Apr
05

Game Four: Back in Detroit

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(Jonathan Daniel/Getty)

The last time the Yankees played a game in Detroit, their season came to an unceremonious and brutally ugly end. The Tigers swept New York out of the ALCS last fall in a four-game series that was a little closer than we might remember — Game One went to extra innings, Game Two was a one-run game for seven innings, Game Three was a one-run game overall — but still a lopsided win for the defending AL Central champs. They outscore the defending AL East champs 20-9 in the four games.

After playing a night game in the Bronx, the Yankees are on MoTown for the Tigers’ home opener this afternoon. It’s not the longest flight in the world, but it still sucks having to play a day game after a night game when you have to change cities. Fatigue in these situations tends to show up the day after, meaning it would probably be more evident in tomorrow’s game than today’s. I dunno, we’ll see. Here’s the starting nine…

  1. CF Brett Gardner
  2. 2B Robinson Cano
  3. 3B Kevin Youkilis
  4. DH Travis Hafner
  5. RF Brennan Boesch
  6. SS Eduardo Nunez
  7. LF Ichiro Suzuki
  8. 1B Lyle Overbay
  9. C Chris Stewart

And on the mound is someone who will hopefully pitch like his rotation spot is on the line with Phil Hughes scheduled to return next week, right-hander Ivan Nova.

This afternoon’s game is scheduled to start at 1:08pm ET, though it might be a little later because of the home opener festivities. Either way, the game can be seen on YES locally and MLB Network nationally, and remember to join in this afternoon’s chat after the jump (starts at 1pm ET). Enjoy.

Hiroki Kuroda Update: Kuroda (finger) threw 36 pitches in the bullpen today and everything went fine. The team will wait to see how he feels tomorrow before deciding whether he will make his next scheduled start on Monday.

Categories : Chats, Game Threads
  • Eddard

    There’s nothing like half assing it at work so you can listen to two people who never half ass their jobs. “And I thank you Suzyn and once again, good afternoon everyone.” It gives me chills to listen to that voice.

    I predict another W today behind our great starting pitching. This might be a pitchers duel, Nova vs Fister just like the playoffs 2 years ago.

    • Winter

      It gives me chills too, but I don’t think it’s for the same reason.

  • Winter

    Cano bats second once. Yankees win. Now Cano bats second.

    • Joe R

      Yeah I dont get this at all. Girardi’s reasoning was more at bats with hopefully people on in front of him. Overbay, Stewart, and Gardner. Yeah that sounds like a swell plan Joe. Why not just put Nunez second? He can hold his own. Cano 3rd. Youk 4th and Hafner 5th. Ugh.

      • jsbrendog

        seriously though, do not change anything til you lose. you won. jut go with it.

      • What am I, New?

        Could be the extra at bats over the course of a season, see Bragan’s Brainstorm…

        • Jim Is Bored

          I think it’s more likely that Girardi weights the most recent results too heavily. But oh well.

          • What am I, New?

            If that were true, he wouldn’t rely on his binder nearly as much as he does.

      • trr

        no one has ever accused Girardi of being a deep thinker

      • Laz

        Gardner is great, but who else gets on base at a high enough rate in front of Cano? If you had jeter there it’s one thing, but dumb to put a decent baserunner, but not high obp guy like Nunez or Ichiro there.

        • Laz

          I’d rather see Hafner/Youk/Cano get the few extra at bats than Ichiro.

  • s

    Why the hell is Chris Stewart starting again? Wow.

    • Winter

      Day game after a night game.

      • s

        It would only be Cervelli’s 3rd start in 5 days. On an offensively-starved team, we need to have our best lineup out there–this just feels like Girardi getting too cute.

        • Eddard

          I think Cervelli will be in there the next 2-3 games and eventually start 80%. Frankie is the superior player in all facets of the game but he can’t play everyday.

      • King George

        Exactly. Standard operating procedure to give Cervy a rest.

      • jjyank

        Yup. Pretty standard operating procedure.

  • Jim Is Bored

    Go Yanks!

  • Vern Sneaker

    Cervelli needs a rest? He’s a young athlete, for God’s sake. The next game isn’t until 4 p.m. tomorrow. He just hit a 7 zillion foot HR and Girardi sits him down.

    • Jim Is Bored

      Long season. No point running him into the ground early. Catching’s rough on guys of any age.

      • jsbrendog

        plus, if cervelli goes down….jesus…fucking…christ…

        • Jim Is Bored

          Yeah he has to last at least until Romine can see some MLB action.

        • Dalek Jeter

          …I don’t even want to think about what it would be like if Stewie were catching 70%+ of our games. It would be very depressing.

      • Vern Sneaker

        I think more likely it’s that Girardi isn’t thing of Cervy as the first-string catcher and so divides the work. Teams don’t rest their starting catchers after two games.This is Girardi managing badly.

        • Jim Is Bored

          And I think it’s more likely you’re reading too much into the situation. No one knows who’s right yet.

          • Vern Sneaker

            Maybe, but I don’t see any reasonable argument against Cervy being the first-string catcher.

            • Jim Is Bored

              I don’t either, which is why I’m assuming Girardi is just resting Cervelli.

              • forensic

                Like he just rested him in game 2 after a day off against a pitcher he’s had success against? I think it’s likely you’re not reading enough into the situation.

