Game 22: The Last Laff … ey

That's not Ben Affleck in a Yankee hat sitting next to Spike Lee, is it? (Jim McIsaac/Getty)

That’s not Ben Affleck in a Yankee hat sitting next to Spike Lee, is it? (Jim McIsaac/Getty)

I do 162 of these a year not counting Spring Training and the postseason. I’m allowed a cheesy headline once in a while.

Anyway, the Yankees will not be facing hard-throwing right-hander Josh Johnson tonight as originally scheduled. The former Marlin has a triceps issue and has been scratched, so former Yankee and slow-tossing left-hander Aaron Laffey will make the start instead. Talking about replacing someone with their polar opposite. The Yankees stink against lefties — last night’s beatdown of Mark Buehrle aside — but I’d much rather see them face Laffey than Johnson. No doubt about it. Here’s the starting lineup…

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

And on the mound is the man an awful lot on the line, right-hander Ivan Nova. His leash is getting shorter by the start and he absolutely needs to start pitching well if he wants to remain in the rotation. Everyone’s patience is starting to wear thin.

Lovely weather in New York tonight, great for baseball. The game is scheduled to start a little after 7pm ET and can be seen on YES locally and MLB Network nationally. Enjoy.

Kevin Youkilis Update: Youkilis (back) still isn’t ready to rejoin the lineup. Joe Girardi indicated he could be placed on the DL if he isn’t able to play in tomorrow’s game.

Mark Teixeira Update: Teixeira (wrist) is still limited to dry swings right now. He has not been cleared to hit off a tee or anything like that.

Categories : Game Threads


  1. trr says:

    Off-speed guys sometimes give the Yanks trouble, but some hitters (I’m lookin’ at you, Sam Francisco) should thrive…Hope Nova has better control of his breaking ball. Let’s win this one!

  2. trr says:

    Off-speed guys sometimes give the Yanks trouble, but some hitters (I’m lookin’ at you, Sam Francisco) should thrive…Hope Nova has better control of his breaking ball. Let’s win this one!

  3. LarryM Fl says:

    We continue to watch the 9 lives of Ben Francisco. It is a part of this young season which continues to be a mystery. Will Girardi be rewarded for his faith with Ben? I hope so but I would like a younger player to be given some opportunities in his place.

  4. Laz says:

    The only thing that I hate more than Nix in the #2 hole is that Francisco is still in the lineup.

  5. YankeesJunkie says:

    Mr. Axisa,

    You have the best job ever!!!

    Someone that has made being a Yankee fan better from reading this blog

    PS. I will out cheese you every day motherfu*****

  6. kenthadley says:

    If Cashman and Hal want to know why they hit lows on attendance this week, they should check their lineup and look closely at Ben Francisco and Jason Nix….you can’t sell this as a championship quality lineup but they are happy to charge championship quality prices for their seats….if they can’t figure it out, they are really more arrogant than they appear.

    • YankeesJunkie says:

      That is probably more of an ownership thing, but when 80 million dollars is on DL that is usually a pretty good explanation and fans usually will come for an exciting player over an expensive one every day of the week.

  7. Eddard says:

    Well, Francisco was at least demoted from 2nd to 9th so there’s progress at least. I knew Girardi would let Hafner continue to wilt away on the bench. There’s a lefty on the mound, we have to play the righty at all costs!

  8. Pat D says:

    Really, Joe? Hafner can’t play against a soft-tossing lefty?

    What’s the old adage? Managers can’t win games but they can lose them.

    • forensic says:

      Why are so many people somehow surprised at this? He hasn’t played twice against Buehrle who he at least has history and a little power against. Why would he suddenly play against Laffey? Girardi is amazingly and overly stubborn with these things.

  9. Vern Sneaker says:

    “No, you must be Don Francisco’s sister.”

  10. forensic says:

    If only Youkilis wasn’t 90 years old with that bad back. Sure needed to be back before now.

    Sorry, frustrated at how much they’re forced to play the terrible Overbay because he can’t get past this. It’s sad, but I’d almost prefer to see Boesch at 1B instead of Overbay all these games against lefties.

  11. Havok9120 says:

    I get a YES feed tonight. With Paulie, no less. This is quite an exciting thing for me.


  12. Wheels says:

    The Jays sure wear those blue tops a lot.

  13. Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting) says:

    Well, that just sucks.

  14. Eddard says:

    It wasn’t that possible for the lineup to get much worse but it just did.

  15. Havok9120 says:

    So of a crap.

  16. 28 this year says:

    There goes Cervelli. This has to be a joke.

  17. Vern Sneaker says:


  18. Havok9120 says:

    That’s just….ARGH.


    Argh. Argh. Aj;gshdfijgijzdrjhgp9

  19. Yankees Sans Francisco says:

    That’s the last thing we need…more injuries… Cervy you gotta put that hand behind you.

  20. forensic says:

    Hooray for Chris Stewart batting 5th now. Is it too late to change the order again???

  21. Havok9120 says:

    Alright Stewart. Make us proud.

    Für Preußen.

