Game 48: Reverse Split

(Dustin Bradford/Getty)

(Dustin Bradford/Getty)

Left-hander Matt Moore has some of the nastiest pure stuff in baseball, with the easiest mid-90s velocity you’ll ever see and a breaking ball that both bends and sweeps. So why has Joe Girardi included five left-handed hitters in the lineup against the Tampa southpaw today? Because of his reverse split:

2013 vs. LHB 0.214 0.313 0.411 0.214 0.320 17.2% 10.9% 40.0%
2013 vs. RHB 0.155 0.261 0.304 0.190 0.257 26.7% 11.8% 34.0%
Career vs. LHB 0.232 0.336 0.359 0.232 0.313 17.3% 11.4% 43.4%
Career vs. RHB 0.219 0.307 0.372 0.219 0.299 26.0% 10.5% 35.1%

So are pitcher platoon splits more important than hitter platoon splits? I don’t know. I guess that’s a case-by-case thing. The Yankees haven’t exactly fared well against left-handers this season — .231/.275/.328 (66 wRC+) — and it’s not like they have a bunch of big righty bats on the bench, so they might as well just run their best hitters out there regardless of handedness. Here’s the lineup that will face Mr. Moore…

  1. CF Brett Gardner
  2. 2B Robinson Cano
  3. LF Vernon Wells
  4. DH Travis Hafner
  5. 3B David Adams
  6. RF Ichiro Suzuki
  7. SS Jayson Nix
  8. 1B Lyle Overbay
  9. C Austin Romine

And on the mound is the former Baker University Wildcat, left-hander Vidal Nuno.

This afternoon’s game is scheduled to start at 4:10pm ET and can be seen on YES locally and MLB Network nationally. Enjoy.

Roster Move: As expected, the Yankees have officially recalled Brennan Boesch from Triple-A Scranton. He replaces Curtis Granderson, who was placed on the 15-day DL with a fractured left pinky.

Injury Updates: David Phelps (forearm) is bruised and sore after being hit by a line drive last night, but he expects to make his next start … Andy Pettitte (trap) came through today’s bullpen session fine, yet there’s still no word on when he’ll pitch in a simulated game … Hiroki Kuroda (calf) threw a bullpen session and felt a little tightness, but he’s still expected to make his next start.

Categories : Game Threads


  1. trr says:

    Tough pitching matchup today; maybe El Nuno shows us something, and we squeeze out a 3-2 win?

  2. Eddard says:

    Girardi isn’t that smart. He has 5 LHB in the lineup because that’s the best he’s got to put out there.

    • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting) says:

      That hasn’t prevented Ben Francisco from getting 50 PA’s this year.

      • trr says:

        right on target!

      • Eddard says:

        Girardi forgot Francisco was even on the roster. The only RHB Girardi could put in is the backup catcher. Brignac is a lefty, Boesch is lefty. His best hitters are lefties so that’s all he can really do.

  3. Robinson Tilapia says:

    For Prussia, and for shitty, cold, rainy days.

  4. Wheels says:


  5. trr says:

    GET THIS RUN IN! I don’t care how

  6. trr says:

    can’t get a break

  7. Eddard says:

    Unbelievable. Vernon has been incredibly unlucky of late.

  8. Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting) says:

    Nice job Pronk.

  9. Eddard says:

    There we go, an early run for El Nuno. Hanging curveball.

  10. Wheels says:

    attaboy Pronk

  11. trr says:

    I want Hafner at DH every game possible

  12. Tom Q says:

    Seems like a hard thing to research, but my sense is the Yankees have done that fairly well of late: managed to get the run in with two outs after blowing the free shot at one out. As opposed to last year, when it felt like they were continually leaving that runner at 3rd.

    • McLovin says:

      Yeah have the same feeling.

    • vicki says:

      well, .701ops/141r with risp; .649ops/58r with two outs and risp. so they’re not hitting better later in the inning. and they’re pretty bad relative to the league either way, whereas they were decent to quite good relative to the league last year. it’s just that when stewart and nix fail in these situations it doesn’t make you as angry as when teix and arod did. so you don’t remember it as vividly.

  13. McLovin says:

    Lets go Nuno!

  14. Vern Sneaker says:

    Very professional play.

  15. The Real Greg says:

    I know we have to play him out of necessity, but it should be clear by now that Chris Stewart has been much better in the lineup than Austin Romine.

    • vicki says:

      can you give him more than nine starts, greg? he’s not exactly taking innings away from jorge posada.

  16. Kramerica Industries says:

    Just realized Pedro Ciriaco is back in the majors.

    Just in time to play the Yankees next week.


