May
26

Game 49: For the Sweep

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The Yankees won the first two games of the series in very different ways — they blew out the Rays on Friday before Saturday’s dramatic, come-from-behind win in extra innings. They haven’t swept a three-game series at Tropicana Field since September 2005 (!), when the opposing starters were Seth McClung, Mark Hendrickson, and Doug Waechter. Times have indeed changed in Tampa. Here’s the lineup that will face right-hander Alex Cobb…

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

And on the mound is the three-time Warren Spahn Award winner, left-hander CC Sabathia. The Warren Spahn Award is given to baseball’s top southpaw each season by the Oklahoma Sports Museum.

The weather is gorgeous in St. Petersburg, but the Yankees and Rays will be indoors in the climate-controlled Trop. The game is scheduled to start at 1:40pm ET and can be seen on YES locally and TBS nationally. Enjoy.

Injury Updates: Chris Stewart (groin) is still feeling discomfort and remain out of the lineup for the time being … Eduardo Nunez (ribcage) suffered a setback when he tried to ramp up his workouts yesterday and will be shut down for at least a few days … Andy Pettitte (trap) will throw a simulated game on Tuesday and could return to the rotation by Monday of next week … David Phelps (forearm) played catch and felt fine. He’s expected to make his next start.

Categories : Game Threads
  • trr

    I had my doubts we could win this series, let alone sweep it. So happy to be wrong! It it’ll be a close game, but let’s win this one!

    • mustang (The Has Been & Wannabes Bunch 2013)

      THAT’S WHAT I’M TALKING !!!!!

      BABY!!!!

      LET’S GO YANKS!!!!

      • mustang (The Has Been & Wannabes Bunch 2013)

        THAT’S WHAT I’M TALKING ABOUT !!!!!

    • Laz

      I had a good idea they would win game 1. I was very surprised when Nuno threw such a gem.

  • Robinson Tilapia

    For:

    1) Prussia
    2) Francisco Rondon
    3) Going all the way to the shore,, then remembering you left your son’s shoes behind and having to turn back.
    4) going back, shoes in hand, when he wakes up in a few

    • mustang (The Has Been & Wannabes Bunch 2013)

      5) For how many times I done 3&4.

      6) For the Boar’s Head Natural All Beef Hot Dogs Presents Mustang’s Has Been and Wannabee of the Game Awards.

      • Dalek Jeter

        Calling the Has Been: Travis “If Only I Had a Throwing Shoulder, I’d be an All Star” Hafner

        And the Wanna Be: Austin “Screw My Negative wRC+” Romine.

        • mustang (The Has Been & Wannabes Bunch 2013)

          I know I’m going to regret this but I have to ask can someone please tell me what “wRC” is?

          Yes I’m sabermetrics handicap, but I prefer sabermetrics challenged.

          • Dalek Jeter

            It stands for “weighted Run Counter” here’s the nitty-gritty: http://www.fangraphs.com/library/offense/wrc/

            • mustang (The Has Been & Wannabes Bunch 2013)

              Thank you.

              I actually understand and find it useful although with negative wRC does that mean that Romine even exist?

              I have venture into the dark side, but I’m not ready to give in to that side of the force.
              LOL

              • Dalek Jeter

                Negative wRC+ is really just a statistical anomaly, from what I understand it can’t happen over an entire season. I could be wrong though.

                • mustang (The Has Been & Wannabes Bunch 2013)

                  Ok.

                  Easy on me dude its our first sabermetrics date and I feel we have already gone too far. Lets just shake hands and call me.

                  • Dalek Jeter

                    Haha, just read through fangraph’s glossary. It’s a great learning tool for sabermetrics.

                    • mustang (The Has Been & Wannabes Bunch 2013)

                      We will see, but thanks for the help I save the link you give me so I can least know what you guys are talking about.

                      Baby steps for me dude baby steps.

                  • Robinson Tilapia

                    I learned something too here.

                    • mustang (The Has Been & Wannabes Bunch 2013)

                      Who says you can’t teach old dogs new tricks?

                      We can be taught!!!!