    Please get well soon Frankie.

  22. Ethan says:

    It looks so empty there

  23. Rolling Doughnut says:

    That Nova out there? Wow.

  24. forensic says:

    So, what actually happened to Cervelli anyway? Did the ball foul off the bat or was it just on the pitch?

    Shocking, I know, but Sterling and Waldman barely mentioned what actually happened in between wiping away the tears at losing Cervelli.

  25. Havok9120 says:

    I hadn’t noticed until Mike pointed it out, but that Frankie was catching Nova’s start is pretty clear evidence that the “Girardi is just sticking with The Plan!” crowd was totally incorrect.

  26. SDB says:

    I’m betting at least one intent walk for Wells tonight.

  27. JobaWockeeZ says:

    Did anyone mention yesterday if TSJC was shown on TV at the draft again?

  28. Vern Sneaker says:

    That was Nova-nice . Good stuff, good command, let’s get him a lead.

  29. Pasta says:

    Where and how did frankie blue eyes get hurt?

  30. LK says:

    Nix batting 2nd. I just…I don’t even know anymore

  31. WhittakerWalt says:

    Oh, Robbie. We’ve talked about getting yourself out, and how it’s a thing you shouldn’t do. He was pitching around you. Take it.

  32. Anderson Silva says:

    Robbie was clearly being pitched around and still swung at a pitch out of the zone and made an out.

  33. Wheels says:


  34. Pasta says:

    Encarnation juiced

  35. Anderson Silva says:

    yay for being down early yet again

  36. WhittakerWalt says:


  37. Karl Krawfid says:

    Can’t wait until this scrub Nova is gone.

    Should have traded him a few years ago.

  38. Rolling Doughnut says:

    Oh, well.

  39. Havok9120 says:

    Another guy just gave a HR ball to a kid that he seemingly had no connection to.

    Yankee fans showing class the last couple nights.

  40. Troll says:

    According to MLB Gameday:

    Ivan Nova didn’t stick to the scouting report; Edwin Encarnacion is hitting .000 this season against two-seam fastballs in that location.

  41. Ethan says:

    So how long is his leash tonight? Or the season for that matter.

    • Pasta says:

      Till wanger builds up arm strength. 88- 90 right now.

      • Havok9120 says:

        That could quite easily be his max, you know.

        I’m with Mike and Jennings, I think he’s got a couple more starts before they even think about calling Nuno or Wang up.

  42. Pasta says:

    Now stewart is not protecting his throwing hand. Who catches if stewie goes down?

  43. Rolling Doughnut says:

    Nova got lucky.

  44. teddy says:

    get healthy michael. stay patient and yanks will score a ton of runs tonight

  45. RobA says:

    Encarancion now on a 4 game HR streak

  46. Wheels says:


  47. Yankees Sans Francisco says:

    Defensive catcher.

  48. Eddard says:

    Melky’s too fat and slow to steal that base.

  49. Havok9120 says:

    Wow. That was a heck of a throw. I know Melky isn’t the fastest guy, but that throw was perfect.

  50. Pasta says:

    Defensive catcher my ass

  51. Eddard says:

    Stewart took a runner from 2nd bases and put one back on.

  52. WhittakerWalt says:

    Defensive wizard Chris Stewart.

  53. WhittakerWalt says:

    There is a certain circle of Hell reserved for ex-Angels like Maicer Izturis.

  54. forensic says:

    20 pitches in the first. 26 pitches in the second. What else is new? He’s so damn frustrating.

    Just start warming up Warren now. They all seemingly own Nova anyway.

  55. Havok9120 says:

    Paulie knows all the food secrets of the Stadium.

  56. WhittakerWalt says:

    Hurr durr O’Neill likes to eat, hurr durr.

  57. Eddard says:

    Here’s our chance. If one of the bottom 4 can break out we can put a couple runs on the board here.

  58. Havok9120 says:

    Alright Ichiro. Do it for Prussia and Frankie.

  59. forensic says:

    I’m going to really hate the inevitable bunt here…

    • forensic says:

      Ok, much better. If only it had snuck through.

      This would be a terrific time for Nunez’s first hit with RISP all season. But, gotta at least get one run home…

  60. Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting) says:

    Romine removed from AAA game. I wonder if it’s bad news on Cervelli, or just in case.

  61. WhittakerWalt says:

    Yay BABIP!

  62. Havok9120 says:

    That would’ve been hilarious if he’d made contact. Seeing everyone scramble.

    I’ll take the final result.

    C’mon Nunie.

  63. Rolling Doughnut says:

    The bunt attempt set that up. Nice

    • Havok9120 says:

      Yeah. That was smart on someone’s part. Good chance it works if he makes contact and it was the only reason the 3B didn’t have 4 extra feet to make the play.

  64. teddy says:

    nunez is soo bad

  65. Wheels says:

    Helmet off.

  66. WhittakerWalt says:

    “hasn’t quite done it offensively” is a pretty diplomatic way to describe it, Kay.

  67. Long-Past-His-Day-Rod says:

    The fuck kind of a flip was that??

