Apr
23

Game 19: Another Lefty

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Three weeks into the season, the Yankees are hitting a gaudy .301/.366/.536 (147 wRC+) against right-handers compared to a wimpy .195/.266/.303 (54 wRC+) against left-handers. That’s Nick Swisher or Paul Goldschmidt against righties and Brian Dozier or Donovan Solano against lefties. It’s Chase Utley vs. Yunel Escobar, Evan Longoria vs. Ichiro Suzuki, Ian Kinsler vs. Chris Nelson, night vs. day, good vs. evil.

The Yankees are an entirely different team against left-handers than they are against right-handers, and tonight they’ll face one of the two or three best lefties in the world: reigning Cy Young Award winner David Price. Even though he’s only 27, we’ve all seen a ton of Price over the years and there are no surprises here. His array of high-octane fastballs could overwhelm New York’s hitters just like Matt Moore’s last night. Price is off to a relatively slow start though (6.26 ERA and 4.93 FIP), so hopefully he remains off his game for at least one more night. Here’s the starting nine…

  1. CF Brett Gardner
  2. SS Eduardo Nunez
  3. 2B Robinson Cano
  4. LF Vernon Wells
  5. DH Ben Francisco
  6. 1B Lyle Overbay
  7. C Chris Stewart
  8. RF Ichiro Suzuki
  9. 3B Jayson Nix

And on the mound is the future San Francisco Giant, Phil Hughes.

Tonight’s game is scheduled to start at 7:10pm ET and can be seen on My9 locally and MLB Network nationally. Try to enjoy.

Mark Teixeira Update: Teixeira said his injured wrist is having trouble loosening up when he swings a bat. He is still expected back during the original ten-week window, but his wildly optimistic return date of May 1st ain’t happening (to no one’s surprise).

Derek Jeter Update: Jeter had his follow-up visit with the doctor in North Carolina, and he is back to wearing a walking boot to help his new ankle fracture heal.

Kevin Youkilis Update: Joe Girardi said Youkilis is not expected to return to the lineup until Thursday, when they head home to start a four-game series against the Blue Jays.

Categories : Game Threads
  • Dalek Jeter

    Is Youk’s back so tight that he can’t even DH? I find that really, really bad going forward.

    • Pseudoyanks

      Keeping him off the turf?

      • Dalek Jeter

        He can’t handle standing on turf for about a half hour at most spread out over a 3 hour period?

        • Pseudoyanks

          You know how precautionary Joe can be.

        • WhittakerWalt

          It might be nothing. I’ve had bouts of back pain that were absolutely debilitating one day, then totally gone a couple days later.

        • Havok9120

          The bonus of getting him in the lineup against a tough lefty is far outweighed by the need for him to be healthy the rest of the season. There’s no reason to mess around with it.

        • LK

          Were you expecting Youk to be durable this year?

  • Eddard

    This is the biggest pitching mismatch since Phil Hughes’s last start. I love Nuney in that 2 hole. Breaks up the lefties and gives us 2 speed guys at the top. I don’t like Fransisco in the lineup and I don’t like Chris Stewart playing again. Nix is horrendous.

    • WhittakerWalt

      The Nuney thing just isn’t funny anymore, not even from a trolling perspective. He’s awful.

      • Eddard

        I think we need to give Nuney a chance. He got hit twice, once in the wrist. He’s not a .180 hitter. He’ll bounce back. And who else should hit 2nd in this putrid lineup?

        • Preston

          I agree with you. I like Nunez hitting second in this line-up. When Youk gets healthy I’d rather see the top be some combination of Gardner, Youk, Cano, and Wells with Nunez hitting ninth in the second lead off hitter role.

  • hogsmog

    Wait I don’t get the joke about Phil being a Giant. If there’s any team not hurting for pitching, my bet’s on them. At this rate, they might even extend Zito.

    • Preston

      Not true, the giants will have Cain and Bumgarner next year and that’s it. I don’t see them committing long term to Lincecum. They have options for Vogelsong and Zito but both will be 36 next season, and neither is very good. Hughes would be a good fit, young, going to the NL, pitching in a park that would suppress homers.

  • Dalek Jeter

    Ugh…Lou.

  • capitalT

    Dozier went 3-4 this afternoon so maybe its a sign

  • Dalek Jeter

    Apart from Loverbay, who is a little bit better because of his defense…our 5-9 are legit replacement level. Why is Cervelli (who has not been an offensive zero) sitting again when our lineup is already compromised against LHP?

  • Wheels

    We need to win tonight.

  • Jorge Brosada

    http://cdn.memegenerator.net/i.....223967.jpg

    (because i couldn’t figure out how to embed the picture)

  • Dalek Jeter

    o/t, but mind absolutely blown http://www.huffingtonpost.com/.....lp00000009

    • WhittakerWalt

      It’s like the Right’s version of Cynthia McKinney.

    • Pseudoyanks

      lunatic

    • Havok9120

      Why? The 9/11 “Truthers” were around for most of the following decade. Why would this be any different?

      • Dalek Jeter

        I don’t remember 9/11 “Truthers” coming out a week after it happened though. I mean they’re just as crazy, don’t get me wrong, but it feels like there was a solid few months at least before them…then again the internet wasn’t nearly as big or inclusive 12 years ago.

        • Havok9120

          No it wasn’t. Even still, it took only a few days before someone said “bwuh, jet fuel doesn’t burn hot enuff ta melt teh steelz, duh,” on national TV after which it exploded (heh heh) in popularity.

        • Pasta Stumbling Sojo

          There were people accusing either Bush or Israel of perpetrating 9/11 within *minutes* of the planes hitting the WTC. Lyndon LaRouche is one random example I can think of. Obviously the movement didn’t gain steam until later, but I wouldn’t say the Boston Marathon truthers have gained steam either, and hopefully they never will.

          • Havok9120

            Oh, God. I forgot about the “MOSSAD DID IT!!” crew. That really was pretty instantaneous. I remember hearing that theory floated that afternoon.

          • Robinson Tilapia

            This. The crazies were out much sooner than a week.

            • trr

              sad to say, many of thess cretins exploit these tragedies by using them to sell their books / videos to the gullible

  • Chilango

    Fransisco DHing, Ichiro …in the lineup. Ugly. We got spoiled by the mini-streak. The idea was go .500 till the regs get back. Have to remember that.

  • Dalek Jeter

    Phil better get that check call later when he needs it.

  • Chilango

    Like Price needs any help wtf

  • Chilango

    Noonie spoils the no-no yay

  • Hans Moleman

    Take notes, Gardy.

  • Eddard

    That’s how you steal a base, Gardner. Now he’s in scoring position for Robbie.

  • Mykey

    Runner in scoring position?

    Just got back from a swim. Must be the chlorine in my eyes.

  • Dalek Jeter

    Knew he was gonna be safe the second he lost his helmet…don’t know how I feel about a non-Gardner player running against Molina though.

