Apr
19

Game 15: North of the Border

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Over the last few years, the Blue Jays were a team that was annoying tough to play against but ultimately inconsequential in terms of the AL East race. Their busy offseason suddenly turned them into the division favorites though, and tonight the Yankees will get their first look at their new-look competitors.

Moreso than the actual game, the most important thing tonight is Andy Pettitte‘s health. The veteran southpaw is making his third start of the season and first in ten days due to back problems. He’s thrown a few bullpen sessions these last few days and says he’s fine, but we really won’t if his pitching will be impacted in any way until he gets on the mound. These two teams play each other seven times in the next ten days, and you know Toronto is looking to make a statement. Here’s the lineup that will face right-hander Brandon Morrow…

  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 Frankie Cervelli

And on the mound is the ol’ reliable lefty, Andy Pettitte.

Tonight’s game is scheduled to start at 7:07pm ET and can be seen on YES. Enjoy.

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254 Comments»

  1. Eddard says:

    Can someone please tell me why Ichiro continues to play, let alone bat 6th? Last night’s near hero, Frankie Cervelli, gets demoted to 9th. Doesn’t make any sense. At least Hafner is back in the lineup.

    I don’t have any worries at all about Andy. He’ll pick up right where he left off because he’s Andy.

    • Noah Poser says:

      Ichiro is a lefty facing a righty and anyways he hit the ball kind of hard last night. A couple hits I believe and he got unlucky with a line drive or 2.

    • Winter says:

      Who would your rather see in RF against a righty? Boesch? Francisco???

      • Bob Buttons says:

        Actually at this point Boesch may actually be an okay alternative to Ichiro.

        • forensic says:

          Boesch is 0-5 with 5 K’s against Morrow, for what it’s worth. And, in my opinion, it’s much more likely that Ichiro starts to hit a bit than Boesch. Though I acknowledge I’m higher on him than most.

          As for batting order, it’s against the Girardi-rules to have back-to-back lefties if you absolutely don’t have to, so Ichiro is either batting 6th or 8th. I’d rather see him up than Overbay, so 6th works for me for now. It’s just unfortunate that if he does reach base, it quite possibly has a really slow guy in front of him and completely erases his speed.

      • Eddard says:

        I’ve been saying play Boesch for as long as I can remember. Boesch at least gives you a chance of hitting it out of the infield. Ichiro is just as inept against righties as he is against lefties nowadays.

  2. Havok9120 says:

    I got lost in reading various descriptions and accounts of the Franco-Prussian War and totally forgot it was game time.

    FOR PRUSSIA!!

  3. Vern Sneaker says:

    What did John Franco have against the Prussians?

    • Havok9120 says:

      They gave him a funny look so he punched them.

      Then they dropped a car on him. Then lit the car on fire. Then detonated the nuke they’d hidden in the trunk.

    • vicki says:

      hmm, i always thought it was julio franco who fought the prussians.

  4. Vern Sneaker says:

    So — did he get the save?

  5. forensic says:

    Morrow is working on 16 straight scoreless innings against the Yanks and has a habit of pitching really well or dominating them.

    Hopefully that doesn’t last long into this game.

    He is the only guy in that Gardner has hit 2 homers against in his career.

  6. Mykey says:

    Robby Cano: Good at baseball.

  7. Wheels says:

    Best swing in baseball.

  8. Karl Krawfid says:

    I love Youk.

    Crazy.

  9. Reuben Sierra's Chains says:

    2nd Suspect Bomber Dead. Time to watch the Yanks.

    Nice 2 on already. Let’s go Boyz

  10. Karl Krawfid says:

    Man we crush righties

  11. Mykey says:

    Pronk, where have you been all my life?

  12. Eddard says:

    And that’s what Hafner brings, a big extra base threat in the middle of the order.

  13. jjyank says:

    Great start. Three hard hit balls and a HBP. Let’s do this boys!

  14. Wheels says:

    Ichiro looks frail.

