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.

Categories : Game Threads
  • Ralph C.

    Will there be no season preview this year?

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike Axisa

      Series previews? No, way too much work. Sorry.

      • Vinny

        That’s too bad, I looked forward to those.

        • Havok9120

          They WERE great pieces, but between Mike having other things going on and RAB now being a one man show I can certainly see why they’re gone. There seemed to be a lot involved in those.

  • trr

    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….

    • MannyGeee

      Apparently every AB counts in Cleveland… #garbagetime

      • trr

        oh, THAT’s what it is…should’ve known….

  • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

    Hooray for personal catchers.

  • Eddard

    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.

  • OldYanksFan

    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

      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

  • Kiko Jones

    Another reunion: Jason Giambi is the Indians’ DH.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      There will be tears today.

      • MannyGeee

        I love the Giambino. This bums me out still.

      • trr

        tears like crying tears, or tears like muscle tears?

  • Eddard

    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

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

  • Robinson Tilapia

    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.

    • pipeman

      Try working instead.May be good for you.

  • jjyank

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

    • trr

      got him goin’ 2x for me this week in fantasy

      • jjyank

        I suppose I do as well.

  • Buhner’s barber

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

  • Eddard

    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.

    • jjyank

      Indians home opener. Opening days are always day games.

  • MannyGeee

    Thank god this is the last week of opening days…

    • Mike HC

      Yea. These start times are all over the place.

  • Mike HC

    Time to get our top of the order going today.

  • MannyGeee

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

  • MannyGeee

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

    • jjyank

      Indeed. So glad the Yankees didn’t trade for him.

  • Mandy Stankiewicz

    YOUK!

  • Eddard

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

    • MannyGeee

      OK, we get it.

  • Wil Nieves #1 Fun

    #pronk

  • vicki

    that’s just tacky, pronk.

  • mustang

    NO FUCKING OFFENDS!!!!!

  • jjyank

    Haha! Welcome back to Cleveland, Pronk!

  • MannyGeee

    PRONK!

    Travis is a Pronks Bomber!

  • Karl Krawfid

    Shit might not be that bad this year :)

    • Mike HC

      Championship!

    • Chip

      Yeah, thank goodness, I didn’t think we’d hit a single 3-run homer this year :P

  • jjyank

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

  • Eddard

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

  • Chip

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

    • jjyank

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

      • Chip

        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

      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.

  • oldmanalex

    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..

  • Havok9120

    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.

  • mustang

    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

      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

        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

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

        Nasty!

    • Havok9120

      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.

  • trr

    good start , let’s keep it goin’

  • Winter

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

    • jjyank

      MLB.TV is fine for me so far. What device are you watching on?

      • Winter

        PC, it’s probably just my connection. Normally it’s ok, though.

    • Chip

      Mine is fine

  • Mike HC

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

    - John Flaherty

  • Havok9120

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

  • Athenian

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

  • Winter

    God damn it Hiroki. Stop doing that.

  • JLC 776

    Ugh…

  • oldmanalex

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

    • Havok9120

      …and made the play.

  • Wil Nieves #1 Fun

    Get Phelps Up.

  • wheels

    Weird seeing Swish in an Indians uniform.

  • JLC 776

    Why do I already want to shut this game off…

  • vicki

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

    • Betty Lizard

      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).

      • vicki

        yep. that one woman/one man thing is classical antiquity garbage. and it’s not like odysseus didn’t have his fun.

        • Betty Lizard

          Exactly. The weaving is just to keep the UNWANTED suitors at bay. :-)

  • Bryan

    Come on Hiroki! Battle!

  • Karl Krawfid

    should be 3 outs.

    Bag cost us 2 :(

  • Havok9120

    I thought that that was GONE off the bat.

  • mustang

    This could hurt

  • mustang

    PITCHING, PITCHING and STARTING PITCHING !!!!!

    SMH

    • Hans Moleman

      Don’t forget defense.

      • mustang

        THIS!

