seeing the same replay at we and the announcers do. That would probably take less time than the manager coming out to argue anyway.

      In that scenario, what are we talking about? 10-20 seconds per play, maybe 2-3 plays a game? Is anyone besides Bud Selig really concerned about the time extension?

      • Get Phelps Up (wins needed: 8)

        I agree with this. Pretty much the same general idea that I said here. http://riveraveblues.com/2012/.....nt-4962082

        • jjyank (Phil Phucking Hugheslladay)

          Exactly. Plus, you have to imagine the Umpire Union would get behind this, right? It creates more jobs for them.

          • RetroRob

            It would create jobs for them, and it would allow them to not be attacked. They really are defenseless here. They’re making the calls, but everyone else has the technology to show they’re wrong. It’s crazy.

            Expanded replay is coming to MLB, but MLB has been dragging their feet for years on it, which is dumb, because it’s coming! Embrace it. I want to see more managers throw rants when calls hurt their teams. It’s never going to happen when the call goes their way, so save it up for when it goes bad.

      • JAG

        +1. Especially nonimpactful on the time thing when the booth umpire doesn’t even make a call if there’s no dispute. Throw beats the guy at first by three steps? No need to call down to the crew chief. Double play ball that still isn’t really close? no need to call down to the crew chief.

        We even still get to keep the human element since it’s still human umpires making the calls. I also doubt very much that there’s even a need for a “if replay inconclusive, call on the field stands” rule, since unless you’re using this for balls and strikes, replays are conclusive 99% of the time. The only times the announcers even temporize and waffle it’s because they don’t want to come right out and say the umpire is wrong on a call that benefits their team.

        The main thing that would need to be established is that the umpires on the field don’t get to go inside and review the play themselves. It’s that kind of thing that delays the game. Just make it one umpire’s responsibility to review and his call is final and can’t be argued or overturned.

        -JM

      • Ethan

        The only potential issue I could see with this is that a faceless umpire is making the most controversial calls in the game. I like having 3 umpires go to review together (so there has to be an agreement between more than just 1).

        I know that only 1 umpire is making the controversial calls now but sometimes the umps do get together and talk about it and *very* rarely the call will be switched. But even not the umpires are out on the field and thus can be seen by the viewer. Having an ump in a booth that you never see could led to some concerns.

        • Ethan

          lead*

        • jjyank (Phil Phucking Hugheslladay)

          Maybe, but the idea is that the ump in the booth would get the call right. I mean, 9 times out of 10, we fans can tell after 2-3 camera angles/camera freezes (tops) if the call was right or wrong, pretty conclusively. The whole faceless ump thing would only be a problem if the call was wrong. I suppose that could happen on rare occasions , but if they were to hold to a rule (like in the NFL) that an inconclusive replay would uphold the call on the field, I don’t think it would be much of an issue.

          Basically, from my view, the fans who would potentially be bitching about a faceless ump making an important call would be watching the same replays as the ump himself. If the faceless ump gets it right, there won’t be a problem. And if it’s inconclusive…well, how much can we really bitch about it?

          • Ethan

            I agree with you and would have no problem with it. I just wonder if seeing the umps go off together (and having 3 rather than just 1) would legitimize the process.

            However, it’s done I think we all agree replay needs to happen and sooner rather than later.

            • jjyank (Phil Phucking Hugheslladay)

              I personally don’t think that would make it more legitimate, but hey, if some fans do, and that’s what needs to happen to get replay instituted, then by all means. It’ll take a bit longer, but that’s not really my concern anyway. I was only supporting the ump in the booth thing because the “extending the game” thing seems to be one of Selig’s roadblocks.

              • Ethan

                Agreed. My opinion is do whatever is necessary. Add an ump in the booth, heck add 3 if you want. Whatever to get replay through. I just find it hilarious that Selig is worried about slowing down the game but doesn’t enforce the 12 second rule. Granted replay would throw of the rhythm of a pitcher more. Still, get it done!

    • RetroRob

      I don’t have a problem at all with expanded replay. I think actually adds a little bit of tension to the game when the call is being reviewed.

