Jun
30

Game 77: De Facto Ace

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(REUTERS/Ray Stubblebine)

With CC Sabathia and Andy Pettitte both on the disabled list, Hiroki Kuroda as taken over the role of staff ace by default. Adam Warren & Co. took a pounding last night, so the bullpen is a little short and fans are pretty annoyed after two straight losses (the horror!). Lots of high quality innings will be appreciated today. Here’s the starting nine…

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

Today’s game starts a little after 1pm ET and can be seen on YES locally and MLB Network nationally. Enjoy.

Roster Move: The Yankees sent Warren back to Triple-A after last night’s game and recalled D.J. Mitchell, who threw 103 pitches on Tuesday and should be good for long relief today. Hopefully that’s not needed. Joe Girardi said that David Phelps will likely start Wednesday and throw 80-85 pitches.

Categories : Game Threads
  • Robinson Tilapia

    Welcome back, DJ Mitchell. Make the most of it.

    Won’t be around for the Game Thread again. Here’s to Kuroda making the slide a short one.

    *raises glass*

  • Kramerica Industries

    The photo caption should have something about Jeter.

    Is Chris Stewart the worst player currently in the major leagues? It’s a valid discussion.

    • Pat D

      Still gotta go with Mr. I’m Getting Paid $9 Million To Hit .187/.247/.284.

      • Need Pitching

        or how about 16M for a slightly better 187/253/373

        • Pat D

          Durned it, who is that?

          • Need Pitching

            Jason Bay

            • Pat D

              *smacks own head*

    • vinny-b

      based on per capita/dollars, i would have to vote Arod.

      • Need Pitching

        nah, he at least has some positive value left

    • RetroRob

      Back-up catchers can almost never be the worst players in the major leagues. They don’t play enough, they’re generally all, as a lot, not good hitters, but they usually have some defensive value.

      I’m not a big Stewart fine, but I understand why he’s here.

      • RetroRob

        *fan*

  • Smart Guy

    DFA stewart already, bring cervelli back!

  • Will The Thrill

    Not much of an improvement but I have to admit that I miss the Cisco kid.

  • David

    Anyone think the Phils will look to trade Cliff Lee? And would the Yankees be interested? The Yanks are built to win in the somewhat immediate future. Why not try to milk the last few good years out of Cliff Lee? Just a thought.

    • Smart Guy

      making any significant trade will be dumb and hurt this team more than help

      if anything wait till the offseason and spend

      • Crime Dog

        I mean any significant trade wouldn’t be dumb. It depends on the right circumstances, for the right price. And for what the 29 other teams have been asking of the Yankees, I doubt that happens.

        • David

          Yeah, I just see this team with one offensive starter under 30 and think they can’t throw any of the jeter, arod years away. What does the offense even look like in 4 years when all of the young pitchers are finally ready.

  • Andy Pettitte’s Fibula (formerly Manny’s BanWagon)

    Loved the Meme last night about it being Jeter’s fault for everything Steward did wrong yesterday like throwing a ball into CF, getting thrown out at 2B, etc.

    • Pat D

      I don’t think Greg was too happy about it.

      It’s kind of funny in that we started blaming everything on Jeter for something he didn’t actually do, as opposed to the things that he has done wrong.

    • Erica

      The things you need to get through a rough game thread sometimes, amirite?

    • RI$P FTW

      All we know is that’s it’s never CC’s fault. No matter what.

  • NYCSPORTZFAN

    Just let Phelps pitch(if hes doing well).. Jesus! So sick of this treating of pitchers as if there babies for godsake.. This is what the guy did his entire life, and if hes gonna get hurt, its not gonna becuase he throws 15 more pitches or so.

    And to MIKE, i don’t think fans are annoyed that the yanks lost 2 in row, but more at GIRARDI or not starting the INN the other night with ROBERTSON, knowing WARREN was going the next day.. Most fans feel as the first loss could of been avoided..

    • Pat D

      “Could of” alert.

    • Smart Guy

      dont be dumb, isnt robertson supposed to be houdini?

    • Erica

      You’re abusing the caps lock button there.

    • Andy Pettitte’s Fibula (formerly Manny’s BanWagon)

      You may not agree with Giradi’s strategy but fact is it worked out just fine except Rapada through a tailor made DP ball into CF.

      Robertson could have started that inning and they still could have ended up losing the game.

      Sometimes shit happens.

