Aug
11

Gardner’s walk-off blast bails Mo out following another blown save

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For the first time in more than a month, the Yankees have won a series outright. All it took was two Mariano Rivera blown saves and an opponent that had won 12 straight games coming into the series. Baseball is weird sometimes. Brett Gardner‘s second walk-off hit in three days gave New York a 5-4 win over the Tigers on Sunday.

(Presswire)

(Presswire)

WWWMW™ Continues
For the first time in his Hall of Fame career, Rivera has blown three consecutive saves. Solo homers by Miguel Cabrera and Victor Martinez tied the game at four in the ninth. At least they’re good hitters, I suppose. It was only the third time since becoming a reliever that Rivera allowed multiple homers in an outing, and the first time he’s ever done it in a save situation. Needless to say, this was a rarity.

Thankfully, Gardner was there to save the day again. He won Friday’s game with a walk-off ground ball single through the left side, but Sunday’s walk-off hit was far more convincing. Former Yankee Jose Veras caught way too much of the plate with a two-out fastball, a two-out fastball Gardner pounded into the second deck in right field for the game-winning homer. His career-high eighth homer was far from a cheapie. It was a no-doubter off the bat. I had no idea Brett had that in him. Kinda cool.

(Jim McIsaac/Getty)

(Jim McIsaac/Getty)

A-Rod Makes An Impact
Alex Rodriguez‘s first four games back with the Yankees were mostly forgettable (3-for-15 with two walks and a hit-by-pitch) outside of the constant boo/cheer watch, but on Sunday he reminded everyone just how big of an upgrade he is to the team’s lineup. Rodriguez tied the game at one with a leadoff solo homer in the second, pulling a 92 mph Justin Verlander fastball on the inner half out to left field. It was the first homer the Yankees received from a third baseman since David Adams went deep against the Orioles on May 22nd. That’s absurd.

The solo homer tied the game at one and later that inning, the Bombers took a 2-1 lead on Eduardo Nunez‘s sac fly. A-Rod drove in his second run and the team’s third run of the game an inning later to extend the lead with a two-out, excuse-me single to score Robinson Cano from second. He actually stayed in the batter’s box looking for the ball thinking he’d fouled it into the stands on the first base side before realizing it was fair down the line. Pretty funny, actually. It’s been a long time since the Yankees got an offensive contribution from their third basemen like this.

(Jim McIsaac/Getty)

(Jim McIsaac/Getty)

Four And A Third And Fly
The Yankees have had some serious problems getting length out of their starting pitchers of late. Andy Pettitte managed to hold the high-powered Tigers to just one run on Sunday afternoon, but he put eleven men on-base and threw 101 pitches in only 4.1 innings or work. It was the fourth time in the last seven games the starter failed to complete five innings of work. Pettitte and Phil Hughes are responsible for all four of those games. This is a big problem; the bullpen can’t continue to work this hard. Andy really battled on Sunday and is still part of the problem right now.

Hang On For Dear Life
The bullpen has worn thing these last few days, and even though David Robertson (solo homer by Bryan Pena) and Rivera (two homers) combined to blow the three-run lead in the eighth and ninth, the middle innings guys still deserve some props. Shawn Kelley inherited a bases loaded, one-out situation from Pettitte in the fifth before escaping with a strikeout and a fly ball. Boone Logan inherited a two on, two-out situation from Kelley in the sixth before escaping with a strikeout of Prince Fielder. He then chipped in a perfect seventh inning against three right-handed batters. Kelley and Logan combined for 2.2 important innings, allowing just an infield single and a walk. Well done, fellas.

(Presswire)

(Presswire)

Leftovers
Congrats to Alfonso Soriano, whose fourth inning solo homer off Justin Verlander was his 2,000th career hit. He had been hitless in his previous ten at-bats (with seven strikeouts), and earlier in the game Michael Kay was wondering why Soriano felt pressure chasing a meaningless milestone — “It’s not like it’s his 3,000th hit, ” he said, paraphrasing — before going nuts after the dinger. Anyway, 582 of those 2,000 hits have come in pinstripes.

Possibly forgotten moment: Gardner’s leaping catch to rob Torii Hunter of an extra-base hit with one out in the eighth. He lunged to catch the ball on the warning track before crashing into the wall and falling to his knees. Gardner flipped the ball to Soriano so he could throw it back into the infield, and apparently Austin Jackson thought he dropped it. Jackson stayed at second and didn’t go back to tag first, so the Yankees doubled him up to escape the inning. That kept Cabrera from batting as the tying run.

