May
20

Game 44: B’more

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This series is about as important as a mid-May series can get. The Orioles gave the Yankees fits down the stretch last year and currently sit four games back in the AL East, so these three games will give the Bombers a chance to create some distance in the division race. Almost no lead is insurmountable this time of year, but that doesn’t mean having decent-sized cushion isn’t a big deal. Here’s the lineup that will face former Yankee right-hander Freddy Garcia

  1. CF Brett Gardner
  2. 2B Robinson Cano
  3. DH Travis Hafner
  4. 1B Lyle Overbay
  5. LF Curtis Granderson
  6. 3B David Adams
  7. RF Ichiro Suzuki
  8. SS Reid Brignac
  9. C Austin Romine

And on the mound is the Indians’ leader in homers hit by a pitcher over the last 40 years (two), left-hander CC Sabathia.

It’s cloudy in Baltimore and the forecast calls for some showers later tonight. Hopefully they won’t be bad enough to delay or postpone the game. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05pm ET and can be seen on YES locally and ESPN nationally. Enjoy.

Injury Updates (via the AP): Chris Stewart (groin) is feeling better but is still unable to return to anything more than emergency catching duty … Alex Rodriguez (hip) fielded grounders today for the first time since surgery … Kevin Youkilis (back) took batting practice on the field, fielded grounders at first and third, and made throws to the bases … Eduardo Nunez (ribcage) fielding some grounders … Joba Chamberlain (oblique) threw a bullpen session and is expected to make another minor league appearances this week … earlier today we learned Mark Teixeira (wrist) took some at-bats in a simulated game.

Categories : Game Threads
  • Winter

    No bird can stand in the way of Prussia’s might!

  • trr

    Stacking the LH bats against Garcia, maybe going for a quick KO. Hopefully CC’s got it tonight.
    Let’s win this one!

    • Winter

      I’m not a fan of starting Ichiro over Wells, even with Garcia on the mound. Wells is a better hitter, even against RHP. Unless Wells needs the day off (when was the last time he sat?), he should be in the lineup over Ichiro. Always.

      • forensic

        When’s the last time Wells sat? Yesterday.

        Personally, I would’ve sat Granderson for Wells, but I’m too much of a sucker for batter vs. pitcher history.

        • Winter

          How could I forget yesterday? :P

          And you’d take Ichiro over Granderson? I just don’t see it. Except for the last month (really more like 2.5 weeks) of last year, Ichiro has been absolutely horrible the last two years. Granderson has been somewhere between quite good and MVP-caliber over the same stretch.

          • forensic

            I didn’t say anything about Ichiro over Granderson overall or really for a long period of time.

            I said for this game, in this matchup, I probably would’ve sat Granderson for Ichiro. Like I said, I’m a sucker for matchups, and there are certainly limitations (like Granderson not facing Garcia since 2010 and Ichiro not since 2011), but still, the number for them are vastly different.

            I know Garcia has a massive platoon split this year, but that’s in 3 short games and a couple hits can greatly sway that one way or the other, though I understand piling the lefties into the lineup.

            Just saying, this is what I might have done in this game. Hopefully both Granderson and Ichiro have big games and our couch-side managing is meaningless.

        • The Real Greg

          Yeah Granderson would be the one to sit

          .176 (6 for 40) against Freddy.

          Ichiro is .367 (11 for 34)

          Wells is .438 (7 for 19)

          • The Real Greg

            And before people mention Ichiro’s degrading skills,

            From 2010-2013 he was 3 for 10 against Garcia.

          • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

            Most of that was when Garcia was a better pitcher and when Ichiro was good.

            • The Real Greg

              See above

              • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

                Ichiro was still good in 2010.
                None of the 3 really have any relevant, recent experience against Garcia.

                • The Real Greg

                  Fair enough

                  1 for 3 in 2011-2013.

                  • Improbable Island’s Dirty Midget Whores (formerly RRR)

                    3 at bats? Really?

                    Ichiro has been bad. Grandyman hasn’t. I think that’s far more relevant than 3 at bats.

                  • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

                    With a .583 OPS.

                    Good AVG, lousy OPS.
                    Either way, really nothing (only 4 PA) to use as a basis for any decisions.

                • The Real Greg

                  And you’re right. Only Reid Brigniac and Jayson Nix have had at bats against Garcia the last two years, primarily because Garcia was on the Yankees the last two years.

            • forensic

              While that’s certainly true on Ichiro, Garcia arguably hasn’t really been good since about 2005, other than a short start here and there (and of course the 2011 fluke of all flukes). And, a similar argument could be made that those bad Granderson numbers come from a time when in the past when he was arguably a much more balanced hitter with great numbers in ’07 and ’08.

              • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

                Fair point.

  • The Real Greg

    There’s a bit of concern as this has a bit of a reverse lock feel to it. But I hope we can pound Freddy.

  • Improbable Island’s Dirty Midget Whores (formerly RRR)

    About as important as a mid-May series can get, huh?

    In other words, not that important.

    • Laz

      A win is a win, regardless of what month of the regular season. We just don’t know who the other teams they have to outplay yet are.

      • Winter

        Well, a win over a potential contender for the Division is more important, because it also guarantees a loss for them. You’re right that the month doesn’t matter though.

        • Improbable Island’s Dirty Midget Whores (formerly RRR)

          I think statistically it does, just like an at bat in a tie game in the ninth matters more than an at bat tied 0-0 in the first. It’s all a matter of probability – later in the season, with less games to play, the probability of you winning the division in a close pennant race decreases substantially more with each loss than losses in mid-May. That’s why people don’t panic when you’re four back in April but you do panic when you’re four back in September.

          • Improbable Island’s Dirty Midget Whores (formerly RRR)

            …Also, the odds of tying the game or taking the lead down one run in the first are substantially higher than tying or taking the lead down one run in the ninth.

          • Laz

            Both at bats matter the same. It is simply that the AB in the 9th of a tie game has much more pressure, and people equate that pressure with importance.

            • Improbable Island’s Dirty Midget Whores (formerly RRR)

              Not exactly. Look at the WPA graph. Why do you think jumps in the graph are much more dramatic at different points in the game? It’s because when time winds down in close games at bats become more important than earlier.

  • forensic

    Uh oh, an A-Rod update.

    Cue the outrage that he’s still in the organization…

    • trr

      He is?

  • Eddard

    CC dominates the Orioles. Freddy should be retired. They can’t lose this one, they just can’t.

    • Winter

      poo poo poo

  • trr

    Don’t know if anyone else is seeing the damage from the massive tornado that struck Oklahoma, but it looks like most of the town of Moore OK has been completely destroyed. Prayers and best wishes to all residents….

    • FEED.ME.MORE!

      Well said.

  • Eddard

    And I like how people say, well CC just isn’t that good anymore because my eyes tell me that his velocity has declined. I wonder how many pitchers would say that a 3.19 ERA in the AL East just isn’t that good anymore. CC is doing just fine and that velocity will go up a couple ticks as the year goes on.

  • FEED.ME.MORE!

    FOR PRUSSIA!!!!

  • FEED.ME.MORE!

    Those tornadoes in the Midwest are insane. I’d take any Hurricane or Blizzard over a Tornado anyday.

  • Dalek Jeter

    Ichiro, we need you to act like it’s a decade ago FOR PRUSSIA!!!

  • Pasta Stumbling Sojo

    Gotta love a thread that starts off with comments like “From 2010-2013 he was 3 for 10 against Garcia.” from Greg. As if 10 at bats over a 3.5 year period could ever be predictive of anything.

  • The Real Greg

    That was a meatball. Gardner has to do something more with that pitch.

  • Improbable Island’s Dirty Midget Whores (formerly RRR)

    FUCK YEAH ROBBIE

  • The Real Greg

    And Cano did it with that meatball

  • FEED.ME.MORE!

    Cano: “Slump? What slump?”

  • Dalek Jeter

    ROBBIE CANO!!!

    Way to call it Kenny!!!

  • Anderson Silva

    Robbie just murders the O’s! Add another one!

  • Rolling Doughnut

    He’s Baaaaack

  • Wheels

    Robbie!

  • forensic

    Nice Cano!

    I thought that might’ve been a gapper, but not getting out. Maybe the ball is carrying well there tonight.

  • Pseudoyanks

    Robbie just ran around the bases faster than I’ve seen him go to first a couple of times.

  • vicki

    hey, forensic, howyalike them batter vs. pitching stats now? (wink)

    • forensic

      :-)

  • Dalek Jeter

    The move is to sit Ichiro. He’s done. I mean it’s late May and he’s off to a horrendous start: .241/.281/.328 wRC+ is 56(!!!) after being pretty terrible for two consecutive years, so I don’t get how it’s a “conundrum” to find him playing time. He’s a pinch runner and defensive replacement and 4th outfielder, apart from his name and contract I don’t understand why he’s being treated any differently.

    • Pseudoyanks

      Those are Exactly the two reasons why he is being treated differently.

      • The Real Greg

        That and they’ve seen him get red hot for a stretch.

        • Dalek Jeter

          Well’s actual play + his past numbers against Garcia>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>a theoretical Ichiro hot streak.

          I feel like the ‘greater than’ arrows were getting to be too much…but imagine them going on literally forever. Imagine a google of them.

      • Dalek Jeter

        I really don’t understand why we have to hurt our chances of winning to placate this dude’s ego. He’s not Jorge Posada, he’s not Andy, hell he’s not even A-Rod, who has been here a decade now. He’s a hired gun who came on last year for a chance at winning a ring. Jason Kidd was one of the best point guards of all time. He didn’t start for the Knicks, did he? No. He took a back seat as a role player because he knew it was what’s best for the teams chance to win.

        • Pseudoyanks

          “I really don’t understand why we have to hurt our chances of winning to placate this dude’s ego”
          The Front Office made that decision when they signed him, though it’s not just his ego, it’s also selling Ichiro jerseys in Kyoto.

          • Dalek Jeter

            I’m sure you’re right, that’s one thing I do miss about George, winning came before anything. Even the bottom line. The same cannot be said for his kids. I’m not saying they should sell the team or whatever, because I’m sure that’s most owners. It’s just weird seeing things come before winning.

            • forensic

              Yeah, because George never made bad signings or did dumb shit that hurt the team.

              • Ken Phelps

                I resent that!

              • Dalek Jeter

                I’m not saying he didn’t, but he did it with the intention to win, not the intention to reach out to international markets to make more money.

