Jul
09

Game 90: More Than A Split

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The Yankees dropped the first game of this four-game set against the Royals last night, meaning the best they can do is win three out of four. That would be great, but it won’t be easy. Another loss tonight, which would be their third straight, means they’d be left with a split at best. I want more than that. Here’s the lineup that will face former Rays right-hander Jamie Shields:

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

And on the mound is left-hander CC Sabathia.

Tonight’s weather is expected to be just like last night’s weather, which means some rain might show up some time around the fourth or fifth inning. That might be a bit of a problem for the pitching staff. The game is scheduled to start a little after 7:05pm ET and can be seen on YES locally and MLB Network nationally. Enjoy.

Injury Update: Curtis Granderson (hand) still has not been cleared to start swinging a bat. The original diagnosis called for him to miss four weeks, but we’re already in week seven of the DL stint.

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443 Comments»

  1. trr says:

    Sometimes I find myself repulsed by Meredith Marokovits. Those roots don’t dye themselves, sister…

  2. The Real Greg says:

    By the way, guess who hit home run #22 off of Jon Lester last night?

    Hindsight very much needed, but that tradeoff could be the main root of impotence in the lineup, other than the injuries.

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

      FALLACY

    • Robinson Tilapia says:

      Ibanez looks like Voldemort…
      His absence is the impotence of the team…

      Dear God…..GREG IS A HORCRUX!

    • Rolling Doughnut says:

      You’re saying that letting IbaƱez go is the main reason our lineup sucks? Really?

      • The Real Greg says:

        Considering injuries and the fact that Hafner can’t play the field and that Ibanez can, which limits the bench and the moves that a manager can make.

        Then you look at the stats comparatively and it’s in Ibanez’s favor

        Ibanez 42 wRC+
        Hafner 31 wRC+

        All that combined is a big dropoff. Even more so than Martin to Stewart IMO.

        • The Real Greg says:

          And it’s not the main reason. The injuries are the main reason. I said that in my original thought.

        • forensic says:

          I like how you keep using Ibanez’ defensive prowess as part of your argument…

          • The Real Greg says:

            Usually it would be a disadvantage. In this case, its a huge advantage.

            If he can’t hit, Travis Hafner is worthless as a player. He clogs up the roster.

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

              That’s true of Ibanez as well.
              Playing poor defense doesn’t add value.

              • The Real Greg says:

                Not usually. But this team is so weak offensively, I think they would trade the better bat and a bit of versatility for poor defense.

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

                  If he’s hitting.
                  Your premise was if Hafner isn’t hitting he’s just clogging the roster – which is true.
                  The same is true when Ibanez isn’t hitting.

                  • The Real Greg says:

                    Except Ibanez is hitting, which is where the hindsight comes in.

                    And I said hindsight had to be considered greatly.

                • forensic says:

                  Have you looked at any of their roster moves? They haven’t taken the bat over defense at all.

                  • The Real Greg says:

                    And the net result is a crappy offense because the replacements have problems hitting. Imagine that.

            • forensic says:

              It’s not an advantage. It’s more damage he does to the teams chances to win.

              • Robinson Tilapia says:

                …since no one in their right mind would put Travis Hafner out on the field, yet Raul Ibanez still gets put out there. Exactly.

                I shudder to think the kind of trade a 1987 George Steinbrenner would make right now to get Ibanez back.

                • The Real Greg says:

                  Versatility is more important to this team because of the injuries then great defense all around.

                  Having a DH that can play the field opens up other options of lineups and pinch hitting opportunities/

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

                  Who would be the modern Jay Buhner equivalent?
                  Tyler Austin?

  3. Robinson Tilapia says:

    Don LaGreca is basically suggesting public beheadings of PED users in order to save baseball from the apocalypse.

    Sadly, not all of the paraphrasing I did there was exagerrated.

    • The Real Greg says:

      What technically would be the apocalypse of baseball?

      • Winter says:

        I’m pretty sure it’s Roger Clemens and Barry Bonds coming out of retirement to play on a team with A-Rod and Braun. At least maybe that’s what LaGreca thinks.

      • Robinson Tilapia says:

        “New Yankee Manager: The Real Greg.”

        • The Real Greg says:

          The signs would be more interesting. Elvis swinging hips combined with the Hustle for stealing bases.

          • The Real Greg says:

            Just think Leslie Nielsen in manager form.

            • Robinson Tilapia says:

              Fan #1: (flipping through channels) “Hey, where’s the game? It was supposed to start at seven?!?!”

              Fan #2: “Eh, Greg forfeited the game after Verlander through a first pitch strike.”

              Fan #1: “AGAIN?!”

              • Rolling Doughnut says:

                You have captured the essence of Greg’s psyche. Well done sir.

              • The Real Greg says:

                No, it would be if they scored first.

                “Oh they scored a run. Come on boys, let’s go”

                • Robinson Tilapia says:

                  Please. You’d look up at the fucking sky and be all, like, “Something doesn’t feel right. I’m sensing a negative vibe” and go home. We’d be 400 games out of first place.

