Apr
05

Game Five: Andruw’s debut

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(AP Photo/David Goldman)

Depending on who you ask, the Yankees have three players right now that should get into the Hall of Fame on the first ballot. Derek Jeter, Alex Rodriguez, and Mariano Rivera are the easy picks, but they aren’t the only guys on the roster with Cooperstown-worthy credentials. As good as CC Sabathia and Mark Teixeira are, fourth outfielder Andruw Jones has had a more distinguished career than any of them. From 1998 through 2006 (age 21-29), Jones averaged .270/.347/.513 (.365 wOBA) with 35 homers, 12 steals, and an unfathomable 25.5 defensive runs saved per season. It doesn’t get much better than that.

Unfortunately, Jones is no longer that player. He’s with the Yankees as a spare part, a guy whose sole purpose in life is to spot start against left-handed pitching, a job he may or may not be qualified for. He’s making his first start of the season tonight, adding to a lineup that has tattooed Twins’ starter Brian Duensing in each of the last two postseasons. The Yankees don’t need Andruw to be a cornerstone player, he just needs to take care of business at the bottom of the lineup.

Death, taxes, and the Yankees beating the Twins. The only certainties in life. Here’s the starting lineup…

Derek Jeter, SS
Nick Swisher, RF
Mark Teixeira, 1B
Alex Rodriguez, 3B
Robbie Cano, 2B
Jorge Posada, DH
Russell Martin, C
Andruw Jones, LF
Curtis Granderson, CF

First pitch is scheduled for 7:05pm ET, and the game can be seen on YES. Enjoy.

Categories : Game Threads
  • Pat D

    Looks like another fun night of work ahead. Please make this easy, guys.

  • Matt

    super jinx anyone?

    • Tank the Frank

      Death, taxes, and jinxing a baseball game.

      • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder
        • http://www.twitter.com/jordansmed JGS

          I think this will become my new stock photo whenever I need a picture of…well, anything really.

          • Tank the Frank

            Still we believe!! Still…

          • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

            Sad fact: That guy is the smartest, most well-spoken, cleanest, most handsome member of the Red Sox faithful there is. It’s all downhill from that guy.

          • MannyGeee

            this guy is about 39% of people that live around me… I got to get out of this place…

            • Tank the Frank

              That’s a hell of a percentage you came up with.

            • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

              Hey Manny Geee: Look out for your cornhole, buddy.

              • MannyGeee

                thanks?

  • CMP

    I think Andruw Jones should make the HOF someday. Most people would consider Manny Ramirez a sure fire 1st ballot HOFer (PED issues aside) and he has 72 career WAR compared to 70.5 for Andruw Jones.
    Ozzie Smith made the Hall almost for his glove alone and AJ was just about his equivalent at an equally important position.

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

      And any advantage Ozzie had over Andruw defensively (which is pretty slim, they’re both top-50 defensive players in MLB history) is easily dwarfed by Andruw’s massively better bat.

  • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

    Sort, semi-relevant story: Went to Curaçao on my honeymoon cruise. Andruw Jones is like a national hero there. The island tourbus trip stopped by his mini-mansion and pointed it out with pride.

    Interesting aside related to that short, semi-relevant story: You are not allowed to buy land in Curaçao, you can only lease your land from the government for a fixed term of years (I think it’s 99 years). So eventually, that house/land will revert back to the government.

    • Jose the Satirist

      Quit spreading your socialist beliefs here you Pro-Taft pinko.

      • http://twitter.com/cephster Ross in Jersey

        Damn straight! TAKIN BACK ‘MERICA

      • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

        Question: Since the 16th Amendment was passed during Taft’s obviously illegitimate presidency, aren’t income taxes thus unconstitutional? I say yes.

        Sincerely,
        Rose and Christine O’Donnell

  • Monteroisdinero

    Good to have that smily smirk/smirky smile on our side for awhile. I wish him well but I still prefer Gardy playing everyday.

  • Cy Pettitte

    Fernando Rodney lost his closer job already, hahahah, Jordan Walden taking over

    • https://twitter.com/#!/_TheDream _TheDream

      thanks for the post just picked him up hahah

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

      Obviously the Angels saw this graphic, realized they were falling behind the Rangers, Mariners, and A’s, and decided to make a move.

      • https://twitter.com/#!/_TheDream _TheDream

        Its only fitting that Gagne gets an entirely different color for his epic steroid use er i mean great success

      • Greg G.

        I love that graphic. Awesomeness in pictorial form.

  • Timothy

    Over/under 41,000 at the game?

    • https://twitter.com/#!/_TheDream _TheDream

      Under. I’d be stunned if it wasn’t.

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike Axisa

      Slightly over. A few extra will show up since CC’s pitching, though it’s frickin’ freezing out.

    • MannyGeee

      that don’t look like 41,000.

  • http://twitter.com/karcotte kmarx

    This Russel Martin guy is pretty cool.

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

      He’s like two pickups in one.

      If we had a good way of quantifying catcher defense, Martin 2011 probably out-WARs the Posada/Cervelli tandem from 2010, and Posada the DH out-WARs Posada the C or the alternative 2011 DHs as well.

      Dynamite addition.

  • https://twitter.com/#!/_TheDream _TheDream

    I know the past few games I’ve asked on the game threads where I can watch the Yankees on iPad in my house for those that have Optimum.

    Wanted to let those know (who care.. which might be few and far between) that I stumbled upon a new iPad Optimum App that allows you to watch live tv on it and the Yankees are included… i think this is similar to the Time Warner one that exists (I know Mike spoke about it in one of the threads when I asked). Looks like Dolan did something correct for once.

  • http://twitter.com/#!/iiKeane JobaWockeeZ

    Those were the worst damn questions ever if you could ask a player. Which sport gets more hard hits? Come on. What a waste.

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike Axisa

    Holy schnikees…

    http://yfrog.com/h7ysfznj

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

      Holy schnikees, Cleveland actually exists?

      • http://twitter.com/#!/iiKeane JobaWockeeZ

        It’s a photoshop. It’s still mythical.

        • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

          That’s probably Milwaukee. You can’t prove that those two cities aren’t actually the same place.

    • boogie down

      Jeez, HS showcases outdraw that.

    • Eirias

      I was at Sunday’s game. I wasn’t lacking for room, to say the least.

  • jack

    anyone know when the free trial for mlb game package ends?

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike Axisa

      The 10th.

      • jack

        wow amazing thanks mike

  • http://twitter.com/#!/iiKeane JobaWockeeZ

    So is it just me or is the roll call easier to hear on TV this year?

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike Axisa

      It’s because the Stadium is empty. Seriously.

    • http://twitter.com/Paddock9652 Stratman9652

      Really wish someone would tell Micheal Kay to shut up during it though. Who needs him to tell us the defensive alignment when Bald Vinny and the creatures do it for him.

  • jack

    i know its 4 games but how dumb do the sox feel not willing to offer russell more than 4 mil to play salty every day instead

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

      Salty’s off to a dynamite start, though.

      http://www.baseball-reference......;year=2011

      Dynamite.

      • jack

        plus the awesome ability to throw runners out and block balls in the dirt

        • Cy Pettitte

          plus that awesome ability to throw the ball back to the pitcher

          • jack

            god he sucks

        • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

          And don’t overlook the price-per-letters-in-surname ratio. That’s a big win for the Sox.

    • MannyGeee

      well… considering the albatross that their rotation is and that their super-lineup not firing on all cylinders (yet), Salty hitting or not hitting seems to be the least of their worries.

  • MikeD

    Jones may get into the HOF one day, but he’s going to get dinged by voters who will discount his hitting because of the generation in which he played, and because getting elected to the Hall based on defense is diffucult, unless your name is Ozzie Smith or Brooks Robinson.

    Oddly, he’d have a better chance if he went the Marilyn Monroe route: Die young, stay pretty. Many voters will remember the lesser Jones we’ve seen the past few years.

  • Cy Pettitte

    many stadium is empty, everyone just assumes they’ll beat the Twins so it’s not worth going , huh?

    • Cy Pettitte

      man*

    • Mike HC

      I was thinking about popping down to the stadium the other night, and then thought about what it would cost me. Naturally, I stayed home to watch on the tv.

    • Kit

      It is obnoxiously cold, so I understand not wanting to be there, but I would be there in a heartbeat if I could.

  • http://twitter.com/stophamm3rtime Dela G

    just got home in time for the first pitch!

    nice

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike Axisa

    Nice Jetes, nice.

    • jack

      mike what do u think agon gets from boston when they sign him up

      • MannyGeee

        I am thinking they will go 6/120 on him. he could play to that contract…

  • http://twitter.com/stophamm3rtime Dela G

    jeter with a walk????

  • OldYanksFan

    Over/Under: Jeter .750 OPS
    Over/Under: Jeter -20 URZ

    • http://twitter.com/stophamm3rtime Dela G

      over on the OPS (barely), over on the UZR (-.5)

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

      Over on both.

      -20 UZR is really, really bad. Jeter’s not a good shortstop, but I think (or maybe I just hope) he’s not that atrocious… yet.

  • http://twitter.com/stophamm3rtime Dela G

    TEXY SMASH!!!

    WOOOOO!!!

  • https://twitter.com/#!/_TheDream _TheDream

    seeeeeeeeeeeya

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike Axisa

    Texual healing.

  • Cy Pettitte

    lol Gardenhire trying to hold it together

    TEIX!

  • Mike HC

    He is out of his mind. April what !

  • VO

    Slow starts in April?

    • MannyGeee

      shhhhh, its May.

  • http://twitter.com/#!/iiKeane JobaWockeeZ

    TEIX.

  • MannyGeee

    wow, Teix is a manimal.

  • jorge brosada

    This offense is so good

  • JerseyDutch

    Wow. Just wow.

  • Hummingbird S.

    Tex!!!

  • Kit

    Damn, Tex. You’re going to spoil me with these home runs. Also, hello everyone.

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

      KIT!

      • Kit

        TSJC! How are you? You’ve been gone for so long, I was starting to think you had left us for another blog.

        • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

          I’m good. Just took a vacation, that’s all.

          • Kit

            Oh, that’s awesome. Hope you had fun. You were missed though. No one was around to make stupid people feel stupid. It was upsetting.

            • Andy in NYC

              Agreed. To all of this.

      • Wooderson

        Kit! black flag fans UNITE!!!!

        • Kit

          Hey Wooderson! How goes it?

          • Wooderson

            pretty good. havin a TV party tonight. you?

            • Kit

              Same here. Having a couple of brews.

              • Wooderson

                have you heard the OFF! record? you said you were more of a rollins fan but it still kicks ass

                • Kit

                  I have not. If you swear it’s good, I’ll check it out. And yeah, total Rollins fan.

                  • Wooderson

                    its a nice blast of hardcore punk, short and sweet. not groundbreaking, but so few punk bands are worth following these days. what current bands are you into?

                    • Kit

                      I just got the new Rise Against and Radiohead albums, but there really isn’t anything out there worth listening to. I’ve just revisited a couple of my old vinyls. Found The Adolescents and The Adicts in my brother’s stack of stuff, so I’ve been listening to those a lot. Enter Shikari is pretty awesome though, as far as modern bands go. Been listening to a lot of Thrice as well. Want something new out of them.

  • pete

    holy moly

  • Naved

    I was there yesterday, it gets cold with the wind chill.

    • CBean

      honestly i was there on Sunday and it was freezing in the grandstands with the wind and it was perfectly lovely out.

  • MannyGeee

    not used to seeing A Rod not MURDER the ball…

    • http://danielslifka.wordpress.com Jerome S.

      were you alive last season?

  • Esteban

    Maybe Duensing should have studied what he did wrong in the playoff game just a little more.

  • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

    That’s right, Tex, keep driving up that pricepoint for Adrian Gonzalez’s Red Sox extension.

  • pastadivingarod

    Ok did MLB juice up the ball this season???

    • Pat D

      Will be a popular topic until a scoring drought hits, I’m sure.

  • MannyGeee

    yikes, bet Jorge wants that one back

  • http://bassoprofundo1.blogspot.com/ ColoYank

    It seems like one extreme or the other. Swish, Tex and Arod smash the ball, and Cano lunges at it.

    Good evening, TSJC. I missed your re-introduction last night.

  • http://twitter.com/stophamm3rtime Dela G

    ha i remember that 3 homer barrage last year on may 8th against the sox

    good shit

  • MannyGeee

    wow, Cuddyer… wow

  • MannyGeee

    well, there goes the no-no

  • http://twitter.com/stophamm3rtime Dela G

    well that sucked

    cmon, GIDP

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike Axisa

    Ack, he got the ground ball…

  • Total Dominication

    Hello everyone. Finally able to watch a full game!

  • Cy Pettitte

    from Olney – “Another scout on Jimmy Rollins: “He looks good, playing with a lot of energy. He looks like he will bounce back.””

