Game 130: Salvage the Series



The first two games of this three-game set against the Rays were a reminder of just how tough the road to the postseason will be for the Yankees. It won’t all be beating up on the Angels and Blue Jays. They’ll have to actually beat some good teams along the way. A lot of good teams, really.

To their credit, the Yankees did take two of three from both the Tigers and Red Sox within the last two weeks. That doesn’t mean dropping at least two of three to the Rays is okay. They don’t have that kind of room for error. Joe Girardi‘s squad needs to win every series from here on out, against the good teams and bad teams. Salvage this series today and then go pound Toronto in Toronto for a few days. Here’s the lineup that will face right-hander Alex Cobb:

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

And on the mound is right-hander Ivan Nova, who has allowed seven runs in 13.1 innings across his last two starts. He had allowed seven runs in his previous 45 innings and six starts.

First pitch is scheduled for 1:40pm ET and can be seen on YES. Enjoy.

Categories : Game Threads


  1. trr says:

    Don’t feel confident at all about this game.
    God, I hate playing in this place.
    Somebody step up and win this for us!

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

    The whole Ichiro batting 2nd vs. RHP thing really needs to stop.
    There is absolutely no justification for it.

    • Elton Cod says:


      The Binder says, in the section ‘the Morals of the Batting Ordere”, that the #2 hitter must be somebody who is not very good, but who occasionally knocks out a single. Also, the player should be “speedy”, or should have been speedy at some point in his life, but not so speedy that we would make him the leadoff hitter. He cannot be too good at making contact, or else he would bad 1st. He cannot be too good at anything else, either, like hitting homeruns, or else he would bat 3rd, 4th, or 5th, spots which are almost always better than #2, at least on teams which still follow the Binder Morals.

      • Elton Cod says:

        It is Good if the #2 is terrible at drawing walks. That way he does not clog up the bases for the Power Hitter (#3) or The Clean-up Man (#4). It is always better for the #3, #4, and #5 hitters to see more outs on the board and less men on base. It forces them to focus.

      • RetroRob says:

        Considering that the binder has had Jeter, Damon, Granderson and Swisher in that spot for most of Girardi’s managing career, I’m note quite sure that’s true!

    • Tim says:

      Another person on this site bashing Ichiro…smh. Have you Ichiro haters been watching? Until last month he was our 3rd best player. Who else you want batting 2nd Cano? Nunez? Please. Ichiro can do way more things with the bat then Nunez. How bout his RBI yesterday. Nunez prob strikes out in the situation.

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

        Are you serious?
        Ichiro this season: 268/302/355 76 wRC+
        Somebody that far below average should be nowhere near the top of the lineup.
        Ichiro vs. RHP this season: 236/282/310 57 wRC+ (Absolutely awful)
        Ichiro since the AS break: 231/256/256 34 wRC+ (Pathetic)

        Ichiro’s value is primarily in his defense. Defense doesn’t make somebody worthy of hitting in the top half of the lineup.
        Gardner, Granderson, Overbay, Cano, and Soriano (and ARod when he’s playing) are all much more productive hitters than Ichiro.
        Below average hitters belong near the bottom half of the lineup. Ichiro is a well below average hitter overall.
        It’s not Ichiro bashing. It’s stating objective facts.
        And who the hell said anything about Nunez? Picking another bad hitter to compare Ichiro to is a very weak argument.

        Have you been watching?

      • Cool Lester Smooth says:

        Thank you.

        I needed a laugh.

  3. Frank Costanza says:

    Lou Piniella…ugh

  4. Kramerica Industries says:

    I think I threw a 12-23 since 2010 stat out there, but to take it a step further, since July 21, 2011 (I think that’s the date), they are a much more paltry 5-16 at Tropicana Field.

    That’s Angel Stadium circa mid-2000s bad.

    • Reuben Sierra's Chains says:

      You sitting this one out or are you at the monstrosity again.

      • Kramerica Industries says:

        Didn’t have the desire to go again.

        I’m fearing a Mo situation, but with the way this game began, it may very well not happen. So much for that.

  5. Rolling Doughnut says:

    Here we go.

  6. Frank Costanza says:

    I feel like we’re about to go through a stretch where Ivan Nova reminds us again that he’s not all that good.