  • TomH

    What’s with these “Loading, please wait” messages I keep getting on MLB.tv,. now that I’ve bought their package and am streaming the game. I’ve had virtually nothing but that message, with about 20 seconds worth of Singleton and the others.

  • Mykey

    C’mon Wells. A first inning run would be fantastic.

  • Anderson Silva

    Price is giving them some very hittable fastballs in the middle of the plate. They need to take advantage of that early.

  • Wheels

    Wow, the Trop is empty.

    • Dalek Jeter

      Are you really surprised? It’s a terrible stadium, in a city with a notoriously fickle fan base, supporting a pitching/defense team.

      • Wheels

        I was just thinking with the Yankees in town..

        • Havok9120

          15K last night.

  • SeventhAce

    Ugh, look at that gigantic blackhole at the back end of the lineup…

    I’m no baseball genius, but I’d still run Pronk out there over fucking Ben Francisco even if Price is on the mound.

    • LK

      Yeah I don’t get this either. I understand Hafner can’t play every day, but sure he’s had enough rest. My only difference is I’d put Francisco in right and bench Ichiro.

    • MickeyP

      I think this is a good off day for him, with Price on the mound. He will need regular rest if he is going to stay healthy.

  • Vern Sneaker

    Lou just mentioned Catfish Hunter in the same breath as Hughes.

  • Dalek Jeter

    Jennings just went as far as Gardner did.

  • Anderson Silva

    Hughes roller coaster, here we go!

  • MickeyP

    Phil is showing a good fastball in the early going. Hopefully he can keep it up.

  • Eddard

    That was a strike to Roberts. Awful call. Awful call.

  • Eddard

    And now that non-strike 3 call will cost them 1 or 2 runs, most likely 2.

  • Anderson Silva

    Seriously, everyone talks about how bad the Yankees lineup is but this Rays lineups is almost as bad. You can’t be beat around by an offense like this one.

  • Dalek Jeter

    Yes, a miniscule strike zone. Today is going to be fun…

  • BigBlueAL

    Its as if opposing hitters have Hughes right where they want him once they get to 2 strikes.

  • Havok9120

    Oy.

  • SeventhAce

    How many runs are the UMPs going to score tonight?

  • Chilango

    Phil is getting squeezed so he figures fuck it I’ll just throw it down the middle.

  • Dalek Jeter

    Not the best route for Gardner…also, if you want a chance to win this game, hold ‘em right here Hughes.

    • MickeyP

      Not the best route, no. But it was hit hard straight at him and not quite square. He was right on it until the last ten feet or so.

  • Aera

    Hughes needs to learn an out pitch. Maybe the knuckleball?

  • Chilango

    Lucky Zobrist didn’t hit it out. C’mon Phil shit together.

  • Vern Sneaker

    Hughes is a very average 5th starter-type, simple as that. Might as well stop hoping for more. But it’s unclear we have anyone as an upgrade.

    • Aera

      Maybe if his fastball had a little more velocity…

  • Pseudoyanks

    Could be a long night. Gin & Tonic OR Spiced Rum and Ginger Ale ???

    • Dalek Jeter
      • Pseudoyanks

        Haha, thanks for that….and there is a Knick game to watch too.

    • Chilango

      Make it simple. Shots of tequila and beers.

      • Pseudoyanks

        I can actually make that happen too.

      • Havok9120

        Blech. Beer. Blech.

        I can even stomach tequila better than beer.

        • Pseudoyanks

          Ended up with Sailor Jerry Rum mixed with Reeds Ginger Ale….damn good!

          • Havok9120

            I’ll need to try that. I drink Sailor Jerry all the time but usually with Diet Coke (sweet tea is also good). Ginger Ale sounds promising.

          • Robinson Tilapia

            The correct choice. Nicely done.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      Rum and ginger go swell together. I assume you had this drink already, though.

  • your mom

    Is there any pitcher more frustrating to watch than Phil Hughes? Gets ahead of most hitters but can’t put them away if his life counted on it.

    • Vern Sneaker

      I find Nova more frustrating because he’s got really good stuff but doesn’t pitch well. Hughes at least has an idea and can occasionally throw well like he just did.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      There are about a zillion rock layers below Phil Hughes. I’d rather watch an endless loop of Phil Hughes starts than sit through one “Bad AJ Burnett” start.

  • Eddard

    25 pitches already in the 1st. This is ridiculous. FINISH A HITTER!

  • your mom

    Well at least Boston is getting blown out early.

  • Dalek Jeter

    Wow…took a few too many pitches, but good job there Hughes.

  • Eddard

    Fooled him on the speed, otherwise it would have been crushed. At least he got the K. Hold them to 1 run.

    • Havok9120

      lolwut?

  • Wheels

    Alright.

  • SeventhAce

    I’ll take that.

  • LK

    If they ever change the rule so a foul ball can be a 3rd strike, Phil Hughes will be the best pitcher in baseball.

  • YankeesJunkie

    Too many pitches, but the stuff looks good…especially when he becomes a Giant.

  • Anderson Silva

    Nice job escaping that jam with minimal damage.

  • your mom

    I’m overly excited for this coming inning…..Francisco, Overbay and Stewart up to bat.

    • Dalek Jeter

      Hopefully Joe explained, Hughes just threw ~30 pitches, take some pitches.

      • Dalek Jeter

        …guess not…

  • Tom

    ePHicient

    A good job getting out of that with just 1 run, but he was 0-2 or 1-2 on all 5 batters and still had to throw 32 pitches. That’s the problem with being an incredibly predictable pitcher.

    • YankeesJunkie

      I have always been surprised when he throwing this well he is not capable of getting more swings and misses or weak contact and just foul balls.

  • Eddard

    Fransisco is like Boone Logan, he only has one job and he can’t even do that.

  • your mom

    Ben Francisco sucks. Seriously, how the fuck is he still on this team???

    • SeventhAce

      Dude probably has some kinda dirt on Girardi.

  • A-Rod’s Middleman

    There are a select few teams in baseball that everytime we play, I feel like we will LOOSE. Tampa has become one of them. Red Sox the other.. Eduardo Nunez breaks 0-13 slide with a hit, and quickly begins a new 0fer streak.

    • Havok9120

      Well, I wouldn’t want to loose the Red Sox. They’d get lost.

      • A-Rod’s Middleman

        Alright, I messed up. Thank you officer.

  • Gustavo

    Can we please release Francisco? He’s taking some awful hacks…

  • LK

    Wow holy shit, I just noticed the bottom of this lineup. I’m more down on Ichiro than practically anyone, but even I can’t get behind batting him behind CHRIS FREAKING STEWART, splitting up the lefties be damned.

  • SeventhAce

    So who would you call up from AAA to replace Ben FUCKING Francisco?

    • Dalek Jeter

      Name a noun.

