May
05

Game 29: Just freaking win

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Hit lots of these today, please. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

Seriously, just do it.

Brett Gardner, LF
Nick Swisher, RF
Robinson Cano, 2B
Mark Teixeira, 1B
Curtis Granderson, CF
Jorge Posada, DH
Eric Chavez, 3B
Russell Martin, C
Eduardo Nunez, SS

A.J. Burnett, SP

It’s a day game, with first pitch scheduled for a little after 1pm ET. YES will have the broadcast. Try to enjoy.

Categories : Game Threads

618 Comments»

  1. Tank the Frank says:

    Gonna need those hot bats heading into Texas.

  2. Billy Mumphrey says:

    Make no mistake about it, this is a must win ballgame.

  3. 101010 says:

    Certainly an interesting looking lineup.

  4. Pat D says:

    Yay, I can watch a game for once!

  5. Joba's sicko slider says:

    Whats up with Arod? Hip? Day off, again?

    • Guns of the Navarone (a mushroom cloud layin' muthafucka, muthafucka) says:

      He needs a day off to try to get back to 100 percent. It’s no coincidence that his slump began immediately after coming back from back/oblique stiffness… or that Robbie is 0-9 after getting hit on the hand.

  6. Rey22 says:

    Win this one for Ramiro Pena

  7. Jorge brosada says:

    Jeter not being in the lineup will be the sparkplug needed to ignite this offense.

    Addition by subtraction

    • MannyGeee says:

      The last game Jeter sat for, the Yankees won 12-3…

      Jus sayin

      • Greg says:

        Backup SS did a hell of a job today. 5 errors in 21 innings played so far for Nunez! At least Jeter makes all the plays. Probably would have won had he played today.

  8. Cuso says:

    Is this our “athletic” lineup?

    …oops, Posada

  9. UncleArgyle says:

    Cano batting Third? I don’t get it! Why guarantee your best hitter a first inning at bat?

  10. Cuso says:

    Seriously, Russel Martin should be batting 2nd and Swisher should remain at #8.

    The only decent thing he does with a bat is NOT swing it and draw a walk.

    That works fins in the 8th hole to turn the lineup over too.

    He’s an automatic out every time in the first inning.

  11. Kostas says:

    Interesting to watch the pitch location on Gameday with the background of the hitter’s zone and see where the pitches are they take versus what they swing at.

    On that one, the first strike to Tex was in his hot zone but the last pitch that he grounded out on was where he should be pitched.

  12. Pat D says:

    I think AJ will be fine today as long as he doesn’t allow baserunners.

    (waits for it)

  13. Pat D says:

    Not locating the curveball so far.

  14. Pat D says:

    Seeing Tom Brookens as a Tigers coach makes me chuckle.

    In a bad way.

  15. Guns of the Navarone (a mushroom cloud layin' muthafucka, muthafucka) says:

    I fucking hate Brennan Boesch. There I said it.

  16. Monteroisdinero says:

    These weekday day games are tough. I just can’t get out of performing open heart surgeries. I expect good updates!

    lol

  17. the tenth inning stretch says:

    Awesome.

  18. Guns of the Navarone (a mushroom cloud layin' muthafucka, muthafucka) says:

    Damnit! The things that happen when your team is slumping…

  19. pat says:

    Omg such a soft run. Ugh.

  20. Cy Pettitte says:

    free runs again. yankees are the most generous team.

  21. Pat D says:

    Talk about a bullshit run.

  22. Peter says:

    you mean the things you notice more when your team has lost a couple

  23. Yank the Frank says:

    20 pitches in the 1st inning. AJ should be warmed up.
    We’re breaking out the lumber today.

  24. V says:

    So, uh, nice job AJ. Way to go.

    I still don’t understand why pitchers with crappy pickoff moves even bother throwing off so often. Once every other game or so should be sufficient to tell the other team you’re willing to do so (as opposed to Chris Young, for example).

  25. the tenth inning stretch says:

    So how does Hughes’ latest injury news affect Cashman’s trade plans? Does it add any urgency?

    • Peter says:

      I don’t think it changes much, he was always going to be looking for help and so far its come from the low risk guys garcia and colon but anyway, i doubt anyone’s available for a while anyway

    • Guns of the Navarone (a mushroom cloud layin' muthafucka, muthafucka) says:

      I would be shocked if Cash doesn’t trade for a pitcher (or at least make a serious offer) regardless of what happens with Hughes.

      • the tenth inning stretch says:

        Oh yeah, same here. I was just wondering if Cash would try to make a move sooner, although I agree there’s probably not much available.

        • Guns of the Navarone (a mushroom cloud layin' muthafucka, muthafucka) says:

          Cash has always been patient. He lets the market develop. He won’t become more aggressive to make a move sooner.

        • MannyGeee says:

          only teams willing to deal at this point in the season have nothing of value, unless you are willing to bet 2011 on Brett Myers or RA Dickey…

  26. Peter says:

    so you want him to do something he’s not good at but needs to do less frequently? wouldnt practicing it more in game context help?

  27. V says:

    Ugh. It’s way too early in the game for those idiots to be drunk already.

  28. Guns of the Navarone (a mushroom cloud layin' muthafucka, muthafucka) says:

    Yawn.

  29. Kostas says:

    2 batters 5 pitches. This is beginning to get ridiculous. Is there a moritorium on taking/seeing more than 4 pitches?

