Game 160: The Final Series



So here we are. The final series of the season. These games mean nothing to either team. The Astros are locked into the first overall pick (for the third straight year) and the Yankees are pretty much locked into their draft slot as well. It’ll take a minor miracle (or sweeps by the Astros and Diamondbacks) to move up a spot. They’re just … running out the clock, I guess. Getting these last three games out of the way before four and a half months of vacation. Here’s the lineup that will face left-hander Brent Oberholtzer:

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

And on the mound is right-hander Adam Warren. He hasn’t thrown more than 28 pitches in an outing in three weeks, so I can’t imagine he’ll be good for more than three innings tonight. Maybe four if they’re lucky. That doesn’t really matter though, the bullpen is full of September call-ups.

It’s hot (as usual) in Houston and it’s supposed to rain tonight, but Minute Maid Park has a roof and that won’t be an issue. First pitch is scheduled for 8:10pm ET and can be seen on YES. Enjoy the game. There aren’t that many left.

Mariano Rivera Update: Joe Girardi said Mariano Rivera is his own boss this weekend. If he wants to pitch, he’ll pitch. If he wants to play the outfield, he’ll play the outfield. It’s all up to him.

Categories : Game Threads


  1. Tomorrow is the real game of interest.

    Andy will get a great hand, and hope for a great final appearance.

  2. Alkaline says:

    For laughs to start the game, this was just reposted on imgur:

    I remember watching that live and absolutely cracking up.

  3. Alkaline says:

    His own boss? I love it.

  4. Eddard says:

    The very last game I’d let Mariano start and go out as he came in. I’d also let him play all 9 positions and be the manager.

  5. Maximus says:

    I have seen the offseason. It is brutal and cruel and dark. Spring training is the light.

  6. And the final regular season series….

    Kerwin Danley (No. 44 / HP)Kerwin Danley, infamously knocked unconcious by Brad Penny in 2008, he has been in the majors since 1992, and is pretty ingored in terms of blown calls. He has a longer fuse now than he used to and really has made strides to be a stronger umpire since he started. His K and BB rates both went up, but he has a mixed strike zone, so I wouldn’t be so worried.

    Vic Carapazza (No. 85 / 1B)Vic Carapazza, one of the youngest full-time umpires in baseball, is also one of the more annoying ones for me. He has an extremely stupid annoying strike zone. One review would seem like he has a major’s pitcher’s strike zone, with a high K rate, but then there is the question of his hitter friendly-strike zone. So it’s a mixed bag. He has no problem though ejecting you.

    Bill Miller (No. 14 / 2B)Ask Brett Lawrie about Bill Miller. Lawrie got suspended last year for throwing his helmet in the dirt and hitting Miller. Miller was then plunked with a beer cup by a Toronto fan. (Deserved both of those by the way, his strike calls were garbage.) Miller has been in the league since 1997 and other than Doug Eddings, he has a mega, mega, mega pitcher’s zone. You want a ball 4? You’re going to have to hope Johnny Hellweg is pitching. Ejection wise, he has no problem ejecting you for something and sometimes extremely deserved.

    Gary Cederstrom (No. 38 / HP-CC)Cederstrom, in the league since 1989, is the de facto crew chief of this series. Cederstrom was a young umpire when Rickey Henderson broke Lou Brock’s record when he was playing at 3rd bsae. He, like Danley, has a longer fuse than most players, however, he is a pro-pitcher strike zone and althought not as bad as Miller, not expecting much better.

    As I said, I will do the playoffs ones for you as long as Mike’s alright with it.

  7. forensic says:

    Over the last two or three days, is anyone else getting a file from popping up on their browser everytime they reload any page on here? I’m getting it on different computers and different browsers, and it’s really annoying.

    • Dan in Athens says:

      Yes, WTF is that?

      • forensic says:

        Ok, cool. Glad I’m not the only one. I have no idea what it is, but I assume it’s related to the sitemeter stats they have. Don’t know why it would’ve just started though. I’ve tried opening it and saving it, and it still continues to pop up. It’s really aggravating, hopefully they realize it and get rid of it soon.

