Choose One: Nats-Yanks Gamer III

1. Set your face on fire and put it out with a rake, gargle a broken glass-n-drano smoothie and stick white-hot knitting needles in your eyes while listening to a Plastic Ono Band LP at 16RPMs.

2. Watch the Yanks drop another game to the Nats.

Comment here on your I-really-want-to-get-away early game action.

Washington
C. Guzman ss .323
N. Johnson 1b .311
R. Zimmerman 3b .305
A. Dunn dh .259
A. Kearns rf .201
C. Patterson cf .111
W. Harris lf .223
R. Belliard 2b .175
W. Nieves c .262
C. Stammen 5.86
 
NY Yankees
B. Gardner cf .276
J. Damon lf .286
M. Teixeira 1b .284
A. Rodriguez 3b .219
R. Cano 2b .308
N. Swisher rf .239
H. Matsui dh .249
F. Cervelli c .298
R. Pena ss .253
J. Chamberlain 3.84
89 comments… add one
  • I suppose I shouldn’t, but I can’t help pointing out that the auto odds given at the ESPN link for this game at right are 67% NYY, versus 33% for the Nats, making the latter 2:1 underdogs.
    This seems conservative, considering that the Nats are 7 and 24 (worse than 3:1) for away games and 7 and 28 (4:1) since May 10th.
    Is ESPN just exhibiting their classic anti NYY bias, or do they know something we don’t?
    (runs away)

    dabize June 18, 2009, 12:08 pm
  • > 7 and 24
    Yeah, but they only played two of those against the under-achieving Yankees.

    attackgerbil June 18, 2009, 12:13 pm
  • 1. Joba Chamberlain is pitching, and there’s a 75% chance he’s either hungover or still drunk this early in the day
    2. Jeter is out of the lineup, and the Yankees forget how to play baseball without the guidance and leadership from their captain
    3. Gardner, Cervelli and Pena are all in the lineup

    Atheose June 18, 2009, 12:30 pm
  • Boy, did everyone’s Wheaties get peed in this morning or what???
    My prediction, if they get the game in:
    Cervelli goes 3 for 4, with an HR and a RBI double.
    Joba’s gonna go 8, allow 1 run on five hits. Mo will close.
    Yanks win 5-1.
    (or not…)

    nettles June 18, 2009, 12:50 pm
  • > Wheaties get peed in
    Better than The Plastic Ono Band.

    attackgerbil June 18, 2009, 12:54 pm
  • Delay. Shocking.

    Lar June 18, 2009, 1:11 pm
  • Rain delay? Lame.

    Atheose June 18, 2009, 1:12 pm
  • Ya, I love Thursday day games where I really should be doing more work. I guess I will be more productive until the game comes on. That is, if I don’t check it every 5 minutes to see if it’s on..

    Lar June 18, 2009, 1:13 pm
  • It’s a really slow day at work, and I was looking forward to some afternoon baseball. Now I have to settle for the Blue Jays.
    Sigh.

    Atheose June 18, 2009, 1:22 pm
  • Cannot believe this game is delayed…took a half-day to watch it. Christ.
    They better win about 10-0 today or I’m going to go postal.

    krueg June 18, 2009, 1:50 pm
  • Well it looks like they’re calling for rain all night in Boston, so I doubt that game will happen either.

    Atheose June 18, 2009, 2:02 pm
  • my local independent league team, the long beach armada, has this kid josh womack who does a crazy bat trick while he’s in the on deck circle. do yourselves a favor and check out the video. i’ve already spent 2 hours today trying to replicate it.

    sf rod June 18, 2009, 2:09 pm
  • Rod, I saw that yesterday, that is sick. I have to be honest though it looks fake. If it’s real, that’s pretty amazing.

    John - YF June 18, 2009, 2:41 pm
  • I’m blocked at work – what’s he doing?

    Brad June 18, 2009, 3:31 pm
  • john- i’d agree with you if i didn’t see it with my own eyes monday nite. been going to a good amount of games this year. fyi- hideki irabu is still alive and on the armada roster, along with jose lima.
    brad- he’s a lefty who lets go of the bat mid swing and spins the bat 360 and grabs it again to finish the swing. it’s crazy looking. almost like his right wrist becomes disjointed to make it happen.

    sf rod June 18, 2009, 3:57 pm
  • Holy crap that’s pretty cool. I’d break my wrist a few times trying that though. Physics-wise, I can’t see how it’s possible, but there it is.