    • Roadgeek Adam says:

      He was there in the first series. We just never saw him due to a hot Iglesias, who is now at 3rd.

      • vicki says:

        plus they had new yankee-killer jackie bradley, jr.

        ps iglesias is back at ss today, with ciriaco at 3B.

  17. Wheels says:

    Nice Nuno

  18. McLovin says:

    Good job stranding the lead off double.

  19. Mykey says:

    Still Yankee Stadium South-South.

  20. Eddard says:

    El Nuno looks good. They should send Nova down to AAA and have double barrel lefties in the pen.

  21. Mykey says:


  22. Eddard says:

    Why didn’t Gardner take him out with a slide?

  23. The Real Greg says:

    Oh Vernon. Got to get him to 50 pitches in the 3rd.

    He’s starting to cool down again.

  24. Anderson Silva says:

    When is Robbie going to figure things out? he’s been garbage

  25. vicki says:

    okay, down a run in the 9th, andrew bailey on the mound. do it for tito.

  26. Vern Sneaker says:

    Cano with his all deliberate speed to first. Would have loved to see Billy Martin handle him.

  27. The Real Greg says:

    Yeah don’t bother to dive for that Cano

  28. nycsportzfan says:

    Is it me or does it seem we’ve been unlucky in this game with balls right at guys again and balls not carrying?

  29. OldYanksFan says:

    Cano dogs running to 1st again.
    He wouldn’t run hard even if his asshole was on fire.

    • vicki says:

      he legged out an infield hit last night. he runs when it’s close.

      • Vern Sneaker says:

        The DP was close and he didn’t run.

      • Rolling Doughnut says:

        I’ve seen him dog it on close plays…c’mon so have you

        • Deathstroke Heathcott says:

          Ehh, if that’s how he stays so healthy, right now I’d prefer he dog some plays. Thinking big picture.

          • vicki says:

            i tend to agree. the extreme preoccupation of the other side of this conversation rubs me the wrong way, some reason.

            • Rolling Doughnut says:

              I have no extreme preoccupation about anything thanks very much. I do stand by my post however, Cano sometimes dogs it to first.

              • Deathstroke Heathcott says:

                Sure he does. But it’s not a big deal for me that he takes it easy in the middle of the season as long as he hustles when playoffs come around.

              • vicki says:

                that’s too bad. a good idee fixe is the root of all art.

                and sure, he dogs it. that’s not uncommon in today’s game. i just don’t like when the critical voices have a vaguely racist overtone. or when a suggestion is made that robbie is lazy or doesn’t care. by all reliable accounts he works his ass off. early to the field, post-game batting cages, off-season work-outs.

                what makes jeter jeter is that all-out sprint to first on no-doubt routine grounders. we admire it, but that’s not cano’s way and it hasn’t kept him from being one of the best players in baseball, so no big deal to me.

                • trr says:

                  It’s hardly racist to call someone out for dogging it. It ‘s OK because he works out? If you can ‘t hustle between the lines, you should be called out on it

                  • Deathstroke Heathcott says:

                    Just saying, I’d rather have a guy who knows when to bust his ass stay healthy and play for 155 games than a guy who shows all the heart and hustle in the world but misses 40 games a year due to injury. It’s not like Cano has shown to be lazy as he does work very hard at his craft otherwise, so I’m gonna assume he doesn’t run out every grounder hard because he knows it’ll keep him healthier over the long run.

                  • vicki says:

                    do other players get called out on it? i’m just saying the lazy knock on cano is outdated.

                    • trr says:

                      Maybe it’s a generational thing with me. I’m 57, but still play softball w/guys 30 yrs younger than me. These games don’t mean shit, but I bust my ass every second I’ m out there

                    • vicki says:

                      i’m enough a student of the game’s history to believe that’s a big part of it.

  30. nycsportzfan says:

    Multi Hit game for Ichiro. A couple of ugly hits, but hits none the less.

  31. nycsportzfan says:

    Pile up that pitch count.

  32. Eddard says:

    That’s it, Nixy, drive up that pitch count.

  33. trr says:

    1 run ain’t gonna win this for us

  34. trr says:

    Romaine overmatched

  35. Wheels says:


  36. vicki says:

    the hot corner. and by hot i mean sexy.

  37. The Real Greg says:

    Molina was moving like a tank

  38. Eddard says:

    Molina is the slowest human alive.

  39. Cy Pettitte says:

    darn, I really thought 1 run would win it.

  40. trr says:

    Still he scored

  41. The Real Greg says:

    Nuno has to develop a concept of baiting them to swing at bad pitches when they want to swing at the first pitch.

  42. Rolling Doughnut says:

    Got to get to their pen. Patience boys.

