Sep
13

Game 148: Win it for Brett

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A few weeks ago, losing Brett Gardner to a Grade I oblique injury would have been devastating. He was the team’s second best hitter until the cavalry arrived in late-July, and he’s been a steady, count-working presence atop the lineup. By no means is Gardner a star, but he’s a very big part of the team and the Yankees can’t really replace what he brings to the table. It’s a big loss and they’ll have to get over it. Here’s the lineup that will face right-hander John Lackey:

  1. CF Curtis Granderson
  2. DH Alex Rodriguez
  3. 2B Robinson Cano
  4. LF Alfonso Soriano
  5. 1B Lyle Overbay
  6. 3B Eduardo Nunez
  7. RF Ichiro Suzuki
  8. SS Brendan Ryan
  9. C Chris Stewart

And on the mound is right-hander Hiroki Kuroda, who held these same Red Sox to two runs in six laborious innings last week. He threw 117 pitches in those six innings, an average of 4.68 pitches per batter faced. Mike Napoli leads all qualified hitters with an average of 4.57 pitches per plate appearance, for reference. Given the state of the bullpen, Kuroda needs to put together a fewer quick innings.

It’s been raining in Boston for a good part of the day, but things are supposed to be clear for the game tonight. Clouds and humidity, lots and lots of humidity, but no rain. First pitch is scheduled for 7:10pm ET and can be seen on My9 locally and MLB Network nationally. Enjoy.

Injury Updates: Austin Romine (concussion) passed an imPACT test. He rode a bike and hit in the batting cage today, and he’ll take light batting practice on the field. They’ll see how he feels and go from there … Boone Logan (elbow) has “turned a corner a little bit” and could be available when the Yankees play the Blue Jays next week … A-Rod (hamstring) is scheduled to play third base tomorrow.

Categories : Game Threads
  • http://www.draftstreet.com/register.aspx?r=Jedile Jedile

    Instead of With it, can we please try to win it??

    • ropeadope

      We could wish it.

      • http://www.draftstreet.com/register.aspx?r=Jedile Jedile

        Whisk it for Brett!

        (Hopefully things don’t get risky and we reach for the whisky)

        • ropeadope

          lol, just returned and already down by 2. Might need the whiskey in short order.

  • Eddard

    I think it’s supposed to say Will it for Brett because that’s what they’ll have to do. Without Gardner the defense is much worse and the lineup is not nearly as deep. Just look at 6-9. Just a nightmare season.

  • http://www.penuel-law.com/ Cuso

    I’m Sick With It

    He Hate Me

  • http://www.penuel-law.com/ Cuso

    Dammit. He changed it. No more fun for the inmates :-\

  • CashmanNinja

    Granderson in the leadoff spot is going to kill us. I’d rather put Ichiro there since he *hopefully* wouldn’t strike out as much and usually makes better contact. The loss of Gardner really, really hurts :|

  • Anderson Silva

    Is it too much to ask for a nice, easy, 8-3 win and a vintage, 8IP, 2ER performance from Kuroda?

    • nycsportzfan

      With Kuroda these days it is. Kuroda 2months ago, it woulden’t of been.

  • vicki

    good conditions for the sinker, if only stewie can keep it in front of him. if only.

    today and every day, i miss you, russell martin.

    • CashmanNinja

      I hated the thought of locking Martin up long term, but that’s before Romine face planted and Cervelli turned out to be dumber than we previously thought. That one is biting us in the ass now because Stewart…is just not a capable catcher. I don’t even think his defense is worthy enough of a backup job. He’s like the new-aged John Flaherty.

  • CashmanNinja

    That was a BEAUTIFUL play by Cano! Finally someone did that! WOW.

    • Winter

      To be fair, Granderson has been trying (and failing) for a while.

      • JGYank

        He got one I think.

  • Anderson Silva

    VERY NICE ROBBIE!

  • vicki

    as i live and breathe.

  • Anderson Silva

    I really like this Grandy-Alex combo to start things off.

  • http://www.penuel-law.com/ Cuso

    Brilliant

  • Patrick

    Who is the third announcer? Ken and Kay of course but who is the third guy?

    • vicki

      leiter.

  • Elton Cod

    Bret “The Hit Man” Gardner. His absence really hurts this lineup. Back to having a bunch of trash/recycling in 5-9.

  • nsalem

    He was busting it

  • mustang (The Has Beens & Wannabes Bunch 2013)

    SWEET!!!!

    Finally!!!

  • http://www.penuel-law.com/ Cuso

    Wtf was that?! How do you call a strike on that check?!

  • Wheels

    A bunt double!

  • Anderson Silva

    What a joke of an AB by Soriano.

  • Pat D

    Fuck yo’ shift!

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

    A bunt double, that is a first for me.

    Also, no umpire review as its not a new crew, but we have:

    Ted Barrett
    Mike DiMuro
    Ron Kulpa
    Alfonso Marquez.

    • Winter

      Any of them have particularly egregious strike zones?

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

        Kulpa is the pitcher’s strike zone and Marquez (who we won’t see) has the hitter’s zone.

    • vicki

      watch more dodger games. puig bunts doubles WITHOUT the shift on.

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

        Well I don’t trust anything Puig does till 2014 is over and he is even close to as good.

  • JGYank

    Way to show them how it’s done Cano. Nice hustle.

  • dkidd

    hiroki threw a gazillion pitches last start. hoping for the best…

  • Pat D

    I would seriously not mind if I never had to hear about/look upon Pedroia ever again.

    Translation: someone put a hit out on him.

  • Anderson Silva

    Get to 0-2 and throw a cookie down the middle. Great to see Kuroda getting tips from Hughes.

  • Pat D

    Mike Napoli is one ugly mf’er.

  • Elton Cod

    a list of all known bunt doubles, though i think there’s been one or two more this year:
    http://www.beyondtheboxscore.c.....unt-double

  • JGYank

    I getting tired of the shift.

  • Pat D

    Yea, it’s easy to hit doubles in that travesty of a ballpark.

    Who’s with me to go blow it up?!?

    • vicki

      you’re in a particularly … felonious mood tonight.

      • Pat D

        Side effect of having to look at the toilet. Ever since 2004 the sight of the place makes me physically ill.

        • Pat D

          That toilet. As in Fenway is a toilet.

    • JGYank

      How could you not lead the league in doubles with a giant wall 300 feet away in left field? Who designed that stupid park?

      • Pat D

        I could answer this question……but I won’t.

      • OldYanksFan

        James McLaughlin, Architect, in 1912.

        Fenway Park was designed by the same firm that designed Yankee Stadium, the Osborn Engineering Company. The park’s peculiar size and shape were determined by the surrounding city streets. The 37-foot-tall left field wall, known as the Green Monster, compensates for the short depth of left field.

  • dkidd

    crooked number in the first was pretty much a given

    we’re still winning

  • JGYank

    Also if you are gong to shift him to pull at least pitch inside so he pulls the ball.

  • Anderson Silva

    This is depressing. The Red Sox are so much better it’s not even funny.

    • Captain Turbo

      They’re obviously cheating.

      • Anderson Silva

        Or they have a better GM and FO who can assemble a better team.

        • Captain Turbo

          That’s just crazy talk.

        • Mikhel

          Better than the demigod Cashman? That’s ludicrous!!!

          The Yanks signed Youk for $13 millions, he must be good to be paid that!!

          Also the Yanks acquired Wells, Overbay and Haffner, who wants young good players when you can have players who years ago batted and were amongst the best?

          As for pitching the Yankees didn’t need to sign somebody because they are a well oiled machine producing a lot of aces!!

  • Leg-End

    I kinda expect us to be down early against the Red Sox these days, no big deal plenty of time to come back.

  • Anderson Silva

    I wish Kuroda would come inside against a lefty every now and then. Everything is down and away, they are sitting on that pitch and driving it the other way.

  • Eddard

    It might be just about time to pull the plug on this season. They just aren’t in the same league as the Sox. This is supposedly our ace and they’re treating him like a 5th starter. Hiroki hasn’t looked right in a month and with the loss of Gardner it might be end of the line.