  • Mike N

    OK. What the fuck is up with the goofy matching green shirts they’re wearing in the booth?

  • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

    The caption of the above picture could read : “What do you mean I’m not starting?! I’m hitting. 270!”

    • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

      Welcome back, Russell. Get hot.

      • Andy Pettitte’s Fibula (formerly Manny’s BanWagon)

        That was some pussy play he made last night letting that runner slide in under his tag.

        He didn’t have to let himself get run over in a blowout but he could have at least made an effort to get the out when the ball beat the runner by at least 5 feet.

        • Erica

          I wonder if his back had anything to do with his inability to get that runner out, though. I’m just guessing. I really have no idea.

  • Erica

    Alright guys. Let’s do this. Shut these pesky ChiSox DOWN.

  • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

    This schtick O’Neill has with the song titles is funny.

    He should keep it for > 1 week.

    • Erica

      Love him. LOVE HIM. He should announce every day.

      • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

        He makes me laugh constantly

        • Erica

          Same. He’s SO secretly a foodie. Like, those hipsters that photograph their food and the post it on Instagram. That’s Paulie.

          • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

            Did you hear last night when he asked Kay when he passed the 180 pound mark. “Wasn’t that 7th/8th grade for you?”

            • Erica

              WHAT? Hahahaha, he said that?! Comedy PLATINUM. Not even gold.

              What was Kay’s response?

              • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

                He couldn’t be heard over Piniella’s high-pitched cackling.

                • Erica

                  Bwahahahaha. Everything is beautiful and nothing hurts.

  • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

    Youkilis upset stomach….

    Translation : Youkilis pooped his pants last night.

    Let’s get that trending…

  • Erica

    YES FINALLY

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

    Hooray for having a real catcher behind the plate.

    • DM

      I think Eric Wedge says that to himself when he pencils “4. Montero – DH” into his lineup card. Now if he can only find a real hitter for the clean-up spot.

      • Brian S.

        I can’t believe the Mariners got shut out by Aaron Cook yesterday.

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

          81 pitches, zero swings and misses!

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

            It’ll be fun when him and Morales face MLB offenses.

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

          On 81 pitches too! That’s about as pathetic as it gets.

        • DM

          Wedge is getting pissed too. He called them out for lacking “edge”. Hmmm… I wonder if smiley Jesus is higher on that shit list than others. He does have a history, after all.

  • Erica

    Poop. Come on Hirok!!

  • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

    #YPHP

    Now trending

  • Erica

    Runaway
    Sweet Home Chicago
    It’s Getting Hot In Here

    I love you, Paul O’Neill.

    • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

      Shootin at the walls of heartache, Bang-Bang!

  • Brian S.

    How many times is Dunn going to walk this series?

    • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

      PA – (HR + SO) = your answer.

  • Cy Pettitte

    Grandyman!

  • Erica

    That’s MISTER Curtis Granderson!

  • Jimmy

    Just got tickets to the 2nd game next Saturday. Anyone been to the Fenway grandstand recently? Is it safe to wear Yankees gear or should we go as civilians? If it was me twenty years ago, I wouldn’t even ask, but I’ll have my wife & teenage sons with me.

    • http://thecarsboneblog.tumblr.com Raul Ibanez AKA Tom Marvolo Riddle

      If you wear Yankee gear you might get heckled a bit, but I think the fact your a family will stop a lot of people.

    • Steve

      I doubt if anything will happen if you just wear the gear. Maybe some good-natured ribbing but it’s not like Dodger Stadium or anything. I obviously wouldn’t be over-zealous in the cheering or anything.

  • Brian S.

    Granderson’s bat profiles well for a corner outfielder so I won’t mind him getting that five year-eighty five million dollar extension this winter.

    • Brian S.

      Or 5-80

  • http://thecarsboneblog.tumblr.com Raul Ibanez AKA Tom Marvolo Riddle

    Grandyman into the 2nd deck!!!!!!!! and enjoying an icey afterwards.

    • Erica

      Glorious. I’m thinking of picking a box of those icies on the way to my friend’s bbq today. Thaaaanks Grandy!

      • http://thecarsboneblog.tumblr.com Raul Ibanez AKA Tom Marvolo Riddle

        Haha, I think there are some in my parent’s freezer for when my cousins get here. Hooray family bbq’s real!! real food, and free beer, w/o having to leave my house.

        • Erica

          Even MORE glorious!!!!

