Apr
16

Game 12: Alive

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(Photo via Yankees)

(Photo via Yankees)

I’ve gotten a lot of mileage out of baseball as a coping mechanism over the years, and the last 36 hours or so are no different. Anytime something tragic happens like what happened in Boston yesterday, I turn to baseball. I used to just watch it or read about it, maybe play a video game once upon a time, but nowadays I just write. I don’t know what else to do. As my pal Carson Cistulli put it: “Baseball is not a distraction, it’s a reason to be alive.”

The Yankees return to the field tonight following their third off-day in the last six days, but at least this one was scheduled. The other two were unplanned. The Diamondbacks are in the Bronx for the first interleague series of the year and the third time overall since the 2001 World Series, another time baseball helped me cope. I know I wasn’t alone back then. Here’s the lineup that will face right-hander Brandon McCarthy…

  1. CF Brett Gardner
  2. 2B Robinson Cano
  3. 3B Kevin Youkilis
  4. DH Travis Hafner
  5. LF Vernon Wells
  6. RF Ichiro Suzuki
  7. SS Eduardo Nunez
  8. 1B Lyle Overbay
  9. C Chris Stewart

And on the mound is #42 for a night, Ivan Nova. Oh yeah, the Yankees are honoring Jackie Robinson this evening after having yesterday off.

Tonight’s game is scheduled to start a little after 7pm ET and can be seen on YES locally and MLB Network nationally. Enjoy.

Andy Pettitte Update: Pettitte (back) threw 40 pitches in the bullpen this afternoon and said everything went fine. He expects to start on Friday, but the Yankees haven’t made anything official yet. They probably want to see how he feels the next few days before making anything final.

Mark Teixeira Update: Teixeira (wrist) will see a doctor at some point this evening for his latest checkup. He’s been simulating swings and running the bases hard, though he has yet to be cleared to swing a real bat. Tex has been doing everything but that, it seems.

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513 Comments»

  1. Dalek Jeter says:

    CMW starting for S/W on Friday

  2. The Real Greg says:

    With Ivan Nova, has it been a case of the league taking about a year and a half to figure him out? Because I don’t think a year and half of solid pitching can qualify as a fluke.

  3. Pat D says:

    Unfortunately, this runs contrary to the title of this post.

    R.I.P. Pat Summerall.

  4. Larch says:

    I just noticed today that Ivan Nova has a career reverse split:

    —— wOBA
    LHB: .330
    RHB: .347

    http://www.fangraphs.com/stats.....8;season=0

    Anyone have a guess why?

    • Luis Castillo (Not the one who dropped the ball) says:

      No idea, and seems weird to me; The curveball and slider are good sometimes lots of movement, and the change-up is… well not existent.

      In the meantime, lets hope he does 0k this evening.

  5. wheels says:

    Lets sweep these dudes.

  6. Jag says:

    Anyone else in the city unable to get YES for some reason? All other channels are working for me this evening but YES is just a black screen at the moment.

  7. Big Member says:

    so yesterday granderson visited my school for a 42 promo. so my school set up a grand entrance, replicas of mo’s and robinson’s jesrseys, over a dozen of my fellow long time yankee fan schoolmates waited for granderson to appear at the entrance.

    these long time fans waited eagerly for the yakee all star. then finally, a fat balding black guy (who ended up being a parent) appeared at the entrance. many fans screamed granderson and flashed photos. they can now tell thier children that they met curtis granderson.

  8. Kramerica Industries says:

    Hopefully I’m not grabbing for some Novacaine after tonight.

    We’ve already seen what that does to me before.

  9. Havok9120 says:

    Hey everybody.

    Happy “why is Mo pitching in the fourth inning” Day.

  10. forensic says:

    Love MLB’s blackout rules. I almost forgot that the D’backs were part of my blackouts, of which there are at least 6 teams.

    Absurd!

    • Stratman9652 says:

      In the mean time, I get YES and by all means should be blacked out but am currently watching it on mlb.tv and have been most of the year.

      D’Backs blackout shouldn’t matter anyway because they are the away team and last I knew only home games are subject to local blackouts.

      • Stratman9652 says:

        Eh, just re read the rules, home or away doesn’t matter.

        Which really doesn’t make sense because I have been watching on mlb.tv all season. In the mean time I keep getting blacked out of Red Sox, and Blue Jays games but can watch Mets games. Perhaps my wifi is bouncing some strange signals. Who know.

  11. vicki says:

    i saw some dback fans lamenting that, with aaron hill out, they now have three of their projected opening day lineup on the DL. meow meow meow.

  12. Havok9120 says:

    “Gritty, scrappy, and fundamentally sound.”

    What, are they all Professional Baseball Players as well?

  13. Bo Knows says:

    not a bad pitch but why a fastball instead of a breaking ball

  14. Eddard says:

    Nova’s going to get back on track against an NL lineup that hasn’t seen him. Good to see Nuney back in the lineup. We can’t have Nix booting those groundballs with Nova on the mound.

  15. MeloJeter says:

    Uh, where is the baseline?

  16. OldYanksFan says:

    Jeez…. I hate to see Cano expending too much effort to make that tag.

  17. Mickey Scheister says:

    Novas living up in the zone.

  18. Dalek Jeter says:

    Come on Ivan!

  19. Dalek Jeter says:

    Come on Ivan!

  20. Anderson Silva says:

    Nova is so bad at hitting his spots.

  21. Mickey Scheister says:

    Nuno please…

    • Dalek Jeter says:

      Yes, the 24 year old LHP junkballer who has never pitched about AA. Besides his really good spring, I really don’t get what the hype over Nuno is.

      • The Real Greg says:

        Look at his stats in AAA this year.

        • Dalek Jeter says:

          Look at Shelly Duncan and Brad Halsey’s AAA numbers from back in the day.

        • Havok9120 says:

          You mean two turns through?

          SOLD!

