Sep
08

Yankees barely escape series finale with a win against Red Sox

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Source: FanGraphs

Do you know what is completely ridiculous? Despite Sunday’s walk-off win over the Red Sox, the Yankees got absolutely demolished these last four days — every one of New York’s flaws were not-so-gently exposed by a clearly superior Boston team — and yet, they did not lose any ground in the second wildcard race. They came into the four-game series three back in the loss column, and that’s exactly where they sit right now. They’re lucky the Rays forgot how to win out on the West Coast.

I’m not sure what positive can be taken from Sunday’s game other than the actual win in the standings. Hiroki Kuroda had his best start in about a month, holding the Red Sox to two runs in six tough innings. He threw a season-high 117 pitches and really had to battle. Boston wore him out. I guess a non-disaster start is a positive. Shawn Kelley rebounded from a triceps issue throw a scoreless inning, but he did put the tying run at third base in the process. Robinson Cano stayed hot with three hits, including the big two-out, two-run double in the fifth inning. Ichiro Suzuki and Alex Rodriguez also had two hits apiece. Ichiro scored the walk-off run on a wild pitch (!), which felt like the only possible way that run was coming in to score.

Now, the bad news: Mariano Rivera blew another save, his seventh of the year and fifth in his last eleven save chances. It was another location mistake, the kind we aren’t used to seeing from Mo, and Will Middlebrooks took advantage with a game-tying solo homer out into the short porch. Considering the magnitude of both this game and every game left this year, I thought Joe Girardi was absolutely right to send Rivera out for two innings. He’ll have the rest of his life to rest in a few weeks and it just didn’t work out. Should the Yankees replace Mo at closer given his recent struggles? No way, especially not with David Robertson out with a shoulder issue. His recent blow save-itis is (very) troubling, but there’s no one on this team I’d rather have out there with a one-run lead in the ninth. Not in a million years.

I think all the recent base-running mistakes and ill-timed bunts are an indication the Yankees, or at least some of them, are pressing given the tight race and all of that. I mean, Mark freaking Reynolds tried to lay down a sacrifice bunt with two on and no outs in the second inning against Jon Lester, a left-handed pitcher. Curtis Granderson tried to bunt for a base hit to beat the shift against a right-hander in the early innings a) with two outs and no one on, and b) with two on and no outs in recent days as well. More than a few players — Alfonso Soriano on Thursday night, most egregiously — have run into outs on the bases. A little “don’t try to do too much, stick to your game, blah blah blah” reminder might be in order.

Sorry I don’t have a more detailed recap, but I was busy running around for most of the day and mostly Gameday’d it on my phone. Considering how awful the first three games of the series went, I can’t say I was heartbroken over missing this one despite the win. MLB.com has the box score and video highlights, FanGraphs some other stats, and ESPN the updated standings. Like I said, the Yankees remain three games back of the Rays in the loss column for that second wildcard spot. Both the Indians and Rays are one game up on New York as well. Cool Standings gives the Yankees a 10.1% chance to make the postseason with 19 games to go. CC Sabathia and Chris Tillman open the four-game set in Baltimore on Monday night.

Categories : Game Stories
  • https://twitter.com/KramerIndustry Kramerica Industries

    The shocking thing is the Yankees winning a game at Yankee Stadium against the Red Sox.

  • RetroRob

    Amazingly, they would have picked up a game this weekend if not for the Rays’ late comeback today.

  • forensic

    I know they’re running low on MLB-quality relievers, but I still don’t like sending Mo out there for two innings. I think it’s just too much for him at this point in his career against that offense.

    And since Girardi didn’t remove Mo after blowing the save, he may have cost himself another day where Mo needs to refresh. Tomorrow’s bullpen will sure be interesting since it appears they’ll be without Mo, Robertson, Kelley, and Logan.

    Joba for closer!!!

  • your mom

    Yankees are very fortunate to be back 2.5 games only. After getting raped by the hated Sox this weekend it sure did feel like the season was essentially over.

    • JGYank

      I didn’t witness rape. I witnessed 4 close games that could have gone either way (except maybe game 3) but one team happened to play slightly better and win 3 of them.

