Game 35: Rebound

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The Yankees have won three straight and 20 of their last 29, but they need a rebound today. Specifically, they need Andy Pettitte to rebound from two dreadful starts and get back to being, well, Andy Pettitte. He says his cutter is the primary culprit, but when a pitcher that age had back trouble a few weeks ago, it’s hard not to wonder if there’s something more to the struggles. Here’s the lineup that will face righty Jamie Shields…

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

And on the mound is the guy Baseball America ranked as the 49th best prospect in baseball prior to the 1995 season, left-hander Andy Pettitte.

I truly despise Saturday night games, but what can you do. The game is scheduled to start at 7:10pm ET and can be seen on YES. Enjoy.

Eduardo Nunez Update: Nunez still feels something in his ribcage and did not take batting practice on the field today as expected. He’ll take today off and try again tomorrow.

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  • Steve

    They have to DL Nunez if he’s not ready tomorrow. Have The Attorney General ready if he cannot both hit AND field. Call up Brett Marshall as the 26th man.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      How many days has it been already? Inclined to agree. Don’t know what the 40-man move would be, though.

      • zs190

        Melky Mesa to me is the obvious guy to take off 40 man roster. Both he and Betances were added to 40 man roster after 2010 season. Betances is going to be out of options after this year and I imagine it’s the same for Melky. He has 53 (!) strikeouts in 126 PAs in AAA and is just falling apart right now.

      • Steven

        Could also just DFA Francisco and call up Almonte.

        • Robinson Tilapia

          To sit on the bench? Not what I would do.

  • jjyank

    Wow, I know it’s might just be an arbitrary end point, but the Yankees are 20-9 in the last 29 games? That’s really awesome. I guess I didn’t realize just how good they’ve been during that stretch. Kudos to the boys in pinstripes, and a wag of the finger at everyone that wrote them off in March.

  • Robinson Tilapia

    Prussia, bitches.

    • jjyank

      This.

  • Eddard

    I just couldn’t believe, after everything we’ve seen this team do this season, people still thought they’d struggle to go .500 on this road trip. They only need to win 1 out of 4 games to secure a .500 road trip. Consistent pitching will always carry a team because offense comes and goes. Andy will get it turned around tonight.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      Vintage Eddard.

  • vicki

    so he’s jamie to everybody now? i thought that was just a suzynism.

  • LarryM Fl

    Eduardo who? I’m sure if he could play he would but Mr. Nix is making the best of the situation.

    • vicki

      and i’ll repeat the funny. nix is 2 for 4 with two homeruns v. shields.

  • Opus

    Not that I was expecting it for this game, but when is Romine gonna start again? I think he’s only started one of the last ten games played since the last time he caught Andy.

    • vicki

      custom says tomorrow, but ya just don’t know. i’m sure he’ll get the phelps start monday.

  • Joe Girardi

    I hate Austin Romine!

    • The Real Greg

      The way he’s played, I’d hate him too.

      • Dalek Jeter

        In all 7 ABs?

        • WhittakerWalt

          GUT FEELING

  • Joe Girardi

    Sheilds still looks like a monkey

  • vicki

    jackasses.

  • teddy

    you can’t steal on shields

    • The Real Greg

      Actually you can as the stats that Ken just mentioned.
      14 straight stolen bases against him til that one.

      • teddy

        really thats suprising giving how good is his move and how quick he is to the plate

      • forensic

        Just saying 14 straight doesn’t really mean much. How far back does that go?

        There are successful steals off Pettitte too, but you have to guess right and go on immediate first move. It doesn’t mean you should be doing it much.

  • Ethan

    The more I watch Gardner on the bases the more I think he’s just a fast baserunner. He really doesn’t do anything special on the basepaths he’s just quick. Definitely doesn’t get good jumps when stealing.

  • Pasta

    Gardner needs to learn to lead off farther before he steals.

  • forensic

    The Yankees sure are pros as keeping dead roster spots…

    Youkilis, Nunez, Francisco…

    • The Real Greg

      Yeah I don’t know why they do that. They could use the extra healthy players.