  43. Wheels says:

    Get cracking Robbie

  44. The Real Greg says:


  45. trr says:

    Cano almost broke into a run there

  46. Rolling Doughnut says:

    Looks like shit at the plate. Take a few for fuck’s sake.

  47. The Real Greg says:

    And now Vernon swings at the first pitch. What the hell are these guys doing?

  48. trr says:

    Except Hafner

  49. nycsportzfan says:

    I missed how rays got one. How?

  50. Eddard says:

    Thank you, ump. Drive that pitch count up.

  51. The Real Greg says:

    That ump just saved the Yankees bacon in that inning.

  52. Eddard says:

    Does anyone else hear that clown making comments to every batter?

  53. Rolling Doughnut says:

    Pronk strikes out twice and gets a walk. Is there a stat for that?

  54. nycsportzfan says:

    Come on Adams, stretch that hit streak to 5!

  55. Eddard says:

    What an inning! All kept alive thanks to the home plate ump.

  56. trr says:

    Gotta be a hit

  57. Mykey says:

    Hafner running scares the crap out of me

  58. I'mVernonI'mVernon4U says:

    Even if we don’t score here at least Moore will be out really soon.

  59. nycsportzfan says:

    Got em to 100plus!!!

  60. Wheels says:


  61. The Real Greg says:

    Not really angry about that. Starting and scoring in a rally with two outs goes against the odds.

    IMO Cano and Wells ruined that inning.

  62. nycsportzfan says:

    Ichiro is allergic to driving in runs.

  63. Anderson Silva says:

    this offense is almost mariners bad.. they suck

  64. The Real Greg says:

    Well you wanted somebody to get hit.

  65. Pat D says:

    Well, if you were gonna hit one guy on this team, that’s the guy and that’s the place to do it.

  66. nycsportzfan says:

    I smell trouble.

  67. Rolling Doughnut says:

    Got a bad feeling here

  68. Anderson Silva says:

    they are figuring Nuno out.. some hard hit balls the last couple innings

  69. trr says:

    That sure looked intentional to me

  70. The Real Greg says:

    Problem is that if Zobrist gets on, what do you do with Loney?

  71. nycsportzfan says:


  72. Eddard says:

    El Nuno’s done everything he can to win this ballgame. Now they need to give him a run.

  73. Rolling Doughnut says:

    Nuno gets it done. Pick him up guys

  74. Eddard says:

    Alright, lead off runner on. PH for Romine.

  75. trr says:

    First batter on

  76. nycsportzfan says:

    Did you guys here the ump tell Molina he moves like a cat for about 3feet??lol

  77. nycsportzfan says:

    One time Austin! Double to the gap!

  78. The Real Greg says:

    The Yankees bench is Boesch, Francisco, and Stewart. Have fun.

  79. Wheels says:


  80. Mykey says:

    This is getting absurd.

  81. trr says:

    C’mon Romine show us something

  82. Rolling Doughnut says:


  83. The Real Greg says:

    He’s not injured. He got cut.

  84. Mykey says:

    Atta boy Nix.

  85. nycsportzfan says:

    Perfect time to steal!

  86. The Real Greg says:

    What the hell Romine?

  87. nycsportzfan says:

    Romine sucks!

  88. Eddard says:

    Cripes, Francisco could have at least swung at that one.

  89. trr says:

    Mebbe he IS a professional player

  90. Mykey says:

    Bah. C’mon now Brett.

  91. trr says:

    Time for a clutch hit

  92. trr says:

    Way late on that swing

  93. nycsportzfan says:

    Goof balls!

  94. The Real Greg says:

    That was too close to take Brett.


  95. trr says:

    As my Dad would say “Dammit!”
    He was a man of few words, but meant them all…

  96. Anderson Silva says:

    it was hit hard but he has to make that play

  97. nycsportzfan says:

    Great job by Nuno!

  98. The Real Greg says:

    I’ve seen Adams make tougher plays than that already this year. He has to make that play.

  99. The Real Greg says:

    Bullpen failure.

  100. Eddard says:

    Overbay should have gotten that. This ain’t good.

  101. Rolling Doughnut says:

    Well now all that’s left is for Greg to say we weren’t gong to win anyway.

  102. trr says:

    D has let us down this inning

  103. trr says:

    But defense isn’t important, according to some

  104. The Real Greg says:

    The key is each team has 6 hits, but

    Yankees: 1 double
    Rays: 4 doubles

  105. Eddard says:

    The LOOGY fails again.

  106. Kramerica Industries says:


  107. I'mVernonI'mVernon4U says:

    You had one job, Logan. Couldn’t really have asked more from Nuno. This offense is bad right now, which just makes losing Grandy even more infuriating.

