Game 92: Escape from Toronto

Fixing the All-Star Game: A Battle of the Ages
The ambiguous world of “Baseball Gamesmanship”
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I’m really starting to dislike the Blue Jays. I hate the artificial surface in their stadium. I hate their good young pitching. I hate Jose Bautista when he’s playing against the Yankees. I hate crappy little Aaron Hill, who seemingly accumulates his entire .276 wOBA against the Yankees. I hate Edwin Encarnacion making diving stops he has no business making. I hate Travis Snider’s mustache. I hate that Jose Molina for turning into a .300 hitter. I hate Rajai Davis for stealing four bases a game. I hate Shawn Camp’s changeup. I hate that they were able to dump $160M or so of Alexis Rios and Vernon Wells. And more than anything, I hate that they’re starting to become a legitimate contender. They’ve got talent in the big leagues, talent coming up in the minors, and ownership can definitely afford to up payroll. Rogers Communications is like Verizon plus AT&T plus Sprint combined. There’s something like eight million people in Toronto and the surrounding areas. That team is a sleeping giant. That’s why I hate them. Here’s the lineup…

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

Phil Hughes, SP

First pitch is scheduled for a little after 1pm ET, and the game can be seen on YES. Enjoy.

Roster Move: Chris Dickerson has been recalled, I assume in favor of Greg Golson. That’s weird, why didn’t they just call up Dickerson in the first place? The ten day rule didn’t apply because of Alex Rodriguez‘s injury.

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Fixing the All-Star Game: A Battle of the Ages
The ambiguous world of “Baseball Gamesmanship”
  • Mike HC

    As heard on the Yankees on deck show, it seems fitting that ARod’s favorite movie is Wall Street and loves Michael Douglass in particular. And people wonder why he is not more well liked.

  • Pat D

    No shout out for T-Mobile. The merger isn’t complete yet!!

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

    What I hate most about the Blue Jays:

    http://images.google.com/searc.....3l5.5.1l11

    THE GOGGLES, THEY DO NOTHING!!!!

    • Pat D

      Would you be really mad at me if I told you I owned the old Blue Jays cap?

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

        That old cap is actually pretty okay, by itself. And it’s gained in value now that it has nostalgia going for it. (Like how, as a Jets fan, I love the old blue-and-gold New York Titans throwbacks, because they’re, you know, throwbacks. At the time, though, they weretres-bland. History makes the ugly look cool, in small doses.)

        But, hats aside, the Jays uniforms suck. Always have. This current italicized font iteration with heapings of superfluous black is the worst of the bunch, though.

        • Pat D

          I kinda always liked the powder blues with the lines running through their numbers. At least when they brought them back as throwbacks the last few years, they went all powder blue, as it should have been, unlike the Royals who just used the powder blue tops with white pants, which looks terrible.

          I also own the hat because I’m trying to have every hat that Dave Winfield wore in his career. Which means I have to buy a California Angels hat, now that they finally have the right one available to buy. At least it’s not all red like the current team.

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

            I also own the hat because I’m trying to have every hat that Dave Winfield wore in his career. Which means I have to buy a California Angels hat, now that they finally have the right one available to buy. At least it’s not all red like the current team.

            /stalker’d

    • http://www.yankeeanalysts.com/ Matt Imbrogno

      Could be worse and be a Chief Wahoo hat.

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

        Touché.

  • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

    4 more games on turf. The lineups the next few days will be…different. Goddamn turf.

  • http://none Favrest

    I think Dickerson is either bad or average at everything. Golson can run, bunt and play major league defense. Girardi made a poor choice there.

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

      Golson can run, bunt and play major league defense.

      You know who else can do those three things? Chris Dickerson.

      The distinction between the two is virtually nonexistent. They’re both fast, glove-first 4th/5th outfielders. The only key point of difference between them is handedness.

    • CP

      You realize it’s not Girardi’s decision, right?

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

    John Kruk, BBTN, July 16th, 2011, on what teams (besides the Yankees or Red Sox) could pursue a trade for Ubaldo Jimenez:

    Kruk: It would be an interesting thing if teams like Minnesota or Detroit—now, Verlander, Scherzer, great pitchers, but if you can get that three-headed monster with Ubaldo Jimenez to go with those two; and Minnesota has never, EVER had a guy who you could look and say, “Okay, he’s the ace of our staff,” if they can get into the postseason, that’s where—to me, that’s where they’ve struggled, they haven’t had that lockdown guy, not that Ubaldo could be that lockdown guy, who knows, you know, the questions are still out there, but if he went to Minnesota, that’d be an interesting… way for this division to shape out the rest of the season.

    Johan Santana, 2004-2008: 134 starts, 912.1 IP (6.80 IP/S), 2.89 ERA (155 ERA+), 4.96 K/BB, 0.990 WHIP, 70-32
    Johan Santana, 2004 and 2006 playoffs: 3 starts (all ALDS), 20.0 IP (6.66 IP/S), 1.35 ERA, 4.00 K/BB, 1.200 WHIP, 1-1

    • Pat D

      You expect him to remember something from more than 2 years ago that didn’t involve himself?

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

        Fun Fact: This past March, John Kruk took part in ESPN: The Weekend at Walt Disney World. He was on a panel with several baseball greats, including former Minnesota Twins ace (and HoF candidate) Bert Blyleven.

        • Pat D

          Priceless.

          Or, of course, Blyleven was never that good nor an ace.

          /Francesa and Russo’d

    • Mike HC

      Kruk was hired to look out of control, and sloppy, and look like he has done no research and say stupid shit etc … So he is technically just doing his job.

    • IRF

      Bert Blyleven 1973: 20-17, 325 IP, 158 ERA+, 3.85 K/BB

      YESTERDAY WAS BERT BLYLEVEN DAY

      • Pat D

        Clearly he wasn’t that good, other wise he’d have 25-30 games easily.

        • IRF

          Actually, Kruk’s definition of an ace is a guy who can win 30 games. Like Randy Johnson did with the Yankees in 2005.

          http://www.firejoemorgan.com/2.....watch.html

          • Pat D

            I miss that site. I just wish that KenTremendous could get over his Yankees fetish.

