Apr
28

Sunday Night Open Thread

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The perfect New Yankee Stadium shot: ice cream in one hand and champagne in the other.

The perfect New Yankee Stadium shot: ice cream in one hand and champagne in the other.

Here is your open thread for this beautiful evening. The weather has been really awesome this weekend, probably the first true “baseball weather” weekend of the year. The ESPN Sunday night game is a good one, the Braves at the Tigers (Minor vs. Fister). There’s also some NBA playoff action going on as well. Talk about any of those games and more right here. Go nuts.

Categories : Open Thread
  • Eddard

    8 comeback wins already this season. The 09 club had 51. There are a lot of parallels between the two teams. Last year’s team didn’t have the ability to come from behind and this is with a bunch of replacements. It’s an above average offense without them, just imagine what it will be with them.

    • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

      Last year’s team had 45 comeback wins.
      Yankees winning percentage when trailing after 5 innings:
      2012 – .254, 2013 – .111
      After 6 innings:
      2012- .194, 2013 – .182
      After 7 innings:
      2012 – .134, 2013 – .100
      After 8 innings:
      2012 – .017, 2013 – .000

      Unfortunately, the facts don’t fit your narrative.

      • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

        *doesn’t include today’s game

      • MannyGeee (Give Philip some run support)

        Never let facts get in the way of a good narrative. That’s like “Never mention Fight Club” level rule here.. thought you knew

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

      “Didn’t have the ability to come from behind?” The end of the regular season and the playoffs were ALL about comebacks.

      • Kevin S

        Those comebacks were after the team did absolutely nothing for most of the game–don’t mischaracterize the Yanks offensive performance in last years playoffs was horrendous–they might not have won a game if the pitching wasn’t great

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

          So what? Seriously, so what? They stillmade comebacks all the time. Today they won 3-2. Not exactly an offensive juggernaut.

          I characterized nothing about the Yankees last year except that they made a lot of comebacks. This is true however you want to slice it.

  • Bob Buttons

    So… Giants drafting… Don’t have many flashy names (other than Nassib) but overall I think it was satisfactory. Would have liked more bang in round 1 but later rounds they got some guys that may end up contributing down the road.

    Would have been nice if we got a LB even in later rounds.

  • Mick taylor

    This team has the best chemistry since 2009, with hungry playerslike wells. Too bad we lose overbay when Tex comes back.

    • forensic

      Even in Tex’s very diminished state compared to what he used to be, he’s light-years better than Overbay, on both sides of the ball.

      • Robinson Tilapia

        We trash these guys on the way in, and love them on the way out.

        Overbay’s done well, but that DFA was signed off on the moment he signed his contract with us. Can’t wait to have Tex back.

        • MannyGeee

          10,000 times this. LoverBays been nice, but he is what he is at this point in his career. Lets hope he’s available whenever Tex goes down for the season at some point from now till 2016…

    • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

      It’s always a shame to lose below replacement level players.

    • Ron

      Dont forget losing trash chocker Swisher helped A LOT.

      • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

        Ichiro has been much better….smdh.

      • Robinson Tilapia

        Dios mio.

      • WhittakerWalt

        What the fuck is a trash chocker?

  • forensic

    So, now YSIII is terrible because they serve ice cream and champagne???

    • http://www.lengthydicta.com Lengthy Dicta

      I think it’s bad because it’s overpriced and no one shows up.

      • Get Phelps Up

        The Yankees have drawn the most fans in the AL this season.

        • Robinson Tilapia

          SHHHH. Don’t fuck with the narrative.

        • Steve

          Wrong. Both in total and average. But don’t let facts get in the way. http://espn.go.com/mlb/attendance/_/sort/homeTotal

          • Get Phelps Up

            Well then BBref is apparently wrong. But still, pointing out that the Yanks are ~30k away from the league leader doesn’t really debunk my point. They have been doing just fine in comparison to the rest of the league.

      • losealot101

        today was a perfect baseball day, just beautiful. only 36,872 (73.3%) announced attendance. how is that even possible?

        • Robinson Tilapia

          Looking at the numbers Steve posted above, only SF and STL really are showing the kind of percentages a franchise should be proud of.

          I’m certainly not happy with a 75% full YS3. The team is performing well, though, and I think the “it’s so expensive” talk can be a bit overstated at times, even though I’d say prices are probably the most likely culprit.