  • Mike HC

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

  • MannyGeee

    Of course Swisher did

  • Wil Nieves #1 Fun

    LOLVERBAY

  • Karl Krawfid

    Lord our defense sucks

  • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

    God awful.
    Horrid defense.

    • vicki

      yeah, but we’re only one tom berenger away from box office gold.

  • Bryan

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

  • Havok9120

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

    Oy.

  • Mykey

    Sheesh. This stinks.

  • Athenian

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

  • jjyank

    This is a particularly frustrating inning.

    • trr

      our fault, obviously, JJ, for starting Kuroda in fantasy.

      I just cut him, that should fix everything.

      I swear, the things I do for this team….

      • jjyank

        Hah. I refuse to believe that I have the fantasy baseball jinx. I am my league’s reigning champion, after all.

        • vicki

          but the yanks didn’t win the ws. take a dive, man.

  • teddy

    unbelieveable

  • MannyGeee

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

  • LK

    It appears starting Kuroda was a mistake.

    • Havok9120

      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

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

        • jjyank

          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

          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.

  • http://twitter.com/Paddock9652 Stratman9652

    Strikes would be cool here at some point.

  • Mykey

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

  • Havok9120

    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.

  • Wil Nieves #1 Fun

    Get Warren Up.

  • Wil Nieves #1 Fun

    Get Anybody But Boone Up.

    • http://twitter.com/Paddock9652 Stratman9652

      You gotta bring Boone in to empty the bases, then bring in Warren.

  • Athenian

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

    • Robinson Tilapia

      The question is where’s the information about your study I asked for.

      • Athenian

        I did not see that request. I logged off early. It is being put together.

        • Robinson Tilapia

          I can wait.

        • vicki

          delightful!

  • MannyGeee

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

  • JLC 776

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

    Wait, it’s a 4-game series? Shit…

  • Karl Krawfid

    2 strikes not called.

    Bullshit.

  • Wil Nieves #1 Fun

    LOLmpire.

  • LK

    I blame Chris Stewart.

  • Chilango

    Guess Kuroda’s not 100% huh.

    • Havok9120

      Which we already knew since he, you know, said so.

      Nonetheless that inning was not his fault.

  • Robinson Tilapia

    The vindication of Rocky Road Redemption, I gather.

    Get Warren up.

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

      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)

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

  • YankeesJunkie

    At least he got an out.

  • King George

    Well, there goes that lead.

  • http://twitter.com/Paddock9652 Stratman9652

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

  • JLC 776

    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

      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

      • trr

        Make It So!

      • JLC 776

        Try to ignore that forest. It’s just a whole bunch of trees.

        • Havok9120

          Are you honestly going to blame that inning on…what exactly? You haven’t made that clear other than “everything is wrong!!”

          I especially like how you’ve decided that the season is a failure one inning into the seventh game of the year.

        • Chip

          Hey look at those mountains! Or maybe they’re just molehills……..

  • Mykey

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

  • Adam

    Stuff looks a lot better…

  • Roadgeek Adam

    Umpires this series:

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

    • SDB

      Meals. Ugh.

  • YankeesJunkie

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

  • Chip

    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

      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)

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

      • Havok9120

        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

        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

  • Havok9120

    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

  • Mykey

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

    • Robinson Tilapia

      We all would.

      • Mykey

        Sorry, that was selfish of me.

  • Robinson Tilapia

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

  • Winter

    Francisco would have hit that one out.

  • Chip

    Cervelli would have hit that out

    • Winter

      Great minds think alike…

    • YankeesJunkie

      Warning track for Stewart should count as a homer.

      • Havok9120

        I laughed.

  • DSF

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

    • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

      lol

    • jjyank

      Never mind that he lead the league in stolen bases in his last full season…

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

    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.

  • http://twitter.com/Paddock9652 Stratman9652

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

    • JLC 776

      At least it was double-digit pitches! I’m trying for that bright-side…

    • Mykey

      Happened to me once when I bent down to pick up something I dropped.