                • Jim Is Bored

                  No, he rested him the day game after a night game. This happens all the fucking time.

                  Jesus.

                  I’m just pointing out that there are two sides to the coin. Believe whatever the fuck you want to.

                  • Steve

                    Hulk angry!

                • Jim Is Bored

                  And we were done here. But thanks for keeping it going.

                  • forensic

                    Glad I could help. Calm down a little. And yes, today is because of the turnaround, but the overall situation is pretty obvious at this point.

        • jjyank

          Teams rest their starting catcher in a day game after a night game all the time. Who cares if it happens in April or August? It’s a long season, there’s no sense in running him into the ground now.

  • Jim Cavanaugh

    Ughhh … this place again man.

  • jsbrendog

    think ill do the tigers radio broadcast for ths one….and duck out before the game thread gets to the usual point of horrendousness

    • Jim Is Bored

      I will only be here for another ~40 minutes, and I’m clearly not being productive at my job, so I’ll stick around and be entertained.

  • Kramerica Industries

    Fister again.

    Yippee.

    • Dalek Jeter

      Fist her? I barely know her.

      I’ll be here all week.

      • BrienTaylorsRookieCard

        hehe

  • Jim Is Bored

    I so desperately want Hafner to stay healthy this year.

    Fools hope, probably. But I feel like he could have a great season.

  • Kramerica Industries

    Tough luck.

  • jjyank

    Ah fuck. Off the bat I thought that would go through.

  • Jim Is Bored

    Gah I do not miss In Play, Out(s).

  • MB923

    Hey all, not home to watch the game. I see Cano grounded out. Was the shift on him again and if so, was he robbed of another hit?

  • Pat D

    No, Michael, Austin Jackson is not a “former Yankee.”

    • Hardy

      Well, he is a former GCL Yankee.

      • Pat D

        Ah, spit.

  • jjyank

    Ok, Miggy. Here’s the deal. You can go 4-4, but you’re not allowed to drive in or score any runs. Alright? alright.

  • Kramerica Industries

    Nova picking up right where he left off. Amazing.

    • Jim Is Bored

      Well not quite, no screaming doubles or home runs yet.

  • jjyank

    Whew. Nice curveball there.

  • King George

    The Yankees must be allergic to “0” in the 1st inning.

  • jjyank

    1st and 3rd with no outs and only 1 run scores? I’ll take it. Nova needs to settle down though.

  • wow

    Why is Fister so friggin lucky on those comebackers?

    • Kramerica Industries

      He actually got drilled on his pitching hand in Game 1 last year (oddly enough, I think it snuffed out a bases loaded rally…go figure).

      The annoying part? He didn’t allow a single run the rest of his outing. After getting drilled on his damned pitching hand in a freezing Yankee Stadium. Ridiculous.

      • JLC 776

        And that was one or two innings after the blown call at second that cost us at least one run. Guy was on the ropes, gets hit in the hand, settles down and kills us. Screw him, screw Detroit, and screw that series!

  • JLC 776

    A non-error error there by Nunez.

  • BrienTaylorsRookieCard

    Is Detroit becoming the Angels of the 2000s (sans 2009) for us in the ’10s?

  • Havok9120

    I need baseball to distract me from the unforgiveably stupid thing I did today.

    Go Yanks.

    • jjyank

      Well now you just got us all curious.

      • Havok9120

        There was a test today I completely forgot about. I was totally unprepared for it and I needed the grade.

  • ClayDavis

    The Tigers are going to win this game 8-1

    • Hall and Nokes

      DET 8 24 0
      NYY 1 8 1

      • Hall and Nokes

        the game’s in Detroit, idiot.

  • Celerino Sanchez

    Stewart’s a bum. Calls four straight fastballs to the #9 hitter.

    • CashmanNinja

      Maybe it’s because there was a guy on base and Nova kept bouncing his curveballs in the dirt causing them to go all over the place. Stewart isn’t exactly a stud by any means, but with the way Nova is pitching there is no catcher out there who could coax a quality start out of him at this rate. Nova looks flat out terrible. I can’t remember seeing so many full counts with so few batters.

  • TomH

    53 pitches, 2 innings of sheer labor. The Yankees’ April schedule is tough enough that they don’t need Nova in the rotation to make it worse. God help them if Hughes can’t get back soon.

  • JLC 776

    2 innings; 93 combined pitches. This game is already killing me.

  • Eddard

    That’s why you send the runner. I just don’t know why Joe doesn’t let Gardner and Nuney fly.

    • jjyank

      Fister is quick to the plate and running into outs isn’t the greatest idea with Cano at the plate.

      • Slugger27

        gardner is quick to 2nd base and staying in a GIDP situation isnt the greatest idea with one of your slower runners at the plate.

        2 can play the very over simplistic game. just sayin.

        • jjyank

          I didn’t say Garnder shouldn’t have run. Eddard said he “didn’t know why”, so I provided some potential logic. No need to be snarky.

    • Bryan

      The Detroit catcher is one of the better run catchers in the league. Not the correct time to do that.

  • JLC 776

    I’m by no means jumping on the Cano is lazy bandwagon, but that double play beat him by far too large a margin.

    • bobtaco

      Is there any more frustrating player to watch when cold than Robinson Cano?

      • JLC 776

        What’s he batting, like .080 now?