    I found this entertaining

  • Xstar7

    Hey guys, the Red Sox aren’t the 1927 Yankees anymore. Now they’re the 1998 Yankees.

    http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-qVD4.....1600/1.jpg

    • http://twitter.com/stophamm3rtime Dela G

      hahahahahahahahaha that man is delusional

    • http://danielslifka.wordpress.com Jerome S.

      It does make a good point. The Red Sox are a good team stumbling out of the gate. But the connotation that compares them to 1998 (peace be upon them) is… i don’t like.

    • Urban

      It’s interesting that PeteAbe adds “no one is predicting the Red Sox will win 114 games,” since that’s pretty much what the Boston media has been predicting, wondering if they might be the greatest team ever assembled, destined to break the single-season runs scored record, while winning 118 games!

  • Urban

    Are the Twins in for a three-game series or four? Wondering if Thursday is an off day for the Yankees.

    • Kit

      Four.

      • http://twitter.com/stophamm3rtime Dela G

        nice, a four game series

        • http://twitter.com/stophamm3rtime Dela G

          err a four game sweep

          • Urban

            Right, that’s what I was thinking, but don’t want to jinx it…not that I believe in such things.

    • smurfy

      four: they play Thurs @ 1pm

  • smurfy

    Alexi complies. I like that guy, but he wasn’t ready.

  • https://twitter.com/#!/_TheDream _TheDream

    Anyone have a link to the story discussing Teixeira building a batting cage at his house this past offseason?

  • http://twitter.com/stophamm3rtime Dela G

    good god, jones is only 33???

    wow

  • http://twitter.com/stophamm3rtime Dela G

    andrew jones smash!!!

    • http://twitter.com/stophamm3rtime Dela G

      andruw*

  • VO

    ANDDRUUWW

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike Axisa

    Andruw!

  • jorge brosada

    welcome to the yankees Andruw!

  • Cy Pettitte

    shitty spring training what?

  • http://twitter.com/karcotte karcotte

    Welcome to the Bronx Andruw.

  • Xstar7

    Woah. Is it 1996?

    • Xstar7

      Sorry. Michael Kay and his references got to me.

  • http://twitter.com/#!/iiKeane JobaWockeeZ

    Yay Jones. Kay ruins it by some weird 96 reference.

  • mike c

    anybody with the sterling call?

    • Urban

      Andruw’s got Jones in his Bones.

      Disturbing.

  • Esteban
  • brazilian fan

    beast

  • Hummingbird S.

    Welcome Mr. Jones!

  • http://twitter.com/cephster Ross in Jersey

    Sterling’s call for Jones? Anyone?

    • Cy Pettitte

      “Andruw Jones… makes his bones!”

      • http://twitter.com/cephster Ross in Jersey

        Weak man. Weak.

      • Tank the Frank

        Can’t be serious…

        • http://twitter.com/karcotte karcotte

          confirmed by @Ledger_Yankees

      • http://twitter.com/Paddock9652 Stratman9652

        That’s just terrible.

  • Tank the Frank

    Andruw! Congratulations on a job…done.

  • Red “The Strawman” Herring

    That’s a hell of a debut, Andruw. Keep it up.

  • Hmmm

    ***ONdrew

  • Dave

    Cashman is a genius!

  • JerseyDutch

    Too early to call this the Year of the Home Run?

    • http://twitter.com/stophamm3rtime Dela G

      lol TEH BALL IS JOOOOSED!! JOOOOSED!!!JUAN!!111

    • Marcus

      Yes.

    • http://danielslifka.wordpress.com Jerome S.

      2000 will forever be that. maybe 2001. either way, nothing compares to the monsters of the steroid era.

      • http://www.twitter.com/jordansmed JGS

        There have been 11 seasons where more than one player hit 50+ home runs. Eight of those have been 1996-present. 1998 and 2001 had four apiece.

    • Red “The Strawman” Herring

      TEH STADEUHM IZ 2 SMAHL!1!!1!1ONE!1!!

  • Esteban

    Random story about Andruw Jones: I met him while at a laser tag place in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee about 10 years ago.

    • Tank the Frank

      Good God that is random. Laser tag in Tennessee with Andruw Jones. Sounds like a Family Guy joke.

      • Esteban

        Yeah, I couldn’t believe it either. It was cool to meet him but I still kind of hated him because of the Braves-Yankees WS and what he did in ’96. He was rather rotund at the time too.

        • smurfy

          well, he looks at it as he’s just being natural; you look at it as if I had the chance…

  • Esteban

    Sterling’s call was apparently: “Andruw Jones makes his bones”

  • jorge brosada

    yay for some Jeter BABIP

  • Cy Pettitte

    PastadivingCasilla

    that’s nice for a change

  • Camilo Gerardo

    Captain with a booming single!

  • Red “The Strawman” Herring

    I really don’t understand the Twins struggles against the Yankees this past decade. They play sound, fundamental baseball and they’ve got solid pitching. I guess we’re just their version of the LAA Angels.

    • Esteban

      They’ve had a lot of pitchers that pitch to contact and the pitchers usually kill those types of pitchers.

      • Esteban

        and the Yankees*

      • baravelli

        Pitcher on pitcher violence is the worst kind of violence.

      • Urban

        Yeah, but it still doesn’t add up. Shouldn’t be happening, yet it is.

      • Red “The Strawman” Herring

        I guess so, the only two pitchers they’ve had averaging over a 7.0 K/9 are Scott Baker and Francisco Liriano, and it gets worse as you go back in years with the exception of Johan. But with their defensive style and strong bullpen, you’d think they’d at least be competitive.

        • Accent Shallow

          They haven’t had the power arms in the back of the pen that the Angels did (non-Nathan division).

          Additionally, their good defensive players (Carlos Gomez) can’t typically hit. And Nick Punto ran into outs.

      • smurfy

        I think this is a misnomer. The smart pitcher sometimes shades a pitch so he could catch him unawares, and sometimes plays to the hitter’s perception of strength. CC sometimes looks to get the doubleplay, as I’ve heard from his interviews.

    • JobaWockeeZ

      An anomaly perhaps. Can’t really explain it. Theyve got a good lineup with decent defense. The games they play are close most of the time so it could be bad luck.

  • Januz

    Tex is starting off like an animal, I think if he stays healthy, he is going 40/110/120. Prediction: When his career is over, he may very well surpass Catfish Hunter, Goose Gossage, CC & Reggie Jackson as the greatest modern day, Free Agent every signed in the history of this franchise (Obviously names from the past like, Berra, Mantle, Ford & of course, Gehrig are above him).

    • Total Dominication

      What does 110/120 stand for?

      • http://www.twitter.com/jordansmed JGS

        RBIs and runs scored? Two awesome ways to evaluate a player

        • Urban

          I was thinking walks and RBIs, but it might be runs scored.

        • Esteban

          Is there any other way? Maybe batting average?

          #Commentsfrom1985

        • YanksFan77

          I forgot, a baseball game is decided after adding all the hit and walks each player gets, a calculating a team OPS. The team with the highest OPS after 9 innings is the winner!

          What a great game!

          • http://www.twitter.com/jordansmed JGS

            Nononono, the previous games’ OPS is fed into various projection systems, the average of which is spit out as the next game’s results, all without leaving the spreadsheet.

            • YanksFan77

              Let’s start a petition, and change this ridiculous game to one that makes sense, one where we don’t tally RUNS or care who drives them in.

              Who cares how many players cross home plate. I want to know when someone gets stranded on 2nd, after hitting a meaningless double with 2 outs, yeah, that’s excitement!

              • http://www.twitter.com/jordansmed JGS

                runs scored being good things is not the same as runs scored being a good way of evaluating if someone was good or not, and literally no one, ever, has said that runs scored aren’t good things to accumulate.

                Jeter had more runs scored in 2010 than in 2009, and more RBIs in 2008 and 2010 than he had in 2009. Which one was his best year?

                • YanksFan77

                  I’ve heard a number of times, such as your comment above, RUNS and RBI accumulated are not a good way to evaluate players.

                  How do you not evaluate a player who’s main objective is to win ballgames by scoring runs.

                  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike Axisa

                    Because RUNS and RBI are too dependent on the rest of the team. You can’t drive in a runner if there’s no one on base, and you can’t score a run if no one will drive you in.

                    • YanksFan77

                      If your boss told you, you are being judged by the number of sales you make in a quarter. Then at the end of that quarter he says, “No, number of sales is not a good way to evaluate whether you get a bonus. Instead, we are going to evaluate you on metrics that support that one, such as, how fast and intelligently you can talk, how fast you get to the sales call, the percentage of proposals generated. Yes, all these things are used to make a sale, but the actual number of sales, the one that success of our company is judged on…well, that doesn’t really matter.”

                  • http://www.twitter.com/jordansmed JGS

                    Because counting how many runs a guy scores, while of course a good thing, doesn’t evaluate the player. It evaluates the guys hitting behind him, who get hits with him on base. Hence Jeter having a much better year in 2009 when he scored fewer runs than he did in 2010. RBIs have the exact same problem–they evaluate the guys hitting before a player, not the player himself.

                    • TheLastClown

                      If you eat food off the ground after 6 seconds, rather than 5…..you metaphysically ruin the no-hitter.

                      Like slavery.

              • http://twitter.com/#!/iiKeane JobaWockeeZ

                Yeah we should instead of human memory which is never faulty and never biased in making decisions.

                • YanksFan77

                  I don’t think anyone is saying scrap statistics. What I’m saying is, it is important how many times a player crosses the plate, and who gets him there. Runs and rbi as KEY measures, because ultimately, that’s the heart and soul of the game of baseball.

    • http://danielslifka.wordpress.com Jerome S.

      Rodriguez?

      • pete

        trade

  • NC Yankee Fan

    Answer to poll question:
    Brian Duensing?
    When he isn’t playing the Yankees

  • http://twitter.com/stophamm3rtime Dela G

    great pitch, ZZ

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike Axisa

    CC could use a quick inning or two. Not that the pitch count is terrible, but a ten or 12 pitching frame would be nice.

    • Red “The Strawman” Herring

      52 pitches through 3, yuck.

  • NC Yankee Fan

    Mutts are beating Hamels 6-0
    What???

    • Urban

      Going into tonight’s game, he was only 2-8 against the Mets. They seem to be in his head as the Yanks are in the collective minds of the Twins.

      • NC Yankee Fan

        OMG!!! The four ACES

      • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com/ bexarama

        Last year he was 0-4 against the Mets but his ERA was like 3.00 so…

  • Xstar7

    (After discussing Joe Mauer’s high school baseball career)

    Flaherty: So what did you hit in high school?

    Kay: The books.

    I bet Michael is real proud of that gem.

  • Reggie C.

    Cooling off much?

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike Axisa

      It’s been four at-bats!

  • Accent Shallow

    Just got in, how hard were Jeter’s hits?

    • Red “The Strawman” Herring

      He’s been designated for assignment. Please welcome your new starting shortstop, Eduardo Nunez.

  • NC Yankee Fan

    Answer to trivia question
    Roger Clemens?

    • Cy Pettitte

      missed it, what was the question?

      • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike Axisa

        Last Yankees pitcher 40 wins across two seasons.

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike Axisa

    That’s a good trivia question. I’m going to say David Cone.

    • Kit

      I missed it. Mind repeating it for me?

    • Red “The Strawman” Herring

      I’m going to call that unlikely seeing as Cone only had one season with 20 wins while in the pinstripes.

  • Tank the Frank

    It’s good to hear Flaherty at least admitting there may be another offspeed pitch besides a slider.

    • Chip

      It really pisses me off when the announcers call a change-up or curve ball a slider. I don’t know why but it just irks me

  • NC Yankee Fan

    The last Yankee pitcher to win 40 games over two seasons. Not counting C.C.

    • Mike Myers

      wang(er)

      • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike Axisa

        Never won 20.

      • NC Yankee Fan

        Wang won 19 two seasons in a row, so I guess no for Wang

    • MikeD

      Is it possible we have to go back to Tommy John in 1979-80 when he won 43 (21 and 22 back-to-back seasons)?

    • http://www.theyankeeu.com/author/steve-s/ Nostra-Artist

      Guidry did it, on either side of his 1978 25-3 year.

  • Mike Myers

    I hate these smoking commercials….make me wanna puke

    • MikeD

      I’m tempted to take up smoking in annoyance.

      • http://twitter.com/stophamm3rtime Dela G

        hahaha

        • Tank the Frank

          I started up out of the blue two weeks ago because of stress at work and I will say I’ve really started to feel like shit lately. Smoking may actually be bad for you after all.

          • MikeD

            Out of the blue? Meaning you never smoked before, or you relapsed?

  • MikeD

    Nice easy inning. I wonder how pitches Girardi will let CC go tonight.

    • MikeD

      *many*

      • Red “The Strawman” Herring

        Its early in the season, I don’t see him going beyond 105.

  • jorge brosada

    CC rolling through

  • Red “The Strawman” Herring

    Wow, Tommy John. Its been that long?

  • NC Yankee Fan

    Tommy John, who would have guessed that?