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

    Seriously, why does Nunez even wear a helmet when he runs? He should just throw it off while running and be done with it.

  69. forensic says:

    Well, it’s not his first hit but at least it’s a run.

    Now let’s see if Overbay can fluke his way into getting the job done on this second run.

  70. nsalem says:

    overbay is overdue

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

    Wow. The contact we put on the ball that inning was putrid.

  72. Yankees Sans Francisco says:

    Ugh we could have done more there. Oh well.

  73. SDB says:

    Fuck. Someone tell Loverbay that he doesn’t need to replace Teixeira in GIDPs.

  74. Cervelli is the Man says:

    That was definitely not a fluke that time. Blah, men left on base, story of our lives.

  75. Eddard says:

    Overbay knew who was on deck so he just decided to kill two birds with one stone.

  76. forensic says:

    You fucking blow Overbay. I’m so done with him. 1-22 against lefties now.

    I seriously would’ve considered double-switching when Cervelli left just to get Overbay the hell out of there too.

    • forensic says:

      Included in that 1-22 are no walks, 5 K’s, and 4 GIDP’s…

    • Havok9120 says:

      No, you wouldn’t have.

      • forensic says:

        Yes, I would have. I was absolutely thinking about it since it also gets Stewart out of the 5-hole.

        • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting) says:

          I get the thought, but probably not a good idea to use their last remaining healthy position player in the first inning.

        • Havok9120 says:

          Yeah, I’m sure you considered it (I did too) but actually DO it? Who’ve you got playing 1st?

          • forensic says:

            Boesch, who’s been playing there a bit anyway, and though he sucks, he is better against lefties than Overbay.

            Its only downside, and why I didn’t say I’d definitely do it, is that it’s your last remaining position player (though you could move Francisco out of DH if absolutely necessary).

            • Havok9120 says:

              I honestly didn’t know Boesch could play first, so there’s that. Still though, Overbay is much better defensively and there wouldn’t be much/any offensive upgrade.

              • forensic says:

                There actually is potentially a rather large offensive upgrade when it’s a lefty on the mound. And this is coming from me, someone very down on Boesh.

                • Havok9120 says:

                  I suppose the potential is there (power-wise, at least) but I’m don’t think it makes up for the defense unless Boesch is a lot better over there than his historic playing time would suggest. And certainly not when it’s the last guy on the roster.

  77. Long-Past-His-Day-Rod says:

    Didn’t even get a chance to get pissed at Benny Boy for killing that rally.

  78. WhittakerWalt says:

    Overbay’s job is “guy who bangs into pathetic DPs against nondescript lefties.”

  79. teddy says:

    pathetic, absoutely pathetic

  80. Rolling Doughnut says:

    Overbay is overmatched

  81. WhittakerWalt says:

    Fuck you Nova. You fucking ass.

  82. Havok9120 says:

    Ouuuuuch. That’ll leave a mark.

  83. Stratman9652 says:

    Lyle Inning-Overbay

  84. Pasta says:

    Romine scratched !!!!!!

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

    As Havok said, at least we’re tied.

  86. Cervelli is the Man says:


  87. Long-Past-His-Day-Rod says:

    What the hell?

  88. WhittakerWalt says:

    Nova also can’t field his position worth a damn. Good to know.

  89. Eddard says:

    LOL! They’re not going to have enough ballplayers left to put on the field.

  90. Pasta says:

    Yankees call up
    David adams
    Austin romine
    And nuno
    Youlk cervy nova dl.

    • oldmanalex says:

      I am so down..don’t think the yankees brass will be

    • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting) says:

      Not sure the Yankees can call up Adams yet even if they wanted to.

      • Havok9120 says:

        That’s unclear. From what I understand, no one’s yet sure if the 40-man rules apply to people with no MLB service time.

        • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting) says:

          I believe the rules are the same regardless of service time for the 30-day scenario, but I don’t think that applies anyways because he was released before opening day. A player released between Aug. 31 and Opening day can’t sign a MLB contract with the same team until May 15. I’m just not sure if that applies only to a free agent contract or if being called up from the minors would be treated the same.

  91. Leg-End says:

    This is crazyness.

  92. teddy says:

    either replaces these major scrub or find a gm who is willing to

  93. forensic says:

    Susan: “What happened? I was looking down.”
    John: “I don’t know, I just saw a ground ball.”

    They’re so very helpful…

  94. Cervelli is the Man says:

    Welcome to tonight’s game, The New York Injuries vs. the Toronto Blue Jays.

  95. Pat D says:

    Alright, which one of you fuckers has put a permanent injury hex on this team? Did someone murder stuart and this is our punishment?

  96. Stratman9652 says:

    Is Nova hurt or is it can’t-get-an-out-itis?

  97. Frank says:

    Yanks under a black cloud this season with respect to injuries. You couldn’t make this shit up.

  98. Yankees Sans Francisco says:

    What happened?

    • Leg-End says:

      I don’t think anyone knows, he didn’t really do anything to show what was up but the trainer was out quite quickly.

