Game 17: Coming for Yu


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I was one of many fans that wanted the Yankees to sign Yu Darvish this past offseason. I liked that he was young (two months younger than Phil Hughes!) and had power stuff, plus the fact that a large chunk of the acquisition cost wouldn’t count towards the luxury tax. Then again, I also didn’t think the posting free to acquire his negotiating rights would come within $10M of Daisuke Matsuzaka’s, let alone exceed it. The Yankees didn’t bite and the Rangers did, though I have a hard time getting worked up over it after seeing the cost.

Like everyone else, I hope the Yankees pound Darvish into submission tonight. He’s never faced a lineup this good before, so if he continues to show the typical Japanese pitcher tendency of nibbling at the edges of strike zone instead of challenging hitters, it could get really ugly, really quick for him. Here’s the lineup…

SS Derek Jeter
CF Curtis Granderson
DH Alex Rodriguez
2B Robinson Cano
1B Mark Teixeira
RF Nick Swisher
LF Raul Ibanez
3B Eric Chavez
Russell Martin

RHP Hiroki Kuroda

This is only the seventh time in MLB history that two Japanese-born starting pitchers are facing each other. The game starts a little after 8pm ET and can be seen on YES locally and MLB Network nationally. Enjoy.

Categories : Game Threads


  1. Tony says:

    Ibanez in left scares the hell out of me. I feel bad for Kuroda

  2. Robinson Tilapia says:

    After we knock Darvish out in the second, I want the crack research team here to develop a list of all the commenters who predicted certain doom after the Yanks didn’t sign Darvish so we can mock them.

    • The Irony Guy says:


      So you mean no one? And if he has a quality start can we just mock you for wanting to stone people for having a differing opinion? Or should we continue to stone the Yu fans?

      There within lies the true irony because I already know the answer is the latter.

      Here’s more irony: you talk about hating to dick weave but here you were about to call out fictitious people who have a fictitious different opinion.

      • Jimmy McNulty says:

        Yeah Robinson Tilapia gets mad at people who don’t like it when Mo blows a save and likes it when the Yankees make bad moves and lose, he always seems the angriest when the Yankees win…he always wants to say dumb things like “WHO’S DOOMED NOW!!!?!?!?!?!?!?” or act like he thought they could pull off a nine run comeback all along.

        • Don'tcha Know? says:

          Yeah. I, for one, am not a fan of Robinson Tilapia.

          • Plank says:

            I’m a fan of Tilapia the fish, and Robinson Cano, and Robinson Crusoe, and Jackie Robinson, and Jackie Tilapia.

            Anyway, what were we talking about?

          • Jimmy McNulty says:

            The Yankees screw things up…every team does, somethings they do worse than other things; but they do a lot of things better than most teams and they have a fat stack of cash so that they can make up for their mistakes.

            However, this isn’t to say that they should keep making those mistakes. Just because you’re the best doesn’t mean that there isn’t room for improvement, until they win 173 games there’s always room to get better. I’m sure Brian Cashman wants to get better at evaluating pitching and scouting relievers, and there’s no reason why we shouldn’t want them to either.

        • Havok9120 says:

          He doesn’t care when people get mad at those things. He cares when people get mad and then flip out and then project that irrational anger down the rest of the line, all the while maintaining that they aren’t being irrationally angry.

          Then, of course, they’ll come and say that they were just being irrationally angry and we should have ignored it as such.

          • Jimmy McNulty says:

            See when someone would say “oh fuck this” now, he’d be wetting his pants acting like there’s nothing to worry about when a pitcher surrenders a lead off homer. While true, the Yankees can still win…giving up a lead off HR when there’s a good pitcher starting on the otherside sucks.

          • Robinson Tilapia says:

            Holy fuck. I missed all this?!?!

    • Jimmy McNulty says:

      It’s not so much that they thought the Yankees were doomed, just that there’s a chance that the Yankees might be able to get the best pitcher on the planet for 100Mish, he’s young, has other worldly stuff, and stats in Japan that no one’s put up before. Thus, signing Darvish seemed like a really really really really good idea. Much like the Browns and getting RG3, getting him sounded like an awesome proposition…but that didn’t happen and the fans were/are sad about missing out on someone awesome.

      As far as I go? Meh…price seems awfully steep, but with more players getting locked up, other teams being competitive in FA, the new budget coming up, and with the way Hughes/Joba turned out signing him seemed like an awesome idea and I was bummed when they didn’t sign him because it seems like the one advantage that the Yankees have over everyone is money…why not flex that financial muscle? The whole contract wouldn’t even count against the luxury tax to boot, seems like a better idea than signing AJ Burnett or Kei Igawa, but I digress.

      Anyways, why don’t we mock everyone who thought Hughes would be awesome, Joba could start, or that liked the Pineda deal?

      Can’t we point out when the Yankees mess things up without saying that they’re doomed?

    • Jimmy McNulty says:

      So he made it past the second, can we mock you now?

    • Jimmy McNulty says:

      Wow, don’t you look stupid now.

      • Robinson Tilapia says:

        Well, let’s see…..you kept on hitting “reply” to something I wrote before the game started, thinking I’d be reading, until I just got to see all of it….three hours later. Methinks you take this all a bit too seriously, Mr. McNulty.

        • Jimmy McNulty says:

          Yeah, and you would have been screaming bloody murder posting snark on top of more snark at everyone who wanted to sign Yu Darvish or thought he’d be a tough match up if the Yankees hit him, instead Yu rubbed his nuts all over our faces and dominated. Now that it’s been demonstrated that you were wrong and the haters had a point about the Montero trade and Darvish, you’re just saying “NO NOT AT ALL I WAS JUST KIDDING YOU GUYS ARE SERIOUS SALLIES!!!” whereas you wouldn’t hesitate to rip off a pessimist’s head.

  3. Plank says:

    It could be always be worse, we could be Royals fans.


    • Plank says:

      Here’s the highlight for me, but it’s all worth the read.

