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
  • trr

    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!

  • trr

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

  • Pseudoyanks

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

  • Rolling Doughnut

    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

      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

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

    • WhittakerWalt

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

  • forensic

    “Try not to Embarrass Yourselves”

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

  • forensic

    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???

    • WhittakerWalt

      I think they probably have interns who write these anecdotes/obersvations for them. And I believe those interns just write down whatever shit they want, to see what they can get away with.

    • Tom

      They also had a guy with a “B” on his hat and a Boston accent doing the lead in to the Subway Series.

      • http://www.penuel-law.com/ Cuso

        It was a Brooklyn Dodgers hat

        • Tom

          Ahh… my bad.
          Thanks.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      I expect nothing less from the voice of the XFL.

  • Wheels

    It begins…

  • Cy Pettitte

    here we go again.

    • WhittakerWalt

      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?

  • SDB

    For Prussia, still.

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

  • Hans Moleman

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

  • WhittakerWalt

    “I’m gonna date myself”

    Really, John? You’re usually so current.

  • Tom

    Nice bounceback by Nuno after the leadoff double.

  • SDB

    AWESOME. I love Nuno’s composure.

  • http://www.penuel-law.com/ Cuso

    Nuno, a scoundrel

  • Rolling Doughnut

    Shit.on.him

  • WhittakerWalt

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

    Nice PBP, Papa.

    • forensic

      Heh, yeah, that was good.

  • Rolling Doughnut

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

  • forensic

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

  • Rolling Doughnut

    Shoulda had Vern bunting.

  • Wheels

    That was weak Vernon.

  • Cy Pettitte

    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

      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.

  • WhittakerWalt

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

  • Rolling Doughnut

    Hafner hacks at a pitch that almost hit him

  • Tom

    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?

  • Wheels

    Come on loverbay

  • BigBlueAL

    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.

  • WhittakerWalt

    Dammit, Hafner. Now you’re slumping?

  • forensic

    Ugh, that’s extremely disappointing…

  • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

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

    Brutal.

  • WhittakerWalt

    That is some pussy shit.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      Sounds like something you’d see in Amsterdam.

  • trr

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

  • Tom

    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.

  • WhittakerWalt

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

  • Steve D Fl

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

  • trr

    El Nuno gotta get it done

  • Pinkie Pie

    Walking the leadoff batter never comes back to haunt you.

  • WhittakerWalt

    Great start.

  • Cy Pettitte

    ok that’s enough baseball for today.

  • forensic

    Ugh…

    And so it continues…

  • Wheels

    This sucks.

  • Tom

    Not quite an ideal 1-2 pitch.

  • Leg-End

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

  • WhittakerWalt

    Yeesh.

  • Rolling Doughnut

    Jesus.

  • your mom

    This team blows right now.

  • Mickey Scheister

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

  • trr

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

  • WhittakerWalt

    Good thing you pitched around Duda.

  • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

    Sooooooo. Who would be the long-man today?

    • Tom

      Nuno? If it gets out of hand, I think he may just have to take one for the team.

    • forensic

      Shoulda stretched out Joba…

      :-)

      • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

        Heh. Might have to stretch him out today.

        • SDB

          Doesn’t Joba want to be a starter again? Let’s see how long he can go. :)

  • J

    Get Claiborne up lol

  • trr

    Dammit!

  • Pinkie Pie

    Nuno is pitching like a real International Leaguer.

  • WhittakerWalt

    From 0-2 to 3-2.

  • WhittakerWalt

    BGVN not getting it done.

  • Rolling Doughnut

    Get someone da fock up.

    • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

      There is nobody.

      • Rolling Doughnut

        Yeah I know poor attempt at sarcasm.

  • Frank

    This a week the Yanks just need to forget.

  • trr

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

    • forensic

      Gonna be out for a few days? ;-)

    • your mom

      Don’t hold your breath.

  • Pseudoyanks

    I’m flipping to the Daily Show rerun….

  • SDB

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

    Ugh.

  • Dan in Athens

    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.

  • yanked

    Big deal, another much touted farm hand sucks.

    • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

      When was Nuno much touted?

      • SDB

        This spring.

        • The Doctor

          By whom, the YES commentators? John Sterling and Suzyn Waldman?

          No scout has ever projected him as any more than a long man or 5th starter type.

      • WhittakerWalt

        Well, Ma and Pa Yankee said he was “magic” so there’s that.

        • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

          They also think Nix does something to help the team win everyday.

    • flamingo

      Eh, giving up 2 runs in an inning isn’t the end of the world. It’s the offense that’s worrying me.

    • Roadgeek Adam

      Based on 2 runs?

    • Rolling Doughnut

      dude he gave up 2 runs and got out of it. He hardly sucks.

