May
05

Game 27: Start of something

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Win it for Mo. (Ed Zurga/Getty Images)

It’s early-May, but it would be nice if the Yankees build something off yesterday’s win and go off on a nice little run these next few weeks. They’re due for five or six game winning streak, eight wins in ten games, something like that. Here’s the starting nine…

SS Derek Jeter
CF Curtis Granderson
DH Alex Rodriguez
2B Robinson Cano
1B Mark Teixeira
LF Raul Ibanez
Russell Martin
RF Dewayne Wise
3B Eduardo Nunez

RHP Hiroki Kuroda

Tonight’s game starts a little after 7pm ET and can be seen on YES. Enjoy.

Outfield Update: Via Erik Boland and Mark Feinsand, Brett Gardner will hit on the field both today and tomorrow and could play in a minor league rehab game as soon as Monday. Nick Swisher ran the bases before the game and felt fine, so there’s a small chance he’ll play tomorrow. I’m guessing not with the day off on Monday.

Categories : Game Threads
  • Darren

    Prediction for Jeter 2012:

    .406 (goes 5 for 5 on final day of season)
    28 HR
    81 RBI
    breaks Joe D’s streak

    Gold Glove

    WS and All Star MVP
    Regular MVP
    WS#6

    • Andrew

      You forgot the Cy Young.

      • NYinTX

        And Rookie of the Year.

        • Darren

          Don’t be silly, he already won the Rookie of the Year and he’s not a pitcher, so he’s not going to win the Cy Young, barring an extraordinary turn of events.

          Everything else is in reach. Don’t bet against Jeter.

    • jjyank

      Well I like to play the optimist usually but damn dude.

  • Cy Pettitte

    wonder if the Brewers would take Nunie off our hands with Gonzalez going down

  • Tut

    Does Nunez get 500 AB’ s this year? Bad fielding and an OPS under .700?

  • Josh Streeter

    I’m getting sick of Girardi adding a “y” onto everyone’s name when he speaks about them. What is he a kindergarden teacher? Between nuney, gardy, grandy, phelpsy, and all the other ones, I have to change the channel when he’s talking.

    • jjyank

      Joshy Streetery!!!

      • Josh Streeter

        I’m pretty sure my mom called me Joshy when I was a kid…

        • MannyGeee

          Is it because your mom is Joe Girardi? Does she have braces at least? Looking for correlation here…

  • jjyank

    I’m reprising my strategy from last night. NYY shirt, Cano jersey, 09 WS hat, and 09 WS shot class. Tonight, however, the shot glass is adorned with tequila. Happy Cinco de Mayo folks, may the Yankees forever feast on Paulino and for Kuroda to have a third straight solid start.

  • Mariano’s Pimp Hand

    Let’s hope the Yanks get an early lead so the trolls will be held at bay.

  • Greg

    HIs pitches are up again

  • The Dude

    Nothing ever comes easy this season, eh?

  • Cy Pettitte

    this team is so bad defensively

    • The Dude

      Tell me about it. It’s kinda unwatchable sometimes. It seems like anytime anyone makes contact it finds a hole 80% of the time.

  • Countryclub

    Opinions on Avengers? Saw it this morning; thought it was pretty freaking fun. Hulk steals the show.

    • The Dude

      I think you’re on the wrong website.

      • Countryclub

        This is an open thread. Just throwing the question out there.

        • Betty Lizard

          Always appreciate first hand scouting reports. Sabremetrics can only take you so far . . . .

    • Pat D

      I’ve lowered my expectations for it.

      I’m more amped for Prometheus and Dark Knight Rises.

      • Countryclub

        Yes for Prometheus

    • http://none Dimaggio’s Left Shoe

      I saw the avengers today too, but I think scarlet Johansen stole the show. couldn’t take my eyes off her

  • David N

    So this hasn’t started well….

  • The Dude

    Wow. Walking Frenchy is not acceptable.

  • Jugglenaut

    I played against Moustakas in high school. Not sure if I should feel proud or depressed.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      Graduated HS with Mike Lowell. Ponder that one.

      • MannyGeee

        Holy shit dude… Didn’t have you at almost 40. Mozel Tov!

  • The Dude

    Cano if you’re not going to hit at least try to talk your walks!

    • Greg

      He didnt do even when he was hitting!

  • Greg

    It still boggles my mind how a all around great hitter who hits to all fields and is a relative young age could devolve in 2-3 years. Its astounding. He’s become a Dave Kingman like player (not as bad an average, but you get the idea.)

