Game 30: End of the Homestand

It's a Jorge Posada kind of day. (Chris Trotman/Getty)

It’s a Jorge Posada kind of day. (Chris Trotman/Getty)

The Yankees wrap-up their ten-game homestand today, a homestand that has already been a smashing success. They’ve won seven of nine so far, including all four against the division rival Blue Jays. This afternoon’s game will determine whether they go 8-2 or 7-3 on the homestand, and I think we all agree the former sounds a whole lot better than the latter. Plus the Yankees are off tomorrow, and you know as well as I do that off-days are so much better when they follow wins. Here’s the starting lineup that will face rookie righty Dan Straily…

  1. CF Brett Gardner
  2. 2B Robinson Cano
  3. LF Vernon Wells
  4. DH Travis Hafner
  5. RF Ichiro Suzuki
  6. 3B Jayson Nix
  7. 1B Lyle Overbay
  8. SS Eduardo Nunez
  9. C Chris Stewart

And on the mound is the 2001 ALCS MVP, left-hander Andy Pettitte.

Couldn’t have asked for better weather this weekend. It’s gorgeous outside. The game is scheduled to start at 1:05pm ET and can be seen on YES. Enjoy.

David Robertson Update: Robertson (hamstring) played catch for the second straight day and still feels a little bit of tightness. He’s going to play catch again before Tuesday’s game and if that goes well, he’ll throw some pitches off a mound in the bullpen.

Mark Teixeira Update: Teixeira (wrist) took batting practice on the field today for the first time. He’d been hitting in the batting cages for a week or so. Like pretty much every other Yankee on the DL, Teixeira will head to Tampa while the team goes out on the road trip.

Categories : Game Threads


  1. Havok9120 says:

    Vorwärts für Preußen!

    We got this.

  2. vicki says:

    maybe the yankees can win on my birthday for once?

    jorge posada kind of day is a good start.

  3. Darren says:

    It would be great if Andy can shut this team down for 7 innings or so, just to quiet any whispers before they get too loud.

    Happy birthday Vicki and HIP HIP JORGE! Remember when he pinch ran in ’95 ALDS? Withe Jeter watching from the bench soaking it up, learning from Donnie Baseball.

  4. trr says:

    Hoping for a bounce back start by Andy…

  5. Dalek Jeter says:

    So we’re really just going to grind Chris Stewart into the ground while Romine wastes away on the bench?

  6. Pat D says:

    $175 million for Iron Man 3. Seems that audiences just aren’t sick of that character.

    Take note, DC. You’re gonna fuck up Justice League.

    • The Real Greg says:

      Marvel owns DC in terms of movies.

      DC owns Marvel in terms of cartoons and animation.

      • Pat D says:


        Man of Steel looks like it’s going to be good, but I’m also worried that they decided to darken up Superman because The Dark Knight movies made a lot of money. Which goes to show how they don’t understand their own product. Batman has to be dark, Superman is not supposed to be.

        With Nolan producing, I feel more assured, but I don’t exactly believe in Zack Snyder. 300 is extremely overrated, Watchmen was OK but kind of a mess, and Sucker Punch was unwatchable.

        But all the plotlines I’ve heard being thrown around for a Justice League movie aren’t going to work. Most of the ones I’ve seen involve Darkseid which is totally wrong. Darkseid is the villain you have to build towards because he is the ultimate DC villain.

        They’re also taking a risk by trying to do that before starting individual movies.

  7. Eddard says:

    None of the veteran pitchers wants to throw to Romine. You saw how Andy struggled last time. And the veteran pitchers get what they want. That’s why Martin was let go. Romine might catch Phelps, that’s about all the playing time he’ll get.

    Andy is due for a bounce back game today. Win and they go 8-2 on the home stand. That sets up well to go at least 4-4 on the road trip before the reinforcements start to return.

  8. The Real Greg says:

    Even though that was a base hit, that pitch was down, which Andy was not doing against the Stros

  9. nycsportzfan says:

    Come on pettitte, not even close, all ready in a jam… I think its because Austin Romine is on the bench,

  10. Havok9120 says:

    Oh, joy. I get the Oakland feed.