      Nearly six years after Dayton Moore was hired, in a year when the Royals were themselves so certain that they were going to take a step forward that they boldly unveiled the “OUR TIME” motto, the team has dumped a steaming pile of crap on the curb. Ten straight losses, and even worse, nine of them have come at home. The Royals have the worst record in baseball. Playoff dreams have been extinguished, and it’s still April.

    • Dummies Playing With Balls (formerly Rainbow Connection) says:

      Did they spend $200 million??

  4. SevenAces says:

    I expect this place to be flooded with “Yu/You” puns tonight.

  5. Greg says:

    Even if Pineda is out for awhile, I still support the trade because I understand the reasoning behind it

    • Dino Velvet says:

      I opposed the trade, so this makes it even worse.

    • Jimmy McNulty says:

      It’s justifiable but it’s hard to say that the trade hasn’t blown up in their face so far…yes there’s still time, duh…but it’s sucking so far. Our feelings for Jesus don’t help matters either.

  6. Sean says:

    Anyone rolling to Trenton tomorrow?

  7. Electric Nunez aka the shocker says:

    Ok the dragon and the the tiger lets see woo blinks first.

  8. Jimmy McNulty says:

    So what’s the verdict on Kim Jones’ replacement? Yay, nay?

  9. Electric Nunez aka the shocker says:

    Jeter going deep here.

  10. Jimmy McNulty says:

    Jesus Singleton, I expect that from Kay…not you.

  11. Havok9120 says:

    Oh, I love the MLB Premium feed. I get to watch YES.

  12. T.J. says:

    These Yu/You puns are going to be the death of me.

  13. Bartolo's Colon says:

    i hate texas

  14. Tony says:

    wow! that was a strike. nice stab at it by Napoli

  15. RetroRob says:

    Michael Kay giving Darvish’s stats as if they are gospel after three starts is nonsense.

  16. Greg says:

    Well he’s not nibbling

  17. Karl Krawfid says:

    Is Cano hurt?

  18. Electric Nunez aka the shocker says:

    Sure and we get kei igawa?

  19. The Scheister of Doom says:

    DOOM!!! They didn’t score in the first inning!!!

  20. Dino Velvet says:

    Fcuk Yu

  21. Electric Nunez aka the shocker says:

    Get em dragon

  22. Jimmy McNulty says:

    This Rangers line up is disgustingly deep. The worst hitter is probably Mitch Moreland.

    • Plank says:

      They are the only team in baseball that looks better to me than the Yankees.

      • Jimmy McNulty says:

        Yeah, the Yankees will need A-Rod to be A-Rod and Teixeira to hit like he did in 2009 to be better. The Rangers are a great great team, scary to think what they’ll be like once they fully cultivate the fan base.

        • Plank says:

          Their farm is stocked, too.

        • RetroRob says:

          They’ve been there since the early 1970s.

          • Jimmy McNulty says:

            Yeah they were either owned by idiots or jerks, this current ownership seems definitely “Texan” enough they’ve also hired extremely well qualified people to run the team and they’ve showed that they’re willing to invest in the team. If they had ownership like this in the 80s they’d probably be more popular than the Mavericks. Although they do face the issue of the brutal heat…if I owned hell and Texas I’d live in hell and rent Texas.

        • TomH says:

          If ol’ George were alive and in charge, he’d give the finger to penalties and go after Hamilton, to deal with the geriatric problem on the Yankees

    • Mike Axisa says:

      That is because Mitch Moreland is terrible.

      • Jimmy McNulty says:

        You’d think they’d find a way to get a better first basemen…like one that actually belongs starting on a Championship team.

        • Plank says:

          The Yankees had their best teams with Tino Martinez at 1B. The Rangers have their best players up the middle, just like those great Yankees teams.

          • Jimmy McNulty says:

            Tino had a 40 HR season didn’t he? Hell, Mitch Moreland might not be better at baseball than Tino is at announcing.

            • Plank says:

              He had 2 good years (one was his walk year with the Mariners), one pretty good year, and the rest were middling.

              • Jimmy McNulty says:

                What are you talking about? He was at least average for every year except that one bad one…still quite a bit better than Moreland.

                • Plank says:

                  He had 2 good years (one was his walk year with the Mariners), one pretty good year, and the rest were middling.

                  Middling = average

                  • Jimmy McNulty says:

                    Fair enough, I consider middling to be more mediocre than average, and I’d say Tino was a bit better than average. I’d use the word “competent” or “adequate” but, semantics.

  23. RetroRob says:

    Kuroda, why Yu no good so far?

    Okay, I got my one out of my system.

  24. Hall and Nokes says:

    How bad is Sterling on the Yu puns tonight?

  25. cjc says:

    awesome start

  26. Tom Zig says:

    Ugh Hiroki.

  27. RetroRob says:

    Fuck this shit…break out the vodka.

  28. Tony says:

    not a great start

  29. Clyde Barrow says:

    Kuroda is gonna get shelled. The offense will have to win this one.

  30. mustang says:

    Here we go!!!!!

    This is going to hurt.

  31. Electric Nunez aka the shocker says:

    Yup yup yup yup

  32. Cy Pettitte says:

    great pitch. fyi BP is over Hiroki. this is an actual game. not sure if something got lost in translation.

  33. Monterowasdinero says:

    So far it is looking like Cy Young vs Sayonara.

  34. Greg says:

    Was there general support around here for the acquisition of Kuroda?

  35. Electric Nunez aka the shocker says:

    Ok kuroda no more sushi balls

  36. Nedro says:

    Hirok, getting the homer out of his system early.

  37. RetroRob says:

    Three ground balls after the HR. Keep the latter up, and keep the pitches down.

  38. Stratman9652 says:

    Am I the only one who laughed my ass off at Kenny saying “this Bud is for you, Josh?”

  39. Tom says:

    “They’ve score 10 runs in 26 innings… so that’s less than 3 runs per 9 innings”

    That there is some interesting math…..

