Game 116: Win a series, maybe?

Yankees call up Dellin Betances, send down David Adams
NYDN: A-Rod sought legal supplements from Victor Conte in 2012
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It has been more than a month since the Yankees last won a series outright. They took two of three from the Orioles at Yankee Stadium from July 5th through 7th, and since then they’ve gone 0-5-3 in eight series. The ties came against the Royals, Rangers, and Dodgers. Three teams with winning records and playoff aspirations, at least.

The Bombers can get off that schneid with a win this afternoon after splitting the first two games of this three-game set against the Tigers. They’ll have to beat Justin Verlander — formerly the best pitcher of the world, but now just really freakin’ awesome — to earn that series win, or at least hold out long enough to beat the bullpen. Either way, they’ll have to earn it. Here’s the lineup that will face the 2011 AL MVP:

  1. CF Brett Gardner
  2. RF Ichiro Suzuki
  3. 2B Robinson Cano
  4. 3B Alex Rodriguez
  5. 1B Lyle Overbay
  6. LF Alfonso Soriano
  7. DH Curtis Granderson
  8. SS Eduardo Nunez
  9. C Chris Stewart

And on the mound is left-hander Andy Pettitte, who looked to be finding himself before allowing seven runs in 2.2 innings against the White Sox in his last start. He’s got a 5.32 ERA and 3.69 FIP in a dozen starts since coming off the DL. Pettitte has never had a losing season in his career, but his record sits at 7-9 with roughly ten starts to go.

The weather is gorgeous in New York today. Just a perfect day for baseball. First pitch is scheduled for 1:05pm ET and can be seen on YES locally and TBS nationally. Enjoy.

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Yankees call up Dellin Betances, send down David Adams
NYDN: A-Rod sought legal supplements from Victor Conte in 2012
  • Cashman’s Mistress

    I’m actually rooting against this team for the first time in my life. To watch them win would be to reward their penny pinching, the only point of which is to further line their pockets.

    Coming on the heels of the public giveaways, for the stadium and the empty parking lots, how can I root for this organization right now?

    • JGYank

      I want the best draft pick possible since we are going to miss the playoffs. It would be nice to keep our streak of winning seasons but I’m not sure the team is good enough. So losing actually helps us in this case.

    • Bo Knows

      Then go, if your going to root against a team that has had one bad year out of the last 20, you aren’t a real fan. Go root for the RedSox since it’s obvious your just a f’n bandwagoner

      • Mikhel

        Bandwagoner fans are those who are rooting for this team because they don’t know what Steinbrenner did in the 1980s, which is the same thing Hal and company have been doing since the end of 2009.

        Don’t be surprised if they’re doing this because they want to lower the payroll to sell the team.

        But OP is right, to root for this team is to root for the mediocrity of the ownership and management of the Yankees.

        • Bo Knows

          No it’s not, rooting for the team is just that, rooting for the team. You can dislike what the Brothers Stein did this year, that’s perfectly fine, but to actually say “I’m rooting for the team to lose” is nothing more than affirmation of the spoiled Yankee fan stereotype.

          Also, what evidence is there that the Yankees are selling, there have been no sources except you and a few other people pulling it out of their asses.

          • Mikhel

            First of all, i was through the “bad years”, you know those 70s, 80s and 90s teams? Yeah, I don’t think you’ve heard of those, otherwise you’d keep your mouth shout while rooting for the mediocre team the “stein” brothers fed you.

            PS
            I have my sources, way more than yours.

            • Robinson Tilapia

              Ownership’s not out there wearing a uniform. Ownership’s not out there playing baseball.

              Like I said again, love the team without loving every single thing about them.

              I’ve wasted enough time on this.

            • Bo Knows

              Good for you, that you went through those bad years, you want a fuckin cookie? I know full well about those teams, I know this teams history even though I was born in ’91, it’s not going to change my feelings about this team, I’ll still root for them if they were 0-162. I would despise every moment, but I’m not going to dump them because they struggle.

              And I don’t have to do a damn thing, but eat, sleep, and shit. If you have a problem with that, guess what I DON”T GIVE A FLYING F#%k!

        • The Other Sam

          What’s with the accusing people of not being good enough or true fans? I don’t get it, people can’t conceive that you might be a fan of the team and not approve of the ownership actions/direction?

          • Bo Knows

            Rooting for a team your supposed to be a fan of to lose? That’s not being a fan, you can add all the other excuses you want, that’s not a real fan and anyone who says that shit, I’ll keep calling them a sorry bandwagoner because that’s exactly what they are.

            You don’t hear Mike saying “I’m rooting for th team to lose” and he’s been as critical of the FO as anyone.

            • Mikhel

              You won’t read Axisa criticizing the FO, that’s for sure, if somebody does it in his blog is not him.

              True fans, don’t approve of bad moves, that’s what creates a loyal fanbase.

              Remember the 80s, sunshine, remember how everybody turned their back on the boss because he was hurting the team, and the most efficient way to be heard was to get him where it hurt him: his pockets.

              Everybody heard back then of how Georgie Porgie ran the team, and suddenly everybody knew of his associations and got banned, that’s when the team metamorphosed into something Steinbrenner didn’t knew before: a perennial winner.

              George said time and time again his sons didn’t care about the team, that they only cared about the money and he was not willing to allow them to sell the team, that’s why the team was gonna be inherited to his son in law, then the divorce happened and he backtracked… ultimately the only move he had left was to allow his sons to run his business, and it has been ran like dung.

              • Robinson Tilapia

                I was there. I missed the part where everyone turned their back on the team.

                There were kids wearing Mets hats. I never stopped wearing my Yankee hat, and so did plenty of others.

                Anyone who walks away from this team, ever, is someone I don’t want walking back. Plenty of us stayed all along, and will continue to stay.

                Love the team without loving every little last thing about them.

              • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

                You won’t read Axisa criticizing the FO, that’s for sure

                lol

            • Robinson Tilapia

              Thank you.

              Of course, in an internet forum, you’re going to get shit-stirrers like “Variant on I Don’t Like Brian Cashman, Version 12.0″ who are here more to troll than to be actual discerning fans.

              There’s been plenty of people here whose comments I’ve given flack to before who I’ve read recently say “I stick with this team no matter what,” and I greatly enjoyed reading that from them.

    • trr

      By reaching deep into the heart of your essential fandom, and seeing if there is anything there.

  • Itsallhowuseeit

    Yanks have been beating Aces all year. Today A Rods cousin showed up with deer antler, monkey taint and goat spunk…A Rod hits 2 bombs.

  • Kosmo

    I wish Pettitte a nice little run to close out the season and his career. 5-3 which would allow him to finish the season at 12-12. I believe Andy has never in his MLB career had a below .500 W-L record. Good luck Andy.

    • http://www.flickr.com/photos/roadgeek Roadgeek Adam

      I’d prefer 6-2 over 5-3. 13-11 looks better than 12-12.

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/roadgeek Roadgeek Adam

    When it comes to Andy/Phil/CC, you almost wonder if this team is going to shock us all and throw the first no-hitter in 14 years, despite the ineffectiveness.

  • Wheels

    Hopefully they can stave off the .500 mark for a little while longer.