  108. Frank says:

    Terrible pitch by Logan.

  109. nycsportzfan says:

    Good move taking Nuno out with a reasonable pitch count Joe.

    • The Real Greg says:

      Hey some people didn’t want him to start the inning.

      • nycsportzfan says:

        The guy had the rays completely off balance all game, i don’t know why people woulden’t want him to go at least to 100-103pitches?

  110. Wheels says:


  111. Frank says:

    Game over.

  112. Steve D Fl says:

    I would have left Nuno in. And gone batter to batter.both moves didnt work.

  113. Anderson Silva says:

    mentally weak team falls apart.. pathetic call as well

  114. trr says:

    He was safe

  115. Pat D says:

    Romine backed away from him.

  116. Kramerica Industries says:

    The House of Horrors strikes again.

  117. Eddard says:

    How does he make that call? The ball beat him by a mile. He was out.

  118. The Real Greg says:

    Doesn’t matter as Rolling Doughnut said. The matchups were not favorable.

  119. Frank says:

    As a catcher, Romine has to drop down and block the plate and not swipe tag as he’s stepping away. Bad fundamental play.

  120. Eddard says:

    And don’t cite Logan’s ERA as effectiveness. He’s the Luis Ayala of this year. He can’t get LHB out and then he leaves while someone else cleans up his mess.

  121. Steve D Fl says:

    and while Im at it…….what the hell was that Romine????? Really?

  122. The Real Greg says:

    Yankees defense costs them this game.

  123. JMK says:

    I think he was out and I realize that the game moves very quickly, but why is Romine trying to tag him on the chest?

  124. nycsportzfan says:

    Game, set, and Match.

  125. The Real Greg says:

    Can somebody please tell me what are Logan’s stranded runners numbers please?

  126. Troll says:

    That’s game. Oh well. My only hope is that the Yankees sweep Boston (although I know that’s not at all likely). I rather have Toronto nipping at the Yankee’s ass than the Red Sox. Commence Boston’s burial!

  127. Pat D says:

    Nix got the neighborhood play on that one.

  128. nycsportzfan says:

    Now romine can’t get a grip on the Romines garbage!

  129. JMK says:

    If you asked me in 2011 or 2012 if I’d ever in my life say the phrase, “Man, I really miss Frankie Cervelli!” I’d say not in a million years.

    But man, I really miss Cervelli.

  130. Frank says:

    If Claiborne keeps pitching like this, Joba becomes expendable come the trade deadline.

  131. vicki says:

    could’ve expected to be down 3-1 going into the 8th, but that was a yucky way for it to unfold.

  132. Eddard says:

    Claiborne did his job. Cleaned up the mess left by Logan.

  133. nycsportzfan says:

    Lets get something going in the 8th! Come on guys!

  134. Troll says:

    It’d be nice if Cano decided to start contributing to the team again . . . . Man, what I would do for a Miguel Cabrera right about now . . .

    • The Real Greg says:

      Considering what the Tigers gave up for him, it makes me angry that we couldn’t put together a package like that.

  135. nycsportzfan says:

    Tying run to the plate! Lets go yanks!

  136. trr says:

    Lead-off walk. And he dogged it down to 1st

    Just kidding

  137. nycsportzfan says:

    Wells is king of the pop out.

  138. trr says:

    Wells struggling right now

  139. The Real Greg says:

    Wells is starting to turn orange.

  140. Anderson Silva says:

    i dont think Wells saw 5 pitches today.. great ABs

  141. trr says:

    C’mon Pronk

  142. nycsportzfan says:

    I’d give Boesch a chance if Hafner gets out. We need a big fly.

  143. The Real Greg says:

    That was a horrible AB too.

  144. nycsportzfan says:

    Fucking garbage! A leadoff walk and then a ball dosen’t even leave the fucking infield?

  145. Troll says:

    One run off Moore is one more than I expected, but this is the bullpen, you knob-gobblers! Stop choking!

  146. nycsportzfan says:

    Why Brennan Boesch didn’t get a PH chance there is beyond me?

  147. Rolling Doughnut says:

    How bout that TB pen eh? Sliced right through the meat of our lineup har har.

  148. The Real Greg says:

    Is this road trip the other shoe falling? It very well could be.