                • forensic

                  And they’ve never said that’s why they’re doing it. That’s just what people like to use as another excuse to bash them and Ichiro.

                  • Dalek Jeter

                    Honestly, I don’t care what the motivation is. The numbers and my eyes tell me the right baseball move is to turn Ichiro into 4th outfielder.

        • Anderson Silva

          I just wish the Streinbrenners had this same opinion of him

    • Pasta Stumbling Sojo

      Yeah but see Greg’s comment above. He’s 1 for 3 against Freddy from 2011-2013. That’s .333! What more evidence could you want that it’s a good idea to start Ichiro?

  • Wheels

    Nice start.

  • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

    Addy!!!!!!

  • The Real Greg

    Kay is just itching to jinx Adams

    And he failed.

  • Dalek Jeter

    DAVID ADAMS!!!! First big league homer!!!

  • Cy Pettitte

    first HR for Adams, nice.

  • Wheels

    See ya!

  • Anderson Silva

    Damn! Adams is impressive as hell!

  • Get Phelps Up

    What was Sterling’s call?

  • Leg-End

    That’s great stuff.

  • mike myers

    up up and adam?

  • Dalek Jeter

    Swing harder Reid lol…

  • Alkaline

    So happy I got to see Adams a couple times this year in AAA and that I caught that live. Great swing!

    Hope JJ enjoyed that live!

  • vicki

    what was sterling’s call?

  • Jim B. Johnson

    Did anyone hear John Sterling’s call for the David Adams homer? Just wondering what it was.

    • Reuben Sierra’s Chains

      David is Goliath!

  • Vern Sneaker

    We DFA’d this guy?!

    • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

      Nope. They didn’t even bother with the DFA. They just straight released him (though they probably already had a deal worked out to keep him).

      • Vern Sneaker

        Okay, thx.

    • Dalek Jeter

      I cannot believe nobody took a shot on him…he’s done nothing but impress me so far.

  • Neo

    “David is Goliath!”

    • Dalek Jeter

      No…no way….that can’t be it.

      • Neo

        I was barely paying attention, interrupted by the kids at the key moment, but that is what I heard sterling say.

      • The Real Greg

        That was it.

    • vicki

      not good.

  • forensic

    Yeah Adams!!!

    Maybe Matt should write a few more posts about how we should temper our expectations on some other players…

    • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

      I’m starting to feel really excited about Ben Francisco….or is that asking for too much of a miracle?

      • forensic

        Believing in magic from blog writers is one thing, but they’re not miracle workers…

        Combine Matt doing these posts and Mike doing his posts on guy’s slumps, and they might never lose again.

  • JonS

    So happy for Adams!!

  • Eddard

    Adams keeps giving more and more proof that these kids should be up in NY helping the MLB ballclub when there are a rash of injuries. Francisco should be cut immediately after the game.

  • nycsportzfan

    The Future is Now!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Nunez,Nuno,Gardner,Cervelli,Phelps,Nova,Warren,Claiborne,Adams,Romine,Hughes,Joba)…etc

    • nycsportzfan

      Robertson

      • FEED.ME.MORE!

        Cano

        • nycsportzfan

          Ya, I tried keeping it under 30.. We got guys on the cusp in Betances and Mustellier as well.. I could see Dellin carving out a role as a dominant kelsey jansen type 8th inning guy eventually..

          • TheLastClown

            Jeter

  • Andy

    Nice to see the yankee haters at ESPN give the yanks their due

  • Wheels

    Adam Jones still blowing bubbles.

  • Get Phelps Up

    David Adams now has as many homers against non-Astros teams than Josh Hamilton!

  • Dalek Jeter

    If/when Youk and/or Stewart are healthy and Adams and/or Romine are playing well I hope the Vets aren’t just handed their spots back. Especially Adams for Youkilis. Youk’s a very good player, don’t get me wrong…but it’s more fun watching a kid do it than a vet, and if they’re both playing well I’d much rather see the kid.

    • vicki

      easy. platoon 1B.

    • forensic

      You know better than to expect that with how the organization has clear preference for vets whenever possible (and they won’t have guys lose their jobs to injury, which is why I still think Nova will be back in the rotation upon his return too). Once Youk is back, Adams is back in AAA. Once Stewart is healthy, he’ll get the majority of the play again (possibly not quite to the point he was before with almost 5 out of 6 or 6 out of 7 games, but will still get more than Romine).

      • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

        I think Adams sticks around until at least both Tex and Youk are back.
        I also think Phelps stays in the rotation.

        • forensic

          Wishful thinking still that they’ll dump Francisco when the first of them is ready? I like it, but I’ll believe it when I see it.

          As for Phelps, again I’d really hope so (I was all over him being in the rotation right from the start of ST), but I’m not so sure it will happen. This is more possible, in my opinion, than the Adams thing though as there is more money tied up in Youk than Nova (though the possible future implications may outweigh that thereby nullifying that advantage).

          • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

            I do think Francisco will be dumped if Youk is back first. If Tex is back first, I suppose it could be Overbay, but I think it might still be Francisco, keeping Overbay around as insurance, at least for a while.

      • Dalek Jeter

        I know :( That’s why I said I hope, I know it won’t happen..which is honestly why I’m surprised the Brignac acquisition didn’t just push Nix to 3rd full time and Adams to the bench/minors.

        • forensic

          Eh, there’s a big difference between the Brignac’s and Nix’s of the world and the Youkilis’. Especially in terms of money.

  • nycsportzfan

    How can we not have enough to get a good hitter at the dealine without giving up a Sanchez or Robertson or something? I mean, these guys are performing, which is all that should matter.. Phelps, Warren, Nova, Nuno, Gardner,Adams..etc Look how Zach McCallister is doing as well. If i’m a team like the Mariners or Cubs, i’m looking to get a couple of these cheap yankee pieces that are performing for a Soriano or a Morales or something like that..

    • nycsportzfan

      Not saying i’d do it, but i here sometimes all we have is the Sanchez, Williams, and Austins to bargain with, and i believe we got a bunch of guys that are prooving to be perfect fits and good cheap gap fillers that mesh perfectly with a few vets..

  • Karl Krawfid

    92 mph

  • forensic

    Geez CC, what a meatball, hanging slider there…

    • nycsportzfan

      Eh, he gives up HR’s, but at leasst there usually solo shots and don’t do super harm..

      • forensic

        They still do harm, it’s a quick run. And he’s on pace to blow past his career high in HR’s (which he just set last year).

        • Get Phelps Up

          Doesn’t that also mean that he’s due for some regression (less HR’s given up?)

          • forensic

            Hopefully.

            It could also be a little of the manifestation of his lesser stuff/velocity at this point in his career.

          • Brian S.

            That’s not how regression works in a limited sample. Also he’s a different pitcher than he once was.

            • nycsportzfan

              If he wins this game, hes on pace for like 18wins and a sub 3.50 ERA which is fantastic. He just gives up the long ball becuase he challenges guys and dosen’t walk em is all.

            • The Real Greg

              Agreed. Just like Ichiro, he’s slowing down. His fastball is slower so he can’t get away with what he used to be able to get away with.

              • Dalek Jeter

                Ichiro has cliff dived, hit a small hill then fell of that cliff too…CC’s on a much less precipitous decline.

            • Get Phelps Up

              He’s on pace to give up nearly 30 homers this season. I feel comfortable saying that pace will regress as the season goes on. Even if he’s a different pitcher.

        • nycsportzfan

          Ya, and hes also on pace for 15wins and a sub 3.50era… My point is he gives up his RUNS via the HR is all..

  • Pseudoyanks

    Which HR has gotten the loudest reaction?

  • The Real Greg

    The ball is jumpin’ tonight.

  • Rolling Doughnut

    One slider too many.

  • Dalek Jeter

    Ball is straight up flying out tonight.

  • nycsportzfan

    With Freddy pitching, i just can’t wait for our offense to get back up there!!!lol

  • forensic

    Watching some of those M’s/Indians games really made me sad that the Yankees actually lost a series to them, and after winning a game started by Felix at that.

    Just in today’s game, they dropped balls at 1st base twice, once in the 9th and once in the 10th, both times allowing runs (the first to tie and the second to win).

  • nycsportzfan

    Come on CC, one more out here! Lets go!!!

  • The Real Greg

    Damn Brigniac. I think even Jeter would have gotten to that one.

  • nycsportzfan

    Are turn!

    • Troll

      Holy hell, I hope that was on purpose . . .

      • vicki

        i no longer think so. brutal.

      • nycsportzfan

        What?

        • Brian S.

          *our

          • Dalek Jeter

            Completely unrelated, but I weep for our future.

            • Robinson Tilapia

              This is what happens when I’m not around for the better part of two days.

      • JonS

        I had to read it a few times to see what the actual meaning was. haha

      • Wheels

        Be nice.

        • Wheels

          I take that back.

      • Alkaline

        Has to be intentional. Right? RIGHT?!

        • nycsportzfan

          Nah, it wasen’t intentional. Who cares? U know what i mean, right?

          • Robinson Tilapia

            Yes, we all can read on a fucking preschool level.

            • nycsportzfan

              Your a loser dude. Who gives a fuck what you think? Your the man on a fucking yankee messege board..lol Cool bro!!! Your fucking awesome!

              • Dalek Jeter

                Those ‘your’s are intentional too right?

                • nycsportzfan

                  Probably not. I just jot shit down when on here when i’m not watching the game with friends or family. I’m certainly not the best writer nor do care if I am. I certainly don’t care about how any of you guys write.

                  • Dalek Jeter

                    It’s simple grammar though. It’s literally the baseline for communication.

                    • nycsportzfan

                      So fucking ignore me, who gives a fuck? Jesus Christ!

                  • Alkaline

                    Do you realize how you articulate yourself gives others an impression on your intelligence? I certainly hope you don’t have this attitude in the real world, so to speak. If you want respect, command it. Don’t hide behind petty insults and try to impress upon us that you don’t care about how you present yourself.

                    Spelling errors, quick typing, etc. are bound to happen to everyone. Those are understandable. Your desecration of the English language, on the other hand…

          • vicki

            the words aren’t even homophones outside of appalachia. you can be dumb, just don’t be so willful about it.

  • Alkaline

    We got this; let’s go!

  • nycsportzfan

    I’d love to be able to see CC bat alittle more.

  • The Real Greg

    It’s Soriano isn’t it?

  • Tom

    Wow they are up there hacking tonight… 36 pitches with one out in the 4th for Freddy.

