Game 115: Rookie vs. Rookie

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The Angels are throwing the Yankees a little bit of a curveball tonight, calling up rookie right-hander Garrett Richards to start instead of going with Hisanori Takahashi. Richards is coming straight from Double-A, where he posted a 3.54 FIP with an okay strikeout rate (6.38 K/9). Baseball America considered him the team’s seventh best prospect before the season, saying that he “touches 96 mph at times and sits comfortably at 92-93 with sink and occasional cutting action.” A mid-80’s breaking ball is his second pitch, which he calls a curveball but it looks a whole lot like a slider. BA cites observers that consider him “everything from a mid-rotation starter to a power reliever.”

Anyway, the Yankees have never seen Richards before, which usually means CERTAIN DOOM. I’m actually feeling pretty good about the matchup just because Richards is a typical power pitcher. The rookies with soft stuff are the ones that tend to give the Yankees fits, plus going from Double-A to Yankee Stadium in the middle of playoff spot race is a tough spot. Here’s the lineup…

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

Ivan Nova, SP

The game starts a little after 7pm ET and can be seen on YES locally or ESPN nationally. Enjoy.

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  • Wayne Tolleson

    2 SS’s is pretty cool. Maybe it will help Jeter with his range….

    • Pat D

      I don’t ever recall you being that good a glove man, Wayne.

      Of course, I’m too lazy (and at work) to look up your stats.

      • Jorge

        You were no Paul Zuvella, Wayne.

        • Pat D

          My dad, for some bizarre reason, always liked Lenn Sakata.

      • JohnnyC

        Yeah but Tollie was a hell of a proofreader

        • Wayne Tolleson

          I’m a great reader thanks to these coke bottles…..

  • Gonzo

    I feel good about facing this kid too.

  • jay h

    is there a reason why halosheaven calls the yankees the New Jersey Yankees of the Bronx?

    • JohnnyC

      They flunked geography in high school?

    • Gonzo

      California educational system?

    • Pat D

      This is the same site that said Rivera spit on the baseball.

      Don’t try to figure them out, you’ll have a stroke.

      • jay h

        oh i see. Yesterday they were the Jersey girls>

    • JohnnyC

      Win one fucking WS in your entire franchise history and, all of a sudden, you’re funnier than Larry David. Yeah, that’s about the gist of it.

  • Winston Smith

    At least tonight we’ve got a pitcher on the mound who doesn’t blow up for 4-5 runs in the 5th inning. Expect 6-7 strong and consistent innings from Ivan Nova, our 4th starter.

    • http://twitter.com/#!/Paddock9652 Stratman9652

      “At least tonight we’ve got a pitcher on the mound who doesn’t blow up for 4-5 runs in the 5th inning. ”

      Things nobody could say about Nova last year. He may never be a top of the line starter but the kid has come a long way.

    • Jorge

      Let me predict nothing but roses Ivan Nova, but crap on the the rest of the players on every other post. My god, Hester.

  • MikeD

    Let’s just make this easy and score lots of runs tonight. The Yankees are averaging just over three runs the last four games. SSS and all and to be expected after their eight-game winning streak, but a little more offense will cover up other sins!

  • Kevin

    Keep in mind..it’s still only been a year since he started pitching and still has a way to go..but he has held up better so far than the others under the very,very unforgiving NY spotlight that demands rookies be Cy Young flying out of the gate or else.

  • jay h

    Garrett richards was drafter with the compensation pick the angels got when the yankees signed Tex.

    • jay h

      drafted*

    • http://twitter.com/#!/Paddock9652 Stratman9652

      Which even further guarantees impending doom.

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

      No, he’s not. I thought so too. They took Tyler Skaggs with the Teixeira pick, Richards with the K-Rod pick. At least that’s what B-Ref says…

      http://www.baseball-reference......year_round

      • Jimmy McNulty

        I thought Mike Trout was the Teixeira pick…

        http://www.baseball-reference......year_round

        Or are you talking about the Comp pick in the sandwich round?

        • jay h

          sandwich round

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

          Yeah, the sandwich round.

      • YankeesJunkie

        This is interfering with the narrative.

        • MannyGeee

          read the by-rules. Fact and ficures should never get in the way of the narrative!!!

      • jay h

        oh. i guess i shouldn’t be paying attention to anything on halosheaven

  • Jimmy McNulty

    Nova’s the first Yankee to get ten wins as a rookie in 40 years. I know wins aren’t a very indicative stat for a pitcher’s performance, but still…that’s says something about Nova. I’m still a bit bearish on Nova long term, but apparently the Yankee Brass thinks highly of him.

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

      Nova’s the first Yankee to get ten wins as a rookie in 40 years.

      He’s the first rookie righty to do that for the Yankees in 40 years. Pettitte won 12 in 1995. El Duque also won 12, but he wasn’t really a rookie.

      • Jimmy McNulty

        Fuck, I read that on the crawl on ESPN when I was watching NFL Live…my badsky.

        • nedro

          serves you right for watching espn.

          • Jimmy McNulty

            Yeah, I’m mad at the NFL and I wanted some NFL coverage, gots do do what you gots to do.

    • YankeesJunkie

      Back end starter, but if he keeps pitching like who knows.

      • MikeD

        Back-end starters have value, and there are a few talent evaluators who actually project Nova out to mid-rotation. I remain agnostic on that last point, but hope it’s true.

