Aug
19

Game 123: Opposites

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The Yankees and Astros could not be any more different. One team has a huge payroll, the other has a laughably small payroll by 2014 standards. One has one of the oldest rosters in the league, the other has one of the youngest. One is actually trying to contend and doing whatever they can to win, the other is content with losing and stockpiling prospects for a future than may never come.

After winning two straight over the Rays this past weekend, the Yankees have some renewed hope that their postseason chances are not completely shot. They are three games back of the second wildcard spot with 39 games to play after tonight. If they’re going to make a run, it has to start with a beatdown of a lowly Astros at home this week. Here is Houston’s 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 Martin Prado
  7. C Brian McCann
  8. 3B Chase Headley
  9. RF Ichiro Suzuki
    LHP Chris Capuano

It’s starting to feel a little like fall in New York. The temperature is hovering around 80 even though it’s nice and sunny and there are no clouds in the sky. There is no rain in the forecast tonight either. Tonight’s game is scheduled to begin at 7:05pm ET. You can watch on My9. Enjoy.

Categories : Game Threads
  • n0exit

    Brutal stretch coming up here. They have 7 day games in 11 days, with 3 day games after a night game and a double header.

    • Preston

      Good thing the roster got a lot deeper after the trade deadline.

    • forensic

      Might need to send down a position player and get an extra reliever up…

  • Michael Pineddarda

    It’s not only a must win, it’s a must sweep. I just don’t think they have the offensive firepower to do so.

  • forensic

    So, they changed the scoring on Jeter’s “infield single” in the first inning against the Indians a little bit ago. Good decision, no idea how it was ruled a hit in the first place.

    • MikhelB

      I wonder why the Yankees did not ask MLB to review the error scored in a Gardner’s play that hit the glove of Alexis Ríos at Texas with Gardner ending up in third base, to me it looked more likea hit than an error on a hard hit ball with a lot of effort by the OF to get to it.

  • MikhelB

    The Yankees should sweep the Astros, but has all the markings for the Yankees being swept by them to in the end more or less average 0.500 in the past two series.

  • Howler

    But….I thought the Astros are going to be 2017 World Series champion…tell that to their recent first round draft pick.

  • Game 3

    Let’s do this.

  • Trisha

    GO YANKEES!

    I don’t remember the last time the Yankees were so not in control of their destiny.

    • forensic

      Um, last year?

      • Farewell Mo

        LOL.
        Early Alzheimers???

  • Macho Man “Randy Levine”

    “It’s starting to feel a little like fall in New York.”

    Considering it’s not actually fall for another month, this is very troubling to me.

    • Game 3

      It’s been downright chilly. In mid-August in NYC. I’m ok with it, though.

  • Trisha

    They made the postseason last year. I don’t remember them having to leapfrog so many teams to get a wild card.

    • forensic

      They made the postseason last year? I can’t believe I missed it.

      • Farewell Mo

        Maybe she was playing “MLB 13″ and got confused

    • Trisha

      Sorry. Last year was the endless injury year. You are right. I guess I did denial on them missing the postseason.

  • http://batman-news.com Barbara

    Trisha, do you still read medieval literature? We’ve always loved to hear you roar.

    • Trisha

      You are mixing me up with someone else. I believe that Rebecca was always interested in medieval lit.

  • vicki

    oh, AJ.

  • The Other Matt

    Headley should’ve had gotten that, despite being in a bit on the dirt because of Altuve’s speed.

  • vicki

    the ol’ fake passed ball.

  • Trisha

    Actually if things align for us we could actually do it. I remember the Yankees totally collapsing one year and backing into the postseason. Maybe Baltimore will do the same for us – collapse that is – and we could move into first.

  • NYCORNERSTONE

    Starting to feel like fall sounds so nice its 95 here in st pete fl eh every day

  • http://batman-news.com Barbara

    Vicki: Great to see you here from Lohud. Lohud always had a dynamic population of womyn, which seemed to be lacking here on RAB before Lohud took things over.
    The level of discourse has improved a lot since so many Lohudders have come over.
    Always welcome more womyn here.

  • No 2013 again

    Nice to see Ellsbury get a hit.. wasn’t the greatest AB but we`ll take it

  • The Other Matt

    I remember the first series this season against the Astros when it seemed as though everything the Yankees put into to play was hit right at someone positioned perfectly in the shift. Jeter’s lineout just reminded me, and if I recall correctly he had a very similar lineout to second in one of the first two games.

  • forensic

    That number of shifts is insane.

    • vicki

      yet even they would not shift on jackie bradley jr.

    • Bunuelo

      Im not butthurt nor am I a cynic, but I still hate defensive shifts. They ruined Teixeira in 2010

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

        Becoming a dead pull hitter ruined Teixeira.

      • forensic

        Tex ruined himself by trying to pull everything instead of staying the great all-fields hitter that he was.

    • NYCORNERSTONE

      it works more then not

  • nycsportzfan

    Tex was all over that high fastball! Nice!

  • Mickey Scheister

    Beltran making him work, results weren’t there but that was a good AB nonetheless.

  • NYCORNERSTONE

    Beltran swung at all balls eh

  • W.B. Mason Williams

    26 pitches in the 1st doesn’t hurt

  • Alkaline

    Exactly who comprises our rotation now is still pretty hilarious to me.

  • Mickey Scheister

    21 – 7 game this day back in 1962. That’s the total runs the Yanks have scored in August, or pretty close without checking.

  • NYCORNERSTONE

    Capuano reminds me a little bit of Andy

    • nycsportzfan

      Most of the crafty leftys have that feel to em. Kenny Rogers , Andy Pettitte, Chris Capuano, Jimmy Key..etc

      • NYCORNERSTONE

        Jamie Moyer David Wells

  • NYCORNERSTONE

    2 STRIKES NOT CALLED HERE WE GO AGAIN

  • TCF16

    I know it’s not news, but it’s insane how many games start out scoreless for at least the first few innings, if not through the 4th or 5th. Our picthing has been pretty amazing all things considered. With even a halfway decent offense we’s be a tough team to beat. Remember when a 3-0 lead in the 1st or 2nd was a pretty frequent occurence? When was that, 2012? Oy.

  • nycsportzfan

    If you could have one Astro on the Yanks not including Jose Altuve, who are you picking? For me it’d probably be Kuechel.

    • forensic

      George Springer. The strikeouts are absurd but the total package is worth it.

      • Preston

        Yeah, I don’t think it’s close either. Keuchel is having a nice season, but he was bad his first two years. I’ll take the position player with an elite speed power combo. If he doesn’t cut down on the Ks he’s a good player, if he does he’s a great player.

    • http://riveraveblues.com Mike Axisa

      Not the biggest Springer fan, but he’s the only other guy on that team with any kind of star potential. Has to be him.

      • NYCORNERSTONE

        29 homers for Carter mike = star potential

        • Preston

          Nobody would have said he had star potential a month ago. I’m not going to change my opinion on the guy because he’s gotten ridiculously hot.

    • Bunuelo

      Springer no contest

    • NYCORNERSTONE

      Carter

    • Farewell Mo

      I always liked Jose Cruz.

  • Michael Pineddarda

    Strike 3 right down the middle. Get a couple runs and it’s over.

  • vicki

    hockey-style helmets are lame.

  • Michael Pineddarda

    Prado looks at strike 3 right down the middle, McCann swings and misses a hanging breaking ball, same old same old from this offense no matter who the opponent is.

  • NYCORNERSTONE

    Not seeing the ball

  • NYCORNERSTONE

    wow Headly hit it lol

  • Dro413

    Getting tired of B. McCann, he’s garbage! Either he strikes out or pops up. Barely see a hit from him. $85 million for that?

    • Farewell Mo

      It’s almost been a full year of garbage. You’d think the NY adjustment period would be over by now. It’s gonna be a LONG 5 years if this crap continues.

      • nyyankfan7

        Dear Farewell Mo…

        Blow me.

        Love,
        B. McCann

    • Michael Pineddarda

      I think they need to play Frankie more and I’ve been saying that for weeks. Frankie has been out hitting McCann and he does it for $84 million less.

    • NYCORNERSTONE

      mccann cant handle ny

      • TCF16

        …or can he????

        • NYCORNERSTONE

          THATS THE MCCANN WE SEEN IN ATLANTA ,, ILL KEEP SAYING HE CANT HANDLE NY AND HOPE HE KEEPS HITTING THEM LIKE THAT !

  • nycsportzfan

    Cappy with the hops

  • vicki

    the old man got some air there.

  • nycsportzfan

    I love it. No runs for Stros and we got Altuve outta the picture for a bit.

  • Mickey Scheister

    Let’s put some digits on the board this inning.

  • NYCORNERSTONE

    nice Cap

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

    Worst looking swing on a hit ever?

  • Mickey Scheister

    I’m thinking JJ Hardy for SS next year.

  • nycsportzfan

    Ichiro likes that 4th OF role boy. Hes nice when he gets adequete rest.

    • nycsportzfan

      187 Hits away from 3000 for Ichiro

  • Pete22

    Our best hitter bunting against the Astros in the 3rd. Shaking head.

  • Michael Pineddarda

    I knew Gardy was going to bunt as soon as he got up there. Just terrible baseball.

  • forensic

    I absolutely despise bunting in front of Jeter.

    • Mickey Scheister

      With a LHP, I get it but I’d prefer Ichiro attempt to steal.

    • Pete22

      Good thing he did or that was a Jeter GIDP (assuming Gardner made an out some other way)

  • Captain Clutch

    Why was Gardner bunting? I really don’t get it. He does very weird things on a baseball field.

  • Michael Pineddarda

    Girardi played for one run and he’s going to get none. Jeter hits groundballs, he’s not going to drive the ball like Gardy can.

  • NYCORNERSTONE

    bunting on the yankees is giving away free outs

  • Guy Smith

    Why is NYCSportzfan allowed to call Ichiro an Old Jap??

    • NYCORNERSTONE

      why is ishiro even still on the team and sorianos not

    • http://riveraveblues.com Mike Axisa

      What the hell are you talking about?

      • vicki

        zap the troll; move on.

        • forensic

          Guy Smith, Bill Smith, and Habfab are all the same guy. Taking them all out would be nice since this is all they do every night on here.

          • http://riveraveblues.com Mike Axisa

            Noted.

