Jun
26

Game 77: Clincher

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Last night’s walk-off win was the Yankees’ fifth win in their last eight games and their fourth win in the first seven games of this nine-game homestand. Another win tonight clinches a winning homestand, which is something the team desperately needs following that hideous West Coast swing. Taking care of that this evening and going for that sixth win of the homestand tomorrow night would be rather fantastic given their recent play. Here’s the lineup that will face rookie right-hander Justin Grimm:

  1. CF Brett Gardner
  2. RF Ichiro Suzuki
  3. 2B Robinson Cano
  4. DH Travis Hafner
  5. 1B Lyle Overbay
  6. LF Zoilo Almonte
  7. 3B Jayson Nix
  8. C Chris Stewart
  9. SS Alberto Gonzalez

And on the mound is the Louisiana-born and Texas-raised left-hander, Andy Pettitte.

It has been cloudy (and hot) in New York almost all day, and it’s supposed to start raining sometime around 9-10pm ET tonight. Not like a torrential downpour or anything, but a steady shower. Hopefully that holds off until they get the game in. First pitch is scheduled for a little after 7pm ET and can be seen on YES locally and ESPN nationally. Enjoy.

Injury Updates: Eduardo Nunez (ribcage) is starting a minor league rehab assignment with High-A Tampa tonight, so that’s pretty cool. His 20-day rehab window expires during the All-Star break, and Joe Girardi said yesterday he doesn’t expect any injured plays back until then … RHP Michael Pineda (shoulder) will stay with Double-A Trenton for his next rehab start … in case you missed it earlier, Mark Teixeira (wrist) will have season-ending surgery.

Categories : Game Threads
  • http://www.penuel-law.com/ Cuso

    ***Obligatory opening comment about clenching for a clinching

  • Dan in Athens

    Eduardo “E” Nunez on the comeback trail? This is even worse news then Tex.

    • Winter

      Nunez’s defense was actually pretty good before he got hurt. Honestly, at this point I’d rather the old Nunez who could hit but not throw than the one who can throw but not hit.

      • WhittakerWalt

        “Nunez’s defense was actually pretty good not as godawful as it had been in the past before he got hurt.

  • Dan in Athens

    Than, not then.

  • trr

    Kinda swapping Gonzalez for Adams. He’ll be hard pressed to play worse than Adams did last night

  • BernieFan51

    I clench my butt cheeks for a clinch, or for another four home run game from the offense

  • vicki

    speaking of rehab windows, the Times thinks cash’s hissy may have been triggered by concern that arod started the clock, wittingly or not, on his own assignment. and the culmination of years of exasperation. though i say he abdicated his right to exasperation when he acted like an idiot in front of reporters.

    full-on arod-defender here, fwiw.

  • Eddard

    They need to clinch the series tonight because Hughes is going tomorrow. I suspect the club kept Nova in MLB because they think Hughes will get bombed tomorrow and then they’ll make the switch.

    • WhittakerWalt

      BGPH

    • Winter

      The Yankees think Hughes will get bombed, but they’re sending him out anyway.

      #EddardLogic

    • mustang (The Has Been & Wannabes Bunch 2013)
    • LK

      Good point. With Nova around, they have 2 pitchers who can get bombed. Depth is important.

  • SDB

    Just turned it on to see two on and none out. Why do I get the bad feeling this is going to be a long night?

  • Anderson Silva

    Comon Pettite.. need a DP here

  • Anderson Silva

    they had a chance for a DP but Nix screwed up

  • SDB

    Meanwhile, am I the only one feeling a lot more sympathetic towards A-Rod after Cashman’s outburst?

    • vicki

      nope.

    • trr

      Not me

      • vicki

        how about when his boss announced to the world that he’s been a disappointment.

  • Anderson Silva

    nice escape by AP

  • trr

    Stewart, defensive catcher?

  • SDB

    Damn! Nicely done Andy.

  • trr

    Good job by Andy to wriggle out of that jam

  • Winter

    Anyone notice Stewart catching with his right hand in front of his body? You’d think after Cervelli someone would tell him not to do that…

    • CountryClub

      They supposedly teach their catchers this in the minors. From Donnie Collins who covers AAA. He’s talking about not tucking the bare hand behind the leg.

      @RailRidersTT: They think it slows the time on the throw down to second. I think that’s ridiculous.

    • vicki

      just with two strikes though, right? i think they’re supposed to.

      • Winter

        Not just with two strikes. Only to certain batters, though, as far as I can tell.

        • vicki

          two strikes with runners on. and i’m pretty sure it’s standard operation.

  • nycsportzfan

    Why isn’t the game on ESPN2 like its supposed to be?? WTF!

    • nycsportzfan

      nevermind, i see its on ESPN..lol Feeww!

    • Eddard

      It’s on ESPN. CWS is over so they flipped it to ESPN.

      • nycsportzfan

        Thanks Mr. Stark

  • trr

    Run, Gardner

  • Anderson Silva

    god awful

    • The Real Greg

      This is part of a reason why baseball is so maddening to me. You never have time to celebrate a victory. In football, you get a whole week to feel good. In baseball, it’s a few hours unless there is an off day.

      • vicki

        it’s better after a loss, though.

        turn that frown upside-down, greg.

        • The Real Greg

          That’s true I guess.

    • BFDeal

      Yeah, because no team ever has not scored in the bottom of the first.

  • Hardy

    Oh, look. A “Ichiro could hit more home runs if he wanted to” sighting.

    • WhittakerWalt

      If this is really true, he could hit homeruns if he wanted to, one has to wonder why he doesn’t want to more often. It’s a pretty valuable baseball skill to have.

