Game 26: Rebound

Not again. (Al Bello/Getty)

Not again. (Al Bello/Getty)

The Yankees got walloped by the lowly Astros on Monday night, losing 9-1 to the league’s worst team in their own building. Stuff like that will happen a few times each year, it’s inevitable with a 162-game schedule, but that doesn’t make it feel any better. It’s pretty embarrassing.

Luckily, the Yankees and Astros are back on the field today for game two of the three-game series. New York has a chance to put the blowout loss behind them and get back to winning, something they’ve done very well since that brutal 1-4 start. They aren’t scoring a ton of runs — 3.8 runs per game since the two de-pants-ings of the Indians — but their pitching has been stellar. Well, stellar outside of Andy Pettitte last night. Here’s the lineup that will face right-hander Phil Humber…

  1. CF Brett Gardner
  2. LF Ichiro Suzuki
  3. 2B Robinson Cano
  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 veteran right-hander, Hiroki Kuroda.

It’s a lovely day in New York, perfect baseball weather. The game is scheduled to begin at 7:05pm ET and can be seen on YES. Enjoy.

Categories : Game Threads


  1. Robinson Tilapia says:

    We rise from the abyss for Prussia.

  2. Dalek Jeter says:

    I don’t get resting Wells, I mean they have an off day on Thursday, no?

    • jjyank says:

      They do, yeah. I feel like they should be riding Wells while he’s hot as much as possible. I would rather see Ichiro on the bench.

  3. JRod says:

    Giancarlo Stanton down with a hamstring, out at least several weeks. Yet another sign that he’s destined for the Bronx.

  4. Winter says:

    For anyone interested in the history of the RAB-Prussian alliance, the first mention of Prussia in a game thread this year was Game 11, a game they won 3-0 over the Orioles. Since then the Yankees have gone 10-5.

    That’s not the whole story. While that reference was just in passing, the first actual comparison of the Yankees to Prussia occurred in the Game 15 game thread. The Yankees won that game against the Blue Jays 9-4, and have gone 7-4 since.

  5. Robinson Tilapia says:

    No, I did not expect for Vidal Nuno to speak completely unaccented English.

  6. mustang says:

    This line-up hurts my eyes.

    • Dalek Jeter says:

      If I’m Humber, I’d IBB Gardner, Cano, and Pronk, and just go after everybody else and make them beat me.

  7. LK says:

    FIVE LEFTIES AT THE TOP OF THE LINEUP? I can’t believe Stewart isn’t hitting cleanup just to break them up.

    • Dalek Jeter says:

      It’s just been announced that The Astros saw a bat boy throwing with his left hand and signed him to a major league deal. He will be taking Humber’s spot on the mound. When asked for comment Joe Girardi was found in the fetal position under his desk, clutching “the Binder” muttering to himself over and over again “too many lefties. too many lefties.”

  8. The Oberamtmann says:

    So the Romine experiment is already over? When you bring up prospects, maybe play them? Not like Stewart is a star.

  9. vicki says:

    ronnier in tampa!

  10. Robinson Tilapia says:

    If you’re not listening to Suzyn, you’ve missed:

    1) Curtis to start rehabbing in EXT this weekend. Says he feels he needs 40-50 ABs before returning.

    2) Musty starting at third for Tampa tonight.

  11. Robinson Tilapia says:

    It must be “National Can You Find the Strike Zone Week” and no one told me.

  12. Kramerica Industries says:

    This better not be a case of deja vu all over again.

    Yesterday was bad enough.

  13. Get Phelps Up says:

    Looking at the Yankees on the DL…

    1B Tex
    2B ??
    SS Jeter
    3B Youk
    OF Mustillier
    OF Grandy
    OF ??
    C Cervelli
    DH A-Rod

    SP Pineda
    RP Nova
    CL Cabral

    Man, that’s just a 2B and one OF short of a legit MLB team.

  14. Rolling Doughnut says:

    Tight zone tonight

  15. SeventhAce says:

    YeaaaA! Fuck you Pena.

  16. Get Phelps Up says:

    Did that inning earn approval from Greg?