                    • Robinson Tilapia

                      They’re incredibly useful stats, of course, but I can see why I sometimes roll my eyes when someone casually drops some stats they obviously got off the Hoigle in conversation. It’s like they’re stats that exist to get looked up. They’re certainly not impossible to come up with yourself, but…I have no clue where I’m going with this.

                    • Pseudoyanks

                      I did too. Never invite Dalek up for lemonade at the end of the first date.

                    • mustang (The Has Been & Wannabes Bunch 2013)

                      I’m with you it’s useful but when the numbers become law that’s when I get off.

                      Baseball is really not that complex, but I guess sabermetrics gives people a sense of control to predict a game that is incredibility unpredictable.

      • mustang (The Has Been & Wannabes Bunch 2013)

        7) For Ben Francisco we love you man we just don’t want you anywhere near the Yankees

  • Dalek Jeter

    For Prussia, and the fallen scapegoat of our anger; Ben Francisco. May you find greener pastures in the minors or independent leagues, oh useless one.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      *raises glass to Ben Francisco. Like us all, he’s just trying to put some food on the table.*

      • trr

        so true…it’s all part of the game. he moves on, as do we

  • Robinson Tilapia

    Sweep them fuckers, then point and laugh at those that though the team had no chance this series.

  • Laz

    Why is Nix starting again?
    Brignac is better defensively, and is better vs rhp than Nix.

    • Dalek Jeter

      I don’t like Nix much, but saying Brignac is better against RHP than Nix is like saying having Herpes is better than having Gonorrhea. Both are pretty brutal, and you’d rather have neither.

      • Laz

        Right, Brignac is brutal vs a LHP, but when he edges Nix slightly vs RHP, then you pick the better defensive player.

  • Get Phelps Up

    FWIW the Yanks have now passed their win total from all of last season when trailing after 8 innings.

    • trr

      wow – it’s worth a lot!

  • Dalek Jeter

    So, I went over to LoHud and was reading the Line-Up comment thread. They’ve got more inside jokes than we do. And that’s saying something.

    • trr

      more than us?

      • Dalek Jeter

        I literally had no idea what they were talking about. Apparently Montero being a starting catcher under Eric Wedge is a running joke over there. Relating to something some dude named Randy said years ago.

  • Kramerica Industries

    Time to get fat, not only on the Rays, but on the schedule over the next five days.

    Schedule toughens up in June. Get the sweep and beat up on the Mets.

  • Dalek Jeter

    Hey, at least Wells had a very good AB before striking out on that Curve. I’m amazed we got Cobb up to 15 pitches after Gardner swung first pitch.

  • Kramerica Industries

    C.C. – lets not give up 4 runs in the 1st inning again, plz.

  • Dalek Jeter

    Why do I feel like if/when CC gives up hard contact, it’s always when he’s ahead in the count?

    • Rolling Doughnut

      Last 3 years: 0-2: .133/.139/.174/.313

    • whozat

      Because it’s an exceptional case, so it sticks out in your mind :-)

      If he gives up hard contact when he’s behind in the count, it’s more expected, so it doesn’t stick in your memory.

  • Robinson Tilapia

    We love putting Sean Rodriguez on base.

  • Kramerica Industries

    Rays broadcast just mentioning that all five Rays hitters 5-9 are lifetime +.300 hitters against C.C.

    As if on cue, here we go again.

  • Anderson Silva

    Cano trying to make it look good, doesn’t make an out…

  • your mom

    C’mon Adams gotta get 1 there.

  • Kramerica Industries

    What the fuck was that?

  • your mom

    WTF?

  • Robinson Tilapia

    Que mierda.

  • JonS

    WTF was that shit?

  • Rolling Doughnut

    A bit of bad luck, a bit of 2013 CC.

  • Andy

    Can someone explain what happened? Only able to gamecast it

    • Rolling Doughnut

      HBP, two safe on FC, bloop single, sac fly.

      • Andy

        That much I know. How were they both safe on fielders choices? Dumb decisions?

        • Rolling Doughnut

          Cano made a bonehead decision to go to 2d on the first FC, then CC didn’t cover the other

        • Kramerica Industries

          One was a hot smash to Adams, and the throw to 2b dragged Cano off the bag.

