May
30

Game 53: Try Not To Embarrass Yourselves

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The Yankees have lost four straight — including the last three to the Mets — and six of their last eight games, easily their worst stretch of the season. They aren’t hitting, and of late they aren’t pitching either. When one goes bad, it’s manageable. When both go bad, you can’t win. The Yankees need Vidal Nuno (Vidal Nuno!) to step up and be a stopper today heading into the important weekend series against the Red Sox. Here’s the lineup the Bombers will send out there against righty Dillon Gee…

  1. CF Brett Gardner
  2. 2B Robinson Cano
  3. LF Vernon Wells
  4. DH Travis Hafner
  5. 1B Lyle Overbay
  6. RF Brennan Boesch
  7. 3B David Adams
  8. SS Reid Brignac
  9. C Austin Romine

And on the mound is Mr. Nuno, a left-hander. A southpaw. A scoundrel.

It’s straight up hot in New York, plenty warm enough for baseball. The game is scheduled to begin at 7:05pm ET and can be seen on both YES and WPIX locally as well as MLB Network nationally. Try to enjoy.

Mark Teixeira & Kevin Youkilis Update: Teixeira (wrist) and Youkilis (back) are playing in their second (and final, if all goes according to plan) rehab game for Double-A Trenton tonight, and both YES and MLBN will have live look-ins at their at-bats. That seems excessive for a rehab assignment, but whatever.

Categories : Game Threads

378 Comments»

  1. trr says:

    OK; this is it- can we win this one? Bunt, steal, hit and run, whatever it takes.
    And El Nuno, show us what ya got!

  2. trr says:

    In fact, I’m flat out predicting a win tonight.
    “Play hard; play hungry!”

  3. Pseudoyanks says:

    Must. Win. Game.
    (just for self-respect)

  4. Rolling Doughnut says:

    Here’s Gee this year, for your viewing pleasure:

    ERA+ 58 WHIP 1.732 H/9 12.5

    If we don’t get this guy tonight, my liver will never be the same.

    • forensic says:

      Somewhat similar to Jon Niese, though, he’s pitched alright/pretty well in his career against the Yankees. Hopefully they figure something out tonight, but I wouldn’t really be shocked if he pitched pretty well against them again.

      • Rolling Doughnut says:

        Niese ERA 2.33 against the Yanks last three years. Gee is 4.50. Admittedly SSS for the latter.

    • WhittakerWalt says:

      I think we all know that our lineup is perfectly capable of coming up small against any pitcher.

  5. forensic says:

    “Try not to Embarrass Yourselves”

    I think they already took care of that in last night’s game.

  6. forensic says:

    Matt Vasgersian: “Robinson Cano has been firing on all cylinders, despite what’s happening around him.”

    Wow, do any of these guys watch any games or look at any stats before they throw out stuff like this???

  7. Wheels says:

    It begins…

  8. Cy Pettitte says:

    here we go again.

    • WhittakerWalt says:

      I saw these two comments and figured we were already down 3-0. Imagine my surprise to learn the Mets hadn’t even scored. Are we all so defeated already?

  9. SDB says:

    For Prussia, still.

    And heck of a play by Romine. Can barely hit, but I’ll take him over our special defensive catcher.

  10. Hans Moleman says:

    Wells really takes his time getting to those balls that carom off the wall.

  11. WhittakerWalt says:

    “I’m gonna date myself”

    Really, John? You’re usually so current.

  12. Tom says:

    Nice bounceback by Nuno after the leadoff double.

  13. SDB says:

    AWESOME. I love Nuno’s composure.

  14. Cuso says:

    Nuno, a scoundrel

  15. Rolling Doughnut says:

    Shit.on.him

  16. WhittakerWalt says:

    “How far will Gardner run? He rounds first and holds on.”

    Nice PBP, Papa.

  17. Rolling Doughnut says:

    Didn’t see it, Why isn’t Gardner on third?

  18. forensic says:

    Nice start for Gardy and Cano. Can’t waste this opportunity now.

  19. Rolling Doughnut says:

    Shoulda had Vern bunting.

  20. Wheels says:

    That was weak Vernon.

  21. Cy Pettitte says:

    Does Vernon just guess before the pitch? he swings at outside offspeed stuff that breaks off the plate and misses by a foot so much

    • forensic says:

      Most likely. He sees just 3.26 P/PA. The only people who have seen fewer in any number of AB’s on the Yankees are Boesch and Corban Joseph (in 7 PA’s). Even the pitcher’s happened to see more pitches in their PA’s.

