Aug
10

Game 117: End of the Homestand

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This afternoon’s series finale against the Indians is the difference between a 5-2 homestand and a 4-3 homestand. The former sure looks a whole lot better than the latter, doesn’t it? After getting Klubered yesterday, hopefully the Yankees will come out and wrap this homestand up with a win before going to Baltimore for an incredibly important three-game series. Here is the Indians lineup and here is the Yankees lineup:

  1. LF Brett Gardner
  2. SS Derek Jeter
  3. CF Jacoby Ellsbury
  4. 1B Mark Teixeira
  5. DH Carlos Beltran
  6. 2B Stephen Drew
  7. 3B Martin Prado
  8. RF Ichiro Suzuki
  9. C Frankie Cervelli
    RHP Hiroki Kuroda

It’s another gorgeous day for baseball in New York. Nice and sunny, no clouds, no rain in the forecast, just a perfect afternoon to be at the ballpark. This afternoon’s game will begin a bit after 1pm ET and you can watch on YES. Enjoy.

Categories : Game Threads
  • yankeefan91

    Lets go Yankees :D

  • AskMeAboutMyCandyBars

    Let’s win this series.

  • HansDavenport

    So Headley needed a rest I presume?

    • AskMeAboutMyCandyBars

      Been playing every game, and binder must have specified a day off.

    • BKamm

      Which means Ichiro plays, which means he’s practically a full time player again.

      • Gregory Eckes

        Bit of a jump, isn’t it?

        • BKamm

          IDK. he’s played in every game this month.

    • CarlosRodriguezNeuf

      what an absurdity that he’s getting a day off. We get Teix back, so it’s time to sit someone else.

      • Rick

        I’m hoping this is a joke

        • CarlosRodriguezNeuf

          Our chase for the playoffs is a joke. Half days off here, Full days off there, Days off everywhere.

    • Howler

      My guess is he wants him on the bench in case Tex can’t continue and doesn’t want to play musical chairs with the rest of the players and keep them in their positions.

  • Pkyankfan69

    Nice to see Tex back in there, hopefully his pinky doesn’t fall off during the game today… Too bad Headley is sitting, it would be nice to see the line up sans Ichiro.

    • Gregory Eckes

      You’re going to dislike this but Ichiro is a bit hot, although SSS. 4 for his last 10.

      • AskMeAboutMyCandyBars

        Based on this board, you’d think Ichiro had a 100/110/105 triple slash line. He’s no longer an All-Star, but so much better than the RAB consensus. You also forgot to mention three stolen bases in the series, and excellent defense.

        • Howler

          Excellent defense in moments…but also some incidences where he looks like he’s stumbling around a bit. If there are runners in scoring position he’s overmatched and that just makes a hole in the lineup that this offense can’t afford.

        • Pkyankfan69

          Pretty sure Ichiro OPS’d sub .600 in June and July… Unacceptable in RF no matter the defense

          • AskMeAboutMyCandyBars

            Look it up (or wait for NP&H to chime in).

            • Gregory Eckes

              .589

              • HansDavenport

                That’s pitiful.

        • Deathstroke Heathcott

          He’s a perfectly adequate 4th outfielder with his speed and defense with a one-dimensional bat that can be deployed against the right matchups or situations. People here make it seem like he’s an anchor dragging down the team but he shouldn’t be blamed for having to play everyday due to injuries.

          • BKamm

            Blaming the manager and front office. Not Itchy.

    • BKamm

      Agreed.

    • The Other Matt

      Agreed. Ichiro is finding himself in the lineup a little bit too much for my liking since we have made the trade. First Tex’s lightheadedness, then his thumb, now Headley with the day off. Joe G. loves him some Ichiro, that’s for sure.

      • BKamm

        Last extra base hit and RBI was July 25. He’s scored two runs in the past two weeks. All meaningless singles.

  • CarlosRodriguezNeuf

    Defend your field!

  • dkidd

    big mike lurkin’

  • The Other Matt

    Serious question, although irrelevant: Does Brian Roberts make that play?

  • Bill Smith

    So with three division winners and the Angels as a shoo in as a wild card, there are now Four teams, Toronto, the Yankees, Kansas City and Seattle fighting for that last wild card spot..Is that correct??

    • AskMeAboutMyCandyBars

      If one accepts all your assumptions, than it is correct. I don’t accept those assumptions.

