Sep
12

Game 147: Don’t Stop

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The Yankees have managed to pick up two games in the wildcard race these last two days, but as I’ve been saying for a few weeks now, the team can’t sit around and feel good about things. They still have some ground to make up and not much time to do it. Finish this series with a win tonight and head up to Boston for what will surely be another hellacious weekend with the Red Sox. Here’s the lineup Joe Girardi is running out there against left-hander Wei-Yin Chen:

  1. CF Brett Gardner
  2. DH Alex Rodriguez
  3. LF Alfonso Soriano
  4. 2B Robinson Cano
  5. RF Vernon Wells
  6. 3B Eduardo Nunez
  7. 1B Mark Reynolds
  8. SS Brendan Ryan
  9. C Chris Stewart

And on the mound is right-hander Phil Hughes. He needs to not suck tonight. Simple as that.

It has been raining in Baltimore pretty much all day, but it’s supposed to clear up tonight. They should be able to get the full game in. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05pm ET and can be seen on YES locally and MLB Network nationally. Enjoy.

Injury Update: Austin Romine (concussion) feels “much better” but is still not close to returning. He needs to pass a series of tests before being allowed to play again … Boone Logan (elbow) will try to play catch today. What do I have to lose besides my career?” he said to Andy McCullough.

Update (6:51pm): Well, scratch that. It’s pouring in Baltimore and the game will start in a delay. No word on a start time.

Update (7:54pm): First pitch is scheduled for 8:20pm ET.

Categories : Game Threads
  • dkidd

    wells over granderson

    #bindered

    • Darren

      What in tarnations? That’s stupid. Grandy just hit a baseball 922 feet (estimated) and now he’s sitting? Wells is being dragged around like it’s Weekend at Bernies. Oy.

      • trr

        I lulled

    • vicki

      guys, vern hasn’t really sucked the second half.

      of course grandy doesn’t seem to have a hard time with lefties these days either.

      so yes, bindered; but not appallingly so.

    • JGYank

      Grandy should be in there, but we are facing a lefty so it’s understandable.

  • Darren

    There’s some part of me that will never stop believing Phil Hughes can be the pitcher he was on that awesome night in Texas.

    Hope is a powerful thing. And it rhymes with Zihuatanejo.

    • Naved

      We traded away Tyler Clippard for that scum.

      DAMN you yankees. Giving up on our only pitching prospect that was actually good.

      • whozat

        Zihuatanejo is a Shawshank Redemption reference. I think you’re making an Albaladejo joke? Also…David Robertson is probably better than Tyler Clippard, or at least as good.

  • Steinbrenner’s Ghost

    Well there’s always the Jets

    • lol

      lol

    • trr

      I lulled even more

  • Rolling Doughnut

    Wells vs L .292/.345/.416/.761 106 wrc+

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

    So, stop me if you’ve heard this before:

    Final game of a series with the Orioles, and a Yankee victory means they exit the series 1.5 ahead of the Orioles in the standings, while a loss means they exit .5 behind the Orioles.

    This is an atonement game. The Yankees can erase the irritating memory of those two blown chances to sweep the Orioles if they can grab the W tonight.

    This is a tiebreaking game. The winner of this game wins the season series, and that means any tiebreaking games go to that team’s home stadium. Remember the ALDS last year? The Yankees had Game 5 at home, and they won that game. In a winner-take-all scenario, be it against the Orioles or anyone, we want the Yankees to have that crucial game take place in their home stadium. A win tonight would give them that right in any tiebreaking game (or even the wild card game) over Baltimore.

    This is a potential movement game. If the Yankees win tonight, they might move into a virtual tie with Tampa Bay in that second wild card spot, and also move within two games of idle Texas for the first wild card spot. The winner of this game will stand a much better chance of reaching the playoffs than the loser of this game.

    This is a “wash away a bad season in a fell swoop” game. Phil Hughes can erase a lot of the wretched starts he’s had, in the minds of fans and players alike, if he can step up tonight and throw a 6-7 inning, 2 run or less performance tonight on a big stage, on the road, against a fellow division rival and playoff competitor.

    It’s all there in front for the Yankees to grab at this point. All they need to do now is actually grab it. Go forth.

    • Pseudoyanks

      I subscribe.

    • HateMclouth (formerly I’mVernon)

      Well said.

    • hogsmog

      Or we can get rain, and do all those things without needing to count on Phil.

  • vicki

    i get all the buck hate, and i see where his words and actions would invite strong feelings. but i like him. and he gave suzyn a pretty sweet interview, mostly about jeter.

    • Alkaline

      It seems he’s one of those guys who puts a bit of a show for his team. He’ll do whatever he could as a manager to give his team the upper edge and support, but it’s for his team, not because he dislikes the other team.

      Or perhaps I’m off the mark here. Any other opinions?

      • dkidd

        he was there at the start of the dynasty, setting the tone for the core four (plus bernie)
        he helped build a (post-zoo) winning culture
        he gets the most from his players
        he’s entertainingly cranky in a grampa simpson kind of way

        i love him

        • Betty Lizard

          Glad you guys love him.

          I hate him.

          • dkidd

            i mean, he’s no russell martin
            :)

        • Midland TX

          +1. He is of the same vintage, and mind, and heart, as Donnie Baseball. He was our Moses, leading us to the Promised Land although destined never to cross over with us.

    • Wheels

      Might have managed us to a World Championship in ’94. Buck helped get it rolling.

    • RetroRob

      Love Buck. I still view him as a Yankee in enemy clothes.

  • jim p

    Ichiro has hit lefties better than righties his entire career; not just this season where he’s .100 better.

    • vicki

      and casual fans think joe is some super-modern stat nerd. ha.

      • dkidd

        extreme fly ball pitcher on the mound and we’re playing our worst defensive outfield

        i’d prefer granderson or ichiro to wells tonight

        it’s also possible that i simply don’t like vernon wells

        • The Real Greg

          Go with choice B. The stats tell the tale.

  • Scott Brosius

    While we wait, might as well watch this, in honor of Mo:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3c7bISLhVl8

  • nycsportzfan

    I got a feeling Mark Reynolds is going deep tonight.

    • RetroRob

      Good feeling.

      • nycsportzfan

        Yes sir!

    • OldYanksFan

      BINGO!!!!!!!!!

  • Alkaline

    Start the game already!

    /ageofempires2

    • Pat D

      All hail! King of the losers!

      Nice town…I’ll take it.

      Raiding party!!

      And of course……

      WOLOLO!!!

      • Alkaline

        Did you get it on Steam?