          • The Real Greg says:

            Combined with the ST numbers and the numbers from last year. He is a LOOGY possibility at the very least.

            • The Real Greg says:

              And Nuno actually has 3 starts.

            • Havok9120 says:

              He’s an emergency LOOGY possibility right now, especially since he’d be the secondary option in that role and I’d actually like to see what he can do pitching regularly. There are virtually no circumstances under which a guy should go from scouts and clubs thinking “meh, that’s one heck of a breaking ball, maybe we’ll have something here in a year or three” to “Make room on the 25 man roster!” in the space of 6 weeks.

      • Havok9120 says:

        It’s hilarious. There wasn’t a single person saying that Nuno was going to be a good option this season until he pitched well in ST. September call up at best. This is the definition of a Prospect Bubble.

        • Dalek Jeter says:

          I think he could be a useful LOOGY or maybe even just LHP out of the Pen going forward but I’d take Ivan Nova 7 days a week over Vidal Nuno.

          • Havok9120 says:

            Oh, I think he could be a useful starter. I just think people need to breathe a bit. This is not a guy ANYBODY was saying “yep. He’ll blow through AAA and hit the MLB on the fast track,” in ANY capacity, let alone as a starter.

            • Mickey Scheister says:

              So if you had to pick two of Nova, Hughes, Phelps or Nuno. Who would you pick for the rotation?

              • Havok9120 says:

                I don’t have to pick two of them. Because there’s actually 2 other guys ahead of Nuno on the depth chart. At the moment I’m for no changes for one more turn through the rotation. If nothing changes by then, I’d slot Phelps in for one of Hughes/Nova.

                • Mickey Scheister says:

                  To your point, he’s not on the 40 man. If they didn’t have to do so much shuffling on that front IMHO, being more stretched out that the other options (if he was on the 40 man) I’d have to believe he’d be given a chance to start a couple if it hit the fan.

                  • Havok9120 says:

                    Whether or not he should be is debatable, but as for whether or not he would be given such a chance I feel safe in saying “no way” between the roster crunch and the way the Yanks take it slow with trusting prospects.

        • Mickey Scheister says:

          I’m on record last year calling for Nuno. All he’s done thus far, at every level, is impress.

          • Havok9120 says:

            Calling for him for what, exactly?

            • Mickey Scheister says:

              On the big club!

              • Havok9120 says:

                Straight from AA? Or, if last season, from a half season in AA?

                I know that breaking ball is awesome, but jeez. Even fast track relievers spend a couple months in AAA.

                • Mickey Scheister says:

                  Advanced age and results! At the end of the day, baseball reference doesn’t say “good stuff, little results.” It has the numbers, Nuno has put up great numbers for over a year now and isn’t dependent on two pitches. Nova has been pretty awful for almost a full calendar year now.

                • Mickey Scheister says:

                  Late last year, when rosters expanded, I felt he was deserving. To actually answer your question.

  22. Chilango says:

    A day off after a complete game. Short …leash…Nova…please

  23. The Real Greg says:

    Tell you what though, Nova played Ross like a fiddle in that at bat

  24. forensic says:

    Well, they didn’t score. Guess we gotta take what we can get at this point.

  25. Anderson Silva says:

    that was a terrible pitch, lucky for him it Ross didn’t feel like swinging

  26. Eddard says:

    Nova threw too many pitches but at least he didn’t give up any runs. He got out of the jam with no damage. Nobody in this lineup scares you like Detroit’s lineup had in Nova’s last outing so he just has to attack these weak hitters.

  27. Alkaline says:

    Let’s jump on him early!

  28. yeayo says:

    A slider that stayed flat and in the middle of the plate. Ross should have crushed that.

  29. Dalek Jeter says:

    How do they not have Coney doing this game? He probably loves Mcarthy’s use of sabermetrics!

  30. The Real Me says:

    Game can be seen on MLB Nationally, unless you live in CO (probably a couple of other places too). I hate when that happens.

  31. wheels says:

    Alright Robbie

  32. Alkaline says:

    Let’s go Youk.

  33. Jamie G says:

    Mccarthy is one of the funnier guys to follow on twitter if you’re into that

  34. Dalek Jeter says:

    Yeah Youk! Let’s go Pronk!!!

  35. Anderson Silva says:

    Very nice ABs by Robbie and Youk. Now we need Hafner and Wells to do something cause after them the good hitters end.

  36. Anderson Silva says:

    damn, just missed. And that was a good one to hit

  37. The Real Greg says:

    It almost seemed like he pitched around Wells.

  38. Dalek Jeter says:

    Ugh…why is Ichiro still in the line-up?!

  39. Anderson Silva says:

    unintentional intentional walk there..

  40. WhittakerWalt says:

    I’d rather pitch to Ichiro, too.

  41. vicki says:

    imagine that.

  42. The Real Greg says:

    Gotta start thinking about starting Boesch.

  43. wheels says:

    Ichiro is done.

  44. Eddard says:

    Why is Ichiro still in the lineup? Boesch had 2 hits last game and should have been given a chance to build on the momentum.

  45. forensic says:

    Come on Ichiro, join the season. You’re making me look really stupid for saying I was sort of fine with your contract (and I don’t need any help looking stupid, for those of you who were thinking that already…).

  46. The Real Greg says:

    What will happen is that Granderson will replace Ichiro in the outfield.

    Unfortunately the signing of Ichiro became a necessity retroactively because of the injury.

  47. Anderson Silva says:

    I’d rather have anyone else up there than him. Ichiro is the worst hitter on the team right now but somehow he’s hitting 6th.

    Brilliant job by Girardi.

  48. SeventhAce says:

    Ichiro batting 6th in the midst of his “slump” with Boesch showing he can at least hit… /facepalm

    • SeventhAce says:

      I spoke too soon, I didn’t notice “Stewie” at the bottom of the lineup….

      2 black holes in the offense.

  49. yeayo says:

    What is going to happen when Granderson comes back? No way they will platoon wells if he is still hitting well.

