Sep
04

Game 139: Sweep the Leg

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Despite yesterday’s dramatic come-from-behind win against Chris Sale and the White Sox, the Yankees saw their playoff chances decrease from 11.0% to 10.5% according to Baseball Prospectus. The Rays pounded the Angels late last night, so all New York’s win did was maintain their three-game deficit in the wildcard race loss column. Each day that ticks off the calendar without progress being made in the standings chips away at the team’s postseason odds. There are only 23 games left after tonight. Here’s the lineup Joe Girardi is running out there against rookie right-hander Erik Johnson, who is making his MLB debut:

  1. CF Brett Gardner
  2. SS Derek Jeter
  3. 2B Robinson Cano
  4. DH Alfonso Soriano
  5. LF Curtis Granderson
  6. 3B Alex Rodriguez
  7. RF Ichiro Suzuki
  8. 1B Lyle Overbay
  9. C Austin Romine

And on the mound is left-hander CC Sabathia. The ChiSox are the very worst hitting team against lefties in all of baseball (78 wRC+), so if CC can’t contain them tonight, I don’t want to think about what will happen the rest of the season. He needs to come up big tonight.

It’s been a damn near perfect weather day in New York. Great night for baseball. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05pm ET and can be seen on YES. Enjoy.

Categories : Game Threads
  • trr

    Good lineup tonight, mediocre Sox pitcher.
    C’mon CC!

    • Reuben Sierra’s Chains

      Well it’s his ML debut so you don’t really know if he is mediocre.

      • trr

        Actually his 3 rd start, 5.23 ERA, 1.55 WHIP
        Let ‘s go get him !

  • dkidd

    if i wasn’t such a techo idiot, i would post the clip of admiral ackbar

    don’t fall for the trap game!

    • trr

      “IT’S A TRAP!”

  • RetroRob

    The odds might say only 10.5%, but it’s all meaningless. Three games from now, the Yankees could be tied with the Rays, or they could be six games out.

    Yet I do have to wonder about those odds. If the Yankees win and the Rays lose, the lead drops to two games. Do the odds only go out a few percentage points? If they do the same the following night, do the odds only improve a few more percentage points? If what point do they odds improve dramatically?

    Play ball!

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

      The odds will go up dramatically once they get to within a game or so. Instead of 10% to 12% to 15%, it’ll be like, 15% to 40% to 75% in a matter of three days.

    • OldYanksFan

      It’s not just TB… but Cleveland and Baltimore also. And to a lesser extent, Oakland/Texas and KC.

      But I would say our odds are better than 10%. Cool Standings has it as a 1 in 6 chance.

      So……….
      Who do we see against Oakland in the Play-In? Colon? Jarrod Parker? Let’s hope it’s not Darvish. And if we can set it up, who do we send to the mound?

      • JGYank

        I think they include run differential in their calculation and that isn’t accurate for this team since we are running out a complete different lineup the past few weeks. So I think the odds are actually better than that just because our run differential isn’t good.

  • Eddard

    I think yesterday will be the day the 2013 Yankees made the postseason but they must win again today. I would have tried to keep Nuney in the lineup because he’s swinging a hot bat but I guess they can use him to PH later in the ballgame.

    • Deathstroke Heathcott

      Eddard is the best. Hopefully the Yanks lead all the way throughout this one so you don’t have to flip flop in this game thread.

  • forensic

    Wow, Suzyn isn’t in the booth tonight. Did I miss something? No idea who this guy is.

    • forensic

      Oh, it’s her holiday’s off. And the guy is CJ Nitkowski. He’s pretty monotone so far.

  • Wheels

    Mark Feinsand?

    • Wheels

      ah, nevermind.

  • Get Phelps Up

    Too bad we don’t get to tee off against Dumpster this weekend.

  • JGYank

    Arod is out of the cleanup spot again. Good to see Girardi recognizing that he isn’t what he used to be and is making lineups by looking at production and not names. You could say Soriano doesn’t belong there either but he is hot and splits up the lefties I guess.

  • the Real Greg

    Nice play

  • Itsallhowuseeit

    Cmon CC

  • https://twitter.com/KramerIndustry Kramerica Industries

    Sabathia is toast.

  • JGYank

    At least he limited the damage like Kuroda did last night.

  • Wheels

    Unreal. CC

  • Mick Scheist

    Vintage CC!

  • Deathstroke Heathcott

    Still just one run, let’s go get the lead right back.

  • Cy Pettitte

    can’t fucking stand CC.

  • Leg-End

    Here we go again, sucky CC.

  • Mick Scheist

    Strange ump placement. Surprised he didn’t call him safe from that viewpoint.

    • Reuben Sierra’s Chains

      Yeah it was. I agree with you. Terrible angle on that call. Not sure what he was doing over there.