    This is the type of guy they should grind out in 5 innings.

    • nycsportzfan

      Agreed.

    • forensic

      Given his lower pitch counts, it’s the kind of the guy they should grind out in 4 innings.

      Some pretty weak hacks up there, I wish someone had told them he doesn’t throw anywhere close to hard and you need to wait a touch longer than normal pitchers. Almost every swing has been early.

      • nycsportzfan

        Its probably just so enticing looking at freddies meatballs, they can’t hold back..lol

  • nycsportzfan

    I got a feeling Granderson is gonna launch one this game!

    • Pseudoyanks

      …that tonight’s gonna be a good night.

  • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

    Looked safe to me.

    • The Real Greg

      To my naked eye I thought he was safe too. Gotta see another replay.

      • Pseudoyanks

        Just curious, what kind of clothing does your eye wear on a typical day?

  • Alkaline

    Now that was a pretty play.

  • Troll

    Damn, this offense is hideous. A reverse lock never looked so attractive.

    • The Real Greg

      I’m not complaining about it because Freddy Garcia do the same thing to a lot of other offenses when he was with the Yankees. He should be crushed every time, but he’s not.

      • The Real Greg

        *I’ve seen Freddy Garcia

  • Rolling Doughnut

    Oh my what a play. Grandy can’t buy a hit.

  • Eddard

    Who’s at 1st tonight, Jerry Meals? He was safe.

  • Dalek Jeter

    That is the bangiest of bang-bang plays…still think he was safe though.

  • The Real Greg

    On replay, it looked simultaneous.

  • Leg-End

    Freddy is one of those pitchers everyone should hit hard but they know they should so they go up there looking to crush him and he sweats the life out of them.

    We will get him soon though, very soon.

    • The Real Greg

      That’s why I’m not upset that the Yankees have only 2 runs. We saw him work the last two years to know better than we were going to oome in and mash him.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      Exactly. That’s the reason he’ll have a job in MLB much longer than you think he will.

  • Robinson Tilapia

    Is it too late for shoutouts to Prussia, jjyank at the game, and to Ron Burgundy?

    • Dalek Jeter

      If there’s one thing I’ve learned from Ma and Pa is it’s always an appropriate time for shout outs.

  • nycsportzfan

    Come on CC, get this fool!

  • Dalek Jeter

    CC’s getting squeezed in this AB.

  • Dalek Jeter

    That commercial for cialus and old people sex was about a minute and a half too long.

  • The Real Greg

    I think for CC a key number to watch is hits/9 innings. Coming in, he has given up 9.3 hits/9 which is exactly 1 hit higher than last year’s average. Gotta get that number down.

    • Pasta Stumbling Sojo

      I know you’re familiar with BABIP, so why do you look at hits/9 innings when that’s more of a product of luck than skill compared to K/9, BB/9, and HR/9?

    • Robinson Tilapia

      Another key number to watch: The number of runs the Yankees score in relation to the Orioles.

  • nycsportzfan

    Ya Adams!

  • forensic

    David Adams, you’re our offense’s only hope…

    sort of.

  • Dalek Jeter

    Ichiro, you have a sub .300 OBP. Let that hit you.

    • WhittakerWalt

      It kills me when Sterling describes this level of Ichiro’s offense as “un-Ichiro-like.” Dude, yes it is. It’s no longer SSS. This is who Ichiro is now. Willie Mays hasn’t shown much power lately, either. Guys get old.

  • The Real Greg

    Well so far Grandy and Ichiro are nill nill, although Grandy has an arguement.

  • your mom

    shit Ichiro, do something, anything.

  • forensic

    That sure disintegrated quickly…

  • Robinson Tilapia

    Uh, Brignac limping?

    When the backups to the backups to the backups get injured.

  • Dalek Jeter

    …ugh. The bottom of this lineup…

  • WhittakerWalt

    Shit, Ichiro is so fucking useless.

  • your mom

    Ew. Brignac not off to a good start here.

  • The Real Greg

    I’m surprised that the cry for Ichiro to be on the bench is higher outside of this forum.

  • Kramerica Industries

    2 runs and 3 hits in five innings against Garcia is kinda sucky, no?

    • The Real Greg

      But again, we saw him the last 2 years to know better.

      • Kramerica Industries

        That’s right.

        We saw him get fucking mauled last season.

      • forensic

        It wasn’t two years, it was one year and that was the flukiest of all fluke years (which can certainly happen in one game like this too, unfortunately).

    • forensic

      Yes.

    • Troll

      Don’t forget that he’s also at 50 pitches in 5 innings. That’s disgusting. They’d give Verlander, Kershaw, and the King a better run for their money . . .

    • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

      No. Kinda sucky really isn’t strong enough.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      He’s a major league pitcher, and one who did rather well for us for an entire season, plus a few good starts when needed his second season.

      No. You should never be surprised when anyone wearing a major league uniform pitches well against your team.

  • Pasta Stumbling Sojo

    Alright, Greg. Ichiro is now a shocking 1 for 5 against Freddy Garcia from 2011-2013. That’s a .200 average!

    This obviously changes the calculus of whether it’s a good idea to play him vs. Garcia compared to earlier today, when he was batting a robust .333 (1 for 3) from 2011-2013 against him. Have you changed your mind based on this overwhelming new avalanche of data?

    • The Real Greg

      As I mentioned earlier, both Grandy and Ichiro are hitless.

      • Pasta Stumbling Sojo

        Er, I think that reinforces what I was saying. Looking at a sample size of 3 (or 5) tells you essentially nothing about what is likely to happen going forward.

  • Robinson Tilapia

    The Sons of Sam Pearce cheer from the stands.

  • The Real Greg

    Steve Pearce out for revenge!

  • nycsportzfan

    Pearce with the leadoff double. Crap!

  • teddy

    when are the yanks gotta cut suzuki

    • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

      2015?

      • Robinson Tilapia

        You win. Now you have to take teddy out for a steak dinner.

    • Improbable Island’s Dirty Midget Whores (formerly RRR)

      You’re really wondering about Ichiro when Ben Francisco is still on the team?

      • Robinson Tilapia

        Tonight’s Schedule:

        7:00-8:30 PM: Hate on Ichiro
        8:30-10:00 PM: Hate on Francisco
        10:00 PM until morning: Hate on Culver and DBJ

        • forensic

          If they lose, there has to be some time thrown in there after 10PM for hating on CC and the offense…

          • Robinson Tilapia

            They don’t even need to lose for that to happen. Look at the score now.

  • Get Phelps Up

    Thank goodness he’s OK. Jayson Nix catching in a 1 run game doesn’t sound fun.

    • forensic

      They say Stewart could supposedly catch in an emergency. I would guess that comes before Nix, but who knows.

      • Robinson Tilapia

        That would qualify as an emergency. :)

  • Leg-End

    Romine has no chin, that was a nothing hit! Heh.

  • Robinson Tilapia

    Bad things Ichiro bad things grumble grumble

    • Dalek Jeter

      I seem to have started something here! I’ve taken the hatred normally reserved for Francisco and transferred it over to Ichiro. I’ve tried with Nixie unsuccessfully, but with Ichiro it seems to have worked.

  • nycsportzfan

    How much doe is CC making this yr?

    • forensic

      3 Bambis…

      • Troll

        I think he meant “dough” or maybe “bucks” . . . ?

        • forensic

          Bucks could go both ways at least (male bambi or money), but geez, doe vs. dough???

          This isn’t rocket science.

    • Wheels

      The most in pro sportz.

      • Robinson Tilapia

        He madd so moch muney U wood not believe it yo

  • WhittakerWalt

    I can’t tell if the runner advanced to third on that out. Believe it or not, Pa Yankee didn’t describe it clearly.

  • Kramerica Industries

    Oh what, the Orioles and their fans are still bitching wreckless abandon about that HBP last year?

    • Get Phelps Up

      The funny thing is that his replacement was one of the only Orioles who actually hit in that series.

  • Kramerica Industries

    Fuck.

  • Improbable Island’s Dirty Midget Whores (formerly RRR)

    Hmmmm, at what point ARE we allowed to be worried about CC?

    I’m not saying that two runs, of course, is the time to be worried. It just made me think of the question.

    • The Real Greg

      When his ERA starts getting in the high 3s and into the 4′s.

      • Improbable Island’s Dirty Midget Whores (formerly RRR)

        I think it’s more important to check out the peripheral stats as opposed to his ERA.

    • nycsportzfan

      Not yet. If he gets through 6or7 innings at 2runs, you gotta tip your cap.

    • Dalek Jeter

      It seems like somebody asks this at some point during CC’s starts this season, then next thing you know it’s the 7th and he’s still pitching, has struck out 6+, hasn’t allowed more than 3 or 4 runs, and has given the Yankees a chance to win.

      • nycsportzfan

        very true.

      • Improbable Island’s Dirty Midget Whores (formerly RRR)

        Okay. But when he’s doing this every single start,you gotta wonder when dominant CC is showing up for a consistent stretch. Grind it out CC is a great thing, but it’s also worrying. You can’t live on the edge forever.

        • Dalek Jeter

          Andy Pettitte’s career 1.351 career WHIP disagrees =P

          I get what you’re saying, but until he actually falls off the cliff I have faith that he’ll grind through 7 and pitch well more often than not.

      • Robinson Tilapia

        NO. SOMETHING IS WRONG. CAN’T YOU HEAR!?!?

    • WhittakerWalt

      According to RAB rules, “never.”

  • Wil Nieves #1 Fan

    I’d be mad too if I let STEVE PEARCE score.

  • teddy

    getting beat by there lefthanded hitters and cc getting out pitched bby garcia

  • WhittakerWalt

    How about getting the lefties out?

    • The Real Greg

      I have to say though, the pitch that Markakis hit was a good pitch.

      • WhittakerWalt

        The Davis HR was not. I’m not saying he can never give up a hit to a lefty. It’s just that both RBIs in this game are from lefties. Irritating.

  • nycsportzfan

    Fuck! Come on CC, get outta this!!

  • Duke

    CC has looked like a shell of what he was this whole season thus far. Seems like he gets hit pretty hard every game.

  • Troll

    Incoming missile. I can’t make out the label. I think it says, “3RUHNBOMM”. Look out!

    • The Real Greg

      I think you misread the label.

    • Troll

      Phew, it landed in Chicago instead . . .

  • Dalek Jeter

    This fucking kid man. I love it.

  • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

    Nice play.
    Adams’ throws always scare me though. They almost always look like they are going to sail high.

    • forensic

      I was thinking the same thing. Not much of an arc to them (though some of that is from throwing hard). They seem to move up a bit and just stay there even over the long distance from 3rd to 1st, just low enough for Overbay to reach up and grab it.

      • Dalek Jeter

        I’m glad I’m not alone here. Every time he lets go I’m afraid he’s gone Nunez on us.

  • Tom

    Nice play by Adams.
    He’s looked decent at 3rd

  • Pseudoyanks

    Icewater Adams !!!!

    • Troll

      I don’t know why, but I like that nickname.

  • your mom

    So I guess CC is never getting his velocity back. Looks like we won’t be seeing too many 8 inning outings from the big man. Pitch counts have been high early and often this year.

  • Will The Thrill

    I know it’s alot to ask for but I wish the Yanks would sweep or at least win this series. Inter-division wins are so crucial but the Orioles are a Rays-esque pesky team now that seems to give us a super hard time.

  • Get Phelps Up

    That Etihad Airlines commercial is great.

  • Vern Sneaker

    This is the same guy who was bat only? Impressive.

  • Robinson Tilapia

    Sammy is feisty tonight.

  • The Real Greg

    Id I’m reading this correctly, CC’s BAbip is .310 this year.

    But his career BABip average is .294

  • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

    The embedded Yankees are failing hard at their jobs right now.

  • Will The Thrill

    Tight games versus division opponents are the worst. It’s even worse when Freddy Garcia is the one beating you.

    • Dela G

      100% agree

  • nycsportzfan

    Romines got a nice linedrive stroke!

  • Troll

    Oh, okay. So, the plan is to ensure Sweaty Freddy pitches at least sixteen innings tonight . . . Gotcha. Righteous. Righteous.

    • Will The Thrill

      I know you’re trolling but with his pitch count right now he could probably go 11 or 12.

      • Troll

        You consider that trolling? I just call it sarcasm because . . . YES, with his pitch count so low he COULD go quite deep into a game, ESPECIALLY since it is currently tied. No trolling here. Move along folks.

  • Get Phelps Up

    Yankees suck chants in cities like Baltimore are hilarious.

  • JonS

    Youk would not have made that play. Arod might not either.

  • Pasta

    Yankees suck chant lol balt still sore about last year.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      I once heard a “Yankees suck” chant at a Nets/Heat game at the Meadowlands. It happens.

      • Dalek Jeter

        Regardless of sport. It happens.

  • Dalek Jeter

    Gardner should think about running. I feel like Garcia’s deliberate motion and slow pitches neutralizes Weiter’s arm.

    • The Real Greg

      I would think twice after seeing that

    • forensic

      He’s much more conservative when Cano is batting second, which is one of the reasons I’m still not a fan of it.

  • Dela G

    wow he was out

  • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

    Thanks ump.

  • nycsportzfan

    Wow, that was close!

  • Wheels

    Yikes.

  • Dela G

    lol at gardner. he is wearing a legit oven mitt for a protector

  • Kramerica Industries

    Two walks here.

    Damn, gotta take advantage. This shouldn’t be a 2-2 game given the pitching matchup.

    • forensic

      Two walks AND a gift missed call at 1B…

  • your mom

    Need runs here.

  • Will The Thrill

    Yankees just should limit running on Weiters. The guy is pretty on point with catching base stealers. You don’t want to run yourself out of an inning.

  • Dela G

    that foul ball left the park

    holy shit

  • Wheels

    What a blast.

  • Dalek Jeter

    WOW talk about a loud strike.

  • Pasta

    Gardner needs to get a football wrist pad like linemen wear. Put the oven mitt down.

  • Dela G

    damn it

  • Improbable Island’s Dirty Midget Whores (formerly RRR)

    Fuck this game.

  • forensic

    Ugh, ugly…

  • Kramerica Industries

    Holy hell is Pronk slow.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      Jose Molina may have beaten that out.

  • nycsportzfan

    Damn Hafner! That stung!

  • Dalek Jeter

    See how a strike out isn’t always the worst possible outcome, Kay? I think Pronk would have prefered a strikeout there?

  • your mom

    Fuck you Casilla, piece of shit.

  • The Real Greg

    Yanks are slightly getting BABip fucked in this game.

  • Robinson Tilapia

    Still sweaty, I guess.

  • Cy Pettitte

    the only way they will get a hit tonight is a HR, the majority of these outs are hard hit right at a fielder.

  • Will The Thrill

    Are you kidding me? Geez. We’re playing right into Freddy Garcia’s finesse pitching style. You think the Yanks would be able to perform better against a guy they know so well…

    • Robinson Tilapia

      Yet we’ve seen shit like this happen before. Just because you watch it over and over doesn’t mean you can hit it.

      • The Real Greg

        Like I said earlier, when Freddy was with the Yankees, we saw this. Balls being hit hard right at fielders.

  • Leg-End

    Curses to you Freddy.

  • teddy

    can’t believe hafner missed that pitch

  • anderson Silva

    pretty fucking awful job with the bats.. would be nice to have Wells’ bat instead of Ichiro in there

  • teddy

    cc gotta blow the game

  • nycsportzfan

    Its not good when Chris Davis is hammering opposite field hits on you.

  • Dela G

    wow showalter checking balls for cheating? what a loser

    • Leg-End

      Checking it for the vagasil and bardol.

    • your mom

      That’d be funny if CC was cheating.

  • Robinson Tilapia

    I used to be fairly ambivalent towards Chris Davis. I hate him now.

  • Dalek Jeter

    DAVID FUCKING ADAMS!!!

  • The Real Greg

    I think he was safe too.

  • Wheels

    Yeah!

  • nycsportzfan

    What a paly by Adams!!!! Hes a beast!!!

  • Pseudoyanks

    Making teh plays!

    • Pseudoyanks

      OK, he was safe but still a pretty play.

  • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

    Nice play.
    Bad umpiring helps again.

  • teddy

    were getting the calls, they are finding holes

  • Will The Thrill

    I’m hoping this isn’t the series where our injuries catch up to us and we become the horrible team we are on paper. Also Buck Showalter needs to stop being a jerk. Does he honestly think CC is altering the ball?

  • Eddard

    Great call, Jerry. He was clearly out.

  • nycsportzfan

    Buck feeling that all the calls are going against him..lol

  • your mom

    IBB Pearce here?

    • Dela G

      i almost spit my water out reading that

      • your mom

        LOL

  • nycsportzfan

    Adams with a nice catch as well!! His defense has been impressive to say the least!

    • Will The Thrill

      I think it can get better especially with diving stops. He let a couple of balls this game get by him for doubles down the line. But he’s doing pretty great for a guy who was a second baseman for most of his minor league career.

      • Bo Knows

        Those were rockets down the line, probably be hard for experience/elite 3rd baseman to get too, can’t fault him for that. Adams has been great defensively.

      • nycsportzfan

        Hes made some really clutch plays tonight. He also has played well on defense outside of this game as well.

  • Will The Thrill

    I hope David Adams establishes himself and turns out to be the serviceable player he was projected to be.

  • Get Phelps Up

    Lestah not off to such a great start on the South Side…

    • Will The Thrill

      The White Sox have always been his Kryptonite.

      • forensic

        Of any teams he’s faced more than once, Lester’s two highest ERA’s are against the Cubs and White Sox.

        He must really not like Chicago…

  • Tom

    The embedded Yankees might not be getting it done but those embedded umpires certainly are!

  • Rolling Doughnut

    CC this year and last:

    2012: HR/9 1.0 BB/9 2.0 ERA+ 123
    2013: 1.2 2.3 131

    What’s the problem?

    • The Real Greg

      Lower velocity and learning how to pitch with it.

    • Dalek Jeter

      THE VELO

    • Kramerica Industries

      His WHIP was 1.28 entering tonight.

      For someone being paid what he is, it’s expected to be lower.

      • Rolling Doughnut

        It was 1.22 in 2011 and 1.14 in 2012. No big difference. The fact that he is overpaid is beside the point

      • Improbable Island’s Dirty Midget Whores (formerly RRR)

        I think that’s pretty much it. That and hits per 9.

  • nycsportzfan

    Could this be the AB Grandy goes yard? I think so!

  • your mom

    Kinda glad Garcia’s pitch count is low, especially in a close game. One swing off of his slop will get us the lead.

    • your mom

      Well shit, he’s out.

      • Leg-End

        Pitch count was good, ran out of sweat.

    • The Real Greg

      ORIOLES WENT TO THE BULLPEN

  • Dalek Jeter

    LOVERBAY!!!

  • Dela G

    BOOM!

    This team never fails to give up!

    Gritty!

  • Cy Pettitte

    lol Overbay, I have no idea how to explain this.

  • fabricio

    lyle hits it a mile!!!!

  • Kramerica Industries

    Overbay, against a LHP?

    We’ll take it!

  • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

    Loverbay!!!!

    #toomanydamnhomeruns

  • Wheels

    loverbay!!

  • Improbable Island’s Dirty Midget Whores (formerly RRR)

    LYLE. FUCKING. OVERBAY.

  • The Real Greg

    And BUck Showalter just got slapped in the face.

  • nycsportzfan

    OVERBAY!!!!!!

  • forensic

    Overbay!

    Off a lefty too!

    Thanks for being a genius Showalter and taking Garcia out!!!

  • Robinson Tilapia

    Woohoo!

  • Get Phelps Up

    Kyle Loverbay at it again!

  • Leg-End

    Overbay…….quick Buck check his bat.

  • your mom

    Overbay, Fuck yeah! (Sung to the Team America tune)

  • Eddard

    I just don’t see how they can get rid of him. Overbay will be a good bench player when Teixera returns.

    • Dalek Jeter

      I love Loverbay, but once Tex and Youk are back, with Adams in the fold as well…I’m just not sure there is room for Loverbay.

      • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

        That’s the choice if/when Tex and Youk and Hafner are healthy at the same time: Overbay or Adams (or if Cash is in trolling mood – Francisco)

        • Dalek Jeter

          I’d say Adams. He can play 2B in an emergency, a Rightie, and his best is ahead of him.

          • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

            I could see that, unless there’s still some concern for Tex’s wrist.
            They can option Adams, I don’t imagine there’s anyway they’d be able to get Overbay in the minors. I could see them keeping Overbay temporarily for Tex insurance.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      I hear you. I can’t see how you can make room on the roster, though. Think about it.