        • Pat D

          The first time I played it was back at Notre Dame, so…1999 or so? A friend just installed it on my computer, I think. We had some private games in the dorm, but I never played anyone outside.

          Still one of my favorite games, especially when LucasArts co-opted it for Star Wars Galactic Battlegrounds, which I’ll still play from time to time.

          • Alkaline

            Galactic Battlegrounds was just fantastic!

            I first played it around that time, too. But, it recently came back out on Steam! There’s an official DLC coming out, too.

            • Pat D

              I still have the disc of AOE2, I believe.

  • dkidd

    garbage time in south chicago

  • Alkaline

    I got a feeling…about this…I got a feeling…about this..

  • Alkaline

    Keep it going!

  • Wheels

    2 out rally time.

  • http://www.penuel-law.com/ Cuso

    The Yanks are just going to eat Vernon’s $2M next year, aren’t they

    • your mom

      Of course not.

    • Havok9120

      We may need the body.

    • Yermit

      No, actually, they will put it into a pipe and smoke it.

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

        Oh.

    • RetroRob

      For next year,would RABers rather have the Yankees keep Wells and trade Ichiro, eating say $4m of his contract? Or keep Ichiro and cut Wells?

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

        Keep Ichiro and cut Wells. Ichiro may not be elite at defense any more, but he’s decent and can steal a bag.

      • Elton Cod

        Would you prefer to be choked to death with a rope or someone’s bare hands?

        • RetroRob

          Conferring with advisors.

          • Dan in Athens

            Under the tax rules, even though he will get 2.4 mil, the cost against the luxury cap is $0. No way he is cut.

            • RetroRob

              No. I meant I was checking with my advisors on which way I want to be choked to death. No decision reached.

      • ropeadope

        Keep Wells, extend Ichiro.

  • your mom

    Booooooo!!! C’mon Wells……

  • http://www.penuel-law.com/ Cuso

    Gardner?!?! No!!!!

  • Rolling Doughnut

    What happened to Gardner?

  • Wheels

    Not good news.

  • Mickey Scheister

    I feel like a couple of years ago the O’s line-up would’ve been switched from 9-1 instead of the normal 1-9. With Roberts batting first, Weiters second, etc.

  • http://www.penuel-law.com/ Cuso

    Comparatively speaking, Patriots cheerleaders are such mutts. And I get a kick out of that.

  • vicki

    weak contact with two strike counts.

  • Wheels

    Reynolds!

  • Eddard

    WHAT A PICKUP REYNOLDS HAS BEEN! NEED 5 MORE OF THOSE WITH PHIL ON THE MOUND!

  • Dan in Athens

    MARK ANGRY! MARK SMASH!

    • Alkaline

      +1

  • Eddard

    Kevin Long has fixed Reynolds just like he fixed Grandy. That man is a hitting wizard.

    • Elton Cod

      Fixed? Reynolds hit a homerun. Killed the potential rally. He pulled the ball too. Don’t you remember last year?

      • WhittakerWalt

        That’s right. He should have just moved the runner over.

        • Elton Cod

          Absolutely. A sacrifice is a selfless team-oriented act, unlike the spotlight-mugging home run swing. See: Derek Jeter.

          • WhittakerWalt

            I used to hate watching Henry Aaron kill all those rallies.

            • Elton Cod

              Yeah, selfish bum. He wasn’t in it for his team, he was just in it to inflate his ego and get in the record books. Should have been an asterisk; he cheated just like Bonds what with the greenies and the other PEDs. 714 is still tops in my book.

              • WhittakerWalt

                Hank Aaron: COMPILER

  • Tom

    Mark Reynolds, non-embedded Oriole.

  • your mom

    Reynolds was a nice p/u.

  • Elton Cod

    Props to whoever called that, you should call things more often

  • http://www.penuel-law.com/ Cuso

    MACK Reynolds

  • RetroRob

    With A-Rod missing part or all of next year, what are the chances that the Yankees don’t bring back Reynolds?

    • your mom

      Depends how much he costs? I’d rather see him than Youk.

  • Steinbrenner’s Ghost

    Booooooooooooooooooooooooooom!

  • Alkaline

    Boo Gardy. Yay Reynolds!

  • Pseudoyanks

    Ryan needs to shorten his swing and choke up like Felix Millan.

    • RetroRob

      Very few players choke up now. Much of that was caused by the change in approach by hitters in the 90s, yet I wonder if it will make a comeback? Certain types of hitters, like Ryan, are not going to hit Maybe they should choke up.

      • Pseudoyanks

        Dude looks like he is swinging for the fence on every swing. Maybe Ichiro can teach him a thing or two.

  • Alkaline

    #IbelieveinPhilipHughes

  • whozat

    Oh. That’s why Grandy was sitting today.

    • WhittakerWalt

      It was one AB.

      • whozat

        I know. He clearly did not see the ball well that entire AB, though. Chen’s a really good lefty, and Granderson generally struggles against lefties; the only reason his numbers look good so far this year is 9 walks in a tiny sample of plate appearances.

        The way he looked in that AB did not make it seem like he’d really be working the count much against Chen tonight. Noting the flaws in a player’s game is not the same as saying a player is terrible. Granderson is a good player…but that AB shows why he started the game on the bench tonight.

        • WhittakerWalt

          I think you owe Curtis an apology.

  • Now Batting

    FUCK TIME WARNER CABLE.

    Cable is out and I can’t watch the game online because I’m “in market”.

    • your mom

      Sux to be you.

    • RetroRob

      I have MLB.tv and I would get so pissed that they’d black out games. I finally signed up for a VPN so I could get around blackouts. It’s also damn helpful when I’m traveling internationally as I do now so I can connect with Netflix, which is blocked in most international markets.

      I know none of that helps you now!

      • Now Batting

        I’m definitely going to look into that thanks

  • Pat D

    Grandy is now in an 8 for 47 tailspin.

    • your mom

      Does he get a QO?

      • RetroRob

        Oh, yeah. Worst that happens if they get him back on a one-year deal, and I’d be happy with that.

      • Pat D

        Yes. I don’t base that decision on a slump. I just realized that his BA had tumbled about 30 points.

  • Eddard

    Hughes 2 scoreless innings and he even got a 3rd strike on someone. Maybe he’s turned over a new leaf.

    • WhittakerWalt

      Of course he then gave up a rocket basehit on an 0-2 count.

  • Freddy’s Dead

    Hello, everybody. I made some nice fresh guac for the game tonight. Was nice to have for the rain delay. Anyway, I like what I’m seeing from Mr. H tonight. That first curve to Betemit was truly awesome. I thought he had strike three that many pitches before the put out, but that was a fine one too. He seems to have heeded the advice I heard the commentators making before the game to go back to his curve, or at least it seems so to me.