  • Pinkie Pie

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

  • WhittakerWalt

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

  • Kramerica Industries

    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.

    • Rolling Doughnut

      Spot on sir.

  • Mick taylor

    Byrd is on steroids or some enhancer again.

    • Cacique

      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.

  • yanked

    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.

    • J

      Wang was that guy before the injuries sadly

      • yanked

        True, Wang was the only other guy..I hope at least one of the current members will prove us wrong.

  • J

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

  • showtime

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

  • The Doctor

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

    • forensic

      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.

  • Pinkie Pie

    HA!

  • Rolling Doughnut

    That Mess D stinky again…

  • forensic

    Screw you Sterling…

    • The Doctor

      Kay didn’t exactly stay calm, so I can only imagine what Sterling did.

  • WhittakerWalt

    The Sterling Tease in full effect.

  • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

    smdh

  • your mom

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

  • your mom

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

  • BigBlueAL

    This team is unwatchable right now.

  • SDB

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

  • stuart a

    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….

  • stuart a

    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

      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.

  • WhittakerWalt

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

    Other than that, awesome job fellas.

    • forensic

      They haven’t even advanced the runners a single base after getting the first two on.

    • Jayson15

      They failed to even get a runner over to third.

  • forensic

    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.

  • TomH

    Romine makes Stewart look like Mantle.

    • King George

      How dare you talk about our “catcher of the future” like that.

  • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

    Nice play, Addie!!

  • Dan in Athens

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

    • forensic

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

      • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

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

        Yikes.

        • forensic

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

          • Dan in Athens

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

            • Tom

              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

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

  • Frank

    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.

  • Tom

    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.

    • Pinkie Pie

      Most of the lineup IS crap.

    • BigBlueAL

      This is the biggest positive Tex and Youk will bring even if they dont hit much at first. They will certainly work the count at least.

    • WhittakerWalt

      That pro-rates to 69 pitches for a 9 inning game. That’s utterly disgraceful.

  • Frank

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

    • Troll

      I’m convinced that Gardner is a complete dullard, a moron, a dunce and a dolt. I get the impression that his IQ is uncommonly low, even for a professional baseball player.

      • JobaWockeeZ

        Trying a bit too hard here.

        • Troll

          Sure, whatever you say, boss.

  • Rolling Doughnut

    That will do, Robbie.

  • dkidd

    this game thread needs to sack up

    it’s 2-1, people

    • Pasta Stumbling Sojo

      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

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

      • Robinson Tilapia

        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.

  • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

    Well, at least he can hit…

  • Dan in Athens

    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.

    • Rolling Doughnut

      Yup. .430 third time around against Gee this year.

      • Dan in Athens

        Even if they don’t, he’s done his part. When your number 8 starter gives you 2 in 5, you need those games.

        • WhittakerWalt

          True that. Can’t ask for more.

  • your mom

    Nice black hole at the bottom of the order.

  • The Doctor

    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.

    • your mom

      Good point. Absolutely hittable pitches, crappy pitcher, but extremely shitless offense.

  • Eddard

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

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

    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.

  • SDB

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

    • your mom

      And he’s not even left-handed.

      • SDB

        if he was, I’d have said he looked like Cliff Lee…

        • your mom

          Or 2008 Sabathia.

  • WhittakerWalt

    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

      Rock bottom would be a sweep by Boston this weekend.

      • TomH

        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

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

  • BigBlueAL

    This is a new low even for this offense.

  • Cy Pettitte

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

  • Mick taylor

    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.

    • your mom

      This offense is so inept that bunting wouldn’t have worked either.

  • Cy Pettitte

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

    • Cy Pettitte

      pick up*

  • OldYanksFan

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

  • Cy Pettitte

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

    • SDB

      at least the ALCS thrashing came at the hands of a really good team with quality hitting and pitching.

      Losing to Niese and Dillon Gee… fucksake.

      • Troll

        Hey, don’t forget Hefner. He deserves a shout-out too!

    • Evan3457

      Except only 1 of the hitters in the ALCS debacle is involved in this one.

  • Tom

    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.

  • Dan in Athens

    10 Ks for Gee. Ridiculous.

  • Cy Pettitte

    11 K’s. unreal.

    • Tom

      What’s also unreal is that he has done it while averaging <12 pitches per inning.

  • Mykey

    Perhaps the most embarrassing series in recent memory.

  • The Real Greg

    Ladies and gentlemen, the correction.

  • your mom

    Jesus Christ. Pathetic.

  • MannyGeee

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

    • The Real Greg

      Did you say that about Doug Davis when he did it against the Yankees a few years ago?

    • WhittakerWalt

      Anyone can throw the game of their life against these guys.

    • Troll

      Ha. That’s a joke, right?

  • Frank

    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.

  • Jorge Brosada

    Ok I’m pissed

  • Rolling Doughnut

    Two innings left. It can be done.

