Game 24: No Mercy

(Rob Carr/Getty)

Dickey face. (Rob Carr/Getty)

The Yankees have won the first three games of this four-game series against this winter’s offseason darling, the currently last place Toronto Blue Jays. If it wasn’t for the lowly Astros, the Jays would have the worst record (9-16) and run differential (-34) in the AL. It’s early, but they’ve been a big disappointment.

Four-game sweeps are pretty rare, and if the Yankees are going to pull it off they’re going to have to beat the reigning NL Cy Young Award winner to do it. R.A. Dickey’s 4.66 ERA (4.24 FIP) is relatively mediocre at the moment, but it’s not all that surprising a feel pitcher is off to a slow start. He had a 4.45 ERA (5.24 FIP) last April before turning into the best pitcher in the world during the summer. Here’s the lineup…

  1. CF Ichiro Suzuki
  2. 2B Robinson Cano
  3. LF Vernon Wells
  4. DH Travis Hafner
  5. RF Brennan Boesch
  6. 3B Jayson Nix
  7. 1B Lyle Overbay
  8. SS Eduardo Nunez
  9. C Chris Stewart

And on the mound is the fourth longest tenured player on the active roster, Phil Hughes.

It’s a beautiful day for baseball in New York. This afternoon’s game is scheduled to start a little after 1pm ET and can be seen on YES locally and TBS nationally. Enjoy.

Kevin Youkilis Update: Youkilis’ back is bothering him again, which is bad news. If he does need to go on the DL, the Yankees won’t be able to backdate it because he played yesterday. For shame.

Categories : Game Threads


  1. Frank1979 says:

    So if Youk goes on the DL does that mean they’ll bring up either Adams or Joseph? Or is Musty healthy enough yet to put in there?

  2. trr says:

    not sure how the Yanks will fare against Dickey.
    Let’s hope Hughe’s case of homeritis is over…

  3. Mike HC says:

    If Romine plays better than Stewart for the next month or two, Stewart will be gone, right? Or do the Yanks keep him for depth reasons?

    • 28 this year says:

      Stewart can probably be sent down. It wouldn’t be a good idea to only have Cervelli and Romine as major league options and no depth at AAA

      • forensic says:

        Stewart doesn’t have options. He can’t be sent down.

        That’s why they didn’t just do that last year before sending Cervelli down, who is also now out of options.

        Romine is the only one with options left this year.

  4. oldmanalex says:

    I’m so tired of Youk’s fucking back

  5. Cuso says:

    Haha. Check out my comment at 11:07 PM on the Saturday Night Game thread.

    Called it.

  6. Anthony says:

    Ichiro batting first? Hm..

  7. Greg Eckes says:

    By the way, somebody needs to put the new MLB Tonight intro online. It is so damn good.

  8. Guns says:

    Hughes is feeling his oats…

  9. The Real Greg says:

    Hey what do you know, another person with my name.

    (Just kidding, we’re the same person)

    • Dalek Jeter says:

      Dude, Greg is like the Mohammed of non-muslim people.

      • Dalek Jeter says:

        Just realized…is it common knowledge that Mohammed is by far the most popular name on the planet, and mostly because that most Muslims name their first born after the Prophet Mohammed?

    • Bo Knows says:

      At least you don’t have some dude take your entire name, and make you sound like a douche

      • Dalek Jeter says:

        That’s actually why he’s The Real Greg now, people jacked “greg” last year and we were all confused as to who was who.

        • Greg C says:

          I was a Greg at least 4 years ago, but I’m a long-time reader and rare commenter.

          • Havok9120 says:

            Yeah, but you have “C” after Greg. There were at least two people last season (other that The Real Greg) who were just going by “Greg.”

  10. Dalek Jeter says:

    I said it a few days ago, either Thursday or Friday, they should just retroactively put Youk on the DL and yesterday I said I wonder if they were rushing him back…now we can be looking at a month were we only see Youk in the lineup once (yesterday)

  11. oldmanalex says:

    wow he just embarrassed BAUTISTA and didn’t give up a hr. Is this really Phil Hughes?

  12. The Real Greg says:

    Thinking about it, what MLB should have done was bring the Brewers back the AL and move the Royals to the AL West.

    • Laz says:

      Much less resistance when you want to move a terribad team like Houston to the AL than if you want to move a fringe playoff contender to a terrible division.

  13. Eddard says:

    Philbert’s got his good stuff and location today. Put a few runs on Dickey and that should be enough against this Jays lineup. Interesting to see the Jays lead the league in HRs but aren’t scoring enough runs. Just goes to show you that you have to hit for contact as well.

