Game 72: Avoid the Trap

Stark: Yankees asking "almost exclusively" about starters in trade talks
DotF: GCL season opens with a pair of wins
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(Mike Stobe/Getty)

This has trap game potential. The Yankees are coming off a big three-game sweep of the first place Blue Jays, and tonight they’ll face right-hander Ubaldo Jimenez, who has been one of the worst pitchers in baseball this season. Not that I expect it to happen, but the Yankees can’t get caught up enjoying the sweep or underestimating Ubaldo. Those three wins mean nothing today and Jimenez can dominate if you let him get in a groove. Keep the foot on the gas against another division rival. Here is the Orioles lineup and here is the Yankees lineup:

  1. LF Brett Gardner
  2. SS Derek Jeter
  3. CF Jacoby Ellsbury
  4. 1B Mark Teixeira
  5. C Brian McCann
  6. DH Carlos Beltran
  7. RF Ichiro Suzuki
  8. 2B Brian Roberts
  9. 3B Yangervis Solarte
    RHP Hiroki Kuroda

It’s a lovely day in New York. Sunny, just the right amount of clouds, breezy but not windy. Perfect night for baseball. Tonight’s game is scheduled to begin at 7:05pm ET and can be seen on My9 locally and MLB Network nationally. Enjoy the game.

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Stark: Yankees asking "almost exclusively" about starters in trade talks
DotF: GCL season opens with a pair of wins
  • stuckey

    So lose tonight, the now-proverbial “season over”?

    Tonight is 1/162th of the season. No more. No less.

    • CS Yankee

      Tonight is clearly more, as yesterday is over the shoulder, and tomorrow is based upon what they do today. Therefore, today is the day.

  • RetroRob

    Mr. Rod has dropped his lawsuit against the Yankees’ doctor as all sides begin the process of making nicey-nice.

    I just don’t see anyway Hal ever intended to cut him while he was still owed $61MM. Hal would have a heart attack.

    They really should figure out some way he can play, even if it’s in an independent league for a month or two. Not sure if that is allowed by MLB, or if it will violate whatever insurance contracts they have on him. If so, it’s a shame.

    http://espn.go.com/new-york/ml.....ce-lawsuit

    • Preston

      It would probably violate his MLB contract to play baseball professionally with another club. Maybe it’s something that the Yankees can consent to. Although they might want to avoid the distraction of being asked if they are following Alex’s exploits with the Long Island Ducks.

      • RetroRob

        It would create a side story as the media would follow every game, every AB, analyzing how he looked, interviewing him daily, etc.

        I’m also guessing he is not allowed to work out at their ST complex where they could probably have simulated ABs. Hopefully he figures some way to get ABs. It’s to both sides advantage.

        • Paisa

          Does the media aspect really matter? If anyone could handle that it’s a rod.

          • RetroRob

            I was agreeing with Preston that it would create a media circus that would spill over to the Yankees. A-Rod won’t be bothered. He’s lived and played with that forever. I’m also not saying it’s a reason he shouldn’t play, just acknowledging it will happen. Yet doesn’t matter since it’s not going to happen for a number of reasons. It just seems silly, however, that both sides would agree it’s a good idea, yet it won’t happen.

  • Frankie Cerveddardi

    Tonight is the swing game in the series. Automatic L tomorrow, automatic W on Sunday. They should be able to beat up on Ubaldo like they always do and take the series.

    • Slap-Ass

      What if we only win tomorrow’s game?

    • CS Yankee

      Don’t you realize that tonight starts the beginning of the meat in the back-to-back-to-back sweep sandwich?

      Don’t you Genoa

      • CS Yankee

        Called the last series sweep before the first game was played…
        Four down, five to go on the win streak

        A great sandwich consists of;
        1) a slice of large sourdough (Tanaka)
        2) chipotle-mayo spread (Chase)
        3) sliced banana peppers (BGDP)
        4) Genoa salami (Beltran)
        5) fat slice of ham (Nuno)
        6) thinly sliced mortadella
        7) Swiss cheese
        8) grained mustard
        9) the other slice

    • Get Phelps Up

      Sam Pearce is back!

  • Chris

    I am wondering where all of the posters that were lobbying for the Yankees to sign Ubaldo this past offseason have gone?

    • http://www.staggeringbeauty.com/ ALZ

      I would have been interested in getting him, but not at that price.

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike Axisa

      Sign Garza and Ubaldo instead of Tanaka. Guaranteed 6 WAR baby!

    • CS Yankee

      I wanted Jimenez in a trade a few years back…which wouldn’t have made a difference then.
      Thought he would be decent on a 4/40 this offseason…got too pricey and they seemed set.

      Would still roll the dice and trade someone like Slade for him as long as they threw in 10-12M$, however I think that if we get back either a decent CC or a great Pineda along with some correction with the bats we’ll be fine, and postseason will arrive in YS3.

  • Preston

    I’m mad that Kelly Johnson is not in the lineup. LHB who works counts and hits for power is Ubaldo’s worst nightmare.

    • TheRealGreg

      My guess is Joe is being cautious with the finger.