      • DC

        Fire Truck

      • Tom from England

        kumquat

    • your mom

      Zoilo or Melky. At least they might run into a pitch once in a while and you won’t lose anything on defense.

  • Mykey

    Wells or Cervelli for me. But you could make a case for any of those on the text poll.

  • heismanziel

    The Rays will play out of their minds for this entire series, then go on to lose 7 of 10. I swear every player on their team becomes a all star player when we play them.

    • Mykey

      I feel exactly the same way.

      If I never paid attention to the standings, I’d assume the Rays were leading the league every year just based on how the play the Yankees, be that entirely irrational or not.

    • Chilango

      Or we just pitch and hit like shit when we play them.

    • Chilango

      Or we just pitch and hit like shit when we play them at the Trop.

  • Alkaline

    A lot of those calls in the 1st seemed reaaaaaaaal close.

    • Dalek Jeter

      They were, I could see Hughes getting through the first w/ 18 pitches and 2Ks w/ another umpire behind the plate. But Chris Stewart’s an excellent pitch framer, apparently.

  • Alkaline

    I think we win 5-3.

  • your mom

    What’s the chances we re-sign Hughes? I’d say 20%.

  • Tom

    A much needed quick inning… hopefully he can get another quick one or two and get back on a good pitch count where he can go 6.

  • Havok9120

    ESPN is really loving the Jameson commercial with the runaway train this month. Gamecast is showing it for every commercial.

  • Dalek Jeter

    If I were an opposing pitcher I’d go away, away, away on Ichiro. He bales out so much there’s no way he can get the outside corner.

  • heismanziel

    Just think…. this time next week we will be playing the Astros. : )

  • ClayDavis

    Tags may be one of the most horrific Yankee lineups I’ve ever seen.

  • Dalek Jeter

    Welp, Nix just bought himself another 3 months on the roster.

  • Mel

    Rather see Neal or Mesa or Almonte take their hacks – Francisco is not helping.

  • Get Phelps Up

    Embedded Yankee Aceves at work again.

    • Deathstroke Heathcott

      Yessir

  • Anderson Silva

    Nix reached. Time to do some damage!

    • Anderson Silva

      Guess not. Is there any way they can dump Ichiro and Francisco together?

      • your mom

        Any chance we can trade for J-Upton?

      • Deathstroke Heathcott

        At least Ichiro can stay around and be a defensive replacement. I’m so sick of Francisco.

  • YankeesJunkie

    Apparently this will be the night goes on to lose a CG 1 ER game.

    • your mom

      It will be a miracle if Hughes surrenders just 1 run.

  • Mykey

    Phil just can’t make it easy.

  • heismanziel

    Overall I am still happy and confident with this team. The schedule is very manageable through may. Honestly If were at or a couple games above .500 after 40 games, we will be in pretty good shape going forward. 10-10 over the next 20 games puts us at 20-18 which has been our exact record after 38 games the last two years. That being said, its impossible to watch this team face a lefty without a heavy dose of booze.

    • Chilango

      Well said. Especially the last part.

  • Mykey

    Ughh, he was out. Clearly.

  • Chilango

    Out by a foot.

  • ClayDavis

    Wow umps

  • MannyGeee

    So, yeah. Jennings was all kinds of out on that play. And it was not particularly close

  • Vern Sneaker

    Is that pink nail polish on Stewart?

  • Tom from England

    I’d like to hear John Sterling and Lou Piniella call a game together.

    Chris Stewart is the best defensive catcher in baseball.

    • MannyGeee

      Told you all yesterday, Sterling informed me that Boesch is a great defensive player. It was weird

  • SeventhAce

    I was waiting for the UMP to call Jennings safe at 2B…

  • YankeesJunkie

    More singles like that!!!!

  • MannyGeee

    I feel as if the Tampa Bay Rays at some point have actually built their business model to be “Build a team to beat the Yankees”. And literally that’s it.

    Tough lefty pitching,
    pesky (if not overly intimidating) hitting
    Shitty turf so as to keep the ‘old Guyz’ off the field when shit starts barking
    An infield that can hold anything bunted in fair territory.

    Only 1/2 joking, but discuss anyhow.

  • Mykey

    Does he steal again?

  • heismanziel

    On a positive note, Gary Sanchez is absolutely beasting right now. It would be pretty awesome if he could force his way to trenton at some point this year.

    • Pasta

      All the cathers need a promotion
      Jr ready for aaa romine up here.

      • heismanziel

        It will be interesting to see what happens over the next couple of months. It would be great if these guys would just knock down the door and give management no choice but to promote.

        It’s obviously still very early, but Sanchez numbers are off the charts. .317/.405/.540/ 3 homers, and 14 rbi’s.

  • Mykey

    There ya go.

  • Dalek Jeter

    Nice run-and-hit!!!

    Now, just do at least what you did in your first AB Vernon.

  • Pasta

    Is boston playing the Raiders
    12-0 that janikowski can really kick it

  • Chilango

    Run and hit nice

  • Anthony

    Sweet. Small ball!

  • Dalek Jeter

    Nice!!! Well done Vernon!

  • Mykey

    Huzzah.

  • Chilango

    Nice piece of hitting.

  • Eddard

    This is what Nuney gives you in that 2 hole. Speed. He’s been on base twice tonight in that 2 hole.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      He’s going to sell me amphetamines?

    • vicki

      settle down about the guy’s two-hole on a FAMILY BLOG.

  • Robinson Tilapia

    My wife: “Who the fuck is this guy?”
    Me: “That’s Ben Francisco.”
    My wife: “Who the fuck is Don Francisco?”
    Me: “Someone you don’t need to know for long.”

    • Dalek Jeter

      1. I didn’t realize Mrs. Tilapia had such a bad mouth =P

      2. I think Francisco is going to be around for a lot longer than you…see Jones, Andruw.

      • Robinson Tilapia

        Oh, she curses like a sailor.

    • YankeesJunkie
    • MannyGeee

      Dude, your wife is awesome. My wife sees baseball on TV and says nothing more than “Ugh… I’ll be reading, see you tomorrow”

      The Summer is lonely up here at Chateu Geee

  • Pseudoyanks

    Francisco’s time to become a True Yankee (I don’t have a tiny TM I can put in here.)

    • Deathstroke Heathcott

      You can borrow mine, ™. I’d like it back eventually though.

  • Dalek Jeter

    Bunt Fransisco! He’s so terrible! I don’t care that he’s a DH. He’s literally the worst DH in baseball.

    • vicki

      i take back all the jokes i made about johnny damon on the indians last year. his .610ops would be grand right now.

  • Tom

    Wells gettin’ it done.

    Also a nice AB by Cano there. A bit surprising that all Price has thrown Cano has been 2 seam fastballs (9 fastballs over 2 AB’s)

  • Pasta

    Ben the blackhole francisco

  • Mykey

    Feel like Overbay was going to swing at that pitch no matter where it was.

