Today is hump day, and funny enough the name of the day is what the Sox are doing to their season night after night. Chat about all action here.
Hey, eight pitches that inning. Way to go offense!
Posada and Swisher providing the offense so far. Signs and wonders…
If Theo doesn’t think “what the fuck am I going to do with this awful pitcher and his awfuler contract” when he watches Lackey pitch then Buck Showalter was right.
He is the worst fucking pitcher ever.
RIP, Bill Gallo.
Grandy carrying the offense recently. 12 HRs.
Mazzaro is throwing a ton of pitches: 70 so far through 2 1/3.
Yanks getting a lot of baserunners, but only up 2-0.
Bases loaded for Russell
Ha. Ball 1 is in the dead center of the strike zone. Yowza.
He grounds out. He’s slumping pretty badly right now.
The Hos cuts the lead down to 1, despite the Yanks feel like they are dominating in everything but the score..
Hosmer with a rocket to RF for his first major league homerun. Imagine him in Yankee Stadium for 81 games…
Between that HR and those three lucky outs I think the Royals walloped the ball a combined 1,500 or so feet that inning but only got one run out of it…
This game has an uneasy feel to it. Feels like the Yanks are winning by 20 but then you look at the scoreboard and it’s only a 1-run game. Superb bunt by Gardner with two strikes on him and he’s on first. Run Brett, run.
The bunt pays off for once.
Escobar with a good scoop. Gardner caught as a thief.
God damn. Brett is not reading pitchers well at all this year.
Jeter grounds out to 6.
Damn. Gardner picked stealing second. He has been pegged by superb throws several times this year despite his tremendous speed. Wonder if he is getting as good a jump as he should be. Yankees living on every base tonight, except home-plate, which they are visiting only very occassionally…
WHAT?!!?!?! Awful call on the appeal on the check swing.
The third strike, he did go around.
Granderson down chasing pitches. I think Mazzaro is done for the night. Time to wear down some relievers.
IH, I wonder as well. It didn’t look like a good jump.
Lackey seems to be solidifying his place in SF’s doghouse.
He’d be in my doghouse too. He’s made a Jeff Weaver-like transformation into a shitty pitcher upon arriving in Boston. Except Lackey had a better and longer track record before changing teams, so it’s gotta be that much more infuriating.
AJ gets a bit of longitude on that 1-0.
Or would that be latitude… yeah, latitude.
He walks Escobar anyway.
Burnett is pitching around Alex Escobar. Or he’s just missing low five pitches in a row (and got him to swing at one).
Great to have several yfs joining the game tonight…so let me ask you all for a reality-check:
Last night Rafael Soriano told Girardi – again – that he was aching and so wouldn’t be available. Now, I guess I should prefer players who cop to injuries that might effect their performance rather than hiding stuff an dmaking it worse, but he has done this a few times now and it’s starting to piss me off. You?
I’m worried he might get healthy enough to pitch.
AJ is trying to paint corners, but he isn’t an artist tonight. Another walk.
Melky up with two on, two out, and AJ throws another ball.
Nice ag :)
And AJ walks him to bring up Melky with two outs and two on.
I wish Melky GREAT SUCCESS. Just not now.
Miami finally squeeks ahead of the Celtics toward the end of the 3rd in Miami – 66-65…
Nate Adcock looks like Alexi Lalas with a glove.
And into the pen, beginning with some guy who never pitched higher than single-A ball until this season. These are the kind of guys against whom the Yankees completely and inexplicably flail.
IH, I cringe every time Soriano comes in. Based on performance (and his demeanor during his outings), he’s earned mop-up duty. Only Soriano and Logan (who’s probably hurting us more) are performing badly. Robertson gets into trouble often but has a knack for getting out of it. We don’t really need Soriano right now.
He had an MRI today, right? I haven’t seen the results, but I don’t think we’d miss him that much. If he goes on the DL (or gets sent down), we should bring up another lefthander.