  40. Bartolo's Colon says:

    is it too soon to predict a one hit complete game for kuroda?

  41. The Scheister of Doom says:


  42. Electric Nunez aka the shocker says:

    Yu getting 2 inches off the plate.

  43. Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan says:

    I liked that little anecdote about Darvish refusing the perks.

  44. Mariano's Pimp Hand says:

    10 Ks in 5 innings for Johan Santana. Wow.

  45. Bartolo's Colon says:

    ibanez’s swing is ugly, especially when he misses

  46. Don'tcha Know? says:

    Is it me or do marginal players go to Boston and become significantly better? (I’m thinking of Ryan Sweeney in particular, at the moment)

  47. will says:

    Typical yankees vs a new pitcher

  48. bill says:

    we’ll see the second time through the order

  49. Pinstripes in Cali says:

    Darvish had a few really nasty breaking balls that inning. The split to Swish especially.

  50. Will says:

    Argh. Darvish looks legit. Would’ve rather just ponied up just the cash for him instead of losing Montero and Noesi for a guy with a glass shoulder and a guy who we’ll probably just end up messing up who is at least 4 years away. Sigh. For every great move Cash makes, like signing CC, he makes three boneheaded moves.

    • Greg says:


    • Jimmy McNulty says:

      I wouldn’t go so far as you did, but pretty much yeah…I would have rather they spent the money on Darvish (only 60M counts against the lux tax) and kept Montero.

    • cjc says:

      geez premature much

      • Jimmy McNulty says:

        Not if you hated the move at the time…Pineda’s lack of success hasn’t really made me hate the series of moves anymore. I still like the Kuroda signing, after all.

      • Will says:

        I hated the trade at the time simply because Montero is a better hitter than Pineda is a pitcher. I have a feeling the Jack Z and the folks at Seattle knew that Pineda was the perfect sell high type of player. Because if they didn’t believe he was pitching better then he really was/bound to regress they wouldn’t have traded him.

    • Foghorn Leghorn says:

      Fuk Yu

    • Nedro says:

      “Would’ve rather just ponied up just the cash for him”

      So why didn’t yu? I’m sure they would’ve appreciated a $10M contribution or two…

    • Havok9120 says:

      This is the classic “not my money” Yankee fan post. There are very serious reasons to not spend that much money on that pitcher. Great reasons in fact.

      Your “glass shoulder” jab is just silly.

      Noesi….eh. He was a somewhat more polished version of the three guys we already have. I won’t sweat that move at all.

      • Jimmy McNulty says:

        Well given that they’re trying to come in under budget, and having a cheap excellent young hitter in the line up along with a pitcher only counting for 60M against the lux tax is a pretty legit strategy too. The money is their biggest advantage right? Seems like an appropriate usage of it. As far as the Pineda joke? Well consider this: Montero’s first HR was everyone’s favorite moment in 2011…they traded him away for a pitcher that won’t see a start until June. Jokes are understandable. Besides if he just completely flames out will anyone be shocked?

  51. Mike Axisa says:

    Why is Napoli hitting eighth? That just doesn’t make sense.

  52. Electric Nunez aka the shocker says:

    Does anyone in here believe none of the rangers are on roids and hgh. Look at napoli head.

  53. Manny's BanWagon says:

    The way Darvish looks, Kuroda needs to string together a few 0′s on the scoreboard.

  54. Mike Axisa says:

    Ervin Santana has given up four homers tonight and ten on the year. That’s nuts.

  55. Foghorn Leghorn says:

    beckett doing a bang up job to save that bullpen…30 pitch first inning

  56. The Plouffenator (Formerly Chen Meng Wang) says:

    How is everybody tonight? anyone jump off a bridge yet?

  57. Clyde Barrow says:

    Chavez needs to be playing more, especially at 3B. Nunez should not be playing 3rd, only SS and sometimes 2B.

  58. Electric Nunez aka the shocker says:

    Is girardi resting nunez today?

  59. Rookie says:

    Was Chavez’s hit the first solidly hit pitch from Darvish or did I miss one?

  60. Mike Axisa says:

    That was some take by Martin for ball four.

  61. Jimmy McNulty says:

    Alright two runners on and the top of the line up coming up…lets get it done guys.

  62. Clyde Barrow says:

    Now the red hot Jete will bunt per Girardi’s orders.

  63. Mike Axisa says:

    I guess they don’t play defense in Japan.

  64. Electric Nunez aka the shocker says:

    Lol welcome to america

  65. Greg says:

    Darvish didn’t get off the mound

  66. Jimmy McNulty says:

    Okay this is proof…good decisions can have bad results and bad decisions can have good results. Fucking awesome Jeter.

  67. Monterowasdinero says:

    DJ4K. The march continues…..

  68. mustang says:

    He is good that even when he makes the wrong move its right.

  69. The Plouffenator (Formerly Chen Meng Wang) says:

    Good result, terrible process. Jeet’s gotta realize when he’s hot he has to swing away.

  70. thaaaaaaayankeeswin says:

    This Jeter kid is gonna be pretty good

  71. Tom says:

    Good grief this ump is terrible….

  72. Clyde Barrow says:

    LOL! What was Darvish doing? Get the ball! The captain does it all, I’ll tell ya. We’ve got Yu right where we want him.

  73. Electric Nunez aka the shocker says:

    Work him curtis.

  74. Stratman9652 says:

    Wait there’s no outs? lolololol

  75. Manny's BanWagon says:

    The Grandy man can……strike out like a dog.

  76. The Plouffenator (Formerly Chen Meng Wang) says:

    This plate is just gigantic tonight.

  77. Nedro says:

    Fuck that was no strike.

  78. thaaaaaaayankeeswin says:

    horrible call!!!!!!!!!!

  79. Electric Nunez aka the shocker says:

    Two inches off the plate!

  80. Don'tcha Know? says:

    GameDay had pitch #7 a good distance out of the strike zone.