          The other was a weak nubber to Overbay, and C.C. didn’t cover 1b.

          And then the single was off the end of the bat and landed in the proverbial Bermuda Triangle.

          • Robinson Tilapia

            That sure is a long way of saying “lazy.”

            • trr

              uh-oh, here we go again…

    • Anderson Silva

      One bad play by Robbie and one ball hit weakly to the right side that CC didn’t cover and whole bunch of weak contact led to two runs, basically.

      • Andy

        Got it. Thanks

  • your mom

    Naturally CC can’t get thru the bottom of the order without giving up a run. Surprised no one’s hit a HR yet.

  • Eddard

    People get on Cano for dogging it. What about CC? Is he too lazy to go over and cover 1st like he’s supposed to? And he’s done that more than once.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      He’s lazy and he’s lazy and he’s lazy! Everyone’s lazy!

      • trr

        I just got done cleaning the lawn furniture!
        although I kinda dogged it on the way out to the yard

  • Anderson Silva

    So Cano tries to make a spectacular turn at second instead of getting one sure out and then CC fails to cover first because he’s lazy. All of this leads to two runs.

    Big money guys are really setting an example for the young ones.

    • your mom

      Throw was offline though.

      • Anderson Silva

        if he stands on the bag, he makes the out. He tried to jump and throw in the same motion before even receiving the throw.

        • RetroRob

          This is not correct.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      Greg, angrier version.

      • Dalek Jeter

        Aren’t you in your natural habitat at the beach, Fish-Man?

        • Robinson Tilapia

          Still napping.

          • Dalek Jeter

            I mean, you’re in the city, by the time you get down the shore it’ll be like 4 at this point, if you were to leave now. Isn’t the day a wash at this point?

            • Robinson Tilapia

              I’m in Connecticut. We can get there. I’m determined. It’s just to get him some time walking in the sand anyway, take some pics, etc.

              • Dalek Jeter

                There’s always tomorrow, holiday Monday and what not.

                • Robinson Tilapia

                  Driving back home tomorrow. Don’t mess with a dad whose morning was already ruined.

                  • Dalek Jeter

                    Just continue driving south when you get home.

                    • Robinson Tilapia

                      Stop when you see Erica?

                      Nah. We’re off NOW.

                      Besides, the “I hate CC” crowd decided to show up. Do they just stand by during wins, just in case?

  • Brian S.

    What a defensive shitshow that was.

  • your mom

    Cobb’s got a nice heavy two-seamer. This feels like one of those games.

  • Dalek Jeter

    Jeez guys…one customer and a full half inning, 2 runs score and one hit?! What happened?!?!?!

    • Robinson Tilapia

      Sean Rodriguez reached base. It always starts there.

      • Dalek Jeter

        That IBB still gets me irrationally angry over a year later. It’s the stupidest managerial decision since Grady Little leaving Pedro in.

        • Robinson Tilapia

          And you know I never go batshit over little decisions like that, yet here we are.

  • RetroRob

    Not sure CC not covering even cost him a run, assuming the predetermined yada, yada. CC covers and gets the second out, with both runners advancing. The dunk single from the next batter scores both since the runner at second takes off on contact as there are two outs.

  • Robinson Tilapia

    Jayson Nix is useless.

  • your mom

    Nix! Better base runner than Gardner.

  • Brian S.

    Romine is so bad. Get him off my team.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      When Brian turns on the prospects: always a sad moment.

      • Brian S.

        I started to dislike Romine in 2011 when Girardi kept giving him playing time over Montero. The guy can’t hit a lick and unless he provides Jose Molina-esque defense I don’t see why he should be a part of the organization going forward.

        • Get Phelps Up

          Romine played in 9 games in 2011, Montero played in 18.

          • Brian S.

            I remember him taking out Montero for Romine on many different occasions down the stretch.

            • Get Phelps Up

              Twice. And one of them was in the last game of the season after he got nicked by a foul ball.

              • trr

                Look, Romine’s had a rough stretch of games, but can we give him more than a couple of weeks?