            He’s like the Greg of Red Sox Nation.

            Sorry, Greg, I don’t mean this personally.

  • Mike HC

    Nunez at short, Pena at third and Posada at 1st. And on the turf. This could get interesting.

    • YankeesJunkie

      I would feel better with two dead cats fielding the left side of the infield than these two.

      • CMP

        This is the wave the white flag lineup today.

        • Mike HC

          Hughes is a strikeout and fly ball pitcher, so it is not the absolute worst day to do it.

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

    LETS GO YANKEES!

  • pete

    the bottom of the line-up is weak……the infield defense is already leaking and the game hasn’t started…..phil hughes is pitching……a big question will be, when pena or nunez make their daily error(s) will it cost the yankees a run(s)……negative comments? NO, just observant……but i will still be watching, and hoping

  • King George

    SI_JonHeyman: #rox match well w/ #yankees. they like montero. but yanks wont include banuelos, betances or nova, 2. story soon on si.com
    43 minutes ago

    Why won’t they part with any of the latter three? Don’t let this be a repeat of the Haren situation from last year, Cash. Please. Overvaluing Nova, ManBan, or Betances should not be impeding this deal.

    • Mike HC

      Why couldn’t you negotiate this deal. Hey Colorado, because we missed out on Haren, please rape us in a deal for whoever you would like. It would be a novel strategy.

      • Mike HC

        Nice find on the tweet though. I guess the Yanks are really more concerned with losing cheap starting pitching.

      • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

        They can have Nova. I’d be a lot less wanting to trade Manny or Betances.

        • Mike HC

          Obviously this is all just speculation, and it is fun to bullshit.

          But, if you include Nova as one of the untouchables early in the negotiations, and when it comes time for each side to make a compromise, then Nova becomes something you can give them. If you include Nova from the get go, you might end up giving even more when push comes to shove.

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

      I trust Jon Heyman as far as I can throw him.

      • Pat D

        He looks like he could be easily chucked.

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

            I guess that’s the reason Batting Stance Guy didn’t include him in that Babe Ruth video.

    • CMP

      So the deal supposedly is ubaldo for montero, banuelos and either betances or nova?

      • boogie down

        My guess is that the Yanks are, at this very preliminary stage, only willing to include Montero as a headlining, major prospect. Undoubtedly that will grow to include one of Banuelos, Betances, or Nova (hoping it’s him), along with others, should talks progress.

        If we could get away with Montero, Nova + others, I’d be ecstatic.

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

    I hope beckett gets destroyed against the rays

    • Pat D

      I hope he somehow reaggravates his knee injury, only this time in the “totally shredded to pieces” variety.

  • Monteroisdinero

    No Golson? That sucks. He is better than Dickerson. Faster/younger/better arm/better defender/better hitting stats this year at SWB and a first round draft choice! (#21 overall by the Phillies in 2004).

    Oh well, I have to change my comment from Golson in/we win Mitre in/we lose to.. Dickerson in/we win

    hopefully

    • http://www.yankeeanalysts.com/ Matt Imbrogno

      I’ll be shocked if Golson gets more than two or three starts in this stint w/the Yankees.

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

      Cool story, bro.

  • JG233

    Pena and Nunez playing on the left side…over/under on unearned runs is 3

    • Mike HC

      And don’t forget throwing it to Posada at first.

      • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

        And the turf bounces.

        • Mike HC

          Yup. Hopefully they all have good games. ha

          • Mike HC

            If I’m Hughes, I’m thinking about striking out everyone.

            • Monteroisdinero

              dead arm vs building arm strength vs dominance. I’ll take the last outcome. Phil is due.

              • Mike HC

                I could go for a deep no hitter run, or double digit strikeout game.

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

    Grit Gutner!

  • Nuke LaDoosh

    nice AB

  • Cy Pettitte

    BG: leadoff man

  • Cuso

    Wow, the stands are ghost in Toronto today. looks like less than 25k.

    • Pat D

      Well if it really is 95 degress…

      • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

        They should just close the roof

        • Pat D

          I’m surprised it’s open with that high a temp.

        • Cuso

          i bet that is the reason, too.

          i’ve been there withe the roof open and 90+ degrees.

          feels like 110 degrees.

    • IRF

      They had to remove all possible streakers

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

    Gardner is trying his damn hardest to save my fantasy team

  • Monteroisdinero

    Arencibia throwing from his knees-I don’t think so.

  • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

    It’s as good as a bunt!

    Girardi’d

  • Cuso

    that was a weird AB by Grandy. Haven’t seem him swing at bad pitches above the strike zone all year.

    below the zone, sure.

    but rarely high pitches.

  • Mike HC

    Pitch around Tex to get to Cano? I don’t think so. Or just stupid.

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

    smart move holding gritster there

    good job cano

  • Cuso

    GIDP, you know it

    • Cuso

      ok, ok. Good job Swisher ……you’re still a dickwad, tho.

  • karel capek

    A David Cone Haiku

    David Cone is God.
    Looks like Buster Keaton? Yes.
    Okie Dokie, Ken.

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

    Bah, turf sped that up. Gardner scores on grass.

    • Ivan

      I thought Cano just hit it too hard. That was a bullet.

  • Ivan

    Yeah you must really hit the ball so hard that Brett Gardner can’t even score.

  • pete

    please no DP

  • Monteroisdinero

    Singy makes mistakes announcing but I like this duo. So nice to not hear Kay.

  • Mike HC

    We are hitting the ball too hard.

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

    loved that AB

  • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

    Stop hitting rockets, Yankees!

  • Monteroisdinero

    Nice ab Swish. Let’s get a bunch for Phil.

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

    What the hell is that “pfffft” sounds with each pitch? Sounds like air slowly being let out of a balloon.

    • Cuso

      Arencibia is gassy today

    • Cuso

      Seriously tho, it depends on if there’s a mic at HP or maybe within earshot of the mound.

      It sounds like (and timing up with) an exhale from Villenueva after each pitch.

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

    Swishalicious.

  • teddy

    i want a real dh

    • Pat D

      There aren’t many of them this year.

