Game 87: Make It Six

(Al Bello/Getty)

(Al Bello/Getty)

The Yankees have won five straight, and during that time they’ve picked up exactly zero games on the Red Sox in the AL East race. They have moved into a tie with the Orioles for the second wildcard spot though, and this afternoon they have a chance to leap over them to claim that spot outright. It’s not much in early-July, but hey, sitting in a playoff spot feels better than being on the outside looking in. Here’s the lineup Joe Girardi is running out there against right-hander Chris Tillman:

  1. CF Brett Gardner
  2. RF Ichiro Suzuki
  3. 1B Robinson Cano
  4. DH Travis Hafner
  5. LF Zoilo Almonte
  6. 1B Lyle Overbay
  7. 3B Luis Cruz
  8. SS Eduardo Nunez
  9. C Chris Stewart

And on the mound is 1996 AL Cy Young Award runner-up, left-hander Andy Pettitte. I remember being outraged Pettitte (21-8) finished behind Pat Hentgen (20-10) at the time, but nowadays I’m surprised to see the vote was so close. Hentgen was way better than year.

It is crazy hot and humid in New York right now, and the temperatures are supposed to reach the mid-90s before it is all said and done this afternoon. I love live baseball as much as the next guy, but this is one game I’ll happily watch in my air-conditioned home. First pitch is scheduled for 1:05pm ET and can be seen on both YES locally and MLB Network nationally. Enjoy.

Rotation Update: Hiroki Kuroda (hip) came through yesterday’s bullpen session just fine, so he will start tomorrow’s game instead of Phil Hughes. Hughes now goes Monday with CC Sabathia to follow on Tuesday and Ivan Nova on Wednesday. David Phelps (forearm) was placed on the DL earlier today. Pitching, eh? Just when you think you have too much of it…

Categories : Game Threads


  1. JoeyA says:

    5 game NYY winning streak Mike > 5 game NYY losing streak Mike.

  2. trr says:

    oh God, Nunez

  3. Eddard says:

    I like this lineup. Stewie’s the only weak spot with Nuney back. Win today and return the sweep tomorrow with Hiroki on the mound.

  4. Evan3457 says:

    1/2 game behind the O’s for the 2nd Wild Card.

  5. Dalek Jeter says:

    I love that the team is doing well right now…but fast forward 2 weeks to the ASB. If we’re still doing well and Alex’s return is eminent I can see the stories now “Rodriguez’s Return Spells Breakdown in Clubhouse” “Are The Yankees Better Without A-Rod?” “Is Alex A Distraction?”

    • jjyank says:

      Of course. We’ve been there before. Remember when Cody Ransom was better for the team than A-Rod?

    • SDB says:

      A-Rod could come back to a team going 0-8, and the media would still wonder if it was because of A-Rod’s impending return creating chaos in the clubhouse.

      • Dalek Jeter says:

        Very true. And god forbid he come back and they lose 2 or 3 in a row. He could go 10-10 with 5 homers, 3 doubles, 2 steals, with 12 RBI over the 3 games and it’d still somehow be his fault.

  6. trr says:

    Pitching matchup not in our favor.
    This is gonna be really tough today

  7. Pseudoyanks says:

    Crap, I thought this game was on TBS….?

  8. The Real Greg says:

    Watching Game 6 of ’96. Jimmy Key is one of those pitchers that seems to get lost in the shuffle in terms of 90s pitchers.

  9. Dalek Jeter says:

    I know Phelps just got hurt, but I’d still love to see a trade of maybe Nova for some kind of offense once Pineda is ready to go.

  10. jjyank says:

    From the O’s broadcast “And if they need him, Jim Johnson will be right back out there for a save.”
    Please, please do that.

    • Kramerica Industries says:

      He’s blown, what, three saves now against the Yankees in his last few chances? And remember that he pretty much blew the save in the Jerry Meals game, too.

      • Get Phelps Up says:

        And don’t forget ALDS game 1 that didn’t count as a blown save.

        • Kramerica Industries says:

          Good point. Didn’t even think about that one.

          Yeah. Jim Johnson has been a friend to the Yankees over the years, despite his 51 saves last year. This is why it was bad news when Tommy Hunter was left in to finish the game last Friday.

          • Evan3457 says:

            Up and down.

            1. Pitched well against them in one start and two relief appearances in 2008.

            2. Got beaten like a drum against them in 2009.

            3. Pitched very well against them from 2010-2012 (regular season).

            4. Blew that game 1 in the playoffs, and has been awful since.

            • Get Phelps Up says:

              Nitpick that I can’t not make on number 3: He had a nice big blowup against us in 2011 when Montero his his first 2 home runs.

    • Dalek Jeter says:

      I really hope Buck sticks it out with Johnson as the closer for the entire season.

  11. Kramerica Industries says:

    No deficits in the early innings this time, please.

    That act with the Orioles is pretty irritating by now.

  12. RetroRob says:

    How did O’Neill hit against Ford in Spring Training?

  13. Kramerica Industries says:

    What is Paul talking about?

    Orioles went 8-4 against the Yankees in 1997.