A-Rod was the only player with multiple hits and Curtis Granderson (single and walk) the only other player to reach base more than once. Gardner (homer), Cano (double), Lyle Overbay (single), Soriano (homer), and Eduardo Nunez (single) had the other hits. Nunez had a nice game, driving what looked like a sure extra-base hit to the warning track in the ninth before Hunter ran it down. Ichiro Suzuki and Chris Stewart were the only players to fail to reach base.

The solo homer Robertson gave up to Pena was the first run he’d allowed since June 16th, a span of 20.2 innings. He allowed eleven singles, one double, and five walks with 23 strikeouts between runs. Pretty great.

Believe it or not, the Tigers have won just six of Verlander’s 15 career regular season starts against the Yankees. What is baseball? Baseball is weird sometimes. Write that down. The Yankees went eight series between series wins, their longest such stretch since 1991.

Box Score, WPA Graph & Standings
MLB.com has the box score and video highlights, FanGraphs some other info, and ESPN the updated standings. The Yankees remain seven games back of the second wildcard spot with a 2.6% chance to make the postseason according to Cool Standings.


Source: FanGraphs

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Categories : Game Stories
  • trr

    A new way to win. Have Mo blow the save, then come back to win.

    • Colin Tenpenny

      Mo is throwing 91 ….92, CC is throwing 92…Andy 89ish…your gonna get bombed by the better teams

      • http://www.iamplinythewelder bp d’elia

        Exactly! That’s why Greg Maddux only lasted five years in the majors. Once his velocity dropped under 93 he was essentially finished as a useful pitcher. That’s also why Daniel Cabrera had that run of six straight Cy Young awards. Rivera has been throwing in the low 90s for about six years now dude. Also his velocity was exactly the same in April may June July when he was pretty much lights out. And Sabathia has plenty enough gas to succeed. Each guy you named has been struggling because of command issues not velocity.

  • 28 this year

    on top of that, they had to go through verlander to win the series. Weirdest thing.

  • MannyGeee

    Funny how the boo birds cut down after A Rods homer… Just funny is all…

    • Captain Turbo

      Yeah, imagine that. And if he somehow lifts them to the playoffs, those same people will be like, “I always liked the guy.”

    • Now Batting

      I think Ken Singleton put it best when he said after the first at bat he would be judged on merit.

  • rickc

    “92 mph Justin Verlander fastball”

    Isn’t that the key? Verlander? 92 mph fastball? If he throws 95-99, Arod can’t touch it. Hitting mediocre pitching will be the last thing to go for Arod. Hitting good pitching is already gone.

    • Mouse

      But few peope hit good pitching. That’s why it’s good pitching.

      He’s already done more for us than three months of third basemen.

      • vicki

        winner.

      • rek4gehrig

        Awesome response.

      • Darren

        To defend rickc, the point is that ARod was an elite player with the ability to hit good pitching. So it shouldn’t be shocking he can hit an ordinary pitch. I know everyone has recalibrated their expecations and just wanted someone better than Adams/Cruz, etc. but after the HR there was a little bit of a vibe of “ARod’s back!” and that’s not really true. It’s more like, “Diminished A’Rod’s better than Chris Nelson!”

    • forensic

      92 mph fastball? If he throws 95-99, Arod can’t touch it.

      His RBI single was on a 98 mph fastball.

      • Robinson Tilapia

        You and your facts.

    • 302w

      I still believe that ARod is a solidly above average hitter, it’s just his inability to stay healthy and that little steroids thing.

    • Captain Turbo

      If Verlander isn’t “good pitching” then no one is and A-Rod will be fine.

    • Deathstroke Heathcott

      Factors other than velocity that determine whether a fastball is “good or bad pitching”:

      -location
      -movement
      -arm slot
      -pitch sequencing

      An 89 MPH 2-seam fastball in the same spot as a changeup the pitch before out of the same arm slot will have much better results than a 97 MPH straight fastball around the middle of the plate.

    • Colin Tenpenny

      100 plus to 92 in one year.All those games where he threw 130 plus pitches trying to get CG?

