Apr
17

Game 13: Lefties

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The opposing starter. (Christian Petersen/Getty)

The opposing starter. (Christian Petersen/Getty)

Starting tonight, the Yankees are scheduled to see five left-handed starters in their next seven games. NL Rookie of the Year runner-up Wade Miley kicks off the stretch that will also see them face Patrick Corbin (tomorrow), Mark Buehrle (Saturday), Matt Moore (Monday), and David Price (Tuesday). Hard-throwers, soft-tossers, medium-tossers … you name it and the Yankees will see it from the left side over the next week.

In the past, this was never much of a problem. The Bombers were among the most productive teams against southpaws in 2012 (111 wRC+), 2011 (124 wRC+), 2010 (114 wRC+), and so on. They’ve hit lefties very well in recent years. This year though, thanks mostly to injury, they are much more susceptible to lefty throwers. They come into today with a team 52 wRC+ against lefties, the fifth worst mark in baseball, compared to an MLB-best (by far) 146 wRC+ against righties. Outside of Kevin Youkilis, Vernon Wells, and Robinson Cano (who didn’t hit lefties last year but has throughout his career), the Yankees just don’t have much to counter left-handers right now. Here’s the lineup…

  1. CF Brett Gardner
  2. LF Vernon Wells
  3. 2B Robinson Cano
  4. 1B Kevin Youkilis
  5. DH Ben Francisco
  6. C Frankie Cervelli
  7. RF Brennan Boesch
  8. SS Eduardo Nunez
  9. 3B Jayson Nix

And on the mound is New York’s own left-hander, CC Sabathia.

Tonight’s game is scheduled to start at 7:05pm ET and can be seen on My9, not YES. Enjoy.

Categories : Game Threads
  • The Real Greg

    I think that Cervelli having a good start will also help against lefties.

    Speaking of catchers, the M’s might be about to pull the plug on Jesus Montero, in terms of catcher, and maybe as MLB player.

    http://www.lookoutlanding.com/.....us-montero

    • Kevin S

      Great–Montero Pineda trade a wash–makes me feel
      so much better

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

      Yeah, people like Dave Cameron and Jeff Sullivan are really down on him, not that their words are absolute truth or something like that, but they are down enough to say things like;

      “I already had a low long-term perception of him. I don’t think he’s a major-league regular.”
      “I don’t see Montero being a productive big leaguer in the near future.”
      ” I think his problem is that he has a terrible approach at the plate and his power has always been overrated.”

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

        And something about Montero belonging to the minors, can’t quote that ’cause I don’r remember exactly.

    • Preston

      I wonder what his trade value is. Bring him back to a club where he had some success, drop catching and focus on hitting with Kevin Long and his good friend A-Rod and maybe he could turn it around.

    • vicki

      this made me really sad.

    • MannyGeee

      “Seattle bores me”

      Jesus Montero

    • Robinson Tilapia

      I wish I could do a Cashman imitation. I’d be on the phone with Jack Z right now telling him he could have an almost-mulligan and convince him Ivan Nova really is just as good as Michael Pineda.

    • Bo Knows

      If this is true, I’d see if he could be brought back. I wouldn’t give up anything major for him, not even a swap back of Pineda. To be frank, I’d f#$k them over so badly they’d taste latex.

      Also, I seriously question the mariners ability to do anything with elite hitting prospects they seem just as bad if not worse than the Yankees are with pitchers

  • King of Fruitless Hypotheticals

    Dear everybody that has trouble hitting lefties,
    Put on some armor and lean into it.
    Thanks,
    Tired Fans

  • Pat D

    Really not digging the My9 feed not being on Extra Innings this year. Utterly ridiculous that I have to listen to Arizona’s announcers.

  • trr

    5 left-handed starters in their next 7 games….Not good for our line-up. Our history facing young pitchers (especially lefties) for the first time is not good either, so we may see the lineup struggle tonight.

    • Winter

      I don’t really buy into that whole “first time seeing a soft-tossing lefty” spiel that has been thrown around the last couple years, but it is true that our lineup against lefties in general is much worse this year than it has been in the past.

      • The Real Greg

        We’ve only faced one lefty starter though.

        • trr

          I’m including the last couple of years, and yes it is a (mostly) accurate observation (not a “spiel, LOL) but for the life of me I can’t figure out why….

  • chiggie

    Where can we find game on Direct TV with Yankee broadcasters?

    • Pat D

      Nowhere.

    • YankeesJunkie

      631 I believe or a couple channels near it.

      • YankeesJunkie

        I redact, I forgot it was WWOR.

    • trr

      Ch 631 it is

      • trr

        My bad, yes WWOR Ch 9

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

    Does Nix really hit lefties that much better than Overbay, or do you think that Girardi is giving him a breather? Same question for Hafner.