  • Habfab

    Will tonight’s moderators please ban NYCSportsfan.

  • mustang

    Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.
    Albert Einstein
    Yankees fans: watching this team doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.

    4th inning 3 hits 0 runs vs a bad team same old same point made.

    • NYCORNERSTONE

      need to fire long wake these guys up

      • mustang

        Yea,
        NO
        Nothing is going to wake these guys up they are what they are

        • NYCORNERSTONE

          George would of fired him in may lol

          • mustang

            Yes he would of followed by Joe in June and Cashman right after the O’s series. Not saying it would of been the right moves, but he would of.

    • vicki

      oberholtzer’s decent. get to their awful pen and even this offense should feast.

      i reproached you for your baseless optimism last year, but fatalistic stang is making me sad.

      • mustang

        This season has worn me down. I fell for that little run just before and right after the all-star break, but if it walks like a duck…..

  • nycsportzfan

    Prado with the knock. Come on guys, for the love of god get something going and score a freaking run!

    • nycsportzfan

      They Listened!!! Bri Guy goes deep into the night!

  • Captain Clutch

    Beltran can’t drive the ball at all. He should just have that surgery and get it over with. It looks like he is playing at 50%.

  • Michael Pineddarda

    If someone would just hit a 2 run HR this would be over. They don’t need more than a couple runs.

    • Alkaline

      Such a clairvoyant!

  • Livingston Abreu

    McCann Home Run coming soon

    • Livingston Abreu

      lol wow called it (padding myself on the back)

      • NYCORNERSTONE

        STICK AROUND THAT YOU DID !

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

    Nice

  • forensic

    Yeah McCann!
    Still don’t understand the reverse split this year, but it helps tonight.

  • NYCORNERSTONE

    Prados wakening up a bit

  • Justin

    Breaking News : Yanks are on the board!

    • Mickey Scheister

      YES!

  • Michael Pineddarda

    The toe tap works! There’s the 2 runs for the pitching staff.

    • TB

      lol good call man

  • Get Phelps Up

    I loved the really loud “FUCK” right after that ball was hit.

  • Captain Clutch

    Capuano just got all of his runs that he will get for tonight. Make it hold up or lose.

  • NYCORNERSTONE

    ABREU CALLED IT

  • Mickey Scheister

    That last pitch to Headley wasn’t in the strike zone.

  • mustang
  • NYCORNERSTONE

    IT ALMOST HIT HEADLY STRIKE 3

  • Mickey Scheister

    “If these guys would just start playing to the back of their baseball cards.”

    I’ll take 3/4s of their career numbers at this point.

  • Pkyankfan69

    I’d never throw Singleon a strike… If you throw a breaking pitch that dives out of the zone he doesn’t have a chance

  • mustang

    Well that’s our alloted run ration now we pray for great pitching or rain.
    I guess rain…lol

    • Bunuelo

      Praying doesn’t work, the BABIP gods require a daily dose of orphan blood and virgin sacrifice

  • NYCORNERSTONE

    Seem it happens every time yanks score they give one right back

  • Donnie Baseball

    Jacoby Ellsbury and his .271 avg. money well spent Cash and Hal good job

    • NYCORNERSTONE

      they liked him better then Cano pfffffffffft

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

        No. They didn’t.

        • Preston

          As evidenced by the fact that they offered Cano more money.

          • Donnie Baseball

            because Cano’s worth more money foolish that they all of a sudden started worrying about years 8, 9, 10 all of a sudden with a homegrown future HOF

        • Donnie Baseball

          Nothing it is just he’s being paid 21 million to bat .271 and nothing really else it was a bad signing

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

            He’s a good, solid player.

            But yeah, too much money and too many years.

      • Donnie Baseball

        Nothing it is just he’s being paid 21 million to bat .271 and nothing really else it was a bad signing

    • Mickey Scheister

      What did Ellsbury do wrong that half inning?

    • YankeeFan™

      hes been are second best player this year

      • Donnie Baseball

        That is not saying much. Second best on a team of shit is still shit.

  • Mickey Scheister

    That same pitch was a called strike three on Headley, in relation to height (the pitch was prob 6 inches lower to Altuve)

  • http://www.linesinmyhead.blogspot.com Judgielo – The Future

    Capuano has been a godsend to this rotation.

  • Michael Pineddarda

    One more from Cappy and they can set up Kelley-Deli-Drob for the 3rd straight game. Or they can just do what normal offenses do for once, make it 5-1 and bring in Esmil to close it out.

  • mustang

    Wow! 3 outs in a eye blink.
    Its like there not even trying.

    • NYCORNERSTONE

      been like that all year it seems

  • NYCORNERSTONE

    eh

  • Pete22

    Kay does not get it. The call that gave Jeter the tie with Wagner was incredibly bad. It made MLB look bad due to lack of integrity of the scorer, cast the Yankees in a bad light because it happened in their park and disrespected Jeter himself. The official scorer should be fired. Jeter himself might very well have challenged the decision. He does not need that kind of help.

    • Preston

      Kay doesn’t get a lot of things.

    • Mickey Scheister

      I think the bigger issue is, it took 11 days. There is no “moment” now that can be replayed for something that took his entire career to accomplish.

  • mustang

    How many pitches did Oberholtzer throw that inning?
    +

    • forensic

      7.

      • mustang

        Just shot me please.

  • YankeeFan™

    fowler flew wow

  • Captain Clutch

    The yanks offense hates this part of the game, when they realize that it will take more than 2 runs to win this game. So pathetic night after night.

  • Captain Clutch

    Why was the infield back when your team can’t score runs?! That was really stupid decision to give up a free run like that.

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

      No outs. Capuano on the mound. Weak middle relief.

  • forensic

    Of course they don’t blow people out. You actually need to be able to score runs to do that.

  • Mickey Scheister

    Girardi needs a Zantac.

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

    Warren coming in doesn’t exactly inspire a warm, fuzzy feeling.

  • Captain Clutch

    What was Girardi waiting for to pull Capuano? it’s hysterical how he always gives the pitcher 2-3 extra batters when it is obvious that the pitcher is done.

    • Michael Pineddarda

      He wanted to get Cappy a chance at the W.

    • YankeeDJW

      Trying not to burn out and an already over-used bullpen. The well-rested ones are no better than Capuano anyway.

  • Mickey Scheister

    Hopefully Warren doesn’t give up the obligatory immediate base hit.

  • mustang

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Mhvk2cY9QE

    When they use to score runs yes it happen once a looooong time ago… Tear running down my face.

  • nycsportzfan

    Jesus Kay is making it out to sound like Warrens been Rick Ankiel out there for us. He had a few rough outings but not season crumbling or anything. If he does bad tonight, I might start to worry.

    • stuart

      he has been bad for quite a while.. unless you have been on vacation for over a month.

  • NYCORNERSTONE

    Rogers has disappeared since that great start,, umps don’t want yanks winning this one

  • forensic

    Warren really got lucky in that AB.

    • LIYankeeFan

      Definitely

  • LIYankeeFan

    Where is Esmil Rogers right now?

  • Michael Pineddarda

    A lefty PHer, why isn’t Girardi countering with his secret weapon Rich Hill?

  • Cill Bosby

    Wow just wow

  • Captain Clutch

    Well there goes this game. It was fun while it lasted.

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

    Shocking.

    Not.

  • nycsportzfan

    Hahha. Ok, Warren does look bad. That was a freaking terrible pitch!

  • forensic

    Sigh, that felt inevitable.

  • Bunuelo

    We have a lead!

    Aand it’s gone

  • Captain Clutch

    Warren has been absolutely terrible

  • Michael Pineddarda

    And that’s the ballgame. Girardi lost another one. I just knew they would lose this series. Shut Tanaka down, shut Pineda down, shut Warren down, shut em all down.

    • YankeeDJW

      How did Girardi lose this? Are you even watching?

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

        Trying to use Warren to get out of a jam is … sub-optimal.

        • vicki

          i think the hope was a double-play ball; and he kind of got one, but it was misplayed.

        • YankeeDJW

          Who else is he supposed to use? The bullpen is gassed. If we scored more than twice, the pitchers wouldn’t be in this situation. Blame the players, not the manager.

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

            They just had an off day. They aren’t that gassed. I’m sure Kelley, Betances, and DRob are all available, and all would have pitched if they kept the lead (or even tie).
            Better to use the better relievers in the bigger situations. Coming in to get out of a jam is a big situation.

            I agree the lack of scoring and lack of quality depth in the bullpen are much bigger issues, but Girardi could slightly alleviate that by using his best relievers to get the biggest outs.

    • Donnie Baseball

      Guess it was not one of those must-win games for Girardi.

    • ropeadope1

      Can we shut you down? Or up?

    • OldYanksFan

      Shut down Eddard……

  • nycsportzfan

    Lets not use are fastball ever and keep hanging 87mph sliders with no action on em in the middle of the strike zone. Freaking disgusting.

  • Donnie Baseball

    Concentrate on tomorrow. The only starts that matter now are Greene’s and Pineda’s starts until Tanaka does anything.

  • Mickey Scheister

    O Warren

  • LIYankeeFan

    Where the heck is Rogers?

  • stuart

    don’t worry with this high powered offense I feel a 6 spot coming. nice pitch for warren so he has been bad for what 45 days? Another run of the mill relief pitcher. Capuano pitched well and gave up 4 runs, that is when he pitched well. the overuse bull on warren.. is simply bull…

  • Michael Pineddarda

    Keep throwing that slider that has proven time and time again not to work. You would think McCann would stop calling for it.

    • nycsportzfan

      The funny part is hes throwing these things at 87mph with no bite and sitting on a 95mph fastball.

  • mustang

    And that’s the game….smh…. why am i even bothering.
    Enjoy the rest of night guys.

  • nycsportzfan

    Still got time. Get at least one back here.

  • Captain Clutch

    It would take the yanks another 10 innings or more to score 2 more runs. How sad.

  • Donnie Baseball

    The rest of this season is about honoring Derek Jeter and then seeing how Pineda, Tanaka, and Greene round out looking into next season.

  • LIYankeeFan

    WHY WAS ROGERS NOT BROUGHT IN? HE PITCHES GREAT FOR FIVE INNINGS AND IT’S TWO WEEKS LATER AND HE HASN’T PITCHED AGAIN YET!!

    • forensic

      He just pitched in the Rays series. Allowed an inherited runner to score and then gave up a ripped homer by Loney.

