Game 31: Coors Field

Tuesday Night Open Thread
Heathcott & Ramirez help Thunder to a win
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I’m not going to lie: I am not looking forward to these three games in Coors Field. Hiroki Kuroda spoke to Ken Davidoff about the challenges of pitching in the thin mountain air, and it doesn’t sound fun. Considering how much the Yankees rely on their pitching, they have to hope the altitude helps the bats or their pitchers avoid the pitfalls of Coors Field. Here’s the lineup that will face left-hander Jorge De La Rosa…

  1. CF Ichiro Suzuki
  2. SS Jayson Nix
  3. 2B Robinson Cano
  4. LF Vernon Wells
  5. RF Ben Francisco
  6. 1B Lyle Overbay
  7. 3B Chris Nelson
  8. C Chris Stewart
  9. SP Hiroki Kuroda

This is the team’s first non-Eastern Time Zone game of the year, which I’m guessing you realized when the game didn’t start at 7pm ET. First pitch is scheduled for 8:40pm ET and can be seen on YES. Enjoy.

David Robertson Update: Robertson (hamstring) played catch and threw some pitches in the bullpen, and everything went fine. He considers himself available tonight, but it’s unclear if Joe Girardi will give him the proverbial “one extra day.”

Ivan Nova Update: Nova (triceps) is scheduled to pitch in an Extended Spring Training game tomorrow, according to Anthony McCarron. Is it a coincidence he lines up a) with David Phelps‘ rotation spot, and b) to pitch Monday (the doubleheader against the Indians)? I’m guessing no. Nova is eligible to come off the DL on Sunday.

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Tuesday Night Open Thread
Heathcott & Ramirez help Thunder to a win
  • forensic

    Girardi said he assumed he could go to him tonight, so hopefully we won’t get that one extra day if there’s an opportunity to use him.

    It really sucks that Nunez is still not available. Not just because it means both Nix and Nelson are starters, but because you can’t even PH for them late in the game. That’s really frustrating.

  • Woonipa

    So Gardner is a platoon guy now?

    • forensic

      Francisco’s awesome. He must play against all lefties. After all, he actually got a hit a bunch of games ago…

      • Woonipa

        Maybe Gardner just goes straight to the bench once Granderson returns. Platooon guy doesn’t sound so bad after all! Ugh.

        • vicki

          and guess who doesn’t have a significant split.

          but maybe coors will turn ben fran’s wtp into real power.

      • trr

        U sure?

    • vicki

      now? girardi’s always treated him thusly.

  • forensic

    Yikes, Lorenz and Flaherty?!?!?!

    That’s like cruel and unusual punishment.

    • jjyank

      This is part of the reason why I will be watching Arrested Development on my TV with the game on my computer, nice and muted. Best of both worlds.

  • Dalek Jeter

    Harvey is perfect through 5…just something to keep your eyes on.

    • Dalek Jeter

      And of course my fantasy opponent has him =/

      • jjyank

        Dude, your fantasy season has been a disaster so far. Sorry to rub it in! But yeah.

        • Dalek Jeter

          I know, but it’s giving me an excuse to keep up on baseball around the league, plus my pitching has been fun to watch at times.

          • jjyank

            Definitely an advantage of fantasy baseball that I enjoy. But man, that winning percentage makes me cringe. I’m sorry! At least you’re apparently in the weaker division.

            • Dalek Jeter

              Harvey perfect through 6, 8Ks.

            • MannyGeee

              Agreed. Plus, another distraction from work is always welcome.

  • Kramerica Industries

    You know, g-ddammit…

    Why is it always Lorenz/Flash or Kenny/Flash whenever the Yankees go to one of these middle-American towns, like Denver, Cleveland, Kansas City, etc.?

    It probably won’t happen in this ballpark, but those combos will almost always try put me to sleep. Boring as shit.

    • Eddard

      Because nobody wants to go to those towns, Kay especially doesn’t like to fly.

      • Kramerica Industries

        I just get irritated at times with the game of Musical Chairs known as the YES booth.

        I don’t know of another booth in the league, aside from the Dodgers, where the play-by-play and colour commentators could be completely different one series to the next. And the Dodgers are only like that because Scully can’t really travel any farther east than Denver these days.

  • OldYanksFan

    This could be the ugliest lineup since Mantle retired.

