Game 132: Just Win

Baseball. (Tom Szczerbowski/Getty)

Baseball. (Tom Szczerbowski/Getty)

Three losses in four days really has a way of taking the air out of the optimism balloon. The Yankees were flying high before heading to Tampa over the weekend, winning five straight and ten of 12 while playing some really good (Tigers and Red Sox) and really bad (Angels and Blue Jays) teams. The games against the good teams are tough enough, but it’s these games against the bad clubs where the Yankees have to fatten up their win total. Losses like last nights, in which the offense couldn’t sustain a rally and the starter couldn’t get out of the fifth, are the kind that lead to the team playing golf and not baseball in October. Here’s the lineup that will face left-hander J.A. Happ:

  1. CF Brett Gardner
  2. SS Derek Jeter
  3. 2B Robinson Cano
  4. LF Alfonso Soriano
  5. 3B Alex Rodriguez
  6. RF Curtis Granderson
  7. DH Vernon Wells
  8. 1B Mark Reynolds
  9. C Chris Stewart

And on the mound is left-hander Andy Pettitte, who has pitched well of late but seems to be running into a wall somewhere in the 85-90 pitch range. It’s happened in each of his last two starts.

First pitch is scheduled for a little after 7pm ET and can be seen on YES. Try to enjoy.

Categories : Game Threads


  1. Eddard says:

    If they don’t win they’re eliminated and that goes for tomorrow as well. If you can’t beat JA Happ and Tim Redmond then you’re not going to the postseason, plain and simple.

    • Pasta Stumbling Sojo says:

      Obviously this isn’t true. Unless by “eliminated” you mean “their odds will decrease by a few percentage points, and will be very low.”

      And they “can” beat JA Happ in the sense that they beat him last week, just the same as they “can” beat any pitcher, including guys like Verlander whom they’ve beaten. What happens in any give game against a given pitcher doesn’t say a ton, though losing the game itself has the impact of decreasing their chances of making the postseason by a bit.

    • forensic says:

      It’s Todd Redmond.

  2. Franc Costanza says:

    And at catcher… Chris Stewart.

  3. trr says:

    Just win, indeed….losing 3 of the last 4 ain’t cutting it.
    No, we won’t be “eliminated” tonight if we lose…
    ….but Yes, we need to win this series.

    Let’s get it done!

  4. HateMclouth (formerly I'mVernon) says:

    Feeling good about this game.

  5. Wait, stop, where was Michael Kay yesterday?

  6. Anderson Silva says:

    look at that, Gardner can hit lefties! Dont PH for him asshole

  7. Also, no John Hirschbeck, so he must have had the series off or something came up.

  8. Jay says:

    O captain my captain!

  9. Eddard says:

    And there goes the season.

  10. HateMclouth (formerly I'mVernon) says:

    Can this godamn scrub stop hitting our hitters?

  11. Anderson Silva says:

    not good, not good at all. This is fucking bullshit by Happ. Someone needs to be plunked asap

    what an asshole

  12. Eddard says:

    Robbie is down. That’s the season.

  13. hogsmog says:

    I am watching gameday can somebody tell me what the fuck is happening

  14. Leg-End says:

    You gotta be kidding me, Happ again!?!

  15. Kevin G. says:

    Fuck you JA Happ

  16. Cuso says:

    God damn it! I called that Happ was gonna pull this shit last week in YS3

  17. Franc Costanza says:

    Jesus… does anyone really doubt he has a broken hand?

  18. forensic says:

    I’m starting to really not like J.A. Happ.

  19. Jay says:

    Oh no…Happ wasn’t satisfied with breaking Granderson’s hand. Had to take Cano out too. That looked really really bad and he looks hurt.

  20. REALLY?!

    JA Happ again?!

    Where’s the brawl?

  21. UncleArgyle says:

    God damnit. JA Happ needs to learn some fucking control.

  22. Cuso says:

    I don’t care if it was an “accident,” someone needs to get thrown at in the head.

    Violent? Yes. Also necessary. In the head. Tough shit.

  23. HateMclouth (formerly I'mVernon) says:

    GOOD. I had a feeling that would happen. Screw you Happ.

  24. Leg-End says:

    That’s what you get Happ, Boooooom!

  25. Pasqua says:

    Normally, I would be furious with J.A. Happ, but the dude has most definitely been on the other end of it this year.

  26. Eddard says:


  27. Jay says:

    It looked like it hit him on the meaty part of the bottom of the hand. Still…not good.

  28. Cuso says:

    Sori!!! Yeah bitch!

  29. Anderson Silva says:

    Jays announcers saying it was Cano’s fault, he doesn’t know how to get out of the way. Fucking bullshit

  30. Anderson Silva says:


  31. Well that’s immediate payback.

  32. Jay says:

    Actually, looked identical to when Granderson broke his hand the second time. Identical. Thankfully Soriano just took that jabroni deep.