      At the very least, he’s now got some trade value, which you couldn’t have predicted at the start of the season.

  • Tom

    Dear Buck…Thanks for taking Freddy out!

  • Robinson Tilapia

    Ryback can’t cut a promo.

  • flamingo

    This team is ridiculous. I love it.

  • The Real Greg

    Oh Adams, that’s right down the middle

  • Dalek Jeter

    Reasons that Wells isn’t pinch hitting here?

    • The Real Greg

      The only reason I could figure is defense.

  • The Real Greg

    Why no Vernon Wells? I don’t know. Somebody should ask

    • nycsportzfan

      Vernon would of made sense there.

    • Matt

      You can also stop making excuses for everything that Girardi does. You would defend him even if he forfeited the game and took his team off the field by making up some nonsense like that they were tired and needed to sleep so they could win the next game.

  • Tom

    Why no PH here?

  • nycsportzfan

    Adams looked like Nix on that take strike 3 there.

  • your mom

    Useless I say!!!! Useless!!!!!!!!!!

  • Will The Thrill

    Overbay has been spectacular. He may not be a OBP stud but the power and respectable average have been there. I can’t imagine Teixeira doing much better especially with his slow starts which always seem to drag on for the first three months of the season.

    • Leg-End

      If Tex hits like its April and Overbay is traded people are gonna lose their minds……until Tex realises its June.

    • Kramerica Industries

      This is like Stockholm Syndrome or something.

      We’ve forgotten that, even in his declining state, there’s a reason why Tex has a secure contract and Overbay was floating on waivers three days before the season began.

    • Get Phelps Up

      Overbay’s been great no doubt, but you gotta think Tex could do better than a 105 OPS+.

  • Troll

    Okay, I’m about 5 miles from boarding the Ichiro hate-train . . . I’ma burnin’ for the Vernon.

    • Will The Thrill

      Ichiro looks done and there’s no reason to have patience and wait it out like we did with Ibanez. Ibanez had power at least but Ichiro’s hit tool looks gone. His bat speed seems to have diminished and he looks lost at plate.

  • WhittakerWalt

    Ichiro. Again.

  • Improbable Island’s Dirty Midget Whores (formerly RRR)

    Scary thing keeping CC in. I guess they’re hoping he can just get the ball to D-rob.

  • Dalek Jeter

    Okay, very quickly, especially with the edition of Brignac, Ichiro is becoming my least favorite Yankee. He might even wind up on my most hated of all time list.

  • nycsportzfan

    If CC can get through this inning, we will probably see the formula of Robertson and then MO. Nice!

  • The Real Greg

    This should get the bullpen up.

  • your mom

    Casilla’s pissing me off….as usual.

  • Kramerica Industries

    C.C. has just been so hittable at times this year.

    Nine hits for the Orioles tonight. Kinda hoping this turns around at some point. It’s been two months of the season now.

    • WhittakerWalt

      10 now.

  • Pasta

    Please get cc out of there

  • teddy

    should be cc last batter

  • Will The Thrill

    Blowout O’s > Scrappy O’s

  • your mom

    Shawn Kelly eh? Don’t know what to think.

  • Dalek Jeter

    Fuck…just fuck.

  • your mom

    Fucking CC.

  • Wheels

    Fuck

  • Kramerica Industries

    Unbelievable.

    Took two batters to erase the deficit, once again.

  • Leg-End

    CC should have been out before this inning started.

    • The Real Greg

      That’s very easy to say in hindsight.

      • Leg-End

        His pitch count was nearly at 100, he wasn’t particularly effective and its a 1 run game with a fresh bullpen. Once that runner got on that should have been it, I know its CC by come on, win the game.

      • Matt

        These decisions were obvious to anyone even at the time. That’s a cop out and you know it.

  • teddy

    cc has fail once again.

  • Karl Krawfid

    I mean you’ve been getting beat on sliders all day CC.

    A fastball inside wouldn’t be so bad.

  • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

    Well that was a quick lead cough up.
    Bullpen please.

  • nycsportzfan

    Shit!!!! Get Claiborne up!

  • Improbable Island’s Dirty Midget Whores (formerly RRR)

    All right. Officially a very disappointing start for CC.

    Why is he still in the game?

  • forensic

    Well CC, sure didn’t take you long to give that lead right away, and set them up for another run, and do it against a lefty…

  • Pasta

    See why let cc back out there

  • teddy

    i guess giradri doesn’t care about winning

    • your mom

      He’s got a lot of faith in CC, always has. Not me though. FUCK!!!

  • WhittakerWalt

    This is just who CC is now.

  • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

    Wake up Joe.

  • anderson Silva

    no reason to let CC pitch against the middle of their order.. he hasn’t been good today.

    Sure it can work, but it’s absolutely the wrong decision

  • Kramerica Industries

    G-d fucking dammit C.C.

    Fucking pathetic.

  • Improbable Island’s Dirty Midget Whores (formerly RRR)

    Why, why, WHY was CC left in the game? Come on Joe. Come on. Common sense.

    FUCK. THIS. GAME.

    • The Real Greg

      Aak him then?

      • Improbable Island’s Dirty Midget Whores (formerly RRR)

        What type of stupid comment is that?

        Greg. Stop this holier-than-thou bullshit. You did this all the time last year. Not every complaint about a legitimately questionable decision needs to be jumped on by you.

        And we started off this year so well…

  • Karl Krawfid

    Damn what a shitty game for CC.

  • nycsportzfan

    Why in the world would we not have someone up to face Hardy? Cc’s given up hits all game long! So stupid!

  • Rolling Doughnut

    Oh fuck

  • Pasta

    Death by giradi’s binder

  • Eddard

    You’ve got one of the best pens in the league and they weren’t brought in after a day off? CC should have been taken out after that lead off hit. Throw one in the dirt to Markakis on 1-2, not belt high where he can drive it.

    • Reuben Sierra’s Chains

      THIS

  • Troll

    While the Ichiro train is late to the station, I’m going to board the express to “Fu*k CC” instead.

  • Wheels

    This is an outrage

  • anderson Silva

    mission accomplished.. leave CC in too long so he can blow the game. Girardi is a fucking genius.

    Can probably anticipate the press conference, it will be some “he’s our ace, the big guy, we trust him” bulshit. Fucking moron

    • True Pinstriped Blue

      It’s all that tool’s JJJerkoffs fault. He jinxed the hell out of this team by being there.

  • Matt

    The pitch selection in this game is just sickening.

    Just because your fastball is not what it once was, it doesn’t mean that you should abandon it in big situations.

    Every time he gets to 2 strikes, the hitters just sit on his offspeed stuff. It’s amazing that even though this is so obvious, there is absolutely no adjustment. You have to throw the fastball to get them off of your breaking stuff. Even to the lefties, who are hanging out over the plate now against him.

    • The Real Greg

      Then it’s Romine’s fault then. Unless CC calls his own game.

      • Dalek Jeter

        Who do you think calls the game? The 12 year Veteran or the 12 week old rookie?

        • Matt

          Greg would go to the ends of the earth to refute a critical post. It doesn’t matter how ridiculous he makes himself look in the process. At this point, it’s really comical at how seriously he takes himself.

          • Kettle

            Hi, pot.

            • Johnny Wise

              +1

  • Troll

    Seems like the ACE gives up at least 10 hits a start . . .

  • forensic

    11 hits and only 2 strikeouts in 6.1 innings. Add in 4 runs (in position for maybe another) and a quickly blown late lead.

    Yuck!

  • Improbable Island’s Dirty Midget Whores (formerly RRR)

    People wonder why we’re worried about CC?

    21 hits in two starts.

    • Will The Thrill

      You shouldn’t be worried. He’s a lefty and he can throw 93MPH. He just hasn’t been having it lately. He usually heats up later in the season.

  • The Real Greg

    Of course everybody here is making their points in hindsight. In the end, the man who has won 500 games + with the Yankees went with a decision and it didn’t work.

    • Troll

      With the Yankees’ payroll and Cashman building a palace out of fetid turds and dirty hotel sheets, Helen Keller could’ve won at least 400 games whilst at the pinstriped helm. I’d actually put the blame on Girardi for keeping CC in after Casilla got on, but ESPECIALLY after the Marcocky double.

    • forensic

      Just how big is the Girardi poster over your bed anyway?

      • The Real Greg

        I have no poster. The manager makes a bad decision. It happens. Shit happens.

        Now if he didn’t start to warm Kelley after the Casilla hit, then I’d be angry. But as soon as the first guy got on he got the pen up. That is exactly what I would do.

        • forensic

          When he warms someone up isn’t the end of his job.

          Letting him start the inning to face Casilla (who has owned CC in his career) isn’t the end of the world, and then letting him face the lefty Markakis who he’s done ok against could be defended (though he’s given up plenty of hits to lefties, especially in this game).

          But, leaving him in to face the righty Machado isn’t a great odds move. Leaving him in to face the righty Hardy (who also has great numbers against him) was just flat-out wrong with the righty warmed up and ready in the pen.

          • Dalek Jeter

            This.

    • Improbable Island’s Dirty Midget Whores (formerly RRR)

      Actually, speaking as one of “everybody”, no I didn’t. Also, I believe we were talking about a mistake he made this game, not any others he’s managed.

    • Matt

      You are really clueless. It is not hindsight when it was obvious to everyone that the decision was wrong before it was even made.

      Just because it was posted here afterwards, it does not mean it was hindsight. People don’t sit here and post their every thought in the comments section as it comes to them. You need to get over it.

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

        How come your infinite wisdom can never be found during wins?

        • Matt

          I don’t live and die with this blog. You need to get over it. Most people are here to vent, not to cheerlead every play. I’d rather just watch the game otherwise.

      • Johnny Wise

        Showing up again to call Greg clueless…imagine that.

  • Frank

    Staked to 2 leads and couldn’t hold them. Disappointing but not all surprising.

  • Will The Thrill

    I think it’s time I add the Orioles to the list of teams I should watch the Yankees play if I want to get myself in a bad mood. Right along with the Rays and Tigers.

    • Get Phelps Up

      It seems like you’re in a bad mood regardless of who they play.

      • Will The Thrill

        Whoa. It must be great to be able to read people’s moods only by reading things they’ve written online. I’m just commenting on a sports thread and most comments on a sports thread are either celebrations or complaints.

  • nycsportzfan

    11hits in 6.1inn? Sloppy!

