Game 21: No Roofs, No Turf

Granderson takes full swings in cage, could take full batting practice soon
Wang takes the loss in second Triple-A start
(AP Photo/Kathy Willens)
(AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

The Yankees just went 3-3 on a six-game road trip that featured six games on turf and in a stadium with a roof. They’re back home in the Bronx to start a ten-game homestand with fresh air and real grass. Outdoor baseball is the best.

Anyway, the Blue Jays are in town for four games and these games are far more important to them than they are to the Yankees. That doesn’t mean they’re insignificant, but Toronto didn’t make all those moves this winter to finish April in the AL East cellar. They need to put some distance between them and New York while the Bombers are dealing with all their injuries. The Yankees, on the other hand, need to generate some offense after getting shut down by the Rays this week. Unfortunately, they’ll have to do that against a left-hander tonight. Here’s the lineup that will face Mark Buehrle…

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

And on the mound is the 2004 Olympic bronze medalist, Hiroki Kuroda.

It’s a little chilly but otherwise nice and clear in New York. Great night for baseball. The game is scheduled to start at 7:05pm ET and can be seen on YES locally and MLB Network nationally. Enjoy.

Kevin Youkilis Update: Youkilis (back) is not available at all tonight. He tried to take some swings today but he isn’t ready yet. Joe Girardi said this isn’t a DL situation just yet and they are hoping he can return on Saturday.

Derek Jeter Update: Jeter (ankle) held a press conference today that wasn’t newsworthy, really. He said he’ll be back at some point even though he refused to set a specific target date. He’s disappointed by the setback, yadda yadda yadda.

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Granderson takes full swings in cage, could take full batting practice soon
Wang takes the loss in second Triple-A start
  • RobA

    Not expecting much offense either way tonight. Kuroda should be good, and that Yankee lineup is hot garbage, sorry to say.

    I expect you guys to win tonight, but if we can steal one here ai like our chances of taking 3 of 4 vs. you guys.

    • vicki

      that’s enough outta you, canadia.

  • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

    Bad enough Francisco is still in the lineup, but why the need to keep batting him second so he gets more AB’s?

    • Robinson Tilapia

      I’d bat him 12th.

      • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

        Still too high…

        • Robinson Tilapia

          26th?

          • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

            Getting closer.

            • Get Phelps Up

              41st!

              • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

                I can tolerate that.

                • Mattinglyfan03

                  I’d bat Francisco third–in the AAA Scraton/Wilkes-Barre Railroaders’ line-up. Has anyone else noted that Thomas Neal is hitting .339/.382/.435 through his first 62 ABs at AAA? I know hitting AAA pitching is not the same as hitting major league pitching but still, at least he’s hitting somewhere.

                  • Mickey Scheister

                    Didn’t he pull a hammy?

                    • Havok9120

                      He got pulled from the game yesterday. I never heard why.

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

      I think that’s clear… they’re triying to get him going, as unlikely as that may seem.

      FWIW I’d hit Nuñez 2nd.

      • LK

        The 2nd spot is one of the two most important spots in the lineup along with cleanup. I don’t want Francisco or Nunez anywhere near it.

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

          Who do you want, Ichi?? Cano (and Cervie hittin 4th)?

          • LK

            I’d want Cano and Wells hitting 2nd and 4th (which is which doesn’t really matter to me). They’re not going to win or lose this game because of the batting order though.

    • trr

      no Francisco mention until the 3rd post. not bad…

  • Robinson Tilapia

    I thought the Jeter conference was fun, at least. I love his ability to be polite, conversational, but clearly in charge of what he is going to self-disclose or not in his press conference. There aren’t many atheletes who do that as well as Derek.

    I hope we bludgeon Mark Buerhle, just like the old days.

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

      Yeah, Jeter seems like a third lead character from Oceans’ 11, he’d fit right in with Rusty and Dany.

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

    #HIROK

  • JRod

    Hope Youk doesn’t have to go on the DL. April and it already feels like he’s a cornerstone player for us.

  • Josh S.

    And what’s the rationale of batting Ben Francisco 2nd in the lineup? He’s been arguably the worst hitter on the team. That usually gets you moved down in the order. Does he have good numbers against Buerhle? Not that anyone’s hitting that well.

    • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

      He’s been arguably the worst hitter on the team.

      Fixed.

      • Deathstroke Heathcott

        He’s been arguably the worst hitter on the team.

        FixedFixed.

    • RobA

      Everybody has good numbers against Buerle.

      • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

        Not Francisco.
        Career 231/267/231 in 15 PA.

  • Jamie B

    Can someone tell me why Mustelier isn’t up?

    • jjyank

      Because he’s rehabbing in extended spring training?

    • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

      Because he’s injured?

    • Robinson Tilapia

      He’s hurt and about to begin Extended Spring Training. He’ll then report to AAA and will be part of the mix at some point.

      Burrito.

    • Havok9120

      He just got done, being injured and not playing baseball for a month. He’s still getting back in game form in ExST.

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

      Has been hurt since ST, just started rehab, Mike (or somebody) said he should join AAA relatively soon.

  • Get Phelps Up

    Kyle Overbay is the brother of Sam Pearce.

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

      lol

      Kyle “Inning” Overbay.

  • Dalek Jeter

    Two things: Why isn’t Pronk in the lineup? He has better numbers off Buehrle then Francisco. Two, if Youk’s still not healthy DL him and bring up a pitcher, it’s been 6 days now the team’s been working w/ a 24 man roster.

    • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

      The don’t really need another pitcher, and Youk is important enough to the offense right now that they can’t really afford for him to unnecessarily miss several extra days.