      • LIYankeeFan

        Oh sorry didn’t see that. But once in two weeks…

  • Mickey Scheister

    That “slider” looked really bad. Why did McCann allow him to throw that tumbling meatball?

  • nycsportzfan

    Leadoff single by ells! Can we see a SB please!

    • nycsportzfan

      Ells gets robbed of a SB by the Balk.lol

  • LIYankeeFan

    Home run! Get one! Tie it up!

  • Yankee Fan 1
    • forensic

      I’m sure they appreciated him doing it in the clubhouse. And someone else should be holding that damn bucket, Tanaka’s right arm is too valuable for that!
      Last night, Justin Verlander and Kate Upton completed the challenge together.
      I bet they did…

      • Yankee Fan 1

        Lol, I was wondering why CC and Tanak were allowed to hold the bucket too.

  • ScottinSJ

    Those runs were on Girardi. Capuano was shot, and he leaves him in to give up two straight hits. Playing to win, Joe?

  • robert G. Moulton

    if the Yankees can’t beat the worst team in baseball then they don’t deserve to get into the playoffs. Girardi left Capuano in too long which he is prone to do and then Warren gives up a single and 2 runs score and Suzuki gets an error on the throw. Again if the Yankees offense doesn’t score runs you can’t blame it on pitching. McCann’s home run the only offense really tonight. This has been the problem with this team all year. You can’t win games only scoring 1 or 2 runs and the Yankees get behind after the 6th they haven’t got what it takes to come back.

  • nycsportzfan

    Tex can’t lay off that ankle low change.

  • Justin

    Ah the good old I’ll balk then strike you out trick …

  • Captain Clutch

    It’s amazing how much crap Tex swings at. Can the dude ever lay off a change up in the dirt?

  • nycsportzfan

    Beltran looks cooked. He looks like Sori did on the breaking ball this whole season almost, outside a spurt here and there. I hope i’m wrong.

    • ScottinSJ

      Beltran has been cooked since May. Another top-notch 3-year signing.

    • nycsportzfan

      Earned a walk for himself though. Can’t complain about that.

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

      He’s been OK left handed, but god-awful right handed this year.

  • Captain Clutch

    All of a sudden the strike expands. What a joke.

  • nycsportzfan

    This ump squeezed Capuano and now is screwing Prado. He sucks.

  • Terry Noack

    I come home and see this score. Are you kidding me? Losing to the lowly Astros with another ho hum 2 runs scored. They can’t beat these guys then they should just call it a season!!

    • ScottinSJ

      Not really a surprise. They took 2 of 3 from NYY to start the season.

      • Terry Noack

        Yeah I remember sadly enough.. Not many highlights to this season.

  • Michael Pineddarda

    These aren’t even close to being strikes. Headley had one almost hit his ribs called a strike.

  • Mickey Scheister

    This fucking zone.

  • LIYankeeFan

    Can a manager eject an umpire?

  • YankeeFan™

    yessssssssssssssssssssssssss

  • nycsportzfan

    Freak yeah Prado!!!!! Holy shit, I freaking love it!!! Proud of Prado!!!!

  • Yankee Fan 1

    PRADO

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

    Prado!!!!

  • vicki

    keenly.

  • TCF16

    The Devils Wears Prado!

  • mustang

    HOLY SHIT !!!!

  • Captain Clutch

    Yes! Prado is heating up.

  • Justin

    Omigiod , 4 runs !

  • ScottinSJ

    Our hottest hitter comes through.

  • Michael Pineddarda

    PRADO! TIE GAME!!!!!!!!

  • forensic

    Nice! Thanks for leaving the lefty in to face Prado. And well played, Marisnick.

  • nycsportzfan

    Kinda funny how Prado was a bust after being here a wk and half though.lol

  • dkidd

    michael-cera-on-steroids comes through

    • vicki

      if michael cera and raul ibanez had a baby.

  • LIYankeeFan

    YES

  • LIYankeeFan

    THANK YOU PRADO

  • Mickey Scheister

    Prado…dontcha know!!

  • LIYankeeFan

    The Prado of the. Yankees

  • YankeeDJW

    That was the most exciting play I’ve seen from this team in weeks.

    • Masahiro Nakamura

      Yep. Haven’t gotten that excited from a hit in awhile.

  • Michael Pineddarda

    I wouldn’t even mess with Warren anymore. Bring in Kelley-Delin-Drob and hope we can score one against these guys. Should be able to with the season on the line.

    • LIYankeeFan

      I agree

  • mustang

    nycsportzfan • 14 minutes ago
    Still got time. Get at least one back here.

    WELL DONE!

    • nycsportzfan

      Thanks but I can’t take credit for still thinking we have a chance down 2 in only the 6th inning against one of the worst teams in baseball,, at our home stadium..lol Albeit, the offense sure makes you wonder sometimes.lol Thanks though Mustang.

      • mustang

        Take the credit because I for one have lost faith. I was reaching for the remote when Mr Prado said NO!

  • Preston

    The Astros Bullpen has an ERA of 5 this year, time to feast.

  • UnKnown

    Boom boom bang bang. Let’s Go!!!

  • LIYankeeFan

    McCann just almost got hit…

  • ScottinSJ

    Not sure what the hell happened to Warren. After tonight, he’ll be as highly regarded as Rich Hill.

    • LIYankeeFan

      Amen.

  • Adjusts Batting Gloves

    2014 New York Yankees: they might not make the post-season, but every game feels like the post-season.

    • ScottinSJ

      LOL. How very true.

    • mustang

      Yea,
      That gets old fast

  • Michael Pineddarda

    Now would be a good time for Chase to get back into the action with a big clutch hit. He hasn’t done anything since his debut.

    • LIYankeeFan

      Struck out

    • ScottinSJ

      From our 3 new infielders, we’ve had about one good week from Headley and a currently hot Prado. Drew has none nada.

  • vicki

    fuck you, paul emmel.

    • Deathstroke Heathcott

      Stupid ump.

    • ropeadope1

      That’s your friend Paul, no?

  • Terry Noack

    Thank you Prado. Glad to see the new guys contribute!

  • Michael Pineddarda

    These pitches aren’t even close. How is that man still a major league umpire.

    • RhapsodyInBlue

      Very good question

  • Captain Clutch

    It looks like the ump wants this game to end. Now everything that the Astros throw is a strike. The yanks better get the same strike zone but I doubt that they will.

    • Pasta Stumbling Sojo

      Um, the game is tied. It was a bad call, but that wasn’t the reason he made it.

    • NYCORNERSTONE

      this is ump is a real pos we need robots

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

    Heads it’s a strike, tails it’s a ball.

    http://www.brooksbaseball.net/.....ache=1.gif

  • Michael Pineddarda

    As long as Kelley doesn’t have another implosion here I’m confident Delin and Drob can get by scoreless. They just need to score 1 run in 3 innings and we should be able to do that with the season on the line.

    • ScottinSJ

      No mean feat that.

  • LIYankeeFan

    The game has been on for 2 and a half hours and there is still three innings left. The ump just wants to go home.

    • Deathstroke Heathcott

      Well the quickest way for the ump would be to get the Yankees one more run and then avoid the bottom half of the 9th as a result. He’s just a bad ump.

      • LIYankeeFan

        True. But how do you score one run without hitting, (if you are the ump)? Walk 4 in a row?

        • Deathstroke Heathcott

          Put the Yankees hitters in hitting counts and they’d have a better chance. I’m not disputing that this ump is bad, but if his plan is to get home asap, he’s not going about it the right way.

          • LIYankeeFan

            Okay, I will agree with you on this. Nevertheless, the ump is bad.

  • ScottinSJ

    On positive note, Kelley’s return to form gives us 3 dependable relievers again.

    • LIYankeeFan

      Positive note… 3 dependable relievers… This is not a World Series winning roster.

      • ScottinSJ

        It’s probably not a playoff roster, but that doesn’t change my comment.

        • LIYankeeFan

          True. I’m just saying, though.

  • Tar

    I wish they would have also recognized that Viet Nam Vets three Marine children. Great family

  • mustang

    I’m not sure what’s worse the Yankees offense or having sterling and waldman repeat it on radio. The other day minimum 25 times saying the same shit!
    I just turn it off before someone got hurt.

  • NYCORNERSTONE

    one of the worst home plate umpiring i ever seen tonight very frustrating

  • NYCORNERSTONE

    ichrio cant catch up to the fastball anymore

    • http://riveraveblues.com Mike Axisa

      Welcome to 2011.

  • LIYankeeFan

    Does anyone know when the game is tomorrow?

    • LIYankeeFan

      Anyone?

      • forensic

        7 pm eastern.

        • LIYankeeFan

          Thanks

  • ScottinSJ

    As in every other game seemingly, it comes down to needing to somehow scratch out a run late in the game. They will have to score 5 runs to win this, a level not reached for quite some time.

  • Michael Pineddarda

    2 innings to score one run with the season on the line. Detroit has taken the lead, Seattle has won. We need this W.

    • ScottinSJ

      Yep, they pretty much need to win at a .667 clip going forward.

    • LIYankeeFan

      We need every W nowadays.

  • Trisha

    So I’m thinking that if we get Tanaka back, if we can hold the fort ’til then we could probably end up playing 750 ball with the pitching we have. Kuroda, Tanaka, Pineda, McCarthy and then Betances to DRob with Warren, Phelps, Kelley and others for innings before the 8th.

  • forensic

    That was quite a swing there.

  • Michael Pineddarda

    He didn’t start swinging until the ball was in the glove. They’re no match for Delin.

    • LIYankeeFan

      98 mph. Wow. I remember last year Dellins first game of last year and he gave up like seven runs or something in an inning

  • ScottinSJ

    I don’t understand why you’d shift with a guy who throws 98 mph on the mound.

  • Tar

    Why would you shift, and play someone to pull the ball against Betances?

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

      fwiw, most of the grounders he’s given up to lefties this year have been pulled.

      • Tar

        Ok… that makes sense. On paper you wouldn’t think so though would you?

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

          No. I would guess most of those may have been off curves, but I don’t know for sure.

  • Michael Pineddarda

    Heart of the order due up. Let’s hope Sipp is done or Ellsbury and McCann will be easy outs.

  • Captain Clutch

    Offense please wake up again!

