Game 68: Stop the Skid

Second rounder Gosuke Katoh was with the team yesterday. (Jeff Gross/Getty)

Second rounder Gosuke Katoh was with the team yesterday. (Jeff Gross/Getty)

The Yankees are playing no good, very bad baseball these days. They can’t hit and their rotation has gone from outstanding to average of late — 3.96 ERA over the last 30 days and 4.09 ERA over the last 14 days. The bullpen has been dynamite, but there’s only so much those guys can do to help the team win. Someone needs to hit and someone needs to hand the relievers a lead. Here’s the lineup that will faced the mushy shoulder of right-hander Tommy Hanson:

  1. CF Brett Gardner
  2. 3B Jayson Nix
  3. 2B Robinson Cano
  4. 1B Mark Teixeira
  5. DH Lyle Overbay
  6. RF Ichiro Suzuki
  7. LF Thomas Neal
  8. SS Reid Brignac
  9. C Chris Stewart

And on the mound is the rotation leader with a 9.1 K/9, right-hander David Phelps. He is actually starting tonight, I don’t have my days mixed up again.

More perfect weather in Anaheim, but no surprises there. The game is scheduled to start at 7:15pm ET and can be seen on FOX. Sorry to those of you who will be blacked out, but then again the other teams might be more entertaining at this point. Enjoy.

Categories : Game Stories


  1. Wheels says:

    Man, Alex Cobb was hit in the head by a screaming line drive in the Rays-Royals game. Scary

  2. Eddard says:

    Excuse me but the increase in starter ERA has nothing to do with tonight’s pitcher, BGDP. Phelps has the 2nd lowest ERA on the staff and is the most underpaid #2 starter in baseball.

    It seems like whenever Girardi needs a big game to stop an ace like Felix Hernandez or to stop the bleeding of a losing streak he hands the ball to BGDP. In baseball we call that a stopper. BSDP.

  3. vicki says:

    sterling’s diamond notes went “something, something, milton berle, something, matlock.”

    i’m not kidding.

  4. trr says:

    at this point, 3 words : just. fucking. win.

  5. Bo Knows says:

    Katou looks taller than 6’2, Ichiro is what 5’10? Also he is really skinny, he could easily put more weight on that frame

  6. jppnyy says:

    Really should bat Ichiro 2nd and move Nix down.

  7. Tom says:

    Nix has a .610 OPS; there is a righty on the mound. Girardi is one damn stubborn son of a gun.

    Is it the high strikeout rate, the aggressiveness early in the count, or the bad hitting that makes him the ideal guy to give the 2nd most AB’s in the lineup to?

    • forensic says:

      It really is absurd. I’ve lost so much faith in him with some of his moves/non-moves this season.

    • Laz says:

      Hey I understand that under ideal conditions Cano is batting 3rd, but when you don’t have a #2 hitter, you just bite the bullet and put your best hitter in the 2nd spot.

  8. vicki says:

    oriole magic brewing.

  9. forensic says:

    Dalek or GPU (or anyone else who wants to offer input) if you’re around and so inclined to grace me with your expertise: :-)


    Thinking about it more overnight, I’m really leaning toward taking it. Ramirez is still short power, but I didn’t really account much for him having missed the first month of the season. We also don’t know what Pineda will still become, or if he’ll even be in the majors, and Ramirez will certainly help solidify my 3B situation so I don’t have to think about that anymore.

    Really, I’m not too sure there’s a reason not to do it other than potential and youth that are slightly on Pineda’s side when considering the keeper league aspect.

    • Dalek Jeter says:

      The only reason I can think not to is even in fantasy, you can never have enough pitching. My top two pitchers from the draft were Cueto and Gallardo. Cueto has been hurt almost all year, and Gallardo’s been terrible. Meanwhile you probably have a top 5 third baseman in Beltre.

      • forensic says:

        Yeah, I hear ya on the pitching, especially since I may have just lost Cobb for awhile today. But, it’s probably still worth taking the shot.

  10. forensic says:

    One of the worst parts of FOX/ESPN games?

    Listening to Suzyn try to vamp for an extra 10-15 minutes till the game starts.

  11. Jason says:

    Just watched Mariano here in Anaheim sign autographs for an hour. It’s the understatement of the century, but man am I gonna miss this guy. I think he means to us what Mantle meant to my day’s generation, it transcends baseball. I just hope I can make it out to NY before the season ends to see him one last time. Hear that music come over the speakers and see him run out to the field. Nothing like it.

  12. forensic says:

    I understand his speed is one of his weapons, but he’s also one of the very few guys actually hitting. Not a fan of bunting there to start off the game.

  13. teddy says:

    dreadful decsion by gardner, hansen is trash

  14. SeventhAce says:

    Man, I just noticed this…but does Mike Trout have a neck?

  15. Dalek Jeter says:

    No, John, the reason you can’t walk Trumbo is it’s almost statistically impossible for Trumbo to take 4 pitches, balls or strikes, over the course of an AB.

  16. MP says:

    Helluva play there by Ichiro.

  17. I'mVernonI'mVernon4U says:

    Nice play Ichiro!

  18. Dalek Jeter says:

    Apparently Ichiro has a patented slide now.


    Jeez listening to the beginning of that call it sounded like Sterling was making the call from Dodgers stadium with a pair of binoculars and by the end he was basically in tears about how great it was.

    • Dalek Jeter says:

      Somebody should tell John that he has a monitor like directly in front of him with the television broadcast. That follows the ball. Seriously, I know I’m in a shitty mood and sound like I’m complaining but christ Sterling is in rare form.

