Game 153: End of the Trip

(Tom Szczerbowski/Getty)

(Tom Szczerbowski/Getty)

When this ten-game, eleven-day road trip started, the Yankees were three games back of the second wildcard in the loss column. At best, they can end the trip two games back in the loss column — despite going 4-5 in the first nine of those ten games — and at worst, they can close it right where they started: three games back.

The problem with that, of course, is that nearly two weeks have ticked off the calendar and the Bombers have not made up any ground in the playoff race. They need help from other clubs if they still want to try to sneak into the postseason, but at this point all they can do if win their games. Everything else is out of their hands. Here’s the lineup Joe Girardi is running out there against right-hander Todd Redmond:

  1. CF Curtis Granderson
  2. DH Alex Rodriguez
  3. 2B Robinson Cano
  4. LF Alfonso Soriano
  5. RF Vernon Wells
  6. 1B Lyle Overbay
  7. 3B Mark Reynolds
  8. SS Brendan Ryan
  9. C Chris Stewart

And on the mound is right-hander Hiroki Kuroda. He’s had some big first inning problems the last few times out, allowing nine of 18 total runs in the first inning across his last four starts (40.50 ERA). After the first inning, he’s had a 3.26 ERA in those four starts. Hopefully Kuroda avoids those early problems and can give the team some much needed length tonight.

It’s another beautiful day in Toronto, nice and cool without a cloud in the sky. I imagine the Rogers Centre roof will be open. First pitch is scheduled for 7:07pm ET and can be seen on YES. Enjoy.

Categories : Game Threads


  1. Greedy Bastards says:

    The Walking Dead still lumbering to the finish line.


  2. Greedy Bastards says:

    Quite an impressive lineup 5 through 9!!


  3. Greedy Bastards says:

    Has that 5-9 combined for even a .650 OPS this year?


  4. Winter says:

    Hey, Greedy Bastards. What is dead may never die!


  5. This is a carbon copy of Kuroda’s start in Toronto a few weeks ago. Ridiculous.

  6. SDB says:

    That’s one way to get out of it.

  7. How the hell was Lawrie out on that play?

  8. Wheels says:

    Ha, good luck sorting that out. Stewart is a moron

  9. baravelli says:

    The ump is right! Lawrie the trailing runner and wasn’t entitled to be on the base, so when he was tagged he was out, despite standing on the base. Then, Reyes was off the base, and was just tagged. Two outs!

  10. Get Phelps Up says:

    ” Adam Lind hit into a fielder’s choice double play, third baseman Mark Reynolds to pitcher Hiroki Kuroda to catcher Chris Stewart to third baseman Mark Reynolds. Jose Reyes out at home. Brett Lawrie out at 3rd. ”

    Could someone please explain?

    • JGYank says:

      Chopper back to Kuroda and he throws home. Reyes gets in run down between third and home and goes back to third but Lawrie was also there so Stewart tagged them both. Lawrie was out because Reyes had the right to the base and Reyes got off the bag and was tagged out. Lucky double play for us.

  11. Wheels says:

    C’mon Sori, no excuse for that.

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

    Way to fucking hustle.


  13. JGYank says:

    Got lucky on that dp. Also Soriano is a terrible baserunner.

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

    He didn’t tag Lawrie when Reyes was touching the bag, though.

  15. Rolling Doughnut says:

    What happened in the first? Two runners on third? How did the DP play out?

  16. Eddard says:

    I just can’t believe that they would lose Hiroki vs Redmond not once but twice in a pennant race. He’s back in trouble again.

  17. JGYank says:

    Wow. Arencibia has an OBP below .240. How is that possible for a position player?

  18. Eddard says:

    And the very decent SS just struck out proving us no offensive support. And here’s Stewie to follow suit.

  19. Rolling Doughnut says:

    Double? Stewie? The Earth’s magnetic poles must be reversing. Where’s my compass?

  20. Tom says:

    Gameday just said Stewart doubled.

    Can anyone confirm that this is true?

