Apr
25

Game 18: Rubber Game

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(AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)

They say everything is bigger in Texas, and the Yankees are going to need Phil Hughes to come up big if they want to walk away with a series win. The matchup with Scott Feldman screams barn burner, but these things never seem to go according to plan. I wouldn’t be surprised if this one ended up low-scoring and close right until the final out. All I know is that I could really use a win tonight. Here’s the lineup…

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

RHP Phil Hughes

Tonight’s game starts a little after 8pm ET and can be seen on YES. Enjoy.

Categories : Game Stories
  • GardnergoesYardner

    I have a feeling that this thread will be a massive spillover of Pineda and Cash haters.

    Preparing myself for the storm…

  • Get Phelps Up (formerly Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat)

    Win it for Michael.

  • Manny’s BanWagon

    I thought today’s game was cancelled to mourn Pineda’s injury?

    • Betty Lizard

      Can we diss Texas somehow for not respecting Flanagan–I mean–Pineda?

  • Robinson Tilapia

    *Summons up energy*

    PHIL PHUCKING HUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUGHES!

    It’s a dirty job…

    • GardnergoesYardner

      Don’t worry, we all appreciate it.

      • Robinson Tilapia

        They’ll be roasting me again tonight by the second inning. Watch.

  • MikedJones

    Pineda is never throwing a pitch for the yanks. Cant believe Cashman gave away the best Yankee prospect I’ve ever seen.

    • bobtaco

      Yeah, that Jeter guy… too bad he didn’t pan out…

      • forensic

        Jeter was a prospect nearly 20 years ago. Is it so hard to believe that either someone was too young to remember him as a prospect or that with the lack of today’s access back then, maybe people just didn’t see him?

        • Paul VuvuZuvella

          I’ve subscribed to Baseball America since 1989. There was no ignoring Jeeter as a prospect.

          • MikedJones

            I’m 19.

    • Manny’s BanWagon

      I think you’re overrating Noesi.

      • flamingo

        Ha.

    • Heisenberg

      As a Yankee fan, I recommend to everyone like you to hope for the best on Pineda’s recovery , not worry too much about the GM, and having a nice tall glass of Jack.

    • Tom Zig

      Everyone get your pitchforks and torches! We’re storming Cash’s office!

    • jjyank

      Oh give it a rest. I’m so tired of the trolls.

  • https://twitter.com/Mattpat11 Matt DiBari

    This would be a poor night for Phil Hughes to continue the nonsense he’s put on for the last damn near two years.

    If only for one night, Phil, pitch competently

    • Manny’s BanWagon

      I second that notion.

      Hughes is pitching for the Psyche of the entire Yankee universe tonight. If he has a gem in that arm, now would be a good time to cash it in.

      • forensic

        Two years? You mean almost his entire major league career as a starter, right?

        • forensic

          Sorry Manny, that was supposed to reply to Matt, not you.

  • Manny’s BanWagon

    I feel like I dumped my super hot girlfriend for an even hotter girl only to find out that her vagina is broken and unusable for at least a year.

    • TomH

      And for saying that you deserve it.

    • Electric Nunez aka the shocker

      And she farts so bad during sex that it smells like a sewer

    • Heisenberg

      Well Pineda can’t use his left arm, but there are other orifices that you can use.

      /too far?

    • Robinson Tilapia

      Are you saying Michael Pineda can pitch with his mouth?

    • Manny’s BanWagon

      Actually this must be how Cashman felt when he cheated on his wife and thought he landed a hot chick only to find out she was a grifter.

    • Plank

      A classic tale, that one.

  • Electric Nunez aka the shocker

    But we still have campos who will be the guy er Right.

    • Heisenberg

      Pineda RIP?

      Can you not see more than 47 seconds into the future?

      • Dummies Playing With Balls (formerly Rainbow Connection)

        Can we please ban all the people who don’t understand sarcasm or any type of humor?

  • GardnergoesYardner

    How bad is Crawford’s injury? Could it be the season?

    And to think that people actually wanted HIM on our team. Thank Mo that didn’t pan out.

  • Clyde Barrow

    Jesus 1-1 with a ribbie. At least we have Pineda who won’t throw a pitch for us this year. Could use a DH right about now to replace Raul.

    • jjyank

      SHUT UP. I do not want to hear Montero’s stats all night. Get a life dude, he’s gone. Try rooting for Pineda’s recovery instead.

    • Needed Pitching

      you realize Raul has been better than Montero so far this year, right??

      (not that I in any way expect that to continue)

      • pistol pete

        Ibanez sucks, what a stupid comment.

        • Needed Pitching

          Where did I say Ibanez doesn’t suck?

          What a stupid comment.

          • mustang

            +100000

  • JobaWockeeZ

    The last thread is just proof of how hard it is for people to just ignore what they don’t like. I don’t know where the notion comes from that the comments are a place for discussion when every other poster has to be degraded for some reason.

    Someone calls people moronic which just isn’t fallacious but against the rules yet this person gets applauded.

    • Heisenberg

      If people ignored what they don’t like, there wouldn’t have been any comments in the last thread.

      • aRX

        …and you say that like that’s a bad thing. Honestly, it’s as if people think they just HAVE TO respond to every overreacting, emotional comment they don’t like, as if they have to defend RABs honor or something.

        • flamingo

          Hey, I’m going to take those comments as a celebration of freedom of speech and lack of censorship.

  • Chris A

    We could all use a win tonight, I’ve been depressed all day

  • ShouchBant

    I wonder how Red Sox fans are feeling about the Carl Crawford signing. Sounds like he’s heading for the chopping block with Dr. James Andrews.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      That already should make us feel slightly better.

  • Jamey

    Every time I read “RHP Phil Hughes” I see “RIP Phil Hughes”.

  • Plank

    I just woke up and read all the stories and comments from the past 8 hours. Even without the Pineda news, the tone around here is really dark. Yikes. Everyone is at each other’s throats.

    • Heisenberg

      As I suggested, tip one back and enjoy the game. They’re still playing the greatest sport in the world.

      • Plank

        It’s 9am here, but sure, why not?

        • http://thecarsboneblog.tumblr.com The Plouffenator (Formerly Chen Meng Wang)

          It’s 5pm somewhere.

        • Robinson Tilapia

          Wait, where are you? This totally screws with my mental image.

          • Plank

            South Korea. I’ll be in Germany in July though for the foreseeable future.

            • Robinson Tilapia

              Military? I apologize if I really should have known this.

              • Plank

                No, teacher. Well…doing a career shift now. To what? I don’t know. If anyone has a job available in Germany let me know. But teacher for the time being.

                My German fiancee wants to be closer to her elderly parents.

              • Plank

                I rarely share personal info about myself, so I wouldn’t expect you to know any of that.

                • DM

                  You do CrossFit WODS in South Korea and Germany?? Doesn’t that violate some international treaty or something? Or or you one of our spies? You’re not gonna go “hiking” near the border are you?

                  • Plank

                    I was actually hiking while you were writing that. I was a solid 40 miles from the NK border, though. I don’t do Reebok CrossFit. I exercise. I’m not going to let the corporations trademark working out now.

                    • DM

                      Nice. Forget those sneaker companies and Just Do It — um, er, you know what I mean.

          • Plank

            What was your mental image?

    • ShouchBant

      That’s because they can’t reach Cashman’s. Things always settle down after a couple of days, thankfully.

  • mustang

    Montero single to right for an RBI and also has a passed ball.

    right cue… too funny

    • forensic

      The passed ball was pretty bad, right off the glove. Has made a couple nice blocks on breakers in the dirt though.

    • DM

      He just heard the Pineda news — so he’s not going to bother working on improving his defense any longer.

      • mustang

        Guess your right because just single again 2 for 2….lol.

        Why do a feel like he is going to go 5 for 5 with 2 HR.

        If he does I’m going to avoid tomorrow open thread.

        • DM

          That’s b/c it’s a rookie-ish Adam Wilk — a small control lefty who Montero has probably faced many times. His other big game was against Tommy Milone another limited experience lefty. He does well against his old AAA peers.

          • mustang

            Your right but you know how some here will take it.

            Look he going to Babe Ruth……

            We should hang Cashman …….

            • JobaWockeeZ

              It’s funny because it’s also a foregone conclusion that Pineda will win multiple Cy Youngs.

              • Needed Pitching

                foregone conclusion for who??
                haven’t seen anyone say anything like that about Pineda here. The highest praise I’ve seen for Pineda here is that he has (maybe had is more appropriate now) ace potential IF he continued to develop.
                I have seen many assume Montero is a lock to be the next Cabrera though.

                • mustang

                  BINGO!!!!

                  I’m happy to see someone else seeing what I’m seeing not just making shit up to try and prove his or her point.

                • Kevin Winters

                  Well Cashman is the one that made the Miguel comp

              • mustang

                I don’t think I ever said that if your referring me and to be honest your one the first I seen to come up with that line.

                The logical people here will take a wait and see path.

  • aRX

    Today’s news sucked. Last night’s game sucked.

    So…please go out there and kill them? None of this 1-run, exciting game bullshit, just flat-out murder them by at least 10.

  • http://thecarsboneblog.tumblr.com The Plouffenator (Formerly Chen Meng Wang)

    So…drinking game. Drink every time any broadcaster mentions Pineda.

    • JobaWockeeZ

      I preemptively drank the night we got Pineda. I couldn’t care less now, a young pitcher getting hurt?! Total shocker. I got that out of my system early.

    • flamingo

      Uh, wow. Tonight’s not a good night for the Yankees, is it.

      Let’s scrape out a win and get out of Texas.