      • YankeeFan

        I agree with JG. Their starting pitching was unimpressive outside of Lester today and their bullpen wasn’t so special outside of Breslow & Uehara. Yankees caught a hot Red Sox lineup and the Red Sox caught a Yankees bullpen that was so strong and healthy all season, worn down and all of a sudden injury-riddled. Yankees should have easily split this series and possibly been the ones taking 3 out of 4 if not for a Mo implosion & a very, very, very, short bullpen.

  • JGYank

    Needed to at least split this series. Anyone chance of the winning the division is gone after this series and our focus should solely be on that 2nd WC and beating Baltimore and TB in our upcoming games against them.

    • YankeeFan

      There needs to be more urgency than a split. Really need 3 of 4 here.

    • trr

      I think it’s been that way for a few weeks now…

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

    You know what’s real puke-inducing?

    We have to root for the Red Sox in their next three games.

  • lee

    a “non-disaster start”? i give Kuroda a bit more credit than that — two runs in six innings against a team that’s leading the league in R/G, OBP, SLG, and OPS is a pretty danged good start in my book.

    • Rolling Doughnut

      This, times 1000

    • forensic

      I think it’s kind of in between. Yeah, 6 IP and 2 R is fine, but he also threw 117 pitches in only 6 innings and he was facing a lineup that had three of their top six hitters on the bench. It’s not like it was a full strength Red Sox offense he was facing.

      • YankeeFan

        They stacked up on lefties because lefties hit Hiroki much better. There was a reason why Victorino & Napoli were on the bench and it worked considering Carp had a very good game.

      • Rolling Doughnut

        In between what? Kuorda had a good outing, all things considered, No more no less but better than Mike wrote it up. I think. You are right about the non full-strength lineup the Sox put out, and thank the gracious Lord for it.

        • forensic

          In between ‘pretty danged good’ and only ‘non-disaster’.

          • Rolling Doughnut

            that’s like between two polar opposites. I’d say 2 runs in 6 innings is closer to pretty danged good than non-disaster.

            • forensic

              It’s semantics, but those certainly aren’t polar opposites to me. If it was ‘terrific’ or ‘awesome’ vs. ‘disaster’ then I may agree. This isn’t anywhere close to that. But, anyway, moving on…

              • Rolling Doughnut

                Well then, let’s take the semantics out and insert logic: ‘pretty danged good’ is to ‘non-disaster’ as ‘fuckin awesome’ is to ‘out and out disaster’. polar opposites. They both share the same midpoint. Cheers.

    • Improbable Island’s Dirty Midget Whores (formerly RRR)

      Exactly. These aren’t the White Sox. He did this against one of the best offenses in baseball, and out-dueled Lester. Bravo.

  • nickswishahisastahtingpitchah

    Probably no good option to replace Mo as closer but even if there was, they still wouldn’t do it. I often wonder how many games (and millions of dollars) the Yankees have lost in the name of legacy and respect and “True Yankee-ism”

    • Rolling Doughnut

      Yeah Mo has fallen from Olympus in the second half but having Jeter embarrass himself at short and in the box has been really hard to watch.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      Legacy and respect is what makes the New York Yankees who they are. That’s why there’s a Monument Park. That’s why there’s an Old Timers Day. It’s one of the reasons the Yankees MAKE money, not lose it.

      What on earth you’re trying to tie this into, I have no clue.

      • nickswishahisastahtingpitchah

        “it’s what make the yankees who they are…”

        yeah my point exactly. who they are, a mediocre team with a bloated payroll and no farm system struggling to get a 2nd wild card and no plan for the future. have fun next year with your 40 year old short stop

        • BFDeal

          Spoken like a true closet Sox fan.

          • vicki

            he ain’t wrong.

    • Darren

      What a stupid, ignorant comment. It’s ironic that the absolute once in a lifetime brilliance of Mariano has blinded so many bandwagon, entitled Yankee fans like yourself into making these kinds of comments. It’s sad, not just in a baseball message board kind of way, but in a real life, that’s fucking pathetic, kind of way.

      • Darren

        Obviously, I was responding to the original dumbass comment from nickswisha.

