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O’s cut Yanks lead to two games

Posted by: vmercogliano - Posted in Misc on Aug 31, 2012 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

The Yankees came into their critical series with the second place Baltimore Orioles brushing off any concerns over their dwindling lead in the AL East. But after the Orioles handed them a deflating 6-1 loss on Friday night that cut the Yankees’ lead in the division to just two games, it might be time to start playing with a bit more urgency.

Baltimore starter Miguel Gonzalez was stellar against a depleted Yankees lineup, allowing just four hits, one walk and no runs while striking out nine over seven innings. He worked efficiently throughout the night, showing the ability to get ahead in the count and put away Yankee hitters without wasting too many pitches. The right-hander got through seven innings on 97 pitches.

The Yankees felt good about their chances heading into the game because they were sending their most consistent pitcher to the mound, Hiroki Kuroda. The 37-year-old right-hander has been brilliant of late, but the Orioles got to him early.

Adam Jones and Matt Wieters led off the top of the second with back-to-back singles, with Jones coming home on a sac fly from Chris Davis. Mark Reynolds followed with a two-run homer, and just like that, Baltimore had a 3-0 lead.

Kuroda settled down to retire the next nine batters in a row, but J.J. Hardy broke that streak with a solo home run in the top of the sixth to extend the Orioles’ lead to 4-0.

 
 

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146 Responses to “O’s cut Yanks lead to two games”

  1. Captain Clutch August 31st, 2012 at 9:50 pm

    Good thing Tampa lost. The O’s will run out of pixie dust really soon.

  2. Benny Blanco August 31st, 2012 at 9:50 pm

    is anyone really shocked? We stink right now. Bottom line.

  3. blake August 31st, 2012 at 9:51 pm

    I didn’t really like that game

  4. mykyl1 August 31st, 2012 at 9:52 pm

    Yankees suck theeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee YAnkees suck. This is insane.

  5. trisha - true pinstriped blue August 31st, 2012 at 9:52 pm

    “Good thing Tampa lost. The O’s will run out of pixie dust really soon.”

    I’ll buy that.

  6. mick August 31st, 2012 at 9:53 pm

    Day game after a night game, Cervelli?

  7. MTU August 31st, 2012 at 9:53 pm

    Benny-

    I thought Hiroki might pitch another shutout.

    He didn’t.

    :(

  8. Jerkface August 31st, 2012 at 9:53 pm

    I’m with Blake, I wanna see David Adams get a look.

  9. sunny615 August 31st, 2012 at 9:54 pm

    Yech. This team sucks.

  10. MTU August 31st, 2012 at 9:54 pm

    Tomorrow is another day. A fresh start.

    And another chance at redemption.

    With hope springing eternal.

    ;)

  11. Wang IS Taiwan August 31st, 2012 at 9:54 pm

    I think we’re going to have to endure seeing that long swing from Alex until it’s just too late. That opinion is based on past experience of watching him.

    And please — I’ve been saying all season that the O’s are for real this season and yet most everyone on here has been saying…oh no, the magic will eventually run out. Well, you’re wrong. They have a solid team.

  12. trisha - true pinstriped blue August 31st, 2012 at 9:55 pm

    A team is never as bad as it looks when it’s losing and never as good as they look when they’re winning.

    The Yankees don’t suck. They’re going through a bad spell.

    Tomorrow things turn around!

  13. blake August 31st, 2012 at 9:56 pm

    “I’m with Blake, I wanna see David Adams get a look.”

    why the heck not….

  14. J. Alfred Prufrock August 31st, 2012 at 9:56 pm

    Evening Wang,

    What the O’s have that we don’t are some live young bats. I envy them.

  15. ButtSmacker August 31st, 2012 at 9:56 pm

    Joe needs to mix things up with the lineup tomorrow:

    1 – Ichiro – LF
    2 – Jeter – SS
    3 – Cano – 2B
    4 – CC – DH
    5 – Swisher – RF
    6 – Pearce – 1B
    7 – Nix – 3B
    8 – The Scisco Kid – C
    9 – Grandy Man – CF

  16. trisha - true pinstriped blue August 31st, 2012 at 9:57 pm

    “And please — I’ve been saying all season that the O’s are for real this season and yet most everyone on here has been saying…oh no, the magic will eventually run out. Well, you’re wrong. They have a solid team.”

    I’ve been saying that for more than this season. What Buck started the second half of last season wasn’t just a fluke.

  17. MTU August 31st, 2012 at 9:57 pm

    Wang-

    Buck has done a great job pushing all the right buttons this season.

    Just remember they are facing an injured and depleted Yankee team.

    They’re lucky for that.

    It isn’t ALL skill.

    ;)

  18. TheStraw August 31st, 2012 at 9:57 pm

    Joey Binder doing a lot of cap tipping in his interview.

  19. bruceb August 31st, 2012 at 9:58 pm

    “I’m not panicking,” says Girardi. Well he damn well ought to be because unless something changes dramatically over the next 12 games, this team is going to be out of the playoffs.

  20. MTU August 31st, 2012 at 9:58 pm

    We’ll get some guys who can maybe help starting tomorrow.

