Apr
18

Game 14: For The Sweep

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Fun Fact: Non-Hughes Yankees pitchers have allowed just one homer at Yankee Stadium this year. That was Paul Goldschmidt’s blast off CC Sabathia last night. (Elsa/Getty)

The Yankees pulled off their first improbable win last night, at least in the sense that for most of the game, it didn’t feel like they had much of a chance. Wade Miley was on cruise control, the Diamondbacks scored some runs early … that kind of stuff makes a game feel like a loss in a hurry. Instead, the offense came through late and here we are looking at a potential sweep.

Of course, to get that sweep the Yankees will have to rely on Phil Hughes, who hasn’t pitched well at all this season. If that’s not enough, they’re also going to have to overcome left-hander Patrick Corbin, who will be on the bump for Arizona. The Yankees come into the game with a wimpy little 58 wRC+ as a team against southpaws, so they’re really going to earn this sweep if they manage to pull it off. Here’s the starting lineup…

  1. CF Brett Gardner
  2. LF Vernon Wells
  3. 2B Robinson Cano
  4. 1B Kevin Youkilis
  5. DH Ben Francisco
  6. C Frankie Cervelli
  7. RF Ichiro Suzuki
  8. SS Eduardo Nunez
  9. 3B Jayson Nix

And on the mound is the right-hander Phil Hughes.

Tonight’s game is scheduled to start at 7:05pm ET and can be seen on YES. Enjoy.

Categories : Game Threads
  • Luis Castillo (Not the one who dropped the ball)

    Come on Phil, lets start with not being Phucking Phatetic this time, 0k? And we’ll go from there.

  • Winter

    How bad is Francisco in the outfield? ‘Cause I’d kinda rather see him out there instead of Ichiro and Hafner as DH. I know it’s lefty-lefty, but I’d rather have lefty-lefty with Pronk than with Ichiro.

    • Mike HC

      This makes too much sense.

    • Tom

      I can see with Hughes (a flyball pitcher) on the mound taking the defensive side of things, but he also did the same thing with Sabathia on the mound yesterday.

      Seems like at the very least he should be splitting the time off against lefties (between Hafner and Ichiro).

  • forensic

    The last 2 games, Nova and CC seemed to do really well against the DBacks with their breaking stuff, rather than the fastball.

    We’ll see if Hughes can find any semblance of a reliable breaking ball tonight or if he just stays stubborn with the fastball as per the norm and gets it hit around.

    • Havok9120

      I honestly don’t pay close enough attention for even anecdotal evidence on that, let alone actual stats. Is that what you think he does with mixing his pitches?

      • forensic

        The stuff on Hughes is mostly anecdotal, just being a heavy fastball pitcher as we all know. There is such a variation on fangraphs between the pitchFX numbers and the info solutions numbers, so who knows. But, either way, he’s always a high fastball % guy, and they both have his slider up a little and his curveball way down, with his change up a little.

        The stuff from the last two days is from watching and listening to postgames, mostly from last night. CC threw only 2 fastballs (according to Flaherty) from the 6th-8th innings and over the course of the game threw more sliders than fastballs. Tuesday it seemed anecdotally that Nova was throwing a bunch of breaking stuff and survived to an improved result.

  • Billy

    LOL at 5-6 Ben Francisco and Frankie Cervelli – #Needhelp

    • Lavendar Gooms

      Francisco is just a place holder for Hafner until a righty comes in.

  • Lavendor Gooms

    Regression to the mean + 58 wRC+ = big night tonight.

    Unless the mean is like 60, then maybe not so much.

  • BigBlueAL

    No reason at all for Ichiro to be back in the lineup tonight.

    • jdp

      Guess they think they need to try to justify that stupid two-year contract.

  • Robinson Tilapia

    PHIL PHUCKING KERSHAW!!!!

    BROOKS PHUCKING NIX!!!

    I was about to write “JAYSON PHUCKING SCHMIDT” until I realized I would referring to a fairly average pitcher, and not channeling Mike Schmidt.

    • jjyank

      Kind of a bummer that it only took a few months to change our meme. Poor Doc.

      • Robinson Tilapia

        Gotta make adjustments. It’s part of the game.

        • jjyank

          It was “Hughesllday” or some such variation. Gotta include part of his name, at least. Maybe Phil Phucking Hughshaw.

          • Robinson Tilapia

            True.

            PHIL PHUCKING HUGHSHAW!!!

  • Mickey Scheister

    I count 15 people in the stands behind the plate, wow.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      And they probably still wouldn’t let me stand right behind that section in the concourse.

    • The Big City of Dreams

      It looks like a ghost town in there

      • Robinson Tilapia

        Not trying to make excuses, but it was pouring briefly at 5:00 PM. It’s probably wet as hell out in those seats.

        Never cared about those seats behind home plate. Win or lose, they charge a ludicrous amount for them.

        • The Big City of Dreams

          True they do charge a lot for those seats. They were a bad idea from day one

          • Robinson Tilapia

            I used to be able to walk up, at game time, to whatever the hell they’re now calling where the Marlins used to play, and be able to afford those seats.

            • The Big City of Dreams

              Yankees should look into trying to fill those seats. If I’m not mistaken they did lower the prices correct?

    • SeventhAce

      Think about how many of these people really give a flying rat’s ass about the game.

      • Robinson Tilapia

        That’s why, 95% of the time, I sit in section 203. Had 100 section seats once, along the first base line. Very much enjoyed it.

    • jjyank

      Am I the only one who doesn’t really give a damn?

      • Robinson Tilapia

        I care, but not in the sense that I think others do.

      • forensic

        Me too. And it’s pretty fucking annoying when they assume that people who sit close and pay a lot of money to go to a game don’t care or know about baseball.

        I only get to go to one or two games a year and we always spend extra and sit close so we can see everything well and be close to the field. I’m not traveling hundreds of miles for a weekend of two games to sit 300 feet from the action.

        • Mickey Scheister

          I feel the exact way, I’m going to three games this year and I’ll pay a premium for great seats.

        • jdp

          Seats upstairs right behind home are cheap on Stubhub and give a great view.

          • jjyank

            That’s where I sit usually. But I’m also younger than forensic, and presumably make less money :)

            If I could afford it, I’d absolutely pay a premium for good seats, especially if it was a rare occurrence.

          • forensic

            Sadly, I haven’t gotten to the new Stadium yet. Last game in NY was 2008 finishing up the old stadium. Did get to do the stadium tour that time too.

            Though, we splurged and bought tickets for the 2010 WS in NY. Unfortunately, we didn’t get to use them.

  • Chilango

    Keep it in the park tonight Philip-

  • Mykey

    Goldschmidt’s at bats will scare me greatly tonight.

  • Chilango

    Kay says “you can make location mistakes” when you’re throwing 94. What a stupid statement.

  • Mike HC

    Nice to see the velocity up at 93-94.

  • Vern Sneaker

    Establishing the fastball, and it looks effective.

  • MeloJeter

    Phil looks awesome. Free in his motion and his arm looks loose. Sometimes he looks incredibly rigid and stiff.

  • Mykey

    C’mon Phil, put him away.

  • Chilango

    Fastball is moving, and he hit his spots.So Phar so good.

  • Mike myers

    Phi nally Phil

  • Vern Sneaker

    That pitch missed.

  • Mickey Scheister

    If Corban gets that call all night, game over. That was outside.

    • Mickey Scheister

      Corbin*

  • Robinson Tilapia

    You can tell this kid’s new. He doesn’t have a ridiculous beard yet like Kennedy and Miley. Give him some time.

    • Mickey Scheister

      He looks like he’s trying.

  • Mickey Scheister

    Those are some long last names in the infield, they almost ran outta room 1st-SS for the DBags.

  • jjyank

    Hah, field mic picked up Youk saying “Damn it!” really clearly.

  • forensic

    Youk is just 1-13 now against lefties vs. over .400 vs. righties.

    Hopefully that small sample (the bad one) fixes itself soon while the other one stays close to its current level.

    • jjyank

      His career numbers, as well as his more recent ones, say that he’ll get hot off LHP soon enough. Hopefully the RHP correction isn’t drastic, though.

      • forensic

        Yup, and really I’ll take a lower vs. LHP production for a higher vs. RHP production, at least in a vacuum, given that they’ll face 70-75% righties instead of lefties.

        • jjyank

          Yeah, of course. Just sucks right now given how the Yanks have performed against LHP as a whole thus far. I’m confident that won’t continue as far as Youk is concerned, though.

