Game 25: Fatten Up

The team may stink, but those are some rad uniforms. (Getty)

The team may stink, but those are some rad uniforms. (Getty)

Winning four of four against the Blue Jays over the weekend was the start of what could be an outstanding homestand. The Astros bring the second worst record (7-18) and first worst run differential (-50) in baseball into this three-game midweek series, so the Yankees have a chance to really fatten up their win total as the calendar gets ready to flip over to January. No big league team is a pushover and it’s unrealistic to expect a sweep in any series, but taking two of three against Houston feels like an absolute bare minimum to me. Here’s the lineup that will face right-hander Lucas Harrell…

  1. CF Brett Gardner
  2. 2B Robinson Cano
  3. LF Vernon Wells
  4. DH Travis Hafner
  5. RF Brennan Boesch
  6. 3B Jayson Nix
  7. 1B Lyle Overbay
  8. SS Eduardo Nunez
  9. C Austin Romine

And on the mound is the former Astro, Andy Pettitte.

It’s been raining on and off all day in New York and there are expected to be some light showers tonight, but it’s not supposed to be anything heavy enough to delay or postpone the game. It will just be one of those ugly, misty games. Tonight’s game is scheduled to start a little after 7pm ET and can be seen on YES. Enjoy.

Kevin Youkilis Update: Youkilis (back) had an MRI today as scheduled, but the results are not back yet. He isn’t too concerned, but obviously something is wrong. He wouldn’t have missed seven of the last eight games otherwise.

Categories : Game Threads


  1. The Real Greg says:

    Here it is.

    And I agree. 2 our of 3 is the bare minimum

  2. Winter says:

    InB4 Havok’s “FOR PRUSSIA”

  3. Eddard says:

    Andy should be able to saw through this lineup with ease. Put a couple runs on the board and it’s over. If Brandon Laird is your #3 hitter you’re one of the worst AL teams in the history baseball.

  4. WhittakerWalt says:


  5. Cervelli is the Man says:

    I bet Andy is missing Cervelli right now.

  6. The Real Greg says:

    So you let the worst team in the AL jump ahead of you. FAILURE

  7. Winter says:

    So… now what?

  8. Robinson Tilapia says:


  9. Rolling Doughnut says:

    Just got here. What’s wrong w/Andy?

  10. Anderson Silva says:

    Really Andy? Really?

  11. Robinson Tilapia says:


  12. teddy says:

    all because giradri a shift on laird. should been an easy 123 inning

  13. nslaem says:

    Anyone notice the totally empty sections behind the Astro dugout.

  14. Eddard says:

    Just throw a strike to Corporation, Andy. He’s not going to hurt you. THROW STRIKES!

  15. Wheels says:

    Lets get out of this inning, jeez.

  16. Eddard says:

    Get Nuno warming. Andy looks awful.

  17. Get Phelps Up says:

    Let’s trade Andy to the Marlins.

  18. Havok9120 says:

    So this is what happens when I show up ten minutes late and don’t rally the troops in the name of Prussia. :(

  19. The Real Greg says:

    You knew it was too good to be true,

    • Havok9120 says:


      Greg, for real, go have a drink, maybe take a nap, something. There is no reason to believe 3 runs is some insurmountable goal against the worse team in the AL.

  20. Cervelli is the Man says:

    And on top of it I have Andy on my fantasy team. ugh

  21. SeventhAce says:


  22. Robinson Tilapia says:

    This just in: A bunch of Yankee fans are overreacting.

  23. The Real Greg says:

    You would think that one of these games the Yankees will dominate from start to finish. My goodness.

  24. jjyank says:

    Jeez. Alright. Settle down, Andy, and let’s score some runs.

  25. Leg-End says:

    I wouldn’t bet against Andy shutting them down for the next six, he was just missing his spots that inning.

  26. jtb says:

    Absolutely inexcusable to let the worst team in the league score 3 runs on you in the first inning in your own home park. Horrible pitching, all those hits the pitches were UP in the zone. Atrocious pitching and decisions…

  27. Havok9120 says:

    My favorite ironic quote comes to mind here:

    “Let all brave Prussians follow me!”


  28. Wheels says:

    He couldn’t have stretched that into a double.