  33. HateMclouth (formerly I'mVernon) says:

    Seriously, Happ really deserved that. Learn to throw the godamn ball. Its really aggravating.

  34. Long-Past-His-Day-Rod says:

    Suck on that, Happ you scurvy fuck.

  35. Anderson Silva says:

    Cano leaving the game? Great way to end the season.

  36. Eddard says:

    Who is backup 2nd baseman anyway? Nuney?

  37. Memes & Themes says:

    Happ needs to get his ass kicked.

  38. Soriano was a 2nd baseman. We could put him at 2nd and have Wells or Ichiro play LF tonight.

    • HateMclouth (formerly I'mVernon) says:

      This reminds me of a Big Member post during the offseason regarding 2B and acquiring Soriano. Too lazy to find it but it was pretty funny.

  39. Darl says:

    It’s been that kind of year.

    #%$#^#$%! Happ. Needs a taste of his own medicine.

  40. Robinson Tilapia says:

    Thinking good thoughts for Robbie here. All I have to go on are…..reactions on RAB.

  41. Eddard says:

    I think Robbie’s finger or hand is broken and if so, that’s the season. They’ll never score enough runs with out him. Robbie was the last everyday regular to fall to injury and that’ll be the fatal blow.

  42. CashmanNinja says:

    I really feel that if a pitcher has no control while pitching inside then he simply shouldn’t be allowed to go inside. It’s 1 thing to hit a guy every now and then, but it just seems like Happ is ALWAYS hitting guys. If you don’t have control you shouldn’t be a pitcher. He should go the same route that Rick Ankiel and Micah Owings went. And by that I mean out of the league.

    • Pasqua says:

      He’s hit 2 guys this year — 12 guys over 7 years in the bigs. He really doesn’t have control issues as far as HBP goes.

      I’m not a Happ apologist, but we’re letting reality slip away here.

  43. Pasqua says:

    Would everyone please take one second to remember that JA Happ was almost killed earlier this year when a line drive hit him in the head?! It’s not like he’s a lawless mercenary — I assume he gets the weight of what he’s done.

  44. Eddard says:

    That line drive nearly blew Andy right out of the back of the stadium!

  45. CashmanNinja says:

    And Pettitte nearly broke his back on that comebacker. Geez.

  46. Eddard says:

    Now he throws one up and in on Gardner!

  47. Robinson Tilapia says:

    I blame TomH.

  48. JGYank says:

    Happ has almost single handedly ruined our offense this year.

  49. Eddard says:

    Stevie was just talking to Girardi, probably giving him the bad news. This has just been a nightmare season.

  50. Eddard says:

    Andy looks sharp as a tack but it could all come crumbling down if Robbie’s finger is broken.

  51. Leg-End says:

    Soriano on another streak I hope. Reggie style.

  52. Anderson Silva says:

    Sori is a beast

  53. Rolling Doughnut says:

    Where’s Robbie?

  54. Elton Cod says:

    Great, Alfonso’s 400th HR. That will take a big load off him…he slumped for the last week or so probably because he was stressed out about that 400th homerun. Now that’s behind him, he can just swing away.

  55. Eddard says:

    I just don’t know how you can deny Hal Steinbrnner Executive of the Year if Soriano gets the Yanks to the postseason.

  56. trr says:

    It Happ-ened again, huh?

  57. Franc Costanza says:

    That. Is. AWESOME.

  58. Eddard says:

    Somebody beat the shift with a bunt! Grandy’s been working on it.

  59. JGYank says:

    Good to see someone on our team finally take advantage of the shift.

  60. Tom says:

    Stop Keep swinging at the first pitch Sori.

    Cleveland down early 2-0 , Baltimore down early 1-0, Oakland down early 3-2 (though Verlander threw 44! pitches in the 1st). Potentially a good night to make up some ground.

  61. Bartolo's Colon says:

    what the hell are they waiting for, just give us the bad news on cano already

  62. Dan in Athens says:

    That was Soriano’s 399th, not 400.

  63. Wheels says:

    It’s been said a million times before, but John Sterling is a stark raving moron. Hopefully the word is getting to Hal.

  64. JGYank says:

    Don’t know why Soriano gets fastballs over the plate on the first pitch. Hate how he pimps every single deep fly ball as if he knows it’s gone even when it hits the top of the wall like that one. Could cost him a double if it stays in the park.

  65. HateMclouth (formerly I'mVernon) says:

    Yay defensive catcher.

  66. Wheels says:

    Wow, thanks ump.

  67. Eddard says:

    Ump’s looking right at that. Awful call in our favor.

  68. Wheels says:

    Waiting for this Cano news is agonizing.

