May
02

Game 24: Brighten Up

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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
  • jjyank

    Kill it SuperNova.

  • Bartolo’s Colon

    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

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

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

    http://mlb.mlb.com/video/play......id=8878968

    • Need Pitching

      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

        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

      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.

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

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

    • http://thecarsboneblog.tumblr.com The Plouffenator

      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.

  • Erica

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

    • jjyank

      Na, it’s not rained out, so it’s not on My9. Haha.

  • Chip

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

  • sangreal

    Even Robbie doesn’t trust Ibanez

  • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan

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

    • http://thecarsboneblog.tumblr.com The Plouffenator

      /sarcasm?

    • I’m sexy and I Cano it

      It’s a rainy May game against the Orioles. What do you expect?

  • I’m sexy and I Cano it

    Robbie Cano is the pop-up master.

  • Professor Longnose

    I like Cano’s throw.

  • Preston

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

    • http://thecarsboneblog.tumblr.com The Plouffenator

      He’s probably worse than worthless, he probably costs the team full wins in terms of WAR because of his defense.

  • Bartolo’s Colon

    how does girardi put ibanez out there??

    • Steve (different one)

      What is his other option? Girardi seems to be getting too much blame for the ROSTER. His choice is literally Nunez or Ibanez.

    • Need Pitching

      you prefer Nunez?

      • pistol pete

        Yes, I prefer Nunez.

        • Nunez’ Helmet

          I prefer anyone else

    • Bartolo’s Colon

      bullshit, cut ibanez and bring up any outfielder they can from aaa. who cares if he can hit. just keep him until swisher gets back.

      • Need Pitching

        then who is the backup SS/2B

        • Need Pitching

          nevermind, reading fail

        • Bartolo’s Colon

          nunez, i know there would probably have to be some shuffling of the 40 man to bring up another OF, but they have to get it done. this is not good. ibanez is less than worthless to the yanks if he is playing the outfield

      • Steve (different one)

        Again, not Girardi’s job.

  • flamingo

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

    • Tom

      No those were balls… he seemed to be pitching around him

      • http://thecarsboneblog.tumblr.com The Plouffenator

        Looked like a couple of the balls on the outside corner could’ve gone for strikes, especially with this huge outside corner I’ve seen to lefties all season.

        • http://thecarsboneblog.tumblr.com The Plouffenator

          from gameday anyway.

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

      They wanted no part of him.

  • flamingo

    SuperNova!

  • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

    Binder wins for once

    • Chip

      Binder wins most times, we just always remember when it doesn’t

  • Clyde Barrow

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

  • I’m sexy and I Cano it

    good RISPfail

  • Alkaline

    Great job getting out of that.

  • Tom

    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)

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

    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?

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

      He has options left, at least one and maybe two.

      • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan

        Dickerson’s out of options, right?

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

          Yep.

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

        That’s what I thought. So he could be called up and optioned back down after being added to the 40 man then right?

        • Steve (different one)

          Yeah, I didn’t mean to make it seem like I was sure, I wasnt. I thought once you DFA a player, the next time you want to send him down he is exposed to waivers. I concede that I certainly may have been mistaken.

  • http://thecarsboneblog.tumblr.com The Plouffenator

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

    • jjyank

      Haha na, Girardi just has no outfielders.

      • http://thecarsboneblog.tumblr.com The Plouffenator

        Thank god, I got scared…I need to make sure that Girardi knows exactly what to do under any circumstance, at any time.

    • flamingo

      Better Jones than Nunez.

      • http://thecarsboneblog.tumblr.com The Plouffenator

        Jones>Nunez>>>>Ibanez

        • jjyank

          Jones>Nunez>>Ham Sandwich>>Ibanez

          • http://thecarsboneblog.tumblr.com The Plouffenator

            Jones>Mariano Rivera>Nunez>Ham Sandwich>>Chavez>>>Ibanez

          • Need Pitching

            I think Ham Sandwich may be better than Nunez, based on SSS

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

          Jonez>>>Nunez>>2 man outfield>Ibanez

    • Joe Girardi’s Trapper Keeper

      I’m leveling out a table in Skip’s office tonight…

  • I’m sexy and I Cano it

    WWWRBW?