  • Karl Krawfid

    Andy is still up in the zone.

    Early but still. UP.

    • The Real Greg

      He located pretty well in that at bat.

  • nycsportzfan

    Nix has played really good at short…

  • forensic

    It’s unbelievable how they can’t let a single play by Nix go by without going nuts over him.

    But I’m sure no other fielder in the history of baseball would know who the baserunner is in that situation…

  • Loverbay’s herpes sore

    Andy has good movement on his pitches

  • The Real Greg

    Hafner and Wells have cooled off.

    Need others like Overbay last night to step up.

    • sangreal

      Wells had multiple hits in 2 of the last 3 games. He drove in 2 runs and scored the 3rd the other day. Hafner hasn’t been getting anything to hit lately but has been taking his walks

  • Karl Krawfid

    Nixie

  • nycsportzfan

    I can’t wait till 8, to watch Melo stomp all over Indianapolis!

  • nycsportzfan

    J.Nix baby!

  • Dalek Jeter

    Nix is one of the few Yankees…he might be the only Yankee…in my life that I actually find myself rooting against. Just because of Ma and Pa.

    • vicki

      it’s like old people and matlock or germans and hasselhoff. it’s not nixie’s faut. fight your impulse.

      • Dalek Jeter

        HAHA This made me laugh.

  • Dalek Jeter

    I don’t like that the first 2 pitches of the Butler AB were up and over the middle according to Gameday…get the ball down and to the corners Andy!! (as he throws a ball center center to Hosmer)

  • nycsportzfan

    Come on Andy!

  • WhittakerWalt

    I better not ever hear Moustakas being called “Moose.”

  • Dalek Jeter

    Ma and Pa were bemoaning Strasburg’s 1-5, conveniently ignoring his 3.5 ERA, his 2.6 BB/9, and his 8.9 K/9, and that all 4 runs he allowed to day were unearned. It’s really just their ignorance that I cannot stand.

    • WhittakerWalt

      “It’s not that easy to win games, Jawn. That’s why people don’t understand how great Andy Pettitte is. He WINS GAMES.”

  • nycsportzfan

    There ya go Andy!

  • nycsportzfan

    Nelson starting to some damage..

  • The Real Greg

    FAILURE Stewart

  • forensic

    And Stewart once again fails at everything…

    I don’t even have any expectations for Romine being good, I just can’t stand the thought of Chris Stewart being the starting catcher for any team, much less the one I root for.

  • nycsportzfan

    Come on Robbie, lets get the lead here..

  • Dalek Jeter

    I very rarely say this, because I usually believe it to be dead false, but it’s an almost certainty that Romine’s worst can’t be as bad as Stewart’s worst.

    • The Real Greg

      I think they are about equal. Romine has looked overwhelmed up here so far.

      • Dalek Jeter

        In six ABs. In 2 games.

        • Dalek Jeter

          Not even 18 full innings because apparently Romine can’t catch the most accurate pitcher that I’ve ever seen pitch in my life.

        • The Real Greg

          Defensively too. And if you are a backup catcher, you have to take advantage of the 6 ABs.

          • WhittakerWalt

            How can anyone, realistically, take advantage of 6 ABs?

            • The Real Greg

              Shane Spencer says hello. So does Jordany Valdespin

              Produce immediately, you get more playing time.

              • Dalek Jeter

                Derek Jeter only hit .250 in 51 ABs in 1995. Thank god they didn’t hold on to that bum-OH WAIT…

                Jorge Posada obviously couldn’t cut it, he only hit .071 in 96…OH WAIT?!?!

                • The Real Greg

                  Hey if Romine hit .250, he’d be starting right now

                  • Dalek Jeter

                    He (Jeter) went 0-5 in his first 5 ABs. Stop trying to justify Girardi’s irrational love of Chris Stewart.

              • forensic

                Shane Spencer had 0 hits in his first 6 AB’s in 1998…

                • The Real Greg

                  Fine. J.P Arencibia, then.