  81. The Plouffenator (Formerly Chen Meng Wang) says:

    Well…that sucked…

  82. aRX says:

    Even the strike zones are bigger in Texas. Doesn’t matter if he nibbles when they give him that outside “corner”

  83. cjc says:

    totally disgusting

  84. Jimmy McNulty says:

    Well that just fucking sucks.

  85. mustang says:

    Ok that was fun

  86. Bartolo's Colon says:

    wow, what a waste

  87. Karl Krawfid says:

    Jesus man.

    Gift struck and then that shit by Alex.

  88. Greg says:

    Now we’re doomed. That was our chance.

  89. Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan says:

    Awful awful awful awful awful. Daniel Nava would have gotten a hit there.

  90. thaaaaaaayankeeswin says:

    the ump just kept Darvish in the game

    • Sdjohn says:

      Bases loaded nobody down, you can blame blue if ya want, but I think grander son and arod Harold have been able to hit a fly ball at the very least.

  91. Don'tcha Know? says:

    Who did NOT see that coming after Granderson’s strikeout?

  92. Clyde Barrow says:

    Offense ain’t gonna do nothing

  93. JobaWockeeZ says:


  94. Manny's BanWagon says:

    Based loaded for the 3-4-5 hitters with no outs and not one run scored. That’s how you lose games.

    • Will says:

      Get used to it. For being a team of mostly veterans, that’s pretty embarrassing especially when it’s against a rookie pitcher.

  95. Rookie says:

    What in the world were we doing?!

    If we’d had the next nine Yankees bunt, we’d be up eight runs right now — plus whatever walks he gave us.

    Damn Girardi!

  96. Buhner's barber says:

    I guess after all that money they paid him, A-Rod owes the Rangers something to make it right.

  97. Greg says:

    Its like the damn Twins last night.

  98. thaaaaaaayankeeswin says:


  99. Electric Nunez aka the shocker says:

    What the hell is a ham fighter.

  100. Nedro says:

    Tex with the stab! nice save.

  101. Will says:

    Is it me or is Andrus looking to walk like 90% of the time?

  102. Electric Nunez aka the shocker says:

    No dammed sushi balls here

  103. Mike Axisa says:

    Josh Hamilton’s bloodlust is now directed at Mark Teixeira.

  104. Cy Pettitte says:

    Hamilton did that on purpose to distract Martin.

  105. Sdjohn says:

    Awesome coverage of the bat throw YES, no need to see the throw at second.

  106. Mike Axisa says:

    Ugh, that walk to Andruw was terrible.

  107. RetroRob says:

    My grandmother (dead) has more extra-base power than Elvis Andrus. Just throw the ball down the middle to him.

    Now it cost him. At least it stayed in the park.

  108. Greg says:

    Two run game, Mike

  109. Jimmy McNulty says:

    I hope Teixeira jokes and tells Hamilton not to get to close to him.

  110. Karl Krawfid says:

    No reason for Hiroki to walk Andrus with Hamilton.

    Was better off throwing it down the middle.

  111. Clyde Barrow says:

    And that’s why you don’t go 0-2 to Andrus to walking him on 4 pitches. That could be the ballgame with the way Yu is pitching.

  112. Buhner's barber says:

    Nothing drives me crazier than our team failing to score with the bases loaded and no-one out, and having the other team put a runner in scoring position and immediatly cash in.

  113. Will says:

    If Hamilton reaches free agency please sign him! Dude knows how to hit with RISP. Something that has become a lost art with these Yankees lately.

  114. mustang says:

    Sorry Monterowasdinero

  115. bill says:

    Lotta balls in the dirt.

  116. Electric Nunez aka the shocker says:

    Kuroda about o shit the dojo here.

  117. Electric Nunez aka the shocker says:

    We want stewie we want stewie

  118. Greg says:

    Bad throw by Martin

  119. Sdjohn says:

    Kuroda with 2 outs and RISP, not gonna end well.

  120. Jeff Brewer says:

    How is that not interference. Now why doesn’t every team set the play up to throw a bat to distract a stolen base attempt?

  121. Greg says:

    I actually think Kuroda is pitching much better than he did last time

  122. Tony says:

    classic Cano swing

  123. The Plouffenator (Formerly Chen Meng Wang) says:

    Robbie, turning it around a little?

  124. Clyde Barrow says:

    Why couldn’t we get that with the bases loaded? Now watch Robbie not score.

  125. JobaWockeeZ says:

    Lol Garcia is getting another start…


  126. Rookie says:

    Solidly struck ball #2 by Cano. Hopefully, they’re figuring him out.

  127. Sdjohn says:

    If they leave him stranded after last inning, I see remote control stock sky rocketing.

  128. Jeff Karstens, Male Model says:

    Love the RISP strikeouts.

  129. cjc says:

    this strikezone is a joke

  130. The Plouffenator (Formerly Chen Meng Wang) says:

    I don’t think I’ve ever seen such a large strikezone.

    • Widget says:

      Eric Gregg’s Livan Hernandez strikezone in 97 is the measuring stick in which all crappy strikezones are measured.

      • The Plouffenator (Formerly Chen Meng Wang) says:

        I was 8 at the time…and there’s been a lot of substances that mess with long term memory between then and now…

  131. Sdjohn says:

    Uh, anyone else seeing a pattern of first pitch fastball?

  132. cjc says:

    fucking frustrating

  133. Greg says:

    Do I have to start whining about how the Red Sox are going to go on a winning streak and they will be blown by the media again?

  134. flamingo says:

    Just got here… bases were loaded no outs and no runs scored? UGH.

  135. willx says:

    First pitch fastball and curves/offspeed afterward… i dunno how the hitters don’t see it, it’s been happening for 4 innings

  136. Will says:

    #shouldvesigneddarvish #shouldvekeptmontero #rippineda

  137. AJ says:

    Does it bother anyone else when there is some jerk behind homeplate screaming something before every pitch/ delivery to mess with the pitcher or the batter?

