Game 49: For the Sweep

(J. Meric/Getty)

(J. Meric/Getty)

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


  1. trr says:

    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!

  2. Robinson Tilapia says:


    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) says:

      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 says:

        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) says:

          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 says:

            It stands for “weighted Run Counter” here’s the nitty-gritty:

            • mustang (The Has Been & Wannabes Bunch 2013) says:

              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.

              • Dalek Jeter says:

                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) says:


                  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 says:

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

                    • mustang (The Has Been & Wannabes Bunch 2013) says:

                      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 says:

                    I learned something too here.

                    • mustang (The Has Been & Wannabes Bunch 2013) says:

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

                      We can be taught!!!!

                    • Robinson Tilapia says:

                      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 says:

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

                    • mustang (The Has Been & Wannabes Bunch 2013) says:

                      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) says:

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

  3. Dalek Jeter says:

    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.

  4. Robinson Tilapia says:

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

  5. Laz says:

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

    • Dalek Jeter says:

      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 says:

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

  6. Get Phelps Up says:

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

  7. Dalek Jeter says:

    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 says:

      more than us?

      • Dalek Jeter says:

        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.

  8. Kramerica Industries says:

    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.

  9. Dalek Jeter says:

    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.

  10. Kramerica Industries says:

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

  11. Dalek Jeter says:

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

    • Rolling Doughnut says:

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

    • whozat says:

      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.

  12. Robinson Tilapia says:

    We love putting Sean Rodriguez on base.

  13. Kramerica Industries says:

    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.

  14. Anderson Silva says:

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

  15. your mom says:

    C’mon Adams gotta get 1 there.

  16. Kramerica Industries says:

    What the fuck was that?

  17. your mom says:


  18. Robinson Tilapia says:

    Que mierda.

  19. JonS says:

    WTF was that shit?

  20. Rolling Doughnut says:

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

  21. Andy says:

    Can someone explain what happened? Only able to gamecast it

  22. your mom says:

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

  23. Eddard says:

    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.

  24. Anderson Silva says:

    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.

  25. Brian S. says:

    What a defensive shitshow that was.

  26. your mom says:

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

  27. Dalek Jeter says:

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

  28. RetroRob says:

    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.

  29. Robinson Tilapia says:

    Jayson Nix is useless.

  30. your mom says:

    Nix! Better base runner than Gardner.

  31. Brian S. says:

    Romine is so bad. Get him off my team.

    • Robinson Tilapia says:

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

      • Brian S. says:

        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.

      • RetroRob says:

        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 says:

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

  32. your mom says:

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

  33. your mom says:

    Holy shit, what a terrible swing.

  34. Kramerica Industries says:

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

    I really wouldn’t mind it.

  35. Dalek Jeter says:

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

  36. Kramerica Industries says:

    Sean Rodriguez.

    Fucking unreal.

  37. your mom says:

    WTF Sean Rodriguez? CC sucks.

  38. Anderson Silva says:

    CC is toast..

  39. Brian S. says:

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

  40. Cy Pettitte says:

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

  41. Eddard says:

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

  42. Dalek Jeter says:


    I guess this is why we walked him…

  43. your mom says:

    CC looks cooked.

  44. Kramerica Industries says:

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

  45. Frank says:

    How many more years of CC at 20m +?

  46. BigBlueAL says:

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

    • Brian S. says:

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

  47. D says:

    Sabathia sure is earning his millionish dollars per start

  48. WhittakerWalt says:

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

  49. clubic says:

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

  50. Brian S. says:

    Vidal Nuno>

  51. Steve D Fl says:

    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.

  52. King George says:

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

  53. your mom says:

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

  54. Rolling Doughnut says:

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

  55. Manny's BanWagon says:

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

  56. Kramerica Industries says:

    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 says:

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

      • Kramerica Industries says:

        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 says:

          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 says:

          “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.

        • Mike Axisa says:

          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.