      • teddy

        true but beltran can be had

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

          Only for premium prospects. Alderson knows he’s got the most desirable bat on the market, he’s not giving him away in just a salary dump.

      • Kostas

        That is why they need to be eliminated. Overpaid swing and misses a team can get from any number of positions, including the pitcher. Why waste it on guys who are “supposed” be good hitters.

        • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

          So you want NL rules in the Al?

        • Pat D

          Uh, no.

          Just because DH production is down this year, when offense OVERALL is also down, is no reason to make this terrible decision.

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

          Nothing of what you just said makes sense.

    • Mike HC

      We can bring back Damon and he can have his chase for 3,000 in a Yankee uniform as well.

    • pete

      how about prince fielder for next year?

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

    martin with the porn stache, and then makes the out :(

  • pete

    wasted opportunity

  • YankeesJunkie

    Martin rocketed that ball.

  • wow

    holy crap russel martin. so many things wrong with him right now.

    • Pat D

      Yea, hitting that ball right on the screws was awful since he told Escobar he was going to hit the ball right at that spot.

    • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

      He hit a rocket at an infielder. You can’t blame him for that.

      • wow

        I’m talkin’ more about the China Town Oakleys and the stache. but yea..

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

          Two things I don’t give a shit about:
          A.) Russell Martin’s choice in eyewear
          B.) Russell Martin’s choice in mustache haberdashery

          • wow

            wow, teach me your ways.

  • Nuke LaDoosh

    1R in that inning = Fail

    • tom

      Or, given how hard most balls were hit, we might say Excruciatingly Bad Luck.

      • Nuke LaDoosh

        yes, the gods of luck failed the yankees

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

      1R in that inning = Fail Baseball

      Fixed.

      • Nuke LaDoosh

        Baseball is way too big to be defined on either side of an = sign

  • Kostas

    1 run… bases loaded. fail.

    With Hughes on the mound, they needed 2 more runs that inning as cushion

  • Mike HC

    Is this the new delivery? Looks a little bit like the old one.

    Curve looked good.

    • Mike HC

      I also see a noticeable effort to work faster.

  • YankeesJunkie

    The curve looks pretty sharp with a little more velocity.

  • Monteroisdinero

    Phil!!!!!!!!

  • IRF

    Curve already looks sharper than it has since ’07

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

    What is that, a curveball? I approve.

  • YankeesJunkie

    That was pretty ridiculous.

  • Jonathan Harker

    He looks much better already. Go Phil!

  • Cy Pettitte

    HUUUUUUUUUGHES!!

  • Cuso

    He’s throwing strikes withthe hook. Very good sign.

    That fastball still looks extremely hittable, though.

    • Cuso

      like so

    • pete

      the fastball has always been hittable…essentially straight……he will never be better than a 4 starter

      • Mike HC

        The fastball has enough life on it if he locates it. Hughes potential is far higher than a number 4.

        • pete

          glad you think so……i’d rather have 95-96 and live with location mistakes……thats a 1 or 2……phil has had one acceptable half year, and you know what they say about potential…for the record, i desperately hope i’m wrong and youre right…i want him to succeed

          • Mike HC

            He might not ever pan out. But I think Hughes will indisputably prove he is a very good starter in the not too distant future.

            • Mike HC

              maybe not today, ha

        • pete

          lucky that that location mistake didnt end up in the seats

        • pete

          here we go

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

        Yeah… no.

    • Cuso

      like I said, extremely hittable.

      Unlike others, I’m not gonna say he ‘looks good’ two batters into the game because his ‘heater’ is 91-92.

      FYI: 91-92 with the rest of his repetoire sucks.

      • Mike HC

        He looked good that inning. This inning, the curve still looks much improved and really good. And he still is struggling to locate the fastball.

  • Monteroisdinero

    Phil loses the spike.
    This we like.

    Great having Coney dissect pitching.

  • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

    Phil has a good curve today

  • YankeesJunkie

    PATHETIC!

    /Overreaction’d

  • Jonathan Harker

    This ump ain’t good. Missed two strikes for Phil.

  • YankeesJunkie

    Really tight strike zone for Phil. Three pretty solid pitches right there.

  • Monteroisdinero

    Waiting to see a 3rd pitch from Phil. Maybe next inning.

  • wow

    Hughes lookin’ sharp.

  • Ivan

    Not a bad inning. Hughes is still in the crawling process.

    • YankeesJunkie

      No reason to judge him on two post DL starts 10 days apart.

  • YankeesJunkie

    Pretty solid inning. Nice to see him use the curve on a 3-2 count. Only thing missing would be to see a few change ups later in the game.

  • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

    AL West

    All Star Game’d

  • Urban

    I sometimes wonder if Eduardo Nunez will be the first player ever to make a fielding error while at bat?

  • Monteroisdinero

    So is Ramiro the Mitre of our non-pitching roster?

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

      Meh, I’d say Ramiro has slightly more value. One memorably horrible inning aside, Peña’s generally been a pretty sterling gloveman.

      • https://twitter.com/#!/TheRealJeromeS Jerome S.

        This.

        One bad inning, and Pena goes from more than serviceable to worse than Nunez.

    • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

      Cervelli is

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

        Yeah, that’s better.

        Both of them are pretty craptastic at what they do, and both of them cause way more agita for Yankee fans than they should (both because of their habits for epic fails and for Yankee fans overstating how much their struggles really matter in the long run).

        • https://twitter.com/#!/TheRealJeromeS Jerome S.

          Both of them are asked to fill a pretty undemanding roster spot, and they still suck.

          Again, not that it’s really that big of a deal, but it’s become something of an entertainment to lament on the sheer magnitude of their suckitude.

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

            I’m not even mad, it’s amazing.

  • Pat D

    Kenny hopes ARod is “resting comfortably?”

    It’s not like he had heart surgery.

  • Mike HC

    Pena has definitely gotten a bit more powerful at the plate.

    • JMK

      Looks like he bulked up.

  • CBean

    Running errands so can’t watch the game. Following on at-bat. How is Hughes looking?

    • Urban

      Very David Cone-like…post 1999!

      Seriously, though, only pitched one inning, so hard to say.

