May
25

Game 48: Reverse Split

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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:

AVG OBP SLG BABIP wOBA K% BB% GB%
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
  • trr

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

    • Deathstroke Heathcott

      Let’s go BGVN!

  • Eddard

    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)

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

      • trr

        ouch!
        right on target!

      • Eddard

        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.

  • Robinson Tilapia

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

    • Rolling Doughnut

      Could be a rough afternoon. Our lineup and Moore’s 8.8 SO/9 and so forth. I’m doing a shot of Patrón for every K he gets.

      • trr

        hope you ain’t driving then

    • VT Yankeefan

      Snow here in Vermont this morning.

  • Wheels

    Gardy!

  • trr

    GET THIS RUN IN! I don’t care how

  • trr

    can’t get a break

  • Eddard

    Unbelievable. Vernon has been incredibly unlucky of late.

  • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

    Nice job Pronk.

  • Eddard

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

  • Wheels

    attaboy Pronk

  • trr

    I want Hafner at DH every game possible

  • Tom Q

    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

      Yeah have the same feeling.

    • vicki

      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.

  • McLovin

    Lets go Nuno!

  • Vern Sneaker

    Very professional play.

    • John Sterling

      I’ll say

  • The Real Greg

    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

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

  • Kramerica Industries

    Just realized Pedro Ciriaco is back in the majors.

    Just in time to play the Yankees next week.

    Yippee.

    • Roadgeek Adam

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

      • vicki

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

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

  • Wheels

    Nice Nuno

  • McLovin

    Good job stranding the lead off double.

  • Mykey

    Still Yankee Stadium South-South.

  • Eddard

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

  • Mykey

    Sigh.

    • Wheels

      Wasting some opportunities here a little.

      • The Real Greg

        Eh. Only runner we’ve gotten to third came into score.

  • Eddard

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

  • The Real Greg

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

    He’s starting to cool down again.

  • Anderson Silva

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

    • The Real Greg

      He better or else money is going to go down the drain.

  • vicki

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

    • The Real Greg

      They’re 3 runs down.

      • vicki

        ugh, christ. i missed that nava hit.

        i really wanted this series for francona.

  • Vern Sneaker

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

    • trr

      He would’ve benched him, and you know it Vern.

      • Vern Sneaker

        And chewed him out big time first. Cano needs it.

      • Rolling Doughnut

        Benched him yeah, He also would have shit all over him in the press like he did with Reggie

        • trr

          awww poor Reggie

  • The Real Greg

    Yeah don’t bother to dive for that Cano

    • Mykey

      Not exactly fair. We have no idea he would have made it there. Hard hit ball.

      • The Real Greg

        True. Maybe the television angle distorted the distance between them.

    • Rolling Doughnut

      Now you’re stretching it a bit friend.

  • nycsportzfan

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

    • The Real Greg

      Maybe a bit, but not even close to that Orioles game.

    • Rolling Doughnut

      On the other hand Ichi’s a pretty lucky 2 for 2

  • OldYanksFan

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

    • vicki

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

      • Vern Sneaker

        The DP was close and he didn’t run.

        • Wheels

          He’s an enigma.

          • trr

            A lazy enigma

      • Rolling Doughnut

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

        • Deathstroke Heathcott

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

          • vicki

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

            • Rolling Doughnut

              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

                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

                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

                  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

                    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.

                    • trr

                      Gimme a break; how many guys get hurt hustling to First?

                  • vicki

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

                    • trr

                      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

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

  • nycsportzfan

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

  • nycsportzfan

    Pile up that pitch count.

  • Eddard

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

  • McLovin

    :O

  • trr

    1 run ain’t gonna win this for us

    • The Real Greg

      The closer they get to Robertson and Mo, the less likely that prediction becomes.

      • trr

        I don’t believe in jinxes, but I’ll shut up anyway

        • vicki

          there’s no god, no afterlife. but the sports jinx is REAL.

          • trr

            What have I done

        • The Real Greg

          Not really a jinx because I didn’t say definitively that they were going to do it. I just said the odds were going up with each passing inning.

