Apr
08

Game Seven: Old Friends

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The Yankees are in Cleveland this afternoon to start a four-game series against the Indians, which means two reunions. First, the Yankees will see their former right fielder Nick Swisher play first base and bat cleanup for the Tribe after signing a four-year, $56M contract this offseason. He spent four very productive years in New York but was allowed to walk as a free agent.

The bigger reunion in the grand scheme of things is Travis Hafner‘s return to the Cleveland. He spent parts of ten years with the Indians, putting up some monster MVP-caliber seasons while also missing a ton of time due to various injuries. Hafner signed what is still the richest franchise in franchise history once upon a time, a four-year pact worth $57M. Swisher came in just under that total. I have to think Hafner will get a very warm reception this afternoon. Here’s the lineup…

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

And on the mound five days after taking a line drive to the finger tips is right-hander Hiroki Kuroda. It’ll be interesting to see if there are any lingering effects from the liner — Kuroda’s command disappeared after getting hit.

The game is scheduled to start a little after 4pm ET and can be seen on YES locally and MLB Network nationally. This is the Indians’ home opener, so pre-game festivities may delay things. Enjoy the game.

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528 Comments»

  1. Ralph C. says:

    Will there be no season preview this year?

  2. trr says:

    not exactly thrilled to see Stewart’s name in the line up, but happy to see Nunez!

    note that Swisher is 4-22, 1 ribby, 6 k’s so far….

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

    Hooray for personal catchers.

  4. Eddard says:

    If our pitching staff can’t strike out Nick Swisher at least 10 times in this series then they haven’t learned anything watching him these past few years. And if our LHB can hit some balls his way maybe he’ll give us an aerobics and tumbling lesson.

  5. OldYanksFan says:

    If Swish signed for 4/$56m w/Cleveland, you would think the Yanks could have had him for a few million cheaper…. maybe even 4/$52m. At that price, it would have been crazy to turn him down.

    Do you think the Yanks knew he would go that ‘cheaply’?
    Remember when (it was said) he was looking for 5/$75m?
    Can I assume YOU would have jumped at 4/$52m?

    • MannyGeee says:

      The Yankees closed the door on this relationship right from the get-go based on the expected price. The Indians hung low and got their ‘new look team’ at TJ Maxx prices, by just hanging back and waiting for last years model to come down to Red Tag prices.

      Good on you Cleveland

  6. Kiko Jones says:

    Another reunion: Jason Giambi is the Indians’ DH.

  7. Eddard says:

    Let’s hope that Stewart is only starting for Hiroki’s starts and Cervelli will start 4/5 games. Stewart’s lack of hitting is offset by the return of Nuney! Back just 2 days after getting beaned, battered and bruised. If that doesn’t show grit and heart I don’t know what does.

    • WhittakerWalt says:

      I admire your dedication. This little piece of performance art that you’ve committed yourself to, it’s very enjoyable.

  8. Robinson Tilapia says:

    That uniform just looks so wrong. Please come back, Swish.

    These 4:00 PM are going to kill the data plan on my phone, being that I don’t have an AM radio in the office.

  9. jjyank says:

    Rooting extra hard today. Kuroda is also getting the nod from me to start in fantasy. Let’s do this!

  10. Buhner's barber says:

    Honestly this line-up won’t be too bad once Tex returns.

  11. Eddard says:

    Why are they starting in the middle afternoon anyway? Play at night, then we can actually watch the games instead of listening on the radio, not that I don’t enjoy the company of John and Suzyn.

  12. MannyGeee says:

    Thank god this is the last week of opening days…

  13. Mike HC says:

    Time to get our top of the order going today.

  14. MannyGeee says:

    On an unrelated note, Boston left it all on the field yesterday and are being 2-hit by Wei-Yin Chen.

  15. MannyGeee says:

    Nice to see Robbie take a walk there. Also nice to see Jiminez is not throwing strikes.

  16. Mandy Stankiewicz says:

    YOUK!

  17. Eddard says:

    What a pickup. Cashman is a genius. PRONX BOMBER!!!

  18. Wil Nieves #1 Fun says:

    #pronk

  19. vicki says:

    that’s just tacky, pronk.

  20. mustang says:

    NO FUCKING OFFENDS!!!!!

  21. jjyank says:

    Haha! Welcome back to Cleveland, Pronk!

  22. MannyGeee says:

    PRONK!

    Travis is a Pronks Bomber!

  23. Karl Krawfid says:

    Shit might not be that bad this year :)

  24. jjyank says:

    Meanwhile, Jimenez is at 20 pitches with only one out so far. Good stuff.

  25. Eddard says:

    So glad Cashman didn’t fold under pressure and trade the farm for Ubaldo. We’re doing just fine with the starters we have.

  26. Chip says:

    Can we start linking every time Mike posted about how they should trade for Jimenez?

    • jjyank says:

      Nobody’s perfect dude. Glad the Yankees didn’t trade for him, but there was logic in wanting to at the time.

      • Chip says:

        Haha, I’m just messing around. I would have done backflips if we had acquired him. He looked like a world beater back in the day

    • Havok9120 says:

      Go ahead as long as you’ll also be linking to your library of “no, never! He’s going to fall apart inexplicably within the next year!” comments.

  27. oldmanalex says:

    a lot of If’s but: Pronk staying healthy, wells and youk hit league average… I like our chances down the line with arod/teix/jeter/grandy back..