    • forensic

      Why do the Yankees have like 5 pitchers in the lineup? Didn’t someone tell them they only need to have one?

      Now, go prove me wrong hitters, please…

  • Winter

    For those who are interested, here are the Coors Field stats of the Yankees’ two projected starters with NL experience:

    Hiroki Kuroda: 1-2, 22.1 IP, 6.85 ERA, 1.567 WHIP, 16 SO

    CC Sabathia: 0-1, 10.1 IP, 8.71 ERA, 1.935 WHIP, 5 SO

    Yuck.

  • Havok9120

    I know that this is the worst YES crew so far this season, but I’m pretty pumped to have the YES feed tonight over the Rox feed.

    FOR PRUSSIA!

  • Ethan

    Is it just me or is the YES onscreen scoreboard further toward the center than usual? It’s pretty annoying watching on a computer monitor.

  • vicki

    you just know joe woke up this morning like a kid on christmas. he is PSYCHED to be in an nl park.

    • forensic

      He also gets to see his BFF in the other dugout…

      • vicki

        true. plus he had his best offensive season as a rocky.

        a rockie?

        • MannyGeee

          Hi-Rocky! See what I did there?

    • Winter

      Maybe he left Gardner out of the lineup just so that he could have fun putting him in later.

  • Dalek Jeter

    C’mon HiRok! for Prussia!

  • vicki

    so how’s about a nice, clean first, hirok?

  • Kramerica Industries

    Alex Rios with an infield single ends Matt Harvey’s quest.

    • forensic

      You could almost see the ump hesitate on the call. I wonder if he was almost thinking about if it was close enough to call him out. That would’ve been a disaster.

      • Dalek Jeter

        I feel bad for Harvey. That’s as bad as an error to kill a perfecto, if not worse, because it also ruins the no-no.

  • TinePar

    Thats basically a Triple A team with Cano in the middle.

  • Dalek Jeter

    Harvey just lost his perfect game, 2 outs in the 7th, infield single.

  • McLovin

    Great…..

  • Kramerica Industries

    What the hell was that?

    • forensic

      Nix has to get his ass hustling after that ball. He just half-assed it. When you’re as terrible as he is, at least hustle. He did something similar a week or so ago on a ball down the third base line.

      • Dalek Jeter

        Why should he bother? Even when Youk, Jeter, and Nunez are healthy he’ll see playing time at least 30% of the time. He played 74 games last season.

  • Dalek Jeter

    Jayson Nix, you are horrible a life. Shut up Flahrety, Nelson didn’t touch that. That was Nix losing focus because of the dive.

    Also, anybody listening on the radio? How ar John and Suzyn reacting to that play?

    • Winter

      Not listening to the broadcast, but I’d guess John couldn’t predict that play.

    • forensic

      Nelson did hit it. You could see its direction change a little.

      But Nix should still be able to pick it up and not roll out into LF.

      • Dalek Jeter

        Really? Huh, w/e, I didn’t notice it change direction at all until it hit of Nix’s glove.

  • McLovin

    Holy shit. Nice play!

  • vicki

    defensive catcher!

  • Eddard

    That’s one thing Stewey does well, quick release to the bag.

  • Eddard

    Let’s see what murderer’s row can do here.

    • TinePar

      I laughed.

  • McLovin

    Let’s get the offense going guys.

  • forensic

    I can’t believe the outfielders are playing so deeply with Overbay up. Don’t they know he can’t hit lefties at all?

    • Eddard

      Must be how they play for most hitters because of the ballpark.

      • forensic

        I know they usually do it for the ballpark, but geez, adjust a little bit depending on the batter who’s up.

        Next thing you know they’ll be standing on the warning track when Stewart is up…

  • MannyGeee

    I am losing posts all over the place right now… They just seem to be going into the ether for some reason…. So imma try to float this out again. Anyone else see the JA Happ injury? Scary scary stuff…

    • Dalek Jeter

      Yeah, I saw it live and posted about it in the open thread and over on FB. I really was scared for his life when he went down, because he didn’t just go down, he went limp.

      • MannyGeee

        Didn’t see it on the FB and haven’t gone back to the O.T. since this one opened… Guess I am late to the party per the usual, eh Dalek?

        • Dalek Jeter

          Just a bit lol. But in all seriousness…it was nasty to watch.