  • YankeeFan

    So much for Romine getting a shot…sigh…

  • Terry

    Just an awful job by management on display today. You go with Hunter over Ichiro. You go with Austin Jackson over Brett Gardner. They have just made some terrible decisions post-2009 WS championships and now they have an lackluster farm system and little hope coming in the future. It will be wait until the 2014 offseason and wait for the luxury tax to reset (for like two seasons and then there is a new CBA that could change everything again lol) and hope they buy some FAs like in 2008 to help get them competitive again. Just an awful job by Hal and company on down to Cashman to the heads for the farm/player development, scouts, and heads of international and U.S. amateur scouting.

    And then there is this nugget from Cafardo to drive home the point:

    “The Yankees could turn out to be the best fit for White Sox shortstop Alexei Ramirez as they eventually will need a replacement for Derek Jeter, who could wind up DHing a lot in 2014. The Bombers’ weak farm system could be a stumbling block, however.” From mlbtraderumors referencing Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe.

    • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

      The choice was Granderson over Jackson, not Gardner over Jackson.

      • Mikhel

        The NYY chose to keep Gardner out of their two young OF because they said Austin Jackson was not ready for MLB, they offered AJax for various players until they found the Tigers who were willing to trade their overpaid old strikeout machine (KKKKKKKKurtis Granderson) for a young, speedy, good fielder, cannon arm outfielder.

        The Yankees basically decided to have an older player at 15 million than a young good player at half a million.

        • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

          Right. They chose Granderson over Jackson. That’s what I said.
          They essentially chose Gardner over Melky.
          Even Gardner over Jackson wouldn’t exactly have been a horrible decision.
          2010-13
          Gardner: 438G, 271/359/383, 105 wRC+, 118 SB, 14.2 fWAR
          Jackson: 525G, 279/345/417, 108 wRC+, 67 SB, 14.6 fWAR
          Given Jackson has an extra year of control and he’s younger, I’d rather have Jackson, but they’ve been essentially about the same value player.
          And fwiw,
          Granderson: 468G, 246/337/501, 125 wRC+, 50 SB, 12.8 fWAR
          Melky: 503G, 299/343/434, 110 wRC+, 42 SB, 5.9 fWAR

          And KKKKKKKKurtin: 25.2% K rate. Jackson 24.2% K rate. Not a very big difference.

          • Mikhel

            In reality the only one of their young OF who was deemed untouchable was Gardner.

            Melky was traded because of what happened with Canó and the Yanks were not willing to risk losing Robinson by associating with Melky, the NYY even told Melky he would be traded once 2009 ended, they didn’t like him to hang around with Robinson Canó.

            Then the choice was: Gardner or AJax. The FO guys based on scouting reports, deemed AJax as the one who could give them a better choice to trade because Gardner had already been ‘proved’ in the majors and Jackson according to them was one or two years away from impacting the major league roster; Ajax was offered in the Vázquez trade but since Atlanta wanted pitching the Yanks sent their two young arms and Melky (Atlanta reportedly showed interest in him during the 2009 season).

            Once they moved Melky, their best choice was to trade Ajax, and the Yanks were so in love with Granderson’s K rate and pull-happy swing they were willing to trade more than one player for him, that’s how low they graded AJax, they had to include Coke and Kennedy to get only one player in return.

            Now? they have to pay Granderson 15+ millions to keep him, while he has been as productive as Hunter Pence, minus the fielding and throw, sure KKKKKurtis can bat homeruns, but the majority of his RBI/R are product of his homeruns and he won’t be producing constantly, mind you, since 2000 the average player gets:

            1 hit every 4.2 plate appearances
            1 HR every 36.8 plate appearances

            Sure both Granderson, Jackson and Pence are about the same value, but either you have a 0.240 AVG / 0.310 OBP homerun-strikeout-machine who will get about 100 hits besides his homeruns (in other words, about 100 times he’ll produce or will be in position to score) or a guy who will be producing the majority of his R/RBI with hits and will be in a position to score 160 times (not counting his homeruns). And that’s not even counting the walks.

            Sure, 50 hits less per season doesn’t sound like a lot but IT IS a lot.

            • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

              20-30 HR less in a season is also a lot.

    • The Other Sam

      This isn’t just for one year. Hal’s already made comments about not having to spend $ to field a championship team. Even after resetting the tax clock, he’s cutting. This is his way of doing business – do everything on the cheap, and when you do spend, spend ineffectively.

      • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

        The “when you do spend, spend ineffectively” part has definitely been true lately.
        As for cutting spending, they’ve spent more this year than they ever have before. I know they’ve said $189M is a goal, but until it actually happens, I’m still a bit skeptical it will actually happen (at least for the next few years), especially considering the current state of affairs with the team.

        • The Other Sam

          Agreed. We’ll have to see what they do with the 189. Thing is it’s not wrong, you don’t have to spend to win a championship, but you do have to be smart and effective. Doing that should be the basis for decisions, not the 189.

          • Robinson Tilapia

            Agreed.

            When I read what you wrote above, I misread and thought you were misreading the intent of that statement.

      • Robinson Tilapia

        “Hal’s already made comments about not having to spend $ to field a championship team.”

        As evidenced by teams with lower payrolls winning championships, which is a thing that actually happens.

        Criticize the steps they’ve taken thus far to achieve that. That’s completely fair and fine. That sentence, on its own, that you don’t have to spend the most to win, is something no one should have issue with.

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/roadgeek Roadgeek Adam

    Really?

    Jerry Meals, that’s blasphemy.

    • http://www.flickr.com/photos/roadgeek Roadgeek Adam

      That’s even Paul Nauert-Dustin Pedroia bad swing.

  • Rolling Doughnut

    Well, that didn’t take long. Kinda feel sorry for Andy, not a good way to go out.

  • Terry

    Game. And to think the title of this thread even asks, “Win a series, maybe?”

    At this point, let Warren and Marshall and others try for the last 6 or 7 weeks at starting. This is Darrell Rasner and Sidney Ponson now everytime Hughes starts (I will not lump the great Andy in there, but the way he is pitching, he adds no future value to a lost season(s) (2014 will be a lost season as well))

  • Wheels

    Andy on the ropes here.

  • Itsallhowuseeit

    Coulda been much worse

  • Kiko Jones

    As far as I can tell, Verlander has never really done that well in the Bronx during the regular season. So I guess he’s due for a good outing. Let’s hope not. Old Man River needs to give us some vintage Pettite today. Or at least 75% of that.

    • http://www.flickr.com/photos/roadgeek Roadgeek Adam

      Seems to have weird games against the Yankees. Hell he gave up a Jayson Nix home run in April.

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/roadgeek Roadgeek Adam

    Also, milestone check

    Ichiro – 3993/4000 hits
    Cano – 199 Home Runs
    Soriano – 1999/2000 hits

    Talk about milestone pressure.

    • Kiko Jones

      Yes, indeed. Doesn’t look like Robbie will reach 500 HRs, huh?

      I wouldn’t mind seeing him and Fonzi reach their respective milestones this afternoon.

      • WhittakerWalt

        500 home runs from a second baseman? No one’s ever done that.

        • http://www.flickr.com/photos/roadgeek Roadgeek Adam

          I’ve never pictured Cano as more than a 450 guy. Doesn’t have Pujols style arms, which isn’t uncommon as 2nd base isn’t a power position.

  • Itsallhowuseeit

    Theres 1

  • SDB

    I don’t hear any boos now…

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/roadgeek Roadgeek Adam

    SIX FORTY EIGHTH HOME RUN

    ALEX RODRIGUEZ

  • 28 this year

    Welcome back A-Rod

  • Cy Pettitte

    A-bomb!!!

  • Leg-End

    An A-Bomb suddenly appears!