  • trr

    Romaine overmatched

    • Eddard

      Stewart’s the better play right now. People don’t want to hear it but that doesn’t make it any less true. Doesn’t mean Romine is bad either. He’s still young and just needs to go down to AAA and work on his hitting.

      • Roadgeek Adam

        For whom do you wish to replace him with?

        • Eddard

          Nobody, now. Stewart should play 80% of the time though. Once Cervelli returns, Romine will go back to AAA.

        • trr

          That’s the problem…I’m hoping by July it’ll be Brian McCann

          • Pat D

            I’m gonna say there’s zero chance of that.

            • trr

              Why? He’d be a good 2-month rental

  • Wheels

    Adams!

  • vicki

    the hot corner. and by hot i mean sexy.

  • The Real Greg

    Molina was moving like a tank

  • Eddard

    Molina is the slowest human alive.

  • Cy Pettitte

    darn, I really thought 1 run would win it.

  • trr

    Still he scored

  • The Real Greg

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

  • Rolling Doughnut

    Got to get to their pen. Patience boys.

  • Wheels

    Get cracking Robbie

  • The Real Greg

    OH FOR GOD SAKES ROBBIE

  • trr

    Cano almost broke into a run there

    • trr

      Almost.

  • Rolling Doughnut

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

  • The Real Greg

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

    • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

      That one was right down the middle.
      Trying to get hits?

    • trr

      Not the same lineup as the last few years. These guys are up there hacking

  • trr

    Except Hafner

    • nycsportzfan

      and adams..lol

  • nycsportzfan

    I missed how rays got one. How?

  • Eddard

    Thank you, ump. Drive that pitch count up.

  • The Real Greg

    That ump just saved the Yankees bacon in that inning.

    • Anderson Silva

      Umpire called it correctly. The pitch was off the plate.

  • Eddard

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

    • trr

      Honestly, I usually watch the sound off

  • Rolling Doughnut

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

    • trr

      Yes it’s DHTB, didn’t hit the ball

  • nycsportzfan

    Come on Adams, stretch that hit streak to 5!

  • Eddard

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

    • trr

      Well, lets score

  • trr

    Gotta be a hit

  • Mykey

    Hafner running scares the crap out of me

  • I’mVernonI’mVernon4U

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

  • nycsportzfan

    Got em to 100plus!!!

    • trr

      Not w/Ichiro up

  • Wheels

    Crap

  • The Real Greg

    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.

  • nycsportzfan

    Ichiro is allergic to driving in runs.

  • Anderson Silva

    this offense is almost mariners bad.. they suck

    • The Real Greg

      And you expected different with the players they’re sending out there?

      • Troll

        God damnit, Greg. Does every goddamn complaint have to warrant some bullshit, trivial response from you? Let the man speak and/or vent without fear of your hot air hooey.

    • Pat D

      So long as they aren’t Dodgers or Marlins bad.

    • nycsportzfan

      Dude, Mat Moore was 8-0 with a ridiculous ERA coming into this. What’d you think was gonna happen? We just scored 9yesterday.

    • vicki

      oh, baby. month of may, we’re much worse than the mariners.

  • The Real Greg

    Well you wanted somebody to get hit.

  • Pat D

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

    • trr

      Yup. Might as well hit the jerk

  • nycsportzfan

    I smell trouble.

  • Rolling Doughnut

    Got a bad feeling here

  • Anderson Silva

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

  • trr

    That sure looked intentional to me

  • The Real Greg

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

  • nycsportzfan

    Nuno!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Eddard

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

    • Deathstroke Heathcott

      Big Game Vidal Nuno!

  • Rolling Doughnut

    Nuno gets it done. Pick him up guys

  • Eddard

    Alright, lead off runner on. PH for Romine.

  • trr

    First batter on

  • nycsportzfan

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

  • nycsportzfan

    One time Austin! Double to the gap!

  • The Real Greg

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

  • Wheels

    ouch

  • Mykey

    This is getting absurd.

  • trr

    C’mon Romine show us something

  • Rolling Doughnut

    Unbelievable

  • The Real Greg

    He’s not injured. He got cut.

    • Wheels

      Welp

  • Mykey

    Atta boy Nix.