  • Need Pitching

    lmao … CGrand with the FlavorIce

  • Erica

    Robbie, so hot now.

    • Brian S.

      If only he could turn left.

      • Erica

        They’re breakdancefighting!

        • http://thecarsboneblog.tumblr.com Raul Ibanez AKA Tom Marvolo Riddle

          YOU CAN READ MINDS?!

          • Erica

            Eugoogly.

            • http://thecarsboneblog.tumblr.com Raul Ibanez AKA Tom Marvolo Riddle

              What is this a center for ants?! It’s going to need to be at least 3 times bigger!

              • jjyank

                How can children learn how to read good IF THEY CAN’T EVEN FIT INSIDE THE BUILDING??!!

                • http://thecarsboneblog.tumblr.com Raul Ibanez AKA Tom Marvolo Riddle

                  I’m a proud graduate of The Derek Zoolander School for Children Who Cant Read Good, and Want To Learn To Do Other Stuff Good Too.

    • http://thecarsboneblog.tumblr.com Raul Ibanez AKA Tom Marvolo Riddle

      Idk why but I immediately thought of Will Ferrel’s character in Zoolander saying “That Hansel, he’s so hot right now.”

  • Paul VuvuZuvella

    Oh please Yankees, do not let me have to deal with another 3 Hegone inning.

  • Brian S.

    HiroKKKK

  • http://thecarsboneblog.tumblr.com Raul Ibanez AKA Tom Marvolo Riddle

    Great at bat by Swish.

  • Need Pitching

    YOOOOUUUUK

    • jon

      feels good

      • Need Pitching

        if only it landed on his head

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

    Those Youk chants are OK right there.

  • http://thecarsboneblog.tumblr.com Raul Ibanez AKA Tom Marvolo Riddle

    Bahahahaha I love when Youkilis fucks up.

    • Andy Pettitte’s Fibula (formerly Manny’s BanWagon)

      If the Sux get rid of Beckett and Pedroia, they almost wouldn’t have anyone I really hate anymore now that Paplebum, Varitek and Youkalis are gone.

      • http://thecarsboneblog.tumblr.com Raul Ibanez AKA Tom Marvolo Riddle

        Bobby V and Papi both say hi.

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

          And Lackey. Also Padilla is a real asshat.

          • Andy

            asshat. that’s a keeper

      • Brian S.

        I hate almost everybody on that team.

  • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

    Peavy is speaking in tongues.

    The Devil killed John….

  • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

    #YPHP!!!!!!

    He pooped again!

  • jon

    almost twice!!

  • jjyank

    Just got here…damn DMV took almost 4 hours for me to get DC plates/license. How’d they score the run?

    • jon

      the grandy man can

    • http://thecarsboneblog.tumblr.com Raul Ibanez AKA Tom Marvolo Riddle

      Grandy launched a line drive into the second deck in right.

      • jjyank

        Awesome, thanks.

    • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

      Grandy solo.

      DMV on a Saturday?! You nuts?

      • jjyank

        Heh, it was the only time I could go. I work all week. It was insane. Line was out the door and wrapped 3/4 around the building.

    • Andy Pettitte’s Fibula (formerly Manny’s BanWagon)

      I would have thought that a future G man like you would have gotten plates 1, 2, 3…

  • Cy Pettitte

    Youk is making ARod look like a pop up pro

  • http://thecarsboneblog.tumblr.com Raul Ibanez AKA Tom Marvolo Riddle

    Wow, I thought A-Rod couldn’t handle pop-ups back in the day. Youk is just AWFUL out there.

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

      A-Rod dropped two pop-ups in one game and everyone has said he’s struggled with pop-ups ever since. He’s perfectly fine with them.

      • DM

        It’s not the drops; it’s the tap dance he does when he tracks them. Even he admits he has trouble with them; he squeezes them in the end, but it never looks pretty.

      • Brian S.

        What year was it?

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

    Dammit Ramariz…what I would have given to see Youkilis drop two popups in one inning.

  • Brian S.

    YOOOOOOOOOOOOOOUUUUUUUUUUUUUK

  • Cy Pettitte

    was that Dewayne Wise or did Granderson just bat in the 9 hole?

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

    Dewayne Wise’s bunt turned the season around.

  • Need Pitching

    Chris Dickerson who?

    -Dewayne Wise

  • captain kiwi

    ack, these day games always take me by surprise. looking good so far!