      • Yankees Sans Francisco says:

        Weird. If its indeed an injury… I think I’m going to lose it. Everyone should just play in bubble wrap. My god.

  99. CountryClub says:

    Sweeney is saying that cervelli has a fracture. That’s too bad for him. But now Romine gets a shot. The rest is up to him…

  100. Cervelli is the Man says:

    I don’t even care if we win, I just want us to make it through the game without losing anybody else. Ridiculous.

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

      I hear ya, but what about losing Ban Francisco for a month?


  101. Pasta says:

    And out of st phelps has lost that great change up due to inactivity.

  102. WhittakerWalt says:

    David Phelps -the man you don’t use for high-leverage outs- in for high-leverage outs.

  103. Vern Sneaker says:

    I should have waited until after the inning to eat.

  104. WhittakerWalt says:

    Maybe they took Nova out because that thing on his face was starting to scare children.

  105. Rolling Doughnut says:

    Big K. DP next.

  106. Yankees Sans Francisco says:

    At least Stewart is making this game slightly more bearable

    • Long-Past-His-Day-Rod says:

      Your username is no longer amusing. Lost the wrong Francisco.

      • Havok9120 says:

        Agreed. Gotta change that now.

      • Pat D says:

        You’re one to talk about handle names not being amusing.

        • Havok9120 says:

          Also agreed.

        • Long-Past-His-Day-Rod says:

          I’ll change it when he proves me wrong.

          • Pat D says:

            It has nothing to do with whether or not he proves you wrong. It was simply never amusing.

            • Havok9120 says:

              It’s witty. But not amusing for Yankee fans. We actually need the guy to be decent to good.

            • Long-Past-His-Day-Rod says:

              I’m sorry you are so unamused by my handle. It was never intended to amuse. You can kiss your A-Rod bobblehead if it makes you feel better.

              • Pat D says:

                First of all, I don’t believe you when you say your handle was not intended to amuse. You picked it at the very least to amuse yourself.

                Second, if your handle isn’t meant to amuse, then don’t tell other people that their handle isn’t amusing.

                And the only bobbleheads I own are Darth Vader and Creed Bratton.

                • Long-Past-His-Day-Rod says:

                  His handle was very amusing, but took an ironic twist after the first inning.

                  And I can’t argue with either of those bobbleheads, well done.

              • Havok9120 says:

                Why do you think personal attacks are the way to go? What directs you toward that in what could just be a jokey discussion over handles?

            • Long-Past-His-Day-Rod says:

              In all seriousness though I chose the handle in frustration after watching his pathetic stretch run last year. I actually hope he proves me wrong and comes back strong. Then I can become Better-Get-Out-Of-His-Way-Rod

  107. Eddard says:

    Stewart strikes again! Nice job by Phelpsy all things considered.

  108. Havok9120 says:

    That DP was impressive by all involved. Not a great throw, but good reaction.

  109. Pasta says:

    By far my favorite ben francisco moment. He just walked to lead off an inning.

    • JRod says:

      Definitely one for the highlight reel. Along with his reversed call infield hit yesterday. That was a straight up Triumph.

  110. John Sterling's Ego says:

    Section 109, reprazent!

  111. Rolling Doughnut says:

    Ben-wa Fransisco is ON BASE. The Earth’s magnetic poles will now reverse…

  112. Eddard says:

    Well he’s on base at least. If Robbie can just hit another one of those homers.

  113. Luis Castillo (Not the one who dropped the ball) says:

    Ohh shit, Sterling is fucking singing!!

  114. teddy says:

    a sacfrice with laffey not throwing strike.giradri a joke

  115. Pat D says:

    Fucking bunting in the third inning when the on deck hitter is Nix.

    Well, I’ll just be watching the draft and the Knicks game if this is gonna keep up.

  116. teddy says:

    now nix walks great job giradri

  117. Mickey Scheister says:

    Nuno, Romine and Montgomery should get the call up, put Nova and Cervelli on the DL. Send down Phelps or Warren for ML starting depth and release BenFran and also call up Adams while we’re at it, for good measure.

  118. Eddard says:

    Now would be a good time for another one of those homers, Robbie.

  119. teddy says:

    grand slam please

  120. forensic says:

    This absolutely can’t just be another of those bases loaded, settle for one run innings.

    They need to put a crooked number up given this situation with the lineup and their pitching.

  121. Pasta says:

    Cervelli broken hand per swenny murti
    Nova elbow issue

  122. Havok9120 says:

    Swung at ball 4 and 5.

    C’mon Vern.

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

    I’ll take it, tie game.

  124. Pasta says:

    Another ben francisco moment yeah

  125. teddy says:

    only tied because giradri is a idiot

  126. Eddard says:

    Well at least they tied it. Disappointing though because Laffey couldn’t do anything other than lay in an 86 mph right down the middle.

  127. Dan in Athens says:

    Now Pronk can replace BF right?

    • forensic says:

      Hopefully, but I could absolutely see Girardi not doing it if he thinks he needs to keep another position player available in Francisco who they could take out of the DH spot if necessary.