  • nycsportzfan

    Kinda nuts that Nadal, Federer, and Sharapova all got knocked outta Wimbeldon all ready.

  • trr

    Gardner too timid on the base paths

  • The Real Greg

    Now honestly, will anybody here be surprised if Grimm doesn’t give up any runs tonight?

  • Anderson Silva

    meanwhile, Cano is still MIA

  • teddy

    gardner has to be one of the dumbest baserunner i ever seen

  • The Real Greg

    I mean Anderson Silva is a prime example of this

    Last night: “FUCK YEAH”
    Tonight: God awful

    • Anderson Silva

      you know you can have a good moment and still be terrible at baseball. Kinda like you with your comments here.

      • The Real Greg

        I didn’t mean this as an attack. It’s just an illustration of how long the feeling and savoring of a victory lasts in baseball

      • Dan

        Dude Chill

  • Wheels

    Overbay is at least a competent first baseman.

  • SDB

    LOVERBAY!

  • Eddard

    LYLE SAYS WHO NEEDS TEIXERA!!!!!!!

  • Anderson Silva

    he kinda crushed that

  • nycsportzfan

    Right before Overbay drilled that dinger, i was thinking that this grimm kid was catching way to much plate with mediocre stuff so far and was hoping we’d make em pay.

  • Dan

    Lyle is so much fun to bash and praise.
    Can’t wait till Nunez gets back. That’ll be a huge upgrade over Nix.

    • Dan in Athens

      In what world?

      • Dan

        Nix beats him defensively; but Nunez has a much better bat, is a better base runner, and hustles every play.

        • Dan in Athens

          Nunez has a negative career WAR. Nix does not. Nix also has the better bat this year, as Nunez has been terrible. As for running, Nix is 10 for 10 on steals this year, so I’m not to concerned about his base running.

  • Wheels

    Overbay has had a great last 5 minutes.

  • Rolling Doughnut

    Just too many HRs on this team ffsake

  • vicki

    okay. trade a-war for scott van slyke, one for one. platoon with loverbay.

  • I’mVernonI’mVernon4U

    Wooo Overbay.

    For anyone that didn’t hear btw, Orioles prospect Dylan Bundy is going to need TJS.

  • Anderson Silva

    wow, what a pathetic play

  • Cool Lester Smooth

    Ugh, really?

    /toomanyhomers.

  • The Real Greg

    I think that’s Nix’s ball

  • Dan in Athens

    Seems like Texas thinks Andy’s back won’t let him field. That’s 2 bunts in less than 3 innings.

  • Wheels

    Get out of the way Nix!

  • trr

    Knix you Knucklehead!

  • sangreal

    First Nix ends Mariano’s 2012 season and now this

    • The Real Greg

      Huh?

      • trr

        I don’t even know what he’s talking about and I’m mad

        • Tom

          Nix hit the flyball in BP that Mo got injured on in KC.

      • sangreal

        I’m obviously not being serious, but Nix hit the fly ball that Rivera went down on

  • LK

    http://www.fangraphs.com/blogs.....g-pitcher/

    Phil Hughes has the highest percentage of PAs in baseball that reach an 0-2 count. Excuse me while I sob uncontrollably.

    • WhittakerWalt

      SHOCKING

  • Anderson Silva

    this Martin guy is really fucking annoying

    • The Real Greg

      I think he has an 11 game hitting streak, longest in the league right now.

      • Dan

        Did Cudduyer lose his today?

        • Steve

          No, Cudduyer hit 2 homers against the Sox

  • Anderson Silva

    Jayson Nix! What a professional play

  • Dan

    Pettitte is slipping a little more every game he goes out there.

  • http://home.nra.org/ Guns

    Eduardo Nunez is expected to start rehabbing in Tampa!!! Keep him there…

  • SDB

    So how long until we hear “Nix does something to help the team EVERY day”?

  • Kramerica Industries

    Of for fuck’s sake.

  • The Real Greg

    That’s a bad call.

    • trr

      Replay shows he’s out

      • The Real Greg

        Exactly.

  • Rolling Doughnut

    Fuck Nix what are you doing

  • Wheels

    Professional ballplayer?

  • The Real Greg

    Can’t blame Nix when the umpire makes a bad call.

    • Anderson Silva

      you can. He made a bad throw. If the ump had ruled him out, it would be because Cano made a good play. You can still blame Nix.

      • The Real Greg

        But again in the media outlets , end>>>>>process

  • trr

    Trouble brewing here

  • your mom

    He was out fucking ump.

  • Anderson Silva

    very tight zone for Pettitte. He’s getting nothing inside our outside.

  • WhittakerWalt

    Baseball player strikes again. What a special player.

  • Anderson Silva

    about time he gets a call

  • Ethan
  • trr

    Damn that might’ve been low

  • http://home.nra.org/ Guns

    What was that 0-2 pitch????

  • Wheels

    Shit

  • Winter

    Stewart wanted it in. Pettitte threw it high and over the middle.

    • The Real Greg

      They should have gone away. He was looking for that pitch.

  • Kramerica Industries

    0-2 count.

  • Anderson Silva

    what a fucking terrible pitch. Once again our pitchers get beat 0-2, inexcusable

  • The Real Greg

    They went to the well too much. Throw a breaking ball down and away.

    The New York Yankees, the masters of the shutdown inning.

  • trr

    Bad pitch. Pettite coughs up another lead

  • Anderson Silva

    alright, game over.

    • WhittakerWalt

      Peace.

  • WhittakerWalt

    Horrible pitch.

  • Kramerica Industries

    And now 4-1.