Soriano is at the top of my most hated Yankee list right now, so sort through that bias as you will.
Yeah, let’s have a PED discussion. That makes for good baseball talk.
Oh my god. Just stop. Please don’t talk about PEDs anymore. PLEASE.
ARod strikes out on a… split?
“Soriano is at the top of my most hated Yankee list right now, so sort through that bias as you will”
Ha! Same is true for me, which is why I asked for the reality-check. I think the MRI was clear but not certain. And yeah, I think Joba has earned the 8th and Robertson has actually been stupendous. He almost always enters in crappy situations and he almost always finds a way through. joba called him the magician in the Yankees pen this year.
I’d be happy for a Robertson-Joba-Mo backend, with Soriano mopping as necessary, but tough to swallow that given both his talent and paycheck…
Cano HBP — in the head???? Sounded like it on the radio. It was loud. wow.
Adcock plunks Cano in the head on a pitch in that got away.
They take Robi out of the game, but it looks like he is fine. Precautionary.
Dang. We need his lumber.
And Cano gets pulled. Damn. Hope he’s OK. We need to capitalize on these baserunners….and we don’t. again.
> Cano HBP — in the head?
Yes, IH. Off the the NY of his helmet.
I’m getting pissed with mlb.com. It keeps saying that I am “in the broadcast territory” to view the games but then as it is connecting it reads “Media Error – game temporarily unavailable. Try again later.” And it’s like that for the rest of the game. Night after night. Does this basically mean I am actually in a black-out zone since these games are TV-broadcast in my area? Is there another NY-area mlb.com TV subscriber here who could tell me? SF??
Man. I’m following on Gamecast and only saw that he got on by a HBP. I hope he’s all right. For his and our sake.
According to Michael Kay, I can get an actual packet of Yankees grass seed. Woah. That’s such a great quote.
Ortiz and A-Gon both go long and it’s 4-3 Toronto.
Apparently Francona shuffled the rotation for this weekend dropping Dice-K so the Yanks will face Buchholz, Beckett, Lester.
Dusty, he looked dazed for a moment but then looked responsive and fine. They took him back to the trainer’s room to make sure.
Vintage Burnett tonight: 5 walks.
Fortunately, Vintage Burnett was also a more effective Burnett.
That’s nothing ag. Minka gets regular packets of Yankee man seed.
Ok, I’m sorry.
Good. Thanks for update on that, AG. I need to re-subscribe to MLB.TV already.
Burnett with his obligatory HBP and we’ve got two on again with only one out. This game is painful – for fans of either team I imagine.
Burnett hits Francoeur in the shoulder, and both benches get warned. AJ was probably wild. I can’t see why he would hit him. Martin was set away. Weird. You Betta you Betta you Betemit up.
> That’s nothing
You had me at Minka.
Yeah, I didn’t mean the HBP was obligatory in terms of retaliation. I meant he seems to have to throw at least one HBP per outing. Very Nuke Laloosh of him.
Betemit. Am I just remembering with rose-tinted glasses or was he really a good utility guy for us? He’s certainly better than the utility guys we have now. This team is gonna miss Chavez.
Burnett with a key K and then groundout. Burnett threw a no-hitter into the 6th in his last outing and has thrown a 1-hitter through 6 tonighs. Let’s hope this one doesn’t end the way that one did. Runs please!!!!
That HBP by Burnett is totally weird, isn’t it? Why would he? So it can’t be retaliatory, but then again, what better time than then to send a message?
I don’t get it. I think it was just a bad pitch. But what sucks is Robi is out of the lineup.
We need some of kreug’s negative reinforcement to spark the offense.
> good utility guy for us?
He had his moments of good.
But mostly, no, not so much.
Kay says that Posada “slashes” a single through the left side. I don’t know what “slashes” means. It was just a weak grounder with eyes.
Posada singles. I might pinch run for him though I don’t know what speed they have left on the bench with Gardner starting and Nunez in for Cano.