          • MannyGeee

            Truth. The crowd went stone silent… In fairness, it was in the Trop and it’s not too hard to get 1500 people to be quiet, but I digress.

    • Winter
  • forensic

    I wonder if anyone is going to bother telling Lorenz that it’s Nolan, not Nelson.

    • MannyGeee

      I guess his brothers are named “Cousy” for Bob and “Brooks” for Robinson… Obviously “Nolan” for Ryan.

      So yeah, that happened.

  • MannyGeee

    There’s an inning for ya… Atta boy Hirok…

  • Dalek Jeter

    So in the past week, which has had two off days, Gardner has been benched twice. I could understand if he turned into Ben Francisco a below replacement level player against left hand pitching, or was coming back from a recent injury, and we had anybody but Ben Francisco a better than replacement level righty that could play the outfield instead. But since this isn’t the case…why is Gardner sitting?

    • MannyGeee

      For the same reason they sat Pronk against weak leftys in favor of Don Francisco… Which is no good fucking reason

  • forensic

    Somehow I’m not surprised in the least that Flaherty is impressed with Stewart…

    • Dalek Jeter

      I was just thinking “Flaherty, he has a sub .300 OBP, please stop.”

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

    In a shocking turn of events, career backup catcher John Flaherty is impressed by career backup catcher Chris Stewart.

    • Havok9120

      Yeah. Every no hit catcher is Flash’s favorite guy.

    • Kramerica Industries

      And career backup Joe Girardi is as well.

      Damn. We finally got to the root of the problem. Too many backup catchers around the team.

      Tony Pena is outnumbered.

  • Dalek Jeter

    Am I the only one who thinks there is less “strategy” in the NL game. I mean regardless of pitch count or anything, if it’s the bottom of the 7th and you have bases loaded, 2 out, and you’re down one with the pitcher up…the move is absolutely obvious.

    • MannyGeee

      If “strategy” = “movement”, then yes there is more in the NL… But you’re right, the moves seem relatively obvious.

    • Havok9120

      Well, yeah, but that’s about the most clear cut example of that. What if it’s the 4th? Or the 6th? And you’re playing against an ace?

      I agree completely that the “strategy” thing is nigh-total nonsense, but there can be some tough decisions to make.

      • MannyGeee

        That’s why we have a binder Havok!

      • Dalek Jeter

        The 4th the conventional (and probably correct) wisdom is that there is more game to play and you’ll get another chance…the sixth vs an ace? You pinch hit every time.

        • Winter

          Unless you’re pitcher is dealing and your bullpen is short…

          • Winter

            *your

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

          I’m with you. The whole “NL has more strategy” card is bullshit.

  • Havok9120

    Man, I know that we travel well, but there seem to be a lot of Yanks fans hanging out in the stands.

    I know we’ve got 2-4 RABers hanging out in Colorado, but still.

    • MannyGeee

      Ironically, Ma & Pa just informed me that the crowd is pretty weak for a Yanks series in Denver… They also told me again today (like every day) that Nix is a great ball player beyond the box score. So there’s that

      • trr

        Question is where’s that? ’cause I sure don’t see it

        • MannyGeee

          Wellp, he stole a base today. That’s what spurred the comment

          • Dalek Jeter

            No…he struck out while Ichiro was stealing? And made an error. And then jogged after the ball.

            • vicki

              he did steal one in the first.

          • forensic

            Do they not realize that a stolen base is in the box score, and not beyond it?

            • Havok9120

              I’m not sure either of them has looked at a box score in at least a decade.

              • vicki

                then how do they keep track of phil hughes’s pitch count?

                • Havok9120

                  I assume they just ballpark it (see what I did there?).

                  “Close enough” is the motto of that booth.

            • MannyGeee

              Listen dude, I don’t make the news, I just report it. It’s senseless dribble, but I didn’t spring for MLB.tv again.

              They are now giving anecdotal comments on Denver weather.

  • trr

    Runnin’ wild!

  • forensic

    Nice job Ichiro!

    If only Nix hadn’t absurdly taken a fastball right down the middle in a full count…

  • MannyGeee

    Ichiro with the FAstness!

  • wheels

    Shit Nix.

  • TinePar

    Ichiro with the wheels, Nix with the brakes.

  • MannyGeee

    Nix batting 2nd makes my dick hurt

    • trr

      Nix rhymes with

    • vicki

      insert correlation/causation dictum.

