Game 28: No Curveballs


(AP Photo/Duane Burleson)

It’s no secret that the Yankees have been having trouble against curveballs this year, hell I’ve written two posts about it in the last week. Thankfully they don’t have to worry about that tonight since Tigers’ starter Max Scherzer is a pure fastball-changeup-slider pitcher that has never thrown anything remotely resembling a curve. So be happy for that. Scherzer’s season has been a mixed bag of really really good starts and really really bad ones. Hopefully he’s due for the later. Here’s your starting nine…

Derek Jeter, SS
Curtis Granderson, CF
Mark Teixeira, 1B
Alex Rodriguez, 3B
Robinson Cano, 2B
Nick Swisher, RF
Jorge Posada, DH
Brett Gardner, LF
Frankie Cervelli, C – second game in four days, it’s already begun…

Freddy Garcia, SP

Tonight’s game will air on YES at 7:05pm ET, but if you’re in the city, come hang out with Ben and I (and plenty of others) at Foley’s (33rd St. between 5th & 6th Ave.) to bitch about the game and what not. Enjoy.

Categories : Game Threads


  1. TSJC Troll Doppleganger says:

    Day game tomorrow – Girardi doesn’t want to mess with Burnett’s mojo with Martin.

  2. JobaWockeeZ says:

    Giardi is in love with Cervelli.

  3. Girardi is in love with Cervelli. Why can’t he just play once a week? I’m confident in the fact that Martin is about 100% and can deal with the regular stresses of catching.

    Anyway, the Yanks should have a shot against Scherzer. Just need patience and a few timely hits.

  4. YankeesJunkie says:

    That bar meet up sounds like a blast and if anyone is going they should ask why Jonah feels the Red Sox are that much superior to the Yankees (5 W+). While their rotation is more solid the offense and the relief of both teams is a wash at best?

    • Poopy Pants says:

      I’m trying to ask it!!

    • JohnnyC says:

      Since Jonah’s a Rays fan (grew up an Expos fan but you know what happened there), and probably didn’t see the Rays winning the division, he went with the far lesser of two evils (in his mind).

  5. So, if you’re Sandy Alderson, what do you demand from the Giants for Reyes?

    Keep in mind Bumgardner is off-limits. Jonathan Sanchez might be as well.

  6. JohnnyC says:

    Apparently they’re willing to fork over Zack Wheeler to head up a package of prospects that might be a couple of years away from the bigs.

  7. Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

    Rays 0 Blue Jays 2
    I hope the Jays don’t need a closer today…

  8. Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan says:

    I remember reading an article about how Sherzer liked to cross dress and wear lipstick during college. I don’t remember where I read it but I just know that I did.


  9. jorge brosada says:

    a rare line drive from jeter!

  10. YankeesJunkie says:

    It is nice to see Jeter put some better at bats than he did in the first part of April.

  11. Cy Pettitte says:

    the Captain, not dead yet

  12. Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan says:

    Weak ground ball Solid line drive up the middle!

  13. YankeesJunkie says:

    I can’t stand the behind the catcher view when someone is pitching it gives me no sense of what is going on.

  14. Chip says:

    If YES keeps using this view, I’m switching to the Detroit feed. I hate the behind the catcher view

  15. Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

    ARod needs to take a few of the hamsters out of his mouth.
    They’re obviously distracting him

  16. YankeesJunkie says:

    I can’t wait till tomorrow’s game because
    1. I am done with school
    2. Cinco de Mayo more commonly known by historians as Cinco de Drinko.

  17. baravelli says:

    YES is getting a little camera-angle-from-behind-home-plate happy, if you ask me.
    I mean, I appreciate the variety, but – I can’t see what’s happening.

    • baravelli says:

      Wow, well, that was a quick consensus on this issue. I wrote my comment before I saw that everybody else was saying the same thing.

    • JohnnyC says:

      No wonder home plate umpires generally suck. They can’t see anything either.

  18. Greg says:

    We gotta beat the bad teams up. We only split against the White Sox and we need to take 2 of 3 from the Tigers

  19. Dino Velvet says:

    Turning up the heat on Jeter

    The New York Times rarely posts sports stories on their front page. Not even this year’s Super Bowl received any ink on their front page.