    • MikeD

      I think it also says something about the Yankees over most of those 40 years, both in their drafting and faith in young pitchers. It’s changing.

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

      He’s only a few very good starts away from being a 2 WAR pitcher. Very impressive.

  • Esteban

    Hey good thing the Padres didn’t keep Nova when they drafted him in the Rule V draft.

  • Rick

    I haven’t been to the Stadium in a couple months; can anybody tell me what that stupid video-game sound they’re playing when the opposing team reaches base is all about?

    • nedro

      think it’s YES…

  • Jimmy McNulty

    Really not all that bad of an inning, Abreu draws a lot of walks and I wouldn’t expect a rookie that’s not a top 100 prospect to take him down swinging.

    • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan

      13 pitches, 7 for strikes. Harmless walk and harmless single.

  • Jorge

    I watch Nova’s starts with excitement. I would love for this kid to exceed expectations and become even more than the back-end starter many said his ceiling would be. A solid young contributor can come from all places, and doesn’t always have to be the sexy name.

    • YankeesJunkie

      Love the fact that he can get over 50% GB, however he needs a swing and miss pitch and slightly better control to make that jump to the middle of the rotation IMO.

      • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan

        Hopefully he sticks with that slider. That shit was nasty his last start.

  • YankeesJunkie

    Dude was throwing 7 innings a start in AA.

  • Dela G

    Damn, this guy throws damn hard

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

    Brett Gardner: Leadoff hitter

  • AaronGuielWithASmile

    I think they get Gardner with a decent throw

  • AaronGuielWithASmile

    OK Grandy, send this kid down to double A

    • AaronGuielWithASmile

      Well that’ll help

  • YankeesJunkie

    Love when the Yankees get back to back walks.

  • MikeD

    I wonder what the lowest in-season BA is for a guy with a 31-game hitting streak during the season? Gotta believe Uggla has it right now.

  • http://bleedingyankeeblue.com Jesse

    God the Yankees better take advantage here.

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

    Casey Janssen made binoculars out of coffee cups in the Jays bullpen. That’s pretty funny.

    http://twitpic.com/643q9k

    • IRF

      Relievers are the best

    • MannyGeee

      hilarious.

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

    31 game hitting streak and Uggla’s BA is only at .222?

    Mind-bottling

  • YankeesJunkie

    Brett Gardner-elite player

  • Cy Pettitte

    off the wall!

    the Grandyman!!!

  • http://bleedingyankeeblue.com Jesse

    3 run dinger please

    • http://bleedingyankeeblue.com Jesse

      wow right as i sent that he hit the homer. awesome. Go Grandy, go get that MVP out of A-Holes, Dingleberries’ and the Keebler Elf’s hands.

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

    Welcome to the bigs, kid.

  • Winston Smith

    SHE’S GONE! CURTIS MAKING UP FOR LAST NIGHT’S GOOF!

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

    Redemption

  • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan

    Haha Grandyyyyy

  • IRF

    Fine. I forgive you Curtis

  • YankeesJunkie

    That is called a hitter’s touch right there! Only if Matt where here to comment on its beauty.

  • Dela G

    Hahaha that was a hilarious debut hit

  • Esteban

    See that’s why I can’t stay mad at the Grandyman

  • Ivan

    Boom, Boom, BOOM!!!!!

  • Winston Smith

    Vindication for Curtis Granderson.

  • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan

    Fuck the HR, Grandy just killed a rally.

    • YankeesJunkie

      True dat! No baseball IQ or grit.

      • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan

        If Grandy had grit, that ball would have stayed in the park and he would have had an inside the park HR.

      • AaronGuielWithASmile

        Dustin Pedroia would’ve hopped before the pitch got to the plate

  • MikeD

    It’ll probably be the only three runs they score.

    I’m not being serious…I hope.

    • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan

      I always think of Greg when he says something incredibly negative and then says “Prove me wrong, Yankees.”

  • Esteban

    So the Yankees CAN hit pitchers they haven’t seen before

  • Cy Pettitte

    what a swing.

  • Michael Mirabella

    Is it just me or do I feel like we already one this game with Nova on the mound and a three-run lead?

    • IRF

      When did Nova become this shut-down ace? He could easily give up three runs.

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

        Yeah really. He’s been very good, but let’s chill the fuck out.

        • YankeesJunkie

          Nova>>>>>>>>>>>>>>Walter Johnson

          Don’t wreck the narrative.

  • http://bleedingyankeeblue.com Jesse

    Nova is a lock to not lose this game. 11-0 when pitching with a lead. Nova will be the number two starter come postseason. Idgaf that he’s a rookie. He’ll be the second best pitcher come October, you can book it.

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

      AJ Burnett is a numbah 2 stahta!

  • MikeD

    What? CC/Nova not part of the poll? Nonsense!

    • IRF

      Nova is better than Weaver and Haren combined.

  • AaronGuielWithASmile

    So am I the only one who thinks that the Angels are gonna win the AL West?

    • YankeesJunkie

      Texas is the better team, but if Haren and Weaver can dominate in their starts they will stay close. However, they have virtually 0 shot at the wild card.

    • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan

      Do we count what Mike Scioscia thinks?

  • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan

    Nice play, Noonie.

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

    That’s some arm in this Nunez kid. You have no idea how far that throw is until you stand out there.