    Atheose June 18, 2009, 4:13 pm
  • For lack of a better place to post this…
    Both the Yanks and the Sox ought to keep an eye in the rearview mirror on those Tampa Bay Rays. If you look at the numbers, it is baffling that they are in 4th place.
    The Rays have the largest Runs Scored (RS) to Runs Allowed (RA) differential in the A.L., second only to the Dodgers in the Majors. This translates to an Expected Won-Lost (X W-L) record that is likewise tops in the A.L. and second in MLB.
    Anyone have any insight into why they are lagging? If they keep up those scoring/pitching numbers, you’d expect them to make a big run up the A.L. East ladder at some point.

    Hudson June 18, 2009, 4:19 pm
  • Eric Van at SOSH did a look at strength of schedule and run differential to see who were the best teams in baseball, and the ranking was:
    Boston
    Tampa Bay
    Los Angeles (N)
    New York (A)
    Detroit
    Toronto
    That’s four AL East teams in the top six. The Red Sox through their series with Philly had had the toughest schedule in baseball to that date.
    Here’s the link. It’s pretty interesting.

    Paul SF June 18, 2009, 4:23 pm
  • I should add he also did a win adjustment for each division, i.e. how many games would your team be winning if it played in x division?
    The Red Sox would be 44-21 in the NL West (gaining 2.5 games for not being in the AL East and another 1.5 games for being in the NL West), 1.5 games ahead of the Dodgers. They would be 45-20 in the NL Central (give or take a half game).

    Paul SF June 18, 2009, 4:27 pm
  • Thanks for that link, Paul.

    Hudson June 18, 2009, 4:38 pm
  • I interupt your rain delay to ask the following question:
    What happened when the Marlins first baseman stood in front of the microwave?
    answer – Ross Gload…
    :) well, it was funny when my wife said it.

    dw (sf) June 18, 2009, 4:40 pm
  • So are they going to keep it a rain delay all day? Or just postpone it?

    Atheose June 18, 2009, 5:22 pm
  • one word ath, concessions.

    sf rod June 18, 2009, 6:02 pm
  • GAME ON!!! WOO HOO!!!!
    LET’S GO YANKEES!!!

    krueg June 18, 2009, 6:27 pm
  • P.S. It was 102 today here with the heat index…Memphis is a horrible, horrible place.

    krueg June 18, 2009, 6:29 pm
  • COME ON JOBA!!!! Bring ‘da noise…bring ‘da funk.

    krueg June 18, 2009, 6:31 pm
  • leadoff single…crap.

    krueg June 18, 2009, 6:32 pm
  • GREAT DP!!!! Joba hustling to cover for Tex after he makes the great stop…sweet.

    krueg June 18, 2009, 6:33 pm
  • 2 out double for Zimmer-slim…damn. Joba getting knocked around some in the 1st. Hopefully no damage.
    The Nats are a quality team so you have to be real careful…

    krueg June 18, 2009, 6:35 pm
  • Holy shit the game is actually starting? Only 5 hours late…

    Atheose June 18, 2009, 6:35 pm
  • Adam Dunn!

    Atheose June 18, 2009, 6:37 pm
  • 0-1. jesus christ. rbi double for dunn. this is ridiculous.
    joba throwing yankee patented meatballs right down the middle per usual.

    krueg June 18, 2009, 6:38 pm
  • Come on Ath…really?

    krueg June 18, 2009, 6:38 pm
  • K…
    let’s see our mighty bats just fold like a cheap tent in front of the Nats awesomeness…

    krueg June 18, 2009, 6:39 pm
  • Sorry Krueg, I’m pissed that the game didn’t start at 1:10 to help me get through the boring day.

