Apr
07

Game Six: Avoid the Sweep

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(AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

(AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

The Yankees haven’t had much of a chance these last two games against the Tigers because of their pitching, the bullpen in particular. If they want to avoid the sweep this afternoon they’ll have to find a way to beat Justin Verlander, pretty much the best right-handed hitter on the planet. They’re going to need good pitching and good hitting, something they’ve been unable to do in the same game yet this year. If that streak of 13 consecutive games* with four or fewer runs — dating back to Game One of the ALDS — is going to come to an end, they’ll have to earn it. Here is the starting nine…

  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. C Frankie Cervelli
  8. 1B Lyle Overbay
  9. SS Jayson Nix

And on the mound is the 2007 AL Cy Young Award winner, CC Sabathia.

This afternoon’s game is scheduled to start a little after 1pm ET, but the Tigers are holding a ceremony to honor Mariano Rivera, so first pitch may be delayed a bit. They’re apparently giving him something “Michigan-flavored.” Not sure what that means. Anyway, the game will be on YES. Enjoy.

Eduardo Nunez Update: Nunez (biceps) tried to hit and play catch today, but he’s still in pain and can’t do it. He’s not available to do anything more than pinch-run.

Hiroki Kuroda Update: Kuroda (finger) came through his bullpen session a few days ago just fine and he played catch today. He will indeed start against the Indians tomorrow as scheduled.

* The last time the Yankees started the season by scoring four or fewer runs in five straight games was 2008, when they did it in six straight. Last year they didn’t have their fifth game of four or fewer runs until April 25th, the 18th game of the season.

Categories : Game Threads
  • Dalek Jeter

    At least it’s not “Detroit flavored,” otherwise I’d be wary of a stabbing and a shitty car.

  • http://riverave.blues floyd

    what good does ichiro do us batting anywhere but the top of the order i’m starting to hate girardi

    • Dalek Jeter

      Yes, because a guy who has an OBP of .325 since 2010 definitely deserves to be at the top of the order.

      • Dalek Jeter

        Don’t get me wrong, anger at Joe is somewhat warranted, leaving Eppely in too long, letting Logan face Fielder again and again, not having a second lefty in the bullpen, but not putting Ichiro at the top of the order? Thank heavens he’s not, I want Ichiro to have 3 AB’s a game, maybe 4. But to want him to get 4-6 instead of some of the players who are actually hitting the ball? Insanity.

        • jjyank

          I agree. I like that Girardi is showing some flexibility with regards to Ichiro. When they signed him, I was afraid he’d be hitting first or second all season without any regard to his performance.

          If Ichiro of the last ~6 weeks of 2012 shows up, by all means. But I’m glad it’s not a blind guarantee that he is at the top of the order.

      • trr

        the 1-2 spots in the lineup have been awful no matter who’s hitting there

  • Eddard

    At least Cervelli is in there for the 2nd day in a row. He’s not completely worthless like Stewart and Nix. Those 1-2 hitters have to drive the run scoring. They’re to blame, not Wells or Hafner or Overbay or Youk who are doing as much or more than what was expected of them. And CC needs to dominate. With CC, Kuroda and Andy lined up in a row there’s no reason why they can’t get back to .500.

    • Slu

      Not that they have any other options, but I agree, Nix is awful. Especially at short.

    • LarryM Fl

      The team has to evolve and so does the mgr. As he learns where the pieces to the puzzle go. I’m glad that Cervelli will start to be penciled in more frequently.

      My attitude is fine. I’m prepared for some Yankee baseball that has not been view in some time.

      Maybe today we’ll get a few bounces our way. It seems that the four losses have been aided by some fortunate bounces for the Sox’s and Tigers. I do not include the bounces that land
      in the seats but the fortunate ones that dribble in the infield and become unplayable.

      • Betty Lizard

        LarryM, if the FL is for Florida, I’m looking for some info about St Pete.

        • LarryM Fl

          Betty: Yes, I live in Sarasota about 45 miles from St. Pete.

          • Betty Lizard

            Larry you may not see this but if not I know you usually post in the confidence poll thread. I’m interested in any information which might be useful for my daughter, who is moving to St Pete and will be looking for work.

            • LarryM Fl

              I’m retired and live in Sarasota but the fields that seem to do well are IT, health and education. By well I mean there seems to be job offerings for qualified workers. She is a short distance from Tampa where jobs may be more prevalent in all occupations. The commutes down in Florida especially west coast are a breeze. You can go further in a half hour then you can in New York. So, living in St. Pete. can make her available for work from Tampa to Sarasota within easy commutes. But it all depends on the field.

              • Betty Lizard

                Thanks. She has accounting, bookstore manager, customer service experience and was in fine dining for a bunch of years, wait-person and then manager of a high end restaurant. She just wants to be by the ocean. Oh, and see baseball . . .

                • LarryM Fl

                  Betty: With her work experience she should find something that meets her needs in any of three cities mentioned. There are good parts of St. Pete and some lousy parts of St. Pete so be careful of the location of the habitation. The service industry is big down here. The Ritz Carlton in Sarasota has a huge hotel. The possibilities are here just have to hunt them down.

  • Pat D

    Verlander is the best right-handed hitter on the planet? When did he become Steve Nebraska?

  • Pat D

    I do kind of like that other teams are engaging in a Mariano Rivera farewell tour. It’s probably out of a combination of respect and thankfulness that they won’t have to face him again after this year.

    • jjyank

      It’s classy, I like it. Regardless of their motivations, it’s not often people get to witness the best player at a given position. I’m glad other teams and fans can recognize that.

  • Eddard

    And this business of overturning bad calls either has to be ALL or nothing. You can’t pick and choose which calls to overturn to suit your needs. Remember last postseason when Robbie Cano was called out at 2nd when he was clearly safe? Not overturned. Or when Mark Teixera was called out when he slid into 1st in a critical divisional ballgame with the Os. Or just get video replay for close calls on the bases and be done with it.

    • Preston

      The head ump always has the ability to overturn the call, but he can only do so if he sees it and sees it more clearly than the ump who called the play. It doesn’t happen often, but when it does it’s usually the right call (as it was on the Wells play).

      • jjyank

        Yeah, and in this case the crew chief had a good angle to make the call.

        Bottom line, we’d all be thanking our lucky stars that the call got over turned if the situation was reversed. It’s silly to complain about the umpires making a correct call.

    • Dalek Jeter

      Video? Replay?! WHAT KIND OF SORCERY IS THIS?!?! BURN HIM AT THE STAKE!!!! TEH HUMAN ELEMENT!!!!

    • SDB

      Agreed. I was pissed over the Jerry Meals call on Tex in Baltimore, but figured – mistakes do happen in a lot of games. Tough shit. When some of them get reversed, and others don’t, completely randomly, it’s ridiculous.