  50. Pasta says:

    Chavez not looking good this year.

  51. forensic says:

    At least they got McCarthy up to 30 pitches already.

    That’ll help with the next three guys likely seeing maybe 8-9 in the second inning.

  52. Anderson Silva says:

    and that’s why they don’t give up on Nova. What a beauty of a curveball to K Chavez.

  53. The Real Greg says:

    Now that I think about it, the problem is batting Ichiro 6TH. He should be batting 8th and switched with Overbay.

  54. OldYanksFan says:

    Ivan Nova is throwing batting practice.
    We have been very lucky so far.

  55. OldYanksFan says:

    Another fat one….

  56. Dalek Jeter says:

    If they’re dead set on keeping Ichiro in the line-up why not bat him 8th like last season?

    Gardner
    Cano
    Youk
    Pronk
    Wells
    Overbay
    Nunie
    Cervelli
    Ichiro

  57. OldYanksFan says:

    3 runs in 5 would be lucky.

  58. forensic says:

    Steve Berthiaume just called that double like it was a walk-off grand slam to win the world series. Ugh…

  59. Chilango says:

    Ivan the Terrible. He’s been lucky tonight (so far)

  60. Pasta says:

    Fishboy gets a hit
    Emmm love pollock broiled with lemon butter.

  61. Dalek Jeter says:

    Wow…that was…like a REALLY GOOD pitch to get Pennington.

  62. yeayo says:

    Damn that fastball had some sink on it.

  63. Pasta says:

    That last pitch was his best all night

  64. Long-Past-His-Day-Rod says:

    Nova really has some filthy stuff. If only he could consistently command it.

    • Bo Knows says:

      He’s his own worst enemy, the talent is there, his ceiling is immense but being consistent with his command is what stands in the way of it. I’ve said it constantly, if he can approach the command of his rookie year he’s an easy #2.

  65. Kramerica Industries says:

    I always love the rare nights when Al’s in the booth.

  66. Dalek Jeter says:

    Lol listening to them try to justify/turn away his stat use. I personally love it.

  67. BigBlueAL says:

    Random question, am I the only one who thinks Travis Hafner looks a little bit like Clint Dempsey??

  68. RetroRob says:

    Of course, Kay is ignoring McCarthy improved as a pitcher after he started using more data.

  69. Pasta says:

    Pitcher up
    Too bad romine got hurt he was raking

  70. The Real Greg says:

    How about the black hole with a base hit?

  71. Preston says:

    The catcher battle isn’t over until Chris Stewart says so.

  72. forensic says:

    This is now 4 out of 12 games that Stewart has started. It’s a little early to say Cervelli has taken over the starting spot, as Mike’s article intimated yesterday. A night game after a day off, no less.

  73. Dalek Jeter says:

    Yay Brett!!!

  74. The Real Greg says:

    Do they walk Cano to face Youkilis?

  75. Pasta says:

    2 out rally i like it.

  76. Eddard says:

    Now they’ll pitch around Robbie if they’re smart. They need to capitalize on these opportunities.

  77. flamingo says:

    Was just saying, “Do SOMETHING, Gardner.” Thanks, man.

  78. forensic says:

    Come on Cano, please break through here…

  79. WhittakerWalt says:

    The ol’ Chris Stewart special.

  80. wheels says:

    Let’s go Youk!

  81. Pasta says:

    I still feel grimy rooting for this guy

  82. Anderson Silva says:

    2-0 pitch right down the pipe… Youk needs to swing at that

  83. flamingo says:

    Ugh.

  84. flamingo says:

    At least he’s at 59 pitches.

  85. Mickey Scheister says:

    That strike zone got real small. C’mon YOOOUUUHHKKKKKAAA!

  86. BigBlueAL says:

    RISP fail, how I havent missed you.

  87. vicki says:

    the warm familiarity of rispfail.

  88. forensic says:

    Ugh, 59 pitches, 4 hits, 2 walks, 2 bases loaded situations in 2 innings, but zero runs. That sucks!

  89. Dalek Jeter says:

    Ugh…good call at first. At least we’re racking up McCarthy’s pitch count…he has to be near 60 after two innings.

  90. Anderson Silva says:

    Shitty job by Youk. Very frustrating.

  91. Kramerica Industries says:

    McCarthy has thrown 59 pitches and has a WHIP of 3.00.

    This is annoying.

  92. Chilango says:

    ARGHHH

  93. Eddard says:

    6 runners LOB. McCarthy is not pitching well and we’re letting him off the hook. 60 pitches through 2 innings and no runs. He’s leaving more pitches up than Ivan Nova.

  94. The Real Greg says:

    Again, I don’t count two out failures as RISP fail because the odds of scoring with 2 outs are not good.

    • Tom says:

      Nova needs to learn how to put hitters away.

      Batters who’ve seen at least 5 pitches:
      4 for 6, 2BB

      This is pretty much a lack of command – get the count deep enough and he will eventually make a mistake or walk you.

      4 pitches or less:
      1 for 7

      The curve in the dirt is a nice put away pitch, but if the batter takes it, he gets in trouble when he has to command a fastball for a strike. Mix in a commanded fastball to a corner 0-2, 1-2, or throw a curve/slider in the zone (or at least near the zone)

  95. Pasta says:

    Atta boy youlk
    :)

  96. The Real Greg says:

    Each of the bases loaded situations are coming with 2 outs. They need to come with fewer outs for the Yankees to take advantage.

  97. WhittakerWalt says:

    Lookin’ good, Meredith.

  98. forensic says:

    Boston doing to Cleveland the same thing the Yankees did to Cleveland. That sucks.

  99. forensic says:

    Defensive catcher!!!

  100. Alkaline says:

    Stewieeeeeeeee

  101. The Real Greg says:

    That was on Nova. He pulled it.

  102. Dalek Jeter says:

    DEFENSIVE CATCHER can’t get across the plate to block the ball.

