May
12

Game 33: An Old Friend

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(AP Photo/John Froschauer)

Hector Noesi seems to be the forgotten man in the Jesus Montero-Michael Pineda trade. He was slated to be the team’s sixth starter before being dealt away, but Brian Cashman was emphatic in saying that Noesi would work as a starting pitcher in Triple-A instead of serving as the long-man again. I guess that means David Phelps would have still made the Opening Day roster but not gotten starts when Freddy Garcia had to be removed from the rotation. Who knows. Anyway, here’s the starting nine…

DH Derek Jeter
CF Curtis Granderson
3B Alex Rodriguez
2B Robinson Cano
1B Mark Teixeira
RF Nick Swisher
LF Raul Ibanez
Russell Martin
SS Jayson Nixmight as well see what he can do at short

RHP Phil Hughes

Today’s game is scheduled to start a little after 4pm ET and can be seen on YES. Their will be a pre-game ceremony for Yogi Berra’s 87th birthday on the field, so make sure you tune in for that. Enjoy.

Pitching Update: As expected, David Phelps is moving back into the bullpen and will be available tomorrow after starting on Tuesday. Andy Pettitte will take Phelps’ rotation spot. Have to figure Cody Eppley will be sent to Triple-A to accommodate Andy tomorrow.

Categories : Game Threads
  • Yanks27rings

    Is it just me or does it seem like they’re resting Jeter and A-Rod an awful lot this early in the season?

    • RetroRob

      That’s Girardi’s plan. He doesn’t want to wait until they get rundown, which leads to lower production and injuries; he wants to keep them fresh all season long. I felt like he was overdoing it with A-Rod.

      What I am surprised at is he hasn’t given Jeter a single day off. He’s been hitting so much it’s difficult to do, but a day off here and there with the DH-rest days isn’t a bad idea. Jeter will never say anything because he wants to play every game, but the man is turning 38 next month and plays SS.

  • jjyank

    Happy birthday Yogi! Win it for #8 boys.

  • RetroRob

    I wonder if Guidry at 61 could be a LOOGY?

    • jjyank

      Heh he’d probably be better than Rapada.

  • The Guns of Navarone

    So what is Freddy Garcia’s role on this team besides keeping a seat warm? If he’s not going pitch he needs to be released. He’s taking up a spot out there.

    • jjyank

      Yeah I kinda agree. Mike and Joe talked about that on the podcast, and now the Phelps is officially back in the bullpen, he’s really expendable. I liked the ideas they were throwing out about dealing Garcia to an NL team in need of pitching to get a better UTIL guy. I don’t really want him straight up released, but they need to do something with him.

      Probably doesn’t hurt to keep him around to make sure that Pettitte is for real and Hughes doesn’t slip back into implosion mode though.

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

        I rather have them leave Freddy out there to rot as the long man than D.J. Mitchell or someone potentially useful. Garcia’s hardly a problem, really.

        • jjyank

          I guess it depends on how they want to use Phelps though, right? If Phelps is going to be a 1-2 inning reliever, that’s fine. But if Phelps is also a long man, they don’t really need Garcia.

        • CS Yankee

          Agreed

          If Joba and/or DA shows up come August, might they put Phelps down in AAA to get some innings during their final (AAA) month?

          Either way, I believe Sweaty will be around thru the parade and all.

      • The Guns of Navarone

        I agree with your point about Pettitte. He’s an insurance policy, I suppose. But now they have two long men essentially. If Garcia’s going to be kept around then I’d like to see Phelps down in Triple-A getting regular starts.

        • CS Yankee

          Good approach, they could keep him around the Pettitte/Hughes part of the cycle in AAA, and if one pulls something or blows-up ( in that respected order), you got the kid ready to go.

  • jjyank

    Who’d have thought that Ibanez would have 3 game-winning hits my early May? Crazy.

    • jon

      Who’d have thought that Ibanez would have 3 hits my early May? Crazy.

      let me fix that for you

      • jjyank

        I laughed. He did look really awful in spring training, but hey, maybe he turns into a lefty 2010 Marcus Thames. I’m down for that.

        • The Guns of Navarone

          To duplicate that he’d have to OWN Jonathan Papelbon. Can’t quite duplicate that unfortunately.

  • Tom

    It’s a good day to give Nix a shot as it’s not like Hughes is a GB machine out there.

    I think they should have considered either Wise or Jones given Hughes’ FB tendencies (just give Jeter the day off against the righty and DH Ibanez)

    • CS Yankee

      Friend of mine is an AAA GM for the Rox club and he told me, a few year back, that the best guy he has ever seen throughout all the years doing minors, was Jayson Nix…bar none. He seen Nafai, Tulo, Helton to name a few.

      • CS Yankee

        …with the glove of course.

  • The Guns of Navarone

    ePHicient PHil.

    • Cy Pettitte

      is this the first single digit pitch count inning for Phil this year?

      • The Guns of Navarone

        I would bet yes.

  • jjyank

    Good thing Ichiro has no power. Most other hitters, that’s way gone.

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

      But remember, Ichiro could hit 40 homers if he wants to! He just prefers the singles.

    • RetroRob

      Oh, no. The narrative on Ichiro is he could be a 30-HR hitter in the Majors, but he elects not to be that type of hitter.

      Yeah, right!

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

      Haven’t you heard? Ichiro could hit homers if he wanted. He must not have wanted to there.

  • Gone Phishin’

    Quick inning for Phil….love it

  • RetroRob

    Totally thought that was gone.

    Michael Kay seemed to read that one better than me. Time for an eye checkup.

    • Brooklyn Nets

      Same. I thought it was gone. Kay seemed to never think it was.

  • Brooklyn Nets

    I’m rooting for Phil Hughes really hard tonight. I hope he can put it together. This place was pretty pumped for every Hughes minor league start not too long ago.

    • jjyank

      Unfortunately it was kinda long ago. But I’m with you, I’d love for Hughes to figure it all out.

  • Dela G

    95 for noesi in the first!!!???!!

    • Brooklyn Nets

      I know it’s all in my head, but it seems as if every pitcher the Yankees let go (Clippard, Noesi, Kennedy) experiences a boost in velocity and any pitcher we get (Johnson, Pineda, Vazquez) experiences a huge drop.