  • Eddard

    Arizona is facing a lefty, too. I don’t think CC will have any problems navigating through this NL lineup. If the offense can put 2-3 runs on the board it should be enough.

    • The Real Greg

      Not if CC’s getting bad breaks like that

    • Mykey

      So far so good.

    • MannyGeee

      I’m sorry.

      • Robinson Tilapia

        I’m sorry too.

        *tries to lower middle finger, but it seems to be stuck*

  • Mykey

    Man the stadium has looked empty the last couple days.

  • Pat D

    Oh. My. God.

    The Arizona announcers, giving Sabathia’s stats, spent several minutes dissecting that advanced stat known as…WHIP.

    They talked about how they’ll be talking about WHIP quite a bit this year.

    So obviously we know Arizona baseball fans are not well educated.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      Erase “baseball fans” and add an “ns” to the end of “Arizona,” and it’ll be just as true.

      I’m kidding. There’s a lot I love about that state, and none of it is man-made.

      • Pat D

        Oh, well, yea, obviously that state is fucked in the head. Sheriff Joe and the Governor sticking her finger in the President’s chest and John McCain.

        • trr

          God, no politics please

          • Pat D

            Just ignore it if it bothers you.

  • Mykey

    You just had to mention that first inning shut-out stat.

  • The Real Greg

    the short porch works both ways.

  • Pat D

    Not good, CC.

  • Chilango

    C’mon CC no screwing around

  • YankeesJunkie

    Not a good start for CC and the velo looks little more down than the last couple starts.

  • The Real Greg

    So they only get 2 runs off of Nova and they get 2 runs quickly off CC.

    Really irritating and unpredictable, Suzyn.

  • Pat D

    Oh, of course. “That wouldn’t have been out in Chase Field. Short porch, blah blah blah.”

    Fuck off, Brenly. You’re the luckiest World Series winning manager of all time.

  • Vern Sneaker

    Ugh

  • Winter

    That’s because it was a jinx.

  • The Real Greg

    Already that negative vibe is starting to come into this game.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      OMGZ IZ DA NEGATIVE VIBE RUN FOR IT.

  • Troll

    Is anyone else under the impression that the Red Sox may actually be for real?

    • The Real Greg

      I am. Farrell has turned around Lester and Buccholz, which has been the key to their success.

      • Troll

        Yeah, exactly. If those two remain a force at 1 and 2, then they’ll be in the race all season long. I desperately hope they flop and implode as soon as possible, obviously.

        • The Real Greg

          I was really unhappy that they were able to pry Farrell from the Blue Jays. I didn’t think the Blue Jays would even consider that because of being a divisional rival.

          Between that and the manager trade, the Red Sox were able to clean up all that mess like that.

          While the Yankees are still somewhat stuck in a quagmire.

          • Troll

            Agreed. Any, lest we forget, Red Sox always seem overly apt at turning prospects into major league talent, something the Yankees are all too susceptible with failing at. I don’t know who here on this thread is constantly begging for the youngins to play, but I concur, I’d love to see the organization throw a bit of vivacity onto the field for a change. I’d also love to witness a minor league evaluation come to fruition for once, and have that evaluation ultimately contribute in pinstripes.

            • The Real Greg

              I have already gone on a diatribe on that subject.

    • Eddard

      They’ll be competing for the division all year. They’re finally healthy, pitching well and have a manager they actually like.

      • MannyGeee

        My bad dude

        • Robinson Tilapia

          This is glorious.

    • Chilango

      Good pitching, pretty solid lineup. I say yes.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      A few breaks go their way and I don’t see why they couldn’t be in it. Every team in that division is a few breaks, in either direction, from either first or last place.

      • vicki

        and unlike the rays, jays and o’s the sox will spend at the deadline.

    • trr

      too soon to tell for sure, but they do seem to have a nice balance

  • chiggie

    Thank you P D exactly what I’m saying. Hope my my9 doesn’t have any Boston games.

  • Troll

    Horrible first inning from Sabathia. Yuck. Didn’t he have this same problem last season? I recall him sucking major taint in the first inning . . .

  • Chilango

    What’s up with CC topping out at 90? Third start, would be nice to see it ramp up. Slider and control thereof looks bad tonight. So far

    • Winter

      32 years old and coming off arm surgery. That’s what’s up.

      • Chilango

        uh he had a bone spur removed from his elbow–in October. Should be fully healed by now.

        • trr

          uh it’s still surgery, he is 32 with a million miles on that bleft arm

          • trr

            not to mention the left one

  • Robinson Tilapia

    Wade Miley looks like someone to keep an eye on……if you’re the authorities.