  14. dkidd says:

    i’d like to request an andy win with a mo save, please

  15. Guns says:

    That is a very, very strong man.

  16. Kramerica Industries says:

    For fuck’s sake.

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

    Da fuck?

  18. jjyank says:

    Fuck. I did not think that had enough on it.

  19. The Real Greg says:


  20. Eddard says:

    Jesus Christ, Andy. Don’t throw one to that guy.

  21. SDB says:

    Can the real Chris Davis please return?

  22. Get Phelps Up says:

    Wow that ball sure carried.

  23. Improbable Island's Dirty Midget Whores (formerly RRR) says:

    I wish Andy wasn’t bad. :-(

    • The Real Greg says:

      That’s on Chris Stewart. Why the hell would you set up inside on a 3-2 pitch to the leader in home runs in baseball.

      • Improbable Island's Dirty Midget Whores (formerly RRR) says:

        Oh please. What a ridiculous excuse. The man is over 40 years old and has been pitching in the major leagues since the 90′s, and he threw a shitty pitch. Catchers don’t give up home runs.

        • The Real Greg says:



          • jjyank says:

            Inside voice, Greg.

          • Improbable Island's Dirty Midget Whores (formerly RRR) says:

            Yeah, Andy shouldn’t have done that, and made it a shitty pitch besides.

            But he did.

            Not Stewart.

            Also, all caps doesn’t make you smarter or make your argument better, Greg. It just makes you look kind of ridiculous.

            • The Real Greg says:

              It was a bad pitch. But for a catcher to even consider setting up inside there is ludicrous.

              Go with the breaking ball away.

              Andy did not object so some blame goes to him, but Stewart set the location in the first pace so for him to even suggest it is stupid.

              • Improbable Island's Dirty Midget Whores (formerly RRR) says:

                First off, neither of us are pitchers. If he had made a good pitch, we wouldn’t be having this discussion.

                Stewart plays an extremely small part in this, because he didn’t throw the pitch. Andy did.

                • The Real Greg says:

                  I saw Stewart set up inside. As soon as I saw that, I was like “what are you doing?” Andy has not pitched well and to want him to throw in a danger zone against a great hitter is asking for trouble.

                  I know he made a bad pitch. But he could have made a bad pitch away and Davis would have walked. Instead he makes a bad pitch inside and they score 2 runs.

                  • Improbable Island's Dirty Midget Whores (formerly RRR) says:

                    But he made the bad pitch. Not Stewart. Stewart can’t pitch Greg. Andy can. Andy gave up the home run. Not Stewart. How do you not understand this?

                    • The Real Greg says:

                      I get that. But as I said. If Stewart wanted to locate the pitch away and Andy made a bad pitch, it probably would have been a walk instead of a 2 run homer.

                      The bottom line is that Andy has not been pitching well. So to ask him to make that pitch in that count is stupid.

                    • Improbable Island's Dirty Midget Whores (formerly RRR) says:

                      Maybe, but Andy threw it. It might have been a bad call for Stewart to set up there. I don’t know. I’m not a pitcher. But the fact is Andy threw the shitty pitch. Not Stewart. To give Stewart the blame is dumb.

              • Deathstroke Heathcott says:

                Andy’s a veteran, he could’ve shaken him off if he didn’t think he could make the pitch.

                • The Real Greg says:

                  That’s true. So he does shoulder some of that.

                  But for Stewart to even make Andy think about that is where the problem is. He should have immediately suggested a breaking ball or cutter away.

                  Stewart is the originator of the mistake. Andy let it go by. I tend to blame the origin more.

        • trr says:

          That was lousy pitching by Pettite. Right over the middle of the plate on a few of those pitches. He may be cooked.

      • jjyank says:

        You know Andy has every right to shake off Stewart and select a different pitch/location, right?

  24. dkidd says:

    pee in a cup, davis

  25. The Real Greg says:

    Fucking hell Chris Stewart, you don’t set up inside on a 3-2 pitch to Chris Davis.

  26. Cy Pettitte says:

    these fluke Oriole players are infuriating. can’t wait til he regresses like Johnson.

  27. RetroRob says:

    Warm, ball traveling.

    Davis, Pettitte and Gardner did not think that ball was out…but it was.

  28. Eddard says:

    Stop pitching to the guy. Make Roberts beat you. It’s not that hard.

  29. Pseudoyanks says:

    It’s fun spotting the O’s 2 Runs.

    • Kramerica Industries says:

      It seems like the Orioles are constantly scoring 1st or 2nd inning runs against the Yankees.

      I mean, yes, they have a very good offense. Just that these multi-season trends don’t exactly become easier to tolerate.

  30. The Real Greg says:

    And now all the good feelings from last night are gone in an instant.

    The problem of baseball

  31. Eddard says:

    I never understood the appeal of the behind the plate camera. You can’t see the pitch location. You can’t see anything.

  32. dkidd says:

    so we get another comeback win


  33. Dalek Jeter says:

    “one thing about Tillman is he gives up a lot of homeruns so let’s see if the Yankees can get their share”

    That’s gonna be tough when we have one legitimate hitter who is also a power threat, John.