  22. WhittakerWalt says:

    Wells has now entered Mariano Duncan “why bother throwing him a strike?” territory.

  23. Rolling Doughnut says:

    Hafner hacks at a pitch that almost hit him

  24. Tom says:

    Hafner didn’t see a single strike in that AB and swings at a 2-1 offspeed pitch that hits him in the back leg?

  25. Wheels says:

    Come on loverbay

  26. BigBlueAL says:

    Gonna be alot better starting hopefully tomorrow having Youk/Tex following Gardner and Cano. Or have Youk 2nd and Cano 3rd. Or Tex 3rd with Cano 4th.

    Whatever you get the point lol.

  27. WhittakerWalt says:

    Dammit, Hafner. Now you’re slumping?

  28. forensic says:

    Ugh, that’s extremely disappointing…

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

    First 2 guys on. Next 3 combine to get the ball almost all the way to the pitcher’s mound.

    Brutal.

  30. WhittakerWalt says:

    That is some pussy shit.

  31. trr says:

    1st and 2nd, no outs, and the middle of the lineup didn’t hit it past the ptcher’s mound

  32. Tom says:

    He threw maybe 3 pitches in the strike zone in that inning – and 2 were sharp singles.

    The Yankees need to stop hacking at everything; especially against a shitty pitcher where if you fall behind a strike or two it’s not exactly the end of the world.

  33. WhittakerWalt says:

    At least he won’t throw a Perfecto against us. That’s been handled!

  34. Steve D Fl says:

    that was impressive. the air is out of the balloon.

  35. trr says:

    El Nuno gotta get it done

  36. Pinkie Pie says:

    Walking the leadoff batter never comes back to haunt you.

  37. WhittakerWalt says:

    Great start.

  38. Cy Pettitte says:

    ok that’s enough baseball for today.

  39. forensic says:

    Ugh…

    And so it continues…

  40. Wheels says:

    This sucks.

  41. Tom says:

    Not quite an ideal 1-2 pitch.

  42. Leg-End says:

    Not sure what was more crushed, that or my spirit.

  43. WhittakerWalt says:

    Yeesh.

  44. Rolling Doughnut says:

    Jesus.

  45. your mom says:

    This team blows right now.

  46. Mickey Scheister says:

    I don’t get it? He pitched SOOO much better in Scranton.

  47. trr says:

    He doesn’t throw hard enough to keep the ball upstairs

  48. WhittakerWalt says:

    Good thing you pitched around Duda.

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

    Sooooooo. Who would be the long-man today?

  50. J says:

    Get Claiborne up lol

  51. trr says:

    Dammit!

  52. Pinkie Pie says:

    Nuno is pitching like a real International Leaguer.

  53. WhittakerWalt says:

    From 0-2 to 3-2.

  54. WhittakerWalt says:

    BGVN not getting it done.

  55. Rolling Doughnut says:

    Get someone da fock up.

  56. Frank says:

    This a week the Yanks just need to forget.

  57. trr says:

    I gotta run out, hope to see a lead when I come back

  58. Pseudoyanks says:

    I’m flipping to the Daily Show rerun….

  59. SDB says:

    Whatever was left of my spirit after that HR just got crushed remembering that the bullpen’s basically gone after last night.

    Ugh.

  60. Dan in Athens says:

    The clock struck midnight a couple days ago. Not sure getting 1/3 of the DL guys back will be enough, but having the chance to score 6 or 7 runs will be nice.

  61. yanked says:

    Big deal, another much touted farm hand sucks.

  62. Pinkie Pie says:

    For a second I thought Nix was playing SS and I got really worried on that play.

  63. WhittakerWalt says:

    Now the question is, can we score more than 2 runs?

  64. Kramerica Industries says:

    They aren’t hitting, and of late they aren’t pitching either. When one goes bad, it’s manageable. When both go bad, you can’t win.

    It’s not even that. We all know the lineup dead spots on this team. But when the few actually good hitters (Robbie and Pronk) aren’t hitting, then generating runs becomes absolutely impossible.

  65. Mick taylor says:

    Byrd is on steroids or some enhancer again.

    • Cacique says:

      Perhaps but he’s not exactly tearing it up if he is on PED’s….244/.285/.433 before tonight. He hasn’t been very good. Last night’s home run would’ve been a routine out had the game been played in Queens. Tonight he got a bad pitch & he’s historically better against LHP.

