Game 43: Meet The Mets

Non-Injury & Injury Updates: A-Rod & Chavez
Montero's big double goes for naught as Whelan blows save

Regardless of your feelings about Interleague Play, it’s always a fun time when the Yankees and Mets get together. The 2011 edition of the Subway Series kicks off tonight, and you can say it’s “just another game all you want,” but there are bragging rights on the line for a lot of friends and family around the city. Here’s the lineup…

Derek Jeter, SS
Curtis Granderson, CF
Mark Teixeira, 1B
Alex Rodriguez, 3B
Robinson Cano, 2B
Russell Martin, C – somebody get this man a day off
Jorge Posada, DH
Nick Swisher, RF
Brett Gardner, LF

Freddy Garcia, SP

It was raining in New York earlier, the game is scheduled to start on time (7:05pm ET). Both YES and SNY will have the locally locally while MLB Network will carry it nationally enjoy.

Injury Notes: Phil Hughes will meet with the team doctor tonight to get looked over and determine the next step in his throwing program. He’s been playing catch with no problems for two weeks now … Chris Dickerson underwent a thorough examination this afternoon and although the results are not known, he seems confident that he does not have a concussion … Pedro Feliciano‘s rehab program is coming along well and he’s “getting strong.” He’ll test his arm by throwing in early June … click here for updates on A-Rod and Eric Chavez.

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Non-Injury & Injury Updates: A-Rod & Chavez
Montero's big double goes for naught as Whelan blows save
  • Avi Atkin

    So ready to whup the Mets. I know there’s reverse lock at play, but when the team is THAT bad…

    Go for the sweep!

  • mbonzo

    I’m worried tonight is the night where Gracia’s 4.71 FIP catches up to him.

    • http://www.twitter.com/deanezag Zack

      Or maybe his 3.86 xFIP keeps him in the game

    • Avi Atkin

      It’ll catch up to him one night, but not tonight. The only Mets hitters that have done damage to him are Carlos Beltran (14 for 31 w/ 3 HR) and Ronny Paulino (3 for 3 + HR). Beltran’s been in a funk since returning from Colorado last week and I’m sure as heck not worried about Ronny Paulino.

      • Ben from Stanford

        The Mets are around the middle of the league in wOBA. I don’t think what they’ve done vs. Freddy in the past is indicative of much at all. (As you said, you’re not really worried about Paulino.) So I wouldn’t be too confident in Freddy vs. the Mets one way or the other.

        • Avi Atkin

          Haha, I’ve got some confidence, but not Irrational Freddy Garcia Hubris (is that a real thing?). If he’s his usual mediocre self and doesn’t allow too many baserunners, we’ll get the win.

  • Pat D

    I’d just like to take this opportunity to say fuck Fox.

    Thanks to their stupid ass 7:00 start times, I won’t be able to see the game tomorrow night because they are all also showing the Rangers/Phillies and I love in good ol’ Pennsylvania.

    Also, R.I.P. Macho Man Randy Savage. He will be missed.

    • first time lawng time

      One of the perks of not being able to watch Fox games: no Buck and McCarver! =]

    • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

      Yeah they’re showing the A’s-Giants game because I live on the West Coast.

  • Cy Pettitte

    Leiter and Cone in the booth is pretty awesome

    • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

      They were in the booth in the Castillo game.

      Hmmmmm…

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

      Of course, former Mets and Yankees.

    • first time lawng time

      Yeah. Any combination of Kay, Leiter, O’Neill, and Cone is the best.

  • first time lawng time

    So if this whole rapture thing goes down (which I doubt) tomorrow, will the game be cancelled?

    I sure hope not. The Yankees have to make up so many games already and there aren’t many days off later.

    Ugh can’t this wait until AFTER the season? Lol

    • Pat D

      Someone at work told me about people who believe they will be raptured giving away their money to people who will assure them that their pets and stuff will be taken care of and stuff.

      Can anyone verify that?

      • jetrer

        I read that somewhere recently. People will try to profit off of anything. I’m looking to pay someone to make sarcastic comments on this blog after I’m “raptured”. Any volunteers?

        • Pat D

          How would I know if you get raptured, though?

          • jetrer

            Just assume I will. I’ve been praying for Jesus (to be called up) for some time now. That should entitle me to be part of the whole rapture thing I think.

            • Pat D

              +resurrection

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

          I worked at a supermarket after high school back in the day, and some lady came in and ordered an entire pallet of bottled water before Y2K. No joke.

      • first time lawng time

        Oh, I believe it.

        There are people on the news who have quit their jobs; even one family stopped saving for their kids’ college.

        It’ll be funny if this doesn’t happen and there are people who are totally screwed.

        Although, I will feel bad for those people’s kids.

        • Pat D

          I’m not so sure I would feel sorry for those kids.

          Stupid, gullible, short-sighted people tend to beget the same.

          • first time lawng time

            With the family who stopped saving for collge, the parents believe the Rapture tomorrow, but the kids don’t. So they don’t really deserve it.

            Oh, and the mom told he daughter that she (the daughter) is definitely going to Hell.

            • Pat D

              I see.

              Yea, fuck those parents and I definitely feel sorry for those kids.

    • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com bexarama

      I can’t even

    • Xstar7
  • A Gritty Dude’s Gritty Dude

    Lets go Yanks! Keep da streak!

  • first time lawng time

    Lol of course they bring up the Castillo game.

    That’s always on Yankees Classics.

    Sooo funny.

  • first time lawng time

    Wow. I haven’t even heard of 2/3 of the Mets’ lineup.

  • Rookie

    Excerpt from ESPN article:

    “Meanwhile, outfielder Chris Dickerson underwent 15 minutes of memory and recognition tests Friday, he told reporters.

    A CT scan Thursday revealed that Dickerson suffered a concussion when he was beaned in the head by Baltimore Orioles left-handed reliever Mike Gonzalez on Wednesday night. However, Dickerson said he was going to take swings before Friday night’s game against the New York Mets to see if he could play.

    Dickerson said he was a little dizzy Friday morning, but was able to finally get some sleep and said he felt “fine” and that his “energy had returned.”

    “Unless I get lost on the way home or forget what city I’m from, I should be fine,” Dickerson said.”

    My take: I think this is a huge mistake. As I understand it from the experience of a close relative with a very similar sports injury, if there’s dizziness, there’s inflammation of the brain and risk of reinjury. my understanding is that not only should Dickerson NOT be playing, he should be in a dark room and be using his brain as little as possible and taking antiinflammatories. I believe that he’s at huge risk of further injury and creating a chronic condition that could even threaten his career.

    • Avi Atkin

      I was under the impression that he didn’t suffer a concussion, but if these latest results are true, the Yankees need to sit him out for at least a week or two. You’re 100% right that he needs a dark and quiet room and Yankee Stadium is just the wrong place for him to be.

      I’m also concerned about his eye. It appeared to impact him near several veins which are crucial to proper vision. Also, being hit in the side of the head is even worse than getting hit head-on, as the skull is thicker in the forehead. I really hope the Yankees are exceedingly cautious with him.

      • Rookie

        I get the impression that the Yankees somehow don’t understand the issue or the serious stakes involved. I think they just ran Cano out there right away afterwards, too. And as I recall, he began a series of botched double plays and at least an error or two right afterwards.

        That’s too bad for the Yankees, their players, and the unfortunate message that it sends unknowing fans not to take those injuries as seriously as they should.

