Game 24: Brighten Up


One of these tonight, please. (Al Bello/Getty Images)

The weather in New York today seems to reflect my feelings about the Yankees at the moment. Just … blah. It’s overcast and has been raining on and off all day, kinda like how the Yankees seem to be going up and down over the last few weeks. The starting pitching has been mostly underwhelming but has improved of late while the offense started out well before some injuries robbed the club of some punch. It’s not ideal, neither the weather or the team’s recent performance. Here’s the lineup…

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

RHP Ivan Nova

Tonight’s game is scheduled to start a little after 7pm ET, though the weather isn’t great in New York. It’s been drizzling on and off all day and that’s expected to continue all night. Not baseball weather, but unlikely to cause a postponement or significant delay. The game can be seen on YES locally and ESPN nationally. Enjoy.

Categories : Game Threads


  1. jjyank says:

    Kill it SuperNova.

  2. Bartolo's Colon says:

    instead of winning a $50 modells card or a lay’s party pack (whatever the hell that is), the yankees should let the winner of their stadium contests play rf for an inning, it’d be a good scouting opportunity

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

    OT, but has anyone seen this disaster? Remind me why won’t they implement expanded replay, again?

    • Need Pitching says:

      yeah that was absolutely ridiculous
      not sure replay is necessary there though, an umpire who didn’t have his head up his ass would suffice

      • jjyank says:

        This is true, but I feel like an awful lot of that has been happening in the last couple of years. This is not an isolated incident.

    • jjyank says:

      Wow. It’s a damn shame that the CBA focused on getting the playoffs expanded ahead of replay. Screw the accuracy of the game itself, we wanna make money. Stupid.

    • Mike Axisa says:

      Yeah I saw that when it happened. That’s as bad as it gets.

    • Wow…that’s just an all around blown call by the ump. He wasn’t in a good position to make the call, which is behind the bag in foul territory, and then completely blew it….If I was Mattingly I would stay on the field until well after being tossed or until I got the call overturned somehow.

  4. Erica says:

    Totally thought this was a My9 game for a solid minute.

  5. Chip says:

    Jeter has to come up with that ground ball on Hardy. Not sure if he would have been able to throw him out though

  6. sangreal says:

    Even Robbie doesn’t trust Ibanez

  7. Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan says:

    Somebody call the fire marshal, that stadium is WAY over capacity.

  8. I'm sexy and I Cano it says:

    Robbie Cano is the pop-up master.

  9. Professor Longnose says:

    I like Cano’s throw.

  10. Preston says:

    Cano can just cover RF too. Ibanez is basically worthless out there.

  11. Bartolo's Colon says:

    how does girardi put ibanez out there??

  12. flamingo says:

    Can’t tell from Sterling – was Nova being overly careful pitching to Wieters, or is he getting squeezed?

  13. flamingo says:


  14. Cuso says:

    Binder wins for once

  15. Clyde Barrow says:

    And that’s how you get out of a tough spot. Take notes, Phil Hughes.

  16. I'm sexy and I Cano it says:

    good RISPfail

  17. Alkaline says:

    Great job getting out of that.

  18. Tom says:

    The starter version of David Robertson…. Ivan “Houdini, Jr” Nova?

    Nova, in that long inning threw 24 pitches; contrast that with Hughes good 1st inning where he threw 21 pitches in a relatively clean inning (1 baserunner)

  19. Stratman9652 says:

    So, I’m really confused. I brought up calling up Colin Curtis a couple threads ago, I thought he had options left and could be called up and sent down without being exposed to waivers. Somebody said that he had been DFA’d to be taken off the 40 man and couldn’t be optioned anymore. Is that true and if so, how the hell does that work?

  20. Andruw playing against a righty? WTF?!?!?! Did Girardi loose the Binder?

  21. I'm sexy and I Cano it says:


  22. TomH says:

    Blue Jays again kick Texan ass.

  23. The Dude says:

    I am the only one who’s seriously worried about Cano?

    • TomH says:

      Me too. But then I’m also seriously worried about ARod.

    • jjyank says:


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

      I’m not worried about a guy in his prime who has been an offensive stud for the last 2-3 years.

      • Preston says:

        Yeah, nothing about his start is overly worrying. His walk rate and k rate are fine and he’s in his prime years for power, so his low ISO isn’t worrying me. He’s a guy who’s production is heavily conditioned on BA, so he’s bound to have down periods like this. He’ll be fine.

  24. leo says:

    seeing nova pitch the day after hughes makes me think make up is a more vital part of the game than i would have thought before

    • Preston says:

      The Yanks must be starting to think that too. Since a large part of their explanation for drafting Bichette and Culver was make-up.

    • jjyank says:

      Maybe that’s why the Yankees have been drafting those kind of guys.