  • Eddard

    Nix screwed him but Andy threw two bad pitches to Beltre and AJ. Andy just hasn’t been good since he came back.

  • I’mVernonI’mVernon4U

    Well, there goes the slight smidgeon of hope I had that he’d get out of this unscathed.

  • trr

    C’mon, only top of the 3rd

  • The Real Greg

    He’s cooked. They need another starter.

  • WhittakerWalt

    Andy’s having a Mussina game.

  • King George

    Andy is so painful to watch. When he retires/Yankees don’t re-sign him, I’ll be so happy. 4-run innings are utterly inexcusable regardless of age or status.

  • Rolling Doughnut

    The Petitte experiment is not turning out too well.

  • The Real Greg

    And given Phil Hughes is pitching tomorrow, it very well could be losing 2 of 3.

    They just can’t put a streak together.

    • WhittakerWalt

      There’s that “always say die” spirit we’ve come to know and hate.

      • The Real Greg

        I honestly think its “love to hate” If you just hated it, you wouldn’t respond.

        • WhittakerWalt

          Hey, I actually defended you last night.

  • trr

    Berkman looks just like my idiot cousin .

  • Darren

    Stewart’s all emo with those orange fingernails.

  • Rolling Doughnut

    And let’s not blame it on Nix. Pettitte has not been right since he came off the DL. His pitches are up/middle, his control has eluded him

    • The Real Greg

      Oh I’m not blaming Nix for this at all. The ump screwed him over at first base.

      • Ethan

        Nix put himself in the situation for a bad call. A decent throw and that never would have happened. It’s not Nix’s fault for a bad inning but you can’t let him completely off the hook.

        • Wheels

          Agreed.

    • Winter

      This inning is on Pettitte. Sure there was some bad luck all the way, but he had little to no command and was missing in the zone.

    • WhittakerWalt

      That’s what I meant by a “Mussina game.” Couple of botched defensive plays, then the wheels come off.

    • King George

      Yup. Not to say that Andy is a bad pitcher, but he isn’t looking right. Factor in Pineda coming back plus Nova, I wouldn’t mind taking Andy out along with Phil. They don’t boost the chanes of winning. Think about it…is Nova really worse than Andy is currently? No. Of course it will never happen…

      • The Real Greg

        I agree 100%

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

        Think about it…is Nova really worse than Andy is currently? No.

        Spoken like someone whose memory lasts one start.

        • Rolling Doughnut

          Andy over Nova hands down obviously. However, Andy has been inconsistent, to say the least, especially after coming off the DL.If I recall right, aside from the gem he pitched in Seattle, he has been pretty shitty in June that’s 4 out of 5 mediocre starts

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

            He’s definitely been crappy this month. But Nova has been crappy for a year now and his “good” start was 12 base-runners in 6.2 IP.

            If you want to take Andy out of the rotation, fine. The replacements better be better than Nova and an extreme fly ball pitcher coming off major shoulder surgery though.

            • Rolling Doughnut

              Never said I wanted to take Andy out of the rotation? I just said he’s been shaky since he came off the DL and I think that’s what King George meant by “currently.” In any case, if Andy doesn’t figure it out, we’re in trouble. CC is in transition, Kuroda is old and who knows how he’ll be in Sept. Then there’s Phil and Ivan, the two stooges.

        • Dan

          That’s where the “currently” comes into play I’d think.

          I don’t think it has to happen tomorrow, but it should be looked at if this continues.

  • Dan

    Grimm doesn’t look unhittable, they got this. They just need to chip away at it. Actually that’s all they are capable of since they have one big inning a month just about.

  • your mom

    I guess we’re not coming back in this one, being that we used up our weekly allotment of HRs yesterday.

    • Dan

      That was actually closer to a monthly allotment.

  • The Real Greg

    IF Nova replaces Hughes, I would honestly ask Andy to step aside for Pineda. If they want to contend, they cant have this crap

    • BFDeal

      Yet you have no idea how Pineda will perform.

      • King George

        He looks pretty damn good right now. I’ll take my chances.

        • BFDeal

          Based on games against A and AA? Please.

        • Alkaline2.0

          Pineda has to perform before he gets a rotation spot. Period.

      • The Real Greg

        I know. But right now, I can’t keep sending Pettitte out there.

  • Dan

    Let’s get some more random HR’s from the losers on the team, that’s my new favorite thing to watch every game.

  • Anderson Silva

    so that’s what a shutdown inning looks like. Cool!

    • http://www.penuel-law.com/ Cuso

      So….this is one of those cocka games, huh?

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

        Whoops. Even though that was a reply fail, it kinda fits.

  • Alkaline2.0

    Random thoughts.

    1. Yikes Andy; let’s lock it up!
    2. Til-I enjoyed your wrestle-mania comments to other people in the DOTF from last night.
    3. JJ, you linked to an old post where Mike may or may not have exaggerated on a prospect. I read through and found it funny that someone mentioned that “prospect” going to Japan with his best friend Yu Darvish….a comment made in ’09.
    4. How’s everyone doing?
    5. I found a small nick from a rock on my new car-GR. Any ideas on helping cover it up? It’s pretty tiny, but since it’s on the hood noticeable.

  • Rolling Doughnut

    Do something good here Robbie.

    • The Real Greg

      Nope

  • The Real Greg

    That’s a great pitch. Fastball after fastball and he throws the bender to get him

  • Dan

    74 pitches already. If he allows a baserunner do get somebody up?

  • Dan

    So the coming back to earth for Zoilo is happening faster than I would have liked. Oh well. Mike did warn us.

  • Ethan

    First double of the year?!

    • Winter

      Yep!