  11. nycsportzfan says:

    basketball players suck. Listening to yanks on radio and watching basketball playoffs, and all it is , is brick jumper after brick jumper.. The only way they make a shot is if its right under the hoop..

    • Pat D says:

      Yea, I watched a bit of that deciding Warriors/Nuggets game the other day. They were building houses in that one.

      • nycsportzfan says:

        this dude Tony Allen missd 3 layups all How is that even possible for a guy whos 6ft 7in???lol My niece woulden’t miss

  12. SDB says:

    Pettitte’s struggling again. Romine’s fault once more, or now does Stewart get punished by being benched for a week?

  13. Pat D says:

    Have we given Rothschild the Bill Belichick nickname yet? I can’t remember seeing him not wearing that hoodie.

  14. Karl Krawfid says:

    Would you look at that.

    It was Romines fault all along like I said.

  15. nycsportzfan says:

    He got em with the cutter down and in..

  16. Eddard says:

    Chris Stewart guided Andy out of that jam. Something that didn’t happen in his last start. Stewart was one of the heroes yesterday, I don’t know why people are so quick to bash him. Romine is a backup catcher and he’ll play 1/5 games until Cervelli returns.

  17. Havok9120 says:

    These Oakland guys are already driving me nuts.

    • Pat D says:

      Any idea who they are? And what exactly are they saying?

      • Havok9120 says:

        They’re just bad. I mean, they’re doing even more of the stating the obvious than Kay does, but they’re also just not very good at conversing so far. No idea who they are. The feed also sounds as if it’s being broadcast from the bottom of an empty soup can.

        I just found a YES feed though, so I’m happy.

  18. Pat D says:

    This guy has given up 13 homers in 51 career innings. Seems like a good recipe for the Yankees.

    Oh, wait, that’s right. They’ve never seen this guy before.

  19. Pat D says:

    Yes, Michael, we know that Vernon is a great clubhouse guy. We all read Derek’s diary.

  20. Dalek Jeter says:

    Hey guys, our pitcher just struggled through ~24 pitches. Lets go down in like 9!

  21. Pat D says:

    Yea, I’m gonna have to go out on a limb and say that the Yankees are missing more key players than the A’s.

  22. nycsportzfan says:

    jesus, pettitte dosen’t have anything…

  23. Pat D says:

    Damn, thought that was out.

    Gotta have respect for a guy like Montz, though.

  24. Pat D says:

    I remember when someone once told me that Michael Taylor was a “Dave Winfield clone.”

    That always gives me a good laugh.

  25. Dalek Jeter says:

    They’re talking about how great Ichiro’s arm is, throws hard and accurate, yada-yada…am I the only one with thinks he has one of the slowest release in baseball?

  26. FEED.ME.MORE! says:

    So basically, every bad pitch is the catcher’s fault, but every good one is Pettitte’s guile and grit?

    I just want to be sure I’m following the narrative.

    BTW, who’s fault was Andy’s bad outings in 2001 vs. Arizona?

  27. Karl Krawfid says:

    Lovely at bat Pronk

  28. rey sanchez says:

    Shitttttt..anyone else see Hafner grabbing at his oblique afer that swing?

  29. Pat D says:

    I think he was out.

  30. Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting) says:

    There is a rule Michael Kay.
    The rule says the throw has to beat the runner. If there is a tie, the throw didn’t beat the runner, hence the runner is safe.

  31. Dalek Jeter says:

    We’re at 9 mentions of the “cold weather” at the stadium today. And now they’re talking about Suzyn’s gloves *rolls eyes*

  32. Ludwig Von Baldass says:

    So the A’s sent Gio to Washington for Norris, Milone, Peacock, and Cole. Then sent Peacock and Carter to the Stros for Lowrie and then dealt Cole back to Washington and got Jaso from the Mariners. I would say they’re comfortably owning that deal.