      What’s the deal?

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

        Kennedy’s velocity didn’t tick up at all and Clippard went to the bullpen.

        • Brooklyn Nets

          Again, I’m aware it could just be in my head. But I saw Kennedy hit 94mph the other day.

          Of course there’s nothing to it but it just seems that way.

      • The Guns of Navarone

        Noesi threw 94 all the time out of the pen last year. And there were off season reports of his velocity picking up as well.

  • RetroRob

    Oscar Gamble. Would love for an Oscar Gamble-like hitter on the Yankees today. Sabermetric types would love him today.

  • Brooklyn Nets

    I look at the trade on the screen:

    Michael Pineda
    Jose Campos

    Jesus Montero
    Hector Noesi

    with the logos displayed next the names and I wish we could undo that trade. I don’t necessarily think it was a terrible trade, but boy do I miss Montero and Noesi.

    • Total Dominication

      Noesi? Really?

      • Brooklyn Nets

        I’m Dominican. We take pride in our players – good or bad.

        • RetroRob

          Okay. Accepted. : -)

    • RetroRob

      Noesi is fungible. Montero is not.

  • RetroRob

    Anyone else uncomfortable with Hughes vs. Montero?

    • Brooklyn Nets

      Yes. But only because Kay gave the “number” story. *Sigh*

      • jjyank

        Hell, I’d be disappointed if I went from being a Yankee to being a Mariner too.

  • jjyank

    Woo Hughes!

  • Brooklyn Nets

    This kid says all the right things. I wish we can sign him. See you in 6 years Jesus?

    • RetroRob

      Hmmmm, will Montero and Harper be free agents at the same time, assuming both don’t sign extensions?

      I am convinced Harper will be a Yankee one day so I’m rooting for early and massive success for him. In this case, I’m happy Boras is Harper’s agent.

  • Brooklyn Nets

    Phil Phrancise. K

  • Cy Pettitte

    wow Phil really dialed it up. that wasn’t a Kauffman Stadium 95.

    • Brooklyn Nets

      Consistently sitting 94-95. I’m at a loss…

      I’m also giddy.

    • jjyank

      Yeah I noticed that too. Real good to see. 95 just off the black is a real good 2-strike pitch.

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

    Wow, this game is flying along early…

  • Total Dominication

    Loving the velocity from Hughes.

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

      I was just thinking that, I’ll be much happier if it’s the same in innings 4-5-6

  • Sansa

    Phil’s getting a lot of fly balls. Very economical. Hope he keeps it up and can get through 7 innings.

    • Brooklyn Nets

      Perfect Phil will be Perfect.

  • Total Dominication

    8 for 9? That’s absurd.

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

    Pitcher facing his former team, advantage pitcher or hitters?

    • Brooklyn Nets

      I want to say it’s an advantage to the pitcher. Considering hitting a baseball is the hardest thing to do in the game coupled with the fact that a pitcher sees his teammates every day.

      I mean, unless you’re Josh Beckett and go golfing on your off days you have to be paying attention to the game right?

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

        I was thinking the same thing, a pitcher gets to see his team mates swing on a regular basis, but a hitter very rarely get’s to see a pitcher’s full stuff while standing in the batters box. Sure you can watch them in the field, but pitches look different when you’re facing them.

  • Brooklyn Nets

    .221/.276 eek. After a two-hit night?

    Boy can anyone imagine the reaction Alex would have gotten if he regressed so mightily after he got here?

  • jjyank

    SHIFT THIS BITCH!

  • Cy Pettitte

    fuck you shift.

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

    Hey hey, Mark Teixeira contributed to the offense.

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

      Against a RHP no less!

    • Total Dominication

      Well it’s May now.

  • Sansa

    Maybe Mark is showing signs of coming alive.

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

    Joe Maddon would have put the RF in a position to catch that ball.

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

    Fuckin’ Raul Ibanez man.

  • RetroRob

    Screw Johnny Damon (who I wanted).

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

      I know he just came back, but holy crap does he look awful. Both at the plate and in the field, it’s bad.

      • RetroRob

        Right. I’m not reaching for the fork just yet since he’s basically in spring training against players in full-season mode, but it hasn’t been pretty.

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

    Lord Voldemort uses a clutch spell.

    • jjyank

      Hector Noesi must be a Gryffindor.

  • jjyank

    Raul Ibanez is en fuego right now.

  • Dan in Atlanta

    Good job zombie Ibanez.

  • Total Dominication

    Stand in awe of the power of Lord Voldemort!!!

  • Cy Pettitte

    I can’t believe Ibanez is probably our most clutch hitter right now

  • GardnergoesYardner

    Ibanez’s swing makes me want to vomit, it’s so ugly. However…

    RAUL IS COOL!!!

  • Brooklyn Nets

    I would pick you up in fantasy Martin but I have Carlos Santana.

    • jjyank

      Yeah, I would too, but I have McCann.

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

    All aboard the Russ Bus.

  • jjyank

    Yeahh Russ! Hopefully that’s a sign of a turn around for him.

  • Total Dominication

    By the way, Voldemort always talks about “the power of Lord Voldermort”. We definitely need to integrate the power aspect into the meme when Ibanez goes extra bases.

  • Cy Pettitte

    Russell! looks like early 2011 Russ is back.

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

    Martin and Tex? IN THE SAME INNING????

    • GardnergoesYardner

      *IN THE SAME GAME????

      Fixed.

  • jjyank

    Hmm I didn’t realize they altered Martin’s mechanics. Hopefully it works for him.

  • The Guns of Navarone

    Nice to see Russell get something going.

  • Matthew

    Mar-tan!

  • Brooklyn Nets

    Our easy out hit it out?

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

    Jayson Nix!

  • Cy Pettitte

    Nix!!! what the fuck is going on right now.

  • jjyank

    Wow. Was this the craziest offensive inning of 2012 or what?

  • Brooklyn Nets

    Best. Trade. Ever!!

    • jjyank

      Duh, the Yankees don’t trade players, they trade sleeper agents. Just ask Aceves and Melancon. Montero probably just hit a home run last night to remind the Yankees to pay him.

    • Preston

      Hector Noesi sleeper cell spy is working out marvelously.