                  On the bright side, you’d debate the ten greatest rock groups of all time with Michael Kay every Sunday on the YES Network.

  4. Winter says:

    Some sad news: Chase the Bat Dog passed away today.

    There was a good RAB post about his retirement ceremony a couple days ago here.

  5. EndlessMike says:

    Aroid will be suspended after the All-Star break. The idea that MLB isn’t targeting Arod and Braun for PEDS is why this site and even Mike Francesca still think Arod is a option at third and will play this year.

    Arod is gonna speak to the MLB this Friday and than will suspend him.We need to get Young for third.

    • Deathstroke Heathcott says:

      The appeals process will be slow and long. Even if A-Rod gets handed a suspension, he won’t be serving it this year.

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

      They’ll almost definitely TRY to suspend ARod and the others.

      Whether they will actually succeed after appeal is a big question, and one which may not be resolved anytime soon.

  6. Zack D says:

    Shields is pitching? Automatically must comment how Girardi must have switch hitters bat righty against him

  7. Wheels says:

    Another game with Flaherty in the booth. Sucks

    • forensic says:

      Yeah, really. Having to watch the offense most of the time is bad enough, do they really have to pile on more crap like that?

  8. Pseudoyanks says:

    I am now sporting a Joe Girardi haircut…Yanks can’t lose.

  9. Robinson Tilapia says:

    Good on Ian Desmond. Give him your vote.

  10. forensic says:

    That sure looked like a gift.

  11. Anderson Silva says:

    Favorable K zone for CC. Lets see if he does well with that.

  12. forensic says:

    Nice job Gardy and Ichiro! Must be time to sit them again, they must be tired after having to run on the bases…

  13. Robinson Tilapia says:

    Well this is a nice little start.

  14. Terry says:

    No way the Yanks win tonight. None.

    Granderson will be back next year; he’ll accept the QO and rebuild his value.

  15. The Real Greg says:

    “OK boys, we’ll keep playing. We got a chance”

  16. Wheels says:

    Way to go Robbie

  17. forensic says:

    Nice Cano!

    CC has a 1-0 lead. He has to finish the shutout now or it’s his fault that they lost.

  18. Robinson Tilapia says:

    This is the way this lineup is actually supposed to function.

  19. forensic says:

    That sure was a pitiful AB Hafner.

  20. Anderson Silva says:

    Hafner is a fucking joke… time to get rid of his sorry ass

  21. Capo says:

    Man, things are bad when it’s a relief that Hafner struck out rather than hitting into a DP.

  22. forensic says:

    Hate holding up Ichiro there.

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

    The Hell? We’re winning? I seriously thought we were losing as I read through the comments.

  24. dkidd says:

    yeah, john. thompson held him up because of lyle overbay

    where’s david cone?????

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

    Overbay is awful in these situations.

  26. Pasta Stumbling Sojo says:

    I just joined and am saddened to see that I missed that thoroughly enjoyable comment thread about Greg being the Yankees’ manager. Very well done by everyone.

  27. forensic says:

    And that’s why I hate holding up Ichiro. Overbay isn’t exactly someone you can depend on getting the run home.

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

    dammit

  29. Wheels says:

    Sigh, 1 run is better than nothing

  30. Anderson Silva says:

    scoring only one here is really pathetic. It can’t be this hard to find a decent DH and 1B.

  31. SDB says:

    At least there’s no shutout, but damn was that disappointing.

  32. Robinson Tilapia says:

    Robbie Thomson holding up Ichiro may have the lasting power off IBB’ing Sean Rodriguez.

    • Robinson Tilapia says:

      “of”

      Also, if Shields gets his act together after this, I’m taking Thomson out with my own bare hands.

  33. Crime Dog says:

    Overbay: .247/.295/.434
    Hafner: .220/.317/.414

    Not much difference in the two, yet Hafner gets it a lot worse than Overbay. Both guys need to be better.

  34. BigBlueAL says:

    Even in an inning when they score my reaction to that inning is how awful they are offensively lol.

  35. The Real Greg says:

    BaBIP and crappy offensive decisions- the definition

  36. Cy Pettitte says:

    ok, time to make that 1 run hold up for 8 innings, lol.

  37. stuart a says:

    4 hits and 1 run.

    productive outs missing par the course.

    ouch..

  38. Robinson Tilapia says:

    Tell me it was at least a nice catch on Nunez’s fly ball. Give me that.

    • The Real Greg says:

      Yeah. He hit it pretty hard. Cain is a quick son of a gun

    • Wheels says:

      It was pretty nice, nothing spectacular.

    • Dalek Jeter says:

      Cane made it look relatively routine, but Nunie drilled it right on the screws and Cane had to go a long way to make it…but he was fast enough to make it look easy. If they had Granderson out there, it would’ve been a bases clearing triple.

  39. Frank says:

    That may have been Yanks’ best chance tonight.