      • Rookie

        By the way, I had no idea either about the potential seriousness of those injuries until it hit someone close to me.

  • Barry

    “Russell Martin, C – somebody get this man a day off”

    Technically he had one Wednesday night, unfortunately he ended up playing 6 innings anyway, thanks to the game that wouldn’t end.

    • Chairman Mao

      He’ll get one of the next two ballgames off with the Sunday day game.

  • Rookie

    I believe that regular rest for Garcia means we get Bad Freddie Garcia tonight.

    So Bad Freddie Garcia versus weak Mets lineup = ???.

    • Chairman Mao

      Good enough. The offense should be able to get some runs off Dickey.

  • first time lawng time

    So I have this obnoxious friend who is a Mets fan.

    If the Yankees lose, i have to endure him bragging and talking about how much the Yankees suck and how overpaid they are.

    If the Yankees win, I have to endure him calling all the Yankees steroid-using cheaters and how muh they suck and how they are overpaid

    Ugh.

    • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

      The Mets suck and are overpaid too. ;)

      • first time lawng time

        When I talk about how the Mets at consistntly one of the highest payrolls, he says, “Yeah, but at least the Mets are close to everyone else!”

        please, can someone tell me how I even respond to that?

        • Pat D

          Try “you’re a fucking idiot and don’t know what you’re talking about because you can’t construct a logical argument.”

          Feel free to tone down the language if you’re afraid it would end the friendship.

          • first time lawng time

            Lol I like that!

    • cr1

      With friends like that I guess you don’t need enemies.

    • Pat D

      Mets fans are like Jets fans in that they suffer from massive inferiority complex because their team came second and has been nowhere near as successful as the team that came first.

      • first time lawng time

        With some Mets fans (like my friend), there really is no arguing with them.

        That’s why sometimes I wonder if I hate them more than Red Sox fans.

        • jon

          I cant hate them more than red sox fans

          its like hating your snotty little brother more than your counterpart at your rival school

  • Esteban

    Dickey’s walk rate is up from last year, that’s the difference, right?

  • jetrer

    Jeter needs to flatten Tejada there. Jeter is way too nice.

  • CBean

    We didn’t score in the first inning! We’re doomed! Or something…

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

    Man I totally called Turned being the annoying pain in the ass this series in the preview earlier today.

  • Cy Pettitte

    wtf was that?

  • Xstar7

    Nice throw Cano. He’s surpassed his error total from last year and it’s only May.

  • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

    What the fuck Robbie?

  • Karl Krawfid

    Jeez man that was ugly

  • first time lawng time

    Okay, these errors are starting to get a little old.

  • BigBlueAL

    Its amazing with the slop Garcia throws up there how many weak fly balls and grounders he induces.

  • first time lawng time

    Dumb poll question,

    but I would root for the Mets in a heartbeat if they played the Phillies or Boston or Texas or Toronto.

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

      I have no problem rooting for the Mets in certain situations, like when the Yankees have been eliminated from the playoffs already (like 2006). Then if becomes a NY thing. I’m a Jets fan, but I rooted my ass off for the Giants in the Super Bowl a few years ago.

      • CBean

        agreed.

    • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan

      I would root for the Mets against those teams only because of the extreme embarrassment those teams would experience from losing to the Mets.

  • AnthonyNH

    I’m no hitting coach, but maybe hitting knuckle balls might help some hitters focus on mechanics and get in a groove.

  • Xstar7

    I think it’s safe to assume A-Rod has broken out of his slump.

  • first time lawng time

    I actually don’t hate the Mets.

    I like NY and they aren’t that unlikable.

    The only disdain I would have for then would come from their idiot fanbase.

  • Cy Pettitte

    how can you hate interleague play? Only problem I have is the Yankees pitchers having to bat and run the bases in NL parks. I’d rather see them play some NL teams than the Sox, Rays, Jays, and O’s even more

    • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan

      I agree. Pitchers batting??? The NL needs to GROW UP.

      /Hank’d

  • BigBlueAL

    Joe Torre in the house.

  • first time lawng time

    I like interleague play. I think it’s fun to see new teams and parks once in a while.

    I liked when the Yankees played the Dodgers last year; they have a nice stadium.

    I look forward to seeing Wrigley field.

    • AnthonyNH

      Yeah I think interleague is a good idea. You see players and stadiums you don’t usually get to see, and it makes a lot of money for baseball.

  • first time lawng time

    How were those strikes?

    • Xstar7

      Yeah that first pitch strike was ridiculous.

  • Cy Pettitte

    that strike zone to Brett appeared laughable

  • Karl Krawfid

    Dammit

  • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan

    I hope tonight’s game ends with “HE DROPPED THE BALL!!! HE DROPPED THE BALL!!!!”

    Or “…That’ll do it from the Bronx. The Yankees win 15 to nothing” will be suffice.

    • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

      Joe would bring in Sanit ot Ayala and it would be 15-4.

      • Cy Pettitte

        speaking of Sanit, how is he still on the team?

  • AnthonyNH

    yeah freddy. looking good.

  • Cy Pettitte

    Freddy is dominating. stay sweaty, my friend.

  • first time lawng time

    And I was watching the ALCS last season with that Mets fan and when the TV showed the strikezone box thing on one of the Yankees pitcher’s pitches and it was CLEARLY a strike, he started complaining that the Yankees get all the calls.

    He was serious, too. We got into an argument about whether or not it was a strike… When there was irrefutable evidence that it was, indeed, a strike.

    OMG.

    • Pat D

      That is a delusional, irrational person.

      • jetrer

        “That is a delusional, irrational person.” = Met fan

  • Xstar7

    Lol at Jeter getting blown away by an 86 mph pitch.

    • Xstar7

      86 mph fastball I should say.

    • BigBlueAL

      He was looking for a knuckler Im sure. As bad as he is now he isnt getting blown away by an 86 MPH fastball if that is what he is looking for.

      • Xstar7

        I see

    • Esteban

      eh when you go from a kuckleball to a fastball, it’s no that embarrassing.

  • Esteban

    Woohoo Teix, great try by Beltran

  • AnthonyNH

    A Teix Message!!!

  • Cy Pettitte

    lol, that was as cheap as it gets

    shortporch’d

  • jetrer

    Yankee Stadium special

  • BigBlueAL

    Bandbox!!!

  • Xstar7

    Yankee Stadium special

    • jetrer

      Deja Vu all over again

  • AnthonyNH

    Okay, we got one. That’s all Freddy needs. *cringes*

  • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan

    Tex is on pace for 41 HRs, right? Somebody check my math please. I don’t wanna be Hershiser.

    • AnthonyNH

      Yep, 41 is right. Then again, YCPB.

  • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

    If it wasn’t the Mets then Tex’s HR would’ve been caught.
    Seriously though, that was one of the better leaps I can remember at that RF wall.

  • http://RAB Nuke LaDoosh

    booyah

  • Cy Pettitte

    way to hold that lead for .2 innings, lol

  • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan

    Givin’ right back. Freddyyyyyy.

  • Esteban

    Bah Justing Turner

  • Xstar7

    Thanks for giving the lead right up Freddy.

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

    Like I said, Justin Turner.

  • Pinstripes in Cali

    Sweaty Freddy. Gettin’ us sweaty.

  • AnthonyNH

    Let’s get some runs.