  • http://twitter.com/nomchompsky Nom Chompsky

    It’s hard for me to believe that people are so very reactionary about this trade, considering how excellent the offense has been (league leading .366 wOBA, 129 wRC+, .838 OPS), and how lackluster the starters have been.

    Even if it was uneven at the time, Cashman dealt from a position of strength to address a position of weakness. If the Yankees want to get young, elite, cost-controlled pitching, they had to give up something of value, and accept the risk inherent in that sort of player.

    • TomH

      Chompskyans are so political. Objections to the trade are “reactionary.” Is support for them, then, “progressive”?

      • http://twitter.com/nomchompsky Nom Chompsky

        I would characterize any sort of knee-jerk response that doesn’t consider context as “reactionary.”

        • TomH

          Yep, as I was saying: “political.” In any case very few of the objections to the trade have been indifferent to context. The best of them understand the relevant features of “context” differently. “Context” is not a given: it’s a construction.

          (“Knee-jerk,” begs the question.)

  • Paul VuvuZuvella

    Well that last thread was a hoot … Let’s go Jeet.

  • JobaWockeeZ

    I’m surprised there isn’t an obligatory fuck the Mariner’s post that should have made the Yankees the best rotation for 3 months. Which is 3 more months than we’re going to get in the near future.

  • Cy Pettitte

    DJ4K in about a month.

  • http://thecarsboneblog.tumblr.com The Plouffenator (Formerly Chen Meng Wang)

    I <3 Derek Jeter.

  • Who’s Your Daddy?

    I still think the trade was a good move; it was a trade for the future, not just for 2012 obviously, and I don’t know how damaging this type of injury is, but hopefully Pineda will come back and be as capable as he was before. You obviously can’t patch a rotation together with Garcia and Colon types forever, and Pineda seems like he’ll be that backbone that’s needed… hopefully. Also I assume Andy will only be back for this year and maybe if he does super well he’ll be back for next year, but no more than that, so Pineda is still crucial and hopefully he’ll bounce back. As everybody says, you can still buy bats but it seems like it’s getting harder to buy pitchers.

    Anyway, let’s do this! I say Jeter gets three hits today.

  • I’m sexy and I Cano it

    Jetey!

  • GardnergoesYardner

    It’s gotten kind of ridiculous how much the Yankees’ broadcasters have praised Derek this year. I mean, I know he’s been amazing this year, but when he struggles Kay and co. turn the other way, and now they practically scream every time he gets a hit. Not saying he’s a bad player (he’s obviously been the best on the team), but the praise for him seems so forced sometimes.

    • Dummies Playing With Balls (formerly Rainbow Connection)

      LOL Is it still 420?

      • jjyank

        ? Most people that are high, you’d never be able to tell. I’m guessing you’ve never indulged?

        • Robinson Tilapia

          You still need to explain your three-hour been run, for which the only plausible explanation is “I actually live in Southern Utah.”

          • jjyank

            LOL it was a 15 minute beer run. I just didn’t run to RAB the second I got home. I do, in fact, have a life outside of baseball blogs.

          • jjyank

            I live in New Jersey, for the record, albeit the country part of NJ.

            • Robinson Tilapia

              ….representing the Pine Barrens, jjyank!

        • http://thecarsboneblog.tumblr.com The Plouffenator (Formerly Chen Meng Wang)

          I don’t know, I tend to get lazy with my typing when I’m high. I mean not to the point where it’s unreadable, but I get really lazy with grammar rules and punctuation.

          • jjyank

            Maybe I was just too good at being high (I since had to quit for employment purposes) but in my undergrad days I could function juuuust fine.

  • http://thecarsboneblog.tumblr.com The Plouffenator (Formerly Chen Meng Wang)

    Ok guys, it’s time to play the game on the field. Can we just forget about the sad Pineda news for the next 3-4 hours?

    • Dummies Playing With Balls (formerly Rainbow Connection)

      But you just brought it up.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      Not to mention there’s an active thread for it. Let’s not LoHud this.

      • jjyank

        This. LoHud makes me head hurt.

      • http://thecarsboneblog.tumblr.com The Plouffenator (Formerly Chen Meng Wang)

        Haha, I remember I used to post on a FB group back when they had a discussion thread. It was so uniform, game discussions were discussion only, and people could make threads for anything. then I went over to Lohud after the discussion area disappeared. It was chaos in comparison.

  • karcotte

    Jeter should bat 9th.

    • Paul VuvuZuvella

      On the all time all star team ? Yeah, probably.

  • forensic

    Granderson has a 2.575 OPS against Feldman. I love 10PA stat lines.

    • forensic

      Of course.

      • Greg

        Even though they are winning, the Yankees are really not hitting on all cylinders.
        Cano is struggling, the starting pitching has been iffy,

        Not to mention Banuelos and Betances are struggling in the minors. There’s that inability again to develop quality starters.

  • http://thecarsboneblog.tumblr.com The Plouffenator (Formerly Chen Meng Wang)

    Haha, they still really hate Alex in Texas, huh?

    • jjyank

      I never got that. Texas traded him, it’s not like A-Rod took more money to go elsewhere.

      • http://thecarsboneblog.tumblr.com The Plouffenator (Formerly Chen Meng Wang)

        Well, his contract kind of ruined their ability to be at all important.

        • GardnergoesYardner

          But they gave it to him!

          • http://thecarsboneblog.tumblr.com The Plouffenator (Formerly Chen Meng Wang)

            I’m not saying they should boo him, or that’s a legit reason. Just stating a fact.

        • jjyank

          So they should be booing the front office then, right?

    • Get Phelps Up (formerly Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat)

      I wonder how many of those people were Ranger fans when Alex was there…

      • I’m sexy and I Cano it

        Less than 25% I’m guessing.

  • Plank

    I’m off to take my morning constitutional. Hopefully Hughes won’t have given up too many runs in his 3.2 IP and the game will still be winnable by the time I get back.

  • http://twitter.com/nomchompsky Nom Chompsky

    I know he’s just on the right side of variance right now, but it’s really nice to see Jeter get off to a great start.

    He’s already got through about an eighth of his season, and his stats are so overwhelmingly good that they’ll skew his end of season numbers by themselves.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      Loving the screen name.

      • Paul VuvuZuvella

        It’s Noam.

    • http://thecarsboneblog.tumblr.com The Plouffenator (Formerly Chen Meng Wang)

      I remember reading somewhere he’s have to go 0-28 to get down to .300. and that was before the game yesterday.

  • Robinson Tilapia

    And here’s every Asian in attendance being shown on screen again.

  • cjc

    out

  • Cy Pettitte

    Jete looked out

  • RetroRob

    I’ve been to Arlington, Texas. Do not fly around the world to take your vacation in Arlington, Texas.

  • karcotte

    I love Tim McClelland’s heart.

  • http://thecarsboneblog.tumblr.com The Plouffenator (Formerly Chen Meng Wang)

    Wow…after jeets gets on, two Ks and a first pitch out. that makes me sad.

  • Karl Krawfid

    A-Rod and Cano are useless thus far.

  • RetroRob

    It’s important Phil does well tonight. He’s auditioning to keep his spot in the May, 2013 Yankees rotation.

    • JobaWockeeZ

      And 5 years ago he was still auditioning…

    • forensic

      I laughed. Thanks. It’s like a never-ending thing with him.

    • Manny’s BanWagon

      It’s not like there’s a better option around right now to take his spot especially with Freddy shitting the bed these days.

  • Karl Krawfid

    Phil needs to realize that his fastball is not his put away pitch.

    His curve ball will not become one if he doesn’t use it.

    • Greg

      How about a cutter?

      • http://thecarsboneblog.tumblr.com The Plouffenator (Formerly Chen Meng Wang)

        Sh…don’t indulge Hughes’s belief that his cutter is anything more than an average pitch.

      • Karl Krawfid

        I like it. He tends to fall in love with it though.

  • Greg

    It is now important that Banuelos and Betances do well and develop properly. Otherwise, Cashman is always going to have that inability to develop quality starting pitching on his back

    • Needed Pitching

      what role does a GM have in developing minor league pitching?
      Does Cash also serve as minor league pitching coordinator in his spare time?

      • Greg

        Its been a common thread throughout his tenure here. Apart from Wang.

        • http://thecarsboneblog.tumblr.com The Plouffenator (Formerly Chen Meng Wang)

          Ivan Nova says hi.

          • http://thecarsboneblog.tumblr.com The Plouffenator (Formerly Chen Meng Wang)

            and IPK. He did little to no “developing” in Arizona.

            • Greg

              People on here have argued that IPK’s success is NL West related.

              • Needed Pitching

                the degree of success – certainly likely NL West related, that’s not to say he couldn’t pitch or be successful anywhere else, just likely not quite as good as he was last year

            • Kevin Winters

              lol @ ppl still counting Kennedy smh.

              • Plank

                After reading that post, I can see how Latin became 6 different languages in the course of a few hundred years. I barely understood what you wrote. I figured it out, but it’s just barely the same language I speak.

                I don’t mean it as an insult, just an observation.

          • Greg

            Still need more, but getting to that level

            • http://thecarsboneblog.tumblr.com The Plouffenator (Formerly Chen Meng Wang)

              After being the Yankee’s second best pitcher last season, he’s been the only guy on the starting staff who has been consistently good thus far. What else do you need?

              • JobaWockeeZ

                To not have to look for pitching every year would be nice.

                • Greg

                  You got it.

                • Robinson Tilapia

                  Riiiiight, since filling a rotation spot in the offseason is such an anomaly in baseball.

          • JobaWockeeZ

            So it’s Nova, Pettitte and maybe IPK in nearly two decades.