          • forensic

            Yeah, unfortunately, I’m a little less confident in Cano improving since he was terrible against them last year and is continuing that again this year so far.

  • Mykey

    Serious question. How much do you guys think Derek Jeter affects attendance?

    • MeloJeter

      Hard to say no affect whatsoever, but I doubt it’s substantial

      • MeloJeter

        Which is to say that I don’t think DJ being in the lineup would fill even half of these empty seats.

        • Mykey

          Yeah, that’s not what I was implying. I agree with you though. Some, but not a whole lot.

      • Mykey

        Yeah, I wanted at first to think “Ah, there’s no way that really could affect attendance.” but the more I think about it, it has to in some regard.

      • Yankee Fan 1

        Hard to say, but I’ll bet his first game back will be pretty packed.

    • forensic

      Eh, he could affect it if it was his final year or something, in terms of more coming out when he’s playing. But with the option next year, it’s probably not a huge difference.

  • Eddard

    Chavy isn’t doing much this year. And he hasn’t done anything against us.

  • Mykey

    He missed a bat! That was awesome!

  • Eddard

    Philbert struck somebody out. Maybe he’ll turn it around against an NL lineup.

  • Mickey Scheister

    Is that a change Phil is throwing at 85mph?

    • warren

      I was just trying to figure that out I have no idea what that pitch is. Has he ever thrown an 83 mph pitch before? To slow for slider and cutter. its also not his curve. IDK???

      • Mickey Scheister

        He’s getting swing and misses with it but it doesn’t look like its doing much, in terms of movement. I wonder if he continues to throw it if they’ll starting teeing off. I hope it’s a legit change, his FB would play up much better in that case.

    • Chilango

      Looked like a slider that didn’t do much

    • forensic

      Yes, though I can’t see it. Based on fangraphs, his change averages a touch over 84.

      The only other close pitch to the mid-80′s would be his cutter and you’d be able to see the difference in those.

      • Mickey Scheister

        I’m going to keep the at bat app up when he gets back on the hill, I’m curious to see what they call it. I don’t remember Hughes touching 93-94 and 83 in the same sequence. I like it, if its effective.

  • Eddard

    2 strikeouts for Phil! Much more aggressive tonight. That’s what he need to do, attack the hitters.

  • jjyank

    Nice, Phil!

  • Mickey Scheister

    HUUUUUGGGGHHHHHHEEESSSSS!!!!

    fin

  • James A

    Due Up:

    {Francisco
    Cervelli}
    Suzuki

    I love it

  • The Real Greg

    Ben Francisco has heard Zoilo Almonte’s footsteps…

  • Eddard

    Frankie, please don’t bunt in the 2nd inning ahead if Ichiro.

    • The Real Greg

      He was bunting for a hit, not as a sac.

    • Mickey Scheister

      Somewhere Axisa is yelling at a television.

  • Mykey

    Yikes. Not the prettiest at bat there.

  • Vern Sneaker

    That was ugly.

  • The Real Greg

    Ichiro’s pressing. Don’t know if Boesch can play full time, but…

  • Winter

    Oh man was that ugly. Put Hafner in the lineup (or even Boesch)…

  • Chilango

    Holy fuck, the worst AB I’ve seen so far this year

  • BigBlueAL

    Sad part is when Grandy returns the player who should be DFA’d is probably Ichiro.

    • jdp

      Sad that it should be or sad that it won’t be?

      • BigBlueAL

        Both. No way he gets released even though he probably should be and sad that he has looked so bad that cutting him would be the best move.

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

        ’cause it won’t be, I think.

    • Get Phelps Up

      Francisco?

    • forensic

      Francisco is way more useless than Ichiro.

      • BigBlueAL

        No he actually isnt because he bats RH. With Grandy back you have Grandy, Gardner and Boesch as LH outfielders with Wells and Francisco RH. Grandy coming back makes either Ichiro or Boesch useless IMO unless Hafner is hurt.

        • jjyank

          I think it’s more likely that Boesch gets optioned and whoever is worse out of Ichiro and Wells will become the 4th OF. At least this way the Yankees can keep as much depth as possible.

          • BigBlueAL

            Yeah thats what I expect since I believe Boesch still has an option left correct??

            • jjyank

              I believe so.

        • forensic

          Ichiro plays defense and has speed at least, plus more potential with the bat depending on how down you are on him (though you seem pretty far down on him).

          And though he’s a righty, Francisco can’t hit lefties (or righties for that matter) so his handedness doesn’t matter.

          • BigBlueAL

            Yeah I know since his career splits are actually a bit reversed I believe (as are Boesch’s). But Girardi obviously is playing him only against LHP.

            I know Ichiro aint getting released and Im not rooting for it cause when he is on he is fun to watch (like last Sep/Oct). But if Ichiro didnt have a 2yr contract releasing him would be alot more viable an option I believe.

      • Robinson Tilapia

        Yes, but righteous anger and all that shit.

  • The Real Greg

    Corbin had 6K’s in his first 12 innings.
    He has 4 in the first two innings of this game.

  • Wil Nieves #1 Fan

    Anybody know where I can find the amount of times Eduardo has been on the DL?

    • Winter

      I don’t think he has. Can’t say I’m sure though.

    • forensic

      http://www.baseballprospectus......Z19870615A

      Scroll down to injury history. No ‘DL’ stints mentioned, though I’m not sure they would list that since he was in the minors for his longer injury.

      • Wil Nieves #1 Fan

        Nice. Thanks!

    • Mickey Scheister

      Didn’t he go in the MiL DL shortly after being sent down LY?

  • Mykey

    Phil’s back guys.

  • Winter

    Ah, that’s the Phil Hughes we’re used to.

  • Karl Krawfid

    Called that first pitch home run lol

  • The Real Greg

    What do rookies like to hit more than anything?
    Fastballs.

    What did Phil Hughes give him?
    Fastball

  • King George

    Philip Hughes says: “Fooled ya! Ok, now I’m back.”

  • Anderson Silva

    textbook Phil, right down the middle for a HR

    • Chilango

      He’s usually up but of course for the rookie he’s middle in and low just like the lefties like it.

  • Mickey Scheister

    Game over.

    • The Real Greg

      Unless the D-Backs are forced to go to their pen like last night.

      I thought the Yankees were dead to rights last night and look what happened.

      • Mickey Scheister

        I did too. CC battled and luckily Miley lost the zone, here to hoping for another string of walks and a Nix or Cervelli bloop single.

    • jjyank

      Third inning, 1 run. Oh how quickly we forget.

      • Mickey Scheister

        Wave the white flag!

        • jjyank

          Not until there’s 3 outs in the 9th.

      • Laz

        Should we really expect any more from our #4 starter?

        • jjyank

          Probably not. And that’s my point. How anyone can say “game over” down 1-0 in the 3rd inning, regardless of who is pitching, is completely beyond my comprehension.

          • Mickey Scheister

            It was a joke.

            • jjyank

              Apologies then. But don’t pretend that such comments haven’t been made seriously before. Sarcasm isa funny thing on the internet.

              • Mickey Scheister

                Oh, I agree there are some bridge jumpers. It takes more than ONE Hughes homer to make me park my car on the shoulder. Two, MAYBE!

                • jjyank

                  Hughes seems to bring out the worst in people’s assumption in what’s going to happen in a game. So again, sorry for jumping to that conclusion with you.

                  I’ve just seen it happen too many times, I guess. I’m looking at you, Greg.

                  • Mickey Scheister

                    It’s all good, I’m a game thread junky. I’m not as active on open threads and other posts, so I get it, a lot of us game thread folks can have that pessimist POV. Like stuart a.

                    • jjyank

                      stuart goes beyond simply being pessimistic. I’m a game thread guy myself (usually) so I get it.

  • Robinson Tilapia

    I thought for sure the pitchforks were out for Hughes after that HR.

    • The Real Greg

      Not really because other than that, he’s been okay to this point.

      • Robinson Tilapia

        Hasn’t stopped folks before.

    • Mickey Scheister

      Gameday had that HR pitch off the plate, Didi went and pulled it to the opposite field. Nice hitting, bad pitch selection.

  • BigBlueAL

    Its amazing how much Hughes misses location by. Ive never seen a pitcher miss so much to the complete opposite side of the target like Hughes does.

  • ahh

    #4 starters are supposed to give up a run every 3 innings. Phil needs help.

    • jjyank

      Well technically if a start gives up a run every 3 innings, that’s a 3.00 ERA and a borderline ace.