    Atheose June 18, 2009, 6:39 pm
  • Great job Yankee organization…letting everyone that stuck around in the cheap seats move down to the good seats. Nice move.

    krueg June 18, 2009, 6:41 pm
  • So you come on here and cheer for the Nats? I thought you were better than that bro, not to mention your team owns us and you are in first place and on your way to another title…

    krueg June 18, 2009, 6:42 pm
  • Gardner with a leadoff single…

    krueg June 18, 2009, 6:42 pm
  • Damon grounds out…at least gets gardner to 2nd.

    krueg June 18, 2009, 6:44 pm
  • Hey, all I said was the guy’s name. It’s not like I’m screaming “YEAH SCREW THE YANKS GO NATS BABY!”
    To be honest, half of my enthusiasm was to see Dunn to well, who I really like.

    Atheose June 18, 2009, 6:44 pm
  • teixeira weakly flys out…here we go again. choke-rod is up so this should be an easy inning for the mighty Nats.

    krueg June 18, 2009, 6:45 pm
  • Just tuned in to see the Nats up again. Nice. ……

    Lar June 18, 2009, 6:46 pm
  • ARod can redeem something something. Ah, what the hell, I give up. See you guys later.

    Lar June 18, 2009, 6:47 pm
  • Not to belabor the point any further but I wonder what would happen if I went into a Sox gamer and did the same thing?
    There’s a reason there aren’t hardly any YF’s around here anymore…this is a Sox-centric site.
    Not you fault though…
    NOW BACK TO THE MIGHTY NATS GAME!!!

    krueg June 18, 2009, 6:47 pm
  • CHOKE-ROD WITH THE BIG K ON THE PITCH IN THE DIRT!!!! GREAT JOB YOU F-CKING LOSER!!!!
    I really want to like the guy. I try to cheer for him. Bottom line??? He is the most over-rated, over-paid, mentally weak piece of sh-t on the planet…you suck choke-rod.

    krueg June 18, 2009, 6:49 pm
  • Ah, the B lineup. Grerjlaw;ejr;lawjel;.
    Okay, I’m just frustrated and the rain blows. (Har har?)

    Lar June 18, 2009, 6:49 pm
  • Do you think the Nats would ever take a game off of the Sox Lar???? In fenway???? I don’t. We are a frail team. Mentally. Physically. Just sad bro…

    krueg June 18, 2009, 6:50 pm
  • Diving grad in foul ground for Cervix-elli…great play. If only our over-paid veterans played like him.

    krueg June 18, 2009, 6:51 pm
  • 1-2-3 inning for Joba.
    Here come the bats again…YAWN.

    krueg June 18, 2009, 6:56 pm
  • 1-2-3 inning for the scrub du jour for the Mighty Nats.
    This team is a joke.

    krueg June 18, 2009, 6:57 pm
  • Cervix-elli guns down the runner…nice job kid. Great tag by pena too. The kids are alright…

    krueg June 18, 2009, 7:01 pm
  • Good inning for joba…too bad our offense is pathetic. game.

    krueg June 18, 2009, 7:05 pm
  • And another 1-2-3 inning for the amazing Nats pitcher that I have never heard of in my life. GREAT JOB YANKEES!!! You aren’t an embarrassment at all! Seriously! You guys are really good! not.

    krueg June 18, 2009, 7:08 pm
  • Another hit…man on for Dunn. should be 0-3 now.

    krueg June 18, 2009, 7:12 pm
  • …and joba walks him. 1st and 2nd, no outs. here is the patented yankee meltdown against the tried and true, DOMINANT Washington Nationals. Just forfeit the f-cking season you pathetic excuse for a $200 billion dollar team…

    krueg June 18, 2009, 7:15 pm
  • No Sox gamer?

    rootbeerfloat June 18, 2009, 7:20 pm
  • f-cking 4 pitch walk to load the bases with 2 outs. this is just getting ridiculous.

    krueg June 18, 2009, 7:21 pm
  • Sox gamer up.