  • SeventhAce

    damn it…

  • The Real Greg

    Wells is starting to cool off a tiny bit.

  • Mykey

    Grr.

  • The Real Greg

    I will take this time to mention that Wade Miley was a supplemental 1st round pick in 2008 so the Yankees could have had him too.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      AND NOW HE’S PITCHING AGAINST THEM….WITH THE NEGATIVE VIBE!!!!!

      Cashman totally motherfucking failed.

      • The Real Greg

        Just adding to my points that just because the Yankees draft low in the first round doesn’t mean that they can’t draft and develop quality starting pitching.

        By the way, is your friend okay?

        • Robinson Tilapia

          She’s good. Still a bit shaken up because of both NOT being in Boston, really feeling a connection to even the block where the explosions occurred, and the fact that most of her friends were very near the explosion, but were OK. Also had a couple of unaccounted friends who wound up being on a cruise and not in Boston.

          Thanks for asking. You’re making it hard for me to make fun of you tonight.

          • trr

            Focus
            (just kiddin’. glad everyone’s OK)

  • Anderson Silva

    I see that CC had a horrible start. Velocity way down still??

    • The Real Greg

      To be fair, he was victimized by a bloop double that led to one of the runs, but other than that…

    • Chilango

      Greg’s giving you the Tea Party version—CC sucked in the 1st. He gave up a line shot dinger, topped out at 89-90 with a flat slider. Hope he corrects—

  • Anderson Silva

    88mph, wow.. he’s actually getting worse

  • Robinson Tilapia

    You don’t believe this, but CC just threw a ball 3 MPH.

  • Pasta

    I hate my9 games
    CC LOOKS LIKE SHIT

    • trr

      ESPN games are worse…much worse

  • Pasta

    Hes throwing as hard as pettitte

    • The Real Greg

      Which is not a bad thing if you can control. CC will have to adjust.

      • Robinson Tilapia

        Second inning looked much better. I even felt a bit of a somewhat neutral/thumbs pointing slightly up vibe.

        • The Real Greg

          He adjusted and began to use movement to his advantage.

          • Robinson Tilapia

            All vets eventually have to.

            • trr

              He will too….

  • Pasta

    Are we really going to lose to miley cyrus

    • The Real Greg

      This kid was an All-Star last year and finished 2nd in NL rookie of the year.

      He’s got some game.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      Who looks like the kind of guy with a bunker a few miles away…..just in case.

  • Robinson Tilapia

    CC just threw a ball and outran it.

  • Mykey

    Much better result.

  • Crespo

    Jesus Christ Cleveland pitching staff

  • Pasta

    Has rothchild fixed any of our pitchers?
    Elland was at least entertaining to get drunk and punch aj in the eye.
    What has larry done?

    • Robinson Tilapia

      What does any pitching coach do?

    • Crespo

      Look, not everybody is Dave Duncan, alright? I would say the staff outperformed expectations last year.

    • Havok9120

      Markedly increase everyone K%.

  • The Real Greg

    Wind is not carrying the ball out that way.

    Goldschmidt’s homer got through because it was a line drive.

  • Jacob the OG

    anyone else notice robbie is still sucking against lefties? 1 for 14 so far (sss I know)

    • Crespo

      still not good.

  • Pasta

    Cody ross little leaguer lol love al games.

  • Mykey

    Yikes.

  • The Real Greg

    Price and Moore are going to kill this lineup.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      If they’re all dead, we’ll easily be under 189 next season.

      • The Real Greg

        Good one

      • Winter

        Doesn’t matter if they’re dead, they’ll still hit too many homers.

      • Pat D

        Are you sure they still wouldn’t count against the luxury tax?

    • Pasta

      Dont worry the Rays have a popgun lineup only longo and zobrist can hit.

    • Dalek Jeter

      If we’re incredibly unfortunate with both injuries returning and scheduling this line up will see the two of them a total of 4 times.

    • Get Phelps Up

      And the Yankees pitchers will kill the Rays lineup.

  • forensic

    I have to mention tonight’s Waldman insight from the 1st inning.

    After the homer off CC, she said this is why baseball is different from all those other sports. Because every 5 days these guys go out there and you don’t know what you’re going to get because they’re human beings.

    You know, as opposed to all those other sports that aren’t played by human beings…

  • Mykey

    What CC is this!?

  • Robinson Tilapia

    Greg is right. If the Yanks had drafted Miley, I wouldn’t be looking at this hideous beard right now.

  • Darren

    A walk’s as good as a single that doesn’t advance any runner more than one base.

  • Dalek Jeter

    Lol, that game against the nationals last year was great. They’re leaving out the best part: 3 of the K’s were on 9 pitches.