    ;)

  21. ButtSmacker August 31st, 2012 at 9:58 pm

    TheStraw says:
    August 31, 2012 at 9:57 pm
    Joey Binder doing a lot of cap tipping in his interview
    ———–
    There’s a shocker ;)

  22. Benny Blanco August 31st, 2012 at 9:59 pm

    The problem is that the yankees never like giving young kids a “fair shot” to a certain extent. The will ride the “veteran” horse to death.

  23. yanks 27 August 31st, 2012 at 9:59 pm

    This team has too much pride and veteran leadership to collapse

  24. LGY August 31st, 2012 at 9:59 pm

    Might have to start a FREE KURODA campaign to get him away from this s/a offense

  25. MTU August 31st, 2012 at 10:00 pm

    What’s Girardi supposed to do ?

    His team is depleted and slumping.

    He has to play the hand he’s given.

    Is supposed to go out and pitch for Kuroda, or hit for A-rod or Tex.

    ;)

  26. bruceb August 31st, 2012 at 10:00 pm

    Nancy Newman should be covering netball, not baseball. “Another tough-luck loss for Kuroda tonight.” Seriously, does she even know the final score?

  27. NYY_Girl_Penny August 31st, 2012 at 10:02 pm

    Hi all Dave here first time posting (on Penny James account) When do you think people will realize that this team teally doesnt have a good offense? Aside from monster power they are lackluster and hard to watch. I love homers but we cant have 6 out of 9 players hitting below .260 with above avg power and expect to have fire.

    I think we can still go all the way this year if we get hot at the right time but still we need serious changes. Breathe some life into this offense somehow! Not sure how though.

  28. Tar August 31st, 2012 at 10:02 pm

    “Might have to start a FREE KURODA campaign to get him away from this s/a offense”

    Maybe we can sacrifice Hughes at an Aztec Temple for some better Kuroda Mojo.

  29. MTU August 31st, 2012 at 10:03 pm

    Tar-

    Sacrifice Freddy instead.

    ;)

  30. Benny Blanco August 31st, 2012 at 10:04 pm

    MTU,

    What’s worrisome is that AP, AROD and Tex will all feel rush when they come back. AP wont have enough starts to get ready. Arod has to get his timing back and we dont know how long tex will be out. I guarantee you this team will be pressing over the next month.

  31. Tar August 31st, 2012 at 10:04 pm

    MTU

    Yeah I agree…but that would not satisfy LGY. :D

  32. MTU August 31st, 2012 at 10:04 pm

    Wanna be angry with someone ?

    Give Hal a call.

    ;)

  33. Wang IS Taiwan August 31st, 2012 at 10:05 pm

    Pruf & MTU,

    I envy those young, live bats as well. But they also have pitching. The O’s are a good team.

    And yes, the Yanks are depleted, but they also seem very lackluster right now. I don’t expect anything from Alex when he gets back. Tex will be a nice addition. Andy? He’s a crapshoot. I just don’t know if he’ll have time to get his game back.

  34. trisha - true pinstriped blue August 31st, 2012 at 10:05 pm

    Most teams go through cold periods throughout the course of a season. The last team I remember not having that happen was one of the Mariners teams under Piniella – and the Yankees beat them in the postseason.

    The O’s are on a hot streak. The Rays were on a hot streak, and now they seem to have cooled down. Although anything is possible, I don’t expect the Orioles to win every game for the rest of the season. I also don’t expect the Yankees to lose every game. And the Yankees have a potential ace in the hole that the other teams don’t have – the return of four vital players: Nova, Andy, Tex, and Arod.

    Stay calm and watch things turn around.

  35. Niki August 31st, 2012 at 10:06 pm

    Benny B – I totally agree. The Yankees need to change that and give some kids a chance.

    I am very surprised at Joe’s interview. I thought he would be pissed but you wouldn’t even know the Yankees
    lost 6-1 by the way Joe was acting.

  36. MTU August 31st, 2012 at 10:06 pm

    Benny-

    They’ll either perform or they won’t.

    As Newman likes to put it “all hands on deck”.

    Ready or not torpedoes have been launched.

    It’s sink or swim time.

    That’s just how it is.

  37. blake August 31st, 2012 at 10:07 pm

    “Give Hal a call.”

    I wonder if Hal even knows they lost?

  38. Tar August 31st, 2012 at 10:07 pm

    Hi Dave and welcome.

    The lack of offense has been discussed quite extensively around here.

  39. NYY_Girl_Penny August 31st, 2012 at 10:07 pm

    Theres a lot Girardi can do LOL@CC DH . Seriously theres a lot Girardi can do if only he were capable but i dont think hes capable. HE does a much better job with managing pitchers, i will give him that much.

  40. Tar August 31st, 2012 at 10:08 pm

    “I wonder if Hal even knows they lost?”

    Give him a chance would you! He’s still counting the gate and concession receipts.

  41. MTU August 31st, 2012 at 10:10 pm

    Blake-

    Sad but true.

    That’s where the anger gets focused. He writes the checks.

    Not Cashman nor Girardi.

    The team needed a boost and he said no.

    Unless you think McGehee and Ichiro are huge additions.

    It’s really a frickin’ miracle they have done as well as they have with all of the injuries.

