Game 20: Reverse Lock


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The starting pitching has been dreadful so far this season, with Freddy Garcia and his 9.75 ERA across three starts being one of main reasons why. He’ll make his fourth start of the season this afternoon against rookie southpaw Drew Smyly, and we all know the Yankees seem to struggle against young left-handers they’ve never seen before, at least anecdotally. Hopefully when you have two locks like this — Garcia getting pounded and Smyly shutting the offense down — they cancel each other out and we get a favorable outcome. It’s science. Here’s the lineup…

DH Derek Jeter
RF Nick Swisher
2B Robinson Cano
3B Alex Rodriguez
1B Mark Teixeira
CF Curtis Granderson
LF Andruw Jones
Russell Martin
SS Eduardo Nunez

RHP Freddy Garcia

Today’s game starts a little after 4pm ET and can be seen on YES, not FOX. Enjoy.

Categories : Game Stories


  1. Paul VuvuZuvella says:

    This is why American students score so low in Science.

  2. jjyank says:

    Screw the lefty we’ve never seen before. Let’s make “Smyly” into “Frowny”.

  3. Clyde Barrow says:

    This is Freddy’s last stand. He knows that so I expect a good outing from the veteran. Hughes had his chance in Texas and blew it. This is Freddy’s time to shine.

    • Professor Longnose says:

      I was getting a good feeling about Garcia before the game for some reason.

    • Knoxvillain says:

      Hughes didn’t blow it. No matter how much he sucks, he will have a rotation spot for some stupid fucking reason.

      • Professor Longnose says:

        At some point they have to give up.

        • Knoxvillain says:

          Not anytime soon at least. If it was me, his ass would be out in favor of David Phelps. But then again, Garcia has been worse.

      • jjyank says:

        …because who replaces him? It’s not that hard to comprehend. Pettitte’s not ready yet, the luster has come off Phelps a bit, although he has impressed, he is a rookie and is no guarantee. It’s not like we have a known quantity stuck in AAA or something because they like Hughes better. It’ll work itself out.

        • Professor Longnose says:

          I don’t think they need a guarantee. All they need is someone who has a reasonable shot at not being worse.

          • jjyank says:

            I’m not saying that I necessarily disagree, I would actually like to see Phelps. But it’s still April, so saying “some stupid fucking reason” is over the top. If this was June, you could say that.

            • Knoxvillain says:

              It’s not over the top. He’s been a starter since like May of 2007. This is going to be his sixth year. Five and a half have fucking sucked. Hughes will never be anything. New York or not, he just sucks. Period.

              • jjyank says:

                2010 was overrated, but he did not “suck” 2009 he was a dominant set up man all year. You’re overreacting.

                • Knoxvillain says:

                  I was talking as a starter. He has no place on this team as a reliever anyway. He’s worse than Mo, Robertson, Wade, and a healthy Soriano.

                  • jjyank says:

                    How do you know he’d be so bad as a reliever? I think Hughes could be better than Wade. The only time in his life Hughes was a reliever, he was awesome. So maybe you should wait until he goes to be bullpen before you start making judgements.

                    • Knoxvillain says:

                      I think he could be a great reliever, but I wouldn’t bet on it. He has a good couple of months. Every reliever has or else they’re out of baseball. The only reason he has a job is because of the first half of 2010.

                    • jjyank says:

                      You’re contradicting yourself now. You’ve said so far that he has no place on the team, but he could be a great reliever. Logic fail. Let’s see what he’s got in the bullpen before we say he has no spot on the team, shall we?

                  • Need Pitching says:

                    No place in the pen based on what??
                    It’s possible he would be worse than all of those, but I would bank on him being better in the pen than at least Logan and Rapada, and likely Wade as well
                    He could upgrade the pen, and based on his history there, they should at least give it a shot

                • Knoxvillain says:

                  I love Hughes and I want him to do well. But I just don’t think he has the stuff to succeed as a starter. As a reliever, maybe. But his time as a starter was over before it ever started.

                  • jjyank says:

                    I actually agree with your general point, I don’t think Hughes can be a starter. I just think you’re overreacting about the fact he’s still in the rotation. It’s April. I have no problem with the Yanks giving him another look against Baltimore in April before making a decision.

            • Professor Longnose says:

              I can buy that.

        • Knoxvillain says:

          I could. He shouldn’t even be on this team. Phelps should replace him. I think Phelps will have a better career anyway. I doubt Hughes was ever going to be a good pitcher in the first place. Just another prospect the Yankees have hyped up who turned into nothing. Same reason I don’t care for Banuelos or Betances. They will be nothing, too.

        • atomsplitter says:

          …because who replaces him?
          How about the 857th person through the gates?

  4. jjyank says:

    Man I hate it when they walk the leadoff guy, especially when he has zero power and can hurt you by stealing the base.

  5. Clyde Barrow says:

    A good throw has him. Defense costs us again.

  6. Karl Krawfid says:

    Jeter catches that.

  7. jjyank says:

    Nunez, you are making it very hard for me to like you.

  8. jjyank says:

    Nice pitch Freddy. And Boesch continues to make the case to sit on my fantasy bench.

  9. Clyde Barrow says:

    Brilliant pitch there for the strike out. Now to get through the big boppers. This is where things could go bad.

  10. CJ says:

    Freddy is harder to watch than AJ

  11. RetroRob says:

    Bad match up. Do not throw a strike.