  • Kramerica Industries

    Try Not To Embarrass Yourselves

    Well, they failed to do that, too.

  • stuart a

    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…

  • Josh

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

    • Winter

      The Yankees offense has a 91 wRC+

      The Astros offense has a 90 wRC+

      The Marlins offense has a 63 wRC+

      The Yankees lineup is bad right now. But it’s nowhere close to Marlins bad.

      • Troll

        Compare the month of May. What does that yield?

        • Winter

          Yankees wRC+ 77 — really bad

          Marlins wRC+ 66 — astoundingly bad

          It’s really hard to be worse than the Marlins.

          • Winter

            I’ll do you one better — the last week:

            Yankees: 78 wRC+
            Marlins: 63 wRC+

            • Troll

              Well . . . ew.

  • Josh

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

  • WhittakerWalt

    Another “tip your cap” game.

  • TomH

    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.

  • Tom

    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.

  • Dan in Athens

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

  • Wheels

    Just stick with Boone here.

  • Pasta

    We really need arod back too
    Right stuart.

  • Rolling Doughnut

    Aaaand here comes Jobber. WRISP.

    • Wheels

      Looking, how do I put this, husky.

  • stuart a

    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

    • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

      No ellipses?
      What happened?

  • Pasta

    Oh good maybe Joba can fart on the Mets

    • Pasta

      Lettig joba in game
      Is like pouring gas on a house fire

  • Frank

    C’mon Joba. Lets increase that trade value.

  • Pasta

    Oh austin

    • Frank

      That a WP. Not Romine’s fault.

      • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

        Romine knows it’s coming. He needs to do a better job blocking the pitch.

  • Dan in Athens

    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.

    • Wheels

      Wtf?

    • Pat D

      You mad, bro?

    • Wheels

      The storm devastated the shore fool.

    • trr

      C’mon Dan get a grip, both storms were tragedies

  • Cy Pettitte

    un. fucking. real.

  • Wheels

    Jesus!

  • Pasta

    Why did he let that roll

    • Winter

      He had no chance at throwing Buck out. Only hope was that it would bounce foul.

  • Eddard

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

  • Tom

    That wild pitch was costly…

  • Frank

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

  • Rolling Doughnut

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

    • Winter

      You’re seriously saying Joba deserves the run on that dinky little ground ball?

      • WhittakerWalt

        He did throw the wild pitch that allowed the runners to move up. Somebody’s responsible for that, right?

  • stuart a

    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

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

      • stuart a

        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..

        • Winter

          Sure a strikeout would be nice. I’m not going to fault a pitcher for giving up a weak grounder.

        • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

          The ground ball came on a breaking ball, genius.

  • your mom

    This. Team. Sucks.

  • Pasta

    Costas on mlb sounds like he has wood after that run

    • your mom

      The Mets offense is way more exciting.

  • Leg-End

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

    • your mom

      Team meeting coming up. Book it.

  • Mickey Scheister

    Joba gives up some of the most dinky hits.

  • TomH

    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.

  • stuart a

    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….

    • Mickey Scheister

      STUUUUART!!!

    • Pasta

      He would have to tag the runner there was no force out at third :) but arod knows that

    • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

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

      It wasn’t a force play…………………….

    • Mick taylor

      You are right. If Adams picks the ball up quickly he could have tagged out wright at 3rd

      • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

        Unless Wright is a complete moron, the run still would have scored.

    • Dan in Athens

      Why don’t you go outside and play hide and go fuck yourself?

      • WhittakerWalt

        We’d never get that lucky.

      • Wheels

        Gimme a break Kay, you know the game is awful as shit to watch.

        • Wheels

          Sigh, maybe I’ll get the hang of this someday.

  • Pasta

    Dfa the tampa ray reject

    • your mom

      But he plays a good SS.

      • Pasta

        So did albert gonzales

        • Mickey Scheister

          AL-BERT-O!!!! GONNNNNNNNALALALALALALZES!

          • Pat D

            *Cue theme music which doesn’t want to load on YouTube right now.*

  • Mick taylor

    Romine really sucks all round

  • Pasta

    Worse than a pitcher

  • Tom

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

  • Rolling Doughnut

    Ichiro is pinch hitting. Just about says it all.

  • acb

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

  • ClayDavis

    I wonder if Hal is even watching this series.

    • Pat D

      That has what to do with anything?

      • ClayDavis

        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

          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

            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

            • Pat D

              My above comment still stands. He’s not going to say anything you haven’t heard from the two managers.

              • ClayDavis

                He’s to worried about his soccer team and Stubhub apparently

  • BigBlueAL

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

    • your mom

      And who the fuck wants to pay to watch this sack of shit offense?