  • Cy Pettitte

    wow, I got an email that even though I stopped my subscription last year, MLB.TV is free for this weekend (non-blacked out games) for interleague. that’s awesome.

  • Hummingbird S.

    damn Jorge, you’re slow

  • Karl Krawfid

    Okay Michael Kay was funny with the 3 finger brown joke.

    • AnthonyNH

      I like Michael Kay. Call me crazy.

      • Erica

        I secretly do, too.

      • first time lawng time

        I like him, too. I just hate when he says, “Player X’ struggles continue” and stuff like that. Kinda annoying.

        • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

          Freddy mowin them down…

          • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

            Reply fail

  • Monteroisdinero

    Typical 2011 Yankee game so far.

    1) Score with a HR
    2) Risp failure (Swish as usual)
    3) good starting pitching

    • jetrer

      forgot one
      4) Sloppy defense

  • first time lawng time

    I HATE Reyes. I hate his supid lower lip and and his nasty dreadlocks.

    • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

      I think even some Met fans hate the lower lip and dreadlocks.

  • Xstar7

    Nice bounceback inning for Freddy. No let’s get some more runs on the board. R.A. Dickey’s stuff is very hittable.

  • AnthonyNH

    Colon and Garcia have been really good. I’m not even nervous when they’re pitching anymore.

  • Pat D

    Wow, who would’ve thought Doug Davis would struggle against the Red Sox?

    • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

      Lester hasn’t exactly been lights out either.

  • Pat D

    Terrible call.

  • AnthonyNH

    HA, he was out.

  • Esteban

    Didnt look like a great call.

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

    It’s a knuckleballer Brett, run run run.

  • Ray the Anti-Handle

    Wow, awful call.

  • Monteroisdinero

    If gardy can’t steal here, very sad….

  • Cy Pettitte

    he better steal 2nd and 3rd

  • AnthonyNH

    If Brett isn’t running on the knuckleballer, I don’t even know.

  • Pat D

    Jesus, Brett.

  • Ray the Anti-Handle

    Damnit, Brett. Just run.

  • JobaWockeeZ

    That speed is wasted on Gardner.

    • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

      It’s better spent on Posada

  • Monteroisdinero

    Yay- no gidp opp. 4 jeets

  • Paul O’neill’s Batting Helmet

    Kay, it WAS a bad call, it didnt APPEAR to be anything. No shame in admitting it.

  • AnthonyNH

    YEAH BRETT! GOOD JOB! YOU’RE AWESOME!

    /positive reinforcement’d

  • jon

    jeter needs to steal now

  • Monteroisdinero

    Double steal. C’mon boys!

  • first time lawng time

    Dumb question, so forgive me, but if a player is running on the base paths and the outfielder fields the ball and throws it to the infield (to throw him out or whatever) and the ball hits the player, is he out?

    • Pat D

      No.

    • jetrer

      no

    • JobaWockeeZ

      No.

    • Paul O’neill’s Batting Helmet

      No. I believe once its fielded, the runner cant be out if hit by the ball, unless he intentionally interferes with the play.

  • Pat D

    Damned it, Curtis.

  • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

    Should’ve bunted…

  • Hummingbird S.

    RISPFAIL here we go!

  • Monteroisdinero

    So Tex bats righty against Wakefield but not Dickey?

  • jon

    the knuckelball is soo cool to see on slow mo

  • AnthonyNH

    god dammit reyes.

  • Monteroisdinero

    Risp failure-the torture we must endure.

    Arod was watching that ball.

  • Paul O’neill’s Batting Helmet

    man, wasted chance aqain. guess its justice, given the bad call to let Gardy on.

  • Karl Krawfid

    Man we suck.

  • Pat D

    Grumble grumble grumble…

  • first time lawng time

    Lol does Jeter make that play?

  • jetrer

    Yay more RISP fail

  • Xstar7

    Fuck, Fuck, Fuck! Dickey gets bailed out again.

  • JobaWockeeZ

    Nothing like facing the Yankees to give a struggling pitcher some help.

  • Cy Pettitte

    2-3-4 can’t get a hit with RISP, fail.

    • tom

      Um…did you notice Tex missed a double by about an inch, and ARod hit the snot out the ball but they made a fantastic stop on it?

      It’d make life a lot better around here if people recognized the difference between “Fail” and “Truly Bad Luck”

      • jetrer

        FAIL = not success, regardless of reason

      • JobaWockeeZ

        Choosing to ignore them can do wonders if you can’t stand it. Seriously people always bitch about these sort of things but ignoring whatever the fuck annoys you works too.

    • Hummingbird S.

      1 for 8 with RISP and the only hit was an infield single that didnt score a run

  • Hummingbird S.

    good ol’ sucky offense

  • BigBlueAL

    This offense is amazing. 1 run thru 14 innings on Wed then score 16 runs in their next 10 innings. Back today with 1 run in 5 innings leaving a million guys on base.

    As John Sterling likes to say….

  • Cy Pettitte

    wow. wonderful.

  • Pat D

    I repeat my last comment.

  • Erica

    Oh.

  • BigBlueAL

    This Yankee time is driving me fuckin nuts.

  • Xstar7

    Now the RISP fails are coming back to haunt them. 1 run is not enough to win ballgames guys…

  • JobaWockeeZ

    You take 2 ER per 6 innings form Garcia any day. This offense has to pick him up. Oh well the one cheap run was nice while it lasted.

  • Hummingbird S.

    great pitch, Freddy!

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

    Justin Turner. Yep.

    • Hummingbird S.

      No harm done.. time to get this run back.

  • Karl Krawfid

    Soriano was correct the other day.

    • nathan

      What did Alphonso say

  • BigBlueAL

    Swisher looked like he was paying pretty deep on that bloop double no??

  • JobaWockeeZ

    Good job Garcia.

  • Xstar7

    Garcia did a good job limiting the damage but the offense has to pick him up now.

  • AnthonyNH

    lucky bounce

  • Xstar7

    This umpire’s strike zone is ridiculous.

  • Cy Pettitte

    Yay Russell, too bad Robbie’s couldn’t find grass

  • AnthonyNH

    muscle.

  • Hummingbird S.

    2 balls smoked… maybe they are getting the hang of the knucler

  • Chairman Mao

    Now somebody do something and get him in. Dickey won’t be out there much longer at this rate.

  • Monteroisdinero

    Risp failure in 3 out of 5 innings. Let’s not go 4 for 6.

  • Big apple

    Boy… The cubs suck

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

      To be more specific: Doug Davis really sucks.

  • Ben from Stanford

    Quick question on that ground rule double. When it hits the fielder’s glove (and it his Swisher’s), is it always a ground rule double? For example, if it bounces in front of a fielder and he purposely swats it out of play, presumably that’s not a ground rule double, but rather treated as if he threw the ball into the stands (meaning the runners advance 1 base from where they were). Is that right?

    I think the rule is that it’s only treated as if you threw it into the stands if you purposely move the ball (which Swisher obviously didn’t), but I’m curious, because I think if Swish’s glove hadn’t hit the ball it wouldn’t have gone into the stands.

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

      I honestly have no idea.

  • AnthonyNH

    Jorge looks awful.

  • jetrer

    swing the fucking bat Jorge

  • Pat D

    What the fuck are you looking at, Jorge?

    Oh, that’s right, your career passing by.

  • Chairman Mao

    And he just stood there and watched a meatball go by right down the middle.

    • Monteroisdinero

      Like a house by the side of the road.

