Sep
18

Game 152: Last Legs

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(Tom Szczerbowski/Getty)

(Tom Szczerbowski/Getty)

At some point in the next week or so, the Yankees are going to be officially eliminated from playoff contention. That is, unless, they go off on a ridiculous tear and win nine of their final eleven games or something like that. Even then they would need some serious help from the five (!) teams ahead or tied with them in the standings. The only thing the Yankees can do is win their games — that has been a big challenge of late — and hope for the best. Here’s the lineup that will face left-hander J.A. Happ:

  1. CF Curtis Granderson
  2. DH Alex Rodriguez
  3. 2B Robinson Cano
  4. LF Alfonso Soriano
  5. RF Vernon Wells
  6. 1B Mark Reynolds
  7. 3B Eduardo Nunez
  8. C J.R. Murphy
  9. SS Brendan Ryan

And on the mound is right-hander Phil Hughes … for the first few innings at least. Expect to see lefty David Huff at the first sign of trouble now that they’re working as a tandem.

It’s a lovely day in Toronto, nice and cool without a cloud in the sky. I imagine they’ll have the roof open at Rogers Centre. First pitch is scheduled for a little after 7pm ET and can be seen on YES. Try to enjoy.

Injury Updates: Boone Logan (elbow) threw 30 pitches in the bullpen — fastballs and sliders — and said everything felt fine. If he wakes up tomorrow feeling good, he could be available as soon as Friday.

Categories : Game Threads
  • Abe Rosenberg

    We’ve started a petition to re-name the Yankee Stadium bullpen after Mariano Rivera. Please sign it, and spread the word! Thanks!

    http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/nameitaftermo/

  • vicki

    off-topic, but omigod mason williams is a baby doll.

    • Bo Knows

      Thinking of robbing the cradle vicki?

      • vicki

        i don’t date guys with jobs.

  • Anderson Silva

    No idea why they held Granderson, he would have scored easily.

    • JGYank

      No he wouldn’t of. He hesitated off the bat.

  • JGYank

    And we don’t come through. Typical. After cano the lineup is full of crap.

  • Deep Thoughts

    Daily News headline tomorrow: HAPP-LESS

  • JGYank

    This is already looking bad. And I thought things couldn’t get any worse.

    • trr

      This is it tonight.
      They lose it’s next to impossible to make the playoffs.

      • JGYank

        Honestly we probably need like 89 wins so we would have to win like 10 out of 11 which isn’t happening with the injuries and way this team is playing. So we can’t lose any night.

  • your mom

    Good start for Hughes.

  • Tom

    How many pitches to Davis after getting to 0-2?

    (I’m going with 4 or 5)

    • Tom

      Only 3… not bad. (and an out!)

  • JGYank

    On a side note anyone else feel uncomfortable with a call up calling the game with a bad pitcher on the mound? I’m surprised Hughes is listening and not calling his own game. But some signs are Probably from the dugout though.

    • Bo Knows

      We’d know what Hughes’ would do if he called his own (fb fb fb fb….fb fb…..fb another fb)

      it’s a good sign imo that they are letting Murphy call it, Girardi barely let any other catcher call a game.

  • vicki

    good job, hugsie.

    suggestions for a nickname for the hughes/huff tag-team?

    • Tom

      Hu2 (not smart enough to figure out ^2)

    • trr

      H2O(shit!)

    • ropeadope

      As Hughes has (team) seniority, could go with the Hues Corporation. Cause you know the boat is gonna be rockin’ at some point during the game.

    • Tom

      Hu Never Know?

    • Wheels

      H&H Bagels

      • vicki

        oh, cool. especially if they put up zeroes.

        • Rolling Doughnut

          More likely top to bottom for an 8. Four apiece. Let’s be fair.

        • Wheels

          Yeah, wishful thinking.

      • ropeadope

        A baker’s dozen runs given up every outing!

    • vicki

      i expected something censorious, like ‘hanger & banger’ but we can use the hu’s.

  • Tom

    O’s down 2-0 early

  • JGYank

    Hughes actually isn’t shitting the bed tonight. Maybe he could pitch deeper than usual.

  • Eddard

    Hughes could pitch 9 scoreless innings and it wouldn’t mean a damn thing because it’d still be tied 0-0 and they’d lose when Kelley came in and served up a HR to Gose.

  • Bo Knows

    Murphy looks good behind the plate

  • JGYank

    Must score here. Normally I would bunt with the bottom of the order here but not with Reynolds.

  • JGYank

    That’s why is bunt there.

    • JGYank

      *why I’d normally

  • vicki

    i hate that guy. hate.