    • Havok9120 says:

      As soon as Kay said that I giggled. This is Robbie we’re talking about. That would’ve been close for Gardner, let alone Cano.

  29. Svetlana says:

    Greg, come seet on my reeed vehlvet couch.

  30. Eddard says:

    People do realize that even the worst team in the league wins 60 games, right? They do occasionally win. I think it’s just because the Sox swept them that people are reacting this way. We just swept the Jays you know.

    • jjyank says:

      I rarely say this, but…thank you, Eddard. It’s baseball. Shit is going to happen. Even shitty teams score runs. But it’s also the second inning, and the Yankees have been the “come back kids” lately, so let’s just chill out and see what happens.

      • The Real Greg says:

        I’m not complaining because they’re going to lose, which is still undecided.

        I’m complaining because you have Andy Pettitte on the mound, you have the worst team in baseball coming into your park, so this clearly looks like a time to flex you muscles and kick the crap out of a team.

        But no, in the first inning, you spot them 3 runs…

        • jjyank says:

          They didn’t spot them shit, Greg, just stop. Even a HOF caliber pitcher is going to give up 3 runs ever 9 IP. Shit happens. Andy had a bad inning, or maybe the Astros had a good inning. That shit just happens. Accept it.

    • heismanziel says:

      While this may be true, let’s not act like the astros are a legit MLB team. They are a glorified minor league team. We will win this game.

    • Rolling Doughnut says:

      What? Logic on this thread? wow.

  31. Improbable Island's Dirty Midget Whores (formerly RRR) says:

    I’m just saying, Robbie had absolutely zero chance for a double. He wouldn’t even have been thrown out sliding into second, it would have been a rundown.

  32. wow says:

    well, this is great.

  33. Alkaline says:

    Just put on the game. What the heck happened? Reverse jinx?

    BTW, beautiful turn thereby the middle infield. Very smooth.

  34. Eddard says:

    Nuney and Cano are a pretty good 1-2 punch. They’ve got their timing down like clockwork.

  35. I'mVernonI'mVernon4U says:

    So we’re down 3 against the Astros.. why hasn’t the internet exploded yet??

  36. Improbable Island's Dirty Midget Whores (formerly RRR) says:

    The announcers are making way too small of a deal out of an awesome play. This is not their sharpest night.

  37. jjyank says:

    That was a pretty DP turn by Cano there.

  38. Alkaline says:

    Also, any specific reason for the Prussia meme? Is it a play on for mother Russia that a missed?

    • Winter says:

      Look up Prussia’s military history.

    • jjyank says:

      Havok is going to be very disappointed in you.

    • Havok9120 says:

      They’re a bunch of badasses who were pretty much declared hopeless underdogs just before systematically kicking the crap out of their rivals.

      And I really like shouting the name.

    • Havok9120 says:

      And they did this about a dozen times over the course of about three centuries or so.

      • Alkaline says:

        Ah, it rings a bell. Some areas of my history degree are lacking. Courses at my college were limiting at times.

        • Havok9120 says:

          I’m the only person in the entire department focusing on Central Europe in the Early Modern through late Victorian periods. I am also one of mayyyybe half a dozen focused on military/political history rather than social/cultural.

          So you’ve nothing to be ashamed of. :P

          • Alkaline says:

            Heh. That’s pretty interesting, though. I wish my school offered more classes on that time period. I had some on England/Britain, but that was it. Also, a great Nazi Germany class. Other than that, most of my classes dealt with social/cultural issues. I wish there were more military/political history, but they just weren’t offered. Results of a smaller college, I guess.

            How much longer do you have?

            • Havok9120 says:

              I’ve got one more year of undergrad and I’m in early acceptance for my quickie graduate program. I’ll be able to get my Master’s in about a year en route to my PhD.

              And it’s really not just limited to small schools. American history departments are focusing pretty hardcore on social/cultural. They’re also moving away from ancient history and classics. There’s only a handful of schools left here with well known MilHist or Ancient History departments.

  39. Get Phelps Up says:

    If the Yankees win this game it won’t count because they wouldn’t have done it Greg’s way.

  40. Svetlana says:


  41. heismanziel says:

    I really hate these blackout restrictions. I can’t watch the game on YES, and to make things worse, the astros game is not on fox sports southwest. So.. I have to find a third party site to watch this game.