  • the Real Greg

    Its amazing that his command has just disappeared

  • Deathstroke Heathcott

    JETER!

  • Frank

    Looking like another 5-6 inning piss poor performance by CC.

  • the Real Greg

    I honestly don’t know how the Yankees could have avoided this bad year from CC.

  • Itsallhowuseeit

    Jeter just saved CC from given up a 5 spot to the worst hitting team against lefties. Hopefully he settles in

    • the Real Greg

      FALLACY

      • WhittakerWalt

        Do you get a commission for using that annoying bullshit every game?

  • Deathstroke Heathcott

    Put up a nice crooked number this inning and take some pressure off everyone.

  • the Real Greg

    Now remember, Huff is pitching on Saturday and Warren pitched an inning yesterday.

    So there is really no long man in the pen.

    • Cy Pettitte

      Marshall. But I don’t think he’d be any better than CC.

      • the Real Greg

        Forgot about Marshall. He’s probably the one.

    • Get Phelps Up

      Hughes?

      • the Real Greg

        That too although what Cy said may still apply.

  • the Real Greg

    And also saying Sabathia is toast is a bit misleading.

    Maybe for this year he is, but not for his career.

  • Anderson Silva

    I wonder if Jeter can hit anything at all in the air against a righty. He looks terrible.

    • JGYank

      Swung at ball 4 too.

    • WhittakerWalt

      It’s been years since he hit righties.

  • Anderson Silva

    ROBBIE!!!

  • Leg-End

    Robbie! Don’t be so MEAN!

  • Jorge Brosada

    Chances Cano gets to 30 HR again this year?

  • Wheels

    I sensed Cano was gonna do that.

  • the Real Greg

    Cleveland off to a 3-0 lead against Baltimore.

    • Get Phelps Up

      I wonder if they’ll be able to draw more than 10,000 fans tonight.

  • JGYank

    Remember when people wanted to trade Cano? Neither do I. But seriously the first pitch breaking ball from a guy he has never seen and he just crushed that. Wow.

  • Anderson Silva

    It seems like lefties are really seeing the ball well

  • Deathstroke Heathcott

    This kid doesn’t scare me or the Yankee bats, methinks.

  • Leg-End

    Cano has scared this guy away from the zone. Take, take, take.

  • Rivera Venue Blues

    Come on, 3-run bomb here.

  • Anderson Silva

    and on the biggest spot of the inning we get a guy who can’t hit righties. Thanks Joe!

    • the Real Greg

      So you wanted Vernon Wells to start then?

      • JGYank

        Just an outfielder that can hit.

        • the Real Greg

          Who then?

      • Need Pitching & Hitting & Defense & Baserunning

        He’s not the only option.
        Soriano could have played OF.

      • Get Phelps Up

        Sori LF, Reynolds DH.

        • the Real Greg

          Is Reynolds vs righties a significant improvement.

        • Deathstroke Heathcott

          Meh, I’ll take the defensive upgrade and save Reynolds for a key pinch-hitting situation. Would rather pinch-hit Reynolds for a LOOGY coming in for a lefty than Ichiro.

          • Need Pitching & Hitting & Defense & Baserunning

            I agree. I’d have Overbay ahead of Ichiro in the lineup though.

          • Get Phelps Up

            Yeah, I’m not too worked up about playing Ichiro, but I figured I’d throw that out there. I’d just have put Overbay or even Romine ahead of Ichiro.

      • Anderson Silva

        You could have flipped him with Overbay, you could have started Reynolds, you could probably start JR Murphy and get better production. Just don’t start Ichiro against righties.

        • the Real Greg

          Flipping him with Overbay is the most logical choice.

        • Deathstroke Heathcott

          Our roster doesn’t have the luxury of not starting Ichiro. Sure he can’t hit but at least he provides a defensive upgrade in the field. The names you all named don’t really hit righties all that well so I’ll just take the defense and speed on the basepaths, especially with a superior lineup surrounding him.

          • Anderson Silva

            OPS vs RHP

            Ichiro – .603
            Reynolds – .665
            Overbay – .783

            • Deathstroke Heathcott

              Overbay is in the lineup. And the difference between .603 and .665 isn’t large enough to offset the defensive difference and speed on the basepaths. Not to mention that Reynolds is more useful as a pinch-hitter for Overbay when a lefty pitcher inevitably comes in to shut him down late in a close game.

  • the Real Greg

    Not going to be angry at Ichiro because the Yankees have done all this with two outs and the odds will get you

  • JGYank

    Gotta capitalize here.

  • Mick Scheist

    Jeter, Cano, Soranio, A-Rod, Ichrio whoa! Kay’s right on, that would intimidate any major league debut.