    • Greg

      I’m talking Tex, not Cano

    • The Dude

      It’s the strangest and most devastating thing ever. He looks like Ramiro Pena in the box.

  • The Dude

    I remember back in the day when the Yankees had 1-2-3 innings. Good times.

  • Greg

    I’ve just been thinking if my diatribe on developing starting pitching and the Yankees’ mostly failure at it goes over to great hitting as well. I’m talking in the last 10 years.

    Cano and Montero? Does anyone else have any more?

    Austin Jackson, Jose Tabata and Brett Gardner are not great hitters, so they don’t count

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

      Montero counts but the other three don’t?

      • Greg

        See your point. Okay Montero doesn’t count either. Not enough sample size

        • CP

          So MVP candidate hitters are all that count? How many has all of MLB developed in the last 10 years? Maybe 15? Maybe 20?

    • Robinson Tilapia

      I hate it when the record player keeps skipping.

      • MannyGeee

        Well.. I gues I recant my earlier ‘didn’t have you down as that old’ comment based on the record skipping reference.

        • Robinson Tilapia

          Vinyl’s back in, baby.

          I also look a hell of a lot younger than Lowell, FWIW.

          • Havok9120

            Not much.

            • Robinson Tilapia

              It actually shocks me how much grey he’s got once he grows out the beard. He looks, easily, five years older than me.

              He also has made about 500 times in one year what I’ve made cumulatively in my entire life.

  • Cy Pettitte

    Paulino’s delivery is so unattractive. I don’t enjoy watching it.

  • The Dude

    I wish Dave Eiland would’ve made our pitchers look this good when he was here…

  • Hall and Nokes

    Oh well, sometimes you run into a guy with unhittable stuff like Felipe Paulino

    Tip o’ the cap.

  • The Dude

    Yankees making Paulino look like Felix Hernandez.

    • Greg

      He has stuff like Felix Hernandez right now

  • G

    I know it’s only been 3 innings, but this is hard to watch.

    • Countryclub

      You don’t like grounders back to the pitcher?

    • The Dude

      Especially when things you hope happen for the Yankees like clutch hits, lengthy at bats, strikes being called strikes, and good defense happens for the other team but not the Yankees.

  • Robinson Tilapia

    I’m normally not a negative guy but, boy, does this rotation need Kuroda to level out and become the pitcher we all thought the team was getting.

  • The Dude

    This team is a disaster in the early going. Our record could be worse yeah but I don’t see this team going anywhere if they keep pitching horribly like they have. The same goes for our defense.

  • Hall and Nokes

    PERFECT GAME

  • The Dude

    Please take a 2-0 pitch Yankees. Also the Montero-Pineda trade just keeps getting worse. Campos with inflammation. I get a sick feeling in my stomach just thinking about it.

    • Bunt Gardner

      Yes, because we all know how career-ending a little inflammation is…

    • MannyGeee

      Montero isn’t exactly lighting Seattle on fire you know…

  • Greg

    There goes the perfect game but the no no is intact.

  • The Dude

    I’m almost positive the Scranton Wilkes Barre lineup could hit better than this lineup at this point. Hell I’d even take Charleston.

  • Rek4gehrig

    Mo has nice calves

    • BigBlueAL

      Is that Meredith Marakovits next to him?? Kim Jones never dressed like that!! lol

      • The Dude

        Meredith Marakovitz > Kim Jones

        She’s not awkward and she’s nice to look at.

  • The Dude

    Hey guys you think the Cubs would do Garza for Hughes, Betances, and maybe someone like JR Murphy? I definitely think Garza is he guy the Yankees should be targeting at the deadline since he actually has pitched in the AL East before and has playoff experience.

  • delshofner

    So does Meredith.

  • delshofner

    I know HS hitters in CT with better mechanics than Tex from the left side.

  • Cy Pettitte

    this is just embarrassing

    • Greg

      What were you saying?

      • Tom

        Is one ball into the OF suddenly not embarrassing?

        • Greg

          Two

          • Tom

            Not when you replied… is one single (and the only ball out of the infield) in 4.1 IP not embarassing?

            • Greg

              You remember the Bryan Bullington game? That was embarassing.

              • Tom

                Way to dodge the question…

                • Greg

                  I dont call it embarassing because Paulino has good stuff. Does that answer your question?

                  • Tom

                    When you treat one single as if it refutes someone’s assessment of the game, seems a bit “prisoner of the moment”-ish.