    • Dalek Jeter says:

      No way. Allowing two guys on the lowly Astros to reach base in the same inning?!?!?! DOOOM AND FAILURE!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Robinson Tilapia says:

      No. The fact that Kuroda has thrown 11 strikes and 8 balls gives the Astros a false sense of confidence that they eventually will get something to hit and, once they see that, the rest of the league will notice. Before you know it, the media is on it, and you can’t have that because then EVERYONE will smell weakness.

  17. Rolling Doughnut says:

    Splitter looks great, OK control. Kuroda gets better as the game goes on. No worries.

  18. Jeety says:

    Joseph is a leftie, Nix is a righty… Joseph is a prospect (not elite but a prospect nonetheless) and Nix is nothing at the plate, just seems odd that he wouldn’t be in the lineup.

  19. Kramerica Industries says:

    Why would Brett even show bunt in a 3-1 count?

  20. Rolling Doughnut says:

    Send him don’t be shy…

  21. Dalek Jeter says:

    More of that Brett.

  22. Mykey says:

    Gardner… Early in the count!? Awesome!

  23. SeventhAce says:

    Brett is going to have a field day on the base paths tonight.

  24. jjyank says:

    Yay aggressive Gardner!

  25. MannyGeee says:

    Did Suzyn tell me that Humber has given up 15 runs in his last two starts?


  26. SeventhAce says:


  27. Chip says:

    Well one nice part about having veterans is that you don’t have plays like that

  28. SeventhAce says:

    Wait, GGBG isn’t wearing his ghetto hand protector?!

  29. Wheels says:

    Time for payback.

  30. OldYanksFan says:

    Damn! Ichiro put that right where he wanted it.

  31. Dalek Jeter says:

    Damn, a foot either way and that’s a run scoring double.

  32. Dalek Jeter says:

    that looked like a trap, I was about to say.

  33. Kramerica Industries says:

    I was about to say…fucking Astros defense.

  34. Get Phelps Up says:

    If they’re going to make a late call, shouldn’t Ichiro be at 3rd?

    Either way, yay Pronk!

  35. Rolling Doughnut says:

    an inch more and it’s an out. funny how baseball works.

  36. oldmanalex says:

    2013 yankees not a fan of big innings.

  37. Dalek Jeter says:

    And of course Boesch jumps on the first pitch. Dude I know you don’t play everyday…but take a pitch.

  38. Get Phelps Up says:

    I wonder if Greg liked that inning? The negativity and media reaction that the DP is sure to result in will probably outweigh the run.

  39. Kramerica Industries says:

    If the yips are when a pitcher totally loses his ability to throw the ball, then what is it called when a batter totally loses his ability to make contact?

  40. Dalek Jeter says:

    I completely lost track, why are they talking about Rick Ankiel? Comparing him and Humber?

  41. Rolling Doughnut says:

    Attack these hitters let’s go.

  42. oldmanalex says:

    is it me or the two yes network commentators don’t interact much at all. I hear a lot of awkward pauses and silences lol

    • Leg-End says:

      Coney is great, I prefer it when Singleton is around with him though.

    • Dalek Jeter says:

      I think it’s because they just aren’t on the same wavelength intellectually. David Cone is David Cone, and Michael Kay is closer to the Harold Reynolds end of the spectrum.

    • Wheels says:

      Silence is good.

    • MannyGeee says:

      I fairness, the pace of this game is absolutely brutal, I am not at all surprised their timing would be off… You should hear Ma & Pa right now, they are completely out of shit to vamp on. They even had a discussions on ‘Kohler from Kohler’, or whoever-the-Fuck. Painful stuff

  43. oldmanalex says:

    Now it just sounds like Flaherty ( I think) just went for a bathroom break and just came back.

  44. Kramerica Industries says:

    Kuroda, jeez, is simply not efficient at all right now.

  45. Rolling Doughnut says:

    The Mariners in 2009? ARGHHH

  46. Dalek Jeter says:

    2 of our best pitchers would come out flat against the worst team in the AL.

  47. Chip says:

    “Look like they have a chip on their shoulders”

    That’s funny, it just looks like Kuroda can’t hit his spot to me

  48. Anderson Silva says:

    what a pathetic job by the starters so far in this series

  49. Kramerica Industries says:


  50. Mykey says:

    Christ. Did not picture our pitching struggling in this series.

  51. vicki says:

    john and suzyn are dead wrong about kuroda, btw. he has one of the slowest paces in the league. last season too.