      /Ernie Harwell

  • Monteroisdinero

    Jorge guess-failure leads to risp failure.

  • Chairman Mao

    And that fucking clown Swisher strikes out again. This ballclub just isn’t very clutch, every single one of them.

  • Hummingbird S.

    They can hit just fine without a runner in scoring position, but it seems like they choke as soon as the runner gets to 2nd base.

  • JobaWockeeZ

    Can we have a new rule that lets the Yankees use metal bats now?

  • Monteroisdinero

    I think Swish is more upsetting than Jeter and Posada.

    Can’t blame age with Swish.

  • A-Rod’s Hip

    Personally I don’t need to brag to Met fans. I often times forget they even exist.

  • Matt

    Dickey has not been good. He really hasn’t been. This is a typical example of how this offense beats itself night after night.

    No consistency. 16 runs last night after pathetic offense on Wednesday, and back to their usual nonsense the next.

    It’s not really a shock that they struggle to hit with RISP. Look at the kinds of AB’s they have in these situations. They either work it to 2-0, 2-1, 3-1 count and get themselves out on a lazy fly ball trying to go deep, or they fall behind and swing at pitches nowhere near home plate.

    No plate discipline, no consistency. It’s not a surprise that this team is so up and down if you watch them play.

    • Hummingbird S.

      So they either work the count or they dont? Insightful

      • Matt

        Way to completely miss the point.

        What I am saying is that they are inbetween. They try to be patient, but then they try to do too much and get themselves out. Then other times, they go up there hacking and get themselves out.

        The approach is inconsistent, and hence the results.

        • jetrer

          but your saying that they are failing with both approaches. How would doing one all the time make them fail less if they fail with both approaches.

          • Matt

            You’re missing the point here.

            Because they are failing with both approaches, they are unsure of which to take. Instead of picking one and sticking with it, they keep changing their minds and end up inbetween the two of them.

            They aren’t sure whether to be aggressive or patient in certain spots, so they end up in some awkward at bats with half swings and takes right down the middle.

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

              You’re talking about nine different individual batters, they’re going to have nine different approaches. If everyone looks the same, the league is going to catch on real quick.

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

      How you can you say they work it to 2-0, 2-1, 3-1, and then immediately say they lack plate discipline? Does not compute.

      • Matt

        I’m saying they aren’t consistent with their plate discipline. They are disciplined sometimes and then not others, even within the same at bats.

        For instance, when you work the count to 2-0 and ground out on ball 3. Discipline is also about swinging at strikes and zoning in on certain locations in those kinds of counts.

        Look at that last at bat by Granderson. 3-0 count, 3-4-5 on deck, and he goes after the pitch and pops out. Why are you swinging 3-0 against a pitcher you have never seen and probably have not timed because you haven’t had a swing yet in the AB?

        They work the count for parts of AB’s, but then get themselves out being over aggressive. Trying to do too much once they get in good counts.

        • jetrer

          He swings 3-0 because he’s likely to see a fastball down the middle and he has hit a ton of HRs. Just because the result isn’t there doesn’t necessarily mean the approach is wrong.

          • Matt

            There are situations in which to swing, and situations in which to take. I’m not criticizing the result, I’m criticizing the approach.

            3-0 count, you are down 1 run. Granderson has enough speed to steal a base or score on an extra base hit, and you have Teixeira on deck. Take at least one pitch there.

            On 3-1, you are in just as good of a hitters’ count. When you get to a 3-0 count, maybe the pitcher is pitching around you. It’s hard to tell until you see whether he goes after you or not on 3-0.

            He got a good pitch to hit and didn’t execute, but the approach was symptomatic of why the Yankees aren’t scoring runs. You don’t need a home run to score, and the pitcher had good deception and they hadn’t seen him before tonight. Trying to take him deep isn’t that smart either.

            • jetrer

              Not trying necessarily to go deep. Trying to find a pitch you can drive. That’s the goal of any AB.

              • Matt

                The goal is to get on base. Getting on base gets you closer to scoring than hitting lazy fly balls to the warning track.

                A 3-0 count has you 1 ball away from getting on base. When you put the ball in play, you may only have a 30% chance of getting a hit. What do you think the odds are of a pitcher throwing you 3 strikes before he throws you 1 ball? Likely less than 30%.

                These guys aren’t hitting line drives, they are hitting fly balls. That’s not simply trying to hit the ball hard and drive it, that’s trying to hit a deep fly. He didn’t line out to first base, he popped out trying to hit a fly ball. Fly balls don’t drop for base hits typically unless they go over the fence.

                • jetrer

                  Didn’t realize you can read minds. Fly balls don’t necessarily mean trying to hit HRs. Fly balls mean getting under the pitch, not necessarily on purpose. As far as the 30% argument, I would agree if their were no outs, but with 2 outs, there is already a very low scoring probability and you may as well give your hottest hitter this year a chance to swing the bat.

        • jetrer

          Besides, the whole point of working good counts is to get a good pitch to drive. Would you rather they take those pitches?

  • AnthonyNH

    RUNS RUNS RUNS RUNS RUNS RUNS RUNS!

    • Pasqua

      I prefer spam.

  • A-Rod’s Hip

    I knew we should’ve saved some of those runs from yesterday for today.

    The RISP failures are bound to start normalizing soon.

  • Xstar7

    7 innings pitched, 2 ER. Good job Freddy. But the offense really needs to pick up the slack. 6 innings, 1 run scored, 1 for 10 with RISP (and that hit didn’t even bring in a run).

  • Monteroisdinero

    great job by Garcia. He has been terrific.

  • Chairman Mao

    Most people say that we’re just as good as the Red Sox. No we aren’t, not right now at least. The Red Sox did their job tonight and beat up on a below average pitcher. We have been shut down by the likes of Brad Penny, Vin Mazzaro, and now RA Dickey.

    • JohnnyC

      K Long is working on it, boys. Uh huh.

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

      Most people say that we’re just as good as the Red Sox.

      I’m pretty sure no one said that coming into the year. If people were fooled into thinking the Red Sox 0-6 start meant they weren’t as good as advertised, then that’s their problem.

  • first time lawng time

    2 ER 7IP is solid.
    Enough of this nonsense. Offense, score some damn runs!

    Please.

  • BigBlueAL

    Sweeney Murti tweeted that the game isnt a sellout tonight. Wow.

  • Hummingbird S.

    very ugly swing.. time is running out guys, comon!

  • Chairman Mao

    Even against the Orioles bullpen which is the among the worst in the league we couldn’t score a run until the O’s were forced to put their last remaining member into the ballgame. Something needs to be done.

    • CP

      Didn’t the Yankees score like 13 runs yesterday?

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

        Yeah but those don’t count because they didn’t happen today.

      • JobaWockeeZ

        Anything is possible against the Orioles. And since we’re using one game to ‘prove’ a point what happened the day before?

  • special kid

    woohoo offense!

  • first time lawng time

    Someone hit a HR!!!!

  • Xstar7

    Wow Granderson.

  • Karl Krawfid

    You have to be kidding me.

  • JobaWockeeZ

    HR or bust and today it’s the bust.

  • JohnnyC

    The media meme on today’s game is that the Yankees come in feeling good about themselves after their 3 game winning streak. Right.

    • Hummingbird S.

      unfortunately they cant play BAL forever..

  • Pat D

    Yankees offense currently in need of electric shock therapy on a massive scale.