      MLB is so bent out of shape in shortening games that they’re letting the perfect be the enemy of the good. Expand replay. The problem is they got a 80-year-old Commissioner who has a team of advisors led by the 72-year-old Joe Torre and the 65+ Jim Leyland and Tony LaRussa. Embracing technology is not something this groups is known for.

      I applaud Girardi for making it an issue. Many in MLB want expanded replay, but they normally dance around it because they don’t want to insult the Commissioner’s office. Girardi himself has done this in the past. His annoyance get the better of him, and that was good. More managers need to do it to force the issue.

      • JAG

        Actually, this 100%. Girardi’s stock went up a couple points in my book for having the balls to come right out and say it. None of this dancing around trying to appease all the ownership/higher ups. We need instant replay, period.

        -JM

  • Cano fan #1

    I watching the Brooklyn nets first game in Brooklyn. Go nets!

    • Robinson Tilapia (Let’s Complain About Something!)

      Thanks for making me drive around 40 minutes for parking tonight, assholes. Not even Jigga did that to me.

      Thanks for that easy-access subway station in front of the arena, though.

    • Joe F (Philthy Phil Uuuuse)

      GO KNICKS.

      • Robinson Tilapia (Let’s Complain About Something!)

        No, Joe.

        Go Heat.

        • forensic

          Um, Go Wizards (and Spurs)!?!?

  • Moo Shu Pork (Currently Eddard)

    I’m calling my shot now, the Yankees WILL win this series. Even if they don’t win tomorrow they can do it with CC, Andy, Kuroda and CC. The bats will get going. What is Cano gonna go 0-35? Have a little faith in the team that held on for the division title all season. They’ve been resilient all season.

    • jjyank (Phil Phucking Hugheslladay)
      • Get Phelps Up (wins needed: 8)

        Eddard World is some place, huh?

    • RetroRob

      I heard this stat somewhere yesterday. The Yankees have been down 0-2 eight previous times and have come back to win the series half the time. It’s hardly over, although they’ve dug a nice hole. If they were hitting I’d feel better, but that can turn on a dime.

      To state the obvious, tomorrow’s game is key. If they beat Verlander, which they are more than capable of doing, then their down 1-2 in the series and have CC, Pettitte, Kuroda and CC lined up for games 4-7.

      Would I bet on it? No. If their hitters can get back on track, they can certainly do it.

      • forensic

        Those must all have been the WS, because I think I saw that only 3 teams have ever come back in an LCS. I also wonder how many of those 8 and 4 were after losing two at home.

        I still think they’ll lose the series in Detroit, but realistically, they just have to win a typical 3 game series in Detroit with CC and Pettitte starting 2 of the 3, to have a chance at home with their 2 best pitchers again. It doesn’t quite sound as bad thinking of it in that way.

        • RetroRob

          Oh, you’re right. While they’re backs are not quite against the wall, but their one loss short of the wall and they have to go through Verlander in Detroit. Not a good situation.

          As a fan, I think they can do it. Of course they can do it. Hell, they can win four straight. One of these years I’ll want them to do what the Red Sox did to the Yankees. Come back from being down 0-3. I just never want them to be in that situation.

          It’s the fun of baseball…even if it at times is painful when the team you’re pulling for just can’t seem to get a hit!

          As for the comebacks, I don’t know. I’m repeating something I saw from a reporter, and he could very well be wrong. I have seen the Yankees come back at least twice from being down 0-2 while losing them at home, and both were World Series wins. (Yes, although very young, I do remember the 1978 Yankees team that did it.) I don’t care if they’re in World Series or ALCS. The Yankees can do it. They just need to start hitting, and that’s the part of concern.

        • Get Phelps Up (wins needed: 8)

          Half of the 4 were after losing the first 2 at home:

          1978 WS (lost first 2 on the road)
          2001 ALDS (lost first 2 at home)
          1996 WS (lost 1st 2 at home)
          1958 WS (lost first 2 on the road)

          • forensic

            The ALDS is 5 games, these are 7 game series for that stat.

            • Get Phelps Up (wins needed: 8)

              Then the other one would be the 1956 WS. I thought it was just going down 0-2 in any series, not just 7 game ones.

              • RetroRob

                Then I haven’t seen three of the four. Definately did not see anything in the 1950s, or 1960s!

