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

473 Comments»

  1. Dalek Jeter says:

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

  2. Eddard says:

    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 says:

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

      • Eddard says:

        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 says:

          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.

  3. hogsmog says:

    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 says:

      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.

  4. Dalek Jeter says:

    Ugh…Lou.

  5. capitalT says:

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

  6. Dalek Jeter says:

    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?

  7. Wheels says:

    We need to win tonight.

  8. Jorge Brosada says:

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

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

  9. Dalek Jeter says:

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

    • WhittakerWalt says:

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

    • Pseudoyanks says:

      lunatic

    • Havok9120 says:

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

      • Dalek Jeter says:

        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 says:

          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 says:

          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.

  10. Chilango says:

    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.

  11. Dalek Jeter says:

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

  12. Chilango says:

    Like Price needs any help wtf

  13. Chilango says:

    Noonie spoils the no-no yay

  14. Hans Moleman says:

    Take notes, Gardy.

  15. Eddard says:

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

  16. Mykey says:

    Runner in scoring position?

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

  17. Dalek Jeter says:

    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.

  18. TomH says:

    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.

  19. Mykey says:

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

  20. Anderson Silva says:

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

  21. Wheels says:

    Wow, the Trop is empty.

  22. SeventhAce says:

    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 says:

      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 says:

      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.

  23. Vern Sneaker says:

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

  24. Dalek Jeter says:

    Jennings just went as far as Gardner did.

  25. Anderson Silva says:

    Hughes roller coaster, here we go!

  26. MickeyP says:

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

  27. Eddard says:

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

  28. Eddard says:

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

  29. Anderson Silva says:

    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.

  30. Dalek Jeter says:

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

  31. BigBlueAL says:

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

  32. Havok9120 says:

    Oy.

  33. SeventhAce says:

    How many runs are the UMPs going to score tonight?

  34. Chilango says:

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

  35. Dalek Jeter says:

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

    • MickeyP says:

      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.

  36. Aera says:

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

  37. Chilango says:

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

  38. Vern Sneaker says:

    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.

  39. Pseudoyanks says:

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

  40. your mom says:

    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 says:

      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 says:

      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.

  41. Eddard says:

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

  42. your mom says:

    Well at least Boston is getting blown out early.

  43. Dalek Jeter says:

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

  44. Eddard says:

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

  45. Wheels says:

    Alright.

  46. SeventhAce says:

    I’ll take that.

  47. LK says:

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

  48. YankeesJunkie says:

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

  49. Anderson Silva says:

    Nice job escaping that jam with minimal damage.

  50. your mom says:

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

  51. Tom says:

    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 says:

      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.

  52. Eddard says:

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

  53. your mom says:

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

  54. A-Rod's Middleman says:

    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.

  55. Gustavo says:

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

  56. LK says:

    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.

  57. SeventhAce says:

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

  58. Mykey says:

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

  59. heismanziel says:

    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 says:

      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 says:

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

    • Chilango says:

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

  60. Alkaline says:

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

    • Dalek Jeter says:

      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.

  61. Alkaline says:

    I think we win 5-3.

  62. your mom says:

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

  63. Tom says:

    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.

  64. Havok9120 says:

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

  65. Dalek Jeter says:

    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.

  66. heismanziel says:

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

  67. ClayDavis says:

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

  68. Dalek Jeter says:

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

  69. Mel says:

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

  70. Get Phelps Up says:

    Embedded Yankee Aceves at work again.

  71. Anderson Silva says:

    Nix reached. Time to do some damage!

  72. YankeesJunkie says:

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

  73. Mykey says:

    Phil just can’t make it easy.

  74. heismanziel says:

    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.

  75. Mykey says:

    Ughh, he was out. Clearly.

  76. Chilango says:

    Out by a foot.

  77. ClayDavis says:

    Wow umps

  78. MannyGeee says:

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

  79. Vern Sneaker says:

    Is that pink nail polish on Stewart?