    • Rolling Doughnut says:

      It could very well be that this road trip will be followed by a homestand

    • Troll says:

      You say that during every loss and yet you’re always given a pass for it . . . Greg, this team is lucky to be in first. Their pitching has been phenomenal but the offense is clearly despicable. Be happy that they’re not in last place. The other shoe? The other shoe is of no consequence in a game blown by the bullpen, Logan in particular. Nuno did his job and Matt Moore did what he’s been doing all season long. The offense, as is, sucks, but there’s no reason to believe that last year’s lineup could’ve done any better. The shoe cannot fall in a game everyone expected to lose, so hush, li’l child, and don’t say a word.

  149. I'mVernonI'mVernon4U says:

    Lead off hits and walks being wasted, pretty frustrating.

  150. trr says:

    Let’s get a hold of ourselves here.

  151. trr says:

    Shut ‘em down !

  152. YankeeFanTX says:

    Well on the bright side its a chance to stick it to Valverde. Not gonna happen but it’s my only nice thought at this point.

  153. The Real Greg says:

    The sad part is that while other teams will probably get passes for competing with so many injuries, the Yankees will not get that luxury because everybody wants them to fail so much.

  154. I'mVernonI'mVernon4U says:

    Please please please get him to blow the save I don’t want to see the stupid arrow shit.

  155. Tom says:

    Did Claiborne throw this hard in the minors? He was hitting 96 in his first inning and has been consistently around 94mph. I thought he was more 92-93mph with the ability to get up to 94.

  156. The Real Greg says:

    The state of the Yankee bench can be seen by fact that Girardi doesn’t PH for Nix. Just a shambles.

  157. Anderson Silva says:

    this team is hopeless

    • The Real Greg says:

      And again, were you expecting different?

      • trr says:

        C’mon guys! We’re in 1st place!

      • Troll says:

        You can’t keep doing this! Stop it, please. You have the absolute WORST attitude I’ve ever witnessed from a fellow baseball fan, which makes me question whether or not you even ARE a fan! You’re a glutton for punishment, it would appear . . . I can’t even finish my sentiment. The mere thought of you right now has entirely exhausted my patience and thought process. Damn you, Greg, damn you to hell.

        • The Real Greg says:

          I’m not a glutton for punishment. I have very low expectations when it comes to sports.

          • vicki says:

            i think the point is you don’t have to type every crazy thought that comes into your head. we all have a little greg in us but most self-edit before pressing Submit Comment.

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

            And is it your goal to make everybody else as spineless as you are?

  158. nycsportzfan says:

    well, at least Boesch is getting a chance now. He should of went in for adams last inning, but better late then never.

  159. Troll says:

    The only complaint that I have about this game has nothing at all to do with this game. The Red Sox keep winning . . . Fu*king what’s-his-face with .400+ OBP and J. Iglesias and Ciriaco going 3-4, oh, and, Ortiz playing better than ever . . . This makes Troll angry. Troll go smash now.

  160. trr says:

    Well excuuuuse me!

  161. The Real Greg says:

    Why Gardner?

  162. nycsportzfan says:

    Swing the bat Gardner!!!! Jesus, what are you looking for?

  163. nycsportzfan says:

    Gardner does it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Holy SHIT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  164. Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting) says:


  165. Eddard says:


  166. Tom says:

    Suck it ARROW BOY!

  167. I'mVernonI'mVernon4U says:

    Shove the arrow up your ass.

  168. Kramerica Industries says:


  169. The Real Greg says:

    This would be the all-time steal of a win if they get it.

  170. trr says:

    Told ya

  171. nycsportzfan says:

    Were in this still! Brennan Boesch comes up Aces today!

  172. I'mVernonI'mVernon4U says:

    As clutch as Gardner just was, I was really surprised he didn’t make it to second on the hit.

  173. McLovin says:

    Lets hold this down.

  174. trr says:

    Gardner giveth, and he taketh away…

  175. Troll says:

    Gardner giveth . . .

    Gardner will never let me like him, will he?

  176. chris says:

    He must be just a terrible baserunner with that speed. Wow. So unfortunate.

  177. nycsportzfan says:

    This is exciting! The rooks Nuno and Claiborne have given up 1run in 8innings of work today! Thats fucking huge!

  178. Wheels says:

    So awesome still that we are back in this.

  179. Pasta says:

    He took the bat out of canos hand against a struggling closer
    Stupid move to steal there. Stupid
    Also he should have run hard and got second on the throw home.

  180. Pasta says:

    Stupid to run on a 97 mph fastball too.

  181. The Real Greg says:

    And of course Robertson walks the leadoff hitter.

  182. nycsportzfan says:

    Robertson missed with every curve ball he threw to Joyce. Come on Robertson, don’t fuck up that magtical top half of 9th!

  183. Pasta says:

    Strike zone shrinking now

  184. Pasta says:

    He had time to go to second on that bunt

  185. McLovin says:

    My heart dropped there.

