Aug
05

Game 111: A-Rmageddon

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This has already been a very weird yet historic day in baseball. The announcement of the 13 Biogenesis-related suspensions will be one of those things people talk about for years, as well Alex Rodriguez‘s record 211-game suspension. The only longer suspensions in history were the lifetime bans handed to Pete Rose and the various 1919 Black Sox players. That’s it.

And yet, A-Rod will play in tonight’s game, his first of the 2013 season. The appeals process is an amazing thing. The hip surgery is in the past, the quad problem is in the past, the suspension announcement is in the past … now we can focus on baseball for a few hours. The Yankees have gotten the absolute worst production in baseball from their third baseman this year, so even a hobbled, diminished, and shamed A-Rod figures to improve the team quite a bit. It’s crazy to think that after all this nonsense, the Yankees are a better team right now than they were when they woke up this morning. Baseball is weird sometimes.

Here’s the lineup that will face former Yankees farmhand and left-hander Jose Quintana. Fittingly, he was suspended for the entire 2007 season in the minors for PED use:

  1. CF Brett Gardner
  2. DH Alfonso Soriano
  3. 2B Robinson Cano
  4. 3B Alex Rodriguez
  5. 1B Vernon Wells yep, first base … because this day wasn’t weird enough
  6. LF Curtis Granderson
  7. RF Ichiro Suzuki
  8. SS Eduardo Nunez
  9. C Chris Stewartphew, I was worried Austin Romine would play again

And on the mound is left-hander Andy Pettitte. He, of course, admitted to using human growth hormone while with the Astros a few years ago. This really is a PED kinda day, huh?

It has been raining on-and-off all day in Chicago, but apparently there’s enough of a window to play a full game tonight. Hopefully that’s the case. Let’s just get this over with and go back to business as (mostly) usual. First pitch is scheduled for 8:10pm ET and can be seen on YES. MLB Network will probably cut in for A-Rod’s at-bats live.

Categories : Game Threads
  • stuart a

    why play romine after all he is only looking like a legit player the last little while..

    pettitte had a bad outing with ROmine previously but I am not sure that is a reason to sit romine.. play the dude…

    • vicki

      i’m not saying it’s romine’s fault but hitters have a .379/.415/.495 line against pettitte throwing to him (21.2ip). the numbers are similarly bad for cc and hirok. all tiny sample sizes of course. but if andy thinks he’s an issue, he becomes an issue.

      i’m a jorgie girl. if i’m a pitcher i find a way to make it work with the catcher who will help my cause.

      • ropeadope

        You’re Lynn Redgrave.

        /GeorgyGirl

      • fat jeter

        I think the issue is that Andy is just not a good pitcher anymore

  • Guns

    Girardi’s man crush on Stewart knows no limits.

  • Guns

    First (maybe only) “must see” game of the year. And I got six Sierra Nevada Torpedos that says I’m gonna enjoy this one thoroughly.

    • trr

      If by “must see” you mean must see A-rod strike out 3 times, we then enjoy my friend, enjoy…

  • BigBlueAL

    With Adams back up really hope this Wells at 1B experiment vs LHP only lasts 1 game.

  • Charles

    Why does Girardi refuse to play Romine? He has talked about playing the hot bat endlessly but still insists on playing the shell of Chris Stewart over and over…

  • trr

    Ladies and Gentlemen, the Circus is in town!
    Now we’ll see what’s what. Temper those expectations – if you haven’t already done so!

    • 24/7/365 A-Rod

      Wonder if YES’ ratings are up tonight.

      Nah, we know.

  • Pseudoyanks

    I got back to Chicago at around 4pm and it has looked like a bad storm would come through ever since, but it hasn’t really happened. I’m sure it’s rained in parts of the city. I would expect they’ll get some rain at some point during this game.

  • RBC

    GREAT!! YES Network just went out. I have Optimum (Cablevision). Anyone else have the same problem???

    • 24/7/365 A-Rod

      I have the same. Game is on.

  • Greg

    When I see a video of Alex hitting a HR, all I can think of is Barbara Streisand singing “The Way We Were”.

  • Wheels

    Overbay should be at 1B, I don’t care that he’s a lefty.

    • vicki

      because of defense? loverbay is pretty useless at the plate against lhp.

      • Wheels

        Because Wells is more useless.

  • BigBlueAL

    For sure Stewart will continue to get most of the starts because of his veteran leadership and ability to handle the pitching staff etc. Remember when Logan gave up the HR to Moreland in Texas?? Girardi after removing him from the game was pretty animated talking to Romine on the mound, most likely about pitch selection which was even mentioned during the broadcast.

    Cant imagine Girardi will start Romine regularly as long as Stewart is healthy unfortunately.

  • Tom

    phew, I was worried Austin Romine would play again

    Why is this so funny?

    On a serious note do you think has to do with Pettitte being on the mound and Girardi having a long memory of that one bad game Romine had with Pettite? I think Romine may have caught only 1 or 2 other Pettite games since then.