  80. Tom from England says:

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

    Chris Stewart is the best defensive catcher in baseball.

  81. SeventhAce says:

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

  82. YankeesJunkie says:

    More singles like that!!!!

  83. MannyGeee says:

    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.

  84. Mykey says:

    Does he steal again?

  85. heismanziel says:

    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 says:

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

      • heismanziel says:

        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.

  86. Mykey says:

    There ya go.

  87. Dalek Jeter says:

    Nice run-and-hit!!!

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

  88. Pasta says:

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

  89. Chilango says:

    Run and hit nice

  90. Anthony says:

    Sweet. Small ball!

  91. Dalek Jeter says:

    Nice!!! Well done Vernon!

  92. Mykey says:

    Huzzah.

  93. Chilango says:

    Nice piece of hitting.

  94. Eddard says:

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

  95. Robinson Tilapia says:

    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.”

  96. Pseudoyanks says:

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

  97. Dalek Jeter says:

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

    • vicki says:

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

  98. Tom says:

    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)

  99. Pasta says:

    Ben the blackhole francisco

  100. Mykey says:

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

  101. Raymond Freemont says:

    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.

  102. Eddard says:

    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.

  103. Chilango says:

    Fuck Ben Francisco. Should have had him bunting.

  104. Robinson Tilapia says:

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

    • trr says:

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

  105. Vern Sneaker says:

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

  106. Dalek Jeter says:

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

  107. Eddard says:

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

  108. Dalek Jeter says:

    4 pitch inning! Nice!

  109. MannyGeee says:

    Holy shit did Hughes need a 4 pitch inning there.

  110. Mykey says:

    That inning pleases me.

  111. jtb says:

    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.

  112. Pasta says:

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

  113. Chilango says:

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

  114. Eddard says:

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

  115. Pasta says:

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

  116. Dalek Jeter says:

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

  117. heismanziel says:

    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.

  118. Mykey says:

    So… Did the ump think that was a force?

  119. Pasta says:

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

  120. Vern Sneaker says:

    Embarrassing. How blind is that.

  121. Eddard says:

    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.

  122. MannyGeee says:

    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 says:

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

    • Tom says:

      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 says:

        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.

  123. Anderson Silva says:

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

    • Dalek Jeter says:

      +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 says:

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

  124. OldYanksFan says:

    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 says:

      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 says:

        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 says:

          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 says:

          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) says:

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

  125. Chilango says:

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

  126. Steve D Fl says:

    Ichiro was safe and that was ball 4 imo

  127. Eddard says:

    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.

  128. Dalek Jeter says:

    OH EMM GG HUGHES IZ AWEFUL RIGHT GUYZ?!

  129. Dalek Jeter says:

    Wow…Robbie!!

  130. Chilango says:

    Robbie!

  131. Eddard says:

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

  132. Anthony says:

    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.

  133. Eddard says:

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

  134. heismanziel says:

    horrible AB by Gardy.

  135. Dalek Jeter says:

    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.

  136. heismanziel says:

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

  137. Warren says:

    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?

  138. Chilango says:

    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.

  139. heismanziel says:

    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.

  140. Manny's BanWagon says:

    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)

  141. Improbable Island's Dirty Midget Whores (formerly RRR) says:

    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.

  142. Dalek Jeter says:

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

  143. Vern Sneaker says:

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

  144. heismanziel says:

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

  145. Eddard says:

    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.

  146. Pasta says:

    Send up travis

  147. Dalek Jeter says:

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

  148. heismanziel says:

    “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 says:

      “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 says:

        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 says:

      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.

  149. Pasta says:

    Dfa dfa dfa

  150. Robinson Tilapia says:

    Randy Wynn was impressed there.

  151. forensic says:

    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 says:

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

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

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

    • Brendan says:

      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.

  152. Havok9120 says:

    What the heck is with this strikezone?