  28. Havok9120 says:

    Not sure about that strike 3, but I’ll certainly take that inning.

    Pronk hit the homer just as I tuned in. Good timing. Time for a celebratory drink.

  29. mustang says:

    If they can manage to get the regulars back they have a bench/DH of Wells, Youkilis and Hafner.

    That’s bad not at all.

    • jjyank says:

      Yup. Since A-Rod is further away than the rest of the regulars, I don’t think I would include Youk on that list, but your point still stands.

      • mustang says:

        IF and its a BIG IF they make the playoffs they would have some legitimate replacements if they start pulling what they did last year in the playoffs.

      • mustang says:

        You can replace A-Rod with Youkilis. So some combo of A-Rod, Wells, Youkilis and Hafner.

        Nasty!

    • Havok9120 says:

      If Wells and Youk can keep anything close to this up until the regulars get back and if Pronk can stay healthy over the same time period….good stuff.

  30. trr says:

    good start , let’s keep it goin’

  31. Winter says:

    Is anyone else having problems with MLB.tv, or is it just me?

  32. Mike HC says:

    “If you are going to bring an umbrella to the game, you gotta bring a pink one. Stands out.”

    - John Flaherty

  33. Havok9120 says:

    Ouch. Can’t even blame Nunez on that at all. He got to it too.

  34. Athenian says:

    Have to hope Hafner continues..would be another Cashman steal from recycle bin!

  35. Winter says:

    God damn it Hiroki. Stop doing that.

  36. JLC 776 says:

    Ugh…

  37. oldmanalex says:

    Nunez is just a bad omen. He almost took down Robbie…

  38. Wil Nieves #1 Fun says:

    Get Phelps Up.

  39. wheels says:

    Weird seeing Swish in an Indians uniform.

  40. JLC 776 says:

    Why do I already want to shut this game off…

  41. vicki says:

    is the season really just a week old? it already feels like a homerian epic.

    • Betty Lizard says:

      I know, right?

      And I am playing Penelope, weaving, weaving, weaving and awaiting the return of Russell Martin . . . or someone better (I am not as faithful as Penelope).

  42. Bryan says:

    Come on Hiroki! Battle!

  43. Karl Krawfid says:

    should be 3 outs.

    Bag cost us 2 :(

  44. Havok9120 says:

    I thought that that was GONE off the bat.

  45. mustang says:

    This could hurt

  46. mustang says:

    PITCHING, PITCHING and STARTING PITCHING !!!!!

    SMH

  47. Mike HC says:

    Of course when we employ the shift, it back fires.

  48. MannyGeee says:

    Of course Swisher did

  49. Wil Nieves #1 Fun says:

    LOLVERBAY

  50. Karl Krawfid says:

    Lord our defense sucks

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

    God awful.
    Horrid defense.

  52. Bryan says:

    Defensive shifts never work for us. Although I think Youk should have had that.

  53. Havok9120 says:

    Oh for God’s sake, people. A DP stolen by the bag and Overbay ignores the shift.

    Oy.

  54. Mykey says:

    Sheesh. This stinks.

  55. Athenian says:

    While Tex’s bat is important, THAT is why Tex is needed, his defense.

  56. jjyank says:

    This is a particularly frustrating inning.

  57. teddy says:

    unbelieveable

  58. MannyGeee says:

    Jeezus. Can’t even enjoy a 3 run lead for more than a piss break

  59. LK says:

    It appears starting Kuroda was a mistake.

    • Havok9120 says:

      His command isn’t as usual, but there really isn’t much of an argument to be made that the inning shouldn’t have been over five or ten pitches ago.

      • LK says:

        I’m following via gameday, so I’m open to the possibility that his outing is better than it looks.

        • jjyank says:

          Two grounders that should have been out. One hit the second base bag, and Nunez would have had it if it didn’t. The other glanced of Overbay’s glove, and Cano would have had it if it didn’t. Even Swishers hit was just past Youk.

          Kuroda’s command wasn’t helping him, but it’s not a stretch to say that inning should have gone better.

        • Havok9120 says:

          Second base stole what would have been one out after the walk to Bourn and could have been a double play without much trouble. Then a ball went off Overbay’s glove which would have been at least one and possibly two had he stayed out of Cano’s way (they had shifted and Cano was in the hole. Then there’s the shift against Swish where the ball went directly under Youk.

          The strikezone wasn’t egregious, especially since Kuroda’s command was coming and going, but the rest of that should not have been so difficult.

  60. Stratman9652 says:

    Strikes would be cool here at some point.

  61. Mykey says:

    Not getting many breaks here, but Kuroda’s not exactly helping himself out.

  62. Havok9120 says:

    Even when Kuroda gets offense the rest of the team finds a way to screw him during his starts.

    No, he’s not spot on, but he should have been out of the inning twice over by now.

  63. Wil Nieves #1 Fun says:

    Get Warren Up.

  64. Wil Nieves #1 Fun says:

    Get Anybody But Boone Up.

  65. Athenian says:

    So the question is, how soon before Girardi decides to get the pen up?

  66. MannyGeee says:

    Get him out of there. He has to be hurt still.

  67. JLC 776 says:

    I predict we’ll lose two games but take the finale.