  12. how’s the game going so far? Looks like Garcia is off to an…interesting start.

    • Professor Longnose says:

      Walk, 2 Ks looking. No one’s hit the ball.

    • jjyank says:

      Walk to A-Jax, stolen base (he should have been out, it was a good throw but Nunez dropped the ball). Then struck out Boesch and Cabrera. Fielder up now with 2 outs and a runner on second.

  13. Professor Longnose says:

    Nice couple of hooks from Garcia.

  14. Clyde Barrow says:

    Freddy’s a strike out machine! Slowly plodding through the lineup.

  15. CJ says:

    Cabrera was frozen in disbelief at strike 3.
    “Oh no he did not just hang a 78 mph to me”

  16. Pat D says:

    Enough with the 1st inning intentional walks already!

  17. jjyank says:

    His curve looks pretty good so far. Throwing it for strikes.

  18. Karl Krawfid says:

    LOL. Garcia is just bad.

  19. Clyde Barrow says:

    Get him out right now before he does anymore damage. He’s not fooling anyone.

  20. Hummingbird S. says:

    why is Freddy still on this team?

  21. CJ says:

    The 0-2 2 out 3 run HR. Freddy has nothing! It’s BP

  22. Mike Nitabach says:

    What is the Yanks fucking ERA in the top of the first inning this season?

  23. Bartolo's Colon says:

    dude is done with baseball

  24. Hummingbird S. says:

    Even the outs were on lucky hanging breaking balls.. Awesome pitching depth indeed

  25. RetroRob says:

    Frankly, Andy can’t be any worse.

  26. Midland TX says:

    A.J. Garcia

    • Knoxvillain says:

      Eh. AJ was always fun to watch, even though I hated him. He will always remain one of my favorite Yankee pitchers in a while. Not sure why because he sucked ass, but I like Burnett.

  27. Paul VuvuZuvella says:

    Wow, I’m already looking forward to today’s DOTF.

  28. P.A. Dice says:

    I’m really getting tired of our pitching putting our offense in a hole. The lack of pitchers with strike-out stuff on our staff is killing us. It’s always nibble, nibble or trying to get the other teams to swing at shit pitches in the dirt. That doesn’t cut it. You have to be able to strike people out in the strike zone.

  29. Pinstripes In Cali says:

    Hope Phelps is feeling in shape today…

  30. Pat D says:

    Oh, wait, reading the comments I see that Nunez dropped the ball on Jackson’s steal?

    So, once again, it is Nunez who is the real culprit!

  31. hooray, a lefty rookie we’ve never seen before. at least he’s not a soft tosser.

  32. Clyde Barrow says:

    In his last 22 innings Bartolo Colon has given up 2 runs. Remind me again why we let the guy go who can throw 95 and kept the guy who can’t throw 88? Colon wore down last year because he had just came back from the dead and got tired. Manage his innings, problem solved. The offense will have to win this one.

    • Cause velo isn’t everything, and at the time the Yankees thought that Bartolo broke down to much towards the end of the season. At the time of the signing I completely agreed with bringing Garcia back…it hasn’t worked out well though.

    • P.A. Dice says:

      Just another one of Cashman’s signature talent evaluation decisions.

    • sangreal says:

      and he played winter ball before last season

      (yes, I’m going to keep repeating it)

    • Pat D says:

      His five starts have been against the Mariners three times, the Angels and the White Sox. They combine to average barely 4 runs a game.

    • jjyank says:

      There was plenty of reason to believe that Colon fading last year was something other than “getting tired”. The guy spend YEARS away from the game because of serious arm problems. His shoulder could blow up again at any minute.

      If I could go back in time, I’d still take Freddy. It’s not working out right now, but that was absolutely the right call.

    • TomH says:

      Bet ol’ Freddy wishes he were pitching where Bartolo is.

  33. Who's Your Daddy? says:

    I just don’t know what you do with Freddy and Phil because Andy only replaces one of them. Like has been mentioned recently here I hope Cashman has found Roy Oswalt’s number and is giving him a call. He might be needed with the way things are going, even if it takes him a month to get back,

  34. James A says:

    Garcia has just been unacceptably bad, end of story. I’m going to be mad if he makes another start

    • jjyank says:

      Yeah, he looks bad so far. But Everyone here wants both Garcia and Hughes gone. So the replacements are Phelps…and? Until Pettitte is ready, at least one of them is staying in the rotation.

      • I agree with you to an extent. as some point we should start thinking about giving some of our “major league ready” “back end guys” at AAA a chance. I mean at this point they can’t get to much worse than Garcia has been to start this season.

        • jjyank says:

          I would like to see Phelps get one of those spots, but I feel like the gamble of Phelps/Warren/Mitchell working out at the MLB level is pretty much on par with Freddy turning it around.

    • sangreal says:

      eh, he has been terrible but I still think his track record suggests he will turn it around. Hughes has only ever had half a season of great success as a starter. I’m more ready to give up on h im

  35. Pat D says:

    Let Swisher walk after this year. Another garbage time shot.

  36. jjyank says:

    Atta boy Garbage Time.

  37. Knoxvillain says:

    But it isn’t even garbage time…

  38. Bartolo's Colon says:

    what can the yankees do. hughes and garcia are two of the worst starters in the al, but both of them can’t be replaced for some time. are we forced to watch another 3 starts by each of them?