  • ScottinSJ

    Need one now. Staring at the B relievers after next inning.

  • ScottinSJ

    Run, Jacoby, run!

  • Michael Pineddarda

    There’s the winning run on 1st base. Run run run and get in scoring position.

  • Trisha

    No way to overstate what an acquisition Ellsbury has been. If you only look at games under a microscope you might not think so. When you look at the big picture, it’s obvious.

    • Captain Clutch

      Yep. If only the yanks had a middle of the order to go along with him.

      • Trisha

        I saw some quick stat about McCann hitting 292. I didn’t get how many games they were going back or what time period they were using.

      • Trisha

        Ellsbury just showed us one of the reasons. :)

  • YankeeFan™

    3 hits for ellsbury

  • ropeadope1

    Better than a sacrifice!

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

    Good job getting the runner to third, Tex.

    • forensic

      heh

  • YankeeFan™

    Love Ellsbury speed nice

  • ScottinSJ

    Now please.

  • Captain Clutch

    Now if only the yanks can actually score him

  • Michael Pineddarda

    Ells at 3rd! That’s why you run. Now hit one of your fly balls McCann and get the run home.

  • nycsportzfan

    Ells earning that $$$$ tonight!

  • Justin

    Birthday gift…

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

    ffs

  • nycsportzfan

    Beltran is terrible.

  • Captain Clutch

    What a surprise. Beltran has killed them the most out of anyone this year. Why even send him home on that?!

  • Trisha

    Did it really make any sense for him to run?

  • forensic

    Ugh, it’s such an arduous task for this offense to actually score.

  • ScottinSJ

    Shocker there. Carlos yet again.

  • TCF16

    WTF. Sterling sais Ellsbury “had to come home with one out; he HAD to come. With one out you HAVE to come.” Is that true?

    • Trisha

      That makes absolutely no sense to me. It didn’t look like he had a prayer.

    • roberto kelly johnson

      i have no problem with running…the fastest guy on the team..that was the best shot to score.

    • nycsportzfan

      It makes no sense, but this is a non issue if Beltran just did his job for a change. Hes pissing me off quite a bit this yr.

    • Pasta Stumbling Sojo

      I don’t necessarily have a problem with taking the gamble, but Sterling is an idiot, and of course he didn’t HAVE to run.

      • Pasta Stumbling Sojo

        By contrast, the TV guys have done a good of talking about it. It was a contact play that’s a gamble, and basically he’d probably score unless it’s hit hard right at an infielder, which is unfortunately exactly what happened.

  • I am Brett Godner

    good lord that was painful

  • LIYankeeFan

    Really Ellsbury ya had to run

  • Septhinox

    Awesome base running there..

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

      Probably called from the bench.

  • Bunuelo

    The devil wears Prado

  • LIYankeeFan

    Thx Prado, if Ells didn’t run

  • nycsportzfan

    Hey Beltran, you see what the rest of your teammates are doing tonight? Its called H-i-t-t-i-n-g.

    • LIYankeeFan

      Even more bad is that Beltran is DHing

  • ScottinSJ

    The three “power” guys are all under .240. Explains the pitiful RBI totals. Such a sad joke.

  • Justin

    Is he lost !? Stop going to the mound !

  • forensic

    This would be a nice time for McCann to remember how to hit righties.
    Or not, couldn’t even let me finish typing one sentence.

    • roberto kelly johnson

      to be fair, he did hit it hard.

  • nycsportzfan

    Of course we get the flyball with 2outs.

  • LIYankeeFan

    Ellsbury basically flushed all hope of winning this game down the toilet.

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

      Probably called from the bench.
      And they only had that chance because of Ellsbury to begin with.

      • LIYankeeFan

        But still…

    • roberto kelly johnson

      it had to be a perfect play to get him and how much faith do u have in the yankees to get a 2 out hit…this offense forces more gambles.

      • LIYankeeFan

        YES Network just showed a replay of the play. Ells started running basically after the shortstop got the ball. As if he was expecting (and wanting) to get out. How much are we paying him again?

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

          Yeah, he clearly wanted to get out.

          smdh

          • LIYankeeFan

            Is that sarcasm or the truth? (I’m sorry.)

  • ScottinSJ

    That was the chance. Now it’s Robertson in the 9th and garbage thereafter.

    • Trisha

      So then hope for a walk off. And according to Sterling and Waldman, our pen is a lot deeper than theirs.

  • Michael Pineddarda

    That’s what we needed Carlos to do. Down to one inning to score a run. Drob will throw the 9th and then it’s Esmil, Rich Hill, and all the guys you don’t want in there with the season on the line.

    • I am Brett Godner

      At least Warren already pitched so thats one less of the guys you don’t want to see on the mound with the season on the line………..I swear that almost made sense in my head when I started typing it.

  • NYCORNERSTONE

    when its bad its bad

  • cas1120

    That sucked. Sorry Sterling, but Ells didn’t HAVE TO RUN.

  • Terry Noack

    Comical that this team finds so many ways not to score runs!

  • ScottinSJ

    Don’t dismay, Carlos has 2 years to improve and McCann has 4. Wow.

  • nycsportzfan

    All ready just knowing this isn’t a Sv situation, my nerves are on edge with Drob in the 9th here.

    • ScottinSJ

      Then just watch your nerves in the 10th, 11th, etc.

    • Bunuelo

      Your nerves are on the edge when a guy with a 2.73 ERA comes in the game?

  • NYCORNERSTONE

    prado on 2nd rest of season

  • Trisha

    Had to take most of the game on the radio. Heard Waldman saying that Nats lost 6 in a row and are winning 6 in a row. Then she said it has been a season of streaks for ALL teams. You can bet PEDS are in low use. This season is proving that to me.

  • runninonempty

    I am starting to worry that Betances will get ruined this season regardless if they win tonight and/or get a playoff spot. Would it be worth it? He already has the most innings of any reliever in MLB this season and his are all high stress.

    • nycsportzfan

      Hes on pace for less inning then MO in 1996 when he set up Wetteland. It didn’t seem to have a effect on his career.lol

      • runninonempty

        I hope you are right. I know he’s a big strong guy, but so was Strassburg. But I guess if it’s gonna happen it’s gonna happen.

  • Gregory Eckes

    Girardi needed to take a chance there with a struggling offense. No problem with him taking it

    • I am Brett Godner

      Its a fair chance to take. It was actually pretty poorly executed IMO.

  • Trisha

    Is this umpire on beans? Just sayin’

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

      Paul Emmel is always on beans.

      • Trisha

        This is why we need electronic game calling. That first pitch DRob threw was totally a strike and it was called a ball.

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

          People can wish it, but the WUA would never allow it.

        • LIYankeeFan

          Electronic game calling? It would be good, but really?

          • Deathstroke Heathcott

            It’ll sadly only happen once all the old farts in baseball die off.

            • LIYankeeFan

              It would be better than this ump though

              • Deathstroke Heathcott

                He’s been calling that outside strike all game and then goes mute here.

                • LIYankeeFan

                  Heads or tails, I’m telling you.

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

                  There is worse umpires in this game than Paul Emmel, just for the record. Let me get his game chart out.

                  • Deathstroke Heathcott

                    I hate the wide zone he has but I’d be a little more okay with it if he called it both ways. He’s been horrible today.

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

                      No question he’s been terribly inconsistent.

                    • LIYankeeFan

                      Game over

                    • LIYankeeFan

                      He’s upset for being out here for over three hours.

                    • LIYankeeFan

                      Just heard that Rich Hill was warming up.

          • Trisha

            But it would be accurate. And isn’t that what we all want?

            • LIYankeeFan

              I agree. Anything is better than this ump right now

    • NYCORNERSTONE

      worst umpiring of the yeart and weve had some bad ones

      • Trisha

        And this is what pisses me off. We’re always stuck with the final score, which is fine as long as it represents what the players did on the field. When the ump is ridiculous, we’re still stuck with the final score. It is WRONG WRONG WRONG.

        • runninonempty

          and now you will have that fascist Torre who supports all the umps over the players. He is like a right wing freak who sides with authority every time.

          • Trisha

            IMO he will do anything to screw over the Yankees. He has a dark side. Never forget it. (Nice book, Torre.)

    • Game 3

      Rice n beans?

  • nycsportzfan

    Walks the 211BA hitting Grossman.lol Just pretend its a save please.

    • I am Brett Godner

      Maybe he wanted to get to Altuve. You know for the extra difficulty points. Damn these games are really getting to me. I need another off day.

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

      He’s been better in non-save situations this year.

  • forensic

    Lucky that throw hit Grossman.

  • ScottinSJ

    Top average guy in the league now up with a RISP.

  • nycsportzfan

    Kinda deserve the 211BA hitting Grossman to be the guy that could beat you right now, because you just can’t walk him on 4pitches in the 9th..

    • vicki

      it’s robertson. he likes a base runner or two.

  • nycsportzfan

    wow how do you not call that after all the outstide the plate fastballs against the Yanks. What a dick this ump is!

  • Deathstroke Heathcott

    WTF, Emmel’s been calling that all night.

  • nycsportzfan

    WTF!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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

    This umpire is truly awful.

  • nycsportzfan

    Speak up Joe! Jesus this Umps costing the team a loss for real!

  • I am Brett Godner

    Imagine Emmel’s horrid strike zone combined with Joe Wests bad attitude. I guess that would just be Joe West wouldn’t it.

    • Pasta Stumbling Sojo

      Heh

    • LIYankeeFan

      That would be ????

  • ScottinSJ

    Now Robertson’s pitch count will soar.

  • forensic

    Yuck.

  • Michael Pineddarda

    Get yourself tossed, Joe. This is the worst zone I’ve seen in a while.

  • nycsportzfan

    I’m known as mr optimism but Drob in non save situations scare the shit outta me. Its actually annoying at this point.

  • ScottinSJ

    Sucks redux.

  • Michael Pineddarda

    The Astros will cash in their baserunner when we couldn’t and that will be all she wrote. One of the worst home plate umpiring jobs I’ve ever seen.

  • ScottinSJ

    Robertson not helping himself either.

  • Mickey Scheister

    Well it’s clear who the umpire wants to win this game.

  • Masahiro Nakamura

    good pitch

  • YankeeFan™

    wow

  • forensic

    Geez.

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

    Well so much for this game

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

    This is a really good time for an ejection.