          • RetroRob

            I’ve seen three out of the four. Hoping by the end of this series I’ll have seen four of the five.

            If they can beat Verlander and their bats show some life, I think they’ll do it.

      • toad

        If they win tomorrow I would make them even money to win the series.

    • Joe F (Philthy Phil Uuuuse)

      I honestly believe they can roll the dice and win 4 straight too with the pitching we have right now. That’s if the offense absolutely gets their shit together though.

  • Hall and Nokes

    Isn’t it a little early for a run here?

  • dc1874

    Quick question for anyone who cares to comment…if the Yanks loose next 2 games in the same manner as the previous with Cano..Arod…etc going 0 for 10 …with 5 strikeouts…how much does this carry over into next season?? Are we all going to FORGET and start the year new..?? Or continue to let em have it??

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

      Are you asking if people will stop booing A-Rod?

      • dc1874

        If they loose the next 2 games the same way..no runs ..strikeouts..no emotion…Next year will the fans forget about it and start all over …I say NO WAY…April…May home runs fron Cano Arod…Grandy aint gettin me back!!!!

        • dc1874

          ….new season is only 6 months away…its gonna take me at least till next years playoffs(if they even get in) and produce to forget…

      • Hall and Nokes

        That seems crazy pointless even if you think the booing right now is fair. But it could affect the gate if fans stop believing that the team can win in the postseason.

    • RetroRob

      It’s easy to understand why fans outside of NY think Yankee fans are assholes.

      Imagine you’e the fan of another team, hoping they make the postseason, and here are the Yankees, in the postseason reguarly. They’re a team that won more games than any other in the AL, and they did it in the AL East. The hold of one of the darling, unexpected teams in the Orioles, and accomplish with a ton of injuries, starting with Pineda in ST, losing Rivera, losing Pettitte after he unretires, etc., etc., and then they lose their captain Derek Jeter in the postseason. They have amazing comebacks, led by the unexpected story of Raul Ibanez.

      Yet what do fans of other teams see? Empty seats at Yankee Stadium and Yankee fans booing their players after going down 0-2.

      So, yeah. Yankee fans nowadays are assholes and losers.

      • flamingo

        That’s a little harsh. Every fanbase will have its slice of less-than-positive elements, like any group of people. That might be magnified in New York because there are more people here, or because there’s such a vociferous media presence here.

        And while I agree that the Yankees’ season has been incredible for all the reasons you mentioned, do you really think that’s the focus? I think that’s being overlooked in favor of the slumping offense storyline (which should be a story, just not the only story).

        • RetroRob

          It is. Obviously I don’t mean most Yankee fans, who are quite passionate. I’ve been dissapointed in the team so far, but I’ve also been dissapointed by my fellow Yankee fans. Some fans seem to think they can help motivate the team. If so, they’re failing!

          • forensic

            The fans have been an embarrassment. The offense has been abysmal, but it’s like the fans are trying to top them in uselessness.

            What is the point of spending that money to go to a game and just spend the whole night booing? And they don’t even give them a chance, it starts right away in the first inning. How is that supposed to help your home team and make it difficult for the road team?

            • jjyank (Phil Phucking Hugheslladay)

              Totally agreed. I would never boo a Yankee, and I never will. Sure, I’m disappointed when things go poorly, but I prefer going with an under the breath “god fucking damn it”, than boo the player I’m actually rooting for.

              • Neil

                Was only tempted to boo one Yankee player, Felix Heredia if anybody remembers this great lefty reliever who apparently had something damaging on Torre to hang around as long as he did.

                • Mike M

                  Still better than Sergio Mitre.

    • Joe F (Philthy Phil Uuuuse)

      Rarely ever carries over for anyone other than Alex.

    • Mister D

      I trust that Granderson cares a whole lot more about striking out than I care about him striking out so there won’t be any carryover for me. Its not a lack of preparation or effort so grudges are stupid.

  • Bo Knows

    Go SF Giants, Go Phillip Rivers

  • Joe F (Philthy Phil Uuuuse)

    Yo sports suck guys.

    Yankees down 0-2, Jeter hurt, Cowboys lost a downer. UGH. First world problems eh?