                    Almost as if you were looking for a “Ha!” moment (not that you seem prone to that)

  • The Dude

    I haven’t seen the mowing down of a Yankee lineup this bad since Doc Halladay.

    • MannyGeee

      Cliff Lee, 2009 WS game 1. Or was it game 2? Regardless, that was an abortion. This is almost as bad as that

  • Dino Velvet

    oh great, Bartlo Colon rubbing it our face

    • Greg

      Not really. Pitches in an easier division in a big ballpark. Of course he’s going to have good numbers

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

    Return of the Russtache.

  • Tom

    Well regardless of outcome, at least the Yankees have the right hitter up in this spot.

  • The Dude

    Oy Jeets. Why?

  • Greg

    Not real angry there. 2 out hits are hard to come by. That inning guaranteed that Paulino will not finish the game

  • Yo

    Who are the Yankees kidding? This lineup just isn’t scary anymore. Almost everyone in the lineup has a clear hole in their swing and can be pitched to once the pitchers hit their spots.

    • Greg

      Every hitter has a hole in their swing. That’s why nobody hits 1.000

    • Bunt Gardner

      And any hitter can be pitched to when the pitcher is hitting their spots.

  • Greg

    Something both the Yankees and Red Sox arent doing right now is eating up cupcakes. Red Sox lost a series to the A’s and now the O’s. Yankees lost the series to the O’s and now perhaps to the Royals.

    We might have to accept that the O’s are real now.

    • Yo

      Nope. I honestly can’t see how the O’s are a contender. They will come back to earth soon.

      • Greg

        Winning series back to back in Yankee Stadium and Fenway is not an easy thing to do.

        • Yo

          We’ll both look back on this thought and laugh that we ever thought the Os were a contender.

          • Greg

            Tell me. Is it easy to do that?

    • Hall and Nokes

      Let’s see how the O’s look after someone disrespects one of their ex-pitchers before we declare them for real.

    • MannyGeee

      Ummmmmm, want to get to July before we crown them? Reminds me of what a smart guy I used to know once told me…

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v.....ata_player

    • Robinson Tilapia

      You go ahead and accept that, Greg.

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

      Yes, the O’s are for real. As real as the Indians were last year.

      • Havok9120

        Or the Blue Jays.

  • Greg

    Its getting to the point where we will know early if Kuroda will have a good start or not.

    • Havok9120

      See, you said that one inning into his last start. And you predicted, just like this time and for the same reasons, that he was going to get hammered. And he didn’t, and we didn’t hear from you for the rest of the night.

      Do you see the problem here?

      • Havok9120

        In fact, you’ve done that in each of his last 3 starts I think. It may go back longer, but I’m not sure.

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

    How goes the night gentleman =/

    • MannyGeee

      Well, Cy Young took over Felipe Paulinos body and Kuroda is kinda getting hit.

      And Tilapia went to school with Mike Lowell and still has a record player

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

        Well, things do sound better off of vinyl compared to CDs or MP3s…

  • Karl Krawfid

    How many sliders can you throw a big league hitter before he hits it? Just lazy game calling and lazy pitching.

  • Yo

    The Royals are giving the Yankees a lesson on how to pitch and hit.

    • Bunt Gardner

      So the 8-10 team is giving the 14-12 team pointers?

      • Yo

        Clearly.

  • Athenian

    This just keeps getting more and more embarrassing. Is it to early to start hoping for July to be a better month? Don’t see it improving in May or June, schedule is to hard with under .500 teams

    • Will The Thrill

      These Yankees make any team look great doesn’t matter if we’re playing a first place team or last place team.

  • Widget

    another eh pitching performance and terrible offensive showing. It’s like Groundhog Day starring the 2012 New York Yankees.

    • Athenian

      They are beginning to corner the market on “sucking”

    • Yo

      It’s kinda ridiculous how this team can’t score even one run at times.

    • MannyGeee

      Some of Bill Murreys best work.

  • Greg

    I’m starting to think Cashman needs to go too. Ever since he gained control, a lot of his decisions have backfired.

    Javier Vasquez trade
    AJ Burnett pickup
    Tex pickup (two bad years to one)
    A-Rod contract (dont know if he was directly responsible)
    Montero trade (even though I would do that trade, it backfired immediately)

    • Robinson Tilapia

      Signing Greg to that two-year, 10-bottle-of-Prozac contract?

      • Greg

        I’ve been on Prozac for years. So insensitive.

        • Robinson Tilapia

          Now you may all ask yourselves, “how did he know that?”

        • Havok9120

          You and half the country (myself included, though Prozac was like throwing hard boiled eggs at a Leopold tank), though that numbers come down in the last couple years apparently.