  25. Don'tcha Know? says:

    Where’s Branyan/yon(?)? Is he still hurt? Is he even with the Yankees still?

  26. Tom says:

    Don’t like the 0-2 to a walk to the #9 hitter.

    I hate the “setup” pitch to weak hitters. He goes high fastball to setup the slider away… but if/when you miss that pitch then it’s 2-2 and the AB becomes a grind to a a guy you should just try to put away at 0-2.

  27. Tony says:

    Nova’s command is off with his fastball tonight. Good thing he’s facing the Orioles

  28. Hummingbird S. says:

    Arrieta looks good.

  29. Don'tcha Know? says:

    Is Arrietta a butcher? Because he’s carving this team to shreds! ZING!!!

    • The Dude says:

      Seriously. Did the Orioles like radioactively infuse Cliff Lee and Roy Halladay DNA into their pitchers this year?

      • Don'tcha Know? says:

        I’m almost confident that Professor Xavier and General Stryker combined forces to aid Buck’s Fighting Schowalters. If you listen closely you can also hear the ping adamantium when the ball glances off their bodies. Or should I have gone with a Captain America reference? Either way, I’m actually quite pumped for The Avengers.

      • LiterallyFigurative says:

        Jake Hall-Lee-Eta?

  30. The Dude says:

    Argh. Tex grounding out on ball 4 and Ibanez swinging at a 2-0 pitch. Y U NO TAKE YOUR WALKS YANKEES?!

  31. Cy Pettitte says:

    nice inning for Nova, helps out the pitch count too

  32. sdjohn says:

    nice inning Ivan Nova

  33. pistol pete says:

    Does anyone know if Abreu cleared waivers. I’m sure he will since nobody would be crazy enough to pick up his money. He’ll be a free agent. He can sign anywhere and I feel he’d be an upgrade over Ibanez and for league minimum money it’s well worth the change.

    • jjyank says:

      Is he better than Ibanez? I’m not so sure. He’s a pretty terrible fielder as well. If Abreu was never a Yankee before, would you still want him?

      • pistol pete says:

        Over Ibanez yes and as long as the Yanks are not going to spend any money then why not, what’s to lose.

        • jjyank says:

          Abreu is terrible now. Not a worthwhile upgrade.

        • Nunez' Helmet says:

          Alot of balls near that RF fence, for one thing… My two memories of Abreu were him in the HR derby with the Venezuelan Flag draped on him, and him getting jitters from the RF fence in OYS

  34. The Dude says:

    Jack Arrieta doing his best 2010 Phil Hughes impression.

  35. Leg-End says:

    Arrieta is pitching economically, annoying.

  36. Clyde Barrow says:

    The Stadium is dead and I don’t blame them. These guys are just going through the motions. There is no reason this offense should be doing this poorly. Two starters are down but the rest of the lineup is still better than most clubs.

  37. The Dude says:

    Which team has worst BABIP this year? Sometimes it feels like its us.

  38. Don'tcha Know? says:

    When’s the brass going to DO SOMETHING about Martin? This isn’t fair. Actions MUST be taken. An automatic out should NOT be acceptable at the ML level.

  39. flamingo says:

    Sterling decided to take a measured approach tonight. Huh. I thought that was going to be caught.

  40. The Dude says:

    Should’ve just walked him.

  41. Hummingbird S. says:

    with this offense, that might be the ballgame (half kidding)

    • Don'tcha Know? says:

      No. You’re right. Don’t be ashamed. A series loss to Baltimore at home is despicable. This team is dead without Gardner and Swisher. They each bring something valuable and unique to the table and I miss them both.

      • jjyank says:

        Despicable? Wow, relax dude. It’s still early in the season, series loses to bad teams happen.

        • Don'tcha Know? says:

          One: Don’t tell me to relax. Ever. Two: It would BE despicable. Period.

          • jjyank says:

            One: I just did. Get over it. And two. No series loss this early in the season is despicable. The O’s play the Yankees tough all the time, stop overreacting.

            • Don'tcha Know? says:

              Again. Your propensity for telling others what to do . . . What a nasty habit. I reserve the right to do whatever I damn well choose, even without your consent, surprisingly. And, also, it’s not overreacting. It’s the truth. Deal with it.

              • jjyank says:

                Losing a series against the O’s in early May is not “despicable”. How is that a fact? I’m not telling you what to do, but I thought trying to relax might help your blood pressure. This isn’t football, there are more than 16 games. All is not lost.

          • Need Pitching says:

            losing 2 games to a second place team (currently, obviously I don’t expect that to last) when missing 2 key members of the lineup is despicable??

            holy unrealistically high standards Batman

          • Mike Axisa says:

            Nothing drives home a point by saying “period.”