    • Mike Myers

      I hope to one day have a cool new surgery named after me…..I could really use a third arm.

      • smurfy

        it’s not that good

      • OldYanksFan

        What’s if it’s Hemorrhoid surgery?

        • http://www.facebook.com/cecala Joseph Cecala

          I need that

  • http://twitter.com/stophamm3rtime Dela G

    man, everyone keeps on staring at that breaking ball for strike 3

    • Chip

      It’s a pitch you don’t see often. Usually the 0-2 pitch starts in the zone and breaks out, not the other way

      • http://twitter.com/stophamm3rtime Dela G

        very true

  • Chip

    That was a good one. I guess it really is quite hard to win 40 games over two seasons

  • Mike Myers

    I thought he would be to 80 pitches by now

  • Cy Pettitte

    Letting Deunsing off easy

  • jorge brosada

    Duensing seems to have settled down, glad we got those 4 runs on the board early

  • Francis

    Guys, Mark Teixera has a Twitter.

    http://twitter.com/teixeiramark25

    His Twitter account has the potential to be exciting and interesting as watching golf.

    • Mike Myers

      “im planning on working real hard today” or “That pitcher X has a really good fast ball…i hope I can hit it” etc. back to ocho and sheen.

    • MikeD

      It could be him, but not convinced. He should have it verified.

      • http://www.theyankeeu.com/author/steve-s/ Nostra-Artist

        Its him. It’s too robotic and monotone to be someone else.

        • radnom

          It’s a long con.

          Step 1. Create fake Mark Texeira Twitter account.

          Step 2. Update it with mundane, vanilla posts for months until everyone just assumes its actually him.

          Step 3. Slowly start losing it via the twitter account, becoming more unhinged and disturbing with each post.

          Step 4. Hilarity.

          • http://www.theyankeeu.com/author/steve-s/ Nostra-Artist

            Nah, I think Yankee PR Tweeted this today. I know a few of the beat writers did as well. It’s him.

          • TheLastClown

            I like your version better radnom.

  • Camilo Gerardo

    sit on the slider, druw!

  • JimAbbottFan

    As much as I am enjoying this offense, I wouldn’t mind to see some non-HR RBIs mixed in. Right now it seems it’s either HR or nothing and obviously that can’t be maintained. A great “two birds with one stone” situation would involve Gardner/Jeter getting the ball rolling.

  • Mike Myers

    The rays are getting killed again….

    • JerseyDutch

      And still on pace to score 162 runs this year…

  • Red “The Strawman” Herring

    After that trivia, I have a new found appreciation for how good the Arizona Diamondbacks were in 2001 and 2002. Johnson and Schilling had 45 wins each through those years.

  • China Joe

    Flaherty said Josh Beckett is gonna have a “Josh Beckett year” ….ummm…what?

    • Mike Myers

      hopefully that means he hurts his back again.

      • Esteban

        Yeah, Beckett’s been more hurt than really good in his career.

    • Red “The Strawman” Herring

      ..so he’s going to miss a bunch of games due to blisters on his fingers?

      • Mike Myers

        im gonna send a dirty hooker to his hotel room so he gets a blister somewhere else.

    • Tank the Frank

      He’ll give up a shit ton of home runs while going in and out of the rotation with blister problems? I’ll take it.

  • Monteroisdinero

    Our #3 hitter-Tex

    Sawx #3 hitter-Not even the biggest guy in 13-under little league

  • Cy Pettitte

    lol Repko

  • JobaWockeeZ

    It’s early but CC seems to be racking up the strikeouts. A nice change.

  • jorge brosada

    so nice to have a catcher that frames some pitches…

  • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

    Nice try, Repko. Now sit your ass down.

    • Tank the Frank

      And when you do it… you do it cool.

  • http://twitter.com/#!/iiKeane JobaWockeeZ

    Yay Michael Pineda.

  • Red “The Strawman” Herring

    Hey guys, I know we’re winning and all but could we stop letting Duensing off the hook? Send him home and lets get into their bullpen, thanks.

  • Cy Pettitte

    Sox down 2-1 now

  • JerseyDutch

    Who the hell do the Reds think they are?

    • http://twitter.com/karcotte karcotte

      Every club that plays Houston this year?

  • jorge brosada

    Yeah, the twins infield defense isnt that great…

  • Mike Myers

    Would you be OK with the team giving naming rights to the stadium if it allowed us to get Pujols?

  • swishers fauxhawk

    Pasta diving Casilla

    • JerseyDutch

      Mmm, Pasta Casilla…

  • Francis

    Cole Hamels was booed off the mound after leaving the game vs. Mets

    Stay classy Philly.

    • Erica

      Phillies phans really are the pits.

    • Cy Pettitte

      that is so bad, lol

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike Axisa

      Manny Ramirez got booed after striking out for the third time a few minutes ago.

      • Francis

        Are you sure that wasn’t Tampa’s over elderly fan base agonizing in pain?

        • pete

          are you new here? you’ve had some zingers tonight

    • Sheepmeister

      Of course he was. The Phillies rotation is the best ever and they were going to go undefeated with a 1.50 ERA. He was a failure.

      /msmexpectations

    • Tank the Frank

      He should count his blessings he didn’t get hit by the projectile vomit.

      • Cy Pettitte

        he’s lucky it didn’t snow there today, they would have thrown snow balls at him

    • MikeD

      I wonder if Ms. Lee took notice, because those friendly fans will be booing her husband too once he starts to lose a little in the next couple years.

      • Urban

        And if she had problems with spitting fans, wait until the vomit starts coming her way down in Philly town.

    • Total Dominication

      Can I boo him off my fantasy team? Him, Hanson, and Wandy have trashed all my pitching states.

  • ahinds

    where would i go online to listen to the yankees games for free?

  • Tank the Frank

    CC is officially in beast mode.

    • Greg

      I would like to see him with a lower pitch count though

      • MikeD

        He’s averaging 15 pitches an inning. If we were a little further into the season, he’d be on path for a solid eight innings, 120-pitch game.

      • Tank the Frank

        He’ll get them through 7 at this rate.

        • Greg

          Yeah the quick sixth helped him. I just dont want to wear out Soriano or Joba early

      • TheLastClown

        He’s averaging 15p/inning!

        What more do you want man?

      • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike Axisa

        It was high earlier, but he’s settled down the last three innings.

    • Xstar7

      I hope Girardi let’s CC pitch in the seventh. I’m not sure if JoSoMo will work two nights in a row.

      • JerseyDutch

        Probably if they’re four runs up it’s D-Rob and Logan.

      • Urban

        It can work, but not sure it makes sense with a 4-0 lead. Other guys in the pen need to throw some innings, too, especially before hitting Boston.

  • Mike Myers

    he went

  • http://danielslifka.wordpress.com Jerome S.

    The Yankees can’t just be beating the Twins, they need to crush them. I need a bloodbath, now.

    • Greg

      I think slow toture counts

  • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

    This OF defense is the tits.

    • MikeD

      You mean that whole fan reaction that Grandy takes poor routes to the ball might not be true?

  • JerseyDutch

    CC in the groove is like poetry…

  • Mike Myers

    auction hunters….aka the A’s?

  • China Joe

    haha. I love when CC keeps Michael Kay off-balance…he’s working so quickly that Kay doesn’t even have time for his anecdotes.

  • swishers fauxhawk

    Gritty, gutty hustle by A-Rod. Not indicative of a true Yankee.

  • Cy Pettitte

    put up a few more runs so Joe can just bring in the Coloser for the 8th and 9th please

  • http://twitter.com/#!/iiKeane JobaWockeeZ

    3-1 Sox losing. 0-4 bitches, let’s hope.

    • Cy Pettitte

      how nice would it be if they went into this weekend’s series 1-5 or 0-6? lol

      • Francis

        Beckett has 106 pitches through 5 innings.

        Meh.

        • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike Axisa

          Against the INDIANS.

          • http://twitter.com/#!/iiKeane JobaWockeeZ

            It’s Carlos Santana and Shin Soo Choo. You have to be pretty fucking terrible to have a PC like that.

            • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike Axisa

              He threw 82 pitches in his last THREE innings.

          • Francis

            Good grief. You know it’s a bad lineup when Travis Hafner’s corpse is batting 5th. Not a good performance by Beckett no matter how RSN or the MSM tries to play it.

            • http://twitter.com/#!/iiKeane JobaWockeeZ

              Austin Kearns isn’t the worst hitter in that lineup. Like what the hell.

              • pete

                I challenge you to prove to me that Austin Kearns and Ryan Church are not the same person.

            • Jenny

              Not a good performance by Beckett no matter how RSN or the MSM tries to play it.
              =====================================

              that’s exactly what they’re saying over on Fat Pete’s site: “Beckett pitched well…. the offense is cold…. 158-4…”

              • Francis

                *facepalm*

        • pete

          he blames a-rod.

  • Cy Pettitte

    GE Capital Partner Play is a play made by the other team again, so not cool

  • http://www.theyankeeu.com/author/steve-s/ Nostra-Artist

    Sterling-“Andruw Jones! Makes his bones!”

    So now we have that, and “Russell! Adds some muscle!”

    Now we need one for Eric Chavez.

    • http://www.theyankeeu.com/author/steve-s/ Nostra-Artist

      “Chavez goes sha-boom!!”

  • Sam

    Man games? Is that what Michael Kay wants to play?

  • Xstar7

    C’mon CC. Give us one more good inning.

  • swishers fauxhawk

    What a waste of onion rings.

  • JerseyDutch

    LOL. Fans are stupid.

  • Urban

    Did he really try to catch that with his food tray?

  • http://twitter.com/karcotte karcotte

    Andruw is hungry.

  • jorge brosada

    whos the asshole who threw the food at Andruw Jones?

    • Urban

      He didn’t throw it. It appeared he tried to “catch” the ball in his food tray that was stacked with onion rings. I mean, wouldn’t take a genius to figure out he wouldn’t get the ball and he’d lost the onion rings!

  • Teh Comp Pick

    You know Andruw just snagged an onion ring.

  • Cy Pettitte

    they dropped their $20 onion rings on Andruw? lol

  • Total Dominication

    Onion Rings?

  • Mike Myers

    “ohhhhhhhhhh, Onion rings!” – Kay, comment of the year.

  • Tank the Frank

    Now that dude has to fork over another $15 for onion rings.

  • Chip

    ONION RINGS!!!

  • Mike Myers

    This has to be the most comments about onion rings this site has ever had right?

  • Cy Pettitte

    Kay stop talking please

    • JerseyDutch

      He’s in rare form today.

    • Tank the Frank

      How bad does Jeter have to be and for how long before he’s moved down in the lineup?

      • Tank the Frank

        reply fail

  • TheLastClown

    You know, if you eat food off the ground after 6 seconds, rather than 5…..you metaphysically ruin the no-hitter.

    Like slavery.

  • Total Dominication

    Is it really necessary to use Soriano again? Don’t we have someone else to use for a 4 run lead?

    • Cy Pettitte

      his name is David Robertson

      • Total Dominication

        You know your pen is good when a guy with more than 11k per 9 is your low leverage reliever.

  • Total Dominication

    Kay is such a worrier.

  • Kit

    That sounded kind of snippy, Flash. Getting annoyed at Kay?

    • JerseyDutch

      One of these days Flash is going to tell Kay to shut his pie hole.

      • Kit

        Flash does seem to have a very low tolerance for Michael Kay. Then again, don’t we all.

        • TheLastClown

          A fat, sticky bowl of win?

  • TheLastClown

    Flash just got a free iPad.

  • Chip

    Wow, Girardi seems to be wanting to burn the pen quite early in the season. Hopefully they can score a few runs here and not have to bring in Soriano

    • http://twitter.com/karcotte karcotte

      Martin makes the True Yankee label official tonight.

  • Monteroisdinero

    Andruw’s first game he hits a homer and gets a ring! Lol

  • Urban

    Waiting for the return of David Cone…and announcer. Pretty sure he’s not returning as a pitcher, although based on Garcia and Colon being on the roster, guess I can’t be too sure of that.

    • TheLastClown

      The split between YES & D. Cone the announcer was rather hairy, IIRC.

      Not expecting a return anytime soon, although he was probably my favorite color guy of the past 10 years.

      • Kit

        I believe I read somewhere that he’ll be returning to broadcast some games this year. I may be wrong though.

        • Urban

          You’re right. Whatever differences they had they seemed to patch them up and there was an announcement Cone was returning this season to do 20 games or so. I’m guessing he’ll be used like O’Neill and Leiter, rotating in and out.

          I had forgotten he was returning until I heard Flaherty mention Leiter was working the Boston series, which got me to wondering when Cone will be back. I liked Cone.

        • TheLastClown

          No, it seems that you’re right on the money.

          Thanks for the correction. That’s what I get for not staying current on the RAB-waves during the offseason.

          http://riveraveblues.com/2011/.....oth-41923/

          I’m very excited about this!