    • Preston says:

      Gio was really good for the Nat’s last year. And I think he’ll figure it out again and be a productive top of the order guy going forward. Milone is a back end guy. Lowrie is a nice pick up, but Carter’s no slouch. The Jaso pick-up was nice, but Cole is a high upside arm, so they didn’t get him cheap. They traded three years of Gio, and six years of Carter and got six years of Milone, three years of Jaso, and two years of Lowrie. It’s probably a net win. But it’s not clear the Nats or Astros were the losers (the Mariners lost three years of Jaso for one year of Morse is stupid especially when you’re not a competitor).

    • Havok9120 says:

      Ludwig, your name and no doubt Junker heritage are an inspiration to us all.

  33. Karl Krawfid says:

    Haven’t seen Andy miss the plate this bad in a while.

    Hope hes not hurt and trying to pitch through it.

  34. FEED.ME.MORE! says:

    Andy throwing damn near 60 pitches through 2+ innings.

    Quick! Blame someone!

  35. Sangreal says:

    It was only a matter of time with the way Andy is pitching tonight

  36. Dalek Jeter says:

    Fucking boss came by. He’s a great guy, and hooked me up with a little extra cash because of how well we did this weekend, but I missed the entire 3rd and 4th inning. Apparently there was scoring. What did I miss?

  37. Rolling Doughnut says:

    Andy been off all day? Or just the last two innings?

  38. FEED.ME.MORE! says:


  39. Rolling Doughnut says:

    Andy has to go 5. Says so in the binder.

  40. wow says:

    well, that’s frustrating. the bats look dead, too.

  41. Dalek Jeter says:

    It’s taken WAY too long, but at this time next year I will be getting a degree from an institute of higher learning. Woot trying to take life seriously.

  42. ROBTEN says:

    Nice job by Claiborne.

  43. Dalek Jeter says:

    So I’m guessing it was about 50 feet foul?

  44. FEED.ME.MORE! says:


  45. Havok9120 says:



  46. Eddard says:

    You just can’t sit Ichiro when Grandy returns. He’ll soon be a .300 hitter once again. One more hit and they tie the game!

  47. Dalek Jeter says:

    For Prussia Nixie!!

  48. SDB says:

    Nunez has tightness in his ribcage according to Ma and Pa. Ugh.

  49. Dalek Jeter says:

    Nunez is at New York Presbyterian because of tightness in his ribcage.

  50. SDB says:

    Loverbay! Damn, he’s really producing the clutch hits so far this spring.

  51. Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting) says:


  52. FEED.ME.MORE! says:


    Yankees get more dunks than an NBA team.

  53. Eddard says:

    Overbay comes through again! What a battle.

  54. Get Phelps Up says:

    Kyle Loverbay!!

  55. nycsportzfan says:

    Overbay is a freaking clutch hitter, indeed!!!!!!

  56. Troll says:

    Ortiz with a homerun off Darvish. FML.

  57. Havok9120 says:


    In honor of yea service, I dub thee Lyle Overbay, Graf von Steinhagen, with all of the rights and duties entailed in such a title.

    • Dalek Jeter says:

      What title will Preston Clairborne be given, as he will be the winning pitcher in today’s game.

      • Havok9120 says:

        Haven’t decided yet. We’ll see.

        Maybe just a knighthood. Not sure he needs to be ennobled just yet.

  58. Dalek Jeter says:


  59. Havok9120 says:

    Good for Claiborne. That’s fun to see.

    Clearly there’s some Prussian blood there. Rhenish though. All kinds of weirdos come outta that area.

  60. Eddard says:

    They’ve got something in Preston Claiborne. Give these kids a chance and they’ll show what they can do. Warren gives 3 scoreless and now Preston. This could be yet another comeback win.

  61. Pat D says:

    Love those mid-afternoon naps. Especially when I have a final exam to do. Seems like I missed a lot.

  62. Dalek Jeter says:

    No cookies for you boone.

  63. nycsportzfan says:

    Way to go boone, u fucking goon!

  64. The Real Greg says:

    And don’t even start whining about Girardi, it was already explained on the broadcast.

    • Mykey says:

      Just turned it on. What was the reasoning? Bull pen used up? I’ve been studying for finals lately, not paying as close attention.

      • The Real Greg says:

        Preston Claiborne was already cut off at 2 innings before this game began. I thought people would go all “Why bring in Logan” routine.