  • Kosmo

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

    • trr

      It’s his swing,; he drops his left arm and that forces the bat up;
      that’s why he hits so many pop-ups

  • wheels

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

    • jjyank

      <=====8

      Checkmate.

  • Mykey

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

  • jjyank

    Holy shit Giambi looks OLD.

    • Havok9120

      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

        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.

  • Mykey

    Nice lil’ bounce back inning.

  • JLC 776

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

  • jjyank

    Much better, Hiroki.

  • nycsportzfan

    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…

    • Robinson Tilapia

      You’re no Eddard.

  • OldYanksFan

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

    • vicki

      i was .500 for those names.

    • Winter

      Ichiro everyone should have seen coming. One good month doesn’t make up for two years of ineffectiveness.

  • JLC 776

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

  • Eddard

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

  • vicki

    daddy’s home!

  • Athenian

    Robbie needs to keep going that direction…

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

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

    • Robinson Tilapia

      A Yankees Classic all in itself.

  • jjyank

    Hopefully that gets Cano going.

  • YankeesJunkie

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

  • Mykey

    Ah, crap call there.

  • wheels

    Nice.

  • YankeesJunkie

    Pronk…PRONK!!!

  • Mykey

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

    • JLC 776

      I just hope Cleveland fans aren’t saying the same thing about Swisher at the bottom of the inning!

      • Mykey

        Had the same thought.

    • Havok9120

      As long as Swish doesn’t follow his lead I’m all for it.

  • LK

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

  • http://b-rar.tumblr.com Brendan

    HAFNER! You’re not HAF-BAD!

  • jjyank

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

  • BrienTaylorsRookieCard

    Hafner – you animal.

  • Winter

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

  • http://twitter.com/Paddock9652 Stratman9652

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

  • Cy Pettitte

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

    • Chip

      Well luckily we decided against resigning Martin so he was no longer blocking Cervelli’s power bat

    • Winter

      It’s ok. Think of how much money the team will make on merchandising. That makes up for it, right?

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike Axisa

      He might suck now, but think of all that sweet 3,000th hit merchandise they’ll sell in August 2015.

    • LK

      But don’t you know that you can’t be critical of the Ichiro contract until you’ve done an exhaustive analysis of his swing mechanics before and after the trade?

      • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

        well played

  • Mykey

    Are these innings going to be mirror images? Really?

    • JLC 776

      I’m calling it – Kuroda will work out of it [pointless blind optimism]

    • Winter

      Oh god, that means Swish is going to hit a home run. I hope not.

      • Winter

        No it doesn’t. I’m an idiot.

  • Havok9120

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

  • Havok9120

    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

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

  • JLC 776

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

  • Winter

    “Fallacy of the predetermined outcome”

    Everybody drink.

    • Havok9120

      We do need a drinking game for the new season. Over the Monster has one, though it needs updating. Let’s beat them to the punch.

      • jjyank

        I tried one time last season. The Yankees were slumping and I vowed to drink every time they scored.

        They proceeded to score like 9 runs. So I’m done. You guys come up with a game.

        • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

          Drink every time Nunez’ helmet flies off.
          We can all donate our livers for research.

          • jjyank

            What’s the OTM one, by the way?

  • Mick taylor

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

  • Anderson Silva

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

    • jjyank

      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.

      • Chip

        Second base is clearly pulling for the home team

      • Anderson Silva

        thanks! so things are looking up, huh? the offense did score 4 runs in 3 innings..

        • Havok9120

          Cano’s got a double and a walk. Be nice if that was a sign he’s getting in the groove. But, yeah, the offense in general has looked good.

    • Havok9120

      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.

  • jjyank

    Dear Greg,

    FALLACY

    Love,
    Michael Kay

  • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

    Nice play, HIROK.

  • YankeesJunkie

    Hell of a play by Kuroda.

  • Anderson Silva

    great play by hiroki!

  • Chip

    Hey look, he used the glove hand

  • Mykey

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

  • Winter

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

  • wheels

    Nice reflexes Hiroki.