  42. trisha - true pinstriped blue August 31st, 2012 at 10:10 pm

    Dave – I disagree with you. The Yankees had an RISP AVG of well over 300 from after the ASG until several weeks ago. They lost Arod when he had started to really hit the ball well, and Tex has been down a few times now. Swisher was lost to us too, though I don’t remember exactly when he went down. Teams with injuries also start to feel tired and beat up at some point.

    We have reinforcements coming tomorrow. And every dawn is a new beginning.

    Take heart. With our important vets coming back, in tandem with reinforcements, you’ll see the resurgence of the Yankees.

  43. blake August 31st, 2012 at 10:11 pm

    “Give him a chance would you! He’s still counting the gate and concession receipts.”

    HA!

  44. Purenyyankee August 31st, 2012 at 10:11 pm

    Stump Girardi still saying there’s no panic. There damn well should be. Stiff Swisher in prime October mode with 4 Ks. This team is in big trouble.

  45. NYY_Girl_Penny August 31st, 2012 at 10:13 pm

    I love watching Jeter and Ichiro hit. Id love to see them back to back at the top of the lineup.

    Hey Tar. thanks. What really can we do offensively at this point?? This is a bit off topic but any chance we kerp Ichiro for next season? I’d like to keep him if we can.

  46. J. Alfred Prufrock August 31st, 2012 at 10:13 pm

    Wang,

    Yes they have some nice young arms, and get to look forward to Bundy as well. I’m also concerned about Andy running out of time. Might be a tad idealistic to expect him to just be himself in a snap, but being Andy, can’t rule it out, either.

  47. blake August 31st, 2012 at 10:14 pm

    “It’s really a frickin’ miracle they have done as well as they have with all of the injuries.”

    It really is…..they are playing short handed big time but what irritates me is that they didn’t address their holes when they were there for everyone to see even when the lead was comfortable…..oh well ….we have to hope it’s good enough.

  48. MTU August 31st, 2012 at 10:14 pm

    When you clutch at straws you usually wind up with a handfull of hay.

    :)

  49. LGY August 31st, 2012 at 10:14 pm

    Hal’s done counting gate receipts. He’s busy right now giving Cash a boost to get into the dumpster

  50. austinmac August 31st, 2012 at 10:15 pm

    The Yankees cold streak is now over 40 games below .500.

  51. MTU August 31st, 2012 at 10:15 pm

    Blake-

    Call Hal and vent !

    :)

  52. J. Alfred Prufrock August 31st, 2012 at 10:15 pm

    MTU,

    I’ll reserve my spleen for Cashman, who traded Montero. Hal doesn’t know Montero from McGeehee, or however the hell it’s spelled. What they need is a young bat.

  53. G. Love August 31st, 2012 at 10:16 pm

    The team is playing on fumes right now. We’ve been seeing it for 2 months.

    I thought they’d at least put up a fight tonight.

    As the games get more important plan on more Swisher performances like tonight. Swish is the sound his bat makes when a pitcher throws a changeup.

    Our best hope is the Orioles don’t know how to win. We have to hope they get amped up from this win and go into NYC and get all boozed up and show up tomorrow hungover.

    Arod & Tex are not saving this team. They’re part of the problem with this offense more often than not.

    The only thing that will save this team is our starting pitching & bullpen. It needs to be almost perfect.

    And I’m sorry but Cano with 70 RBI batting the whole year in the middle of this lineup is just not worth 20 million a year. It’s just not. He’ll get it though and we’ll watch him struggle with RISP while Arod decays and Tex tries to hit them onto the Deegan.

    The team looks cooked right now.

    They have to turn this around tomorrow. I think they can. I’m just not sure they can.

  54. blake August 31st, 2012 at 10:16 pm

    “Hal’s done counting gate receipts. He’s busy right now giving Cash a boost to get into the dumpster”

    they are probably finalizing the Jack Wilson contract as we speak.

  55. trisha - true pinstriped blue August 31st, 2012 at 10:16 pm

    “Stump Girardi still saying there’s no panic. There damn well should be. Stiff Swisher in prime October mode with 4 Ks. This team is in big trouble.”

    Girardi’s been around this rodeo for a long time. He knows better than to panic. He’s been on teams that have lost huge leads and have limped into the postseason and won the world series. He’s playing the hand he was dealt. He knows he has four important pieces returning. I give him credit for understanding the way the game works. If he wet his pants after every loss the way some fans do, he’d be in Depends permanently.

    He knows he’s got a quality team. He knows those guys known how to play the game. He also knows the bats have gone cold. All he can do is what everyone else has to do. Wait it out. He can’t pull a rabbit out of his backside, nor can he go and play the games for them.

  56. Tar August 31st, 2012 at 10:17 pm

    Ok I laughed at the Stump Girardi line.

    Dave

    They have reinforcements coming starting tomorrow. Just hope they perform and reenergize the line-up. Getting Alex and Tex back will be huge.

    I don’t think Ichiro was well liked in the Seattle Clubhouse, but haven’t heard anything like that here. I definitely can see the Yankees bringing him back.