  • Jorge Brosada

    Fuckin Ichiro…

  • the Real Greg

    The Two Out Odds catch you, especially as you go down the lineup

    • JGYank

      Your odds reset every AB. Doesn’t matter if you have 5 hits or 5 outs in a row you still have the same odds of getting a hit in your next AB.

  • Anderson Silva

    Ichiro made an out. No surprises there. Now watch Overbay leadoff the next inning with a solid single to center. Also, watch dumbass Greg comment ” FALLACY”.

    • the Real Greg

      I’ll be waiting….

    • Get Phelps Up

      In that case he’d be right though.

  • Deathstroke Heathcott

    Would’ve liked more runs in the first but it looks like just a matter of time before the Yankees bust out for a big inning. Now CC needs to find his groove quickly and put up some zeros.

    • the Real Greg

      Its the two out thing. Now if they had no outs and the bases loaded and the bases loaded and didn’t score, then I’d be angry.

  • the Real Greg

    I’m so annoyed at people considering two out scoring chances an opportunity.

    Its hard to get a hit with that much pressure on you.

    • JGYank

      Every AB is an opportunity. You’re talking as if it’s impossible to score with 2 outs.

      • the Real Greg

        I understand but in this case they had four straight baserunners with two outs. The odds increased.

        • JGYank

          No they didn’t. The past doesn’t affect the future in this case. Four straight base runners doesn’t change Ichiro’s OBP and therefore doesn’t change your odds of scoring.

          • the Real Greg

            No, but for example if a pitcher is facing a lineup of 9 all-Star caliber hitters and begins with two outs and the bases empty, the odds that they get 9 straight baserunners is astronomical. A player will just miss a pitch or hit it right at somebody.

            • Anderson Silva

              Sound logic.

            • Need Pitching & Hitting & Defense & Baserunning

              But the odds of that happening increase with each successive baserunner reaching. They don’t decrease.

              • the Real Greg

                Not against the laws of reality or control.

                Like winning in a casino, the more times you win, the harder it is to keep winning.

                • Need Pitching & Hitting & Defense & Baserunning

                  Past results have 0 effect on the likelihood of future results.
                  Flip a coin 10 times. If the first 9 come up heads, the odds on the next flip are still 50/50.

                  • the Real Greg

                    But if that were the case in baseball, then everybody’s average would be at .500

                    • Pasta Stumbling Sojo

                      No. The point of talking about coins is that every flip is independent, not that it’s 50/50. His statement is still true for a weighted coin that comes up heads 30% of the time:

                      Flip the weighted coin (which comes up heads an average of 30% of the time) 10 times. If the first 9 come up heads, the odds on the next flip are still 30%.

                    • Need Pitching & Hitting & Defense & Baserunning

                      Yikes.
                      Way to butcher the point, Batman.

                • Pasta Stumbling Sojo

                  It is simply not true that in a casino, the more times you win, the harder it is to keep winning. Do you really think that?

                  • the Real Greg

                    Not if the house has anything to say about it. And in baseball, the house is luck.

                    • Pasta Stumbling Sojo

                      So in blackjack, for example. Are you saying that the house changes the deck if you go on a hot streak?

                      And more importantly, are you saying that “luck” changes the odds of the next batter based on the success of the previous batters?

                    • the Real Greg

                      Not exactly, they start looking for card counting and they ask you to leave.

                      And I believe it does. I believe baseball is a game of more luck than skill. You are hitting a hard thrown ball with a thin wooden stick and trying to hit it where people are not situated.

                    • Pasta Stumbling Sojo

                      We are not talking about card counting. We’re talking about winning several hands in a row by luck.

                      Your claim is that the more lucky successes you string together, the harder it is to succeed the next time. That means that if you win 5 hands in a row in blackjack, you’re less likely to win on the 6th hand. Is that what you’re saying?

                    • the Real Greg

                      Yes. That’s what I’m saying. At least I think so.

                    • Pasta Stumbling Sojo

                      “Yes. That’s what I’m saying. At least I think so.”

                      I’m glad you clarified, because that’s simply not true. You have the same percentage chance of winning on the 6th hand whether you won the first 5, lost the first 5, or something in between.

                      It’s even clearer when you’re talking about flipping a (weighted) coin. I’ll repeat what I said above:

                      Flip the weighted coin (which comes up heads an average of 30% of the time) 10 times. If the first 9 come up heads, the odds on the next flip are still 30%.

                      If you don’t agree with these statements, I can explain why. It’s a very fundamental aspect of probability. Not understanding it would explain a lot of faulty reasoning about baseball.

            • Pasta Stumbling Sojo

              How does that mean that Ichiro’s at bat wasn’t an opportunity? (You said, “I’m so annoyed at people considering two out scoring chances an opportunity.”) As JGYank points out, the past doesn’t affect the future in this case. The fact that they beat the odds to load the bases doesn’t somehow make it harder for Ichiro to get a hit.

