Game Ten: Strive for Five

Yankees, Indians will play doubleheader on May 13th
Saturday Night Open Thread
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Things are a little wacky this week because of the two rainouts, so it’s easy to forget the Yankees have won their last four games. They needed some major luck — dropped fly ball and a triple play, specifically — to continue that streak last night, but hey, everyone gets their fair of luck during the 162-game season. Here’s 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 23rd overall pick in the 2004 draft, Phil Hughes.

The weather will finally be a non-factor. It is gorgeous outside. It has been all day and it will be pretty much all week. Hooray for blue skies and sunshine. This afternoon’s game is scheduled to start a little after 4pm ET and can be seen on YES. Enjoy.

Eduardo Nunez Update: Nunez is likely to miss tomorrow’s game as well after taking a pitch to the right wrist last night. The Yankees are off on Monday, so that would give him three consecutive days off.

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Yankees, Indians will play doubleheader on May 13th
Saturday Night Open Thread
  • SamVa

    Can someone explain to me why we haven’t seen Boesch more? I know he was supposed to get the start the other night when they got rained out, but why aren’t we seeing him while Ichiro is putting it together?

    I’m not giving up on Ichiro at all, I just think Boesch still has a lot of talent and potential. I remember loving his swing when I first saw him with Detriot and not being happy when he was at the plate against the Yanks.

    • vicki

      i’m with you totally. and i frankly don’t understand why detroit gave up on him so soon. he’s young, has shown some power, and it’s not like they’re stacked at lf.

    • Guns

      Gladly.

      We haven’t seen him because he’s not good. And he’s not good because he doesn’t have “a lot of talent and potential” that you see.

      And to vicki – Detroit released him because he’s not good. This is shown statistically by amassing a total of 1.4 fWAR in just under 1,500 PA spread over the last three seasons.
      http://www.fangraphs.com/stats.....osition=OF

      He’s a left handed bat off the bench. Nothing more. And that’s all he really should be at this point. Ichiro can at least provide value defensively while he works out his offensive issues. I think you give him a little while longer to work it out before you start replacing him with Boesch. And by then Granderson should be back anyway.

      • trr

        Right now I don’t have a lot of faith in either Suzuki or Boesch. Getting Granderson back (despite all the strikeouts) is going to help. Boesch still has an option left, I think when Granderson comes back, Boesch will see more playing time – in Scranton.

      • Havok9120

        So, if I’m reading you right, you’re saying that he’s not good?

        • Guns

          The stats say he’s not good. I agree with them.

      • vicki

        he’s played three seasons in the majors, has hit double-digit homeruns each year, and he’s a year removed from a 116 ops+. i said i don’t know why they gave up on him. they’ve got don kelly and tuiasosopo in left for chrissakes.

        • SamVa

          That is what I’m referring to.. To me I’d rather watch someone with potential upside suck, then watch someone decline night after night.

    • forensic

      Because he sucks. 4 good months (arguably 5) in 3 MLB seasons carrying all his numbers. I don’t even agree that he has potential as he never did much in the minors either until one fluky power year his last season down there.

      And either way, how would Ichiro put it all together while sitting on the bench watching Boesch play anyway?

  • Havok9120

    Go Yanks.

    Hanharrarahan just got removed in the 9th after back to back walks. One on 4 pitches. Dude just looks lost up there.

    • Pat D

      Harrenhal?

      • Havok9120

        Houlihan.

        • Pat D

          Houdini?

          • Guns

            Harryandthehendersons?

          • Havok9120

            Hausser.

  • Pat D

    I would definitely watch this potential confrontation.

    http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/.....1;mlb.html

  • http://twitter.com/Carlosologist Carlosologist

    Yay four game winning streak. Hopefully it’s a routine win, it’s Saturday and I need to be out soon. 6-1 Yanks win with a Cano bomb?

    • trr

      Make it so!

  • Pasta Stumbling Sojo

    Okay guys, I’ve been sort of peeking in on the comments occasionally during the offseason and a little more for the first couple weeks of the season, so I need someone to catch me up on a few things.

    Important questions:
    – What happened to Big Member? Are he and his ingenious posts gone forever?
    – What is this study of Athenian’s people have been talking about?
    – Which Greg obsessions have I missed? Is he on any particular one right now?

    Thanks in advance.

    • Havok9120

      1. He’s here somewhere and occassionally posts. Last one was a couple nights ago his “inside sauces” informed him that tweet that informed us the game was cancelled was, in fact, a double entendre that we could safely ignore.

      2. During an argument Athenian claimed that he had done a study on blogs, including RAB, that proved that the more times someone accused someone of trolling the higher liklihood that they were a troll. Or that the regulars here were all jerks because they disagreed with him and think he’s a bit daft. Or something. It wasn’t really clear. But now Tilapia (who’s wife tends do actually publish such studies) and others want to actually know what his methods, results, and whatnot were because we’re fairly certain he was just blowing smoke to make himself sound as if he knew what he was talking about as opposed to vaguely sounding like a pompous jackass.

      3. Not really any one in particular at the moment. He’s even gotten away from declaring the game over as soon as the first thing goes wrong.

      • vicki

        i think greg’s getting some.

        • Havok9120

          And that he has freckles, apparently.

          • vicki

            eddard has freckles.

            • Havok9120

              Ohhhh. Crap. That’s right.

              I lose track.

      • Pasta Stumbling Sojo

        Awesome. Thanks a lot for the update.

        I’m a little disappointed about Greg. It’s always been fun to see his favorite arguments change over time (every loss hurts to bad, a single game doesn’t matter at all, everything about baseball is luck, etc.).

  • CountryClub

    Keith Law scouting the Charleston game tonight. Campos pitching.

  • Guns

    Watching that reaction to the triple play last night really shows me that these players do care and are emotionally in to every game. They could have just high fived a bit in the dugout… but they acted like a kid who just got off his first roller coaster.

    I can’t remember the last time I was that thrilled with something. I can’t imagine acting that way after finishing a week’s worth of TPS reports, for instance.

  • Anthony

    Nate hasn’t gotten any less annoying since last season.

  • The Real Greg

    Orioles going with the sac bunt in the 1st.

  • Pat D

    Stupid bunt. Thanks, Buck.

  • Chilango

    Philip: it’s not batting practice it’s a real game we good? ok

  • Anderson Silva

    not a good start

  • Eddard

    Kay’s right. It’s stupid to give up an out in the 1st inning, especially with the heart of your order up and the pitcher just gave up a double.

    • Dalek Jeter

      Kay’s right. It’s stupid to give up an outs in the 1st inning, especially with the heart of your order up and the pitcher just gave up a double.

      FIFY

      • Pat D

        Grammar fail. So disappointed with you.

        • Dalek Jeter

          I was fixing a quote, and since when did you join the grammar nazi regime? Also, while technically correct as two sentences, the best way to phrase that is “Grammar fail, I’m so disappointed in you.” =P

          • Pat D

            I’ve always been a Grammar Nazi. Just ask my “real friends.” I’ll give you their names on FB.

            By putting it in two sentences, it carries more impact since it allows for the pause.

            • Havok9120

              Nice try Pat, but we all know you don’t HAVE any real friends.

              You can’t fool us.

              • Pat D

                Really not digging the hostility from you lately. Are you still hurt over that Civil War joke or something?

                • Havok9120

                  That’s exactly it.

                • vicki

                  ragging each other is how men show affection to each other, no?