  • Crespo

    Prado is serious

  • Pasta

    Empty stadium shot
    Wow

  • Alkaline

    So what’s going on? I saw we were down 2-0.

    • Dalek Jeter

      Miley’s kind of schooling the offense, CC gave up a 2 run shot in the first and has settled down since.

  • The Real Greg

    Parra is a better version of Brett Gardner

  • Pasta

    Do the yankees know how to defend the drag bunt? Does cano know he has to charge it.

    • trr

      that would mean hustling a little

      • Pasta

        Lazy dominican
        (sarcasm off)

        • trr

          not what I was saying…..

  • Mickey Scheister

    Wow, Wells ain’t looking that hot today.

  • Pasta

    Dont like Wells in 2 hole
    Rather put nunez or cervelli there against lefties.

  • Dalek Jeter

    That might be the first time in his career that Youk didn’t take a HBP personally.

  • Pasta

    Boy youlk gets hit alot.

    • Mickey Scheister

      It’s his face, per Joba.

  • The Real Greg

    They need to get another Rh DH. Ben Francisco is useless.

  • BigBlueAL

    Why did Francisco make the team instead of Juan Rivera??

    • trr

      because he….it was… Rivera….ah, ya got me

    • The Real Greg

      Probably because Francsico plays the outfield and Juan Rivera can’t

  • Mickey Scheister

    Francisco so high in the line-up baffles me.

  • Pasta

    Ben francisco era coming to an end soon.

    • WhittakerWalt

      I predict he never gets a hit as a Yankee.

  • trr

    not soon enough

  • Dalek Jeter

    Damnit Gardy!!! Don’t scare me like that…

  • trr

    not a great throw by Boesch.
    Helllooooooo Scranton!

  • Pasta

    Wow boesh throws like a girl

  • The Real Greg

    Almost ready to give this one away.

  • Mickey Scheister

    Jack F-ing Wilson. Wow. I was talking shit at a Mariners game several years ago about how CC was gonna dominate the AB vs Wilson and what did Wilson do? Go yard against the big man. I’ve haven’t talked smack at a baseball game since…maybe a couple times.

  • trr

    uh-oh, I’m posting comments too fast!

  • Bo Knows

    You gotta be kiddin me, AJ Burnett has a perfect game going on….I liked AJ but seriously where the hell was this Burnett when he was in NY?!!

    • The Real Greg

      The pressure is off in Pittsburgh. Plus he’s back in the National League

    • Mickey Scheister

      71 pitches thru 5 for a perfect game seems high, no?

      • Dalek Jeter

        ~128 for a CG…not impossible, but very improbable.

    • Pasta

      Aj was good in 2009 the last part of the season he was money
      2010 he became a head case.

      • Bo Knows

        I’m aware of 2009 but he was not this good that year and is significantly better than in the following seasons.

    • Chilango

      New generation meds?

  • WhittakerWalt

    Blecchhh, Feinsand gushing about the “gritty” Arizona players.

  • Vern Sneaker

    Not to worry. I’ve begun my three-run homer dance that includes an unrepeatable chant and disgusting body noises. Always works.

  • The Real Greg

    So in they end, CC has made really only 2 mistake pitches. Unfortunately that’s all Wade Miley needs.

  • Pasta

    Miley looks like he belongs on Duck Dynasty.

  • Cool Lester Smooth

    What I see here with my eyes!

  • The Real Greg

    What a play!

  • wheels

    Wow, nice play Prado

  • Pasta

    Boesh runs like a girl too.

  • Cool Lester Smooth

    Dammit, all three on the screws, 2 right at OFs, the other gets a sick defensive play by Prado.

    • The Real Greg

      It’s just not their night.

      • Havok9120

        *things we here from Greg every time we’re losing*

  • Winter

    Burnett just hit a guy, so perfect game’s gone.

    • The Real Greg

      In true A.J. fashion

      • Winter

        I’m just waiting for him to score on a walk and two wild pitches.

  • Cool Lester Smooth

    Cervi flashing the cannon.

    • The Real Greg

      And then he does that.

      But that should be on Nunez.

      • Bo Knows

        Disagree, bad throw, bad hop, Nunez had another player crashing into him at the same moment the ball bounced.

  • Pseudoyanks

    Just arrived. What have I missed?

    • Pasta

      Cc throwing slower than pettitte

    • Dalek Jeter

      2 Run Homer, Top 1st, Goldschmit

      Lead off triple last inning, scored on sac fly

      Miley 1-hitting us.

      • Winter

        And that one hit was the first batter of the game, who was erased on a double play.

        Man that sounds bad in writing.