      • RetroRob

        Romaine is a much better hitter than he is showing. That’s not saying much, since Jamie Moyer could come out of retirement and hit better than .120. Pressing.

      • Dalek Jeter

        Prospect huggers love their prospects until they’re in the majors. (I’m just as guilty)

        • Brian S.

          Thing is I never hugged Romine.

  • your mom

    I miss Cervelli. Guarnateed clutch hit and fist pump there.

    • Manny’s BanWagon

      I though only Cervelli’s mom would miss him.

    • Get Phelps Up

      Eddard?

  • your mom

    Holy shit, what a terrible swing.

  • Kramerica Industries

    You know, if the Yankees wanted to start being competitive against Alex Cobb one of these days…

    I really wouldn’t mind it.

  • Dalek Jeter

    Last day of the fantasy week, obviously, and I have Gallardo, Cueto, Corbin, and Tepesch all going *rubs hands together* excellent.

  • Kramerica Industries

    Sean Rodriguez.

    Fucking unreal.

    • Rolling Doughnut

      I’d say CC has something to do with it as well.

  • your mom

    WTF Sean Rodriguez? CC sucks.

  • Anderson Silva

    CC is toast..

  • Brian S.

    Just bean the fuck out of Sean Rodriguez going forward. Tries to take out Cano and then this.

  • Cy Pettitte

    all CC does is get up by scrubs when he pitches against Tampa, so predictable

    • Cy Pettitte

      lit up*

  • Eddard

    They might have to put CC on the DL and get him straightened out. He’s not even a #2 anymore.

  • Dalek Jeter

    God FUCKING Damnit. SEAN FUCKING RODRIGUEZ?!?!?!?!

    I guess this is why we walked him…

  • your mom

    CC looks cooked.

  • Kramerica Industries

    It’s so nice to see that Sabathia is still a total zero when he faces the Rays.

  • Frank

    How many more years of CC at 20m +?

  • BigBlueAL

    In the past I couldnt wait to watch games CC started. Quite the opposite nowadays.

    • Brian S.

      Yeah I dunno but I get the feeling Mariners fans feel differently when Felix pitches or Detroit fans when Verlander pitches.

  • D

    Sabathia sure is earning his millionish dollars per start

  • WhittakerWalt

    This is the part where I express frustration that CC looks like garbage, then get shouted down and condescended to by the regulars.

  • clubic

    CC turns into a Pumpkin… 2 more Starts and he will hit the DL

    • your mom

      Might as well add more payroll there.

  • Brian S.

    Vidal Nuno>

  • Steve D Fl

    ace of the staff???? not so sure about that anymore. And Sean Rodriguez owns cc’s ass! matter of fact the rays own his ass.

  • King George

    CC has not looked good for the majority of this season’s starts.

    • WhittakerWalt

      You’re not allowed to say that here.

  • your mom

    Well, at least we won the 1st 2 games.

  • Rolling Doughnut

    I’d say the CC sample size is large enough now for us to ask-what the fuck is up with him this year?

    • your mom

      Where did his velocity go? If he has lost his velocity for good, he’s screwed.

    • trr

      velocity. too many innings. age.

      He’s trying to adjust to it all

  • Manny’s BanWagon

    Didn’t take long for this crowd to turn on CC.

    • Rolling Doughnut

      Didn’t take long for him to cough up 4 runs either. And it’s not the first time. I don’t think anyone is against CC. He kinda sucks this year, that’s all. We just calls em like we sees em

      • Manny’s BanWagon

        I’d hardly say he “sucks” this year. He’s not his normal dominating self but saying he sucks is taking it way too far.

        • Rolling Doughnut

          You’re right. He kinda is not a #1 starter this year.

          • Manny’s BanWagon

            Yeah, that I agree with.

            Kuroda is the Yankees number 1 starter at least so far this year.

            • trr

              Agreed, but I’m not ready to turn on CC

              • Manny’s BanWagon

                I’ve been defending him. Yankees are going nowhere this year without an effective CC.

                • trr

                  +1

  • Kramerica Industries

    Sabathia’s WHIP sits over 1.3 right now and his BAA is at .276.