  • Steve

    THis is a bit off topic but I thought O’Neil and Sweet Lou hated each other from their Cincy days? Am I wrong about that?

    • Andy Pettitte’s Fibula (formerly Manny’s BanWagon)

      He’s a quote from Pinella when he was managing the Mariners and O’Neil thought a pitcher was throwing at him.

      ”I had Paul O’Neill in Cincinnati for three years,” Piniella said. ”You know what? He was a crybaby over there every time they threw the ball inside on him. Pitchers knew it, so they frustrated him. What he has to do is step up there, hit a ball off the left-center-field wall like a man and that stuff stops. But we weren’t throwing at Paul.”

      • Steve

        I thought so. Wasn’t Pinella one of the big reasons O’Neill was traded in the first place?

      • eephus_pitch

        I love O’Neill, but he was a crybaby. Lou ain’t wrong about that.
        Either way, they definitely seem to have buried the hatchet.

  • http://thecarsboneblog.tumblr.com Raul Ibanez AKA Tom Marvolo Riddle

    And, the family is here…I have to go be social and what-not. Go Yankees.

  • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

    Legs feel “sprite?”

    What, Lou?

  • Brian S.

    The White Sox are putting together some really annoying at-bats.

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

    I hope Porcello will line up to pitch against the White Sox this year.

  • Brian S.

    I want more runs.

  • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

    Yeah, until Gardy gets back Wise has earned the starting LF job against RHP.

  • Brian S.

    God dammit that was like two inches from a home run.

  • DM

    I said it before, I say it again. A-Rod isn’t running at top speed for some reason. I wonder if the knee or hip is barking.

  • Andy

    Anyone else cringe when they watch Girardi in those Dunkin Donuts commercials?

  • stuart a

    arod hits like a slap hitting shortstop and runs lug a first baseman.

    he is horrible.. anyone have his ground ball %? must be high..

    35 rbis’s is horrible.( i know experts RBI’s are a stupid stat).

    he needs to move down in the order if he is going to suck this bad……

    • Alex Rodriguez

      I’m not going to call your sister. That was a one night thing will you shut up already?

    • Bunt Gardner

      I’m only happy when it rains
      You want to hear about my new obsession
      I’m riding high upon a deep depression
      I’m only happy when it rains…pour some misery down on me

  • Brian S.

    Don’t walk Dunn anymore please.

  • Davey Sharpton

    Idk looks like Chris Stewart has a foreign substance on his hand in that picture…

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

    Wait, did Kay say the White Sox were 18-1 in day games?

    • Kramerica Industries

      No way they’re that good. I think he said Baltimore was better, and they are 14-7 in day games.

      Unfortunately, we all learned how worthless day/night game records are last year. Yankees killed it in day games all season, but they only had one day game in the playoffs, and they lost.

    • Need Pitching

      missed what he said, but they are 19-11 in day games

  • Kramerica Industries

    And the White Sox would be even better if they didn’t suck ass at the Cell.

    So there’s that, Mike and Lou.

  • Pat D

    This game kinda boring.

  • Brian S.

    Why is Ibanez on this team?

    • Need Pitching

      because they don’t cut players just for having a slump?

      • Brian S.

        Sub .300 OBP isn’t a slump.

        • Need Pitching

          it’s the result of a long slump from a guy whose offensive value isn’t his OBP to begin with

          • Brian S.

            “Long slump.” Look what he did with the Phillies last year. It’s who he is at this point.

            • Need Pitching

              .799 OPS and 108 wRC+ vs. RHP (which is really the only split the Yankees would be seriously concerned about)
              As long as he’s above average against RHP, they’ll likely keep him around.

              I’m still expecting an upgrade by the trade deadline, but
              that line vs. RHP might be enough for the Yankees to keep him around.

              • Brian S.

                You don’t think Cust or Branyan is that upgrade?

                • Need Pitching

                  maybe/maybe not – I definitely don’t think it’s a guarantee that either would be, but I wouldn’t be surprised if either did better.

                  But neither plays OF anymore, and Ibanez is getting most of his playing time in the OF right now. I think that would be more something to think about if/when Gardner ever comes back healthy, and if Branyan and/or Cust are still swinging the bat well at that point.

  • Brian S.

    Hiroki Cruiseoda.

  • DM

    I hope Phil and Phelps have been watching the Kuroda clinic intently today.

  • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

    Momma says Peavy is ornery because he got all dem teeth

  • Pat D

    Dewayne Fucking Wise!!!

  • Cy Pettitte

    uhhhh holy shit Dewayne Wise.

  • AaronGuielWithASmile

    Dwayne freaking Wise!

    Brother looks like Robbie Cano out there!

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

    Dewayne Wise’s bunt turned the season around!

  • Mike N

    Such a Wise man!

  • swishers fauxhawk

    Dewayne Wise with the gunshow!

  • Bubba

    Black Hole Martin is back

  • Need Pitching

    it might be Wise to give Dewayne some more PT while he’s actually swinging the bat well

    • Mike N

      srsly

  • captain kiwi

    DWISE!!! on fire! i friggin’ love it!

  • Andy

    New starter?

  • AaronGuielWithASmile

    Does this mean that we get to hit Youkilis?

    Please?

    • Brian S.

      In front of Dunn? No. Konerko maybe.

      • AaronGuielWithASmile

        Good point.

        That said, fuck Kevin Youkilis.

        • Brian S.

          Agreed.

    • AaronGuielWithASmile

      Hooray!

    • RetroRob

      Apparently yes.

  • Pat D

    That pitch had intent.

  • Brian S.

    Jeter wasn’t getting on base any other way so whatever.

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

      unless he hit a popup to 3rd.

  • Adam

    Oh good, can’t wait to hear the conclusion of the inner ear problem story!

  • Brian S.

    A. Romine just got a hit….for the Angels.

  • RetroRob

    Why is Old Timer’s Day tomorrow? Isn’t it usually on a Saturday?

  • AaronGuielWithASmile

    Next up: Lou tells us about the time that he caught the ferry to Shelbyville!

    So I tied an onion to my belt, which was the style at the time. Now, to take the ferry cost a nickel, and in those days, nickels had pictures of bumblebees on ‘em. Give me five bees for a quarter, you’d say…

  • Pat D

    Ha! He did hit Youk!

  • Need Pitching

    Yooouuuk

  • captain kiwi

    lolllllllllll

  • Brian S.

    Why hit him where he has padding? And why in front of Dunn? What the fuck?

    • RetroRob

      Right.

  • RetroRob

    Why would they want to hit him? Did Youkilis do something?

    To me, it looked like he leaned into the pitch.

    • RetroRob

      Okay. Missed the last inning. Didn’t realize Jeter was hit after a HR.

  • AaronGuielWithASmile

    Juuuuuuuuuussssssttt a bit outside.

    • Mike N

      It was definitely completely over the plate, when they showed the overhead view.

      • Mike N

        Oh, duh. You meant a previous pitch. Never mind.

  • Mike N

    Nasty pitch!

  • AaronGuielWithASmile

    Looked a little low, but I’ll take it.

    Kuroda on cruise control.

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

    Plunking Youk and then getting a strikeout = True Yankee

    • Brian S.

      If he keeps this up all year I’d offer sheet him. If he accepts 1-12.5 would be pretty good.

      • captain kiwi

        kuroda has done some great work this year. if they get him for a decent price for another year, i wouldn’t be mad at all.

        • jjyank

          Agreed. If Kuroda keeps up this level of play, I’d love to have him back. Not much risk with a one year deal, even for an eight figure contract.

          • Brian S.

            Same thing with Pettitte.

            • jjyank

              Agreed. If Pettitte wants to pitch again, I’m all for it. Won’t be many miles on his arm this year anyway with the ankle injury.

  • dontchaknow

    goddamn kuroda <3___<3

  • Cy Pettitte

    that was crushed. Robbie in god mode.

  • Mike N

    DONTCHA KNOW!

  • Brian S.

    BOB 4 MVP

  • Pat D

    Cano gets his HR back!

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

    Yanks won’t be able to hit homers off good pitchers.

    • Brian S.

      This doesn’t count because Peavy doesn’t have a labrum.

      • Mike N

        AHAHAHAHAHAH! Good one!

      • jjyank

        How about Verlander? Price? This narrative needs to die a fiery death.

        • Mike N

          As long as we keep hitting homers against them, let the fools keep talking all they want.

  • jjyank

    Cano will miss June. I sure hope July is just as kind.

    That wasn’t his prettiest swing, but that dude has some crazy power.

  • Kramerica Industries

    Cano should be a .330/30 guy with that swing.