      Hopefully with Boesch available he won’t feel that need though.

  128. Eddard says:

    He was laying them in there to Wells but walked Stewart on 4 straight pitches.

  129. forensic says:


    2-4 with a double against Lincoln. Also had good numbers against Laffey.

    Please get a hit!

  130. Anthony says:

    Well back to the old generic handle now that Benny reached base… and also because I probably jinxed the better Francisco. Ugh.

    Big spot for Ichiro.

  131. Stratman9652 says:

    So I jumped in my truck to run to the store and Sterling was trying to sing a Sinatra song. I am now currently Googling “How to remove an ice pick from the ear canal”.

  132. Dale Mohorcic says:

    Another blue balls game. Ugh.

  133. Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting) says:


  134. forensic says:

    And another pitiful inning. They almost deserve to lose after all this crap, basically trying to give it away.

    7 million baserunners, 2 runs…

  135. Pasta says:

    I was hopieing sweni was wrong.

  136. Kramerica Industries says:

    Six weeks for Cervelli, minimum.


  137. Rolling Doughnut says:

    RISPFAIL it’s baaaaaaaaaaaaack….

    • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting) says:

      This team has been much, much worse than last year’s team with RISP so far.

  138. Havok9120 says:

    Poor Frankie. I’ve really always like him, but more importantly…this was his year and his time. Even if he’d fallen back to earth offensively he’d still be above average overall with the state of catching in the MLB right now. This injury could be the difference between having a regular, if unspectacular, job for the next decade and needing a pillow contract to get regular work.

  139. Alkaline says:

    So in a deep league with 2 catcher positions, I had Cervelli for one. I guess I’ll be picking up the salad soon.

  140. Eddard says:

    Phelpsy looks much better tonight. Hitting his spots and painting the corners. That’s what he needs.

  141. Havok9120 says:

    Also: this is a Phelps second chance at an audition. Rise to the occasion, man.

  142. Mickey Scheister says:

    The award for the biggest douche in baseball goes to…Brett Lawrie! Walk back to your dugout and collect your award, ass.

  143. JRod says:

    We need to send a team to SWB to go and GET Romine and Wang. Like, with plenty of styrofoam peanuts and bubble wrap. I don’t trust those moving sidewalks in the airport.

  144. Mickey Scheister says:

    That’s a nasty herpe on Kyle Overbuys lip.

  145. Pasta says:

    Its amazing but pineda coming back this year may save our season. Nova goes on dl one of the big four stumbles

  146. Long-Past-His-Day-Rod says:

    Lets see a SB here Nuney

  147. Pat D says:

    Did they show the trivia answer yet?

  148. Eddard says:

    Nuney almost got hit again and we would have been forced to play Hafner in the field.

  149. Stratman9652 says:

    If the Blue Jays injure one more Yankee they should be ejected from the league. Ridiculous. I know Cervelli and Nova weren’t plunked or anything but I’m still blaming the Jays.

  150. Rolling Doughnut says:

    Send Nuñez WTF

  151. Alkaline says:


  152. Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting) says:

    Loverbay being useful!!!!

  153. Havok9120 says:


    Lyle with the 3 bag!!

  154. Dan in Athens says:

    This is the most bizarre game ever

  155. Pat D says:

    Rasmus misplayed the shit out of that one.

  156. SDB says:

    What just happened?

    My screen just fucked up and showed something absurdly weird (Overbay getting a triple, which I can’t believe actually happened…)

  157. Eddard says:


  158. Mickey Scheister says:

    Hooray for Herpes!!!

  159. Havok9120 says:


    Well done PH’ing Hafner, well done taking home on the PB.

    • Alkaline says:

      Yeah. The team’s been fun to watch, IMO. I’m more carefree and just enjoy watching the Yanks regardless of outcome, but it’s been a good way to unwind after a day of hard word.

      • Rolling Doughnut says:

        Yep, this team is much more fun to watch than last year’s.

        • Havok9120 says:

          Meh. I don’t go with that.

          The only reason it’s more “carefree” is because expectations were so molten-center-of-the-planet low. Last year’s team was fun because they won. A lot.

          • Alkaline says:

            Absolutely. Last year was just as fun to me. It just seems to many that it isn’t as fun this year, but I disagree. Yankees baseball is yankees baseball. I’ll watch the team and cheer just as hard regardless of expectations or outcome.

            • Havok9120 says:

              I’m right with that. I wasn’t bummed with the team being what it was; I wanted baseball. I’ll make it fun no matter what.

  160. Stratman9652 says:

    Half of me loves the fact that Joe is trying to bring the pain with Hafner here this early, the other half worries about this game ending in pitchers playing positions because the bench is empty.

  161. Pasta says:

    Loverbays got herpes

  162. Anthony says:

    Overbay…triple…wha? Look at that, its 4-2. Funny how things work out. Your move, D Phelps.

  163. Tom says:

    Hafner getting the Chris Stewart treatment….

  164. Vern Sneaker says:

    Boesch only one left on bench in 4th inning. Pretty weird. Hope no one else goes down.