      • Deathstroke Heathcott

        Agreed. Still way too much baseball left to be played to just hand the Orioles the division.

        • dkidd

          or the tigers or the a’s

          • Deathstroke Heathcott

            It’s not even late August, I don’t get how anyone is locked into anything yet.

  • Gregory Eckes

    And I believe that it is time to take the Royals seriously

    • Rick

      They make you say that a couple times of year. They never finish the job. Let’s see where they are 30 games from now.

      • The Other Matt

        When they’re swinging the bat, they’re legit. The pitching is there. James Shields is James Shields. Jeremy Guthrie is nothing special, but gets the job done, and is a guy that consistently out-performs his peripheral numbers, specifically FIP. And Ventura has been solid for them so far. Their bullpen is legit, and they have some of the best defenders in the game at their position, namely Gordon, Hosmer, and Escobar is solid at SS (I believe, I forget what the numbers say). It’s all dependent upon their bats going to work.

  • Gregory Eckes

    Bad Kuroda

  • Gregory Eckes

    And it’s worse because it puts a mediocre offense on the back foot

  • Person Of Interest

    Are the people lauding 40 y/o Jeter’s .276/.327/.331 the same people who constantly complan about 40y/o Ichiro’s .276/.326/.320?

    • Gregory Eckes

      That’s a fair point. Ichiro and Jeter are putting up similar numbers

    • http://riveraveblues.com Mike Axisa

      Pretty sure no one is actually lauding Jeter.

      • Howler

        I’ll give Jeter his due…coming back from a bad injury no one expected him to play this many games, or put up even decent numbers.

    • Pkyankfan69

      One is playing SS and is a living Yankee legend in his final year… One is playing RF which is a position you rely on for offense… Not fair but that’s just the way it is

      • Gregory Eckes

        I never understood the whole “offensive positions” thing.

    • Howler

      Ichiro’s .276 is based on a very strong start but has faded sharply from that point.

    • The Other Matt

      Jeter is probably the one of the most criticized players here on RAB, next to Ichiro, despite his legendary status.

      • BKamm

        People have incorrectly doubted Jeter’s greatness for ages.

  • dkidd

    buehrle working fast, throwing strikes, and giving up runs

  • CarlosRodriguezNeuf

    Great managing by Joe Girardi. Bench the excellent defensively Headley. For a the below average player Prado. It’s not like we’re in a playoff race and a game behind.

    • Gregory Eckes

      Bit of a fallacy there. You can’t say Headley gets that.

      • CarlosRodriguezNeuf

        Did I say he would have?

        • Gregory Eckes

          Kind of implying it, given the timing of the statement

          • CarlosRodriguezNeuf

            I wasn’t, though I see where one might have gotten that implication.

  • Rick

    Nice play by Ramirez, I didn’t think he had a shot at that at all

  • Brian Cashman

    not sure how jeter will catch up to the 4 seamers without cheating.

  • CarlosRodriguezNeuf

    Joe Girardi: Managing for the long-term with a complete disregard for the short-term.

  • Terry Noack

    Kuroda with another early inning meltdown to put the team down early! This seems to be a pattern with him lately.

    • Gregory Eckes

      Last 4 starts

    • http://yankees.lhblogs.com/ Need Pitching & Hitting

      Meltdown???
      Was there even a single hard hit ball in that inning?

      • Rick

        There were a couple of hard hit balls … Ramirez and Brantley stung pitches. Great play by Drew really limited the damage.

        • http://yankees.lhblogs.com/ Need Pitching & Hitting

          Neither of those balls were remotely stung. They were moderate speed ground balls at best.

          • Rick

            I guess we are watching different games. Brantley’s ball basically one hopped Gardner, Drew had to dive for Ramirez’s

            • http://riveraveblues.com Mike Axisa

              “Basically” one hopped but it didn’t actually one hop. Drew had to dive because of the location, not the velocity of the hit.

            • http://yankees.lhblogs.com/ Need Pitching & Hitting

              I just counted on Brantley’s ball. Eleven hops before Gardner came in to pick it up.
              Ramirez’s was a soft, slow chopper. Drew had to dive because it was a long way from where he was positioned.

      • Terry Noack

        who cares. This is a pattern of a tired pitcher and this happened last year. He puts a ton of pressure on himself because the offense can’t give him runs.

        • http://yankees.lhblogs.com/ Need Pitching & Hitting

          Not sure giving up weak contact is the pattern of a tired pitcher.
          Agree on the second part though.