  66. yanked says:

    Well no one can deny that we have not produced a single starter that can consistently give us innings and a decent era over the course of a few years since Andy Pettite. It is possible we are the only team that has that dubious distinction, every other team has had at least one..even the ones that did not get high picks.

  67. J says:

    Nuno’s probably getting sent down after this game regardless of how he pitches. He’ll be staying in this game for a while.

  68. showtime says:

    This team better wake up by tomorrow and start to play better baseball. Can’t lose another 2 out of 3 to Boston.

  69. The Doctor says:

    It’s a tiny sample size but Boesch’s numbers are much nicer looking than I thought.

    • forensic says:

      Before last night he was at .227/.261/.455. And before the PH against the Rays, he was at ..209/.244/.419.

      That small sample is the only thing keeping him afloat and one 3-hit game changes things in a big way.

  70. Pinkie Pie says:

    HA!

  71. Rolling Doughnut says:

    That Mess D stinky again…

  72. forensic says:

    Screw you Sterling…

  73. WhittakerWalt says:

    The Sterling Tease in full effect.

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

    smdh

  75. your mom says:

    Fucking Brignac is worthless. Shoulda bunted, didn’t he play for small ball Tampa?

  76. your mom says:

    Wow, I think this team is trying to lose now.

  77. BigBlueAL says:

    This team is unwatchable right now.

  78. SDB says:

    UGH. Yeah, the clock struck midnight a long time ago. Let’s go Pumpkins.

  79. stuart a says:

    trying not to embarass themselves not going real good.

    newsflash to the yankee announcers if Brignac could hit he would still be on Tampa..

    what a friggin joke of a lineup. can wells strike out on 4 pitches next time please….

  80. stuart a says:

    Boesch unless he redoes his swing will never hit consistently.. the guy has a whirlybird long swing and has a under 300 OBP career…

    train wreck..

    • The Doctor says:

      Considering he’s got one of our hits today and 6 hits in his last 6 ABs against righties, I don’t see why this is the right time to complain about him.

  81. WhittakerWalt says:

    First innning: two runners on, no outs, no runs.
    Second innning: two runners on, no outs, no runs.

    Other than that, awesome job fellas.

  82. forensic says:

    Once that ball went foul, it was inevitable that they would fail to do anything again. I know Romine sucks offensively, but so does Brignac. At least bunt and give yourself a chance for a groundball or flyball to score the run. Or, if Romine fails, then give Gardner a chance with 2 outs.

  83. TomH says:

    Romine makes Stewart look like Mantle.

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

    Nice play, Addie!!

  85. Dan in Athens says:

    40 ABs, no walks. Time to go back to Scranton. No excuse.

    • forensic says:

      Is it sad that they have two guys that this comment could apply to?

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

        Heh. I thought he WAS talking about Adams. Adams has 50 AB’s with no walks.

        Yikes.

        • forensic says:

          Yeah, Romine’s at 40 PA’s and Adams is at 51 PA’s, so take your pick…

          • Dan in Athens says:

            Are you fucking kidding me? Who the fuck is the hitting coach at Scranton? Fucking fire him immediately.

            • Tom says:

              Adams walk rate in the minors has been ~10% (which is good).

              My guess is he is worried about getting behind in the count against better pitching (or the hacktastic ways of the rest of the lineup has rubbed off on him)

            • Dan in Athens says:

              Butch Wynager, you bastard, you had a 12 percent walk rate in the bigs. What the hell are you doing down there?

  86. Frank says:

    If Adams gets sent down, he needs to learn to just throw the ball to first. He seems too deliberate, almost as if he’s aiming the throw.

  87. Tom says:

    Gee has gone through the entire order on 23 pitches… that’s a little more than 2.5 pitches per plate appearance.

    Only 2 batters saw more than 3 pitches.

    Maybe the second time around they will see if he actually throws strikes before swinging – it’s one thing to swing at a pitch down the middle like Gardner or Cano did, but much of the lineup is swinging at crap.

  88. Frank says:

    I just don’t get Gardner. He’s one of the few players hitting and he bunts.

  89. Rolling Doughnut says:

    That will do, Robbie.

  90. dkidd says:

    this game thread needs to sack up

    it’s 2-1, people

    • Pasta Stumbling Sojo says:

      It’s strange, everyone seems to have disappeared. I guess this is preferable to endless whining about how terrible things are. Hopefully we’ll take the lead and things will liven up.

      • Rolling Doughnut says:

        Not much to say at this point is there. I’m working and lurking.