  • TomH

    Blue Jays again kick Texan ass.

  • The Dude

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

    • TomH

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

      • http://thecarsboneblog.tumblr.com The Plouffenator

        Worried about Alex yes, Cano I think will find away to be >.300 by seasons end.

    • jjyank

      Yup.

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

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

      • Preston

        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.

  • leo

    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

      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

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

  • Don’tcha Know?

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

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

      Still hurt. Not coming back anytime soon.

      • Don’tcha Know?

        Damn. I would’ve liked his bat in the lineup every so often . . . Sad face.

        • Nunez’ Helmet

          Barely got near a pitch in Tampa this season, what makes you think he woulda been worth a shit here now?

  • Tom

    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.

  • Tony

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

  • Hummingbird S.

    Arrieta looks good.

  • Don’tcha Know?

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

    • The Dude

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

      • Don’tcha Know?

        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

        Jake Hall-Lee-Eta?

  • The Dude

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

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

      The 2-0 pitch is the best pitch to hit in baseball.

    • Pat D

      Well I thought the pitch before to Teix was strike 3, so…

  • Cy Pettitte

    nice inning for Nova, helps out the pitch count too

  • sdjohn

    nice inning Ivan Nova

  • pistol pete

    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

      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

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

        • jjyank

          Abreu is terrible now. Not a worthwhile upgrade.

        • Nunez’ Helmet

          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

  • The Dude

    Jack Arrieta doing his best 2010 Phil Hughes impression.

  • Leg-End

    Arrieta is pitching economically, annoying.

  • Clyde Barrow

    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.

  • The Dude

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

  • Don’tcha Know?

    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.

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

      Fourth highest OBP on the team at the moment.

      • Chip

        STOP MAKING SENSE!

        • http://thecarsboneblog.tumblr.com The Plouffenator

          Haha, I think that’s a referendum on our line up at this point…

      • Hummingbird S.

        That’s more of a knock on the whole offense

    • http://twitter/TheRealJeromeS Jerome S.

      Welcome to the world of non-Posada catchers.

      • Don’tcha Know?

        Which is why I was in favor of keeping Montero, no matter how bad a backstop he could’ve been.

  • flamingo

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

  • The Dude

    Should’ve just walked him.

  • Hummingbird S.

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

    • Don’tcha Know?

      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

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

        • Don’tcha Know?

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

          • jjyank

            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?

              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

                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

            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

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

            Nothing drives home a point by saying “period.”

            • Don’tcha Know?

              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

                Trollololol.

                • Don’tcha Know?

                  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

                    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?

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

                    • jjyank

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

  • Cy Pettitte

    Wieters > Yankees, guy owns us this year.

  • Clyde Barrow

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

  • LiterallyFigurative

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

  • Tom

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

  • LiterallyFigurative

    Look out world…. here comes NICK JOHNSON!

  • Chip

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

  • Athenian

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

  • Tom

    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.

  • flamingo

    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.

  • chcmh

    What is it? Sad sack night at RAB?

    • Bartolo’s Colon

      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

  • The Dude

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

  • Buddy

    Not to pile on, but when was the last time a Yankee lineup had these OBP in spots 4 – 9:
    .308
    .276
    .288
    .313
    .293
    .329

    • LiterallyFigurative

      1910?

  • LiterallyFigurative

    Robbie is just a little bit off.

  • Professor Longnose

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

  • Need Pitching

    uggh…ugly

  • Don’tcha Know?

    Wow. Cano really DOES suck right now.

  • The Dude

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

  • V

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

  • Nunez’ Helmet

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

  • Don’tcha Know?