    • Wolfgang's Fault says:

      Nova’s a guy w/power pitcher stuff who pitches like a finesse pitcher. So far, 6 ip, 5 hits, 6bb’s, 3k’s, and a lot of breaking pitches. The dude sits 93-95 & can dial it up sometimes higher. He frequently seems so reticent on the mound. Not your bulldog type for sure. Reynolds swings at a foot inside strike three and Stewart takes a right down the old chute heater for same & two outs. Meanwhile, Tampa Bay relief pitcher Jake McGee routinely dialing it up to 97-98 mph. The Rays drafted him in the 5th round of the 2004 draft. Took a little while, but looks like the Rays got a nice return on that pick; huh? Oh, Gardner swings at high fb out of the strike zone for strike 3 & McGee strikes out the side; oy!!!

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

    Off to a great start…

  8. Rolling Doughnut says:

    Gee, this Rays team is pretty good. How much are the beers and hot dogs at the Trop?

  9. Mickey Scheister says:

    Nice! So the guy who struck out just scored. F*ck you Tampa!

  10. Eddard says:

    LOL! If you didn’t think the season was already over it is now! Kuroda and Nova’s good stretches were not sustainable.

    • Winter says:

      You mean Kuroda’s four-and-half month long good stretch?

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

        Actually, yes. Throughout his career he was never that good. A dropoff down to Earth was coming.

        With that said, this is Eddard you’re talking to. Don’t forget that.

    • Wolfgang's Fault says:

      6 2/3′s for Nova is a solid outing. Nova can be a mainstay in this rotation for years to come. He’s one of the guys you build on rather than tear down or trade off. He has quality stuff and he’s clearly learning his craft. He’s capable of getting better. You’d be an ass to write him off.

  11. Kramerica Industries says:

    Well, I see Nova is off to just a stellar start to this game.

    Jeez, Nova. It was nice while you were on.

  12. Kramerica Industries says:

    Mark Reynolds just saved this game from getting out of hand.

  13. Rolling Doughnut says:

    Nice DP. Hope Nova settles down now.

  14. Eddard says:

    Joe Maddon is a managerial wizard. Why can’t the Yankees get a guy like that? They have the money to lure someone here.

    • Rolling Doughnut says:

      Girardi’s done a pretty good job with what he’s got, I’d say.

    • Kramerica Industries says:

      Joe Maddon is a byproduct of being hired by the right team at the right time of a rebuilding phase.

      His unorthodox style would’ve never meshed if he had been hired by a team like the Yankees; the veterans would’ve just tuned him out and basically considered him an out-of-touch lunatic. A team full of young players like the Rays? Those guys could be brainwashed by Maddon.

  15. dot says:

    Nova’s got the hook working now.

    Score runs.

  16. Winter says:

    Who’s the third guy in the YES booth today?

    • Elton Cod says:

      If I woke up tomorrow and read ‘Tampa Bay Rays’ infielders dead in a fiery plane crash’ I wouldn’t feel that bad…I’d just be worried that one of them survived.

  17. RetroRob says:

    Has Cobb always had the slightly funky/hesitation/leg lift before delivering his pitches? Not sure why I’ve noticed it before.

  18. Tim says:

    Hypothetical but what if Nunez is up in a crucial RBI spot late in game. You think Girardi would PH ARod and play him at SS? I think he would almost have to this game is too important to risk losing.

    • Tim says:

      but I’m sure he won’t.

    • Mikhel says:

      No, he won’t. Check how he has been “managing”, it doesn’t seem JoeG understands the concept of “must win” games (for example: Suzuki bats 0.341 AVG vs LHP and he benches him whenever a starting pitcher is a LHP).

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

        Did David Price stop throwing with his left hand?
        They essentially just rotate off days for the 3 LH OF’s vs. LHP.

  19. Eddard says:

    Nova always pitches well against Tampa so this is no surprise. If they can get him a lead he’ll keep it through 6-7 and hand it to the set up men. You won’t see him coughing up the lead in an important division game.

  20. Crime Dog says:

    Someone get me a pop time on that Stewart throw. Jeez, he’s got a quick release.

  21. Eddard says:

    What was Robbie thinking? But now they have the lead. Nova won’t give it up.

  22. SDB says:

    Lovely hit, but jesus Robbie, HUSTLE.

  23. AndrewYF says:

    Well, Robbie contributed both of the Yankee runs, but his idiotic baserunning cost then a run.