        • ropeadope says:

          Was getting it in Internet Explorer, but Firefox (with Adblock Plus enabled) seems to rectify the issue.

          • My Chrome must have AdBlock and I didn’t even realize it! I recently purchased a couple notebooks because the old one kinda/sorta fell the hell apart at the end of June. The one I’m using has been in my possession for less than two months. This feels neat.

            • ropeadope says:

              Absolutely, like driving a new car. Oh, didn’t get a chance to respond in an older thread, but your line about Billy Martin (the player) had me laughing. That was way before your time. Even a bit before my time – well I was around, but the first baseball season I have recall of was 1960, and the Yankees – Pirates World Series (Mazeroski).

          • forensic says:

            I could change at home if I wanted to, but I’m just used to IE and kind of like it still. I don’t have the choice at work though, so it’d be nice if it were fixed.

            • ropeadope says:

              Most definitely, needs to be fixed. Hopefully Mike will see your post in this thread, but if it continues, drop them a line via the contact us box on the right.

  8. Wheels says:

    Still not used to the idea that Houston is in the AL. Was thinking this is an interleague series.

  9. Tom says:

    Yankees are pretty much locked into how high in the draft they can go (they would need to be swept by Hou and have AZ sweep WAS), but they can drop draft position to Baltimore(1 game ahead), KC and WAS (2 games ahead).

    A sweep by the Yankees would almost assuredly have Baltimore (playing Boston and getting crushed early on) drafting higher and a decent chance either KC or WAS ‘catches’ them.

  10. Ivan says:

    So questions Mike: 1. What is the yankee’s current draft position
    2. How is the 2014 shaping up? Is it going to be deep, weak or just average?

  11. forensic says:

    Warren to the rotation next year!!!

  12. forensic says:

    These teams apparently can’t wait to end the season.

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

    Yankees should try to trade for Emilio Bonifacio and BJ Upton in the offseason.

    • Tom says:

      Wow, I knew Ichiro wasn’t hitting well, but he’s worse than Wells at this point?

      That is 1000 AB’s of front office failure (not just Cashman)

      • Need Pitching & Hitting & Defense & Baserunning says:

        An absolutely brutal 222/255/258 second half will do that.

        Not that Wells has been any good in the second half either – 233/308/310

    • jim p says:

      Good Grief. Pick a category and Wells and Ichiro are among the very worst in the American League among the 49 OF with 350 ABs.

      OBP Wells 3rd Worst, Ichiro 6th
      WAR Wells 2nd -0.3 (thank’s Melky Cabrera), Ichiro 18 (at +1.0)
      SLG I: 2nd; W 7th
      wRC+ I 2nd; W 3rd
      OFF (never noticed that sta before) W 2nd; I 3rd
      BB I: 3rd; W 17th
      AVG: W, 8th; I 27th
      ISO: I, 2nd; W 13th

      I really hope these multi-millionaires retire this winter and give the Yanks a chance.

      • Dan in Athens says:

        And neither holds a candle to EEEEEEE Nunez. But for a fluke late season seven game hitting streak w/ 2 homers, he would have been the worst player for WAR in all of baseball. Don’t worry E, I still think you have sucked worse than anyone and if not for some injuries you could have blown them all away. Please never come back to New York.

    • B.J. Upton had but one game this season where his average at nights’ end was over .200, and it wasn’t until September. He’s hit, like, .107 this month, sending his average plummeting back to .184.

      Dammit. I really would’ve wanted to know if there was ever a player in MLB history who got 400-500+ PA’s who, at no point during the season, had an average of .200 or better. Upton ruined it with one mini-surge. For shame.

      (I didn’t click the link, but that reads like Jayson Stark’s MVP/LVP/Cy Young/Cy Yuk article.)

  14. Ghost of Joe Dugan says:

    After watching the ESPN special on Mo I decided to dig out my old highlight tapes,(now on DVD’s), and look for highlights of the big 3 of the Core 4 in 1995. It’s unbelievable that Andy, Mo & Derek made their MLB debuts, (I was at Derek’s), within a month of each other. I have Andy’s 1st win, (the CNN announcer pronouced it “petite”). Mo & Derek were both sent back down June 11th 1995. Two future 1st ballot Hof’ers! Mo is called back up and blows away the Chi sox in his best start, 8 ip. 11K 0 ER. God I’m going to miss them!