        • Robinson Tilapia

          Darren, I feel it’s my duty to warn you that someone is going to eventually want to bring Jeter into this thread. I say this to you just in case you want to have a couple of drinks beforehand. :)

          • Rolling Doughnut

            I actually did bring Jeter in, you must have missed it. mean no disrespect to the Capt, but he has not helped himself or the team since his return. He is laboring at the plate and his range at short is gone. Hopefully, he hits on all cylinders next year. I am a Yankee fan from before a lot of you were out of diapers, but I don’t think deference ot the greats in a baseball blog should trump what they do on the field. Just my 2 cents.

            • Robinson Tilapia

              So what should they do with Jeter, then? He’s barely played this season and I think we’d expect rust from ANY player coming back from this surgery. When he was last healthy, he was just fine.

              It’s entirely possible that next season is his last, and any commentary as to what the team would do if he chose to play after that would be pure speculation.

              Also keep in mind that Jeter and Mo are truly legendary, not just great, players, and that the decision to sit them would be one which would agonizingly difficult for ANY organization.

              • Rolling Doughnut

                Well, what they should do with Jeter is at least drop him down in the lineup, if they are interested in winning baseball games. You hit on exactly my point. I don’t care if they are Christ incarnate, and I mean no disrespect to any of the three deities, what I care about is putting the best possible team out there. Period.

                • Robinson Tilapia

                  When you have your team, you can do just that.

                  If he continues to bat under .200, they should consider dropping him. I have no issue with that.

                  Good night.

              • forensic

                Also keep in mind that Jeter and Mo are truly legendary, not just great, players, and that the decision to sit them would be one which would agonizingly difficult for ANY organization.

                Absolutely, but it’s still their professional and business obligation to make those decisions and not let the players run things and essentially make the decisions.

                I’ve periodically been concerned that they would run into similar issues that the Orioles ran into near the end of Ripken’s career, where everything was about him and the whole rest of the franchise suffered, which lasted long after his time.

                I think (and hope) the surrounding talent on this team, combined with their higher payroll (even if it is ‘only’ $189 million) will enable them to avoid that, but it’s not a sure thing.

                Mo seems to be taking them off the hook on that by going out on his own terms, but I have doubts about Jeter. What if next year he has another 2010, or even something similar to this year, and then comes out and says he wants to continue playing for another year, or two, or three? At some point the organization has to be willing to absorb the potential PR issues and fan backlash for the betterment of the organization and on-the-field product in both the short- and long-term.

                • Robinson Tilapia

                  “Absolutely, but it’s still their professional and business obligation to make those decisions and not let the players run things and essentially make the decisions.”

                  No one’s saying otherwise, and Ripken’s a perfect example of how, and why, this is difficult.

                  The “what if” with Jeter is going to be based on a lot of factors, some of which haven’t played themselves out yet. Gun to my head right now? No, I wouldn’t bring him back as a starting player past next year.

                • Darren

                  This is some corporate stupidity right here. “Professional and business obligation” Give me a fucking break. Obligation to who? to you?

                  In any case, you’re gonna sit and compare the professionalism of the Yankees vs. Derek Jeter? The Brian Cashman/Steinbrenner/ Lonn Trost band of swindlers and corrupt hooligans?

                  Sorry, I’m putting my money on Jeter in that little showdown.

                  This line of talk is execrable. Really, really sad and pathetic. At least if there was a hot young prospect waiting in the wings you’d have some notion of baseball as a meritocracy to fall back on. Instead, the naked, mouth breathing foolishness is transparent. “Derrrr, Jeter looks bad, GET RID OF HIM, Mo had a bad few weeks GET RID OF HIM”

                  Intelligent.

                  • forensic

                    Except that I didn’t say almost all of what you’re trying to accuse me of saying.

                    Other than that though, you’re exactly right. You sure showed me.

      • Rolling Doughnut

        Taking nothing away from Mo, who has been, as you say, brilliant, if there were someone who could replace him right now, they should do it right? He has not had a stellar second half and looks tired. He does not have his usual pinpoint control anymore.

        • Robinson Tilapia

          Name me the pitcher who would be both better and available and would be worth the torching of YS3 which would follow. Go.