    • V says:

      If they take too many pitches, dumb commenters will whine that they’re letting the opposing pitcher throw too many easy strikes.

  30. Peter says:

    man from gameday, it looks like AJ is getting squeezed on the low strike calls and pretty bad too

  31. Guns of the Navarone (a mushroom cloud layin' muthafucka, muthafucka) says:

    Did anyone else hold their breath when Nunez made that throw?

  32. MannyGeee says:

    Jenks and Wheeler both went down in the DL today…

    OMGOMGOMG the wheels are falling off in Bawhstin!!!!

  33. Pat D says:

    Every time Nunez throws the ball I cringe.

    And a piece of my soul dies.

    And something else horrible happens somewhere, like an angel losing its wings or a baby dying or something.

  34. Peter says:

    couldn’t do worse there

  35. Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan says:

    Yankees losing + Playstation Network down + no more new Archer episodes = life just isn’t fun anymore.

  36. the tenth inning stretch says:

    RUSSELL, NO!

  37. Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan says:

    Nunez is setting a bad example.

  38. MannyGeee says:

    NUNEZ!!! effective bunt FTW!!!!!

  39. Peter says:

    so now gardner bunts him over? pls no

  40. UncleArgyle says:

    New York Shortstops = Infield Hits

  41. Peter says:

    following on gameday, is he showing bunt?

  42. Guns of the Navarone (a mushroom cloud layin' muthafucka, muthafucka) says:

    Run on VMart. That is the Law.

  43. Brian in NH says:

    I thought Jeter said last night he’s definitely playing today…Hello Eduardo!

    • Guns of the Navarone (a mushroom cloud layin' muthafucka, muthafucka) says:

      I laughed when I read that bc I just knew Joe was going to sit his ass today no matter what.

  44. MannyGeee says:

    almost have to take 3rd on VMart…

  45. Peter says:

    well at least porcello is getting squeezed down

  46. MannyGeee says:

    Sterliong and Suzy are spending WAAAY too much time talking about watching the game at the hotel…

    yum

  47. Cy Pettitte says:

    time for some RBIs for Robbie

  48. Brian in NH says:

    Man do you love this lack of offense against a team that was struggling? We did the same thing against the sox.

    • MannyGeee says:

      They are who we thought they were… And we let them off the hook.. You want to crown their ass, then crown them!!!!

      Denny Green’d

  49. Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan says:

    Satellite just went out. But with the way the Yankees are playing this might not be such a bad thing.

  50. MannyGeee says:

    Sterling: Nunez “could be a good player…”

    Is he watching the same Nunez that we’re watching??

  51. Urban says:

    …now if only we can remember how to score a run or two or three…

  52. YankeesJunkie says:

    I was hoping to be drinking because of happiness of being done with school and Cinco de Mayo, but it looks like I will be depressed drinking because the Yanks can’t score a run.

  53. MannyGeee says:

    of more concern than Tex or A Rod getting cold, Granderson going silent scares the hell out of me. he was soooooo good since August and its all gone to shit.

  54. Pat D says:

    Granderson, Sheffield, …

  55. Brian in NH says:

    anybody notice that BAL vs KC is the “free game of the day” for mlb.tv? They’d never make a NY game the free game of the day

    • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan says:

      Well obviously. The Yanks draw a bigger audience than both of those markets. But I do believe the Yanks get at least 2 free games during the season. Of course they’ll be against teams like Cleveland and Kansas City.

  56. Adam says:

    Trivia…Granderson, Sheffield and Damon?

  57. Kostas says:

    Buster Olney stated last night that Jeter needs to do what Cal Ripken did and go to Girardi and tell him to move him in the order so that there is no longer hidden uncomfortableness about Jeter batting first or second…. Will it happen? #whenpigsfly.

  58. Cy Pettitte says:

    did we finally get a break? oh thank Mo

  59. Pat D says:

    Durned it, if only Chavez was faster.

  60. Guns of the Navarone (a mushroom cloud layin' muthafucka, muthafucka) says:

    If that ball were caught I was just gonna hang em up for the day. Nicely done though.

  61. Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan says:

    Thanks, Don Kelly.

  62. Guns of the Navarone (a mushroom cloud layin' muthafucka, muthafucka) says:

    Shit that is NOT good.

  63. Pat D says:

    Oh, holy hell.

  64. NHyankeesfan says:

    RIP Chavez. it was good while it lasted

  65. YankeesJunkie says:

    Offense! Only at the cost of Eric Chavez.

  66. Cy Pettitte says:

    good season Chavez, thanks for the memories

  67. Adam says:

    Chien Ming Wang flashbacks…

  68. Yank the Frank says:

    Holy crap, Chavez is out. NIce to know you Eric.

  69. Pat D says:

    I love how we’re all signing Chavez’s obits already.

    But, of course, that is what I was thinking, too.

  70. mbonzo says:

    Its nothing its nothing its nothing its nothing its nothing. Damnit I hope he’s ok.

  71. MannyGeee says:

    A-Rod the pinch runner…

  72. BillR says:

    Seriously Chavez!?!?!

  73. Tim says:

    A-Rod: his only value to the team is as a pinch runner. Discuss.

  74. Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan says:

    The concept of A-Rod filling in for Chavez just makes me giggle. Hehehehe.

  75. UncleArgyle says:

    Following on Gamecast, how bad does the Chavez injury look?