      • Havok9120

        Agreed. There’s no one down there now that’s such a necessity that we should put Youk on the DL to get him up here.

        • Dalek Jeter

          #freemonty!

          • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

            I’d like that, but they could just demote one of Kelley, Phelps, or Warren to make that happen. No need for an 8 man bullpen right now.

          • Robinson Tilapia

            Let Monty come up when there’s a spot ready for him to actually win. That might not be so far away with our fine collection of long men at the back of the bullpen.

      • Dalek Jeter

        Can’t they rectoactively place him on the DL? I mean, if they can then he’d only be out 9 more games, at least one of which (tomorrow) he’s not going to be playing anyway, and at least two of which he’s going to need to be getting his timing back anyway, so send him down for a few rehab games. So IMO he’d only really be missing like 6 games, and that’s if their playing every day for the next 9.

        • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

          Right, but if he can come back in the next couple of days, he’d be missing at least 5 games unnecessarily, for the sole purpose of calling somebody up who likely won’t play anyways. I don’t see the point.

        • Havok9120

          Who do we need up here so badly as to make it worth it to have him out of an extra weeks worth of games beyond what they expect him to need?

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

        Yeah, but they can make the DL stint retroactive, right? Although Idk exactly how that works.

        • Robinson Tilapia

          You need some sort of time machine, and hope that old Youk and new Youk don’t wind up in the same place.

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

            Like that car in Back to the future??

            Wait a second is Youk actually Marty McFly??

        • Havok9120

          That’s still leaves him out an extra week longer than they expect him to need.

        • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

          It is retroactive, but you’d force him to miss 15 days (including the time he’s already missed) when he could have possibly only missed about 8 games (if he can actually come back in the next couple of days). I’m not sure any callup would actually even be used in the next couple of days, so why not give it a couple of more days to heal and see if he’s ready at that point?

          • jjyank

            Yeah, I’m with you there. I’m not sure who the Yanks could bring up that could potentially add as much value as him being able to play 6-7 games.

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

              Yeah, no… I was just kinda thinking out loud.

  • Vern Sneaker

    I’d put the Geico gecko 2nd before I’d start Francisco.

    • vicki

      that gecko is the one dude i hate more than frannie.

      • Vern Sneaker

        Really? Why?

        • Robinson Tilapia

          “….I dated a couple of dogs, definitely a couple of hairy gorillas, but the gecko was the WORST…..”

  • Mike HC

    Taking Francisco out of the lineup against lefties and replacing him with fucking anyone, preferably Hafner, would dramatically improve our production vs lefties. Girardi has to at least give us a shot. I know he is not this bad, but even at career averages he is not good.

    • RobA

      Girardi replacing him with Girardi would probably be better.

      • Mike HC

        Hafner is a career .804 hitter against lefties. Cano is a career .790 OPS hitter against lefties. Quick, bench Cano for any righty 2nd base bum fresh off waivers!

  • Eddard

    Batting Francisco anywhere is idiotic but especially 2nd IN BETWEEN the two LHB, Gardner and Cano. We won’t even get to PH Hafner because they’ll bring in a LHP and let him pitch to Francisco. And Girardi is dumb enough to leave Francisco in there. Without Youk, Hafner really can’t PH for Nix because we need him at 3rd.

    • Mike HC

      It is insane that our second best, currently healthy hitter gets benched all the damn time.

  • Vern Sneaker

    Oh great. O’Neill with Kay. Can’t wait to hear about Paul’s new lawn mower and what he likes on his pizza and have Kay interrupt every third pitch to say count’s 2-1 (just like it says on the screen).

    • WhittakerWalt

      I heard a rumor that O’Neill likes to eat a lot.
      I’m just wondering which of them will awkwardly hit on Meredith the most tonight.

  • Commenter from the Future

    WOW. It’s April 25th, 2029! It’s the 16th anniversary of the night Ben Francisco went 5-5 with 12 RBI’s against Mark Buerhle! Do you remember where you were that night!

    What a night that was! The earth swallowed up the Blue Jays afterwards, and it was the same night the Yankees got the Marlins to take Ivan Nova for Giancarlo Stanton.

    Gotta go. President Miley Cyrus is about to speak.

    • jjyank

      Never before have I read a comment that made me both smile and want to vomit at the same time.

      • Commenter from the Future

        I’m really sorry you lost the election to her. I voted for you.

        • jjyank

          I appreciate your support.

          • Alkaline

            I believe in JJyank

            /twoface’d

    • Dalek Jeter

      Ha! I enjoyed this post all the way throughout. Except the last line.

      • Commenter from the Future

        OMG! IT’S YOU!!!!!!

        I had no idea.

        • Dalek Jeter

          …Doctor?! EXTERMINATE

          /god I hope you’re a Whovian.

    • Alkaline

      I thoroughly enjoyed all of this. :D

  • Tom

    Love the caveman platoon approach to the lineup. Lefty pitcher = righty hitter.

    Nevermind Buerhle exhibits virtually no career left/right splits… and even if he did, Hafner might stil be a better option against a lefty.

    Or at least put Hafner in for Ichiro (and put Francisco in RF). At this point the Yankees are effectively carrying 2 DH platoon bats

    • LK

      Yeah, I get why Hafner can’t play everyday, but refusing to play him against ANY lefty starter with the current state of the lineup makes no sense at all.

      • SeventhAce

        Joe “No Clue” Girardi’s school of Coaching.

  • Dalek Jeter

    HiRok! and Cano!

    • Robinson Tilapia

      Yay. I love GameDay Audio lag during game threads.

      • Dalek Jeter

        I’m on Audio too?