    • Dalek Jeter says:

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

  153. Pasta says:

    Where is joba

  154. heismanziel says:

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

  155. Pasta says:

    Kayem hotdogs taste like shit

  156. Eddard says:

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

  157. Improbable Island's Dirty Midget Whores (formerly RRR) says:

    All right Joe, now it should be Jobber time.

    • Dalek Jeter says:

      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 says:

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

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

          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!

  158. Pasta says:

    Meatball didnt get crushed

  159. heismanziel says:

    If jose molina gets the game winning rbi…

  160. forensic says:

    “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 says:

      “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…

  161. flamingo says:

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

  162. Pasta says:

    Yup dont bring in the strike out pitcher

  163. Improbable Island's Dirty Midget Whores (formerly RRR) says:

    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.

  164. Eddard says:

    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.

  165. Improbable Island's Dirty Midget Whores (formerly RRR) says:

    GREAT play by Nix, though.

  166. Dalek Jeter says:

    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.

  167. Raymond Freemont says:

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

  168. Pasta says:

    You let the fat stinky guy beat you . Pathetic

  169. Eddard says:

    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.

  170. Dalek Jeter says:

    TAKE A FUCKING PITCH

  171. Chilango says:

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

  172. Pasta says:

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

    • Dalek Jeter says:

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

  173. Dalek Jeter says:

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

  174. Dalek Jeter says:

    NIXIE!!!!!!!!!

  175. Improbable Island's Dirty Midget Whores (formerly RRR) says:

    Nice baserunning Ich’!

  176. Anthony says:

    Nice hustle by Ichiro… lets drive ‘em in.

  177. Robinson Tilapia says:

    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.

  178. Pasta says:

    Gardner nunez have to hit here

  179. Dalek Jeter says:

    Yay small ball!!

  180. Improbable Island's Dirty Midget Whores (formerly RRR) says:

    YES

  181. Eddard says:

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

  182. Robinson Tilapia says:

    BOOM. Love it.

  183. Pasta says:

    Ichiro bails out girardi.

    • Robinson Tilapia says:

      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) says:

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

      • Chilango says:

        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 says:

          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 says:

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

        • Havok9120 says:

          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.

      • Dalek Jeter says:

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

  184. Chilango says:

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

  185. jtb says:

    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 says:

      Not even trying to hide it, eh?

    • Brendan says:

      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 says:

        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 says:

          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 says:

          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 says:

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

            • Dalek Jeter says:

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

              • Havok9120 says:

                “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 says:

      lol

  186. Eddard says:

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

  187. Robinson Tilapia says:

    That’s your boy, Eddard.

  188. Brendan says:

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

  189. Eddard says:

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

  190. Winter says:

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

  191. Eddard says:

    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.

  192. Pasta says:

    Robertson is broken

  193. Anthony says:

    Nice job D-Rob

  194. Improbable Island's Dirty Midget Whores (formerly RRR) says:

    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.

  195. Pasta says:

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

  196. Pasta says:

    Hefner please

  197. Anthony says:

    Wow that was a great sequence

  198. Eddard says:

    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.

  199. Robinson Tilapia says:

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

  200. Pasta says:

    Cano more stolen bases than gardner lol

  201. Dalek Jeter says:

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

  202. Eddard says:

    Cano SB! Please don’t walk Hafner.

  203. Havok9120 says:

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

  204. Eddard says:

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

  205. Pasta says:

    You could pinch hit boesh here he can play 1st

  206. Chilango says:

    Kinda figured that was going to happen

  207. forensic says:

    Come on Overbay, dump a little blooper in there.

  208. Robinson Tilapia says:

    Lyle looks *slightly* overmatched here.

  209. Dalek Jeter says:

    C’mon Loverbay!!

  210. Robinson Tilapia says:

    “Chris Stewart is on deck.”

    And they all go limp.

  211. forensic says:

    Please PH Cervelli here!!!

  212. Robinson Tilapia says:

    Bases loaded. Chris Stewart.