    • Person Of Interest

      Early or late he’s posted a 3.24 era and a .90 whip for the past month. This team has problems, Kuroda is not one of them, imo.

    • NYCORNERSTONE

      seems like he does it every time out

    • Deathstroke Heathcott

      If this is a meltdown, wth was that Bauer thing a couple days ago?

    • http://riveraveblues.com Mike Axisa

      Your standard for a meltdown are very low.

  • Madrugador

    Jeter is mentioned as being in 6th place for career hits. Does Cap Anson at 3435 hits not count since he played before 1900?

    • LazerTown

      MLB counts him as just over 3000.

      • Person Of Interest

        Anson’s first 423 hits were in the National Association, a forerunner of the National League and are not counted as Major League hits.

    • RhapsodyInBlue

      Anson’s first five years in the pros he played in the National Association league, that league isn’t recognized by MLB (yet).

    • Dos Luises

      I think you’re correct. They typically use “Common Era” stats which are post 1900.

      • Jimmy

        I think the cut-off is 1876, when the National League was established out of what was the National Association.

  • CarlosRodriguezNeuf

    What’s Teix’s next injury? A strained buttock? Carl Pavano part deux with the buttocks?

  • yankeefan91

    dammit

  • Rick

    Tough break for Teix there.

  • The Other Matt

    That was a good AB by Tex despite it resulting in an out. #F^ckTheShift

  • bernbabybern

    Shi*t!

  • bernbabybern

    I think I’m for the idea of a rule limiting infielders to 2 on each side of second base.

    • Deathstroke Heathcott

      Meh, I’m for the idea of teaching young hitters to use more of the whole field so that the overshift isn’t a valid strategy.

      • Rick

        That’s so much easier said than done. I wouldn’t change the rules of the game regardless. It’s just a period of change, and people don’t like that.

        • Deathstroke Heathcott

          Of course. But I’d say we should give the upcoming players a chance to adjust before we ban a legit strategy out just because the current players are too ingrained to change their ways. Not every future player is gonna be an all-field hitter of course but maybe some guys work on at least bunting the opposite way to keep shifts a little more honest, maybe some guys learn to shorten the swing and go the other way in some situations.

          • Rick

            I agree that we should leave the rules the same. Wouldn’t even consider changing them.

      • bernbabybern

        It’s not going to happen, because big guys are expected to hit for power and for most that means pulling the ball. What we’ll end up with is watching a bunch of .220-.250 hitters with power. Yuck.

  • Terry Noack

    Since when did Brantley become the new Yankee killer anyways?? Yankees always have difficulty with one particular player on a team. How about pitching him differently. I remember a Sox play a couple of years ago who killed Yankee pitching, Ciriaco!

    • Gregory Eckes

      Brantley’s a good player though. An All Star this year

      • Terry Noack

        I realize that, but Yankee pitchers always let the other teams best players beat them. I’ve seen this with Ortiz. Pitch them inside or walk them, but don’t let them beat you!

    • Rick

      He’s having a career year, been doing it to a lot of teams this year.

    • Jimmy

      Except for the Bosox. They typically get 2-3 every year. Ortiz will be able to hit .500 against the Yankees when he’s well into his 60′s.

  • NYCORNERSTONE

    he looks fine anyway getting good swings

  • Gregory Eckes

    Tyler Skaggs falls victim to the Tommy John trend

    • Jorge Steinbrenner

      Sucks.

    • Dos Luises

      Bummer. He’s Boss.

      • BKamm

        Ever seen his sister? She’s a real Skagg.

  • Jorge Steinbrenner

    Scrolling through. A bunch of deleted comments. Did we have a fake or something?

    • BKamm

      The “ask me about my candy bars” lady made a snide, snotty comment towards Mr. Axisa and the rest of the blog. I’m certain she regrets it now.

      • http://riveraveblues.com Mike Axisa

        That wasn’t it.

        • BKamm

          Sorry. Appeared that way to me. I apologize for jumping the gun.

          • Howler

            Your punishment is you have to watch Mets games for the rest of the season.

          • Deathstroke Heathcott

            Lol, Mike has heard way snider, snottier comments than being called an “Ichiro hater”, I doubt it bothered him.

        • Jimmy

          Sorry you’ve had “RAB Den Mother” added to your duties here, Mike.

        • NYCORNERSTONE

          hi mike couldn’t get the game thread for awhile today ?