  • trr

    OK!

  • nycsportzfan

    Perfect time to steal!

  • The Real Greg

    What the hell Romine?

  • nycsportzfan

    Romine sucks!

  • Eddard

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

  • trr

    Mebbe he IS a professional player

  • Mykey

    Bah. C’mon now Brett.

  • trr

    Time for a clutch hit

  • trr

    Way late on that swing

  • nycsportzfan

    Goof balls!

  • The Real Greg

    That was too close to take Brett.

    Failure.

    • The Real Greg

      For the whole inning, not just Gardner.

  • trr

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

  • Anderson Silva

    it was hit hard but he has to make that play

  • nycsportzfan

    Great job by Nuno!

  • The Real Greg

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

  • The Real Greg

    Bullpen failure.

    • Rolling Doughnut

      More like shoddy D

  • Eddard

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

  • trr

    Uh!

  • Rolling Doughnut

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

    • The Real Greg

      Well considering that they haven’t won a series here in 3 years….

    • trr

      It ain’t over yet

  • trr

    D has let us down this inning

  • trr

    But defense isn’t important, according to some

  • The Real Greg

    The key is each team has 6 hits, but

    Yankees: 1 double
    Rays: 4 doubles

  • Eddard

    The LOOGY fails again.

  • Kramerica Industries

    LNOGY.

  • I’mVernonI’mVernon4U

    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.

  • Frank

    Terrible pitch by Logan.

  • trr

    Damn

  • nycsportzfan

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

    • The Real Greg

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

      • nycsportzfan

        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?

  • Wheels

    WHAT?

  • Frank

    Game over.

  • Steve D Fl

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

    • The Real Greg

      He did leave Nuno in batter to batter to start the seventh. Loney got a base hit.

      • Steve D Fl

        After the Loney hit

  • Anderson Silva

    mentally weak team falls apart.. pathetic call as well

    • Pat D

      Oh, can that shit.

  • trr

    He was safe

  • Pat D

    Romine backed away from him.

    • trr

      No love for Romine lately

      • Pat D

        I’m not harping on him for everything, but he did not play that well at all. If he drops down after catching the ball, he’s out.

  • Kramerica Industries

    The House of Horrors strikes again.

  • Eddard

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

    • trr

      uhhhh, you gotta tag him, kid

  • The Real Greg

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

    • Kramerica Industries

      You do realize he was mocking you, right?

  • Frank

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

    • trr

      +1

  • Eddard

    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.

    • The Real Greg

      WHAT ARE HIS STRANDED RUNNERS NUMBERS?

      • JMK

        It’s too bad you can’t Caps Lock numbers. You’d really go nuts.

    • Kramerica Industries

      If that were the case, his ERA would be through the roof.

  • Steve D Fl

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

    • Steve D Fl

      im getting more pissed off every time they show the replay

  • The Real Greg

    Yankees defense costs them this game.

    • trr

      But, but, defense isn’t important!

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

      They have scored one run.

      • The Real Greg

        So did Cleveland in the first game of that DH. Who won that game?

        • Kramerica Industries

          How often are you ever going to win a game with one run scored?

          Please. The offense is always the chief culprit when only one run has been scored.

          • The Real Greg

            Not often. But it can be done. That’s all that matters.

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

              You can win a lot more games with bad defense than you can with one run.

            • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

              Games can also be won when the defense contributes to two runs scoring.
              Dumb points are dumb.

        • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

          Dumb comments are dumb.

        • Pat D

          That’s why you score more than one run, so defense can’t decide the game.

      • The Real Greg

        Plus with Matt Moore on the mound, what did you expect?

      • trr

        Mike, in the context of this game, the D let them down, but, yeah,time for the offense to get busy

        • trr

          Let’s face it, we’re not hitting OR fielding very well today

  • JMK

    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?

    • Rolling Doughnut

      Looked like a halfass swipe tag. He should have been blocking the plate.

    • trr

      See Frank’s comment above

      • JMK

        Didn’t see it, but yeah, he’s totally right.

  • nycsportzfan

    Game, set, and Match.

