Game 32: Another Wet One

(Doug Pensinger/Getty)

(Doug Pensinger/Getty)

The Yankees and Rockies played through some sloppy conditions last night, mostly scattered showers with the occasional flash of lightning mixed in. Tonight’s forecast calls for more of the same, except the chances of precipitation are higher. That doesn’t mean they won’t play, just that it’ll be another messy game. Maybe even a delay or two. They could always play a doubleheader tomorrow, but that would not be ideal. Here’s the lineup that will face right-hander Juan Nicasio…

  1. CF Brett Gardner
  2. 2B Robinson Cano
  3. LF Vernon Wells
  4. 1B Lyle Overbay
  5. RF Ichiro Suzuki
  6. SS Jayson Nix
  7. 3B Chris Nelson
  8. SP David Phelps
  9. C Austin Romine

Yes, the pitcher is batting eighth. Maybe Joe Girardi knows they’re going to get rained out and is just screwing around with us*. Either way, the game is scheduled to start at 8:40pm ET and can be seen on YES. Enjoy.

* There’s actually been quite a bit of research done that shows batting the pitcher eighth is a good idea because the nine-hole hitter acts as a second leadoff man. As with all lineup stuff though, it’s a good idea over the course of 162 games. One individual game is another matter entirely.

Eduardo Nunez Update: Nunez (ribcage) played catch today and is available tonight as a pinch-runner, but nothing more. Hopefully he can hit tomorrow and get back into the lineup, because having no backup infielder kinda stinks.

Ivan Nova Update: Nova (triceps) allowed two runs on five hits and three walks in 4+ innings of work during an Extended Spring Training game today. He felt fine physically, but they’re going to wait to see how he feels tomorrow before penciling him in for Monday’s doubleheader.

Categories : Game Threads


  1. nycsportzfan says:

    Come on grandy, get back soon! We need ya! This lineup looks meh, yet again.. We need to start getting people back, with Vernon Wells coming back to earth…

    Anyone know when Youkilis is due to come off the DL?

  2. Mickey Scheister says:

    I wanna see CC bat fifth tomorrow!

  3. Athenian says:

    I am here in Denver. Better hope they play tonight because tomorrow is supposed to be worse. But look at the bright side, all that lost concessions revenue for the Rockies!

  4. nycsportzfan says:

    It would be Nice if Phelpsy could spin a gem for us tonight.. We need a big game from the former Fightin Irish pitcher..

  5. Govin says:

    In the first two innings of the Boston Minnasota game both teams combined have scored seventeen runs. Seventeen runs!!! sorry had to say it again.

  6. Eddard says:

    I suspected Romine would only catch Phelps, I just didn’t think Phelps would hit ahead of him in the lineup. I don’t think the other pitchers like throwing to Romine and Girardi has to keep his veterans placated.

    I think they can win this one. Phelps will surprise and the offense will rebound against the righty.

  7. Kanes giant pen says:

    I hopes they play for yesterday was my dreem come true day. If was only to times we had it. I forget how much it cost for the reel things to pappen.

  8. jjyank says:

    Not catching the game tonight. New job, long day, and another one tomorrow. Late starts suck for that.

    Anyway, my one contribution is this: Am I the only one that doesn’t give a shit that Phelps is batting ahead of Romine? I doubt it means shit, and maybe Girardi would rather have Romine and Gardner bat in succession rather than Nelson and Romine. It’s not really that crazy.

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

    As with all lineup stuff though, it’s a good idea over the course of 162 games. One individual game is another matter entirely.

    I’m not sure what you mean by this at all. All it seems like to me is that you’re saying that the ideal lineup should only be made some of the time.

    Or maybe you mean each case should be judged individually, in which case since we have a pitcher in the lineup this seems to be as good a time as any to try this.

    What else could you mean? That the change is so minimal it doesn’t matter anyway? In which case, why are we commenting on it at all?

    Sorry Mike, but it looks to me like you just wanted an excuse to gripe.

    • Winter says:

      An “optimal” lineup will only cause a noticeable change over the course of a long period of time. Jayson Nix could go 3-4 on any given day and Brett Gardner could go 0-5. That particular day, it would have been better to bat Nix leadoff instead of Gardner. But, over the course of the season, batting Gardner first is better.

    • Dalek Jeter says:

      Most data about line ups, such as your best hitter should bat 2nd or 4th, only play themselves out over scores or even 100s of games because they’re measured in runs and wins, so you need a large sample size.

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

        So why do we care anyway? What are we complaining about?

    • Mike Axisa says:

      Not at all. The benefits of every lineup analysis are realized over a full season. Anything can happen in one game. The nine place hitter could reach base four times or he could reach base zero. It’s one game.