        • Dalek Jeter

          Yeah, Miley’s really, really taking this line-up to task. I knew he was good, but WOW.

          • Pseudoyanks

            Ugh

          • Cool Lester Smooth

            He’s really not pitching that well. He hasn’t been missing bats and they’ve been putting good wood on the ball all night.

            • Dalek Jeter

              Part of pitching well is keeping the ball off the “sweet spot” and he’s done that through 6.

              • Cool Lester Smooth

                They’ve been hitting hard grounders and line drives that haven’t found gaps.

                • Dalek Jeter

                  I can’t think of more than 4 or 5 balls that have even been hit decently, let alone “hard.”

  • Dalek Jeter

    Oh…Frankie…Frankie…Frankie…

  • WhittakerWalt

    Fantastic. The Cervelli airmail special comes back just in time.

    • Cool Lester Smooth

      Is that the special where the SS muffs an easy one-hopper?

      • WhittakerWalt

        I’m going by the radio broadcast (and Cervelli’s past reputation).

  • Cool Lester Smooth

    How is that an error on Cervelli? It literally hit Nunez’s glove.

    • Winter

      Honestly it wasn’t really either of their faults. Ross got in the way.

    • Bo Knows

      bad hop, with someone colliding into Nunez, I can’t blame him on that

      • Cool Lester Smooth

        You can’t blame Cervi either. Cody Ross just did his job.

        • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

          He bounced the throw. That almost always earns the error.

          • Cool Lester Smooth

            It was perfectly on target. If it hops 2 inches higher Nunez can’t muff it.

            • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

              It wasn’t perfectly on target. It was in the dirt, and slightly too far into the runner.
              Perfectly on target would have been in the air about six-12 inches off the ground just slightly to the 3B side of the base. The throw was off in height and direction.

              • Cool Lester Smooth

                It wasn’t in the dirt, it just hopped a little too low.

                Whatever, it doesn’t really matter.

                • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

                  It bounced. It didn’t bounce in the sky.

                  • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

                    *on the sky

  • The Real Greg

    This is the first game this year that I have watched that I have seen the true effect of the injuries.

  • dkidd

    anyone watching what aj is doing?

  • WhittakerWalt

    I”m keeping a running tally of how many times Suzyn says “he changes speeds, he hits spawts” in this game. We’re up to 8.

  • BigBlueAL

    Probably a good time to bring up the fact that the Yankees have scored 25 runs in their first 7 home games and are now getting shut out tonight at home.

  • Dalek Jeter

    Woot!! A wee bit of offense!!

  • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

    Remember when Robbie could hit lefties?

    • The Real Greg

      Does it matter?

      • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

        Ummm…yes, very much.

        • The Real Greg

          I don’t really remembering him dominating lefties. I just remember him at times being the hottest hitter in baseball and at times being a complete zero.

          • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

            wRC+ vs. LHP
            2007: 128
            2008: 113
            2009: 124
            2010: 128
            2011: 134
            2012: 78
            2013: -43

            • Dalek Jeter

              Wow, he must have KILLED RHP last season. Also, quick work, well done.

            • The Real Greg

              You know what I think. And this is pure conjecture. I think Cano has fallen in love with the home run and is trying to pull the ball, just like Tex has done.

              That 2011 was the year he won the home run derby.

              • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

                Why would that make him better vs. RHP while making him worse vs. LHP?

      • WhittakerWalt

        It would have mattered right there, and driven in a run.

        • The Real Greg

          I think the first one of the year for me.

          FALLACY

          • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

            I don’t think you understand what FALLACY means.
            There was no predetermined outcome in that situation. The runner was already in scoring position. He could have driven him in or not driven him in.

            • The Real Greg

              But Whittaker said it WOULD have driven in a run. If he said COULD then it would be fine.

              • Winter

                I don’t think it’s fallacy to say that, had Robbie singled, the run WOULD have scored.

                • The Real Greg

                  Well I took it to mean that if Cano was hitting well against lefties that he WOULD have gotten a hit there and driven in the run. We might have been at cross purposes.

                  • WhittakerWalt

                    I was referring to THAT at bat, the one that just happened.

          • WhittakerWalt

            THAT’S NOT A FALLACY. A base hit in the spot we are all talking about, during the Cano at-bat that just happened, would almost certainly have driven in a run. You’re completely distorting the meaning of “fallacy.”

          • Havok9120

            Oh, Greg.

  • The Real Greg

    Just feel the confidence coming from the D-Backs team as they are making great defensive plays.

  • Dalek Jeter

    Yay!!! Offensez?!

  • Pseudoyanks

    BABIP Baby!

  • Winter

    Picturesque double right there.

  • Preston

    Come on Nuney, it’s time to start earning Eddard’s everlasting love and affection.