                  • Havok9120

                    Nor do I do much to restrict that instinct to only the male segment of the species.

                    • vicki

                      noted.

  • trr

    That’s Buck.

  • Anderson Silva

    I’d say there’s an 80% chance Davis takes Hughes deep this game..

  • Eddard

    CC couldn’t miss the strike zone last night. Philbert can’t seem to find it.

  • CountryClub

    Well this ump has a tight zone….to say the least

    • Havok9120
      • CountryClub

        Espn’s k zone disagrees

        • Havok9120

          I’ll stick with PitchFX over the mysterious K-Zone.

        • JobaWockeeZ

          I assume you are implying that it is superior to pitch fx. May I ask why? Because ESPN favors the Yankees?

          • CountryClub

            I wasn’t implying it was superior. Just offering a different viewpoint. I’m not watching on tv so their game day is all I have.

            But are you serious about ESPN favoring the yankees?

  • The Real Greg

    How did Phil Hughes win a lot of games last year?

    • Dalek Jeter

      Lots of strikeouts, lots of fly balls, very little walks, very little non-homer hits.

  • Tut

    Hughes with no command

  • Pat D

    Anyone else interested to see that Cervelli is catching? I mean, this is still technically a day game after a night game.

    • Havok9120

      Did he catch his last start? If so, that’d reinforce the personal catcher theory pretty well.

      • Pat D

        Yea, Cervy caught Hughes last week. I was trying to take it as a (hopeful) indication that Cervelli has become “the starter.”

    • jjyank

      Didn’t notice at first. It is a later day game though. A 3 hour difference probably ins’t a big deal.

    • Dalek Jeter

      catcher? starting? Day game? AFTER NIGHT GAME?!?!?!

      http://25.media.tumblr.com/tum.....o1_400.gif

      • Pat D

        That’s a terrible GIF. Should have found the Nazis melting in Raiders of the Lost Ark.

        (Note: Don’t actually post that. I just ate.)

  • vicki

    at least the streets are paved with long relief.

    • forensic

      heh

  • jjyank

    Plouffers, you starting Hammel today?

    • Dalek Jeter

      Nope. I want 0 conflict of interest. I do my best to not start anybody but closers against the Yankees.

      • jjyank

        I’m lucky. I have no problem sitting my lesser pitchers against the Yankees (Like AJ Griffen or Jarrod Parker, for example). Two of my better starters are Yankees (Kuroda and Pettitte), and the rest are NL pitchers. I do have Price, but he’s too good to sit against anyone.

        • Dalek Jeter

          I also have Cueto and Gallardo going for me today, so hopefully they do better than Bag O’ Dicks did yesterday.

          • jjyank

            Manny still kicking your ass?

            • Dalek Jeter

              10-5, but I feel like I’m in striking distance in every category.

              • jjyank

                I’m deadlocked at 8-8 right now. Bumgarner and Price killed it for me today, but I was already ahead in pitching categories, so that didn’t really help. My offense needs to not suck.

                • Dalek Jeter

                  Same. Seriously, my “line up” of V-Mart, Seager, Carpenter, Castro, Hafner, Hamilton, Cargo, Bruce and others are hitting like Chris Stewart combined.

                  • jjyank

                    One thing I hate about the scoring is that it uses walks instead of BB/9. I’m inning in IP, but I’m losing in walks. Well no shit I have more walks, my team had thrown like 20 more innings. I should be winning 9-7 if they went by BB/9.

                    • jjyank

                      I’m *winning* in IP

                    • Dalek Jeter

                      Same, I’m gonna be destroying Manny by the end of the day in IP, and I’m already ahead of them, so it figures that I’m going to have more walks.

          • Pat D

            Didn’t Bag O’ Dicks get you the all important W?

            • Dalek Jeter

              Yup. Detwieler did me well to keep my ERA down but his bullpen blew it.

  • vicki

    um, guys? hammel walks 3 per nine.

  • Havok9120

    Wheeeeeeeeee.

  • vicki

    phil being phil.

  • Anderson Silva

    Hughes is toast… he looks fucking terrible

  • YankeesJunkie

    Not looking good for Hughes.

  • Pat D

    Really, Phil? Flaherty?

  • Eddard

    It’s only Philbert’s 2nd start but he’s got a lot of work to do.

  • The Real Greg

    I’m giving up on this game right now

    • jjyank

      Well that didn’t take long. Minutes after Havok vouched for you on this very subject.

      • The Real Greg

        Where did he do that?

        • jjyank
          • Pasta Stumbling Sojo

            Haha. That’s awesome. I was just reading and responding to Havok’s post, lamenting Greg’s progress, and then scrolled down to catch up on comments and saw this. Greg is back!

    • Havok9120

      Well, at least you waited until the second inning. That’s progress.

      • The Real Greg

        It’s more because of my frustration with Phil Hughes and a extension the Yankees not being able to develop quality starting pitching.

        Of course the Yankees can still win. But I’m just like meh.

  • Pasta

    Hughes and joba never recovered from injuries both cooked

  • Dalek Jeter

    Ryan Fucking Flaherty, Phil? This is the guy who’s name is what Oriole fans were using as a euphemism for being terrible. Come on man.

  • SamVa

    Damn it Phillip

  • Chilango

    Phlying Balls Phil pitching in da Bronx. Not good.

  • http://www.aiakc.org/member/898601/ Sabine

    I rarely leave remarks, but i did a few searching and wound up here Game Ten:
    Strive for Five | River Avenue Blues. And I do have a couple of
    questions for you if you usually do not mind. Could it be only me or does it seem like some of the comments
    appear like they are written by brain dead people?
    :-P And, if you are writing on additional social sites, I’d like to keep up with anything new you have to post. Could you make a list of all of all your shared pages like your twitter feed, Facebook page or linkedin profile?

    • Pat D

      Depends on who you regard as “brain dead.”

    • vicki

      the phraseology here reminds me of what i see in emails from anonymous ladies when i click on the wrong porn site.

      • Havok9120

        That’s…one way to put it I suppose.

        Easier just to call it “spam” I’d think, but roll with it.

  • forensic

    Sure am glad Hughes is starting.

    I think we were all getting spoiled with good pitching performances…

    • Wil Nieves #1 Fan

      It’s humbling, isn’t it?

  • JonS

    Nova says he wouldn’t have hit a HR, only a 2B.

  • Pasta

    Amazing we have to pray the pineda is not only healed but as good as he was for one half of a season
    Cashman better be right or this season will disapear fast.

  • Wil Nieves #1 Fan

    Nate McLOLth.

  • Anthony

    NICE PLAY, screw you McClouth!!!

  • jjyank

    Well at least that one was stopped. I love Cano’s relay throws, so quick.

    • Pasta

      Best in the game at the relay
      Atta boy pronk!

  • Anderson Silva

    fuck Hughes, bring in Phelps to start next inning..

  • Pat D

    Thanks a bunch, McLouth.

  • Eddard

    Good thing Buck bunted Machado in the 1st inning. More Os baserunning blunders…

  • vicki

    victorino walk-off (single).

    • Pat D

      Ah, spit.

      • forensic

        Eh, if you figure at the end of the season the Rays will be ahead of the Red Sox anyway, then it’s good to give them an extra loss now.

        • jjyank

          I can agree with that. I’m more worried about the Rays than the Sox long term.

  • Havok9120

    Nice play boys. Now with the bats.