          • Rolling Doughnut

            This is a non sequitur, or you didn’t read my post. I said IF there were someone to replace him you’d do it right? IF. Question; IF there were someone available (see if means hypothetically, get it?) you’d replace him down the stretch. Would you? GO

            • Robinson Tilapia

              If we could build a ten foot tall, fire-breathing robot capable of throwing a 150 MPH…….changeup, I’d imagine Mo would sit for her, or just ride on her shoulders while she pitched. Just try to call a balk there.

              Just hypothetically speaking, of course.

              • Rolling Doughnut

                So I’ll take your hyperbolic horseshit as a NO. Man I expected a better comeback dude. You are lame.

                • Robinson Tilapia

                  Read below, asshole.

                  • Rolling Doughnut

                    That’s Mr. asshole to you, sir.

            • Darren

              Forget about the legacy issues, for baseball reasons you don’t replace a very established closer unless he’s really had it and you have a GREAT option with previous success as a closer. Mo’s looked shaky for a few weeks, but you’d really need an option like Mo ’96 or Sparky ’77 to even think of making the move.

              That’s why it’s ignorant to blame the situation on giving too much credence to Mo’s status.

              • Robinson Tilapia

                If, somehow, Craig Kimbrel, or whoever, were to show up on the Yankees’ door, what would I do?

                Oh, they’re going to hate my answer, but I’m going to bed anyway, so fuck it.

                Ready?

                I’d ask Mo.

                • Improbable Island’s Dirty Midget Whores (formerly RRR)

                  Egos suck.

                • Rolling Doughnut

                  I’m with you until the last line. It would be Girardi’s call. Not that he’d have the balls to make it. Mo being Mo and all. And that’s my point, for the nth time. Baseball legends should not get special treatment as to their performance. Now, we all know there is nobody who can spell Mo down the stretch, but that doesn’t mean it would not be a good idea to do it if there were.

              • Rolling Doughnut

                Now see Tilapia this is a cogent response. Well, at least you have stopped regaling us with your broken Spanish.

              • Rolling Doughnut

                I don’t think you’d have to quite get into the Hoffman, Gossage, Quisenberry rarefied air. Mo has blown 5 of his last 11 save opportunities. That’s nos a SSS. I repeat, so Tilapia doesn’t start the shitstorm again, I am not in any way trashing him. He’s in a class by himself, no question.

      • nickswishahisastahtingpitchah

        oh if you think that’s bad you should see how dumb my usual comments are. i’m not saying mariano should be replaced i’m saying IF there was a better option the yankees wouldn’t use it anyway. and my life is NOT pathetic. i live in my mom’s basement and she makes cookies everyday

  • Robinson Tilapia

    Exciting little win. Could have done without the blown save. I’ll certainly take Kuroda and Kelley’s performances as plusses moving forward.

    After all the doom, doom, and extra-doom, the team lost no ground other than a half game to Baltimore and Cleveland. Not ideal in the least, but the long-shot is still there. The goal remains the same against the Orioles: Win.

  • Mouse

    I didn’t watch the game today. Did anyone get the Gatorade bath?

    • forensic

      Brandon Workman. They chased him down in the Red Sox clubhouse.

      • Robinson Tilapia

        ietc

  • Improbable Island’s Dirty Midget Whores (formerly RRR)

    What a shitty week for sports. Pathetic effort by the Giants. Two minute warning hits and they don’t get a single play off.

    Six fucking interceptions? Are you fucking kidding me?

    • Evan3457

      Well, uh, three fucking interceptions.
      Two fucking fumbles.
      One punt hitting a fucking blocker and recovered by the Cowboys.
      And a partridge in a pear tree.

      ========================
      I know you meant turnovers, not interceptions. The above is just for funsies. If you can have funsies when your team pisses away a game.

      • vicki

        funsies. sigh.

        D looked better than we expected.

        and not for nothing, but two of eli’s three interceptions were pretty much his receivers running tip drills out there. as usual.

        falalalala.

    • Mike

      Another year with the Giants playing like garbage in the regular season.

      I hope we squeak into the playoffs again.

  • Improbable Island’s Dirty Midget Whores (formerly RRR)

    Mo is clearly part of the problem now, and blowing 5 of 7 saves isn’t a short sample size.

    Would I TRY replacing him with D-Rob and see how it works for a game or two? Yes, I would. If D-Rob does bad, you switch back. It’s not as if they’re missing out on quality innings from Mo.