  • The Real Greg

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

    • Kramerica Industries

      His LOB% rate, entering today, is 90.9%.

      • The Real Greg

        Now that seems good. So why is everbody bitching about him “regularly” ? I know he failed today.

        • Pat D

          Because his splits have been reversed so far this year.

          • The Real Greg

            That doesn’t matter to me though. His stranded runners rate and ERA are more important IMO.

            • Pat D

              Considering he’s the only lefty in the pen, I think his splits are more relevant than his ERA.

  • Troll

    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!

  • Pat D

    Nix got the neighborhood play on that one.

  • nycsportzfan

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

  • JMK

    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.

  • Frank

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

  • vicki

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

  • Eddard

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

  • nycsportzfan

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

  • Troll

    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

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

  • nycsportzfan

    Tying run to the plate! Lets go yanks!

  • trr

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

    Just kidding

    • OldYanksFan

      Did he make it all the way to 1st base?

  • nycsportzfan

    Wells is king of the pop out.

  • trr

    Wells struggling right now

  • The Real Greg

    Wells is starting to turn orange.

  • Anderson Silva

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

  • trr

    C’mon Pronk

  • nycsportzfan

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

  • The Real Greg

    That was a horrible AB too.

  • nycsportzfan

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

  • Troll

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

  • nycsportzfan

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

    • The Real Greg

      Because Brennan Boesch is horrible.

      • nycsportzfan

        Like i said, i’d of Pinch Hit for Boesch. Hes a lefty with power, and we need a HR.. I’ll take the double though.

  • Rolling Doughnut

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

    • Pat D

      What meat?

  • The Real Greg

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

    • Rolling Doughnut

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

    • Troll

      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.

  • I’mVernonI’mVernon4U

    Lead off hits and walks being wasted, pretty frustrating.

  • trr

    Let’s get a hold of ourselves here.

  • trr

    Shut ‘em down !

  • YankeeFanTX

    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.

    • vicki

      xxoo

  • The Real Greg

    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.

    • Rolling Doughnut

      Oh stop it Greg, Take a pill, have a beer, stomp up and down I don’t know shut up.

    • I’mVernonI’mVernon4U

      They won’t get any credit because of their payroll either.

  • I’mVernonI’mVernon4U

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

  • Tom

    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.

  • The Real Greg

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

  • Anderson Silva

    this team is hopeless

    • The Real Greg

      And again, were you expecting different?

      • trr

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

      • Troll

        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

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

          • vicki

            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)

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

  • nycsportzfan

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

  • Troll

    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.

    • The Real Greg

      Can anyone say “farm system”?

      • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

        For Ciriaco and Iglesias?

        Are you serious?

        • The Real Greg

          Middlebrooks, Nava, Lester, Buchholz, etc.

          • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

            He didn’t mention any of those.
            And Middlebrooks has been awful this year.

            • Troll

              Nava was what’s-his-face. He’s been ridiculously good and it honestly pisses me off. I’m eagerly awaiting Bucholz to implode, though.

  • trr

    Well excuuuuse me!

  • The Real Greg

    Why Gardner?

    • trr

      ‘Cause he’s what we got, and he’ s gonna get it done

  • nycsportzfan

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

  • nycsportzfan

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

  • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

    GARDY!!!!!!!!!!!!1

  • Eddard

    BASE KNOCK! THEY HAVE TIED THE GAME!!!!

  • Tom

    Suck it ARROW BOY!

  • I’mVernonI’mVernon4U

    Shove the arrow up your ass.

  • Kramerica Industries

    FUCK YES!

  • The Real Greg

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

  • trr

    Told ya

  • nycsportzfan

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

  • I’mVernonI’mVernon4U

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

  • McLovin

    Lets hold this down.

  • trr

    Gardner giveth, and he taketh away…

  • Troll

    Gardner giveth . . .

    Gardner will never let me like him, will he?

  • chris

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

  • nycsportzfan

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

  • Wheels

    So awesome still that we are back in this.

  • Pasta

    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.

    • The Real Greg

      To be fair, if he had stolen second or got to second they would have walked Cano.

      • vicki

        right. can’t have it both ways.