  52. Eddard says:

    Don’t walk them, throw it right down the middle and challenge them. They can’t beat Hiroki. He did his best when he was just challenging that last hitter with fastballs.

    • Rolling Doughnut says:


    • SeventhAce says:

      You realize that pitching isn’t just about throwing the ball straight down the middle of the zone right? ESPECIALLY considering how Kuroda isn’t throwing overpowering fireballs out there. They’ll just slowly adjust and smack the fastball around.

    • Dalek Jeter says:

      You realize that Nova was throwing harder than Hiroki and was throwing right down the middle? Remember how that went? For a year and a half?

  53. Wheels says:


  54. MannyGeee says:

    Sounds like Kuroda is really getting squeezed out there… *wanking motion*

  55. Rolling Doughnut says:

    Shit together in the third. No worries.

  56. Stratman9652 says:

    These games against “pushover” teams drive me nuts. Either they go exactly as expected and are kinda boring to watch or they are incredibly frustrating and make you wanna pull your hair out.

  57. Lyle Overbay's Herpes says:

    Can you see me?

  58. Eddard says:

    Finally Nuney isn’t swinging for the fences all the time. He had some good swings there. Hit for contact, you’re not a power hitter Nuney.

  59. Dalek Jeter says:

    …Coney, that’s a stupid play with 2 outs. And pitcher who is a halfway decent fielder makes that play.

  60. Eddard says:

    If we ever need a bunt we know who to send up there.

  61. Vern Sneaker says:

    Infield grass is high, don’t u think?

  62. Kramerica Industries says:

    What a slow moving game.

  63. Now Batting says:

    Did I really just see an ad on YES that ended with …”take on Vernon Wells and the bombers”

  64. Dalek Jeter says:

    Kuroda is down to like Beckett type speeds…and now he’s getting squeezed too…fuckin hooray.

  65. Kramerica Industries says:

    That’s, what, Kuroda’s sixth baserunner allowed already?

    Really bad performance so far.

  66. Eddard says:

    Andy and Kuroda just can’t locate at all. Throw a strike and make them hit it.

  67. Mickey Scheister says:

    Squeeze much? Holy hell, the ump is clapping his hand like a fool. Humber has gotten the close call, Hiroki not so much.

  68. Dalek Jeter says:

    Okay, maybe that pitch will help Kuroda get it together a bit…

  69. Dalek Jeter says:

    That’s a bad call.

  70. Mickey Scheister says:

    Terrible call, wasn’t even that close.

  71. Get Phelps Up says:

    Thankfully the umpire didn’t cost Hirok any runs there.

  72. DLSIII says:

    DVRing E:60 right now. Can’t wait to watch it after post game.

  73. Dalek Jeter says:

    I know he made it to first, but what the hell was Ichiro doing after he missed and then noticed it got by Castro? Don’t watch him field the ball, you’ve done nothing all season, turn and bust it down the line!!

    • Winter says:

      He didn’t realize it got by at first. He was turning to go back to the dugout, saw that Castro had lost the ball, then broke for first.

      • Dalek Jeter says:

        I saw he saw it got by, started to first then watched Castro for a few steps before turning his head and really busting it down the line.

  74. Get Phelps Up says:

    Man, I wish I was old enough to fully appreciate that 1998 team.

  75. Dalek Jeter says:

    What I really hate about the pace of this game is it’s making every single play so much more stressful for me.

  76. Wheels says:

    Way to go Pronk.

  77. Rolling Doughnut says:

    Nice ab.

  78. Vern Sneaker says:

    What a pickup Pronk’s been. Pluh-LEEEZE stay healthy.

  79. Dalek Jeter says:

    My all star outfield of Cargo, Hamilton, and Bruce are destroying my fantasy team this season. Them, plus fucking V-Mart are killing me so far…

    (bored enough to start bringing up Fantasy for no real reason)

  80. MannyGeee says:

    You think Carlos Peña is in Houston on August 15? He feels like classic trade bait in Houston to me. Someone like Cleveland (if Giambi gets hurt) or Atlanta that could use a defensive 1B with some thump…


  81. Kramerica Industries says:

    My only guess could be the Mick. But I don’t think the ROY award existed in 1951.