  • trr

    the title of the thread says it all.
    Good Luck!

  • forensic

    Was Girardi fired overnight and I missed it?

    Looks like he accidentally misspelled ‘Stewart’.

    • Havok9120

      Sigh.

    • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

      Didn’t Cervelli catch CC the first time as well?

      I seriously doubt there was ever going to be a straight every other game plan. More likely, they’ll eventually settle primarily into catching the same pitchers.

  • sangreal

    I love how the pregame show went into detail with actual, you know, facts about CC’s opening day velocity based on data from Brooks. Yet Flash and Kay immediately start the broadcast by pushing Joe’s storyline that his velocity is always this low in April. According to the pregame, his velocity topped out at 94 on opening day last year, and dropped to a high of 91 this year.

  • Dalek Jeter

    Hi, my name is Jeff, and I hate John Sterling.

  • Eddard

    You see who the problem is here, not Youk, it’s Gardner and Cano. Get on base!

  • Kramerica Industries

    On the bright side, Youk has been absolutely mashing so far this season.

    • jjyank

      Yup. Really wish Cano would click in front of him. That’d go a real long way toward the offensive issues.

  • Get Phelps Up

    Youk has really impressed in the early going.

  • Chilango

    Two meatballs in a row from Verlander. Wow.

  • Hans Moleman

    Goddaamn it! Fuck!

  • Havok9120

    What the heck are they jawing about? 0_o

    Calm down gentlemen.

    • Get Phelps Up

      Kate Upton or Julie Brady?

  • mannycruz

    I’m starting to REALLLY like youk!

    • Betty Lizard

      Baseball. Bedfellows. Strange.

      The tilt-a-whirl aspect is part of its appeal to me.

  • Get Phelps Up

    Wow RA Dickey getting manhandled by Boston. 5-0 and still nobody out.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      Welcome to the AL East.

      For all the graverolling talk that goes on here, he’s probably at the top of my list of “who would Papa Bear have traded Gary Sanchez and Tyler Austin for?”

  • Slime

    Put the DR on the sleeve of Cano maybe he’ll do something productive

  • Bo Knows

    Joba shaved that God-forsaken porno-stache

    • Havok9120

      But now the spirit of the seventies is gone from the team. :’(

  • http://twitter.com/Paddock9652 Stratman9652

    I’ll admit the Tigers scare the shit out of me. Every at bat is a friggin nail biter with their lineup.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      They’re damn good, and it kills me to watch them succeed with Fielder and Cabrera actually playing those corner infield slots. It just goes against everything I like about watching infielders play.

  • Robinson Tilapia

    The formal Danimal suspended 50 games for PEDs?

  • Robinson Tilapia

    This is Francisco Cervelli’s world. The rest of us just payin’ rent.

  • Get Phelps Up

    Francisco!!

  • Havok9120

    Frankie!

  • Pinkie Pie

    Francisco Cervelli is a stahtin’ catcha

  • http://twitter.com/Paddock9652 Stratman9652

    When Francisco Cervelli is one of your biggest offensive threats, something is wrong.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      or “thank fucking God for Frankie Cervelli.”

    • http://twitter.com/Paddock9652 Stratman9652

      I mean seriously how many people ever thought that Kevin Youklis and Francisco Cervelli would ever be the hottest hitters on the Yankees at the same time?

    • Havok9120

      A saying about mouths and gift horses comes to mind here.

    • forensic

      Or something is really right with him hitting .300 with an 1.162 OPS.

  • jjyank

    Cervelli!

  • Mykey

    Precisely why I’m on the Frankie over Stewart bandwagon. (That exists, right?)

    That and being part Venezuelan.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      Arepas for everyone!

      • Mykey

        And hallacas. There must always be hallacas.

        • Robinson Tilapia

          And some plantains beaten until they’re much flatter and larger than they have any right to be.

    • Mike HC

      I don’t think there is any room left on that bandwagon

  • Yankonymous

    I was just saying, I hope Ichiro doesn’t run and take the bat out of Cervelli’s hands.

    • http://twitter.com/Paddock9652 Stratman9652

      Words nobody ever expected to say.

      • Robinson Tilapia

        Before Old Timers Day, 2025.

  • Mike HC

    Pineda can’t even get on the injury report? Damn, if he isn’t the forgotten man.

  • DC

    NIX!

  • Dalek Jeter

    PROFESSIONAL BASEBALL PLAYER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Mike HC

    Nix! Cervelli! Off Verlander? What is going on?

    • Robinson Tilapia

      That’s why we actually have to wait until they play the games.

      Loving this. Hoping for a lack of “April CC moments” today.

  • Hans Moleman

    Verlander is killing my fantasy team and I love it.

  • Eddard

    A couple of professional hitters have given us the lead!

  • Robinson Tilapia

    “Hey Slu, suck my nuts.”

    Love,
    Jayson Nix

  • flamingo

    Man, I love when they hit Verlander.

  • Havok9120

    And now Nix is pitching in.

    w00t!

  • Slime

    In nix we trust

  • Pinkie Pie

    Nix’s first hit of the season is a line drive homerun off Justin Verlander.

    Well, played.

  • hogsmog

    JAYSON, I TAKE IT ALL BACK

  • Get Phelps Up

    Nix and Cervelli folks.

  • jjyank

    Jason Fucking Nix. Wouldn’t have predicted the Yankees up 3-0 in the second inning against Verlander thanks to Cervelli and Nix, that’s for sure.

    • Bo Knows

      I love Jeporady, “Things I never thought I would ever say” for 1000

  • Bo Knows

    Wow, I did not expect that

    Also no TBS announcer 85 isn’t an average fastball for most pitchers, that is a changeup for most pitchers

    90-91 mph is a fb for most pitchers

  • Mike HC

    Nix is hitting homers. Cabrera is making nifty plays in the field to throw out Gardner. Anarchy!

  • Chilango

    Verlander musta got a call from Tony Soprano

  • Dalek Jeter

    This inning has given us the first YCPB Suzyn of the season. At least to my knowledge.

  • jjyank

    Do you guys think there are some guys on a Tigers blog somewhere screaming “Verlander isn’t a true ace! He’s giving up bombs to the third string short stop!!”?

    • Robinson Tilapia

      Of course there is. This isn’t unique to us.

    • Anthony

      lmao… and he’s blocking the kids!!

    • Mike HC

      We will regret that contract!

  • Mykey

    It’s really hard for me to stay mad at a guy with an arbitrary “y” in his name. Atta boy Jayson.

  • Anderson Silva

    that was a nice inning!

  • Leg-End

    Nix is a ball player and a real human being.

  • TomH

    The Yanks are playing their 6th game. My damned cable provider has provided, via “Extra Innings,” only 1 YES feed. There must be a better way.