    • The Dude

      I agree. The bad results of his decisions severely outweigh the good returns from his decisions.

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

        Except for all the wins, which outweigh the losses.

        • Havok9120

          He’s contributed nothing to all these above .500 seasons, playoff appearances, and the ring. That’s all the money. The negatives, which have never cost us a season or even a month of a season, obviously outweigh the positives.

          Get it right Axisa.

          • Greg

            All what you say is true.

            The problem is “THE RING”

            Not good for the New York Yankees.

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

              If you’re looking for a GM that will win the World Series more often than not, you’ll be looking forever.

              • Greg

                I want a GM that can develop young talent and combine that with our veteren players to create a championship contender for many years.

                In other words, I want Andrew Friedman to be the GM

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

                  And what makes you think he’ll be a good GM in a large market? It’s real easy to wait out the growing pains of young kids in front of 10k fans a night when no one expects you to win.

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

                    Or the fact that Friedman is never willing to make a trade to put his team over the top?

                  • Greg

                    That’s where the extra money can come in. You can wait out growing pains and still win. If you have talent surrounding the rookies.

                    • Robinson Tilapia

                      All that money can buy you an anti-aging machine so that those veterans don’t age while you exercise all those oodles and oodles of patience you seem to be champion of (but never show an ounce of while posting on a blog. Funny how that happens.).

                    • Greg

                      Did David Price need patience?
                      No.
                      Did Jeremy Hellickson need patience?
                      No.
                      Evan Longoria?
                      No.

                    • Havok9120

                      Helickson needed almost SIX HUNDRED INNINGS in the minors. All of their guys needed a ton of time, with Price being the sole exception.

                      I have no idea how Longo developed, nor am I invested enough in this argument to check.

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

                      No, but two of those players were top three draft picks. And Hellickson sucks anyway.

                    • MannyGeee

                      Price & Longoria didnt require patience? tell that to Tampa By Devil Rays fans (note not Rays fans) that had to suffer through last place from 94 to 2007

                • Robinson Tilapia

                  ….and someday someone will show a picture book of that era called “last decade,” which you’re clearly too young to remember, and explain to you why this franchise hasn’t been trying to develop young talent until recently.

                  • Greg

                    And I blame that both on George and Cashman.

                    • Robinson Tilapia

                      Which takes us back to the Horace Clark years, Greg. Would you have been happier then?

                      Answer: Of course not.

                    • Havok9120

                      Remember how great player development was under NBC? Those were the days.

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

                      CBS?

                    • MannyGeee

                      UPN

                • Havok9120

                  …..

                  Are you a recent fan or something? I mean, did you miss all that time with the Boss & Co running the show and are now blaming Cashman for not developing a farm system? I mean, that would make the most sense here.

                  • Greg

                    No.

                    I blame that on both George and Cashman

                    It’s like we didn’t attempt to develop young talent and when we finally started to do it, we’re not good at it.

                    • Havok9120

                      How’s any of that on Cashman though? That’s my point. He’s singlehandedly built the entire player-development side of this franchise in the last, what, 6 years? 7? Were you actually expecting a side of the franchise that almost hadn’t existed for more than 1 out of the previous 4 decades to suddenly flourish into greatness?

                    • Greg

                      If Tampa Bay could do that quickly, so can we.

                    • Havok9120

                      Tampa Bay didn’t do it that quickly. Tampa Bay did it with a huge amount of time and patience (brought from not having any fans or contending) in nearly every case. High picks helped too of course. I rip the following off from JohnnyC:

                      Niemann 273 IP in AAA alone (385 IP in minors)
                      Davis 211 IP in AAA alone (767 IP in minors)
                      Shields 554 IP in minors
                      Moore 497 IP in minors
                      Hellickson 580 IP in minors

                      That’s just their current crop. Price was the exception to the rule because, simply put, the dude is great. And that doesn’t even mention that you’re comparing us to the team considered to have the best player development system in the league and possibly the best one in the history of baseball. Sorry, we aren’t going to meet those standards because “we’re the Yankees and we should.”

                  • Robinson Tilapia

                    Greg’s been a Yankee fan all his life, since he was five. Can’t you tell?

                    I’ll let you finish that joke.

                    • Greg

                      Been going to Yankee games for 14 years. Wasn’t interested in sports then.
                      Became a full on Yankee fan 7 years ago.
                      Studied up.