  138. Electric Nunez aka the shocker says:

    Kuroda not a 2 girardi needs to swap him and nova drop hughes to 4

  139. The Plouffenator (Formerly Chen Meng Wang) says:

    Kuroda is really pitching pretty decently…against a really good offensive team. I just wish we could get him some runs.

  140. Mike Axisa says:

    The Marlins just used four different pitchers to face four different batters and they all walked the guy. Run scores.

  141. Will says:

    I’m going to say it again whether you guys like it or not. Darvish is the real deal. Yanks were better off signing him and hanging on to Hayzoos.

  142. Greg says:

    This game goes under the “pitcher we’ve never seen before category”

  143. JohnnyC says:

    Darvish ain’t no Bryan Bullington. That guy could pitch.

  144. Jeff Karstens, Male Model says:

    All that junk plus 97 mph heat. Yu looks good.

  145. MannyGeee says:

    Johan’s bionic arm has 11k’s on 6IP tonight… who knew!?!?!?

    • JohnnyC says:

      Who cares?

      • TomH says:

        “Who cares?” HE cares. It’s a perfectly appropriate kind of remark on a board like this. Incivility, the North American curse.

      • MannyGeee says:

        those of us who feared watching the Yankees face Johan 8 years ago to watch his career crumble before our eyes care.

        he was a BEAST in the early part of the 2000s. like Pedro good. and considering how long he’s been gone and the doubts about him coming back in form, it is insane to see him throwing the ball this well again.

        dont care if hes pitching across town or in Japan, its amazing hes doing his thing now.

  146. aRX says:

    Please cash this run in? Please?

  147. MannyGeee says:

    wow, Jeter looking like he got stem plasma knees this off-season instead of Alex…

  148. flamingo says:

    Jeter’s insane.

    (But maybe this means, third time through the order, we start to get lucky?)

    • JohnnyC says:

      Might have been worth it to sit fastball, spit on the slow stuff. Get his pitch count up. Get some more BBs. But, no, that would be crazy logical. Rather just swing wildly at splitters and curves at their ankles.

      • flamingo says:

        I agree with you. But I also think it needs to balanced with the fact that these guys want to get hits, and they want to win. Darvish must be more deceptive than he seems.

        • JohnnyC says:

          He definitely mixes his pitches well, changes speeds and eye level. But, he doesn’t have 1 dominant pitch. Sorry, 93-94 FB is not dominant.

      • Needed Pitching says:

        if anything, they need to be more aggressive early in the count, they aren’t hitting the off speed stuff later in the count

  149. Jeff Karstens, Male Model says:

    Can’t get enough of this RISPfail tonight, get me some more beer!

  150. Greg says:

    0-6 RISP Where can I find their total on the year?

  151. Karl Krawfid says:

    A-Rod needs to learn how to “Stay back”

  152. thaaaaaaayankeeswin says:

    Yanks have had their chances

  153. Manny's BanWagon says:

    Grandy has left a small village on base so far today.

  154. Dino Velvet says:

    Yu complete me

  155. Will says:

    Today is a day where the lineup could’ve used some reshifting.

  156. The Plouffenator (Formerly Chen Meng Wang) says:

    why do you guys think that Pineda’s agent wanted a second opinion before the MRI took place.

    • Tom says:

      Reading an MRI is not an exact science. The more opinions the better.

      Random speculation – maybe after the first MRI which found nothing and he still felt soreness/pain/whatever, he wanted to make sure the Yankees staff wasn’t missing anything?

    • Will says:

      It’s pretty obvious he’s going to need some kind of major surgery and miss part of if not the whole season. They’re just preparing themselves for the hell the media and fans will raise.

    • TomH says:

      He suspected bad news about the shoulder, pissed off Yankee GMs and Ownership? He suspected good news, and wanted it reinforced by two opinions.

    • Dino Velvet says:

      cuz he has stock in MRI machines

    • JohnnyC says:

      Could mean that Pineda knew he was more seriously hurt than the Yankees were led to believe by him. And they don’t want to be rushed into a surgery that they want to avoid. Rehab it as opposed to going under the knife.

    • MannyGeee says:

      maybe he’s switching insurance carriers and has to use up his annual allowance of MRIs in before he gets his new Cigna card…

  157. Rookie says:

    Solidly struck ball #3 by Jete.

    Hopefully, we’ll put a few together in one inning — although I won’t get to watch it live since I have to get back to work. Go Yankees!

  158. The Plouffenator (Formerly Chen Meng Wang) says:

    Mike, can we link non-baseball related blogs to our names?

  159. Hummingbird S. says:

    He’s worrying too much about the guy on first. Thats when pitchers make mistakes..

  160. The Plouffenator (Formerly Chen Meng Wang) says:

    Fuck yeah Robbie.

  161. thaaaaaaayankeeswin says:


  162. Jeff Karstens, Male Model says:

    Time for some solo home runs boys! Runners on base is teh enemy!

  163. aRX says:

    Hell yeah. Runs please.

  164. MannyGeee says:

    we dont say it enough… goddamit does Cano make it look easy at 2nd base. Pedroia is good, and gritty and all that shit, but Cano is just so effortlessly good.

  165. Clyde Barrow says:

    Thank God he didn’t lose Andrus again. Still have a chance if someone can string a couple hits together against Yu. We can knock him out this inning.

  166. Karl Krawfid says:

    Just keep taking pitches down the middle A-Rod.

    • Hummingbird S. says:

      guess hitter.. looks bad when he’s guessing wrong

    • Will says:

      Same goes for Tex and just about everyone else.

    • Greg says:

      Darvish is throwing first pitch strikes which goes against the philosophy of the Yankees which is stretching the count. A lot like Cliff Lee or Roy Halladay

      • Karl Krawfid says:

        Sometimes when the plan isn’t working you need to change it up.