      • vicki

        insert dictum? nobody?

        pearls before swine.

        • trr

          I represent that remark!

  • Havok9120

    The Twins are just getting ready to disappoint me again. I just know it.

  • Pat D

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    (deep breath)

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA……………

  • forensic

    And now Flaherty is apparently impressed with Dante Bichette Jr. too…

    • Havok9120

      Now, now. That was mainly the fan.

  • Dalek Jeter

    Dante Bichette is white? I feel just a bit racist for assuming otherwise

    • Havok9120

      *facepalm*

    • Robinson Tilapia

      Uhhhhh……. :)

  • Get Phelps Up

    I see that both Middlebrooks and Ross had to leave with injuries.

    • forensic

      I saw that they were pulled, but the score page didn’t say anything about injuries like it normally does. You know what they were?

      • Get Phelps Up

        Gameday says Ross has an injured leg and WMB an injured side.

    • MannyGeee

      Shit, the injury bug is moving north. I am officially nervous that I may strain an oblique this week if the trend continues

      • ROBTEN

        The way the season is going, someone’s going to get struck by lightning.

        • forensic

          If there has to be a team sacrifice to the weather gods like that, can they at least start with Francisco?

          • ROBTEN

            Can it really be considered a sacrifice if putting the player on the DL makes the team better?

  • TinePar

    I bet Flaherty has a favorite set of backup shoes…..he’s probably wearing them right now.

    • ROBTEN

      He’s proud of his shoes.

  • forensic

    Come on Kuroda, put away the pitcher already…

  • TinePar

    Yeah, this one is gonna get a rain delay shortly.

  • scf group

    Pretty sure Fowler has been in the big leagues for like 4-5 years flash

    • Dalek Jeter

      He came up with 2008 but didn’t start getting regular playing time till 2009.

  • your mom

    1st and 3rd for the Twins, no outs, thanks to Ciriaco(hate that guy).

  • Vern Sneaker

    Just watched the Happ video. Truly scary.

  • Havok9120

    Whew.

    Alrighty then. With the bats, boys.

  • WhittakerWalt

    I guess it had to happen with Vernon Wells.

  • MannyGeee

    This game is becoming an unnecessary pitchers dual.

    • Havok9120

      As long as we’re not losing, I’m in.

  • Dalek Jeter

    Benny had some good at bats, he might have gone 0-4 today, but he hit a few balls hard foul, worked a walk, and went into second hard on that diving play. We just have to keep giving him regular at bats, and I’m sure he’ll start to hit for us. -Joe in his post game presser tonight if he’s asked about Francisco.

    • MannyGeee

      Right after the obligatory ” Nixy is a baseball player” diatribe.

    • WhittakerWalt

      He calls him Benny? I guess that’s what you do when the last name is too much of a hassle to work with.

      • Dalek Jeter

        Nah, I’m just messing/assuming w/ that.

        • WhittakerWalt

          It’s gotta be really confusing having two players with Francisco in their names.

          • Dalek Jeter

            Nah, I know Cervelli is Cervy. And I’m not joking about that.

  • MannyGeee

    Fuuuuuuuuck. No one interested in hitting the ball in the air in Denver?

  • Eddard

    Cano is going to have to run into one and we can win 1-0. Not much else you can do when Nix, Nelson, Francisco, Stewart and the pitcher are 5/9 of your lineup.

  • nycsportzfan

    Our lineup is absurd.. I’m very proud this team is holding it together like they have, when u got lineups like this coming out from time to time.. We need Vernon Wells to get hot again…

  • MannyGeee

    This just in… Stewart is a Thinking Mans Catcher… Per John Sterling

    • Pseudoyanks

      Right because so many catchers are dummies.

  • your mom

    Boston down 6-0 yay.

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

    Wow. A perfect game ended by an infield single. Man, that’s gotta suck.

    • Pinkie Pie

      At least the umpire got the call right. The guy was clearly safe.

  • Eddard

    Bunt him over, Hiroki. Give Ichiro a shot to drive in the run.

  • nycsportzfan

    Stewart baby!!!!!!!

  • MannyGeee

    Suzyn Waldman gets no cell reception in Denver… Are we more surprised that this is an issue in 2013 in a metropolitan city like Denver or that she actually owns a cellphone? It might actually be her shoe she is trying to talk in to, I am not ruling that out yet.