    • http://www.twitter.com/jordansmed JGS

      His last year with the Yankees, opponents OPSed .891 off him

  • TheLastClown

    Melky ties up the game v. ChiSox w/ a 2 run single.

    Go leche go.

  • Francis

    How has Jones looked defensively?

    • TheLastClown

      Greasy.

      • Kit

        I laughed.

    • Greg

      Better than Thames did last year, we can be sure of that

      • JerseyDutch

        A wax statue of Thames looks better than Thames did last year.

      • Monteroisdinero

        no bones about that!

  • http://twitter.com/#!/iiKeane JobaWockeeZ

    Soriano to the 8th. DRob to the 9th. Please?

    • mbonzo

      DRob to the 8th and 9th!

  • OldYanksFan

    Watching Jeter for another 3 years is gonna be brutal.

  • Sheepmeister

    Wouldn’t it be better to have DRob for the bottom of the order and then Soriano for the top of the order.

  • http://twitter.com/#!/iiKeane JobaWockeeZ

    Oh late to this but what was Sterling’s call for Martin a few days ago and Jones today?

    • mbonzo

      Russell’s got muscle. No idea on Jones but I’m gonna find out.

      • http://twitter.com/#!/iiKeane JobaWockeeZ

        …Even for Sterling that’s weak.

    • NJ_Andy

      Russel’s got Muscle, and Andrew Jones makes his bones.

    • Xstar7

      “Andruw Jones makes his Bones” was Andruw’s Sterling call.

    • http://twitter.com/#!/iiKeane JobaWockeeZ

      Thanks to all but I shouldn’t have asked. Those were horrific.

      • NJ_Andy

        Expecting better?

        • http://twitter.com/#!/iiKeane JobaWockeeZ

          I was expecting more ‘thrilla by Godzilla’ esque calls tbh.

  • MikeD

    Not sure how many bases Martin will steal, and not sure I’d recommend he run too much since he wasn’t a real high-percentage stealer, but if he can get it into the opposition’s head early on that he will run, then that might have some value.

  • pete

    wtf why is Soriano pitching again? Shouldn’t it be D-Rob?

    • Francis

      Saving D-Rob for the 9th?

  • AndrewYF

    I guess the Yankees are going to try and get their money’s worth out of Soriano. 80 IP this year?

  • Tank the Frank

    What the fuck is Girardi smoking?

    • Francis

      Dutch Masters?

  • NJ_Andy

    D-Rob,

    We miss you. Please get some work.

    Love,
    Fans

  • http://twitter.com/#!/iiKeane JobaWockeeZ

    This looked liked the perfect opportunity for So and Mo to get a rest but I guess we’ll have none of it.

  • Jimmy McNulty

    89 high the fuck is he doing throwing that garbage

  • Jimmy McNulty

    89 high the fuck is he doing throwing that garbage

    • Ray the Anti-Handle

      According to Gameday, 90 MPH cutters.

  • Monteroisdinero

    Sawx out in the 7th. Down 3-1 to Austin Kearns and the Redskins.

  • http://twitter.com/tjamato T.J.

    If Mo comes in for the 9th I’ll be annoyed.

    • Tank the Frank

      I was annoyed when Soriano came out for the 8th.

      • http://twitter.com/tjamato T.J.

        Kill, kill, kill

  • JerseyDutch

    This is getting ugly fast.

  • Urban

    I wonder if Girardi brought in Soriano because he wants to see how he’d do back-to-back, to build up his arm strength? Girardi is very careful on how he uses pitchers, so there’s a reason. That’s the only one I can think that makes any sense.

  • jorge brosada

    why does Girardi keep warming up Robertson and then not using him? It’s quite annoying

  • Reggie C.

    Soriano tired much?

  • http://twitter.com/#!/iiKeane JobaWockeeZ

    Take him out before the short homer.

  • Dave

    Ugh. This is less than ideal.

  • JerseyDutch

    Punch ‘im.

  • Reggie C.

    That’s more like it!

  • Total Dominication

    Fuck yeah!

  • Cy Pettitte

    wow nice strikeout, where’s that been? lol

    Logan for Mauer?

  • Urban

    Ummm, I’d rather have Soriano pitch to Mauer than Logan.

  • Urban

    No matter what Soriano does here, with 30 pitches or so, and back-to-back games, no way he’s available for the next two games.

  • mbonzo

    I hardly ever complain about Girardi but this is retarded. Why the hell are they sending Soriano out there for 2 games in a row, to face the bottom of the lineup? Especially with Garcia pitching tomorrow. Even if Soriano has a 1,2,3 inning, he still can’t pitch tomorrow, and if he has trouble now you have to bring Mo in, and he can’t pitch tomorrow. This is just horrible strategy.

    • Greg

      What if Robertson came in and did the exact same thing?

      • mbonzo

        Robertson didn’t pitch yesterday, if he ended up melting down like Soriano did, then you can always send in someone else to close the game. In this instance you’re bringing in your guys with little rest to close out a game with a 4 run lead. On top of that, the bullpen is supposed to be there for guys like Garcia and even if Soriano succeeds he’s out for Garcia’s start.

  • Eirias

    No reason to worry. This guy only has a 0.086 BA.

    • Dave

      Knock on wood plz.

  • Dave

    Now would be an exceptionally poor time for Mauer to break out of his slump.

  • Tank the Frank

    Girardi is good for several moronic moves each season. We’re witnessing one of them. There’s really no reason to bring in a former closer in the 8th inning of a four run game. I can’t blame So for not being quite as in to it as he should be.

    There’s a time to build up arm strength with back to back outings. It’s called Spring Training.

  • IRF

    hes cooked

  • jorge brosada

    Soriano definitely should get a day of rest tomorrow, idk why Girardi didn’t use D-rob…

  • jorge brosada

    Ugh.

  • Total Dominication

    Aw hell.

  • swishers fauxhawk

    Alright, mismanaging at its finest.

  • JerseyDutch

    This was just in case, you know, we didn’t think the game was exciting up until this point. Thanks, Joe.

  • First time lawng time

    Hey Girardi, great BP management.

  • Andy

    Can someone who knows more about baseball than me explain why we brought in Soriano in a 4 run game when he pitched yesterday? I don’t care if he had a 1, 2, 3 inning. I don’t get it.

    • Pat D

      Because he’s the 8th inning guy.

      Or, as Stewie Griffin would say,
      (Stewie voice)
      “Because, Andy, because. Those are the rules, Andy.”

      • Andy

        Haha this would have been a lot easier to laugh at if that hadn’t just happened.

  • http://twitter.com/#!/iiKeane JobaWockeeZ

    Good shit Giardi. Fuck inning defined roles. Free DRob.

  • thaaaaaaayankeeeswin

    giradi planning on using his shinny new toy every night?

  • Pat D

    Well this has turned somewhat ugly, eh?

  • Michael

    Isnt this supposed to go the reverse way? Robertson walks the world with a 4 run lead and Soriano comes in to clean up his mess?

  • Tank the Frank

    Girardi doing everything in his power to make sure his 41 year old closer gets as much work as possible early in the season.

  • smurfy

    D-Rob with the bases loaded? His time of truth.

    I like him, but his walks seem inexplicable.

  • thaaaaaaayankeeeswin

    no reason for Soriano even to be pitching tonight….now hes lost for tomorrow on what could be a closer game

    • SteveD

      No shit! What the hell Girardi. Idiot.

      • Urban

        Ummmm, the Yankees paid him $10 million a season to shut down the 8th inning. He didn’t do his job. That’s not Girardi’s fault.

  • U Thant

    it’s really too early in the season for me to be yelling at the TV.

  • Xstar7

    Maybe there was something wrong with DRob and that’s why they didn’t send him out?

    • Xstar7

      Now he decides to bring him in huh?

    • http://twitter.com/#!/iiKeane JobaWockeeZ

      Then bring in your LOOGY. But it’s t3h 31gth.

  • Accent Shallow

    MFIBBY?

    • NJ_Andy

      +1

  • China Joe

    Is Girardi trying to teach the fans a lesson? “I know you think this bullpen is invincible, but i’ll prove you wrong!”

    • Urban

      So then Soriano would have walked three batters? He just didn’t have it. He wouldn’t had it your way either.

  • Tank the Frank

    See…this is he situation I would want to see Soriano brought in had D-Rob ran into this sort of trouble in the 8th. The way it should have been done.

  • Monteroisdinero

    Girardi using that rigid engineering degree yet again.

    In other news, Jed Lowrie pinch hits for SaltylaMacchia. Sawx down 3-1 bottom 8.

  • thaaaaaaayankeeeswin

    at this rate they are going to turn over their line up and have the heart of their team come up again in the 9th

  • Tom Zig

    THROW STRIKES

  • smurfy

    hey, ball 3 was a strike.

  • Tom Zig

    Mo might break Hoffman’s record by the ASB

  • YankeesJunkie

    You have to be fucking kidding me!

  • Total Dominication

    Fuck fuck fuck

  • Erica

    NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

  • Cy Pettitte

    CC must be pissed a fuck

    • http://www.theyankeeu.com/author/steve-s/ Nostra-Artist

      When did this place turn into LoHud?

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike Axisa

    At least Joe got to play with his new toy.

    • Cy Pettitte

      11 toe joe?

    • http://www.facebook.com/cecala Joseph Cecala

      Joe the Toe

  • swishers fauxhawk

    Nightmare.

  • mbonzo

    Soriano…. the new Scott Proctor. Nice strategy Girardi.

  • http://twitter.com/#!/iiKeane JobaWockeeZ

    Giardi owes 10 steaks to CC.

  • Hummingbird S.

    D-Rob got the lazy fly, not his fault. Damn you Soriano.

  • thaaaaaaayankeeeswin

    un fucking believable

  • http://danielslifka.wordpress.com Jerome S.

    lol @ that slide by swish,

    and rly? a bullpen meltdown?

    i thought this was never ever ever supposed to happen again?
    #ragequit

    • mbonzo

      Manager meltdown. Don’t blame the bullpen guys, when the manager throws you out there a day after you looked like you were struggling in a situation that means nothing.

  • Monteroisdinero

    Golson makes that catch EASY.

    • http://twitter.com/#!/iiKeane JobaWockeeZ

      Golson has no god damn bat.

      • Monteroisdinero

        but he is an excellent defensive replacement in 4-0 games in the eighth for Swisher.

        /whatever

      • CMP

        I thought Golson isn’t even on the roster.

  • thaaaaaaayankeeeswin

    I got it….its the Yankees secret plan to not let CC win a single game all year, so he wont opt out for more money at the end of the season

  • http://www.theyankeeu.com/author/steve-s/ Nostra-Artist

    Wow, that was fast.

  • Michael

    Girardi managing FAIL

  • Greg

    SO Girardi is off the hook to a degree. Both pitchers were ineffective. Still wouldn’t have done it. But both pitchers let him down

    • PaulF

      D-rob gave up a blooper and then struck out a guy. He was fine.

      • Greg

        Doesnt matter. Still ineffective

        • PaulF

          how?

    • Ray the Anti-Handle

      Not really. We have no idea what would have happened if Robertson started the inning.

    • Poopy Pants

      Girardi is not off the hook.
      Bringing in Mo in an extremely high leverage situation would have been the move, instead of saving your best pitcher for when no one is on base.

  • http://twitter.com/tjamato T.J.

    Well this is horrible.

  • jorge brosada

    a fucking bloop double, you’ve gotta be kidding me.

    Nice bullpen management Girardi…

  • Cuso

    Just got Soriano’d

  • pete

    what just happened?

  • YankeesJunkie

    Well shit happens. Time for the Yankees to step up and score a couple runs here in the eighth.

  • smurfy

    fluky bullshittt

  • thaaaaaaayankeeeswin

    lol

  • http://www.facebook.com/cecala Joseph Cecala

    Robertson could not really be blamed for this one. It was a pop up that dropped in. I have no idea why Soriano was left out there for so long, I honestly thought his fly ball pitching would be exposed.

    • http://twitter.com/#!/iiKeane JobaWockeeZ

      I was surprised his fly ball tendency didn’t fuck us over sooner.

      • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike Axisa

        Fly balls weren’t a problem. He walked three guys.

      • CMP

        If whoever was calling pitches had balls, a 3-2 curve would have left Young up there frozen. Thing is who knows if Robertson could have thrown it for a strike.

    • Tank the Frank

      What do fly balls have ANYTHING to do with Girardi’s lack of common sense?

      • http://www.facebook.com/cecala Joseph Cecala

        It has to do with why leave him in when balls have been flying out of the place and his control was shit.

  • Pasqua

    Back-asswards inning right there.

  • JerseyDutch

    I picked the wrong day to stop smoking crack…

  • Dr. O

    At least NY Papers can dust off the “Clueless Joe” headline for tomorrow.

  • First time lawng time

    If Drov comes in the 8th does what Soriano does and Soriano comes in and does what Drob did it’s fine because I think Drob should have started that inning

  • Sheepmeister

    Now lets hope that the middle of the order can string together a few hits.