  • oldmanalex

    Do people even go see yankee games anymore? That place looks dead lol

    • Robinson Tilapia

      Turn off the Marlin game.

      • oldmanalex

        They still televise those games? I thought your friends and family just chill on the stands rooting for you.

        • Robinson Tilapia

          They may have the Expos’ old owner, but I don’t think they’re at the point yet.

          Bring back the Orange Bowl.

        • oldmanalex

          and the always embarrassing drunk dad gets into a brawl with dads from the opposing team.

  • oldmanalex

    Michael Kay trying to start something over nothing lol

  • Yankeefan

    That Yankee attendance is embarrassing wow. i sure do miss when the old stadium was packed.

    • Mike HC

      The stadium has been empty all year, but I don’t think it is ever been this empty. It should fill up more throughout the night but it is ridiculous right now.

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

    FUCK HIROK!

  • Eddard

    Hiroki needs to get out of this. There’s not much margin for error unless Ben Francisco is going to have a breakout performance.

    • Commenter from the Future

      oh. it’s you.

      CONTACTTHEAUTHORITIESQUICK.

      • Eddard

        Are you like the movie Minority Report where they can tell who is going to commit crimes in the future?

        • Commenter from the Future

          I think you know the answer to that.

          Goodbye, everyone.

  • Rolling Doughnut

    Just got here. 1st inning and Hrock are sill not getting along I see. How did he give up he runs?

    • Robinson Tilapia

      Encarnacion 2-run homer.

      • Rolling Doughnut

        thanks.

      • Alkaline

        Tilapia is a quickyia

    • Alkaline

      HR by Encarnacion.

    • Get Phelps Up

      Ben Francisco 2 run error.

      • Robinson Tilapia

        Ben Francisco two-run breath.

        Brennan Boesch then ran right past Ben’s breath.

  • WhittakerWalt

    Did Francisco just swing through a 79 MPH “heater?”

  • SeventhAce

    I come home to see Ben Fucking Francisco batting second AGAIN. Really? What is the logic behind this? Haven’t they gotten enough data out of this stinking experiment? WHY?!

    • hogsmog

      Yeah I mean, it’s not even like you can argue for enough time to let him regress or something, because he’s historically worse than replacement level.

      • SeventhAce

        And he was never a lefty masher…

  • hogsmog

    Dude come on, at least have the decency to not bat Francisco second. At least Nunez has speed if he does get on, which is still a hell of a lot more than Ben.

    • Rolling Doughnut

      The binder works in mysterious ways.

      • Mike HC

        Makes me wonder if this is a Ron Burgundy situation here where he reads whatever is on the teleprompter without thinking. A division rival got access to the binder and messed with the numbers to make Francisco look like a good start, and Girardi just mindlessly follows the binder.

        Go fuck yourself Yankee fans. I’m Joe Girardi?

  • Alkaline

    Well, time for some SCII

  • Mike HC

    Did Cano look a little injured/tired right before they went to commercial there?

  • Anderson Silva

    I sincerely hope they don’t get shutout by a mediocre pitcher just because he throws with his left hand.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      It’d be much tougher to get shut out by a pitcher you’ve seen the team beat the shit out of 100 times before.

  • vicki

    that sucks hard.

    when i wished for a laugher so i could watch the draft and clippers game i shouldve been more specific.

  • Karl Krawfid

    I mean how many 2 seam fastballs are you gonna throw?

    Shit is non stop.

    Mix the shit up.

  • Anderson Silva

    Hiroki looks terrible. Missing by a mile.

  • WhittakerWalt

    Lawrie with “curious” opposite field power.

  • Eddard

    You could fill the old YS with the empty seats at tonight’s game. It’s a nice night and not a soul is watching the ballgame. Should tell the FO that they need to lower ticket prices so hardworking folk can afford to go to the games.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      And the paid attendance tonight will be much higher than anyone complaining here thinks.

  • jtb1081

    Inexcusable to walk people, our bullpen does it way to frequently. But, even more inexcusable, Cashman not signing Melky Cabrera to come back. Cashman the great GM who loves bums.

    • WhittakerWalt

      Now I know you’re just trolling.

      • Get Phelps Up

        You’re just now figuring this out?

        • WhittakerWalt

          I don’t understand trolling. It doesn’t make any sense to me why someone would waste everyone’s time like that. Maybe I’m just old.

          • Get Phelps Up

            They want attention. Stupid/overly irrational comments will get that.

            • WhittakerWalt

              Yeah, I mean I understand the concept. I just don’t understand the compulsion. Who cares if internet people are paying any attention to your bullshit?
              I’ll just put him on IGNORE.

          • jjyank

            Some people either have no lives, or are really just miserable people. The internet brings out the worst in humanity.

    • http://www.penuel-law.com/ Cuso

      Well…I agree with the first 4 words of this post.

    • Get Phelps Up

      Also in case you’re curious, Melky has a 73 OPS+ this year.

  • http://www.penuel-law.com/ Cuso

    Yuck

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

    Get Warren/Phelps up?

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

      Sorry, Sterling was making it sound like a blod-fest…

  • Get Phelps Up

    Vernon!!

  • vicki

    vernon.

  • Kramerica Industries

    Wow. Dead center field. Yikes.

  • WhittakerWalt

    That’s better.

  • Eddard

    That’s what we need more of in the lineup. Good thing our other HR masher is on the bench.

  • Kramerica Industries

    What is with the carry on these flyballs?

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

    Jesus, Wells totally owns Buehrle.

  • Vern Sneaker

    That was a hell of s a short quick impressive swing by Wells, wasn’t it.