  57. NYY_Girl_Penny August 31st, 2012 at 10:18 pm

    Trish, we do need reinforcements but like i said we nerd to get hot at the right time to go all the way. I dont watch a lot of non yankee ganes but recently I have and when you watch other good trans play you really get a fuller perspective on what this team lacks. I dont believe Arod is gonna make much difference anymore and Tex well he has his days some good more bad. His GG can be a game changer more than his bat.

  58. trisha - true pinstriped blue August 31st, 2012 at 10:18 pm

    “The Yankees cold streak is now over 40 games below .500.”

    And? Is that 40 games in a row? If not, why even mention it?

  59. MTU August 31st, 2012 at 10:18 pm

    JAP-

    Everyone is entitled to focus their frustration where they wish.

    That’s certainly one place.

    ;)

  60. J. Alfred Prufrock August 31st, 2012 at 10:19 pm

    LGY August 31st, 2012 at 10:14 pm

    Hal’s done counting gate receipts. He’s busy right now giving Cash a boost to get into the dumpster
    ///

    LOL. That’s a Bob Trotman sculpture waiting to happen.

  61. Yogi Mantle August 31st, 2012 at 10:20 pm

    I just can’t even watch this team play lately. Even when they get a lead they seem to give it right back.

    I can see the Yankees falling out of the playoffs with the way they are playing, and its been really poor for a while now.

    The pitching is going to be hurt by them trying to be too perfect to cover up for horrible offense.

  62. Captain Clutch August 31st, 2012 at 10:21 pm

    Everyone knows that Adams is eventually going to be traded for some 6 era nothing pitcher or 4th outfielder. Why not bring him up in September and see if he can help? It’s funny how Cashman always hoards his prospects and then 2-3 years later releases them or trades them for garbage.

    I want to see Nunez DH and Dickerson play LF for a couple of games. Everyone knows that Nunez can hit and let Dickerson play LF because Ibanez needs some time off. If Girardi let’s Nunez play the infield he should be fired on the spot.

  63. Tar August 31st, 2012 at 10:21 pm

    “Hal’s done counting gate receipts. He’s busy right now giving Cash a boost to get into the dumpster”

    Must be where he met Louise. Ouch.

  64. trisha - true pinstriped blue August 31st, 2012 at 10:21 pm

    Dave, I love Tex’s game at first. I’ve constantly said that his D is as important as his bat because he helps keeps runs down by playing the kind of first he does.

    The O’s are on a hot streak. It happens.

    I’d love to have Ichiro back also.

    The Yanks will turn this around. It never pays to look at games under a microscope because you don’t get the perspective you need in a very long season.

  65. MTU August 31st, 2012 at 10:24 pm

    Realistic/Pessimists 1

    Optimists 0

    Hope that changes tomorrow.

    I need to win one too !

    ;)

  66. MTU August 31st, 2012 at 10:25 pm

    Inject youth into tomorrow’s game.

    :)

  67. G. Love August 31st, 2012 at 10:25 pm

    Expecting the “reinforcements” to come help the team is foolish.

    You actually think Girardi with the division lead on the line is going to give AAA and AA bats a chance? Seriously?

    He’ll churn out the same lineup he always does.

    If Swisher, Cano and Granderson can’t play to their potential and knock in some runs with RISP in these kind of big games, we’re cooked. They need Chavez to morph back into the MVP candidate he was for a couple of weeks.

    Jeter’s getting on base a lot. No one is driving him in. That’s the story of the offense in a nutshell.

  68. trisha - true pinstriped blue August 31st, 2012 at 10:27 pm

    “The only thing that will save this team is our starting pitching & bullpen. It needs to be almost perfect.”

    G Love – MTU, mick, I, and several others, have continued to emphasize just how important the pitching is to this team’s success. I’m so happy you said some of the things you did today. You’re right that it’s well past the time to be in a snit about “THE TRADE” and now is the time to just get together and push for those wins.

    “They have to turn this around tomorrow. I think they can. I’m just not sure they can.”

    I believe they will. I don’t think Chen is going to have his way with the Yankees – mostly because the way it is scripted, he should. Just as Kuroda should have been the winner tonight. I also think that Hughes will take Sunday’s game.

    We all know what momentum is, right?

  69. Tar August 31st, 2012 at 10:27 pm

    “Expecting the “reinforcements” to come help the team is foolish.”

    umm they scored 1 run tonight, could it hurt?

  70. Jerkface August 31st, 2012 at 10:27 pm

    The Yankees were hot for a month and a half with RISP. Now since August 14th they’ve hit .193 with RISP (including today) with no power and an OBP around .300.

  71. MTU August 31st, 2012 at 10:28 pm

    G. Love-

    Every player slumps some part of the season.

    Expecting a slumping player to carry a load is like expecting a Mule with a lame leg to climb out of the Grand Canyon w/o rest.

  72. NYY_Girl_Penny August 31st, 2012 at 10:28 pm

    Hey Glove that is so true i agree with very much of what you said. We have talent on this team for sure but it seem they more oft than not get it done whrn pressure is on. I agree that Tex and Arod are not gonna bring magic with them. Id like to belive it but been burned so many times in the past.

    As far as Cano its really tough, hes a great player and the skies the limit with his raw talent but he just does not seem to be able to carry this team in fact when we need him to he regresses! 70 RBI is just really mediocre for a talent like him. Its like these guys play like allstar HOF’ers and allstar chokers just as frequent. I really cant figure these guys out but you said it so perfectly!