    • Winter

      You’re pulling the plug on the season after a two-run first?

    • dkidd

      this gag’s got whiskers on it

    • Captain Turbo

      Well, sir, I disagree. They’re not only in the same league, they’re in the same division!

    • Wheels

      whatever.

  • JGYank

    Kuroda has lost the zone and is getting hit around already. And a high pitch count. He better get his shit together fast.

  • JGYank

    What sucks is we don’t have a lot of offense to come back. Ryan and Stewart are rally killers. This is wher we miss Jeter and Gardner to lengthen the lineup.

    On a side note imagine the up the middle defense if Gardner was healthy? Cano Ryan Gardner. Awesome combo defensively.

  • vicki

    sigh.

    he’ll find it; i just hope it’s not too late.

  • David N

    Well this has escalated quickly.

  • Captain Turbo

    Ouch.

  • JGYank

    Can we please pitch inside to back them off the plate and jam them?

  • Eddard

    Ballgame over, season over. That’s all she wrote, folks. Kuroda has melted down, Gardner is gone for the season and they just can’t beat the Sox.

    • Captain Turbo

      It’s that kind of attitude that beat Hannibal at the Battle of Zama.

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

        It’s that kind of attitude that made Lewis commit suicide after their trek ended.

        • Winter

          To be fair, there are some who claim he was murdered.

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

            …That doesn’t make me feel better.

    • stuart a

      your hysteria is funny.

      your are a doom and gloomer… why even watch?

    • Winter

      Eddard’s memory is only four days old. Because five days ago they did beat the Sox.

      Also, they lost three of four in that series and didn’t fall out of contention. All they need to do is tread water for this series and the schedule gets significantly easier.

      Also they’re averaging over 6 runs per game in their last eleven games. They have failed to score at least four runs only once in that stretch. This game isn’t over, much less their season.

  • dkidd

    that could have been worse

    no one died

  • Anderson Silva

    Who would have thought? Another pitch away, another hit the other way. Fucking dumb. Thanks for July Hiroki!

  • Joey

    Fuck you Kuroda. Retire.

  • Pinkie Pie

    Well……things certainly aren’t looking very rosy right now. How can you blame anyone for being pessismtic after this?

  • Widget

    It’s fitting that the season ends in Fenway. Terrible fans with an ugly team. Lackey may not give up a run tonight.

    Really let down with how bad Kuroda fell off the face of the earth down the stretch.

  • Joey

    How typical that this guy would come out and put the game out of reach in the first inning. Pathetic.

  • stuart a

    only stupid hitters will not adjust. throw it away hit it oppo.

    look evven cano figured it out with the bunt double…

    game is over at 7:40 EST..Kuroda has been awful for about 7 starts…

    team is on fumes…kuroda at all star game looked like a cy young pitcher, now he looks like hughes, cc, and joba..

    • Winter

      You just said “[Eddard's] a gloom and doomer… why even watch?”

      Same to you, bud.

      • stuart a

        i am Mr. Sunshine compared to him.

        • Winter

          That’s not saying much.

  • Widget

    It’s going to be hilarious when the Red Sox get smoked in the post season.

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

    …Annnnnnd this was not at all predictable. This is also the reason Cleveland has over a 10% chance of making the playoffs over us. The Red Sox are just too good for us. We can’t compete with our pitching.

    I’m sure we’ll score a bit, but it’s hard to see the pitching get anything but worse from here.

    • Kenny

      Yeah. This Sox lineup has the biggest margin of advantage over the Yankees’ lineup I can remember in years. With the Y’s lineup now “shorter” (although, frankly, Jeter hadn’t been adding much length), the gap is huge.

      They seem to have had a good plan against Nova in NY (take a pass on his curve). Now they’re doing a number on Kuroda’s down-and-away.

      A lot to do for Cash during the off season. If it’s another do-nothing off season, 2014 will be a really long year.

      They might pull it out tonight, but you just have to figure the Sox have a brutal edge, every game.

  • Frank

    Runs allowed after 2 outs. Been a problem all year for this team. I’m betting Yanks are in top 10 in MLB.

    • Mikhel

      Before today: 233 runs. With 1 out 230 runs. With 0 outs 140 runs.

      The Yanks are the 14st best team in that regard before today. The worst? The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in California of USA in America of The Eart in The Solar System of The Via Lactea in the Universe, have allowed 291 runs with 2 outs.

      • Mikhel

        *Eart is like Earth but nicer.

        • Frank

          Thanks. Not that far off for just a guess. Just as frustrating nonetheless.

  • Mikhel

    Thank god the Yanks saved Kuroda for the Bosox.

    In his last 3 starts vs the Sox including today:

    12 2/3 innings, 20 hits, 11 Runs, 9 ER, 3 W, 6 K, a WHIP a bit below 2.00

    • stuart a

      who else do they have? nuno? huff? hughes? they have no options but just whine….

      • Mikhel

        Anybody, when you know your pitchers are not doing so good vs a rival team, skip him, you’ve got a 40 man roster, use it!! If Jeter is not gonna come back, then put him in the 60 day DL and promote somebody! Same for the other deadweights still in the 40 man roster and in the DL.

        How many times have you seen CC getting pounded by the Rays and the Red Sox because JoeG thinks “this might be his day”? Sabathia has allowed what… 48 runs in 67 2/3 innings in the last 3 seasons vs the Bosox (9 starts)?

        This team looks worse every year because the Yanks never take risks to try and improve. If your starter can’t beat a team this far in the season with so much in the line, by all means SKIP HIM!!

  • Anderson Silva

    With Reynolds warming up, it’s great that Girardi starts Nunez at 3B

  • David N

    Sorry, I blinked. Did I miss the Yankees coming to bat?

    • Winter

      If you can call it that.

    • NY2FanMaynard

      lol

  • dkidd

    need a 10 pitch at-bat here from ichiro

    • dkidd

      lol

  • Eddard

    Took 30 minutes for Kuroda to retire the Sox in the 1st. Took 30 seconds for Lackey to retire the Yanks in the 2nd.

  • NY2FanMaynard

    7 pitch inning… I hope they start making Lackey work…. This could be a long night.

    • Mikhel

      Almost every time a rival pitcher is in the 60-70 pitch count in the 3rd or 4th inning, the Yanks manage to allow him to get into the 8th inning with an upper 90s pitch count… how the fudge is that even possible? LOL

  • Pinkie Pie

    That was a pathetic half-inning….

  • JGYank

    Great ABs. 7 innings to turn this around at least.

  • Rolling Doughnut

    Way to take a pitch Ichi.

  • stuart a

    ichiro sucks and he is a selfish player also. nunez is just stupid.

    both out on 1 pitch. ichiro is a friggin disaster. imagine victorino instead of ichiro. imagine almost anyone instead od ichiro with his 300 obp and 300 and change slugging %..

    • Mikhel

      And JoeG doesn’t use Ichiro when there’s a leftie starter because Suzuki is batting just 0.329 AVG / 0.340 OBP vs them.

  • Anderson Silva

    Greatest July pitcher in Yankee history! Thanks Kuroda!

    • Winter

      Are you seriously complaining about Kuroda? Sure, he’s sucked recently and is probably out of gas, but we wouldn’t even be contending if he hadn’t pitched like a Cy Young candidate for 3/4 of the year.

      • Anderson Silva

        Sorry, I’d like my team to have a pitcher who can be good all year long and not melt when August comes. It’s still important to win games in august and september you know?

        • Winter

          A win in July is just as important as a win in August. I’ll take Kuroda this year over most other players in the MLB.

          • Pat D

            If you don’t like what he says, just ignore him. He’ll break out that line soon enough.

          • Mikhel

            Also, a loss and crappy starts in september hurt as much as those in april. A non-consistent pitcher is not going to help a lot be it in april, march or september when they hit their awful streak.