Utility guys have never been our strong suit. We could always bring back Luis Sojo…
Just saw this: Gene Monahan is retiring after this season.
Betemit hit .253 with a pretty woeful .286 OBP in his year+ with NY. And he wasn’t so hot in the field either.
Yanks with two on and no outs. Please don’t squander fellas…
Looks like Alex Gonzalez and and David Ortiz are starting to rake
Wow re: Monahan. Thanks for the update Dusty.
Does Gardner bunt?? I actually like having him swing away, but if you’re going ot bunt, this is certainly the kind of situation in which you would – 1st and 2nd with no outs and the game tight in late innings…
2 outs. Frack.
I just saw – Lackey walked in a run? How do you keep him in there?
And then he gives up a double. Weird game by Tito. Is he punishing Lackey for sucking?
Ouch for Boston. they clsoe to 4-3 and now Toronto makes it 7-3. Full count here…2 catchers on the pads…
Lackey is going to have to get protective security when they return to Boston. or move to a cushy mansion in the suberbs of Abbottabad.
And the Yanks LOB two more. So annoying.
And no 9-3. Wow.
We’ve left the population of Kansas City on base.
LeBron just stuck the dagger in. After Miami led only twice in the game (at 4-2 and then briefly at 66-65 in the 3rd) he hits 2 3’s and a 2-pointer to put the Heat up by 8 with :30 left.
Mia wins. Clutch finish there..
Burnett has thrown a one-hitter through 7. He’s more than done his job. This offense needs to show up.
Assuming Burnett is done for the night, job well done. It was a vintage outing from him: 7 innings, 1 hit, 5 walks, 1 HBP, 6 K. Now to Joba and Mo.
Lackey’s line: 6.2 IP, 9 ER, 5 BB, 1 K. Yikes.
The Yanks game is frustratingly close.
Great outing by AJ though. If not for the HR, would have a no hitter bid, though an ugly one at 5 walks, but effectively wild, perhaps.
Damn scratched Netflix disc. Allright, more focus to the game now.
Yeah Lar – As dusty alluded to, it’s vinatge…seems Burnett is always ugly when he’s good. Though he’s not always good when he’s ugly.
3-1 to A-Rod. Please A-Rod, get back on track.
Nunez lines it off Getz’s mitt. 1st and 2nd with one out…come on guys.
Here we go again..
fly out. ridiculous. They’ve had 2 on in 5 different inninges tonight. And have 2 runs to show for it. Posada up.
3-2 to Jorge.
Walks the bases loaded. Martin up. 9 hits, 6 walks, and a HBP = 16 baserunners in 6.2 innings.
It’s almost inconceivable to only squeeze 2 runs out of that. Let’s go Russell!!!!
Time to Rock and Roll, Russel Martin.
ground out. go to hell yankee offense.
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That’s 12 LOB, for those counting.
On the bright side…the Celtics are on the golf course. Hopefully the Bruins join them soon.
Good to see you krueg. We’ve needed your invectives around here all game!
Robertson vs. Melky. Can oberston pitch with the bases empty or only under pressure??
Scratch that, 13. Left off the HBP.
They are AVERAGING more than 2 baserunners per inning tonight.
And Robertson walks the leadoff man in a one-run game. Lovely.
Weird they’re not using Joba in the 8th here. Robertson was good, certainly, but Joba is just a better pitcher. And it’s not like Joba was strained last night, he only threw like 9 pitches. It was Robertson who had all the stressful pitches.
Robertson has been very lucky. He’s got a damn fine K rate, but a damn lousy walk rate. That’s gonna bite him and the team in their collective asses at some point.
Not sure I agree with you Andrew re: Joba being a better pitcher than Robertson this year. But re: workload from last night, absolutely.
Walks him on 4 straight pitches. This is turning sour realy fast. Is Joba at least warming??? I am following via radio and shockingly, Sterling and Waldman are not keeping me sufficiently informed…
That last walk: All those pitches were clearly in the strike zone according to the Gamecast thing.