        Guy goes .500 over the last two weeks of the regular season and stops playing in the postseason.

        Guy goes .400 or so in the WBC, winning MVP, and looks weak and uninterested over the first three games.

        Small sample size and all, but yes, he is incredibly frustrating to watch at times!

  • Celerino Sanchez

    Give Cano back his DR hat. Maybe he’ll play better!

  • Bryan

    This game is so terrible.

  • Slugger27

    i doubt gardner even has a steal sign. its jsut the permanent green light for whenever he wants to run. i would assume anyway.

  • CashmanNinja

    Because Fister holds runners on really, really well…

  • Jimmy

    sick of Cano already.

  • BrienTaylorsRookieCard

    no shift and he hits the ball to the opposite twice today for outs.

  • Ivan Nova

    I bwanted to blay por la dominicana but dey said I can’t ’cause my ERA was over cinco

  • Athenian

    Cano is just awful right now.

    • trr

      It’s tough, because we all know he’s capable of so much more

      • Athenian

        The poison of being with Boras!

  • Anthony

    Hmm. Still confused by all this draft pick stuff. We have 4 of the top 66 picks, and $7 million to sign them. We theoretically could use all $7 mill on the first pick though, thereby losing the other 3 picks?

    I guess I’m confused about how the money is related to the picks. Lets say we had 2 picks, each worth $2 million. But we use all $4 million on one pick, so we lose the other. But what if we use $3,999,999 on one pick and leave $1 for the other (as stupid as that sounds) – would we still have that second pick?

    • jjyank

      Each pick has a certain amount of money for the slot. If you don’t sign a player, you don’t get to allocate that slot money to another player.

      So the Yanks have 2 picks and $2 mil each in slot money, $4 mil in total. The Yankees can’t spend $4 mil on one player and not sign the other, because they will lose $2 mil in their pool by not signing the player.

  • CashmanNinja

    Well that was an outstanding catch by Boesch.

  • TomH

    Where in hell are the Yanks staying if Sterling is right and, if you miss the bus, it’s a 70 buck cab ride to Comerica?

  • JLC 776

    Alright, Boesch! I don’t know if Ichiro would’ve had that!

  • Kramerica Industries

    Some seriously loud outs there.

  • Eddard

    Nova’s keeping us in the ballgame. Now the offense needs to do something. If Nuney gets on let him fly. Can’t just sit back and wait for the 3 run HR. They aren’t going out today.

    • TomH

      Well, I guess one might interpret this labored outing as “keeping [the Yankees] in the ballgame.” It does seem kind of generous though.

      • JLC 776

        When it’s a beloved veteran, it’s called ‘battling’. Otherwise, it’s laboring. Ah, semantics!

  • Athenian

    After watching the first four games, one really has to question the Yankees baseball acumen. Sure there are injuries but that is part game and an organization of the magnitude like the Yankees should have better contingency plans. Loooooooooooooooooong year ahead.

    • Adam

      Impressed that you can figure that out from three games and a few innings. Perhaps you should be hired by the front office.

      • Athenian

        So what you are saying is you are completely satisfied with all the off season moves and the direction of the team. I guess I expect too much.

    • Dalek Jeter

      Yes, every well run team with a higher “baseball Acumen” would still be competitive after loosing their:
      Starting SS
      Starting 3B
      Starting 1B
      Starting CF’er
      Fourth Starter
      Second Starter after 1.1 innings

      • Athenian

        Honestly, if each of those positions had legitimate players you would be right. But with what you described, 3 of those missing are hurting the Yankees right now. The other three no so much.

        • Havok9120

          Wait, what? You think 3 of those guys are net negatives for the team when they play?

  • Eddard

    Oh my god…no please. Not Nuney.

  • Adam

    Ugh, you have got to be kidding me.

  • JLC 776

    Hey, another injury!

  • 28 this year

    This has to be some sort of joke.

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

    Seems like it may be a fractured arm.

    Okay, you can’t blame the Yankees for this at all. He’s one of our youngest players.

    • CUYanks

      Seemed to hit him in the chest. Maybe ribs?

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

        He was holding his arm when he came off. The announcers seemed to think it bounced off of his chest and hit his arm.

        • CUYanks

          Maybe. But sometimes you might hold something in place because something else is broken. Collarbone even. Let’s just hope he got the wind knocked out and he has a bruise.

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

            With our luck, he’ll need chest AND arm reconstructive surgery.

  • ClayDavis

    #!#&$

  • RetroRob

    So who is Nix’s backup?

  • jjyank

    Hey, MLBN. Shut the fuck up about Hamilton getting boo’d and put the Yankee game back on!

    kthxbai

  • Eddard

    Anybody but Nuney. Now what are we going to do.

  • Pat D

    Is Dante writing this shit?

  • Jersey Joe

    As a Nuney hater, I never thought I would be begging for him to be OK.

  • Hoss

    Who else on the 40-man plays SS besides Nunez and Nix (and Jeter, of course)?

    • RetroRob

      Who is the starting SS in AAA?

      • Hoss

        Non-roster ST invitee, I believe. Only other infielder on 40-man is Joseph.

  • giuseppe

    Seriously? When is Ashton Kutcher going to come out of the dugout.

  • RetroRob

    So is there a rule now that all Yankee shortstops must suffer injuries while playing the Tigers?