      • David N

        This. Even if he sucks the rest of the year (which is looking like a distinct possibility at this point), he was carrying this team on his back up until a few weeks ago. They’d probably be five or six games out at this point without him. It’s frustrating, but I can’t complain too much about it.

        • Winter

          Not to mention that he’s probably just exhausted from all that team-carrying.

    • Elton Cod

      I hope Keith Hernandez spits in your face.

      • Pat D

        Nice game, pretty boy!

  • NY2FanMaynard

    Hooverbay!

  • dkidd

    is anyone warming?

    tonight might be a “lose the battle to win the war” situation

    • Widget

      they lost the war this season a very long time ago.

  • JGYank

    I d take all four corpses and replace our pitching staff with them.

  • YankeeFan

    They finally decide to go inside to a lefty…to the #9 hitter…pathetic

  • P

    Thanks for no showing tonight Kuroda. You worthless bum.

  • David N

    #obligatorypassedball

  • YankeeFan

    Stewart is so terrible. How do you get crossed up so often in mid-September

    • Mikhel

      Same thing that plagued: Posada, Leyritz, Stanley and even Martin, they play catcher because they were told it was the easier way to get to the majors (lack of catchers with power) but their position was not being a C, they didn’t develop to be a C, they just happened to be infielders disguised as catchers.

      It is ridiculous that one of the best catchers to play for the Yanks in the past 30 years is still José Molina.

  • NY2FanMaynard

    Stewie I hope you can catch the pitchout!

  • Widget

    Explain to me again why they decided they could win with Stewart at catcher? Cashman should be fired for bone headed move alone.

    • stuart a

      cervelli was playing well before he got hurt. he was # 1 catcher….

      • Mikhel

        Cervelli was a question mark, the Yanks already knew there were rumours of his PED use before the season started and Pierzinsky was still available (this in mid december, Cervelli decided to speak in mid february and say he didn’t use PEDs from Biogénesis).

        The Yanks decided that Stewart was the best catcher they had available as a backup so they went with that plan (a low AVG, low OBP, no power, average throw, bad at blocking plays at home… man it sounds like Girardi saw himself in Stewart and gave his approval).

  • stuart a

    walking big poopi in the 2nd after another pass ball.

    this could get REALLY ugly WOW

  • JGYank

    Good call intentionally walking Ortiz and setting up the dp.

  • Anderson Silva

    Stewart is the best!

  • Widget

    WHY ARE THE RED SOX SO FREAKING WHITE AND UGLY???? WHY??? Who in their right mind would cheer for such an ugly team? Oh nevermind it’s Boston, their women have beards.

  • Leg-End

    Honestly I’d rather see Murphy catch right, Stewart is actually terrible at everything.

  • Elton Cod

    Eckersly is rightfully talking about how awful Stewart has looked on defense lately.

    • David N

      Lately?

    • YankeeFan

      Not only is he terrible defensively but he is terrible at adjusting to the hitter and what the pitcher has or doesn’t have. He’s a terrible hitter so how can he understand any of this and it’s happened countless times i.e. joba throwing two rolling sliders to Adam Jones, calls for it a 3rd time and it gets whacked for a 3-run shot.

    • Anderson Silva

      So is Kay. Apparently Girardi is the only one who doesn’t see it.

      • Elton Cod

        Short of putting a catcher’s mask on himself, what else do you think Girardi can do about it?

        • stuart a

          do not be rationale… like for a starting pitcher, they do not have many options . same issue at catcher. cervelli got hurt then suspended. romine is hurt. etc..

          people just like to whine. no rationale solutions jsut whine…i know there solution is to get mccann… or trade for yadier molina…

          • Mikhel

            What about Murphy? Is that rationale enough?

            The only whinning I’ve seen so far is you whinning that people criticize and give reasons on why something is going wrong and how it COULD be better, yet you don’t offer solutions, just excuses on the issues being discussed.

        • Anderson Silva

          When Romine was healthy, he should have playing. Nowadays, why not try Murphy every now and then? It can’t be any worse than this shit Stewart is doing.

          • stuart a

            Romine should have played more recently when he was hitting well I agree with that but Girardi has a clue he is not a moron.

            for a starting pitcher with no’ phelps, pineda, nuno, and banuelos out for the year they got limited options. also marshall and others did not progress as much as hoped.

            warren is not a starter and hughes stinks. btw hughes is 28 not exactly ancient. the guy won 18 and 16 in 2 seasons. joba has been utterly terrible also…

            • Mikhel

              “Girardi has a clue he is not a moron” remember when the Yanks bat went dead vs Detroit two post-seasons ago and JoeG decided he was not going to use Montero even when he batted very well in his only game and Martin was batting 0.170+ AVG?

              Do you know why Ichiro is not put in the starting lineup vs lefties even when he is hitting almost 0.100 AVG points better than vs righties?

              Do you know why Vernon Wells kept on playing when he was in a massive slump with no extrabases for more than two months?

              Yeah, JoeG is not a moron, not at all.

  • your mom

    Well, what a way to start the game. If we get blown out at least we can rest Mo and DRob. We have enough shit pitchers to eat up innings. Hell, just let Kuroda take a hit for the team. Maybe his ERA goes up further and we can re-sign him for a little cheaper.

  • Anderson Silva

    Imagine that, he goes inside and gets a K.

    • Elton Cod

      Crazy suggestion: Kuroda knows more than you about location, seeing as how he is a professional with years of experience and is quite good at what he does, while you are just a douchebag with no apparent skill at anything.

      Location is not like a video game, where you drag the cursor to wherever you want the ball to go. Placement in real life is a lot harder, especially when you’re having a bad night with control/your stuff.

  • nycsportzfan

    If Kuroda gives up even one more run, were toast.

    • Pat D

      Were toast what?

      • Captain Turbo

        I think he means weretoast, a mythical creature that transforms from man to bread when the moon is full.

        • Mikhel

          I love weretoast with a bit of strawberry jampire.

        • vicki

          love it.

        • Pat D

          You win this thread.

      • nycsportzfan

        There were some GDT where tools like you weren’t around. It was nice to see everyone getting along for a change and not being a douche bag. Your pretty much a used douche bag.

        • Pat D

          What? Are you reading the same fucking threads I am? Oh, hell, don’t answer that, I already know what you’re doing to say.

          Also, my pretty much a used douche bag what?

          • Pat D

            And I failed with a typo myself. Don’t worry, I’ll go away now.

            • Robinson Tilapia
              • Pat D

                I deserved that.

                But you’re one of the douche bags, too, don’t ya know. According to certain people.

                • Robinson Tilapia

                  Oh no no no. Nycsportzfan and I declared a truce long ago. We’re actually having some beers later.

                  • Pat D

                    How did you equate nycsportzfan to “certain people?”

                    You have more enemies than you know!

                    • Robinson Tilapia

                      *looks out window*

                      fuck.

        • Robinson Tilapia

          I have to ask, and no insult meant whatsoever…..what do you mean by GDT?

  • http://www.draftstreet.com/register.aspx?r=Jedile Jedile

    That reliever warming up is HUGE. looks like 2x Bart Colon

    • NY2FanMaynard

      Maybe Mike Zagurski?

      • vicki

        yep. he’s a house.

  • HateMclouth (formerly I’mVernon)

    Lucky we got out of that jam with no further damage.

  • Kenny

    I’m not watching. Could the huge reliever be Betances?

  • JGYank

    Thank God for that catch. Soriano seems to get better and better everyday defensively.

  • vicki

    no. way.

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

    This is just so damn disheartening. Win three straight, the Red Sox have their bats cooled a touch by the Rays (12 runs in 28 innings, which isn’t terrible but it’s not 37 runs in 37 innings), and the purported Yankee ace promptly gives up four in the first inning tonight and looks like hot shit.

    I mean, what the fuck? The Yankees pitching isn’t good right now, but this isn’t a fucking triple-A pitching staff. Have some damn backbone against this team. They’re good, but they’re not unbeatable.

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

      I think “cooled a touch” was pretty much the only possible outcome after the first BoSox series.