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

        So what on Earth is the problem, then?

        • Strawberry says:

          Nothing. He’s just making a comment…kind of the whole point of this website.


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

            Yeah, I’m a frothing maniac right now…

            On a separate note, Phelps does not look good tonight.

  10. Mickey Scheister says:

    C’mon Cano! You can do it!

  11. Bo Knows says:

    have you all heard about Halladay?

    His shoulder is a straight up wreck, frayed labrum, frayed rotator cuff and bone spurs in the shoulder.

  12. trr says:

    It’s not crazy at all. I think LaRussa used to do it.

  13. Dalek Jeter says:


  14. Winter says:

    Dat mountain air.

  15. Eddard says:

    He’s back! Just when they buried him earlier today for slumping.

  16. vicki says:

    rumors of his demise, and all.

  17. Get Phelps Up says:

    He read your post this morning Mike.

  18. Wheels says:


  19. nycsportzfan says:

    Wellsy! Boy we needed that tater tot!

  20. Slu says:

    Mike, write more articles about guys in slumps please!

  21. I'mVernonI'mVernon4U says:

    That’s m’boy, lmao.

  22. nycsportzfan says:

    Come on Phelps,we need ya tonight..

  23. Hall and Nokes says:

    Whoa, how do the Yankees have all those runs?

  24. nycsportzfan says:

    Could this be a audition possibly for trade down line with Rocks for a bat?

  25. vicki says:

    awww, damn, loverbay.

  26. nycsportzfan says:

    overbays a beast..

  27. Mickey Scheister says:

    Phelps might struggle tonight, especially if the strike zone holds tonight.

  28. nycsportzfan says:

    OVERBAY AGAIN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  29. vicki says:


  30. Wheels says:

    Mark who?

  31. Dalek Jeter says:

    Nice defense that inning from Loverbay.

  32. Mickey Scheister says:


  33. nycsportzfan says:

    Wow, what a surprise, Nix strikes out looking..

  34. fabricio says:

    oh for fucks sake nelson sucks soooo much!!!! call up musty he’s our version of Cespedes

  35. nycsportzfan says:

    Come on Phelps, we need more then a inning of scoreless pitching here.. Now in 3-1 hole on Helton.. Better be careful!

  36. Dalek Jeter says:

    Damnit Romine!! Back to the pine with you!

  37. nycsportzfan says:

    Jesus Christ! Throw strikes, asshole!

  38. I'mVernonI'mVernon4U says:


  39. MannyGeee says:

    I had a feeling tonight was gonna be a slugfest.

  40. Kramerica Industries says:

    Yeah, that’s not cool.

    I stepped aside for a minute, see the situation as 3-1 with a runner on 2B, mutter “this isn’t going to be fun” and, then, boom.

  41. Cuso says:

    Old Man Riverrrrrr.


  42. MannyGeee says:

    Joe Mauer hit his 2nd double of the night. Talk about a football game over there in Fenway, man…

  43. MannyGeee says:

    And in other news, Houston is up by three against the other off season winners of Anaheim.

  44. nycsportzfan says:

    Come on Austin, time to earn ur stripes!

  45. trr says:


  46. D$1184 says:

    Lyle Overbay in 2013 hitting 4th in the Yankee lineup = I’m going to start drinking.

    • D$1184 says:

      Actually, Lyle Overbay hitting 4th in the Yankee line-up any year is a bad sign. He was never a clean-up type hitter. In his best years, he would have been a good #2 hitter–line-drive hitter, not a lot of power but didn’t strike out much. Very good contact hitter.

  47. MannyGeee says:

    Carlton Fisk was just on NESN during the slugfest, and he was telling some of the old Sox Yanks stories from the old days. Wow man, from the players perspective those days were some shit.

  48. Dalek Jeter says:

    At least they’re hitting the ball hard.

  49. fabricio says:

    why must they swing first pitch ughhhhh

  50. nycsportzfan says:

    2runs in 12innings and counting..

  51. nycsportzfan says:

    We should of played CC at 3rd and hit him 5th

  52. nycsportzfan says:

    New York Rangers take 3-2 lead on Caps in 3rd period for anyone who cares…

  53. Dalek Jeter says:

    Answer isn’t Murderer’s Row, believe it or not, only 2 guys had more than 20 homers on that team.

  54. nycsportzfan says:

    Yankees Offense= Snooze Fest

  55. nycsportzfan says:

    Jesus, freaking get some hits for the love of god! Ur facing Juan Nicasio for Fuggs sake!