    • YankeesJunkie

      It is about 90 root 2 from first to third in a straight line so it about 150 feet, so give or take a few feet where Nunez is and that is a heck of throw.

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

        Yeah, so it’s about half a football field.

        • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan

          Feet and yards are not the same thing, Axisa!

          • Jetrer

            ummm, 150 feet is 50 yards, which is half of a football field (excluding the endzones)

    • http://bleedingyankeeblue.com Jesse

      don’t tease us Axisa, you know most of us won’t have a chance to stand out there!

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

        I’ve never been on the field, just find a park somewhere and stand near third base.

      • jon

        I was there on sunday

        yankee stadium 5k

    • bonestock94

      I know all too well as a horrific defensive 3B in little league

    • Monteroisdinero

      True Mike. Go to a high school field and try to make that throw-not easy to reach first without throwing a high fly.

    • MannyGeee

      meanwhile, easier throws are the ones he bones…

  • Guest

    The odds of Dan Uggla having another 26 game hitting streak on top of the 31 game hitting streak he has just had, is just about zero.

    BUT on the 0.00000 *takes breath* 000001 or whatever percent chance that he does have a 57 game hitting streak, he’s going to get more grief for a breaking a record he “doesn’t deserve to break” than Maris did, right? (Don’t think either should get/should’ve gotten grief, but it’s inevitable).

    • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan

      Uggla is trash.

      • Guest

        Yeah, this is kind of what I was talking about.

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

      If it weren’t for a couple of great defensive plays, Joe DiMaggio would have had a 73 game hitting streak and we wouldn’t be having this conversation.

  • YankeesJunkie

    Hell of play!

  • Winston Smith

    That’s why Russell’s playing. Gives us something we didn’t have last year. And once A-Rod comes back he’ll be hitting 9th anyway and not 6th or 7th like he was earlier in the year.

  • http://www.clothinglegends.com Joe – Yanks Fan In Texas

    I think the biggest thing that plagues young pitchers(yes, even the great Nova), is the 2 out hits. It seems as if with 2 outs, many of them can not just shut the inning down…it all comes in time(hopefully) but it just seems like something Nova needs to work on.

    • MannyGeee

      I think the biggest thing that plagues young all pitchers(yes, even the great Nova), is the 2 out hits.

      • http://www.clothinglegends.com Joe – Yanks Fan In Texas

        Well played, Mauer.

  • MannyGeee

    so anyone else watching th ESPN braodcast? I turned it on riiiiight after the Granderslam, and I have heard no less than 5 times “You know, the Yankees are 0-6 when facing a pitcher for the first time… ” could be an interesting drinking game if i didn’t have a client presentation tomorrow…

    fuck ESPN.

    • YankeesJunkie

      Key word is tomorrow. Go grab a fifth and enjoy!

  • IRF

    Did you guys know Michael Kay went to Fordham? Cuz he did.

  • Zach

    Sterling thinks Gardner goes back to bottom 3rd of lineup when arod is back. They might do it, but still silly.
    Gard
    Jeter
    Curtis
    A-rod
    Tex
    Cano
    Swish
    3b/dh/c
    c/dh/3b

    • Jetrer

      I think they will drop Gardy
      They won’t drop Cano to 6th

      • Zach

        OBP > SLG, I hope.

        • Jetrer

          except Granderson, ARod, Tex, Cano, and Swisher (barely) are all more productive hitters than Gardner
          They won’t drop ARod, and they won’t have their 3rd and 4th most productive hitters batting 5 and 6

          • Zach

            What does “productive” mean?

            • Jetrer

              overall offense
              I was basing it on wOBA and wRC+ , but the same would apply for OPS

              • Zach

                That’s cool. I just wasn’t going to accept RBI. Yanks will make the playoff either way.

    • Winston Smith

      That is silly. Him and Jeter are good at the top. Our best player this year stays at 3. Then A-Rod and the rest of the order goes just like you say. They need to stop platooning Gardner. He’s a leadoff hitter, period.

    • http://bleedingyankeeblue.com Jesse

      Here’s what the lineup will look like whether Sterling likes it or not:
      Jeter
      Granderson
      Teixeira
      Rodriguez
      Cano
      Swisher
      DH
      Martin
      Gardner

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

      Ideal lineup (in other words, never going to happen):
      Gritner
      Grandyman
      Tex
      A-Rod
      Cano
      Swish
      Chavstache
      Jetes
      Russell

      • YankeesJunkie

        Jesus for Chavstache

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

          Or Russell a couple of times a week.

      • Jetrer

        Agree except that Jeter should be at the top instead of Gardner vs. LHP
        Jeter vs. LHP this year: 361/446/526 .428 wOBA, 173 wRC+

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

          Right. Jeter and Gardner should be interchangeable depending on who the opposing starter is.

    • Guest

      I think Gardner is pretty close to earning Girardi’s full trust. And I think Girardi has a little new school in him to go with the old school. He probably knows it makes little sense to have someone with elite speed and very good OBP skills get the least amount of at bats.

      I don’t think Jeter goes anywhere (and he’s been hiting well anyway, hopefully he continues to do so). But I also don’t think any of A-Rod, Tex, or Cano will have a crisis of confidence if they are dropped a spot or two. Keep Gardner, Jeter, and Grandy at the top, A-Rod, Tex, and Cano or Tex, A-rod, and Cano in the middle and call it a day.