    • Freddy’s Dead

      BTW, was that strikepout pitch a slider, I wonder?

  • Darren

    Stewart is the dumbest catcher I’ve ever seen. What a galoot.

    • WhittakerWalt

      PROFESSIONAL CATCHER

  • Wheels

    Here we go.

  • Long-Past-His-Day-Rod

    Only Chris Stewart can strike out with 2 strikes…

    • WhittakerWalt

      He probably figured to save time.

  • Eddard

    They’ve got a rally brewing here. Perfectly placed hit by Soriano. Get these 2 runs home. Phil needs all the runs he can get.

  • Rick

    Chris Stewart knows he sucks so much that he doesn’t even give himself 3 strikes

  • Pat D

    So Stewart is so bad he strikes out on only two pitches?

    • Pseudoyanks

      Could you imagine what his BA would be if he only got two strikes ?

    • RetroRob

      I don’t understand why the umpire didn’t say anything, unless he assumed he was also wrong when Stewart walked away.

      • whozat

        the simplest answer is the first pitch was called a strike, but we didn’t hear it, no?

        • RetroRob

          Yes, that would make sense, but then they showed the umpire as Stewart walked away holding up two fingers to signal strike two. It’s a mystery. Have to say, I don’t know if I’ve ever seen a player strike out on two pitches that wasn’t recognized at some point.

  • Freddy’s Dead

    Boston’s making it interesting.

  • HateMclouth (formerly I’mVernon)

    Runners on 2nd and 3rd 0 outs gotta do some damage here to buffer the inevitable Hughes meltdown.

    • vicki

      there ya go.

  • Wheels

    Blow it open here boys.

  • Dan in Athens

    With all due respect to ACDC, you’ve been… BINDERSTRUCK!

  • Eddard

    Great rally there. Worked 2 walks and now they have him on the ropes. Game still isn’t Hughes proof.

  • Alkaline

    lol Wells

  • HateMclouth (formerly I’mVernon)

    That’s what I’m talking about.

  • RetroRob

    Binder rulzzzzzzz!

  • Rick

    Vern baby, Vern

  • Freddy’s Dead

    Let’s bury the birds and root for Boston.

    • Darren

      Root for the Rays to lose, but never root for Boston.

  • whozat

    Nice job, Vern

  • JGYank

    In general, Vernon does suck but he’s actually not bad vs. LHP.

    • vicki

      or on the road.

      • Rick

        Vernon appreciates your fandom

  • your mom

    Should’ve bunted………..

  • Dan in Athens

    And we are tied in Tampa courtesy a Salty SB and Drew double.

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

    Oh, for fuck’s sake. Gardner out until at least the playoffs. Well that’s just fucking dandy.

    • Rick

      We’ll just have to continue rallying… as Stewart’s passed ball leads to a run

  • HateMclouth (formerly I’mVernon)

    Would have liked some more there, but Chen’s already at 70 pitches and their pen is short with O’Day out which is helpful.

    Now for Hughes not to shit the bed.

    • Dan in Athens

      and it begins…

      • Dan in Athens

        2 WPs on 2 strike counts…

        • whozat

          Passed balls, they should be. Those were both totally blockable. If your defense-first catcher doesn’t enable your pitchers to confidently bury their breaking stuff in the dirt…maybe you shouldn’t have allowed him to be your starting catcher all damned season.

          • Dan in Athens

            Bullshit. Those were wild pitches. Fucking Bench let’s those through.

            • whozat

              Well, I’m convinced by your overwhelming preponderance of evidence.

              What about the third strike, a chest-high fastball that Stewart tipped off his mitt? How about that?

              • Dan in Athens

                The third was on Stewart. But first, no fastball should ever bounce before the mitt – ever. So that’s one. Second, if you are bouncing a pitch on 2 strikes, it should still be one you can smother. If you bounce it too soon, and it goes off the chest protector, it’s on you. This was taught to me when I played, and I teach the same thing.

                • whozat

                  At least one of those pitches was a breaking ball. I think both were.

                  The first one, that led to the run, went through his legs, so that definitely wasn’t off the chest protector.

                  • Dan in Athens

                    That was a shitty fastball. Hence, the first comment.

        • HateMclouth (formerly I’mVernon)

          Gotta agree with whozat, those pitches were indeed blockable. That said, Hughes’ inability to finish batters drives me nuts.

  • whozat

    That was blockable.

    • whozat

      And it led to a run. Thanks, Chris! At least your bat makes up…for…

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

    Annnnnnd, Stewart helps Baltimore score a run. He is so beyond useless.

    (Yes, I know it was a wild pitch. He should have blocked it.)

  • your mom

    Good god I hate Phil Hughes.

    • Rolling Doughnut

      We all do, we all do..

  • Freddy’s Dead

    I don’t think that was a bad pitch. First of all, Stewart should’ve had that “wild” pitch. Second, I can’t understand why Phil didn’t just go for another slider outside and see if he bit.

    • WhittakerWalt

      Stewart is such a bum.

    • whozat

      Yeah, it was a fastball low and away, maybe even off the plate. That was a fine pitch, just good hitting.

  • WhittakerWalt

    Nothing is Hughes-proof.

  • itsallhowuseeit

    Again who is the strength and conditioning coach???? Never seen so many injuries that seem avoidable. Is stretching just something they dont do?

    • Elton Cod

      Obviously you don’t know much about strength and conditioning – stretching is actually not all that useful, often counterproductive. It has its place, but it’s not as important as most of us have been led to believe from gym class or whatever.

      • Wheels

        This is true.

      • itsallhowuseeit

        You obviously dont know much about sarcasm. snotty retorts to feign intelligence not as important as your mother lead you to believe.

        • Elton Cod

          Oh yeah, I see the sarcasm.

          (That was sarcastic.)

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

    Hughes is getting squeezed to death out there.

  • WhittakerWalt

    Has Chris Stewart ever caught before in his life?

  • Piattos

    Please tell me that Stewart would not be our catcher next season.

  • Wheels

    This inning should be over.

  • whozat

    FFS, Stewart.

  • WhittakerWalt

    STRIKE THREE HAS BEEN THROWN ALREADY.

  • your mom

    Good god I hate Chris Stewart.

  • Eddard

    Jesus Christ, he almost struck out Chris Davis only to have Stewart drop the 3rd strike.

  • HateMclouth (formerly I’mVernon)

    My god, about time that inning ended.

  • Elton Cod

    Give Stewie a break – he can’t catch the 3rd strikes because he thinks the at-bats are over at 2 strikes and Phil is just playing soft toss.