    • Mike HC

      Good. Working fast, big break on curve that he is getting hitters to chase. Locating his 90-93 mph fastball decent.

    • YankeesJunkie

      Fastball velocity is there and the new curve looks pretty good.

    • Monteroisdinero

      Good so far. fb at 91-92 and curve with good movement for strikes in and out of hitter’s counts.

    • Mike HC

      He is a bit all over the place with the fastball this inning. Curve still looks good though.

  • Monteroisdinero

    Gardy would have had a triple yesterday if slow Andruw hadn’t blocked his progress.

  • teddy

    son of a bitch can’t catch a break

  • Ivan

    Ugh, a good throw get him.

  • Pat D

    Am I the only one who doesn’t think that Gardner’s arm is that good?

    • YankeesJunkie

      Its average, but he can’t get up on the ball quickly so that helps him out.

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

      It’s not that good in that his flat-footed throws (i.e., nothing but raw arm strength) are pretty pedestrian.

      Gardner does a great job of almost never throwing flat-footed, though, he rounds or charges his routes quite well to frequently use his momentum to increase his raw armspeed. He’s also become very accurate, and accuracy is a great substitution for brute strength as well.

      He’s a very smart thrower.

  • Jonathan Harker

    What the hell is Phil doing? When Martin says UP throw it UP!

    • CP

      If it were that easy, then there would be 4 million major league ready starting pitchers…

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

    Phil has to keep that fastball down.

  • Pat D

    Now Gardner’s being assertive?

    • CP

      I’m glad that he learns…

  • Mike HC

    Never again will Gardner allow Nunez to take a pop up after the play Nunez made the other day.

  • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

    That’s right Brett. Never let Nunez field a ball if you don’t have to.

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

      I get terrified every time a ball is hit near Nunez. Haven’t felt like that since Bobby Abreu.

  • teddy

    inexcuseable

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

      Whatever it is you’re referring to, no, it’s not.

  • Tom Zig

    How do you let Travis Snider steal a base?

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

      By totally focusing on the hitter, which, for Phil Hughes on July 17th, 2011, might just be the correct strategy.

      • CP

        Already more swing and misses today than Hughes had in his first start back…

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

    lol grabbing a candy bar from a drug store?

    cone, loves his thieves

  • YankeesJunkie

    That curve has potential to be a strike out pitch.

  • Zach

    On MLB. It looks like the ump is not calling the low striks for either pitcher. Is that true?

    • YankeesJunkie

      It is a hitter’s strike zone.

      • Zach

        Thanks

  • https://twitter.com/#!/TheRealJeromeS Jerome S.

    I still would rather have Hughes than Nova.

    I’ll wait for someone to contest this seemingly obvious factoid.

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

      But look at this listing of uncontextualized old-school stats and compare it to this other list of uncontextualized old-school stats! It’s clear that Hughes is an irredeemable bust and Nova is the wave of the future.

    • http://www.yankeeanalysts.com/ Matt Imbrogno

      Go to TYA and read the comments from Duh, Innings!. Actually, just go to the site and dno’t read his comments.

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

        Linkage?

  • YankeesJunkie

    My heart stopped for a second.

  • Cy Pettitte

    if he can mix in a good change with the curve Phil will be set.

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

    the grandyman can’t hit the change

    • AnthonyNH

      No yankee can hit the change

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

        Few hitters in baseball history can hit a good change. If it’s good, it’s a very, very effective pitch.

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

          i agree

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

    That change is eating Curtis alive.

    • CP

      Mmmmm…. Curtis…

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

    lol that was a funny pitch

  • AnthonyNH

    juuuuuuuuust a bit outside

  • wow

    find a hole

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

      … too easy.

      • YankeesJunkie

        I wish

  • teddy

    8 straight retired. the only reason redsox are in first place, cause their offense is far better than yanks

    • https://twitter.com/#!/TheRealJeromeS Jerome S.

      They wish.

      • Pat D

        They have scored 30 more runs in 1 more game, so I’d have to give them the offensive edge right now.

        • CP

          I agree. But the Yankees are FAR better offensively than the Twins. The Red Sox are slightly better than the Yankees.

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

            Who the f#$% are the Red Sox?

            • CP

              They’re the team that will finish in second place in the AL East.

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

                Makes sense.

        • https://twitter.com/#!/TheRealJeromeS Jerome S.

          The Yankees could do just as well if they placed in that green dumpster.

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

            I’d love to see a site compile the aggregate wOBA or tripleslash from a ballpark for its entire lifespan. I bet Fenway would be the third best run environment amongst active parks in all of baseball, behind only Coors and Arlington.

            • https://twitter.com/#!/TheRealJeromeS Jerome S.

              Did you see the FG post on whether or not Fenway was helping or hurting A-Gon? I shit you not, there were people claiming how Fenway had taken away his ability to hit for power.

              • Pat D

                Just like it did to Jim Rice.

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

                  Carl Yastrzemski, career home split: 6996 PA, .306/.402/.503
                  Carl Yastrzemski, career road split: 6995 PA, .264/.357/.422

                  #justsaying

              • boogie down

                For 2011, and historically, Fenway has certainly been a fantastic hitters park. However, when looking at HR’s alone, Fenway does have a tendency to limit hitters’ prowess.

                http://espn.go.com/mlb/stats/p.....t/HRFactor

                For the record, since 2009, Fenway’s average run-friendliness rank is #6, while YS3’s is #12.

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

    Kim not lookin good today

  • IRF

    At least hes getting some swings and misses

  • Mike HC

    “You gotta have an edge”

    Was Singleton mocking Jeter there?

  • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

    Fail…

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

    hahahahahahaha HILARIOUS!!!

  • YankeesJunkie

    Web Gem!!! That was awesome.

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

    Jorge stepped on the base, why the need to apply the tag?

    • Jetrer

      Angel is a moron

  • Pat D

    He didn’t tag him with the ball either!!!!

  • Jetrer

    the umpire is a moron
    the runner was out as soon as Posada stepped on the base
    no need for the tag

  • Jonathan Harker

    Posada missed the tag too! Play should still be going on.

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

      He stepped on the base before he even ran over.

