Game 26: Win it for Mo

Update: Yankees recall Wise and Eppley, option Mitchell
Williams returns to lineup in Charleston win
(Chuck Solomon/SI)

Mariano Rivera is down but not out. The Yankees will be without their all-world closer for the remainder of the season but can look forward to having him back in 2013. That’s better than nothing. Now it’s up to the rest of the team to rally around their fallen closer and start a long stretch of dominance. Here’s the starting nine…

SS Derek Jeter
CF Curtis Granderson
1B Mark Teixeira
DH Alex Rodriguez
2B Robinson Cano
RF Andruw Jones
LF Jayson Nix
3B Eduardo Nunez
Chris Stewart

LHP CC Sabathia

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

Brett Gardner Update: Gardner took some hacks the batting cage today and will hit on the field tomorrow. Hopefully that goes well and he can head out on a rehab assignment and get back in the lineup early next week.

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Update: Yankees recall Wise and Eppley, option Mitchell
Williams returns to lineup in Charleston win
  • Brian S.

    A-Rod DH again? Jesus. I think Granderson and Cano could use a half-day off myself.

  • forensic

    If anyone can get Tex’s bat really going, it’s Bruce Chen. Insane numbers against him. Hope for the best tonight.

    • jjyank

      +1

      Sometimes guys get going on a certain hit or a certain pitch, and sometimes guys can get going from a certain pitcher. Here’s to hoping Chen does that for Tex tonight.

    • sangreal

      nice call

      • forensic

        :-) Thanks!

  • Darren

    Is it any coincidence the Yanks are in Kansas City, MO??

    Also, stupid ESPN quoted Mo about how “They want this old goat.” and then said he was referring to Greatest of All Time. Are they kidding?? yeah, no. he as just using the expression “old goat”.

  • jjyank

    Alright, I’m going all out tonight. Wearing my (sort of) vintage Cano batting practice jersey. I say vintage because it’s got #22 on the back. Over that, I have my real Cano jersey (#24) with the old stadium patch on the sleeve. If that’s not enough, I’m also wearing a 2009 world series hat and drinking out of a 2009 world series shot glass. BRING IT KC!

    • Erica

      HARDCORE!

      What shots are ya doing?

      • jjyank

        Captain Morgan. That’s how I roll.

  • sangreal

    Not a big fan of the closer by committee approach Joe G. wants to go with. I can see merit in either Soriano or Robertson but just pick one

    • jjyank

      I get it for an initial decision. Not saying I agree with it necessarily, but there’s not harm in giving each Robertson and Soriano a couple of chances to see how they respond before writing it in stone.

    • forensic

      I just found it funny how he said he didn’t want to pick because he didn’t want to be locked into anything. Yeah right, he loves having things locked in for him.

    • J

      I’m ok with not labeling a closer. I just hope he has an actual plan that he’s hashed out with both of ‘em. Girardi does have a penchant for keeping things from the media and I don’t blame him.

  • forensic

    Cone: “We’ll probably see CC’s best fastball velocities to date.”

    Yeah, because the gun is off. Can’t wait to hear how excited you are when he hits 97 or 98.

  • Zooboy

    Time for some Mo mentum.

    • Erica

      I see what you did there.

      And I like it.

  • dalelama

    Pineda, then Rivera…the Curse of the Montero!

  • forensic

    Orioles have 3 errors and a passed ball in 2 innings against the Sox. Where the hell was that last week against the Yanks???

  • Erica

    It’s okay to admit that I got a little choked up when I saw that picture of Mo up above, right?

    Regardless… go and get ‘em. I have a great feeling about tonight.

    • jjyank

      We’ll see it again.

      • Erica

        Happy tears! They were happy! And we sure will see 42 jogging out to the mound.

  • Erica

    Additionally, is it unpopular to admit that I miss Kim Jones? I’m not sold on Meredith just yet.

    • Pat D

      Have they talked to her during games the way they used to with Kim Jones? I’m not sure why they haven’t.

      I like her. She’s from the area where I live, so I hope she succeeds.

      • Erica

        I haven’t noticed if they’ve interviewed Meredith during the 3rd inning or not. Regardless, we need to have a moment with Meredith that tops that guy eating Kim Jones ham-on-a-stick, or whatever that was.

      • J

        Their interaction with her is decidedly cold, but they might just not know her well enough. It’s definitely weird and I don’t like it.

    • forensic

      I didn’t like Kim Jones, but I think Meredith is even worse.

      • Erica

        Yeah. It might be her diction. I don’t know.

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

      I prefer Jack Curry. I was kinda disappointed that he didn’t become the full time field reporter.

      • Erica

        Agreed -and your username is FANTASTIC.

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

          Thanks :)

      • forensic

        That would’ve been great, but I wonder if he just doesn’t want to have to travel all the time anymore. Maybe he’s gotten past wanting to do that. Or, maybe there’s something about all the teams seemingly wanting females for that kind of position.

  • Pat D

    Wow, another Montero comment already.

    Has there been even one single thread since that trade that hasn’t mentioned him yet? It’s really getting old.

    • forensic

      I don’t see any Montero comment in this thread.

    • jjyank

      I don’t think there has been. It’s beyond old, but at this point I’m just trying to block it out.

    • Erica

      I’ve trained myself to not see the word “Montero” anymore. It’s so, so, so over.

  • doomsayer

    is Campos already injured? Thought he was in line to start today.

    • Kevin Winters

      @jnorris427

      It’s an elbow for Campos. He’s having an MRI. Complained about it after his last start. #Yankees

      • forensic

        Guess James Andrews will be getting another day of surgery.

      • doomsayer

        can’t make this stuff up

      • dalelama

        The Montero Curse is in full force…..

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

    Yankees fans have to feel like they’re characters in a Phillip Pullman novel, don’t they?

  • forensic

    The Red Sox announcers just spent a whole half inning talking very glowingly about Mo and his career and the terrible injury. Say what you want about the team and some of the players, but for the most part their announcers aren’t bad.

    • Don’tcha Know?

      I can’t believe you’re saying that. They’re the worst I’ve EVER heard. I’d pay significant money just to bitch slap that Remi dick.

    • jjyank

      Some of that fans aren’t bad either. Don’t get me wrong, I hate the Red Sox, but that OTM post on Mo was very good, and I have quite a few Red Sox fan friends who are respectful about the rivalry.

  • In George’s Box

    I swear the greatest thing I’ve heard today is Joe on the RAB podcast faux-imitating Derek Jeter at the plate. “You want to put the ball there? Base hit. Oh, you want to put the ball *there*? Base hit.”

