Game 77: Clincher



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


  1. Cuso says:

    ***Obligatory opening comment about clenching for a clinching

  2. Dan in Athens says:

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

    • Winter says:

      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 says:

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

  3. Dan in Athens says:

    Than, not then.

  4. trr says:

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

  5. BernieFan51 says:

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

  6. vicki says:

    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.

  7. Eddard says:

    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.

  8. SDB says:

    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?

  9. Anderson Silva says:

    Comon Pettite.. need a DP here

  10. Anderson Silva says:

    they had a chance for a DP but Nix screwed up

  11. SDB says:

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

  12. Anderson Silva says:

    nice escape by AP

  13. trr says:

    Stewart, defensive catcher?

  14. SDB says:

    Damn! Nicely done Andy.

  15. trr says:

    Good job by Andy to wriggle out of that jam

  16. Winter says:

    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 says:

      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 says:

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

  17. nycsportzfan says:

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

  18. trr says:

    Run, Gardner

  19. Anderson Silva says:

    god awful

  20. Hardy says:

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

    • WhittakerWalt says:

      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.

  21. nycsportzfan says:

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

  22. trr says:

    Gardner too timid on the base paths

  23. The Real Greg says:

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

  24. Anderson Silva says:

    meanwhile, Cano is still MIA

  25. teddy says:

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

  26. The Real Greg says:

    I mean Anderson Silva is a prime example of this

    Last night: “FUCK YEAH”
    Tonight: God awful

  27. Wheels says:

    Overbay is at least a competent first baseman.

  28. SDB says:


  29. Eddard says:


  30. Anderson Silva says:

    he kinda crushed that

  31. nycsportzfan says:

    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.

  32. Dan says:

    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 says:

      In what world?

      • Dan says:

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

        • Dan in Athens says:

          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.

  33. Wheels says:

    Overbay has had a great last 5 minutes.

  34. Rolling Doughnut says:

    Just too many HRs on this team ffsake

  35. vicki says:

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

  36. I'mVernonI'mVernon4U says:

    Wooo Overbay.

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

  37. Anderson Silva says:

    wow, what a pathetic play

  38. Cool Lester Smooth says:

    Ugh, really?


  39. The Real Greg says:

    I think that’s Nix’s ball

  40. Dan in Athens says:

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

  41. Wheels says:

    Get out of the way Nix!

  42. trr says:

    Knix you Knucklehead!

  43. sangreal says:

    First Nix ends Mariano’s 2012 season and now this

  44. LK says:


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

  45. Anderson Silva says:

    this Martin guy is really fucking annoying

  46. Anderson Silva says:

    Jayson Nix! What a professional play

  47. Dan says:

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

  48. Guns says:

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

  49. SDB says:

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

  50. Kramerica Industries says:

    Of for fuck’s sake.

  51. The Real Greg says:

    That’s a bad call.

  52. Rolling Doughnut says:

    Fuck Nix what are you doing

  53. Wheels says:

    Professional ballplayer?

  54. The Real Greg says:

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

  55. trr says:

    Trouble brewing here

  56. your mom says:

    He was out fucking ump.

  57. Anderson Silva says:

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

  58. WhittakerWalt says:

    Baseball player strikes again. What a special player.

  59. Anderson Silva says:

    about time he gets a call

  60. trr says:

    Damn that might’ve been low

  61. Guns says:

    What was that 0-2 pitch????

  62. Wheels says:


  63. Winter says:

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

  64. Kramerica Industries says:

    0-2 count.

  65. Anderson Silva says:

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

  66. The Real Greg says:

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

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

  67. trr says:

    Bad pitch. Pettite coughs up another lead

  68. Anderson Silva says:

    alright, game over.

  69. WhittakerWalt says:

    Horrible pitch.

  70. Kramerica Industries says:

    And now 4-1.

  71. Eddard says:

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

  72. I'mVernonI'mVernon4U says:

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

  73. trr says:

    C’mon, only top of the 3rd

  74. The Real Greg says:

    He’s cooked. They need another starter.