  14. Mickey Scheister says:

    That that, ya scurvy fuck!

  15. Dale Mohorcic says:

    Hughes will strike out double digits today

  16. forensic says:

    Did O’Neill just say “He’s feeling pain in his left thing.”?

  17. The Real Greg says:

    That’s strange for Melky. He’s played this outfield many times.

  18. Dalek Jeter says:

    I’ll give 10-1 odds that unless Hughes’ pitch count is in like the high 40s in the 5th the first thing they talk about on the radio during “The Daily News 5th” is Hughes throws too many pitches!!! TEH PITCH COUNT!

  19. Rolling Doughnut says:

    Looks like Phil showed up today. Fingers crossed.

  20. SDB says:

    Damn, someone just needs to get on base. The passed balls may take care of advancing runners.

  21. Guns says:

    Brennan Boesch is a big hairy monster!!

  22. SDB says:

    My ears hurt after that Sterling call. BB hits a BB?!!

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

    The first run scored by the Yankees?

    I didn’t know that was allowed.

  24. forensic says:

    Nice Boesch!

    A YS3 special…

  25. forensic says:

    Yankees are 7-0 when scoring first this season, one of only two undefeated teams in the AL (along with the Red Sox).

    Hopefully that’s a nice 8-0 after today.

  26. Dalek Jeter says:


    He’s useless they said *cough*fornensic*cough*

    Ichiro is soo much better they said *cough*fornensic*cough*

    just messin w/ you dude =P

    Also, four shots. In this AB they’ve called him a Baseball player 4 times in that AB.

  27. 28 this year says:

    Hafner was signed in February, not late March. These announcers lumping him in with Wells and Boesch is just poor reporting.

  28. Dalek Jeter says:

    I forget what show it was on, but I was listening to WFAN on the way into work today and they were talking about the Yankees and all the injuries…for all those trolls who are like “wahh!!! 230 Million dollar payroll!!” According to Seth Everett of Fox Sports, they crunched the numbers, the Yankees active roster is currently 90 Million dollars, and CC Sabathia is making more than a quarter of that.

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

    I’m starting to feel sorry for Casper Wells.

    • forensic says:

      When he’s out digging ditches in 100 degree heat, I’ll feel sorry for him…


      Seriously though, eh, it’s part of the game for a mediocre baseball player. I’m sure he’d rather this than be stuck in the minors for the next several years (which may happen anyway given what’s happening to him so far).

  30. forensic says:

    Overbay (1-14) and Boesch (1-6) had the two worst sets of numbers against Dickey among Yankees, and they’re the ones who get the hits.

    What’s that you said, Suzyn?

  31. Bo Knows says:

    the hell Hughes, 7 pitches against this guy

  32. forensic says:

    Geez, what the hell was that all about, get your ass back on the base.

    Glad the ump told him to get the hell back over there.

  33. Guns says:

    pitch count…

    • forensic says:

      It’s just something you’ll always have to deal with when he pitches. No real way around it. Just get 6 innings, piece together the 7th with Logan and Kelley, then Robertson and Rivera for 8 and 9.

      Sounds so simple sitting here. Why do I get the feeling that it won’t be that easy?

      • Bo Knows says:

        He’s so damn addicted to his heater especially up and in, if he threw the other pitches more, he’d be ok especially if he could aim low

  34. Cuso says:

    Hughes has good stuff today. Solo homers only, please.

  35. Rolling Doughnut says:

    Bust out the BB Philbert

  36. fabricio says:

    energy boy (kawasaki) looks like he’s tripping balls over there at 1st base

  37. monterowasnotdinero says:

    Phil’s slow curve will take the place of a changeup which he still can’t throw with confidence. It will have to do-as it has so far.

    Gotta believe Youk’s back is related to his ridiculous stance and violent approach to hitting a baseball….

  38. Dalek Jeter says:

    Damn…that was a quick inning. I went out for a smoke and came back in time for Robinson to fly out to end it.

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

    I’m in an annoyed mood since our director cast the show but won’t show us chairmen the cast. And while I can technically overrule him and see it anyway I’ve been outvoted by the other two chairmen, which I think is ludicrous, so I don’t know the cast of our own show. Which really pisses me off.

  40. Dalek Jeter says:

    6K’s for Philip! I like this, a lot. If he can be what he was from May-August last season it’s gonna go a long way towards the compromised line up winning some guys.

  41. oldmanalex says:

    I don’t know how we let Phil go, even if me pitches mediocre the rest of the way.