                  • WhittakerWalt

                    If Chris Stewart was doing anything at all with his playing time you might have a point. He is not and you do not. As it stands right now there’s no justifiable reason to keep running him out there at the expense of Romine.

                  • forensic

                    After his first game, Arencibia got all of 30 AB’s in nearly 2 months. You call that playing more?

          • Loverbay’s herpes sore

            Bring up bobby wilson let romine play everyday at SWB

            • forensic

              To create an even worse 40-man situation? That’s even more pointless.

              It wouldn’t kill Girardi to play Romine more than 10 innings in a 12 day span.

          • Dalek Jeter

            You’re grading his defensive ability on literally 16 defensive innings.

            Also perfect timing by DEFENSIVE CATCHER Chris Stewart.

  • nycsportzfan

    HAHA!!!!!

    • Robinson Tilapia

      Who exactly are you saying these things to?

  • The Real Greg

    Moustakas again makes a mistakus.

  • Loverbay’s herpes sore

    Lol moose tacos

  • Kramerica Industries

    You can take Elliot Johnson off the Rays, but you can’t take the Rays out of Elliot Johnson.

  • Loverbay’s herpes sore

    Nice effort andy

  • WhittakerWalt

    Defensive wizard Chris Stewart.
    Seriously, WTF?

  • Dalek Jeter

    1 run for the Yankees
    0 Runs for the Royals
    -1 runs for defensive catcher Chris Stewart.

    • forensic

      I agree, but in fairness it should be:

      0 runs for the Yankees
      0 runs for the Royals
      -1 runs for defensive catcher Chris Stewart
      -1 runs for 3B Mike Moustakas

      • Dalek Jeter

        Fair enough. I forgot Moose-taco’s error.

  • The Real Greg

    Also by transitive property if you hate Chris Stewart, you hate David Cone.

    /beingabitofanudge

    • Dalek Jeter

      Okay, prove this without a logic loop.

      • The Real Greg

        I can’t

        That’s why I said I was being a bit of a nudge.

    • forensic

      I would love to hear our resident Aristotle try to explain this one…

  • Loverbay’s herpes sore

    Lol at monkey boy

  • JMK

    Is Ichiro seriously trying to bunt on Moustakas?

    • The Real Greg

      Well he did commit an error last inning…

  • Robinson Tilapia

    Enjoy the game, folks. Off to a nice dinner.

    Let’s please have a moment of silence for Gil Velazquez, though, whose dream of filling Derek Jeter’s shoes died today.

  • Karl Krawfid

    Nixie again!

    wooo baby!

  • Dalek Jeter

    Can’t the Yankees win without Chris Stewart’s help?

    • Dalek Jeter

      Can’t the Yankees win without Chris Stewart’s Jayson Nix’s help?

      • Pat D

        I’m guessing not according to John and Suzyn, right?

        • Dalek Jeter

          nope. He does something in every game, whether it shows up in the box score or not…*places barrel in mouth*

          • Pat D

            Oh, hi, gun barrel.

          • WhittakerWalt

            Doesn’t every player do something every game to help the team win? I mean, unless the player gets no ABs and doesn’t play the field.

            • Pat D

              Not always. Look at the WPA in a box score on Fangraphs or BRef.

              • WhittakerWalt

                I’m just saying it’s pretty rare that a player contributes nothing to a (potential) win, and I’m pretty sure most of them contribute more than Jayson Nix.

                • Pat D

                  But that’s more or less what WPA will tell you.

                  For example, what did Kenny Rogers do to contribute to the 1996 Game 4 World Series win? Get 6 whole outs?

                  • WhittakerWalt

                    You’re losing me. Are you saying Jayson Nix really IS as good as Ma and Pa say he is?

  • Loverbay’s herpes sore

    Nixie

  • Pat D

    Good trivia question.

    I still can’t believe that Rick Cerone finished 7th in the MVP voting that year and got 1 first place vote. Some New York writer must have credited him with saving the team from Thurman Munson’s death or something like that.