      • Paisa

        This better be the case.

        • Preston

          We all know it’s because of Roberts veteran presents.

    • RetroRob

      His hand is bruised. Night off.

  • TheRealGreg

    Worried about two people in this lineup and its not who you think.

    The Unknown Cleanup Batter, Steve Pearce, who has been hot for them.
    And as someone said in the preview, the winner of the 2014 Pedro Ciriaco Award: Jonothan Schoop.

    • TheRealGreg

      Luckily Schoop is not playing tonight

    • Slap-Ass

      Why must you bring up Ciriaco? I hate that guy!

  • The Other Matt

    Scarier 3-4-5?

    Blue Jays w/ Lind (Bautista, Encarnacion, and Lind)

    Orioles (Jones, Davis, Cruz)

    • The Other Matt

      Might as well add the A’s w/ Cespedes, Moss, Donaldson

      • http://www.staggeringbeauty.com/ ALZ

        Cmon. Cespedes isn’t nearly on the level of the way Lind or Cruz is playing.

    • http://www.staggeringbeauty.com/ ALZ

      Give me the Jay’s one by far. Davis is back to playing like he used to, before that one career year. People think Jones is better than he has always been. Sure he hits 30 hr and a good avg, but he takes no walks. Give me Bautista, who is a very complete hitter.

      • The Other Matt

        Have to give some credence to the A’s, I mean they do have the best overall offense in the league. Though I know it’s not just dependent upon those three hitters, and it isn’t like Cespedes is chopped liver (129 wrc+ w/ a slugging over .500, though he doesn’t walk much). But I don’t know, I go back and forth between the O’s and Jays myself really. Bautista and Encarnacion scare me more than any other hitters in the league, to be honest. With all the highlights I see of them hitting home runs, not to mention the ones they hit against the Yankees, I feel like they hit almost 100 homers a year LOL. But on the whole I’d probably want Jones, Davis, and Cruz. I know that they don’t walk as much as Bautista, Encarnacion, and Lind, but I feel like one of them is always out with injury. And with Lind I know he is a good hitter but with the time he’s missed in his career it’s hard for me to believe that he can be a consistently good hitter year to year.

    • nycsportzfan

      Bluejays all day long.

    • RetroRob

      The Blue Jays trio.

      The Orioles scare me the least. Davis has returned to earth, Cruz is playing over his head. Jones has always been a bit overrated. Not saying that’s not a good trio. Just that they are the weakest of the three.

  • The Other Matt

    Derek Jeter is really starting to throw a lot of changeups over to first base. Same arm action as when he throws it on a line, but slowly starts to fade as it approaches first base.

  • TheRealGreg

    Whoa

  • nycsportzfan

    Ells is on one of those SB runs of his. Man, hes fun to watch run.

  • Frankie Cerveddardi

    And they’re already on the board. Should be able to crush Ubaldo like always. Awful throw to 2nd by the catcher.

  • iblamejay-z

    screw your shift

  • nycsportzfan

    I just said last night, Tex seems more like the all around hitter we expected to get when we signed em , then we’ve seen in quite some time. This team is really clicking.

    We add a starter at the deadline, and this teams gonna be extremely tough to deal with.

    • http://www.staggeringbeauty.com/ ALZ

      If we waiting until the deadline, I don’t think a trade makes sense, unless there is a big setback. CC in July, and Pineda in August. Whitley has played like a fine starter.

      • nycsportzfan

        Im just using the Deadline as a well, deadline.lol But at any point from now untill the deadline is what I mean. If we add a guy like Hammel, we can always put him in the bullpen as a longman if Pineda and CC come back healthy. We have no depth right now in the farm system, and it’d be better to stock the starters as injuries can really derail your plans as we’ve seen. If we do nothing and put our hopes in CC and Pineda and they get hurt again, then what?

        • http://www.staggeringbeauty.com/ ALZ

          But that is when you have Nuno/Phelps as depth.

  • The Other Matt

    Juuuuust a bit outside

  • http://www.staggeringbeauty.com/ ALZ

    That sb by ells was big, 2 out hitting.

  • Get Phelps Up

    Am absolutley shocked that Chris Davis isn’t going to hit .300 with 50+ homers again.

    • http://www.staggeringbeauty.com/ ALZ

      Boras will still aim for $100M.

      • The Other Matt

        And I’m sure he’ll get it. If not more.

  • The Other Matt

    Ok I see Beltran starting to come around.

  • http://www.staggeringbeauty.com/ ALZ

    Nice to see him getting some nice doubles in. Get Gardner and ellsbury on and those will be some nice runs.

  • TheRealGreg

    Borderline there

  • nycsportzfan

    Fuck Yeah Belty! Guess whos offense is picking up?

    • TheRealGreg

      5 for his last 14

  • http://www.staggeringbeauty.com/ ALZ

    He lucked out with that one.

  • http://www.staggeringbeauty.com/ ALZ

    Saved his 1500th hit vs the O’s.

  • http://www.staggeringbeauty.com/ ALZ

    Roberts saves Solarte from the possible dp, good sb.