    Wait, it’s a 4-game series? Shit…

  68. Karl Krawfid says:

    2 strikes not called.

    Bullshit.

  69. Wil Nieves #1 Fun says:

    LOLmpire.

  70. LK says:

    I blame Chris Stewart.

  71. Chilango says:

    Guess Kuroda’s not 100% huh.

  72. Robinson Tilapia says:

    The vindication of Rocky Road Redemption, I gather.

    Get Warren up.

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

      RT, you have read my mind. Robbed of the pleasure of leading in the game, I will glory in the secondary pleasure of being right on the internet.

      Petty condescension is a pathetic, bittersweet, Pyrrhic victory…but a victory nonetheless.

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

        …Although who knows, he looks better this inning, so I may be wrong yet.

  73. YankeesJunkie says:

    At least he got an out.

  74. King George says:

    Well, there goes that lead.

  75. Stratman9652 says:

    Holy shit its only the first? This is gonna be a long one.

  76. JLC 776 says:

    This is a perfect example of why this year is a team-wide failure and not the fault of one or two bad breaks.

    • Chip says:

      Yes, the placement of second base is really working against them. They should move it out of the way of ground balls from now on. Also, Overbay’s glove needs another inch on it

  77. Mykey says:

    I will always be sad when I watch Mark Reynolds not strike out.

  78. Adam says:

    Stuff looks a lot better…

  79. Roadgeek Adam says:

    Umpires this series:

    HP – Marvin Hudson (meh)
    1B – Jordan Baker (eh)
    2B – Tim McClelland (a bit annoying)
    3B – Jerry Meals (bleeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeech)

  80. YankeesJunkie says:

    Kuroda looked like he had better command to the last two batters. Hopefully he comes out better next inning.

  81. Chip says:

    Man, the Yankees have been getting KILLED with these little dinky hits so far this season. The Red Sox got about 15 of those things over the first three games and the Indians got 3 in that inning alone

    • JLC 776 says:

      Dinky hits are still batters who aren’t fooled by offspeed pitches or who aren’t late on fastballs.

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

        Actually, that’s usually exactly what they are.
        If they weren’t fooled, they wouldn’t be making weak contact.

      • Havok9120 says:

        You know that that’s almost completely incorrect, right? I mean, that’s what the vast majority of bloops and weak grounders are. It’s either offspeed stuff that fools you or breaking stuff that fools you.

        Almost no batter goes to the plate PLANNING for weak contact.

      • Chip says:

        Yeah…..the definition of a dinky hit is one that the batter was fooled but still managed to get the ball through the infield. Maybe Swisher’s doesn’t qualify but the one off of second base and the one off of Overbay’s glove clearly do

  82. Havok9120 says:

    And, just to add this:

    http://www.brooksbaseball.net/......php?img1=..%2FpfxVB%2Fcache%2Ffastmap.php-pitchSel%3Dall%26game%3Dgid_2013_04_08_nyamlb_clemlb_1%26sp_type%3D2%26s_type%3D7.gif&img2=..%2FpfxVB%2Fcache%2Ffastmap.php-pitchSel%3Dall%26game%3Dgid_2013_04_08_nyamlb_clemlb_1%26sp_type%3D3%26s_type%3D7.gif

  83. Mykey says:

    I would prefer it if I didn’t have to watch Lyle Overbay.

  84. Robinson Tilapia says:

    Either Lonnie Chisenholm will swing at anything, or Kuroda figured it out.

  85. Winter says:

    Francisco would have hit that one out.

  86. Chip says:

    Cervelli would have hit that out

  87. DSF says:

    I am so sick of Gardner. His pathetic offense is not offset by his speed and defense. He is a terrible base stealer anyway.

  88. Improbable Island's Dirty Midget Whores (Formerly RRR) says:

    Perhaps now the Yankees will reconsider starting players who admit to feeling pain.

    Ah, who am I kidding. We should all realize by now that the Yankees are never going to learn THAT lesson.

  89. Stratman9652 says:

    Really sick of getting up for a drink and missing entire Yankees offensive innings.

  90. Kosmo says:

    gardner sees a ton of pitches, funny thing is he canĀ“t hit to save his life.

  91. wheels says:

    The weather is lousy, we don’t draw dick.

  92. Mykey says:

    Holy crap, how did I not know the Indians signed Jason Giambi?

  93. jjyank says:

    Holy shit Giambi looks OLD.

    • Havok9120 says:

      Him and Mussina have aged precipitously.

      Though with Moose a lot of that seems to be due to his deciding to stick with the Jeremiah Johnson look.

      • jjyank says:

        Giambi made the same mistake my dad did. Both of them don’t look super old clean shaven, but their facial hair is so white that it literally makes them both look 10 years older. Giambi needs to take my father’s advice and shave.

  94. Mykey says:

    Nice lil’ bounce back inning.

  95. JLC 776 says:

    That was much better! Hopefully Kuroda is good and settled now.

  96. jjyank says:

    Much better, Hiroki.

  97. nycsportzfan says:

    Its nice to see a bunch of guys who aren’t making 20plus mill a yr playing hard for us.. Hafner, Youk, Cervelli, Wells, and Nunez all guys playing for there future are kicking ass…

  98. OldYanksFan says:

    OK…. Raise you hand if you predicted this.
    Cano, Gritner and Ichiro would suck.
    Hafner, Youk and Wells would be studs.
    Anyone?