  • Raymond Freemont

    Why is Francisco even wasting a roster spot? He’s not a major league player. You can’t use his spot for Melky Mesa or some other triple a guy? It’s pathetic.

    • Pasta

      Give it to musty musty is starting to play games again.

      • Havok9120

        Yeah, in ExST. Give him a week or so.

  • Eddard

    If you’ve got one job and you can’t do it then you shouldn’t be on the ballclub. Fransisco should be off the team by the time they head back to NY.

  • Chilango

    Fuck Ben Francisco. Should have had him bunting.

    • trr

      or just stick his fucking arm out over the plate and hope it gets hit + the ump gives him first

  • Robinson Tilapia

    It’s Ben Francisco Day on RAB! All Ben, all the time!

    • trr

      amazing how quickly he’s become everyone’s least favorite player.
      I mean,maybe he’s a nice guy, you know?

  • Vern Sneaker

    “No, you must be Don Francisco’s sister.” (Woody Allen’s “Love and Death”). Except our Francisco isn’t funny.

  • Dalek Jeter

    Ha, this is totally the inning Hughes needed if he wanted to go deep into the game.

  • Eddard

    2 pitches 2 outs! Now watch Phil throw 12 pitches to this guy.

  • Dalek Jeter

    4 pitch inning! Nice!

  • MannyGeee

    Holy shit did Hughes need a 4 pitch inning there.

  • Mykey

    That inning pleases me.

  • jtb

    Wonderful roster full of nobodies that Cashman has built. Francisco and Overbay…a $231m payroll aint exactly what it used to be. Cashman sure does love signing those players that either strikeout, pop out, hit into a GIDP or hit a HR, which of course, leads to a bunch of bums that hit .250. Right up Cashman’s alley. 15 years of the same repetitive JUNK. This goes right along with our pitchers that can’t get anyone one with 0-2 count. On 0-2 counts are hitters hit into double plays and our pitchers conversely give up HR’s and down-the-line doubles. You would have to be blind NOT to see this.

  • Pasta

    Bring up romine as third catcher and as much as we use our 5th outfielder.

  • Chilango

    Maybe Phil has figured out that TB’s lineup is TB’s lineup.

  • Eddard

    Chris Stewart continues to mash. Now bunt him over and drive him in.

  • Pasta

    Stewiw says now i 1st catcher cervelli had itbfor a record 5 days.

  • Dalek Jeter

    If Ichiro isn’t running he is just a fail of a player.

    • your mom

      Wait a minute…….

  • heismanziel

    It really sucks that the mavs aren’t in the playoffs this year. But.. I really am enjoying getting to watch Kidd, Chandler, Terry, Butler, all get their chance at another ring. I love Tyson Chandler. That dude single handily changed our 10+ year identity of being too soft.

  • Mykey

    So… Did the ump think that was a force?

    • Dalek Jeter

      I was about to destroy the ump, but he got it right, the 2nd baseman got Ichiro on the hand before the foot hit the bag.

      • Mykey

        Yeah, I posted that before the replay.

  • Pasta

    Ichiro running like a molina there wow think jeter beats that throw boot and all.

  • Vern Sneaker

    Embarrassing. How blind is that.

  • Eddard

    God these umps are bad. He was under the tag. God they’re bad. Get thrown out, Joe. That’s two bad calls on the bases.

  • MannyGeee

    Holy shit. Shit upon a shit cracker. I would not think that Ichiro was nearly as out as Jennings was an inning ago. Not his fault since Nix swung at BALL FOUR AND BALL FUCKING FIVE in that at bat, but here we are.

    • MannyGeee

      Also of note, head first and Ichiro is in no doubt.

    • Tom

      That’s one of the problems with sending the runner… a batter might expand the zone a bit on a marginal pitch (especially 3-1, 3-2 you obviously have to protect on anything close)

      I have no problem sending him with the count full, but sending the runner 3-1 puts the batter in a bit of a defensive position thinking he needs to swing if it’s a close pitch. I’d rather just let the hitter look for a specific zone/pitch type and sit on something (especially a pitcher of Price’s qualty) rather than thinking about protecting the runner.

      • MannyGeee

        All this being said, ball four was at the ankles and ball 5 was at the eyes. I do not disagree with you except for the inclination that either of those shit pitches were close or marginal.

  • Anderson Silva

    Thats about as bad as player can play. If his name wasnt Ichiro he would not play.

    • Dalek Jeter

      +100000 If he was any other player he might have gotten a minor league contract and probably wouldn’t made the team out of spring training.

      • MannyGeee

        In fairness, he was hitting the shit out of the ball in the spring. He would have made the team regardless, methinks.

  • OldYanksFan

    He looked safe to me. Foot was in.

    Apropos of yesterday’s ‘discussion’ on whether Cano was/id using PEDs, did everyone see the Biogenesis/Cano article on ESPN?

    Somewhat of a smoking gun.

    • MannyGeee

      Smoking gun that the spokeswoman for his foundation thinks she has a fat ass. Here’s a hint for all you guys who aren’t married… This is not what we’d call a ‘smoking gun’.

      Wait for the surprised look on my face when you tell me a woman thought she was overweight and was looking for a quick weight loss trick.

      • OldYanksFan

        At a clinic known by Baseball players for PEDs? Maybe. Maybe she was just having lunch with Mrs. Biogenesis. It certainly ain’t proof. But it ain’t a good sign either. There are tens of thousands of Nutritionists/Weight Loss Centers. Why that one?

        And what if she ain’t fat?

        It’s not a good thing. Shut your eyes if you can’t stand to look.

        • Havok9120

          How can anyone be so insufferable as to tell me that I’m “refusing to look at the obvious” (or variations thereof) when I point out that the connection is, at best, tenuous? Where do people get such a belief in their own rectitude?

          I know such people exist but it makes absolutely no sense to me.

        • Robinson Tilapia

          Other baseball players used it. They recommended it. It happens. Lots of players have connections in Miami.

          My stepsister is an independent travel agent in Miami. She once booked a trip for Maglio Ordonez. He liked her. All of a sudden, she’s booked trips for several major leaguers, including Robbie. With so many travel agents in this world, plus just using Kayak like everyone else…..

        • Improbable Island’s Dirty Midget Whores (formerly RRR)

          Wait…is there any new development at all? Because this doesn’t sound like a new development.

          • Havok9120

            Not as far as I can tell.

  • Chilango

    On the replay he looks out. But Nix should not have swung.

  • Steve D Fl

    Ichiro was safe and that was ball 4 imo

  • Eddard

    It would be such a shame to waste 2 good Phil Hughes outings in a row. They just need to push 1 more run across the board and get Phil through 6. Joba, Drob and Mo to close.

  • Dalek Jeter

    OH EMM GG HUGHES IZ AWEFUL RIGHT GUYZ?!

  • Dalek Jeter

    Wow…Robbie!!

    • MannyGeee

      Great play from the man.