            • Don'tcha Know? says:

              Would you rather I resort to some dick-ish retort painted in a thick, glossy coat of sarcasm like you’re so renowned for making? Period.

              • jjyank says:


                • Don'tcha Know? says:

                  Yup. You got me. Right on. Full on troll. Way to go, kiddo. You hit the nail on the head. Sweet. Good for you. Period.

                  • jjyank says:

                    If the shoe fits…

                    Responses like that don’t help your cause.

                    Can “period” become the new meme? I’m enjoying it.

                    • Don'tcha Know? says:

                      BTW, WTF calls people “trolls”? You disgust me. You’re despicable. Period.

                    • jjyank says:

                      Ha well that sealed my opinion. “Period” it is. I will no longer feed the “despicable period” trolls. Good day sir.

  42. Cy Pettitte says:

    Wieters > Yankees, guy owns us this year.

  43. Clyde Barrow says:

    And that might be the difference in the ballgame. Nobody on this offense looks like they’re going to do anything tonight.

  44. LiterallyFigurative says:

    Solo shots don’t break you. Nova’s fine.

  45. Tom says:

    That pitch didn’t even look all that bad to Weiters… however down 2-0 a hitter can sit on that.

  46. LiterallyFigurative says:

    Look out world…. here comes NICK JOHNSON!

  47. Chip says:

    …….I thought Jeter had a play at first pretty easily

  48. Athenian says:

    So based on the season so far, payrolls greater than 125 mill mean no offensive production against weaker teams. #failure

  49. Tom says:

    Is Andino that much of a pull hitter?

    Cano almost got to that ball on the SS side of 2nd base before Jeter did.

    Girardi seems hellbent on playing people to pull as much as possible.

  50. flamingo says:

    Nova’s pitch count: 62 through 4. At least I have the comfort of knowing that if Hughes was 62 through 4, he’d also have given up 4 runs.

  51. chcmh says:

    What is it? Sad sack night at RAB?

    • Bartolo's Colon says:

      theres not much to be happy about. there is a dead man patrolling rf, cano and tex absolutely suck this year, and the entire team has not hit in quite a few games

  52. The Dude says:

    Finally someone doesn’t just take the first pitch fastball.

  53. Buddy says:

    Not to pile on, but when was the last time a Yankee lineup had these OBP in spots 4 – 9:

  54. LiterallyFigurative says:

    Robbie is just a little bit off.

  55. Professor Longnose says:

    Cano’s just not getting the bat out in front of pitches.

  56. Need Pitching says:


  57. Don'tcha Know? says:

    Wow. Cano really DOES suck right now.

  58. The Dude says:

    I’ve never seen Cano swing and miss so much ever.

  59. V says:

    Swing at crap, watch a good pitch, swing at crap. Thanks, Teix!

  60. Nunez' Helmet says:

    I got to say… This team is in a craaaaaaaay zee funk with the stick. Depressing…

  61. Don'tcha Know? says:

    Pathetic. 4-9. Nothing. Cano and Tex should be ashamed of themselves.

  62. Our offense looks a little lost right now…

  63. jjyank says:

    Hah just realized that my opponent in fantasy baseball has both Arrieta and Nova. That’s interesting.

  64. The Dude says:

    This is too frustrating to watch. I know it’s only one game and it’s the beginning of the season but sheesh everyone looks like crap. Now I know how frustrating it is for Mariners fans to watch a scuffling lineup.

  65. Athenian says:

    Tex needs to bat ninth. Just so unproductive at times.

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

    I guess this is what it’s like to be a Giants fan.

  67. willx says:

    Attention new york yankee offense, this isn’t the post season yet.

  68. pistol pete says:

    They always say you can’t have enough pitching, how about you can’t have enough hitting. Wow are these guys slumping, even Robbie. And Tex is having his usual April. Add to that guys like Swish and Gardy who were hot got hurt and all of a sudden the lineup looks weak.

  69. Nunez' Helmet says:

    Wow… I hate to say it but I think a rod gets to that ball

    • jjyank says:

      Why? It was hit hard, and Chavez is still a very good defender. That’s a hit.

      • Nunez' Helmet says:

        I think A rod gets a better jump on it. not taking it away from Chavez, just a rod is faster to that one is all…

  70. flamingo says:

    Nova’s been giving up a lot of hits :(

  71. “nice play by Ibanez” that’s one thing I never thought I’d here.

  72. Clyde Barrow says:

    We’re in trouble, guys. The Orioles are out developing us and it shows. They’re going to be the Rays when they get more starting pitching. Our offense looks old and overmatched.

  73. Bartolo's Colon says:

    did singleton really just say nice play?