  75. WhittakerWalt says:

    Andy’s having a Mussina game.

  76. King George says:

    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.

  77. Rolling Doughnut says:

    The Petitte experiment is not turning out too well.

  78. The Real Greg says:

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

    They just can’t put a streak together.

  79. trr says:

    Berkman looks just like my idiot cousin .

  80. Darren says:

    Stewart’s all emo with those orange fingernails.

  81. Rolling Doughnut says:

    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 says:

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

    • Winter says:

      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 says:

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

    • King George says:

      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 says:

        I agree 100%

      • Mike Axisa says:

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

        Spoken like someone whose memory lasts one start.

        • Rolling Doughnut says:

          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

          • Mike Axisa says:

            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 says:

              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 says:

          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.

  82. Dan says:

    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.

  83. your mom says:

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

  84. The Real Greg says:

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

  85. Dan says:

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

  86. Anderson Silva says:

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

  87. Alkaline2.0 says:

    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.

  88. Rolling Doughnut says:

    Do something good here Robbie.

  89. The Real Greg says:

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

  90. Dan says:

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

  91. Dan says:

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

  92. Ethan says:

    First double of the year?!

  93. Winter says:

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

  94. Dan says:

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


  95. WhittakerWalt says:

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


  96. Dan in Athens says:

    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 says:

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

      • Dan in Athens says:

        So you admit you were overreacting based on limited information?

        • Dan says:

          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 says:

            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 says:

              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 says:

                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 says:

                  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 says:

                    “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 says:

                      “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.

  97. Alkaline2.0 says:

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

    • Dan says:

      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.

  98. BFDeal says:

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

  99. Dan says:

    Perfect spot for a superstar to come through Robbie….

  100. Eddard says:

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

  101. Wheels says:

    attaboy Robbie

  102. Eddard says:

    Who’s that lefty pitching, Boone Logan?

  103. Alkaline2.0 says:


  104. Rolling Doughnut says:

    Keep the line moving guys

  105. The Real Greg says:

    I would consider pinch hitting Wells here for Almonte.

  106. Kramerica Industries says:

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

  107. SDB says:

    D’oh. Swung at ball 4 TWICE.

  108. Anderson Silva says:

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

  109. Wheels says:

    Shit Overbay, ugly whiff

  110. Anderson Silva says:

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

  111. Wheels says:

    Here comes Nix…

  112. Darren says:

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

  113. Dan says:

    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.

  114. SDB says:


  115. Kramerica Industries says:

    Fuck off, Nix.

  116. The Real Greg says:

    Now it’s all on Pettitte.

  117. Anderson Silva says:

    professional ballplayer helping us lose tonight!

  118. Eddard says:

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

  119. BigBlueAL says:

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

  120. The Real Greg says:

    Nothing the Yankees can do. So fucking frustrating.

    • Matt says:

      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.

  121. Dan says:

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

  122. WhittakerWalt says:


  123. Cuso says:

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

    He swings like a busher with men on base.

  124. The Real Greg says:

    When did Claiborne last pitch?

  125. Matt says:

    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.

  126. WhittakerWalt says:

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

  127. Kramerica Industries says:

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

  128. Winter says:


  129. Kramerica Industries says:

    And Jobber is still a worthless piece of shit.

  130. The Real Greg says:

    Not Girardi’s best hour tonight.

  131. Wheels says:

    Fuckin Joba

  132. Duh Injuries says:

    ‘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.

  133. Cuso says:

    Sloppa the hut. That was a lock to happen.

  134. Eddard says:

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

  135. Duh Injuries says:

    *what Nix was and always will and should be.

  136. fabricio says:

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

  137. Manny's BanWagon says:

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

  138. SDB says:

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

  139. The Real Greg says:

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

  140. Frank says:

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

  141. BigBlueAL says:

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

  142. Rolling Doughnut says:

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

    • I'mVernonI'mVernon4U says:

      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..

  143. The Real Greg says:

    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

  144. Wheels says:

    Embarrassing Joba

  145. The Real Greg says:

    And Jayson Nix can go to hell too.