  73. blake August 31st, 2012 at 10:28 pm

    Cashman has an hour and a half to trade for Joe Mauer…..I wonder what Hal would say if he tried?

  74. Jerkface August 31st, 2012 at 10:29 pm

    That is right before Tex got injured, and of course A-rod was already out. Losing both of them and not having anyone to replace them with has hurt. And Granderson has been pretty bad for 2 months now.

  75. MTU August 31st, 2012 at 10:30 pm

    Blake-

    He could try using his Monopoly money.

    ;)

  76. trisha - true pinstriped blue August 31st, 2012 at 10:30 pm

    “Realistic/Pessimists 1

    Optimists 0

    Hope that changes tomorrow.

    I need to win one too !”

    MTU – you know what they say about blind squirrels! So the Yanks lost tonight. BFD. They’ll win tomorrow and Sunday.

    The very reason you never look down is because the naysayers are at your heels, ready to pull you down. So you look ahead, or you look upward.

    I didn’t think the Yanks would win the rest of their games this season. So why not tonight?

    It’s all good.

  77. NYY_Girl_Penny August 31st, 2012 at 10:31 pm

    I don’t think we should offer Cano more then 16.5 for 6 . He may be able to get more but tough noogies. I dont see him as a 20mil per year player.

  78. Tar August 31st, 2012 at 10:31 pm

    “he Yankees were hot for a month and a half with RISP. Now since August 14th they’ve hit .193 with RISP (including today) with no power and an OBP around .300.”

    Yeah it’s back to being brutal. After Alex went down I think is when Chavez went on that crazy run. But since then nada, zilch, zippo.

  79. mykyl1 August 31st, 2012 at 10:31 pm

    Here is what the lot of you fail to grasp- Brian Cashman is the General Manager of one of the most valuable businesses in the world. He is in the middle of an ugly divorce and a very public battle with a stalker ex employee. He spends a great deal of time focused on non baseball issues and it has affected his work most of the year. I have run a busy sucessful restaurant for 20 years and through the ups and downs in my life it HAS ALWAYS AFFECTED MY PERFORMANCE when things are a mess with my life as happens some times..
    The fish stinks from the head. He sits back and puts this thing on auto pilot as George is not around to stick his foot up Brians ass. This mess is on him and the joke he has made of his personal now public problems. Arod is not going to save this sinking ship. He has been paid a gazillion dollars and failed most of the time to deliver when we need him. You are smoking crack if you think this is going to be different.

  80. trisha - true pinstriped blue August 31st, 2012 at 10:32 pm

    “Expecting the “reinforcements” to come help the team is foolish. ”

    Yeah, because we know that nobody from the minors made a difference in the callups last season, right?

    :D

  81. MTU August 31st, 2012 at 10:32 pm

    Trisha-

    Let’s hope so.

    I always remain optimistic even in the face of uncertain odds.

    That’s just me.

    Can’t help it. It’s my nature.

    I am always looking forward until I just can’t.

    ;)

  82. G. Love August 31st, 2012 at 10:34 pm

    trisha,

    If we’re winning anything this season it’s because we pitched our way to it. I’ve seen enough of this offense over the past 3 seasons to know this is what it is. If the opposing pitcher isn’t feeding them fastballs to tee off on, they don’t hit.

    I actually have faith in Phelps and Hughes. I have little in our offense if those guys give up a 2 or 3 spot early on in the game.

    The Yankees have to earn their way to the post season. They cannot continue to play like this and expect to be there. They’ll be outside looking in 10 days from now wondering where it all went wrong.

    It’s not up to Girardi to motivate them. They just have to play better.

    Sounds like Chavez called them out again in the locker room. Last time he did that they woke up. Let’s hope it happens again.

  83. NYY_Girl_Penny August 31st, 2012 at 10:34 pm

    Trisha its a BFD that weve lost 7 out of 10 games (check?) we are playing very bad! It’s crunch time and these games mean a lot right now, they are just not “another game” its a tough loss but a real tought last couple weeks.

  84. Jerkface August 31st, 2012 at 10:35 pm

    The guys who they acquired or needed to step up have been bad. McGehee terrible, Jones bad, Lowe not a help.

  85. NYY_Girl_Penny August 31st, 2012 at 10:38 pm

    If we’re winning anything this season it’s because we pitched our way to it. I’ve seen enough of this offense over the past 3 seasons to know this is what it is. If the opposing pitcher isn’t feeding them fastballs to tee off on, they don’t hit.

    The strength of this team the last few seasons has been for sure P. My friends disagree but too me its so obvious. Good to see im not alone feeling that way.

  86. MTU August 31st, 2012 at 10:39 pm

    “The sky is always darkest just before the dawn.”

    ;)

  87. jacksquat August 31st, 2012 at 10:41 pm

    blake August 31st, 2012 at 10:28 pm
    Cashman has an hour and a half to trade for Joe Mauer…..I wonder what Hal would say if he tried?

    Hal has the phone off the hook.

  88. NYY_Girl_Penny August 31st, 2012 at 10:42 pm

    Blake i wish! You know ‘The Boss’ would be all in. Mauer is exactly what this team needs right now .. So SICK to think about it .. Dreaming!