  • RetroRob

    Good to see A-Rod turn on the 92 mph fastball. He was having trouble for a good part of last year on any heat 90 plus. His hip finally gave out late in the year, but it was degrading throughout the summer. Would not have seen him pull a fastball down that often. Pull another ball right down the line that took a great play to rob a double.

    Don’t know what he has left, but it’s a lot more than what the other players manning 3B could do.

  • MB923

    First time for everything. Sucks it had to happen in his final year. But Rivera said it best, winning the game is the most important thing.

    Take your pick, 2 wins from 2 Mo blown saves, or getting swept? I think I know the one we’d all take

  • Kramerica Industries

    Well, this will be lost in history if I don’t repost it, but from the open thread:

    Mo Rivera in TBS games, 2010-2013:

    2010:
    4/11 vs. TB – 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 K
    5/16 vs. MIN – 0.1 IP, 1 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 HR (Thome grand slam)
    6/20 vs. NYM – 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K
    7/04 vs. TOR – 1.0 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 1 K (allowed a game-tying hit with two outs; forget the Jays hitter)
    8/29 vs. CHW – 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 0 K
    9/19 vs. BAL – 1.0 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 1 BB (Luke Scott led off the 9th with a HR to tie the game at 3; this was also during the absolute midst of the Yankees August-September 2010 RISPFAIL-ness, and was punctuated by wasting a bases loaded, 0 out chance in extras; Lance Berkman ended the threat with a wimp, grounding into a 5-4-3 DP, and the O’s won in the bottom-half)
    2010 as a whole:
    5.1 IP, 6 H, 4 ER, 3 BB, 4 K, 2 HR, 1 SV, 3 BSV
    (before I continue, it would appear that 2010 has probably shaped this notion of mine and why it continues to rear its head so easily for me.)

    2011:
    5/01 vs. TOR – 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, Sv
    6/26 vs. COL – 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, Sv (yikes!)
    7/03 vs. NYM – 1.0 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, BSv (Mo had a 3-2 count on Jason Bay, I believe, with none on and two out. Walked him, the next two guys singled, including Ronny Paulino to tie the game, and then the Mets should’ve won on a Ramiro Pena error, but the baserunner was nailed at the plate. Mets won in extras anyway.)
    8/21 vs. MIN – 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, Sv
    2011 totals: 4.0 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 6 K, 3 Sv, 1 BSv

    Mo did not feature on TBS at all in 2012.
    2013:
    4/07 vs. DET – 1.0 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K
    4/28 vs. TOR – 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K
    7/07 vs. BAL – 1.0 IP, 3 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 HR (Adam Jones with the two-run HR to turn the game around; lets not forget Markakis narrowly missed a HR himself just before that.)
    8/11 vs. DET – 1.0 IP, 2 H, 2 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 2 HR (really)
    2013 totals: 4.0 IP, 7 H, 4 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 3 HR, 1 Sv, 2 BlSv
    ===================

    TL;DR

    2010-2013 totals:
    13.1 IP, 15 H, 9 ER, 5 BB, 13 K, 5 HR, 5 Sv, 6 BSv
    So, there you have it. Mo has actually blown more saves than converted saves in TBS games over the past four seasons. As I said, it’s truly uncanny.

    • Lukaszek

      I always did notice that the Yanks in general seem to play a lot worse when on national television

      • Kramerica Industries

        Well, national television tends to be games against better teams. Between that and anecdotal evidence, that’s not surprising. When the Yankees have slaughtered the Royals or Indians over the years, those games tend not to receive national attention.

        But to see Mo with more blown saves than converted save in any arbitrary split like that is jarring. I know it seemed like he is bad on TBS, but not that bad. It was legitimately jarring to see those tallies.

        • RetroRob

          The Yankees have also played the Red Sox a very high percentage of times over the past decade on national TV, and they have been one of the better teams. So basically I’m agreeing with you. Most of those games, however, have been on FOX and ESPN. I think the TBS thing, though, is a fluke.

  • Lukaszek

    Extremelely satisfying to see a somewhat major league lineup again.

  • forensic

    They got homers today from #13, #12, and #11, in that order.

    For some reason I find stuff like that kind of cool.

    Stupid Granderson ruined the clean sweep by consecutive numbers by not homering too.

  • Improbable Island’s Dirty Midget Whores

    Holy shitballs, seven games?