    • Matt says:

      No, the broadcast simply hypothesized about why he might make that move. It still wasn’t a move that made sense. 23 pitches is not a huge amount for a short reliever, and there is a day off tomorrow.

      You will defend Girardi no matter what he does. You have no credibility whatsoever.

  65. Matt says:

    Good job Girardi! You have a guy in there who is shutting them down and has thrown just 23 pitches, but no, he is not the “8th inning guy” so he gets taken out for Boone Logan.

    You are facing 4-5-6 in their order, all right handers. Righties destroy Boone Logan because his control is terrible.

    This move made no sense, precisely because the bullpen is short. If you have no options, and the guy in the game is going well with a reasonable pitch count, why are you taking him out? And if you want to take him out, this was the perfect time to go to Mo to face their best hitters. Saving him for a 9th inning tie that might never come is just plain stupid.

    • Troll says:

      Get ready for Greg . . .

    • The Real Greg says:

      Here we go.


      • Matt says:

        Just because they said it on the broadcast, it doesn’t mean it is right. Learn to use your own brain instead of blindly believing what anyone tells you.

        You are really clueless. Boone Logan is terrible, and 3 righties (including their best hitter) were coming up. ANYONE, and I mean ANYONE in that bullpen would have been a better option. Sean Kelley. Nuno. Rivera. ANYONE.

        • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting) says:

          Not Kelley.

          • Matt says:

            Kelley’s numbers are a small sample fluke. His career numbers bear out the fact that he is far better than Logan against RHB (.722 OPS for Kelley vs. 740 OPS for Logan). He also has a good slider that he can use to keep righties like Cespedes from hitting the ball on the meat of the bat.

            • Dalek Jeter says:

              Better yeah, but .18 of OPS isn’t far better. It’s maybe 1 hit over 100 ABs.

              • Matt says:

                I’m not using those numbers to make a decision. Just to make a point.

                Those numbers are highly misleading because Logan had some fluky years recently in which he did better against RHB than LHB in small samples, and he doesn’t usually face righties.

                Kelley has a far better chance of getting those righties out than Logan. Don’t let the small samples fool you. Kelley has a 3/4 delivery from the right side with a good slider going down and away. It’s not rocket science.

                • Dalek Jeter says:

                  I’m not arguing against you, I was just pointing out that even though you may be right, your arugment is far from your best.

            • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting) says:

              Far better? .722 OPS vs. .740 OPS is far better? LMAO.

              Kelley has been absolutely awful this year. Most of his previous success came pitching in Safeco.

              • Matt says:

                I pulled the quickest number I could find. It’s pretty obvious to anyone who watches these two pitch, but here you go anyway:

                wOBA- .337 for Kelley, .364 for Logan vs. RHB

                It is not even close. Stop arguing just for the sake of arguing.

                • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting) says:

                  I’m not arguing for the sake of arguing. Kelley has been very clearly absolutely awful this year. If you can’t recognize that, you’re just not watching the games. That he theoretically should be better is irrelevant. He’s simply not getting it done at all right now.

                  • Matt says:

                    Most of his problems came in just a few of his early outings. His stuff is the same as it has always been.

                    You bring in the guys who have the best chance of getting the hitters out, unless someone is unavailable due to overwork or injury. Sean Kelley has a better chance of getting out TOP RHB. Logan is fine against non-HR hitting guys, but you don’t use him against power hitting righties.

              • Matt says:

                And just to show you even more of how bad Logan is vs. RHB, here is the difference in their peripherals:

                FIP- 5.22 for Logan, 4.76 for Kelley vs. RHB

        • Get Phelps Up says:


    • Dalek Jeter says:

      ” Saving him for a 9th inning tie that might never come is just plain stupid.”

      I agree, 100%, but it is the convention in baseball that your closer pitches the 9th. It’s how it is. Would I like to see Girardi of all managers shake that convention? Absolutely. However the first time he does it, and (fill in pitcher here) blows the save in the 9th he would be crucified across the board, so I understand why he doesn’t.

      • WhittakerWalt says:

        About 4 years ago he brought Mo into a bunch of tie games and Mo kept losing them. We all know that’s a fluke, but I think it made Girardi gun-shy.