      Russell Martin and Chavez/Jones getting more at bats than Gardner = No.

      • Zach

        What you said “Russell Martin and Chavez/Jones getting more at bats than Gardner = No.”

  • Winston Smith

    Supernova’s one hell of a pitcher. And they wanted to send this guy down even after AJ’s meltdown in Chicago! 3 runs is all Supernova needs.

    • MannyGeee

      god I wish people would get off Nova’s dick.

      We get it, hes pitching very well, but you guys will be first in line to lamb-baste him when he loses three in a row or gives up 7ER in his next start… go ask Phil Hughes.

      • jon

        plus hes back to his non swing and miss stuff

        i get the hype if he strikes out 10 again

        • Winston Smith

          He’s a groundball pitcher. Look at him out there inducing grounder after grounder. At least he doesn’t give up warning track drives to Jeff Mathis. The guy is consistent and he’s only a rookie.

          • IRF

            K’s>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Grounders

            • Jetrer

              yes, but Nova is still >>>>>>>>>>Burnett

              • IRF

                That’s not saying much.

                • Jetrer

                  just saying he should definitely be in the rotation when they go back to 5

      • Joba4Prez

        Hater…Ha-Ha-Ha-Hater

        /Jay-Z Voice

        • jon

          2 swinging strikes is not a good pitcher make

          • YankeesJunkie

            No, that is what is holding him back. However, the ground balls though allow to be an MLB pitcher.

        • MannyGeee

          please. scroll up and look the comments in this thread, and then go back to a thread from one of Phil’s April starts… and then you’ll get it.

          that said, he’s throwing a hell of a game so far. extremely efficient. which is clutch

  • http://www.clothinglegends.com Joe – Yanks Fan In Texas

    Loved ESPN’s announcers making excuses for the Angels SP! “If he wasn’t nervous and he didn’t pay a lot of money for a cab on the way here, then he wouldn’t have walked anyone and he wouldn’t have given up Granderson’s HR that was only over because it hit the top of the wall!”

    …lol

  • bonestock94

    Tex is a badass

  • YankeesJunkie

    I will say A-Rod and Mantle for the trivia knowing I am wrong.

  • MannyGeee

    ha. Abreu runs like an old yenta with a hip replacement.

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

    That was strike three to Hunter.

    • SDM

      i agree

  • Cy Pettitte

    GARY FUCKING SANCHEZ

    2/2 with 2 HRs

    • YankeesJunkie

      Hellz yea! 17 homers as an 18 year old is ridiculous and his wRC+ 115 is huge for a guy at C.

    • MannyGeee

      call up Sanchez. fck Montero!

    • Guest

      Further proof that maybe people should let the full year develop before they change their opinions on prospects.

      Wow. What power.

      Cup of tea with Tampa to get a taste of the next level (especially since JR is hurt).

      If only JR didn’t get hurt and get up his pre-injury production (big Ifs).

      Everyone could’ve been promoted next year:

      Montero – Majors
      Romine – AAA
      Murphy – AA
      Sanchez – High A
      Tejeda – Low A

      Not bad.

  • Joba4Prez

    Halladay isn’t that great…he doesn’t miss bats

    /RAB’d

    • jon

      uhhh you do realize hallday strikes out 8.4 so/9 right?

    • YankeesJunkie

      His 7.5 + K/9 the last four years says differently.

    • IRF

      8.35 K/9

      10.4 % Swinging Strike

      /Actual RAB’d

      • Joba4Prez

        Ok, Greg Maddux missed bats right?

        Glavine?

        How bout Andy Pettite?

        Mike Mussina do anything for you?

        The point is that there MANY great pitchers who never struck out a ton of guys

        • IRF

          You know Moose and Pettite were strikeout pitchers right?

          And if you wanna go ahead and bank on Nova having the legendary FB command of Glavine and Maddux, even though he hasn’t shown that in his entire professional career, be my guest.

          • Joba4Prez

            If strikeout pitchers average 6.1 and 6.6 K/9 for the careers, respectively…bravo

            • IRF

              Moose is at 7.1 for his career which is above average. In his prime he was an 8 K/9 guy. Pettitte’s swinging strike rate was above average

        • jon

          Maddux 16.5 k%
          Glavine 14.0 K%
          Pettitte 17.3 K%
          Moose 19.3 K%

          what the FUCK are you talking about

          • Joba4Prez

            Looking or Swinging sir?

  • Kostas

    It is only 3 innings and there is much room to improve, but Nova is making a solid case as an alternative to Burnett.

    • Winston Smith

      He’s already made the case of a vast improvement to AJ Burnett. They didn’t send him down last week and the next step is giving him a permanent rotation spot going forward.

    • MannyGeee

      my dick is making a solid case as an alternative to Burnett if for no other reason its got a better haircut.

      • YankeesJunkie

        LOL

      • Kostas

        OMG… now THAT is funny.

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

    LOL Bourjos

  • http://twitter.com/#!/Paddock9652 Stratman9652

    Anyone know a way to find out the probables for Scranton for the series against Syracuse? I just got very very excited to find that the series opener is 5 days from Manny’s last start, but the way minor league “rotations” go I can’t be sure.

    • YankeesJunkie

      Pretty sure Scranton has a blog so I would probably check that.