    Like so:
    http://content7.flixster.com/p.....89_gal.jpg

    • Xstar7

      What they need is Jesus.

    • JobaWockeeZ

      Not even the greatest Sith Lord in SW lore could shock them that much.

      • Pat D

        Don’t underestimate the power of the dark side!

        • JobaWockeeZ

          Didn’t they spend a good amount of time in Episdoe 3 saying how hard it is to bring the dead back to life?

          Exactly.

          • Pat D

            I find your lack of faith disturbing.

  • AnthonyNH

    Tex, A-Rod, Robbie. Let’s go.

  • Jeff Karstens, Male Model

    It makes me sad that our opening-day offensive roster can’t outscore this team half full of Bufallo Bisons…

  • jetrer

    Isringhausen?? What year is this??

  • special kid

    fire kevin long

    • Esteban

      For what? Being the hitting coach for the team that consistently has the best (or among the best) offense in baseball

      • special kid

        for partying too much with his players.

    • Hummingbird S.

      he’s not striking out with RISP..

  • BigBlueAL

    Helluva at-bat by Tex.

    • Jeff Karstens, Male Model

      Tex has some beach time planned in mid-July, he wants to make sure there’s no confusion about whether or not people vote for Agon.

      • BigBlueAL

        Tex is having a really good season though. But it does pale in comparison to Adrian Gonzalez right now.

        • JohnnyC

          AGon is better than Tex. Simple as that.

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

            He’s been better than Tex for three years now. Nothing new.

            • Jeff Karstens, Male Model

              His doing it in the deepest, thickest of divisions is the newness.

              • special kid

                the thickest division for sure

  • Cy Pettitte

    what a pathetic offensive showing

  • BigBlueAL

    Helluva at-bat by Arod.

    • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

      Arod has some beach time planned in mid-July, he wants to make sure there’s no confusion about whether or not people vote for Youkilis.

  • Chairman Mao

    These guys are atrocious. The same 3-4-5 hitters that went down in order when we had runners on 1st and 2nd with no outs. Even against K-Rod this lead is insurmountable with this trash lineup.

  • jetrer

    Weak…just weak

  • Karl Krawfid

    Playing like a third place team.

  • Andy

    Honestly what the fuck is going on with us

  • BigBlueAL

    This Mets pitching staff might be greater than their 1986 version.

  • JohnnyC

    I guess the 15 inning game was NOT the turning point of the season, oh, armchair analysts.

    • Pat D

      Identifying turning points in a season that is still so young and in progress like this one is like looking for intelligence in a Sarah Palin interview.

  • BigBlueAL

    We need Louis Castillo to play 2b in the bottom of the 9th.

  • Cy Pettitte

    K-Rod is due for a blown save, right?

    • special kid

      no

    • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

      Swish is due for something other than RISPFAIL

      • JohnnyC

        Swish should be due for some pine time except Cash doesn’t have a candidate to replace him. The bubbly personality grates on you if you can’t knock in a damn run once in a while.

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

          …except Cash doesn’t have a candidate to replace him.

          Why would he after the two years Swisher just had? How many teams have an everyday caliber player sitting on the bench to take over for a slumping regular?

          • Cuso

            Swish should just frigging do the one things that hes is actually capable of. DRAW WALKS!!!

            It’s pretty damn clear that he’s no going to hit his way out of this ‘slump.’

            (and the word slump is in quotes because my opinion is that it’s not a slump, but a reversion to the norm. his stat line in ’09 was from a hot/apri/may where pitchers underestimated him and balls flew out of the new stadium. his 2010 stat line was padded in junk time and batting 2nd and seeing only fastballs.

    • JobaWockeeZ

      If we pinch hit with Mo then yeah.

      • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

        Or if Castillo plays 2B

  • http://bleacherreport.com/users/486240-arad-markowitz Mantle28

    Despite that hit, Robertson is my favorite human reliever.

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

      Yeah it was a bloop, who cares.

  • first time lawng time

    I just want to let everyone know that I’m trying really hard to not freak out and be irrational right now, but this offense is making that really hard to do.

    Just throwing that out there.

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

      They just won three games in a row.

      • Jeff Karstens, Male Model

        Was really hoping they’d get to that 4-game plateau, especially after what they did before they won those 3.

      • first time lawng time

        Yeah, but they lost 10 of 14 before that.

        And other than last night, the offense has been frustrating.

        I’d also like to see this team get a 4 game win streak at sone point.

        And Garcia only gave up 2 ER. Offense had to back that up.

        • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

          Especially all that offensive fail against Dickey

    • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

      It bothers me getting outplayed by the likes of Daniel Murphy, RA Dickey and Justin Turner

  • Karl Krawfid

    K-Rod and the loser from Detroit make me sick.

    • first time lawng time

      And Papelbon

  • Xstar7

    Wouldn’t it be great if the Yankees could get a rally going in the bottom of the ninth?

  • Karl Krawfid

    Great rally starter.

  • special kid

    time for k long to party with the players

  • Jeff Karstens, Male Model

    Nice shiny era ya got there K-rod, jeez.

  • Ivan

    Why swing at the first pitch Martin, especially to a reliever who walk guys alot.

  • Xstar7

    This umpire really wants to go home.

  • Chairman Mao

    And he just stood there again. Yanks should have DFAd him when they had the chance.

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

      That was a pretty good pitch. And why couldn’t they just DFA him now if they wanted?

  • Ivan

    Thanks Ump for fucking up Posada’s AB.

  • JohnnyC

    I like Posada’s new strategy of just taking strikes of all kinds. Makes for a pleasant at bat.

    • Jeff Karstens, Male Model

      Jorge is bartering swings for innings in the field.

  • Jeff Karstens, Male Model

    Sad.

  • Karl Krawfid

    Yankees aren’t a good team.

    When A-Rod and Jeter are having heart to hearts on the bench, you know the Yankees suck.

  • special kid

    yeah boo posada. keep doing it till he decides to leave.

  • Cy Pettitte

    what a pathetic game

  • JobaWockeeZ

    Call up Jesus.

  • Jeff Karstens, Male Model

    Swish will swing at anything inside and near the dirt.

  • Chairman Mao

    Same 2 players, same result strike out looking and strike out swinging at a ball out of the zone. Posada and Swisher have gotta go. When do Dickerson and Chavez return?

  • Kevin G.

    Whooo, now the Yankees get to go home and count their money. I mean, that’s why they played so bad, right? Right?!?1

  • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

    This offense sucks.

    ‘Nuff said

  • mike c

    good thing they fattened their stats last night… pathetic hitting, we need some new blood up here

  • first time lawng time

    I’m going to be blunt. Offense was absolute dogshit tonight. Just terrible.
    I absolutely HATE wasting great starts from SP.

    I wouldn’t be bothered so much by this loss if I didn’t have to hear it from that idiot Mets fan.

  • Karl Krawfid

    10th time this season the Yankees have gotten a quality start that has resulted in a loss or no decision for the starter.

    • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

      Only the 10th time. Sadly, that’s unbelievable.

  • mike c

    they are looking more and more like a bunch of old guys that are afraid to swing the bat… swisher’s awful

    • Pasqua

      Thing is, though…they’re not old. 2/3 of the lineup is still in its prime.

      • mike c

        that’s exactly why it’s so frustrating

        • Pasqua

          …confused now.

  • Pat D

    Garcia wasn’t great.

    He was good, certainly good enough to win.