  • jjyank

    ‘Atta boy, Hiroki. Glove > bare hand.

  • Robinson Tilapia

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

    • Havok9120

      Don’t jinx it. We’re not even out of the third.

      • Robinson Tilapia

        I was deftly afraid of just that when he walked Santana.

        The partial, and probable, vindication of Rocky Road Redemption.

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

          Well, we’ll see, eh?

  • Tom

    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

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

    • Winter

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

    • Havok9120

      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.

      • Tom

        Thanks guys.

  • Chip

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

    • jjyank

      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

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

  • mustang

    OMG!!!!

    Pitching.

  • Havok9120

    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

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

      • Havok9120

        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

        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.

  • Anderson Silva

    Can Nunez get a helmet that fits his head?

  • Bill R

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

  • jjyank

    Havok, drink!

    • Havok9120

      Nunez lost his helmet AND Stewart got a hit. Couple shots on the way.

      • Havok9120

        And now Stewart stole a bag. Sheesh.

      • vicki

        stolen base? chug.

        • Havok9120

          I just downed half my Bubba Keg full of screwdriver. The other half is on the way.

  • Robinson Tilapia

    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.

    • Havok9120

      You’re really banging this drum aren’t you?

      I didn’t even see the post that caused all this.

      • jjyank

        It was in yesterday’s game thread. Go check it out. Shouldn’t take long if you just use the find feature on his name.

        • Havok9120

          Those two posts made a tick form at a corner of my mouth.

      • Robinson Tilapia

        He can just say “I made it up” and it’ll be dropped.

        Like I said, I’m giving him the benefit of the doubt this season.

        • Havok9120

          Now that I’ve actually seen the posts I’m totally down with this.

  • SDB

    About time one of those bloop hits went our way.

  • Robinson Tilapia

    Stewart steals a base. Go ahead and chug.

  • JLC 776

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

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

    • JLC 776

      Or, that.

  • Cy Pettitte

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

  • Mykey

    Ughhhh

  • Karl Krawfid

    BG sucks.

  • Anderson Silva

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

    • SDB

      How can a guy so fast fail to steal bases when Chris Stewart is doing it comfortably?

  • MikeD

    Gardy is not very good at baseball.

  • CoolYankeesDude

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

    How about that Gardner speed?

  • Robinson Tilapia

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

  • Tom

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

  • Chilango

    finally we get a break. Bout time.

  • Havok9120

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

  • Chilango

    Gardner can’t get a jump off Ubaldo. WTF

  • mustang

    The lack of offend is just killing this team.

    Say what….

  • CoolYankeesDude

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

    • jjyank

      Is this as racist as it looks?

      • Havok9120

        His first post was him saying he wanted to get banned.

        So we’re probably gonna have to put up with this for awhile.

        • jjyank

          Lovely.

      • Mykey

        I keep trying to think of other ways to interpret this. None of them is funny.

    • vicki

      you’re not good at this.

      • Havok9120

        Considering the quality of trolling we’re used to, it’s really not surprising that this guy can’t make the cut. We’ve got a pretty quality crew over here.

    • Hans Moleman

      >2012+1
      >Not knowing now how to get a new dynamic IP address

  • Mykey

    Love the hesitation from Chisenhall there.

  • http://twitter.com/Paddock9652 Stratman9652

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

  • MB923

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

    • mustang

      LOL

    • Havok9120

      *drinks*

  • CoolYankeesDude

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

  • Havok9120

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

  • jjyank

    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

      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.

      • jjyank

        You can say that about most bullpens. Hard to find ~7 guys that can do that on a semi-consistent basis.

  • SDB

    Welcome back Robbie. We missed you.

  • Anderson Silva

    Robbie!! very nice!

  • Mykey

    Robby! (Whencanwesayhe’sback!?!)

  • Mandy Stankiewicz

    Dontcha’ know!

  • jjyank

    Cano is back!

    Hopefully.

    • Chip

      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

        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

        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

        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.

        • vicki

          turns out you gotta pitch to him after all, what with those STUDS following him in the lineup.