  • Pasta

    This game is on girardi for not seeing CC was toast in the 6th inning and had nothing in the 7th.

  • The Real Greg

    But also as I said earlier, 9.3 hits/ 9 innings coming in and it is going to go up.

    • Rolling Doughnut

      His BABIP is .308 this year with League Avg of .290 He did get rocked tonight but K/9 and BB/9 are better stats to use for comparison

  • Eddard

    And let’s stop with this well they should trust their ace. Hiroki is the ace now and has been for quite some time. CC is a nice #2 but Hiroki has outpitched him.

    • Frank

      Funny coming from you after running your mouth today about how this was such a pitching mismatch.

  • your mom

    3 HRs by our offense and we’re still losing late.

    CC Sabathia, former ace.

    • forensic

      That’s what happens when you only have one other hit in the 7 innings of the game.

  • wow

    CC is awesome forever.

  • your mom

    Why IBB Davis to get to Wieters? Wieters is switch hitter and can actually hit too.

    • alittleblackegg

      Because Chris Davis a monster from hell?

  • nycsportzfan

    At least we still got Vernon Wells to pinch hit for if need be.

  • Will The Thrill

    Anyone think this game would’ve turned out different if Vernon Wells was started instead of Ichiro? Ichiro’s at-bats were pretty pathetic. And even though Freddy Garcia is a righty and Vernon Wells is a righty, he’s not Felix Hernandez! I think he could’ve held his own.

    • anderson Silva

      Girardi is a fucking moron.

  • Pasta

    CC needs to give back some money in that contract to Cano.

    • your mom

      No Arod needs to do that.

      • Mark Teixera

        No, allow me.

        • Derek Jeter

          Can I help? It’s what a captain would do…

          • Bobby Bonilla

            DOn’t listen to Pasta, boys! The Mets are still paying me!

  • Cy Pettitte

    bottom 3rd of their line up was 4/9 tonight against CC, that’s fucking ridiculous.

    • Leg-End

      It ain’t good.

    • nycsportzfan

      He gave up almost 2hits per inning he was in the game. Thats not good at all. Amazing he only gave up 4runs!

  • nycsportzfan

    Thats strike 3 man!

  • Dalek Jeter

    I’m a huge CC fan, but not hooking him after the Markakis double was just the wrong move.

    • The Real Greg

      Now that I can agree with. I might have done that. Or at least send the pitching coach up to talk to stall.

  • The Real Greg

    In the end though, I am not going to blame the manager more than the player.

    • The Real Greg

      That’s why I seem to defend Girardi so much. Because in the end, he doesn’t throw the pitches. He doesn’t swing the bats.

      His effect is less felt. Because let’s say Girardi did go to the pen. What if the pen blew it?

      • Troll

        And yet you credit him with 500+ wins . . . ?

        • The Real Greg

          Is Tony LaRussa going to the HOF? Why is he?

          In a game like baseball, where luck plays such a major part, nobody should be blamed.

          I just like to balance that out with facts.

          • Improbable Island’s Dirty Midget Whores (formerly RRR)

            Ah. So Girardi gets credit for his 500 wins, but no blame.

            Come on, Greg. Be consistent. And I like Joe.

            • The Real Greg

              I only blame him when he does something illogical. That was not illogical by definition.

              • Troll

                “That was not illogical by definition”? WTF does that even MEAN in baseball?

              • Improbable Island’s Dirty Midget Whores (formerly RRR)

                What? For once, Troll is right. This makes no sense. I’m going to blame him because I think he should have taken CC out after he gave up the first one. Given the low amount of strikeouts and number of hits he had given up previous to giving up the tying run and putting a man in scoring position at the same time I think it’s pretty fucking fair to say that Girardi made a mistake in not taking out CC.

          • Matt

            Facts? Like the fact that righties are torching CC this year with his reduced velocity, yet he was left in to face two righties after the game was tied up with Kelley warm?

            Remember, these are the same baseball writers who refused to vote Piazza into the hall of fame because he seemed suspicious, even if he had never been connected once to PEDs in his playing career.

            In your view, the manager should get credit for everything. No blame if he fails because it was up to the players, but all of the credit if they succeed, because it was his moves that set it up. You can’t have it both ways.

            • The Real Greg

              I’m saying if there is going to be so much blame brought to the table that it needs to be balanced out with praise.

              I think there should be no reaction. There’s too much luck involved.

              • Improbable Island’s Dirty Midget Whores (formerly RRR)

                Oh come on, Greg. You know this makes no sense. When the manager fucks up, we’re going to criticize him. Why are we criticizing him? Because he fucked up.

                Does he deserve praise sometimes? Yes. But not when he fucks up. Chuck Knoblauch deserved a lot of praise in 98′, but when he let the ball roll in front of him in an extra inning game and started arguing with the ump, he fucked up and he was rightfully criticized for it. When people make mistakes, it’s not unfair to point them out.

        • Matt

          Girardi can do no wrong in his eyes. If he makes a terrible move and the player fails, well then the player should have bailed him out. If he makes a terrible move and the player succeeds, then he made a great decision. Deflect blame when he fails, but take credit when he succeeds.

      • forensic

        His job is to put players and the team in a better position to succeed, regardless of the outcome.

        He didn’t do that there.

        • The Real Greg

          But the problem is that putting a team into a better position to succeed doesn’t guarantee success.

          You can do all the right things as a manager and still lose. Who gets the blame then?

          • Dalek Jeter

            The players. If the manager does everything he’s supposed to do the players get the blame. I like to think we’re fairly even about that here. At least I am. CC is just as much culpable for allowing the hits, but to say Giarardi isn’t to blame at all then is just wrong.

          • forensic

            I said “regardless of outcome”. He puts them in a better position, if they fail to do the job then it’s on them.

            Again, he failed to do his part to put them in a better position.

          • Improbable Island’s Dirty Midget Whores (formerly RRR)

            Greg. Please. Think things through. We’re not blaming Girardi because CC blew the lead. We’re blaming Girardi for making a bad decision, made even more obvious when it came back to bite him. If he put the team in a position to win and still lost, sure, it’s not his fault. But that’s not what happened. He messed up, and deserves blame.

            It’s not rocket science. Stop with this one man defend Girardi crusade and accept the fact that Girardi fucked up.

            • The Real Greg

              In the end it was a bad decision, pure and simple.

              But the problem is that we don’t know what his thought process is. If he can defend his decision with logic, then how can you blame a guy for using logic?

              • Dalek Jeter

                It’s logical to expect Ben Francisco to hit well against LHP because he’s a RHH. It’s faulty logic, but it’s logical nonetheless. Does that make it right?

                • The Real Greg

                  No. The train of logic there is that Francisco hits better against lefties than righties because he’s a right hander.

                  • Dalek Jeter

                    But it’s still logical and “if he can defend his decision with logic, then how can you blame a guy for using logic?”

                    • The Real Greg

                      No. He can hit .100 against righties and .102 against lefties and the logic that I stated would be correct.

                    • Dalek Jeter

                      My point is, which apparently needs to be spelled out is: just because something can be argued as logical doesn’t make it right, or even defendable. Just because you find faulty logic for CC to be left in after (arbitrary point) Markakis’ AB doesn’t mean it’s right, the same way that just because there is logic in starting Francisco against LHP doesn’t make it right. The same way that just because there is logic in starting Ichiro tonight against Garcia doesn’t make it right.

                    • Improbable Island’s Dirty Midget Whores (formerly RRR)

                      Greg. Please. You’re embarrassing yourself. He was wrong. I don’t care what his “logic” was. That has nothing to do with the fact that he made an incorrect decision, which he is being rightly blamed for.

                  • Matt

                    Except it’s wrong. In his career, his splits are virtually identical against lefties and righties. And in this season, Travis Hafner has been better against lefties in a much bigger sample size.

                    It’s only logical if you ignore all of the other evidence to the contrary, and then make a series of blind assumptions about how he will perform based on heuristics.

              • Matt

                Of course he would think he made the right decision. That is not even close to a legitimate excuse. Your job as the manager is to put your team in the best position to win, not to protect your own ego.

            • Matt

              Exactly. It’s not about the outcome, but rather the decisions that were made to set it up. You can still make a bad decision and get a good outcome, but you want to make good decisions to maximize your chance of getting a good outcome. Girardi failed to do that tonight.

              • The Real Greg

                But can he defend it logically? If he can, then you can’t puncture it.

                • Matt

                  Just stop. Of course he thinks he made the right decision. It doesn’t mean he made the right one.

                  If the only way to defend the decision is to rationalize away all of the evidence and to excuse the manager for his ignorance, then clearly he already failed by not preparing for his job.

                • Improbable Island’s Dirty Midget Whores (formerly RRR)

                  Huh? What does that even mean?

                  Look, he can explain why he did what he did. He could still be wrong. If he answered “the voices in my head told me to do it” that would be completely logical if he was hearing voices in his head. It would also be a mistake.

                  Greg, you’re embarrassing yourself. Cut your losses and move on.

      • Leg-End

        It’s not a major thing to get worked up about, end of the day CC is the one giving it up but Girardi needs to make decision based on what he sees on the field more often.

        • The Real Greg

          IMO the only thing Girardi did wrong in that situation was not stalling more to give the pen more time to warm. He got Kelley up after the Casilla hit which is what I would have done. IF Kelley had been given more time to warm, I would then have hooked him after the Markakis hit.

  • Tom

    So instead of getting Wells in against the lefty last inning, he now will have him face a righty and for good measure burns an extra player as he is PH’ing for the SS.

    This has not been one of Joe’s better games.

  • Eddard

    And now Wells is going to hit against Oday’s frisbee. Ichiro is a 4th outfielder. You don’t sit red hot Wells for a .240 singles hitter. It’s not like Freddy was going to overpower Wells.

    • The Real Greg

      So fire him then

      • Troll

        This has the makings of an epic Timmy vs. Jimmy type spectacle.

      • forensic

        I think you’ve gone off the deep end with your absurdity…

      • WhittakerWalt

        I hate when you do this. By your logic we shouldn’t criticize or comment any aspect of the games. Since none of us has the power to fire the manager, what difference does it make?

    • Will The Thrill

      If Ichiro was another player he would sit in favor of the more productive Wells. But since he’s Ichiro and our front office was stupid enough to sign him to a two year deal, Girardi has to find an excuse to play him.

  • your mom

    Down one run only, still have a chance. O’day owns us though.