            • Greg

              If you want to include Wang, that’s fine with me. But the point still stands

            • Needed Pitching

              Wang, Ted Lilly …

              it certainly hasn’t been a strength, but they have developed some pitchers

              • Kevin Winters

                And they need to develop better ones. That was Cashman’s goal right

        • Needed Pitching

          that doesn’t answer the question
          you can argue the Yankee organization hasn’t developed young pitching recently (though it’s not entirely true – Wang, Nova, and Kennedy have all had success after being “developed” by the Yankees), but I’m not sure how much of a role a GM would play in any of that

    • Robinson Tilapia

      …and Phelps….and Warren…and Mitchell (both of them)…and Campos…

      It ain’t all about those two. Pedigree schmedigree.

    • JobaWockeeZ

      Yeah don’t get your hopes up.

  • jjyank

    ‘Atta boy Hughes. Keep it going.

  • http://thecarsboneblog.tumblr.com The Plouffenator (Formerly Chen Meng Wang)

    Sterling just said that Hamilton was a top 5 player in baseball. Who else would you put in that 5?

    • jjyank

      More than 5, I can tell you that.

    • I’m sexy and I Cano it

      Kemp, Kemp, Kemp, and Matt Kemp.

    • FIPster Doofus

      Kemp, Tulo, Longoria and Cabrera spring to mind.

  • Karl Krawfid

    Atta boy dude

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

    Philbert.

  • Clyde Barrow

    5 more like that and Phil will be just fine. Texas is his comfort zone.

  • I’m sexy and I Cano it

    Great first inning.

  • Cy Pettitte

    that’s not Phil Hughes, that’s Michael Pineda in whiteface.

    • http://thecarsboneblog.tumblr.com The Plouffenator (Formerly Chen Meng Wang)

      adding laughing at this to the reasons I’m going to hell.

  • jjyank

    Good first inning.

  • Robinson Tilapia

    By the power of Greyskull, Phil Phucking Hughes has figured it out!

  • Karl Krawfid

    OMG OPP FIELD TEX!

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

    Tex beats the shift. I must be dreaming.

    • Karl Krawfid

      I am in tears right now.

  • RetroRob

    Holy, crap. What was that, Tex?

  • jjyank

    Oppo field hit for LHB Tex! Awesome.

  • Get Phelps Up (formerly Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat)

    Tex going the other way!!

  • Brandon

    Good inning by Phil. He needed to start off good like that. But he needs to get the ball down. All the fastballs were high in the zone. If they swung at them, they would’ve been hit.

  • Robinson Tilapia

    I’m glad Tex has become less arrogant now.

    • jjyank

      Haha. But he didn’t bunt! Still a little arrogant.

  • Clyde Barrow

    Phil gets a 1-2-3 inning and now Teix hits the other way. What the hell is going on?

  • Greg

    Mark has really made an effort to go the other way this year. Me like

  • I’m sexy and I Cano it

    Yup, the world is gonna end.

  • jon

    greatest single of all time

  • Cy Pettitte

    Teix y u wait til now to start doing that?

  • http://thecarsboneblog.tumblr.com The Plouffenator (Formerly Chen Meng Wang)

    Drink. Sterling just said the P word.

    • jjyank

      Way ahead of ya.

  • Karl Krawfid

    Is it me or does YES show the opponents dugout a little too much?

  • Clyde Barrow

    Interesting tid bit Kay just gave about the scouting report on Darvish. Many of us were saying last night that the hitters seemed over patient.

  • cjc

    strange these guys are all late on 89 mph

    • http://thecarsboneblog.tumblr.com The Plouffenator (Formerly Chen Meng Wang)

      Yeah, didn’t they get the memo you can only succeed in the big leagues if you’re trowing 97+?

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

    Stop the hit and run nonsense, please.

  • cjc

    crap

  • Cy Pettitte

    FUCK JOSH HAMILTON

    I hate this guy so much.

  • jjyank

    Lamest double play. Well hit, just didn’t work out.

  • Clyde Barrow

    That was a tie at 1st, Teix should have been safe. Make up call for Jete I guess.

    • karcotte

      ties don’t exist, and he was out.

  • I’m sexy and I Cano it

    Wooooooooooooo, frustration!!!!!

  • http://twitter.com/nomchompsky Nom Chompsky

    Hypothetical that I think about way more than I should — imagine you’re were an Ortiz or Teixiera type, that gets a ridiculous shift. You practice bunting somewhat down the third base line and taking the easy base. You basically have something close to a one-time use get on first base free card.

    When do you use it? Is eighth inning of a Divisional game too early? Any close WS game? Last at-bat of your career?

  • forensic

    Guess that’s how Tex will avoid clogging up the bases…

  • Bartolo’s Colon

    feldman looks like halladay. i know that wasn’t his fault but i cannot stand ibanez on this team

  • Epy0n

    Hughes looked good hopefully he keeps it going.

  • http://thecarsboneblog.tumblr.com The Plouffenator (Formerly Chen Meng Wang)

    fuuuuuck

  • Cy Pettitte

    There’s the Phil I know

  • Karl Krawfid

    That shitty swing at the ball down the middle on the first pitch approach.

  • Bartolo’s Colon

    i see hughes is starting to settle in

  • I’m sexy and I Cano it

    Right on cue!

  • aRX

    :(

  • karcotte

    does that kid get every home run ball in texas?

    • jjyank

      Ha I said the same thing. He’s always there.

  • Brandon

    As I said before. He needs to get the ball low. Not high of down the middle.

    • sdjohn

      Brandon for pitching coach!!!

  • Paul VuvuZuvella

    Way to bounce back Philbert.

  • your mom

    I like Phil throwing these change-ups to lefties.

  • RetroRob

    Pettite goes one batter into the 6th before being pulled. 81 pitches.

    • http://thecarsboneblog.tumblr.com The Plouffenator (Formerly Chen Meng Wang)

      Good news, up to 100 his next time out, then once more, he should be back between the 10th and 15th by my math and logic.

      • RetroRob

        That’s what I was thinking. He went about six innings his last time out, but that was in extended spring training against A-ballers. I figured they’d hold him to about 80 or so tonight, and then get up to 100 in his next two starts before being recalled.

      • vin

        There’s no room for logic in this place.

  • http://thecarsboneblog.tumblr.com The Plouffenator (Formerly Chen Meng Wang)

    I guess Phil bouced back ok? I had to sell a girl some dutchies real quick, and she likes to talk forever.

    • RetroRob

      They all do.

    • jjyank

      Come on man, Games is where it’s at. Dutches are lame.

      • http://thecarsboneblog.tumblr.com The Plouffenator (Formerly Chen Meng Wang)

        Haha, she actually got a White Grape Game. I just said dutchie because it’s the most well known brand. However, I think Dutches are better quality, Games taste better though.

        • jjyank

          I miss L’s. Stupid government. I chose the wrong career path.

          • http://thecarsboneblog.tumblr.com The Plouffenator (Formerly Chen Meng Wang)

            Haha, don’t worry. I feel it will be decriminalized in our lifetime. Anyway, Vaporizers and water pipes are where it’s at . Ls are nice and all but you waste sooo much.

            • jjyank

              Yes, but they’re awesome for social gatherings. I love(d) Vapes though. Really More of a bubbler guy I guess. I still have all my pieces just in case the government decides that that activity is far more healthy than cigarrettes and booze.

              • http://thecarsboneblog.tumblr.com The Plouffenator (Formerly Chen Meng Wang)

                In all seriousness, if things like Salvia are completely legal to sell and with studies showing it is much healthier than even drinking then there is no reason it shouldn’t be legal.

                • jjyank

                  I agree. You wanna fix the economy? BAM. Done. Less money incarcerating people, less money spend on federal lawsuits, less money spend on investigations, more money in agriculture, distribution, sales…it’s stupid really.

                  • http://thecarsboneblog.tumblr.com The Plouffenator (Formerly Chen Meng Wang)

                    Preaching to the choir.

                    • jjyank

                      I know. I’m just bitter because I had to quit lol.

                    • http://thecarsboneblog.tumblr.com The Plouffenator (Formerly Chen Meng Wang)

                      Haha, I hear you. I hope I never have to. I know some pretty successful people who still indulge. I hope to be like that.

                    • jjyank

                      My parents both make six figure salaries and still do it. I’m just interested in a career that happens to frown upon it, which is a shame.

  • Hummingbird S.

    Shitty umps for the loss… way outside

  • vin

    Just to kick us while we’re down… Joba’s doppleganger, Lance Lynn is 4-0 as a starter this season.

    • jjyank

      Why, cause they kinda look the same? I don’t get what he has to do with Joba.

      • vin

        Yeah, I don’t watch many Cardinals games throughout the year, so when I first saw him in the playoffs, I did a double-take. Hefty, right-hander, wearing #62 (last year), similar mound presence. Different delivery and repetoire. A young pitcher taking the starter to reliever shuttle. That was enough for me to consider him to be Joba’s double.

      • karcotte

        They also wear the same number.

  • http://thecarsboneblog.tumblr.com The Plouffenator (Formerly Chen Meng Wang)

    Wow according to PitchFX that pitch was well outside.

    • Tom

      For some reason it has become accepted practice to allow homeplate umpires to call an assymetrical strikezone to lefty hitters (they won’t give anything off the inside f the plate but will now go ~4″ off the plate.

      In fact Brooks has altered their maps with “typical” umpire zones which shows the absurdity of this.
      http://www.brooksbaseball.net/......php?img1=..%2FpfxVB%2Fcache%2Ffastmap.php-pitchSel%3Dall%26game%3Dgid_2012_04_25_nyamlb_texmlb_1%26sp_type%3D2%26s_type%3D7.gif&img2=..%2FpfxVB%2Fcache%2Ffastmap.php-pitchSel%3Dall%26game%3Dgid_2012_04_25_nyamlb_texmlb_1%26sp_type%3D3%26s_type%3D7.gif

  • Karl Krawfid

    Ass Martin is gonna regret not signing that extension.