    You want to put the ball there Bruce Chen? Another base hit.

  • Erica

    TEX!!!

  • In George’s Box

    Lol Bruce Chen

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

    fuck yeah Tex, great way to start listening :)

    • jjyank

      Guess forensic was right. Tex just needed some Chen in his life haha

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

    I love RHB Tex.

  • forensic

    Chen needs to be Tex’s personal pitcher!!!

  • Bartolo’s Colon

    maybe we can use tex as a late inning defensive replacement and start him when we face chen

  • Cy Pettitte

    if only Teix could bat righty all the time

  • Bartolo’s Colon

    cano obviously doesn’t give a shit about mo

    • Cy Pettitte

      lazy dominican’d

      • jjyank

        /Salty’d

  • Erica

    Nunez.

    • jjyank

      Always an adventure.

      • Erica

        Do a shot every time Nunez makes an error.

        • jjyank

          Are you kidding? I’ll be dead by the 5th inning.

          • Erica

            Always an adventure!!

            • jjyank

              Maybe every other error haha.

  • Zooboy

    Nuneeeez. That didn’t take long.

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

    Oh Eddie.

  • Need Pitching

    How is it possible for Nunez to suck this much?

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

    Nunez……

  • forensic

    I usually support Nunez, but damn man, learn how to use the backhand!

  • Cy Pettitte

    Arod gets that?

  • Eirias

    Oh Núñez. It’s almost funny how bad you can be.

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

    Thanks Nunez.

  • Bartolo’s Colon

    thanks for the run nunez

  • Hummingbird S.

    Hughes desease, cant put away guys with 2 strikes..

    • jjyank

      CC to teh 7th!!

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

        5th*

        • jjyank

          CC to teh 1st!! Oh…wait…

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

    Wow, not a single player in the Yankees lineup today has a batting average in the .300s.* The only player on the roster who does is Brett Gardner.

    Not that batting average means much, but you’d think that in early May, SOMEBODY would be batting in that range.

    *Or for that matter, between .280 and .400.

    • Sweet Dick Willie

      Jeter?

  • Bartolo’s Colon

    how bad defensively does nunez have to be to be demoted? is there anyone else who could even come up for him?

    • jjyank

      Not sure. What happened to Kevin Russo? I haven’t heard his name in awhile, is he hurt?

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

      Nix.

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

        Mike, would you have rather seen Nix at 3rd and Nunez in left?

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

          Yeah that makes more sense.

  • aRX

    *sigh* so much for that lead…

  • forensic

    Boy, they’re crushing balls off him. Not a great sign. Hopefully he finds something in between innings.

  • jjyank

    CC, can this be the moment where you say “they’ve had enough” and shut it down? Please?

  • J

    How big is this damn outfield? That thing was up there forever.

  • Karl Krawfid

    This season sucks.

    • Erica

      …………

  • Tom

    Groundball heavy, lefty pitcher on the mound.

    I wish Girardi would actually think about defense when giving off days and not simply the opposing pitcher…. Nunez should be playing when Hughes is on the mound or even Kuroda. Arod can also DH against righties too…

    • Need Pitching

      or just get a utility guy who can actually field a position

      that would work too

      • Tom

        Well he has who he has… base your decisions on what the players CAN do not what you would like them to do.

        Deploy the players when/where they can be successful, it’s not Girardi’s job to find a utility man.

        He is just such a slave to platoon situations (both on hitting and pitching) that he doesn’t seem to realize other components in decision making (defense, quality of pitcher, how much having two LOOGY’s strains the pen, etc)

        • Need Pitching

          I mostly agree, but I have yet to figure out any situation where Nunez can be successful (and yes, I know that’s a Cash problem and not a Girardi problem)

  • Erica

    C’mon CC, it’s the ROYALS.

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

    CC…not cool man…just not cool.

    • jjyank

      Hopefully he just stormed into the dugout right now and growled “That’s all they get” and he’ll shut them out for the next 7 innings. Do it for Mo CC.

  • Bartolo’s Colon

    wow, he made moosetacos look bad

    • Athenian

      Don’t dis the Greek. He abused the team last night.

    • jjyank

      I think that might be my favorite nickname in all of baseball. Moose Tacos is just awesome.

  • Athenian

    I miss effective pitching.

  • forensic

    Francouer (.176) and Gordon (.190) have struggled mightily against CC while Butler (.321) has hit him well.

    So of course, Francouer and Gordon crush balls to the gap and Butler strikes out…

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

      That’s why YCPB, suszyn.

      • jjyank

        I wonder if Suzyn is ever like “STFU John” in her head.

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

          No, cause she talks just as much as he does….

          • jjyank

            Yeah but I feel like Sterling repeats himself more.

        • Mariano’s Pimp Hand

          Just once I’d like to hear her mutter that into the microphone.

  • Tut

    There has to be a better option than Nunez.

  • In George’s Box

    Nix nixed any chances of getting on base with that flyer

    • J

      Oh god you wasted the pun in the second inning. There was so much potential…

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

    Red Sox just gave up a triple to Wieters. I am very interested to see that highlight.

    • jjyank

      LOL I was watching MLBN earlier, and saw footage from last year where Bengie Molina hit for the cycle. Yes, that includes a triple. And it was against the Red Sox. Watching Bengie leg out a triple against the Sox was amazing.

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

        I just saw it and it was a ball that was hit right below the pesky pole and skipped past the RF. It would have probably been an inside the park homer with a faster runner.

    • Mariano’s Pimp Hand

      It bounced around in the right field corner. They threw home to get the lead runner so there wasn’t even a throw to third.

  • Jeter Meter

    Why not call up Pena for Nunez?

  • Bartolo’s Colon

    was the chen the guy that the red sox were going to get for game 163 if they made it?

  • Erica

    ARGH NUNEZ

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

    crucify Nunez, go.

  • Cy Pettitte

    we’re getting Nunie’d hard tonight.

  • Zooboy

    Too bad NunEz can’t hit the ball to himself.

    • OMG! Bagels!

      IETC

  • bobtaco

    This BABIP bad luck streak has got to end, right?

  • oldmanalex

    damn, after cano…. the lineup looks abysmal.

    • forensic

      after Cano?

    • Bartolo’s Colon

      cano looks pretty abysmal this year too

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

      right now after Granderson this line up is abysmal. We are slumping hard.

    • oldmanalex

      its like as AAA as the new york yankee lineup can get.

  • Electric Nunez aka the shocker

    Nunez needs a ticket to aaa. Keep nix up

  • Bartolo’s Colon

    wow, our lineup does suck now, please come back soon swish and gardner

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

      But Swish only hits in Garbage Time* remember?