    Those are awful numbers for what his expectations are. This is a serious problem.

    • Manny’s BanWagon

      He was on pace for a 4+ WAR season before today so he hasn’t exactly been terrible so far

      • Kramerica Industries

        This is where WAR and me split ways a little bit.

        I cannot tell you with a straight face that Sabathia has impressed me all that much this year. W-L is not a great stat, but he’s about to go the entire month of May without a W. That tells you a little bit about his poor performance.

        And it doesn’t hurt that Sabathia is exceptionally bad when he’s pitching at the Trop. He’s only received ONE win as a Yankee at Tropicana Field, and that was back in April 2010. He’s really, really bad there.

        • Manny’s BanWagon

          Even if you look at his FIP and xFIP, they’re not dominating but mid to high 3′s isn’t terrible by any stretch.

        • Get Phelps Up

          “but he’s about to go the entire month of May without a W. That tells you a little bit about his poor performance.”

          Not really when you consider that one game he lost in May he lost 2-0 and the other one was cut short by rain so he never had a chance to win.

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

          The Yankees have scored five totals runs with Sabathia on the mound in his last five starts (and counting). Being winless in May means nothing.

          • WhittakerWalt

            His ERA this month is 5.14. That means something.

        • TomH

          WAR = RAW

      • Bo Knows

        WAR has become the most overrated stat, I like CC but he has not been impressive nor has he been good by his standards or by the standards one expects from an Ace.

        Yes its probably him trying to learn how to utilize his raw fastball which is now only about 89-91 on average rather than the 92.5 of last year and the 94 from the entirety of previous decade.

    • Get Phelps Up

      Which is a lower WHIP than he had last year and a lower one than he had in 2009.

      • Kramerica Industries

        1.33 is lower than 1.14 and 1.15? Are you misreading a stat or something (or giving what it was at this point in those seasons)?

        He’s on pace for his highest WHIP since 2004, and a significantly higher one than he’s ever had as a Yankee. Again, this is a serious problem.

        • Get Phelps Up

          I misreported a few stats. In 2010, he had a 1.27 WHIP and in 2011 he had a 1.40 WHIP in his first 60 or so innings of the season. In 2011 he probably had his best season as a Yankee.

      • BigBlueAL

        Huh??? His WHIP last season was 1.14, he hasnt had a WHIP over 1.3 since 2004.

  • Deathstroke Heathcott

    Small Game CC Sabathia, if only his game was as big as his body.

  • your mom

    CC and Cano looking like shit today.

  • Anderson Silva

    CC and Cano really playing like the leaders of this team..

  • WhittakerWalt

    Any day now, Robbie.

  • Get Phelps Up

    I guess CC and Cano aka 2 of the best players on the Yankees have decided to take over for Ben Francisco as RAB’s whipping boy.

  • Bo Knows

    You know what the problem is? CC has been off the Capt Crunch for two seasons, he’s depleted his fat reserves of the stuff……everyone send him a box its his fuel for Ace-dom!

    • Manny’s BanWagon

      Maybe he can borrow a box of Arods specially enriched breakfast cereal to get a little more zip on his fastball.

  • Rolling Doughnut

    CC rights the ship after giving up the runs. This is getting kinda old. Maybe it’s because his BABIP this year is .317 compared to last year’s .288. But wait, in 2011 (his 19-8 year) it was .318. Or maybe he has to learn how to pitch with a 90 mph fastball etc etc etc…frustrating.

    • Manny’s BanWagon

      Yeah, his max FB is down 4 MPH and his average about 2.5 MPH.

      Hopefully, this is because of his elbow surgery and it’s gonna improve.

  • Pseudoyanks

    Really? 1 hit?

    • your mom

      What did you expect? It’s Alex “Ace” Cobb.

  • your mom

    I don’t think that CC is struggling due to his lost velocity, his control and command have been bad.

    • Rolling Doughnut

      Diminished velocity and control. Not a good combo

      • Anderson Silva

        or maybe his command is the same but he cant get away with mistakes because he throws 90mph instead of 95

  • Rolling Doughnut

    CC’s May stats:

    GS 4 IP 22.2 H 30 ER 9 HR 3 BB 5 SO 20 AVG .309

    And this is including his last outing, which was undeniable shit. Sorry CC my apologies Now don’t give up any more god damned runs.