  • Tom

    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

      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

        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

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

    • YankeesJunkie

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

  • jjyank

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

    • vicki

      i don’t think away teams get to choose their own plate music. surely.

      • jjyank

        That’s a bummer. I was really hoping he consciously picked “Guerilla Radio”. Would have made it even easier for me to root for him.

        • vicki

          rage would be cool. i absolutely judge players by their songs. teix and bg usually rock.

  • forensic

    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?

    • Mykey

      I think Cano stole it back.

      • forensic

        Good point. Someone stole it the first 6 games and he just got it back. That makes more sense.

    • Havok9120

      See above, but he really wasn’t to blame for the first inning, and that’s what really killed his pitch count and caused the runs.

  • Karl Krawfid

    Scoring runs in multiple ways.

    I love this shit.

  • Eddard

    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

    • vicki

      ichiro? good stuff.

  • Havok9120

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

  • wheels

    Some positive signs today.

  • jjyank

    Ichiro!

  • jjyank

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

  • forensic

    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.

    • vicki

      extremely desperate times.

    • Havok9120

      Kay and Flash were pretty surprised by it too. They didn’t really know what to make of it. But the swelling went down and he claimed to be out of pain after he woke up.

    • Eddard

      Not odd to me. Nuney’s a gamer. He probably would have played the last 2 games if Girardi had let him.

    • Mykey

      And that Nix played well yesterday.

      Maybe Nunez was closer to returning than we were led to believe or has recuperative powers akin to Wolverine or Robert Griffin III.

    • vicki

      a baserunner from the 7-hole would be wasted anyway.

  • YankeesJunkie

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

  • Chilango

    Will four be enough?

    • YankeesJunkie

      At this point it is one of the games that needs to be taken. When CC, and Kuroda are pitching they need to win the games especially when the offense gives them seven runs.

    • vicki

      #jobaproof

  • Eddard

    That’s the Swisher we know and love.

  • jjyank

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

    • jjyank

      Yay. Gonna lose out on the quality start though, but better than nothing.

      • forensic

        Logan’s warming. Don’t count that win yet… :-)

        • jjyank

          I won’t lie, my heart sank a bit seeing him warming up.

  • Eddard

    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.

  • Havok9120

    Well that was nice to see. Nice job Hirok.

    • vicki

      all things considered, fucking gutsome.

  • Robinson Tilapia

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

  • Mykey

    Yes Robby! Yes!

  • Karl Krawfid

    Cano hot.

  • YankeesJunkie

    Robinson Cano might have a future with the Yanks.

  • Havok9120

    Oh HECK yeah. This is good to see Robbie.

  • Eddard

    ROBBIE CANO DONTCHA KNOW

  • vicki

    yeah. daddy’s home.

  • forensic

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

    That person is so fired!

  • flamingo

    DONTCHA KNOW!

  • jjyank

    Cano is indeed back. Awesome!

  • Robinson Tilapia

    I thought he only cared about the WBC.

  • flamingo

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

    • Havok9120

      No joke. The run support is nice to see, especially for him.

  • Pastajlb

    Cano has on his DR jersey under his road grays.

  • YankeesJunkie

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

    • Havok9120

      Early season stats are fun for exactly this reason.

    • flamingo

      Ha, I love the beginning of the season.

  • Mykey

    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.

  • Robinson Tilapia

    Suuuuuur-veeey.

    *pounds fist n table*

    Suuuuuur-veeey.

    *pounds fist on table*

    Suuuuuur-veeey.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      Not “survey.” STUDY.

      #neededitbuttonaxisa

      • Havok9120

        I’m very disappointed in you, fish fingers.

        • Robinson Tilapia

          MLB At-Bat lag + Old state PC lag + coming down from having to calm someone down who quasi-threatened a staff member = this.

  • Pastajlb

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

    • vicki

      aren’t you?

  • Havok9120

    Wheeeeeeeew. That guy always makes me nervous.

  • Mike HC

    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.

  • forensic

    That was really close.