  • Wheels

    An A-Bomb

  • Lukaszek

    Holy crap A-Rod

  • Cy Pettitte

    Soriano should stop swinging at literally everything

  • Leg-End

    Soriano is giving Wells a run for his money at swinging at everything.

    • WhittakerWalt

      We’re closing in on three runs without a Wells homer. Even Soriano isn’t that bad.

      • WhittakerWalt

        Uh, months.

  • Itsallhowuseeit

    Whoa hit and run, sac flies, homeruns…who the hell afe these guys

  • WhittakerWalt

    This is very confusing. The Yankees had a runner on third with only one out, and then… that runner scored. There wasn’t a strikeout, an infield pop-up, or a double play.
    NOTHING MAKES SENSE ANYMORE.

    • 28 this year

      I know A-Rod hits a homer, the Yankees hit a sac fly. Its like this game was never supposed to happen and now the universe doesn’t know what to do but throw darts at the wall.

    • trr

      What doesn’t make sense is starting Stewart over Romine.
      Stewart is execrable .

      • WhittakerWalt

        Not only is he terrible, but he’s slumping even by his own standards. It’s unwatchable.

  • WhittakerWalt

    And we even cleared the Pitcher’s spot! Great inning.

  • Dick M

    Free Romine.

    • WhittakerWalt

      Seriously. I defend Girardi a lot of the time, but his unwillingness to play Romine over Stewart is unconscionable.

      • http://www.flickr.com/photos/roadgeek Roadgeek Adam

        I can’t explain his decisions, but Romine wouldn’t even be here until last week if Cervelli hadn’t had his hand broken by Banzai.

    • Cy Pettitte

      yes please. When Stewart was hitting an empty .275 with like a .330 OBP it was tolerable but .223/.298/.284 and getting the majority of the starts is insane.

  • Oy

    Kay is now mumbling about how Fidler is not showing any hints of “slowing down” and that the Brewers are “kicking themselves” for locking up Braun instead of him. Ugh…

    • Kiko Jones

      Ridiculous. You would think the guy who defended Mauer from the Twins’ recent “Oh, he’s to tall to play catcher” nonsense—but conveniently, he wasn’t too tall when being the elite AL catcher he was a few years ago—would not come up w/ that claptrap.

  • Itsallhowuseeit

    Order restored

  • Wheels

    C’mon A-Rod. Gotta make that play

  • WhittakerWalt

    The giddiness of having a lead is getting to Ma and Pa’s heads. They have now convinced themselves that Soriano is playing a “great” left field.

  • Rolling Doughnut

    Shutdown inning to go with the HR, sac fly. Impressive.

  • Betty Lizard

    Well we’ve done it before
    And we can do it again!
    We can do it again!
    Do what?

    Beat the Tigers!

    Nah nah nah nah!
    Beat the Tigers!
    Nah nah nah nah!
    Beat the Tigers!
    Nan nah na nah nah na nah nah na nah!

    Beat the Tigers!

  • Itsallhowuseeit

    Haha…Verlander is pissed right now

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/roadgeek Roadgeek Adam

    Angels beating the heavens out of the Indians and supposed-ace Justin Masterson.

    • Kiko Jones

      Has the heavily ‘roided Pujols (Jack Clark®) contributed to that beating?

  • Cy Pettitte

    well that was an odd base hit

  • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

    Lol at ARod’s reaction to that.

  • DERP

    That was hilarious.

    But seriously, run next time.

  • Winter

    Ha. Nunez telling Cano not to swing at pitches over his head.

  • HateMclouth (formerly I’mVernon)

    Haha good for Arod! You know it’s going to kill espn to say “Arod leads Yanks to win over Tigers”.

    • http://www.flickr.com/photos/roadgeek Roadgeek Adam

      It would kill ESPN to actually do professional journalism.

      • Kiko Jones

        Ouch! (But, yeah.)

  • RetroRob

    Yay. Centaur power.

    A-Rod should have totally embraced the Centaur nickname.

  • Itsallhowuseeit

    A Rod still got the arm

  • Brooklyn Nets

    Nice to have Alex back.

  • nsalem

    mark the bird

  • Karl Krawfid

    A-Rod is good.

  • Manny’s BanWagon

    He was safe.

    Love those blue shades Arod’s wearing though.

    • Pat D

      You love something of ARod’s?

      Hypocrite.

      • Robinson Tilapia

        Like Gio Gonzalez, the shades were cleared in the Biogenesis investigation.

        Maybe.

  • Robinson Tilapia

    Watching Alex today is like having lunch with that ex-girlfriend you broke up with, who was never any good for you, getting a whiff of her hair, and wanting to screw her brains out again.

    • Manny’s BanWagon

      Yep.

      Like fucking that hot old ex girlfriend and suddenly forgetting she was really the daughter of satan.

  • Manny’s BanWagon

    Iglesias is on the fast track to hitting about .240. The sox dumped him at exactly the right time.

  • Itsallhowuseeit

    Hunter did him a favor there

  • RetroRob

    Andy is going to need a 10-pitch inning if he plans to be throwing in the 7th.

    • http://www.flickr.com/photos/roadgeek Roadgeek Adam

      Even the 6th is in question.

    • Winter

      Six one run innings against the Tigers would be a really good sign for Andy. Even if it seemed like he was always in trouble.

  • SDB

    Whew. Andy’s really getting me worried with these jams.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      I only these “bend, but not break” starts from guys……after they’re over.

      • SDB

        I think you’re missing a verb there.

        But yes, starts like this are great in the rearview mirror. But jeebus, it’s bad for my blood pressure to sit and listen to/watch so many innings with runners coming on base and hitters going deep into counts against Andy.

        • Robinson Tilapia

          More like errant autocorrect on “enjoy.” :)

  • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

    2 RHH HR’s in one game????

    Unpossible!!!

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/roadgeek Roadgeek Adam

    2000!

    HOME RUN.

    How else.

  • SDB

    Sterling’s singing ‘Who’s Sori now?’ for that one. My ears, they hurt.

  • Itsallhowuseeit

    Booooom

  • Robinson Tilapia

    1. Sooooooori!
    2. OMGZ NOT A REAAAAAL ACE DIZ NEVER HAPPENS 2 OTHA ACCCCCES.

  • Kiko Jones

    Fonzi, yeah!!!

  • The curse of stewie

    Why was girardi on the phone is pettitte hurt?

  • Brooklyn Nets

    What did Austin Romine do to Joe?

    • http://www.flickr.com/photos/roadgeek Roadgeek Adam

      Not show his inner Brian McCann-Jarrod Saltalamacchia-ness.

      • Brooklyn Nets

        Ok because Chris Stewart is awful.

        • The curse of stewie

          He is so bad his suckness is spreading to others

          • The curse of stewie

            Like nunez right there

  • RetroRob

    Come on. They should have nailed him on that.

  • Itsallhowuseeit

    Hope that doesnt lead to a huge inning

  • RetroRob

    He’s up because Andy is at 93 pitches already and hasn’t been going deep into a bunch of games lately.

  • Rolling Doughnut

    Good throw has him by ten feet.

    • http://www.flickr.com/photos/roadgeek Roadgeek Adam

      Only reason it was cut off is that Soriano had a bad throw. Otherwise, I would kill Nunez right about now.

      • http://www.flickr.com/photos/roadgeek Roadgeek Adam

        Also, no offense, but if I were in the pain Miguel Cabrera was in..I wouldn’t hustle to second base.