The Gamecast I’m following on MLB.com showed them all a little high Dusty.
And then he goes from 4 straight balls to 3 straight strikes. 2 out.
I’ve been here the whole time…I just avoid the SF’s…but they appear to be gone now.
K. 2 outs. Robertson pitches his best when he’s in trouble…
I don’t think you can call Robertson lucky. He has a high walk rate, but that’s more than compensated by his insane strikeout rate.
Joba is definitely a better pitcher than Robertson. Last year was pretty unlucky for Joba, as much as we remember him sucking, a lot of it was just balls finding holes. He has always had a good walk rate, and his strikeout rate has remained near one per inning.
I love me some Robertson, but I’ll take Joba any day.
Needed men on base for his comfort zone, I guess.. haha
Game tied. They so deserve this crap.
Well, do we really deserve to win this game? Or many at all this season so far really???
Our offense is…(fill in the blank from my earlier post)
We need to get rid of Swisher and Posada. Like now.
I want them to lose. Seriously. Screw them. What a horrible offensive performance.
Bring back Matsui to DH this year, trade for Ichiro…
Dude, Posada didn’t make an out tonight.
Despite his sub-.170 BA, Posada is 2 for 3 tonight krueg.
Boone Logan??? Is Joba hurt?
Dude, Posada has done nothing this year…he is a waste of a roster spot.
I’m not saying this game is his fault…just in general.
Posada had been crazy unlucky (according to his BABIP) until recently. Swisher doesn’t have an excuse, though.
that’s right Andrew – 2 for 2, not 3.
Popout and we go to the bottom of the 8th. Whatever. I’m fuming. Gonna go get me some late-night cereal…
Gardner, Jeter, and Grandy up. I like our chances to score this inning.
Cocoa Krispies rule.
Guys can turn it around in a hurry, just look at Jeter.
Good job Boone, hopefully the Yankees can at least score a run.
I wonder where Joba was. Is Girardi saving him for the 9th? Is Rivera hurting? SO MANY QUESTIONS.
“I like our chances to score this inning.”
I like our chances to stack the bases but not score.
Posada is no Jeter. Never has been.
He is by far the worst of the “Core Four”…I’m not sure he should even be included really.
Gardner on. I don’t care that you got pegged last time Brett – go. I know you’re only 50% this year but GO. And don’t waste the sac until he’s on second and can go to 3rd (if at all).
Can Gardner actually steal a base???
The wife and I were talking about what you posted IH…why waste an out???
Damnit. Jeter bunting. Wish Gardner could use what is supposedly his biggest weapon. And he bunts a popout. Looking for baby bunnies to kick.
Bunting, what a fucking terrible idea.
Someone please tell me it’s only May 11…
Another base runner.. but let’s see if the Yanks can score him..
Brett is always on base lately. Over .500 OBP for the month.
Our Captain bunting out with one of the fastest guys in the league not evne attempting to steal. Perect microcosm of this crapfest.
And a DP. sweet.
I’m out guys. Nothing good is going to come from me at this point.
What an abortion of an inning.
It seems like the Yankees have had like 2 easy wins all season. And that it should have been 10, if not for crap like this.
I could go for a bench clearing brawl. Something to get the fire started.
None of us will ever again see a pitcher make the job look as easy as Mariano has for as many years as he has.
“I could go for a bench clearing brawl”
The way they’re going they’ve screw that up to. Trip on the way out of the dugout and injure themselves in a pile-up on the top step.
Teixeira singles. This game is such a tease.
11 hits to 2 hits
2 runs to 2 runs
2 on. Again. 2 on is the motto of this game. Nunez has speed at second. Posada up.
2-2 to Jorge.
Full count. Runners will be on the move. Come on jorge.
Jorge Ks. Perfect. 19 baserunners in 9 innings. This must be bordering on a record. Like the kind you don’t want to set.
See? Worthless. Even the Royals know it.
Buddy Carlisle coming in. This shouldn’t take long.