  56. Wheels says:

    Coors Field is a nice looking ballpark.

  57. Dalek Jeter says:

    Heh, Phelpsie is swinging like a hitter!!

  58. Winter says:

    Phelps’s strikeout looked better than Romine’s. No wonder he’s hitting 8th.

  59. Dalek Jeter says:

    Honestly, Phelps hasn’t looked that bad apart from Helton’s homer.

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

      No, and I’m pretty surprised. He was getting hit hard those first couple of innings.

  60. nycsportzfan says:

    PHelps is doing well, not that it matters, as we can’t get a hit let alone another run…

  61. nycsportzfan says:

    Our offense right now is worse then the 1990 yanks.. That was one of the worst offenses i’d ever seen, but this ones worse…

  62. Wheels says:

    Cano had cooled off.

    • Winter says:

      Over the last 15 games Cano has hit .311 with an OPS of .885 and 3 HR.

      Over the last 7 games Cano has hit .310 with an OPS of .816 and 1 HR.

      • vicki says:

        who’s next? winter’s taking all comers.

      • Dalek Jeter says:

        Again with your numbers, and your data. All we need here is our Anecdotal evidence.

      • nycsportzfan says:

        Let me clarify for you.. I’m talking about the last couple wk’s, not the unexpected, and above and beyond start.. I’m talking about this lineup now, the one without Youk,and without Cervelli..

  63. YankeeDave says:

    To make things worse, the Rockies pitcher is named “Outman”. So far is living up to his name.

  64. nycsportzfan says:

    Come on Overbay, one time!!!!!!!!!!! I know u have had to come up big to many times all ready, but we need u again!

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

    These past couple of games have been tremendously boring.

  66. nycsportzfan says:

    And overbay strikes out.. Lets face the facts, this is a inevitable loss.. I’ve never seen a team have so freaking little on there team, and not have one single righty u can pinch hit for…

    These loss’s are starting to pile up…

  67. WhittakerWalt says:

    I would rather watch my parents have sex than watch Overbay vs. a tough lefty.

  68. WhittakerWalt says:

    Haha, I remember how yesterday I said that anyone here could figure out the intricacies of the double switch.
    Well, John Sterling can’t figure it out.

  69. Dalek Jeter says:

    Wow. Phelpsy just schooled CarGo.

  70. Dan in Athens says:

    I am morbidly curious as to what you would rather watch than a Ben Fransisco at bat.

  71. Pinkie Pie says:

    This David Phelps guy, he’s got moxie.

  72. Wheels says:

    6 hits in this entire game.

  73. Dalek Jeter says:

    Ichiro is straight flying open again. He did not stand a chance in that AB.

  74. Dalek Jeter says:

    Chris Nelson!!!

  75. SDB says:

    Boesch on the bench, and they call up Ben Francisco to PH??

  76. Dan in Athens says:

    Eat a dick BF.

  77. Dalek Jeter says:

    Woah is Francisco slow.

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

    Right, I’ve reached “Stop watching the game and check here for updates” point.

  79. Pinkie Pie says:

    I don’t like Ben Francisco very much at all. And no, Im not giving him credit for hitting that ball hard.

  80. Get Phelps Up says:

    Only a week until Grandy’s back!

  81. teddy says:

    so yanks lose their starter and get nothing to show for because giradri thinks he what

  82. Kramerica Industries says:

    They have only scored runs in one inning out of 16 in this series.

    This offense, is offensive.

  83. Pat D says:

    Don’t you fucking look at me!!!!

  84. trr says:

    it’s…..not good

  85. Kramerica Industries says:


    oops, wrong team.

  86. Dalek Jeter says:

    Wow, Preston got through the inning huh? I completely blanked lol.

  87. Robinson Tilapia says:

    The beastliness of Preston Claiborne has caught me off-guard.

    Also, contrary to popular belief, Austin Romine is actually capable of playing the catcher position.

    I heard something about Chris Nelson actually reaching base. Can’t be true.

    Some fucking runs would be wonderful here.

    • Dalek Jeter says:

      Also, contrary to popular belief, Austin Romine is actually capable of playing the catcher position.

      Super double untrue! He made Phelps give up a 2 run homer!!! Remember how good Phelps looked throwing to Stewy?! Not his start against the Astros, the other game where he came in out fo the pen. That game against the Astros Phelpsy was just flat. Tonight was clearly Lettuce man’s fault!!!

    • Pinkie Pie says:

      Nelson hit single to right-center that was turned into a 3-bagger thanks to some faulty glovework on the part of Dexter Fowler.

      And it appears as if this offense is incapable of doing anything but going down in order.