      • Robinson Tilapia says:

        I’d rather discuss the game with my wife (who, while pleasant to talk to, shares too much common ground with stuart at times) than dodge landmines on these game threads right now. Sorry.

        At this site’s best, you’ve got Matt’s awesome columns. At its worst, you have this. How Mike reconciles the two is beyond me right now.

        Besides, I’m watching the Heat right now, and not having a great feeling about them either.

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

    Well, at least he can hit…

  92. Dan in Athens says:

    This team can still win if Nuno can hold another 2 innings and one or no runs. Not his fault. This offense is going to need the proverbial bloop and a blast, especially since they won’t take walks. Good Lord, yet another one.

  93. your mom says:

    Nice black hole at the bottom of the order.

  94. The Doctor says:

    I can’t exactly blame them for swinging at all these pitches early in the count considering they’re all so hittable, I wish they sucked a little less and could actually do something with them.

  95. Eddard says:

    El Nuno’s done all he can. Hughes, Hiroki and now Nuno allow a combined 4 runs and we’ll lose all three ballgames.

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

    In unrelated news, an update to those who care (it’s okay, you don’t need to pretend):

    We are midway in rehearsals for “Godspell” and I’ve just learned that our director has cut large sections of the script. Now we’re going to be confronting him on Monday and possibly ousting him altogether.

    How did I not know this until now? A long, unpleasant story, and believe it or not that’s not just a cliche this time. It really is pretty long.

    The point? Trouble in paradise.

  97. SDB says:

    Gee’s 2-6, ERA of almost 6 and he’s looking like Felix Hernandez here. This is just ridiculous.

  98. WhittakerWalt says:

    If we lose this game 2-1 it won’t be the worst loss of the season (that was 2 nights ago), but it will be rock bottom.

    • your mom says:

      Rock bottom would be a sweep by Boston this weekend.

      • TomH says:

        IFF the pitching holds up and the 2 reinforcements are able to swing with authority, I doubt that Boston can sweep. Unfortunately, that “iff” means “if and only if.”

      • WhittakerWalt says:

        Getting swept 4 games by the woeful Mets feels like rock bottom to me. Boston is at least a good team.

  99. BigBlueAL says:

    This is a new low even for this offense.

  100. Cy Pettitte says:

    these are some pathetic displays of offense. they can’t even draw ONE WALK against 2 guys with > 5 ERAs

  101. Mick taylor says:

    Girardi should have played small ball in the first 2 innings. With runners on 1st and 2nd he should have tried bunting them over. Since then gee is in a groove.

  102. Cy Pettitte says:

    Shawn Kelley is only arb eligible next year and not FA eligible until 2016? wow what a pick by Cash.

  103. OldYanksFan says:

    Hard to beat this team when we face 4 of the best pitchers in the history of baseball.

  104. Cy Pettitte says:

    this is last years ALCS=esque. they don’t even look competitive in these ABs.

  105. Tom says:

    I wonder how many pitches Gee has thrown in the zone tonight?

    I would not be surprised to see it at around 50%, possibly even lower.

  106. Dan in Athens says:

    10 Ks for Gee. Ridiculous.

  107. Cy Pettitte says:

    11 K’s. unreal.

  108. Mykey says:

    Perhaps the most embarrassing series in recent memory.

  109. The Real Greg says:

    Ladies and gentlemen, the correction.

  110. your mom says:

    Jesus Christ. Pathetic.

  111. MannyGeee says:

    Credit where its due, Gee is throwing the game of his life. He’s got this team on their heels.

  112. Frank says:

    Career high in Ks for Yanks on verge of getting swept by lowly Mets. Brutal. I can only imagine what the RS do to them this weekend.

  113. Jorge Brosada says:

    Ok I’m pissed

  114. Rolling Doughnut says:

    Two innings left. It can be done.

  115. Kramerica Industries says:

    Try Not To Embarrass Yourselves

    Well, they failed to do that, too.

  116. stuart a says:

    absolutely by coincedence Gee is pitching game of his life like hefner, niese and some other schmuck.

    the yankee lineup is a bad AAA lineup.

    again wells is back to his dreadful self..whirlybird boesch and brignac stink. romine makes cervelli look like johnny bench and on and on…

    what a disgrace.. yanks with 7 runs in 4 games against the NY Mets.. but nah it is the pitchers…

  117. Josh says:

    This offense is complete shit. No other way to put it. Even the Marlins offense looks like murders’ row compared to this crap.

  118. Josh says:

    It’s also comical how every hitter in baseball can lay off the way-high fastball. Apparently the Yankees didn’t get the memo.

