Yankees lose Cervelli & Nova in win over Jays

Ramirez picks up four-inning save in 2013 debut
Yankees call up Vidal Nuno from Triple-A


Source: FanGraphs

Pretty safe to say the Blue Jays were hoping for better than one win in their first five games against the Yankees. New York won the second game of the four-game set 6-4 on Friday night, once again coming from behind. They were only down one run for a half-inning through, so it’s the smallest possible comeback really. They all count though. Let’s recap…

  • The Long Man: Ivan Nova left the game after two innings with right elbow pain, giving way to David Phelps for what might have been the best outing of his young career. The right-hander faced 15 batters and struck out a career-high nine, otherwise surrendering two hits (including a solo homer) and two walks in four innings of work. Phelps threw 77 pitches (44 strikes), including a career-high 12 swings and misses. He really stepped up in relief and is all but guaranteed to take Nova’s rotation spot if he misses any time.
  • Six Runs, Six Different Ways: The Yankees scored six runs and only once did they score more than one run in an inning, and that was just two in the fourth. The attack was diverse, with an RBI fielder’s choice (Eduardo Nunez in the second), a sacrifice fly (Vernon Wells in the third), an RBI triple (Lyle Overbay in the fourth), a run-scoring wild pitch (Overbay scored in the fourth), a run-scoring passed ball (Robinson Cano scored in the eighth), and a solo homer (Brett Gardner in the eighth). Everyone in the lineup except for Nunez and Overbay reached base twice thanks to ten (!) total walks. Toronto pitchers threw 165 total pitches but only 85 strikes (52%).
  • Leftovers: In case you missed it earlier, the Yankees lost Frankie Cervelli (fractured right hand) fir at least six weeks … David Robertson allowed a solo homer to Jose Bautista and Mariano Rivera allowed three ground ball singles (no runs), but otherwise those two plus Joba Chamberlain closed things out over the final three innings in relief of Nova and Phelps … Chris Stewart came off the bench to replace Cervelli and wound up drawing two walks and throwing out two attempted base-stealers. Neither was particularly close either.

MLB.com has the box score and video highlights, FanGraphs some other stats, and ESPN the updated standings. The Yankees will go for their third consecutive win on Saturday when CC Sabathia gets the ball against fellow lefty J.A. Happ. Make sure you check out RAB Tickets if you want to catch the game. If tonight’s attendance was any indication, there are plenty of good seats to be had.

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Ramirez picks up four-inning save in 2013 debut
Yankees call up Vidal Nuno from Triple-A
  • Kramerica Industries

    Sabathia vs. Happ.

    Make it 3/3 tomorrow. I’d be very disappointed otherwise.

    • Havok9120

      Me, too. I badly want it and this is a perfect opportunity for me to get it.

    • forensic

      It’s a game CC really needs to step up in. It’d be very disappointing to split this series after winning the first two games like this. Who knows if they’re going to hit Happ and then Hughes vs. Dickey could go either way. Hughes has been better (good even?) recently so hopeully he keeps that up. Six starts against them last year included three terrible ones, two ok, and one really good. That doesn’t really help you figure out what we may see, and you never know what you’ll get from Dickey (but at least he’s a righty!), so it’s anybody’s guess.

      CC just needs to pitch a shutout to win the series tomorrow and make everyone happy that way.

  • Kevin W.

    Stewart and Phelps saw opportunities and came through tonight. That said, I hope Romine starts tomorrow.

  • BrienTaylorsRookieCard

    how bout that nunez glovework?

    • Havok9120

      It was quite something.

      • thumper

        and he’s had a couple games like that now. sss and all

  • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

    Aaron Laffey DFA’d.
    Yankees claim in 3…2…1…

    • Havok9120

      Bring it. Try and stick him in AAA.

      • Steve

        Exactly. That’s the blue jays methods. it only cost 25k for the team

  • Pseudoyanks

    We’re all going to look back on these injuries and laugh when they raise the 28th banner next April.