    • jjyank (Phil Phucking Hugheslladay)

      The Giants spanked the 49ers, though. Screw the Cowgirls :)

      • Joe F (Philthy Phil Uuuuse)

        Didn’t see because I rather watch the Yankees over the Giants for obvious reasons.

        But yea they did.

        And we suck.

        Submitted my application to Rutgers. Almost done with the whole RU process. I need to submit my transcript this week. Thanks for everything JJ.

        • jjyank (Phil Phucking Hugheslladay)

          No problem bro. Best of luck with the application. Let us know how it works out for you!

          • Joe F (Philthy Phil Uuuuse)

            Will do. I’m actually using a paragraph from my RU application on the common app because it’s a short response question about extracurricular activities. So I just put my volunteer work stuff.

            I also applied to St. Johns yesterday. They sent me a letter in the mail so I was like, “Why not?!”

            • jjyank (Phil Phucking Hugheslladay)

              Can’t hurt, keep your options open.

  • Jarrod

    Just want to give some props to Mike Axisa (and the rest of the gang at RAB) for continuing to provide good content at a pretty tough time. I couldn’t think of the Yankees yesterday without feeling nauseous. I am, however, feeling better today after reading through some of the gear on this site – strange form of therapy I know! So anyway, thanks guys!

    BTW, this series is coming back to NY – get your house on it!

    • jjyank (Phil Phucking Hugheslladay)

      +1

      I’d bet my house on it, but I only rent out the studio basement apartment, and I’m rather certain my landlord would have a problem with that.

    • Robinson Tilapia (Let’s Complain About Something!)

      +1,000,000

      Axisa is the man.

    • RetroRob

      +++

    • Joe F (Philthy Phil Uuuuse)

      It’s very difficult writing stuff up about the Yankees when this is going on.

      But sometimes it helps release some steam.

    • JLC 776

      After being at yesterday’s game, I stayed away from the site all day today.

      Glad I finally slunk back. Nothing is ever as bad as it really seems when it comes to baseball.

      Time for some “Spirit of ’96″.

      • JLC 776

        Whoah -

        So I posted the above and made my next trip to mlb.com to check the NLCS score and found this article on the front page: http://mlb.mlb.com/news/articl.....8;c_id=mlb

        It’s a complete coincidence, but one that nonetheless gave me a smile!

  • Ethan

    Dear RAB staff:

    Any possibility on getting an edit option for comments? Bugs me when I notice a typo just as I hit the submit comment button.

    • Ethan

      PS: Really appreciate all you guys do for us. Your work is phenomenal!

    • jjyank (Phil Phucking Hugheslladay)

      I think that would be a bad idea, actually. We don’t need people changing their wording in the middle of a debate. Though I often fall pray to the same problem you just mentioned :)

      • forensic

        For a short time, they actually had an edit function that allowed you to edit for something like 20-30 seconds after posting, but that seemed to disappear and not last long for whatever reason.

        • jjyank (Phil Phucking Hugheslladay)

          That’d be cool, actually. Enough time to fix a quick typo, but not enough to alter your post in reaction to someone’s response. I’d be down.

      • Ethan

        Maybe give 5 minutes to edit? I don’t think too many debates happen on here within 5 minutes. I’m too lazy to read through my opinion posts to really check extensively for typos. I guess if I weren’t so lazy I wouldn’t run into this problem. But after classes and homework and lots of horribly boring reading I don’t want to read through my own writing haha.

      • Kosmo

        Pray. I get it.
        I’m reading posts about editing rather than baseball. That is what this team has done to me.

  • mustang

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v.....ure=fvwrel

    NOTHING IS OVER!

    COME RAB!!!!!

  • Mike

    Chris Carpenter is 3 for 4 in the postseason
    Robinson Cano is 2 for 32

    Yuck.

    • mustang

      lol

    • Ethan

      SSS really does crazy things. I think Cano is a victim of SSS, Swisher I’m less sure about.

      • Mike

        I’m aware it’s a SSS, but I just thought I’d point it out anyway.

      • toad

        No. Cano is not a victim of SSS. He’s really doing something wrong.

    • Joe F (Philthy Phil Uuuuse)

      Thanks for making me mad again.

      To the angry dome.