  99. JLC 776 says:

    Okay, maybe *this* will be the inning that Cano joins the season.

  100. Eddard says:

    Here comes Robbie Cano dontcha know. Now Youk can drive him in.

  101. vicki says:

    daddy’s home!

  102. Athenian says:

    Robbie needs to keep going that direction…

  103. Improbable Island's Dirty Midget Whores (Formerly RRR) says:

    Seeing Meredith in the stands just reminds me of the Kim Jones “meat on a stick” incident. Just TV gold. NEVAR FORGET.

  104. jjyank says:

    Hopefully that gets Cano going.

  105. YankeesJunkie says:

    Damn that looked bad from that angle, but it was close.

  106. Mykey says:

    Ah, crap call there.

  107. wheels says:

    Nice.

  108. YankeesJunkie says:

    Pronk…PRONK!!!

  109. Mykey says:

    Travis, takin’ it to the old club. Love it.

  110. LK says:

    Big hit from Pronk to make sure the leadoff 2B wasn’t wasted.

  111. Brendan says:

    HAFNER! You’re not HAF-BAD!

  112. jjyank says:

    Hafner having a hell of a return to Cleveland! Wooooo!

  113. BrienTaylorsRookieCard says:

    Hafner – you animal.

  114. Winter says:

    Does anyone know what’s with the chirping on the YES broadcast? It’s starting to get on my nerves.

  115. Stratman9652 says:

    How much double bubble does Tito go through in a game? Every time the camera shows him he is starting a new piece.

  116. Cy Pettitte says:

    2 year contract for Ichiro. 2 year contract. For Ichiro.

  117. Mykey says:

    Are these innings going to be mirror images? Really?

  118. Havok9120 says:

    Darn. That was a really nice hit. Had to golf it.

  119. Havok9120 says:

    So, according to Flash, the key to pitching to Swisher (as opposed to other hitters, apparently) is to avoid throwing what the hitter is expecting.

    Dude’s got a brilliant baseball mind.

    • Chip says:

      He should get paid more for that advice. That was the only thing holding me back from my professional pitching career

  120. JLC 776 says:

    Dammit, Yes. Why are you showing us Swisher’s dive again?

  121. Winter says:

    “Fallacy of the predetermined outcome”

    Everybody drink.

  122. Mick taylor says:

    Where are all the experts on this website who ridiculed me when I suggested yanks sign Travis hafner last winter

  123. Anderson Silva says:

    hello guys, just got home? How are the yankees doing so far?

    • jjyank says:

      Hafner is in beast mode so far. Kuroda’s command is off, but getting better. Yankee defense has been pretty meh, and a couple of shitty breaks have gone the Indians way.

      Pretty much sums it up.

    • Havok9120 says:

      Pretty much textbook top of the first with Hafner 3 run homer. Then the defense crapped the bed (twice) on Kuroda, who wasn’t sharp enough to overcome it. Then Hafner hit an RBI single after a Cano double, and here we are.

  124. jjyank says:

    Dear Greg,

    FALLACY

    Love,
    Michael Kay

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

    Nice play, HIROK.

  126. YankeesJunkie says:

    Hell of a play by Kuroda.

  127. Anderson Silva says:

    great play by hiroki!

  128. Chip says:

    Hey look, he used the glove hand

  129. Mykey says:

    Nice play there Hiroki. Now I assume his hand must be amputated.

  130. Winter says:

    See, Hiroki? When you use your glove, things are much better.

  131. wheels says:

    Nice reflexes Hiroki.

  132. jjyank says:

    ‘Atta boy, Hiroki. Glove > bare hand.

  133. Robinson Tilapia says:

    I guess Kuroda did whatever the fuck he had to do to potentially get through five here?

  134. Tom says:

    Stuck watching Reds/Cards on MLB Network – which has been amusing watching Choo pretend to play CF – he dropped a ball for 2 runs and ran into the LF’r on another… thru 3 innings.

    How has Kuroda looked? Sounds like he ran into some bad luck in the 1st. Looking at some of the Brooks plots seems like the ump has been squeezing him. Has his command been sharp?

    • jjyank says:

      His command is definitely off a bit, but it’s not as bad as his line shows.

    • Winter says:

      Not particularly sharp, unfortunately. For a little while it looked like his command was improving, but he just walked Santana on four pitches.

    • Havok9120 says:

      His command’s not been great, which is almost certainly why the ump was squeezing him for the last few batters of the first. He’s laboring, but he’s definitely serviceable. The defense and second base cost him a lot of pitches though. He’s at 70 through 3.

  135. Chip says:

    Man, every time Reynolds makes solid contact, I just expect it to be out

    • jjyank says:

      I don’t. He killed us last year, I still get nervous watching him come up.

      Though he’s on a different team now. He doesn’t have that magic Baltimore magic to help him.

    • JLC 776 says:

      I’ll admit, I thought it was gone as he was swinging – looked like a poundable pitch. Very happy to be proven wrong.

  136. mustang says:

    OMG!!!!

    Pitching.

  137. Havok9120 says:

    What the holy everliving crap is Roscoe the Bed Bug Dog and who was the moron who so named his company? My mom the advertising executive’s eyes would melt in her skull if she saw that commercial.

    • vicki says:

      you’re talking about it; ad man did his job.

