Game 30: End of the Homestand

Granderson hit by pitch in right arm in Extended Spring Training game
Update: Eduardo Nunez day-to-day with left ribcage irritation
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.

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Granderson hit by pitch in right arm in Extended Spring Training game
Update: Eduardo Nunez day-to-day with left ribcage irritation
  • Havok9120

    Vorwärts für Preußen!

    We got this.

  • vicki

    maybe the yankees can win on my birthday for once?

    jorge posada kind of day is a good start.

    • trr

      Happy B-Day, and Yes! Let’s win this one !

    • Havok9120

      Ooohhh. Happy birthday ma’am.

      As I said above: we got this.

    • Pat D

      Happy happy.

    • sjferrari

      I took my girlfriend to see the Yankees play on her birthday – Andy’s last start against Houston. It was the first time in 10 or so games she’d gone to see the Yankees play where they lost, dating back to 2008. She’s still yelling at the TV about it…

    • Travis L.

      Happy Birthday Vicki!! Sorry about the loss…maybe next year!

  • Darren

    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.

  • trr

    Hoping for a bounce back start by Andy…

  • Dalek Jeter

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

    • Pat D

      Romine caught Pettitte on Monday and he sucked, so clearly it was all Romine’s fault.

      • The Real Greg

        True, but Romine looked a bit overwhelmed.

        • Pat D

          I didn’t see any of Monday’s game, so I’ll take your word for it.

          But he just walked his second batter this inning.

    • Laz

      Stewart has been hitting recently. Wouldn’t expect it to continue all year, but while he is doing something at the plate they might as well go with it.

      • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike Axisa

        By hitting recently I assume you meant he hit a homer yesterday. He’s hitting .217/.296/.348 since Cervelli’s injury.

        • Dalek Jeter

          Shh Mike!!!

  • Pat D

    $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

      Marvel owns DC in terms of movies.

      DC owns Marvel in terms of cartoons and animation.

      • Pat D

        Exactly.

        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.

  • Eddard

    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.

  • The Real Greg

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

  • nycsportzfan

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

  • Havok9120

    Oh, joy. I get the Oakland feed.

    Blech.

  • nycsportzfan

    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

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

      • nycsportzfan

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

  • SDB

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

  • Pat D

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

  • Karl Krawfid

    Would you look at that.

    It was Romines fault all along like I said.

    • Dalek Jeter

      pft, everybody knows if it was Lettuce man in there we’d be down 7-0 already.

  • nycsportzfan

    He got em with the cutter down and in..

  • Eddard

    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.

    • Pat D

      Because Stewart is also a backup catcher.

    • Laz

      Stewart isn’t a starter either, but while he is hitting hr, and getting on base he might as well start.

  • Havok9120

    These Oakland guys are already driving me nuts.

    • Pat D

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

      • Havok9120

        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.

  • Pat D

    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.

  • Pat D

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

  • Dalek Jeter

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

    • Laz

      Don’t want to overwork the rookie.

    • SDB

      I’m pleasantly surprised/shocked that Ma and Pa haven’t yet started yelping about pitch counts.

      • Pat D

        That’s not the Pettitte narrative.

      • FEED.ME.MORE!

        They don’t bitch about Andy’s pitch counts.

        “He’s a gamer”

      • Dalek Jeter

        Only Hughes throws a lot of pitches, didn’t you get the memo? 32 pitches through two is way too many for Hughes, but 44 through 2 for Pettitte is no big deal, he’s grinding out ABs.

  • Pat D

    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.

  • nycsportzfan

    jesus, pettitte dosen’t have anything…

  • Pat D

    Damn, thought that was out.

    Gotta have respect for a guy like Montz, though.

  • Pat D

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

    That always gives me a good laugh.

  • Dalek Jeter

    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?

    • FEED.ME.MORE!

      Release is slow, I agree. But when he throws it he does a good job.

  • FEED.ME.MORE!

    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?

    • Pat D

      Duh. Ryback’s.

  • Karl Krawfid

    Lovely at bat Pronk

  • rey sanchez

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

  • Pat D

    I think he was out.

    • Preston

      Yeah, he looked out.

  • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

    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.

    • Havok9120

      This is brutal.