      • Bartolo’s Colon

        crap, i forgot about that

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

          DOOM-ED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      • forensic

        And people think the Montero comments are getting old…

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

          This is a meme mocking the idea that Swish only hits in Garbage Time.

          • forensic

            I know, that’s why I said that.

        • jjyank

          At least that meme has something to do with a player that actually plays with the Yankees.

  • Erica

    Doo de doo…

  • Hummingbird S.

    I love the score in the first and disappear for the rest of the game routine from the Yankees offense

    • Bartolo’s Colon

      ill take it over their routine against the o’s

  • OMG! Bagels!

    Jeter always says sometimes it’s just who gets hot at the end of the season (and Eli Manning nods approval). So hopefully we’ll be laughing our heads off in September at all our silliness in May.

  • Tom

    Yankees averaging ~3 pitches per AB (35pitches/11AB’s).

    You really don’t want to fall behind Chen, with his electric stuff once you get two strikes you are done!

    • Need Pitching

      anyone who swings before they have 2 strikes should be fined and/or released immediately

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

        That’s a good way to not get hits.

        • Need Pitching

          but at least the Yankees will be averaging more than 3 pitches/PA ;)

          • Tom

            Swinging at 1-0 sliders against a pitcher who is far from dominant is not a good approach.

            If they get a good pitch swing early, but they are swinging at way too much secondary stuff or pitcher’s pitches in hitters counts.

            That’s how you get 3 pitches/PA; it’s not like getting to 1-1 or 2-2 is theend of the world against a pitcher like Chen.

            Thank you for mischaracterizing my comments again and again…

            • Need Pitching

              your welcome

              • Tom

                Idiot.

                • Need Pitching

                  they’ve swung at a grand total of 1 1-0 off speed pitch (by the replacement backup utility guy)

                  but I guess that doesn’t fit your narrative

                  • Tom

                    You ARE welcome….you’re welcome…

                    It’s not just 1-0 pitches… 2-0, 2-1… against this guy sit fastball and if he throws something on the corner take it…(as opposed to hitting it weakly. Even 0-0. Or sit on something offspeed or a specific location…. my “narrative” is you don’t have to swing early at anything around the plate, especially in a hitter’s count.

                    It’s one thing to disagree, but to re-interpret my comment and then be snarky about it gets annoying (especially when done repeatably)

                    My “narrative” isn’t about just 1-0 pitches.. that was an “example”… again thank you for mischaracterizing my comment.

                    • Need Pitching

                      even counting the other ahead in the count situation, its happened maybe 2-3 other times, hardly indicative of a team-wide failure of approach

                      As far as sitting fastball, 4 of the Yankees 5 hits (including the HR) have come on offspeed pitches.

                      I agree with your premise, I just don’t think it is at all representative of this game (outside of a small handful of examples), which is why I got snarky. It gets annoying when people automatically assume low pitch count is indicative of bad approach. Occasionally (and by occasionally, I mean likely most of the time), someone hitting what looks to be a pitcher’s pitch weakly early in the count is more indicative of the hitter being fooled by the pitch, than just having a bad approach

                      and thanks for the grammar lesson. Much appreciated.

                    • Tom

                      I give grammar lessons when people are being snarky…If it was just a normal comment I wouldn’t say a thing. Next time when you are trying to be funny, you might actually want to do it right.

                      And it’s not a matter of not swinging at ANY offspeed pitches ahead in the count… it’s about making outs, fouling off, swinging through stuff that are good pitches when ahead in the count. That’s the issue. If they are swinging at mistakes or pitches in a specific zone they are looking for and making loud outs or getting hits that is an entirely different story – I imagine you know that and are at the point now where you are arguing for the sake of arguing.

                    • Need Pitching

                      no, I said I agree with your general premise. My entire point is that I’d seen very little of that kind of thing in this game. I think some people (maybe not you) jump to the conclusion that quick AB’s or weak contact automatically mean bad approach, which I don’t believe to be the case. Outside of a couple of AB’s, I had no problem with the team approach.

                      And I’m not sure how you can judge whether somebody is looking in a particular location or not. Weak outs aren’t always indicative of bad approach. Hitters sometimes get fooled. Hitters sometimes slightly mistime pitches or slightly misjudge breaks on breaking pitches and consequently make weak contact. None of that is an automatic indication of bad approach.

      • Tom

        Yes that’s exactly what I’m saying… thank you for that.

  • Don’tcha Know?

    Curse of the FIRST INNING HOMERUN strikes again!!!

  • Bartolo’s Colon

    are they booby trapping the god damn warning track?

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

    Wow, Suzyn Waldman just made a decently valid point as to why Soriano should close over Robertson: Robertson has the ability to come in to a bases loaded situation and strike a guy out, where as Soriano is in his best mindset when starting a clean inning.

    • jjyank

      That is definitely valid, i just feel like D-Rob will be starting mostly clean innings himself anyway, whether it be the 8th or the 9th.

      If Soriano is the closer, Robertson is the 8th inning guy. He’s the 8th inning guy right now, he doesn’t seem to be getting into many bases loaded in the 7th type games.

      • forensic

        Not a ton, but he did just that in this game.

        http://www.baseball-reference......4150.shtml

        Tough choice, there are merits on both sides. Just makes it so we have more stuff to complain about when one of them doesn’t do their job. :-)

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

        I hear you, but I think Girardi would be a little more willing to bring him 8th inning guy into a game mid-inning than the closer.

        • jjyank

          That’s true, but what about Need Pitching’s point below? Once Soriano is in the game, there is nobody left to bail him out, and he’s been giving up more base runner than Robertson. That was never an issue with Mo obviously because he was the best guy in the pen, he didn’t need a safety net.

          I guess the optimal situation is to just go by what the game calls for. 8th inning, 2 run lead, nobody on? Soriano pitches with Robertson waiting in the wings. 7th or 8th inning with a 2 run lead and 2 runner on, bring in Robertson and let Soriano have the clean 9th inning.

          Unfortunately, that will never happen.

    • Need Pitching

      Soriano starts the eighth, proceeds to load the bases, Drob comes in with a K to bail out Soriano, then stays in for the ninth

      of the Yankee relievers, Soriano is the one giving up the most baserunners. Somebody is going to need to be available to bail him out.

  • Bartolo’s Colon

    i hope this means cc is locked in now

  • forensic

    Not a homerun? Bum…

  • jjyank

    Wooo RHB Tex!

  • jjyank

    Trivia question: first name to pop into my head was Eckersley, but I really have no idea.

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

    Alex with a hit against left handed pitching hooray!!!!