    • forensic says:

      Because he’ll be vastly overpaid (in my opinion) for what he’ll be able to do when pitching full-time in this division and especially this park.

      • Dalek Jeter says:

        I love Hughes, but I agree. He’s going to get roughly 13 a year from an NL team.

        • forensic says:

          Yeah, and I’m not even addressing the fact that he’s apparently very willing to voluntarily sign a ‘mediocre’ starter as a free agent.

          • Dalek Jeter says:

            I don’t mind my 4th and 5th starter being “mediocre” but I’d much rather those guys be making under 10mil then free agent pitcher money.

  42. forensic says:

    Geez Nix, you can’t just let the ball keep rolling way on past you. You almost gave up an extra base.

    No “Baseball Player” should let that kind of thing happen…

  43. Bo Knows says:

    what….the hell

  44. Bo Knows says:

    Defense do something, your f’n up right now

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

    Phil looks fucking good.

  46. Dalek Jeter says:

    I love dinky-dunky hits, they’re my favorite *rolls eyes*

  47. Dalek Jeter says:

    I don’t understand why you don’t field that ball against Encarnacion…he’s a huge power hitter, why are you going to let him take an extra swing anyway, if it goes foul?

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

    Death by cheap hits.

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

    Wow. He is getting dinked to death.

  50. Bo Knows says:

    This is complete bs, dinks and dunks and a stupid Nix

  51. Wil Nieves #1 Fan says:

    This is dumb, and it all started with Nix.

  52. Wil Nieves #1 Fan says:

    Thanks, Maicer.

  53. SeventhAce says:

    Phil got screwed there.

  54. forensic says:

    Ugh, well that inning certainly went downhill quickly…

    Though at least he ended it before giving up his contractually required homerun.

  55. TheLastClown says:

    Given the BABIP the Jays just enjoyed, 71 pitches through 4 is pretty good.

    Hopefully Hughes has figured something out, he looks great today.

  56. Anderson Silva says:

    Not a lot of luck for the Yankees today. But I love how Phil is pitching.

  57. Dalek Jeter says:

    Huh…I’ve got a comment under moderation. Weird. I dont’ think I said anything anybody else was saying about Hughes’ pitch count being directly related to Nix being terrible.

  58. forensic says:

    I know they won the first 3 of the series and all, but a little hard contact wouldn’t kill them against Dickey, even with the pitiful lineup out there.

    Even the homer wasn’t that well hit, more of a flyball that just snuck out.

    And yeah, it’s tough sometimes to work the count against a knuckleballer, but 53 pitches in 4 innings is pitiful.

    They almost look like they’re swinging as quickly as they can to get an early exit from the game.

  59. forensic says:

    Kawasaki sure is pretty annoying sometimes…

    And anytime Ortiz wants to stop hitting like this would be fine. Hopefully Houston isn’t opposed to losing 7 in a row for the first time this season.

  60. Tom T says:

    Is this (approximately) 82 MPH pitch that’s happening to RHB a true slider? How new is it?

    • Bo Knows says:

      it’s a cutter/slider hybrid, not a true slider but more break than a cutter. He’s been tinkering with it over the past few seasons, but he started using it around the middle of last season

  61. Dalek Jeter says:

    The Daily News guy just said “in the last few innings he’s throw 23 pitches with two outs” that’s really not fair seeing as how last inning he got two outs then got dinked and dunked to death.

    • Bo Knows says:

      weak lucky contact and weak defense can ruin a pitch count

      • Dalek Jeter says:

        But he was using against Hughes, the old argument that his pitch count is too damn high…and that’s not fair.

      • forensic says:

        Where is all this weak defense? Nix wasn’t going to get Encarnacion anyway, which seems to be the one you’re obsessing over.

        • Bo Knows says:

          I think he could have made a viable attempt if he charged the ball, and the fact he almost let the ball roll by him is something I take more offense for than anything else. He is only there for versatile defense, he can’t hit and if he’s going to get lazy he shouldn’t be around.

          • forensic says:

            I agree with you on him stupidly letting it get far past him and almost giving up an extra base, and I called him on it at that point too.

            But he’s not getting Encarnacion in the first place so hoping it goes foul isn’t really terrible defense or a slight to Hughes or anything.

  62. Wil Nieves #1 Fan says:

    Tony Clark, Enrique Wilson oh my fucking gawd.

  63. Winter says:

    Nunez runs, right?

  64. forensic says:

    Only 9 of their 18 PA’s have lasted more than 3 pitches.

    Predictably, they’re 0-9 in the PA’s of 3 or less pitches.