  15. jjyank says:

    Ah shit, stop it thunderstorm! My lights have been flickering and my power dipped enough to stop my computer and phone recharging, and my printer is now restarting. Yet my internet, xbox, and TV keep brining me the Yankees. There is justice in the world! (for now).

  16. Noah Poser says:

    Wow a hitter’s umpire for a change! Very small zone but I’m not complaining because Yanks had it too.

  17. Mykey says:

    Nice Frankie.

  18. Havok9120 says:

    Ooof. Closer than that needed to be. Nice hitting Frankie.

  19. Eddard says:

    Cervelli should have hit 6th, not Ichiro. Even Overbay and Nuney almost had HRs. They can at least hit it out of the infield.

  20. nycsportzfan says:

    And yet another extra base hit for Cervelli.. Ya, good thing we dont’ have Russell Martin, his one hit every 20plus at bats is surely missed..lol

  21. nycsportzfan says:

    Come on Robbie, lets keep ur rake, raking!

  22. Eddard says:

    Kay thought Youkilis spiked the ball into the turf on purpose.

  23. jjyank says:

    That…was an interesting throw. Nunez, you better not be taking notes.

  24. Havok9120 says:

    I like the feigned indignation. Good stuff.

    Especially the “I don’t Twit,” line.

  25. Eddard says:

    She’s gone! It’s good to have you back in the lineup, Travis.

  26. forensic says:

    Nice Hafner!

    This doesn’t sound like typical Morrow, which is awesome!!!

  27. Mykey says:

    God I love you Pronk.

  28. mustang says:

    Cashman is the man!

  29. Havok9120 says:

    Daaaaaang Hafner. That’s some oppo-field power there.

  30. jjyank says:

    Yeaaaah Pronk!

  31. Mykey says:

    C’mon now Ichiro, break out of it. It’s so much more fun to root for you to succeed than to point out your failings…

  32. JonS says:

    Wells runs like it hurts. lol

  33. forensic says:

    It’d be so nice for the weekend to put a little dent in their bullpen right away tonight.

  34. nycsportzfan says:

    Haha, what a break!!! Both runs scored!!! Awesome!!!!

  35. Mykey says:

    Hehehe

  36. forensic says:

    HAHAHA!!!

    I wish I was home watching this right now. Just gonna have to settle for watching much later on…

  37. Eddard says:

    Way to go Nuney, driving in 2 runs and giving us a four run lead!

  38. JonS says:

    Damn that has to suck. Oh well. Works for the Yankees.

  39. Havok9120 says:

    That’s good stuff. Death by AstroTurf and bad catching.

  40. jjyank says:

    Hahaha!! This is awesome. It’s really too bad the Jays won the World Series back in January, or this would be even more fun.

  41. mustang says:

    Ladies and Gentlemen your Winter Champions Blue Jays.

  42. Wheels says:

    There is some chemistry brewing this year. Very early still, of course.

  43. nycsportzfan says:

    Ichiro over 200 at 205BA by the way, and his avg is slowley coming up and hes hit in 8of 14 games hes had a At bat.. Like i said, and will stick to, by seasons end, he’ll be at least in the 280′s with double digit hrs and 60plus ribs

  44. Havok9120 says:

    That’s a pretty great quote.

  45. Mykey says:

    God I wish you were ten years younger Andy.

  46. forensic says:

    So, sounds like Pettitte had no control in the first inning, somewhat predictably. But seems to have settled down very nicely in the last two. That about right?

  47. Eddard says:

    Andy picked up right where he left off. People keep betting against this guy and he keeps proving them wrong. 40 years old and still going strong.

  48. Havok9120 says:

    God, Andy. You couldn’t get that sixth straight K? What kinda weaksauce is that?

  49. JonS says:

    Think back 10 years ago. Who would’ve imagined that you’d hear Youkilis, Overbay, Hafner, Wells, and Ichiro playing for the Yankees.

    • Mykey says:

      Pretty ridiculous. Just throw Eric Chavez and Andruw Jones in there too, make it real fun.

