Jul
01

Game 82: Crunch Time

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I don’t think it’s a stretch to consider these next 14 games the most important two weeks of the season. The Yankees are stuck playing the Orioles three times next weekend, but the other eleven games are all against the Twins and Royals. The schedule won’t get much more favorable. If they can win nine or ten of these next 14, they’ll remain in the hunt with their injured guys on the horizon. If they lose nine or ten, it’ll probably be time to close up shop and sell at the deadline. Going 7-7 in the 14 games really doesn’t clarify their situation. They either need to win a bunch or lose a bunch.

The first of those eleven against the Twins and Royals is tonight in Minnesota, a place the Yankees typically thrive. They’ve won 12 of the 15 games they’ve played at Target Field since it opened four seasons ago (playoffs included), but those Yankees teams were very different. They could actually score some runs, for starters. History won’t win you anything, but I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t somewhat comforted by New York’s domination of the Twins over the last decade or so. Here’s the lineup Joe Girardi is running out there against southpaw Scott Diamond:

  1. CF Brett Gardner
  2. SS Jayson Nix
  3. 2B Robinson Cano
  4. RF Vernon Wells
  5. DH Travis Hafner
  6. LF Zoilo Almonte
  7. 1B Lyle Overbay
  8. C Chris Stewart
  9. 3B David Adams

And on the mound is one of four 2010 Willie, Mickey and Duke Award winners, left-hander Andy Pettitte. That mouthful of an award is given annually by the New York Baseball Writers Association to a group of players forever linked in baseball history. Pettitte, Derek Jeter, Jorge Posada, and Mariano Rivera took home the honors in 2010.

Perfect baseball weather with no clouds or any threat of rain tonight in the Twins Cities. Because of the whole time zone thing, the game doesn’t begin until a little after 8pm ET. You can watch on YES. Enjoy.

Injury Updates: Jeter (ankle) has started running the bases … Frankie Cervelli (hand) has started taking batting practice … Curtis Granderson (hand) is still limited to playing catch. He can’t swing a bat yet.

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466 Comments»

  1. Cuso says:

    Bring back Pillowpants!!

  2. Manny's BanWagon says:

    Let’s hope that Pettitte can keep the Twins to 3 runs or less.

  3. forensic says:

    Just finished watching The Triple Play game from earlier this year.

    I miss that kind of joy, emotion, and energy from the team and the fans. Obviously, that kind of thing is above and beyond the norm, but there just doesn’t seem to be any sort of emotion or energy with the team these days (and I know, an utter lack of offense can give that impression, but still…).

    Even the sight of Youkilis, Nunez, and Cervelli out there was a touch uplifting.

    • Robinson Tilapia says:

      “We never knew what playing 162 games feels like. We’re used to playing, like, 40″ said a few guys in the lineup.

  4. Leg-End says:

    I feel my eye twitch everytime I see Nix in that two slot.

    • RetroRob says:

      You may think of him as “Jason Nix,” I think of him as the third best hitter in the current Yankees lineup.

      Yikes.

  5. Wheels says:

    Wells batting cleanup.

  6. Robinson Tilapia says:

    DOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOM.

  7. Oy says:

    So, it turns out that Norichika Aoki will become a free agent after 2014. A very good hitter (.284/.371/.733). Only owed 1.5 million next year. This is a player I for whom I would not mind giving up Sanchez.

  8. forensic says:

    Anytime Yovani Gallardo wants to get his head out of his ass and pitch like he should be, my fantasy team would appreciate it.

    • Dalek Jeter says:

      At least only one of the runs is earned-another Gallardo owner

    • Cuso says:

      I had to cut bait. Picked the exact wrong week (2 weeks ago) to do it. But he’s going to crater out again. 3 straight good starts and then he goes home after tonight. Got a feeling he’s going to start getting creamed again – especially at Miller

      • forensic says:

        I’m tempted, but it’s a keeper league and I don’t know if I can just give up on him forever at this point. I’ve only had the team for a few weeks, so it hasn’t worn on me all season at least.

  9. HateMclouth (formerly I'mVernon) says:

    You know what would really calm my nerves the night before an MCAT exam? It starts with “w” and ends in an “n”.

    Okay maybe not, but it would still be really, really, really, nice right about now.

    • forensic says:

      Woman?
      Women?

    • Robinson Tilapia says:

      Oof. Good luck, dude.

      I thought I left standardized tests behind long ago, but I’ll have to study for a licensure exam soon for a license I’ve held in one state for eight years.

      • Kramerica Industries says:

        Standardized tests fucking suck.

        Nothing but agonizing flashbacks to grade school years ensue every time I hear that damn phrase.

        • Robinson Tilapia says:

          Awful, and I can already tell it’s going to be harder for me because I’ve been doing the work for so long that I find myself arguing with the answer on practice questions.

          • forensic says:

            I know our career fields are very different, but that seems to be a common issue. We have certification tests we can do and the questions are based on what certain books tell you, not real life, and it’s really hard to put years of experience aside and remember that stuff (which is often wrong).

            • Robinson Tilapia says:

              Just gotta remember that 75% is pass and that I’ve been in charge of people much dumber than me who have passed it. :)

            • Robinson Tilapia says:

              Also, it is kind of bullshit that I even have to take the damn test just to get licensed in the next state over just because the rules have gotten more stringent in both states since I got it, but it is what it is and you have to play the game.

            • HateMclouth (formerly I'mVernon) says:

              That’s an interesting point.. I know physicians have to retake an exam (the name of which escapes me right now) every 5? years or so to remain licensed. I wonder how actually practicing medicine will affect how well I eventually perform on it.

              That’s waaaaay down the road though, have to worry about the big day tomorrow first.

      • HateMclouth (formerly I'mVernon) says:

        Thanks RT. As an aspiring doctor there won’t be any shortage of standardized tests in my future, that’s for sure. Best of luck on yours!

  10. Kramerica Industries says:

    Things are so bad that even Michael Kay jumped ship.

    Oh, wait, he never goes to those midwest cities.

    • forensic says:

      Singleton and Flaherty sure aren’t going to help that emotion, energy, and joy thing I was talking about before (on the fan side).

