Oct
08

ALDS Game Two Thread: Yankees @ Orioles

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Joe Torre used to always say that Game Two was the most important game of a playoff series because if you won Game One, you’ve got a chance to really take control of the series. On the other hand, if you lost Game One, you’ve got a chance to get back in the series and tie things up. I respectfully disagree — I’m in the “the most important game is the next one” camp — but it wasn’t a coincidence that Torre always lined Andy Pettitte up for Game Two. He trusted him to either give the Yankees a 2-0 series lead or tie it up a 1-1.

Pettitte will be on the mound in Game Two tonight after CC Sabathia pitched the Yankees to a win in Game One, with a big assist from the offense for their five-run ninth inning. Andy made three regular season starts after coming off the DL, allowing just two runs in 16.2 total innings. He stretched his pitch count up to 94 last time out and should be good for 100+ offerings tonight, especially after eight days of rest. The entire bullpen is fresh as well following Sabathia’s outing. Here are the lineups…

New York Yankees
SS Derek Jeter
LF Ichiro Suzuki
3B Alex Rodriguez
2B Robinson Cano
RF Nick Swisher
1B Mark Teixeira
Russell Martin
CF Curtis Granderson
DH Eduardo Nunez

LHP Andy Pettitte (5-4, 2.87)

Baltimore Orioles
LF Nate McLouth
SS J.J. Hardy
RF Chris Davis
CF Adam Jones
C  Matt Wieters
1B Mark Reynolds
DH Jim Thome
3B Manny Machado
2B Robert Andino

LHP Wei-Yin Chen (12-11, 4.02)

It’s been raining in Baltimore most of the day, but things are supposed to die down later tonight. Whether the rain dies down enough for them to get the game in without a lengthy delay remains to be seen. Hopefully the can get a full nine innings in and there won’t be a mid-game delay. Anyway, the game is scheduled to start at 8:07pm ET and can be seen on TBS (or TNT if the Nationals and Cardinals are still playing). Enjoy.

Update (7:51pm ET): Guess what? They’re in a rain delay. A start time has not yet been announced, but appears that the delay will be shorter than last night’s. At least I hope it will be.

Update (8:10pm ET): The game is scheduled to begin at 8:45pm ET.

Categories : Game Threads, Playoffs

578 Comments

  1. Big Member says:

    i sure hope yanks hit chen good. they hit him pretty good in 2001

  2. DGH says:

    The last time Pettite pitched against Baltimore in the postseason was October 9, 1996, almost 16 years to the day. In that game Maier snagged Jeter’s HR to left and Bernie ended it with a walkoff HR in the 11th. I feel magic in the air tonight boys. P.S. Wei-Yin Chen was 11-years-old that night.

  3. RE Junior says:

    I hope Nunez has a great game.

  4. TuggerJug says:

    Do you guys think Jeter’s ever been with Kate Upton?

  5. The Real Greg says:

    Last night turned this game from “must win” to “extremely want to win”. I trust Andy Pettitte to give us 5-6 good innings.

  6. Mike N says:

    Please, not another fucking rain delay.

  7. Mike N says:

    The last time we batted against Chen we smacked the shit out of him.

  8. jjyank says:

    My inner child is giddy as all hell to see Andy take the stage once more in October Baseball. A win tonight would be HUGE. I mean, it would be in any scenario, but a win tonight means the Yankees just have to win one of three at home.

    Bring it, Andy.

  9. The Real Greg says:

    I hope the Nats Cards game 2 isn’t an omen.

  10. Laz says:

    They should be good tonight. Lowe, Logan, Soriano, Joba, Phelps all have not pitched in game since last tuesday. If they can get 5 innings out of andy with the lead I would be happy.

  11. Mike N says:

    Fuck. Meredith M just tweeted that the start of the game is gonna be delayed.

  12. OMG! Bagels! says:

    Baltimore sucks. The best thing that ever was connected to Baltimore was the show Homicide.

  13. forensic says:

    Son of a biatch. Another damn delay…

  14. Laz says:

    Pretty good speed there, grandy, nunie, jeter, ichiro, arod all in a row. Didn’t think Ichiro would be 2nd, but I still think its a good lineup.

  15. Get Phelps Up says:

    The Cardinals must’ve missed the memo saying that they can’t hit homers in the palyoffs.

  16. Raul Ibanez AKA Tom Marvolo Riddle says:

    Hmm..another Delay. I approve. Hopefully the game doesn’t start till I’m home from work at like 9:45. No, I don’t care about the rest of your schedules =P

  17. Ethan says:

    Really want to watch the game. Sadly my prof gave us an absolutely brutal advanced macroecon assignment. So very nice of him.

  18. forensic says:

    Few things in baseball aggravate me more than a delay with no or very little rain and no tarp even on the field. Such a waste and BS.

  19. VT Yankee Fan says:

    It’s raining in Baltimore, baby
    But everything else is the same

  20. Cy Pettitte says:

    8:45 start. ugh.

    • forensic says:

      What a complete waste. Wasn’t even raining (or at least not hard) and they never even bothered to put the tarp on the field. Completely pointless.

  21. Raul Ibanez AKA Tom Marvolo Riddle says:

    8:45 start according to the Radio.