  • Deathstroke Heathcott

    Meltdown averted!

  • The Other Matt

    Looking like the Kuroda of old. Ground ball, double play to end the inning.

    • The Other Matt

      Old meaning, the first year and a half he was with the Yankees.

  • The Other Matt

    I thought Walters was a shortstop/infield prospect.

    • BKamm

      He was originally when e was in the Nats system. He played a little bit of everywhere in the minors with the Nats. I understand Cleveland has a SS prospect and plans to play Walters in the OF.

  • Cill Bosby

    What do you guys think about Kipnis?

    • NYCORNERSTONE

      wish we had him

  • Rick

    Paul O’Neill and Michael Kay make it sound like baseball is a game that can be easily explained. So much so that if a team doesn’t consistently score a run every 2-3 innings, there is something seriously wrong.

    • Deathstroke Heathcott

      Yeah, Ma and Pa Yankee know that you just can’t predict baseball.

      • Rick

        Haha I was thinking that as I wrote it, but it’s nowhere near as simple as they make it out to be. Does our offense struggle to score runs? Sure. But it’s not as simple as “they haven’t scored since a 5 run inning and now haven’t scored in 13 straight.” There is much more to it then that.

        • Deathstroke Heathcott

          Yeah I agree with your general point but to be fair, you’re describing 80% of the commenters on RAB so maybe Kay and O’Neill are just hitting their target audience.

    • Howler

      I’ve actually liked how O’Neill has developed as an announcer, certainly more listenable to me than their other alternatives.

      • Rick

        Agreed

      • Jimmy

        Agreed. Seems like a more serious version of Scooter. Good stories, willing to joke. I hope he keeps up with this.

        • Deathstroke Heathcott

          Paul O’Neill is always good for a solid chuckle or two every broadcast. Self-deprecating at times, playfully making fun of Kay at other times. He’s one of my favorites to listen to. Also gives good insight from a hitter’s point of view.

        • Howler

          Kind of reminds me of Kaat too…wish they had him back as well.

        • Billy Bats Eppler

          If Tony Pena ever gets a managerial job, though, I think ONeill would be an interesting bench coach candidate

      • No 2013 again

        I think he’s way better than Flash for instance. I like him and Cone the most out of the alternatives.

  • No 2013 again

    Kuroda looks like crap.. no command of any of his pitches

  • Rick

    I wouldn’t mind a rule change in baseball where they adopt a page out of the softball playbook and put first base for the runner in foul territory.

  • http://yankees.lhblogs.com/ Need Pitching & Hitting

    Not that Ichiro had a chance there, but can it take any longer to get rid of the ball?

    • Rick

      He had trouble getting it out of his glove and clearly didn’t grip it well. It happens when you’re trying to rush a throw.

    • Deathstroke Heathcott

      He didn’t have a chance there anyway and looked like he double-clutched the ball in his glove.

    • http://riveraveblues.com Mike Axisa

      He’s had a slow release since he got to NY, at least. Not sure how far back it goes.

      • Deathstroke Heathcott

        He’s always had a slowish release but his arm used to be an absolute cannon back in Seattle so it didn’t matter. His arm’s slowed down now a bit so the slow release just stands out a lot in NY.

  • No 2013 again

    That was an awful pitch, hanging slider. Brantley juuust missed that one

  • NYCORNERSTONE

    looks like a repeat of the first inning

    • Deathstroke Heathcott

      So that’s two meltdowns in the first 3 innings?

      • NYCORNERSTONE

        all the new arms success Pineda and Tanaka come back might mean curtains for kuroda

        • Rick

          Hilarious

        • Deathstroke Heathcott

          Kuroda hasn’t pitched too well this game so far but the Yankees are still right in this game and more importantly Kuroda has 3.42 ERA since the ASB.

  • Rick

    There have been some rockets this inning

    • http://yankees.lhblogs.com/ Need Pitching & Hitting

      yes

      • Rick

        Half of them went foul, thankfully

  • Deathstroke Heathcott

    Good job on the footwork by Kuroda there. Let’s score some runs though.

    • Cill Bosby

      Your pic brings back memories of Robinson Cano :(

      • Deathstroke Heathcott

        Sigh, Jeter-Cano was my favorite middle infield duo ever. Gonna suck when neither is on the team next year.

        • Rick

          We’re gonna trade Heathcott for Cano and have Seattle kick in $100M … no big deal

          • Cill Bosby

            Sounds like a steal for the Mariners.