  21. The Real Greg says:

    I still don’t know who won that 3 way trade

  22. Long-Past-His-Day-Rod says:

    Granderson has had some downright awful swings this game.

  23. The Real Greg says:

    Kuroda is just awful. It’s amazing what he has become

  24. Whatever wall Kuroda ran into, he’s still stuck in it.

    This is a solid calendar month of crappy pitching now.

  25. Rolling Doughnut says:

    Kuroda has given up some hard hit balls tonight but he’s also gotten some bad breaks.

  26. The Real Greg says:

    Just to jump the Girardi-haters. Who is he going to bring in that he trusts?

  27. lee says:

    you’re 5-for-9 against Kuroda and your DH gives away an out. no wonder the Jays are in last place.

  28. lee says:

    somebody wake up Girardi!

  29. will says:

    And tampa/texas essentially are going to be 2/2 and the yankees will have shit the bed, scrubs

  30. Cuso says:

    This team is vomit

  31. Tom says:

    It’s almost like if the first 2 hitters get on base every inning they will eventually score.

    Just happy that Farrell is as bunt happy as Girardi – Kuroda has retired just 5 of the first 13 batters (not counting the bunt).

    Could be a lot, lot worse – hopefully Kuroda can get this last out.

  32. Nine baserunners in 2.2 innings. This is horrifying.

  33. Eddard says:

    This is unbelievable. They’re going to lose Hiroki vs Redmond not once but twice in a pennant race. Not once but twice. It’s amazing how far Hiroki has fallen. This will be all she wrote if they lose this one.

  34. Rolling Doughnut says:

    Nice recovery. Hope his night is over though.

  35. It sure would be nice if this offense would show up for more than just one inning out of the first 22 in this series.

  36. Tom says:

    Wow… grip it and rip it. Always a solid approach.

    When Robbie is the only hitter to take a called strike in an inning, it’s generally not going to be a good one.

  37. Wj says:

    Vernon wells might be the most undiscipline hitter iv ever seen, he literally swings at the first pitch every time. He and francaour are prob tied for most undiscipline hitter in leauge.

  38. trr says:

    This team makes so many mediocre pitchers look like aces -

  39. Eddard says:

    They won’t score a single run all game long. I think it’s pretty evident that last night’s 8th inning was an aberration and this club has quit on their manager. They look lifeless. Kuroda looks gassed and Girardi will just stand there until it’s 5-0 and out of reach.

  40. Rolling Doughnut says:

    Girardi wake the fuck up dude.

  41. The Real Greg says:

    Again, think about who’s out there….

  42. Rolling Doughnut says:

    Did Kay just grunt like Ned Beatty in Deliverance?

  43. That’s now eleven baserunners.

    He’s giving the Yankees no chance. You can’t just keep him out there because he was really good two months ago.

  44. Chris says:

    Kuroda is battling that’s for sure. If someone other than Pettitte could pitch a descent game we would not be in this position. Also you can’t win with 0 runs. What happened to the Yankees of old getting into the bullpen in the 5th and 6th inning? Crappy hitters yes, but come on, take a couple of pitches you hacks.

  45. I’d really like to know when Todd Redmond became so unhittable.

    • The Real Greg says:

      Kay just said he only gave up a run in 6.1 innings to Baltimore in his last start.

      • The Real Greg says:

        2-0 with a 3.18 in his last 3 starts

      • lee says:

        his ERA over the last month is 5.75.

      • I really couldn’t care what he’s done against other teams. This is a none-too-impressive pitcher who the Yankees look like crap against for the second straight meeting, both meetings being rubber games. It’s maddening.

        • The Real Greg says:

          But you have to care in order to get the complete story. Dillon Gee is a perfect example for this. After shutting down the Yankees, he’s been great for the Mets the rest of the year.

        • Rolling Doughnut says:

          Beside the two or three automatics they send out each day, there’s guys like Granderson and Reynolds who have pop, but strike out way too much IMHO.
          Result: 2d half: wOBA .308 wrc* 90

          • The Real Greg says:

            You’re right. They don’t have a hitter that gets on base and sets the table. Gardner was that guy, but he is very streaky as a hitter.