  22. Mike N says:

    They just said the start time is supposed to be 8:45PM.

  23. Joe F says:

    YES WE’RE GOING TO PLAY! Time to stack up on food.

    Chicken francese, Frosted Flakes, Yogurt, Cookies, and pizza hot pockets.

  24. MannyGeee says:

    They just announced an 8:45 first pitch. Sweet, didn’t want to sleep again tonight either…

  25. Erica says:

    It’s so hard to stay up for these games after a whole day of work! Wah. But at least the rain delay isn’t as bad as yesterday’s.

    • Cris Pengiucci says:

      Yeah, and they say if Viagra keeps you up for 4 hours, that you should go to the hospital …. oh, you meant hard to stay awake … Never mind. :-)

    • Eddard reboot v.1.0 says:

      I was tired at work today after last night’s game and now another delay. It’ll be another late night but it’s worth it. Guess I’ll just load up with caffeine again. It could be a lot worse though. They scheduled Nats-Cards at 1 PM ET on Wednesday. That would suck if I couldn’t watch my team in a playoff game. Doesn’t MLB realize that people work during that time?

      • Erica says:

        RIGHT? So brutal. At least we have the chance to see the game… even if we can barely make it to the end. Last night was a struggle. Tonight? Oh goodness. Let’s just make ourselves a pot of tea and settle down with the game.

    • jjyank says:

      Ohhhhh, look who it is. Who will FIP you tonight?

      I’m hoping Pettitte.

  26. Joe F says:

    Why do I bother talking to people? I just annoy them all.

    Good thing I have you guys.

  27. J says:

    It’s interesting to see how Girardi fills out the lineup card and makes pitching selections in the playoffs because you see where his confidence in this moment lies. Never in the regular season would Granderson hit 8.

  28. pistol pete says:

    If Andy gives us a good 6 innings we should hit Chen and I’m smelling a sweep. go Yanks.

  29. Captain_Turbo says:

    Damn towel-wavers.

  30. The Real Greg says:

    Smoltz sneering at Andy Pettitte’s mention

  31. Adam says:

    Oh good, glad to see that the O’s fans are waving the white flags.

  32. Joe F says:

    Lets rock Chen.

  33. dalelama says:

    I wish Joe would move Old Purple Lips out of the three hole it doesn’t help when the most you can get out of your #3 is a walk and if you are real lucky a single.

  34. Cy Pettitte says:

    @Buster_ESPN All along, the legions of O’s fans have been hiding out, waiting to be inspired. They’re out in force again tonight at Camden Yards.

    this is the most ridiculous twett I’ve ever read.

  35. RetroRob says:

    Is the tarp off? My cable has decided to stop working.

    • forensic says:

      The tarp was never on.

      • RetroRob says:

        I paid for Tarp with my taxes! Oh, wait. That’s a different TARP.

        I wouldn’t know since I can’t see anything on my TV. I thought I could watch it on MLB.tv since I have a subscription, but once again I can never see the games I want to see. It says I have to pay an additional $4.95. MLB just doesn’t get it…and sadly, for tonight’s game, neither do I.

  36. The Real Greg says:

    Let’s see how the luck swings tonight.

  37. Craig Sager's Tie says:

    As well thought out as Phil Hughes’ molestache

  38. oldmanalex says:

    yankees need to finish these clowns.

  39. forensic says:

    Finally, let’s get this thing going now. Quiet the crowd again Yanks!!!

  40. Karl Krawfid says:

    Do it Yankees.

    Our time.

  41. Nom Chompsky says:

    I would prefer greatly if the Yankees outscored the Orioles today, and as such were declared the winners of this contest.

    • RetroRob says:

      I declare the Yankees winners of tonight’s game. Sadly, they will still have to go out and play.

  42. The Real Greg says:

    Oh no. Angel is behind the plate. He always screws us.

  43. Anthony says:

    Angel Hernandez behind the plate…

  44. King George says:

    Fielding Culbreth looked like a priest when they showed the umpire head shots.

  45. Raul Ibanez AKA Tom Marvolo Riddle says:

    who ever told me about physicsgames.net why would you do this to me? blow things up 2 is too addicting.

  46. Captain_Turbo says:

    Hernandez behind the plate tonight. Great.

  47. King George says:

    Atta boy, Jeet

  48. jjyank says:

    Nice, Jeets. Good start. Let’s get Andy an early lead!

  49. Souter Fell says:

    That’s what he does

  50. ThrillHouseMD says:

    Strike… YAAAAAA
    Strike….YAAAAAA
    Hit… *Silence*

  51. King George says:

    Drop a bunt ichiro

  52. Adam says:

    Please, please just keep pouring fastballs in there.

  53. Anthony says:

    Haha! Shut the damn crowd up.

  54. King George says:

    All right. We’ll take it.

  55. Winter says:

    Regression to the mean for Reynolds there.

  56. jjyank says:

    Suck in, Renoylds.

  57. Need Pitching & Hitting says:

    That’s how Mark Reynolds is supposed to field.

  58. RetroRob says:

    Nice. Reynolds finally fielding as he should.

  59. RkyMtnYank says:

    Reynolds couldn’t just fall on that one.

  60. Get Phelps Up says:

    Now there’s Mark Reynolds!