    • flamingo

      Seems like it.

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

    Man. I’m just going to say it. Right now, our lineup sucks.

  • JLC 776

    Was that a pitcher we just had at bat? That was awful.

  • Eddard

    Well, I’m afraid that losing Eduardo Nuney is the straw that will break the camels back. If he’s out for a long period of time we’re going to struggle to win 5 games in April. Nova’s doing his best to keep us in the ballgame but it won’t be enough.

    • trr

      i keep saying what next, and then something else bad happens, I’m gonna keep my fat trap shut from now on

  • Celerino Sanchez

    Yanks had a chance to get Fister when he was eventually traded to Tigers. Not sure what they don’t like about him. Don’t think the Tigers gave up a ton.

    If Nix needs to play for an extended time we’re in deep do-do. Even Nunez haters can see that he’s much better than Nix.

    • trr

      Celerino Sanchez would be a better option
      hope it’s not serious

      • Hoss

        Celerino played 3B. The shortstops back then were Frank Baker and Stick Michael, as I recall.

        Let’s hope that Nuney’s OK. It looked like he was holding his arm, but the ball hit him in the chest. If Yuniesky Betancourt dons a Yankee uniform, we’ll be in deep deep.

        • Celerino Sanchez

          I’d take Yuniesky over Nix. Just don’t think he brings much other than truly “MEH” versatility.

  • http://www.penuel-law.com/ Cuso

    This slate of early games on a Friday pisses me off.

    So, yeah, I did it. I left work at 2pm for “no” reason.

  • LarryM Fl

    Down goes Nunez, what a wonderful start to the season. I hope its just a bone bruise. I was hoping to see the game get some playing with Jeter on the DL.

    • LarryM Fl

      Correction: see the kid not see the game

  • Bryan

    The only thing missing from this inept team right now is Harry Doyle doing the commentary with a bottle of Jack in hand.

  • Kramerica Industries

    Get some runs here.

  • Kramerica Industries

    Runs any way you can get them.

  • jjyank

    I’ll take whatever we can get. Thanks Fister.

  • jjyank

    YOOOOUUUUUUUUK

  • Kramerica Industries

    Yes!

  • CashmanNinja

    Ok, a wild pitch scores a run and then a 2 run blast. I’ll take runs anyway we can get ‘em!

  • Jimmy

    Youk haters where yall at?

  • Cy Pettitte

    Yoooouuuk!

  • Adam

    Yooouuuuuuk!

  • flamingo

    Oh my god, what was that HR call?! My ears are bleeding.

    But hey, maybe the luck’s turning our way!

    • Adam

      Oh goodness, what was it?

      • flamingo

        A NUKE! FOR YOUK!

        Ugh. What is his obsession with nuclear weaponry?

        • Hoss

          It’s from constantly being told to shove a projectile up his ass.

    • RetroRob

      No one ever likes Sterling’s HR calls for new players, and then people love ‘em. We hear a Nuke from Youk thirty times this year, we’ll love it.

      • flamingo

        Eh, I’ll love the HR. Don’t think I’ll ever love the call. I still cringe at that Cisco kid stuff (not that we hear that too often).

        Sterling has his kitschy stuff, and then he has the just-plain-awful stuff.

  • http://www.penuel-law.com/ Cuso

    Atta fuckin boy, Youk. Now I’m GLAD I left work!

  • Cool Lester Smooth

    YOOOOOOOOOUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUK

  • Andy

    YOUK!

  • JLC 776

    Very nice!

  • Hoss

    Fistah! You forgot: You’re not pitching to the “Yankees” today. Youk!

  • Mandy Stankiewicz

    It’s a NUKE from YOUK!
    (first time hearing sterling deliver that!)

    • Adam

      “Speaking of nukes, this home run was brought to you by the North Korean tourism bureau…”

      • LarryM Fl

        that was funny

  • forensic

    Way to go You kilos!

    Yes, that is the iPhone autocorrect for him…

    • RetroRob

      I feared it was Sterling’s call.

  • Celerino Sanchez

    C’mon Boesch, pay them back for releasing you.

  • ClayDavis

    That was one of the worst homerun calls in baseball history.. (Sterling)

  • trr

    Ah John Sterling!

  • Bryan

    OK Nova. Just get through at least another inning…ideally two and all will be right in the world.

  • Hoss

    Straight from the PC Police:

    You cannot use any terminology involving weaponry in sports (or life) anymore, so Sterling is in a heap of trouble. Remember the “Baltimore Bullets”? Hit a bit too close to home.

    No more A-Bombs from A-Rod either. But we knew we wouldn’t have much to worry about in that regard anyway.

    • flamingo

      I’m fairly certain Matsui once hit a HR and Sterling mixed up the calls and said “An A-bomb! From – Matsui!”

      Which was… not ideal.

      • Hoss

        It was probably after Suzyn distracted him by talking about A-Rod’s special balls. You know, around the time he got his 600th homerun. She got a special sneak peek at them and was talking about it on the air.

      • Havok9120

        I think I remember that call.

        It was hilarious.

        • flamingo

          Radio life’s got some perks.

  • Celerino Sanchez

    Again. Three straight fast balls to the #9 hitter! No more Stewart!!!

  • Kramerica Industries

    Nova willing and able to give these runs right back.