  • Dan in Athens

    3-3 going to the 7th in Tampa

  • Rick

    So we’re 140 comments and no one has pulled out the “That’s What She Said!!!!” to the “Don’t Stop” headline of the article? You’re all more mature than I.

  • Stewart curse

    Chris Stewart would have been killed by big stein by now. RIP

  • Wheels

    Nunez you spaz.

  • Rick

    WTF is Girardi doing?

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

    What a seriously tight rope.

    Loathe Hughes like most, but he had some really bad luck tonight. Definitely a precautionary move, just hope Huff doesn’t get destroyed.

  • Piattos

    Hughes out?

  • RetroRob

    Nunez should just not play third.

  • Eddard

    Good work, Nuney. You got Hughes out of the game.

  • Rolling Doughnut

    Stonehands.

  • WhittakerWalt

    “Nunez’s fielding has been fine!”

    -Sterling, every day

  • your mom

    Is there any infielder more incompetent than Eduardo Nunez???

    • WhittakerWalt

      No one who gets more clueless praise from the fanbase, I’d say. Seriously, what do Yankee fans see in this clown? He’s bad at everything except running fast.

      • whozat

        Jon and Suzyn love him. LOOOVE him. Stewart, too, and Cervelli. If you experience the yanks mostly through the radio broadcasts, I could see why you’d think he was exciting and young and just needs more of a chance.

        • WhittakerWalt

          Unfortunately I work weird hours, so I almost always have to listen to the radio broadcast. It’s dreadful.

          • whozat

            I live in CA, so I do too. I was so, so hoping that the move to the FAN was going to spell the end of Sterling and Waldman. Doesn’t sound like it, though.

  • Pat D

    What the fuck, Girardi?

  • whozat

    …is there actually a reason to be more confident in David Huff? It seems like Hughes got pulled because Chris Stewart and Nun-E suck as defenders.

    • Pat D

      This.

  • Frank

    When are Yanks going to realize Nunez is not an infielder. He needs to be converted to the OF.

    • whozat

      His bat isn’t good enough unless he’s a plus CFer. If you’re going to do that, just trade him or cut him.

      • Frank

        As a backup OF, his bat is fine.

        • whozat

          His wRC+ is 80 this year, after 93 last year. That’s not a useful backup OF bat unless he can play CF and play it well.

    • Stewart curse

      You spelled the bench wrong

      • whozat

        He’s already been converted to the bench, hasn’t he? They acquired one of the worst hitting SS in baseball in order to play him over Nunez.

        • Stewart curse

          Let long work with ryan he has range we havent seen in years. Let jeter platoon at 3rd next yr

          • whozat

            I’m not making a point here or there about Brendan Ryan. He’s always been a bad hitter, and Long isn’t a miracle worker.

            My point was that Nunez is already a bench player, so much so that when Jeter went down they went and got some other guy — who won’t be able to play in the post-season, by the way — to make sure Nunez stays a bench player.

    • JGYank

      (Pictures ball rolling past Nunez in the outfield all the way to the wall) Maybe he should stay in the infield… just to have the outfielders behind him to catch the ball.

  • Mickey Scheister

    Hughes looked PISSED.

    • whozat

      Wouldn’t you be? I mean…sure, Hughes hasn’t given a lot of reason to trust him lately, but Huff was awful last time out. He only gave up the run because of Stewart.

      • Dan in Athens

        No, he gave up that run because he has the worst swing percentage on swinging strikes with 2 strikes I can remember.

        • whozat

          Is it the 2-strike fastball on the back you’re complaining about, after Stewart failed to block a pitch in the dirt, moving the runner into scoring position? Manny Machado is a good hitter who went out and got that pitch. Should Hughes have bounced something in the dirt, given what we’ve seen of Stewart? Maybe a high fastball that the hitter could swing through, and Stewart could allow to go to the backstop? I guess we had to wait one more batter to see that happen…

          • Dan in Athens

            Maybe having a third working pitch would help. Pretty much required of any starter who plans on going past high school. Guessing you didn’t pitch or coach from your comments.

            • whozat

              Dude, I’m not saying that Phil Hughes is a good pitcher. But, today, he wasn’t pitching badly, and the guy behind the plate who is only on this team for his defense botched his reception of several pitches.

              Hughes should totally have a third MLB quality pitch. He does not. That is unfortunate. At the same time, today he was actually pitching just fine and got pulled for ANOTHER pitcher who does not have 3 MLB quality pitches.

              Also, not to pick nits, but there’s this guy Phil Hughes who managed to put up some pretty great SP numbers in professional — albeit minor league — baseball. He must have > 2 good pitches in order to have done so after high school, right?

              • Dan in Athens

                Never developed the change up. That’s on him.

                • whozat

                  Yes, it is.

                  Someone upthread said

                  Dude, I’m not saying that Phil Hughes is a good pitcher… Hughes should totally have a third MLB quality pitch. He does not. That is unfortunate. At the same time, today he was actually pitching just fine and got pulled for ANOTHER pitcher who does not have 3 MLB quality pitches.

                  and I agree with that guy.

                  It’s also the case that Chris Stewart and Nunez suck, though.

                  • Dan in Athens

                    Not going to disagree, but Stewie’s defense is fine. Even tonight. He just hits like shit.

    • Stewart curse

      Fuck him

    • WhittakerWalt

      He doesn’t deserve the benefit of the doubt. Remember his last appearance when Stonehands played like crap behind him? 4 runs in 1/3 of an inning. You don’t get rope, Hughes.

  • Dan in Athens

    Why does Curtis’ “I got it pose” look like other OF’s “I can’t see it?”

  • your mom

    These coaches aren’t fucking around eh?

  • Stewart curse

    Looks like grandy will be playing everyday now
    Unless joey put wells out in cf

  • itsallhowuseeit

    Sori

  • Wheels

    Nice recovery, Sori.

    • whozat

      That was an awkward belly flop.

      Kenny, I dunno that that was a shining example of Soriano’s “good” D…

  • Frank

    It may just be that Huff pitches better out of the BP. I’m not all that upset by the switch. It was just a matter of time before Hughes melted down. If Huff can give them 4 scoreless, they should be fine.

    • Dan in Athens

      Huff has done well vs. hacking teams, but Boston’s showed some discipline and his limited pitches got him smoked.

  • itsallhowuseeit

    We will find out between innings that on the sori dive he pulled his soul and is out for the season

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

    I’m with Joe here. Hughes doesn’t deserve a leash.

    • whozat

      But Huff is also a crappy pitcher. This is the point. Did Girardi actually improve the team’s chances with this move? Why do you think he did?