      • http://twitter.com/#!/Paddock9652 Stratman9652

        I checked that, no definitive probables and looking back at who has pitched lately shows no rhyme or reason. Guess I’ll just have to go to all four games right? At 15 bucks a ticket no reason not to.

        • YankeesJunkie

          Thats the spirit. However, I am pretty sure ManBan will start on Friday so the earliest he would start is Wednesday.

          • http://twitter.com/#!/Paddock9652 Stratman9652

            Yeah that’s what I’m thinking. Friday is the first game of the series in Syracuse so I’m probably gonna get lucky and see him.

            I can’t believe I’m saying this, but hopefully they don’t call up Montero for a few days, still haven’t seen him catch. He was having that whole attitude problem last time they were in Cuse and he got his ass benched.

  • YankeesJunkie

    Cano for the cycle tonight!

  • Brandon

    If Nova continues to pitch well tonight, abd Hughes pitches good on Saturday, there going to have to move Burnett. Moving one of Hughes or Nova after good starts, would really be stupid.

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

    Zombie Chavez!

  • Cy Pettitte

    #productiveDH

  • YankeesJunkie

    Awesome relay!

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

    Hooray for having a productive DH.

  • http://deleted Total Dominication

    Piling on.

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

    They’re really tagging Richards.

  • jon

    how do you miss 2 cut off guys?

  • Cy Pettitte

    some serious meatballs being served up this inning

  • Cy Pettitte

    stupid Bourjous

  • YankeesJunkie

    That was a hell of play.

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

    Robbed

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

    Bourjos is like “get out of the way you old fuck.”

  • bonestock94

    Fuckin A what a beast

  • SDM

    *clap clap Damn

  • Ivan

    Who is the better fielder, Bourjos or Gardner?

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

      Probably Bourjos. He’s ridiculous.

      • Ivan

        I might agree to that. Can you imagine Bourjos and Gardner in the same outfield defensively.

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

      Gardner

      But Bourjos plays a more important defensive position.

  • Cy Pettitte

    are you serious? getting robbed this inning.

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

    Bullshit call

  • YankeesJunkie

    Damn!

  • bonestock94

    That’s not cool man

  • IRF

    Robo umps now please.

  • Bartolo’s Colon

    man, gardner just got anti jim joyced

  • karel capek

    Perhaps Jorge can retire and become a commentator for YES. Imagine a booth of Micheal Kay, Posada, and Cone. Nothing but sabermetrics and Posada talking about how Swisher is still slower than him. But if Cone looks like Buster Keaton who does Posada looks like?

    Fingers crossed.

    • MannyGeee
    • http://twitter.com/#!/Paddock9652 Stratman9652

      Ok, I give. Whats with the David Cone/Buster Keaton obsession? It’s almost all you ever post on here. We get it they look alike.

  • Eirias

    Collusion!

  • Cy Pettitte

    wow what a terrible call, not even close.

  • MannyGeee

    nunez flingin the ball

  • Cy Pettitte

    i repeat, stupid Bourjos.

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

    Just a solo home run. No big deal.

    • YankeesJunkie

      Unless it is AJ Burnett

      • Jimmy McNulty

        AJ’s making 16,500,000 USD, and the team is unwilling to replace him in the rotation. So yes, AJ is held to a higher standard than Ivan Nova.

  • Ivan

    Yankees have given up homers to Abreu (twice) and now Bourjos…mind boggling…

  • MannyGeee

    officially over Bourjos

  • mbonzo

    So the Angels called up Trout and Richards without going to AAA. What has become of the PCL?

    • Sarah

      Brandon Belt is toiling at SF’s Triple A club. And killing it. So what does that tell you?

      • mbonzo

        Yea, the offensive numbers are a joke, but it seems like teams would rather keep prospects in the Texas League. Is there more competition in AA than AAA?

        • Sarah

          Don’t know for sure but I’d guess that is true.

        • Jimmy McNulty

          Read the NoMaas Mark Newman interview, at AAA the players are used there exactly the way they’d be used in the big leagues. So the managers, to a large degree, worry about winning the games because it preps the players for the call up. At AA they don’t care as much about winning and it’s more about letting each player develop.

          • mbonzo

            Thats interesting but it feeds into my point. The Angels must seriously consider the PCL to be a joke (which it is) for them to skip that part of a prospects development.

            • Jimmy McNulty

              Depends on the prospect, depends on the organization, depends on the park and coaching staff at the PCL team too. The Royals used the PCL Royals quite a bit. The Pads kept Rizzo in there for a significant amount of time, the Jays had Lawrie there for a while, and Ackley was there for a while too. It all depends, most of the elite prospects aren’t in AAA for that long anyways as players need to develop at the ML level too.

              **cough** Jesus Montero **cough cough**

          • The Fallen Phoenix

            That’s just how the Yankees organization runs things, though. Not all AAA organizations are run the same.

  • MannyGeee

    bye bye! another shot by Grandy!

  • YankeesJunkie

    The Grandyman can!

  • Cy Pettitte

    lol Grandy destroying this kid.

    congrats to him on new career high on HRs

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

    Grandy is in beast mode. For that brief second where he hit that home run, he was the best hitter in baseball.

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

    I love the effing grandy man

  • Guest

    I wonder if there has ever been someone who led the league in HR’s, RBI’s, Runs and did NOT win the MVP.