  • Eddard

    They will not score one single run in this series. The pitching will give up 7 total runs in the series and they’ll lose every single ballgame. A stark contrast from the Sox series in YS where they scored 26 runs over a 3 game span and still managed to lose all 3 ballgames. I don’t know how any team manages to do that.

    • Mr. Roth

      Wow, nice prediction. You must be some sort of clairvoyant.

      Wait, this just in…you’re just plain old fucking wrong.

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

    It’s so nice to see the offense has gone away at the worst possible time.

    THREE runs in the last 33 innings.

    • Wheels

      oof.

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

        Last two innings of Friday = 0
        Saturday = 1
        Sunday = 2
        Monday + Tuesday (13 innings) = 0

        Yeah, it’s ugly.

  • Eddard

    And that’s the ballgame. Through him a cookie right in his wheelhouse.

    • Rolling Doughnut

      In his Tollhouse.

      • vicki

        heh.

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

    It’s SO NICE to know that there is only ONE player in that Jays lineup who can hurt the Yankees, and he has done just that the past two nights now.

  • JGYank

    Was nice while it lasted.

  • vicki

    oof.

  • Eddard

    Huff comes in one batter too late. He should have been in to face the lefty Rasmus. Wouldn’t have mattered anyway because they’re gonna get shut out again.

  • your mom

    Seriously, fuck Rasmus………………and Hughes.

  • BigBlueAL

    The Knicks and Nets should thank the 4 current NY pro teams for being so mediocre/boring (though still have hope Giants can go 9-7 and win a mediocre division) that for the first time since probably 1992/1993 NY should be most excited about the NBA season than any other sport.

  • Widget

    So the schedule is incredibly “easy” down the stretch. Shame the Yankees dont realize that.

  • Tom

    So Phil pitches to two lefties and then you pull him for Huff when the righty comes up?

    Should have been out after Lawrie’s double with 2 lefties coming up; isn’t that the whole point of having a tandem?

  • NY2FanBoston

    Crap…

  • NY2FanBoston

    Watching Hughes fastball… He was throwing it 93 – 94 mph and this last inning he was topping out at 91.

  • Bo Knows

    has everyone been doing there scouting for the 2014 draft? never too early

  • your mom

    Is it July again? Where’s the offense?

  • Rob

    Gotta love the Dill Huffughes SP tag team..

  • Tom

    And to think there were quite a few people around here who wanted to roll the dice and give Phil a qualifying offer not all that long ago…

    • your mom

      Fuck it, just give him one anyways.

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

    The Yankees are getting bashed and shutdown by a AAA team with their season on the line. Way to go, assholes.

    • Bo Knows

      there are more major leaguers on that toronto team than there are on the yankees

  • will

    At least not making the playoffs will get 20th overall pick….. 90’s dolphins = 2013 and beyond yankees… Just mediocre enough to get a crap pick

    • your mom

      LOL, so true. The Dolphins might be playoff bound this year though.

    • Bo Knows

      yankees are currently in line for the 18th pick (because of one team failed to sign there 2013 1st rounder) if they lose this game they’ll be in line for pick 17

  • Eddard

    And it just makes you wonder why they bothered to give up that young arm for Soriano when it didn’t make a lick of difference towards making the postseason. A desperate attempt by a desperate man. We should be hanging on to all of the kids we have and seeing what they can do right now. JR Murphy should be playing every day. Zolio playing every day. Get those bullpen kids in the game and see what they can do.

  • stuart a

    Does goins count that as his first homer since it is off hughes? Hughes will drop to what 4 and 13..

    Hughes, Joba, and CC have been let’s say horrible this year. THe level of there crappiness cannot be understated.

    Dead man walking this team. Tell SOriana Happ got the memo he is throwing him changeups….

    They have to sign Cano for an obscene contract for next year he can lead them to 5th place next year to go along with the 4th place finish this year. I have been around a long time, unless some houdini moves happen in the offseason there are going to be multiple bad bad seasons on the horizon. These is a train wreck…

  • stuart a

    in the car listening to the toronto broadcast did not know huff gave up the homer to goins.

    hughes with the over 5 era and huff with the over 6 era…

    next year may be scary for the bandwagon fans because this team is absolutely not competing nxt year, no chance.

  • Captain Turbo

    This team is circling the toilet!