    • Celerino Sanchez

      Yup!

  • http://twitter.com/Paddock9652 Stratman9652

    Nova is gonna give the lead right back isn’t he?

  • Pasta Stumbling Sojo

    Maybe Nunez’s injury will disturb his throwing motion to first… which might result in fewer errors. Too soon?

    • Bob Buttons

      That movie’s ending sucked since it was against the Yanks.

  • Celerino Sanchez

    Need a DP grounder from Hunter.

  • http://twitter.com/Paddock9652 Stratman9652

    Please don’t let him face Miggy

  • Eddard

    Bend don’t break. Nova’s doing one hell of a job without his best stuff.

  • jjyank

    That sounded like it hurt.

    Nova, if you injured my first round pick, I’m going to be pissed.

    • Dalek Jeter

      So…Justin..Swish for Carpenter? lol

      • jjyank

        Ah fuck you. I’ll wait to see if he’s actually hurt first, but…yeah, I’m gonna need a god damn 3B if he’s really hurt.

        • Dalek Jeter

          Serious though: Carpenter/Scuturo/Seager and Wilson for Werth/Swish and Edwin Jackson. Take your pick.

          • jjyank

            Hm. That’s interesting. Seager and Wilson for Werth and Jackson?

            • Dalek Jeter

              You seem to happy about this. Counter: Scuturo and Wilson for Swish and Jackson.

  • Celerino Sanchez

    Pass me the hook, please.

  • JLC 776

    It’s petty and spiteful, but I feel good seeing us wound someone for once.

  • jjyank

    Fuck you Boone.

  • Cool Lester Smooth

    God fucking dammit.

  • JLC 776

    Fuck that.

  • sangreal

    well that went well

  • Kramerica Industries

    I’m so glad the LOOGY did his job.

  • jdp

    I hate all the references to your fantasy teams. Nobody gives a duck.

    • jjyank

      I hate your comment. Nobody gives a fuck.

  • flamingo

    Well then.

  • WhittakerWalt

    Thanks, LOOGY.

  • Eddard

    Boone Logan is garbage. Way to get out the only man you’re hired to get out.

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

    Raise your hand if you’re even remotely surprised.

    *Nobody raises hand*

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

    So much for a leftie specialist. Fuck.

  • CashmanNinja

    I hate how much confidence Girardi has in Boone Logan. He’s Girardi’s version of Scott Proctor.

    • Hoss

      Great decision to go with one lefty in the pen who can surely pitch in 100 games.

    • i like bacon

      joe with his lefty against lefty. worked out well. i wonder if he writes it in his little book how many times it doesnt work. i dont have enough beer to watch this. heading for the store.

  • Celerino Sanchez

    Oh well the lead was nice while it lasted! 2/3 of an inning.

  • King George

    So glad Boone Fucking Logan is a Yankees. Winner.

  • forensic

    As some of us said after opening day, Logan scares the crap out of us still. Apparently Girardi disagreed, unfortunately.

    • Dalek Jeter

      Yeah…really uncomfortable with him being our only Lefty.

      • jjyank

        Agreed. I’m fine with him if there’s a truer LOOGY in the pen too, but with Rapada out…yeah, Logan as the only LOOGY scares me.

      • The Real Me (Formerly Cris Pengiucci)

        We need “Stairs”!

    • WhittakerWalt

      “Boony’s my guy against lefties”

  • ClayDavis

    This season has not been very fun.

  • Raymond Freemont

    Not shocked by that result at all. Awesome job Boone.

  • WhittakerWalt

    Chris Stewart, awesome pitch-framer.

  • Jorge Brosada

    And pitching is supposed to be our strength? Disgusted by what I’ve seen today so far

  • MannyGeee

    Boone Logan… Gets. Leftys. Out.

  • vicki

    they’re not booing; they’re saying “boooooooone.”

    no. they’re booing.

    • Jorge Brosada

      They’re actually saying boo-urns

      • Dalek Jeter

        +10000

  • Mark L.

    Good thing we released Rapada – Logan is awful

  • Athenian

    Seriously, who did not see that coming? A staple of the past two year, get a lead and see how quickly it can be given up.

    Awesome.

    • http://twitter.com/Paddock9652 Stratman9652

      Why do you follow the Yankees if you hate them so much? I will never understand the troll mentality. How somebody gets his jollies off of a team he claims to be a fan of doing badly so that he can bitch about them on a message board will never make sense to me.

  • WhittakerWalt

    John Flaherty: “Fielder’s looking for something out over the plate”

    REALLY?

  • teddy

    no point in playing det can’t beat them

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

    Should be interesting, a bad lineup vs. a bad bullpen. It’s like the unstoppable force vs. the unmovable object, but in reverse.

    • trr

      weirdly, that makes sense to me

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

        Yeah, I don’t even know what it means and it still makes sense to me.

  • Celerino Sanchez

    Other than DRob and Mo, not so sure this bullpen is all that it’s cracked up to be. Eppley is worthless, Joba is still recovering, Logan was overworked to the point of exhaustion last year, Warren, eh?

    • Celerino Sanchez

      Kelley has looked good though!

      • vicki

        jinx.

  • trr

    dammit!

  • The Doctor

    Nix can’t pick up an easy ground ball o start the inning, Nova can’t avoid hitting a guy when he’s got 2 strikes on him, and Logan can’t do his only job. Just fantastic all around.