      I mean, it’s disheartening but to be honest it’s SO predictable that it isn’t terribly so. I mean, we knew going in we’d be lucky to take 1 of 3. Not so surprising that this is game one.

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

        Well, yes, but that’s my point. They weren’t going to keep averaging a run per inning. It would nice if the Yankees got the memo.

    • Kenny

      It’s may not be a AAA pitching staff, but it’s got some age on it, in Kuroda, Pettitte, and Rivera, and these guys are gassed. Hughes is just barely not AAA, Huff too.

      How the hell they play “Steinbrenner 189″ and also field a competitive team next year will require divine intervention.

      • Mikhel

        No need for divine intervention, with a division as strong as the AL East you can pretty much count on teams beating amonst themselves for much of the season, you only need to keep on playing a little bit above 0.500 and you’ll be in contention…

        BUT… also keep in mind that Toronto won’t be as bad next season (I think) so the Yanks might as well be next year’s version of the 2013 BJays if they don’t address their needs as they didn’t do after 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012, as long as they keep on patching the team with “has beens” and “el cheapo” players who are injury prone… ugh.

  • dkidd

    we’re outmanned, outgunned, outnumbered, battered, beaten and left for dead

    just how we like it

  • Alan

    So I sighed as the announcers on MLB network said “This could be the inning the Yankees make a move” as Brendan Ryan is at the plate. Then I almost shit myself when I saw the ball take off.

    • Mikhel

      A homerun by B. Ryan is almost as rare as one from Raffie Belliard #PostingInThe90s

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

    Woo-hoo Ryan.

  • Leg-End

    Brendan Ryan!?!

  • JGYank

    Defensive SS bitches.

  • nycsportzfan

    Eck making fun of Ryans batting, and he goes yard..lol Awesome!

  • Anderson Silva

    how about that no-hit SS!

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

    Even if it was for a hit, that was unbelievably stupid from Curtis.

  • JGYank

    Ryan even makes Stewart look bad. 1 pitch popup. When is the last time he hit the ball hard or had a good AB. Why is he still on the team?

  • Pinkie Pie

    There’s a start! Now build on this run.

  • http://www.draftstreet.com/register.aspx?r=Jedile Jedile

    Brendan Ryan, the weak hitting short stop that turned the season around with a HR.

    • OldYanksFan

      Bucky Dented!

  • David N

    Brendan Ryan, defensive specialist.

    YCPBCJ.

  • Captain Turbo

    Home run for Ryan? The world is officially upside down.

  • Pinkie Pie

    Aaaaaaaaand Stewart still sucks.

  • Betty Lizard

    I did wonder why frogs were falling from the sky. Then I looked at Gameday.

  • dkidd

    i love that every single red sox fan is thinking “bucky f-ig dent”

  • JGYank

    Grandy needs to work on his bunting.

    • Rolling Doughnut

      It wasn’t a bad bunt, he just missed getting it by Lackey.

      • JGYank

        No but with his speed it can be useful and add another part to his game.

        • Mikhel

          AND he could make the defense have a less strong shift towards first base.

  • YankeeFan

    Now would be a good time for a 1-2-3 inning. Just got an unexpected run in the 3rd from the #8 hitter, get Cano & Soriano up quick. I still think Lackey sucks despite his numbers.

    • YankeeFan

      That worked well. Another pitch out over the plate to a lefty getting hit. Shocking…

  • Stewarts folly

    Is that chris farley warming up in the pen?

  • Pinkie Pie

    Nice start, Kuroda!

  • nycsportzfan

    Kuroda has a noodle arm at this point. What a waste of a awesome season, its just going down the shitter.

  • stuart a

    kuroda is just awful tonight.

    WOW… no idea what to do to get this guys out.

    38 and tireing and terrible down the stretch astute yankee fans will be clamoring to give him a 3 year deal at $13 mill per year, I let him walk…

    adios bite the bullet and move on….

  • NY2FanMaynard

    Is it batting practice?

    • JGYank

      No tball.

  • YankeeFan

    Are they really still trying to get the lefties out on the outside corner? Watched the first couple of innings now stuck on Gameday for the 3rd and looks like Salty and Drew both crushed pitches on the outside corner.

  • Stewarts folly

    Let chris farley pitch

  • Rolling Doughnut

    Joe get Kuroda out of there ffsake.

  • Stewarts folly

    Let wells pitch

  • HateMclouth (formerly I’mVernon)

    Shit, I missed the Brendan Ryan homerun!

  • Stewarts folly

    Stewie fuck up coming up

  • http://www.draftstreet.com/register.aspx?r=Jedile Jedile

    Arod is the very best
    like no one ever was.
    To inject with the best,
    to hit homeruns is his cause.

    He will travel around the bases,
    striding with his centurion prideeee.

  • Pinkie Pie

    Good job not letting that leadoff double score, Kuroda. Now the offense needs to chip away.

  • Stewarts folly

    Lets see farrel last year caught stealing signs leave toronto
    Hgh causes bad face acne and can increase facial hair growth
    Yup redsox miricle season.

    • Winter

      You know what else causes facial hair growth? Not shaving.

      • Stewarts folly

        Yeah because gomes and fish face have always been hr threats.

  • YankeeFan

    Red Sox really keeping the Yanks in the game right now. Have to take advantage.

  • JGYank

    At Fenway you have to pitch inside to lefties and away to righties without getting too predictable. Right field is a huge and every hitter aims for the monster.

    • Mikhel

      Shhhhh you’ll piss off those who think baseball players know all that and we have no place giving our opinions.

      • Elton Cod

        Yeah, those bastards. It’s like they haven’t even heard of the FIrst Amendment!

  • Anderson Silva

    Soriano is a mess right now.

  • Rolling Doughnut

    They’re really making Lackey work here.

  • Stewarts folly

    Sori bomb please

  • Stewarts folly

    Loverbay crushed it
    Ratboy pissed

  • Pinkie Pie

    Gritty………so gritty

  • Rolling Doughnut

    Ratboy should get the E

  • JGYank

    Cano and Ryan have been the only bright spots tonight. Lackey is still sharp.

  • vicki

    ahaha. back under your bridge!

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

    Wouldn’t mind a Nunez cheap flyball 310 feet to LF.

  • Stewarts folly

    Wow joe montana has put on some pounds

    • Kenny

      Where’d you see him? I always wonder whatever happened to him after he graduated from Notre Dame.

  • Anderson Silva

    FUCK YOU ICHIRO

  • Kenny

    What are they paying Ichiro?

  • Anderson Silva

    I’d PH reynolds here.

  • Pinkie Pie

    Ichiro’s taking meatballs right down the middle….

    • Stewarts folly

      Old japanize guy Fail

  • Winter

    At this point, I’d actually rather see Wells starting over Ichiro. That’s how bad it’s gotten.

  • JGYank

    And that’s why ichiro shouldn’t be at the top of the lineup.

  • Rerm

    Ichiro, you poopy

    That was about as hard as he can hit it, I guess.

    • Pat D

      He’s poopy?

      Just threaten to choppa choppa his pee pee.

      /Kaientai’d

  • Wheels

    Listening to CJ Nitkowski for the first time, and I think he’s pretty good. His no nonsense, laid back style seems to temper Sterling’s zaniness a bit.

    • Dan

      The fact that he’s not Suzyn Waldman makes him fantastic. Best radio booth since 2004.

  • Stewarts folly

    Hit victorino again i like watching him bitch

  • Pinkie Pie

    David Ortiz really pimped that fly ball didn’t he?

  • Stewarts folly

    Poopi going to bunt lol

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

    Well, the Twins are just gonna get wrecked this weekend, aren’t they?

    • Mikhel

      At least Toronto is helping right now.

      • Mikhel

        FFFFUUUUUUUUU and they blew their lead instants after I said it.

  • JGYank

    Kuroda has settled in nicely besides that last pitch.

    • Rolling Doughnut

      He’s still up in the zone but it looks like he’s got more movement now. The last pitch leaked out over the plate big time.