    • BrienTaylorsRookieCard

      until the banner collapses and injuries someone in the starting lineup…

  • trr

    Somehow…we keep winning

  • Mickey Scheister

    Phelps threw 77 pitches (44 strikeouts)

    Fucking other worldly performance!

    • Havok9120

      Yeah. It’s pretty much the first time I’ve thought he looked legit great.

    • Rick

      Holy sh*t, 44 strikeouts on 77 pitches!!! God that’s a lot of strikeouts in one game, didn’t even need 3 pitches on most of em! Phelps FTW!!!

      • Havok9120

        He’s a marvel.

  • Eddard

    They’re a scrappy bunch. Youk needs to get healthy and Klong needs to work with Nuney. We need those guys healthy and to produce without Cervelli.

    Phelpsy was good tonight. CC will need to give us 7-8 tomorrow. Logan might be the closer. I thought they’d take 3/4 from the Jays and 7/10 on the home stand. So far so good.

    • Kramerica Industries

      7/10 on the homestand; see them losing 2/3 vs. Oakland or something (which is plausible, I’m just curious).

      Because Houston is one of those teams that is so fricken’ terrible, that merely expecting 2/3, especially at home, is not aiming high enough. Teams like the Astros and Marlins are bad enough to legitimately expect sweeps. Maybe only 2/3 on the road since they can possibly steal one on their own diamond.

      • Dalek Jeter

        I’d like to agree that the Yankees should expect to sweep the likes of the Astros and Marlins. Honestly though, I only expect great teams to sweep, and the only teams that I see as great this season are the Nationals, the Braves, and maybe the Tigers and Cardinals.

        • Kramerica Industries

          I disagree, to an extent. I don’t see any great teams anywhere in the league this year. We are at the height of parity right now; compared to 2002, MLB (especially the AL) has done a total 180 from what it was.

          For the Astros and Marlins to come in so far behind the pack shows just how wretched they are. Like I said, I am the first person to champion the “will take 2/3 against everyone all season long” approach, but 2/3 against Houston would feel like a disappointment.

          Not that it is foreboding of anything. The 103-59 Yankees in 2009 lost 2/3 at home to their opposite record-finishing mates in the Nationals, so, really, who the hell knows?

          • Havok9120

            I can’t believe we won 103 games that year. I mean, I can (that lineup was amazing) but that’s incredible. Everything must go perfectly. Our roster last season was head and shoulders above the rest of the division and almost the entire league, yet it came to the wire.

        • Tom K

          You should never expect even the great teams to sweep. Houston will still win 55-60 games this year – all of those wins will come vs. teams better than they are. And, they will actually win series they aren’t expected to win along the way as well. It doesn’t speak to the quality of the opponent when they do so.

      • forensic

        It’d be really nice to expect the sweep, but you never know. The first two with Kuroda and Pettitte against righties from them certainly NEED to be won.

        The third one though has either a recovering Nova or a pitch-counted Phelps against lefty Eric Bedard (unless they decide to change around their rotation on short notice which is certainly possible considering how terrible their pitching has been). Bedard is even a step worse than a Buehrle or Laffey, but you just never know if this lineup with do anything against lefties yet.

  • Dalek Jeter

    Phelps was outstanding tonight, hopefully Austin’s Romain Salad Romane doesn’t automatically become Stewy’s caddy and is given a chance to play at least half the time in the early going.

  • Havok9120

    I’m so glad we won tonight. Not sure I could’ve taken a loss after all that.

    Now, to make myself feel even better, I shall go over to read Bluebird Banter and read their reaction as we CRUSH their SOULS.

  • Mouse

    Gardner’s good when he gets aggressive and drive the ball instead of always trying bloop the ball to left.

    • CUYanks

      Forget his bat– it’s an honor to watch him cover the entire outfield on every play.

      • Havok9120

        ‘Tis true. Dude has got some skill out there in addition to his wheels.

  • CUYanks

    Any cheap extra starters floating out there in MLB? Before the multiple rotation injuries, the Dodgers had Lilly and Capuano without rotation jobs. Darn you Carlos Quentin!

    • Havok9120

      Yeah, Aaron Laffey is floating around on waivers.