    • Pat D

      You want them to play with their bats?

      • Havok9120

        *facepalm*

        • Pat D

          I’m starting to think you don’t expect my terrible jokes. I can’t fathom why not.

          • Havok9120

            I’ve too much faith in mankind.

            • Pat D

              Seriously, though, was it the Civil War joke? I told you that was meant to shit on Lost Cause mentality more than anything else.

              • Havok9120

                No, not at all. I’m just grumpy and you keep giving me more opportunities for non-serious mockery than most others. None of it’s meant seriously though.

                I shall tone it down.

                • Pat D

                  Yea, I do leave myself open for jokes.

                  Turn that frown upside down!

                  • Havok9120

                    Haven’t had much luck with that approach so far.

  • The Real Greg

    To clarify, me saying the game was over was more frustration over Phil Hughes than actual logic.

    • jjyank

      Greg, we know. That’s common sense.

    • Wil Nieves #1 Fan

      We know who you are, Greg. We know what you do here.

      • Pat D

        He is who we thought he was!

    • Pat D

      We know, Greg. We know.

      I’m still prescribing Zen Baseball for you. I see you still refuse to take it.

      • jjyank

        Maybe if we crush it up and mix it in with his food?

        • Pat D

          I’m willing to try that.

    • Chilango

      Hughes is frustrating, he was born in the wrong era. He would have been an ace at the Polo Grounds.

  • Pat D

    PRONK’ed!

  • jjyank

    PRONK!

  • The Real Greg

    PRONK!

  • Havok9120

    Man. Golfed it into the bullpen.

    Sweetness.

  • Mykey

    Hafner is a strong, strong man.

  • Eddard

    I always knew Hafner would mash in YS. Great pick up.

  • forensic

    Heh, I was distracted by my boy for a minute, then looked up when I saw the ball heading for the bullpen and just instinctively figured it was Hughes again.

    It’s like a Hughes version of PTSD (maybe PHSD?).

  • Pasta

    What does pronk stad for?

  • Wil Nieves #1 Fan

    LOL Chris Davis.

  • Eddard

    Cervelli just knows how to get on base. The Yankees knew when they let Martin go that they had their starting catcher in Frankie.

    • Mykey

      What?

      • Havok9120

        Just pretend you didn’t see it.

    • Pasta

      Within 5 years
      Romine
      Sanchez
      Murphy
      Obrien
      Not too shabby cervelli will be in miami or pittsburgh by then.

    • YankeesJunkie

      I am willing to be wrong in this situation. Just like with Gardner a few years ago.

  • vicki

    law of averages has some major revenge planned for the o’s.

    • jjyank

      Indeed. I’m just glad the Nats are good. Otherwise I’d have a shitload more O’s fans to argue this with.

  • Dalek Jeter

    Loverbay!!

  • Wil Nieves #1 Fan

    Brains read that loop perfectly.

  • Pseudoyanks

    Lolverbay!

  • Havok9120

    w00t!

    Errors, bloops, whatever you got.

  • Pat D

    O’s Magic quickly evaporating. Granted, there are 7 innings left.

    • forensic

      And there’s still a Hughes on the mound. The offense will likely need another 3-4 runs at least to have a chance in this one.

      • vicki

        conservative estimate, but this.

        • forensic

          I was REALLY trying to be kind.

  • Eddard

    I love all this contact hitting. They’re putting the ball in play and good things happen. Not as much bust with this lineup.

  • Pasta

    Overbay used to kill us with those back in 2006 with the jays
    Nice to be on the other end.

  • Cy Pettitte

    brand new game for Phil, hopefully he settles down

    • Pasta

      Get warren up.

    • Havok9120

      Or that’ll happen.

  • Pat D

    God dammit, Phil.

  • Mykey

    Sheesh Hughes.

  • Anthony

    Okay Phil settle down..

  • Cy Pettitte

    holy hell was that a terrible pitch

  • Anderson Silva

    get his sorry ass outta there… he’s terrible

  • Pat D

    O’Neill making too many excuses for him.

  • The Real Greg

    You can now see why I made my earlier remarks

    • jjyank

      Nope.

    • Havok9120

      Illogical thought doesn’t become logical just because it winds up being correct, you know. What’s more, you haven’t yet been proven correct.

      Zen Baseball.

  • YankeesJunkie

    Some part of me thinks that Hughes won’t figure it out until he is on another team.

    • Wil Nieves #1 Fan

      He’ll win 200 games with the Giants.

      • YankeesJunkie

        Hughes has put up some decent numbers the last three years when healthy, but the numbers don’t represent his quality of being a SP clearly. He will get another job somewhere else, but as a Yankee his best role was as a reliever.

    • Guns

      He’s nothing more than a slightly above average, mid-rotation starter, regardless of what team he’s on. At some point a player just is who he is. There’s no upside in Phil Hughes anymore.

      • Havok9120

        I think this is incorrect in that a less homer happy park would help him out at least somewhat. I also know there’s always a chance the guy will randomly figure it out. I just no longer expect it to happen with Hughes.

        • Pat D

          He kind of has “going to NL” written all over him, doesn’t he?

          • YankeesJunkie

            This. Hughes will be around for awhile.

          • Havok9120

            Yeah, exactly. I think you stick him in a big (preferably NL) park and his numbers will start looking significantly better. His home numbers have already been worse than his away numbers.

      • forensic

        This is even kinder to him than I would be…

      • YankeesJunkie

        Put him in San Francisco, Dodges, Seattle, or Miami he could see some marked improvement due to league change and stadium change.

  • Pasta

    Phil going to showers soon.

  • Raymond Freemont

    Won’t miss Phil when he’s gone.

  • Pat D

    We shall see Warren pretty soon.

  • Cy Pettitte

    ok I’ve seen enough Hughes for today

  • forensic

    Yay Hughes!!!

    Finally getting to the bullpen phone. About 2 innings too late in my opinion.

  • Eddard

    You just have to get Phelps warming up now. Phil doesn’t have it today.

  • The Real Greg

    Just an absolute failure when viewed with expectations of being the great prospect.

    • YankeesJunkie

      Absolute failure, a little to harsh especially compared to Joba. Disappointing, sure, but he has provided innings as #4/3 starter

    • Guns

      He hasn’t improved (and some might argue he’s regressed) as a pitcher since coming to the big leagues.

      His velocity has settled comfortably into the 90-92mph range. His curveball is a below average pitch that can be a put away pitch when he’s on. And his cutter/slider/whatever and change up are average to below average as well. Basically “show me” pitches at the big league level.

      That’s pretty exciting for a 19 year old in Double-A. But you would project him to improve on his skills as he got older. Hughes hasn’t gotten better and he struggles to stay healthy to top it off.

  • Pasta

    I wonder if we see Wang soon if the pitching stays this bad in the end of the rotation.

    • vicki

      must…make…joke…

    • YankeesJunkie

      If Wang can be a productive starter, I would be shocked, but it would be awesome!

  • Mykey

    Well that was fortunate.

  • trr

    It’s very difficult for me to watch Hughes pitch, even when he’s pitching well, which he’s not today

  • trr

    I hope we don’t over pay to try and keep Hughes next year

  • Pasta

    Phelps up thought warren was long guy

    • JonS

      A benefit of Bringing in Phelps here is that he can take Hughes next start if they decide and can still have Warren as the long guy.