  40. Dalek Jeter says:

    That was a really nice play by Cruz…and all they’re rambling about is the fucking All-Star voting…I honestly don’t care beyond a “it would be cool” standpoint if Robertson’s an all star, and I couldn’t give less of a shit about Steve Delabar or Ian Desmond.

    • Robinson Tilapia says:

      Desmond’s wearing his socks high in support of D-Rob, so your ass better care there, Plouffy.

  41. Cy Pettitte says:

    this strike zone is comically large tonight

    • forensic says:

      It only seems to be that way for CC though. Seemed like Shields didn’t get similar calls in the 1st inning.

  42. forensic says:

    It’s amazing how often this team advances only one base on a single. Not having a powerful team is one thing, but at least do better running the bases. It’s like an epidemic with them. The same thing happened in the 9th inning last night with terrible baserunning by Overbay.

  43. Eddard says:

    Ideally you’d want BGDP to match up with BGJS, but I guess we’ll have to settle for CC Sabathia tonight. Nova made the 1 run lead hold up, CC can do the same. Once Shields settles in they won’t do a damn thing. The time to get him was in the 1st.

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

    Don’t hit the ball anywhere near Cain.

  45. Dalek Jeter says:

    Wow…Cain is good.

  46. The Real Greg says:

    And another hard hit out for Cruz.

  47. dkidd says:

    babip hates cruz

  48. Robinson Tilapia says:

    This Lorenzo Cain is pissing me the fuck off. Wasn’t he the “guy we HAVE to trade for OR ELSE” for a week once?

  49. The Real Greg says:

    Stewart now has the second highest OBP in this lineup

  50. forensic says:

    What the hell? YES just went out for me. This sucks. At least it’s at the bottom of the order so I may not be missing much.

  51. Robinson Tilapia says:

    Well, they’re still hitting him hard. They really need to make this count early before Shields figures it out, if he does.

  52. The Real Greg says:

    Chris Stewart has a higher OBP than Brett Gardner.

    Let’s think about that….

  53. Dalek Jeter says:

    My real question for the All Star game…how is Hiroki Kuroda not there?

    • forensic says:

      It’s funny when you listen to other teams announcers and they make it clear that they have no idea whatsoever what they’re talking about.

      The Angels’ announcer were talking about the Yankees all-stars and that other than Cano and Mo, nobody on the team is even worth discussion to make the team. CC was the next closest guy according to them.

      There are like 3 or 4 guys who would be more worthy than CC.

      • Dalek Jeter says:

        *Shakes Head* That’s…disappointing. According to fWAR Kuroda is the 11th best starter in baseball.

  54. dkidd says:

    i hope david adams is learning to play first base

  55. Robinson Tilapia says:

    I’m blaming Robbie Thomson for everything from here on out.

  56. Terry says:

    Memo to Yankees brass

    you need more than singles hitters

    do a better job constructing a team in the future and reacting to injuries (you get a Morse and Young instead of a Wells and Youkillis, geez )

    • Robinson Tilapia says:

      I would not include fragments inside parentheses, or utilize the word “geez,” in an official memo.

      I really need to close this office up soon.

      • Egg Latherer says:

        I use fragments inside parentheses (e.g., right here, over there, everywhere) all the time. Geez.

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

      Or get actual good players instead.
      Not sure why you’re so upset they didn’t get replacement level players.

  57. Kevin G. says:

    That slide by Stewart was so illegal, he was nowhere near being able to touch the bag.

    Also, Miguel Tejada’s still playing? What the hell?

  58. forensic says:

    Sandler sounds like he’s stoned.

  59. dkidd says:

    can adam sandler please do the color for the rest of this series?

    • forensic says:

      heh, he was actually more monotone than Flaherty. Maybe a couple good one-liners would make it worth it though.

  60. McLovin says:

    Adam Sandler!

  61. Wheels says:

    Mute button activated.

  62. Dalek Jeter says:

    Angel “I AM BIG AND IMPORTANT BECAUSE I AM AN UMPIRE. Hernandez

  63. forensic says:

    It’s not a coincidence, Kay. Hernandez is easily one of the worst umpires in baseball.

  64. HateMclouth (formerly I'mVernon) says:

    RRR is right, I thought we were losing too based off the comments too. We should have a RAB contest where you guess the score based off the thread. That would be fun.

    Can anyone explain why MLB can just do what the please and hand A-Rod a 100 day suspension if this is his first time?

    • Winter says:

      A lot of this suspension stuff seems very shaky. I think it’s 50 days for using steroids (although they don’t have any test results) and 50 days for lying about it.

      This whole thing has APPEAL written all over it in big, bold, italic letters just like that. Maybe even bigger.

    • Tom says:

      They are trying to make up some reasoning that both Braun and Arod lied to MLB so that is one offense, and the (presumed) use of stuff from Biogenesis is the 2nd offense.

      I really don’t see how they can make that fly.

  65. Anderson Silva says:

    3 innings, 2 DPs

    • forensic says:

      And the failure in the 1st inning. Shields is begging the Yankees to take a big lead and the offense just refuses to accept it.