Yankees are 1-for-14 with RISP.
Leadoff walk. At least we’re consistent. 8 BBs for the Yankee pitching staff tonight.
Wild pitch. Melky to 2nd. 1 out. This will be an awesome way to lose.
If there are any sfs out there: I’d rather have had Lackey tonight. At least i would have known enough early enough to tune out. I honestly can’t recall a night with this many baserunners and this few runs to show for it.
We are intentionally walking Wilson Betemit
RBI double. Royals will win this game with 3 hits to the Yankees 11+. I am looking for someone to blame. I think I’ll pick our “clean-up” hitter.
And then a wild pitch moves the runners to 2nd and 3rd – Hahahahahahahahaha!!!!!!!!!!!!
Two wild pitches?!?!?? Intentionally walking Betemit?? Is our pitcher’s first name ironic or what?
K to end the inning. Yanks down by one. They might as well be down by 30. Prediction: Bases loaded with no outs. Out. Out. Out.
My prediction: Martin homers, Gardner walks, Jeter singles, Granderson strikes out. Teixiera walks. A-Rod grounds into a double play.
Then the game keeps going like this until Friday.
walks martin on 4 straight pitches. he should pitch for us. Baserunner # 20 on the night.
5th ball in a row. Don’t bunt until he actually shows he can throw a freaking strike Brett.
2-0 pitch. And he bunts a popup out of play. This is laughable. I don’t even care anymore. I’m rubbernecking at an 18-car pile-up at this point.
3-1. Swing away. Seriously.
Bunts Martin to 2nd. Top of the order with a man in RISP. Which makes a huge difference given that we’ve scored as often in the 14 RISP situations tonight (once) as we have with the bases empty (once).
Sacrifice is successful. But will it pay off?
2 outs. Martin to second. Granderson is our last hope. There is no way they deserve to win and there is no reason to think they even can. Not tonight.
Jeter: 0 for 6
I going to chime in while on my break to say that the sacrifice reallyt annoys me in that situation. Girardi is annoying.
A hit with a RISP with 2 outs and 2 strikes in the 10th. Game tied at 3. Who cares. Send Granderson??? I think so.
And also, I want to point out that Granderson is our early season MVP.
I agree Nick. Brett is our hottest hitter right now.
Popout. This game will kill me. I think this is the worst game I’ve followed in years. Years.
20 baserunners = 2 runs until Granderson’s RBI single. I know I keep typing that but it’s because I can’t believe it. It’s amazing.
That’s a fact Nick.
Leadoff walk. 10 BBs by Yankee pitching staff.
Louis Ayala back from the DL and right into extra-innings with man on first, no outs.
Sac bunt. 1 away, man on 2nd.
Nunez with diving stop to keep a run off the board. 1st and 3rd for Melky.
2nd and 3rd so they IBB Melky. I’d rather the Yanks lose in this inning than win in 4 more. I’m tired. I’m pissed off. And I have to catch a train to my office in 5 and a half hours. And yes. It’s all about me at this point.
Popout enough to get run in. KC up 4-3.
Here we go again, bah.
I have lost all faith in this team. All of it.
This is a fucking embarrassment of epic proportions.
A-Rod flakes, 1 out.
Strike out. 2 away.
This is the moment this season begins it’s downward spiral…
Swept by the Sox this weekend…
The injury parade begins…
We fucking completely fall apart and miss the playoffs.
This is the game.
The unavailability of Soriano and – apparently – Joba really hurt. But all else pales in comparison to one of the worst offensive performances in recent memory. 4.5 hours of hell.
Full count on Swisher.
Strike out. Perfect. Good night krueg.
I am still fucking fuming.
You know it’s bad when you wake up still pissed off.
We better win 15-2 today.
This site is full of such angst. But at least you guys are in first!!!!
We should win every game by at least 10 runs…win the AL East every year by 25 games…and sweep every playoff series and WS. Period.
Pretty well-reasoned rant about the bunting.
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