        • JohnnyC says:

          Not the Yankees’ style. They’re mistake hitters (like most hitters). They’re also guess hitters (which is why they don’t do well against guys they’ve never faced). And, even with all the advance scouting, I don’t think they make much use of scouting reports.

      • Havok9120 says:

        Its also completely against his scouting report from both here and Japan.

  167. Jeff Karstens, Male Model says:

    Tex isn’t going to drop a bunt down, they need to stop beating on that horse.

  168. The Plouffenator (Formerly Chen Meng Wang) says:

    Swish…it’s Garbage Time. Please do something lol

  169. Karl Krawfid says:

    Take fastball down the middle.

    Swing at pitch on your hands.

  170. Clyde Barrow says:

    This is pathetic. They just continue to watch fastball right down the middle on pitch 1 and then they get behind 0-2. Every batter.

  171. The Plouffenator (Formerly Chen Meng Wang) says:

    Wow…he’s officially making us look silly.

  172. Hummingbird S. says:

    wow.. 2-0 pitch and swisher takes a weak hack on a pitch way outside. Yankees are really helping Darvish look good

  173. Caleb says:

    Me want Darvish.

  174. MannyGeee says:


    Hamilton’s bat should start dating Nunez’ helmet… shit would be flying and falling off everywhere!!!!

  175. Clyde Barrow says:

    Josh Hamilton is going to seriously injure someone tossing bats willy nilly like that.

  176. Plank says:

    Whenever I see that Scotts lawn care ad, I always think of Mike Myers in “So I Married an Axe Murderer” and “Austin Powers 2″

  177. RetroRob says:

    So the better the hitting team, the better Kuroda pitches?

  178. Clyde Barrow says:

    Hiroki has been very good since that leadoff HR. Just that one stupid walk to Andrus cost him the 2nd run. Ain’t gonna win many ballgames scoring 0 runs. Can’t get the bases loaded no outs and not score, can’t get a lead off double and not score.

  179. Manny says:

    Beautifully pitched game by both sides.

  180. Cy Pettitte says:

    we must break Yu

  181. Jeff Karstens, Male Model says:

    This actually could be a palatable loss for me (which is rare). Not calling it a loss yet, but Kuroda looked much more like the pitcher we saw at the home opener, and that’s a very good thing.

    • MannyGeee says:

      you know, I was just thinking this. if you are gonna lose, 2-0 against an offensive powerhouse against a real good pitcher aint a bad place to be. and well pitched on both ends to boot

  182. Electric Nunez aka the shocker says:

    Is the umpire from japan or what.

  183. pistol pete says:

    How about Pineda’s agent wanting a second opinion from the Mets doctors, hilarious. The Mets have been famous for mismanaging and misdiagnosing injuries for years. It’s like asking for NBA advise from James Dolan, unbelievable.

  184. Havok9120 says:

    One day, the Mariners are gonna have a big game offensively, I’ll click on the box score, and Montero will have gone 5-5 with 2 homers or something equally ridiculous.

    Tonight was not that night. =(

    • Jeff Karstens, Male Model says:

      Can’t hate on 2-5 with an rbi. Do that everyday and there’s an MVP award with your name on it :)

      • Havok9120 says:

        Oh, I’m not hating on it at all. I’ll take 2-5 every day and twice on Sundays.

        I just want him to get the attention (not here! we know he’s good, STOP THE MADNESS) he deserves, and a big game would help.

        Unfortunately, it’ll be against Andy Pettitte when he pitches against them on May 12th. Sigh.

    • MannyGeee says:

      if i were Seattle, i would be happy with 5 hits and 2 HRs across the entire lineup.

  185. Rookie says:

    Playing hooky from work for a few seconds…

    What Darvish is doing to the Yankees is exactly what I saw him do to the Tigers. So many pitches, so much movement, that it seems to be very hard to square the ball and hit it hard. No reason for him to nibble with stuff like that…

    But hopefully, once they see him more, they’ll figure him out better.

  186. JohnnyC says:

    If the Cap’n hits one out…

  187. Clyde Barrow says:

    What do you know, swing at the first pitch and get a hit! Hit one out, Jete.

  188. Zooboy says:


    (Texas Yu.)

  189. Jeff Karstens, Male Model says:

    Domination by Yu. Not exactly what I wanted to see going for the 2-time defending AL champs.

  190. Electric Nunez aka the shocker says:

    Umpire tonight gave yu a huge strike zone and f-ed us.

  191. thaaaaaaayankeeswin says:

    remind me again why the Yankees didnt go after him?

  192. Greg says:

    Only hope for a good night is that the Devils win in OT. Of course they are going to lose their series anyway and I will be screwed again.

  193. Manny's BanWagon says:

    Any Dice K comparison to Darvish were bullshit.

    This guys stuff is just filthy and his command is pretty damn good. It’s only one game but Yu sure looks like an ace.

    • Jeff Karstens, Male Model says:

      The Gyroball disagrees. I remember an ESPN breakdown of the Gyroball. Someday, we might even see it…

    • Rookie says:

      That’s my take, too, Manny’s. And their numbers in Japan said the same thing.

      As I recall, Matsuzaka never had a single year with an ERA below 2.13. After his age 20 season, Darvish never had an ERA above 1.88. And physically, there’s no comparison either.

      But even if he manages a 2-something ERA, you have to figure that the Yankees will manage to do that or better. Hopefully, he won’t own us the way Cliff Lee seems to own us.

  194. P.A. Dice says:

    Pineda’s Jell-O Shoulder for Darvish straight up. Who hangs up first?

  195. Karl Krawfid says:

    The game isn’t over it’s just 2 runs.

    Joe Nathan is going to try and close right?


  196. mike_h says:

    damn shame, nice job by Kuroda

  197. Cy Pettitte says:

    Kuroda is having flash backs to his Dodger days

  198. thaaaaaaayankeeswin says:

    Kuroda pitched well, offense wasnt there. He held this line up to 2 runs

  199. flamingo says:

    Kuroda did really well.

  200. Tom says:

    I was going to say bad move by Girardi to bring in a LOOGY….