    • Pseudoyanks

      This is a scenario I can rally behind.

  • Eddard

    They weren’t going to give anything to Nuney to hit. Now it’s all up to Jayson Nix so this inning might as well be over.

  • SDB

    There goes AJ’s no-hitter. Ah well.

    • WhittakerWalt

      He should just walk 8 batters like he did in his last no-no

  • Dalek Jeter

    I’d do the same. Why even think to challenge Nunez, who as at least semi competent with the bat when Nix is on deck.

    • The Real Greg

      Problem is that he might lose command

      • The Real Greg

        And that is exactly what happened

  • WhittakerWalt

    Jayson Nix, you are our only hope.

    • WhittakerWalt

      That’ll do.

  • Winter
    • SDB

      I’ll take an RBI on the walk.

  • Long-Past-His-Day-Rod

    Professional. Baseball. Player.

  • Pseudoyanks

    Good eye. Good eye.

  • Eddard

    Nix worked a walk! Way to contribute something. Now the real hitters can drive the runs in.

  • Dalek Jeter

    Talk about a Rally!!! solid single, Bloop Double, walk, and walking Nix to force in a run?!

    I thought only Ivan Nova had innings like this!

    • Havok9120

      But Greg assured me that Miley was home free.

  • BigBlueAL

    Wow, patient at-bat by Nix there. Pretty shocking and good to see obviously.

  • Tom

    Gardner should sit dead red and let it loose on the first pitch if he just pumps one in

  • YankeesJunkie

    Gardy slam for the win hopefully!

  • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

    Gardy!!!!

  • SDB

    GARDY!

  • SeventhAce

    GGBG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Long-Past-His-Day-Rod

    Lets fucking go!

  • Dalek Jeter

    GGBG!!!!!!!!!!!

  • flamingo

    In play, run(s)

    COME ON, GAMEDAY, YOU TEASE

  • Eddard

    HE’S TIED THE GAME! WHAT A RALLY BY THE GRITTY AND GUTTY YANKEES!!!!!!!!

  • WhittakerWalt

    That was a Damon-esque throw.

    • SeventhAce

      Damon’s throws are much worse, he would throw rainbows from LF. Pollock’s throw was off the mark, but no where as rainbow as Damon’s.

  • The Real Greg

    That was a horrible throw by Pollock

  • flamingo

    YESSSSSSS

  • Cy Pettitte

    so many good ABs this inning, makes up for the first 6

  • YankeesJunkie

    New ballgame!!!

  • Long-Past-His-Day-Rod

    Wish I was at the Stadium to see the dopey Brett The Hitman picture on the secondary video screen right now.

  • Eddard

    And now we can put in our LH pinch hitters against their right handers once we get down to Fransisco and Nix again.

  • Vern Sneaker

    Really thought Gardner was going to see a breaking pitch there. Beautiful swing.

  • Tom

    How in the world did Nunez score without his helmet flying off somewhere along the way?

  • Cy Pettitte

    no PH for a sidearming righty? wtf?

    • The Real Greg

      With Ichiro?

      • BigBlueAL

        Hafner??

        • The Real Greg

          No because you need to PH for Francisco.

      • Get Phelps Up

        Pronk.

        • The Real Greg

          What about Ben Francisco?

          • Get Phelps Up

            You have no idea if there will be another run scoring opportunity when Francisco’s spot comes up. If there is, use Loverbay.

            • Cy Pettitte

              agreed, if it was the 2nd inning you can argue that you should save Pronk but it’s the bottom of the 7th, you have to go with who gives you the best shot at pushing a run across there and not worry about saving Pronk for some opportunity you hope may come up later.

              • The Real Greg

                If they were behind, I think Joe would have done it. But the game was tied so every at-bat is a run scoring opportunity.

            • The Real Greg

              The game is tied at that point. Every at bat is a run scoring opportunity.

              Plus take out Wells and you lose power.

              • Get Phelps Up

                You are far more likely to drive in those runs by pinch hitting Hafner against a freaking SIDEWINDER than save him for another AB with RISP that may or may not occur in the future.

                • The Real Greg

                  You were saying?

                  • Get Phelps Up

                    Just because he hit a homer there doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t have PH with him before with 2 runners in scoring position.

                    • The Real Greg

                      But there was no need to. The game was tied and as I have continually said you can step to the plate in a tie game and be in scoring position already.

                    • Get Phelps Up

                      You pinch hit Hafner when he has the best chance to drive in runs.

                      Either PH him against a sidewinding RHP with 2 men in scoring position or with nobody on against a good setup guy.

                    • Tom

                      FALLACY!

                      You don’t know the game will be tied the next time the Yankees bat.