  • Chilango

    Robbie!

  • Eddard

    Good play by Cano, I thought for sure that would be an infield single and then Phil would implode.

  • Anthony

    Hughes is doing pretty well so far. Hope that’s more of him finding his stroke than a product of the Rays’ offense. Yanks have gotta help him out.

  • Eddard

    If we’re going to push another run across it’s going to have to be these top 4. Everyone else is useless.

  • heismanziel

    horrible AB by Gardy.

  • Dalek Jeter

    The 0-0 and the 0-2 pitches were balls earlier in the game, now they’re a strike. While it is moderately important whether they are truly strikes or not, what is even more so is a consistent strike zone throughout the game.

  • heismanziel

    Hughes has had good stuff from the get go. I hate to blame umps, but the strike zone killed hughes in the first.

    • Alkaline

      Even still. 7 innings, 2 runs. We should be happy with that every time he goes out.

  • Warren

    So i just got home and turned the game on it looks like this umps zone is enormous. Ive only seen three batters but is it just me/sample size?

    • Dalek Jeter

      Heh, it just expanded greatly, it was the size of a postage stamp earlier on.

  • Chilango

    Price 0-1, 1.6 WHIP, ERA 6.26 ERA+ 61. Until tonight.

    Phil 0-2, 1.79 WHIP, ERA 6.43, ERA+ 64. Until tonight.

  • heismanziel

    Random Question: Is MLB still looking into banning the use of tobacco? I know they banned or tried to ban the use of it during the playoffs a year or two ago. Apparently the players are no longer allowed to use tobacco while partaking in a interview? They must not be paying too much attention, because I saw Boone Logan with a Massive chew in during his post game interview a couple weeks ago.

  • Manny’s BanWagon

    IMO, Ichiro has about 4 weeks to turn this around because when Granderson returns, you gotta think Ichiro is the one who will ride the pine with a starting OF of Grandy, Gardner and Wells (at least until he turns back into a pumpkin)

  • Improbable Island’s Dirty Midget Whores (formerly RRR)

    Well, you can mark me down as one of those people who’s surprised that Hughes made it this far while allowing only one run. It did not look good at all.

  • Dalek Jeter

    I hope Joe sends Hughes out there for the 7th.

  • Vern Sneaker

    Give him credit: Really good outing by Hughes so far.

  • heismanziel

    We really need to score here. I just get the feeling the Rays are going to go yard very soon.

  • Eddard

    One more run will win this. Abandon the Ben Fransisco experiment and PH Hafner, even against Price. Phil has done his job, don’t waste two good starts in a row by losing them both 2-1. Win this one and you’ve got Andy to take the series on the road.

    • Chilango

      Yep. It’s so obvious but what does the binder say?

  • Pasta

    Send up travis

  • Dalek Jeter

    No, Lou it’s just called “being a bad hitter.”

  • heismanziel

    “Well francisco hit a ball pretty hard, even though it was foul, I really like the swings he is taking. Were going to keep going with him and he will produce.”

    • Dalek Jeter

      “Well francisco Benny, Francy, or Franciscoy hit a ball pretty hard, even though it was foul, I really like the swings he is taking. Were going to keep going with him and he will produce.”

      FIFY

      • heismanziel

        hahaha. Can you imagine being on this team, reporting to the stadium every day and having a grown man greet you and say ” Phelpsy, Boeschy,y,y, etc, how you feeling today”

    • forensic

      Girardi’s already well into defense-mode with him. Today’s pregame:

      “I think he’s hit some balls pretty decent,” Girardi said. “We’re going to stick with him. That’s why we brought him here, so we feel that he’s going to get it done. He didn’t get to play a lot in the beginning because we faced a bunch of right-handers. He’ll get it done.”

      Hit some balls pretty decent? That’s about the thinnest defense you can try to make for a player.

  • Pasta

    Dfa dfa dfa

  • Robinson Tilapia

    Randy Wynn was impressed there.

    • Pasta

      This is cody ransome like. Would mesa or almonte do worse hell bring up david adams and when nunez
      Sucks put cano at short and adams at 2nd.

      • Robinson Tilapia

        Huh?

  • http://b-rar.tumblr.com Brendan
  • forensic

    Hey all, Looks like it’s been another sad day on offense, but maybe a positive one from Hughes. Has he been making good pitches or getting away with some meatballs?

    • Dalek Jeter

      Nah, apart from the first inning, nobody has really hit the ball hard against him.

      • Improbable Island’s Dirty Midget Whores (formerly RRR)

        I disagree. A lot of deep flyballs. He’s pitching pretty well but I’d stop short of great.

        • Dalek Jeter

          It’s not like they’ve been crushed, they’ve been lazy, easy fly balls.

          • Improbable Island’s Dirty Midget Whores (formerly RRR)

            Deep in the ballpark though. Normally it’s a pretty bad sign if you’re giving up a lot of flyballs.

            • Dalek Jeter

              Not necessarily, Flyballs, while the type of contact to most likely be a homerun, it’s also the most likely to be an out.

            • Robinson Tilapia

              That’s what Phil Hughes often looks like.

    • http://b-rar.tumblr.com Brendan

      He’s served up a couple gopherballs, Kelly Johnson crushed one that was just foul. But for the most part he’s had this lineup off-balance all game.

      This home plate ump has been squeezing him and he’s effectively had to get four outs a couple different innings.

  • Havok9120

    What the heck is with this strikezone?

    • Dalek Jeter

      It breathes, it inhales and expands in the top of innings and exhales and contracts in the bottom of innings.

  • Pasta

    Where is joba

  • heismanziel

    If we get out of this inning without giving up a run, we will win this game.

  • Pasta

    Kayem hotdogs taste like shit

  • Eddard

    Fly ball Phil is starting to miss his spots. Better get him out soon. One mistake pitch and it’s over.

  • Improbable Island’s Dirty Midget Whores (formerly RRR)

    All right Joe, now it should be Jobber time.

    • Dalek Jeter

      I agree with letting him face Hughes, Hughes has Molina’s number tonight. Give him a chance to get a DP and get through the inning.

      • Dalek Jeter

        Ugh…I was wrong…and Ichiro has a TERRIBLE release.

        • Improbable Island’s Dirty Midget Whores (formerly RRR)

          And now I have the benefit of being able to reasonably deny 20/20 hindsight!

          Sure, we may lose the game. But hey, at least I get to be smug on the internet! Silver linings!

  • Pasta

    Meatball didnt get crushed

  • heismanziel

    If jose molina gets the game winning rbi…

  • forensic

    “Hughes just stares off his catcher there, didn’t even need to shake him off,” Cone says immediately after Hughes clearly shook his head…

    • forensic

      “Great job of Nix by blocking 3rd base,” Lou says as the replay clearly shows him straddling the base, in no way blocking it.

      Geez, these guys are really on it tonight…

  • flamingo

    Is Gameday broken, or did the A’s really score 13 runs to the Sox’s 0?