      • Havok9120 says:

        I know it. 3/4s of the battle is getting the name to stick in someone’s head, and it’ll do that for at least a few hours. But still….get some pride people.

      • jjyank says:

        There is such a thing as bad attention. Never bought that adage. For example, I will never, ever, as long as I live, buy a car from Fullerton Auto. They’re commercials are so awful that I would actually pay more money to take my business elsewhere.

  138. Anderson Silva says:

    Can Nunez get a helmet that fits his head?

  139. Bill R says:

    I think Nunez’s helmet is afraid of first base…

  140. jjyank says:

    Havok, drink!

  141. Robinson Tilapia says:

    I’m getting pulled away by more acual work than I expected, so let’s return to actual important things.

    Athenian, I understand these things take time. I myself am married to a published researcher with a PhD. Can you tell us a bit as to your sample and methodology? I’m curious as to how one goes about a really solid scholarly study on the subject.

  142. SDB says:

    About time one of those bloop hits went our way.

  143. Robinson Tilapia says:

    Stewart steals a base. Go ahead and chug.

  144. JLC 776 says:

    Finally, Gardy. Not pretty, but I’ll take it.

    Now steal second and let Cano drive you in and I’ll drink a shot.

  145. Cy Pettitte says:

    what the hell is wrong with Gardy? incapable of stealing bases.

  146. Mykey says:

    Ughhhh

  147. Karl Krawfid says:

    BG sucks.

  148. Anderson Silva says:

    how can a guy so fast be so bad at stealing bases?

  149. MikeD says:

    Gardy is not very good at baseball.

  150. CoolYankeesDude says:

    Banned from /sp/, it’s time to be wrought upon RAB.

    How about that Gardner speed?

  151. Robinson Tilapia says:

    Gardner and Stewey smallball. hat sound you hear is Eddard profusely masturbating.

  152. Tom says:

    I think I might have a virus on my computer…. Did Chris Stewart really steal 2nd base?

  153. Chilango says:

    finally we get a break. Bout time.

  154. Havok9120 says:

    That was unfortunate. He’s had a bad start.

  155. Chilango says:

    Gardner can’t get a jump off Ubaldo. WTF

  156. mustang says:

    The lack of offend is just killing this team.

    Say what….

  157. CoolYankeesDude says:

    Jesus Christ, Sushi Kuroda’s not feeling honorable enough.

  158. Mykey says:

    Love the hesitation from Chisenhall there.

  159. Stratman9652 says:

    This team is gonna make you shake your head even when they are winning. Stewart steals a base and Brett gets caught? WTF?

  160. MB923 says:

    Chris Stewart steals a base and Brett Gardner gets caught stealing. #YouCantPredictBaseball

  161. CoolYankeesDude says:

    Isn’t Drew Stubbs a rising young player? Why is he batting 9th for Cleveland?

  162. Havok9120 says:

    Well that was handy. Well done, baseball. Well done.

  163. jjyank says:

    Reagarding the bullpen discussion they’re having: They mentioned earlier that Warren would be the long man because Phelps pitched the other day, but does anyone know if Phelps could go an inning or two? Gonna have to start thinking about bridging the gap to D-Rob and Mo pretty soon.

    • YankeesJunkie says:

      It would be nice if the Yankees got rid of the two relievers that can only get a certain handed batter and pitchers that can get both.

  164. SDB says:

    Welcome back Robbie. We missed you.

  165. Anderson Silva says:

    Robbie!! very nice!

  166. Mykey says:

    Robby! (Whencanwesayhe’sback!?!)

  167. Mandy Stankiewicz says:

    Dontcha’ know!

  168. jjyank says:

    Cano is back!

    Hopefully.

    • Chip says:

      I’m pretty sure he never left. I doubt we’d all have noticed had he gone 6 games in June without hitting a homer

      • Havok9120 says:

        I agree with you mostly, but it wasn’t just the lack of a homer though. He looked lost up there for the first few games. I think another part of it was just that it was so unexpected after he tore it up in the WBC.

      • Mykey says:

        I think it was just odd given the context of his impressive run in the WBC. Either way, as usual, it’s probably over analyzed. Let’s just hope he keeps this up.

      • jjyank says:

        You’re right on that second sentence, but you can’t deny he’s been slumping. I’m not shitting on him or anything, slumps happen. It’s just nice to see him start to break out.

  169. Tom says:

    Coming into this game, Robbie was on pace for a -10 WAR season – this game might change that a bit

    Wells was on pace for 5+ WAR

    Future Hall of Famer Jackie Bradley Jr was actually below replacement level (though you wouldn’t know it from the coverage)

    #fun with early season #’s

    • Havok9120 says:

      Holy crap. I hadn’t seen Bradley’s numbers (or anyone else’s really). That’s hilarious when paired with the coverage on him.

      • Tom says:

        Yeah. I can see the irrational coverage when someone starts out with a ridiculous (and unsustainable) hot streak, but the coverage started going ape-shit over an 0 for 2 with 3 walks (on a night when the Yankees walked 8)

    • Mykey says:

      Yeah but Jackie Bradley Jr. approaches his below replacement level production with great composure and aplomb.

    • YankeesJunkie says:

      Chris Davis is also on pace to make the hall of fame with this year alone.

  170. jjyank says:

    Majorly approve of Wells’ walk to the plate music, assuming that was his choice and not just the stadium.