    • Pat D

      Reply fail.

  • Xstar7

    Another frustrating Yankees loss. And losing to the Mets makes it that much more frustrating. This offense needs to get over it’s RISP fail complex.

  • first time lawng time

    I find it incredible (in a bad way) that Swish has fallen off a cliff.

    He was good in ’09 and an all-star last year,

    He has just been awful this year.

    I really find it strange.

    • Xstar7

      Last year was a career year for Swish. There was no way he could sustain that .288 batting average when his career norm is .252. But I didn’t expect him to regress this much. The low average isn’t that shocking but the power numbers are very disappointing.

  • Pasqua

    Would have been nice to win the last game before the Rapture. Now the world’s gonna end on a losing streak. Bummer.

    • Kevin G.

      Well, the world is supposedly going to end at 9. So that means the Yankees need to win the game tomorrow in 2 hours.

      • Pasqua

        Get with the Rapture, Kevin! It’s 6 pm! 6 pm! Batting practice, then, whamo!

  • A-Rod’s Wingman

    Managed to piss away yet another good starting pitching performance. Way to go guys!

  • Jeff Karstens, Male Model

    RISPFAIL!!!

    I can’t believe it was on again tonight, even TBS rotates it’s movies more often than this…

  • Andy

    We’re just so bad right now. I don’t want to hear all the “we just won three in a row, relax” crap. One thing this blog is obsessed with is looking at “the big picture” and the big picture is that we’re 8 and 11 in May despite extremely strong starting pitching. That’s really fucking annoying.

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

      Heh, 19 games in May is not “big picture.”

      • Andy

        What’s the big picture? Being in third place?

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

          Who cares about the standings in May. 19 games is nothing in baseball.

          • Jeff Karstens, Male Model

            19 games is 12% of a season in baseball.

      • Jeff Karstens, Male Model

        19 games in September count the same as 19 in May, are they big picture Mike?

        • JohnnyC

          You’re comparing different months, different eras. Not the same thing.

          • Jeff Karstens, Male Model

            The math of how you make the playoffs disagrees with you. You go 21-5 in a month, the math doesn’t care if that month happens to be called April, May, August or September. A strong start = a strong finish. Ask the ’98 Yanks.

            • first time lawng time

              A strong start doesn’t equate a strong finish. Ask the ’10 Yankees.

              • Jeff Karstens, Male Model

                That’s meant to be read as “is equal to” in the most literal sense.

        • first time lawng time

          But in September, you have most of the entire season to look at. You’re not going to focus soley on those 19 games.

          In May, the season is still young.

      • Matt

        How long can you keep saying “it’s early” though until the team starts to take on the identity it forges through its own performance?

        Coming into the season, we thought they would be a top offensive club. But now that they aren’t getting it done, the players seem to be letting it get in their heads and the quality of at bats has further deteriorated.

        Unless they get it going for a few weeks in a row and build confidence, I’m not sure if they will ever bust out of this kind of funk. Last season they stayed this way for much of the year, and really leaned on their strong first half to hold on to a playoff berth. If this team doesn’t have a strong first half, will they be able to make up for it?

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

          Coming into the season, we thought they would be a top offensive club. But now that they aren’t getting it done…

          They’re second in the league in runs per game.

          • Matt

            You should know that’s not an accurate measure of offensive performance.

            They have scored in the last 3 nights 4, 13, 1 runs. That’s 18 runs over 3 games, or an average of 6 per game. But that’s hardly good offensive performance. They were lucky that the bullpen saved them Wednesday night.

            In May, they have scored more than 4 runs only 9 times in 18 games. For instance, last year’s team scored 4 or more runs 67% of the time over the course of the season. A standard deviation kind of thing would really be more illuminating.

            • Matt

              Sorry, I meant 52% of more than 4 runs for the 2010 team. So it’s kind of a similar level of frustration.

              In 2009, they scored more than 4 runs in 57% of their games.

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

                So you’re saying they scored four or more runs in 50% of their last 18 games, 52% last year, and 57% in 2010?

                That seems to be right in line with the overall offensive decline around baseball.

        • Jeff Karstens, Male Model

          “It’s early” turns into “still alot of baseball left” in about a month.

  • JohnnyC

    Michael Kay predicted a sweep for the Yankees. I guess that pre-game interview with Swisher made him just a little over-confident.

    • mike c

      I wish michael kay would stop predicting anything

    • Cuso

      Guess he didn’t learn his lesson last year in the ALCS when he predicted the series was over when the Yanks won game 1.

  • Cuso

    It’s a damn joke how much praise was heaped on Swisher for a 3-run double off an outfielder’s glove that only increased a team lead from 2 to 5 runs.

    That is Swisher in a nutshell. He gets all hyped for “breaking out of something,” and it’s bullshit. The guy is the last person I want up in a crucial situation. He pads stats when game outcomes aren’t in dispute. He is not someone who can help you wina ballgame.

    I’ve argued over this with my cousin for 3 years and he accuses me of being a “hater” with regards to Swisher.

    It’s blatantly obvious now even if he’s h

    • Cuso

      …hid it well over the first two years.

    • mike c

      he feasts on lousy pitching

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

        Like every other player in the history of the universe.

  • BigBlueAL

    So much for matching the 6 game losing streak with a 6 game winning streak. Tough to beat a team who started 4 players who began the season in AAA and were missing 2 of their 3 best players.

  • The209

    how can i follow “special kid” on twitter?

  • Brian in NH

    I know the yanks have seen their fair share of knuckleballs….but you know…some nights you can’t hit those guys. It seems like a coin flip to me. They either get knocked around or you can’t touch them.

    • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

      Yeah Dickey pitched OK, but it’s just frustrating to have all that RISPFAIL. 1 or 2 hits with RISP and this is a 3 or 4 run win.

    • Matt

      Did you watch the game tonight?

      Dickey did not have anywhere near “lights out” knuckleball stuff. He was behind on a ton of the hitters he faced with RISP and they repeatedly got themselves out being over aggressive.

      They were 1 for 10 with RISP, and the 1 hit did not score a run as it was an infield single. They had TEN chances to drive in the 2nd run in at bats in which they put the ball in play and failed every time to get it done. When a pitcher is on the ropes that often and only gets his outs because the opposing team misses cookies in counts like 2-1, he does not deserve credit.

      • Jeff Karstens, Male Model

        Jorge alone let at least two absolute meatballs sail on by without offering at them.

  • JohnnyC

    R.A.Dickey was scintillating tonight as was the Mets’ shut-down bullpen. Gritty, gutty, even a little inspired…the Mets are 17-9 in their last 26 games. They’re just a better team than the Yankees. Shows you what a small market team can do with a smart front office and team chemistry.

    • Xstar7

      The only thing you got right was the Mets bullpen doing a great job.

      • JohnnyC

        R.A.Dickey is the truth!

  • Chairman Mao

    So many people want to compare this ballclub to 09. Well, we had about the same mediocre start in 09 and then we took off. The big difference is that 09 club had guys who actually hit with RISP. Damon and Matsui aren’t here anymore. Posada, Jeter, and A-Rod are two years older. Swisher has regressed. The Red Sox did their job tonight and beat up on a bad pitcher, we have let bad pitchers beat us all season.

    • Andy

      Totally agree

    • It’sATarp

      hitting with risp is a combo of luck and skill. We have the skills, we’ve also been unlucky at time.