  119. WhittakerWalt says:

    Another “tip your cap” game.

  120. TomH says:

    And this is why in Spring, people were predicting disaster. It didn’t materialize–”God works in mysterious ways”–in April and most of May. Now, though, they’re on their own, and their sheer badness is all too apparent.

  121. Tom says:

    They absolutely have to strand this guy at 2nd.

    Even though it feels like they are down by 5 runs, 1 swing can tie it and maybe Collins will be dumb enough to call someone in from the pen that doesn’t realize there is no resason to put a pitch in the zone against this lineup and will make a mistake. If the Mets push another run across, I’m not sure the Yankees can get 2 baserunners in 2 innings.

  122. Dan in Athens says:

    NO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  123. Wheels says:

    Just stick with Boone here.

  124. Pasta says:

    We really need arod back too
    Right stuart.

  125. Rolling Doughnut says:

    Aaaand here comes Jobber. WRISP.

  126. stuart a says:

    comparing the yankee ineptitude to a 205 loss team accomplishes what?

    yep yankeed horrible offense is better then an offense that is historically bad.

    SO

  127. Pasta says:

    Oh good maybe Joba can fart on the Mets

  128. Frank says:

    C’mon Joba. Lets increase that trade value.

  129. Pasta says:

    Oh austin

  130. Dan in Athens says:

    One more storm commercial and I’m dragging your gun hating mayor and fat ass NJ Gov. down to Florida, Alabama, Louisiana and Mississippi to see what a real hurricane looks like.

  131. Cy Pettitte says:

    un. fucking. real.

  132. Wheels says:

    Jesus!

  133. Pasta says:

    Why did he let that roll

  134. Eddard says:

    When it rains it pours. That’s the ballgame.

  135. Tom says:

    That wild pitch was costly…

  136. Frank says:

    The perfect ending to a miserable series sweep at the hand of the Mets.

  137. Rolling Doughnut says:

    Still Joba had him 0-2 and couldn’t put him away.

  138. stuart a says:

    Joba could not throw 3 straigh off speed because who the hell knows.

    JOBA HAS rocks between the head. all that talent wasted…

    another dope…

    • Winter says:

      Joba forced a weak ground ball. That’s about all you can ask of a pitcher.

      • stuart a says:

        joba should have struck buck out on 3 pitches but heck throw the 96 mph fastball because you are macho…

        joba and pitch selection is a volatile mix..

  139. your mom says:

    This. Team. Sucks.

  140. Pasta says:

    Costas on mlb sounds like he has wood after that run

  141. Leg-End says:

    Do some Girardi, anything. Go throw your hat at the ump over nothing, they need a fire lighting under their ass.

  142. Mickey Scheister says:

    Joba gives up some of the most dinky hits.

  143. TomH says:

    As of tonight, this is the worst starting lineup in the AL East, and maybe the worst Yankee lineup since the early 1970s. Only the return of the wounded can save this collection of weaklings from last place. Water seeks its level, and the desperation pick-ups are finding it. Cheers for their valiant six-week run, but it’s over for them now.

  144. stuart a says:

    arod sucks. if i never see him play again that would be a good thing.

    then again according to the shrewd talent evaluators on this site i am sure they can move his contract.

    the only people that like arod are his friends whom leach of arod or the under 25 crowd here that have no clue….

    adams should have picked up the ball immediately and tagged the bag….

    al leiter is even dumber then michael kay which is like saying the marlins offense is worse then the Yanks….

  145. Pasta says:

    Dfa the tampa ray reject

  146. Mick taylor says:

    Romine really sucks all round

  147. Pasta says:

    Worse than a pitcher

  148. Tom says:

    So what are the odds the Yankees now push one (and only one) run across.

  149. Rolling Doughnut says:

    Ichiro is pinch hitting. Just about says it all.

  150. acb says:

    why in the world would they take out Gee. Hopefully that move costs them.

  151. ClayDavis says:

    I wonder if Hal is even watching this series.

    • Pat D says:

      That has what to do with anything?

      • ClayDavis says:

        Well he is the owner. Seemed quite vocal when is team was winning. Would like to hear from him now. Can’t have it both ways. Only time he been public latey is to introduce a soccer team.

        • Pat D says:

          Is he going to say something inspiring that will spur the team on to winning? Is he going to say anything different from what Girardi and Cashman say?

          No and no.

          The owner of a baseball team is supposed to be heard only when he hires and fires a GM.