    Leave it to Nunez and Stewart of all people to finally take some damn pitches.

  65. Anderson Silva says:

    had robbie received that throw better he could have gotten bautista at second there

  66. Mykey says:

    Good thing CC went 8 yesterday, looking at this pitch count.

  67. Mykey says:

    Sick pitch there to strike out Cabrera.

  68. Winter says:

    Was that the slider/cutter?

    Can we call it a slutter?

  69. Dalek Jeter says:

    Wow…Jose Bautista is stealing 3rd. I hate this game sometimes.

  70. oldmanalex says:

    I saw that coming, ahh it stayed in the park.

  71. Mykey says:

    Bah, really gotta get this out here.

  72. forensic says:

    Ugh, I hate walking people in front of these little slappy terrible hitters sometimes. It always seems to come out with a bad result.

    Kind of lucky that wasn’t gone too.

  73. Dalek Jeter says:

    Wow…first of all that blows. Secondly Sterling is god awful he slipped up on which line that was hit down, if/when it hit off the was, where it was hit to, and who fielded it. I just basically want to /facepalm that entire play.

  74. WhittakerWalt says:


  75. Mickey Scheister says:

    I hate the IBB.

  76. oldmanalex says:

    Anyone feel that a) any other day Hughes would have the lead and a shot at the win b) He was kind a victim of coaching (IBB and the defensive alignments earlier)

  77. Eddard says:

    Phil did just fine today. He did his job, now the offense needs to do its job and get another comeback win.

  78. Dalek Jeter says:

    I have no problem with the IBB. Lind’s only ability is he can hit the ball out of the ballpark, and Hughes’ biggest problem is keeping the ball in the yard. Regardless of the result, I think it was the right call.

  79. forensic says:

    Cano and Wells have seen a combined 9 pitches in 4 AB’s, including not taking a single ball.

    It’d be nice if they tried to do that this inning maybe…

  80. Mykey says:

    Terrible Bartman impression.

  81. Anderson Silva says:

    offense in hack mode so they can go home early. Hate those games

  82. JMK says:

    Nice job to the “fans” in the $2,500 seats who successfully avoided getting anywhere near the ball Blanco caught.

  83. forensic says:

    Hey, a ball!!! Though he almost swung at another pitch that almost hit him again.

    And then of course he certainly couldn’t take a second pitch, though we have no idea where it was thanks to the terrible camera angle.

    And hey, Wells actually took a ball too.

    It didn’t work out in the end, but at least they finally took something.

  84. WhittakerWalt says:

    For some reason the Yankees pitch Adam Lind like he’s Ted Williams.

  85. Kramerica Industries says:

    Is that the same ballboy as the Yankees had back around 2010 or so?

  86. Kramerica Industries says:

    There’s Nun-E.

  87. WhittakerWalt says:


  88. Rolling Doughnut says:

    No E for Noonie?

  89. Dalek Jeter says:

    I know we should be happy about taking 3-4 against any team…but a 4 game sweep, especially against the Blue Jays would be so goddamned satisfying.

    • forensic says:

      Especially such a winnable game.

      If Hughes had gotten smacked around, then it’s easier to swallow, but this is just frustrating since it’s right there.

      Though there are still 3 innings left. Maybe they figure something out, but Dickey’s got plenty left in the tank still since they did nothing with taking pitches earlier.

  90. Dalek Jeter says:

    I’m calling Pronx Bomber time!

  91. WhittakerWalt says:

    Do the get Dickey to even throw 100 pitches in this game? Christ.

  92. forensic says:

    It would be absolutely hilarious if Gibbons actually took Dickey out of this game soon.

  93. Anderson Silva says:

    Love the Nix praise by Girardi on a day he cost Phil a run and the game probably.

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

      Extremely unlikely Nix (or any other similarly positioned 3B) would have been able to throw out the runner on that play even if they tried.

  94. SDB says:


  95. forensic says:

    HOLY SHIT!!!!!


  96. Anderson Silva says:


  97. Anthony says:

    I was thinking of that triple the other day… but I’ll gladly take the homerun!

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

    Glad I can watch the end of this game instead of listening to John and Suzyn. On the plus side, Waldman let a “bullshit” slip when referring to the bullpen.

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


    Way to go, Kyle!!!

  100. Rolling Doughnut says:

    A Lover-bomb

  101. flamingo says:


    (Also, KNICKS!!!)

  102. Kramerica Industries says:

    Had to use the facilities, but, damn, well done Lyle!

  103. forensic says:

    Now, back to what I was gonna comment before being so terrifically interrupted by Overbay.