  34. RetroRob says:

    Let’s hope this is a repeat of last night’s game. Two-run HR and then nothing.

  35. Dalek Jeter says:

    Come on Yanks I need you to win because I’m a fan, and I need you to crush Tillman for fantasy purposes.

    • jjyank says:

      Ditto, since your opponent is right on my heels. Thanks for putting the beat down on him so far for me :P

      • Dalek Jeter says:

        Hahaha, you should thank him. I don’t think he’s checked his team all week. Maholm, Ryu, Gunthrie, and Latos all started for him this week…and they’ve all remained on the bench. Plus he has Braun in his LF spot, Kelly Johnson (LF eligibility) at 2B, and Kinsler on his DL. Plus on top of that he has Scheirholtz starting in CF and a healthy Austin Jackson on the DL.

  36. RetroRob says:

    People who sweat heavily are less likely to pass out from the heat.

    • Dalek Jeter says:

      I guess because the sweat cools their bodies more and their brains don’t overheat?

      • RetroRob says:

        Right. It’s the body’s way to cool down. People who don’t sweat much are more likely to overheat.

    • jjyank says:

      As someone who is a heavy sweater and sweats very easily, this is a very minor consolation in this type of weather :)

    • Kramerica Industries says:

      It’s more likely Mike would pass out because men on television have to wear trousers at all times. More fabric = more heat on the skin.

      • RetroRob says:

        Yet the incredible large size of his head will allow heat to escape trapped in his suit.

        Okay, we’ve jumped the shark.

  37. jjyank says:

    I really hate that MASN doesn’t have a pitch count on the screen.

  38. Guns says:

    Kim Jones woulda killed somebody…

  39. Kramerica Industries says:

    That’s the 3rd straight game where Andy has had some serious fielding miscue.

  40. Guns says:

    Andy Pettitte is suffering from a nasty case of old.

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

    Yuck, Andy.

  42. The Real Greg says:

    And there’s another run. Way to go Andy. Thank you fro breaking this great string of days

    • Improbable Island's Dirty Midget Whores (formerly RRR) says:

      Dude. It’s the second inning. And we’ve actually been winning lately. We even scored this exact amount of runs yesterday.

      Seriously, just watch the damn game or turn it off if you’re not enjoying yourself.

  43. SDB says:

    At least the bullpen’s rested.

  44. Eddard says:

    Andy just doesn’t give us much chance to win anymore.

  45. Tom Q says:

    Sad to say, this is what a typical Andy game has looked like since his return — not necessarily many hits, but fielding miscues and hits with men on base to make the games hard to win.

  46. The Real Greg says:

    I think we found Pineda’s spot. Sorry Andy but we need wins and you’re not cutting it.

  47. Kramerica Industries says:

    I’ll have to flip through Seinfeld to see if Buck ever ditched the windbreaker there.

  48. Dalek Jeter says:

    …Andy :(

  49. Jay says:

    I hate to say it…but Andy looks cooked.

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

    Too early to make the move, but maybe Pettitte can make a good LOOGY.

  51. Eddard says:

    They need a spark. Get a couple men on base and let’s see what Nuney can do.

  52. jjyank says:

    Alright Zoilo! Let’s do something here.

  53. Eddard says:

    That kid knows how to hit. Now drive them home. Nuney should get a chance here.

  54. Kramerica Industries says:


    Don’t fuck this up.

  55. Get Phelps Up says:

    Alright Lyle, now how about some runs.

  56. Dalek Jeter says:

    I would like very much for Luis to Cruz around the bases here.

  57. Eddard says:

    YES! Single them to death!

  58. Dalek Jeter says:

    Man f’ the fans, and f’ Sterling for that foul ball.

  59. jjyank says:


  60. Dalek Jeter says:

    Nice! well done Cruz!!

  61. Cy Pettitte says:

    starting to look more like 2012 Luis Cruz

  62. Kramerica Industries says:

    More runs, please.

  63. Wheels says:

    Way to go Cruz

  64. Get Phelps Up says:

    Alright Nuney, time to make Eddard orgasm.

  65. Eddard says:

    Keep it going, Nuney! Another single!

  66. Improbable Island's Dirty Midget Whores (formerly RRR) says:

    Grand slam?

  67. Cy Pettitte says:

    Overbay WTF

  68. Dalek Jeter says:

    Fuck! Come on Loverbay!! Are you joking?!?!?!

  69. Kramerica Industries says:

    WTF Lyle?

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


  71. Wheels says:

    Damn Overbay

  72. jjyank says:

    Damn it Loverbay. Still, I’ll take the run.

  73. Improbable Island's Dirty Midget Whores (formerly RRR) says:

    Come on Overbay. You gotta be smarter than that.

  74. RetroRob says:

    Bad play, Lyle. You are not fast and he is in LF with a good arm.

  75. Dan in Athens says:

    Uh, Overbay?

  76. Guns says:

    Holy Lyle Overbay that was dumb.

  77. The Real Greg says:

    Not smart Lyle.

  78. SDB says:

    Really liking the Cruz pickup. Cashman failed at failing there.

    At least this is something of a game now…

  79. Improbable Island's Dirty Midget Whores (formerly RRR) says:

    Unbelievable that we’re probably only getting two runs out of this.