  • Alkaline

    What..what the hell?

  • nycsportzfan

    Robertson killing us tonight. Thanks Robertson, appreciate it.. No excuse to not be able to pitch in a non save situation.

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

      1.54 ERA in non-save situations this year before today.

      • Deathstroke Heathcott

        Shush, he knows what his memory tells him.

  • ScottinSJ

    That just about does it. 4GB of SEA. This team deserves what they’ve wrought.

    • Pete22

      Pretty sure the players are all trying, some years it just does not happen. They built a Porsche in the offseason but skimped on the wheels. Robbie and his hubcaps could have taken them a lot closer to the division .

      To their credit, they just kept replacing SP’ers and did so in a very respectable fashion. The offense never came through

  • Trisha

    :(

  • LIYankeeFan

    Game over.

    • ScottinSJ

      Probably season over. Had to sweep Houston.

  • nycsportzfan

    Robertson deserved this the second he walked a 211BA hitter on 4 pitches.

    • Mickey Scheister

      “The umpire walked a 211BA hitter on two missed calls.”

      There, fixed.

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

        Grossman’s AB was a 5 pitch walk.

  • roberto kelly johnson

    second time this year the green light killed robertson

  • Michael Pineddarda

    THAT’S THE BALLGAME AND THAT’S THE SEASON FOLKS! JUST AN ABSOLUTE PUTRID PERFORMANCE BY THIS BALLCLUB WITH THE SEASON ON THE LINE.

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

      No shouting needed. This season is not over.

      • Gregory Eckes

        It’s pretty much over. It’s strictly mathematical at this point

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

          It’s not over until Game 162 (or 163 depending what happens)

          • Masahiro Nakamura

            With that logic the Astros are well within the race.

            • Deathstroke Heathcott

              4 games back and 16 games back are not the same thing. Don’t be intentionally dense.

        • Pete22

          4 games, assuming they don’t come back. That’s not over, learn your history

  • Mickey Scheister

    Ouch. I still blame the ump.

    • Trisha

      Amen.

  • W.B. Mason Williams

    Almost felt that one coming…3-0 to an all or nothing hitter. Served up hot.

    Sucks. Bad pitch by D-Rob.

  • No 2013 again

    Joke of the town.. they are done

    • Justin

      Met fans disagree.

      • Mandy Stankiewicz

        Teams with mascots are jokes on a whole different level

  • LIYankeeFan

    Pack it up, game over. Go home, home plate ump. Bye bye.

  • Gregory Eckes

    Brian Cashman just needs to go away.

    • LIYankeeFan

      His contract expires after the season…

      • Gregory Eckes

        He needs to go away. He has us in a really bad hole with bad contracts and little ready farm talent

        • ScottinSJ

          Yep. Next year could easily be even worse.

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

    Seriously? Booing?

  • forensic

    Booing Robertson? Seriously fans??? That’s terrible.

    • Masahiro Nakamura

      sad

  • Mandy Stankiewicz

    Boos not needed

  • Pete22

    Robbie didn’t have it tonight, it happens.

    Who are those idiots boo’ing him?

    • Tar

      Probably from LoHud

  • Trisha

    And that’s what I’m talking about. Before you want to jump all over the Yankees, think about the umpiring

  • No 2013 again

    People take it the wrong way.. the boos are not necessarily directed at D-Rob. It’s towards this sorry ass team as a whole.

    • LIYankeeFan

      I’d boo the ump

      • No 2013 again

        Cause he assembled this shitty bunch, right? Comon now, don’t be silly.

  • Bunuelo

    The booing was not necessary…

  • ScottinSJ

    HOU now leads the season series 3 – 1. A .500 season well earned.

  • YankeeDJW

    What’s wrong with booing? They’re frustrated. People pay a lot of money to go to these games and the product on the field stinks.

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

      DRob’s been great this year.
      I get booing the team in general, but to boo DRob because of a bad game?
      That’s just dumb.

      • YankeeDJW

        To be honest, I switched it off so I don’t know who they were booing. Too bad the fans there don’t have that luxury.

      • No 2013 again

        It was as DRob was leaving the field, but it was not directed at him. They have no reason at all to boo him specifically.

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

          The timing sure made it seem like it was directed at him.
          If they wanted to boo the general performance of the team, they could have done it at any time, not wait until DRob is walking off.

          • Deathstroke Heathcott

            Might have been booing Joe for taking David Robertson out for the human white flag, Rich Hill.

          • No 2013 again

            my point is, it just so happens that DRob was the one who gave up the game-losing run… The boos would have come with any pitcher on the mound.

  • cas1120

    Cant blame the umpires tonight, this team has played this way for months.

    • Trisha

      4 runs should have won this game. ABSOLUTELY blame it on the ump.

  • Bunuelo

    It’s not like David Robertson is getting paid 15 million dollars a year

  • Alkaline

    I want to see where all those pitchers were on the trackers. Jeepers.

  • Michael Pineddarda

    I would have booed too if I was there. This was a pathetic performance by this ballclub against one of the worst teams in baseball with the season on the line. Robertson needs to pitch better.

    • The Ghost of Eric Duncan

      I would have booed you if I was sitting next to you for booing one of the most reliable closers in the game for a bad inning.

    • roberto kelly johnson

      shocking considering every one of your post are essentially knee jerk boos.

  • LIYankeeFan

    Wow. This game DEFINITELY is over with Rich Hill on the mound now

    • Deathstroke Heathcott

      I hope he just gives up 20 runs so the ump has to stay all night.

  • Bigdan

    Well the bullpen fails continue as the duck tape that’s been holding this team together in close games just withers away. Warren looks like he’s done. The key is not to overuse Betances now, who leads the league in innings for a reliever. Season is not worth it. Good game from Prado though.

    • Terry Noack

      Lindgren should be called up and he’s be lights out!

      • Bigdan

        Yep. And Pirela and Almonte. Just let the kids play. The fate of this team has really been obvious all year.

  • Bunuelo

    Puta mierda what a bad inning

  • No 2013 again

    See what I`m saying.. a serious team would never have a pitcher like Hill wasting a roster spot when there are at least 2 CLEARLY better options toiling away in the minors, ready to go. This is a joke

    • LIYankeeFan

      Hill, in my opinion, can be sent to Low-A in the minors right now. I would have NO problem with that.

  • Trisha

    I’m not going to listen to this. When an ump calls a game like crap and fans starting kicking the team, it’s ludicrous. Ump decided the game, not the players.

    • LIYankeeFan

      Agreed.

    • Bunuelo

      The ump today was full of bull****, the Yankees deserve a meeting with him in a back alley

  • Michael Pineddarda

    Rich Hill in to truly make it a laugher. What a joke this guy is on the roster. Someone should get fired tomorrow.

    • Danny Aiello Jr.

      I get your role here at RAB is the “end of the world with every loss, fire everyone” guy, but can we give it a rest. I’ve been reading these threads all season and I think I speak for most here when I say just give it a rest Eddard. A lot of us are pissed the team just blew the game and people like you drive people away from the comments. I’ve bit my tongue on your little shtick here all season but come on man.

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

        Everyone else has already done that. Doesn’t work.

        • Danny Aiello Jr.

          I figured, I never comment for this reason honestly. I don’t want to say negative things to piss others off or get banned. It just gets old on every single thread with every single run scored or error made.

      • Alkaline

        Exactly what he wants man. No matter what anyone says, he’s staying. I enjoy some of the schtick at times. But, the best you could do is just scroll right on by like majority of us who been here a bit do.

        • Danny Aiello Jr.

          Yeah I do, I’ve done it all season. I’ve been reading RAB for a few years, one of my favorite sites. I just never comment. It is just annoying to read it on every thread. Probably more frustration with the team than him that led me to comment finally.

  • Terry Noack

    Wow did Robertson implode tonight.. Hated to even see him in a tie game, but that was brutal and a really bad loss to a last place team. Speechless about this team!

  • I am Brett Godner

    The ump was horrible but the ump never decides a game.

    • Trisha

      This cannot be a serious comment.

    • The Ghost of Eric Duncan

      Armando Gallaraga begs and pleads to differ

      • Trisha

        So do the San Diego Padres, compliments of Tim McClelland.

      • I am Brett Godner

        That might be the one fair example although it didn’t cost him the game just a place on a cool list. Any team that leaves their fate in the hands of the ump no matter what a hack the ump is has already lost the game. No joke.

        • The Ghost of Eric Duncan

          If the strike zone would have been consistently bad I may agree with you more. However, Altuve should have been called out on strikes based on multiple strike calls the Yankees received. That means that 3-0 count on Carter with a man on second likely becomes an unintentional intentional walk with first base open and all of a sudden it’s a completely different ball game.

          • Trisha

            Bingo.

          • I am Brett Godner

            The game is always in the teams control. Blaming the ump is bush league. The game was in the hands of the Yankee bats on far too many occasions to blame the ump for the loss.

            • The Ghost of Eric Duncan

              I’m not calling a witch hunt for the guy. I’m just saying as a major league umpire he needs to get his shit straight. Blaming the ump may be bush league. But so was his umpiring tonight.

    • Mandy Stankiewicz

      Baltimore fans at the alcs game 1 in 1996 disagree

      • I am Brett Godner

        And they would be wrong too even though that was a bad call.

  • NYCORNERSTONE

    Carter a future star yet eh

  • No 2013 again

    LOL… great LOOGY, Cashman!!

  • LIYankeeFan

    What’s the home plate umps name? Just making sure I never watch a game he’s at home plate for again.

    • NYCORNERSTONE

      mr asshole

      • LIYankeeFan

        Yep

  • ScottinSJ

    Rich Hill couldn’t crack the roster on any other team. Laughable.

  • blake

    This is is very frustrating to watch

    • Trisha

      Really? I would have thought you’d have thought the umpiring was what was frustrating to watch.

  • LIYankeeFan

    Hill got someone out. Praise The Lord. *sarcasm*

  • Bigdan

    Let’s not forget the great clutch hitting from Beltran and Tex tonight. Team still needs real bats in the middle of the order. But ya gotta love that infield D!

    • No 2013 again

      yet another great move by Cashman. Signed a 37 year old to a 3 year deal for no reason. That player’s only way to contribute is with his bat, yet he has a .290 OBP and a 94 wRC+

      • umbrelladoc

        Well – the alternative was Shin-Soo Choo, who I would have preferred to have gotten. But Choo cost 7yrs/130M and has an identical OPS as Beltran.