      • Dalek Jeter

        I’ll trade radio for TV in a heartbeat.

        • Havok9120

          Oh, no argument from me.

  • Dalek Jeter

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

    • Dalek Jeter

      and Suzyn’s shopping habits. I may vomit.

  • Ludwig Von Baldass

    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

      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

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

  • Karl Krawfid

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

    Hope hes not hurt and trying to pitch through it.

  • FEED.ME.MORE!

    Andy throwing damn near 60 pitches through 2+ innings.

    Quick! Blame someone!

    • Rolling Doughnut

      Uh, Andy. No?

      • FEED.ME.MORE!

        Someone hasn’t been following the narrative….

        • Rolling Doughnut

          Sorry just got here-stopped into this 3rd world cybercafe to check on the boys. How we doin?

          • FEED.ME.MORE!

            Down 2-1 top 4th.

  • Sangreal

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

  • Dalek Jeter

    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?

    • Havok9120

      They hit a solo shot in the 4th after we tied it up with a Gardner double and Cano single.

      Nunez out of the game for reasons unknown.

      • Dalek Jeter

        Thanks, dude.

    • Havok9120

      You clearly jinxed us.

      • FEED.ME.MORE!

        You should fire your boss

    • Big Member

      interesting job you have not many profesions have fucking bosses

  • Rolling Doughnut

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

    • ROBTEN

      All day.

      It’s Romine’s fault.

    • FEED.ME.MORE!

      All day really, but now his mistakes are getting hit over the fence.

    • Havok9120

      Whole game. He doesn’t have it at all today.

  • FEED.ME.MORE!

    THE FRIGGIN CATCHER THREW THAT BALL RIGHT DOWN THE MIDDLE! HOW COULD HE!!!!

  • Rolling Doughnut

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

  • wow

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

  • Dalek Jeter

    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.

    • FEED.ME.MORE!

      Congrats bro. Never too late to make a change.

  • ROBTEN

    Nice job by Claiborne.

  • Dalek Jeter

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

  • FEED.ME.MORE!

    Ichi!

  • Havok9120

    Hooray!

    FOR PRUSSIA!!

  • Eddard

    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!

  • Dalek Jeter

    For Prussia Nixie!!

    • Dalek Jeter

      Or not…Nix. You fail.

      • fabricio

        its rare that he comes through for us

      • Havok9120

        It was worth a shot.

  • SDB

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

  • Dalek Jeter

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

  • SDB

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

  • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

    Loverbay!!

  • FEED.ME.MORE!

    LOVERBAY!

    Yankees get more dunks than an NBA team.

  • Eddard

    Overbay comes through again! What a battle.

  • Get Phelps Up

    Kyle Loverbay!!

  • nycsportzfan

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

  • Troll

    Ortiz with a homerun off Darvish. FML.

  • Havok9120

    YEEEEEEESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS!

    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

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

      • Havok9120

        Haven’t decided yet. We’ll see.

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

  • Dalek Jeter

    Loverbay!!!

  • Havok9120

    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.

  • Eddard

    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.

  • Pat D

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

  • Dalek Jeter

    No cookies for you boone.

  • nycsportzfan

    Way to go boone, u fucking goon!

    • wheels

      Goon Logan

      • Pat D

        Boom Logan, as my dad calls him.

        Since he makes everything go “Boom!”

  • The Real Greg

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

    • Mykey

      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

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

        • Mykey

          Well I mean, that certainly crossed my mind. Where other guys available? Perhaps pitchers not so… left handed?

          • The Real Greg

            Nuno is the only real possibility.

    • Matt

      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.

  • Matt

    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

      Get ready for Greg . . .

    • The Real Greg

      Here we go.

      THEY ALREADY SAID ON THE BROADCAST WHY HE WAS TAKEN OUT. AND THEY BACKED IT UP WITH NUMBERS.

      • Matt

        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)

          Not Kelley.

          • Matt

            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

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

              • Matt

                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

                  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)

              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

                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)

                  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

                    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

                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

          Nuno?

    • Dalek Jeter

      ” 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

        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

          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.

          • WhittakerWalt

            Oh, hahaha, yeah. That’ll never happen.