  103. Pasta says:

    Nova fuck inning this guy has the testicles of fly.

  104. Eddard says:

    Stewart is a lot like Nix, worthless with the bat and with the glove. Neither should be on the major league club.

  105. The Real Greg says:

    Nova’s bad attitude is beginning to show itself.

  106. Pasta says:

    Set up for another triple play.

  107. Kramerica Industries says:

    Interleague play is no different from inter-conference play in the NHL, NFL, or NBA.

    I have no problem with this.

    • Dalek Jeter says:

      The other 3 don’t have changed rules in half the ballparks, otherwise I’d agree with you.

    • Winter says:

      Consider this:

      Yankees play at Rockies in a couple weeks. What if the last game of that series is rained (snowed) out? The Yankees obviously don’t go back to Colorado. It increases the odds of what happened with the Indians happening again.

    • forensic says:

      Except there are different rules for the AL and NL, but not in any of those other sports. Just add the DH to the NL and you’re on your way.

  108. forensic says:

    These announcers won’t stop going on and on about Prado.

    Imagine it’s ESPN and substitute Pedroia for Prado, and you’ll have an idea what it’s been like all game long.

  109. The Real Greg says:

    If Nova gets out of this, I will tip y hat to him.

  110. Pasta says:

    He nibbling again afaid to challange the hitter

  111. Wil Nieves #1 Fan says:

    Ivan Nova is bad at pitching #BingIt

  112. trr says:

    Watching Nova pitch gives me a headache.
    Think I said the same thing about Hughes last start

  113. Alkaline says:

    Oh boy. Let’s get out of this unharmed, shall we?

  114. Anderson Silva says:

    0-2 to full-count single. Back to being atrocious.

  115. Eddard says:

    This is why you take advantage of all those men on base. Now Nova needs to get out of this with limited damage.

  116. Kramerica Industries says:

    Nova can just lose it very quickly.

    Not finishing 0-2 counts. Poor command. Same old Nova.

  117. Chilango says:

    Stewart almost lets a one hopper get past him.

  118. Winter says:

    And here we Gova…

  119. trr says:

    So what’s the over/under for how many runs Nova gives up this inning

  120. Pasta says:

    Stewie showing that gold glove
    He must have pictures of girardi in a hotel room with a goat.

  121. Raymond Freemont says:

    Is there anything more depressing than Nova and Hughes, two yankee prospects, being total crap?

  122. Cool Lester Smooth says:

    Huh? Nova got an out?

    Imagine that.

  123. The Real Greg says:

    See what happens when you load the bases with less than 2 outs? The pressure comes off the hitter to put the ball in play and get a hit.

  124. WhittakerWalt says:

    I want Nova to give an in-game interview right now and claim he’s pitching great.

  125. Dalek Jeter says:

    Not Shawn Kelly…anybody else!

  126. Raymond Freemont says:

    The diamondbacks are like the new red sox west, all white and gritey.

  127. Long-Past-His-Day-Rod says:

    Why the hell is Kelley warming up instead of Phelps?

  128. Anderson Silva says:

    he’s awful

  129. The Real Greg says:

    So was everybody expecting different?

  130. Winter says:

    Ivan “2.1″ Nova

  131. Cool Lester Smooth says:

    Seriously, Nova needs another month in AAA.

    Of course, I wouldn’t say no to two months, or the rest of the season for that matter.

  132. Pasta says:

    Ross still killing us
    Nova i see your future enjoy SWB.
    Bring up the Wang

  133. Dalek Jeter says:

    Where’s that sinker from the bottom of the 2nd?

  134. Kramerica Industries says:

    My worst Nova memory has to be that game last year against the O’s, when he was given a 5-0 lead after the first inning, and then gave up seven runs in the 2nd to totally erase that (and then some).

    He reminds me of AJ with lesser stuff. Total enigma.

    • Dalek Jeter says:

      This. Cause that slider right there shows the stuff is there, it’s just a matter of command.

    • Winter says:

      You see, with AJ there was always that thought in the back of your mind that he could go out there and pitch a no-hitter. Of course, he didn’t really have that sort of stuff much after his first year in pinstripes, but the thought was there. Nova doesn’t even really have that good stuff (certainly not AJ’s stuff).

  135. The Real Greg says:

    Failure to draft and develop quality pitching. I can’t stress that enough.

    • Raymond Freemont says:

      They draft plenty of pitching, problem is they have shown no ability to be able to develop it.

    • JMK says:

      As it turns out, you can stress that enough.

    • WhittakerWalt says:

      Consistently having the best record in the league = almost always drafting later than the other teams. That’s a big part of it.
      And sometimes stud prospects just don’t pan out no matter how hard you try or how much you coddle them. I’m looking at you, Hughes and Joba.

    • Chilango says:

      Hughes and Nova were quality prospects. It’s a crapshoot. And they turned out to be crap.

  136. Chilango says:

    Nova PG: “I pitch real good, I feel strong”

  137. forensic says:

    Needless to say, this game is a far cry from helping Nova’s case for staying in the rotation for more than a couple times through.

  138. Cool Lester Smooth says:

    “All things considered, not terrible for Nova”

  139. Kramerica Industries says:

    Could’ve been better, could’ve been worse.

    In other words, the story of my life.

  140. yeayo says:

    30 fucking pitches in that inning.

  141. Eddard says:

    The problem is Nova has actually been better than Hughes. Phelps can only take one spot but he should take one spot.

    • Winter says:

      Nova has been better than Hughes? Are you comparing Hughes’s 2 start sample size against Nova’s 1.5 start sample size? Because if you compare last season, Hughes was much better.

  142. forensic says:

    All things considered, that could’ve been much worse. Now gotta hope the offense keeps getting guys on and eventually brings some home too.

  143. The Real Greg says:

    Just disappointing overall. And the problem is that nothing has seemed to have been done to change the way that the Yankees draft and develop.