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

    • Havok9120

      Are you going with reverse-jinxes for the early part of the season forensic?

      • forensic

        Hey, whatever works. :-)

        Seriously though, who knows what to expect with Logan at this point.

    • forensic

      That’ll work.

  • YankeesJunkie

    Boone Logan gets two outs and no runs!!!

    • Tom

      3-2 slider up 8 runs?

      Interesting pitch selection.

      • Tom

        How did this get here? Oops…

  • Havok9120

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

    • vicki

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

  • vicki

    you must really suck, lonnie chisenhall.

  • Pastajlb

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

  • Havok9120

    They sabotaged our dugout phones!

    Those dirty schmucks.

  • nycsportzfan

    King Pronk! ON freaking base yet again!

  • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

    npoh

  • jjyank

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

    • forensic

      Bringing 30 people over for the night? Sure, no problem. Whoever you want.

      Must be really nice to have $50+ million…

    • vicki

      bonding matters.

  • forensic

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

  • Eddard

    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!

    • Robinson Tilapia

      Hopefully he’s busy doing the statistical analysis for Athenian’s study.

      • jjyank

        You’re really invested in this.

  • jjyank

    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.

    • flamingo

      Yeah, I thought we’d skate by in April when our pitchers did well.

      This is better.

  • Robinson Tilapia

    I like this “scoring runs” thing.

  • Eddard

    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?

  • jjyank

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

  • vicki

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

    and i don’t mean the coincidence.

    • Havok9120

      He did that last year, too. Longer than any player I’ve ever seen keep an identical triple slash.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      He can’t even be a good antichrist.

  • http://twitter.com/Paddock9652 Stratman9652

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

    • vicki

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

  • vicki

    meanwhile, death, taxes and boone logan sucking.

  • jjyank

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

  • forensic

    Uh oh, this is bad for Kelley.

    It’s clearly garbage time… :-)

  • The Real Greg

    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+

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

      Early season stats are fun.

  • Bo Knows

    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

    • Bo Knows

      Bad news, Matt Tracy didn’t last 1/3 an inning and currently sports a 108 ERA

  • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

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

  • forensic

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

    • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

      Yeah, that was awesome.

  • OldYanksFan

    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.”

    • Bo Knows

      In Tito’s defense, it has been long established that he has zero sense of direction.

  • Eddard

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

  • http://twitter.com/Paddock9652 Stratman9652

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

  • forensic

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

  • WhittakerWalt

    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.

    • jjyank

      I miss him too. Loved his personality.

  • Barry

    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.

  • oldmanalex

    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

      This should sum it up pretty well for you…

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

      • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

        lmao

      • Tom

        Almost fell out of my chair.

        Nicely done.

      • oldmanalex

        Best comment of the night.

      • Pseudoyanks

        Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahah!!!!

    • Barry

      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

        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

          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

          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

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

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

            • Tom

              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)

              Alex. Insanely great hitter AND awesome defensive SS.

            • Barry

              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.

              • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike Axisa

                The Cardinals won 95 games and went to the NLCS the year before Pujols came up.

                • Barry

                  And then Pujols led them to two WS victories.. Plus they won what seventy something games the year before that 95 win season? Pujols was their cornerstone.

  • http://twitter.com/Paddock9652 Stratman9652

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

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

    • forensic

      Geez, there are almost more concessions people in the fluorescent shirts than fans.

    • http://twitter.com/Paddock9652 Stratman9652

      Just cancel their season due to lack of interest and we can be done with this inter league every day nonsense.

      • Havok9120

        This is the best idea I’ve heard all year.

    • Barry

      I hate looking at that ballpark. Blue seats and neon green walls.. Yuck. At least they didn’t show that ugly thing in the outfield, pictures of it should be illegal.

  • vicki

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

  • ClusterDuck

    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

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

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

      Early season stats are fun.

      • vicki

        time to hashtag it.

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

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

      • ClusterDuck

        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)

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

        • forensic

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

          • ClusterDuck

            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

      …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.