  89. MTU August 31st, 2012 at 10:42 pm

    How big are David Phelps shoulders ?

    Is he like Atlas and can carry the weight of the World ?

    We’ll find out tomorrow if he is really the Mission Impossible Man, or just merely a mortal.

    Good luck with your assignment David.

    This post and it’s author will self-destruct in 10 seconds.

  90. austinmac August 31st, 2012 at 10:42 pm

    Over .500 is good. Under .500 is not good. That’s why I thought it relevant for the recent one-fourth of a season they have been bad. Reality can be harsh. Fantasy seems more appealing to some.

    They need to play better or their will be no divisional win and no wild card. Ninety wins won’t likely get there. That’s about where they would finish going .500 the rest of the way.

  91. jacksquat August 31st, 2012 at 10:42 pm

    Sounds like Chavez called them out again in the locker room. Last time he did that they woke up. Let’s hope it happens again.

    I’m glad someone is concerned. Maybe Chavez should manage the team.

  92. trisha - true pinstriped blue August 31st, 2012 at 10:44 pm

    Dave, so we lost 7 out of 10 BFD. And if we take the next 7 out of 10, life will look real rosy.

    I don’t worry prematurely, and I don’t worry about this team because I know the quality of the players, even when they’re going through a cold spell. If you want to worry or feel upset about it, that’s certanly your right. I just don’t go along for that ride. Never have, never will.

    *********

    MTU – you sound so much like my dad. Are you a late December/early January baby? I’m far beyond “I hope so”. I’m more into the “I throughly believe so” category.

    And it’s not fool’s gold because I’ve seen this team react to bigger stresses than this and come out of it.

    Do they look lacklustre? Sure they do. Teams always do when they’re playing bad ball. Is bad ball forever? Why no it’s not. We all know that! Ask the Jays. Is good ball forever? Why no it’s not. Ask the Rays.

    Onward and upward. My parade is one that can never be rained on because I know better than to let that happen. My sky hasn’t fallen in yet, and I’ve been assured so many times on this forum that it was going to happen. In fact, the Yankees were going to be in last place by the All Star break, according to some here.

    By the way, I heard a stat today that the Yankees have been in first place for (now) something like 90 games, and the last time that happened was quite a while ago.

    Le’s count our blessings instead of look for pebbles in the path.

    :)

  93. Bronx Jeers August 31st, 2012 at 10:44 pm

    Apart from the current Yankee team taking a flying leap towards baseball mediocrity I just found out that there’s a fake Chuck Knoblauch stumbling around New York and that Shane Spencer and Pat Kelly were spotted at a bar doing shots and singing karaoke with Lindsey Lohan.

    I fear the abyss is upon us.

  94. J. Alfred Prufrock August 31st, 2012 at 10:45 pm

    Swish is the sound his bat makes when a pitcher throws a changeup.
    ///

    I’m fond of Swisher, but unfortunately this is the truth. See ALDS 2011.

  95. ButtSmacker August 31st, 2012 at 10:46 pm

    How much do you want to bet that Andruw Jones will be batting cleanup tomorrow?

  96. NYY_Girl_Penny August 31st, 2012 at 10:46 pm

    Hey does anyone think Jeter will play long enough to pass Pete Rose as all time Hits leader ? Another wish!

  97. austinmac August 31st, 2012 at 10:48 pm

    Penny,

    No.

  98. blake August 31st, 2012 at 10:49 pm

    Cashman: Hey Mr. Steinbrenner sorry to bother you on a Friday night sir …..but you know our offense kinda sucks and Joe Mauer might be available if we were willing to..

    Hal: interrupting…..Brian you know not to disturb me while Im counting my money….

    Cashman: but sir….he could really help….have you see Russell Martin play?

    Hal: what happened to that George Posodi or whatever his name was…didn’t he catch?

    Cashman: yea…ok sir we’ll make due….have a good night.

  99. MTU August 31st, 2012 at 10:50 pm

    Trisha-

    I’m born in Nov.

    That’s quite a compliment as your Father sounds like a wonderful person.

    I’m nowhere near that good.

    I’m very ordinary.

    Randy would think I was one of those weenies of his.

    :)

  100. MTU August 31st, 2012 at 10:52 pm

    Blake-

    Seinfeld you’re not but funny nevertheless.

    :)

  101. MTU August 31st, 2012 at 10:52 pm

    Hey Blake.

    Think Cash would be speakin’ to an empty chair like Clint ?

    :)

  102. J. Alfred Prufrock August 31st, 2012 at 10:53 pm

    Tar August 31st, 2012 at 10:21 pm

    “Hal’s done counting gate receipts. He’s busy right now giving Cash a boost to get into the dumpster”

    Must be where he met Louise. Ouch.
    ///

    :D

  103. blake August 31st, 2012 at 10:53 pm

    http://www.bbtia.com/home/2012.....rofar.html

    Rangers calling up Profar…..no fair

  104. trisha - true pinstriped blue August 31st, 2012 at 10:54 pm

    austin – yeah reality can be harsh. Tough that we lost Mo, Joba, Gardy, that we’ve had CC down, Andy out, Arod out, Swisher in and out, Tex in and out, Nova out, Corey Wade losing it, DRob out, and a variety of other unfortuitous happenings. 1/2 full or 1/2 empty. You can sit and be bitter about the Yankees being “bad” recently, and I sit and realize they’ve done a hell of a job in spite of those odds and teams go through cold spells – even moreso when their key players haven’t been around and it’s nearing the end of the season.