  76. Cuso says:

    Gotta wonder if he just took his double and liked it if nothing would have happened

  77. Yank the Frank says:

    Eric goes down and you have to bring that scrub ARod.

  78. Cy Pettitte says:

    Russell needs to delay steal.

  79. FIPster Doofus says:

    Nunez > Jeter

  80. Cy Pettitte says:

    Nunez: clutch.

  81. YankeesJunkie says:

    Wait…what the hell is this? More than one run in an inning. This calls for a drink!

  82. Cuso says:

    A Nunezian Swing!

    I own all Copyrights

  83. mbonzo says:

    Eduardo Nunez… Keep bumping up that trade value!

  84. vin says:

    Nunez is Wally Pip’ing Jeter.

    OK, probably not.

  85. Cy Pettitte says:

    Olney -”The last three pitches for Neftali Feliz in his injury rehab Wednesday: 99 mph, 99 mph, 100 mph. It’s expected he will be activated Friday.”

    just our luck.

  86. Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan says:

    Nunez looks hurt.

  87. mbonzo says:

    Great time for Swisher’s first HR.

  88. Cuso says:

    Swisher sucks

  89. Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan says:

    You know what, Nick. Just fuck you.

  90. Yeah I'm that guy says:

    AJ Burnett: officially on no hitter alert

  91. Jeff Karstens, Male Model says:

    Dammit Nick Swisher.

  92. YankeesJunkie says:

    Now that Chavez appears that he is heading to the DL will the Yankees call up Jorge Vazquez or Brandon Laird?

  93. mike_h says:

    so if a DL stint for Eric who comes up Brandon Laird or Jorge Vasquez?

  94. MannyGeee says:

    “Men Left on Base” counter is spinning like a ceiling fan!

    5 through 3 innings? that sound right?

  95. Pat D says:

    Great pic on ESPN main page right now. It’s Mark Cuban and Jack Nicholson.

    Jack’s talking and has a look on his face like, “Now you’re gonna let us win the next couple games to make it interesting, right?”

    Cuban has the look on his face, “Uh, go fuck yourself, Jack.”

  96. David, Jr. says:

    He has surpassed Jeter in extra-base hits in something like ninety less at-bats.

  97. Urban says:

    The way Chavez limped after pulling up running the bases, my first thought was injured Lisfranc ligament. Seemed to be in the foot.

    • Mister Delaware says:

      Totally. Some people say its tough to diagnose injuries while watching television but I’m not one of them.

      • Urban says:

        Diagnosing a pulled hamstring or a pulled groin is easy, admitedly a listfranc injury is a bit more obscure. The way it happened, where they were looking and the way they reacted reminded my of Wang’s injury. Hope I’m wrong. That’s a long recovery time.

  98. Jim S says:

    Man, it’s almost as if we’re losing, if I went solely off of the tone of some of these comments.

  99. Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan says:

    Nunez. You fucking piece of shit. Go fuck yourself. Seriously.

  100. YankeesJunkie says:

    Nunez may have one of the worst throwing arms (total package) I have seen in the majors.

  101. Guns of the Navarone (a mushroom cloud layin' muthafucka, muthafucka) says:

    I’m at a loss for words at this point.

  102. Urban says:

    I really want to like Nunez, but he seems to make an error (on an easy play) every single game he plays.

  103. Cy Pettitte says:

    No hitter still alive.

  104. mbonzo says:

    Whats so surprising about that? Nunez’s throwing arm might be strong but he couldn’t hit the side of a barn to save his life.

    • Mister Delaware says:

      What if he’s aiming 10 feet to the left of the barn?

      • mbonzo says:

        I think he played a game at 2B during ST and he threw the ball straight into the dirt abut 3 feet from him, the ball rolled like a bowling ball to the 1B and got the out. There were no words to describe that.

  105. ansky says:

    Every throw from Nunez an adventure

  106. shrimpd says:

    NUNEZ YOU PIECE OF SHIT. HOW DARE YOU!!!!WHERES JETER PUT HIM IN RIGHT NOW!

  107. Across the pond says:

    Everytime Nunez is playing theres a comment about his good throwing arm. Does he actually have one? I almost expect them types of throws at this stage

  108. Pat D says:

    Bad throw by Nunez.

    Another piece of me dies.

  109. Cuso says:

    What does it say about the 2011 Yankees that we’d prefer Jeter’s GLOVE with Nunez’ BAT?

  110. Yank the Frank says:

    Me thinks the problem with Nunez’s arm has gone to his head.

  111. Billy Mumphrey says:

    Will is offense waste yet another great performance by our starter? Someone needs to be held accountable. Kevin Long or Girardi.

  112. Cy Pettitte says:

    Rothschild = Burnett whisperer

  113. Kostas says:

    John Lackey – 2.2 innings so far, 3 hits, 3 runs, 3 ER, 2 BB ERA 6.03….60 pitches…

    Wow Theo is a GENIUS – Dice K, Lackey, Jenks, Wheeler, #RedSoxWSChamps

  114. Jim S says:

    I’m loving that Burnett is missing bats again this year.

  115. Pat D says:

    Angels have a 3-0 lead over Boston?

    I’m guessing Red Sox win 7-3.

  116. MannyGeee says:

    AJ is gonna work for this quality start, huh… alot of pitches

  117. Cuso says:

    AJ, give ‘em the ole sawzeege!!