  144. Dalek Jeter says:

    I hate to say it, and I know you guys want to recreate the Passion w/ Nova in the place of Christ, but that could have gone far, far worse.

  145. Pasta says:

    Bautista out
    Tough playing without your peds

  146. Mickey Scheister says:

    If Nova does keep shitting the bed, do they run him out for 10+ starts if he looks equally as bad or do you think they have some sort of bail out number? This is hard to watch.

  147. forensic says:

    Ugh, an interview with Britney Griner? Seriously???

    • Kramerica Industries says:

      What are you watching/listening?

      • forensic says:

        The D’backs broadcast, unfortunately.

        They were sitting in the stands with her for nearly the whole inning because she apparently was just drafted first overall in the WNBA. We got to see her nails, coordinated colors in jersey’s, and found out they already named a street after her…

  148. Cool Lester Smooth says:

    Fucking Parra

  149. Kramerica Industries says:

    Jeez.

    Nice catch.

  150. Eddard says:

    Come on Ichiro, start a 2 out rally.

  151. WhittakerWalt says:

    Don’t worry, Ichiro will keep the chains moving.

  152. Mickey Scheister says:

    Nice catch. I wonder if he’ll hit we’ll enough to win another gold glove.

  153. MannyGeee says:

    So I am not reading the first 250 comments on this thread yet, as I can only assume 200 of them are about how Nova sucks. A few notes, as my mother just left after bringing me and the fam some dinner, and I have only paid 1/2 attention to this abortion of a game:

    - This is by far the most boring game of this young season. Just so….. Meh.
    - Nova is LOST. It’s not physical, it’s definitely mental. His stuff is there when his mind is in it, but he just doesn’t seem to have a fuck to give…
    - great night to not start Montero and Ross in fantasy. Shoulda checked the probablse a before I got all indignant for my team.
    - NOT looking forward to Sweet Caroline tonight. Leaves me very conflicted inside.
    - LOVE Hanrahan going on the DL already. It is so fitting.

  154. Mickey Scheister says:

    Now Ichi gets a hit. Ohhhh baseball gods, WHY!??

  155. Anderson Silva says:

    Offense going to sleep after not being able to get the big hit. I just hope it doesn’t happen yet again.

  156. BigBlueAL says:

    I hate this song.

  157. Pasta says:

    Parra has the bigest glove i have ever seen that thing is a jai lai cesta.

  158. MannyGeee says:

    This is weird… I love the fans, they look like I feel about this. Confused

  159. Winter says:

    I like the shot of the guy eating ice cream.

  160. Alkaline says:

    I’m actually loving this. I hope Boston enjoys it, as well.

  161. Dalek Jeter says:

    …isn’t that exactly how last inning started?

  162. VO says:

    Haven’t commented here in forever. Thought I’d stop by to say how awesome I think the Sweet Caroline thing was.

  163. Tom says:

    Nova needs to learn how to put hitters away.

    Batters who’ve seen at least 5 pitches:
    4 for 6, 2BB

    This is pretty much a lack of command – get the count deep enough and he will eventually make a mistake or walk you.

    4 pitches or less:
    1 for 7

    The curve in the dirt is a nice put away pitch, but if the batter takes it, he gets in trouble when he has to command a fastball for a strike. Mix in a commanded fastball to a corner 0-2, 1-2, or throw a curve/slider in the zone (or at least near the zone)

  164. Chilango says:

    Joe will wait until they’re buried THEN take him out and burn the pen. Fuck this

  165. MannyGeee says:

    For the record, my guess was Mo Vaughn before they played spoiler.

  166. nsalem says:

    A shot of Youk during Sweet Caroline would have been a nice touch.

  167. Winter says:

    Feel free to hate me for this, but I love that the Yankees did that. I hate the Red Sox connotations of the song, but it was a great way to show care and support.

    Plus it was better than a commercial break.

  168. Mickey Scheister says:

    Another extra base hit! Only two today? Not bad Nova, not bad!

  169. The Real Greg says:

    So they bunt the runner over.

  170. Stratman9652 says:

    Can’t wait to hear how Nova doesn’t think he pitched badly.

  171. wheels says:

    Dude come on.

  172. The Real Greg says:

    I mean 4IP 2ER.

    Not great but not horrible

    • WhittakerWalt says:

      It’s not so much the 2 runs (which we’d all have signed up for) but the WAY he’s doing it. Not putting guys away, running up the pitch count, just looking disinterested in general.

  173. Mykey says:

    Alright Nova. Nice work.

  174. Eddard says:

    Much better inning. If he can get through one more and give us 5 IP, 2 runs that’s about what you can expect from him. They need to start crushing McCarthy who is leaving pitch after pitch up in the zone.

  175. Dalek Jeter says:

    That was a pretty impressive inning. Apart from the 3rd Nova hasn’t looked terrible, just maybe slightly below average.

  176. MannyGeee says:

    Fun Sweet Caroline fact, almost entirely the reason I think it’s everything wrong with baseball and the “Pink Sox” bandwagon movement that you get force fed in New England:

    “But it wasn’t until 2002, when John Henry’s group bought the Red Sox, that Sweet Caroline become an official Fenway tradition. That’s when the new ownership requested that Tobey play the song during the eighth inning of every game.”

  177. wheels says:

    This was a response to the ugly comment from Pasta, which was removed.

  178. Mickey Scheister says:

    What was Nova yelling there? “I’m doing a good job!” ?

    • Dalek Jeter says:

      2R over 4IP w/ a chance of going 6 IP? If you had told me before we started in the 4th inning of the game that’s where we’re going to be, I’d be totally okay with it.

  179. Chilango says:

    Does he go 6 and not give up any more runs?

  180. The Real Greg says:

    Might see Stewart bunt here.

  181. MannyGeee says:

    LoverBay continues to hit well for a scrap heap pickup.

