Game 150: Six Innings

No Ichiros, more Zoilos. (Jared Wickerham/Getty)

No Ichiros, more Zoilos. (Jared Wickerham/Getty)

The first two games of this three-game series in Boston have gone about as poorly as can possibly be expected. The worst case scenario has played out in the sense that the Yankees lost both games and also lost ground in the wildcard race. The only positive — and this is a really flimsy silver lining — is that David Robertson and Mariano Rivera have gotten two straight days off.

Considering how Joe Girardi has used his top two relievers this week, you have to think he’d be willing to get nine total outs from that duo tonight. Remember, there is an off-day tomorrow. All Ivan Nova and the offense need to do is get through six innings with a lead. After that, it’ll probably be up to Robertson and Rivera. Here’s the starting lineup:

  1. CF Curtis Granderson
  2. DH Alex Rodriguez
  3. 2B Robinson Cano
  4. LF Alfonso Sorianohis thumb is okay, apparently
  5. 1B Lyle Overbay
  6. 3B Mark Reynolds
  7. RF Ichiro Suzuki
  8. SS Brendan Ryan
  9. C Chris Stewart

And on the mound is Nova, who is coming off a start shortened by a triceps issue. He threw his usual between-starts bullpen session and is supposedly good to go, but you have to wonder if it will affect him on the mound. Hopefully not.

The sky is clear in Boston and there is no threat of rain. Definite playoff-type weather, with that October chill in the air. First pitch is scheduled for a little after 8pm ET and can be seen on ESPN. Enjoy.

Categories : Game Threads


  1. Eddard says:

    Nova’s their only ballpitcher who can beat the Sox right now but he gets a tough matchup against the Sox ace. Tampa and Texas lose, Cleveland winning, this is one they have to win with Nova on the mound.

  2. mustang (The Has Beens & Wannabes Bunch 2013) says:

    Texas lost and the Rays blew a 3 run lead late to Minn.

    THEY NEED THIS WIN!!!!!!!!!!

    • mustang (The Has Beens & Wannabes Bunch 2013) says:

      After wasting my evening watching the Giants.

      I NEED THIS WIN!!!!!!

    • YankeeFan says:

      Yeah its hard to underestimate a must win but you win today and you enter Tuesday only 2 back in the loss column of either Texas or TB since they start their series tomorrow.

  3. Steve D Fl says:

    Why not have Ichiro lead off and Granderson bat after Soriano?

  4. Pat D says:

    To all the fans of both New York football teams:


    That is all.

    A very pissed off Giants fan.

  5. mustang (The Has Beens & Wannabes Bunch 2013) says:

    This week schedule is NUTS:

    Rays vs Texas 4 games

    Red Sox vs O’s 3 games

    Indians vs KC 3 games

    While the Yankees are at the Jays!


  6. Darren says:

    The lineup looks about 50 times better with Soriano in it than it did yesterday. I’m psyched he’s back, i thought it was gonna be a few more days.

  7. Eddard says:

    This is the worst gift Mariano has received but that was to be expected. Why is that ESPN announcer presenting the gifts from the Sox?

  8. Freddy's Dead says:

    Watching the ceremony for Mo. Pedroia already has dirt on his uni. So much grit.

  9. Cuso says:

    Really? Need to throw out that Pedroia may join him in Cooperstown?

  10. Betty Lizard says:

    An Alex Rodriguez home run and I won’t ask for anything else out of this season.

    Until tomorrow.

  11. Cuso says:

    Is anyone else vomiting that the Sawx are using this ceremony to brag about their own players?

    • I’ve got this on the computer, sans audio, because the Bucs game has lasted so damn long.

      I guess I’ll have to find this video and gag about it tomorrow. Without audio, it all seems very nice. The commenter POV’s, not so much.

    • NY2FanMaynard says:

      Just watched it. Kinda messed up with the accolades for the Sox players while giving Mo the gifts.

  12. Steinbrenner's Ghost says:

    Leave it to low class boston to use Mo’s last appearance as an opportunity to lobby for Papi’s HOF induction.

  13. Cuso says:

    I cant watch this shit. Good night.

  14. Darren says:

    Of course they had to take some digs at Mo and pump themselves up. Low class all the way.