      • Steve

        fantastic

    • Mouse

      No need to go that route. We’ve got plenty of capable starter fill ins. Phelps, Warren, and if need be Nuno, Brett Marshall, Ramirez, etc.

      • Mouse

        Oh I forgot CM Wang also. He’s pitching good and there was talk in blogosphere he might replace Nova (even before tonight’s injury) should he be ineffective.

        The Yanks got a lot of pitching depth. Thank God.

        • Havok9120

          I’d tone down the Wang talk were I you. He’s gotten talked up due to his historic connection with the team, but he’s not that guy anymore. In fact, there’s little/no reason to believe he’s an MLBer anymore, despite my love for the guy.

      • CUYanks

        I have no issue with Phelps filling in, but if it’s a long term injury, do we really want Phelps to slot in as the 5th starter for the rest of the year? Plus, that hurts the bullpen depth.

        And yeah, the Yankees have a lot of internal starters floating around, but are any of them actually any good right now?

        • Havok9120

          I think I’d prefer Phelps to any of the alternatives, at least until he proves otherwise. I may even like him getting an honest shot to supplant Nova at this point.

        • Steve

          It’s important to find out if he can be a starter long term. He’s earned a chance.

        • forensic

          No need to hurt the rotation just to keep Phelps in the bullpen, which already has Warren there ready to work as a long man and not just as the guy to hold the bench down when it’s windy.

          Hopefully they’ll avoid Eppley, but I fear they won’t. Ideally, they’d bring up Montgomery or Nuno. Nuno is certainly available for longer relief if needed and, if I remember from DOTF’s correctly, they’ve been using Montgomery for a bunch of 2 inning stints this and last year so he could even be a 2 inning guy if needed.

    • Andy In Sunny Daytona

      Manny Barreda tweeted that Vidal Nuno got called up.

  • Havok9120

    Very good, Yanks. You’ve made the Prussian people very proud tonight.

  • Robinson Tilapia

    We win for Prussia.

    From crisis comes opportunity, and other sayings that make feel better at night.

    Lettuce pray.

    • Havok9120

      Excellent.

  • Barry

    Get home from work, watch recorded Knicks playoff game, get happy, watch recorded Yanks game, get sad. Damn.

  • GreenArm

    Is it bad that I wish this was an NL game so we could plunk Happ?

    Forgive me if I missed a post somewhere (I very easily could have), but I assume Murphy and Sanchez both get bumped up with this “opportunity”.

    And I know, in my short RAB commenting career, I’ve been a mega Cervelli supporter, but man this just stings so much. And poor kid. I honestly rarely feel bad for MLB players getting hurt (please don’t read too much into that) as so many make more in a year playing a fun game, than I will in my entire life. But I feel awful for the kid. Chance of a lifetime, AND he was proving the naysayers wrong. And this happens. I bet he can’t even fist pump when watching the TV with this injury.

    Sorry if this is semi-incoherent, I’ve been out for a bit. (GO KNICKS! I feel they don’t get enough random love here.)

    G’night folks. I look forward to reading more what people have to say about tonight in the morning. Or in a couple of hours when I’m still awake because I never sleep well (and my neighbors are having a mega rager). -Also, barring a weird circumstance, I have Delta Suite tickets for the Sunday game. Beyond excited. I’m a bleacher/upper deck guy, save like 5 times in roughly 28 years of going to games. So it should be a great time!-

    • Bob Buttons

      As another Cervelli fan (I always thought he deserved a shot) I have to say it sucks, but it’s kinda nice that Romine now gets the chance of a life time that he was suppose to get as a platoon partner for Montero/placeholder for Murphy/Sanchez. Though I like Cervelli better because IMO he is better looking than Romine (and Murphy and Sanchez too, not that anyone asked), since I get a bit irritated looking at Romine’s face.

      Enjoy the game. As a guy who’s the only Yankees fan in his circle of friends an 7-8 hour road trip is not an option for me. Sucks that I won’t get to see Rivera come out to Enter Sandman even once, but it’s already cool to see him pitch live on TV.