  118. YankeesJunkie says:

    How did the Tiger’s score their first run since still has a no hitter.

  119. Hey, look, the balls our guys are hitting are finding holes today!

    Good shit. I love when that happens, so we can all postpone our respective suicide watches (temporarily).

  120. MannyGeee says:

    SHIT SHIT SHIT.

    Sterling just announced that AJ is pitching a no hitter.

    Bad juju

  121. Pat D says:

    Cano should have just kept running. He was going to get doubled up no matter what.

  122. Cuso says:

    The dimensions of Comerica are too daunting for our offense.

    AJ loves it though….

  123. Deeznutz says:

    Is it Rothschild doing magic or Martin? As much as I hate pitchers having boners for one particular catcher, he seems to love throwing to him.

  124. Greg says:

    Just for the record, I wonder what the record is when Mike titles the post Just (freakin) win. He’s done that about three times this season already.

  125. Rob Thomsen's Chili Farts says:

    wow

  126. Chip says:

    And he saves the no-hitter!!!! Yeah, I know it’s the 5th

  127. YankeesJunkie says:

    Destiny!

  128. Erica says:

    YEAH SWISH! My heart stopped for a second.

  129. MannyGeee says:

    I am a huge fan of these efficient innings!

  130. Swisher’s internal monologue during that inning:

    Screw you, monteroisdinero. I’m a good outfielder!

  131. I can’t believe Jack Morris didn’t win the Toyota Text Poll.

    He was only the greatest pitcher of the ’80s and the most clutchtastic big game bulldog ever, and the fact that he hasn’t yet been elected into the Hall of Fame is a national travesty.

    [Ed. note: None of what tommie just said in the preceding paragraph was true.]

  132. Across the pond says:

    Was Flaherty any good as a player?

  133. Chip says:

    Man, remember how much it used to suck when we hit all those three-run homers? I’m glad we stopped that so our offense could improve

  134. Urban says:

    Carly…yum.

  135. Pat D says:

    Fuck you, Teix.

  136. Chip says:

    It was fun while it lasted I guess

  137. Cy Pettitte says:

    ughh

  138. Erica says:

    Aaaaaaand thar goes the no-hitter

  139. Mister Delaware says:

    I think I’m retiring my “the stats just don’t properly rate Teixeira’s defense” argument. That was by no means an easy play, but he seems to let a lot of those “only a really, really good 1B makes that play” balls go through him.

  140. MannyGeee says:

    wow. there went the no no.

    which one of you assholes started the no hitter counter in the 3rd?

  141. tom says:

    Anyone think the number of smoked double-play balls the Yanks hit might account for many of those 40-odd runs yesterday’s article said they were missing?

  142. Chip says:

    Great, now Girardi is going to think he needs to bunt more often

  143. YankeesJunkie says:

    Well I guess the Yankees need to score more than 2 runs to win the game, damn!

  144. Boesch is an annoying little sparkplug.

    (anyone?)

  145. Urban says:

    Okaaaay, looks like we’ll need more than two runs today to win this one.

  146. Greg says:

    That’s how its done everybody in the dugout. Hitting with runners in scoring position. And Smallball strikes again

  147. FIPster Doofus says:

    Angels 6, Red Sox 0.

    That Lackey is a real bulldog.

  148. YankeesJunkie says:

    Jim Leyland has that philosophy that drives pitchers to the ground.

  149. Greg says:

    The problem with the offense is the consistency. They score 15 runs one day and none the next day. I’d settle for 7 runs for both than the other option

  150. pat says:

    Another liner right at someone. Awesome.

  151. MannyGeee says:

    FYI, last time A Rod was a pinch runner???

    1995, against the Yankees in the playoffs.

    Thank you Suzy Waldman. You have added value today

  152. MannyGeee says:

    shit, Gardner shoulda bunted.

    oh, wow. I just got dizzy

  153. Chip says:

    Man, the BABIP gods hate the Yankees lately

  154. Across the pond says:

    Gotta hand it to Porcello. Great job getting through 7.

    • YankeesJunkie says:

      Considering Porcello’s pitch count is 150 I will be interested to see if he can get through 8.

  155. Urban says:

    Jeez, what was that graphic. I thought the building out in CF was collapsing.

  156. Mister Delaware says:

    Past a diving Je … Nunez.

  157. Meat Loaf says:

    Nunez’s dive was funny. Really funny.

  158. Cy Pettitte says:

    this inning may need a K-Rob Klean-up

  159. Greg says:

    Get him out Joe

  160. Mike Axisa says:

    Reliever please.

  161. MannyGeee says:

    uh oh. Is that Bad AJ’s music I hear?

  162. Cy Pettitte says:

    AJ’s first melt down of the year.

  163. Yank the Frank says:

    Wheels are off.

  164. Chip says:

    Man, it was fun when good AJ was here

  165. jetrer says:

    fucking AJ

  166. YankeesJunkie says:

    Well…fuck!

  167. Man, this really jumped up a notch. I mean, it’s gotten out of hand fast.

  168. Greg says:

    IMPLOSION ALERT IMPLOSION ALERT

  169. wow says:

    how does a team play so poorly and yet seem like they have been in the game all along?

  170. Kostas says:

    Awesome…..The things dynasty’s are built from. First time Yanks lose 3 in a row?

  171. Urban says:

    Strikeout followed by DP, please.

  172. Mister Delaware says:

    Someone must have tore a few pages out of the binder.