  • IRF

    That spot should be known as the “Posada Triangle”

  • Tank the Frank

    Good thing the bullpen will be rested for Garcia’s start tomorrow.

    Girardi took his protein with a side of stupid this morning.

    • JohnnyC

      Luis Ayala is well-rested and can pitch multiple innings.

  • Jonathan

    Nice job Levine. And when a guy is throwing in the 80′s with no location, how many guys do you let him walk before you figure out…hey i’m a fucking dumbass and should have brought in Robertson. We just GAVE them 4 runs. What a joke. Fuck you Girardi. Fuck you.

    • Chris

      You realize that it’s April 5th, not game 7 or the World Series, right?

      • http://www.theyankeeu.com/author/steve-s/ Nostra-Artist

        No, he doesn’t. Neither do half the people commenting tonight.

        • Jonathan

          go fuck yourself. how arrogant is it for you to say when someone is allowed to be upset or not? These games mean a lot to me. April 5th or not, i have the right to be upset with a 100% stupid move that backfired. You have ZERO right to tell me when I can be upset.

          • http://www.theyankeeu.com/author/steve-s/ Nostra-Artist

            Yes, I agree. you have the right to make a complete fool of yourself. Feel free to continue doing so.

          • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike Axisa

            You should really sit the next few plays out, champ.

            • A-Rod’s Hip

              LOLOL

        • Poopy Pants

          Go to Yankees dot com or something.

      • Jonathan

        Yes EXACTLY. April 5th. And Roberston hasn’t thrown yet. Maybe if it’s Game 7 you can defend using Soriano there, but not April 5th. I have the right to be upset with us making dumb moves and walking away a lead. Just like you have the right to leave sarcastic, cocksucker comments like you’re somehow the better person for not being upset about the terrible bullpen management and pitching.

        Wait..you do realize you’re being a cocksucker, right?

        • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com/ bexarama

          What’s so bad about being a cocksucker?

          • Dave

            Well Played.

            • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com/ bexarama

              Seriously. Heternormality disclaimer and all but I’d think Jonathan here (First Name Only Male Handle Rule) would like cocksuckers.

              • TheLastClown

                Maybe it was a thinly veiled come-on to toasty Nostra.

                • http://www.theyankeeu.com/author/steve-s/ Nostra-Artist

                  Ugh, I get that all the time. I think they like my big blue eyes.

              • CMP

                The world would be a terrible place without cocksuckers.

                • A-Rod’s Hip

                  agreed.. ugh.. i don’t think i’d make it

        • Chris

          Wow. You really need to lighten up.

          There’s a lot of value in letting pitchers work out of jams early in the season. It can help give them confidence and also let’s Girardi know whether Soriano can pull it together if he’s struggling later in the year.

        • Greg G.

          Not cool.

        • Kit

          Is it really necessary to call him names though? He didn’t really insult you, just pointed out a simple fact. Personal attacks aren’t necessary.

        • TheLastClown

          You do realize cocksucker isn’t an adjective, right?

      • smurfy

        you never get there, less you win these.

      • S

        doesn’t make it any less of a dumbass move to put an obviously gassed reliever to load the bases, then put in a reliever you have not used in almost a week into a bases loaded situation when he already has control issues prior to the rust that needs to be knocked off.

        Girardi lost this game, April or not it was stupid game management and he should be called out on it.

        • Chris

          Girardi lost this game, April or not it was stupid game management and he should be called out on it.

          The games not over.

          • Xstar7

            I can assure you, with the Yankees dead offense and spent up bullpen this game is over.

          • S

            you were saying

        • Kit

          I don’t think anyone is arguing that it wasn’t stupid or a move to be questioned. It’s just that it’s like, the 5th game of the season and there’s a whole lot of complaining over something that will happen more than once over the course of the season and for a game that’s happening in April.

    • Francis

      Game #4 out of #162.

      Chillax brotha.

      • Jonathan

        we lost the AL East by 1 game last year. ONE GAME. They all count the same.

        • Francis

          cry moar!

        • CMP

          What did you do after game 6 of the ALCS last year, take a bottle of pills?

          • Jonathan

            I am dumbfounded at you people. constantly attacking a yankee fan for being upset at that situation on a yankee site. acting like you’re all better than me because these games mean a lot to me and i got upset? We’re all on here talking with a lot of strangers while watching the game, but it’s out of line to be upset with a TERRIBLE move that nobody can defend. I have the right to be upset with anything I want to be upset with. I just thought more people would actually care about the yankees on ya know, a yankee website. but if you don’t get upset during yankee games, then congratulations. that’s your right. I hope you all feel so much better about yourselves.

            • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike Axisa

              You were the one calling people cocksuckers and telling them to go fuck themselves, you did the attacking.

              • Jonathan

                that was the defense man. you’re really telling me you wouldn’t have a problem with people telling you when it’s ok to be upset and when it isn’t? i “attacked” girardi first. i didn’t say anything to anyone on here. i aired my grievance with the move and was basically told it’s April 5th you have no right to be upset that the Yankees made a completely stupid move that is likely to cost us the game. Like I said earlier, I’d think you’d understand after you overreacted to the jeter deal the other day. We both overreacted but we both care about this team and have the right to care about this team and be upset with things like that. I came to RAB PURPOSELY for like-minded people who i thought would be just as upset as I was but i was only made fun of for being upset. your comments are one of the best parts about this site but you can’t even say how you feel or what you think about the team without being attacked. and if you stand up for yourself, you get attacked even more. it’s completely backwards. it’s the same group of snarky people who patrol the comments and rag on people who they don’t agree with. if you aren’t one of the regulars there’s no point in even coming to the comments. I’m sure countless others feel the same way I do because I see it happen to plenty of people all the time. Non regular’s comment attacked by a regular. Most people don’t fire back like I did/do for fear of you and the regulars piling on even more. It’s the absolute best and worst part of the entire website. You get the feel of a group of friends talking about the Yankees, but if you aren’t in that exclusive group we all know what happens.

                • http://procrastinationperfected.tumblr.com/ BigDavey88

                  Kind of has a point. Not about cocksuckers, but at least with this annoying clique thing this site can at times be plagued with.

                  But ya know whatever, group think FTW!

            • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com/ bexarama

              it’s out of line to be upset with a TERRIBLE move that nobody can defend

              Also out of line: randomly calling people cocksuckers

              • Jonathan

                a regular agreeing with a regular. I don’t see it as random. Randomly telling people they have no right to be upset and being snarky and sarcastic is ok…but standing up for yourself isn’t. I didn’t say ANYTHING to him or about him to start with. You’re standing up for what is most likely your friend, I understand that. But you have to see it from my perspective. I have the right to have my own opinion without it being attacked for no reason. I’ve used this example a couple of times already but Mike completely overreacted (as did I) about Jeter, but nobody attacked him. Because he’s part of the regular group. I’m not so I don’t have the right on here to comment without being ragged on.

      • http://www.facebook.com/cecala Joseph Cecala

        To be fair, every win matters. Just look at the Rangers right now.

        • Jonathan

          thank you. i’ve said it over and over but we lost the al east by 1 game last year. April 5th or the last game of the season all count the same.

  • http://danielslifka.wordpress.com Jerome S.

    get ready for the first walk off of the year, guys.

  • Dave

    Tex HR?

  • Dr. O

    I think Girardi had a “Stan The Caddy” moment there or something.

  • First time lawng time

    It’s too the Yanks couldn’t score past the 1st two innings

  • Hummingbird S.

    Somebody should wake up the yankees’ offense

  • Chip

    I don’t know why everybody is on Girardi on this one. Sure, I wouldn’t have brought in Soriano but this is all on Soriano. With Rivera behind you, you allow a homerun before you allow a walk

    • YankeesJunkie

      True, just the whole bringing in Soriano thing today with a four run lead is just a little weird considering he pitched yesterday.

      • Chip

        I agree with that but you really can’t argue with going for the win. Soriano didn’t do his job, that’s that

        • YankeesJunkie

          True, Soriano did not execute and Robertson got unlucky.

  • Reggie C.

    CC never struck me as a stats guy, but losing a sure-fire WIN must irk him right now. He’ll get some breaks down the line and win a game or two he’d lose otherwise if he were on a different team.

    Robertson should return for the 9th.

    • http://www.theyankeeu.com/author/steve-s/ Nostra-Artist

      Nah, he knows he’ll get a few 7-6 wins that he doesn’t really deserve a W for. These things tend to even out.

      In all honestly, being ticked off at losing a W would be a douchebag move, and from all accounts CC is way too good a guy to act like that.

    • Pasqua

      I think pitchers would only worry about personal wins in relation to making money on their next contract (as in W=$), and that is surely something that CC doesn’t have to worry about.

      • http://www.theyankeeu.com/author/steve-s/ Nostra-Artist

        He does have that opt out this year.

  • Greg

    Well better to get the managing gaffes out of the way early

    • smurfy

      well, I don’t understand mo in the ninth. Isn’t he s’posed to close?

  • nathan

    A dollar for what Cash$$ thought about that 8th inning.

  • thaaaaaaayankeeeswin

    just misssssed it

  • smurfy

    Flaherty says it ‘didn’t have that good sound to it.” Sure wish we could tell, ’cause I was sorely disappointed.

  • ChrisR

    :-/

  • Dave

    Pie anyone?

    • The Big City of Dreams

      hopefully

  • http://twitter.com/#!/iiKeane JobaWockeeZ

    Nice billion runs we were definitely going to score.

  • Xstar7

    I’m sure there was a VERY good reason Girardi let Soriano start that inning even though he had pitched yesterday and there was talk about his velocity going down.

    /fucking sarcasm’d

  • Reggie C.

    With Alex cooled off , this team just might have to scratch out a run the old fashioned way: WALK, SB, SAC BUNT, SAC FLY, WIN!

    • Sheepmeister

      I prefer the easier way. Cano or Jorge HR

    • Total Dominication

      Alex hit a home run yesterday. He hasn’t cooled off.

    • Total Dominication

      Oh I get it, clever.

  • Greg

    THinking about it, it isnt really Girardi’s fault. He put faith in Soriano early in the season when he shouldn’t be tired to pitch a good inning. It is all on Soriano and his failure.

    • S

      Soriano has pitched in every game the team has played except Hughes start. He was obviously tired, and had no business in there to begin with.

  • JohnnyC

    Girardi mistook game 5 of the regular season for a spring training game. Can happen to anyone.

  • jorge brosada

    The bullpen is going to be exhausted for tomorrow’s game. Girardi made a dumb decision, he should’t have started the 8th with Soriano in the first place. D-rob should have started it because he needed to get his work in.

    • Cy Pettitte

      I’m sure we’ll get a complete game out of Garcia

  • James G.

    Good to know we only owe Soriano like, $36 million, right? Right?

    • First time lawng time

      Why does his contract matter? And “we” owe him nothing. Steinbrenner does

      • nathan

        Do you get in free into YS 3.

        • Mister Delaware

          Would your ticket be discounted if Soriano’s contract were for some reason terminated?

          • nathan

            There is a chance it doesnt go geometric progression each year and instead it will be an arithmetic progression. Duh

            • Mister Delaware

              There’s a better chance ticket prices are independent of on field payroll and more a function of real or perceived market value.

            • Mister Delaware

              (Subtitled: Soriano’s contract does not affect your 2011 ticket prices.)

      • http://twitter.com/#!/iiKeane JobaWockeeZ

        By that ARod’s or Jeter’s contracts don’t matter.

        • First time lawng time

          They have no effect over me whatsoever

  • http://twitter.com/Paddock9652 Stratman9652

    If this game goes to extra innings, I sure hope Garcia has a complete game in him tommorow.

  • JohnnyC

    Garcia’s gonna have to throw a complete game tomorrow night.

    • CMP

      That would be a miracle of epic proportion. I was hoping for at least 5 innings with 4 runs or less.

  • swishers fauxhawk

    Jason fucking Kubel is Mo’s Kryptonite.

  • Cy Pettitte

    what was that cut in of the mets game? lol

  • Sheepmeister

    From airing of Grievences article at the beginning of the season.

    Rafael Soriano will blow a save.
    Soriano will blow a lead in the eighth.

    It sucks but its only the 5th game of the season, long time to go, and at least we aren’t the red sox right now.

    • Accent Shallow

      And at least he didn’t blow a lead against the Red Sox.

      Can you imagine?

    • Jericho Spade

      I think most are more annoyed by Robertson not getting any play and once again being overlooked in the perfect spot for him to get work. While also resting Mo and Soriano for the next 5 games before an off day.

  • JohnnyC

    Posada with the walk-off.

  • http://twitter.com/#!/iiKeane JobaWockeeZ

    Pedroia single, AGon up, calling the tying homer based on how this night is going.

  • YanksFan in MA

    Awww. Mariano is such a great fielder. It makes 2001 even more inexplicable.

  • AndrewYF

    The Yankees have Boone Logan and Luis Ayala left in the bullpen.

    They better win it in regulation.