        • RetroRob

          Totally. He should just accept he’s running one-base at a time right now unless the ball goes up the gap.

          In fairness to Nunez, he was flat footed since the throw was offline, yet his job is to read throw and be in position.

    • RetroRob

      Soriano’s throw was off line, and then Nunez had an odd, half flip. Even a mediocre relay has him. Two fails there.

  • Rolling Doughnut

    Andy’s last batter DP let’s go.

  • The curse of stewie

    Girardi the quick hook
    We we see dellin today?

  • RetroRob

    I wonder when the last time Andy left a game in the 5th inning with a lead and only giving up a run?

  • Brooklyn Nets

    Bring in Dellin Betances!

  • Lukaszek

    I have great trade proposal:

    Cano, Kuroda, Soriano, and Rivera to Tigers for Migel Cabrera

    • http://www.flickr.com/photos/roadgeek Roadgeek Adam

      The fourth one cannot happen or else you will be driven out of town with every other front office member.

    • Winter

      If you’re asking who hangs up first, the answer is both.

    • Brooklyn Nets

      Cano, Kuroda, Rivera all walk after the year and Soriano sucks.

    • ialien

      if your gonna propose an absurd trade, make it really absurd…

      trade hughes & arod for cabrera & verlander.

  • Kiko Jones

    So, yet again the Yankees’ starter can’t get out of the 5th. Is Pettite hurt?

    • Brooklyn Nets

      He’s old and he sucks.

      • Itsallhowuseeit

        250 career wins 19 and 11 in post season…5 ws rings. Old yes, sucks no. Dont be a tool

    • Rolling Doughnut

      He’s old.

    • SDB

      He got out with just one run against his name (thanks to Kelley). I’ll take that.

  • Robinson Tilapia

    So hard for Andy to get a good outcome lately. Even when’s he limiting the damage, the pitch count gets him in the fifth.

    I really hope I can achieve that nice grey fade he’s got in a couple of years.

    • SDB

      My guess is that if the Yankees win this game and series, Andy won’t care too much about the no-decision.

      • Winter

        No, but he knows the bullpen’s been worked hard of late and I’m sure he wanted to give them an easy day.

        • SDB

          Well, we’ve got Kuroda and CC pitching the next couple of days. And even with CC being a bit off, he’s still capable of fighting his way through 6 or 7, so hopefully the pen will get into better shape in the next few days.

          Glad they sent Adams down to get an extra arm too.

    • RetroRob

      His FIP is a decent 3.60 since he’s hit this bad stretch post the injury. We’ve all seen the bloops and dribblers that all seem to find a way just past a glove for a hit. Yet he’s also compounding the problem with these bad first innings, which limits his distance, and his pitches are not missing as many bats as he was before.

      Still wouldn’t shock me if he has a nice close. Wouldn’t shock me if this is what he is the rest of the way either.

      I highly doubt he’ll opt to return, so wishing him well on what will surely be his final send off.

      • Robinson Tilapia

        “Still wouldn’t shock me if he has a nice close.”

        Couldn’t agree more. I also agree that this has to be it for him.

        • RetroRob

          There might be something fitting if his final career start is in that last series in Houston, his only other MLB team, and he can just head home.

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/roadgeek Roadgeek Adam

    Kelley 6th, Betances 7th, Robertson 8th, Rivera 9th?

    • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

      I think you’ll see Logan somewhere instead of Betances.
      I’m not sure Joe would use Betances yet to protect a relatively small lead.

      • http://www.flickr.com/photos/roadgeek Roadgeek Adam

        Fair point, forgot about ROOGY. Betances would definitely be earning his money with Miggy/Fielder/V-Mart if Kelley went 1-2-3.

  • The curse of stewie

    Girardi did the right thing pettitte was struggling. Now if he would sit stewart instead of having him lead the league in ininng ending outs.

    • Brooklyn Nets

      And stop Girardi from living vicariously through him?

      Yea right.

  • Robinson Tilapia

    Shawn Kelley es los huevos.

    • Brooklyn Nets

      You need a better English-Spanish Dictionary.

      • Robinson Tilapia

        I speak better Spanish in my fucking sleep than you do.

        • Brooklyn Nets

          Sinceramente lo dudo amigo. Muchisimo. Porque lo que escribites es, a los mas mejor, idioteces.

          • Kiko Jones

            Um, “mas mejor” = “more better”

            • Brooklyn Nets

              Mas mejor is an idiom as well in spanish, which means “at the very best.”

              • Kiko Jones

                No, it’s not. What you’re looking for is “en el mejor de los casos“. “Mas mejor” is as bad as saying “more better” in English. Trust me, I’m a translator.

                • Robinson Tilapia

                  Do me a favor, dude. Give me your best Spanish translation of “Shawn Kelley is the balls.”

                  • Kiko Jones

                    Literally, it would be “Shawn Kelley es las bolas” or “Shawn Kelley es las pelotas”. Or, of course, “Shawn Kelley es los huevos.” (You gotta be careful ’cause as happens among Americans, Brits, and Australians, one country’s cool slang is another language’s nasty epithet.) It’s a nonsense phrase, which you pointed out. And, as such, there was nothing wrong with yours to begin with.

                    • Robinson Tilapia

                      “You gotta be careful ’cause as happens among Americans, Brits, and Australians, one country’s cool slang is another language’s nasty epithet”

                      So true, and thank you.

            • Robinson Tilapia

              The punctuation was just stellar as well. Clearly a guy who should be teaching Spanish at college level.

              • Brooklyn Nets

                Never said that. Just said yours sucks.

                • Itsallhowuseeit

                  Qué es un troll

                  • Brooklyn Nets

                    Yes. I am a troll.

                    (I don’t think trolls work on Sunday afternoons. That’d just be sad).

                • Robinson Tilapia

                  This is what a complete idiot you are. You started an argument on someone’s Spanish skills over a translation of “Shawn Kelley is the balls.”

                  SHAWN KELLEY IS THE BALLS.

                  That, technically, isn’t even correct English! It’s a fucking line from “Anchorman.”

                  If you want to fucking consult with the President of Spain over what would make for a better translation of “Shawn Kelley is the balls,” go ahead, flapjack.

          • Robinson Tilapia

            You’re not tall enough to get on this ride, kid.

            Go back to rooting for shitty basketball teams.

            • Brooklyn Nets

              Considering I was born in the Dominican Republic and further considering that Spanish is my first read/write language I think you’re the one who needs to grow a few inches.

              Your Spanish makes no sense. Confer with a better dictionary.

              • Robinson Tilapia

                PERO QUE LO QUE?!?!

                • Brooklyn Nets

                  DIMELO TIGRE. KLOK

          • Rolling Doughnut

            Pues si me choca eso, que escriban puras jaladas. Y en el caso de Tlapia, no es la primera vez que lo hace. So, go to Berlitz or something dude cause you’re not impressing anyone.

            • Brooklyn Nets

              No entiendo porque se subio tanto el hombre. Entiendo ahora un poquito mejor si me dice que el lo ha hecho antes.

              • Rolling Doughnut

                Siempre pone mamadas en español. Normalmente no le hago caso. Pero hiciste bien porque ya se pasa no crees? Saludos.

              • http://www.flickr.com/photos/roadgeek Roadgeek Adam

                Alright for those who are born in Queens and raised to speak English, what in heavens is this conversation saying?

                • Robinson Tilapia

                  It’s people criticizing my translating “Shawn Kelley is the balls” into Spanish by writing in bad Spanish.