  • Pasta

    Yup dont bring in the strike out pitcher

  • Improbable Island’s Dirty Midget Whores (formerly RRR)

    Hmmm, bad. What a shame, he should have been taken out a batter earlier. With our shit lineup it’s looking pretty bad for us.

  • http://b-rar.tumblr.com Brendan

    Goddammit.

  • Eddard

    Atrocious job by Girardi. He just sat there. Phil was obviously missing his spots. He was done. And now he’s going to lose again 2-1.

  • Improbable Island’s Dirty Midget Whores (formerly RRR)

    GREAT play by Nix, though.

  • Dalek Jeter

    Ichiro has hands down the worst release I’ve ever seen. Damon might have had a bad arm, but at least he got rid of the ball quickly, Ichiro always seems to double clutch.

  • Raymond Freemont

    They can’t get out of that “stadium” soon enough. Just hate everything about Tampa.

  • Pasta

    You let the fat stinky guy beat you . Pathetic

  • Eddard

    Joe needs to realize that Nova and Hughes aren’t the other starters, they should have a shorter rope. Joe let them go and probably lost us 2 ballgames. With our offense a 2-1 deficit might as well be 20-1.

  • Dalek Jeter

    TAKE A FUCKING PITCH

  • Chilango

    Could have been worse I guess. But Hughes should not even have started the seventh. Can’t wait for the postgame binder bullshit.

  • Pasta

    Was that on hughes or stewart with that bone head three strait fastballs the same place

    • Dalek Jeter

      There is such a thing as the hitter just getting lucky and pushing the ball the other way, keeping it fair.

  • Dalek Jeter

    Again, if Ichiro doesn’t attempt to steal this AB he’s a fai.

  • Dalek Jeter

    NIXIE!!!!!!!!!

  • Improbable Island’s Dirty Midget Whores (formerly RRR)

    Nice baserunning Ich’!

  • Anthony

    Nice hustle by Ichiro… lets drive ‘em in.

  • Robinson Tilapia

    Suzyn Waldman did call Jayson Nix a “baseball player” after that play. I know Plouffy hates it when she does that, but I get what she means.

    Nix just kept this team within a run from tying. I think that’s huge.

    Nice job by Ichiro there.

    I really hope the Yanks win this. If they don’t, it means all the commenters that came on here saying, “they’ll never beat the two lefties” were right and Eddard and I were wrong.

    That’s what I get.

    Fuck you, Eddard.

  • Pasta

    Gardner nunez have to hit here

  • Dalek Jeter

    Yay small ball!!

  • Improbable Island’s Dirty Midget Whores (formerly RRR)

    YES

  • Eddard

    ICHIRO AND NIX, WHO KNEW? Let’s get them home!

  • Robinson Tilapia

    BOOM. Love it.

  • Pasta

    Ichiro bails out girardi.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      Wow. That is just ass dumb.

      Are we really going to get on Girardi for letting Hughes finish that inning? Every manager in baseball gives a starter pitching the way Hughes was the benefit of the doubt sometimes.

      I’d have started the bullpen once he walked the lead-off guy too, but isn’t some major managerial offense.

      • Improbable Island’s Dirty Midget Whores (formerly RRR)

        Oh, come on. Don’t ruin my chance to be a smug shit on the internet.

        • Robinson Tilapia

          They’ll be plenty of chances.

          Some people think I’m a smug shit on here every damn day.

      • Chilango

        I don’t agree. Girardi does the same thing over and over, he leaves in his starter just long enough to give up the runs—ok,maybe start Hughes for the 7th but yank him BEFORE there are two men on base.

        • Dalek Jeter

          I wouldn’t have had a problem pulling him after the first baserunner, but he owns Molina so I understand leaving him in there.

        • Robinson Tilapia

          Yup, he’s the only manager who leaves his pitcher a batter too long sometimes. No one else does that. Just Joe.

          • Chilango

            You said sometimes. I say –especially with Nova and Hughes–almost ALWAYS. See the difference?

        • Havok9120

          Everyone, including yourself if I recall correctly, bitched him out horribly for pulling Kuroda over the weekend.

          Every manager gets a reputation for either pulling his starters too early or too late because the times it doesn’t work stick so much stronger than the times it does and there IS no middle ground.

          • Chilango

            Didn’t do it. Wasn’t me. I swear

      • Dalek Jeter

        I said list shortly after the WBC, just saying. Havok said not yet.

        • Havok9120

          ‘Tis true.

  • Chilango

    That works. Better than a safety squeeze because Gardner can’t bunt

  • jtb

    Yup the idiot Hughes can’t get out Molina, the bigger idiot Girardi doesn’t go to the bullpen because the BIGGEST idiot Cashman can’t build one with $231m.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      Not even trying to hide it, eh?

    • http://b-rar.tumblr.com Brendan

      He’s got like $125m of it on the DL though.

      This fanbase has got some perspective-lacking whiners, I swear. Hang out with Cubs fans for a week.

      • Havok9120

        You’re really extending him the benefit of the doubt by insinuating he’s a fan given the handful of posts the guy’s made.

        • Dalek Jeter

          And I was gonna mention in the postgame thread how awesome it was that everybody O:S’d this douche w/o talking about it. This Douche, clearly jtb.

        • Dalek Jeter

          And I was gonna mention in the postgame thread how awesome it was that everybody O:S’d this douche w/o talking about it. This Douche, clearly jtb.

          • Havok9120

            I just assumed everyone recognized him. This is not that screenie’s first set of appearances.

            • Dalek Jeter

              Really? I never noticed him before…then again a lot of these guys just blur together.

              • Havok9120

                “Rare” doesn’t begin to describe him. It wouldn’t shock me at all if he’s a Rays fan and only comes for the occasional game against them. It’d explain his intermittent appearances at least.

    • Alkaline

      lol

  • Eddard

    Well they tied it up at least. One hit is all we need, Nuney.

  • Robinson Tilapia

    That’s your boy, Eddard.

  • http://b-rar.tumblr.com Brendan

    “hitterish” is not a word, Lou, and frankly it kinda sounds like a racial slur coming out of you.

  • Eddard

    Nuney just can’t get that big hit. He is becoming more hitterish though so that’s something.

    • Havok9120

      When Eddard is using sarcasm on you, you know you’ve really screwed up.

  • Winter

    I’ve been following on my phone on and off to this point. What have I missed?

    • Robinson Tilapia

      Hughes had a shit first inning, but limited the damage and really calmed down. Seemed to tire in the seventh, and a leadoff walk came around to score. Nix made a heads-up play to catch James Loney trying to get to third on the scoring single and really limit the damage that inning. Yanks manufactured a run in the 8th to tie it.

      The name “Ben Francisco” was uttered here about as often on here as “Malkovich” was in that awesome scene inside his head in “Being John Malkovich.”