    Paul SF June 18, 2009, 7:22 pm
  • joba runs the count full again…TO NIEVES!!! STRIKE HIS SORRY-ASS OUT!!!

    krueg June 18, 2009, 7:24 pm
  • walks…in…a…f-cking…run. this is ridiculous. 0-2. i’m done with these f-cking losers.

    krueg June 18, 2009, 7:25 pm
  • 0-3
    Main Entry: pathetic
    Part of Speech: adjective
    Definition: sad, affecting
    Synonyms: commiserable, deplorable, distressing, feeble, heartbreaking, heartrending*, inadequate, lamentable, meager, melting, miserable, moving, paltry, petty, piteous, pitiable, pitiful, plaintive, poignant, poor, puny, rueful, sorry*, tender, touching, useless, woeful, worthless, wretched
    f-ck. this. team. This game is over. Turning it off. F-ck you Yankees.

    krueg June 18, 2009, 7:43 pm
  • I love Tavarez so much.

    Atheose June 18, 2009, 8:46 pm
  • It is unbelievably painful to watch the streaky ’09 Yankees in one of their funky stretches. They crush Johan Santana and then can not touch multiple Nats pitchers who no one knows. They NEVER EVER EVER hit well off of pitchers who face them for the first time. I am so sick of that in particular because it has been true for YEARS. Why? Why? why? WhY? wHY? wHy? WHY?!?!?!?!?!
    And for all the talk we and others have had about Ortiz’s unprecedentedly horrid drop-offs this year, I just put his worst 21-game stetch up against A-Rod’s and this is how they compare:
    Ortiz: .140BA; .204OBP; .233SLG; 7RBI
    A-Rod: .178BA; .346OBP; .314SLG; 9RBI
    The biggest difference of course is that A-Rod is in the middle of his stretch while Ortiz is clearly on the upswing.
    This team is infuriating me right now. If not for Castillo’s dropped pop-up, they are in a stretch of 0-3 vs. Boston; 1-2 vs. NYM and (likely) 1-2 vs. the Nats (who came into New York having won a TOTAL of 16 games!!!)
    Make room in the asylum for me Krueg.

    IronHorse (yf) June 18, 2009, 8:49 pm
  • Brett Gardner just killed himself making a great play against the wall. Good/bad enough to be carted off. Sorry to see him go down but nice to see a sign of life from this team. Would be nice to see similar signs at the plate.

    IronHorse (yf) June 18, 2009, 8:53 pm
  • IH: the Sox are being one hit in what will be a rain-shortened loss by a guy who came into the game with a 7.62 ERA in the NL EAST.

    SF June 18, 2009, 8:56 pm
  • Turned it back on just in time to see Jeter weakly ground out to join the legion of rally killers which is our lineup.
    Let’s be honest IH, this team is going nowhere. They have no mental toughness from top to bottom. Girardi has proven to be a terrible manager. Our GM is pathetic. Our over-paid free agent busts (Teixeira aside) have just come over and fit right in with the rest of this choke-happy team.
    We are f-cked. It’s the 80’s all over again. This team is pathetic. Can’t pitch, can’t hit, can’t play D…it’s amazing they are even over .500 at this point.
    F-ck them.

    krueg June 18, 2009, 9:00 pm
  • Take back what I said about teixeria…he sucks too.
    i literally feel sick to my stomach.

    krueg June 18, 2009, 9:06 pm
  • Choke-rod up…automatic out.
    f-ck this..i’m not watching the rest.

    krueg June 18, 2009, 9:07 pm
  • SF, that does make me feel better, but seriously, how would you feel if that was par for the course for your team? I don’t want to exagerate and I am not adept enough with stats sites to know how to run the figures, but I bet if you compiled Yankee offensive stats over – say – the last 5 years when they face a guy who was just called up from the minors or #4/5 guys who they never faced before vs. when they are facing staff aces, they’d be about even or slightly worse against the first lot. It’s to the point where ANYTIME they are slated to go up against some no-name from nowhere Yankee fans absolutely expect a
    rough night.