  • Rolling Doughnut

    Wells is .296/.367/.563, partying like it’s 2006

  • WhittakerWalt

    Any time you want to snap out of it, Nuney.

  • Kramerica Industries

    Gee, when do the Yankees get four games to beat up on the Astros?

    • Tom

      I think they have a 3 game series at the end of the month

      • jjyank

        Three games after the Jays series. We play the Astros on Monday.

        • Tom

          Oh, hey… it IS near the end of the month!

          For some reason it still felt like the middle of April.

          • jjyank

            Yeah, you weren’t wrong. I was just pointing out that it’s actually the next series :)

        • Kramerica Industries

          Well, there you go.

          Hope the Yankees beat the shit out of them the way the Red Sox will.

  • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

    Nice play.

  • vicki

    Perfessional Baseball Player.

  • Rolling Doughnut

    Oh my. What a play.

  • Eddard

    Nixy proving he’s not as worthless as Ben Francisco. Nice play.

    • vicki

      now you’re just stat-padding the ben francisco count.

  • Anderson Silva

    any word on when Youk might be back?

    • jjyank

      He’s day-to-day. Could be tomorrow, could be Saturday, could be Sunday…it depends.

      • Dalek Jeter

        They said on the radio on the pregame Saturday at the earliest.

  • Vern Sneaker

    Nix dominating.

  • Dalek Jeter

    Bunt Francisco!!

    • Tom

      With your lefty “masher”

  • Anderson Silva

    time for redemption ben. do it!

  • Eddard

    Got something going here…for Ben Francisco to ruin.

  • Dalek Jeter

    …according to the unequaled John Sterling Francisco has “okay numbers” against Buehrle…he’s hitting .231

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

      I was against it but… HAL GET THE BRIEFCASE AND GIVE THIS MAN HIS 180M!

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

        HAHAHA shit reply fail.

        • Dalek Jeter

          No, I agree, Francisco is obviously worth 180mil (million pennies.)

          • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

            That’s a huge overpay.

            • Dalek Jeter

              Isn’t 180,000 well below the league minimum?

              • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

                Isn’t 180 million pennies $1.8M?

                • Dalek Jeter

                  Yeah, I forgot a zero in the million lol

  • Anderson Silva

    this motherfucker is worthless.. 2 fat pitches in the same place and he can’t do shit

  • Tom

    Well at least it wasn’t a DP.

    /glass half full

  • Dalek Jeter

    ROBBIE CANO!!!!! DON’T YA KNOW!

    • Dalek Jeter

      also, according to Gameday “in play, run(s)”

  • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

    Robbie!!!!!

  • jjyank

    ROBBIE!!!!!!

  • Get Phelps Up

    Oh fuck yes Robinson.

  • Anderson Silva

    that’s how you do it! Robbie!!

  • Eddard

    AND JUST LIKE THAT THEY HAVE THE LEAD!!!!!!! ROBBIE CANO DONTCHA KNOW

  • flamingo

    Ha, told my friend a few minutes ago that Robbie would homer. I’m getting a weird look right now. Obviously, I’m clairvoyant.

    • Dalek Jeter

      Ha, that reminds me. Last week a group of friends and I were watching “Game of Thrones” at my friends house, and randomly my friend says “boobies,” the scene cuts and the literal next scene was a full shot of boobs.

      • dkidd

        GOT is non-stop boobies

        that’s equivalent to watching “big bang theory” and saying “nerds”

        • Dalek Jeter

          Hey, there’s dragons and sword fighting, and magic and *whispers* really, really dramatic dialogue

          • Dalek Jeter

            and my theory is that it ends with a bunch of nerds playing D&D and this is just the most epic Role Playing Card Game of all time.

            • dkidd

              if you haven’t read the books, you’re in for a treat this season

              • Dalek Jeter

                I didn’t find out about the show till midway through season 2, so I’m just gonna watch the show then go back and read the books…basically what did with LOTR.

          • dkidd

            i read playboy for the articles!!!

  • SeventhAce

    Too many homeruns!

  • Eddard

    The ball is traveling tonight. Good thing Philbert isn’t pitching. Hiroki needs to induce the groundball.

  • Get Phelps Up

    Kay has told that story about Rasmus every series since he became a Blue Jay.

  • Dalek Jeter

    Robinsons clearly has TWTW.

  • dkidd

    bold prediction: it will take more than 4 runs to win this game

    • Dalek Jeter

      Actual bold prediction: 4-3 is the final score. Kuroda settles down, goes 7, D-Rob pitches the eight and K’s the side, and Mo gets the save, breaking two bats in the process.

  • Alkaline

    Had to run out for a bit; did I miss anything pass 3-0?

    • Dalek Jeter

      Wells solo-shot, bottom 2nd and Cano 3-Run Shot bottom 3rd.

  • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

    Overbay’s defense has been …. disappointing.

    • dkidd

      who cares? he’s in there for his stellar bat

    • Havok9120

      Yeah. He’s made a bunch of Tex-like plays and also botched a bunch of others.

  • Get Phelps Up

    Goddammit Ben.

  • Get Phelps Up

    Well technically Raul snapped the Orioles streak…

  • Mickey Scheister

    At what point is he not considered “sure-handed”?

    • Mickey Scheister

      Yeah…nice play, Overbuy.

  • vicki

    and with the first pick of the first round the kc chiefs select eric fisher, ot, central michigan.

    • trr

      wake me up when the Giants pick

    • Dalek Jeter

      If the Giants don’t take at least 1 Corner or 1 Line Backer on day one I’m going to be very disappointed.

      • vicki

        i don’t think jerry will take a corner in the first round. unless dj haden drops?