  • nycsportzfan

    BROB baby! People complaining about him getting playing time don’t understand there is more then numbers to this game. Hes a awesome guy in the locker room and plays 100pct hard all the time. I love that Joe has stuck with Roberts.

    • nycsportzfan

      And his baserunning is awesome.

    • Paisa

      I would agree if you had cited his tough at bats or approach at the plate

      • nycsportzfan

        Baserunning, clubhouse guy, tough AB’s and approach at the plate, and scrappy player. Better?lol

        • Paisa

          Hah better than “100pct hard all the time.” This is the big leagues everyone is giving 100 percent. They have to.

  • TheRealGreg

    Damn

  • nycsportzfan

    Did Kay just say Yanks stranded 2? Did he not see the bases were juiced?

    • The Other Matt

      Because Beltran was thrown out at home they did strand two. The runners that were on first and second.

      • nycsportzfan

        Oh, I see.

  • TheRealGreg

    Good move.

    • TheRealGreg

      The steal, not the send

  • The Other Matt

    Not the luck he had yesterday with Bautista. He looked just horrid running right there, knee surgeries aside.

  • The Other Matt

    Shows you just how much time Roberts missed due to injury, huh? You would think as good a hitter he was during the prime of his career, he would have at least 2,000 hits by now. If not somewhere around 2250+.

    • http://www.staggeringbeauty.com/ ALZ

      Is because both ends got cut short. He missed a ton of time after 32, and he didn’t become a regular until he 25.

      • The Other Matt

        It’s amazing how much time he has missed.

  • The Other Matt

    It’s encouraging to see that despite Solarte struggling he still is taking the walks when they’re there.

    • http://www.staggeringbeauty.com/ ALZ

      He knows he is struggling, so is good to see him just take the backseat and try to work around it.

    • nycsportzfan

      agreed. This teams ready to take off. I picked the Yanks to go to the WS against the Braves before the season, and have been super high on this yrs team since the middle of the offseason. Honestly, with guys like CC and Pineda coming back at some point, and us having plenty enough Ammo to make a trade by the deadline, I only see this team getting better. Such a good mix of homegrown and FA’s, and Vets. This team is going places.

  • Slap-Ass

    Fucking typical outcome there. Beltran is sloooow.

    • nycsportzfan

      Were toying with them right now. Just delaying the inevitable is all. Yanks got this one, I can tell.

    • The Other Matt

      Just year 1 of 3. Sit back and enjoy the show.

      • Slap-Ass

        Typical outcome in that the offense couldn’t come up with a hit with the bases juiced.

  • Frankie Cerveddardi

    What a waste. Awful send by Rob Thomson. He costs us more runs than he gets.

  • TheRealGreg

    Probably a bad send, but don’t know if Jeter gets the job done behind him.

  • The Other Matt

    Of course the time Jeter actually shows SOME range he makes an errant throw.

    • Darren

      Yes, of course.

      Dumbass

  • nycsportzfan

    I think Whitley and Phelps pitching well only makes Kuroda hungrier to be the good Kuroda.

  • TheRealGreg

    Have to pick you teamates Kuroda.

  • nycsportzfan

    Severino with 3k’s through 2inn’s for Tampa so far.

    • Slap-Ass

      Don’t fall in love with prospects at this stage of the season.

      • nycsportzfan

        huh?

    • RkyMtnYank

      Maybe he shouldn’t pitch so well leading up to the trade deadline.

    • nycsportzfan

      Michael Oneill starts his night off with a double. Boy is showing us why we made him our 3rd pick last yr lately. Stealing tons of bags and hitting for power.

  • TheRealGreg

    Worried that Jimenez may have settled in. It was a bad send, but I don’t know if Jeter gets the job done after Gardner so I don’t if it would have made a difference.

  • The Other Matt

    Don Mattingly. And then Bobby Murcer went straight to the booth as an announcer.

  • nycsportzfan

    The Gulf Coast Yanks won there 1st game of the season today. Angelo Gumbs had the big game offensively(coming back from injury).

    Our biggest International FA signing last yr Leo Molina had a bad debut going 0-5

  • http://www.staggeringbeauty.com/ ALZ

    Why I call him overrated. Paul calls him one of top 10 all around players, and a legitimate #3.

  • CountryClub

    Jays getting their clocked cleaned by the Reds. This would be a nice win for the Yanks. Be nice to add a few runs.

  • nycsportzfan

    God I love Pauly O’Neill! Raving about Judge. Kay acted like he didn’t even know who he was talking about.

    • http://www.staggeringbeauty.com/ ALZ

      Kay didn’t even realize there was 2 levels A ball.

      • Paisa

        Shameful

        • Jorge Steinbrenner

          I think there’s an outside chance he’s playing along in order for Leiter to give the explanation. Maybe.

          Probably not.

          Someone should douse the man in ketchup and mayonnaise while making him watch the entire Star Wars trilogy.

    • RetroRob

      Because he doesn’t.

      Kay doesn’t focus on the minor leagues unless he knows the player is about to make the big club.