    Would it ever happen? Not in a billion years. And I totally get the arguments about not doing it. I lean heavily towards the “look at the numbers” side of things though. And the numbers are, D-Rob has been doing better. For a decent chunk of the season.

    I’m glad Mo is retiring this season. This past month or so has been really painful to watch, and I’m glad that he’s been able to prove that he could still contribute earlier in the year. Leaving gracefully, before he truly embarrasses himself, is the way to go. I expect nothing less from Mo, of course.

    • Rolling Doughnut

      You said in a few paragraphs what I have been trying to say here in about 10 posts. Thanks

    • Darren

      Have you seen how shaky DRob looks in the 9th inning? You can pretend the 8th is the same as the 9th all you want, but if you listen to the players and managers, it clearly isn’t. No self respecting manager would put a shaky mess like Robertson in the 9th at this point in the season unless he had no choice. Girardi has a choice, and it’s a pretty good one.

      • Improbable Island’s Dirty Midget Whores (formerly RRR)

        How many times as D-Rob pitched the ninth? Like three times? Probably closer to five or six. Spread out over a few years.

        I think he happened to have a bad night once or twice and because “THE NINTH” was a narrative that’s what they attributed it to. It’s not like he’s bad in pressure situations. I don’t buy it.

        • Darren

          So when D Rob sucks in the 9th it’s a SSS narrative, but when Mo is bad for a few weeks, even though he’s been otherworldly for 17 years, it’s meaningful?

          It’s just a stupid, disrespectful discussion. If Mo had been shaky for 2 months during the year and Drob was lights out, yeah, then it’s something to consider. Did you even watch the game yesterday? He was lights out for the first inning and gave up a Yankee Stadium cheapie.

          Whatever. You’d probably shoot your horse if he had a hangnail.

          • Robinson Tilapia

            But Darren, if Craig Kimbrel were to show up at YS3, with a hobo-style makeshift knapsack attached to a stick over his shoulder (always loved that visual, as well as the word “hobo”), asking to pitch, would you replace Mariano with him for the final month?

            Remember that this is purely an intellectual exercise, does not project any ill will towards Mariano whatsoever, and that not answering this head-on makes you a total weenie.

            • Improbable Island’s Dirty Midget Whores (formerly RRR)

              When did I say that non-answering this head-on makes you a total weenie? You’re taking a completely impossible situation which would be completely different than I’m saying even if it WAS possible and acting as if it’s analogous. That’s stupid.

              • Robinson Tilapia

                Your argument’s with Darren here, not me. I was just poking fun at the ridiculous exchange I had with Rolling Doughnut last night.

                • Rolling Doughnut

                  Why ridiculous? Because you don’t accept that 5 blown saves in 11 opportunities might warrant resting the baseball god Mo in favor of a different closer, not necessarily of the Quisenberry caliber either? Your silly posts–and lame I might add, because stupid is not always funny–don’t make any point at all.

          • Improbable Island’s Dirty Midget Whores (formerly RRR)

            1) Please with the disrespect. I respect Mo, but I want to win games. I’m looking at the best way to do that.

            2) You’re going way beyond what I said. Mo has been pitching worse than D-Rob this year, and he’s pitched badly for a month or so. D-Rob hasn’t. Let’s try switching their roles and see if it helps. That’s it.

            And I watched the damn game. He blew his second straight save by giving up a HR. Yankee Stadium cheapie or not, that’s really bad. Sorry.

            Fuck you, asshole. I haven’t said anything at all against you personally nor have I acted like a dick. But apparently you disagree with me and like Mo, so it’s okay for you to.

            • Robinson Tilapia

              “You’re going way beyond what I said. Mo has been pitching worse than D-Rob this year, and he’s pitched badly for a month or so. D-Rob hasn’t. Let’s try switching their roles and see if it helps. That’s it.”

              I’ll leave it to someone else to do the statistical comparison, but do you really think this team, one month before his retirement, when they sent him out on a tour of every stadium in baseball, is going to demote Mariano Rivera out of the closer job?

              The only way I could possibly see this happening is if there’s a sitdown with Mariano in which he says “something is wrong” and asks for it himself.

              This is so completely pointless.