      • Kramerica Industries says:

        I’m still between functional laptop computers, so I’m watching this game on the computer that gets zero audio.

        In that respect, I’m spared.

    • Lukaszek says:

      To be fair, nobody really wants to go to the Midwest. There’s nothing there except corn fields and an inflated sense of self-worth

  11. Eddard says:

    11 games over the next two weeks against Minny and KC. If they can’t find a way to gain some ground against those teams then the season is truly lost.

  12. dkidd says:

    just when i’m about to officially give up on the season and commence zen baseball, i learn that a-rod is weeks away and i’m instantly back in “must take three of four from the twins or my life is ruined!!!” mode…

  13. Robinson Tilapia says:

    Does Target Field really have a Best Buy inside it? That’s hilarious.

  14. Winter says:

    “Oh hey, Jim Joyce!”

  15. Robinson Tilapia says:

    Cy Diamond.

  16. Dalek Jeter says:

    Robinson CRUSHED that!

  17. Anderson Silva says:

    4.2 K/9 so of course he K’s the first 2 batters lol

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

    Robbie!!
    Now would be a great time to get hot.

  19. Wheels says:

    Robbie!

  20. Lukaszek says:

    Cano? More like Ca-Yes!

  21. forensic says:

    Nice Robbie! Ripped that one.

  22. Robinson Tilapia says:

    That would have been a hit for anyone who could run faster than a white Molina brother.

  23. forensic says:

    Hafner, not so speedy…

  24. WhittakerWalt says:

    Just checked in and saw that Cano hit a homer. Poor stuart must be despondent.

  25. Cuso says:

    He even knows the best way to get grass stains out of uniforms.

    “Toothpaste.”

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

    Strikes please.

  27. WhittakerWalt says:

    Call strikes, you POS ump.

  28. Kramerica Industries says:

    Andy off to yet another rocky start.

  29. The Real Greg says:

    The sudden collapse of Andy Pettitte has been huge

  30. WhittakerWalt says:

    Andy doesn’t look great, but he’s getting crazy squeezed here.

    • Robinson Tilapia says:

      He worries me. He really does.

      • forensic says:

        He should. He’s been pretty bad for a month or two now and at his age and injury history you can’t just ignore it. Plus, he’s now got himself into a mental problem with his whole ‘should I throw two bullpens or not’ between starts.

  31. B romes says:

    It’s easy to complain about what a monster 8 yr deal for Cano could do in years 5-8… but seriously

    Say he walks,,, how on earth do they get back to 95 wins without him prior to, say, 2017?

    • Robinson Tilapia says:

      That’s not necessarily the reasoning I’d use to re-sign him, and I’m a huge advocate for re-signing him. I think the money could be distributed in other ways if they chose not to.

    • Bubba says:

      They may not get to 95 wins with him in years 1-4, then in years 5-8 they are stuck with another albatross.

  32. Anderson Silva says:

    old man Pettitte is ready to retire.

  33. The Real Greg says:

    And there it goes

  34. Wheels says:

    Well, that lead lasted about 10 minutes.

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

    fucking awful

  36. WhittakerWalt says:

    We’ll miss ya, Andy. We really will.

  37. Kramerica Industries says:

    Really starting to look like Andy should’ve made 2012 his swan song for good.

    Damn. He’s been pretty awful since returning from the DL.

    • The Real Greg says:

      He was great at the beginning of this year.

      You would think that if he couldn’t pitch he would take himself out.

      • Kramerica Industries says:

        The “gamer” mentality works both ways.

        In this case, even if Andy doesn’t physically have it anymore, he’s not going to believe it. Thus, he’s always going to go to war thinking he can do the deed even if his body disagrees.

        It’s just like George always trying to do the best to help the Yankees win, in his opinion, when this micro-managing instead led to countless managers and players leaving town, the Howie Spira/Dave Winfield bullshit, and the complete cliff-dive years of 1989-1992.

  38. forensic says:

    Well…

  39. Anderson Silva says:

    all of a sudden, the only good unit (starting pitching) on this team is not good anymore. On their way to last place!

  40. fabricio says:

    please retire after this year

  41. Dalek Jeter says:

    …sigh.

  42. The Real Greg says:

    If it keeps on raining levee’s going to break
    If it keeps on raining levee’s going to break
    When the levee breaks have no place to stay

    Mean old levee taught me to weep and moan
    Mean old levee taught me to weep and moan

    • Robinson Tilapia says:

      Let a pro handle this, Greggy boy…

      It doesn’t matter if we all die
      Ambition in the back of a black car
      In a high building there is so much to do
      Going home time
      A story on the radio

      Something small falls out of your mouth
      And we laugh
      A prayer for something better
      A prayer
      For something better

      Please love me
      Meet my mother
      But the fear takes hold
      Creeping up the stairs in the dark
      Waiting for the death blow
      Waiting for the death blow
      Waiting for the death blow

      • The Real Greg says:

        I’m all tuned in, I see all the programmes, I save coupons from packets of tea
        I’ve got my giant hit discothèque album, I empty a bottle and I feel a bit free
        The kids in the halls and the pipes in the walls make me noises for company
        Long distance callers make long distance calls and the silence makes me lonely

    • Lukaszek says:

      There is freedom within
      There is freedom without
      Trying to catch the deluge in a paper cup
      There’s a battle ahead
      Many battles are lost
      But you’ll never see the end of the road
      While you’re traveling with me

      Hey now, hey now, don’t dream it’s over
      Hey now, hey now, when the world comes in
      They come, they come to build a wall between us
      We know that they won’t win

  43. forensic says:

    Wow, Morneau looked REALLY safe in live speed.

    • forensic says:

      And he was even more safe on replay. Horrible call by the guy who looks like he’s 12 years old umpiring 1st base.

      Adams can’t sit over there, look at 2nd, take 14 short hops, and THEN throw the ball.

  44. Roadgeek Adam says:

    That was not an out.

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

    Looks like the ump saved Adams there.

  46. Anderson Silva says:

    that looks like a bad call without seeing the replays

  47. Kramerica Industries says:

    That was a pretty awful call at first. Morneau was very clearly safe.

