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.

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307 Comments»

  1. trr says:

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

  2. dkidd says:

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

    don’t fall for the trap game!

  3. RetroRob says:

    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!

    • Mike Axisa says:

      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 says:

      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 says:

        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.

  4. Eddard says:

    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 says:

      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.

  5. forensic says:

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

  6. Wheels says:

    Mark Feinsand?

  7. Get Phelps Up says:

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

  8. JGYank says:

    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.

  9. the Real Greg says:

    Nice play

  10. Itsallhowuseeit says:

    Cmon CC

  11. JGYank says:

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

  12. Wheels says:

    Unreal. CC

  13. Mick Scheist says:

    Vintage CC!

  14. Deathstroke Heathcott says:

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

  15. Cy Pettitte says:

    can’t fucking stand CC.

  16. Leg-End says:

    Here we go again, sucky CC.

  17. Mick Scheist says:

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

  18. the Real Greg says:

    Its amazing that his command has just disappeared

  19. Deathstroke Heathcott says:

    JETER!

  20. Frank says:

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

  21. the Real Greg says:

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

  22. Itsallhowuseeit says:

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

  23. Deathstroke Heathcott says:

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

  24. the Real Greg says:

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

    So there is really no long man in the pen.

  25. the Real Greg says:

    And also saying Sabathia is toast is a bit misleading.

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

  26. Anderson Silva says:

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

  27. Anderson Silva says:

    ROBBIE!!!

  28. Leg-End says:

    Robbie! Don’t be so MEAN!

  29. Jorge Brosada says:

    Chances Cano gets to 30 HR again this year?

  30. Wheels says:

    I sensed Cano was gonna do that.

  31. the Real Greg says:

    Cleveland off to a 3-0 lead against Baltimore.

  32. JGYank says:

    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.

  33. Anderson Silva says:

    It seems like lefties are really seeing the ball well

  34. Deathstroke Heathcott says:

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

  35. Leg-End says:

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

  36. Rivera Venue Blues says:

    Come on, 3-run bomb here.

  37. Anderson Silva says:

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

    • the Real Greg says:

      So you wanted Vernon Wells to start then?

      • JGYank says:

        Just an outfielder that can hit.

      • Need Pitching & Hitting & Defense & Baserunning says:

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

      • Get Phelps Up says:

        Sori LF, Reynolds DH.

        • the Real Greg says:

          Is Reynolds vs righties a significant improvement.

        • Deathstroke Heathcott says:

          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 says:

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

          • Get Phelps Up says:

            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 says:

        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 says:

          Flipping him with Overbay is the most logical choice.

        • Deathstroke Heathcott says:

          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 says:

            OPS vs RHP

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

            • Deathstroke Heathcott says:

              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.

  38. the Real Greg says:

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

  39. JGYank says:

    Gotta capitalize here.

  40. Mick Scheist says:

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

  41. Jorge Brosada says:

    Fuckin Ichiro…

  42. the Real Greg says:

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

    • JGYank says:

      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.

  43. Anderson Silva says:

    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”.

  44. Deathstroke Heathcott says:

    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 says:

      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.

  45. the Real Greg says:

    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 says:

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

      • the Real Greg says:

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

        • JGYank says:

          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 says:

            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 says:

              Sound logic.

            • Need Pitching & Hitting & Defense & Baserunning says:

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

              • the Real Greg says:

                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 says:

                  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 says:

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

                    • Pasta Stumbling Sojo says:

                      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 says:

                      Yikes.
                      Way to butcher the point, Batman.

                • Pasta Stumbling Sojo says:

                  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 says:

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

                    • Pasta Stumbling Sojo says:

                      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 says:

                      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 says:

                      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 says:

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

                    • Pasta Stumbling Sojo says:

                      “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 says:

              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 says:

              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.

  46. the Real Greg says:

    So instead of a fallacy, Anderson is just plain wrong

  47. Havok9120 says:

    I forgot that Overbay was on the team.

    I was perfectly happy having forgotten that.

  48. 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.

  49. Get Phelps Up says:

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

  50. Wheels says:

    Mike Stanley.

  51. the Real Greg says:

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

  52. Shittyshittybangbang says:

    Nuñez’ shit remnants remain schmeered at short !

  53. Spectacular name.

    Sad Sam Jones.

  54. Deathstroke Heathcott says:

    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.

  55. Wheels says:

    Loverbay!

  56. the Real Greg says:

    LOVERBAY!

  57. Anderson Silva says:

    nice going Lyle!

  58. the Real Greg says:

    Failure Romine

  59. Anderson Silva says:

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

  60. Deathstroke Heathcott says:

    Y’all worry too much. We got this.