  • Cy Pettitte

    single them to death. no rally killing HRs please.

  • Luisergi

    Please Canoooo!!!!

  • forensic

    Just sacrifice Cano. At least it avoids the DP…

    • forensic

      :-(

    • forensic

      Girardi needs to start reading the comments during games. If we can all see what’s going on, why can’t he?????

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

    What the fuck was that.

    • Greg

      That was Cano failing at life. Clearly a ball

  • Cy Pettitte

    lol at this team right now.

  • Bartolo’s Colon

    that was hilarious. they should give cano a day or two off, he looks baaaad

  • Need Pitching

    wtf

  • Erica

    I’m just confused.

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

    Wow…this has been a tough week…

  • forensic

    7 straight game with at least one strikeout for Cano now. Longest streak of his career.

    Absolutely terrible.

  • Athenian

    Tex stealing? Desperation already?

  • In George’s Box

    GUYS LET’S DOUBLE STEAL WITH THE LEAD BASERUNNER WHO IS ONE OF THE SLOWEST RUNNERS ON OUR TEAM

    THANKS

    • Greg

      I’m okay with that. Cano has to take that pitch

      • JohnnyC

        It wasn’t a hit and run. Cano could have easily taken that pitch for ball four. It’s obvious his concentration is sadly lacking right now. For whatever reason. Being in a slump is no excuse for simply blanking out at the plate.

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

          You can’t count on Cano taking a ball. He never does it.

    • Need Pitching

      not a double steal … essentially a hit and run with one of the most lost hitters in baseball at the plate

    • Bartolo’s Colon

      i don’t think it is all that bad of a move, cano only hits the ball on the ground this year, would have bee a dp in that situation. unfortunately, he also strikes out a lot now. cano just plain blows this year, i hope they can fix him, fast

  • Hummingbird S.

    yankees suck balls right now

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

    I’m just going to laugh…if not I might cry.

  • jjyank

    Damn it…Bruce Chen…get it together boys.

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

    Cano was stupid to swing at that pitch and Girardi was even stupider to send Tex.

    • JohnnyC

      It was the right play to avoid a ground ball DP. Cano fucked up not Girardi.

  • Greg

    Worst part is that we are wasting games against subpar competition. What happens when we play the Rangers again? We’re headed for rock bottom. especially with that other team winning tonight

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

      WE’RE DOOOOOMED AND THE RED SOX ARE GOING TO WIN THE NEXT 20 WORLD SERIES AND THE YANKEES WILL BE IN LAST PLACE AND THE MEDIA WILL GO CRAZY DID I MENTION THAT WE’RE DOOMED

      • Greg

        Give me tangible evidence that this will turn around. Why shouldn’t I feel this way right now.?

        • jjyank

          I mean there isn’t any tangible evidence, but there’s also no tangible evidence to believe that he won’t turn it around. All we can go on is track record, which is very much in Cano’s favor.

          • Greg

            I wasn’t talking specifically about Cano. I’m talking about the team.

            You beat up on the inferior competition and go .500 against everybody else and you make the playoffs.

            • jjyank

              Okay, well the same point stands. No evidence either way, but the track record is good. The Yankees were a top 3 offensive team last year, and that’s all we got. So you might as well try to be optimistic.

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

          Like I said, we’re doomed! Might as well hand the title to the Red Sox now and pack it in!

          • Greg

            At least I dont avoid questions when asked.

            • jjyank

              I answered it for him.

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

              Look, the Yankees aren’t a .500 team just like the Rays and Rangers aren’t .690 teams. The odds are very much in favor for Cano to turn it around. Andy, Swish and Gardner are on their way back to reinforce the offense and rotation.

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

          You are the one that has to back up your claim. Show me the tangible evidence they won’t turn it around.

          • Greg

            You lose to inferior teams, you are going to be in trouble.

            All the good that was done in the stretch against Boston,Texas, and Detroit is being negated by this stretch.

            And this is not a few weeks we’re talking about. We’re entering a second month.

            Our percentage of making the playoffs is under 50%, according to ESPN

            • Need Pitching

              “Our percentage of making the playoffs is under 50%, according to ESPN”

              1) that’s pretty much completely meaningless this early in the season

              2) that’s the 4th highest % in the AL. 5 teams make the playoffs

  • Athenian

    2012 Yankees. Reaching new heights of ineffectiveness.

  • The Dude

    What the hell is up with Cano? All he’s hitting is ground balls and he’s striking out like Melky Mesa. Argh.

  • jjyank

    7 in a row for CC…at least he’s settling in. Now let’s just fix that LOLffense problem.

  • Kevin

    Cano looks dreadful at the plate like he almost doesn’t care. There was no reason we couldn’t have scored there..none.

  • JackC

    Please forgive if this has been covered ad nauseum, and I’m sure it’s not an original insight, but I ask truly wanting to know: since last July (?) when CC had the perfect game against Seattle and then had to sit out rain delay and came back to pitch, how many really dominant, CCesque start has he had? I can’t recall any, but I’m willing and hoping I’m wrong about this perception.

    • jjyank

      …last week?

      • jjyank

        Which would be 8 IP, 2 ER, 2 BB, 4 H, and 8 K’s.

        Sounds pretty damn good to me.

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

      He had one five days ago.

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

      His last time out, five days ago against Detroit. 8 IP, 2ER, 8K

    • jjyank

      By the way, that rain delay pissed me off. That was my birthday, and I just knew CC was going to throw a perfect game for me. Fucking rain.

  • Kevin

    We should be up by four or five runs right now..just like last night. Cano is a rally killer.

  • Don’tcha Know?

    Not having perennial Pitch Counters like Gardner and Swisher in the lineup is seriously destroying this offense.

  • forensic

    Nunez got really lucky there. Geez…

    • jjyank

      Yeah they probably had a play at 3rd.

  • Kevin

    Who would have thought Swisher and Gardener would matter that much.

    • The Dude

      They do when Tex, Arod and Cano have noodle bats.

      • Kevin

        Tex and A-Rod are starting to hit. It’s Cano who is the rally killer now.

  • jjyank

    I did.

    • jjyank

      reply fail.

  • forensic

    If only he didn’t have nothing in that 1st inning. Locked in now.

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

      Nunez was a big contributor to those runs.

      • JohnnyC

        Hands of Stone, baseball-style.

      • forensic

        I wouldn’t say a big contributor. He could’ve been better on it but you still don’t know if he gets Dyson. It was ruled a hit after all.

        The bigger contributor were all the crushed balls off Sabathia (including the rocket to Nunez).