  61. Chilango Adoptivo says:

    two on no outs let’d give Andy something to work with

  62. Adam says:

    See THAT is how Reynolds is supposed to field.

  63. Joe F says:

    Who uses Sports Yapper? That’s a joke. RAB over all.

  64. Raul Ibanez AKA Tom Marvolo Riddle says:

    Just keep the line moving Alex.

  65. King George says:

    I’d love A-Rod to just bunt.

  66. forensic says:

    Ok, A-Rod, bunt!

    /onlyhalfkidding

  67. Joe says:

    Productiive out please

  68. pistol pete says:

    Horrible strike 1 on Arod it was inside.

  69. Adam says:

    What the hell? No effin way.

  70. Raul Ibanez AKA Tom Marvolo Riddle says:

    wait what the fuck is going on?

  71. The Real Greg says:

    Luck shot number one goes to Baltimore

    • Tom says:

      Really?

      Did you not see Ichiro bat… good grief man – give it a rest already.

      • The Troll says:

        He’s special. He’ll never heed your request. I tried for an entire season. Just ignore him or view his posts as comical, because really, that’s all they are.

  72. Adam says:

    Wow…incredible catch.

  73. Ethan says:

    Fuck you BABIP!!

  74. Hummingbird S. says:

    wow

  75. King George says:

    That’s just great

  76. Adam says:

    Poor A-rod….

    Ok seriously, Ripken just said that he would take the double play.

  77. pistol pete says:

    ARod can’t catch a break, scalded that one into a dp.

  78. DZ says:

    I know Arod’s results have been terrible through 1 game and 1 at bat, but he just missed crushing 2 balls right there, a few others last night where he had good cuts and ripped that ball. I don’t think he’s been as bad as we think he has been.

  79. Hummingbird S. says:

    Im not saying it’s his fault, but it had to happen off A-rods bat.

  80. Cy Pettitte says:

    ICHIRO!!! lmao

  81. Adam says:

    What a play

  82. RkyMtnYank says:

    How’s Arod supposed to walk with a pitcher who throws that many fastballs.

  83. Anthony says:

    OH MY GOODNESS ICHIRO

  84. Captain_Turbo says:

    How the frak did that happen?

  85. Get Phelps Up says:

    Holy shit that was amazing.

  86. Ethan says:

    ICHIRO!!!!! AMAZING!

  87. Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan says:

    Ichiro…what the fuck was…that?

  88. The Real Greg says:

    Holy crap

  89. spectra says:

    wowo wowow owow wowo wow wow

    No way did that just happen

  90. Need Pitching & Hitting says:

    Holy shit, how the hell did he score on that?

    lmao

  91. Hummingbird S. says:

    ICHIRO!!! THAT WAS AWESOME!

  92. forensic says:

    Holy shit Ichiro!!!

  93. RkyMtnYank says:

    Holy shit Ichiro!

  94. Joe says:

    Amazing that looked like a movie

  95. Adam says:

    PS, they are smoking Chen.

  96. ThrillHouseMD says:

    What am I watching

  97. jjyank says:

    WTF OMG LOL HOLY SHIT

    This was mt thought process.

  98. Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan says:

    Also fire Rob Thompson.

  99. RetroRob says:

    This is painful to try and listen to on the radio.

  100. captain kiwi says:

    yes! ichiro with moves!

  101. Get Phelps Up says:

    I mean that is easily the best slide I’ve seen.

  102. DZ says:

    Wow ichiro, clearly out of the baseline but I’ll take it

  103. The Real Greg says:

    And now we’re even in the luck department.

  104. alittleblackegg says:

    That… was… cool.

  105. Ace says:

    Samrai shit!!! Btw is that legal?

  106. The Fallen Phoenix says:

    Awful process but holy crap ninjary.

  107. Kronk says:

    Ichiro = Ninja

  108. Tom says:

    Only Ichiro.

  109. Chilango Adoptivo says:

    What? ICHIIII!

  110. King George says:

    Holy shit, Ichi!

  111. Starks says:

    Amazing play by ichiro!

  112. Nathan says:

    Ninja VANISH!

  113. Souter Fell says:

    Spider-San

  114. Joe says:

    Swisher being swisher with risp.

  115. RetroRob says:

    So if I go by Sterling, Andino made a great play on the ball A-Rod hit (he originally said it was a trap) to turn a double play, and then Cano hit a double, Ichiro should have been out, but made a great slide? Correct?

    • The Real Greg says:

      It wasn’t really a slide. More of a avoiding jump around the plate followed by a great swim move.

    • Eddard reboot v.1.0 says:

      Ichiro ran past home plate, avoiding Weiters tag. Then Ichiro came back to home plate, Weiters tried to tag him again, Ichiro avoided it and got his hand on the plate. Safe.

    • Adam says:

      Understatement on the slide. Ichiro danced around Wieters, moved for the plate after running past, and then pivoted around Wieters’ tag again and got his hand n the plate.

    • Rek4gehrig says:

      Yup. Ichiro made a ninja moven to avoid the tag. Must c tv

    • Sam says:

      Correct. TBS commentators were on Weiters for not just jumping on the plate and blocking it right off. Instead he lunged for Ichiro twice and missed, got his hand on in time. Great call by Hernandez.