  48. Wheels says:

    Wow, that ump is really young.

  49. Roadgeek Adam says:

    Damn it Ron Gardenhire. You’re an excellent arguer, why weren’t you fighting till ejection?

  50. WhittakerWalt says:

    Horrendous call! Holy shit.

  51. Robinson Tilapia says:

    Not that I want to join the chorus too much, but Andy really has not looked good.

    All I really want is for him to finish the season with his head held high at this point. You have to think this is it, though.

  52. Darren says:

    Should I be happy that YES went to black on Time Warner about 10 minutes ago?

    After a horrible glitch filled ride home on Citibike, I am pissed.

    • Lukaszek says:

      By the way how are those Citibikes? I heard good reviews so far

      • Darren says:

        Good and bad. I’ve experienced a lot of problems, but when it works it really feels like you won the day. Basically, jury’s still out. If it stays this glitchy, it won’t be something you can count on.

        • Robinson Tilapia says:

          Tell me more. I’m not really in a “take a Citibike” phase right now, but I’m certainly glad they’re there.

          • Darren says:

            I’ve done a 24 hour pass 3 times, for a total of maybe 12 individual rides. A few times I got a code to unlock the bike but it wouldn’t unlock. A couple of times I called the info line and it was resolved relatively quickly. Tonight they couldn’t help and three different stations were all screwed up so I ended up having to give up and cab it.

            • Robinson Tilapia says:

              Sounds like the Muni-Meters. :)

            • Robinson Tilapia says:

              BTW, I also love that bike stations aren’t just confined to fancier areas. I’ve seen tons of bikes rather deep into Bed-Stuy. Makes me very happy.

              • Lukaszek says:

                Bed-Stuy? Wow, that’s pretty deep into Bklyn, I’d thought they would’ve stayed in Williamsburg and in Downtown.

                Still think it’ll be a while before I start seeing any pop up in Middle Village

  53. The Real Greg says:

    Wow

  54. forensic says:

    What the hell was that Pettitte???

    You’re making Yovani Gallardo look good right now…

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

    Fucking laughable.

  56. Roadgeek Adam says:

    :|

  57. Kramerica Industries says:

    What the hell was that?

  58. Dalek Jeter says:

    *shakes head* maybe I should play Mass Effect tonight…

  59. Eddard says:

    Andy should just retire after this game. He’s embarrassing himself.

  60. Wheels says:

    Damn Andy, why did you throw it?

  61. WhittakerWalt says:

    As soon as the guy tagged up I had visions of another run scoring on a nubber like in the CC game. And there it is.

  62. WhittakerWalt says:

    No sweat, we just need to score 4 runs! You know, like we do almost never.

  63. Chris says:

    ball don’t lie

  64. Cuso says:

    There’s a part of me that wishes that gift call was saved for a later date. It looks meaningless right now.

  65. Robinson Tilapia says:

    This looks a lot better when it’s the smaller window in my Picture-in-Picture.

    Anything else to talk about?

  66. Eddard says:

    Ivan Nova has won his starting job back, replacing Andy. Pineda waiting in the wings for Hughes or Phelps.

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

      I’m confused. I thought BGDP was an ace. Why would he be replaced?

    • Robinson Tilapia says:

      Hahahahahahahahahahahaha.

      I know you’re kidding, but, unless he volunteers himself out of the rotation, they’re going to need a fork lift to get Andy out of there.

  67. Game Overbay says:

    You know your team is terrible when you find yourself watching “A League of Their Own” instead of actual baseball on your MLB.tv subscription.

  68. Anderson Silva says:

    who do we have for long relief? I don’t think Nova is available, is he?

  69. forensic says:

    42 pitches to get 2 outs (in reality).

    Maybe they need a 3rd long-man.

  70. WhittakerWalt says:

    Come on Zoidberg!

  71. Cuso says:

    “I believe in these guys because I saw them do it for three weeks in April.”

    • The Real Greg says:

      True. And also of course there is nobody else.

      • Robinson Tilapia says:

        …and because the alternative would be not to, which would make it a bit hard to reconcile with that whole “fan” thing.

        • WhittakerWalt says:

          Being a fan doesn’t mean believing the team to be better than they really are. It can mean that, but it’s not a requirement. Having a realistic assessment of your team’s quality doesn’t mean you need to get your Fan Card revoked.

          • Robinson Tilapia says:

            You have to go into the game believing your team has a chance to win it. This isn’t about comparative assessment.

            If you’re going to go into a game thinking your team has no chance, you’re a shitty fan.

            That’s why I said you believe in the team you’ve got because the alternative would be to not believe in them.

            • WhittakerWalt says:

              Sorry man, but you’re not the final arbiter of who is and who isn’t a “real” fan. Being BMOC on a comment thread doesn’t give you that authority. Just because you’ve been coming here for a while and say a lot of smart things doesn’t mean you’re the right kind of fan and others are just the shitty kind. Come off it.

              I bet there are Astros fans who’ve been in love with that team since they were the Colt .45s. Those people are real fans, even if they probably don’t expect a W most nights.

              • Robinson Tilapia says:

                Wow, dude. You just took the most insignificant and simple comment I could have possibly made and turned into everything it wasn’t intended to be by overthinking every bit of what I said.

                So sick and tired of the pissing contests.

                And I’m not coming off of it. Like Jim said about himself this afternoon, I’m damn proud of the kind of fan I am and, if someone can’t deal with that, they can kiss my fucking ass.

                • Robinson Tilapia says:

                  Colt 45 fans probably didn’t expect a win, but they went in there believing they have a chance. That’s all I’m saying. You have to believe there’s a chance. I’m not saying it has to be a little bit of a chance versus a big chance. Just a chance.

                  I really don’t want to get into some net argument with you, FWIW. Would rather really just walk away if that’s where it’s headed.

  72. Wheels says:

    Looks like Overbay’s bat is waking up a little at least.

  73. forensic says:

    What the hell is Stewart bitching about? It was right there!

  74. forensic says:

    Yankees 3rd basemen are the best in baseball at something…

    Not getting hits!

    Way to keep it going Adams!

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

    Too down the middle????

  76. WhittakerWalt says:

    Strike three right down the middle. Twice.