  • The Real Greg

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

  • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

    Shawn Kelley is great.

    • The Real Greg

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

      • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

        He was great in Seattle, but awful on the road.

    • forensic

      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…

  • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

    Defensive Catcher.

  • vicki

    just tremendous.

  • Dalek Jeter

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

  • Karl Krawfid

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

    • The Real Greg

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

      • tmoney

        Aardsma only gave up 1 run all season long for the Yankees last year.

        • The Real Greg

          In one inning, hence a 9.00 ERA

          • tmoney

            Obviously it was sarcasm. He came back from TJS after pitching to an era under 3 in his 2 years as closer for Seattle with 69 saves for a not so good team.

      • Dalek Jeter

        Aardsma pitched literally 1 inning all of last season Greg, and had one major injury. To say he “sucks” and is “injury prone” is really heavy handed.

      • forensic

        Aardsma pitched one inning last year. How would you qualify him as sucking?

    • Havok9120

      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.

  • The Real Greg

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

  • tmoney

    Soooo glad we kept Kelly and let Aardsma go.

    • cid

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

  • Dalek Jeter

    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

      He cleared waivers so nobody really wanted him.

      • Dalek Jeter

        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

          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

            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.

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

    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.

    • Barry

      In other news, Russell Martin still sucks.

  • Barry

    how’d Kuroda look today?

    • Anderson Silva

      wild, but he battled

    • nsalem

      gritty!!!

    • Barry

      Both the answers I was looking for.

    • tmoney

      He actually looked a little better than his numbers. The strike zone in the first inning was smaller than Howard Sterns private parts.

  • WhittakerWalt

    Please don’t make this game interesting.

  • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

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

    • Barry

      Slight chuckle. Could be bad for my fantasy team.

    • Dalek Jeter

      jjyank’s gonna be pissed. That’s his starting catcher right there :p

  • Paulc

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

    • Havok9120

      Bless you my child. Such patience becomes you.

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

      stuart a, is that you?

      • WhittakerWalt

        throw a parade for kuroda…

  • The Real Greg

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

  • wheels

    Don’t screw this up Joba.

    • Govin

      No worries he shaved his mustache.

      • JRod

        Just heard Joba’s ‘stache got claimed off of waivers by the 1975 A’s.

  • Dalek Jeter

    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?

    • The Real Greg

      Cano 3-4 with 2 HRs
      Travis Hafner with a 3 run homer

      • Dalek Jeter

        NICE!!!!!!!!

  • Chilango

    5 is probably Joba proof. Probably.

  • nsalem

    Every time I see Joba in Cleveland I think of midges

  • The Real Greg

    Joba’s slider is really nasty at least today

  • WhittakerWalt

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

  • Eddard

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

  • Tom

    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.

  • forensic

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

  • vicki

    doc’s cooked, ain’t he?

  • The Real Greg

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

    • Dalek Jeter

      Guy at the plate goes long and it’s a save situation and I get to pick up a cheap save lol

    • forensic

      That’s always been Girardi’s MO. One more guy reaches base and it’s a save situation…

  • nsalem

    If Reynolds gets on its a save situation.

  • http://twitter.com/Paddock9652 Stratman9652

    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

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

  • Pastajlb

    How long until we bring up monty

  • Dela G

    This has to be the longest game ever

  • http:/www.twitter.com/_swarlesbarkley Mark Teixeira – Ghostbuster (formerly Drew)

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

    • The Real Greg

      Not really because nobody is picking him up off waivers so his medicals must be bad.

  • forensic

    Finally!!!

  • Eddard

    For christ sake Joba, you only have 2 pitches.

    • The Real Greg

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

      • Eddard

        Yes, I meant him shaking off twice and then needing a mound visit to settle on 1 of 2 pitches.

        • forensic

          He still throws at least 3 pitches, sometimes all 4. The 2nd pitch of that last AB looked like a changeup.

  • YankeesJunkie

    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.

  • WhittakerWalt

    I would fucking kill that guy with the bass drum.