      • forensic says:

        Sterling doesn’t like the monitor, he always gives it to Suzyn. “We’ll let Suzyn look at the monitor and tell us what happened…”

        • Dalek Jeter says:

          Why? because watching the monitor prevents him from being able to make up what’s happening on the field by showing him what’s actually happening. When ever he says “we can’t see into the corner because the stands jut out, so I don’t know if it’s fair or not” I’m screaming at my computer “JUST LOOK AT THE FUCKING MONITOR!!!”

    • vicki says:

      it was weirdly emotional for me too, to be honest. i’m just looking for something, anything, to be awed by. and it was awesome.

    • Bo Knows says:

      You better hope he was crying, because the alternative would give you nightmares

  19. Tom says:

    That 2-1 pitch to Pujols and the 1-1 pitch to Trumbo is what separates Phelps from Hughes… the ability to throw a fastball inside for a strike or just off the plate and induce a swing.

    The only thing Hughes seems to be able to do is throw it way in off the plate (where it’s an easy take) and then go back outside (or up). Hitters against Hughes don’t have to respect the inside of the plate and that leads to his marathon AB’s.

  20. The Real Greg says:

    Am I reading this right that Manny Machado has 31 doubles in 69 games?

  21. SeventhAce says:

    Man Hanson has some ugly mechanics…

  22. Dalek Jeter says:

    Fantasy experts: I’m up 12Runs, 11 Hits, 2 HR, 10 RBI, 33 Points of BA, 36 Points of OBP, 71 Points of SLG, 25 IP, 4 Wins, 7KS, 1.50 in ERA, .08 in WHIP, and up 3 in QS.

    Should I just bench my entire team tomorrow to not risk going like 0 for the day with Cueto blowing up in his return from the DL or are my leads in counting stats too small?

    • forensic says:

      Maybe just start a few of your best players and sit the iffy ones with poor pitching matchups.

      Here’s one for you, put these three starters in order for who you’d try to get added to a trade:

      David Phelps, Homer Bailey, Julio Teheran

      Obviosuly, I have a bias toward Phelps (you may too), so it’s tough. Bailey’s pitched the best, probably, but will that hold up over the season and in his ballpark (Phelps too).

  23. Dalek Jeter says:

    Am I the only one who felt like Hanson threw like four pitches that inning?

  24. Cy Pettitte says:

    6 up 6 down on 22 pitches yay offense

  25. nycsportzfan says:

    How did Overbay miss that 1-1 fastball? It was belt high and 90mph with absoulutley zero movement and he fouled it off. These guys coulden’t hit a little leaguer! Fucking bums!

  26. The Real Greg says:

    I don’t know what Cashman was thinking when going about filling the DH role. He honestly thought Hafner was going to be good the whole year?

  27. Bo Knows says:

    My father and I went and saw the new Superman film (superhero/starwars films have always been our tradition bonding thing) I strongly recommend it. Good movie

  28. nycsportzfan says:

    I wonder if Alvaro Espinoza would be starting at SS on this team if he’d been playing now?

  29. dkidd says:

    f-ing mike milken. how is this guy not scorned by the public?

    • Pat D says:

      Because no one remembers that any of that shit happened back in the 80′s.

      And probably because all his “philanthropic” work makes up for his crimes?

      • dkidd says:

        yeah, i just read up on the philanthropy. makes up for a lot, and i guess he served his time

        i retract my comment!

  30. Kramerica Industries says:

    Well, Howie Kendrick getting hits is obviously one of those things we don’t see enough of.

  31. Pat D says:

    I was just finishing my dinner and contemplating something. Tim McCarver is apparently retiring after this year, at least from Fox. So obviously Joe Buck will have a new partner next year.

    I have noticed that Fox and MLBN seem to share some on-air personnel. Now there are plenty of guys on MLBN that I absolutely can’t stand, but there’s one that stands out above all. I know he’s worked games for Fox in the past, too, so I don’t think it’s a completely impossible proposition.

    So, to finally get to my point, won’t it actually be far worse to listen to a booth combination of Joe Buck and KEVIN MILLAR?????

  32. Bo Knows says:


  33. Kramerica Industries says:

    Fucking Erick Aybar? Seriously?

  34. forensic says:


    Erick freakin’ Aybar!?!?!?

  35. SeventhAce says:

    That shit barely made it.

  36. Cy Pettitte says:

    HR to Erik Aybar? give me a fucking break

  37. The Real Greg says:


  38. Pat D says:

    Erick Fucking Aybar.

  39. nycsportzfan says:

    Theres the pitch that overbay fouled off.

  40. I'mVernonI'mVernon4U says:

    Don’t panic guys, we can still score 2 runs!

  41. Pat D says:

    Just remember, every time the life of someone like Mike Milken is saved through cancer research, the life of some poor inner city kid ends.

    /rich is rich, poor isn’t

  42. nycsportzfan says:

    Snooze fest yet again.

  43. SeventhAce says:

    I haven’t watched TV for 2 weeks, it’s only natural that Dunkin Donuts reminds me of how F-ing annoying their commercials are.

  44. vicki says:

    deep, real hate for mike scioscia.

  45. Cy Pettitte says:

    we have a base hit. I repeat we have a base hit. offense is scorching hot.

  46. Anderson Silva says:

    One of our best hitters! Stewart! LOL

  47. Dalek Jeter says:

    THE GRITTIEST AND GUTTIEST!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  48. forensic says:

    Nice Gardner!

    And that’s why you shouldn’t be bunting at this point…

  49. dkidd says:

    he missed the bunt sign

  50. nycsportzfan says:

    Gardy! Hes done his thing this yr.

  51. Wheels says:

    Nice Gardy

  52. brian says:

    good news is… think we’re all expecting this team to come home 37-32 so if they even win ONE of these next 2 it’s a bonus

  53. Anderson Silva says:

    and there goes our best hitter with a booming triple

  54. Kramerica Industries says:

    Gardner is the best power hitter on the team right now.