    Probably the most naturally elegant swing in baseball today. Compare him to Bryce Harper to see the other end of the (productive) spectrum.

    • Will (the other one)

      Seven more hits this season and he WOULD be a .330 guy.

      Just goes to show you how different stats can look if a few more balls drop in here or there.

  • AaronGuielWithASmile

    Who is creepier: the little bit of luck things, or W.B. Mason?

    • Pat D

      Little bit of luck, by far.

      Though the fact that the WB Mason ‘stache is now hanging out with kids is…troubling.

      • jjyank

        Hahaha yeah it was one thing when he was trolling the two guys that owned that coffee company, but now he’s helping small children sell lemonade.

    • Mike N

      LBOL. By far.

      I like the WB Mason ads and jingle. Although those fuckers are two-faced bastards: in New England, their trucks have Red Sock logos on them.

      • TomH

        LBTG2 also.

  • Brian S.

    Dustin Pedroia is better than Robinson Cano.

    /Red Sox fans

    • captain kiwi

      ugh. some sox fans i know actually believe that and it physically ills me.

      • Brian S.

        I hate black people.

        /Red Sox fans.

    • jjyank

      I remember those times. If I had a dollar for every time I got involved in that argument in college. Unfortunately, that included 2008, Robbie’s down year. Also included the little munchkin’s MVP. But I would love to have that argument again.

      • Mike N

        Someone was claiming on sports radio this week about how that dude practically runs the locker room, and if management wants to make something happen, they have to get him on board first. Sickening, if true.

        • jjyank

          If Cherington has to run anything, and I mean ANYTHING by Pedrioa first, then they are stupid.

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

          It’s amazing what The Collapse did to that organization. It’s a total circus now.

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

            Did the collapse or circus come first? Chicken or the egg question.

            • jjyank

              I would imagine the circus. Beer and chicken, no accountability, etc., probably contributed to The Collapse. It just wasn’t covered really, because the Red Sox could do no wrong in the eyes of the people/media before that. After The Collapse, all this crap came out.

              That’s my theory anyway, but I can see it the other way too.

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

                It was a circus before and it became even more of a circus when Francona, Epstein were fired, chicken and beer, etc became known.

                my guess.

      • Brian S.

        You mean Grady Sizemore’s MVP year?

        • jjyank

          Why would I mean Sizemore? We were talking about Pedroia.

          • Brian S.

            Well Sizemore was the best player in the AL that year. So it was his MVP year.

            • jjyank

              Who cares? Pedroia won the award, so that’s what I was talking about.

  • jjyank

    I went to go look at the scores around the league, and was surprised to see so many night games. Are there usually 7 night games on Saturday? Boston, Tampa, and Baltimore all haven’t played yet. I never paid much attention to the non-Yankee MLB schedule aside from reading the scores the next day, but this struck me as a lot of night games.

    • Pat D

      I blame Fox, since they’ve seemingly switched from 4:15 to 7:15 for their Saturday games.

      Fucking Fox.

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

        they’ll go back to 4:15 eastern after ASB I believe.

        • jjyank

          Good. I hate night games on the weekends. The 1 PM day games are part of my hangover therapy :P

  • Paul VuvuZuvella

    This is glorious…the sound on the wSox broadcast has gone out…all on it’s own, didn’t even have to mute the Hawk here.

  • Cy Pettitte

    Kuroda = ace.

    he laughs at your “inconsistent” tag

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

    KU RO DA

    Singlehandedly smashing every stereotype about NL pitchers, Asian pitchers, fly ball pitchers … he’s a renaissance man.

    • TomH

      Last Grownup Standing!

    • Mike N

      He really is good. And his herky-jerky windup is starting to grow on me.

      • jjyank

        I love the hitch in his windup. Can’t be easy to perfect either, balancing like that one 1 leg for a second and still throwing a strike. It’s cool.

    • Brian S.

      He’s a ground ball pitcher though. 49% on the year right?

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

        Yeah but he wasn’t last year.

  • Brian S.

    HiroKKKKKKKKKK

  • BK2ATL

    Ace pitching by Kuroda. Great game. Take a bow. Have a seat.

  • vin

    Man, do I love Kuroda.

    Dude’s a pro.

  • Mr. Pink
    • jjyank

      The Yankees are winning. Go away.

  • AaronGuielWithASmile

    So what is John Sterling’s home run call for Dewayne Wise?

    • Mike N

      Interesting to put Logan in here.