    • nycsportzfan

      They gotta get through some lefties with Jim Johnson though. Hopefully Cano or Pronk can tie this one up with a big fly!

  • Will The Thrill

    Vernon Wells vs. Freddy Garcia > Vernon Wells vs. Darren O’ Day

  • Matt

    Way to hustle to first Vernon. Jeez.

  • Will The Thrill

    Aww, how cute! Gardner was trying to hit a homerun!

  • Kramerica Industries

    Fucking ridiculous.

    If they lose this game, this is unquestionably in the running for most pathetic loss of the season.

    • your mom

      Can’t agree here. Pathetic no, disappointing yes. Not like we’re getting blown out.

      • WhittakerWalt

        Disappointing and ridiculous. Not pathetic. Though getting 3-hit by Sweaty Freddie is pretty bad.

      • Rolling Doughnut

        I’d rather see them get blown out than lose like this. Losses like these piss me off more. CC was bad and Joe left him in too long, but 4 hits off Freddy Garcia is just fucking lame.

      • forensic

        I would stick with pathetic based on their performance against Garcia. Right up there with the blowout losses against Houston and Seattle.

  • nycsportzfan

    Come on Gardner, at least make contact!

  • Eddard

    They weren’t going to hit Oday’s frisbee and now they have to contend with Jim Johnson’s bowling ball. Unless Overbay gets under one they’re going to have trouble tying it up.

  • WhittakerWalt

    Gardner strikes out too much for a guy with almost no homerun power. I’ve said it before, I’ll say it again.

    • Troll

      I’ve said it before too. And often. He should never ever be hitting anywhere NEAR the top of a lineup. I miss Austin Jackson. Oh yeah, I went there. Kiss my ass, Granderson.

    • Will The Thrill

      I’ve been saying this since 2009. Not only does he not hit enough homers but he doesn’t even drive the ball for doubles and always takes too long to steal/doesn’t steal enough.

  • Troll

    Friggin’ O’s. Why can’t they play Double-A teams instead? At least, that way, CC’d have a chance.

  • Anderson Silva

    This is a game dont lose with Buck as the manager. Simple like that

    • forensic

      The first batter faced by a reliever after he pulled his pretty much dominating Freddy Garcia allowed a homerun to give the Yankees the lead. That wasn’t exactly genius there either.

      • anderson Silva

        It was much better to leave CC in there to blow the game. Or to play Ichiro instead of Wells.

        • forensic

          Where did I say what Girardi did was right? I’ve been on him for his moves too. Just saying, it’s not like Showalter is some genius who never makes bad moves.

    • WhittakerWalt

      Actually, Buck did manage in this game. How’d that work out?

  • Eddard

    It’s one thing if Girardi was just giving Wells a blow but they just had a day off yesterday. Ichiro should not be playing when the superior players are rested.

    • your mom

      Apparently Girardi was giving him a blow in the 7th inning when he left CC in too long.

  • your mom

    Kelley is a K machine!

  • WhittakerWalt

    Can someone please explain the meaning of the word “irony” to John Sterling?

    • Dalek Jeter

      …it’s like RAIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIN ON YOUR WEDDING DAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAY!!!

  • Troll

    So who’s predicting a Red Sox come-from-behind victory to help nudge the Yankees out of sole possession of first?

    • The Real Greg

      Troll it really doesn’t matter. This team is not expected to do anything anyway so who cares?

    • Troll

      Wait, they’d be half a game ahead. FLINTHEART GLOMGOLD!!!!!!!!!!!

  • your mom

    LNOGY.

  • The Real Greg

    Here comes the Dickerson fan club.

    • Troll

      I’ve always liked him. Pissed when they gave him away.

  • Dave

    C.C. definitely not as dominant without his fastball in the 94-96 range like it used to be. What the hell happened? Maybe he needs his Captain Crunch back. I know Girardi has a box in his office.

    • your mom

      Arm fatigue, needs to go on DL……

    • Rolling Doughnut

      What the hell happened is he had surgery in the off season.

    • Leg-End

      Johnson will blow it again.

  • your mom

    Markakis will be sitting slider here.

  • your mom

    HR hitters are up. All we need is one.

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

      They need two.

      • your mom

        one to tie

  • Troll

    What am I missing? Why is Nix in for Gardner?

    • forensic

      Double-switch.

    • Troll

      Oh, Breignac. That was dumb. But Joe leaves in Ichiro? Ah, poops, they both suck. I rather have Nix in instead. YAHOO!

  • nycsportzfan

    Were in need of a robbie rocket here! Come on bombers!

  • The Real Greg

    Now I want to be clear. I am defending Girardi letting CC start that inning. I am not defending him leaving CC in there to face Hardy to give up the go ahead score. Because by that point it was clear that CC was spent.

    • Improbable Island’s Dirty Midget Whores (formerly RRR)

      But what if Joe defended his decision with “logic”? Would you revoke your criticism?

      • The Real Greg

        No because he had the bullpen warming, JJ Hardy’s a righty, so he can’t use that excuse. He was backed into a corner.

        • Improbable Island’s Dirty Midget Whores (formerly RRR)

          Nonsense. Joe might defend his position with “logic” you didn’t think of. It doesn’t matter how valid your criticism is if he uses “logic”.

          • The Real Greg

            I’d like to see what logic he could come up with.

            Anyway it’s moot now as Travis Hafner has gotten him a reprieve.

            • Improbable Island’s Dirty Midget Whores (formerly RRR)

              First of all, it isn’t actually moot. He still fucked up. But besides that, what if he said the voices in his head told him to do it? And they’ve never been wrong before. It would be illogical to assume that this would be the one time they were wrong.

              Faulty logic, you say? Doesn’t matter. He used logic. So you would have to revoke your criticism.

              You want to know what makes more sense? Judging whether or not his decisions were right or not. I really don’t care what his logic was if he fucked up.

  • Will The Thrill

    We need Jesus Montero here to hit two homeruns off Jim Johnson.

  • nycsportzfan

    Wow, Robbie got one to drive there and missed it!

  • Improbable Island’s Dirty Midget Whores (formerly RRR)

    I know people always claim racism when people say this. But Cano jogs. And he really shouldn’t. He’s a professional. Run out the damn play.

  • nycsportzfan

    Swung at ball4. Shit!

  • Will The Thrill

    You just had to swing Cano, didn’t you? Shit.

  • Wheels

    Come on Pronk!

    • Wheels

      YESSSSSSS

  • Kramerica Industries

    PRONK!

  • Dalek Jeter

    PRONK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • The Real Greg

    Oh my goodness!

  • your mom

    AAAAAnd THERE IT IS MOFOs!!!!

  • Rolling Doughnut

    PRONK!!

  • FEED.ME.MORE!

    PRONK-AGE!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • DC

    HAFNER!

  • Get Phelps Up

    Pronk!!!!

  • Cy Pettitte

    PRONK PRONK PRONK!!!!

  • Will The Thrill

    Yay Hafner! We better not lose this game now or it’s really gonna sting.

  • Leg-End

    PRONK, had a feeling he was gonna do that.

  • nycsportzfan

    PRONK!!! HOLY SHIT!!

  • FEED.ME.MORE!

    Weiter’s reaction alone told me it was gone.

  • Rolling Doughnut

    This team hits way too many homers.

  • Get Phelps Up

    Yankee Stadium South is coming to life.

  • Vintage

    Feed Him More!

  • Dalek Jeter

    Jimmy is going all Valverde on Showalter. I like it :)

  • tugger

    Boom!!

  • Improbable Island’s Dirty Midget Whores (formerly RRR)

    Man, we hit too many homers.

    • Dalek Jeter

      There really is no such thing.

      • Improbable Island’s Dirty Midget Whores (formerly RRR)

        Nonsense. If we had made a gritty, gutty comeback, there would still have been men on base, meaning it would be better than a HR. QED.

  • SeventhAce

    TOO MANY HOMERUNS!!!

  • your mom

    WTF GRANDY?????

  • FEED.ME.MORE!

    Wow @ Grandy. Just…..wow.

  • Improbable Island’s Dirty Midget Whores (formerly RRR)

    Terrible at bat Grandyman.

  • nycsportzfan

    Granderson..lol

  • Cy Pettitte

    Cano and Grandy giving Johnson gifts

  • The Real Greg

    Oh, Curtis

  • Rolling Doughnut

    Granderson.Awful

  • tugger

    cut grandy some slack fellas – he’s just getting back in swing of things. first time on this board and want to kill myself with all the negative bs

    • Will The Thrill

      Because he doesn’t strikeout alot when he’s completely healthy.

    • Dalek Jeter

      This? This is nothing. You want negative, check out LoHud’s board.

      • Improbable Island’s Dirty Midget Whores (formerly RRR)

        Actually, don’t. If you want to kill yourself now, that’ll drive you over the edge.

      • Reuben Sierra’s Chains

        No doubt. Crazy bitch is back in the game thread stirring everything up again. Claiming anyone with a twitter account is an egomaniac. That psycho drives everyone bat shit crazy. They think they are the ultimate Yankee fan blog too. Funny.

    • Rolling Doughnut

      You’re kidding right?

      • tugger

        not kidding

        • tugger

          its like the world is going to end with each at bat with you guys – can’t imagine a playoff board

          • Dalek Jeter

            It’s the same. Just with more people calling for more heads more often.

          • Improbable Island’s Dirty Midget Whores (formerly RRR)

            Dude. This is so tame. We actually get along relatively well – even when we bicker we’re mostly willing to turn right around and agree with somebody immediately after.

  • I’mVernonI’mVernon4U

    Sitting on the bus and saw that the game was tied. Put the most evil grin on haha. Way 2 go Haf!

  • Eddard

    If Robertson can hold them for an inning maybe we’ll be lucky enough to get Strop in the 10th. They don’t even have to swing the bat against him and he’ll get himself into trouble.

  • nycsportzfan

    Time for DROB to stiffle these birds!

  • nycsportzfan

    So would Nuno be available to pitch outta pen now that they decided to skip him in rotation?

    • sangreal

      Yes

  • The Real Greg

    Well at least with Wells batting 8th, the bottom of the lineup is no longer a waste of time.

  • tugger

    I love Adams – he’s gonna stick

    • Dalek Jeter

      Agreed on part 1. Hoping on part 2.

  • nycsportzfan

    Dang, i wanted a 1,2,3!! So nervous with Davis against DROB right here.

  • Dalek Jeter

    K-Robertson.

  • your mom

    Sit the F down Davis.