    • forensic says:

      Picture break-dancing instead of a slide and you’d get a better idea of what happened.

  116. Cuso says:

    Fucking assholes in the booth. Instead of admiring an incredible maneuver by Ichiro, they’re looking for 18 replays to show the Orioles got screwed. They still cant find it.

    • Starks says:

      I usually dont care about announcers and all but i have never seen anything like this before. Quite possibly the worst announcing crew i have ever heard.

  117. Adam says:

    PS, big time credit to Angel Hernandez.

    • jjyank says:

      Absolutely, we rag on him all the time, but he made a great call. Weiters missed him twice, and Hernandez caught both of the misses on a very close (and crazy) play.

    • Cy Pettitte says:

      +1, so many times they give the call to the catcher when the ball beats the runner even if he never tags him

  118. Karl Krawfid says:

    Poor A-Rod.

    Holy shit Ichiro.

  119. Joe F says:

    I love Ichiro.

  120. Joe F says:

    I love Ichiro.

  121. Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan says:

    Had A-Rod not PURPOSELY lined into a double play we’d have more than 1 run.

  122. Anthony says:

    My god, what athleticism. Still can’t get over Ichiro.

  123. Joe says:

    Good send by thomson he knew swisher was on deck so we were not scoring.

  124. T-Bone says:

    All Pettitte needs is one run #gameover

  125. King George says:

    Adam is right…a very rare call that Angel Hernandez actually got right.

  126. Ninchiro says:

    Fuck the relay. I turn to smoke, bitches.

  127. Raul Ibanez AKA Tom Marvolo Riddle says:

    So it sounds like, regardless of how many runs they scored last inning they tagged Chen pretty good in the top of the first.

    • Starks says:

      Every hit ball with the exception of ichiro and swish was tagged.

    • Get Phelps Up says:

      Jeter, Alex and Cano all hit bullets.

    • Ethan says:

      Yeah Arod smoked a ball that was a nice/lucky catch by andino. Everyone hit the ball pretty hard, he didn’t fool anyone.

      • Joe F says:

        I can’t explain how many idiots are calling for Alex’s head after last night.

        • Raul Ibanez AKA Tom Marvolo Riddle says:

          Completely objectively: Alex’s power is shot. Instead of just realizing this and understanding his value can now be as a .370+OBP guy with 20HR power with a decent glove at third people still DEMAND a .950+OPS with 40HRs and a 120 RBIs, and even then he has to do it they way they want him to do it (AKA hitting 1.00 w/ RISP.)

          • Cuso says:

            I agree with you that he has value.

            But to be fair, part of being paid that much comes the justified criticism of being overpaid.

            It’s simple. One side has to admit he’s still an asset. The other side has to allow that he’s going to be constantly (and justifiably) harangued for underperforming on his contract.

        • Starks says:

          To be fair i too am not expecting much from arod in these playoffs however if even hits just .275 with a couple of key hits we will win the ws. As sad as it is i am not expecting much from tex and arod. We will win only if cano jeter ichiro carry the team on offense. It would be nice to get something from swisher as well.

  128. Cy Pettitte says:

    Andy! great 1st.

  129. Adam says:

    Need to get a nice crooked number with Chen out there.

  130. Raul Ibanez AKA Tom Marvolo Riddle says:

    wow just saw a replay of Ichiro…he’s seriously a ninja!

  131. Karl Krawfid says:

    Nasty cut fastball

  132. Darren says:

    Can someone tell Cal to stop saying “Um” every time he opens his mouth. Super annoying.

  133. Chilango Adoptivo says:

    OK now more runs for Andy ….

  134. Eddard reboot v.1.0 says:

    Andy picks right up where CC left off. Angel’s doing a great job behind the plate. If Chen is gonna throw fastballs all they time they should be able to get to him. Curtis can hit a fastball out of the park if that’s all he’s gonna throw.

  135. camilo Gerardo says:

    o’s fans = pissed

  136. The Real Greg says:

    I wonder if second time through the order Chen is going to mix in his breaking ball a bit more to fool the Yankees?

  137. RetroRob says:

    A drama-free Andy inning, and ten pitches at that.

  138. Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan says:

    TBS, FIX YOUR FUCKING MICROPHONES.

    • forensic says:

      It’s not their microphones. It’s the stupidity of the announcers putting their cell phones next to the mics.

      • jjyank says:

        Heh, I run my TV speakers through stereo speakers for better audio quality (since flat screens have speakers in the back and just generally suck). This happens to me if my phone is left close to my stereo speakers, and all throughout the inning I kept checking my phone, thinking “WHO IS GHOST TEXTING ME?”

        This makes more sense.

  139. Adam says:

    Just missed that…

  140. DGH says:

    Solid at bat by Martin. Gotta love how patient our hitters have been.

  141. Adam says:

    I hate fans who scream on every pitch taken (yes, that happens at every park).

  142. DGH says:

    Here comes the best #8 hitter in the league…

  143. Hummingbird S. says:

    first K of the night for Chen had to be on Granderson.

  144. Karl Krawfid says:

    Curtis needs to use all fields man.

    It sucks because he can do it.

    • The Real Greg says:

      That’s what the short porch does to your swing.