  66. The Real Greg says:

    Zoilo not going the way of Puig.

  67. Kramerica Industries says:

    Jeez.

    Shields has been pretty awful tonight, but the Yankees can’t break it open. This is not a surprising development.

  68. stuart a says:

    7 baserunners thru 3 innings for the yanks and 1 run.

    we have seen this movie before.

    if sabathia is not great they will lose.

  69. Winter says:

    Just got back, what Angel Hernadez related drama did I miss?

  70. forensic says:

    Those platformbreathe commercials are very disturbing. Someone is way too interested in a young girl wearing something like that.

  71. nycsportzfan says:

    That Double play just took the life outta me. I just want to scream, “fuuuucccckkk!!!”

  72. dkidd says:

    munson and mattingly!

  73. BigBlueAL says:

    Im sure I will regret this soon but I no longer hold my breath any time a ball is hit to Nunez.

  74. Dalek Jeter says:

    CC’s very quietly having a great game so far.

  75. The Real Greg says:

    Cain is like a vacuum out there

  76. BigBlueAL says:

    Cain is annoying the shit out of me tonight.

  77. Anderson Silva says:

    fuck this Cain dude… what a pain in the ass

  78. Dalek Jeter says:

    BABIP shall now and henceforth be known as Batting Average on Balls Hit to Cain. BABHC

  79. Egg Latherer says:

    Sliding/diving catches are like hanging on the basketball hoop rim after a dunk shot. Tasteless showboating that should be penalized with a technical foul.

  80. The Real Greg says:

    Hasn’t been all the Yankees fault tonight because Cain has robbed them of 3 hits and at least 2 runs.

    But still the offense should get some blame

  81. nycsportzfan says:

    This is fucking boring.

  82. The Real Greg says:

    Overbay has to make that play.

  83. Anderson Silva says:

    shitty with the bat, shitty with the glove

  84. Lukaszek says:

    Cano has 26 walks and 13 strikeouts since June 1st. Just puttin that out there…

    • The Real Greg says:

      He’s recognizing that other teams are not going to let him beat them….except for the Minnesota Twins.

    • forensic says:

      A good bit of them are intentional, but it is also nice to see that he realized he’s not required to swing at every single pitch.

  85. Wheels says:

    Cruuuuz

  86. Dalek Jeter says:

    Kay definitely plays favorites with his calls…if Nunez, or Nix, or Jeter, or even A-Rod makes that play he’s screaming about it and there is 8 replays before break…but that’s the second really nice play Cruz has made tonight. At least Kay stopped what he was talking about this time to make the call.

  87. Dalek Jeter says:

    Fuck this guy. Fucking Lorenzo Cain.

  88. The Real Greg says:

    That’s 4 robbed hits.

  89. forensic says:

    Somebody should tell the Yankees to stop hitting the ball toward CF.

  90. forensic says:

    Hurry up! 2 more outs and then call the game.

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

    A rain out now would be just fine.

  92. Kramerica Industries says:

    Well, even when they were good, the Twins were always equal-opportunity AL East blowhards.

    I guess I can’t really be that mad when they bend over backwards for the Rays.

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

    Good, now get through the inning and cancel the game.

  94. The Real Greg says:

    Lorenzo Cain has not only saved the Royals some runs, he has saved Shields’ pitch count

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

    Fuck.

  96. Kramerica Industries says:

    Oh flying fuck.

  97. Cy Pettitte says:

    for fucks sake

  98. forensic says:

    A radio show, two Centerstage’s, and a Yankees game.

    Kay really needs to get a few more jobs.

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

    That’s probably game. And yes, I know that only tied it. It’s still probably game.

  100. Eddard says:

    And CC just blew the ballgame. I knew he couldn’t hold the 1 run lead. Nova did. Kuroda did. Make it stick just once.

  101. The Real Greg says:

    The Yankees are incapable of throwing at least 1 close shutout this year.

  102. forensic says:

    Damn, why didn’t they call the game before that???

  103. Dalek Jeter says:

    fucking right down the middle.

  104. forensic says:

    It’s funny how Flaherty has to turn everything into a conversation about the catcher.

    Kay talks about how tough it is to pitch when your offense sucks. Boom, Flaherty has to say that it’s so tough for the catchers too.

  105. Frank says:

    1-1 game. Advantage Royals.

  106. Offense limp says:

    Damn. Tie game Can we get more than the obligatory one run per game?

  107. The Real Greg says:

    Pirates: 4 1-0 victories half of which came against Detroit.

    Yankees: 0 1-0 victories

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

      I’ll take Pointless Stats for 500, Alex.

      • The Real Greg says:

        Probably. It just seems embarrassing to have the Pirates be better than us at a winning statistic., even if they are a better team.

    • forensic says:

      Yankees: 1 14-1 victory

      Pirates: 0 14-1 victories

      This is fun. What’s next?