    • trr

      I feel for anyone who has no choice but to listen to those two

  • forensic

    Really surprised they didn’t call Kuroda for interference there.

    Guess those two terrible strike calls are doing the job instead…

    • Havok9120

      Yeah. It was pretty clear he was in the way. I don’t know the letter of the rule, but that seemed awfully clear cut.

      Rain. Great.

  • Dalek Jeter

    This inning is just pushing Romine further and further to the end of the bench. If he’s only going to catch like 15% of the games get Bobby Wilson up here and let Romine catch every day at AAA.

  • MannyGeee

    Torrialba this bad with the SB? Or Did we get this fast all of the sudden?

    • Winter

      I think they must have some scouting report on De La Rosa that he’s super slow to the plate. Torrealba is pretty average.

  • nycsportzfan

    God Dang it!!!!

  • forensic

    sigh…

    This offense makes me sad.

  • Eddard

    Damn it. That would have been a big run with the way this game is going.

  • Kramerica Industries

    At least this game hasn’t been completely boring, right?

    Jeez.

    • forensic

      Good thing Lorenz and Flaherty are so entertaining and enthralling to keep us all on the edge of our seats…

  • Robinson Tilapia

    Good for Hiroki, but this lineup is just painful to watch tonight. I’m not coming here preaching hellfire and brimstone or anything but, man, there’s enough available options within the system to put something a bit more balanced out there.

    I’m not even acknowledging the return of the U R OMGZ SMH TEH YANKS I just noticed.

  • TinePar

    This commentary is brutal, game like this where is Cone when you need him?

    • trr

      Yeah, it’s better with the sound off…maybe the picture too

  • forensic

    Did Lorenz really just say 0 is not a number???

    • Dalek Jeter

      In his defense it has no value.

  • Winter

    Oh god. Zero’s a number.

    • vicki

      preston claiborne should change his number to pi.

  • Dalek Jeter

    God I didn’t realize Flaherty loved shitty blue collar players like John and Suzyn do. He’s been on the Nix and Stewart dick since first pitch.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      That’s what you think of me with Nix, isn’t it?

      I wish he wasn’t playing every fucking day. I’ll tell you that.

      • Dalek Jeter

        Nah, you only defend/speak not poorly about him when he does something positive or when we get too hard on him…these guys, every time he makes even the most routine play we get a full minute on how he’s a ballplayer and even when he makes errors on the most routine plays there is a reason or an excuse as to why he didn’t make it instead of just him being a back up/replacement player.

        • Robinson Tilapia

          Yup. I like him. He’s in over his goddamn head right now, but I like Jayson.

    • WhittakerWalt

      Lousy hitters always love other lousy hitters.

    • I’mVernonI’mVernon4U

      Yea, he said something to the effect of “Chris Stewart has been swinging the bat pretty well lately…” while I sat and shook my head.

  • Eddard

    Robbie will have 2 more ABs to run into one. That’s about all the chance this lineup has of putting a run on the board.

    • TinePar

      Unless Joe pinch hits CC for Benny F.

    • forensic

      Though he sometimes runs into one from a lefty, it’d be really nice if they’d bring in a righty for him next time.

      It’s sad seeing him continue his non-hitting vs. lefties this year.

      • Get Phelps Up

        103 wRC+ isn’t “non-hitting.”

        • forensic

          He’s only there because he has run into a couple, which I acknowledged.

          But he’s only hitting .222 with a .276 OBP now.

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

            So, if you take out the good things Robbie has done against lefties Robbie had hit badly against lefties?

            • forensic

              I didn’t take out all the good things. I clearly said, twice, that he’s run into a couple. But those 4 AB’s don’t overtake the other 50 AB’s where he hasn’t done anything.

              And that 103 and his .750ish OPS aren’t exactly impressive.

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

                Yeah, twice, he’s run into a couple, which puts him at above average. No, not impressive, and disappointing for Robbie;s standards, but it’s not non-hitting.

                And yeah, you acknowledge it, but only so you can quickly dismiss it. But it doesn’t work like that.

  • Kramerica Industries

    Yay.

    We’re talking about Toby fuckin’ Hall now.

  • Dalek Jeter

    Tolkien’s discreption of Bilbo’s house is more illuminating than these two, and it took me forever to get passed that chapter when I read The Hobbit.