  171. forensic says:

    I see it’s half a good score.

    Guess Hafner enjoys being in Cleveland. And someone stole the #24 jersey today…

    Other the other hand though, I assume it’s been some more of the same as last game for Kuroda. Somewhat with the score but mostly with the way high pitch count?

  172. Karl Krawfid says:

    Scoring runs in multiple ways.

    I love this shit.

  173. Eddard says:

    And suddenly Gardner, Cano and Ichiro are hitting like we knew they would. Offense doesn’t seem so bad now does it? With Andy on the hill tomorrow there’s no reason why we can’t get to .500

  174. Havok9120 says:

    How the HECK did Ichiro get the bat on that ball? Holy crud.

  175. wheels says:

    Some positive signs today.

  176. jjyank says:

    Ichiro!

  177. jjyank says:

    Also, things I never thought I’d hear: “Hafner getting congratulated by his teammates for his speed.”

  178. forensic says:

    That wasn’t a pretty AB, but pretty surprised to see Nunez playing anyway. A day game after having not been able to do anything he’s suddenly starting? Kind of odd, especially given how the Yankees usually handle things.

  179. YankeesJunkie says:

    One more inning from Kuroda, then a couple from Joba and Kelley.

  180. Chilango says:

    Will four be enough?

  181. Eddard says:

    That’s the Swisher we know and love.

  182. jjyank says:

    Come on, Hiroki. 1 more out and you can at least get me a fantasy win.

  183. Eddard says:

    Hiroki hung in there and is in line for the W. Middle relief needs to come up with 2 solid innings which they haven’t been able to do yet.

  184. Havok9120 says:

    Well that was nice to see. Nice job Hirok.

  185. Robinson Tilapia says:

    I’ll never believe anything Rocky Road Redemption has to say ever again.

  186. Mykey says:

    Yes Robby! Yes!

  187. Karl Krawfid says:

    Cano hot.

  188. YankeesJunkie says:

    Robinson Cano might have a future with the Yanks.

  189. Havok9120 says:

    Oh HECK yeah. This is good to see Robbie.

  190. Eddard says:

    ROBBIE CANO DONTCHA KNOW

  191. vicki says:

    yeah. daddy’s home.

  192. forensic says:

    Ok, who told Robbie that the season starts Monday April 8th instead of Monday April 1st???

    That person is so fired!

  193. flamingo says:

    DONTCHA KNOW!

  194. jjyank says:

    Cano is indeed back. Awesome!

  195. Robinson Tilapia says:

    I thought he only cared about the WBC.

  196. flamingo says:

    It’ll be nice to get Kuroda a win even though he gave up a few runs. Refreshing change from last season.

  197. Pastajlb says:

    Cano has on his DR jersey under his road grays.

  198. YankeesJunkie says:

    Robinson Cano’s wRC+ has gotten from -8 to 117 in four at bats.

  199. Mykey says:

    Strike out aside, that was the kind of at bat I was looking forward to with the signing of Youkilis. I love how many pitches he sees.

  200. Robinson Tilapia says:

    Suuuuuur-veeey.

    *pounds fist n table*

    Suuuuuur-veeey.

    *pounds fist on table*

    Suuuuuur-veeey.

  201. Pastajlb says:

    Why is kuroda out there ?
    Is girardi that afraid of his pen

  202. Havok9120 says:

    Wheeeeeeeew. That guy always makes me nervous.

  203. Mike HC says:

    Is it just me or did that ball carry crazy far. He was off balance and hit that off the end of the bat and it was almost a homer.

  204. forensic says:

    That was really close.

    Maybe Logan and fluke his way through a couple of outs today against some mostly weak hitters.

  205. YankeesJunkie says:

    Boone Logan gets two outs and no runs!!!

  206. Havok9120 says:

    There we go. Lets tack on another half dozen and make it a laugher.

    • vicki says:

      you know the ruppert quote? a great day at the ballpark is when the yanks score eight in the 1st then slowly pull away.

  207. vicki says:

    you must really suck, lonnie chisenhall.

  208. Pastajlb says:

    Going to be a nice line up when we get
    Jeter
    Tex
    Grandy
    Back.

  209. Havok9120 says:

    They sabotaged our dugout phones!

    Those dirty schmucks.

  210. nycsportzfan says:

    King Pronk! ON freaking base yet again!

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

    npoh

  212. jjyank says:

    Nice gesture by Hafner, inviting the whole team to watch the NCAA baseketball game at his house.

  213. forensic says:

    Nice guys, keep tacking on. Make this middle relief proof!

  214. Eddard says:

    There you go, Ichiro. Put the ball in play and good things will happen. This team hits for contact which is good and they almost hit Nuney again!

  215. jjyank says:

    Gotta say, as optimistic as I am in general, I thought it would take longer for the Yankees to smack on a double digit run total.

  216. Robinson Tilapia says:

    I like this “scoring runs” thing.

  217. Eddard says:

    Where’s that guy who updated us every day with the runs per game stat? What’s it up to now and is the sample still large enough to use as a valid statistic?

  218. jjyank says:

    Well, I think it’s safe to say this is middle relief proof.

  219. vicki says:

    chris stewart’s average, obp and slugging are all .222 at the moment. spooky.

    and i don’t mean the coincidence.