    …then I realized Ron Washington is in the other dugout and will actually leave his lefty when he has a bunch of righty hitters on the bench.

  201. Electric Nunez aka the shocker says:

    Nunez effect from the bench

  202. Jeff Karstens, Male Model says:

    Ooooooooooooh Chavez.

  203. thaaaaaaayankeeswin says:

    thats gonna come back to haunt us

  204. Jeff Karstens, Male Model says:

    Nice shot of Nolan Ryan on the cell. Even money he was calling the dugout phone telling them to let Yu go for the CG SO, pitch count be damned!

  205. Plank says:

    I have the feeling the Yankees are going to win this one in extra innings.

  206. The Plouffenator (Formerly Chen Meng Wang) says:

    Yu is just getting better as the game goes on…

  207. Karl Krawfid says:

    This is just a shitty approach.

    It’s not working.

    Swing at the first pitch down the god damn middle.

  208. The Plouffenator (Formerly Chen Meng Wang) says:

    Jeez even when we hit the first pitch fastball, right at people. It might just not be our night.

  209. Manny's BanWagon says:

    Curtis should have just stayed in bed today.

  210. jon says:

    totally glad we traded jesus for pineda rather than just paying straight cash for darvish

    • Greg says:

      Screw you.

    • Robinson Tilapia says:

      That sound you heard was every single commenter on here punching Jon in the face.

    • Captain Gift Basket says:

      I agree with this sarcasm. Yanks spent 3 yrs scouting this guy then post an embarrassing bid amount. I bet the scouts expense accounts were higher then their posting.

      • Rookie says:

        I wish what you were saying was less true, Captain. I really do.

        I was shocked the Yankees weren’t more aggressive.

        Of course, if he has a shoulder injury tomorrow, we’ll probably be talking about how smart the Yankees were NOT to bid for him. But they certainly don’t look smart based on the (small sample size warning) results to date.

        And I’m afraid they could look even less smart depending on how CC pitches as a 35, 36, and 37-year old given that we’re paying him 20%+ more per year than Texas is paying Darvish for his age 26 to age 31 seasons — with CC having a history of knee injuries and Darvish being (to the best of my knowledge) injury free (although pitching in the Majors may quickly change that).

  211. Robinson Tilapia says:

    Pineda medical drama and the Yanks being made fools of by Yu Darvish. Welcome to 2011-2 Offseason Troll Heaven.

    • pat says:

      Hahaha, I’m more dreading injury news because this place is going to be utterly unvisitable than the long term implications it means for the franchise.

      Well, not really but you know what I mean.

      • Manny's BanWagon says:

        With good reason.

        If Montero becomes a star and Pineda needs shoulder surgery, that’s gonna suck epically

        • Robinson Tilapia says:

          …then I’ll have a sandwich, or something, since life is short, and I’ll watch how the rest plays out.

          But, yes, it would be an ass-numbingly bad trade, wouldn’t it?

      • Robinson Tilapia says:

        Like I said, that’s when the celebrity gossip blogs come in handy. Did you see what Lindsay did at a party last week?

    • Captain Gift Basket says:

      We prefer calling it “reality slaps” instead of trolling. Stop being sheep.

      • BigDavey88 says:

        Yeahhhh mannnn… you guys are all sheeple.

        Please, like the Pineda trade can be seriously evaluated one month in to the season. Sure, Pineda is hurt at the moment and Yu just pitched a gem. Does this mean that’s the way it’s going to be?

        So many of you people argue in absolutes which just doesn’t work that way. FUN FACT: I won 25 bucks on a scratch of the other day. Following your logic, I’m going to win 25 bucks every time I buy a scratch off because things never change.

        Here’s a “reality slap”: Life, or baseball, doesn’t work that way.

        Have fun on your ledges, boys.

      • Robinson Tilapia says:

        You missed the last thread where I argued against Pineda, apparently.

    • Hall and Nokes says:

      don’t forget Montero 2 hits tonight

  212. Plank says:

    Nice catch, Chavez.

  213. The Plouffenator (Formerly Chen Meng Wang) says:

    Can we please have Nathan in the 9th?

  214. MannyGeee says:

    And Napoli goes out and talks to Yu Darvish…

    what do you think that conversation sounds like? Is Yus english any good?

    • The Plouffenator (Formerly Chen Meng Wang) says:

      Napoli: “Fastball”
      Yu: “Curve”
      Napolit: “No fastball”
      Yu: “Ok.”

      • MannyGeee says:

        “you doing OK?”
        “ummm, yes”
        “What do you think, curve here?”
        “ummm, yes”
        “Dude, you have any idea what I’m saying?”
        long pause
        “ummm….. yes”

  215. Greg says:

    Just as the Jets fanbase. Unbelievable.

  216. Clyde Barrow says:

    You’ve got to give Nolan credit. He out maneuvered Cashman in 2010 for Lee and he did it again in 2012 for Yu. Cash has lost both times. And instead of trading Montero for Lee we ended up trading him for a pitcher who likely won’t throw a pitch for us this year. And the Rangers have a great Japanese pitcher who can throw 6 different pitches. Too bad for us.

  217. The Plouffenator (Formerly Chen Meng Wang) says:

    Anybody else’s heart stop when Grandy stopped and let Voldermort field that?

  218. MannyGeee says:

    sweet. Boone coming in to bean Hamilton, undoubtedly retaliation for Hamilton throwing his bat at Cano in the 7th

  219. Bartolo's Colon says:

    i was watching the 2009 alds game 3 against the twins on YES the other day. nathan looked absolutely terrified that entire series and the yanks pounded him. hope he pitches tonight

  220. pat says:

    If we can somehow come back and win this, all the newspapers can still use the “YU GET NOTHING” headlines they’re undoubtedly going to print tomorrow morning.

  221. Karl Krawfid says:

    We win now.

  222. Hummingbird S. says:

    classic Teix popup there..