  15. The clear issues of Dave O’Brien’s announcing aside, those are SWEET gifts, especially the 42 from the Green Monster

  16. JGYank says:

    Are you kidding me ESPN? Did you guys see that video before the ceremony? Talk about ass kissing. Plus the RS using this to promote their own players. Come on. At least try to look impartial.

  17. mustang (The Has Beens & Wannabes Bunch 2013) says:

    Classy ceremony overall I mean seriously folks its the Red Sox.

  18. Steinbrenner's Ghost says:

    This reminds me of the scene in Moneyball when John Henry hasn’t a clue what to give his AA for her birthday. He probably sat around wondering, “what do we give Mo, wait I know, a scarf and a broken seat from our garbage heap”.

  19. Doc Nolte says:

    Those gifts were awful. They were not a generous rivalry-transcending gesture from the Red Sox. Fuck the Red Sox. Fuck the Red Sox fans. Mo should pitch no matter what this game, and he should beam the shit out of David Ortiz. It will be revenge: revenge against god for the Red Sox and ESPN existing, revenge for Dempster, revenge for the gifts.

  20. Rolling Doughnut says:

    Capitalize on a great AB. Nice.

  21. JGYank says:

    Attaboy Grandy. Got to third by himself. That’s how you replace Gardy.

  22. JGYank says:

    1-0. Lets at least take away one game and some pride.

  23. JGYank says:

    Who’s more biased ESPN or fox? I’d go with ESPN.

  24. Rolling Doughnut says:

    Oh my what a curve, wow.

  25. Rolling Doughnut says:

    Two in row? not in the dirt? Fuck

  26. YankeeFan says:

    Yes continue to throw it out there, he wont go the other way with it.

  27. This is absolutely amazing. The lead lasted all of three batters.

    I could swear, these Yankees-Red Sox games make the Boston offense look like the greatest offense of all-time. This is sickening.

  28. JGYank says:

    Hung one there. think the ball hit Pedroias foot before?

  29. Rolling Doughnut says:

    Anyone have a stat on how many times opposing teams have beaten the Yankees shift? It seems like a lot.

    • jim p says:

      There was something at RAB from, maybe 3 wks, a month ago? Yankees saw Zero runs saved from using the shift, iirc. Most, if not all, other teams did better. Maybe someone recalls the exact article (or comment?).

  30. Bucs lose on a last second FG for the second straight week.

    Fuck me.

  31. Darren says:

    Fuck this shit man. FUCK! I mean, FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK

    Goddamn fucking Big Papi fuck you fuck you fuck you.


  32. Fuck it. There is no fucking way I am putting myself through this again.

  33. Freddy's Dead says:

    Fastball up. Good thinking.

  34. NY2FanMaynard says:

    Cr@p. Napoli!

  35. nycsportzfan says:

    How does Napoli’s HRs get out? It looked like a routine pop fly and the thing just carries. Its frustrating. Yanks suck.

    • nyyankfan_7 says:

      It was a 430 ft. routine pop fly, that’s how it got out.

      Frustrating? Nova put that ball on a tee for him. That is what is frustrating.

  36. Eddard says:

    And that’ll be all she wrote on this season. I don’t see them getting many more chances against Bucholz. It was a good run while it lasted by the Sox and Napoli have doomed their chances. Can’t go 1-6 against the Sox when fighting for a WC spot. Just can’t and Girardi/Cashman/CC have to go.

  37. mustang (The Has Beens & Wannabes Bunch 2013) says:

    I’m soooooooo


  38. Rolling Doughnut says:

    Of course, Napoli again.

  39. YankeeFan says:

    I really don’t know who is more unlikable, Joba or Stewart.

    • Kenny says:

      Stewart isn’t “unlikable” at all. Do you mean who is the worse player of the two?

      Joba seems unlikeable, from the tv distance.

      • YankeeFan says:

        Seeing Stewart play every day really infuriates me. They could easily just put Bobby Wilson on the roster as the 3rd catcher and start games with Murphy and replace him late for ‘defense’ though Stewart is absolutely brutal behind the plate.

  40. dkidd says:

    we’re going to

    hit someone (napoli)
    start a brawl
    win the game
    make the playoffs

  41. Kenny says:

    Some of these Yankee pitchers go all omega when they face the alpha male Red Sox. It’s embarrassing.