  • Winter

    You see, the problem with this club is they hit too many homers. You can’t win off solo shots.

  • Dan

    How would you feel if our rotation looked like this next year:

    1.Sabathia
    2.Pineda
    3.Halladay
    4.Phelps
    5.Lincecum

  • WhittakerWalt

    “You know outside of that one bad inning, Pettitte’s having a heck of a game”

    Sigh.

  • Dan in Athens

    6 innings, 3 ER, Andy’s getting killed. If Hughes did it each start, he gets articles calling for 5 years and 65/70 million.

    • Dan

      He was getting killed when it was the 3rd inning.

      • Dan in Athens

        So you admit you were overreacting based on limited information?

        • Dan

          Well, I actually didn’t mention him getting killed so I don’t know how to answer that my fellow Dan.

          But in fairness, when your SP loads the bases in the 3rd and they score 4 runs, yes it does appear to look like that SP is getting killed and I think it’s reasonable to say so. Especially with this offense.

          • Dan in Athens

            Really, you didn’t mention him getting killed, then who posted this gem at 7:50:

            “Pettitte is slipping a little more every game he goes out there.”

            Go away troll. Your act is tired.

            • Dan

              Apparently my comment was rated PG and they didnt think you could take it? Oh well. If slipping each game (a fact) and “getting killed” both add up to the same thing in your mind, than you’re in trouble bro. But stay here, your act is fun for everyone.

              • Dan in Athens

                No clue what you are talking about, but you clearly made negative comments and claimed you didn’t. You have no credibility. Go away.

                • Dan

                  I noted he was slipping, which many others did as well, and I would assume you had noticed if you actually watch the games. You said I mentioned him getting “killed”. It never happened. This is actually really simple buddy, just keep trying. I believe in you, you’ll get it eventually.

                  • Dan in Athens

                    “Killed” would have had to be in quotation marks for your argument to make any sense. Since it was not, it would be read by any rationale person to cover the barrage of criticism, of which you were a part.

                    Again, go away troll.

                    • Dan

                      “Pettitte is slipping a little more every game he goes out there.”

                      Good heavens, if that is a “barrage of criticism” in your mind, you are a sensitive little fellow aren’t you? Good luck dude, you’re actually hopeless at this point so I’m done with you, but have fun.

  • Alkaline2.0

    I guess this is looking like a…Grimm…night for the Yankees.

    • Dan

      Every night looks like that. You just gotta keep hoping for the losers at the bottom of the order to hit random solo shots. That’s how we win games.

  • BFDeal

    LOL – ESPN: “…Wallace Matthews is a very respected journalist…”

  • Winter
  • Dan

    Perfect spot for a superstar to come through Robbie….

  • Eddard

    Got something brewing finally. But here comes their lefty to shut down our lefties.

  • Wheels

    attaboy Robbie

    • Wheels

      Pronk too

  • Eddard

    Who’s that lefty pitching, Boone Logan?

  • Alkaline2.0

    Wooo

  • Rolling Doughnut

    Keep the line moving guys

  • The Real Greg

    I would consider pinch hitting Wells here for Almonte.

  • Kramerica Industries

    Up 3-1 in the count, that is NOT the kind of pitch to swing at.

  • SDB

    D’oh. Swung at ball 4 TWICE.

  • Anderson Silva

    Another K with 2 on and less than 2 outs for Chokerbay. What a pathetic player.

    • The Real Greg

      Although he does have the homer tonight.

  • Wheels

    Shit Overbay, ugly whiff

  • Anderson Silva

    Zoilo showing chokerbay how you do it against a wild pitcher.

  • Wheels

    Here comes Nix…

    • Wheels

      Fuck!

  • Darren

    I really wish they gave Zoilo the green light He could have crushed that fastball.

  • Dan

    Seeing Nix come up with the bases loaded is almost as disappointing as seeing him hit into a double play or strike out. You know what’s around the corner.

    • WhittakerWalt

      You guessed it.

    • Dan

      Typed this before I saw it update on gameday. Atta boy pro ball player atta boy!

  • SDB

    GODDAMNIT NIX.

  • Kramerica Industries

    Fuck off, Nix.

  • The Real Greg

    Now it’s all on Pettitte.

  • Anderson Silva

    professional ballplayer helping us lose tonight!

  • Eddard

    Nix is trash. I can’t believe they didn’t at least tie the game there. Should have PH Wells.

    • BigBlueAL

      Wells had to pinch-hit for Overbay or more realistically Almonte. By the time Nix came up they had a RHP warming up already.

      • The Real Greg

        Almonte would have been my choice.

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

        Why for Almonte? You wanted him to GIDP a batter sooner?

  • BigBlueAL

    The next game the Yankees play w/o Nix starting Im throwing a party.

  • The Real Greg

    Nothing the Yankees can do. So fucking frustrating.

    • Matt

      Umm, there was tons they could have done. Like not swing at bad pitches out of the strike zone in two at bats to get themselves out when the guy can’t throw a strike.

      • The Real Greg

        They are bad players. That’s why they swung at bad pitches.

  • Dan

    This last even begs the question: What exactly is a professional ball player? Aren’t they all that?

  • WhittakerWalt

    FUCKING USELESS

  • http://www.penuel-law.com/ Cuso

    I couldn’t get here fast enough to say something about Nix before he GIDP.

    He swings like a busher with men on base.

  • The Real Greg

    When did Claiborne last pitch?

  • Matt

    Nix should be ashamed of himself. The pitcher can’t throw a strike and you go up there and hack hack hack away and bail the pitcher out swinging at pitches out of the zone.