  • Dalek Jeter

    So…new Arrested Development. Anybody watching?

    • The Doctor

      Waiting a few hours so I can watch it with a friend. I’ll be done with it by the end of the day.

      Need to discuss the Doctor Who finale with you at some point too…

      • Dalek Jeter

        Now is as good as a time as any. I liked it, a lot. My theory FWIW: John Hurt is the Time Lord known as The Doctor’s incarnation during the Time War, and he did things there that The Doctor isn’t proud of, so The Doctor took the title from him, and just buried him in his subconscious.

  • Eddard

    I guess we can’t be too upset. They’ve gone 3-3 through the Baltimore/Tampa road trip. Not bad considering all of the injuries. CC will get it figured out.

    • your mom

      Yes, and don’t forget Ben Francisco was designated for assignment.

  • Kramerica Industries

    Ok, this is getting very fucking irritating now.

    For those watching the Rays telecast, if you remember yesterday, there was a shot of Alex Cobb looking over some scouting reports in advance of his start today.

    I think we’ve all seen what kind of a dumpster fire this has been (and 14.1 IP with 0 ER is seriously fucking annoying).

    Dwayne Staats and Brian Anderson keep harking back to that camera shot and fellating Alex Cobb as this supergenius who is “always doing his homework”, among other assorted bullshit.

    FUCK OFF already. Alex Cobb is not the only pitcher doing that kind of shit, you just happened to see it. And if Alex Cobb’s approach was as failproof as this, every fucking pitcher would be doing it.

    Seriously. Stop insinuating these false notions.

    • your mom

      Alex Cobb has been ridiculously good against AL East teams. I can’t figure out the stats but it looks good at first glance.

  • Dalek Jeter

    Between CC and Gallardo I’m very disappointed in my aces (both fantasy and Yankees) today.

  • Kramerica Industries

    Fucking Rodriguez and Escobar continue to torch Sabathia.

    This is comical.

  • Dalek Jeter

    The curse of the Francisco.

  • your mom

    Tilapia’s right, it all starts with Sean Rodriguez.

  • your mom

    Okay, what the fuck CC?

  • fabricio

    jesus christ Sabathia has to learn to pitch better with less velocity

  • Cy Pettitte

    HRs to Sean Rodriguez and James Loney. time to retire.

  • Dalek Jeter

    Jeez. This game…

  • Rolling Doughnut

    Oh my.

  • your mom

    Take CC out before he loses any confidence he may have left. He’s getting raped big time.

    • your mom

      The Rays should pitch Lueke to make the raping complete.

  • Bo Knows

    that wasn’t Betances…..dumbasses

  • Karl Krawfid

    Hate watching CC pitch this year.

    • WhittakerWalt

      I can’t remember the last time I thought “great, CC’s pitching! We got this in the bag!”

  • Get Phelps Up

    Too bad Ben Francisco isn’t around to pitch the last 3 innings.
    3-3 in Balt and Tampa with 4 against the awful Mets coming up is far from the worst.

  • Frank

    Sadly, but not at all a surprise, performances like this (maybe not quite this bad) will be more of the norm moving forward for Sabathia. He needs to morph into Andy Pettitte.

    • Karl Krawfid

      The guy has Mariano and Andy on his team.

      He needs to learn a cut fastball.

      • Frank

        And he needs to develop pin point command. When you throw 95+, you can get away with location mistakes. He can’t do that now.

    • your mom

      Without the injuries.

    • Get Phelps Up

      7 runs allowed will not be the norm.

      • WhittakerWalt

        Neither will dominating performances, unless you see something I don’t.

        • Dalek Jeter

          There is a gigantic gap there though.

        • Get Phelps Up

          I think we can expect at least a solid, above average performance from CC every time out. He’s still of tremendous value to the team.

          • WhittakerWalt

            Yippeeee, above average.

            • Get Phelps Up

              Yippeeee, valuable.