    Scary thought.

  55. The Real Greg says:

    If Gardner makes an out, Chris Stewart will have the best batting average in this lineup, not counting Neal’s SSS.

  56. Pat D says:

    Sorry, Scioscia, this isn’t a reviewable play.

  57. Dalek Jeter says:

    That’s not a reviewable play, whether the guy touched it or not, that’s not a “boundries” play.

  58. Cy Pettitte says:

    if your stupid fans interfere with the ball you shouldn’t get a break

  59. pop says:

    STFU tim mccarver

  60. forensic says:

    You know your offense is in a sad state when Chris Stewart is likely your best option to hit #2 against righties.

  61. Anderson Silva says:

    he touched that.. if they review it we lose our run

  62. Bo Knows says:

    Nice Gardy and Stewie

    Also has anyone noticed Hanson looks like a fat Ian Kennedy?

  63. Duh fuheva deal with it says:

    The pitching should not be implicated in the team’s woes whatsoever. If the Yanks’ season ended today they’d have the lowest ERA in a 162-game season since 1980.

    The pitching needs to keep doing what’s it’s done all year, the bats need to wake up, and Cashman needs to wake up and realize hoarding pitching is not the way to go.

    Neither is drafting a player so the Yanks can bolster their Japanese fanbase like they re-signed Ichiro for. Who the fuck is that guy in the picture with Suzuki, his successor? And WTF is with Matsui retiring a Yankee by being a Yankee for a day? Hideki I love ya but you ditched the Yanks for a paycheck after 2009 and you do not deserve a day at the Stadium when Paul O’Neill never got one.

    The Yankees don’t need four fucking starters for the fifth starter job when their rotation is set with Sabathia, Kuroda, Pettitte, Phelps, and Hughes.

    They should trade one from Nova, Warren, Nuno, and Pineda for a SS or 3B and trade Heathcott and Austin in a package for a corner outfielder and be done with it.

  64. Dalek Jeter says:

    Okay, Mr. Ballplayer-who-always-does-something maybe do something?

  65. Dan says:

    could fox have worse camera angles? You can’t see anything on that replay

  66. Cy Pettitte says:

    Ma and Pa must be going nuts

  67. nycsportzfan says:

    There ya go Sciossia, we’d have the 2runs anyhow you baby!

  68. I'mVernonI'mVernon4U says:


  69. SeventhAce says:

    Alright seriously, time to run the train on Hanson.

  70. dkidd says:

    nix will now bat second for another month

  71. Pat D says:

    Callaspo with the Davey Lopes Ole! Defense.

  72. Anderson Silva says:

    here we go! 2 runs! way to go nix!

  73. Wheels says:

    Beat a dead horse, Fox.

  74. The Real Greg says:

    If the fan had caught that and it was ruled a homer, then it would be reviewable.

  75. Cy Pettitte says:

    if they don’t score again and don’t win 2-1 now Greg might implode

  76. Tom says:

    Yeah runs!

    However this is only going to serve to convince Girardi that batting Nix 2nd is somehow the right thing to do.

  77. Pat D says:

    Typical Fox. Not giving up on something somewhat questionable where the Yankees benefited.

  78. nycsportzfan says:

    AS game reps for yanks- Cano, MO, and Gardy.

  79. Mick taylor says:

    Texiera Sucks

  80. nycsportzfan says:

    Wow, Nix is actually doing solidly this yr.

  81. forensic says:

    Methinks Suzyn needs to look up what “Emulsified” means…

  82. Kramerica Industries says:

    Gee, thanks Mark.

  83. forensic says:

    Nice job Tex…

  84. SeventhAce says:

    first pitch of the AB….


  85. Anderson Silva says:

    Great, now it is up to teix.. fuck him

  86. Cy Pettitte says:

    Tex needs to start hitting or Cano may never get a pitch to hit again this season

  87. The Real Greg says:

    Amazing how Tex has devolved. And very quickly too. Absolutely baffling.

  88. Mick taylor says:

    Tex baseball’s biggest bust

  89. The Real Greg says:

    However, Tex can’t be considered a bust because he helped get us a ring. Yet the point stands that he has been disappointing.

    • Pat D says:

      Yea, I think the “bust” label is thrown about way too much.

      Is he going to fully earn the money he will make? Of course not, at this rate. But I think “bust” is a tad extreme.

  90. forensic says:

    Tomorrow’s lineup:



  91. vicki says:

    damn, that pitcher can field.

  92. Pat D says:

    That was a really cool painting.

  93. Dalek Jeter says:

    Walking Trout is like walking Ricky back in his hay-day. It should basically be a walking double for him.

  94. stuart a says:

    tex with another great ab. hit the ball somewhere is his strategy.

    I especially like his ability to make adjustment. not hang on his back leg and swing for the fences all the team.

    he is a true pro..

    what a joke..

  95. Kramerica Industries says:

    Well, I guess all those pickoff attempts were completely useless, eh?

  96. Cy Pettitte says:

    that lead was fun for 2/3 of an inning

  97. nycsportzfan says:

    Has Cano ever dove for a ball in his career?

  98. Kramerica Industries says:

    You gotta be fucking kidding me with these two out run scoring hits.

    Every run scoring hit for the Angels in this series has been with two outs.

  99. The Real Greg says:


  100. forensic says:

    Two straight games, Yankees offense actually scores two runs to take the lead, starting pitcher goes out in the bottom of the inning to immediately give the lead right back…

  101. stuart a says:

    game over. yanks scored there 2 runs.

    pujols he stinks and is injured is better then Texiera.

    pujols a shell of his former self is still a better hitter then marky..

    phelps is a starting verison of robertson, they hate clean innings. like to do it the hard way…

    • I'mVernonI'mVernon4U says:

      Is that you, Vicente Padilla?