  • Leg-End

    Nice inning D-Rob, so much win when hes got that curve working.

  • Wheels

    Baseball is fun.

  • Eddard

    Please bring in Strop, Buck.

    • The Real Greg

      There he is.

  • Dalek Jeter

    I remember the Yanks killing Strop a couple times last season. Lets hope it continues.

  • Get Phelps Up

    Alright Ichiro.

  • Cy Pettitte

    Ichiro picked a good time to get his one hit of the night

  • Leg-End

    Theres the real Ichiro.

  • Kramerica Industries

    About time Ichiro did something.

  • Alkaline

    I could only imagine Mike’s reaction. :D

  • tugger

    ichiro looks skinnier

    • sangreal

      He does. Sickly almost

  • The Real Greg

    HE DID SOMETHING

  • fabricio

    its the ichi man!!! fuck hess

    • fabricio

      *yes

  • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

    Ichi being useful.

    Please don’t squander this.

  • Dalek Jeter

    Great…I mean I’m grateful he Ichiro is on base, but that just bought him another 3 weeks to a month of regular ABs.

  • your mom

    Arigatoo sir, useless no more?

  • nycsportzfan

    Ichiro with the leadoff double!! He destroyed that thing!

  • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

    Vern Baby!!!!!!

    • Get Phelps Up

      Vern Baby Vern?

  • Leg-End

    Vernon!

  • Cy Pettitte

    Wells!!!! so clutch.

  • Dalek Jeter

    VERNON!!!!

  • The Real Greg

    And Chris Dickerson loses his fan club.

  • fabricio

    yes!!!!!! fuck yessss!! wells almost rung the bells!!!!

  • Get Phelps Up

    Vernon!!

  • Kramerica Industries

    Vernon Wells continues to just be fucking money.

  • Improbable Island’s Dirty Midget Whores (formerly RRR)

    Mo time, mothafuckas’.

  • tugger

    good call by someone asking for Strop

  • SDB

    I’m late tonight, but 1) For Prussia! 2) HAFNER!, and 3) Nicely done Wells! Vern baby Vern! (that should totally be Sterling’s call right now.)

  • Eddard

    It never fails, Strop comes in and good things happen for the Yankees! Vernon should have been doing that all night long.

  • forensic

    Ichiro and Wells!!!

    Can’t help but say again those are the two I would’ve started today (though at this point it has nothing to do with Garcia, I just couldn’t resist).

    :-)

    • Dalek Jeter

      With Gardner in Center I guess?

      • forensic

        Yeah, Gardner was never part of the debate. It was Granderson, Ichiro, and/or Wells.

        • Dalek Jeter

          We’ve discussed at length my feeling on Ichiro, but he does have really good numbers against Freddy. Even though they’re from when both guys were very different players, I probably agree, but just saying, even a 4th Outfielder starts sometimes.

  • nycsportzfan

    Wellsy!

  • The Real Greg

    So in the end, Wells and Ichiro were the correct combination to get it done.

  • Improbable Island’s Dirty Midget Whores (formerly RRR)

    Good bunt, my man.

  • JonS

    Should’ve started Wells. Game would’ve been over after he dominated Freddy. haha

  • your mom

    “Yankees suck, Yankees suck!” LOL

  • The Real Greg

    Can Nix make Ma and Pa happy?

  • forensic

    Yankees announcers can’t help but mention when a guy is at the plate with a man on 3rd and less than two outs, that the guy at the plate is a pretty good bunter.

    All this despite there having been no hint whatsoever of a desire to attempt either kind of squeeze play at any point this season.

  • Dalek Jeter

    I’d do the same thing if I was Markakis. Catching that means a run.

  • SDB

    Sigh. Nix. Damnit.

  • Cy Pettitte

    does Casilla have a ball magnet in his shirt or what?

  • your mom

    Man, I hate Casilla!!!!

  • teddy

    so 2 straiht doubles and you bunt . nix can’t hit

  • Leg-End

    You want to pitch to Hafner? Go right ahead.

    • The Real Greg

      That’s why he did it. Buck is bringing in Matusz to face him.

      • Leg-End

        Worked out well didn’t it.

      • The Real Greg

        And Buck gets bit again

        • forensic

          But there was logic, so it’s not his fault…

  • http://twitter.com/Paddock9652 Stratman9652

    Too lazy to actually check the game logs, but it seems like the Yankees have played extra innings in their first game in Camden Yards for the past few years now.

  • Dalek Jeter

    Lmao…Strop can’t even control the ball for a IBB.

  • Get Phelps Up

    Do it again Pronk.

  • Anderson Silva

    Nix, incredibly shitty professional baseball player

  • Wil Nieves #1 Fan

    Nix.

  • your mom

    So Brian Matisyahu is a reliever now.

  • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

    Pronk!!!

    platoon player

  • Improbable Island’s Dirty Midget Whores (formerly RRR)

    Travis. Motherfucking. Hafner.

  • your mom

    LOL! Buck fail!

  • Wheels

    Haha

  • Cy Pettitte

    Pronkmania! hooray insurance runs

  • fabricio

    pronk is the man!!! the orioles have been Hafed tonight!!!!

  • Get Phelps Up

    Pronk is such a beast.

  • Rolling Doughnut

    Big night for Pronk!

  • JonS

    Hafner with the big “Fuck You Showalter!!”

  • forensic

    Atta boy Hafner!

    Way to pick up the nearly useless Nix and get a very nice insurance run.

  • Tom

    I’m confused… Hafner can hit lefties?

  • Matt

    Who knew? Lefty batters can hit lefty pitchers? I hope Girardi is paying attention.

  • I’mVernonI’mVernon4U

    YES, take that pigeons!!

  • your mom

    Not sure I’m looking forward to Tex’s return.

    • JonS

      -_-

    • Dalek Jeter

      Can’t say I agree:
      CF Gardner
      LF Wells
      2B Cano
      1B Tex
      DH Pronk
      RF Granderson
      3B Adams
      C Romine
      SS Brignac/Nix

      That’s a damn good line up IMO.

      • Dalek Jeter

        Bench of:
        OF Ichiro
        INF Nix/Brignac
        INF Overbay
        BUC Stewart

        • FEED.ME.MORE!

          I like the way you think.

  • Improbable Island’s Dirty Midget Whores (formerly RRR)

    The Orioles have been Pronked tonight.

  • Get Phelps Up

    It’s Mo time.

  • Robinson Tilapia

    Believe in the Yankees.

  • Improbable Island’s Dirty Midget Whores (formerly RRR)

    Let’s get this over with Mo.

  • forensic

    Has this thread slowed to a crawl for anyone else too?

    Anyway, one more Mo!

    • Dalek Jeter

      Me

      YAY MO GOOD GAME

    • Get Phelps Up

      Yeah.

  • Wheels

    Awesome

  • forensic

    Nice!

    Wasn’t pretty, but it’s still a win.

  • Improbable Island’s Dirty Midget Whores (formerly RRR)

    How the Hell did we win this game. Seriously, how?

    I just don’t get this team at all.

    • SDB

      This team relies too much on the home run.

      Oh, wait.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      There’s nothing to get. They win ballgames. That’s what matters.

      • Improbable Island’s Dirty Midget Whores (formerly RRR)

        They’re an enigma wrapped inside a riddle all caught up inside of a conundrum.

  • Cy Pettitte

    I was so pissed when CC blew the 3-2 lead but this win was probably more satisfying than if they just held on and won 3-2.

  • Robinson Tilapia

    CC bleh bleh Ichiro bleh bleh

    The only thing that matters is that the New York Yankees won. Again. Team sport, bitches.

  • Get Phelps Up

    I think we can safely declare this the best win of the season. What a great fucking comeback.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      Oh wow. Nice win, but didn’t leave THAT much of an impression on me. Glad it did for you, though.

      • Get Phelps Up

        I’m a sucker for 9th inning comebacks. :) And it came against the Orioles.

  • Pseudoyanks

    Please don’t retire Mo!

  • your mom

    Nice win. So much for the pathetic loss.

  • Eddard

    The streak lives! The Yankees have still yet to lose a ballgame this season in which they score first.

  • Tom

    Would have like for CC to pitch to the win but:

    Extra inning loss… check
    3rd blown save in a row for Johnson…. check
    2nd consecutive loss after leading after 7 innings (they were like 100+ wins in a row)… check

    Regresssion – she’s a cold hearted bitch!

  • Pseudoyanks

    Still undefeated when scoring first.

    • forensic

      Tied for the second best start to a season since 1900.

      Tied with the 1902 Pirates and one behind the 1990 Reds.

      • Pseudoyanks

        Thanks buddy.

        • forensic

          Postgame had it and it lined up nicely with your comment, so I thought I’d throw it out there. 19-0, and counting, now…

  • Improbable Island’s Dirty Midget Whores (formerly RRR)

    I love how they showed their record in one run games when this wasn’t a one run game.

  • FEED.ME.MORE!

    The Win……FTW!!!!!!!!!

  • Improbable Island’s Dirty Midget Whores (formerly RRR)

    I really need to check out that Orioles blog, Camden something or other.

    • Get Phelps Up

      Their reaction in the triple play game was pretty great.

      • Improbable Island’s Dirty Midget Whores (formerly RRR)

        This one is a beauty too. The section of the thread where PRonk tied the game is priceless.

        • forensic

          I thought Mike said Camden Crazies was basically defunct in the series preview?

          • Improbable Island’s Dirty Midget Whores (formerly RRR)

            Camden Chat.

            • forensic

              Ah, haven’t been there. Thought maybe it was a smaller site and not that good since Mike seemed pretty unenthusiastic about it.

              • Improbable Island’s Dirty Midget Whores (formerly RRR)

                Oh, it’s pretty good. I suggest you check it out.

                • forensic

                  Maybe, don’t typically go to other teams blogs much. Mostly just reading epic threads after the fact, such as The Collapse from 2011.

                  • Improbable Island’s Dirty Midget Whores (formerly RRR)

                    That’s what I mean. I suggest you check out their game thread NOW.

                    FYI, the 2012 O’s are their dream team. They virtually worship them. And the Yankees beat them both in regular season standings and in the playoffs.

  • FEED.ME.MORE!

    And the Rays and Sox lose. As good a night as can be asked for.

    • forensic

      Sox game is still going in the 9th inning with the tying runs coming up with a man on 1st and 0 outs.

      • forensic

        Now it’s over. :-)

        Though that flyball to the wall in CF was a little scary.