  • Total Dominication

    Jayson Nix?

  • Sansa

    Kevin Long is a genius. If Martin starts hitting this lineup will be unstoppable. NOW NIX GOES DEEP!!!!!!!!

  • The Guns of Navarone

    Has Noesi thrown an off speed pitch in this game?

  • Dan in Atlanta

    Stupid Nix. Doesn’t he know how home runs kill rallies.

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

    That was such a YS3 home run.

    Did anyone hear Sterling’s call?

    • Brooklyn Nets

      If it’s Jayson New York Knicks I’ll puke.

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

        The New York Nix!

      • Rooting For U.S. Steel

        Don’t think Sterling gave one. He babbled on about Nix having gone 0 for 7 as a Yankee, and then Suzyn started in with a story and the moment passed…

        or perhaps he hasn’t had a chance to come up with anything yet, and was covering and vamping…

        • GardnergoesYardner

          Sometimes he doesn’t make calls, if it’s like a backup player.

        • GardnergoesYardner

          Also, I love your handle.

          • Rooting For U.S. Steel

            Thank you!

            And I always thought Sterling was pretty consistent about coming up with HR calls… this is the first one I can remember in which he hasn’t had one.

            If Nix keeps fielding decently, Sterling’s gonna have to get on the case (although the evil part of me is hoping that, come next year, it’s a moot point).

            • GardnergoesYardner

              I don’t think Nix will be around for long. If he is, then that means Nunez is more of a fielding haack than we thought.

    • Erica

      Just the usual “that ball is high, it is far, it is gone” etc- nothing rhyming with “Nix” just yet.

  • GardnergoesYardner

    Is this a Yankees Classics game that nobody told me about? Because too many things are going right today.

    • Brooklyn Nets

      It will be when Perfect Phil pitches a perfect game on Yogi Berra’s…wait…this narrative I’ve seen it.

  • Matthew

    The game of the unlikely offense.

    Nix really nixed that pitch from Noesi, huh. (I couldn’t resist.)

  • ShouchBant

    Beautiful.

  • Need Pitching

    lol … Jeter trying to bunt in a 4-run inning with 4 extra base hits in the inning

    • ROBTEN

      Seriously, what is the thought process there? Does he feel bad for Noesi? It’s almost like a fear of making the last out, so instead you make a play that seems all “gritty” and “team-first,” but is just dumb.

      Of course, it could be that he figures the defense is playing back, given the series of extra base hits, so he can sneak one down the line. But still, even if this were the case, they’re playing back because of the back to back to back to back extra base hits.

      Ugh.

      Oh well. Internet rant over.

      • RetroRob

        If he thought he could get it down for a hit then why not?

  • GardnergoesYardner

    Nix does the tricks.
    Nix had a fix.
    Nix ensured that all of the fans recieved fair value for their tix.

    If Sterling needs a call for him, he knows who to call.

  • Sansa

    Now Phil can just pitch and dominate this weak lineup. Cone said Phil is unbeatable when given a 3+ run lead.

  • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

    It’s a fight at the bat rack!

  • Brooklyn Nets

    Justin Smoak can’t hit anyone but our pitchers? Ugh.

  • GardnergoesYardner

    There goes the no hitter and perfect game.

  • Brooklyn Nets

    This is where Hughes usually pisses leads away. Men on base.

    Come on Phil.

    • Total Dominication

      Well, all leads are lost involving men on base.

      • Brooklyn Nets

        Yes, but Hughes usually shows a very strong inability to make good pitches with men on base.

        And not all leads lost involve men on base. Solo homers and the like.

  • Brooklyn Nets

    What a pitch by Hughes. Was that a slider?

  • Brooklyn Nets

    I remember this Hughes. Fastball, Curveball + working quickly. Now with a solid changeup. I think I see a slider or two a game? I know he threw it in the minors but sometimes what is called his curve really looks like a slider to me.

    • jjyank

      He throws a cutter, which is similar to a slider but a little less movement and a little more speed. Right? I thought Hughes scrapped the slider.

      • Brooklyn Nets

        Same. But I saw something at 84 mph with some bite. Maybe a changeup? But it didn’t have the vertical movement of a change. Maybe a circle changeup?

        • jjyank

          I don’t think he throws a circle change either. I mean, Hughes knows how to throw a slider obviously, maybe he still busts it out every once in a blue moon, or maybe he’s just trying to change speeds with the cutter.

  • jjyank

    Wow guys. But LOL on the play at second.

  • Sansa

    Jesus. What the hell were they doing? Lucky to get the force.

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

    That ball needs to be caught, but nice recovery to get the out anyway.

  • The Guns of Navarone

    Sometimes Robbie makes you want to kick him in the gut.

    Sometimes.

  • RetroRob

    A WTF that turned out okay.

  • GardnergoesYardner

    Lolz Kay called Swisher Nick Johnson. I was in another room, and I ran back when I heard that, out of fear that someone let Nick Johnson into the Stadium.

    • Brooklyn Nets

      What do you expect from a man who doesn’t know the difference between a plate appearance and an at-bat?

      • GardnergoesYardner

        I guess you’re right. Still, I feel like he messes up names almost daily. I can remember at least three times where he’s called Girardi “Torre”.

  • Total Dominication

    Well, Swish is supposed to make the throws, so Cano was fine to just stop when it fell in. Still, weird play.

  • Brooklyn Nets

    I can realllllyy get used to this Phil.

  • Cy Pettitte

    Hughes is a pop up machine

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

      Yeah, it’s interesting. Do you prefer some more homers and fewer hits allowed overall (fly ball pitcher) or fewer homers and more hits allowed in general (ground ball pitcher)? You can make a real strong case that the first guy is better than the second, especially if he limits walks.

      • Brooklyn Nets

        That’s a real interesting take on it. I always thought you preferred the latter, though, just by reading some of your work.

        I don’t mind fly ball pitchers, even at Yankee Stadium, if they limit walks.

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

          I have preferred ground ball guys basically forever, but I’m starting to see the value in fly balls. Yankee Stadium makes things a little tricky though.

          • jjyank

            I think our improved outfield defense in recent years helps. When we had Matsui, Damon, and Abreu running around out there, a ground ball guy might have been better. But with Gardner, Granderson, and Swisher, a fly ball might have more value than they used to.