    • Evan3457 says:

      I can’t be sure about this, but I think Pujols has been better than Teixeira since he got to the majors.

      So his shell should be better than Mark’s shell, too.

    • WhittakerWalt says:

      Really stuart? You think first ballot Hall of Famer and 3 time MVP winner Albert Pujols is a better hitter than Mark Teixeira?
      I sure hope someone is paying you for such stellar analysis.

  102. Cy Pettitte says:

    Ichiro XBH? woah.

  103. Anderson Silva says:

    what an atrocious AB

  104. John says:

    “Hanson and his step-brother shared a room since they were 9″

    Not to be creepy or insensitive but…um…wut?

  105. Dalek Jeter says:

    I wonder what Sterling’s call would be for our young Mr. Neal.

  106. forensic says:

    That’s Ichiro’s first XBH since May 26th. He’s been hitting over .300 since them, but zero power (obviously). First double since May 20th.

  107. Pat D says:

    Go, Girardi, Go!

  108. Dalek Jeter says:

    ….you’re fucking kidding me, Ichiro.

  109. Kramerica Industries says:

    Not even close. What bullshit.

  110. Eddard says:

    The team can’t hit a lick and Ichiro gets an out on the bases. Get tossed Joe and fire up the club.

  111. The Real Greg says:

    He is safe by a mile

  112. nycsportzfan says:

    Fuckin moron ump

  113. Pat D says:

    Oh, what a terrible fucking call.


  114. Cy Pettitte says:

    that call was so bad, that’s embarrassing.

  115. John says:


  116. Anderson Silva says:

    what a fucking joke..

  117. Bo Knows says:

    bullshit ump

  118. I'mVernonI'mVernon4U says:

    Clearly safe. This team does not need help from the umps in not scoring runs. Blind as an effing bat.

  119. The Real Greg says:

    That is just horrible. How could he not see that he was safe? He was right there in good position

  120. Anderson Silva says:

    the ump was not behind the 3rd baseman, he had a pretty good view of the play. What a fucking joke of a call.

  121. Kramerica Industries says:

    I always love the “ball beat the runner” ideology.

    You know, the fucking idea is for the TAG to beat the runner.

  122. stuart a says:

    nice call fro mthe ump at 3rd. no big deal he got the call wrong..

    they only get 25% of the calls wrong….joke

  123. Cy Pettitte says:

    apparently David Adams is now at 1st base

    see you in 2014 Tex.

  124. Pat D says:

    More injuries! Yay!

  125. forensic says:

    Well, there goes Tex again…

  126. The Doctor says:

    So I’m sitting out in right center and this kid with a blank Angels jersey is telling his Yankees fan grandpa he wants to get Jeter on the back of his jersey.

  127. Kramerica Industries says:

    When the fuck will they ever find a way to get Kendrick out?

  128. Dalek Jeter says:

    Fucking Christ. Can we just IBB Kendrick whenever he comes up?!

  129. Anderson Silva says:

    teix out, is it the wrist?

  130. John says:

    Ok, so they’re taking Teixeira out with a “batting like crap” injury.

  131. Cy Pettitte says:

    the next 3 years of Tex’s contract are gonna fucking suck

  132. Kramerica Industries says:

    Only in Anaheim with this bullshit.

  133. stuart a says:

    but hey give cano 8 years it is a gamble worth making!!!!

    if you are a moron….

  134. Dalek Jeter says:

    Jeez, I can almost hear the M*A*S*H theme playing.

  135. forensic says:

    Tex apparently said he doesn’t have any strength in his wrist…


  136. Cy Pettitte says:

    also it’s pretty fucking hilarious that the one day Overbay DHs Tex decides he need to check out of this game so they have no 1B to replace him with

  137. Eddard says:

    Why did Hafner not DH today? Now they can’t even put Lyle at 1B. And maybe Joe should have given Teix a day off before this. He was just coming back from injury.

  138. Bo Knows says:

    That is such a dumb fuckin ass comment, the announcers need to be ashamed

  139. Pat D says:

    Surprised he didn’t blow that call.

    Oh, that’s right, the ball beat him.

  140. John says:

    Love any and all plays high,igniting the stupidity of sacrifice bunting.

  141. Kramerica Industries says:

    In any case, thanks for 2009, Mark.

    One year of getting what you pay for is better than none, I guess.

  142. The Real Greg says:

    So I made the statement when Mo blew the save against the Mets that the season was over.

    Since the start of the Mets series, the Yankees are 7-12. They have lost both Youkilis and Tex(for a certain period of time).

    And Tex has a partial tear in his wrist? Why the hell is he playing?

    • Jacob the OG says:

      He doesn’t have it any longer, the season is far from over, go to the hospital the piece of sky hit you.

  143. Anderson Silva says:

    very nice play by Nix

  144. Jersey Joe says:

    I was cleaning out the attic today and I had left a 2005 Bernie Williams card as a bookmark in one of my old books. Bernie Williams certainly didn’t seem like a very important player in ’04 with Matsui, Jeter, Sheffield, ARod, etc., but look at his numbers:

    -.795 OPS
    -22 HR
    -70 RBI

    What I wouldn’t give for a .795 OPS in this lineup. Only Gardner and Cano are the full-time players with that good of an OPS. :(

  145. Cy Pettitte says:

    yea McCarver he’ll just start batting RH against RHP because that’s so easy to do.

  146. Kramerica Industries says:

    Well, now I anxiously await the two-out run scoring hit here.

    Do it, Bourjos.

  147. Anderson Silva says:

    I think we are about a week away from learning that Teix has to have surgery and will miss the rest of the season..

  148. Duh fuheva deal with it says:

    What an idiotic move by Ichiro. You don’t steal third with one out and your team struggling to score runs!