      I get the frustration about Hughes, but phrasing it that way doesn’t make sense to me.

    • Chilango

      I took it as sarcastic. As in Phil is not pitching badly tonight

  • The Real Greg

    By the way, Corbin was drafted in the SECOND round in the 2009 draft.

    • Laz

      And Trout was the Angel’s first rounder

    • Get Phelps Up

      And?

      • Robinson Tilapia

        NEGATIVE VIBE.

        • jjyank

          FALLACY

  • Mickey Scheister

    Atta boy Wells, make him throw a strike! Stop helping this rook out.

  • Mykey

    Just getting destroyed low in the zone. Pretty infuriating to watch.

    • Mykey

      Frustrating rather… I’m not infuriated. That would be rather sad.

    • Mickey Scheister

      Below the knees at a time when he can’t find the plate, forces a player to swing at a pitch outta the zone. I’m not crazy about the low zone and the outside pitches to lefties.

  • King George

    At least 65% of this guy’s balls are ankle level or lower. Come on, guys.

    • The Real Greg

      That’s what movement does.

    • Mickey Scheister

      Those are some low hangers…..

      • Robinson Tilapia

        It must be very humid.

        • King George

          Swampy.

          • Robinson Tilapia

            If we want to knock him out of the game, just wait until he covers first and slide right into his ankles. Shit gon hurt.

            • jjyank

              Easy there, Stairs.

            • King George

              Bahahaha, very true. Compound fracture.

  • Kramerica Industries

    Trivia:

    gotta be Randy Johnson in 2001.

  • Robinson Tilapia

    Nice try by Robbie there.

  • Vern Sneaker

    Cano’s amazing

  • Mickey Scheister

    Repeated for emphasis..

    Hughes gives up one home run per 4.9 innings at Yankee stadium and one per 11 innings on the road

    WOWZA. He shouldn’t pitch at YS3 ever again. Road warrior Hughes!

    • Robinson Tilapia

      That is something.

      Jesus, he’d look like a worldbeater at Petco.

    • Reuben Sierra’s Chains

      Hughes was 11-4 at home last year with a 3.74 era last year. And that’s with 22 hrs in 98ip.

      Nice narrative though, Bud.

  • Robinson Tilapia

    In case anyone was wondering, mushroom, onion, and cheese frittata on potato onion bread.

    • jjyank

      In case you’re wondering, you suck.

  • Robinson Tilapia

    For the sake of my finding a parking spot at night, go Bulls.

    • Mykey

      Hey man. I’ve been through A LOT for this.

      • jjyank

        Don’t get him started on basketball :)

        • Robinson Tilapia

          Well, there’s basketball, and there’s the fact that I’ve done business with that organization and find them to be a bunch of fakes in their support of the entire borough.

          Yes, I’m being sort of vague on purpose.

          • Mykey

            That’s fine. Unfortunate for sure, but fine. I’m from New Jersey anyway. My fandom has very little to do with the fact that they’re in Brooklyn.

            • Robinson Tilapia

              I’m actually happy to know old-school fans are still supporting them. The way it should be.

          • jjyank

            And here I was expecting a Heat rant. I’m disappointed.

      • Robinson Tilapia

        You can’t find a spot either when people come park on your block games as well? :)

        Deron’s a legit nice guy, but I’m not supporting that franchise. Definitely have my reasons.

        • Mykey

          Haha, I live next to a college campus. I know how terrible parking can be.

          • Robinson Tilapia

            Which campus?

    • BigBlueAL

      Go Knicks!!

  • Mykey

    Haha Brook throwing out the first pitch. That’s great.

  • King George

    Please drop Ben Francisco

    • The Real Greg

      I agree, despite the fact he has the only hit.

  • Anderson Silva

    oh Nuney. That wasnt routine but it was far from a hard play.

  • Mick taylor

    Girardi is an idiot with all this platooning why is not hafner in the lineup. I would rather havehafner and overbuy than nix and Francisco

    • Winter

      I’d rather have Francisco than Ichiro though… Put Francisco in the OF and let Hafner DH

      • The Real Greg

        I don’t want Francisco in the outfield

    • jjyank

      What the fuck is an “overbuy”. Is that like when you get ripped off at a store?

      • Mickey Scheister

        It’s when you outbid yourself on eBay.

        • Robinson Tilapia

          ietc

  • Mykey

    Haha, I love that Kay clarifies, “that’s in the park,” knowing how worried we all are.

    • King George

      I caught on to that as well. I laughed.

  • The Real Greg

    Phil Hughes throws fastballs which is the one pitch that young players like Gregorious can hit.

  • Vern Sneaker

    It’s almost as though Hughes is out of gas already. I hope not.

    • The Real Greg

      He’s not out of gas. He’s thrown 67 pitches.

  • OldYanksFan

    Lucky he missed that.

    • The Real Greg

      That’s because Hughes throws so many fastballs that a slider, even a bad one, can fool a hitter.

    • Chilango

      Right. A slider right down the middle. Saved by the drop in velocity.

  • JMK

    Don’t get me wrong, I’m glad Hughes got the strikeout. But that was a terrible pitch. It reminds me of Nova’s K to Ross early in the first game. Just a hanging breaking ball in the middle of the plate that apparently surprised the hitter.

    • The Real Greg

      As I said above, Hughes throws so many fastballs that a slider, even a bad one, can fool a hitter. Plus Cliff Pennington is not a good hitter.

  • King George

    Crisis averted.

  • King George

    Hard to call it a pitcher’s duel, Michael, when one pitcher looks really good and the other is giving people cardiac arrests. Oh, wait, there’s Ichiro with another right-side infield groundout.

  • The Real Greg

    I know that Ichiro has been going down in recent years but to fall that much in an offseason is unbelievable

    • King George

      Please, please, please, please take Ichiro out. I’d rather see Erubiel Durazo in right field than Ichiro.

  • Anderson Silva

    very generous strikezone for this guy

  • Mykey

    This is getting embarrassing.

  • Dalek Jeter

    1-0 through 5? I want to ask if Hughes has pitched well, but he could be twirling a 2 hitter and you most of you would tell me about how every out was a line drive to the warning track and how Hughes is like super lucky because he’s god awful and can’t ever pitch well, never mind the fact that he pitched to a 3.9 ERA from May on last season.

    • jjyank

      He’s actually looked pretty good I thought.

  • SeventhAce

    Whose the ump behind the plate?

  • Mickey Scheister

    Not a strike to Nuney. 6 inches off the plate inside. Wow.

  • jjyank

    Hey, so Corbin is a FA in my fantasy league…is he really this good, or do the Yankees suck against LHP? Could be both, I suppose. Think he’s worth picking up?

    • Winter

      Probably depends on your current pitching situation.

      • Winter

        Unlikely though, coming into tonight he had only 6 Ks on the season.

        • jjyank

          Thinking about it, it’s probably not worth it. My backend pitchers ar AJ Griffin and Shelby Miller, both of which could be better than Corbin. Probably not worth it.

          • Winter

            Yeah I’d stick with what you have.

  • Alkaline

    Anyone care to update? I saw Hughes gave up a HR. Did I miss anything else important?

    • Robinson Tilapia

      He just gave up another one.

      • Alkaline

        Well. Shit.

    • Anderson Silva

      gave up another one. He’s lucky he’s facing a shitty lineup. A lot of pitches right down the middle.

      • The Real Greg

        Diamondbacks are not a shitty lineup. They were 8-4 coming into this series.

        • Anderson Silva

          And as everyone knows, you can only win games when you have a good lineup. Therefore they must have a good lineup.

          • Dalek Jeter

            And everybody knows good outings against a bad line up don’t count as much, that’s why CC only gets half a win for his effort last night.

          • The Real Greg

            Hey, name me a WS winner that didn’t have a good or hot lineup.

  • Eddard

    Just one hit off of this Andy Pettitte wannabe? And that hit was by Ben Fransisco. The top 4 hitters need to do something next inning. At least make him throw some pitches and get him out of the game. Their pen can be had as was done last night.

  • The Real Greg

    Remember this kid outdueled Clayton Kershaw.

    • forensic

      All that means is that the Yankee offense is doing even worse than the terrible Dodgers offense.

  • King George

    Phil Hughes is fucking horrible.

    • The Real Greg

      Not today though. The home runs just are a fact of life at this point.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      Two solo home runs. How dare he.

    • Mickey Scheister

      Par for the home course.

  • BigBlueAL

    Fastball supposed to be low and away and he misses high right over the plate.