    Right now, Grandy, as much as I love him, doesn’t deserve the MVP. And he could lead the league in HR’s, Runs, and RBI’s and still not deserve the MVP.

    But I imagine someone leading the league in those categories and not winning the MVP is a pretty rare phenomenon.

    • mbonzo

      If he leads the league in HR’s, Runs, and RBI’s he’ll probably put up numbers that’ll make me comfortable enough to vote him MVP.

    • YankeesJunkie

      Gonzalez and Bautista are the only two hitters that have a better wRC+ than Granderson. If Granderson had a +8 fielding rather -8 his fWAR would be right up there. I still don’t think he will win it, but if he continues this he should be in the top 5.

      • Guest

        WAR and fWAR take the import of the position a player plays into account, correct?

        In my opinion, a slighlty below average defensive CF brings more defensive value to a team than a slightly above average defense first baseman.

        Then again, according to most metrics I’ve seen, Grandy’s been worse than slighly below average so far this year.

        • mbonzo

          Another thing is that centerfielders are primarily a defensive position, and whats considered average for a centerfielder would be incredible a decade ago. Its almost as if Granderson were producing these numbers at an elite position like catcher.

          • YankeesJunkie

            Agreed. There are a lot of extremely fast and good CFs on defense just look at who the Yankees are facing tonight.

        • YankeesJunkie

          fWAR takes to account positional differences. Bautista is the leader because of his pure beastly numbers especially his walks. While Pedroia has not put up the numbers like Grandy, Bautista, and Gonzalez he is not only getting help from the position he plays, but UZR rates him extremely high (like Brett Gardner high) at second base.

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

      HR’s and Runs? maybe. RBI’s? Nope.

      And yeah, it’s amazing. Between Gonzales, Bautista, Ellsbury, Pedroia and whoever the fuck else is out there, there’s some people having some monster seasons.

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

    At least Robbie hustled.

  • MP

    Grandyman trying to make up for getting picked off last night.

  • Jimmy McNulty

    This Mike Trumbo is quite a player, is there any other competition for AL RoY other than him? I suppose Jeremy Hellickson or our very own, Ivan Nova. Is Jordan Walen a rookie? He’s been pretty damn good too. Ogando is technically a rookie too, he’s another candidate.

    • Mariano’s Pimp Hand

      Pineda in the first half but he has been pretty bad since then.

    • Cnight_Ithaca

      Eddison Volquez?

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

      Dustin Ackley?

      • Jimmy McNulty

        Yeah, I forgot about Ackley and Pineda, they’re on my fantasy team so how I managed to forget them is beyond me. Anyways, Ackley is probably the pick. Trumbo’s got about 40 games on him, but Ackley’s rate stats are just undeniable.

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

          Ackley has the same fWAR as Trumbo in about 60 less games. Trumbo’s HR’s and RBI’s will assuredly woo the voters though. It’s going to be close

  • Cy Pettitte

    “Granderson on pace for 43 homers, 128 RBIs, 145 runs scored and 30 steals. Staggering. #yankees”

    damn.

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

    I thought Robbie doesn’t dive?

    • Monteroisdinero

      Dustin Cano!

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

        HELL. NO.

        • Monteroisdinero

          The only thing missing is grit.

          HELL. YES.

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

            Cano can’t be gritty because he’s both Latino and isn’t allowed to grow facial hair during the season. (Technically he could grow a stache, but that would look awful on him.)

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

    i love cano’s range

  • IRF

    This performance has been downright Wang-ian

  • Winston Smith

    Groundball after groundball. Reminds me of Wanger.

  • YankeesJunkie

    Nova is looking like 2008 Wang tonight.

  • The Fallen Phoenix

    Michael Kay needs to get off his horse about what games are or aren’t watchable.

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

      Michael Kay makes games unwatchable on his own.

  • Monteroisdinero

    Looking forward to a Nova interview after the game. Great guy.

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

    wow joel pinero in the bullpen? what a laugher of a contract

    • CMP

      Kudos to the Angels for having the balls to pull an $8 million ineffective starter out of the rotation.

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

        AJ’s making more than twice that. He should still be pulled from the rotation though.

  • Cuso

    Grandy’s 2nd shot landed two rows above me!!

  • Monteroisdinero

    Swish having a nice game. In praise of Nick.

  • Pants Lendelton

    I notice a lot of CMW comparisons tonight,

    Keep in mind that Nova has a better infield/outfield defense playing behind this season compared to the gloves playing those 4 seasons.

    /piss’donyourparade’d

    • Joba4Prez

      With the better breaking stuff :p

    • YankeesJunkie

      Outside of Tex for Giambi this infield is not much worse than what there was in 2008.

      Nova has been efficient with pitches, ton of grounders, and no strike outs or walks. This is what Wang did when he was on. Not saying Nova is as good, but he does look Wangian tonight.

    • Mariano’s Pimp Hand

      I just looked up Wang’s #s for this year. 3 Ks in 15 IP. Only 1 K in his last 2 starts (11 IP).

      Still living dangerously.

      • YankeesJunkie

        25 grounders to 9 fly balls though in the last two starts.

  • Cy Pettitte

    get ‘em over get ‘em in. now we’re playing the game the right way.

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

    loving this game

  • SDM

    Does this ump hate nova, thats the 2nd punchout he missed

  • YankeesJunkie

    Time to let Noesi finish the game!