              It was an opportunity, and it’s disappointing, though not surprising, that he didn’t come through.

              • JGYank

                Bingo.

            • JGYank

              True but during Ichiro’s AB the odds of scoring are simply his OBP doesn’t matter how many guys in front of him got on base in a row. The other stuff already happened. That is no longer part of the odds because that is the past. Ichiro isn’t suddenly a worse hitter because the last few hitters got on base. the previous events do not matter. In your example, that is summing up the odds of getting 9 straight hits but not for one individual getting on base during that streak.

              • the Real Greg

                You make a good point. He could have tried to draw a walk.

  • the Real Greg

    So instead of a fallacy, Anderson is just plain wrong

    • Anderson Silva

      OPS vs RHP

      Ichiro – .603
      Reynolds – .665
      Overbay – .783

      • the Real Greg

        Not on that. On Overbay getting a base hit.

  • Havok9120

    I forgot that Overbay was on the team.

    I was perfectly happy having forgotten that.

    • Loverbay

      I resent that.

      • Havok9120

        Don’t be sad Loverbay. You’re still a useful player, and thanks for those hits from earlier in the season. You’re just….not very good right now.

        :D

        • Loverbay

          Yeah, I’m just happy to be here.

          • Havok9120

            Nice hit, there.

            • Loverbay

              Thanks, it feels really good to contribute. I think things may be starting to turn around for ole’Loverbay here.

  • https://twitter.com/KramerIndustry Kramerica Industries

    hopefully the Tigers wreck him apart, but I would’ve really loved to see the Stadium crowd give Ryan Dempster the business.

    Seriously, fuck that guy.

    • Havok9120

      Yeah, especially if we’d just pounded the guy. Woulda been great.

    • Get Phelps Up

      I guess we’ll have to wait until the ALCS.

      • Need Pitching & Hitting & Defense & Baserunning

        Or ALDS

        • Get Phelps Up

          Or AL East 1 game playoff.

  • Get Phelps Up

    Nova’s August really wasn’t even close to Hirok’s July.

  • Wheels

    Mike Stanley.

    • Wheels

      No, it’s Matt Nokes.

  • the Real Greg

    Why is the runner at second? Did the ball touch anybody in the stands?

  • Shittyshittybangbang

    Nuñez’ shit remnants remain schmeered at short !

  • https://twitter.com/KramerIndustry Kramerica Industries

    Spectacular name.

    Sad Sam Jones.

  • Deathstroke Heathcott

    I don’t love the fact that Ichiro needs to start games against righties either. But with the roster construction the way it is, we don’t really have many better choices.

  • Wheels

    Loverbay!

  • the Real Greg

    LOVERBAY!

  • Anderson Silva

    nice going Lyle!

  • the Real Greg

    Failure Romine

    • Anderson Silva

      start Stewart!!

  • Anderson Silva

    I’d definately walk Gardner to get Captain Groundout. He’s a sure DP.

  • Deathstroke Heathcott

    Y’all worry too much. We got this.

  • Wheels

    awesome Gardner

  • Anderson Silva

    incapable of hitting a flyball

    • the Real Greg

      Against a righty.

      He had 2 hits yesterday. AND a sac fly.

      • Deathstroke Heathcott

        A righty that was apparently death on other righties in the minors. Maybe makes sense why Girardi would play Ichiro over Reynolds.

        • Need Pitching & Hitting & Defense & Baserunning

          Pretty sure he would play Ichiro regardless of who the righty was, though.

          • Deathstroke Heathcott

            And to be honest, it probably makes sense. The only other option we’d have would be to play Reynolds but I’d rather have him pinch-hit for Overbay or Granderson or Gardner in a big spot when the opposing manager throws out their LOOGY. You could pinch hit with Ichiro for Overbay against a LOOGY but a lot of LOOGYs have pitches or deliveries that negate his reverse split and Ichiro can’t play 1st base like Reynolds can.

            • Deathstroke Heathcott

              Add in Ichiro’s superior defense and baserunning, and Reynolds importance for the role of pinch-hitting and backing up Overbay at 1st, and it’s really not as bad a move as everyone is making it seem. It’s the limitations of the roster.

  • OldYanksFan

    How is that not an error?

    • the Real Greg

      Scorer doesn’t take Cano’s jogging into account.

  • Cy Pettitte

    now let’s see if CC is capable of holding onto a 4 run lead

  • your mom

    Game over.

  • https://twitter.com/KramerIndustry Kramerica Industries

    lazy.

  • Need Pitching & Hitting & Defense & Baserunning

    Nice play.