    The Yanks should release him or bench him until he pleads for a trade.

    If the Angels can eat almost $30M of Wells’s contract, the Yanks can eat Ichiro’s remaining 2013 salary and $6.5M salary for 2014. If it means Japan hates us forever so be it. Business is business.

  149. The Real Greg says:

    At least the early 90s teams had a fucking direction and with Stick at the helm they were in good hands.

    Now, there is no positive outlook. There is no hope coming. There is no direction

  150. SDB says:

    Well, thank heavens they didn’t send down Overbay just yet.

    Fingers crossed on Tex. This season just gets uglier.

  151. The Real Greg says:

    Mike Axisa ?@mikeaxisa 3m
    Eric Jagielo is hurt already. Out a few weeks with a hamstring injury.

    Why the hell not….

  152. John says:

    Great job by Adams working through that.

    • vicki says:

      i’m developing aaron small love for him. but i’m cautious, because my early crush on romine had a delilah-like effect.

  153. your mom says:

    Brignac is so fucking useless offensively.

  154. Pinkie Pie says:

    Is there any truth to this argument Buck and McCarver are making that the way modern baseball players are built makes them more susceptible to injuries that were virtually non-existent in baseball just a few decades ago, or is this just another one of their crazy, unfounded rants?

    • Jacob the OG says:

      Ehhh somewhat true, mostly crazy rant. The true part is that these guys get bulkier and bulkier losing flexibility and increasing susceptibility to injury.

      • Bo Knows says:

        That is a stretching issue, if you stretch properly a lot of injuries can be avoided.

        • Jacob the OG says:

          True but lack of flexibility does become an issue.

          • Bo Knows says:

            which is why you stretch, I’ve been to games and watched players warm up, its frankly a joke. To call it half assed is an understatement. Weight training should go hand in hand with a ton of stretching. It’s not the fact you have muscles it’s the fact your doing too much in some areas, and not enough in others.

            • Pinkie Pie says:

              I’m a dilettante when it comes to weight training, but your explanation makes a hell of a lot more sense than BuckCarver’s.

    • Bo Knows says:

      It’s a stupid ass comment, it’s so idiotic I feel like my IQ has dropped 20 pts. It’s like saying being muscular affects speed, it has no basis in what actually happens.

    • OldYanksFan says:

      I agree. As David Wells used to say, you can’t pull fat.
      In the old days (pre 90′s maybe), guys almost never worked out. Mantle, Maris, Mays, Aaron did not pump large amounts or iron.

      • Bo Knows says:

        Guys would have played regardless of whether they were injured or not, using the old players as paragons of health is not a good assessment. Mantle played his entire career on torn ACL for Christ’s sake, doesn’t mean you should.

      • Jacob the OG says:

        I don’t want to start any blasphemous rumors but I think the baseball gods have a cruel sense of humor and when a yankee player comes off the DL they begin laughing.

  155. John says:

    Tommy Hanson is drunk.

  156. dkidd says:


    what the hell was trumbo doing?

  157. OldYanksFan says:

    Wow…. we already scored our 2 Runs. We must play for the tie.

  158. Eddard says:

    HOW DO YOU LIKE THAT! Sterling excited for that Stewart hit.

  159. John says:

    Take a pitch, Jesus.

  160. Jersey Joe says:

    Jayson Nix. The #2 hitter. Kill. Me.

  161. Anderson Silva says:

    first pitch pop ups are always awesome

  162. Cy Pettitte says:

    Hanson 4.2 innings 55 pitches what in the fuck

  163. Jersey Joe says:


  164. Dalek Jeter says:

    What is Stewart doing trying to steal there? Safe or not that’s a terrible move because it leads to a guy with a .312 OBP if he’s thrown out. And he’s a catcher.

  165. Jersey Joe says:

    If only the Angels could get negative runs, because now that we have 2 runs our offensive battery has been exhausted for the day.

  166. Tom says:

    1st pitch – out
    1st pitch – error
    1st pitch – poup
    1st pitch…. sure swing away!

    It’s like Little League… Are there any coaches in the dugout?

  167. Pat D says:

    Jeez, Robbie, make yourself look worse.

  168. Dalek Jeter says:

    John, if this is the first experience they have with baseball and their listening to you, don’t worry, you don’t need to explain the rules. They won’t be coming back soon.

  169. The Real Greg says:

    That one was not a good curveball.

  170. Cy Pettitte says:

    ladies and gentlemen, the $200mil man lol

  171. Anderson Silva says:

    Hanson toying with this lineup. They reach a new low every day

  172. Jersey Joe says:

    I hate that Mike Sciosia is winning against us. Hate it.

  173. WhittakerWalt says:

    4 hits through 6 innings. We’re on fire.

  174. vicki says:

    so you cut kelly shoppach and sign henry blanco? why bother?

  175. The Real Greg says:

    I know the injuries are going to be the main discussion after this season, but it should be clear that this organization is very flawed in its structure and mechanisms.

    The Yankees need a new direction/vision. A fresh outlook.

    Whether that be getting rid of Brian Cashman, clearing out the draft personnel or talent evaluation, something needs to be done.

    The Red Sox were at this point a few years ago with the collapse. Their response? They fired Francona and Epstein.

    And now they’re back. Relatively quickly, I might add.

    • Pat D says:

      Because they somehow convinced the Dodgers to take half their payroll so they could just sign other guys to fill holes.

      • Pat D says:

        I mean, I guess you missed the first year without Francona and Epstein where they absolutely sucked.

        • The Real Greg says:

          They did. And they got a high draft pick out of it.

          And the new GM came in and made that Dodger trade. A fresh eye and outlook.