  • Mike N

    Wise on fire!

  • captain kiwi

    triple short of the cycle. wise, you astound me.

  • Will (the other one)

    Dewayne Wise: working hard to earn YOUR approval since 2012.

  • Brian S.

    Jeter is now at .300 I believe.

    • VT Yankee Fan

      .232 for June. Ouch.

      • eephus_pitch

        Everything hit on the ground. Not the way to get it done, especially when you start to lose your wheels.

  • jjyank

    Remember when Mike was talking about how when a team wins a World Series, they get unexpected contributions from unlikely sources? Maybe I’m getting ahead of myself here, but it would be cool if that guy was Wise.

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

      possibly, but it’s probably a little early for that. Right now I’d say Eppley, Ibanez, Rapada, maybe Soriano and Hughes.

      • jjyank

        Oh I know it’s early. But with Gardner’s injury, it would be cool if Wise ended up pulling a career year out of his ass.

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

          It definitely would be…after all, his bunt single turned the season around!

    • captain kiwi

      get ahead of yourself all you’d like. i’m on that same boat lol. wise is having a meteoric rise of likability in my eyes. if the yanks go on to win the world series this year, i’d have a special spot in my heart for him. pitching last night is what really did it for me haha.

  • VT Yankee Fan

    Kuroda June stats:
    Opponent batting average .201
    WHIP 1.00
    ERA 1.98

    Nice.

    • RetroRob

      He’s our ace, at least for another week or so.

      I’m hoping Phelps can provide at least league-average pitching. If so, the Yankees should be okay.

      • Greg

        Have Phelps pitch the next two starts and then look for a trade.

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

          Honestly, if Phelps and/or Freddy aren’t godawful, then they won’t need another starter.

          • jjyank

            Agreed. Besides, I think the trade options are either too expensive or not worth the upgrade.

          • Brian S.

            They really only need one of them to be good. Because CC is only going to miss one more start.

        • Need Pitching

          My guess is Phelps makes the next start, then CC comes back, and Garcia remains in Pettittes spot in the rotation, with at best a 50/50 chance they make a trade.

  • Greg

    So it looks like Kuroda went into his samaurai mode today and the offense scored some runs.

    I agree with O’Neill. This is a big victory for the Yankees if they can nail it down. Brings everything back to an even keel.

  • Brian S.

    Does David’s wife approve of him pitching this inning?

  • Cy Pettitte

    I like efficient DRob

  • Greg

    Robertson just looks a lot more confident in the 8th inning.

    • jjyank

      I really think that is over blown. I think him closing a game on the heels of losing Mo, the greatest relief pitcher in history, had more to do with it than the number on the scoreboard that says what inning it is.

      I believe if D-Rob closed a game now, after the emotions of losing Mo and the pressure of replacing him have subsided, he’d be fine.

    • Brian S.

      Yeah he can’t handle both the ninth inning AND New York at the same time.

  • captain kiwi

    d-rob. the sexiness. there are no words.

  • jjyank

    K-Rob.

  • Greg

    So basically we’re a pitcher’s error away from winning 7 of the last 8.

    • RetroRob

      Yes, which is why long winning streaks are difficult. Things happen in baseball.

    • Tom

      FALLACY

      - Greg’d

      • Greg

        Yeah it is a fallacy to say that. I should have mentioned that.

      • Need Pitching

        lmao

      • JobaWockeeZ

        I know it’s a joke I find it hard to believe that a win that night would have a huge impact to change the outcome of a game the next day. Still fallacious but you know.

  • Brian S.

    Very Hughesian outing for Peavy.

    • DM

      Noesi did a pretty good impression last night.

  • Ted Nelson

    Pretty crazy that Peavy is back to workhorse status after the shoulder issues. I thought he could regain effectiveness, but figured it would have to be on a somewhat reduced workload.

  • Need Pitching

    hey look … a shift that worked

    • Tom

      Have to give Girardi some credit for that one… I hate when he does it for non deadpull hitters, but sometimes it does work.

  • Manny’s BanWagon

    No surprise Peavy is pitching so well during a contract year. He’ll probably be signed to a big deal and then resort to being on the DL every other week.

    • Brian S.

      They have a club option correct?

      • Manny’s BanWagon

        $22 million. I can’t see them picking it up, can you?

      • RetroRob

        Yeah, although it’s for $22 million. They won’t be taking that.