          • ClayDavis says:

            He was pretty vocal a couple weeks ago bragging about this new look/scrap heap team. Like to hear from him while the smoke and mirrors dissipate

  152. BigBlueAL says:

    Not 1 game in this 4-game series was sold out.

  153. Winter says:

    I don’t know about everyone else, but I’d rather Nix PH than Ichiro.

  154. Manny's BanWagon says:

    The Yankees really are unwatchable these days. Watching a baseball team that can’t score runs is like watching paint dry.

  155. McLovin says:

    Of all the fucking teams to get swept by……
    Come on Yankees!

  156. Tom says:

    So Ichiro’s still hitting?

  157. ArchStanton says:

    Wow, Brignac batting in the 8th inning, and there really weren’t any better options. Sigh.

  158. Frank says:

    Yanks could be in next to last by Monday.

  159. David N says:

    Oh, LOLffense.

  160. Rolling Doughnut says:

    Hey but we have the meat of the order coming up in the ninth.

  161. WhittakerWalt says:

    17 Yanks in a row have been retired.
    It’s rock bottom.

    • KenClay says:

      No, rock bottom was the ALCS last year. They couldn’t hit even with Alex, Grandy, Tex and some of the other talent that departed. To replace the dearly departed, you now have a “scrap heap” squad that is equally useless.

      • WhittakerWalt says:

        It’s rock bottom for this season. Last year was last year. I get what you’re saying, but I’m just talking about the here and now.

  162. Frank says:

    13 Ks by Mets pitchers tonight.

  163. Jorge Brosada says:

    This offense is so unbelievably fucking bad

  164. Frank says:

    Well, at least there’s a good Heat-Pacers game to watch.

  165. TomH says:

    The Sox must be salivating at the prospect of facing this lineup.

  166. WhittakerWalt says:

    In 4 games against the horrible Mets we will have scored 1 run, 1 run, 4 garbage time runs, and 1 run.

  167. The Pope says:

    Are you proud of your website, Mike?

    Do you like being shown up by Matt’s columns every day?

    Look at this Game Thread. When you, Ben, and Joe came up with the idea for this site, were these the people you hoped would follow you? Are you proud of these people, as Yankee fans? Really, Mike?

    Do you notice what curmudgeon you’ve become in columns, Mike?

    Is it hard to go back to working 9-5, Mike? Are you happy being slumlord to a community of malcontents, Mike?

    Why have “commenter guidelines” you don’t enforce, Mike? Don’t you see you’ve got people, even a guy who just out and out named himself “Troll,” daring you on a nightly basis to enforce them?

    You’ve lost it, Mike.

    Pull the plug, Mike.

    • Jorge Brosada says:

      This guy…

    • KenClay says:

      Comments to Michael Kay should be addressed to:
      @THEREALMICHAELKAY

    • Winter says:

      I hope you realize that obnoxious commenters are the result of this blogs success. The quality of this blog is the reason some of the comments are unsavory. And honestly, it’s still a lot better than the comment sections on a lot of other blogs.

      If you’re reading this, Mike, know how much most of us appreciate what you do and come here because RAB provides absolutely the best Yankees content on the internet. Don’t listen to rabble like the commenter above.

    • Troll says:

      Troll is a family name, you fu*king prick.

      • your mom says:

        LMAO. Good stuff.

      • Cuso says:

        Wow. That was great.

      • Pat D says:

        Honest question.

        Why censor the “c?”

        • Troll says:

          I don’t like dropping the f* bomb in public, even on an internet forum. “Fu*king” seems mysterious, harmless even, as though it represents an ancient Chinese mystic with the power to control the elements and predict the future. In other words, I don’t deem it to be nearly as bad had I spelled the word out in its entirety.

          • Pat D says:

            I guess I understand that, but your intent is the same, so there’s really no reason for it. But that’s just my opinion.

            I am intrigued by an ancient Chinese mystic that had those powers, since I’ve never heard of one.

    • Pinkie Pie says:

      Mike can’t be responsible for all the assholes that happen to find their way onto this website. There are just too many. I still happen to greatly enjoy this website’s content and some of the “malcontents” you speak of aren’t so bad once you get to know them. I’ve been visiting this website for years and even though the comments sections have become gradually more cantankerous and unstable, I still get a kick out of them and always come back for more. If you were really disappointed and bothered by the atrophy of baseball related conversation on this website, you’d try to ameliorate it instead of telling Mike to pull the plug.

    • JobaWockeeZ says:

      Well this is a better attempt at trolling.