          • Pat D says:

            What I’m saying is that it takes two to tango. If they hadn’t been able to make that trade, they might still suck.

            • The Real Greg says:

              I doubt that Theo Epstein convinces not only the Dodgers to take those players but the Blue Jays to give them John Farrel which has been the second major coup for the Red Sox this season.

              • Pat D says:

                My point is that they got fucking lucky to find a trading partner who was desperate to acquire big names to erase all the bad feelings generated by their previous owner.

                • The Real Greg says:

                  I understand that. But for the new GM to even THINK about executing this trade and finding a patsy takes thinking outside the box.

                  A quality the Yankees could use right now.

                  • Pinkie Pie says:

                    “But for the new GM to even THINK about executing this trade and finding a patsy takes thinking outside the box.”

                    Really? A move to unload over 150 million of bad albatross contracts for a group of has-beens and underachievers, no strings attached, takes thinking outside of the box? I’d think that’s a no-brainer for any GM. Face it, the Red Sox got lucky that there was a team out there actually stupid enough to take on all of those bad contracts and players.

                    • vicki says:

                      it was a pretty good move for the dodgers.

                    • Pinkie Pie says:

                      They’re still 9 games under .500. And those guys aren’t getting any younger.

                    • vicki says:

                      once more: they looked at the last year’s, and next’s, free agent classes and saw little to spend their limitless budget on. crawford and agon are two of their best and most valuable players. beckett has a very low xfip and his best k/9 in years. he’s much better than his 0-5 record. (for perspective, kershaw has a 1.84 era, a sub-1 whip, about a k/inning; his record? 5-4.)

                      the dodgers have problems (bullpen! injuries!) but they haven’t looked back since the trade. they didn’t even give up their best prospect.

                      yes, yankee fans seethe with envy that the sox ditched their big-buck long-term contracts. but the trade was good for LA too.

            • The Real Greg says:

              So yes it does take two to tango. But would Epstein have even considered that move?

    • Pinkie Pie says:

      Cashman isn’t perfect by a long shot, but a lot of the terrible acquisitions and contracts this team have made in recent years are the fault of the Yankees going back on Cashman’s so called “autonomy” in team affairs. The Yankees’ front office has a lot more to do with the Yankees current state than Brian Cashman.

    • Bo Knows says:

      Epstein left he wasn’t fired, and Francona was a scape goat for a team suffering from internal disfunction from idiot players and a shit ton of injuries. Making moves for the sake of making moves is not a smart way to do anything and rarely does anything but make things worse. You also forget to mention that clown show they had last year.

      • The Real Greg says:

        And actually thinking about it, that year is almost mitigated by the Dodger trade and the fact that they get a high draft pick.

        • Pat D says:

          High draft pick which may never amount to shit.

        • Bo Knows says:

          And what are the chances of something like happening again? Heck its incredible that it happened a first time that someone came along and literally bought their headaches giving the RedSox a clean slate. That was a twist of fate. Firing Cashman isn’t going to magically fix this roster, it’s not going to do anything but create another headache

  176. Tom says:

    Leadoff walk in a tie game… this should end well.

    /hoping for reverse jinx

  177. Anderson Silva says:

    another walk on a slider.. Let’s hope this one doesn’t score

  178. Eddard says:

    I just don’t know what Phelps has to do to get some support. He matched King Felix inning for inning and didn’t get anything to show for it and now he’s giving us another great chance to win and they can’t buy a hit.

  179. vicki says:

    yes, tim. tommy hanson has been terrific. against the worst offense in the game.

  180. Kramerica Industries says:

    This Howie Kendrick bullshit is unreal.

  181. The Real Greg says:

    All of Howie Kendrick’s hits have gone the other way. Interesting

  182. Anderson Silva says:

    predictable.. here comes the game winning run

  183. WhittakerWalt says:

    I refuse to believe Howie Kendrick is hitting less than .900 against us for his career.

  184. Anderson Silva says:

    they can’t even play D, what a joke

  185. Kramerica Industries says:

    Yeah, with this shit-tastic offense, that will just about do it.

  186. The Doctor says:

    Erik fucking Aybar. You’re not being serious.

  187. forensic says:

    Erick Aybar again, of course.

  188. Cy Pettitte says:

    game over.

  189. WhittakerWalt says:

    Erick Aybar’s yellow teeth come through again.

  190. Anderson Silva says:

    Game over. They reached the magic number of 3.

  191. LarryM Fl says:

    3-2 Angels thats the game we can not score more than 2 runs so ball game over.

  192. Bo Knows says:

    I’m going to be terrified when the all star game comes along, my big baseball fear is that Cano in the derby fouls a ball into onto his foot, breaking it in some freak accident. That’s how bad this year has been

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  194. WhittakerWalt says:

    Don’t worry guys. We got this.


  195. Tom says:

    Must. Resist. The. Need. To. Bunt

  196. nycsportzfan says:


  197. forensic says:

    Nice Ichiro!

  198. nycsportzfan says:

    Fucking give up baseball neal! Jesus!

  199. forensic says:

    Wonder how they can screw this chance up…

  200. Eddard says:

    Ichiro is single handidly trying to win this ballgame for us. He should steal home if he gets an opening.

  201. Kramerica Industries says:

    lol Neal.

  202. The Real Greg says:

    Bringing in the lefty blocks Hafner but Girardi can use Wells.

    The problem is that they have nobody to play 3rd base.

    • WhittakerWalt says:

      And that bringing in Wells is bringing in Wells.

    • forensic says:

      They can easily move Adams to 3B and Overbay to 1B. But, all the options on the bench suck almost as much as Brignac. Hafner would still be the best option, despite his recent complete suckiness and left-on-left.

    • nycsportzfan says:

      Who cares who plays 3rd if you don’t score another run you lose!

