Yanks pound Tribe behind Wise, Cano & Kuroda

Williams homers again in Charleston win
Embracing the flawed, first place Yankees

Monday night’s game against the Indians was just one of those wonderful games. It was clear from the first inning that the Yankees were going to win, as they built up a sizable early lead and had a veteran pitcher on the mound who worked quickly, threw strikes, and simply got outs. The 7-1 win was their third straight win, 13th in the last 16 games, and 23rd in the last 30 games.

(AP Photo/Kathy Willens

Too Many Homers

I mentioned in the series preview that right-hander Josh Tomlin was a great matchup for the Yankees because he doesn’t miss bats and will allow hitters to put the ball in play in the air, and sure enough that carried over into the game. New York bombed the Cleveland starter for three homers in three innings, including one by Dewayne Wise of all people. It was the 23rd homer of his ten-year career. Robinson Cano and Nick Swisher also went back-to-back, plus Mark Teixeira hit a rocket single off the top of the wall and Robbie laced a two-run double in the first. They were all over Tomlin, who threw 80 pitches and got five swings and misses. The Yankees fouled off 23 of his offerings. Just nuts.

(AP Photo/Kathy Willens)


You can’t pitch much better than Hiroki Kuroda did on Monday night. He allowed just one run on five hits in seven innings, and two of those hits came leading off the eighth. The run scored after he had been removed from the game. Kuroda struck out seven, walked two, and recorded 19 of his 21 outs on the infield. He allowed just two base-runners to make it as far as second base in the first seven innings. Hiroki dominated with his split-finger, throwing it 16 times out of his 103 pitches (15.5%) and using it to get the strike three six of seven times. Cleveland hitters swung and missed a dozen times, his third highest whiff total of the season. Like I said, it was a veteran pitcher with a big lead. Kuroda just flat out took care of business against the Tribe.


(AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

Swisher had himself an eventful evening, hitting the homer, striking out three times — Paul O’Neill called it a “Reggie Jackson game” at the plate — in addition to making a trio of nice plays in the eighth. The first was a sliding grab in front of him, the second a running catch to his right, the third a running catch to his left near the foul line. Swisher was all smiles and he fist bumped some police officers on his way back to dugout. The purist must have been livid. It was awesome.

In addition to the two-run homer, Wise also tripled even though the replay showed he was tagged out at third. The ump said he was safe though, and that’s all that counts. I guess you could say that playing him tonight was … a wise move. /shades /yeeeeeeeeeeeeeeah

Every starter reached base at least once — including Chris Stewart, who was hit by a pitch — while Cano (homer and double), Eric Chavez (single and walk), and Wise (homer and triple) each reached twice. Teixeira had the long single and also took a pitch to the right hand, but he remained in the game and appears to be fine.

Clay Rapada and Freddy Garcia retired all six men they faced, though Rapada needed some help from Swisher in that eighth inning. He faced two right-handed batters, so it’s not a surprise he needed a little backup from his defense. The key late-inning arms got a much needed rest after working hard over the weekend.

MLB.com won’t let me embed it, but here’s the video for Monday’s HOPE Week event. The Yankees visited the Flying Manes, a therapeutic horse riding project in the Bronx designed to help disabled children. As you’d expect, it absolutely fantastic. HOPE Week the best week.

Box Score, WPA Graph & Standings

Nice and easy. Needed one of these. MLB.com has the box score and video highlights, FanGraphs the nerd score, and ESPN the updated standings. At 44-28, your New York Yankees own the best record in baseball.

Source: FanGraphs

Up Next

The Yankees and Indians will play game two of this three-game set on Tuesday night, when Phil Hughes and his doppelganger Justin Masterson square off. RAB Tickets can help get you in the building if you want to head up to the Bronx.

Williams homers again in Charleston win
Embracing the flawed, first place Yankees
  • Get Phelps Up (formerly Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat)

    Over the last month, the Yankees have been playing at a 122 win pace. RISPFAIL be dammed.

    • Swishers Chickens

      Best record in baseball

      • Steve (different one)

        Not bad for a third place team

  • Robinson Tilapia

    Shove Chris Dickerson up your ass.

    DeWayne Wise

    • BK2ATL

      I laughed.

      Guess he read the Fan Confidence Poll thread before the game.