  74. Nunez' Helmet says:

    Ibanez lunging at a ball any other RF gets to without a hitch. You stay classy, Raul

  75. Tony says:

    Maybe a better right fielder prevents the runner from going to third

  76. flamingo says:

    Okay, I like when he works out of trouble. I wish he didn’t do it so often, but if he keeps posting 0s, I can’t complain.

  77. Alkaline says:

    Keep posting 0s Nova. Let’s get that offense going.

  78. ThrillHouseMD says:

    That’s the AJ we know and love.

  79. LiterallyFigurative says:

    Y’know why we can’t develop pitchers?

    Because the first time they struggle (which 90% of all young starters do), the organization looks to jettison them and the fans want them sent down.

    We talk about Pettitte and Wang, but they didnt have the early career arc of most. They didn’t struggle for a month early on. They didn’t get sent down they were so good.

    Nova was allowed to start late in 2010, only because the playoff spot was more or less in the bag. We almost lucked into him. Would he have been looked at the same had his Aug-Sep 2010 performance come in April-May 2010?

    • jjyank says:

      Such is the curse of a team that’s always contending. I don’t want the Yanks to have a losing season, but sometimes I think it might benefit them in player development.

  80. jjyank says:

    Chavez: made of glass. Damn it.

  81. Clyde Barrow says:

    Uh oh, that might be it for Chavez if it’s his back.

  82. I'm sexy and I Cano it says:


  83. Hummingbird S. says:

    2 men bench down to 1… thank you Girardi and Cashman

  84. LiterallyFigurative says:

    What the heck happened to Chavez?

  85. The Fallen Phoenix says:

    Way to go Yankees roster construction!

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

    Maybe Chavez’s injury will FINALLY be enough for them to call up Wise or someone.

  87. Cy Pettitte says:

    Chavez got dizzy from trying to figure out how he hasn’t gotten injured yet

  88. Karl Krawfid says:


    That looked very sad.

    Good job Yankees not bringing up another player. Idiots.

  89. Leg-End says:

    Sabathia will be playing right field by the end of the night.

  90. MannyGeee says:

    Wow… Eric Chavez gets hurt doing….. Nothing.

    And the blind squirrel award goes to…. Eduardo Nunez!!!

  91. GardnergoesYardner says:

    Just got home to see Chavez being helped off. Anyone know what happened?

    Also, this is why you don’t play with a shorthanded bench. Maybe this will finally knock that into Joe and Cash’s thick skulls.

    Hopefully Chavey is OK.

  92. Professor Longnose says:

    That’s a really weird injury. Can’t remember anything like that offhand.

  93. Tom Zig says:

    who broke Chavez

  94. I'm sexy and I Cano it says:

    this is funny

  95. Zooboy says:

    Now they can recall a 14th pitcher.

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

    So, let’s say Ibanez gets hurt. Stewart is then the RF. Then a pitcher is gonna have to be the back up C. Please bring someone up.

  97. Hummingbird S. says:

    that’s a great strategy, to watch fastballs that are clearly strikes and swing at breaking balls that are clearly out of the zone..

  98. GardnergoesYardner says:

    Curry just tweeted that Chavez issue will likely force the Yanks to call up a position player because they can’t play with a 1 man bench.

    That’s what he thinks…

  99. Cy Pettitte says:

    RT @timbullus: @MarcCarig pretty sure Chavez just swallowed a dip / that’s an interesting theory

    if this turns out to be true that’s quite lame.

  100. LiterallyFigurative says:

    Mitchell looks like an athelete. Maybe he could play OF in the pinch.

  101. JohnnyC says:

    Yankees so damn good we play 24 while others play 25. Yeah, because we bad. Don’t need no stinking bench. Gotta have extra loogys and roogys. And 2 long men ’cause our starters don’t go 5. Is Brooks Kieschnick still alive?

  102. Leg-End says:

    So, Chavez to the DL due to swallowing?

  103. Athenian says:

    Wow. It’s the Orioles.

  104. MannyGeee says:

    Today could be Mo’s lucky day. Wanna play CF?

  105. hooray, loud drunk guy withing the mic’s broadcasting strength.

  106. Cy Pettitte says:

    we should trade for Ayala and his comically large glove to play the OF;c_id=mlb

  107. MannyGeee says:

    OK is it just me or are alot of pitches getting away from Russ this season?

    • LiterallyFigurative says:

      So I’m not crazy, cuz I’ve been seeing it too.

    • JohnnyC says:

      Martin is over-rated as a defensive catcher. He’s average. Nothing special.

    • Professor Longnose says:

      There’s been a WP for every 14.93 innings of Martin behind the plate this year, compared with 20.08 innings last year, and 24.0 for his career.

    • Tom says:

      Girardi needs to send Nova out for the 7th, save the bullpen a bit. He’s at 97 pitches which generally means auto-pull for guys not named CC.