  • Dalek Jeter

    Heh, maybe I should turn the game off, I turned it on to watch Nunie get K’d and Prado take Hughes deep.

    • Winter

      Meh, that sort of stuff was happening all game anyway.

    • jjyank

      GET THE FUCK BACK ON THE BUS!!

    • Robinson Tilapia

      YOU JINX DA HUGHES NOW IT IZ MOAR HOAM RUNS

    • Mickey Scheister

      Your messing up the juju!

  • The Real Greg

    Just has been unable to develop a consistent secondary pitch.

  • Dalek Jeter

    Hughes is lucky that he threw that pitch in that certain spot at that certain speed during that sequence to Goldschmit otherwise he wouldn’t get the strikeout.

    /amIhatingHughesright?

  • Mickey Scheister

    Hughes swinging K pitch to Goldsmitty was the near the same spot the ump called strike three to Nuney, C’mon blue!

  • The Real Greg

    6IP 2ER.

    Guess what that is according to MLB terminology?

    • King George

      Sadly, a quality start my friend.

      • V

        Anyone who says ‘sadly’ in describing a 3 ERA is being absolutely ridiculous.

  • JMK

    The homers are disappointing. The lack of command is discouraging. But I think if we were polled before the game, “Would you take 6 IP, 2ER from Hughes?” 90 percent of us would have said, “Duh!”

    • VT Yankee Fan

      Only 90%?

      • JMK

        Ten percent of Yankee fans will demand a perfect game every outing. It is what it is.

  • Mickey Scheister

    This game is eerily similar to last nights game, here’s to hoping for the same results!

    • Robinson Tilapia

      *raises glass*

  • Eddard

    Hughes hasn’t been the problem tonight, it’s the offense against this Andy Pettitte wannabe. The top of the order needs to at least wear him down and get into that pen. Then you can unleash your LH pinch hitters.

  • Dalek Jeter

    That swing right there tells me that it’s only a matter of time before Wells goes all pumpkin on us.

    • The Real Greg

      It might already be beginning.

      • Robinson Tilapia

        NEGATIVE VIBE.

    • forensic

      He’s already been pretty bad for the last week. And it’s even more impactful now that he’s batting 2nd so much.

  • Anderson Silva

    not even a single good AB. This guy must be really good.

  • Dalek Jeter

    Robbie Cano!!!!!!

  • Robinson Tilapia

    Dontcha fucking know!

  • Anderson Silva

    Robbie!! Finally!

  • The Real Greg

    He hung a slurve.

  • BigBlueAL

    Get your 200 mil Robbie.

  • Eddard

    At least Robbie is doing his part.

  • jjyank

    ROBBIE!

  • Noah Poser

    Cano hit the ball hard off a lefty? Never seen that since ’11 :/

  • Mickey Scheister

    CANO! Is good at baseball.

    • Winter

      Don’t’cha know.

  • Robinson Tilapia

    Kevin Youkilis is a very slow moving man.

    • The Real Greg

      You are surprised by this?

      • Robinson Tilapia

        On that play? Yeah, that was kinda surprising. I thought I’d hit the slow motion button on my DVR, but it somehow only affected 1/3 of the screen.

    • Winter

      Still faster than Hafner.

      • Robinson Tilapia

        And both are faster than Jose Molina, I’m sure.

  • Dalek Jeter

    That was a sick play by Pennington.

  • flamingo

    Robbie the best.

  • The Real Greg

    In each game this series the Diamondbacks have had a 2+ run lead. In each game the Yankees have rallied.

    Will the young D-backs start thinking “Here we go again”

    Plus that inning insures that Corbin doesn’t finish the game.

    • flamingo

      AHHHHHHHHHHHHHH.

      • flamingo

        Reply fail, wow.

  • Alkaline

    I <3 Robbie.

  • Noah Poser

    I wonder if teams will purposely push back certain starters just to face us if they are a left hander. We crush righties, but can’t hit these lefties.

  • Robinson Tilapia

    I’m actually starting not to cringe when the ball is hit at Nunez.

    • Dalek Jeter

      Me too! I was just thinking that and it scares me lol.

      • Robinson Tilapia

        Not that I should be coaching infield anywhere, but it really does look like he’s setting up before throwing to first. I’m holding out hope here, folks.

    • jjyank

      Was just about to type the same thing. I hope this discussion doesn’t become a massive jinx.

      • Winter

        shutupshutupshutupshutupshutupshutup

      • Robinson Tilapia

        TWENTY ERRORZ IN A ROW

  • Dalek Jeter

    Hughes has to go off speed here.

  • Robinson Tilapia

    I really expected Didi Gregorius to look like a Greek supermodel. Maybe the tits look better underneath the uniform.

    • Winter

      They have to, right?

  • Robinson Tilapia

    I’ll take that start from Hughes every time. I expect the Yanks to be ahead by the time I come back from the grocery store.

    • Dalek Jeter

      I’d take that start from anybody not named CC or Kuroda every time out. 7IP 2ER 6H 6K’s? That truly is a quality start.

  • Eddard

    Phil did his job tonight. The offense needs to back him up now.

  • JMK

    Captain Obvious here but…if Nunez can reliably throw the ball to the first baseman, he’s a massive defensive upgrade over Jeter. With his speed, he’s likely a pretty big upgrade on the bases as well. The real issue is his bat –– if he can provide .270/.330/370 with good baserunning and solid defense we meet just get average production out of SS this year, Jeter or not.

  • Mick taylor

    Girardi is an idiot. If his logic’s not to have hafner in the lineup because he is lefty, why is it okay to have ichiro or Gardner.? Would it not be better to have Francisco replace ichiro and hafner play? Hafner can hit leftys he did it in cleeland

    • Winter

      I’m fine with Gardner in the lineup. Ichiro’s a different story, however.

  • Winter

    Jesus, how many lefty pitchers does this team have?

    • forensic

      2 relievers. Reynolds and Sipp.

    • The Real Greg

      They have 2. Reynolds and Sipp. Reynolds pitched in Game 1, Sipp pitched in Game 2 and Reynolds is going to pitch in Game 3.

  • Dalek Jeter

    Woah! I didn’t know Ben Fransisco had that type of power.

  • forensic

    Screw you Sterling!

    • Dalek Jeter

      FWIW Fransisco did clobber it, I questioned it off the bat…but a split second later I knew it was foul.

      • Mickey Scheister

        I told my wife, Fransico home run here, she responded with “who?”

        Yeah. I thought I called it.

  • The Real Greg

    Corbin got screwed on the 2-2. That was strike 3.

    • Winter

      I agree. Not complaining, though.

  • Eddard

    Damn you, Kay.

  • Dalek Jeter

    Fuck you Ichiro…the first time you hit the ball hard literally all season and you line into a DP?!

  • The Real Greg

    Even when Ichiro hits it hard, he can’t get a break.

  • Cy Pettitte

    Ichiro is literally the worst

    • The Real Greg

      You can’t blame him for that one. He has sucked this season though.

      • Cy Pettitte

        I know, I’m just getting sick of him already and we’re only 14 games into a 2 year contract

    • Winter

      The AT&T of people ballplayers.

  • Mickey Scheister

    Jesus Christ.

  • Eddard

    They just have to hope they can get him out of the ballgame in the 8th and rally against the pen again. I would PH for Nix next inning, I don’t care if it’s lefty on lefty.

  • SDB

    Could they just pull Ichiro from the lineup for a few games and give his spot to Boesch?

  • Noah Poser

    I almost forgot that we only have 2 hits this game. What a pathetic showing. If Robbie didn’t get that hanger we wouldn’t have any hope.

  • OldYanksFan

    Phil has had a decent game, and the numbers are certainly good. But anyone who has watched the whole game knows he has gotten away with quite a few ABs. The exact same pitches on another day would proably be 4 runs of more.

    He just does not have a good enough 2nd pitch. If I’m facing him, I just wait for the high FB. It’s gonna come.

    In the minors, I thought Phil had great command. I also thought he had a killer 12-6 CB. Am I wrong?

  • The Real Greg

    Interesting, Gibson. Hernandez up in the bullpen.

    • forensic

      Why is that interesting? He’s basically their 8th inning guy.

  • Mickey Scheister

    On that first out, there seemed like an akward exchange between Cano and Youk.

  • http://www.penuel-law.com/ Cuso

    How much tricking weight did Joba gain since ST?! C’mon man!

    And yes, it matters, in terms of health.

  • Dalek Jeter

    Robinson Tilapia, I blame you for that one!!!