              • WhittakerWalt

                Hey call me crazy, I’d like our star pitcher to pitch like a star.

                • Get Phelps Up

                  You realize that CC still can turn it around after he figures how to pitch with less velocity right?

                  And we have a star pitcher pitching like a star. 3 in fact.

                  • WhittakerWalt

                    1. I would love that. It doesn’t look good right now, but of course I’d love to see it.

                    2. We have 3 pitchers performing at a star level? Starting pitchers? Other than Kuroda, who?

                    • Get Phelps Up

                      Well you never specifically said starters so I counted DRob and Mo.

                    • JobaWockeeZ

                      I’ll nitpick the nitpick. Mo is obviously elite. DRob has the 60th best FIP out of all reliever so unless you’re counting the 59 relievers ahead of him stars, then he isn’t one. For 2013 purposes only.

    • Bo Knows

      That’s easier said than done, it takes everyone time to adjust because they are essentially relearning there whole game. Those kind of changes take time regardless of who is there to teach him. his command while good has to become near perfect because his fastball doesn’t have the oomph to slip by batters if he makes a mistake.

      Also its not like CC isn’t adjusting, he throwing a slider or changeup at a much higher frequency than he ever has.

  • CONservative governMENt

    Does C.C. have another opt out? After this season?

  • WhittakerWalt

    Well, as I said last game, this is just who CC is now. Can he figure something out, and soon, or does he become the pitching equivalent of the ARod contract?

  • Nathan

    I think it’s more age and wear & tear effecting CC but I wonder if the weight aspect has any effect? Similar to boxers moving down losing power?

    • TomH

      He does look a bit gaunt, compared to the CC of old.

  • your mom

    If we come back and win this game I’ll change my handle.

  • Dalek Jeter

    Get anymore excited for that single, John. He was rooting so hard for that because of the maybe blown call.

  • Dalek Jeter

    First Sterling cocktease of the season.

  • CONservative governMENt

    I just pray that ARod, Teixeira and Sabathia are enough to convince the Yankees to pass on Cano’s megadeal.

    Along with Pujols and Hamilton.

    Young stars and short-term vets is the new market inefficiency.

    • Nathan

      Yankees need to draft young stars for that to work.

      • CONservative governMENt

        They’ll arrive, either by draft, intl free agent or trades.

    • your mom

      I’d take Cano on Hamilton’s deal anyday.

      • WhittakerWalt

        I don’t think we’ll have that option.

      • CONservative governMENt

        Cano is 2 years younger, so add 2 years, $50M and its not so appealing.

      • Dalek Jeter

        Yeah, me too probably.

    • JobaWockeeZ

      That’s not a market inefficiency…

    • Mikhel

      “Young stars and short-term vets is the new market inefficiency.”

      That is not a market inefficiency, for it to be an inefficiency you’d need to have a way to exploit it, young stars are already locked with their teams, veterans have been receiving short term deals since at least 30 years ago. When something is a rule in a market, it is not an inefficiency.

      I guess you tried to sound knowledgeable, but you were wrong in your “assessment”.

      The Seattle Mariners, San Diego Padres, Pit. Pirates, Oakland Athletics and a few others have been exploiting market inefficiencies by producing young players whom they will later trade, because the market by itself has not fulfilled the need of the league, it is the same with good pitchers: the Padres, Mariners and Athletics “buy low”, specially pitchers, knowing their parks (pitchers paradises) and will sell high. There will always be a GM as dumb so as to discard the various stints in the DL of a “good” pitcher with good first half periferals and discard his second half horrendous periferals… only to acquire him and not have him throw a single pitch in his first two seasons with the team…

  • your mom

    At least we won’t have to see Rodney’s stupid arrow.

  • WhittakerWalt

    “Hey, at least CC only gave up 6 hits, instead of double digits like the last couple of starts!”

  • your mom

    How the hell did Benzo get a hit on that shit?

  • Rolling Doughnut

    Joe’s postgame is written: CC struggled toooday, but he battled and went deep into the game. That’s what he does.

  • your mom

    Hats off to Cobb, he pitched a great game.