    • Tom Q

      The first place vote was obviously over the top, but Cerone drove in 85 runs that year, I believe, and compared to what Jerry Narron had done after Thurman’s death, that seemed Herculean.

      I actually remember this MVP vote well. A certain narcisstic NY outfielder thought he had the award locked up at the All-Star break, but then Brett made his run at .400 and took over the race.

      A lot of the NY press tried to push for Randolph in the top ten as well.

      • Pat D

        Randolph did lead the Yankees in bWAR that year.

        • Pat D

          And Gossage in no way deserved to finish 3rd that year.

          • Tom Q

            Well, at the time he was viewed by many as an “unfair advantage” the Yankees had — Earl Weaver said at the time, when Gossage got in the game, you figured it was over. This was before the idea of the strictly 9th inning closer had become common. And his absence the previous year, after the Cliff Johnson shower incident, had been thought to have hobbled the team. Plus it was probably the Goose’s best year in pinstripes.

            The press campaign for Randolph probably was a case of them inadvertently using the kind of stats they’d try and dismiss today. they spoke in terms of walks and runs scored, which didn’t show up in a lot of MVP talk. But the voters didn’t buy.

            • Pat D

              Well, ’81, but that was a strike-shortened year.

  • Loverbay’s herpes sore

    Oh lyle wtf

  • JMK

    Chris Stewart is awful. How did this happen?

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

      .182/.237/.273 since Cervelli got hurt

      Hard to believe the Yankees think his defense makes up for it.

      • Dalek Jeter

        Teh experience and veteran presents clearly make up for it.

      • forensic

        But Romine is at .000/.143/.000, so clearly Stewart is better…

        Oh, and Romine doesn’t know how to signal the pitcher to throw a pitch.

  • The Real Greg

    Tough to judge this start from Pettitte. He has struggled with his location at times in this start but other than that HR to Butler has been okay.

    • forensic

      FALLACY!!!

      • The Real Greg

        How?

        • forensic

          I can’t explain it, I’m just being a nudge.

          • The Real Greg

            Ok

    • Dalek Jeter

      It’s obviously Romine’s fault.

  • Pat D

    Pettitte’s kid is not in Keith Law’s Top 100 draft prospects. I’m guessing he’s better off going to Baylor.

    In other news, I finally saw Trouble with the Curve. If you thought the baseball stuff in Moneyball was bad……well it was about twenty times worse in TWTC.

  • WhittakerWalt

    “Here’s Chris Stewart, who popped up a bunt last time.”

    LOL

  • Pat D

    Charge the mound, Stewie!!

    • Dalek Jeter

      PLEASE!!! I’m pretty sure Shields could woop Stewie’s ass.

    • forensic

      The only reason he should ever charge the mound would be to shake the pitcher’s hand for actually letting him get on base.

  • http://www.forselfdefense.info Rubin

    Really?

  • Dalek Jeter

    Okay…how many more days until Nunie gets DL’d?

    • forensic

      Well, tomorrow’s a week, so they’re getting close since they’ve wasted the mandatory half the DL time with dead roster space.

  • WhittakerWalt

    What’s lamer: Royals fans who boo Cano, or Orioles fans who boo Teixeira?

    • forensic

      Option 3?

      • WhittakerWalt

        Red Sox fans who boo ARod?

        • forensic

          Yeah, sorry, I think I kind of killed it for you. It should’ve been ‘both’….

          and now, ‘all three’ with this option added.

  • Loverbay’s herpes sore

    They always boo Cano why is that john ?

    • WhittakerWalt

      Oh, she can’t remember something that happened 10 months ago.

  • forensic

    Yeah Wells!!!

  • The Real Greg

    Oh Vernon Wells…..

  • Loverbay’s herpes sore

    The bronx is vernon!

  • YankeesJunkie

    Vernon Wells making me eat crow and loving every bite

  • Eddard

    Could be another comeback win and 1 run game. The pen is set up if Andy can get through 6. Preston, DRob and Mo 7-8-9.

  • WhittakerWalt

    6 strikeouts for Andy. Let’s keep this going.