  77. Darren says:

    My picture went dead and I assumed we were down by 5 from all of the comments.

    Have a touch of faith in the all-time Yankees strikeout leader, you dummies.

    • WhittakerWalt says:

      With this offense, being down 2 is like being down 10.

      • forensic says:

        And, Pettitte didn’t even really get 3 outs in the 1st inning. He got quite a gift on Morneau.

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

          To be fair, it absolutely should have been an out.
          Adams just fucked it up, only to be bailed out by the umpire.

      • Darren says:

        So Andy should retire after the game because of bad front office decision and injuries?

        Come on. It’s pathetic.

        NICE ROBBIE!!

        It’s 0-0. Second life, Andy!

  78. HateMclouth (formerly I'mVernon) says:

    Nice rebound inning.

  79. Tom says:

    “Diamond is the pitch-to-contact philosophy personified.”

    Damn you Axisa! Did you forget to mail the series preview to the Yankees lineup again?

    Is it bad that Diamond has pretty much reached his normal 9 inning strikeout quota within the first 2 innings of the game?(though in fairness to Mike, Diamond is trying to pitch to contact, the Yankees are just refusing to make contact by taking strike 3′s)

  80. forensic says:

    14 games in 14 days is a big ad thing now for YES.

    But really, that just means that the team isn’t good or interesting enough for a national broadcast to pick them up and the matchups aren’t good enough for MY9 to pick them.

  81. Robinson Tilapia says:

    Every time you raise your voice
    I see the greener grass
    Every time you run for cover
    I see this pasture
    Every time we’re in a funk
    I picture a different choice
    Every time we’re in a rut
    This distant grandeur

    My tendency to want to do away feels natural and
    My urgency to dream of softer places feels understandable

    The only way out is through
    The faster we’re in the better
    The only way out is through ultimately
    The only way out is through
    The only way we’ll feel better
    The only way out is through ultimately

  82. Pistol pete says:

    This could be the worst team in baseball. We have only 1 true everynday position player. The great start for Wells, Overbay and Hafner were short lived. We have a bunch of utility players, minor leaguers, and formally let go players starting for the Yankees. It going to be a tough few years after 18 wonderful years. Yanks need to be sellers at the break.

  83. Tom says:

    A much needed, nice quick inning by Andy there… hopefully that settles him down.

  84. Robinson Tilapia says:

    “I’m going to have to beat these fuckers on my own” – Robinson Cano

  85. Anderson Silva says:

    good Robbie is a joy to watch.. oh man!!

  86. The Real Greg says:

    Holy Moses, he’s back.

  87. Wheels says:

    How about that

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

    Robbie 3. Twins 3.

  89. Kramerica Industries says:

    FUCKING ROBBIE CANO!

  90. Rizi Walnutz says:

    Yes Ca-No!!!

  91. forensic says:

    Nice Robbie!

    Maybe he’s finally tired of looking pretty close to crap and wants to finally win a few games again.

  92. WhittakerWalt says:

    throw him a parade…
    not a superstar….
    handshakes and 10 year deals………..

  93. Wheels says:

    And Wells again, what’s this?

  94. Eddard says:

    They rallied! They rallied! 6 runs is a realistic goal!

  95. forensic says:

    Hafner, still not so speedy…

  96. B romes says:

    Once again, how do you NOT sign Cano and expect to win squat until 2017 or so

    Please dont talk to me about a potential albatross from 2018-2020… the Arod/Teix/CC contracts will all be off the books

    • forensic says:

      By reinvesting the money among several potential positional/pitching upgrades instead of on one guy who’s almost become a statistical platoon player (despite the homers tonight off a reverse split guy) and who could drop off a cliff replacing the expiring contracts as the new albatross.

      • B romes says:

        like who exactly? how did the money spent on Youk and Wells (like 20 million combined) work out this season

        People think it’s easy to just spend 10 million on this guy, 5 million on that guy, and another 5 million on that guy… it’s not, often times you are better off giving the GREAT player 20 million

        • forensic says:

          Sure, if you think Robbie is that guy, go for it. I just don’t feel that way.

          And I can’t tell you who to spend it on because other GM’s don’t call me to tell me who’s available and you don’t know who’ll actually be FA’s after each of the next 4 years.

        • Robinson Tilapia says:

          Oh give me a break, pal. You act as if that’s the first time this front office has been given money to play with.

          I’m all for paying the man and dealing with the victory lap later as well, but Youk and Wells aren’t indicative of jack shit.

    • trr says:

      More Money in fewer years?
      F the salary cap

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

    Please try to at least maintain the tie for 1 inning Andy.

  98. forensic says:

    The kids in Charleston are going to eat pretty well the next couple of days.

    But I’m sure the media will get on A-Rod for not buying them all cars or something too…

  99. forensic says:

    They ripped the ball that inning, but at least they didn’t score.

  100. Rizi Walnutz says:

    Is there room for Pineada?

  101. WhittakerWalt says:

    Serious at-em balls in that inning, but I’ll take it.

  102. KD says:

    Robbie increasing his trade-value tonight!

    • Robinson Tilapia says:

      Spoken like a true fan there.

      • KD says:

        You bet. for many years. this team has to rebuild. we all know that. he’ll be on the open market next year and he’ll be no more expensive to us if we trade him to a contender for prospects now.

        • Robinson Tilapia says:

          I have to really question someone who watches those two home runs and thinks “trade value.”

          I wouldn’t take the chance of having coming back after a trade for prospects for a million years.

          I trade him if the team believes they don’t have a chance to re-sign him by the deadline. If you truly believe you’re going to re-sign him, you hold onto him.

          This team has to rebuild but, as was said on one of the threads this afternoon, rebuilding for the New York Yankees isn’t going to mean what it means for other teams.

  103. Anderson Silva says:

    I like Zoilo’s aggressiveness on the bases

  104. fabricio says:

    dam you suck adams

  105. Kramerica Industries says:

    WHY MUST WE BE REMINDED OF LATROY HAWKINS!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?

  106. The Real Greg says:

    Gardner’s cooling off a bit…

  107. Crime Dog says:

    Holy crap Jayson Nix is terrible. Just plain bad.