  173. YanksFan in MA says:

    How much runs do we give up here? I’m guessing 3.

  174. jetrer says:

    why the fuck is he still pitching

  175. Mike Axisa says:

    Yeah, A.J. was left in about three batters too long.

    • MannyGeee says:

      Girardi gives AJ a little too much rope. always has. did it in the playoffs last yr against the Rangers too…

  176. Jorge brosada says:

    jesus christ. Bullpen please

  177. mbonzo says:

    Joba. NOW.

  178. jetrer says:

    Girardi is a fucking idiot

  179. FIPster Doofus says:

    Why the hell was Burnett even allowed to load the bases? The bullpen had last night off, for all intents and purposes.

    • Chip says:

      Dude, he allowed one hit before this inning and his pitch count was looking great. Why would you have the bullpen up in that situation?

      • FIPster Doofus says:

        Burnett has been struggling after the sixth inning all season, hasn’t he? This isn’t anything new. Someone should’ve been up in the bullpen.

  180. the tenth inning stretch says:

    Wow, I thought that was a grand slam.

  181. Cuso says:

    Wow. Fallin apart quick.

  182. Mister Delaware says:

    This is really inexplicable.

  183. Chip says:

    Wow, going to the change-up there, I like it

  184. jetrer says:

    Is everyone in the bullpen unavailable today or is Girardi just blind and dumb.

  185. If he can limit this to that one run, I’d be ecstatic.

  186. Kostas says:

    Well you just can’t predict baseball…. except for Yankee hitting/pitching.

  187. Billy Mumphrey says:

    And there goes the lead. Someone either needs to be fired or the lineup needs to change. We shouldn’t be putting our pitchers in situations where they can only give up 1 run. The Tigers are playing beter ball.

  188. Matt says:

    Once again, if the Yankees lose it is on the offense.

    Porcello is a mediocre pitcher, and they have 2 runs on 10 baserunners over 7 innings.

    Burnett is doing his job. How about this “vaunted” lineup do its job?

  189. Rey22 says:

    I just tuned in. Have they really been as bad as the line score says? Just 2 runs on 8 freakin hits?

  190. paul says:

    there are times when girardi just baffles us….aj has thrown well..after the martinez at bat–should have been replaced…oh well..

    • Matt says:

      Burnett was at 90 pitches and dealing up to that point. There is no way you would consider taking him out.

      Looking at these decisions with hindsight is meaningless. The results don’t change the initial logic, which was correct.

      If anyone is to be blamed, it’s this pathetic lineup. Not the starters, who have kept them in every single game in this series and given them innings.

  191. the tenth inning stretch says:

    Strikeout looking, please. I can’t take much more of this.

  192. Man, it’s so nice to have a guy behind the plate who can block AJ’s wildness (while not simultaneously being a black hole in the lineup).

  193. jetrer says:

    Un fucking believable

  194. Chip says:

    Well, can’t put the one on AJ, he did a great job

  195. Cy Pettitte says:

    fuck you so much Nunez.

  196. Mister Delaware says:

    Score one for the people who harped on one point all game.

  197. Jorge brosada says:

    Fuck you nunez, fuck you.

    DFA now, just for that bullshit

  198. V says:

    So. Nunez. Way to go d00d. Way to go.

    I can haz Pena?

  199. the tenth inning stretch says:

    NUNEZ…

  200. Billy Mumphrey says:

    Cut Nunez. What is he even in there? Where is Ramiro Pena or Jeter?

  201. YankeesJunkie says:

    FUCK YOU NUNEZ! YOU WORTHLESS SACK OF SHIT!

  202. Matt says:

    Again, not Burnett’s fault.

    Other than the pitching, this team has looked like a rag tag bunch of little league players in the last week and a half.

  203. Mike Axisa says:

    Good grief, Eduardo Nunez fucking sucks.

  204. Rey22 says:

    …..God dammit. Get Nunez out of this team. His defense has been putrid and that’s pretty much the only thing he’s supposed to do right. I’d rather have Pena’s good defense even if he can’t hit for shit.

  205. Kostas says:

    Well with that… time to move onto Texas. If luck shows up, Yanks will win Saturday to break up a 4 game losing streak…

    Team is annoying with their horrible defense, baserunning.

  206. JohnnyC says:

    Nunez must think he’s playing the option at Nebraska. Why doesn’t he plant and throw? Why must he throw on the run every single time?

  207. Klemy says:

    Ugh…

    Why do we do this to ourselves?

  208. jetrer says:

    Nunez needs to be send down until he can learn to throw straight.

  209. Urban says:

    And in a move applauded by Yankee Universe, Girardi brings Jeter in as a defensive replacement. Wait, what…?

    Really, Eduardo. Not good.

  210. ansky says:

    SO the people who are killing Jeter, because of his lack of offense are now calling for Ramiro Freaking Pena for his defense?
    We wonder why people hate Yankee fans?
    How about consistency, do we want offense or defense from SS

  211. Matt says:

    Just like last year, they look like two different teams so far at home and on the road. When they can’t hit the home runs on the road that they can at Yankee Stadium, they are totally lost.

    • Tim says:

      It doesn’t appear to me looking at GameDay that they have hit any deep fly balls to right field that stayed in the park. So there goes that theory…

    • pat says:

      They have put 11 people on base through 8 innings. That’s plenty.

  212. 5th metatarsal?