      Everyone and there mother knew Brignac was gonna K. Play wells at 3rd for a few innings. Its stupid to worry about who plays 3rd when your losing.

  203. pop says:

    the frenchman is due for a hit… otherwise he gets the guillotine

  204. Tom says:

    PH here? (it would mean giving up the DH)

    • Mr. Roth says:

      If it weren’t nearly 100% guaranted that one of our pitchers would get hurt batting, I’d probably rather see them hit more than most of our regular hitters.

  205. BFDeal says:

    Do they dare try a squeeze play?

  206. nsalem says:

    May have to give up the DH. Hitting Reid is not a good idea.

  207. Cy Pettitte says:

    Brignac will probably strike out, Stewie your our only hope

  208. The Real Greg says:

    Of course with this team, having the pitcher risk himself swinging a bat might not be a good idea.

  209. nycsportzfan says:

    Why the fuck would you let brignac bat here? It don’t matter whos gonna play short if you can’t score another run.

    • The Real Greg says:

      That’s just it. They have nobody else to play short.

      The only way it would work would involve losing the DH.

      • forensic says:

        It doesn’t matter if they lose the DH. It’ll only come up once more this game and they’ll still have either Wells or Hafner on the bench for it.

        • The Real Greg says:

          Again. Pitcher at the plate. HBP broken wrist. Out for the year.

          Would you not be surprised?

          • forensic says:

            Do you not know how to read? Here, I’ll put it in big bold letters to help you out.

            It’ll only come up once more this game and they’ll still have either Wells or Hafner on the bench for it.

            • The Real Greg says:

              Only takes one time to ruin a career and a season.

              And with this team’s luck, do you dare take the chance?

              • forensic says:

                Oh my god.


                Could you hear that?

                • The Real Greg says:

                  And have Hafner get hurt too.

                  Again, would it surprise you?

                  • forensic says:

                    Then why ever play him? He might get hurt.

                    Why ever play any of their Major Leaguers? Can’t risk getting any of them hurt. Better pull Cano out of the game, he might get hurt his arm throwing someone out.

                    Take out Gardner. Don’t want to pull a hammy chasing down a flyball.

                    • The Real Greg says:

                      Well Cano and Gardy don’t have the injury history that Hafner has.

                      Hafner has probably already played too much given his current ineffectiveness.

      • teddy says:

        then the what you do, giradri playing to lose. thats their best chance to score and as usual giradri fail

    • The Doctor says:

      Actually it does because who’s going to play short?

      Seriously I’ll just sit here and wait. Give me your master plan since you’re just a baseball genius.

      • forensic says:

        Move Nix to SS, Adams to 3B, Overbay to 1B, PH whichever guy is left the last time the DH spot comes up.

        It’s not rocket science.

        • The Real Greg says:

          The only guy left is Romine. What if Stewart gets hurt? Who catches then?

          • forensic says:

            God, you are so freaking dense. You use one of Hafner or Wells to hit for Brignac, meaning one is still available. That one PH’s for the DH/pitcher spot the one time it will still come up.

            • The Real Greg says:

              Except Travis Hafner is an absolute corpse. And given his injury history he might get injured too.

      • nycsportzfan says:

        Who gives a fuck? You can’t win this game unless you score at least 2more runs and more impotant, tie the game. PLay anyone at short. Put Nix at Short and Wells at 3rd. Is it that hard to figure out for you?

      • nycsportzfan says:

        wells at 3rd and Nix at short.

  210. Kramerica Industries says:

    Unfuckingreal with this team.

  211. teddy says:

    giradri didn’t play to nice, pinch hit wells, move overbay lose the dh.

    fire this dreadful manager

  212. Kramerica Industries says:

    The worst part, and something that I think we’re all in agreement about, is that this impending blown opportunity isn’t even the least bit surprising.

  213. Ron says:

    Was anyone expecting anything else. I rather they not even get on base than to watch them fail in these situations.

  214. Cy Pettitte says:

    this team is such a fucking joke. how many times have they had a man on 3rd with less than two outs and not scored on this road trip?

  215. Cy Pettitte says:

    now might have been a good time to PH with a LH batter

  216. forensic says:

    How many rock bottoms can they actually hit?

  217. Cy Pettitte says:

    seriously, fuck this team. man on 3rd no outs and 3 K’s in a row. just fuck off.

  218. Kramerica Industries says:


  219. I'mVernonI'mVernon4U says:

    So in one half inning we get a guy to third, follow that with 3 straight strikeouts, and then receive more injury news. If that’s not a microcosm of this season I’m not sure what is.

  220. The Real Greg says:

    I hope people understand the reasons for not making moves there. Otherwise, I can’t help you.

  221. King George says:

    At this point, and moving forward, we really shouldn’t be optimistic and now it’s just a matter of who really supports this team and who doesn’t. It’s gonna be a test of or mettle and willpower boys!

  222. Confidence poll on Monday should be real interesting…

    • forensic says:

      Can Mike include negative numbers?

    • Cy Pettitte says:

      -10. no immediate impact prospects for the next year or so and all these old overpaid fucks are breaking down while ownership engages in their circlejerk because they’re saving a few million dollars by getting payroll under $189mil meanwhile they’re losing that money anyway because YES ratings are cratering while attendance at YSIII is literally 7 people, 4 of which have suite seats they bought off stub hub for $5 so they’re don’t even buy any concessions because they have the free buffet included in with their ticket.

  223. teddy says:

    for on’eill is either hafner vs hansen or wells vs downs. giradri should be fired

  224. The Real Greg says:

    Now the PH means absolutely nothing because the Angels scored another run. In hindsight of course.

    • forensic says:


      It’s a completely different pitcher on the mound instead of Phelps/Kelley if they had tied the game.

      You’re just making yourself look worse and worse.