  80. Eddard says:

    Nuney got the job done! Not sure what Lyle was thinking.

  81. Cy Pettitte says:

    2 runs with 7-8-9 up is acceptable I guess

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

    WTF was that Stewart?

  83. HK says:

    Why is Lyle Underbay still on this roster? Dan Johnson can’t be any worse, plus he can fake it at 3B.

  84. Improbable Island's Dirty Midget Whores (formerly RRR) says:

    Our offense is so bad.

    I know we might score more. But come on with that.

  85. Kramerica Industries says:

    At least they got two runs out of that. Not too bad.

    Still, Lyle Overbay should never be doing that on a flyball hit on the left side. Even if it is on the “acceptable” out to get thrown out at 3rd base.

  86. jjyank says:

    Well at least they cleared the pitcher’s Stewart’s line up spot.

  87. Dalek Jeter says:

    the top of the order could be coming up right now with 1st and second and 2 outs if it wasn’t for Lyle’s terrible, terrible, baserunning :(

  88. McLovin says:

    I’ll take it.

  89. Cy Pettitte says:

    remember when Stewart was hitting in the .280′s a month ago? lol

  90. Eddard says:

    Andy’s just going to give the 2 runs right back. Get Warren up.

  91. Kramerica Industries says:

    I was calling that a double immediately.

    That was to laissez-faire out there.

  92. The Real Greg says:

    Soon as I saw where that went, I thought “he’s getting 2″

  93. Improbable Island's Dirty Midget Whores (formerly RRR) says:

    Bad Andy makes me sad. :-(

  94. Dan in Athens says:

    Walk Davis.

  95. Kramerica Industries says:

    Jeez. No wonder Adam Jones never draws walks.

  96. trr says:

    Get him out of there!

  97. The Real Greg says:

    Now we’ll see if Stewart and Pettitte have learned their lesson

  98. RetroRob says:

    …maybe that’s why he tried to bunt.

    Throw nothing to Davis. Nothing.

  99. Eddard says:

    Buck’s a smart guy but Davis should be hitting 3rd. Jones should be hitting 6th. And stop pitching to Davis! Make him hit your pitch. If you walk him you walk him.

  100. Dan in Athens says:

    Why is he not walking Davis?

  101. Eddard says:

    That was not a good pitch. Lucky it’s still 3-2.

  102. The Real Greg says:

    Andy got lucky. Davis was just out in front of that.

  103. Kramerica Industries says:

    Andy has given up so many two-out RBI hits of late.

    Not here, please.

  104. Dan in Athens says:

    Bad decision, good result.

  105. The Real Greg says:

    So Andy has given up 2 earned runs.

    I think pitcher’s errors should count as earned runs for the pitcher.

    • jjyank says:

      No, they shouldn’t. The word “earned” there refers to what the hitters earn, not necessarily what the pitcher is to blame for.

  106. dkidd says:

    bend-but-don’t-break andy

    momentum starting to turn

  107. Get Phelps Up says:

    We’re going to win this game.

  108. TomH says:

    Pettitte worries me. He hasn’t had serious command for a while now.

  109. RetroRob says:

    Jones and Machado may be talented, but they don’t talk many walks. Machado is just 20, so I can see both is HRs and walks increasing. Jones is what he is.

    • Dalek Jeter says:

      Machado’s actually 21 today, I wonder if he went out to celebrate last night. 21 and an all-star in NYC for your 21st birthday?! I’d be so hungover on the field I’d barely be able to stand.

  110. The Real Greg says:

    Now 3 for his last 26

  111. Jay says:

    So Cano gets hot for 3 or 4 games and now he’s back to underwhelming. Not exactly the hot streak everyone was hoping for.

  112. Kramerica Industries says:

    Paul O’Neill?

    Oh, look, another double.

  113. Dalek Jeter says:

    Andy is probably my favorite pitcher ever, but…he might be nearing or at the end. I just don’t see them taking him out of the rotation under like any circumstances, I mean this is Andy Freaking Pettitte.

  114. Brian S. says:

    Maybe DL Pettitte until the All-Star break let Warren start. Maybe even Marshall since he’s been hot lately.

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

    Hardy didn’t go?


  116. Get Phelps Up says:

    Wow. Some play by Robinson.

  117. Cy Pettitte says:

    really surprised Hardy didn’t score

  118. Kramerica Industries says:

    Robbie is so good at 2nd.

    Same thing as last time, now. No two-out RBI hits.

  119. Dalek Jeter says:

    So I’m convinced that Sterling has no idea what’s going on. In the past minute or so He’s lauded Gardner’s through, said it was high, then said it was right on the bag, said Gardner was throwing to Hardy, and Hardy beat the throw, then Rymold should have scored on that grounder.

  120. The Real Greg says:

    Stunned that Hardy didn’t go.

  121. Cy Pettitte says:

    that’s infuriating

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

    Dammit Andy.

  123. Kramerica Industries says:

    Nope, didn’t work this time. ANOTHER two-out RBI hit given up by Andy.