    • Robinson Tilapia

      For what? I just got back. Did Nunez throw it into Bronx Family Court?

      • Dalek Jeter

        No, just short hopped Youk on a fairly long throw.

        • Robinson Tilapia

          Meh. Run didn’t score.

  • Winter

    That’s the Nunez we know and love.

  • The Real Greg

    It is on Nunez, but I’ve seen 1st basemen make that play.

    And in the end it didn’t matter.

  • Mickey Scheister

    Who jinxed that shit?!

  • jjyank

    Fuck, we did jinx it.

    • jjyank

      Although, to be fair…I think Tex makes that pick. Not knocking Youk, but still.

      • Long-Past-His-Day-Rod

        Concur wholeheartedly, good sir.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      No harm, no foul, I guess?

      Blame Eddard.

  • Mickey Scheister

    Teix or Overbuy make that play, no? Any excuse to type Overbuy works for me.

  • Long-Past-His-Day-Rod

    Meh. I’m not even blaming Nunez for that even if I should. Tex would’ve scooped it up.

  • Eddard

    I don’t care if you PH Chris Stewart, Jayson Nix should not hit next inning. Lefty on lefty is better than Nix, Stewart is better than Nix. PH for Nix.

    • Winter

      I’m in favor of PH Overbay for Nix. Not sure if I’d go as far as to PH Stewart though…

  • Noah Poser

    Are they warming up a lefty? I can’t imagine they let a right hander face Cano when and if he’s up. Also Gardner to a much lesser extent.

  • Jeterscrackedankle

    Tex makes that play, but still secretly love Youk

  • The Real Greg

    If Girardi PHs Overbay for Nix, Gibson’s going to bring in Reynolds.

    • Winter

      I don’t think so. Henderson is their eighth-inning guy.

    • forensic

      Good call…

  • OldYanksFan

    You could see that Nuney spiked that throw as soon as he released it.

  • Dalek Jeter

    I hate Smoking PSA’s. I know smoking is terrible for me, and it’s a personal decision between myself and my incredible lack of willpower/self control. There is no reason that you guys should have to sit through the horribly dark PSA’s they have these days for the benefit of people who are literally killing themselves when we know we’re doing it.

  • Winter

    Seriously? Hafner? Not Overbay?

    • Dalek Jeter

      Hafner>>>>>>>>>>>>>>Overbay when it comes to hitting.

    • forensic

      Why would you use Overbay over Hafner? He’s a far inferior hitter.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      As long as Pronk isn’t playing second next half inning…

  • Mickey Scheister

    Prado is an amazing fielder. Hope he hits well enough for a GG.

    • jjyank

      So sad that you’re actually right.

  • Mickey Scheister

    These outside strike calls ARE FUCKING KILLING ME!

    • Dalek Jeter

      +1000000000

  • Winter

    How was the first pitch a strike but that last one was a ball?

  • Winter

    Damn! Look at those arms!

  • Robinson Tilapia

    Stevia tastes weird.

  • Winter

    OK, Gardner needs to get on base here. Not sure I trust Wells against the righty and Cano needs to get up this inning.

  • Robinson Tilapia

    Let’s drive this run home!

  • The Real Greg

    Unless Wells DP’s Cano’s going to get a chance.

  • Winter

    No double play. No double play. No double play.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      If that happens at 3-0, I will throw something.

      • Robinson Tilapia

        Ah, the Chapstick I was going to throw is spared.

  • Mickey Scheister

    Gritty hit by GGBG.

  • Mickey Scheister

    Over under 2.5 pitches to Wells this AB?

    • Winter

      Over.

      • Robinson Tilapia

        Cheater cheater pumpkin eater.

        • Winter

          Hey, I responded before the second pitch!

      • Mickey Scheister

        I shoulda gone 3.5, not 2.5

  • Dalek Jeter

    Wells, you put the bat down.

  • Cy Pettitte

    really surprised there’s no lefty up for Cano

  • The Real Greg

    Kirk Gibson has really spit the bit here.

  • Eddard

    He walked Wells on 4 pitches to get to Robbie Cano! This is it! Beat the pen.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      Is that what you call it?

  • Dalek Jeter

    Robbie, let him come to you buddy. He has to challenge you at some point in the AB.

  • Eddard

    Kay’s right, this team is gritty and gutty. Reminds me a lot of the 09 club.

  • Mickey Scheister

    I’ll take it, this ump SUCKs. The pitch dead center is a ball but 6 inches off the plate is a strike. Okay.

  • Mickey Scheister

    C’mon Robbie!!!!!!!!! You can do it, put your bat into it!

  • Cy Pettitte

    wow close call

  • Mickey Scheister

    All it takes is a single!

    • Mickey Scheister

      Or a HBP?! BULLSHIT!!!

  • Eddard

    He struck out! No, it hit him! NO HE STRUCK OUT!

    • Robinson Tilapia

      He totally swung at that.

  • CG

    damn it, was clapping and shit for nothing

  • Robinson Tilapia

    ARGH!

  • Anthony

    The umps can reverse their decision? Since when?

    • Nefarious

      2004 ALCS

      • Dalek Jeter

        Liar, the entire 2004 Playoffs were Retconned.

      • Anthony

        haha

  • jjyank

    Fuck.

  • Long-Past-His-Day-Rod

    That is a bad fucking break right there.

  • Dalek Jeter

    Ugh…

    C’mon Youk!!!

  • Robinson Tilapia

    What I actually hate about that at-bat is that it turned a potentially easily forgettable loss into a frustrating one.

  • Mickey Scheister

    If they call that right, a K, then the runner scores from third on the wild pitch, no?

    • Winter

      No. Ball’s dead when it hits Cano.

    • BigBlueAL

      No cause the pitch hit Cano.

  • Robinson Tilapia

    Well that was a shitty half inning.

  • Anthony

    damn it!

  • Chilango

    Oh fuck.

  • The Real Greg

    It was a good call.

    What a horrible at bat by Cano.

    You want to earn 200 million dollars, you have to score at least one run there.

    Pathetic.

  • Eddard

    Should have let that hit you, Youk. I guess they’ll have to come back against Heath Bell but they’ve already used their Hafner bullet.

    • BigBlueAL

      Putz is their closer not Bell.

  • jjyank

    Fuck fuck fuck.

  • Winter

    He may have struck out with the bases loaded, but I really like how Youk was so eager to take one for the team there.

    • jjyank

      Heh, he really tried to lean into that.

  • Chilango

    OK Cano homered but that was a pretty lame AB. No discipline at all.

    • The Real Greg

      Cano is the goat of the game BY FAR.

      Star players come through in clutch moments.

      • Dalek Jeter

        Yeah, it’s not like he was hitting .400+ w/ RISP going into that at bat…oh wait he was. It was one AB in a game where he’s been the entire offense.

      • jjyank

        The whole offense is the “goat”. A star player still fails two thirds of the time. Don’t be such an absolutist.

      • Robinson Tilapia

        Drive time, Greg.

      • Chilango

        Just saying it was a lame AB. Nothing more.

  • JLC 776

    As a team, are the Yanks now batting below the Mendoza line with the bases loaded? Between last night and tonight it certainly feels like it…

    • Winter

      .400/.417/.400 in 12 PAs.

      • Winter

        That’s not including today though.

  • Vern Sneaker

    Skype-ing with my son, missed last two innings then come back to bases loaded and see the two strikeouts. God that was depressing.

  • The Real Greg

    And now Gardner spits the bit in the outfield.

    Good outfielders make that play.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      That was a hell of a lot of ground he covered. Would have been a spectacular play.

      • The Real Greg

        I’ve seen Dewayne Wise make that type of play in the Buerhle perfecto.

        If Wise can make that play, Gardner should be able to.

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

          You’re embarrassing yourself.

          • The Real Greg

            So you are saying that I am lying?

            • jjyank

              He’s saying that you’re being stupid.

              • Robinson Tilapia

                Which is different from lying.

        • Robinson Tilapia

          DeWayne Wise has a job playing baseball 99% for his defense. He also doesn’t make that play 100% of the time. No one does.

        • Winter

          Dewayne Wise is about as good a defensive outfielder as there is. It’s unfair to hold anyone to his standard.

        • Dalek Jeter

          That play is regularly regarded one of the best plays in recent history.

    • Dalek Jeter

      Greg, do yourself and the rest of us a favor and turn the game off please.

  • Robinson Tilapia

    Joba doing his best to fit under the celery cap next season.

    • The Real Greg

      Not Joba’s fault.