            • Brooklyn Nets

              This is a really great point. Yankee Stadium 1 with our horrendous outfield required ground ball pitchers.

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

              That’s a good point.

          • Brooklyn Nets

            It’s really easy to distinguish the good ground ball guys vs the bad ground ball gays. But I’m curious if there’s any statistical way to sort the good fly ball guys all things considered (ballpark, opponents, etc…).

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

              I honestly have no idea. Like I said, I’m new to this whole “fly ball pitchers are good too!” thing.

  • Sansa

    Pop fly pop fly pop fly. 35 pitches through 3! Go Philly!

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

    I cannot believe customers have caused me to miss a big inning again :( and Hughes gave up a hit :( I had a weird feeling lol.

    • jjyank

      I thought we went over this last night.

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

        We also went over the whole mess of pretty girls that come into this store.

        • jjyank

          Touche, sir.

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

          Where do you work, if you don’t mind me asking?

  • jjyank

    Hughes looks good so far, but I would love to see the Yankees keep it going and hang a real crooked number on Noesi anyway. I’m still a little nervous about Hughes.

  • RetroRob

    The Granderson home/road splits mean little. Timing of hot streaks early in the season.

  • Brooklyn Nets

    .294/.396 5 homeruns a month?

    I sign up for that right now from Alex.

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

      In a heartbeat.

      • Total Dominication

        So that’s basically 300/400 and 30 home runs. That’s enough to be the best 3rd baseman in baseball this year. (Cabrera excluded, because his D is just sooooo bad).

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

          I actually saw Cabrera make some pretty remarkable plays a couple days ago.

          • Brooklyn Nets

            And opening day. He was fantastic opening day.

          • CS Yankee

            You mean Broadway plays?

  • Brooklyn Nets

    Robinson Cano’s ability to hit anything thrown near the plate hurts him.

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

    Easy trivia, it’s Moyer.

    • jjyank

      What was the question, what pitcher started opening day in 1912?

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

        Freddy Garcia had 18 wins for the 2001 Mariners, who was the only pitcher to have more?

        • jjyank

          Without looking anything up, what about Randy Johnson?

          • jjyank

            Never mind, 2001 Mariners. Nix (pun intended) that.

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

            He was out of Seattle by then.

        • Brooklyn Nets

          I don’t know. I’ll go Abbot.

          • Brooklyn Nets

            But then again why would Abbot be relevant. So Moyer is probably right. Didn’t even know he wont 20 games.

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

      Active pitcher with most wins/innings pitched/views of the Big Bang for the Mariners?

  • Brooklyn Nets

    Please Gardy just don’t pick up a bat. Just get better.

  • RetroRob

    Jason Nix’s answer: I watched Nunez’s defense and knew I’d be called up soon.

    • Erica

      That’s ENTIRELY feasible.

  • Cy Pettitte

    2 hits on 2 ground balls. moar fly balls Phil.

  • RetroRob

    Do not allow men on in front of Montero. Not sure why, but I don’t like Hughes’ style vs. Montero. Fastball, flyball.

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

    It’s like the Yankees don’t know Montero is an opposite field hitter. Everything’s away.

    • Brooklyn Nets

      And the kid is making a conscious effort to go the other way. I don’t understand it either.

    • RetroRob

      I’ve always believed that really dangerous hitters’ strengths sit right next to their greatest weakness. In Montero’s case, he will chase outside pitches. Miss by an inch and you’re screwed.

      • jjyank

        That’s true, they were setting up pretty far outside, not really on the corner.

    • Tom

      When was the last time you saw Hughes pitch inside regularly to a righty?

    • Reggie C.

      The binder is incomplete.

      Or maybe Montero hanging around the stadium was subterfuge for him to get to the binder.

      • GardnergoesYardner

        How many people think “The Binder” is really the New York Post so Joe can read when the game gets boring?

  • Brooklyn Nets

    WHERE DID THAT MISS?

  • Greg

    Oh that was a strike

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

    ball 4 was close…

  • RetroRob

    This guy is dangerous.

    • RetroRob

      …or not.

  • Tom

    O-2 to walk for a guy that doesn’t walk a lot…

    Hughes still wastes way too many pitches trying to setup a K… other than ball 4 none of them were close enough to make Montero consider them.

    • Greg

      Ball 4 was a strike. That should have been a K

    • RetroRob

      That gets to the heart of why the Montero vs. Hughes matchup makes me a bit nervous, as well as my comment to Mike that the most dangerous hitters are ones whose strengths and weakness sit right on top of each other. Montero has great opposite field power, but chases outside pitches. That’s dangerous in the hands of a pitcher who has weak command, as Hughes does.

  • Brooklyn Nets

    All of these Montero stories make the trade harder. I wish Kay would stop. :(

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

      so happy I’m listening to the game. Sterling’s stories are so incoherent and difficult to follow it’s hard to even know if the story is about Montero. and usually the stories about people who died at least a decade ago.

    • GardnergoesYardner

      Agreed! He’s like “Montero stares longingly into the right field stands…”

      I secretly think Kay’s a troll, he just chooses to do it over TV instead of on blogs.

      • Brooklyn Nets

        +1

        Greatest description of Michael Kay I’ve ever read.

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

        Secretly?

  • Total Dominication

    All these stories are making me love him even more. In a little less than 5 years, I look forward to welcoming him as our replacement for Tex.

    • Brooklyn Nets

      I really hope you’re right. Because as a fan, I love nothing more than knowing the players I pay good money to see love playing for the team as much as i love rooting for it.

    • Reggie C.

      But how could we afford both Montero and Harper?

      /daydreamin’

      • Total Dominication

        Well they’ll be replacing the Tex and A-rod contracts respectively. Just as Strasburg will replace CC’s.

  • Brooklyn Nets

    Where the heck did that one miss? Come on ump.

  • Cy Pettitte

    finally Phil gets a call.

  • jjyank

    Niiiice Hughes.

  • Erica

    Phabulous!

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

      So Erica, how was having a social life and leaving the game early last night =P

      • jjyank

        Lame I bet. All the cool kids hang at RAB.