      • JGYank

        He is jamming guys and pitching inside better.

        • Rolling Doughnut

          You are right.

        • Mikhel

          Yup, with fastball hitting teams that’s what it needs to be done (and mix curves low and away). I’ve not seen the splits on curveballs, fastballs, etc. but the bosox SEEM to be that kind of team (like the Rangers, Orioles, Rays and Toronto). Oh and to pitch to try and avoid them from playing with the green monster.

          • JGYank

            Yeah. Jam them and in Fenway pitch to the inside of lefties to avoid the monster. Opposite in YS.

  • Stewarts folly

    Someone please kill stewie already.

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

    The sheer weakness in the contact Chris Stewart gets on batted balls is damn-near mesmerizing. Seriously.

  • Rolling Doughnut

    2-35 and can’t block the plate. He’s a mess.

    • Winter

      I’m more concerned that he can’t block a pitch in the dirt.

      • Rolling Doughnut

        Yeah, that’s what I meant. As I go for another tequila.

  • Silvio

    Some of these guys parachuted in this year, from other teams, have no patience at the plate, as if they come from hacker traditions.

  • Stewarts folly

    Damnit curtis close

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

    The Pesky Pole is the stupidest thing in any baseball park.

    • Winter

      Aptly named, too.

    • Wheels

      That hill in Houston is pretty dumb too.

      • Mikhel

        I agree.

    • JGYank

      Not as bad as the green monster. Plus the pole compensates for the large right field.

    • Pat D

      Once upon a time, Monument Park was in the field of play.

      Thankfully that was corrected, but that honestly might have been the dumbest thing ever.

  • Stewarts folly

    Easy to hit when you know whats coming.

  • Robinson Tilapia

    Celebrity chef David Burke warming up in the bullpen for the Yankees.

    • Stewarts folly

      That guy in the pen looks like a bowling type athlete.

    • Pat D

      So long as it’s not Gordon Ramsay. Saw an episode of Hell’s Kitchen where he threw out the first pitch at a Dodgers game. He didn’t have a very good throwing motion.

      What do you expect from a soccer player? They don’t know how to use their arms.

    • vicki
      • Pat D

        If he only had one eye, he might as well be Mike Wazowski.

      • Stewarts folly

        It is chris farley

      • vicki

        oh, and he’s listed at 225. yeah. right.

        • Robinson Tilapia

          225 cheesesteaks?

      • Robinson Tilapia

        MMMMMMMMMMMM DOOOOOOUGHNUTS

  • JobaWockeeZ

    Don’t see how we don’t sign Cano.

    • Pat D

      Because his contract will become like ARod’s contract, naturally.

      /Levine’d

      • JobaWockeeZ

        It’s probably thanks to ARod and Pujols for that matter that Cano won’t be that expensive.

        • Pat D

          Most likely. I just want to dump on Levine whenever possible.

          • JobaWockeeZ

            As any rational person should.

  • JGYank

    Where would we be without Cano?

  • JGYank

    Haven’t worked Lackey’s pitch count at all. Need to get to the middle of their pen.

  • vicki

    hirok has given up nearly a quarter of his total earned runs in the first inning this year.

    • Mikhel

      Make that almost a third: 20 out of 65.

      • vicki

        ah, yes. including today 18 (earned) out of 65.

  • JGYank

    Rally time?

  • Stewarts folly

    Even salty is a better catcher than stewart

    • Captain Turbo

      A cardboard cutout of Salty is a better catcher than Stewart.

      • Mikhel

        A bucket with a spring inside (so it sends the ball back to the pitcher) its better than Stewart.

  • JGYank

    Lackey is starting to bend…

    • Anderson Silva

      Right on time to face the soft part of the lineup!

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

    I feel very safe in my assertion that John Lackey is the biggest on-field douchebag in baseball.

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

      Nah, Fernando “Taking a shit while pointing up majestically to the sky” Rodney is definitely the biggest.

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

        At least we only see Rodney for one inning at a time.

        Lackey does his bullshit, showing complete disdain for his teammates, all that “bulldoggy” stuff, for multiple innings at a time. Fuck that guy.

      • Mikhel

        But he does it after the game is over. Ortíz gets a free pass whenever he stays in the plate contemplating his fly or homerun, whenever he walks the bases instead of running after a homerun.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      Non-criminal division.

  • JGYank

    Come on Cano just stop it. That’s unfair. He is so getting paid.

  • Dan

    Anyone know who John Sterling’s broadcast partner is tonight? C.J. somebody?

    • Mikhel

      C.J. Nitkowsky? He’s a lefty who used to pitch for the Reds, Tigers, Yankees and other teams, he pitched in México during the winter and in the dominican republic last season (I can’t remember if he went to the caribbean series that Dominican Republic lost to México) and pitched in Japan.

      • Mikhel

        *Nitkowski.

  • NY2FanMaynard

    kuroda has recovered quite nicely. Don’t know how much he has left though.

  • Captain Turbo

    Two hits for Ryan? WTF?

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

    Oh, Stewart. Even when you hit long balls off the wall, you can’t get to second base.

    • Mikhel

      The day Stewart gets to second base on his own hit, this universe will implode and it will give way to a new yet more bizarre universe where an alternate Stewart is better than Albert Pujols in his prime.

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

      For a long time, Stewart had 3 extra base hits. All three were HRs. I don’t expect triples, but he didn’t even have a double.

      • Mikhel

        There was a time when Stewart hit more extrabases in two months, than Vernon Wells… and he only hit like 3.

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

    “THIS IS MINE! THIS IS MINE!”

    isn’t that what Lackey was yelling at Scioscia in the 2009 ALCS?

    • Mikhel

      That also applies to the whole 2004 Red Sox team when Mientkiewicz got the final out of that world series and kept the ball.

  • NY2FanMaynard

    Thud. That was me fainting… Stewart just got a hit.

    Lackey’s gone, before kuroda. Too funny.

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

    Hit one to the moon, Curtis.

  • nycsportzfan

    Ryan and Stewart setting it up for top of the order. Do you Pinch Hit for Grandy with Wells? Grandys been hot, but we need this guy to score from 3rd base no matter what. I think i’d go with Wells and slide Ichiro to CF for now.

    • nycsportzfan

      Granderson gets ahead 3-0 on Breslow. And just like that its a full count and Granderson could K even after going ahead 3-0. This is why i’d of went with Wells here. And as i knew it would happen, Granderson K’s on a pitch way outta the zone.

      It was a bad call though

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

    He did not go, and didn’t even throw to 3rd base. Freaking umpires.

  • vicki

    brutal call, blue.

  • Pinkie Pie

    Yankees need to capitalize RIGHT NOW.

  • JGYank

    Terrible call.

  • JGYank

    Stewart and Ryan got on base. We are destined to score.

    • nycsportzfan

      Good call.

      Hey, anyone notice are old farm player Abe Almonte is playing for the Mariners big league club? Hes actually in there against Wainwright tonight. I wondered what happened to him?

  • Anderson Silva

    what a fucking joke, he didn’t go

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

    I can’t wait for that challenge system.

    • Mikhel

      The challenge system will not apply to strikes… or will it?

  • Eddard

    HUGE call there against the Yanks. He didn’t even come close to swinging.

  • Winter

    And that’s why the home plate umpire should never call it himself.

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

    But, you know, Victorino didn’t offer.

  • JGYank

    This is who I want at the plate don’t care he’s a lefty.

  • Pinkie Pie

    Time to earn that big contract, Robbie.

  • Rolling Doughnut

    Robbie!

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

    Even though ARod couldn’t score, I’ll still take a tie game. Better than a deficit.

  • nycsportzfan

    Cano!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Pinkie Pie

    WOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!

  • JobaWockeeZ

    Don’t know how you can’t resign Cano.

    • Rolling Doughnut

      If he insists on an ARod type contract. That’s how.

  • JGYank

    I heart Robbie. 4 for 4

  • Eddard

    THEY’VE TIED THE BALLGAME!!!!! BOY OH BOY WHO COULD HAVE PREDICTED THIS!