    It has nothing to do with talent or lack thereof when you take a braindead approach like that to the plate in the biggest moment of the game.

  • WhittakerWalt

    If ever a situation called for a squeeze play, it was that.
    And I fucking hate squeeze plays.

  • Kramerica Industries

    Nix’s WPA sitting at -28 right now, so, yeah, he’s really helped fuck them over to this point.

  • Winter

    #ShutdownInning

  • Kramerica Industries

    And Jobber is still a worthless piece of shit.

  • The Real Greg

    Not Girardi’s best hour tonight.

  • Wheels

    Fuckin Joba

  • Duh Injuries

    ‘Time Girardi pinch-hits for Nix with the bases loaded.

    0 for 8 now 0 for 9 with an IEDP – ridiculous.

    If the guy can’t get it done with the bases loaded he has no business batting with them.

    His replacement would be a defensive replacement anyway, so take Nix out, too bad if he doesn’t like it. He’s not getting it done.

    Why is he playing every day again? I mean I like Nix but as a backup 2B/3B/SS, what he is and always will be.

    And can the Yanks trade Chamberlain already? How many holes has he put the Yanks in this year already? Fat sack of shit.

  • http://www.penuel-law.com/ Cuso

    Sloppa the hut. That was a lock to happen.

  • Eddard

    LOL! When is Hughes going to the pen to take Jobber’s role? 7th inning guy my ass.

  • Duh Injuries

    *what Nix was and always will and should be.

  • fabricio

    fucking fat fuck joba chamberlain i fucking hate you he’s the worst i hope his career goes to shit!!!!

  • Manny’s BanWagon

    Jesus Christ, just cut that fat fucking redneck already and be done with it.

  • SDB

    And just when things become close, in comes Joba to restore the gap.

  • The Real Greg

    Shit players led by a manager who takes a lot of risks. Not the best setup for success.

  • Frank

    Not a surprising outcome by Joba. There’s your game.

  • BigBlueAL

    I feel like a freaking idiot for wasting time buying Joba rookie cards a few years ago lol.

    • Manny’s BanWagon

      You can always use them as toilet paper if you run out

    • Dan

      How do you think I feel. I bought two Joba Rules t shirts. One still has the tags on it. Thought for sure it would be worth something someday.

  • Rolling Doughnut

    Maybe it’s time for Girardi to stop sending Joba out there in close games??

    • I’mVernonI’mVernon4U

      I really don’t understand why he does it. To my mind Girardi putting Joba is him waving the white flag. But there’s nothing impossible about closing a 2-run lead. Then again, with this offense..

  • The Real Greg

    Now I’m starting to hate Girardi a bit. That’s how bad this past inning has been. Not pinch hitting Wells and sending in Joba in a close game.

    The problem is that he has a family to support

    • WhittakerWalt

      He has a maddening degree of faith in players who simply don’t deserve it.

  • Wheels

    Embarrassing Joba

  • The Real Greg

    And Jayson Nix can go to hell too.

  • King George

    I wish Joba would just wander off and never come back. And I wish Nix would just rot. Two guys who just skullfucked the Yankees today when they could have stole one back. Wonder what Joe says, “I have confidence in him.” JOE. STOP TROTTING THE FATASS OUT THERE.

  • Rolling Doughnut

    The three stooges

  • Brendan

    Joba should locker with the bat boys and put the other teams uni on every night

  • King George

    And where exactly was Shawn Kelley, Joe?

    • The Real Greg

      I honestly don’t know what he was thinking. And as people know I don’t like to criticize the manager.

      But this was stupid. And I’m beginning to grow tired at the lack of urgency that this team and this organization has grown.

      George gave this organization a sense of urgency and action. Sometimes for the bad, but mostly for the good.

      It seems like Scrooge McSteinbrenner doesn’t care about winning more than money.

  • Dan

    So do the Yankees offer Joba a qualifying offer? I still kind of want to just for the pick.

    • Manny’s BanWagon

      LOL

      He’s gonna be a starter next year. For the Newark Bears, most likely.

  • Darren

    There’s a sick part of me that’s enjoying this hit parade. it’s just nice to see someone hitting the fucking hard for a change.

    Joba gets shussshhed off the mound.

  • Darren

    There’s a sick part of me that’s enjoying this hit parade. it’s just nice to see someone hitting the fucking ball hard for a change.

    Joba gets shussshhed off the mound.

    • Darren

      Dear Edit Button: Please delete the first of the double posts, as well as this message.

  • Eddard

    Hughes and Joba were supposed to be the future. Just goes to show you how little those prognosticators really know. Joba is a failed starter and a failed reliever. They need to cut ties with him. I think Hughes should take Joba’s place down in that pen and see if he can at least be a decent reliever.

    • Dan

      I think Joba is a case of failed management, coupled with his lack of motivation and desire to improve in the game. He’s a disappointment no doubt, but I just can’t put all the blame on him.

    • Matt

      Joba is not a failed starter. He was actually quite successful as a starter, and they never gave him a chance to continue in that role. He had far more of a track record than Hughes when he had his role abruptly swapped.

      • Manny’s BanWagon

        If he were a starter today, it likely would be like AJ Burnett all over again, probably much worse.

        • Matt

          And how do you know that? Joba was quite successful as a starter in 2009. And AJ Burnett is still better than Hughes getting bombed every start.

          • Manny’s BanWagon

            You’re right.

            Relievers with ERA’s of 6.38 and WHIPs of 1.85 usually make excellent starters

            • Matt

              Joba had 43 big league starts before he was permanently switched to the bullpen. Don’t be an idiot. Joba had a sub 4.00 ERA all the way into mid-August of 2009 even with his reduced velocity. Since when has Hughes even come close?