        • Dalek Jeter says:

          All of those were in the 9th at home though and by the convention were considered the “right” move. Matt’s talking about using your best pitcher (Mo) in the highest leverage situation (the 8th in this case) which just doesn’t happen in today’s baseball.

  66. mustang says:

    Long day for Montero 1 for 4 with the Jays stealing 5 of him and 1 pass ball.

  67. Eddard says:

    Ichiro! Just don’t hit into a DP, Nix. Get Overbay to the plate and he’ll come through.

  68. trr says:

    The more I see of Nix the less I like

  69. Matt says:

    Which do you think is more likely to cost them the game? The runs they are likely not to score here from you letting Nix hit, or the error Nelson MIGHT make at SS with them already losing the game and the A’s having a good bullpen.

    Wake up Michael Kay.

    • The Real Greg says:

      The problem is not Nelson playing SS. IT’s having a catcher playing 3rd base.

      • Matt says:

        Again, it doesn’t matter if you don’t score. You are already losing the game and the A’s have a good enough bullpen to hold this deficit even if they don’t tack on. That was your chance there in the 8th. You have to go for it and worry about the consequences later.

  70. Dalek Jeter says:

    At least you didn’t GIDP, Jayson. You ass.

  71. trr says:

    Then again, he’s just a 25th man type

  72. The Real Greg says:

    Bottom line, the goat for the game is Andy Pettitte, who is starting to go south.

  73. The Real Greg says:

    Yanks need Rapada back quickly.

  74. wheels says:

    What a bum.

  75. The Real Greg says:

    Injuries, injuries, injuries

  76. WhittakerWalt says:

    Ma and Pa are going to have to work extra hard to figure out a way to fellate Jayson Nix after today’s game.
    Can they still do it?

  77. wow says:

    Logan and Nix.

  78. The Real Greg says:

    I have to be fair to Nix, and point out the fact that he’s playing out of necessity.

  79. The Real Greg says:

    If Kelley had pitched like this yesterday, Joe might have trusted him in the 8th inning instead of Logan.

    • mustang says:

      yeah OK


    • Eddard says:

      Kelley threw 5 pitches to 1 batter, Greg. No MLB manager should base decisions on that. Girardi screwed up bringing in Logan, just admit it.

      • The Real Greg says:

        He gave up 2 runs yesterday.

        The bottom line and Axisa on Twitter supported it. This is what happens when your best option against RHB is a LHP. This is what the injuries have done.

        • Matt says:

          No he didn’t. He gave up a base hit to one batter and then was yanked for Rivera, who allowed his baserunner to score.

          Kelley has mostly pitched in blowout games, and been yanked early as soon as he gives up a baserunner in closer ones. He hasn’t really had a chance to prove himself.

      • Troll says:

        Greg, admit he’s wrong? Never.

  80. The Real Greg says:

    Probably pinch hit Boesch for Stewart in the 9th.

  81. Mykey says:

    Look out world, it’s Boesch time.

  82. Matt says:

    I’m sure everyone will tell us that you couldn’t anticipate in hindsight how much better Kelley was today.

    Except that was what we were already saying when Girardi brought in Boone Logan back in the 8th inning to face their best right-handed hitters.

    I understand that the bullpen is short today, but Boone Logan is not a shutdown reliever. Girardi overrates him big time.

    • The Real Greg says:

      Words are different than actions.

    • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting) says:

      Again, neither is Kelley.

      • Matt says:

        So what? Kelley is still a better option than Logan against righties. It is obvious to anyone that watches them pitch. Girardi went to his boy instead of to the better option.

        • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting) says:

          Anybody who has watched Kelley pitched this year sees he’s extremely prone to HR’s. Anyone who looks closely at his career sees while he’s good in the great expanse of Safeco, he’s bad everywhere else. There were better options than Logan. Kelley hasn’t shown that he’s one of them.