  42. Darren says:

    Can someone please get up in the bullpen NOW? We’re off tomorrow, no need to save your bullets. Phelps and Hughes please.

  43. mustang (The Has Beens & Wannabes Bunch 2013) says:

    After the quote above I’m done with this game thread hard enough watching this game without the stupid played out Eddard commits and those like it.

    Enjoy for the rest.

  44. Cuso says:

    That Napoli homer also effectively ended my H2H fantasy season to my arch-nemesis. He had Napoli, I have Nova and I was down 20 going into tonight’s game with him having only Napoli and me having Sori, Cano and Nova.

    Fucked in the mouth in the very first inning.

  45. Entering last Thursday, Mike Napoli’s OPS was .800.

    Since then, largely against Yankee pitching it is up to .845.

    Thanks a lot, assholes.

  46. NY2FanMaynard says:

    The Yankee pitchers do not survive a good hitting team. Just exposes their weakness.

    I can’t believe they keep putting Ichiro in.

  47. JGYank says:

    Remember when our pitching was carrying us? Yeah not anymore.

  48. Rolling Doughnut says:

    Still only 3-1. If Nova settles down, we can get this.

  49. JGYank says:

    We have to take advantage of TB and Texas losing. Cleveland is turning into a problem.

  50. WhittakerWalt says:

    Guys, can we stop complaining about the “biased reporting” for like 5 seconds? It’s getting tedious. It’s starting to sound like Fox News blathering about “the Liberal Media.”
    Seriously, we got bigger fish to fry. Who cares which network likes the Yankees or not? I couldn’t give one fat shit if everyone hated us, if we were winning.

    • Doc Nolte says:

      What do you mean ‘blathering’? The liberal media is the greatest injustice in our country’s history since the Emancipation Proclamation.

  51. YankeeFan says:

    Buchholz doesn’t have much today, no control. Really need to take advantage before he can find a groove.

  52. Rolling Doughnut says:

    Walked Stewie, Make him pay.

  53. YankeeFan says:


  54. WhittakerWalt says:

    Oh, brother. Here comes stuart.

  55. JGYank says:

    Needed to put a dent in the monster there.

  56. dkidd says:

    short leash, please

    don’t let this get out of hand

  57. Rolling Doughnut says:

    Robbie! Returning the favor,

  58. Darren says:

    Ooh, that was one of the best plays by a second baseman I’ve ever seen

  59. MondoD says:

    So who is the Yanks’ ace next year? CC looks like all the milage has started to wear him down, Nova inconsistency marks his as a #3 at best. Phelps is a 4-5. Pineada is…probably a #3 at best. So the #1 pitcher will be who – Garza? Ervin Santana? Sheesh.

  60. WhittakerWalt says:

    Guys, shhhhh. I want to hear about the 15th out of the game, and what exactly that signifies.

  61. ArchStanton says:

    These one-pitch double plays really aren’t helping things.

  62. WhittakerWalt says:

    Guys, he’s not throwing strikes. Maybe you shouldn’t be swinging at everything?

  63. WhittakerWalt says:

    Again? And on the first pitch again?

  64. Rolling Doughnut says:

    Buckholz looks like shit. And they haven’t been able to do anything against him.

  65. Darren says:

    Goddamn I hate watching the fucking Red Sox. Bunch of Faces of Meth lookin motherfuckers.

  66. Wheels says:

    Put your hand down, fucker.

  67. You know what’s really funny?

    I could totally picture this team beating the Red Sox in the ALDS. What do I base this on? Absolutely nothing.

    • ArchStanton says:

      It would be like 2005, where the Yankees destroyed Detroit all year (I think the only loss was the infamous call where a guy was caught stealing by a mile and was ruled safe, only to score on Farnsworth). And then lost in the playoffs.

      So it can happen.

    • mustang (The Has Beens & Wannabes Bunch 2013) says:

      I’m right there with you….LOL

      I’m back why let one asshole rude the site.

      O:S the guy and move on

    • Rolling Doughnut says:

      If the pitching got just marginally better, they could totally do it, with good starts by CC (if we’re lucky), Nova(probably) and Kuroda(maybe).