  223. Bo Knows says:

    This has been a shitty baseball day; Pineda news; and what’s looking to be a shutout loss by a guy who has struggled with command every start until today

  224. Greg says:

    Axisa, control your children

  225. MannyGeee says:

    this game is giving my dog nightmares… dude is freaking out right now…

  226. Plank says:

    Here comes the comeback, baby.

  227. The Plouffenator (Formerly Chen Meng Wang) says:


  228. Bartolo's Colon says:

    it would be so great on so many levels if the yanks can somehow take the lead here

  229. Manny's BanWagon says:

    Thank god.

  230. The Plouffenator (Formerly Chen Meng Wang) says:

    Wow, not even a tip of the cap? Kind of dick Yu.

  231. Clyde Barrow says:

    He’s getting tired. And now they’re taking him out, damnit.

  232. BigDavey88 says:

    NATHAN! We got a chance!

    Great game by Darvish though. Even though it was painful, it was still cool to see him pitch like that.

    • The Plouffenator (Formerly Chen Meng Wang) says:

      Yeah, it’s going to be a long season with Texas out west especially if Darvish and Feliz do what they’ve been doing

      PS good job working a count there Ibanez.

  233. BigDavey88 says:


  234. Bartolo's Colon says:

    i hate ibanez

  235. Tom says:

    That was rather anti-climatic

  236. Karl Krawfid says:

    Now you swing at the first pitch.


    • pat says:

      Karl Krawfid says:
      April 24, 2012 at 10:27 pm

      This is just a shitty approach.

      It’s not working.

      Swing at the first pitch down the god damn middle.

      Soooo what’s it supposed to be?

      • BigDavey88 says:

        got em.

      • Needed Pitching says:

        when they make outs swinging at the first pitch, they shouldn’t have swung at the first pitch

        when they make outs after taking the first pitch, they should have swung at the first pitch

        what is so difficult to understand?

    • Tom says:

      ESPN never one to let the facts get in the way of a good one liner

      Darvish Delivers. Spinning a COMPLETE game shutout.

  237. Needed Pitching says:

    somebody forgot to tell Ibanez the Yankees are supposed to destroy Nathan

  238. Greg says:

    see what happens when you jump on the first pitch?

  239. thaaaaaaayankeeswin says:

    Alright Raul, way to look at a few pitches

  240. Clyde Barrow says:

    Now we swing at the 1st pitch. Great pitching beat us tonight.

  241. aRX says:


  242. Manny's BanWagon says:

    Hughes for the rubber game. Not exactly confidence inspiring.

  243. Plank says:

    That was an impressive outing by Darvish.

    • BigDavey88 says:

      Yeah, what else can you say? Except that some people need to understand that this team is going to lose 60 games this year.

      • Plank says:

        Every team wins a third of their games and loses a third of their games. It’s what you do with the other third that matters.

  244. pat says:

    Yankees should totally overhaul the hitting approach that perennially has them ranked at the top of baseball in most offensive categories. That is my reaction to this one game.

  245. pistol pete says:

    Darvish was awesome, better than advertised. Tons of pitches, great control and command. Too bad the Yanks were in a no spend mode this winter. This guy might just be the one that really makes it big here.

  246. Clyde Barrow says:

    You’ve just got to hand it to Yu. Impressive pitching by both starters tonight against the two best offenses in baseball. Yu just have to tip your hat and hope we can take the series tomorrow.

    • Robinson Tilapia says:

      At the end of the day? Yeah. That’s precisely it. Lost in all this will be a solid performance by Kuroda. I really look forward to more of these performances by him, and a bit more from the offense to support him.

      • Clyde Barrow says:

        Yep. I find it much more frustrating when we lose to scrubs like Carl Pavano. This was just a case of getting beat by a good pitcher who we’ve never seen before.

        • Robinson Tilapia says:

          Getting beat by Carl Pavano is always a completely different level of awful, especially the pudgy, 2012 “Alyssa Milano wouldn’t touch me with a ten foot pole now” version.

  247. Tom Q says:

    So, as well as Darvish pitched, that called strikeout on Granderson with the bases loaded might have been the difference in the game.

  248. Manny's BanWagon says:

    God damn Texas loses Lee and CJ Wilson the last 2 years and they don’t miss a beat.

  249. Captain Gift Basket says:

    Looks like Darvish will never be able to handle rigors of the A.L. East…

    Another fine job by the Yanks scouting department.

    • pat says:

      He actually got slapped around by the Mariners, so it was the AL West he won’t be able to handle. Cash was just off a few divisions.

    • Rookie says:

      That’s the way it looks to me, Captain. Again, I was shocked the Yankees weren’t more aggressive in the bidding for him. Given the fact that the posting fee isn’t included in the luxury tax calculation and the fact that they were willing to spend $24.4 million per year for six years of CC, all of which is included in the luxury tax calculation, I was especially shocked.

      Hopefully the Yankee braintrust proves to be right, and CC turns out to be the bargain and Darvish turns out to be a bust. It’s only four starts into a five or six-year contract, after all. But not bidding more aggressively for Darvish certainly doesn’t look smart so far.

    • Jimmy McNulty says:

      Well I don’t think it was the scouting department, I think it was the FO. They’re trying to get under 189M for lux tax purposes…Darvish seems to be like a good player to do that with. Sure he’d cost 110M total, but only half of it or so would count towards the luxury tax, and Darvish is one of the most marketable players in baseball already. If the scouting department watched him and saw “Igawa 2.0″ they should be removed from professional sports and be forced to sell bananas at an airport in Kazakhstan. I mean yeah, 110Ms a lot of money, but they clearly needed some youth in the rotation and Darvish is an extremely talented young pitcher…I dunno. Looks like they made the wrong call on this decision just like they did with: AJ, Javy, Pavano, Wright, Soriano, Marte, Feliciano, and Freddy 2.0.

  250. David K. says:

    “he’s never faced a good lineup before”! Isn’t Detroit a good lineup?

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