  • the Real Greg

    It’s time for Uncle Kay’s discussion on wins

  • Deathstroke Heathcott

    So lazy.

  • https://twitter.com/KramerIndustry Kramerica Industries

    I love Michael Kay’s ignorance basically saying that all sabermetricians do is denigrate wins.

    • WhittakerWalt

      PITCHER Wins. He’s too foolish to see the difference. We ALL like our team to have Wins. It’s just that Pitcher Wins are vastly overvalued.

  • Alkaline

    So what have I missed?

  • https://twitter.com/KramerIndustry Kramerica Industries

    Manny Machado laces a fly ball to dead center field, and Baltimore ties the game 4-4.

    • Deathstroke Heathcott

      Who are we rooting for again?

      • https://twitter.com/KramerIndustry Kramerica Industries

        I haven’t the slightest clue, which is why I made that update sound as bland and generic as possible.

        • Deathstroke Heathcott

          Okay so if I’m understanding this right, we’re rooting for a benches clearing brawl going into the stands where 20 players get suspended for the rest of the season? Got it.

          • Havok9120

            There’s always Skynet leveling the stadium. Tho that may be a bit much.

          • Alkaline

            Brilliant! Someone go instigate this!

            • Deathstroke Heathcott

              What are Ben Wallace/Metta World Peace doing?

  • http://www.penuel-law.com/ Cuso

    Machado 3-run bomb. 4-4 tie game.

    • Loverbay

      That fuck! The nerve.

    • http://www.penuel-law.com/ Cuso

      Like I said last night, that series is irrelevant anyways. I’m needing Machado to perform well for my H2H though because I’m trying to solidify my #1 seed for playoffs.

    • Alkaline

      22 inning game. Let it happen!

  • https://twitter.com/KramerIndustry Kramerica Industries

    By the way, thanks to the fact that there are consecutive four gamers coming up after tonight, the Yankees do not have an off-day until the 16th.

    So, hopefully they can finish this game off here, but no rest for them or us. The next 11 days will, in all likelihood, decide the season. Whether they can come through intact and alive, or whether the hope dies.

    • OldYanksFan

      In a way, the last 12 are where we can do damage.
      3 against TB, and 9 against the BJs, SF and the Stros.
      We win 2 of 3 from TB, and 7 of 9 against the dregs.

      If we Win tonight, and take 6 of those first 11, we finish with 90 Wins. Enough?

      • Alkaline

        I called 92 wins in like the first week or so of the season. Somewhere back in April, at least.

        Could that still be out of reach?

        • Havok9120

          Yes. I’m just saying: Mo is gonna end the season with 58 regular season saves.

          We got ‘dis.

  • the Real Greg

    Romine angry at himself.

    • Alkaline

      That’s one angry salad.

  • https://twitter.com/KramerIndustry Kramerica Industries

    The Orioles really do have a wretched pitching staff, don’t they?

    Pound those assholes next week. Hopefully it’ll come with the Yankees still scorching hot.

    • the Real Greg

      To be fair, they called up Zach Britton from AAA to make this start. And a possible reason that has been suggested was to line up Chris Tillman to pitch against the Yanks on Monday

      • https://twitter.com/KramerIndustry Kramerica Industries

        So they were more concerned about Monday, four games away, than another team that was within .5 in the wild card race of them.

        Robbing Peter to pay Paul. And this is after Buck gave Miguel Gonzalez so much rest to allow him to face the Yankees last week, too. Why are they obsessing on the Yankees when, at the moment, the Yankees still don’t hold a playoff spot?

        • the Real Greg

          “Buck Showalter….George! You didn’t get that from me! GEORGE!”

        • SDB

          Because the “rivalry” with the Yankees makes them more relevant. Or so they think.

  • Deathstroke Heathcott

    Proud of CC this game. Came out a bit off his game and got lucky in the first inning to escape with one run. But has fought his way through at least 7 innings of 1 run ball. I’ll take that.

    • the Real Greg

      Pitched better then Kuroda did against the White Sox.

    • Rolling Doughnut

      OK but its the White Sox. He still doesn’t look too sharp, too many walks, some pretty hard hit balls. Te Red Sox would have trashed him.

      • the Real Greg

        Again, he pitched better than Kuroda did.

        • Rolling Doughnut

          Which has nothing to do with my post. But I agree, yes he did.

      • Havok9120

        I’ll take any sign of improvement I can get. Let’s see if he can build on it.

  • Wheels

    It’s starting to come together.

  • SDB

    CC’s looked much sharper after those first couple of innings.

    Meanwhile, I have no idea who replaced Suzyn on WCBS (was listening only for a few innings on the drive home from work), but I like him – yes, he’s monotonous, but my ears don’t hurt and he did make more interesting/insightful comments during a 30 minute drive than I’ve heard from Ma in weeks.)