    As an aside, LoverBay is engrained in my predictive text now. So that’s exciting…

  182. MannyGeee says:

    Bottom of the order doin work!

  183. The Real Greg says:

    And Chris Stewart gets another hit.

  184. Eddard says:

    Ok, Chris Stewart is 2/2. They have to score now.

  185. Pasta says:

    Stewie

  186. Cy Pettitte says:

    every single Stewart hit is exactly the same

  187. nsalem says:

    Woops the b word

  188. Winter says:

    Doesn’t the YES booth know Gardner couldn’t lay down a bunt to save his life?

  189. OldYanksFan says:

    Can Phelps pitch the 6th and 7th?

  190. OldYanksFan says:

    I love how Gritner works the count….

  191. forensic says:

    I wanted Stewart to bunt, he doesn’t and then gets a hit.

    I didn’t want Gardner to bunt, he doesn’t and then strikes out failing to advance the runners.

    I can’t help but think John Sterling would have something to say about that.

  192. OldYanksFan says:

    Shit. Good pitch to get Gritty.

  193. The Real Greg says:

    Nasty changeup.

    Making the key pitches when he has to

  194. Mykey says:

    Michael Kay once again demonstrates he doesn’t know what having a base open means.

  195. MannyGeee says:

    Cano infuriates me with his pitch selection. So talented, yet seems to take when he should swing and vise versa

  196. Cy Pettitte says:

    “Just changed the sign”

    well that was a mistake.

  197. The Real Greg says:

    OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  198. forensic says:

    Demolished!!! Atta boy Cano!

    Thanks for that pitch right down the middle.

  199. Dalek Jeter says:

    ROBBIE CANO!!!!

  200. Eddard says:

    SHOULDNT HAVE PITCHED TO HIM! LOL!

  201. Pasta says:

    Lol can believe they pitched to Cano lol

  202. Winter says:

    No doubt about that one.

  203. Stratman9652 says:

    That was fucking crushed.

  204. BigBlueAL says:

    Give him his 200 mil!!

  205. Kramerica Industries says:

    Don’t ‘cha know?

  206. YankeesJunkie says:

    Obviously a Yankee Stadium cheapee!

  207. wheels says:

    Pay him whatever.

  208. Pasta says:

    Pronk nice

  209. Dalek Jeter says:

    Wow, Hafner is strong…half swing knocks a double into the corner!

  210. forensic says:

    Hafner doing his best impression of Gardner!

  211. OldYanksFan says:

    Can Nova hold the lead?
    Can Pedroia dunk a basketball?

  212. Pasta says:

    95 pitches in the 4th
    Havent seen that since Joba tried to be a starter.

  213. Dalek Jeter says:

    C’mon Vernon, the D’Backs have the middle of the order next inning, I’d love for Nova to have more than one run to work with…

  214. OldYanksFan says:

    Good protective swing by Wells….

  215. Cy Pettitte says:

    at this rate this game might be over by 11:30 if we’re lucky

  216. OldYanksFan says:

    Really good to see Wells NOT over-swinging….

  217. vicki says:

    runner touches second, the hook.

  218. Govin says:

    I have two things to say first, poor Mo all his teamates are like hey can we borrow your jerseys. Second Mr. mcarthy has thrown 102 pitches in four innings, thats pretty impressive.

  219. Winter says:

    No, Michael Kay, I don’t think Jackie Robinson was named after Robinson Cano.

    • Dalek Jeter says:

      I wanted to say something..but I wanted to see if he’d correct himself. But if he’s not going to…shame on him.

  220. Winter says:

    Even the YES booth knows this is probably Nova’s last inning.

  221. Dalek Jeter says:

    Wow, did Nova just K Goldschmit on 3 pitches?!

  222. Pasta says:

    Oh god not boone logan

  223. Pasta says:

    Flucking ross owns us

  224. Eddard says:

    Nova has really battled back tonight. One more inning and he’ll have grinded through 6 with only giving up two runs, without his best stuff.

  225. Pasta says:

    The worst swing i have seen all year congratz ichiro

    • Winter says:

      Ichiro’s swing has always looked bad. Back in the mid ’00s that didn’t matter because he was hitting .350 anyway.

      • The Real Greg says:

        I think the difference with Ichiro now is that his swing is slowing down with age.

      • Dalek Jeter says:

        Because he had the recognition, reaction, bat speed, plate coverage and foot speed to make up for it…now he has maybe 1 of those things in his foot speed.

  226. vicki says:

    nuni loses his helmet; everybody drink.

  227. nsalem says:

    I’d save my lefty. Let’s see.

  228. SDB says:

    Logan. Oh no.

  229. The Real Greg says:

    This is where a guy like Nuno could come in handy. A lefty longman

  230. forensic says:

    Watch out for rust here with Logan, on top of his other issues. Hasn’t pitched in over a week.

    And as I finish typing this Hinske goes down pitifully.

  231. Dalek Jeter says:

    I think D-Rob’s gotta be available for two innings tonight, he’s only pitched once in the last week.

  232. The Real Greg says:

    Well that was quick

  233. Chilango says:

    Nice pitch selection, great pitch.

  234. Dalek Jeter says:

    Wow, way to be a prissy bitch, Stewart..

  235. WhittakerWalt says:

    Jeez, does any better in baseball make worse contact than Chris Stewart?

  236. Chilango says:

    And here comes Jobber.

  237. Kramerica Industries says:

    Jobber?

    gulp.

  238. Eddard says:

    I hate mlb.tv , always crashes and service is terrible. Can’t watch any of the games or even listen to John and Suzyn.

  239. The Real Greg says:

    Bullpen efficient so far

  240. Kramerica Industries says:

    Thank you for a real rendition of God Bless America.

    I will always appreciate those.

  241. Cervelli is the Man says:

    Must be your internet connection, my mlb.tv works beautifully.

  242. Chilango says:

    Now you can uncinch the sphincters

  243. Cervelli is the Man says:

    Mariano is going to earn his pay tonight I think.