    • 24/7/365 A-Rod

      The problem with that thought is we know have a couple months of history. That was the start of Pettitte’s problems. They continued when Stewart was catching, too.

      It was an Andy issue. Hopefully corrected.

  • mustang (The Has Beens & Wannabes Bunch 2013)

    Understatement of the year:

    “Baseball is weird sometimes “

  • Pseudoyanks

    Ah…Hawk.

  • Budweiser Selig

    Wonder what the announcers will say about a-rod…wonder what his teammates are thinking? lol

    • BigBlueAL

      Michael Kay on Twitter has basically been ripping him all day. Not sure how vocal he will be on the air during the broadcast though.

  • Game Overbay

    Over/Under A-Rod gets beaned on the first pitch of his first AB

    • Game Overbay

      I give it even odds 50/50

    • David N

      I could almost justify doing that if the pitcher hadn’t been suspended for a whole year for PEDs. But it’s Quintana on the mound, so…

  • 24/7/365 A-Rod

    Just think. We get to relive this whole experience next year on game 66 when A-Rod returns from his suspension.

  • Tom

    From MLB tonight (uncredited tweet)

    “Alex is playing 3rd, hitting 4th and pleading the 5th today”

    • RBC

      Fantastic!

  • mustang (The Has Beens & Wannabes Bunch 2013)

    I don’t think I have ever felt more uncomfortable watching a player wearing the Yankees uniform then seeing Alex wearing his.

    • Bronx Bombers23

      This.

      I cannot and will not support him. I hope,the appeals process is expedited, and he goes away for good.

  • Vern Sneaker

    He is such a FAKE, a complete phony.
    Let’s hope he wins us a few games.

    • 24/7/365 A-Rod

      Don’t talk about Andy that way.

  • BigBlueAL

    Cano is in a major slump but Gardner isnt too far behind.

  • trr

    Gardner strikes out an awful lot, doesn’t he?

  • Pseudoyanks

    Oh wonderful…”He Gone” never gets old.

  • trr

    Soriano completely fooled

    • Pseudoyanks

      Well it was the second “He Gone” and then for good measure Hawk called Cano out at Second with a third “He Gone” of the inning. I didn’t know he was allowed to do that on an out on the bases.

  • trr

    Cano was safe

  • 24/7/365 A-Rod

    Safe.

  • Anderson Silva

    what a joke of a player. Cano is pathetic

    • Deathstroke Heathcott

      No, the rest of our lineup is pathetic…

  • RBC

    I’m surprised more folks aren’t here

  • BigBlueAL

    Couldnt expect this lineup to actually make Arod’s 1st at-bat dramatic by having runners on base.

  • trr

    I’d like to see the replay to see if he ran hard out of the box

  • 24/7/365 A-Rod

    Not tough at all. Totally safe.

  • Leg-End

    Just tune in, in time for a blown call and no Romine in the lineup. Lovely.

  • Hall and Nokes

    Joe’s plan to bat Alex fourth so he wouldn’t have to come up in the first inning almost backfired there.

  • Tom

    Umps getting involved early.

    With 2 out a good risk by Robbie, even if he was actually out (which he wasn’t)

  • Wheels

    really close

  • BigBlueAL

    Stupid Romine calling bad pitches for Pettitte leading to a lead-off single.

  • trr

    Cano loafed out of the box. He should’ve been at second easily

    • Leg-End

      Yep only started running halfway to 1st, if he runs even 75% out the box he beats that play easily.

      Not good enough Robbie.

      • 24/7/365 A-Rod

        Yeah, it doesn’t make sense.

  • dkidd

    dodgers, so hot right now. dodgers.

  • stuart a

    robbie hustling as usual.

    reall yat some point it is a disgrace that he does not run hard.

    what a friggin disgrace…

    • trr

      Some people here say loafing doesn’t matter. This is why it matters

      • Deathstroke Heathcott

        No one says that loafing doesn’t matter. It’s the idea that “loafing” could be the reason why Cano is so durable. Obviously, it’s impossible to tell if/how much he’d be injured if he hustled all the time but it’s not crazy to think that he would miss more games maybe to small hamstring/quad/calf issues if he hustled more. I’d rather have loafing Cano for 155 games than all-out hustle Cano for 140 games. But every player’s body is different, so I have no idea what effect his non-hustling has on his durability. So I tend to just accept each player’s hustle/injury factor for what they are and focus on other things to criticize.

        • trr

          Like getting thrown out at second?

  • ExitCashman

    Pull Cano out of the game after he fails to run once – hit or out – and he’ll get the picture. Girardi, Cashman and the rest are a bunch of wimp asses who deserve what they get.

  • 24/7/365 A-Rod

    Jeez, I know Pettitte hasn’t been great, but it feels like he has a lot of innings where there are balls deflecting off gloves, bleeders through the infield, etc.

  • Leg-End

    Heh, just noticed the A-Rod story has made it to the BBC front page, I don’t think in all my years of following baseball has a baseball story made it to the front page of the BBC, not even World Series results.