              • Manny’s BanWagon

                That ship has sailed long, long ago. Joba hasn’t even been a decent reliever since 2011.

                Also, why is Hughes in this conversation? I never mentioned his name.

                • Matt

                  No it hasn’t. You have no way to know that because they abruptley ended his starting gig even though he had been successful in the role up to that point.

                  He was not injured, they simply chose to give it to Hughes because he was good in the pen the previous year. Even though he had no track record at the big league level and no secondary pitches. It is completely relevant because Joba would have been starting if not for Hughes.

  • The Real Greg

    Well in the end, you can’t blame the offense. Three runs is enough to win a game in this league. The pitching has been abysmal.

    • Matt

      Three runs is not enough to win a game in the American League. The offense was pathetic and that turned around the game last inning when they should have grabbed all of the momentum.

      • The Real Greg

        BULLSHIT At least about 3 runs being enough.

        Toronto won 3-0 today.

        • Nuke Guy (Knoxvillain)

          Are you being serious?

          • The Real Greg

            Hell yes, I’m serious.

            • Nuke Guy (Knoxvillain)

              I don’t really know what to say. Then by that logic, only 1 run should be enough to win a game. If that’s true, the Yankees should finish the season with 145 wins.

        • Rolling Doughnut

          OK Greg one more time here goes: quoting one baseball score does not make your general argument correct. You have no understanding of statistics. Your posts are astonishing bullshit.

          • The Real Greg

            Cleveland leading Baltimore 2-0 in the seventh inning.

          • Dan

            Dude chill

        • Matt

          Obviously I didn’t mean it literally. Three runs is terrible for an American League team, and especially one facing a pitcher like Grimm. Give it up.

    • Rolling Doughnut

      The league avg is more than 3 runs a game.

  • SDB

    Oh, so NOW he’ll pinch hit, but not when Nix is up in a critical stage. FFS.

  • Tom

    So Wells is now pretty much the designated PH for the catcher?

    Way to deploy the only bat on your bench in the lowest leverage situation possible!

  • BigBlueAL

    So Girardi considers Alberto Gonzalez to be a better hitter than Stewart or Adams?? Pinch-hit Wells for Stewart but let Gonzalez hit??

  • Matt

    One of the worst called at bats I have ever seen. Not one of those pitches was even remotely close to home plate. Another umpire who thinks he is bigger than the game.

  • The Real Greg

    Now they’ve scored 5 runs.

    • Dan

      Yeah, but on the earlier topic I agree with you completely.
      When I look at the line of Offense scoring 3, and pitching allowing 5-6, where does the blame fall? Who let down the team more. Pitching obviously.

  • Alkaline2.0

    ANYTIME HE WANTS!

  • BigBlueAL

    Ichiro is in September 2012 mode!!

  • SDB

    Goddamn. Can the rest of the team go drink from whichever fountain of youth Ichiro found?

  • Eddard

    ICHIRO HAS DONE IT AGAIN!!!!!

  • I’mVernonI’mVernon4U

    2 days, 2 homers. WTF.

    • nycsportzfan

      I thought he was gonna hit 15hrs this yr. Thats what i perdicted. I think NY was the perfect spot for him with his swing to prolong his career. His swing is so perfect for this stadium.

  • FEED.ME.MORE!

    How do you say “Blow me, RAB haters” in Japanese?

    • Prisoner of the moment

      You say it with a wRC+ of 86 apparently… because apparently being 20 points below the league average RF’r (wRC+106) is sticking it to the haters,

      It would be like doing that after Nix hit a HR yesterday.

  • Alkaline2.0

    Random, but the Yanks need to start doing what my coach used to say…

    less than 2 outs, guy on third…what do you do? HIT THE DAMN BALL!

  • Eddard

    And that’s why you don’t bring Joba into a one run game. Even with that HR we’re still down a run. And why did Wells PH with the bases empty down 3 runs and not the bases loaded down 1 run?

  • I’mVernonI’mVernon4U

    We would be winning right now if it weren’t for Jobber. Ugh.

  • Rolling Doughnut

    10 rows back in the second deck. With a swing like that. Amazing.

  • murg

    Hey Mike I wonder if you could repost that one rant of yours on Wells and Ichiro being useless

    • Dan

      That’s not going to happen.

  • The Real Greg

    So has the offense sucked tonight or not?

  • Alkaline2.0

    ROBINSON CANYES! Come on SOLO SHOT

  • Eddard

    I don’t think Girardi has any concept of high leverage situations. He keeps using Joba in those situations and he used his best PH with the bases empty down 3 runs rather than the bases loaded down 1 run. If we win this game it’ll be despite Girardi.

  • BigBlueAL

    Cano has turned into Wade Boggs all of a sudden lol.

  • Kramerica Industries

    I’m kinda glad to see Robbie seems to have realized lately that it’s better to take walks than to swing at un-hittable pitches.

  • nycsportzfan

    Come on Hafner! Look for that 1st pitch grooved fastball.

    • nycsportzfan

      How was he not thinking that way? I mean, you just seen Cano walked. Obviously there going after Haf and trying to get ahead.

      What a terrible call by the ujmp on strikeout pitch though. WTF! Thats twice ump rang up our guy with pitch tghat was blatenly outside.

  • Rolling Doughnut

    Good AB Robbie you let him pitch around you.

  • The Real Greg

    And now their undefeated streak when scoring 5+ runs in a game is in jeopardy, thanks to Pettitte and Joba.