      • forensic

        They would never give someone’s next start to someone else at this point in the season, especially not Hughesie…

        • JonS

          Never said they would. Said it gives them the option.

  • The Real Greg

    When Pineda comes back, he will HAVE to be put in the starting rotation with the way Hughes and Nova are pitching.

    Yay Yankee farm system

    • Mykey

      Do we have any idea when that will be yet?

      • The Real Greg

        He just started throwing to batters so I think maybe June or July.

    • YankeesJunkie

      I completely forgot about him, but if he is able to show the stuff he did Seattle and build on that he could be huge.

    • YankeesJunkie

      Also, lets not forget Banuelos in 2014 could make an impact on the rotation sometime and he is a preferred hand.

  • El Capitan

    I die a little bit inside each inning that Hughes pitches. He’s awful. Has the tools but the guy just strikes me as a total HEAD CASE of the worst degree

  • Pat D

    Like I said last week, Hughes was my first great prospect crush that broke my heart.

    As Kreiger might say, “Ah, Hughesy.”

    • jjyank

      I’m sorry, are you addressing me? Because your authority is not recognized in Fort Kickass.

      • Pat D

        It’s not like I’m a serial killer.

    • Dalek Jeter

      Yup.

      *Archer Spoiler Alert*

      Also, what did you think of the season finale? A little too emotional for me, with the whole Archer dying for Lana, and confessing his love for (again) and her being all huggy and grateful.

      • jjyank

        I agree with that. Wasn’t bad, but I hate it when pure comedy shows try to do something more.

        • Dalek Jeter

          Overall I thought the episode was great, and it was an awesome finale, and I think if they wanted to they could be more…I mean they have with Tatia, and with Lana when he had cancer. I would just rather them not because of reasons.

          • jjyank

            I mean relatively speaking. All Archer episodes are great. But I would rather they stay away from emotion.

            • Dalek Jeter

              There was one or two episodes this season I didn’t think were up to snuff, besides that yes All Archer episodes are outstanding.

      • JonS

        Yea, that was totally weird for them to get emotional like that in the final 2 minutes. Like a completely different show at the end.

      • Pat D

        Well they kept the running joke of Archer destroying Ray’s legs.

        I guess I’ll be more interested to see who the father of Lana’s baby is. It can’t be Archer’s, can it?

        • Dalek Jeter

          No…as far as I remember the last time they had sex was when he had cancer, and those two episodes alone covered a span of 4 months.

          • Pat D

            RAMPAGE!!!!!!!!!!

            Save it for the fast money round, Paddy!

            Hmm…Cock-flavored spit. Well, you never know what will be on the board. Survey says? *SHOT*

            Did you see Regis this morning?

  • Cy Pettitte

    Phil is missing his spots by feet, this is ridiculous

  • The Real Greg

    Now that I think about it, even some Yankee prospects that have been traded away have not performed that well.

    Jose Tabata, Jesus Montero…

    • jjyank

      Take it easy, Greg. Montero has 1 year in the show, if you who want to be fair, you should at least mention Kennedy and Jackson.

      • The Real Greg

        That’s why I said “some” I originally didn’t have that word in there but then I thought about Austin Jackson and Ian Kennedy

    • Jon

      That Ajax kid in Detroit sure does suck

  • Havok9120

    With the game playing less than two feet in front of my face I somehow missed them scoring the 4th run.

    Attention span shortage today.

    • jjyank

      RBI groundout. Pretty uneventful way to score a run, so you are forgiven.

  • Mick taylor

    I cannot believe joba would be much worse than Hughes if given achance to start

    • Guns

      It’s hard to believe, but he was. Joba’s only full season as a starter was 2009 when he put up a 4.82 FIP, whether you choose to blame it on the “Joba Rules” is up to you. Phil’s been just a tick over 4.50 in the last two seasons, one was with the shoulder injury.

    • The Big City of Dreams

      He might be based on how long it’s been since he started but it would be interesting to see him start.

  • Dorian

    Finally given up. Totally resigned myself to the fact that Phil Hughes is no more than a 4th starter and that’s being EXTREMELY generous.

  • Mykey

    A flower seed pack sounds like the worst giveaway ever.

  • The Real Greg

    Those 3 pitchers are our version of Generation K with the Mets.

  • The Real Greg

    Wait a minute. Shouldn’t Kuroda be pitching today?

    • Dalek Jeter

      Scratched because of something with his back I think? As far as I remember it was more a precaution than anything.

      • forensic

        Pettitte had the back issue.

    • forensic

      They pushed him back a day. Didn’t want to scare or thrill the nationwide audience tomorrow night by having Hughes pitch.

      • The Big City of Dreams

        lol that’s so wrong

  • Mykey

    Strike out aside, I really expected to find rooting for Kevin Youkilis to be much harder than it has proven to be.

    • vicki

      i didn’t fully warm up to dirty red sock johnny damon until the bonus stolen base in the ws, ie the very end. i already love youkilis madly.

      • Mykey

        Haha that was a pretty awesome moment.

  • OldYanksFan

    Just what is a League Average RH’der worth as an FA?
    I can’t see signing Phil unless he comes cheap.
    He’s got talent, but no command.
    You never know what you’re going to get….
    except for a number of HRs.

    Whaddayathink?
    I think we have to let him go.

    • The Real Greg

      I hope and think we will let him go. I would rather see Vidal Nuno right now in the starting rotation

      • jjyank

        Careful what you wish for.

    • Dalek Jeter

      I think he can make 11-14 or so on the open market, and as much as I love Hughes (or at least the idea of Hughes) unless he turns it around quick and does what he did from May-August last year with less homers I don’t think he’s coming back.

      • OldYanksFan

        WHEN he is healthy, as a Starter, he is MAYBE a 2 WAR Pitcher with a career 99 ERA+. Yeah he’s still young, but so is every pitcher in the Minor Leagues. Why is he worth even $10m? Maybe in SD or in another big Ballpark.

  • Pasta Stumbling Sojo

    Greg, I don’t know why you’d view Phil in light of the expectations for him from years ago when he’s been in the league this long.

    But if you do insist on doing that, it’s still wrong to say “Just an absolute failure when viewed with expectations of being the great prospect.”

    Here is the 2004 draft that Hughes was picked in: http://mlb.mlb.com/mlb/history.....sorted_by=. It has everyone’s MLB stats to date. Look at the prospects around him, especially those who were picked earlier than him in the draft. Verlander and Weaver have obviously been great, though they were picked him earlier than he was, and Gallardo, Gio, and Street have also been good. Aside from them, I don’t really see any pitcher in the top 50 that I’d rather have had these past few years than Hughes. So if you’re calling Hughes a failure, you have to call most prospects failures. Which they are, which is why it’s silly to expect them to be great and then be disappointed in the 90% of cases when they’re not.

    • Chilango

      Phil was 11-4 with a 3.75 ERA at Yankee stadium last year. 99 IP with 41 ER, Opposing BA .238 It’s just that when he sucks, he really sucks.

  • Dorian

    BOO THIS MAN!!!!!!

  • Anthony

    Wow this is not good.

  • forensic

    Whoever thought he would give up a homerun?

    Whatever you do guys, don’t take him out of the game. I’m sure he’ll find it soon…

  • YankeesJunkie

    I thought the HR Derby wasn’t till July.

  • Anderson Silva

    might as well leave him in now.. what a shitty job

    • vicki

      come on. they have six bottoms of the order coming. chin up!