      ….and maybe Girardi and Cash will get their heads out of their asses and cut the pen down to 7 and call up a position player

  108. Tom says:

    Damn…. that was an easy DP ball without the WP

  109. Hummingbird S. says:

    it seems like Martin has allowed a huge number of wild pitches this season… regressing D and no O = great catcher

  110. MannyGeee says:

    So extremely OT… But RIP Junior Seau. He was pretty awesome in his day and always seemed to be one of the nice guys in the game.

  111. Athenian says:

    There are as many empty seats as there are holes in the Yankees lineup.

  112. LiterallyFigurative says:

    Nova is a battler.

  113. ClayDavis says:

    Those are two walks that probably should have been strikeouts. Can’t catch a freaking break anywhere.

  114. Karl Krawfid says:

    Yankee baseball!!!!! Woooo!

  115. Hummingbird S. says:

    thats a big hole for our 2-man offense to overcome

  116. Clyde Barrow says:

    I think that’s probably about it. We can’t barely get a baserunner let alone 2 runs. The Os are legit and they’re kicking our asses in developing young players. This lineup just looks old.

    • jjyank says:

      “they’re kicking our asses in developing young players.”

      Really? If the O’s were even semi-competent at developing players, they would know be a last place team. Are you joking? I can’t tell. The O’s are one of the worst teams out there in player development, worse than the Yankees.

    • Our second oldest regular is doing the most hitting. They just look bad.

    • JohnnyC says:

      Oh, come on, the O’s are playing with 25 guys on the roster. No fair, boo!

  117. I'm sexy and I Cano it says:

    Nice job by Nova to limit the damage to 1 run. Now if only this offense could score some fucking runs. Only 3 in the last 23 innings, ugh.

  118. DM says:

    Notice the difference between managing a Hughes 6th inning and a Nova 6th inning. Down by 2 runs in both games, 2 outs — Logan comes in for Phil, no one even warming up for Nova.

  119. oh hey a baserunner.

  120. Athenian says:

    Well at least the “easy” part of the schedule is coming up.

  121. Leg-End says:

    Get the lucky single, give up the first pitch DP. The Yankee 2012 way.

  122. Clyde Barrow says:

    The crowd should just go home right now. This team isn’t worth watching.

  123. Holy Ghost says:

    I called the O’s to win 85 games last year but they look like they will be able to pull it off this year if they don’t completely fall off a cliff

  124. Hummingbird S. says:

    thats what happens when you have aging position players and you trade away your only hope of an above average bat (for a damaged good no less). It’s time to hold the FO and especially Cashman accountable for his awful decisions

    • jjyank says:

      *Sigh* I guess it’s too much to ask to have a thread without a Montero mention.

      • Betty Lizard says:

        I know. Sigh. I’m doing my part: a protection circle of salt and never saying his name–just Oretnom Susej–anything to break the spell he has over the Living Dead.

  125. sdjohn says:

    Well that was not good. For a piece of good news. Manny Banuelos pitched well. Only went 3.2 innings, 2 hits 0 R, 5 K’s. 60 pitches 1st start back after the DL. I find it more fun this year to follow the minors at this point.

  126. Tom says:

    First to 3 runs wins this game.

    If the Yankees shut the O’s down the rest of the way, they win this.

  127. Athenian says:

    I hope they look better on tv than on game day because this team has moved beyond embarrassing. This is the equivalent of the Greek bailout- 200 million flop

    • jjyank says:

      Jeez guys what the hell? above .500 in early May and words like “despicable” and “beyond embarrassing” are getting thrown out. Can I link to this comment when they Yankees go on a 10 game tear and take first place in June?

      • Tom says:


        There are only two things that are embarassing:
        1) The roster management by Girardi/Cash – 2 LOOGY’s, now 2 long man, 2 man bench, etc…..
        2) The leash on Garcia and Hughes (which thankfully is now just about gone)

      • sdjohn says:

        technically “beyond embarrassing” is a phrase, not a word.

        • jjyank says:

          I said “words”. “Beyond embarrassing” is both a phrase and a collection of “words”. But thanks for your input.

      • Popcorn says:

        The likelihood of this team winning 10 games in a row in this form? A solid 0%.

        • jjyank says:

          Sure, every slumping team looks bad. If you really think that the Yankees are not capable of that at any point, then why do you even bother watching?

          • Athenian says:

            This team has been slumping since the first game. Maybe they are to old to play a kids game .

            • jjyank says:

              It’s been 1/6 of the season. Maybe you don’t have enough patience for baseball?

              • Athenian says:

                Baseball yes. Poor effort and results, no. After tonight the Yanks will a game or a game and a half out of last place. They are paid to much money to perform like interns.