  244. forensic says:

    Joba’s been much better his last few outings, since he stopped walking everyone obviously.

  245. Tom says:

    For some reason I have this (irrational?) belief that Joba will be very effective this year.

    He still doesn’t have all that many innings under his belt post TJ surgery (especially with the ankle stuff mixed in), but I think he will be more than solid for a 7th inning guy(TM).

  246. Dalek Jeter says:

    The Nationals and Braves remind me of the Yankees/Sox of 2003-2005/6. Everybody knows they’re the two best teams, yet we know they won’t face each other in the WS

    • forensic says:

      I’m not all that sold on the Braves yet. The sweep of Washington was good, but otherwise they’ve played the Phillies, Cubs, and Marlins.

      Far from a difficult early schedule.

      • Tom says:

        Don’t sleep on the Marlins – they have a shot at cutting their deficit in the standings to 8.5GB tonight

        9.5GB after playing just 13 games? That’s not easy…

      • Kramerica Industries says:

        That, and the fact that the Braves are good for some September choking. If they get to October, then they choke there.

        Haven’t won a playoff series since 2001.

      • vicki says:

        i buy them. heyward and bj haven’t even started to hit yet, and they will.

        • forensic says:

          Sure, but Justin Upton won’t have a 1.400 OPS all season, or Evan Gattis over 1.000, or Juan Francisco over 1.000, or Chris Johnson nearly 1.000, or Paul Maholm having a 0.00 ERA, or all but 2 of their pitchers have ERA’s at 2.5 or lower.

  247. WhittakerWalt says:

    Chavez is still looking pretty hunky, I must say.

  248. Cervelli is the Man says:

    Is it me or does this pitcher’s pants seem a bit too tight?

    • Kramerica Industries says:

      Since he’s a high stockings pitcher, it’s probably the pants were made to be short (thus, not needing to be adjusted up and down), and that’s why they look a bit tighter than usual.

  249. Kramerica Industries says:

    If the Yankees had won the 2001 World Series, it would’ve been payback for losing in 1960 to Pittsburgh despite a 55-27 scoring margin.

    • WhittakerWalt says:

      I loved watching that ’01 series, apart from the way it ended. But we have to be honest, that Yankees team was borderline mediocre. The lineup certainly was.

      • Kramerica Industries says:

        The last two games in the Bronx were magical shit.

        Damn, despite their flaws, they had that series in their backpocket. Still one that got away. And it still gnaws to this day.

  250. forensic says:

    Come on Wells! Another run or two would be really nice, maybe even just your second hit with RISP this season.

  251. Cervelli is the Man says:

    Liking this little insurance rally here

  252. Kramerica Industries says:

    Vernon Wells is not having a very good night at the plate tonight. Jeez.

  253. Cervelli is the Man says:

    “God Damn” Wells yelled. That’s right, hit this sucker out Vernon.

  254. Eddard says:

    Intentionally walk Ichiro? LOL! Make them pay, Nuney.

  255. Dalek Jeter says:

    Why in gods name would you walk Ichiro? He’s literally the worst hitter on the team right now. That’s a team with Chris Stewart on the Roster.

  256. Cy Pettitte says:

    IBB Ichiro? hahaha

  257. The Real Greg says:

    I know they set up the double play but Ichiro is not hitting right now

  258. Cervelli is the Man says:

    Loading up the bases?

  259. SDB says:

    Why are they confusing Ichiro with a competent hitter right now?

  260. forensic says:

    Come on Nunez!

    That’ll work.

  261. Dalek Jeter says:

    Wow, Nunie put a charge into that ball!

  262. Kramerica Industries says:

    Nunez is a pretty good contact hitter who is very hard to double up.

    IBB’ing Ichiro to get to him just made no sense.

  263. Eddard says:

    Nuney got the job done. Should have taken their chances with Ichiro.

  264. The Real Greg says:

    Nunez takes advantage and gets the job done

  265. RetroRob says:

    Fear the Ichiro!

  266. Cervelli is the Man says:

    I’ll take it

  267. Eddard says:

    The difference in the game right now are the decisions to pitch to Robbie Cano and walk Ichiro. Who knows what would have happened had they taken the opposite course but those were two strange managerial decisions.

  268. vicki says:

    kirk gibson, you crazy.

  269. forensic says:

    Brenly going on about how IBB’ing Ichiro was a no-brainer there. His small sample numbers against Ziegler were great, but you’re trying to set up a DP with a really fast runner coming up.

    I think you just play the IF in again and try for another groundout from Ichiro the way he’s going right now.

  270. Cervelli is the Man says:

    Sounds like Dolph Ziggler is pitching when they say his name.

  271. RetroRob says:

    Any update on Romine’s injury yesterday?

  272. forensic says:

    Oh good, and now an interview with Luis Gonzalez. They’ve been on that World Series all damn game…

  273. RetroRob says:

    over

  274. YankeesJunkie says:

    Looks like another typical inning from Robertson

  275. The Real Greg says:

    Hinske swinging 3-0?

  276. Robinson Tilapia says:

    So what have I missed so far? Did we all survive “Sweet Caroline?” How many symbolic gestures can be fit into one Yankee game? Did Jackie Robinson roll in his grave when he figured out Boone Logan was wearing his number? So much to know.

  277. Cervelli is the Man says:

    Just switched over to the Mets real quick, wow they are freezing their asses off in Colorado!

  278. Robinson Tilapia says:

    Anyone having trouble with YES HD on TWCNYC?

  279. Kramerica Industries says:

    Let’s nail this shit down, Mo.

  280. Improbable Island's Dirty Midget Whores (Formerly RRR) says:

    This is random, but Kramerica mentioned the 60′ WS so it made me think of it.

    Two baseball myths that need to die:

    1) Not starting Whitey Ford in the 60′ WS was a horrible managerial decision. Numbers wise it made perfect sense and was at least an extremely defensible move.