      • vicki

        *of the inning

  • Eddard

    I just don’t know why Dave Phelps is not in this ballgame. Girardi is going to let Phil roast out there I guess.

  • Wil Nieves #1 Fan

    Now do you guys see what Greg was saying?

    • jjyank

      I see what you did there.

    • Pat D

      I always see what Greg says. When I read it, that is.

      I just don’t usually care.

  • JonS

    Hughes has the absolute worse body language when giving up a HR.

  • forensic

    And then those doubles happen because the outfielders have to start by standing on the warning track to have a shot at most of the balls.

  • i like bacon

    hey joe how long you going to go with him. get him out of there.

    • jjyank

      Posted during the commercial break of a pitching change.

      • Havok9120

        He was cooking bacon. I’d be distracted too.

  • Eddard

    The Stadium crowd is harsh but fair. If Hughes wasn’t ready to return the club shouldn’t have pushed him back so soon.

  • El Capitan

    I love that that booed his sorry ass on the way out. Hit the showers, guy. Thanks for absolutely nothing.

  • Pat D

    Wasn’t it nice of the crowd to give him a nice “Hughes” chant as he walked off the mound.

    • jjyank

      I will never, ever boo a player in Pinstripes. I get that people are frustrated, and that’s entirely reasonable. I would never boo anyone though. That’s just me.

  • vicki

    they aren’t saying “huuuughes.”

  • Anthony

    3-3, I seriously think Mclouth is my least favorite ballplayer, and it has nothing to do with personality.

    As much as I’m annoyed with Phil… keep it classy YS..

  • The Real Greg

    So other teams have Chris Sale, Shelby Miller, Matt Harvey, AJ Griffin, Matt Moore etc.

    And we’re stuck with this guy.

    • Havok9120

      …..

      For Christ’s sake.

      • The Real Greg

        I’m sorry. That’s what I feel. It feels like every other team has some hot young starting pitcher or prominent hitter coming into the league except us. And it annoys me.

        • jjyank

          You realize that 3 of those 5 were drafted higher than Hughes and higher than the Yankees have a chance to draft, right? It’s a silly comparison. Even Griffin and Moore have nothing to do with Hughes. And not “every team” has some hot shot young starter. Come on Greg, take a step back for a second.

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

            Don’t bother. Just wait until the next time the Red Sox beat the Yankees and he complains they’re letting them go on a roll. Same shit, different year.

            • The Real Greg

              No that really doesn’t bother me anymore because the Sox have become more of a laughingstock the last couple of years

          • Guns

            The draft order argument doesn’t hold much water when you look at what Boston has been able to do with the draft. I don’t care how angry it makes Yankee fans but their player development is head and shoulders above the Yanks.

            • jjyank

              Goalposts, moved.

              What does this have to do with anything? The Red Sox haven’t been in the playoffs since 2008 and I think they’re still a worse team than the Yankees in 2013. Yeah, I’m real jealous of Boston.

        • Guns

          And to a large extent you’re absolutely right.

        • Pat D

          Who do the Brewers have? The Royals? The Cubs? The Marlins? The Rockies? The Red Sox? The Twins? The Angels?

          • Havok9120

            To be fair, the Sox have guys up/coming up soon. They haven’t really performed up to hype in all cases, but they’re there.

            Nonetheless, yeah, the argument that “everybody has kids up but us” is bogus in oh so many ways.

          • The Real Greg

            Here is the list:
            Angels- Mike Trout
            Royals- Salvador Perez
            Red Sox- Jackie Bradley Jr.
            Cubs- Anthony Rizzo
            Brewers- Aoki
            Rockies- Wilkin Rosario
            Marlins- Stanton (he’s still very young)

            I don’t have any for the Twins so you are correct there.

            • Get Phelps Up

              JBJ the proud owner of a career OPS+ of 35.

              • The Real Greg

                I should add Middlebrooks to the Red Sox list too.

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

                  .263 OBP

            • Pat D

              Trout, Perez and Stanton are no longer prospects. Bradley has been very quickly overrated, Rizzo I’ll give you, Aoki is not an impact player and Rosario is not that good.

              • Get Phelps Up

                The Brewers didn’t even develop Aoki. They won the posting rights to him. Also the Cubs didn’t really develop Rizzo. And Austin Jackson is left off this list.

              • The Real Greg

                Aoki was a stretch. I will give you that

                Even though Trout, Perez, and Stanton are technically not “prospects” they are still very young which means that there is still some unknown buzz about them.

                Rosario hit .270 last year with 28 and 71 RBIs.

                I call that good.

                • Pat D

                  You were also talking about guys “coming into the league,” which I took to mean “not yet in the league.”

                  Rosario can’t catch and I expect his numbers to fall.

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

              Aoki is 31.

          • Guns

            That’s such an awful argument. You want to lump the Yankees in with perennial losing franchises such as the Brewers, Royals, Marlins and Rockies to make your point??? Go ahead. It shows just how bad the Yankees have been.

            • Havok9120

              Perennial losing franchises which draft better than the Yankees virtually every year for the last decade and a half?

              There are holes in the argument, but that ain’t one of them.

            • Pat D

              His argument is awful. He said “it feels like every other team has some hot young pitcher…or hitter coming into the league.”

              I’m proving him wrong.

      • Guns

        Honestly, the reasoning doesn’t make a lot of sense, but he has every right to feel that way. The Yankees could do a lot of good by developing a better than average starting pitcher. They’ll have a couple more chances with Banuelos, Campos and (hopefully) DePaula.

        • Havok9120

          He has every right to feel that way just as I have every right to criticize the unreasonable/incorrect part of the comment.

          I also have no problem with being critical of him harping on the same thing over multiple posts even when he admits there are holes in his logic or that he’s being unreasonable. There’s also the whole “he almost never responds to any counter arguments” thing. And me generally just being in a bad mood this week.

      • DC

        Now you know Greg’s new thing.

        • vicki

          mewling self-pity is not a new thing.

        • Havok9120

          So it seems.

          • The Real Greg

            No this is not new. I’ve been steaming against the Yankees drafting for the last few years.

            • Havok9120

              “New thing” meaning “thing you’re harping on today.” As in what Pasta Stumbling Sojo asked about earlier to which I responded you didn’t have one lately. Apparently that is no longer the case.

              At least I assume that’s what he was referring to.

              • The Real Greg

                Well I think the 4-0 record the last 4 games has something to do with me not going nuts. It’s tough to complain when you’re winning.

    • Dalek Jeter

      Teams that have been competitive every year since 1995

      -New York Yankees

      Having “home grown aces” is nice and all, don’t get me wrong but I’d rather be competitive every year then go
      79-82 the year before The Sox drafted Sale
      86-76 the year before the Cards drafted Miller
      70-92 the year before the Mets drafted Harvey
      75-87 the year before the A’s drafted Griffen
      61-101 the year before the Rays drafted Moore.

      • vicki

        damn, you’re quick. good stuff. which no doubt falls on deaf ears.

      • The Real Greg

        I do understand that that is part of the reason.
        But as I mentioned earlier in the week, Andy Pettite was drafted in the 22nd round in 1990. So it can be done.

        • Dalek Jeter

          Mike Piazza was like the last pick in his draft year. It does happen, but so does hitting the lottery. I mean, you can hope to hit it, but you shouldn’t expect it.

        • Havok9120

          And we’re regarded as pretty great at picking guys late and getting more out of them than expected. At least that’s what I hear around draft time more often than not.