  61. Wheels says:

    awesome Gardner

  62. Anderson Silva says:

    incapable of hitting a flyball

    • the Real Greg says:

      Against a righty.

      He had 2 hits yesterday. AND a sac fly.

      • Deathstroke Heathcott says:

        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 says:

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

          • Deathstroke Heathcott says:

            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 says:

              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.

  63. OldYanksFan says:

    How is that not an error?

  64. Cy Pettitte says:

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

  65. your mom says:

    Game over.

  66. Need Pitching & Hitting & Defense & Baserunning says:

    Nice play.

  67. the Real Greg says:

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

  68. Deathstroke Heathcott says:

    So lazy.

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

    • WhittakerWalt says:

      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.

  70. Alkaline says:

    So what have I missed?

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

  72. Cuso says:

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

  73. 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 says:

      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?

  74. the Real Greg says:

    Romine angry at himself.

  75. 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 says:

      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

      • 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?

  76. Deathstroke Heathcott says:

    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.

  77. Wheels says:

    It’s starting to come together.

  78. SDB says:

    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.

  79. the Real Greg says:

    Robertson up because he hasn’t pitched since last Friday

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

    • the Real Greg says:

      Why?

      They’re a great offense.

      • SDB says:

        You misspelled greatly offensive.

      • 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 says:

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

          • 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 says:

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

              That’s the point.

            • SDB says:

              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.

        • JGYank says:

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

    • SDB says:

      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.

    • Get Phelps Up says:

      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.

    • JGYank says:

      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.

  81. Alkaline says:

    Keep the momentum going boys.

  82. Dalek Jeter says:

    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.

  83. JGYank says:

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

  84. the Real Greg says:

    Horrible call. That didn’t hit the bat.

  85. Pasta Stumbling Sojo says:

    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.

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

  87. the Real Greg says:

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

    This is why.

  88. Brendan says:

    WE WANT JOBA!!!

  89. the Real Greg says:

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

  90. Dalek Jeter says:

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

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

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

  92. SDB says:

    You have to be fucking kidding me.

  93. Anderson Silva says:

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

  94. That was an 0-2 pitch. Jeez.

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

  95. Anderson Silva says:

    Robertson should have never pitched to that last batter.

  96. Itsallhowuseeit says:

    Wtf is happening???????

  97. Cy Pettitte says:

    seriously? can it ever be easy with this team?

  98. rich says:

    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) says:

      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 says:

        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) says:

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

          • rich says:

            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 says:

              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) says:

              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 says:

              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 says:

      But uh bringing in DRob was the right move.

      • rich says:

        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.

  99. Wheels says:

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

  100. JGYank says:

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

  101. Is David fucking joking right now?

  102. the Real Greg says:

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

  103. 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.

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

    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.

  105. Itsallhowuseeit says:

    Bottom of the order too.

  106. number 21 says:

    And here we go.

  107. Eddard says:

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

  108. Cy Pettitte says:

    that was a Mo strike for sure

  109. Itsallhowuseeit says:

    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

  110. Pasta Stumbling Sojo says:

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

  111. JLC 776 says:

    Our Savior.

  112. Dalek Jeter says:

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

  113. VT Yankee Fan says:

    That was a gift call.

  114. Leg-End says:

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

  115. SDB says:

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

  116. Itsallhowuseeit says:

    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

  117. NY2FanMaynard says:

    Phil is warming up?

  118. Wheels says:

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

  119. Anderson Silva says:

    Comon Mo, nail this down.

  120. JGYank says:

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

    • Dalek Jeter says:

      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.

  121. Dalek Jeter says:

    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 says:

      That’s fine.

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

      • Dalek Jeter says:

        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.

  122. 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.

  123. First two batters effortless.

    Still need to get this last one.

  124. JLC 776 says:

    Amazing. The man just brings peace.

  125. Cy Pettitte says:

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

  126. Itsallhowuseeit says:

    Thank you Mo, that would of been a heartbreaking loss

  127. Pasta Stumbling Sojo says:

    Phew.

  128. NY2FanMaynard says:

    Mo!

  129. Wheels says:

    In Mo we trust.

  130. Thank Mo.

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

  131. JGYank says:

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

  132. number 21 says:

    Mo saves the day and a much needed sweep.

  133. Dalek Jeter says:

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

  134. JGYank says:

    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.

  135. Wheels says:

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

  136. Itsallhowuseeit says:

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

  137. JGYank says:

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

  138. Get Phelps Up says:

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

  139. JGYank says:

    18.6% not including Bal loss tonight.

  140. Lukaszek says:

    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

  141. OldYanksFan says:

    Red Sox with SEVEN HRs. Yikes!

  142. Get Phelps Up says:

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

  143. Wheels says:

    1-0 Rays.

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