      • oriole killer says:

        It is bad luck that Granderson happened to be the sort of person whose swing would be affected by happening to play in a park like Yankee Stadium, and the Yankees (who happen to play in Yankee Stadium) just happened to sign him. All just luck! Things happening to happen!

    • forensic says:

      He needs to use any field more. Just make some damn contact.

  145. The Real Greg says:

    So so far, only Grandy has had a bad at bat. Tex and Russell just missed.

    If some of these balls can start to fall in, we can put up some big numbers.

    • forensic says:

      Yeah, if only Tex’s millionth pop-up of the year had fallen in. It was so close, just bad luck…

      • The Real Greg says:

        You obviously have no understanding about the physics of baseball

        • forensic says:

          lol, these kind of posts coming from you just makes them that much funnier. Popping it straight up like that isn’t just missing on his bat, it’s a massive underswing in terms of the size of the hitting spot. That’s not luck, that’s indicative of how a batter is seeing a ball and swinging.

          • The Real Greg says:

            I didn’t say that was luck. I said he just missed it. You can just miss it and have the ball go in many different directions.

            Tex is going to have alot of these because he hasn’t played much of late and needs to get his timing back.

      • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan says:

        lol

  146. King George says:

    That Grandy K is fine with me…just as long as we see the obligatory 3-run HR in the 6th inning to break it open.

  147. Nice Scheister of Doom says:

    DFA Grandy.

  148. pistol pete says:

    Andy had an easy 1st hope the second is as economical.

  149. Adam says:

    Wait…Josh Charles threw out the first pitch?

  150. jmc says:

    so the orioles hitting report on cano is throw a lot of fastballs over the plate?

  151. Get Phelps Up says:

    Mark Reynolds a rookie? lol.

  152. Cuso says:

    It’s just blatantly unprofessional how downtrodden the booth is every time Pettitte records an out.

    I’m walking around the apartment listening and I can’t even tell an out is being recorded.

    • jmc says:

      that’s because they were hired to call the game for the orioles. i wouldn’t be surprised if someone was weeping last night in the 9th during the rally.

    • DC says:

      I was skimming through an Oriole’s game thread and they are saying the opposite…that TBS announcers are constantly kissing the Yankees’ ass. LOL

  153. Captain_Turbo says:

    Andy’s looking pretty Andy-ish.

  154. DGH says:

    The old boy looks SHARP!

  155. Tom says:

    Nice start to the game by Andy.

  156. oriole killer says:

    “That was definitely a strike, but the ump only called it a strike because Andy is a veteran”

    - John Smoltz, finding things to complain about

  157. jjyank says:

    Andy looking good so far. Seems like he’s got good command of the breaking pitches.

  158. Eddard reboot v.1.0 says:

    Andy looks great. 19-10 vs 0-0. It’s just a matter of time before they hit Chen’s fastball.

  159. CBean says:

    This Andy Pettitte guy is not bad. <3<3<3

  160. pistol pete says:

    Great 2nd inning for Andy, now let’s get some runs.

  161. Mike N says:

    Solid beginning for Pettitte!

  162. jmc says:

    has yankee stadium ever done the towels?

    • Adam says:

      Not that I can remember. Granted they also had to get rid of ball day because fans were trying to pelt Albert Belle with them. So perhaps there is a liability concern.

    • Captain_Turbo says:

      I don’t even think they put up with that nonsense in Citifield.

  163. King George says:

    Aggressive Nunie at the plate. Calm down, kid.

  164. Electric nunez says:

    Come on bro wait for your pitch

  165. rodya says:

    anyone else getting interference on their speakers? Mine keep making that noise that speakers make when an iphone gets too close….only I don’t have one.

    I’m wondering if the apartment next to me has a phone near the wall?

  166. Ethan says:

    This is an awful strike zone

  167. ThrillHouseMD says:

    This strike zone is getting wider and wider.

  168. Nice Scheister of Doom says:

    Is the strike zone that bad or is the TBS blue box jacked up?

    • RkyMtnYank says:

      The box is always wrong, it’s never adjusted for each hitter.

      • Nice Scheister of Doom says:

        Up and down, yes but side to side should be the same. That’s where it’s the worst, side to side.

        • RkyMtnYank says:

          It appears that Andy was getting the high strike called and the Orioles want that low strike called. There can be a margin of error of up to a couple of inches there.

          • Nice Scheister of Doom says:

            I can see that, based on the height of the player but Angel has also been inconsistent inside and outside too. It’s like freaken roulette up there.

  169. Cy Pettitte says:

    low strike has been called inconsistently

  170. King George says:

    There’s the Angel we all know and hate.

  171. The Real Greg says:

    It might be an awful strike zone but he has called for both pitchers.

    And that was a strike

  172. Electric nunez says:

    I think 1 run is all andy will need tonight

  173. Hummingbird S. says:

    should I be surprised that Angel Hernandez’s strike zone is a joke so far? A lot of pitches in the same location are being called strikes sometimes but ball other times. What a fucking joke.

  174. joseph says:

    i know were trying to cut down the payroll and all but how can the yankees have nunez as the DH in the playoffs

  175. Pat D says:

    This zone looks inconsistent. Yankees better not repeat what they did last night.

  176. Bo Knows says:

    Jeter struck out on two pitches…. Angel Hernandez everyone!