  124. The Real Greg says:

    And he lets Taylor Teagarden beat him. LOL

  125. The Real Greg says:

    And now it’s a two run deficit again

  126. Eddard says:

    He let Teagarden beat him. Unbelievable. You can only give up so many lead off doubles and not get hurt.

  127. Robinson Tilapia says:

    Oh Andy.

    Question: About 15 minutes ago, when Ma was reading the scoreboard, did she in fact say Jordan Zimmerman was pitching for the Nats, or did she slip and say “George Zimmerman?”

  128. Eddard says:

    Looked like he was safe at 2nd but we’ll take it.

  129. The Real Greg says:

    Seriously, get him out of the rotation. Put Pineda in his place.

  130. TomH says:

    Damned batting practice pitch to Teagarden.

  131. Kramerica Industries says:

    Coming into today, Andy has been hit to the tune of .286/.375/.452/.827 with RISP and two outs.

    So the eyes seem to match the numbers here.

  132. jjyank says:

    No amount of frustration in this game can bring me down right now. I decided to splurge for lunch and threw a rib eye steak on the grill earlier. I suggest Greg give that one a try. Great way to start a Saturday.

    • The Real Greg says:

      Live in an apartment complex so no real chance to grill outdoors. But I probably will go out for ice cream later.

    • Terry says:

      It would be devastating to lose this game and not go on a 10 game win streak. You need that kind of win streak to erase the bad feelings ever since David Murphy lined the single off of David Robertson in game one of the subway series. They have to sweep Baltimore and then take the first 3 against the Royals.

    • Dalek Jeter says:

      Dude, skirt steak is the way to go. much cheaper than a ribeye or a porterhouse, but it’s so delicious and since it’s so thin it grills up in minutes.

      • jjyank says:

        Yeah, you’re right. I don’t buy rib eyes regularly, but it was on sale when I bought it. I love all steaks. Besides, I use this baller spice rub for it from a Bobby Flay recipe. So good.

      • Robinson Tilapia says:

        Of course. And tell me Chef Plouffy has scoured the net for a good chimichurri recipe.

  133. Terry says:

    Yanks put the wrong pitcher on the DL with Phelps, should have been Andy

  134. Dalek Jeter says:

    …they’re talking about how good of an idea it is to get Wells in the line up against LHP by putting him at first. John, Suzyn, getting Wells into the line up more is not a good idea.

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

      Overbay at 1B against LHP isn’t a good idea either.
      I’m not sure which is worse.

  135. Improbable Island's Dirty Midget Whores (formerly RRR) says:

    When do we take Andy out?

    • Robinson Tilapia says:

      I’m free next Friday. What did you have in mind? Is he free?

      • jjyank says:

        Cost varies. Do you want a lap dance, or will you be taking Andy in the back for a VIP session?

      • Improbable Island's Dirty Midget Whores (formerly RRR) says:

        I hope you’re joking with that free comment. You think skirt steak is expensive, you haven’t tried Andy’s sausage.

  136. Kramerica Industries says:

    Mike, you’re the play-by-play guy. You’re SUPPOSED to be on the mic for the majority of the time.

  137. Kramerica Industries says:

    I’m a suit-and-tie aficionado, I just can’t get along with wearing that kind of stuff on a day like today. You’ll ruin the clothing with the sweat!!

    And, jeez, you know, that shit ain’t cheap.

  138. Robinson Tilapia says:

    Nuney! He did it for Eddard.

  139. Wheels says:

    Nunez back in the saddle.

  140. Eddard says:

    Picking up right where he left off. Welcome back, Nuney. Girardi should let him fly here.

  141. Cy Pettitte says:

    single them to death

  142. Eddard says:

    Alright, Nuney and Stewie have gotten hits. They have to score these guys with 1-2-3.

  143. The Real Greg says:

    I’m okay with that bunt. Gardner has been a bit cold and he almost got a hit in the process.

  144. Eddard says:

    Gardy’s struggling but I don’t like that bunt. Everybody has been hitting Tillman today.

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

    Wow, great play.

  146. Kramerica Industries says:

    Punish them, Robbie.

  147. Cy Pettitte says:

    wouldn’t be surprised if they pitch around Cano

  148. Eddard says:

    That was quite a diving catch by Casilla. Tie the game, Robbie.

  149. SDB says:

    Bloop em to death!

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

    Cheap hits ftw!!!!

  151. jjyank says:

    Yes! Not exactly a rocket, but I shall take it.

  152. Robinson Tilapia says:

    Robbie! Love seeing the team pick Andy up a bit here.

  153. Jim Is In A Game Thread(!) says:


  154. Get Phelps Up says:

    Haha that was the kind of game tying hit the Orioles seem to always get.

  155. Wheels says:

    C’mon Pronk

  156. Dalek Jeter says:

    Let’s go Pronk!

  157. Kramerica Industries says:

    Pronk this motherfucker.

  158. Improbable Island's Dirty Midget Whores (formerly RRR) says:

    But…but Greg told me all the good feelings from yesterday were gone in the first inning!

  159. Eddard says:

    Fastball in to Robbie Cano. Not a good pitch selection. Have a good chance to take the lead here.