  186. Pasta says:

    Lucked out on that ichiro thank you

  187. nycsportzfan says:

    What a play by Ichiro!

  188. Rolling Doughnut says:

    Ichiro! Glad it wasn’t Granderson out there.

  189. Tom says:

    Tremendous catch… and tremendous positioning.

  190. chris says:

    has he thrown a strike with that curveball yet? He is going to give me a heart attack next year trying to hold a one run lead

    • nycsportzfan says:

      He’ll be fine. A SO pitcher like him with a free and easy delivery and 2plus pitches..etc Hes built for the closers job.

  191. nycsportzfan says:

    We got extras! This is so exciting!

  192. chris says:

    thank you blue for about 4 gift strikes that inning.

  193. Aura and Mystique not on DL says:

    Come on robbie

  194. Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting) says:

    Better score now.

  195. Eddard says:

    “Ivan Nova is up in the bullpen”

    That’s the cue for the heart of the order to score a run here.

  196. The Real Greg says:

    Why don’t they pitch Warren?

  197. nycsportzfan says:

    Nova warming up? Why not go a 2nd inning of Robertson if we don’t score? I would want this game badly if I was joe. DROB can give u 2 on occasion.

    • Rolling Doughnut says:

      Right. Get it now, because tomorrow Cobb v CC, this year’s CC, is going to be a tough slog

  198. nycsportzfan says:

    Cano leads off inning with BB for 2nd time this game. Lets hope we can get a ball outta infield this time.

  199. The Real Greg says:

    Now let’s see Cano steal a base……


  200. Aura and Mystique not on DL says:

    Veron slowing down with the bat bad timing

  201. Aura and Mystique not on DL says:

    Lueke really guys cant hit this guy

  202. Troll says:

    Wow, Vernon. You have been dreadful today. You, sir, need a day off.

  203. Aura and Mystique not on DL says:

    Whos left nova and mo

  204. Eddard says:

    The game is now in Nova’s hands.

  205. Rolling Doughnut says:

    And here comes Nova.

  206. nycsportzfan says:

    God, I haven’t wanted a game more then this one all yr, i think?

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

      Meh, not me. I didn’t we were going to win by the ninth and by this point with Nova in I’ve pretty much resigned myself to a loss.

      If we hadn’t won yesterday, I’d agree. But we did, so we win tomorrow, win the series, and get the Hell out of here.

  207. Aura and Mystique not on DL says:

    Nova against longo = Loss

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

    Yankees lose this inning. Nova is going to get rocked.

    This inning, THIS is why the “don’t bring your closers in until there’s a lead” unwritten rule is idiotic. If the Rays score a run this inning, they win, so our best pitcher has to be out.

    What happens afterward doesn’t matter because, right now, we are probably going to lose with our best pitcher on the bench. If we survive the inning then we’ve survived and we deal with the consequences later. This “unwritten rule” is bullshit.

    • Rolling Doughnut says:

      Why didn’t they send DRob out for the tenth?

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

        Yeah, for that matter, I was wondering that too.

        Worry about tomorrow tomorrow, Joe. Win the damn game today.

  209. Troll says:

    Oh god. NOVA?! Good bye, game. You lost.

  210. Aura and Mystique not on DL says:

    And it begins

  211. nycsportzfan says:

    FUCK! Nova’s gonna blow this one, just as expected.

  212. Mickey Scheister says:

    Pretty sure Nova’s gonna blow this opportunity. I hope I’m wrong.

  213. Aura and Mystique not on DL says:

    Wolverine up

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

    The first batter got on?

    I’m shocked. Shocked.

  215. Wheels says:

    DP right here, here we go

  216. The Real Greg says:

    Well you can’t use the “they only scored 1 run excuse” now.

  217. Troll says:

    Well, I’d blame Girardi for this one. A position player would’ve been more successful.

  218. Will says:

    I feel like Nova is going to be just as ineffective as a reliever.

  219. Aura and Mystique not on DL says:

    Holding rosery beads for longo at bat.

    • nycsportzfan says:

      It actually worked. The best you could hope for was a base hit and not a walkoff hit and he got

  220. nycsportzfan says:

    Nova’s ERA his last 2seasons is combined 5.15ERA. Thats over 170innings. Hes got solid stuff, but he has to start getting consistent again.

    That AB to Scott was great, but the one to Roberts was terrible.

  221. Aura and Mystique not on DL says:

    Nova has no confidence at all death by zobreist

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

    This game fucking sucks. Fuck “unwritten rules”.