    • P.A. Dice says:

      I’d rather have Warren, Phelps, DJ Mitchell, or Betances start. I can’t wait until teams start selling. I’d really love for the Yanks to acquire someone like Garza or Floyd.

      • jjyank says:

        If Betances was called up, I’m pretty confident he would like like 7 guys per start. Everyone calling for Garcia and Hughes to be gone is forgetting that it is in fact possible to be worse.

        Don’t get me wrong, I’d like to see Phelps get a shot. But Warren and Mitchell (and even Phelps) have just as much risk as Freddy.

  39. Karl Krawfid says:

    How can A-Rod be so bad against lefties?

  40. cody says:

    Garcia’s arm speed is shot. Nice guy, but time to be released. Bring on Andy!

  41. CJ says:

    Blame Cashman for Garcia. The fliers on Bart and Freddy in 2011 are wasted. Bringing back one, he gets it wrong. Freddy, AJ $15 million?

  42. TomH says:

    Well, assume that when Andy returns, we’re stuck with a still-lousy Freddy or Phil. It’s either some sort of acquisition from somewhere or they go with a AAA guy. To take a guaranteed loss every 5th day unacceptable.

  43. Karl Krawfid says:

    Austin Jackson ” Yankees made me get rid of my leg kick, I can use it again in Detroit”

    Couple years later, gets rid of leg kick.

  44. Who's Your Daddy? says:

    Where’s the quick hook for Garcia? I know the bullpen worked recently but this is embarrasing right now

  45. Clyde Barrow says:

    Get this washed up piece of garbage out already. The offense got some good swings but if it’s 6-1 it might be too late.

  46. Tom says:

    Shouldn’t Girardi be walking Boesch (a lefty) to get to Cabrera (a righty) with 3rd base open?

  47. Who's Your Daddy? says:


  48. Karl Krawfid says:

    Yankee baseball!

  49. Clyde Barrow says:

    WHERE IS GIRARDI!!!!!!!!!! THIS GAME IS GETTING OUT OF REACH! He’s just sitting there.

  50. Mike Nitabach says:

    Augggghhhh. Time to start drinking.

  51. Freddy has just been terrible this season. I almost feel bad for him. At least AJ was good for 5+ inning, Garcia can’t get through the line up twice.

    • Professor Longnose says:

      What really bugged me about Burnett wasn’t so much how bad he was, but how long they stuck with him while he was bad. At least Garcia will get punted quickly.

  52. Who's Your Daddy? says:

    All this with two outs BTW

  53. Tom says:

    Walk him… you can’t let Fielder hit with men on base! (how is guy on 1st with 2 out all that different than guy on 2nd 2 out?)

  54. Clyde Barrow says:

    Just have Andy do his rehab starts in the majors. He can’t be any worse than this.

  55. Mike Nitabach says:

    Here’s a philosophical question: Is it morally wrong to boo a player just because he sucks shit, and not because he isn’t trying hard?

    • Bartolo's Colon says:

      i don’t think you can feel bad for booing garcia, he doesn’t deserve to be a starting pitcher at this point

    • Professor Longnose says:

      It is not morally wrong to boo anyone. It is a perfect, nonviolent, effective way to display your likes and dislikes, considering that everyone in baseball makes his money off the fans’ likes and dislikes.

  56. wow says:

    this is just pathetic. there’s no way you can expect this team to win consistently with this type of garbage pitching.

  57. Bartolo's Colon says:

    they really need to get rid of him today. he provides nothing except for a gigantic deficit and a huge burden on the bullpen every time he takes the ball. he doesn’t just affect his game, but also the bullpen for a few days. i guess it helps that cc is right after him. at this point, they got to give someone else a chance

  58. SevenAces says:

    Batting practice.

  59. CS Yankee says:

    This is BP…he has to be hurt. Can’t throw over 85.

    I’ve been a supporter of these reclaim projects and couldn’t understand the Freddy hate buy a few last year. However, with that said…

    Put him on the DL or DFA him today.

  60. Who's Your Daddy? says:

    This is it for Garcia, right. You can’t let him start again. 12.51 ERA.

  61. Reggie C. says:

    Anybody expected different?

    C’mon… Tigers teed up. Garcia has got junk pitches at this point. How can anybody be mad?

  62. fire levine says:

    Would it be totally obnoxious of me to say this is an opportunity for jobs to come back as a starter

  63. Anybody excited for Harper’s debut in Washington tonight?

  64. Clyde Barrow says:

    Well we traded for a guy who won’t throw a pitch for us all season and we kept a guy who will be DFAd after 4 starts. Cashman did a bang up job this offseason, didn’t he? The season now hinges on a 40 year old pitcher who didn’t pitch last year.

    • Bartolo's Colon says:

      it is sort of funny that he made some odd moves last year, but they all worked out. this year he made sound decisions, but they couldn’t have gone worse

    • CS Yankee says:


      We were 10 deep in ST, we are in first place.


  65. James A says:

    I dont want to give up Freddy, but thats 2 straight starts against quality clubs that he hasnt even made it out of the 2nd inning. Just flat out not going to cut it. I dont know whether they should Bobby Abreu him or send him to the bullpen or what, but this is just kind of sad, and is also going to catch up to the team.