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

          I agree. But let’s see if she can defend herself.

        • Erica

          Um, well, we ARE cool because we’re not at LoHud, right?

      • Erica

        Ha! I still managed to watch the rest of the game because my boyfriend and I dropped by a local bar for a friend’s birthday. While everyone was being normal and socializing, I was busy inhaling my beer and focusing only on the TV.

        hashtagSERIOUSABOUTBASEBALL

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

          Haha, I know that feeling
          Normal Person:”Oh, hey how’s it going?”
          Me: “Well, the Yankees have two runners on, and no out.”
          Normal Person: “No, I mean how’s it going with you?”
          Me: “Who cares Lord Voldermort just went yard, again.”

          • Erica

            EXACTLY. Exactly exactly exactly. And if I’m on the phone and something happens, I don’t care what the hell is being said on the other end of the line, I am interrupting the other person and yelling about what’s going on.

            It’s a wonder people like us have friends.

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

              Haha, apart from one of my friends, I’m forbidden to talk about baseball around them. When my one friend hosts our group he refuses to put on baseball because I want the Yankee game and my one friend who also follows the greatest game ever follows the Mets.

              • Erica

                Haha! What a bummer! You must get so much joy out of ribbing your Mets fan friend… though the way they’re playing this year, I mean… can the usual jokes and insults work? They’re kind of holding their own and it’s a little terrifying.

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

                  Haha, whenever he says that I just remind him it’s May.

                  • Erica

                    Yes. I told my Dodgers fan friend that it’s only May and he got all ornery.

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

                      Haha, I always get the “yeah, well…we’ll just see…”

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

    Ha, this strike zone is ridiculous. Ball four to Montero was right there, strike 3 to Carp was a full ball-length off the outside corner.

  • The Guns of Navarone

    Not for nothing but Hughes’ command has been really spotty today. Martin is reaching over the plate for a lot of fastballs and there have been some right down the middle the Ms are just plain missing. They also haven’t offered at his curve ball at all. This is such a bad offense and he’s doing the right thing in attacking the hitters. But I thought he looked much better against the Royals.

    • Tom

      He has been missing quite a bit…. he’s also been hanging curves up in the zone and for some reason he continues to throw changeups either up or in the middle of the zone (height wise).

      Not sure if he can’t command the change down, but a good hitting team would be hitting some of these mistakes.

  • Total Dominication

    Jesus will still go into the hall as a Yankee. I’m calling it. He becomes one of the best bats in baseball in the next 5 years, learns first base, and then signs a Teixeira’-esque deal when he’s a 27 year old FA.

    • GardnergoesYardner

      Yeah, but the magic of Jesus was the money that we weren’t paying him. With a Tex like deal, there’ll be a lot more pressure, and 95% of fans will realize that he wasn’t as good as we thought he was.

      • Total Dominication

        Well this is kinda hinged on him becoming that type of hitter.

        • GardnergoesYardner

          You obviously don’t realize how great some people thought he was.

          • Total Dominication

            Tex in the years leading up to his Yankee deal was ridiculous.

    • Erica

      One can only hope that his Tex-esque deal will be with the Yankees so that all the ledge-jumpers can quietly retreat inside.

      • Total Dominication

        Well obviously, that’s why he’s going into the hall as a Yankee.

        • Erica

          Well, even if his Tex-esque deal is signed with, like, the Pirates, he is still going in as a Yankee.

  • Brooklyn Nets

    haha Raul Ibanez

  • Greg

    KNEEL BEFORE THE COUNT!

  • Dela G

    RAUUUULLLL!!!!

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

    Haha Raul.

  • Erica

    VOLDEMORT USES HIS POWERZ WTF

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

    Rauuuuuuuuuul!

  • Cy Pettitte

    Ibanez holy fucking shit. that was a monster shot.

  • Karl Krawfid

    I said Damn.

  • Total Dominication

    Tremble in fear at the power of Lord Voldemort!!!!!!

  • GardnergoesYardner

    RAUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUULLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    is cool

    • Mike c

      raul = so cool

      • GardnergoesYardner

        Yeah I know, I just feel like that doesn’t work. It’s not even a sentence.

        Of course, this matters to Sterling not one bit.

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

    Lord Voldermort makes the ball disappear.

    • Total Dominication

      Really? Is Voldemort a magician now?

      • GardnergoesYardner

        He’s a wizard…

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

        He’s a wizard. He does real magic. Duh.

        • Total Dominication

          Right, but the ball disappearing is kinda beneath him no? What is he, a performer at a magic show?

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

        Making stuff disappear is like 1st year Charms.

        Yes. I am a loser.

        • Total Dominication

          Nah, the disillusionment charm is OWL level.

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

            Wow…I just got out losered. Congrats I’m laughing so hard I’m crying. Are you sure it was OWL and not NEWT?

            • Total Dominication

              Actually, u might be right.

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

                Thinking about it though, the disillusionment charm doesn’t make something disappear in the way we’re discussing, it just makes something semi invisible. He’s obviously using the opposite of the Summoning charm.

  • RetroRob

    The thing about Ibanez, if you think he’s hit the ball well, you know it’s gone. I looked at that off the bat and knew it was going over the wall.

  • aRX

    Insane…absolutely insane.

  • Mike c

    raul ibanez everybody

  • Matthew

    Imagine how surprised we’d have been in Spring if somebody told us that Ibanez would be hitting better than Teixeira in May, and maybe—*shudder*—for the entire season.

  • YankeesJunkie

    Ibanez has been a pleasant surprise, can not wait till Gardner comes back so we don’t have see him on the field.

  • Erica

    My Phillies Phan Phriend was so so so right about Teh_Awesome that is Raul Ibanez.

    • GardnergoesYardner

      I have a friend who’s a major Phillies Phan and he would not stop ripping Ibanez. I’m like, “Dude, we have almost no money invested in him.” Still, he just went on and on.

      Of course, this guy’s favorite player is Carlos Ruiz, so take of this what you will.

      • Erica

        My sympathies for your friend. Introduce him to a real team!

        • GardnergoesYardner

          Trust me, these Phillies fan are mentally out there. There is no other team.

          • Erica

            Red Sox? Red Sox.