              • Improbable Island’s Dirty Midget Whores (formerly RRR)

                No, I don’t. It’s an intellectual exercise. Just take it for what it is and don’t be a dick.

      • Improbable Island’s Dirty Midget Whores (formerly RRR)

        More than that, I said this:

        Would I TRY replacing him with D-Rob and see how it works for a game or two? Yes, I would. If D-Rob does bad, you switch back.

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

    (to forensic from earlier)

    The Florida college athletic program that I support would be UF.

    Which, yes, made Saturday afternoon just a ball of fun, seeing Jeff Driskel’s red zone incompetence on full display again.

    • forensic

      Of course I saw it there.

      I am everywhere! (at night :-))

  • Lukaszek

    Robbie’s slashline in August: .370/.442/.570

    Come on Robbie, keep it going and finish strong!

    • Wheels

      After thinking about it all season, I’ve reached the conclusion that we should just pay him whatever, fuck it. He’s a fun player to watch, and we need the bright spot the team heading into this murky future.

      • Wheels

        *bright spot (on) the team

  • Kosmo

    Mariano Rivera is fine. He´s 43 years old. His body doesn´t respond in the same way it once did.
    Not that these 2 things are related but doesn´t it seem just a little questionable that NY being a little short in the BP that Girardi hasn´t given Betances a legit shot?

    Yanks were every bit embarrassed by the Sawx but could have easily split the series, maybe even taking 3 out of 4. Imploding BP was not on the menu.

    The next 7 games are huge.

    • Mike

      Could’ve been swept too. I’ll take 1 out of 4 after Mo blew that save.

  • Yankeeparrothead

    Mo often struggles against Boston, he has more blown saves and a higher ERA against them than any other team. I am not sure why but it is a fact. He is just struggling right now but is still the Yanks best option and one of the best in the league and will right himself soon.

    As a Yankee fan for 40 years the yanks are not about legacy over winning and never have been. They have often traded guys when they thought they weren’t useful anymore regardless of their past heroism. Ruth is a classic example. More recently they basically dumped Bernie Williams and Jorge Posada who still felt they had more in the tank.

    As far as the playoff race, the truth is the Yanks just need to tread water and remain within striking distance at the end of next weekend. After that they have one of the softest schedules to end the season with 9 of 12 games against last place teams and one series against Tampa. Yes they had a real shot at taking 3 of the 4 games this weekend and would have been sitting pretty had they done so, but they still have a very real chance.

    • Evan3457

      Could be they usually have good hitters with excellent command of the strike zone, and as they are in the same division, get to see him 5 or 6 times a year as opposed to say, the Colorado Rockies, who might see him 1 time every 3 years.

      That’d be my guess, anyway.

      • mike

        totally agree – like most relievers (especially those who are failed starters) familiarity is their kryptonite.

        i was actually hoping the fact that Mo is using the outside of the plate more this year would help, but his location to the corner has been off…making him throw more pitches and not getting some calls…

    • Dolby

      Remember how they dumped the Scooter on Old Timer’s day. The real Yankee tradition is ruthlessness. Warm gooey feeling is for fans. Don’t know yet if the HalandCash Yanks have that kind of backbone.

      • Robinson Tilapia

        Well, hopefully they don’t have the “backbone” to do what Papa Bear did to Yogi and others. No.

        Overall, though, excellent point, and one that’s lost on those who think only what’s happening right now, in front of their faces, matters.

        • Darren

          You can call it backbone, but Cashman failed to bring back Bernie, even though the team could have used him, and even though Torre wanted him and thought he could help. I thought it was more Cashman’s ego than anything else. Trying to prove to his bosses that he didn’t give a shit about sentimentality. Some “professional and business obligation”.

          • Robinson Tilapia

            Possibly but, again, another example that throws a huge big monkey wrench in the whole “Mo and Jeter haven’t played well these past few weeks, therefore they’re all a bunch of pussies over there and I am no pussy” theory.

            Hell, Jorge Posada didn’t exactly get the royal treatment out the door either. Hell x2, Pettitte didn’t have sentimentality on his side A DECADE AGO.

    • MB923

      His highest ERA against any team is the Angels (3.75) followed by the Mets (3.53), Braves (3.27), Brewers (3.24), Orioles (3.05), Nationals (3.00) and then finally the Red Sox (2.86)

      Not sure where you got that his highest ERA is against the Red Sox. Maybe it just feels that way.