    • Dalek Jeter

      description*

      • forensic

        past*

        :-)

        • Dalek Jeter

          Man, I’m barely awake with these two.

  • anderson Silva

    Its nearly impossible to beat a ML pitcher with a lineup like this

  • Havok9120

    Man. Every ball we’ve actually, y’know, hit have been right at IFers.

  • Kramerica Industries

    Apropos that the Yankees have a National League lineup for a National League ballpark, I guess.

    Yet this is the kind of ball that Howie Rose will yammer on and on about being “real baseball”. Fuckin’ clown.

  • your mom

    Geez, this offense is hard to watch.

  • your mom

    Is it just me or does Kuroda always have poor run support when he’s pitching a gem?

    • TinePar

      Don’t know if the numbers back it up but it does certainly feel that way since he arrived.

  • forensic

    Thank you Weiss for taking out De La Rosa a bit early.

  • Eddard

    They must have been getting feedback from viewers about the boring booth so they brought Meredith in for the 6th.

    • forensic

      She’s as bad as they are.

  • Dalek Jeter

    Wow…that was a really, really nice play by Robbie. Get excited a bit about the star making a nice play instead of Nix making routine plays?? Lorenz? Flahrety? Anybody??

    • WhittakerWalt

      Not gritty white enough.

      • Havok9120

        ….

        • WhittakerWalt

          That was unfair of me. I have no reason to think the booth is racist.
          It was more of a commentary on the “nondescript white player = gritty” meme that we’ve seen so much of in recent years.

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

        I don’t agree with that at all. Nix sucks, Cano doesn’t, so it’s more notable when he does something right. This is true whether or not he’s right.

        As for John’s hard-on for him, I have no explanation.

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

          *noticeable, not notable

  • Eddard

    Hiroki might be able to go 8 innings if they keep swinging at the 1st pitch. If they could just put a run on the board they’d have this.

    • forensic

      At this point, they need Kuroda to pull a Kershaw. Pitch a shutout and hit a solo homer for their run.

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

      You mean, 3 runs.

  • Dalek Jeter

    Really? We don’t need to rush our 40 homer guy back? With Francisco getting regular reps? With Wells crashing back down to earth? With Ichiro just starting to come on the past week after a dreadful start? With Gardner apparently needing 4 days off in a 7 day period? You’re joking guys in the booth.

    • forensic

      Ichiro’s been well over .300 since the first week of the season (not to rehash last night’s discussion)…

    • Havok9120

      You’re awfully grumpy today.

      • Kramerica Industries

        A Lorenz/Flash booth and this offense makes most of us grumpy.

      • Dalek Jeter

        This line up, plus this booth, plus the injuries, plus the all of a sudden inexplicable Gardner benching, plus other non-baseball related things.

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

    Well with our lineup this game is about over.

  • anderson Silva

    that sucked

  • TinePar

    Yeeesh, that could easily be the game.

  • Kramerica Industries

    Dammit.

    With this putrid offense, that might do it.

  • Dalek Jeter

    Welp. CarGo has been playing like an MVP so far this season, couldn’t hold him down forever…

  • Eddard

    Might as well be 20-0.

  • forensic

    Well, that really sucks.

    With this lineup it’s hard not to think that might be the game right there.

  • anderson Silva

    4 pitches belt high, I`m surprised it took him so long to drive one over the fence..

  • Winter

    Ugh. Enough about Dante Bichette.

  • your mom

    Fuck.

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

    Great. And now I’m hoping, 1) that Kuroda can get through the inning, and, 2) When he is through, they take him out.

  • anderson Silva

    Hiroki is done..

  • your mom

    Kuroda losing it.

  • your mom

    This P.O.S. offense needs to get something going.

  • Havok9120

    Yikes. Good to see morale is high.

  • Dalek Jeter

    Okay, time to get Gardner and Pronk in there.

    • forensic

      It’d be very nice if they somehow got to the pitcher’s spot this inning to have a chance to use Hafner.

  • Winter

    I really like Gardner PH here. Right move at the right time. Anyone besides Hafner left to PH in the pitcher spot though?

    • forensic

      Boesch.

  • wheels

    Lets go Lyle

  • Dalek Jeter

    Okay, it’d be nice to see our fastest runner be as aggressive as the rest of the team has been.