  42. Anderson Silva says:

    2 innings, 2 DPs. Great start.

  43. heismanziel says:


  44. wow says:

    making this guy look like an ace right now.

  45. Winter says:

    Footrace between Pronk and Nunez/Gardner 3-legged. Who wins?

  46. Wheels says:

    Ho hum.

  47. Kramerica Industries says:

    Houston is 4-2 against Seattle. That’s the team they give trouble to in the West.

  48. heismanziel says:

    The A’s are hosting the Angels tonight, and they are having Josh Hamilton appreciation night. Fans will be wearing ” He dropped it” T shirts, and will give Hamilton a standing ovation when he comes to the plate. Classic.

  49. Kramerica Industries says:

    That stupid fucker still kills this team. Unreal.

  50. wow says:

    the Astros just making it look easy.

  51. nycsportzfan says:

    Are we up 3-0, or are they? Just wanted to make sure there wasen’t a error on the score keeper, or something..lol j/k.. Lets go boys, time to bash these fools!

  52. Alkaline says:

    We’re just biding our time for a dramatic comeback, right?

  53. Svetlana says:

    Greg, come seet on this thumbtack while I smack yoo.

  54. The Real Greg says:

    That’s clearly ball 4 Lyle

  55. nycsportzfan says:

    Harrell mowing us down…

  56. Improbable Island's Dirty Midget Whores (formerly RRR) says:

    This is pretty pathetic.

  57. nycsportzfan says:

    Is Nunez ever gonna get a hit? Go figure, people say his defense sucks and hes a decent bat, and yet, he hasen’t hit a lick and his defense has been solid…

  58. Kramerica Industries says:

    Wild guess:

    1915-1917 Philadelphia A’s. Those were horrifically bad teams.

  59. The Real Greg says:

    Andy leaving everything up.

  60. Anderson Silva says:

    where’s the offense?

  61. Troll says:

    As always, Mike Axisa has to jinx the team. When are you going to learn, dear Michael of Blue Avenue on the River, that whenever you all but guarantee a win, a sweep, or even tempt the baseball gods with a “trap”, the Yankees not only play down to their opponent, they play beneath them. Mikey, baby, I hereby excommunicate you from the internet.

  62. Troll says:

    Robbie Grossman . . . Now there’s a Jew name if I’ve ever heard one in baseball . . .

  63. Improbable Island's Dirty Midget Whores (formerly RRR) says:

    All right. So this is bad.

  64. Kramerica Industries says:

    Absolutely ridiculous.

  65. Eddard says:

    Andy might as well set that one up on a tee. Even these guys can hit that.

  66. The Real Greg says:

    So the Astros score 10 runs in 4 games in Fenway and they score 5 in 4 innings in Yankee Stadium. Go figure.

  67. Karl Krawfid says:

    Can’t blame Romine when Andy is missing up with everything.

  68. Wheels says:

    Yo yo yo yo yo

  69. Anderson Silva says:

    simply doesn’t have it tonight. Please get him out ASAP.

  70. Troll says:

    This game is ovahhhhh, ladies and gentleturds. Blame it on Axisa.

  71. Rolling Doughnut says:

    Joe postgame: Hey they’re a Major League basebaaal team we just didn’t get it done toooday.

  72. wow says:

    welp, this sucks. I’m done.

  73. MannyGeee says:

    I started at the beginning of the comments section after getting in late from coaching, and I think I made a terrible mistake…. Eddard wants to replace Pettitte with Vidal fucking Nuno, the Real Greg is blowing his gasket over not winning 11-3 already and then Eddard was the voice of reason.

    Wow. Just wow…

  74. Karl Krawfid says:

    I just knew that was going into the crowd.

  75. Kramerica Industries says:

    Nunez did everything he could to make it 6-0.

  76. King George says:

    Mike is learning a hard sports journalism lesson…don’t predict a series over before it’s started.

  77. Dalek Jeter says:

    We all know the right moves here.
    1. Trade Andy. He’s clearly over the hill. Work a 7 way trade and get Stanton back for him.

    2. Fire Girardi. He clearly can’t get his team up to beat the worst team in the league. Hire this Joe Torre guy. I hear he’s good.

    3. Fire Cashman…just because alll of the reasons.

    4. Sell the team.

  78. The Real Greg says:

    Wow I was right.