    IronHorse (yf) June 18, 2009, 9:07 pm
  • Krueg,
    Jeter is not a pinch hitter – never has been. I’m certainly happy with his year to-date on both sides of the plate. As for free agents, I’m fine with both CC and Teix and I expect AJ to do his usual 2nd half improvment thing.
    What is killing us right now and surprisingly under-reported/talked about is just how awful A-Rod has been at the plate for about a month now. Add that to a no-one-but-CC-pitch-well-consistently starting rotation, a bullpen that just started performing well again over the past couple days, and a collective inability to his with RISP lately and you get – well, 0-8 vs. Boston and a home series lost to the NATS.
    As for A-Rod, in the post-game last night he jumped on the hip-injury excuse when offered it by Kim Jones – she asked if some of his struggles might be due to him doing things differently due to his hip. He said “well of course – I just had surgery 2 months ago.” If you’re going to use it as an excuse for hitting below .200 for a month then take more time rehabbing!! On top of which, the YES guys rightly pointed out tonight that Girardi has played him 28 straight games without DH’ing him once. What is he thinking too????
    Frustrated as hell right now.
    And I bet hell is a really frustrating place to be.

    IronHorse (yf) June 18, 2009, 9:15 pm
  • I believe this is the first homerless game at the stadium.

    sf rod June 18, 2009, 9:36 pm
  • Nail in coffin. Soak this one in Yankees. We just lost 2 of 3 at home to the equivalent of a minor league team.
    A AA minor league team.

    IronHorse June 18, 2009, 9:36 pm
  • I’m being overly dramatic obviously…
    This team should challenge for a world series. period. They won’t. I mean, you watch Boston and they RARELY take a night off. This team constantly does. It’s almost as if they think just because they are the Yankees, that the Nats were going to just lay down in fear. This team instills fear in no one. They are just simply not that good. If they score 10 runs, they win. But so does ever other team.
    They simply have no leadership. From the front office down to the players. Girardi needs to be fired. Now. That would shake things up. These guys are too comfortable. Something needs to change. Now.
    Too me, anything less than going to the WS is failure. With these players, with this payroll, that’s the only acceptable outcome. Tell me that you feel like this team has a chance to beat any good squad in a series and you are f-cking crazy.
    In closing, losing 2 of 3 at home to the worst team in baseball is unacceptable. I don’t care if it’s April, June, in someone’s backyard at a BBQ, etc. This team is an embarrassment to the Pinstripes and Girardi needs to be fired….immediately.
    I repeat…fire girardi tonight.

    krueg June 18, 2009, 9:39 pm
  • Oh…and by the way, we have to now go play MUCH better NL teams, on the road, 9 in a row with NL rules.
    How many game you think we’ll win of those 9…I saw 2 at most.
    The huge streak we went on since choke-rod came back is a faint memory. Basically erased by the truly awful performance of the last two weeks. This team is reeling and they haven’t shown any kind of mental toughness since what, 2003? We are in deep, deep, deep trouble.
    Fire Girardi now. I’m going to start printing the tee shirts.

    krueg June 18, 2009, 9:47 pm
  • I think you are very right Kreug about them taking nights off and it is clearest in the pathetic at-bats they put up. Kay and Flaherty just said in post-game that the Yanks have seemed disinterested and lacking in intensity until the 6th inning of games lately. Re: leadership, the problem is that the leadership is old and no longer the most talented – Posada is the most vocal leader and I bet an honest appraisal of the pitching staff would rank him 3rd on this team as catchers to whom they want to pitch (after both Molina and Cervelli, who’s batting .300 to boot). And the most talented guy on the team is mentally FRAGILE and not someone anyone would look to for leadership.
    In the end, if you can’t pitch consistently well, can’t hit with RISP, and there is a massive blackhole hitting clean-up, you’re going to drop in the standings like a rock. And we’re dropping…

    IronHorse June 18, 2009, 9:50 pm
  • Yep…it’s really sad to see. Watching Girardi’s presser now. His lack of urgency is sickening. We are going no where with this guy running things. I don’t know what the answer is? We bring in just about every free agent stiff every year, don’t draft well…what’s the answer?
    I think let Pena coach out the season, say how it goes. If we fall apart, hope the Cubs do as well and then get Sweet Lou to come home. Not sure who we get to be the new GM…

    krueg June 18, 2009, 10:01 pm
  • Cubs don’t do well I mean so Sweet Lou gets fired…
    Watching players interviews now…
    “Gotta put it behind us…”
    “It’s a long season…”
    “They just outplayed us…”
    I’m going to f-cking puke. It’s like they don’t even care. They should be forced to ride a f-cking bus to South Florida. Reality check you overpaid losers.

    krueg June 18, 2009, 10:07 pm
  • This is pretty effing bad.