            • Billy Bats Eppler

              I don’t know. If I could get Robbie today for 9/116 I would definitely pull the trigger. Never gonna happen though, sadly

  • NYCORNERSTONE

    another shutout ?

    • Alkaline

      Still early.

  • Big Game Thames

    Really having trouble liking this team.

    • Deathstroke Heathcott

      What about during the Tigers series?

      • No 2013 again

        It was great that they took 3 of 4 from the Tigers, but that seems like a fluke, especially when they turn around and lose 2 of 3 to a mediocre Indians team.

        • Deathstroke Heathcott

          We lost 2 out of 3? I thought this game was only half over?

          • dkidd

            quitters gonna quit

          • No 2013 again

            If Kuroda allows a couple more runs, this is over. He’s about to..

      • Big Game Thames

        Playing Ryan at 2B sucks all life from me.

    • NYCORNERSTONE

      wasted weekend no runs who would like that

    • Tar

      I blame Cervelli…what ever is left goes into the Cashman pot.

  • dkidd

    royals need to pee in a cup

  • NYCORNERSTONE

    hope we score a run by monday get one back tex eh forget that

    • Big Game Thames

      Hope we score 10 runs in the next week.

  • No 2013 again

    Did I just hear that right? This guys is 0-12 in his last 17 starts?

  • Jimmy

    Hockey is pretty hit-or-miss for drafting also.

  • Terry Noack

    14 straight innings without the hint of a run after scoring 10 the other night. This isn’t the makeup of a team going to the playoffs that can be shutdown by a nobody on any given day!!!

    • Rick

      What’re you gonna say if they score 3 runs by the end of the game and win 3-2?

      • Deathstroke Heathcott

        Probably nothing.

        • Rick

          Surprised so many people live and die with baseball teams based on an inning. With 162 games, you’re bound to have great and poor stretches, you just hope the great ones outweigh the poor ones

          • YankeeBill

            Excellent point, but you have to have the talent. And this team does not, at least on the offensive side. Their pitching is more than adequate, but their offense is, in a word, offensive. We are watching the definition of mediocrity. Not bad, just not good.

      • NYCORNERSTONE

        im gonna say thank you god !

        • Rick

          There are many more things to be thankful for than a victory on a random sunday lol … but i got you

          • NYCORNERSTONE

            true that buddy

      • Terry Noack

        I’ll say the same thing i’ve been preaching all season long. Inconsistent offense won’t get you to the playoffs.

        • Rick

          It might

          • Deathstroke Heathcott

            No, no. He’s right. He can stop watching the Yankees since they won’t get to the playoffs and watch some football.

            • NYCORNERSTONE

              cant stop watching ever, its in my blood

              • Deathstroke Heathcott

                Agreed. Now let’s get some runs on the board boys.

                • NYCORNERSTONE

                  6 in the 6th 7 in the 7th 8 in the 8th

                  • YankeeBill

                    Fairy tales can come true, they can happen to you. If you’re young at heart….

      • YankeeBill

        They score three runs today and I’ll eat my cowboy hat.

    • NYCORNERSTONE

      whats so weird is these guys all have proven track records as hitters i mean cmon do something fire long light a fire anything

  • NYCORNERSTONE

    this ump is killing me

  • http://yankees.lhblogs.com/ Need Pitching & Hitting

    That’s not good.

    • Deathstroke Heathcott

      Does not like odd numbered innings.

      • NYCORNERSTONE

        does not like august or september

  • Tar

    Kuroda doesn’t like pitching to Cervelli…Thats my story and I’m sticking to it.

    • Tar

      I was kind of kidding, but I checked anyway. Kuroda’s catchers splits

      Cervelli

      .306 .342.441.783

      McCann

      .247.284.405.689

      He really does like throwing to McCann

      • BKamm

        And what kind of a sample size is it where Cervelli is concerned? How many games is that? I never did buy any pitcher not being able to pitch to a particular catcher. Never heard that years ago. Personal catchers and that crap. Sounds like something the press makes up to create more stories.

        • Tar

          IDK

          I am just not a fan of Cervelli’s game calling…. so any stats I can find to support my theory will be utilized!

          • BKamm

            Okay. So its all personal. Got it.

            • Tar

              Pretty much…But I still think he sucks at calling a game. McCann on the other hand I like very much….go figure

        • Tar

          111 AB’s Cervelli—- 27 IP

          380 AB’s McCann—98.2 IP

  • bernbabybern

    97 pitches, I wonder how many times Girardi needs to see Kuroda start to decline after 80-85 pitches.