  • Loverbay’s herpes sore

    Finally he got the ginger out

  • forensic

    I love how so many people have completely bought into this excuse of Wells trying too hard for his contract and that’s the only reason he struggled.

    So, let me get this straight, he signed the extension in the winter of 2006. So, he tried too hard in 2007, but didn’t try in 2008, then tried too hard again in 2009, then didn’t try again in 2010, then tried too hard again in 2011 and 2012 for a team that didn’t even sign him to the contract?

    Sure…

    • WhittakerWalt

      Stupid people make stupid excuses.

  • Loverbay’s herpes sore

    This is all romines fault
    Andy can see him in the dugout.

  • forensic

    According to gameday, Cain just walked after only 3 balls…

    • The Real Greg

      There was a lot of confusion about the count on the field.

    • Sangreal

      Then Gordon turned into ichiro.

      And of course as soon as I get to a TV, cone is talking about how Nix is a pro baseball player

  • vicki

    somebody’s got to go in spikes high on eliot johnson.

  • forensic

    After a yuck inning from the Yankees (despite two baserunners), it sure was kind of KC to return the favor in kind.

  • trr

    Just got back from a children’s party.. Ugh!

  • Pat D

    That’s the angriest I’ve seen Cano maybe ever.

    • vicki

      do you think the boos bother him? i had that thought last year at the derby.

  • Dalek Jeter

    Why did Suzyn just ‘WOAH’ right before they cut away to commercial?!

    • The Real Greg

      Probably thought Cano was going to get thrown out, He was talking with the home plate ump.

      He has had a low strike zone tonight for both teams.

  • Anderson Silva

    that was clearly not a strike

    • The Real Greg

      No but to be fair, he has called the low strike consistently tonight for both teams.

      • Anderson Silva

        in the end, it’s still the wrong call

        • The Real Greg

          Yes it is.

  • forensic

    Ugh, Cano, terrific numbers against Shields coming into the game. Wish some of them had shown up today.

    And then going to commercial it sounded like they were going to say someone got ejected. Please tell me it wasn’t Cano doing something stupid…

  • JMK

    Missed the pitch – was it a strike or a terrible call?

  • JMK

    Jesus, there’s no way that’s a strike. This ump should be canned.

  • forensic

    7 very nice innings Pettitte. Nice to see you rebounding. Guess they banished Romine back into the clubhouse after the 4th inning…

  • The Real Greg

    Nice job by Pettitte to squeeze a 7th inning in there.

  • trr

    Horseshit call WTF do they get these umps?

  • mustang

    Well Andy is done. Yes the end totally going down hill. Just too old.

    Wait a minute say what…

  • forensic

    Wish it was a 2-run lead instead of one. Then I’d feel much more comfortable leaving Pettitte in there for at least part of the 8th. There isn’t much power for the first two guys coming up, but it’s still a tough decision.

    • mustang

      Wish it was 10 run lead instead 2 and I would also like a 2013 porsche 911 carrera 4s cabriolet as long as I’m wishing.

      • forensic

        Is there any point to this? It’s a realistic comment, if they could avoid using Robertson today then he’d be available tomorrow, now he likely won’t be.

        I have to ask, do you make any comments other than sarcasm bashing made-up comments that no one has actually made? Winless on the road trip? No one said that. Pettitte being done? No one said that.

        • mustang

          Chill just making fun because unless they up 20 with an all-star at every base your not happy.

          Never said anything about winless on the road trip.

          If you were on the last Andy game thread he was all, but done.

          Robertson didn’t pitch yesterday so I’m sure he will be Ok for tomorrow if not they will find a way or have you not being paying attention to the recurring theme of this team.

          Sorry for the sarcasm I will take down a bit.

          • forensic

            Sarcasm is fine (hell, it’s not my blog, do whatever you want I guess unless Mike says something), but my comment was realistic. And it’s just not true that I’m not happy unless they’re up 20 with an all-star everywhere. I’m very happy they’re on their way to taking the first two games against a team that was playing pretty well coming in (and as I type this Mo makes it REALLY interesting, but gets out of it, whew). You’re basing this all on the Houston series, which isn’t treated like all others.