                • JohnnyC

                  You know, of course, that Andrew Friedman’s experience in baseball was playing college ball at Tulane and then spending the next half decade as a securities analyst for Bear Stearns and other venture capital firms. Sternberg liked his finance ideas and hired him. His finance ideas. He, according to reliable sources, leaves the baseball decisions to his development and personnel people.

              • Robinson Tilapia

                The Yankee way is to win a World Series every single year. No excuses.

                FACT: Baseball was created only 28 years ago, in 1984.

            • Robinson Tilapia

              *just spit out dinner*

            • Havok9120

              0_o

              So you’re asking him to do something we’ve done twice in last three and a half decades? And anything less in unacceptable?

              Sigh.

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

      There was also the
      CC Sabathia signing, twice
      development of Brett Gardner
      The Nick Swisher steal
      The Nova Development
      The Robertson Development
      The Santana nontrade
      The Russel Martin signing
      Also Cano’s development into a superstar.

      • Greg

        CC- fine
        Brett Gardner- No because I don’t think much of Gardner. He doesn’t hit for power or a high average. And he gets injured alot
        Swisher- fine
        Nova- waiting for more samples
        Robertson- fine
        Santana nontrade- fine
        Russell Martin- No. Bad offensively and is not a Molina behind the plate
        Cano- fine

        So that’s 5 in the yes and 5 in the no

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

          After thinking about it a little, I agree with your comments about Martin, but you also can’t discount all the bench piece pick ups over the years that Manny has mentioned below. I’m not saying Cashman’s a great manager, just above average in my opinion.

          • Greg

            Of course I can counteract that with Hughes and Joba failing to develop.

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

              I of course than counteract that with the Granderson trade.

        • bobtaco

          How about the Granderson trade?

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

            Shit, I absolutely meant to include that….

    • MannyGeee

      Alot of good things have happened too you know. On the risk of fcking up the narrative:

      Traded Betemit and a bag of balls for swisher
      Lightening in a bottle colon, Prior & freddy
      Got Granderson pretty cheap
      Thames/Jones/Hinske/Hairston/Chavez in the best bench pieces this team has seen in decades.

      But nah, fuck Cashman, he sucks

      • MannyGeee

        Andohbytheway… That ring in 2009 didn’t suck

        • Havok9120

          One ring in 5 years “isn’t good enough for New York” for him according to what he said above.

          • Greg

            You talk to most Yankee fans, they will say exactly that

            • Havok9120

              Uhh. So would fans in many cities, in a multitude of sports. You know why? THEY’RE FANS. Does that make them correct?

              I repeat, because you didn’t respond to this above yet, that we’ve only won multiple rings in a 5 year span twice in 35 years. It is not a reasonable expectation simply because “we’re the Yankees and we expect better.” Hell, making the playoffs, what, 15 of the last 16 seasons or whatever the streak is up to now, isn’t reasonable to expect. We only expect it because we put together solidly above average teams every year regardless of injuries, bad years from players, and terrible contracts handed down from ownership.

              • Greg

                Because whenever we’ve won rings, we’ve won them in bunches. Michael Kay said this once and I looked it up and he’s right. The Yankees have not won one title only and then go under for 6 or 7 years. In the 20s 30s
                40s 50s 60s 70s and 90s, we won our championships in bunches. So it is not an unreasonable expectation

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

                  The Yankees have existed for roughly 100 years, in that 100 years we’ve won the World Series 28 times, or just over 1 every four years, by that logic we’re due for one in the next couple.

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

                    Except that the vast majority of their WS titles came before the introduction of free agency.

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

                  That makes absolutely zero sense.

                  • Greg

                    Hey, he said it. I;m just the messenger

                    • Havok9120

                      He said it, and you’re repeating it as if you believe it and its true. That’s on you.

                    • Greg

                      And that’s because the evidence backs up what he said

                  • Greg

                    And the evidence backs up what Kay said.

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

                      So because they won the WS in bunches several decades ago, they’ll do it again?

                    • Havok9120

                      Sure, if you ignore the way the game has changed in the last century, Kay is absolutely correct.

                      Of course, that would be an incredibly silly thing to do, but whatever. Roll with it.

                    • Greg

                      It’s like the Madden curse. There should be nothing to it, but its happened so many times (including after free agency was introduced) that the data can’t be ignored

                    • Havok9120

                      Its happened TWICE IN 35 YEARS. You’re making me repeat myself.

                • Havok9120

                  Of course it is you ninny. Twice. In. Thirty-five. Years.