  220. Stratman9652 says:

    Clearly the lead was too big. Here’s Boone to tighten things up a bit.

    • vicki says:

      i’m starting to buy the conspiracy that joe and the team are trying to create more save situations for mo’s valedictory.

  221. vicki says:

    meanwhile, death, taxes and boone logan sucking.

  222. jjyank says:

    Jesus Boone. You have an 8 run lead. Stop walking people.

  223. forensic says:

    Uh oh, this is bad for Kelley.

    It’s clearly garbage time… :-)

  224. The Real Greg says:

    So far the offense really hasn’t been the main problem for the Yankees. The starting pitching and middle relief has.

    Got this stat from Twitter
    Yankees last year had 113 wRC+. Right now, they have a 112wRC+

  225. Bo Knows says:

    It looks like Tyler Austin’s bad ass switch has been flipped, he just clubbed a homer in his first at bat of the game

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

    Ugghhh. Somebody please tell these jackass relievers they have an 8 run lead.

  227. forensic says:

    Heh, Girardi holds his hands way apart like ‘get me the fat guy’. And right away, there goes Joba to warm up…

  228. OldYanksFan says:

    Is it any wonder Cleveland is lost?

    “Cleveland’s new manager said he got lost Monday making the two-block walk from his apartment to the ballpark for the Indians’ home opener against the New York Yankees. He decided to hit the streets on foot early in the morning and ended up needing directions to find his new workplace. ‘I got lost three times,’ he said.”

  229. Eddard says:

    Get this out or Girardi will have Robertson and Mariano warming up in an instant.

  230. Stratman9652 says:

    I really hope the medicals were worse then we knew on Ardsma and Rapada. Just puzzling.

  231. forensic says:

    Thank you for swinging at a 58 foot pitch, Brantley.

  232. WhittakerWalt says:

    I miss Swisher. I don’t even care that he stinks in the postseason. OK, I care about it but I’ll miss having someone that good helping us win regular season games.

  233. Barry says:

    Just got home from golfing and pleasantly surprised to see the score. Cano got a little steam huh? Plus Hafner is looking like the man.

  234. oldmanalex says:

    What exactly defines the following phrase : ” Once in a generation type of player”

    I know there are stars/superstars/etc.. But I’ll read things that describe a player as a “once in a generation type”. What do they have to do statistically in order to be considered for that? Always been curious..

    • forensic says:

      This should sum it up pretty well for you…

      http://www.baseball-reference......ja02.shtml

    • Barry says:

      Probably a player that does everything right, on and off the field. Like Derek Jeter.. I think of them (in Yankee terms) as the Ruth, Gherig, Dimaggio, Mantle and etc of the world.

      • oldmanalex says:

        Would it be fare to say that currently (taking the body of work into account) Pujols is a “once in a generation type ?” A-rod used to be referred that way. Going forward, could see Miguel Cabrera taking the reigns…(trouts/harpers/etc.. too young at this point no?)

        • Barry says:

          Yeah but there are questions about Pujols’ age. He would be considered one though I would think. Cabrera would definitely be considered one but he also has some black marks against him. He’s without a doubt the best hitter around at the moment. Without the steroids A-Rod would of been one of the best of all time.

        • Tom says:

          Pujols definitely in my view.

          He had one of the best 10 year offensive stretches in history (and tends to get underrated defensively)

          He had an OPS over 1.000 8 of 10 years (and the other two years he was above .950). His career OPS is still over 1.000 even with his down year last year.

          The WAR stats are also equally impressive.

          • Dalek Jeter says:

            Gun to your head, Alex in his prime or Pujols in his prime?

            I’m taking Alex w/o looking at any numbers.

            • Tom says:

              I think somewhat easily Alex (ignoring the PED stuff)

              Doing what he could while playing SS and the baserunning. Without looking at the #’s, Pujols bat might be better but the rest of the package is clearly in Alex’s favor

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

              Alex. Insanely great hitter AND awesome defensive SS.

            • Barry says:

              Pujols. 429 wOBA in postseason, 424 regular season brought down by a less than Pujols like last few years. Maybe it’s because I’m just not a big A-Rod fan but Pujols brought that team back to relevance.

  235. Stratman9652 says:

    LOL Marlins home opener. I’ve seen more fans at a high school game.

    http://www.fangraphs.com/image.....opener.png

  236. vicki says:

    come on, kelley, i need to get in the shower, dammit.

  237. ClusterDuck says:

    Hmmm.

    The Yanks have now scored 35 runs in 7 games. That’s 5 runs per game which would calculate out to 810 runs in a 162 game season.

    Last years team scored only 804 runs.

    And we had people running around this forum yesterday crying about the lack of runs this year and the lack of runs compared to last years hallowed team.

    LOL!

    LOL!

    • The Real Greg says:

      Even if this is sarcastic, this is how the 11 runs skews the stats a bit.

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

      Early season stats are fun.

      • vicki says:

        time to hashtag it.

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

          Not a hashtagging fan, but I’m down with it becoming a meme.

      • ClusterDuck says:

        True, but nobody said that yesterday.

        They were beating the Yankees offense over the head based on a sample size of six games.

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

          I think it had a lot more to do with the recent years performance of the hitters in the lineup.

        • forensic says:

          And now you’re doing the opposite based on a sample size of seven games.

          • ClusterDuck says:

            No not at all.