  • AnthonyNH

    I think Phil looks pretty good. He would look great if he could consistently locate that fastball, but I think that’s the case with 90% of pitchers

  • tom

    I’ve watched baseball alot of years, and I don’t remember seeing a runner miss first.

  • teddy

    posada hit that well, 1 at bat too late

  • AnthonyNH

    Be more patient yankees! More like the first inning, less like the second.

    • AnthonyNH

      okay, i take it back. sometimes being aggressive works too.

      • Jetrer

        spoken like a politician

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

    Yay Russ.

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

    Russell the MUSCLE!!!

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

    Nick Swisher, Speed Demon.

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

    I love Nunez’s swing. Reminds me of frank thomas tomahawk

  • Jetrer

    hitting the ball too hard today

  • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

    First pitch swinging with good results

  • pete

    nunez needs to steal 2nd base right now

  • teddy

    nice job by martin and nunez, lets go pena

  • Jonathan Harker

    Nunez knows how to hit a baseball. Great talent.

    • pete

      now he needs to stop making an error every day

    • pete

      all things considered, keeping him cost the yankees a world series last year…….i’d have rather had cliff lee last year, and most certainly he would look good every 5th day this year also

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

        Oversimplified.

        • pete

          really?…….instead of cliff lee beating the yankees twice in the ALCS, he would have been pitching FOR them instead……that equals world series appearance…..the only part of my “oversimplification” is the assumption the yankees would have signed him for this year.

  • CP

    The power of the ‘stache!

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

    Ramiro Peña, RBI Man.

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

    damn, pena hit that ball super far

  • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

    Pena being productive!

  • teddy

    damm pena he hit both of these balls well good job pena

  • CP

    This would be a nice time for a drag bunt down the first base line…

  • AnthonyNH

    go nuneeeeeeee go!

  • Pat D

    David Cone for Marty Janzen, Jason Jarvis and Mike Gordon.

    One of the best Yankees trades ever.

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

      Marty Janzen was a very highly regarded prospect at the time, FWIW.

      • Pat D

        Did not know that.

        Even so, you Janzen pitched 98 2/3 fairly lousy innings for the Jays and the other two never reached AAA.

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

        #40 on BA’s top 100. Gordon was pretty legit too, just looking at his minor league numbers. We probably would have torn them to shreds over trading that good of a prospect for a rental (even though Cone re-signed with New York after the season).

        • Pat D

          See, that’s the thing about the Lee trade. I figured that even if they had traded for him last year, they’d have been able to re-sign him.

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

          We probably would have torn them to shreds over trading that good of a prospect for a rental (even though Cone re-signed with New York after the season).

          Meh, that Cone deal was in the midst of a series of trading for impending FAs and then resigning them to fat renegotiations (i.e. Paul O’Neill, Tino Martinez), so I doubt anyone would have assumed Cone was just a rental. Different market back then.

      • https://twitter.com/#!/TheRealJeromeS Jerome S.

        and?

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

          And, having more contextual information is always a good thing. That’s all.

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

    Grit Gutner!

    Killin it

  • https://twitter.com/#!/TheRealJeromeS Jerome S.

    Brett Gardner is good at baseball.

  • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan

    If Granderson doesn’t fake bunt, pull back, then hit a triple off the left field wall, then score on a throwing error, I’ll be kind of disappointed.

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

    Grandyman!!

    Fuck yeah!

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

    Threw him one too many changeups.

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

      yep, he finally destroyed one

  • Jetrer

    I love speed

    • Cuso

      I love crack

      /Tyronebiggums’d

  • Karl Krawfid

    Grandy maine

  • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

    The Grandyman can and does

  • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan

    Thank you, Grandy. My fantasy (team) needed that. Much love, bro.

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

    Granderson Alpine Laced™ that one.

    #productplacement
    #sponsorshipdollars

  • Jonathan Harker

    There’s the big hit we needed! Some nice breathing room for Phil. Great adjustment by Grandy.

  • AnthonyNH

    Curtis, sitting on the changeup 3-2. I love it.

  • IRF

    David Cone= Nostradamus

  • Ivan

    Nice!!!!!!

    /Fabolous’d

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

    Tex, king of popups

  • teddy

    GRANDERSON!!!!!!!!!!!! gardner is good at baseball

  • Cuso

    LMAO. Coney has his iphone text-msg set ti ‘chime.’

    he just got a text that said ‘nice call,’ i bet

  • Pat D

    10 upcoming home games against Oakland, Seattle and Baltimore, eh? Now I know that those teams have some good pitchers, but those games frankly scream “need to win 7 or 8.”

  • Greg

    Is Phil throwing a lot of 2 seamers?

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

    I can’t stop seeing “Irish Terry Conklin” talking about wanting to eradicate the homelessness situation when Travis Snider steps up to the plate.

    • Cuso

      The Great White Hype reference

      Nice

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

        Snider will be Irish Terry Conklin for me, for the rest of eternity.

        So it is written, so it shall be done.

        • Cuso

          Samuel L. Jackson’s finest hour.

          And that’s saying a lot!

          Ok, maybe Jules Winfield was…..but certainly Keenan Ivory Wayans finest hour..,.(sans Handiman division).

  • Cuso

    En-carn-ah-she-hoochie-mama.

    Grow up, Kenny/Coney, geez!

    :)

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

    Lucky bounce.

  • Ivan

    Wow, that could of been dangerous.

  • pete

    straight 91-92 fastball = bad things

  • Greg

    He still doesn’t look comfortable out there. I’d have him go 5 and go to Noesi.

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

    What kind of shoes is Phil wearing? I don’t think I’ve seen a pair of shoes with an X on the heel before.

  • tom

    Okay, so today Gardner looks like the ideal leadoff guy. But two weeks ago, he was death warmed over at the plate. This year, at least, he seems to be an extreme streak hitter.

    Question: is that the guy you want in leadoff all the time?

    • Jetrer

      if the other option is a hitter who is consistently mediocre, then yes

      • tom

        Please — for once, skip the Jeter Is the Suck. I’m asking a general question.