    • Wheels

      Slow news day?

      • Leg-End

        Not even, constant Football transfer news and England just retained the Ashes (cricket).

    • 24/7/365 A-Rod

      Did Alex join Al-Qaeda?

      http://www.bbc.com/

    • RBC

      That’s amazing!!

    • Doc Pollo

      Maybe A-Rod is the new Doctor Who.

  • BigBlueAL

    Great start.

  • stuart a

    the beat goes on. gardner striking out, pettitte being inneffective in the first inning and cano not hustling..

    FUCK

  • Eddard

    Even with A-Rod they won’t win the ballgame because Hiroki or Nova isn’t pitching.

  • Mickey Scheister

    LOLgame so far.

  • Slu

    Can’t fault Wells that much, but a real first baseman makes that first play.

    And this friggen gif is going to keep loading and loading all goddamn game? I think someone told me how to stop it from constantly reloading…if there is a way I’d like to be remineded. A gif on a game thread is the biggest gif abuse this site has perpetrated yet.

  • Leg-End

    Triple play coming, you can feel it.

  • Cy Pettitte

    please get this person off my TV. Pettitte go away.

  • Guns

    The more things change…

  • ExitCashman

    When’s A-Rod going to pitch? That’s the whole point of this debacle right?

  • dkidd

    can a-rod pitch?

  • Leg-End

    I really thought that was crushed.

  • Dalek Jeter

    That should’ve been a 1-2 pitch, not a 3-0.

  • nycsportzfan

    Andy Pettitte is sucking ass.

    • Rolling Doughnut

      Really only two hard hit balls this inning. Andy does not lool too bad…so far.

  • Shittyshittybangbang

    Michael Kay ripping Robbie. Good deal. These are The White Sox, right ?! Wow, times have changed, teams salivating over Yankees coming to town.

    • stuart a

      FUCK cano. he is a dog..

      g him.. bullshit with the running half ass.. the guy is making over $12,000,000… can he fuckin run hard for that price??????????

      • ExitCashman

        but.. but… then he couldn’t swing as hard to begin with…

        or with as much precision…

        or he might get hurt running down the line…

        or he might just be a lazy pos…

  • BigBlueAL

    Pettitte has set a franchise record by allowing a 1st-inning run for a 7th straight start. Congrats!!

  • 24/7/365 A-Rod

    The hardest hit ball was the fly ball.

  • BigBlueAL

    If this keeps up Im not going to even bother watching Arod’s 1st at-bat.

  • Cy Pettitte

    this is so fucking ridiculous.

  • Wheels

    Unreal.

  • nycsportzfan

    hahhahahahah! This team is a fucking nightmare!

  • Revan

    Maybe now people can stop applauding the team’s pitching like we’re the 2010 Giants or something. What a ridiculous comparison in the first place.

  • Leg-End

    Andy’s 1st inning era is now about 9 isn’t it? Jeezus.

  • Slu

    As far as I am concerned, against a lefty (even with Alex and Soriano), a three run deficit is insurmountable.

  • Kramerica Industries

    Yeah, who’s the team that’s lost ten straight games?

    Amazing.

  • trr

    Most of these balls not hit that hard, but the result is the same.
    Down 3 already, that’s our limit

  • Dalek Jeter

    This is all related to Robbie not hustling…somehow. That fucking disgrace. If that lazy ass Dominican would just run hard then Andy Pettitte would cease to be washed up, Vernon Wells would forget he’s Vernon Wells, Overbay would figure out how to hit LHP, Jeter would stop getting/being injured, Chris Stewart would learn how to hit a baseball, Alex would cease to be involved with Biogenesis, Hal would scrap the 189 plan and Cashman would sign some real talent….but no he doesn’t. It’s all that fuckers fault for not hustling and being called out on a play he was safe anyway.

    • JMK

      I get what you’re going for here but… Cano should have ran hard. There’s really no excuse for it.

    • trr

      Dalek, I know you’re frustrated, but leave the ethnic angle out of it.
      It’s a fallacy, buddy.

      • SDB

        yeah, mention Dominicans like that, and Ortiz will beat your laptop like it’s a phone.

        #roidrage

    • stuart a

      moron there would be a guy on 2nd in the top of the 1st and arod up.

      you are a fuckin moron…moral relative bullcrap.

      fucker does not hustle and it cost the team regardless of pettittes ineptitude.

      can your pea brain comprehend that???

      Idiot

      • JobaWockeeZ

        Learn to type then someone will take you seriously when you call them a moron.

      • Deathstroke Heathcott

        Ban this dude.

    • forensic

      I’m sorry, but this is about the most pitiful attempt at supporting him that you’ve come up with.

      Just say he didn’t run (if he didn’t, I didn’t see it) and it cost him (again) but it doesn’t bother you.

      • Dalek Jeter

        Heh, no, he should run hard, every time. My argument has always been…its among the most least important thing that’s wrong with this team right now.