  24. Eddard says:

    The right move there was to PH Alex and guarantee yourself a good matchup but Girardi has to give Alex a full day off. Alex needs his rest only playing 2 months this season.

  25. Kramerica Industries says:

    Unfortunately, there will never be a unanimous HOF selection. Mo’s not gonna break that.

  26. itsallhowuseeit says:

    Cano and Girardi killed a huge inning

  27. Kramerica Industries says:

    That didn’t take long.

    for fucks sake.

  28. SDB says:

    Fuck Longoria.

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

    Here goes the game.

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

    Fuck this.

  31. Capo says:

    Longo needs to be IBB’d from here on out. He’s killing us, loudly.

  32. Kramerica Industries says:

    Longoria has a lifetime OPS of about .940 against the Yankees.

    In 2013, it’s over 1.000.

  33. Eddard says:

    That was Stewie’s fault. You do not pitch to Longoria in this situation, let alone throw a curve when he hasn’t had the curve all day.

  34. Rolling Doughnut says:

    Seems like old times. Didn’t Feces do this last night?

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

      Feces just sounds dumb and juvenile.

    • nsalem says:

      Do you actually think this is funny??? Of all the stupid, ignorant and juvenile words I have read on any sports site, this comment about Sabathia,that you and a couple of other posters such as “yourmom” is the worst. I hope for your sake you are under 12 years old and maybe will grow up one day. If you don’t like Sabathia’s performance can’t you just make the comment and leave it at that. CC is a great human being and has does more good things for our society every minute then you ever will in the entire span of your pathetic and miserable existence.

  35. wow says:

    Say what you will about poor attendance and stadium location, but boy are the Rays a well-run organization. I wish the Yankees would take note; they’re being schooled both on and off the field by this organization.

    • Tessio says:

      Agree. Yeah, they benefited in drafts from those lousy seasons, but they know how to develop pitchers. The Yanks seem to have gone pretty stale, organizationally speaking.

  36. Rolling Doughnut says:

    Didn’t Overbay get rung up on the same pitch?

  37. Mickey Scheister says:

    The ump is calling balls strikes and strikes balls. Three straight fly balls, we take the lead versus this pesky team and they just keep out playing this Yankees team. And yes Eddard, A-Rod absolutely should have hit for Overbay if these are “must win” games.

  38. itsallhowuseeit says:

    Everyone keeps giving Girardi props for this season. Last 2 games he’s left CC in too long and to face Longoria who owns him and did further damage and today instead of ph a righty he left overbay in to face a lefty with hiss 200 ba against. These moves always cost the game. Injuries have camouflaged his ineptness but he sucks period

  39. Mickey Scheister says:

    I’d rather face the slumping Loney here.

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


    And Nova, unlike CC, does NOT come out with us losing.

  41. Eddard says:

    Yeah, Girardi is just too slow whereas Maddon is always ahead of the curve. Too slow to take out CC, too slow to realize that Longoria is the Rays best hitter. They walked James Loney but wouldn’t dare pitch around Longo in a 1 run ballgame. Just inept managing there.

    And he failed to PH A-Rod in a must in division ballgame. Now watch him leave Nova in there when he should go to Kelley-Drob-Mo and hope his offense scores 1 run in the next 3 innings.

  42. Leg-End says:

    Doesn’t get anymore down the middle than that Stewart, but just look at it for Strike 3 anyway.

  43. Anderson Silva says:

    Reynolds is kinda awful. Too much swinging and missing.

  44. wow says:

    get a real catcher.

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

    So what inning do you think Tampa takes the lead? I’m thinking this is it.

    • Truther says:

      Watching today huh? Drama Man

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

        Yeah, I watch when I want to. I thought I made that clear every single time I’ve mentioned this, but apparently your head is far too thick for it to get through. If you want, I’ll give you some helpful links so you can work on your reading comprehension.

        • Truther says:

          I read just fine, YOU said you were not watching anymore games. Yet you do. Seems like you sticking to something needs a few helpful links.

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

            No, I didn’t. I said I would check in and follow online and if it looked like something good or interesting was happening I’d watch.

            But nice try. Get your glasses checked.

      • Rolling Doughnut says:

        Who cares when he watches? His question is legit. The last two nights they coughed up the lead.

        • Truther says:

          He needs a therapist with all his season is over season is not over/ I’m not watching anymore games oh I guess I will watch B.S. Guy’s a clown.