    • Pasta Stumbling Sojo says:

      To be fair to Greg, this does seem slightly out of the ordinary, at least for the AL. The Yankees have no 2-0 or 1-0 shutouts, and I think Boston, Detroit, and Minnesota are the only other AL teams that don’t either.

      That being said, most other teams have just 1 or 2 such games, and obviously this stat is meaningless anyway.

  108. Dalek Jeter says:

    You couldn’t at least give up the homer to Hosmer, CC?

    /fantasy baseball’d

    • forensic says:

      heh, and as I check my team I sat Alex Rios because he’s facing Verlander. Of course, he’s now 2-2 with a triple.

      This can be so annoying sometimes.

      • Dalek Jeter says:

        I’m trying the “no tinkering” strategy, because I just destroyed my opponent last week, going 14-1. We’ll see how it works.

        • Winter says:

          I’m pretty sure I’d start cutting fingers off if I couldn’t tinker.

          • Dalek Jeter says:

            You have no idea. I rebuilt my line up 7 different times at work today only to put it back to the one that’s started for me the last 8 days before games started.

          • forensic says:

            Me too. It’s part of the allure. I keep saying I should do the opposite of what I think is right, but never actually do it and then stuff like this happens.

  109. The Real Greg says:

    This would be the time that I would be considering to rant at Angel Hernandez.

  110. Kramerica Industries says:

    Watching the Rays, watching the Orioles…

    man, it sickens me that I am now jealous watching teams that can actually hit the ball.

  111. your mom says:

    We really shouldn’t bitch about CC. Our offense is a piece of shit.

  112. Robinson Tilapia says:

    You should have sent Ichiro, you fuck.

  113. The Real Greg says:

    Now tell me, wouldn’t you rather have Ibanez hitting there?

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

      No. I’d rather have Miggy hitting there.

      • The Real Greg says:

        And honestly, seeing what the Tigers gave up for him, we could have matched that easily.

        • Crime Dog says:

          The Yankees had two top 15 prospects? Gimme a break. Just because Miller and Maybin didn’t turn into studs doesn’t mean the Yankees could’ve even come close to that offer.

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

            Joba and Hughes + some filler might have done it.
            Hughes was #4 on the 2007 list. Joba #3 on the 2008 list.

  114. Anderson Silva says:

    Hafner, please go to hell

  115. Kramerica Industries says:

    Figures.

    They couldn’t take advantage of Shields when he was off, and now they can’t touch him.

  116. forensic says:

    It’s amazing what’s happened to Hafner. Sub-.600 OPS for the last 2+ months.

    That’s almost a Wells-ian level of suck.

  117. The Real Greg says:

    I mean it can all be said over and over, Cashman needs to be let go. Those people at the stadium don’t deserve this shit.

    • Robinson Tilapia says:

      BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!

      You don’t know the depths of baseball suckitude. This is nothing. Bitch, please.

      • Crime Dog says:

        Imagine this lineup with the mets bullpen, twins pitching, and rays stadium. That’s suckitude right there.

  118. Robinson Tilapia says:

    I’ll go there. Bobby Fucking Meacham, you bum.

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

    God dammit CC.

  120. Robinson Tilapia says:

    Cue Matt in 3…2….

  121. The Real Greg says:

    And this game is OVAH

  122. forensic says:

    Ugh, Butler again.

    It’s sad that this game really may be over at this point.

  123. Kramerica Industries says:

    FUCK.

    That’s probably the game. Fuck this offense.

  124. Frank says:

    And there’s your game ladies nd gentleman. CC another flameout.

  125. Egg Latherer says:

    That’s Cano’s fault

  126. Karl Krawfid says:

    This team sucks.

    We were so damn fun to watch early on.

    Now just ugh.

    • nycsportzfan says:

      I’ve been watching Dead man down why the games been on. Kinda ironic in a way..lol But very strange feeling, having my attention taken away from a yankees game by a freaking movie.

      • Robinson Tilapia says:

        You are forgiven.

        I can be distracted even when they’re winning.

        • nycsportzfan says:

          Ya, but its very sad to me. I’ve been watching these guys since 1990, and this is the team that has taken my attention away more then any other, including that 1990 team(prob because i was 9.lol).

  127. Eddard says:

    CC blew the game against Tampa despite being spotted a 3 run lead. The offense bailed him out.

    CC blew the game against Baltimore despite being spotted a 3 run lead.

    CC has now blown another lead. He has got to hold onto these leads when he gets them. Nova made 3 runs stick against the Os. Hiroki made 1 run stick against the Os. Make it stick. That’s what aces should do.

    • Frank says:

      He’s not an ace. He’s a well paid 2-3 at this point in his career.

    • Rolling Doughnut says:

      The TB and O’s games are on him but 2 runs in 7 innings–assuming he doesn’t give any more here–is not too shabby.

    • forensic says:

      Nova never pitched with 3 runs on the board in his game.

      If the Yankees scored 3 runs in this game, CC would still be leading.