    Oh, and fuck Detroit for not beating up Dumpster.

  • the Real Greg

    Robertson up because he hasn’t pitched since last Friday

  • https://twitter.com/KramerIndustry Kramerica Industries

    This fucking Red Sox team. It’s absolutely unreal.

    • the Real Greg

      Why?

      They’re a great offense.

      • SDB

        You misspelled greatly offensive.

      • https://twitter.com/KramerIndustry Kramerica Industries

        Because you look at that lineup, and it’s not even close to the calibre of any of those mid-’00 teams. There is no way I can possibly believe this team is as good as those teams Theo put together, but they might win more than any team Theo oversaw, and it boggles my damned mind.

        • the Real Greg

          Everybody is hitting for them.
          Now that Middlebrooks is hot, everybody is rolling for them.

          • https://twitter.com/KramerIndustry Kramerica Industries

            But what does that have to do with my point?

            What I was saying, is that that lineup does not compare to those offenses from four-five years ago. And that’s what makes it irritating.

            • the Real Greg

              When everybody hits at once, it makes lineups look better than they might be on paper.

              That’s the point.

            • SDB

              I could grudgingly respect it when you had guys like Damon, Ortiz and Manny powering the lineup, quality hitters, rather than fucking Daniel Nava, Middlebrooks and Iglesias, at which point I’m just waiting and waiting for regression to the mean to eventually kick in.

              4-13 now. Fuck this Red Sox team.

              • Chelsea

                Fuck you too, cunt.

        • JGYank

          Pitching rules now. I don’t think we are going to see the impressive offenses teams like the Yankees and RS had then.

    • SDB

      I hate how they seem to always fucking avoid the ace starters against so many teams. Don’t believe they had to deal with Verlander this series.

      Against the Dodgers, they managed to get the easy end of the rotation and avoid Greinke and Kershaw. Sun’s shining out of their fucking asses.

      • the Real Greg

        But that will not happen if they get to the World Series. Or in the playoffs in general.

    • Get Phelps Up

      I’m amazed by how many journeyman and other fringe players have had career years for them like Nava, Carp, Iglesias, Lackey, Uehara, Gomes and I’m sure there’s some others in there too. Christ.

      • Get Phelps Up

        Plus Victorino turning into Willie Mays since becoming a RH only batter.

    • JGYank

      We don’t have to catch them to win the WC and I don’t see us winning the division so it doesn’t matter if they win. As long as they don’t beat us, it doesn’t matter how they play, unless they choke against other teams competing for the WC.

  • Alkaline

    Keep the momentum going boys.

  • Dalek Jeter

    Shanah Tovah to all the Jewish fans in the house.

    CC looked pretty good, against a bad offense, no doubt…but hopefully this can be something he builds on going forward.

  • JGYank

    How was CC tonight? Missed most of the game. The fact that he gave up 1 run and lasted this long seems encouraging.

  • the Real Greg

    Horrible call. That didn’t hit the bat.

  • Pasta Stumbling Sojo

    Is Michael Kay blind? That obviously hit the dirt and it wasn’t close. It’s hard to see a foul tip on the replay, but whether it hit the dirt isn’t a question.

  • https://twitter.com/KramerIndustry Kramerica Industries

    It is quite hard to walk Dayan Viciedo. Really, really hard in fact.

    • SDB

      It is quite hard to walk any of the hackers in this CWS lineup. Five walks so far.

      And fucking hell, D-Rob.

  • the Real Greg

    You wonder why they try not to bring him in with runners on base?

    This is why.

  • Brendan

    WE WANT JOBA!!!

  • the Real Greg

    And this is why they didn’t want to bring him in with runners on in the 7th on Sunday.

    • rich

      I wanna hear all these clowns bash Girardi today too. They all killed him on Sunday, you have to kill him now.

    • Need Pitching & Hitting & Defense & Baserunning

      Ummmm, no it’s not. This has nothing to do with why they didn’t bring him in on Sunday.

  • Dalek Jeter

    *knock on wood* hasn’t Robertson not allowed a bases loaded run since like…2011?

    • Dalek Jeter

      I’m an ass. Ignore me.

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

    This is a joke, right? They’re pranking us? Good one guys!

  • SDB

    You have to be fucking kidding me.

  • Anderson Silva

    Mo needs to be in this game right now. No messing around from Girardi.

  • https://twitter.com/KramerIndustry Kramerica Industries

    That was an 0-2 pitch. Jeez.

    Don’t let the 8th inning reverse itself tonight.

  • Anderson Silva

    Robertson should have never pitched to that last batter.

    • the Real Greg

      But he’s the fireman! He needs to be brought in to stop rallies!

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

        You are such a troll, Greg.