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

              I actually get along with a couple Red Sox fans. We rip on each other playfully when one team is going poorly, but I can’t stand Philly sports fans. My one friend slept with a Phillie fan…I couldn’t look her in the eyes for weeks.

              • jjyank

                Seeing as I went to school in Red Sox territory, I had no choice. But seriously though, I have some very close friends who are Red Sox fans. Every fan base has their crazies, but the Red Sox are certainly not as bad as Phillies fans.

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

              I have to say though…I haven’t spoken to any of my Sox fan friends about baseball in a couple of weeks. I actually feel bad for them, because they’re my friends…but I love that the Sox are doing poorly so I’ve kept my mouth shut.

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

            I’ve always said it takes a very different mind to root for a Philadelphia sports team. They threw snowballs at Santa!!

            • GardnergoesYardner

              Yeah, I agree. I’ve seen more devoted fans, but there’s just something…different about the Philly fans. Like you get the sense that it’s more than a game.

  • DM

    Jack Curry update from the trainer’s table in the stadium.

    Russell Branyan says, “That’s it. I give up.”

    • GardnergoesYardner

      +1

  • Tom

    Nice change by Hughes below the zone… if he can do that consistently…

    And as I type this he does it again to get a quick groundball.

  • YankeesJunkie

    I know that the two offenses that Hughes has faced have not been overpowering these are promising starts.

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

      KC’s line up isn’t dreadful.

      • Brooklyn Nets

        It’s actually very good.

        • jjyank

          Lots of potential, for sure.

      • YankeesJunkie

        They have wRC+ 97 so about average.

  • Cy Pettitte

    If Phil can get by on pretty much fastball/curve the first and second time through the line up and then starting mixing in that change up, look out.

  • Brooklyn Nets

    Phil Phranchise :D

  • Brooklyn Nets

    I know this is an odd thought but…do you guys think Jeter and Alex will try to out last the other?

    Who retires first?

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

      Jeter, I think Alex’s contract runs longer and both retire at the end of their respective deals.

    • Erica

      That’s a terrifying thought. I’d say Jeter. But… no. I don’t know.

      • RetroRob

        I don’t think either’s decision will be impacted by the other, but if one was trying to outlast the other I would go the opposite. Totally A-Rod. He’s always been fascinated by Jeter. Jeter, on the other hand, does his own thing.

        Fortunately, neither seems anywhere near close to being done, and I’m very happy to write that statement after where Jeter was early last year.

  • Brooklyn Nets

    Derek Jeter being awesome is AWESOME.

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

      Brooklyn Nets, are you somebody that posts regularly using a different handle? I’m just curious because I’ve never seen the name and you seam way to reasonable to be new here.

      • Brooklyn Nets

        Heh. I just felt like posting today, really. I’ve lurked here for years. Maybe posted once or twice under random handles but nothing consistent.

        • Erica

          We like you. Stay this way.

          • Brooklyn Nets

            Thanks for the welcome (everyone below as well). It’s been a good experience. I’ll definitely post when I can.

            • RetroRob

              Stick around. We lost some of the more reasoned posters here, either completely or reduced volume, to balance out the crazies.

              TommieSmithJohnCarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder was strong enough to be five reasoned people. It was like losing Mariano!

              Erica needs to stick, too. We lost some of the females from here too, like Bexy.

              • jjyank

                She seems pretty committed I think.

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

          Cool, welcome aboard. There are some nice people on here, I started posting regularly last summer and I felt welcomed immediately. Mike even answers my questions during Chats sometimes now!!!

          • jjyank

            I’m actually a pretty new edition myself. I didn’t start commenting regularly until the offseason, but I’ve been a lurker pretty much since RAB’s inception.

            • GardnergoesYardner

              I’ve been reading for at least two years, but I made a handle right after Pineda/Montero and started commenting. With schoolwork and rowing, I haven’t had as much time anymore, but I pop up on weekends. I’ve found that generally this site is great in that it is basically fan driven. Lots of great people and a great place to talk Yankees.

          • RetroRob

            Maybe your questions are just getting better? : -)

        • jjyank

          Always welcome more rational voices.

          • Mariano’s Pimp Hand

            5 run leads help keep the conversation reasonable on here.

            • jjyank

              Heh, very true.

  • Brooklyn Nets

    If Hughes can get through this inning facing tops one over the minimum He can get through 2 more relatively easily.

  • Tyrone Sharpton

    yea, hughes is such a fuckin bust, huh…glad to see him bouncing back

  • Greg

    Nice turn

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

    Cano: Godly Pivot.

  • Brooklyn Nets

    Thank the Lord for Cano’s ability to release the ball so quickly.

  • Mike HC

    Hughes must be thinking, “so this is what it must be like for Kennedy in the NL West.”

    • jjyank

      I laughed.

  • Brooklyn Nets

    How about that for Phil Hughes ladies and gentlemen? 6.0 IP 0.00 ERA 0.57 WHIP. Sitting 93-95 and actually throwing a curveball or two for a strike.

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

      more please. If he could do this in 40-60% of his starts for the remainder of the season I feel very very positive about our chances to do Great things this year.

      • V

        If he could do this in 40-60% of his starts, he’d be one of the best pitchers in baseball ;-)

  • Cy Pettitte

    Philthy Phranchise phrusting the phutile Mariners

    • Cy Pettitte

      phrustrating*

  • Total Dominication

    The Perfect Game? Really? I thought that would be dead last.

  • The Miracle Stick

    I was a fan of the Pineda trade.

    …sorry, Noesi.

  • Mike HC

    It is a home game against the Mariners. Hughes is looking great, but I’m not exactly sure he is quite out the woods yet.

    • YankeesJunkie

      Hopefully one more inning before he gets lifted and can leave with seven innings of shutout ball.

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

        Yeah, Eppley’s going down for Pettitte tomorrow. Wear him out and let him throw 40+ pitches in the eighth and ninth if needed.

  • Total Dominication

    Sooooo close.

  • Brooklyn Nets

    I will always believe Hughes has the potential to be great despite his setbacks.

    May 1, 2007. Most exciting and devastating non-playoff game I’ve ever watched in my life.

  • Brooklyn Nets

    No big deal Phil. Just get through 7. Shake it off.