  82. Dalek Jeter says:

    That’s exactly the inning Kuroda needed, what was that like, 8 pitches?

  83. Dalek Jeter says:

    That’s exactly the inning Kuroda needed, what was that like, 8 pitches?

  84. Rolling Doughnut says:

    Now that’s better. And the Jays are up over the Sux 4-2 in the 5th

  85. Dalek Jeter says:


    Lol, Brock Lesnar from the latest WWE videogame.

  86. Kramerica Industries says:

    Just needed some Jack Curry to speed this game up.

    Not liking only 2 R in 4 innings against Phil Humber. That needs to change.

    • Dalek Jeter says:

      Meh, as long as we win games I don’t care how we do it. Especially when the 5-6-7 is Boesch, Nix, Loverbay.

      • Kramerica Industries says:

        Agreed, it’s just annoying that, with the Astros already winning yesterday, it’s not fun seeing them a bloop and a blast away from a tie game here.

        Just want to bury these fuckers already. I know this stripped-down offense isn’t exactly the most equipped to do that.

        • Robinson Tilapia says:

          Yeah. It goes to show, though, that baseball isn’t a sport where bad teams just go out and get crushed on a nightly basis. This isn’t Alabama playing Middle North Dakota A&T.

        • Dalek Jeter says:

          Oh it’s absolutely infuriating. I just keep reminding myself…2-1 or 22-1, a win is a win.

  87. DERP says:

    Tim Hudson just hit an opposite field home run. It probably would have stayed in the yard but Bryce Harper knocked it over the fence lol

  88. Dalek Jeter says:

    Any Game of Thrones fans out there? http://24.media.tumblr.com/5a6.....o1_500.png

  89. Wheels says:

    Get back in the box Pena.

  90. Robinson Tilapia says:

    Good to see Kuroda calming down.

    How hard must it be to be Corban Joseph, trying to act cool standing there next to Jeter?

  91. Eddard says:

    All Hiroki needs to do is labor his way through 6 and then we can set up our 7-8-9 guys.

  92. Eddard says:

    Stewart may let some balls past him but he does know how to throw out a runner.

  93. Vern Sneaker says:

    That was an unreal quick accurate throw. Wow.

  94. Kramerica Industries says:

    Altuve spared Carter of another strikeout.

  95. Rolling Doughnut says:

    Nice strike by Stewart

  96. Dalek Jeter says:

    My fantasy team is totally not okay with this IBB.

  97. Robinson Tilapia says:

    Brennan Boesch: King of DPs that mean something.

  98. Dalek Jeter says:

    Wow, Boesch has really showed some hustle. He should be 0-3 w/ 2 GDIPs.

  99. Dalek Jeter says:

    finally starting to stretch the lead…but it’s very much a hustle and luck based 2 runs that inning.

  100. Kramerica Industries says:

    Carter still wanted that strike out, I guess.

  101. MannyGeee says:

    This is the worst 4-0 game going the “right way” I’ve ever suffered through. Extremely slow moving and kinda uneventful, all considered.

  102. Get Phelps Up says:


  103. Kramerica Industries says:

    Kuroda for the 7th?

    Only 28 pitches in the last three innings.

    • Dalek Jeter says:

      What’s he at? like 96? Yeah, I’d send him back out there.

      • Robinson Tilapia says:

        Isn’t it our starting pitchers that are being all gritty and gutty this season? And they’re of various nationalities to boot!

      • Kramerica Industries says:

        Yeah. 67 after three innings, but only 95 after six. At least a four run lead to work with, as well, but it’s not the pitch count but the fact that he’s finally found his groove.

        Batter-to-batter, yes, just to be careful, but I’d sent him back out, too.

    • Rolling Doughnut says:


  104. Dalek Jeter says:

    Nunie!!!!!! Second that ball landed I said that should be a double.

  105. Rolling Doughnut says:

    Noonie hustles. Watch and learn Robbie

  106. Vern Sneaker says:

    Cano would just be getting to first.

  107. Robinson Tilapia says:

    Nunez just made me feel like we were all suddenly actually in EddardWorld.

  108. Eddard says:

    Eduardo Nuney’s coming out of his funk as some were ready to give up on him. He’s just now getting hot.

  109. Dalek Jeter says:


  110. Vern Sneaker says:

    Nooney’s so pumped I half expect him to try to steal home.