    • Chip

      What about the man-child Colon? (kidding)

      • AndrewYF

        He’s rightfully being saved for piggy-backing Garcia tomorrow.

    • Urban

      Colon.

  • Cy Pettitte

    that was so nasty

  • jiffy

    I don’t really understand why you take out D-Rob now

    • Greg

      Because its baseball custom. At home use the closer in the ninth

    • Chip

      Rivera is a pretty good pitcher maybe?

      • jiffy

        he is alright i guess

  • jorge brosada

    god I love Mo so much it hurts sometimes

  • Kit

    Pie would be awesome.

  • JerseyDutch

    I get it. For a moment Girardi mistakenly thought Soriano was Old Hoss Radbourn.

  • CMP

    Burnett better loosen up because we’re gonna need some pie pretty soon.

  • AndrewYF

    Rivera isn’t pitching tomorrow anyway, let him pitch the 10th Joe.

  • thaaaaaaayankeeeswin

    Mariano makin them look stuuuuuupd

  • Kostas

    I can’t believe how a hitter of Kubel’s caliber has the success he has against Mariano. Fascinating.

    • Chip

      Was it Luis Sojo who Pedro could never seem to get out?

      • Accent Shallow

        Enrique Wilson.

      • Pasqua

        Enrique Wilson, I think.

        • Kostas

          See another situation where the pitcher should dominate. Gotta love it.

  • Accent Shallow

    Mariano: still the greatest.

    • CMP

      Don’t steal Hannah’s line.

  • Cy Pettitte

    Jorge or Cano go deep

  • NJ_Andy

    Mo is awesome. That’s my silver lining.

  • Total Dominication

    Robbie.

  • Dave

    Would Colon be available for long relief tomorrow? If not they’ll probably bring up someone who can throw for a long time to back up Garcia right?

    • nathan

      Isnt today Hughes’ throw day

  • nathan

    Am ready for a walk off win.

  • Ari

    wheres the offense

  • Total Dominication

    right down the middle Russell

  • Chip

    You know what I would love? A Brett Gardner walk-off homer

  • Monteroisdinero

    In other news, Austin Kearns strikes out in the 8th but Indians win.

    Thuuuuuhhhh Indians win!!!!!!!!!!

  • JerseyDutch

    The 2011 World Series Champs drop another one.

  • Cy Pettitte

    Sox lose! at least something went right tonight

  • Total Dominication

    O course we have extra innings in a Twins game.

  • jorge brosada

    Ack. We have Boone Logan and Luis Ayala left in the pen, the Twins have Nathan.

    Blah

  • Xstar7

    Now that the Sox have started the season 0-4 we can stop the comparison to the 1998 Yankees.

    • YankeesJunkie

      Oh Shit! They are the 98 Yankees.

      • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com/ bexarama

        Nah, they started out 1-3. We’re safe! ;)

    • JerseyDutch

      That just means they’re *better* than the ’90 Yanks. Bunch of gritty bastards.

      • JerseyDutch

        And of course that should be ’98.

      • Xstar7

        My bad. I should of figured out that their 0-4 start means they’re going to win 115 games

    • http://twitter.com/#!/iiKeane JobaWockeeZ

      Nope. We moved on to 1-4 and when the Sox win their first game they’ll reference that.

      It’s already on twitter. “Hay guyz 98 yankz were 1-4z that r meanz 11 soxx wi11 w1n 130 gam3s.”

      • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com/ bexarama

        The worst was “Well I’ve seen the Red Sox do pretty well from 0-3 before…” grr

      • Xstar7

        Yeah but the 1998 Yankees went 0-3 then won their first game. It will take the Red Sox at least five games to win their first game. Of course this just means those scrappy underdogs will be that much better.

  • thaaaaaaayankeeeswin

    at least the No Sox lost

  • Cy Pettitte

    put Swish on the mound

  • Wooderson

    ayala really fucks up the bullpen naming. everybody can be included except him. CoLoRoJoSoMo

    • http://twitter.com/#!/iiKeane JobaWockeeZ

      Well he’ll be gone once we get Feliciano. So CoDroLoRoJoSoMo.

  • CMP

    How lame was John Sterling’s call for Andruw Jones Hr.

    “Jones is the Bones”
    That’s totally weak.

    • Poopy Pants

      Is he an MMA fan?

  • Jimmy McNulty

    Boone? Jesus Girardi.

  • First time lawng time

    Only 5th game but what a crappy one

  • nathan

    I fully expect JOhn Kruk to declare CC is in trouble because he has not won a game yet… :-)

  • YankeesJunkie

    You know throwing the ball over the strike zone will make the game a lot less painful.

  • JohnnyC

    Girardi right out of the later Torre years playbook.

  • jorge brosada

    god dammit Logan your job is to get out the lefty. What do you do? Give a lead-off walk to said lefty…

  • Monteroisdinero

    If the Twins win this game, they were a bit due for a break or two at YS.

    /rationalization

  • Cy Pettitte

    that was some ugly bunting

  • trueblue

    again with the walks

  • Total Dominication

    Fucking shit

  • YankeesJunkie

    This just fucking weak!

  • Esteban

    FANTASTIC!

  • Reggie C.

    Oh man. Do i miss FELICIANO.

  • http://www.theyankeeu.com/author/steve-s/ Nostra-Artist

    The Red Sox are 0-4.

    The headline at WEEI.com says “Time to panic?”

    http://player.streamtheworld.c.....r/?id=WEEI

    There’s going to be some priceless radio tonight.

  • Dave

    Sad face.

  • thaaaaaaayankeeeswin

    cmon laying down a bunt is simple math

  • jorge brosada

    oh my god, an 0-2 fastball right down the middle. This is such bullshit.

  • ChrisR

    I just had a feeling our chances of winning were slim when they tied it up…

  • http://twitter.com/Paddock9652 Stratman9652

    I kinda miss seeing Boone Logan get guys out.

  • Nogomo

    John Sterling is bumming me out.

  • Mister Delaware

    That was a double play.

  • JerseyDutch

    Boone Logan makes me sad.

    • What Kind of Name is Boone Anyway?

      Likewise.

  • V

    Ballgame. Thanks for the loss, Joe.

    • YankeesJunkie

      Ballgame. Thanks for the loss, Joe bullpen.

      Fixed. Bullpens giving up four runs in an inning is ALWAYS unacceptable.

      • V

        So is letting obviously tired relievers throw 35 pitches in the 5th game of the season.

  • YankeesJunkie

    Just laughing at this point. The bullpen has been terrible today.

  • http://www.theyankeeu.com/author/steve-s/ Nostra-Artist

    Damn.

  • Cuso

    looks like an 85-win team to me

    • Total Dominication

      really?

    • ROBTEN

      Seriously?

      From one game?

      On April 5th?

  • jorge brosada

    God i can’t wait until we get Feliciano back so we can DFA this fucking scrub, clearly last years second half was a fluke.

  • Nogomo

    As soon as I heard Logan was coming in, I knew. I swear I knew. I just knew. Jesus,

  • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan

    Logan’s the worst. Where’s Felix Heredia?

    • http://www.theyankeeu.com/author/steve-s/ Nostra-Artist

      Anytime I needed two walks and a hit batsman, I knew who to call!

  • Total Dominication

    Wait, what?????????? Luis Aylaya????????

  • Urban

    Well played, Mauer…unfortunately.

  • http://twitter.com/#!/iiKeane JobaWockeeZ

    White flag. Awesome.

  • A-Rod’s Hip

    Knicks win!! 4th straight baby!

  • trueblue

    Logan is hot trash

  • Reggie C.

    Twins have turned the corner. They’re ready to kick ass at YS III.

    /jumpingtoconclusionsafter2badinnings

    • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com/ bexarama

      meh that’s what people said about the Kubel slam game, that the Twins would beat us in the postseason now. Didn’t happen.

  • Cy Pettitte

    what a clusterfuck
    fire Girardi

  • Greg

    THis loss wasnt on Girardi. Its on the bullpen being unable to get anybody out

    • It’sATarp

      Soriano has pitching a lot…D-rob was fresh…Girardi waits til bases loaded at high leverage situation to bring him in rather than mo our best reliever…No matter what Girardi makes no sense in his moves.

  • Jorge

    A terribly mismanaged game by Joe Girardi. There was no reason to go to Soriano in the 8th. None whatsoever. Either keep CC in there, or get someone like Robertson in there. Soriano should be used when you need to get to Mariano, as he was used yesterday. He’s not who you bring in in a 4-0 game. He then proceeds to waste Robertson and Mariano and now has a whole lot of nothing to finish the game with. It’s only you game and, hey, we haven’t even seen the second half of the inning yet, but I’d pin the loss straight on the manager tonight if it happens.

    • Greg

      What if Robertson didnt get anybody out? Girardi went with his best pitcher and he failed him

      • Chris

        That’s what I don’t get. All of the other options are inferior to Soriano (assuming no one is suggesting putting in Mo). He just didn’t have it tonight. That’s on Soriano and not Girardi.

        • http://twitter.com/#!/iiKeane JobaWockeeZ

          A true shut down bullpen shouldn’t have a hole that Soriano was the only option to pitch the 8th…

          • Chris

            There is no such thing as a “true shut down bullpen”

        • http://www.theyankeeu.com/author/steve-s/ Nostra-Artist

          You’re the manager. You bring in your 8th inning guy for the 8th inning and….you screwed up? How?

          • S

            your 8th inning guy had already pitched in 2 of the previous 3 games, I would say common sense dictates letting him rest 3 days before using him again.

    • Urban

      Really? The guy the Yankees are paying $10 a season to shut down the 8th inning is the wrong move? Interesting perspective.

      • http://twitter.com/#!/iiKeane JobaWockeeZ

        Yeah when you could pay one tenth of that to get similar production.

      • Jorge

        A 4-0 game isn’t a shutdown situation. That’s precisely my point. Save him for when it is a shutdown situation. That’s an inning in which you utilize a David Robertson. What would his role be, at this point, otherwise?

        BTW….it should have read “It’s only one game” in my post above.

        Let’s hope they make this all for nothing and win it in the bottom of the 10th. Go Yanks.

        • Urban

          Ummm, you’re wrong. A 4-0 game is a close game. We just saw that tonight. He went with his best and he lost.

          • http://twitter.com/#!/iiKeane JobaWockeeZ

            So why doesn’t Mo just pitch the 7th 8th and 9th today?

          • Pasqua

            Consider, though: what was he going to do in the 9th? If Rivera had come in to pitch, non-save, this website would have exploded. I understand your point, but I am curious about the endgame.

            • Urban

              The end-game is Soriano was supposed to shut down the 8th, and then he would would have mixed and matched in the 9th, and at the sign of any failure, he’d have brought in Mo. Soriano didn’t have it. I suppose he could have gone with Robertson in the 8th, but then we’d have the failure of Soriano in the 9th. It’s pretty simple. Soriano didn’t have it. Not Girardi’s fault. It’s going to happen.

              • Cult of Basebaal

                Except for the fact that if he’d gone with Robertson in the 8th and then handed it off to Soriano in the 9th, Girardi *would* have brought Mo in to bail Soriano out of the situation that positively SCREAMED for your best pitcher to come in and get you out of.

                Well, actually that’s not entirely true, Girardi would have brought in Mo far sooner in the 9th than he went to Robertson in the 8th.

                • MikeD

                  Yet, it all comes back to Soriano not doing the job he’s supposed to do, which is shut down the eighth for a Yankee win. He didn’t do it. This will happen with him (and others) during the season. It happened tonight. It’s not Girardi’s fault for going with the guy who is supposed to own the eighth inning this year.

                  People are upset because the Yankees lost. They could have just as easily lost if Robertson came in, didn’t do his job, and then Soriano was called in, and then blew the game. The fans would probably be upset that Girardi went first with his weaker pitcher in Robertson.

                  Every scenario falls apart if Soriano pitches like crap, as he did. As noted, he’s being paid a lot of money to shut down the opposition in the 8th. He just didn’t have it tonight. People will just have to live with that.

          • Jorge

            No. It’s not.

            This concludes this edition of “Point/Counterpoint.”

        • Greg

          So what if Robertson cant get anybody out. People would be screaming at Girardi fro not using Soriano

          • Urban

            Exactly. Soriano walked three men, and then D-Rob gave up a blooper down the rightfield line. There is some massive logic fail going on with a lot of posters here.

  • Mykey

    This couldn’t have been a more frustrating loss.

    • Jorge

      Even more frustrating about this loss is that it hasn’t happened yet.

      • Mykey

        Haha, that’s the worst part!

  • thaaaaaaayankeeeswin

    yeah giradi, make some more moves…..douchebag

  • Nogomo

    Maybe 87, 88. What a surprise! The pitching is a concern!

  • JDDZip

    This isnt all Giradi’s fault the bullpen hasnt been the one getting the outs

  • JohnnyC

    Girardi’s going to have a fun time explaining this one in the post-game. It’s one game in April but, boy, you don’t ever want to transform a 2 hit shut-outby your ace into an extra-inning loss with no off days to rest your bullpen this week…going into a weekend in Fenway. There is such a thing as context.