    • forensic

      It’s a different pitcher though. He has almost no leg quick and seems really quick to the plate.

      • forensic

        leg quick? leg kick…

        • Dalek Jeter

          Andy Pettitte pitching to Yadier Molina is the only tandem I wouldn’t feel comfortable having Gardner run against.

          • forensic

            Sure, I’d like him to try to go too, but people constantly overreact to him when god forbid he doesn’t steal. No baserunner, even the best stealers in the game (which Gardner is one of), steal every single time they’re on base. It’s just unrealistic and absurd expectations.

            Not saying you’re like that here, just a comment on the reactions in general.

            • Dalek Jeter

              I agree most fans are overly critical of when Gardner does/doesn’t steal.

      • Winter

        Yeah, those SB were all on De La Rosa much more than they were on Torrealba.

        • Dalek Jeter

          Torrealba isn’t Matt Wieters or a Molina. He’s not even a Stewart defensively.

    • Dalek Jeter

      or…you know…not…

  • Eddard

    Give us another HR, Overbay. I don’t trust Stewart and Nelson before Hafner PHs for the pitcher.

  • anderson Silva

    4 bases stolen in 6 innings but Gardner does not feel like running.. awesome

  • Winter

    Send Gardner on the full count?

    • Winter

      Again?

    • sangreal

      Of course, he’ll go on every pitch now but never early in the count

  • Eddard

    Keep sending Gardner on the 3-2 count, over and over. Shouldn’t Girardi be warming somebody? Is he thinking the 9th spot won’t come to bat this inning?

  • anderson Silva

    How can anyone explain Gardner not stealing there? What a fucking joke

    • forensic

      Because the pitcher has no leg kick and is very quick to home.

    • capitalT

      Gardner has to learn to run early in the count – 1st pitch

  • Dalek Jeter

    Come on Loverbay…he threw you basically the same pitch again and again…and you couldn’t catch up?

  • Winter

    They hit ground balls all day and now they hit a fly ball.

  • wheels

    ugh

  • anderson Silva

    so glad he stayed at first…

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

    Right, I’m turning off the game and following from here to see if things get interesting.

  • forensic

    Ugh…

    Couldn’t even get 4 batters to the plate, much less the 5 it would’ve taken to get a PHer for Kuroda.

  • Eddard

    I think we’ve found the only MLB player more worthless than Ben Fransisco.

    • your mom

      Ha ha.

  • your mom

    SSS but Nelson sucks.

  • WhittakerWalt

    JESUS.

  • Winter

    Anyone else watching on MLB.tv getting these stupid Kay Jewelers commercials?

    • your mom

      It’s more exciting than this offense.

  • wow

    this is the beginning of the end for this team.

  • MannyGeee

    Let me attempt to provide some comic relief in the form of Voldemort…

    http://i.imgur.com/FMIGDwo.gif

    Oh Seattle, you so cra-cra

    • Dalek Jeter

      We picked up Ibanez because he can still play the outfield -Brian Cashman 2012

    • Winter
    • Kramerica Industries

      Flops don’t get much more clutch than that.

  • forensic

    Boy, Kuroda is giving up rockets now.

  • wheels

    These NY State anti-smoking commercials they have been running are disgusting.

  • Winter

    You gotta PH Hafner for Kuroda even against the lefty, right?

    • forensic

      Of course. The only other option is also a lefty anyway.

      • Winter

        Right. Duh. Sorry.

  • forensic

    The rain has stopped but it might still be coming down some.

    Brilliant Lorenz…

  • Manny’s BanWagon

    Damn Yankees offense screwed me out of a fantasy win from Kuroda tonight.

  • anderson Silva

    3 singles and 2 walks. And they were facing a rather mediocre pitcher.

  • forensic

    It’s never a good thing when you gain more bases with your legs on steals than with your bats.

  • Dalek Jeter

    The concept of “After Earth” is so stupid. If no human has been on Earth for 1000 years every animal that still existed would adapt to life without humans, not adapt to straight kill humans. And there would probably pathogens that would be deadly to humans at that point.

    Note to self…using the word “r-tarded” will get your comment put into moderation.

  • Dalek Jeter

    Anybody else surprised Joe didn’t go to Logan against CarGo there?

    • forensic

      Nope, not when they’re trailing in a game. He always goes to the other guys when trailing, no matter by how much.