  111. Dalek Jeter says:

    Things more useless than Chris Stewart:
    1. Ben Francisco
    2. Congress

  112. Govin says:

    How many wild pitches has Humber thrown this game?

  113. Mickey Scheister says:

    How may passed balls/wild pitches today by the Stros? 6 or 7 without checking. I supposed it would be the norm if Montero was the catcher here.

  114. Get Phelps Up says:

    And look at that, Kuroda goes 7 innings.

  115. Dalek Jeter says:

    The Kate Smith Version of this song is god awful I don’t understand why they use it…like there isn’t a recording of a better rendition of this song anywhere in human history?

  116. Troll says:

    And just like that, Ponce de Leon puts the Red Sox back on top . . . That team just doesn’t know how to lose anymore.

  117. Mickey Scheister says:

    The ‘scurvy fuck’ of the day award goes to…Obama. That is all.

  118. McLovin says:

    Starting Nunez in fantasy is paying off lol

  119. Kramerica Industries says:

    0-2 count, David. Jeez.

  120. Eddard says:

    Chris Carter can only hit HRs and strike out and you throw him a meatball on 0-2. He would have swung right over the curve in the dirt.

  121. Pinkie Pie says:


    Well at least we get to see Mariano now.

  122. teddy says:

    drob thinks he mariano rivera and he not

    • Robinson Tilapia says:

      Because Mariano’s never done that in his career before.

    • M-Three says:

      I agree, D-Rob has fallen way too in love with throwing cutters. That’s part of the reason why I don’t want him to be our next closer. I would actually feel more comfortable with resigning Joba and going with him as the closer after Mo retires. To me, Joba seems to be more suited for that role than D-Rob both mentally and stuff wise.

  123. Robinson Tilapia says:

    See? This makes the other team feel like they have life, which is a bad thing, since other bad teams are watching, and now they’ll experience positive energy when facing the Yankees, while the Yankees will experience negative vibe. Also, the media is watching.

  124. Karl Krawfid says:

    D-Rob sucks this year.

  125. The Real Greg says:

    Well, that helps.

  126. Get Phelps Up says:

    Kyle Loverbay at it again.

  127. Pinkie Pie says:

    Michael Kay’s metaphors suck. Also yay for Overbay.

  128. Winter says:

    It’s the helmet. It has to be.

  129. Rolling Doughnut says:


  130. Robinson Tilapia says:

    Did he really just stretch another out again? Maybe he won’t get caught up between third and home this time.

  131. Dalek Jeter says:

    Yay Loverbay!!!

    woot, Nunie!

  132. Lyle Overbay's Herpes says:

    Yay! Valtrex!

  133. Eddard says:

    Those of us on the Eduardo Nuney bandwagon are going to sleep well tonight. He is just starting to get on a roll right when people were abandoning ship.

  134. Winter says:

    It’s like Nunez forgot he’s supposed to lose his helmet then remembered at the last second before he crossed home.

  135. Wheels says:

    Ha, and the helmet comes off at again.

  136. Dalek Jeter says:

    Good job Stewy…also, Coney is really one of us…”sabermetrics and what not…haha Nunie can’t keep his helmet.”

  137. Pinkie Pie says:

    Damn you Stewart! The people paid to see Mariano close the game, not for you to get meaningless tack-on RBI’s!

  138. Pseudoyanks says:

    Still bring in Mo?

  139. teddy says:

    i take that back on drob, accodring to fangraphs he throwing his curvebal 22 percent of the time

  140. Dalek Jeter says:


  141. Stratman9652 says:

    How about we don’t get Mo up against the fucking Astros.

  142. Hans Moleman says:

    Nice, my fantasy team needs this.

  143. Robinson Tilapia says:

    How nice of Shawn Kelley.

  144. Dela G says:

    why is kelley on this team

  145. Pseudoyanks says:

    Oh Mo, please don’t retire. I mean, the dude is still the best. Why not put up a Cy Young wins type of Saves total…you know 1,000 or so.

  146. Dalek Jeter says:

    Nice…an extra K and a cheap save!

  147. Dela G says:

    yankees win

  148. WhittakerWalt says:

    I love you Mo.

  149. Robinson Tilapia says:

    The natural order of things returns.

    For Prussia.

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