      • Dalek Jeter

        In defense of the commenting public, Francisco has looked 2012 Andruw Jones bad.

        • Robinson Tilapia

          I’ll raise you a “Randy Wynn as a Yankee” bad.

          • Dalek Jeter

            I’ll see your Randy Winn and raise you a Tony Womack.

            • Robinson Tilapia

              That’s exactly where I was headed next.

              • Havok9120

                Dalek wins.

              • Dalek Jeter

                If you kept going my next stop was Eric Almonte.

                • Robinson Tilapia

                  Wouldn’t have fit. Young guy over his head. Not vet seemingly running on fumes before his time.

                  • Dalek Jeter

                    True.

        • JRod

          I think we need to keep looking for opportunities to downgrade our current scapegoat platoon of Francisco/Nix. There’s just got to be better depth out there.

      • Winter

        Thanks. Now if only MLB.tv would start working…

  • Eddard

    And I don’t care if Price pitches the 9th, Ben Fransisco should not take another AB as a Yankee. Hafner should PH regardless of the pitcher.

    • http://b-rar.tumblr.com Brendan

      cosign.

  • Pasta

    Robertson is broken

    • Pasta

      Or not best curveball this season

    • Robinson Tilapia

      Funny definition of “broken” there, pal.

  • Anthony

    Nice job D-Rob

  • Improbable Island’s Dirty Midget Whores (formerly RRR)

    Good inning, D-Rob.

    Gotta say, I prefer D-Rob to K-Rob. K-Rob is too close to K-Rod. Houdini isn’t bad, but it sounds kind of weird to call him that sometimes.

  • Pasta

    Other guys then francisco we would rather see up now
    Hefner
    Boesh
    CCSAbathia

    • sangreal

      I would rather see Cody Ransom

    • YankeesJunkie

      Don’t forget Rivera!

    • Tom

      As good as Rodney is, this is a bit of a curious move by Maddon.

      • Tom

        Damn reply fail…

    • forensic

      Eddie Gaedel
      Me

      • Robinson Tilapia

        stuart a

  • Pasta

    Hefner please

  • Anthony

    Wow that was a great sequence

  • Eddard

    Get Hafner in that on deck circle. If Maddon is wise he’ll leave in Price because Girardi will happily trot Fransisco to the plate.

  • Robinson Tilapia

    Pronk’s on deck in place of Francisco. And the site begins to profusely masturbate in unison.

    • Pseudoyanks

      You got a camera in my condo???

  • Pasta

    Cano more stolen bases than gardner lol

  • Dalek Jeter

    Wow…Robbie…what in gods name were you thinking? Thank god you are safe.

  • Eddard

    Cano SB! Please don’t walk Hafner.

  • Havok9120

    Well that was unfortunate. I think Brooks has that first one as the highest strike of the night for what it’s worth.

  • Eddard

    I knew they’d walk him when Robbie stole that base. Damn.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      Eddard: Soothsayer.

      PLEASE change your tag to that for a day.

  • Pasta

    You could pinch hit boesh here he can play 1st

    • Havok9120

      There’s no reason to think he’s a better option.

  • Chilango

    Kinda figured that was going to happen

  • forensic

    Come on Overbay, dump a little blooper in there.

  • Robinson Tilapia

    Lyle looks *slightly* overmatched here.

    • Chilango

      See now you shit on Eddard for stating the obvious and then well…Lyle works a walk.

      • Robinson Tilapia

        I love Eddard like a younger, slightly off brother. You leave me and Eddard out of this.

  • Dalek Jeter

    C’mon Loverbay!!

  • Robinson Tilapia

    “Chris Stewart is on deck.”

    And they all go limp.

  • forensic

    Please PH Cervelli here!!!

  • Robinson Tilapia

    Bases loaded. Chris Stewart.

    Never let it be said that God lacks a sense of humor.

  • http://b-rar.tumblr.com Brendan

    Oh good let’s put this game into Chris Stewart’s hands.

  • Dalek Jeter

    Can we please get a pinch hit here? I don’t trust Stewie in this scenario.

  • Tom

    Helluva AB there…

  • JLC 776

    Alright, Yanks. Make these fuckers and their cowbells pay. Please.

  • Eddard

    BALL 4! If their dumpy catcher can get the go ahead hit so can ours. Go Stewart!

  • flamingo

    C’mon.

  • forensic

    Ugh, leaving him in there. That was predictably terrible Girardi. Way to sleep through the inning…

  • Eddard

    Overbay was overmatched by the FB. He should keep throwing it to these bad hitters.

  • Pasta

    Stewie fail rather sqeezed bunt.

  • Robinson Tilapia

    Oh fuck you, James Loney.

    Jayson Nix can never have nice things, can he.

  • Dalek Jeter

    Over or under 2 pitches in this AB?

  • Tom

    Is Cervelli hurt? How in the hell can Chris Stewart be hitting here?

  • SDB

    ICHIRO!

  • YankeesJunkie

    ICHIRO!!!!

  • Improbable Island’s Dirty Midget Whores (formerly RRR)

    I’d rather he have put in anybody else but Stewart there. Except maybe Ben Francisco. But seriously, anybody. Won’t bash him for it though.

    ICHIRO!!!

  • Pseudoyanks

    Yes!

  • JLC 776

    ICHIRO!

  • Dalek Jeter

    YEAH ICHIRO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Pasta

      Hypocrite

      • Dalek Jeter

        Just because I don’t like that he’s starting doesn’t mean I can’t be happy when he succeeds. By that logic forensic should actively root against Hughes, but he’s just as happy he was good tonight as anybody else.

      • Havok9120

        I believe you misunderstand either the meaning of the word or his excitement at taking the lead.

  • forensic

    Yeah Ichiro!!!!!

  • Pasta

    Ichibomb!!!!!!!!!!

  • Anthony

    Ichiro!!!!

  • Robinson Tilapia

    ICHIRO!!!!!!!!

    Look, he even just mouthed, “Suck my nuts, Axisa” as he reached first.

    • Anthony

      lmao

    • FEED.ME.MORE!

      I laughed so hard reading that.

    • JLC 776

      I’m pulling the .gif now.

    • Improbable Island’s Dirty Midget Whores (formerly RRR)

      Hahaha, that one definitely made me grin. Well played.

  • Chicken Arm Stewart

  • http://b-rar.tumblr.com Brendan

    EEECH!

  • FEED.ME.MORE!

    ICHIRO!!!!!

  • flamingo

    YES!

  • Eddard

    ICHIRO HAS DONE IT! I TAKE BACK EVERY BAD WORD I SAID ABOUT HIM!!!!!!

    • Havok9120

      So are you back to loving him like during the Spring and offseason?

      • Eddard

        Always have loved him. He was hitting less than .200 and looked lifeless at the plate. He’s looked better of late.

  • Tom

    This time Ichiro really bailed Girardi’s ass out…

  • oldmanalex

    Can’t believe he swung at the first pitch, damn.. Hopefully this guy is back!