  • NYCORNERSTONE

    we can still win this cmon !!!! eh

    • Deathstroke Heathcott

      Jeter walk-off grand slam.

  • Pete22

    Astros don’t have much of a closer I don’t think so this game may not be over

    • ScottinSJ

      he has plenty of room for error.

      • Pete22

        Its not like they have not done it before

        • Pete22

          Of course, with 2 outs its probably over

    • Michael Pineddarda

      It could be Jim Johnson and they still wouldn’t score one run, let alone three. They’ll go down in order 1-2-3 in the 9th like they always do.

    • No 2013 again

      they have to score 3 runs just to tie.. that’s usually a week’s worth of runs for this team.

    • forensic

      It doesn’t take much of a closer to get three outs before allowing three runs against this offense.

      • Deathstroke Heathcott

        Just close your eyes and throw fastballs down the middle. This lineup will swing into 3 outs before they swing into 3 runs.

  • ScottinSJ

    I guess it’s easier to blame the ump. Did he call a bad game? Yes. Is he the reason they lost? No. Offense continues to suck; bullpen getting worn down, team not that good.

    • Tar

      Yep

    • Michael Pineddarda

      Yeah, Beltran had a chance to take the lead. McCann had a chance with 2 outs, Headley had one. They’re just not a very good ballclub.

  • dkidd

    ya gotta believe

    • LIYankeeFan

  • Mickey Scheister

    I cannot recall Mo not finishing his innings when he gave up the lead. Robertson hasn’t looked sharp for several outings now, IMO. A lot of at’em balls, today was umpire aided but you cannot throw a fastball to Carter in that spot.

    • LIYankeeFan

      We can all agree Robertson is not the new Mo.

      • LIYankeeFan

        At least in my opinion,

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

        Mo was the greatest of all time.
        There will be no new Mo.

      • runninonempty

        it’s not even that. Robertson does not even give the same confidence as Betances. I would be really careful with Betances and make him the closer next year. I know you still need a solid 8th inning guy, but maybe there is another Betances coming up.

    • Pete22

      Would not surprise me if he has some arm issue. Girardi was pretty quick to get someone warming up

    • umbrelladoc

      Mo was very efficient with his pitches. Robertson, even when he is sharp, isn’t. At that point, Girardi wants to preserve him for tomorrow.

  • Mickey Scheister

    If the strike zone normalizes again, they stand a chance.

  • ScottinSJ

    Headley looks like sh-t. For a while now.

  • forensic

    Great AB, Headley…

  • No 2013 again

    dude can’t even hit hanging breaking balls.. 2 in a row

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

    Looking at Paul Emmel previous games (including one against the Rays), this seems to be an consistently inconsistent strike zone.

    • Deathstroke Heathcott

      I’m going to unfortunately remember that name for a while. Which is really never a good sign for an ump for the most part.

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

        Colin Curtis can thank Emmel for his first MLB home rule when ejecting Brett Garnder on 7/21/10 (who remembers that)

  • ScottinSJ

    Another commendable fight put up in the 9th.

  • ScottinSJ

    Lose 5 in a row. Win two. Lose at home to HOU.

  • LIYankeeFan

    Done

  • Bigdan

    The bullpen has actually been short all year. It wasn’t really noticeable because the Yanks offense has sucked so bad there haven’t been a whole lot of leads to protect. If the Yanks’ offense were good enough to support a 7-8 game winning streak, something all good teams have a couple of each year, you would have seen this bullpen wear down over a month ago. Too much reliance on too few quality arms. Was bound to blow up sooner or later. I said back in June the Yanks really needed to add an arm at the deadline to try to prevent this. But that probably wouldn’t have mattered anyway. The offense would still suck.

    • LIYankeeFan

      Yes. We need to get rid of Hill, and get a long reliever that, if needed to, could substitute a starter to pitch.

  • LIYankeeFan

    Wow. Just wow.

  • Mickey Scheister

    DFA Paul Emmel.

    • LIYankeeFan

      Oh yeah. Change.org here I go

  • No 2013 again

    If this season doesn’t end Cashman’s tenure, they are not serious about winning.

    • ScottinSJ

      It’s easily 3 years too late.

    • Trisha

      Why does Cashman hire the umps too?

      • No 2013 again

        Are the umps responsible for this team being 63-60? Missing the playoffs 2 years in a row? Assembling a mediocre roster with no impact talent whatsoever in the minors?

        • ScottinSJ

          Next year will be a blast.

        • Trisha

          I don’t know the answer to that – and neither do you. Last year was injuries and you know it. This was bullshit. Maybe F’d up umpiring doesn’t offend you but it infuriates me. And that’s why I don’t sit around and scream about the mediocre team. But I will scream about the mediocre umpiring. After all they control the game. Period.

  • forensic

    Well, that really sucked.

  • ScottinSJ

    Someone else do the research please. When was the last time they scored more than 4 runs?

    • forensic

      August 8th.

      • ScottinSJ

        Okay, so only 11 days?

    • Pete22

      10 runs against the Indians?

      Onny 4 times since the ASB

  • GregD

    We are not a very good team…..plain and simple

  • Pete22

    Tough loss. Houston is not the sack of balls they once were. But they have to go on a run soon or it will be too late.

    • ScottinSJ

      We are the Astros’ bitches.

  • Michael Pineddarda

    What I would do now is shut Hiro Tanaka down, shut Adam Warren down, shut David Phelps down, limit Betances even further and tread very lightly with Pineda. We need to start looking to next season and keeping these arms healthy. It’s time to face the music here and realize that this season is lost. If you can’t beat the Astros at home you’re not going to any postseason.

    • Trisha

      Depends on who’s calling the game my friend.

  • Trisha

    But you can’t argue balls and strikes. What a totally messed up joke parading as an even playing field. Can;t wait for that crud Selig to get his karma. Any time a pitcher is forced to get more than 3 outs in an inning, the umpire is affecting the outcome of the game. I HATE YOU SELIG.

    • Bigben76

      Do you complain about jeters shoe box strike zone?

      • Trisha

        I complain about any umpiring that isn’t accurate. I’m into fairness. Period.

        • Bigben76

          Fair enough. Do you use pitch fx?

  • Bunuelo

    What did I just watch

    • Trisha

      You watched the umpire hand it to the Astros. Don’t delude yourself into thinking you watched anything else.

      • Pete22

        Its a conspiracy?

        Frankly, with the Red Sox out MLB needs the Yankees in the post season. Only these 2 teams in the playoffs get them ratings

        • Trisha

          I didn’t say anything about conspiracy. It’s piss poor umpiring. It’s a joke. But fans have nothing but to sit there and suck it up and then crab about how the players aren’t getting the job done. PURE BULLSHIT.

    • ScottinSJ

      Bun — You’ve just watched basically the same game 123 times. Same story line; same offensive fails; again no margin for error.

  • NYCORNERSTONE

    sad , mind if i scream anyone ?

    • I am Brett Godner

      please do

    • Michael Pineddarda

      I already did that earlier and of course someone jumped down my throat and said I wasn’t allowed to be frustrated. As fans we should all be frustrated right now.

      • Deathstroke Heathcott

        I doubt anyone here is not frustrated after this game but what you do with declaring the season over and banishing Cashman as if anything you say on a message board is gonna affect that decision is utterly nonconstructive.

  • NYCORNERSTONE

    AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH

    • ScottinSJ

      Louder please. Perhaps a season ending roar?

  • LIYankeeFan

    Pathetic loss

  • NYCORNERSTONE

    AS YANKEE FANS WE ARE SO USED TO GREAT TEAMS THAT HAVE SPOILED US OVER THE LAST 14 YEARS BUT NEEDLESS TO SAY LOSING JUST PLAIN SUCK !

    • LIYankeeFan

      Yes, I have to agree. We r used to being the world champions and winning. But the last few years, it’s not been enough.

      • NYCORNERSTONE

        WELL I DIDNT MIND IT AS MUCH 2012 245 HOME RUNS WAS COOL TEAM

        • NYCORNERSTONE

          WHERE HAVE YOU GONE ANDREW JONES LOL

  • Bigdan

    Just run out the string for a couple of weeks. Protect Betances and get Pineda some innings. He needs that. Audition Drew.

    Then let the kids play!!

    • LIYankeeFan

      Yes yes yes

    • Michael Pineddarda

      Yep, I’d bring up those kids tomorrow. Wouldn’t even wait until Sept 1st. Get rid of Hill, Ichiro, sit Beltran down, limit Delin even further, shut down Warren, Phelps, Tanaka. Our kids are our only hope for the future.

      • LIYankeeFan

        Send down- hill, warren, ichiro, Ryan. Maybe not warren

    • Pete22

      Only 4 games out, too early to wave the white flag, but might be time to wash it.

      • Bigdan

        Just play it out to the rest of the month. But don’t take any chances with anybody’s health. By then it will probably be functionally over.

  • ScottinSJ

    I think we know that Headley and Drew aren’t coming back. At least I hope not.

    • LIYankeeFan

      Tulo. Tulo replaces jeter

      • Pete22

        Tulo has Arods hips. Yankees don’t have what it takes to get him anyways

        • LIYankeeFan

          No below average player should replace jeter. Just like mo being replaced by Robertson.

    • Bigdan

      I wouldn’t give up on Drew yet. If he has a hot Sept, you might change your mind. And the guy can pick it. Headley was never an option. I don’t like his swing anyway.

      • ScottinSJ

        Drew can’t hit. He’s practically Ryan from the left side. I’ve seen plenty.

        • Bigdan

          There you go! A Drew/Ryan platoon next year. Now that will be some awesome infield D!

          • LIYankeeFan

            Ryan can’t hit. At all.

      • LIYankeeFan

        Yes because a .170 hitter might change my mind. Really?

  • NYCORNERSTONE

    BRING UP JAGIELO BUT HIM ON 3RD FOR BETTER OR WORSE LONGORIA DID IT RIGHT OUT OF COLLAGE

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

      The shouting can stop, please, k, thanks.

      • NYCORNERSTONE

        lol caps were stuck didn’t even realize cap

        • ropeadope1

          You know you’re allowed to edit it, right?

          • NYCORNERSTONE

            yes i know, typing on a kindle tablet can be brutal thanks

            • ropeadope1

              Excellent work on the fix.