                    • The Real Greg

                      Tom, the game was tied.

                    • Tom

                      Greg – you don’t know it will be tied the next time up.

                      You are assuming the DBacks don’t score in the next inning at the time you are making the decision.

    • Dalek Jeter

      PH who? Ichiro? Loverbay?

      • The Real Greg

        What he could have done is PH Overbay, Put him at first, move Youkilis to third, and put Ichiro in the outfield.

        Problem is you waste two bench players and lose Wells’s power.

  • BigBlueAL

    CC is still pitching great but man you have to wonder if he cant get his velocity higher and is a 89-91 mph fastball pitcher the entire season if he can keep up pitching this good.

    • Long-Past-His-Day-Rod

      Seems to work alright for Pettitte. CC is a smart pitcher, he’ll adjust if he has to.

  • Eddard

    Hafner will PH for Fransisco then he’ll stay in as DH and you don’t lose his bat if the game goes into extras. They aren’t going to PH for Wells in that spot. And Overbay will PH for Nix and come into play 1B, Youk to 3rd.

  • SeventhAce

    Time to go for the kill and seal the deal.

  • Cervelli is the Man

    Yanks need to close this out now.

  • Cervelli is the Man

    Man gotta sing the bat.

    • Cervelli is the Man

      oops, swing

  • SeventhAce

    PRONK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Cervelli is the Man

    YES YES YES

  • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

    Pronk!!!!

  • The Real Greg

    PRONK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Long-Past-His-Day-Rod

    Pronk, baby!

  • Chilango

    Pronk!

  • Get Phelps Up

    Pronx Bomber!!
    Now it’s Mo time.

  • Eddard

    THAT’S WHY YOU PH FOR FRANSISCO!!!!!! HAFNER CONTINUES TO MASH!!!!!

  • Cy Pettitte

    Pronk! guy is just a beast

  • The Real Greg

    That’s what I meant.

    When the game is tied EVERY AT-BAT IS A SCORING OPPORTUNITY

    • forensic

      Every at-bat is a scoring opportunity no matter what the situation is.

      If the game isn’t tied, does that homerun not count as a run?

      • The Real Greg

        I should say chance to take the lead.

  • Vern Sneaker

    Pronked!

    • MickeyP

      Pronk’d em!!!

    • Vern Sneaker

      Chavez scared me.

  • Pasta

    I love pronk. That guy can hit.

  • Wil Nieves #1 Fan

    Travis Hafner tonight: 1305 wRC+

    • YankeesJunkie

      He is on pace for a 40 WAR season!

      • Wil Nieves #1 Fan

        The first of its kind.

  • Havok9120

    Alrighty Mo. Two days straight. You got this.

  • SeventhAce

    Somewhere out there, is a miserable person watching this game saying in a tiny little chicken shit voice “They’re hitting too many homeruns…”.

    • Anthony

      lol

    • a miserable person

      They’re hitting too many homeruns…

  • Pat D

    Say your prayers…

  • Eddard

    Even with the weaker LHP lineup they were still able to mount a comeback. CC wasn’t great but he kept them at 3 and gave them a chance. This team is exceeding everybody’s expectations.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      He was great. He did exactly what he should do. Forget the velocity gun. This was vintage CC. He gave up some early runs and, like he always does, says “you’re not getting shit off me the rest of this game,” goes eight, and gives his team a chance to come back and win it.

      ACE. MOTHERFUCKING ACE.

  • Anthony

    Ahh what happened, Pronk solo HR?? Stuck in class!

    • Havok9120

      Yep. Solo shot to take the lead just in time for Mo.

      • Anthony

        Oh sweet, thanks.

  • Nefarious

    Its like 2001 in the Bronx all over again… well not really but still fun comeback.

  • Dela G

    This game has been great. I hope ZZ can keep it up for a batter and maybe bring Mo in?

  • Wolf

    Who would have thought the Yanks and Sox would stage a twin underdog race to the top of the division? Is it me, or is this season shaping up to be more fun than usual, with both teams expected to do little but performing so well?

    • Havok9120

      Half the time the team that finishes dead last is leading the division at this point in April. Let’s give it a few more weeks before we start making an declarations about us and the Sox.

      Though I do think this is definitely a plausible scenario. Little as anyone wanted to hear it during the offseason, all the teams in this division are pretty equal.

      • SeventhAce

        Hands down toughest division in MLB, teams are going to be breathing down each others neck.

        But, it would be all the sweeter if the 2013 AL Champion BJs crash and burn.

        • Havok9120

          No doubt. Especially if they do so after a single major injury.

          I mean, it’s hard to argue that anyone has been more hobbled by injury than the Yanks so far (though no doubt someone will).