  • mustang

    To think Carlos Beltrán wanted twice to be Yankee….. SMH.

    The guy should be incased in glass with sign that says ” Break during playoffs only”

    • MannyGeee

      So he’s like the Anti Swisher/Granderson/A-Rod/Cano…. Amirite?

      no way, nothing outside of his mega playoffs in 2004(2005? whenever he hit all those Homers for Houston) and this year ever interested me.

  • CS Yankee

    I’m a fan of over 25 years & seen some far worse stuff than the recent booing of Swish, Arod, etc.

    That said however, I think it’s complete BS to call out Swisher’s complete babe of a wife…I mean a little booing right after a swing that k’s the boy by a foot-&-a-half is (more) than fine sice he is like 1-34 (or something) in RISP. Again, for those of you that make it that personal, you need to GFY; as you are giving us (the rest) a bad name.

    They can easily win take 4 of 5, Verlander & losing HF hurts, but it is clearly doable. They need to put some voodoo reverse jinx or exercise on the lumber & feel good again at the dish. These latest game thread & other comments from the “fans” are so fricken Bostonian it’s unreal. I don’ t live in NY but those that do need to reclaim their moxie & attitude, we are the Yankees bitches…so quit acting like one!

    • jjyank (Phil Phucking Hugheslladay)

      I wasn’t aware that anyone called out Swish’s wife, but if so, not cool. She’s so, so, so hot. I could never utter a foul word against her :D

      • jjyank (Phil Phucking Hugheslladay)

        Also, in regards to Swisher getting lambasted for “smiling”…all I have to say is this:

        Dude gets paid millions upon millions of dollars to play (let’s face it) a fucking game. And not just any fucking game, a game that he loves. Dude has had a pretty successful career in this game so far. Dude is married to a smoking hot actress. If I were Nick Swisher, I’d have a permanent smile glued to my face, too.

        • Robinson Tilapia (Let’s Complain About Something!)

          There are few players in this sport who seem to enjoy what they do as much as Nick Swisher. There never seems to be an “off” button with the guy. I love his presence on this team, slumping or not.

          It’s fine to boo a player when he’s stinking up the joint, as half this team is doing right now. Anything further than that is just shit.

        • forensic

          While I generally agree, I can also understand the people with whom his schtick has worn thin, especially when he consistently performs like this in October and then almost makes it look like he’s not taking it seriously at all.

          • jjyank (Phil Phucking Hugheslladay)

            Sure. Maybe it looks like he’s not taking it seriously, but I would bet my life savings that he is. I’m just tired of the “choke king swisher”, “Bozo The Clown” crap. It’s tiring. Swisher’s problems has nothing to do with smiles. I get it’s wearing thin, but how many of us laugh off a fuck up at work? I know I have, as long as it’s not to serious. Let them man fucking smile. He has tons of reasons to do so.

            • forensic

              I’m sure he’s taking it seriously, but he also has to realize that perception is reality sometimes, and results are what matters at this point. It’s now a sprint instead of a marathon. And he’s failing, and has consistently failed, in all those things.

              And now him almost making excuses, blaming and calling out the fans does not help anything.

              • jjyank (Phil Phucking Hugheslladay)

                It doesn’t help, but I didn’t really interpret it as calling out the fans. He strikes me as a pretty emotional player. Hell, I’d be bummed as hell if my own fans were booing me. Yes, I know, his performance deserves it. Doesn’t mean it makes him feel good inside. Maybe he shouldn’t have expressed his disappointment, but hey, we’re all human.

                • Robinson Tilapia (Let’s Complain About Something!)

                  If those fans crossed the line, he has the right to call them out. Nothing wrong with that. Sit in those bleachers and watch how much fun Swisher has, day in day out, interacting with the fans in what’s supposed to be the best part of YS3 for a fan to sit.

                  In response to Forensic, yes, perception is reality, but anyone who confuses his enthusiasm for a lack of taking the game seriously is really, really lacking in nuance.

                  Almost every guy in that lineup has failed in this series and, sure, in the O’s series as well, even though the result went in our favor.

                  Ain’t over yet. I’m still proud if it doesn’t get any better. I will never take making the ALCS for granted.