                  • Rolling Doughnut

                    Chinga tu madre wey. How’s that?

                    • Robinson Tilapia

                      Still shit Spanish.

            • The curse of stewie

              Pendejos

  • Brooklyn Nets

    Gardner and Ichiro are both awful too. Punch and Judy hitters. I long for Jeter, Cano, Teix, Rodriguez, Granderson, and the suck.

    • http://www.flickr.com/photos/roadgeek Roadgeek Adam

      Not sure if serious.

      • Brooklyn Nets

        One is a glorified fourth outfielder with a sub .700 OPS

        Another is a league average player whose fantastic defense clouds his tendency to guess at the plate and guess incorrectly more often than not.

        • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

          league average player hitter

          Fixed.

          • Brooklyn Nets

            Fair enough. I’ve been pretty spoiled with competent hitting outfields throughout my time as a Yankee fan so watching Gardner embarrass himself at the plate is a tired practice.

            • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

              I’m not sure how being a league average hitter is embarrassing himself at the plate.

  • RetroRob

    Jack Clark is an idiot.

    • The curse of stewie

      Unemployed idiot. He got canned like a tuna

      • http://www.flickr.com/photos/roadgeek Roadgeek Adam

        After only 7 days since being hired.

        • http://www.flickr.com/photos/roadgeek Roadgeek Adam

          Excuse me, 7 shows.

    • Mikhel

      Do you remember Jason Grimsley’s affidavit where he mentioned Chris Mihlfeld? Pujols strenght conditioner.

      My guess is Clark’s defense will rely on that affidavit, but they won’t be able to use it.

      Funny thing is: had Clark said “a source who asked to remain anonymous told me Pujols…” he wouldn’t be touched because of confidentiality for people who work in journalism which grants them power to said almost anything with no consequences.

      I hope Pujols really sues him, like Armstrong sued and won.

      • http://www.flickr.com/photos/roadgeek Roadgeek Adam

        Pulandergate 2013.

        • Mikhel

          LOL

  • Kiko Jones

    If the Yankee bullpen can keep things on the level, maybe the offense can drive in a couple off the weak Tiger bullpen. I know, I know. But hey, today’s one of those days, and we haven’t had much of ‘em this season.

  • The curse of stewie

    At boy alex great at bat there

    • Brooklyn Nets

      Because unless he goes 5-5 every night he’s worthless amiright?

      • The curse of stewie

        1 pitch with runners on base and verlander struggling yes pitch count too

        • Mikhel

          Which is one of the many things this 2013 team has done differently than other Yankee teams, nowadays it looks as if they said “ooou his pitch count is high… LETS SWING AT THE FIRST PITCH WE SEE!! wiiiiii!!!”

  • SDB

    God I fucking hate Iglesias.

    • Brooklyn Nets

      So does Peter Gammons now.

      • Mikhel

        It doesn’t surprise me anymore, the Bosox PR always overhypes their minor leaguers and a lot of the time we’d even see bosox minor leaguers rated higher in MLB.com or Baseball America than other players who are better, and those players are the ones who get traded for good pieces. The sox do a really good job at that.

  • The curse of stewie

    Ba fungul

    • Rolling Doughnut

      It’s vaffanculo and if you’re talking about Iglesias it’s spot on

      • The curse of stewie

        That little lucky fooker.

  • Cy Pettitte

    Gardner wears his sunglass arms over his ears. that’s kind of odd.

    • Mikhel

      LOL

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/roadgeek Roadgeek Adam

    Here comes Boone Logan. Must get him, because V-Mart is a switch.

  • Brooklyn Nets

    Prince Fielder has an .832 OPS vs Lefties.
    Prince Fielder has an .770 OPS vs Righties.

    http://espn.go.com/mlb/player/.....ce-fielder

    Joe brings in Boone Logan, a lefty.

    Discuss.

    • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

      Fielder 2-2, 2 HR vs. Kelley
      Fielder 3-8, 1 HR vs. Logan

      Neither was an ideal choice.

  • The curse of stewie

    Oh my god
    Logan
    Everyone start praying.
    About to be pooned

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/roadgeek Roadgeek Adam

    Paul Emmel got a shitty K-zone.

  • Rolling Doughnut

    Is turning Fielder around rally worth it, considering his splits?

    • Rolling Doughnut

      *Meant is bring in the lefty worth it. Guess it was.

  • Cy Pettitte

    Fielder is 2 for 2 with 2 HR vs. Kelley so they might be better off taking their chances with Logan lol

  • The curse of stewie

    Betance or ? Other than drob and Mo rest of the pen sucks right now.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      Shawn Kelley got Andy out of a bases loaded, one-out jam in the fifth, but Shawn Kelley sucks.

      • The curse of stewie

        You know i mean for the rest of this game right
        Can someone say it in espanol for him.

        • Robinson Tilapia

          None of them can actually write in it.

  • HateMclouth (formerly I’mVernon)

    Lots of baserunners but we’re getting it done somehow.

  • Itsallhowuseeit

    Sad thing is if Clark had said that about A Rod MLB would have kidnapped the trainer and broke knuckles until he admitted it was true. Puljous is breakng down physically like every other juicer, ironically no one hates him because of the insane contract he signed

    • http://www.flickr.com/photos/roadgeek Roadgeek Adam

      Baseball critics think the contract is trash.

    • Kiko Jones

      I respect his talent but I’ve never liked Pujols. I seriously believe he’s way less likeable than A-Rod and hides his arrogance and surliness behind his chest-pounding, religious faith.

    • Mikhel

      We don’t have to go that far: MLB spied players and Biogenesis’ owners/partners/workers, ‘intervened’ their phone lines, hired ‘hackers’ to snoop around their conversations online; but if somebody else does that and accuses somebody, that proof would not be allowed because it was obtained illegaly (unless it is the gov who accuses).

  • Kiko Jones

    Verlander’s caught a second wind and is just around the 90 pitches mark. The Yankee bullpen better keep it together.

    • Rolling Doughnut

      Verlander always ramps it up late.

  • SDB

    Please, don’t send Stewart up…

  • Cy Pettitte

    should PH for Stewart

  • The curse of stewie

    And here is the curse to end the inning

  • Itsallhowuseeit

    Does Stewart have pics of Girardi humping a goat?

    • RetroRob

      Still not a enough of an excuse.

    • http://www.flickr.com/photos/roadgeek Roadgeek Adam

      Ben Francisco lent them to him.

    • nsalem

      No but I have pix of you humping a goat,

      • Mikhel

        Good god Joe Girardi, go back to “managing” the team instead of posting here!

  • The curse of stewie

    Great play by stewie there

  • nsalem

    Wells has hit Verlander in the past

  • Rolling Doughnut

    Verlander plunks Stewart. Best AB of the year for Chris, taking one for the team. Oh my.

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/roadgeek Roadgeek Adam

    Well that’s how you get Chris Stewart on base.

  • nsalem

    and Verlander has hit Stewart now in the past

  • wow

    Why is Chris Steward in this lineup?

    • Adam

      Yeah, Austin Romind is way better.

      • Robinson Tilapia

        They should have kept Russell Martid.

        • The curse of stewie

          I blame it all on francisco cervelld

        • HateMclouth (formerly I’mVernon)

          Cashmad failed

        • SDB

          I miss Posadd.

          • RetroRob

            I miss Munsod more.

          • Mikhel

            I miss Jorge De Posadas..d? Even Baseball Reference has an entry for ‘him’ of when Jorge Posada used that name in one of his first games (later used “Posadas”). I am not sure why he did it or if it was an error on the Yankees part.