    • sangreal

      Of course there is… mlb.tv assuming you’re out of market

      • TomH

        I guess I would just plug the laptop into the HD tv, get an MLB account, and it would come in as HD reception. I’m in Canada, so all Jays games would be blacked out.

        • jjyank

          Sure, but then you could just watch the Jays feed on cable, right? I’m in DC, so I’m blacked out of Orioles games, but I just watch MASN instead.

        • sangreal

          Yeah, that will work. You can also use a PS3, Xbox 360, Roku, etc. if you have one

        • forensic

          Able to get DirecTV there? I love it!

          • forensic

            But yeah, you’ll have blackouts, but you’ll have that anywhere as there is always a ‘home territory’. Those of us out west are blacked out of at least 5 teams territories. Be happy you’ll only have 1.

        • TomH

          Thanks very much guys. I’ll look into these.

  • Robinson Tilapia

    Didn’t want this to go unnoticed. I read the shitshow that followed one of my comments on the game recap thread last night. One of the replies came from dalelama, who had a golden opportunity to flame me…..and he didn’t. He was actually sort of complimentary.

    To that I give an honest “thank you.”

    • jjyank

      Meanwhile I get attacks on a fictional personal life. Wanna trade?

      • Robinson Tilapia

        This personal life apparently includes us having daily orgies.

        • jjyank

          Different poster.

          Saw a response to Pat’s “mini rant”. Apparently the comments we post make threads just as unreadable as baseless personal insults. Some people are just so classy.

          • Robinson Tilapia

            That’s ok. Those folks wouldn’t even have had a shot at a second comment with the older guard.

            • True Pinstriped Blue

              Boo Freaking Hoo. You two inbred internet tough guys.

              • Havok9120

                I see we’ve gained a new member of the Reason and Moderation Club during my absence.

                • Robinson Tilapia

                  Be careful. He might call you “inbred” too. We just can’t have that.

              • Robinson Tilapia

                Holy shit. One of their PCs actually works when the Yankees are winning.

  • flamingo

    Can’t decide if it’s the change or if the changes to Gameday are really terrible…

  • Dalek Jeter

    I can’t help but laugh every time they say Tuiasosopo’s name. God damn you Jon Stewart.

    • Mike HC

      hahaha … same

  • Anderson Silva

    those 90mph flat fastballs in the middle of the plate are concerning

  • jjyank

    Hurray for shut down innings.

  • Dalek Jeter

    Btw, if anybody’s interested, Sterling’s call is “Hasten Jayson!” Super lame, especially considering the hard on the radio booth has for Nix.

  • The Oberamtmann

    Anyone know what the Tigers gave Mariano?

  • forensic

    Little late, but, see Girardi what happens when you stick to a catcher who can actually hit?

    And who stole the #17 uniform this morning?!?!

    • Winter

      The Yankees traded Jayson Nix for Chris Davis and didn’t tell anyone.

  • Anthony

    If Youk and Hafner keep it up, and Grandy, Tex and Jete all make it back okay this is easily an above average lineup.

  • Winter

    Vernon Wells was not happy.

  • forensic

    I can’t believe I agree with Flaherty. Something just doesn’t look right about Cano in the #2 spot. I’m sure it’d seem different if he’d hit something, but it just isn’t right currently. I also never agreed with the ‘put your best hitter #2 thing’.

    • JLC 776

      Something just doesn’t look right about Cano…

    • jjyank

      I’m still reserving judgement on whether or not Cano should be there given the current roster, but I do agree in theory about the #2 hitter thing. Ideally, I’d like to see the best hitter 3rd with an extra table setter in front of him.

    • Havok9120

      He just looks bad at the plate in general.

      • Robinson Tilapia

        I can’t believe I’m agreeing with Flaherty either, but he sounded pretty spot on with his analysis of Cano right now.

        These things happen. He doesn’t a DR patch on his uniform to hit better, or whatever bullshit folks are insinuating on here. He just needs to get back to where he needs to be. And he will.

    • Preston

      Yeah, I think that our optimal lineup right now has Gardner, Wells, Cano, Youk, Hafner at the top. I know it’s small sample but I think Vernon’s earned it thus far.

      • forensic

        Ideally, Ichiro would remember how to hit or Nunez would be able to come back and bat 2nd, in my opinion.

  • forensic

    That’s an Ichiro homerun at home.

    Too bad they’re not at home…

  • Chilango

    I’m watching a Japanese feed. What is CC’s velocity today? His fastball seems flat.

    • forensic

      I’m watching a Japanese feed.

      Well, that’s a new one on me…

      • jjyank

        I wasn’t aware that there was one. Is this a new thing with Ichiro being on the team? Serious question.

        • Chilango

          I’m watching the game on my computer..I live in Peru.

          • forensic

            No Spanish language channel? Or do you speak Japanese better than Spanish?

            • forensic

              Sorry if too much detail, it’s just interesting. Especially after reading Friday’s chat with people asking about how far away people check in from.

        • http://twitter.com/Paddock9652 Stratman9652

          I stumbled across a stream of some Japanese channel simulcasting the YES feed. It was kind of like Inception. But yeah I’m betting Ichiro has something to do with it. That and the fact that the Yankees are the big team over there.

    • JRod

      CC’s fastball seems to be stuck at 90-91.

      • Robinson Tilapia

        Other pitches seem to be working better, and that’s why the score is where it is.

        It happens every year. We all (really) wish it didn’t, but it does.

        • Chilango

          On Opening Day in 2012, his fastball hit 94.5 mph. On Opening Day in 2011, his fastball touched 94.7 mph.

          • Robinson Tilapia

            ….aaaaaaand I guess I’m completely fucking wrong then. :)

            “But you usually are” says about 15 guys who’ll show up if the Tigers take the lead.

  • forensic

    Nice catch Wells!

  • Pat D

    I want to run this past other people. A FB friend of mine posted a comment that he was glad his grandkids (yes, he has grandkids even though he’s only in his early 40′s) were “rocking out” to Limp Bizkit, Metallica and Kid Rock and satisfied they were listening to “good music.”

    So it was appropriate for me to make fun of that comment, right?

    • jjyank

      I’m not sure Metallica belongs with the other two, but yes. Limp Bizkit got crap even when they were still famous. I wasn’t even aware they still made music.

    • DC

      Yes.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      I mean, it really doesn’t even matter WHAT Metallica album it was since it’s cancelled out by the other two pillars of suckdom.

      Yes, you are entitled to eviscerate them.

    • Betty Lizard

      Yes.

    • Dalek Jeter

      Yes. Also explain to him that anything by Metallica before 1992 doesn’t belong with the other two.

      • Robinson Tilapia

        I like “Death Magnetic.” I hate the odds and ends EP that came after it, but I thought the album itself was a great return to form.