    • Old Die Hard

      I agree with you on the pitch count, but Kuroda also has a habit of giving up runs in the first inning… and there is not much you can do about that. He probably is at the end of the line as a useful starting pitcher who is consistent, but there is always the chance he can throw one of his gems.

    • Rolling Doughnut

      Yeah, he should have taken him out before he walked in a run, like two batters before.

  • Terry Noack

    Great job today by the only veteran pitcher on the staff. I rest my case on Kuroda. Walking in a run when runs are hard to come by the last couple of games is just a bad job of pitching. Hope he’s not resigned next year. Go with youth!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • http://yankees.lhblogs.com/ Need Pitching & Hitting

      Only veteran pitcher on the staff????

      • Rick

        Amazing, isn’t it?

      • Terry Noack

        Yeah, McCarthy is a veteran, but he’s also someone who wasn’t even on the staff to start the season. This is what Kuroda does every single season down the stretch!!!!

  • Alkaline

    Tough outing Hirok

  • No 2013 again

    0-12 in his last 17 starts and on a pitch count of 75.. all they can manage is 2 hits in 5 shutout innings.

    • Terry Noack

      Pretty pathetic especially in the heat of a playoff race and at their home park!

    • NYCORNERSTONE

      unbelievable, but rogers did the same thing the other night against the tigers

  • NYCORNERSTONE

    will we ever see Mitchell eh

  • GregD

    Clearly we don’t know how to hit that little white ball with those wooden sticks

  • Pkyankfan69

    Getting shut down yesterday by Kluber is understandable…. 2 hits in 5 IP off Carlos Corassucker is not… Offense better wake the hell up, can’t be losing 2/3 to the Indians at home at this point in the season.

  • Rolling Doughnut

    I see they’re facing another Cy Young type guy today.

  • YankeeBill

    Carlos Carrasco. Really? Might be time to raise the white flag and start unloading the dead wood. Place Kuroda on irrevocable trade waivers and see if someone bites. Maybe do the same with Suzuki. Forget about signing Drew for next year, he’s finished as a hitter. Leave Rogers in the rotation and have him take Kuroda’s spot. Go with McCarthy, Greene, Capuano, Pineda and Rogers. Should Phelps and/or Tanaka return, put Rogers in the pen and consider going with a six man rotation in September, when you have the 40 man roster. Enough of what we’re seeing here and let’s look to 2015 and beyond.

    • NYCORNERSTONE

      thats what great about baseball you never know, but yes dfa ishiro maybe trade kuroda to dodgers

    • Rick

      And if the Yankees win 5 straight after this and Royals lose 3 of 5, then what?

  • https://twitter.com/KramerIndustry Dr. Martin van Nostrand

    Yesterday was whatever; we all know Corey Kluber is really good and everything, but today is just grating as hell.

    In three of the Yankees’ last five three-game series’ at home, they’ve won the first game and then dropped the next two. This is an irritating theme that is happening again today.

  • NYCORNERSTONE

    6in he 6th cmon !

  • Alkaline

    Alright offense. Enough tease. Let’s score some runs.

  • bernbabybern

    Sad.

  • Game 3

    2 hits, no walks? Is Gameday correct?

  • Terry Noack

    This team will just tease you into thinking they are a capable unit until games like this when they are abysmal and pathetic. This is what they are.

  • Bunuelo

    This game is horrible

  • YankeeBill

    The series against Baltimore is not going to be incredibly important. It’s three more games until the end of a very disappointing season and the end of a legendary Yankee career. An unfortunate ending for the captain.

  • Deep Thoughts

    Now this is a good old-fashioned Prozac Nation game thread like I remember from those halcyon pre-Disqus days.

  • https://www.flickr.com/photos/roadgeek/ Roadgeek Adam

    Murphy with a possible concussion at AAA. Wonder what happens now.

    • forensic

      I was actually wondering if something happened to him since I noticed he was PH for in yesterday’s game. At least now we know (assuming you’re right, I haven’t seen a link myself yet).

  • gageagainstthemachine

    Mitchell sporting 65. Let’s hope his tenure with that number ends better than the great ace hope that was Phil Hughes.

    • HansDavenport

      If giving the same players the same number meant they would perform the same, they never would have retried 3,4,5, and 7.