  • BigBlueAL

    Doesnt matter now but why in the hell was Stewart allowed to hit?? Boesch or Cervelli hurt??

    • FEED.ME.MORE!

      Stewie and his .350 BA not impressing you?

  • Alkaline

    lol awesome Ichiro

  • Dalek Jeter

    Thanks Ichiro, the crow is delicious tonight!

    • forensic

      May I say “Told you so”?

      ;-)

      Gotta have faith in him. Far better option than Boesch.

      • Dalek Jeter

        I hope he makes me look like an ass for the rest of the season.

  • Pasta

    Ichiro should do the arrow shoot at rodney lol

  • forensic

    Couldn’t do this against a better pitcher either. Loving it!

    • Dalek Jeter

      Yup, he’s up there with Valverde.

      • Havok9120

        Those two and Paplebon. Probably no other pitchers I actively root against every time I see them (as opposed to just when they’re playing the Yanks).

    • SDB

      No arrow shooting tonight!

  • Dale Mohorcic

    Beating Fernando Rodney is always a pleasant bonus.

    • FEED.ME.MORE!

      He hasn’t reach Papelbon/Valverde level of Doosh-hatred yet. Not even close.

    • http://b-rar.tumblr.com Brendan

      +1 for the handle

  • Eddard

    Why would Rodney even throw the change to Nix on 3-2. Blow him away.

  • Get Phelps Up

    And Rodney has now allowed as many runs this season as he did in all of 2012.

  • Eddard

    If Mo can close this out we’ll be guaranteed a .500 road trip, and we’ve still got a shot at the series win with the pitching matchup tipping back in our favor for the series finale.

  • Pasta

    Ichiro will be fine when the weather warms up. Old japanse guy no like the cold. He will hit again

  • FEED.ME.MORE!

    MO? Hello….Mo?

  • Improbable Island’s Dirty Midget Whores (formerly RRR)

    Yeesh. Good thing we were up by a couple.

  • Dalek Jeter

    Damnit Mo. I need you to be flawless this season!

  • forensic

    Well Mo, that was far from an ideal start to the inning…

    No bueno.

  • Robinson Tilapia

    Uhhh.

    That’s what I get for leaving the site to update my resume.

  • Havok9120

    Well that’s unfortunate.

  • Pasta

    Scoutting or stealing pitches he knew right where the pitch was going

  • Robinson Tilapia

    WWWM

    • Havok9120

      Nah. Not even close to that yet.

      • Robinson Tilapia

        Of course.

  • Cervelli is the Man

    Loving this, go MO!!!!!

  • Chilango

    Well that’s no good Mo

  • FEED.ME.MORE!

    FUCKIN GIRARDI! You manage by the binder and bring in this dude after Robertson dominated? WTF! Fire his ass!

    #IrrationalFan’d

    • Troll

      It’s actually not that irrational. If only a few more managers learned to stick with the hot hand . . . even if it means taking a couple of outs out of Mariano Rivera’s glove.

    • Havok9120

      Well done.

  • Havok9120

    There are very few other pitchers where that homer doesn’t make me cringe and maybe doubt our chances.

    Reward my faith Mo.

    • Improbable Island’s Dirty Midget Whores (formerly RRR)

      Yeah, it’s true. My reaction to the HR wasn’t really fear. It was more like, “Boy, if we weren’t up by two, me might actually lose”. I still assumed we were going to win.

      And hey, we were both right! Can I be a smug ass on the internet again?

      I doubt it, actually. I think most fans thought like we did.

      • Havok9120

        Oh yeah. I’m willing to bet that when I go over and read the Game Thread on DRaysBay even they’ll be saying that they don’t expect it to matter that he gave up a homer.

  • forensic

    And that ball drops in if Boesch is out there in RF instead of Ichiro, just like the triple last night.

  • BigBlueAL

    Not nice of Mo to tease the Rays like that.

    • SDB

      The worst thing you can do to someone is just give them hope. Loved it!

    • Pasta

      Did he do the bow and arrow?
      Fuck tampa.

      • Get Phelps Up

        The Mo and arrow?


        I’m sorry.

        • Havok9120

          Don’t be. That’s fantastic.

  • JLC 776

    Wow – duck out of the office for a few minutes, come back and there’s already two outs and a run in! Man, Mo works fast!

  • Anthony

    Way to hold it down Mo

  • Robinson Tilapia

    WWWM? NOTHING.

    Best win of the year so far. Loved this.

    Eddard and I were right.

  • Eddard

    There it is, guaranteed a .500 road trip. Pitching matchup tips in our favor tomorrow to go 4-2 on the trip. Not bad for a team decimated by injury.

  • JLC 776

    Can’t say my expectations for this game were very high after Hughes threw 30+ pitches in the first inning! Well done, guys!

  • Tom

    Nice job…. even after the HR it’s amazing how stress free watching is with Mo on the mound.

    I’m surprised more people don’t hack at the first pitch from Mo… he generally pumps in a strike unless there is a man on, and then starts moving toward the edges from there. Usually that first pitch is the best one you are going to see.

  • Improbable Island’s Dirty Midget Whores (formerly RRR)

    Now that, THAT was a really fun win.

  • FEED.ME.MORE!

    And that’s your ball game folks.

    So I’m wondering, seeing as how we split with Price and Moore (which everyone but Eddard shit their pants about), can we remember that you can’t predict baseball?

    • Eddard

      The thing I was trying to convey to people is that their lineup is just as bad, and these are their regular guys. Wasn’t expecting CC to give up 5 runs but Phil showed just how bad their lineup can be. Hopefully Andy can shut them down tomorrow and we can all sleep easier knowing that Ben Fransisco’s name won’t be on the lineup card.

    • SDB

      And of course, you can’t walk the leadoff man.

    • Deathstroke Heathcott

      Been preaching some YCPB for this matchup all series.

      • Havok9120

        Indeed you have. Well done.

    • Improbable Island’s Dirty Midget Whores (formerly RRR)

      I didn’t really make any predictions at all. I mean, I knew the odds weren’t good, but with the games unplayed what’s the point of making predictions.

  • OldYanksFan

    Ichiro for POTG?

  • Wheels

    Big win.

  • Get Phelps Up

    So we have a really good chance to win this series.

  • forensic

    Very nice win! And in a poor pitching matchup too.

  • BigBlueAL

    Things were looking bleak for the Yankees and Knicks tonight 40 mins ago. Alot has changed since then lol.

  • Dalek Jeter

    Best win of the early season I’d say.

    • Improbable Island’s Dirty Midget Whores (formerly RRR)

      I think so. I vaguely remember one other win that was really cool but I can’t recall the specific game.

      • Improbable Island’s Dirty Midget Whores (formerly RRR)

        Oh yeah, we came back from 3 runs in the eighth or something. Still can’t think of the specific game.