      Gardner spit the bit. Good outfielders make that play.

      • Robinson Tilapia

        Saying something twice doesn’t make it true.

        Go for a drive. Doesn’t even have to be a long one tonight. Rinse the negative vibe off.

  • Raymond Freemont

    Red Sox are so much better than the Yankees. It’s infruating.

    • jjyank

      I don’t think they are.

      • Raymond Freemont

        Their bullpen and rotation is better and their offense is better. They are just rolling. Division race is over.

        • jjyank

          Go back to OTM.

        • Robinson Tilapia

          Why don’t you marry them, then?

    • Robinson Tilapia

      It’s infruratating.

  • Vern Sneaker

    Look at this crap. I’m a jinx.

  • Dalek Jeter

    Jobber just blew Chavez…

    ….away.

    • jjyank

      bah dum bum pshhhh

  • OldYanksFan

    Damn! Robbie swung at Ball 4 Twice.

  • Eddard

    If Jobber can get out of this and then give one of his fist pumps, that should rally the offense in the 9th.

  • kronk

    Hey, I hate to go off-topic, but the FBI just posted new video footage.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dQw4w9WgXcQ

    • Winter

      Wow. That didn’t work out for you at all.

  • Leg-End

    Nunez has to make that tag, has to!

    • Robinson Tilapia

      Close enough not to blame him. I still can’t tell you whether he was truly safe or out.

      • Leg-End

        I still can’t tell, either way get your foot in front of the bag Nunnie!

  • Robinson Tilapia

    Let’s see the replay on that.

  • Jeterscrackedankle

    Out by a mile

    • Robinson Tilapia

      Oh no no no on that screen name.

      • jjyank

        Yeah, too soon.

  • Vern Sneaker

    That is a bullshit call.

  • Long-Past-His-Day-Rod

    I screamed in fury, but upon second view it was a good call. Damn it.

  • Eddard

    He was out. Phil Cuzzi is a clown.

    • Mickey Scheister

      PHUCK Phil Cuzzi.

  • Noah Poser

    I’m not going to lie but I almost turned off the game when I heard the players due up next inning for the Yanks.

  • Mickey Scheister

    I call bullshit on that.

  • Anthony

    Ross was safe by a hair.

  • Robinson Tilapia

    This is the worst officiating I’ve seen since Danny Davis.

  • Long-Past-His-Day-Rod

    Throw beat him by a mile but the tag wasn’t there.

  • Dalek Jeter

    Oh christ…if Gardner went around in his AB in the 7th and Robbie went around last inning, he went around there!

    • Winter

      At least they bothered to check the 3B ump there. Home plate ump made the call on Robbie.

      • The Real Greg

        But it was the right call.

  • Jeterscrackedankle

    Cuzzi is a one man wrecking crew

  • The Real Greg

    I can’t tell by looking at the replay.

  • Mickey Scheister

    Of course he didn’t go, it’s not the Yankees. Every check swing for the Yanks is a strike, the DBags a ball.

  • Mykey

    Please don’t be hurt!

  • Long-Past-His-Day-Rod

    What a ridiculous fucking inning of baseball.

  • Winter

    Shit luck this inning. Combine the bottom of last in with the top of this one it’s even worse.

  • Anthony

    Props to Joba. What a bizarre inning.

  • Winter

    Finally.

  • Chilango

    Nice work Joba.

  • Alkaline

    No words for the past inning.

  • Vern Sneaker

    Good Jobber! Now for a sweet walk-off win.

  • Dalek Jeter

    Well done by Jobba, working out of a jam that he had no part in creating. (I personally think Gardner makes that catch 90 out of a 100 times)

    • The Real Greg

      Agreed.

  • Eddard

    They’ve used the Hafner bullet so you can either PH Boesch for Fransisco or for Ichiro, pick your poison.

  • Mickey Scheister

    If they see less than 10 pitches this inning, I’m gonna kick a puppy.

    • Leg-End

      Cervelli!!!!!!!!!

  • Dalek Jeter

    o/t, why are there two new episodes of Parks and Rec tonight?

    • jjyank

      Because you touch yourself at night.

      • Dalek Jeter

        Hahaha, my best friend would say the same exact thing.

        • jjyank

          Great minds, I suppose. Or dirty minds. Or both? Yeah, let’s go with both.

  • Noah Poser

    Come on! When Hughes, your #4, give you 7 and only allowing two SOLO shots you have to win. Who knows what he does next time out.

  • Mickey Scheister

    Below the knees, STRIKE!

    • The Real Greg

      He has been consistent though. Hitters have to adjust.

  • Mickey Scheister

    C’mon Cervi! Conjure your inner Posada here!

    • Mickey Scheister

      He did! He did a Posada impression! OHHHHHH, OH NONONONONONONOOOOO!!!!

  • Cy Pettitte

    CERVELLI!!!

    bahahahaha

  • The Real Greg

    CERVELLI

  • Anthony

    THIS TEAM!

  • Dalek Jeter

    FRANKIE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Eddard

    FRANKIE! FRANKIE!!!!!!!!!! THESE ARE THE 09 YANKEES ALL OVER AGAIN!!!!!!!!

  • Vern Sneaker

    WOOOO!!!!

  • CG

    FUCK YEAH, I LOOOOOOVE Cervelli even more now!

  • Leg-End

    GRIT!

  • trr

    Well, I just walked in from my anniversary dinner with wife and Frankie C gave me a present

    • Robinson Tilapia

      Happy Anniversary! How many years?

    • jjyank

      You, you’re good luck now. Stay here.

      Also, happy anniversary. And apologize to your wife for us that we’re holding you hostage until the game is over.

      • trr

        Lucky 13 years!
        and let’s win this thing now!

        • Robinson Tilapia

          Amazingly not that far behind you. It’ll be EIGHT this year. Sounds strange even saying that sometimes.

          Have a nice dinner?

  • Chilango

    oh my

  • Winter

    MVP! MVP! MVP! MVP!

  • Long-Past-His-Day-Rod

    FRANKIE GODDAMN MOTHERFUCKING CERVELLI!!!!

  • SeventhAce

    CERVED TO LEFT FIELD!!!!!!
    C YA!

  • Robinson Tilapia

    FRANKIIIIIIIIIIEEEEEEEEEEE!

  • jjyank

    ….WHAT?

    CERVELLIIIIIIIIIIIII

  • Leg-End

    That was that Zack Hample anti-Yankee douche that caught that wasn’t it.

  • Mykey

    Cisco!

  • BigBlueAL

    Russell Martin who??

  • JLC 776

    My fucking gamecast is frozen with 2 outs in the top of the ninth still…. I think I’m going to like what I see when it unfreezes.

    • Govin

      Mine did the same thing, well if what I think happened did happen then I don’t really mind

  • Mickey Scheister

    End it Ichi! END THIS SHIT SON!

  • CG

    Is it just me or did it look like Ichiro intentionally slapped that ball into the ground, thinking that he was going to be able to run it out?

  • CG

    lol @ the near-injury on the bunt

  • King George

    A lot of us are really happy that Cervy is the catcher right now.

    • Nefarious

      He has near Red Sox levels of grit.

      • Mykey

        Let’s not go overboard.

  • LiL b Da Ca$hMaN

    Come one Nunez, give Rivera a chance to close the game!

    • JLC 776

      Personally I’ll just take the walk-off :)

    • Mykey

      What?

      • jjyank

        He’s up past his bedtime, apparently.

  • Robinson Tilapia

    Oh we like!

  • King George

    Do you try and steal with Nuney on first now? I say HELL YES. Get him in scoring position.

    • jjyank

      Agreed. He’s gotta go for it, especially with non-elite hitters following him.

  • BigBlueAL

    Steal.

  • Vern Sneaker

    Which pitch does he run on?

  • Winter

    First Cervelli, now Nunez. Eddard must be orgasming.

    • jjyank

      Damn it. Will someone get the FUCKING MOP?

      • King George

        +1

  • Mickey Scheister

    Pastadivingdidi.

  • The Real Greg

    Why did Overbay swing?

  • BigBlueAL

    Why is he swinging????

  • Winter

    I’m sure Nunez had the green light to go whenever he thought he could get a good jump. Overbay might not have known when he was going to run.

  • Vern Sneaker

    Love that eyes wide open crazed grin Cervelli gives. He’s a trip.

  • The Real Greg

    The good news is that we are going to have the top of the lineup up next half inning.

    The bad news is that the D-Backs are probably going to go to their lefty relievers.