  • Itsallhowuseeit

    Wtf is happening???????

  • Cy Pettitte

    seriously? can it ever be easy with this team?

  • rich

    Hey all you guys that bashed Joe for bringing in Kelley. Are you gonna bash him for bringing in Robertson too?

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

      We bash him when we think he’s made the wrong decision. This was not the wrong decision, and he’s in fact doing the right thing taking out Mo.

      • rich

        I agree just like it was not the wrong decision on Sunday. Sometimes the pitchers gotta perform and in this case, Kelley and Robertson did not perform.

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

          This would be fine if the situations were synonymous. But they’re not.

          • rich

            Um they were, just different innings. The SP put runners on base and Joe use his best reliever at the time. When its the 7th, that’s Kelley, when its the 8th, that’s Robertson. I see a lot of similarities actually.

            • Need Pitching & Hitting & Defense & Baserunning

              Robertson isn’t banned from pitching in the 7th inning.
              The best available reliever in both cases was Robertson.

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

              What the Hell are you talking about? The best reliever was D-Rob, not Kelly. That was the whole point. What Joe did was exactly what he SHOULD have done in the Pettitte game.

            • Need Pitching & Hitting & Defense & Baserunning

              If the situation’s are so similar (they are), why would you use a different reliever in each situation?
              If DRob is the right guy in one situation, he’s the right guy in both.

    • Rolling Doughnut

      But uh bringing in DRob was the right move.

      • rich

        Just like bringing in Kelley was right on Sunday. But you guys killed him, so be consistent and kill him now.

        You guys kill Joe for making the right move, be consistent.

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

          You know what? Have fun believing that if it makes you feel better.

          • rich

            It makes me feel better because its correct.

        • Need Pitching & Hitting & Defense & Baserunning

          It wasn’t on Sunday.
          The right move is to use the best reliever to get the biggest outs. Joe did that today. He didn’t do that on Sunday. Huge difference.

  • Wheels

    Dammit D-Rob. Are you shitting me right now?

  • JGYank

    Well shit. How r we going to criticize Girardi for not giving us the best chance to win the game now?

  • https://twitter.com/KramerIndustry Kramerica Industries

    Is David fucking joking right now?

  • the Real Greg

    Next time you want Joe to bring Robertson in with men on, think about this outing.

    • Need Pitching & Hitting & Defense & Baserunning

      This is just dumb.

      • the Real Greg

        The problem is what Kay said.

        HE has a history of throwing too many pitches.

        • Need Pitching & Hitting & Defense & Baserunning

          That has nothing to do with whether they can bring him in with men on.

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

        Yep.

    • VT Yankee Fan

      Nonsense. You bring in the best pitcher available for the tough situations.

    • SDB

      So they should bring on Kelley with his gopher ball rate, or Joba instead?

      Even by your standards, that’s fucking ridiculous.

  • https://twitter.com/KramerIndustry Kramerica Industries

    That was absolutely hideous. This was a 6-1 game in the 8th, and now Mo’s needed for a four-out save.

    That’s what you get for walking Dayan fucking Viciedo, one of the most impatient hacks in baseball.

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

    I don’t get where people think the majority of the site is looking for excuses to bash Giardi. Either we’re Girardi apologists or we bash him all the time. You can’t have it both ways.

    Or maybe, just maybe, we try to evaluate each game individually.

  • Itsallhowuseeit

    Bottom of the order too.

  • number 21

    And here we go.

  • Eddard

    You just knew CC would cough it up eventually. And Girardi too slow once again. Go to your elite pen.

    • the Real Greg

      You’re just trolling right now, brother.

    • Wheels

      Whatever you say.

  • Cy Pettitte

    that was a Mo strike for sure

    • Cy Pettitte

      from that side angle maybe not, have to check pitchfx

  • Itsallhowuseeit

    As much as i question Girardi, this is all on D Rob. He is the 8th inning guy, thats his job. If he cant be counted on to lock down a 5 run lead then were in big trouble

    • JGYank

      Think he was just rusty. When is the last time he pitched?

  • Pasta Stumbling Sojo

    Wow, I thought that was low for sure, but the replay looked good.

  • JLC 776

    Our Savior.

  • Dalek Jeter

    That’s just…not fair. I’m going to hate seeing Mo retire.

    • Deathstroke Heathcott

      Amen.

  • VT Yankee Fan

    That was a gift call.

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

      I disagree. That was an absolutely perfect pitch.

    • NY2FanMaynard

      Looked pretty awesome on the replays.

  • Leg-End

    God damn is Mo great at that outside low pitch on a full count. Balls of steel.

  • SDB

    Yet another reason why next year will be a hell of a lot more stressful with no Mo for such situations.