    So I was shocked to see today’s Times run a front page piece saying Jeter sucks.

    This kind of HIGH profile article is chum for the NYC sportswriting sharks.

  20. JohnnyC says:

    The way Garcia tends to pitch around dangerous batters, he should definitely look into pitching in the NL…another Livan Hernandez.

  21. Xstar7 says:

    Freddy Garcia strikes out Cabrera? I’m shocked.

  22. YankeesJunkie says:

    For the poll question: No

  23. Cy Pettitte says:

    so it’s gonna be one of those games…

  24. Greg says:

    Forgot that the Yanks can’t hit the changup

  25. YankeesJunkie says:

    I have thought. Is a catcher a necessary part of defense, in the rule book is there a rule that states a catcher must be in play at all time. If not, then why not have the catcher play in the infield when no one is on base. Crazy idea of the day.

  26. Poopy Pants says:

    According to Flaherty, the Yanks are K’ing because of the shadows? What shadows? Don’t you need sun to make a shadow?

  27. Kostas says:

    Going to be a long night of offensive struggles.

  28. Dalelama says:


  29. Shaina says:

    Holy shit this team cant hit. Can we get Jason Giambi or some who can actually hit a home run up in here now??

  30. Cy Pettitte says:

    this game is brutal already…

  31. JohnnyC says:

    Freddy is the very definition of a #5 starter. Good thing our offense can make up for it. He said, hopefully.

  32. Shaina says:

    If Jason Giambi and Johnny Damon were still on the team, the Yankees would be winning at least 2-0 by now.

  33. JohnnyC says:

    Blind guess. With the 51st pick, do the Yankees select a high school pitcher, college arm, or a toolsy high school position player?

  34. A-Rod's Wingman says:

    Hughes is supposed to begin throwing in two weeks, according to

  35. whozat says:

    Bob Lorenz???? Awesome!

    Is Kay on vacation, or did he pull an Imus or something?

  36. IRF says:

    Does anyone else have a mancrush on Max Scherzer?

  37. Mojo says:

    Now why, I can’t seem to ever figure this out, amidst the plethora of offensive issues at the moment, is Cano not batting third? I mean, like, I… it’s baffling. I just don’t understand.

    • kmarx says:

      I think Mark Teixeira is batting third. That might be why.

    • Money = power = status = leadership = responsibility = deference.

      Tex and ARod are being paid like the heart of the order stars and leaders. As long as they continue to produce like heart of the order stars and leaders, they’ll keep being placed in the positions traditionally occupied by the heart of the order stars and team leaders.

      Putting Cano at #5 is the best respect you can show him without having to slight Tex or ARod and their combined 50M paychecks.

      • Mojo says:

        I suppose, which again questions the state of Girardi’s gentle but continual pussification as a manager. Switch Tex and Cano. Perfect spots for both. I won’t even touch upon the Jeterian struggle with hubris. For once, sooner rather than later, I’d like to see the optimal lineup with the best players receiving the most ABs. And, as someone who’s illegally streaming the game from California because I’m to much of a miser to pay $60, I want my goddamn money’s worth from my Robby man-crush.

    • whozat says:

      …not sure if serious…

      Is Tex somehow part of the problem, now? I don’t see how batting Cano third gets Jeter out of the leadoff spot or prevents people from making boneheaded baserunning plays.

  38. jorge brosada says:

    Great. Looks like the offense decided to take the day off again

  39. Mike Myers says:

    Did you see the ball boy jump into the crowd…ha!

  40. jorge brosada says:

    Miguel Cabrera XBH, so predictable

  41. Esteban says:

    Is Garcia turning into a pumpkin?

  42. Epy0n says:

    Seems like Ordonez was way overdue for that damn.

  43. Cy Pettitte says:

    Noesi please

  44. jorge brosada says:

    gonna be one of those games again.

    Better get started on my english paper and quit wasting my time on this then

    • Mickey Scheister says:

      I hear that. I’m turning on the radio, off the TV, crankin’ up the BBQ…someone wearing a Yanks jersey is having RBIs tonight.