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

          It was ruled a hit because it was crushed. It’s a play that ARod or most other experienced 3rd baseman make, and they probably get Dyson because it was hit so hard. Obviously some of the blame goes to CC, but Nunez had lots to do with it too.

  • jjyank

    Nice CC! 10 in a row, and a good pitch count. Just need the bats.

  • jjyank

    LOL at the Coors Light Freeze Cam. Priceless.

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

    love when our 2-5 go down on 5 pitches.

  • forensic

    Jack Nicklaus? Really Cone? In addition to being a great golfer he was also an actor apparently.

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

      In Cone’s defense I’ve done that at least 1000 times in my life.

      • jjyank

        I bet you smoke more than Cone though.

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

          We have no idea if Cone smokes lol, I could see it.

          • jjyank

            Actually I could see it too.

            “Dude…saaaaabermetrics…are the shit. I love me some WAAAAR maaaaan.”

  • Athenian

    Wow. I continue to be amazed at how poorly this team has become at hitting. I don’t know that this level of ineptness has occurred in many years.

    • JohnnyC

      They inepted their way out of the first round last October.

  • The Dude

    This is too frustrating to watch. Even as a diehard fan. The lack of hitting is cringe worthy.

  • Don’tcha Know?

    This team fucking sucks! I’ve had enough of it already. WTF! Holy shit! This is ridiculous!!! Girardi needs to get pissed off and get himself kicked out of the FU**ING game. Anything to light a fire under this deplorable excuse for a team. If they dare waste a rare, stellar start by a Yankee starter I am going to blow a gasket.

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

      Nobody is making you watch

      • Don’tcha Know?

        Wow. Really? What a worthless response. Thanks for that.

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

          You said “I’ve had enough” shit when I’ve had enough of something I stop doing it.

          • Don’tcha Know?

            It’s called a Train Wreck. I CAN’T look away. Trust me, I’ve tried 3 times already tonight. It’s hard to ignore your team. Ah fuck it. I’m starting the night early. I’m going to get so drunk that I pass out and piss the bed.

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

              Honest peace of advice: don’t drink to the point where you puke the bed, realize your doing it, but you’re to drunk to get up…it is honestly the saddest feeling ever.

              • Don’tcha Know?

                Well . . . I’ll at least try not to SHIT the bed, like the Yankees have been doing most of the season . . .

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

                  the Yankees are going to need to spend sometime in the burn ward. Cause that was a sick burn. seriously laughed out loud.

                  • Don’tcha Know?

                    Hahaha

    • jjyank

      I won’t get into most of your comment, because that will just spawn another epic argument, but Girardi got kicked out the other day and that didn’t seem to help. It sucks to watch a team struggling, but they’ll be alright.

      • Don’tcha Know?

        Being passive-aggressive doesn’t help either. Just saying . . .

        • jjyank

          I wasn’t trying to be passive aggressive. Just commenting that track records are on the Yankees’ side and it’s a long season. I am confident they will be a top 3 offense again. Nothing passive agressive about that comment.

  • Electric Nunez aka the shocker

    Seriously hard to watch this team right now.

  • V

    I somehow ended up with Granderson, ARod, and Teixeira on my fantasy team. Eek.

    • jjyank

      At least those guys are playing. I have A-Rod, Swisher, and Gardner. And D-Rob *hopes he gets named the closer*

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

        I have Mo. :(

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

          That’s rough.

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

            Yeah, and now I have zero ways to get saves at the moment because Heath Bell has been terrible and Brian Wilson is out for the year.

            • jjyank

              Oh wow no way, you had all three of those guys? That really sucks man.

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

              There’s easy ways to get saves on the free agent market, closers for shitty teams still get 20-25 saves a season and go undrafted sometimes.

              • jjyank

                This is true. After I lost Madson I grabbed Jim Johnson and Grant Balfour off the undrafted free agent pool, they’ve been working out so far.

                • FIPster Doofus

                  I’ve got Balfour in one league. He’s on the cusp of losing his job with another bad outing. Ryan Cook might take over.

                  • jjyank

                    Not according to the Yahoo updates. He was 6-6 and had one bad outing, he’s supposedly got a leash long enough for several more chances.

                  • jjyank

                    Also, I didn’t draft Balfour. If he loses his job I’ll just drop him and pick up his replacement, but that’s not happening quite yet.

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

                I have Kenley Jansen, I just hope the Dodgers soon realize he’s a better option than Javy Guerra.

        • jjyank

          Ouch. He’s usually as safe a pick as any for closer. If it makes you feel better, I initially drafted Madson.

        • V

          Had to drop Mo for Robertson last night :-(

      • Greg

        Why Gardner?

        • jjyank

          Ever heard of steals? He gets a lot of them.

    • Leg-End

      I’ve got Jeter :P

  • Clyde Barrow

    We have to win this one. Our only starters who can hold opposing teams to 2 or less runs are CC and Kuroda so we have to win their starts. Unfortunately, the offense can’t get more than 2 runs so we’re in a stalemate. Better hope CC goes 8-9. Maybe we’ll get lucky and someone will run into a solo home run.

  • Electric Nunez aka the shocker

    This is why we needed to keep montero we have no young bats coming up anytime soon.

    • jjyank

      *Sigh*

    • The Dude

      I’m on of the people who actually doesn’t get tired of this narrative. Its the truth and it’s going to bite the Yankees in the ass if it isn’t already happening.

      • Don’tcha Know?

        Ditto.

    • Need Pitching

      and the Yankees have 0 need for quality starting pitching, even though the offense has been much better than the SP this season

  • Peter North

    Love the guy in the stands with the “Fish Naked” T-shirt on.

  • Sdjohn

    Larry Rothschild has some serious bitch tits!!

    • Don’tcha Know?

      Haha. I haven’t seem them, but I sure as hell can imagine them. Meatloaf status a la Fight Club?

  • Cy Pettitte

    that’s more like it Robbie

  • forensic

    That Cano hit was very predictable. Still over .300 with the bases empty. Nothing with RISP though…

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

      you can predict baseball?!?!?!

      • Erica

        SOMEONE TELL SUZYN. NOW.

    • jjyank

      HA who needs RISP when they score from first!!!

      (just kidding, sort of)

  • jjyank

    NUNIE REDEEMS!!!!

  • bobtaco

    Finally!

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

    Eddie!

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

    Redemption for Nunez!

  • Erica

    NUNEZ + CANO.

    Whoa.

    • jjyank

      I’ll take an error per game if he hits triples too. And yes, I did a shot for the triple too.

      • Erica

        Was it a triple shot though?

        • jjyank

          Haha na, but I did another for the Jeter home run. Had to.