    Ugh. What’s that, two months?

  213. Matt says:

    Run totals since last Monday:

    0,2,3,12,3,5,5,5,2,0,2 (so far)

    If this holds up, it’ll have been 39 runs over the last 11 games (3.54 runs/game).

    When it’s home run or nothing, you’re going to be inconsistent. These hitters are not patient and do not work the count consistently. Anyone who watches them every day can see that. When you are not patient at the plate, you are not going to hit balls hard consistently.

    • V says:

      This is idiotic.

      • V says:

        http://www.baseball-reference......ting.shtml

        7th in the majors in Pitches per Plate Appearance.

        Seems to be minimal correlation with ‘good offense’, anyhoo.

      • Matt says:

        Such a constructive remark. When you have a lineup with the approach of trying to hit home runs and fly balls, you are going to have big peaks and valleys. Instead of working pitchers and hitting mistakes, they are swinging at pitcher’s pitches and getting themselves out.

        • V says:

          When confronted with an idiot, sometimes there’s nothing constructive one can say.

          Your eyes = wrong.

          I encourage you to spend a week watching nothing but Padres, Astros, and Mariners’ games. Then you’ll understand what a ‘bad offense’ is.

        • When you have a lineup with the approach of trying to hit home runs and fly balls, you are going to have big peaks and valleys.

          Is that what approach this Yankees lineup has? I don’t know of anyone in the everyday lineup who actually has that approach. All these guys are professional hitters trying to work the count and get hittable pitches to hit line drives. They’re also really good hitters which is why several of those line drives end up as home runs.

          Your entire argument is based around a faulty premise.

          • Matt says:

            Do you watch this team play?

            You don’t like what I have to say, I get it. Stop pretending that you are the almighty authority on Yankees baseball.

            It is blatantly obvious when hitters take certain approaches to the plate by the swings that they take. Sometimes you have to look beyond the numbers and watch what is actually taking place on the field.

            When a hitter goes up there and takes a first pitch at the knees on the outside and hits a lazy fly to center, that’s usually a hitter hunting fastball and trying to go deep. When a hitter is way out in front on a 3-2 outside fastball after seeing nothing but breaking balls, that tells you what their approach is like.

            I don’t need the validation of the RAB baseball “experts” to confirm what is incredibly obvious to anyone who actually watches what the players are doing on the field.

              • Matt says:

                Obviously you don’t, because you haven’t paid enough attention to what you’ve seen to be able to refute my examples from just 2 nights ago that clearly demonstrate what I just said.

                • And obviously you don’t, because if you had you’d realize that your examples from just two nights ago do not outweigh the mountains and mountains of contradictory anecdotal evidence from the weeks and months and years preceding those silly little examples from just two nights ago that are barely a blip on the historical radar.

                  If you think this team is impatient based on anecdotal evidence from the past few nights, you’re either A.) not watching this team enough to develop a robust and full portrait of who this team is and how it goes about its business or you’re B.) a stupid moron.

                  Your call.

                  • Matt says:

                    That’s really mature. You must be proud of your ability to toss around insults without actually responding to any of the points at hand.

                    Citing numbers blindly is incredibly misleading. Being patient is not as simple as seeing a lot of pitches or swinging at strikes. By lumping everything together into one or two statistical categories, you completely miss the point.

                    In certain situations, at bats which have high pitch totals do not reflect patience. Fouling off some pitches in the dirt with 2 strikes and then striking out on a bouncer is not a patient at bat.

                    You cannot tell me what a hitter’s approach at the plate was by looking at a list of pitches or the outcome of the at bat. There are no statistics that measure true patience because none take into account the situations in which those at bats took place. When the team struggles offensively, it is obvious when hitters are more frequently expanding the zone and getting over-aggressive.

                    You are just upset that I criticized player performance. GET OVER IT!

                    • Tim says:

                      This has nothing to do with your being critical of anything or anyone.

                      You are correct in that looking at pitches per plat appearance does not necessarily show patience. It is possible (although EXTREMELY unlikely) that a batter could swing at everything and foul off terrible pitch after terrible pitch, bringing up that number artificially. But that isn’t the case here. The Yankee line-up is loaded with guys (ex. Cano) who have a track record of working counts and showing patience at the plate. And the stats show that they are following that track record in 2011.

                      In some games, that philosophy won’t work. Case in point, Wednesday’s game, where Scherzer was ahead of every batter strike one, strike two. Kinda hard to be patient there. And that is the rub – patience at the plate only works when the pitcher isn’t pounding the strikezone. A patient game plan against Roy Halladay is a recipe for a nice, tidy 100 pitch CG. Maddux was the same. Lee, too.

                      Suffice it to say that the team a) has been patient, as is their track record, and b) Scherzer was pretty awesome yesterday. Now I didn’t see the game today, so I can’t comment. But I did see that Porcello threw a TON of pitches in his 7 innings of work. Sounds like more patience to me.

            • V says:

              Well, if it is ‘blatantly obvious’, I guess there’s the irrefutable proof. Sorry I disagreed with your idiotic comments. Won’t do it again.

    • These hitters are not patient and do not work the count consistently. Anyone who watches them every day can see that.

      And yet, the Yankees have the one of the best pitches per plate appearance marks in all of baseball. So, as usual, the narrative doesn’t match the facts.

      • Matt says:

        And yet, you once again distort the facts to try to discredit any statement that disagrees with your “Yankees can do no wrong” world view.