          • RetroRob

            Schtick implies that it’s an act or a gimmick. I’m quite sure the personality we see from Swisher is Swisher. I’m not going to pick on him for enjoying what he does, or ask him to pretend to have a serious face. I do, however, want him to get a hit or ten, along with Cano, Granderson and company. Smile or frown. Fine. Just hit!

    • Joe F (Philthy Phil Uuuuse)

      We hurt Verlander well I think. So bring him on.

    • Joe F (Philthy Phil Uuuuse)

      hit.

      But maybe we’ll hurt him similarly to how Joba got hurt too. Oops.

  • Hall and Nokes

    These runs are making my head hurt!

    How do people keep up with this? It’s like watching pinball!

    • forensic

      I like that in the middle of the rally where no one could make an out, they have to make the pitcher bunt and give away an out.

      NL baseball, catch the fever!!!

      • Robinson Tilapia (Let’s Complain About Something!)

        I laughed. This is exactly why I can’t deal with the NL.

        ….b-b-b-ut h-h-h-aving the pitcher hit adds to much str-str-strategy to the game….

  • Ethan

    Why are so many announcers pushing for Posey to be NL MVP? I’d say Braun and McCutchen had better seasons.

    • AnthonyD

      Marginally, if at all. Posey was awesome.

      Plus mainstream sports media will generally support the guy who “led his team to the post season”.

    • Bo Knows

      Braun’s not getting it because of last years positive drug test, McCutchen will come in second because he had a rough final month, that coincided with the Pirates acting like….well, like the Pirates and playing like crap.

    • Tom

      Posey believe it or not has very similar offensive #’s to Braun (especially if you use park adjusted #’s) and is slightly above McCutchen, And he’s doing it with the majority of his time at catcher.

      Couple that with him being on the only playoff team of the three and Braun using PED’s last year and I think he may win handily.

      • Anthony

        Well said. I think him being a catcher plays a big role – that’s a premium position.

  • fin

    I’m certainly happy the Yankees had the night off, no way would have watched the game tonight. I needed a break as bad as the Yankees did. This is some hard baseball to watch right now.

  • AnthonyD

    Whatever happened to the guy the Yankees signed that was originally w/ another club, but he changed his name or something then had visa issues? Paniagua? Wasn’t there two guys that they signed around the same time about 20+ months ago that had similar “stuff”?

  • Zack

    The Yankees record hides the fact that offense wise,this team has been pretty bad all year in regards to bases loaded scenarios,RISP and not making scrub pitchers pay.

    • forensic

      Sadly, the biggest problem hasn’t even been their RISP performance. It’s been their general pitiful hitting and not even getting guys into stranding position. Their OPS is nearly 100 points higher this postseason with RISP than overall. That’s the problem.

      Meanwhile, what the hell happened to offense in the AL playoffs this year? Detroit leads the way with a .650 OPS, and the Yanks are actually 2nd at .603. The Yankees set a record for lowest ERA ever in a division series (if I’m remembering the graphic I saw correctly). Only SF is lower than Detroit in OPS. What kind of backwards world is this? Did all the hitters in the AL decide to go on strike this postseason or what?

      • Zack

        The O’s had the same problem the Yanks did. Take away the homers from most of their hitters and you’ll find many of them can’t score either.
        As for our ERA,that’s the worst part. The best pitching we’ve had in years..backed up by the worse offense we’ve had in years.
        Fister doesn’t deserve any kind of credit,the 09 team would have sent him to the showers by the 2nd inning.

  • Get Phelps Up (wins needed: 8)

    Another blown call by an umpire. Implement fucking expanded replay already.

    • forensic

      I needed a night away from baseball, thanks to the off-day, so I’ve only flipped in once or twice. Another safe-out call or something else?

      • Get Phelps Up (wins needed: 8)

        Cardinals CF makes a diving catch, throws to first to try to get the DP, Craig clearly applies a tag on the runner, but the umpire missed it. And it led to a 2 run inning.

        • forensic

          Ah, thanks. Sure has been a banner year (really couple years) for the umps.

          Guess he wasn’t close enough to just tag or step on the base for the out?

          • Get Phelps Up (wins needed: 8)

            That, and I think the throw was offline a bit too.