        • forensic

          I see where you’re coming from, but when your best player doesn’t hustle in front of some young players it is a big deal and when your offense is this terrible it is a big deal when your best player runs into outs they can’t afford to give away because he doesn’t hustle.

          I actually think it’s less of an issue with an offense like last season than it is with an offense like this season.

          • Dalek Jeter

            If you’re 22 and you still don’t “play the game the right way” watching any professional isn’t going to help you. I’ve never understood the argument “they have to set an example for younger players.” At 23 I’m not saying I’ve learned everything, or I can’t get better at what I do…just that I pretty well have the basics down. I do agree though, that baserunning is of premium importance because this team doesn’t score. The REAL issue with this instance is the ump got another play wrong.

            • Deathstroke Heathcott

              If Cano didn’t learn as a young player how to hustle from playing next to Jeter, no one is gonna learn as a young player how to hustle from him.

          • BigBlueAL

            What young players?? There are only 2 players in tonights lineup younger than him.

    • Tom

      Well they aren’t winning, so it doesn’t matter if he plays hard.

      Wonderful logic there.

  • Guns

    It’s almost like they’re not a good team or something.

  • dkidd

    did 2008 feel this dreary?

    can’t remember

    • vicki

      no way. we lost, but we scored runs. and moose was chasing 20 wins. that was fun.

    • Lukaszek

      2008 was way better. We were watching a healthy Jeter, an A-Rod that didn’t suck, and a decent offense.

  • JMK
  • BigBlueAL

    I was looking forward to Arod’s 1st at-bat but Pettitte made it alot less exciting after that inning.

  • forensic

    Andy’s trying to be a good teammate by taking some of the attention off of A-Rod and on to whether he’s completely cooked already…

  • JMK

    I wish Kay would shut up.

    • RBC

      I feel the same. I’ve actually stopped listening to his radio show during this whole debacle because he just keeps yapping about the same things over and over.

    • trr

      LOL, turn off the volume

  • ropeadope

    Season turnaround begins.

    /babysteps

  • 24/7/365 A-Rod

    Scalded!

  • Dalek Jeter

    Huh, I thought the boos would be louder.

  • trr

    Hell, at this point , we ‘ll take it

  • http://www.penuel-law.com/ Cuso

    Is anyone not laughing right now?

  • ExitCashman

    IT IS FAR IT IS DEEP!!!

  • Slu

    I’ll take it!

  • RBC

    Oh this game is going to get good

  • Wheels

    right on

  • Leg-End

    Here’s the part where Wells strikesout on the breaking ball away for the first time tonight.

    • Leg-End

      Anti-jinx is working tonight!

    • Wheels

      I didn’t see that hit coming.

  • BigBlueAL

    Michael Kay is really towing the Yankees company line.

    • JMK

      He knows who cuts the checks.

    • Slu

      Where is he towing it? ;)

    • ExitCashman

      Sucking the company’s ass is more like it. The Anti-Francesa. No balls whatsoever.

      • Wheels

        Oh Nunez.

        • Wheels

          wrong spot

    • RBC

      No shock.. he always does. It was worst when Torre left.

    • WhittakerWalt

      This is the same Michael Kay who thought Randy Johnsons’s 5.00 ERA season was really missed by the Yankees after he left… because he also won 17 games that year.

      • Dalek Jeter

        I remember that, he was in full “he pitches to the scoreboard!!!!!!” Mode. I wanted to vomit.

  • http://www.penuel-law.com/ Cuso

    A-Rod should accept the suspension now knowing that he has a 1.000 BA for 2013

    • Crime Dog

      Haha, it would be hilarious if he walked off the field after that hit.

  • 24/7/365 A-Rod

    Running better than anything we’ve seen from Jeter.

  • http://www.penuel-law.com/ Cuso

    Rude boy, bumbaclot

  • BigBlueAL

    Hardest hit ball by Wells since his bases loaded pinch-hit double. When was that in late May??

  • Dalek Jeter

    Okay, Cervelli is suspended and unpaid, while injured. Can he still rehab with the team? I mean 50 days of lost rehab while injured can be…career ending.

    • RBC

      Yes. He can still do rehab workouts in Tampa, but he just can’t play any games.

      • Dalek Jeter

        Cool

  • Crime Dog

    Michael Kay is unlistenable right now. Had to mute him. So unbearable. He really needs to understand the difference between his radio show and calling a game.

    • Dalek Jeter

      Seriously, he’s basically rehashing his show’s talking points for the last month.

  • BigBlueAL

    They arent going to score this inning.

    • Slu

      Even if they do, it is still sad I agree.

      • Slu

        and just like that….

  • Anderson Silva

    Predictable fail

  • 24/7/365 A-Rod

    Off to Shark Week.

  • http://www.penuel-law.com/ Cuso

    Soriano batting 2nd was dumb

  • Kramerica Industries

    Unbelievable #RISPFAIL right there.

    • WhittakerWalt

      I just bet my wife $100 they wouldn’t score there. She refuses to pay up, though.

  • SDB

    UGH.