        Citing overall stats is incredibly misleading. A batter can hit 10 home runs in a month and then hit 10 the entire rest of the season. That doesn’t necessarily mean he’s a power hitter, it means he got hot for a stretch.

        The key is consistency. 49 pitches for Penny in the first 2 innings on Tuesday night, and 49 pitches in the next 4 combined.

        When you score 12 runs one game and 3 in each of the next 3, you scored over 5 runs per game, but you probably went 1-3 or 2-2.

        It’s pretty clear to anyone who watches them that they are not consistent in approach. I don’t need stats to tell me that, but even then look at what was posted above. 7th in MLB is not where this team should be- they are usually #1 or #2. Since they don’t get base hits, swinging earlier in the count means they are getting themselves out.

        • V says:

          “It’s pretty clear to anyone who watches them that they are not consistent in approach”.

          Yeah. That’s what we call the opposite of verifiable evidence. Please try again.

        • List of players who have problems with consistency as you have described it:

          All of them

          [end of list]

          Seriously, your description of the ideal hitter who stays consistent and is slump-proof is a ballplayer who doesn’t exist. Every hitter goes through cold patches. Every hitter has stretches where the ball doesn’t fall in, or where they jump on pitches early in the count because they see something and it doesn’t work out.

          Your notion, however, that there’s some strategic flaw with the team that’s based on a lack of a willingness to work the count and be patient, that’s batshit insane. This lineup is filled with patient hitters from top to bottom. Your narrative is asinine and patently false. You’re manufacturing a bullshit excuse to attempt to explain normal statistical vagary that is a fact of baseball life.

          • V says:

            tsjc wins.

          • Matt says:

            No, really?

            You clearly do not understand the concept of separating results from approach. A hitter could be hitting .150 over a 10 game stretch but working counts and hitting balls right at people. Or that hitter could be swinging at first pitch fastballs out of the zone and grounding out weakly to short every at bat.

            There’s a significant difference. You’re probably one of those people who thinks it is smart to leave Soriano in for 30 pitches every night so long as he gets out of the jam.

            • V says:

              Your eyes/memory = flawed.

              You, for not realizing this = fool.

              You, for adding non sequitor strawman = more fool.

              End conversation.

            • You clearly do not understand the concept of separating results from approach.

              And you clearly don’t understand the concept of verifying an assertion with facts.

              You began this whole inane non-sequitur with the assertion that the team isn’t patient. That assertion cannot be backed up with facts, because it’s false. The facts assert the opposite; the facts assert this team is exceedingly patient.

              Your whole argument is bullshit, and everything you’ve said today is logically false. I’m done with you.

              • Matt says:

                I backed it up with facts. You discredited them because they did not agree with your argument.

                Using statistics blindly is completely misleading. For instance, on the season, the Yankees have swung at 23.5% of the pitches out of the strike zone. In the last 14 days, they have seen that rise to 25.3%. So considering that a figure like that is averaged into those numbers, the rise has been closer to twice that amount.

                Of course when you cite the numbers which were mostly compiled before they were struggling, they will appear to be doing well. This is all about your dislike for anyone who criticizes the performance of the team, and you know it.

      • FIPster Doofus says:

        IT IS ANCHORMAN, NOT ANCHORLADY, AND THAT IS A SCIENTIFIC FACT!

    • Tim says:

      The Yankees are third in the AL and 7th in MLB in pitches per plate appearance. So with that, I would encourage you to try again.

  214. V says:

    I now want to go to a Tigers game some day just so I can dump a beer over the head of one of those imbeciles.

  215. Yank the Frank says:

    This got ugly real fast.

  216. jetrer says:

    that is fucking awful Jorge

  217. MannyGeee says:

    so… bright side?

    9-0 Angels.

  218. Evan in NYC says:

    I wonder how many looking strikeout Jorge has on the fastball alone this year?

  219. Kostas says:

    So unlike the last series with Texas, today the Yankees have as many DP’s as runs. #improvement

    and technically, they are .500 for RISP, so there is that. #petinalining

  220. V says:

    Hey, at least it’s not just the Yankees who can struggle in strange ways.

    My fantasy team = 2/16. Haven’t had a day over .225 in quite awhile. 1 HR in 5 days. And I have a -really- good team.

  221. James A says:

    I’d still rather be the first place (17-12) Yankees than the last place (14-17) Red Sox. Yanks have looked like shit this week, but they’re treading water quite well as we head towards the summer and potential available starters. I’ll be interested what the roster move is with Chavez going down

  222. MannyGeee says:

    7IP, 2ER, 5K, 1BB….

    uh

    mazing

  223. V says:

    Boone Logan is still Boone Logan.

  224. pat says:

    Lolgan

  225. MannyGeee says:

    I hate that Boesh guy

  226. FIPster Doofus says:

    I eagerly await Boesch’s second annual plummet to mediocrity.

  227. Cy Pettitte says:

    A LOOGY who only gets out righties, perfect

  228. vin says:

    Eduardo Nunez is trending on Twitter. That’s never good.

    • MannyGeee says:

      LOL… that is the funniest goddam thing I’ve heard all day.

      And I am listening to this game….

  229. James A says:

    Great, another day of watching that crazy asshole do his tribal war dances after the guy he walked overslides second and gets tagged out. Why is what Joba does too much but Valverde can pull a 15 second routine off for every strike and nobody says anything?