  • Arya

    Michael Kay said on his radio show that the Yankees just can’t keep winning by hitting all these homers. They then said the Mets problem was that they couldn’t score without stringing 3-4 hits together so you just can’t please some people. It’s all about the pitching anyways. When the pitching turned around so did our record.

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

      I think it was a bit of both. He ranged pretty far, but I think he was pinched up the middle against Chavezombie.

  • BK2ATL

    Nice win against ANOTHER > .500 team. Loved the way they all jumped over this kid early and continued until he had to be pulled.

    Dewayne Wise heating up at the plate??? LOL!!!

    Cano is on one of those runs at the plate. Just hope that HR derby nonsense doesn’t affect his swing after the break.


    • Rey22

      His swing seemed just fine after last year’s. I think people overdo the whole “Derby ruined his swing” thing. He’ll be fine.

    • MannyGeee

      Robbie’s swing is so pure that he doesnt have to alter it to become the HR Derby champ. That siad, for the love of god please do not invite anyone else from the Yankees to join your team Robbie…

      unless its A-Rod. I got $100 in my pocket that says if he was participating in the Derby he would put up a hell of a fight.

  • mustang

    Tie for the best record in baseball.

    PITCHING AND POWER….. starting to love it.

  • pistol pete

    Cano is hitting 302 has 17hrs and is just warming up. If he controls the strike zone nobody in the game is a better hitter. While he makes occasional lapses in the field his overall fielding is far far underrated. He has great hands and an incredible arm for a second baseman. Hope his streak lasts a while it’s a lot of fun watching him mash.

    • jjyank

      I feel like Cano has always been underrated defensively. This is part of the reason I am in the “resign Cano” camp. Middle infielders do not age gracefully, but Cano can play third. He has the arm for it and he has played it in the minors. A-Rod will probably not play third regularly for the duration of his contract, as much as I like him. If the Yankees can resign Cano for a few years at 2B with the understanding that he moves to third (and A-Rod at DH) for the latter half of his contract, I think it could work. But Robbie is also my favorite player, so there might be some homerism in my outlook.

      • Monterowasnotdinero

        I like this. Cano can then school our next second baseman.

        • Robinson Tilapia

          In 2025.

      • fin

        I agree with everything you say, except Cano having to move to third as a forgone conclusion. I think the Yankees can play Cano at 2b for 6 years easy. He doesnt get hurt, he doest take spikes on turn, hes a damn iron man. I see nothing in Cano’s game that suggests he is destined for 3b.

        One other nitpick…I doubt Arod is the future Dh. He seems to me to be declining so rapidily as a hitter that by the time his 3b days are over in a year or two he wont be a good enough hitter to be an every day DH. A good amount of A-rod’s value right now seems to me, to be that hes a good third basemen. His hitting seems to be deteriorating faster than his fielding. I also dont buy that Dh’ing him full time in a couple years will somehow rejuvinate him into a viable full time DH. Unless he gets back on the juice, Arod is going to be one serious issue in a couple years.

        • LarryM.,Fl.

          Your comments about Cano and Arod are on target IMHO. I would agree that Cano can play the position for another 6 years but the expectation of his fielding highs presently displayed will diminish. My whole issue with Robbie has been the game smarts. He’s so gifted with physical ability but he appears to lack that sports mentality to maintain or grow from here. As he ages will he adjust to limit range and arm strength. I hope so.

          Arod is still valuable both offensively and defensively but he does appear to be losing the bat speed. Will he adjust his hitting style to accommodate the lack of bat speed and control to remain a force in the lineup.

  • YanksFanInBeantown

    something something RISPFAIL!

    something something TOO MANY HOMERS!

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

      you forgot something something NL Pitcher in AL East.

      • YanksFanInBeantown

        Not to mention that no Japanese pitchers can succeed in the MLB

    • mustang

      Something something TOO OLD!

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

    watching the encore, just saw the jump-throw. I love Derek Jeter…I’ve said before he’s my 2nd favorite player of all time (sandwiched between Paulie at 1 and Bernie at 3)but any fan that tries to tell you that any other SS doesn’t make that play(and make it look much easier) is either a homer or a dumbass.

    • eephus_pitch

      Exactly this. Jeter has to make the jump-throw (which always looks great, BTW) because it takes him so long to get to that ball that other shortstops corral rather easily. By the time he gets to it, the jump-throw is the only play available to him.

