Game 131: A Fistful of Dollars

Get three coffins ready.

The next 16 games are the biggest of the year. Three teams are left contending for the AL East playoff spot, and over the next two weeks, the Yankees will play 13 games against the Orioles and Rays. This is the stretch-run, these are the most important games of 2012, and the Yankees, Rays, and Orioles will be willing to sacrifice just about every resource to survive. No matter how it plays out, all three teams will be beaten and exhausted following this set.

Tonight, we have the Orioles. The underdogs of the AL East. It’ll be painted as a match up of young and gritty players against the rich and old Yankees. Will veteran wisdom be on their side, or will the team’s collective age inspire retirement by the hands of Baltimore? Who will overcome? There’s no time for narratives now, the Orioles will aim for the heart.

Derek Jeter SS
Nick Swisher 1B
Robinson Cano 2B
Curtis Granderson CF
Eric Chavez 3B
Raul Ibanez LF
Russell Martin C
Ichiro Suzuki RF
Jayson Nix DH

On the mound, we have Hiroki Kuroda and RHP Miguel Gonzalez dueling it out.

The game is at 7:05 pm on YES. Out of towners can catch the game on the MLB Network. Go Yankees!

Mike is the co-Editor-in-Chief of It's About The Money. Outside of blogging baseball, Mike is also a musician, a runner, and a beer lover.

57 thoughts on “Game 131: A Fistful of Dollars

    • Professor Longnose

      Any first basemen?

      • No, but after tn you’ll probably see Dickerson in left field, Swisher at 1B, and Jones/Ibanez DHing.

        • Professor Longnose

          That seems like it will be an improvement.

  1. Phil C

    Hey Professor. How the hell did you get Girardi to change the rotation so you didn’t have to see Freddy pitch tomorrow?

    • Professor Longnose

      Did he? Who’s pitching?

      • Phil C

        I thought I read, or heard, that Pehlps would pitch tomorrow, Hughes Sun, and Garcia moved back to Mon at TB.

        • Professor Longnose

          That might help save my day.

          • Phil C

            I read it at LoHud.. And CC will pitch Monday.

  2. Phil C

    I was hoping for a deep playoff run and possible WS win this year because I don’t see them being competitive again for another 4 or 5 years. Too many contracts with players in their decline, too little in the farm system (especially the next 2 years), and too few young impact players available as FA.

    • Michael

      It depends what they decide to do with some of these aging players. The Yankees do have some turnover coming in the outfield and catcher, not to mention if they have the balls to move ARod to the Michael Young position of DH and rotating infielder to protect his legs and give them a super sub. Also tradeing Granderson so they dont have to give 100+ million to a poor defensive outfielder who is basically the Adam Dunn of outfielders

      • Professor Longnose

        They’ve been very cheap this year. But perhaps if they get under $189 after 2014, they’ll be willing to go higher again with less lesser luxury tax penalty.

      • Phil C

        I wonder what they could get for Granderson with one year left on his contract. Certainly they’ll be better off with Gardner in CF.

  3. Phil C

    God, what a terrible throw by Ibanez.

  4. Professor Longnose

    So much for Kuroda being our ace.

  5. Phil C

    There went the game!

  6. Phil C

    They’re playing like it. The Yanks look like a retirement home team.

  7. Phil C

    Yeah Jeter. At least the Yanks won’t be no-hit!

    • Professor Longnose

      They’re not getting hits, they’re not working the count, they’re not getting on base. This team can’t hit.

      • Phil C

        They don’t turn that around immediately and they won’t make the playoffs.

        • Professor Longnose

          Yup, that’s the deal.

  8. And the “New Yrk Yankees” continue to show no “O”.

    • Phil C


    • Lea

      Posted on Yeah, Chance, I am with you on Robin Curtis she is a terrifying Vulcan, peparhs even scarier than Laurence Luckinbill.Steve, are you serious? Did Spock hook up with Saavik someplace and I missed it? Are you sure you’re not thinking of the Kim Catrall Vulcan from Undiscovered Country?

  9. Phil C

    I looked up AL MVP winners after I made my mental guesses for that quiz (only got Maris), how about this for a streak:

    1963 — Elston Howard, C, New York
    1962 — Mickey Mantle, CF, New York
    1961 — Roger Maris, RF, New York
    1960 — Roger Maris, RF, New York
    1959 — Nellie Fox, 2B, Chicago
    1958 — Jackie Jensen, RF, Boston
    1957 — Mickey Mantle, CF, New York
    1956 — Mickey Mantle, CF, New York
    1955 — Yogi Berra, C, New York
    1954 — Yogi Berra, C, New York

    • Professor Longnose

      Not many lately, though, even when they were winning.

  10. Phil C

    Poorly placed pitching leads to piss poor performance.

  11. Professor Longnose

    One chance to get in the game. Let’s see if they’ll blow it.

    • Phil C

      Jeter sure tried to ground into a DP.

      • Professor Longnose

        He was trying for a triple play, but he really blew it.

      • Michael

        Home run time.

        • Professor Longnose

          They’d still be losing.

        • Phil C

          Ha! That would require clutch hitting.

  12. Phil C


  13. Michael

    Come onnnn. Think of this though, these are the most important games the Orioles have played in the last 15 years

  14. Professor Longnose

    Anyone want my tickets for tomorrow?

    • Michael

      Appreciate it but no can do. Got lots of errands to run unfortunately. Thanks though

      • Professor Longnose

        I wasn’t really serious. Just expressing my lack of excitement over the team.

  15. Phil C

    Game’s officially over! Sure there are technically 2 more innings, but the Yanks just don’t come back in the 8th & 9th. And the O’s have Stoop & Johnson.

  16. Phil C

    Our frozen cousins leads lung disease 2-1 in bot of 7th, so maybe the Yanks won’t lose ground in the WC race.

  17. Phil C

    Great throw by Jeter!!

  18. Phil C

    First dumb play by the O’s tonight.

  19. Professor Longnose

    They should have panicked a week ago. Maybe they would have played better.

  20. Phil C

    After a hot streak, Swish was awful tonight!

    • Phil C

      At least he got a GS tonight.

    • Professor Longnose


      • Phil C

        No white supremacist he!

  21. Phil C

    Oki-san going for his second straight complete game loss.

  22. tjo161

    Just wonderful to see Swisher rounding into post-season shape tonight. I thought that clown saved those types of swings for the post season.

  23. Phil C

    That run’s meaningless. The Yanks can’t score in the 9th anyway.

  24. Phil C

    Frozen cousins won the game.

    This night is for the birds.

  25. Hooray for meaningless home runs!

  26. Professor Longnose


  27. Phil C

    Chat y’all tomorrow. Enjoy the game Professor, the Yanks will win it!

  28. Meaningless Granderson home run is Meaningless. Another tough Yankees loss.

  29. kyle Dinberg

    Girardi sucked as a player and is the worst manager in baseball. Last night Hughes was done, dumbass leaves him in, blows game, today had Martin on first, no outs suzuki at bat, no doubt bunt into scoring position, suzuki flies out double play next bat, He needs to go, even with all the injuries. He needs to open pizza joint leave managing to people who know baseball.

  30. TWASP

    Kyle – why pizza joint? Italian?

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