      • nycsportzfan

        Thats ridiculous. Should be part of his job to know whats going on in the Yankees system. So many aspects of a farm system can affect the big league club. Not just if they’ll play with the Yanks either but also trades..etc

        So Kay has no idea if the Yanks have Ammo for trades and what not? Thats pathetic.

        • Jorge Steinbrenner

          Phil Rizzuto didn’t know the entirety of the National League. Let’s not pretend this is a new thing.

          I’m not quite sure what John Sterling actually knows.

          • Darren

            Yeah but Scooter brought so much more to the table and was balanced out perfectly by Messer and White. Those three were perfect. Kay used to be good on the radio and has really turned into a buffoon over the past 15 years.

  • nycsportzfan

    Jose Pirela really wants to get called up. He smacked his 5th HR for Scranton tonight and is now hitting 326..

    His HR came off highly touted Redsox prospect Ranaudo.

    • nycsportzfan

      And my boy Kyle Roller is 1-1 off Ranaudo. Now hitting 303BA in Triple A and like 330 overall with tons of power. Pirela and Roller need to be given shots.

      • Slap-Ass

        Should’ve drafted Ranaudo instead of Culver.(Runs and hides)

  • TheRealGreg

    Jays down 8-0 in the 3rd inning in Cincy.

  • RetroRob

    Who is this Aaron Judge O’Neill is talking about. Never heard of him. Has he been mentioned on RAB?

    • http://www.staggeringbeauty.com/ ALZ

      Don’t tell Cash about him.

      • RetroRob

        Cash will be surprised to hear he has this guy.

    • Jorge Steinbrenner

      We only spoke of his seven year-old Mexican doppleganger, Aaron Juez.

  • RetroRob

    Yes, Michael, but now explain how you don’t know who he is.

  • RetroRob

    What do you think Randy Levine gives Ichiro after this season is over? Four year contract? Five?

    • Jorge Steinbrenner

      He gives him the Bobby Bonilla, as he should.

  • TheRealGreg

    Good pitch for Hundley to throw.

  • nycsportzfan

    Kuroda is pitching a freaking Gem!

    • TheRealGreg

      Shut up man!

      :0

      • Slap-Ass

        Really.

        • TheRealGreg

          Don’t know if this is chiding or not, but if it is, we had a little thing like this going yesterday

          • Slap-Ass

            No, that would’ve been “Really?”

      • RetroRob

        You mean the no-hitter?

      • nycsportzfan

        You said the same thing when I mentioned Phelps pitching well yesterday and he ended up pitching a 7inn gem. Even if he gives up a run or 2 this inn, so what? Hes gonna pitch a really good game regardless. It might not be perfect but hes in good form tonight.

        • TheRealGreg

          I know. It was fun though

          • nycsportzfan

            Oh Greg, you.lol

  • The Other Matt

    Any word as to if Carlos Beltran is playing in the Old Timers Game?

    • Slap-Ass

      Can’t wait for A-rod’s 1st OTG.

    • RetroRob

      I was assuming the entire current Yankee team was playing.

      • The Other Matt

        +1

  • Jorge Steinbrenner

    http://www.mlbtraderumors.com/.....-cuba.html

    Some info on the dude who we learned defected earlier today. Guess he’s worth a looksee from that brief read.

    ALL TEH CUBANZ.

    • RetroRob

      Those Cubans are a fishy lot.

      • Jorge Steinbrenner

        Indeed we are.

  • nycsportzfan

    KURODA BEASTING!

  • The Other Matt

    Michael Kay just called Manny Machado one of the best players in baseball ………

    • http://www.staggeringbeauty.com/ ALZ

      He called Jones legitimately one 10 best. He is a glorified Granderson.

      • The Other Matt

        I know he is great defensively, don’t get me wrong. But Machado has had like a 74 wrc+ over the last calendar year.

  • The Other Matt

    I just had a WTF moment, MLB still hasn’t ruled on Machado’s appeal. What the f*ck is the hold up for?

    • http://www.staggeringbeauty.com/ ALZ

      I still don’t get why he only got 5 games, that just makes my blood boil. I thought it should been at least 15, 5 games is nothing, and so many players get suspended for minor things for so much less. He threw a bat at players, which started a fight.

      • The Other Matt

        I thought initially he would get about 5 games, thought I believe he deserved about 7-10. But my whole thing is, it’s been about a week since his appeal, and given the circumstances it shouldn’t take that long. They should give him additional games for being so ignorant to appeal in the first place.

  • http://www.staggeringbeauty.com/ ALZ

    Just wait til mark Teixeira starts running.

  • nycsportzfan

    Is it just me or does it seem we don’t give Kuroda much run support? At least over the past month or so?

    • http://www.staggeringbeauty.com/ ALZ

      Has been the story since he arrived in NY.

    • RetroRob

      His entire MLB career. It’s weird.

    • TheRealGreg

      Over his career he’s had that problem. With the Dodgers too.

    • BigBlueAL

      This offense doesnt give run support to any pitcher.