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

    Isn’t this when he way “here we go again!”? Of is that just for AJ and Hughes?

    • Cy Pettitte

      he has 10 wins, I think we can cut him some slack.

      /Kay’d

    • mbonzo

      Nova is throwing all the pitches he shouldn’t be throwing.

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

      No. You’re supposed to wait until AFTER he hits the three run bomb.

    • JohnnyC

      Hate it when managers wait until bases loaded to make a pitching change…shades of the ol’ master, Joe Torre.

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

    yeah…. i’d take nova out now

    • tom

      I’d have done it a batter ago. Yeah, he probably got hosed on the first walk, and the hits weren’t entirely scorched. But I don’t see why relievers should be given so little margin for error.

  • YankeesJunkie

    Nova has pitched great, but you got to pull Nova now.

  • ItsATarp

    GOddamit AJ you suck…oh wait

  • Erica

    Nova had a great game. Kid deserves all the praise.

  • Mike Myers

    Earn that money Raffy!

  • YankeesJunkie

    Nova just lost control and started throwing the fastball high in the seventh.

  • Winston Smith

    Well deserved standing ovation for Supernova. He is our 4th starter.

  • Monteroisdinero

    Just when I thought Cano had grit, he doesn’t come up with the hot shot up the middle.

    /No grit is right.

  • Your mom

    Implosion time.

    • Your mom

      psych.

  • YankeesJunkie

    Take that everyday of the week in that situation.

  • Guest

    6IP, 2 ER
    6IP, 5 ER

    One is very good, the other very bad. Fate of the start in someone else’s hands.

    Also, I think pitchers should not be responsible for a runner that was on first when they left the game. The reliever either gave up an XBH or multiple hits. Both would play a larger role in the runner scoring from first than the previous pitcher letting the runner get to first.

  • Winston Smith

    I think there are people who want Nova to fail just so they can say see I told you he wasn’t any good. He’s only projected to be a back end starter. There is the anti Nova people and the anti Hughes people who want nothing more than to see those two kids fail.

    • Monteroisdinero

      I want both of them to succeed as I want any Yankee to succeed. AJ makes tons and has had tons of crappy results with a reliable implosion inning. Nova and Hughes have = upsides right now in my opinion although I have more confidence in Nova because he has command of more pitches.

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

      I don’t want either of them to fail. I want Nova to keep doing what he’s doing and for Phil to go back to first half 2010 forms.

  • Mike Myers

    perfecto!

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

    great GIDP

  • Monteroisdinero

    Bourjos is no Gardy.

    Soriano gets it done.

  • tom

    Solid outcome. Bravo, Soriano

  • Mike Myers

    Worth every penny?

  • Erica

    Four pitch 7th by the 8th Inning Guy. I love it.

  • mbonzo

    Soriano is pretty good at this pitching thing I guess.

  • Cy Pettitte

    now that is what we paid for.

  • Your mom

    Soriano: 7th Inning Guy

  • YankeesJunkie

    Soriano did great! Time for Noesi to finish up the game.

  • Rockstar4Life

    How can you not like Nova? He’s given them so much more than anyone could have expected.

    And Soriano is the man. Did exactly what he was suppose to do.

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

    I worked on a really long and cool post about Nova, then my signal went out (storm). It comes back and I get this shit.

    Fuck.

    I mean, Nova still did well, but I just can’t post it now.

  • Esteban

    So much for “Girardi’s gonna make Soriano THE 8th inning guy and stick to strict roles”

    • sangreal

      So he made him the 7th inning guy when he got back and is sticking to that strict role… Not much of a difference

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

    Maris and Mantle in ’61 were so much better than Tex and Grandy it’s incomprehensible.

  • Esteban

    Yahooooooooooo

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

    Cano is killin it!! WOOOOOOO CANO!

  • Erica

    ONE SINGLE AWAY!!!!!!!!

  • Cy Pettitte

    Robbie oppo-bomb! he’s going for the cycle!

  • mbonzo

    Cano can’t hit a single to save his life.

  • Justin

    Go Robbie! Hope he gets one more AB for a chance to get a single!

  • Your mom

    So that’s why Piniero is in the pen.

  • Monteroisdinero

    Cano is good at this bezball thing. Pinero was looking like Cano’s dad out there.

  • Bartolo’s Colon

    too bad mitre is hurt, he could tie this thing up so cano would get another ab to try for the cycle

    • Your mom

      Fuck the cycle! I’ll take the win instead.

      • tom

        My mom would never use that kind of language

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

    Would have a single already if it weren’t for that play by Mark Trumbo.

    FUCK YOU MARK TRUMBO!!!1!1!!1!1!1!1!1!1!1!!1!1!1

  • YankeesJunkie

    Why Ayala? Noesi can actually learn from this game.

  • Your mom

    Yay! My fav reliever >>>>> Ayala

  • Monteroisdinero

    Soriano can’t pitch if we are up by 6 or more.

    Binder rule #10,642.368

    • Jetrer

      that binder rule actually makes sense though
      No need to waste good bullets in low leverage work

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

    Mike Kay is so effing creepy. 49 year slump??? jesus

  • Your mom

    Cano is having a fine game.

  • Mike Myers

    Binder rule 12312 – throw first pitch strike to bobby…he NEVER swings…god i dont miss his lazy fat ass

    • CMP

      Say what you want about Abreu but he’s had a pretty good career.

