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The Big Game Sale Price

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the Whole 9

Two of the most angry men in America this morning have to be  Mike Francesa and Pete Rose,

“Let’s be honest” these two icons of the  Parimutuel Bet could be  two characters straight out of   Fyodor Dostoyevsky’s novel the Gambler, and I can’t think of a better underdog trifecta then betting against 3 of the top pitchers in baseball vs the anemic hitting NY Yankees

No  doubt when Francesa  woke up  this morning and flicked on his trusty MLB app to  read how the Yanks made out last night, he had to be kicking himself over not placing a wager on the Yanks besting Chris Sale, Big Game James Shields, and last night in historic fashion David Price.

The Yanks bounced back after being stymied by the Tigers real co Ace Rick Porcello on Tuesday night, with a resounding 8-4 win over Detroit who NY is desperately chasing for that  final playoff spot / play-in game, most likely somewhere on the left coast.

I’d like to  think  the  Yanks just  busted through that proverbial firewall that  has blocked any sort of substantial  offensive production or game winning consistency after they  mounted an 8  run, 9  consecutive hit 3rd inning that  for all intents and purposes put game 2 of this 3 game series on ice. But, notwithstanding that  euphoric inning, the boys did pick up  5 other hits, but  never scored before or after the Price 3rd inning implosion, and we’ve seen them hang large crooked numbers in one game then come out the next and despite pulling all of their $200M resources not buy a clutch  hit

So I’m more excited about the W, then say the sales pitch Bryl-Cream Curry and Bourbon Bob smeared and poured all over the YES Post Game, Yankees Extra.. That  said, The Inning was pretty amazing, it started with  an Ellsbury single, then a blown pick off attempt that  sort of set up the  bad sorcery Ju Ju for Price and the Tigers.

The 9  knocks came in all  shapes and sizes, some just  seeing eye 75 hoppers by Frankie and Brett the Face,  a long RBI single by Beltran that Hunter seemed to lose in the lights, a straight up knock by Headley,  a few well placed line drive singles by Prado  and Bubba, two cue shot doubles,  one by Jeter, one by Texy. Finally after the wheel had turned one full cycle, Ellsbury, and Jeter who  had 2 RBI’s in the inning came up to poke consecutive  sac fly’s,  and the 8 run extravaganza was over.

At that point I turned to my cat and said Girlsy do  you believe this stuff, and all she did was yawn and go  back to  sleep….

Mean Shane Greene

 Lost in the  9 hit, 8 run out burst, was Shane Greene’s performance, 7 innings, 5 hits, 2 runs, 1 BB, 8 K’s, he has a Rick Porcello  type 3.09 ERA.

After listening to Ma Pinstripe interview Larry Rothschild, on last night’s radio  pre-game, I realized that  part of McCarthy’s problem the night before was him flying open due to  over throwing. The game apparently sped up on McCarthy in an  effort to match Porcello in a game where the stakes were much  higher then his previous complete game shutout. Yes McCarthy needed to  stop  the bleeding against the lowly Astros’ but at  that point in time the ‘Stros had already  won the series, and the Yanks were left by the wayside after Houston pretty much  grounded the playoffs dreams.

This time around the rotation  cycle,  the boys were working on a surprising  5 game winning streak, and Girardi  had added more pressure on the squad when he claimed this was a must  win series. After losing game 1 the pressure on Greene a young rookie was off the charts. He walked the 1st batter he faced, and you thought these pressure games might be too  big for the replacements, but at least they  gave us a season until  the end of August.

Eight pitches later Greene was out of the inning unscathed, and it was nip and tuck until  the 8 run 3rd inning. After the 1st inning lead off walk, Greene shut down 9 in a row before a Hunter single in the 4th, followed by a Miggy double that plated Detroit’s 1st run. Greene coughed up  a lead off single in the 5th, a Monster HR by V-Mart in the 6th.  An error and HBP cluttered up his 7th inning but he worked his way  through the mess to close out a tremendously clutch pitching performance.

When Greene is on his sinker (31) and cutter (35) are as good as anybodies, and for the most part he was dealing. He off set the two money pitches with his fast ball and a slider, while mixing in the occasional  change up

Warren  and Betances finished out the last 6 outs. Even at  8-2 this wasn’t a bonafide laugher, as it turned out both  relievers coughed up  a run apiece. Warren 1 inning, 1 hit, 1 BB, 1 run, 1K, Betances showed considerable rust, 1 inning, 2 hits, 1 run, a HBP, 1 K, but the 6 run cushion was substantial  enough to make it a giggler, not quit a laugher, but better then a nail biter

None of it matter unless Kuroda and the offense can pile on, and steal  the series this afternoon

the Whole 9

the Happy ReCap with the 9 hit sequence C&P’d courtesy of Blind Boy


Written by Sal

August 28, 2014 at 9:05 am

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  1. Funny how both Sid the Speed Freak Squid and Mark Ma-Use-Less both picked 8-1 games, except they had Price on the winning end

    Ma-Use-Less wrote off the Yanks after the 2 Houston losses, I did too, but he seems to be rooting for the end a lot more the I am.. I guess his professional integrity is at stake, my amateur status will always be stuck in Knucklehead mode

    Have no fear Moose, nobody but a few of your pals who call your show take you or Francesa that serious,

    this win won’t take you away from that football groupie mind set you’ve been in since late July.

    hope to catch the tail end of today’s matinee, and all of the archive


    August 28, 2014 at 9:24 am

  2. Tremendous win by the Bronx Band Aids! Like Dawg said, somewhat lost in the euphoria of that historic 3rd inning was another great performance by “Come Back Shane”……Greene! Just a great effort by Greene in a pressure packed start on the heels of a loss after a 5 game winning streak. Joey Binder talked about how important it was to win the series from a team they had to beat, with the clock running out. So Greene was facing a daunting task against one of the game’s best left-handers. He was more than up to it. From an offensive standpoint, I was somewhat concerned that after the 3rd inning the Band Aids couldn’t muster any tack on runs. But just like some seeing eye base hits they had in that 3rd inning, they also hit some balls very hard but right at people. The Baseball Gods giveth & take away. So, all in all, it was a very satisfying win. Now, they can’t let up. They have to take today’s game & series. The only troubling thing today is they face a rookie who they’ve never seen before. Check the track record. The Yanks hardly ever do well against someone they’ve never seen before. This has been going on for 20 years! Hopefully, they find a way to pull this out. I guess we gotta watch the movie.