  • rich

    And this is why Cano is better than that bearded troll in Boston that plays second base.

  • Winter

    Robbie!

  • Eddard

    This is why you never count this team out. They just never say die. Now it’s up to the clutch Overbay to get the lead. Although I would just walk Overbay.

    • JGYank

      lol

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

        There’s, like, ten of him.

        • Mikhel

          One for every scenario the Yanks face.

  • nycsportzfan

    How does AROD not score on that???

    • Rolling Doughnut

      Bad hammy. Which is why he’s DHing.

    • Eddard

      Bad hamstring. He just can’t run that well. Better to have him in the lineup than not.

  • MP

    CANO!!!!!

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

    Seeing them make these comebacks after July/early August has been so bizarre. You mean it’s NOT over when we’re down by at least two runs? Really??????

  • Darren

    I’m confused, is the season still over?

    • Captain Turbo

      The apocalypse has been canceled.

      • Rolling Doughnut

        postponed.

  • Meeks54

    I’ve seen enough, Pay Him!!!! Doncha Know!!!!!!

  • JGYank

    If Grandy got on we might have the lead. Dam ump

    • Winter

      FALLACY!

      But that was still a bullshit call.

      • JGYank

        Said might of. And it was a horrible game changing call.

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

    Okay, now it’s time for the bullpen to step up.

    Miracles have happened before, right?

  • http://www.penuel-law.com/ Cuso

    Still gotta send A-Rod there. He could’ve kept his jogging pace and scored.

  • JGYank

    Remember when people wanted to sell and trade cano? Me neither.

  • Mikhel

    The yanks NEED to take this game, Cleveland already won, Baltimore is on the verge of winning, Tampa is winning and Texas is already losing.

  • Rolling Doughnut

    Nuñez BLOWS.

  • Rolling Doughnut

    Kuroda lasted longer than Lackey. wow.

    • JGYank

      No same inning.

      • JGYank

        Wait did lackey leave in the 6th or 7th?

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

    I think I have more irrational hatred for Nunez than I’ve ever had for a player. Every time he misses a play, even a difficult one like that at a position he isn’t used to, I want to strangle him.

    • Mikhel

      It is not irrational to dislike a crappy fielder like Núñez.

      • Winter

        Especially when he doesn’t make up for it with his bat.

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

        Yeah, but it’s pretty unfair for me to hate him after a play like that last one.

  • Pinkie Pie

    I’m not about to sing his praises, but Kuroda’s start could have gone much worse.

  • The Real Greg

    I don’t know who they should go to?

  • Mickey Scheister

    Reynolds please.

  • JobaWockeeZ

    I wish we could plunk everyone at Fenway right now.

  • your mom

    We need a defensive upgrade at 3rd. Bad call leaving Kuroda in.

    • The Real Greg

      Considering the state of the bullpen, I would have risked the same thing

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

    Here comes the disaster inning.

    • The Real Greg

      So giving up 4 runs to start the game was not a disaster?

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

        Who cares? Here’s another one, after we tied the game.

      • Elton Cod

        No, because a 4-0 deficit is surmountable. Like this game, for instance.

        It was just a regular rain storm, not a fucking hurricane.

  • itsallhowuseeit

    Good lord

  • vicki

    i heart stairs, bitches.

  • nycsportzfan

    Cabral hits Ortiz..lol And just like that all the work on the comeback is gonna be for not. Way to go Cabral!

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

    So now is when the Yankees plunk Ortiz.

    (unintentional, duh. But go figure for all the times when it actually happens.)

  • The Real Greg

    The failure of the bullpen the last two weeks will be the nail in the coffin.

    • Elton Cod

      The wood paneling for the coffin was carved and assembled by the pitchers who failed to protect all those 1-0 leads in the first half of the season.

      • The Real Greg

        I augmented it to 3-0.

  • Louedwards

    Arent u supposed to stay in front of the ball, not dive OUT OF THE way?? Wtf nunez…

    • Mikhel

      Yes, always keep the ball in front of you and block it from passing you over to the outfield, but nowadays most infielders just get out of the way of a ball because, you know? it hurts like hell and they just don’t get paid enough.

  • Mikhel

    Just the second HBP for Ortíz by the Yanks in his career… right? In that same span Jeter has been hit 21 times by the Red Sox since 1998 when Ortíz went to the bosox, 24 HBP in total for Jeter by the Bosox since 1995.

  • your mom

    We need a DP here.

  • Anderson Silva

    I love that they keep running Nunez out there and losing ecause of it

  • your mom

    I wince at the thought of what kind of caliber pitchers we have available in the pen.

    • The Real Greg

      Thank you Brian Cashman.

  • JGYank

    At least it’s not Joba…

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

    Claiborne was a total disaster against the Red Sox last week. Not exactly filled with confidence here.

    • Mikhel

      Don’t worry, I think I saw Joba getting ready…

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

      and he promptly creates an impossible situation with a walk there. Way to go, buddy.

  • Wheels

    Oh shit.

  • Rolling Doughnut

    Joba? Oh my. Time to start greasing the asses.

  • Need Pitching & Hitting & Defense & Baserunning

    fucking awful

  • The Real Greg

    Craftsman works with bad tools= bad product.

  • your mom

    Fucking shit.

  • your mom

    triple play coming

  • Pinkie Pie

    DP please?

  • Need Pitching & Hitting & Defense & Baserunning

    of course

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

    and then a grand slam.

    ballgame.

  • Wheels

    Damn

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

    it’s almost like the Yankees were so excited about erasing a four-run deficit, that they wanted to create another.

  • Anderson Silva

    goodbye game!

  • nycsportzfan

    Claiborne gets Nava with the K, but it don’t matter. No way were getting outta this un scored with the guys were throwing out there.

    • nycsportzfan

      Told ya. Claiborne has nothing special what so ever. So much for getting rid of him when his stocks at his highest. Teams know he sucks now.

  • your mom

    Fuck you Nava!

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

    Now get a DP and let’s get the fuck out of here.

  • itsallhowuseeit

    All you can do is laugh

  • NY2FanMaynard

    13 pitchers in the bullpen… Who can pitch?

  • Eddard

    Ballgame over, season over.

    • Winter

      Never count this team out. They just never say die.

      –Eddard

    • Wheels

      enough

    • JGYank

      You are definitely bipolar.

  • JobaWockeeZ

    Just don’t get swept.

  • JGYank

    R u kidding me?

  • Eddard

    Girardi and Claiborne have blown it again against the Sox. Couldn’t afford to lose this one but they did. All that work in the Os series is lost.

    • Winter

      Who would you have pitched?

    • The Real Greg

      SHUT UP ABOUT GIRARDI.

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

        Calm the fuck down, dude. Unless you’re having an affair with the man you yelling will just make you aggravated and look like a dick. It won’t change what people say.

        Plus, this is Eddard. You’re really going after Eddard?

        • The Real Greg

          I feel for the guy. Gets all this hate for almost no reason. (Notice almost).

          It’s unfair. And it has to stop.

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

            You can’t stop it, so calm down and stop annoying everybody.

  • JGYank

    Was Kelley available?

  • Pinkie Pie

    Well, that little comeback was fun while it lasted.

  • Anderson Silva

    Gotta love that the rally started because Nunez couldn’t make a play on the field. Great idea to start him at 3B!! What a genius Girardi is.

    • JGYank

      Him or Reynolds. Pick your poison. Arod can’t play everyday

    • The Real Greg

      Here’s Exhibit A

  • John

    What a joke

  • Tom

    Matt Daley warming?

    I guess Betances did indeed run over Girardi’s dog.

  • your mom

    Fuck the fucking Red Sox. Eat a fat dick you ugly bearded ass muthafuckas!!!!! Claiborne you pathetic shit.

    • http://riveraveblues.com/2013/09/game-148-with-it-for-brett-94253/ BostonStrong

      Very Classy.