  • nycsportzfan

    I can’t even watch this team anymore. THis is the most embaressin clown team ever! FUCK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • forensic

    Stupid MLBN, cutting away after Wells’ AB. Now I’ll never know if they actually scored him.

    • forensic

      And now they’re back, and I see the offense we know and hate is back too. VERY shallow pop-up, IF pop-up, K on pitch WAY out of the zone.

      Yikes…

    • BigBlueAL

      Forget him, they couldnt even score Arod.

    • Tom

      Was it really ever a mystery?

  • BigBlueAL

    Time to watch Monday Night Raw.

  • Hall and Nokes

    Did Kay just go with the old “it’s not self-incrimination if you didn’t do it”?

    • JMK

      Oh yes he did.

    • ExitCashman

      Exactly. No need for a Constitution if you’re innocent!

  • trr

    2nd and 3rd, no one out and 3 lousy at bats, especially Nunez
    That pitch was eye-high, literally

  • Cy Pettitte

    2nd and 3rd no one out nets zero runs. good job team.

  • yeayo

    That inning defines how shitty the Yankee offense has been the entire season.

  • gump

    TV status: muted

  • Wj

    Get ready for a loooonggggg time of not being a competetie team, everyone on our team is old and we have one of the worst farms in baseball

  • stuart a

    nice abs by curtis, ichiro, and nunez.

    what a fuckin disgrace..

    but hey cano did not do anything wrong after all ichiro did not drive the runner in!!!!!!!!!

    dalek your a moron……

    • WhittakerWalt

      Oh, be quiet.

  • your mom

    Ok. I love Pettitte but someone needs to take him behind the shed along with CC, Hughes, Stewart and Joba.

    • your mom

      Oh, and Wells.

    • trr

      It’s called getting old mom. That’s all it is…

  • Leg-End

    Nunez has such an ungainly swing its a wonder he ever hits anything.

    • trr

      Well, it’s hard to look smooth anytime you swing at a pitch over your head….

  • Ivan

    This has been by far the most annoying, depressing, unexciting Yankee team in a long time. Whether it’s the injuries, performances by crappy players, underachieving players like CC (I give him a little bit of a break. He was due for a bad year) and the A-Rod mess, I have been kinda detach from the 2013 season. (And I haven’t include Cano pending FA) smh…..

  • ExitCashman

    Nice, Quintana.
    You watching Brian? Feliciano actually pitched in the last 2 Mets games. Did you call Family Care Services about the “abuse”?

  • WhittakerWalt

    You can predict baseball, after all.

    • ExitCashman

      No, Suzyn. But you are a pompous shit.

  • Cy Pettitte

    between Kay and Pettitte this game is a fucking nightmare

  • forensic

    MLBN has Selena Roberts on now. I’m sure this will be a very even-handed, unbiased interview…

    • 24/7/365 A-Rod

      I can not stand her. She is like Jose Canseco, except uglier. I’m happy her book bombed.

    • JMK

      “Alex is a really great guy. I think the accusations against him are baseless and this whole thing is a witch hunt.”

    • Hall and Nokes

      Figures she’d go after Alex. He didn’t rape anyone either.

    • fat jeter

      Not a roberts fan either, but if anything, in light of all this nonsense, she’s been completely justified. remember when her stories first came out in SI and alex attempted to accuse her as being a dangerous stalker who might hurt his family? alex is such a a giant douche i think the only endorsement he can get going forward will be from Summer’s Eve.

  • Wheels

    Don’t forget Flaherty.

    • Wheels

      reply to Cy Pettitte

  • forensic

    John Lackey rolled his left ankle and immediately limped off the field.

    Trying to hold back my tears…

    • SDB

      So it’s no longer Awesome O’Clock?

      • forensic

        Nevermind, MLBN lied to me and it was the 3rd out. Apparently he’s back out there now.

    • Stanislaw

      His kids probably cried a lot of tears. As Bill Withers would say, “A waste of water’s all that is…”

      However, instead of making flowers grow, those child tears seemed to have rejuvenated the bastard. So, just laugh. Laugh at the deadbeat’s misfortune. He deserves it.

  • Cy Pettitte

    please get Warren up already. This is gonna be 9-0 soon enough.

  • Vern Sneaker

    Just joined the mute brigade. Better than smashing the screen. Kay is such a boring bag if wind.

    • Pseudoyanks

      I would totally prefer Kay to Hawk right now. This is living Hell.

  • Cy Pettitte

    getting their brains beat in by the White Sox and Padres, sooooooo glad they didn’t sell.

  • 24/7/365 A-Rod

    I think now I really will go watch Shark Week.

    Give me a call when A-Rod comes to bat again.

  • http://www.retire21.org first name only male – Retire 21

    Thank goodness Romine isn’t catching or Andy might pitch poorly.

    • BigBlueAL

      Problem is Romine is calling the pitches from the dugout.

  • Wheels

    Game over.

  • Eddard

    This team won’t win a non-Hiroki or Nova start for the rest of the season. That’s why I say shut Jeter, Phelps, Nuno down. Shut em all down because you’re not going anywhere winning 2 out of every 5 ballgames.