      • Need Pitching

        for 22M. That should be an interesting decision. He’s been very good this year, but do they trust his health enough to commit to a 22M contract?

        • Andy Pettitte’s Fibula (formerly Manny’s BanWagon)

          I wouldn’t. He’s damn good but until this year, he hasn’t been able to stay healthy.

  • Mike N

    Interesting to put Logan in for the ninth.

  • Greg

    Tomorrow will be interesting. Gavin Floyd has had an up and down season so we can definitely hit him. Konerko, Viciedo, and Dunn will be licking their chops to get at Hughes. It could go either way

    • Andr Pettitte’s Fibula (formerly Manny’s BanWagon)

      Hughes in YS3 in 95 degree weather against this lineup might not be too pretty.

      • jjyank

        Who’s Andr Pettitte?

        • Andr Pettitte’s Fibula (formerly Manny’s BanWagon)

          Oops. Damn iPad.

          • jjyank

            Haha just messin’ with ya :P

      • Need Pitching

        yeah, that’s definitely a scary thought. Hopefully he’s very sharp tomorrow or it could get very ugly.

  • AaronGuielWithASmile

    More than any other player in baseball, Dunn can look terrifying on one pitch and completely useless on the next.

    • JobaWockeeZ

      Carlos Pena.

      • Andr Pettitte’s Fibula (formerly Manny’s BanWagon)

        Modern day Dave Kingman.

      • Jack

        Chris Stewart. Terrifying for a completely different reason.

        • Andy Pettitte’s Fibula (formerly Manny’s BanWagon)

          Stewart would be just fine if Jeter would just stop fucking with him.

          • Jack

            “Can I tend the rabbits, Jete?”

  • captain kiwi

    short leash.

    • Mike N

      Apparently.

    • jjyank

      Yeah, I thought they’d let him go to another batter. I know it’s Konerko, but Logan has showed some ability to handle righties this year. Even a two run bomb still gives the Yankees some cushion to bring in Soriano. Not a big deal. I’m fine with it either way, I just thought Logan might have had another batter.

      • Mike N

        Girardi does seem to like to get fancy with pitching in the ninth lately.

        • captain kiwi

          THIS lol

      • captain kiwi

        same. not too worried about it, since the outcome came out juuuuuuust fine.

    • JobaWockeeZ

      For the right reasons though.

  • Mike N

    AWESONME!!!!!!!!!!

  • AaronGuielWithASmile

    And all is right with the world.

  • Need Pitching

    Nice win. Really starting to love Hirok.

  • Andy Pettitte’s Fibula (formerly Manny’s BanWagon)

    Good job RoLoSo.

  • captain kiwi

    great game! guess the yankees didn’t like seeing all those points on the board last night. way to come back.

  • jjyank

    I’m actually loving the untucked shirt thing.

    • Mike N

      It reminds me of little boys in suits at a wedding party ripping their shirts out of their pants on the dance floor because it’s just TOO CONFINING.

      • jjyank

        Soriano is just like “Yo man I just won the game, and I need to be COMFORTABLE NOW.”

        As long as it’s not a jig, and it only happens after a win, I like it.

  • Karl Krawfid

    Kuroda said “Calm down….I got dis”

  • Mike N

    What a great game! And nice and quick!

  • Mike N

    OK, Wise was great, but how the fuck is Kuroda not the player of the game?

    (I really hate the whole POTG concept, and I know I should just ignore it.)

    • Greg

      Maybe because we are now expecting Kuroda to be lights out and we are not expecting Wise to be an offensive juggernaut

    • captain kiwi

      i can kinda see how wise was player of the game, but i definitely would’ve chosen kuroda. 2 rbis in a 4 run game makes sense, but 7 innings with 3 hits and 0 er is just a sexy fucking line.

      • Mike N

        And 11 Ks!

  • Jose M. Vazquez..

    I have to admit that I was dead wrong about Kuroda. He has convinced me that he can be a true #2. I was opposed to his signing since they started to talk about it, but he has proven that he can compete in any league against any opponent.

  • TampaYankee

    I am really diggin having Wise doing so well.

    Spoke well of the guy all season, just that I liked him and wanted him to have success, and his struggles were tough to see. But now it’s great to see him raising that average and contributing with the bat other than a bunt lol.

    Hope he continues to produce and help the team, I’m really pulling for the him.

    Awesome to see Kuroda shutting down the Sox with such a great game. We really need that right now.