  160. The Real Greg says:

    That last at bat Cano flew out to deep left. That might have had an impact on where the LF was situated.

  161. Cy Pettitte says:

    now keep singling them to death

  162. The Real Greg says:

    What the hell was Hafner looking for?

  163. Dalek Jeter says:

    How do you get fooled by a fastball right down the middle with a 2-2 count? I’ve really never understood that.

  164. Kramerica Industries says:

    Damn. I was hoping they could take the lead all at once there.

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

    Shutdown inning please.

  166. Dalek Jeter says:

    That’s how you should pitch Davis. Every pitch should be treated like you’re in a 2 strike count, and nothing should ever be near the inside half of the plate.

  167. Eddard says:

    Just get through this inning and set up Kelley, Drob and Mo 7-8-9. I don’t want to see Logan against Davis and I don’t want to see Joba anywhere near this tie game.

  168. Dan in Athens says:

    How much does Roberts get as a FA? 1 million, plus incentives for each 100 PAs? Someone might get a low risk, high upside deal.

  169. McLovin says:


  170. jjyank says:

    Alright, shut down inning. Now for the lead!

  171. Dalek Jeter says:

    Loverbay Double, bunt Cruz, Sac-fly Nunie. I’d be content with this outcome.

  172. HateMclouth (formerly I'mVernon) says:

    Lyle is a singles machine today

  173. Get Phelps Up says:

    Dickey getting crushed again.

  174. The Real Greg says:

    Not a fan of the bunt here.

  175. Dan in Athens says:

    Joe loves him some bunt.

  176. The Real Greg says:

    But Cruz did a good job to keep that fair.

  177. HateMclouth (formerly I'mVernon) says:


  178. Wheels says:


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


  180. Eddard says:


  181. jjyank says:

    Wooo small ball! Hell yes!

  182. Kramerica Industries says:

    Nunez is back with a vengeance!

  183. McLovin says:


  184. Dan in Athens says:

    Nice WWE flying shoulder block Lyle.

  185. The Real Greg says:

    Overbay scared the crap out of Teagarden

  186. Robinson Tilapia says:

    My god. Eddard just came all over our screens.

  187. Get Phelps Up says:

    I’ve got your tissues right here, Eddard.

  188. Improbable Island's Dirty Midget Whores (formerly RRR) says:

    Kick-ass, Nunie. Kick-ass.

  189. Eddard says:

    Overbay had just the right mentality there. If he’s going to block the plate run him over. You have the momentum.

  190. Kramerica Industries says:

    I missed seeing the Nunez flying helmet charade.

  191. Dalek Jeter says:

    Yay Nunie!!!

  192. Eddard says:

    Have they had a hit today that wasn’t a single? I don’t recall one.

  193. Wheels says:

    Ha, Nunez’s helmet. It’s been a while

  194. mustang (The Has Beens & Wannabes Bunch 2013) says:

    Small ball!!!!

  195. Bo Knows says:

    Someone buy Nunez a chinstrap, has his helmet ever stayed on past 1st base?

    Also, I’m wondering if the ribcage issue was bothering him much longer than he claimed, he seems to be looking better (not just because he’s hitting) than before he went on the DL

  196. Robinson Tilapia says:

    Isn’t it nice when the offense shows up for more than a cameo? This team has it in them.

  197. mustang (The Has Beens & Wannabes Bunch 2013) says:

    There is a big blow (HOME-RUN) coming just has the feel.


  198. Kramerica Industries says:

    Hope one of these lefty bats can get it done here.

    Insurance would be huge.

  199. Dalek Jeter says:

    John and Suzyn are lamenting next season “life without Mariano” like it’s some strange abstract thing, that we didn’t experience literally all of last year.

  200. Get Phelps Up says:

    Brian Matusz, the 4th overall pick LOOGY.

  201. Bo Knows says:

    When people talk about the Yankees having issues with starting pitching, please look at all the high draft picks the Orioles have had that either completely busted or like Matusz; became a loogy.

    Yankees aren’t alone, and it could be far worse

  202. Kramerica Industries says:

    Yeah, no.

    Time to lock this one down.

  203. Get Phelps Up says:

    Right now Davis is only scheduled to come up one more time. Let’s keep it that way.

  204. Eddard says:

    No Joba no Logan. If they send Andy back out for Teagarden and Markakis then have Kelley warming. Kelley-Drob-Mo.

  205. Improbable Island's Dirty Midget Whores (formerly RRR) says:

    I hate the hashtag thing, but this time it feels appropriate:


  206. Tom Q says:

    Am I wrong, or did it look like Nunez was lallygagging his way to 3rd, and would have been safe had he hustled?

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

    They are going to be smart and take Andy out now, right?

  208. Kramerica Industries says:

    Little worried that Andy is STILL in there.

  209. Mick taylor says:

    Nunez should have been safe at 3rd if he was not jogging there

  210. Get Phelps Up says:

    A double play would be nice here.

  211. Dalek Jeter says:

    If Girardi goes to Logan for Markakis here or Davis next inning I will absolutely lose my shit.

  212. Kramerica Industries says:

    Fucking Robbie Cano tye-dye shirt in New York?