  • Bryan

    Boone failed…but dear god what in the world was Prince swinging at? That ball was neck high!

    • WhittakerWalt

      A neck-high floater.

    • MannyGeee

      That’s Prince’s pitch though. anything middle of the plate he will muscle out.

  • BigBlueAL

    At least the pitching staff is a strength of the Yankees.

  • trr

    you’re rustling my jimmies

  • WhittakerWalt

    So… can Boone Logan get anyone out?

  • Dalek Jeter

    Smyly, good move because we’re very Lefty heavy.

    • Dalek Jeter

      And we know Joe won’t pinch hit until the tying run is on base/at the plate in the 8th inning or later.

      • Athenian

        And he will ask that pinch hitter to bunt.

  • Hoss

    Cashman’s note to self:

    Need lefty who won’t throw ball at big fat guy’s eye level. Check with Hal to make sure this and last month’s laundry expenses are OK.

  • WhittakerWalt

    Do the Yankees even put another man on base, or do they just slink away with tail between legs?

    • Dalek Jeter

      I think that very much depends on if Joe matches up w/ pinch hitters.

      • WhittakerWalt

        That’s a gigantic IF.

  • Jorge Brosada

    Can the yankees score 2 more runs? If the lineup scores anymore they will have already met this week’s quota

  • trr

    I’m getting a bad feeling about Suzuki

    • WhittakerWalt

      Me too.

    • Celerino Sanchez

      Like he was juiced to come here last year because the playoffs were in sight and now it’s kind of feeling like Seattle again?

      Yeah, that’s a worry!

    • MannyGeee

      slow start. that would concern me more if he wasn’t 40 and if he was the ONLY one not hitting.

      Cano being 1/10 worries me more, to be honest. All that gallivanting and carousing with Jay Z instead of getting ready for baseball and all that…

      • WhittakerWalt

        Even in past seasons Cano would go through periods where he swung at everything and got himself out. Now that he’s the only true threat in the lineup AND he’s playing for a contract… it could get worse. Or he could be great.
        Ichiro’s old, though. SSS with the Yanks last year, he was pretty good. But he’s been trending downward for several years, and he might just be done.

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

    With our lineup, the odds are it’s game over.

    • MannyGeee

      I wish I was allowed to call you a troll right now.

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

        Heh. Don’t worry, when the game is over and I cool down I’ll be much more level-headed and optimistic.

        • MannyGeee

          noted.

  • Cool Lester Smooth

    Well, I’m glad we don’t have the Tigers lineup.

    They just hit way too many homers.

    • BrienTaylorsRookieCard

      Exactly – all those homers really cheapens the wins.

      • trr

        mmm-hmmm!

    • vicki

      not for nothing but the yanks have scored 8 of their 13 runs on the long ball.

      no wonder we’re losing? did i get that right?

  • Pinkie Pie

    Optimism!

  • Jorge Brosada

    Our bullpen is horrible. Montgomery, Burawa, Kahnle, etc can’t come fast enough…

  • MannyGeee

    Alex Avila is not this good. I am starting to question the release of David Aardsma

    • Cool Lester Smooth

      He’s a pretty damn good hitter, actually. Especially for a catcher.

    • vicki

      starting?

  • Athenian

    positives: Yanks have not been shut out this season AND if they can keep the other team from scoring more than 3 runs, they have a shot.

  • MannyGeee

    Bruised Right Bicep, x Rays negative for Nunie. In case they didn’t announce it on TV.

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

      Annnnnnd breathe.

    • Hardy

      And Jeter is not expected back before May.

      • Athenian

        even worse, regardless of what is said, plan on Tex being out all year. His injury will not heal well, like his calf did not, and will require surgery.

        • Robinson Tilapia

          And you know this because youdontknowjackshit what?

        • Troll-hayta

          Very annoying loss, but if there is anything more annoying, it’s you Athenian!

          /violates don’t feed the trolls policy

  • Darren

    Sterling: “I have no medical knowledge so I have no idea what a bruised bicep is.”

    Let me give you a hint. It’s when your bicep is bruised.

    OF ALL THE DRAMATIC THINGS!

    • WhittakerWalt

      Unless Cole Porter wrote a song about it, Sterling will just shrug.

  • Patrick

    Pettitte’s performance aside–the pitching has sucked ass thus far.

    Talk about the “lineup” all you want–but this pitching staff is the big problem right now. Not good enough.

    • jjyank

      It’s not a problem yet. CC will be fine, Kuroda got hit with a come backer. Nova worries me, and Phelps hasn’t pitched yet. We’ll see.

      • Robinson Tilapia

        I agree.

        I don’t worry about CC, as a rule. It’s hard to give Kuroda anything but an “incomplete,” and I consider Warren’s outing something to be happy about. I’m not surprised by what we’re seeing out of Nova. I’d clearly rather it be Hughes in there right now.

    • WhittakerWalt

      The lineup isn’t good enough to pick up the pitching staff, either.

    • vicki

      30th in whip, lol.

      i know, sample size, sample size.

  • Anderson Silva

    This pitching-centric stuff does not look good so far.

  • Patrick

    I’m including the bullpen too when talking about the pitching.

    Bullpen has been spotty–at best.