        “Load” and “Garage Inc” had their moments. There was a good album hidden in the otherwise-shitdom that was “St. Anger.” The movie was great, though.

        I don’t know if anyone got to hear the Lou Reed/Metallica album which came out last year, but dear lord…

        • Pat D

          My opinion on Metallica is that they’ve had a couple of decent songs, but otherwise suck. I mean, I heard them do their own versions of “The Imperial March” from The Empire Strikes Back and “The Ecstasy of Gold” from The Good, the Bad and the Ugly and they did something I didn’t think could be done with those pieces of music: they made them excruciatingly boring. And I still haven’t forgiven them for Napster.

          • Robinson Tilapia

            First four albums (and the EPs in the middle) have a special place in my heart for life.

            I respect and appreciate the “Black Album,” but it was a very different band at that point.

            It was hit-and-miss for years afterwards.

            Overall, though? They changed a hell of a lot musical lives, including mine.

            • Pat D

              I just always group them into that whole “Groups That Try To Play Loudest” category. Of which Limp Bizkit and Kid Rock are also members.

              My musical tastes favor an earlier era.

              • Robinson Tilapia

                Perry Como?

                • Pat D

                  Ha bloody ha.

                  60′s/early 70′s primarily.

                  • Robinson Tilapia

                    Bread?

                    • Pat D

                      Jeez, you don’t have to be a dick about it.

                    • Robinson Tilapia

                      It’s all fun and games until someone brings up Bread and/or gets the HIV.

        • Dalek Jeter

          I completely forgot about Death Magnetic. It’s not terrible, but it’s also not Master of Puppets.

          • Robinson Tilapia

            Of course not.

  • Anthony

    Nice catch Vernon

  • Pat D

    Albert William Kaline.

    • Pat D

      And looking at BRef, just going by WAR, Kaline was more deserving than the guys who won it those years, but still not the most deserving of the award in either.

      Funny old world.

  • forensic

    Looks very interested in the game…

  • Dalek Jeter

    Sweet, on top of the game going well so far, it looks like Matt Carpenter will finally be getting 2B eligibility next week. jj, giving you the heads-up, once Headley comes back I’m gonna be looking to move Seager/Carpenter/Scutaro. Any of those 3 enough to get me Swish/Werth straight up?

    • jjyank

      Not unless I have an injury. Swish and Werth are both in my UTIL slots, so position doesn’t mean jack for that. Those spots are purely for the best bat.

      And as far as depth goes, trading Werth for one of those guys is just essentially trading my back up CF for a back up 3B. Seems like a lateral move for me at best. Swish is more available position wise, but he’s still my emergency 1B option if Anthony Rizzo shits the bed.

      • Dalek Jeter

        Heh, we really don’t match up well tradewise, we both need/want the same thing: a 1st baseman, just in case and a back up CF.

        • jjyank

          Any interest in Garret Jones? 1B and RF eligibility and hit 27 homers last year. The OBP isn’t pretty though.

          • jjyank

            Nevermind, I said that without actually looking at your roster. You probably don’t need him.

            • Dalek Jeter

              Yeah, not really interested. I want a high AVG or high OBP type guy.

              • jjyank

                Yeah, I don’t think we match up very well. You never know when an injury changes that, however.

  • forensic

    Must say, I’m still loving the AL RA Dickey (as predicted by some of us, though not quite to this level).

    And no, I have no problem rooting for the Red Sox in that matchup since the Blue Jays are better odds to be better by the end of the season.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      Yup. All of that.

      I wish Dickey would have just stayed with the Mets and remained a cult hero to so many young stuart a’s.

  • Pat D

    That was a great story. Compelling and rich.

  • Dalek Jeter
  • Alkaline

    Close play by Nix.

  • Robinson Tilapia

    Nice stop by Nix there.

    Slightly worried about CC getting picked it here and there until the point where he actually starts giving up real hits.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      “picked at”

  • Mykey

    Grr. Need to get out of these innings.

  • Chilango

    CC Opening Day 2012 max 94.5 mph. Opening Day 2011, max 94.7 mph. Two starts in a row max 91, struggling in both games.

    • Mykey

      Don’t want to look too far into it, but slightly disconcerting.

  • forensic

    Come on CC! Get through the bottom of the order here.

  • forensic

    Too early to use Robertson for 2 innings and Mo for 2 innings each? ;-)

    • Dalek Jeter

      I can see going to Robertson for two…I don’t think he’s pitched yet this season, plus I need all the innings and K’s I can get on my fantasy team =P

      • forensic

        He pitched his first, and only, inning on Friday.

    • Chilango

      I’d say Robertson maybe, Mo no.

  • Robinson Tilapia

    That was actually a beautiful pitch.

  • Robinson Tilapia

    Whew. I was afraid that would be the one April shit inning.

    • Mykey

      There’s always next inning.

      • Robinson Tilapia

        You shut your “Misplaced Y” mouth.

        • Mykey

          (Y)essir.

          • Robinson Tilapia

            Okayy.

  • forensic

    Whew… That concerned me for a second right off the bat.

  • jjyank

    Aaaaand exhale.

  • forensic

    Come on Gardner, get on to start the inning off.

    • forensic

      Or not…

      • Winter

        Not a bad at bat though.

        • forensic

          Worked the count, but consolation prizes are only so much. Eventually it’d be nice for him to get the results at the end.

  • YankeesJunkie

    Call me crazy, but Yanks need to lock up Gardner on extension which could done at less than 10 mil AAV over four or five years.

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

      No way. He’s not that young and once his speed goes he’ll be useless. They have him for another year, at which point 31. Perfect time to cut him loose.

      • Robinson Tilapia

        Pretty much.

      • YankeesJunkie

        I did not realize he was already 30 I thought he was more like 27-28, but if that is the case then 4 or five years is too long.

      • Alkaline

        Yeah. I love what Gardy has done for the team, but he’s a timebomb over the age of 30.

    • forensic

      I’m a big Gardner fan, but no way you do that. If it turns out you still want him longer after his FA year, then you just do it then. He’s not really going to be the kind of guy to break the bank in FA.

    • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

      I’d actually consider an extension through 2015 or 2016, but with the intention of using him next year and then trading him after that. That scenario probably isn’t worth his injury risk though.

  • Dalek Jeter

    Yesterday Fiensand opened the “Daily News 5th” going on about how terrible Hughes’ pitch count being at 77 was. Today Suzyn asked about CC’s pitch count, and apparently 77 isn’t a problem.

    • Chilango

      Maybe because they’re different pitchers. Hughes runs out of gas around 70, whereas CC’s good for 100+

      • Dalek Jeter

        Man, I know Hughes isn’t an ace, but people here shit on him far too much. He, Hughes, was a little bit better than league average last year. Is he an ace? No, but he can and did, regularly went 6-8 innings last season and threw 100-110 pitches.