    • Nice Scheister of Doom says:

      How the F does he even make the postseason? Clearly it’s not performance, he should have been Andruw Jones-a-did.

      • Bo Knows says:

        He either has some incriminating evidence on someone, or he’s sleeping with someone important, because I don’t get it myself

  177. Get Phelps Up says:

    Angel Hernandez should be umpiring little league games in Central America.

  178. nsalem says:

    Ichiro Reacheros

  179. jjyank says:

    GOD DAMN IT PUT YOUR FUCKING TOWELS DOWN!! YOU THINK IT MAKES YOU BETTER FANS IF YOU WAVE A FUCKING TOWEL????

    Sorry. /end rant. I just really hate the towel thing.

  180. DGH says:

    I believe, A-ROD!

  181. Adam says:

    Two bullets from Arod. Great sign.

  182. Joe F says:

    Fuck A-Rod haters. Swinging the bat well.

  183. Get Phelps Up says:

    Booooo….singles hitter!

  184. Electric nunez says:

    Alex breaking the ice

  185. mt says:

    Am I a bad person for cheering Ichiro’s hit so that we can clear Arod batting this inning (like we always hope 8th place hitter gets on to clear the pitcher in NL?)

    Two good ABs so far -there you go, AROD.

  186. forensic says:

    Two hard-hit balls in one game for A-Rod? Some semblance of progress at least.

  187. jmc says:

    two hard hit balls for a-rod. good start

  188. Chilango Adoptivo says:

    Hey Greg ARod got real lucky

  189. forensic says:

    Come on Cano. Do it up!!!

  190. Electric nunez says:

    I bet ichiro is a hell of a twister player
    With naked hot american women

    • Nice Scheister of Doom says:

      Or men. Not that there’s anything wrong with that.

      • Bo Knows says:

        I like to think that he might have more than a few little Suzuki’s running around hitting linedrives around parks everywhere, choosing not hit homers because they don’t want to.

  191. forensic says:

    Way to hustle it out Cano!

  192. King George says:

    Sigh

  193. The Real Greg says:

    Two out rallies. Ugh.

  194. Electric nunez says:

    Andy is in the zone

  195. King George says:

    Real Texas leaguer there, Andino. Good work.

  196. Electric nunez says:

    Granderson needs to move his ass he just ruined it

  197. Hummingbird S. says:

    Granderson can never read a ball off the bat. Always take a step back.

  198. Cy Pettitte says:

    2/3rds of the O’s hits are broken bat bloops

  199. JobaWockeeZ says:

    The crowd is cheering like the first hit won them the World Series. Congratulations.

  200. Cuso says:

    4. Count em, four replays of a broken bat single with 2 outs. And analysis about how he did it too.

    They do that on any of our rockets yet?

  201. Electric nunez says:

    Shaved mccloth there.

  202. Bo Knows says:

    shut the hell up Birdwagoner’s you were cheering when that shit happened to Martin last night

  203. CBean says:

    Boo. I don’t like these bloop singles at all.

  204. Robinson Tilapia says:

    Two straight singles since I started reading this thread.

  205. Hummingbird S. says:

    here we go, a rally because Granderson can’t play CF

  206. Electric nunez says:

    Andy is pitching move in outfield fuck.

  207. RkyMtnYank says:

    So is it ok for us to cheer for Andy putting it in Mclouth’s earhole too?

  208. forensic says:

    Geez, Andino and McLouth again…

  209. Adam says:

    That zone is so freakin inconsistent.

  210. Get Phelps Up says:

    Those were strikes last inning.

  211. Nice Scheister of Doom says:

    Get the pen up, Andy’s just a LOOGY at this point. He’s toast.

  212. Need Pitching & Hitting says:

    Settle down Andy.

  213. jjyank says:

    …Andy…settle down now.

  214. Joe says:

    Loogy this giant freak.

  215. forensic says:

    Well, this is less than ideal.

  216. JLC 776 says:

    Stare a freaking hole into their hearts, Andy… get this done.

  217. Get Phelps Up says:

    All because of a stupid bloop hit.

  218. The Real Greg says:

    Unbelievable. another bloop hit.

  219. jjyank says:

    Fuuuuuck. I blame Tilapia.

  220. Joe says:

    A lefty c’mon

  221. Need Pitching & Hitting says:

    Fuck.

  222. Total Dominication says:

    Deja vu

  223. Nice Scheister of Doom says:

    FUCK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  224. Mike N says:

    Oy.

  225. forensic says:

    Ugh…

  226. JobaWockeeZ says:

    It will be a glorious day when Swisher’s arm is no longer in RF.

  227. Tom says:

    Two out rallies are hard.

  228. Electric nunez says:

    I hate you granderson
    Gardner catches that bloop

  229. JLC 776 says:

    Figures the only hard hit ball would be with the fucking bases loaded.

  230. Hummingbird S. says:

    pathetic. All of this because Granderson is a shitty CF… fuck his sorry ass

  231. Cuso says:

    TBS Booth: “They did it! They did it! The impossible dream!”

  232. King George says:

    Major sigh

  233. Adam says:

    The real question is what happened at second? Did Jeter whiff? Was the throw far off?