  108. your mom says:

    So it looks like Cano’s getting hot. Unfortunately the rest of the team still sucks.

  109. Rizi Walnutz says:

    jog jog jog jog jog – I guess we have to live with that with RC

  110. DavidAdamsIsGod says:

    Crushes 2 bombs in his first 2 ABs

    Doesn’t run out what should have been a close play in his 3rd AB…smdh

    Robby Cano

  111. Pistol pete says:

    How good,a hitter is Cano.

  112. WhittakerWalt says:

    Jayson Nix should probably not be trying to pull the ball so much.

  113. Get Phelps Up says:

    Derek Jeter bobblehead day should really be on July 9 so it would be on the 2 year anniversary of DJ3K.

  114. Bo Knows says:

    holy hell are those eyes creepy, I wonder how many people are tempted to chase Doumit away with fire?

    Seriously that dude looks like one of the Demon’s from Supernatural

  115. Lukaszek says:

    14 games against the Twins, Orioles and Royals. If this was 2011, anything worse than a 12-2 trip would be unacceptable

  116. Robinson Tilapia says:

    Not one mention of Andy surpassing Whitey on here.

  117. WhittakerWalt says:

    This ump is terrible.

  118. forensic says:

    Trafner?

  119. Kramerica Industries says:

    I must be fading in and out of consciousness right now. I’m not even sure what that last half-inning was.

  120. forensic says:

    See what a Singleton/Flaherty combination along with this offense does?

    This place is a ghost town now…

  121. Kramerica Industries says:

    …and there it goes.

  122. Eddard says:

    Andy just gave up the fatal 4th run and that’s the ballgame. They ain’t throwing another pitch within 3 feet of Robbie Cano.

  123. Wheels says:

    bummer

  124. The Real Greg says:

    That seemed to be a good pitch. Also I don’t blame Girardi for leaving out there and going batter to batter. Unfortunately the batter got on all four bases.

  125. your mom says:

    Congrats to Andy…….on the K record.

  126. The Real Greg says:

    When did this pitching staff start giving up more than 3 runs a start?

    They had the best ERA in the AL only a few weeks ago.

    • Cuso says:

      They were 15+ games over. 500 only a few weeks ago.

      • The Real Greg says:

        And that was with the struggling offense. The pitching has declined majorly.

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

        12 games over was their high, fwiw

        30-18 on May 25. At that point they were averaging 4.33 r/g and giving up 3.73 r/g.
        In the 33 games since, they’re averaging 3.09 r/g and yielding 4.45 r/g.

  127. Kramerica Industries says:

    Remember when we all had that kinda-sorry feeling for Twins fans because they just knew that the Yankees would beat them in the playoffs every single time regardless of the quality of each team?

    Too bad the Tigers made us feel like Twins fans the past two years. That AL Central is one triangular bitch.

  128. Eddard says:

    The only Yankee starters who have given up less than 4 runs in the past week are Ivan Nova, Hiroki Kuroda and Phil Hughes. Nova lost 3-1. Phil lost 2-0. Only Hiroki won vs Darvish 4-3. That’s their only W in the past 8 games.

  129. forensic says:

    It’s great that they won that game on the Flaherty hit. But it’s quite possible that that hit is the only reason we’re still subjected to listening to him.

    Was it worth it? That’s a tough question…

    • Kramerica Industries says:

      That was in 2004.

      In regards to Yankees/Red Sox, it ended up being a completely irrelevant footnote in Yankees/Red Sox history, alas for us.

      No, I won’t answer that question. I’m damn near certain that’s a rhetorical question.

      • forensic says:

        Yeah, it’s pretty much a landslide.

        If Jeter had let that foulball drop and they get another chance, maybe it never even gets to that point. :-)

    • WhittakerWalt says:

      Def. not worth it.

  130. Kramerica Industries says:

    The Yankees are, what, 42-39 right now?

    What’s comical is that the fucking Tigers are 43-38. That team pisses me off as a baseball fan. Probably the best roster in baseball, and once again those fuckers are just coasting because of a crappy division, and will probably only try playing baseball again in September when they actually have to.

    Last year, they went to the World Series despite only having the 7th best record in the AL. Fuck them.

    • Lukaszek says:

      I hate them too. How do they even draw so many fans, Detroit is practically half empty.

      I also hate how since 2010 they’ve had two Triple Crown winners, a Cy Young, two MVPs, a no-hitter (should’ve been two really), a crapload of exciting walk-off wins, and a World Series appearance despite finishing seventh in wins. Their fans have everything

      Kind of makes me angry, especially since we haven’t seen a no hitter in 14 years, never seen a Cy Young season, never seen a Triple Crown, etc

  131. Robinson Tilapia says:

    In my hour of need
    Ha you’re not there
    And though I reached out for you
    Wouldn’t lend a hand

    Through the darkest hour
    Grace did not shine on me
    It feels so cold, very cold
    No one cares for me

  132. WhittakerWalt says:

    Clear them pitcher’s spots.

  133. The Real Greg says:

    I would think about pinch hitting Ichiro here, although the only problem is that you waste two spots on your ridiculously short bench.

  134. Anderson Silva says:

    Nix hitting second = runs left on base

  135. Crime Dog says:

    Would really like to see Ichiro here

  136. Kramerica Industries says:

    Just in time for Jayson to Nix this opportunity.

  137. The Real Greg says:

    Also it looks like Ichiro is being given a full day

  138. The Real Greg says:

    Are you serious, Joe?

  139. Tom says:

    And reason 458 why Jason Nix and his now sub .600OPS should not be hitting second… lefty, right, reverse split, slow pitch softball – he is simply not one of the best hitters in the lineup.

    And late in the game Nix/Cano/Wells = get Nix out/walk Cano/get Wells out (with a righty reliever)

  140. Matt says:

    Anyone who thinks this team will be close enough to make a run once the injured players return with this roster is deluding themselves.

    They can’t touch Scott Diamond, who is one of the worst pitchers in the American League this season. Outside of 2 Cano home runs, he has made them look silly.