        • Jetrer

          Ideally you would have all hitters be consistently great. That doesn’t happen. Given the choice between consistently mediocre (Jeter or anyone else who fits that description) or streaky and better, I’ll take streaky and better. All hitters are streaky to some extent anyways. If the Yankees had somebody that was more consistently better than Gardner, I would take that, but they don’t.

    • https://twitter.com/#!/TheRealJeromeS Jerome S.

      Yes. Streakiness IS baseball, consistency is extremely rare. Gardner I feel is good much more often than he is bad, and he is occasionally great.

      The glove is also a constant, just as an aside.

      • tom

        Not questioning Gardner’s overall value. Just, everyone here has been so adamant he ought to be leading off, but there are times he’s going to kill the team in that spot.

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

          There are times when every hitter will kill every team in every spot. That’s Jerome’s point, and it’s correct.

          • tom

            I understand slumps, but Gardner’s streakiness has seemed extreme to me. That doesn’t matter on paper — he’ll always average out to a solid season. But in reality, having a player — in a key offensive spot — fail repeatedly and predictably over an extended period seems is something could hurt a team more than what shows on paper overall.

            • Jetrer

              the flip side is when he is hot he will greatly help the team more than what would show up overall

            • https://twitter.com/#!/TheRealJeromeS Jerome S.

              lolwut

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

              I understand slumps, but Gardner’s streakiness has seemed extreme to me.

              Is it, though? Gardner seems streakier to you than a normal ballplayer.

              To me, Gardner seems just as streaky as any other ballplayer. Until someone pulls some stats, we may have to agree to disagree.

              • tom

                You’re right, it is just from observation, not rigorous stat compilation, so it may be less of an issue than I think. It’s certainly felt extreme, though.

                And, again, this is not meant as a knock on Gardner (or, god forbid, a defense of Jeter). I was just wondering in general if extreme streak hitting was a liability at leadoff.

        • Mike HC

          I don’t mind Jeter leading off at all, but the combination of Gardner’s on base percentage and speed makes him a pretty decent candidate to lead off. His apparent streakiness is not not enough to take away from those other two skills, in my opinion.

          • Mike HC

            Also his ability to see a lot of pitches per at bat.

  • teddy

    well i think hughes will get sharper once he can stay on rotation. 2 more innings please

  • https://twitter.com/#!/TheRealJeromeS Jerome S.

    Hughes shaky, decent.

    • Greg

      He does look much better in the swinging strike department.

  • AnthonyNH

    Okay Phil. Could have been worse. Settle down.

  • Ivan

    Holy Crap, that was a fucking bomb by Berkman sheeesh.

  • teddy

    cano lately has missed a lot of fastball lately

  • AnthonyNH

    Cano isn’t getting on top of those inside fastballs like he did last year.

  • tom

    If balls had fallen in for the Yankees today, this would be a blowout.

    How does Villanueva have such a low ERA?

    • Pat D

      Low hit and HR rates, pretty solid BB rate.

  • Mike HC

    Turns out Ted Williams was wrong.

    • IRF

      About cryogenics

      • Mike HC

        ha, and how valuable outfield defense was.

  • Cuso

    Swisher is gonna get run today

  • Ivan

    LMAOOOOO @ Kenny saying “Can I finish this story please” as Jorge poped the ball up.

    • Pat D

      Kenny has that dry humor.

      • Ivan

        While Coney has that Slapstick type of Humor. Who can remember the whole “Jerking” Kennedy off thing lol.

  • AnthonyNH

    Okay Phil, we need a 123

  • Pat D

    Pena reminding us he is a good fielder.

  • Ivan

    Hey a 6 pitch inning.

  • https://twitter.com/#!/TheRealJeromeS Jerome S.

    Oh, I get it now. Buster Olney’s job is to suck the Red Sox dick.

    • Greg

      He works for ESPN. You’re just figuring this out?

    • Pat D

      What now?

      • AnthonyNH

        Buster’s slobbing knobs on twitter

        • Pat D

          Eh, he’s hyping the Sunday Night game since he’s part of the telecast.

  • Jonathan Harker

    Phil’s mowing them down. Let him go one more.

    • Ivan

      Or 2, why not eh.

  • pete

    phil is catching a bit of a break today with Bautista out…….which leads me to this…..has anyone noticed that in the first 6 years of his career he was hitting a homer every 30-32 at bats, and since last year hes got that down to 1 every 12-13 at bats?……hmmmmmmm, whats up with that?

    • Pat D

      Obviously it’s PED’s, because there isn’t testing for them.

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

        It’s a super PED that turns crappy players into awesome players and is completely undetectable, and he’s not giving any to his crappy teammates because he hates winning.

        • Ted Nelson

          Barry Bonds was almost definitely on PEDs and that didn’t mean that the rest of the Giants hit well…

          Acting like Bautista is definitely clean is as foolish as acting like he’s definitely dirty.

      • pete

        do you really think the PED wizards cant cook something up that isnt detectable yet?…..lets face it, the numbers i quoted have only been duplicated by the brady andersons, brett boones and luis gonzalez’s of the past……please dont allow yourself to be naive……ive noticed big papi in boston has also had a miraculous resurgence over the past year and a half……i’m jusy sayin’

        • https://twitter.com/#!/TheRealJeromeS Jerome S.

          Yes, because even the biggest does of PED’s turns a utility player into Barry Bonds 2001.

        • Pat D

          No, I’m saying that I really don’t give a shit if guys are using PED’s or not.

          Because if so many are using them, then where’s the advantage?

    • Greg

      Bautista really did nothing in the first game and the Blue Jays scored 14 runs. They’re a damn good offense.

      • Rick

        Eh, they’re an ok offense, but the 14 runs was more a case of Colon pitching like he was hurt + getting the chance to hit for 22 outs against the soft underbelly of the bullpen.

    • AnthonyNH

      It’s steroids. Is that what you’re looking for?

    • Mike HC

      I think everybody has realized that. And most everybody has also realized that everyone else is doing the same shit as well. Some even upping the ante to stem cells.

      • Ted Nelson

        Are stem cells really upping the ante? I am no expert on either PEDs or stem cells, but having your own cells injected into an injured area by a Dr. seems a lot more defensible than having your lifting buddy stick a needle of ‘roids into your butty.