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

            Why the fuck do you even care? Just don’t respond to me, I’m not attacking anybody personally or causing trouble with any of the posters. If you don’t like the way I follow the team, then follow them the way you want to. I don’t care.

    • number 21 says:

      I say 9th inning walk-off.

  46. Tessio says:

    What’s this meeting in Tampa REALLY about?

  47. Eddard says:

    Nova gave everything he had as he always does against the Rays. A couple poor managerial decisions has cost him a chance at the W.

    • OldYanksFan says:

      Cano’s brain dead baserunning (going for 3rd with NO outs, and the heart of the order coming up) cost us this game.

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

        His HR and double also kept us in the game in the first place. Without him we’re probably losing right now.

  48. Anderson Silva says:


  49. OldYanksFan says:

    Why oh why did Girardi let Cano take base running lessons from Jorge Posada?

  50. Rolling Doughnut says:

    Kranderson, well at least you know what you’re getting. 40 dingers and 200 K.

  51. Karl says:

    Team has no heart. No mettle. Cano always wilts from the pressure at the end of games.

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

      Cano’s high leverage split this year: 323/409/573

      Clearly can’t handle the pressure.

      • Karl says:

        Wow, never would have guessed someone would pull out some stats to argue. There’s a statistic or metric for any argument you want to make in baseball these days. All I know is that I’ve watched almost every game this year and when Cano has come up late in games with a chance to tie or take the lead he almost always makes an out. If you can bring up some examples where he put the team on his back like Miggy does, hitting home runs off our closer twice in the span of three games, I’d be happy to hear it. Or you can just dig up another statistic.

        • Jerome S. says:

          You must be trolling, sir

        • JohnnyC says:

          Just admit you’re wrong.

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

          Sorry to let facts get in the way of your argument.

          He’s not Miggy. Nobody ever said he was.

          You’re the one who said Cano always wilts at the end of games. That is demonstrably false. There is a huge gap between being Miggy and always wilting. There is a statistic or metric that can disprove any completely false argument. There isn’t a statistic or metric that can prove something that isn’t true.

  52. BigBlueAL says:

    Brilliant use of Shawn Kelley. Better hope this game doesnt go into extra innings.

  53. Wolfgang's Fault says:

    97-98mph is the new 95mph. This Ray team throws HARD!!

  54. Eddard says:

    I’d use Mo for 3 innings if needed. This is a must win. He can have tomorrow off.

  55. BigBlueAL says:

    Would be a good time for Reynolds to hit his 2nd hr as a Yankee.

  56. Wolfgang's Fault says:

    What are the odds Reynolds even puts the ball in play?

  57. BigBlueAL says:

    At least Stewart leads off the 10th….

  58. Wolfgang's Fault says:


  59. Itsallhowuseeit says:

    Bets on who hits the walk off. Ive got Loney

  60. number 21 says:

    Should have scored in that inning, now watch them walk-off.

  61. Wolfgang's Fault says:

    If there is a 10th.

  62. Wolfgang's Fault says:

    Hate to use DRob for two innings here, but this club has no choice. Sneaky fast DRob k’s Myers for the first out.

  63. BigBlueAL says:

    Would be nice if Arod pinch-hits for Stewart leading off the 10th.

  64. ROBTEN says:

    If you’re going to pinch-hit A-Rod here, why wouldn’t you pinch-hit him for Overbay in the sixth against a lefty when there were runners on 2nd and 3rd?

  65. Wheels says:

    Nice A-Rod. Here we go

  66. BigBlueAL says:

    Well there goes Cano’s at-bat. Gonna be up to Ichiro and Soriano.

  67. Wheels says:

    Son of a fucking bitch!

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

    That’s game.

    Here comes Joba.

  69. Kramerica Industries says:

    What fucking awful luck.

    A microcosm of the series right there. Amazing.

  70. Rolling Doughnut says:

    Oh FFSake.

  71. Anderson Silva says:

    very unlucky

  72. BigBlueAL says:

    Well, at least if the game goes to the 11th Cano will get to hit.

  73. Anderson Silva says:

    Girardi waving the white flag with Joba coming in

  74. Kramerica Industries says:

    I guess it’s good I saved the money today, since Mo’s not gonna pitch.

  75. BigBlueAL says:

    At least Joba gets to face the bottom 2 hitters in the lineup to start the inning.