        • Buck Showalter

          In 2 years the yankees will have Weiderd anyway.

          • Robinson Tilapia

            Whoever you are, you win the internet today.

    • wow

      oh, I see.

  • RetroRob

    Why is the catcher allowed to touch the umpire?

    • http://www.flickr.com/photos/roadgeek Roadgeek Adam

      Protecting his pitcher.

      • RetroRob

        I understand why. I’m just surprised it didn’t create another reaction from the umpire. You can’t “protect” from the umpire. : -)

    • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)
      • http://www.flickr.com/photos/roadgeek Roadgeek Adam

        That was complete bullshit by Eric Cooper too.

        • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

          especially after the horribly missed HBP

  • The curse of stewie

    Verlander a bit of bitch ….no

    • http://www.flickr.com/photos/roadgeek Roadgeek Adam

      His attitude is not unheard of when it comes to being that way.

  • Itsallhowuseeit

    Verlander still yappin

  • 24/7/365 A-Rod

    If that was A-Rod pitching and he said OMG to the umpire, Selig would have banned him 25 games.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      I’m surprised he’s still in this game after that. I’ll give you that.

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/roadgeek Roadgeek Adam

    Verlander being ejected would be the only reason I would show that conversation.

  • Itsallhowuseeit

    End of the day you are not suppose to be able to argue balls and strikes, Verlander should of been run.

    • Mikhel

      Tell that to David Ortíz, he always yells and argues and doesn’t even get reprimanded… heck he destroyed the phone and appelled his fine.

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/roadgeek Roadgeek Adam

    I’m lost. Boone still there for three righties? (V-Mart, Matt Too Long Last Name, Hernan Perez) (Plus three righties follow them.)

  • Mick taylor

    Why this whole series have the yanks not bunted on Miguel Cabrera? He can barely move out there. Girardi is not a great manager. Maybe Cabrera even gets injured more tryin to field It. Either girardi does not want to see him get injured or does not want to show him up

    • http://www.flickr.com/photos/roadgeek Roadgeek Adam

      Gardner has been playing with the idea. Still has not tried.

    • Kiko Jones

      Agreed on the bunting. But have you seen more atrocious bunting than Gardner’s? Ok, you probably have, but still…

      • http://www.flickr.com/photos/roadgeek Roadgeek Adam

        Jeremy Hefner, Mets.

        He’s reaching Bobby Jones territory.

      • Bryan

        Outside of maybe Ichiro and I guess Gardner…who would you want to bunt? You don’t want Robbie to bunt. Arod either. Stewart would find a way to still get out.

      • RetroRob

        Yet Baseball America said he had the best bunting “tool” in MLB.

        Not disagreeing with you at all. Gardner is not a great bunter. More stunned by Baseball America selecting him.

      • Brooklyn Nets

        On my commute to work I read the article that touted Gardner’s bunting ability as the best in our entire organization…

        Didn’t need coffee that morning.

        • RetroRob

          It’s worse than you thought. The article rated him the best in the entire game.

          I think they assigned the summer intern to write it.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      I actually think that last part may be true, which would be incredibly silly.

    • Mikhel

      Reminds me of 2004 when Joe Torre knew that Schilling couldn’t run and yet they didn’t bunt once on him to protect Curt from injuring or something, I don’t have an explanation on why they didn’t even try… heck that whole series was weird, Torre brought Javier Vázquez who had given up a pair of homeruns to Damon in their previous two games they faced in the regular season and once in that postseason, and yup, Damon burnt him again. Damon was worse vs Loaiza than vs Vázquez, Loaiza was rested and well more effective all around vs Bosox both in that regular season and that postseason.

  • The curse of stewie

    Robertson and mo
    I like our chances now.

    • RetroRob

      I wonder how long it will take for Joe to “trust” Betances to throw a pitch in a MLB game? Not recommending it in this game, but I sure hope he doesn’t rot in the pen for two weeks, and then they bring him into a game very rusty. He hasn’t given up an earned run in 30 innings. Be great to see him while he’s in good form.

      • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

        I’m guessing he doesn’t pitch unless they are 1) way ahead (lol) 2)way behind (when does Hughes pitch next?), or 3) completely desperate for a fresh arm.

  • Bryan

    The fact that the Yanks have a record above 500 means Joe G is doing something right.

    • Brooklyn Nets

      This is very true. I give him a very hard time, more than I probably should all things considered.

      • trr

        They won’t for long, Bryan

    • Mikhel

      or… WAS, because the NYY are 43-47 since April when the air ran out of their replacement players. Or overall 7 games over 0.500 if you count:

      July 2012 = 13-13
      Aug 2012 = 15-13
      Sept/Oct 2012 = 20-11
      May 2013 = 15-13
      June 2013 = 11-16
      July 2013 = 14-12
      Aug 2013 = 2-6

      In fact besides 4 good months in 2012-2013 the Yanks have been a team barely above 0.500

      April 2012 = 13-9
      June 2012 = 20-7
      Sept/Oct 2012 = 20-11
      April 2013 = 16-10

      Total: 69-37 in 4 regular season months

      Rest: 84-87

      • Mikhel

        OOPS

        *In fact besides 4 good months in 2012-2013 the Yanks have been a team barely BELOW 0.500

      • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike Axisa

        So if you take away the good months they’re a bad team? Holy shit you’re onto something!

  • The curse of stewie

    Much better at bat alex

  • RetroRob

    Nice play to rob A-Rod of a hit, but have to be encouraged that he pulled Verlander a couple of times, including for the HR.

    He was not turning on pitches much of last year, no doubt as that hip was collapsing.

  • Brooklyn Nets

    Brayan Pena would be our franchise catcher.

    True or False.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      100% false.

    • http://www.flickr.com/photos/roadgeek Roadgeek Adam

      Just a good day for Pena. Can’t say much more than that.

      • Robinson Tilapia

        Never played more than 72 games a season despite getting time in the majors since 2005. 31 years old.

        You keep him stashed in AAA, or have him as a platoon partner for Stewie if you didn’t have Romine around.

  • The curse of stewie

    Oh god no another blown chance
    Fuckin tigers hang around like herpes

  • SDB

    crossing fingers and praying that Miggy doesn’t come up to the plate this inning…

  • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

    Take your time, Nunez

  • SDB

    Fuck Iglesias.

  • Cy Pettitte

    so sick of Jose Iglesias. He has like 5 hits this series with 4 of them being infield hits

    • Mikhel

      a 0.340 hitter vs Yankees before today… ugh.

  • Itsallhowuseeit

    Wow…bottom of the line up gonna be the death today

  • The curse of stewie

    Fluck

  • HateMclouth (formerly I’mVernon)

    OK Iglesias, you aren’t on the Red Sox anymore, you can stop being a pain in the ass.

    • RetroRob

      Still not anywhere near as annoying as Pedro Ciraco, or however his name is spelled.

      • Mikhel

        Ciriaco.

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/roadgeek Roadgeek Adam

    At least its the last time we face Jose Iglesias for now.

  • Itsallhowuseeit

    Getting squeezed

    • http://www.flickr.com/photos/roadgeek Roadgeek Adam

      Yah. Paul Emmel’s K-zone has been annoying as hell.

      • Justin Verlander

        Oh my, god. I agree!

  • The curse of stewie

    Drob hasnt got it today
    Clayborne
    Joba
    Warren
    Betance
    Pick your poison.