      • Robinson Tilapia

        Yup. You’ve got the main eventers, and then you’ve got the JOB Squad.

        • Dalek Jeter

          But still guys, TEH MATCHUP!!!

          • Robinson Tilapia

            u guys r so crazy this team fullof hustle GO TEAM GO they can do it i hang up u talk i listen

  • Robinson Tilapia

    I’ll take “Games that Suck” for $100, Alex.

  • Dalek Jeter

    I feel like this gif perfectly portrays our offense against LHP. http://24.media.tumblr.com/fe2.....o2_500.gif

  • forensic

    “Gotta go through the middle of the lineup” and “Nix” should never be in the same sentence.

    • Dalek Jeter

      Just thinking the same thing…but he did a good thing.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      Hey, he’s on base. Flash thinks it even went just like he planned it.

  • Winter

    Ok. First runner on. That’s what the Yankees need.

  • anderson Silva

    Really terrible ABs by Cano. If this team will have any chance, Cano needs to be better than this crap tonight

    • Winter

      Cano came in to tonight batting .325 with 8 HR and a wRC+ of 159.

      You can’t really ask for much more.

      • anderson Silva

        0-4 tonight, 4 weak grounders because he swung at crap all night long. It was like he wasn’t even into the game

        • Get Phelps Up

          Breaking: great players sometimes have bad games.

  • Dalek Jeter

    He neva hustlez down teh line!!!1!!

    Also…Robbie you gotta do better than that.

  • forensic

    Four groundballs to the middle infielders tonight. Yucky game for Cano.

  • Dalek Jeter

    Wells has gone from looking dominant to being overpowered by 90 middle away…at least Gardner could be back in a week or two.

    • Dalek Jeter

      And chasing away like a 2005 Robbie Cano.

    • Dalek Jeter

      Granderson*** not Gardner, obviously.

  • Winter

    Wells wants that pitch back big time.

  • forensic

    Terrible AB for Wells. Fouls off gifts right down the middle, swings at crap outside the zone.

  • forensic

    Wow Gardner. Your AB just made Wells’ and Cano’s look good…

  • Kramerica Industries

    What an absolute waste of a game.

  • Robinson Tilapia

    Well that sucked.

    Can we just leave Nelson behind when we leave?

    • Dalek Jeter

      Only if Francisco and Nix are staying with him and Cuddyer and Rutlidge/Herrera come with us.

  • BigBlueAL

    Getting shut out at Coors Field. This offense has hit rock bottom.

  • Dalek Jeter

    Three terrible, terrible ABs after Nix gave us a chance in the 9th. Management has to do something to help this team against LHP. And simply waiting for Tex, A-Rod and Jeter isn’t going to cut it, because something tells me that Tex isn’t going to be back till mid to late June and I don’t think we are going to see Jeter or A-Rod at all this season

    • forensic

      Wow, you’re making me look positive and optimistic.

      ;-)

      • Dalek Jeter

        Well, I’ve been thinking this about Alex since I heard about the surgery, and Jeter since he got put on the 60 day DL. The Jeter situation reminds me a lot of the Gardner situation last season. Meanwhile, we were told that Tex would be back at the same time as Granderson. Now Granderson is rehabbing and we haven’t heard word one about Tex, so I have to figure if Granderson could be back in two weeks, Tex is going to be at least another month on top of that. I hate the way this team deals with injuries honestly…They sit guys on the bench for a week before putting them on the DL, causing the bench to be short, and then either rush guys back causing them to get hurt again (They did both with Youk) or seemingly baby them back.

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

    I think we’re just about reaching that inevitable point, and we all knew it would come, when the team would start slumping.

    The good news is that we had a great April which is what everybody said we needed.

    The bad news is that none of our major injured players are back yet.

    Let’s see if we can still hover near the top of the division by the time they return.

  • Rob H.

    Is anyone surprised that this line up got shut out?

    CF Ichiro Suzuki
    SS Jayson Nix
    2B Robinson Cano
    LF Vernon Wells
    RF Ben Francisco
    1B Lyle Overbay
    3B Chris Nelson
    C Chris Stewart
    SP Hiroki Kuroda

    That line up makes me ashamed to call myself a Yankee fan.

  • WhittakerWalt

    How many pitcher’s spots can one lineup have?

    • forensic

      At least 6 apparently…