  • Havok9120

    Is Gamecast lying to me or did that third pitch basically get called a ball whilst being right down the middle about belt high?

    • SeventhAce

      Gamecast was spot on, Cuzzi wasn’t. Fucking Ross tried to sell the next pitch as a ball.

    • Bo Knows

      Gamecast lying

  • Nefarious

    So Hughes tomorrow? Meh.

  • Mykey

    I know it’s Mo, but man that second strike on Chavez was unbelievable.

  • MickeyP

    Am I the only one falling in love with this rag tag team? I know it will be short lived once Jeter, Tex, and Grandy return but I’m having fun with it at the moment.

    • Chilango

      Starting to make Cash look like a genius. Wow. Hughes tomorrow though…

    • Havok9120

      It’s fun because we’re winning.

      Watching this crew was not all that entertaining during the first week.

      • Deathstroke Heathcott

        Meh, series against the Red Sox and Tigers rarely are.

      • MickeyP

        Good point. But you have to admit watching this team win is slightly more entertaining than watching a team full of superstars trounce every opponent.

        • MickeyP

          Maybe heartwarming would be a better word than entertaining. Who knows.

        • Havok9120

          Oh I wouldn’t argue with that. Overcoming expectations is nice.

          Still, I’ll happily take “as expected, the Yankees finish the season with 95 wins and the division title,” over “to everyone’s surprise the Yankees managed to win 88 games this year, missing out on a Wildcard spot by just half a game.”

          • MickeyP

            I can not disagree with you there. I highly doubt anyone here would. I suppose I’m just venting because all of the pre season doubters.

  • flamingo

    Theeeeeeeee Yankees win!

  • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

    Very nice win.

  • Pseudoyanks

    Have I mentioned I love this team?

  • Get Phelps Up

    Stealing a game like this is just the best.

  • Pat D
    • Bo Knows

      +1000 for the Johnny cash, another x10 for appropriateness of this team who are walking wounded/corpses

    • MickeyP

      +1 for perfect timing.

    • Pseudoyanks

      I really enjoyed this…thanks.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      Very timely. I bought a nice Johnny Cash t-shirt today……at the Gap.

      Also bought an A Tribe Called Quest t-shirt. Things ain’t what they used to be.

  • Cool Lester Smooth

    Ballgame over. Yankees win.

    Y’all know the rest.

  • Cy Pettitte

    great win, now I won’t be as angry when Hughes gets destroyed tomorrow

    • Havok9120

      He’s got this.

      I’ve gotta good feeling.

  • Eddard

    That was a great win. Great comeback fueled by the bottom of the order and then Gardner and Pronk with the big RBIs. Big win as we don’t know what we’ll get from Philbert tomorrow.

  • Leg-End

    Those kind of wins are the best.

  • flamingo

    It isn’t even 10 PM yet.

  • Vern Sneaker

    7 out of 8. Who’d have thunk it?

    • Anthony

      Definitely wasn’t expecting anything like this in April. Very nice to see though.

    • Havok9120

      It’s beautiful. 8 of 9 after tomorrow.

  • Robinson Tilapia

    Yankee baseball.

  • Eddard

    The Yankees have traditionally dominated interleague play so I thought they could win this series even with Nova and Hughes pitching. NY’s lineup is still better than Arizona’s even with the injuries. Who knows, maybe Phil can even put together a quality start tomorrow. The real test this month will be the next 10 games all against TOR and TB.

    • MickeyP

      Toronto and Tampa are combined 10-18 with Tampa losing in the ninth to Baltimore. I think Toronto has definitely improved but the Rays have not.

      • Havok9120

        Yeah, Tampa was the posterchild for the counter-argument to “but everyone else in the division has improved their roster and we’ve gone backwards!!” during the offseason.

        There were other teams which, at best, spun their wheels, but Tampa certainly didn’t do a darn thing to improve for this season.

        • Eddard

          And they lost James Shields so they did go backwards. I think it’s early to write them off. They’re not 10-18 teams. Are they the cream of the crop in the division? Maybe not but they’re still tougher than Arizona. I just think NL teams are at such a disadvantage in AL parks because they don’t have a ready made DH. And most of them have weaker lineups anyway. When AL teams go to NL parks they still have better lineups and AL pitcher vs NL pitcher is a wash in the lineup, AL DH vs NL DH is a big advantage AL.

  • MickeyP

    I really didn’t understand how people thought everyone else improved. Tampa definitely did not. Baltimore spun their wheels as you said but they were the “luckiest” team in baseball last year. Boston had a very talented roster for two-thirds of the season but traded most of it away. And then there’s Toronto who made the biggest splash but every player they acquired has their share of question marks. Bottom line, this division is very winnable.