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

  • http://thecarsboneblog.tumblr.com The Plouffenator

    Our offense looks a little lost right now…

  • jjyank

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

    • V

      I sat Matusz in my 10 team AL-only Roto last night and Arrieta in my 20 team H2H tonight.

      Oops.

      • jjyank

        I get it. I sat Boesch when the Yankees played the Tigers, and he made me look stupid.

  • The Dude

    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.

    • jjyank

      It’s also a 1 run game with the Yankees coming to bat 5 more times.

  • Athenian

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

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

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

    • Nunez’ Helmet

      LOL, this is what Chavez Ravine feels like

  • willx

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

  • pistol pete

    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.

    • Nunez’ Helmet

      But….. It’s May

  • Nunez’ Helmet

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

    • jjyank

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

      • Nunez’ Helmet

        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…

  • flamingo

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

  • http://thecarsboneblog.tumblr.com The Plouffenator

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

  • Clyde Barrow

    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.

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

      The Orioles are going nowhere. Again.

    • Nunez’ Helmet

      OMGOMGOMGOMG…. LET’S JUMPPPPPP!

    • jjyank

      What? I thought the O’s were like, one of the worst teams at developing players?

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

      I thought you were joking. I even wrote it in my diary, “Clyde Barrow had a very funny joke today.”

  • Bartolo’s Colon

    did singleton really just say nice play?

    • Need Pitching

      he caught it … for Ibanez, that’s a nice play

  • Nunez’ Helmet

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

  • Tony

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

  • flamingo

    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.

    • LiterallyFigurative

      He’s got a Pettitte-like nature to him.

  • Alkaline

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

  • ThrillHouseMD

    That’s the AJ we know and love.

  • LiterallyFigurative

    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

      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.

  • jjyank

    Chavez: made of glass. Damn it.

  • Clyde Barrow

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

  • I’m sexy and I Cano it

    ERIC CHAVEZ IS DYING

  • Hummingbird S.

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

  • LiterallyFigurative

    What the heck happened to Chavez?

  • The Fallen Phoenix

    Way to go Yankees roster construction!

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

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

  • Cy Pettitte

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

    • Eric

      Hahaha this made me actually laugh out loud

    • LiterallyFigurative

      Best comment of the night.

  • Karl Krawfid

    Dizzy.

    That looked very sad.

    Good job Yankees not bringing up another player. Idiots.

  • Leg-End

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

  • MannyGeee

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

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

  • GardnergoesYardner

    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.

    • MannyGeee

      Not even sure CHavepz knows what happened, but I am sure it will involve a cast

    • Austin’s Bat

      Maybe he blew out his ear drum or something.

  • Professor Longnose

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

    • jjyank

      Did he hit his head diving for that ball last inning? I couldn’t tell. But it kind of seemed like he was dizzy or something, he kept touching his head.

    • MannyGeee

      Chan Ho Park says hello

      • Cy Pettitte

        so maybe Chavez got hit by a sudden bout of diarrhea?

      • jjyank

        No, Chan Ho Park say “…where’s the bathroom??!!?”

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

      Remember Thames stepping on his bat?

  • Tom Zig

    who broke Chavez

  • I’m sexy and I Cano it

    this is funny

  • Zooboy

    Now they can recall a 14th pitcher.

    • MannyGeee

      Don’t tease me bro…

      Sincerely,
      Nelson Figueroa

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

    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.

    • Cy Pettitte

      Nunez in RF, Martin at 3rd, Steward at C

      • MannyGeee

        Goddam DH swap out rule.

      • http://thecarsboneblog.tumblr.com The Plouffenator

        still terrible roster management.

    • sdjohn

      I don’t even think the Yanks with Girardi and Cashman could F this up, if there isn’t a position (or 2) player brought up tomorrow, I’m driving to New York and hunting those 2 dumb@sses down…

      • http://thecarsboneblog.tumblr.com The Plouffenator

        I don’t know where you’re driving from, but your best bet is to not get to the NYC area between the hours of 5am-8am, or 4pm-8pm

        • sdjohn

          Driving from Minneapolis, so I should leave right about now…18 hours

          • http://thecarsboneblog.tumblr.com The Plouffenator

            yeah, lol that would actually be perfect.