    • Mikhel

      *Betances

      A lot of last names in spanish end with an S. His last name in particular is of french origin and comes from a gaul word for “tough” and “primitive”. The ES at the end of the name means “the son of”, same for the EZ, unless it is a non-castellanized name.

      For example, Fernández means “the son of Fernando”, González means “the son of Gonzalo”.

  • Celerino Sanchez

    Robertson is only at 90 MPH with the fastball. This gane could go down the drain quickly.

    • Mikhel

      nice!! Celerino “mano negra” Sánchez

  • Cy Pettitte

    that looked like a horrible call

  • Rolling Doughnut

    Nice gift. We’ll take it.

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/roadgeek Roadgeek Adam

    Wow.

    That is certainly a bad call? No?

    Rookie ump alert.

  • Itsallhowuseeit

    Make up call for game one in ALCS last year

  • The curse of stewie

    Did stewie just tag tori on the second strike?

  • Brooklyn Nets

    Gardner always has a way of reminding me that runs saved = runs scored sometimes.

  • Robinson Tilapia

    I love you, Brett Gardner.

  • The curse of stewie

    Gardner hurt?

  • Lukaszek

    Gardner!!! Wow that was a great play

  • Cy Pettitte

    hahahaha wow

  • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

    Nice play. Hopefully Gardy’s not hurt too badly.

  • HateMclouth (formerly I’mVernon)

    Wow, what a frigin play! Anyone notice Gardner looked hurt for a few seconds?

    • RetroRob

      Looked like he might have had the wind knocked out of him. You could see if in his face just as they cut away.

      • http://www.flickr.com/photos/roadgeek Roadgeek Adam

        He’s had those kind of hits before and absorbed them.

  • Itsallhowuseeit

    Now i see why we traded Jackson….cashman is a genius!

    • Brooklyn Nets

      On a serious note, Jackson or Gardner – pick one with the benefit of hindsight.

      I’d take AJax I think.

      • RetroRob

        I’ll take Gardner and all the HRs from Granderson.

      • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

        I’d take Jackson. Younger. Extra year of team control. At an age where he could still get better.
        They aren’t far apart though.

  • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

    Huge double play. HUGE.

  • Rolling Doughnut

    Gardy all right?

  • The curse of stewie

    Melky mesa come on up.

  • Pasta Stumbling Sojo

    Phil Coke pointing on 390-foot fly balls is one of the underrated pleasures of watching baseball.

    • Itsallhowuseeit

      Lol…maybe someone should point to his 0-5 record and .535 era

  • Cy Pettitte

    you gotta be kidding me.

  • SDB

    Miggy is a beast.

  • Itsallhowuseeit

    Geez

  • RetroRob

    Has Mo ever blown three saves in a row during his career?

    He won’t here, but wondering if he has.

    • RetroRob

      Sorry I even had the thought.

    • SDB

      you just had to jinx it…

    • Mikhel

      Nope, first time.

  • Itsallhowuseeit

    Ball caught a lot of the fat part of the plate

  • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

    ugghhhhh

  • Leg-End

    Even a hobbled Miggy is a beast.

  • fabricio

    this is definitely not Mo’s week

  • Rolling Doughnut

    Mo throws another cookie to Miggy. WTF

  • Robinson Tilapia

    Mike, what’s the runtime on this edition of WWWMW? I’m looking forward to it ending.

    • rich

      Since the week started on Wednesday, I would say Tuesday

  • Lukaszek

    OMG freaking Miguel Cabrera >.<

  • SDB

    Holy shit.

  • Cy Pettitte

    seriously?

  • Nathan

    You’ve got to be shitting me…

  • Rolling Doughnut

    Gulp.

  • Leg-End

    We just witnessed a bit of unfortunate history.

  • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

    wtf Mo?!?!?!

  • Itsallhowuseeit

    That just happened

  • Nathan

    No fucking way.

    • Nathan

      I said to my girlfriend before the inning started, “No way he blows three in a row”.

      What the hell are the odds?

      • Mikhel

        Considering he doesn’t throw hard anymore and has had trouble all season long? The odds would be high, I guess, specially since Cabrera, Fielder and VMart are fastballs hitters and Rivera only throws fastballs, his 90 mph were mere cookies.

        • Improbable Island’s Dirty Midget Whores

          Except he’s been great all season long. Hell, he still has very good numbers now.

  • HateMclouth (formerly I’mVernon)

    OH COME ON.

  • fabricio

    woooooow this really is a bad week for him holy fucking shit on a stick

  • flamingo

    Ugh, I hate WWWMW.

  • HateMclouth (formerly I’mVernon)

    Well this kinda sucks. But if I see another one of those “Mo is finished” comments I think I might throw myself off a bridge.

    • Mikhel

      Well, he’s finished and that’s why he will retire.

      • HateMclouth (formerly I’mVernon)

        Finished in the sense that he has nothing left and sucks. Which is a lot different than going out on his own terms.

        • Improbable Island’s Dirty Midget Whores

          Except that this isn’t true. We have no reason to think it’s true but three games. Just relax dude.

  • Karl Krawfid

    Think Mo is getting worn down?

    • Improbable Island’s Dirty Midget Whores

      No.

  • Improbable Island’s Dirty Midget Whores

    Has he EVER blown three saves in a row?

    This is probably the worst he’s ever pitched.

  • Itsallhowuseeit

    Bets on Girardi pinch hitting for Stewie in 9th?

    • Mikhel

      Are you kidding? He manages for the homerun, he expects a homerun from every single batter; at least that’s my guess on why he doesn’t manage with strategy and ‘plays’ for the rally.

    • SDB

      I think Girardi’s more likely to walk out there as a pinch hitter than Wells or Romine, sadly.

  • Kiko Jones

    I, um, uh…nothing.

  • Brooklyn Nets

    Hope Mo gets it together.

  • HateMclouth (formerly I’mVernon)

    Mo is just setting up the walk-off.

  • Al

    Mo should just quit now . He’s over the hill he’s nothing more than a set up man now

    • HateMclouth (formerly I’mVernon)

      Ugh. Heading to the Verrazano now.

  • Nathan

    I wonder if he’s not right. My mind is still blown that he blows three games in a row. Either that or the Tigers just have his number.

    • RetroRob

      Nah. His cutter is just off right now. Happens every year for a period. Velocity is fine.

      • Mikhel

        Since 2009 his cutter has not been as bad, his velocity is lower (lowest in his career at a bit over 90 mph in average but most of his cutters are in the 86-88 mph range with an occasional 93 mph), the movement is lesser both in the X and Y axis.

        • Improbable Island’s Dirty Midget Whores

          Thank you for the analysis of something you know 0 about.

        • RetroRob

          You’re right. He was luck for the first four months.

          Every year for over a decade people come out of the woodwork to predict why this is the end, noting lost velocity, etc., or the fact he has one pitch, or snap in the brilliant “analysis.” Those people are embarrassed a week or two later. You’ll just be the latest, although you’ll change your screen name and go hide.

  • Dro413

    Sorry Mo you’re done!! Fuck we had this game. They better walk off again.

  • Kiko Jones

    I ain’t no rat—I’m gonna go down with the ship. But, Mike Axisa was wrong: today was the end of the season. I mean, 3 blown saves in a row from The Greatest? What are the odds?

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/roadgeek Roadgeek Adam

    Just a bad week.

    • Brooklyn Nets

      Mo doesn’t have bad weeks. He’s never had a week this bad, at least, ever.