    • Havok9120 says:

      I bet if you did hear that you’d think the team was going straight to the Series.

      Until you heard that the year would be 2013.

    • And in merrie olde England says:

      Youk/Overbay were still in the minors/a rookie so I’d have shrugged them off. The other three, it was the Yankees with the boss in charge so you never ruled anything out.

  50. Chilango says:

    Jusr got here. How did the scoring go? Is Andy lights out?

  51. mustang says:

    The most important part is that they score more then 4 runs and yeah that Andy guy is doing ok to.

  52. jjyank says:

    I love how when Encarnacion called time, Andy didn’t step off the rubber like most pitchers would. He just stood there, poised, and in prime “stare” position. I love this guy.

  53. BigBlueAL says:

    CC losing velocity while openly admitting and accepting it while saying he can learn from Pettitte how to deal with it is looking like a pretty smart plan lol.

  54. Dalek Jeter says:

    I have legitimately spent all day doing homework or helping customers, I put the radio on for the Yankee game at like six o’clock so I wouldn’t forget…and I had it playing in the background…I now look up and it’s 5-1 and it’s like 8:25. I cannot wait till the semester ends.

    • jjyank says:

      You may not need to ride the bus all night! Bongs for everyone!! :D

      • Dalek Jeter says:

        Haha, I wish that were the case…I still have to spend ~40 minutes on it to get home at 9:15. Thank god the Yankees are winning, because outside of sports when it comes to real life I’m like Greg X 1000 and one of the semester long assignments I just started is a “Personal Futures Workbook.” Lets just say I wish I had a handle of liquor and an eight right now.

        • jjyank says:

          Well I can’t help you out with the slice any time soon, but I do have a handle of rum :P

          Good luck dude. I’m not so far removed from that life that I don’t remember the stress.

          • King George says:

            Same here. I feel your pain, but it will all be worth it in the end!

          • Dalek Jeter says:

            I’m done for the night, My brain literally can’t handle anymore future prep/it’s own negativity. I finished all my regular weekly assignments, and got halfway done this ridiculous 72 page “Futures Workbook” now spread across four classes I should only have 7 more homework assignments(2 long term ones I haven’t started), 1 non-cumlative math test, and 2 final in class projects.

            • jjyank says:

              Eeesh. That sounds like more work than my Masters program.

              • Dalek Jeter says:

                No way. The 72 page workbook really only has work on it every 5 pages or so, the other long term assignments are work out of the text book for the class, and a 700 word interview article. The homework is all basically short articles and such….I might be selling myself short…because it feels like an asston of work because I’ve saved these long term assignments to the last minute.

                • jjyank says:

                  Ah, okay. I guess my program was a lot of work if you’re not good with writing papers. If you can handle a 40 page paper over a semester, it’s not bad. That was my wheelhouse, I’d write that bitch in about 3 days and be done. When you said 72 pages, I wasn’t sure how to take that haha.

            • Havok9120 says:

              I’m a bit short at the moment, but my handle of bourbon, half handle of rye, half handle of vodka, and handle of brandy are at your disposal should you decide to hop on a plane on a whim and come to NOLA.

        • Havok9120 says:

          It’s for times like this you need a suitable stockpile of booze laid in ahead of time.

  55. Havok9120 says:

    Holy crap. Andy with the moves twice tonight.

    • forensic says:

      From Sterling, it actually sounded like a bad throw and that play was all made by Nunez. Not that many people here (not necessarily you) would give Nunez extra credit for much defensively.

      • jjyank says:

        It wasn’t a good throw, no. But it was a nice grab on the catch. Nunez did do a nice job staying with the throw to turn it though, for sure.

  56. jjyank says:

    Stay awesome, Andy.

  57. forensic says:

    No John, they don’t have to hope Youkilis, Hafner, and Wells stay healthy.

    They have to hope Youkilis and Hafner stay healthy. And that Wells can avoid fully turning back into a pumpkin before some help is back or current guys start really going.