    • Rolling Doughnut says:

      Mike’s analyses are thorough, mostly even-handed and always interesting. The majority of the people on this blog know baseball and make great observations. There is always personal shit that gets mixed in but I basically scroll past it. This blog is pretty tame in comparison with some others I’ve seen. Mike deserves thanks not derision my friend.

  168. Josh says:

    It’s sad when you have to look for a silver lining against the Mets

  169. your mom says:

    Youk and Tex need to come up aces this weekend. This offense is putrid.

  170. Tom says:

    I still don’t understand why Girardi let Ichiro hit. Down 2 they need a baserunner at all costs and with the top of the lineup coming up there aren’t going to be many PH opportunities.

    I’d think Nix against a lefty was a better option there. Hell even Stewart against a lefty (and he was coming in anyway) may have been a better option.

    • Frank says:

      In the overall scheme of things, do you think that one decision really matters?

      • Tom says:

        It apparently mattered enough for him to PH Ichiro in the first place.

        Cano is pretty much the only shot in this lineup… down two you do whatever you can to not have him bat with the bases empty.

    • Winter says:

      Was he though? I could see Collins waiting until Gardner was up to bring in the LHP if Nix pinch hit.

      • Tom says:

        By rule, once Rice came in, he has to pitch to one batter.

        Once Rice was brought in to face Ichiro, Girardi should have PH a second time (for Ichiro)

  171. Mick taylor says:

    Why did the yanks cut the flotsam dude for bric bat, and how is he doing with his new team?

  172. Troll says:

    Well, Ellsbury’s back and just in time for the Yankees. That’s not good.

  173. your mom says:

    No BBs in the game for us. Un-Yankee like.

  174. WhittakerWalt says:

    Way to make him work, fellas.

  175. Troll says:

    You’re drunk, Vernon. Go home.

  176. Frank says:

    In the old days when GS was running things, this would have cost Girardi his job. And maybe Cashman.

    • Winter says:

      Yeah, because it’s Girardi and Cashman’s fault that A-Rod, Teixeira, Granderson, Jeter, Youkilis, Cervelli, Nunez, and Pettitte got injured.

      • Frank says:

        Not saying it is. Just saying what the old man would have done. You probably weren’t born yet.

        • trr says:

          Frank is correct. Steinbrenner would’ve fired the Mgr. I’m not saying I approve; but hell I lived through the Billy Martin era(s)

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

        Since when did that matter to George (early George)?

    • BigBlueAL says:

      If GS was still running this team they dont begin the season with this bad a lineup.

      • ClayDavis says:

        Good to go out on a ledge and say the Stewart/Cervelli tandem would have never happened.

        • BigBlueAL says:

          LOL my point is that GS wouldnt have allowed Martin and Swisher to leave w/o replacing them to save money which is what happened. Girardi and Cashman cant be blamed for this poor play because we all saw this happening before the season started. Its been pretty remarkable it has taken this long for this lineup too struggle this badly.

  177. Leg-End says:

    Swept by the Mets. Ouch.

  178. Manny's BanWagon says:

    Geez, the Yankees should hang their heads in shame after this series.

  179. your mom says:

    Good job guys. Congratulations on the sweep.

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

    The Red Sox series has a reverse lock kind of feel to it.

    /graspingatstraws

  181. David N says:

    If the entire pitching staff decided to go on strike tomorrow, I would not blame them one bit.

  182. Kramerica Industries says:

    Absolute fucking disgrace.

    This is about the worst I have ever felt at this team. Losing four fucking games in a row, against a shitty team who hails from the same city.

    Man. Go fuck yourselves, gentlemen.

    • Troll says:

      Hasn’t it been FIVE games in a row? I don’t know. I can’t keep track anymore. Whoever believes that Youkilis and Teixera will save the offense have another thing coming for them . . .

    • Jacob the OG says:

      Calm down damn it is only 2 days after memorial day

  183. WhittakerWalt says:

    The last 20 “bombers” went down in order.

  184. Guest says:

    So the Mets could not outhit the Yankees for the fourth game in a row. And still win all four!!!
    Our BAHIP (Batting Average of Hits In Progression) really really sucks…

  185. Kevin says:

    We get swept by a team that sucks. We will hear about how this gave them new life etc..BULL
    We got swept by a place that won’t sniff the postseason,and at this point,neither will we.

  186. Matt says:

    Even the Mets fans can’t feel so great about this one. 3 of these 4 games were among the worst played games you will ever see, by both teams. They can act like they just won their World Series, but the Mets will be lucky to finish even within 15 games of .500 this year with that roster.