  • Mickey Scheister

    I know Mo needs rest but this umps strike zone tonight is perfect for Mo.

    • Winter

      Perfect for any pitcher, really.

  • Chilango

    Robbie smooth at 2B

  • jjyank

    Man, Cano really makes that look so, so easy. I love watching hom field. And hit. And…everything.

  • Dalek Jeter

    I’m going out on a limb here, Robinson Cano is hands down the best all around 2nd baseman since Joe Morgan.

    • jjyank

      Without looking anything up, I am on board with that. He’s really pretty great.

    • Chilango

      How about Roberto Alomar

      • Dalek Jeter

        Great Defender, but I think Robbie’s offensive game is much, much better than Alomar’s.

      • Robinson Tilapia

        Tony Womack.

    • BigBlueAL

      Ryne Sandberg and Roberto Alomar would argue with you.

      • jjyank

        Career 114 wRC+ and a career 118 wRC+ to Cano’s career 125 wRC+ to date. Granted, we’ll have to see how Cano ages first, but there’s a legitimate discussion here.

  • Mickey Scheister

    Cano is like Chester cheetah in dis muthafucka!

  • Anthony

    I wonder if we’ll see Mo, considering it’d be his 3rd straight appearance.

  • Mickey Scheister

    Anyone else recall a game last year where, outta nowhere, I believe he was in a jam and D-Rob busted out a nasty change. Or am I imaging this?

    • jjyank

      I don’t remember the particular moment you’re talking about, but I think he does have a change. Just doesn’t throw it much.

    • Chilango

      I remember once in 2011 in a Rays game he struck out two batters in a row —both on changes.

      • Mickey Scheister

        That may be it, two nasty changes ups, I think the announcer at the time was saying if he can consistently throw that for strikes he belongs in the rotation.

  • Eddard

    They’re finally going to throw a lefty at Gardner and Cano. This is the inning to win it with your best hitters up. Get Gardner on base and let him fly.

  • jjyank

    So if the Yankees don’t score, who pitches the 11th? Do you try to stretch another one out of D-Rob? Go to Mo? Personally, I think they should at least try to start the inning with D-Rob and hope for a full inning. At least an out or two. They already burned Logan and Joba, so Mo is their last bullet.

    • Anthony

      I get the feeling they are going to be reluctant to use Mo for a 3rd straight game.

    • Mickey Scheister

      Phelps, I’d imagine.

      • King George

        Please take a prize from the toy box. You win!

    • Robinson Tilapia

      Give D-Rob a second inning.

      • Mickey Scheister

        I’d prefer this.

  • OldYanksFan

    Wow… their SS has a gun!

    • Robinson Tilapia

      Damn you, Congress.

      • Mickey Scheister

        Ietc

  • Pseudoyanks

    Thanks Michael Kay.
    Cano likes hitting in extra innings. It couldn’t possibly be SSS, being deep into the competitor’s bullpen, or just that the numbers aren’t that much better than his overall numbers.

  • Mickey Scheister

    Kay, just call the kid fat. Telling anyone they look like Jobs is indirectly calling them fat.

  • Dalek Jeter

    Right to Phelpsie? That was Robertson’s first inning in a week and it didn’t feel like he threw too many pitches.

  • Dalek Jeter

    Right to Phelpsie? That was Robertson’s first inning in a week and it didn’t feel like he threw too many pitches.

  • King George

    I wish Joe used D-Rob in the 11th.

  • Cool Lester Smooth

    Just checking in now, Parks and Rec takes priority.

    Also, JR Murphy is apparently a STUD!

    • Dalek Jeter

      So there were two episodes tonight?

  • Robinson Tilapia

    Negative vibe. Not gon lie.

    Also, Mister JR Murphy, ladies and gentlemen.

  • Dalek Jeter

    a DotF report on air? Nice.

  • Noah Poser

    Aaaghh. I AM very scared

  • Eddard

    I’m not worried here. We’ve got a big game pitcher in a big game situation. Joba got out of it and so will Phelpsy.

    • Winter

      FALLACY!

    • Robinson Tilapia

      Not playing your cards close enough there, pal.

  • JLC 776

    We’re playing with house money, anyway. Nothing to lose!

  • King George

    Phelps was the wrong call, not necessarily implying I’d have chosen someone else…but Phelps was not the right call here.

    • Mickey Scheister

      I was hoping D-Rob would get another inning but Phelps woulda been choice number two. 4 scoreless or solo jack to lose the deuce, when you live by the binder, die by the binder too!

    • Robinson Tilapia

      No harm, no foul so far. At this point, you have to think he’d be in there no matter what.

  • Chilango

    Triple play let’s go

  • Dalek Jeter

    Nice play by Cervelli!

  • JLC 776

    We are getting out of this inning, folks. Trust in Phelpsy.

  • Mickey Scheister

    Cervelli is a strange cat.

  • Dalek Jeter

    Phelpsy goes Houdini!

  • JLC 776

    Yeah, bitch!

  • Winter

    And it’s our old friend, the “half-a-foot outside” strike.

  • Anthony

    Nice work Phelps.

  • Eddard

    Cervy, Phelpsy, the only thing that would make this night better would be an Eduardo Nuney walk off hit.

  • Noah Poser

    Yes! Heath Bell. Is it safe to say that we won?

  • BigBlueAL

    Heath Bell is in?? Yankees got this.

  • JLC 776

    Nice start…

  • Robinson Tilapia

    Nice hustle by Boesch.

  • JLC 776

    Can we at least stop swinging at everything in extras?

  • Winter

    Ok, MVP time.

  • Noah Poser

    Please Frankie, let me go to sleep after you walk off

  • Anthony

    “There’s something refreshing about Nunez and Stewart and Cervelli getting a chance”

    … did Eddard invade the booth?

  • Dalek Jeter

    No Michael Kay, it is not a question of “when” it’s a question of “if he’s done.” Part of that “resume” was a terrible year and a half before being hot for a month or so.

  • Wheels

    Good wood on that.

  • Robinson Tilapia

    I still love Ichiro. I can’t help it.

  • Mykey

    It was nice of the Yankees to wait for me to get back from getting something to eat before finishing the game.

  • trr

    OK, my wife’s asleep , I just got back to the game

  • Wheels

    Fuck.

  • The Real Greg

    Dammit. Right at Ross

  • trr

    AND – no….

  • Eddard

    NO! So close to hitting the trifecta tonight.

    • forensic

      I would’ve been worried for your health.

      Too much stimulation in such a short time could’ve overwhelmed your body…

      • Robinson Tilapia

        There’s a chance he only gets 1/3 of the trifecta as well.

        Eddard shouldn’t do game threads. It exposes the character when he has to perform in real time.

  • forensic

    Since I had to leave for a bit allow me to just say…

    Yuck Cano for those last two AB’s!

  • Dalek Jeter

    Ichiro “I’m terrible at everything” Suzuki.

    • Winter

      To be fair, most outfielders don’t even come close to that.

      Doesn’t mean Ichiro doesn’t suck at most things.

    • Wheels

      Getting old sucks.

  • BigBlueAL

    I miss facing the Indians pitching staff.

  • Eddard

    Paul O’Neill says a ball should never get over your head in RF of Yankee Stadium.

  • Winter

    How stretched out is Phelps? How many pitches can he throw tonight?

  • BigBlueAL

    Phelps is getting drilled this inning.

  • Winter

    I actually feel like the Yankees infield defense is competent enough to handle being pulled in.

  • Dalek Jeter

    As annoying as that is, it really isn’t the worst thing in the world.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      How is Jon Niese doing anyway?

      • Dalek Jeter

        2-0 3.57ERA, 10K’s 8BB’s 1.42WHIP

        • Robinson Tilapia

          As annoying as that is, it really isn’t the worst thing in the world.

    • Dalek Jeter

      Same can be said about that HBP, I guess…

      • Winter

        Well, now if they get a base hit it’s a two run hole instead of a one run hole.

    • forensic

      There are a few reasons not to do it, but I was almost looking for them to walk Goldschmidt and try for the DP or K from Montero.

      Of course as I type that Phelps hits Montero and now has to face Ross. Not the worst thing in the world but certainly not good.

  • Winter

    Oh come on. This is ridiculous.

  • The Real Greg

    Why is Cervelli setting up that high and inside? You’re asking for that

  • teddy

    first time years pen pen has no depth

  • Mykey

    Fantastic.

  • The Real Greg

    Game over.

    Phelps blew it.