  • stuart a

    best things the yanks can do in the offseason are; get rid of wells, hughes, joba, have aroid be suspended for all 211 games, and give out absolutely no long term deals. if cano cannot surivive on 5 years 100 mill let him go to seattle and enjoy himself…

    logan for 3 years, NO THANKS…

    go young, and reduce payroll and you are going to struggle.. they will be without; pettitte, mo, kuroda, and replace them with nothing so get rready for some lean times…….LEAN TIMES

    • Eddard

      I agree. The whole reason they had sustained success in the late 90s is because George built up that farm system and they were able to build the club around Jeter, Mo, Andy, Jorgie and Bernie. You look at the team now, it’ still built around Jeter, Mo, and Andy and also Cano and A-Rod. Cano is the youngest at 31 and he should be let go. They need youth and the fans need to be patient with the kids.

    • Captain Turbo

      “have aroid be suspended for all 211 games”

      And how exactly are the Yankees going to accomplish that?

    • your mom

      So we will be like the Astros then.

  • Tom

    I say it takes at least 4 runs to win this game (for either team).

    If the Yankees shut them down the rest of the way, I think they comeback.

  • stuart a

    hughes, cc, and joba if they were a semblance of good all would be different. hughes won 16 and 18 games previously. joba once was an elite pitcher. CC use to be a stud…

    those 3 zeroes kill..

    imagine 3 more years of aroid.. the guy cannot stay healty for a 3 game series. he cannot move, and he is a schmo….

    not sure who I like less; wells, ichiro, or aroid…

    • Captain Turbo

      If you want the Yanks to win, you’ll answer Wells and Ichiro.

  • Eddard

    Look at Robbie Cano just stand there and not even run down the 1st base line. Joe is just shaking his head.

    • your mom

      I’d bench him.

  • Craig Sagermetrics

    Another night, another shutout.

    The majority of the team has thrown in the towel.

  • Eddard

    The look on Andy’s face says it all. Why the hell did I come back to this? Such a shame Andy and Mo won’t get one last try for that elusive 6th ring. They deserved that chance.

    • WhittakerWalt

      They’ll have to settle for 5 rings and hundreds of millions of dollars. They’ll be fine.

    • Rob

      Whats so elusive about it? That they were only able to make it to the ALCS twice and playoffs 3 times since the 2009 WS win?

  • cooolbreeez

    Hu’s on the mound?

    • Captain Turbo

      Naturally.

      • Rolling Doughnut

        Used to be Naturally. Now he is juicing.

  • Wheels

    Yankees’ minds drifting towards offseason vacation plans, reservations, plane tickets…

    • Kenny

      Elk season’ll be starting in a few weeks–and moose, deer.

      • your mom

        But half the team already knew that.

  • vicki

    somebody remind the lineup it’s ja happ.

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

    Cy Happ.

    This is absolutely unbelievable.

  • WhittakerWalt

    Yankees are really ending this season on a high note.

    • WhittakerWalt

      Quiet, you!

  • YES

    FUCKING BULLSHIT!!!!!!!

  • Eddard

    This team is saying one thing right now – We want a regime change. They’ve quit on the manager, the GM has put them in this mess, are you listening Hal? The only way forward is to get fresh voices at the top.

    • Kenny

      Hal? Why in hell are you asking Hal? He’s the guy who is giving up the Yankees’ one great advantage over its enemies in MLB. MONEY.

    • your mom

      The team is saying: “We fucking suck shit” Loud and clear.

  • Betty Lizard

    Huff Happ and Hughes. It’s like bad slapstick. I wish Girardi would put on Groucho glasses and smoke a cigar in the dugout.

    • ropeadope

      Don Drysdale with Groucho on You Bet Your Life.

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OPm3_AabWxY

      • ropeadope

        Lol, when I try to embed, it never embeds. When I have no intent of embedding, it embeds!

        • Betty Lizard

          22 years old!

          • ropeadope

            Yes, just a kid at this point (show aired prior to the ’59 season). Drysdale would win 131 games for the Dodgers in the following seven years. Cy Young in ’62 (25 victories), six consecutive shutouts and 58 consecutive scoreless innings in ’68.

            • Betty Lizard

              About the six shutouts in 68, I read Wikipedia to find out when Drysdale died and found this:

              “Among the personal belongings found in Drysdale’s hotel room was a cassette tape of Robert F. Kennedy’s victory speech after the 1968 California Democratic presidential primary, a speech given only moments before Senator Kennedy’s assassination. In the speech, Kennedy had noted, to the cheers of the crowd, that Drysdale had pitched his sixth straight shutout that evening. Drysdale had apparently carried the tape with him wherever he went since Kennedy’s murder.”

