Game Seven: Home Opener


(AP Photo/Kathy Kmonicek)

After six relatively forgettable games on the road, the Yankees are finally back home in the Bronx. The Yankees have the best record in home openers this century, winning 11 of 12 games. Here’s the rejiggered lineup…

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

RHP Hiroki Kuroda

The game starts a little after 1pm ET and can be seen on YES. We’re going to chat during the game, so join in the fun after the jump.

Categories : Game Threads


  1. Havok9120 says:

    I swear to God, if I can’t watch the game today…..

    There Will Be Blood.

  2. Chen Meng Wang says:

    Guys I’ve been thinking about something regarding developing pitchers for a very long time. I posted this in the open thread early this morning, but I don’t think anybody saw it. During a game young pitchers are generally kept on a pitch count, and over a season they’re kept on an innings limit to make sure they don’t over extend themselves in the game and season, respectively. However, what doesn’t seem to be taken into account with a season’s innings limit is the quality/pressure of an inning. As we saw with CC Sabathia’s start on Wednesday, not all innings are created equal. In the second inning of that game he threw roughly 35 pitches, but in the fourth he threw 8. I understand CC isn’t young, but when it comes to developing a young arm how can innings such as those two be judged as equal? There should be another way to judge a young pitcher’s durability over the course of the season, which leads me to my idea, a new stat, called True Innings Pitched. Over a game you take a starter’s pitch count and divide it by the average number of pitches thrown per inning in baseball…for the sake of argument lets call it 15. That number would then be the number of True Innings Pitched, so instead of the pitcher getting rocked and it only counting for 3 innings it counts for more and if he cruises through 7 with a low pitch count it might not count for 7. Just an idea I’ve been spitballing for a while, let me know what you think.

    • jjyank says:

      I like the idea. Obviously all innings are not created equal, but the variation between 5 pitch innings and 40 pitch innings probably even out over the course of the season. We could always just look at total pitches thrown on a given season, but your idea allows for a less-obscenely large number.

    • V says:

      I have to ask – how do you know teams have strict innings counts? Because that’s what the media says they have?

      I was reading an interview with the GM of the Nationals about the ’160 inning cap’ on Strasburg, and he basically said that the ’160 inning cap’ was a fictitious number the media made up. They’re going to monitor his workload by game, between game work, heavy innings, how he looks (if his fastball dips during the summer, they might shut him down for a few weeks), etc.

      As for your rubric of coming up with ‘True Innings Pitched’, don’t forget to consider warm-up pitches and a long time sitting during high scoring innings – that’s a reason why, even if a guy is very effective, he might still be pulled early in a game (particularly re: minor leagues, like Campos being pulled after 5 great innings).

      • Chen Meng Wang says:

        I have to believe at least the Yankees keep a strict innings limit on their young pitchers, see the failed Joba Rules and Hughes Rules, the small increases in Nova’s innings over the years, the monitoring of Banuelos, and Campos being pulled in the game.

  3. Mike E says:

    Shameless plug- I did a pitchf/x preview of Ervin Santana over at Yankee Analysts. Some really interesting stuff in there about hit four seam fastball, his lack of a change up to righties, where he throws in the zone/count, matchups against players, etc.

  4. Havok9120 says:

    Where’s Congressman Mondesi? Your namesake got a shoutout on YES.

  5. V says:

    Ervin’s having issues from the stretch…

  6. sabathiasgut says:

    how is the strikezone today? on gamecast they keep showing pitches right over the plate being called balls

  7. Yank The Frank says:


  8. RetroRob says:

    Two straight garbage-time hits from Swish. Oh, wait…

  9. Ro says:

    Finally Arod is batting 3rd. Jesus, I’ve been saying this for a week.

      • Ro says:

        ..and to substantiate my comment, even prior to seeing Arod struggle a bit, I thought that it would benefit the team most with Cano bating clean-up and forcing pitchers to make that pitch to Granderson at #2 and Arod at #3. While Arod is still a significant threat, he’s lost some of that luster in recent years and I just felt that once pitchers got past Cano, they’ve had an easier time rolling over Arod and Tex. I LOVE TODAYS line-up!!

        • Johnny says:

          Yes, and all the statistical analyses done show that your best hitters should always bat 2nd and 4th in the lineup. Cano is a more consistent hitter than Alex at this point, which is what you’re saying.

    • Havok9120 says:

      Lo Hud’s reaction was funny. Their commenters have been calling for it too, but now its an example of Girardi micromanaging. We’ll see some of the same here.


  10. Johnny says:

    How’s that for hits with runners in scoring positions? :D

  11. Preston says:

    Garbage Time Swisher!

  12. Havok9120 says:

    Garbage Time?

    Garbage Time.

  13. pat says:


  14. Rey22 says:

    That was a really fun half in the booth with Jorge.

    • Havok9120 says:

      Yeah, it was. He was fun to listen to, especially with those three in there with him.

      I’m glad he wants to hang around the periphery of the organization. It’ll be nice to see him sometimes.

  15. Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan says:

    Russell you are so sexy.

  16. sabathiasgut says:

    cmon Gardner

  17. Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan says:

    Yo are you fucking kidding me?

  18. Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan says:

    That was pathetic.

  19. sabathiasgut says:

    nice, guy on 3rd, no outs. zero runs. Yankee baseball

  20. Will says:

    Way to bail Santana out Yankees.

  21. Johnny says:

    Beckett is pitching the home opener at Fenway against Tampa. This should be fun!

  22. Ro says:

    CHALLENGE!!! Get the red flag!