    • WhittakerWalt

      Your buddy Nuney sure put together a great at-bat.

  • Leg-End

    My lord, Andy is toast.

  • Kramerica Industries

    It really is so nice that a team that has lost TEN STRAIGHT GAMES already has a 5-0 in the g-ddamned 2nd inning.

    This team is out of rope. Just end it already.

  • BigBlueAL

    Girardi needs to do a Jim Mora impersonation if some writer asks him about making the playoffs after this game.

  • trr

    Pettite getting rocked now. On his way to 60 pitches in 2 innings

  • WhittakerWalt

    So glad we didn’t trade for Rios.
    Andy may never win another game in the bigs. This is the worst offensive team in the AL?

  • Vern Sneaker

    Our guys can’t even make it interesting enough to stick around for A-Rod’s ABs. Next stop: wine bottle.

  • yeayo

    No excuses now for not letting Romine play. Stewie catching and Pettitte is still pitching like shit.

    • WhittakerWalt

      Stewart is good at one thing: throwing out baserunners. All the other things that catchers are supposed to do, he sucks at. He’s somehow developed a reputation as a defense-first catcher. Probably because he’s such a rubbish hitter. “Any catcher who hits like such shit must be a defensive wiz!”

  • Tom

    So this is the worst offense in the AL Andy is facing?

    …well after tonight there’s a chance they overtake the Yankees by wRC+

  • Dalek Jeter

    VERNON!!! Glove save and a beauty!!

  • smuai

    well it’s obvious that a-rod is just being a distraction to andy.

  • JMK

    Wells looks terrible at 1B.

    • Stanislaw

      He should. He isn’t a first baseman.

  • DT

    Maybe they can retroactively ban andy so he can stop pitching.

  • nycsportzfan

    How can andy, phil, and cc be this bad?

    • Dalek Jeter

      Andy is gassed, his talent has washed up. It happens to atheletes.

      Phillip is not all that good, he’s not terrible, but he’s not great and is suffering from some bad luck and top of extra ineffectiveness.

      CC…fuck it. Got me. elbow surgery zapped his velo, meaning his control has to be spot on… it hasn’t.

    • Iced coffee

      Old, not really that good, fading.

    • WhittakerWalt

      1. Old
      2. Never that good to begin with
      3. Search me

    • fat jeter

      Might as well blame Rothschild. In an effort to increase K totals he’s fucked with everyone not named Kuroda.

  • Tom

    Wow Puig just made a ridiculous throw…

  • Iced coffee

    Never thought I’d see a Yankee team quit with 50 plus games to go. Too bad management doesn’t give a shit what fans think. Oh wait, they did sign Soriano.

  • Shittyshittybangbang

    Been already said, but has Michael Kay always been this annoying ? Fucker won’t shut up.

    • RBC

      He unfortunately has to… he’s sharing the booth with John “King Monotony” Flaherty

  • Rolling Doughnut

    5-0. The Sox get more runs off Andy in 3 innings than they got in their last four games. Way to go boys.

    • Rolling Doughnut

      *2 innings

  • Now Batting

    Quintana may be the best pitcher to come out of the Yankees system in 8 years.

    • Nuke Guy (Knoxvillain)

      I’ll take Robertson.

      • flamingo

        And if Nova keeps doing what he’s doing, that’s another big positive.

        • Nuke Guy (Knoxvillain)

          Him too. Hopefully he can keep it up.

      • ExitCashman

        Corey Black

  • dkidd

    nix to jeter (in chris farley voice)

    member…member when we won some games in april? that was awesome

  • Dalek Jeter

    Michael Kay, you and John Sterling are the only 2 people on the planet who thought Youk was going to get through the season healthy. Everybody else was hoping he’d stay healthy long enough for Jeter/A-rod to come back so that Alex/Nix could step in when he got hurt.

    • WhittakerWalt

      Sterling also thinks Pettitte has been pitching really well lately.

  • Michael Ray Richardson

    The ship be sinking.

  • Cy Pettitte

    can Andy retire mid-game? this is just sad.

  • 1996-2012 Yankees

    Well, it’s been a fun ride but

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tEWSOPUfYF0

  • Cy Pettitte

    10 hits in 2.1 innings. The Yankees get 10 hits a week if they’re lucky.

  • JMK

    It’s sad to see Andy go out like this. I’m not even mad; just disappointed.

  • Cy Pettitte

    wouldn’t be a Pettitte inning if he didn’t give up a run.

  • Wheels

    Get him out of there.

  • dkidd

    this is really hard to watch

    come on, andy. dig deep

    • fat jeter

      …and bury yourself

  • Crime Dog

    I wonder if Kay takes the time to watch the games while he’s busy doing his blowhard routine? It’s fairly obvious theyre gonna try and make Pettitte wear this one because they ate up a ton of bullpen innings yesterday.

  • SDB

    Larry coming to the mound? What happened to Girardi?