    • jjyank

      Regardless of range issues, that play is damn impressive. As a former player myself (only high school, but I did play SS, 3B, 2B, and RF), it is amazing to me to be able to make that throw to the first basemen on the fly. There is no planting of the feet, no getting your body behind the ball. Jeter makes that throw from deep in the hole (almost at the 3B position) in the air, with nothing but his arm. It’s very impressive, regardless of what his other defensive deficiencies are.

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

        You misunderstand the part I’m not impressed with, jj. The throw is very impressive, but his lack of range makes it a much tougher throw. Almost every other shortstop simply catches that on the back hand and get’s the benefit of planting and throwing. Jeet’s lack of range makes it so he has to jump and throw in one motion.

        • jjyank

          Planting and throwing takes longer, though. I’m not defending Jeter’s range per se, but how many other short stops on the wrong side of 35 can make that play?

      • Fin

        Its not that impressive, its the way Jeter does it but it has always seemed much harder to me than it needs to be. Whenever Jeter, cant circle the ball and get infront of it, the play is not made or it becomes that jump throw. He doesnt have the ability to throw from different arm angles, everything has to be from the same arm slot. Alot of players make that same play look easy by catching it with the backhand and slinging the ball side arm, almost underhand while their momentum takes them to towards third base. It always seemd to me that Jeters lack of range has to do with his inability to make throws from awkward arm angles, which has forced him to get infront of virtually every ball, or not get to it. He is always positioning himself to get infront of the ball, and if thats not going to happen, he usually doesnt get to it.

        I understand your suppose to get infront of balls, but I think Jeter has taken it to an entirely differnt level. Hes either infront of it or the play isnt made, and the occasional jump throw has been the exception. I could be wrong as I’ve never played pro ball and I’m not a scout. Its just my observation of watching one the greatest players I’ve seen play.

        • jjyank

          I was talking about his arm strength, and you are talking about his range. Two entirely different components. Being able to make a strong and accurate throw to first from almost the third basemen’s positons while in mid air is impressive. Like I said above, I played baseball and I’ve played SS and 3B, and it is very difficult to get the ball across the diamond without planting your feet.

          • fin

            I played ss, 3b, c and pitched. I was clearly not talking about his arm strength, as he has a canon. I was talking about his throwing abiility and how it has affected his range. If you re-read what I have observed you will see that, in my opinion his inability to throw from different arm angles has affected his range. The 2 are not mutually exclusive.

            PS. its not hard for some people to get the ball across the diamond without planting thier feet. Most major league ss can do it with torque on their upper body and hips, Jeter isnt one of those guys. Jeter jump throws becasue he has to plant his feet to get velocity. I never had to plant my at ss to get the throw, I generate velocity from my shoulder, elbow and hips while moving. I may be no where near the player any major leaguer is, let alone Jeter, but I can throw from ss and hurt hands with the best of them. Jeter having to plant his feet is what limits his range as ss in my opinion and that jump throw is what highlights it.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      He needs to retire!


      • Ana

        i don’t care who replaces him i just want to see someone different!!!!11!!111

        • Cris Pengiucci

          And fire Cashman and the rest of the FO while you’re at it!!!11!!!111! This team needs change! I don’t want to continue to watch a first place team!!

  • Adam

    Any chance someone caught who the Player of the Game was for yes? I kind of am hoping with the type of night he had, DeWayne Wise deserves it.

  • Steven T

    CSI Miami reference FTW.

    • Kered Retej

      Though to be more accurate, the /shades? should come right before the punchline.

      Also, RISPFAIL, too many homers, blah, blah, blah.

  • Itishighitisfaritisgonerightyouarejohn

    Did Girardi call him Wisey in the post game interview.

    • eephus_pitch

      According to the First Law of Baseball Player Nicknames, this would be the ideal choice.
      Under the less-popular Second Law, it would be “D.W.”

      • eephus_pitch

        Actually I think that’s the Third Law. I need to codify these things better.

  • BigDavey88

    I guess you could say that playing him tonight was… a wise move. /shades /yeeeeeeeeeeeeeeah


  • captain kiwi

    cano giving more examples why he’s leading voting for the all star game.

  • jjyank

    Awesome game tonight. But I thought the Yankees were doomed? Apparently, they’re not so bad.

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  • Kosmo

    this far into the season you´d have to say Kuroda has been worth the dough.
    Nice to see Wise contribute offensively, jacked his average up to a robust .182.

  • MannyGeee

    On top of all this, it was nice to see Kuroda pitch with a lead of more than 1 run.