          • Erica

            Phenomenal. How many are you up to?!

            You aren’t babbling about Montero right now so I mean you MUST be coherent?

            • jjyank

              I learned long ago to stop keeping count. I still have my undergrad tolerance, which is kind of a bad thing really, since I was a frat boy.

              The Montero comments annoy me, but I’m just tired of responding to them now.

              • Erica

                OH MAN. I’m envious of your tolerance. I used to drink anyone and everyone under the table – now at the ripe ol’ workin’ gal age of 25, two beers in and I’m more error-prone than Nunez.

                Sad. Sad sad sad.

                • jjyank

                  I’m not far behind you (23) but I am not yet gainfully employed. Finishing up a Masters program next week then I’m working on that part, and my tolerance will likely plummet. Which just means I’ll be spending less money, so that’s cool really.

                  • Erica

                    Well, congrats on your Masters! I guess that’s why you just have to drink as much as you can during these games then, hahaha

                    • jjyank

                      Heh more or less. It’s been six long years so I justify it all by celebrating its end. Then I take the Yankee pride down to DC. Already have tickets to the Yankees/Nationals game down there in June.

  • Cy Pettitte

    Nunie redemption

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

    NUNIE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I’m listening to the game, and I’m guessing he lost the helmet between first and second?

    • Cy Pettitte

      surprisingly the helmet stayed on

  • Greg

    Nunez saves the day!

  • Karl Krawfid

    Still can’t get it done with a runner in scoring position.

    • Karl Krawfid

      Chris Stewart doesn’t count. Not a true Yankee yet.

      • CP

        How about Jeter?

  • forensic

    Nunez!!! Sweet!!!

  • Don’tcha Know?

    85 pitches in nearly 7 full innings of work. Atta boy, offense! Now THAT’S how you work a pitch count!

    • jjyank

      Even when they score two runs, it’s gotta be a negative comment, huh?

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

        Some people just like to miserable. If they were losing but Chen was at 120 pitches, he’d be jumping on them for not being more aggressive.

        • Don’tcha Know?

          Hey Mike. BTFO. I already explained myself below.

      • Don’tcha Know?

        They hadn’t scored yet . . . But thanks for the passive-aggression. I still maintain that their ability to work the count without G and S is horrendous, however.

        • jjyank

          Whatever bro.

          • Don’tcha Know?

            Haha. You’re such a cute li’l instigator, “bro”.

            • jjyank

              Glad you think I’m cute. Unfortunately, there is a long line for my services.

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

    Stew.

    • Cy Pettitte

      Francisco weeps

  • Mariano’s Pimp Hand

    4 RBI in 20 ABs for Stewart. Nice.

  • jjyank

    Russell Who?

  • bobtaco

    Spell broken? 2 out runs? Bottom of the order coming through?

  • Tom

    First two fastballs that Chen has thrown in 2 innings.

    Good job Nunez and Stewart!

  • Sdjohn

    Wow, what is that number next to NYY in the left corner of my tv?

    • OldYanksFan

      Their OPS with RISP….

      • Sdjohn

        Ha, can’t believe I’m stoked for 6 runs versus bruce Chen and the royals, but hell.

  • Don’tcha Know?

    Well . . . I can say with near perfect confidence, Russel Martin would NOT have driven the runner home.

    • Erica

      How much money would you have placed on it?

      • Don’tcha Know?

        More than you’ll make in a lifetime.

        • Erica

          Adorable.

          • Don’tcha Know?

            Adorable and true. :)

  • Karl Krawfid

    For Mo.

  • FIPster Doofus

    Jeter is absolutely unreal.

  • Cy Pettitte

    Jeter is the fucking best.

  • Erica

    CAP’N!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    YYYYYYESSSSSSS

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

    Derek Jeter is sick of this.

  • jjyank

    Man I am just LOVING vintage Jeter!

    • handtius

      this isn’t vintage. this is better then vintage. hitting almost 600 vs lefties? that’s god like. if mo was a center fielder, he would probably be the first batter to have a 500 ave.

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

    JETER!!!

  • The Dude

    Thank you baseball gods!

  • OldYanksFan

    Jeter is due for a Steroids test.

  • In George’s Box

    Stewart: .250 4RBI
    Cano: .257 4RBI

    I rest my case
    (I don’t know what that case is, just that I’m resting it)

    • Don’tcha Know?

      Ew. I puked a little.

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

    By the way, thank you Ned Yost for letting Jeter face the soft tossing lefty again!

  • BK2ATL

    The Captain just said “fuck that shit!!! We’re playing KC and Baltimore and struggling??? Not on my watch…”

    Jeter in beast mode. I love it.

    • Greg

      Damn right

    • Erica

      Amen.

  • OldYanksFan

    Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaand Jeter’s current line is: .407 .443 .611 1.054

    • sangreal

      Have his updated split vs lefties handy?

      • jjyank

        His splits against lefties are obscene. I love it.

      • Tom

        It was .583/.579/.861 coming into tonight

        So two funny things….
        – his avg and OBP will go DOWN with his 2 for 4 night, SLG will tick up a bit
        – his avg will remain higher than his OBP (assume there was a bunt or sac fly in there somewhere)

    • Tom

      Just ridiculous…

      While that is going to regress, didn’t he hit something like .330 after coming back from the DL last year?

      • jjyank

        A little over .330 I believe. And considering the apparently made an adjustment working with his old minor league hitting coach in Tampa, there is evidence to support that.

        • Tom

          Eaxctly.

          So while he may not hit .400 (though I won’t discount it); given he’s been hitting since last June the regression may not be as much as people expect.

          • jjyank

            I won’t bet on anyone hitting .400, but it is most definitely possible that Jeter hits between .300 and .320 I think, which would be an amazing accomplishment for a middle infielder at that age.

  • V

    Wow, Alex really sucks vs. lefties. that pitch was crushable.

  • V

    Jeter and Cano swapped bodies for the season.

    • Erica

      Literally “Freaky Friday”d it.

      • RetroRob

        I wonder if the new Jeter still leaves gift baskets?

  • RetroRob

    Sometimes it’s good to arrive home and start watching from the 7th inning on.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kc8fqgbU_SU (safe)

  • Jeter Meter

    Who is this Collins?! A pitcher for ants?!

    • jjyank

      How can he throw a pitch if he can’t even fit inside the building??!!

      • Jeter Meter

        He needs to be at least….3 times bigger to throw the baseball!!

  • handtius

    i think the yanks should bat jeter 3rd or 4th. fucker is ripping the cover off the ball.