  128. Winter says:

    Man, this game is killing me both as a Yankees fan and as a fantasy player. CC (on my fantasy team) is managing to pitch badly again (ok, not “badly” yet, but not stellar either), and the one Royal on my team is 0-3. So I may have a chance to see both the Yankees and my fantasy team fail!

  129. Robinson Tilapia says:

    This would be a good time for rational people to take a really long leak that lasts until the Yankees the lead again and/or tomorrow.

    We will never forget, Thomson.

  130. Egg Latherer says:

    I’m going to say it: yeah, giving up two homeruns is worse than not giving up two homeruns, but this is on the offense. Your pitcher isn’t going to be perfect every night. If your pitcher gives up runs, think of that as the “control”, the variable we can’t change. It’s just a fact, pitchers are going to give up runs sometimes. The offense needs to “step up”, or even ‘step the fuck up’. They are the variable that can be altered. The batters need to step up and hit to the score. It’s just what you have to do. This isn’t on CC, this is on the shit offense. And the 3rd base coach, wtf was that.

  131. Kramerica Industries says:

    What the fuck was that, Robbie?

  132. Kramerica Industries says:

    Homeruns or not, Sabathia just pitched a 7/2 outing against the Royals, at Yankee Stadium.

    Let it sink in for a moment that this will probably result in an “L”.

  133. BigBlueAL says:

    The Yankees are currently losing 2-1 in the 7th inning, on the verge of losing their 3rd in a row while scoring 1 run in each game (possibly their 2nd 2-1 loss in 3 games too) and CC is the one getting most of the blame for tonight??

    • Kramerica Industries says:

      Seriously.

      I’m the first person to jump on a pitcher with a tendency to give away leads given to him, but, holy shit, it isn’t exactly an indictment on a pitcher giving up the lead when they were only given one run to work with.

  134. Robinson Tilapia says:

    Rum, white grape juice, fresh lemon juice, muddled red grapes.

    Needed some sweetness, still.

    Straight bourbon up next.

  135. Mike Axisa says:

    I hate this team.

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

    I remember watching an 18 inning Baltimore-Seattle game last September, wishfully thinking the Mariners could actually score and win the game. I remember thinking it must really be awful to be a fan of a team with such offensive ineptitude.

    Now I know what it’s like.

  137. nycsportzfan says:

    This shits mind boggling. How can so many professional baseball players be so god damn useless? Seriously, these are professional players? They aren’t even good at baseball for fucks sake!

  138. Kramerica Industries says:

    Have the Yankees even had a baserunner since the 3rd inning?

    Putrid. Fucking putrid.

  139. forensic says:

    Who says you can’t predict baseball? This performance by the offense was pretty damn predictable.

    • Robinson Tilapia says:

      It actually really was. They had the opportunity to nail Shields early. You just knew he was going to catch his stride.

  140. Cy Pettitte says:

    you have to be a serious masochist to watch these games. no idea why I do this to myself.

  141. brian says:

    For some reason I still see the Yankees pulling this game out… Cano RBI double and someone else drives him in with a key two out single

  142. BigBlueAL says:

    We think the Yankees are tough to watch now, can you imagine next season if they really stick to the 189 mil plan?? Even worse if they also lose Cano??

    • Robinson Tilapia says:

      I’ll still be here. I’m in this for life, or unless Trump buys the team.

      • BigBlueAL says:

        Like I mentioned above I didnt abandon the Knicks so I sure as hell will never abandon the Yankees. Just saying if we think its tough to watch the Yankees this season it might be even worse next season.

  143. Frank says:

    Yanks lost this game in first inning.

  144. SDB says:

    Two runs on 5 hits over 7 innings does not deserve a loss.

    Then again, neither did 1 run over 7 IP on Sunday. This pitching staff deserves so much better.

  145. dkidd says:

    why did david adams get sent down again? he was actually getting on base

  146. Oy says:

    Ohhhh realists! Help is on the way, team will be fine! Our 39 year old shortstop and 37 year old 3B, both of whom are coming of very serious injuries, will rejuvenate this team ! Let’s not forget about our former All Star oufielder. I think he’s on pace to start swinging a stickball bat inside a pool next week.

  147. Kramerica Industries says:

    And now it’s really out of reach. And, yes, now some blame can actually be assigned to Sabathia.

  148. BigBlueAL says:

    Yeah now this game is over.

  149. Wheels says:

    Dammit!

  150. forensic says:

    Well, that should just about do it…

  151. Robinson Tilapia says:

    Back-to-back episodes of “Chopped” on the Food Network. You know you wanna.

  152. HateMclouth (formerly I'mVernon) says:

    How many runs does the average team score per game? I have no clue where I could look that up, but I’d bet its somewhere around 3.5 runs/game, no? So right now CC is holding KC below that. I don’t buy the “he had a lead to protect stuff” when that lead is 1 measly run. All it takes is a solo shot for that lead to evaporate. CC is doing good but the bottom line is the offense… wait for it… stinks.