      Bobby Abreu: 62.6 career WAR
      Manny Ramirez: 69.5 career WAR

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

        ManRam definitely had, like, a negative 10 WAR defensively.

        Not that it doesn’t matter, jut putting in perspective. Who would I want at the plate? Ramirez, and it’s not even close.

        • CMP

          Of course but ManRam is a sure fire first ballot HOFer if not for the PEDs and Abreu isn’t far behind.

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

            I believe Abreu is one of the most underrated players of the past decade. No one realizes the value of his walks, and at his peaks he was one of the games better hitters.

    • Monteroisdinero

      and 2nd pitch strike. He takes that pitch alot too. Then pitchers nibble and it’s 2-2 or 3-2 before he swings for the first time. But he is a quality bat.

  • Michael Mirabella

    Steve smith to the Eagles, damn it
    /giantsfan

    • Pat D

      Yea, I’m getting really pissed off at that team already.

      Thankfully I work Sundays so if they suck, I’m spared.

  • smurfy

    Lotsa movement on Ayala’s two seamer.

    • Monteroisdinero

      His 2 seamer is Colonic.

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

        gross

    • Michael Mirabella

      Yea and boss is gone too

  • Bartolo’s Colon

    i thought for a second cano was gritty, but it was actually just an athletic, finesse play

  • Jetrer

    if nothing else, the Yankees have the best mop-up guy in baseball

  • Tyrone Sharpton

    Doesn’t Bourjous seem like a Gardner clone?

    • The Devil

      Minus about 40 points of OBP. That’s pretty important.

  • Esteban

    Trumbo… more like Dumbo. Amirite?

    /worst joke ever.

  • Cy Pettitte

    no comment on how Andrew is Austin’s brother? I’m disappointed Kay.

    • Jetrer

      he’s reading your posts

  • Cy Pettitte

    they couldn’t get Robbie another AB? boo.

  • Your mom

    I’m surprised Ayala’s ERA is so low. He seems to give up a shitload of hits.

  • YankeesJunkie

    Maybe I am just crazy but Cano has a 131 wRC+ while Pedroia is at 145, but if you take defense out of their fWAR Pedroia is at 5.2 and Cano is 3.9. That seems like a huge difference.

  • Monteroisdinero

    Trumbo with a Monterian double. We will all soon see.

  • Your mom

    I still can’t believe the Angels traded for Wells. He sucks!

    • YankeesJunkie

      He was not awful in 2010, but the payroll is just so big he would have to be a fucking beast to even take on that contract.

      • Jetrer

        he was only good in Toronto last year
        he was below average on the road
        Maybe he needs the Angels to start stealing signs

    • sangreal

      and in doing so, they gave up Napoli as their catcher for Mathis

      • Pat D

        Napoli isn’t much of a catcher.

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

          At least Napoli is an above average hitter. Jeff Mathis is a black hole in the Angel’s lineup.

  • Esteban

    Solid win.

  • http://twitter.com/#!/Paddock9652 Stratman9652

    Anyone else notice how often Logan is getting dry humped lately? If he isn’t pitching he is warming. Such is the life of a lefty specialist I guess.

    • BklynJT

      People make too big of a deal about warming a pitcher up and not using him.

  • bonestock94

    Dear people who said the Yankees would get shut out because this was the first time seeing this pitcher,

    Suck it.

    Sincerely,

    me

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

      Today was an exception.

      • bonestock94

        Doubt it

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

          /sarcasm

  • Pat D

    CJ Wilson told Dallas Braden that his mound sucks.

  • Hall and Nokes

    Arodys Vizcaino about to come in, if you’re interested in that sort of off-topictry.

    • Hall and Nokes

      Loaded the bases with walks and a HBP. The verdict is in: good trade.

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

        Considering that Boone Logan was the centerpiece, GREAT trade.

      • Jim S

        He should not be in the majors yet. Not sure why Atlanta’s doing that to him.

  • Monteroisdinero

    So when Cano came back to the dugout he put up the 2 finger peace sign to the camera and did he say “2nd pitch”??

    • Monteroisdinero

      after his home run…

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

    great win

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

      Last night or the game before that would have been a great win. Today was just a good win.

      /nitpick’d

  • Kevin

    Watching the Kansas City/Tampa Bay Rays game…the KC closers gave up five runs in the 9th..what a joke.

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

      I thought Joakim Soria was supposed to be good. I can’t believe Cashman wanted to trade Jesus for him once.

  • Chen Meng Wang

    Just Got back from the game. Few things I noticed:
    Nova was touching 94-96 pretty regularly, I never remember him doing that.
    Excellent job by Soriano making me look stupid. right before the double play I said to my date “I don’t feel very comfortable about this: soriano coming in bases loaded, no-one out.”
    Robinson Cano has unbelievable strength.
    How did AJ allow 5 runs yesterday? The Angels don’t seem to hit the ball hard all to often…just my observation, I could be very wrong.
    Robbie/Teixeira on the right side is about as smooth as it gets.
    Grandy’s second homerun was hit to the section right above me, I wish he would’ve hit it lower.
    Finally, the people in the short porch absolutely love Swish, I like him alot, but god they go nuts for him out there. They also gave Torri Hunter a hard time, but he laughed along with alot of it.