  • Wheels

    Boo

  • Long-Past-His-Day-Rod

    Ugh :-/ game over folks, it was good while it lasted.

  • Robinson Tilapia

    BIG GAME DAVE PHELPS.

    • Anthony

      my thoughts exactly.

  • Mykey

    Thanks Phelps. See you all tomorrow.

  • Anthony

    Well, it was a fun game.

  • teddy

    giradri quit

    • Robinson Tilapia

      There’s the teddy I know and love.

  • Dalek Jeter

    Wow, they’re Teeing off on Phelps, goodnight fellas.

  • Eddard

    Phelpsy blew it. And Pena needs to work with Frankie on not catching the ball too soon. He put two runners on base.

  • King George

    Night everyone.

  • Cy Pettitte

    Phelps = garbage tonight

    was lucky to get out of it the first time

  • Chilango

    That’s all folks.

  • Winter

    Wow.

    This. Inning. Sucks.

  • forensic

    Yuck. That’ll about do it for the night. Poor Eddard…

  • The Real Greg

    Just failure all around.

    It’s one game but to spend so much time on it only to lead to this is just awful

    • DC

      Then don’t spend so much time on it.

  • Tom B.

    David Phelps just completely shitted himself. So much for the sweep.

  • FIPster Doofus

    Nice waste of four hours. Thanks, Phelps.

    • The Real Greg

      I agree. A complete waste of time

  • Widget

    Wow, way to just complete poop yourself Phelps.

  • Eddard

    What a shame to waste a good outing by Hughes and a 9th inning tying HR by Frankie.

  • Anderson Silva

    so this is probably the game. What a shame. With this offense there´s simply no margin for error.

  • Anthony

    Imagine they stage a comeback like the one against the A’s last year.

  • Widget

    This game was over when the Yankees failed to score off of Heath fdjafds Bell. Dude is one of the worst pitchers on the planet.

    • Anderson Silva

      like I said, this offense is bad. It puts the pitching in a tough position having to be perfect.

    • forensic

      He struck out the side against them on Tuesday. This wasn’t that surprising, pitifully enough.

  • BigBlueAL

    This is what happens when you have an offense that averages less than 4 runs per game when not facing the Indians. Gonna catch up to them eventually.

    Should be an interesting road trip coming up.

  • Dalek Jeter

    Robbie is batting 4th this inning…

  • Robinson Tilapia

    You’re all going to feel dumb as fuck when we put up a five spot in the bottom of this inning. :)

    In all seriousness, this is going to be a shitty way to lose a game, but you have to brush off the majority of losses that come after winning seven of eight, unless there’s an injury during the game or something.

    • Winter

      But why’d they have to tie it? I’d have much preferred to lose in 9…

      • Robinson Tilapia

        It’d been less frustrating, in some ways, but I still think coming back and tying is “better,” whatever than means.

    • Anderson Silva

      it’s especially bad that they lost because a good pitcher imploded.. but like you said, gotta forget and move on. It’s a long season.

  • Phelps

    Man, I REALLY sucked tonight.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      No more in-game RAB for you.

  • OldYanksFan

    I blame Cano. He had the easiest chance to Win this game.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      Overthinking it. Blame the guys responsible for giving up the runs that put the other team ahead. To me, it’s the guy pitching and the guy behind the plate.

  • dontchaknow

    i blame hughes, i rarely ever post here but i blame hughes. goodnight !

    • Winter

      You blame the guy who gave up 2 ER in 7 IP?

  • DInnings

    Girardi was an ASS for not pitching Mo in this game and I don’t wanna hear “Mo pitched the last two games.” So what? You pitch your closer for an inning in a tie game. Worry about the next game when it arrives.

    Tonight Girardi managed for the next game instead of the one in front of him. HE blew this game not Phelps and the bloom has gone from Phelps’ rose. The Yanks should either start Phelps in the Yankees rotation or the Yankees AAA rotation. He is unfit to be a reliever or if he’s fit to be one he’s a pretty ordinary one.

    • teddy

      you can knock giradri for leaving phelps in too long, this game on this astrcious offense

    • Chilango

      Not using Mo seems reasonable to me. But he should have left Robbie in for one more.

      • Robinson Tilapia

        Phelps would have still been next, even if DRob went two. It is what it is.

        • DInnings

          Yeah it is what it is: bad managing.

          You don’t manage for the next game, you manage for the one happening now.

          ‘Say Mo came in after D-Rob. That’s one less inning Phelps pitches if Phelps has to pitch.

          What if the Yanks don’t need Mo this weekend? They win 14-2 Friday, lose 8-3 Saturday, and win 8-3 Sunday? Two out of three over Toronto is nice but your old closer is inactive for four games. That isn’t good either. And you’re 2-2, 2-3 in the last five if your old closer sucks ass from being inactive for four games.

          Girardi is a fearful little bitch who manages from his binder and not with his eyes.

          What’s next? Mo can’t save three games in a row in the ALCS because the Yanks will need him in the World Series? Hey, if he gets hurt in the ALCS, no Mo in the World Series, so you can’t pitch him in three straight games in the ALCS, right? When are the stakes higher April 16-18/Games 12-14 or the ALCS?

    • Robinson Tilapia

      An ordinary multi-inning reliever tends to mean a less than ordinary starter.

    • forensic

      That was Phelps’ second inning. Even if Mo pitches, Phelps is in there that inning anyway.

      Did you say Phelps is unfit to be a reliever last week after his 4 shutout innings? Or last year after his ERA was in the 2′s as a reliever?

      • DInnings

        BS. Phelps pitches the inning he got out of and he faces a different set of batters, or he faces a different set of six hitters depending on what Mo does.

        Also maybe the Yanks are energized by a tidy, quick inning by Mo and win in the next frame. You can’t tell me they get pumped up to get a walkup win with Phelps as much as they do with Mo.

        Bringing in Mo says “You’re not winning this game.” Bringing in Phelps is ringing the dinner bell, that’s it, and you don’t give up a game where your team barely hit a lick all night (Cano solo shot) until the catcher everyone said would blow with the bat and glove all offseason tied it with his second homerun of the season, a 12 HR pace by months. I didn’t have a problem with D-Rob coming in, I had a problem with Phelps following him. Mo should’ve pitched between D-Rob and Phelps and if you wanna run “What if Mo got hurt?” ummm he could get hurt anytime. He got hurt last year OUTSIDE OF THE GAME.

  • teddy

    stewart didn’t hit for overbay because

    • Winter

      Because Chris Stewart is a career .237/.305/.351 hitter against lefties and Overbay’s a .256/.305/.394

      • teddy

        i take chris over overbay and sipp worst against rightys

    • forensic

      ooh ooh, I know, I know!

      he’s the last guy on the bench and girardi, oops i mean giradri, was busy chatting with him about their plans after the game.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      even giradri knows he cant hit a baseball

    • Mickey Schesiter

      Stewart should NEVER pinch-hit for anyone, ever.

  • Anderson Silva

    I sincerely hope Gardner starts hitting soon.

  • Robinson Tilapia

    FIVE RUN, TWO-OUT RALLY STARTS…..

    ….

    ….

    • Robinson Tilapia

      some other day.

  • Mickey Schesiter

    C’mon Vern!

  • Wheels

    Get a life Rudy.

  • DInnings

    Let’s say Mo came in for an inning and held the tie and the Yanks won the game in the next frame 3-2.

    Let’s also say it’s 3-2 Yanks in the ninth against Toronto tomorrow night. Have Robertson close – he may have to after this year, so give him an early taste of 2014.

    The Yanks won’t face Dickey or Reyes in this weekend series and they draw the classic career NL pitcher who can’t pitch for shit in the AL in Johnson haha hahaha so much for the vaunted Blue Jays. Where’s Reyes’ big mouth now? Buerhle will be funny to watch, too. I’m praying for his “Why did I accept a trade back into the American League when I got my World Series ring already and my wife’s a total babe (which she is)?” look LOL.

    • Anderson Silva

      Buerhle, as shitty as he is, will pitch a gem against this lineup. They are simply not good enough against lefties.

    • forensic

      Josh Johnson is far from a ‘classic NL pitcher who can’t pitch for shit in the AL’, despite his rough start to the season. He’s been terrific in his career in interleague and dominated the Yanks in their one game against each other awhile back.

      Buerhle didn’t have an option to accept the trade. He didn’t have a no-trade and hadn’t been with the Marlins for anywhere close to 5 years.

  • Robinson Tilapia

    Start another 7 of 8 winning streak tomorrow.

    • Wheels

      Lets do it.