    2) We’ll never know how good Ruth would have been since he never played black players. Untrue. In fact, Ruth played black players quite often-he used to go barnstorming in the offseason. And he’d crush black pitchers just as easily as he crushed white pitchers. Ruth was the real deal.

    People love to pull up that myth when discussing steroids-”Okay, he used steroids. Well, Ruth never played black players, so we don’t know how good HE would have been either!” Sorry, untrue.

    • Pat D says:

      As to point #1, the move wasn’t really that defensible. Whitey could have only pitched in Yankee Stadium once, no matter which game he started. By being saved till Game 3, Casey limited himself to Whitey pitching twice instead of three times.

      Go read Rob Neyer’s Big Book of Baseball Blunders. He dissects this pretty decisively.

      • Improbable Island's Dirty Midget Whores (Formerly RRR) says:

        Read “The Truth About Ruth”, he makes a pretty good defense of the move. I’d grab it now and throw out some stuff in it at you, but I’m feeling too lazy right now.

        • Improbable Island's Dirty Midget Whores (Formerly RRR) says:

          Fuck it, I just grabbed the book.

          First off the author, Handrinos, points out that Pittsburgh was a better team than they seemed, with a higher BA and lower ERA than the Yanks despite playing in the way tougher league, for what it’s worth.

          Anyway, Stengel was basing the starting assignments on 1960, not the past. Ditmar had a (slightly) lower ERA and pitched more innings. In September he had pitched to a significantly lower ERA than Ford despite pitching more innings.

          Think he should have picked ford because he was a proven postseason pitcher? Not so fast. Sure, this was true in Yankee Stadium. But in 5 road postseason starts he was 0 and 3 with an ERA over 6. Ditmar, meanwhile, was no postseason slouch himself, having pitched terrifically in the 57′ and 58′ WS.

          Sure, Stengel held Ford to two starts instead of three. But he also ensured that if the series went to 7 games Ford would only need to work in the pitcher unfriendly Forbes Field for one month, not two.

          The big reason we question the decision is that Ford was terrific and Ditmar wasn’t. 20/20 hindsight.

    • RetroRob says:

      Casey’s use of Whitey throughout his career has been documented, and it is true that Casey held Ford back to face the better teams. How he used him in the 1960 World Series did turn out to be a blunder.

      You’re correct on Ruth. He barnstormed regularly playing black players and teams. I forget the exact quote, but one of the top black players basically said they couldn’t figure out how to get Ruth out. He was a transformational hitter the likes of which the Major Leagues and the Negro Leagues had never seen.

    • vicki says:

      sorry, but i’ll never consider completely legitimate statistics compiled in an era when many of the game’s best players weren’t allowed in the league. your straw man argument about the babe’s reported performance in exhibition games doesn’t make it better. sounds like backlash.

      • Improbable Island's Dirty Midget Whores (Formerly RRR) says:

        He played them all the time. It’s not backlash, it’s just true. In fact, the games mattered very much to the black pitchers, who wanted to prove that they could take down Ruth. His numbers against the Negro league teams were fantastic.

        Sorry, but Ruth could hit the negro pitchers.

        • Improbable Island's Dirty Midget Whores (Formerly RRR) says:

          If you don’t believe me, look at the stats of the Negro Leaguers against other white hitters. Judy Johnson, a Negro League Hall of Famer, also dismissed the idea that Ruth couldn’t hit Negro Leaguers, saying that “We could never seem to get him out, no matter what we did”.

  281. forensic says:

    Yikes. The side strikes out against Heath Bell? That could stay in contention for worst half inning all season.

  282. Improbable Island's Dirty Midget Whores (Formerly RRR) says:

    …Also, “Sweet Caroline” is a great song. I’m not going to let the fucking Red Sox take that away from me.

  283. Robinson Tilapia says:

    That “James” video thing was hilarious.

    Finally, an actual #42.

  284. WhittakerWalt says:

    “Bell’s velocity is down. He used to throw 95, 96, 97. Of course here he strikes out Chris Stewart on a 92mph meatball.”

  285. Get Phelps Up says:

    With me just getting in for the 9th inning, how did Nova look?

    • Improbable Island's Dirty Midget Whores (Formerly RRR) says:

      Not great location, but his movement wasn’t bad and he ground it out for five innings and two runs. It definitely could have been way worse. On the other hand, it would have been nice if he could have pushed himself through one more inning. Oh well.

      • Robinson Tilapia says:

        Pretty much. Was paying half-attention on a bar TV screen. Didn’t look impressive, but got by five and the damage wasn’t what it could be the one inning.

        In other words, you’ll be hearing a shitload from Eddard throughout the day tomorrow.

    • Bo Knows says:

      Went 5 innings, 7 hits, 2 bbs, with 6 k’s

      he was shakey but battled, had a really rough 3rd inning where he threw 30 pitches and that’s when the two runs scored.

      he was ok, not good not bad just meh

    • Get Phelps Up says:

      Thanks guys.

  286. Pat D says:

    Sleep with one eye open…

  287. Robinson Tilapia says:

    Why retire? Just pitch forever.

  288. Kramerica Industries says:

    Mo making it look as easy as he usually does.

    Well done. Make it three in a row tomorrow night.

  289. forensic says:

    Nice win!

    An important one too considering it was in a Nova start and they’re facing a bunch of lefties coming up too.

  290. Get Phelps Up says:

    4-2 win saved by #42 on a day where everyone is wearing 42. Baseball!

  291. Eddard says:

    Great win. With the big man on the mound tomorrow against an NL lineup we have a good chance to take the series. Even with Hughes and Nova pitching in the same series we have a chance to win it with our ace on the mound. 2 games above .500, not bad for a team nobody expected to do anything this month.

  292. forensic says:

    So, Boston put 7 run up against Ubaldo in one inning, thanks to a ton of walks.

    But that’s all they’ve scored and they’ve struck out 16 (!) times in the game.

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