            • Rolling Doughnut says:

              I like Gardy but we should be able to do better than this: wOBA .329 and 104 wrc+ in a leadoff guy

              • Need Pitching & Hitting & Defense & Baserunning says:

                Ideally yes, but Gardy’s line this year is above average for the leadoff spot. There are much, much bigger issues with the offense than Gardner batting leadoff.

  46. The Real Greg says:

    When the best contact outside of Cano is being made by Chris Stewart, your offense has a problem.

  47. Ho hum. Yet ANOTHER scoreless inning from this dead-ass offense.

  48. your mom says:

    Jesus. What the fuck has happened to Kuroda? And why can’t we get a run against this Redmond nobody?

  49. JGYank says:

    At least Kuroda isn’t breaking. This could been a lot worse.

  50. JGYank says:

    The good news is that Texas is beating TB 4-2, the Indians and Astros are tied 1-1, and the Os are losing to Boston 3-0 but the bad news is we’re still losing and have no signs of life.

  51. Wj says:

    If we go 10 0 the rest of the way , are we in?

  52. will says:

    solo homers, it’s what sets apart the mediocre teams from the great teams.

  53. trr says:

    A-rod unable to run.

  54. trr says:

    There’s one!

  55. Wheels says:

    That woke me from a nap.

  56. JGYank says:

    And the lead is cut in half. Not what you would normally expect out of your leadoff guy.

  57. Eddard says:

    Who cares what other clubs are doing. They couldn’t score a run off the worst pitcher in MLB history right now. They’ve quit on the manager, they’re going to lose this game and that will finally put to bed any playoff hopes.

  58. Rolling Doughnut says:

    ARod looks like he’s on his last legs.

  59. The Real Greg says:

    Kuroda could not keep it down. Failure.

  60. Anderson Silva says:

    you know you suck when you can’t retire Anthony Gose

  61. Hiroki finally figured things out, and then gives up a home run to the powerless Anthony Gose. Unbelievable.

  62. The Real Greg says:

    So who here wants Girardi fired?

  63. Eddard says:

    The one run they did get back Hiroki immediately gives back. This season is over and it’s all because they couldn’t to a damn thing offensively against Tim Redmond. Fire Cashman, fire Girardi and start fresh in 2014.

  64. The Orioles are losing, Indians are struggling, and Rays are losing. Would be totally appropriate for the Yankees to waste ANOTHER chance.

  65. will says:

    Firing people is irrelevant when your talent sucks

    • Anderson Silva says:

      That’s not true at all. Firing Cashman and bringing another person with a different point of view will result in different results, better results more likely.

      • The Real Greg says:

        That’s true. The talent does suck. But why does it suck? Crappy drafting and crappy decisions in FA, more to drafting.

        • Rolling Doughnut says:

          End of a dynasty, mega contracts ensuring continuance of dead weight, no plan for the future, farm-fail. A perfect shitstorm.

  66. oh, and you fucking suck Overbay.

  67. SDB says:

    Here comes the white flag.

  68. JGYank says:

    Let’s see… I think this team needs about 88/89 wins to get in. So if we win tonight and take 2/3 from the Giants and Rays and sweep the Astros that’s 8 wins which us brings to… 88 wins. Unlikely but possible. Thank God for the easy schedule or else we wouldn’t even have a shot.

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

    Cabral should be warming, if he isn’t already.

    • The Real Greg says:

      You said “anybody but Kuroda” Can’t complain

      • Need Pitching & Hitting & Defense & Baserunning says:

        1) That was in the 4th inning.
        2) If the “anybody but Kuroda” pitcher also looks like shit, he also needs to be replaced.

        • The Real Greg says:

          A: Doesn’t matter when.

          B: So replace the shit pitcher with more shit. What’s that going to accomplish.