  • Pasta

    Stupid to run on a 97 mph fastball too.

  • The Real Greg

    And of course Robertson walks the leadoff hitter.

  • nycsportzfan

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

  • Pasta

    Strike zone shrinking now

  • Pasta

    He had time to go to second on that bunt

    • The Real Greg

      Take the sure out.

  • McLovin

    My heart dropped there.

  • Pasta

    Lucked out on that ichiro thank you

  • nycsportzfan

    What a play by Ichiro!

  • Rolling Doughnut

    Ichiro! Glad it wasn’t Granderson out there.

    • Rolling Doughnut

      I meant Overbay sorry

      • vicki

        you had a point the first time.

        • Rolling Doughnut

          True.

  • Tom

    Tremendous catch… and tremendous positioning.

  • chris

    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

      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.

  • nycsportzfan

    We got extras! This is so exciting!

  • chris

    thank you blue for about 4 gift strikes that inning.

  • Aura and Mystique not on DL

    Come on robbie

  • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

    Better score now.

  • Eddard

    “Ivan Nova is up in the bullpen”

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

  • The Real Greg

    Why don’t they pitch Warren?

  • nycsportzfan

    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

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

  • nycsportzfan

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

    • nycsportzfan

      wow, wells pops out to infield again, and Hafner K’d again…lol We might not get the ball outta infield again after Cano leadoff BB!! WOW!

    • nycsportzfan

      wow, it happened again! Unbelievable!

    • Troll

      You jinxed it, you bastard!

  • The Real Greg

    Now let’s see Cano steal a base……

    BWHAHAHAHAHAHA

  • Aura and Mystique not on DL

    Veron slowing down with the bat bad timing

  • Aura and Mystique not on DL

    Lueke really guys cant hit this guy

    • The Real Greg

      Batting average against in the .160′s

  • Troll

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

  • Aura and Mystique not on DL

    Whos left nova and mo

  • Eddard

    The game is now in Nova’s hands.

    • nycsportzfan

      With a small strike zoned ump. Nerve racking to say the least!

      • Troll

        Serious question . . . Did you pass fifth grade English?

  • Rolling Doughnut

    And here comes Nova.

  • nycsportzfan

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

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

      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.

  • Aura and Mystique not on DL

    Nova against longo = Loss

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

    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

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

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

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

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

  • Troll

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

  • Aura and Mystique not on DL

    And it begins

  • nycsportzfan

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

  • Mickey Scheister

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

  • Aura and Mystique not on DL

    Wolverine up

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

    The first batter got on?

    I’m shocked. Shocked.

  • Wheels

    DP right here, here we go

  • The Real Greg

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

    • Troll

      I want to punch your brain until you lose both your ability to speak and type.

  • Troll

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

  • Will

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

  • Aura and Mystique not on DL

    Holding rosery beads for longo at bat.

    • nycsportzfan

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

  • nycsportzfan

    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.

  • Aura and Mystique not on DL

    Nova has no confidence at all death by zobreist

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

    This game fucking sucks. Fuck “unwritten rules”.

    • phil

      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)

        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.

  • Aura and Mystique not on DL

    Getting squeezed too

  • Rolling Doughnut

    Can’t wait for Girardi’s postgame explanation.

    • The Real Greg

      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)

      “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)

      YES.

      I TAKE IT ALL BACK, NOVA. ALL. OF. IT.

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

        Not supposed to be here.

  • Aura and Mystique not on DL

    Nova needs scranton time

  • dontchaknow

    lol fuck nova

  • Kramerica Industries

    Just send Nova back to Scranton already. Jeez.

  • nycsportzfan

    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!

  • Troll

    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.

  • Jon G

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

  • nycsportzfan

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

    • nycsportzfan

      Ok, that was impressive. I am eating crow. Way to go Nova! A fucking heart atack though.

  • Rolling Doughnut

    Nova v Joyce what say ye?

  • Wheels

    Yes!

  • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

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

  • Aura and Mystique not on DL

    By the skin of your ass Nova

  • Eddard

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

    • Wheels

      lol

  • Sangreal

    Robertsonesque.

    Now lets get some runs

  • The Real Greg

    He got out of it.