      • gageagainstthemachine

        Or any other number for that matter. Numbers are meaningless. That’s obvious, but thanks for pointing it out. Was just saying I hope Mitchell turns out better than Hughes (who had all the promise in the world, where as Mitchell is a dark horse to succeed). Thought my sentiments were pretty straight forward and clear. If nothing else, gives me something to talk about during this awful offensive performance.

        • Rick

          “That’s obvious, but thanks for pointing it out.” … I laughed.

  • Pkyankfan69

    Sometimes you just have to tip your cap to Carrasco, Ching Chang, and a 1,000 year old Scott Atchison

    • HansDavenport

      Absolutely!

  • pat

    Goddamn it. Bad angle to see that hook.

  • just_add_bacon7

    You know things aren’t going well when watching golf is actually a more exciting option.

  • pat

    Come on now, tie up Kipns high and inside with the cheese

  • pat

    Great FB. Threw it at the same plane as the offspeed pitches either 95 or 96 mph. Niiice

  • Deep Thoughts

    Oh, watching #65 trying and failing to put away a hitter with two strikes…the memories are flooding back.

    • Deep Thoughts

      Glad he made a liar of me!

    • HansDavenport

      He pitched to 4 batters right? He got 3 out. 1 K. You’re dissatisfied?

      • Deep Thoughts

        You don’t have to read between the lines. #65, electric stuff, endless foul balls with two strikes–it reminded me of Hughes. That’s all. For one at-bat. A moment in time. That moment passed. OK?

        • HansDavenport

          I know who you were talking about. I know Yankee fans are impatient, but you reminded me of George Steinbrenner.

  • ScottinSJ

    No runs in 18 innings straight and counting. About to fall 2.5GB of KC. Now on to BAL. Yay.

    • Rick

      Yea 2.5 GB with 45 to play. This season is over.

      • ScottinSJ

        No, Rick, there’s a lot to look forward to. Another great effort today.

        • Rick

          They have the second or third best record in the league since the ASB. You know that losing 2 in a row in a baseball season is not unheard of. It’s actually pretty common. Crazy in a 162 game season, isn’t it?

          • ScottinSJ

            It’s not just the losing — it’s how. They don’t score against virtually everyone. This has been the case all season. Got to call a spade a spade.

            • Rick

              We get it, they don’t have a great offense. Let’s not pretend this sport is something that it isn’t. They could easily come out and score 6 runs tomorrow, they could easily get shut out as well. They could go 45-0 the rest of the season and finish with over 100 wins.

              • http://yankees.lhblogs.com/ Need Pitching & Hitting

                I’ll take the under on the 45-0.

                • Rick

                  It’s probably the safer bet.

              • ScottinSJ

                I’m not going to argue. We’ll see how it plays out. And they may ned to score 6+ to beat BAL.

                • Rick

                  Not the way the Baltimore offense has been swinging the bats.

              • forensic

                I’d be willing to bet they can’t go 45-0 the rest of the season. That is pretty unheard of, even in a 162 game season.

                • Rick

                  I’d be willing to bet you’re correct. If someone can declare the season is over with over a quarter of the season left to play and we are only 2.5 games out, then I can point out that we can still surpass the 100 win mark. Both comments are stupid and ridiculous – which proves my point about how some are acting.

          • Terry Noack

            The funny thing Rick is there isn’t 162 games left this season. Every game counts now and the schedule gets tougher. These games should be won by them in their park!!!!!!

        • Deep Thoughts

          You know what? You made your repetitive whiny prediction. You don’t think they were giving effort out there? Have someone who can read explain to you the difference between “process” and “results.”

  • Yanks

    Mitchell’s raw stuff is nasty

  • Terry Noack

    Back to back shutouts to a below .500 team in your own home ballpark is unacceptable. If you think it is you’re just fooling yourselves. Terrible weekend of baseball.

    • ScottinSJ

      It’s ugly, and this road trip could be more of the same.

  • forensic

    Well, this game looks like it’s been lots of fun to watch so far. I bet this thread was just as enjoyable…

    • Rick

      Nailed it. Read through the comments and you’ll find the season is over. If we win tomorrow and the Royals lose, it won’t be over anymore.

      • HansDavenport

        Uh, Rick. Your comment of 8 minutes ago is the only one that says the season is over.

        • Rick

          Fail on your end. Read the majority of the comments. It’s been much of the same since the migration.