  79. Havok9120 says:

    Good call on the trivia question Greg.

    • Improbable Island's Dirty Midget Whores (formerly RRR) says:

      Pfffffft, no way. He backed down. That doesn’t count.

    • The Real Greg says:

      I reneged it a bit because I thought the Mets had to have improved a bit from their 1st year to their second

  80. Troll says:

    Have the Yankees had a monster inning yet this year? 6+ runs and a whole turn through the lineup?

    • vicki says:

      what’d you do with all your extra time the last four days?

      • Troll says:

        I’ll pretend I know what you’re talking about and tell you that I had a barnyard orgy with a five hundred pound woman named “Moose”, a gaggle of geese, two blind billy goats, and a transexual cow. What’d you do?

    • BigBlueAL says:

      They have only scored 6+ runs in a game 5 times this season. Good luck scoring that many in an inning.

  81. Rolling Doughnut says:

    Missed the bag

  82. Winter says:

    Gameday: On-field Delay.

    What happened?

  83. jtb says:

    I wonder if we are still “overreacting”?

    • MannyGeee says:

      Yes. Unless there is an impending cancellation of the rest of the season and its a winner take all situation tonight, then 1000 times yes.

    • Robinson Tilapia says:

      Halfway through one game? What do you think?

      No one’s gotten hurt. That’s literally all I care about. They could swept here and it’s still the beginning of May. Did you just start watching baseball yesterday?

      • The Real Greg says:

        No if they get swept, they deserve that reaction.

        • Robinson Tilapia says:

          Deserve what reaction? Some twit troll’s overreaction?

          They’d still be 3 games over .500 if they were swept. They were how many games under .500 in mid-May in 2009, and being swept by shitty teams? Please.

          • The Real Greg says:

            Difference is that the Yankees don’t have a full interleague period to really rack up some wins. The interleague series are all spread out.

            • Robinson Tilapia says:

              That makes no fucking sense whatsoever.

              You win the games in front of you. Doesn’t matter what league it’s against.

          • jtb says:

            The overreaction is what every news media outlet does every single day for 80 years over what they call “news”. There isn’t anything “new” about it. Overreaction is what ALL liberals and evolutionist do over FACTS, they get in an emotional panic..

    • Dalek Jeter says:

      To a single loss? In Andy’s first bad game of the season? throwing to a catcher who has never caught him? Absolutely.

  84. nsalem says:

    Harrell is pitching like a caucasian fucking Wang.

  85. Robinson Tilapia says:

    Amaro Montenegro. Rocks.

  86. Kramerica Industries says:

    Andy anything but Dandy tonight.

  87. nsalem says:

    Maybe Andy was tipping his ptches

    /november3 2001september5 2003

  88. The Real Greg says:

    What makes it look bad is that Boston completely dismantled the Astros at Fenway. And now they come here and they act like they own the place.

    Make that 6 runs in 4.1 innings

    • The Real Greg says:

      Make that 8. Two more and they match their Fenway total. In one game.

      • Troll says:

        I hear you. I’m the only, but I hear you. Boston looks damn good by comparison, which is scary considering they were supposed to suck something awful this season.

        • The Real Greg says:

          I know. And I promised to calm down with the Boston stuff but I mean, they’re 18-7 and people had them in last place.

          • Robinson Tilapia says:

            Can the stat team tell us what percentage of 162 25 is?

          • Dalek Jeter says:

            And those same people had the Yankees winning like 83 games. Newsflash: Pundits (whether it be baseball, politics, whatever) are wrong as often as their right.

          • Troll says:

            I think you have every right to worry. The way they’re winning seems sustainable. They’re getting contributions from almost everybody. Even Ellsbury looks good again. Ortiz found the Fountain of Youth and Pedroia just continues to get on base. If Lackey can somehow fall in line, then their pitching all of sudden looks great. Their bullpen has the pieces for dominance, in my opinion. Don’t even get me started on Nava, Napoli, and any other over-achieving son of a bitch over there. Can I include Carp? Ciriaco too, just because I inexplicably hate him. Seems to me like they’re simply clicking and it might actually last. But, with respect to the Yankees, it’ll be a welcome return for Teixera and Granderson, who I’m typically not a fan of because of their overall underperformance. Oh, and, yeah, the strikeouts, pop-ups, and GIDPs. I think the key player for New York, actually, is ARod. Jeter’s Jeter and I’m sure he’ll be doing his thing in no time.