            I was pointing the absurdity of the posters yesterday who were using a sample size of five and six games.

            And not one poster called them out on it.

    • Evan3457 says:

      …and with just as much validity, they’re also on pace for 231 HR, down just 13, and not 100, or 130, or 13,000, or whatever the hell that phony stat is, from last year.

  238. The Real Greg says:

    If the Indians had done that last inning, I would be a bit worried. Now, not so much

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

    Shawn Kelley is great.

    • The Real Greg says:

      2-4 with a 3.25 last year with Seattle. However, relievers do have that Jekyll and Hide thing.

    • forensic says:

      I wonder if Flaherty and Kay have noticed the walk, double, triple, and homer he’s given up in between talking about him moving up to pitching the 7th inning…

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

    Defensive Catcher.

  241. vicki says:

    just tremendous.

  242. Dalek Jeter says:

    This just in: Shawn Kelly and Chris Stewart suck at baseball.

  243. Karl Krawfid says:

    Thank god we let Aardsma and Rapada go for this guy!

    • The Real Greg says:

      Aardsma sucked last year with the Yanks and is injury prone. Rapada is a questionable cut though not doubt about it.

    • Havok9120 says:

      You’d think the fact that NO ONE picked up their contracts would slow this type of thing down. But nope, we’re right back in Chris Dickerson land pretending we know better than every front office in baseball BECAUSE OUR HEARTS ARE PURE.

      Or something.

  244. The Real Greg says:

    If they had gotten 1 more run, then the sirens would be active.

  245. tmoney says:

    Soooo glad we kept Kelly and let Aardsma go.

    • cid says:

      You wouldn’t be if you saw Aardsma throwing 90mph. No one picked him up because his velocity never came back.

  246. Dalek Jeter says:

    Is Aardsma still available? I mean I wouldn’t come back if I were him…but he’d honestly be really helpful right now.

    • The Real Greg says:

      He cleared waivers so nobody really wanted him.

      • Dalek Jeter says:

        I really can’t see why nobody would take a risk, I didn’t catch much of spring training, was he god awful or something?

        • Havok9120 says:

          No, he wasn’t. No one’s sure why. His contract was not only not picked up but nobody has signed him to a new one either. Something is either fishy or every FO in the country has just kinda stopped paying attention.

          • Dalek Jeter says:

            Maybe his new elbow ligament is like spaghetti. I mean that’s the only thing we’re not aware of is his medicals. I guess he might have a bad attitude too, and the Yank’s are very big on character, but I never caught that vibe off of him.

  247. Improbable Island's Dirty Midget Whores (Formerly RRR) says:

    More fun early season stats! If the Yankees go 3-4 for the rest of the season, they will finish well below .500.

    The moral of the story: Stop quoting early season stats as if they matter.

  248. Barry says:

    how’d Kuroda look today?

  249. WhittakerWalt says:

    Please don’t make this game interesting.

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

    That’s a shame. It’ll probably severely impact his guitar playing.

  251. Paulc says:

    Kuroda battled…DFA or option Kelley today….aardsma or someone else tonight on the phone….bs Kelley….

  252. The Real Greg says:

    I know its early in the season, but the Indians are bringing in their closer in an 11-6 game?

  253. wheels says:

    Don’t screw this up Joba.

  254. Dalek Jeter says:

    Seriously though, I got in just in time to watch Kelley and Stewart be bad at baseball. what happened before that? How was Kuroda? How’d the runs score? Has Cano broken out at all?

  255. Chilango says:

    5 is probably Joba proof. Probably.

  256. nsalem says:

    Every time I see Joba in Cleveland I think of midges

  257. The Real Greg says:

    Joba’s slider is really nasty at least today

  258. WhittakerWalt says:

    It’s a helluva lot easier to root for Terry Francona now that he’s not managing the Sox.

  259. Eddard says:

    Joe’s getting pissed. He’ll have Mariano warming up with the next base runner. Do something, Joba.

  260. Tom says:

    Kind of minor, but that was a smart play by Overbay. If he tries to get the runner and doesn’t then the Yankees are probably 1 batter from Mo having to get up.

  261. forensic says:

    Geez, the bullpen has turned this into the longest game in history…

  262. vicki says:

    doc’s cooked, ain’t he?

  263. The Real Greg says:

    Have to question Girardi getting him up. They’re up 5 runs

  264. nsalem says:

    If Reynolds gets on its a save situation.

  265. Stratman9652 says:

    Not sure whether to be more frustrated at Joba for not ending this or for Joe warming up his 43 year old closer with a five run lead and one out to go.

    • The Real Greg says:

      The key is there was only one out to go. If there were no outs, I would get it, but there were two outs.

  266. Pastajlb says:

    How long until we bring up monty

  267. Dela G says:

    This has to be the longest game ever

  268. Wow this middle relief is really bad. David Aardsma move very puzzling.

  269. forensic says:

    Finally!!!

  270. Eddard says:

    For christ sake Joba, you only have 2 pitches.

    • The Real Greg says:

      You can be effective in the bullpen with 2 pitches. Heck, the greatest closer dominated with ONE pitch essentially.

  271. YankeesJunkie says:

    Not a great outing by Joba, but the stuff was definitely there so he will and should get chances, but Monty over Rapada is looking better every day.

  272. WhittakerWalt says:

    I would fucking kill that guy with the bass drum.

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