          • Need Pitching & Hitting & Defense & Baserunning says:

            A. You can’t really be that stupid.
            You don’t think inning matters? You’d use the same pitcher in the 4th inning as in a late inning? That’s just completely stupid, even for you.

            B. You take a chance. If somebody is struggling, try someone else. There’s a chance they may actually have a good day.

            • The Real Greg says:

              But you didn’t say it. And you had the burden of proof.

              • Need Pitching & Hitting & Defense & Baserunning says:

                IT DIDN’T NEED TO BE SAID.
                That was the current situation. Obviously it doesn’t address all possible future situations. IT ADDRESSED THE THEN CURRENT SITUATION.

  70. The Yankees haven’t posted a winning record in Toronto since 2009.

    If they can’t do it this year, then it might be years before they finally do. This is horrendous. 10-0 at home? Yippee. Doesn’t matter if they lose four of the final six meetings of the season to a fucking triple-A team.

  71. The Real Greg says:

    Okay, you guys said you would rather see anybody but Kuroda. Here’s Joba.

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

    lol Joba

  73. Eddard says:

    Joba’s in to put the game out of reach. This will be all she wrote for the 2013 Yankees after Joba serves up a couple XBHs.

  74. Chris says:

    Ok here is the pitching change you have all been rooting for!

  75. ClayDavis says:

    Quite the appearance

  76. Get Jobber the hell out of there.

    And let this be the last time we EVER see him in a Yankee uniform.

  77. JGYank says:

    Yeah, we’re not winning this game. For my comment earlier lower that to 87 if we can even do that. From the looks of things probably not.

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

    Wow I had all the faith in the world, but WHY THE FUCK would bring in Joba!


  79. Rolling Doughnut says:

    Now this one is on Joe. Where was Cabral? And what was Joba doing in there in the first place? I don’t get it.

  80. Vern Sneaker says:

    Manager of the year. That non-move was truly incomprehensible.

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

    How in the hell does Joe leave him in there for the lefty.
    It’s not like Joba has earned a long leash.

  82. Leg-End says:

    That’s why you don’t let Joba pitch in a “close” game.

  83. The Real Greg says:

    Need Pitching & Hitting & Defense & Baserunning says:

    September 19, 2013 at 8:27 pm

    It’s not a copout. Saying I’d take anybody is a reflection of how bad Kuroda looks. Seriously. Pick anybody.

    No mention of when the statement was made. So in the end, stop complaining.

    • Need Pitching & Hitting & Defense & Baserunning says:

      The original statement about anybody was made at 8:21. It’s timestamped.

      Grow a brain.

      • The Real Greg says:

        In innings. And you know that.

        The bottom line is that you made a statement that did not cover all the bases. And I pointed it out when I suggested Joba.

        So you have no right to complain because you didn’t cover the bases.

        Whether the decision was right or wrong is immaterial. By saying that statement, without qualifying the game situation, you, by the laws of logic, forfeited your right to complain about that situation.

        • Need Pitching & Hitting & Defense & Baserunning says:

          You, by the laws of logic, and everything else, are a complete moron.

          And you’ll notice I specifically mentioned in that string that I’d use Cabral against the lefties.

          • The Real Greg says:

            You did. But that was after you said I could have Joba. You backtracked a bit.

            Again, good lawyer shreds it in court, and it smells of hypocrisy a bit.

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

              We’re not in court, dude. You know what he meant. I’d ask you not to be a dick but since you’re a troll it really wouldn’t help.

              I’m not even in a bad move right now, you’re just being a dick.

  84. SDB says:

    What Kuroda can yield in six innings, Jobber can yield in one.


  85. lee says:

    who didn’t see that coming….. other than Girardi?

  86. Eddard says:


  87. HateMclouth (formerly I'mVernon) says:

    Late to the party but… Joba. Lmao.

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


    Can someone please tell WHY?????

    Because I just don’t see it.

  89. And Joe has no defense for bringing in Jobber, either. Absurdly stupid decision. But Jobber could also, you know, not be so fucking awful.