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

  213. Brendan says:

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

  214. Dalek Jeter says:

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

  215. Tom says:

    Helluva AB there…

  216. JLC 776 says:

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

  217. Eddard says:

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

  218. flamingo says:

    C’mon.

  219. forensic says:

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

  220. Eddard says:

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

  221. Pasta says:

    Stewie fail rather sqeezed bunt.

  222. Robinson Tilapia says:

    Oh fuck you, James Loney.

    Jayson Nix can never have nice things, can he.

  223. Dalek Jeter says:

    Over or under 2 pitches in this AB?

  224. Tom says:

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

  225. YankeesJunkie says:

    ICHIRO!!!!

  226. Improbable Island's Dirty Midget Whores (formerly RRR) says:

    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!!!

  227. Pseudoyanks says:

    Yes!

  228. JLC 776 says:

    ICHIRO!

  229. Dalek Jeter says:

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

    • Pasta says:

      Hypocrite

      • Dalek Jeter says:

        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 says:

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

  230. forensic says:

    Yeah Ichiro!!!!!

  231. Pasta says:

    Ichibomb!!!!!!!!!!

  232. Anthony says:

    Ichiro!!!!

  233. Robinson Tilapia says:

    ICHIRO!!!!!!!!

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

  234. Chicken Arm Stewart says:

  235. FEED.ME.MORE! says:

    ICHIRO!!!!!

  236. flamingo says:

    YES!

  237. Eddard says:

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

  238. Tom says:

    This time Ichiro really bailed Girardi’s ass out…

  239. oldmanalex says:

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

  240. BigBlueAL says:

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

  241. Alkaline says:

    lol awesome Ichiro

  242. Dalek Jeter says:

    Thanks Ichiro, the crow is delicious tonight!

  243. Pasta says:

    Ichiro should do the arrow shoot at rodney lol

  244. forensic says:

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

  245. Dale Mohorcic says:

    Beating Fernando Rodney is always a pleasant bonus.

  246. Eddard says:

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

  247. Get Phelps Up says:

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

  248. Eddard says:

    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.

  249. Pasta says:

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

  250. FEED.ME.MORE! says:

    MO? Hello….Mo?

  251. Improbable Island's Dirty Midget Whores (formerly RRR) says:

    Yeesh. Good thing we were up by a couple.

  252. Dalek Jeter says:

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

  253. forensic says:

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

    No bueno.

  254. Robinson Tilapia says:

    Uhhh.

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

  255. Havok9120 says:

    Well that’s unfortunate.

  256. Pasta says:

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

  257. Robinson Tilapia says:

    WWWM

  258. Cervelli is the Man says:

    Loving this, go MO!!!!!

  259. Chilango says:

    Well that’s no good Mo

  260. FEED.ME.MORE! says:

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

    #IrrationalFan’d

  261. Havok9120 says:

    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) says:

      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 says:

        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.

  262. forensic says:

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

  263. BigBlueAL says:

    Not nice of Mo to tease the Rays like that.

  264. JLC 776 says:

    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!

  265. Anthony says:

    Way to hold it down Mo

  266. Robinson Tilapia says:

    WWWM? NOTHING.

    Best win of the year so far. Loved this.

    Eddard and I were right.

  267. Eddard says:

    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.

  268. JLC 776 says:

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

  269. Tom says:

    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.

  270. Improbable Island's Dirty Midget Whores (formerly RRR) says:

    Now that, THAT was a really fun win.

  271. FEED.ME.MORE! says:

    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 says:

      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 says:

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

    • Deathstroke Heathcott says:

      Been preaching some YCPB for this matchup all series.

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

      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.

  272. OldYanksFan says:

    Ichiro for POTG?

  273. Wheels says:

    Big win.

  274. Get Phelps Up says:

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

  275. forensic says:

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

  276. BigBlueAL says:

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

  277. Dalek Jeter says:

    Best win of the early season I’d say.

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

      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) says:

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

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