  88. Robinson Tilapia says:

    This 2-1 pitch is for Prussia.

  89. Wheels says:

    Yeah, Cano hasn’t cooled off.

  90. Dalek Jeter says:

    Where’s Tulo been this series?

    • Winter says:

      He’s been hurt, but apparently he’s healthy enough to pinch hit.

      • Dalek Jeter says:

        Wait…that would make me think that 1 AB wouldn’t cause catastrophic injury to a hurt guy…Joe G has convinced me that this is completely untrue, and if a guy feels a little tweak he can’t even stand, let alone swing a bat.

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

    I’m thinking this is the inning that Colorado breaks through. I feel really badly about Robertson coming back for the first time after a long break during a tie game in the eighth inning.

  92. Winter says:

    This… seems kinda bad.

  93. Dan in Athens says:

    Guess calling the curve is not in the playbook for the rest of the inning

  94. Pat D says:

    Let’s hit the fuckin’ road! We’re giving our neighbor a joy ride!

  95. darren says:

    Whatever marginal benefit Girardi thinks he’s getting by batting Iceberg 9t is outweighed by the loss of confidence that results from that kind of F YOU.

  96. Dalek Jeter says:

    Considering everything that happened on that play that was a damn nice throw by Romine, almost Jose Molina like.

    • Long-Past-His-Day-Rod says:

      Agreed. He looks pretty decent behind the plate, SSS and all. Hoping he can pry just a tad more playing time from The Mighty Stewart. Sitting so much can’t help his timing at the plate.

  97. BigBlueAL says:

    Why take Claiborne out?? Not 2nd guessing bringing in DRob because he is clearly the better option but in a tie game with extra innings possibly looming why not leave Claiborne in especially after the easy inning he had?? Seems like an unnecessary move to me.

  98. Pat D says:

    Candy-colored clown…candy-colored clown…

  99. Winter says:

    “A little afternoon delight coming at you tomorrow”


  100. Wheels says:

    We’re in business

  101. Robinson Tilapia says:

    Things are looking up here.

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

    Fuck Wells, don’t scare me with stupid shit like that.

  103. Pat D says:

    Henson dropped the ball! Henson dropped the ball!

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

    Can’t get much luckier than that.

  105. Dan in Athens says:

    That’s an E6 right?

  106. BigBlueAL says:

    Huge break, lets take advantage.

  107. Winter says:

    It was a ball in the dirt, but it’s a hit+run, you gotta swing.

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

    Oh great. Now Colorado has set up the triple play.

  109. Dalek Jeter says:

    Bunt Ichi! Then pinch hit! Then somehow make an infield!!

  110. Dan in Athens says:

    Now Ichiro bunt, then an IBB, then a double play, then me slamming my dick in the car door.

  111. teddy says:

    the yanks can’t evn pinch hit for nix right

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

    Fuck you, Ichiro.

    Buck Funts.

    Terrible idea.

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

    Lets see a professional baseball player here…

  114. Pinkie Pie says:

    Earl Weaver just rolled in his grave.

  115. teddy says:

    somebody should be fired over this

  116. Winter says:

    “Do not have to pitch to Nix”

    Yeah, but why wouldn’t you want to.

  117. Havok9120 says:


  118. Robinson Tilapia says:

    Nix walks. Dan in Athens’s penis’s days appear numbered.

  119. Wheels says:

    Oh thank god

  120. Get Phelps Up says:

    So I guess Nunie is healthy.

  121. Dalek Jeter says:

    C’mon PRONK!!!!

    totally the right move by Joe here, play to win and figure out the rest later!!

  122. BigBlueAL says:

    Kill them all Pronk.

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

    The reaction of RAB if they don’t score here will be epic.

  124. Dalek Jeter says:

    Fuckin Nix at first he’s like “This is the first time I’ve been IBB’d in my life!!”

  125. BigBlueAL says:

    I believe the Rockies broadcast said Nix was once a 1st round pick of the Rockies??

  126. Robinson Tilapia says:

    Oh man…

  127. OldYanksFan says:


  128. Wheels says:

    Fuck me

  129. Dalek Jeter says:

    Boesch, it’s True Yankee ™ time.

  130. Pinkie Pie says:

    Yeah they’re going to waste this opportunity aren’t they?

  131. Robinson Tilapia says:

    Dan’s penis is technically safe now?

  132. Deathstroke Heathcott says:

    Calling the bases clearing double.

  133. Robinson Tilapia says:


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

    Boesch! Can’t wait to see this bastardization of an infield.

  135. teddy says:

    can’t blame giardri on that k


  136. BigBlueAL says:

    WTF was that???

