Game 155: Another Day

... who the hell is #66? I started losing track of numbers like ten call-ups ago. (Maddie Meyer/Getty)

… who the hell is #66? I lost track of numbers like ten call-ups ago. (Maddie Meyer/Getty)

The final homestand of the season opened last night with a win that was straight out of the 2009 playbook: CC Sabathia pitched well and Alex Rodriguez hit a key homerun. Those were the days. The Yankees are trying to stave off elimination — their tragic number is seven with eight games to play — for another day this afternoon, and I suppose they want to do whatever they can to get back into the race until they are mathematically eliminated. Here’s the lineup Joe Girardi is running out there against righty Ryan Vogelsong:

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

And on the mound is right-hander Ivan Nova. He’s been dealing with a nagging triceps problem for a few weeks now and has a 4.25 ERA (4.96 FIP) with the same number of walks (17) as strikeouts in his last six starts. Yuck. That needs to stop.

It is cool and cloudy in New York but there doesn’t appear to be any threat of rain. First pitch is scheduled for 1:05pm ET and can be seen on FOX. Unless they sneak into the playoffs and make a nice run, this will be the last time Tim McCarver ever calls a Yankees game. He’s retiring after the season. Enjoy the game.

Categories : Game Threads


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

    The only team to cheer for today other then the Yankees is the Astro since everyone else is playing other.


  2. Laz says:

    Don’t make me get all emotion about McCarber.

  3. Pat D says:

    In honor of Tiny Tim’s last game…

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

    It would be nice to have a blow out win,

  5. Oh, and yay for the Rays being on FOX, thus making me have to watch this game through online streams. I love when I’m reduced to that.

  6. vicki says:

    still haven’t lost that reflex sinking feeling when a ball is hit up the middle.

  7. trr says:

    This could be the final, deadly cut today. hope not, I just wanna go out with a bang

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

    Is there anyway that all 6 WC teams contenders end up in tie?

    And if they do what then?

    • vicki says:

      i’m sure mlb has thought about it but they’ve only published four-team tie-breaker scenarios.

      it would put the wild in wildcard.

    • ropeadope says:

      From an SI article last week:

      As for a five- or six-team scenario, we’re pretty sure that allows Bud Selig to open a special, sealed envelope containing a document that declares total victory for the forces of competitive balance and thus allows him to render the current Collective Bargaining Agreement null and void. The resulting playoffs will be conducted in a “Battle Royal” format where multiple teams take the field at once and play until each either throws the opposition’s manager into his own bullpen or successfully submerges Alex Rodriguez in a dunking booth.

      Sure, it’s a crazy system, but Bud’s thought this through and is certain it’s in the game’s best interests.

  9. Chris says:

    The question is if we can run the table. On paper (White Sox and Blue Jays notwithstanding, we can sweep the Giants and Houston. Obviously the Devil Rays will be the tough test. I am using their old name as we used to kick the snot out if them when they went by the Devil Rays. Desperate times…..

  10. Evidently, this is the time when Ma and Pa start talking in excessive platitudes.

  11. pat says:

    Bottom three of the order doin work!!

  12. vicki says:

    dude, you walked chris stewart.

  13. nycsportzfan says:

    I like that Brendan Ryan. ALso, i like Nunez at 3rd.

  14. nycsportzfan says:

    COme on Ichiro, lets get the run parade going!

  15. pat says:

    Epic sac fly that advances all the runners.

  16. pat says:

    Too easy for Robbie. Barrel on the ball. RIBBIE FOR ROBBIEEEEEE

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


    The Giants are just stupid

  18. SDB says:

    Way to go Robbie!

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

    3 runs on 3 hits!!

  20. pat says:

    LOl. Oh well, happens to the best of em. Make it up with the bat Sori.

  21. vicki says:

    sucks. pick him up, ivan.

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

    Its Saturday I STILL have my kids and the dog while my wife at her sister’s.
    The Yankees are on the edge of elimination and the Giants are 0-2.
    Long week at work where my administration seem to planted themselves permanently up my ass.

    My friend in Boston is STILL sending me pictures of them celebrating clinching AL East and is STILL wondering what I’m going to be doing in Houston next Saturday!

    And I’m force to hear these announcers!!!


  23. pat says:


  24. Eddard's screen says:

    Someone please wipe me off.

  25. Always love to see that the Yankees put up runs during the few minutes where I stepped aside.

    5-0. Excellent.

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

    mustang (The Has Beens & Wannabes Bunch 2013) says:
    September 21, 2013 at 1:01 pm
    It would be nice to have a blow out win,

    Tears running down my face!!!