        • vicki

          yeah, andy pettitte! QED, motherfucker!

          • Havok9120

            ietc

        • Get Phelps Up

          You realize that drafting someone like Pettitte in the 22nd round is the exception rather than the norm right?

    • Orioles Greg

      All we get out of the 4th overall pick in 2008 is a LOOGY! Disgraceful.

  • Anderson Silva

    If Hughes is not physically able to perform (spring training form like Kay is saying), then why the hell is he starting for the big league club?

  • El Capitan

    Phillip Hughes and Ivan Nova, ladies and gentlemen. The highest paid BP tossers in the business. Let’s not give a guy like David Phelps a chance in the rotation though, god forbid. He couldn’t possibly be worse than what we just saw.

    • Pat D

      Yea, he could.

      • El Capitan

        I’d take Phelps over Hughes at this point, any day of the week. Hughes just can’t avoid giving up the long ball in bunches. We’ve been seeing it regularly for quite some time now.

        • Pat D

          It’s still possible for Phelps to be worse.

          • El Capitan

            Well, yea… Anyone could be. I said that more out of exasperation than anything else.

            • Pat D

              Gotcha.

  • forensic

    “We don’t want to make excuses for the guy, but we’re going to anyway by listing a bunch of excuses.”

    • El Capitan

      Yea Michael, stop being such an apologist. Give credit when it’s due, but there’s also got to be room for justifiable criticism.

    • Anderson Silva

      heard that, thought it was funny as hell

    • JonS

      He wanted to get back to talking about his nephew and his friend.

  • Eddard

    I’d say the game was over like Greg did in the 2nd inning but Big Game Dave Phelps has restored order and kept us in the ballgame.

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

      After the way he shit his pants in the playoffs last year, Big Game is a laughable nickname for Phelps.

  • DInnings

    Hughes should be battling Nova to keep a job in the rotation.

    If I were the Yanks I’d keep a close eye Jake Peavy.

    Peavy re-signed with the White Sox for two years at $14.5M a year with a $15M player’s option for 2015 where he gets it if he pitches 400 IP in 2013-14 including 190 IP in 2014 and isn’t on the disabled list at the end of 2014. He would turn only 34 on 5/31/15.

    So far he is 1-1, 5.56 in 2 GS but with 13 SO and only one BB.

    ‘Say Hughes and Peavy are doing about the same by July 24 a week before the trade deadline. I’d swap ‘em. The Yanks would get a not old yet veteran for the 2013 stretch run and 2014, possibly 2015, in Peavy while the White Sox shed Peavy’s contract and could let go of Hughes. If Hughes is still Mr.Fourth Starter the White Sox could re-sign him for a year for far less what they’d owe Peavy for 2014 and certainly 2014-15, and who’s to say they couldn’t re-sign Hughes for as little as two years at $8M a year for only $16M, just $1.5M more than the cost of 2014 Peavy?

    What bounty of young players are the Yanks getting for a fourth starter in his walk year?

    The Yanks’ 2014 rotation would be Sabathia, Peavy, and three from a free agent, Kuroda for one more year, Pettitte for one more year, Nova, Phelps, Pineda, Warren, and whoever else in the farm system.

    Bottom line is all the best free agent starters have been locked up (Hernandez, Verlander, Kershaw, Cain etc.), Kuroda and Pettitte are old and no locks to be back in 2014 much less good then or even this year. The Yanks need to have a good younger veteran in the rotation with Sabathia – Peavy would be that guy with his 1.180 career WHIP and low 1.2 WHIP in the AL. They cannot go with Sabathia, a re-signed Pettitte and Hughes, and two from Nova, Phelps, Pineda, Warren etc.

    • Wil Nieves #1 Fan

      Too many words.

  • Pat D

    I was surprised to find the answer to the trivia question. I figured it was Palmeiro. I was wrong.

  • forensic

    Nice job Phelps.

    If I didn’t think they might have a very slight chance at coming back in this game, I almost would’ve preferred you added that run to Hughes’ line though.

  • Pat D

    Running out of patience with Ichiro. Thought he was supposed to have good numbers off Hammel.

    • Dalek Jeter

      Roger Clemens used to kill the Orioles. I doubt he’d do well against them now.

      • Pat D

        I thought those numbers were relatively recent.

  • Cy Pettitte

    would rather hit my head against a wall repeatedly than watch an Ichiro AB

  • Eddard

    At least Boesch gives you the potential for power. Ichiro gives you his corkscrew swing in which he’ll either strike out or pop up in the infield.

    • jjyank

      Wasn’t it like 2 weeks ago you were lauding the Yankees for having contact hitters like Ichiro?

      #EddardWorld

    • Dalek Jeter

      Weren’t you balls deep on Ichiro like a week ago Eddard? You’ve even got me confused now.

  • JonS

    Yea!! two years of watching Ichiro!!

  • Pasta

    Biogenics er cervelli doing good

  • Cy Pettitte

    I wonder if the execs will sign Ichiro to another 2 year deal after next season, there’s no way he gets to 3,000 hits on this contract

    • JonS

      At this rate, he may not even reach 3800.

  • JonS

    The no #1 catcher things shows how stubborn Giardi really is.

    • El Capitan

      I bet his wife loves the fact that he’s gone for huge stretches throughout the year.

  • Eddard

    When the Yankees let Martin go they knew something everybody else didn’t, they had their future starting catcher in Frankie Cervelli. Another good move by the FO.

    • Dalek Jeter

      Are you even real? Seriously…there is no way you can possibly believe half of the things you are saying.

      • Pat D

        Eddard must actually be a politician.

        • Dalek Jeter

          He would actually be excellent at it. I mean, he lies and speaks half truths about his beliefs as easy as Mitt Romney spoke about his wealth and how it was obtained.

          http://media.tumblr.com/tumblr.....qjys7d.gif

          • JonS

            Hey look!! Someone who believes there is an actual difference between a republican and democrat!!

            • Pat D

              Tell me you’re a “libertarian.”

              • JonS

                There are more than 3 parties….

                • Pat D

                  No, there are only 2. I’d like for there to be more than 2, but there aren’t and there never will be.

        • Pat D

          A British sketch comedy show from a few years ago called Dead Ringers depicted now current British PM David Cameron as someone like that. He would say whatever he thought people wanted to hear. If someone told him he might be wrong, he’d immediately change his position.

          • Dalek Jeter

            I think SNL did the same skit a few years ago with just a random politician.

    • Pasta

      Doubtfull so many better cathers in system
      Romine
      Sanchez
      Murphy

    • Pasta

      Cervelli looks juiced and was one of the names from the aroid clinic of sorry ballplayers in miami.

      • vicki

        you just keep pounding that material, guy.

        • Pasta

          I have a bad feeling we my lose frankie later in the season after mlb drops the hammer on aroid and co.

          • vicki

            oh, so it’s genuine concern, not trolling.

            please.

          • Havok9120

            So THAT’S why you bring it up almost every time Cervelli’s name comes up. It all makes sense now.

  • Anthony

    Have I mentioned at all how I hate Nate Mclouth?

  • Pat D

    Fuck you, McLouth! Totally misplayed it and gets fucking lucky.

  • Eddard

    Nate McClouth is a journeyman outfielder yet he gives us the most trouble.

    • Anthony

      I really have to agree, its very annoying.

  • Havok9120

    That was either a really nice play or loafed on it a bit.