    • Bartolo's Colon says:

      i don’t see how he has any value in the bullpen, he just plain sucks. either dl or dfa him today, especially because our bullpen will be shot by the end of this game.

    • RetroRob says:

      Freddy’s gone. Michael Pineda could probably get up off the operating table on Tuesday, and with the stiches still in his arm, pitch no worse than Freddy right now.

      Yeah, yeah, I’m not serious. Yet I don’t think we’re going to see Garcia start another game for the Yankees. What they’re going to do with him, though, I’m not sure. He can’t be the long man in the pen right now since that also requires a pitcher to get, you know, hitters out.

  66. Get Phelps Up (formerly Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat) says:

    Freddy Garcia has had an even worse April than Javy Vazquez did in 2010. I didn’t think that was even possible.

  67. RetroRob says:

    I have to say, I’m not sure I’ve seen any starter on the Yankees pitch as poorly as Garcia in the sense that it’s batting practice. I remember when they picked up Ken Holtzman. It was similar. Batting practice. AJ Burnett had his horrible stretches, Phil Hughes right now. Ed Whitson was nightmarish. Yet they all might get you through the lineup once. Freddy can’t even do that right now.

    BTW I just checked my memory on Holtzman since I was a kid then. It was quite bad. 71 innings pitched, 105 hits, 24 walks, and only 14 strikeouts.

  68. Mike Nitabach says:

    It’s not Garcia’s fault that he’s the pitcher he is. It’s the Yankees’ fault for putting him in the rotation.

  69. Kevin G. says:

    So when Pettitte comes back, Garcia’s got to be the first to go, right? I mean, at least Hughes has dome sort of chance at getting better.

  70. V says:

    Damnit, I don’t know how the Yankees only have one baserunner on this guy. They’re putting good wood on the ball.

  71. Tom says:

    Garcia is pitched like shit but is this a 6-1 game with someone not named Girardi managing?

    At what point does he stop managing the first inning (or first three innings) like it’s the 9th inning of game 7 of the World Series and 1 run makes or break everything? Does he not trust the offense to score a run off Smyly such that he’s worried about the extra probability of Fielder singling in a run over Dirks?

    Sadly this will get lost in the shuffle of a horrendous Garcia start but how many times does he have to fail with IBB before he learns the lesson.

  72. Cris Pengiucci says:

    Looks like Freddy’s toast. Time to look at the AAA kids.

  73. Karl Krawfid says:

    Come on Jones. Taking the same pitch 3 times in the same location?

  74. V says:

    So, what would it take to get Colon from the A’s?

  75. MMMMyyKuroda says:

    Yahh!! I love this movie:
    First, the Yankees waste a start on some washed up veteran because he has ‘experience’. By the time the game is totally out of hand, Phelps comes in and gives us 5-6 servicable IP.
    But, Phelps isn’t ready yet, you see. So let’s enjoy another month or so of Garcia while Phelps figures it out.
    By the way, I heard that the Yankees resigned Whitey Ford. He’s gonna take Nova’s spot in the rotation. Gotta go with the Championship XP, AMIRIGHT?!

  76. Who's Your Daddy? says:

    Can Rapada start instead of Freddy next time?

  77. It’s times like these that I wonder, what’s the big deal if I spike my coffee with some whiskey? I mean I’m working till ten anyway…

  78. Ogre says:

    Ive been saying it for months the burnet trade would hurt us in the end… the team cannot win without him cashman shud be fired what a stupid trade we got nothing of value and hes pitching gems in pittsburg this year the teams going down and the red sox are heating up

    • TomH says:

      If he’s pitching “gems,” it’s because he’s NOT in New York. He was Gothamphobic.

    • Tut says:

      Are you afraid of punctuation?

    • Bartolo's Colon says:

      i doubt you’re serious, but no chance burnett would be doing what he is doing now in ny. i learned to never get excited about anything he does, because in the end he will disappoint me. that being said, i would take him in a second over garcia or hughes

  79. Mister D says:

    2006 Aaron Small o’clock, already?

  80. Manny's BanWagon says:

    Freddy is hot steaming pile of garbage and last year was an aberration.

    Time to drop him especially since he’s burning out the pen. They should waive Garcia , bring up Michell and start Phelps till Pettitte is ready. I’d also bring in Oswalt because Hughes is is right on Garcia’s tail in the race for shittiest starter in the league.

    • TomH says:

      “Freddy is pitching terribly.”
      “Freddy’s pitching has been appalling.”
      “Freddy can’t get anyone out.”

      Keep the change.

    • CS Yankee says:

      I would let Pettitte get extended up in the bigs.

      Give Hughes another couple of starts…then change him out with Phelps or a AAAer.

  81. Tom says:

    By the way the Yankees pitching leads the AL in IBB’s and are SECOND in all of baseball (it is somewhat absurd only 1 NL team has issued more IBBs).

    They also have 2X more IBB’s than 20 teams…. so it’s not even close.

    Hooray over-management!

    • Bartolo's Colon says:

      i wonder what percentage of them are by garcia and hughes. could it just be not having confidence in them. i know sabathia had at least that one in the first game

      • Tom says:

        The IBB walk by Garcia was the only 1 by either Hughes or Garcia this year.

        This is a Girardi issue. (they have 10 by others)

        • Bartolo's Colon says:

          that is pretty crazy

          • Tom says:

            In fairness, some have been good decisions in late game situations.