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

                  It’s May 2nd. The standings are practically irrelevant now unless you’re the Angels and 8 games back or whatever it is.

  128. Cy Pettitte says:

    I have faith that they’ll win because Nova doesn’t lose.

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

    Why have Rapada up if they don’t fucking use him against Markakis?

    • JohnnyC says:

      Girardi (post-game): Novie was throwing well, even after 105 pitches. I was comfortable with him facing the lefty hitters for the fourth time through. Novie’s a battler. Who knew?

  130. willx says:

    Meanwhile Giambi is still bashing, after being all washed up and let go. Could he be worse than our dh daily?

  131. sdjohn says:

    The loudest the crowd has been, throwing back Markasis’ HR.

  132. Karl Krawfid says:

    Getting our asses kicked by the O’s.

  133. Athenian says:

    There is the game and series.

  134. so, I feel like this is like quantum physics…if we stop observing the particles(the team) maybe they will start functioning, because it has been proven that when you view particles they are stationary, whenever you look away they move.

    • jjyank says:

      My head hurts.

      • and they know when they’re being watched!
        I understand it’s only wiki, but I don’t feel like paying money for physics journals that all say the same things. Btw, your brain will hurt if you read this…

        • Betty Lizard says:

          I think you’re onto something. There has to be a pitching equivalent of the double slit experiement and a quantum version of Eduardo Nunez who can both field and hit.

          • Well, for a quantum version of Eduardo Nunez who can both field and hit, we’d have to assume the existence of parallel universes, exactly like ours with that one difference. Meaning there’s a hole shit ton of other dimensions that link them in some way…I’d love to see somebody write an equation to make the Eduardo Nunez theory of multiple universes work.

            • Betty Lizard says:

              I shall work on it. I can’t watch this game and I have to do something besides watch MI-5 episodes.

        • jjyank says:

          Thanks for the heads up. I’ll go ahead and not click on that link then haha. I’ll stick to International Regime Theory.

    • flamingo says:

      I like this plan.

    • radnom says:

      because it has been proven that when you view particles they are stationary, whenever you look away they move.

      Did you learn physics from a cereal box?

  135. Jerome S. says:

    I swear there are threads like this every year.
    “Cashman needs to be held accountable”
    “The offense sucks”
    “This team has no heart/isn’t worth watching”.
    Not to say that these statements are somehow invalid (they all have a point). Just adding some perspective.

  136. jjyank says:

    Anyone know if Phelps will be on a pitch count tomorrow? Is he good for 100 pitches, or less after spending a few weeks in the bullpen?

    • Need Pitching says:

      I think I read 75-90 somewhere
      I’d say 90 would be likely the high end of what they would allow

  137. Clyde Barrow says:

    So Girardi has every reliever and his brother in the bullpen and he’s leaving his starter in there for 115 pitches. WHY DO YOU HAVE SO MANY PITCHERS IN THE BULLPEN!!!!!

    • Popcorn says:

      this is the same guy who likes intentional walks, bunts, and Ibanez playing the outfield, I don’t see how you can possibly be doubting him.

    • JohnnyC says:

      Girardi: It’s effing freezing out there tonight. I was in a warm spot in the dugout. Leave me alone, will ya!

  138. I'm sexy and I Cano it says:

    Now we can’t even say that Nova pitched a good game.

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

    Certainly wouldn’t want to overwork that 13 man bullpen.

  140. Leg-End says:

    Why are hanging Nova out to dry with an extra bullpen arm?

  141. dontchaknow says:

    fuckin FUCK

  142. Clyde Barrow says:

    Girardi left Nova out there to dry. He had no business coming out for this inning. It could have still been 2-0 had the pen been used effectively but we wouldn’t want to overwork them would we? Most of them are just collecting dust.

    • Robinson Tilapia says:

      The moment I come on here and see that I actually agree with ClydeBonnieHester is the moment I know I shouldn’t bother with tonight’s Game Thread.

  143. Satellite says:

    Joe you have Soriano in your bullpen, why the fuck is the kid throwing 110+pitches in the 7th?

  144. Stratman9652 says:

    Highest paid 7th inning guy in baseball just sitting around? Nah, lets just let Nova start the inning and then send in Clay Rapada.

  145. wtf? I thought Chavez just swallowed his tobacco, now I’m hearing possible concussion and whiplash? what in gods name happened?!

  146. Cuso says:

    If it makes anyone feel better, bad AJ has returned to give up 7 ER in 2 innings.

  147. Karl Krawfid says:

    Joe Girardi kept Nova in because of that stupid win streak.