  • forensic

    Thank you Cespedes for maybe finally helping the A’s show up in this run of games. Of course, I’m sure they’ll still find a way to lose anyway and make it 9 of 10 losses against the Rays, Red Sox, and O’s.

  • Get Phelps Up

    Oh my god Orioles defense.

    • forensic

      Awesome stuff. Ends the O’s streak of over 100 straight wins when leading after 8 (maybe even 7) innings. Very nice.

      • Get Phelps Up

        Well technically, the Yankees ended that in ALDS game 3. Too bad the playoffs don’t count for stats like that.

    • Anthony

      Wow, and they were up by 5 at one point.

  • Kramerica Industries

    Thank g-d the A’s managed to steal one of four games at home from the Orioles.

    Requisite “it’s only April” comments duly noted – it would’ve really been annoying to sweep a four game series and gain zero ground on the Red Sox and Orioles. I mean, at least the Red Sox were playing a miserable team; I thoroughly expected them to go 4/4 against Houston. But the A’s, at home, to be lucky to squeeze out ONE game? That’s pathetic.

    Anaheim is 9-15 and Toronto is 9-17. Off-season championships are fun.

    • Get Phelps Up

      And now Dickey is getting an MRI on his neck and back. As if they weren’t in deep enough shit already.
      Another fun stat about the Jays is that their highest batting average is .250 and their highest OBP is .312.

      • forensic

        But, but, but they said just swinging as hard as you can at everything and trying it pull it out of the park works fine.

        I’m so confused…

      • Kramerica Industries

        Toronto has had really bad luck with injuries in recent years. They’re already nine games out of the top spot in the AL East and it’s only 4/28.

        It’s going to be really hard for them to get on the right track. They lost all four games this weekend despite having a lead in all four of them at one point or another. That’s depressing.

  • OldYanksFan

    Jesus Montero: .217 .250 .333 so far in 2013.
    He was shitty (95 OPS+) last year too.
    Yet we KNOW the guy can hit.
    (And Smoak is pure shit also).

    I heard more then once that Montero had a bad attitude and poor work ethic. I wonder how much that factored into the Yanks decision to trade him.
    It sure looks like he misses being a Yankee.

    • forensic

      Or maybe Seattle is just where hitters go to die, and not just because of the stadium anymore. There’s something up with the organization or their philosophy going on, because no one seems to be able to hit there.

      • Kramerica Industries

        Seattle is such a depressing baseball franchise. Easily the least relevant in terms of accomplishments and accolades in the American League. They, almost literally, have not done a single relevant thing outside of the time period between 1995-2001.

        • radnom

          They won 93 games in 2002 and 2003.

        • Robinson Tilapia

          Oh, I’d take them over KC as a franchise any day.

          • forensic

            KC at least has a World Series Championship and another WS appearance.

            Seattle has never even reached the WS.

            • Robinson Tilapia

              True. You’re definitely going a bit further back than I was in thinking about this, though.

          • Bob Buttons

            Dick Howser, George Brett and Jorge Orta disapproves this message.

        • forensic

          Just looked back at their franchise page on BR. You know you’re in trouble as a franchise when just two years ago Brendan Ryan led the team in BWAR.

          Yes, THAT Brendan freakin’ Ryan.

          At just 3.8.

          Yikes…

          • forensic

            Just for comparison, the last (and only) time the Yankees had a leader that low in BWAR in a non-shortened season?

            1908. Charlie Hemphill also at 3.8 (though that was a 155 game season).

            In 1981, Righetti led the team at just 3.5, but that season was of course cut short at 107 games by the strike.

    • mustang

      In Montero defends Seattle has done a piss poor job in dealing with him. They name him the starting catcher in the off-season and now he is just splitting time and barely DHing. They keep taking him in and out of the starting line-up how is the kid supposed to develop as a hitter doing that. I really have to question what they are doing in Seattle.

      • WhittakerWalt

        Why would any of these decisions affect his hitting?

        • mustang

          I would think his skills as both a catcher and hitter would develop more if he was in the line-up daily.

          • Robinson Tilapia

            …or working with Kevin Long? :)

  • howdy

    Seattle also had the golden generation of talent between 1990 2001. Griffey jr, randy johnson, arod, edgar martinez, tino martinez and buhner. That’s pretty uncanny scouting.

    • forensic

      Well, there’s a little scouting in there but there’s also some luck and coincidence.