    Lar June 18, 2009, 10:47 pm
  • Krueg, here in Chicago, the sentiment is that Lou is not a good manager. I doubt he solves the Yankees problems. He’s too much like Girardi.

    I'mBillMcNeal June 18, 2009, 10:47 pm
  • Pena, however, that’s another story. I think he might be the right guy.

    I'mBillMcNeal June 18, 2009, 10:48 pm
  • No way IBM…Sweet Lou is the answer. His heart isn’t in it with the Cubbies. Doesn’t have the players…
    Oh well, two and a half months until football season. Three and a half until hockey. NHL Draft is next Friday and free agency starts the next week…

    krueg June 18, 2009, 11:05 pm
  • “The Rays have the largest Runs Scored (RS) to Runs Allowed (RA) differential in the A.L., second only to the Dodgers in the Majors.”
    But Tampa has allowed more runs than every team in the AL except the Yankees, Orioles and Indians.

    I'mBillMcNeal June 19, 2009, 12:23 am
  • NYT’s article about last night’s game actually disproves my point re: how badly the yanks do vs. rookie pitching, which is good to see. Apparently the Yanks are so sick of hearing about it that they released stats last night on their performance vs. rookies prior to this last putrid stretch vs. the Nats.

    IronHorse June 19, 2009, 6:14 am
  • I’m getting ready to dive into the articles now…not sure I should, I still feel sick.
    If they beat the Fish (Marlins are fish, Dolphins are mammals Jet, Patriot and Bill’s fans!!!!)it would show a lot of character…of course we all know they have none so that’s not going to happen.
    FIRE JOE GIRARDI!!!

    krueg June 19, 2009, 10:16 am
  • > Boy, did everyone’s Wheaties get peed in this morning or what???
    nettles, gotta say that after dutifully considering your suggestion, i have decided peed-on boxed-cereal ain’t nearly as bad as those last three games, and pee be cheaper than milk or the mlb package.

    attackgerbil June 19, 2009, 11:12 am
  • I can’t speak for all Bills fans, krueg, but though I know that dolphins aren’t piscine, there’s a ring to “Squish the Fish” that “Trammel the Marine Mammals” just doesn’t have.

    FenSheaParkway June 19, 2009, 11:55 am
  • Krueg, I’m not on your anti-Girardi crusade just yet, but I am starting to wonder about a couple things.
    First, the A-Rod consecutive game thing coming off hip surgery seems to me rather inexcusable and a very basic and obvious managerial screw-up, made all the more obvious when the guy is mired in a month-long stretch of sub-.200 hitting.
    Second, while Dave Eiland may have seemed perfect last year when half the rotation and pen was taken up by guys he had just mentored for the previous few years in AAA, I just don’t know how good he is with these starters. It’s arguable that pitching coaches don’t have huge impact anyway, but when an entire staff seems to nibble – esp. in their home park because they are presumably scared of the longball – I have to wonder whether he is pounding into these guys the importance of throwing strikes. If you look at the talent of our rotation and then look at their HORRENDOUS pitching rankings, you have to at least ask some questions of the pitching coach.
    I haven’t had a big beef with his in-game decision-making though there are times I’d like to see them run more to put pressure on the defense and I don’t know that it’s absolutely necessary to have CC throw 125+ pitches every single start.
    So I’m not caling for his head…..yet. I do want someone to ask him what he’s thinking re: A-Rod though.

    IronHorse June 19, 2009, 12:08 pm
  • Here’s hoping Girardi really wants to turn up the heat on the Marlins.

    attackgerbil June 19, 2009, 12:59 pm
  • I know FSP…it’s us Fins fans standard retort to the whole “Squish the Fish” thing. AFC East Champs baby!!! ;)
    IH:
    Girardi brought back Wang too soon. His toying with the rotation going into BAAAAA-sten was a EPIC screwup. We were rolling, he messed with success and the rotation hasn’t recovered since. That, to me, would seem to rest solely on Joe’s weak, girly shoulders…
    FIRE HIS ASS!!!

    krueg June 19, 2009, 1:55 pm

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