              • ropeadope

                Extremely chilling story Betty – and one I was not familiar with (Drysdale carrying around the tape). I do recall the assassination of RFK and Roosevelt Grier and Rafer Johnson ((Wikipedia also credits George Plimpton) wrestling Sirhan Sirhan to the ground. I would have been 14 at the time. Those were crazy times with the assassinations of JFK, RFK, and MLK.

                As to Drysdale’s passing, he went way too soon – three weeks shy of his 57th birthday.

        • Alkaline

          Weird. I just copy and paste and mine seem to embed. I wonder what the trick is?

          • ropeadope

            I think that is the trick. Just copy and paste! Which is what I did above (but was only expecting it to link, not embed.

  • Tom

    A baserunner!

    (It’s been a while)

  • Craig Sagermetrics

    A hit! What is this?

  • JGYank

    The team just doesn’t have what it takes to pull this off. The injuries and age/declining of players have killed this team. The inconsistency and our run differential show that this team doesn’t belong in the same group as the other contenders. We either needed more pieces at the deadline or more things to go our way if we wanted to pull this off.

    But we could still have a good future if we make the right moves. Hopefully we will…

  • Rolling Doughnut

    7 innings 3 hits. Wow. Shit Happens.

  • Eddard

    Coming into the ballgame JA Happ was one of the few pitchers that had a higher ERA than Phil Hughes. They managed by 3 hits off him. That’s a team that has quit on their manager just two days after he gave them a stern talk to get them fired up. They’ve responded with 0 runs over 16 innings, that’s how much they want to fight for Girardi.

  • NY2FanMaynard

    What was that? A hit?

    • Rolling Doughnut

      a hit. a very palpable hit.

      • vicki

        why, you literate s.o.b.

        just steer clear of the scottish play.

        • Rolling Doughnut

          Be lion-mettled, proud, and take no care
          Who chafes, who frets, or where conspirers are.

          • vicki

            angels and ministers of grace defend us!

  • JGYank

    The Hughes/Huff combo gave us more than a quality start. It’s the offense tonight.

  • HateMclouth (formerly I’mVernon)

    The way this team is playing makes me think I shouldn’t feel stupid for wanting them to sell at the deadline. Holy hell. During August I really thought they had a run in them and they made the right decision. Guess not.

    • JGYank

      They kinda did neither. Just picking up Soriano isn’t going to change anything. You either had to get more pieces to fill holes and compete or find a way to get prospects without dumping all of your good players. They couldn’t stand pat and that is pretty much what they did.

      • HateMclouth (formerly I’mVernon)

        Yeah, I guess so. Although I think they wouldn’t have gotten crap without giving up the good players, namely Gardy, Kuroda, and Cano.

  • Tom

    Brendan Ryan quietly cementing his place as the backup SS next year.

  • Tom

    So you’re saying there’s a chance?

  • JGYank

    If Arod walks here I like the matchup with Cano on deck against a RHP with the bases loaded and no outs.

  • Wheels

    Cano with the defibrillation paddles.

  • Eddard

    You just knew Alex would choke there. Now hit into a DP Robbie and don’t bother running down to 1st.

  • JGYank

    new ballgame now. But the bottom of the order is coming up.

  • Adam

    Vernon!

  • Tom

    Vernon!

  • Eddard

    THEY’VE TAKEN THE LEAD! THIS TEAM WAS DOWN TO ITS LAST 6 OUTS AND DIDN’T WANT TO QUIT! NEVER GIVE UP NEVER EVER GIVE UP!!!!!!!!

    • vicki

      you’re the king, eddard.

      • ropeadope

        The King’s hand you mean. Or he was at one time.

        /GoT

    • WhittakerWalt

      You’re the living end.

    • Alkaline

      Meh. You’re getting too obvious now Eddard.

  • Rolling Doughnut

    Wells? Wells!

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

    Holy crap Vernon did it.

  • Tom
    • ropeadope

      Excellent call. Let’s hope four is sufficient, or we pad the four to a number that will be sufficient.

  • your mom

    YCPB?

  • BigBlueAL

    Signs of life!!

  • NY2FanMaynard

    Finally some hits, some runs and a lead!

  • Alkaline
  • JGYank

    Wait… we have a lead! That changed quickly. Need many more though if want it to lead somewhere. So did Eddard change his attitude yet?

    This game sums up the season. We struggle, have an inspirational stretch, but then go back to inconsistency. Hopefully we can keep the momentum.

  • Captain Turbo

    It’s almost like they have a major league offense.

  • WhittakerWalt

    OMG a lead. Please make it stand up now.

  • Tom

    PH here again with Adams? (like his D at 3rd better than Reynolds anyway)

  • Long-Past-His-Day-Rod

    John Gibbons looks like an alcoholic.