                  If you want to go back to the times before free agency, before any the playoff system, and before the freaking BREAKING BALL, then sure. You’re expectations are right in line with…something. I’m not sure what. Not reason.

                  • Greg

                    It happened twice after free agency and once after the playoff system was introduced.

                    In fact, if I’m not mistaken we’ve won at least 2 WS in every decade since 1920 except for the 1980s.

                    • Havok9120

                      How does once in the modern playoff system and twice in 40 years equal a pattern?

                      By the way, if you’re going on that twice per decade thing….we’re actually still on schedule.

      • radnom

        >> Lightening in a bottle colon, Prior & freddy

        what?

        >> Got Granderson pretty cheap

        I would re-do that trade 10 out of 10 times, but the Yankees gave up a ton. If you’re going to give Cashman credit for Granderson blowing up after the trade (which I think is fair), then you also have to dock him for IPK’s post-trade success.

        Btw, I’m not a Cashman hater – just injecting some reality, both sides could use it.

        • Havok9120

          Yeah, no clue where Prior came from.

          I agree on IPK, though the question will always be, could he do that here? I think he could do a lot of it here, but I can see both sides of that argument.

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

            I honestly don’t know…I mean he doesn’t exactly have overpowering stuff, and his control is slightly above average…I think he could be decent in the AL, average in the AL East, but not as good as he is in the NL, because anybody with eyes can see that the AL>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>NL

            • Havok9120

              Oops. I just mean the comment that rookie was quoting.

              But your thing works too. :D

        • MannyGeee

          Sorry, not Prior, I meant Kerry Wood. My bad

  • Thaaaaaaaayankeeswin

    Out pitched and hit by the royals. Good times

    • MannyGeee

      It’s not even August yet.

  • Pat D

    I once speculated, though I’ve never gone through the game logs to confirm, that in any game that Mo blew (either by losing the lead or losing a tie game) where the offense still had a chance to come back, they’d always lose because they were too shell-shocked that some team bested Mo on that particular day.

    Now this is way off base, I admit, but I will say that if they continue to struggle offensively like this for a few more days I’m going to start to wonder if Mo’s injury isn’t messing with their heads.

    Note: I also say this without having seen any of yesterday’s or tonight’s game.

  • Widget

    Cano needs to get going. Tex is who he is and A-Rod is who he is. I don’t expect either of them to do much, but Cano, he’s a stud. They need him.

  • Robinson Tilapia

    Watching Kuroda isn’t particularly making me feel inspired as to how this team’s going to put a rotation out there this season. He needs to be a lynchpin here and it’s not happening in the soon-to-be-not-early-going. The pressure this puts on CC and Nova is not the type I think they can live up to….well, half of them can live up to.

    Not what I was expecting for sure. Plenty of time but, yeah, not encouraged by Kuroda thus far. I was one of the loudest supporters of signing him as well.

    Still plenty of time in this game, but I will leave you all to Greg, Athenian, and The Dude. Have fun.

    • JohnnyC

      They over-evaluated Kuroda’s stuff. He really needed the oasis at the bottom of NL lineups. He likes to walk batters to get to the weak spot of a lineup…not feasible on most AL teams. More than likely this is what he is in the AL: back of the rotation, somewhat of an innings eater, ERA ~ 4.50. Good value for $10 million, eh?

  • Tom

    Tip of the cap to Rapada and Eppley there.

    While it seems like the score is 10-0, they got out of a tough spot there and at least kept the game within shouting distance at 3 runs

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

    God damnit Franceor…and god damnit Grandy.

  • Karl Krawfid

    Why the hell are you running on him?

    What the fuck is wrong with this team?

  • Cy Pettitte

    who would have known Francoeur’s got a great arm?

  • Widget

    That sucked.

  • Thaaaaaaaayankeeswin

    Most outfield assist since 2005. Shallow hit ball, of course run on him and of course cano gets a hit that would of put the yanks on the board

  • wow

    what the heck. LOL

  • Athenian

    This team has become baseball dysfunctional. Can’t hit, pitch run the bases, field, it to like the Bad News Bears only worse. Just stupid baseball.

  • wow

    this team is a joke

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

    I wonder what this website would’ve looked like in the Dark Times of the mid-late 80s

    • Athenian

      Would have been different. They were not good teams as they are built today. This team is just underperforming, overpaid, essentially they look like what Yankee fans see the Royals, A’s, Pirates, Cubs, etc.

    • Greg

      Probably better because we weren’t spoiled by winning 4 WS in 5 years

    • Robinson Tilapia

      Half these idiots would have been Mets fans.