  • thaaaaaaayankeeeswin

    i dont expect them to go 162 and 0, but when you have a 4 to 0 lead after your ace just dominated a team…you should win that game. whether its game 1, 5, 37, 157 of the effing year.

  • A-Rod’s Hip

    thattaboy Ayala!

    big out here.. keep it a 1 run game

  • Cy Pettitte

    should have gone to Ayala in the 8th stupid Girardi

    • JDDZip

      I hope this is sarcasm

      • Cy Pettitte

        obviously

    • http://twitter.com/karcotte karcotte

      I like the new graphic they use for the bench and bullpen with the names crossed out.

  • http://twitter.com/#!/iiKeane JobaWockeeZ

    We need some ARod magic but of course he won’t get up.

  • http://twitter.com/Paddock9652 Stratman9652

    So who is available tommorow anyway?

    • http://twitter.com/#!/iiKeane JobaWockeeZ

      Probably everyone.

  • jorge brosada

    god with all the other shit going on, you cant give the damn call umpire? Jesus

  • Cy Pettitte

    what the fuck

  • thaaaaaaayankeeeswin

    Jeter has never had pie….its time tonight in front of the 3 fans at yankee stadium

  • Greg

    What would you have Girardi do? Put in David Robertson and see him struggle or put in Soriano who was an All Star last year. The move didn’t work. If it worked we wouldn’t be having this discussion.

    • JohnnyC

      I would assume Robertson would not struggle just as you and Girardi assumed Soriano would not struggle. All I know is you don’t throw your high-leverage guys in low-leverage situations. If Robertson struggles THEN you bring in Soriano.

      • Greg

        Would you assume MORE that Robertson wouldn’t struggle than Soriano wouldnt struggle.

    • Jorge

      The game I saw had Robertson give up a frustrating bloop single and get the next guy out.

      • Greg

        WHo do you trust more? A middle reliever or an All Star?

        • http://twitter.com/#!/iiKeane JobaWockeeZ

          So why not go Mo? If the argument is go with your best why am I not hearing that we should have went Mo?

          • Greg

            Becasue Mo is 40. You get him rest whenever you can. Soriano is 31. He should be able to hadle himself.

            • Jorge

              And that’s the bottom line because Greg said so.

            • http://twitter.com/#!/iiKeane JobaWockeeZ

              Yet apparently he couldn’t.

    • V

      Huh? By this token, Girardi should be putting Rivera in the 6th every day and have him finish the game.

      Soriano pitched -yesterday-. It was a -4- run lead. After Soriano walked a guy, then walked another guy, maybe it was a bad idea to let him stay in the game to throw over 30 pitches when it was obvious he had nothing?

      Awful awful awful bullpen management.

  • Andy

    This is an extremely frustrating loss because a) Girardi shouldn’t have put Soriano in but b) you can’t really blame Girardi for the loss because c) Soriano, our best addition to the team, totally imploded.

    • Andy

      sorry, should have said if we lose

  • thaaaaaaayankeeeswin

    Kubel against everyone else .125, against the Yanks .850

  • Monteroisdinero

    One run is doable guys-keep the faith! It looks like the Trop in the stands

  • Jorge

    Cy Ayala gets out of the inning. Get this done.

  • JohnnyC

    Damn the Mets for abusing our second lefty out of the pen. I bet they did this intentionally to f*ck with us.

  • YankeesJunkie

    Time to make the Twins miserable by scoring a couple runs here.

  • jorge brosada

    still hoping on some magic against Nathan

  • Kostas

    Kubal< Ayala…somewhere I am hearing "You just can't predict baseball".

  • A-Rod’s Hip

    way to get it done Ayala

    gotta pick up the manager with this one tonight

    • http://twitter.com/karcotte karcotte

      “gotta pick up soriano with this one tonight”

      ftfy

  • Esteban

    DOOM DOOM DOOM. GIRARDI SUCKS. BOONE LOGAN SUCKS. YANKEES SUCK.

    /most people here

    I mean, c’mon Soriano pitched poorly, but if not for a lucky bloop double, the Yankees have won. Let’s not get carried away. Zen baseball.

    • Kostas

      well said.

    • Jorge

      Agree completely. Still think bringing Soriano in was a bad move, but tomorrow’s a new day.

  • Cy Pettitte

    Joe Nathan implosion please

  • http://twitter.com/Paddock9652 Stratman9652

    Im hoping to see “#cured” at some point in the next few comments.

  • Accent Shallow

    Shake Joe Nathan, with a one run lead?

    This is doable.

  • jiffy

    that only had a nasty factor of 21, he CLEARLY doesn’t have his best stuff tonight

    • Dave

      Sarcasm is like a second language to me, so i’m right there with ya.

      • jiffy

        but seriously do you have any idea what that means?

        • Mister Delaware

          I looked it up. Basically, it was MLB.com’s way of ensuring that their new version of Gameday wasn’t perfect.

        • Dave

          That Jeter has a chance here.

  • thaaaaaaayankeeeswin

    ok guys…..this guy is meat

  • Mister Delaware

    I hate watching that lip thing Nathan does.

  • rek4gehrig

    Surprise surprise Gardy

  • Greg

    What Girardi did was unusual, but it certainly wast egregious. Calm down. We are not Red Sox fans

    • JerseyDutch

      It was highly dubious however.

    • A-Rod’s Hip

      So only Red Sox fans are allowed to question their manager for making retarded decisions during a game?

      I’m not calling for the guy’s head. But it was a stupid move, and one that’s made by MANY managers constantly in the same situation. So he’s certainly not alone

      • Greg

        It wasnt a retarded decision. He went with his best 8th inning pitcher. The pitcher failed Girardi.

        • A-Rod’s Hip

          And that is the crux of the issue.

          In that type of situation, with the game on the line, why not go to your BEST AVAILABLE PITCHER period??? The moment the bases became loaded and their heart of the lineup was on the way was when it was time to go to your BEST available pitcher. Not to David Robertson.

  • Xstar7

    Is it too much to ask the Yankees to score a couple of runs here even though it’s past the first two innings?

    • Esteban

      They’re old men; they get tired early.

      • Xstar7

        That’s no excuse

  • A-Rod’s Hip

    come on Cap’n.. show us some clutchness!

  • First time lawng time

    Too bad the offensive black hole is due up

  • Mister Delaware

    If his name were Derek Reter, he’d be watching Eric Chavez take his PA right here.

    • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan

      Chavez > Jeter > Eckstein

      What am I even saying?

      • Mister Delaware

        Eh, not even overall, but when you have a righty pitching, a 1 run defecit and a tiny little RF porch, Chavez is the obvious better option.

  • JerseyDutch

    Both remaining fans in the stands booed that pitch.

  • Accent Shallow

    Would have been nice to see the offense get to Duensing more.

    Of course, they got to him in that playoff game, so I will survive.

  • psp

    Let’s make one thing clear: Soriano is no Mariano. Soriano STUNK tonight. Disgusting

    • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan

      Goosfraba…goosfraba.

    • Dave

      Thanks for clearing that up.

    • Jorge

      You must be one of those fans that doesn’t remember Mariano doing just what Soriano did tonight.

    • A-Rod’s Hip

      I’m lol @ anyone who thought that he was Mariano.

      With that said, i didn’t expect him to have a perfect 0.00 ERA this season.

  • Reggie C.

    Clearly DJ’s too wrapped up in figuring out which East Coast palace he’ll upgrade next.

    /hank’d

  • jorge brosada

    valiant AB here from Jeter but I can’t help feeling no confidence at all

  • YanksFan in MA

    Fuck

  • V

    Jeter = worst $15M+ player in baseball.

  • Total Dominication

    Damn, this was on Soriano.

  • Pasqua

    April 5: Not mentally or emotionally prepared for a kick-in-the-balls loss.

  • Dale Mohorcic

    ugh-lee

  • Greg

    Again, you people will blame Giradi when all he did was put his best 8th inning pitcher in the eighth. Obviously you dont really want to put the blame where it really lies

    • It’sATarp

      He should have taken Soriano out earlier…it was quite obvious the guy didn’t have it. He had other options…then when the game got to a high leverage situation rather than go to his Best pitcher (Mo) he goes to D-rob…who is no where as good as mo obviously….

      • A-Rod’s Hip

        +42

  • First time lawng time

    You know what? Our bullpen was bound to implode at some point, Girardi makes stupid moves every year, and we’re not an overrated team thats 0-4. Which is why I’m already over it. This loss just sucks because Cc pitched so well

  • Sean C

    Welp, that sucked.

  • Andy

    I’m irrationally upset right now

    • Pasqua

      First upsetting loss of the year. It’s natural.

  • http://twitter.com/Paddock9652 Stratman9652

    What happened Jeet? You used to be the guy we could count on?

  • Jorge

    Well that sucked. Let’s just forget this every happened.

    • Jorge

      ever, damnit. ever.

  • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan

    I’m done with this team. I’m a Natinals fan now.

    • Total Dominication

      Well played Maur.

    • JerseyDutch

      I’m going with the Brewers. They probably need a few fans about now.

  • jorge brosada

    and as i say that, we lose. This loss could not be more frustrating. I blame the bullpens utter shittiness (asides from Mo of course) and Girardi’s retarded managing. What a waste of a great performance from CC. Logan has been annoyingly bad.

  • MikeD

    Glad I made it back just in time for strike three…NOT!

    Oh, well. Game 5 brought us a reminder of the painful part of baseball.

  • http://riveraveblues.com/2010/02/2010-preseason-top-30-prospects-21281/#comment-779224 LET SBGL BACK ON BRACKMAN’S DEBUT

    God, this loss hurts. Why? Not because we blew a big lead.
    Because Joe Girardi blew this one, not the players.
    I’m not a Girardi hater or anything, but he blew this.

    8th inning: WHY DON’T YOU GO TO MO THERE? WHY ROBERTSON? THAT’S THE MOST IMPORTANT OUT OF THE GAME, WHY NOT USE YOUR BEST PITCHER?!!?!?!
    10th inning: What the hell is Boone Logan doing out there? He has shown NOTHING this year, why not bring Joba who has shown good stuff at least? And then when Logan blows it, why go with Ayala? I mean he got the job done but still was not a good move.

    Joe Girardi earns his first blown save of the year. Congrats to him.

    • Greg

      1. Because he didn’t want Rivera to go more than 1 inning for the save.
      2. Lefty matchups

      • http://riveraveblues.com/2010/02/2010-preseason-top-30-prospects-21281/#comment-779224 LET SBGL BACK ON BRACKMAN’S DEBUT

        SO TAKE HIM OUT AFTER THE EIGHTH!! WHO CARES ABOUT THE SAVE, I WANT THE WIN!!

        • Pasqua

          Head’s up: all caps doesn’t go over well here.

          • http://riveraveblues.com/2010/02/2010-preseason-top-30-prospects-21281/#comment-779224 LET SBGL BACK ON BRACKMAN’S DEBUT

            sorry, but i’m pissed. big time. i get that it’s one game but it always pisses me off when you lose when you could have won

        • Greg

          That I will give you. But if Robertson blows it, blame will come on Girardi anyway

  • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com/ bexarama

    That really, really sucked but it’s one game. Ugh.

    • Kit

      Seconded.

    • JerseyDutch

      True. But it was a really ugly one. Like Jim Thome ugly.

      • Kit

        Hey man, Jim Thome is only ugly if you look directly at him. Cut the guy some slack.

      • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com/ bexarama

        Agreed. It hurt. But I can’t get raeeeege-y about it. It’s just not in my personality. I questioned bringing in Soriano, I did, but it certainly wasn’t an inexcusable decision. He probably should’ve pulled Soriano earlier, but you can disagree without screaming about it and calling people douchetards because they are disagreeing with you in a calm way. Then the tying runs scored on a freaking poorly played pop fly. It suuuucks. It sucks a lot. But it happens.

        • Kit

          Sanity: I like it!

          • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com/ bexarama

            I like sanity. And Kit. Hi Kit!

            • Kit

              Hi Bexy! I thought you were mad at me ’cause you didn’t say hi. I was all *sadface*. I like Bexy too. =)

              • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com/ bexarama

                Haha no, sadly enough I tend to stay away from the RAB game threads these days. You can imagine why D: But I would not be mad at you!

                Proof! http://twitter.com/#!/rebexara.....5956737024

                • Kit

                  Aww…I wish more of my real life friends were on twitter so they could pressure me to join. =)

                  • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com/ bexarama

                    I have 0 RL friends on Twitter and it’s still the greatest thing.

                    • Kit

                      I’m not a very interesting person though, so I’m hesitant.

                    • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com/ bexarama

                      I just saw this, and I wanted to say I am the most boring person on earth (and you are interesting! :D) but Twitter is great.