    August 28, 2014 at 9:56 am

  3. Hard to believe this is the same team that played the Astros last week-maybe it really is the horse head!! What are the odds of getting 9 straight hits,especially vs Price? Incredible.Keep the ball rolling.


    August 28, 2014 at 10:12 am

  4. hey fellas, agreed on all points, excellent content… let’s keep the ball rolling….


    August 28, 2014 at 12:26 pm

  5. The tigers are really desperate, and the Yankees hitters like Texy and Bubba refuse to hit against the shift

    and you can’t trust Kuroda with carrying the water… A kid making his 1st start you’d think they could grind him especially in a crunch time game…. bonds is right they don’t fare well vs rooks, but now we’re not mid season, this is playoff baseball for both teams


    August 28, 2014 at 1:43 pm

  6. we need two more Ellsbury’s..

    it’s ridiculous for Kay to think Ellsbury mentioning it doesn’t matter where he hits in the line-up.. that’s nothing more the player speak, cliche shit, no team player wants to upset the apple cart

    it’s about the perception of batting 3rd, what’s expected of a #3 hitter, Gardner should not be leading off with the best lead off hitter in baseball on your team

    ells bury leading off .311 /.363 /.541 / .904

    Brett the Face. .263 /.340 /.449/.789

    you get Singleton off the air I bet he says Ellsbury is your guy


    August 28, 2014 at 1:59 pm

  7. man on 2nd and 3rd and Kay waxes a little dribbler ground ball to 2nd base that plates a cheap RBI

    a month ago they had Solarte and Roberts, how about a ringing double or loud base hit from Bubba, scare the shit out of this kid.. they’re keeping a neophyte in this game when they should have a crooked number hung on him

    these homer telecast are brutal to listen to…


    August 28, 2014 at 2:15 pm

  8. I gotta head to the donut shop, keep the ream em and reap pressure on them fellas lol… I’ll have to listen to Pa and Ma, and won’t have any idea what’s going on….

    Yanks are approaching their AB’s like they have an appointment to keep later this afternoon in Toronto.. if they made this kid’s day any easier he might as well take a lounge chair to the bump and pitch sitting down jeez….

    Brett the face is starting to hit up to his potential

    Kuroda is gonna mess this up, if they don’t start to tack on… he’s an 80 pitch wonder


    August 28, 2014 at 2:20 pm

  9. Stenchiro fucked up that ball,he should have caught it!! Another wasted pitching performance,Kuroda never gets any run support.


    August 28, 2014 at 4:12 pm

  10. Hey big D, just got in, missed the excruciating ending.. can’t wait to check it out.. all i heard was the WFAN 20/20 report

    So it was misplayed, oh shit…They shoulda got to that kid pitcher, that game was moving pretty quick didn’t seem like either team wanted to grind, thats the feel off the radio broadcast.. thanks for the intel


    August 28, 2014 at 8:11 pm

  11. just watched the Ichiro play on the archive, I can’t slow mo, but I can sort of freeze frame, and it looked like he had a bead on it, then all of a sudden he crashed into the wall, and the ball landed to his right but not very close to where he hit the wall

    I’m thinking he completely lost it in the shadow, or he temporarily lost his mind, that’s always possible with older people, yeah that was playable, I bet he lost it in the sun… frustrating…I still think they should have scored more then 2 runs off of who they were facing

    the little bit of TV I saw, Kenny kept saying they’re hitting him hard, but the end result was they never broke through, at one point they went down 16 mens in a row.. that’s fucking getaway day room service tempo

    McCann has to do a better job in the 1st and 4th innings… 2nd and 3rd he grounds out to plate a run, Michael Kay touted the AB, You need a $17M hit there Mikey, not a dribbler to 2nd base

    also heard a lot of fuss from callers about Jeter batting 2nd, not sure what happened today too stir it up

    I did hear Bubba’s foul ball just missed wow


    August 28, 2014 at 8:28 pm

  12. OK.. I didn’t think WFAN callers could come up with something on their own

    Mr Smarmy Ken Davidoff is stirring it up… the way they looked today, they don’t take Davidoff too seriously

    what’s that story a coach told?

    A disgruntled player who lost his starting spot to the coach’s kid said, coach I’m just as good as your son, and the coach said, yeah I know, but he’s my son, if you want his position you have to be a lot better then him..

    Girardi doesn’t want to be the enemy, so nobody in that line up is making enough noise to hit there..It’s gotta be a no brainer, too risky otherwise


    August 28, 2014 at 9:00 pm

  13. gotta score more runs.. a different take on the Ichiro play


    August 28, 2014 at 9:08 pm

  14. I rarely read the RAB Blind Boy site comment section, glad I checked in, there is some nasty Jeter stuff going on, is that the same crew that used to post there? with disqus, it’s easier to log on there, so any disque user can do a drive by…


    August 28, 2014 at 9:41 pm

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