  165. Vern Sneaker says:

    Playing match-up in 4th inning. Seems a bit jumpy. Sad comment on Jays season.

  166. MannyGeee says:

    Well, I am just getting home to a game that is good, except that the starting pitcher and starting catcher are apparently broken.

    I started counting on my way home, and this team is missing a starting 1B, 3B, CF, SS, BACKUP (!) 3B, and now starting catcher and one of their starters. These injuries are fucking nutso!

  167. Rolling Doughnut says:

    Robbie get serious dude

  168. teddy says:

    fail cano

  169. Eddard says:

    Now it’s up to Phelpsy. Give us 2 more solid innings. He looks much better tonight, painting the corners and getting strikeouts. I think he’ll get us to the 7th with the lead.

  170. MannyGeee says:

    So,I am afraid that Cervelli will regress with his throwing to 2nd. He’s defense was getting so goddam good. Bummer.

  171. Rolling Doughnut says:

    Freezes Davis with the heater. Nice

  172. MannyGeee says:

    Irrational bright side guy says: Looks like we are about to see the beginning of the Lettuce Era! Let the non stop puns begin!

    • Havok9120 says:

      A lotttttt of people wanted him on the roster to start the season.

      I’m kind of excited to see what he’s got.

      • MannyGeee says:

        Well, hard to blame people for wanting him up to start the season (well, before Cervelli and Stewart became Pudge Rodriguez and Carl Yaztremski, respectively)…

        He’s been hitting the snot out of the ball down in Scranton, and you’re absolutely right… He should be a ton of fun to watch. Eddard will approve

  173. MannyGeee says:

    So when does Nova book his flight to go down and see the good Dr Andrews? Any takers?

    • Havok9120 says:

      I’d be willing to bet the flight is already booked. They’ll just wait until tomorrow to see if they need it.

      • MannyGeee says:

        You think James Andrews works on Sundays? Monday 9am appointment I would imagine.

        I wonder if they book the appointment ahead of time too. You think Andrews has a secretary who just scours ESPN looking for keyword “elbow” & “pain”? These are all things I want to know…

        • Havok9120 says:

          I wouldn’t be surprised at all if teams have a standing appointment with him. It honestly depends on how busy his regular practice is. He might be too specialized in sports for anyone to ever need a “just in case” appointment. Heck, I can see MLB having several reserved appointments for use by any teams that need him.

          • MannyGeee says:

            I could also see him not taking any other appointments outside of athletes and rich white dudes who can afford him after they sprain their elbows golfing or some shit. I could imagine he does “well” from just TJS surgeries…

  174. Mickey Scheister says:

    This motherfucker needs some vitamin C in his life.

  175. Vern Sneaker says:

    Kay and O’Neill have totally left the game behind.

  176. MannyGeee says:

    Phelpsie with the breaking ball! NASTY pitch, Joey Bats can eat a dick!

  177. heismanziel says:

    Atta boy phelps. This would be a really good win tonight. Hopefully we can add on another run or two.

  178. Rolling Doughnut says:

    While he was off to a good start, in AAA last year Cervelli was .2467/.341/.316, wRC+ 89. So it could be a SSS thing. Just saying.

    • Havok9120 says:

      Oh, of course. It probably was. But he was still the hot hand.

      Switching off between Stewie and Cervelli depending on who was hot was probably the best possible outcome of this catching platoon.

  179. Vern Sneaker says:

    Austin Jackson, Austin Romine, other Austins? Is Kearns still active (Miami?).

  180. MartinRanger says:

    Chris Stewart providing a preview of the next 6 weeks.

    Really though, with this team, it would have just happened to Martin. And Cervelli would have tripped on the stairs or something.

    • MannyGeee says:

      Yeah… Russell Martin used to disappear for weeks on end, at least Stewart will lay a bunt down or sneak one through a hole on (rare) occasion…

  181. heismanziel says:

    The loss to nova really is not the worst of things for us. Sucks he got hurt, but it’s not like he was doing much for us. The loss of cerveli is going to hurt, its going to be even more painful watching stewart play everyday. I doubt Romine will play much.

  182. Eddard says:

    If Phelpsy can give us one more we should be in good shape. The pen should be able to close it out. You used them last night but you use them again tonight with confidence that CC can go deep tomorrow. Get the W tonight and let CC carry you tomorrow.

  183. Rolling Doughnut says:

    Melky off PED 100 PA .253/.310/.308

  184. Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting) says:

    Glad the Catcher is paying attention.

  185. Havok9120 says:

    Man. What an impressive outing by Phelps. Lots of swings and misses.

    • heismanziel says:

      Yup. I have no doubt that he can fill in for nova for the time being. He gets the Astros next, right? He should be fine.

  186. heismanziel says:

    Wow… Anibal beasting for me in Fantasy. 14 k’s. Yikes.

  187. Eddard says:

    Phelps did his job getting us to the 7th with the lead. Now you use up the 4 good relievers to close it out and have confidence CC can carry the team tomorrow.

  188. Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting) says:

    Insurance runs would be nice.