  • I’m sexy and I Cano it

    Holy Derek Jeter

  • Cy Pettitte

    Jeter MVP

  • jjyank

    DJ4K? I kid (sort of) but this hot streak for Jeets is awesome.

  • http://twitter.com/nomchompsky Nom Chompsky

    Can Jeter bat .500??

  • Bartolo’s Colon

    i wish i could travel back in time one year and just mess with everyone how things will be different this time next year, i promise

    • Bartolo’s Colon

      and yes, that would be the first thing i would do if i could time travel

      • Robinson Tilapia

        Don’t worry about us. Go win Powerball. Seriously.

  • http://thecarsboneblog.tumblr.com The Plouffenator (Formerly Chen Meng Wang)

    When was our last extra base hit?

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

      Cano and Jeter doubled last night.

    • karcotte

      Jeter’s double yesterday.

  • sdjohn

    Well, Jeter is on fire. Anyone else?

  • your mom

    Offensively, the Cap’n is the only one with a pulse on this team.

  • Epy0n

    Watching Jeter constantly get hits is truly amazing.

  • handtius

    how’s everyone like this jeter character? he’s good, huh?

    • jjyank

      Never seen him before, but I like it. Derek Jeter for RotY!

  • Jason K

    Could u imagine how good this team would be if our 3-4-5 guys could hit a little more? Jeters always on base for them it seems!

    • jjyank

      I take solace in this. We’re tied for first place right now with most of the team slumping and the starting pitching (outside of one CC start, two Kuroda starts, and Nova) have been underwhelming. That’s actually pretty good.

  • I’m sexy and I Cano it

    That was a solid groundout, very solid.

  • Epy0n

    It always seems like Arod just rolls over the fucking ball.

  • Karl Krawfid

    Man A-Rod is horrible to watch.

  • Hummingbird S.

    still shitty with RISP…

  • http://thecarsboneblog.tumblr.com The Plouffenator (Formerly Chen Meng Wang)

    16 innings since our last run…

  • sdjohn

    Is this Feldman or Sandy Koufax? When this team struggles (excluding Jeter) the whole damn team struggles. Dear lord.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      Hey, remember when they scored 15 runs after the seventh inning the other day? Hello? Is this thing on?

      • sdjohn

        Ya, remember when we scored our last run?

        • Robinson Tilapia

          0 for the rest of 2012. You heard it here first.

      • Greg

        Feast or famine. This was a problem they had last year. They would go off for a ton of runs and then not score for a few games. Their RPG would be at about 6.

        • handtius

          and how many games did they win last year? i’ll take it.

        • Needed Pitching

          you mean like every other team in baseball

        • karcotte

          6,6,0,6,5,6,5,1,11,3,8,5,7,6,15,7,0

          Only 4 games so far they’ve scored less than 5 runs.

    • handtius

      except for all the hard contact that’s being caught.

  • Alkaline

    Where did Jeter find the fountain of youth?

    • Epy0n

      the GH in his blood

    • Needed Pitching

      he covertly followed Mo one day

    • Hummingbird S.

      Can he give it to A-Rod?

  • Robinson Tilapia

    Nolan Ryan never looks happy.

    • http://thecarsboneblog.tumblr.com The Plouffenator (Formerly Chen Meng Wang)

      Because he’s a sad bitter old man.

  • Tony

    Hughes looks very good aside from that homer

    • Epy0n

      HE does look good by why so many fastballs these Texas hitters are going to smash that FB especially if its up and over the plate.

    • I’m sexy and I Cano it

      And that single, and that double….

    • Manny’s BanWagon

      You were saying…

      • handtius

        a pop fly double does not mean he is pitching bad.

  • Hummingbird S.

    Hate 0-2 mistakes, especially with a freaking fastball right down the middle.

    • Hummingbird S.

      And here we go. All the trouble because he couldnt put away a crappy hitter with 2 strikes on him.

  • cjc

    sure why not

  • Karl Krawfid

    0-2 fastballs down the middle.

    Shit I hate about Phil Hughes.

    • handtius

      yeah, that ball was clocked…

    • Paul VuvuZuvella

      Phuck

  • handtius

    so unlucky….

  • jjyank

    That’s the most annoying kinda of double.

  • sdjohn

    Oh those lazy fly balls to RF with all kinds of hang time.

  • http://thecarsboneblog.tumblr.com The Plouffenator (Formerly Chen Meng Wang)

    FUCK.

  • Clyde Barrow

    Phil needs to limit them to 1 at the most here. And the offense needs to help Jeter. 0 runs in 12 innings counting last night.

    • http://thecarsboneblog.tumblr.com The Plouffenator (Formerly Chen Meng Wang)

      16 innings 0 in innings 7-9 two days ago, 0 all 9 yesterday, and 0 through 3 today.

  • JS

    Hughes is the new Burnett. Andy we need you ASAP.!

  • your mom

    Everytime someone makes a comment about how Hughes is doing well he fucks up.

    • jjyank

      Good point. From now on, we all start chanting “HUGHES SUCKS”. He’ll end up throwing a complete game.

      • your mom

        No a perfect game.

    • Hummingbird S.

      Overrated

    • sdjohn

      Well I think he’s doing shitty… Reverse psych?

      • your mom

        yes

    • JobaWockeeZ

      Joba is better.

      • Kevin Winters

        To think yrs ago they chose Hughes over Joba because he was seen as the better bet going forward smh.

  • jjyank

    Damn. If that was harder hit to A-Rod they coulda had him.

  • Greg

    Three run game Mike.

  • Athenian

    Ut oh. Here we go with 2 strike Hughes.

    Pineda done.

  • Clyde Barrow

    Uh oh. Now they’re gonna hit Jeter in the ribs. Phil shouldn’t have done that.

    • jjyank

      No they won’t. I seriously doubt that was intentional.

  • Clyde Barrow

    Another 0-2 count. STRIKE SOMEBODY OUT, PHIL!

  • JS

    Phil Burnett

  • Hummingbird S.

    I’m ready for another Hughes 4 run in 5.2 innings start in which people will say he pitched so well and didnt deserve that line!

    • Tom

      Which will be sprinkled with the typical “he looked good in innings X-Y… if only he could consistently do that and it’s something he can build on.”

      All the guy knows is get to 2 strikes and fire high fastballs… locate a damn fastball on the inside corner or down in the zone. When he only pitches to 2 quadrants (high, outside) a major league hitter is eventually going to get to you. How often do you see him locate a 4 seam fastball on the inside corner or just off the inside corner?

  • Karl Krawfid

    It’s 0-2 Phil.

    Put the batter away damn.

  • Karl Krawfid

    lol @ the scout thing on MLB.com gameday during this at bat.

  • Clyde Barrow

    He’s gonna lose him. Throw your curve in the dirt!

  • jjyank

    Ugh. Can I has some bats now please?

  • I’m sexy and I Cano it

    Hughes just cannot put hitters away.

    • P.A. Dice

      This is news how? A guy who can’t miss bats and can’t get a ground all to save his life is a recipe for a shit pitcher in the AL. Sigh. Why can’t we just clone CC and have CC clones filling out the rest of the rotation? Wow. When will be the year when the Yankess have at least decent pitching? Hopefully I get to see it in my lifetime.

  • P.A. Dice

    Playing Texas every year and seeing how much they improve every year makes you realize how superior they are to the Yankees as an organization. From the front office, to scouting, to coaches + managers, to the roster, they are simply the best.

  • Needed Pitching

    Sigh

  • http://thecarsboneblog.tumblr.com The Plouffenator (Formerly Chen Meng Wang)
  • Clyde Barrow

    88 mph right down the middle ain’t gonna fool anybody. Awful pitching.

  • Cy Pettitte

    Phail.

    banish him to the pen

  • Karl Krawfid

    He’s just terrible.

    0-2 and didn’t even give him a breaking ball. I swear the kid is dumb.

  • sdjohn

    Well, Maybe Jeter can hit 3 solo jacks, otherwise, we may not have a shot.

  • JobaWockeeZ

    Brian Cashman absolved the Mariners of any blame: “In no way do I believe, or do the New York Yankees believe, that the Seattle Mariners had any knowledge of any issues here with Michael Pineda prior to the trade or anything of that nature. He was a fully healthy player we acquired. We had full access to his medicals, which were clean. We had the opportunity to do a full physical exam, which we did, which came out clean.”

    • DM

      MM said on the pre-game that they did a shoulder strength test prior to his rehab outing and he was fine — but after those 15 pitches he failed that same test. Pineda said he felt something on that last pitch.

  • TJ

    UGH Just saw that we gave away Montero for nothing. Pineda out…..looks like the’s finished with the labrum issue. I also saw how people were ripping Cash. Unless he has psychic abilities that’s ridiculous.

    Also just saw that Hughes is “surviving” so far. Tightrope act as usual.

  • Tom Zig

    Maybe if he threw something other than a fastball, he’d do ok.

    • TJ

      Right down the middle too….bravo

  • aRX

    I’ve just about had my fill of Hughes.

  • http://thecarsboneblog.tumblr.com The Plouffenator (Formerly Chen Meng Wang)

    The wheels are falling off…

  • Needed Pitching

    fuck Phil, wtf

    • Paul VuvuZuvella

      Need Pitching :(

      • Need Pitching

        I changed

        • Paul VuvuZuvella

          +1

  • Clyde Barrow

    Freddy has new life. Hughes is done in the rotation as far as I’m concerned. Get Phelps in there.