  • Cy Pettitte

    hahaha Kay thinks they still have a chance to win?

  • JMK

    Comedy of errors.

  • SDB

    DEFENSIVE! catcher

  • John

    Good job Stewart

  • Leg-End

    Butter glove Stewart.

  • stuart a

    andy not finishing out his career in style..

    wow.. 7 and 9 on the season cratering big time.

    yanks may not score 6 runs in the series.. but hey maybe next inning crapo can style on a single to left..

    how can anyone with a brain think about building a team around robinson crapo..

    lucky stewie is playing over romine tonight. hate to be splitting hairs but what does romine need to do to get more time.. stewarts ab was nunez like…..

    train wreck never ends…

  • WhittakerWalt

    It feels like I just wrote something about how bad Stewie is on defense…

  • Captain Turbo

    Yeah, A-Rod’s a distraction — to how bad this team sucks.

  • Crime Dog

    This team looks like a 80 win team right now. If so, it’s a tough and sad season. Mariano’s last season, Jeter cant play for more than a week at a time, Pettitte looks like he’s on his last legs, A-Rod with… well everything. It’s a tough season for the old guys man.

  • RBC

    74 pitches and its only the 3rd inning. :-(

  • Al

    It’s time to take out Andy Pettit bring to the back of the stadium and treat them like old yeller .it’s time to designated for assignment he’s done Screw the respect he not useful anymore he’s a waste of money is not worth a dime

    • JMK

      Did you just suggest we shoot our wily over-the-hill veteran?

  • Crime Dog

    We’re gonna see Vernon Wells or Jayson Nix pitch tonight, aren’t we?

    • Leg-End

      Ichiro, that would be fun.

    • http://www.penuel-law.com/ Cuso

      Overbay

  • DERP

    So burn Claiborne and replace him with Dellin?

  • Captain Turbo

    Is it too late to associate Pettitte with Biogenesis?

  • http://www.penuel-law.com/ Cuso

    Assbaggery

  • forensic

    Great managing, Joe. Totally agree with not taking him out till this point. He just reached 75 pitches. That’s when things go really bad for him. Wouldn’t want this game to get out of reach now…

    • Tom

      Eh… he burned his long man (for two innings!) yesterday, he probably was going to let Andy wear one tonight. And all 3 of the non big 3 pitched yesterday

      At some point though the high pitch count innings or more important than the # of pitches overall.

      • Tom

        **All of the bullpen but the big 3… (Kelley, Robertson, Mo)

    • stuart a

      yep moron after all the yanks will score 6 runs tonight. they do it all the time…

      when a pitcher cannot go 3 innings the manager rdoes not have a lot of options.

  • DERP

    lol

  • Kramerica Industries

    Back to back 2.2 IP outings from the starting pitcher. Stellar.

  • Wheels

    Man.

  • forensic

    Better pitcher right now: Andy or Josh?

  • DERP

    I just want to see A-Rod bat again so I can go to bed.

  • Game Overbay

    Is this what being an Astros fan feels like?

    • fat jeter

      the astros have only scored 3 runs less than the yanks this year. this is the new yankee reality

  • Gonzalo Hiram

    The team is just ridiculous right now. The FO, Cashman, Girardi, the players and even our medical staff is a disaster.

    The team really needs to go into a rebuilding.

    We shouldn’t bring back Cano, that would be a big waste of money, I’m not saying he is a bad player not at all, he is a good player but he isn’t the guy to build around, he isn’t like Jeter or Rivera, not even like Cabrera or Verlander in Detroit. Cano desn’t play with hearth and he is a player of moments, one month he is the best next month he is a mediocre player, it has been more than 30 at bats without an extra base.

    I really hope this time we won’t make the same huge mistake we did extending ARod and CC.

    • stuart a

      agree on Cano. let him point up #’s and not effect many games elsewhere. he will sign a 7 or 8 year deal and in 3 years they will hate him.

      the guy cannot even hustle out of the box. he would have had that extra base hit if he did not dog it… but that is me being an unreasonable fan, asking a guy to hustle for $12 mill per year…

      • Captain Turbo

        Why not sign him to 10 years? When he declines they can just get the MLB to charge him with something and get out of the contract.

  • Wheels

    Wells 2 for 2, go figure.

    • stuart a

      with an extra base hit also.

      miracles do happen. wells get an extra base hit. cano runs hard to 1st. arod tells the truth..

      next year may be even worse then this year btw.. think of the joy that a 40 year old ichiro will bring the fandom, with a 39 year old jeter, replacing 3 or 4 starters, no MO, and many addtl unanswered questions with not many solutions..

    • vicki

      he digs lefty pitchers on the road.

      • Wheels

        I feel dumb about my earlier comment.

  • OldYanksFan

    Breaking News:
    ARod issues statement to Bud Selig.
    http://66.129.69.121/arod.jpg

    • Captain Turbo

      I bet Selig never banged Kate Hudson.

  • stuart a

    kelly has not pitched since game 1 against the dogers why not put him out there???