  • mustang

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

    • mustang

      sorry 4 steals

  • Eddard

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

  • trr

    The more I see of Nix the less I like

    • The Real Greg

      Problem is that we are forced to see a lot of him

      • Dalek Jeter

        Stewart or Romine could fake third while Nelson faked SS for literally 1 inning if Boesch had PH and come through there.

      • trr

        Yeah…I know…

  • Matt

    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

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

      • Matt

        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.

  • Dalek Jeter

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

  • trr

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

  • The Real Greg

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

    • mustang

      games over in 8 innings that’s new

      • WhittakerWalt

        Greg’s right, even if the Yanks pull this out. Andy pitched like garbage and put them in a hole early.

        • mustang

          Yes he did he will figure out its 2 games I’m not worry.

          • Troll

            Grammar. Use it.

            • Dalek Jeter

              Now that’s rich.

              • Troll

                Prove my inaccurate use of grammar. Please.

                • Dalek Jeter

                  Well, “inaccurate” is wrong in that context, it should be “improper use of.” On top of that, “Please.” is not a grammatically correct sentence. Your post should read “prove my improper use of grammar, please.”

    • Eddard

      The goat is Boone Logan. He couldn’t even get the lefty out, which is his job. The lefty who hadn’t had a hit in the new YS, ever. And Girardi never should have brought him in for the 8th. Bring in any RHP and he’s infinitely better than Logan against RHB.

    • trr

      I hope not, but consistancy is often the first thing that goes. Still, I don’t think he’s done just yet

    • Get Phelps Up

      Or it could just be 2 bad starts that are bound to happen over the course of a season.

      • WhittakerWalt

        It’s a bit more ominous when the pitcher in question is 40.

        • Get Phelps Up

          With the way he’s pitched since coming back I am going to give him the benefit of the doubt.

          • WhittakerWalt

            I really, really hope you’re right. It’s just with the old guys you never know.

  • The Real Greg

    Yanks need Rapada back quickly.

  • wheels

    What a bum.

  • The Real Greg

    Injuries, injuries, injuries

  • WhittakerWalt

    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?

    • TomH

      The difference between you and them is that they are sufficiently well-bred that they would never, NEVER, say that in such a forum as this about you.

      • WhittakerWalt

        Did your monocle pop out just now?

    • Dalek Jeter

      They’ll find a way.

  • wow

    Logan and Nix.

  • The Real Greg

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

  • The Real Greg

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

    • mustang

      yeah OK

      LOL

    • Eddard

      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

        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

          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

        Greg, admit he’s wrong? Never.

  • The Real Greg

    Probably pinch hit Boesch for Stewart in the 9th.

  • Mykey

    Look out world, it’s Boesch time.

  • Matt

    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

      Words are different than actions.

      • Matt

        Yes, because I should have instead called Girardi myself and told him what to do. Wake up.

    • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

      Again, neither is Kelley.

      • Matt

        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)

          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

      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

        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

          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

            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

        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.

  • Mykey

    What’s a Chris Nelson?

    • trr

      Wait 2 weeks and it won’t matter

  • flamingo

    A walkoff would be nice, Yanks.

  • Anderson Silva

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

    • The Real Greg

      When half the team is on the DL.

  • Long-Past-His-Day-Rod

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

  • wheels

    Way to go Gardy.

  • Mykey

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

  • Anderson Silva

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

  • Anderson Silva

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

    • Dalek Jeter

      Well, Wells MURDERS Balfour, like .500 with a few homers murders.

  • The Real Greg

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

  • Mykey

    Haha shit! Francisco on deck!

    How big are your balls? Walk Wells?

  • Dalek Jeter

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

  • Anderson Silva

    first pitch FB, please jump on it

    • The Real Greg

      He threw a slider first pitch.

  • Eddard

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

  • Matt

    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.

  • Anderson Silva

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

  • trr

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

  • wheels

    Balfour is an idiot.

  • Anderson Silva

    god awful AB by wells..

  • The Real Greg

    Andy Pettitte blew it.

    • WhittakerWalt

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

  • Matt

    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.

  • The Real Greg

    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.

    • BFDeal

      OMG…we’ve given them hope! What will the media think?!

  • Eddard

    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.

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

    Fuck you Boone Logan.

    • WhittakerWalt

      Fuck him in the ear. Fuck him in the other ear.