  • Celerino Sanchez

    Am I the only one who thinks Gardner’s a dog? Really great in the field but just a low average hitter with great speed that gets wasted because he’s not a great base stealer? Over-powered so far this season on fastballs.

    As a #9 hitter he’s fine. Lead-off he’s awful.

    • WhittakerWalt

      He can’t bunt, either.

      • CashmanNinja

        Gardner laid down a great bunt last night, but the 3B happened to look like Scott Brosius on the play and throw him out.

        • Celerino Sanchez

          Isolated case. It was the second game against Boston and I’m not sure that he should have bunted considering how far in Middlebrooks was. Emphasizes my point exactly. He might be “toolsy” but never seems to get it right on offense.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      No, but thatnks for again proving my point as to anything referencing Celerino Sanchez.

  • Pinkie Pie

    Robbie looks like ass.

    • Athenian

      And yet, he will still get $25 mil a year in yet another panic move by the Yankees.

      • jjyank

        How is signing the best second baseman on the planet a panic move?

        • yeayo

          Because the Yankees can’t afford another long term deal to a player who is 30.

          • jjyank

            You don’t know that. We don’t know how long his deal will be, which prospects can cheaply fill in around him, etc.

            My point is that retaining the best player on the team is not a panic move.

        • Athenian

          still get $25 mill a year in a panic move.

          Not the signing. Over paying is the panic move.

          • jjyank

            Cano isn’t worth $20-25 mil a year? Pretty sure a lot of MLB teams would disagree with you.

          • MannyGeee

            Again, you don’t know that the overpay is a panic move. You assume its an overpay, but if multiple buyers are looking to pay the same price, then I would say the market sets that price. That, by definition, is not an overpay.

      • Pinkie Pie

        C’mon, he looks like shit now but he’s the best 2B in baseball still. Don’t blame the fact that he’s going to get a 9 figure contract on him, blame the massive inflation going on the baseball market right now.

  • jjyank

    *sigh*

  • Jimmy

    Man Fuck this team.

  • Celerino Sanchez

    Yeah. Hitting so many home runs just makes the game less fun.

  • WhittakerWalt

    OK, back to work.

  • Eric

    Moonshot!

  • Patrick

    Right in his wheelhouse.

    This pitching staff is garbage

  • WhittakerWalt

    I hate the Tigers more than I hate the Red Sox.
    There I said it.

    • Jimmy

      3-1 against the Sox in the playoffs.

      0-3 against the Tigers.

      • WhittakerWalt

        Including getting clowned by KENNY EFFING ROGERS.

  • BigBlueAL

    Scherzer and Verlander next 2 games, gonna take a mini miracle to avoid a sweep this weekend.

    • MannyGeee

      Outside of last October, this team actually hits Verlander well…

  • Robinson Tilapia

    So where were half the dipshits on this thread last night when the team was winning?

    • WhittakerWalt

      Losing is frustrating. Losing to your eternal nemesis is nightmarish.

    • Pinkie Pie

      Probably the same place they are today. But they had no reason to vent their frustration yesterday.

      • jjyank

        Are they incapable of expressing happiness then?

        • Pinkie Pie

          I guess so. Call it a complex.

      • Robinson Tilapia

        Bullshit.

        • WhittakerWalt

          I can only speak for myself, but I try to participate in every game thread good or bad. When they’re playing well I’m ecstatic. When they’re playing like they are today, I get pretty angry. It’s emotion. I know it’s a long season and all, but when you’re in the moment and the team is playing like shit it’s hard to take the “big picture” view.

          • Robinson Tilapia

            Sure. That doesn’t account for half the bullshit you read on these negative game threads……and, with this team clearly not in the strongest of places, what the hell are they going to do all season? Nothing is going to come easy this year.

            I know my panties are plenty reinforced already.

            • WhittakerWalt

              I just don’t think you can ever expect measured, rational responses in a live game thread.
              Obviously some of these people are a lot more trollish than others, but it’s going to get pretty dismal around here.

              • Robinson Tilapia

                This isn’t a bar where you turn to your buddy and go “look at this fucking prick” when someone strikes out. It’s an internet message board that actually once prided itself on, not just burrito jokes, but having a smarter caliber of fan that saw beyond all this. That’s what got a lot of us here. Also, the free wings, but that CLEARLY left with Joe and Ben.

                • WhittakerWalt

                  This place is actually better than most message boards I’ve checked out, even still.
                  What can you do? Trolls will be trolls, and you can’t really keep them out.

    • Dalek Jeter

      I was at my friends house getting high and listening to Janis Joplin. (I’m not joking)

      • Robinson Tilapia

        Oh injuuuuury, take another bitty piece of my teeeam now, bay-beh!

    • Steve

      So can the Yankees not take a picture and frame this win? Dare I even ask if Yankees baseball has gone away again?

      • Robinson Tilapia

        Do you keep a log of my comments or something? That’s sweet.

        *winks*

        • Steve

          Yes, I keep a log of them. Sometimes it’s so difficult to remember things I read, gosh must have been 3 hours ago by now.

  • Athenian

    I had secretly hoped they Yankees would start off really good and shut up all the laughing haters. Clearly that is not going to happen.

    At this point, a 3rd place finish would be a huge success.

    Do you think Hal has hit the panic button?