    Jeez. About 3,000 miles away from where it should be.

  213. The Real Greg says:

    Strike 3

  214. The Real Greg says:

    And they will go to Kelley to face Machado

  215. Robinson Tilapia says:

    Give Andy a standing O. Bent, didn’t break. Team has the lead. Let’s win this fucker.

  216. Dalek Jeter says:

    I’m sorry, Suzyn, I love Pettitte but 6 2/3rds 9 hits and 4ER with a possible 5th left in scoring position isn’t a “very good” afternoon. It’s not terrible, it’s definitely passable, but it’s not “very good” by any stretch.

    • The Real Greg says:

      Actually it’s 3 ER Remember the error.

      Which brings up the question of whether unearned runs factor into a quality start.

      • Dalek Jeter says:

        Quality Starts are my least favorite statistic in all of baseball. It’s more flawed than pitcher’s W-L record if that’s possible.

        • The Real Greg says:

          I understand that.

          I’m just wondering what the deal is.

        • jjyank says:

          Hey now. Pettitte getting that QS allowed me to take a lead in another fantasy category :D

          • Dalek Jeter says:

            Bold move continuing to start him.

            • jjyank says:

              Yeah I know. I don’t really have a chance to catch him in ERA at this point anyway, so I just want to make sure I keep my leads in IP, and K’s, with a chance to steal a W and a QS.

              I may have to bench Andy next go around though, depending on how my match up is going.

  217. Eddard says:

    Not a great outing but he leaves with the lead. That’s all you can as for.

  218. The Real Greg says:

    Kelley has to get outs here to avoid Boone Logan. Luckily Adam Jones who is behind Machado is a hacker

  219. Dan in Athens says:

    Kelley better be facing Jones. Walk Manny.

  220. nsalem says:

    Kids will chase

  221. Dan in Athens says:

    No strikes. Excellent, Mr. Kelley.

  222. jjyank says:

    Yeaaaahhh Kelley!

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

    Nice job. Big out.

  224. Robinson Tilapia says:

    I love Good Shawn Kelley.

  225. Eddard says:

    Kelley got his man. Good to see Girardi go to Kelley and not Jobber.

  226. The Real Greg says:

    Would consider pinch hitting Wells for Hafner here although Buck will probably have a righty ready to go in that case.

  227. Dalek Jeter says:

    Fantasy related, hopefully Cleveland can hit Sanchez in his first outing since coming off the DL so I can bench Gallardo and just pitch Corbin tomorrow with a chance to sweep pitching.

  228. Dalek Jeter says:

    John lauding the bunt attempt, are you fucking joking? You want your only legitimate hitter bunting in front of a LHH who has problems hitting Lefties?

    • The Real Greg says:

      The Orioles were shifted. It would have been a no doubt base hit.

      • Dalek Jeter says:

        With no chance of it being a double, triple, or homer, all of which Cano has a chance to do whenever he swings the bat.

        • Bo Knows says:

          Or he could have just grounded out into the shift, which happens a lot. A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush, a good bunt is a guaranteed hit when they are shifting.

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

            Not a bad idea as the leadoff hitter in the inning, especially since Robbie doesn’t exactly rake lefties anymore.

            • Bo Knows says:

              Part of the problem is that they are setting him up for the shift. Alot of his peripherals aren’t dissimilar from what he’s done in years past, but his BABIP against lefties is atrocious. With him pulling more, the shift kills his ability to collect hits.

    • Bo Knows says:

      If there going to do the heavy shift, I’d bunt too. if laid down right it was an easy base hit, if stopped or kept rolling into the outfield, its a double. It’ll also help stop teams from shifting

      I liked it, I hope Robbie works on his bunting so next time they try that shift, it’s going to hurt them…..I just wish Teix would have actually followed through with his idea last year to start laying down some bunts.

  229. Kramerica Industries says:

    Hafner, once again, isn’t having a very good day.

  230. Dan in Athens says:


  231. The Real Greg says:

    Just as I suspected. Girardi pinch hits Wells, the righty comes in.

  232. Eddard says:

    Girardi is weakening his defense here with a 1 run lead. Didn’t think he pinch hit with a lead.

  233. The Real Greg says:

    Almonte is hitting only .200 against lefties and combine that with his struggles in his minor league career against lefties.

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

      Wells is hitting only .200 against righties.
      Combine that with his awfulness against righties the past few years.

      And fwiw, Almonte was hitting 281 vs. LHP this year in AAA, just with no power (.270 over the past 3 years).

      • The Real Greg says:

        I think he only hit .212 or something like that against lefties in 2012. So which is the outlier?

        • Bo Knows says:

          And he hit .310 against lefties the year before.

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

          2011: .310
          2012: .217
          2013: .281

          In terms of just avg, I’d say 2011 and 2012 are both outliers, and his .270 avg over the past 3 years is probably closer to his ability level. How that translates to MLB remains to be seen.

          I don’t have a problem with the move. But there’s as much reason to expect Wells to fail against RHP as there is to expect Almonte to fail against LHP.

    • Bo Knows says:

      it’s 15 plate appearances in the MLB, not exactly a lot

      • The Real Greg says:

        That’s why I said combine that with his minor league stats.