    • Dalek Jeter says:

      I agree about Logan. He’s a nice 6-7 inning guy. He’ll work you out of a jam every now and then, might get out the other team’s best hitter on occasion, but there is a huge jump between him and even a Joba (when Joba is on). The problem is, IMO anyway, that Kelley fits into that same level of Middle Reliever. Meh, good not great, ultimately relatively easily replaceable by other journeymen relievers/kids. If it were up to me, Monty would be getting his shots now, and worry about everybody being healthy when everybody is healthy.

      • Matt says:

        I’m not saying Kelley is good. Just that with his deception and sweeping breaking ball he was more likely to get out power hitting righties.

        When the bullpen is short, you have to match up a bit more rather than just throwing guys out there. But Logan is Girardi’s boy. He kept using him as the lefty specialist last year even though Rapada held lefties to nearly a 50 point lower BAA.

        • Dalek Jeter says:

          That drove me INSANE last year. I remember a game Hughes was pitching a game last year in Minnisota, it was the 7th inning or so, Hughes had allowed runners to 1st and 2nd and was around or just over 100 pitches and Span was coming to the plate. Literally every stat said that the move was to stay with Hughes. Hughes had better numbers against lefties, Span had a reverse split AND good numbers against Logan. Girardi went to Logan and Logan immediately gave up a run scoring hit.

          • Matt says:

            I remember that game too. And then he proceeded to allow a bunch more hits to lefties after that to put it out of reach.

            Girardi falls into these cognitive traps where he has a certain image of a guy and his role and can’t seem to shake it no matter how much evidence he sees to the contrary.

      • WhittakerWalt says:

        The simple, sad reality is that both options sucked. Logan is up-and-down and sucks against righties. Kelley’s been abysmal so far this year. Either one could have shit the bed, it just happened to be Logan.

  83. Mykey says:

    What’s a Chris Nelson?

  84. flamingo says:

    A walkoff would be nice, Yanks.

  85. Anderson Silva says:

    Boesch and Francisco, how can a MLB team employ both?

  86. Long-Past-His-Day-Rod says:

    If I made the rules, Balfour’s motion would be a balk. But alas, I do not make the rules.

  87. wheels says:

    Way to go Gardy.

  88. Mykey says:

    Aw man it would be sweet if Robby came up big here.

  89. Anderson Silva says:

    I’m confident here.. Cano will hit it deep to right and we walk off

  90. Anderson Silva says:

    fuck, I know its outside the box but Gardner should have stayed at first

  91. The Real Greg says:

    I don’t know if you can’t move up on a clear wild pitch.

  92. Mykey says:

    Haha shit! Francisco on deck!

    How big are your balls? Walk Wells?

  93. Dalek Jeter says:

    Shit, I’d walk Wells and make Francisco beat me.

  94. Anderson Silva says:

    first pitch FB, please jump on it

  95. Eddard says:

    Oh God, Francisco is on deck. It’s Wells or bust here.

  96. Matt says:

    Obviously it’s a shame that Cano got walked, but you now have a chance to tie it with a base hit and a hitter who has been doing well so far this year. Cano would have needed an extra base hit to score Gardner.

  97. Anderson Silva says:

    how did he miss that 2-1 FB? Pretty bad by wells

  98. trr says:

    Not happy w/this game. Not at all…..

  99. wheels says:

    Balfour is an idiot.

  100. Anderson Silva says:

    god awful AB by wells..

  101. The Real Greg says:

    Andy Pettitte blew it.

    • WhittakerWalt says:

      It’s one thing to get cuffed around by the A’s, it’s another thing entirely to get shelled by the Astros.

  102. Matt says:

    And that is why you pinch hit for Nix in the 8th inning. You simply can’t give away chances against a bullpen as good as Oakland has right now. Definitely a game they could have won if not for Girardi’s obvious mistakes.

  103. The Real Greg says:

    The problem is the road trip is really difficult. Rockies are really tough to beat in Colorado and the Royals are really good right now.

  104. Eddard says:

    There are some games over a 162 game season that the manager will lose. Girardi definitely lost this one. Still, a 7-3 home stand isn’t bad. Play .500 on the road and then the reinforcements begin to return.

  105. Improbable Island's Dirty Midget Whores (formerly RRR) says:

    Fuck you Boone Logan.

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