        • forensic

          ERA+ was 99, so better than league average is debateable on different numbers.

          He finished 6 innings in just more than half his starts last year. Averaged a touch less than 6 innings per start. That’s not terrible, but it’s also not necessarily regularly.

          • Dalek Jeter

            He was also terrible in April. I know you can’t just take away a month of the season, but apart from that month he was very, very good.

            • forensic

              Not really though. He was pretty bad in September and even May too. August is arguable with an ok ERA but a bad WHIP.

  • Mykey

    Jesus CC. That’s not what we like to see. (see.)

  • SDB

    Ugh. CC’s getting me worried here.

  • Jimmy

    CC needs to learn from Mo/Andy

    Stop overthrowing. Just hit the damn target.

  • flamingo

    Still a shutout through 5.

    • flamingo

      Also, Knicks are beating the Thunder. Quite a good day so far.

  • jjyank

    I’m actually impressed with CC today. He clearly doesn’t have his best stuff, he’s laboring, and Detroit has a pretty damn good lineup. And yet, here we are with 5 shutout innings.

    • Patrick

      Agree–he is relying on moxie and giving the Yanks exactly what the Doctor ordered today.

    • forensic

      The Tigers are just tired from running the bases so much the last two games.

  • Eddard

    Would like see CC go 7 to avoid the middle relief all together. Drob hasn’t been used much so maybe he can go more than an inning today. CC’s got one more in him at least.

  • forensic

    Nice to see the Indians finally show up for half a game in Tampa. Hopefully they can actually finish off that second half of the game too.

    • jjyank

      No, it’s not nice. Price was going for my in fantasy today, and I only need 1 win and 1 quality start to tie those categories. Boo.

      • forensic

        I care way more about the Yankees season and their close opponents than your fantasy team. :-)

        • jjyank

          Oh, so do I. I’m mostly kidding. Just would have been nice for the Rays to lose 1-0 with Price pitching 8 innings :P

        • Mykey

          Don’t worry jjyank, I care about your fantasy team. Deeply.

      • Get Phelps Up

        Price is on my fantasy team too and he ruined my ERA lead but I’ll gladly take the Rays losing in exchange.

        • forensic

          Wow, and just noticed it’s really gotten out of hand.

          Imagine if any of you guys had Price and Dickey today.

          • Get Phelps Up

            Hamels and Shields too.

            • forensic

              Even guys like Strasburg and Gallardo (early) too. Rough day for many pitchers, other than CC thankfully (so far).

        • jjyank

          Luckily I was losing in ERA anyway. I do have a consolation prize, however. I also have Carlos Santana, and he’s 3-3 against Price.

      • Havok9120

        So what you’re saying is that it isn’t nice- it’s PERFECT.

    • Dalek Jeter

      I was hoping they’d keep it close so Perez can get me the save =P

  • forensic

    Geez, how did that thing die like that. Seemed like a solid line drive to center, then barely even got to the SS…

  • Dalek Jeter

    Ugh…Sterling is breaking down the breakdown of a Micheal Young AB from last night. It did not take long for me to get sick of these two.

    • forensic

      How the hell did they get there? What does a Michael Young AB have to do at all with this game? or the Yankees? or the Tigers? Or the AL???

      • Dalek Jeter

        I have absolutely no clue. To any of these.

      • Dalek Jeter

        He wasn’t just breaking down the AB mind you, he was breaking down the announcer’s breakdown of the AB.

  • forensic

    So, as I talk about Gardner working the count being ok but wanting some results, the rest of the lineup doesn’t even bother doing that and Verlander is in better shape with his pitch count now.

  • Alkaline

    Ugh. Sat Middlebrooks today cause he was like 3-20.

    4-4, 3 hrs.

    #fantasyproblems

    • jjyank

      Hah, that’s rough. I have a policy of not drafting Red Sox players. I just can’t root for them.

  • forensic

    Jayson Nix trying to go all Enrique Wilson on Pedro Martinez today…

    • Mykey

      Can I be Karim Garcia?

      • forensic

        Sure, Pedro doesn’t know who he is anyway. You could pull it off.

        • Mykey

          Well, I’m his out, you see.

  • Pinkie Pie

    Brett Gardner can’t bunt for the life of him.

  • forensic

    I know Gardner’s struggling, but he’s never been terrific at sac bunting and I really don’t like the idea of putting right behind Verlander 0-2.

    In the end, maybe not a huge difference in whatever the result will be, but not necessarily a huge fan of the process at the moment.

  • Mykey

    Nice, non-productive at bat/moral victory Gardner! Yay!

  • Robinson Tilapia

    Yay! I stepped away to put away some groceries and work on my side hobby and it’s still a shutout.

    • forensic

      Never heard of putting away groceries as a side hobby… :-)

      • Robinson Tilapia

        Heh heh.

        Actually, they’d been sitting around since this morning. Both my wife and son are working on a……two-hour nap at this point. This is the only reason you’ve even got me on the game thread.

  • forensic

    Geez Cano, that was pitiful…

  • Robinson Tilapia

    Oh Robbie. I look forward to putting this behind us.

  • Robinson Tilapia

    Hey, this little tween can sing.

  • Athenian

    Cano is becoming a pull hitter, rolling over on pitches he should take the other way. Always thought he was like Rod Carew with his swing and style, just not the case.

    • Winter

      Hooray for valuing 6 games over 8 years!

      • Athenian

        Really? Pathetic response, but useful now that my study of this site has concluded. This response was typical over the past three years of those who seem to feel empowered jumping on either an opinion they disagreed with or felt the need to present their faux intelligence, most likely in hopes of garnering good will from other similar “blog bullies” or with the moderator.

        Essentially, this response was of no greater value than the statements made by those who were consistently demonized for expressing an irrational emotional statement to a pitch or play. However, unlike those statements which took on average no more than three entries before they reach beyond hyperbole, YOUR response continued at every single opportunity by far exceeding the “troll” comments that were a source of constant chatter. Furthermore, it has been proven that YOUR response contained more hateful, spiteful, “trollish” tones than the original statement made. Very fascinating!

        • Robinson Tilapia

          Eight words necessitated that?

          I actually agree he was being a bit unfair with you, but goddamn.

          You have good stuff to say when you’re being balanced. You’re no dummy.

          • Athenian

            it was all part of a study of sports blogs. I picked this one specifically because I like the Yankees and there is no filter like the Lo Hud blog – which annoyed us after only three weeks because it was more like a Salem witch hunt and lacked any real baseball conversation. Unless, you equate the word Yankees or GIDP as real baseball talk, which is the equivalent of saying “Taco” and thinking one can speak Spanish.