  • Hummingbird S.

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

    • JohnnyC

      This is why Kevin Long gets the big bucks, mister.

  • GardnergoesYardner

    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…

    • MannyGeee

      Challenge accepted!!!!!!

    • 28 this year

      Cash and the Yanks have two words,

      Watch This.

    • sdjohn

      they will call up a long man instead

    • http://thecarsboneblog.tumblr.com The Plouffenator

      So, we’re calling up a bullpen pitcher tomorrow then?

  • Cy Pettitte

    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.

  • LiterallyFigurative

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

  • JohnnyC

    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?

    • LiterallyFigurative

      Or Micah Owings?

  • Leg-End

    So, Chavez to the DL due to swallowing?

  • Athenian

    Wow. It’s the Orioles.

  • MannyGeee

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

  • http://thecarsboneblog.tumblr.com The Plouffenator

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

    • sdjohn

      I think that’s Cashman!!!

  • Cy Pettitte

    we should trade for Ayala and his comically large glove to play the OF

    http://mlb.mlb.com/video/play......8;c_id=mlb

    • jjyank

      Haha that’s awesome. I’m sure he couldn’t be worse than Ibanez.

  • MannyGeee

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

    • LiterallyFigurative

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

    • JohnnyC

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

      • http://thecarsboneblog.tumblr.com The Plouffenator

        This has always been true though. We were just so used to Jorge that we were amazed when our regular catcher was average defensively.

        • JohnnyC

          Fans might be amazed but the organization should be sharp enough to see his true value.

      • MannyGeee

        But even at this, he has been letting alot by him this season. More so than last year at least.

    • Professor Longnose

      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

      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

  • Tom

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

  • Hummingbird S.

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

    • JohnnyC

      Yeah but high OBP. Whoopee!

      • Don’tcha Know?

        Hey, if that’s what Mr. Axisa says, then it’s the truth. That’s all that matters.

      • sdjohn

        Yes that awesome OBP (yawn)

  • MannyGeee

    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.

  • Athenian

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

  • LiterallyFigurative

    Nova is a battler.

    • JohnnyC

      Translation: he’s a middle of the rotation starter.

    • Leg-End

      But is he gritty?

      • jjyank

        Na his skin is too dark. I believe that makes him “athletic”. Amidoingitrite?

        • http://thecarsboneblog.tumblr.com The Plouffenator

          no, no, no. If he’s dark skinned and gritty it means he’s firey.

          • jjyank

            At least he’s not lazy.

            /Salty’d

  • ClayDavis

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

  • Karl Krawfid

    Yankee baseball!!!!! Woooo!

  • Hummingbird S.

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

    • sdjohn

      Jeter and Granderson have to hit dingers, cuz nobody gonna drive em in.

  • Clyde Barrow

    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

      “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.

      • JohnnyC

        Yes, but they have a eugenics program. We don’t.

    • http://thecarsboneblog.tumblr.com The Plouffenator

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

    • JohnnyC

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

  • I’m sexy and I Cano it

    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.

    • MannyGeee

      Um. Thank Nunez for that, nova has been giving up seeds

  • DM

    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.

    • JohnnyC

      Hughes was at 100 pitches with 1 on and 2 outs. Nova completed the 6th with 97 pitches.

      • Need Pitching

        yeah, that’s why

      • DM

        Right. Nova had 2 on with 1 out — and still no action in the bullpen — even with the walks. Forget bringing someone in; no one was even up in the bullpen.

      • DM

        And he was still left in to try to get Wieters out — even though he homered off him.

  • http://thecarsboneblog.tumblr.com The Plouffenator

    oh hey a baserunner.

    • http://thecarsboneblog.tumblr.com The Plouffenator

      and, no more.

  • Athenian

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

    • TomH

      The O’s used to be an easy part of the schedule.