  45. TSJC Troll Doppleganger says:

    Come back and get ‘em tomorrow, boys.

  46. Kostas says:

    Don’t think this team will do much more than win 2 or 3 in a row….

  47. Xstar7 says:

    What the fuck Granderson. This is why we don’t bunt. EVER

  48. MannyGeee says:

    wow… just wow. This shit bricks are making Scherzer look like Whitey Ford.

    And oh yeah, Garcia sucks again. Who had May 4th in the pool?

  49. Cy Pettitte says:

    Arod 2 outcomes:
    pop out

  50. Mojo says:

    Fuck! Gameday has these pitches RIGHT down the middle. BABIP is a BITCH.

  51. jorge brosada says:

    Dear Robbie, please stop hacking away at everything.

  52. Klemy says:

    Looked like the foot was off the bag too.

  53. JobaWockeeZ says:

    May the 4th be with the Yankees. They could use it.

  54. Cy Pettitte says:

    Now I’ve really seen enough of you Freddy

  55. Matt says:

    It’s not that Garcia is pitching that badly.

    When you have below average fastball velocity and throw it to dumb spots, you’re going to get hit. Two of the runs came on a completely idiotic first pitch inside 87 mph fastball to Magglio Ordonez. Gave up a home run to Arencebia in his last start on an identical first pitch, and a pitch like that just helps someone like Ordonez who is struggling.

    If they lose, it’s not because of Garcia. Another non-showing by the offense. Popping out on a bunt down 4 runs leading off an inning with a 2-1 count as a 30 HR guy? Inexcusable.

  56. Kostas says:

    So Garcia is flailing. No fear, Carlos Silva will be here…

  57. Xstar7 says:

    Nice play by Cerv

  58. Esteban says:

    What an impression. haha

  59. Jeff Chamberlain says:

    I’ve been a Yankee fan since the days of Mickey Mantle. This 2011 team seems to be worse than last years even though it seems like if they don’t hit home runs they lose. They continue to be the biggest bunch of overpaid under achievers ever. When you consider their salary I would rather see the Reggie Jackson era and he was the highest paid and legitimate superstar at 1 million as compared to all the multi millionaires we’ve now that don’t do anything.

  60. Dalelama says:

    Is there anyway on an Iphone to update comments without going back to the beginning and scroll down again or posting a comment?

  61. Carl says:

    Most of these bats look lifeless right now. Absolutely lifeless. Scherzer’s going after every one of them, and they’re lacking response. No patience. Line drives/groundballs through the infield for hits problematic. Tigers batters, meanwhile, are doing the exact opposite, and it’s paying off for them.

  62. Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

    This offense sucks!!!! This TEAM sucks!!!! DFA THEM ALL!!!! Fire Girardi!!!! Fire Cashman!!
    Mocha Joe’d

  63. Kostas says:

    They should never show a strike out like that in slow motion. Doesn’t make the batter look any better.

  64. Dalelama says:

    We sure look old tonite….

  65. Klemy says:

    Frustrating tonight.

  66. Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

    Both Joe Maddon and John Farrel ejected in Tampa. Joe West is at it again!

  67. Kostas says:

    How long would a player like Inge remain with the Yankees – consider the same career stats. Two seasons, maybe three?

  68. nedro says:

    How exactly is giving up 4 runs when your team can’t fuckin see the ball “keepin’ ya in some ballgames,” Flash?

  69. nedro says:

    He does impress with the devastating 52 mph strikeout pitch, though…

  70. first time lawng time says:

    About to lose 2 in a row to a team under .500?


    Team looks like crap this series. Kinda disappointing.

  71. Kostas says:

    has any Yankee batter seen more than 4 pitches tonight?

  72. Cy Pettitte says:

    pretty pathetic, Scherzer is not this good

  73. Dalelama says:

    Scherzer looks like Roy Halladay tonite.

  74. BigBlueAL says:

    Since most people here live in NY I assume you havent had a Little Ceasars 5$ pie right??

  75. Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan says:

    LOL Flaherty said “37 balls”

  76. Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan says:

    Cervelli CRUSHED that.