            • jjyank

              You and I have our share of disagreements, but I’ve enjoyed these comments.

            • Robinson Tilapia

              Wait……a study? I need to hear more about this. Tell me what your methodology, sample, and results were.

    • forensic

      He’s always done that. That’s why he’s always right around 20 GIDP’s a year. He still can go the other way on the line or in the air.

      This is why the shift isn’t a surprise to me and I can’t believe all these announcers that have no idea why they’re doing it against him (not the Tigers obviously, but the Sox and teams in general I’m sure).

      • forensic

        Especially when he’s in a slump like he clearly is now.

        • Robinson Tilapia

          Exactly.

      • Athenian

        It is true, from looking at his spray chart you can see when he is not hitting line drives, he does pull the ball more. Even more interesting is that when he does go the other way and it is not a line drive, the number of outs as a percentage is higher.

        But as I said, I always equated his approach and swing with Rod Carew – which I do need to do a comparison of his career charts with Cano. Sometimes, what the brain remembers is not always in the order it was recorded – thus equating a slumping Cano with a change in his approach.

        • Robinson Tilapia

          If you swing like Carew all the time, your ticket to the HOF is pre-written for you.

          Cano’s a great player in his own way, but Carew is Carew.

  • Anthony

    Wow Blue Jays are getting clobbered.

    • jjyank

      I just checked the score…wow.

      • Robinson Tilapia

        Fuck them.

        I actually have nothing against them. I’m just tired of everyone crowning them champs already.

        • jjyank

          You and me both.

        • Anthony

          Same here haha.

    • Winter

      How does Middlebrooks have 3 HR?!?

      • Pat D

        He hit 3 home runs, that’s how.

        • forensic

          I think he was more looking for something like ‘He hit 3 balls over the fence around the outfield’.

          • Pat D

            Yea, that would have been better.

  • forensic

    Ah, that explains it. Speed is Santiago’s only problem. It has nothing to do with things like his .555 OPS last year

    • JonS

      Well, if he had more speed its be at least .200 points higher. Lol

  • JonS

    So, not relating to this game, how long before Girardi realizes that Logan is done and his magic is spent?

  • flamingo

    That Knicks win was amazing. Back to Yankees now. CC pitching a great game. If he goes seven with the way he was struggling? Exactly what we needed.

  • Wheels

    Nice job CC.

  • Get Phelps Up

    Very nice, CC.

  • forensic

    Great job CC! At this point, just gotta beg for results and maybe worry about the other stuff next time or later.

  • Pinkie Pie

    I never going to buy a car from Lee’s Toyota. Ever.

  • jjyank

    Awesome, CC.

  • Eddard

    You can win with this lineup when the pitching does what it is capable of doing. If they give up 7-8 runs there’s no chance. CC and Andy did their jobs and that’s why we won their starts. As I said above, with CC, Kuroda and Andy lined up there’s no reason why they can’t get back to .500

    • Get Phelps Up

      “If they give up 7-8 runs there’s no chance.”

      That’s true with most teams though.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      It still won’t be as many games as you want it to be until they start scoring more runs.

    • Winter

      If the Yankees don’t score again today, they will be averaging 3.50 runs/game. Last year they averaged 4.96. In 2012, the worst team in the majors (in terms of R/G) was the Astros with a 3.60. League average was a 4.30.

      You can’t win consistently only scoring 3-4 runs per game. That’s not how baseball works.

      • Winter

        They did score again, which puts them at 3.67 R/G. My point still stands.

    • Crespo

      You trash CC all the time.

  • Brian Cashman from another dimension

    Thank God Joba sat down I thought we were going to end up losing.

  • Brian Cashman from another dimension

    I envy teams with back up pitching depth in the minors.

    • bobtaco

      Take a look at what Jose Fernandez did today.

      Everyone with a fantasy team should run to the waive wire and grab him.

      • Winter

        I picked him up earlier in the week when I saw he was called up. So happy right now (especially since I’m in desperate need of Ks).

    • Robinson Tilapia

      What would your other dimension have said last year when they had guys like Ortiz stashed in AA……never mind. I don’t care.

  • YankeesJunkie

    CC did a nice job today with sub par stuff and command. Hopefully, the sharp decrease in velocity is not an omen of worse things.

  • forensic

    Wow, even Minnesota just took the lead over Baltimore. Nice to see all three of those team losing (Jays and Rays too), though the Twins very well could still blow it.

    • Get Phelps Up

      I’d really love it if the Orioles first 3 losses were all 1 run games.

      • forensic

        Very good point. Just need to throw an extra innings loss or two in there and they’ll be well on their way to what they should be…

  • Pat D

    Glad to see Coke still points on every pop up.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      Remember when he was a nice, svelte church-looking boy for us?

      I hope we tag about eight runs on him.

  • Chip

    How I’ve missed Phil Coke and his pointing at the sky for every single fly ball

  • Pasta Stumbling Sojo
  • forensic

    Nice Wells!

    Ok Ichiro. You’re 5-15 career against Coke. At least put up a good AB and get one run home.

    And as I think about it, you have to run for Hafner at 3rd, right? (and as I ask this there goes Nunez)

    • forensic

      Ok, cool, gets the job done at least.

      Ichiro can’t wait to get back to YSIII at this point though.

  • Preston

    I wish we’d PR for Hafner, probably could have scored…

    • Get Phelps Up

      Not with the fan grabbing the ball.

  • Dalek Jeter

    Guuuys I Mariano needs this save for my fantasy team his confidence.

    • Dalek Jeter

      I’ll take the Yankees win over Fantasy win everyday I guess.

  • jjyank

    Oh fuck that fan. I don’t think Hafner could score from first anyway, but come on. Ball is clearly in play, keep your hands to yourself.

    • YankeesJunkie

      Honestly it just bounced up to him.

      • jjyank

        I couldn’t see definitively, but a whole lot of hands reached down for it. That’s not cool.

  • Wheels

    That works.

  • Get Phelps Up

    Ichiro might have 2 hrs in Yankee Stadium.

  • flamingo

    I like seeing another team’s bullpen giving up runs for a change.

  • Eddard

    Nuney’s was beaned, battered and bruised the other day and is still willing to do whatever it takes to help the ballclub. Great job by Ichiro putting the ball in play to score Nuney.

    • Preston

      LOL

  • Robinson Tilapia

    How I know I’m doing a good job: My son wakes from his nap, comes out to the living room, looks at the TV, says, in 20 month-old speak, “Yankees! Wow! Boom!”

    • jjyank

      Well played, Bowie. Well played.

    • Dalek Jeter

      +ALL THE INTERNETS.

    • forensic

      Mine was clapping and high-fiving for Nix’s homer earlier. He was speechless from shock though… :-)

      • Robinson Tilapia

        Yay!