    Thankfully they are due to get back 2 of their better hitters tomorrow, and probably another 3 or 4 of them around the all star break. This is going to be a completely different team in the 2nd half, and honestly it wouldn’t surprise me if they won 95 games. The Mets on the other hand… they are as bad as us with nobody coming back.

  187. Tom says:

    Courtesy of MLB Network:

    Dillon Gee had 12K’s in under 90 pitches. The last pitcher to accomplish that?

    Pedro Martinez

  188. Wheels says:

    To think it was less than a week ago when we were riding so high after that comeback against the Rays.

  189. WhittakerWalt says:

    “Dillon Gee the winner, 3 and 6.”

    Says it all, really.

  190. Jacob the OG says:

    After all of the injuries if someone had told me we would be 2 games back of the AL east lead by the time Tex returned I would gladly take it. Does this offense suck? Hell yes but what do you expect, they are basically Cano and the other guys out there! Cheer up everyone, better times are a coming!!!!!!

    • fabricio says:

      agreed. maybe the scrap heap picks up are dead for now and its time for the real players to carry us now

    • Mikhel says:

      Too bad the NYY’s manager is so dumb he doesn’t realize he needs to play with what he has, instead, he uses the Axisa strategy, that is expect the long ball, accept a ton of strikeouts and allow your OBP go to hell.

  191. ClayDavis says:

    Since the soccer team intro. 2-6

    • Pat D says:

      There is no causality between the two. You do understand this, right?

      I mean, I don’t particularly like soccer either, but I’m not going to blame this new soccer team for the baseball team not hitting.

  192. Mick taylor says:

    Mr steinbrenner would have fired Kevin long. Girardi had gee on the ropes with 1st and second and no outs in the first 2 innings and does not bunt the runners over. So once the mets get the lead the lead the yank hitters got tight . Romine is total garbage . They should dfa him and bring up bob y Wilson romine cannot hit field throw or frame a pitch

    • Mikhel says:

      JoeG said it last season: “we are the Bronx BOMBERS, not the Bronx BUNTERS”… they will continue playing expecting a 3R-HR every single time, specially when the strikeouts-low OBP specialists get back from the DL.

    • Pat D says:

      I think you need to change your handle to “Keith Richards.” It would be more fitting of a post like this.

      • Mikhel says:

        Sadly… he’s right.

        As of right now the Padres have a better offense than the NYY when you don’t contabilize the DH which is the only thing the yanks have an advantage over the Padres… and PetCo Park is a pitcher’s paradise even this year.

        • Pat D says:

          Oh, I’m not criticizing the content of his post. Except that it is extremely stupid to bunt your #3 hitter in the first inning, no matter how badly he’s struggling.

          I was referring to the somewhat rambling incoherence of his post, indicative of someone addled by drugs and alcohol.

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

      Generally, when a pitcher is on the ropes is not a good time to give them free outs, especially in the first, when he hadn’t shown he could get anyone out yet. And I’m not sure Wells is even capable of bunting (he hasn’t had a sac bunt since 2002).
      Bunting in the second makes some sense with Brignac, but even then, they were already down 2 runs with Nuno looking shaky at the time. Playing for one run with a bunt generally doesn’t make any sense in that situation. It only kinda made sense then because Brignac is so awful.

      • Rolling Doughnut says:

        That’s right. They had a real shot at Gee in the first and didn’t get it done. Still would have had Wells trying to bunt though. Better than watching him try to hit.

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

          Yeah, the only way it makes any sense is with how bad they (Wells and Brignac) are hitting. Even then, I wouldn’t make the first out of the game a free one, especially with a guy who may not be able to bunt, and with the #7-8 starter on the mound.

          • Rolling Doughnut says:

            Maybe, but I was thinking keep out of the DP. Wells is just too awful right now to watch, And it’s not on Girardi, as some would argue. He is a plodding-type manager, which is maddening sometimes but really there’s not much you can do if everyone is slumping.

  193. your mom says:

    Well fuck this series. Fuck the Mets. Time to move on and somehow win 2 of 3 against the piece o shit Red Sox.

  194. I'mVernonI'mVernon4U says:

    And in the blink of an eye, we’ve gone from atop the AL Eeast to a 5 game losing streak, 4 of those against a tremendously bad team. Regression really sucks.

    Record since DFA Ben Francisco: 0 – 5. The curse lives on.

  195. Mick taylor says:

    Is Johnny Damon available to take ichiro spot?

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