            But he still uses it way too much and doesn’t understand the impact of 1 run vs the impact of multi-run innings.

            He might buy his team a better chance at a 0 runs but when the tradeoff is increased risk of 2, 3, 4 runs that is generally only a smart tradeoff late in the game or if you have a clearly inferior hitter on deck (read: pitcher). .

  82. Damnit Nunie, stop sliding into first base!!!!!!!!! Make all the errors you want, just please stop that.

  83. Cuso says:

    Predicting Reverse Lock = double reverse = LOCK

  84. RetroRob says:

    That’s career walk #1,000 for the Captain.

    Let’s see if the YES crew is on their game and announce it.

    • Sterling mentioned it for whatever that’s worth.

      • RetroRob says:

        The Yankees PR team would be up on career stats, so I’m sure they made an announce.

        Jeter’s a medium walk guy, maybe 60 a season. He has good command of the strikezone, but is very agressive. Because of the hitters behind him and he’s not a HR threat, he will get lots of first pitch strikes leading off a game an innings. He swings frequently on the first pitch which for some reason annoys fans. He’s just being smart. He knows it might be the best pitch, and he has done great damage on first pitch hitting in his career.

        • I’ve often been one of those fans who gets frustrated with Derek for swinging at so many first pitches. Don’t get me wrong, I love Derek, and his approach has obviously worked for me, but I feel like if the last two guys walked on a total of 12 or 13 pitches, take a strike.

          • RetroRob says:

            I understand, and it has at times also annoyed me, but I understand why he does it. We will notice when he swings at the first pitch and fails, but won’t give him credit when he succeeds.

            He’s now in his 18th season, and his career #s on the first pitch are .380/.394/.562/.956. That’s 120+ OPS points. By not swinging at the first pitch, he’d be down 0-1 and aggregate numbers say he’s going to hit much worse when down 0-1. He once walked 91 times in a season very early on. Pitchers changed their approach toward him, and Jeter smartly changed his.

            Yup, there are those instances when I see him swing at the first pitch when the pitcher just walked the two previous batters and I want him to take a pitch, yet I don’t want him to change his overall approach.

  85. Manny's BanWagon says:

    The decision to keep Freddy over Bartolo is looking worse by the minute.

    • TomH says:

      Yes, I agree, BUT Oakland is a nice place for pitchers. Yankee pitchers have to be damned near letter-perfect or to have knock-em-dead stuff.

      • Manny's BanWagon says:

        The park and division helps Colon no doubt but come on, The way Garcia is pitching, he’d have to play in Yosemite with 12 fielder to have half a chance.

    • Dino Velvet says:

      but, but … Cashman is a genius!

  86. James A says:

    Can Bobby Abreu pitch?

  87. V says:

    Dirks is currently my most-hated player in MLB.

    • RetroRob says:

      He’s actually a decent player. Probably better than Young. Yet he was already on the roster, so I’m not sure who he was playing for already.

  88. wow says:

    this reminds me of the game last year against the White Sox and Phil Humber. So many hard hit balls, yet none would drop.

  89. Ogre says:

    when swisher needs to get a hit he doesnt the homer he hit is now pointless i say let him walk and watch some team sign him to 90 million contract because he hits homers but who cares about them if they dont contribute what a crappy player. now jeter hes a good one i knew he wud turn it around

  90. Cuso says:

    Phelps, Warren & Mitchell should conspire and kill all the starting pitchers on the Yankee roster not named Nova or CC.

    • Cuso says:

      Horrible Bosses style

    • RetroRob says:

      Look at the positive. The Garcia and Hughes show means the AAA guys will be getting opportunities. None of them are front end, or even middle-of-the rotation guys, but being a back-end starter on the Yankees means throw five or six innings of three runs, don’t blow up in the first, and you will win more than you lose.

      I’m not a big fan of Felix Doubrant, a bit more so of Drew Smyly, Garcia’s last two opponents, but give both kids a huge lead and they will be comfortable enough to throw stikes. That’s going to make both look better than if Garcia could keep the game close and the pressure on.

  91. Professor Longnose says:

    They can ask Girardi about taking Garcia out of the rotation all they want, but he won’t give an honest answer.

    • Mike Axisa says:

      What Girardi says is irrelevant. He can’t say anything to embarrass one of his players.

      • Professor Longnose says:

        Tell Michael Kay. He’s promoting the post-game interview as though Girardi’s answers will have anything to do with what happens after he gives them.

      • I’m happy I’m not Girardi then, because I’d have to just stay silent. I really cant find one positive to take out of this start.

        • Professor Longnose says:

          Oh, there’s a whole book of cliches. “He didn’t have his best stuff but he battled out there.” “He made a few mistakes, but I thought he had some good pitches.” “He’s having a tough stretch right now.”

          And so on, and so on.

          • OMG! Bagels! says:

            It’s rare that anyone on the Yankees ever says anything about anything. They don’t want their quotes all over the paper the next day. Arod learned this the hard way.

            • Professor Longnose says:

              Cashman has some nasty things. He hung Posada out to dry in the middle of a game, put weird pressure on Pineda, made the announcement that Nova didn’t have a rotation spot sewed up. Not that I necessarily like that either, but there are some Yankees who talk too much.

          • He didn’t make a single good pitch though, even all three K’s in the first were the hitters just stunned that he hung a curveball with two strikes and couldn’t react.