    Damn, I knew our percentage chance of making the playoffs was between 1 and 5, but seven games is a damn big deficit to overcome. I mean, I knew that percentage-wise, but games-wise too.

    • Kramerica Industries

      Fortunately (?), a ton of divisional head-to-heads remain.

      This does not mean they are likely to win many of these. It’s just the classic Dumb & Dumber “so you’re saying, there’s a chance” logic.

    • Bob Buttons

      Remember 1978~!!!!

    • pat

      Really? I feel like someone comes back from a 7 game deficit almost every year, Not usually us, but it happens.

      • Kramerica Industries

        Depends on when you consider the cut-off point for a 7+ game deficit to be relevant.

        I mean, the Dodgers have erased a 7 game deficit on the Dbacks and lead the NL West now by 7.5 games, but that was a June deficit, not like, say, a six-weeks-to-go deficit.

        In recent years though, you have a point. A’s last year, the Rays and Cardinals in 2011, Twins (I think?) in 2009, and maybe even the SF Giants in 2010.

        • Darren

          Didn’t the Rockies come back from large deficits like, 5 years in a row?

    • Robinson Tilapia

      It’s a long shot to be sure, so why not root with all you’ve got for the long shot?

  • forensic

    A-Rod’s two RBI’s also moved him past Stan Musial into the top 5 on the all-time RBI list.

  • Bob Buttons

    I who have Rivera on my fantasy team died a bit inside this week.

  • Get Phelps Up

    So…here’s something about Mo’s recent rough stretch that I thought was pretty amazing: In 2011 he went through almost an identical stretch during literally the exact same team games, exact same dates and with just about the exact same outcomes. In 2011 game 113, Mo comes in against the Red Sox with a 2-1 lead and blows a save thanks to a double, bunt and sac fly. In game 114 in 2011 Mo comes into a tie game against the Angels and gave up a 2 run homer to Bobby Abreu. In 2011 game 116 Mo came in with a few runners on and promptly gives up a huge 3 run homer to Russell Branyan.

    Now, isn’t that just remarkably similar to what’s happened this year? In 2011 Mariano only gave up 1 more run the rest of the season so hopefully that also will carry over.

    I’m also hearing that dalelama had a nice seat in left field today, right above the Canon sign.

    I know wins and losses are pretty meaningless but it would really suck if Andy had a losing record for the first time ever in his last season. It would be great if he could finish the season strong.

    • Kramerica Industries

      Very vivid memories of those games.

      Eduardo Nunez and Brett Gardner hit home runs in the Red Sox game.

      Yankees overcame a 4-1 deficit in the 6th inning to tie the first Angels game, but lost thanks to the Abreu HR. Granderson actually got nailed (believe it or not!) on the fake to 3rd/throw to 1st move. Seriously. It actually worked. Ended the game. Angels won 6-4.

      Cano hit a grand slam off Bobby Cassevah in the second Angels game there. Broke a 2-2 tie.

      • Kramerica Industries

        In fact, Abreu hit two HR in that game. Must’ve enjoyed going to Yankee Stadium.

      • forensic

        Now that you mention the Granderson play, I do remember that one. It also had Girardi (again) leaving Burnett in too long allowing him to have his typical implosion, also had an annoying intentional walk.

        Looked up the Red Sox game, and remembered losing that one with Hughes pitching in relief in extra innings. The game before that one was another one where Sabathia got demolished in Fenway and Lackey pitched annoyingly well.

  • Robinson Tilapia

    This was supposed to be a bloodbath, massacre, and legal slaughter of the New York Yankees. Too bad the games hasn’t been played yet when that was decided. When will people learn?

    If we’ve for five teams and seven games to overcome, then root your heart out for it to happen. If all the team winds up having left, in the end, is playing the spoiler, then spoil the hell out of the rest of the season for everyone else.

    Mo? He’ll be just fine.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      Hadn’t

  • mt

    I agree about spoliler thing – to me there is a definite art to it.

    If Yanks can’t make it, of course I would love Red Sox to also not make it. At least I hope BoSox fall out of division lead down to a wild card (I am assuming there is no way, at 22 games over 500 with 42 games left that they fall completely out of playoffs); therefore in my perfect spoiler scenario TB wins division (I hate Rays less than I hate Red Sox and I actually like Matt Moore even though Fernando Rodney is very annoying). Assuming TB (or Boston) is one of wild cards, then the loser of As and Rangers AL West division crown chase can be second wild card.