  • Mariano’s Pimp Hand

    Jeter at this time last year .250/.311/.272/.583

    Jeter this year .407/.443/.611/1.054

  • V

    Seriously considering dealing Tulowitzki for Jeter+Verlander. That’d give me the Yankees’ 1-4 hitters though, so too much feast or famine.

    If I REALLY wanted to, I could probably also deal Pedroia for Cano+.

  • jjyank

    Damn it Robbie just missed that.

  • handtius

    i think derek is injecting some Mo.

    • jjyank

      Do they test for that?

      • OldYanksFan

        MoPeds?

        • handtius

          MGH (mo growth hormones)

  • Don’tcha Know?

    Here’s hoping that D. Wise turns into an unconsciously and ridiculously WISE pick-up. I can see him contributing, to be honest. And sweet. He just doubled.

  • RetroRob

    April 1, 2013 — In an run that has both statisticians and numerologists confounded, the Yankees look to open their 2013 season with an amazing streak where every one of their wins post Mariano Rivera’s injury was by four runs or more, preventing the team frm ever having to name a replacement for the great Rivera.

    • bobtaco

      As long as there are 82+ wins of 4 runs or more, sounds great!

      • RetroRob

        Not a problem. As Mo said, “miracles happen.”

  • jjyank

    Gordon “gold glove left fielder”

    Bullshit.

  • Athenian

    4 runs in one inning.m like they lost their virginity.

  • Erica

    Sweet play on that bunt.

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

    Another un-ace-like start from not-an-ace CC Sabathia.

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

      Where did this meme come from?

    • RetroRob

      I don’t want to even look, but were people saying that earlier in the game again?

      • jjyank

        Some guy earlier said that he couldn’t remember a CC-esque star since that rain delay on July 26 of 2011 where CC legit looked like he could throw a perfect game.

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

        Someone sent me an email saying Sabathia wasn’t an ace because he wasn’t as consistent as other top pitchers. I told him he should watch more other top pitchers and he got mad.

    • BK2ATL

      Exactly.

  • BK2ATL

    CC pitching like an ace. But time to turn this over to Soriano to end the game. Let him start the inning.

  • forensic

    Let him start the 9th with Robertson ready to relieve if needed.

    • forensic

      Or not.

    • jjyank

      Well it’s not a save situation, so whatevs.

  • Erica

    I’m not sure if I need a break after this game from all things Yankees or if I should watch the Yankeeography on Mariano. I have so many feelings.

    This is in no way sarcastic!

    • BK2ATL

      Give a couple of days. We’ll be okay in 2012. We have more than enough in the bullpen to still lock down the late innings. And Mariano will pitch in 2013.

      Bad break for us, but we’ve been way too spoiled with having Mariano and Jeter as crutches for so long. Time for the rest of the team to earn their keep, Girardi included.

      • Erica

        Yeah, you’re totally right. It’s certainly been a rollercoaster these past 24 hours or so, hasn’t it?

        But I agree – everyone needs to step up – well, this we know, but it’s just more apparent that they have to give it their all now.

        • BK2ATL

          Yeah, the whole season’s been surreal. Pineda, Joba, Swisher, Gardner, now Mariano. But then so many closers around the league are out as well. We’re fortunate to have 2 legit possible closers to fall back on. And we also have Aardsma coming back soon too.

          Now, just thought of something, when Mariano comes back in 2013 and retires, we won’t just lose him, but also Soriano, whose contract expires. Something to really think about.

          • Erica

            It really has been the year of closing the Closer hasn’t it? It’s so odd.

            Honestly, how much are we using Soriano that we’re going to miss him? Obviously he’ll have a more prominent role now that Mo is gone, but I feel like he’s so replaceable. Maybe it’s because of how he’s used here, maybe it’s because of how I never really trusted him… but I don’t feel like I’m going to miss Soriano too much next year.

            • BK2ATL

              He’s actually a very good closer. Girardi just doesn’t know how to use him and the inconsistency of use can really screw with a closer’s mentality. Another case of how spoiled we were with Mariano. Soriano was very effective for us after coming back from injury in the 2nd half last year.

              He gets a lot of crap because of the contract, but that’s not his fault. Blame Hank. He hasn’t been the closer on this team, but he can be an effective closer for us. I prefer this route, and using Robertson in the 8th inning and fireman role.

              • Erica

                Fair enough! Time will tell, I guess. I think I need to research Soriano further because I never took an interest in him.

                Guess now is the time, eh?

                • BK2ATL

                  We’ll be seeing a lot of him. LOL!!!

                  If you’re researching, also keep an eye out for David Aardsma and Joba’s rehab. I wouldn’t worry about the bullpen. We’re loaded.

              • RetroRob

                i’m in the minority, I’m sure, but I’d like to see Soriano be given the shot. He can convert a high percentage of saves, and that leaves D-Rob for what I think will be more high-leverage situations.

                Plus, it will allow Soriano to jack up his save totals and re-enter the market after this season as a closer. In other words, there’s a much better chance he will pull the rip cord and leave after this season if he’s coming off a solid season as the Yankees closer.

                It’s a win-win!

                • BK2ATL

                  I agree with the Soriano as closer deal. He’s got the makeup and experience, just not used consistently by Girardi.

                  I also agree with this as well, but I don’t think he’ll leave, nonetheless. I think he actually likes playing on this team, with a bunch of professionals, veteran leadership, and always in contention for a WS.

                  He’s getting paid $14 million/yr to be a part of this. I doubt if he’d take $15 million/yr to close for KC or the Astros.

  • jjyank

    I know there’s plenty of questions about the Yankee rotation, but man it is nice to have your ace give you 8 inning starts so many times.

    Is there a stat for that? Number of 8 inning games by starters, etc.? I feel like CC would be up there for that.

    • BK2ATL

      Super-duper quality start???

      #SDQS

      • jjyank

        Better than the existing quality start.

  • RetroRob

    Jeter fail. 2-5 is only .400. BA goes does.

  • jjyank

    Whoa George Brett was 5 hits shy of hitting .400 in 1980? That’s pretty crazy, I never knew that.

    • RetroRob

      He had the best chance of any of the three I’ve seen in my lifetime who were close. Carew, Brett and Gwynn. I think anyone who does it will be closer to Brett and Gwynn, where they have a low enough # of ABs where a hot streak can carry them over .400, but enough to qualify for the BA title. Carew is some ways is the most amazing because he carried such a high BA in an a high number of ABs. Conversely, it made it difficult for him to get over .400 so late in the season. I do seem to remember Carew was over .400 in September, as was Brett, but the pressure has to start playing with your mind.