  • cjc

    and its all coming undone

  • Hummingbird S.

    crappy Hughes will always be crappy

  • JobaWockeeZ

    Amazing how we have a hole in the rotation now after all this depth and it isn’t even May. And that’s assuming Pettitte is Pettitte.

  • JS

    A. J. Hughes

  • Frank

    Will the Yanks please close the book on Phil Hughes as a starter. Put him back in the pen.

  • Jason K

    You guys realize we’re gonna be stuck with fuckin Hughes and Garcia probably most of the season. With Pineda out, Banuelos injured and cant throw strikes, all we have is Pettitte, who i still don’t beleive is gonna be his old self.

    CC, Nova, Kuroda? ………

  • JobaWockeeZ

    Hamels at the deadline anyone?

    • JS

      Left nut given

      • your mom

        Right kidney

        • Betty Lizard

          Labrum.

  • Athenian

    Yankees pitching staff is in trouble. Same type of game from Hughes, can’t close an AB out. This one is about out of reach.

  • Brandon

    Every pitch is either high or right down the middle. Every pitch so far this whole game. It was only a matter of time until this happened

  • your mom

    Phelps please?

  • Zooboy

    Awephil.

  • Tony

    Today has not been a good day so far

  • Manny’s BanWagon

    Hughes on the verge of a complete implosion now.

    • your mom

      Quick, someone check his pants.

  • pistol pete

    Hughes is a one or two inning pitcher at best. Hoping Freddy gets his act together and can be the No 5 behind CC Andy Kuroda and Nova. Hughes at best is a middle reliever.

  • I’m sexy and I Cano it

    Lol, the ump is trolling Phil.

  • Karl Krawfid

    When will the Yankees man up and send him to AAA?

  • cjc

    at what point can we kill this experiment to the pen Hughes

  • Needed Pitching

    Phil PHAILURE

  • handtius

    wow, that spiraled quick.

  • Robinson Tilapia

    *reaches for the Absinthe*

    • Jeff Karstens, Male Model

      “Oy! Absinthe!”

      • Robinson Tilapia

        We ain’t fucking around tonight.

    • Manny’s BanWagon

      With “bangers, beans and mash ” playing in the background.

    • Paul VuvuZuvella

      Spoon, sugar, flame.

    • http://thecarsboneblog.tumblr.com The Plouffenator (Formerly Chen Meng Wang)

      Damn, shit’s getting real in the Tilapia household.

      • Robinson Tilapia

        I actually do have a bottle. I make a mean Sazerac.

    • handtius

      don’t want to know how you’ll react when they loose a game in the ws. zen baseball needed.

      • Robinson Tilapia

        The alcohol happens, win or lose.

  • TJ

    Why is it that the Yanks have so may injuries with their young arms? Mishandling has to have something to do with it, it isn’t all coincidence.

    • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

      This has nothing to do with the Yanks unless they didn’t do their due diligence with Pinedas physical during the trade.

    • karcotte

      “Why is it that the have so many injuries with their young arms?”

  • Jeff Karstens, Male Model

    So Pettite will solve one of our two pitching problems. Seems like we’ll be giving the young guns an opportunity at some point, doesn’t it.

    • JobaWockeeZ

      And somewhere the Yankees front office had a collective heart attack.

  • Clyde Barrow

    Girardi is done with Hughes. The Phil Hughes experiment is officially over. I said it was over his last start and it looks like people are finally jumping on board that this kid just isn’t any good. Hughes to the 5th, Joba can pitch the 6th when he comes back. Such a waste.

  • Manny’s BanWagon

    Maybe they can use Hughes as a labrum donor for Pineda.

    • Rek4gehrig

      Thats too funny

    • Plank

      I don’t want any part of Phughes living inside an actual pitcher.

  • Tony

    Think of the bright side. If Phil and Freddy continue to suck this year, there’s a chance we could see Manny Banuelos in the rotation this year

    • jimmy

      Do. Not. Want. At least not this year.

    • your mom

      Fuck Hughes and Fuck Freddy!

    • JobaWockeeZ

      I hope not. He’s clearly not ready yet and we already know what happens.

    • Voice of Reason

      Unless there are all sorts of injuries, there is no chance Banuelos is in the majors before September.

  • Cy Pettitte

    Joba, Hughes, and Pineda for IPK.

    get it done Cash.

  • Hummingbird S.

    And we dont even have Jesus Montero to try and make a trade for Cole Hamels because Cashman gave him away for damaged goods!! Cashman has no idea how to evaluate pitching..

  • Athenian

    Man, this is sad. High hopes but complete failure. Hughes as a starter should be a dead issue now. He is exactly what he has been for the past three years as a starter, selectively effective, mostly inconsistent, but a definite drain on the bullpen.

  • Tom Zig

    gooooooooood job. Garcia and Hughes having a who-can-suck-the-most competition I see.

  • I’m sexy and I Cano it

    Remember a couple days ago when it was okay that Phil Hughes sucked because we knew Pineda would be back soon? Those were the days.

  • P.A. Dice

    A guy who can’t miss bats and can’t get a ground all to save his life is a recipe for a shit pitcher in the AL. Sigh. Why can’t we just clone CC and have CC clones filling out the rest of the rotation? Wow. When will be the year when the Yankess have at least decent pitching? Hopefully I get to see it in my lifetime.

  • Electric Nunez aka the shocker

    Bullpen my guess is by summer we see mitchell warren and phelps in hughes spot.

  • forensic

    Absolutely shocked that Hughes would pitch a game like this…

  • RetroRob

    Phil is one good start from Sweaty of being in the pen.

    Joe has yanked him earlier than he usually does with his starters, meaning more so than the results, he doesn’t like how Hughes is putting his pitches.

    • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

      Seeing as he gets Baltimore and the scuffling Royals next week he probably gets two more chances

  • chcmh

    Well, Jeter is certainly a pleasure to watch.

  • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

    So, is Phelps gonna get a shot soon or what?

  • Tarik

    Mike,

    Your always said that there is no use in putting guys like Hughes and Chamberlain in the bullpen right away, because you want to give them a good shot at making it happen in the rotation first, which is a stance I agree with. However, when does that shot end?

    • Clyde Barrow

      It ends now. Both were mishandled and that’s unfortunate but neither one will be a starter and that’s a shame. Give Phelps a shot. Have him soak up innings tonight and he’ll be in line for Phil’s next start. Phil can be the multi inning guy in the pen until we can work out a trade.

    • JobaWockeeZ

      Well that’s a tough question to answer, all I can say is that Hughes’ shot isn’t nearly close to being done.

      • Tarik

        I like to think you’re right.

  • Manny’s BanWagon

    Now that Phil is in shape and throwing hard, what is the new excuse why he still sucks?

    • handtius

      bad command.

    • DM

      He melts in big spots. Not much “grinder” in Phil I’m afraid. Never stops the bleeding. Never pitches out of trouble.

    • David N

      Makes bad pitches in pitcher’s counts. I wonder how many of the hits he’s given up this year have come with 2 strikes.

  • your mom

    Yay Clay!

  • Need Pitching

    disappointing Phil, very disappointing

  • Pat D

    What a day so far. Pineda’s damaged goods, Hughes sucks and I have to change my shift for the last 7 weeks I work here.

    I felt like asking for my severance now. 7 weeks? Really???

  • TomH

    Now I guess the hitters will begin trying to whack everything into the seats–every pitchers dream.

    Things not looking good for this team. They really have to get the 2-3-4 hitters going, and pretty damned soon.

    • Need Pitching

      2??

  • Cy Pettitte

    CC/Kuroda/Nova/Pettitte/Phelps

    Hughes in pen. if Phelps sucks then try Warren.

    If they can’t get 5 quality starters outs of CC, Kuroda, Nova, Pettitte, Phelps, Hughes, Warren, Freddy, Mitchell that’s ridiculous.

  • http://www.yankeeanalysts.com/ Steve S.

    Don’t be surprised when the Yanks pick Freddy over Hughes when Andy’s ready. I know Sweaty Freddy was horrendous in his last start, but if we’ve learned one thing in his year+ with the team its that he can’t get the Red Sox out. That’s OK, Hughes can’t get anyone out (or finish them off) and might actually have value out of the bullpen. That may be the best configuration for this group.

    • JobaWockeeZ

      And no matter how much sense it makes I still threw up.

  • dee dubs

    I think Joe’s gotta let phil try to get out of that – we have no choice at this point but to let him work out his issues.

    • TomH

      Nahh. He’s in AJ territory. He’ll never work it out until he’s had a major shock to the system, e.g., AAA

  • I’m sexy and I Cano it

    What the hell are the Yankees going to do with Hughes? Send him to AAA? Bullpen? How many more outings like this before enough is enough?

    • dee dubs

      send him to AAA to start every five days until _______ gets injured

  • Plank

    I was hoping for 3.2 IP of with less than 4 runs. Unfortunately I was unrealistically optimistic.

  • forensic

    Hey, focus on the positive! Other than the last 25 pitches of his 50 pitches, he only had a couple bad ones…

  • Clyde Barrow

    Alright, we got lucky now let’s get something out of it. We can’t keep ruining these chances.

  • RetroRob

    Tex with an opposite field single and an infield single all in the same game.

  • JS

    Can we get Colon back? Apparently he’s good now.

    • Clyde Barrow

      He was good with us last year, he just ran out of gas at the end which is why we would have managed his innings better. He had just came back from the dead so he wasn’t going to be able to throw a full season. Not sure why we didn’t bring him back over Freddy.

      • JS

        Amen

      • I’m sexy and I Cano it

        Freddy had a shinier record and ERA. But mostly because of how Colon faded down the stretch.

  • Jeff Karstens, Male Model

    What a shitty day.