      • rich

        Its a bad week man. You guys gotta relax, you sound worse than the mainstream media right now.

      • Bo Knows

        Mo always has one bad week where he’ll get hit

      • Mikhel

        He’s had weeks as bad as this week, you just don’t remember ‘em.

      • RetroRob

        He has bad weeks every year. Usually has a couple of them. He made it to August this year before he had one.

        You may relax. He’s fine.

  • Cy Pettitte

    Mo picked a great day to blow another save. No one left in the pen but Betances.

    • Brooklyn Nets

      Forces Joe to pitch him! Genius Mo!

  • trr

    Fucking shoot me now

  • M&M Boys

    What a nightmare of a season. Retire Mo. You are completely washed up. Time to go. And take Pettitte with you. It’s too bad they both didn’t retire after last season. Very bad way to go out. This is sickening and very sad to watch.

    • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

      I love how a bad week make a player “washed up”.

    • BFDeal

      Did you wake up thinking “I can’t wait to look like an stupid jackass on a message board today”?

    • Ken

      Ichiro had a bad start and was labeled here a “waste of roster space.” Looks like that was an erroneous call now, huh? But Pettite is old and washed up, should have retired long ago. Hubris keeps him coming back. And wherefore Mo?

      • Improbable Island’s Dirty Midget Whores (formerly RRR)

        Actually, Ichiro is still pretty bad.

        • Ken

          If so, then the teammates are only worse. He’s outhitting and outfielding and outrunning most of them.

  • Kiko Jones

    OK, here comes the walk-off…

  • Improbable Island’s Dirty Midget Whores

    My gosh, this might be the worst I’ve ever seen the comments section. You people are hysterical. I feel like not one, but several of you are just going to kill yourself.

  • Kiko Jones

    For the sake of everything you hold dear, Joe G: PINCH HIT FOR STEWART. We beg of you.

  • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

    Joba’s up?
    Better score now.

  • God

    In 1995, I gifted Mo with extra velocity when it looked like he was done.

    In 1997, I gifted Mo with his great cutter so he could be the best closer ever.

    In 2013, I have removed his cutter during his final few weeks to remind him life is full of obstacles.

    Praise the Lord.

  • Leg-End

    Joba up, white flag.

  • Itsallhowuseeit

    Holy shit pinch hitter?

  • Itsallhowuseeit

    Soooooooooo close

  • RetroRob

    Rather see Betances.

  • Cy Pettitte

    thank christ, no Joba.

  • Leg-End

    Haha! Gardner again.

  • Brooklyn Nets

    Damn Gardy you’re awesome sometimes.

  • Itsallhowuseeit

    Gardner 2 walkoffs? What a weekend for him

  • Lukaszek

    …out of all people to hit a homerun!

  • BigBlueAL

    AJax who!!!!

    • Mikhel

      The guy who went 7-14, 2 doubles, 1 HR, 1 RBI and 5 runs; Gardner also had a good series going 5-14 with 1 homeruns and 2 RBI and 3 runs.

      Granderson on the other hand went 2-10 with 0 RBI, 0 R and no extrabases.

  • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

    Gardy!!!!!!!!!!!

  • SDB

    GARDY!

  • flamingo

    Baseball the best.

  • SDB

    best of all, NO JOBA!

  • JGYank

    Mo is just helping us tank for the better pick. Those of you saying he is done… Just wtf. Relax. It’s great to win but it doesn’t matter much if there isn’t a postseason.

    • RetroRob

      Gardner is checking every Mo move.

    • Mikhel

      Imagine if the Yankees end up in the bottom 5, and Cashman picks a high schooler pitcher who is injuried already but he likes him because of his potential upside in 5 seasons…

      • Mikhel

        Or even worse if the Yanks pick 12th, their pick choses not to sign…

  • Adam

    Great stuff. Complain all you want, this team (limited as they are) really does fight.

  • HateMclouth (formerly I’mVernon)

    Gardner with a bomb!!!!!!!!!

  • Improbable Island’s Dirty Midget Whores

    BRETT. FUCKING. GARDNER.

    Bailing Mo out since 2013.

  • wow

    does anybody else notice that Kevin Long always rubs someone’s shoulders when he’s happy?

    I think he has a bit of a Buster Bluth complex going on.

  • DERP

    Love seeing A-Rod run after the helmet. Gardner made it easy for him.

    • Mikhel

      Rodríguez asked Gardner to throw it in the air, Gardner threw it to him LOL

  • ropeadope

    Mo just wanted to be credited with the win!

  • Rolling Doughnut

    Crushed. Way to pick up Mo!

  • JGYank

    Gardy with the walk off bomb and great catch. I ll take him over Jackson.

  • Jimmy

    Is it me or was that the most half-assed celebration at the plate.

  • Kiko Jones

    I CALLED IT, BITCHES.

    Seriously, congrats to all of us for not having a heart attack. Ha!

    (PS: Mo needs to but Gardy a Rolex. No joke.)

  • Wj

    Damnit , I was hoping to see betances pitch, what a meaningless hr

  • wow

    Also, that sheet of ice that practically stabbed Gardner in the back of the neck when he got the Gatorade shower? Holy crap!

  • Cool Lester Smooth

    GGBG IS A TRU YANKEE!!!!!!!

    Also, scrolling up has reminded me why I don’t do game threads.

  • Improbable Island’s Dirty Midget Whores

    5 blown saves though…has he ever blown 5 saves in one season?

    • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

      yes.
      6 in 2003.
      5 in 2010 and 2011.

      • Improbable Island’s Dirty Midget Whores

        Cool, thanks. Good to know.

        • RetroRob

          …which means he could tie or exceed his career-high in blown saves with about seven weeks to go.

          Or he won’t blow another one the rest of the way.

          • Improbable Island’s Dirty Midget Whores (formerly RRR)

            So, he CAN blow more saves,

            That doesn’t really tell me anything.

          • Improbable Island’s Dirty Midget Whores (formerly RRR)

            That doesn’t really tell us anything.

    • Lukaszek

      Yeppers, he blew 6 in 2003, and he blew 5 apiece in both 2010 and 2011

      • Lukaszek

        Feck, they beat me to it

  • JGYank

    Anyone see Gardner here as a part of our future? I can see him hanging around and wouldn’t mind it at all.

    • Mikhel

      Nope, unless he focuses his training in the offseason on getting back his speed, because as soon as his speed diminishes more he’ll be useless in the field (his throw is veery weak and gets a bad reading at flies but compensates with his speed). His OBP and AVG will suffer because he won’t be able to beat grounders.

      • JGYank

        I don’t mean into his old age just for the next few years until the end of his prime. I really like his game gets on base great defense great speed a bit of power if he hit more homers he would be an all star every year.

  • ialien

    terrible win. whats the point of winning when your out of the playoffs. just keep winning for nothing & further damage your draft position.

    • BFDeal

      (insert eye roll)

    • fabricio

      alright negative nancy relax

    • Pat D

      No Maas is that way.

      ———–>

    • Mikhel

      Judging by the success the Yanks have had in the draft in the past 15 years, it won’t matter unless they lose every game and pick second, behind the AAAstros.

  • VC

    Anyone notice Arod’s awkwardness in the walkoff celebration? Haha http://mlb.mlb.com/video/play......d=28898650

    • Mikhel

      yup, I laughed a lot when he asked for the helmet and Gardner basically threw him his helmet.

  • Steve Sax Machine

    Thanks Brett!