      • JGYank

        Agree. Hughes actually wasn’t that bad. Huff could of been a disaster coming out of the pen.

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

        I think that Hughes was showing signs of “classic Hughes”. I know his defense betrayed him but, as is his wont, instead of finishing off an AB he brought it to 3-2 and then waited a zillion pitches before finally getting the damn out. And he was wild – I know he hadn’t been giving out walks but those wild pitches illustrated a bigger problem – slipping control.

        I think Huff is an improvement simply because he is facing the lineup for the first time through. I also think there’s a good chance he’s just better out of the bullpen.

        • whozat

          I think your belief about the bullpen thing is because we saw him face the Jays and the ChiSox out of the bullpen, and they’re terrrrrrible.

          It looks like Huff is doing well tonight, which is great, but going to a reliever is always somewhat risky, because he might not have the feel tonight. He could just as easily have reproduced his effort agains the Red Sox.

          You’re right that Hughes is what he is, but I don’t think it’s fair to ignore that Nun-E and Stewart did not help the issue. With the bullpen the way it is, I would have stayed with Hughes.

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

            I mean, if Joe really thought Phil was losing it then it’s a matter of playing percentages. I can see a case being made either way.

            • whozat

              Totally. I guess I’m not sure what he saw. Hughes had just gotten a pretty easy grounder that Nunez botched. Did Markakis have a great AB against Hughes earlier? Clearly Huff doesn’t own Markakis, after what we just saw :-)

    • Inventive

      Are you suggesting some role play, where Hughes begs Girardi for a leash and Girardi tells him he doesn’t deserve it, shaming him but arousing him at the same time? The dom thing probably would fit Joe like a glove.

      • Stewart curse

        I feel like i have to go wash my hands after reading that . Seriously

        • whozat

          …you read with your hands?

        • Inventive

          You don’t have to wash your hands, you could just let it dry. Nobody will know the difference.

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

        Rowr. You think dirty.

      • Stewart curse

        Im pretty sure Stewart has photos of it too.

        • Inventive

          Stewart could be Girardi’s assistant – takes the photos, sets up the scenes, takes care of the menial day-to-day domineering work that Joe doesn’t want to be bothered with. Would explain why he starts him so damn much. Also makes me wonder what their relationship with Romine is like.

          • Stewart curse

            Romine sits in the tub of piss that was on SOA this week.

            • Inventive

              No, I don’t think Joe would put up with that kind of shit. A good manager isn’t going to do anything unsanitary.

    • Rolling Doughnut

      Right because just like that it’s 4-3 on the next pitch.

  • Stewart curse

    Nunez and stewart to the marlins for a bag of balls and some suntan lotion for cashman.

  • Eddard

    I just wish Joe would have the same short leash with CC. If he had pulled CC before he coughed up some of the leads we might be battling the Sox for 1st instead of pinning our hopes on the 2nd WC.

    • whozat

      Probably not, but there’d certainly be several more relievers on the disabled list.

    • JGYank

      Maybe but I guess Joe still views him as an innings eater whether he is pitching well or not to save the pen.

  • Eddard

    Huff can actually get people out when he gets 2 strikes. That’s why it was a good move. Huff > Hughes

    • whozat

      Hey, how’d Huff’s start go 5 days ago? I wasn’t able to watch. Must’ve been solid.

      • Eddard

        And how has Hughes’s season gone? I haven’t been able to watch any of it. Must be solid. He sure has earned confidence from Joe with his stellar pitching this whole season.

        • whozat

          David Huff had an ERA around 4 at AAA this year, then threw 2 solid long-relief outings against two horrendous teams.

          I’d say that neither pitcher has done much to earn any trust at all this season, except Hughes was actively pitching a decent game this evening.

          • Dan in Athens

            Oh, Huff sucks. He is a replacement level player. This is blind mix and match take a guess on how the last few pitches go time. Girardi playing every game like an elimination game.

          • WhittakerWalt

            Eddard is the king of putting faith in SSS. Not worth debating.

    • JGYank

      Debatable.

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

    Gotten it to the 6th now. Get some runs, extend the lead, and make it as smooth sailing as possible here on out. Hope Huff has another two innings in him.

  • your mom

    None of these hitters showing any patience now.

  • Pat D

    Rays just took the lead in the bottom of the 8th.

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

      Problem is, the Rays play the Twins this weekend while the Yankees play the Red Sox. Will be tough to pick up games there, so it blows to see them rally here. Probably gonna win this game, now.

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

    Dammit to all hell. Myers bloops one inside the line, Rays take the lead 4-3 with two outs in the 8th.

  • Dan in Athens

    And Tampa takes the lead

  • Steinbrenner’s Ghost

    Why did they take Hughes out?

    • Elton Cod

      Is that a real question?

    • Now Batting

      Because there’s zero reason to believe him pitching to the Orioles lineup a second time would produce good results.

  • http://www.penuel-law.com/ Cuso

    It feels like the price for tying for the second wild card tonight (should that even happen) is Gardner.

  • Rolling Doughnut

    oh my what a play Robbie

  • Eddard

    Are people still questioning the move to take out Phil? 3 scoreless innings from Dave Huff.

  • Wheels

    Robbie is sick.

  • Eddard

    Granderson should be playing every day.

  • lee

    still waiting for this “best defensive shortstop in the game” to show up……

  • your mom

    How the fuck did Chen make it to the 7th?

    • WhittakerWalt

      We started swinging at the first pitch, even though he demonstrated little ability to throw strikes.

  • WhittakerWalt

    Stewart puts together the most feeble ABs you will ever see. They are absolutely pointless. The only way he gets a hit is if he gets lucky or the pitcher goes to sleep on him.

  • JGYank

    Ryan and Cano are quite the dp combo.

    • Darren

      Cano’s a great double pay combo. Ryan is worthless so far.

  • JGYank

    Nice Grandy. Seems safe to say we can put this one in the win column. Boston up vs. Rodney down 1 in the 9th at the Trop.

    • whozat

      They still need to get 9 more outs, and the bullpen is a mess.

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

    Calling Fernandblo.

    Calling Fernandblo.

    (hopes for a pick up)

  • vicki

    fernando rodney; let’s go sox.

  • nycsportzfan

    Grandy Man with another bomb! 2nd in 2nights! Hes getting hot! This team is gelling well now!

  • WhittakerWalt

    TOO MANY HOMAHS

  • Dan in Athens

    Drew on first with squib infield single

  • WhittakerWalt

    “Cano is not a star”

    -stuart a

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

    Four pitch walk. Two on, one out for Boston. Let’s go.