    • Dalek Jeter says:

      +10000, also you seem to listen to the radio broadcast regularly. I know you’re not the biggest Hughes fan, but I’ve never heard the guys from the Daily News speak fondly of him, even during his really good stretch last year…what did they have to say about him last night.

      • forensic says:

        I’m forced to listen to them during my work week.

        I think they were saying he was good last night. Nobody really saying anything bad about him.

        • Dalek Jeter says:

          Same, last year it was legit 6-7 days a week. This year it’s a much more reasonable/merciful 3.

          • forensic says:

            Yeah, I have 4 nights to cover, though usually the Saturday games are over before I go to work (but sometimes I still have to listen because of the bastards at FOX).

  58. Cervelli is the Man says:

    Andy can really field his position.

  59. vicki says:

    damn, andy. 13 pitches per inning.

  60. Cervelli is the Man says:

    Overbay!!!!!!!!!!

  61. Mykey says:

    Nice Overbay.

    Should shut up some of the fans.

  62. jjyank says:

    Loverbay!

    Or Overbuy! Whatever the meme is now.

  63. vicki says:

    love is strange!

  64. Now Batting says:

    It’s still early but my god Cashman and his MLB scouts are great at what they do.

  65. JonS says:

    Overbay wanted some fun too.

  66. JonS says:

    Cervelli is really playing, huh.

    What’s the chances he outplays Martin for the entire year?

  67. Cervelli is the Man says:

    Cervelli has really improved his hitting. Now he just needs to keep his glove back.

  68. Cy Pettitte says:

    Cervelli is up to a 1.000 OPS, is this real life?

  69. Cervelli is the Man says:

    I think Andy and Cervelli work well together as well.

  70. Cervelli is the Man says:

    Thunderbolts and lighting very very frightening me

  71. Karl Krawfid says:

    Man this team is so damn fun to watch so far.

  72. vicki says:

    ggbg: “bring me your lefties.”

  73. jjyank says:

    WOoooOOooo

  74. CountryClub says:

    Someone on twitter made a comment about Pettitte’s velocity being interesting but he didn’t follow up. Is he throwing harder than usual?

  75. Karl Krawfid says:

    2nd suspect in custody.

  76. forensic says:

    The Blue Jays not having anyone warming up after Cecil has faced 1(!) whole batter is apparently taking your loss like a man, according to Sterling.

  77. Cervelli is the Man says:

    they just apprehended that ahole bomber in Boston.

  78. mustang says:

    Im having fun.

  79. Cervelli is the Man says:

    Love that Andy still gets pissed about giving up a silly base hit when he is winning 8-1

  80. mustang says:

    Damn!!!

    Thats a shot.

  81. Chilango says:

    Holy Shit what a bomb

  82. mustang says:

    Does anyone know if the Jays are paying any of Wells salary?

  83. forensic says:

    Nice, the crowd is sure gonna love that. :-)

  84. mustang says:

    Booo that shit….

    LMAO!!!!

  85. Havok9120 says:

    Garbage Time!

  86. JonS says:

    hahah boo this.

  87. Eddard says:

    Wells, Frankie, Hafner, Overbay all exceeding expectations. The RHP lineup is pretty good.

  88. Havok9120 says:

    Lotsa homers tonight for such a big park.

    Good stuff.

  89. Cy Pettitte says:

    Even the Yankee outs are hard hit tonight

  90. your mom says:

    What the hell is up with Cecil’s picture? Dude can’t even take his glasses off for the photo. Who does he think he is Cyclops???

  91. forensic says:

    hmm, is this game Kelley-proof? Guess we’re going to find out.

  92. Robinson Tilapia says:

    A great show of unison between New York and Boston would be for us all to come together and take a giant dump on the Toronto Blue Jays.

    LOVING THIS.

  93. Havok9120 says:

    Whoa. Only other person I’ve ever seen swing like that.

  94. JonS says:

    I don’t understand, why pull him there?

    • Havok9120 says:

      Well, he did just get back from a stiff back that cost him a start and a half. Six run lead. Even our middle relief corp should be able to give up no more than 5 runs while getting 5 outs.