  • BigBlueAL

    Now the hottest hitter on the team is done due to an AL double switch. Guarantee Romine comes up with the game on the line in the 9th considering all the Yankees need is 1 baserunner in one of the next 2 innings to guarantee the 2nd spot in the order hits in the 9th.

    • Winter

      But StewartWells’s spot will come up for sure, and sooner. I’m don’t really agree with the move, but I don’t think it’s the world’s worst move either.

      • BigBlueAL

        Like Kay pointed out though, Wells will be facing a RHP his next at-bat. Not worth losing Ichiro’s bat.

        • The Real Greg

          Probably not. Again, this is his worst managed game so far this year.

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

          It’s Wells against a RHP or Romine against a RHP.

          • BigBlueAL

            Right but in this case it will be both vs a RHP. At least before it wouldve been just Romine vs a RHP.

    • The Real Greg

      But will they do that? That’s the question.

  • Dan in Athens

    I hope he wears a cup.

  • BigBlueAL

    Check out Kay rationally pointing out what a stupid move Girardi just made.

    • The Real Greg

      Didn’t say stupid. Said “curious”

      • Matt

        Boy are you stupid.

        • Dan

          dude chill

      • BigBlueAL

        Im saying its stupid.

  • Eddard

    Did Girardi just take out Ichiro who just hit a HR so he could do his double switch? He is really managing this game to lose. Wells should have PH for NIX WHEN THE BASES WERE LOADED DOWN 1 RUN NOT WITH THE BASES EMPTY DOWN 3 RUNS. He is truly clueless.

    • The Real Greg

      I will say this. This is probably his worst managed game of the year.

      Still I won’t crush him because he has mouths to feed.

      • Matt

        More excuses. When will you give it up?

        • The Real Greg

          When people stop harassing kids about what their father did or didn’t do.

          I have no actual proof that this happens but my guess is that it probably does.

          • WhittakerWalt

            What on earth are you talking about? Who’s harassing kids? We’re talking about a grown-ass man who’s doing a rubbish job of managing this game.

      • BigBlueAL

        Girardi has already made a shitload of money in his playing and managerial career. Please spare the Mother Teresa act.

        • Dan

          He also sponsors a small village of about 350 people in West Africa. He feeds a lot of people. He needs this job.

      • Rolling Doughnut

        I don’t know about worst, but it’s up there. As for the mouths he has to feed, the dude and his mouths are set foe life so I don’t see any problem with “crushing” him.

  • Wheels

    Oof, right in the nads

  • Bo Knows

    Someone will speaking soprano for a while

  • Dan

    These are some pretty bad moves tonight. But don’t get your hopes up about him getting fired in the offseason. Only way that happens is if Scoscia becomes available.

    • The Real Greg

      That’s the other thing. There is no real other viable candidate.

      • Dan

        I agree. But I love hearing people claim Mattingly would be better. It’s pretty funny.

    • BigBlueAL

      His contract expires at the end of the season so technically he doesnt have to get fired. Scoscia aint an upgrade though. Not sure there is an upgrade over Girardi since most managers make head-scratching decisions on a regular basis so I aint calling for his departure. Doesnt mean I agree with many of his decisions though.

  • Winter

    WARNING TRACK!

  • Kramerica Industries

    lol at Cruz having finally learned how to back-track.

  • The Real Greg

    In the end, their pitching let them down. Pettitte and especially Joba. I hope somebody asks Girardi about it forcibly in the post game.

    • WhittakerWalt

      Bringing in Joba is something you do when you want to put some distance between the opposing team and yourself.

  • Dan in Athens

    Didn’t one of the articles have a crazy stat about Nix only hitting four balls to the warning track? Guess it is five now, but that is still nuts.

    • The Real Greg

      It was four. He’s hit a couple recently.

      • Dan in Athens

        That is pretty insane.

  • Eddard

    They might be ok in the 9th because if anyone gets on Ichiro will come up with a chance to tie or win the game! Oh wait, Girardi removed our hottest hitter so he could get Wells another AB with the bases empty.

  • Winter

    Here’s a baseball quandary for you: Lets say the Yankees had someone on the bench who could hit (so not David Adams). Down by one in the ninth with a runner on, would you pinch hit for Romine? If you don’t you probably lose the game. If you do, you risk going to extra innings without a catcher. I’m a proponent of focus on scoring, figure the rest out after, but the idea of having no catcher is very troubling.

    What would you do?

    • Eddard

      If it’s a regular season do or die or a playoff game I do it. If not, I wouldn’t risk it.

    • Dan in Athens

      That’s why you have an emergency catcher. Pinch hit away.

    • Darren

      Give up a few runs in the top of the 9th so you don’t have to worry about it.

  • BigBlueAL

    If Nathan blows the save in the 9th with 3 of the next 4 batters being Wells, Gonzalez/Adams and Romine he needs to retire. Hell if he get the first 2 guys out I would IBB Gardner Barry Bonds style lol.

  • Kramerica Industries

    And the fucking Orioles come back AGAIN.

    This night just gets better.

  • Matt

    Amazing. Pretty much game over because he can’t catch a routine fly ball. The tough part of the play was getting there and he did, so don’t even try that nonsense. He was right under it and dropped it.

  • Dan

    Too many blown opportunities.

    • The Real Greg

      Too much crappy pitching,

  • The Real Greg

    PITCHING FAILURE ALL AROUND

    • Dan

      indeed.

    • WhittakerWalt

      According to John Sterling, Pettitte “pitched great”- other than the inning where he gave up 4 runs.

      • The Real Greg

        Are you seriously going to trust Sterling?