  • VT Yankee Fan

    …and breathe.

  • Rolling Doughnut

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

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

      True.

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

    YES.

    I TAKE IT ALL BACK, NOVA. ALL. OF. IT.

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

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

      FUCK, ICHIRO.

  • Aura and Mystique not on DL

    Ichibomb coming up

    • Aura and Mystique not on DL

      Or not

  • Mr Roth

    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.

  • Mr Roth

    Did I just say “more higher”? Oops.

  • nycsportzfan

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

    • The Real Greg

      Are you sure he’s getting to 500?

    • WhittakerWalt

      Probably one of those Matty Alou seasons. Like the year he hit .342 and won the batting title and had 27 RBIs(!!!).

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

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

    • Rolling Doughnut

      Was just thinking the same thing.

    • The Real Greg

      I just thought that. And that’s for both teams.

  • Aura and Mystique not on DL

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

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

    …Sigh.

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

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

  • Troll

    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 . . .

  • nycsportzfan

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

  • Wheels

    LOVERBAY!

  • Aura and Mystique not on DL

    Love loverbay

  • The Real Greg

    LYLE LYLE CROCODILE!

  • Eddard

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

  • DERP

    Rapists never win!

  • Kramerica Industries

    Loverbay!

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

    LOVERBAY. YOU ARE AWESOME.

  • Sangreal

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

  • Eddard

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

  • dontchaknow

    LYLE FUCKING OVERBAY !!!! FUCK U MARK !!

  • Aura and Mystique not on DL

    Get mo up quick

  • OldYanksFan

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

  • Get Phelps Up

    Loverbay!!

  • Rolling Doughnut

    Loverbay!!

  • Hans Moleman

    Lyle!

  • nycsportzfan

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

  • Aura and Mystique not on DL

    Come on stewie get something in your eye

  • Aura and Mystique not on DL

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

    • OldYanksFan

      If Overbay was in RF, we would have lost this game is the 9th (on Ichiro’s sliding catch).

      • Rolling Doughnut

        This

        • Aura and Mystique not on DL

          5th outfielder can play as much as francisco has

  • Mr Roth

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

  • nycsportzfan

    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!

  • alittleblackegg

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

  • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

    Need to catch that, Stewie.

  • Wheels

    Should of had that

  • The Real Greg

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

    • Wheels

      Fucking A

      • Wheels

        Whoops, wrong spot. Great win

  • nycsportzfan

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

  • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

    Nice win.

  • nycsportzfan

    Nova gets the victory!

  • OldYanksFan

    THIS TEAM…… IS MAGIC!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • The Real Greg

    THAT IS THE ALL TIME STEAL OF A WIN I HAVE EVER SEEN.

    THE YANKEES JUST COMMITTED HIGHWAY ROBBERY WITHOUT A GUN!

  • Aura and Mystique not on DL

    Wow maddon flew into the clubhouse must have the shits

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

    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.

  • Eddard

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

  • Rolling Doughnut

    We win a series at the Trop. Sweet

  • Mick taylor

    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

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

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

        *Cough* 2009 ALDS *Cough*

      • Rolling Doughnut

        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)

          Overbay hasn’t even played in the postseason yet.

          My hair is a bird. your argument is invalid.

          • Rolling Doughnut

            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)

              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)

      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

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

    • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

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

    • WhittakerWalt

      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.

  • vicki

    epic.

  • BigBlueAL

    Unbelievable.

  • trr

    A future “Yankees Classic”?

  • forensic

    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!

  • Tom

    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

    • vicki

      smiley face.

    • trr

      Now that’s a post-game you can hang your hat on!

    • nycsportzfan

      Lone run off Moore a 2out ribby by a lefty… check

      2 rooks combine for 8inn of 1er baseball… check

  • The Real Greg

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

  • PFOJ

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

  • trr

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

    • Wheels

      Utterly remarkable

  • nycsportzfan

    MO Was completely filthy today!

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

    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

      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. :-)

  • Mike N

    What a game!!!

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

    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 mlb.com 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.

  • Mick taylor

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

  • nycsportzfan

    This teams special.