  137. Get Phelps Up says:


  138. Hans Moleman says:


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

    Wow. Hell of a sequence. I just gave an epic fistpump, then dropped my jaw in disbelief when Nix was thrown out.

  140. Pinkie Pie says:

    Fuck you Nix, you suck.

    But, BOOYEAH Yankees take the lead!

  141. Dalek Jeter says:

    BRENNAN BOESCH!!!! I hope your ankles aren’t broken…

    Also….Jayson Nix just stop being on this team please…

  142. SeventhAce says:

    Like a Boesch?

  143. Kramerica Industries says:


    Won’t be the easiest, but I have all the faith in Mo.

  144. Winter says:

    Here’s hoping Mo can strike out the side, I don’t want to see any ground balls.

  145. Pat D says:

    Candy-colored clown they call The Sandman…

  146. Wheels says:

    Still should have gotten more than a run outta that.

  147. Robinson Tilapia says:

    Dick alert:

    1) Dan is safe.
    2) Jon Niese is 2-3 with 4.66 ERA.

  148. BigBlueAL says:

    Feinsand tweeting Wells at 3b!!

  149. TinePar says:

    Bert Macklin comes through big!

  150. ProjectNeo says:

    Pretty epic slide there by Boesch, but really WTF was Nix thinking…

    Im now curious to see the defensive alignment, should be interesting.

  151. Dalek Jeter says:

    Heh, Wells is the emergency 3rd baseman? I thought it would be Stewart.

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

    Seriously though, I want to see the slow-mo. I have no clue if he was safe or not.

  153. Robinson Tilapia says:

    And this is why the 25-man roster needs some tweaking. You’ve got Vernon Wells at third in the bottom of the ninth with a one-run lead.

  154. nsalem says:

    Shades of Sheffield

  155. Dan in Athens says:

    Uh, why isn’t Stewie or Romine playing 3rd?

  156. Pinkie Pie says:

    Wells at 3rd. God forbid someone hits a hot smash to third…

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

    Not that that was a difficult play, but I always feel very confident when a ball is hit to CF thanks to Gardy out there.

  158. nsalem says:

    great matchup here

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

    Haha Wells!!

  160. Robinson Tilapia says:


  161. BigBlueAL says:

    Wells to 3B until Youk returns!!

  162. Pat D says:

    Wells makes it look easy.

  163. Dalek Jeter says:

    Slick play by Wells there.

    Also, wow Colorado fans are really into this game! I like it.

  164. Dan6767 says:

    Please someone gif the mascot behind the plate raising his hands after every strike by Mo. He also is making sure hes eye level with the plate on the delivery.

  165. OldYanksFan says:

    Mo’s pitches don’t have as much movement as last year.

  166. Pat D says:

    Oh, by the way, nice move by the Rockies to donate to Mo’s foundation.

    Meanwhile, I don’t care what the Royals might do. Their fans can go fuck themselves after last year’s Home Run Derby.

  167. BigBlueAL says:

    No replay in Rockies broadcast, Cano shouldve made the play though no??

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

    Lovely. With the way the last couple of games have been going I wouldn’t be shocked if a HR was hit right here.

    Of course, I expect Mo to get the out. Since he’s Mo.

  169. Dalek Jeter says:

    That’s a satisfying win!!

  170. Dan's Penis in Athens says:

    This is the best win of the year!

  171. Wheels says:

    Right on

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

    Annnnnnnnd breathe.

    Boy, was that game like slogging through mud.

  173. OldYanksFan says:

    POTG for Phelpsie!

  174. Robinson Tilapia says:

    12 for 12. GOAT.

    Nice little win. Nice pitching all around. A third run on pure hustle. I like.

  175. Get Phelps Up says:

    A win is a win is a win.

  176. BigBlueAL says:

    Wells should start at 3B tomorrow.

  177. vicki says:

    that was fucking brilliant.

  178. Preston says:

    I hope Mike writes a post about how Wells is slumping every day. He was a star tonight.

  179. Pat D says:

    The candy-colored clown they call The Sandman sent those fuckers straight to hell!!

  180. Kramerica Industries says:

    That was a really, really tough W to get.


  181. Winter says:

    Wells seems like a nice guy.

  182. Pinkie Pie says:

    Jolly good show, lads.

    Now I can finally get some desperately needed sleep.

  183. D$1184 says:

    Switched over to Jon Stewart and missed the end of the game. I understand they needed to do something unconventional with the infield but was there a reason Girardi put Stewart in to catch the ninth? How hard is it to call pitches for Mo, a guy who has maybe 2 and has pin-point accuracy?

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