  234. JLC 776 says:

    Can this game (so far) be any more similar to last nights?

  235. Pat D says:

    Highly annoyed.

  236. CUYanks says:

    Yankees have had some hard hit balls off of Chen. Still a long way to go.

  237. King George says:

    Did not see this coming.

  238. Tom says:

    Just limit the damage here Andy.

    It’s likely going to take a bunch more than 2 runs to win this game

  239. OMG! Bagels! says:

    Is it the 9th inning already?

  240. Adam says:

    Wow. There was a lot of horrible from both teams on that play.

  241. Total Dominication says:

    WTF was that Jete?

  242. Ethan says:

    What the hell Jeter!

  243. Electric nunez says:

    Et tu jeter?

  244. King George says:

    Wow. Two at-bats in a row where Jeter hasn’t given full effort.

  245. Need Pitching & Hitting says:

    WTF Jeter?

    Thank god Hardy is an idiot.

  246. Hummingbird S. says:

    can this inning be any more pathetic?

  247. Pat D says:

    I am beginning to feel physically ill.

    Nice job, Hardy.

  248. forensic says:

    Geez Jeter, that was pitiful…

  249. Robinson Tilapia says:

    You know what they say: When it rains, it fucks you sideways in the skull.

    Get out of this.

  250. Adam says:

    All of that and down just 2-1. All good.

  251. Cy Pettitte says:

    well thanks for saving us a run JJ

  252. Pasta Stumbling Sojo says:

    Phew.

  253. Get Phelps Up says:

    Wow thank you there JJ.

  254. Karl Krawfid says:

    Holy shit. Like the twins series all over.

    Great deek by Alex.

  255. Nice Scheister of Doom says:

    Finally!!!

  256. jjyank says:

    Jeez. Well thanks, Hardy. That could have been worse.

    Don’t give Chen a shut down.

  257. Ethan says:

    I actually can’t decide who i dislike more this tbs crew or the fox one.

  258. Winter says:

    That could have been A LOT worse.

  259. Mike Axisa says:

    Got a little lucky there. Jeter is looking quite statuesque these days.

  260. Mick taylor says:

    Granderson should have caught that ball hit by andino jeter should have fielded thatthrow and jones grounder they are playing like they are asleep grandy sucks in center this year

  261. forensic says:

    That sure sucked.

    I guess the Yankees will score one this next half inning now, since this is exactly like last night.

  262. Need Pitching & Hitting says:

    Runs please.

  263. Tom says:

    You have to think Hardy was worried about getting picked off 3rd (had Jeter actually fielded it)

    Good thing he was dumb enough not to look at his 3rd base coach for help

  264. Cuso says:

    Got a good feeling. Both Jeter and Cano had big smiles on their face there. They’re playing loose.

    Here come more runs.

  265. Electric nunez says:

    This game was like a fine dinner at the four seasons
    And someone was just seated next to you with a case of the farts.

  266. Eddard reboot v.1.0 says:

    They just need to clobber Chen. He’s just throwing a 92 mph fastball. Destroy him and get Andy some runs. He could give up 2-3 more after that last inning.

  267. Laz says:

    That was rough.

  268. captain kiwi says:

    fucking shit. that could have been even more awful. i seriously hate the o’s.

  269. forensic says:

    Yikes, that was a terrible AB Swisher.

  270. Bo Knows says:

    Andy was not getting those pitches, be consistent Angel, not consistently shitty

  271. Pasta Stumbling Sojo says:

    I’m watching that companion MLB.tv thing. It’s completely useless, but one positive is that one of the random camera angles zoomed in on a sign that said “MISO HARDY.” Somehow I doubt that’s going to make it to the main TBS telecast.

  272. Pinedas' Colada says:

    You’re on the Mark, Teixeira…

  273. OMG! Bagels! says:

    I watch the game with the radio on and TV sound off. Last inning was Alicia Keyes Keep Falling In and Out of Love With You. Appropriate for Yankees and their fans inning to inning.

  274. Electric nunez says:

    Swisher enjoy your new team next year.

  275. Cuso says:

    What have you done with October Teix? Where is he dammit?!

  276. The Real Greg says:

    All these fucking bloop hits and smashes right at people…… When are we going to have a season when things go like that for us?

  277. Ethan says:

    I don’t understand orioles fans. Why do they boo Tex. I know it’s cause they thought he might sign there but given the last 2 years they should be grateful he didn’t. Tex would have still commanded a ton of money and is declining quickly.

  278. King George says:

    A-Rod actually pulled off a clever trick there on Hardy.

  279. Adam says:

    Wow, Arod deked him it looked like? Made a fake tag?

  280. forensic says:

    Holy shit TBS, we get it, we’ve seen it a million times already, MOVE ON!!!

  281. Hummingbird S. says:

    russ is taking some good hacks

  282. Robinson Tilapia says:

    I see we’ve entered the “ridiculous hatred of Nick Swisher” portion of the evening. Free wings at the bar.

  283. Tom says:

    Annoying how Cal and Smotlz continue to try to come up with excuses for Hardy’s gaffe.

  284. RkyMtnYank says:

    Both Smoltz and Ripken defending not looking at the third base coach, fuck man, you learn that in little league!