        • Mike HC

          20 years from now, the current version of PED’s will be history, and things like taking stem cells from one part of your body, and injecting them into another will be more prevalent. Or maybe 100 years from now when people are part machine.

    • https://twitter.com/#!/TheRealJeromeS Jerome S.

      Well, for one, he changed his swing. Second, I know what you’re intimating. He gets tested for steroids, like everyone else; he’s clean. His body hasn’t changed, and neither has his game (baserunning, defense et. al), at least not in a way that’s indicative of PED’s. I was once skeptical, but the only way to end the dark era of PED’s is to believe in stories like Bautista. It’s what makes baseball great.

      • Pat D

        This.

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

          I like my super undetectable steroid theory better.

          • Pat D

            I didn’t know what you meant, then I scrolled up and saw your theory.

            I have to say that it’s brilliant.

          • Ted Nelson

            Yeah, because drug tests are 100% accurate and all…

          • pete

            youre “super PED” theory is stupid for two reasons…..PED’s never turns crappy players into awesome ones, (it enables players to increase their rate of production, sometimes dramatically), and two, even in the steroid era, players who were using wouldnt go around the clubhouse advertising that they were so other teammates could partake also…..dont be stupid

            • Pat D

              Sarcasm detector broken?

              • Ted Nelson

                The veil of sarcasm covered an assertion that Bautista is definitely not taking steroids… which is as ridiculous as asserting that he definitely is. I also thought it was a poor point by Mike.

            • https://twitter.com/#!/TheRealJeromeS Jerome S.

              Logic has defeated you.

              • pete

                and by the way….youre earlier post where you said “bautista changed his swing”?…….wow, i guess mickey mantle should have “changed his swing”…maybe he could have hit 80 homers a year……lets get francisco cervelli to change his swing also…yep thats it, powerless guys just need to change their swing…..shit, why didnt i think of that?

                • https://twitter.com/#!/TheRealJeromeS Jerome S.

                  That’s not how it works. You are surely smart enough to see the error in this thinking.

                  • pete

                    yes, you are correct, i am smart enough to see the error in YOUR thinking……you DO NOT increase your rate of homers per at bat by 3 to 1 by changing your swing

                    • https://twitter.com/#!/TheRealJeromeS Jerome S.

                      Yes, you can.

                      However, juicing really doesn’t help you that much.

                    • http://johnsterling.blogspot.com/ Xstar7

                      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v.....ata_player

                      Also, when you say “You DO NOT increase your rate of homers per at bat by changing your swing”, have you seen Curtis Granderson since last August? He must be on steroids too right?

                    • Ted Nelson

                      “However, juicing really doesn’t help you that much.”

                      Really… guys putting up the best power numbers of all time on PEDs was just a coincidence? McGwire, Sosa, Bonds would have all hit just as many bombs with 1/2 the muscle mass?

                    • https://twitter.com/#!/TheRealJeromeS Jerome S.

                      I didn’t mean it quite like that. Lemme rephrase myself. McGwire, Sosa and Bonds were all pretty good to great players to begin with. The PED’s amplified what they already had. Bautista was a freakin’ utility player. He hardly had any baseball skills at all. And now he’s playing like a roided Bonds.

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

                      Bautista did hit 24 homers in the minors one year, it’s not like he never ever hit for power.

                    • Ted Nelson

                      Jerome… the thing is that it’s not an either/or thing. Bautista could have changed his swing AND taken PEDs (or not). That he changed his swing seems pretty undeniable, but it doesn’t really speak to whether he or not he’s taken/is taking PEDs.

    • Rainbow Connection

      It’s not like Granderson has had a sudden, severe increase in HR’s or anything.

      • pete

        he hasnt…..do the numbers before you post….bautistas increase is certifiable

      • Ted Nelson

        Granderson’s SLG is actually pretty in line with 2007, but he might be taking PEDs… sure. Any MLB player might be.

        Most people seem to feel the need to either assume no one is using or assume everyone who produces is. I personally prefer more of a wait-and-see, grey area approach: they all might be, and hopefully MLB is rigorous enough about their testing programs to expose the ones who are. Not too much sense in worrying about it really. If I was going to worry about anything it would simply be that MLB is on top of things and that their tests keep up with PED technology.

        • Ted Nelson

          … and when I say keep-up with PED technology I assume there’s going to be a lag time where testing might be behind new technologies and techniques.

  • Cuso

    Villeneuva has been the beneficiary of several called strikes well off both sides of the plate.

  • Pat D

    Soccer game about to start.

    I think the U.S. needs to be aggressive early and get a lead.

  • Cuso

    Nunie is being cooky this at-bat

    /scoobydoo’d

  • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

    Uh oh. It’s Rookie We’ve Never Seen Before tomorrow.

    • Tom Zig

      is he a junkballing soft tossing lefty?

  • Ivan

    That 2nd pitch was a strike IMO.

  • Cuso

    that’s like the 3rd pirouette Swisher has done out there today

    idiot

    • https://twitter.com/#!/TheRealJeromeS Jerome S.

      definitely.

  • Tom Zig

    More runs please. Put this baby to bed.

  • Ivan

    80 pitches through 6. I guess the last 2 innings when you throw a combined 14 pitches, it can sure help your pitch count.

  • Tom Zig

    Pretty sure Hughes has thrown more curveballs today than he has all season. See what happens when you throw something other than a 4-seamer and below average cutter?

    • Jonathan Harker

      He’s been brilliant today mowing hitters down. And his next couple starts will be against weak offenses at the stadium. He’s well on track.

      • Tom Zig

        He’s thrown around 25 curveballs today.

  • AnthonyNH

    Brett the Jet!

  • AnthonyNH

    Cano had that home run swing. It’s gone in New York.

  • teddy

    damm cano just missed it

  • Mike HC

    Gotta love Cone calling out the Yanks pitching coach about over coaching in between innings.

    • Ted Nelson

      I can’t at all show how much if any credit Rothschild deserves, but the pitching staff has done a great job under him so far.

    • whozat

      …except Hughes was coming out.

      I do wonder how they expect him to get back to throwing 100+ pitches in a start, if they don’t consider a 4 run lead is enough cushion to stretch him a little.