  • RetroRob

    Random thought: I wonder if 63-year-old Ron Guidry might be a more effective LOOGY than Matt Thornton.

    • TheRealGreg

      A dead Warren Spahn could be better.

  • Frankie Cerveddardi

    Ubaldo’s wild now. Can’t leave the bases loaded twice. Break it open here, Teix.

  • TheRealGreg

    I don’t know why Kevin Long doesn’t teach these guys this logic. Don’t swing at the first pitch in that situation.

  • TheRealGreg

    WHY SWING AT THE FIRST PITCH?

    • RetroRob

      He probably figured he’d groove it and that it might be the best pitch to hit. He hit it hard, but at the fielder.

      • TheRealGreg

        I know the theory, but it’s frustrating if it doesn’t work.

  • The Other Matt

    Can’t say you didn’t see that one coming. Load the bases …. to leave them loaded.

    • TheRealGreg

      With two outs, the odds were not in our favor.

      • The Other Matt

        I know. Regardless, it just seems like the Yankees are ill-fated. And yes I know they’re middle of the pack with the bases loaded.

        • TheRealGreg

          Today it does,

          Each of the decisions they have made could have gone either way.

          • The Other Matt

            I’m just surprised Tex would swing at the first pitch, particularly with Ubaldo throwing a lot of balls. Tex is normally patient at the plate.

  • The Other Matt

    Supposed to be inside and comes back over the middle of the plate

  • Frankie Cerveddardi

    He was wild as a turkey and Teix swings at the 1st pitch. Bases loaded twice and no runs. That could have won the ballgame there.

  • iblamejay-z

    Tex has always said he goes up looking first pitch with bases loaded. Hit it sharply just right at Davis

  • TheRealGreg

    And then Kuroda gives up a double to the #9 hitter.

    This isn’t going to end well.

  • TheRealGreg

    There you go. The guy the Yankees disposed of getting revenge

  • The Other Matt

    I’m sorry to say it, but Alex Gordon is a better left fielder than Brett Gardner. He is every bit as good in the field and has a better arm/better at throwing guys out. Still love Gardy’s glove in left field though.

  • TheRealGreg

    And this game is over.

  • Frankie Cerveddardi

    And another former Yankee comes back to kill us. Granderson, Reynolds, Robbie Cano, Hughes, Nuney and now Sam Pearce.

  • Rolling Doughnut

    Kuroda’s luck with the hangers is running out. Damn.

  • TheRealGreg

    If Kuroda could have just gotten through this inning, we could have gone to Betances.

  • nycsportzfan

    Man Kuroda is Tanaka good when down in the zone and Mitre bad when hes up in the zone.

  • Frankie Cerveddardi

    And just like that Hiroki will get the L. All because they couldn’t get one damn run with the bases loaded on two separate occasions.

  • TheRealGreg

    If they lose this game, they probably lose 2 of 3 in this series, which is not as horrible as it would be later, but it’s very frustrating.

  • TheRealGreg

    Everything about this game has been frustrating. Both hitting and pitching.

  • TheRealGreg

    And while the offense has a lot to answer, Kuroda is not off the hook either. You don’t give up a double to Nick Hundley the 9 hitter.

  • TheRealGreg

    All he had to do was get through this inning.

  • The Other Matt

    C’mon Kuroda, get a DP ball and hope they can turn it.

  • Rolling Doughnut

    “This has trap game potential.” Axisa nailed it in the first sentence.

    • WhittakerWalt

      Every game has trap potential when you have no offense and no ability to turn a game around with one swing.

  • Frankie Cerveddardi

    McCann finally figures out that he can go the other way and pick up an easy hit. Now they’ll stand him on base.

  • Pasta

    McCann runs like he’s pulling a cart.

  • http://www.staggeringbeauty.com/ ALZ

    It sucks, but this offense needs to score more than 1 run over 6 innings for Kuroda.

    • TheRealGreg

      They do, but you can’t give up a leadoff double to a guy hitting in the .100s.

      Solo shot by Cruz, okay, but not Nick Hundley

    • Rolling Doughnut

      Agreed. Kuroda was not sharp at all and only gave up 2. It could have been a lot worse.

  • Tom

    Just need to be patient this inning.

    They can score on Jiminez if they don’t get themselves out in hitter counts or run into outs on the bases.

  • The Other Matt

    I see why Jimenez has a 5 BB/9. This guy has lapses where he really just doesn’t throw strikes at all.

  • Frankie Cerveddardi

    He’s wild as a turkey again. And now Ichiro will swing at the 1st pitch and hit a grounder.

  • Tom

    Please don’t bunt here.

  • Paisa

    UGGGGHHHHHHHH

  • Pasta

    Ichiro really a bunt ?

    • Derek Jeter

      good idea….. but FUCKING ICHIRO SHOULD BE ABLE TO ACCOMPLISH IT! Guess not!

  • Leg-End

    Why even swing? He’s all over the place. Roberts yuk.

  • TheRealGreg

    This is a close call

  • Frankie Cerveddardi

    The guy couldn’t throw a strike and Ichiro swings at the 1st pitch and pops up a bunt on the 2nd. Brilliant strategy.