  77. Mickey Scheister says:

    Damn you Jeter!!! First F’in pitch?!?

  78. RollingWave says:

    plz get on base for a grand slam k thx

  79. Kit says:

    Well that sucked.

  80. Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan says:

    What’s more of a rally-killer, home runs or double plays?

  81. jorge brosada says:

    Icing on the cake. Your daily GIDP.

    so. f-ing. annoying.

  82. Cy Pettitte says:

    well you knew that was coming

  83. BigBlueAL says:

    I believe thats Grandy’s 1st GIDP of the season.

  84. RollingWave says:

    come on , you gotta win these game where the Angels automatically forfiets to the Red Sox

  85. nedro says:

    Eff this noise.

  86. ThrillHouseMD says:

    What would really shit on this day would be having to see that clown Valverde tonight.

  87. Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan says:

    How adorable.

  88. Dalelama says:

    Good night all….

  89. YankeesJunkie says:

    Garcia gets pulled after 6 magnificent innings at 90 pitches and stays in the game after 7 mediocre innings at 105 pitches.


  90. Epy0n says:

    Doesn’t it seem like Cabrera and Martinez are taunting Garcia a bit?

  91. Klingy94 says:

    why can’t we hit!?!?? why can’t we hit with RISP!!?!?!?? WHY IS THIS HAPPENING!?!????!?!?!?!???!

  92. first time lawng time says:

    Lol that’d be so embarassing if we played like this for the rest of the season.

    I’d laugh.
    In hindsight.

  93. first time lawng time says:

    Why are Gaudin 2.0′s numbers spaced so far apart? It looks tacky.

  94. Wandering Bear says:

    Somebody has to tell these guys that we can’t keep splitting series with inferior teams. We should have beat the White Sox 3/4 but we couldn’t hit. We should have beat this Detroit team 3/4 but we can’t hit. I don’t know what more is expected of Freddy. Detroit has a 2 man lineup and the worst bullpen in the majors. Pathetic performance. Where are you A-Rod?

  95. first time lawng time says:

    This is the guy they named New Mexico after

  96. Kit says:

    Valverde is up again? Leyland really does not give a fuck about your arms, Tigers pitchers.

  97. Cy Pettitte says:

    Valverede warming up again? jeez

  98. JobaWockeeZ says:

    Fuck tha umpires.

  99. V says:

    Any home plate umpire that makes that call when it is SO FUCKING EASY to ask the 1st or 3rd plate umpire to make the call should be instantly demoted to AAA.

    Fucking arrogant assholes.

  100. BigBlueAL says:

    Headline for this thread shouldve said No Curveballs, Sliders or Changeups.

  101. Hummingbird S. says:

    they sure as hell dont look like the best offense in the majors..

  102. Carl says:

    And there’s the gift wrap to another god-awful offensive performance. Pathetic.

  103. Cy Pettitte says:

    Albuquerque looks like Valverde jr. on the mound

  104. The209 says:

    Fuck you dalelama

  105. first time lawng time says:

    I honestly thought we would sweep Detroit. Or at least win the series.

  106. V says:

    I usually don’t care who wins the Central, but those idiotic Tigers fans have made sure I don’t want the Tigers to sniff it.

  107. Epy0n says:

    Settling for a possible tie blows.

  108. Bad loss, it happens. It’s early May, there’s 133 games after this. People need to relax.

  109. Rob Thomsen's Chili Farts says:

    Come back, offense!!

  110. Carl says:

    And for the 2nd week in a row, this team is faced with avoiding losing a 4-game set. And they might not be as lucky as they were against the White Sox in the Bronx, this time, because there is also no knowing if A.J. will carry his 3-1 April into this month. Just sad.

  111. V says:

    From MLB Trade Rumors:

    “Jack Etkin takes an in-depth look at Troy Tulowitzki in a piece for Baseball America. Within Etkin’s article, there’s word that Rockies GM Dan O’Dowd and Tulowitzki discussed an eventual position change “at length.” Tulowitzki will be nearly 36 at the end of the 2020 season, the last one on his contract.”

    Wow. Seems reasonable…

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