              • NYCORNERSTONE

                Thanks

      • NYCORNERSTONE

        Did it actually hurt you’re ears

    • LIYankeeFan

      Too loud

  • ScottinSJ

    Let’s see if the Yanks can split these 6 games at home. Remember, Chris Sale pitches for CHW on Sunday.

    • NYCORNERSTONE

      no hitter ?

      • ScottinSJ

        Probably a 2 – 1 loss. It’s always safe to predict a 2 – 1 loss.

  • Trisha

    Unless we get accurate game calling, I refuse to really get upset. It’s misplaced aggression as far as I’m concerned. MLB doesn’t give a crap about the integrity of the game anyway.

    • LIYankeeFan

      MLB lets the money come in. It doesn’t matter about anything but the money

      • Trisha

        Ain’t that a kick in the ass!

        • LIYankeeFan

          How much is mlb worth right now?

          • LIYankeeFan

            Answer- the average team is $811 million.

            • LIYankeeFan

              twenty-four billion three hundred thirty million dollars, and that’s just the teams

              • Trisha

                They have bastardized what was the most beloved sport in our country and they’ve allowed it to become a joke.

    • pecos

      nonsense. No umpire hit a blast to left. If you are good enough, you persevere and overcome human error. You don’t blame umpires–unless you know nothing about the game and are here only to bitch.

      • ScottinSJ

        Amen. The fault lies not in our stars, but in ourselves.

      • Trisha

        Yeah. Know any other cliches that don’t approximate reality? Here’s a hint. A blast to left may not happen if a pitcher only has to get three strikes to get it out. Think about it for a while. If you don’t understand it someone else can explain it to you.

        • LIYankeeFan

          AMEN!!!

        • pecos

          Here’s the most significant reality, Trisha—-what you know about baseball fits into a thimble. Go give away some candy bars.

          • Trisha

            Sorry, I don’t have time for people who show an inability to actually think. Bother someone else.

            • pecos

              Yup, your valuable time is spent calling for a change in the game that will never occur. Spend that time wisely, you dope.

              • Trisha

                People thought we’d never get instant replay either…

          • UnKnown

            NAIL MEET HEAD

      • UnKnown

        This must be really hard for people to understand. It’s truly something. 2 + 2 is 4 everyone.

    • runninonempty

      the umps didn’t stop the Yankees from scoring with all the opportunities they had, but I hate the umpiring in this league. There is another guy- a young ump who has killed the Yanks with his strike zone and now Torre will in control to agree with all the bad calls and every single incident that the umps incite along with bad game calling. He does nothing. No one does. Country Joe West- so many of them all suck and make the game about them. It is truly a shame. I once thought- even thought there would be a huge fine- my MLB– what is a manager pulled his team off the field as a statement to the lousy, game changing umpires.

      • LIYankeeFan

        Get electronic strike zone things, after every game. Each ump has an amount of strikes outside of the zone and balls inside. Past that number and it’s a fine.

        • Trisha

          That would certainly shake things up, wouldn’t it? And maybe if it happens after a certain number of times the umpire is suspended – or cannot play behind the plate any more. How about we care that things are don’t correctly?!

        • runninonempty

          we all see the Kzones on ESPN and no one does anything about it. The umps do get graded and there are so many that are under 60% correct but still- nothing happens. There must be a shortage of umpires.

          • Trisha

            I have been ballistic about poor umpiring going on forever. It does affect games and in turn it can affect seasons! I was watching that game where McClleland called the Rockies player safe at the plate and ended the Padres season and postseason hopes as it was a one-game playoff. And the call was atrocious! It wasn’t even close. Balls and strikes are more subtle because they are so intertwined with the entire game that you tend to not think they are affecting the outcome. But bad calls affect a game from the first bad call. And they can affect it greatly when the bad calls are unilateral!

            • Deathstroke Heathcott

              I’m telling you, the old farts in charge are afraid of technology they don’t understand. The MLB is the slowest league in American sports to embrace technology and it’s no surprise that it’s starting to get a reputation as an antiquated pastime when that’s the mindset of the people in charge.

              • Trisha

                And it’s a damned shame. I lay much of the blame at the feet of that weasel Selig. He’s a liar and a thief from way back. The season that he allowed Galarraga to get screwed out of one of the most important milestones to a pitcher, he promised that he would be looking at instant replay following the season. It only took him until his swansong season to get serious about it. The guy is evil.

                • Deathstroke Heathcott

                  Yeah, I really hope the old guy is more progressive and not stuck in the 1900s with his policies like Selig.

                  • Trisha

                    Man, I believe in karma. I really do. Selig definitely has some crap coming his way.

        • Deathstroke Heathcott

          There needs to be more emphasis on umpires improving their zone going forward, even if robo-umping is unrealistic. Umps should be more strongly incentivized to normalize their zone to a standard zone, instead of just accepting that each ump has his own quirks.

          • runninonempty

            exactly. It’s almost hard to believe that we constantly hear how one ump gives the outside- one the inside- one loves the high strike- etc. it is ludicrous to a Billion Dollar industry. Almost as infuriating as Boston’s Beards…. but don’t get me started:)

            • Deathstroke Heathcott

              Yeah, if we know that an ump tends to give the really low strike, there should be a little memo from the league saying, hey your zone is too low. If the ump doesn’t make an effort to correct that then you have to start fining and docking pay.

          • Trisha

            Especially because the zone is enumerated in the MLB rules! What the heck!

  • Mickey Scheister
    • LIYankeeFan

      You actually did this? I was sarcastic!!

      • Mickey Scheister

        That next level shit right there.

        • LIYankeeFan

          Hey, I’ll sign it

        • LIYankeeFan

          100 signatures until what?

          • Mickey Scheister

            Lol, not really sure. I guess until they actually look at it.

        • LIYankeeFan

          I signed it!!

  • ScottinSJ

    Did the umps go 1 for 9 with RISP. To exonerate this joke of an offense is ludicrous.

    • LIYankeeFan

      Let Trisha explain. She explained it to someone else

  • Captain Clutch

    What happened in the 9th is the one thing that drives me crazy about
    Robertson. He has been great this year don’t get me wrong but we have seen in
    the past when he starts walking guys and goes to 3-0 he always throws a let me
    see if you can hit it fastball right down the middle. Instead of battling and
    walking the guy to go after the next one it’s like he just gives up. If you get beat fine but don’t beat yourself in that situation.

    • TB

      What did you want him to do – the umpire hosed him on 3 different calls. And actually a 4th because the 1-2 to altuve which was just off the plate he was calling that a strike all game long until that pitch

  • TB

    Girardi needs to learn sometimes when you see your pitcher getting hosed by the homeplate umpire in a tie game in the 9th inning its worth getting thrown out of the freakin game – You have to stick up for your players — Robertson got hosed on 3 pitch calls… Altuve was clearly struck out… U cant just sit there in the 9th inning of a tie game and do nothing when that happens

    • NYCORNERSTONE

      i agree he just sat there it was like Joe
      was afraid of him

      • TB

        An umpire cant make that many one sided mistakes by accident that quickly either – something was up there

        • Captain Clutch

          Girardi is starting to remind me a lot of Torre in his last couple of years as manager. These things happen too often and he just sits there with no emotion and doesn’t do a thing. The strike zone completely changed from the 5th inning on and Girardi just sat there. What happened to the firey guy?

          • TB

            After that bullcrap 2-2 non strike call to altuve – I would have went nuts on him…He would have eaten a dirt sandwich for that. The 1-0 to carter too perfect pitch on the inside corner..

        • NYCORNERSTONE

          yep it was you could almost say he was betting on Houston to win

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

        Joe’s had several run-ins with Emmel, including one of the few ejections Girardi has ever said he didn’t deserve (7/20/10). Emmel was playing 1B and had a close play on Tex at 1B.

  • LIYankeeFan

    I’m done for the night guys. I’ll talk to you all tomorrow!

  • ScottinSJ

    I just wonder if the umps will cost us games in KC, DET and TOR next week? Then again, if they don’t run off 4 of the next 5, next week probably won’t matter. I think we scored one run off of tomorrow’s starter, Feldman, on opening day.

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

    For all those yelling at Emmel for costing us a game, his strike zone inconsistency is at least consistent.

    • ScottinSJ

      He sucks, but not more than our offense.

    • Deathstroke Heathcott

      I don’t think he was maliciously trying to hurt the Yankees with intent. But his inconsistency hurt the Yankees, plain and simple.

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

        I don’t think he cost it either, but it does annoy you seriously. I don’t think Joe likes Paul Emmel, and I don’t blame him,

        • Deathstroke Heathcott

          Yeah, his expression at the end of the game was just one of just “what can you do with this guy?”

  • runninonempty

    I would love to see the Girardi post game show

  • UnKnown

    We truly won’t have robot umpires until: 1) all the bases and the plate are equipped with sensors, 2) the hands and feet of players are equipped with sensors, 3) the gloves and mitts are equipped with sensors, 4) the ball is equipped with sensors, 5) the bat is equipped with sensors, 6) the entire playing area is outfitted with implanted sensors, and 7) someone discovers a way to accurately determine the strike zone 8) All surfaces surrounding the field are equipped with sensors to determine ball out-of-play.
    9) A sensor net surrounding the field to determine fair/foul in flight 10) Mind-reading technology is developed to determine intent.

    AND I bet you think that would take care of it. Oh if it was just that simple, but we also need to
    teach the robot what a force play is, when it is a force play, what if they tag them on a force play, did they catch it, did it simply touch the glove, was their a voluntary release (now they need sensors in the human hand…lol). BRING ON THE ROBOTS!!!
    I just can’t understand why the umps have not been replaced yet. It all sounds so easy to me.

    • Deathstroke Heathcott

      Replay can take care of fair/foul, safe/out calls the way it is now. But the balls and strikes can be determined with technology we have right now. But thanks for trying.

      • Trisha

        :) You got it.

      • UnKnown

        Oh you will find something else to bitch about. It sure as hell won’t be the Yankee players fault.

        • Deathstroke Heathcott

          Nah, why don’t you try to make it seem like we need Jetson-era technology to improve the game again with another 10 bullet comment.