      • forensic

        Brett was at .400 in mid-September. Carew no time after July 10th though. Gwynn no time after May 15th.

        • RetroRob

          Interesting. Well that confirms my Brett thought, although I thought Carew was at .400 in September, and then slumped, and then had a strong finish the last few games to pull his BA up.

          I guess I should just go look!

          • RetroRob

            Checked. Memory faulty. He actually was cranking along in the .380s into August, then slumped down to about .375, pulling his average up to .388 with an overall strong September.

            I remember there was a lot of discussion through the summer if Carew could hit .400. I think that conversation died down was his average dipped to the .370s, before the strong September run.

  • V

    y’know, for L/R/L/R batting order, ARod should really be considered to be a lefty

  • jjyank

    Ken Singleton says he thinks this might be a warm up for Robertson, even know it’s not a save situation. Thoughts? Is this an easy way to break him in to the closer role, or does the fact it’s not a save situation mean that Soriano is the guy?

    • RetroRob

      Yes and Yes. : -)

      Girardi is just f’ing with us.

    • forensic

      I think he’s right. Girardi wants him to start a nice clean 9th for his first time, save or not. I think Robertson is the guy for now, but it’ll be both in time.

      • jjyank

        That’s my thought as well. He wants to see D-Rob get the last three outs of the game post-Mo injury regardless of the situation in my opinion. Seems to be an audition for the closer role.

    • Tom

      Soriano pitched last night so there is no reason to use him tonight (as he would be unavailable tomorrow)

      While this might mean Robertson is the closer, it may also be Girardi smartly thinking ahead and wanting both guys available tomorrow.

      (would have like CC to finish it out, but this seems fine)

      • jjyank

        Soriano was warming up, so I don’t think that’s the case.

        • Tom

          So the one time I actually give credit to Girardi, he doesn’t deserve it… oops.

          He would use Mo in 4 run situations – I think it is hard to read too much into this one way or the other. It is odd to have both guys up though.

          • jjyank

            You can’t read super into it, but you can read some. The Yankees are looking for a new closer, so whoever enters a game in a certain situation deserves some thought about who’s the leading closer candidate.

            • Tom

              Sure. Girardi seems to treat these 4 run leads as ‘tweeners'; if the closer hasn’t worked recently, he’ll use them, if not he’ll use someone else until someone gets on (didn’t he use Eppley like this once?).

              The odd thing is why was Soriano up at all? Having worked last night, that might be more informative than Robertson coming.

              • jjyank

                I dunno, maybe if a coupe of guys got on in the 8th? Soriano and Robertson were not warming at the same time from what I could see, Soriano was warming in the 8th. So from what I can tell, Soriano was warming for a potential CC bailout in the 8th, then Robertson for the 9th. That might be telling.

                • Tom

                  Ahh… thanks. I didn’t know when Soriano was warming up – if he had him up in the 8th, I think that makes it very clear that Soriano is the 8th inning guy and Robertson is the closer

                  And not that Girardi would think this way but: If Soriano was the closer, it would still seem to make sense to use Robertson tonight anyway so they both are available tomorrow.

          • Need Pitching

            Soriano was only warming in the 8th, iirc
            apparently saving Drob for the 9th

  • jjyank

    Well Robertson certainly made his case tonight!

    • Erica

      High Socks For Closer!

      • jjyank

        I like it.

  • RetroRob

    Hmmm, what happens if Mo comes back and he’s the setup man.

    • Erica

      …If MO is the setup man?

      • jjyank

        Pretty sure that was a joke :)

        • Erica

          I was totally prepared for a troll moment. PHEW.

          • jjyank

            Na RetroBob is legit. You’ll learn who the trolls are and aren’t in due time haha.

          • RetroRob

            Oh, yeah. That was a joke. It was just recognition of D-Rod sriking out the side.

            • RetroRob

              D-Rob

    • Erica

      My apologies to you RetroRob! For that I shall offer you a solid “LOL.”

      • RetroRob

        NP. With me, if it looks like a joke, then it’s a joke.

  • forensic

    Domination again!

  • Erica

    They won it for Mo! They did!!!

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

    Love listening to comebacks while actually working :( btw, May the 4th be with you everybody :)

    • jjyank

      Heh wow I hadn’t heard that one on facebook all day!!

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

        I’m hoping sarcasm…because if not I will be looking at my friends list as worlds geekier if not.

        • jjyank

          Of course sarcasm…my news feed has been flooded with the May the 4th stuff all day haha

  • forensic

    Robertson has struckout 8 straight batters, 10 of 11, and 11 of 13.

    I think he’s a pretty good pitcher.

    • J

      That’s just…..insane.

  • jjyank

    Awesome stat: Robertson has not allowed a run since August 29, 2011.

    • Tom

      Another one….

      He allowed 1 run on the road all of last year.

  • V

    Picked Robertson in Fangraph’s TheGame. FIP = -3.04! (yes, NEGATIVE 3.04).

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

      I didn’t know a negative FIP was possible…

  • BK2ATL

    Don’t we have Aardsma coming back in June/July? And what about Joba? This year? Plus, one more poor start from Hughes, and I think it’s bullpen time for him. I have no worries about our bullpen.

    Great to see the offense finally wake up a bit. CC does his usual ace performance. D-Rob is a beast!!!

    • jjyank

      I think Aardsma, is more like July/August and Joba is more like September if we’re lucky.

      • BK2ATL

        No need for trade deadline bullpen relief. Kudos to Cashman.

        • forensic

          While I agree they have depth and don’t need to be trading for relievers, counting on two power pitchers coming off TJ surgery is a little risky.

          • jjyank

            True, though even without Mo the bullpen is still stronger than most. I’m not counting on Joba, but I’d rather bank on Aardsma than trade for a reliever. If the Yankees swing a trade, I hope it’s for an OF/DH type, not a reliever.

        • jjyank

          Agreed. The Aardsma signing was very under the rader and unheralded, but it has the potential to be a big boost in the second half, plus the Yankees can retain him in 2013 too for only 500K.

  • jjyank

    Girardi just said that Soriano was up in the 8th inning in case CC got into trouble. So that leads me to believe that Robertson is the favorite for the closer, no?

    • forensic

      Well, he has said that Robertson would start there, but it’s not necessarily an everytime thing. Also, with the way his pitch counts can go sometimes, there should be plenty of chances for Soriano anyway.

      • jjyank

        True. Though his last few appearances have been pretty efficient.

    • RetroRob

      He doesn’t seem to want to name a closer just yet. He may go game to game, but for the most part I think it’s Robertson, but Girardi is leaving some wiggle room. I expect Soriano to get some saves.