  189. CountryClub says:

    Phelps threw 77 pitches tonight so I’d be shocked if he doesn’t move into the rotation. He’s good for 90+ in the next game.

    Do they call up Montgomery or Nuno? Donnie Collins is predicting they’ll call up Eppley. Which would be awful and not surprising.

  190. CountryClub says:

    Ashmore just tweeted that Jose Ramirez hit 96 in Trenton. No velocity problems for him.

  191. heismanziel says:

    17 strikeouts for sanchez in 8 innings.

  192. CountryClub says:

    I never would have guessed that Nunez would be giving us a glimpse at how awful an all defense/no hit SS is.

  193. Havok9120 says:

    I’m legit loving Kay and Paulie just having fun up there.

  194. heismanziel says:

    Giants take Damontre Moore! Gig’em.

  195. Pasta says:

    Giants get another pass rushing beast D Moore love jerry reece.

    • heismanziel says:

      Really liking the Texans draft so far. We finally got ourselves a true number 2 for Andre. Denadre Hopkins is a very physical WR with sure hand. Then we got a Very Physical Saftey that will get to lern from ed reed the next few seasons. Kind of wish we would have gone with a offensive linemen in the second round, but I trust our front office.

  196. Rolling Doughnut says:

    Step up Jobber

  197. heismanziel says:

    I have no doubt that the braves are a good team, but they are now 7-6 after their first 10 games. They played the Phillies, Cubs, Marlins, to start the year. I think the tigers will sweep em.

  198. Rolling Doughnut says:

    Noooonie. Oh my

  199. Havok9120 says:

    Wow. That’s exactly the kind of throw Nunez normally botches.

  200. Eddard says:

    He’s like Ozzie Smith out there. Just needs to pick it up with the bat and he’ll be a complete player.

  201. NeilT says:

    Damn this has been one difficult game to watch…

    NunE! Nice play.

    Looking forward to seeing Romine up, and… whoever they decide comes up to replace Nova, be nice if it was Monty but I’m betting it’ll be Nuno.

  202. Havok9120 says:

    Very, very nice inning Joba.

    You, too, Overbay.

  203. Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting) says:

    Thanks for sparing us from Boone, Loverbay.

  204. NeilT says:

    Joba rules? Joba RULES.

  205. NeilT says:

    Woah just saw the J-E-T-S took Geno Smith? Wow, that’s going to be a fun camp. As a Giants fan, I can only sit back and admire the clusterfuck that’s going to be.

  206. MannyGeee says:

    LoverBay has been phenomenal with the glove.

    • Havok9120 says:

      He’s sure made a lot of good plays.

      Not all that sure handed so far, but he’s made plays I don’t think most first basemen make.

  207. CountryClub says:

    So Robertson gets the heart of the order.

  208. heismanziel says:

    This game is making me nervous. With all the bad news today, the last thing I want to see is the bullpen blow this game. Hopefully we can tack on a run here.

  209. heismanziel says:

    Mike Ashmore ?@mashmore98

    Jose Ramirez in his Double-A debut: 4 IP, 2 H, 1 BB, 6 K. He gets the save, his first in 89 MiLB appearances

  210. Pasta says:

    Stewart can not catch everyday!

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

    Losing Cervelli is a real shame, but on the other hand he was almost certainly going to regress big time and end up being a below average player anyway, so oh well.

    This sounds harsh, but I really don’t give two shits about losing Nova.

    • Rolling Doughnut says:

      Right on both counts. Cervelli was .253/.310/.308 wRC+ 89 last year in AAA. Nova has no control of his “great stuff.” Sorry he’s hurt but glad Phelps gets a shot. God knows Girardi wouldn’t have pulled Nova until he was 2-8

  212. Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting) says:

    Thanks for the help.

  213. Eddard says:

    That Blue Jays defense comes back to haunt them again. They’re awful.

  214. MannyGeee says:

    Toronto Blue Jays… Not defensively sound baseball.

  215. Rolling Doughnut says:

    Noonie down to .150 yet?

  216. heismanziel says:

    Hell yes. Texans make another very good pick, two seconds later Yankees score. Best 10 seconds of my day.

  217. Dan in Athens says:

    I’m not buying a Toyota from Lee’s or anywhere else, but if I take a test drive can I see that chick naked?

  218. Eddard says:

    Klong was working with Francisco. Abandon that waste of time and fix Nuney. We need him to start hitting better since he has to play.

  219. Havok9120 says:

    Thank God for that safety run.

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

    See, Toronto, if you guys actually played defense then this might have been a really cool moment for you.

    • Havok9120 says:

      If not for my post today in defense of naked gloating, I’d reprimand you for the “chickens pre-roost” moment.

      But I made that post, so carry on.

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

        Hey, even if they tie it later that particular moment still wouldn’t have been particularly cool.

  221. Eddard says:

    Jesus, it’s HR or bust for Encarnacion the way he’s swinging.

  222. Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting) says:

    Pastadiving….oh, wait, nevermind. Nice play Nunee.