      • Athenian

        Still are, just not when they play the Yankees who have neede extra innings just to beat them twice.

  • Leg-End

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

  • Clyde Barrow

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

    • jjyank

      fairweatherfan’d

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

        Clyde needs to hop over to the O’s bandwagon.

        • jjyank

          He’ll be back in a month, tops.

  • Holy Ghost

    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

  • Hummingbird S.

    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

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

      • Betty Lizard

        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.

  • sdjohn

    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.

  • Tom

    First to 3 runs wins this game.

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

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

      I really, really hope so.

      • Tom

        Well now I hope it is first to 4. I though the Yankees would be able to pick up 2 and send it to extras or 3 and win it in 9.

        • GardnergoesYardner

          Now first to 5 maybe?

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

            First to 6?

    • Leg-End

      Goodnight.

  • Athenian

    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

      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

        +1

        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

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

        • jjyank

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

          • sdjohn

            than wouldn’t it have been correct to say “words and phrases like”? technically speaking?

      • Popcorn

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

        • jjyank

          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

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

            • jjyank

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

              • Athenian

                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)

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

  • Cy Pettitte

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

  • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

    Bomb

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

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

    • JohnnyC

      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?

  • willx

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

  • sdjohn

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

  • Karl Krawfid

    Getting our asses kicked by the O’s.

  • Athenian

    There is the game and series.

  • http://thecarsboneblog.tumblr.com The Plouffenator

    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

      My head hurts.

      • http://thecarsboneblog.tumblr.com The Plouffenator

        and they know when they’re being watched! http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/D.....experiment
        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

          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.

          • http://thecarsboneblog.tumblr.com The Plouffenator

            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

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

        • jjyank

          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

      I like this plan.

    • radnom


      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?

      • flamingo

        Oh, it’s actually the scientific evidence behind the whole “watched pot never boils” thing.

      • http://thecarsboneblog.tumblr.com The Plouffenator

        no, wiki and the science channel, whilst vaguely paying attention to either. It’s more of a leisure thing for me than a field I actually study.

      • JohnnyC

        This is why our country is behind in the sciences.

  • http://twitter/TheRealJeromeS Jerome S.

    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.

    • http://thecarsboneblog.tumblr.com The Plouffenator

      I’m sure there was more than a couple in 09

  • jjyank

    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

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

  • Clyde Barrow

    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

      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

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

  • I’m sexy and I Cano it

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

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

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

    • NoH

      My thoughts exactly. This whole situation is getting to be a bit ridiculous.

  • Leg-End

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

  • dontchaknow

    fuckin FUCK

  • Clyde Barrow

    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

      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.

  • Satellite

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

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

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

  • http://thecarsboneblog.tumblr.com The Plouffenator

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

    • jjyank

      That dive I guess. Didn’t look like a violent dive, but Chavez is made of glass.

      • NoH

        I don’t see how he could have gotten a concussion/whiplash from that. Maybe he really is made of glass…

    • JohnnyC

      Dove for a ball down the line. Didn’t look that bad at the time…or on the replay. But his head must have snapped back some.

    • Karl Krawfid

      Could be Vertigo.

      Had that a couple months ago. Scary stuff.

  • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

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

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

      Ouch, just ouch. Knew I should have loaded up on Cardinal position players in pick 6 tonight.

  • Karl Krawfid

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

    lol

    • JohnnyC

      What’s sad is you’re absolutely correct.

    • radnom

      This actually seems relatively plausible, unfortunately.

    • flamingo

      That’s actually plausible, which is the most ridiculous thing about this night.

      And that’s saying something.

      • JohnnyC

        It’s close to a fireable offense. As bad as Cashman deciding not to add a real outfielder to the roster.

  • sdjohn

    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.

    • Manny’s BanWagon

      Chavez and Nick Johnson both might as well be made of glass

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

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

  • GardnergoesYardner

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

    They earn every penny right?

    • flamingo

      Well, see, we don’t want to overwork the bullpen so early in the season. We’re headed into a tough stretch of baseball and all.