  27. Rolling Doughnut says:

    I go out for a run and come back and see the bottom of the order made some noise. Wow. Guess I’ll be doing intervals during the TB series.

  28. NeilT says:

    Why am I forced to listen to John & Suzyn, that I paid $120 for? Eh? Now I know two things:
    - The Yankees have an official vegetable oil. Who knew.
    - Suzyn knows nothing about (a) Ryan Vogelsong, or (b) the geography of Pennsylvania.

  29. vicki says:

    mercy me, brendan ryan.

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


    Sign Ryan and make him and Long spend the whole winter together

  31. Kenny says:

    The Yanks definitely need to make Ryan’s bat Job #1. That glove is too good for backup status only.

  32. vicki says:

    tony abreu may make worst of the best.

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

    News break:

    After the Nunez HR Eddard jumped into the pool in Arizona further angry the Diamonbacks.

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

    Wow! Since the 7th yesterday the Rays and the O’s have scored 1 run and the O’s are being no-hit today.

    These WC teams suck.

  35. vicki says:

    is it me or is the booth particularly dirty today?

    cano jerks it into the glove of brandon belt.

    mccarver is finding something new in his pants.

  36. Kosmo says:

    Soriano 17 HRS in 200 ABs. Not bad.

  37. Jennings homerun, and I’ll safely say that game is over. 3-0 Rays.

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


      What’s up with Gonzalez he was behind everyone so the HR was no shock.

    • vicki says:

      yeah, cobb’s at 71 pitches. but you never know.

      if the lead holds, though, console yourself with leapfrogging the o’s (knock wood). and remember that if other teams’ wins and losses end up meaning anything to us we will have hung three L’s on the rays.

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

    Brendan Ryan.
    Just wow.

  39. MP says:

    Lol @ the booth praising the Sox ceremony for Mo as classy.

  40. vicki says:


    some of us were annoyed as hell by the self-stimming nature of the sox’ mariano ceremony. forgive yet another captain’s log link, but lisanti sent it up beautifully.

    “Boston handled it differently. They didn’t kick off the event with “Enter Sandman”; they commissioned Metallica to cover “Sweet Caroline.” They gave him a painting of his return to Fenway in 2005 after his blown save at the end of ’04. They gave him a statue of Dave Roberts sliding into second base. Kevin Millar appeared via Jumbotron to talk about his new casual dining restaurant in Saugus, Millar Time, without even mentioning Mariano before he had to go reset the Big Buck Hunter machine. Larry Lucchino and John Henry showed up 10 minutes late to home plate, handed Rivera a bloody sock hanging on the end of a stick, and left by helicopter right from the infield.

    Big Papi read a poem. That was nice. Until the crowd started throwing its collectibles from Jonathan Papelbon Surplus Bobblehead Night on the field. I don’t know why you’d schedule that at the same time as your Mariano Rivera tribute. That just seems like poor planning. Even after all that, he left them a nice message on the bullpen wall: “Last to wear no. 42, thank you for everything.” John Lackey took the Sharpie and turned the 42 into a 69. None of it fazed Mo — he can smile through any situation — but the disrespect is shocking. All you can do is shake your head. Even Detroit put on a nice celebration for him before the rolling blackout hit.”

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

    If the Rays/O’s score holds and Tex beats KC that’s 2 teams they jumped. I rather jump as many teams as possible then deal with the Rays at YS.

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


    Hughes vs Moore Tuesday


  43. Kosmo says:

    Stewart is being pitched around today. 2 walks.

  44. Orioles have now gone 18 straight innings without any runs.

    18 innings.

  45. Kiko Jones says:

    OK guys, don’t shoot me but…how ’bout Joba pitching the 9th and saving the real pitchers for tomorrow, etc.? It’s a 6-run lead after all.

  46. Kosmo says:

    Cano now has 37 doubles . Yet again 40 is in reach.

  47. Kosmo says:

    Granderson now has about 200 ABs and a whopping 14 RBI.

    • Rolling Doughnut says:

      2011: 691 PA 41 HR
      2012: 684 PA 43 HR

      So he’s beating his stats.

    • vicki says:

      there’s never anybody on base, what with sori cleaning them off and all.

    • Lukaszek says:

      His HR/FB rate this year is way down despite the rest of his peripherals being just about the same as last year.

      Also his average homerun distance this year is 402 feet (it was 382ft in 2012 and 389ft in 2011), and his shortest homerun this year was 386 feet. He’s still hitting balls hard, but unless they’re completely crushed, they’re not leaving the yard

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


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

    Go Texas
    Go Astro

  50. vicki says:

    lol at the trop. what a blight.

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