    Throw out all the BS clichés you want about Nix, but he’s now played in 20 of 24 games, starting 16 of them. That is just WAY too many games for a guy of his non-ability.

  104. Get Phelps Up says:

    Kyle Loverbay!!

  105. Tom says:

    Lyle Freakin’ Overbay

  106. Mickey Scheister says:


  107. And in merrie olde England says:

    That would have been great if Robertson had caught it and thrown it to the catcher in the bullpen.

  108. Mickey Scheister says:

    Kyle Overbuy! AKA The Herp.

  109. Eddard says:

    These guys just keep coming through in clutch situations. Maybe another comeback win. Reminds me a lot of the 09 club with how often they come back.

    • Rolling Doughnut says:

      Yep. And a refreshing change from last year’s squad. And they’re basically replacements, making Cash look like a genius. Baseball is crazy.

  110. forensic says:

    Since we were talking about frustrating, now you have to turn it around. Still some time to go, but the Jays are now 6 outs from Robertson and Mo away from being swept in 4 games, including losing the last one after leading with a pitcher who was rolling against an offense that didn’t seem to have much battling desire in them today.

    This could really hurt them.

  111. capitalT says:

    Surprised Romine didn’t start today. I guess he’ll get his shot tomorrow.

    • Mike HC says:

      They had him catching bullpens with Pettitte and Hiroki. They probably want to get him on the same page as a few of the starters before throwing him in there.

  112. forensic says:

    Beautiful, one pitch out for Encarnacion. Now go through without too many baserunners and they won’t have to see Bautista again either.

  113. forensic says:


  114. mac says:

    Its pretty amazing how they fixed Nunez’s D. It would be great if he could start hitting.

  115. Anthony says:

    Some nice work from D-Rob. We might just pull off a 7 game win streak this week with the Astros coming to town.

  116. Tom says:

    So at this point do the Yankees need to get/call up a 2nd backup infielder and get rid of Francisco (or I guess send Boesch down)?

    Seems like the 3 OF’s are playing pretty much full time, and with Youk hurting it’s not like they can use one of those OF bats to PH for an IF, so why carry 2 OF backups?

  117. Rolling Doughnut says:

    Stewart always a day late and a dollar short

  118. flamingo says:

    OT and all, guys, but the Knicks were down 20… and now they’re tied.

  119. forensic says:

    Ok, guys. One more run would be really awesome.

    And I’m still not a fan of Cano batting second. With Gardner sitting it’s a little more difficult, but now Ichiro won’t try to steal because Cano is batting. It’s taking away so much of their potential base stealing.

  120. JRod says:

    I love this offense. April’s almost over. The whining pre-season skeptics are looking pretty fatuous and foolish now.

  121. forensic says:

    Ok, Mo. Finish it off.

  122. The Real Greg says:

    Break out the brooms!

  123. Anthony says:

    Break out the brooms.

  124. forensic says:

    Absolute domination for both Robertson and Mo!

    What an incredible 4 game sweep!!!


  125. flamingo says:

    Possibly no WWWMW this April. I like.

    Also: SWEEEEEEP.

    (Now hold on, Knicks, so I can say the same for you.)

  126. Anderson Silva says:

    Great job by the Yankees stealing this game. Thought this was a loss for sure. Very nice pitching from Phil as well today.

  127. SDB says:

    Beautiful. God, I’m going to miss Mo so much next year.

    Heck, one day with Joba pitching the ninth made me appreciate him even more.

  128. CountryClub says:

    3 good games in a row for Hughes and there was nothing fluky about them. His stuff has looked really good. Yanks rotation and pen looking really tough.

  129. RetroRob says:

    Nice game, and I actually got to see this one. Most of the games start at 1 am here.

  130. mustang says:

    mustang says:
    April 27, 2013 at 8:47 am
    With all the bitching this month about:
    1- Not enough offend.
    2- Can’t hit lefties.
    3- Schedule not favorable.
    4- Everyone is injured.
    5- Middle relief is bad.
    6- CC is no longer an ace because his fastball isn’t in the mid 90?s.
    7- Everyone coming back down to earth.
    If they win today they will be 5 games over .500 at the end of April !!!
    You would think by the threads and some of the comments that they were 5 games under .500.
    Someone forgot to tell this team that they are suppose to suck.
    Hope they keep this up for another 6 months.

  131. Dalek Jeter says:

    Of course the only busy stretch on like any Sunday ever since I started is right through the last 3 innings of the game, including the Loverbay homer.

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

    6 innings, 2 runs. Kickass.

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