  90. Eddard says:

    This is exactly why Cashman and Girardi have got to go. Cashman wouldn’t dare get rid of Joba because it would have meant admitting failure for screwing up the farm system. Joba and Hughes were his babies. And Girardi refused to use Joba even though he clearly sucks and has sucked for the entire season. Even in a ballgame he had to have he still brought Joba in, and now he’ll bring in a better pitcher once the game is out of reach.

  91. lee says:

    this has certainly not been Girardi’s best night.

  92. JGYank says:

    At this point you got to wonder why even Betances and his awesome velocity doesn’t get a shot at least over Joba.

  93. Vern Sneaker says:

    I am so disgusted. A completely foreseeable outcome, bringing in Joba and letting Lind hit. Wtf. I mean, wtf. Wtf. Wtf. I wish I could get inside the TV and be in the Yankees dugout so I could strangle Girardi. Inexcusable bush league managing.

  94. will says:

    Glad i paid $120 for MLB.TV and let my dad watch this shitfest all year, instead i watched mlb game day because honestly… my night is more important than watching the Espinoza’s and jack clark and bobby meachums of the 2013 yankees suck

  95. Wj says:

    I have been backing girardi all season but his love with joba is disgusting, joba isnt a major leauge caliber reliver at this point and he throws him out every time and he keeps getting burned

  96. Tom says:

    He has 135 pitchers (give or take) in the pen and he could have done a better job having a chimp throwing darts at a board to pick the name.

    And to double down on his stupidity he leaves him in to face the lefty Lind.

    And then as final thumb in the eye, he decides he brings in a lefty (I guess to keep it close at a 5 run deficit?)

  97. The Real Greg says:

    Now as for the decision, it was a bad decision by Girardi. I don’t know why and I hope somebody grills him for it.

  98. Kenny says:

    If this coming off-season resembles last year’s, then we’re looking at the 2014 last-place team in the AL East, and it ain’t the Jays.

    • your mom says:

      This off-season will not resemble last year’s. Once we miss the playoffs the FO will scrap the $189 plan and spend more ridiculous money on over-the-hill, has-been, shitty veterans. And their presents won’t even help their sucktitude next year.

      • Winter says:

        If the ownership actually decided to throw its financial weight around and gave the FO a blank check, the Yankees could put together a pretty darn good team. Unfortunately, that’s never going to happen, especially since I don’t think $189 is going anywhere.

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

    Look asshole the rest of fucking bullpen was fucking fine.

    Dick head.

  100. your mom says:

    Wow. Joba used to be one of my favorite players. I wonder if a change of scenery will even help? That being said, this team is pathetic right now.

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

    This makes the not bring in Robertson for Kelly in the O’s game decision look like nothing.
    I mean WTF are you thinking Joe??????????????

  102. Ethan says:

    I’m at the game tonight. They look like shit. Offense just isn’t there. What the fuck was with the joba decision?!

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

    Seriously can anyone give me a good reason for the Joba move.


    A Stat. somewhere.

    • The Real Greg says:

      There is none. It was a bad move.

      I was just angry at some of the somewhat hypocritical statements that were put. One in particular.

      • Need Pitching & Hitting & Defense & Baserunning says:

        You’re just angry that you can’t see the difference between the 4th inning and the 7th inning.
        Or that you can’t see the difference between using a pitcher and leaving the pitcher in when he looks like shit.
        Or that you have no common sense.
        Or intelligence.

        • The Real Greg says:

          It’s not a matter of seeing the difference.

          It’s a matter of noting the difference in the original statement. That’s all.

          You said “Pick anybody” With no conditions. And then , to make it worse, after I said Joba, you said “Fine”

          • Need Pitching & Hitting & Defense & Baserunning says:

            The current game conditions were obvious.
            I though they went without saying.

            My fault for not realizing I needed to clearly explain every already obvious game situation to a moron.

    • your mom says:

      Girardi’s giving up on the team since the team has already given up on him.