    • phil says:

      This should be a fun blog. Not a bar, your language is so IMMATURE
      improbable island fool

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

        My language has been like this for a good long time now. Been here since 09′ and I haven’t changed much. If people call me out consistently and say they’re really bothered by it, or a mod tells me to stop, I’ll continue writing like this. Until then, I’m not changing. Just how I write naturally.

  223. Aura and Mystique not on DL says:

    Getting squeezed too

  224. Rolling Doughnut says:

    Can’t wait for Girardi’s postgame explanation.

    • The Real Greg says:

      Uh. half my team is on the DL and my bullpen has been used a lot recently.

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

      “Novie had good stuff. His location wasn’t there yet since he just got off the DL, so he was a little rusty. We thought he threw some encouraging pitches. I still trust him and expect him to contribute. Also, All Hail the Unwritten Rules!”

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



  225. Aura and Mystique not on DL says:

    Nova needs scranton time

  226. dontchaknow says:

    lol fuck nova

  227. Kramerica Industries says:

    Just send Nova back to Scranton already. Jeez.

  228. nycsportzfan says:

    What the fuck did giardi think was gonna happen? Theres no one outside of baseball managers would give a game away like this. Baseball logic is fucked!

  229. Troll says:

    This ass hat needs to go back to AAA . . . I’m not saying that he’s expendable but he definitely has some work to do.

  230. Jon G says:

    I dont trust Nova here… Or in the rotation, for that matter. He needs either AAA or mopup duty time to regain confidence

  231. nycsportzfan says:

    A good at bat for nova there, but untill hes outta this inning, i’m not gonna give kudos yet.

  232. Rolling Doughnut says:

    Nova v Joyce what say ye?

  233. Wheels says:


  234. Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting) says:

    OK. Score now please. I can’t take another inning like that.

  235. Aura and Mystique not on DL says:

    By the skin of your ass Nova

  236. Eddard says:

    Nova’s going to be just fine as a reliever.

  237. Sangreal says:


    Now lets get some runs

  238. The Real Greg says:

    He got out of it.

  239. VT Yankee Fan says:

    …and breathe.

  240. Rolling Doughnut says:

    Don’t unclench those assholes yet, he’ll be out there for the 11th

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



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

      …Okay. Not quite all of it, you’ll be out next inning. But some.


  242. Aura and Mystique not on DL says:

    Ichibomb coming up

  243. Mr Roth says:

    Wow….just wow. I think the odds of that shitty dome they call a baseball stadium collapsing and suspending the game were more higher than Nova pitching out of that inning.

  244. Mr Roth says:

    Did I just say “more higher”? Oops.

  245. nycsportzfan says:

    What is the lowest RBI total for a 500AB season? Ichiro may challenge that.

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

    I won’t complain too much since he’s seemed to be consistent, but this umpire’s zone has been random and crazy bad.

  247. Aura and Mystique not on DL says:

    We really got Booned this game or it would be a win.

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


    Even if we win, this is not a fun game.

    It would be a fun game to WIN, but not watch.

  249. Troll says:

    The probability of winning continues to plummet from here on out, right? Unless they somehow get to Cano who suddenly realizes that he’s good again . . .

  250. nycsportzfan says:

    Jayson Nix has taken some of the most hittable pitches ever for strike 3 this yr. Thats just frustrating right there.

  251. Wheels says:


  252. Aura and Mystique not on DL says:

    Love loverbay

  253. The Real Greg says:


  254. Eddard says:

    THERE IT IS!!!!!! NO MORE NOVA!!!!!!!

  255. DERP says:

    Rapists never win!

  256. Kramerica Industries says:


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


  258. Sangreal says:

    Someone in the stands called that and you could hear it on the broadcast

  259. Eddard says:

    Amazing how he always seems to come up with the big hit.

  260. dontchaknow says:


  261. Aura and Mystique not on DL says:

    Get mo up quick

  262. OldYanksFan says:

    THIS TEAM IS MAGIC!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  263. Get Phelps Up says:


  264. Rolling Doughnut says:


  265. Hans Moleman says:


  266. nycsportzfan says:

    Overbay with another monster hit! That guy is having a magical season for us.

  267. Aura and Mystique not on DL says:

    Come on stewie get something in your eye

  268. Aura and Mystique not on DL says:

    They need to see if lyle can shag balls in rf and keep him when tex gets back

  269. Mr Roth says:

    Overbay needs to be cut. We should let one of the kids hitting in AAA have a chance.

  270. nycsportzfan says:

    Yanks score 3runs with 2out and no one on base the last 3innings. And in between, Nova got outta bases loaded jam with only 1out with winning run 90feet away.

    What a improbable victory this would be, and such a big victory!

  271. alittleblackegg says:

    “M. Rivera relived I. Nova.” Now there’s something I never thought I would read.