        He was good against lefties this year but not the years prior.

        • Bo Knows says:

          And he was very good against them the year prior. There is no available data about his splits prior to 2011 so we can’t just assume he’s a straight platoon bat.

  234. Kramerica Industries says:

    I’d rather go right against left than right against right here. Zoilo’s RHB troubles notwithstanding.

    • RetroRob says:

      The pinch hit I believe was a two-AB move. Girardi probably wanted Overbay up against the righty, so he forced the move that would make it happen. Didn’t work, but I understand it, and even agree with it.

  235. Dan in Athens says:

    That was strike 4.

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

    Strike 5!

  237. Get Phelps Up says:

    Strike 5 you’re out.

  238. The Real Greg says:

    Ump finally called him out

  239. jjyank says:

    Whew. Big K there. Davis scares the shit out of me in that spot.

  240. Dan in Athens says:

    If Davis has been having the last one called a ball this year, I understand where the numbers are coming from.

  241. Eddard says:

    Finally Gerry Meals rings him up. The tough part is over.

  242. Dalek Jeter says:

    It feels like this strike zone is getting smaller and smaller as this game goes on

    AND YAY DP!!!

  243. Dan in Athens says:

    Nice job DRob

  244. The Real Greg says:


  245. Wheels says:


  246. jjyank says:

    ‘Atta boy Robertson. Now just let Mo be Mo.

  247. Get Phelps Up says:

    Nice job, David.
    And the bottom of the order will come up in the 9th.

  248. jjyank says:

    Remember how good the Yankees looked against the lowly Twins? Jays just got shut out by them 6-0. So much for their surge.

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

      So they followed up their 11-game winning streak with losing 9 of 13.

    • Get Phelps Up says:

      They’re just 4-9 since they won 11 in a row. In other words, the same old Blue Jays.

      • jjyank says:

        Yep. Offseason World Champions are the only team in the division under .500. It’s almost as if you actually have to play the games first.

        • Get Phelps Up says:

          And nearly all their question marks which everyone liked to ignore have come back to bite them such as Reyes and Johnson getting hurt and Dickey and Buehrle sucking in the AL. Melky has sucked too.

          • jjyank says:

            I think that whole thing was my least favorite part of the offseason. I’m glad I don’t have to argue with people anymore that the Jays’ question marks are/were just as big as the Yankees’.

  249. Dan in Athens says:

    Stewart – OBP machine.

  250. Dan in Athens says:

    So Hardy, then McLouth and Wieters?

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

    Gardner has cooled off a bit.

    • The Real Greg says:

      I called it.

      • RetroRob says:

        You called a player who was hot cooling off? That happens 100% of the time.

        Gardner for the style of hitter he is can be quite streaky. Hoping he avoids one of those two-month slumps.

  252. Eddard says:

    Shut em down, Mo. Win another 1 run game against the Os and return the sweep tomorrow with Hiroki on the mound.

  253. DERP says:

    Baltimore Orioles ?@Orioles
    Liddi has been optioned to AAA Norfolk. To make room for Liddi on the 40-man roster, INF Russ Canzler has been designated for assignment.


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

      He’d make a lot of sense.
      I suppose he might generate some trade interest or get claimed by a team with a higher waiver priority though.

  254. Get Phelps Up says:

    No Wieters?

  255. Dan in Athens says:

    And now Dickerson. Buck works in interesting ways.

  256. The Real Greg says:

    Mo shut down the Chris Dickerson fan club

  257. Dan in Athens says:

    Fucking huge!

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


  259. jjyank says:

    Man I love watching Mo pitch. I think I legit will cry when he retires.

  260. Get Phelps Up says:

    Ha. Thanks for playing, CDick.

  261. Dalek Jeter says:

    6 in a row, that’s a good feeling :D

  262. mustang (The Has Beens & Wannabes Bunch 2013) says:


    THANK YOU A-ROD!!!!!

    6-0 UNDER HIS MOJO!!!!

  263. nsalem says:

    Mo is better than ever, I hope Scherzer implodes in he second half and Mo get his CYA

  264. jjyank says:

    Now if only the Red Sox would lose a fucking game.

  265. Anderson Silva says:

    could only watch the last inning unfortunately, but what a great W. Let’s return the sweep tomorrow!

    btw, how did Pettitte look?

    • Roadgeek Adam says:

      Went 6 2/3. Still a tad wild and giving up runs. Also had an error, but that’s not the end of the world.

    • jjyank says:

      Shaky. Not terrible. Decent breaking stuff, but spotty command. He held off the big inning though, and gave the Yankees some length.

  266. The Real Greg says:

    Saturday afternoon victories are awesome. You can watch other games without worrying at all.

  267. jjyank says:

    Gotta love the home team broadcast. The MASN player of the game, by 44% of the vote, was Chris Davis. I mean yes, he hit a two-run homer, but he was still only 1-4 and his team lost. Hope that makes you feel better, O’s fans.

  268. RetroRob says:

    Nice win. With Jeter, A-Rod and Granderson (sort of) on the horizon, offensive hope is on the way.

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