  • Winter

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

  • Manny’s BanWagon

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

  • McLovin

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

  • Tom

    So Ichiro’s still hitting?

    • Tom

      … and by “hitting”, I mean getting ready to pop out.

      • WhittakerWalt

        Done and done.

    • SDB

      He made contact. By this side’s standards, that’s somewhat impressive.

  • ArchStanton

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

  • Frank

    Yanks could be in next to last by Monday.

  • David N

    Oh, LOLffense.

  • Rolling Doughnut

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

  • WhittakerWalt

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

    • KenClay

      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

        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.

  • Frank

    13 Ks by Mets pitchers tonight.

  • Jorge Brosada

    This offense is so unbelievably fucking bad

  • Frank

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

  • TomH

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

    • Frank

      Yep, this could be very ugly this weekend.

  • WhittakerWalt

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

    • Winter

      To be fair, one of those was #mattharveyday

      • WhittakerWalt

        Yes, but only one of them.

  • The Pope

    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

      This guy…

    • KenClay

      Comments to Michael Kay should be addressed to:
      @THEREALMICHAELKAY

    • Winter

      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

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

      • your mom

        LMAO. Good stuff.

        • Troll

          Haters gonna hate . . .

      • http://www.penuel-law.com/ Cuso

        Wow. That was great.

      • Pat D

        Honest question.

        Why censor the “c?”

        • Troll

          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

            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

      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

      Well this is a better attempt at trolling.

      • Troll

        It’s Tilapia in disguise.

    • Rolling Doughnut

      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.

  • Josh

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

  • your mom

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

  • Tom

    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

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

      • Tom

        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

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

      • Tom

        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)

  • Mick taylor

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

    • Manny’s BanWagon

      Good glove but the guy couldn’t hit if he batted with a tennis racket.

    • WhittakerWalt

      Huh? Translation, please.

      • Mick taylor

        I meant the Colorado player they cut for bricbat

  • Troll

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

  • your mom

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

    • Winter

      Unfortunately not this year. Yankees rank 12th in the AL in BB%.

      • your mom

        No wonder we suck.

  • WhittakerWalt

    Way to make him work, fellas.

  • Troll

    You’re drunk, Vernon. Go home.

  • Frank

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

    • Winter

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

      • Frank

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

        • trr

          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)

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

    • BigBlueAL

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

      • ClayDavis

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

        • BigBlueAL

          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.

  • Leg-End

    Swept by the Mets. Ouch.

  • Manny’s BanWagon

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

  • your mom

    Good job guys. Congratulations on the sweep.

  • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

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

    /graspingatstraws

  • David N

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

  • Kramerica Industries

    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

      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

      Calm down damn it is only 2 days after memorial day

  • WhittakerWalt

    The last 20 “bombers” went down in order.

  • Guest

    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…

  • Kevin

    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.

  • Matt

    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.

  • Tom

    Courtesy of MLB Network:

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

    Pedro Martinez

    • your mom

      Boston should trade for him them.

  • Wheels

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

    • Tom

      Last Sunday the Yankees had CC Sabathia on the mound with a chance to go up 7 games on the Rays.

      After tonight they might be one game up on them

      (I still think the Rays are the biggest threat in the division)

      • your mom

        No the Orioles.

        • Rolling Doughnut

          Yes it’s the O’s

        • Tom

          Last Sunday CC Sabathia faced Alex Cobb – the Yankees entered that game up 6 games on the Rays.

          • Tom

            …oh, you mean the O’s are the biggest threat?

            I’m not convinced the O’s pitching will hold up (then again I thought the same thing last year)

    • trr

      And what should we learn from that?

      • Wheels

        To keep things in perspective I suppose. That it’s a long season, fortunes can change quick, and not to get too high with the highs, and too low with the lows.

        • trr

          :)

  • WhittakerWalt

    “Dillon Gee the winner, 3 and 6.”

    Says it all, really.

  • Jacob the OG

    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

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

    • Mikhel

      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.

  • ClayDavis

    Since the soccer team intro. 2-6

    • Pat D

      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.

      • ClayDavis

        Baseball gods be angry

  • Mick taylor

    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

      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.

      • BigBlueAL

        The strikeouts-low OBP specialists are the guys playing right now.

      • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

        They’re 4th in the league in sac bunts.

    • Pat D

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

      • Mikhel

        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

          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)

      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

        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)

          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

            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.

  • your mom

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

  • I’mVernonI’mVernon4U

    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.

    • Mikhel

      HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA +1!!!

    • Troll

      As for Vernon Wells . . . . ?

      • I’mVernonI’mVernon4U

        I’m working on it, Troll. Good handles don’t just appear out of thin air, ya know.

    • trr

      You’re scaring me

    • Robinson Tilapia

      Bravo.

  • Mick taylor

    Is Johnny Damon available to take ichiro spot?