    • Crime Dog

      I’m sure he’ll be in there. Probably him and Joba for the last three.

  • Jacob the OG

    I CONCEDE OH GREAT BASEBALL GODS WE ARE NO LONGER IN THE RACE!

  • Rizi Walnutz

    1) The Yanks look like the team everybody can’t wait to see: The team that cures all ills.

    2) A-rod lost sight of the fact the numbers don’t matter all that much. People rarely remember the numbers, the stats, the WAR, the details of the game. What they remember is the character of the players. Ty Cobb was an asshole. Yogi Berra is lovable. In those terms A-rod’s legacy is set in stone and it ain’t pretty.

  • Crime Dog

    Kay’s just being an asshat now. Squeezed in a form of “hustling” twice when Gardner hit that double.

  • smuai

    well shit. was hoping for some kinda… two out… rally? i dunno. good time to get beer i suppose.

  • WhittakerWalt

    There goes Sterling again with the “Pettitte’s been pitching very well lately” bullshit. What fucking games has he been watching?
    I realize he’s a company hack through and through, but that level of disingenuous reporting is just insulting.

    • Stanislaw

      Wait. We’re talking about John Sterling, right? The same guy who thinks nearly every routine fly ball is a home run?

      You’re surprised he is spouting off incorrect bullshit?

  • Cy Pettitte

    holy fuck Stewart shouldn’t be catching another game in pinstripes.

    • WhittakerWalt

      It’s unreal how useless this clown is.

    • Rolling Doughnut

      Why isn’t Romine in there today in the first place?

  • Captain Turbo

    This team is circling the toilet!

  • dkidd

    the next 50 games are a rare (for the yankees) opportunity to “play the kids”

    too bad we have no kids to play

  • Improbable Island’s Dirty Midget Whores

    Man, we suck. But hey, at least we got rid of some of our big contracts before the trade deadline and bulked up on prospects so we can properly rebuild for the next few years, right?

    Oh, wait…

    • Oy

      But teh 3.5 games back from the second Wild Card !!11!!!!

    • Tom

      A week ago the Yankees apparently were still in it.

      Because taking a hard look at the roster and thinking, well they might be close to the 2nd WC, but they have been sub .500 since April and they have to jump a bunch of teams to get there is apparently being a “bridge jumper” around these parts and means people are advocating a 10 year rebuild process.

      • Pat D

        There’s no reason to throw in the towel when you’re that close. This is baseball, crazy shit happens.

        Being a bridge jumper around here means you’re incessantly negative about every facet of the organization, you comment about that endlessly, you continue to make those same comments even though we all heard you the first three dozen times, and you try to belittle people who you think are ridiculously optimistic.

        So I guess the definition of a bridge jumper depends on your own point of view.

        After all, everything I just said is true, from a certain point of view.

        • Rolling Doughnut

          That’s why you go with the probabilities. The Yankees have a 5.7% chance of making the playoffs. Leave it at that.

          • Improbable Island’s Dirty Midget Whores

            Yep.

        • Improbable Island’s Dirty Midget Whores

          Sure “crazy shit” happens. But the reason it’s crazy is that it doesn’t happen a lot. And honestly it was pretty easy to see that this roster wasn’t particularly good and showed no signs of getting better.

          But sure, they CAN still come back. The Rays could in 2011 too, and the Cards. But planning for it is bad strategy.

  • Pat D

    This is what happens. This is what happens.

    Do you see that, Lebowski? That’s what happens, Lebowski.

    • trr

      +1 for the Lebowski reference

  • Captain Turbo

    Damn, A-Rod hit two on the screws. Old boy’s got some fight in him yet.

  • Wheels

    Could have used one of those doubles yesterday, Vern.

  • Cy Pettitte

    Girardi is a fucking moron. why are they destroying Kelley?

  • Tom

    40 pitches for Kelley in a blowout? Kelley could actually be useful for tomorrow (though not anymore)

    Just put Joba out there and let him throw until Nix or Ichiro is ready.

  • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

    So is the point of this to ensure the Seventh Inning Guy™ is completely unavailable for the rest of the series?

    • trr

      Yes. Yes that must be it

  • Cy Pettitte

    49 pitches. unbelievable. Kelley is too important to do that to him. Hope one of the reporters calls him out for that bullshit (of course they won’t)

    • http://www.penuel-law.com/ Cuso

      Important to what? Their playoff chances?

      Blow every reliever’s arm out. Who gives a shit?

  • Tom

    At this point they should just go for the full carnival effect and have ARod pitch the 8th.

    How awesome would that be?

  • http://www.twitter.com/thewallbreakers Scully

    Put a fork in this team. It’s done.

  • vicki

    ha. i refreshed like eight times; no new comments.

    guess everybody actually did flip to shark week.

    • dkidd

      i just did the same thing

      thought the site was broken but no, just the franchise

      • forensic

        The site may also be having issues too. Dotf was there (and getting new comments) but now it’s gone for me.

        • forensic

          Heh, and now dotf is still gone but the game recap is up with the comments from dotf in it.