    I prefer to think it’s the former. That looked pretty great.

    • jjyank

      Might have been a sun issue too.

    • Chilango

      Late jump good recovery.

  • OldYanksFan

    When the Yankees let Martin go they knew something everybody else didn’t, they had their future starting catcher in Frankie Cervelli Sanchez or Romine. Another good move by the FO.

    Fixed.

    • Pasta

      Sanchez and romine and murphy all need a promotion obrien too. All raking.

  • wow

    Phelps showing Phil how it’s done.

  • Lugo

    What is the reasoning behind not giving Phelps a shot at the rotation? I mean they keep parading Nova and Hughes out there and they keep getting pounded. Now obviously Phelps might not be the answer, but doesn’t he deserve a shot? I just don’t get it.

    • Havok9120

      It’s early in the season. Hughes was good last season and it’s his second start of the current one. Nova is a case of hoping he figures it out and can follow through on all the promising signs there have been. It’s not as if Phelps out pitched Nova in ST either, so even if it had been a competition there was no real reason to give it to Phelps instead.

    • forensic

      Hughesie won 18 games 3 years ago!!!

  • JLC 776

    Please get it going here, Gardy.

  • Eddard

    The reason Phelps and Cervelli aren’t getting their due is because people would rather be proven right than to see this team win. They have to have their guys succeed and everyone else should be traded away. Cervelli has done wonders so far this year. Phelps looks miles ahead of Hughes at this point. Yet all people can talk about is what’s in the minors. You were wrong about Martin and Hughes is a bust, get over it.

  • Anderson Silva

    dont hear people talking about it a lot, but Gardner has been terrible on offense so far.

    • The Real Greg

      He has.

    • Pat D

      That’s because Ichiro has been more terrible.

      • Havok9120

        That, too.

    • Havok9120

      Hasn’t been talked about much the last few days because last night and in Cleveland he contributed. There was plenty of grumbling about it the first week.

    • forensic

      Eh, .750ish OPS, .350ish OBP. Right around career numbers.

      Sure, it’d be nice to see him take a step forward, and he may still, but this is about what you could expect coming into the season.

  • Betty Lizard

    Don’t watch Hughes games but just looked at the score.

    Hughesiad Gita: “Now I am become Death, the destroyer of worlds.”

    • Havok9120

      Wow. Going with Shiva.

  • JLC 776

    Starting to look like ass again…

  • JLC 776

    Alright, now that HBP was fucking pathetic.

    • forensic

      It also wasn’t really a HBP since his foot was out of the batter’s box, but they never call that.

      • JLC 776

        I thought it looked ridiculously far forward.

        • forensic

          Not the front foot moving forward, it’s the back foot that they move toward the plate in that case.

          • JLC 776

            That’s what I meant – forward towards the plate. My mistake though, forward is supposed to mean towards the pitcher…

      • Havok9120

        You know…I didn’t even know that was a thing.

        It makes perfect sense, but I’ve never even heard it spoken of.

  • Pasta

    Manny marchado looks wasted all the time.

  • Pat D

    Come on, offense, plenty of time left!

    • forensic

      Eh, possible, but not looking good. Hammel is pretty good and so is their bullpen. Just would’ve been nice if they had pulled Hughes earlier like every other person in the world said to do when the score was closer.

      • Pat D

        Keep hope alive!!!

        Look to the Wells!!

      • Havok9120

        C’mon man. Some happy thoughts.

        • forensic

          Sorry, Hughes starts just take it all out of me…

          • Pat D

            Really, you don’t care for Hughes? I hadn’t noticed.

            • forensic

              I hide it well…

  • Eddard

    He’s got the strikeout pitches, he’s got command and he’s got mound presence. You’d think this guy would be beloved by Yankee brass and fans alike but he can’t even get one chance to start a game.

    • Get Phelps Up

      “but he can’t even get one chance to start a game.”

      Last year?

    • Chilango

      Phelps was 4-4 last year, 99 IP, 3.34 ERA, 125 ERA+. WHIP 1.194, etc. Pretty close to Phil’s numbers.

      • forensic

        ERA: 3.34 vs. 4.25
        ERA+ 125 vs. 99
        WHIP: 1.194 vs. 1.265
        K/9: 8.7 vs. 7.2
        FIP: 4.32 vs. 4.56
        xFIP: 4.01 vs. 4.35

        Even as a starter, Phelps was still at 3.77 ERA with all the jerking around they did to him in those games.

        In almost 100 less innings Phelps still out-bWAR’d Hughes.

        Personally, I don’t see it as very close.

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

          You are really overrated Phelps. He runs into a wall in his fourth inning of work pretty much every single time. Can’t turn a lineup over, can’t get swings and misses.

          • forensic

            That tends to happen when they never let him start a group in a row to get stretched out and he’s always on a low pitch count in his starts.

  • Ron

    #startphelps

  • Dalek Jeter

    WELLS RINGS THE BELLS!

  • Pat D

    Vernon “I Ain’t Dead Yet!” Wells!!!

  • Havok9120

    There’s a start.

    Nicely done Vern.

  • JLC 776

    Finally! I was starting to think we were going to roll over and die!

  • Cy Pettitte

    Wells >>>> Ichrio

    I think we all know who should sit when Grandy is back

  • Karl Krawfid

    Man Vernon has to be worth more to us than the Angels already.

    • vicki

      can you imagine if the yankees had actually won that trade?

      LOL @ baseball analysts everywhere.

      • Havok9120

        Yeah. He could turn into a corpse when two of Granderson/Tex/Jeter get back and it would still be a pretty big win for the team.

    • Get Phelps Up

      0.5 bWAR more.

      • Havok9120

        That’s hilarious.

  • Pat D

    I was about to say “Send Ichiro” but I remembered it’s Wieters behind the plate.

    • Havok9120

      Yeah. I don’t feel like testing that guy right now.

  • Chilango

    NO DP Cervi let’s go

  • Havok9120

    Paulie is apparently not a fan of heights.

  • Anthony

    Cervelli continues to impress

    • Havok9120

      It’s pretty incredible. Lots of fun to watch.

      • Anthony

        For sure

  • The Real Greg

    They need a run out of this.

  • Eddard

    If Frankie Cervelli were playing under any other name he’d be beloved and people would say he’s mashing the ball. They just don’t want to admit they were wrong. They want Martin and his .074 BA.

    • Havok9120

      Clearly a conspiracy to deny you the credit you deserve.

    • JLC 776

      I’ve loved Cervelli ever since he debuted his gigantic helmet. Why do you think no one likes him? I also really liked Martin and his Red Sox hating ways, so it’s easy to see why he was a favorite for a lot of fans.

    • forensic

      I actually kind of agree with this.

  • Havok9120

    I keep forgetting Nix is playing. Oy.

    Bust a move man.

  • Pat D

    My take on people doing the Wave:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7R2vQLhmmW4

    • jjyank

      That’s my take on most things.

    • JLC 776

      Didn’t the Nats just try to ban it because the players hate it?

      • jjyank

        No, Nats fans who hate the wave started putting up fliers to discourage it. Same general concept though. Yay DC!

        • Havok9120

          Traitor.

          • jjyank

            What, they’re in the NL! It’s fair game.

            • Havok9120

              I was speaking of the city love more than the team.

              It wasn’t supposed to make sense.

  • Lugo

    Overbay and Nix go down with barely a whimper. You know there’s a problem when you can’t even make contact with a hanger.

