Saturday Night Open Thread

Pronk. (AP Photo/Kathy Kmonicek)

Pronk. (AP Photo/Kathy Kmonicek)

Well that was a fun game this afternoon, wasn’t it? The Yankees have let the other team score first in each of their last seven games (!) now, but this team really battles and they notched yet another come-from-behind today. Stressful, but a win is a win.

Here is your open thread for the night. MLB Network will air a game later tonight and there are a bunch of NBA playoff games on as well, but otherwise talk about whatever’s on your mind here. Go nuts.

Categories : Open Thread
  • Massparking

    Pronk, Ichiro, Mo, Youk, Pettitte 2007 jokes anyone?

    • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

      Ichiro still has a lot of catching up to do.

      • Massparking

        yeah, actually I don’t like that 2-year deal at all.

      • forensic

        He’s at .367 since the start of the last Toronto series. He’s on his way now, hopefully.

        • forensic

          Sorry, .344, not .367.

    • pipeman

      I agree. I don’t know how long they will be effective but let’s enjoy their play for now. I remember the moaning, groaning & cursing by many young fans when Wells & Hafner were signed. I go back to 1957 so i remeber the great Yank teams getting old. I did not rush to judgment. Where would we be now without these two guys.

  • OldYanksFan

    Well…. somehow we are now playing .600 ball.
    And we just swept the World Series Champions.
    Toronto EIGHT games out. Digging a little hole for themselves.

    • TomH

      I wish they would keep digging, but I suspect they’ll begin pulling themselves together. In the meantime, if the Yanks were to sweep them tomorrow, it would be psychologically useful. The Toronto papers would get on them more nastily, the Jays might press even more, etc.–all useful in delaying their (eventual) turnaround.

      • DC

        Guess you regret crowning them “the crème de la crème of the AL East”.

        And, yes, I’m one of those “happy jacks” that make you sick because I don’t think this is ’65 again.

  • Eddard

    The lineup just continues to win despite losing half its starters. If Girardi has played Francisco they don’t win today so hopefully he’s learned his lesson. Hafner can’t play everyday but he should play most days, at least until the lineup is fully healthy because we need his bat in there.

    The Jays should have spent some of that money on a bullpen. They’ve been awful against us. The Jays are down there with the Astros and Mariners as the worst teams in the American League.

    • MannyGeee

      Well despite their bullpen problem (which is more around being overworked than being ‘bad’… Although they suck something awful right now), I would be more worried that they mortgaged the future of an already fragile team for a rotation full of starters that appear to be allergic to Quality Starts all of the sudden.

      That, and they traded the wrong catcher for Dickey.

    • forensic

      Their bullpen has a sub-3 ERA and about a 1.3 WHIP against the Yanks.

      Not great, but also not awful, and most of that damage was done yesterday when Laffey couldn’t escape the 3rd inning. Without that game they have a 2.25 ERA and a sub-1.2 WHIP.

      • Lester Bangs

        They’re a sub-par fielding team as well. That and a creaky rotation spells major disappointment for Trontonians this season. (That’s how the natives pronounce it — Tronto)

        • forensic

          Yup, there were a couple of unearned runs the pen has allowed too, in addition to the starters as we all know. it’s been fun watching their defense this year.

  • Tom

    Great to see Youkilis back in the lineup. And with Girardi coming to his senses and starting Pronk, the lineup against a lefty suddenly didn’t look like a spring training split squad game.

    Joba made is interesting but when you look back at it… an opposite field single and an infield single. Stressful, but a pretty solid effort.

  • hogsmog

    Really liking the three headed monsters CC/Kuroda/Pettitte and Joba/DRob/Mo. It feels like we could take every series if these guys fire on all cylinders.

    • YankeesJunkie

      It is nice to see Joba get the save and become a valuable member of the pen once again.

  • MannyGeee

    I am a huge Pronk fan right now. I hope he stays right for a majority of the season, it could be fun to watch him hit 55 homers this season. #only1/2kidding

    • YankeesJunkie

      Pronk will be most valuable against righties and playing 4 times a week, but when Tex and Jeter gets back they can DH against lefties which will make the lineup better and give Pronk the rest he needs.

  • forensic

    Yeah, it sure would be nice if they would start scoring first again. They are 7-0 in games that they score first, one of only two undefeated teams in baseball (or at least the AL), with the Red Sox.

  • The Real Greg

    Mike Stanton just hit one of the longest home runs I have ever seen in my life.

    • The Real Greg

      Sorry Giancarlo Stanton. He hit it so far I forgot his first name

      • Tom

        That was ridiculous… they just kept playing it over and over on MLB Network.

        I just hope if/when he’s dealt it’s to an NL team.

        • The Real Greg

          They called it as 472 ft.

        • forensic

          Eh, even if he goes to the AL, not the end of the world. He’s got tons of holes in his swing and no plate discipline, despite the random homers.

          • Cool Lester Smooth

            Do you know who Giancarlo Stanton is?

            The player with 93 home runs in his first 3 years and a 10.2 career BB% who has been a better hitter than Matt Kemp, Evan Longoria, Mike Napoli, Adrian Beltre and Adrian Gonzalez since entering the league?

            • forensic

              Thank you, I know who he is, and people are way too hung up on what someone does in 30-40 of their seasonal PA these days in just counting on homers, when there are over 600 other PA to also consider.

              He’s got great power, but that doesn’t do it all for me. He’s only broken 10% in walks once prior to this year when he’s getting pitched around like crazy and continuing to raise his swing % out of the zone, leading to his very high K%’s. It also helps keep his OBP’s a bit lower compared to some of the elite, maybe more well-rounded/better overall hitters.