    If the Yankees don’t trade for a hitter or two, and NOW, they are going to be too far out before anyone comes back. And by far back, I’m guessing at least 7-8 games if not more out of a playoff spot. You can’t wait until close to the deadline with this team. If you do, you might as well sell because you are done.

    • The Real Greg says:

      To be fair to the offense, 3 runs is pretty good and you can win games scoring 3 runs. Hell Texas did it to us. And they scored 2 runs.

      But other than that, you are valid.

      • Matt says:

        Stop with this nonsense. 3 runs in an American League game is not good. Most teams average 4 or more runs per game, even the worst in the league.

        And not only that, but this is Scott Diamond, one of the worst pitchers in the entire league.

        The offense has been a disgrace. Just because Texas won a game scoring 2 runs, it doesn’t mean you should be proud of this offense. If the Yankees weren’t garbage, they would have probably lost that game.

        • The Real Greg says:

          I’m not proud of this offense. I’m realistic. It is what it is. This offense is bad. The pitching needs to step up to make what few runs the Yankees score count.

          Take Friday for example. Yankees had a 3-0 lead in the seventh. They should win that game.

          • Matt says:

            Again, that is ridiculous. You can’t expect the pitching to throw shutouts every night to bail out this offense.

            The Yankees last year were 6-13 when scoring 3 runs. 6-9 when scoring 2. 0-12 when scoring 1. You cannot expect teams to win games like that. The offense has to contribute more. Even last year’s Rays team was 12-16 when scoring 3 runs.

          • Matt says:

            This is nearly the worst offense in the league. No pitching staff could step up to win these kinds of games. NONE. You are not even close to being realistic. Unless they had Johnson and Schilling of 2001 pitching 3/4 of their games, this is a sub .500 team right now as constructed.

      • Matt says:

        The only way the Yankees could win games with this offense is for their pitching to be nearly lights out, meaning throwing shutouts or allowing just 1 or 2 runs. That’s simply not a reasonable expectation to have of pitchers in the American League.

        Games like 3-1 or 2-0 are games that you have stolen with unusually good pitching. Even good teams rarely win those games.

        • The Real Greg says:

          Then they’re gonna suck.

          I will remind you though that the Yankees have had this bad offense throughout the season and had the best ERA in the AL a few weeks ago. So don’t tell me that these pitchers can’t do it.

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

            The offense has been much, much worse of late.

            http://riveraveblues.com/2013/.....nt-6479008

          • Matt says:

            DUH. That is the freaking point. They are going to fall out of the playoff race if they run an offense like this out there until the guys come back. NO MATTER HOW GOOD THEIR PITCHING IS IN THAT STRETCH.

            And the Yankees are well under .500 since the month of April in which their offense massively overachieved. This is not a few weeks, this is two months. This is who they are. Their current roster is awful. Their pitchers couldn’t do it without the offense because NO PITCHERS can carry an offense this bad.

  141. Kramerica Industries says:

    Oof.

    Jobber time. Buckle down.

  142. forensic says:

    Neither Robertson or Mo have pitched in a month (I might be off by a day or two, but that’s pretty close) and Claiborne hasn’t pitched in awhile either…

    So of course Joba has to pitch in another one-run game.

    I don’t think he’s nearly as bad as he’s been lately, but he has been that bad lately and there are plenty of other options.

    Hate this decision.

  143. Eddard says:

    Cashman probably couldn’t trade Jobber for a couple pizzas right now with the way his stock is plummeting. I’d be afraid Joba would eat them before the trade was consummated.

  144. your mom says:

    Joba with the awesome lead-off walk.

  145. Wheels says:

    I thought Plouffe crushed that at first.

  146. Rolling Doughnut says:

    Just got here to see Jobber get the long fly out. They can’t miss now.

  147. The Real Greg says:

    And of course, as we get on Girardi’s back, Joba gets a DP and throws a scoreless inning. Cue the broken clock referenct

  148. The Real Greg says:

    And they pitched to him.

  149. Crime Dog says:

    If you’re gonna pinch hit for the guy, maybe don’t bat him 4th.

  150. Wheels says:

    Awesome Ichiro

  151. Rizi Walnutz says:

    jog jog jog double

    • The Real Greg says:

      Eh, You’re down by a run with a crappy offense. Don’t take the chance.

      • Mikhel says:

        You’re wrong, when your offense is crappy you need to get the extra base, that RF beat himself when he slid head first, he gave Canó the chance to get to 3rd base, but since he was jogging, he was just at 1st base when the ball was in the wall.

        When you have a team with good offense you don’t risk because you can wait to advance station to station.

  152. Anderson Silva says:

    we are in business now! let’s win this

  153. forensic says:

    Thank you Twins for still employing Ron Gardenhire.

    Bringing in a righty to face Cano? Seriously? And then actually pitching to him instead of around him???

    LOL!

  154. Matt says:

    Pinch hitting Ichiro so he can bunt as one of their hottest hitters and give away an out with one of the worst offenses in the league? This team is bad but they compound it with stupidity.

  155. forensic says:

    Fundamentally sound Twins!!!

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

    Thanks Twins.
    Yankees need all the help they can get.

  157. The Real Greg says:

    Well the Twins are just being the Twins

  158. Eddard says:

    Get that 5th run home and get up Drob and Mo! They might have a chance here!

  159. Kramerica Industries says:

    Holy shit. We’re tied!

  160. Mikhel says:

    In the time it took Canó to get from 3rd base to home, Ichiro went from 1st base to 3rd base…

  161. Anderson Silva says:

    fucking pronk, they better score the 5th run right here

  162. Eddard says:

    They need a wild pitch or another error for that 5th run to score.

  163. Tom says:

    We can call that offense right?

  164. Matt says:

    Hanging slider right down the middle. What does Hafner do? Pops it up barely past second base. This is pathetic.

  165. Wheels says:

    woohoo!

  166. Kramerica Industries says:

    BIG Z!

    Fuck yes.

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

    What is that strange looking number in the Yankees run total?

  168. Anderson Silva says:

    very nice Zoilo!

  169. Eddard says:

    Zolio! They’ve got a lead in the 8th! It’s up to the pen now.

  170. Roadgeek Adam says:

    I call that a lead.

  171. Rolling Doughnut says:

    Yay!