    The difference is I don’t constantly lament it or feel the need to complain about it. It is what it is. Instead I celebrate the great job they’ve managed to do in spite of it and look forward to their righting the ship.

    Different strokes for different folks. But never mistake my optimism as fantasy. You do yourself a injustice when you do that because you’ve been lamenting the “lack of offense” all season long and the Yankees have managed to stay in first place in spite of your lament. You just pull it out of your hat whenever there’s a problem. I see it for what it is and still manage to keep the faith.

  105. J. Alfred Prufrock August 31st, 2012 at 10:54 pm

    Hal: what happened to that George Posodi or whatever his name was…didn’t he catch?
    ///

    I really did laugh out loud.

  106. Tar August 31st, 2012 at 10:55 pm

    “Randy would think I was one of those weenies of his.”

    :shock:

    Not sure who I feel sorrier for?

  107. MTU August 31st, 2012 at 10:55 pm

    From now on I’m not gonna like the # 189 any more.

    Whenever I encounter it I’m gonna take it as a bad omen.

    :(

  108. blake August 31st, 2012 at 10:55 pm

    “Think Cash would be speakin’ to an empty chair like Clint ?”

    nah…probably just a dial tone ;)

  109. trisha - true pinstriped blue August 31st, 2012 at 10:56 pm

    MTU – you are as wonderful as my dad. That’s why I love you the way I do. If you don’t mind my asking – early or late November?

  110. MTU August 31st, 2012 at 10:59 pm

    Trisha-

    Early.

    And no I’m afraid I’m not.

    Your Father was many things I’ll never be.

    Just look at the effect he’s had on you.

    If he were alive he’d be very, very proud of you but I guess you know that.

    ;)

  111. austinmac August 31st, 2012 at 11:00 pm

    I never have claimed to be a baseball savant. However, it seemed clear too much reliance on homers with a lack of a balanced offense is a problem. The team either disagreed, had no reasonable opportunity to change that or lacked the finances to do so. I don’tt know which. I do know I was ansd am disappointed they didn’t.

  112. MTU August 31st, 2012 at 11:00 pm

    Blake-

    It’s a number that has caused all of our troubles.

    I say we kick the snot out of Bud Selig.

    Whaddya’ say ?

    :)

  113. MTU August 31st, 2012 at 11:02 pm

    Besides I owe him for not reversing Joyce’s call.

    ;)

  114. MTU August 31st, 2012 at 11:04 pm

    Bud Selig took away our financial advantage and I want to make him pay.

    Commie frickin’ Luxury Tax BS.

  115. blake August 31st, 2012 at 11:06 pm

    MTU,

    only problem is that Hal was probably going to do it himself eventually.

  116. trisha - true pinstriped blue August 31st, 2012 at 11:08 pm

    austin – I don’t blame you for feeling disappointed. I really don’t. I just believe in spite of that they’ll find a way to pull this out. And we’ll live to see another day.

    MTU – that makes me kind of teary. I know you miss your dad the way I miss mine, and I know your dad was wonderful because of the son he produced. And I know how much you wish you had more time with him. I’m sure he’s looking down and is so pleased with the wonderful son who bears his name.

    I do think my dad would be proud of me. Many times when I have to make a big decision, I think about what my dad would have recommended, and that’s what I do. I think he’d be proud of me for that, because he was a very down-to-earth and practical man – and a very honest and decent man.

    I’d say we were both blessed to have the dads we did – and do. They’re still helping us in life, only from a different place than before.

    You’re a good man, MTU. Thanks for being who you are.

    Now I think I’ll go and have a good cry. I’m always good for that! :)

  117. randy l. August 31st, 2012 at 11:08 pm

    who cares

    it’s just one game.

    no big deal

  118. MTU August 31st, 2012 at 11:09 pm

    Blake-

    I know you believe that but I don’t.

    That is a hefty frickin’ penalty.

    The proof of who is right will occur after 2014 when the penalty is lifted.

    I say they spend like wild hogs.

    You say they hold the line.

    If I’m still around in 2014 we’ll see who’s right.

    ;)

  119. austinmac August 31st, 2012 at 11:09 pm

    MTU,

    I’m with you on Selig. I think either of us could do it with one hand tied behind our back. And he makes $25 million a year. It’s always good to read a good commie reference. It takes me back to my youth.

  120. Tar August 31st, 2012 at 11:10 pm

    Goodnight everyone.

    Tomorrow starts the run to the post-season.

  121. blake August 31st, 2012 at 11:10 pm

    “If I’m still around in 2014 we’ll see who’s right.”

    oh you will be :)

  122. trisha - true pinstriped blue August 31st, 2012 at 11:10 pm

    “who cares

    it’s just one game.

    no big deal”

    Well randy did cut right through it! A+ for succinctness!