    • The Real Greg

      Well Overbay had an RBI single and was robbed of an RBI double.

      Nix is only in there because of injury,

  • Havok9120

    Verdammt.

  • JLC 776

    This team only knows how to score off of the Home Run.

    That’s still the narrative, right?

    • Havok9120

      Gotta go with whatever narrative works on a given day.

  • trr

    Personally, I couldn’t wait to see Martin and his ass-shaped face leave town -

    • JonS

      If they had re-signed him with his current start Cashman would have goten flack for that too.

    • vicki

      jealous. chicks do dig him.

      • Havok9120

        At least if Betty is anything to go off of. :D

        • vicki

          your humble correspondent as well.

          • Betty Lizard

            I think he’s sexy as hell.

  • The Real Greg

    Meanwhile Matt Harvey had a no no before Morneau took him deep with 2 outs in the seventh

  • Pat D

    Ouch. Matt Harvey had a no hitter through 6 2/3. Then Morneau just put one off the foul pole.

    • Havok9120

      I was just about to ask why ESPN had that game highlighted when there was nothing special going on in it. Makes sense now.

  • Havok9120

    They’re really trying to jinx Phelps here.

    • vicki

      UNJINXABLE.

      • Havok9120

        Unjinxsome?

        • vicki

          how ’bout you let me do the wordin’.

          • Havok9120

            Hmph.

  • jjyank

    Suck it, Jones!

  • vicki

    oh, adam, i love to see you fail.

  • Havok9120

    Now we shall crush their dreams.

  • Pat D

    The Orioles have given them a few outs today. It would be nice if the Yankees could put a couple more runs together.

  • Eddard

    The Yankees used to absolutely destroy Matusz when he was a starter. It shouldn’t be any different as a reliever. Destroy him.

  • The Real Greg

    Good play

  • jjyank

    Yay, Gardner learned how to bunt!

  • vicki

    leadoff “basehit” but i feel dirty.

  • Steve

    Hey guys. I didn’t watch a single pitch of this game, nor have I seen any highlights, but I think I can make a sweeping conclusion that Phil Hughes actually pitched well.

    • jjyank

      I’m fairly certain you’re just trying to be a dick to Tilapia. Pretty lame, really.

    • Pat D

      This isn’t even good trolling.

      • Pat D

        But we take no chances.

  • Dalek Jeter

    Sounds like they’re just missing on Matusz…

    • vicki

      you mean the next sandy koufax? y’all remember that, right?

    • The Doctor

      Pretty much.

    • The Doctor

      I just keep waiting for O’Day to fall apart because he seriously has nothing but it isn’t happening. Quite frustrating.

  • The Real Greg

    The problem is that the Orioles bullpen is really good. O’Day is a beast out there.

    • The Real Greg

      I know that Matusz pitched but O’Day is pitching the 8th I bet.

  • Pasta

    Joba=jet fuel on fire

    • Havok9120

      More like DIESEL FUEL.

      Eh eh? Geddit? No?

      Oh well.

      • Pat D

        Kevin Nash?

        • Havok9120

          You’ve just confused me as completely as I could have hoped to confuse anyone else with the above.

          • Pat D

            That’s because you’re not cool enough to have been a wrestling fan.

            Kevin Nash is a wrestler who had a character called “Diesel.”

            • Havok9120

              I….see.

              • jjyank

                It’s okay, Havok. I’m right there with you.

              • Pat D

                Big 7 foot guy, finishing move was a power bomb. Could kick your ass easily in real life.

                • Havok9120

                  I’ve no doubt most/all wrestlers could do just that.

  • The Real Greg

    Why not Robertson? Well, if they scored a run last inning, I think Robertson would be in there.

    • Pat D

      Stop answering your own questions to make yourself look smart!

      /Jo Bennett’d

  • Pat D

    T-Mobile is revolutionizing wireless?

    If I start laughing at that statement I will end up like the weasels in Who Framed Roger Rabbit?

  • Dalek Jeter

    …Boesch better hit for Ichiro, Cervelli, or Overbay if he’s not hitting for Wells.

    • The Real Greg

      If Wells had gotten on, I think he would have done it.

    • Get Phelps Up

      There was no reason to PH him for Wells.

  • Havok9120

    NOW we crush their dreams.

  • Pat D

    Dammit, I thought that was going.

  • Dalek Jeter

    There was no reason that Cervelli should have been hitting there.

    • The Real Greg

      He’s hitting .364.

      • Dalek Jeter

        Since we’re playing the SSS game, RHHers are hitting .100/.182/.100 against O’Day.

    • Havok9120

      There was no better option available. I’d certainly rather have him hit than Overbay.

    • Eddard

      This is exactly what I was saying, if Frankie Cervelli was playing under any other name there’s no way you’d PH for a guy swinging as hot a bat as he is. Would you have advocated they PH for Martin last year when he hit .180 all season? Didn’t think so.

      • Dalek Jeter

        If he was facing someone who is death on Righties with Ibanez sitting on the bench? Damn straight I would have.

        • forensic

          You can’t take Cervelli out. He’s their back-up infielder currently, plus SSS or not, he’s actually hitting. You get Nix out of there whenever you can.

          My only complaint is that Brennan Boesch is their best pinch hitter right now…

  • The Real Greg

    They are getting good contact but they are not falling.

  • The Real Greg

    The problem is that who plays SS if Boesch hits for Nix.

    • Dalek Jeter

      Cervelli probably. He’s their emergency INF, and then Stewart behind the plate.

  • Pat D

    Hmm. Who’s gonna play short?

    • Havok9120

      This is why we needed to keep Martin on the team.

  • Eddard

    Who cares who plays SS if Boesch hits for Nix, you have to get the game tied for it to matter and Boesch is your best chance.

  • Pat D

    Pussyfeathers.

  • The Real Greg

    In the end, Phil Hughes will be the cause unless the Yankees get going in the ninth

    • Havok9120

      *twitch*

  • Dalek Jeter

    OH GOD JOBA HAD THE STACHE ON PICTURE DAY!!! I’M GOING TO HAVE TO LOOK AT THAT STUPID LIP WORM FOR EVERY GAME HE PITCHES ON WEEKENDS ALL SEASON!!! WHY?!?!?!?

  • Havok9120

    Watch him get hurt playing short. New York would explode and sink into the sea.

  • pat

    Damn I wish I could see this game just to see Cano at SS.

    • The Doctor

      Robertson’s a bit busy just getting strikeouts, might not even see a ball near Cano.

  • Eddard

    Frankie can do it all. Robbie to Frankie DP combo should be interesting.

  • The Doctor

    What in the name of sweet baby Jesus just happened

    • Dalek Jeter

      *exists*

  • vicki

    he’s adorable.

  • The Real Greg

    Going out with a whimper I see

  • Pat D

    Ah, pussyfeathers. Get ‘em tomorrow.

  • Dalek Jeter

    Ah well, you can’t win every game. Go get ‘em tomorrow.

  • Havok9120

    We never crushed their dreams. :(

  • Eddard

    Say what you want about Dave Phelps, but he would have given us a chance to win today. And that’s all we can ask of our bottom starters, just give us a chance and Phil didn’t do that. At least they can win the series tomorrow with Hiroki.

  • Barry

    Bright side Phelps? If you have to have your ice cream on a cold day…

  • hogsmog

    I think I’m ready for Phelps to steal somebody’s job.