  • YankeesJunkie

    I guess it would not be Hughes start without him giving up a home run, oh well…

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

    No biggie Philbert.

  • Brooklyn Nets

    Good changeup. Philthy changeup!

    Good game.

  • Gone Phishin’

    He comes out to start the 8th right?

    • Brooklyn Nets

      Torn. It’s a long season.

      I can understand if Joe want’s to sit him now and send him onward to his next start with some confidence.

      On the other hand, I don’t see the harm in letting him go batter by batter.

    • Mike HC

      I would bring him for the 8th. Go batter to batter. He is finally in a groove, let him stay out there.

      • Gone Phishin’

        Well with no one warming I would say so

    • DM

      He should. We’ll need plenty of bullpen tomorrow.

    • RetroRob

      I’d like for him to come back out. I like to push starters as long as they’re not laboring. It’s not just pitch counts, but the very act of getting up, sitting down, getting back up. I don’t think he’s made it to the 8th this year, so now’s the time. It’ll make him stronger for when he needs to reach back in future starts.

  • Mike HC

    wow … nice couple

  • YankeesJunkie

    Great start by Phil, lets see how long he can keep it going.

  • jjyank

    Nix the Stix!

  • Brooklyn Nets

    Michael Kay made the awful pun that I thought Sterling would make. Can always count on Kay.

  • V

    Am I a bad person if I irrationally hate Jayson Nix for hitting the ball that Mariano got hurt on?

    • jjyank

      You’re not a bad person, but it is irrational.

    • Ethan

      Yes

    • Betty Lizard

      I had already forgotten that. I’m way to lazy to remember all that stuff.

  • Cy Pettitte

    Boone the LEDGY – lefty every day guy

  • Greg

    Ooh get out the cookies. Logan’s up

    • jjyank

      I got a whole bucket ready. Also got the hose in the other hand, just in case.

  • jjyank

    If you had told me like 3 weeks ago that Hughes would be pitching in the 8th inning and still be a starter, I would have LOLed. Yay Phil Hugheslladay.

  • YankeesJunkie

    Hughes’s velocity has been the most promising this year, hopefully more results will continue to come, if not he will be a great arm in the pen.

  • jjyank

    Curve still looks sharp in the 8th. I like.

  • tabbert

    This is what we have been missing all season. Getting very good, deep starts from multiple starts in a row. We don’t need the offense to score a billion runs, we just need to keep them in the game. It also good not falling behind in the first inning like we did so many times earlier this year. With pettitte coming back, the rotation is really starting to shape up into a strength again.

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

      I’d like them to score once more so I can get a super cheap lunch from Papa John’s tomorrow.

  • RetroRob

    Shades of the 2001 World Series.

  • Kevin G.

    The straight cheap-ass hits don’t let Hughes finish eight

  • Total Dominication

    Fucking dinky hits. HUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUGHES!

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

    Phillie getting Phunky late :( it’s ok though. He pitched excellently tonight.

  • YankeesJunkie

    Sad to see two dinky hits knock him out, but it is what it is.

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

    Stupid BABIP

    Awesome start phor Phil.

  • smurfy

    What a pop up day for Phil. He’s the King.

  • jjyank

    Nice to hear the HUUUUUUUUUGHES call, and know for once that he’s not just being boo’ed.

    • VinRae

      The Huuuuuughes call always reminds me of the Moooose calls.

      • jjyank

        Unfortunately, it also reminds me of YOOOOOOUK.

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

    I hope Boone doesn’t allow inhereted runners to score. 7 2/3rds one run, six hits for Hughes is just a great line.

    • The Miracle Stick

      Your wish is my command.

      I paid a “visit” to Ichiro while he was on deck.

  • tabbert

    one hell of a outing by hughes.

  • OriginalMe

    Loving what I’m seeing here. Glad to see Hughsie throwing a good game for once.

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

      or twice in a row.

  • jjyank

    Is it me or has Logan’s slider looked much better this year? Has it always been that good?

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

      I don’t think it looks any better but he’s using it A LOT more often.

      • jjyank

        That might be it too.

  • RetroRob

    I do not want to see Montero this inning.

    • RetroRob

      …and I won’t.

  • Greg

    COOOOOOOKIES!

    • The Miracle Stick

      *puts hose away*

      GOOOOD LOOGY, GOOOOD.

      • jjyank

        Damn it.

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

    Well done Logan…can’t do too much better than a four pitch strike out.

    • jjyank

      Um, yes he can, three pitches. What a bust.

  • tabbert

    Logan can be pretty damn filthy.

  • Ethan

    Wait, logan got a left out?

  • jjyank

    I read that backstory write up on this guy that Mike linked to in the series preview. Really cool story. Considering that the Yankees are already winning, I kinda hope that he strikes out the side so a bar in Tuscon goes nuts.

    • RetroRob

      Is that the Mariner with the rebuilt arm? Didn’t read it.

      • jjyank

        See the below comment(s).

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

    Tom Wilhelmsen is now one of my favorite players in baseball. busted for smoking pot, got got suspended, said fuck it I have enough money right now…quit, “back packed” (read smoked) his way around the world, and is now pitching again. Talk about living the dream.

    • jjyank

      Agreed. He’s like Dennis Quade in The Rookie, only instead of being 40 and a science teacher, he’s a borderline hippie.

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

        Haha, borderline? I mean kudos for being nice but…no need to sugar coat it, dude’s a hippie.

        • jjyank

          I took hippie points away for not having Manny Ramirez dreads.

    • Dela G

      he’s blowin by the yanks, though

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

        Completely ok, we’re already winning…you cant come back simply by pitching well.

  • tabbert

    Why cant the mariners play on the east coast? It would be really nice if they were in the AL EAST.

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

    Ok, let’s bring Jeter home so I can eat cheap courtesy of papa johns tomorrow.

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

      Thank’s very much Robbie :)

    • RetroRob

      What does that mean?

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

        If you live in the NY Area the day after the Yankees score 6+ runs and win, if you go to papajohns.com and type in Yankees6 in the promo code you get half off your order. It’s really a beautiful thing.

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

          I mean, I’m not a huge fan of fast food pizza but hell, I am a fan of cheap food because of being poor so I’ll take it.