    • mustang (The Has Beens & Wannabes Bunch 2013) says:

      The pressure would be totally on the Sox too.

  68. John says:

    Nice catch Stewart

  69. Doc Nolte says:

    Why is it that Girardi gets the bullpen busy whenever Stewart fucks something up? Maybe he should replace Stewart instead.

  70. ArchStanton says:

    Ryan is a hell of a defensive specialist, in the same mold as our defensive catcher.

  71. mustang (The Has Beens & Wannabes Bunch 2013) says:

    Why is this guy catching?

    Someone bring up that framing pitching Stat, please, I dare you…lol

  72. JGYank says:

    Gameday says Saltalamacchia just stole home… wtf am I reading?

  73. holy shit somebody stole home again?

  74. mustang (The Has Beens & Wannabes Bunch 2013) says:


    These next 3 guys should swing unless they have 2 strikes.

  75. Eddard says:

    I’d like to see them get embarrassed tonight as I think it’s the only way to get real change around here. They need to make fundamental changes at the top. Last year you saw Sox players quit on their manager, they get fundamental changes at the top and now they’re the best team in baseball. That’s what we need.

    • BFDeal says:

      What changes did they get at the top? They got a new manager…that’s not at the top.

      • Mikhel says:

        That’s as high as you can go IN the team, he’s the one making changes, sending plays, using/changing/adapting strategies.

        • BFDeal says:

          No shit. I thought they had a super-manager position.

          • Mikhel says:

            Well, then why did you ask if you already knew? It was kind of a dumb question on your part to begin with.

            When talking about changes at the top, that’s as far as you can go in the team besides moving players. In the front office it is another thing whatsoever, you can change things without firing people just by moving them to a higher rank position where they would not have their current “power”.

    • Mikhel says:

      “I’d like to see them get embarrassed tonight”.


      It will be (I think) of no use, JoeG keeps saying in the interviews how he is proud of his players because they are fighting even when they lose horribly. Time and time again he has blown games by moving his bullpen in a dubious way (well, Joba has no place being in the Yankees’ bullpen since at least 3 years ago), but takes no responsibility whatsoever, everything is “bad luck”.

      There was a column I read in spanish with an interview with Alfonso Soriano briefly after ARod debuted with the Yanks this season, and in there “an unnamed player” said the team had quit by mid season and having Alfonso Soriano and Rodríguez revitalized them, that they basically didn’t care anymore and they held a players reunion behind closed doors to address that (it seems Alfonso and ARod might have been the ones who organized that meeting).

      Yanks need changes, a lot, and I am with you, they need to change from top to bottom, addressing their needs, seriously addressing them and not acquiring patches, for 2013 they needed a few pieces but decided to go with temporary pieces, bench players who were trusted to play full time.

      They need to change their mentality beginning with the front office, followed by the manager and first base/third base coaches, they’ve had too many outs in the basepaths, something that didn’t happen when Randolph was a coach.

  76. mustang (The Has Beens & Wannabes Bunch 2013) says:

    A-Rod hurt?

    They are going to win…LOL

  77. Rolling Doughnut says:

    Buckholz is all over the place and still manages to strike out Granderson–twice.

  78. Doc Nolte says:

    BEARD ANGER + ESPN ANGER = so much anger

  79. YankeeFan says:

    Injury bug came back to bite them again.

  80. mustang (The Has Beens & Wannabes Bunch 2013) says:

    “Mike Napoli has 7 HR this season against the Yankees. Only one Red Sox player – Jimmie Foxx in 1936 – has more home runs against the Yankees in one season.”

    They just need to nail the guy.

  81. mustang (The Has Beens & Wannabes Bunch 2013) says:

    Up by 11.5 in the standing and the true class of the Red Sox fan comes out.

    • Mikhel says:

      Surprised? LOL

      • mustang (The Has Beens & Wannabes Bunch 2013) says:


        Since they just gave Mo a like 30 lb pieces of rubber from the ground.

        • Mikhel says:

          HAHAHAHA Me and my friends in a baseball forum (well, its a facebook page) tought the Bosox would give Mo a framed picture of Dave Roberts stealing second base or a video of that moment, the only one of Mo’s career that ESPN/FOX seem to have because every time they play it’s the only thing they show.