  • P.A. Dice

    Anyone else suicidal over Pineda? I’m so sick of having shitty pitchers filling out the Yankees rotation these past couple of years. So sick of injuries, underperformances, flip flopping pitchers between SP and RP. I’m done with Cash and his stupid decisions. I totally saw the Pineda injury coming from a mile away. Heavy workload from last year, poor second half, decreased velo in spring, lots of red flags. Would’ve rather just signed Darvish and CJ Wilson and kept Montero instead of trading for Pineda and signing Kuroda. Argh. Sorry if I sound ridiculous. Just venting…

    • A Terrible Answer

      Just keep drinking.

  • http://thecarsboneblog.tumblr.com The Plouffenator (Formerly Chen Meng Wang)

    My head hurts :(

  • Get Phelps Up (formerly Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat)

    I just hope that this doesn’t make the Yanks rush Pettitte back.

    • http://thecarsboneblog.tumblr.com The Plouffenator (Formerly Chen Meng Wang)

      I think he’s two appearances away either way.

    • Mike Stanley

      Considering Cashman’s comments tonight, sounds like Andy isn’t close.

    • Bartolo’s Colon

      i hope it is fri may 11, i will be at that game. it sort of lines up

  • Clyde Barrow

    And now for the DP. Shutout last night and 0 runs tonight.

  • handtius

    fucking bad breaks all around.

  • Cy Pettitte

    Raul is soooooo cool.

  • karcotte

    timing

  • I’m sexy and I Cano it

    Ibanez has life in him yet!

  • Bartolo’s Colon

    ibanez hits a double and still manages to screw it up

  • Karl Krawfid

    The guy everyone hates is better than most on the team so far.

  • RetroRob

    Kay is wrong. Hughes’ velocity this year is exactly the same as it was in 2007. The only time he was mid-90s was when he pitched out of the pen.

    • Karl Krawfid

      He’s actually throwing harder.

      He had a better curve and a nice straight change up in 2007.

      Also threw a slider.

    • http://www.yankeeanalysts.com/ Steve S.

      Yep. And there’s more to pitching than velocity, which Kay just doesn’t get.

  • Epy0n

    Was not expecting them to pull Feldman.

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

      Mainly a pitch count thing. He’s a reliever and isn’t stretched out.

  • DM

    Girardi post-game comments regarding Hughes will be interesting tonight.

    • forensic

      “He was just up a little bit. Got some outs up there but has to work down a little bit more. We’ll keep working with him and get it sorted out. He did win 18 games two years ago. You don’t just forget how to pitch and win.”

      • Jeff Karstens, Male Model

        Ah yes, the 18 games. That’s the go-to answer anytime the reporters really start to get uppity.

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

      No they won’t, Girardi won’t say anything remotely controversial.

      • DM

        One more bad start before we get a “Well, we’ll discuss it. I’m gonna talk it over with Cash and our pitching coach then we’ll make a decision.” when asked about Phil’s rotation spot?

    • RetroRob

      No they won’t. He’ll remain supportive when talking to the media.

      • Get Phelps Up (formerly Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat)

        “Hughsey’s our guy”

        • Plank

          Hughsey is oursy guysy.

          • Monterowasdinero

            Me likey, Planksy.

    • Jeff Karstens, Male Model

      “His stuff looked good, he just struggled to find his command. He made two or three mistakes, and this is a lineup that doesn’t miss when you make a mistake.”

      That’s pretty much carbon copy Girardi post-game when Hughes pitches.

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

    Damn, just get some guys on base for Ibanez and let the games begin.

  • mustang

    Hey Pistol Pete

    How you like me now!!!!!!!

    Raul Ibanez

  • Jeff Karstens, Male Model

    Scott Feldman outlasted Phil Hughes in this game. That’s ’nuff said right there.

    • RetroRob

      Scott Feldman didn’t win 18 games in a season like Hughes, but he did win 17 games the year prior.

      Perhaps they’re twin sons of different mothers.

  • http://thecarsboneblog.tumblr.com The Plouffenator (Formerly Chen Meng Wang)

    Hooray. we scored a run!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Frank

    Cash should contact Oswalt and convince to come to Yanks and pitch with his good buddy Pettitte.

    • Manny’s BanWagon

      Not a bad thought. I think he’s going to St Louis though.

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

      He’s not worth it.

    • Kevin G.

      Andy should try and convince Clemens to come back after testifying.

  • Tony

    shouldnt nunez be hitting here?

  • Paul VuvuZuvella

    F’n ground rules.

  • Manny’s BanWagon

    Gotta get a least one more run across.

    • your mom

      Hughes rubbing off on Phelps?

      • your mom

        reply fail

  • karcotte

    wow, that went far.

  • David N

    Thank you Eric Chavez.

  • http://thecarsboneblog.tumblr.com The Plouffenator (Formerly Chen Meng Wang)

    Two runs. Be still my beating heart :)

  • Frank

    Great AB by Chavez.

  • sangreal

    Everyone also seems to forget that Colon pitched in winter ball before last season

    (I wanted him back too)

    • sangreal

      Reply fail, but I promise it wasn’t my fault

  • Manny’s BanWagon

    Way to go Russell. He’s gonna have to pay a team to play next year at this rate.

    • P.A. Dice

      Exactly. If he doesnt show any life with the stick he doesn’t deserve a contract. No one is going to shell out a $60MM + contract for a DP machine who plays good D at catcher. I’d rather have Miguel Montero or Mike Napoli.

  • P.A. Dice

    I’m kinda hoping someone like Garza or Gavin Floyd becomes available this trade deadline. Funny how our pitching depth is quickly fading.

    • JobaWockeeZ

      I want to see a legit ace next to CC. The franchise has never had it’s Pedro-Schilling. Someone near CC’s caliber would be amazing. Expecting Pineda to be that is just wishful.

      • handtius

        take it you’re pretty young?

        • JobaWockeeZ

          Wells and Cone were a solid 1-2 but it’s not otherwordly. Clemens was on his last breaths in NY. El Duque had a lot of quality starts but wasn’t consistent enough to be that ace.

          • Need Pitching

            2001 Moose, Pettitte, Clemens combo was pretty damn good

          • handtius

            moose and wells and clemens and cones, you can add 90s pettitte into that (he was pretty amazing back then). and clemens wasn’t done…he had a era+ 131 in 2000.

      • P.A. Dice

        If we were going to trade Montero I would’ve been ok with trading him for someone like Bumgarner or Tommy Hanson. But then again I never wanted to trade him.

  • Pinstripes in Cali

    Far more excite to see Phelps pitch than the assclowns in the back of the rotation…

  • http://thecarsboneblog.tumblr.com The Plouffenator (Formerly Chen Meng Wang)

    fuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuck.

  • Cy Pettitte

    Phelps sucks too. keep this guy in the pen.

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

    Hey look, David Phelps can’t put anyone away with two outs strikes either.

    • http://thecarsboneblog.tumblr.com The Plouffenator (Formerly Chen Meng Wang)

      strikes? I think you meant strikes.

    • Manny’s BanWagon

      You seem to be enjoying Phelps recent struggles a little too much lately.

      • handtius

        just like a ton of people here are enjoying hughes’ struggles. he’s being ironic.

        • Manny’s BanWagon

          I was only kidding

          • handtius

            ah…hard to remember who has a brain on here anymore.

    • .zip file

      Not a good showing from Phelps tonite at all.

  • handtius

    phelps is our savior….oh wait…

  • Karl Krawfid

    what a shitty home run

  • cjc

    nice start David

  • David N

    Well, there goes one of those runs….

  • Widget

    Phelps to the rotation!!!!!! Nice job Mini-Hughes. Not a good day so far for Yankee baseball.

  • Karl Krawfid

    3 fastballs to Napoli.

    Curve ball to the next batter after home run.

  • JobaWockeeZ

    Warren was very impressive in Spring. I hope he’ll get a shot.

    • your mom

      Warren not impressive today.

  • Get Phelps Up (formerly Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat)

    Is Brian Gordon available?

    (not being serious)

  • Clyde Barrow

    The question is can Phelps be competent? That’s all we need from our 5th starter with this offense. Problem is, Hughes isn’t even competent. He never gives us innings and always puts us in a deficit.

  • Manny’s BanWagon

    2:1 odds Beltre hits a grand slam.

    • Bartolo’s Colon

      you owe me 2

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

    Yay! Intentional walks with only one out! This can’t possibly result in a run right? Right?

  • Athenian

    Do you think that Larry tells his staff that mid thigh down the middle is not a good spot? The bomb is about the blow up on the misrated Yankee staff.

    • TomH

      Ol’ Larry couldn’t do much with AJ, and this year he doesn’t seem able to do much with Phil and Phreddy

  • karcotte

    Swisher doesn’t get enough props for being a good defensive outfielder.

    • Karl Krawfid

      Lets bring that up when he makes a routine catch.

      • karcotte

        Only looked routine because he got a tremendous jump, he was playing deep and that was off the end of the bat.

    • http://www.yankeeanalysts.com/ Steve S.

      Because he’s just average, not good. That’s OK with his bat, but he’s not exceptional out there.

      • JobaWockeeZ

        Yup. Whatever range advantage he brings to a league average outfielder, his lack of an arm kills it.

      • karcotte

        I feel like a lot of people consider him a poor defender. Maybe I’m wrong and people appreciate his abilities correctly, or at least yankee fans here.

  • your mom

    I hate Michael Young.

  • Manny’s BanWagon

    Michael Young is so gritty he should have been a red sox.

  • Clyde Barrow

    We were so enthusiastic about this rotation with the additions of Kuroda and Pineda and now it’s all come crashing down. We’ve got 3 good starters. All hope is on Andy for an effective 4th starter.