    • Bunt Gardner

      Deserted.

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

        Me yelling to myself about how they shouldn’t hit and run with Mattingly at the plate lol

    • TomH

      You may well find out, this year.

  • Widget

    I normally don’t dislike players on a team a cheer for. But I am going to break that rule for Mark Texeiria. I loathe him.

  • Thaaaaaaaayankeeswin

    Call me a ledge jumper but I can’t watch this team anymore.

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

    Did anybody ever find out why Eiland took that extended leave of absence in the last year of his contract?

    • Bunt Gardner

      Greg hurt his feelings.

      • Robinson Tilapia

        +1

  • Thaaaaaaaayankeeswin

    If that had hit a Yankee player they would be out for the year

  • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

    It’s not fun watching games right now. It’s more than “that’s because they’re losing.”

    When our 6,7,8,9 rivals NL teams, it’s somewhat of a downer.

    • OldYanksFan

      The real problem is our 3-4-5 is worse.

  • Buddy

    Would you trade Tex and his contract for Pujols and his? How about Arod?

    • Bunt Gardner

      I would strongly consider it…especially Arod’s.

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

        After living through the first 4+ years of A-Rod’s deal, you’re willing to take on ANOTHER ten-year contract for a player over 30? Especially when Pujols showed signs of decline last year (nevermind this year)?

        • Bunt Gardner

          Oh, it would be stupid, but I was thinking of possible improvement over Arod’s current performance.

      • Havok9120

        Uhhhh. What? You want to watch another decline phase? We’re halfway through ARods.

        • Bunt Gardner

          True, but maybe Pujols would be productive through those few years and maybe I’ll be dead by the severe decline phase…lol

  • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

    So after this game Eppley gets sent back down & recall Mitchell?

    After all, it is Hughes pitching tomorrow. And I can’t think Joe will give it all to Sweaty Freddy.

    • JohnnyC

      Can’t come back up for 10 days or unless an injury happens.

      • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

        Good point. Crap

      • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

        It’s early yet. An injury will still happen.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      Can’t bring Mitchell back up for 10 days, unless there’s an injury.

      We can fight about the hyperbole but, yes, this game shows how actually worried I am about this team’s pitching staff. This is not going to be easy unless some breaks start going this team’s way.

      • Karl Krawfid

        The pitching? Have you been watching this team hit and run the bases?

        • Robinson Tilapia

          We’re talking two different things here.

        • Havok9120

          One has been a problem all year. The other has been a problem for a week to 10 days.

          *shrug*

  • Karl Krawfid

    Can’t take this anymore.

  • JMK

    You guys remember how we were all bragging how stacked the rotation and depth are?

    Hard to believe that was only a month ago.

  • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

    CAN SOMEONE get Ramiro Mendoza on the horn?

    • Robinson Tilapia

      and, on the upright bass, Tom “Flash” Gordon!

  • http://twitter/TheRealJeromeS Jerome S.

    This actually isn’t as bad as I recall the team playing. Last year about this time the Yankees lost five in a row, everyone was calling for Girardi/Cashman’s head, even me. And everyone was healthy then, too.
    That’s not to say this isn’t bad, because it clearly is. But I’m not about to damn the team because of a bit of a rough patch in early May. Or at any moment, really. It’s the long haul that matters.
    That said, I promised myself to drink bleach the day I saw Wise in our OF…

  • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

    What’s up with Twitchy there?

  • mike_h

    some damn offense please

    • mike_h

      looks like they answered that one…and can I get a hottub

  • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

    Whatever you want…..Leo Getz!

  • Cy Pettitte

    wow that’s more like it Russell.

  • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

    Martin started growing the porn stache again. U better not shave it!!!!

    • Monterowasdinero

      What is the official Yankee policy? No facial hair?

      • Havok9120

        That policy has become a little less well explained in recent years. I notice every year that the players have stretched it just a liiiiiiiiitttlllee farther.

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

        No beard.

        • TomH

          A wise policy. Some of these millionaire ballplayers look like they’ve never been to a decent barber.

  • Cy Pettitte

    wish they left Mijares in for Jeter, probably would have been a 5-3 game.

  • Greg

    That’s just not fair

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

      What a 100mph fastball, followed by a 85mph change that breaks down at least four inches? Because I agree that’s just something that shouldn’t be possible.

      • Greg

        Yep

  • Monterowasdinero

    Can’t watch the Yanks anymore tonight. Going out to the great northwest. The King and Jesus.

    • Havok9120

      Will we get an update if he goes 0-5, or does that only happen when he’s 4-5?