        • Dalek Jeter

          I honestly don’t know anything about this draft class, football has taken a backseat to school and baseball and just life in general, so I hardly watch College at all anymore…but Jerry in notorious for his “best available player” strategy, I hope he puts the team’s defensive needs above that mindset this year. The Giants secondary was brutal last season AND we’ve needed a new MLB since the year before Antonio Pearce retired.

      • trr

        well there is only 1 pick on day 1.
        I’m thinking OL

        • Dalek Jeter

          Durr…I’m thinking when it was a two day event…rounds 1-3 on day one and 4-7 on day two…

          #I feel old

  • Dalek Jeter

    Loverbay redeems himself!!

    • Havok9120

      My stream is a solid minute or two behind. I forgot how annoying this could be.

      • dkidd

        weak stream

        heh heh…

      • Dalek Jeter

        That’s brutal. I’m sorry for you.

        • trr

          Try that pill Theisman is hawking

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

    Damn Overbay, all is forgiven.

  • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

    OK Kyle, you’re forgiven.

    • Mickey Scheister

      Kyle Overbuy.

      • Havok9120

        I really don’t understand the “overbuy” thing. I get the pun, but not why it makes any sense.

        • dkidd

          i was waiting for someone to make an “e-bay” joke

          frankie!!!

        • Mickey Scheister

          Somebody on another game thread the other day legitimately thought that was his name, or something along those lines.

          • Havok9120

            Ahhhh. Well that makes more sense then.

  • sangreal

    Overbay giveth, Overbay taketh

  • dkidd

    i’m happy for royals fans. they’ve waited a long time to watch a decent team

    • vicki

      except that they’re bitches who don’t deserve to be happy.

      • dkidd

        cut them some slack

        they live in kansas city

        • WhittakerWalt

          And it’s not even the right Kansas City.

      • trr

        That’s harsh.
        actually…it’s not. F-them.

  • dkidd

    bryce harper is absurd

  • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

    Waaaaaay too many HR’s!

  • Dalek Jeter

    CERVELLI!!!!!!!

  • vicki

    brains is BACK.

  • Get Phelps Up

    That would have been 2 runs if Russell Martin hit it. :)

    • Havok9120

      Hehehe

    • FEED.ME.MORE!

      #AxisaFailed

      • Havok9120

        Cashmen too. Because reasons.

        • Robinson Tilapia

          Cashmen?

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

    FUCK YEAH

  • Tom

    Wow… he totally smoked that

  • Eddard

    Frankie just can’t be stopped. He will never regress.

  • flamingo

    Don’t you know #smallball is where it’s at, Yanks?

  • Tom

    MLB Network reporting that the Yankees listed Chris Stewart as the catcher for the all star ballot.

    • flamingo

      Yup, I saw it last night.

      Otherwise, I don’t think I’d believe it.

    • Mickey Scheister

      They said Wells isn’t on the ballot at all! This game is their response.

      • Mattinglyfan03

        They have to submit a ballot early in spring training. I’m sure the outfielders on the ballot are Gardner, Granderson and Ichiro and at the time they submitted those names, Wells wasn’t even a Yankee yet.

  • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

    Yankees are undefeated this year when scoring at least 5 runs.

    I hope I didn’t just jinx that.

  • Havok9120

    I don’t think that that kid was at all related to the guy who caught the ball.

    Good for him.

    • dkidd

      i noticed that. way to make a kid’s week

      • Havok9120

        Yep. He likely just created a lifetime baseball fan.

  • Mickey Scheister

    Nuney was safe!!!

    • Mickey Scheister

      Or not. My NYY tat is showing.

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

    WTF Sterling?? I’m so tired of you, clown.

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

      People listening to him will understand…

      • trr

        I can hear him in my mind…..Get him out of my head……aaarghh

    • Wheels

      He really needs to go.

  • Havok9120

    Man. The MLB Network guys:

    “The Yankee catching corps is much improved over last season, when ‘Yankee catchers’ hit just .220.”

    Burn, Russel.

    Meanwhile, it appears that the original team All-Star ballot had Chris Stewart on it instead of Frankie. lolz

    • Get Phelps Up

      And I bet he’s going to finish in the top 5 AL catchers just because he’s a Yankee.

      • Havok9120

        It’s a pain to vote for write ins though.

  • Dalek Jeter

    I was just thinking I feel really bad for Loverbay once Tex comes back. For some reason I think he’s going to be the one to go, because Youk can play 3rd and 1st, they love Nix’s ability to play multiple positions poorly versatility, and Francisco can “play the outfield.” The only player with no versatility is Loverbay.

    • Havok9120

      I could see it. But Tex comes back after Grandy, so ‘ole Benny will likely already be gone.

      • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

        Maybe not. They may send Boesch down first, and keep platooning Hafner with Francisco, for no good reason.

        • trr

          Word is, francisco’s got nude pix of Nunez + Cashman, and is threatening to post ‘em if he gets cut

        • Havok9120

          They may, but they aren’t actually idiots. Unless the guy starts to hit once in awhile or an injury makes the depth more important I can’t see him sticking. Or does Boesch’s contract make him far easier to send down?

          • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

            Boesch has options, Francisco would be DFA’d. I don’t think that’s the issue though.
            My thinking is they’d have 3 LH OF’s and really no role for Boesch. Whether they kept Francisco to platoon with Hafner wouldn’t really be affected by Granderson coming back (unless they decided to use Boesch for the RH DH role, but that would make the binder explode).

            • Havok9120

              I just don’t think they’ll stick with him if he’s still “batting” like this by then. I can see it happening for just the reason you’re saying (though I think the options thing would weigh just as heavily in their thinking as their handedness), but I just can’t see them doing it if he’s batting under .050.

              • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

                Oh I think they may replace him by then. I just think he’d be replaced in a separate move, either by calling someone up (Almonte?Musty?Adams?) or acquiring someone (less likely).

    • Robinson Tilapia

      We probably helped resurrect his career. Don’t feel too bad.

  • Dan in Athens

    I think Frankie read the chat today. Keep pissing him off. Seriously he has hit more homers in April than I expected for what I thought woould be the remainder of his Yankee career.

    • Mickey Scheister

      I think it’s the all-star ballot thing.

  • jjyank

    Nix flashing that leather tonight.

  • Mickey Scheister

    That scurvy fuck Bautista, his face pisses me off.

    • jjyank

      “Scurvy fuck” is a phrase that is not used enough. We should fix this.

      • Mickey Scheister

        Agreed. At least once per game thread, the most annoying player deserves the honors.

        • jjyank

          I can get on board with that.

        • Havok9120

          But…I don’t curse. I feel so left out.

          :(

          • Mickey Scheister

            You’re not actually cursing if you don’t say it, typing it should be permitted. If not throw a couple *# in there for good measure.

          • jjyank

            You’re fuckin’ dead to me.

            :P

    • JRod

      Every time he comes up my first thought is I want the pitcher to knock him on his ass.

      • Mickey Scheister

        I hope one “gets away” from Joba in relief tonight.

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

    Dalek, is that Feinsand joining the “Blowjob for Nixy” team??

  • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

    Range.

    • Mickey Scheister

      Does Grandy make that? I dunno but the Gritty one sure looked good with the snag!

      • Havok9120

        If he reads it right he’s got a shot. The chances of him reading it right off the bat are pretty slim though.

  • oldmanalex

    Anyone think Jose Bautista is kind of done doing his Barry Bonds impersonation. He might just start regression to his career norms.

  • Tom

    Granderson would have had that standing up…..

    ….after it bounced 3 times.

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

    Yanks are putting on a defensive clinic tonight.

  • Havok9120

    Gardy laying out for the greater glory of Prussia.

  • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

    Nix is having himself a game.

  • Kramerica Industries

    It is an interesting dynamic.

    My NFL and NHL loyalties are set, for instance, but if I had to choose, I’m rooting for the Giants and Rangers over the Jets and Islanders any day of the week.

  • flamingo

    This game is so entertaining. Here’s Nix with another hit.

  • Tom

    OK, I’m calling it… A Francisco bomb here.

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

    Yankees, Giants, Devils, and I can’t give two fucks about basketball.

  • Havok9120

    Holy Christ. At least 200 IP for TWELVE STRAIGHT SEASONS??

    Whoa.

  • Robinson Tilapia

    Looks like I missed a couple of nice innings. Nice surprise to come home to.

    Mark Buerhle, you ass will forever belong to us.

    • Havok9120

      Don’t jinx it Fish Face.

  • Havok9120

    Alright Ben Fran. Bust a move.

    Do it for Prussia.

    • Dalek Jeter

      I know it’s Prussia, and I know Prussia and Russia are two completely diffrent countries, but every time you say “do it for Prussia, or win for Prussia” I can’t help but think of that terrible snickers commercial with Robin Williams “We win this for MOTHER RUSSIA!!!!!!!!!!!!”

      • Havok9120

        I’ve never seen that. And I don’t really feel like I’m missing out too much.

        It still makes me sad that Russia still owns East Prussia. I want Königsburg back on the map.

        • Havok9120

          Now what I want to know is why autocorrect felt the need to change Königsberg to Königsburg. Both are real places, but one is an abandoned hill castle in the middle of nowhere and one was/is a major city.

  • Mickey Scheister

    .074 BA in nearly 30 ABs…ouch. At what point does this non-outfield playing outfielder get the DFA?! There has to be someone on the 40 man that can at least bat .220. This is brutal.

    • trr

      As my dad used to say with his customary brevity and brio:
      “HE STINKS!”

    • Robinson Tilapia

      That’s downright Zuvella-like.

  • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

    That’ll do just fine, HIROK, all things considered.

  • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

    http://sports.yahoo.com/news/y.....33974.html

    About the $189M plan.
    Seems more speculation than fact though.
    And Passan doesn’t appear to understand how AAV is calculated.

    • Havok9120

      My quick skim counted two quotes, only one of which was from anyone ID’d as directly associated with the team and he’s just a “Yankees official.”

      There’s nothing to see here.

      • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

        I agree.

        But I do think $189M in 2014 is unlikely to happen.

  • teddy

    assuming they couldn’t pinch hit hafner there because youk hurt

  • Havok9120

    I gotta say. The starters have come through on their end of the deal to this point.

    And, dear God, thank You for John Smoltz being sick. That’s the last thing I need to ruin my great day.

  • http://twitter.com/Paddock9652 Stratman9652

    The idea that 10-15 home runs could actually be obtainable for Cervelli is kinda awesome considering I didn’t expect him to hit more than 5. Watching his swing it seems like he is using his lower body a little bit more.

    He used to start with each foot on the front and back line of the batters box and almost no kick and when he did hit the ball he had no balance and no torque. It looks he brought them a bit closer together underneath himself with a little bigger kick and is actually hitting ball with authority.

  • Yankees Sans Francisco

    Just tuned in. Look at that, all our runs by the long ball. TOO MANY HOMERUNS!!!!!

  • vicki

    jets are on the clock.

    • Havok9120

      And Jets Nation, similar in size to Luxembourg, holds it’s breath.