      • Yankeeparrothead

        Thouhg I had heard he had th ehighest ERA against Boston but I guess I was wrong. I know he has ht emost blown save against them

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  • vicki

    remember when angel berroa and andy pettitte hit back-to-back doubles @ the marlins? good times.

    • forensic

      Holy randomness, Batman!

      And no, I certainly didn’t remember that. Much of Berroa’s entire career was probably blocked out in my memory, partly since he was so amazingly terrible with the Yanks and, of course, because of the 2003 ROY vote.

      He’s only 34 next season though, I bet they could bring him back as a utility IFer again next year since he’s sure to be cheap, being that he’s been out of the game for 4 years now.

      • vicki

        i watched my 2009 video tonight; they play snippets of sterling over the end credits. i heard berroa’s name, thought What?? so i looked up his ONE rbi as a yankee. that was july 19; he was cut a couple weeks later. that’s one for the sporkle.

        at any rate, what a season.

        aj owned lefties that year. weird.

        • forensic

          I admit, I was a total AJ fanboy after he came to NY. In Toronto, I thought he was just a complete conceited jackass, but once he got here and I saw some interviews and how he acted here, it was totally different.

          I understand what it came to and why they probably had to trade him, but I still hate that it came to that.

          I think we’ve discussed this before, but at this point I think the Pirates are the team I’d root for in the postseason mostly for him.

          • Robinson Tilapia

            Same here on AJ. I was a big fan of his coming up with the Marlins, and was a big fan of the signing at the time. “Good AJ” was very, very good.

            No idea who I’d support in the postseason if the Yankees weren’t there. I’m guessing some combination of Tampa and Mattingly.

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

          that was a game against Edwin Jackson and the Tigers, correct?

          If so, how the hell did that happen?

  • Wayne

    Yanks Have no closer for next year! David Robertson throws too many pitched to be a closer And will get hurt eventually. Boy are we going to miss Mo next year! Is Francisco Rodríguez a free agent after this year. We are definitely losing our draft pick in the first round next year with the closer situation being in doubt! Really wanted us to draft Kyle Richter from USC in next years 2014 draft. He is going to be a steal and best starting pitcher to be taken in next years draft no doubt in my mind! Oh well! Also is there any chance we bring up a Shane Greene to take up david huffs spot or Nik Turley. Really would not mind seeing it even if we don’t see either in the playoffs! Just give them a taste for the rest of this month. How much worse can either do compared to huff at this point. Let them get their feet wet.

    • Mike

      It shouldn’t be too hard to find a replacement. Boston managed to grab one pretty easily.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      Schwing.

  • JLC 776

    I think it’s important to keep one thing in mind – shit happens when the Yankees and Red Sox play. As much as we try to ignore the nauseating, overblown media-hype that accompanies every single one of these games, it’s like the players can’t help but make each one an excruciating experience for everyone involved.

    We’ve seen the Yankees sweep 5 games in a single weekend at Fenway.

    We saw 2004.

    We saw the Sox win 8 in a row in 2009.

    We saw the Yankees win 8 of the next 9 in 2009.

    We say that ridiculous comeback last year when the Red Sox were celebrating their 100th anniversary weekend.

    Yeah, shit happens, so it’s important not to overreact.

    Amazing we didn’t lose ground. Let’s dust ourselves off and make the next couple of weeks count for something.

    • Darren

      I was only able to follow most of the series by checking ESPN.com updates and RAB comments, and let me tell me, it was completely nauseating and depressing even without any media spin. These games WERE big; I was hoping we’d climb back in the race for the Division. But we do still have a good chance for the WC and hell, it’s not out of the realm of possibility that Boston collapses.

      • JLC 776

        If there is one thing I learned this weekend it’s to stay out of the game day comments section – at least during Yankees-Sox games. My brand of optimism is not appreciated when we obviously have the worst team ever fielded in the history of major league baseball and the world’s worst front office, manager, and farm system to go with it. Or so I’ve heard.

        • Robinson Tilapia

          Avoiding game threads unless you really have absolutely nothing else to do is always a smart idea.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      You and your context.