  • Jimmy Jam

    Chances Yanks use the day off to think about, you know, working some counts and swinging at strikes?

    • forensic

      I understand what you’re saying, but I’m in between. Part of me hopes they weren’t thinking about anything baseball related, at least for part of the day, and they completely reset themselves in terms of the what’s been happening in NY the last couple of days.

  • Joe F (Philthy Phil Uuuuse)

    Just played Mason Williams in madden. Funny and chill guy.

    • RetroRob

      Online gaming? If so, how did you find him?

      • Joe F (Philthy Phil Uuuuse)

        I talked to him on twitter. We’re going to be best friends.

        • http://twitter/TheRealJeromeS Jerome S.

          I feel like you’re not reacting enough to the awesomeness of this situation.
          I’d be struggling to contain my schoolgirl squeals if this happened to me.

          • Robinson Tilapia (Let’s Complain About Something!)

            Yeah….that’s pretty cool, Joe…..but did he have a TERRIBLE ATTITUDE?!?!

            Also, who the hell won?

            • Joe F (Philthy Phil Uuuuse)

              I won 42-28. I picked 6′d him 3 times.

              And nah he was overall a chill guy and wasn’t a sore loser. I kinda went easy on him to be honest. Didn’t want him to quit. I liked to talking to him on the mic.

              • RetroRob

                If you want him to remain being your friend then let him win a few until he improves!

          • MannyGeee (I DON’T KNOW WHAT WE’RE YELLING ABOOOUUUUTTT!!)

            yeah, OK… he’s everyone’s best bud on Madden and on the Twitters… wait till he goes 0-fer in October 2017 and tell me how much you love him…

            #chokerz!

          • Joe F (Philthy Phil Uuuuse)

            They’re just people bro.

  • pistol pete

    Next year’s decisions are tough, for my money move Jeter to 3rd, Arod to DH and try and make Nunez a left fielder. Resign Martin, pick up Granderson’s option(even if he’s eventually traded), broom Swisher(even though I love him in the regular season) and sign Ichiro cheap for a year with an option. Trade Gardner we’re too left handed. Big question, where do we get a ss. Batting order, Ichiro/Jeter/Cano/Arod/Tex/Grandy/Martin/ss/Nunez. Pitching CC Hughes (Pettitte or Kuroda) Nova and Phelps. Soriano will bolt to free agency and hopefully we can get 1 more yr from Mo. where do we get a ss.

    • forensic

      A-Rod is not hitting, but his defense has still been fine. Why do people keep wanting to move him to DH? And especially this scenario where you move him and make Jeter learn a new position (not to mention that Jeter will never move despite how terrible he is at SS). If you’re going to do this, you’d be in better shape to make Jeter the DH and leave A-Rod at 3B.

      Plus, they would try Nunez full-time at SS long before they moved him to LF, traded a cheap Gardner, and tried to find another SS.

      • Laz

        especially since this lineup is has gotten too one dimensional, and gardner was really the only spead threat to start the year.

    • MannyGeee (I DON’T KNOW WHAT WE’RE YELLING ABOOOUUUUTTT!!)

      there’s alot wrong off with all these words.

      A-Rod’s problem is not in the field, may as well DH Scott Posednik
      Jeter should not be moved farther from 1B
      Nunez is what he is, dont think moving him to a more premium offensive position will help his value.
      Don’t trade Gardner to sign Ichiro, they are the same guy but one is cheaper and cost controlled.

      But what do i know

  • dc1874
    • dc1874

      Onces again Arod using the wrong head while ATTEMPTING to play ball ^^^^

      • Robinson Tilapia (Let’s Complain About Something!)

        The one on the left sort of looks like Torrie Wilson.

        Wouldn’t you do this ALL THE TIME if you were him?

        • MannyGeee (I DON’T KNOW WHAT WE’RE YELLING ABOOOUUUUTTT!!)

          I see NOTHING wrong with A-Rod doing this. I would do this NIGHTLY if I was in that league…

          Lets imagine he hooks up with that chick all off day long, comes back feeling like a new man, and starts hitting like he carries a penis again.

    • rek4gehrig

      Time for me to start sitting in those expensive seats. Nose bleed aint cutting it.