      • your mom

        Fuck you too! (I don’t speak for most Yankee fans)

  • Elton Cod

    I hate Joey’s pen management as much as the next troll but at this point it’s like giving somebody sixteen pawns and then getting angry at them for being bad at chess.

    • Winter

      You can actually do a lot with sixteen pawns.

      • Winter

        Nevermind, Ignore me. Give me 32 and we’ll talk.

      • Rolling Doughnut

        No. If you had 16 pawns, they would all block each other and you couldn’t move them effectively. You also could not make long distance attacks, nor defend against them.

    • The Real Greg

      YAY He gets it.

  • Meeks54

    fuckin serious, of all things.

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

    And the Devils lost Kovalchuk on top of it.

    Can we safely say it’s over?

    3 back of the Rays in the loss column when they’re playing the Twins, now we’re behind the Indians and their cream puff schedule, and even Baltimore won.

    It’s over. And about time.

    • JGYank

      Eddard 2.0

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

        Nah, I’m more consistent.

        • JGYank

          True but still a pessimist.

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

            Sure. I’ve said this before, but it’s a label that doesn’t particularly bother me. Okay, yeah. And? I’m a pessimist, all right.

            • JGYank

              Whatever. Just gets annoying listening to it eventually.

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

                But everybody else gets to repeat themselves a billion times. Okay.

                • JGYank

                  It’s not just a few people. It’s all of the overreacting irrational fans that constantly complain.

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

                    Oh well. I’m not going to hold myself responsible for everybody. I think pessimism is a pretty damn fair reaction. I don’t think I’ll be disappointed when the season is over. I probably won’t be proud either. I’ll just “be”. They’ll probably win about as many games as we thought they would before the season started. So it goes.

                    • JGYank

                      I never said you can’t be disappointed or proud. You were saying it’s over like 100 times. It’s not over. There are still two weeks left so stop whining and root for team or just stop. I’m not calling just you out, it’s everyone who overreacts after ONE GAME even after winning three in a row. It’s bad enough we have guys like Eddard doing it but the half the fanbase has a nervous breakdown every time something doesn’t go their way. And it’s really annoying.

  • The Real Greg

    All of you screaming for Girardi’s head are finally realizing the product he’s had to work with.

    You should be ashamed of yourselves.

    • Need Pitching & Hitting & Defense & Baserunning

      You’re an idiot.

      • The Real Greg

        Join the party, man.

    • Mikhel

      Because there weren’t anymore pitchers, right?

      Clairborne in his two games prior to today were also vs the Bosox, he had retired only 2 batters, of the 8 he faced, got hit with 7 hits, 3 of those homeruns and 6 runs, all earned.

      Now?
      1 inn of work, 9 H, 8 R, 8 ER, 3 HR, one of those a grand slam.

      But you’re right, the manager is not the one who chooses who will pitch.

      • The Real Greg

        Here’s Exhibit B

        • Mikhel

          Sorry, I forgot JoeG is so good he has won a world series every year.

          • The Real Greg

            He has one. That’s more than you have.

      • Winter

        You say there weren’t any other pitchers… who was available who’s better than Claiborne?

        • Mikhel

          You clearly don’t understand sarcasm…

          But to help you a bit, they have available:

          Matt Daley
          Shawn Kelley
          Adam Warren

          Zagursky and Marshall? I don’t think so.

  • Meeks54

    Yankees never say die

  • Mikhel

    Good choice by Joe Girardi, Clairborne’s last three games have all been vs the Sox (including today).

    He has:

    1 inn of work, 9 H, 8 R, 8 ER, 3 HR, one of those a grand slam.

    • Tom

      “He was due for a good outing”

    • Winter

      Who would you have pitched?

      • Mikhel

        You’re right there’s nobody else left in the bullpen.

        Dude/dudette, you need to check stats more often and know how everybody has been doing.

        • Winter

          Seriously. Who would you have pitched?

          • Mikhel

            Seriously check the roster, winter:

            To help you a bit, they have available:

            Matt Daley
            Shawn Kelley
            Adam Warren

            Zagursky and Marshall? I don’t think so.

            Clairborne has plainly sucked vs the bosox, I don’t see how it can be accepted as a good move when it was obviously a shitty one even before he threw his first pitch of the inning.

            • Winter

              Claiborne’s been bad, yes, but I wouldn’t put Matt Daley in over him. Shawn Kelley has been hurt recently, for all we know he wasn’t available. Adam Warren’s been terrible as well, plus you don’t want to throw your long man in with bases loaded. And, as you say, Zagursky and Marshall are non-options as well.

              • Mikhel

                AAAND Daley just retired his inning without too much trouble and it was the dangerous part of their lineup.

                PS
                CHECK STATS WINTER!!! Kelley pitched two days ago, he is very much available. Warren has pitched 6 inn in his past 5 games with 3 H and 1 R (16 inn, 4 R in his last 10 games).

    • your mom

      I don’t even remember the last time he actually pitched in a game. Too bad the pen sucks outside of Drob and Mo. You would think with expanded rosters there’d be someone useful in the pen.

      A big Fuck You to Eduardo Scissorhands!!!

      • Mikhel

        Clairborne apparently for the past two months is used two or three times and then is given a week off.

    • WhittakerWalt

      “Presto’s my guy in a big spot. I like his complete lack of an out pitch.”

  • your mom

    Should’ve traded Cano when we had the chance(half kidding)

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

    Anybody know what their percentage to make it in has crashed down to?

    • Mikhel

      After watching Zagursky I think whatever percentage the Yanks had, he ate it.

  • rich

    Remember when Jackie Bradley, Jr. was the next top prospect? He sucks

  • Meeks54

    I hate relievers.

  • Jon g

    At this point, joe has to start getting betances in games and see what he has. Cant be much worse than Jobber and Claireborn have been

  • JGYank

    If only we had a rested pen… The injuries have killed us. Could of used Logan or something.

  • OldYanksFan

    CC and Kuroda suck.
    DRob and Boone injured.
    You can not Win without pitching.

    And Jeter and Gritner out to boot.

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

    isn’t it kind of funny how that exact same home run last week sent me into a flying rage where I had to leave the game immediately, and tonight my reaction is completely, well, nothing?

    I’m sure I’m not the only one. Probably because it’s not shocking anymore. On either side. The Red Sox truly can do no wrong at this point.

    • your mom

      Fuck the Red Sox.

      • Mikhel

        Buck Foston.

    • rich

      Next year they will be an upper 80 win team. I never seen every break go there way, its the exact opposite of last season for them.

      • http://riveraveblues.com/2013/09/game-148-with-it-for-brett-94253/ BostonStrong

        Yankees will be an upper 70 win team.

        • JGYank

          How do you know that? We have no idea what moves will be made in the offseason and the current season isn’t even over yet. It’s too early to be able to tell how good each team will be next year.

    • JGYank

      RS destroy our pitching. Just the way it is.

    • Rolling Doughnut

      But it will be sweet to watch them fold in the postseason, when they face good pitching.

      • rich

        Totally agree, they look like the YAnkees from mid to late 2000s, where they beat up bad teams in the regular season and get stopped by good pitching. Like Detroit’s.

        • JGYank

          Scored 20 off Detroit recently but that’s only one game.

          • http://riveraveblues.com/2013/09/game-148-with-it-for-brett-94253/ BostonStrong

            Red Sox have a ton of clutch postseason players. Can you atleast watch a game before you proclaim the Sox are the mid ‘2000 Yankees.

            • JGYank

              Wasn’t me who said that. I just pointed out you guys destroyed our pitching as well as Detroit’s for at least one game.

            • WhittakerWalt

              Leave it to a brain-dead Sox fan to believe in “clutchiness.”
              Tell me something O’Sullivan, do you also believe Manny and Papi were PED-free in those years?

              • http://riveraveblues.com/2013/09/game-148-with-it-for-brett-94253/ BostonStrong

                First off we’re taking sports here, please don’t call me “brain-dead because I have a different opinion. Secondly some players step up when the lights shine the brightest in the Postseason.