    • Bo Knows

      record it next time, that can be RAB’s commercial

  • flamingo

    Never thought I’d say this, but Cervelli should be the starting catcher.

  • jjyank

    Yay situational hitting!

  • SDB

    Frankie! Again!

  • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

    What’s that number on the scoreboard in the Yankee runs column.
    I’m not familiar with that number.

    • Dalek Jeter

      It’s a…a…I’m pretty sure it’s a good number?

    • forensic

      Craziness!

    • Winter

      I think they tried to put up a “4″, but something went wrong. Hopefully they fix it before people get confused.

  • Athenian

    Amazing what playing ahead instead of from behind can do for hitters.

  • forensic

    Nice Cervelli!

    I always supported you all offseason. Nice to see you making it look good very early on this season.

    Now if we could only get Girardi to stop sitting you so much. At least today was a step in the right direction.

  • fabricio

    we finally scored more than 4 runs fuck yes!!

  • YankeesJunkie

    First time the Yankees have scored more than fours for the first time in long damn time.

  • Eddard

    I’ve been saying since spring training that Cervelli should start 80% of the games, not 50%. CC pitched better with Cervelli so I don’t think he’ll need Stewart as his personal catcher any longer. Give these kids a chance and they’ll prove themselves.

  • Govin

    Well that was a fun inning. Not to ruin anything but be prepared for some pretty exciting stats from the double A team when Mike puts up the dotf minor leagues news(our something like that)

    • YankeesJunkie

      The way I see it, the Yanks are a good team, but not a great team and there needs to be an injection of quality young players. Not necessarily superstars or anything crazy like that, but Montgomery coming up and taking the seventh inning. Or Mesa showing continuing promise. This team is bogged down by the contracts of A-Rod, the quick(er) deterioration of Texeira, and a looming hole at SS. The Yankees are at the end with the resiliency of players such as Rivera and Pettitte and the 2014-16 season don’t look very hot at this point.

  • JonS

    How long until the Yankees pick up another scrap heap catcher and DFA Stewart?

    • Winter

      Not going to happen. Stewart may be bad (ok, really bad), but he’s still better than anyone you’re going to pick up of the scrap heap.

      • Robinson Tilapia

        I agree there’s another lower rock layer of catcher out there (The Kelly Stinnett level.) Stewart’s doing a damn good imitation of that right now, though.

    • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

      It won’t happen. They love his defense.
      Most likely the only was Stewart gets DFA’d is if/when they think Romine is ready and a better option.

      • SDB

        Am I the only one who’d rather see Bobby Wilson as a backup catcher than Stewart?

        • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

          I think Wilson may actually be worse, both offensively and defensively.

  • Jimmy

    Throw your fucking out pitch jesus christ.

  • Bo Knows

    WHy the fuck did they not throw the damn curve?

  • Wheels

    Prince Fielder is a slob.

  • forensic

    And with that AB, Cabrera has come to bat 13 times this series, but only twice with the bases empty. That’s not a good way to try to attack him consistently.

  • whozat

    If runs didn’t count double in the ninth inning, I could see how you could argue that Mo should be pitching this inning. But they do, so it’s good that the lesser pitcher is facing Hunter/Cabrera/Fielder/VMart.

    • YankeesJunkie

      True, but Robertson has been an elite reliever the last year and half.

      • whozat

        Yes, I know. It’s not that I don’t think Robertson can handle it, it’s just that this inning is the exemplar of why dedicated closers are stupid.

        • YankeesJunkie

          True, also the stupidity of 1 inning relievers. All relievers should be able to go 2 especially after having a day off.

    • whozat

      Gotta save Mo for Tuiasosopo and Brayan Pena, right?

      • forensic

        Robertson was trying to turn the lineup over again for him though…

    • Dalek Jeter

      +1 This is why the position of closer and the save stat are a little silly. If this were a 3 run game I would think that Robertson’s job was more stressful than Mariano’s.

      • whozat

        I think it would be anyway :-) Nobody likes to give up runs, and facing the guys due up in the 8th is probably harder than the guys who (we hope) will be up in the 9th no matter what.

  • Eddard

    So Prince showed on multiple pitches that he couldn’t hit the curve and you throw him a fastball right down the middle with 2 strikes. Brilliant.

    • Winter

      Prince Fielder is a professional hitter. A very good one at that. It’s very dangerous to throw him the same pitch three times in a row. And remember, while Robertson has a great curveball, his fastball isn’t half bad.

    • whozat

      It’s not like he hit it well, kind of a looping popup. He made crappy contact, but muscled it out into CF…what’re you gonna do?

  • Robinson Tilapia

    Enjoy the rest of the game (and hopeful WIN.) Off to the zoo.

    • forensic

      I thought this place was the zoo, mostly after bad losses.

    • Dalek Jeter

      The Bronx one?

  • Pinkie Pie
  • Get Phelps Up

    Let Joba try to fix himself in the bottom of the 9th against the 7-8-9 hitters?

    • jjyank

      Probably a good idea. Not much to lose, and Mo is still there if he gets into any real trouble. The Yankee bullpen is gonna need Joba to find his groove at some point.

    • forensic

      Eh, I see where you’re coming from, but he just threw over 20 pitches yesterday and the last thing they need to do is put a couple of runners on base and then have Mo need to get out of that.

      At this point, just get the win when you can.

      He’ll have another chance in Cleveland, which I’m sure is his favorite place to pitch.

      • forensic

        Unless they put another couple runs on the board here. Then it’d be fine.

      • jjyank

        True. Although they did have Joba warming up earlier, so he’s been deemed available.

        Looks like it’s gonna be Mo though, so kind of a moot discussion now.

  • jjyank

    Classic Houdini.

  • The Doctor

    Robertson’s refusal to throw the curve with 2 strikes will never cease to puzzle me. Don’t get me wrong, it works way more often than not, as it just did, and putting men on and wiggling out is sort of his thing, but I feel that he could dominate much more easily if he’d just throw the curve.

  • Mykey

    I’m Jayson Nix and I’m unstoppable!

  • nsalem

    The Pittsburgh Pirates catcher is presently hitless after 17PA’s

    • forensic

      Wow, sure am glad the Yankees would never sign someone that bad…

  • forensic

    Cano makes me sad.

  • Pinkie Pie

    Crafty baserunning by Gardner.

  • JRod

    Where’s that dude that was ranting with massive disgruntlement & saying how pathetic it was that the Yankees have to start Nix? I hear crickets.

    • Govin

      Don’t worry he’ll be back once Nix goes hitless for a game.

      • JRod

        Good point. True Yankees fans re-evaluate players every AB, even every pitch, so they can calibrate and chart their precise level of disgruntlement in real time.

    • Mykey

      Don’t believe you were referring to me but I have undoubtedly had those thoughts before, and likely still will.