    • Rainbow Connection

      And now Cone’s foot is in his mouth.

      • Mike HC

        Yup.

  • Cuso

    I wish Cano would get back to his 2010 approach.

    he’s still really good…..

    …but he should be great.

  • Ivan

    I personally would of gave Hughes an extra inning but I understand their decision.

  • teddy

    really giradri. 80 pitchees

    • Rainbow Connection

      Don’t forget that The Nick Johnson of Pitching was on the mound.

  • http://facebook.com/andrewjcalagna Drew

    wtf does Girardi ever plan to ever use Hughes more than 80 pitches? This is fucking ridiculous.

  • Greg

    I agree. Let Hughes go out on a positive note. Dont destroy his confidence.

    • Greg

      I agree with taking him out.

    • whozat

      he’d just navigated the heart of the order and thrown a total of 15 pitches in the last two innings. Gotta stretch that arm all the way out sometime…4 runs isn’t enough of a lead?

      • Greg

        If he starts giving up runs, then the whole goodwill form this start is wasted ala A.J. Burnett against the Indians.

        • Mike HC

          It is also brutally hot out there. Best to not overwork him.

      • Ted Nelson

        I’ll take Rothschild and Girardi’s knowledge on stretching pitchers out over whozat’s…

        This was Hughes second decent start of the season. His first time going over 5 IP. You are being really impatient to worry about whether he came out for the 7th.

        As much crap as the Yankees have taken for being too aggressive with their pitchers and Hughes especially… now they are taking crap for being patient with him. They literally cannot win with fans. Someone will criticize them no matter what they do. It gets hard to take people’s criticism seriously when they constantly cry wolf over marginal things.

        • Greg

          Thank you. Drew and whozat are just nitpicking right now.

    • http://facebook.com/andrewjcalagna Drew

      I completely disagree. Giaradi needs to build up his arm strength. What happens next time out when the Yankees don’t score 6 runs for him in the game and needs to go out there for the 7th inning? He arm isn’t being conditioned to go more than 80 pitches. This situation is about stress free as it can get for a starting pitcher. This makes zero sense to take him out of the game especially against the bottom part of the lineup.

      • Greg

        You build up arm strength graudally, not all at once.

        • http://facebook.com/andrewjcalagna Drew

          He threw 85 pitches 1st start. 80 pitches 2nd time out. That’s going backwards. I believe he thew more pitches in his rehab starts.

          • Greg

            What’s your point? Do you want him to go out and reinjure his arm?

          • Ted Nelson

            There are tons of reasons they may have taken him out… freaking out over 5, 10 pitches is ridiculous.

            • Ted Nelson

              And having gone out for an additional inning he threw an extra, what, 8 pitches right there?

      • Rainbow Connection

        Remember when that didn’t work out so well last year?

  • Greg

    Stop questioning Girardi’s moves unless they are really egriegous. This one is not.

    • http://facebook.com/andrewjcalagna Drew

      When Coffee Joe stops making boneheaded moves I will stop questioning them.

      • Greg

        Not if it doesnt lead directly to a bad result. This one doesnt.

        • https://twitter.com/#!/TheRealJeromeS Jerome S.

          While I am in agreement with you, bad process is always worth criticism, regardless of result. The thing is, this isn’t bad process.

    • Cuso

      I find it appalling that he went with Raybans over Oakleys today.

      If there was ever a decision that screamed for second guessing….

  • AnthonyNH

    Cory Wade is good.

    • Karl Krawfid

      Shocking Tampa didn’t give him a chance.

  • Ted Nelson

    Well at least the sky seems to have stopped falling for now…

  • Jonathan Harker

    This is only Phil’s 2nd start back. Do you want him to throw 110 pitches? They’re taking it easy and that’s the right thing to do. Girardi knows how to manage his pitchers.

  • Rainbow Connection

    Did they mention why Martin is growing a terrible mustache? Did he lose a bet?

  • Cuso

    OH MAN!!! LOL!!

    Russell’s moustache is getting filthy!

    awesome!

  • Jonathan Harker

    Kenny and Coney for another series in Tampa. YES made a great decision cutting down on Flaherety and giving us more Cone.

    • Pat D

      Oh, really? I figured Flaherty would be there in Tampa.

  • Cuso

    Why was that 1-0 curve not a strike? it was all day for Villeneuva.

  • https://twitter.com/#!/TheRealJeromeS Jerome S.

    Why use D-Rob here? 4-run lead with two innings to go… I would stick with someone else. Oh well, not really abig deal.

  • Pat D

    0-0 at halftime of the soccer game, for those who are interested.

    • Greg

      U.S. has had a lot of opportunities and has not cashed in….
      remind you of anyone?

      • Pat D

        The New York Giants?

        • Greg

          you know who…

          • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan

            Padres?

            • Greg

              I thought someone would say Yankees, (not today)

      • nathan

        Reminds me of Barca-Manutd Champs League final in 2009. ManU was in absolute control the first half hour, then a fluke goal and game was gone pufft

  • OldYanksFan

    Any concensus on how Phil pitched?

    • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan

      Pitch pretty well. Fastball looking much better. They pulled him way too early though.

      • CBean

        was he on a limited pitch count?

  • Monteroisdinero

    Did Phil throw anything other than a fb and curve? I didn’t see anything else in the first 4 innings.

    • Greg

      He threw som 2 seamers i think

      • Monteroisdinero

        Hard to tell since they don’t move anything like Bartolo’s.

    • SDM

      he threw some cutters, his 4 seam, his curve

  • Monteroisdinero

    can we please bat Gardy leadoff? Every game? it is post 3K now.

  • nathan

    TBS is showing the Phils-Mets game. Its so jarring to hear “New York comes to bat after the break” Mets are not New York :P

  • Cuso

    Cano has completely gotten away from taking those outside fastballs the other way.

    he’s trying to pull every fastball he sees for a homer

  • CBean

    wow, Boone Logan strikes out the side.

  • Cy Pettitte

    BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOONE strikes out the side

  • http://johnsterling.blogspot.com/ Xstar7

    USA! USA! It’s about time they got on the board.