        • WhittakerWalt

          No, I was mocking him. He says the dumbest shit imaginable when he wants to defend one of his favorites. Basically every pitching performance is good if you subtract the part where they gave up runs.

      • Anderson Silva

        so he was great when he didn’t suck. Awesome

  • Wheels

    Didn’t Berkman suck when he played for us?

    • WhittakerWalt

      He certainly did.

      • The Real Greg

        But in his defense he was injured or just coming off an injury that year.

    • BigBlueAL

      He hit well in the playoffs at least.

  • nycsportzfan

    What the fuck kinda 2strike pitch was that from Kelley??lol Are u kidding me???lol What a fucking amatuer pitch!

  • Kramerica Industries

    This bullpen, I’ll tell you, has just been STELLAR tonight.

  • Anderson Silva

    Another 0-2 cookie hit for an rbi. This pitching staff blows.

  • BigBlueAL

    Bullpen beginning to leak a bit too frequently lately.

  • Matt

    Romine is just terrible in every facet of the game.

    Yes, Kelley made the mistake, but why in the world are you setting up over the plate on 0-2 with the slider? Why in the world would you even risk it?

    This guy is not a major league caliber player. Literally anyone would be more useful than him right now.

    • Matt

      Even on that throw he had a horribly slow release that almost allowed the guy to steal the base.

      • The Real Greg

        I’d call up JR.

    • http://www.penuel-law.com/ Cuso

      Somebody call Ben Francisco to be backup catcher.

      • Matt

        Can’t be much worse at this point

  • Eddard

    If Phil Hughes can ramp it up in the pen for 1-2 innings he would be just what we need down there. It reduces the reliance on Boone Logan and hopefully means Joba is gone. It seems like a no brainer to me. Nova can fill in as starter until Pineda returns.

    • Dan

      Indeed. And it seems to be one of several no brainers that we agree on but Girardi is very unlikely to set into motion. This is going to be a long season.

      • The Real Greg

        “Going to be”? It already has been.

  • The Real Greg

    And I don’t blame Girardi for leaving Kelley in. He had been pitching well.

  • nycsportzfan

    Joba and Kelley are fucking useless! I’d rather Nova in the pen and Joba or Kelley shipped the fuck out.

  • Winter

    Michael Kay completely missing the PR making his debut… might be the high point of that inning.

  • Matt

    Many thanks to Brett Gardner for sealing the game… for Texas.

    How many of the runs today are due to bad defense? Nix cost Pettitte big time in that 3rd inning as well.

    • Winter

      Considering that Gardner is one of like 2 players who are above league average on the team right now, I have trouble complaining too much.

      • Matt

        Not the first time he has dropped a routine fly ball out this year. Can’t be that sloppy no matter how good you are out there.

    • WhittakerWalt

      Pettitte’s gotta learn to pick up his teammates. When defensive miscues happen behind you, you just have to move on. Don’t pull a Mussina.

  • The Real Greg

    And also now the double switch means absolutely nothing so that decision is taken off.

    But still a bad night for Joe Girardi.

  • Matt

    For hitters that are so aggressive, these guys really pop up a lot of first pitch fastballs right down the middle.

    You would think that if you were this terrible, you wouldn’t go up there and give the pitcher a free out so frequently. Or if you were going up there looking for the fastball, you would at least be a little quicker to try to get the bat head out?

  • Dan

    Don’t you run the risk of ruining Romine’s psyche by leaving him up here too long? He fails in every situation on both sides of the ball. If Murphy keeps hitting in AAA and improves even a little defensively does he get called up before September?

  • Rolling Doughnut

    None of the pitchers had control of the zone. End of story.

    • Rolling Doughnut

      I mean none of OUR pitchers of course.

  • Rolling Doughnut

    None of our pitchers had control of the zone. End of story.

  • Anderson Silva

    If Brian Cashman doesn’t get fired after this season we will know for sure that they have given up on winning. This is an embarrassing collection of players. And the future looks even worse

    • The Real Greg

      I agree 100%.

      • Dan

        If you could choose one of either Girardi or Cashman to be fired right now, who would it be?

      • BigBlueAL

        Cashman has kids too, not worried about him feeding them??

    • Winter

      Because Teixeira’s, Nix’s, Granderson’s first, Granderson’s second, Cervelli’s, Jeter’s second, and Youkilis’s injuries are all Cashman’s fault. Right guys?

      • Winter

        Whoops: I typed Nix when I meant Nunez. Obviously Nix isn’t injured… yet.

      • Dan

        I know what you mean and agree to an extent. But at the same time, Ichiro’s 2 yr deal, Youkalis on 12 million, taking on the money of Wells to replace Granderson after setting the plan into motion of cutting back; the list goes on. The guy has had a bad couple of years now.

        • Winter

          Ichiro’s 2 year deal was a terrible move, I’ll give you that. But he didn’t really have many other choices for the other two (remember that Youkilis is only signed for 2013 and Wells is actually a luxury tax credit in 2014).

  • emac2

    I hope ichiro pulled a muscle rather that Girardi having a stroke.

  • Matt

    Wow, Nathan’s stuff is nothing close to what it used to be. Some of those guys look like they flat out quit in that half inning.

  • Kramerica Industries

    Have to win a Phil Hughes game tomorrow in order to have a winning homestand.

    I’m not liking these odds.

    • Eddard

      The one bright spot is they’re going against Derek Holland, who they usually pound pretty good. That was the old Yankee lineup though, the one that could actually pound people.

      • Dan

        The fact that Phil Hughes gets the start heavily outweighs that particular bright spot however.

  • WhittakerWalt

    Relax, everyone. Hughsie’s gonna bring it home tomorrow.

    /reverselock