      • The Real Greg says:

        He’s never going to admit that but that could be it. Unlike the Cleveland Browns who punted the season way too early.

        • your mom says:

          I doubt Richardson was that much of an impact player. When Weeden goes down and you have nothing other than other shit to put in as his replacement you may as well throw in the towel. Their defense is respectable though.

          • The Real Greg says:

            I understand what Cleveland was trying to do with that move, but it should have been done in Week 5 or 6, at least in the month of October.

            The timing of it bothered me.

    • Darren says:

      he didn’t want to bring a super raw rookie like Cabral into that kind of pressure situation.
      he wanted to save Robbie for the 8th and Mo for the 9th, and he liked Joba’s stuff against Lind more than Kelly. Didn’t want to bring in Phelps who’s been out for so long, would’ve been unfair. The rest of the gues don’t really merit discussion.

      That’s the “thought” process.

    • jim p says:

      Shortest name to write down? Outside that? Was away from the game, looked at gameday, 2 men on 4 strikes 7 balls, and… wtf? How many times did Joe pull a relief pitcher who let just one man on.

    • OldYanksFan says:

      Saving the BP for an important upcoming game?

  104. Rolling Doughnut says:

    It’s come to this: Ichiro for Stewart. Oh boy.

  105. Chris says:

    Is everyone happy we pulled Kuroda now?

    • Tom says:

      I am.

      I’d think people would have the basic intelligence to decouple the decision to pull a starter with the decision of which relief pitcher to bring in, but I guess not.

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

    We suck.

  107. Vern Sneaker says:

    Lind was 8-18 with a HR off Joba! There’ s nothing Girardi can say except “I had a hunch and it didn’t turn out well” or something equally dumb.

  108. Tom says:

    Not that it matters but Brendan Ryan’s slick fielding doesn’t help close the 6-1 deficit. How does Girardi not PH there?

    If you are going to make the effort to PH for Stewart, why not PH for Ryan too?

  109. WhittakerWalt says:

    I dislike Joba Chamberlain.

  110. Darren says:

    We can do it!!

  111. Kind of rude of the Yankees to be putting forth such a massive tease right now.

  112. Winter says:


    If ever there was a time for a miracle, it’s now.

  113. The Real Greg says:

    Now if they score 3 runs here, in the hindsight and a bit of fallacy, you can really get on that Joba decision.

  114. Tom says:

    At this point, at the very least push that 3rd run across.

  115. Dave M says:

    Game Overbay :-(

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

    Fun fact: A home run doesn’t even matter!

  117. OldYanksFan says:

    Eddard: Trivia Question:
    What college did Brandon Ryan go to?

    • Eddard says:

      This team doesn’t even deserve to be mentioned in the same breath as those two great explorers. Sent by Thomas Jefferson in what today would be equivalent to a trip to Mars, except worse because at least astronauts can communicate back with Earth. Lewis and Clark had no way to communicate with those back East.

  118. The Real Greg says:

    So in the end, while the Joba decision was not very smart at all, the Yankees probably would not have won anyway given their ineptness offensively and the dominance of the Fugitive

  119. Darren says:

    The season’s not over yet. Obviously a horrible loss, but there’s no reason not to hope for a minor miracle. The other teams are all playing like shit too. I’ll sign up for a Game 163 against the Royals or Indians right now.

  120. Kenny says:

    So it’s time for the Mo homestand.

    If we’re lucky, we won’t be eliminated heading into Houston.

  121. WhittakerWalt says:

    I’ve spent a lot of this year pushing back against the “Fire Girardi/Fire Cashman/Fire everyone” meme, but enough is enough. The fact that Girardi still brings Joba into winnable games is simply unconscionable. Indefensible, inexcusable. Joba is what he is: a terrible pitcher who makes bad situations exponentially worse. He simply CANNOT be given important innings anymore. No more hunches, no more gut feelings, no more “maybe he’ll straighten himself out” homilies. He’s awful. And I don’t want to hear “well if he can’t be brought into a situation like that, when CAN he be brought in?”
    The answer is never.

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