    Detroit wins Central and hopefully Indians fall out of it – I want absolutely no part of seeing Nick Swisher’s mug in the playoffs (not to mention Francona who MSM will go crazy over.) Also want no part of Buck Showalter in playoffs again. If KC could somehow manage to pass either the Boston/TB loser of AL East crown or A’s/Ranger loser of Al West crown to get a wild card, that would be OK too.

    It will be bad enough watching playoffs when Pittsburgh is in playoffs for first time in forever and we will hear how Burnett’s championship pedigree and Martin’s grittiness helped lift Pirates over the hump.

    That being said, I watched the O’s/Giants game yesterday on Fox and it really is amazing how packed Giants stadium is and how much the fans are into the game. Such a contrast with lifeless YS3 – can you imagine the negativity for Yanks if Yanks did what Giants are doing this year – namely win World Series the prior year and then come out the next year and be 13 games below .500? I guess it is all about expectations of the fan base.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      Having been to both YS3 and AT&T Park, the difference in how the game is experienced at both parks is astounding to me. Don’t get me wrong, as I do love so much about YS3 and have had incredible times there. Sitting anywhere beyond either the close-up seats, or with the Bleacher Creatures, really can leave you feeling quite removed from the action. I’ve never felt closer to a game as I did at AT&T Park. It’s just a big stadium that feels small.

      There are many, many Yankee fans who would react the same way those Giants fans react. You just have to weed out the frontrunners and, when you’re the New York Yankees, you attract a lot of frontrunners.

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

        One thing that is always forgotten is that you can stand almost literally right next to the field. The sightlines down on the lowest level are fantastic, and there’s a ton of room. You can get right next to the action.

        • Robinson Tilapia

          YS3? Absolutely, although I do think more people are onto that and the ushers try to keep folks away more.

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

            Eh, I think it’s more that they try to keep fans from blocking other fans’ sightlines and the entrances to the seats. If I remember correctly the sightlines were a huge advertising point so I doubt they’d actively discourage that.

    • Lukaszek

      I hope Detroit and Cleveland both happen to miraculously drop out. I don’t even think that most DET/CLE fans are from their respective cities. I talk to some Detroit fans online, and a lot of them claim “Detroit Pride”, yet then say that they’re from some Michigan suburb. If you have so much “Detroit Pride”, then why don’t you live inside actual Detroit, instead of hiding in Royal Oak or Grosse Point. Haven’t spoken to any Cleveland fans, but considering that you can store 11% of Cleveland inside Progressive Field, I assume that quite a bit of their fans aren’t actually from Cleveland

      That’s what I respect about Boston fans. When they root for Boston, a lot are actually are from Boston, not some stupid suburb in Massachusetts. Probably helps that they don’t have that many bandwagoners after the second half of 2012

      • ialien

        did you know when you drive through new england, there are red sox t shirts, bumper stickers, & flags throughout CT, MA, NH, ME.

        guess none of them are real fans.

  • Kramerica Industries

    Hahahahahahahahahahahah.

    Just saw next weekend’s probables vs. Boston. Stop me if you’ve seen this schedule before.

    Friday, 7:05 PM ET, YES/NESN/MLB Network – Pettitte vs. Doubront
    Saturday 4:15 PM ET, FOX – Kuroda vs. Lackey
    Sunday 8:05 PM ET, ESPN – Sabathia vs. Dempster

    Holy crap. What a funny sport.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      Nice.

  • Mouse

    Incredible Cuban slugger José Abreu is said to have defected out of Cuba. If the Yankees don’t get this 26 year old guy they are stupid beyond belief.

    • forensic

      Stupid beyond belief? I understand his numbers there are insane, but the Yankees already have an unmovable contract playing first base for another three years. It’s not like they can suddenly teach either one of them to play catcher.

      • Mouse

        With that kind of bat, you find a way to get him into the lineup, and that includes moving anybody and everybody to accomodate him.
        And with Tex, you just know that he’s at the age where aches, pains, injuries is going to be regular occurrence.
        They don’t have big bats anywhere in the pipeline. This is their one big chance.

        • Jose Abreu

          I can DH.

          I will sign for 6 years – $90M

          And I guarantee 1.000+ OPS all 6 years.