  153. rich says:

    Then those clowns Hal and Hank wonder why their strip mall of a stadium is half empty and YES ratings are down? This team is BORING. Five innings of Jeter is better than Luis Cruz

  154. brian says:

    I feel so damn guilty for taking Jeter for granted all these years…. just thinking about the general anti-Jeter sentiment that permeates the Yankees blogosphere (probly a backlash to the love female fans have for him) makes me wanna puke

    come backkkkk

    • rich says:

      And A-Rod too. He is better than Pronk, Wells, Cruz, and any other washed up bum combined.

      • brian says:

        absolutely Arod is essential to this team, I for one miss him… Arod isnt “taken for granted” like Jeter is however… he’s just disliked

  155. Crime Dog says:

    As much as I love the Yankees, this is probably the least enjoyable of the bunch in my lifetime (22 years old). It’s incredibly hard to assume the team’s gonna lose when they’re only down 3-1 and in years past were only a swing of the bat away from a lead. Not this year. Maybe that changes with the injured guys back, or maybe it doesn’t. Let’s hope it does.

  156. Egg Latherer says:

    At least Overbay, Ichiro, and Nunez got the rest yesterday, it really helped rejuvenate the offense.

  157. Darren says:

    How does Cashman not get a bat in the last two weeks? The Phillies are really asking for so much for Young and Ruiz? If we don’t make the playoffs, you can look to the past 2 weeks as the reason. The GM let the team to rot.

  158. Rolling Doughnut says:

    Looking on the bright side, they’re pretty lucky to be where they are.

    1967 Yankees slashes .225/.296/.317/.613/86
    2013 .242/.304/.379/.683/86

    1967 AL .236/.303/.351/.654/93
    2013 AL .256/.321.409/.730/99

  159. Rolling Doughnut says:

    Looking on the bright side, they’re pretty lucky to be where they are.

    1967 .225/.296/.317/.613/86
    2013 .242/.304/.379/.683/86

    1967 AL .236/.303/.351/.654/93
    2013 AL .256/.321/.409/.730/99

  160. Cy Pettitte says:

    never thought we’d get to the point where I’d be begging for a league average offense.

  161. Egg Latherer says:

    WHY ARE YOU SHOWING BUNT WITH 1 OUT AND NOBODY ON THE 8TH WHEN DOWN TWO

  162. Dalek Jeter says:

    If Vernon Wells doesn’t hit for Pronk Girardi’s given up on this game.

  163. trr says:

    Maybe break thru against their bullpen ?
    It’s gotta be this inning

  164. Egg Latherer says:

    Wade Davis with a 5.42 ERA, we might get 2 whole runs off him.

  165. KD says:

    Not an easy time to be a fan. When I show up for the game Friday, somebody ought to buy me a $9.75 beer.

  166. Kramerica Industries says:

    Basically the only chance to stay in this game is for Robbie to hit a HR right now.

    Yeah. No pressure, Robbie.

  167. Dalek Jeter says:

    Look at the bright side.

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

    See, this is part of the reason I was so disappointed they blew that last game against the O’s. We’re not good. When we’re leading in the ninth inning with Mo on the mound, we really can’t lose. That loss against the Orioloes was huge, because let’s face it, who really thought we’d compete in this series?

    I know they’re the Royals, but I certainly didn’t.

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

    Cano had a shot with that one.

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

    We’re just not a competitive team.

  171. I'm going to Buster that Posey says:

    I think some of you are overreacting to the recent slump. They will get Jeter, Granderson, and Rodriguez all back eventually. Also, don’t be surprised if Cashman makes a solid transaction come July 31st.

  172. trr says:

    Fare Well, and adieu, you Ladies of Spain….

  173. Egg Latherer says:

    ballgame over

  174. Rolling Doughnut says:

    Jeez Robbie it’s not like you didn’t know it was coming.

  175. Robinson Tilapia says:

    Plouffy, I poured myself some of the 15. Let’s have a toast.

    To shitty baseball.

  176. Dalek Jeter says:

    Can we get back to Whiskey talk, what’s a good bottle of scotch I can buy for like ~$60-80 that isn’t Glenlivet

    • Pasta Stumbling Sojo says:

      I just got into scotch recently, and I love the smoky stuff. Laphroig (~$45), Ardbeg (~$50), and Lagavulin (~$80) are my favorite so far.

  177. rich says:

    LOL @ this offense. One extra base hit since Saturday. Tomorrow is WEDNESDAY!!! And its CC fault?? If I was CC, I would tell this pathetic offense to do FUCKING HIT

  178. BigBlueAL says:

    Pretty sure USA will score more goals vs Belize later tonight than the Yankees would have scored runs in their last 3 games.

  179. forensic says:

    Another game right around 2 1/2 hours. Seems like they’ve had more sub-3 hour games this season than 1996-2012 combined. That’s bad offense for you.

  180. Wheels says:

    Hafner is terrible.

  181. Kramerica Industries says:

    The Yankees should BE paying the stupid fuckers who actually go to the Stadium.

  182. Dalek Jeter says:

    Pronk has had some Wellsian AB’s tonight.