  • JS

    Phelps don’t pull a Hughes.

    • .zip file

      He did.

  • V

    So, fantasy baseball – time to worry about Pujols?

    • Athenian

      This blows. Now the Yankees know just how far behind the Rangers they are in pitching and hitting.

      • Athenian

        DIdnt mean to put that there. Sorry.

  • Cy Pettitte

    Young is so classy he let Phelps gets out of it without giving up another run

  • Bartolo’s Colon

    its decided, phelps to the rotation!

  • http://thecarsboneblog.tumblr.com The Plouffenator (Formerly Chen Meng Wang)

    jjyank, i was reading the Pineda thread between innings, you’re from jersey too? where about’s if you don’t mind me asking

  • Karl Krawfid

    Escapability folks.

  • JS

    Phil this is the bullpen. Bullpen this is Phil.

  • Clyde Barrow

    The kid did what Hughes cannot, get out of trouble. He’d be a lot better than Hughes and right now that’s all we can ask for. Girardi should announce after the game that Hughes will be sent to the pen and Phelps will make Phi’s next start.

    • JohnnyC

      Phelps has given up 6 runs in his last 6.7 innings.

  • Plank

    This makes me feel better, but it’s a few days old.

  • http://www.yankeeanalysts.com/ Steve S.

    Most interesting thing I read today.

    http://www.popularmechanics.co.....id-6705753

    The Owen Magnetic. A car that runs on magnetic power, and it was built 95 years ago.

    • Plank

      I tried to read it, but the sight of Jay Leno made me vomit. He’s the Phil Hughes of late night talk.

      • http://www.yankeeanalysts.com/ Steve S.

        Poor excuse. Read it, you’ll thank me later.

        • Plank

          With cars, simpler and cheaper parts are often better. When the Mustang was developed, Ford considered a more expensive independent rear suspension than the solid axle the car came with. As legend has it, Ford executive Lee Iacocca said, “Americans don’t give a crap about that. Make it inexpensive; make it look sexy. Don’t put something in it they can’t see.”

          That must be why the American auto industry is so respected the world over.

          • http://www.yankeeanalysts.com/ Steve S.

            As he said, quality doesn’t always win out and often doesn’t. The Beta format was far superior to VHS. Apple spent 20 years getting their brains beat in by Microsoft (before Steve Jobs took over) despite a better OS. Fast food has billions in sales while the best French restaurant in Manhattan probably does a few mil. Quality isn’t everything, unfortunately.

  • Cy Pettitte

    What happened to Jim Johnson?

    • Manny’s BanWagon

      Flu I think.

  • pistol pete

    Phelps hanging in there, need some mo jo from the offense.

  • Bartolo’s Colon

    the orioles are so lucky, they don’t have to worry about hughes or pineda

    • Cy Pettitte

      they’ve destroyed their fair share of pitchers lately

  • Clyde Barrow

    Michael thinks the division winner will be based on who can beat the Orioles? Everyone was saying they were improved last year and they finished dead last. It’ll come down to starting pitching and that’s unfortunate for us right now.

    • http://twitter/TheRealJeromeS Jerome S.

      The narrative starts… now.

    • rek4gehrig

      That’s OK. We always beat the Cookies

  • Manny’s BanWagon

    Orlando won which means the Knicks play either Miami or Chicago in round 1.

    Guess I’ll have to wait yet another year to see the Knicks win a playoff series.

    This day keeps getting better and better.

  • your mom

    I hope the pen can keep this game within 3 runs so we have a chance at Nathan(who stinks early on).

  • Karl Krawfid

    Well that is good news about Pineda

  • handtius

    wow….look at that list of pitchers that came back from the surgery….guess pineda is screwed.

    • JobaWockeeZ

      That list had a lot of guys that were injured for years. This ain’t no Tommy John.

      • handtius

        smolts was injured for years? al leiter? can’t remember the rest.

    • http://www.yankeeanalysts.com/ Steve S.

      That can be really unfair. Every injury is different in terms of severity. The Doctor who examined him is optimistic for a full recovery (no rotator cuff damage) so I am as well. Does that mean he’ll succeed here? No, plenty of healthy pitchers haven’t. But I’m not writing off Pineda.

      • handtius

        dude…sarcasm. i’m optimistic about pineda.

    • Jeff Karstens, Male Model

      Lol, c’mon you’re better than that. Cherry-picking at it’s finest.

      • handtius

        i haven’t seen any of that on this blog lately…no way.

  • Cy Pettitte

    Robinson is god

  • Monterowasdinero

    King Felix tops out at 93. He does ok with that.

  • Bartolo’s Colon

    this dude is pretty awesome, think we can trade hughes for him?

  • Karl Krawfid

    Great approach baby!

    Love it!

  • David N

    Too many homers.

  • Hummingbird S.

    awesome pitching depth…

  • Karl Krawfid

    Yankees aren’t in the same league as Texas.

    • handtius

      actually, they are.

      • Karl Krawfid

        No they aren’t.

        Pitching and hitting. They are a couple notches below.

        • karcotte

          handtius means the American League

          • handtius

            there you go…genius.

            and what i said below…they have a better offense.

            • Need Pitching

              the offenses are about equal, I would say

              • handtius

                when in rome…wait, it’ll come to me.

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

          Except for the whole having a better offense thing, sure.

        • handtius

          they’re both in the american league…same league. the yankees have only scored less then 5 runs in 4 games. that’s a pretty good offense. they’ll have cc, kuroda, nova and pettitte as a top 4, they’ll pitch well. same league.

          • Plank

            What’s that saying about counting chickens?

      • JobaWockeeZ

        Imagine how fucked we would be if we lost a CC for two years straight like them. Gotta give them props.

    • P.A. Dice

      They’re just a better run organization than the Yankees.

      • David N

        This is true. They’re beating the Yankees at their own game.

      • TomH

        It’s beginning to seem that way. They can certainly handle pitching losses better than NYY can. If the two were to play an ALCS series right now, the Rangers would probably win in 5.

  • handtius

    guess phelps isn’t our savior after all.

  • Tony

    This game hurts my brain

  • cjc

    glad we could fix Moreland for them

  • Electric Nunez aka the shocker

    Wonder what we can get from seattle for Hughes?

    • Bartolo’s Colon

      the worst thing about it is that he will be a good starter when he goes elsewhere

      • Athenian

        True. Yankees aren’t exactly the model of developing players, especially pitching. This is what you get buying players based on past performance – undermines the need for talented scouts and player development. #frustrating.

        • Robinson Tilapia

          This hurts my head.

      • JohnnyC

        Someone will teach him a new changeup grip or tweak his delivery to get more downward plane and, voila, he’s good to go. Yankees are not the home of pitcher development.

  • Jeff Karstens, Male Model

    At least Montero is 3-5, 2 rbis. Gives me that warm feeling inside :)

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

    Considering changing my handle to Larry Rothschild’s Man Boobs. Just thinking out loud.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      Trying too hard.

      Then again, look at my tag.

  • your mom

    IBB? Seriously?

  • Bartolo’s Colon

    doesn’t the crowd know that we are already going through enough?!?! we don’t need a yankees suck chant on top of it

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

      Does it really bother you that much? They hear it in literally every road series, even when they’re winning.

      • Bartolo’s Colon

        should have had the sarcasm font on…or are you also being sarcastic???

        • Robinson Tilapia

          Rough night for sarcasm.

      • DM

        Not in Tampa or Baltimore.

  • flamingo

    I hate intentional walks.

  • JobaWockeeZ

    Everyone that has a good arm is in the infield for the Yankees….

  • Hummingbird S.

    Humiliation

  • Jeff Karstens, Male Model

    I really wish there was a way we could throw Beltre more middle-middle FBs.

  • forensic

    Ugh, four game losing streaks suck. If this one holds, facing Verlander Friday and pitching Garcia Saturday really blows.

    • Need Pitching

      reverse locks

      • Athenian

        Won’t happen. Tigers will bring their A game because it is the Yankees. Look for them to lose 2-3.

        • handtius

          yeah and the yanks will bring their C game? come on.

    • Get Phelps Up (formerly Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat)

      Wow, way to jump to conclusions.

      • forensic

        I said ‘if’.

        If being realistic, you have to look at the odds favoring the Tigers in both those games. Sure, Nova could hang in there Friday and maybe the offense sneaks a few runs across. Or maybe the offense really shows up on Saturday against a guy they’ve never seen before. Those are probably best case scenarios though.

        But, I prefer reality, and sadly they’re not in a position to be favored to win any of the 3 games right now.

    • Jeff Karstens, Male Model

      Yanks will make Verlander work, plus Nova is like our four-leaf clover. Harder to get excited about Garcia on Saturday, but at least it’s Saturday, so I don’t have to work!

  • cjc

    remember when this staff was a strength full of depth and Hughes had a dynamite spring with “the experts” calling for a great rebound year. lol

  • your mom

    Fuck Texas! They can all suck their own antlers!

  • Manny’s BanWagon

    That’s back to back shitty outings for Phelps. The shine is coming off his star rather quickly.

    If only we still had George Kontos.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      Things you could have seen coming from a mile away:

      1) Phelps getting tattooed.
      2) Fans turning on him once he got tattooed.

      Give the kid a break. He wasn’t going to be perfect and, yes, those were some pretty good offenses he was facing for the first time.

      We have George Kontos. His name is now Cody Eppley, or whatever else fungible fringe middle reliever we pick up on the side of the road at some point this year.

      • Manny’s BanWagon

        Get up on the wrong side of the bed today?

        Of course Phelps was gonna give up some runs eventually. He’s still a promising young arm, just not the savior he was made out to be by everyone calling for him to be put into the starting rotation.