      • Monterowasdinero

        Tonight’s update is he is catching one of the best pitchers in the game and batting cleanup.

        Enough said.

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

    completely off topic, but some shit about MCA, huh? Only 47…

    • Duh Innings

      I know. ‘Sucks! He will be greatly missed.

  • Betty Lizard

    I was sad I couldn’t watch the game (blackout).
    Then I was glad I couldn’t watch the game.
    Then my baseball boyfriend hit a home run.
    But I understand the mustache is back?

    I am conflicted.

  • Karl Krawfid

    Man fire Kevin Long.

    • TomH

      It is interesting to see how the hitting and pitching coaches can’t do very much with so many people this year. Freddy and Hughes certainly, Cano, ARod, Teixeira. I doubt anyone could have solved those problems, and it may be a lesson in the limits of coaching intervention.

      In ARod’s case, it may well just be a case of sudden aging.

      • Need Pitching

        yeah, I wouldn’t include ARod in that group.
        His numbers are pretty much right in line with what he has done over the last 2 years.
        I’m not sure any pitching coach would be able to make Hughes a good starter.

      • Karl Krawfid

        Really just speaking out of anger. Can’t keep having A-Rod Tex and Cano bat 3-4-5 when Jeter and Granderson are your best hitters though.

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

          In all seriousness, when everyone’s healthy next week they should go

          1. Jeter
          2. Gardner
          3. Granderson
          4. Swisher
          5-9

          At least until Cano gets his shit straight.

  • bobtaco

    Tex at the plate looks like he is wearing a blindfold

  • sevrox

    Aura and Mystique migrated South to Tampa Bay and Texas. la de freakin’ da

  • Tom

    Three more groundouts to the right side for Cano.

    Girardi really needs to just give him a day off (and not at DH).

  • JohnnyC

    Who ordered the Tom Collins?

    • Havok9120

      I thought when I read this, knowing that my stream was well behind, that Raul smashed a homer. Then my hopes were crushed. Its all your fault.

  • Cy Pettitte

    oppo field double. only good thing about this night is that it appears Russell is coming out of the slump.

    • Betty Lizard

      Martin’s average is now over 200!

      (“Our expectations must be reasonable . . . ” Nah, fuck that. But I am going to take pleasure in small things.)

      Maybe they should all sport mustaches?

  • TomH

    God, did they look old and slow against this team.

  • OldYanksFan

    Just painful to watch.

  • dc1874

    well…at least they didnt need mariano tonight….

  • http://none Dimaggio’s Left Shoe

    this here game sucked pure and simple over and out stick a fork in them they are toast

    • Havok9120

      The first half of that is true and reasonable.

      The second half may be true, but isn’t at all reasonable.

  • Duh Innings

    The Yankees should trade Teixiera in the offseason and market him as a mini-Pujols:

    A 33-year old essentially since he turns 33 on 4/11/13 who is under contract for only four years not ten.

    They should offer to pay $5.625M of his salary a year 2013-16 so he costs only $67.5M for four years ($16.875M a year) and his taker is paying only three years worth of salary for four years of contract since a year’s worth of salary is being paid across four years ($5.625M a year x 4 years = $22.5M.)

    This deal would basically be saying to Teixiera’s taker “Here’s Teixiera with a year on us.”

    Spare me the “he has a full no-trade clause in his contract” cr ap because he would waive it if he knew he wasn’t wanted anymore because no one wants to play where they’re not wanted. At some point it would leak that the team doesn’t want you anymore and you have to play with that hanging on your head, and no player would be adversarial and say “I’m staying.”

    • Need Pitching

      ” and no player would be adversarial and say “I’m staying.””

      AJ just did that this offseason, declining a trade to the Angels.

      You’d likely have to include quite a bit more money to get another team to take Tex.

  • Duh Innings

    What if the Yanks traded Martin midseason and made Stewart the everyday catcher August on? They could re-sign Stewart for a year and $500K (slight raise from the $482,500 he’s making this year.) Cervelli or Romine could battle each other for the backup catcher job in spring training.

    I’d rather the Yanks go with Stewart for a year and half a mil than overpay Martin in years and money then possibly be stuck with Martin for those years and money.

  • Monterowasdinero

    Tagging from 2nd on Francouer with one out, down 3-0 and Cano on deck. What were you thinking Curtis?

    • Monterowasdinero

      Sorry-no outs.

  • Betty Lizard

    I saw the next thread, “A loss at every level” and I thought it was the recap.
    :-(