          • Jose Abreu

            Here are my numbers.

            They are straight up Barroid #’s

            http://www.vivaelbirdos.com/20.....ball-stats

          • Get Phelps Up

            Lol, even in their prime Pujols, Griffey, Sosa, ARod never had 6 straight years of a 1.000 OPS.

            • Jose Abreu

              That’s because they all sucked compared to me.

              • Robinson Tilapia

                Well, your MLBTR write-up is certainly impressive, although your box-jumping apparently may not be. We shall see how this plays out. Best of luck.

                • Tiger Woods

                  Nobody can compare to me when it comes to “box jumping”

            • Lukaszek

              To be fair, Albert missed 1.000 in 2007 by just .003 points. Otherwise, he would’ve had 8 consecutive between 2003-2010

        • forensic

          It’s not always that easy to just ‘find a way to get him into the lineup’. They do have several other players they they’re going to be stuck having to give many DH AB’s to also.

    • pat

      TELL ME WHAT YOU KNOW ABOUT HIM

      • Robinson Tilapia

        Same as always.

    • RetroRob

      The Dodgers have already signed him.

      • Robinson Tilapia

        Cashman failed.

  • Jose Abreu

    I’m free!!!!!!!!

    Do the Yankees want me?

    Oh, I didn’t realize that Hal Stein is a cheap F…

    I thought he might be like his dad, guess not… Enjoy crappy Ole Tex playing 1B and hitting .215 against RHP.

    • Get Phelps Up

      Free?

      • Jose Abreu

        Free from Cuba!!!!!!!!!!!1

      • Mouse

        I think he meant free as in no longer in a communist country.

      • Robinson Tilapia

        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZVGf3ePIO04

        I have this in my head now. Anyone who wasn’t around for MTV 90’s should feel lucky and/or not click on this.

        • Robinson Tilapia

          Didn’t embed. Guess typing afterwards kills it.

    • Captain Turbo

      If you’re really free, I’ll take two!

      • Robinson Tilapia

        Fuck it. Take three. Keep one in the trunk as a spare.

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

    “THESE are the times that try men’s souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of their country; but he that stands by it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman. Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered; yet we have this consolation with us, that the harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph.”

    -Thomas Paine, “The Crisis”

    • vicki

      even the expression is impious.

      • Kosmo

        ugh!

  • Dave in VA

    Looking at the video, it seems that the eighth inning DP went Gardner to Soriano to Nunez to Cano (8-7-6-5). Am I seeing it correctly? The two box scores I’ve seen both leave Nunez out, but it sure looks like Soriano threw to Nunez who relayed it.

    • forensic

      You are correct, Nunez was in there, but it’d actually be 8-7-6-4.

    • RetroRob

      Don’t know for sure. Gardner caught the ball, slammed into the wall, was slightly stunned, so tossed the ball toward Soriano, who threw the ball in. I don’t know if Soriano threw it directly in, or if Nunez relayed it. It is certainly possible Nunez was involved in the relay.

  • vicki

    yeah, chris stewart did not fail to reach base. he finally made himself useful and took one in the arm.

    i hate him so much. i hate his face.

    • forensic

      Hey, at least he finally made contact with the ball…

    • forensic

      Speaking of him, I wonder what the most PA/AB’s any player has gotten while having all three triple slash stats under .300. He’s already at 249 PA/216 AB and you know that’s still gonna go up a bunch more over the last almost two months.

      I don’t know if it’s too specific for BR’s play index, but if anyone subscribes to that and wants to give it a shot, I’d love to know the answer.

      • vicki

        i as well would like to see illustrated how historically bad he is. i feel like it would take a little of the hurt out of watching him.

        loathe his guts.

        • forensic

          Well, after a quick search I guess our wondering was pointless. Even just this year there are five guys with more PA’s than Stewart with triple slashes all under .300, including our very own Jayson Nix. Way to go Nixie!

          So far, Pete Kozma is leading the way at 373 PA’s with Jeff Keppinger right behind him at 360 PA’s.

          Teams sure do waste a ton of PA’s these days, don’t they?

          • vicki

            whoa. bad year for k-named middle infielders.

            can we take a minute to appreciate how hard it is to slug sub-.300?