      • It’sATarp

        not to mention the yankees were one of the worst knuckleball hitting team last year, so dickey having a good game isnt out of the realm of possibility.

      • Matt

        How can you say this team is unlucky with RISP? Look at the AB’s they are having!

        They are swinging at horrible pitches and hitting the ball weakly. You aren’t unlucky when you dribble it back to the mound or tap it weakly to the 3rd baseman.

        You would think they’d once in a while run into a pitch and get it done, but they don’t because very few of the hitters in this lineup are willing to be disciplined. It’s almost like they are so afraid of failure now that they are scared to take pitches to fall behind in counts. As a result, they instead go after first pitch garbage and end up with the same outcome.

        • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

          THey had two times where if the balls were a few feet to the left/right (Tex’s foul ball and ARod’s ball to Reyes) they would have gotten runs and probably won the game. So they are unlucky. At least they were tonight

          • Matt

            Yeah, Teix’s ball was really close. A-Rod though did it to himself. Looked like he slowed up running down to first. I thought he should have been able to beat that out for a hit.

            Nonetheless, you can’t keep attributing it to bad luck. Every team has a few balls they just miss getting through, but you have to make up for it by getting it done other times. For instance, Granderson had 1st and 2nd, no outs, 2-1 count, a meatball, and hit a lazy fly ball to shallow right field.

            “Bad Luck” is only an excuse. If you failed as often as they did, you didn’t get the job done. They had 8 other AB’s in the game with RISP and failed to get the run home in every single one of them.

            • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

              If those two balls are hits, they are 3 for 10 with RISP which is a .300 average. Plus this game is most likely a win and we aren’t complaining about this as much as we are. “Bad luck” can be an excuse or it can be a legit reason, like it was tonight.

        • It’sATarp

          they aren’t to be disciplined? Outside of jeter and cano, our team has actually one of the better disciplined teams. We are third in the league in obp, so the team is seeing pitches and laying off bad ones. We are also the 6th worst team in terms of BABIP and middle of the road in k%. We have only a .275 BABIP, while having a better line drive rates than a team say the Red Sox who have a .300 BABIP. So yes there is some luck involved, and we have the players to get the hits, it’s just been untimely, with a pinch of bad luck.

          • Matt

            Actually, that hasn’t been the case. The numbers even confirm what we are seeing with our eyes. According to Fangraphs:

            Out of Zone Swing %:

            March/April- 23% (Best in AL)
            May- 27.9% (Tied for 3rd best in AL)
            Last 14 days- 28.1% (5th best in AL)
            Last 7 days- 30.9% (10th best in AL)

            The plate discipline has deteriorated during this recent stretch.

            • It’sATarp

              still 10th best isn’t exactly them being a bottom of the barrel team and just swinging randomly…also last 7 days is hell of a small sample size

              • Matt

                There are only 14 teams in the American League. 10th best is pretty bad.

                Yes, 7 days is a small sample size, but it’s been deteriorating steadily over the last few weeks, which is what I’m showing you with those numbers. If it’s lower for May overall than it is for the last 2 weeks and the last 1 week, then it had to be that much better 3 weeks ago and so on.

                • It’sATarp

                  i didn’t see the AL part…but small sample size is a small sample size. They are going through an obvious slump and having a bad half of month is less indicative of their true talent. Call me when we have more months of data before i start asking for huge changes.

                  • Matt

                    I agree that they are better than this, but the question becomes whether they will be able to actually become that team on the field.

                    It seems like the struggles are becoming mental, and they’ve been going on for many weeks now. It’s beyond the point of a slump, it’s a significant stretch of bad baseball.

                    Will they be more like 2009, which turned it on late, or 2010, in which the consistency never really showed up and they were throwing away a bunch of games like tonight throughout the season?

                    • It’sATarp

                      we’ll just have to see then :]

    • JohnnyC

      Remember the old baseball axiom: bad pitching always beats bad hitting. Exhibit A – The Yankees, 2011 edition.

      • Matt

        For this team, all kinds of opposing pitching are good pitching. It’s not like Dickey even pitched a great game tonight. It was more about just how bad some of the AB’s were with RISP that kept him off of the hook.

        • JohnnyC

          Yeah but Kevin Long is the bestest batting coach in the whole wide world.

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

          They just scored 14 runs off Jon Lester, David Price, and James Shields this week.

          • Xstar7

            And then scored only 1 off of R.A. Dickey who is possibly the most overrated pitcher in baseball. But that can be attributed to bad luck. If Mark Teixeira’s foul line drive had fallen a couple more inches to the left and if A-Rod’s ground ball up the middle had been struck just a little harder, the Yankees quite possibly would have won this game. But it’s a moot point now.

            • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

              Papelbon/K-Rod/Valverde = most overrated pitchers in baseball.

            • Matt

              Yes, if every break went their way they likely win this game. But what about the other 7 of 8 at bats in which their performance was abysmal?

              It’s just an excuse. If Gardner lined one up the middle for a 2-run single with the bases loaded in his at bat, it makes up for Teixeira’s missed double down the RF line.

              Every night you have a few of those kinds of balls hit. The teams which win are the ones that still find ways to get it done despite their “bad luck.” Remember in the 15 inning game against Boston in 2009, Melky missed winning that in the 14th by inches down the RF line. But then A-Rod came up next inning and hit a home run to win it. You have to find a way.

              • Matt

                The Yankees can also benefit from those kinds of “just misses” themselves. Remember Soriano missing giving up a HR to Beltre by a few feet in April and then getting a GIDP on the next pitch to escape?

                Yes, it doesn’t even out over a season, but it’s not like you couldn’t have still won this game.

  • It’sATarp

    So like time to panic right?

    • JohnnyC

      No, we’re a ways away from panic. But, it doesn’t make for entertainment if you’re a fan.

      • A-Rod’s Wingman

        Boston’s a half game within first, Jeter’s gone back to sucking, Swisher is still well below a .700 OPS, Phil Hughes is broken, Posada looks dead, A-Rod’s still in a slump (as a preemptive strike, last night’s effort against a AAA pitcher doesn’t mean he’s broken out of his slump), they managed to piss away the few good starts they’ll get from Bartolo, Sweaty Freddy, and AJ, and Robinson Cano’s OPS in may is .657. Now’s as good a time as any.

        The optimists will say “it’s just May” and completely ignore the trend of this team feasting off of shitty pitching and small ballparks but getting destroyed by good teams They’ll also ignore the fact that the team still only has one reliable starter. Garcia’s throwing junk, Garcia’s arm is being held together by rust and stem cells, and AJ is coming off of a season where he had a 4.83 FIP. They’ll say that the farm system is “one of the best” and they have “plenty of bullets to bring in another starter,” yet they’ll conveniently leave out the names of pitchers that they can acquire. It’s a bridge year, nothing wrong with that. The Jeter and A-Rod albatross will hang around this team’s neck for quite sometime.

        • It’sATarp

          Glad you’re taking this well

          • A-Rod’s Wingman

            I mean…it’s hard to feel good about this team. Granderson can’t keep this slugging up, and his OBP is below .340. Teixiera I have quite a bit of faith in, Robbie still sucks at getting on base, A-Rod’s age and shitty hip have caught up with him, you can put a fork in Posada, Swisher’s having one of those years, and Martin’s looking like a nice pick up. Maybe they can trade him for some elite prospects at the deadline.

            • Zack

              No, you keep Martin. I do NOT want Cervalli behind the plate.