              I almost put him in the same sort of category as Granderson. The homers are great, but they can certainly be pitched to and gotten out. Maybe tons of holes was a little exaggeration/overboard, but these kind of players constantly get very overrated in my opinion.

              He also takes away a little value in baserunning and maybe also defensively.

    • Anthony

      Wow, that was insane.

    • DERP
      • Pseudoyanks

        Derp comes through again.

      • Dr. TJ Eckleberg

        You know it’s a bomb when even the pitcher looks at it with awe.

    • MannyGeee

      That is a bomb. About time Giancarlo ” His Mama called him Mike, Imma call him Mike” Stanton got his swag back…

  • Bo Knows

    De Paula pitching 4 innings, 2ER’s on 3 hits and 2 walks, with 5 punchouts….he’s been up in the zone a lot today. Speaking of the zone its been consistently bad for both sides

    • Lester Bangs

      They will move him quickly due to his age (already 22) even with the missed developmental time. No doubt he has an electric arm.

  • Kramerica Industries

    Can the Orioles just losing a fucking game already?


    • forensic

      The A’s have lost 8 of 9 games now against the Rays, Red Sox, and O’s.

      Which I’m sure means they’ll get it sorted out just in time for the Yankees to come to town next week.

      • Kramerica Industries

        Series is actually in the Bronx.

        I have no clue why the A’s schedule has two separate east coast trips in the space of two weeks. That can’t be helping them.

        • forensic

          Yup, sorry, was looking at the A’s schedule and saw the @ without thinking about it.

          But the point still stands.

  • forensic

    Listening to the Red Sox game on the radio and they said Middlebrooks just missed his 7th homer of the season.

    So, I figured he must be off to a pretty nice start for the season.

    *checks box score*

    Guess not, he’s hitting .193 with a .217 OBP even after that double.

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

      Wow, but with six HRs. Weird.

      • Steve

        3 of them were in the same game. He’s been lousy otherwise

      • MannyGeee

        You watched Russell Martin for 2 seasons in Pinstripes and seem to be surprised by a guy hitting sub-.200 and a shit ton of homers? DaFuq?

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

          1) You call a bit over 20 a shit ton?

          2) I may be remembering wrong but I’m pretty sure Martin hit over 200.

          3)Forget shit ton, “metric fuckton” is where it’s at.

          • Cool Lester Smooth

            You can’t go wrong with a “metric fuckton”

            It’s certainly my preferred unit of measurement.

  • Pseudoyanks

    Hughesy will keep this going tomorrow. Looking good boys and girls.

    • Havok9120

      I refuse to take anything he might do for granted. That’s when he’s most likely to completely collapse.

      That said, I do think we should get the brooms ready.

  • forensic

    And another pitcher goes down for the Dodgers.

    That guaranteed Blue Jays/Dodgers World Series doesn’t look so guaranteed at this point…

    • MannyGeee

      Wow, this is wild. Good thing that the other 28 teams decided to show up, despite popular opinion that maybe they shouldn’t bother…

    • vicki

      taking the mound in dodger stadium is like playing drums for spinal tap.

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

    Hmmmm, so I’ll be that douche who says that an 8 inning four run game from CC disappoints me. I know he starts slow in general, but with the drop in velocity coming into the picture as well I really hope he starts pitching dominantly again soon, and not like this.

    • forensic

      I’m in between, though it does continue the concern I’ve had with him even back to when they extended his contract.

      The 8 innings is nice, but the 4 runs isn’t, though one was unearned. 9 hits and just 4 strikeouts isn’t great, but 0 walks is nice, though two more homers isn’t good. And all against maybe the worst hitting team against lefties in the league.

      So, like I said, I’m not sure how to think about it. It’s certainly not really good, but at least they got the win out of it.

    • MannyGeee

      I don’t know if it disappoints me as much as I’d like to see him not give up the lead so heavy and early… It will all be fine, I am sure, but still.

  • Dale Mohorcic

    I’m excited to see if romaine can contribute at the big league level. He seems to have been hanging around the minors for a while and we certainly do not want to miss out on his salad days. If he’s good, he can help the Yankees out with their self imposed celery cap next year. Get him to the Bronx chop chop and see if he has enough seasoning to contribute something to the team. He could be a real table setter even if he is still a little green. I have a feeling that he has the right kind of fiber to really help the team out when he’s either up at the plate or serving the team at the dish on defense. This call up could be just the carrot he needs to really step up and show his stuff.

    • Havok9120

      Jeez, dude. Leave some for the rest of us.

    • http://www.penuel-law.com/ Cuso

      Vader voice: ” Impressive. Most impressive.”

    • Monterowasnotdinero

      Dale needs to be tossed.

  • forensic

    Could you imagine having to watch and root for the M’s offense on a consistent basis?

    They have 5 guys in their starting lineup with sub-.280 OBP’s! And that’s even after some of those bad ones have moved up so far tonight.

    • http://www.penuel-law.com/ Cuso

      They have some deals dead spots in their lineup for sure. But they also pull the Billy-Martin-throw-nine-names-in-a-hat routine every single day. Ni consistency in their order whatsoever.

      Keep Seager in the 3-hole, Morse at clean-up and when Saunders comes back this week, give him the lead-off spot every day, then fill in around them.

      They just keep shuffling shit around haphazardly. They won’t be good, but they “should” be a lot better.

      • http://www.penuel-law.com/ Cuso

        *real dead spots

  • http://www.penuel-law.com/ Cuso

    Betcha Gardner gets the day off tomorrow and Ichiro starts in CF with Boesch in RF.