  148. sdjohn says:

    Hey Joe, good seein ya. I figured you were talking with Cash on which long man to bring up for tomorrow, and that’s why you didn’t bring in Rapada to face Markakis? Or maybe you were talking to Kevin Long about how “hey all the batters are still takin their A swing’s”

    Concussion for Chavez? uh, I’ve seen everything now. that replay clearly shows his jaw, head, no part of his head hit that ground. I’m sure that’s gonna put him out a few months.

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

    Joe, your mixing and matching came a little bit too late.

  150. GardnergoesYardner says:

    Soriano, Wade, Logan, Rapada, Mitchell, Garcia…

    They earn every penny right?

  151. Cuso says:

    Where’s DeWayne Wise when you (*cough*) “need” him?

  152. JobaWockeeZ says:

    Banuelos is pitching well. There’s one piece of good news tonight.

  153. BK2ATL says:

    Hope this finally brings to light the complete silliness that is carrying 13 pitchers on a 25 man roster. And even worse, not using one of those bullpen arms against Wieters in the 7th…..

    And yet, a pass will be given to Girardi for this strategy. Another pass will be given to Tex for his offensive suckiness. And Nova, who actually pitched a pretty good game, will be left to take the blame.

    Tex and Cano really need to step it up. Jeter and Granderson can’t carry the offense alone. A-Rod is getting on base…for nothing.

    • JohnnyC says:

      Nova’s not really pitching very well at all. He had the 2nd worst OPS against in the majors coming into tonight’s start. And tonight wasn’t an improvement.

      • BK2ATL says:

        6 innings and 2 runs allowed at that point….

        For some strange reason, Girardi allowed him to pitch to Wieters again with Jones on base, and with Nova at his highest pitch count ever. Yet, we’re sitting on tons of bullpen arms….

        Go ahead and put that 7th inning on Nova, if you want. But then you’d have to explain why Wade, Garcia, Logan, Rapada, Eppley are even on the roster. Notice I didn’t mention Soriano or Robertson.

        • Need Pitching says:

          I mostly agree, Nova clearly was left in too long, but Nova did allow 11 baserunners in the first 6 innings. He pitched well with runners on base, but needed a line drive dp to bail him out of the sixth as well. He did fine limiting the damage until the seventh, but really didn’t pitch all that great overall, similar to how he has pitched all season, giving up tons of baserunners.

          • BK2ATL says:

            Exactly, at which point, he’d gotten you 6 innings and even with all of that, only allowed 2 runs. Strong enough for me, plus his pitch count was up.

            No idea why he was sent out there to pitch the 7th, much less to face Wieters, who’s batting .500 vs. Nova with 4 HRs.

            There are plenty of other arms in the bullpen. You stacked them up, now use them. A 2 run deficit went to 5 really fast.

          • JohnnyC says:

            Is he actually pitching that much better than Hughes? His ERA is close to 6 and his WHIP is astronomical.

  154. GardnergoesYardner says:

    Well, at least if we lose people might shut up about Nova’s stupid win streak.

    • GardnergoesYardner says:

      Of course, having said that, they will score five to tie and lose on a Wieters homer in the eighth. But hey! At least Nova’s streak lives!

    • Jeff Karstens, Male Model says:

      Interesting to me that you’d call a *win streak by any Yankees pitcher stupid. Odd sort of fandom.

      • I think he is pointing to wins for a pitcher is a highly overrated statistic, one which knowledgeable fans shouldn’t pay attention to much, if at all.

        • Jeff Karstens, Male Model says:

          But yet it’s still the only thing they add up to let teams into the playoffs….

        • Jeff Karstens, Male Model says:

          Regardless, being glad that a Yankees pitchers win streak is over seems…. wrong.

          • GardnergoesYardner says:

            So you’d rather have Joe be a “slave to the streak” as he arguably was tonight and other nights as well?

            That alone will lose us games.

  155. I hear the yankees are considering calling up Adam Warren tomorrow with the extra spot on the roster.

  156. BK2ATL says:

    2 starting OFs go down, and they bring up 2 more pitchers???

  157. flamingo says:

    Nice at bat from Robbie.

  158. Tom says:

    Anyone else get the sense they are going to score 2 or 3 and those 3 runs in the top of the inning are going to loom large?

  159. Hummingbird S. says:

    only one out for Teix, so hey! atta boy!

  160. with all the stupid talk about bunting against the shit…of all times to do it, why not down 5 with a runner at first, and no out?

  161. Cy Pettitte says:

    does Teix ever get tired of being so predictable?

    • JohnnyC says:

      He is what he is. That’s why players inevitably decline with age. It’s exceptionally hard to re-create yourself after doing it one way for more than a decade.

      • V says:

        Except he -did- reinvent himself, after the Yankees signed him. His even stroke became a straight uppercut, and the guy who was a .300+ hitter for years became Adam Dunn.