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

    Can we at least pretend we have a shot and get a guy on base?

  184. Oy says:

    So, I’ve offered Alex Gordon for Matt Kemp in a re-draft regular fantasy league. Is this too much of a lowball?

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

    Almonte walked.

  186. Kramerica Industries says:

    At least the post game recap will be a good read.

  187. forensic says:

    Well, that sure sucked. I blame Robby Thomson…

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

    That was so pathetic.

  189. Rolling Doughnut says:

    This team is excruciatingly hard to watch. And yet, here we are.

  190. rich says:

    I so rather be a Royals fan right now than a Yankees fan. They actually have young talent, something we def don’t have. Unless your Cashman and think Eduardo Nunez is the next coming.

    • FIPster Doofus says:

      No thanks. Their GM is Dayton Moore.

      • rich says:

        And what has our GM done? What has he drafted to be a capable major league player besides Cano and maybe Austin Jackson? KC has a bullpen, LF, DH, 1B, C that are ALL better than us (except the bullpen). Plus he traded an OF that we wish was on our team and a SP who Phil Hughes (who Cashman slurped up and down) wishes he can be. Moore is not that bad in hindsight.

    • stuart a says:

      shrewd rich, when you draft top 5 for 10 + years you should get a few prospects..

      ever think about that point or the pea for a brain you have cannot deal with it?

      • rich says:

        Um, Boston has better prospects than we ever had and last time I checked they drafted in the 20s as well. BTW, Matt Moore was a fourth round pick, which means we passed him three times. Also, Trout was a pick in the 20s. Please don’t give me that crap.

        • BFDeal says:

          Maybe you should go root for Boston or KC.

        • stuart a says:

          trout was picked before the yanks had a pick idiot.

          red sox prospects bull. they are who. yanks have more homegrown players on there team then the redsox.

          who papi, victorino, napoli, lackey, who are these great red sux prospects. middlebrooks, bard, who???

      • rich says:

        But hey Cashman is teflon, lets draft Cito Culver and Dante Bichette Jr again who can’t get out of Low-A cause we can not find prospects outside the top 10.

        clowns

    • Get Phelps Up says:

      Lol we’ve been hearing this about the Royals for how long now?

      • rich says:

        Lol true. But what would you rather see, Eric Hosmer and Salvador Perez develop to be potential and current All-Stars or 38 year old Hafner strike out or Luis Cruz swing and miss again.

        • Get Phelps Up says:

          Again, we’ve heard this stuff about Royals prospects for how long now? Prospects developing is nice. Winning is nicer. The Royals have had 3 above .500 seasons and no playoff appearances since 1986. Maybe when these players finally lead them to success I’ll have a change of heart.

  191. Wolfgang's Fault says:

    Pronk is a bum. Time for him to get on w/his life’s work.

  192. stuart a says:

    3rd worse offense in baseball or maybe 2nd. scary bad offense.

    historically bad offense… when cano and gardner are not on fire they have literally no chance.

    angel hernandez the ump is simply horrible..

    girardi and his pablem postgame should be classic tonight

  193. Terry says:

    3 runs

    27 innings

    and three hours of wasted time of people posting

  194. BigBlueAL says:

    I actually feel sorry for Girardi having to answer post-game questions about this offense. Hal and Cash should be the ones forced to answer questions about this historically bad Yankee offense.

  195. Pat D says:

    This is all on CC today, clearly. How dare he give up more than 0 runs with this caliber of offense fucking him over?

    I think I’ll go watch porn. Or maybe more Hell’s Kitchen. Is there a porn Hell’s Kitchen? It would really save time.

  196. andrew j says:

    3 games. 3 runs. Yankee fan since late 60s. Blame this on the new Steinbrenners. Embarassing. Got extra innings package because moved to Florida and wanted to stay connected to the team. No more. Fuck em until I catch scoring training games in Tampa next year.

  197. Wolfgang's Fault says:

    Time for Pronk to get on w/his life’s work; it’s clearly no longer baseball.

  198. The Real Greg says:

    Well so my getting in the car and driving strategy didn’t work.

    By the way, fuck this team, fuck Scrooge McSteinbrenner, fuck Brian Cashman and fuck this season.

  199. The Real Greg says:

    I would rather be a Royals or Pirates fan RIGHT NOW. Not last year, not the last decade, right now.

    The Yankees at this very moment are a bad organization.

  200. ClayDavis says:

    I actually put money into Hal Steinbrenners wallet and watched his apathetic piece of garbage franchise live this evening. Please can he sell

  201. Nick says:

    Interesting re the Granderson update, seeing as Billy Eppler states yesterday on WFAN that Granderson was cleared to swing a bat. Hopefully that is the case.

    http://newyork.cbslocal.com/au.....ly-eppler/

  202. dan genovese says:

    THE TEAM LAST YEAR HIT HOME RUNS AND TONS OF RUNS…THIS TEAM SUCKS….AND NEXT YEAR 189……………..!

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