      • BK2ATL

        We just came out of Boston, Texas and Detroit….

        • flamingo

          True. I wasn’t exactly serious there.

  • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

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

    • Manny’s BanWagon

      Times are bad when fans are calling for DeWayne freakin Wise.

  • JobaWockeeZ

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

    • sdjohn

      Yes. 3.2 innings, 2 Hits, 0 Runs, 5 K’s and 0 walks. Only 60 pitches being his first game off DL…

    • BK2ATL

      I’ll take the positive news. Hope he keeps it up.

  • BK2ATL

    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

      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

        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

          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

            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

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

            • Need Pitching

              lasts deeper into games
              does a better job of limiting damage
              but overall, he’s definitely been very shaky

              • JohnnyC

                The real difference is Hughes’ absurd HR rate. Otherwise, Nova has given up more hits and baserunners.

                • Need Pitching

                  and Nova: 76.9% LOB
                  Hughes: 56.7% LOB

  • GardnergoesYardner

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

    • GardnergoesYardner

      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

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

      • http://thecarsboneblog.tumblr.com The Plouffenator

        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

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

        • Jeff Karstens, Male Model

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

          • GardnergoesYardner

            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.

  • http://thecarsboneblog.tumblr.com The Plouffenator

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

    • JohnnyC

      I bet it’s Ramiro Pena.

  • BK2ATL

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

  • flamingo

    Nice at bat from Robbie.

    • BK2ATL

      +1.

  • Tom

    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?

    • GardnergoesYardner

      Always happens like that.

  • Hummingbird S.

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

  • http://thecarsboneblog.tumblr.com The Plouffenator

    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?

  • Cy Pettitte

    does Teix ever get tired of being so predictable?

    • JohnnyC

      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

        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.

  • teddy

    teixeria is trash

  • V

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

  • sdjohn

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

    • BK2ATL

      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

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

    • http://thecarsboneblog.tumblr.com The Plouffenator

      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

        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

          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

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

      • http://thecarsboneblog.tumblr.com The Plouffenator

        If that happens I will straight murder the front office guy who first says it, the guy who repeats it to the media, and the first journalist to publish it.

  • Tom

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

    • http://thecarsboneblog.tumblr.com The Plouffenator

      Wow. That’s insane. Has he done that since he was remade by toronto?

      • Tom

        I remember seeing some stat not too long ago where he never lost if he got 5 or 6 run lead. Philly scored 3 to get him off the hook for the loss (game’s still going)

  • Manny’s BanWagon

    Girardi waving the white flag with Freddy.

  • sdjohn

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

  • aRX

    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?

  • Manny’s BanWagon

    Now Girardi has an excuse to start Freddy again.

  • Tony

    Garcia to the rotation!

  • BK2ATL

    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.

    • Manny’s BanWagon

      He should be playing in a woman’s softball league somewhere

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

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

    • JohnnyC

      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?

      • http://thecarsboneblog.tumblr.com The Plouffenator

        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.

  • I’m sexy and I Cano it

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

  • Manny’s BanWagon

    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.

  • mike_h

    bullpen making Garcia better

  • Kevin

    Just an awful series…our bats looked HORRIBLE.

  • Leg-End

    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.

    • V

      He’s legit good. And the Yankees are sucking offensively right now.

  • http://thecarsboneblog.tumblr.com The Plouffenator

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

  • GardnergoesYardner

    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.

  • Manny’s BanWagon

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

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

    • GardnergoesYardner

      That pitching line is for all of the people who said, “Even though AJ had his ups and downs, I’ll still miss him.”

      • Manny’s BanWagon

        You could pull a guy out of the stands and get a similar performance to that bed shitting disgrace.

    • BK2ATL

      That’s the AJ we remember….

  • JohnnyC

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

  • GardnergoesYardner

    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.

  • pistol pete

    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.

  • Viasistina

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

  • pistol pete

    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.

  • Kevin

    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.