  • mbonzo

    160-2

  • Rob

    It really sucks that I think I would rather anyone in the lineup at that last ab rather than jeter, what a bummer that game was

    • http://riveraveblues.com/2010/02/2010-preseason-top-30-prospects-21281/#comment-779224 LET SBGL BACK ON BRACKMAN’S DEBUT

      me too. he came up and i prayed for a walk, this from a guy making 15MM+

  • Mister Delaware

    Can we all agree that bringing in Soriano was a stupid move not because it lessened our chances of winning (that was an anomaly), but because it seemed to add an unnecessary appearance onto Soriano’s ledger? I feel like a lot of people are getting why it was dumb completely wrong.

  • James G.

    Anyone else think something was fishy when Soriano came out?

  • Xstar7

    Now that the Twins have reversed the curse, can the Yankees start playing serious baseball against them instead of expecting them to just bend over and let us win?

    • Pasqua

      How does constantly beating the Twins translate to “expecting them to bend over”? Are you suggesting the Yankees lost because they assumed the Twins wouldn’t try to win?

      • Xstar7

        It was a dumb comment but I’m pissed. The Yankees should have won tonight.

        • Pasqua

          I understand.

    • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com/ bexarama

      I thought they reversed the curse with the Kubel slam

  • Todd Gaak

    That loss is all on Joe Girardi. When Soriano is removed from the ballgame with the bases loaded you bring in your best reliever to put out the fire! Mo doesn’t have to pitch the 9th, just let him get out of that jam. With a 3 run lead they could bring in Robertson to close out the 9th. Girardi just doesn’t get it.

    • JerseyDutch

      That’s a nice name. Is that Dutch?

      • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan

        lmao

      • Jorge

        +1

    • jorge brosada

      I agree. Girardi is painfully narrow and predictable, always by the books…

  • V

    Why was Soriano in the game? “Because he’s our 8th inning guy.”

    Time for a new manager. That is pure stupidity.

    • Jorge

      I thought that was a dumb comment by Girardi as well, but let’s calm it down, cowboy.

      That being said, this is not my favorite Girardi post-game conference in the least. What’s in that Poland Spring bottle?

  • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan

    Erik Spoelstra just said there are Yankee players crying in the locker room.

    • Kit

      I laughed again.

  • Coolerking101

    How dare Girardi put in his 8th inning guy in the 8th inning? How could he not have Mo come in for a 1+ inning save in the all important 4th game of the season? String up Girardi!

    At least we can all agree the Soriano’s honeymoon is over. Hope he’s ready for the media…they’ll smell blood in the water.

    • V

      Because it’s ****ing stupid to have an ’8th inning guy’.

      It’s the FIFTH game of the season and the guy was used YESTERDAY. It was obvious on his FIRST batter that he was missing his spots by feet, not inches.

      • Greg

        EVERYBODY has an 8th inning guy. They are called setup men.

        • V

          Smart managers have more than one ‘setup man’ who they can use when, oh, I don’t know, their main guy is tired.

          • Greg

            Well our bullpen is not that deep so…

            • V

              Um, yes, it is. David Robertson was available.

    • Zack

      The same media who bashed Cashman for not wanting to give up his draft pick?

    • Mister Delaware

      Error 1: Buying into “8th inning guy”

      Error 2: 5th game of the season

      Error 3: String would likely not hold Girardi “up”

  • a plethora of pinatas

    Bad loss…….but better to get them out of the way early in the year. Hats off to CC who got the ultimate kick to the balls from his ineffective BP. 4 run lead in the 8th should’ve been gravy.

  • Greg

    If anything Girardi could be blamed for, it was not yanking Soriano earlier. You know what, I compare this to Brad Stevens last night from Butler. He has some blame, but he didn’t miss open layups and shots

  • http://www.theyankeeu.com/author/steve-s/ Nostra-Artist

    Folks, when a 42 year old Mariano Rivera is healthy, relatively fresh and pitching effectively 6 months from now (in the middle of October) a big part of the reason will be because Girardi didn’t bring him in for 4 out saves in April.

    • http://riveraveblues.com/2010/02/2010-preseason-top-30-prospects-21281/#comment-779224 LET SBGL BACK ON BRACKMAN’S DEBUT

      IT DOESN’T NEED TO BE A 4 OUT SAVE, JUST LET HIM GET ONE OUT AND YANK HIM!!! THAT IS THE MOST IMPORTANT PLAY OF THE GAME, NOT THE NINTH INNING!

      • http://www.theyankeeu.com/author/steve-s/ Nostra-Artist

        OK, lets walk through this. You’ve already used Soriano and Mo. You’ll bring in either Joba or D-Rob for the 9th. What happens if they get in trouble?

        I’ll tell you what happens, you have a lesser pitcher (D-Rob) backing up a lesser pitcher (Ayala) backing up a lesser pitcher (Colon). Which is the opposite of good bullpen management. The whole idea behind managing your bullpen is to have someone better backing up the gut who’s in thre, which is why you save your best, the Closer, for last.

        • http://www.theyankeeu.com/author/steve-s/ Nostra-Artist

          Let’s try that again

          “The whole idea behind managing your bullpen is to have someone better backing up the guy who’s in there, which is why you save your best, the Closer, for last.”

          • http://www.theyankeeu.com/author/steve-s/ Nostra-Artist

            OK, it’s not me. It’s an RAB thing.

        • http://riveraveblues.com/2010/02/2010-preseason-top-30-prospects-21281/#comment-779224 LET SBGL BACK ON BRACKMAN’S DEBUT

          what’s more likely, robertson gives up 3 with the bases loaded and 2 out, or robertson gives up 3 runs with a clean slate in the beginning of the ninth? ponder that

    • V

      How about when we’re paying Rafael Soriano for two seasons of recovery from an arm injury?

    • http://twitter.com/#!/iiKeane JobaWockeeZ

      I’m glad Mo wasn’t used. I just don’t get why we have to use Soriano when supposedly we acquired the best bullpen ever in MLB history.

      • Kit

        To be honest, and I’m not trying to start an argument or a discussion or anything, but I doubt Joe sent Soriano out there to suck intentionally (not saying that you said that at all, just trying to make a point). I’m just making assumptions, but when Soriano looks better out there and is far less shaky than D. Rob and Boone for an inning, I’m guessing Joe would pick the person with a) the most experience and b) who looked better. I agree that part of the blame should fall on Girardi for not being as cautious as he usually is with his relievers, but I would’ve also rather have seen Soriano out there at that moment than Boone, Ayala, D. Rob and Colon. We didn’t know he was going to be completely terrible and neither did Joe. The blame should fall on both parties equally.

      • JohnnyC

        Mo pitched the 9th. He was used.

  • JohnnyC

    If anyone hears Girardi’s rationale for using Soriano tonight, let us know. I’m not watching the YES post-game report. I’ll laugh my ass off if he uses the line, “he’s our 8th inning guy.” Cashman might need to have a chat with him then.

    • V

      He said “Because he’s our 8th inning guy” about five times.

    • http://twitter.com/Paddock9652 Stratman9652

      He said that pretty much verbatim.

      • JohnnyC

        Guess that Northwestern education didn’t amount to much, eh?

  • V

    Here’s hoping for a Garcia CG tomorrow. Oy.

  • Greg

    Basically what all of you are saying is that you trust David Robertson more than Rafael Soriano.

    • V

      I trust a FULLY RESTED David Robertson over a TIRED Rafael Soriano. Yes, I am saying that.

      • Greg

        He pitched one day ago. No one should be tired after that. Look at Mo. I dont think he was tired, he was just off.

        • Mister Delaware

          Soriano had a .227 OBP against last year on 0 days rest.

          • Greg

            I believe thats a very good number.

            • Mister Delaware

              Yup. So even if Soriano were “tired”, he was a good option. He just didn’t have it today. Such is life.

      • http://twitter.com/Paddock9652 Stratman9652

        Fully rested? He has warmed up multiple times every game so far. He may not throw full power warmups but I’m sure it takes its toll.

    • JohnnyC

      I trust David Robertson with a 4 run lead in a week where there are no off days and I can afford to give both Soriano and Mo a rest. You don’t treat game 5 like it’s the f*cking playoffs.

      • Greg

        So if Robertson blew it, would you blame Girardi for not bringing in Soriano? Be honest.

        • JohnnyC

          When have I ever lied to you, Greg? But if Robertson loaded the bases with walks, he’d have every reason to bring Soriano in. Higher leverage situations call for your best relievers. That’s the way it’s supposed to work. You’re advocating the reverse. It was unnecessary. With a 4 run lead in the 8th inning, you figure you can get six outs without having to go straight to Soriano & Mo.

          • Greg

            It was unusual and maybe even dubious. I’m not saying I wasn’t surprised by it. I’m saying it wasn’t absolutely stupid and egregious as alot of people on here are making it out to be.

            • JohnnyC

              What are you using, a thesaurus? I don’t care how you characterize it. It was an unnecessary move that cost the team a game they had easily in hand and will preclude using Soriano and possibly Mo tomorrow in a game that might very well need their contributions…unlike tonight.

  • http://twitter.com/#!/iiKeane JobaWockeeZ

    Well I’m glad Proctor is back on the team.

  • V

    I can think of no profession outside of baseball where it’s accepted practice to be a fucking moron.

    • Pasqua

      Television meteorologist.

    • Xstar7

      Some of Joe Girardi’s moves are questionable but he’s not a moron. The Yankees were leading by 4 runs and CC had retired the last 17 in a row. Sure, Soriano pitched yesterday, but it seemed like the Yankees were cruising to victory and Soriano was brought here and is getting paid $36 million to pitch in situations like this. And if he can’t get the job done 2 nights in a row, that’s not Girardi’s fault. And putting Boone Logan in to pitch in the 10th wasn’t exactly a moron move either considering he was one of their best options at that point.

  • Erica

    I’m with many of you on this – it wasn’t a save situation and we didn’t need Soriano. Damnit, Girardi. I know this is only April but I don’t like seeing unnecessary losses like this coming back to bite us later in the year.

  • First time lawng time

    I’m angrier with the offense than BP. Proposed new lineup
    Gardner
    swisher
    teixeira
    arod
    cano
    posada
    granderson
    jeter
    maybe switch gardy and grandy just get jeter to the bottom

    • FachoinaNYY

      Not going to happen for a long time, Yanks would never do that to Jeter unless he REALLY sucks it up for a prolonged period.

      I agree with you thats what it should be, but its just not realistic at this point.

  • First time lawng time

    Soriano should not be an “8th inning guy.”. He’s a set up man. If you don’t plan on bringing in your closer you don’t put in your set up man

  • MikeD

    What’s with the italics? Did I miss a memo?

    • Kit

      Someone forgot to close a tag, probably.

  • Mister Delaware

    Will this work

    • Mister Delaware

      Hmmm …

  • Avi

    Swisher did a bad job on that pop fly double. He can’t let that ball get behind him. Only two runs should have scored on that play and the Yanks still would’ve had the lead. Watch the play again and you can put as much blame for tonight’s loss on Swisher as anyone.

  • Greg

    I’ve seen Girardi make really stupid decisions. This was not one of his more stupid decisions. It was unusual, but it was not one of his more stupid decisions

  • S

    I’m a Joe Girardi supporter, I think he’s a good manager who is prone to very costly mental errors

    tonight was one of them.

    1. relievers do not have stamina to go out constantly with little to no rest. Soriano had already pitched in 2 of the previous 3 games, he had no business out there tonight, especially in a 4 run game.

    2. Robertson is a good reliever, but he had not been used in almost a week, he had no business being thrown into his Houdini cape when he is rusty. Especially when we all know D-Rob is prone to letting guys get on base, before retiring everyone else (Its his MO).

    3. Robertson should have been given the top of the 8th, he would have either done his job completely or at the very least gotten 2 men out, allowing either any of the scrub relievers (Logan, Ayala) to get the remaining outs and if necessary use So or Mo as last resorts since they both had already pitched so much in the previous games.

  • http://riveraveblues.com Benjamin Kabak

    No more italics!

  • FachoinaNYY

    I may be one of the only ones, but I am not that upset about the loss. I am not worried about Soriano, the offense is still sputtering and wildly inconsistent, and we have a couple scrubs in the BP that wont be there in a month.

    CC looked mid-season form already.

    Tex’s start is incredible.

    Jones looked serviceable.

    So many guys simply aren’t hitting yet (Grandy, Cano, Brett, Jete) that at this point there is nothing to get worked up about.

    • Xstar7

      It’s a frustrating loss anyway you look at it. The Yankees absolutely should have won.

  • Grinch

    Joba pitch on Sunday and Monday.

    Why didn’t anyone complain about that?

    You’re only complaining about Soriano because it didn’t work out.

    Try to be consistent.

  • Freddy’s Mom

    Strange, Mo blew the game but he gets off with “well, it happens a few times a season,” but Girardi gets reamed for using his most experienced pitcher to try to save it? I can’t see any way Joe gets the blame for this. How the heck is Gardy supposed to come out of his slump if he’s benched? It’s only April. And I am ALREADY tired of the second-guessing and bitching here!