    • forensic

      Not to pick on your post, but I’ll never understand why people want revenge or want to hit an opposing batter on purpose. Especially the opposing pitcher who is extremely unlikely to reach base on their own accord.

      It’s professional sports. Injuries happen. You get revenge by winning the games anyway. Go out and hit 6 homers and strikeout 12 times like several Grandy’s in the lineup would have and you’ll have a nice win for the Yankees and smackdown for the Jays to think about.

      That’s revenge enough for me.

      • GreenArm

        Damn, I posted a nice reply to this, but for some reason it didn’t actually post. This is roughly the 5th time this has happened to me in a week. Anyone else having this issue.

        Anyways, sorry forensic. I’m wiped out from yardwork and honestly can’t remember the entirety of my post. Dammit.

        (and of course, THIS reply will indeed post)

  • DInnings

    Now we finally get to see what Austin Romine can do. It’s not the way I wanted it to happen, but it is what it is.

    4 HR 9 RBI from the catchers so far. If Stewart and/or Romine drive in just two more runs over the next four games, that’s 4 HR 11 RBI in the first 27 games / sixth of the season from the catchers for a 24 HR 55 RBI pace from the catchers.

  • DInnings

    I meant 66 RBI from the catchers, one more RBI than the 2012 Yankees catchers drove in.

  • forensic

    Considering all that had happened early in this game, it was a very unexpected, and truthfully, pretty lucky win. I was fully expecting this to be a rare Mo blown save the way the night had gone, but thankfully he got through it.

    Not pretty at all but, at this point, they’re just going to need to take anything they can get till they hopefully get some people back, and hopefully those players don’t take a month or two (or longer) to start producing.

    I’m torn on Nova. I’d like to see him try to work through things in the rotation, but it just wasn’t happening at this point and he was hurting the team. Hopefully whenever this issue is cleared up he can try to work on things and try to figure something out (whether it’s during a rehab assignment or optioning him down briefly after that, or whatever option they can figure out).

    On the plus side, very happy that Phelps may finally get his chance at the rotation. Though, with the way things go for him, he’ll be on a pitch count his first start, then get maybe one or two more before either Nova is back or they absurdly decide he’s more valuable in the bullpen and call up a worse pitcher in his place (assuming he’s pitching alright).

    Really sucks losing Cervelli. I was happy to see him starting to get more PT and now that’s over and I’m not high on Romine’s offense at all, and obviously Stewart blows. This could be a very ugly couple months back there, especially offensively. I totally see Girardi going WAY too much with Stewart, unfortunately.

    It’d be very nice of Youkilis to remember he’s 34 years old now, not 90, and get back in games. They’ve already wasted a week with a short roster and I despise when they do that and then decide to put them on the DL when it’s almost not even worth it at that point.

    They really need some guys to pick it up offensively. Nunez has been invisible since his second HBP, though at least he’s playing terrific defense. Ichiro and Gardner have been coming on a bit, and they need to continue that, and even improve some hopefully. Overbay, Francisco, Boesch, and Nix all also need to make periodic contributions, despite their general offensive suckiness. A hit or two with RISP wouldn’t kill any of these guys either, as Cervelli was their highest BA in that situation (SSS, obviously). There are lots of ugly numbers in those situations throughout the team.

    Wow, that’s way more than I thought I’d get out. End rant I guess…

  • mustang

    With all the bitching this month about:

    1- Not enough offend.

    2- Can’t hit lefties.

    3- Schedule not favorable.

    4- Everyone is injured.

    5- Middle relief is bad.

    6- CC is no longer an ace because his fastball isn’t in the mid 90’s.

    7- Everyone coming back down to earth.

    If they win today they will be 5 games over .500 at the end of April !!!

    You would think by the threads and some of the comments that they were 5 games under .500.

    Someone forgot to tell this team that they are suppose to suck.

    Hope they keep this up for another 6 months.

    JUST KEEP WINNING !!!!

  • Alkaline

    Alright, honestly, who would think that before May, Cervelli and Gardy would have 6 combined HRS.