    • jjyank

      I hope they get a third QB that can’t throw a football.

      • vicki

        or even better, te’o. he’s the most awful/over-covered player since tebow.

        and that’s not where the similarities end.

    • Get Phelps Up

      “And the Jets have just been informed that Leon Sandcastle is, in fact, not an actual football player.”

  • Havok9120

    Meanwhile, Joba, don’t do that. We need you.

  • vicki

    jobba jobba hey.

    i’m distracted; what sayeth the gun?

    • Tom

      93-96mph (more than one pitch at 96)

  • Tom

    Nice work by Joba… that was a key batter with Bautista and Ecarnacion due up.

    He looks like he’s starting to settle in. He also seems to be trusting his fastball a bit more and is not so slider/curve heavy on the mix.

  • vicki

    and with the 9th pick of the first round the ny jets select dee milliner, cb, alabama.

    not bad.

  • Winter

    #PaulO’NeillEatsALot

  • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

    Run, Brett, run.

    • Mickey Scheister

      He was safe anyway, go fuck yourself Gibbons or whatever the fuck your name is.

      • Mickey Scheister

        Reply fail.

  • Tom

    So when exactly did Hafner get hurt?

    • Jonathan

      exactly what I thought. plus….if we HAVE to play Francisco why is he hitting 2 hole?

  • Dalek Jeter

    wait I stepped away for one minute, Literally 1 minute, what happened?

    • Roadgeek Adam

      Francisco bunted.

      Lawrie nearly got him, was ruled out by Fairchild.

      Umps got together, reversed the call.

      Gibbons has been ejected.

    • Tom

      They huddled and ruled he trapped the ball on the ground and didn’t catch it cleanly.

      (It also looked like he beat the throw anyway)

  • YankeesJunkie

    Good call!!! Also Francisco’s average is doubled up and Gibbons fighting make this perfect.

  • Eddard

    The designated bunter. That should be Francisco’s last at bat as a Yankee.

  • Havok9120

    The HELL you say. The throw didn’t beat him AND he didn’t catch it.

  • Eddard

    Francisco got a hit! He has done something productive!

  • Alkaline

    LOL

  • Wheels

    Any way you slice it, he was safe.

  • WhittakerWalt

    I can’t believe I’m actually seeing umpires going out of their way to get a call right.

  • Dalek Jeter

    Welp…that’ll get you another 2 weeks of AB’s Francisco. And I know Cano wound up going yard when it was 1st and 2nd one out and Francisco popped out, but if he can bunt why didn’t he in that situation before?

  • Havok9120

    Wow. That was pretty awesome for them to do. I mean, it’s clear the other umps had a better view so it makes sense for them to do. It’d be pretty great if they make a habit of this.

    Bye, bye John.

  • Eddard

    I agree with Gibbons, they pick and choose which calls they overturn. Either overturn them all or overturn none. I said the same thing when it worked against us.

    • Mickey Scheister

      Go away.

      • Commenter from the Future

        It now makes perfect sense why you were his first victim.

        • Dalek Jeter

          I fucking love this guy.

          • Alkaline

            +1

          • Commenter from the Future

            IT’S YOU AGAIN! OMG!

        • Mickey Scheister

          Great Scott!

          • Dalek Jeter

            The Doctor’s a cooler time traveler than Doc Brown. Plus his companions are a lot easier on the eyes than Michael J Fox.

            • Mickey Scheister

              The Delorean will always have a special place in my heart!

              • Dalek Jeter

                We can fit a Delorean in the TARDIS.

          • Commenter from the Future

            Avoid elevators.

            • Mickey Scheister

              And traffic on I-95 from 4pm-7pm in the month of May?

            • Dalek Jeter

              Are you actually commenting from the future, or did you travel back in time?

              • Commenter from the Future

                IT’S YOU AGAIN! OMG!

                • Dalek Jeter

                  ANSWER MY QUESTION FUTURE DWELLER!

                  • Commenter from the Future

                    I AM SO STARSTRUCK!! AND YOU HAVE NO CLUE WHY!

                    • Dalek Jeter

                      Can you tell me or is there some timey-whimey paradox laden reason why I can’t know?

    • CP

      Exactly. Why just pick the calls that are wrong to overturn? Just overturn all of them – good or bad!

      • Eddard

        No, you either overturn all the bad ones or overturn none. You can’t just pick and choose here and there. What about that play where Robbie was safe in the ALCS last year? What about just a couple games ago where Overbay tagged the guy at 1st and they picked him off? Why weren’t these overturned? They were wrong.

        • Commenter from the Future

          MURDEROUS SWINE!

  • SeventhAce

    BARK BARK BARK BARK…

  • vicki

    FOR FUCKING PRUSSIA.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      It’s catching on.

    • Havok9120

      Hells yeah.

      Do it for Prussia DRob!

  • Mickey Scheister

    Is anyone else’s YES MLB.tv feed jacked up?

  • Dalek Jeter

    For anybody that missed the chat this afternoon, http://www.fangraphs.com/blogs.....-all-time/

    Coolest baseball gif. Ever.

  • Alkaline

    OT, but did anyone see this?

    http://nats.dcsportsnexus.com/.....-dead.html

    • Mickey Scheister

      That is awesome!

    • Mickey Scheister

      He kinda looks like “Jesus” or Paul from the comic.

  • Dalek Jeter

    Now…I love the Cap’n, and I’m not saying that it would’ve been…but there’s a good chance that just that play is a pasta diving single.

  • Mouse

    Put a pair of glass on Ben Francisco and he looks exactly like Erkel.

    • Mickey Scheister

      Now he’s Stefan.