            I was likely somewhere around for Pettitte’s last game, but don’t remember it being that bad. Maybe I missed it, or part of it. I’m sure you (and others, it’s certainly not just you) have made comments sarcastically bashing what was supposedly going to be a winless road trip.

            Even with yesterday off, Robertson (and now Mo too) will have pitched in 3 of the last 4 games, and it’s extremely rare for Girardi to use them 4 out of 5. With the DH on Monday too, they need to pick their battles, and you win the one you’re in position for right now. It just would’ve been nice had they had one extra run to maybe try to give Robertson the day off and have him available tomorrow.

            • mustang

              OK, fair enough I will admit I been a little hard on you for the Houston thing sorry. Although your a bit pessimistic for my taste your a good knowledgeable commenter which is why I’m here. So lets just leave it at that. I never said anything about a winless road trip, but I’m very happy with having 4 wins on this difficult 8 game road trip.

  • The Real Greg

    So he did only walk on 3 balls. And nobody in the park caught it.

    • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

      MLB umpires are having a banner week.

      • forensic

        I was expecting the big problem in this series to come up tomorrow with Laz Diaz umpiring. Maybe we’ll get two straight games with screw-ups…

    • Pat D

      Yea, the problem is that the Yankees didn’t catch it, so they didn’t complain or file a protest, so now it’s bound to slip through the cracks because it will have no impact on the outcome.

    • forensic

      If only MLB would give them some sort of counting device or clicker that would allow them to keep track of things like what each pitch is…

      • Pat D

        That is a technological impossibility and you know it!

    • sangreal

      Really? Because Gameday has been corrected with 4 balls

      http://i.imgur.com/qzPWBri.png

      • Pat D

        Well unless YES really fucked up with their tape review, Gameday invented that first ball. YES showed it as an 0-2 count.

  • Anderson Silva

    D-Rob, that was not fair at all.

    • mustang

      I thought it was very fair.

      :)

  • mustang

    Wow…. beautiful !!!

  • Pat D

    Candy-colored clown……

  • OldYanksFan

    Mo’a last blown save in KC….
    1998

    • The Real Greg

      You better not regret making that statement

  • Pat D

    Let’s not make this any more interesting, Mo. Please.

  • Anderson Silva

    Mo looks vulnerable today.. command seems a bit off. Comon!!

  • Pat D

    Why did they just play The Ultimate Warrior’s music?

  • The Real Greg

    OHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH

  • Karl Krawfid

    Game time baby!

  • Anderson Silva

    that was close.. great W!

  • OldYanksFan

    15 years an counting!!!!!!!!

  • Eddard

    Whew, Mo didn’t have his pinpoint control today but he got through. Wells continues to be a brilliant pickup.

  • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

    Exhale.

    And they just keep on winning.

    • OldYanksFan

      Honestly…. I don’t know how they do it. I wonder what their Pathag is.

      • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

        19-15 before today.

  • forensic

    Whew!!! Nice job getting out of it Mo. Very nice first two wins here.

  • mustang

    DONE!!!!!!

    Didn’t get the old 4 run average per and another 1 run win..

    BUT

    JUST KEEP WINNING !!!!

  • Pasta

    Vernon wells is good

  • Vernon_is_the_man

    I have changed my handle since Cervelli is out. Vernon deserves it.

  • Mandy Stankiewicz

    If Nunez played in Boston, they would require more ‘grit’

  • Jenny C

    sox and o’s losings, Yanks now in sole possession of First Place

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

    I’m just going to say it. I fucking love this team.

  • hogsmog

    It is May 11, 2013, and the New York Yankees are in sole possession of 1st place in the AL east.

    Yes, I know it’s May, I know the standings mean nothing, etc, etc. But that is so, so much fun to say right now. I think I’ll say it again-

    It is May 11, 2013, and the New York Yankees are in sole possession of 1st place in the AL east.