        As for Kontos, your sarcasm detector must be out of order

        • Robinson Tilapia

          Did I have a sarcasm malfunction there?

          • Manny’s BanWagon

            It happens to the best of us. This has been a trying day to say the least.

            • Robinson Tilapia

              It’s like we’re expecting everyone else to be Rainbow Connection or something around here.

              Rough night for sarcasm.

        • RetroRob

          I’m with you. That was the point of my note directly below. Way too many bi-polar notes from the RAB crowd of late. It’s like they’re new to baseball.

          • Manny’s BanWagon

            Tension is high today with the disappointing news about Pineda.

  • RetroRob

    Phelps really hasn’t pitched all that well his last two times out against better offenses.

  • Captain Gift Basket

    Yanks still haven’t figured out Adrian Beltre. Seriously, does this team have any scouts or do they just rely on their talent? Same players all the time – Carlos Peña, Ortiz, any pitcher with an ERA over 5.00…

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

      Beltre hasn’t hit the Yankees at all the last two years. Like a .500 OPS.

      • Captain Gift Basket

        Could have been the injuries. I recall a few good at bats against Mo…

        • forensic

          1-8 with a solo HR (in 2007) and 2 K’s career against Mo.

        • RetroRob

          He’s a career .240/.280/.440 hitter against the Yankees. Hardly a Yankee killer.

        • handtius

          a few good at bats does not mean he’s good against the yanks.

    • Athenian

      No scouts. Binder rules!!!! J/k

    • forensic

      Entering tonight, Beltre had a .241 career BA against the Yanks, with a sub-.300 OBP and OPS at .720. That’s not bad at all for a guy of his ability level.

      • Captain Gift Basket

        Just looked over those stats against Yankee pitchers – not sure how accurate they are. For example, they listed his stats against Mike Thurman, who last pitched in the majors for the Yanks in 2002, but he did not have faced Beltre as a Yankee that season.

  • Need Pitching

    at least Ibanez still sucks

  • forensic

    wow, that was crushed.

  • handtius

    holy damn ibanez

  • Jeff Karstens, Male Model

    I can has moar Raul plox, kthnx.

  • Reggie C.

    2013 ROTATION:

    CC
    Nova
    ?
    ?
    Banuelos

    … Chances aren’t in Pineda’s favor that he’ll recover his ability to execute as well as he did in 2011. Toss in the likelihood Pineda will have to square off against Minor league hitting before getting the call up in May, and the man is essentially the biggest question mark in the rotation.

    Hughes is a non-factor. I frankly dont even expect Hughes to be in pinstripes next season.

    Has Pineda’s labrum just forced the Yanks to enter the Hamels sweepstakes? I think so.

    • TomH

      I think so too. If they don’t–and if there’s no dynamite acquisition before then–it will tell us something interesting about George’s heirs, namely, that they’re probably not chips off the old block when it comes to the Yankees.

      • Robinson Tilapia

        He’s fit. He’s ready. Andy Hawkins for the Yankee rotation. Papa George would have done it.

    • forensic

      Banuelos won’t be in the rotation. Too ‘unproven’ for this team.

      • RetroRob

        Nova, Hughes and Wang all say Hi.

        • forensic

          I was being sarcastic as that’s the reason everyone loves to give for why none of the other AAA guys are worthy of getting starts.

          • RetroRob

            Ahh, sorry. Went right past me.

            • forensic

              No problem. I think everyone is just a little fried after the last two games and recent news.

              I think the whole site just needs a collective reboot on the off day or something.

              • Robinson Tilapia

                This could make for a fun meme….

          • Robinson Tilapia

            “They’re all a bunch of #4′s anyway.”

            • forensic

              That’s another popular one. Though a bunch of #4′s is better than the couple #7′s they have right now.

              • Robinson Tilapia

                If Ivan Nova supposed to be a #4, then give me some more #4′s.

              • Need Pitching

                potential #4′s

              • RetroRob

                Yeah, really. I’ll take some 4′s. Freddy and Phil in the early going have not even 5′s.

                • JobaWockeeZ

                  How dare you insult them like that. However that must mean I have to stone you for insolence because that’s apparently how we roll.

      • Need Pitching

        if he ends up having a good year, at least one spot will be up for grabs, with him being the leading candidate

      • handtius

        there not not trading him so to leave him in the minors to toil away.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      Hence having to graduate two starters from the current crop of youngsters which, while a tall order, is the best course of action.

  • Jeff Karstens, Male Model

    I was so happy… on Monday…

    so happy..

    Monday.

  • Athenian

    Well this one is over. Yanks are just to over matched. Thankfully there are two wild card spots. Everyone have a good evening.

    • handtius

      thanks for leaving. you’ve improved my night greatly. come back when they’re in the post season, or don’t.

      • siutdnah

        That’s right get out!!! You don’t agree with teh Handtius, then don’t come back here to his blog to post no mas!!!!

    • Robinson Tilapia

      Have fun at school tomorrow.

      • Manny’s BanWagon

        Hopefully he’ll learn the difference between to and too in English class.

        • Robinson Tilapia

          Hopefully they’ll leave him on the bus all day.

          • Robinson Tilapia

            That actually wouldn’t normally be funny, as it happened to a friend of mine with her seven year-old once. In this case, though….

            • Manny’s BanWagon

              It’s OK as long as they leave a window rolled down for him.

  • flamingo

    I love this bullpen.

    Now, if the offense can wake up and crank out a walkoff win, that would be nice.

    • forensic

      Hard to get a walk-off win on the road.

      • Manny’s BanWagon

        You’d have to demoralize the home team so badly that they just walk off the field and forfeit

        • Robinson Tilapia

          ……and that’s not going to happen until we hit Citifield.

          *snare*

          • Manny’s BanWagon

            True. As dark as things may look in Yankee land today, it’s nothing compared to the hopelessness of the situation over n Flushing.

            • Robinson Tilapia

              You ever try poetry? That was beautiful.

            • forensic

              Both teams 10-8. :-(

              • Robinson Tilapia

                Honestly, good for the Mets. Nothing against them in the least. It ain’t going to last, though.

      • flamingo

        Ouch. Yep.

  • Karl Krawfid

    Can Granderson hit an off speed pitch?

  • Karl Krawfid

    No Bullpen meltdown warning Mike?

    One going down in Minnesota.

  • RetroRob

    No, the little kid is crying when a new IQ point developed and he realized he’s from a family of Texas Rangers fans.

  • V

    Shame on me for believing we’d see anything approaching the ARod of old again. He’s fouling off or rolling over pitches that the ARod of old used to be able to bash.

    • Karl Krawfid

      Yep. Hitch in his swing. High leg kick. So stubborn.

    • Captain Gift Basket

      Arod’s on the quick downslide of his career. This is exactly the reason why I hated the Montero trade in January and really can’t stand it now. This team needs bats, as evidenced by last year’s debacle in the playoffs. The pitching was fine – they didn’t leave the bases loaded twice – the overrated lineup did.

      The Pineda trade is baffling – the Yanks are supposedly “loaded” with young arms in their system, close to making the big leagues, and yet their best hitters are years away. Montero, btw, is 5-10 the past 2 nights against a playoff team – the same team that bounced our beloved Yankees.

  • Jeff Karstens, Male Model

    Hate a loss like this before an off day.

  • RetroRob

    The guy has a nice smile on his face, too, but for other reasons.

  • RetroRob

    Michael Kay: “It’s strange, Kenny, but I don’t seem to have the ability to read a baseball off the bat.”

    • Manny’s BanWagon

      You’d think that with such a ginormous head, he’d have superior vision too.

  • JMK

    Forgive me for checking in so late – I’m assuming by the score Hughes didn’t look too sharp? Can someone fill me on how his command/stuff was?

    • RetroRob

      Assume your assumptions are correct.

    • Mike Stanley

      First trip through lineup: Really good
      Subsequent trip: Did I mention how good the first trip was?

    • forensic

      Same starting Hughes for the last 5 years, minus April 2010.

      Everything up, drifting right over the middle. Folded when guys got on. Got lucky with Rapada stranding 3 of his runners after he was yanked.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      It was a glorious first inning.

      • RetroRob

        …which gets back to the point that Hughes just might be a reliever.

        • Robinson Tilapia

          I deleted the part where I was going to end that comment with “….which will come in handy when he’s only pitching one inning,” out of mercy for him.

    • JMK

      Jeez, not pretty. Thanks for the info, guys. Of course I also just saw the Pineda news. Rough day to be a Yankee fan.

      • RetroRob

        It hasn’t been the most fun 24 hours.

  • RetroRob

    Joe Nathan. This could be the Yankees best chance.

    • RetroRob

      …or not.

  • goterpsgo

    At least a Boston team lost tonight…

  • pistol pete

    It doesn’t get any easier Friday with Detroit and Verlander.

  • Robinson Tilapia

    This too shall pass.

    • Plank

      Source?

      • forensic

        I’ll admit it, I laughed. Thanks.

      • Robinson Tilapia

        I don’t get it. Then again, you know, it’s been a rough night around here with Pineda and all….

        That’s going to need some real commitment if it’s to become a actual meme, flapjack.

      • David N

        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qybUFnY7Y8w

        Hey, it made me feel a bit better.

  • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

    I get fooled by arod every April 1-7. “Wowww! He looks so great.” Then…..splay.

    He’s good for one monster game per week but isn’t someone that we all fool ourselves into thinking “If he gets hot, he could carry this team for a month.”

    He cant even carry a team for 9 innings any more.

    • Monterowasdinero

      ARod will tease us from time to time when he guesses right but he is a shell of himself. Adjustments will need to be made!