        • TomH says:

          WAR = RAW

      • Bo Knows says:

        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 says:

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

      • Kramerica Industries says:

        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 says:

          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 says:

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

  57. Deathstroke Heathcott says:

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

  58. your mom says:

    CC and Cano looking like shit today.

  59. Anderson Silva says:

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

  60. WhittakerWalt says:

    Any day now, Robbie.

  61. Get Phelps Up says:

    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.

  62. Bo Knows says:

    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 says:

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

  63. Rolling Doughnut says:

    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 says:

      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.

  64. Pseudoyanks says:

    Really? 1 hit?

  65. your mom says:

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

  66. Rolling Doughnut says:

    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.

  67. Dalek Jeter says:

    So…new Arrested Development. Anybody watching?

    • The Doctor says:

      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 says:

        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.

  68. Eddard says:

    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.

  69. Kramerica Industries says:

    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 says:

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

  70. Dalek Jeter says:

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

  71. Kramerica Industries says:

    Fucking Rodriguez and Escobar continue to torch Sabathia.

    This is comical.

  72. Dalek Jeter says:

    The curse of the Francisco.

  73. your mom says:

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

  74. your mom says:

    Okay, what the fuck CC?

  75. fabricio says:

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

  76. Cy Pettitte says:

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

  77. Dalek Jeter says:

    Jeez. This game…

  78. Rolling Doughnut says:

    Oh my.

  79. your mom says:

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

  80. Bo Knows says:

    that wasn’t Betances…..dumbasses

  81. Karl Krawfid says:

    Hate watching CC pitch this year.

    • WhittakerWalt says:

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

  82. Get Phelps Up says:

    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.

  83. Frank says:

    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 says:

      The guy has Mariano and Andy on his team.

      He needs to learn a cut fastball.

      • Frank says:

        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 says:

      Without the injuries.

    • Get Phelps Up says:

      7 runs allowed will not be the norm.

      • WhittakerWalt says:

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

        • Dalek Jeter says:

          There is a gigantic gap there though.

        • Get Phelps Up says:

          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 says:

            Yippeeee, above average.

            • Get Phelps Up says:

              Yippeeee, valuable.

              • WhittakerWalt says:

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

                • Get Phelps Up says:

                  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 says:

                    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 says:

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

                    • JobaWockeeZ says:

                      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 says:

      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.

  84. CONservative governMENt says:

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

  85. WhittakerWalt says:

    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?

  86. Nathan says:

    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?

  87. your mom says:

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

  88. Dalek Jeter says:

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

  89. Dalek Jeter says:

    First Sterling cocktease of the season.

  90. CONservative governMENt says:

    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 says:

      Yankees need to draft young stars for that to work.

    • your mom says:

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

    • JobaWockeeZ says:

      That’s not a market inefficiency…

    • Mikhel says:

      “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…

  91. your mom says:

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

  92. WhittakerWalt says:

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

  93. your mom says:

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

  94. Rolling Doughnut says:

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

  95. your mom says:

    Hats off to Cobb, he pitched a great game.

  96. TomH says:

    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.

  97. DC says:

    Should have let Ichiro go for the inside the parker.

  98. JohnnyC says:

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

  99. Pat D says:

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

    Did I miss anything?

    • Mikhel says:

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

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

    Over/Under on Huff’s stay on the Yankees

    7 days?

  101. your mom says:

    No wonder Huff was released by the Indians.

  102. your mom says:

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

  103. your mom says:

    No shutout!!! Yay!

  104. Mikhel says:

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

  105. Get Phelps Up says:

    Haha Jim Johnson blows another one!

  106. your mom says:

    Almost Adams, almost. Love this guy!

  107. Dalek Jeter says:

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

  108. forensic says:

    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 says:

      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.

  109. forensic says:

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

  110. JohnnyC says:

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

    • your mom says:

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

      • JohnnyC says:

        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).

  111. I'mVernonI'mVernon4U says:

    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 says:

      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 says:

        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 says:

          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.

  112. JohnnyC says:

    Alex Cobb was born in Boston. Explains a lot.

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

    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.”

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