    Let’s keep this up Yanks!

  • Alkaline

    Got the lead. Let’s hold it and win!

    For Lewis and Clarke!

  • HateMclouth (formerly I’mVernon)

    Wow. Go to shower and they score 4 runs. Inning that turned the season around?

    • your mom

      Probably not.

    • Tom

      Inning that extended the tease.

      • HateMclouth (formerly I’mVernon)

        I laughed. You’re probably right.

      • Alkaline

        Yeah, most likely.

        But I hope they tease till the last day.

  • Eddard

    Is this team still fighting for its manager or what? I think they’re also fighting for Andy and Mo who deserves a chance at that elusive 6th ring. One thing’s for sure, they’re not dead yet.

  • NY2FanMaynard

    So Stewart is a defensive specialist?

    • Alkaline

      Heh…

    • vicki

      fucking nichols law.

  • lee

    Chris Stewart in for defensive purposes? sorry, does not compute.

  • Tom

    KC up on CLE 4-2
    Bal tied with Bos 3-3
    Someone will lose the TB/TEX game (hopefully after going 20 innings)

    Definitely need to make this standup and pickup some ground

    • Alkaline

      Absolutely.

  • Wheels

    I don’t know about bringing Mo in here.

  • Eddard

    Even had a pitch out called and the defensive catcher couldn’t get him. Now Mo will have to get 4 outs. He’s prone to the blooper here.

    • NY2FanMaynard

      I hope this works out….

  • WhittakerWalt

    “Chris Stewart is behind the plate; they’re putting in their best defensive team”

    LOLOLOLOL

  • Tom

    Should have just brought Mo in in the first place – count would likely have been 0-1 at least.

  • lee

    four multi-inning games for Mo in one month. when was the last time he had four multi-inning games in an entire season?

    • lee

      LOL, YES was wondering the same thing.

    • vicki

      you can’t take it with you.

    • Winter
  • Alkaline

    Watch your lips!

  • Long-Past-His-Day-Rod

    As shiteous as that bunt attempt was, I gotta say I like Ryan’s intensity.

    • Winter

      He’s #scrappy.

  • Alkaline

    3 outs. Let’s go!

  • Alkaline

    Can we get an A bomb for some insurance runs?

  • BigBlueAL

    Mo is having a hard time jamming lefties lately.

  • Eddard

    Why wasn’t Ryan shifted over on the 1st base side of 2nd. This is not good. Mariano has to close this.

  • vicki

    i don’t feel good.

  • Rolling Doughnut

    Jesus Mo.

  • Eddard

    Mariano’s gonna blow this and if he does that’s all she wrote.

    • Captain Turbo

      He didn’t and it isn’t yet.

  • The Real Grege

    The really sad thing is that despite the crappy offense and the crappy starting pitching, if Mo doesn’t blow a lot of these saves, the Yankees might be in the playoffs.

    And a bad bunt

  • Tom

    Props to Overbay…. ain’t easy to crash that hard, especially after he took the bat back on the 2nd pitch to swing.

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

    Well done by Lyle there. Need two more outs.

  • vicki

    that. was. awesome.

  • Rolling Doughnut

    Now that’s a Houdini finish.

  • Eddard

    Great play by Overbay. Great throw.

  • JGYank

    a dp away…

  • JGYank

    Wow.

  • Captain Turbo

    OK, I can breathe now.

  • Long-Past-His-Day-Rod

    Vintage Mo!

  • Wheels

    Phew.

  • The Real Grege

    The three games with the Rays will probably decide the Yankees fate.

  • your mom

    Mo will be missed.

  • Mariano Rivera

    Ha! I was just trolling guys. After all these years, you guys should know better.

    Now where’s my gift?

    • NY2FanMaynard

      Hahaha

  • NY2FanMaynard

    omg. They won!!!

  • JGYank

    The inning that saved the season?

  • The Real Grege

    Updates:

    Baltimore and Boston are tied at 3 in the top of the ninth

    Texas and Tampa are tied at 2 in extras top of the tenth,

    Kansas City leads Cleveland 4-2 in the top of the 7th. If Cleveland wins, they move into a WC spot

  • JGYank

    Mo isn’t as automatic as he used to be that’s for sure.

  • The Scheister of Doom

    Lets go Boston let’s go!

  • The Real Greg

    Adrian Beltre drives in Elvis Andrus and the Rangers have a 3-2 ;ead.

  • The Real Greg

    Indians walks in a run and the Royals increase their lead 5-2 and looking for more