  • Dan in Athens

    Mini-cock up with 2 out 2 on down a run in Tampa

  • The Real Greg

    Oh my god, Jets fans are the worst in the NFL. I am ashamed to be one at times/

    • WhittakerWalt

      Dude, Raiders fans still exist.

  • Dan in Athens

    Mini-cock out. Rays win.

  • Wheels

    Dammit Pedroia.

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

    Rays win. Damn.

    And Rodney still has the balls to do the arrow thing despite the tailspin they’re in. What a clown.

    • Wheels

      Such a douche.

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

    Massive win for the Rays before we face the Sox and they face the Twins.

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

      Still nine outs to go here, too, so the Yankees aren’t exactly out of the woods yet.

    • Lukaszek

      The one positive thing I can think of is that maybe the Rays pitching has cooled down their offense a bit

  • Meeks54

    Damn you Boston, your gonna make us wait.

  • Dan in Athens

    Is the goal Warren 2, DRob 1?

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

      Maybe, but I wouldn’t mind sticking with Warren in the 9th if he looks good beforehand.

      Big if, of course. I don’t expect it.

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

    Warren BETTER step up here.

  • vicki

    get back under your bridge, dustin. and quit harassing those goats.

  • Piattos

    We win tonight, and we gain ground on the idle Rangers, who are also in a tail spin and has a tough schedule ahead. I’d like to believe that both WC spots are still attainable.

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

    Needless to say, with the Rays win, the Yankees NEED to win this game now more than ever.

  • whozat

    A 3 run lead in the 7th feels like a 3 run deficit with this team right now.

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

    Truthfully, Mo cannot pitch tonight. He’s way too shaky of late, and probably gassed. Need to try and save Dave for the 9th, if possible.

    • SDB

      Easiest thing is to have a big inning and make a situation where even Jobber could pitch the 9th.

      • WhittakerWalt

        Nothing is Jobber-proof. Just like nothing is Hughes-proof.

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

        30 run innings never happen.

  • your mom

    Need a DP here. Don’t want to see McLouth up in a clutch situation.

  • whozat

    If Joba winds up in this game, and the score is within 3 runs either way, I’m throwing my sofa out a window.

    • your mom

      Video tape and post on youtube please.

      • whozat

        there are a surprising number of videos of this on youtube already…

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

    Joe is seriously overmanaging tonight.

  • WhittakerWalt

    John Sterling just messed up about 5 things in 30 seconds. What is he watching? How could he not know anything about the game on the field, who’s playing, who’s hitting, or who’s coming in from the bullpen?
    The man literally gets everything wrong on a consistent basis.

    • whozat

      In fairness, he doesn’t give a crap about doing his job well because as long as shut-ins and the elderly continue to be comforted by his stories about jazz singers from the 40s and ballplayers he knew personally in 1962, he’s not gonna get fired.

      • WhittakerWalt

        That’s a pretty great summary of his “appeal.”

  • Meeks54

    Ugh the bullpen.

  • vicki

    stairs, bitches!

  • Dan in Athens

    Rule 5!!!!!

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

    Whew.

  • Eddard

    I love what Joe is doing. Mix and match, match and mix do anything you have to in order to get through the ballgame. Now he can go to Drob for the 8th and Mo for the 9th. Mo has pitched 3/4 days but he is emptying the tank and should be available.

    • whozat

      He might not be, you know…good, though. Because he’s pitched that often, has been shaky every time, and is 42 years old.

    • Rolling Doughnut

      Hard to see Mo pitching tonight.

  • your mom

    Hail Cesar! Hail Cesar!

  • Your Own Personal Jeter

    The Yankees have announced that Chris Stewart has forfeited his next at bat.

    • WhittakerWalt

      Comment of the day.

    • Piattos

      ..in exchange for getting an automatic out in the bottom of the inning.

      Deal!

      • whozat

        at least that way, he has no chance of a GIDP

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

    Machado-Davis-Jones.

    Gotta find a way to navigate this. The Orioles best chance to immediately jump back into this game.

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

    And huge bonus points to Sori for trolling the hell out of us.

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

      Seriously, that was fantastic. It made the moment that much more awesome.

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

    Holy SHIT, I didn’t think he caught that. His reaction was so badass. Just like, “Oh damn, too bad I didn’t catch that…OH WAIT YEAH I DID BITCHES”.

  • Rolling Doughnut

    Sori is a terrible OF

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

    WOW!

  • lee

    UNBELIEVABLE fielding we are getting out of players who are supposed to be terrible defensively!

  • Need Pitching & Hitting & Defense & Baserunning

    Great catch!!!!

  • Wheels

    Yew!

  • Piattos

    What happened?

  • Pat D

    HOLY FUCKING SHIT!!!!!!

  • Long-Past-His-Day-Rod

    ALFONSO GODDAMN MOTHERFUCKING SORIANO!!!!

  • whozat

    Hol-ee shyt.

  • Eddard

    Stop em Robertson damnit. Throw your curve in the dirt and strike somebody out.

  • SDB

    FUCK.

  • Wheels

    FUCK FUCK FUCK

  • Eddard

    Girardi just lost the ballgame.

    • SDB

      Yes. How DARE he bring in his usual set up guy to pitch the 8th!

    • WhittakerWalt

      You’re a clown. He brought in his best pitcher.

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

    Robertson is…not sharp.

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

    FUCK

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

      ALL WITH TWO OUTS. UNREAL.

  • dkidd

    nothing easy this year

    let’s break their hearts

  • Need Pitching & Hitting & Defense & Baserunning

    Not cool Drob. Not cool at all.

  • Pat D

    Fuck me in the fucking ass.

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

    You can’t even say worst loss of the season anymore. They’ve had so many losses exactly like this. This is the reason they’re still two games back after the Rays go 4-11. Pathetic.

  • WhittakerWalt

    Jeez, D-Rob. Get Valencia out, OK?

    • WhittakerWalt

      I wrote this before the homer. It was wishful thinking.

  • Eddard

    Girardi has lost this ballgame. He has left himself with no alternative but Joba Chamberlain. This could be the end of the season.

  • vicki

    danny valencia, fucking yankee killer.

  • your mom

    Fuck. DRob…..

  • Rolling Doughnut

    Saw that coming, right down the middle

  • your mom

    Fuck this Valencia fucker!!!!!!

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

    TAKE HIM THE HELL OUT

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

      For who? We’re going to lose, not because of any dumb thing like momentum, but because we really have NO bullpen. I mean, D-Rob too? Really?

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

    Valencia is total shit vs. RHP, too, which makes it even worse, really.

  • Need Pitching & Hitting & Defense & Baserunning

    Took them kind of a long time to see Drob has nothing today.

