Aug
27

Game 132: Just Win

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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
  • Eddard

    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

      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

      It’s Todd Redmond.

      • Get Phelps Up

        Sam Pearce.

        • Robinson Tilapia

          Timeless.

  • Franc Costanza

    And at catcher… Chris Stewart.

  • trr

    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!

  • HateMclouth (formerly I’mVernon)

    Feeling good about this game.

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

    Wait, stop, where was Michael Kay yesterday?

  • Anderson Silva

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

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

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

  • Jay

    O captain my captain!

  • Eddard

    And there goes the season.

  • HateMclouth (formerly I’mVernon)

    Can this godamn scrub stop hitting our hitters?

  • Anderson Silva

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

    what an asshole

  • Eddard

    Robbie is down. That’s the season.

  • hogsmog

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

  • Leg-End

    You gotta be kidding me, Happ again!?!

  • Kevin G.

    Fuck you JA Happ

  • http://www.penuel-law.com/ Cuso

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

  • Franc Costanza

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

  • forensic

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

  • Jay

    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.

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

    REALLY?!

    JA Happ again?!

    Where’s the brawl?

  • UncleArgyle

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

  • http://www.penuel-law.com/ Cuso

    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.

    • The Big City of Dreams

      Head no because that’s playing with someone’s life but yes someone has to get hit hard.

      • Robinson Tilapia

        It’s 4-0, so it looks like that’s happening the way it should.

      • http://www.penuel-law.com/ Cuso

        I know. I’m angry. But Cano left the game. Anywhere not the head, won’t be hard enough.

        Maybe if you threw at 4 consecutive batters.

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

          Would likely be ejection worthy if you threw at 4 consecutive. Maybe 1 batter.

          • C’ryan Dumpster

            What if you threw at 1 batter but 4 consecutive times?

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

      Good plan, putting someone at risk of a brain injury is always a reasonable response. I’m sure none of these guys have kids and families that would mind.

  • HateMclouth (formerly I’mVernon)

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

  • Leg-End

    That’s what you get Happ, Boooooom!

  • Pasqua

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

    • Robinson Tilapia

      Agreed.

    • The Big City of Dreams

      Fuck him.

  • Eddard

    WOW! HAL STEINBRENNER FOR EXECUTIVE OF THE YEAR!!!!!!!

  • Jay

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

  • http://www.penuel-law.com/ Cuso

    Sori!!! Yeah bitch!

  • Anderson Silva

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

  • Anderson Silva

    FUCK YOU ASSHOLE HAPP

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

    Well that’s immediate payback.

  • Jay

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

    • Darl

      Yes & Yes

  • HateMclouth (formerly I’mVernon)

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

  • Long-Past-His-Day-Rod

    Suck on that, Happ you scurvy fuck.

  • Anderson Silva

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

  • Eddard

    Who is backup 2nd baseman anyway? Nuney?

  • Memes & Themes

    Happ needs to get his ass kicked.

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

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

    • HateMclouth (formerly I’mVernon)

      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.

  • Darl

    It’s been that kind of year.

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

    • Pasqua

      Ummmm…he did get a taste of his own medicine.

      Remember that line drive to the head earlier this year? That counts.

      • Robinson Tilapia

        Yeah, I’d say so.

  • Robinson Tilapia

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

    • Anderson Silva

      It doesnt look good at all.

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

        Negative, showed more pain than he in the Harvey beaning.

  • Eddard

    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.

    • Leg-End

      What’s worse, potentially that could be Cano’s last ever game in a Yankee uniform.

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

        I doubt he leaves NY really. If the Dodgers are out, there is not really another team open for it.

        Somehow I am expecting the Dodgers are ploying though.

  • CashmanNinja

    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

      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.

  • Pasqua

    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.

    • Jay

      I’m sure most of these guys lose a lot of sleep over knocking the other team’s best player out. But yes, he certainly knows what it’s like to be hurt.

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

      Yes, but I would prefer someone else be beaned, Banzai or Sierra really.

    • HateMclouth (formerly I’mVernon)

      Oh wow, I forgot ALL about that. Fuck. I wasn’t calling for his head or anything, just a bit agitated about his command.

  • Eddard

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

  • CashmanNinja

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

  • Eddard

    Now he throws one up and in on Gardner!