    • Jeff Karstens, Male Model

      Nah. But it does feel good to vent =). I didn’t anticipate a loss against such a struggling pitcher and didn’t buy enough beer accordingly.

      • It’sATarp

        Venting is good, but i’m honsetly indifferent right now. This team is playing shitty, but moves still can be made and changes can happen.

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

          We’re all going to get raptured tomorrow anyway.

          • A-Rod’s Wingman

            A silver lining in the dark cloud that is the 2011 Yankees.

  • bklyn

    Let’s hope the hitting’s drop back down to mediocrity is because they came up against a knuckler.

    Win 13-2 one day and lose 2-1 the next… but hey they got a 7 runs per game average in the last 2 days…

  • Andy

    Haven’t we basically been a .500 team since last July?

    • A-Rod’s Wingman

      Pretty much.

    • Xstar7

      Correction: since last august. The RISP fail curse began in that Texas series.

    • Matt

      29-29 from August 1st through end of last season. 5-4 in the playoffs. 23-20 so far this season. So 57-53 overall since August 1st of last season, which is .518 ball.

  • Charles

    2/3 is still possible, Burnett is definitely better than Capuano, and I have a feeling sunday we’ll slug Pelfrey to death. Garcia pitched really well, just the anemic offense story again, but hey at least one positive is Joba was back up to 96/97 on the gun and pitched with the same confidence he had in ’07.

    • JohnnyC

      On Joba: don’t you find it alarming that after 2 seasons+ of working out of the pen that he’s still effective only after a lot of rest? Working 3 out of 5 days seems to take a few feet off his fastball. And I don’t see him adapting anytime soon to a heavier workload. His clock is still on starter time.

      • Matt

        Exactly, Joba is a starter. He has a 4-seam fastball, slider, curveball, and changeup, and I’ve seen what may look like a 2-seam fastball as well from him as a starter.

        This bullpen stuff is just a way of covering up the way they’ve butchered his Major League career thus far, with the bullpen to rotation shifts, the 3 inning starts, etc which have taken a toll on his arm.

        Joba had a sub 4.00 ERA into the beginning of August in 2009. It’s a lot easier to find a guy to pitch the 6th or 7th inning than to find a #3 or #4 type starter. I still don’t get it, unless there is some kind of shoulder weakness or whatever that we don’t know about.

    • A-Rod’s Wingman

      Jeter, Posada, Swisher, and A-Rod aside from yesterday’s two HR effort are pretty much worthless. Robbie’s gone back to 2008 form while swinging at everything, that guy’s too talented for his own good.

      • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

        Nice to see that you are optimistic about our future.

        • A-Rod’s Wingman

          Oh I am optimistic, we won’t have to watch the Red Sox win another WS because the world’s ending tomorrow. So there’s that.

  • BigBlueAL

    Yankees now 13-12 at home this season. Not exactly taking advantage of all the home games to start the season.

    • A-Rod’s Wingman

      Or the good starts from Garcia, Colon, and AJ.

      Or Boston’s slow start.

      Or Tampa’s slow start.

      Or Brett Gardner and Curtis Granderson’s hot streaks.

      • Zack

        Indeed, we could have been so far ahead in the AL east the other teams wouldn’t have been able to touch us.
        And now we’re in third.

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

          Indeed, we could have been so far ahead in the AL east the other teams wouldn’t have been able to touch us.

          You can’t honestly believe that in May, in this division.

          • A-Rod’s Wingman

            To be fair, that’s not what I was suggesting. I know it’s too early to worry about the standings but it’s never too early to get a good lead. Leads in April and May mean leeway in August and September. A tight margin of error with a patchwork rotation and a geriatric right side of the infield in August and September is a cause for concern.

          • Matt

            What’s telling though is that in 2010, they had 30 blown leads as Baseball-Reference defines them with 48 come from behind wins. In 2009, they had 24 and 51 respectively. In 2011, they are on pace for 34 blown leads so far, but with only 30 come from behind wins.

            They are letting a lot of winnable games slip away, and you can’t help but think that they will be wishing they had these back when the division is a lot closer than it needs to be in August and September.

      • Kevin G.

        Well, you could also say Boston and Tamps haven’t taken advantage of our slow start.

        /half-full

  • Andy

    How did we not get any hits off the bullpen?

    • A-Rod’s Wingman

      The team’s littered with over the hill or slumping assholes.

  • CMP

    What worries me is by the time the offense comes around, Garcia and Colon will have turned back into pumpkins and they’ll be losing 8-7 instead of 2-1 games. Wasting a good start against a shit pitcher like Dickey is just excruciating to watch.

    • JohnnyC

      I suppose we can fix that by hoping Hughes comes back in good form and we can either trade for a 2 or 3 starter or promote a Phelps, Mitchell or Warren. It’s the terrible hitting that is frightening because, outside of calling up Montero as a small patch, there’s no fix for that.

      • A-Rod’s Wingman

        Which “2 or 3 starter” will be available?

        • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

          Someone like Gavin Floyd or Francisco Liriano. Maybe even a Chris Carpenter.

          • A-Rod’s Wingman

            Great, a HR prone pitcher, a guy who’s broke, and maybe an injury prone starter on a first place team in the NL. Awesome! Lester and Beckett got nothing on that trio!!!

            • It’sATarp

              wow good grief you’re pessimistic today.

              • A-Rod’s Wingman

                To be fair, I didn’t want any of those guys yesterday either. And I don’t think Carpenter’s going t be available at any rate.

      • CMP

        Yeah, other than Montero, the Yankees really dont have any potential impact bats in AA or AAA.

        • Monteroisdinero

          a single with a risp does not require an impact bat.

          Murphy hits a HR in a 1-1 game on the road. Swish’s 2 HR’s this year? Low impact situations iirc.

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

            I remember his last homerun tied the game in Texas after the Yankees were down 5-0. So you recalled wrong.

            • Monteroisdinero

              sorry about that mike. Swish still sucks.

              • CMP

                He was on the Michael Kay show today and sounded like he was on crystal meth

                • Monteroisdinero

                  1/20 in risp situations. What a joke. The sac fly to rf to win a game batting right handed. A superstar! His defense is below average too.

  • Monteroisdinero

    So if Posada sucks all year it’s an easy decision for next year.

    If Swish sucks all year?

    • CMP

      Sign Carlos Beltran to a 2 year incentive laden contract?

  • A-Rod’s Wingman

    Message to Jorge Posada, Derek Jeter, and Nick Swisher.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pRpeEdMmmQ0

    I’ve never found better inspiration than a smoking hot 4’6 Columbian moving her body in inhumanly sexy ways singing uplifting lyrics.

  • Monteroisdinero

    The ARod gray beard needs a second trim before night games.

  • The BIG 3

    Wow, to the Mets AND Rodriguez. There is zero chance I read this space tonight. Chins up, boys.

  • Chairman Mao

    And Girardi is scared to change the lineup. Someone above him made the decision to move Jorge down and now he’s gone back to the usual. Tomorrow you’ll see more of the same- A .300 OBP hitting lead off and a guy like Gardner hitting 9th when he’s been better than the majority of the lineup.

    And as a result we will struggle to score runs again and again we’ll find ourselves in a close ballgame. Girardi will trot Robertson and Joba out there again and again and again until their arms fall off.

    • bonestock94

      Lineup order isn’t important enough to decide the outcomes of games time and time again.