          • forensic

            The migration has done lots of things, but let’s not act like that kind of thing never happened here even before that.

            • Rick

              That’s fair. I guess it’s all the more frustrating when there are even more people doing it now.

          • HansDavenport

            I did. Yours is the only comment that actually says the season is over. It’s all in your perception. Sorry.

            • Rick

              Except I’ve never once said nor implied the season is over. The same cannot be said for a large portion of the comments after the 3rd inning.

              • HansDavenport

                I saw no one really imply that. Seems that is all in your head.

    • HansDavenport

      I’d rather be here then have spent money going to the game.

  • http://yankees.lhblogs.com/ Need Pitching & Hitting

    Well, at least Mitchell is one bright spot in this game.

  • Rick

    Amazing range by Prado. A 3B fielding the ball in between the 1st and 2nd basemen. UZR now has a headache.

  • pat

    His body language reminds me of a young Andy Pettitte.

  • Rick

    Project #AllenMeltdown will hopefully commence shortly …

  • MG

    All I can suggest after watching these two basically unwatchable games is that someone should give Brendan Ryan a harmonica and tell him Joe wants him to play it on the bus no matter what he says

    • HansDavenport

      “He said to play it louder!” Mickey Mantle.

  • http://yankees.lhblogs.com/ Need Pitching & Hitting

    A 2-run HR, Michael Kay?

    • MG

      two out home run is what he said

      • http://yankees.lhblogs.com/ Need Pitching & Hitting

        Was it? Maybe I heard wrong.

      • http://yankees.lhblogs.com/ Need Pitching & Hitting

        You’re right. Just listened to it again. I’m hearing things now, apparently.

    • Rick

      If we’re going to change the rules to prevent against the shift, may as well double the value of home runs in the ninth inning, too.

  • gageagainstthemachine

    Let’s hope that sparks something going into Baltimore… Nice shot Ellsbury!

  • forensic

    Ellsbury!

    Just four more of those and they’re in good shape!

    And before I could even finish that, Tex wants to go home.

  • 518forever

    More like project 20 straight innings without scoring a single run… lol god awful

  • 518forever

    Ahh i take that back! Ellsburies it! Ah well we still lose lolol

  • forensic

    I’ll never understand that last bit from O’Neill. I’m sorry, but if they need a series in Baltimore to tell them how important their games are and what’s at stake for them at this point, then they have bigger problems than just not scoring for awhile.

    • BKamm

      Announcers are like that. Especially former players. They attempt to convince viewers and listeners alike, they have some special inside take that we don’t have.

  • Guy Smith

    Forensic is probably right, ice Tanaka for the rest of the year an call this season a learning experience.

    • Rick

      I’d prefer to see Tanaka come back. If in-game pitching is going to cause that UCL to tear, I’d rather find out now, then waste time next season. Of course, this is totally hypothetical.

    • Guest

      When did I say that?

      • Bill Smith

        Forensic, I also agree and thanks.

  • fmigliorelli

    when can we dump kevin long?

    • http://yankees.lhblogs.com/ Need Pitching & Hitting

      When it would likely make a difference?

    • ScottinSJ

      He somehow has maintained full immunity. But there are plenty of folks who will tell you that it’s only a matter of time before this team breaks out and starts hitting.

  • Habfab

    Those complaining forget that Cleveland has an excellent ball club that simply werent meeting expectations . I still think if everybody returns, we have a shot at the World Series.

    • ScottinSJ

      Excellent?? LOL

    • Terry Noack

      Yeah that’s why they traded their best pitcher Masterson???

      • forensic

        Masterson was their best pitcher???

        • Terry Noack

          He was. He was having a down year and they were out of it so they traded him. Kluber is good, but doesn’t have a track record like Masterson has.

        • Deep Thoughts

          It’s like they passed the Village Idiot hat around each day. Let’s see who crawls out of the woodwork tomorrow.

  • ScottinSJ

    Joba getting a chance to close for DET today, and he has allowed the tying run. Bases still loaded in bottom of the 9th.

  • NYCORNERSTONE

    live to die another day

  • BKamm

    That’s a CLOWN comment Sis.
    He didn’t need to do that. I haven’t thought highly of Ichiro for years before I read the name Mike Axisa.

  • BKamm

    You really do remind me of Trisha. Are you sure you aren’t her or her sister? It is just like her to suck up to the blog owner and then make a snide, snotty, comment about anyone that may disagree with her.