  172. Jack P says:

    Almonte!!! Hell yea lets get this shit rollin!!! call up JR Murphy and we’re all set with our promising youngsters… cant do worse than stewart and romine

  173. your mom says:

    Holy shit! We took back the lead? Minor miracle!

  174. Matt says:

    The excitement in the Yankees dugout? What? They all look like they are ready to fall asleep in there.

  175. The Real Greg says:

    Say goodbye Matt

  176. WhittakerWalt says:

    WTF Hafner?

  177. Eddard says:

    I can’t believe they even attempted to pitch to Robbie Cano after what he’s done all game. Buck, Maddon, any of those guys pitch around him.

  178. Tom says:

    Seems odd that Gardenhire would bring in the lefty NOW when Cano and Hafner were 2 of the first 3 hitters)

    But,hey thanks Ron!

  179. Robinson Tilapia says:

    Nice job by Zoilo. Maybe he actually is able adjust back to the league in the way Adams hasn’t yet.

    • The Real Greg says:

      Been waiting to use this one

      I don’t mind other guys dancing with my girl
      That’s fine, I know them all pretty well
      But I know sometimes I must get out in the light
      Better leave her behind with the kids, they’re alright
      The kids are alright

      • Robinson Tilapia says:

        Guess who just got back today?
        Those wild Eyed boys that’ve been away
        Haven’t changed, Haven’t much to say
        But man i still think them cats are crazy
        They were askin’ if you were around
        How you was where you could be found
        Told ‘em you were livin’ downtown
        Driving all the old men crazy

        The boys are back in town, the boys are back in town

        • Jack P says:

          Awesome song by The Real Greg (I’ve seen The Who sing that live)

          On the otherhand Robinson that is one of the most overplayed horrible classic rock songs to ever exist, in my humble opinion :)

          • Robinson Tilapia says:

            Isn’t everything overplayed on classic rock radio, though? They don’t change their rotation much.

            • The Real Greg says:

              True, but the choices can be varied.

              • Robinson Tilapia says:

                I actually am pleasantly surprised when I find that classic rock station that found some of the 80′s and 90′s worthy enough.

                Those stations are the ultimate fallback for me at this point, as in “I’m out of town, in a rental, and left the auxillary cable for my IPhone back home.” I’ve heard those songs TOO MANY TIMES for the most part already.

          • The Real Greg says:

            IMO the best song they do live is “Magic Bus” because Pete gets into his bartering routine.

          • Lukaszek says:

            No such thing as overplayed rock. Unless you’re talking about the nine minute borefest known as “American Pie”. I never understood why people love that song so much

  180. WhittakerWalt says:

    Hated the bunt by Ichi, but shit we got the lead.

  181. ThisTimeMatt says:

    When do we release Hafner? When he goes below .200?

  182. Tom says:

    “squeeze” another run home (hint hint)

  183. forensic says:

    Good read and hustle, Zoilo!

  184. Cuso says:

    What is happening right now does not compute.

  185. Wheels says:

    Well, that was the best inning in a while.

  186. your mom says:

    Never thought I’d say this but ARod please hurry back, Adams needs more seasoning at AAA.

  187. ThisTimeMatt says:

    The Yankees have six runs. Party now, while it lasts. And party HARD.

  188. Anderson Silva says:

    Time for Drob and Mo to lock this down

  189. WhittakerWalt says:

    There’s a very strange-looking number in our Runs column.

  190. forensic says:

    Hopefully we don’t get rusty Robertson and Rivera now.

  191. Tom says:

    So basically one well hit ball (the Canoe double) and they probably had no business scoring that inning.

    Almonte’s single looked like an out if the infield isn’t in (had they not botched Ichiro’s bunt)

    Thank goodness for those fundamentally sound Ron Gardenhire teams.

  192. ThisTimeMatt says:

    Why do you think the Yanks didn’t have interest in Xavier Nady who was hitting over .300 at AAA and recently acquired by Colorado?

    • WhittakerWalt says:

      I would say because we already had him once and he stunk, but the reality is he’d be a great improvement over most of our lineup.

    • Robinson Tilapia says:

      I wouldn’t buy much into the AAA stats. That goose has seemed cooked for a while now.

      In other words, he’d fit right in.

      Tip your waitress.

    • forensic says:

      Because it’s Xavier Nady, which is the same reason 27 other teams didn’t.

      And because they’ve seen that movie already.

  193. WhittakerWalt says:

    Knock it off, Houdini.

  194. your mom says:

    I sure as shit hope DRob isn’t our closer next season.

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

      I have a suspicion you’ll be disappointed no matter who it is.

      • your mom says:

        Not if Mo came back. Or “Mr Un-tuck”.

      • Tom says:

        I hope it’s not Robertson – I’m a firm believer in replacing the guy who replaced the legend. Hopefully they extend Robertson, get a fillin next year, let DRob continue to pitch the 8th (which a lot of times is higher leverage) and then move him to closer down the line.

        Whoever pitches the 9th next year is doomed to fail (or be perceived as a failure) no matter how well they pitch.

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

          I agree.
          Especially since it seemed like when DRob got the first shot to replace Mo last year, he hadn’t yet gotten over the mental hump of moving to closer. I think he can handle it, but I think there’d be an adjustment period where he’ll struggle a bit. And the media/fan response to that could potentially turn it into a disaster.

          • Robinson Tilapia says:

            To his defense, he got hurt before he was able to show whether that was a blip or not.

            • Tom says:

              Oh certainly – there is no doubt he can close. Just he’s pretty much doomed to failure the first time he blows a save. I’d rather have some other guy carry that weight.

              The other real tangible benefit of keeping him as the 8th inning guy, is you won’t get the save the closer for the save opportunity garbage and he will be used in high leverage spots in tie games, even down a run. Make him the closer and he’s not pitching in a lot of spots.

              • Robinson Tilapia says:

                I’ve certainly heard that on here before. You’re not the only one who feels that way.

                I’d love to see him rise to task, though, and prove there doesn’t need to be a middleman – he is the man.

    • Robinson Tilapia says:

      He’d probably be no different than Wetteland.

      • The Real Greg says:

        John Wetteland 2.0 copywrighted.