  285. jmc says:

    here we go again…

  286. Pinedas' Colada says:

    Time for Nunez to step up!

  287. captain kiwi says:

    hah, even martin thought hernandez would give him a shitty strike call

  288. Tom says:

    Grandy need to launch one here.

  289. Pinedas' Colada says:

    Granderson, my bad.

  290. Chilango Adoptivo says:

    Grandy: you don’t have to swing for the fences you know

  291. Well, I haven’t been able to catch a computer yet, but here I am now.

    Time for some runs to regain this lead.

  292. Joe F says:

    I hate you Rob Thompson.

  293. Captain_Turbo says:

    At least Hernandez is calling a terrible zone for both sides. That was a strike.

  294. And, right on cue, the inevitable RISP hit that doesn’t net a run.

  295. Electric nunez says:

    Slowest guy on the team at second

  296. Pinedas' Colada says:

    If Tex didn’t have a hamstring issue, that would be 2-2.

  297. Need Pitching & Hitting says:

    Time to shine, NunEEE.

  298. Mike N says:

    Gotta capitalize now!!

  299. Cy Pettitte says:

    time for Nunie’s signature moment in pinstripes

  300. Adam says:

    Huh…would not have expected to hear “Melky Mesa” during this series.

  301. Hummingbird S. says:

    sooooo slow…

  302. King George says:

    Tex with his two gears: slow and slower. Calf injury I know.

  303. Nice Scheister of Doom says:

    Jorge Molina holds at third…

  304. forensic says:

    sigh… If only they hadn’t decided to keep Posada’s speed around even after he retired.

    Come on Nunez, gotta get at least one of these home.

  305. Joe F says:

    Never mind. He would have been gunned.

  306. CBean says:

    well Teix is a terrible runner so i’m ok with that but goddammit, get runs in.

  307. Raul Ibanez AKA Tom Marvolo Riddle says:

    ugh…listening to the bottom of the third on the bus was fucking brutal. Between Andy missing spots, the fans and Sterling I wanted to bash my head into the window of the bus.

  308. Pasta Stumbling Sojo says:

    “Mark Teixeira around third, and he’ll be held there.” Ha. More like he barely made it to third by the time the ball was back to the infield.

  309. Electric nunez says:

    Come on nunie this is your time

  310. Tom says:

    Good hold there. Now if Ichiro was running/dodging/deking…

  311. Nice Scheister of Doom says:

    NUNIES TIME TO SHINE BABY!!!

  312. jjyank says:

    Just get it to the outfield, Nunie. Tie the game.

  313. Adam says:

    That is a ridiculous second strike.

  314. Joe says:

    Stupid zone.

  315. Need Pitching & Hitting says:

    Fuck Angel.

  316. Get Phelps Up says:

    Fuck you Angel hernandez.

  317. Cy Pettitte says:

    that is a ridiculous strike call. are you kidding me?

  318. Hummingbird S. says:

    fuck this strikezone, fuck angel hernandez

  319. Electric nunez says:

    Angeled

  320. Chilango Adoptivo says:

    Way inside WTF

  321. Ethan says:

    That strike was 4-6 inches off the plate…

  322. Nice Scheister of Doom says:

    terrible strike call

  323. Winter says:

    That wasn’t even close.

  324. Bo Knows says:

    fucking Hernandez, I knew this was going to be a frustrating game.

  325. Joe F says:

    Horrible strike call. Wow. That’s inches inside.

  326. Cuso says:

    Unreal. Angel Hernandez.

  327. Joe says:

    Hernandez gave them that out.

  328. Adam says:

    And ps he has to swing at that pitch after the second one was called a strike.

  329. Robinson Tilapia says:

    Eduardo Nunez: Sparkplug.

  330. Captain_Turbo says:

    No consistency to Hernandez’s strike calls.

  331. Pinedas' Colada says:

    Nunie needs to tighten up his swing; it’s too long and unbalanced.

  332. Ethan says:

    YOU HAVE TO GET THAT RUN IN FROM 3RD!

  333. Need Pitching & Hitting says:

    smfh

    Get it done Captain.

  334. Hummingbird S. says:

    that pitch was right there… 90mph FB right there. Terrible fucking swing

  335. The Real Greg says:

    Of course he pops it up. My God….

  336. King George says:

    Jeter, make up your shitty 3rd inning here.

  337. oldmanalex says:

    man a classic jeterian double would be sooo nice right now.

  338. captain kiwi says:

    cmon. chen already at 70+ pitches. eat him alive cap’n.

  339. Matt says:

    The umpire single handedly took the bat right out of Nunez’s hands there. Outright disgraceful. Calls a pitch 4 inches inside on 1-1, then he’s forced to swing at that same pitch when he throws it again and it’s not hittable.

  340. Nice Scheister of Doom says:

    If 99/100 people performed their job as awful as Hernandez they’d be unemployed. Alas he not only has a job but is rewarded with a postseason assignment.

  341. Mike N says:

    crap

  342. Need Pitching & Hitting says:

    Well that sucked.

  343. Pat D says:

    Fuck fuckity fuck fuck fuck.

  344. King George says:

    Good work, Jeter

  345. Karl Krawfid says:

    Fucking Angel Hernandez

  346. Ace says:

    Excellent job gentlemen. F*ck.