  • Wheels

    Brutal

  • your mom

    Thnx for bringing your A-game asshole!

  • Karl Krawfid

    0-2 fastball

    Could have bounced a curve or something shit.

  • flamingo

    Ugh.

  • Mickey Scheister

    Lol! Oh Yankees pitching. Call up the entire Trenton Tunder bullpen.

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

    This suddenly is looking like it’s going to be the THIRD TIME the Yankees were outs away from ending a Baltimore series 1.5 ahead of them, and finding a way to blow it.

  • WhittakerWalt

    “Jawbah Chambahlin wawming in the bullpen” is NOT what I needed to hear.

    • Wheels

      Thanks for making me laugh.

  • Elton Cod

    I knew there was a reason I didn’t watch the last 5 games.

    Sad to watch. Isn’t the bullpen’s fault, blame it on bullpen fatigue due to overuse due to the shitty offense that could never take a real lead. Blame the shitty offense on injuries, God, Cashman, the Steinbrenners, $189m, Obama, A-Rod, Girardi, Joba, Randy Levine, Bud Selig, Ichiro, or CC Sabathia.

    • vicki

      less the shitty offense than a rotation of starters who couldn’t go six for the last couple months.

  • Karl Krawfid

    I mean he got Davis out with the curve jesus christ.

  • vicki

    i got a sick feeling when some dick commented that we could put this one in the win column. i kick people out of the bar for saying shit like that. i know it’s not logical, but come on.

    • SDB

      it was John Sterling. When Valencia came up, he said he mashes lefties, but said (rather derisively) that his numbers against RHPs were quite average (I think the number he gave was in the 190s). I cringed then. Still cringing now.

    • Jiimlay Ritz

      Yeah, I saw that and thought ‘Fuck you, there are 9 outs left and we are only 4 runs left, have you watched this team lately? If you are troll-jinxing, then fuck you; if you are actually a fan, then fuck you.’

      When people say that in our bar I hope you drag them out by their ear and smack them over the head with a newspaper.

  • WhittakerWalt

    You could hardly blame this on Girardi. Robertson’s their best reliever and he didn’t have it.

    • vicki

      you’re absolutely right.

  • Long-Past-His-Day-Rod

    Shut the fuck up all you haters, shit talkers, pessimists, and assorted douches! We are winning this fucking game, god damn it.

    • WhittakerWalt

      Dude, we’re allowed to have a pessimistic reaction after that debacle.

      • Long-Past-His-Day-Rod

        Ugh, I’m not trying to insult any of my fellow RAB brethren, and I understand the frustration but come on. Stop throwing in the towel before the fat lady sings. We’re winning this game.

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

    Come on guys. There’s still hope. Did Lewis and Clark give up when the Germans bombed Hiroshima?!?!?!?! NO! Now let’s win this fucking game!

    • Long-Past-His-Day-Rod

      That’s the spirit!

  • Eddard

    I don’t see any way they win this ballgame. Girardi used everybody and their brother in that pen to get through 7 innings, now he has nobody left but Joba Chamberlain. Once Joba comes in it’s good night and good luck. Buck has his pen lined up to go because Chen went into the 7th.

  • your mom

    Well whaddya know? He threw a curve and got the K. Good fucking pitch selection dumbasses!!!!

  • Mickey Scheister

    Maybe Betances or another call-up will actually get an opportunity to sniff the circle of trust, just please no Joba.

    • Darren

      I’ve sniffed the circle of trust.

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

    Don’t waste this, boys.

  • http://www.penuel-law.com/ Cuso

    When you leave yourself no margin for error at the end of the season, every misstep is magnified 1000x.

    /philosophizzle’d

  • your mom

    I’m sure Ryan and Stewart will be starting a rally here.

    • your mom

      Told you so. LOL.

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

    I have a hard time getting past the fact that ALL OF THAT occurred with two outs, nobody on, and Jones was the only “big bat” to play ANY role in that, and that was being the first guy to get a hit.

    Ridiculous.

  • WhittakerWalt

    Bunty, bunty, bunty, bunty. Yeesh.

  • Eddard

    Jimmy Johnson might be our saving grace! Great bunt, Stewie!

  • TampaYankee

    Oh, Joba is warming up.

    That makes me feel like everything will be ok.

  • Tom

    Don’t bunt Grandy…

  • Need Pitching & Hitting & Defense & Baserunning

    Horrible bunt.
    Save – Johnson.

  • Dan in Athens

    Grave men, near death, who see with blinding sight…

  • SDB

    Come on A-Rod. Please.

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

    CANNOT waste this chance here.

  • Elton Cod

    WHY WOULD YOU BUNT WITH NO OUTS AND TWO RUNNERS ON WHEN YOU ARE CURTIS GRANDERSON AND ARE FACING A RIGHTY WHEN YOU NEED AS MANY RUNS AS POSSIBLE BECAUSE BULLPEN.

  • Piattos

    Okay let’s go ARod!

  • Rolling Doughnut

    Not walking ARod?

  • http://www.penuel-law.com/ Cuso

    Come on A-Rod. Swings at strikes dammit

  • http://www.penuel-law.com/ Cuso

    NICE!!

  • Pasta Stumbling Sojo

    The last two half-innings have been ridiculous.

  • Wheels

    fuck yes

  • John

    YESS

  • Rolling Doughnut

    Holy moly.

  • Piattos

    ARod! Making things happen!

  • http://www.penuel-law.com/ Cuso

    Wieters mighta broke his hand there

  • Eddard

    THANK YOU JIMMY JOHNSON! BRING IN MO!

  • flamingo

    Hahahahaha.

  • Long-Past-His-Day-Rod

    LEWIS AND CLARK, BITCHES!

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

    THANKS JOHNSON!

  • TampaYankee

    Well, Brendan Ryan is my new hero.

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

    I guess the Orioles were fucked by their own Johnson.

  • TampaYankee

    So…we put Joba in for the save. Right?

  • Elton Cod

    …perhaps that is why you bunt.

    not really. but I’ll take it.

  • http://www.penuel-law.com/ Cuso

    Make em sorry, Sori

  • http://www.penuel-law.com/ Cuso

    Yuckkkkkkkkk

  • Eddard

    Damn it, that would have been a big insurance run. I knew Mo would be available. He’s emptying the tank. Let’s just hope he has a little bit left.

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

    That is killer, Soriano.

    I don’t trust Mo with a one run lead here, given how gassed he is. REALLY needed that second run.

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

      Mo is shaky, and Mo is gassed. Mo is pitching for the third straight day. This can go bad very, very easily.

    • your mom

      Mo got this. Hopefully.