  95. your mom says:

    4 one pitch outs in a row. At this rate we won’t see Kelley.

  96. jjyank says:

    Just realized this. My fantasy opponent had Brandon Morrow, and I had Andy Pettitte going tonight.

    *dances while I enjoy my current 14-1 lead*

  97. your mom says:

    Nevermind.

  98. Anthony says:

    Stuck at a school event, but game day doesn’t lie does it? Champions of the East my ass. Lets go Yanks!

  99. Robinson Tilapia says:

    Did anyone else notice that someone showed up about six hours late to this morning’s mailbag thread to trash me? How….sweet. Buy a watch.

  100. YankeesJunkie says:

    I honestly don’t get it…a pitcher as old as Andy should not being pitching this well yet he does when there a ton of more pitchers that have better stuff. Andy, Mo, and Mussina included are the most pleasant pitchers to watch.

  101. TomH says:

    Don’t think I can watch Shawn Kelley. Not as young as I used to be.

  102. Wheels says:

    Nice ichiro

  103. The Real Greg says:

    Nothing like going north of the border to reawaken Ichiro (hopefully)

  104. JonS says:

    And the helmet comes off again…

  105. Havok9120 says:

    Off comes the helmet.

  106. jjyank says:

    The game is just about over. So right now, my question is, WHERE IS MY FUCKING PIZZA?

    • Robinson Tilapia says:

      Same place Athenian’s fucking study is.

      • jjyank says:

        So I’m never getting my fucking pizza? But I’m really fucking hungry!! Like a hippo.

        • Havok9120 says:

          See, if you were me, you’d have two steaks thawed out in the fridge for just such an eventuality.

          • jjyank says:

            I have grilled chicken in my freezer, but I don’t like thawing and re-freezing my meat. I prefer that my damn pizza just gets delivered.

            • Havok9120 says:

              Oh, I never re-freeze. You gotta thaw it and then cook it at some point in the following days. I accidentally thawed two steaks today though, so I guess I’ll just HAVE to eat multiple steaks before Tuesday or so.

              • jjyank says:

                Different situations I guess. I work too much to cook 5 days of the week, so I have to cook a bunch on the weekends and freeze the left overs so nothing goes bad.

        • Robinson Tilapia says:

          I’m starting to get the feeling Athenian lied to me.

  107. Now Batting says:

    Had a longgg and sleepless week, but being Friday night I’m getting that itch. Ah what to do?!

  108. Robinson Tilapia says:

    Sorry, Tom.

  109. TomH says:

    Oh my prophetic soul.

  110. JonS says:

    Wouldn’t Montgomery be better than Kelly?

    • Havok9120 says:

      Why are we trying to rush the guy? Is the last guy out of the pen so important that we need to rush our best relief prospect up just to replace him in April?

    • Robinson Tilapia says:

      He’ll get his chance at some point.

      We’ve barely seen enough of Kelley to form an opinion. Seems to run into trouble when he’s put out there for a second inning, but who knows. He made the team due to his being able to pitch more than an inning.

  111. Havok9120 says:

    I can’t begrudge that. That was a pretty nice pitch.

  112. Mykey says:

    Nice win, Gents. Now off to drink some more whiskey. Have a good night.

  113. Robinson Tilapia says:

    Great win. Pick yourself up after last night’s shit and beat up on a team no one likes. Love it.

  114. TomH says:

    This game is the most nerve-wracking of them all, or, at least, of the sports I’ve watched. God knows how many years it has taken off my life, from the Raschi/Reynolds era to the present. I’m beginning to understand Col. Jake’s hatred of close games (not to say this one was close), that story of he complained to Hoyt that the other pitchers were always winning 9-1 or 10-2 but that Hoyt’s wins were 2-1 and 3-2 (as if, perhaps, they didn’t count for as much).

  115. nycsportzfan says:

    I told ya ichiro would have a multi hit game before this one was over, and i said it when he was 0for1… 2ex base hits might i add..

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