  76. Rolling Doughnut says:

    They┬┤re letting Molina hit?

  77. nsalem says:

    Don’t understand why Mo isn’t out there. It gives us a better chance at extending the game an inning. Which gives Cano, Soriano and Granderson another at bat. Somebody other than Rivera is going to have to pitch in order for us to win anyway. Hopefully Joba will succeed.

  78. Wheels says:

    I was listening on the radio earlier so I didn’t see it, but just how stupid was Cano’s decision to stretch that double into a triple? Was it even close?

  79. BigBlueAL says:

    How the fuck do you walk Molina there????????

  80. Anderson Silva says:

    Joba is pathetic. How do you walk Molina after getting to 0-2. Atrocious.

  81. Kramerica Industries says:

    So Jobber was afraid to throw a fastball to Jose Molina there.

    That’s hilarious.

  82. stuart a says:

    0 and 2 and he walks MOlina… Joba is a dope. throwing a slider 3 and 2.. he has no mind..

    rays defense has killed the yanks.

    I know Cano has been great today but getting thrown out at 3rd for the first run of the inning shows his baserunning accumen. No big deal..


  83. Rolling Doughnut says:

    Afraid to throw a 3-2 fastball to Jose f* Molina. That’s funny.

  84. stuart a says:

    joba is a dope..

    pitch choice, just plain stupid…

    what a waste of talent..

  85. Kramerica Industries says:

    This would be my worst nightmare, to see Lobaton with ANOTHER walk-off.

  86. Itsallhowuseeit says:

    Joba the hutt everybody

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

    At least Mo will be well rested.

  88. Kramerica Industries says:

    Well, that was ball 4, so thanks for that, Lobaton.

  89. BigBlueAL says:

    They arent gonna IBB Grandy??

  90. Rolling Doughnut says:

    Sori manufactured that one.

  91. Wheels says:

    Right on Grandy

  92. Anderson Silva says:

    that was all Sori

  93. number 21 says:

    And here comes the heart of their order…I have a bad feeling about this.

  94. Rolling Doughnut says:

    Almost too smooth Robbie.

  95. BigBlueAL says:

    Cano almost gave me a heart attack with that throw lol.

  96. nsalem says:

    Joyce has a zero slash vs Joyce

  97. nsalem says:

    meant mo

  98. Itsallhowuseeit says:


  99. Rolling Doughnut says:

    Mo got away with one to Longo. wow.

    • BigBlueAL says:

      Yeah, thankfully it was outside enough he couldnt completely turn on it. Longoria is amazingly quick on inside pitches.

  100. Kramerica Industries says:

    Mo made his final appearance at Tropicana Field appear effortless.

    Thanks for everything, Mo.

    • nsalem says:

      Regular season appearance. He’ll be back for the ALCS!!!

      • Kramerica Industries says:

        I don’t want to see the Rays anywhere near the ALCS, unless they faced the Red Sox in the ALDS.

        • nsalem says:

          Just trying to make the point. Quickly thinking about it I would much rather see the Sox beat the Rays if they played in the DS. I think the Rays pitching is much stronger and we play much much better in Fenway than the Trop

          • Kramerica Industries says:

            You are right, but there has only been one time I have ever chosen to “root” for the Red Sox to win a playoff series, and that was in 2007 against the Angels. The Yankees (at the time) ALWAYS played like crap against the Angels, and the Yankees had gone 10-8 in the season series with the Red Sox (9-3 in the final 12 games).

            I could justify this since I thought the Yankees had an excellent chance of advancing past a Cleveland team that they had gone 6-0 on the season against.

            We all know how that turned out. Since then, I default to the Red Sox losing regardless of any implications it has on the Yankees. Besides, it’s not like the Yankees have exactly done that great against the Red Sox this year, either.

  101. BigBlueAL says:

    Great win. Every time this team looks ready to be buried for the season they find a way to win a game and keep our hopes alive lol.

  102. Itsallhowuseeit says:

    Damn Longoria has been dialed in for this series

  103. number 21 says:

    Series salvaged.

  104. RetroRob says:

    Six pitches, three outs!

  105. Itsallhowuseeit says:

    Neeeeeeeeded that one

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

    The steal that saved the season?

  107. trr says:

    Oh, thank God
    We NEEDED that one !

  108. Wolfgang's Fault says:

    Lucky to get out of there w/one out of three; we’ll take it & be happy about it too!

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