    • JohnnyC says:

      Rhetorical question. Joba’s a Yankee.

    • V says:

      Nothing would please me more than for someone to tie the game with a grand slam and dance around the bases.

    • MannyGeee says:

      Speaking on behalf of Hispanic Americans everywhere, we get a pass for being overly passionate/animated/celebratory because of our inornate excess of ‘machismo’… we also get a pass on smacking our old ladies/ Father in laws around (K Rod), throwing tantrums and breaking Gatorade bottles (Zambrano), being lovably crazy (Manny Ramirez), and pretending to “no hablo…” (Manny Again)….

      our ppl take 10 steps back every time it happens. and we appear to be happy about it….

  230. JohnnyC says:

    Nunez spent 6+ years in the Yankees’ farm system. Good to know that they’re teaching fundamentals so well throughout the organization.

  231. Cy Pettitte says:

    lol could you imagine if the the left side of the infield was Vazquez/Nunez?

  232. Cy Pettitte says:

    oh shit Cone in the booth tomorrow

  233. V says:

    This douchebag doesn’t need your expanded strike zone, ump.

  234. Valverde is entertaining in the same way that Snooki is entertaining.

  235. V says:

    God damn BABIP luck.

  236. NHyankeesfan says:

    that would have hurt a lot more if it wasnt for all of the taco bell he’s been eating

  237. Rey22 says:

    Just can’t catch a break.

  238. Hit a 5-run homer here, Eduardo, to atone for your sins.

  239. tom says:

    True statement: The Yankees are right now having trouble stringing hits together at the right time to score plentiful runs.

    False corollary: There is an overriding, easily-corrected reason for this, of which the Yankees are refusing to take advantage, because they have either the wrong approach to the game, or their heads up their asses.

    Amazing how many people can watch games every day and actually believe the second part.

  240. jetrer says:

    any chance Eduardo is playing for Scranton tomorrow … PLEASE

  241. Kostas says:

    Definition of bad on the verge of sad….

    base hit, no throw stolen base – no out
    two batters later, 2 outs and still a runner stranded….

    • V says:

      Yes, because Russell Martin had an awful at bat.

      • Kostas says:

        To quote John Sterling “the Yankees are hitting the ball really hard”. So I guess that accounts for something.

        • V says:

          Yes. Good at bats, with hard hit balls, that just happen to unluckily hit Valverde’s fat ass before bouncing into an easy out, are probably not worth whining about.

  242. James A says:

    YOU CAN PUT IT ON THE BOARD…… YESSSS!

  243. first time lawng time says:

    I’m so happy the Yankees are taking advantage and beating the lesser teams… Oh wait.

  244. Cy Pettitte says:

    Swish needs to get on and at least give Robbie a chance

  245. john titor says:

    pls send nunez to the minors and bring back pena!

  246. BklynJT says:

    Nothing like playing the Yankees to turn an opponents 6+ game losing streak around.

  247. jetrer says:

    WTF Swish

  248. V says:

    Ok. I do not get that swing from Swish.

  249. MannyGeee says:

    wow, Swish is not good right now…. not good at all

  250. Mister Delaware says:

    Fuck Valverde.

  251. Cy Pettitte says:

    fucking Valverde…what a douche

  252. FIPster Doofus says:

    Wow. Does this asshole think he’s Kenny Powers?

  253. James A says:

    I would’ve charged the mound if I was swish, I’d never let anybody show me up like that. ever

  254. john titor says:

    wtf kind of celebration was that? what a jerk… i wish he dies soon.

  255. V says:

    I don’t care if the Red Sox are playing the Tigers. If Valverde is on the mound, I root for his opponent to score 4+.

  256. MannyGeee says:

    well, that was a disintersted handjob of a game…

  257. first time lawng time says:

    Lol what was that Valverde? He looked like he was going through a rapture or an exorcism or something…good comedic relief.

  258. V says:

    7 baserunners allowed, 3 runs (2 earned) in 3 innings pitched in the series, and he still celebrates like a fucking 2 year old on cocaine.

  259. pat says:

    Vaverde is garbage

  260. Urban says:

    That was an enjoyable game for about six innings.

  261. first time lawng time says:

    Lol did you see Valverde freak out? Gee and people complain about Cervelli fist pumping.

    What a nutter.

  262. Carl says:

    Now to watch as the Rangers offense scores 5+ in all three games over the weekend while this Yankees offense continues to struggle with base hits. Un-fucking-believable.

  263. Zack says:

    6-30 against a team that couldn’t hit or pitch to save their lives before this series. A disgrace, the Yankees deserve all the grief they’re going to get over this series.

  264. bonestock94 says:

    Sometimes I wish we were in the NL just for the off chance of having Valverde come up for an at-bat.

  265. Monteroisdinero says:

    Nunez made 14 errors in 118 g at Scranton last year. 1 error in 15 g with the Yanks last year.

    He has not yet turned 24. He had a bad game defensively. A little patience is needed. He won’t get 1/2 a season of patience like the vets do at the plate but a week or two wouldn’t be so awful.

  266. Alfredo says:

    and we lose again not a surprise with such a bad offense right now. on the bright side we play twomorrow and hopefully some way some how our offense can score more then 5 runs. i still rather have good pitching then good hitting so keep up the pitching boys. for the record Nunez ruined A.j.’s good game.

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