          • jjyank

            I used to deliver pizza for Dominos. They get a bad rap, but I could eat their cheesy bread all day every day.

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

              Meh, after delivering for a “real” pizza place, and living off of that style of pizza it’s taken me a while to get back to “fast food” style pizza.

              • jjyank

                Well like I said, I didn’t eat their pizza, I ate their cheesy break haha.

                • jjyank

                  *bread

            • RetroRob

              Dominos pizza has gotten much better, but also more expensive.

  • jjyank

    “Will the real Robbie Cano please stand up?”

    “Oh, you did stand up. Well I guess we’re not gonna have a problem here.”

  • V

    wooo, the 3 Yankees on my fantasy team go 1/12 :-(

    • jjyank

      Heh yeah, I have Swish, A-Rod, and Gardner. Sad day for me.

  • tabbert

    That’s why i don’t pick yankees for my fantasy team. Even when the yanks win, i will be pissed if certain guys didn’t get me points. I just avoid that headache altogether these days. I just take all the cardinals players.

    • jjyank

      But when they do well, it’s extra awesome. It’s better than taking Red Sox players or something. Plus they have plenty of good players, so many times it’s the smart draft pick regardless.

    • RetroRob

      I rarely have Yankees because they get over priced (I play in an auction league) in the NY area. I do get Red Sox players. I don’t root for them. I just check the boxscores and my team’s standings after all the games have been played. My league is way too competitive for me not to draft some of the better players because they’re on the Red Sox, especially if they come at a slight discount.

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

    So Boone Logan strikes out Jesus.

  • Dela G

    hahaha i love that little girl eating ice cream. adorable

  • mustang

    Someday Montero might be someone to fear, but right now I just don’t see it.

    He still very young.

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

    what in gods name is going on on the field…Sterling is confusing the fuck out of me.

    • jjyank

      Was called a home run, but it wasn’t. That gets overturned, easy. Off the top of the wall and came back, no fan interference.

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

        Ok so not gone. I’m taking your word.

  • Dela G

    lol at the pansies who move out of the way of a potential home run ball

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

      +1. catch the ball. it doesn’t hurt that much, or for that long. You’ll forget about the pain by the end of the game and have the ball for as long as you want.

    • Hall and Nokes

      That was the best 15 seconds of tv all week. “That young lady wanted no part of that ball”

  • Sansa

    Not a HR.

  • tabbert

    The only yankees i would take for fantasy would be Cano,grandy,jeter and maybe arod if there is no better option at 3b. Grandy, tex, strikeout waaaaay too much for my fantasy liking.

    • jjyank

      But if Tex can hit 30-40 home runs, there’s a lot of value in that. Also, no Gardner? a guy like that can win your steals category easily.

  • RetroRob

    I’m fine with instant replay.

    • jjyank

      The only thing that I don’t like about instant replay is that it isn’t used enough.

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

        replay for trap plays, fair/foul, homers and such, close plays at the bag, and a robot calling balls and strikes would be a great use of technology in baseball.

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

          It really is a shame that MLB is more concerned about expanding the playoffs so they can get more money, and eliminating the Jeff Nelson move.

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

            I’ll never get my robot behind the plate :( the Umpire’s union would never allow it.

          • jjyank

            I agree completely. That should have been the priority, but there’s not money in that so they don’t care.

  • Total Dominication

    BS, there’s no reason for the mariners to send him home.

    • RetroRob

      That’s a valid point. Wasn’t even thinking that. They probably would have held him just because they wouldn’t want to run into the potential out.

  • RetroRob

    Dinner plans. Please end this now.

  • tabbert

    i play in a points league. My outfield is ryan braun,Carlos beltran, Melky, Lance Berkman,shane victorino, so… i would pass on gardy 10 times out 10.

    As for tex, i have konerko at first. not to mention there are several players you can draft deeper in the draft that can put up close to the same amount of points as tex. Low average guys are not the way to go in fantasy.

    • RetroRob

      I’m guessing you play mixed league.

    • jjyank

      So what, that’s your team. Some guys focus on the infield in the early rounds, so Gardner can become a steal. Or if you focus on outfield, Tex can be a steal. Don’t act like they’re useless fantasy guys, because that’s stupid.

      • jjyank

        Additionally, “low average guys” depends on your team. If you’re weak on home runs, but have other high average guys, Tex is a huge asset. Just because they don’t fit for your team doesn’t mean they’re bad fantasy picks. I got Gardner in like, the 15th round. That’s insanely valuable for that round. I focused on Votto, J Upton, HanRam, McCann, etc. in the early rounds. Every team is different.

        • RetroRob

          Yeah, I find it funny when people have power opinions and want to give fantasy baseball advice without really understanding the league, competition, your team’s strengths, etc. I’ll give my advice on players, but without understanding the rest, it’s all kind of pointless.

  • Racketeering

    I remember way back when people said Smoak was Tex-lite. I see they were right.

    • Hall and Nokes

      I want to see Smoak hit some pop ups with 10 seconds of hang time before I go there.

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

    THAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA YANKEES W-HIN!

  • Dela G

    what a sweet sweeping slider.

    yankees win!

  • RetroRob

    I think that might have been a ball, but the umpire wants to go home.

  • tabbert

    Josh willingham has 30 more fantasy pts this year than tex. Just goes to show you how over valued Tex is in fantasy baseball. Willingham didn’t even get drafted in majority of the leagues.

    • jjyank

      Do you realize there is a reply button? Also, Tex is off to a slow start as usual. Get back to me in July and tell me Willingham is better than Tex in fantasy.

      • tabbert

        Look, i am not saying tex is a useless player… but he is vastly over valued in fantasy. Someone picked him up in the same round that i picked up YU DARVISH. Tex is carried by his name, thus he is taken way too early in drafts. He is a 1b, to me that is very easy to find each year. keys to a great fantasy team, our a very good 2b,ss,3b, and pitching. Catchers can be picked up mid year, and same with outfielders and sluggers at first base.

        • tabbert

          I value pitching much more than offense anyways. I took starters in the second, third, and fifth rounds. Offense can be found very deep in the draft or in free agency.

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

    Boone gets a save!

  • Total Dominication

    Theeeee Yankeeees win!