      • Dalek Jeter says:

        Jesus Greg. It’s one game. Out of 162. Did you watch the games this weekend where we beat the Blue Jays? Or do you just tune into losses to lament how much worse the Yankees make your day?

      • Erica says:

        Oh go away already.

  89. flamingo says:

    …What is going on.

    • nsalem says:

      Our pitching sucks tonight and theirs is very good. So were probably going to lose this game. That’s what’s happening. It’s no big deal. Sort of funny.

  90. Robinson Tilapia says:

    Svetlana’s been replaced by the homely Bud Light girls. Nothing but George Jones on the jukebox tonight.

  91. Mick taylor says:

    Petite would not bewitching this badifcervelli were catching .this Adam Warren sucks .

  92. Kramerica Industries says:


  93. Erica says:

    My excitement for this game got me through work todaaaaaaay. Wah.

  94. Troll says:

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA! Where’s the optimism now? 6 innings to score 8 runs . . . I’mma gonna go wit’ NO.

  95. Mickey Scheister says:

    Nuno, Nuno, Nuno, Nuno, Nuno!!!

    Get this scurvy fuck outta there!

  96. The Real Greg says:

    The only thing I can take from this game is if they bring Nuno

  97. Wheels says:

    Make it stop.

  98. Erica says:

    I mean, whatever. ONE GAME! It’s just one game. And also it’s Monday and gloomy and everyone is a little off-kilter today. So this game kind of fits today’s theme.

  99. JRod says:

    Wonder how many innings they’re going to make Warren eat tonight.

  100. I'mVernonI'mVernon4U says:

    Still thought we were in this down 6 runs. I’d be content with avoiding a shutout right about now. Eesh.

  101. Cuso says:

    This was bound to happen. They get swept 4 games at Fenway, then they get 4 in Detroit after this.

    The Astros are a MLB team like it or not. They’re not going to roll over because all the Yankee doubters want to change the narrative and say that these games should be a given.

    I’m not surprised one bit by the score. Not one bit.

    Go get em tomorrow Hirok.

    • Robinson Tilapia says:

      They’re all MLB teams. This is what some people don’t get.

      If your pitching is off one night, you’re going to get hit. That could be a poor MLB team. It could be a AAA team. It could be a AA team. If your pitching is off, professional hitters are going to take advantage of it.

      That’s why they’re where they are and we’re where we are.

    • Matt says:

      Really? You’re not surprised by them getting blown out at home by a team that might threaten the single season loss record with Andy Pettitte on the mound?

      Stop trying to rationalize what happened simply because it happened. This was a pathetic performance. One of the worst single games that the Yankees as a franchise have played in the last 5 years. And given the opponent, it may very well be the worst.

      Nowhere am I saying that one game all of a sudden means that the season is over. I’m sure 10 people will jump into this thread and try to argue that like the crazies they are. But to deny that this was not only a terrible game, but completely unexpected is just asinine.

    • Tom says:

      You are not surprised the Yankees are down 9-0 with Andy making the start?

      It’s one thing to say you are not surprised by the Yankees getting beat by Houston, but this score is not surprising? At all?

    • The Real Greg says:

      I didn’t expect a sweep. I though the Yanks would take the first two and then Phelps would lose.

      This loss makes it tougher because Phelps needs to pitch well.

  102. Dalek Jeter says:

    Meanwhile, I found a website that you basically play 6 degrees of Kevin Bacon with. I can’t get passed like 3 degrees of separation. Somebody help me out.

  103. jtb says:

    9-0 vs the worst team in the league. You are a moron Girardi, this is one of the reasons i simply can’t stand you. Adam Warren another “great” farmhand…so typical.

  104. Get Phelps Up says:

    So…does Stewie take the mound today?

  105. Rolling Doughnut says:

    Shit happens. Texas is 16-9 and the Stros beat them 8-2 in their opener.