  92. CS Yankee says:

    Phelps might (or likely) isn’t this good. However, to roll Freddy and the 84 fastball with the 78 splitter is asking for a loss.

    Free Phelps to the 5th spot or extend Pettitte in the bigs.

  93. TomH says:

    If Jeter begins the “regression” soon, ARod and Cano had better get it going fast.

  94. Alex against lefties is really getting depressing…there has to be something KLong can do, no?

  95. Karl Krawfid says:

    Why am I watching this with postseason basketball and hockey on?

  96. Buddy says:

    Was this Smyly guy highly touted or is this a surprise start to the season?

  97. wow says:

    ugly ABs all around

  98. Dino Velvet says:

    the stress of going through a divorce, dealing with a stalking former mistress, and juggling additional mistresses distracted Cashman from making sound decisions

    • OMG! Bagels! says:

      Not to mention sleeping out with the homeless people

      • Dino Velvet says:

        he’s got to divide up his assets and pay child support, he’s got to shoulder the pain of hurting his kids for breaking up the family, he’s got to find a new place to live, his mistresses are are pissed to discover he’s been seeing other mistresses, he’s got a criminal case to deal with, and everything is being aired out in the tabloids. It’s a complete fucking mess.

        what individual wouldn’t be worn down and in a diminished capacity.

  99. Manny's BanWagon says:

    Not a good sports day. Yankees losing big, Knicks getting raped by the Heat. At least the Rangers are winning though

  100. Hall and Nokes says:

    Can we just fast forward to the 7th inning?

  101. Pat D says:

    I hate to be that guy, but most all of those warm, fuzzy feelings I had at the beginning of the year have pretty much evaporated.

    I reserve the right to change my mind should Hughes and/or Garcia suddenly remember how to pitch, Andy comes back to be a rock solid #2 or 3, or someone else suddenly becomes Aaron Small/Shawn Chacon.

    • Manny's BanWagon says:

      Wasn’t it yesterday that the Yankees have too much starting pitching?

      Right now, they don’t have one starter who’s pitching well and other than CC, none of the rest are locks to turn things around.

  102. Cuso says:

    I know there’s people not in tabor of sticking Phelps in the rotation, and I get that.

    But one good thing is – look at all the experience he’s been getting in April.

    Hughes, Kennedy, and Chamberlain were never given this opportunity. They were all placed in high pressure situations from the get-go. Phelps is going to develop faster than those 3 did.

  103. Widget says:

    I assume the offense is getting worked because they’ve never seen this guy before?

  104. Tom says:

    If Phelps post 2 more scoreless, I think the Yankees will come back and win this.

  105. Jimmy McNulty says:

    They cannot keep putting Garcia and Hughes out there. They’re both pretty godawful.

  106. wow says:

    screw this.

  107. Karl Krawfid says:

    Yankees 1 hit.


  108. Cuso says:

    Random thought: I wonder if this kid is former Pirates pitcher, John Smiley’s son. But decided that he didn’t want to live in daddy’s shadow so decided to take the vowels out of his name…

    • Cuso says:

      Of course it could also just be that he’s the son of a stripper (single mom).

      They always spell their names whacky.

      I bet her first name was Cooter.

  109. So, while we’re loosing terribly, I’ve been wanting to brag about this for a while. In MLB The Show I always get bored over the course of the Franchise mode’s season, and start making silly trades. After winning the WS in the 2011 and after the offseason my lineup going into the 2012 season is
    SS Jeter
    CF Granderson
    3B Hanley Ramirez
    2B Cano
    DH A-Rod
    1B Texeira
    C Montero
    RF Mike Stanton
    LF Gardner

  110. Pat D says:

    Glad the Rangers won, but sorry I had to see ads for the Olympics already.

    At least Derek Redmond’s DNF in the ’92 Games is on NBC’s list for greatest moments. Still makes me cry 20 years later.

  111. Cuso says:

    WOW. I just heard Meter say “f@ck!”

  112. hogsmog says:

    Ok, really, forget it. I want to give Phelps a shot at starting, small sample size/lightening in a bottle be damned.

  113. Leg-End says:

    Well Phelps held it down for his stint, atleast he didn’t look like he was throwing batting practice.

  114. Derrick says:

    Another super ace no one has ever seen owning the Yankees. But but my excel sheet says that’s just a perception.

  115. Get Phelps Up (formerly Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat) says:

    I sure hope Phelps not going the rest of the way is an indication that he’ll start over Hughes on Tuesday.

  116. Preston says:

    I don’t care whether it’s Phil or Freddy, but David Phelps has shown an ability to get big league hitters out, the other two have not.

  117. Tom says:

    So Girardi pulled Phelps after 32 pitches to save him for long relief for Hughes’ next start?

    /kidding (well, sadly only kind of)

    On a serious note, do they just flip Garcia and Phelps roles and then move Hughes to the pen if/when Pettitte comes back (and get rid of Garcia) pen?

    Have to think Cashman will be looking for a scrap heap signing for some depth. Aaron Cook? has a may 1 release if the Red Sox don’t call him up)

  118. Professor Longnose says:

    I don’t knwo what’s worse, Kate Smith or the Knicks. 95-65 with 1:31 to go.

  119. Cy Pettitte says:

    Andy and Phelps to the rotation, Freddy and Phil to the Pen please. Send Epply down or whatever. please.