  • teddy

    somebody should be fire for this gutless showing

  • Rolling Doughnut

    Why fucking bunt at all? Slow runners, bottom 3rd of the lineup. Stupid.

    • Derek Jeter

      it wouldn’t be that bad if he actually accomplished it ..

  • Tom

    53 strikes (including stuff out of the zone they swung out), 51 balls

    If they just put the bat on their shoulder they might have 2 or 3 runs without even putting a ball in play (probably more)

  • Tom

    Idiots.

    They can’t just allow the pitcher to implode? They have now given him a free inning worth of outs in this game so far.

    And how many weak outs have they made in 2-0 and 3-1 counts? They can just take what the pitcher is giving them?

  • Frankie Cerveddardi

    Let’s see if they can complete the hat trick.

  • Pasta

    Still trying to understand bunt on wild pitcher? Wtf

    • Tom

      I know people will disagree, but this is the environment Girardi has fostered. He talks about small ball and manufacturing runs quite frequently and the players take their cue from him and think it is the selfless/smart play.

      When you have Johnson bunting on a damn 3-1 pitch last night, WITH A 2 RUN LEAD, it encourages this stupidity.

  • Frankie Cerveddardi

    Jesus, they couldn’t catch a break. This is as bad as that 1-17 game in KC. Just awful strategy and hitting.

  • iblamejay-z

    wow the Yanks were able to revitalize Ubaldo and Machado in the same game. Nice work

  • Pasta

    Why are they doing the wave at Yankee stadium?

    • Derek Jeter

      The wave is for uneducated fans who are there just because.. the game is secondary. I hate it too, especially when your there are people hate that your not participating.

      • Derek Jeter

        and*

      • Silvio

        I wouldn’t necessarily call them “uneducated.” I’ve watched gatherings of MD’s and professors doing the wave quite happily–of course, usually after a couple of beers.

  • Frankie Cerveddardi

    They’ll load the bases three more times this game and still not score another run. This is just awful strategy and hitting. Ubaldo was wild and they were swing at the 1st pitch, Ichiro bunted on the 2nd pitch. Nobody’s taught these guys simple baseball strategy.

    • Paisa

      How’s the boy?

  • Paisa

    Sure, let’s put more runners on base. Why not?

  • Derek Jeter

    This offense blows!

  • BigBlueAL

    Thru 7 innings the Orioles have thrown 117 pitches and only 60 freaking strikes and the Yankees have scored 1 damn run. Its a lineup full of hitters who even when they get into several hitter’s counts cant do damage to save their lives.

    • Rolling Doughnut

      You did watch the Jay’s series right?

      • BigBlueAL

        Yup, loved all those sac flies. Exciting stuff. Thats why they are 11th in the AL in runs scored (largely due to being 10th in SLG). Thats beyond pathetic especially considering their home park.

        • Rolling Doughnut

          So doing damage is XB hits. OK. Got it. I thought doing damage was getting runs across.

          • BigBlueAL

            Being 11th out of 15 teams in runs scored is good?? Scoring some runs in 3 games vs Toronto doesnt change the fact this offense still sucks. Tonight and almost every other night this season has more than proven that fact.

  • Tom

    1 run game and Girardi has his LOOGY facing a righty power hitter?

    Is it really give up time already?

    Even if he gets him out this is pretty damn stupid.

    • Tom

      Well at least he didn’t leave him in to face another righty…

      This is a 1 run game, correct?

  • Rolling Doughnut

    Just today Mike was lauding Girardi for his bullpen management. This is straight up fucked.

  • WhittakerWalt

    I know it’s only anecdotal, but it seems like righthanders are hitting 1.000 against Thornton.

  • Paisa

    What the hell, Joe? I understand none of this.

  • Slap-Ass

    You know, I’m not even mad at the pitching. The offense is the fucking goat tonight.

  • Pasta

    God this Thornton guy sucks ass I miss Boone

  • Slap-Ass

    Thornton blows.

  • Pasta

    Make manny your bitch. Here big del

  • Pasta

    O’s we’re stealing signals there Roberts tip him off

  • Frankie Cerveddardi

    “So Girardi is trying to tie this game with one swing.” Is he pinch hitting Hideki Matsui? Soriano ain’t gonna do shit against O’Day’s frisbee.

  • Derek Jeter

    Great a Soriono strickout up next.

    • nycsportzfan

      or not. Sori’s actually done all right with the bat very recently.

  • Pasta

    Oh god solarte

  • Derek Jeter

    Great a Soriano thrown out at home up next.

  • Frankie Cerveddardi

    Come on Soley. Be the hero and break out of this slump.

  • Tom

    Good grief… another absolutely stupid decision by Girardi.

    Ichiro vs a lefty or
    Soriano vs a righty

    Regardless of the outcome (and I hope Soriano launches one into the 2nd deck) this is just really shitty logic.

  • Derek Jeter

    LOAD THE BASES AGAIN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Tom

    Come on Solo.. hit a nice gapper here.