      • The Real Greg says:

        If it were the 8th or 9th you would be absolutely right

        Who’s the 7th inning guy?

        • Kramerica Industries says:

          Jobber or Claiborne. Situationally, Logan might appear too.

          • The Real Greg says:

            Claiborne I think would have been the choice. But since that role has not been defined and Kelley was not a garbage pitcher going into that inning, it’s not like he raised the white flag.

    • teddy says:

      might have lead to big inning, highly unlikely atleast try something. they likely wouldn’t gotton the run in earlier

  225. Eddard says:

    The reason they couldn’t make any moves is because that idiot Girardi DH’d his only backup 1B. He knew Teixera’s wrist was shaky at best. Neal, Brigniac, Stewart. If that’s what Girardi is banking on to win ballgames he’s going to lose his job faster than Donnie Baseball.

  226. Kramerica Industries says:

    Getting swept by this Angels team is like baseball suicide.

    Tomorrow is the rare time I am going to be overjoyed by the fact that I will not be able to watch the game. That rarely happens, it should rarely happen, and I don’t like when it does happen. But this team has left me no choice but to celebrate it.

    • SDB says:

      At this point I’m not even feeling that unhappy or frustrated. I’m learning to just deal with it now.

      The Mets sweep was painful. Oakland hurt. By this point, it’s just more of the same.

  227. Chris says:

    Blaming almost any of this on Girardi is missing the forest for the trees

  228. teddy says:

    guess it dm kelly having a bad game

  229. WhittakerWalt says:

    Better than giving up a grand slam, I guess.

  230. forensic says:

    Now they’re trying to take a save away from my fantasy team too.

  231. WhittakerWalt says:

    Someday we’ll score than 2 runs, and then we’ll have a big laugh.

  232. Chris says:

    Hitting with risp seems to be a fundamental problem for this team over the last few years. At some point, you have to trace that somewhere. It’s good players, bad players, average players. Pretty much everyone

  233. ExitCashman says:

    Jason Nix’s name reminds me of Johnny Knoxville of Jackass fame. Those guys have some good ideas. I’d love to subject Tim McCarver’s bare ass to an alligator snapping turtle.

  234. number 21 says:

    This team is about to be held to 2 runs for the 4th game in a row.

  235. teddy says:

    they score in only 1 inning again, that got to be a fluke

  236. The Doctor says:

    For as bad as this game has (predictably) been, Ichiro has had a damn fine game.

  237. ExitCashman says:


  238. The Real Greg says:

    We’re finding out what it was like in Seattle in the latter part of the decade.

    Ichiro and company today

  239. Chris says:

    2 catches like that. And should have had 3 stolen bases. The morgue is missing a body!

  240. ExitCashman says:

    Is it my TV or does Trout have a bucket head?

  241. Dalek Jeter says:

    So I decided to listen to some music on the bus, apparently I missed some situation…from what I understand there was a runner on third when we were still down one, with no outs, and Brignac was allowed to hit. I guess this happened in the top of the 7th. And if Brignac was up with less than two outs it was some combination of the bottom 4 hitters up or on base.

    Why exactly wasn’t Brignac pinch hit for? Sure you lose the DH, but odds are, unless there is some kind of offensive explosion the DH slot only comes up once more and you just use whoever you didn’t PH the first time the second time. And if the DH slot does come up again it’s because we scored an ass ton of runs, in which case let the pitcher take pitches until he strikes out, or it’s extra innings and if you’re playing to win the game (which you should when you’re facing a 6 game losing streak) you cross that bridge when you come to it.

    • The Real Greg says:

      IT would probably be Hafner and with the luck this team has had he would get HBP and out for the year.

      In the end, it really means nothing because the Angels blew open against Kelley who had been pitching well of late so there is no “raise the white flag there”

      • The Real Greg says:

        Plus it would have been Vernon Wells who would PH.

        • SDB says:

          Could have always moved Vernon to 3B (not like it’s not happened before!) and shifted Nix to SS.

          • The Real Greg says:

            I did not think of that. That’s entering emergency territory

            • SDB says:

              Yes, but Wells is at least capable of lifting a fly ball to the guy in right field, deep enough to score a runner.

              Brignac… ugh.

              I’d wonder what John Sterling’s HR call for him might be, but I expect it’ll be a cold day in hell when I hear it.

    • Dalek Jeter says:

      For that matter, why wasn’t Stewart pinch hit for? I mean Romine is on the bench and the odds of a catcher getting injured catching 3 innings is close to zero.

    • Tom says:

      It was an obvious move… but one that required more creativity than Girardi has. As you said, he also would have had another bat on the bench for the pitcher’s spot.

      Greg’s now trying to turn it into comedy because he’s hellbent on defending every Gitardi move and couldn’t grasp the concept of how losing the DH would work (and I assume thought Hafner would go in at 1st? So he defended the move by claming there was an injury risk to Hafner).

      When pointed out that Hafner would not be in the field, he moved on to the “could have been hurt hitting the way this team is going” joke to disguise his ignorance on the move.

  242. ok calling it a night….don’t kill one another.

    oh, and happy father’s day to all the dads out there.

  243. Chris says:

    Are there any other non prospects we can bring up to try, other than Adams or neal

  244. Chris says:

    Good AB’s, ladies

  245. Tom says:

    This game is being managed by dumb and dumber.

    I hope using Fieri to lock down a 4 run lead against an explosive Yankees offense means he will not be available tomorrow.

    I do like yet another night of down 3 or 4 runs let’s try to hit a HR with noone on base approach in the 9th

  246. The Doctor says:

    Waste of time and money, not sure why I even came out. Could’ve spent the day playing The Last of Us. Relative to this, it’s a game full of hope and joy.

  247. Dugan says:


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