    • RetroRob says:

      In what situation would you call in Garcia from the pen? As I said above, I just don’t know what role Garcia can pitch right now. The point of the long man is to go long and to prevent further damage. He’d come in and make the damage worse! They basically would need another long man to back up Freddy until he can show he can get hitters out again.

  120. Professor Longnose says:

    Somehow get the tying run up. Then at least I won’t feel I wasted watching the whole game.

  121. I’m willing to put money on the following statement: Hughes and Garcia will both continue to be in the rotation, until Pettitte is ready and replaces Garcia. Hughes will continue to start, regardless of effectiveness, while Phelps will continue to be his caddy at least until the All Star break if not all season. The Yankees will make the playoffs regardless.

  122. Mike Axisa says:

    The Yankees will bring the tying run to the plate in this game.

    First one of the season. Feels good.

  123. Mike Axisa says:

    Phil Coke’s really lowered his arm slot.

  124. Karl Krawfid says:

    Our 3-4-5 is A-S-S.

  125. Karl Krawfid says:

    Grandy owns Coke though

  126. Cy Pettitte says:

    Grandy 1st HR off lefty, I believe.

  127. The Guns of Navarone says:

    Too Many (Solo) Home Runs.

  128. Mike Nitabach says:


  129. Leg-End says:

    Well the Grandyman still can.

  130. Mike Axisa says:

    Hah, Coke pointed up like that was a playable fly ball. He’s good at that.

  131. cjc says:

    Coke still pointing skyward on balls that are crushed classic

  132. Hall and Nokes says:


    Now somebody needs to be throwing a perfect game somewhere.

  133. Kevin says:

    This isn’t on our 3-4-5. This is on our pitching staff that puts us in 6-1 hoels before the second inning. Our offense can’t keep bailing Freddy and Hughes out.

  134. Karl Krawfid says:

    Our bullpen though man. I mean geez.

    I’m typing this before Miguel bats btw.

  135. Tom says:

    Second 0-2 HR allowed today. I’m all for pitch efficiency, but….

  136. Don'tcha Know? says:

    How can anyone have faith in this team right now? I don’t ever think I’ve witnessed pitching this bad before. The Curse of AJ?

    • Tom says:

      Because one of Hughes/Garcia will be gone soon (at least banished to the bullpen) and have you seen some of the 5th starters on some of the playoff teams in the ’00s?

      What it means now is Pettitte coming back and pitching effectively is a need and not a nice to have and the Yankees now have no more margin for pitching injuries with the current roster/depth

      • Athenian says:

        That they are waiting for Amdy is embarrassing with the money and resources they have. Tampa on the other hand has it right and grows pitching like crazy.

      • RetroRob says:

        I am a little concerned about Andy’s velocity. He was averaging 86 the other night, down three mph from when we last saw him. Yet he’s a lefty, so as long as his cutter is effective, he can probably be at least league average at that speed. I’ll take it.

      • Don'tcha Know? says:

        Hell, if they can scrounge up an Aaron Small or Shawn Chacon, I’ll be dandy, but I don’t think that having Andy swing ’round is going to be the ultimate answer. They need another (or two) legitimate starter(s), whether it be Phelps, Manny, or any other of the lower prospect starters from Triple A. When I look at the Sox and see the relative success they’re getting from Felix and Bard, I wonder… WTF can’t the Yankees do the same? Maybe I’m not so much as mad at the horribly ineffective rotation as I am at the organization’s inability to find success in young arms, which seems to be proper trend around the league at the moment. Clearly, this Smyly character was worth a chance…

  137. RetroRob says:

    Six of the seven runs came in less than two innings. Can’t win that way.

  138. Dino Velvet says:

    Bring up Bryce Harper a good idea? His AA and AAA stats are low. http://www.baseball-reference......rper002bry

    • I think it’ll work out for them either way in the long term. Harper is such a cocky shit(i mean that in the least offensive way possible) that even if he doesn’t succeed right away, he will long term.

    • RetroRob says:

      I wouldn’t, but agred with the poster below he’ll be fine long run.

      I would have sent him to AA to start the season. It’s not as if he was blowing away AA last year, although he seemed to have made adjustments toward the end. I’d put him in AA for the first month or two, show he can hit breaking pitches, then bring him up to AAA.

      He can’t hit lefties yet at all, and has trouble with breaking pitches. Nothing surprising based on his age, but MLB pitchers will totally eat him up. He’s going to have to learn fast.

  139. Fin says:

    They really cant give Garcia another start can they? I mean if he could have at least got through 5 today, I could see it. They cant run him out there again when he just cant get through the third inning. Put Phelps in the rotation now, throw Freddy to the long man role, then decide between Phelps and Hughes when Petite is ready to go.

  140. Athenian says:

    Reading. Articles today and I wonder if anyone knows why the weak reporters covering the Yankees never ask Cashman why in his tenure they cannot develop pitching. They ruined Chamberlain and Hughes out of fear and now they are basically non tradeable. I just don’t get it.

    One thing is certain, this team is going to be lucky to get a wild card spot if they don’t this pitching figured out. Andy will be a nice addition but I am not sure he will be that effective.