      Johnson and Buhner were both trades. That’s not really all scouting, and Johnson especially has some element of luck happening upon a guy who in his mid-to-late 20′s turned into one of the greatest left-handed pitchers in history.

      Griffey and A-Rod were both generational talents and pretty much unanimous #1 overall picks in their years, which just both happened to be seasons where they had the #1 pick. Not much scouting at all in there.

      Tino was also a first round pick. And Edgar was a great hitter but did nothing else of value for his team, taking away value until they hid his gloves and always hurting them on baserunning (though of course the hitting out-did the baserunning).

      • Robinson Tilapia

        Very well put.

      • Kramerica Industries
        • Kramerica Industries

          Damn I wish I knew how to embed.

          • forensic

            In my experience here, sometimes it just happens and sometimes it doesn’t. Maybe someone knows a trick for it, since I don’t do a ton on youtube, but it’s sort of hit or miss for me.

            • Bob Buttons

              Not entirely sure but… it works more often for me when there’s nothing else besides the youtube link.

              Also… https:// fails every single time for me.

      • mustang

        Well done.

  • mark

    looks like the universe and the nation are going to collide once again

  • Robinson Tilapia

    I hope the Toronto Blue Jays never win another game. However, I do hope R.A. Dickey’s losses are all, much like today, of the “hard luck” variety, as he’s one of baseball’s great people, no matter what team he’s on.

    Very nice win today. Hughes is Hughes. Yes, we’d like to see him pitch more efficiently and put guys away after two strikes. Other than his rehab-on-the-job early starts, though, he’s been on point thus far this season.

    I’m not second-guessing Youkilis here. It does seem like he thought he was ready yesterday, and we know this team will give vets the benefit of the doubt. I’d hate to see a DL stint here, though. I also may be a bit more on the “swap Francisco with Adams” bandwagon today.

    I could not have imagined this team where they are right now at the end of April. Awesome for them.

    For Prussia.

    • nsalem

      Ever play Prussian Roulette? It may very well blow your mind.

    • losealot101

      amazing really. their catcher, first baseman, short stop, third baseman, center fielder, and a starting pitcher are all on the dl.

      • Robinson Tilapia

        Hell, TWO third basemen.

        • losealot101

          oh yeah, i forgot about that other third baseman. what’s his name again?

          • Robinson Tilapia

            Mike Lamb.

            • forensic

              Not Aaron Boone?

  • MannyGeee

    (Minor vs. Fister)

    HI, I’m Chris Hanson with Dateline NBC… have a seat.

    • forensic

      heh, well done.

  • Lyle Overbay’s Herpes

    Hey gang, don’t hurt me it’s little old me, Herpes. Cooler than your best friend, I’ll stay with you till the end. You won’t see me everyday, but every few years I’ll come say, “Hey!” That’s right! No cure for me in sight, I won’t go without a fight! I’m the Herpes, the Herpes! See you in hell motherfuckers! Oh, baby I like it raw. It’s a V.D. day!

    • Robinson Tilapia

      It’s all fun and games….

  • Tut

    Casper Wells DFA again. Should the Yanks take a flier?

    • Bob Buttons

      #guysidratherhavethanfrancisco

  • The Big City of Dreams

    Question for the wrestling fans:
    What did you think about Raw and Smackdown from the matches with the shield and Ambrose vs UT to HHH and Brock going at it again to Ryback heel turn

    • Robinson Tilapia

      I love Ambrose. I thing he’s going to be a major star.

      I read something on the net on him which kind of set it perfectly. Three years ago, he was bleeding buckets while losing whatever indy’s title he held at the time in front of 50 people. Now he’s putting the Undertaker through a table and being booked liked his equal.

      Ryback can work better than some other big men, but he still has a ton to go. I hate it when Vince neuters other’s finishers in the name of “safety,” as a pretty cool muscle buster got turned into a glorified fallaway slam.

      We’ll see what happens with Ryback, as he just got blamed for legit injuring Cena’s Achilles over in Europe. Might be too sloppy to ever become something.

      Don’t care about HHH/Brock, although I think it’s ridiculous that HHH is put over anyone at this point.

      • The Big City of Dreams

        Thanks for the breakdown. Yea Ambrose has come a long way and I like what they are doing with the Shield.

        True HHH shouldn’t be going over anybody and it feels like the whole thing vs Brock is past the point of being relevant.