  • Dalek Jeter

    Note to Michael Kay, literally every human being would “test positive for testosterone.”

  • Yankees Sans Francisco

    Way to be D-Rob

  • Havok9120

    Uh oh. MLBN’s guy just called Yank’s fans “spoiled.” I’m sure that won’t cause any problems.

    • Dalek Jeter

      We are spoiled. Some of us act that way, others don’t.

      • Havok9120

        Oh, of course we are. There’s just a very large population of us that refuse to admit it and get…grumpy whenever that fact gets pointed out to them.

        • Dalek Jeter

          Note to that “very large population,” refusing to admit your spoiled is one sign that you’re acting spoiled.

  • Eddard

    Impressive work by Robertson against their best hitters.

  • Havok9120

    Well done Ich.

  • Havok9120

    Alright. Wrap this up Sandman.

    Für Mo, König, und Preußen!

    • Dalek Jeter

      For me, your king, and Prussia?

      • Havok9120

        For Mo, King, and Prussia.”

        It’s supposed to be “For God, King, and Prussia/Fatherland.” Was a pretty standard battle cry. But I felt the need to pull a second meme into my own meme for the sake of legitimacy.

        • Dalek Jeter

          I couldn’t figure out that ‘mo’ was just ‘Mo.’

          • Havok9120

            Yeah, I couldn’t think of a way to make it apparent.

  • Mickey Scheister

    Three pitches. Same exact spot, 2-1. C’mon man!

    • Havok9120

      The last one did look a bit further inside.

      • Mickey Scheister

        Yeah, your prob right. The camera angle looked a little off kilter.

  • Dalek Jeter

    Mo. I love you man.

  • Yankees Sans Francisco

    Yeaaaaah suck it Lawrie

  • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

    Filthy.

  • Darren

    Did Mo gain weight?

    • Havok9120

      Yeah. He went from the 178 he entered the league to his 181 career average to 184. He’s packing them on.

      • Darren

        I didn’t say he gained a lot, but he’s gained a few since last year, right? Was he really 178 when he started? I thought he was like 165

        • Havok9120

          I really don’t know. He may have gained a couple, but nothing I’ve really noticed.

  • Commenter from the Future

    VIVA NEW PRUSSIA, EASTERN SECTOR!!!

    • Havok9120

      Excellent.

  • jjyank

    Ah, great game. Mo is such a pleasure to watch.

  • Mickey Scheister

    Fitting fashion, striking out that scurvy fuck Lawrie! MO!

  • Long-Past-His-Day-Rod

    Does Cervelli’s chest protector say “Cervi” on it?

  • Get Phelps Up

    Awesome.

  • Robinson Tilapia

    Reports of Yankee demise were greatly exaggerated. Great win.

  • Mickey Scheister

    The games seem shorter without all the big name guys in the line-up.

  • Eddard

    That was a nice W. I knew coming back home would right the ship. I think they can take 3/4 in the series, and 7/10 on the home stand.

  • Dalek Jeter

    FUTURE DWELLER I NEED TO KNOW WHY YOU’RE SO IMPRESSED TO SEE ME

    • Commenter from the Future

      I can’t. I fear for what you’ll do to Jon Niese to stop it.

      I’ve said too much. Goodbye forever.

      Thank you, sweet vicki. I will never forget you.

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

    This was a fun little three run comeback.

    • Havok9120

      Hmph. We’re too reliant on the homerun. I’m not impressed.

    • Get Phelps Up

      Against a lefty to boot.

      • Havok9120

        Regression!

  • Havok9120

    To give credit to MLBN, they just did a 2 minute impromtu Mo-fest after he crushed the Jays that inning.

  • Commenter from the Future

    Goodbye, my friends. Back to the year 2029 I go.

    The evil Eddard has been stopped. Throw him a hover parade…………..

    • Dalek Jeter

      No, don’t go I need to know why I’m famous! Take me with you!!!

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

        My guess? You’re not really famous so much as a legend to the rebels.

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

      But you haven’t said anything about me!

      (Fun fact: He actually IS me.)

      • Dalek Jeter

        HA, Well done man, very very well done.

        • Commenter from the Future

          Heeeeee Issssss Lyiiiiiing I Aaaaaaaammmm

          *sucked into other dimension*

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

            That’s exactly what I would say. This just about clinches it.

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

            Also, *sucked into other dimension* made me think of the Monty Python and the Holy Grail scene when they’re in the cave (can’t find a video, so this is heavily paraphrased):

            “Help me help me aaaaaaarrrgggh…”

            “Wait a minute, ‘aaaaaaarrrgggh? How could he write that if he was screaming?”

            “Maybe this was before he screamed.”

            “Silly thing to write then, isn’t it?”

            • Pat D

              Wow, you’re way off.

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

                Heh, I just wrote practically the same thing. I saw the movie a good long while ago.

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

              Found it (and I’m quite a bit off)!

              http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GEcvSq4SDkc

      • Havok9120

        *applause*

    • WhittakerWalt

      The “hover parade………” is what pushed this into brilliant territory.

  • PFOJ

    I definitely was not giving them much chance down 3-0 to a lefty. Great win. Also, Mo was filthy tonight. Best he’s looked since The Incident.

  • trr

    Giants select Justin Pugh

    • Pat D

      Terrible pick.

      • Bob Buttons

        Eifert is still on the board isn’t he?

        • Pat D

          Was. Cincinnati just took him.

          • Bob Buttons

            Oh well, at least it wasn’t a out of nowhere pick like EJ Manuel.

  • trr

    Hope it’s not Peee-heeeew

    • Bob Buttons

      As long as they stay away from Te’o.