  141. Ro says:

    Well, just tuned in. Caught the recap here. Garcia is completely off and the reason for concern is his overall arsenal of pitches suck. None are working and he throws too slow to do anything else. He’s getting hit by not great players either. I was hoping they could stretch him to at least Pettitte coming back. The real question, do the Yanks just release him this week or give it another shot until Pettitte is ready? I have no problems with any of Cashman’s moves this offseason. I think he made intelligent moves with every player. What we are witnessing is not Cashman’s fault. Based purely on the business decisions in terms of dollars, length and position (Montero), I would have made the same moves probably every time if I were GM. And at this point, given the choice btw Garcia and Hughes, if one has to go, I think it would be pretty much unanimous that Freddy is the one to be cut.

    That said, I’m in favor of promoting Betances at this point. I chose him over Mitchell, Warren and even Phelps is that Betances has a higher ceiling and he has enough experience in the minors at this point. Plus I don’t want to go through the “wait in the minors for 4 year thing with him.” My money is on that he comes up and pitches well. Even if he gives up 4 walks in his first appearance, he’ll still be better than what Freddy is throwing.

    I like Freddy and I know he has a good thing going on in the clubhouse, which pains me to release him. I always wonder what the other players think, however it could all wake a few others, namely Hughes, that the Yanks will in fact release these guys. You can’t put Freddy in the bullpen, at all, so his fate seems pretty much sealed after today. No?

    • Fin says:

      I find the funest part of todays posts, is the calls for Betances. Campos seems closer to major league ready than that guy. Nothing screams for a MLB call up than a BB/9 of 8.5 and an ERA over 7.

      • Manny's BanWagon says:

        Amen. Bringing up Betances now is like trying to put out a fire with gasoline.

      • Ro says:

        Quite frankly, those numbers for Betances are an aberration. His stock isn’t going to get any better in the minors at this point. He’ll pitch and some of it will be bad and some real good. Truth is, Garcia has no power and strength. He relied only on his junk and it ain’t there. Unfortunately, he can do nothing at this point. At least Betances has a live bad, 95mph at times. Let Rothchild take on the full time of teaching him now. Plus CC can rub off on him. I’m calling Betances and CC the Roberston effect, for what rubbed off from Mo. If I am Girardi and Cashman, I’d stop collecting these potentially great starting arms at this point. Ok they stock piled them. Great. Good job. Now I’d start tearing through these guys like a girl picking a dress for prom night. F*uck it at this point.

  142. Satellite says:

    Atleast we get to see Valverde cream his pants in a non save situation tonight…

  143. I’d love for Valverde to shit the bed, not only because the Yankees would win, but because I just hate his showboatyness.

  144. The Guns of Navarone says:

    The Yankees will bring the WHAT to the plate in this game?

  145. Cy Pettitte says:

    some serious garbage time today

  146. Lol, Garbage Time, in legit garbage time, but against Valverde, so not exactly full on garbage time.

  147. Ro says:

    At least Swisher displays a little dignity for this team.

  148. Karl Krawfid says:

    Swish is just stupid. So happy to be wrong about em.

    Jeter/Swish/a little Grandy

    everyone else kinda sucks.

  149. Just did a silly projection for fun, based solely on average number of plate appearances per season, Alex is on pace to hit ~34 homers this season.

  150. FIPster Doofus says:

    Really, Tex? Come on, man.

  151. Karl Krawfid says:

    2nd time Tex hurt us.

    DP then Granderson hits a home run.

    Pops up this Grandy bloops one.

  152. Mike Axisa says:

    Tying run to the plate!

  153. Professor Longnose says:

    Tying run coming up!

  154. Mike was right, the tying run is at the plate :D

  155. Cy Pettitte says:

    Mike you are a wizard

  156. Karl Krawfid says:

    Thanks Tex you scrub.

  157. RetroRob says:

    And as Mike predicted, the tying run comes to the plate.

    Of course, he didn’t predict they’d plate it!

  158. Ro says:

    Wow. Obviously I’m excited, but in a way, I feel like the Yanks should lose this game.

  159. Manny's BanWagon says:

    Mike is a psychic.

  160. Bartolo's Colon says:

    horrible swing

  161. RetroRob says:

    Okay all you Nattering Nabobs of Negativity, back tomorrow.

  162. Cy Pettitte says:

    5 feet away from a tie game….

  163. Mike Axisa says:

    He juuuuust missed it. Wow.

  164. Valverde doesn’t get a save for this does he?

  165. Widget says:

    I really hate Valverde.

  166. Manny's BanWagon says:

    Almost Chavez. Almost.

  167. If Freddy was just bad, instead of straight up terrible, we probably would’ve won this game…I understand that’s like saying if my aunt had nuts she’d be my uncle, but still..

  168. Kevin says:

    this loss is on Freddy and no one else. You can’t expect the offense to keep rallying back from being put in a 6-0 hole

  169. Nick says:

    Well, in the end, you can’t say the offense didn’t do its job scoring 5 runs. Kinda just makes the pitching issues seem worse tho! I mean, at least if we hadn’t scored it would have been some comfort that even great pitching wouldn’t have been enough. Weird logic I know but take the positives I guess and root for Phelps next time up.

  170. Midland TX says:

    Freddy’s sinkers weren’t sinking. Maybe he was just too strong.

    He only threw 44 pitches. I say start him tomorrow.

  171. Bartolo's Colon says:

    girardi can’t say crispness, he keeps saying christmas

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