  69. Itsallhowuseeit says:

    X tays dont take this long, they already know the results. The longer they wait to reveal the worse it is

    • Crime Dog says:

      Rogers Centre doesnt have an XRay machine in the stadium amazingly. So, they probably had to go to the hospital to get X-rays, thus the long wait

  70. OldYanksFan says:

    Slow Mo says Nuney was Safe.

  71. Eddard says:

    Nuney was safe. Another bad call and Girardi should have threw the flag.

    • RBC says:

      Its a “bad” call only after TV replay. The replay is able to break down the scene in millisecond frames. The human eye just can’t do that.

  72. RBC says:

    The constant replaying of Nunez’ last at-bat is what I fear about the upcoming instant replay. I don’t want it to get to the point where every base call is studied in minutiae.

    • Eddard says:

      I do. They should be getting these calls right. If it’s inconclusive then the play stands as called like in the NFL. They were able to conclusively determine that Nuney was safe. What if that was Game 7 of the WS, bottom of the 9th tie ballgame? You need to get that call right.

  73. JGYank says:

    Happ are you kidding me? Again in to Grandy!? That liner must have messed up his head.

  74. JGYank says:

    Instead of bp our hitters should practice dodging pitches.

  75. Kramerica Industries says:

    I really fucking hate this Red Sox team.

    But I bet you the Orioles pitching staff will look much better this weekend. Miguel Gonzalez has now been slated to pitch a Friday night opener at Yankee Stadium the last FOUR times they’ve met in New York.

    • forensic says:

      Why is Gonzalez pitching now in relief? And if he’s relieving, is he really starting again on Friday?

      • Kramerica Industries says:

        All I can gather is that it’s almost like the Orioles skipped Gonzo’s turn through the rotation to set him up to pitch that Friday game.

        I could be totally wrong, but the Orioles would rather have one of the best pitchers on their horrendous staff pitch a game against a 4th place Yankees team than a 1st place Red Sox team. Glad to see Buck has his priorities in order.

  76. forensic says:

    And that’s how you become a last place team. Running into outs when down by 5 runs. Wow, they’re such a terrible team in so many ways.

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

    Seriously dumb send. Thanks.

  78. SDB says:

    So Sterling has ‘it’s a Reynolds rap, and he raps that one into the bullpen’ for the new Reynolds HR call.

  79. Eddard says:

    Reynolds was a great pick up. Bet Hal made that one as well.

  80. Eddard says:

    Alex already has as many HRs as all the 3rd baseman did before he got back.

  81. Wheels says:

    An A-Bomb. Wish this game were more fun to watch right now

  82. Cy Farnsworth says:

    Bandbox alert!

  83. forensic says:

    I love when the offense shows up in a good way.

  84. Kramerica Industries says:

    Tigers lost last night and are losing 6-3 tonight, at home, to Oakland.

    Gee whiz, thanks for being useful.

  85. Captain Turbo says:

    This is a lead even Phil Hughes could protect.


  86. Pasta Stumbling Sojo says:

    Negative x-rays bitchz!!

  87. forensic says:

    Good news on the x-rays.

  88. Wheels says:

    X-Rays are negative.

  89. Wheels says:

    There goes the shutout.

  90. Wheels says:

    And Nunez is down.

  91. Eddard says:

    Nuney’s down. Oh my god.

  92. CashmanNinja says:

    Nunez may be the most unlucky player in recent history…

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

    of course

  94. SDB says:

    Another one bites the dust…

  95. Brendan says:

    We cant catch a break

  96. trr says:

    Nunez is so unathletic

  97. RkyMtnYank says:

    fuckin’ turf, needs to be totally done away with, shouldn’t be wearing spikes anyway really even with the dirt.

  98. hogsmog says:

    Toronto’s Law of Conservation of Second Basemen- The recovery of a Yankee second baseman must be coupled with an equal and opposite injury of another Yankee second baseman.

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

    They need to score some more runs here so Joba doesn’t make Mo have to pitch.

  100. Get Phelps Up says:

    I just remembered that the Jays also broke Cervelli. Man, fuck those guys.

  101. Captain Turbo says:

    That’s it, Toronto is now officially off my Christmas card list.

  102. Wheels says:

    True grit, Nunez.

  103. HateMclouth (formerly I'mVernon) says:

    Hey look at that Nuney with a hit. Still not sure what exactly happened there. Replay looked painful.

  104. Brooklyn Nets says:

    SS: Jeter / 2B Rodriguez / 1B Overbay / 3B Reynolds ??

  105. Wheels says:

    Soriano is killing it.

  106. forensic says:

    Whew, if that one got over Soriano’s head this game would’ve been way too interesting.

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

    Nice turn by Reynolds.

  108. forensic says:

    That camera lens was really dirty. Did we really have to watch that angle for so long?

  109. Ethan says:

    Despite the fact that I live in Toronto I don’t get blacked out from watching the Blue Jays games (AKA the Yankees when they play the Blue Jays). So yay for that!

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