    • http://www.penuel-law.com/ Cuso

      My hope wasn’t as secretive as yours. Bt if we split the next two games, I wouldn’t be disappointed.

  • Raymond Freemont

    Did someone say Kelley was good? If they did they are morons.

    • Celerino Sanchez

      That would be me. Not sure I’m a moron but if you say so it must be true.

    • Pinkie Pie

      It’s one freaking game.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      We haven’t seen enough of him. He’s probably, as most ass-end-of-the-bullpen guys are, extremely fungible and, if you pitch them enough, extremely likely to be quickly exposed.

      I wasn’t counting on him to be the heir to Mo.

  • Patrick

    I know I said yesterday that I would wait at least 20 games before I would panic…..I might have to amend that to 4 games….

    Holy shit this team looks bad. Ugh.

    • Pinkie Pie

      How much can you expect from a team missing half of it’s starters?

      • http://www.workwithpete.com Pete

        All the pitchers are healthy. What’s their excuse?

        • Pinkie Pie

          Pettitte looked great, CC will be fine, Kuroda should be fine, and Nova’s sucked since last June.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      You poor thing.

  • trr

    Patience.
    Patience and Forbearance.

    Keep Repeating to myself.

    • WhittakerWalt

      Tequila helps, I’ve found.

  • WhittakerWalt

    Yanks have three more outs to work with, otherwise they’ll prove my prediction correct.

    • WhittakerWalt

      I hate being right about shit like this.

    • MannyGeee

      hey dalelama, you forgot to change your handle back…

      • WhittakerWalt

        That’s harsh.

  • Pinkie Pie

    Fun, Fun, Fun, Fun, Fun, looking forward to the we-eekend.

  • Robinson Tilapia

    “Good” Ivan Nova is such a cocktease. As much as we want a future plan to depend on him, I dont exactly know how much it should. The room for error with Banuelos and Pineda is much smaller than it should be going into next season.

    That’s going to be a hell of a test of the “189, but being competitive comes first” talk.

    Notice how I said that without hyperbole.

    • WhittakerWalt

      But Eddard wants us to play the kids!

      • Robinson Tilapia

        I think even EddardWorld is going to begin to question Nova after a while.

    • Pinkie Pie

      When was the last time we had a “Good Ivan Nova” sighting? Last July?

      • Manny’s BanWagon

        June 2012 is the only month last season during which he had an ERA under 5.00.

        • Pinkie Pie

          Yuck.

      • Robinson Tilapia

        Still enough for there to be some belief he can be a mainstay. I like the kid, but jesus…

        Just one start, though. Hughes looked worse April of last year.

        • Pinkie Pie

          Nova looked so good for most of 2011. This has to be the year we find out whether Ivan Circa 2011 or Ivan Circa 2012 is the real Ivan.

    • Manny’s BanWagon

      Let’s face it, if they stick to the $189 in 2014 which is more than $40 million less than this year’s payroll, they’ll be lucky to be a .500 team.

      • Robinson Tilapia

        Possible. Sure.

    • trr

      cocktease, as oppossed to a cocksman

      • Robinson Tilapia

        What a difference a day makes.

  • hey now

    Set phasers to meh.

  • TomH

    No need to panic YET. Detroit is just a far better team than the one the Yankees are currently fielding.

    Unfortunately, it’s a better team than the one the Yankees will field when the wounded return. If the latter team played the Tigers 25 times, I suspect the Tigers would win at least 15. If Detroit played the current team 25 times, they would probably win 20.

    • Manny’s BanWagon

      Unfortunately, the Yankees have become Detroit’s bitch.

  • Greg

    3 good starters (CC, Andy and Kuroda), 2 good relievers (Mo and Rob) and 3 good hitters (Youk, Gardner and Cano). That’s 8 good players. The rest are entirely interchangeable. That’s not a playoff team. Even with the injured guys, who are more names than anything else.

    • King George

      So Granderson and Teixeira aren’t factors? Same with Pineda? Ok, thanks for that Greg. Glad we have this established.

  • Pinkie Pie

    That Dikembe Mutombo commercial was amazing.

  • sirineedyoutocalmdown

    take 4 starters out of any team and they would look like this. everyone on Detroit’s D right now…lets see them without Cabrera and Fielder. be realistic people

    • WhittakerWalt

      I think we are being realistic. We all KNOW why the team’s not very good. This isn’t like the ALCS last year when our great lineup forgot how to hit. This current team stinks.
      Having the knowledge doesn’t make this process any easier.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      Of course. You have to widen the lens here. In some ways, some of this has to happen in order for the team to figure out what its identity moving forward is.

      These wins and losses, without the regulars, also aren’t being graded on a curve, and it’s hard to tell some of the more spoiled fanbase to look beyond wins and losses.

      • Manny’s BanWagon

        it’s hard to tell some of the more spoiled fanbase to look beyond wins and losses.

        What makes it hard to look beyond wins and loses is the majority of this team isn’t even gonna be around 2-3 years from now. It would be one thing to accept taking your lumps playing a bunch of kids building for the future but this team aside from a few guys is on the opposite end of the spectrum. The best we can hope for is to not be too far out of the race when the reinforcement (hopefully) come back healthy and productive.

        Right now, if the Yankees give up 4 or more runs, it’s pretty much game over and that’s tough to watch.

  • paranoid

    It’s over, the season’s over. give up you guys!