  • Derek Jeter

    Great a Soriano caught stealing up next.

    • nycsportzfan

      Or a BROB 1st pitch rip single. Its up to Solo now. Full count.

  • Pasta

    Damm he had a good pitch to hit there

  • nycsportzfan

    Jesus Christ Solarte. Extremely awesome or sucks with no in-between for him.

    • nycsportzfan

      And then he fucks up a easy as play at 3rd. Get a grip dude.

    • WhittakerWalt

      His hitting has disappeared and his defense was never there to begin with. That’s what happens when a fringe player has a few good weeks and fools us into believing in them. Eventually they are exposed.

  • BigBlueAL

    At least Betances will be rested for tomorrow when the Orioles jump all over Nuno….

    • TheReal Greg

      I’m not wasting Betances in a losing effort.

      • BigBlueAL

        He was already in the game.

        • TheReal Greg

          Don’t care. Not going to Procter him.

          • nycsportzfan

            Betances has started most of his life. I don’t think your going to Procter him. Betances is built like Randy Johnson. Hes meant to throw alot.

      • BigBlueAL

        They have a better chance of winning tonight down 2-1 in the 9th then tomorrow with Nuno starting and most likely getting destroyed.

        • TheReal Greg

          Then they lose 2 games. They deserve to lose this game. The offense was pitiful.

          • BigBlueAL

            No arguing that last point :-)

  • Tom

    Apologies that I have to ask again… this is a 1 run game, correct?

    • TheReal Greg

      Feels like more.

    • WhittakerWalt

      What is your point? That a 1-run deficit isn’t much to overcome? Look at this team’s offense.

  • TheReal Greg

    The baseball gods are not going to let us have this game.

  • nycsportzfan

    Welp, now we know the Yanks will score 1 in the 9th, now that Girardi put in Huff in a one run game in the 9th. Why not let Betances pitch the 9th?

    • TheReal Greg

      I wouldn’t pitch him in a losing effort and waste him for a day or 2.

      • nycsportzfan

        Its a one run game. You don’t know if it would be in a losing effort or not. Now its a 2run game. Still not over but much harder.

    • MB923

      First thing that came to my mind too.

  • Frankie Cerveddardi

    And this comes on the heels of a post earlier saying Girardi was a better in game strategist than Joe Torre. Torre won 4 world championships, Girardi has just the one. Torre always pushed the right buttons on those championship clubs.

    Girardi just sends up guys to bunt, one guy he got injured last night and the other against a pitcher who couldn’t throw a strike tonight. Then he brings in his worst reliever to give up an insurance run. Why is he a better strategist?

  • nycsportzfan

    Fuck, Toronto tied the Reds. You got to be kidding me.

  • Tom

    Girardi sure did manage the shit out of this game…

    When did 1 run become give up time?

    I get the errors and the RISP’y failures, but the Yankees are playing some dumb baseball all around (Thomson, Girardi – 3 different times, Ichiro, Tex)

  • CMed21

    The Yankees don’t deserve to win this game, too many fucking opportunities to put this game away and they let a garbage pitcher like Jimenez get out of the jam.

  • nycsportzfan

    I’m gonna be freaking pissed if we score a run in the 9th.

    • TheReal Greg

      The only way that comes to fruition is if somebody hits a solo home run without men on because if somebody gets on, the tying run comes to the plate.

      • nycsportzfan

        What?lol

  • SevenAces

    No excuses, the offense really dropped the ball tonight.

  • Ron

    You know its coming….

  • Rolling Doughnut

    Gotta send Garder before the Jeter GDP

  • Paisa

    The “high strike” makes no sense.

  • TheReal Greg

    It’s not supposed to be this way, but it feels like all the good feelings built up are now gone.

    And Gardner is part of this, He’s choked twice.

  • Rolling Doughnut

    Jeter wanted a DP, but he settled for the strikeout.

  • TheReal Greg

    See now the tying run comes to the plate anyway.

    • Rolling Doughnut

      If the Capt hits a HR, I’ll quit drinking.

    • nycsportzfan

      See, now we gotta score 2 instead of 1. You don’t bring in Huff in the 9th, you just don’t. Even if we don’t score, 1 run games against division rivals are games you do what ever it takes to win.

  • Rolling Doughnut

    The Jays came back from 8-0, now they’re tied at 9 in the in Cincinnati–8th inning.

    • WhittakerWalt

      It must be nice to have that kind of offense.

  • nycsportzfan

    Fuck Yeah, Gardner with leadoff single. Fuck you Girardi!

    • TheReal Greg

      No because the tying run is going to the plate.

      • nycsportzfan

        So what? Would rather the tying run on base in the speedy Gardner.

      • WhittakerWalt

        Would rather have Gardner represent the tying run. He could manufacture a run on his own. Not that he ever does.

      • nycsportzfan

        Now do you get it Greg? Like I said, Fuck you Girardi! At least we saved Dellin. Pfft!

  • WhittakerWalt

    No GIDP please.

  • nycsportzfan

    Damn Ells, that thing looked ripped and just died out there.

  • Tom

    Come on McCann – walk off time!