    • Elton Cod

      The DP wouldn’t have ended the inning if we hadn’t surrendered an out via a bunt. Thanks, Joe.

      (Yeah, FALLACY and all that, but a stupid out is still a stupid out.)

  • Meeks54

    WOW. what the hell is going on.

  • Andy

    I do not feel good about this at all

  • Exaggeration

    Soriano gives us a bunch of home runs and that catch, but he falls apart when it REALLY matters. If we lose this game because of a 2-run HR in the bottom of the 9th, it is Soriano’s fault. Then when we don’t make the playoffs it will be because he collapsed there. Bastard. Go back to Wrigleyville.

    • vicki

      well done.

  • Karl Krawfid

    No confidence in MO here.

    He has been pitching waaay to much.

  • Meeks54

    Your exaggerating “Exaggeration”

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

    Season series on the line here. Whoever wins this inning wins the season series.

    No pressure.

  • Rolling Doughnut

    Mo probably gassed and with no margin for error.

  • nsalem

    It will be miraculous if we win this game.

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

    MAN I feel really, really badly about this.

    • nsalem

      you feel badly every night.

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

        True enough. My optimism for the season disappeared by the White Sox sweep. My reserves were used up.

  • vicki

    roberts, morse, machado.

  • HateMclouth (formerly I’mVernon)

    THIS INNING NEEDS TO BE STRESS FREE. NEEDS NEEDS NEEDS.

    • Need Pitching & Hitting & Defense & Baserunning

      How was that?

      • HateMclouth (formerly I’mVernon)

        Just what the doctor ordered!

  • Rek4gehrig

    What’s wrong with you people? It’s Mo

  • nsalem

    Please dont Nelson us C-Dick

  • SDB

    I don’t care if Mariano’s gassed, has thrown 10 innings in the past week, has a sore arm, is hungover, concussed, whatever.

    I would rather have him in ANY state pitching than Jobber right now.

  • ClusterDuck

    Joe using his B’pen like a crazy person using Robertson and Mo (and the now injured Logan) way too much.

  • Darren

    Mo is incredible. The graceful warrior.

  • Long-Past-His-Day-Rod

    What does this game have in common with the 43rd president of the USA? They were both a little ugly, but they both have a ‘W’!

    Let’s go Yanks!

  • Wheels

    2 away

  • Eddard

    Mariano does it again. What a job by Joe tonight managing that pen. And they’ve taken 3/4 in Baltimore. What a series.

  • flamingo

    This game was insane.

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

    Two outs.

    Mo’s danger zone.

  • Karl Krawfid

    Thou shall not doubt lord Mo.

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

    Still feel badly about this.

    • Darren

      You are one pessimistic motherfucker. They already won and you STILL think they’re gonna lose!

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

        Something bizarre happened with the time stamps here, and I have no clue why. Rest assured that the at-bat had barely started.

        • Darren

          I know, I’m half busting your balls because you are pessimistic.

  • Elton Cod

    Everything is forgiven. God bless everyone.

  • Rolling Doughnut

    1 more to go Mo. Put Machado away.

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

    Heh, Machado’s swing there was hilarious.

  • Wheels

    YES!

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

    YES! YES!

    YES! YES! YES!

  • Dan in Athens

    “Old age should burn and rave at close of day; Rage, rage against the dying of the light.”

    Dylan carries this team…

    • vicki

      yes. lewis and clark are played out, but dylan thomas resonates every time.

      • Rolling Doughnut

        Although it might be nice to quote from a different poem from time to time.

        • vicki

          betty whipped out “death shall have no dominion” just as you were typing!

    • Betty Lizard

      Though lovers games be lost, love the series shall not; And death Tampa shall have no dominion.”

  • Meeks54

    Atta Baby Mo

  • Tom

    Mo breaking out the 4 seamer on those last 2 pitches and schooling the youngster.

    Well done, Mo.

  • SDB

    Mo is God.

  • Meeks54

    The Sandman cometh,and he taketh.

  • dkidd

    ON THIS TEAM WE FIGHT FOR THAT INCH!

    DO NOT GO GENTLY!

  • Eddard

    WHAT? Whoever that official scorer is should be fired. That was a SAVE if there ever was one. Give Mo the win and the save.

  • your mom

    I could’ve gone without that stress. The pen is gonna be fatigued heading into the Boston series. We need to have a couple blowout wins this weekend.

  • flamingo

    Give Mo the freaking save, scorer.

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

      A win is pretty damn good, too.

      • flamingo

        Eh. They’re going to be talking about Mo’s final saves number for… the rest of my lifetime, and I’d like not to remember this ridiculous farce every time they do. (“IT SHOULD BE ONE MORE”, etc.)

  • acb

    just checked the stats Jim Johnson and Mo both have 43 saves. Guess the official scorer doesn’t want Mo to lead the league in saves in his final season.

    • Petey-O

      I was thinking the same exact thing.

  • ClusterDuck

    They just took the save away from Mo and gave him the win and took the win away from Robertson.

    LOL. I’ve never seen that.

    • RetroRob

      I’ve never seen a player strike out on two pitches and I’ve never seen an official scorer steal a save from a reliever. All in one game.

      Stupid decision, especially considering this is Mariano. Perhaps the scorer wants to give Johnson a chance to lead the league in saves!

  • Tom

    Hell as long as the scorer is making shit up (which he is technically allowed to do)… Give Soriano the win for the catch (or at least a hold?)

    I’m guessing that gets reversed at some point.

  • SDB

    The scorer could always go to rule 10.17(c):

    http://www.baseball-reference......ives/13780

    • Darren

      Yeah, Robertson should get the win because although he was ineffective, his appearance was not brief. The guidance in the rule book suggests that “brief” means less than one inning.

      SOMEONE START A PETITION!

      • Petey-O

        This is total B.S. What if Robertson had only given up a two run homer, and the game was 5-4 going to the top of the ninth? Would it have then been a save for Mo? Or would it still have been the “brief and ineffective” rule? So obvious the official scorer didn’t want Rivera to take the lead in saves, so he invokes a seldom used bullshit rule? Unbelievable.

  • flamingo

    Literally just heard on WCBS (11:50 PM EST): “Robertson the winner, Mo gets his 44th save.”

    Someone missed the memo.

    • BFDeal

      The box score on the YES website shows Mo with both the win and the save!

  • ClusterDuck

    Heck since the official scorer is being so anal about awarding wins, why not give the win to Huff (and keep Rivera with the save).

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

    Winning this season series might be big if we tie for the 2nd wild card, right?

  • Petey-O

    Why was Rivera credited with the win instead of a save?