      Good for him though. Great performance today.

  • YankeesJunkie

    Nice job by Gardner!

  • forensic

    Yeah Youk!!!

    Now I could deal with a Joba sighting.

  • flamingo

    YES!

  • Dalek Jeter

    I’m finding it harder and harder to not root for Youk.

    • jjyank

      He’s certainly earning his (pin)stripes so far.

    • Pseudoyanks

      Yeah, just root for him, it’s easier that way.

    • forensic

      Glad to say he’s one of the guys I was all onboard with when they signed him. Looking very good so far very early in the season.

  • SDB

    YOOOOOOOOOOUUUUUUUUUK!

    For the first time I don’t feel dirty yelling that in front of my TV.

  • Pinkie Pie

    God I hated Youkilis when he was a Red Sock. But as a Yankee I already love him.

  • Wil Nieves #1 Fan

    I like Kevin.

  • Stan

    Its so nice to have a clutch hitter on the team. But but swisher walks.

    • Pinkie Pie

      9th inning single with your team already up 5. How clutch…

    • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

      Swisher also hit 301/406/589 with RISP last year.

      • Havok9120

        Quiet, you. The sanctity of the narrative must be preserved.

  • Dalek Jeter

    Today I had a chance to overtake IP, K’s, and Wins on my fantasy team.
    My opponent had Dickey and Hamels going, and both got tagged. And I had Gallardo, Hammels, and Cueto going. They combined for 18.2 IP and a 5.40 ERA…

    • jjyank

      Hah. I feel ya, I had Price going with a chance to over take ERA, and tie in wins and quality starts. Alas.

      Looks like my boy Steve-o is gonna end up spanking you :P

      However, I finally took the lead in my game thanks to Carlos Santana going 5-5 with a homer!

      • Dalek Jeter

        It looks like the final score is going to 9-5, I just tied wins and Mo’s inning here will tie me in innings.

        • jjyank

          True, that’s not so bad. You just gotta hope that Nathan doesn’t pitch for Texas later tonight then.

          • Dalek Jeter

            I’m hoping he won’t need to because Hamilton breaks out of his slump tonight and goes 5-5 w/ a couple of Homers and 10 RBI just so I see a light at the end of his .050/.208/.050 tunnel.

  • Govin

    Youk has found the secret to making a seamless move from the Red Sox to the Yankees. Hit the cover of the ball. When that happens Yankee fans can be very forgiving.

  • Pseudoyanks

    Leave Cleveland at .500 and I’ll be grinning ear-to-ear !

    • forensic

      Yup, but that’s quite a jump, though it’s certainly possible. I might just take a split for the time being. 3 out of 4 would be quite nice though.

      • Pseudoyanks

        Right, 4 games and no CC.

    • http://www.youtube.com/user/NrpTheNinja?feature=watch Noah

      I was really looking forward to Robbie MVP year. You know with 2010 average, 2011 rbi, 2012 homers. O well :(

      • Get Phelps Up

        You know he can still do that…

      • Havok9120

        Clearly that is a statistical possibility with only 156 games to play.

  • Pinkie Pie

    Ichiro…..why u no hit basabooru?

  • JRod

    7 runs !?! We are straight up FEASTING on Tiger this afternoon.

  • forensic

    Mo is going to have a lot of dirt by the end of the year. Hope he likes gardening…

  • flamingo

    I want to keep a broken bat count this season.

  • Pinkie Pie

    Ahhhhh, a good ol’ shattered bat courtesy of Mariano.

  • Pinkie Pie

    Some pretty cheap ass hits.

  • Dalek Jeter

    Damnit Mo. Can’t have a quiet 1-2-3 Inning?

  • Mick taylor

    Why is Mariano pitching in 7-0 game. Why not save him in case you need him tomorrow .

    • Govin

      My guess is because he was a little unsteady last time out.

  • forensic

    Whew, thank you Gardner.

    Really gotta enjoy this stuff now, since that’s played off the wall in a month or two.

  • Jimmy

    Great win today fellas.

  • Get Phelps Up

    So Verlander, Price and Dickey lose today by a combined score of 33-0.
    Baseball is fun.

    • flamingo

      Ha. I don’t think Dickey is as unexpected as the other two, but still hilarious.

    • Winter

      Their teams lose. Those three pitchers didn’t give up 33 runs.

    • Tom

      Hamels also gave up 8 ER. Strasburg gave up 6ER.

      Not a good day for aces outside of Detroit (Verlander wasn’t great but he pitched OK)

  • flamingo

    THANK YOU MO.

  • forensic

    Very nice! Good all-around win.

    Hopefully they carry some of this into Cleveland next.

  • Pseudoyanks

    Mo finishes off Motown for the last time.

  • Govin

    13 hits 7 runs with no runs allowed. Sounds pretty good to me.

  • Pinkie Pie

    Series status: Salvaged

  • nycsportzfan

    Cervelli once again prooves why he should of been the backup catcher last yr and easy starter coming into this season.. The funny part is we actually went outta are way to not let Cervelli have a job.. Not to mention, the dudes looked very accurate throwing baserunners out..Some actually did think his energy and bat were worth hang on the bigclub… Hes having the last laugh now, thats for sure..

    Not that its anything new, hes hit, and hit in the clutch since day 1.. Hes always brought energy and speed(for a catcher) as well.. Also, Youk is beasting.. I was very fond of the signing when it ahppened on here, despite people acting like i was overreacted and bringing up his past couple yrs numbres, like he was healthy or something..lol

    Awesome win! PRONK FOR PRESIDENT!

    • Havok9120

      He was a total wreck defensively before he went down and overhauled his entire catching style. Let’s not act as if there was no reason to send him down.

      • nycsportzfan

        No he wasen’t.. He was never a train wreck defensively.. He may not of been Ivan Rodriguez, but he wasen’t nearly as bad as Train wreck.. And i will certainly act as if he desrved teh backup job to Martin last yr, and we shoulden’t of traded for Stewart.. As it turned out, many of ur and myself were right on about that.. U keep thinking a guy whos 25yrs old managed to learn how to play catcher in less then 12months, but in reality, hes basically the exact same player as he was 12months ago..

        • WhittakerWalt

          What’s with the double periods?
          Anyway, didn’t Cervelli lead all minor league catchers in errors last season?

  • TomH

    Good game. CC reduced a lot of tension with that performance, and if some of these guys he picked up keep performing so well, when the wounded come back Cash is going to have some tough decisions. He’ll certainly have the makings of a terrific bench.

  • nycsportzfan

    Knicks and Yankees make my day very pleasent! God, i got a serious man crush on Pronk by the way! I can’t wait to see him in Yankee stadium for more games..

    Hes got a 6game hit streak by the way..