          • mustang (The Has Beens & Wannabes Bunch 2013) says:

            My favorite part was here is your gifts from our super DH , 2nd baseman, and closer.

            Too funny

  82. mustang (The Has Beens & Wannabes Bunch 2013) says:


    Giants now this I’m having a great sport Sunday.

  83. Karl Krawfid says:

    Nova should have been traded back in 2010 or 11 I forget which year.

    So stupid.

    • Mikhel says:

      From some time now (8-9 years) I’ve been thinking that whenever a team like the Yankees develop a young pitcher who has success in his first or second year, they should trade him for good stablished players from their same league because the price for a young good pitcher is higher than of a young position player and pitchers not always pan out as good as their first good season (unless they were considered one of the top amateur free agents/top drafts).

      It also applies for Hughes, Kennedy, Joba… just what they did back when they traded Sterling Hitchcock and their best young 3B to acquire Tino+Nelson (and Mecir, who later they traded to reacquire Mike Stanley… too bad the Yanks also sent Tony Armas, the one the Expos didn’t want in a package for Pedro Martínez but they accepted it once the Bosox sent him).

  84. Rolling Doughnut says:

    Juat plonk Napoli. Then only one run will score.

  85. mustang (The Has Beens & Wannabes Bunch 2013) says:


    On 3 strikes even

  86. Rolling Doughnut says:

    Giddyap Adam. One more.

  87. dkidd says:

    just a reminder that the poem reads

    do NOT go gently into that good night

  88. CelerinoSanchez says:

    For good luck, I’m turning these ESPN cheerleaders off – as well as the TV – and be tortured by Waldman and Sterling. … I shave my head but the guy on the right needs a toupee.

  89. Rolling Doughnut says:

    go gentle, it’s do not go gentle into that good night I think.

  90. You know, the least the Yankees can do tonight is get some measure of revenge for the whole ARod/Dempster thing

    …finally. I mean, it’s not like they made the Red Sox pay on the field, since they only went 2-6 against them after that.

  91. mustang (The Has Beens & Wannabes Bunch 2013) says:

    ESPN the leader of sports.

  92. dkidd says:

    9 outs left

    show some pride
    show some life
    show some heart
    show some backbone
    show some resilience
    show something, anything to help me believe it’s not over

    • Rolling Doughnut says:

      It’s not over. It’s a low probability but if CC, Kuroda and Nova can string together some serious starts, they can clean up in the next week and a half. Then it depends on what Cleveland does (or doesn’t do more like). In any case, I hope the offseason brings a lot of happy surprises…

  93. OldYanksFan says:

    I was hoping to Win 1 out of 3.
    Oh well….

  94. RetroRob says:

    I’m thinking they need to win 11 of their last 12!

    • Winter says:

      The Rangers and Rays are trying their hardest to give them every last inch of wiggle room. I think they can pass both those teams and the Orioles without going 11-1. It’ll be tough, and is far from guaranteed, but I think it’s possible. The problem is going to be the Indians: they’re not scuffling like everyone else and they have a very easy schedule for the rest of the year.

      I guess what I’m saying is, 11-1 would be fucking fantastic.

  95. HateMclouth (formerly I'mVernon) says:

    What a shit show..

  96. Rolling Doughnut says:

    Leadoff guy gets the hat trick. Not good.

    • Mikhel says:

      Well, he’s Granderson, since he came to the Yankees it is more probable for him to strikeout than to get a hit, and now in his career he has 1149 Hits, 1148 Ks; the guy who if he doesn’t hit a homerun can rarely drive home runs (0.218 AVG with RISP if he doesn’t hit a homerun, 0.249 AVG counting his homeruns = 39; 0.229 AVG with men on base not counting his homeruns = 72).

      • Rolling Doughnut says:

        I’m not a big Granderson fan, basically you summed it up nicely. The fat contract I hope they don’t offer him is not worth his 113 wrc+. Not saying they shouldn’t resign him though.

  97. Tumbleweed says:

    Don’t mind me, just passing through.

  98. Darren says:

    my ESPN went black in like the 7th inning, which I guess is a good thing.


  99. RetroRob says:

    Nice to see Betances in a game considering their bullpen issues of late. Hard to figure out where the 6’8″ guy was hiding.

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