  23. Johnny says:


  24. Yank The Frank says:

    #1 for AROD

  25. sabathiasgut says:

    Girardi puts him in the 3 hole! what a genius

  26. Jimmy McNulty says:


    Srsly, there was a scout piece whining about how Kuroda couldn’t put away Gigante on at bat. He’s Albert Fucking Pujols…he’s not supposed to be put away.

  27. sabathiasgut says:

    Cano is so smooth

  28. Johnny says:

    I’m excited for Alex. He’s got 2,775 hits and 629 home runs. Hopefully he can make it to 3,000 next season, and he’s the only legitimate candidate right now to unseat that guy from the top of the all-time home run leaderboard.

    • Johnny says:

      As a hypothetical, if he was to hit 30 homers a year forever he’d be 41 when overtaking the 762 mark. But he’s obviously declining; he hit thirty in 2009 and thirty in 2010. Not sure he can keep that rate going.

      • Jimmy McNulty says:

        He’ll stick around as long as it takes I have that feeling.

      • Havok9120 says:

        Even if he drops off to average 25 a year, he still makes it during the contract.

        • Jimmy McNulty says:

          At the end of…

          2012: 654
          2013: 679
          2014: 714 (hey hey)
          2015: 739
          2016: 764 (record)
          2017: 789

          May as well bring him back see if he can get 800.

          • Havok9120 says:

            It will be interesting to see where he is as a player in, say, 2015. Much as this contract has been/will be an albatross, if there’s any player, ever who I trust to make it work its ARod. He’s got every tool a baseball player could have in terms of drive, physical tools, and knowledge about the game.

            Its one reason I’m so interested in how his body holds up this season.

  29. thekid says:

    Can someone fill me in on the action up to this point? I see a garbage time homer by swisher and a homer by arod- anything else?

  30. Jimmy McNulty says:

    Three border line calls…

  31. Johnny says:

    Jeter only hits on the road and A-Rod only hits at home.

  32. Jimmy McNulty says:

    Boom shaka laka

  33. Alkaline says:

    Grandyman special!

  34. Alkaline says:

    And A-rod is 3-3. Clearly he should be batting cleanup. Silly Joe is over-managing.

  35. Johnny says:

    Where was this performance in Tampa, or even in Bal’more? Sweet Fancy Moses. This looks like a team that you can’t get out. This is what the Yankees should look like!

  36. Jimmy McNulty says:

    So is Teixeira going to have another shitty April? I sure hope that fucking asshole goes back to his 2009 form, they’ll need an MVP caliber first basemen to make up for Granderson’s regression to merely being all star instead of MVP.

    • Johnny says:

      Kuroda set down Pujols there for you, BTW

      • Jimmy McNulty says:

        Saw…to be honest I’m not mad if Kuroda gets beat by Pujols…he’s Pujols that’s what he does, he beats you. Macier Izturis? Different scenario.

    • Havok9120 says:

      Slow your roll. I know his batting average has been disappointing, but the guy produces a ton with the bat. He’s not as advertised, but he’s had more power to make up for it.

      The glovework speaks for itself. He (with Cano, of course, but more him) allow Jeter to do his thing at SS far passed the point where it should be possible.

    • Robinson Tilapia says:

      Way to call the starting first baseman on the team you’re supposedly such a fan of that you spend time on a fan blog a fucking asshole…

      …do people actually think this makes them sound like a more discerning fan or something? I don’t get it.

      • Rainbow connection says:

        Ask everyone that always sits near me at YS. All I hear is Teix Sucks!!!

        • Robinson Tilapia says:

          I don’t get that either.

          The closest I ever came to any of this was with Pavano, and it was still half in jest.

          Maybe LaTroy Hawkins got some of it, but there wasn’t really a whole lot of emotional bonding time there.

        • Robinson Tilapia says:

          BTW, did you give up on alternate names, or has “Rainbow Connection” moved on to someone else?

      • KL says:

        Sadly, some Yankee fans are complete jerks.

  37. Hiroki-san pitching a sugoi game..

  38. Johnny says:

    Wow, Kuroda has been great today. That’s his sixth strikeout.


  40. Naved says:

    7 innings of shutout ball

  41. double for the captain

    • Havok9120 says:

      Guy is on fire early. Even if it turns out to just be a second dead-cat bounce, its a ton of fun to watch.

  42. Johnny says:

    Hirok’ going for the shutout

  43. this game is short.. somewhere Joe West is smiling LOL

  44. Pete says:

    What’s Japanese for “Now get off my jock everyone…” ?

  45. JobaWockeeZ says:

    At least it isn’t Clay fucking Rapada going in.

    • TomH says:

      “While we try to limit profanity on site, we have not censored comments for profanity. We ask that you be judicious in your use of profanity and keep in mind that fans from all walks of life read and contribute to River Ave. Blues.”

  46. sabathiasgut says:

    lame, his bid for a complete game gets broke up by a swinging bunt by Abreu

    • Havok9120 says:

      Such is life. Gotta get him the win after such a strong outing. Plus, DRob is still getting his Spring Training work in.

  47. Robinson Tilapia says:

    Got pulled out of the office for most of the game. I missed a friggin gem. What can I say?

    Remember 0-3?

    • Havok9120 says:

      Its a shame you missed it. Its worth a look at Yankees Encore if you’re in market. Kuroda looked darn good, even better than his line. Plus, ARod did his thing, and that’s always fun to watch.

  48. Len S. says:

    What happened to everybody? I haven’t been on this board for a while and an opening day would have 3x as many comments as this. Mass bannings or a mass exodus for some reason or another?

  49. pai pai says:


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