    This actually might have been a good spot for Soriano… but facing the righty O’Day was probably a better use for him.

  • TheReal Greg

    Actually Solarte is the choker because of the error. Not Girardi

    • nycsportzfan

      Either way, Dellin still probably gets outta that inn even with the Error.

      And guess what, we scored a run without a solo hr greg.

  • Rolling Doughnut

    Nice AB. Keep the line moving, hand it over to Beltran.

  • TheReal Greg

    Now the tying run is on base.

  • nycsportzfan

    To think a base hit would tie the game if McCann was to get a single here. Instead it does nothing except make us need one more 2 out hit.

  • Frankie Cerveddardi

    There’s the 2nd run and now they’ll lose 3-2 because Girardi didn’t want to win this ballgame.

    • TheReal Greg

      Blame Solarte for the error.

      • nycsportzfan

        Yeah, because Betances coulden’t of still gotten outta the inn even with the 1base error. Pfft. Girardi fucked up bigtime.

        • TheReal Greg

          That’s a fallacy

          • nycsportzfan

            Beltran bailed em out. So I guess now it actually was a good move to pitch huff, but still crazy move in my mind.

            • TheReal Greg

              Maybe, but Huff gets a win out of it.

  • Frankie Cerveddardi

    CARLOS!!!!!!!!!!!!! WALK OFF WIN!!!!!!!!!

  • nycsportzfan

    Walkoff for Belty!!!! Girardi off the hook!

    This is why you don’t give up in 1 run games people! This is why you play 9inn’s!

  • Paisa

    YEAH YEABHFDHSAVFHAFVBSDVHKBLSDAVSADCJKBsdaFHBAEDTYWTEGWGa yeAH YWEH ywH JHDEAJWACASDFCSDVSDVS

  • WhittakerWalt

    !!!!!!!!

  • BigBlueAL

    Happily stunned!!!!! lol

  • forensic

    Beltran and McCann!!!!!

    Please be a sign of things to come!

    • nycsportzfan

      Belty been hot lately.

  • The Other Matt

    Every bad word I’ve ever said about Carlos Beltran I take it back, for now. LOL . UN CORIASO !!!!!

  • Tom

    I thought the O’s traded Jim Johnson to the A’s?

  • Rolling Doughnut

    WOW.

  • Derek Jeter

    Carlos got Merideth all wet…..8)

  • Get Phelps Up

    It’s like Jim Johnson never left.

  • Derek Jeter

    HOLY SHITTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTT!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Tom

      Your version is better than mine!

  • Derek Jeter

    Carlos made Merideth all wet!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • TheReal Greg

    CARLOS BELTRAN

  • Tom

    Holy shit!!!

  • Frankie Cerveddardi

    HE’S A TRUE YANKEE

  • Pasta Stumbling Sojo

    That’s one hell of a stoic reaction by Beltran. Taking acting-like-you’ve-been-there to another level.

    • http://RiverAve.Blues Joseph

      Oh he’s not acting.

  • Sdjohn

    Nice

  • BigBlueAL

    Meredith is all wet!!!!

    • The Other Matt

      :)

  • roberto kelly johnsong

    ha, just got in and saw the 9th, great end!

  • Slu

    And that is how you win a game. If McCann and Beltran both get hot at the same time, this team, with this pitching, is going to be scary.

  • The Other Matt

    I’m so happy I’m considering buying Meredith a new dress.

    • trr

      I’m so happy I’m considering buying my wife a new dress!

      (0K, maybe not)

      But I am happy!

  • Paisa

    God damn. I fuckin love this game

    • trr

      Me + you both, Paisa, me + you both…..

  • Mick taylor

    Too bad yanks did not sign beltran 9 or even 3 years ago before he got old and broken down. Without the elbow injury is still yanks best slugger

  • Long-Past-His-Day-Rod

    Looks like Carlos’ bat is waking up! If he and McCann can get going, good things are in store for the Yanks.

  • Paisa

    SOOO PUMPED

  • Rolling Doughnut

    I know the offense didn’t exactly rake in the Jay’s series, it did and does seem like the bats are coming around.

  • http://RiverAve.Blues Joseph

    I’d like to lick the gatorade off Meredith’s more than ample breasts.

  • RetroRob

    Stepped out for a late dinner. Miss anything? I’m guessing the Yankees lost 2-1.

  • fred robbins

    what was it about Pierce that the Yankees didn’t like so much and Baltimore loves him? Is it just the non marque name? or is he not as good as his .327 average as of tonight? It seems like Yankees toss away guys that other clubs seem happy to get- he reminds me of a Leritz?( spelling? or that 3rd baseman the Yankees had in the big run from 1996-2001?

    • Paisa

      How does Pearce in any way remind you of Scott Brosius?

    • Paisa

      Also, Baltimore is a shit organization. Who cares what they do?

    • Old Man Time

      Try looking at his career stats. It’s not that hard to figure out.

  • fred robbins

    copy that. just asking. I was curious if they just didn’t like him or thought he stunk it up. Thanks for the Brosius recall.