  123. trisha - true pinstriped blue August 31st, 2012 at 11:11 pm

    Night Tar. Night everyone. And GB, wherever you are, please be okay.

  124. blake August 31st, 2012 at 11:11 pm

    Ben Badler ?@BenBadler

    When Jurickson Profar was 16, some teams liked him better as a pitcher. Pretty sure the Rangers made the right call.

    I saw him play last year in the Sally league……he’s going to be a star….

  125. austinmac August 31st, 2012 at 11:12 pm

    Good thoughts on missing dads. I always say mine was the best person I ever knew. How lucky to feel that way. We all sound lucky.

  126. MTU August 31st, 2012 at 11:12 pm

    Trisha-

    I know you are a very emotional person, and a very sensitive and caring one at that.

    But I advise you to save your tears for when they may really be needed.

    Like when you look at Boston’s prospects.

    Of course that probably would just make you laugh.

    Oh well. It’s past my bedtime anyway.

    :)

  127. Tar August 31st, 2012 at 11:13 pm

    “Night Tar. Night everyone. And GB, wherever you are, please be okay.”

    :sad: sigh thanks trish goodnight.

  128. luis August 31st, 2012 at 11:13 pm

    Primo,

    If you are still around…Good to see you posting again.

    Frankly, this team is boring to watch at this moment. I basically watch the pitching (especially if Nova/Hughes/ Phelps are on the mound). Offensively, they are predictable which is frustrating. For those that preach Pitching is the key to the kingdom, balance is the true key and at this moment the offense lacks bite. Not to mention that the BP is suffering from over exposure ( Mo’s injury has hurt more than I anticipated ). I thought that this season we would be fine, even though I thought that the offense was aging and declining. Well, it has aged and declined far more than I thought possible. The pitching will have to step up big time if we are going to go deep in the PS.

    This is probably not the time, but I think the FO has to start thinking rebuilding sooner rather than later. The sooner thay start, the shorter the downward period will be.

  129. MTU August 31st, 2012 at 11:15 pm

    Blake-

    I do have a part interest in a certain “liquor” buisness.

    So you may have a point.

    But I’m so bad the Good Lord could strike me dead at any moment.

    So there’s that.

    ;)

  130. luis August 31st, 2012 at 11:16 pm

    Goodnight Tar and Trish….Best wishes to GB7, wherever he may be. I miss his grumpy comments.

  131. Against All Odds August 31st, 2012 at 11:17 pm

    I saw him play last year in the Sally league……he’s going to be a star….

    —————-

    Just what the Rangers need another bat in the line-up

  132. blake August 31st, 2012 at 11:17 pm

    “But I’m so bad the Good Lord could strike me dead at any moment.”

    don’t they say only the good die young …..night all.

  133. MTU August 31st, 2012 at 11:18 pm

    Mac-

    You surely could.

    I am left to dream of places like Wells-Gray.

    That’s all I’m about.

    :)

  134. luis August 31st, 2012 at 11:18 pm

    Good night Blake, have a good one

  135. MTU August 31st, 2012 at 11:19 pm

    Blake-

    Good point.

    Maybe I will be permitted to live a while.

    Pleasant dreams.

  136. luis August 31st, 2012 at 11:22 pm

    Anyway….Tomorrow is another day and hopefully we will get them…Have a good night all.

  137. MTU August 31st, 2012 at 11:22 pm

    Luis-

    Have they kicked that real commie bast*rd out yet ?

    :)

  138. MTU August 31st, 2012 at 11:23 pm

    Adios Luis.

    Dulce suenos.

  139. MTU August 31st, 2012 at 11:24 pm

    Or should I have said “hasta manana Luis”.

    Man my Spanish sucks.

    :(

  140. MTU August 31st, 2012 at 11:25 pm

    OK.

    Since I am now alone.

    I’ll bid you all goodnight too.

    Goodnight MTU.

    :)

  141. luis August 31st, 2012 at 11:26 pm

    MTU,

    For the first in a long time, I feel that he has his days in power numbered…This Capriles kid has turned the tide, for the first time he is no longer dictating the agenda…And everything he tries backfires….I think we will have great news on Oct 8th.

    Buenas noches mi buen amigo. Que la pases muy bien! ;)

  142. luis August 31st, 2012 at 11:27 pm

    MTU,

    De las dos formas esta bien… ;) Your Spanish is very good in deed my friend.

  143. MTU August 31st, 2012 at 11:28 pm

    muy bueno Luis.

    Keep me informed.

    Manana.

    ;)

  144. MTU August 31st, 2012 at 11:29 pm

    I am happy for you as freedom is the natural state of Man.

    :)

  145. Pat M. August 31st, 2012 at 11:56 pm

    Yanks / Dodgers in the 2012 World Series…..Baltimore has been an amazing story who’s sucess has been largely due to the backend of their pen……..They have no .300 hitters, no real top of the rotation dominator and a very workable lineup to pitch through…….I think they’re a -60 in runs and they will fight all the way for a playoff berth for October……However folks, they are not going to win the AL East and the Yanks will win the AL East by a margin of 6 games when the final buzzer sounds

  146. igotid88 September 1st, 2012 at 12:12 am

    I’m going to Sunday’s game. It could be a big one.


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