  106. Bill says:

    This season would really be quite enjoyable for fans if only the Jeet man was here…

    I’m a bigger fan of Nunez than most and he is def gonna get hot someday soon… but damn have we been spoiled all these years, this point CANNOT be emphasized enough

    Get well soon Derek

  107. fabricio says:

    its alright guys hopefully we can avoid getting shut out and we’ll come back tomorrow and bust some ass

    • Robinson Tilapia says:

      We can still try to win this one too, but yup. They actually only still count as one game in the standings.

  108. Winter says:

    For anyone playing Dalek Jeter’s Kevin Bacon game who wants a real challenge, the average Harvey Keitel number is lower than the average Kevin Bacon number. Put that in your pipe and smoke it.

  109. Improbable Island's Dirty Midget Whores (formerly RRR) says:

    All right, I gotta admit it: This sucked ass.

  110. I'mVernonI'mVernon4U says:

    Get your rally caps on.

  111. Rolling Doughnut says:

    Fuck you Robbie.

  112. Erica says:

    Shutout bid PWNED.

  113. Dalek Jeter says:

    Here comes the comeback for the ages.

    Calling it right now: The Yankees will bring the tying run to the plate in this game.

  114. Winter says:

    Nuno… So many RAB commenters are climaxing right now.

  115. forensic says:

    Well, this sure is the most pitiful score of the season (hopefully).

    I don’t know if it’s more embarrassing that Pettitte apparently got smacked all over the park by a below average offense (is he still on their payroll or what?) or that the offense has one whole run against maybe the worst pitching staff in baseball…

    • Robinson Tilapia says:

      That’d be one hell of an Embedded Astro, as well as a pretty dumb one if this was the moment he was waiting for.

    • Tom says:

      It’s the pitching.

      Outside of the 25 run outburst in 2 games against CLE, this offense is averaging less than 4 runs a game (and that includes 7 games against the 2nd worst pitching in the AL, the Jays).

      The offense has been very timely, but it is still a whole lot of smoke and mirrors. Especially with Youkilis out, this lineup is paper thin – Boesch and nIx in the 5 and 6 spots in the lineup is not a good thing (unfortunately a necessary thing with all the injuries, but still not a good thing)

  116. fabricio says:

    this is so wrong but corporan running like that had me dying of laughter

  117. Cool Lester Smooth says:

    Damn, Nuno is just pumping that cheddar.

    You can tell that they were just overwhelmed by his 80 mph heater.

  118. JonS says:

    Holy shit!! I just got off a plane and saw the score. What happened? Just one of them days I hope.

    • Erica says:

      Lettuce’s first day catching Andy. Andy wasn’t exactly sharp and we were somehow overpowered by the Astros pitcher. Oh wellllll!

  119. Erica says:

    Ohhhhhh not a good day for our pal Lettuce.

  120. Mickey Scheister says:

    Please hit an Astro, first Haf now Lettuce. C’mon man!

  121. JLC 776 says:

    Alright, time to score some sympathy runs…

  122. JLC 776 says:

    Or not.

  123. Cool Lester Smooth says:

    Oh, shit!

    88 mph!

  124. Mickey Scheister says:

    Alright, DFA Nuno now.

  125. Winter says:

    That’s not a “Let’s go Astros” chant, is it?

  126. Robinson Tilapia says:

    Remember the good old days, when people came here and fought over menstruation and use of the word “teh” over three separate threads? Ah, those were the days.

  127. jdp says:

    Too bad the hockey playoffs don’t start until tomorrow. This would have been a perfect night to change the channel.

  128. I'mVernonI'mVernon4U says:

    I’m just glad this game came after the confidence poll….

  129. Dalek Jeter says:

    So, in the last 40 minutes I wrote an 800 word profile on my Grandmother’s life strictly from memories, and may have embellished my late grandfather’s military record. Evil? Morally reprehensible?

  130. JLC 776 says:

    Fuck it dude, let’s go bowling.

  131. Mickey Scheister says:

    Nunez needs to remove his head from his ass, he’s been putrid this year thus far.

  132. Mick taylor says:

    Andy did not look his normal self. Have to blame romine for his framing pitches and his pitch calling. Adam Warren sucks. There has to be a better relief pitcher out there. He does not throw hard or have an out pitch. Cashman likes him , however.

  133. brian says:

    Nunez straight up embarrassing all the Yankee fans who are determined to see Jeter not come back and play shortstop

    Jesus Nunie… these fans are big enough idiots as it is… stop making it worse

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