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

              Because I’m sure you’ve never had slightly jaded opinions before yourself (and that’s not a snide comment – opposing fans can try to be as objective as they want, but when it comes to discussing your chief rival, ESPECIALLY if it’s Yankees/Red Sox, objectivity will only go so far – your own feelings of hate will seep in, to varying degrees). The Red Sox are on unreal tear right now where every time the bases are loaded, they promptly hit a grand slam. You cannot make this stuff up. 45 runs in their last 45 innings against the Yankees.

              Remember where you are. On nights like tonight, you’re walking right into a lions den. I guess I should give you credit for your brass, then. I’m sure if I walked onto OTM on a night like tonight (in reverse), I’d be in danger of being ban-on-sight. And that’s not to rip OTM, that’s not to denigrate you as a poster, but just that the nature of the rivalry, from the fan POV and being on enemy turf (blog-wise) can, well, lead to stuff like that happening.

              Proceed with caution.

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

        from your lips to God’s Mo’s ears.

      • http://riveraveblues.com/2013/09/game-148-with-it-for-brett-94253/ BostonStrong

        They only beat Max Scherzer a couple weeks ago. So your point is moot.

        • rich

          When that team plays a team with good pitching, they will quit like the dogs they are, similar to last year really.

          • http://riveraveblues.com/2013/09/game-148-with-it-for-brett-94253/ BostonStrong

            Last year? Last year they had Ryan Lavarnway hitting clean up in September. Silly Yankee fans.

  • Anderson Silva

    on top of being the better hitting team, the Red Sox have made ALL the plays on the field like Overbays drive into the gap, this little blooper or Ichiro’s grounder deep into the hole between first and second. Meanwhile the Yankees insist on starting Nunez who missplayed the ball that the started the game winning rally.

  • Rolling Doughnut

    The pen is shot. Who were they going to put in? Claiborne was probably a mistake, and maybe Kuroda sould not have started the seventh, but it’s a moot point. Unless Kuroda pitched a CG gem, it was inevitable that we were going to get into trouble late.

  • Meeks54

    Same Here Kramerica. I just laughed, it’s unreal how bad this bullpen has been at the end.

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

    Lost in all of this about using Mo until he drops because next season he won’t be here, I’m not sure if Joe realizes that A-Rod won’t be here either. Play him each day, what are you saving him for?

    • Mikhel

      Just like when the Yanks were being cautious with Ian Kennedy, Joba and Hughes because they were the future… and now they suck monkey balls.

    • Winter

      He’s got a hamstring problem right now. He may not be around next year, but if keeping him at DH for a few games means he’ll be able to play the rest of this year, I’m all for it.

  • rich

    I just beg the tying run comes to the plate and the batter is Cano. I will take that right now

    • Winter

      Against Uehara? Fat chance. I’d love it, but he’s retired 34 straight batters at this point. Still gotta hope, though.

      • Mikhel

        At least to break his streak =/

  • JGYank

    If we don’t get to drob and mo we are screwed. End of story. And even they have been off lately.

    • JGYank

      Although I would like to see betances get a shot.

      • Mikhel

        I’d love to see DRob or Mo being used to stop a bleeding before the 8th/9th inning as they used to do a long time ago before they were turned “one inning demi-wonders”.

        • JGYank

          Yeah use the best guys for the high leverage situations.

          • Mikhel

            Specially at this time of the season, sure, statistically a win in April is as good as one in september, but in this scenario every win we can scrape its very much welcome.

        • Winter

          Mo’s almost certainly unavailable tonight. D-Rob pitched back to back coming into today and has been dealing with shoulder issues, I wouldn’t be surprised if he’s unavailable as well.

          • Mikhel

            Everybody is unavailable to fit your hypotesis Winter, please… just… stop.

            • Winter

              That’s cause everyone’s fucking unavailable! Why do you think the pen’s been so shitty? DRob got hurt, Kelley got hurt, Logan got hurt, Mo’s been worked into the ground.

  • http://riveraveblues.com/2013/09/game-148-with-it-for-brett-94253/ BostonStrong

    IT’S KOJI TIME!

    • Stewarts folly

      And the horse you rode in on.

    • WhittakerWalt

      It must kill you to have to root for a non-white player.

      • http://riveraveblues.com/2013/09/game-148-with-it-for-brett-94253/ BostonStrong

        No, because i’m not racist unlike yourself.

  • Winter

    If we can’t win this game, can we at least get on base against Uehara? I can’t stand hearing about his streak.

    • Mikhel

      As far as we know, getting on base against Uehara is an option that’s not available right now.

  • Stewarts folly

    We may lose this game but at least
    Poppi got hit with a fastball bravo ceasar.

  • JGYank

    Look it’s not the end of the world. We only came into this game one game back. Did any of us expect to sweep Boston? No. We can still win this series and we have an easy schedule after this. We can take care of the rays later when we play them. Yeah the pen Ghana been bad. But things change and they have been changing all year. We still have a chance and its been hard but we’ve have come back before.

    • JGYank

      Pen has been bad. Dam autocorrect.

    • Winter

      Exactly. Remember that they lost three of four to Boston last series and stayed in the race. The schedule gets significantly easier after this; all the Yankees have to do is not fall too far back in these three days. And, despite what anyone says, every Major League team can and will lose to every other major league team. I don’t care how bad the Yankees bullpen is or how good the Red Sox lineup is or who the starting pitchers are, any game is one the Yankees can win.

      Heck, the Yankees have now scored 4+ runs in 11 of their last 12 games. The offense has been there, all it takes if for one starter to have a good night.

  • Rolling Doughnut

    Not an unsurprising result. Mo and DRob were unavailable. Although Claiborne was probably not a good idea. And what is Stonehands doing at 3rd fucking base? What is he doing in pinstripes? With 85 wrc+ it’s not like he can hit a ton. Try to take 1 of 3 from the BlowSux and move forward.

  • Meeks54

    Cabral, Claiborne, Kelley, Warren, that other douche that just pitched. Is there not one guy that can just get an out. Jesus. I hate bullpen’s so much. That’s why Mo and Robertson are such godsends, bullpens are so wishy washy.

    I’m almost rather just keep Kuroda in and run him into the ground, then trust that group of pitchers.

  • Widget

    Up 4 at home and you use Uehara? Farrell is a joke of a manager. I;m sorry but he has nothing to do with any of the Red Sox success this year. Steroids and a healthy team are why they have been successful. You just know Uehara is gonna bomb in the playoffs.

    • mt

      Actually I agree – I want Uehara’s streak to actually continue (assuming Yankees can’t stop it during one of the next two games) for rest of season and then he gives it up in playoffs.

      That being said, I wanted Yanks to sign him this past offseason – he did not cost much. He has helped Red Sox bullpen tremendously (thought Hanrahan was not a good move and he actually helped out by getting hurt).

      • Anderson Silva

        Uehara has been at least good every year of his big league career. That’s exactly the type of player our front office doesn’t target, unfortunately.

  • Pat D

    Hmm. Earlier I was told that with “tools like me” not around, everone was getting along and not acting like a douche bag.

    Glad to see that all it takes is a loss to the Red Sox to disprove that little statement of pure bullshit.

  • WhittakerWalt

    I listened to half this game on the radio, then had to give up. Getting beaten is bad, but the constant cutaways to advertising in the middle of big innings and rallies is truly unconscionable.
    And I know I asked this yesterday, but seriously: Has Chris Stewart ever played the position of catcher before? I swear he lets more balls get by him than Posada did, and Posada was terrible at it.

  • Meeks54

    Boy, if you look at the rest of the schedule for the Ranger’s, O’s, and Rays, these teams are gonna beat each other up. Hopefully the Yankees sneak in. Cleveland’s schedule is laughable, they are in the best position imo.

  • Meeks54

    Baltimore has six games left against Boston, and a 4 game series at Tampa, yea goodbye.

    The Rangers have a 3 game set with Oakland, 4 against Tampa, and 3 against KC. So they are probably gonna say goodbye too.

    That leaves NYY, Cle, and Tampa imo.