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

    Fuck man, who would have thought that Nunez would become a defensive wizard?

  224. Rolling Doughnut says:


  225. Dan in Athens says:

    Off the bat, I was afraid the Batista shot was going to hit my house in Georgia.

  226. Vern Sneaker says:

    That guy at short can pick it, wouldn’t you say?

  227. Havok9120 says:

    Jeez, YES. Nice camera work.

  228. The Real Me says:

    Darren Oliver. Isn’t he like 70 or something?

  229. Mickey Scheister says:

    Insurance run please.

  230. Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting) says:


  231. heismanziel says:

    Fuck Yes

  232. Havok9120 says:




  233. Vern Sneaker says:

    HUGE! Way to go, Gardner!

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

    Nice laser shot, Gardy.

  235. JonS says:

    Gardner can’t hit lhp. lol

  236. The Real Me says:

    One from Cano now.

  237. Havok9120 says:

    Alright, Mo.


  238. Mickey Scheister says:

    What’s Sterlings Gardy call?

  239. heismanziel says:

    Fuck the ravens for taking Brandon Williams one spot ahead of us. We really could have used him.

  240. RkyMtnYank says:

    I think Gardner can hit righties and lefties, he just struggles with trying to be patient as a leadoff hitter. Just seems that he’s more successful the more aggressive he is at the plate.

  241. Havok9120 says:

    Umph. I wanted that. Good call by the ump though.

  242. Cool Lester Smooth says:

    Anibal Sanchez struck out 17 over 8 innings.

    Maybe an anterior labral tear that does not affect the rotator cuff or shoulder capsule isn’t the end of the world.

  243. The Real Me says:

    Mo throwing some heat. Hitting 91! Nice to see he’s still got a bit left.

  244. nsalem says:

    Hypothetically the Yankee’s had a 3 run lead in this situation , should the Yankee’s consider not using Rivera tonight knowing they are facing a decent lefty tomorrow and are likely to be e in a close game with D-Rob and Joba possibly unable to pitch 3 days in a row?

    • Havok9120 says:

      Theoretically? Sure. But I don’t think they should do it. We need wins.

      • nsalem says:

        With a two run run lead I definitely agree, but if they were 3 up I thought it might be worth the risk
        because not having either 3 would significantly reduce our chances of winning tomorrow. I guess we do have the guy with the best chance of going deep tomorrow. Hope CC can go very deep. Not expecting an offensive outburst by the Yankee’s tomorrow. It was just a passing thought.

    • The Real Me says:

      Depends who they used in his place. They could have used Joba for 2 tonight. He only threw 7 pitches. The DRob in the 9th or Mo and save DRob for tomorrow.

    • Rolling Doughnut says:

      Yes bu Joe wouldn’t have done it because it’s not binder-friendly

  245. Havok9120 says:

    That’s really, really cool. (the shot of Mo talking to all the Jays)

  246. Vern Sneaker says:

    I’m out of my chair now. Damn. Finish it Mo.

  247. Havok9120 says:

    Even only 2/3s full the stadium can still get loud when Mo gets a big K.

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

    Oh come the fuck on.

    Awesome play, Robbie. If that goes into CF it’s a run.

  249. Havok9120 says:

    Not Nunez’s fault. That dude is FAST.

  250. TomH says:

    Don’t like the look of this one bit.

  251. Mickey Scheister says:

    C’mon Mo! Buckle down!

  252. The Real Me says:

    Definitely not used to this from Mo.

  253. Alkaline says:

    How does Ramus even think that hair looks remotely okay?

  254. Dan in Athens says:

    Nunez, maybe taking two fucking steps back and not planting was something a fucking high school SS knows.

    • Alkaline says:

      Eh. I prefer the planting. Better than him trying to throw off balance where a bad throw = run.

      Plus, I would argue that no one aside from elite SS in High School should throw off balance, but that’s just IMO.

  255. Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting) says:


  256. Vern Sneaker says:


  257. Dan in Athens says:

    Yes (and still fuck you NunEz).

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

    And no runs come around.

  259. Havok9120 says:

    Hell. Freaking. YES.

  260. Anthony says:

    I was getting flashbacks of that time Rasmus clobbered one off Soriano… phew. Nice job Mo.

  261. Eddard says:

    I don’t know how they keep winning these ballgames. Great job by Phelpsy tonight. He saved us. We’ll need a long outing from CC tomorrow.

  262. Mickey Scheister says:

    And breathe! Whoa, what a game!

  263. heismanziel says:

    Big time win. Would have been really depressing to take a loss tonight. We get the split at the absolute worse. Would be awesome to take 3 of 4 before the astros come to town.

  264. TomH says:

    Wheww! Someone tell CC to take a few more warmup tosses (or something) tomorrow. This starting lineup looks pretty damned feeble. They’ll need some stellar pitching the next two days.

  265. Cool Lester Smooth says:

    That last cutter straight up rose

  266. Rolling Doughnut says:

    Two slap singles a a FC but Mo gets out of it. Well done.

  267. nsalem says:

    We are now on pace to win 95.7 games in 2013.

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