  272. Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting) says:

    Need to catch that, Stewie.

  273. Wheels says:

    Should of had that

  274. The Real Greg says:

    Usually I would reprimand the catcher for that, but this is the dome and Mo struck him out anyway

  275. nycsportzfan says:

    Jayson Nix makes up for his AB with big play in extras!

  276. Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting) says:

    Nice win.

  277. nycsportzfan says:

    Nova gets the victory!

  278. OldYanksFan says:

    THIS TEAM…… IS MAGIC!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  279. The Real Greg says:



  280. Aura and Mystique not on DL says:

    Wow maddon flew into the clubhouse must have the shits

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

    The moral of the story: Stop predicting that this team will lose. The odds don’t matter. Logic is irrelevant to this team. It makes no sense.

  282. Eddard says:

    And that’s the ballgame! Their offense isn’t that good but their pitching is. And they just keep on winning.

  283. Rolling Doughnut says:

    We win a series at the Trop. Sweet

  284. Mick taylor says:

    Lyle has been this year Scott bros ious clutch. You idiots with your war and othermetrics can shove it. Overbay has had more big hits this year than texiera had in the last 3. Tex stats. Are inflated because he hits 3 run homers when the team isup 10-0. There are at least 10 wins Lyle contributed to.

    • vicki says:

      teix’s .938ops in high leverage situations last season says you should shove it.

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

        *Cough* 2009 ALDS *Cough*

      • Rolling Doughnut says:

        On the other hand, his postseason numbers .222/.339/.320/.659 suck and this is 183 PA. So shove and shove alike.

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

          Overbay hasn’t even played in the postseason yet.

          My hair is a bird. your argument is invalid.

          • Rolling Doughnut says:

            I’m only responding to Vicki’s comment. You’ll notice my post is answering hers. Obviously Tex is better than Overbay. You hair is getting in your eyes and I’m flipping you the bird.

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

              vicki’s comment wasn’t made in a vacuum though. It was made in response to the claim that Overbay was clutch in comparison to Texeira.

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

      Yeah! Who cares that statistics are only a record of how successful you’ve been in certain situations at certain things in the past! MY EYES are far more accurate!

    • DC says:

      Explained this to you a few days ago, but apparently, you got dumber.

    • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting) says:

      Overbay’s had some big hits.
      Tex is still the better player.

    • WhittakerWalt says:

      I’d like to see a spreadsheet that shows all the actual times Tex hit a 3-run homer when the score was 10-0. Off the top of my head, I’d say that has never happened. But I’m sure you’ve done your research.

  285. vicki says:


  286. BigBlueAL says:


  287. trr says:

    A future “Yankees Classic”?

  288. forensic says:

    What a terrific win! Especially in the fashion they got it and with the expectations based on the starter matchup.

    Finally won a series in Tampa!

  289. Tom says:

    1) Nuno vs Moore reverse lock… check
    2) 2 in a row at the Trop… check
    3) Another blown save for Arrow Clown.. check
    4) 2 run rally on a walk and check swing double… check
    5) Yankees wiggling out of a bunch of Rays scoring opportunities… check
    6) Beating the rapist… check
    7) Mo showing Rodney how it’s done… check

  290. The Real Greg says:

    And this is only the second epic win of the day behind Pagan’s walkoff inside the park homer.

  291. PFOJ says:

    Very rare a regular season win feels this good. Fuck your couch, Fernando Rodney. Fuck your couch.

  292. trr says:

    And what about Mo? Do you notice how other teams closers struggle?
    He’s only been doing it for 17 years….

  293. nycsportzfan says:

    MO Was completely filthy today!

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

    Shitty game to watch.

    AWESOME game to win.

    REALLY awesome game to re-watch as a Yankees classic. They better get on that shit.

    • forensic says:

      Good thing today happens to be a night FOX game instead of afternoon, or they’d be out of luck for awhile, if not forever, on getting it on Yankees Classics.

      I get to watch it later on DVR and see all that I missed. My own personal Yankees Classics. :-)

  295. Mike N says:

    What a game!!!

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

    So, I kind of did and kind of didn’t miss the ninth. I had left kind of disgusted but didn’t completely give up. I went on to put on Gameday and saw we’d scored a run. I tried to click on Gameday quick to see what happened but clicked the wrong game. I frantically clicked the back button, and when I got to the page again it said 3-3. When I turned on the game again D-Rob was in.

    Works for me.

  297. Mick taylor says:

    Larry Rothschild has done a great job and Gil Patterson will do a great job with the young players in the minors.

  298. nycsportzfan says:

    This teams special.

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