            • forensic

              heh, Keppinger I can almost understand getting that playing time since they absurdly signed him to a 3 year deal at moderate money in the offseason (and the White Sox aren’t exactly known as a brilliant front office), but Kozma is really weird. He’s young, seems to have an option left, never seemed to show an ability to hit in the minors, and their organization is typically hailed as being among the best in baseball. I have no clue about their SS options, but this seems very unCardinal-like.

              • Kosmo

                other than Ryan Jackson, a fringe prospect the Cardinals have 0 org depth @ the SS position.

            • Robinson Tilapia

              Not for me, it wouldn’t be.

          • Robinson Tilapia

            It goes to show how thin the talent pool is at certain positions right now. The guys we’ve rotated in and out will continue to get opportunities with other teams. Think you’ve seen the last of Reid Brignac on an MLB roster?

  • LarryM Fl

    This year I have noticed Brett Gardner’s play much more than years past. Its not because there have been so many forgettable faces in the Yankee lineup. Gardner has gotten some key hits to drive in runs and his defensive play is on display every game unfortunately with our starting rotation being the flash point for his excursions across the outfield and memorable catches. The guy plays hard and he’s pretty gritty. If only he could learn how to steal a base. It maybe because stealing bases on a regular basis can be taxing on the legs then we have no Gardner catching up to the rockets in the OF.

    I have noticed of late Michael K. has been making ID mistakes on players of both teams but understandable doing it on the fly and chatter with his friends in the booth. But yesterday’s comment took the cake indicating the Yankees had to win about 35 games of the remainder to possible make the playoffs and Girardi was coaching to to win all the games so to make the playoffs. First, that is why we have Stewart playing way more than he should to win games and bat .220. I have to see progress and at least Romine would represent progress. I guess some pitchers do not want to throw to Romine. But any comparisons to the 1978 team should be dropped. That team had a clue and ability to win.They were a much better club in almost every position.Starting rotation was not a mess. So I have dropped my expectations of a Yankee playoff series a week or two ago. Now I just enjoy the wins when they happen and the great excitement of game winning hits from a gritty little player.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      The comparison is where the teams were/are situated in the standings, not the actual talent on each team. That team had its own very unique challenges as well which made their rise unlikely, at best.

      No one is saying this is likely right now. It’s the one thing to root for right now, so why not?

    • Kosmo

      I´ll always remember the 1978 season along with the 1998 and 1961 teams. All very special seasons. One of the memories from the 1978 season that will always stand out to me, obviously Guidry, but that NY positively a-bombed Boston mid-September at Fenway. Sweet. NYs SP after the all-star break was lights out. For the most part Guidry carried the pitching in the 1st half and then Figeroa and Hunter caught fire in the 2nd half. 35-8 combined from the big 3 2nd half.

      • andrew j

        Bobby sprowl

    • ialien

      not to mention, the 78 team won the world series in 1977. So it was a championship team that had slumped & came on late.

  • mick taylor

    the hypocrisy of selig and his henchmen.the major sponsor o baseball is beer companies. they encourage young people to get high, while alcohol is the most destructive drug in our society. 20000 americans every year are killed by drunk drivers. alcohol is problably the major factor in domestic violence. the health costs of alcohol are in the billions. yet arod is worsr than albert dsalvo because he took hgh or vitamins to heal faster or get stronger

    • Darren

      Even though I essentially agree with this argument, if you even TRY and engage in this line of thinking, people will ignore you. Even getting people to acknowledge Selig’s hypocrisy is a mjor uphill battle.

      On a more pleasant note, I just listened to Sticky Fingers on vinyl. Damn, even something like Brown Sugar which is so playe dout on the radio sounds great on on an actual LP. Great slide work on Sway!

    • ialien

      apples vs oranges. alcohol is a party drug that is protected by the US constitution. many industries, not just baseball, profit from alcohol ads & sales.

      nobody uses alcohol to get an unfair advantage on the diamond. HGH on the other hand…

      • Darren

        I think the point is that when you weigh the overall negative effects of alcohol on the country, vs. the effects of steroids, alcohol is FAR more damaging. Anyway, like I said, there’s almost no point in going down that road.

  • 461deep

    Beer, cigs, sugar, etc. are legal but lead to problems. Not a crime to advertise legal products. Obamacare will cripple our job market but it’s legal. Don’t like laws vote the idiots that passed them out. My guy-gal is dumb but people vote theirs in forever,