    Now to watch highlights of Mo in the playoffs and see if I have his 1st save in 1996.

  15. dkidd says:

    aj looking sharp for the pirates tonight

  16. John says:

    Look at Murphy in the background. I can’t imagine being that age, catching the last game in Yankee Stadium for a future Hall of Famer. It kind of blows your mind. He’ll be in every picture, every replay of that game and my only hope is that we won’t be saying “who is that?”

  17. nycsportzfan says:

    David Adams with the big 2ribby hit! GOod for the kid!

  18. Dan in Athens says:

    Dick comments from Kay re: Phil Nevin. Nevin was a good player for several years. It’s not lie he was Brien Taylor.

    • Must be talking about the Jeter draft, which was ’92, if I remember. From Jeter’s autobiography (the ’99 one, if there have been others since then), the Astros drafted #5, and the Yankees #6, and Nevin and Jeter went to those teams, respectively. I think an Astros scout left the team after that because they wanted Jeter to be drafted.

      True about Nevin though, although I don’t think his best seasons were in Houston. He had a 41 HR season with San Diego, I believe, and based on these trajectories, I mean, I really don’t remember or know anything about this, but Nevin might’ve been in the Ken Caminiti deal that sent Caminiti to the Astros.

  19. I was about to ask if any Yankees pitcher had ruined their feet running the bases in this series.

    And then, of course, I suddenly remembered once again that Houston’s not an NL team anymore. It’s been an entire season, and I’m still not used to it.

    Rays losing 6-2 in the 8th inning vs. Toronto. Woot!

  20. Dan in Athens says:

    Class move by Houston re: Andy

  21. Wheels says:

    Home run.

  22. forensic says:

    40 comments in this thread?

    I wonder if that’s higher than the number of people in Houston watching this on TV.

  23. Moneyball on FX if anyone is interested.

  24. nycsportzfan says:

    Sterling is a moron when it comes to calling balls that don’t go like they are gonna go. So frustrating!

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

    Why Joe, why?

  26. forensic says:

    Well, the only surprising thing about that is that it didn’t go out of the park.

    Pitch right down the middle from Joba? Check. Ball ripped by the hitter? Check. Bad route by Granderson? Check.

  27. WhittakerWalt says:

    How fantastic is this? Seeing Jobber shit the bed one last time.

  28. Darren says:

    BRING IN MO, NOW. Fuckin Joba

  29. Wheels says:

    Joba dude, wtf?

  30. NY2FanMaynard says:

    Pure torture…. Joba

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

    You’d think they’d at least use the delay to warm somebody up in the pen.

  32. WhittakerWalt says:

    Is Jobber out of baseball after this season?

  33. forensic says:

    You almost have to wonder at this point if Joba will even get a Major League contract this offseason. Certainly won’t be a multi-year deal. Maybe a one-year shot in the dark by a second division team, but more than that? I’m not really sure.

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

    Joe’s just trying to make sure the Yankees get the best possible draft pick next year…

  35. Dan in Athens says:

    Fuck you Joba.

  36. Jobber was brought in? Really?

  37. Dan in Athens says:

    Give me one reason why Joba shouldn’t be cut tonight and Jorge activated to catch the first pitch from Andy tomorrow.

    • WhittakerWalt says:

      I can’t.

      • ArchStanton says:

        I support this idea. Let him catch the whole first inning though, at least. ;)

      • Darren says:

        Because Joba may be a dick, but thee Yankees would take a pretty big media hit if they pulled that. Joe Girardi would not smack a guy in the face like that who’s been on the team the whole year for a publicity stunt.

        I wouldn’t be surprised if Joba came back to the team on a minor league deal, or on a low money deal. I don’t see him getting more than $2mm from anyone else. The only hope is that next year he’ll be a year further removed from Tommy John surgery and will hopefuly recapture his command/stuff/movement.

  38. Steinbrenner's Ghost says:

    Way to end your yankee career, Joba.

  39. ArchStanton says:

    Sounds like Robertson is coming in. I figured as much, but it still makes me very sad.

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