      • WhittakerWalt says:

        I still remember people got pissed when we didn’t re-sign Wetteland. Pretty funny in hindsight.

        • Robinson Tilapia says:

          I may have been one of them. I can’t even remember at this point.

          Even though we were there, and saw it with our own eyes, my memory sometimes wants to put Mo in that moment. If it wasn’t for that iconic shot of Wetteland with his fist up, I’d have probably completely done so.

          • WhittakerWalt says:

            Wetteland was pretty good for us, except when facing the Mariners. Unfortunately, the Mariners were our chief nemesis in those years. Griffey hit a walkoff job against him in the ’95 season, then another one against him in the playoffs. Then there was the Edgar Martinez grand slam in those same playoffs. Ugly days.

        • Mikhel says:

          I wanted Wetteland to set-up Mariano that very same 1996, Rivera showed good stuff as a reliever in 1995 when he was moved from his starting partial role (even though he had a pretty good game as a starter, I think it was Vs The Los Angels of Anaheim of California).

    • forensic says:

      Ready to have your mind blown…

      Robertson actually has a lower WHIP than Mo this season.

      Who would’ve thought that?

      • Robinson Tilapia says:

        That is pretty crazy.

      • Tom says:

        That’s only because Mo has been blooped to death this year

        His BABIP is at .333, despite being one of the few pitchers who has been able to defy league average BABIP’s over a long career (.264)

        Watching some of the crap he’s been giving up this year, it’s not that surprising.

        • forensic says:

          I know, but even beyond that he’s been much more hittable this season than in year’s past and the fact still stands.

        • WhittakerWalt says:

          Yeah, he’s given up a ton of hits and virtually none of them have been hard-hit.

          • forensic says:

            Not so sure how true that sure. There have certainly been some dying quails in there, but his LB% is the highest it’s been in a basically full season since 2002.

            There are some hard-hit balls mixed in there.

            He also has his highest walk% since 2005.

            And, for what it’s worth, his GB/FB ratio has been steadily dropping since 2008.

    • Bo Knows says:

      Why not? He’s one of the best relievers in the league, very few guys are better than him.

  195. Cuso says:

    Dirty Dee Rob

  196. your mom says:

    I’d like to Joba as our closer next season.

  197. Wheels says:

    Holy shit, that was close Nix

  198. The Real Greg says:

    And there goes John and Suzyn

    • WhittakerWalt says:

      For once I don’t have to listen to those simpletons, and I’m glad. The downside is I do have to listen to Flaherty.

  199. forensic says:

    It’s too bad Gardner has cooled off so much…

  200. ThisTimeMatt says:

    Mo should pitch till he’s 50.

  201. The Real Greg says:

    IT’S RAINING CATS AND DOGS!

  202. forensic says:

    Heh, this is the kind of crap that had been happening to the Yankees for the last month or two…

  203. Kramerica Industries says:

    We might see double digits for only the FOURTH time all year.

    QUICK – last time the Yankees scored 8 runs or more in a game? GO!

  204. Jack P says:

    A’lmontes making me a A’believer!

  205. mustang (The Has Been & Wannabes Bunch 2013) says:

    Weeeeeeee!!!!

  206. your mom says:

    This looks like one of those dogshit Oriole rallies.

  207. Rizi Walnutz says:

    Minnie so-so. The cure for what ails you.

  208. WhittakerWalt says:

    Overbay’s ABs against lefties still give me a sad.

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

    Overbay 3/15 now this year getting runner in from 3rd, < 2 outs.

    That's rather pathetic.

  210. Bo Knows says:

    Why couldn’t every team have the Twins organizational philosophy of only drafting guys who throw upper 80′s, pitch to contact, and don’t strike guys out.

    If they did, yankees would be #1

  211. mustang (The Has Been & Wannabes Bunch 2013) says:

    I love you A-Rod !!!!!

    Just the idea is creating offense.

    LOL

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

    Walk Chris Stewart with the bases loaded.

    lmfao

  213. The Real Greg says:

    THEY’VE DONE IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  214. Wheels says:

    Double digits!

  215. Robinson Tilapia says:

    THE LIGHTNING FEET OF TRAVIS HAFNER

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

    Doumit is a rather awful defensive catcher.

  217. forensic says:

    Hafner, speed-demon.

  218. mustang (The Has Been & Wannabes Bunch 2013) says:

    Proof that even as bad as its been it can always be worse.

  219. forensic says:

    I would once again like to renew my application to move the Yankees to the AL Central.

    Dealing with the Tigers more is well worth the trade-off of dealing with the rest of these crap teams more.

  220. flamingo says:

    Let’s play the Twins every day for the rest of the season.

  221. Anderson Silva says:

    How many FBs down the middle before Adams can get a hit? He’s terrible

  222. Dan says:

    Hey everybody. Just got back from the Nationals game. It was great. I came away loving Bryce Harper and Jordan Zimmerman even more, and being even more against ever bringing Aramis Ramirez aboard. Also, Lucroy seems like a good all around player. Don’t know if he’s a realistic get though.

  223. Tom says:

    Girardi clearly should have gone to Logan, who might have been a good teammate and turned it into a save sitaution for Mo.

  224. Anderson Silva says:

    Its always Nice to see Mo pitch. Great way to end the night!

  225. forensic says:

    Joba gets the win?

    He’s a starting pitchah!!!

    /couldntresist

  226. Robinson Tilapia says:

    THAT was sorely needed.

  227. mustang (The Has Been & Wannabes Bunch 2013) says:

    A WIN!!!!!!

  228. WhittakerWalt says:

    Too bad Cano isn’t any good, right stuart?
    ……..

    …..

  229. your mom says:

    Thank you Twins for pretty much giving us this game.

  230. forensic says:

    Thank you AL Central for being so terrible. Maybe these next two weeks won’t quite be the death knell yet.

  231. Get Phelps Up says:

    Nice win and congrats to Joe Girardi on his 600th win.

  232. nsalem says:

    Sucks for CC having to pitch like the game is on the line when the score is 1-0 in the third inning, but it’s a reality. Wonder if this will have an effect on the starters as the year drags on.

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