  • Itsallhowuseeit

    Meanwhile Ortiz gets hit 2000 and the stadium throws him a parade. All the espn announcers praising him. Did we forget the mitchell report? He WAS ON THE LIST. But all he does is ignore it and it goes away. Such bs

    • SDB

      but it’s his fucking city!

  • NY2FanMaynard

    Phil is warming up?

  • Wheels

    Yeah, uh, don’t bring Hughes in Joe.

  • Anderson Silva

    Comon Mo, nail this down.

  • JGYank

    Why is Hughes warming? Can’t we just leave Mo in!? Is Joe required to make a bad move involving Joba/Hughes?

    • Dalek Jeter

      I think Hughes was just either taken some to the mitt, or getting warm in case the Yankees reblew it open. I doubt he brought Mo in to face one batter in the 8th. I don’t think he’s the best or worst, but Joe isn’t that stupid.

  • Dalek Jeter

    http://riveraveblues.com/2013/.....nt-6791606

    Greg, next time you make an idiotic comment without doing any research think about this:

    Hitters against D-Rob (who is nicknamed Houdini) in 2013:

    w/ RISP: .125/.222/.150
    w/ ROB: .149/.250/.203

    In his Career:

    w/ RISP: .214/.312/.315
    w/ ROB: .212/.308/.292

    • the Real Greg

      That’s fine.

      Can we see if we can split that into inherited runners and non inherited runners?

      • Dalek Jeter

        I really don’t know why I bother anymore. You’re obviously the most successful troll in the history of the internet, cause you get me and many people better than me to bite time after time.

  • https://twitter.com/KramerIndustry Kramerica Industries

    So, the 2-3-4 for the White Sox here, the part of the White Sox lineup that can actually be dangerous.

    Hope Mo is up to it here.

  • https://twitter.com/KramerIndustry Kramerica Industries

    First two batters effortless.

    Still need to get this last one.

  • SDB

    Mo is God.

    • SDB

      oh, and please don’t retire?

  • JLC 776

    Amazing. The man just brings peace.

  • Cy Pettitte

    only 15 pitches, nice. Was hoping he wouldn’t have to throw like 25+.

  • Itsallhowuseeit

    Thank you Mo, that would of been a heartbreaking loss

  • Pasta Stumbling Sojo

    Phew.

  • NY2FanMaynard

    Mo!

  • Wheels

    In Mo we trust.

  • https://twitter.com/KramerIndustry Kramerica Industries

    Thank Mo.

    That would’ve been a skull-fucking type of loss.

  • JGYank

    And on that day the lord saved them from another embarrassing bullpen implosion. Amen.

  • number 21

    Mo saves the day and a much needed sweep.

  • Dalek Jeter

    He now can’t pitch for 4 days, because reasons.

  • JGYank

    Bal down 6-4 in 9th. They seem to be fading. However Bos is just destroying Det right now and Oak won as well. Hope the Rays lose.

  • Wheels

    Is ESPN really gonna stick with this 18-4 Red Sox game til the end?

    • Dalek Jeter

      Do they ever cut out of games?

      • Wheels

        I guess they don’t. I suppose I could find the Rays game on ESPN3, wherever the fuck that is.

        • SDB

          blacked out in CT on ESPN3 (what the fuck?), but at least there’s mlb.tv.

          Fingers crossed for a quality outing from Weav.

  • Itsallhowuseeit

    Hopefully the red sox are hitting themselves out tonight and come into yankee stadium flat

  • JGYank

    Dam. R Sox just keep tacking on. Not a good sign for this upcoming series.

    • https://twitter.com/KramerIndustry Kramerica Industries

      Maybe just emptying the tank first. I wouldn’t mind that.

  • Get Phelps Up

    So if the Rays lose we’re just 1.5 out. 1.5!!!

    • Dalek Jeter

      This team can’t make the playoffs as presently constituted. rabble rabble rabble!!!

      • Get Phelps Up

        And we should have traded Cano and Granderson and Kuroda at the deadline!

        • Steinbrenner’s Ghost

          It was a mistake to trade for Soriano!

        • WhittakerWalt

          PLAY THE KIDS!!

    • https://twitter.com/KramerIndustry Kramerica Industries

      Well, if the Angels are gonna win a game, tonight better be the night.

      David Price vs. Jerome Williams tomorrow. I’m not holding my breath.

      Of course, Weaver finds himself in an early jam here. Figures.

  • JGYank

    18.6% not including Bal loss tonight.

  • Lukaszek

    The only positive that my most hated team scored 18 runs in a game today is that they at least did it against my second most hated team

  • OldYanksFan

    Red Sox with SEVEN HRs. Yikes!

    • Wheels

      Make that eight.

  • Get Phelps Up

    We don’t even get to see a Tiger position player pitch :(

  • Wheels

    1-0 Rays.