          • UnKnown

            Develop the system that it would take per my comment above and be the man. Go Heathcott GO

            • Deathstroke Heathcott

              Okay, the safe/out, fair/foul thing is fine as is. Replay has done a good job of making sure that most important calls can be challenged and overturned. If you wanna go one step further, you can have a dedicated ump up in the booth at each game that has a direct line into the ear of the head ump to quickly assess calls that are wrong and give him the heads up. Usually one good TV replay makes it clear whether a call is wrong or not. This would even save time because now managers aren’t required to come out and challenge and risk running out of challenges. But I’m okay with the way it is now.

              Balls and strikes, you just take the pitch f/x system we have right now and use it to relay balls and strikes to the umpires we have now. It would have to be tinkered with to get it on the pace that umpires call balls and strikes right now but it certainly doesn’t require super leaps in technology like you say. Most likely more cameras and more processing power to get it up to speed but that’s very doable. Even if it’s never as fast as a real ump’s decision, I’m sure we can cut it down to a reasonable amount of time.

              But I’m not demanding robot umps right now. I’m demanding that umps be more strongly graded and encouraged to improve their habits based on the data they get. I know they already do but it’s not effective enough if there are no noticeable changes in the habits of bad umpires and as data shows, the bad umps are bad in the same ways, year after year. But I’m sure I wasted my time here, as your mind is already made up on the subject.

    • ScottinSJ

      What’s wrong with you?? The umps lost the game for us tonight — and probably 8 or 9 other games this season. It’s outrageous. We’d be tied with BAL if it weren’t for the umps. It’a a damn conspiracy. LOL

      • UnKnown

        I know right. And all of the Boston players do roids. Last year they must have been using the name brand ones and this year the off brand. Going cheap in 2014. LMAO

        • ScottinSJ

          Yeah, and fate made us sign McCann and Beltran and A-Rod and CC and Tex to such idiotic deals. Yankee management is perfect. So are our minor league teams. Next year is going to be awesome!

        • Pete22

          The CIR expanded testing kicked in this year, along with tougher penalties, along with the ban on DHEA. That coupled with the security some of the Red Sox players got with new contracts (Ortiz, Pedroia, Napoli) probably had something to do with it.

          • UnKnown

            Yup um huh suuuuuuuuuure

      • Trisha

        Well there are at least two of you who don’t feel the umpires should be held accountable. Thank God most everyone else gets it.

  • ScottinSJ

    It’s not like we don’t have any starters hitting above .280. Or ?

  • UnKnown

    You know what is is funny, ironic, and just a but coincidental – NOBODY bitches about the umps after a win. Shock I tell yeah.

    • Deathstroke Heathcott

      Look, I acknowledge that for every game that the Yankees lose where they get screwed by the umps, they likely win another where they get helped by the umps just because it’s such a long season. In the end of the year, umpiring probably swings your record at most 2-3 games in either direction if you happen to be really unlucky. But why do we need to have that swing at all? Why are you against holding umpires more accountable for poor performances and why is getting the calls right not more important to you?

      • UnKnown

        They are held accountable. It’s called working postseason or not. Each game is evaluated and graded. You have no idea what goes on behind the scenes and the effort that is put into calling a good game.

        Umpires are human they have off nights. Oh well. Beltran gets the ball in the air and the whole 9th inning is different and the Yankees win.

        • Deathstroke Heathcott

          They aren’t held accountable enough if there is almost no long-term change in the habits of umpires. They’re not being held to a high enough standard and if that’s unfair to the umps, we can have computers call balls and strikes that would be more accurate than the umps right now.

          I’m not letting the players off the hook for the loss today, but I’m also acknowledging that the umpire didn’t make it any easier for them either.

          • UnKnown

            Go look at the strike zone plot and save the drama.

      • Trisha

        I don’t know that we can be that scientific to know that it’s only 2-3 games in either direction, but taking that as a given, we also know that 2-3 games can mean the difference between making the postseason and not making it. Why anybody would not want to demand accuracy is beyond me.

        • Deathstroke Heathcott

          It can easily be more. A poor ump can lead to a certain pitcher laboring more and affecting the rest of his season but I wanted to estimate it conservatively.

          • Trisha

            See that’s the thing. We are looking at the game. The players are dealing with their livlihood. It’s easy to sit and be blase about it but I doubt anyone here would want their careers to be judged by people who didn’t know what the hell they were doing or what they were talking about. But it’s okay for the players to take it on the chin. Or even worse – as long as the umpire calls it wrong for both sides, then it’s okay. It is NOT okay, especially when you have the technology to get it right. I don’t believe in half-assed anything. I am offended by people who are so lazy in their thinking and integrity that they think it’s okay for umpires to get it wrong.

  • TB

    The more obvious question is why doesn’t MLB do something about umpires like that…. They have no right having the responsibility to umpire on this level especially with pennant races going on late in the season…..

    • Pete22

      Union rules. Of course, MLB does nothing to train and develop umpires, until they get to AAA. Working with a limited talent pool at that point. They could throw money at young umpire prospects and develop them but they don’t/ Pay is so low and conditions so harsh at the low minors few but the certifiably insane choose to make umpiring a career

    • Trisha

      That’s an intelligent question. Not everyone cares about intelligence around here. Witness a comment that basically says if you don’t like the half-assed game calling and how it may affect the outcome of a season, don’t watch. Those people frighten me more than inept umpires.

    • UnKnown

      Yankees got more favorable calls than the Astros did tonight. Put the beef in your pocket. It’s not very “intelligent”

  • UnKnown

    You lose 3 of 4 to the Stros it’s a YOU problem not an umpire problem. But if you must make an excuse for everything in your life go ahead.

    I’m not going to be able to stop the mob that’s for sure. Of course you could just stop watching baseball that’s an option.

    • Pete22

      Houston actually has a better record in the 2nd half than the Yankees

  • Captain Clutch

    At what point do the yanks realize that Beltran trying to play at 50% of himself isn’t working? He kills them every single game but of course he has to play everyday and bat in the middle of the order because he is Beltran.

    • ScottinSJ

      How do you know he’s at 50%?? Maybe he’s shot. Let’s just give him 2 more years to turn it around. Maybe he’ll prove me wrong.

      • Captain Clutch

        He looks terrible. The yanks have already said that he needs arm surgery and they weren’t sure if he could play without it. I don’t know how healthy he is but it’s very obvious that he isn’t close to 100%.

        • ScottinSJ

          Yes, he looks terrible. Sometimes guys decline at the age of 37. That’s why you don’t sign them to 3-year, $45M deals.

    • Pete22

      He has actually had a decent 2nd half (801 OPS). Why they now have him in RF some of the time to get Jeter AB at DH is beyond me (not really but its not to win games)

  • ScottinSJ

    If Paul Emmelt is the villain, Kevin Long is Voldemort and Brian Cashman is Beelzebub.

  • UnKnown

    So what about this plot is unfair

    http://www.brooksbaseball.net/.....ache=1.gif

    • UnKnown

      crickets huh??????????

      No Shit!

    • Deathstroke Heathcott

      Compare it to the plot of the rest of the game and that’s what makes it unfair. Inconsistency. http://www.brooksbaseball.net/.....8;s_type=7

      • UnKnown

        You do realize that in that plot the gift calls for the Yanks are squares and the gift calls for the Stros are triangles right. Count them up hot shot.

        Beside that point, people we’re melting down crying all over their laptops over how Robertson got hosed. Well did he?

        Both angles blaming the umps FAIL

        • Deathstroke Heathcott

          If you don’t see a wider zone for the triangles than the squares, I don’t what else I can tell you. I wouldn’t have been mad at a single call for Robertson if this ump hadn’t given wide strikes to the Astros in crucial situations the couple innings before. And keep it up with the “hot shot” and FAIL, it’s making you seem really cool-headed.

          • UnKnown

            One of the triangles is covering up two squares if you look closely. But yeah the Stros got more outside calls and the Yanks got way more calls below the strike zone. A ball that is called a strike whether it is low or outside is all the same.
            Listen, I think you make some good points. I like how you are at least somewhat open to actually holding the Yankee players accountable. I am sure both teams wish it would have been better umpired. The Stros overcame it and the Yanks didn’t.

            • Deathstroke Heathcott

              The high and low plots aren’t normalized for player’s heights and stances until tomorrow though so for now, the width of the zone is all we can judge at the moment unfortunately. While I’m criticizing the ump, I don’t want anyone to think the Yankees don’t hold the majority of the blame for this one. And I get most of your points too, but just would prefer you keep it a little more civil instead of calling people crazies and other names. We’re all Yankee fans here in the end.

              • UnKnown

                Agree, except one person is bat shit insane and it’s definitely not you, it’s fairly obvious who it is. Take it easy, keep cheering hard. Hopefully they still win the series and go 4 of 6 at a minimum this home stand.

  • UnKnown

    You guys always riot over the umps and then when I look at a strikezone plot it is basically right on. Sorry but strikes and balls are not based on what you THINK the call should be looking through your Yankee fan glasses.

  • ScottinSJ

    I’d rather see Girardi aim his ire at his more-than-disappointing players. It’s quite possible that not one single Yankee will drive in even 75 runs this year.

    Talk about robots all you want. I want to see robots batting 1 thru 9, not these jokers. Those are the real robots we need.

  • ScottinSJ

    Who do we beat? Feldman tomorrow, who nearly shut us out on opening day? Or Keuchel, a lefty who is 10 – 8 on a team 20 games under .500?

    • UnKnown

      I heard umpires will be at the game so we’re screwed. Oh well. hahaha

      • ScottinSJ

        Most teams don’t need too much extra help to beat us. We need near-perfect relievers, a lead after 6 innings, and starters to continue to outperform all reasonable expectations.

    • AskMeAboutMyCandyBars

      We’ll beat both of them.

  • Trisha

    From Mike Axisa: I’m not normally one to complain about the strike zone (it is what it is), but Paul Emmel seemed to have a particularly big zone, especially the outside corner to righties. The PitchFX data confirms it. It completely changed Chase Headley‘s at-bat with Prado at second in the seventh, turning what should have been ball four in a 3-1 count into a 3-2 count. Changed everything. Headley struck out on the next pitch.

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    Preaching to the choir, I know, because those of you who get it understood how bad calls can definitively change the outcome of the game.

  • UnKnown

    People who understand the ins and outs of baseball, the strategy, the true beauty talk about that. Those that don’t talk about the umps. Sucks for them, don’t watch.

    I’m moving on.