  146. King George says:

    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.

  147. Rolling Doughnut says:

    The three stooges

  148. Brendan says:

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

  149. King George says:

    And where exactly was Shawn Kelley, Joe?

    • The Real Greg says:

      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.

  150. Dan says:

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

  151. Darren says:

    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.

  152. Darren says:

    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.

  153. Eddard says:

    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 says:

      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 says:

      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 says:

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

        • Matt says:

          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 says:

            You’re right.

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

            • Matt says:

              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 says:

                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 says:

                  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.

  154. The Real Greg says:

    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.

  155. SDB says:

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

  156. Tom says:

    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!

  157. BigBlueAL says:

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

  158. Matt says:

    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.

  159. The Real Greg says:

    Now they’ve scored 5 runs.

    • Dan says:

      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.

  160. Alkaline2.0 says:


  161. BigBlueAL says:

    Ichiro is in September 2012 mode!!

  162. SDB says:

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

  163. Eddard says:


  164. I'mVernonI'mVernon4U says:

    2 days, 2 homers. WTF.

    • nycsportzfan says:

      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.

  165. FEED.ME.MORE! says:

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

    • Prisoner of the moment says:

      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.

  166. Alkaline2.0 says:

    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!

  167. Eddard says:

    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?

  168. I'mVernonI'mVernon4U says:

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

  169. Rolling Doughnut says:

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

  170. murg says:

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

  171. The Real Greg says:

    So has the offense sucked tonight or not?

  172. Alkaline2.0 says:


  173. Eddard says:

    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.

  174. BigBlueAL says:

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

  175. Kramerica Industries says:

    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.

  176. nycsportzfan says:

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

    • nycsportzfan says:

      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.

  177. Rolling Doughnut says:

    Good AB Robbie you let him pitch around you.

  178. The Real Greg says:

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

  179. BigBlueAL says:

    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.

  180. Dan in Athens says:

    I hope he wears a cup.

  181. BigBlueAL says:

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

  182. Eddard says:

    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 says:

      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 says:

        More excuses. When will you give it up?

        • The Real Greg says:

          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 says:

            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 says:

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

        • Dan says:

          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 says:

        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.

  183. Wheels says:

    Oof, right in the nads

  184. Bo Knows says:

    Someone will speaking soprano for a while

  185. Dan says:

    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 says:

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

    • BigBlueAL says:

      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.

  186. Winter says:


  187. Kramerica Industries says:

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

  188. The Real Greg says:

    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 says:

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

  189. Dan in Athens says:

    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.

  190. Eddard says:

    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.

  191. Winter says:

    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?

  192. BigBlueAL says:

    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.

  193. Kramerica Industries says:

    And the fucking Orioles come back AGAIN.

    This night just gets better.

  194. Matt says:

    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.

  195. Dan says:

    Too many blown opportunities.

  196. The Real Greg says:


  197. Wheels says:

    Didn’t Berkman suck when he played for us?

  198. nycsportzfan says:

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

  199. Kramerica Industries says:

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

  200. Anderson Silva says:

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

  201. BigBlueAL says:

    Bullpen beginning to leak a bit too frequently lately.

  202. Matt says:

    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.

  203. Eddard says:

    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.

  204. The Real Greg says:

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

  205. nycsportzfan says:

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

  206. Winter says:

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

  207. Matt says:

    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 says:

      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 says:

        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 says:

      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.

  208. The Real Greg says:

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

    But still a bad night for Joe Girardi.

  209. Matt says:

    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?

  210. Dan says:

    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?

  211. Rolling Doughnut says:

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

  212. Rolling Doughnut says:

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

  213. Anderson Silva says:

    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 says:

      I agree 100%.

    • Winter says:

      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 says:

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

      • Dan says:

        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 says:

          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).

  214. emac2 says:

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

  215. Matt says:

    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.

  216. Kramerica Industries says:

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

    I’m not liking these odds.

    • Eddard says:

      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.

  217. WhittakerWalt says:

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


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