  • Robinson Tilapia

    I blame TomH.

  • JGYank

    Happ has almost single handedly ruined our offense this year.

    • The Big City of Dreams

      He pretty much did. Grandy came went before we realized it.

  • Eddard

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

  • Eddard

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

  • Leg-End

    Soriano on another streak I hope. Reggie style.

  • Anderson Silva

    Sori is a beast

  • Rolling Doughnut

    Where’s Robbie?

    • trr

      U missed it?
      HBP on the hand , went for X- rays

      • Rolling Doughnut

        What? Happ again. Jesus.

  • Elton Cod

    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.

    • Pasta Stumbling Sojo

      Yeah, he was stuck on 399 for… one at bat.

  • Eddard

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

  • trr

    Ha!
    It Happ-ened again, huh?

  • Franc Costanza

    That. Is. AWESOME.

  • Eddard

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

    • Bartolo’s Colon

      thank god someone has finally done that

  • JGYank

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

  • Tom

    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.

  • Bartolo’s Colon

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

  • Dan in Athens

    That was Soriano’s 399th, not 400.

    • Dan in Athens

      Whoops behind on the TiVo that was the 400th

  • Wheels

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

  • JGYank

    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.

    • hey now

      That wasn’t a FB on his 2nd HR.

      • JGYank

        ?

        • hey now

          It was a curveball. Watch the replay.

          • JGYank

            Oh thought u meant fly ball not fastball. Was confused there.

  • HateMclouth (formerly I’mVernon)

    Yay defensive catcher.

  • Wheels

    Wow, thanks ump.

  • Eddard

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

  • Wheels

    Waiting for this Cano news is agonizing.

  • Itsallhowuseeit

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

    • Crime Dog

      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

      • Itsallhowuseeit

        Oh yeah they use all their technology in the stadium to steal pitches…my bad

  • OldYanksFan

    Slow Mo says Nuney was Safe.

  • Eddard

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

    • RBC

      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.

  • RBC

    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

      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.

  • JGYank

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

  • JGYank

    Instead of bp our hitters should practice dodging pitches.

  • Kramerica Industries

    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

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

      • Kramerica Industries

        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.

  • forensic

    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.

  • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

    Seriously dumb send. Thanks.

  • SDB

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

  • Eddard

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

    • Crime Dog

      You’re really gonna bang this drum arent you?

  • Eddard

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

  • Wheels

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

  • Cy Farnsworth

    Bandbox alert!

  • forensic

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

  • Kramerica Industries

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

    Gee whiz, thanks for being useful.

  • Captain Turbo

    This is a lead even Phil Hughes could protect.

    /cheapshot

  • Pasta Stumbling Sojo

    Negative x-rays bitchz!!

  • forensic

    Good news on the x-rays.

  • Wheels

    X-Rays are negative.

    • Captain Turbo

      Thank the baseball gods.

  • Wheels

    There goes the shutout.

  • Wheels

    And Nunez is down.

  • Eddard

    Nuney’s down. Oh my god.

  • CashmanNinja

    Nunez may be the most unlucky player in recent history…

  • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

    of course

  • SDB

    Another one bites the dust…

  • Brendan

    We cant catch a break

  • trr

    Nunez is so unathletic

  • RkyMtnYank

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

  • hogsmog

    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.

  • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

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

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

      Either Robertson or Kelley would be preferable given who is due up.

  • Get Phelps Up

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

  • Captain Turbo

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

  • Wheels

    True grit, Nunez.

  • HateMclouth (formerly I’mVernon)

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

    • Wheels

      He’s a klutz.

      • HateMclouth (formerly I’mVernon)

        Oh I know. The first time they showed the play again I actually laughed at loud, until I saw how bad(?) it was.

  • Brooklyn Nets

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

    • JLC 776

      What the hell happened to Nunez?

      Did he injure himself in the dugout or something? (I’m gamedaying it at the moment)

      • Kenny

        Twisted his ankle or maybe his knee on the stupid turf.

      • forensic

        Rolled his ankle in the field on the Jeter misplay.

  • Wheels

    Soriano is killing it.

  • forensic

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

  • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

    Nice turn by Reynolds.

  • forensic

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

  • Ethan

    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!