  • TomH

    How long till Cervelli gets back? Romine-at-the-plate is hard to watch. Who cares how well–said Kay or Singleton a few days ago–he hit in the bush leagues.

    • JohnnyC

      Cervelli’s at least a month away. And that’s optimistic.

  • DC

    Should have let Ichiro go for the inside the parker.

  • JohnnyC

    I hear Ichiro hits inside the park home runs in BP whenever he wants to.

  • Pat D

    So I just got back from buying new sneakers and doing food shopping.

    Did I miss anything?

    • Mikhel

      Tampa scored a touchdown and made the conversion, while the Yankees scarce men-on-base do their impression of Tom Hanks in “Cast Away”.

  • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

    Over/Under on Huff’s stay on the Yankees

    7 days?

    • JohnnyC

      I say DL him now and get ahead of the curve.

    • forensic

      Whichever one it is, it’s WAY too long.

  • your mom

    No wonder Huff was released by the Indians.

  • your mom

    Meanwhile, Jim Johnson doing his best to blow another save.

  • your mom

    No shutout!!! Yay!

  • Mikhel

    Will this be game #32 where the NYY fail to get more than 5 hits against the opposing starter? I think it might be.

    • DavidAdamsIsGod

      What’s their record in those games?

  • Get Phelps Up

    Haha Jim Johnson blows another one!

    • your mom

      Walk-off double for Kawasaki LOL!

    • forensic

      This was an impressive one too. 4 runs, and most of it against the bottom of the order too.

  • your mom

    Almost Adams, almost. Love this guy!

  • Dalek Jeter

    David Adams!! Making it closer than the score indicates!!!!!!!

    • forensic

      Um, you have it backwards.

      The score is closer than the game was, not the game was closer than the score is.

      • Dalek Jeter

        Damnit forensic, you are correct.

  • forensic

    Well, that sure was a big shitfest of a game. Another fabulous performance by CC and nice to see the offense made great adjustments against Cobb.

    • JohnnyC

      Hard to figure out a guy who throws 2 pitches. Which both move in the same direction and are only 5-6 mph apart. And who you’ve seen 4 or 5 times in less than a year.

  • forensic

    Stupid Chris Perez and the damn Indians. Couldn’t be any better than Jim Johnson, could you???

    • JohnnyC

      Well, really, Chris Perez kinda sucks. You CAN predict baseball sometimes.

    • I’mVernonI’mVernon4U

      This is the year of the imploding closer. Fortunately for us Rodney and JJ are included in that.

  • JohnnyC

    Yanks in 1st place by percentage points as Red Sox destroy Chris Perez in bottom of 9th.

    • your mom

      Fucking Red Sox. I hope they waste their money on an extension for Ellsbury.

      • JohnnyC

        Not likely. They’re genuflecting over Jackie Bradley. Ellsbury extension ship that’s sailed…even if he finishes with a half-decent season (which is unlikely because 2011 was an extreme outlier).

  • I’mVernonI’mVernon4U

    Of course the Indians bring a 5-2 lead into the 9th at Fenway and proceed to give up 4 runs and lose the game. Of course.

    • AndrewYF

      On a horrendous blown-strike call for the great and powerful uber-prospect better-than-Ozzie Jose Iglesias, no less. Whatever. However many things not gone the Yankees way this year, the same amount has gone the Sox’s way. And the Yanks are still ahead in the standings.

      • I’mVernonI’mVernon4U

        Yeah, the fact that we’ve played better teams than they have and have similar records gives me hope. But they need to cool down, and fast.

        • AndrewYF

          I’m not really worried, because they’re ultimately a classic .500 team – stretches of decent play and stretches of horrendous play.

          The Yankees, at least, have been consistently pretty good, even in the face of catastrophic injuries not even the Red Sox and their fans could even comprehend.

  • JohnnyC

    Alex Cobb was born in Boston. Explains a lot.

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

    My reaction to the loss is, “Meh, at least we already had the series win or this would REALLY piss me off.”

    My reaction to CC’s game has moved me from the status of, “Not happy, but I’ll give him the benefit of the doubt” to “Officially worried, and I really hope he can pull this together.”