  162. teddy says:

    teixeria is trash

  163. V says:

    That uppercut is the ugliest swing in baseball. GFY Teix.

  164. sdjohn says:

    Anyone else worried about the yanks screwing up Jose Campos? a little off topic but, this games ugly.

    • BK2ATL says:

      History has shown that we possibly should be. He’s creeped into the top Yankees pitching prospect realm. That alone should cause skepticism.

    • Manny's BanWagon says:

      Maybe they could draft Only relievers and position players and get all their starters from free agency.

    • No, I think they’ve learned their lessons from Joba/Hughes. They did the right thing by Nova, Phelps, Warren, and Mitchell and seem to be doing the right thing with Banuelos and Betances.

      • Tom says:

        They promoted Banuelos after a half season after struggling in AA… not sure that’s handling him well. Struggle with command and then promote him to a league with even more patient hitters?

        Other than wanting to have the youngest or 2nd youngest player in the International League, not sure why he was promoted to AAA last year. (Betances other than being age appropriate for AAA probably didn’t warrant a promotion either)

        • sdjohn says:

          I think as long as they get there due time developing in the minors is all that counts. I’m just sick of watching these guys babied so much down there. stay down there, but get your damn innings in…

    • sdjohn says:

      If I hear any mention of “Campos rules” or phrases of that nature, I’m gonna lose it…

  165. Tom says:

    Off topic, but Roy Halladay pitching gave up 8ER tonight. The Philly offense gave him a 6 run lead too.

  166. Manny's BanWagon says:

    Girardi waving the white flag with Freddy.

  167. sdjohn says:

    Hey Freddy Garcia. Good that he can make an appearance. picking up right where he left off.

  168. aRX says:

    OK I gotta ask, why do people keep prefacing their comments with “off topic, but…” in game threads, when there’s no such this as off-topic in game/open threads?

  169. Manny's BanWagon says:

    Now Girardi has an excuse to start Freddy again.

  170. Tony says:

    Garcia to the rotation!

  171. BK2ATL says:

    So wait, Chavez is getting tested for concussive symptoms, possibly after diving for that ball down the line??? You can’t be serious.

    Let the jokes begin.

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

    On the bright side, we’re gonna get 4 straight games with a Singleton/Cone booth!

    • JohnnyC says:

      I like Singleton but doesn’t it irritate you that he knows much more about the Orioles prospects than he does about the Yankees? I know he lives in Maryland but…really?

      • He also played a majority of his career there. I would probably become more of a fan of an organization if I spent a decade there and enjoyed my time and how I was treated there.

  173. I'm sexy and I Cano it says:

    Damn, you could hear a fucking pin drop in the stadium.

  174. Manny's BanWagon says:

    Mike, how good of a prospect is Middlebrooks?

    I need a 3B to replace Longoria and my other 2 best options are Chris Davis and Chase Headley.

  175. mike_h says:

    bullpen making Garcia better

  176. Kevin says:

    Just an awful series…our bats looked HORRIBLE.

  177. Leg-End says:

    Has Arrieta been that good or do we just suck offensively right now? We seem to swing at the balls and stop and stare at anything over the plate.

  178. jjyank, if you’re around, click my link and scroll down to the fifth pitcher. I think you’ll enjoy it.

  179. GardnergoesYardner says:

    This is actually embarassing. I’m not a ledge jumper or anything, but the performance in the past three games by the offense is ridiculously bad. We need a lineup shakeup, but there’s no obvious move to make.

  180. Manny's BanWagon says:

    AJ tonight: 2.2 innings, 12 hits and 12 earned runs.

    He’s bad enough to be a Yankee starting pitcher.

  181. JohnnyC says:

    Smart AB five runs down, leading off, for Granderson.

  182. GardnergoesYardner says:

    So if we’ve gone from 2 to 1 to 0 runs in our last three games, that means we score -1 runs for Phelps?

    Either way, that was a shitty loss.

  183. pistol pete says:

    This is getting embarassing with the team not hitting or pitching well. The bullpen is the only positive this season. The thing that’s the most discouraging is that the Yankees have no swagger anymore. Power hitters like Arod and Tex are shells of what they once were and we have no production from the catching or dh positions. Add to that our best hitter Cano is in a slump. It’s May 2nd and not time for the noose yet but this looks awful.

  184. Viasistina says:

    Joe will petition MLB to play 8 fielders and work up to a 17 man staff.

  185. pistol pete says:

    The Chavez experiment has to end. He’s a good guy and a decent player but just can’t stay on the field. You’ve got to be kidding, did you see the play he got a concussion on. I mean the guys made out of glass.

  186. Kevin says:

    We look horrible..we truly do. Meanwhile the Rays keep on winning..I honestly think we will be out of this race soon if we don’t do something.

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